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Saks Fifth Avenue’s New Beauty Floor Opens Tomorrow!

Alas, the ‘future of beauty’ opens tomorrow at the flagship Saks Fifth Avenue location in NYC! Today, Charlie and I took a sneak peek of the new beauty floor, which took a trip upstairs to the 2nd floor. No longer in the lobby the space could not be more epic!

Givenchy Flagship Store at Saks Fifth Avenue

Everything is white marble and so open with incredible lighting! The move and expansion includes 58 new brands to the floor, and a plethora of space to house them in! The new floor is 32,000 square feet and now features more than 120 color cosmetics, skincare, fragrance and wellness brands.

Buxom Holographic Full-On Plumping Lip Polish Top Coats {Review}

Buxom Holographic Full-On Plumping Lip Polish Top CoatsBuxom makes some of my favorite lip products so whenever they have a new launch, I’m all over it. While I’m not usually a gloss girl, it’s hard to escape the holographic trend and anything that promises to lip plump.

The Holographic Full-On Plumping Lip Polish Top Coats live up to their name. Available in 8 shimmery, holographic shades we have (swatched left to right):

  • Crystal (berry sparkle)
  • Selena (universal opalescent gloss that shifts from blue to green to pink)
  • Mariah (mermaid prism)
  • Ariana (gold sparkle)
  • Iris (pink prism)
  • Camila (bronze sparkle)
  • Jordan (blue with pink prism)
  • Savannah (peach pink prism)

Whats cool about these lippies is the holographic undertones are what pop, even more so then the base color on lips.

NARS Limited Edition Orgasm Launches May 20th

Take a sneak peek at NARS Cosmetic’s best-selling shade, Orgasm in new form. Launching on May 20th to Sephora.com, NARS is launching the Orgasm Illuminating Loose Powder ($28), Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm ($28), and Limited Edition oversized Orgasm Blush ($39). This blush has been a staple in my makeup bag for over a decade. The universally-flattering pink shade lives up to it’s iconic status and I’m happy to see the range extended.

Karl Lagerfeld + MODELCO Collaboration Launches Today!

The Karl Lagerfeld + MODELCO limited edition collectable beauty collection launches today and features over 50 product including stickers, which I glued onto my @prettyconnectedshop bags launching soon (the chain strap is currently available HERE to create the above masterpiece! I was lucky enough to get my hands on a handful of the collection in advance. Much like my current feelings towards Mr. Lagerfeld, I had mixed reviews over the products. I loved him so much before his negative #metoo stance — why Karl, why? But I’ll leave my recent disappointment out of the review.

Lets start with the lipbalm, $15, available in two shades. One silver packaged, the other pink! If you’re #teamkarl this will be a favorite simply because of the packaging and price. I mean for $15, who doesn’t want this on their desk? Plus the added bonus of a balm inside the head.

MAC x Puma launches at Six:02

If you’re one of the lucky people who are in NYC today you can get your hands on the limited edition MAC Cosmetics x PUMA sneaker, for everyone else they will officially be launching May 17th at all Six:02 locations and on their website.

MAC Cosmetics x Puma launch at Six:02

The collection included three colors based on MAC Cosmetic’s best-selling lip shades Lady Danger (coral-red), Sin (deep dark blue red/wine) and Creme D’Nude (pale muted peach beige).

NARS x Erdem

OMG coming home from Mexico to this beautiful box featuring the new Erdem for NARS Strange Flower collection! I get a lot of mailers, but it’s rare one actually makes me stop, marvel and then literally drool. It’s almost too pretty to touch. Almost. 

 

The limited edition NARS x Erdem collection features two Eyeshadow Palettes ($49 each), the Lip Powder Palette ($49), 2  blushes ($30 each), 6 lipsticks ($28 each), 1 Multi-use Highlighting pencil ($29) and Mattifying Blotting Paper pack ($30). All are packaged in sophisticated soft-touch packaging adorned with one of three original floral prints Erdem created for the collaboration.

The shade range is insane! Usually with collections I find a few colors I like and the rest giveaway, but mine, all mine! Every piece in this collection, is perfection. I started with the Night Garden Eyeshadow Palette.

Talking with Self.com: How to Organize Your Beauty Closet

how to organize your beauty closetOrganizing my beauty closet is my greatest struggle. Self.com recently reached out and did a great article featuring my tips and some other top beauty bloggers. After being in the beauty industry for 15years and beauty blogging for 10years you can’t even imagine the amount of boxes of products I get. Actually if you watch my unboxings you probably can… While managing your in take is the best way to stay organized (I have a beauty charity where you can donate unused beauty products to shelters!), for me I have to keep most of the new products since I judge a lot of the industry beauty awards and do trend reports for a lot of the beauty shows so finding organizing solutions are a top priority for me.

Like most, I was attracted to pretty organizers to started. I tried so many cute ‘Acrylic Makeup storage organizers‘ (search the term on Amazon, a ton of option come up) but I quickly over-cluttered them all and needed a bigger solution. While this will work for a normal person’s makeup stash or on top of your desk or cabinet, a true beauty hoarder needs to go bigger.

So last year I switched to the holy grail of beauty organizers, the Ikea Alex Drawer. There are a few different styles but I have 5 sets of the classic 9 drawer style in my hallway (and a few by my desk) and I organize them using post-ids what’s in each since I’m always switching in and out products I receive and testing.

What Microneedling with Radiofrequency looks like!

Microneedling, the popular skincare treatment that involves repeatedly puncturing the skin with tiny, sterile needles to stimulate collagen production just got an upgrade! And it involves radio-frequency.  After three treatments my skin was so smooth that makeup just glided over my skin. I saw much stronger results then regular microneedling which made it all worth it in the end but it is a process.

I recently visited JUVA Skin & Laser Center to meet with Dr. Katz and test out the New Intensif Handpiece by EndyMed, which is an FDA cleared device that takes microneedling to the next level. It offers microneedling coupled with radio-frequency for amazing skin tightening effects and works on a deeper level. The unique Intensif technology allows for 3 times the heating volume per pulse. This heat sends a signal to the dermis for skin remodeling — think of it like sending energy down to the skin to wake it up and work harder. Watch the procedure in the video above!

Sunglass Coachella Diaries plus me on Extra with Mario Lopez + Sunglass Hut

Extra Extra! After a big week in LA shooting music festival sunglass trends for Extra TV with Sunglass Hut. I took my shades on the road and some of the top trends and headed to Palm Springs to Coachella.

Home of great music, parties and fashion – what more can you ask for? Killer sunglasses? Beyonce, maybe? Jeremy Scott announcing a Moschino x H&M collaboration? Revolve creating their own music festival? Create & Cultivate continuing to be epic and empowering women. Here were some of my highlights and sunglass diary:

Day 1 Friday, The Look: Vogue Eyewear x Gigi Hadid Round Sunglasses

Outfit details: Vogue x Gigi Hadid Round Sunglasses, Naked Princess top, French Connection jeans, Skinnydip London bag, UGG Australia open toe boots.
 

For the first day we took it easy and started at the Lemonhead Desert Glow House getting our hair braided and filled with glitter before heading to the UGG Australia brunch at the Fredrick Loewe Estate. There we drooled over all the fuzzy sandals that UGG just launched for summer and played in the paper flower garden while eating cotton candy and enjoying many beverages. At night we hit up the Rhonda Queen of the Desert party sponsored by Ray-Ban for some dancing and late night fun.

Miraclesuit Swim Trip to Tulum

It doesn’t get any better then a press trip to Tulum with Miraclesuit, a swim brand that boosts making you look 10lbs lighter. Which after letting my body hibernate all winter, I desperately needed. While I find statements like that generally gimmicky; upon putting their suit on and watching everything be lifted and sucked in, it was like I had my 20s body back! Unfortunately my old abs weren’t included. You can feel the quality in these suits.

Now for my confession. I basically corset my boobs on a daily basis and I am more apt to be in a sports bra, oversized top than a tight fitting dress or regular bra because I’m a 34DD and totally self conscious. To make bathing suit shopping that much more difficult, my big boobs are coupled with my long torso making it next to impossible for me to wear regular suits. In fact I’ve ordered so many XL bikini tops from every major department store and return 90% of them because