best places to buy giftsFor anyone that’s ever been stuck when it comes to gifting, then they need to bookmark Couture Gift Collection. They offer well curated gift baskets filled with designer brand apparel, beauty, accessories, candles and lust-worthy giftables from around the world. Couture Gift Collection offers pre-made gift sets as well as the ability to let you make one from scratch, helping to customize every gift down to the last detail (and their staff is super helpful!).


On Tuesday, Saks Fifth Avenue unveiled their first permanent, one-stop location for Blink Brow Bar, Trish McEvoy, and Nails inc. Housed within a modern installation, Beauty on 5 allows customers to receive expert advice, throw their own Beauty on 5 pamper party, shop exclusive products, and experience an artistic manicure while sipping tea and savoring a curated British menu of light snacks. In beauty junkie terms, it’s a one-stop primping and pampering mecca!

Services Offered:


Blink Brow Bar: Blink Brow Bar offers specialized services and expertise in bespoke threading, tint, lash and eyebrow services for both men and women. Here’s how they transform your brows!


Trish McEvoy: Trish McEvoy offers an exclusive menu of make-up services, access to the limited-edition Easy Smokey Eye Collection*, and for the first time ever, custom monogramming on any Makeup Planner purchase.


Nails inc.: Nails inc. introduces “The Paint Shop by Nails inc” as the destination for a fast fashion fix for nails in New York. The shop hosts a unique nail art menu designed in collaboration with celebrity nail technicians Lisa Logan and Pattie Yankee.

Which service will you be indulging in before holiday party season?

Hedwig nail polish

My goodness, I feel like this has been a non-stop exciting week of announcements! As some of you know I recently became a spokesperson and partner in Knock Out nail polish. They launched over 5 years ago and were the first brand to do matte nail polish and having I was obsessed with them from the start. About 3 years ago I met one of the founders, and we have since became good friends. So getting to be apart of the brand this year was a big honor for me. As is the big announcement that Knock Out is the exclusive nail polish brand for Hedwig on Broadway starring Neil Patrick Harris and created a custom KOxHedwig collection for the show.

Neil Patrick Harris Hedwig nails at the Tony Awards

The collection consists of four shades, Bombshell (matte yellow), Hedwig (red glitter), Sugar (white glitter sparkle), and Midnight (navy glitter). Since up until now Knock Out has only done matte, creating our first glitter collection is very exciting. Mike Potter, the founder and creator of Knock Out, is the infamous makeup artist behind the makeup and wigs in both Hedwig the movie and on Broadway so it’s been exciting watching him work with Neil Patrick Harris and all of his support with the collection. He wore our Midnight shade at the Tony awards — and if you heard his acceptance speech, Mike got an amazing shout out. (You can see the feature on his manicure on

Karen O Oscars Knock Out manicure

Mike is also Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs makeup artist and she debuted our Sugar shade at the Oscars this year where she was both nominated and performed during the awards. Karen O has been the face of the line since it launched in 2009.

The KOxHedwig collection is $20 and available at

I’m giving away a set of all 4 polishes to one lucky winner. There are two ways to enter!

1. Follow @prettyconnected + @koknockout on twitter and tweet:  RT & Follow @prettyconnected & @koknockout for ur chance to #win the #KOxHedwig nail polish collection #giveaway

2. Follow @prettyconnected & @KOcosmetics on Instagram and like the photo that matches the giveaway going live this week!

Winner will be announced on 8/20/2014. All state, local, and federal rules apply.




Manicure contest

Oh hey! Guess what!?! After scouring the nation (their words!), In Touch, Life&Style Weekly and L.A.COLORS chose me to be one of five bloggers to compete in their “BRUSH WITH FAME CHALLENGE! Every week I’ll be sent different challenges and judged against the other contestants for the chance to be featured in In Tough and Life&Style!!! Plus $500 worth of L.A. COLORS products and a dinner with their editor.