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GlamGlow Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturizer


Right now, it’s all about the GlamGlow Dreamduo, which I confess I haven’t bought yet but am seeing everywhere. However, come December (or sometime in the next few weeks) there’s a new GlamGlow product to have on your radar. Last night I joined GlamGlow co-founder Glenn Dellimore for a sneak peek of the brands first true moisturizer, Volcasmic.


Volcasmic is a matte glow moisturizer, meaning it absorbs beautifully and hydrates skin but doesn’t have the heavy, shiny effect a lot of moisturizers do. And is probably the first moisturizer in a while I’ve been able to get James to sign on board with — my boyfriend has oily skin and hates being “shiny”. I would say this is the product for anyone with that complaint. It can also double as a primer or you can use a primer over it, which is ideal for any of us that wear foundation and feel like between the tonrt, serum, moisturizer, spf… by the time you get to the makeup level your skin starts to pill, this is a great product to cut a few steps out of.

Sephora Now Offers FREE Classes for Teens!


Calling all teenagers (and adults)! Sephora Teen has made it easy for you to dive head first into the world of beauty with confidence.  Sephora offers beauty classes for all — how to apply lashes, no-makeup up, contouring and their latest a class for teens!

Starting a beauty ritual can seem overwhelming with so many exciting products to choose from. So Sephora is introducing a brand new class dedicated entirely on educating teens on how to look and feel their best. The 90 minute Teen Makeup Class focuses on finding the perfect products in a pressure free environment where teens can feel comfortable exploring and learning with the help of Sephora’s expert coaches. Whether they want to learn an easy everyday look, or they are trying to broaden their makeup knowledge, Sephora is the place to go to for getting an education in a comfortable environment.

It Cosmetics Lands at Sephora with these Exclusives


It’s happening! This month we no longer have to look to QVC or find a far away Ulta Cosmetics (I live in NYC, they are sparse) to buy It Cosmetics! The rockstar skincare makeup brand which is by the way amazing for sensitive and problematic skin is officially launching at Sephora and Sephora.com this month. And with it comes a handful of exclusive and new products, mostly from the Bye Bye collection that you should be on the lookout for!


Before I give you the 411, I want to highlight that I’m loving this whole color-infused skincare ideology. It’s something I’ve been noticing more of in the beauty industry where brands are approaching makeup from a skincare angle. The three products we see this the most in from the new It Cosmetics launches is the Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination, Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment and Anti-Aging Armour SPF 50+, which I talk more about below. For anyone not familiar with It Cosmetics they work with dermatologists and plastic surgeons on their formulas and as I mentioned before are ideal for everyone from problematic to perfect skin. Meet the Sephora Exclusives:

Beauty 411: Sephora Collection Rebrands, Oribe Launches makeup, Fresh turns 25, It Cosmetics goes small and more!


It’s been an exciting few months of events, launches and rebrands! I’ve been on the road so much it’s been hard to keep up but here’s some of the highlights!

FRANCOIS NARS Book– The founder and Creative Director of NARS has launched his photo-autobiography. A three year passion project that captures the most defining moments and images from his career as a makeup artist, photographer and creative director. The book is a stunning collection of visuals filled with our favorite NARS campaigns and iconic models who have worked with the brand. The book is $85 and available at lordandtaylor.com

Space NK “Autumn Beauty Edit” – Coming to every Space NK location in the US and online, mark your calendars for September 9th for their Beauty Edit event. It’s your chance to meet the experts behind the brands for makeovers, advice and tips. And exclusively for the event and online, while supplies last, shoppers that spend $250 or more you will receive the limited edition Space NK Cosmetic Bag filled with over $400 worth of must have beauty product samples from 29 brands they carry including Hourglass, Kevyn Aucoin, Diptyque, Smith & Cult, Lipstick Queen, Ouai, R+Co, Rodial, Sunday Riley and more!

Sephora Collection Rebrand – I love Sephora and I’ve being using their liquid lipsticks forever! The brand hosted a re-launch party last night and announced an exclusive Instagram handle for their namesake brand, @SephoraCollection. After launching 18 years ago — can you believe it’s been that long?!?! You’ll see new packaging, products and fun website features all broken down on their site, HERE!

It Cosmetics has gone mini! It makes me so excited they have launched a travel size of all their top sellers. Don’t get me wrong, I never want to be without their Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+ but the monster size has been a makeup bag challenge. And with how much I travel I’m so pumped they have launched a travel size collection! Also in other big It Cosmetics news (which you probably heard), L’Oreal bought them!

DevaCurl Rebrand – My favorite (yup, I used the word favorite) curly hair brands has new packaging, and website update that now includes a blog and youtube channel. We’re a family of loyalist to their No-Poo Original and Gel for as long as I can remember — my sister, the curly hair queen, more so then me. She has been exclusively using their products for over a decade and anytime I try to get her to test out other curly hair products for me she’s utterly uninterested. DevaCurl also debuted a new product, the Wave Maker Touchable Texture Whip, which is designed to add texture and volume and frizz free waves when applied to damp/wet hair. I just got it and will try it soon and report back.

Fresh Turns 25! Can you believe it? At the beautiful 25th Anniversary party for the beloved skincare brand they the launch of a new range, Vitamin Nectar — starting with the Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask. It smells like citrus and exfoliates and brightens to wake it up skin.

The Red Door by Elizabeth Arden update – They have a new name, from Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa they are now The Red Door by Elizabeth Arden and have a new logo which you’ll see as part of the rebrand. They have also partnered with omni-channel to offer guests the best in beauty and wellness, in and outside of the salon and spa locations. Whether you’re throwing an office party or bachelorette,  Elizabeth Arden can host your next event or come to you. Mani’s, facials, massages… cushy robes, gift bags and all they are ready to help you plan it all or come to you! This service is currently available in NYC, Chicago, Boston and coming soon… DC! Learn more partybeautiful.com.

Oribe launched makeup! The award winning hair brand recently launched a makeup collection consisting of two illuminating face palettes, three nail lacquers, and three cream lipsticks, Lip Lust. Okay it’s been about a month so it may be old news to some of you but I finally got my hands on the Lip Lust, The Violet shade (which is more of a wine shade then violet) and could not be more excited!!! Also stay tuned for more — rumor has it a skincare, body products and hair tools are on the next!

Smith and Cult – From a nails brand to adding in lippies, now for fall Smith & Cult is expanding to an eye range which includes the Book of Eyes Eye Quad eyeshadow palettes in 4 shades, B-Line Eye Pen in 3 shades — Still Riot (charcoal), Rush to Whisper (Steel) and The Shh (Deep Sable), and Lash Dance Mascara. The 411 on Allure.com.

Tweezerman got a makeover on their website and sent me an engraved brush with my name to celebrate. Thanks Tweezerman! Check out the new site at tweezerman.com.

In case you missed it Max Factor is back in a limited capsule collection. You can read my review HERE.

Lastly all I want in life is Pat McGrath’s Lust 004 Lipstick Kit. From BryanBoy to Naomi Campbell, every celebrity thats rocked the soon-to-launching lip has me so jealous!!!!!!! It’s available at Sephora starting September 8th for commoners, and September 6th for Sephora VIB and VIB Rouge members. Sign up for notifications at Sephora.com.

Bite Expands Sweet and Savory Amuse Bouche Lipstick Collection


Bite Beauty is expanding their Sweet and Savory Amuse Bouche lipstick collection to include 6 new shades. Three to the savory side Kale (deep hunter green with black), Squid Ink (deep navy with black), and Whiskey (rich mahogany with red) and three shades, Thistle (mauve infused taupe), Taro (amethyst with grey undertones) and Lavender Jam (electric blue-violet) to the sweet! Inspired by contrasting flavors – are you sweet or savory?

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche {Swatches + Review}


There are some pretty obsession worthy things coming out of Canada (beside Justin Thorough) and I’m of course talking about Bite Beauty’s new Amuse Bouche lipstick collection ($26 each). By now you’ve probably heard the chatter all over the Internet and on every beauty bloggers Instagram feed, if not let me clue you in.


If you love high pigmented, bold, creamy lipsticks, then get ready to drool over Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche collection. Consisting of 34 shades, and filled with lip-quenching nutrients, vitamins, and omega oils these rich lippies are incredible. Made with 12 edible oils for an ultra-creamy hydrating texture and triple milled pigment (don’t worry they aren’t oily or run), they smell like citrus thanks to a blend or fresh pressed fruit. However dark they look in the packaging, I guarantee is just as rich and pigmented when you swipe them on your lips.


I have 6 shades swatched above in this order:

  • Beetroot – Bold Berry
  • Gazpacho – True Blue Red
  • Black Trouffle – Black Violet (I did a li
  • Spritzer – Plum Rose (purple)
  • Chai – Mauve Brown
  • Honeycomb – Beige Nude

I want them all 34 shades – especially some of the bright pinks (you know how much I love me a good fuchsia). They are exclusive to Sephora and Sephora.com and should all be in store but I’ve been stocking my nearest Sephora since I want to see them all in person. Until then Sephora.com will do.

Brighter Days with Clinique Pep-start

clinique-pep-startIf you follow me on snapchat (which I hope all of you do @prettyconnected), 3 things you’ve probably noticed: 1. I’m not a morning person, 2. I’m always busy and running around to events, and 3. I don’t sleep enough.

We all have our AM routines, for me it’s up-beat get-me-out-of-bed music, a body shower and coffee to kick start my day.  However, none of those help the looming tired eyes after a long day or sleepless night. Well my fellow sleep deprived friends, there is good news! Clinique’s NEW Pep-Start Eye Cream ($26.50) is designed to brighten eyes and show results in just 3 seconds!

I’ve been a long-time fan of Clinique and their eye products. Their Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment is one of my all time favorite eye creams and a staple in my bathroom. It’s a brand I trust and I’m so excited to partner with them for the launch of their latest eye cream,Pep-Start.


After getting an early sample of the new Pep-Start Eye Cream and using it for the past week, I joined Clinique yesterday for the launch and Daybreaker morning party.

If you followed the snapchat you know I was up at 6am, brightening those eyes with the product and then headed to Daybreaker

Sephora Beauty Top Holiday Picks

sephora-beauty-top-picksIt’s no secret that if you’re looking for an incredible assortment of beauty gifts at great values, Sephora is the place to shop. Here are some of their top rated and our favorite gift sets and stocking stuffers. Get them before they are gone, as many of the sets have been flying off the shelves and now only available in store.

1. Living Proof Happy Hair Days Kit ($32,$49 Value)- Healthy hair is always in style no matter the season. Beautiful hair starts in the shower with Living Proof’s shampoo, conditioner, and 5-in-1 styling treatment. Want to keep that perfect blowout from one holiday party to the next? The Night Cap Overnight Perfector is an easy-to-use solution that gives you one week of shiny, vibrant, and more manageable hair overnight.

2. Marc Jacobs Fragrances Daisy Rollerball Trio ($45, $86 value) – The fresh baked cookies aren’t the only thing making the holidays smell sweet. Marc Jacobs Daisy Rollerball Trio features the cult-favorite Daisy scent, Daisy Eau So Fresh, and Daisy Dream rollerballs. Experience elegant and flowery Daisy; bubbly and fruity Daisy Eau So Fresh; and feminine Daisy Dream in this beautiful set.

You’re Invited! Expore the NEW MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Foundation at Sephora


Push boundaries and explore new looks with MAKE UP FOR EVER as their ground-breaking “Be Bold. Be Unexpected. Be You.” campaign launches nationally in Sephora stores. The campaign promotes individually and self-expression, featuring renowned transgender fashion model Andreja Pejić and popular actress/fashion blogger Jamie Chung, with cutting-edge makeup looks created by visionary celebrity makeup artist Mélanie Inglessis.

Hourglass Cosmetics Launches Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

hourglass modernist eyeshadow paletteA single pan. Five richly pigmented shades in a range of finishes from matte to shimmer. An endless array of creative eye looks. What more could a beauty junkie ask for?