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Music Festival Season is finally here and there are tons of shows on the horizon.  While you had to plan and purchase tickets far in advance for your favorite show and to see your favorite artists, the beauty essentials you need to survive the intensity of a music festival can easily be found and you won’t have to  skip rent in order to afford them.  Here are 8  Beauty Products to get You Flawlessly Through Music Festival Season.


Activated Sun Protector Spray Lotion for Body SPF 50

Let’s start with one of the most important items on this entire list – sunscreen! I can’t stress enough how much your skin needs it, especially during those relaxing layouts in the sun. For quick overall skin protection, I like to use Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector Spray Lotion for Body. The formula is lightweight, non-greasy, and water-proof, everything you need to get through brutal weather conditions on a great festival day.

Activated Sun Protector Spray Lotion for Body SPF 50, $25


Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20
I think it’s safe to say that the last thing a concert goer wants is heavy foundation when it’s hot outside. Neutrogena’s light-weight foundation is long-lasting, and it protects your skin with its built in SPF 20. Guaranteed to last 12 hours, this liquid makeup is absolutely sweat-proof. With staying power like this, you won’t have to worry about touching up your make-up between sets of your favorite artists. Available in 8 shades.

Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20, $15.99

Anti-Humidity Hair Care

OGX Hydrating KuKui Oil

With the high temps you’ll be experiencing while outdoors,  your tresses can go from sleek to frizzy in no time. Make sure your hair is prepared for anything with an effective anti-humidity spray or oil like this one by OGX. Not only will you add some extra moisture to your hair, but you’ll also stay photo ready with noticeably more control over your locks. Selfies are a must.

OGX Hydrating KuKui Oil, $7.99

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Humidity Hair Spray, $18


Lip Balm

Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm

Every girl needs a good lip balm, and at high energy music festivals reaching for and properly applying lipstick or gloss isn’t always ideal. I’m in love with almost every color of these tinted lip balms from Burt’s Bees.  You can close your eyes and apply them and they offer  a natural pop of color and tons of moisture. Available in 8 shades.

Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm,  $6.99

Dry Shampoo

TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo Spray

Let’s face it – if you’re attending one festival for days on end showers and shampoos may not happen daily. Times like these are what dry shampoo is made for. I’m a big fan of TRESemmé’s “Fresh Start”, which offers three different formulas (volumizing, strengthening, and smoothing) that will keep hair fresh for days.

TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo Spray, $6.99

Oil Blotting Linens

Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens

If your skin is anything like mine, blotting linens should be right next to your ID and Altoids. These all-natural green tea linens by Boscia are perfect for minimizing shine while on-the-go and  when used correctly (lightly blotting all over face) they won’t disrupt your makeup in the process. Plus, they come in packs of 100!

Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens, $10

Cooling Body Wipes

Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cooling Cloth

Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloth is the thing you didn’t know you needed until you have it.  These thick body wipes will help you refresh your skin giving it a just-washed, powdery feel. When you’re dancing next to your friends after several hours looking cool, and smelling fresh, they’re going to ask “HOW?” At $3.59 for a pack of 10, you can simply hand them the answer.

Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloth,  $3.59

 What are Some of  Your Music Festival Season Must-Haves?

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After you have recovered from your Thanksgiving food coma and taken a little nap, your fingers may be looking to do a little walking. If you choose to shop, here’s a list of Black Friday Beauty Deals to check out.



20 % off site wide by signing up here (11/28-12/2).

Mally Beauty

30% off site wide 11/25 -11/28).


CCTQ Box 4

30% off past Beauty Boxes with COCO30

20% off new Beauty Box subscriptions COCO20

11/28 – 11/30

Laura Geller

25 % off site wide with code FRIDAY25 and get free shipping on orders over $50.
30% off orders $100 or more with code FRIDAY30 + free shipping (11/26-11/30).


lumene Products

40% percent off all purchases on dermstore.com (11/28).

Red Door Spa

15% off site wide with any purchase of $100. (11/28)


20% percent off site wide (11/18 – 11/30)



Luxe Holiday beauty bag (a $150 value) yours free with $100+ purchase
20% off product purchases on blissworld.com including bliss holiday gift sets (exclusions apply)
Free stocking stuffers all weekend: choose 4 free deluxe samples with $100+ purchase 11/28 – 11/30


25% off site wide + free shipping on purchases $50 and over (11/28-12/1)

Yes To Carrots

40% off site wide + free shipping 11/28.
35% off site wide 11/29-11/30 + free shipping.

100% Pure

Free shipping on all orders with code PUREFRIDAY and a complimentary Black Tea mascara with any purchase of $75 or more.

Three Custom Colors

25% on all Ready to Wear Products from Tuesday, 11/25 – 12/1 EST! Use code “CYBER14” at checkout. http://www.threecustom.com/home.php


$10 Fragrance Minis  (Sephora)


Free gift with purchase (5-piece “Gift of Love” holiday gift set; $55 value) 
no code necessary; no minimum purchase 11/26 – 11/30


25 % site wide.  Use SILKYBLACK from 11/20 – 11-30 and SILKNCYBER  from 12/1 – 12/3


Free gift with purchase (Black Friday-exclusive nail wrap design; $15 value) with purchases $50+. No code necessary; exclusive nail wrap cannot be purchased on its own. 11/28

Archipelago Botanicals

Free gift with purchase (Traditional Holiday Room Sprays; $19 value) and free ground shipping with purchases $39+ use code BFHOLIDAYSPRAYS. 11/28 – 11/30


MAC Smoky Black Friday – Available exclusively at www.maccosmetics.com on November 28th only


30% off site-wide 11/28 – 12/1 http://anthony.com/


35% off any order using code BFRIDAY14
11/27 – 12/1


50% off of select top-sellers listed on TimetoSpa.com (11/28 – 12/3)


Pick up the combination of Ammo Palette, Smoked Palette, AND get a deluxe sample of Perversion Mascara, for only $30 + free shipping on all orders. PLUS each unique order placed at UrbanDecay.com  will receive 1 card that contains a random prize ranging from $10 off their next purchase, to a grand prize trip to Orange County. 11/28

The Body Shop

A limited edition tote ($125 Value for Only $30) and other exclusive offers. (Online and in stores 11/26-11/30)

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My life is like a C.Wonder Store — “unexpected touches at every turn.” If you follow me on instagram you might have picked up on that. I’m into a little bit of everything and this C. Wonder and Glossybox collaboration is a bit of everything needed to jump into summer. The contents of the box were revealed in true summer fashion at  founder of C. Wonder, Chris Burch’s, Hamptons’ home.

C. Wonder Glossy Box

Stars & Stripes Glossybox for C. Wonder Contents*:

  • Strangebeautiful GlossyBox Exclusive Red and Blue Nail Polish ( Full size included:  $18)
  • Philip B pH Restorative Hair Spray (Sample included. Full size: $24)
  • Camille Beckman Platinumé Gold Imperiale Repair Hand Therapy (Sample included. Full size: $28)
  • BeautyBlender Pure Sponge (Full size included: $19.95)
  • Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve (Sample included. Full size: $42)
  • C. Wonder Mystery Gift Card (Gift cards are valued between $5 and $500 and each GlossyBox subscriber will receive one.)

*Some contents vary by box.

The BeautyBlender and  Strangebeautiful nail polish (both full size products) make this GlossyBox well worth the $21 purchase. Click here to get your Stars & Stripes Glossybox for C. Wonder before they sell out.

In addition to the Stars & Stripes Glossybox for C. Wonder box will be available at select C. Wonder Store Locations the first week of July,  including:

  • Southampton (New York)
  • Nantucket (Massachusetts)
  • Lenox Square (Atlanta, GA)
  • King Street, Charleston (South Carolina)
  • Tyson Corner Center (Washington D.C.)
  • The Fashion Center at Pentagon City (Washington, D.C.)

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The first time I met Sam Fine I was wearing 4 inch heels, this meant I was standing about 6 feet 3 inches tall, a bit over his head.  I was a little starstruck, so, naturally I wanted a photograph with him. When I attempted to stoop so we would be the same height, he said “no, don’t do that” and got on his tiptoes and took several pictures until I got one that was good.  Every subsequent encounter with him has been just as memorable because he has a way of making you feel like you’re besties. In addition to his unmatched talent, I think that Sam Fine’s success as a makeup artist has something to do with his disarming personality, his genuine love of women and a true appreciation for beauty.


Sam Fine is known for his great work with icons such as Patti Labelle, Vanessa Williams, Halle Berry, Brandy, Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell, Iman, Veronica Webb, Monique, Queen Latifah and more. Jody Watson, founder of Doobop, recently caught up with Fine to talk female power,  true style, and his love of brown beauty.  Click here to read the article.

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Designer: Jenny Packham


Stylist: Jeanie Syfu for TRESemme

It takes a village…

Inspiration: The Jenny Packham Spring 2014 Collection is loosely influenced by the 70’s Australian cult classic, “Picnic At Hanging Rock,” a beautifully haunting story about a group of boarding school girls who are taken on a picnic to Hanging Rock, mysteriously wander off in a trance and disappear. (Sounds like Molly was involved.) To translate this into runway hair, Syfu fused bold 70’s waves with romantic texture and volume.


How To:

  1. Apply TRESemme Thermal Creations Mousse liberally and blow-dry with a Mason Pearson brush.
  2. Spray TRESemme Thermal Creations Curl Activator Spray (no jheri) on each section and curl hair with a smaller iron at nape, medium-sized barrel from the ears to crown and 1″ barrel iron on top.
  3. Once cooled, take pins out and tease hair from roots working your way down to ends to lift curls and create texture.
  4. Spray with TRESemme 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray for long-lasting volume and touchable hold.
  5. As a finishing touch, clamp a barrette above the temple to secure the style in place. Voila!


Manicurist:  Gina Edwards for Essie



Inspiration: Mystical fantasy. A 1900s Edwardian era fairytale with a 70’s feel.

How To: You’ll need four Essie colors.

  1. Apply a coat of Eternal Optimist 
  2. Tone it down by applying a coat of Allure (great layering tool).
  3. Next up: glitter! A Cut Above (pink glitter) is layered under Set in Stones (silver glitter). Starting at cuticle, the glitter is lightly dabbed so that there is a trickle down effect that slowly fades away.



Makeup Artist:  Talia Shobrook for Laura Mercier



Inspiration: Combining a “flush of innocence with a hint of naughtiness,” the look is skin focused with a youthful, fresh, ethereal vibe. Glitter was again the focal point as it highlighted the model’s eyes.

How To:

  1. Prep the skin with Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, then apply Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Colour in Sunrise.
  2. Apply Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer – Oil Free Broad Spectrum SPF Sunscreen all over the face.
  3. Conceal minor skin imperfections using Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage.
  4. Apply Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance to the T-Zone.
  5. Dab lips with Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Spiced Rose and Pink Blush.
  6. Apply a thick layer of Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Sterling.
  7. Fill in your brows using Laura Mercier Eye Brow Pencil.
  8. Apply one swipe of Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara, keeping the lashes very subtle.

Pro Tip For Using Glitter: To pick up errant glitter, use a clean mascara wand and press it down on skin. It will pick it right up!

 For more of my everyday shenanigans, find me, Lauren (aka @inawordfab) on TwitterFacebook and Blog.

Designer: Rebecca Minkoff


Stylist: Jeanie Syfu for TRESemmé

Inspiration: Like the collection, the runway hair was ethnic-inspired. More specifically, Rebecca was stricken by a vintage photo of Bianca Jagger in Mexico. This led to her thinking about the very strong and stylish Mexican woman, Frida Kahlo. Syfu used these inspirations to translate Kahlo’s iconic braided up-do into a modern, textured, intentionally imperfect style.


Get the Look:

  1. Prep damp hair with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse and rough dry.
  2. Create a messy zig zag part from hairline to nape and clip to separate.
  3. From the heavier side of the part, create another zig zag section behind the ear and clip, creating three sections.
  4. Back brush hair for texture and fullness and create a ponytail in each section, positioned just behind the ears (two on one side, one on the other).
  5. Tease lengths of hair and spray lightly with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray.
  6. Create a four-strand braid with each ponytail and fasten with an elastic.
  7. Wrap braids around the top of the heard, tucking the end of the braids under and fastening with bobby pins.
  8. Finish with TRESemmé Fresh Start Color Care Dry Shampoo for a matte, undone look.

At Home Tips: It’s an easy, intentionally messy look, so, don’t aim for perfection. You can try it with a three-strand braid rather than four, tie it in knots, or even twist it. It’s one of those styles that looks best on second day hair. No need to use any curling irons, it’s about texture and braiding.

Fall Hair Trends: Straight, flat ironed is where the industry is going. Syfu is over beachy waves. It’s about a clean slate of hair with shine.



Manicurist: Michelle Saunders for Essie

Inspiration: What would Frida Kahlo wear on her nails today? Mexican folk art! ‘Tart Deco,’ a bright creamy coral by Essie is the “hero color” of the look, and it is embroidered with Day of the Dead-inspired skulls, flowers and dots on random nails using Essie colors ‘Licorice,’ ‘Blanc,’ and ‘Butler Please,’ a blue that was actually inspired by the color of Kahlo’s house.


Fall Nail Trends: Texture in the form of nail art, as well as a lot of matte, glitter and 3D. Nails continue to be an extension of fashion and nail art is bigger than ever.



Makeup Artist: Sarah Lucero for Stila

Inspiration: All about the beauty of nomads exploring the Mexican desert with a dash of punk rebellion. The palette? Warm Navajo neutrals. Not to mention, brows that wow!


Products Used:

  1. Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color
  2. Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Deep Burgundy (Available Spring ’14)
  3. Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Dark Brown
  4. Kajal Eye Liner in Tigers Eye
  5. In the Know Eye Shadow Palette
  6. Convertible Color Lip & Cheek in Camellia

TTBTip: Be a Brow BelieverDon’t be afraid to boost your brows in a natural way. Shade and fill in where you need to using tint, stains, or pencil.

For more of my everyday shenanigans, find me, Lauren (aka @inawordfab) on TwitterFacebook and Blog.


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Are you a beauty enthusiast? If you answered ‘yes’ then be sure you’re sitting down before you read any further…

Sephora’s Beauty Insider rewards program is pretty impressive by any standard and is even more impressive if you are a rewards program VIB. However, with the launch of VIB Rouge, Sephora’s new Top-Tier beauty rewards program, you just might lose your entire mind. Before you go thinking this is just another level that might get you two birthday beauty gifts instead of one or free gifts of full size products let me stop you right there!

Perks of VIB Rouge and How to Qualify


VIB Rouge provides the ultimate in beauty bragging rights and is reserved for those who spend $1000 or more in a calendar year [*scans room for our Editor in Chief, Felicia* — she’s a major spender at Sephora]. With a VIB Rouge membership you get access to all the perks of a Beauty Insider,  all the perks of a VIB, plus “unparalleled insider access to one-of-a-kind experiences and rewards, limited-list events with brand founders and celebrities, advance access to new products, free shipping on Sephora.com and Sephora.ca, unlimited complimentary services at the SEPHORA Beauty Studio and your own beauty concierge hotline.” Obviously this is not for everyone but if you a true beauty enthusiasts, aka beauty junkie, a makeup artist or even a blogger, spending $1000 at Sephora may be a mere bag of shells.

More Beauty Rewards for All


Although the beauty rewards for Sephora’s Beauty Insider and Very Important Beauty Insiders, VIBs, are already out-of-this-world, Sephora has overhauled the programs giving consumers even more benefits. In addition to the existing perks like free birthday gifts and trading points for beauty products, members can now use points to get access to member-only classes, first access to coveted new beauty products and more.

Improved Mobile Experience


More and more people are doing their shopping online even when they are standing in the store whose website they’re shopping. Sephora has taken this trend in consumer shopping behavior and improved it. At Sephora.com/BeautyInsider or using Sephora To Go App for iPhone and iPod Touch, shoppers have quick access to rewards and exclusive offers based on their membership status, past purchases, products they love, and can readily check points balances and look up reviews of a product they might be consider purchasing. Does this App do the most, or what?

Special Offers Going on Now


From August 12-18th  Sephora is rewarding Beauty Insiders with double point purchases,  triple point purchases for VIBs and quadruple point purchases for VIB ROUGE members! In addition to points multiplication, for a limited time members can transfer their “newly acquired points to friends and family for access to rewards that money alone can’t buy…like a chance to score a special 5K or 10K once in a lifetime reward, such as a trip for two to Paris with Make Up For Ever or the Marc Jacobs Beauty Collection tucked into a Marc Jacobs handbag.” Visit Sephora.com/CelebrateBI for more information and be sure to click on How to Redeem to get the full scoop.

Remember, it is free to become a Beauty Insider and members immediately start earning one point for every dollar spent.  With Sephora, the more you buy, the more you’re rewarded – it’s that simple!

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By a show of hands, who’s enamored with French beauty? Everyone, right?

I absolutely crave the rituals and beauty secrets of French women. There’s just something about the French beauty aesthetic that I cannot get enough of…the mood is chic & understated, yet undeniably present. For years I’ve dabbled in French beauty products ranging from creams and treatments serums, to haircare and color cosmetics.

with Jean Patou Parfumer

I recently had the opportunity to visit Paris and spend intimate time behind-the-scenes with five incredible French brands: Orlane, Leonor Greyl, Jean Patou, Patyka, and Talika.


The thought of this rare experience immediately appealed to me. While pretty colors and lovely packaging send my heart sailing, my expertise as a Beauty Girl is deeply rooting in gaining a deeper understanding of brand heritage, product ingredients, formulation, efficacy, delivery systems, etc.

Orlane Headquaters

So, when offered the chance to travel to Paris and meet with the owners and R&D professionals behind five of Paris’ most successful brands, well — only an act of God could have prevented me from going!

Over the next few weeks, I will share my Parisian Beauty Tour with you:

– You’ll learn all about the life changing Leonor Greyl hair treatment and treatment technique that has forever changed how I care for my hair…I’ll share the products used (lucky you — they’re available in the US) and insider tips on how to get the results of your life.

– I’ll share how I fell in love with fragrance house Jean Patou.

– As a new mom (to be!), I’m really getting into products that are both organic and effective – key word: effective! So learning about Patyka was an absolute pleasure…can’t wait to tell you more about the line and the products with which I’m having tremendous success.

– Beauty innovation gets me going…and, oh the things I learned while visiting with Talika! Stay tuned…

House of Orlane was truly a unique and special experience. During my trip I took lots of video of rarely seen archives and original product packaging. And since my return three weeks ago, I’ve been faithfully using Orlane’s #1 elixir and cream…can’t wait to share more!

Stay plugged in more, more more!

For a look into my world and my time in Paris, peruse my Instagram feed, and search using #TTBinParis

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Chat soon!

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I love working in beauty — Isn’t it apparent?! Professionally, nothing makes me happier.

I Love Beauty!
I Love Beauty!

Regularly I get emails from followers, friends of friends, etc., asking for advice on pursuing a career in Beauty. Recently a young lady, lets call her, “B”, contacted me to ask the following:

I was talking to “A” the other day about my interest in beauty. She mentioned your name and told me to get in touch with you. I hope you don’t mind!

I have become interested in the beauty sector over the past several months and am considering going into it as a career (though I think it is a difficult area to get your foot in the door). I’m not as interested in the makeup artistry end as the business end — production, marketing and the like. However, I’m not quite sure what steps I should take to help me on my desired career path. I am thinking that maybe I should take a makeup artistry course to better understand makeup. Also, it seems that the blogosphere and youtube play a large role in beauty these days, so starting a blog is something I’ve considered as well.

I was wondering if you had any advice about your experiences as a beauty consultant and blogger and any suggestions on steps I should take to get better acquainted with the beauty sector. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

I decided to share my response here on the blog, in hopes that it helps some young tender roni out there in search of advice on establishing a career in Beauty. So here you go. All the best!

Hi “B”! I’m happy to help. Beauty is an incredibly fulfilling area of business, if you have a passion for it. If you’ve had no beauty experience, I recommend that you begin immersing yourself in beauty via organizations (like CEW, and others – start your research), attend industry trade shows like IMATS, HBA, IBS, The Makeup Show, etc. You should also begin establishing your interest via social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, blogs, your own blog, etc.) and connecting with like minded individuals, groups, and organizations.

Realistically, and depending on your end game, be prepared that it can take 2-3 years to establish yourself and break through the clutter…beauty is quite saturated. This is in no way a deterrent, but more so me trying to give you a honest look into what it takes to make a career switch into beauty. Oh, and, you should definitely learn the basics and mechanics of makeup application, even if artistry is not the end game. If you want to work in beauty, you gotta know what you’re talking about when it comes to makeup! Also increase your understanding of fragrance, hair care (for all ethnicities), nail care, cosmetic procedures, etc. You’ll be expected to have more than surface knowledge.
I hope this is helpful.
All the best,


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I must admit, I love my life as a Blogger. In addition to writing ThisThatBeauty (my baby!), I get to work on some rather cool projects with some of my favorite fashion & beauty brands. If you follow me on Instagram (and I’m certain you do) you know that I’m a total Madewell Girl. . . I practically live in the store at The Mall at Short Hills. So when Birchbox (a fave beauty destination!) and Madewell asked me to participate in the BIRCHBOX + MADEWELL Spring Style Experience — I quickly replied ‘YES‘.

Though it’s yet to actually feel like Spring (brrr…but soon!) BIRCHBOX + MADEWELL have partnered to celebrate the launch of Madewell’s spring collection. I was invited to create my own “How to Be a Madewell Girl” look with clothing from Madewell’s spring collection and the latest beauty products from Birchbox.com.

My BIRCHBOX + MADEWELL Spring Style Experience shoot begins…

BIRCHBOX + MADEWELL Spring Style Experience
In the makeup chair


BIRCHBOX + MADEWELL Spring Style Experience
We went with an Emerald eye and glossy nude lip.


BIRCHBOX + MADEWELL Spring Style Experience
So so many beauty goodies on set!


BIRCHBOX + MADEWELL Spring Style Experience
The Oribe products that kept my hair looking amazing!


BIRCHBOX + MADEWELL Spring Style Experience
I drew lots of inspiration from this section of the store


BIRCHBOX + MADEWELL Spring Style Experience
Yes, please! I added a few of these arm candy musts to my finished look.


BIRCHBOX + MADEWELL Spring Style Experience
Here I am with my Assoc Editor, Christene…inspecting Spring’s best!


BIRCHBOX + MADEWELL Spring Style Experience
I’m thinking this top is a total winner! Christene agrees.


BIRCHBOX + MADEWELL Spring Style Experience
Getting my accessories *just* right!


BIRCHBOX + MADEWELL Spring Style Experience
I’m almost ready for my closeup . . .


BIRCHBOX + MADEWELL Spring Style Experience
Voila! Now this is how to be a Madewell Girl 🙂


BIRCHBOX + MADEWELL Spring Style Experience
A little open jacket action to show what I’m workin’ with 😉


BIRCHBOX + MADEWELL Spring Style Experience
Again…but this time with a playful “I’m-trying-to-look-ten-years-younger” head tilt. LOL
BIRCHBOX + MADEWELL Spring Style Experience
You get to see the bag really well in this shot!


BIRCHBOX + MADEWELL Spring Style Experience
And here I am, pretending something is funny, when really…I’m deliriously cold [but twas fun!].
BIRCHBOX + MADEWELL Spring Style Experience
Working the stairs…


Want the deets on my fashion & beauty from the BIRCHBOX + MADEWELL Spring Style Experience? Of course you do!

MAKEUP: Eyes — MAKE Satin Finish Eyeshadow in Ivy, Stila “In the Know” palette. Lips — Armour Lipgloss in Diana [ZOMG, girl – buy it!]. HairOribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray

CLOTHES: The Transport ToteSkinny Ankle Jean in optic white Silk Boyshirt Belted Leather Bomber Sungarden ScarfPave Chevron Cuff Tracecraft Bangle

So how did I do? Do like my look? See something you like?

Leave a comment!. . . I’d love to hear what you have to say!

Want to be a Madewell Girl? In this exclusive video Madewell’s editorial director, Susan Cernek, shares the inspiration behind the collection and explains how to get the Madewell look. Great tips!


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Can’t we all use a little beauty help every now and then? Just the other day…I sent a distress text to one of my PR Beauty Girlfriends for advice on a dastardly pimple on the rise. Thankfully, her sage advice saved the day. But, let’s say your BFF isn’t so savvy in the beauty department. Other than my blog (obviously), where do you turn for beauty help? Well how about Walgreens? I’ve been a Walgreens beauty shopper for years (Ferry Street store in Newark, to be specific), so when Walgreens and Style Coalition asked me to share my thoughts, I jumped at the opportunity.

Walgreens Sample Box

The newly redesigned beauty aisle at Walgreens is laid out to better help you find your favorites, discover something new, or just browse the latest products and trends in beauty. And if you take a look around, you’ll notice another helpful addition — Beauty Advisors.

Walgreens Beauty Advisor

In every store, you’ll find a trained Beauty Advisor on hand to help guide you and share insightful tips. Need help erasing dark under eye circles? Not sure of the best cleanser for your skin type? Well, wonder no more. Your Walgreens Beauty Advisor is well versed on the products in store, so he or she can help you demystify the labels and select the best possible products.

Insider Tips

With your purchase (while supplies last), you’ll receive Walgreens new Sample Boxes. In this previous post I explain Sample Boxes a bit more. While the sample product inside is a whole lot of fun, the part of the Sample Box that I like most is the little “Smart Tips and Secret Tricks” mini mag. It’s filled with coupons and tips on things like “Perfect Lip Looks“, “Bright Eyes“, “No Chip Tips“, and “Winter Fixes“. I’m such a beauty nerd and I live for a good beauty read…and these little mini mags are perfect for keeping current with the latest in makeup, skin, and hair. So genius!

Perfect Lip Looks

So if you’re looking to overhaul your current routine or just refresh your beauty stash a bit, Walgreens Beauty Advisors are in-the-know on all things beauty and can help you make great choices and save a few dollars.

If you’re not making Walgreens your drugstore beauty destination, you’re missing out! Want to discover the season’s best beauty at Walgreens? Well here’s your chance to win a $30 Walgreens gift card? Leave a comment that fills in the blank: My favorite Walgreens beauty buy is:___________ [and briefly explain why]

I will select one winner at random.

Good luck!

I’m all for upgrades. Like getting bumped up to first class from coach. . . or when the wait at Starbucks is unusually long, and the nice barista rewards my patience with a grande, instead of my frugalista-friendly tall. See, upgrades are nice. Well how about a beauty upgrade from the helpful folks at Walgreens?

Walgreens Beauty Advisor

Yes, your ears do not deceive you — Walgreens. If you’ve visited your local Walgreen’s lately [heyyy, Pat, my favorite cashier, at my local Walgreens on Ferry Street in Newark] you’ve likely noticed some major upgrades up and down the cosmetics aisle. I’ve been a Walgreens customer for years…so when Walgreens & Style Coalition approached me to share my thoughts, I was delighted. Not only are Walgreens beauty displays more vivid and illuminated to showcase the very best of drugstore beauty, the beauty areas now also have dedicated Beauty Advisors on hand. So if you’re wondering if you can pull off this season’s it color [Emerald] or have questions about the best skin care formulations for your skin type, there’s a trained Beauty Girl [or Beauty Boy] in-store to help with your beauty needs.

Walgreens Sample Box

And here’s where Walgreens really plays to my beauty loving heartSample Boxes. In Sample Boxes you will find Smart Tips from Walgreens Beauty Advisors, seasonal care secrets for skin & hair, beauty trend tidbits, money-saving coupons, and most of all – SAMPLES! And beauty boxes aren’t a random mish-mosh of throwaway product…no ma’am. The cutely curated boxes are theme specific and focus on specific areas of beauty. To learn more about Sample Boxes, click here. A world of beauty discoveries await [while supplies last…so get yours now]!

If you’re not making Walgreens your drugstore beauty destination, you’re missing out! Want to discover the season’s best beauty at Walgreens? Well here’s your chance to win a $30 Walgreens gift card? Leave a comment that fills in the blank: My favorite Walgreens beauty buy is:___________ [and briefly explain why]

I will select one winner at random.

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Ladies: Let’s talk “Complexion Correction”

While “Complexion Correction” might sound like a fancy term, it’s really all about perfecting the skin and helping it look its best. We’re all for that, right?



As a Beauty Blogger/ Editor (and once, Makeup Artist), I’ve come to understand that “perfecting the skin” looks different on every woman. When it comes to complexion, we all have our little hangups. For some women it’s concealing dark under eye circles. I hear this complaint primarily from new moms, girls who party hearty and sip more bubbly than H20 (guilty!), and women of a certain age. But for others, “perfecting the skin” means spot concealing. Now I’ll raise my own hand on this one…I hear this complaint primarily from women in their 20s & 30s battling adult acne and women like me who deal with the regularly occurring hormonal breakouts. For this group of women, we want to spot conceal and bounce. No big fuss. There’s yet another group of women that I’ve encountered, women with general uneven tone or random blotchiness. Some tend to be darker around the mouth or really red around the nose or at the cheeks. So this group is looking to even out areas of on evenness.

Cover FX Cream Concealer


Regardless of your area of focus, I’d like to share with you a product that can help. Cover FX Cream Concealer is a bit of a complexion magician. It’s rare to find ONE concealer formulated to address the aforementioned skin tone concerns. In my many years of wearing makeup (and doing makeup professionally), I have always used one type of concealer for face and a totally different formula for under eyes…but no more. Cover FX Cream Concealer is my new do-it-all complexion corrector. Available in 12 global shades and created to suit a range of pink (P), neutral (N), and golden (Golden) undertones, the self-setting concealer with built-in primer covers like a champ and does not budge until you wash your face.


If you’re an ingredients hound (and I can’t blame you), you should know that Cover FX Cream Concealer is vegan and paraben, fragrance, gluten, mineral oil and talc free. The buildable formula is applied at medium coverage, but by dabbing on a second tap of product, full coverage is possible. . .which is ideal for the lovely post-pimple blemish I’m nursing on my CHEEK, of all places. Sigh!

Speaking of the glorious post-pimple blemish on my cheeks, want to see how Cover FX Cream Concealer makes it disappear? OK, then. This video is for you!

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• Antioxidants: Citamin C and e soothe inflammation & reduce redness while protecting against premature
skin aging
• Contains phytosphingosine, a natural occurring lipid found in the skin to help reduce redness and inflammation, plus Bisabolol, a chamomile derived anti-inflammatory to reduce redness and inflammation
• Vitamin F esters and Squalane naturally moisturize skin and improve elasticity
• Ceramide 2 and palmitoyl oligopeptide reduce wrinkles and repair surface skin while Xymenynic acid
firms and reduces sagging under the eyes
• Specially developed to be hi def camera friendly and can easily erase under-eye circles, redness,
dark spots, sun damage and blemishes
• 29% pigment load allows flexible coverage
• Built in primer and self-setting formula

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I bet most you you are a lot like me. You walk into Target, expecting to pick up paper towels, dish liquid, and the like — but somehow, miraculously, through the magic of Target, you exit with an armful of unintended items — you know: those floral print jeans you just had to have…or those glittery smoking shoes that look just like the one’s from brand X, but cost 80% less. Ahh, the magic of Target.

As a card carrying Beauty Girl, the haircare section at Target is a bit of a wonderland. I mean, it’s awesome all on its own, with rows and rows of the latest products and tools. But here’s where Target wins major cool points in my book — Multi-Ethnic Hair Care

Target now offers a vast selection of hair care products specifically geared to meet the needs of girls like me, with ethnic hair. The offerings (starting at $2.69) include both established and indie brands, so you can stock up on your favorites or discover something shiny & new. Go on, explore!!

Curls – a premium, ethnic hair care line – is specifically for biracial/multiracial women and girls with naturally curly hair. Curls products contain an exclusive blend of certified organic ingredients, natural oils and exotic extracts. Products in the collection are $17.99 each.

Camille Rose

Founded in 2010 by Janell Stephens, a mother of five and dedicated vegan, Camille Rose is committed to developing natural products that provide the ultimate path to health, wellness and beauty. The collection includes body and hair care products ranging from $14.99 – $22.00.

Shea Moisture

Founder Richelieu Dennis brought Shea Moisture from Sierra Leon to the streets of New York, selling raw shea butter products made by his family. Today, the collection includes a range of natural and organic personal care solutions including shampoos, conditioners, treatments and body products. Natural ingredients such as organic coconut, hibiscus, shea butter and yucca target hair needs, while lavender, lemongrass and sage soothe the body. Prices range from $9.09 – $11.99.


Created by one of the leading pharmaceutical company in Mexico, Grisi is dedicated to the development of natural health, beauty and hygiene products. The Manzanilla hair care collection contains natural chamomile flower extract which lightens the hair gradually and protects naturally. Prices range from $3.29 – $3.99.

Kinky Curly

Kinky Curly hair care products are specifically designed for curly hair. All products are formulated to add moisture, give hold without drying hair and offer protection from environmental elements. Prices range from $11.34 – $21.89.

Mixed Chicks

Mixed Chicks is a natural, cruelty-free and vegan hair care brand specially formulated for multi-textured hair, with products for women, men and children. Mixed Chicks Kids is specially formulated for a tear-free, natural product experience. The brand was created in 2004 by Wendi Levy and Kim Etheredge and offers products that are effective for all ethnicities with multi-textured hair. Price ranges from $4.99 – $19.99.

Moco de Gorila

Moco de Gorila is a line of maximum-hold hair gels made in Mexico that leave no residue or flakes on the hair. It is available in three hold factors including “Punk” (yellow bottle), which has the strongest hold, “Rockero” (red bottle) which has a medium hold, and “Galan” (green bottle) which has the most flexible hold. Products range from $2.69 – $3.09.

The Jane Carter Solution

Natural-based products that work effectively for every hair type, The Jane Carter Solution product line was specifically designed for dry hair including curly, wavy, straight, relaxed, natural and color treated hair. The products feature ingredients derived from nature, such as natural butters and certified organic essential oils, and add vibrancy and shine to hair. Prices range from $9.99 – $19.99.

Tio Nacho

Tio Nacho is a complete line of products based on royal jelly, a natural ingredient that nourishes hair and helps keep it healthy and silky. Products in the collection are $7.39 each

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