October 19, 2014

Inspiration: Be Bold

 Be daring, but most importantly, just be yourself. Marilyn was. 

October 8, 2014

Home Sweet Home

As some of you know I moved and the transition was sad as I had lived in my beloved South End apartment for ten years. Times change and you roll with the punches. As I unpack my life, there are a couple things to make my new place feel like home. Flowers and a deliciously scented candle always brighten my day and create a warm, inviting feeling. My new favorite candle is this one from Anthropologie made by Voluspa in Crane Flower. The scent is intoxicating and truly fills an entire room. I also pick up flowers from the market in Copley every Tuesday that come in adorable mason jars. Priced at $8, they are such a nice, affordable addition to my nightstand. So as I square things away and get organized, it is now starting to feel like home sweet home.

September 24, 2014

Eyelash Central

Trust me, I have tried every mascara out there. I have spent hundreds of dollars on them searching endlessly for the thick, long lashes we see in the magazines and every celebrity. Year after year, I’ve searched for the perfect way to add volume, length, and thickness to my lashes. How does Jennifer Lopez do it? I finally decided that enough was enough—it was time to take the plunge into the world of eyelash extensions.


That is where eyelash guru Andrea Starr came to the rescue. She's the best in the business and I enlisted her to help a girl out. Starr opened her namesake, Eyestarr, on Newbury three years ago. The adorable studio is adorned with pictures of long-lashed celebs and old-Hollywood starlets as a throwback to an era where the focus was on thick, full brows and voluminous eyelashes. Starr is as beautiful as her shop and quite a fashionista. With a list of celebrity clientele and a Boston Magazine Best of Boston award under her belt among others, she really knows her stuff. She customizes her extensions to each individual client. After a consultation, we settled on a full, dramatic look for my first set of lash extensions, which were a mixture of silk, mink, and synthetic lashes.

I laid back and Starr placed pads over my bottom lashes and under the top ones. She then proceeded to work her magic by individually attaching each lash with medical glue. The entire process was painless and quite relaxing. Along the way, I chatted with Starr and was impressed by her beauty knowledge. The session took about an hour, and she said the lashes would be sealed on for the next four weeks.
I was worried about what showering and other daily activities would do to my lashes, but Starr put my fears to rest. She said that water is excellent for the extensions, so I can feel free to swim and shower normally. However, she said I should avoid using oily creams and makeup because this can harm the adhesive.
I am so happy with the results, and my lashes have received numerous compliments. Of course, I bat my eyes and say "thank you.” I have been wearing them for a couple months now with a touch up every four weeks.  An extra bonus is the lashes are always curled, so no mascara is needed. Bye bye, racoon eyes!

August 18, 2014

Hair Guru: Laura Kuhns

When it comes to my blonde locks, I don't let anyone but Laura Kuhns touch them. Blonde can be tough and sometimes finding the right shade can prove more than difficult. Laura knows color and even took strands of my hair to a baby doll pink last month. She allows for creativity without going too far. Not only is she a topnotch stylist, but an amazing gal who might just call you "doll" and endear you in every way. Laura started her career as assistant to Avanti owner and lead stylist, Alex Iacobacci. She splits her time between Avanti and Charles David in Plymouth She is my lifesaver and a great friend.

STYLE 101 with Laura Kuhns:

Favorite Shop: Urban Outfitters 
Must Have Hair Product: Renee Furterer Silver Shampoo
Currently Coveting: Anything leopard 
Nail Obsession: Essie Mint Candy Apple

August 1, 2014

Ear Party

Anthropologie

Move over arm party because the ear party just showed up. More and more, I am noticing that ear cuffs and layering a bunch of simple studs is now the rage. I simply love this look. It's easy to do and several shops are offering the trend. Here are a few of my favorites.

Ruegembon
Rebecca Minkoff
Jennifer Lawrence wearing the trend.

July 17, 2014

Nail File: My Go To Products

Anyone who follows my Instagram knows how obsessed with painting my nails I am. I own every color you could imagine. A lot of people ask me how I keep my nails healthy and strong. I love having long nails without having to wear tips. Artificial nails and shellac can reap havoc on natural nails so I like to avoid these at all costs. I use a few products that allow me to do this and keep my natural nails from breaking.


First, I file my clean nails into the shape I desire which currently is oval. Then, I cut my cuticles with my trusty tool. I smooth everything with a buffer and use nail polish remover to take off any oils that may be left on nails. This will definitely make your mani last longer.

I start with Essie Base Coat. My favorite new product is OPI Nail Envy and I apply two coats to nails after. This stuff is genius and really does prevent breakage. My nails are so hard and strong now. Reapply it every other day.
I usually stay with nudes, black, and red. Right now, I adore Essie Style Hunter and Spin The Bottle along with OPI Lincoln Park After Dark. However, the summer is a great time to experiment with fun, bold colors. I finish with the ultimate top coat, Seche Vite. Nothing compares to the shine and gel-like finish it leaves on nails. It also dries super fast.

There you have it. Until the next manicure.....

June 10, 2014

Summer Skincare Routine

This week I will be focusing mainly on beauty products.  I usually change up my skincare when the weather starts to change. I find I don't need such heavy moisturizers which tend to make my skin break out during the warmer weather. I have discovered some fabulous new products that I've added to my daily routine and have already noticed some changes.

Face wash has always been a challenge for me. Either they are too harsh or too gentle. I normally stick to cream cleansers but found Giovanna Skin Care Purifying Cleanser surprisingly at TJ Maxx. Breakouts have subsided and my skin feels clean without being stripped of moisture. Next,  I apply my go to toner from Neutrogena. Toner is essential in skincare in that it removes any impurities left over from washing.

I follow this up with Clarins Double Serum. I never really believed in serums until I was educated on what the benefits of this one are. It has won numerous awards and rave reviews. 20 pure plant extracts and potent, high-tech molecules make up this serum and a dual chamber system combines two age-defying formulas that reactivates skin’s vital functions. Skin is firmer and wrinkles are visibly reduced. Did I mention a more even skin tone and less visible pores in just 4 weeks? Believe it....I am hooked.

My daily moisturizer is also Clarins. It's light but provides enough moisture to get me through the day without caking my makeup. The Multi-Active Day Correction Cream provides antioxidants that protect from daily pollution and UV stress.

For the night, I've been using Obiqo products from New Zealand. Obiqo combines nutrient-rich sea kelp with the very finest natural marine anti-ageing extracts and the powerful anti-oxidant properties of French organic sea lavender. I love the way they make my skin feel and I wake up refreshed. The Smoothing Eye Cream and Restoring Night Cream sit on my nightstand.

Enjoy the sun and check out my summer makeup favorites soon to follow. 
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