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. 

May 26, 2014

Come Play: Assembly Row's Opening Weekend

The Outlets at Assembly Row are kicking off their opening weekend this Saturday and Sunday. Shop at famous brand name stores like PUMA, Pendleton, and of course Saks Off Fifth. Assembly Row is much like a neighborhood feel and there is so much more beyond the shops unfolding like free yoga, a music series on the lux patio, Legoland, and the Assembled Handmade Arts Market.

To get the festivities started, I will be hosting Fashion Flashes all weekend to showcase what exciting looks and trends these shops have to offer. Come check out my Summer Must Have picks and tips on what's trending right now. Enjoy the show and feel free to sit and ask me your questions on anything fashion. AND, check out Assembly Row's Instagram this Wednesday and Thursday as I am taking over to give a sneak peek of what I'm pulling for the shows. There may be a giveaway or two in there as well ;)

WHEN: Saturday, May 31st and Sunday, June 1st from 11am-3pm
WHERE: Sommerville, MA

Follow, follow, follow ASSEMBLY ROW:
Facebook- AssemblyRow
Instagram- @AssemblyRow
Twitter- @AtAssemblyRow

May 25, 2014

Get Your Tickets: Say Yes To The Dress

We all love watching TLC's Say Yes To The Dress. On May 31st the star, Randy Fenoli, is bringing his expertise to the Wilbur Theater. Randy Fenoli works with nearly 15,000 brides a year. The performance will consist of two acts ranging from bridal trends, tips on selecting the right gown and interacting with the audience. Two bridal parties will be interviewed and critiqued by Randy with audience participation.

Prior to the event, MIX 104.1 will give one lucky bride the chance to win the ultimate bridal package including tickets to see and meet Randy at The Wilbur. PLUS, the winning party will get to join MIX emcees Gregg Daniels and Fast Freddy for a shopping experience at Chantilly Place with a $1,000 gift card to go towards their dress!

WHEN: Saturday, May 31st, 2014 – 8:00PM
TICKETS: Visit www.thewilbur.com, or call the box office at 617.248.9800

The Wilbur | 246 Tremont Street | Boston, MA 02116 | 617.248.9800

May 13, 2014

Graduation Gift Perfection

Last minute graduation gift decision? Head to Tiffany and Co. to find the perfect present. Add even more special personalization from the master engraver visiting the Copley store this Sunday.

April 11, 2014

Nail File: Foil Art at MiniLuxe

We all know how obsessed with my fingertips I am. I probably own every color in the rainbow and have tested every product know to man related to nails and cuticles. I love a good shellac from time to time and my go to is always MiniLuxe. Calm, clean, and the most advanced in nail technology, MiniLuxe will not disappoint.

I heard about their foil art and just had to try it. There is an array of colors to choose from like hot pink to funky blues, and of course my favorites, gold and silver. The foils are set over a shellac manicure which lasts two weeks and each one leaves a slighty different pattern on each nail.

Then, there was the matter of picking my base color. This took me some time. MiniLuxe carries not only CND but OPI and Essie colors for the shellac. I opted for Overly Onyx, a cool grey, black.

La La came over who is adorable and also an artist telling me she can do all kinds of fun nail art. They also offer an Ombre Glitter Manicure I'm dying to try. The result of my Foil Manicure s just awesome, a new trend in nail art. For the next two weeks, I'm styling and don't have to worry about chips or breaks.

MiniLuxe is just a fun place to treat yourself and looking at all the fun goodies they have for sale is a treat.
  
This service can be enjoyed on shellac mani’s only and is $3 per nail or 2 nails for $5. All fingers are an additional $15.
Available at MiniLuxe Boston, Hingham, Newton Centre, Lexington  & Lynnfield!

April 4, 2014

#ConsciousUncoupling

We are all fascinated when we hear the news of a celebrity breakup. How could two seemingly perfect human beings find fault in each other? What went wrong? The latest in our breakup file is that of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. The news is everywhere and of course we want every detail so much so that celebrities feel the need to put out an official statement to publicly end their love affair. I didn't even want my latest breakup to hit Facebook. Paltrow took to her criticized website Goop to share the news. However, this statement was a little different leaving the emotionally challenged wondering, what is conscious uncoupling?

"We have always conducted our relationship privately," Paltrow stated, "and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and co-parent, we will be able to continue in the same manner."

Conscious Uncoupling is a term coined by famous author Katherine Woodward Thomas and is non-dramatic approach to end a relationship without pointing fingers. In a five week program called "The Art of Conscious Uncoupling", couples learn to separate in a healthy, mature manner in order to fully heal and move on. 

According to Thomas, most breakups take an average of five years to heal from and in learning to heal these wounds, you may find a true, meaningful relationship. Self-reflection and breathing exercises help to lesson victimization and drama. I really hope it doesn't take five years to heal because that means I have three more to go from my past breakup. Truth is, I think I am OK.

So let's thank Gwyneth for opening our eyes to a new, peaceful trend in breaking up and a new term for us to throw around over mimosas at brunch. I wonder who will be the next couple to consciously uncouple? Brad and Angelina? I guess I'll have to keep reading Us Weekly to find out.
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