Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year To All!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support! Beauty Is Our Addiction continues to grow and I have all of you to thank for this blessing! 

Looking forward to sharing new beauty launches, collaborations, breakthrough products, etc. in 2015!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF MY B.I.O.A. Readers! Cheers to a happy and healthy 2015! 

Below are just a few highlights of the year as there were SO many to choose from! 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Carol's Daughter, Burt's Bees and Dana's Bakery

A few major things happened in 2014 for these three well known brands...

In 2014, Carol’s Daughter transformed the hair of people with curly hair with the new Marula Curl Therapy Collection, but also became a part of the L’Oreal family. Burt’s Bees changed their lip color game with the new Burt’s Bees Lip Crayons. And for Dana’s Bakery, Dana Loia opened a new Mac Bar at Gansevoort Market and brought many smiles to customers worldwide, including my very own family!

Carol’s Daughter Marula Curl Therapy Collection: Formulated to deeply rejuvenate each curl so they are trained to always be what you want them to be: soft, shiny and beautifully free. Available at Ulta and

· Marula Gentle Cream Cleanser, $18.00
· Marula Oil Softening Serum, $18.00
· Marula Softening Hair Mask, $24.00
· Marula Diffusing & Styling Lotion, $20.00
· Marula Curl Therapy Collection 3-Piece Starter Kit, $24.00

Swatched from left to right: 
Sedona Sands, Carolina Coast, Hawaiian Smolder,
 Redwood Forest, Napa Vineyard and Niagra Overlook.

Burt’s Bees Lip Crayons, ($9, These 100% natural lip crayons deliver a creamy matte finish and moisture-rich wear. Grown by nature, these harness the best of nature’s beautiful color and caring wisdom. With six available shades, plus 100% Natural ingredients like Shea Butter, Kendi Oil, and Jojoba Oil, Nature’s Crayons are now in full bloom.

Dana’s Bakery Champagne Celebration, ($30, Ring in 2015 with an little bite size treat with a Champagne Celebration from Dana’s Bakery – the best toast for ALL ages! Dana’s Bakery Champagne Celebration is available year round at danasbakery.com800-477-1816 or at the Mac Bar at Gansevoort Market!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Come January: NARS Eye-Opening Act Collection featuring Tilda Swinton

Fellow #NARSissists! Allow me to introduce the new NARS Eye-Opening Act collection, launching at Nordstrom exclusively on January 1, 2015. 

This new limited-edition collection features new Matte Velvet Shadow sticks with an incredibly intense, rich color payoff – in addition to two beautiful eyeshadow palettes. This is also the first in a series of three spring 2015 campaign images that features Francois Nars’ latest model, acclaimed actress, whom I adore, Tilda Swinton.

For January 2015, NARS Cosmetics introduces a limited-edition collection that delivers captivating range and dimension for eyes. The new Matte Velvet Shadow stick intensifies, while warm and cool eyeshadow palettes excite new depth for endless eye looks. The Illuminating Multiple brings light to shadow for eyes, lips and cheeks. The multi-purpose glow stick heightens the scene at every twist with a new light-reflecting formula of sheer brilliance.

The new Velvet Shadow Stick draws unscripted drama with potent matte pigments that define, intensify and shade eyelids in five long-wearing shades. This velvety matte formula applies easily and smoothly for crease-proof wear and is housed in a sleek propel/repel component in 5 staple shades.






Sheer rose


SHADES INCLUDE (left to right):
All About Eve Duo Eyeshadow (right side): Flesh-toned neutral with shimmer
Jezebel Eyeshadow - Shimmery sable
Thunderball Eyeshadow - Midnight gray
Colombo Eyeshadow - Vintage gold shimmer
Brousse Duo Eyeshadow (left side): Sable
Coconut Grove Eyeshadow - Deep brown infused with reflections


SHADES INCLUDE (left to right):
Dalliance Eyeshadow - Dusty lilac stone
Pyla Eyeshadow - Smokey hunter green
Sidi Bou Saïd - Blackened grape
Pandora Duo Eyeshadow (left side) - Sheer white shimmer
Luberon - Iridescent sand with rose gold sheen
Pandora Duo Eyeshadow (right side) - Matte black

January 1, 2015 at Nordstrom and
March 15, 2015 at NARS boutiques and

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Ring in the New Year with RevitaLash Cosmetics

I have been using RevitaBrow for quite some time and it certainly works! I had also heard only great things regarding their RevitaLash Advanced mascara, so when I saw there were newer products from the company- I wanted to learn more about them. 

With two ultra-volumizing mascaras that prime and lengthen lashes while fortifying and conditioning and a highlighter that’s packed with Vitamin C, these makeup must-haves do double duty to keep you looking your best long after the night is over!

Volumizing Primer

High-performance amplifying primer saturates eyelashes with color intensity while conditioning, smoothing and protecting for maximum beauty effects. Features a distinctive Indigo Blue shade to brighten the eyes and intensify the depth of mascara while delivering moisturizing and conditioning benefits to help support lash strength and softness. 

Price: $24

Volumizing Mascara

This volume-loving, buildable mascara saturates eyelashes with color intensity and definition while conditioning, smoothing and protecting for maximum beauty effects. Wet, high-performance, clump free formula intensifies eyelashes resulting in a voluminous eye-popping finish and long-wear performance in a water-resistant formula.
Price: $24 

Spotlight Highlighting Pencil

This instantly illuminating highlighting pencil accentuates and perfects in all the right places. The eyes, cheekbones, lips, and brow bones are all conditioned with Vitamin E while appearing luminous and youthful.
Price: $24 

All RevitaLash Cosmetics products are available at and at salons and spas nationwide.

Friday, December 19, 2014

About Last Night: Jennifer Lopez at People Magazine's First Award Show

Can we just take a minute and say how gorgeous Jennifer Lopez looked at last night's People Magazine award show? She takes my breath away and continues to look incredibly stunning in all of her different looks. She is one of the few I feel can wear just about anything and truly carry it off. In fact, I believe she is one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen. I did get a glance at The 2011 Grammy Awards- and not only was she friendly- but she was so darn gorgeous in person that her smile seemed to light up the large arena! Well, last night's gala was no exception as L'Oreal Paris spokesperson Jennifer Lopez nailed the red carpet look once again while attending People Magazine's first ever award show.

How to get the look:

MAKEUP ARTIST: Mary Phillips

INSPIRATION: Mary wanted to go with a neutralized, modern, 70's glam makeup look. It's bold, but still somehow an appropriately muted look, while being powerful at the same time. With the straight center parted hair, and insanely gorgeous white beaded jumpsuit, Mary wanted to echo the makeup to reflect that time so she created a bold eye look and high lacquered lip with a more intensified line that still appears soft. 


STEP 1: Prep the skin with a L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur as it’s ideal for sensitive skin and leaves you having a smooth texture with very noticeable results (tighter, brighter and even skintone.) Works perfect as a primer (and for those constantly taking makeup on and off throughout the day) it works as a full proof base to protect the skin.

STEP 2: Apply the L'Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Concealer in Fair onto the lids to brighten and plump the outer corner areas of the eyes. The consistency is very smooth and helps the application to glide on easily – whether you want to use your fingers or a concealer brush.

STEP 3: Follow with a foundation. Use theL'Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundationin Honey Beige as the main over-all-color. Its lightweight, buildable formula leaves you with a luminous glow while also blurring all the fine lines and wrinkles. *Mary’s pro-tip: Mary loves to mix a few of the foundation bases for the more shaded areas to highlight. She drops a luminous highlighter from LUSH for a more dewy effect.

STEP 4: As for the blush, first apply theL'Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Blush in Soft Peach. For cheeks to look truly natural, Mary believes it’s always best to build a few colors. Follow with the L'Oréal Paris True Match Blush in Sweet Ginger to create a naturally flushed look (this color is a great finishing touch to someone’s skintone like Jennifer’s.)

STEP 5: For eyes, use the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Dual Effects in Treasured Bronze. Keep the pressure of the application softer towards the inner eye and build it out further, pressing more firmly, giving you an emphasized bolder eye while still leaving a muted undertone. *This happens to be Jennifer’s favorite product as it carries all her favorite eye shadow shades.

STEP 6: Follow with the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Liner in Black. Apply it slightly above the lash hairs on the lash line and extend the line out and up towards the outer corners of the eye.

STEP 7: Curl your lashes before applying mascara, always. Use the L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara in Blackest Black for a doll-like lash effect. The brush does lengthens, separates, and volumizes all the same time.

*Mary’s pro-tip: Mary recommends using Kevyn Aucoin’s eyelash curler, which allows you to achieve wide-eyes fluttery lashes.

STEP 8: For a well-defined brow look, apply the new L'Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Sculptor in Brunette. This brow pen will give you healthy, fuller brows and gives a great element to complete the eye as it helps to frame the face without being overbearing.

STEP 9: Lastly, for the lip, use a classic nude (but still punchy enough) ala JLO style. Use the new juicy L'Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Lipcolour in Henna. Re-apply after the first coat and then blot. Use this as a lip liner as well by applying with a dry and very thinly pointed lip brush.

STEP 10: Finish off with the new L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray to lock your makeup look and keep you looking fresh hours after application. This spray will prevent melting and facing. 




* All products are available at and at mass market retailers nationwide. 
Now, if I could only look like her, or move like her, or....

Get the Look: Estée Lauder x Kendall Jenner Holiday Makeup Look

The holidays are right around the corner and here is a look you can recreate for your next event or family gathering. You know I love a great red lippy and here are the products you'd need to recreate Kendall Jenner's holiday makeup look. It's certainly festive, flirty and fun in my opinion!

A look behind the scenes with
 Kendall Jenner + Estée Lauder.

 Pure Color Envy Sculpting Eyeshadow 
in Envious Orchid ($50)

Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Envious ($30)

Sumptuous Infinite Daring Length + Volume Mascara 
in Black ($26)

Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Le Smoking ($21)

All items can be found at Estee Lauder 

Happy Holidays to all!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

NARS: Sneak Peek at Two New Launches for 2015

Fellow #NARSissist lovers read below as two new launches are heading your way soon! 

First is the NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette that will be exclusively available on January 1, 2015 on and NARS Boutiques and then available everywhere else on Feb 1, 2015.

This palette also features a beautiful, much-awaited brown shade of their Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow formula!

Secondly, NARSissist Blush, Contour and Lip Palette (a Sephora exclusive) will be exclusively available at Sephora on February 1, 2015 and then available at and NARS boutiques on March 1, 2015.

Both items feature NEW NARSissist packaging – the entire compact is mirrored, so a true #NARSissist has every possible opportunity to gaze at their very own beauty look!

Mally Beauty: Glow This Holiday Season!

Day after day I am receiving more beauty gifting options so feel it only right to share them with my fellow B.I.O.A. friends!

The holiday spirit is certainly in the air and no one does festive flair quite like celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal. The brains behind top beauty brand Mally Beauty, she’s sharing her top ways to give the gift of beauty. From rich and colorful eyeliners to maximum-shine lipsticks packaged in trendy bags, you are sure to be the hit of the season.

Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner Set: Light up your eyes with this set of liners in festive shades. The budge-proof, waterproof eye liner glides on smoothly and effortlessly, while delivering rich color. Accompanied with a chic metallic bag, you’ll look gorgois even on the go. ($40,

Mally Beauty Mally Golden Rule of Beauty 5-Piece Collection with Clutch Bag: Achieve a flawless, luminous look for lip to lashes with this coordinated five-piece kit. Add a sheer layer of color on your lids with crease-proof eye shadow and add definition with a deep, waterproof eyeliner. Put the perfect finish on your lashes with jet-black mascara. Add a gentle blush to make you look flawlessly flushed. Finish off your look with High-Shine Liquid Lipstick in Cherry Blossom to make your lips look irresistible. ($45,