Tuesday, March 31, 2015

AVEDA: Light the Way™ Candles

As part of Aveda's Earth Month (April 2015) efforts, Aveda donates 100% of the purchase price (based on its SRP $12) of their signature limited edition Light the Way™ Candles to Global Greengrants Fund, a non-profit organization that channels high-impact grants to grassroots groups working to solve environmental problems all around the world. 

Since 2006, Aveda has raised $9 million through sales of its Light The Way™ candle. Since 1999, thanks to the passion of the Aveda Network and its guests, the brand has raised more than $38 million to help support organizations that directly affect environmental change. More than $32 million has supported clean water projects at home and around the world.

· Light the Way™ Candles are housed in 100% reclaimed glass beverage bottles and the outer cartons are fabricated from 90% post-consumer recycled (PCR) paperboard, with a portion made from Aveda make-ready materials (sheets of scrap paper that would normally go into the recycling stream).

· Scented with a new pure flower and plant aroma made with 100% certified organic essential oils, including certified organic vanilla, cinnamon and ylang ylang from Madagascar.

· Each candle is made from 100% naturally-derived soy and plant waxes, the 2015 Light the Way™ Candle burns cleanly and completely, infusing the air with over 27 hours of its rich and spicy scent.

Available now for $ 12 at www.aveda.com

Monday, March 30, 2015

2015 Kid's Choice Awards: Sarah Hyland

Watched the whole show with my children and it was so fun! Modern Family Star Sarah Hyland looked stunning at the 2015 Kids' Choice Awards Saturday, March 28th at The Forum in Inglewood, CA. Sarah's makeup artist Mai Quynh shares the scoop on how to recreate her "orange-carpet" look! 

INSPIRATION: "My inspiration came from Sarah's fresh, white top and skirt. I wanted to keep her makeup beautiful and effortless with a pop of color on her lips. We wanted the color to be fun because it was the Kids' Choice Awards", says Mai.

GET THE LOOK - Here is Mai's step-by-step breakdown:

·   Before starting Sarah's makeup, Mai applied a Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strip to her nose. Mai says, "These strips are awesome for drawing out excess oil and controlling excess shine throughout the day-perfect for red carpet events. I left the strip on her nose for about 10 minutes while she started her hair".

·   After removing the strip, Mai moisturized Sarah's face with Kate Somerville Nourish Daily Moisturizerand primed her skin with Kevyn Aucoin Primed Skin Developer in Normal to Dry

·   Next, Mai blended Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation in 40 Beige to her skin using a damp Beauty Blender sponge. She dotted Bare Minerals Correcting Concealer in Light 2 under her eyes, and applied Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Cream Blush in Pink to the apples of her cheeks. She set her face with a loose powder and layered Dolce & Gabanna Powder Blush in Provocative to her cheeks. 

·   For her eyes, she lightly applied Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Colour in RS318 to her eyelid for a wash of color. She applied two coats of Lancôme Grandiose Mascara in Black to her upper lashes then added Velour Lashes in Whispie Me Away for some extra definition.

·   For her lips, Mai applied NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage

More About Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips ($6.49): When you have oily skin, shine prevention is essential. For the first time, the Bioré skincare experts have added natural charcoal powder to the iconic Pore Strips, reducing oil for a full 24 hours. With next generation proprietary c-bond technology and potent charcoal, the strips remove clogs and weeks’ worth of buildup and you’ll see 3x less oil. Containing witch hazel and tea tree oil, the formula refines pores to diminish their appearance over time. Available at drugstores nationwide - www.biore.com

Friday, March 27, 2015

Raquel Welch Named Creative Director of Signature Line by HAIRUWEAR

Yes, world renowned actress Raquel Welch is taking on a new role as the freshly-appointed Creative Director of the Raquel Welch Signature Collection of wigs from HairUWear.

Now the lead for the creative team, Raquel will be providing the creative direction for the entire line, and will be supervising and inspiring the team on projects from conception through completion. Raquel’s debut collection as Creative Director will be the Spring 2015 collection, which will feature three new styles along with two best-selling favorites.

It is my aim to help women everywhere achieve whatever hair style they desire and to change their look and color on a whim,” says Raquel. “Since I started the Raquel Welch Signature Collection, I've witnessed enormous advances in technology that have allowed for countless improvements in the coloring, fibers, construction and wear-ability of our wigs. That means that they are lighter, more natural-looking, and more user-friendly than ever before.”

An icon of both stage and screen, Raquel partnered with HairUWear, the world leader in manufactured hair goods, to help women everywhere enhance their natural beauty with high-quality, stylish hairpieces that look completely natural. Together, they formed a line that offers an exceptional collection of wigs, extensions, and hair additions that are both incredibly comfortable and effortlessly glamorous. Made from the finest synthetic fibers or 100% human hair, each piece combines Raquel’s legendary beauty expertise with exclusive HairUWear technology.

It's been such an honor to work with Raquel over the past 15 years”, said Michael Napolitano, Owner & CEO of HairUWear. “She is a true style icon, and I am so inspired by her continued creativity, passion and insight, making Raquel Welch Signature Collection one of the largest and most sought after wig brands in the world. I look forward to working closely with Raquel in this new role especially as we debut several new collections in the seasons to come."

About HairUWear®: From wigs and temporary hairpieces to professional hair extensions and more, HairUWear® is recognized internationally as the premier manufacturer of high quality, high fashion hair goods. Their human hair and synthetic collections blend popular style trends with cutting-edge technology to give women the power to instantly transform their hairstyles. The HairUWear family of brands includes Raquel Welch®, Gabor®, Hairdo®, American Hairlines®, Put on Pieces® and Great Lengths®. For more information, please visit www.hairuwear.com or call 1-888-655-8900.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Jay Manuel Beauty: Launches Today!

How very exciting as I have seen this gorgeous human being in real time and am super excited for his collection to launch today!

Informed by Jay Manuel’s extensive experience in the beauty world, the line includes 72 SKU’s of complexion and color products for face, eyes, lips in addition to innovative brushes and tools.

The Filter Finish Collection, a silicone based formula with antioxidants and micronized silk, perfects the skin by hydrating and evening out skin tone and texture, creating the perfect canvas for Jay Manuel Beauty blushes, bronzers, shadows, lipsticks, and glosses. Ranging in price from $17 to $32, the collection is launching today on HSN and will also be available at jaymanuelbeauty.com.

New from Yamuna : Foot Ecstasy Creme (15% Discount Code good until 4/26/15)

For those of you whom have followed me for years, you would know I met Yamuna a few years ago while writing an article on "Silver Foxes." I was taken with her beauty while walking down a street in lower Manhattan and had to stop her and ask to take her picture. Little did I know I stopped the inventor of a huge phenomenon within the Yoga and Health/Fitness arena. 

I am delighted to announce that this is Yamuna's first product to hit the "beauty" market and I have been using it on both myself and my two children two times daily. I find the scent to be powerfully calming and my feet are looking AND feeling better within just a week of use.


Our feet, which are the foundation upon which we care for and maintain our bodies, have been largely neglected despite their life long importance to optimizing body functionality. The fact is, we rarely learn how to use our feet correctly, and we pay little attention to our feet until we experience a problem, often a reaction to severe pain.

This year Yamuna is launching a global marketing campaign to raise awareness to the importance of foot fitness. 

Yamuna’s “Save Your Feet” program pairs education, with a tailored set of exercises, and the introduction of “Foot Ecstasy” an amazing therapeutic formulation specifically designed for foot care. Whether in tandem with exercise, or used independently, Foot Ecstasy improves circulation, stimulates the reflexology of the feet, and is a magnificent liberator of stress.

This powerful combination of education with personal foot care is the solution to how we can repair, maintain, and achieve improved foot performance for optimum body wellness.


Our foot waker exercise routines will teach you how to restore healthy foot function, and develop a daily foot care regimen to support your entire body. Prevent and self heal plantar fasciatus, Morton’s Neuromas, hammertoes, bunions, and collapsed arches. The foot wakers are a proprietary tool designed to rebuild and strengthen your feet. Keep them close at hand, use them daily, and experience a powerful awakening and connection to the power of your feet.


Once you have established comfort with the Foot Waker routines, we encourage you to graduate to Foot Savers. These small spherical domes are a powerful foot fitness tool designed for advanced students, and athletes to enhance function and performance. The foot savers are our graduate school of exercise routines to re-educate the feet. They improve gait, alignment, and muscle tone, stimulate reflexology points, strengthen arches, increase range of motion, and stimulate and elongate the muscles of the calves, thighs, hips, and lower back.

The amazing fact is, that you can use these foot savers to completely rehabilitate your feet and resolve long standing problems and literally work your entire body from this central perspective.

FOOT ECSTASY (sampled and used daily)

When I began to create the Foot Ecstasy, I wanted to create a product that was not just for moisturizing and softening the skin, but a product that could also heal within. I researched and thought about all the healing benefits that could be created from a foot lotion, such as anti- fungal, viral, and bacterial properties, reducing fluid retention and increasing circulation. But I wanted this lotion to do more. I wanted it to open the 5 toe meridians in order to relax and unwind the legs and hips. I think it does all of this.”


This special crème has been formulated with a proprietary blend of essential oils to moisturize and stimulate healing. This formulation is produced in small batches, and is then energetically potentized, a labor-intensive process which intensifies the power of each ingredient and the combination of potentized ingredients produce a deeper energetic impact on the key meridians of the toes and feet.

Benefits include: igniting the foot meridians, improving circulation, and reducing fluid retention. The ingredients are anti-viral, bacterial, and fungal, ensuring that your feet receive the care and love they deserve. 

Buy here at Yamunausa.com for $58.

***B.I.O.A. readers save 15% off of Foot Ecstasy Creme (offer good until 4/26/15) by using code BIOA!

New Scent from Katy Perry: Limited Edition Killer Queen's Spring Reign

Yes, I am a Katy Kat! Big fan and enjoy her unique approach to life. My daughter saw Katy in concert and her raw energy seems to be contagious as my daughter could not sleep a wink that night!

Katy Perry – Killer Queen’s Spring Reign

As a light spring rain falls, magic fills the air with the promise of blooming flowers to come. Everyone knows that there’s no spring without rain, and no reign without a Killer Queen.

This limited edition scent opens with notes of pink freesia, violet petals and cassis. Heart notes of natural davana, gardenia and May flower rose balance out the woody base of cashemeran and cedarwood oil.

Price: 30ML /$39.00; 100ML/$59.00

Where to buy: katyperryfragrances.com, mass retailers

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Events: Get Ready!

Spring has finally sprung! Be prepared for the season ahead – for upcoming holidays and events like Coachella, Easter, Earth Day and Mother’s Day, make sure you’re never without your beauty must-haves that will have you swinging into spring in no time!

The countdown to Coachella beings (April 10-12 / April 17-19)! Master your beauty prep and stay hydrated for this top music and arts festival with brands like Icelandic Glacial, FOREO, NKD SKN and eos!

Icelandic Glacial is a premium, natural spring water that is bottled straight from the source of Iceland. With exceptional balance from a naturally low, “sweet spot” mineral content and an uncommonly high and naturally occurring alkaline pH level of 8.4,Icelandic Glacial provides a clean fresh taste with the perfect healthy balance for the body – you won’t have to worry about staying hydrated and cool under the Coachella desert sun!

Price/Availability:Icelandic Glacial is available in five sizes from 330ml to 1.5L ($ 1.00-$ 2.79) at select fine groceries and IcelandicGlacial.com

Prep your Coachella tan with NKD SKN, an easy-to-use, non-toxic tan with a natural fade. Made by the creators of VITA LIBERATA,NKD SKN products are equipped with the brand’s signature Odour Remove™ technology eliminating the dreaded “tanning” scent. All products dry on contact making application a breeze. Rich with good-for-you ingredients, NKD SKN is truly “best in class” among the mass tanning assortment. The NKD SKN Collection includes:

· NKD SKN Tinted Tan Mousse (in Medium & Dark)
· NKD SKN Tinted Tan Liquid in Dark
· NKD SKN 1 Day Bronzingn Tinted Lotion (in Medium & Dark)
· NKD SKN Gradual Glow Daily Tan Moisturiser in Light

Price/Availability:$ 14.95 - $ 19.50 at ULTA/Walgreens

The eos Lemon Drop Smooth Sphere Lip Balm with Broad Spectrum SPF 15 is a Coachella must-have! It pampers your lips while protecting them from the sun. Packed with natural conditioning oils and antioxidant-rich vitamin E, eos will keep your lips moist, soft and sensationally smooth all summer. Do not let sunburnt lips ruin one moment of Coachella and keep them protected with eos!

Price/Availability:$ 3.29 at Target, Walgreens, Ulta, EvolutionOfSmooth.com and Drugstore.com

Don’t worry about putting too many eggs in your basket this year. With a wide array of bright and colorful beauty must-haves in a fun shape, eos and FOREO will fit perfectly in all your Easter festivities on April 5th!

This spring, eos is introducing the perfect pick-me-up to wipe away those winter blues! The eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm Spring 2-Pack features two handpicked flavors for soft, smooth lips. The Limited-Edition Passion Fruit and Limited-Edition Fresh Watermelon Lip Balmsspring to life in adorable garden-inspired packaging that will surely make you smile. Each eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm is enriched with nourishing shea butter and soothing jojoba oil making this duo a delightful gift for spring holidays!

Price/Availability: $ 5.99 at Target, Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens, Ulta and Kohl’s

Let's Think Spring: HAIR

I know it still feels like winter here in NYC, yet we know Spring weather is on its way. Here are some great products to help you look the part...

SURF GIRL HAIR – what’s not to love?

Sun Bum Beach Formula Sea Spray

Created by the Sun Bum Surfer Girls this Beach Formula Sea Spray protects hair from the elements while giving it extra body, waves, and texture for that beach windswept look. The lightweight formulaenhances strand separation and definition, instantly blocking humidity that causes frizz. It'll give your hair just the right amount of volume with a matt-finish hold.

$14.99 at Ulta Stores

Refresh Your Hair Color – no need to hate the sun or heat anymore!

TouchBack Color Depositing Shampoo and Color Depositing Conditioner:

TouchBack Color Depositing Shampoo and Color Depositing Conditioner can be used once a week, to add back vibrant color and shine lost from all of your summer fun. Designed to be used together -- the pair of temporary hair color repairs damage and smoothes hair, while UVA/UVB sunscreens help protect hairfrom sun damage and nourishing moisturizers provide deep hydration…Natural botanical ingredients include extracts of sunflower, chamomile flower, rose hips, green tea leaf and lemon peel… for healthier-looking hair.

$20 at CVS

Keep Hair Looking Together from Work to Vacation – the ONLY accessories you need!

Scunci has it all to look boho-chic, sporty, beachy, you name it!! Here are some of their new accessories!!!

Headband Visors, Comfy Collection accessories, Hollywood Roll Headband, Bun Wraps, headbands and Bobbys – OH MY!

Brush Away Knots, Create smooth sleek hair and more!

Conair has a variety of combs, detanglers, styling brushes, and more! If you are looking for a comb to toss in your beach bag, upsize your brush wardrobe or looking for brush benefits, Conair has you covered!

Detangler Combs/Brushes


Monday, March 23, 2015

Where Beauty and Art Meet: My View

For those of you who know me well, you already know that I am a Graffiti Hunter, Beauty and Marketing Expert and overall lover of opening my eyes to my surroundings. I find beauty in all I see and my goal is to help shift is all to do the same. Once you find snd recognize the beauty, even in tragedy, we can often find some sort of joy.

I have wanted to have a nail art collection of street artists as well as iconic artists from the past for years and also want to be a connection for the beauty and art world I am part of. Imagine if my street artists, muralists, graffiti artists got a hold of a beauty line and designed the packaging?! I loved when Curtis Kulig and Smashbox Cosmetics collaborated or when Francois Nars collaborated with The Andy Warhol Foundation to create a limited edition capsule. These types of visual brilliance are the things that help me continue to write!

I love the thought that Fashion has certainly embraced the community. Just look at Donna Karan and Chanel and you will see splatter prints and colorful chunky patterns reminiscent of the street art around us. 

I have to mention that I have started painting clothing and canvases as I have been truly inspired to put my BFA to good use. 

Had to share what I see as the next organic collective- when street art meets beauty...

Above are artists such as XO, RS, Nathalia Edenmont, Cernesto, Eelco Virus, Uncutt Art, John Paul O'Grodnick, Betten, Justin Bua, Colossal Media ( handpainted advertisements) showing the Coach x Gary Baseman collaboration, a new collection launched called Colour Prevails that's packaging is all based on butterfly wings, mine are the fashion splatter collages as well as the hand painted coats. Stella Tennant is shown in the newest Chanel collection, too. See- it is happening! 

Other favorite artists of mine include Donald Robertson (has the most famous IG account I have seen to date), Haculla (Harif Guzman), Hektad,  Russell King, Royce Bannon, COPE (love his work), Original Sen (recently did the cover for Time Out New York as well as collaborated with Rachel Roy in the past), Indie184, ENX108, Adam Cost, HUSH, Robots Will Kill, Brandon Sines, Joseph Meloy, Anthony Lister, Ellis Gallagher, 1986 Sen, Swancoart Art, Swoon, Bradley Theodore, Kenny Scharf, Incarcerated Jerkface, Fumeroism, Tristan Eaton, Logan Hicks, Uncle Strawberry, Iena Cruz, KOBRA, Dasic Fernandez,  King Amsterdam, Social Sticker Club, David Walker, RONE, Lexibella, Danielle Mastrion, Col Walnuts, Elle, Joe Iurato, Sandra Chevrier, Gumshoe Art, Nick Walker, Little Ricky, Ron English, Appleton Pictures (raises awareness through his art for Type 1 Diabetes)...my, there are so many to love! 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Tomorrow: National Fragrance Day

I know it’s a little last minute but in honor of “National Fragrance Day” tomorrow (March 21st), I wanted to make sure all of these wonderful fragrances were on your radar...

Annick Goutal L’Ile Au Thé EDT

Inspired by Camille Goutal and Isabelle Doyen’s visit to Jeju, an island off the coast of Korea, they worked to create a fragrance with a palette of greens and oranges infused with a note of tea. Notes include White Musk, the luminous zest of Mandarin, the velvety scent of Osmanthus and deep green tea leaves.

Price: $149 (100ml), Available at the Annick Goutal Boutique – (646) 964-4819 – ships nationwide

FLOWER Fragrance Collection

A fragrance collection for the modern day “every” woman juggling love, friends, family, work… life. All three of the scents included in the FLOWER Fragrance Collection capture the joy of life and love, in all of its meanings. Change your scent as often as you change your mood. Wear alone or combine throughout the day so your fragrance evolves with you.

Cherished (white bottle) – this comforting and nuzzly floral, captured in a hug of skin musks and powdery notes that surrounds you like a soft cashmere blanket.
TOP NOTES: Morning Dew Accord, Sparkling Cassis, Italian Lemon Blossom
MID NOTES: Iris Petals, Cabbage Rose, Springtime Lily of the Valley
BASE NOTES: Tahitian Vanilla, Clean Cotton Musk, Creamy Sandalwood

Radiant (pink bottle) - This striking and confident sparkling floral blooming with dewy greens and freshness.
TOP NOTES: Dewy Greens, Sparkling Italian Bergamot, Watery Calone
MID NOTES: Cabbage Rose, Pink Peony, Magnolia
BASE NOTES: Crystalline Musks, Pink Amber, Blonde Woods

Sultry (purple bottle) - This sensual oriental floral that wraps you in a seductive trail of creamy florals, alluring spices and sultry vanilla woods.
TOP NOTES: Purple Plum, Cranberry Cocktail, Pink Pepper
MID NOTES: Night Blooming Jasmine, Cashmeran, Juicy Blackberries
BASE NOTES: Patchouli, Madagascar Vanilla, Sultry Musks

Price: Sold individually for $24.98 (30ml), $19.98 (15ml), $9.98 (10ml Rollerball), Available at Walmart and Walmart.com

Ralph Lauren Fragrances RALPH Fresh

Introducing RALPH Fresh, the fragrance that refreshes your zest for life – designed for the girl who is free-spirited, exhilarated and radiant. Inspired by a sparkling sorbet cocktail, the ultimate in refreshing drinks, this floral citrus fragrance is a sparkling mix of zesty yellow lemon, sweet magnolia and chilled watermelon.

Price: $74 for 100ml at RalphLauren.com in April 2015

Ralph Lauren Fragrances Midnight Romance Deluxe Atomizer

Discover a new, ultra-feminine way to wear Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance with the Deluxe Atomizer Edition. The fragrance combines a sensual embrace of pink peony and black vanilla to create an alluring contradiction, perfect for wear day or night. Fresh and pretty for spring, Midnight Romance features an exhilarating and unique mix of notes, including:

· TOP NOTES: raspberry, Italian bergamont, juicy lychee

· MID NOTES: peony, jasmine sambac, freesia

· BASE NOTES: black vanilla, iris absolute, ambrox

Each 3.4 oz Eau de Parfum Atomizer spray diffuses a hint of fragrance. The soft pink bottle and classic black pumps transforms the act of applying your perfume into a feminine and sophisticated experience, as sensual as the fragrance itself.

Price: $90 (100ml), Available for a limited time in April 2015 at select Ralph Lauren boutiques, RalphLauren.com and select retailers

Terry De Gunzburg Rêve Opulent Love Edition

For Terry de Gunzburg, life is made of words, Love and Colors. She dedicates her new creation to all the romantic women in the world: passionate, perfumed and colorful letters held in a vibrant limited-edition case: RÊVE OPULENT. The designer daringly unites two carnal expressions of ultimate femininity: a floral eau de parfum, RÊVE OPULENT, and a ROUGE TERRYBLY fuchsia lipstick taken to the very height of sensuality.The fragrance – RÊVE OPULENT – is a fresh blend of mandarin and white peach. At the heart, a gardenia blooms from the explosion of the most beautiful Indian Sambac jasmine flowers swirled into Turkish rose. In the trail, this floral kaleidoscope reveals a musky vanilla harmony.

Price: $215, Available at Barneys

For the Men...

Kenneth Cole Mankind Ultimate

MANKIND Ultimate by Kenneth Cole is the newest addition to the MANKIND fragrance collection. This limited edition scent continues to celebrate the evolution of the modern man – confident, connected and ready to take on today’s challenges. The Ultimate Man is a man who inspires, who demonstrates strength every day, and always perseveres. The fragrance opens with citrus accord mixed with cucumber and a splash of watery effervescence on the top. Middle notes include cashmere woods and vetiver root wrapped in an aromatic floral. The bottom notes hold the strength and foundation of the fragrance using sandalwood, oak moss, tonka crystals and a trail of addictive musk to captivate the senses.

Price: $72, Available at Macy's and macys.com

Ralph Lauren Fragrances Polo Supreme Oud

A hypnotic blend of precious spices, smoky oud and rich woods, Ralph Lauren presents its most luxurious World of Polo fragrance yet. Designed for the refined gentleman looking for an indelible, signature scent, POLO SUPREME OUD is as discerning and selective as its wearer. As the brand’s first men’s eau de parfum, it uses a higher concentration of refined ingredients to ensure quality, strength and longevity. Oud is one of the most exquisite materials used in haute perfumery. Valued at approximately 1.5 times that of gold, the unique ingredient is found in an exotic species of Agarwood trees located in the Middle East and Southeast Asia and is burned to create an intensely mesmerizing scent. Inspired by Ralph Lauren’s infinite taste for exceptional objects, Master Perfumer Carlos Benaim’s vision was to recreate the essence of the burning resin to create a scent that is “memorable, masculine and intoxicating.”

Impeccably tailored, the oriental woody fragrance features a powerful contrast of notable ingredients, including:

· TOP NOTES: Cinnamon, Pink Pepper

· MID NOTES: Smoky Indian Oud Accord

· BASE NOTES: Guaiac Wood, Vetiver

Price: $125.00 (125ML), available in March 2015 at Bloomingdales, select Ralph Lauren boutiques, and RalphLauren.com

Ralph Lauren Fragrances Polo Red Intense

Shift your masculine senses into overdrive with Ralph Lauren’s new and bold fragrance, POLO RED INTENSE.This powerful, masculine scent ensures a higher concentration of ingredients, building on the winning formula of POLO RED for a more robust and longer-lasting aroma.

This oriental spicy fragrance includes:

· Top Notes: Red Grapefruit, Red Cranberry, Red Ginger

· Mid Notes: Red Saffron, Red Sage, Orange Flower

· Base Notes: Red Wood, Red Roasted Coffee, Red Leather

Price: $86 (125ml), Available at RalphLauren.com starting April 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

This Friday at Dana's Bakery: Free MACARON with Every Purchase & More Sweet Deals

Get a free Macaron with every purchase at Dana's Bakery this Friday! By far, this is my most favorite spot for macarons in all of NYC.

Every year on March 20, the world’s sweet-toothed set pays tribute to the colorful French macaron — a meringue-based cookie with a creamy almond-flavored center.

To celebrate, Dana’s Bakery – the pioneer in bringing an American twist to the traditional French macaron – will be offering the following:

1. In NYC, stop by the Mac Bar at Gansevoort Market for a free macaron with every purchase!

2. Hands down, best deal in town! Dana’s Bakery will be partnering with Postmates to offer the 4-packs at a discounted price of $5.

3. Dana’s Bakery will give away a 6 month mac of the month subscription to one lucky winner for the Bliss Day of Happiness. 

4. Hurry, get your orders in! Dana’s Bakery will be giving a FREE Variety Box with every order placed from 9am – 11pm, NATIONWIDE.

Rituals Cosmetics: St. Patrick's Day

Get in the spirit of the Irish this St. Patty’s day and celebrate with all things green! But today, in addition to painting the town (and your face) the shade of the shamrock, take the day for much-needed pampering with our favorite round-up of holiday-inspired bath and body products from RITUALS Cosmetics.

Step into an environment of ultimate relaxation with the Wu Wei calming cream bath. Enriched with soothing White Lotus and Green Tea, skin is left nourished and silky soft, ready to take on the day ahead. Top off your newly refreshed skin with Mei Dao, a rich body cream loaded with caring ingredients, like Yi Yi Ren.

To symbolize the exciting start of new beginnings, turn to Sakura Spring, a foaming shower oil that transforms into a silky foam on contact. For a more intense wash, try Sakura Scrub, featuring a luxurious combination of organic sugar and softening oils. Both indulgent products are formulated with Cherry Blossom and Rice Milk to revitalize for glowing skin.

ULTA: 21 Days of Beauty

Beauty fans- I am thrilled to announce the start of ULTA Beauty’s second seasonal 21 Days of Beauty! 

Beginning now throughout the month of March to April 4th, ULTA Beauty will be offering beauty steals, free gifts and exciting events from some of our favorite brands, including Bareminerals, Tarte, Clarisonic and Benefit!

Visit ULTA.com for further information and to take part in their exclusive beauty deals and steals to get gorgeously glam for Spring!

Art and Beauty Collide: AERIN introduces Exclusive Rose Balm Lipstick Set

Where art and beauty collide, you know that is where you will fine me! Not only am I a Graffiti Hunter yet I also have a B.F.A. in Sculpture and have been an admirer of Gustav Klimt since reading Jansen and Goldberg back in college. Even before that, while studying at La Guardia High School of Performing Arts, "The Kiss" was one of my favorite paintings.

This month, AERIN introduces an exclusive Rose Balm Lipstick Set in honor of the opening of "Gustav Klimt and Adele Bloch-Bauer: The Woman in Gold" this April at the Neue Galerie.

Acquired by the Neue Galerie in 2006, this dazzling creation, aglow with an air of mystery and magic is the highlight of the new exhibition. AERIN capturing its spirit in an exclusive Rose Balm Lipstick Set featuring two shades. Liebling, a top-selling AERIN shade, evokes the warm blush tones in Adele’s lips and cheeks, and Sequin, a Neue Galerie exclusive, glows with a golden shimmer that captures the radiance of her gown.

The set is available for a limited time through the Neue Galerie Design Shop for $64. All Design Shop sales support the exhibition and education programs of the Neue Galerie. Available in-store and online at shop.neuegalerie.org.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Smashbox x Donald Do It Again!

They're BAAAAAAAAACK collaborating once again and I am swooning over the new Be Legendary Lipsticks and Photo Angle Pure Pigment Gel Liners. I awaited with delight as Davis Factor, Lori Taylor Davis and Donald Robertson are pure geniuses! I love when beauty and art collaborate and this is one helluva collection!

I looked everywhere to find a lipstick that’s smooth and creamy but had a truly matte finish. I used to have to mix two different textures to get this finish—now it’s in one amazing lipstick that looks perfect on camera.”  -Lori Taylor Davis, Smashbox Global Pro Lead Artist

Mad for mattes, you say? Get in on the trend with 6 new must-have shades of ultra-luxe matte lipsticks! Smashbox has partnered with Instagram star artist (and one of the most intriguing people I know of) Donald Robertson to promote their matte collection of best-selling Be Legendary Lipsticks.

Featuring custom illustrations on the sleeve from Donald himself, the bold lipstick gives you the daring style of a legendary beauty. The rich formula provides intense color saturation with a single swipe, and its ultra-creamy texture feels soft and luxurious on lips. It’s a new classic in the making that will have you looking chic for every click of the camera.

With a burst of vitamins and supercharged with antioxidants, this lipstick nourishes and protects your lips with a shine-free finish. Upgraded adherence power means color stays put all day, with a silky feel that’s flexible and comfortable.

Available shades: Paris Pink Matte (pictured), Mauve Matte, Femme Fatale Matte, Fireball Matte (pictured), Punch Drunk Matte and Magenta Matte (pictured). $20 each. Available at Sephora (US only) and Sephora.com and note that Donald Robertson artwork exclusive to Sephora.


Every makeup artist I know loves a good gel liner, but it can get really messy on set with those tiny pots and fussing with brushes. This liner fixes all of that. It’s super pigmented and so portable, not to mention the colors! They’re to die for—like gorgeous little magic markers for your eyes.” 
-Lori Taylor Davis, Smashbox Global Pro Lead Artist

The latest collaboration between Smashbox Cosmetics and Instagram art star Donald Robertson brings you gel liner in high-impact, pop-art colors in a convenient pen. The pigment-packed pen features custom one-of-a-kind illustrations on the sleeve by Donald himself. Let your creativity run wild with a uniquely angled tip that lets you create any look with ease! The waterproof formula dries instantly and offers serious color that can make any picture pop. Go for statement-making wings or precise lines—with intense color as bold as Donald’s designs, you’ll have a high-impact look that will last up to 36 hours. So go ahead. Be as imaginative as you want—no brush required.

With just a twist, you get ultimate pigment in a smudge-proof, water-proof liner. Its exclusive formula and precisely angled tip offer the bold look of a gel liner with all the portable convenience of a marker for endless eye possibilities.

How to use:

• Twist to dispense pigment – only one click needed per eye. Using short strokes, lightly line the upper lash line, working from the middle to the outer corner. Then, return to the middle and fill in the inner corner. To remove, use your favorite oil-based makeup remover.

TIP: Lashes need love too! Try applying to lashes as a color mascara.

Available shades: Jet Black, Cocoa, Plum, Smoke, Sapphire, Lilac

COST: $22

WHERE TO FIND IT: Sephora Store (US only), Sephora.com *Donald Robertson artwork exclusive to Sephora.

My J.Crew x Donald Robertson T with the new 
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