April Beauty Must Haves

  1. Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuacu Lip Butter– Growing up I had like 30 chapsticks at once, now in my mid-20s, not much has changed except for the brands I hoard. This Lip Butter was a great addition to my obsession collection. It smells like summer and is very moisturizing. It keeps my lips hydrated for hours and leaves my lips looking healthier. ($18)

 

  1. Hype Nail Polish – An all natural nail polish brand from my very own hometown. What won me over with these polishes was the color vibrancy. They go on colorful and stay nice and shiny for about 9 days, which is great for a non gel polish. ($8 each)

 

  1. Tartan &Twine Travel Bags – When I travel I take a ridiculous amount of makeup and about 80% of my skincare routine products with me and I like it all to be organized. These makeup bags have helped me do just that. They come with multiple compartments to store whatever you need and they fit SO MUCH. I took this with me to New York and I swear it was so perfect. They also come in the cutest prints and have a hook so you can hook it behind a door! ($30)

 

  1. DCL Detoxifying Clay Mask – Raise your hand if you are a mask junkie as I am! ::raises hand:: This mask is awesome! It is dermatologist approved and helps clear the gunk out of your pores. After using twice a week for a month I noticed my pores looked tighter and I had reduced my blackheads. It also helps to stop breakouts whenever I get a really bad one. ($50)

 

  1. Algenist REVEAL Luminating Drops– This is my first experience with drops and it was a good one. This is more of an illuminating then correcting formula. It has anti-aging properties which is a great bonus. I use it two ways: first being mixing it into my foundation for an overall glow & secondly as a highlighter in specific areas I wanted a little extra shimmer. I like that this is subtle yet makes my skin look healthy.  ($38)

 

  1. Batiste Dry Shampoo – If you know me personally, you know that my hair is 80% dry shampoo all the time. Being a redhead it helps me avoid washing my color out on a weekly basis, so I’ve tried a ton of shampoos. This one is by far a favorite! It leaves white residue but comes out fast and smells great. It leaves my hair oil free and restores the volume. Plus, for the price it’s a major deal. ($6)

 

  1. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick – Like masks, I am also obsessed with matte liquid lipsticks. I stumbled across this brand while browsing Sephora and I now want to buy every color known to man. The formula is soft and doesn’t dry your lips out. It goes on super easy and with great color, plus does not move or fade no matter how much you drink or eat. I love it even more than the Stila ones. ($20)

 

  1. AOA Scrubby Facial Cleansing Pad– This little face scrubbing tool is only ONE DOLLAR and it’s awesome! I use it to gently exfoliate my skin in the morning. It’s made from a silicone material that’s soft and east on your skin. I also stick it in my overnight bag when I travel when I can’t take my Clarisonic with me to make sure my skin is still being exfoliated. For a $1, this is a must buy. ($1)

 

  1. Instant Perfection Peel Pads– I use one of these bad boys right before my makeup to smooth my skin and close pores to help give my skin a perfect canvas for makeup. They gently exfoliate my skin with daily use and help my skin give a more even texture. ($49)

 

  1. Anastasia Brow Gel Clear – If you are a fellow make up obsessed woman, I feel like you already know that anything Anastasia is AMAZING. This brow gel has become a staple in my makeup bag, I use it alone on days where I’m not wearing much makeup to keep my brows tamed and then on days I fill in my brows I use it to set them in place. ($22)

5 Tips to Keep Your Clothes From Fading

If you’re anything like me you hate clothes that start to look dingy and faded, especially when it’s your favorite top! Lucky for you, I teamed up with Downy to bring you 5 quick and easy tips to keep you clothes looking as good as day one!

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Tip 1: Follow Directions

The care label will let you know the best way to wash each garment: water temperature, cycle speed (or hand-wash), and more. Learn more about reading a manufacturer’s care label

Tip 2: Turn Clothes Inside Out

Let agitation take its toll on the insides of your garments, and help preserve the colors you fell in love with.

Tip 3: Wash Clothes in Cold Water

Even if the care label calls for warm or hot water, cold water is your best choice for helping protect a garment’s color. Warm water makes fibers more prone to releasing dye to the wash water.

Tip 4: Use the Gentle Cycle

Usually used for delicate items, the gentle cycle agitates and spins, well, gently. Using the gentle cycle means you significantly reduce abrasion to your garments.

Tip 5: Use a Fabric Conditioner

Downy® fabric conditioner lubricates the fibers in your clothes. This reduces abrasion and, as a result, reduces dye loss. Downy also helps prevent pilling, which helps your garments hold on to their original colors and keep their fresh appearance—for a brighter-looking you.

 

September Beauty Must Haves

A little late on this one, but hey better late than never right? This month includes my HOLY GRAIL of a primer for oily skin, a frizz-fighting lotion and a mascara that makes my lashes look fake. Let’s get started, shall we?

  1. Sephora Collection Sleeping Masks – I love these little masks! I mostly like them for travel purposes, stick a few in my beauty bag and I can still treat my skin while on the go. There’s about 12 to choose from, each focusing on a specific skin problem. I personally like the Pearl and Green Tea ones best. Just cleanse your face throughly, apply toner and then one of the pods before bed and let it get to work. If you’re careful, you can get about 3 uses out of each pod. ($4 each)

2. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer – THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER INVENTED. I’m sorry to yell, but seriously guys this shit is awesome. I have super oily skin and this has saved my face from looking a mess. This is pricey, but a little goes a long way. It glides on like silk and leave your skin ready for your makeup. Pores? GONE. Oil? GONE. I put this to the test in the Miami humidity and my face was shine free after about 5 hours, and after that only a slight shine popped through. I cannot recommend this enough. If you get one thing from the round up, this needs to be it. (1.0 oz for $54)

3. Estée Lauder Pure Color EnvyLiquid Lip Potion – These are great for my lipstick loving gals. This innovative liquid lipstick hybrid plumps with continuous moisture. It saturates with high-intensity color without sticky shine so lips look pretty much perfect. Color lasts close to 8 hours (tested it!) and the finish is a satin-matte look. I loved how my lips felt good wearing these, not dry and gross like my matte lipsticks. I also loved the applicator. It’s shaped perfectly for your lips and makes application a breeze. ($32)

4. Ouidad Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel – Second favorite thing in this round up is this bad boy. I have thick and wavy hair that frizzes as soon as I walk out the door and this worked great to control that. I put this to the test both in Disneyworld and Key West humidity and it kept my natural beach waves looking perfect and frizz free. It does feel strange on your hair if you put too much so make sure to apply only a little bit to sectioned off hair and then style as usual. Your hair will not expand in the heat and stay all pretty and perfect. Must have! ($26)

5. Morgan Taylor Fall Nail Collection – I’m a gel girl but these colors had me swooning. They are super pigmented and go on great. My nails stayed chip free for about 8 days which is amazing for me considering my hands are always put to the test on a weekly basis. My favorite from the collection was Looking For A Wingman, a berry red color perfect for fall. ($9 each)

6. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico Mascara – I never stick to one mascara for too long, but this mascara seems like it will be my new go-to for quite some time. It is uh ma zing. First off, I love the mascara wand! It grips your lashes and fans them out. Secondly, the color is black as night , A+ for that! Then lastly the way it makes my lashes look is beyond perfect. My lashes look almost fake! Separated with some volume and curl that would rival even the best falsies. It also doesn’t flake off during the day and doesn’t get clumpy, thank jesus! ($32)

7. Drybar Prep Rally – If you’ve ever visited a Drybar, you know how awesome they are and their products are no different. I love their dry shampoo & conditioner, but their Prep Rally is a favorite. It smells great and has lots of hair loving vitamins to help keep hair shiny and healthy. It also detangles your hair prior to brushing and helps cut down on dry time which is a major plus! ($23)

8. Giorgio Armani Eye Tint – It took me awhile to grow to love these but in the end, they ended up being great. The thing I love about these eye tints are they stay on all day long and never ever crease. I like to use the lighter side (#24) as a base for my shadow on a daily basis. My absolute favorite was #12, Gold Ashes. It’s shimmery and oh so beautiful on. I’ve worn it alone with some liner and it looks gorgeous. The only thing about these is that you have to work fast as they dry from liquid to powder and once dry, it’s on forever. ($39)

9. Bella Aura Antioxidant Serum Booster – I cannot stress to you enough how important taking care of your skin is. This tiny but powerful bottle helps you do just that. The serum helps your skin detox from daily impurities that can cause your skin to age and lose its glow. It’s packed with vitamins, minerals and fatty acids to help smooth out skin, fight blotchiness and boost your radiance. I love how light it felt on my skin and how after a few days of consistent use, my face looked smoother and had a subtle glow to it. I put this on in the AM and PM after cleansing and before my sunscreen. ($125)

10. Level Shower Bombs – I’m sure you’ve all heard of bath bombs, but have you ever tried a shower bomb? It’s like a mini spa experience while you shower. What this little bomb lacks in size it makes up for in airway-clearing, spa-steaming, aromatherapy goodness. Menthol and lavender oils help to open your sinuses and relax the mind, surrounding you with a cooling and calming fog as you shower. Just place on the floor of your shower beneath the stream of water, but away from the drain,breathe deeply and enjoy! I love it for a mid-week treat or whenever I’m feeling extra stressed out! ($8 for a 4pack)

*Some items were received as gifts or in exchange for review. All opinions expressed here are my own*

All Your Questions About Botox Answered

Hello my fashion disciples! Recently I started to notice some very faint fine lines popping up around my forehead and I dived deep into the world of anti-aging in a pure panic to prevent them from getting worse. The older I get the more I have began to worry about my skin and its appearance, I mean I won’t be 25 forever people! Amongst the countless serums and creams I found to help me on my quest to a flawless face, the option to get Botox appeared again and again. Botox seemed like a drastic measure to take at such a young age and surely I didn’t want to look “frozen” so I decided to get some answers about Botox and how even at my age, it can be a step in the right direction for a wrinkle-free complexion. I had the chance to sit down with Danielle Smith NP-C, co-founder of Miami’s own BotoxLABB, during Miami Swim Week and have all my questions answered. Labb was created by beauty guru Joey Chancis, founder of Joey New York, together with her partner Danielle Smith. See below for the full interview! xx

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T: So Danielle, what exactly is Botox?

D: BOTOX® Cosmetic is designed to reduce the repetitive muscle contractions that cause frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles. Lines and wrinkles caused by active movements or expressions are what we call dynamic wrinkles. As the BOTOX® Cosmetic takes effect (about 5 to 7 days) you will notice a visible smoothing of your crow’s feet lines and frown lines between your brows.

 

T: Okay perfect because you see these forehead lines, they are not cute! I feel that Botox is usually for someone older than myself though. At what age should someone start doing Botox?

 

D: Well first let me start by saying that everyone is different. There are a lot of factors that play into facial aging and premature aging, including sun exposure, environment, diet, hydration, skin care and good ol’ genetics. The best time to start is when you are looking in a mirror and you make an expression to see the lines, then relax. Are the lines still there? Even faintly, can you see an impression of it? If you answer yes, then it’s time for some Botox! Those lines you see will only continue to increase with continued muscle use and exposure. It is much easier to do BOTOX® Cosmetic once a year on a preventative front, rather than coming in a few years down the road and having to do much more to correct those deeper lines. Similar to a healthy diet and exercise routine, it is never too late to start but the sooner you start, the better the results will be.

T: Well my lines definitely stay there after I do my a thousand and one expressions. I have seen so many people with this horrible “frozen” look to their face from Botox though, I’m terrified I’ll come out looking like a statue. Is there any way to avoid this “frozen” look?

 

D: I know the look you’re talking about and rest assured there are ways to avoid it. First off, go light – if you go light though, expect it not to hold as long and may require you to come in more frequently. You can also rotate the areas you inject instead of doing all three at once. For example, do the crows feet then move onto the forehead next appointment.Even though the frozen look isn’t for you, some people do enjoy this look. At The Labb we are very conservative and always prefer to provide a natural look. We focus on smoothing out the wrinkles but allow movement so it doesn’t look like you have had Botox. It simply looks as if you look youthful and refreshed. We do get some requests from our clients who want to have a “frozen” tighter and smoother look. Some other effects we can achieve with Botox include a subtle brow lift. After we spend time discussing the options we always work together to get the results our clients are looking for.

 

T: Yeah, no frozen look for me. I love my expressions too much! So if I take the plunge and get botox, what’s my maintenance plan looking like for touch ups and such?

 

D: When first starting with a patient, I tell them to expect to come in for a touch up. It takes building a relationship with the patient to get to know what they like and to see how the products work for them. I much prefer to be conservative to start and then add on whatever additional is needed for a touch up. For maintenance, it depends on how far along you are in the aging cycle to determine how often you would need to come in to re-do your BOTOX® Cosmetic. If you have moderate to severe wrinkles I would recommend staying on top of your BOTOX® Cosmetic cycle with consistency at every 3 to 4 months. If you are more of a preventative case, you can get away with doing BOTOX® Cosmetic once every 6 months to a year.

 

T: Well, it’s looking like I might have you set up an appointment sooner than later to get these wrinkles in check before I hit 30! Thanks so much for your time and explaining it all to me! I feel much more comfortable now and have a better understanding of Botox and what it can do for me.

D: You’re welcome! Hopefully, we will see you at the LABB soon!

For appointments or more info on the LABB please visit botoxLABB.com, or call (305) 783 – 7001. Trust me, you won’t regret contacting them 
xx

Make a Style Statement by Hooking Up with Your Own Closet

I teamed up with writers Sharon White and Janna Beatty, whom are co-authors of QUINTESSENTIAL STYLE: Cultivate and Communicate Your Signature Look to teach you all on how to shop your own closet. Check out their tips below ! xx

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Who can forget the scene from the movie “Clueless,” where main character Cher goes to her computer screen to find her outfit for the day? She clicks on clothing images, chooses a look, and tries them on her avatar. When her computer-generated ensemble is complete, she pulls the real thing out of her closet. You can do exactly that, once you learn to ‘shop your own closet.’

Chances are pretty good that you have everything in your closet right now to style your best looks. Your closet can be your first and best source for dressing, because everything behind that door was hand-selected by you. It didn’t just walk in there on its own. Put on a little music and make a date in your own personal boutique. Invite your full-length mirror and just play ‘dress up.’

Here’s how to get more out of your wardrobe by ‘shopping your own closet:

  1. Define your look. The Fashion Bible, Pinterest, and other websites are great sources for on-trend inspiration. Notice accessories and details you can incorporate into your existing wardrobe. Make single purchases–like an off-the-shoulder top or chunky heels–to mix with what you have.
  2. Rediscover things you may have forgotten about. Don’t let clothes in the back of your closet miss out on all the fun. Pull them out and let them join the party.
  3. Try on key pieces and rework them in different ways. Mix garments with other pieces you’ve never paired together before. Turn a button-down into a button-up. Mix a bomber jacket with a chiffon dress.
  4. When you buy something new, introduce it around. Every time you bring something into the group, let the other clothes in your closet meet the new kid in town. It’s surprising how many besties your newbie will find.
  5. Shop in unexpected places. No closet is off limits. Try your aunt’s closet for a midi housedress, thin belt, or a circle skirt. Or borrow a white t-shirt or Huaraches from your little brother.

Create an inspiration board of fashion ideas just like professional stylists, interior decorators, and costume designers. Hang it in your closet, so you can refer to it when dressing. Don’t be blinded by the flash of fashion, but do surround yourself with creativity.

Your fashion identity begins in your closet—who will you be today? Your closet should be your happy place, where visions flow. Become the premier designer in your own personal atelier. Choosing outfits for yourself—not the trendsetters–simply because you love the way they make you look and feel.

 

 

Your Guide to Color Correcting

Hello beauties! In the last few months I’ve seen women coloring their faces different colors in an attempt to make redness, dark circles, and imperfections disappear  and if you’re like me you were or are lost as to how in the world you can make it work for you! Never fear, as always TFB is here to light the way. I’ve compiled a guide to color correcting where you can learn what works for which imperfection and the best way to apply the colors!

After learning how to correctly color correct, I can say it is AWESOME. My dark circles are gone and my redness is basically invisible. This is a great way to step up your make up routine and it takes an extra 5 min to add this to your makeup routine.

If we look at the color wheel, we will see each of the colors. Opposite each one of them is a color that has the exact strength to cancel the other one, For example, red is across from green; they cancel each other out. When applied to the human face, the same sort of cancellation happens on the skin as it would on canvas.

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Let’s take a look at what color works for what skin issue to find which colors you should be using:

Green concealer under foundation cancels out acne, sunburn, rosacea, and visible capillaries.

Yellow concealer lightens darker skin tones and combats purple under-eye circles or bruises.

Peach concealer conceals under-eye circles on olive skin tones, and counterbalances deep blue skin associated with the weariest of under-eye darkness.

Pink concealer brightens the complexion and combats sallow undertones in fair to medium skin tones. Purple does the same.

Blue concealer adds radiance to skin and brightens porcelain and fair skin tones.

Caramel counteracts ashiness on medium and dark skin tones.

Now how to apply: Start off by cleansing your face as usual and applying any toners and moisturizers. The apply the correct color concealer to your problem area. I usually apply yellow under my eyes and green on my blemishes.

After you apply, blend blend blend! I love to blend with a damp beauty blender. After its all blended I apply my foundation and then if I need it, a little skin colored concealer on top. Set with setting powder and VIOLA! Perfect looking skin!

Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

 

Current Beauty Must-haves

Hello my fashion disciples! I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite new beauty products which I promise you NEED to try as soon as you can. Everything from hair ties to exfoliator to a life changing foundation. Let’s get started shall we?

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  1. Invisibobble – The search for a hair tie that doesn’t mark my hair but keeps the ridiculous amount of hair on my head in place has been a long one, a very very long one. Invisibobble has answered my prayers by providing me with a hair tie with the look of a phone cord. It’s unique spiral shape keeps my strands in place and doesn’t leave an ugly mark when I take my hair down afterwards. Best part is that it cannot absorb fluids, it doesn’t wear out and it prevent split ends! These life changing hair accessories are available in 3 HAIR-CHANGING SIZES and a variety of fashionable colors: Original ($8), Power ($9), Nano ($7) (3 invisibobbles per box). Find them at Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, ULTA, TOP SHOP, and Beauty.com

2. Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Milk – I LOVED this. I was searching for a gradual tanner to replace my Jergen’s one which after a few uses turned me oompa loompa orange, not a good look. This gem came along and I fell in love. After a few days of use, it left me with a pretty bronzed glow , not orange at all. I used it everyday after showering and it smells like summer! Be warned though, wash your hands after applying or you will have weird brown marks in between your fingers the next day!

3. Junetics Pure Energy Eye Cream – The eye cream is so light and comes with a 5 roller ball applicator which makes it so easy to apply. It diminishes fine lines, puffiness, dark circles and brightens your eyes as soon as you put it on. It felt so hydrating and I saw an improvement with my dark circles after a week of using. It’s a bit pricey but worth it! ($50)

4. Black is White Whitening Toothpaste – This toothpaste not only gets rids of surface stains but it so fun to use because it turns your mouth black! Black Is White activated charcoal whitening toothpaste removes discoloration using activated charcoal without abrading or bleaching – all while boosting oral health. I used it for about three weeks and noticed my teeth were whiter and more resistant to staining. I do wish it was more minty though ! ($30) 

5. Fiona Stiles Sheer Sculpting Palette – I LOVE this palette. L O V E. The colors are perfect for creating a flawless contoured look. I use the darkest color to sculpt my face and the lightest to contract and they blend so easily and create a natural contoured look. ($28)

6. Origins Active Charcoal Mask – I’ve always had oily skin and issues with blackheads around my nose. This masks gets deep in my pores using charcoal to bring out the gunk. I love how tight my pores look after using it and my skin looks so smooth. It really helps clear up my skin whenever I get a breakout. I use it about once week after the shower so my pores are open and it cleans better. ($26)

7. Unwash Dry Shampoo  – Refresh and revive hair on the fly with Unwash® Dry Cleanser. This superior, lightweight performance formula leaves no residue on tresses and features natural Volcanic Ash to absorb excess oil for second-day fresh hair perfection. Vitamin E and Panthenol provide conditioning and strengthening while plant extracts nurture hair for beautiful bounce, body and healthy shine. ($28)

8. Downy Wrinkle Releaser – This isn’t really beauty but it’s so good I had to include it. I took a travel size of this to Europe with me and it saved my life and my clothes from looking a hot mess. You spray it on, tug on the wrinkles to smooth them out and hang it up. Viola! Wrinkle free clothes! It smells so fresh too and helps eliminate any odors your clothes may have too. ($2-$7)

9. ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment – THIS STUFF IS SO DAMN GOOD. Yes, all caps were necessary. I got a sample of this at Sephora to help with my peeling skin due to retinol and it has saved my face. My face looks so glowy and smooth after I use this, I’m obsessed. This is a dual-action exfoliator that smooths and polishes to reveal a glowing, radiant complexion in as little as one use while unclogging pores. This scrub is also free of sulfates, parabens and other nasty stuff making it a great choice. This is made to be even more effective if you use it in the shower, the steam helps activate the enzymes! Apply, scrub for 30 seconds in circular motions, leave on for 2min then rinse and admire your beautiful glowing skin! The price is steep but WORTH IT and a little goes a long way so it lasts forever. (0.5 ounces $24, 2oz $84 & 5oz $175)

10. DiorSkin Forever Foundation – While on the hunt for a perfect foundation, I stumbled across this gem. This foundation has SPF, is long lasting and makes your skin look better over time with its pore refining technology. This foundation feels so light on the skin and doesn’t give a cakey look. It’s light enough for everyday wear and is medium to full coverage. I love how my skin looks after applying and it lasts forever! Dior’s foundations really are the best! ($50)