Beauty, HairWhy You Should be Swapping out your Daily Shampoo with Ojon Co-Wash

ojon_cowashThere are some beauty rules that you know you should follow because they’re good for you…but it’s just so damn hard! For example, the shampooing every day thing. 10 out of 10 hairdressers agree you shouldn’t wash your hair every day because it’ll strip your hair of beneficial natural oils and wear down the strands, but changing that habit can be really hard, especially if you enjoy your daily shower routine. Well, thanks to the new Ojon Rare Blend Cleansing Conditioner (also called Co-Wash), you can go on as you normally do and not have to worry about the effects of using too much shampoo–simply swap out your shampoo/conditioner combo every other day and use the co-wash instead. This amazing alternative to lathering shampoo and conditioner will leave hair glossy, smooth and refreshed without stripping it of any of the natural oils that shampoo does. The low lather formula is sulfate free and made with a blend of 5 oils which softens and nourishes hair and boosts shine. It has a fantastic light fragrance and makes washing your hair feel like a luxurious little ritual–and best of all, you don’t have to worry that you’re “doing it wrong.” Thanks Ojon for making practicing good beauty habits so easy!

 

Bath & Body, Beauty, Fitness & Health, MakeupThree Obsessions for Spring

hoodieI’ve been an avid fan of the women’s activewear line Graced By Grit for a while now and must share my latest obsession from their collection, the Head to Sea Hoodie. On every run this spring, I don what I refer to as my “second skin,” a super lightweight but hard-working piece of engineering which moves the way I move to allow for the most efficient workout possible. It’s perfect in the morning when there’s still a bit of a chill in the air, but even when I start sweating, I don’t feel sticky or heavy. Thumb loops keep it in place during vigorous activity while the shape flatters my body with its form-fitting longer length. I love that the UPF 50+ rating saves me from having stubborn tan lines or having to slather smelly sunscreen all over.

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Beauty, MakeupPick Up Some Stila Spring

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Ah, Stila…one of my true makeup loves–and definitely one of the only brands I would ever consider getting out of bed super early for (when it’s still dark out!) to attend their warehouse sale (true story). Anyway, this was just to say–in case it wasn’t already totally obvious–that I’m obsessed. One of my favorite products is their Smudge Sticks, so you can imagine that I could barely contain my delight over the fact that they came out with a TON of new shades for spring. They introduced a whopping twenty-two new shades!  For those of you who haven’t had the privilege of using a Smudge Stick yet, they’re some of the best eye liners around.  The shades range from black to yellow (yellow!) and the formula is fantastic. It applies easily, blends with a swipe of your finger, and stays on all day and night. Oh, and did I mention that it’s waterproof?  I’m so happy about all the new shades too. If I had any issue with the Smudge Sticks at all before, it was the fact that there wasn’t a ton of variety in the shades, but they’ve managed to correct that basically overnight.  I adore the new Deep Burgundy and Black Amethyst for a good smokey eye, but Turquoise, Deep Fuchsia and Sienna are also really fun to play around with.  (Oh, who am I kidding?  I love them all!)

Also new for spring are the Magnificent Metals Eye Liners.  It was total love at first sight for me with these.  These are pure rock and roll and just made for a night out. There are four shades available: Metallic Black Tanzanite, Metallic Black Gold, Metallic Gunmetal and Metallic Navy and they’re all equally gorgeous. They all have what’s called a “blackout base” and that’s what gives them all such deep shimmer, and a  crazy intense metallic finish to them and you can use them in two different ways – as a liner or as a shadow, so they’re more versatile than you might think. If I HAD to pick a favorite, I would have to go with Metallic Black Gold.  It is such a stunning shade – I find myself sometimes just staring at it in the morning in my makeup drawer even though I know I won’t be wearing it to work.  I love the way it enhances my green eyes and makes them seem even greener than usual. It’s addictive! Find out for yourself at Sephora.

Hotels, TravelBanyan Tree Mayakoba

banyanVoyages by nature always transport you to a new world, but reflecting back on our time at the Banyan Tree Mayakoba, this concept came across on a whole new level. A zippy direct flight and 45-minute drive later, we arrived at the Riviera Maya Mexico but with a distinct feel of Asia. With luxury properties all over Thailand, China and Indonesia, the Banyan Tree’s Asian influence is much more than a veneer. Throughout the visit, I found my mind channeling Chiang Mai and Bintan while strolling through the immaculately manicured courtyards.

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Accessories, Beauty, MakeupPerfect Pairing: Bobbi Brown “The Katie” Glasses & Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner

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If there’s one thing Bobbi Brown knows, it’s how to make women feel confident (after all, she’s made an entire career out of it). That’s why she’s launched a new collection of optical eyewear, because Bobbi knows that glasses should not be relegated to those “I can’t even deal” days. As a fellow four-eyed gal, I completely agree–in fact, why not make a statement out of it? Bobbi’s “The Katie” glasses in navy blue does just that–the flattering frames may be a retro throwback, but the punchy color is distinctly modern. With the focus on your eyes now, make sure you accentuate your peepers with some intense lining action. In fact, Bobbi says that properly lining your eyes is one of the most important things you can do for a gorgeous glasses look. Her new ‘Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner‘ packs the pigment, intensity, creaminess, and longevity of a gel liner with the precision and convenience of a pencil. Getting stand-out eyes has never been easier.

Bobbi Brown ‘ The Katie’ Glasses, $220, BobbiBrownEyewear.com
Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner, $24, Sephora.com

BeautyLupita Nyong’o is the new Face of Lancome Paris

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Well we totally saw this one coming! After the Internet clamored to get their hands on Lupita Nyong’o’s  lip balm after she whipped it out at the Oscars, we knew a beauty deal was just a matter of time. Today Lancôme Paris announced that the stunning Mexican-born-Kenyan as their newest brand ambassador and we think it’s the perfect match. Nyong’o fits right in with the beauty brand’s elegant, feminine, and aspirational feel.

“I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancôme, a brand with such a prestigious history that I have always loved. I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for  women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself,” says Lupita Nyong’o. We can’t wait to see her gorgeous face in future Lancome ads.

Gift Guides, Mom & KidsMagnolia the Bunny – Limited Edition

Magnolia Easter-2I almost melted into a puddle when I first laid eyes on Magnolia the Bunny, dressed in her Easter best! Magnolia is the latest limited-edition member of the Walnut Animal Society family, whose gifted creator Lauren Bradshaw takes the art of stuffed animals to a whole new level. Each animal is handmade of the highest-quality materials (to stand up to years of hugs!) and no two are exactly alike. Darling Magnolia is perfect for kids but even I felt a tug at my heart as she brought back so many whimsical memories of childhood imaginary friends.

My two-year-old actually let out a squeal when she first saw Magnolia, as even she could appreciate the rabbit’s charming cuteness (plus bunnies are her favorite right now). Last night, I managed to put her to bed without her beloved bunny so I could snag myself some quality time to admire her. Standing at two feet tall, Magnolia feels substantial, well-built and is just the right size for little arms to hug. She is impeccably dressed in Liberty of London-cut garments, and this styling rabbit knows how to mix prints in the most chic and adorable way! I had to smile at the bunny-print lower on her dress which was designed by Merrilee Liddiard of Mer Mag.

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Bath & Body, IntimatesPerfect Pairing: Warner No Side Effects Bra and Dove Advanced Care Deodorant

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This spring (we can call it that now, right?), it’s all about taking care of your armpits. Instead of only complaining about them (amirite?), it’s time to give those forgotten body parts some love. Two of my favorite products of the moment strive to do exactly just that–and they work even doubly well when used together! Warner’s No Side Effects Bra is the first bra I’ve come across that’s dedicated to fighting “sleevage”–or in laywoman’s terms, armpit fat. In addition to being insanely comfortable, soft and cushy, the bra even contains an extra side panel solely for the purpose of tucking and smoothing away that area. So now when you’re wearing a sleeveless or silky top, you no longer have to curse your armpits–you can instead, admire them.

Speaking of sleeveless and silky shirts, they also tend to show off one other armpit pitfall and source of many complaints–wetness. This season, you can put that worry to rest too with the new Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant Deodorant which delivers, not one, but two day’s worth of protection with each application. Now you don’t have to sweat it (ha ha) even if you forget a day. Of course in addition to fighting wetness and odor, the product is also packed with Dove’s nourishing skincare ingredients which soothe and smooth. Oh, and it goes on clear so you don’t have to worry about that embarrassment either. Trust me, your armpits will never be happier.

Warner’s No Side Effects Bra, #36, Macys.com
Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant Deodorant, $6, Drugstore.com

 

HomeDrink SOMA (& An Early Lesson on Marriage)

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People often ask me if things feel different after getting married. Since my husband and I cohabitated for a year before we even got engaged, I would’ve expected to answer “no.” Well, I was wrong–and never did that become more apparent than when I bought our first water filter as a married couple.

My husband only likes to buy tried-and-true products. He is anti-trends. Me? I’ve tried everything from fermented gel lotion (it’s the next big thing), to sleep-mask self tanners (get on it), to long distance energy healing sessions. If I discover something new, I’m curious to test it out. 50% of my GChat conversations are essentially me sending links of products to my friends followed by “I want this.” My husband writes off my ADHD product obsession tendencies half affectionately, half mockingly as an effect of my “blog life.” Well, someone’s gotta try all the new things.

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Accessories, Insider's ObsessionsInsider’s Obsession: Sandy Leong

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Sandy Leong, of eponymous luxury jewelry line Sandy Leong Jewelry, isn’t just a talented designer–she’s a fabulous woman. When we first met her at a press preview months ago, we knew we’d be gawking at her line of modern structural jewels (just take a look at this statement topaz ring and twist bangle with diamonds)–what we did not expect was to end up chatting and laughing with her for an hour! Naturally, we needed to know what all her obsessions were…so we can add them to our own list!

ONE. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara — Look beyond the catchy name; this mascara is my go to daily secret for keeping my peepers looking peppy.

TWO. Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment — In love with this skin treament – it really does add a daily glow to the face  - no secret about it! 

THREE. Sandy Leong Origin Mesh Bracelet — Part of my classic collection and still a favorite- this 18K gold bracelet lays nicely flat against the wrist- perfect for anyone with an active lifestyle.  I even wear it while playing tennis!

FOUR.  Case Mate iPhone5 ID Case — This cover with room for my ID, metro card and Visa — great for those days when I’m walking the dogs, running errands, picking up groceries and oh, wait, what are those cute jeans doing in the window?

FIVE.  Dark denim by IRO  — I love the way these jeans fit.  They are super flattering and have been my go to denim brand lately.

 

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