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SponsoredAHAVAWoman Travel Essentials

image001To me, beauty and travel go hand in hand. After all, when I’m relaxed and in a happy place is when I not only feel most beautiful–but also want to look most beautiful (vacay selfies anyone??) And despite my usual “carry-on only” rule, I’ve been known to check my bag on more than one occasion when there were beauty products involved (grrr,  TSA rules). Said beauty products that could convince me to check luggage? The new AHAVA body and skincare line including their new Dead Sea Osmoter Concentrate, Carressing Body Sorbet, and Purifying Mud Mask.

image003The Concentrate and Mud Mask are key to taking the perfect #nomakeup vacation selfie–because honestly, a full face of makeup while you’re ziplining or beaching is a bit overkill. The Purifying Mud Mask helps to absorb excess oil–a glistening look is never a good look. The product is also infused with horsetail extract to help clean and soothe skin and take down any inflammation, and jojoba oil to help moisturize skin. But before you get snap happy, make sure you apply a layer of the Osmoter Concentrate, for that ultimate youthful vacation glow. The product helps to hydrate, illuminate, and recharge skin.

And let’s not forget about the body! Nothing better after day in the sun, than a cooling, soothing rubdown. The Caressing Body Sorbet, does exactly as it sounds. It’s a refreshing cream-gel that hydrates and rejuvenates the body.

image002Ready to learn more? Follow along on my social media feeds (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook & Pinterest) as I take these products with me on vacay this month (look out for posts with the hashtags: #AHAVAWoman, #AHAVA, and #AHAVALove). We’re also hosting a giveaway so you can win a set to try for yourself!  Just drop me a comment below to enter!


SponsoredProactiv+ Skincare System Review

This past month, while I tested the new Proactiv+ System, has been an interesting one. I’ve traveled more than any other 30-day period in recent memory–spending every week in a different city, from the East Coast to the West Coast (2x!), to the Gulf Coast, with a couple stops in the Midwest along the way. Needless to say, while my frequent flier account has been looking good, my skin was not as lucky.

Fortunately, most of the Proactiv+ products are TSA friendly, so I made sure to pack what I could every time I got on the airplane. Thanks to the product’s targeted treatments and ingredients that promote overall skin wellness, my complexion hasn’t taken that much of a beating, despite the drying plane air, long days, and the occasional face-on-airplane-window sleeping position.

My favorite product in the lineup is the Skin Smoothing Exfoliator. Even though I was not bringing this along during my travels, it was the first thing I reached for every time I was back in my own shower. The gentle scrub melts away any makeup (or lets be honest, dirt and grease) after a long day of travel and helps to brighten my complexion and soften skin immediately. I follow up with the Complexion Perfecting Hydrator and feel pretty comfortable in my skin for the rest of the day.

My go-to product while traveling is the Targeted Pore Treatment, which I unfortunately ended up needing to use more frequently than I had hoped. The bacteria-killing formula was key for when I woke up with pimples on my cheek after passing out (20 minutes at a time) on some gross airplane seat. The product helped to minimize redness and clear up the blemish faster. I also always packed a mini tube of the Skin Purifying Mask, which was always a treat (and a necessity!), to put on at the hotel after a long day.

Ready to try the new Proactiv+ for yourself? I’m giving away a 3-piece set and announcing the winner on social media tomorrow. Stay tuned!

Home, SponsoredPainting my Apartment with Valspar & Ace!

A couple weeks ago I hinted that I was undertaking a new (and different) sort of color project. And now I can finally reveal that it was  in partnership with Valspar Paint and Ace Hardware! What, you may ask? Let me explain:

If you follow me on Instagram (and specifically on my #CHliving hashtag), you’ll know that I recently moved into a brand new, adult apartment.  And so begins my newest obsession: interior decorating.

But while I’m all about “making up” my home now, I can’t claim to be the most experienced at this (yet). So, of course, I did what I know from years of blogging about fashion and beauty: hit up blogs and Pinterest for inspiration.

I realized that decorating your home is a lot like decorating yourself—there’s an endless array of colors, styles, and products to try. Some looks you’ll gravitate towards more than others—and somewhere along the way you’ll discover your personal style.

But while I could spend hours (or days!) at Sephora trying out new makeup shades, that experience has not translated at all when it comes to picking out, say, paint colors for my home. Until now that is—Ace Hardware is bringing the “beauty experience” to hardware and is helping to make all my pinned dreams a reality through their new The Paint Studio, which carries practically every color you could want from Valspar (over 700 hues) and Clark+Kensington .

The Paint Studio is designed to give customers a boutique-style shopping experience, similar to how you may shop for makeup or clothes. Along with a ton of mood-inspired palettes , you’ll get personalized attention from educated associates to help you find the perfect shade —Helpful is Beautiful! And of course—no beauty purchase is complete without sampling! You can buy pint-sized samples for $4.99 to test!

I took Ace up on the challenge and went with two Valspar colors to make over my new home. As with most Manhattan apartments, space is limited where I live, so instead of cluttering up my apartment with much furniture, I chose to define the different rooms with color. First, I painted my dining nook in Valspar Lavender Twilight, the most beautiful shade of lavender-grey (remember that color inspiration board from my first post?) and was surprised at how it instantly transformed the corner and made it so inviting. I actually sometimes sit at my dinging table and stare at the wall because the color is so pretty and soothing. Plus with its own color, the dining area has suddenly transformed from just an extension of my living space into its own rom.


I was so excited by the results that I chose to extend my painting project to my living room as well. Back to The Paint Studio I went and discovered that a light dove grey was a beautiful complement. This shade was also the perfect compromise for my husband and I: he wanted something super light (in fact, white) to keep the area bright and spacious while I wanted something that could add contrast and personality to the space. It turns out Valspar Modern Gray is light enough to feel safe if you’re nervous about color, but it still brings a multidimensional feel to the room. Plus, the hue goes with everything—especially that pretty lavender dining room. And remember, Valspar also offers the Color Guarantee so if you don’t like the first color you choose, you can have another on them.


Do you have a paint project to tackle? Be sure to visit your neighborhood Ace Hardware store to check out the Star Spangled Sale, which is taking place July 2-7 and offers Instant Savings of $5 off gallon purchases of Valspar and Clark+Kensington paint .

Disclaimer:  This project was done in partnership with Valspar Paint and Ace Hardware, but all thoughts, words, and excitement over final product are my own.


SponsoredA Little Color Inspiration for the Season

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My style is feminine, but not saccharine, so when it comes to choosing colors (for my clothes, makeup, or home), I tend to shy away from anything that’s too girly or precious. One of my favorite ways to make color feel more “grown up” is by mixing pastel shades with variations of grey, which allows me to use the season’s pretties hues, but update it in a way that’s much cooler (both in terms of color palette and just figuratively speaking.) This little rule-of-thumb especially works well when it comes to home décor: I just love mixing and matching shades of blush and lilac with the neutral.

Right now, I’m especially partial to light shades of purple mixed with grey. I find myself gravitating (or mixing!) this hue in everything, from home accent pieces to nail polishes, to prints on my clothing and even eye shadow (try it, it works surprisingly well!). Just scroll through my inspiration board above, and you’ll see what I mean.

That’s why I’m excited to partner with a new retailer that totally gets how I like to work with color. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be undertaking a big project to incorporate my favorite hue in an unexpected (but pretty major) way. Have I intrigued you? Stay tuned to find out what I’m up to!

Giveaways, SponsoredGiveaway: Proactiv+ 3-Step Skincare System


Honestly, which teenager did not swear by Proactiv? That line totally got me through college and the worst of my acne-ridden years.

Luckily, these days, mention the word ‘acne’ and I’ll be more likely to think of my favorite clothing line than a serious skin condition, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t still suffer from the occasional blemish (and even worse, long-term skin discoloration and marks from those pesky flare-ups). Luckily, Proactiv has evolved with me and the new line of Proactiv+ is designed to address the slew of adult skin concerns I now face: dry skin (check), oily skin (check. Yes I suffer from dry skin and oily skin at the same time), lack of clarity (check), redness (check), prominent pores (check, check, check, check…)

The new lineup contains the same easy 1-2-3 process as my teenage favorite: a  Skin Smoothing Exfoliator, an all-in-one cleanser and scrub, the Pore Targeting Treatment, an acne-bacteria killing serum for those occasional pimples, and a daily Complexion Perfecting Hydrator, which moisturizes, brightens, and mattifies.

For the next four weeks, I’ll be test driving all these products and more from the Proactiv+ line, with the hope of being able to rock that #nomakeup and #nofilter hashtag on all my summer selfies.

Follow along on my social media channels: @carolyn_hsu, @tdailyobsession as I try these new products!

Want to win a set to try yourself? It’s easy! You can win one of two ways:

1) Follow @tdailyobsession on Twitter and retweet this post

2) Follow @carolyn_hsu on Instagram and like this photo

Good luck! Winner will be announced in 4 weeks.


SponsoredGet Your Beauty On with Bergdorf Goodman!



On May 1, Bergdorf Goodman will partner with ELLE magazine for a very exciting day of beauty. All day long we will offer complimentary makeovers, beauty consultations and customers can try out the latest colors, treatments and more. And from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Bergdorf’s Social Media Beauty Director, Felicia Walker Benson will do a personal appearance in store and chat spring beauty.

Here’s the list of services you an get at the May 1 event: 
Green Tea Leaf Reading with Amore Pacific 
Facebook Look Transformation Station with Biobliss 
Customized palettes by Bobbi Brown Artist Brianna Tallos 
Sublimage consultation with Chanel 
Mask Event with Cle de Peau & Shiseido 
Hair Styling and Tutorials by the Designer with Colette Malouf 
Manicures and Nail Art with Estee Lauder 
Bronzing Bar Event with Guerlain’s  National Makeup Artist Marcus Monson 
Complexion Perfection Makeover with Hourglass 
Braid Bar with John Barrett Salon 
Stress Releasing Massage with La Prairie Massage Therapist Edan Harari 
Mini-facial pampering with Lancome 
LED Light Chromo Mask Tool “Robo Cop Mask” with Natura Bisse 
Scalp Treatments and deluxe gifts with purchase with Restorsea 
Neck and Hand Massages with ReVive 
Expert brow shaping with Sania’s Brow Bar 
Sultry Sun Kissed Makeovers with Tom Ford 
Lash Application and Personal Appearance by Trish McEvoy 
“The Light Belongs to YSL” – 3 Minute Lumiere with YSL Beaute 


SponsoredRoad Testing Olay’s new Sensitive Body Wash

olay_sensitive_body_washAlthough I’m normally not too sensitive when it comes to beauty (a definite plus when my job involves trying all sorts of products), this winter I’ve been experiencing a peculiar problem. I’m blaming it on the super cold weather and the hot showers I’m taking because of it—my skin has become so dry and sensitive that I literally have scratch marks from my upper back to my lower legs thanks to how irritated and itchy my entire body has become. (Insert huge sigh. I actually just did that while writing this.)

So when Olay approached me to give their new Sensitive Body Wash a try, I was more than happy to oblige. Out went my usual assortment of fancy fragranced shower gels and even my old standby, Dove, and in came the new bottle of ultra-gentle and ultra-moisturizing Olay body wash. What’s so fantastic about this product is that it’s formulated to sensitive skin so it’s unscented, dye-free, and soap-free which is a major plus because the last thing my delicate, scratched up skin needs is anything that could irritate it further. But while it’s gentle, it’s still incredibly effective at moisturizing—more so in fact that most other body washes I’ve tried. I was impressed and decided to investigate why. READ MORE

SponsoredHowAboutWe Make Dumplings?

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to spend more quality time dating my husband—that is, less time spent bickering, more time spent having fun and enjoying each other’s company. Thanks to our friends at HowAboutWe for Couples, we’re already on our way to achieving this goal! Make spending time with your significant other a priority in 2014 as well–to help you along, we’re offering all our readers $50 off their first date. Read on to learn more!

Shortly after we got married (and life returned to normal), my husband asked me over dinner: “now that wedding planning is done, what should we do with our free time?” It didn’t take very long for me to answer that what I would like to do, in fact, was any activity at all! While my husband and I actually used to plan events together during our early days, somewhere in between moving in together (and fighting over music taste) and spending our weekends DIY-ing reception place cards, we completely stopped dating each other.

Unfortunately, thanks to our busy work schedules and overall repetition of daily life, we’ve also no longer the pros at date planning we used to be. As any New Yorker can attest, the most convenient bar/coffee shop/cafe (i.e. within 2 blocks of your apartment), soon becomes the only establishments one frequents. And while the early excitement of dating meant that I would, in fact, take three subways to go cross-town to try a new restaurant together, the comforts of married life now means that I would…well, rather be comfortable. As in ordering food online. Or IMing him from the couch instead of walking into the bedroom. Or occasionally making him go pour me a glass of wine because I can’t get out of the rabbit hole of Wikipedia/Buzzfeed. You get the idea.

But at some point being comfortable starts to turn into being lazy…and laziness has done no relationship any favors. So now that we’ve embarked on the next step of our relationship—and life together—I resolved to bring back the excitement, anticipation, and discovery of our earlier days. So naturally when I discovered HowAboutWe for Couples, the new experience planning service from the dating site HowAboutWe, I was ready to sign up. HowAboutWe for Couples is a service that helps people who are in relationships go on wonderful dates. The best part? You don’t even have to plan it, just pick your activity online and show up! READ MORE

SponsoredThe Science Behind Younger Looking Skin


As us beauty obsessed folks know, there’s an art to looking younger. Whether it’s how to mask a sallow complexion, hide dark circles, or contour my cheeks to look plumper—I’ve learned a few tips and tricks through the years. But, wouldn’t it be better if you didn’t have to fake it? What if your skin didn’t just have to look younger, it actually acted younger? Thanks to Olay Regenerist, I’ve also recently learned a few things about the science behind better skin—get ready for some beauty biology!

As our skin is our body’s first layer of defense, it gets put through a lot. No wonder it might be looking—and feeling—a little fatigued. The scientists at Olay have discovered that on a cellular level, as we age, our skin’s energy levels decrease—that is it gets tired and stops doing its job as well. “Easy,” you say. “I’ll just load it up with some products!” Well, as it turns out, tired skin also becomes less responsive to anti-aging ingredients, so your products may not actually produce visible results as quickly as you would like. That’s why the team at Olay discovered that a key step to anti-aging is first reawakening and boosting the skin’s natural bio-energy production so that skin is then ready to absorb anti-aging ingredients. READ MORE

SponsoredDedicated: Address Uneven Skin Tone with Olay Pro-X Microdermabrasion System

olayprox1Living right in the middle of New York City, I put my skin through a lot more due to pollution and external factors than say my friends in the beautiful, lush suburbs of Seattle. Anyone who has tried to meander across Seventh Avenue only to get blasted by a gust of exhaust fume, has to commute to work by walking during the sweltering heat or frigid cold, or ever gets in the subway will know what I mean. While living in New York is fantastic in countless ways, an experience I have no intention of giving up anytime soon, on the skincare front, it can leave a little to be desired.

Through my years of living here, every time I have an icky day and feel that my skin is just layered with stuff, my first reaction is always just to scrub it off. As it turns out, exfoliating on the regular actually does help to address uneven skin tone that could be caused by pollution, extreme weather, and other stressors. Being constantly in the midst of city grime isn’t just unpleasant feeling, it contributes directly to clogs and dirt trapped in pores, dull complexion, and even surface discoloration. You know that I’ve been using (and loving) Pro-X by Olay Microdermabrasion + Advanced Cleansing System twice a week for a while now so I was happy to learn that regular use of the tool can keep all these pesky skin issues at bay and keep my complexion radiant through it all. The rotating tool and Crystal Thermal Polisher combines to exfoliate 7x better than just scrub alone—results I definitely appreciate after a particularly grimy day. Numbers aside, it’s also just a satisfying feeling to scrub it off and feel like I’m getting so fresh and so clean! The soft and bright skin revealed gives me confidence to put my best face forward for the next day.

For more info on Pro-X by Olay Microdermabrasion System, check out my full review here.


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