Beauty, MakeupFind Your Perversion

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Any time Urban Decay hosts an event, I make sure to attend because they know how to throw a party. And who doesn’t love a good party? Especially when it’s in honor of their new Perversion Mascara (love the name!)

imgThe party was at The Sayers Club in Hollywood and it was everything you’d expect from a brand as cutting edge as Urban Decay–there was a knife thrower, burlesque dancers, a contortionist… never a dull moment in Hollywood! But a very fun night would’ve been wasted if the mascara itself was a dud, so I’m happy to report that it’s fabulous. The slogan for it is “Bigger, Blacker, Badder” lashes and whoever came up with that was right on the money because that’s exactly what I get when I use it. My lashes are way thicker, soot black and full of volume after I swipe it on. It’s the perfect trifecta!  I love the brush too – it’s big, but not so big that I poke myself in the eyes when I use it (more common than you’d think!) and the bristles are great for separating lashes. I get almost no clumps and even the ones I do get are small and comb out really easily. The formula is really buildable too–I’m able to swipe on multiple coats without getting crusty, spiky lashes. Instead, they just get even thicker, which is amazing. I think it’s time for you all to get Perverted too!

Hair, Los Angeles, Spas & Salonsbanged at spoke & weal

Spoke & Weal

I used to have bangs. And they were fabulous. But they took so long to grow out, I swore I’d never get them again. Then I was offered a complimentary haircut at Spoke & Weal Los Angeles by owner and hair artist extraordinaire Jon Reyman. Even though I was growing out my hair, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity (he charges $450). So I did it; I got banged. Standing up, I might add.

How did this happen? Well, it started at the end of the workday, around 6 p.m. (The salon is conveniently open until 7 p.m. on weekdays.) Just after I arrived, I was given a green juice from the local juicer and a relaxing, aromatherapeutic scalp massage. This alone was worth the trip.

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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!

 

Mom & KidsRun with Umi Shoes

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A perfectly posh wrap that allow her feet to feel as free as when they’re bare. A generous fit for those chubby baby feet and an easy hook-and-loop strap ease in even the biggest toddler shoe-skeptic.

  • Contoured rubber outsoles allows babies to rollup on their toes
  • Patented anti-bacterial removable foot bed
  • Leather uppers and linings
  • Hook-and-loop strap closure

– See more at: http://www.umishoes.com/shop/style/30405-680.html#sthash.EsehNcHs.dpuf

A perfectly posh wrap that allow her feet to feel as free as when they’re bare. A generous fit for those chubby baby feet and an easy hook-and-loop strap ease in even the biggest toddler shoe-skeptic.

  • Contoured rubber outsoles allows babies to rollup on their toes
  • Patented anti-bacterial removable foot bed
  • Leather uppers and linings
  • Hook-and-loop strap closure

– See more at: http://www.umishoes.com/shop/style/30405-680.html#sthash.EsehNcHs.dpuf

A perfectly posh wrap that allow her feet to feel as free as when they’re bare. A generous fit for those chubby baby feet and an easy hook-and-loop strap ease in even the biggest toddler shoe-skeptic.

  • Contoured rubber outsoles allows babies to rollup on their toes
  • Patented anti-bacterial removable foot bed
  • Leather uppers and linings
  • Hook-and-loop strap closure

– See more at: http://www.umishoes.com/shop/style/30405-680.html#sthash.EsehNcHs.dpuf

A perfectly posh wrap that allow her feet to feel as free as when they’re bare. A generous fit for those chubby baby feet and an easy hook-and-loop strap ease in even the biggest toddler shoe-skeptic.

  • Contoured rubber outsoles allows babies to rollup on their toes
  • Patented anti-bacterial removable foot bed
  • Leather uppers and linings
  • Hook-and-loop strap closure

– See more at: http://www.umishoes.com/shop/style/30405-680.html#sthash.EsehNcHs.dpuf

A perfectly posh wrap that allow her feet to feel as free as when they’re bare. A generous fit for those chubby baby feet and an easy hook-and-loop strap ease in even the biggest toddler shoe-skeptic.

  • Contoured rubber outsoles allows babies to rollup on their toes
  • Patented anti-bacterial removable foot bed
  • Leather uppers and linings
  • Hook-and-loop strap closure

– See more at: http://www.umishoes.com/shop/style/30405-680.html#sthash.EsehNcHs.dpuf

These cute tyke Mary Janes have fondly been nicknamed “playground shoes” by their pint-sized owner. The Umi brand has thought through everything a toddler and parent could want in a shoe- a generous fit even for chubby feet, easy on-and-off, nonslip stable rubber outsoles, and cute details like this cheerful daisy. Durability and longevity get high ratings for the Cassia shoe considering its top quality materials and workmanship, so these shoes will survive many playground playdates.

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Beauty, MakeupA Rose By Any Other Name…

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I’ve been wanting to try Bite Beauty for a long time, so when I got the opportunity to test out their Deconstructed Rose Lip Gloss Library, I jumped at the chance.  (I love that it’s called a library, by the way.  It makes me feel like I’m doing something studious or important by writing about it!)

The set has twelve different limited-edition shades in colors ranging from light pink to dark red, and each gloss has a rose scent to them, which is a very nice touch. I love that they’re all really pigmented, rather then being too sheer. I’ve said many, many times that that’s my pet peeve in a gloss (why pay money for something you can barely see?) so I’m happy that that’s not an issue here at all. The formula is also moisturizing and the color stays on my lips for a few hours before I need to reapply. Plus, I love the size of the tubes. They’re not so tiny that you’ll only get a few applications from each one, but they’re small enough to fit in a pocket or a clutch with ease–and you can actually use up a tube! I love that because I tend to travel with way more lip products than I need, so this lets me do that without weighing down my bag even more than usual. Consider me a Bite fan!

BeautyIn a Flash with Mr. Kate

Mr. Kate BeautyMarks

Temporary tattoos bring back fond childhood memories, but the new metallic versions that have been popping up everywhere are decidedly much more grown-up and so much fun for summer! We tried out Mr. Kate‘s version called BeautyMarks, and simply fell in love with them. READ MORE

FashionLet’s go to CAMP!

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Do you remember summer camp? Days of tents, bunk beds, canoes, campfires, s’mores…all good childhood memories, right? Sparked by her own camp memories, designer Tamar Wilder was led to create her clothing line, CAMP Collection, inspired by her love of the outdoors. The Fall 2014 collection is the second collection for the brand, filled with chambrays, plaids and cool hand-drawn graphic tees – essentially, all about the girl who doesn’t mind getting dirty outdoors, but wants to look awesome doing it. Check out the photos from the gorgeous Fall Lookbook (shot in Australia by Renee Carey, featuring model Rachel Rutt) above, and shop the new collection at ShopCamp.com.

Mom & KidsElks & Angels Cuddle Bear

Elks--Angels-Cuddle-Bear-in-ButtermilkTraveling this summer has been a blast- especially since our little lady loves hotels and planes. It’s amusing to see her zip through a new hotel room, exploring bedding and examining toiletries (could this be passed along genetically?). The one thing that’s always a comfort when away from home is a lovey, and her Elks and Angels Cuddle Bear has racked up more frequent flier miles than any other! Made of Australian sheepskin, the high quality softness is instantly addictive. I love it because it’s flat, light and easy to pack, and the natural properties of the sheepskin regulate body temperature whether it’s cool or hot! It’s also naturally anti-bacterial hypoallergenic, so I don’t have to worry as much about picking up germs.

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Mom & Kidsaden + anais Limited Edition (RED)

adenFor all my fellow aden + anais lovers, I’m excited to announce an amazing limited edition collection: (RED)! It’s bright and sharp, patriotic, and best of all, it supports the organization (RED) which was founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver to engage businesses and people in the fight against AIDS.

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The collection is selling out fast, so grab your chance to support victims of AIDS while swaddling your baby in ultimate comfort and style! (RED) is a division of The ONE Campaign. Learn more at www.red.org.

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!

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