Current Beauty Favorites


Nars Outlaw Blush: This is a really pretty shade for fall/winter. It’s a red toned blush with golden micro shimmer that I always gravitate towards when I’m sick of my usual pink toned blushes. It’s surprisingly natural looking for something that’s a little intense in the pan.

Skinceuticals Retexturizing Activator: This is a product I recently discovered and am IN LOVE. It has technology that breaks down the bonds that bind dead skin cells to the surface of your skin…a major cause of blackheads. After using this for one week it completely got rid of the little blackheads on my nose. (cute.)

C.O. Bigelow My Favorite Lip Balm: I’m pretty sure I threw this into my Bath & Body Works cart to make a minimum $ to use a promo code and I’m so glad I did. I’m a lip balm junkie and this one feels and smells amazing. It’s a little more liquidy vs. thick so I’m able to use it in the morning before I head out the door to protect from the blustering NYC winds.

B. Balenciaga Eau de Parfum: Um first, can we talk about how pretty this bottle is? Obsessed. I love this fragrance all year, but especially in the colder seasons because it’s a little more woodsy and intense, but still fresh and not at all heavy. So bad at describing smells so check out the description in the link.

Maybelline Color Jolt in Stripped Down: I tend to stay away from liquid lipsticks because they’re usually very matte and very drying. This liquid lip is super creamy and a little glossy (sometimes I blot a little to get a more matte finish). This color is so beautiful! It’s my go-to browny nude that can be worn at work or out at night and kind of just goes with everything. The perfect “don’t have to think about it” lip.


Face Mask Favorites


Face masks are just about the only thing you can use on your skin that will provide immediate results. If you’re into instant gratification, these are my current favorite face masks that will leave your skin looking incredible.

GlamGlow ThirstyMud:

This is for all the dry skin ladies out there. My skin is so incredibly dry that if I don’t slather on my serums and moisturizers right after cleansing my skin feels like the Sahara. Enter: ThirstyMud. This stuff smells like a vacation (read: coconut) and hydrates like a dream (thank you, hyaluronic acid). You can leave this on overnight, but I would recommend not sleeping in something brown and sticky…unless you don’t care about staining your pillowcases. 30 minutes is enough to leave your skin feeling super soft and plumped.


Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask:

Pumpkin. Pie. In. A. Jar. This stuff smells like basic white girl and I don’t mind at all. (Clearly I have an olfactory fixation because if something smells good I automatically put it on my face). If this stuff makes it onto your skin and not into your mouth (plz don’t try) you get a combo of manual exfoliators from the aluminum oxide and the chemical exfoliators from the AHA. Leave it on for 3-7 minutes and your skin will be the softest baby skin you have ever felt. I love using it when I’m looking a little dull and uneven because it helps decongest your skin and gets rid of that dead top layer. If you have sensitive skin, try using for just 1-2 minutes the first time as you might feel a little tingling/burning sensation and don’t want to overdo it.


L’Oreal Paris Pure-Clay Detox + Brighten:

I am SO excited that L’Oreal launched a line of clay masks this year. FINALLY we get some high quality stuff at the drugstore. Apply this clay mask to areas where you have enlarged pores and watch in disgust and satisfaction as you literally witness the oil being drawn out of your pores. If you have oily skin, it’s totally fine to use all over your face. For dry skin, just apply specifically around areas with enlarged pores as this formula is pretty drying. For even application of the mask, I like to use a cheap flat foundation brush that you don’t use for makeup. Black clay mask under fingernails is not a cute look.


Happy masking!

BeautyCon NYC 2016 + Haul


I am one of those nauseating people who works in an industry that I actually like. I’m a marketer for Maybelline New York, and had an Exhibitor pass to attend BeautyCon NYC 2016 since Maybelline had a booth! Despite having been interested in beauty for years, it was my first time at BeautyCon. The space was an enormous conference center filled with booths from all different cosmetics, hair and skincare brands with makeup junkies waiting in hour long lines for a chance to grab some free swag.

Below are a few photos of the event:




While I loved getting to check out everyone’s booths, what I loved the most was the ~swag~. By the end of the day my team and I were each carrying two bags filled with goodies we couldn’t wait to test. While I’m excited to try nearly everything, I wanted to share what I’m most excited about:


Colourpop Eyeshadows: I can’t believe I have never tried anything Colourpop yet given their ~Insta-fame~ but I’m excited I get the chance now! They were unveiling their new fall shadows, swatched below:


Damn, these are pigmented! They’re so creamy that I actually couldn’t tell if it was a powder or cream formula. And I can vouch for the longwear because trying to take this ish off was a betch. V pumped.

CosRX Master Patch: Has anyone else noticed this emergence of pimple patches and been super eager to try but didn’t want to shell it all out for little pimple dots!? No, just me? I nearly grabbed a whole stack of these when I saw them. Essentially the idea is you put these clear coated ‘dots’ directly on top of a pimple and it dries them out really quickly. I don’t break out often but when I do they’re massive, painful cystic zits that are immune to nearly ANYTHING I put on them. Hopefully now they’ve met their kryptonite…

Kate Somerville Exfolikate: Cult skincare favorite and pretty much every celebrity has mentioned using this. Need I say more?

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator: This is another cult product I’ve never tried, but I’ve heard great things about! I did a quick swatch and it might be too deep for me to use a face highlighter, but I have a feeling it would look great as an eyeshadow.

Eva NYC Dry Shampoo: I had never heard of this brand before, but the woman working the booth was raving so much that even as an infrequent dry shampoo user, I was sold. It has technology that makes the spray completely clear (hello, brunette friends) and supposedly doesn’t build up at the roots.

Tried any of these? Let me know what you think!

Also, shoutout to the Dads of BeautyCon. #Godbless those patient men.