How to Prep for Holiday Party Season

How to Prep for Holiday Party Season

It’s holiday party season and I’m sharing tips and product recommendations to help you prep for your next night out! First, let’s start with the beauty routine.

I love to prep my skin before I begin makeup application and lately I’ve been really into exfoliating my face since it tends to get really dry in the winter. I’ve been using the Primal Life Facial Kit, Quiver Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush, along with face wash to rid of dead skin, help with fine lines/wrinkles and to tighten and tone. Quiver’s sonic vibrations stimulate your facial muscles and help increase collagen production- leaving your skin looking lifted, more awake, incredibly beautiful and wonderfully balanced- 100% naturally. (Ps: use this code PLOBOXX17 for 20% off a future purchase!)

Now that my face is washed, I move on to grooming to make sure everything is in tip-top shape. I’d recommend using Nad’s Facial Wand Eyebrow Shaper to achieve perfectly-shaped eyebrows. It’s super easy to use and the SlimTip Precision Applicator is filled with a natural, non-heat formula that washes away with water. Seriously the quickest and easiest way to do touch-ups at home.

Ok, so now that my eyebrows are looking fierce, it’s time for makeup. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with the Whoosh Beauty Fold Out Face palette, which is an entire beauty bag that fits in the palm of your hand, including universally flattering eye shadows, flawless complexion coverage, dark and light contouring powders, cool and warm blushes. Plus, it even has a must-have highlighter. I’m obsessed because this palette is literally a one-stop shop for all of your makeup  needs. (Ps: Use code: BB15OFF for 15% off your Woosh Beauty purchase!)

Now that you’re looking fabulous, fix up your hair in loose waves and spray on some perfume in your pulse points
(wrists, neck, décolletage). I’ve been loving Paris Hilton’s new feminine fragrance, ROSÉ RUSH Paris Hilton. It floral and rose petal notes, lychee, papaya and amber.

Lastly, pick out an outfit that you know will turn heads. I love to wear something simple (either black or red), with one statement piece. I’ve been especially loving my Vince Camuto “Chelsea” boots lately (yes, they’re leopard)! They have triangular panels of goring, a rounded almond toe and a matching pull tab.

Now you’re ready to go!

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The Victoria’s Secret Model Makeover: Tips & Tricks

The Victoria’s Secret Model Makeover: Tips & Tricks

Disclaimer: a 5’3 girl is writing this post

Tonight is the night – the 2017 VS Fashion Show will air featuring a bevy of toned models with legs for days and perfect beachy-wavy hairdos. Everyone will criticize the models, but really we just want to be them (at least I do).

Unfortunately for me, I can’t grow 7+ inches overnight, but what I can do (and you can too) is mimic the same look at home. We all know beauty comes from within, but nothing is a bigger confidence booster than knowing you look and owning it.

Let’s start with the hair and makeup. VS is famous for their signature beachy-wavy hair look. Last year, they partnered with Beachwaver to provide the hair tools and styling for the show (I’m not sure if they’re partnering with them again this year). And let me just tell you, this hair tool seriously makes curling your hair look like a walk in the park. See the below video.

So to me, this is a must-have. Plus, if you consider yourself someone who isn’t very good at styling hair, this thing looks FOOL proof. I’m ordering one now… You can get your own by clicking the photo below.

Next up is makeup. You’ve probably noticed that the models don’t wear anything too heavy or thick. Makeup is generally kept very natural and “glowy” looking. As such, I’d recommend sticking with these essentials: a highlighting palette (to use as your highlight and eye shadow), a colored in brow (not too heavy!), a sweep of blush and a nude lip. I’ve linked to some of my favorite and go-to products below in each of these categories.

Now onto the wardrobe essentials. Nothing makes me feel like more of a VS Angel than my pink silk robe. Real talk – I wanted a robe for my photographs so I ordered this one off of Amazon for $14.99. This taught me that you really don’t need to spend a lot for something so simple because it looks just as nice as an expensive robe. Plus, I can’t even explain how much use I’ve gotten out of this thing… I wear it when I’m getting ready and have shot in it multiple times.

Lastly, all angels need one final thing – a good push up bra. Let’s face it, there is no way those models have big boobs because literally nothing on them is big. This is where Victoria Secret hit the jackpot by creating a bra that literally gives anyone cleavage – the Bombshell Bra, which is touted to “add two cup sizes”.  Fortunately for me, I don’t need help in this department, but for those of you that do – this this WORKS. I know because I’ve had friends wear it.

That’s a wrap! I hope this tips inspired you to unleash your inner-angel. I don’t expect you to try these tips tonight (it is a Tuesday after all), but you better order everything in time to spice up your weekend a bit!



SALE ALERT: Cyber Week Sales 2017

SALE ALERT: Cyber Week Sales 2017

My favorite week is here – Cyber Week! Do not miss your chance to snag holiday gifts, personal items and/or anything else your heart desires during the biggest sale week of the year. Below, I’ve linked to some of the must-shop sales. Click each logo to check them out!

*Photos provided via Reward Style 

Event Coverage: BabbleBoxx Holiday Gifting Suite

Event Coverage: BabbleBoxx Holiday Gifting Suite

Pictured: Me heading into the event
Wearing: Do and Be Top, Express pants (old), Steve Madden Slides, Gigi New York Purse
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Last week I had the opportunity to attend BabbleBoxx’s Holiday Preview and was surprised by how many amazing gift ideas I walked away with. As you know, it’s always hard to come up with items that are unique and exciting, so I was pumped to learn about some new awesome products/Brands. I’ve recapped my experience for you below!

First off, I was unfortunately feeling a little sick, most likely do to the change in weather, so Tea Forte was the perfect Brand for me to stumble upon first. I spoke with the Brand reps and learned just how premium their collection of festive teas are (they’re sampled in a lot of high-end hotels). They fixed me a Winter Chai tea (mmm) as we talked through the collection, which includes blends such as Raspberry Ganache, Rum Raisin Biscotti, Spiced Ginger Plum, and Ginger Snap. I learned that the comforting holiday tea blends are festively donned to celebrate the spirit and joy of the season and I could literally taste it with every sip. This grip is perfect for any tea lover on your holiday list. The packaging is beautiful and the flavors are delicious.

As I sipped my tea (which soothed my sore throat), I made my way around to some other tables. Next, I stopped to chat with the folks over at 23andMe. I knew the Brand sounded familiar and was quickly reminded why once we stroke up conversation. “OH, they are an ancestry service!” I remembered. I’ve always wanted to trace my roots back! We say we’re 100% Italian, but who actually knows.  The Brand believes that the best gift you can give (or get!) is the chance to understand what makes someone who they are – I totally agree. With 23andMe, you can share your genetic information with your family members to get an even clearer picture of who you are and where you come from. You can learn more on their site!

Next up was Algenist, which is a breakthrough vegan collagen-based beauty/skincare line with a formulation readily available for youthful vitality. The unique formula of plant collagen and Microalgae Oil beads helps restore skin’s bounce and resilience in just 10 days. I love the idea of gifting these products to your beauty-obsessed friends & family members.

Speaking of beauty lovers – I also stumbled upon Grande Cosmetics, which is a beauty brand featuring a variety of products. What really stood out to me was the GrandeLASH-MD Serum. The two girls I was speaking with has UNREAL lashes and they let me know that they were completely natural (with a little help from the serum). As someone who gets lash extensions, I was immediately interested because their revolutionary lash enhancing serum that promotes longer, thicker-looking eyelashes in as little as 4-6 weeks.

And lastly, I stopped at Perfumania table, where I tried on some scents and walked away with a little sample of Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue (my fav). You can find your next ragrance obsession among the hundreds of designer brands at Perfumania (they have over 150+ retail locations!). Or if you’re like me and do a lot of your shopping online, check them out digitally.

Hope this helps inspire some holiday gift ideas!




Holiday Gift Guide: For Her, Him & Everyone on Your List

Holiday Gift Guide: For Her, Him & Everyone on Your List

Ho Ho Ho! Happy [almost] Holidays. Santa Publyssity here – ready to spread holiday cheer.

Let me kick this off by explaining that when I was younger, all I cared about was opening presents and getting as many new things as I could (didn’t every kid?). However, as I get older, I find myself more invested in the gift giving process vs. the receiving process. To me, it’s so nice to see the excited look on family and friends faces when you gift them something they love.

I’m sure a lot of you are currently in the same position as me. Are you thinking, “what the heck am I going to get everyone this holiday season?” I’m right there with you. I have to admit, I have yet to purchase anything for anyone, but compiling this list definitely helped me figure out what I’ll be ordering. So since I’ve done the digging for you, I’m hoping your shopping experience can be a seamless one.

I browsed various sites and narrowed down my all time FAVORITE 2017 holiday gifting items. I tried to be really selective about the items I included because I wanted to pick items that I know people will LOVE. So whether you’re referencing this list as a guy trying to figure out what to get for your girlfriend or as a mother trying to figure out what to get your son – there’s something special for everyone. Below, I’ve broken the items out into three categories – women, men and everyone.

I hope this makes your holiday shopping a bit easier!

Gift Guide – Women

Gift Guide – Men

Gift Guide – Everyone