Travel Diary: Jamaica

Travel Diary: Jamaica

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I was recently in Jamaica with some of my best blogger babes (@eastcoastfox & @laurenmazzei) and our amazing photographer (@LaurelCreative). After I travel, I love writing up travel diaries, where I share my travel recommendations and spill on what I did while away. It’s a great way for me to not only recap on my trip, but to help those who plan to travel to the same area.

This was my first time traveling with other bloggers and a photographer and it was amazing. These girls aren’t just business partners – they’ve become best friends and it’s so fun to travel with people who “get you” and have the same interests. We would spend mornings shooting and the rest of the day girl chatting and hanging around by the pool/exploring Jamaica.

Now, onto the part you care about – where we stayed and what we did.

We flew from JFK to Montego Bay, Jamaica. The flight is just under 3 1/2 hours, which isn’t too bad. However, out hotel was in Ochos Rios, which is about 1 1/2 hours from the airport. Knowing this, we took an early morning flight so that our first day was still a full one (we got to our hotel around 1pm).

Our hotel, The Moon Palace Jamaica, was beautiful and was honestly the nicest all-inclusive I’ve ever stayed at (and I’ve stayed at a bunch). It was fully loaded and had so many offerings including 24/7 room service, fine dining (the Japanese restaurant was our favorite), a snack bar, a coffee bar and a sushi stand. There were also water sports, a huge pool slide and one of those manmade surf parks.

Aside from the abundance of activities on the grounds of the resort, there was a plethora of pools, hot tubs, sun beds and lounge chairs on the beach. The resort was HUGE and super clean. It was also very family-friendly, so I’d definitely recommend it for those of you with kids.

Since we weren’t there too long and since I’ve been to Jamaica once before, we kind of just stuck to the hotel (since there was so much to do). However, one day we did venture into town and enjoyed margaritas as Margaritaville, as well as shopping in the neighboring area.

However, if it’s your first time in Jamaica, I would highly recommend stopping by Dunns River Falls, which is one of Jamaica’s national treasures. It’s a bit hard to explain, but it’s basically a cascading waterfall that you can climb. You hold hands and form a human chain as you make your way up the waterfall. When you get to the top, there are tons of shops and tourist attractions. Although we didn’t do it this trip, I have done it in the past and it’s a must-do if you’re in the Ochos Rios area.

For those of you that are interested in everything I wore while on my trip, I’ve included a gallery below. Just click on the image to purchase! Any questions? Leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to get back to you.

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!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com

 

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 bomb.com 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!