How to Upgrade Your Morning Routine

How to Upgrade Your Morning Routine

You know it, I know it, we all know it… Morning’s are the worst. I’m actually a semi-early riser, but mornings still get to me. I think just knowing that you have a full day of work ahead and waking up to an alarm just puts an immediate damper on the day. That’s why it’s important to upgrade your morning routine, so you look forward to getting the day started.

For me, mornings are all about being quick and effective. I like to sleep until the last possible moment, so this means making sure that everything is laid out the night before. On my bathroom counter I leave out all of my essential beauty items including my face wash/lotion, toner, eye cream, serum and most importantly, my Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant (which offers 48 hours of odor and wetness protection plus added skincare benefits of Dove ¼ moisturizers and NutriumMoisture for softer, smoother underarms). Let’s face it – nothing makes you feel more “ready” to take on the day than a lil’ deo.

After my little primping session, I start feeling a bit more recharged, but am no where near done. Next, I grab my lunch from the fridge (that I prepare the night before), stick it in my bag and make a morning shake to have on-the-go. I like to use some sort of protein powder, fruit, chia/flax seeds and almond milk.

Then, I’m ready to take on the day! This little routine has helped me stay on track.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Give Your Hair the Protection it Deserves

Give Your Hair the Protection it Deserves

I’ll admit it. For a while I used little to no product on my hair. Since blogging and working in beauty PR, I’ve come to learn that our hair is much like our skin. The more moisture and vitamins we give it, the more it becomes hydrated and strong.

Now knowing this, I try to use products that help my hair be the healthiest it can.  Today, I’m writing to let you know of a new brand that I discovered that is aiding me in having strong/healthy hair – ZOTOS Professional 180Pro line. The entire line helps to protect my hair from all of the heat I put on it daily (c’mon we all know I don’t just #WakeUpLikeThis).

I’ve included some information on my favorite products from the line below. Ps. all of the products are safe for you color-treated gals like me!

Polish Protector Leave in Styling Cream: This must-have instantly conditions detangles and radically repairs heat-damaged hair. Plus, it helps lock out heat to help prevent damage before it even starts.

Heath Rescue Conditioner: This life-savor helps lock out heat to help prevent damage before it starts. It deeply conditions and radically repairs heat-damaged hair.

Heat Rescue Shampoo: Like the conditioner, the shampoo also helps lock out heat to help prevent damage before it starts. It gently cleanses and radically repairs heat-damaged hair.

Flat Iron Barrier Thermal Protection Spray: This protection spray surrounds strands to radically repair heat-damaged hair. All you have to do is spritz it onto clean, damp or dry hair before any exposure to heat styling, especially flat ironing.

I can’t wait for you to check them out and let me know what you think! Cheers to healthy hair.


Beauty Report: Skin Laundry Laser & Light Facial

Beauty Report: Skin Laundry Laser & Light Facial

I need to be honest here…. I’m really inconsistent when it comes to using products or keeping good tabs on my skin. Luckily for me, I think i’m so lax because I’ve never had problem-skin. But now that I’m getting “older” (UGH!), I’ve noticed a change in my skin for sure and with that, I want to find a routine that works for me. No one wants damn wrinkles and I’m definitely not getting Botox anytime soon. My solve? Skin Laundry! (Ps. Before you read on, I want to share that you can get your first time free).

My coworkers RAVE about Skin Laundry, telling me how they’ve seen such excellent results in only a month or so. I decided to give it a go and had the BEST first time experience ever. I was a little nervous because they use a “laser and light” method and as I’m sure you know, laser’s are known to hurt. However, I have to say that pain was really mild and more so tickled than it did hurt.

What I was most impressed with was how the staff and technicians were so qualified and informative. Since I work in beauty PR full time, I’m used to working with skin scientists and I have to say, my experience was nothing but a positive one. The treatment itself only took about 10-15 minutes and immediately following my skin had the “Skin Laundry Glow.” It still does!

My biggest problem areas are my nose and chin, where I tend to get blackheads and I’ve noticed that tons of them have disappeared (yay!). With one service under my belt, I’m excited for 5 more. Stay tuned, I’ll be doing a little “before and after” post. In the meantime, check them out here to find a location near you!

In the meantime, shop the amazing Skin Laundry products below:

Where to Get the Best Blowout in NYC

Where to Get the Best Blowout in NYC

I know you all know how much I love a good blowout. Truth is, I can actually do my hair pretty well on my own, but something about getting a blowout is just so magical to me. From the way it makes my hair feel, to the pure pleasure of getting pampered, to the long-lasting style – I love it all!

Obviously there are so many salons in the city, but I feel like I’ve really hit a lot of the “major” ones. And trust me, not every blowout is a good one. Since I have such curly hair naturally, I need someone that takes the time on each and every section (small sections is the best). I’ve had some frizzy blowouts in my day. I don’t want you to have to worry about combing through salons to find the best blowout, so I’ve listed my faves below.

Marie Lou & D
Price: $45-$65 depending on stylist level
My go-to stylist at MLD is Tre (he’s my boy), but every single stylist is amazing. I’ve said this before in another post, but I’m obsessed with the ambiance of the salon. The wash station chairs give you a massage! You can’t beat that.

Dream Dry 
Various around the city
Price: $50
This place has my ideal ambiance. I love that hairstyling experience doesn’t just end with a blow dryer. At Dream Dry, if you want “beach waves” or something other than a typical blowout, the stylists heat up a curling iron and give you exactly the look you’re trying to achieve.

Glam & Go
Location: Various around the city
Price: $45 for a blowout, but monthly packages are available
I’m obsessed with Glam & Go because all of the stylists are highly trained. I’ve never had a bad experience. I love how they offer blowouts or quick styles (for a smaller fee), so if you want a braid or up-do vs. blowout, you can get it done easily!

Dry Bar
Various around the city
The best part? The smell of the Dry Bar products! Dry Bar just has this signature aesthetic and scent that is addicting. The ambiance is wonderful and like some of the other places I mentioned, you can choose from a book of looks to pick exactly what you’re trying to achieve. The stylists will work with you to get exactly what you want.