Clover Canyon and Stila at Miami Swim Week

I think I could spend some time lounging around a pool in Miami and looking at pretty bathing suits. But instead, I’m here in Virginia, watching from afar. But I always keep my eye on the beauty looks, and while they often look simplistic during Swim Week, every now and again one catches my eye. This look was created for Clover Canyon by Stila.

Sarah Lucero, Celebrity Makeup Artist and Global Artistic Director for Stila Cosmetics created this look with a focus on a pop of color on the lips and warm tones on the face. Here is how she did it:


Face:  Light concealer and Stay All Day 10-In-1 HD Illuminating Beauty Balm if needed
Cheeks:  Custom blend of Gladiola Convertible Color + Peony Convertible Color depending on skin tone and tan level
Lips:  A blend of Avery and Valentina Color Balm Lipsticks pressed into the lips for a soft punch color
Eyes:  Light dusting of the Jezebel Eyeshadow, curled lashes and applied Stila’s NEW! MILE HIGH LASHES MASCARA
Brows:  Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color and Tinted Brow Gel

Spa Day: The Flowering Almond Spa in Virginia Beach

Thanks to a very generous gift from Neutrogena, I was able to visit the Flowering Almond Spa here in Virginia Beach, located in the Founders Inn.

Walking in, there is a spacious  lounge with products and a modern bench. This was a good thing, as I had to wait some time for the receptionist to get me to the back. Apparently it was an important phone call.

In the locker room, you had your standard half size lockers, a robe, and those ugly plastic slide shoes (which are necessary, of course – you can’t be running  around with bare feet). It was nice and quiet, and after I was undressed and all locked up, I walked to the secondary waiting area where there were chairs, chaise lounges, and drinks, including spa water, coffee, and tea. I would learn later that the coffee and tea maker was broken, so you could have some spa water.

I was escorted into my room fairly quickly, and was able to choose which oils I wanted out of the three they offer for an aromatherapy massage. The massage itself was wonderful, but unfortunately my therapist wanted to talk when I wanted to completely zone out.

Afterwards, when I returned to the locker room, there were kids everywhere getting ready for what I assume was some pool time. So the pool is connected to the day spa. I quickly dressed and headed to the sink to wash up. There were little to no amenities in terms of personal care, which was kind of a bummer. But I smelled great and was completely moisturized up thanks to the massage oils.

Overall it wasn’t a bad experience, the facility was nice, the room wasn’t too small and everything was very clean.

80 minute aromatherapy massage was $120. Download the spa menu for more […]

Makeup Wars: Favorite Skin Savers

Skin savers – everyone has their go-to products that keep their skin in line. While I have different picks for face and body, today I’ll just talk about everything that keeps my 40+ skin on my face in peak shape.

I am a huge fan of Mario Badescu. HUGE. I’ve been to their spa (and want to go back every time I’m in New York City), and when I faithfully use my products, my skin looks the best it’s ever been. So I can’t say enough good things about this reasonably priced line, other than if you can’t find at least one holy grail product in their collection, you might not be looking hard enough.

On to the skin savers!

Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum: I discovered this not too long ago. This, when used after exfoliation especially, gives my face an unbelievable, almost youthful, glow. The results are instantaneous and amazing.
Mario Badescu Drying Mask: have complicated skin? I know I do. I go between full on acne and mild breakouts, but when I keep my Mario Badescu regimen going, I have neither. This is a big part of that. Spread this muddy-looking mask on and go chill for 20 or 30 minutes. Helps clear up any imperfections you have going on. Super serious about clearing a pimple before the next day? Dot some on the blemish and go to bed. You’ll see a huge improvement by the morning (one of my special secrets, so don’t go telling the whole world).
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion: the grand-daddy of acne products – I remember my mom using this in the 70′s, I think. This calamine lotion and salicylic acid combo knocks out any breakouts you have. Works best as an overnight treatment, but you can use it all day long if you wipe the pink […]

Style Saturday: 10 rompers that are perfect for summer

Welcome to Style Saturday where we are going to talk all things stylish. Could be clothes, like it is today, could be decor, could be just about anything that I think is stylish. Let’s jump right in with these 10 carefree rompers – there isn’t anything easier to wear on casual summer days.

French Connection Sandy Stripey Romper: Comfy and perfect for a coverup or day out of doors. $38.11
Old Navy Jersey Tube Romper: A perfect stand-by. Get it in every color. $26.94
Roxy Tainted Love Woven Romper: I picture this on a picnic at the park. $39.50
Trina Turk Jeanette Romper: When you want to show some style on a more casual affair. $228.00
LAMade Wrap Front Print Romper: I love this for going out – the wrap front flatters all body types. $47.99
Free People Sunset Romper: This might be my favorite. For cool nights on the beach. $88.99
Express Strapless Striped Romper: comes in purple, green, and red. $27.94
Swell Rocking Romper: Loungewear that can go out of the house. $46.50
G-Star Avi Short Suit Romper: known for edgy denim, this doesn’t disappoint. $170.00
KAS New York Kimmy Romper: bright colors that make me think of south Texas. $198.99

What is your favorite go-to summer staple?

Smoky Eye Friday: BAStar Spicy Neutrals Palette

So today I have another palette by BAStar, and I’m really happy with it. For $8.75, they make some seriously pigmented colors! I don’t know how it’s possible.

I really only used two shades in this one, the lightest cream and the darkest brown. I used the cream all over the lid, right up to the brow, then used the brown in the crease. I also used the brown as a liner with my angled brush, and it looks pretty darn good. I’m eager to try the purple/brown/yellow combo, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing that soon. Then three coats (always) of Too Faced Size Queen mascara.

Seriously, just go look. I think you’ll be impressed if you can get past the whole cheer/dance thing. Don’t be fooled.