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Top Drugstore Beauty Finds

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Lately, I’ve been trying to be more responsible with my money. In the process of attempting to be fiscally fit, I’ve rediscovered the magic of the drugstore beauty aisle. While many high end beauty products are worth every penny of their exorbitant prices, even the biggest beauty snobs shouldn’t overlook the quality products hidden on drugstore shelves. Much of these affordable beauty finds work just as well, if not better than their expensive counterparts proving to me time and time again that top shelf quality beauty isn’t just for the rich and famous. Here are some of my favorites:

1. TRESemme Keratin Smooth 7 Day Smooth System

This 7-day heat activated trio absolutely lives up to its promise of salon style hair at home. The system consisting of the TRESemme Keratin Smooth 7 Day Smooth System ShampooTRESemme Keratin Smooth 7 Day Smooth System Conditioner and TRESemme Keratin Smooth 7 Day Smooth System Heat Activated Treatment contains thermal technology easily activated by the heat of your flat iron. It never fails to make my hair smooth, manageable and free of frizz making it a must have for the humid summer months.

2. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat

Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Top Coat is by far the best top coat and quick dry technology that I’ve ever used. I never do my own nails without it. Not only does this top coat always go on smoothly, it also makes your nails dry super fast and protects the polish from chipping.

3. Almay Liquid Line Eyeliner

I’ve been using Almay Liquid Line Eyeliner for almost a decade and absolutely love it. If you’re a liquid liner fan, you’ve got to try it. It’s easy to apply, dries fast and gives my upper lid the perfect line every time.

4. Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

Taking off your makeup correctly is just as important as putting it on correctly. I love Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover because it removes all my makeup the first time. Even the darkest smokey eye is no match for this makeup remover.

5. Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara

I never gave Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara much thought until I tried it. For years I passed right by it in the drugstore writing it off as a below average mascara. When I finally used it, I found that it’s not only one of the more affordable mascaras on the market, it’s also one of the best. The formula never clumps and the brush’s tiny bristles help reach every lash for long-lasting volume.

6. Veet Ready to Use Hair Removal Wax Strips

Though I get waxed once a month at the salon, I often need to touch up in between waxes, especially during the summer months. For a quick touch up, I just heat up Veet Ready to Use Hair Removal Wax Strips with a hair dryer and wax away.

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My Predictions for 2015

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I can’t believe it’s 2015. It feels like only yesterday it was 2005 and I was about to graduate from high school. Since then I’ve graduated college, moved to New York and started a blog. Though I’m not one for resolutions, this year I’m really working toward a fatter bank account and a skinnier waist. I’m even going to start running for the first time ever.

While visiting a psychic is super fun and a great way to start a New Year, I decided to make my own predictions this year based on the trends I’ve seen and experienced as a fashion blogger in NYC. Here’s what I see trending in 2015…

Beauty

Based on what I’ve seen on the runways of the last two New York Fashion Weeks, I see 2015 beauty being very polarized. While the nude no makeup look will be popular, so will intensely bold eyes with big black liners.

Other beauty trends such as negative space manicures showing some of the natural nail, metallic temporary jewelry tattoos, metallic accents/eyeshadows, faux piercings and nail art will also remain popular throughout the year. If anyone can figure out how makeup artists actually do faux piercings please let me know because it’s a total mystery to me.

Fashion

Since fashions don’t change as fast as they used to, I see street styles such as skinny jeans, leggings and boots sticking around through 2015.

As for new trends, I predict that the 90s will have an even bigger influence on 2015 with the return of denim outfits, a touch of grunge and a lot more plaid. Though I’m unsure how much influence goth fashion will have on the coming year, I think it will return in some way to the fashion and/or beauty scene. The fact that the 90s is now the new retro decade really makes me feel old.

Entertainment/Pop Culture

Back to the Future Part II will resurface in 2015 as a pinnacle of pop culture. Thanks to Marty McFly’s visit to 2015 back in 1985, tons of people have their hearts set on a hoverboard. While I think someone will make the hoverboard happen, I don’t think this is the year of flying cars. Personally, I just want a DeLorean.

Game of Thrones will continue to grow in popularity in 2015 and will have influence on fashion and beauty. I predict a Game of Thrones partnership with a beauty brand this year.

Movies exploring the themes of class, government control and the shrinking middle class will become even more prominent in Hollywood.

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Many Thanks to Rituals Cosmetics

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Last Friday afternoon Rituals Cosmetics unexpectedly made my day. I was halfway through what ended up being a 13 hour work day and was taking a coffee break at a nearby Starbucks. After getting my coffee, I walked by two girls giving out full sized bottles of Rituals Zensation Organic Rice Milk & Cherry Blossom foaming shower gel. It was almost as if they knew that I was short on body wash and needed an additional pick-me-up on top of the hot coffee I was carrying.

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I just wanted to take the opportunity to say thanks to Rituals Cosmetics. I absolutely love the smell and foaming sensation of this body wash. It’s amazing the way it makes my shower smell like a spa and how the gel changes into foam the moment is touches water. Thanks again Rituals for proving to me once again that NYC is always full of surprises!

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Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Product Review and Hair Trends

Beautiful, silky hair with a stunning shine is the basis of any good hair day or hair style. However, most products that claim to nourish and add shine, actually weigh down hair causing it to be greasy and unmanageable. Thankfully, the beauty experts at Dove have once again found a solution to dull, dry hair with the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil collection.

Dove Pure Care Dry Oil

After trying the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil collection, I really do feel a difference in my hair’s silkiness and styling potential after only one wash. Once the weather starts getting colder, my hair begins to lose a lot of its moisture so I’m happy to have discovered Dove Pure Care Dry Oil just in time for the winter months. What I love most about this hair treatment system consisting of Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo, Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Conditioner and Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment is that it’s ideal for all hair types. The dry oil features a blend of African Macadamia oil and Coconut oil that’s proven to absorb quickly. You can expect 5x silkier hair when using this system of shampoo, conditioner and treatment vs. a non-conditioning shampoo.

Hair Trends I Love

An effortless hair style made better by Dove Pure Care Dry Oil is down and natural. Personally, I love to wear my hair down and wear it that way nearly 365 days a year. After one wash with the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil treatment system, you won’t be able to stop running your fingers through your hair.

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Another hair trend made even better by this collection is the subtle curl. While other treatments claiming to add moisture to your hair will weight it down causing naturally straight hair not to hold a curl, Dove Pure Care Dry Oil makes your curls silky and shiny.

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Dove Silky Hair Dare

Remember when you played truth or dare at sleepovers? Now, Dove is inviting you to play again by taking part in the Dove Silky Hair Dare. Dove is daring you to try Dove Pure Care Dry Oil and fall in love with the touch and feel of your hair or your money back. Once you’ve tried the line of Dove Pure Care Dry Oil products for yourself, you can share your silky results using #silkyhairdare. Dove is also giving away $20,000 in prizes. For a chance to win, share your silky results using #silkyhairdaresweeps. See the official rules for more info.

*If you are not completely satisfied with the Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Dry Oil system, Dove will refund your purchase (from 9/21 – 12/31). Visit hairmoneyback.com for details

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

New Dove Body Wash One Shower Challenge

New Dove Body Wash One Shower Challenge

No matter what your style, the first step toward any amazing look is soft silky skin. That being said, I’ve long been a fan of Dove and their many beauty breakthroughs. Ever since I discovered Dove Body Wash as a kid, I’ve loved how their body washes, shampoos and body lotions add moisture to skin without making it greasy. It’s always been my favorite body wash to use after a long day at the beach or the pool because of the way it renews my skin’s moisture after sitting in the sun.

Since every great beauty routine starts in the shower, Dove recently unveiled the One Shower Challenge at the Emmys in celebration of the latest developments in their body wash. No longer do women have to choose between a body wash that’s gentle on skin and a great lather. The new Dove Body Wash has broken this cycle providing women with both the mild cleansing their skin needs and a rich, luxurious lather.  The new Dove Body Washes feature an advanced formula that combines the brand’s mildest cleansers with NutriumMoisture® technology, offering 10 times more nourishment.

Speaking from experience, results really can be seen after just one shower. Aside from feeling the weightless moisture, I noticed a huge difference while shaving my legs. The rich lather gave me a closer, smoother shave and newly moisturized skin. The new formula is available in Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash, Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash and Dove Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash as well as in the entire Dove Go Fresh and Dove Purely Pampering Body Wash collections.

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