6 Best Red Lipsticks for Valentine’s 2017

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I’ve rounded up a few of my most favorite shades of red lipsticks for you to rock! A costume designer – from my days on stage- once told me… “Honey just throw on a red and the world is yours for the taking”. Truer words have never been spoken… these days, I thrown on a red lip when cleaning, when wanting to feel put together, or just for fun.

Having brown/olive skin, it’s really hard to find a good shade of red. But not to worry my little brown girl peeps… There is no shortage of reds in my makeup bag which means I have weeded out the ones that don’t work to hand-pick my select few.

Some of these … like the Stilla and NARS shades are cult classics and have a fierce following. So if you see them in stock… snatch ’em up and send me one! I had to go to 3 Sephoras in Manhattan to replenish the Cruella from Nars! Finally got it!

Best Red Lipsticks for Olive and Brown Skin.

These colors are great for all skin colors and are actually perfect shades of red, with just the right amount of orange but not too much of the pink.

  • Bobbie Brown – Burnt Red 9
  • MAC – Liptensity – Fireworks
  • Palladio – High Intensity Herbal Lip Balm – Red Rush
  • NARS – Cruella
  • Stilla – stay all day – Liquid Lipstick – Beso
  • Makeup Forever – Rouge Artist Intense – Mat 8



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13 Rose Gold Gifts for Mother’s Day

Everything's coming up roses this Mother's Day!

Everything’s coming up roses this May! Rose Gold is having a total moment right now… did you know you could get a rose gold crock pot… it’s sold out everywhere.. but how cool.

Rose Gold can be mixed up with pretty much anything, it’s a subtle metallic that plays nice with all your jewelry and closet must haves. In the home, rose gold adds a bit of fresh glam and is a modern alternative for gold or silver. So this Mothers Day… give your mama roses… Rose Gold…es..s.

  1. Marc by Marc Jacobs rose gold watch can do no wrong… this is the perfect accessory for going casual or dressy. www.LordandTaylor.com
  2. The ZUO forecast ceiling lamp from HOME DEPOT is an easy way to switch up your home decor. HOMEDEPOT.COM
  3.  This Rose Gold Bling Jewelry chevron ring can be bought in multiples and stacked.   BLUEFLY.COM
  4.  You don’t sweat .. you shimmer. So you totally need the S’well metallic collection stainless steel water bottle in rose gold! NORDSTROM.COM
  5.  Treesje Asymmetry Clutch is perfect for an evening out with your honey! BLUEFLY.COM
  6. Work on your fitness in style with the Tori Burch fitbit bracelet. www.saksfifthavenue.com
  7.  Even your work life line is in on the action with the brand spankin new MacBook from Apple. Fashion … meet function!  APPLE.COM
  8.   Lets bring back sparkly bobby pins with the Henri Bendel Petal Crystal Bobby Pin Set. HENRIBENDEL.COM
  9.  Alex and Ani friendship bracelet in rosegold… for our mama friends! ALEXANDANI.COM
  10.  These strappy sandals are perfect for the summer months, throw on a dress and sun hat and you are ready to go. BILLABONG.COM
  11. Even the nails have it! Nars nails polish in pastorale rose gold. SEPHORA.COM
  12. Revlon pro collection curling iron in Rose Gold. I mean… why not! JCPENNEY.COM
  13.   Rose Gold slip-on. why yes! Dress up a simple pair of jeans and tee with this flash set of kicks. STEVEMADDEN.com
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Instant Eye Lash Extensions

 This is a sponsored post with Physician Formula and Conde Nast. Thanks for swinging by and checking out my sponsors. All opinions are my own! 

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I am a firm believer that all a gal needs to look put together is some concealer, lip gloss and mascara. These days with Thomas teething and not sleeping and having low-grade fevers because of his teething… my daily beauty routine is taking a backseat.

But the mascara… never leave home without your mascara girls. Mascara gives your eyes a pop and makes you look awake and the rest of your face will be tricked into thinking you got all the rest you needed …and that no toddler was up at 2am wanting to play choo choo!

Physicians Formula Eye Booster™Instant Lash Extension Kit

Dousing your eyes with mascara is also a stage and theatre make up thing. I used to wear sheets of mascara or big time falsies to make my face stand out. And in this era of selfies… these tips of the stage come in handy.

BUUUTT who has the patience for falsies… and with a toddler in tow, it’s a clown show waiting to happen.

I have the next best thing. Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit

So basically these are instant extensions + falsies + everything, all in one very quick application. This is a 2 piece kit. One is a mascara and the other is a wand with fiber extensions. Don’t be scared by the fiber extension part. It’s basically just another tube with fibers that you put on like mascara.

So I have naturally long lashes… but i really did notice a significant boost in my lashes. The best part is that this washes right off when you wash your face. The only negative i have… and it’s not even that big a deal really… is that the fiber might sprinkle onto your clothing when you are applying them. I learned this the wrong way when a white button down was sprinkled with black extension lash fibers. But once I started to use this product more and dust off the fibers a little before applying, they didn’t dust off.

Physicians Formula Eye Booster™Instant Lash Extension Kit

I can’t say enough great things about the Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit. I love it. It makes me feel all fancy even when I’m sleep deprived with a teething toddler playing choo choos at 2am! And it’s a beauty product that actually works!

Physicians Formula Eye Booster™Instant Lash Extension Kit

Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit

Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit is wallet friendly at a cool $14.95. It’s hypoallergenic, paraben free, dermatologist and ophthalmologist approved and it’s okay to wear with contact lenses. This lasts for about 24 hours. Swing by Physicians Formula to learn more!

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Fancy Hair Don’t Care!

You guys! I have extensions in ma haaair! Bamboo earrings, at least two pair… Secret Extensions

Last week I headed over to the Paul Labreque salon on the Upper East Side to get my hair did. Mama got a whole new look girls!

The invite said… Extensions! and while I was totally hesitant, i figured.. why not! I’m in!

But these were not woven in extensions, these were everyday, everygal, no fuss extensions!

Secret Extensions are temporary hair extensions which really bring the wow factor. As you can see from these before and after pics… it’s pretty fancy.

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While extensions are not my cup of tea… I have no time for any sort of maintenance other than looking decent and running out the door or trying to mask the spit-up or drool or whatever nasty leftover thing lands on me from these kidlets… Secret Extensions was easy enough … even for me. and best part… it’s only $40 per strand.I used two hair pieces to layer and get an ombre effect.

Secret Extensions have an elastic headband which you just slip onto your head. A  minute of pulling your real hair through and primping is all your need to blend the Secret Extensions into your hair. This takes all of 1 minute! The hair is synthetic but high quality so it does hold a curl. To release the curl, simply lay it out for a few hours.

Secret Extensions

The big question is: since the hair isn’t woven in or attached with a comb or clips… DOES IT STAY IN?

Answer: Yes!  I wore it for an entire evening of playing in the playground, dinner, walks around Brooklyn eating ice cream… and it totally stayed on. BUT… when we started our silly dance party… the elastic started to slip. Maybe when you go to the club, you should add a few bobby pins to hold them in. But for a date night or just a regular ole Tuesday… this works! Think holiday dinner party or office party or night out with the girls. This is the easiest way to look fab and feel fancy at a great price!

You can find out more about Secret Extensions right HERE!

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Keeping your hair color in with Nexxus Color Assure System – review

Nexxus Assure* This post is sponsored by Conde Nast*

After Thomas was born a whole farm of grey hairs started cultivating on my head. All in the front too. These grey are more like a silver because when they catch the sunlight they shine sooo pretty and remind my of my daily aging! Eck. not a good look.

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I used an at home dye to tackle my greys and have been using the Nexxus Color Assure Pre Wash primer along with the entire Nexxus Color Assure System for about 2 weeks.

Here’s what – I wash my hair every other day-ish. so in those two weeks ( 15 days) I’ve washed my hair about 6 times using all 4 of the Color Assure System products. My hair felt awesome, soft and fluffy and smelled great, the hair color held but It was grey hairs and not a whole head. Not sure how different that is. I will say this though, I used all 4 products in the System – Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer, Color Assure Vibrancy Retention Shampoo, Color Assure Vibrancy Retention Conditioner and Color Assure Glossing Tonic and the end result has been great!

Nexxus Color

So this stuff works like this:

The NEW Nexxus Color Assure System is the first oil-infused color care system by Nexxus, and it provides 2X longer color protection* Look for the Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer, Color Assure Vibrancy Retention Shampoo, Color Assure Vibrancy Retention Conditioner and Color Assure Glossing Tonic in mass retailers, select drugstores and supermarkets nationwide.

The NEW Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer is a pre-treatment to shield hair in the shower. It helps to repel water, so color stays longer and more vibrant. The Pre-Wash Primer is sulfate-free and infused with a blend of clear oils, including almond, coconut and argan oil. Almond oil is known to lock in moisture, nourish hair and reduce breakage. Coconut oil is known to provide softness and elasticity. Argan oil is known to improve shine and vibrancy. White Orchid Extract is known to provide moisture and works to seal and protect hair by repelling water and keep it from entering the core.

If you are looking for something to try for your post baby grays.. I would totally give the Nexxus Color Assure System a try!

* This post is sponsored by Conde Nast, All opinions are mine*

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Say Hi to Summer Thighs with CoolSculpting (Giveaway)

This is a sponsored post for CoolSculpting

Alright girls, here we are… in the thick of it… summer that is. Summertime is here… and you know what that means… SWIMSUITS. The non forgiving piece of garment if ever there was one.

While I am pretty confident in my everyday clothes… a swimsuit opens up a small vault of insecurities. It’s only natural right. I want to get my dancer legs back. You can usually find me doing a few ballet barre combo at any given time during the day. Developpes being my fave – to work those thighs, glutes and abs.

I love my body, I really do. I love that my body produced a child, I love that this body continues to offer a place of comfort and support for my children to nuzzle into. But I do get a quick vanity boost and self-esteem boost when I look good. Those weeks where I go for a run or get a few yoga sessions in and I feel the results in my body really translate into me standing up taller, feeling better and even happier.

We all have our one problem area and mine seem to be my thighs. During my dance days, my things were great, they were my source of strength… they have to be in order to execute those turns and leaps and everything in between. I wish I had my dancer legs back!

Don’t you wish there were an easier way to just sculpt those thighs?

Glad you asked guuurl!

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I’m working with COOLSCULPTING and their Say Hi to Summer Thighs giveaway! Find them on Facebook!

YOU can enter to win two CoolSculpting thigh treatments and a $500 shopping spree! (Total value of grand prize Is $2000)

* I have not used CoolSculpting and cannot give you a review on how it works. But this giveaway is pretty good if you are interested in CoolSculpting*

CoolSculpting is the only non-surgical, non-invasive body contouring treatment that freezes and eliminates fat from your body. There are no needles, no special diets, no supplements and no downtime. Developed by Harvard scientists, CoolSculpting is FDA-cleared, safe and proven effective. 

This is a non-surgical way to get your thighs ready to bare this summer!

Check out this gallery of photos to see results after using Cool Sculpting.

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With a customized treatment plan developed by an authorized CoolSculpting provider, patients can achieve dramatic results with this non-surgical procedure. During the CoolSculpting procedure, a non-invasive applicator delivers precisely controlled cooling to the treatment area to specifically target underlying fat, leaving surface skin and other surrounding tissue unaffected. When fat cells are exposed to extreme cold, a process of natural removal is triggered, which gradually reduces the thickness of the fat layer. The result is a noticeable and measurable reduction of fat in the treated area. Every patient is unique, which is why ZELTIQ® recommends a customized treatment plan as part of the initial consultation. 

The CoolSculpting procedure is not intended as a weight loss program for overweight individuals. The best candidates are people near their ideal body weight with stubborn fat that have not responded to diet and exercise.

YOU can enter to win two CoolSculpting thigh treatments and a $500 shopping spree! (Total value of grand prize Is $2000)

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OLAY Regenerist Luminous – new line for skincare

My mom has used OLAY products for as long as I can remember. When I lived in India I remember my mom having the glass OLAY bottles and the smell alone takes me back to my childhood.

As I grew up, I’ve used OLAY myself. In college, as a professional dancer –  on stage, on tour, on video shoots, coomercial shoots and when I danced all over the world.

Olay was my go to product to heal and soothe my skin after mountains of makeup was slathered on my face for my many shows.

These days, while I’m not dancing as much as I would like to… I still use OLAY. I have not strayed from the ever faithful classic OLAY cream with SPF.

But guess what… there’s a ton of new OLAY products on the shelves these days and I am especially excited to try out the new OLAY REGENERIST LUMINOUS ( available at walmart)


Olay Regenerist Luminous boutique is a new collection of skin care products that help reveal beautiful, luminous skin and create a more vibrant, youthful appearance. The products work layer by layer on the skin’s surface and deep within to help reenergize skin, banish dark shadows, and reveal a more luminous skin tone. The result is beautifully smooth, sleek, pearlescent skin with a radiant, healthy glow. It’s an ideal choice for anyone who is concerned with dull, uneven skin and desires a more vibrant, healthy, and youthful appearance. 

I mean… my skin certainly needs some regenerating action and if it luminates… it’s a win!

I’m working with SHESPEAKS to test out this fab line over the next few weeks and yes… lots of bare face pics coming up!

As my skin gets older and the wear and tear of the daily grind starts to show, I am in MUCH need of some regeneration these days. 
Hope to swing by in a couple of weeks to see my before and after using this product. 

Products include:

 Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening Cream Cleanser
Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream
Olay Regenerist Luminous Dark Circle Correcting Hydraswirl
* This is a sponsored post. I am part of the SHE SPEAKS/P&G network. All opinions are my own* 
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Lancôme Dream Tone – Bare Selfie

I took a dare… a dare to go bare with Lancome Dream Tone.

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Thanks for swinging by and visiting with me and supporting my sponsors!*

That right folks in this era of selfies and photobombs and ever moment being documented… us blogger type try to stay on point because ya nevah know when the photobug snaps a pic.

So going sans makeup… dare to be bare… psha!

But i took the challenge… and here we are… no makeup!

Ok so all jest aside, I dont wear a ton of makeup but I always wear makeup. Concealer is my best friend.

I was sent Lancome Dream Tone to test out for 4 weeks and then share my skin with you. 1.3 OZ retails for $98.

Here’s what:

There are a TON of potions and lotions out here in the beauty world which promise to make you look younger and get rid of wrinkles and fade away dark spots and make you 6 feet tall… you get my drift.

Introducing New DreamTone, 3 barely-tinted serums to visibly correct dark spots, color imperfections and uneven skin tone. This is what it does—>
DreamTone is the next generation of dark spot correction. So powerful, 72% of women dare to bare their skin.
IMMEDIATELY: 74% saw glowing skin*
7 DAYS: 70% noticed a more even skin tone*
4 WEEKS: 69% saw the appearance of dark spots reduced*
8 WEEKS: 78% saw color imperfections reduced* 
Color Correction specific to your skin tone: Imperfections like redness, sallowness and acne marks are visibly reduced.
*All results based on global self-assessments of women of multiple ethnicities in an 8-week study.  72% reflects 8 weeks of use. Customized for all skin tones: fair, medium & dark 

Here’s my review of Lancome Dream Tone.


I picked the MEDIUM dreamtone. It matched my skin color best.

After immediate use… I saw nothing. So it took about 3 days before i noticed that maybe my dark spots were starting to fade a bit. A week of using this morning and night… i totally noticed that my skin was starting to even out. I have patching skin, my cheeks are white while my forehead is pretty dark. This started to look even. This maintained for a few weeks… then all of a sudden this week… VOILA… skin looked great and healthy and shiny in a good way and was pretty even toned.

Now… factors that might have contributed… matt and I started juicing. so we were drinking 3 – 4 16 oz juices a day for about 4 days. I started drinking water a lot more than I had been… like 2 glasses a day… instead of no glasses a day.

Does Lancome Dream Tone work… I think it might. I wonder if the results are different for women with fair skin. us brown-skinned girls sometimes have skin things that don’t even out so easily.

I always used moisturizer on top of my Lancome Dream Tone.

Lancome Dream Tone.jpgSo there ya have it mamas. It’s tough as you age. Your skin changes and suddenly every product that promises youth in some sort of way starts to resonate.

I hope my review helps you in your quest for fresh skin!

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Thanks for swinging by and visiting with me and supporting my sponsors! * no filters on the images above.*

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Give Pink + Get More with Bloomingdales

October is Breast Cancer awareness month, in case you have been living under a rock and don’t realize that everything is coming up PINK these days!

I think it is truly amazing that such a huge number of media, corporations, small biz, those big-ole-football-throwing-guys at the NFL… everyone… is supporting research to cure breast cancer.

So how can you do your part?

The New York Mom has teamed up  with SheSpeaks + Bloomingdales to tell you all about it!

Well, Bloomingdales… or Bloomies (with a hair flip)... for all you fashionistas out there… has the easiest way for you to help this research.


In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Bloomingdale’s will fund research support and awareness programs at these three organizations: the Breast Cancer Research FoundationThe Tutu Project™ benefitting The Carey Foundation and the Cancer Vixen Fund™ at Beth Israel Hospital.

From October 1 through November 3, 2013, enroll by charging a $15 fee on your Bloomingdale’s card100% will fund research support and awareness programs at these three organizations: the Breast Cancer Research Foundation,® The Tutu Project™ benefitting The Carey Foundation and the Cancer Vixen Fund™ at Beth Israel Hospital.  Then shop to your heart’s content (even for cosmetics and fragrances) on your Bloomingdale’s card.
Don’t have a Bloomingdale’s card yet? APPLY NOW

You’ll be mailed a Give Pink, Get More gift card worth up to $250 in December–just in time for the holidays–to use at any Bloomingdale’s store and bloomingdales.com.**Subject to credit approval. May not be used as payment or credit on a Bloomingdale’s card account or exchanged for cash. Restrictions and exclusions apply. TERMS & CONDITIONS.

Get + Give all for a great cause! To follow along with Bloomingdale’s on their Social Media Channels, be sure to follow them here:

So there ya have it.  Now get to shopping!
*This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Bloomingdale’s. Thanks for stopping by and reading my lil ole blog and supporting my sponsors! *
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Googaro – Monthly Baby Products In Your Mail Box and GIVEAWAY

This baby gear stuff is addictive you guys!  I am LOVING discovering new products for Thom.

We are pretty conscious of what type of products we use on Thom and Lily. I keep most things – toys, clothes, food..etc organic, pure of radicals and harmful ingredients…etc

So when Googaro approached me for a sponsored post… I had to say yes!

Googaro is a monthly subscription that delivers a handful of really great eco-friendly, BPA free and organic baby related products right to your doorstep! The box delivered reflects the age of your child… up to 3 years.


What a fun way to get new products in the mail. This would make a really fantastic gift for a mom to be or a mom with a baby. You can gift a Googaro box in 2-3 or 6 month packages.


I loved getting my Googaro in the mail and Lily loved the cute stuff inside. Sunscreen.. right in time for summer! How thoughtful!

We received:

  • A cotton terry cloth hooded towel and washcloth from JJ Cole Collections – so plush!
  • A set of 4 cute magnet clips from Sugar Booger – Love the cute matrioskas.
  • Organic Puffs– baby cereal… Lily loves these!
  • Eco Crayon rocks from ECO KIDs- also one of our fave products. We have their paints.
  • Sunscreen for babies from Episencial – right in time for our weekly beach days!
  • Clean Well All Natural hand sanitizer. – good to have … always!

You can find out more by visiting their site —> GOOGARO 

Googaro is also giving away a box to one of my readers! Simply check out the link below to enter. Contest closes JUNE.14.2013.

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* This post is sponsored by Googaro. While I was paid for this post, all opinions are my own. As always thanks for reading my blog and supporting my sponsors!*

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