Spring is a time of renewal and refreshment and that is exactly what the Spring Runways offered with mid length skirts flirting with pointy tailored flats and beauty’s heavenly ethereal glow featuring cheeks flushed with the perfect pinky blush and countered definition all perfectly balanced with a sun kissed touch of bronze. After our long winter’s chilling temperatures, it is time to lift your spirit, draw light back into your face and refresh your look for a fresh take on new beginnings!

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Slide6 * Highlights: Can often be expensive, aggressive, repetitive, and time consuming. Welcome “Bio Lights”(www.biolightscolor.com), created by Rick Wellman, Co-Owner and Color Director of Patrick Melville Salon & Spa Slide4  This fresh launch biodegradable highlighting technique, is fast, easy and natural (no aluminum & it’s Green!), helping to create a soft blended effect to your highlights and low lights so there’s less upkeep, maybe 2x/year. They simply last longer. TRANSLATION-thats time and money back in your pocket!

SO much love for Rick Wellman, Biolights and the Patrick Melville Salon team! The light and dimension truly woke my 8 months pregnant face right up. GORGEOUS!

SO much love for Rick Wellman, Biolights and the Patrick Melville Salon team! The light and dimension truly woke my 8 months pregnant face right up. GORGEOUS!

* Schwarzkopf “Essensity Lightening Powder: Gone are the days of ammonia based highlights, with zero odor and zeroammonia, this developer nurtures your hair as it brings life to your locks! Truly! My hair has it’s curls restored and my scalp is thanking me. After aggressive color treatments, you will FEEL the difference.


Kevyn Aucoin-Celestial Bronzing Veil, Chanel-Eyeshadow Quad #537 (Lumieres Facets), Arcona-Eye Dew, Philip B.-Lavender Hair and Body Shampoo, Dr. Dennis Gross-Alpha Beta Glow Pad, Jamie Wolf-earrings

* Eye Dew: In the spirit of Spring/Summer Weddings.  Arcona’s “Eye Dew” is an absolute “I DO!” Refresh the delicate skin around your eyes and brighten with this super hydrating formula. Rebalance your eye area from winter’s gusts with liquid crystals creating holographic light diffusors, plumpers, all while repairing the skin from fine lines, puffiness and circles. This antioxidant rich formula is a staple of mine and a celebrity client favorite!

* Jamie Wolf: “Symphony in C Earings #4 ($220)  Pop art and metal trends seen on the runway translate from night to day for a really fresh take on the trend. I love these earings for a quick pop of drama and light around the face. A subtly fabulous statement of awesome. Jamie’s designs are inspired by her 10 years as a dancer with the NYC Ballet and are influenced by the timeless femininity found in the finest of details.

* Kevyn Aucoin: Nothing says Spring more than the look of soft contours! Draw focus to your cheek bones while defining your nose and jawline for a slimming effect all while giving your skin a fresh glow. Try: Kevyn Aucoin’s Celestial Bronzing Veil in “Tropical Days-Warm Bronze”.

* Phlip B.: “Lavendar Hair and Body Shampoo” reinvigorates your spirit with the soothing essential oil and botanical cleansers from top to bottom.

* Lavendar: Shadows & Pastel Makeup is all the rage this season. The heaven sent ethereal look straight from the runways is easy to accomplish with a sheer yet sophisticated pastel shadow, pinky cheek and cherub kissed lip! (www.stylebistro.com) Try: Chanel Eye shadow quad: Limited Edition “Lumieres Facettes #537 transports this season with the luminous lavender greys, golden ivory, rosy apricot and chocolatey brown. (www.chanel.com)

* Nude is in!: This season’s trend elongating your fingers after being stuffed in winter’s gloves revealing a fresh take on the sophisticated nude mani with glossy finishes for an elegant effect. Deborah Lippmann (www.deborahlippmann.com) Fashion Nail Polish-“Naked”- free of parabens and sulfates, her formula strengthens our nails as you wear the semi-sheer taupe shade. (nail photo www.glamour.com)

* Dr. Dennis Gross “Alpha Beta Glow Pads”:  For face and body-add some sun safely and give your skin a refreshing boost. This is the perfect on the go-gym bag essential revealing smoother, firmer, revitalized and glowing skin with Vitamins A & D! 



“READY, Set, JET”: Ski Chalet Mademoiselle


This might be our last storm! Spring has officially arrived, yet the chill and flurries in the air indicate nothing of the sort. Jump into winter’s chill, ski those slopes with abandonment and travel like a pro-chic and stylish with ALL your necessities and then some.  New innovations in skincare travel packs and amazing multi-tasking hair care and cosmetics aide you to simplify and customize your vacation beauty with ease.


CAKE&WHISKEY: Winter 2014 Beauty Edition

You’ve booked your last minute ski vac a and are bound to race the slopes as a Ski Chalet Mademoiselle! Here’s your quick pack guide of winterized travel beauty essentials.

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With winter’s last push it would be a shame not to indulge in a warm fire and wintery escape into the mountains. So, with yet another storm on the horizon, we quickly traveled to one of my favorite destinations where we could sip some champagne by a cozy fire, jump on some slopes or simply wind the day away in a spa like setting.

If you are taking advantage of our amazing winter snow let’s make sure you have all the essentials to transcend dry, chapping temps, while maintaining effortless beauty.


My Winter’s “My Must Have Travel Items” just in time for one last winter celebration!



Laura Mercier “Colour To Go” (limited edition), Sensai 38 celcius Mascara, Nardo’s Natural “Face Stick”, Nest “Passioflora”-Body Cream, Philip B. “Russian Amber Travel


Laura Mercier’s “Color to go’- Cool Eye, Lip, Cheek Palette: A one stop shop for everything face. This travel friendly compact comes equipped with three eye shades of suits-us-all colors that can go from natural, to defined and smokey in a second. Bronzer, Blush and Lip can take this face from dawn till dusk with ultimate style and perfection. (if you are lucky you can still grab this one online- Limited Edition!)

* SPF: Nardo’s Natural SPF 30 Face Stick UVA/UVB-protection-tuck this handy stick in any pocket for an SPF refresher on-the-slopes.

* Mascara: Kanebo Sensai 38` Volumising Mascara-long lasting, length enhancing delicate formula that removes only with a warm water. Fool proof on the ski slopes, great for looking polished even through a facial, and fabulous for no fuss excursions!

* Hair Care: Philip B –“Russian Amber Traveler” –  luxuriously indulgent moisturizing duo with the “Imperial Shampoo”,“Conditioning Cre’me”, and a “Dry Shampoo”. The scents are warmly intoxicating and will whisk you away with its paraben/phthalate free formula!

* Fragrance: Nest “Passiflora Body Cream” – wonderfully intoxicating luxurious body cream with passionflower, lily, hyacinth and lush green notes providing the ultimate mood elevator.

Fabulous warm Aviator hat -Sensibly warm and equally glamorous!

Alexander McQueen -Skull Print Chiffon Scarf – The ultimate travel statement.

Ray Ban -“Large Metal” Aviator sunglasses


Defrosting by the fire




“READY, Set, JET”: Sunny Beach Damsel-SKIN CARE


Never turn back to the bulk of over packing again! New innovations in skincare and handy travel packs, plus amazing multi-tasking cosmetics aide you to simplify your routine and customize your vacation beauty with flawless ease.


CAKE&WHISKEY -Winter 2014 Edition

Traveling light, yet complete is essential to maintaining your flawless beauty. Embrace all-in-one ravishing products to help lighten your load!

As the Beauty Columnist for CAKE&WHISKEY, a freshly launched women’s entrepreneurial magazine, encouraging us all to reach for our dreams yet balance it all with a touch of cake and whiskey, (some days, it may be a  SHOT of whiskey...) Here’s the expanded version of “My Must Have Travel Items” from the Winter Beauty Edition (Jan-March 2014) as I took a break from winter’s storms.

Today’s focus: SKINCARE and the BEACH !


Flip flops, anyone? Count me in. I’m tired of drudging through the winter gusts and the nostalgia of my trendy winter coat has all but worn off! With perfect timing I was fortunate to escape the receptive snow storms to soak in the St. Thomas sun and sail the British Virgin Islands.


British Virgin Island Breeze

If sun, warmth, sand and fun are built into your destination let’s make sure you have all the essentials to transcend in-flight drought to jumping into the sun and sand. Protect, Perfect and Rejuvenate your skin all while traveling like a star!



 These innovative, must-have, multi-tasking, do-it-all travel savvy items can be easily packed to simplify yet enhance your beauty into one seamless bag of Brilliance.



Courtesy: SkinCeuticals, Dr. Dennis Gross, Natura Bisse


SkinCeuticals-“Physical UV Defense Sunscreen” SPF 50-paraben and chemical free providing broad spectrum protection!

Skin Ceuticals-“Hydrating B5 Gel-all in one moisture that is sure to keep your skin perfectly hydrated in any humid climate.

* Natura Bisse’-“Essential Shock Eye & Lip Treatment”-My in flight rehydrating cocktail built to nourish your lips, mouth area and delicate eye. To die for!,

* Nardo’s Natural-“Lip Volume Moisurizer”-infused with collagen & Vitamin B12.

Dr. Gross Skincare: “Alpha Beta Glow Pads” for Face & Body– Continue the repairative benefits while enjoying sun and fun. The anti-aging, exfoliating and self-tanning towlettes make it so easy. Body pads minimize shaving (score!) and any bumps we sensitive gals may tend to get while delivering the perfect tan extending sheer color.


Courtesy: Nardo’s Naturals





eHOW Style: Home Remedies to Smooth

Smooth, exfoliated and moisturized is the path to camera ready hands. With a few home remedies you can create your own luxurious moisturizing scrub. Keep in mind you can use your favorite essential oils to make a perfectly tailored blend that is Uniquely You! Have fun, enjoy a great remedy that you can keep sink side for an in-the-moment treat!





EHOW STYLE: Use Aloe Safely?

“eHow Style” Video


Using Aloe Vera leaf in lotions is a great way to soothe pain from burns and calm irritation from some of the most common dermatological stressors AND help ease angry stressed skin. Whether you are using aloe naturally or buying it in your favorite products, here’s a few things to keep in mind and they just might surprise you!

These tips will help you get the best for your buck!


Photos Courtesy Rain Africa



eHow Style: Too Cool For School

“eHow Style” Video


Vanessa Elese and eHow StyleRemoving Highlighter Ink From Skin

When any type of pen or ink, highlighter ink in this instance, is accidentally marked on your skin, what you have essentially done is stained your skin. With a few simple steps the pains of a leaky pen or your toddler’s struggle with a highlighter can safely and easily be removed! You’ll be surprised what household product I use in this video!




Let Freedom Ring!



Try my Three LAST MINUTE GRAB AND GO items set to provide you with a killer tan, all-in one hydration, and sun care, of course!


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Sun Burn Beware :  SPF is a must have item while on-the-go and especially essential while frolicking in the sun. Transition from day to night with the assurance of a burn-free day. Try a broad-spectrum sunscreen that delivers sun care, antioxidants (also helpful in fending off the sun’s rays) with shine-free protection. La Roche-Posay Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid Spf 45 comes in slim bottled versions, easily packed away in any bag, and can be reapplied without looking like a total grease ball! Chic and Undercover, literally!

Fake It Till’ You Bake It : Forget the last minute bake, leave that to the barbecue. Tout a killer glow and be the envy of all without ever setting foot in the sun. Try a spray tan product delivering soft mists of bronze to immediately achieve a Tropicana glow. You’ve seen it on the red carpet on your favorite stars, you too can share in the smear proof / water resistant glow. Apply either by airbrush or it can be self applied with a powder puff saturated with the formula. Take a look at your local drug store for Sally Hansen’s body makeup that’s affordable and easy to grab on-the-go!

 Lift up your Eyes : Keep your eyes bright to share in the firework lit sky. Captivate the party with simple makeup and wonderfully defined eyes. Mascara is key and why not play a bit with some color and really let your eyes pop. Choose your favorite mascara, switch it up, ditching your beloved black, for deep navy or burgundy colored vresionsto really make your eyes pop! These colored mascaras illuminate your eyes and compliment every eye color so they really pop without wearing loads of makeup!


Have a safe and Happy Fourth of July! 


Di$mond’s Are a Girl’$ Best Friend


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bfd blog 18a For the truly adventurous, amazing drugstore beauty finds can be such a treasure! Find your diamond in the rough right where you’d least expect it!

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I love to shop the latest in beauty products, but is it possible to find all of my essentials at my local drug store? With a new job and move, my wallet is feeling the pinch-Help! –Jennifer

I’m always up for the challenge of finding those seemingly irreplaceable items I love at my favorite store with equally mentionable if not more desireable items from right at my corner store. 

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 * Do-it-All-Balm: Aquaphor’s Healing Ointment Skin Protectant, duo box comes with two mini tubes perfect to pack into your purse and keep one at home. Use for : cuticle treatment, lips moisturizer, gloss, on the fly (literally airborne, dry spot treatment: try this at the corners of your mouth, and along the orbital bone for added eye moisture during flight!)

Nails: Sally Hansen’s Salon Insta-Gel Strips-Starter Kit Shelac nails done in the comfort of your home and for a fraction of the price. Make use of the multiple colors and designs they offer with a beautiful, like new finish for up to two weeks.

* Mascara: Love Dior and Givenchy? There’s a brush tip and formula similar for you. Try Maybelline “Full n’ Soft”  and L’oreal’s “Voluminous Volume Building Mascara” for a dramatic feathery lash in its original and oh’ so fabulous formula.

Lips: $1.99! luscious lip luxury from Wet and Wild’s “MegaLast Lipstick” Yes, I said it, hark back to the days, when you were dying to have the latest color on your lips and could only afford pennies, Wet n’ Wild was your answer and still can be! These shades are to die for and for a total steal! Trick: Dot some Aquafor on your lips for added hydration and a light glimmering gloss effect-use it in the center of your lip!

* SPF: SPF is most effective in broad spectrum products. Look for La Roche Posay’s Anthelios SPF for your go to skin shield that is fragrance- free, paba-free, shine-free! With antioxidants packed into it, its good for your skin too!

* Lashes: Ardell & Andrea create the most incredible lashes for a fraction of the price. Whether you’re looking for a full set or simply individuals to thicken up your lash line, these are my favorites and never cease to amaze me with their staying power! Try applying them with Duo’s “Lash Adhesive” in “Clear White”, the white actually disappears for a completely flawless application. Try: Full Set:  #105. Try: Hall Set: #301.

For individual’s “medium” length lashes are usually the perfect amount of drama, ….unless that’s the look you are going for is maximum drama, then by all means go “long” ….mmmhmmmmm my dashing divas!

* Coupons:A truly adventurous gal will not stop at searching for the ultimate savings…try resourcing the pages of your beauty mags or your favorite brands’s website for insider promotions and printable coupons! All the sudden your bag full of goodies just became that much more attractive! Gold Mine!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

bfd 13a Whether it was as an infant suffering for attention or as a toddler urging to show her your latest and greatest with the supreme urgency to celebrate it… “Right Now”, or the withered phone call longing to just to hear her voice, somehow she imparts you with renewed strength (it must be true, you CAN conquer the world). Mom’s have a special place in all of our hearts. Some are lucky to have one or even luckier to have more than one…whether they be natural, adoptive, honorary, celebrated legacies, or extensions thereof, Here’s to ALL Moms!


* Under Eye Resilience is Key!

A Mom’s work is never done. Sneak in a little at-home beauty pit stop with these eye masks, the key to quickly reinvigorating those tired eyes. Try gifting these handy little eye treats and see her smile. It forces Mom to kick back in a mini spa treatment. Relax and Enjoy!

Shiseido’s “Benefiance: Pure Retinol Instant Treatment Eye Mask” is a fabulous 15-minute beauty rejuvenator. Packing retinol to help gently resurface superficial lines, hydrating properties to plump and protect, as well as alleviating dark circles, jump start your eyes with these little sensations! You’ll feel refreshed in mere minutes. I love these and love using them on clients! Try placing the eye masks on while you are getting ready, apply your eye makeup and remove when finished. The patches will catch makeup fall out leaving you bright eyed and super moisturized. Whether lying down for a quick nap, or continuing the multi-tasking run, these under eye sheets adhere and will stay put while you are on-the-go!


* Treat Mom to a Personalized Manicure Compliments of You!

Mani/Pedi’s built to last: Sally Hansen’s “Salon Insta-Gel Strips” are a one-stop shop to a professional mani, that looks fresh each day. Built to last up to two weeks, this handy little at home system can ensure a spotless mani and is a fraction of the price of a spa gel manicure. Have fun and do your nails together! With the incredible colors and designs, you’ll have a blast. Mom’s always love their children’s handy work…BUT if it’s a real stretch…go ahead, grab your wallet, spring for the spa!…


* A Fresh Pucker is Always Something Nice!

With the latest introductions of fabulous colors, come the lasting and moisturizing versions primed to stay put. Here’s some of my favorite colors sure to dazzle for hours of fun.

Guerlain’s “Rouge G” comes in 4 new sensational Limited Edition Spring shades, “#72 Rose Innocent” is one of my favorites! The lipstick radiates brilliance with the ruby powders reflecting light and plumping the lips with an ultra smoothing effect. The beautiful packaging includes a mirror tastefully built into the side of your James Bond-esque super lipstick case.

*Take a moment to have the lipstick monogrammed just for Mom, she will truly feel like a star! Try your local mall for those personalization shops, that can add that added special touch.*


Nothing is more moving than a note telling her how much you love her! Mom’s never hear it enough….or so I hear…Yeah, Loud and Clear, MOM!”


Happy Mother’s Day!


No Bags Allowed!


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makeup q LINE Hi, I’m in my mid 40’s with oily skin. My biggest beauty conundrum? I have both puffy under eye bags AND under eye circles!  I’ve never been able to find a cream and concealer technique to combat both things at the same time. Can you please help?
Thanks so much! – K.A.





– Hydrate:  

*Water is essential to flushing out toxins in our body, sustaining bright, clear skin and helping to de-puff our eyes so they can remain bright! 

– Avoid: 

*Sodium is a key component of our diets, but whether we realize it or not, excessive amounts of salt can be found in foods we eat throughout the day, creating ample opportunity for the plump puff below the eyes, usually compounded in the morning!

*Avoid excessively salty foods like chips, preserved veggies and grab n’ go foods. By adding high water content foods, you’ll reap the benefits of great nutrition and fight the puff!  Try cucumbers, water chestnuts, celery, and dandelion (all great in salads)!

– Prop and Snooze:  

*Elevated pillows can aid the morning puff! Even the slightest elevation while sleeping can really assist in alleviating fluids collecting under the eyes helping reduce swelling and circles! There is no other miracle than sleep, beauty REST is a MUST!


– Freeze:  Try taking a cosmetic cotton puffs and cutting it in half (the Oval shaped ones work best!) Then soak the pads lightly in whole milk and freeze. Place the frozen treatments over your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes and watch the miracle of the chill reduce swelling and bags. 

– Aid:  2 Essential ingredients to look for in your under eye cream/gels:  Caffeine, Vitamin K and Vitamin E !

– Try:  Two of my absolute fav’s! Arcona “Eye Dew” – Under Eye Circles, it’s official, it’s a match made in heaven. If the name alone doesn’t lend you to believe, this powerful under eye cream fights aging, lines, and darkness with its hyaluronic acids and has botanical anti-inflammatory blue berry extract and vitamin E. The effect is addictive!

Arcona’s “Peptide Eye Serum” targets under eye with coffee to reduce the puff and hydrates the area with peptides revitalizing while also gently alleviating lines.  

– Conceal:  Targeting under eye circles also involves concealing. The surest way to hide any residual darkness is with a fool proof product that counteracts darkness, conceals and stays! 

– Try:   Lancome’s “Effacerns” Waterproof Protective Under eye Concealer”  This little tube delivers buildable coverage that won’t budge. Perfect for dark circles while escaping the “falling into lines” syndrome.  I love it!

* Eve Pearl’s “Dual Salmon Concealer® & Treatment w/Astaxanthin”  A creamy blend of two complimentary tones of concealer to mask under eye circles and minimize puffiness. Choose your unique shade and blend to personalized perfection! Did I mention this also has an skin care treatment packed into it?

* Kanebo Sensai “Concealer” Pen delivers concealing, micro reflective properties and a touch of reparative skin care in every click. Use this as an on-the-go touch-up resource. 

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