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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As the Beauty Editor and Columnist for CAKE&WHISKEY, we’ve joined talents to encourage us all to reach for our dreams and balance the juggle with a touch of cake and a goblet filled with whiskey.

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.

As the Beauty Editor and Columnist for CAKE&WHISKEY, a new launch women’s entrepreneurial newsstand magazine, we’ve joined to encourage us all to reach for our dreams and balance the juggle with a touch of cake and a goblet filled with whiskey.





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


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Your all-inclusive guide to beating winter’s bluster while traveling in style with the EXACT must-have trending HAIR CARE AND FINAL TOUCH items designed to help you travel light, compact, and complete! Jump winter’s chill like a pro-Travel chic and stylish with ALL your necessities and then some…do it this way and you’ll never turn back to the bulk of over packing again!


CAKE&WHISKEY: Winter 2014 Beauty Edition

 New innovations in multi-functioning items brings “TRAVEL SIZE” to a whole new level. Simplify your routine and customize your vacation beauty with flawless ease.

You are ready to sink your feet into the sand and your bag is almost complete to whisk off as the Sunny Beach Damsel you are. Add these finishing touches to ensure you are traveling light, yet complete, which is essential to maintaining your flawless beauty.

As the Beauty Columnist for  CAKE & WHISKEY, a new launch women’s entrepreneurial magazine, encouraging us all to reach for our dreams and balance it all with a touch of cake and a toast of whiskey… Here’s the specifics from “My Must Have Travel Items” beauty spread from our Winter Beauty Edition (Jan-March 2014). I took the challenge to break away from a hectic schedule to escape the wail of winter. My destination: St. Thomas to set sail to the British Virgin Islands. Today’s focus, HAIR CARE for the BEACH escape!


Off the Coast of the BVI’s! Desperate to sink our feet into the blonde sandy beach.


You are almost ready to go, your bag is set with all of your beauty and skincare essentials, now for some simple HAIR CARE solutions and finishing touches you’ll be off! 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 fun on the beaches, while making an effortless transition to night time elegance.




* Eugenia Kim –straw beach hat (glamorous sun cover) * Robert Marc- Cat eye sunglasses * Stylish Scarf (for in flight comfort and stylish sun cover) * Kiki De Montparnasse-sleep mask (oh so diva!)



Cricket, Philip B, Elnett, Nest


* Philip B. “Escape Travel Kit”-this all-in-one set completes the luxury of fine bathing with an essential oil based “Lavender Hair and Body Shampoo”, “Lightweight Deep Conditioning Cre’me Rinse”, “Lovin’ Handy and Body Cream”, and “pH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist” all infused with fruit and plant extracts to truly treat, replenish, strengthen and moisturize-a captivating spa-like experience!

* Cricket “Ultra Smooth Conditioning Comb”-Fight frizz with argan, olive and keratin oils. Repair and smooth hair with each brush through!

* Elnett “Satin Design Hairspray (Travel Size)-Loreal’s most amazing hair spray that never looks plastered and always has movement with a natural touch for those pesky, humidity prone, fly aways. This travel size will last you more than one trip.

* Bobby pins & Invisible hair elastics


* Nest “Amazon Lily” eau de parfum-Sample your favorite fragrance or take this as the unique opportunity to try something new and exciting! Nest’s handy travel roll on’s will whisk you away to the beautiful memories of your beach escape or as a great reminder as you sink back into the daily grind. Amazon Lillies, tangerine, lime and white musk dare you to dream of the exotic.


Super Chic Shades and a Hat keep you cool, sun proof, and celeb styled! Nest “Amazon Lily Roll-on Fragrance”, My CAKE&WHISKEY!













“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





“READY, Set, JET”: Sunny Beach Damsel-BEAUTY





New innovations in skincare travel packs and amazing multi-tasking cosmetics aide you to simplify your routine and customize your vacation beauty with flawless ease

Whether you are bound to race the slopes as a Ski Chalet Mademoiselle, are ready to sink your feet into the sand as a Sunny Beach Damsel, or strive for adventure as a touring European Adventuress, traveling light, yet complete is essential.

As the Beauty Columnist for  Cake & Whiskey, a new launch women’s entrepreneurial magazine, encouraging us all to reach for our dreams and balance it all with a touch of cake and a toast of whiskey, (did I say toast…well…) Here’s the specifics from “My Must Have Travel Items” from our Winter Beauty Edition (Jan-March 2014) as I took the challenge and escaped winter’s gusts. Today’s focus, BEAUTY for the Beach escape!


I couldn’t take it anymore and with perfect timing I had the fortune to escape the snow drifts and winter doldrums to soak in some St. Thomas sun and  sail the British Virgin Islands. 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 fun on the beaches, all while making an effortless transition to night time elegance.

Here’s a bag of my go-to travel essentials that I simply adore. I like to keep it light, complete…and NEVER need to check baggage.

Today’s Focus: Beauty 


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 Amazing. Now that’s traveling like a pro!



Courtesy: Eve Pearl, Laura Mercier, Mally, By Terry


Eve Pearl-“Invisible Finish Powderless Powder-gently swirl this anti-shine concoction to create the perfectly finished, no makeup flawlessness on-the-go! Great to tone down any afternoon shine from repeat spf applications!

Laura Mercier’s: “Bonne Mine Healthy Glow palette”-combines all the essentials from lips, cheeks and eyes in cream formula to create the coveted Hollywood glow AND it is 100% charitable giving all proceeds to the LM Ovarian Cancer Fund. Do good while looking good!

By Terry: “Mascara Terrybly”-A growth boosting mascara in “Dark Forest” can enliven your face with the most subtle touch of color to brighten every eye color. A treatment mascara enfusing your lashes with length and volume and a hit of glamour.

Mally: “Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Liner”-Dark Chocolate. Line, set and go. That’s the nature of the game with this foolproof, smudge proof liner in the most delicious of chocolate shades. Amplify your lash line by dotting this in between your lashes and feel free to jump into the waves, it won’t budge!

* Laura Mercier: “Luxe Travel Brush Collection”-Travel in style with this sophisticated clutch housing 9-face perfecting brushes while you travel, then converts to an easy clutch for evening festivities! So Chic!





EHOW STYLE: Use Aloe Safely?

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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

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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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It’s Raining Men, Hallelujah!

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Sometimes singing along with the nursery rhyme “head, shoulders, knees and toes”, Eyes, Ears, Mouth and Nose are forgotten! So… Dad’s seem to naturally forget them too! DAAAADDD! Gross! Let’s resurrect the neglected areas and pay some special attention just in time for Father’s Day!


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 Eyes: “Eye goo” is not a cute way to say “I do”! No way! Make a habit, get rid of the gunk! Take a Q-tip and lightly wet it with warm water, then trace the inside tear duct for a truly refreshed perspective.

 Ears: Teen Wolf may be the new primetime TV sensation however, we do not want Dad to become one. Grab a gadget and start to excavate. Ear and Nose trimmers are handy little things that come battery operated, no strenuous machinery involved here! Grab one at your local drug store or department store. 

 Mouth: Dad’s often forget lip care is not just for women. Chapped lips be no more! Try a product that moisturizes without the slippery feel,  glossy finish or strawberry taste: Peter Thomas Roth’s Matte Lip Balm packs antioxidant care into a flavor-free antioxidant lip treatment. Plus-with their no fuss packaging they will really become hooked. 


 Nose: “Two for the price of One!” Dad’s love saving a pretty penny-An ear, nose, and brow trimmer has multiple functions making it a “good investment”! ( I use this on all of my guys! )Go ahead take it for a spin, Wahl’s ear, Ear Nose and Brow Trimmer