This morning on NBC's New York Live, I had the pleasure of working with Sara Gore and Lauren Scala. I originally pitched a general "New Beauty Gadgets" piece, but the producer (my friend Jess) gave me the challenge of finding new beauty gadgets that were all under $100. A hard task, but I was super impressed by all I found. Check out the segment here.
As I go through new product mailings, I keep products that intrigue or impress me to the side and begin creating categories for round ups like these. Lately, I've received a ton of cool tech-y skincare gadgets that range from $20 - $160 and promise to help reduce the appearance of crows feet, keep your tweezers in check and even act as well as a derma-planing facial.
Ever think your skin needs a serious detox? Welcome to the club. Besides slathering yourself in a clay mask, there are other skincare ingredients that promise to soak up excess oil, unclog your pores and balance out your skin. Here are our top five.
Even though I get a ton of luxury beauty products to test out, most of what I use is actually from the drugstore. This new exfoliator, razor, masking kit, highlighter and skincare are all in my vanity or shower right now.
Last night I had the opportunity to go back on QVC and appear on Beauty IQ with Rituals. It's been such an honor to be part of the Rituals team and I'm having a blast on QVC. Last night's segment will be airing on repeat all day so tune in and you might catch it! The Ritual of Sakura and Ritual of Dao Bath & Body sets are such a good deal and you can still order them (and watch the segment) on QVC online. Happy shopping!
I'm so excited to have partnered with Rituals as their Spokesperson for QVC! Tonight is our first live show and I'll be on around 10pm. We're selling two gift sets, which make perfect Mother's Day gifts – The Ritual of Sakura and The Ritual of Dao – at great prices. Tune in tonight and get ready to shop with me!
When I found out I was pregnant, I looked in my medicine cabinet, tossed my retinol and stocked it with all-natural products from brands I truly love like Tata Harper. However, with a little help from my go-to dermatologists, (who have all had babies themselves), I was relieved to learn that I didn't need to go 100% natural with my skincare regimen. These derm-approved finds are free of ingredients pregnant women need to steer clear of like retinol and salicylic acid.
From nails and lips to eyes and cheeks, here are our favorite new beauty buys that you're guaranteed to fall in love with.
When I first moved from the city to Hoboken a little over four years ago, I was convinced that I was going to hate it. A typical New York attitude. Today, I can't express how much I absolutely love this little city and am so proud to call it home. Of course, I did my fair share of exploring and testing out all of the beauty and wellness offerings the town has to offer. While I still go to NYC for many of my services (see my round up of the best salons and spas in NYC here), I found some real talent in Hoboken. Here's my edit of the best of beauty and wellness in Hoboken.
I had such a great time last week with the ladies of NBC New York Live TV. This month, I focused my segment on how you can up your #SelfCareSunday regimen. Of course face masks and hair masks are expected, but in this segment, we chat about new products and techniques that'll make your self-care routine even more pampering than it already is. Click here to watch and enjoy!
A month or so ago, I attended a summit by the Global Wellness Institute where the medicinal properties of mushrooms was a super hot topic. Turns out, research is being done to prove that magic mushrooms could be “better than existing treatments” for anxiety, depression and addiction. Today, we’re seeing mushroom infused coffees, chocolates and skincare products. Here, I investigated their benefits when ingested and applied topically.
Coconut oil offers a multitude of beauty benefits. Here are some of our favorite coconut oil infused beauty buys. Happy pampering!
Truth is, I'd rather BUY than DIY anything, but some beauty treatments are worth the extra effort. Cinnamon is a warming spice that can be added to almost anything from your coffee to your oatmeal to help you feel grounded and nourished during the cold winter months. It's also great for your skin as it helps to boost circulation. Here's an easy DIY cinnamon face mask recipe that only takes two ingredients from your kitchen.
Good news! More and more beauty brands are creating products for active women like us. Here are some of our favorite products to use before, during and after a workout.
Last week on NBC's New York Live, I showcased "Gold Medal Worthy Beauty Buys" in honor of the Olympics. These products are from all different countries, but have had cult followings in America for quite some time. Check out the segment here.
I'm really excited to host an interactive fragrance event at Annick Goutal's Upper East Side boutique next Thursday, February 22nd. The event is open to the public (but you must RSVP) so if you love reading my blog, are a beauty fanatic or just want to come have a few cocktails, grab a few friends and join me! Here are details along with the RSVP email.
How do you guys feel about eating your skincare? Into it or pass? As with most nutraceuticals, the ingestible collagen trend has me skeptical of its efficacy, yet intrigued. I've been receiving pitches from publicists about the hot topic for a while now and after getting hooked on Sakara Life's Beauty Chocolates, decided it was time to dig in and find out they really work. Here, Dr. Mona Gohara gives an honest answer.
If you're looking for new effective, yet natural skincare, listen up. I first discovered Laurel at the Indie Beauty Expo in NYC last year and after talking to the founder, knew the skincare collection was something special. The flower and herb based line is crafted mindfully using 100% organic ingredients (you won't even find water or alcohol in their ingredient list). After testing a slew of products, I fell in love with the Honey Berry Enzyme Mask.
Throughout the past two years or so, I've been undergoing laser tattoo removal. It hasn't been two years of consistent treatments as I've taken breaks – some out of frustration and some to allow my skin to heal – but after seven treatments, it's still there. Here's a breakdown of the process, stories of all three of my tattoos (I'm only trying to remove one and you'll see why!) and before and after pictures.
As the year comes to an end, I like looking back at my content to see what you guys really loved reading about. From chemical peels and hair growth supplements to portion control tips and transcendental meditation, here are my top 10 most read posts this year. Enjoy!
If you're still shopping for the holidays, you may want to pick up a gift that gives back to those in need. This week on NBC's New York Live, I featured my favorite five from my holiday gift guide. (I'm obsessed with all of them!). Check it out here and happy shopping!
When Haven Spa invited us in, I (Jeannine’s intern), could not be more excited to check it out. While there, I got to try the spa’s seasonal frosted sugar cookie manicure and pedicure treatment, which was just what I needed to distress and get into the holiday spirit. After an afternoon of pampering myself I decided I had to share the DIY honey scrub recipe that I fell in love with.
I'm extremely grateful that part of my job as a beauty editor is to visit new salons and spas to test their hottest treatments. In New York City, it seems there's a new, clever concept salon opening up almost every month. Many of you ask for recommendations on where to go for hair cuts, facials, brows and more so I decided to write a guide of tried-and-true favorites. And yes, as a Hoboken girl now I can tell you, they're worth commuting for.
From sage-ing your new apartment in the hopes of clearing negative energy to burning palo santo and other healing herbs as part of your self-care Sunday routine to try to lift your spirits, smudging has become the go-to method for the wellness-savvy set to reach #goodvibesonly status. And now, herbs like sage, cedar, juniper, sweetgrass, and palo santo aren’t just for your home—they’re the latest thing in skin care as well. Check out my article on Well + Good to learn more.
If you've been reading my blog for a long time, then you watched my life and content evolve throughout the years and are right there with me. Can you believe I've been doing this for eight years? As I became more wellness minded in my personal life, my definition of beauty changed and content shifted to a place of raw authenticity that I'm proud to share with you. Today, I'm excited to announce that I've partnered with Rituals, the number one selling bath and body line in Europe that's rapidly making its mark in the US. Truthfully, if I could create my own beauty brand, I would follow the same formula – putting wellness first and (what we think of as) beauty second.
As someone with very fine hair (and not a lot of it), I've tried every extension variety to make it appear fuller throughout the years. Being on TV, it's important for me to be able to enhance what I have. From tape-in to clip-in and bonded extensions, I've tried them all, but while I love the way they look, they're really just temporary bandaids for a bigger problem. I've taken different types of skin, hair and nail supplements since I was young, but always remained skeptical of their efficacy until now thanks to science.
It seems silly to spend so much money gifting "wants" during the holiday season when there are so many in need around the world. This year, when giving to friends and family, think about also helping others. Here are our top picks of gifts that give back for the wellness minded, beauty addict, fitness enthusiast and foodie that help a handful of noteworthy causes around the globe.
Even as a veteran beauty editor, I find product labels confusing. Since the FDA doesn't regulate the term "natural," shopping for clean beauty buys is one of the trickiest tasks. I partnered with New Beauty to produce and host this video on "How to Shop for Clean Beauty Buys" in hopes it'll help you cut through the clutter. Well, at least some of it! Check it out and let me know what you think.
Scrolling through your Facebook feed, you’ve probably seen videos of people painfully peeling off their face mask and telling you not to embark on that experience. They’ve probably scared you from wanting to try one, but don’t give up just yet. We have found three peel-off face masks that were easy to use and left us with smoother, brighter skin.