I can't wait for the Grammys this year (big announcement coming soon!) and in anticipation, I decided to create a Grammys inspired alternative music look. Don't laugh at me! While I love all types of music, I grew up listening to Nirvana, Bush, Coldplay and The Killers. Check out my video below to find out how to get my "chick in rock and roll" look and oh yea, there's a big CoverGirl giveaway, too! When I first thought of creating a look based off of alternative music, women like Courtney Love and Avril Lavigne came to mind. The second – eyeliner. Inspired by their creative use of makeup as self expression and effortless attitude, I decided to use new CoverGirl products to create my look. Check out the video!
You can visit Ulta and get makeup like the CoverGirl products I used to recreate my look or win them here! I'm giving away CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara, Eye Shadow Quads, Bombshell Pow-Der BROW + Liner, Outlast Lip Color and a $50 gift card to Ulta so you can shop more products that'll help you get red carpet ready. To enter, check out the video above and let me know your favorite part in the comments section below. I'll announce the winner on Monday, February 9th, right after the Grammys in the comments section below, too.
And of course, good news for all... everyone's a winner, because from February 1st to February 21st, if you purchase any CoverGirl product on Ulta, you can get an additional CoverGirl product for 50% off!
*This post is sponsored by P&G and Ulta, but all of my thoughts and actions are true.
If you typically get pimples or suffer from adult acne, this one's for you. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, affecting 40 to 50 million people. Recently, I was sent the La Roche Posay Efaclar Dermatological Acne System and am incredibly impressed. Check out my video review below. If you suffer from adult acne, this is something that's affordable, readily available and efficient. Plus, I'm giving away 10 kits worth $42 each.
The three step system includes the Effaclar Gel Cleanser, Effaclar Clarifying Solution and Effaclar Duo Acne Treatment, which used together help to reduce acne within three days. Check out my video below to learn about my giveaway! You can win 1 of 10 kits. Winners will be chosen on October 29th at random. Good luck!
The La Roche Posay Effaclar Dermatological System costs $29.99 (a $42 value) for a two-month supply and is available on GetEffaclar.com
*This post is sponsored by La Roche Posay, but all of my thoughts and actions are true.
My fiancé's been in an exclusive relationship with his razor since he started shaving at 16. Well not the actual razor, but the brand – Gillette. It's because of his influence that I pay so much attention to men's grooming and I'd be lying if I said I never stole his razor to test it against the latest for women. In honor of Father's Day, and Gillette's latest campaign, FacetheWorldIRL, how does a Gillette Fusion ProGlide giveaway sound? Great! Because I'm giving away a year's supply of the razor and everything your man, or dad, needs to put his best face forward.
The innovative razor can be used manually or with battery power to make it vibrate, claiming to give you a closer shave. Joe likes to use it without the vibration saying he, "believes he gets just as good of a shave since the razor has five blades." Plus, it has strips of lubrication on top of the razor to provide a smooth glide.
The one year supply of a Gillette Fusion ProGlide giveaway includes:
· 14 Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razors (each one can last up to 5 weeks)
· 7 Gillette Fusion Pro Glide Sensitive Shave Gel
· 10 Gillette Fusion Pro Series Irritation Defense Soothing Moisturizer
For professional grooming tips, send your man or dad to FacetheWorldIRL.com.
You guys, my blowout was GIFed! We have to talk about it. In the mist of covering backstages for New York Fashion Week, it's a beauty bloggers duty to check out some of the gifting lounges, where new products are showcased and beauty services are offered. I took some time away from covering the looks to check out the Panasonic Beauty Bar, where I learned about their newest blowdryer and flat iron through getting a blowout. Like what you see? Those curls were cerated with their new flatiron. Here's the how to, plus I'm giving away five hot tools!
- To get a wave, make sure to part your hair in horizontal sections down your head before you curl, but take vertical sections and hold tool on vertical plan when you start curling.
- Take the flatiron and start at the root clamping it down to create tension.
- Twist your wrist all the way from root to end as if you're curling a ribbon.
The flatiron is a great size, because even though the plates are 1", the tool itself is a bit larger so you can actually hold it to try these fancy moves without burning yourself. The plates are also ceramic so they maintain a consistent temperature as you're styling. The nanoe Blow Dryer produces moisture rich ions as it dries to help nourish your hair.
Want to try out Panasonic Beauty's new hot tools? Of course you do! I'm giving away five of them! Enter to win below. I'll be announcing the 5 winners on the blog post, via twitter and on Facebook on 2/27. Good luck!
I love wearing my hair down with texture or as it was called in my last holiday hair how to video, "bends," but a chic chignon is always a good option for upcoming holiday parties. After all, I don't think there's anything sexier than showing off your neck and décolletage. Here's an easy how-to from Dove along with a giveaway worth $380 that'll help you achieve the perfect party hairstyle. Good luck!
- PREP: Wash your hair with Dove® Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner to help nurture damaged strands and smooth out your hair
- DRY: Blow dry your hair, using your fingers to separate sections
- CURL: Spray Dove® Style+Care Thermal Replenishment Spray on 3-inch sections of your hair and wrap them around a 2-inch curling iron
- SEPARATE: Rake a dime-size amount of Dove® Style+Care Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum through your hair to break up the waves and add shine
- LOOP & SECURE: Pull your hair back and braid it. Run a bobby pin through the elastic at the base of the braid, loop it up and secure it messily with the bobby pin. Allow pieces to fall out.
- FINISH:Finish the look with Dove® Style+Care™ Strength & Shine Extra Hold Hairspray
- Create your own Dove holiday inspired look and upload photo of it on Instagram with the hashtag #doveholiday.
- Then, leave a comment underneath this blog post with a link to your Instagram post and two winners will be chosen at random from the comments on this blog post on January 1st! Good luck!
Two winners will receive:
- Dove products (all the products featured in our how-tos): $60
- Chi Straightening Iron, $100
- Conair Infinit Pro Curl Secret Curling Iron, $100
- BARBAR Blowdryer, $120
*This post is sponsored by Lunchbox, but all of my thoughts and actions are true.
I'm so excited to announce that I'm partnering with Pantene to help spread the word about National Donate Your Hair Day on September 7th. Now, this isn't just another reason for the beauty industry to celebrate. I'm sure you've heard of Pantene Beautiful Lengths, but what you may not have known is that they have a partnership with the American Cancer Society. We're asking you to "Pony Up" and donate your ponytail to make real-hair wigs available at no-cost to women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments. Read on to learn how you can donate and help spread the word. Plus, there's a special opportunity in here for a BeautySweetSpot reader!
While there are many different ways you can donate your hair to create wigs, I've always been a supporter of Pantene's Beautiful Lengths program, because you know exactly where your hair goes. In 2010, best friend Melanie wanted to donate her hair. I recommended this program and covered it on BeautySweetSpot (see her experience here) to encourage others to do the same. After all, since 2006, Pantene has donated more than 28,000 free real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society’s wig banks, which distribute wigs to cancer patients across the country.
Looking to donate your hair? Here are the qualifications. When I cut 10" off of my hair in February I, unfortunately, wasn't able to donate it, because it was dyed so frequently. If you are interested in donating and qualify, I'm looking for a BeautySweetSpot reader to join me in NYC on Saturday, September 7th at Pantene's NDYHD event! You'll receive a fresh new cut by a Pantene celebrity stylist (just in time for fall) and be featured in Pantene's video documentary that'll capture your journey. (Note: reader must live in the tristate area).
Comment below and let me know if you'd like to join me on Sept. 7th and donate your hair! Unable to donate? No worries, you can still get involved by pledging to donate next year or by Tweeting their support for the program @Pantene using #BeautifulLengths.
During this time of year, chances are thanks to the sun, chlorine and salt water, your hair definitely needs a bit of extra TLC. Today at 1pm EST, join me on Twitter as I'll be answering all of your summer haircare questions and giving away three Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oils, plus $20 Walmart gift cards. Deemed a 'miracle oil' in the beauty industry, moroccan argan oil has both, skin and haircare benefits. Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil is created with moroccan argan oil, which is able to penetrate your hair shaft to hydrate and gives incredible shine. Plus, it's lightweight. The Moroccan Infusion line is great for coarse or super dry hair and the best part, it's budget friendly. You can find it at Walmart.
See you at 1pm EST on Twitter! Use #shinechallenge!
*This is a sponsored post, but all of my thoughts and actions are true.
Soon on store shelves you'll see more beauty products with "CEW Award Winner" stamps of approval on their packaging. Last Friday I attended the awards ceremony where the best of the best were celebrated at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC. There were over 650 entries and we (the industry) voted on 185 finalist. Allow me to present the winners... Oh yea, and I'm giving away a gift bag from the event! Read on to find out how to win. GIVEAWAY ENTRY:
- Comment below and let me know what your product in your vanity wins your beauty award and why.
- Fill out this form so I have your info to contact you if you're the winner!
The 2013 CEW Beauty Awards winners are... right here!
We've all had self tanner nightmares... streaky legs, white hands, and I've definitely seen my fair share of Oompa Loompa's running around. The good thing is, self tanners have come a long way and not only have the shades and formulas improved, but so have the scents. Last week at an event I even smelled an odorless self tanner from Jergens. Truth. Watch the video above as I confess one of my self tanner mishaps and how I fixed it. Comment below with your self tanner mishaps for a chance to win a non-smelly Jergens Natural Glow prize pack!
This one's for you! Well, all of my posts are, but this is one of my biggest beauty giveaways of the year so I have to highlight it. Last night was the Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) Product Demonstration, which is a display of all of the top new product launches from 2012 that will be voted on and then the winners will all receive awards in May at the beauty Oscars. Last year I presented an award at the ceremony (see post) so I can't wait to tell you about what's in store for this year. There were over 300 beauty companies and 625 brands, making this was the largest product demonstration held by CEW yet. The categories that we vote on revolve obviously around skin, hair and makeup, but this year two new categories were added due to an explosion in products being developed: Lip Treatments and At-Home Devices. The best of the best will be announced in May and I'll fill you in on the winners!
In December (see post) I was asked by Vaseline if I would try out their Vaseline Intensive Rescue body lotion and take part in some outdoor winter activities to really put it to the test. A month later, it's time I paid tribute to the product that really did work when I needed it to. Plus, I'm giving it away! I went ice skating at Bryant Park and shopped the holiday market, visited the tree at Rockefeller Center and did my day to day of running around being a NYer. The hero: Vaseline Intensive Rescue Repairing Moisture Lotion. I put it on from head to toe in the morning when I step out of the shower and never have to think about it again. It absorbed quickly without leaving my skin feeling sticky or greasy and helped heal my somewhat dry chins and feet. That's the best part.
- 10 oz. sample of Vaseline Intensive Rescue Repairing Moisture Lotion
- 7.5 oz. jar of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly
*This post is sponsored by Vaseline, but all of my thoughts and actions are true.
On Friday night I had the opportunity to hang out with Khloe Kardashian at the Gansevoort Park to learn about the Kardashian sister's new makeup line, Khroma. Now, she's my favorite Kardashian. She's real, funny, down to earth and only uses her baby voice when she speaks of Lamar, which is kinda cute. Here's the 411 on their new cosmetic line, Khloe's biggest beauty regret, must-have beauty product and of course, some scoop on her hubby. Surprised the Kardashian's didn't launch a cosmetic line sooner? So am I. Makeup has always been something the Kardashian's wanted to be involved in, turns out they were waiting for the right fit. "We've been offered to do a line for years, but the companies all wanted us to lend our name and do everything ," Khloe commented. "That's not how we work."
The sisters were involved with everything form the formulas to the packaging, font and name, which they brainstormed at the Soho House and stemmed from a doodle Kim drew on a note pad. Khroma means color and the packaging is chrome, so it made sense.
Beauty Must Have
While the lash strips may be Kourtney and Kim's must-have in the line, it's the mascara that Khloe claimed as her baby. "I'm very crazy about my mascara. It's my one go-to makeup need in my bag." While she has the luxury of working with makeup artists all the time, she never allows them to apply her mascara. It's not that she has any fancy tricks, she's just so particular she knows how she likes it. Khroma's A Stroke of Midnight is favorite.
Remember the 'Single Ladies' photo shoot the Kardashian sisters did for People when Kourtney was about nine months pregnant? It resulted in Khloe's biggest beauty regret! "I had a pompadour and harsh makeup, which was great for a photo shoot, but that's where it should have stayed," she stated. After the photo shoot she had to walk a red carpet with Kim and didn't adjust her look. A mistake she definitely learned from. "In the photo it was cool and you understood it, but on the red carpet it didn't translate and I wish I could have told everybody why I looked like that."
Did you ever see the episode where Khloe gives Lamar a pedi? Well turns out Lamar is s sucker for grooming. He loves Khiels, the Facial Fuel line and Khloe laughed as she described how he washes his face. "He's obsessed with washing his face and his bald head," she explained. Who knew that guys without hair look at their heads as an extension of their faces?
Khroma Beauty is available at Ulta, CVS and other retailers with price points ranging from $7 - $20.
WIN! I'm giving away four pieces of Khroma Beauty seen above! Follow @BeautySweetSpot on Twitter and RT my tweet about the giveaway.
Hey BeautySweetSpot readers! With all of the attention that's arouse from my tanorexic story I decided to take the opportunity to launch a safe sun Facebook contest. I've been getting a ton of emails and Facebook messages from all of you and people around the world about your safe sun stories and thought it would be an awesome if you had a place to discuss them, help me spread the word and a chance to win a years worth of SPF and a chance to be featured on BeautySweetSpot! So here you go... Check out BeautySweetSpot's Facebook page and visit the Photo Contest. Once there, upload a pic of yourself by August 13th practicing safe sun. It can even be a pic of your fave SPF, self tanner, a wide brim-hat... anything that sends a safe sun message and tell me why practicing safe sun is important to you.
After submissions are collected, there will be a voting round! Share your submission with your friends and vote for yours and your favorites. Three winners will be chosen on August 27th and each receive a years worth of SPF along with their stories and photos featured on BeautySweetSpot.com. At random, one will receive 12 bottles of Vichy, another, 12 bottles of La Roche-Posay and another will receive 12 bottles of Australian Gold.
Yes, I'm deeming 12 bottles of SPF a years worth, even though any person may need more than that. Let's not get greedy! I thank you all for your support through out my tanorexia story and it's media coverage. Now, let's all help spread the message of safe sun! Good luck!
I normally don't write about a ton of giveaways and contests, but since this is being done by CVS Beauty and they're giving away a ton of L'Oreal products I had to share! It's kind of redic. They're also letting me giveaway the Grand Prize to my readers! From now until Jan. 31st head over to the CVS Beauty Club Facebook page for a chance to win a L'Oreal "Product of the Day" (listed below). Each day 100 fans will win and you can enter daily. You'll also automatically be entered to win the Grand Prize gift basket filled with all 14 new L’Oreal products!
I'm giving away the Grand Prize to BeautySweetSpot readers too! Comment below with your #1 beauty tip. A winner will be chosen at random on 2/1/12 and be announced on BeautySweetSpot's Facebook page.
The Beauty Club & L’Oreal Grand Prize Gift Basket includes one each of the daily prizes:
- 1/18 – Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara – provides eye-catching lashes from any angle
- 1/19 – Youth Code Foaming Gel Cleanser – removes impurities and gently exfoliates for smooth skin
- 1/20 – EverCrème Cleansing Conditioner – an ultra-gentle, low lathering face wash that cleanses and conditions in one step
- 1/21 – Colour Riche Lip Balm – SPF 15 balm with a subtle hint of color
- 1/22 – Colour Riche Nail Color – provides intense color with a high shine that lasts for up to 10 days
- 1/23 – Youth Code Dark Spot Serum Corrector – clinically proven serum fades dark spots to reveal luminous skin
- 1/24 – EverCrème Intense Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner – deeply restores lost moisture to make hair soft and shiny
- 1/25 – Colour Riche Nail Color – provides intense color with a high shine that lasts for up to 10 days
- 1/26– EverStyle Strong Hold Styling Spray – high-performance, alcohol-free spray that locks in and holds any style all day
- 1/27 – Age Perfect Serum – repairs signs of past damage, reducing the visible signs of aging
- 1/28 – Youth Code Dark Spot SPF 30 Day Cream – clinically proven cream that fades dark spots and helps prevent future discolorations
- 1/29 – Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner – provides smoldering definition for a high-drama look
- 1/30 – Infallible Eye Shadow – waterproof, crease and fade-resistance for 24-hour wear
- 1/31 – EverStyle Volume Root Lifting Spray – an alcohol-free, root lifting spray that builds thickness and lift at roots for 24-hour volume
Ladies, if you're putting cosmetics on your wish list this year (and why wouldn't you be?) look no further than Dolce & Gabbana's Ruby Collection. I've been checking out tons of holiday collections and when the PR firm behind Dolce & Gabbana cosmetics told me they had something special for me to consider reviewing on BeautySweetSpot, they weren't kidding. As soon as I opened the package I was in awe and... I'm giving it away! Every girl needs at least a piece from this collection in their stocking. Besides the chic, gold packaging with rubies on top, the collection offers perfectly wearable colors for everyone. Designers, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, partnered with celebrity makeup artist (and one of my faves), Pat McGrath to create the collection.
It's limited edition for holiday and includes five cream based red lipsticks, $37 each, a neutral eyeshadow quad, $75 and a universally flattering peach blush, $55. My favorite piece is the eyeshadow quad because not only will I wear all of the shades, but it's a piece I'll carry around in my bag just for the mirror. It's about two inches by two inches.
GIVEAWAY! I'm giving away the whole collection on Twitter! Follow me @BeautySweetSpot for details!
I don't know about you, but one of my guiltiest pleasures is chocolate and if you're anything like me, you're in luck because today is International Chocolate Day! So go ahead and indulge without the guilt. In honor of the holiday, one of my favorite men's grooming brands, AXE, conducted a study that found that 82% of women agree that chocolate is a temptation that's hard to resist. In honor, AXE put together a chocolate mousse recipe that your man can make for you inspired by their Dark Temptation Body Spray. Step one is having him spritz their chocolate body spray and then get in the kitchen. What's better than a man in the kitchen making chocolate?
Get your man started! Print out the recipe and comment below telling me your absolute favorite chocolate desert to WIN a set of AXE Dark Temptation Body Spray and Hold & Touch Hair Products for your man. I'm giving away two sets!
Chocolate mousse ingredients
- 2 ounce(s) of milk chocolate
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1/4 cup(s) sugar
- 1 pinch(s) salt
- 2 tablespoon(s) unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup(s) heavy cream
- Prepare for the evening with a hot, refreshing shower using Dark Temptation shower gel.
- Then, head to the kitchen and finely chop the milk chocolate and set aside. In a double boiler, whisk yolks, sugar, and salt until sugar has dissolved and mixture is warm to the touch, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, and quickly whisk in chopped chocolate until melted and cocoa until smooth (mixture will be thick). Allow mixture to cool.
- In a medium bowl, whip cream until soft peaks form. Whisk half of whipped cream into room-temperature chocolate mixture. Gently fold in remaining whipped cream with a rubber spatula. Divide mousse among four serving dishes. Chill at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.
- While the mousse is cooling, apply Dark Temptation bodyspray to keep you smelling and feeling great all night long.
- Remove mousse from refrigerator 15 minutes before serving and garnish with shaved chocolate.
- Serve and enjoy a deliciously sinful night with your girlfried.
After a spontaneously fun and relaxing weekend with Schick in Miami, they dared me to pamper myself for a full day (I know what you’re thinking, what kind of dare is that, but wait for it…) unplugged! No tweeting my manicure polish shade, catching up with my bestie on the phone during my pedi or obsessively checking my iPhone for that big email I’ve been waiting for. I felt like I was paralyzed. My day of pampering was more like two and a half hours and included a mani and pedi plus and extra ten minute foot massage and twenty minute back massage while my nails dried, of course (who has patience to sit under the drier).
It made me realize that I never take the time out to relax and enjoy these treatments that I get weekly. Instead they always feel more like a chore. Keeping my phone in my bag and laptop in my apartment, I flipped through weeklies and zoned out. It was awesome!
I dare you to take the challenge! Plus, I'M GIVING AWAY KATY PERRY TICKETS!Put your phone away during your next mani and pedi. Pamper yourself and get those extra ten minute massages. Make your weekly manicures pampering instead of chores. Give those texting fingers a break and really enjoy it!
Participate in the giveaway by commenting below telling me about your best "unplugged" experience. The tickets are for Katy's LA concert on 8/6 at the Nokia Theater.
A winner will be chosen at random and announced in the comments section under this post. Good Luck.
I'm super excited to fill you in on a giveaway and contest I've been keeping secret for quite sometime! I love rewarding you guys with goodies, but this one is really fun! Are you ready? It includes two Rihanna tickets to a concert this summer, a possible meet and greet for you to fly with me to hang with the songstress and tons of prize packs along the way! Here's the scoop: PART ONE
Nivea is sponsoring Rihanna's summer and fall tour and is doing a Skin 2 Skin challenge on their Facebook page. Check it out! All you have to do is enter and when you fill out the form in the "Title" put BEAUTYSWEETSPOT.com and share your entry with all of your facebook friends and encourage them to enter too using BEAUTYSWEETSPOT.com in their title as well.
Here's my entry Soft & Sweet Summer Love. Feel free to vote for me!
The person with the most "Likes" on their entry in the contest at the end will win a meet and greet with me and Rihanna and runners up will receive concert tickets and prize packs. The contest ends on August 8th.
That's not all! I also have two tickets extra to give away to Rihanna's Uniondale, NY concert on July 19th to giveaway to my loyal BeautySweetSpot.com fans. Here's how to win 'em:
- Follow me on Twitter @beautysweetspot and RT the giveaway and post
- "Like" BeautySweetSpot on Facebook
- Comment below proving the above (showing links to your tweet AND/OR a comment on BSS facebook wall and as a BONUS your Nivea entry)
The winner will be announced under the comments section of this blog post, via BeautySweetSpot's Facebook page and on Twitter on July 12th.
I'm really excited because this is the biggest giveaway I've ever done in BeautySweetSpot history! Being that it's summer time I figured I'd give you something that will help fight the one problem we all have – cellulite, but it helps much more than that. I'm giving away a Wellbox, an at-home lipomassage and liftmassage device that works on your body to smooth cellulite, firm skin and help sculpt stubborn areas. On the face, it helps to diminish fine lines and wrinkles and restore definition (think turkey neck).
It probably sounds too good to be true, but I was first introduced to the Wellbox when I worked for Cosmopolitan and learned that results show over time with repeated use. It works through micro-pulsations that stimulate the skin.
Want one? I'm giving one away and it retails for $1,500! Find out how to win after the jump!
Comment below telling me why YOU need the Wellbox.
LIKE BeautySweetSpot on Facebook.
The winner will be selected at random and announced once I reach 6,000 Twitter followers (I'm almost there)! Good Luck!