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My 5 Favs (+5): Feb/March


Although my fit life includes lots of sweating on my yoga mat and in Pilates and fitness studios all over NYC, I always try to look my best by using the top beauty products on the market. Here are my 5 favorite (+5) picks for this month.


1 — Burt’s Bees Lip Shine in Whisper ($7)

I love to keep my lips moisturized with a natural gloss throughout the day. This gloss is enriched with apricot wax and sunflower seed oil which keeps my lips moist and has a shiny finish.


2 — Olive Oil Mud Soap by Sabon ($6.80)

Made with olive, coconut, and aromatic oils and herbs, this mud soap is gentle and nurturing for the skin. It contains Dead Sea mud which works as an antiseptic suitable especially for oily skin. After a full day of sweating I enjoy using this soap as it cleanses and moisturizes my skin.


3 — Khushi Spa Solid Body Butter ($16, 2.5 oz)

After my morning and evening showers, I apply this sweet smelling geranium and lavender body butter to keep my skin soft. Made with palm kernel oil, cocoa butter, Shea butter, and grape seed oil, this formula is good for nourishing dry skin while also enhancing relaxation with the scent of lavender.


4 — “That’s Hula-Rious!” Nail Color by OPI ($9.50)

I adore this pastel mint green nail color by OPI. From their Hawaii 2015 Collection, this shade is sure to make you feel like you are on a tropical island even when there is a snowstorm on the first day of Spring in NYC!


5 — Revlon Photo Ready Cream Blush in Flushed ($13.99)

Photo ready is right as this blush created my lovely rosey cheeks in my latest fitness shoot.


6 — Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF15 in Warm Honey ($48)

Though I do not wear foundation on a daily basis it is always applied to my face for photo and video shoots. This foundation is great for my normal to oily skin and really creates a natural looking finish.


7 — Makeup Forever Super Matte Loose Powder ($28, 10g)

This ultra-fine, transparent powder is applied to my skin after the foundation to set my look. It is non-drying and appropriate for all skin types and keeps my face looking clean and clear on camera.


8 — Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette ($54)

This palette consists of 12 gorgeous bronze-hued neutral shadows that can look amazing on everyone. It is versatile because of the variety of textures including matte and glitter so can be used for the office, a night out with friends, and even a for photo shoot.


9 — Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Expresso ($25)

This best selling and award-winning eyeliner is a gel-based formula that goes on smoothly and precisely for a long-lasting wear. It can be worn both day and night (and for my recent photo shoot lol).


10 — CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara by LashBlast in Very Black ($7.99)

 I wear mascara almost everyday and I like how this one adds volume without clumping. I apply 2 coats to my upper lashes and wear a neutral lip gloss for a simple look.

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My 5 Favs (Jan)

1 — Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil ($48, 1.7oz)
This lightweight oil is rich in vitamin E which hydrates and nourishes your skin, hair, and nails. After a shower, I use lotion or a body butter then apply a few drops of this oil all over my body and hair.

2 — Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Fushia 19 ($35)
Hot pink is my favorite color so I fell in love with this lip color instantly. It goes on smoothly and is long lasting as I can eat a meal without reapplying. This bright shade also stands out in a crowd and people always stop me to ask which color it is.

3 — Stones ‘n’ Roses by Essie ($8.50)
This petal pink coral shade is from Essie’s new 2015 Resort Collection. The tropical color makes me imagine myself on a beach even during the NYC blizzard.

4 — Pure Grace Body Lotion by Philosophy ($37, 16oz)
Enriched with Shea butter and natural oils, this body lotion hydrates and softens the skin. I love the luxurious texture and the clean and fresh scent.

5 — Juicy Couture Eau de Parfum ($72, 1.7oz)
Water hyacinth, princess lily, and sweet caramel are the aromas you smell wearing this perfume. A client gave me this scent as a gift and I adore the sweet and soft scent on my skin.

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My 5 Favs: Winter Skin Care Edition (Dec)

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Baby, it’s cold outside! Winter weather can lead to dry skin. Here are some of my favorite body moisturizers to keep your skin soft and radiant throughout the season!

1 — The Righteous Butter Body Butter by Soap & Glory ($22, 10oz.)
Made with Shea butter and aloe vera, this body butter is a top seller in the UK. I love the sweet scent and soft texture of this cream.

2 — Shea Butter Hand Cream by L’Occitane ($12, 1oz.)
A blend of Shea butter, honey, almond extracts, and coconut oil make this super creamy balm a best seller. I often carry a small tube of this cream in my purse and use it after washing my hands or when I just need a little extra moisture.

3 — Vanilla Butter Body Butter by The Little Soap Shop ($20)
This whipped Shea butter contains coconut oil and is super moisturizing especially for anyone with dry itchy skin, psoriasis, or eczema. Only a
small dab is needed and I recommend using it before bed.

4 — Kiehl’s Creme de Corps ($29.50, 8.4oz.)
I fell in love with this rich, creamy moisturizer at Equinox as the locker rooms are filled with Kiehl’s products. Key ingredients include beta-carotene, cocoa butter, and sesame oil that nourish and soften the skin.

5 — Healing Balm by Khushi Spa ($20, 4oz.)
This thick but easily absorbed balm is made up of Shea butter, sweet almond oil, and essential oils of lavender and geranium. The company’s top selling product is great for anyone with dry skin.

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What are some of your favorite moisturizers for Winter? Please share them in the comment section below.

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My 5 Favs: October Soap Edition

In my free time when I am not running around NYC, I love to bathe! I imagine myself having a peaceful, luxurious spa day at home with my favorite body soaps, creams, and oils.

In this months edition of “My 5 Favs,” I focus on bar soaps. I visited some of the top shops in the city that carry the best body products on the market. All of the soaps I found are organic and made with essential oils that nourish the skin. Here are some of my top picks:

1 — Honey Oatmeal by Copa Soap ($4.00)
I discovered Copa Soaps at a street fair in NYC. Copa is an acronym that represents the soaps ingredients:
The brand offers a wide variety of scents and bar sizes and I particularly love the Honey Oatmeal. The honey and oatmeal nourish and soften the skin and the bar also has a yummy scent of cinnamon and clove oils that I absolutely love.

2 — Rosemary Olive Oil Soap by Sabon ($6.80)
The olive and coconut oils in this soap act as moisturizing agents while the rosemary stimulates circulation. It can be used for cleansing the body and also as a shampoo for hair. This soap contains invigorating peppermint oil which I love and often use in my morning showers to start my day.

3 — Pumpkin Spice by Ashley Soaps ($5.00)
Ashley Soaps smell so delicious that I want to eat them! Specializing in food scented soaps, the Pumpkin Spice bar is perfect for the season. While picking up your pumpkin for Halloween or pie for Thanksgiving, be sure to order one of these bars on Etsy for a yummy bath.

4 — Patchouli by The Little Soap Shop ($6.00)
With so many amazing scents to choose from, it is difficult to pick one fav. I was delighted to find this adorable little shop in Astoria where Vivian, the owner, explained the entire soap making process to me. Even her parents, who were helping at the store the day of my visit, told me about their favorite products. I love the soft, sweet scent of the Patchouli bar soap for both morning and evening and I am sure you will too!

5 — Sultana of Soap by Lush ($6.40)
The Sultana of Soap bar from Lush has a light and refreshing aroma that I enjoy using especially in the morning. It contains antioxidant rich apricots and you can see the almonds which makes it look like a nougat cake desert. It has a creamy lather and moisturizes my skin.

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My 5 Favs: August

1 – Burt’s Bees Fabulously Fresh Peppermint & Rosemary Body Wash ($8.00)
Made with natural peppermint and rosemary, this gentle plant-based body wash energizes and cleanses the body with a minty-fresh scent!

2 – Vitalicina ($4.99, 1oz)
A first aid antibiotic ointment, Vitalicina is used to prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes, and burns. This product of Mexico is also used to treat minor skin irritations and acne. During my vacation in Mexico, I used Vitalicina to clear up my heat rash and it made my skin super soft.

3 – “Take It Outside” by Essie ($8.50)
Part of Essie’s new Fall 2014 Collection, this punchy, fresh taupe is my new favorite neutral color!

4 – “Dress to Kilt” by Essie ($8.50)
Another of my new favs is this seductive red nail color also from the new Essie Fall 2014 Collection. Red makes me feel extra sexy!

5 – Make Up For Ever, Rouge Artist Intense, 32 – Satin Soft Pink ($20)
Highly pigmented with a creamy texture, this soft pink colored lipstick is long-lasting. It’s a beautiful neutral pink color that I enjoy wearing day or night.

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My 5 Favs: July

1 – Wham! Pow! by Color Club ($8.50)
Great name for this electrifying shade of orange! I love wearing bright colors during summer and this is a definite favorite of mine.

2 – Cremesheen Pure Zen by MAC ($16)
While my nails are super bright I sometimes prefer a neutral lip. This creamy, nude pink can work with any outfit as it is subtle and pretty.

3 – Caudalie Divine Oil ($49, 3.4oz)
Lightly scented and easily absorbed, this oil is infused with grape, hibiscus, sesame, and Argan oils to nourish and moisturize the skin. It keeps my skin soft and has a sweet and sexy scent that I absolutely adore!

4 – Dove Gentle Exfoliating Beauty Bar ($8.49, 6-pack)
For years I have used Dove soap as it is gentle and moisturizing for my sensitive skin. With multiple trips to the beach and peeling tans, this exfoliating bar is perfect for the season as it removes dull, lifeless skin.

5 – Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Conditioner ($23.69, 16.9 fl oz)
Made with tea tree oil, peppermint, and lavender, this conditioner detangles and moisturizes hair. I enjoy the invigorating tingling sensation on my scalp and my hair smells great after each use!

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