All posts tagged: Sephora

B.A.D. Girl Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Beauty Addict Gift Ideas

I’m back with my second gift guide for this year (1st one here) and it is for the beauty lovers on your holiday shopping list! I love shopping for beauty items and they really do make the best gifts. Am I the only one who buys something because the packaging is so cute? Here are some of my top beauty items that I think will make kick-ass gifts!  The beauty blender will make a perfect gift for any female on your list ($39.95) Lime Crime makes the most pigmented lipsticks in the. best. colors. ($18) Ouidad’s Gift Sets have everything you need to be curl ready on the go ($27) A palette with the best shadow shades for everyday ($27) 12 mini nail polishes from Deborah Lippmann ($78) The cutest freakin’ perfume bottle: Dot by Marc Jacobs ($92) I’m dying for a Clarisonic brush and this kit is awesome! ($150) For those who like all natural  products this duo by Ole Herickson is great! ($10) A kit with samples of ALL of Benefit’s best sellers ($36) Sephora is hosting Cyber Week with …

My Winter Skincare Routine

I mentioned in a previous post how I was switching up my skin care routine so I can face the winter (literally) here in New York. I am happy I did because it has been super cold out and going from single digit temperatures outdoors to a room/car with blasting heat is no bueno for my already problem skin. So here is what I have been doing to keep my skin moisturized and flake free. 1. Dior Cleansing Milk: This is my daily face cleanser that I use twice a day. 2. Origins Modern Friction: I use this 1-2 per week to help exfoliate and refresh my skin. 3. F.A.B. Instant Oatmeal Mask: I use this 2-3 per week to help combat dryness. 4. Ultra Repair Cream: This cream is awesome and is my daily day/night moisturizer. 5.  Urban Decay De-Slick Spray: I put this on before my moisturizer to help combat shine. 6. F.A.B. Lip Therapy: This is a kick ass lip balm that kind of tastes like chamomile tea. All of the products …

Be Beautiful: Say Goodbye to Dry Skin – 7 Winter Skincare Tips

Your wardrobe changes from season to season and so should your skin care routine. As soon as we turn on the heat indoors our skin starts to dry out so its important that we take the necessary steps to keep our skin soft and flake free. Here are my top tips for battling itchy dry skin this season: Avoid hot showers and limit your time spent in them. Hot water strips your skin of its natural oils. Use warm water instead. Look for lotions containing “humectants,” a class of substances (including glycerine, sorbitol, and alpha-hydroxy acids) that attract moisture to your skin. Avoid using harsh peels, masks, and alcohol-based toners or astringents. Use face masks that are “deeply hydrating,” rather than clay-based, which tends to draw moisture out of the face. Use a face serum in addition to your daily moisturizer Switch up your face wash for a cleansing milk or mild foaming cleanser. Invest in a humidifier to increase  moisture in the air.  Another solution is to place bowls of water in the room …

B.A.D. Girl September Beauty Faves

I was really excited to make my first beauty related video.  I’ve started using some kick ass products and really wanted to spread the love with my fellow B.A.D. Girls! Items Mentioned in this video: Ouidad Curl Co-Wash Ouidad Mongongo Oil Origins Modern Friction Zen Society Coconut Lip Balm MISSHA Perfect Cover B.B. Cream  Urban Decay De-Slick Make-Up Setting Spray DHC Liquid Eyeliner Share with me some of your current beauty faves!  P.S. Thanks to my girl Kimberlee for the awesome product hook ups! xx Nicole SUBSCRIBE to my YOUTUBE Channel

B.A.D. Girl Beauty Tip For Oily Skin

I suffer from oily a$$ skin and have realized that gel products work way better for my skin so I am happy to share with you my new favorites. Boscia Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel: This gel is awesome it has a really nice cooling effect and leaves my skin feeling soft with minimal shine after applying. Peter Thomas Roth Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel: This stuff has changed my life! Its a velvety smooth gel that instantly mattes my skin and keeps me shine free for hours! I’ve been able to make it through a work day with a shine free forehead. No lie! So this weeks tip: Try a GEL product! Have any of you ever tried these products? What do you use for shine control? Both products can be found at Sephora  xx Nicole 

Ouidad Salon Series Launch!

If you follow me on Twitter you may already know that I attended the launch event for the awesome new “Salon Series” hair care line by Ouidad at Sephora in Times Square. If you are not familiar with Ouidad they predominately make products for curly haired gals, BUT this new collection was created for all hair types! Woop! At the launch event the head of marketing at Ouidad was there to teach us about the products. Here is what I learned about the  fabulous new line sold exclusively at Sephora! Mediterranean Bay Leaf Exfoliating Hair & Scalp Treatment:  In order to have healthy hair you need a healthy scalp so take care of it! This product will help cleanse your scalp while also adding nutrients to your roots to promote strong hair growth. So necessary! Omega 3 Replenishing Hair Treatment: This is a MUST have if you want to make your hair look shiny, hydrated and healthy. Its a hair-saver! Biotin Lightweight Reparative Hair Serum:  A leave-in hair serum that prevents breakage and repairs hair. This stuff …

What’s in your makeup bag?

I love seeing what goodies my friends have in their cosmetic bags, don’t you?! There are so many great products out there and it’s impossible to try them all so recommendations are always helpful. Here is a sneak peak into my every day makeup bag! Click the links below to SHOP my Makeup bag!  1. M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NC37 2. M.A.C Oil Control Lotion 3. Too Faced ‘Glamour to Go’ Eye Shadow Palette 4. M.A.C Foundation Brush #188  5. Drug Store Shadow Smudger Brush  6. M.A.C Eye Brow Crayon in Lingering  7. Unbranded Eye Lash Curler  8. M.A.C Haute & Naughty 2-in-1 Lash Mascara 9. Too Faced Flatbuki Brush 10. Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer 11. Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets 12. Smith’s Rosebud Salve Lip Balm  13. Benefit The Pore-fessional  14. Bare Minerals Blush in ‘Glee’ 15. Smashbox Bronzer in ‘Suntan Matte’ Let me know if you have any questions!  What is your favorite cosmetic you can’t live without right now?

“On the beach, you can live in bliss.” ~Dennis Wilson

Be (B)eautiful: I am a HUGE FAN of Too Faced cosmetics. Everything I have ever bought and used from them has been amazing. The bronzer’s, eye shadows, mascara, primer, lip stick, EVERYTHING! If you shop at Sephora they always have amazing deals where you can purchase a make-up kit full of goodies at a ridiculously cheap price.  LOVE IT!! Be (A)uthentic: I can’t stress how important it is to do things that YOU enjoy. Don’t be a pushover- that is NOT a BAD girl characteristic. Pleasing everyone seems like the easy option at the time, but what about YOU? When do you get to enjoy doing what you like to do? You should be calling the shots, Bad girl. Be (D)etermined: Treat yourself to a Beach Day! BUT it has to be during the work week! If you work the regular Mon-Fri schedule – take off on a Friday or a Monday. This will allow you to have an extended weekend, PLUS you won’t have to worry about showing up to work the next day …