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STAY OUT OF TANNING BEDS !!

~this is coming from a girl who had a pre-cancerous mole removed from my clavicle, I promise its not worth it! With that said, I have tried every self-tanner on the market anywhere from Sephora to CVS and I have to say my favorite one thus far has been Banana Boat tanning lotion. I re-apply 2-3x a week and it gives a fabulous healthy glow immediately. (( Scrub hands down immediately afterwards to avoid oompa loompa fingers))

Lets talk travel.
I fly international charters which means I am gone for about 19+ days a month living out of a carry on suit case. So here are some tips, tricks & bits of wisdom I have acquired thus far….
1. Try to consolidate your makeup within palettes— no need for a huge makeup bag ((ie Nars laguna bronzer & orgasm blush || Naked neutral eye shadow pallette {has matte and shimmer in versatile day/night colors}  ))
2. Always roll your clothes, saves room, invest in mini Downy de-wrinkle sprays because this does cause wrinkles :/
3. Black goes with everything. Black is simple, black is sexy, just pack alll black for the love of pizza because it goes with everything and is magical.
4. Stay fresh faced, jet lag isn’t a cute look for anyone. I love my Mac Pro Longwear concealer to hide sleepy dark circles and I swear by Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector to give you a fresh face glow that is scientifically proven to hide any hangover residue ;)
5. Maxi dresses are your best friend. Its a way to look effortless chic, its a one piece go-to outfit and lets be honest, they are essentially crotchless yoga pants
6. Pack a heat protective sleeve for your flat irons/curling wands because most of the time you are getting ready right before checking out and then packing up your hair tool as its still trying to cool down
7. Buy a travel-size of your perfume
8. I’m always hopping that little pond called the Atlantic Ocean so with those long flights my skin feels so yucky after 9 hours of recirculated air and makeup just sitting on my face so I adore my Kiehls In-flight refreshing facial mist. It totally revitalizes my makeup and restores my “fresh face”
9. I always pack little snacks like almond butter packets with pretzel chips, or Cliff bars, ya never know when you might need a little snackie to hold you over till you can get your next meal
10. Stay hydrated, air travel dehydrates you which makes that jet lag exponentially worse
11. Pack a scarf, planes get chilly and its a lightweight article to pack if the weather is less than desirable
12. You will not need a hair dryer, they are heavy to pack and I have yet to see a hotel that does not accommodate with one
13. Pack your own personal first aid kit (neosporin for a recovering pimple, pepto bismal because we all have eaten something we shouldn’t have at some point, melatonin to supplement sleep for various time zones etc….)
14. If you have to do laundry, try to find the 3-1 laundry sheets, its one less liquid to have to carry
15. Speaking of liquids, to save space in your tiny TSA approved liquid bag, skip the lotion and use body butter, it doesn’t count as a liquid!
16. You can never pack too much underwear, I repeat, never.
17. Its worth it to buy the travel sizes of your fave products, i buy the tiny Its a ten leave in conditioner and moroccan oil because it just saves space and weight
18.  Pandora and Netflix do not work in European countries, stock up on your favorite seasons/music before you embark
19. Pack a beanie/baseball hat because Lord knows a good hair day is never guaranteed 
20. Utilize every crevice, stuff all your socks or anything that will fit in your shoes/boots
21. Nude heels go with everything
22. I never leave without my leather jacket, a good black leather jacket is simply an essential, it can make any outfit chic as well as a great transition from day-to-night
23.  If you wear falsies, they are indeed re-usable so store them in a tiny mirror compact, its a great way to keep them fresh for 2nd and even perhaps a 3rd use
24. I always pack my Reebok lateral resistance straps. I do walking lunges or sideways squats with them and its great way to stay toned when traveling or if you don’t have access to a gym. They are easy to pack and lightweight!!
25. My last tip may be superficial but well, whatever, here it goes, invest in what you will be photographed the most in, it may be a coat for Europe in the winter, or that convenient cross body for shopping or sight seeing, or even a pair of fabulous shoes that go with everything

hope this helps— let me know if you have any additional tips !!
"we travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us"

Lets talk travel.

I fly international charters which means I am gone for about 19+ days a month living out of a carry on suit case. So here are some tips, tricks & bits of wisdom I have acquired thus far….

1. Try to consolidate your makeup within palettes— no need for a huge makeup bag ((ie Nars laguna bronzer & orgasm blush || Naked neutral eye shadow pallette {has matte and shimmer in versatile day/night colors}  ))

2. Always roll your clothes, saves room, invest in mini Downy de-wrinkle sprays because this does cause wrinkles :/

3. Black goes with everything. Black is simple, black is sexy, just pack alll black for the love of pizza because it goes with everything and is magical.

4. Stay fresh faced, jet lag isn’t a cute look for anyone. I love my Mac Pro Longwear concealer to hide sleepy dark circles and I swear by Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector to give you a fresh face glow that is scientifically proven to hide any hangover residue ;)

5. Maxi dresses are your best friend. Its a way to look effortless chic, its a one piece go-to outfit and lets be honest, they are essentially crotchless yoga pants

6. Pack a heat protective sleeve for your flat irons/curling wands because most of the time you are getting ready right before checking out and then packing up your hair tool as its still trying to cool down

7. Buy a travel-size of your perfume

8. I’m always hopping that little pond called the Atlantic Ocean so with those long flights my skin feels so yucky after 9 hours of recirculated air and makeup just sitting on my face so I adore my Kiehls In-flight refreshing facial mist. It totally revitalizes my makeup and restores my “fresh face”

9. I always pack little snacks like almond butter packets with pretzel chips, or Cliff bars, ya never know when you might need a little snackie to hold you over till you can get your next meal

10. Stay hydrated, air travel dehydrates you which makes that jet lag exponentially worse

11. Pack a scarf, planes get chilly and its a lightweight article to pack if the weather is less than desirable

12. You will not need a hair dryer, they are heavy to pack and I have yet to see a hotel that does not accommodate with one

13. Pack your own personal first aid kit (neosporin for a recovering pimple, pepto bismal because we all have eaten something we shouldn’t have at some point, melatonin to supplement sleep for various time zones etc….)

14. If you have to do laundry, try to find the 3-1 laundry sheets, its one less liquid to have to carry

15. Speaking of liquids, to save space in your tiny TSA approved liquid bag, skip the lotion and use body butter, it doesn’t count as a liquid!

16. You can never pack too much underwear, I repeat, never.

17. Its worth it to buy the travel sizes of your fave products, i buy the tiny Its a ten leave in conditioner and moroccan oil because it just saves space and weight

18.  Pandora and Netflix do not work in European countries, stock up on your favorite seasons/music before you embark

19. Pack a beanie/baseball hat because Lord knows a good hair day is never guaranteed 

20. Utilize every crevice, stuff all your socks or anything that will fit in your shoes/boots

21. Nude heels go with everything

22. I never leave without my leather jacket, a good black leather jacket is simply an essential, it can make any outfit chic as well as a great transition from day-to-night

23.  If you wear falsies, they are indeed re-usable so store them in a tiny mirror compact, its a great way to keep them fresh for 2nd and even perhaps a 3rd use

24. I always pack my Reebok lateral resistance straps. I do walking lunges or sideways squats with them and its great way to stay toned when traveling or if you don’t have access to a gym. They are easy to pack and lightweight!!

25. My last tip may be superficial but well, whatever, here it goes, invest in what you will be photographed the most in, it may be a coat for Europe in the winter, or that convenient cross body for shopping or sight seeing, or even a pair of fabulous shoes that go with everything

hope this helps— let me know if you have any additional tips !!

"we travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us"

As women we all have our own battles yet one that we all have in common is acne. Whether it be chronic or ya just HAD to eat the burger and fries, at one point you have woken up to a very unpleasant new friend on your face!! I’ve tried the toothpaste method etc and the top product I have come across is Mario Bandescu’s drying lotion. I already swear by anything in Mario Bandescu’s skin care line so I knew this product wouldn’t disappoint. THIS WILL DRY THE SH*T OUT OF ANY BLEMISH!! It shrinks, dries and heals while you sleep! Liv Tyler actually swears by this product as well. Use a Q-tip to dip all the way down to the pink substance and dap on any blemishes you may have— and then say goodbye because they wont be there in the morning :) 

{Pardon the gnarly picture— clearly showing off how I get down on a Saturday night}

"“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
― Roald Dahl
"

- Have you ever met a woman who was aesthetically beautiful yet it was completely detracted by a wicked mean personality? Contrary, have you met a woman so kind and gracious it made her radiantly beautiful in way our culture can’t seem to conceive beauty? All the make-up in the world can’t hide an ugly heart. I think happiness is what makes you really pretty. Happy people are beautiful. They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness. Be kind. Be thoughtful. Be generous. Be happy.

This is the easiest trick to achieve faux glowing skin. I dust Albatross on my cheeks, nose, and small middle section of my forehead. Makes you look effortlessly flawless!

I’ve read two books recently that have profoundly resonated with me. The Alchemist is a short yet inspiring read. The 5 Love Languages is catered to married couples (something I am so far from its almost laughable) however, I think EVERYONE can learn from this book and the knowledge permeates all your relationships, not just the one with a significant other. So many of us are focused on “finding the right person” rather than “being the right person”. The better understanding you have of yourself and the way YOU love will help you effectively love others.

"I can’t think of many things more attractive than a beautiful person whose beauty isn’t what actually attracts you."

Just a few things I’m immensely fond of ;)

Livingproof hair thickening creme- I have very long, but THIN hair!! This helps my hair feel luxuriously thicker!

Ben Nye Banana powder- Sets your makeup flawlessly, I have worn this in sweltering heat and my makeup DID NOT MOVE! Also, dancing my hiney off in Vegas, came back to my hotel expecting to look like a drunken raccoon and my makeup was still perfectly in tact!

BeautyBlender Sponge- I wet mine before applying my foundation and my makeup looks airbrushed!! Cannot live without this!!

Caudalie Dry Oil- I wear this on my chest, shoulders, and it smells so wonderful and lovely. I apply it after my shower when I have just shaved and it makes my legs feel heavenly soft too! Its super versatile and I’m complimented on it all the time

Boscia Black Mask- I use this once a week and my skin is glowing afterwards, definitely extracts impurities, make sure you put it on thick enough that the mask itself is opaque!

Nars Albatross Highlighter- another one of my musthaves, I use it on my cheekbones and bridge of my nose, although it looks white it goes on gold and is gorgeous! All my friends purchase this after I use it on them

Bobbi Brown Lipliner in Brownie Pink- anyone who knows me knows, lipliner is my kryptonite. I think pouty lips (not injected fake ones— yuck) are SOOO SEXY!! You’ll never need another lipliner besides this one.

The Body Shop Vitamin E eye creme- I’m Italian therefore with those genetics I definitely suffer from dark circles and the occasional puffy eyes— I cannot sing enough praises of this eye cream. It’s also anti-aging to preserve those youthful windows to the soul 

You will never need another skin care correction product because this stuff is phenomenal. It’s literally a miracle in a jar. You can literally see the mud mask extracting oil and dirt from your pores from your pores. My skin looked incredible after 20 mins and was glowing. It’s pricy but well worth it

A lot of girls want that “glowing skin” but the truth is makeup can only go so far in accomplishing that. It’s the canvas that matters (your natural face). My night routine is to use my Clairisonic brush with Neutrogena deep clean face cleanser. It makes your face feel unbelievably fresh and rejuvenated. I also use Olay night regenerist because its never too early to start preventing wrinkles. It’s like a mini face lift, in the morning I wake up feeling fresh faced and naturally beautiful

A lot of girls want that “glowing skin” but the truth is makeup can only go so far in accomplishing that. It’s the canvas that matters (your natural face). My night routine is to use my Clairisonic brush with Neutrogena deep clean face cleanser. It makes your face feel unbelievably fresh and rejuvenated. I also use Olay night regenerist because its never too early to start preventing wrinkles. It’s like a mini face lift, in the morning I wake up feeling fresh faced and naturally beautiful

Dating Advice

5 things He should Say on a Date

  • You’re hilarious
  • You have amazing eyes
  • Lets do this again sometime
  • Order what you want- dinner is on me
  • I’ll call you tomorrow

5 things You should NOT say on a date

  • I can see us spending the rest of our lives together
  • My last boyfriend…
  • I’m not so good at relationships
  • I want 2.5 children
  • Im a shopaholic 

What a Woman Should know

  • when not to be emotional
  • how to choose her battles
  • how to cook at least ten different meals
  • how to throw a tasteful dinner party 
  • when to break out the sexy lingerie
  • when to just listen
  • when to not be the good girl
  • when to just let him zone out and do his boy things
  • how to be thoughtful
  • how to trust him
  • when to let him be a man and take control
  • when to just shut up and kiss him

What a Man Should know

  • how to be affectionate 
  • how to make breakfast
  • how to be household handy
  • how to talk to our grandmas
  • how to win over our mothers
  • how to read a map
  • how to bench press
  • to always have a coat for you
  • how to be thoughtful
  • how to be okay with needing a woman
  • when to listen
  • when to just shut up and kiss you
The cheapest perfume you could ever buy
I carry McCormick’s Pure Vanilla Extract — the baking kind — and dab it on my neck. Men are attracted to the scent! One time, I put it on and four different guys were like, ‘You smell amazing! 
 Cosmo actually did a blind smell test on men to figure out which scents they were most attracted to on women and vanilla was the number one!! just a little sneaky tip :)

The cheapest perfume you could ever buy

I carry McCormick’s Pure Vanilla Extract — the baking kind — and dab it on my neck. Men are attracted to the scent! One time, I put it on and four different guys were like, ‘You smell amazing! 

 Cosmo actually did a blind smell test on men to figure out which scents they were most attracted to on women and vanilla was the number one!! just a little sneaky tip :)

Contouring 101
Scultping Creme on cheek bone and forehead line- MAC Copper beach
Under eye concealer- Maybelliene concealer in radiant (good to have a salmon type color base to negate those dark circles we get!)
Eyebrow bone & bridge of nose- Anastasia highlighter dual stick
Brush a matter bronzer with a fan brush on cheek bone for a flawless finish- Benefit Hoola bronzer
I use Kat Von D’s foundation brush to blend it all in!

Contouring 101

Scultping Creme on cheek bone and forehead line- MAC Copper beach

Under eye concealer- Maybelliene concealer in radiant (good to have a salmon type color base to negate those dark circles we get!)

Eyebrow bone & bridge of nose- Anastasia highlighter dual stick

Brush a matter bronzer with a fan brush on cheek bone for a flawless finish- Benefit Hoola bronzer

I use Kat Von D’s foundation brush to blend it all in!

Now, I’ve always been super intimidated by red lips. Just thought it was too high maintenance and so I was always scared to try it in fear of looking like the joker (you know what I mean girls). So thanks to one of my dearest friends, Taylor I was turned onto the easiest red lips EVER!! It lasted for five hours and didn’t feel like I was wearing a thing! Sephora brand red lip liner and red lip stain, very kissable & sexy ;)

Now, I’ve always been super intimidated by red lips. Just thought it was too high maintenance and so I was always scared to try it in fear of looking like the joker (you know what I mean girls). So thanks to one of my dearest friends, Taylor I was turned onto the easiest red lips EVER!! It lasted for five hours and didn’t feel like I was wearing a thing! Sephora brand red lip liner and red lip stain, very kissable & sexy ;)