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love the skin you’re in: spring cleaning with great new products

It’s spring! The air is finally warm, the sun is shining, and you can’t hide under coats, scarves, and hats anymore. Before you start planning what tube top to shimmy into, and how many sundresses you’re gona snag- take care of your most major asset! Your skin needs to get acclimated and prepped for primetime…

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I love to start with a cleansing mask. My favorite is Origins Clear Improvement, which I’ve been using since last November. Whenever I need a quick skin fix, I grab Clear Improvement. It helps clear up breakouts and even my skin tone.

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I got this Glam Glow Youthmud exfoliating mask as a free sample from Sephora. As advertised, it tingles and feels like something is goid on once you apply it. I didn’t realize that it would be gritty and have plant matter in it. In spite of that, it leaves skin feeling moisturized, if a little greasy. I’d definitely try it again.

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Make sure you have a good cleanser, no matter what the price point. I’m surrently using African Secret Black Soap. It was $1.59 at the super market and keeps my skin clear. I love it. I also picked up a bottle of Ole Henriksen’s African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser, free of sulfites and parabens. The most amazing cleanser I’ve tried this year was Shea Terra Organics Black Soap Deep Pore Facial Wash & Mask. Wet your face and then smooth this on. After a week your skin looks like a newborn baby’s.

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Moisturizing is serious business. I use Plantscription Powerful Lifting Cream, which I got at an Origins event. The luxuriously thick cream is used morning and night to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask is another way to retain that youthful glow.

I got the Tarte Bright By Night Skincare Discovery Set for $10 in the fun bins near the register at Sephora. It contains a bottle of Maracuja oil, which I guess is the new Argon. You use an eyedropper to smooth it on before bed, and then tap the Maracuja C-Brighter Eye treatment on under your eyes.

For a real treat, try the Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Sleeping Recovery Mask. It smells heavenly, like perfume for your face. You smooth it on at least 5 minutes before bed, and let it go to work rebuilding the moisture in your skin. You wake up glowing. It’s $60, and worth every penny.

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Get rid of grime and sweat by exfoliating with every shower. I love these cute loofah gloves from Jacks99World. They have every color!

Exfoliation is key when using self-tanners, something i just started doing. I’m using the St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse (rub this on with the special applicator mitt), and St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Tannning Moisturizer. It gives your skin a warm glow, like a Brazilian carioca.

I use Vaseline on my elbows, which are unnaturally dry. I also like to keep it on hand for dry heels, or chapped lips. You should always have some on hand.

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No matter your skin color, just exfoliate, moisturize, then apply the bronzing mousse, instant pop! The arm on the left is the treated one…

No matter what you do, take care of your skin. It’s the most important beauty secrets there is.

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how i ended up with the same Desigual coat that Karolina Kurkova wore to NYFW

As we all know, fashion blogging (or any kind of freelancing gig) has it’s ups and downs. But when you’re up, it’s stratospheric. Here’s one of those crazy fashion stories that make you love life…

I was lucky enough to get invited to the Desigual aw2014 show at Lincoln Center (thanks to the lovely ladies at Deborah Hughes PR). Karolina Kurkova, the major model who was on the first season of Naomi Campbell’s The Face, was in the front row wearing the phenomenal Uno spring jacket from the Desigual by L(acroix, sweetie!) collection:

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 I love desigual, so I asked them for samples for a photoshoot. I was working with Amy Vosejpka from Not-Official and  she chose the coat to style with (you’ll hear more about that shoot later):

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After piling on some fun accessories from Forever 21 and Zara, we pinned on my Daisy solid perfume pin from the Tweet Shop event during NYFW.  We had a great time shooting, and afterwards Desigual let me keep the coat!

I started messing with it right away…

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I ran right out in the rain with my new Desigual by Lacroix jacket. my favorite rasta hat, and my Cat Footwear Corinne boots. The bright lack and white is an instant head turner, and it just makes me smile when I wear it.

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I even put on a little make up in honor of my new Uno jacket: Scandal Eyes mascara from Rimmel Lobdon, NYC eyeshadow in Long Island Sands (both from influenster) and Illamasqua lipgloss in Lily Rose.

 The Not Official shoot is part of my NY Fashion Bloggers Project. Check out my interviews with Nathan Moy/The Provoker,  SJ Berman of FashInNY, and more here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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meeting Fudge Urban and Lou Teasdale at Mulberry Project (cocktail alert!)

Last week I got one of those awesome, ‘hey, why don’t you come to this Product launch and have fun?’ type of emails.

I love blogging.

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The launch was for a UK brand called Fudge Urban, and their brand ambassador was Lou Teasdale. I found out that Lou is the stylist for One Direction, among other things. The launch was held at Mulberry Project, a mysterious little place that was like a modern speakeasy- I mean, I walked past it, it was so hidden!

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There was product everywhere. Like all over. You couldn’t help but pick things up and play with them. I was instantly slavering over the hair wax tins. Technically they’re for boys, but they were so cute! You could just pop the Matte or Rocker wax in your bag and run to the beach or something. Actually, they had a cool texturizing Sea Salt Spray that’s meant to give you beachy hair…

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The cocktails were phenomenal. I had 3, just to make sure that I could give you my informed opinion.  The pink one was called ‘Virgin Who Can’t Drive’ which i refused to say on the grounds tat it was incriminating in some way. They were nice enough to give me one anyway. I also managed to collect a fair amount of food while i was there. Trays of stuffed endive, goat cheese smeared crostini, rabcakes, and phyllo dough cups filled with tangy tuna tartare were passed constantly.

Sigh. So delicious…

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Once Lou showed up she talked to us about the products, and you could tell that she was really excited about them. She was super friendly, and I got to ask her about the Fudge Urban Miracle Ends treatment (contains argon oil and you rub it into your ends to protect them), as well as how Harry gets his hair like that (she said he has so much natural curl, that they basically just go with it and play it up).

When the party was over I got this gift bag full of goodies. I’m in love with the sea spray, the Iced Raspberry & vanilla Mousse, and the Matte Wax. Actually, the Iced Coconut Hairsray is worth checking out, too. I’m gonna use the Urban Powder Styler on my next photoshot.

You can see more photos from the party here, and you can shop Target for their full product line here.

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going to the Coeur tradeshow in rabbitfur disco jacket

Spring is here, but I have a tiny bit of catching up to do.

I got to attend my first tradeshows this season, and in honor of graduating from desultory blogger to fashion journalista, I decided to max out by wearing a brown furry rabbit jacket that I got at the Underground Thrift Store in Brooklyn. I’m not for or against fur- so please don’t get all upset. I love this jacket. It was made in Paris and when I tried it on I felt like a disco era rockstar, like Grace Jones (but shorter and from Queens).

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I bought a pair of massive sunglasses on Fulton Street  for $7, and added a paisley $5 scarf (you can get these all over NY- in Soho, Mid-Town, Brooklyn…wherever guys are out in the street wit tables). A beanie was the hairstyle. It was all about being too glam to be glam.

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I worked in some bangles, my orange Cynthia Rowley slim cut pants, and some outrageous socks from Jacks99World (all the socks are $1, so you can really go to town and then grab some snacks for the ride home). I kept it sensible with my black lace up oxfords and Adorama totebag.

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It was one of those crispy cold days with perfect sunlight that makes you remember every detail. I passed Lord & Taylor ( I love their windows) and heir predictions for a pretty spring. I passed Parsons (I studied photo there back in the day) and then saw my dream chair (more florals!) at Prudence.

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I made a little pit stop at MUJI for highlighters. I love MUJI. It’s the best. I love the pens, highlighters, stationery, and plastic furniture. I once got a 3 tier organizer for $25 there.

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When I finally got to Coeur Tradeshow (It was way down on 10th Ave, I started at the top and circled around looking at everything. It’s not as big as Coterie or Designers and Agents, but there is a lot and I wanted to be sure to pick things that I really liked to write about. I saw some amazing jewelry made from metal and recycled materials at Alienina (they’re from Italy and have worked with Comme des Garcons) and I got a perfume demo from Anthony Robinson of beauty brand marketer KVDNYC

It was a great first experience, but it’s one of those things where you have to be serious about finding new trends and writing about them. The events are geared more towards wholesalers, and buyers for stores and boutiques, not just randomly blogging.

You can read my story “The Coeur Tradeshow Presents a Curated Vision to Fashion Insiders‘ featuring more  brands on Examiner.com.