Summer Beauty 101: DIY Waxing!



Summer time is officially in full swing! Staying true to the spirit of the season, my hair’s gotten lighter and my skirts and shorts shorter. Last summer came and went so fast with a new born baby that just managing to get a shower was the closest thing to “sexy”. So naturally, I have a lot of making up to do!

I’ve got happy hours al fresco, food and wine festivals, and most importantly a week down the shore coming up in the next couple of months.  Throw in impromptu trips to the pool, and I need to be hair free and smooth on the fly.

Veet Ready To Use Wax Strips


That’s why I find it easier to wax in the summer. And I’m big on DIY waxing and have done it myself for years. If waxing on your own makes you nervous, I’m a fan of Veet Ready-To-Use Wax Strips and love how easy they are. There’s no heating involved or messy wax to ruin your carpet. Just rub a strip between your hands for a few seconds to warm the wax and peel apart. Use them anywhere—like arms, legs, and bikini area. That’s it —just once a month and you’re ready for the pool party this weekend and ahead of the game for drinks on Wednesday (Center City Sips anyone??) in your LBD.

Has anyone else tried waxing at home?



Veet® helps you feel smooth all summer long. There’s nothing like the feeling of freedom that summer brings.


Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Reckitt Benckiser via MODE Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Reckitt Benckiser.

Color Block Your Clothes, Not Your Face: 4 Tips For Finding the Perfect Foundation Shade


how to find the right foundation, foundation swatches

This was a post I did originally in 2012 for the Allure Beauty Blogger of the Year award, but it’s timeless information that I thought I’d share here! 

We’ve probably all been there. You think your foundation is the perfect match until you see yourself in a photograph and the different color face and neck combo jumps out at you like a ghost (pun intended).

Fret not. Faster than you can untag yourself in that photo, you can learn how to find the perfect foundation.

  • Know your skin’s undertones- Knowing is half the battle. Your undertone is the base color of your skin. Whether it’s warmer tones in yellow and olive or cooler colors in reds and pinks,  knowing your skin’s undertones is the first step in picking the right foundation. Tip:  Do you look better in gold or silver jewelry? Chances are if you look better in gold jewelry you’re warmer and if you look better in silver, you’re cooler.
  • Pick a few shades to start with- find 3 or 4 different shades that you think may match your complexion.
  • Color swatch- testing on your jaw, swatch (a test swipe of color) all shades next to each other.
  • View in different lights- this is an important step most people forget. While a foundation might look perfect in fluorescent department store lightings, outside is a different story. Go outside and look in a mirror at your swatches. The color that blends seamlessly in your skin is the winner!

Blend, blend, and blend some more- Even the perfect foundation shade can look mask if it’s not blended in properly. Using your fingers, sponge or brush, blend your foundation into your hairline and into your neck. There should be no visible signs of the foundation stopping or starting. My favorite blending tool? The Beauty Blender!

LORAC PRO Palette 2: The Fall Makeup Palette You Will Want to Wear Now


Lorac PRO Palette 2, Review

LORAC just released the PRO Palette 2, the sequel to the popular PRO Palette 1. It contains 8 matte and 8 shimmer colors (not to mention a Mini Behind the Scenes Eye Primer) that are clutch the pearls gorgeous. I’ve been playing with this versatile palette for the past week and it has quickly become my new favorite.  You can intermix the colors and textures to effortlessly go from day to night with vibrant colors and natural neutrals.


Lorac Pro Palette 2

LORAC Pro Palette 2

The color payoff is great and for only $42 (available now at, it’s a steal. It’s the perfect palette for travel because you can create any look desired on the fly.

Lorac Pro Palette 2, Review


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Bridesmaid Boot Camp: 12 Essential Wedding Day Items Every Bridesmaid Should Have


Bridesmaid bag

Last weekend I had the honor of being a bridesmaid in my good friend’s wedding. It was a beautiful day—the weather was perfect, the bride was drop dead gorgeous, and the reception was full of dancing and laughter. All the hard work and months of planning came down to a perfectly executed celebration of love.

Since this was my 5th go round as a bridesmaid, I knew to come prepared for the unexpected. The roll of the bridesmaid is to not only look fabulous, but to make sure the day goes smoothly. Just so happens as part of the bride’s gift to her bridesmaids, she gifted us the cutest monogramed makeup bag. It was big enough to hold all of my essentials, which I gladly filled for the day of the wedding.

Below are my 12 must have items every bridesmaid should have. There are more items that you will most likely want to add, like perfume, lipgloss, etc. But every single one of these items has come in handy for either myself, another bridesmaid, mother of the bride or the bride herself!  The majority of the items are under 5 bucks, so this makes a great gift idea for a bride looking to give her best gals (or guys) a little something extra on her big day.

Must Haves


from l. to r.:

Conair Bobby Pins

Elnett Hairspray Travel Size

Static Guard Spray

Forever 21 Striped Lint Roller

Vaseline Coca Butter Lotion

Shout Wipe and Go

Clear Eyes Maximum Redness Relief

Singer Classic Sewing Kith in Storage Case

Secret Deodorant

Dr. Scholl’s for Her Fast Foldable Flats

Downy Wrinkle Release

NYX Blotting Papers

Tell us, are there any must have items for a bridesmaid to have on wedding day? Respond below!

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