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The Goop

October 17, 2012
tags: , cake, eyeliner, eyes, gwyneth paltrow, , liner, , , prevent, running, , smudge, smudgy, , the goop, tight line activator
by Sonia

Contrary to what you’re likely thinking, this post has absolutely nothing to do with Gwyneth Paltrow or Goop. It does however have to do with those of us who suffer from goopy eyes.

What are goopy eyes, you ask? Allow me to clarify, as I have suffered from them my entire life. Goopy eyes are the type of eyes that without fail cause your eye makeup to run halfway down your face making you either look like you’ve been crying, done some heroin, or that you’re wearing the same makeup you wore last night.

I can’t tell you how many times people have told me I look like a mess because my eye makeup is running; but here’s the thing: I’ve always been careful not to rub my eyes, I apply my eyeliner and mascara very neatly, and I take my makeup off every night. Needless to say, it’s not me, it’s the goop.

My friend texted me a while back telling me that she too suffers from “goopy eyes,” and I told her I was determined to find a solution. Well fellow goops, a solution I have found, and it comes in a little miracle bottle known as Laura Mercier Tight Line Activator.

With just a dollop of the activator on your hand followed by a dip of your liner brush, I can officially say that after one week of using this potion I haven’t suffered from a single smudge or droplet of liner or mascara!

There is a goop god.

end of day smudge and goop free!

A Week in Review

October 12, 2012
tags: 1920, 19220, 20s, absinthe, , birthday, caro marketing, cocktails, , gansevoort, , mr street peeper, p&g, party, , , , , sparklers, , the great gatsby, theme
by Sonia

on location at the Gansevoort shooting with P&G and Phil Oh

What a fun week! Thank you all so much for your sweet birthday wishes! Last weekend my Mom and brother were in town visiting, which was a perfect kick off to a week filled with both my and my friend’s birthday, a photo shoot with Mr. StreetPeeper, some amazing spring market previews, and drinks with some of my favorite bloggers!

This weekend a group of 20+ friends and I are heading up to Connecticut to throw the ultimate Gatsby themed birthday party complete with 20s music, themed cocktails, and costumes from head to toe (Finn is wearing a bow tie for the occasion!). I promise to take lots of pictures, but make sure to follow me on Instagram too for of the moment updates!

Have a good weekend!

flamingo prints and electric colors at the Caro Marketing spring preview

dress c/o Caro Marketing for my Gatsby party

Crisp clean center pieces at the new eBay launch

outfit preview for next week

Gatsby starter kit from my friend Suz

On the Go

October 9, 2012
tags: , , , duo concealer highlighter, , flipstick, hand cream, l'occitane, Lindsay Ellingson, lip therapy, , makeup eraser stick, oil free, on the go, , q tip, rescue remedy, , , , touch ups, , yu-be
by Sonia

I’m often asked about my “on the go” beauty products. Truth be told, I’ve never been one of those girls who carries around a drugstore supply of products in her purse for those “touch up” moments.

In the last few years however, I’ve begun to accumulate a few things that I now deem as crucial to carry with me as my wallet.

For starters, I have what I like to call “goopy eyes,” which essentially means that no matter what I do, my mascara and eyeliner runs. This drives makeup artists nuts as they’re constantly doing touchups on my eyes throughout photo shoots. Since I don’t have a makeup artist following me around on a daily basis, I carry Almay Oil-Free Makeup Eraser Sticks, that are essentially Q-tips with makeup remover inside them. A few swipes and the under eye smudge is gone!

I always like to have some lotion with me in case my skin gets dry and I’m smitten with L’Occitane’s Hand Cream. It comes in a cute pocket sized tube and smells like an angel fart: floral, fresh…heavenly.

 My lips are constantly getting chapped and I’m also constantly changing chapsticks. Mainly because I lose them, but also because I’m still on the quest to find that thirst quenching lip balm that leaves my lips feeling like smooth supple pillows after one application. I’m currently using Yu-Be Lip Therapy, which isn’t the end all be all of lip balms, but it certainly gets the job done. Kiss kiss.

For the times that my under eye circles act like trick birthday candles and keep coming back no matter how hard I try to get rid of them, I carry e.l.f.’s Duo Concealer/Highlighter which is also great when I want to add a little shimmer to my cheekbones or eyes.

You are all very aware of my love affair with my Shu Uemura eyelash curler, so I won’t bore you again with my need for carrying this piece of equipment with me at all times…

My days have a tendency to get really busy and overwhelming in a matter of seconds and I’m not the kind of person who’s good at making herself stand up and go for a walk when things get to be too much. Last year at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Lindsay Ellingson told me that her secret to keeping calm backstage before walking down the catwalk in her undies is this little potion called Rescue Remedy by Bach. A few little droplets under the tongue and I’m immediately calmer.

I think every woman should carry a dramatic shade of lipstick with her at all times. You never know when you’re going to have that “I look like shit” moment and need to vamp it up asap. Right now I’m carrying an orangey red color by CoverGirl Blast Flipstick Lipcolor that can be subtle if applied lightly or bold and sensual when applied with a few coats.

 I pretty much collect samples of mascara for the sole purpose of having miniature ones to carry around with me. Like lipstick, it adds a little bit of oomph for those times when last night’s one-too-many martinis lingers well into the next evening.

Lastly, I keep extra large bobby pins with me for when I want to throw my hair up in a messy bun. I find that they work better than a hair elastic and don’t leave that awkward “I’ve had my hair up” crimp.

Tampons not included in this post.

The Slimming Effect

September 19, 2012
tags: , beauty trick, , epsom salt, , picture, , salt, skin, slimming, , what are,
by Sonia

I love a weird beauty trick, especially when it has a slimming effect.

I have a tendency to feel puffy after Fashion Week — all the unhealthy and rushed meals, the lack of sleep, and being surrounded by teeny tiny models is not good for the figure.

That’s where Epsom Salt comes in.

I used to use Epsom Salts after a rough day to relax and “nurture” my body, but it turns out they’re also great for when you need to suck some of that extra salt-induced puff from your body.

Here’s how:

When you’re in the shower, turn off  the water and apply a generous amount of Epsom Salts to your body (ahh naked!). Some of the salt will dissolve, while the rest just sits atop your skin. Leave the salts on for about 5-7 minutes (I know it’s a long time but it’s totally worth it), turn the water back on and rinse! Not only will you have fresh, exfoliated skin, but I swear on Christmas you’ll feel leaner.

Up Goes the Hair

August 28, 2012
tags: bangs, , blue, , , , , side swept, , updo
by Sonia

I used to wear my hair up all the time in high school. I had side swept bangs and would throw my hair into a ponytail every morning. Today, it’s an effort to put my hair up when I work out. It’s not that I don’t want to wear my hair up, it’s just that I don’t really know what to do with it now that I’m without bangs (which I have been for awhile so it’s time I locked it up).

I stumbled upon this photo of Emma Stone yesterday (this girl can do no wrong and if I were a lesbian, she would be my lady of choice), and am officially obsessed with her messy up ‘do. From the air dryed texture to the “bang” that really isn’t a bang to the gold accessorie that looks almost like it could just be another strand of hair, this hair style is one that I plan to recreate.

Stay tuned.