Archive of ‘Beauty’ category

Kim Kardashian’s got plenty of Finesse



Seriously, I had to do a double-take when I stumbled across a recent Allure article in which Kendall Jenner admitted she uses Finesse Moisturizing Shampoo and she got the idea from her sister Kim Kardashian.

Kardashian, the queen of $40,000 Birkin bags and Kanye-ish opulence, apparently uses the shampoo that retails for less than $4 a bottle.

“Kim likes Finesse shampoo, and now so do I,” Jenner told Allure magazine. “I’ve tried all the expensive things, too. It just works for my hair and makes it so silky. My hair has held up so much that every hairstylist has been like, ‘Why is your hair still so amazing?’ And I’m like, ‘I literally don’t do anything. I just use Finesse.’ And everyone’s like, ‘What?'”

If you too want to lather up like a Kardashian, visit your nearest Walgreens, Walmart or Target to snag the shampoo.facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Make way for the Trolls! MAC’s latest collection may be the strangest one yet


Leave it to the pop culture obsession of my youth to lead me to purchase makeup that was inspired by trolls. Yes, MAC’s latest limited edition collection is none other than the MAC Good Luck Trolls collaboration. The whimsical line includes funky lipglass hues, beauty powders, vibrant eye shadows and lipsticks and a makeup brush that actually looks like troll hair…OK, I’ll admit, even though I own about 40 makeup brushes, the 187 SH Duo Fibre Face Brush had to be mine.

I’m sort of shocked this collection hasn’t sold out yet, but perhaps the colors are too out there for people to want to hoard this. I remember rubbing the heads of my good luck trolls in my backpack before middle school math tests. Most of them sadly melted in our South Florida garage when we moved. But at least I have this colorful, makeup moment to rub the troll magic all over my face. It’s a troll new me.

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Shoes that will give you 1-Up


So if you hear screams of joy coming from the central Boca Raton, Fla., area today, it’s likely me doing a Riverdance and squealing that The Vans x Nintendo collection finally came out today, June 3.

Growing up with the epic ’80s gamer kid, Lenny Gonzalez, we will never forget that fateful Christmas morning when our prayers were answered to get the Nintendo Entertainment System. We spent hours in front of that bubble-backed TV running after coins, devouring growth mushrooms and banging our heads on mystery gift-filled bricks.

As I look back on my life, these carefree moments were some of the best of my life. Now, we can all relive those magical years before bills, bosses and responsibilities through The Vans x Nintendo collection of sneakers, backpacks, caps and T-shirts. Available in children’s sizes, women’s and men’s sizes, this line flawlessly features 8-bit inspired artwork and characters from Super Mario Bros., Duck Hunt, Donkey Kong and TheLegend of Zelda.

The Princess sneakers are crazy cool!


Get these items before it’s GAME OVER! They’re limited edition and selling quickly.facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Why I, a straight woman, bought Caitlyn Jenner’s lipstick


Caitlyn Jenner left the world in shock and awe when she came out looking fierce and fearless on the cover of Vanity Fair. She received both praise and criticism, idolatry and mockery. Jenner forged on. Whether you like Jenner or not, she’s not going anywhere and I’m thankful for that.

About 41 percent of transgender and gender nonconforming people have attempted suicide, according to Poverty continues to be a major problem in the trans community. Many transgender people who enter a homeless shelter are sexually assaulted, if they aren’t turned away all together. An Injustice at Every Turn survey found that 25 percent of transgender employees lost a job because they didn’t conform to gender norms and around 90 percent said they faced transgender-based discrimination. Life as a transgender person is not an easy road to take. We must proceed with compassion and open our hearts and minds to this group of people who at the end of the day are just that—people. 

Caitlyn’s lipstick came out in MAC stores and on today, April 7. The lipstick is called “Finally Free” and it’s a lovely, liberating shade of rosy nude that will look lovely on ALL skin tones. The lipstick retails for $17 and 100 percent of the selling price will go to the MAC Aids Fund Transgender Initiative. The lipstick can be purchased at MAC stores and on

I love this lipstick because it spreads the message that we are all beautiful. We all matter and we all deserve a chance. Caitlyn is selling so much more than a lipstick. She’s selling hope and I hope men and women will take a closer look at what she’s saying. Now go break the internet like your daughters, darling. This lipstick is hot!facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Kinky Boots proves you can change the world when you change your mind


There is nothing more exhilarating than a night out at the theater that involves a passionate tale of triumph in the face of adversity and a wickedly high pair of heeled boots that is kicking down stereotypes about gender one show at a time.

Kinky Boots, a musical based on a book by Harvey Fierstein with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, doesn’t miss a step when it comes to telling the story of floundering British shoemaker Charlie Price and the fabulous Lola, a man who transforms into even more of a  glam goddess through the magic of Price’s stunning, bedazzled boots. The unlikely duo ends up having much in common as they both attempt to emerge from the shadows of what their fathers had planned for their lives.

Tom Souhrada and J. Harrison Ghee shine as the stars of this while plenty of supporting characters such as George, played by my favorite Hollywood Square Jim J. Bullock also add to the depth of the show. The music from this show has the pop-rock thumbprint of Lauper and also includes the deeper message of acceptance that many of Lauper’s songs convey.

My favorite part of this show was watching the audience around me smiling, whistling and clapping to the beat while absorbing the message “Just be who you wanna be!”

Kinky Boots is playing at Broward Center for the Performing Arts through Sunday March 13. The show then travels two Fort Meyers and Naples. Kinky Boots will then return to South Florida next year. In 2017, the show will appear April 18-23 at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach.

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Zac Posen for Mac is a delightful array of wearable, every day colors

12791007_10154003446819853_3161229612481817786_nMany designer and celebrity MAC collaborations consist of wacky colors that would look amazing in a haute couture photo shoot but not work too well in every day life. For example, while the new dark matte plum Viva Glam Ariana Grande lipstick looks dreamy on Ariana, you might look like you lost a fight with a grape popsicle if you decide to put on this lipstick and then head to Publix or Target to run a few errands.

I feel like we’ve all been at the makeup counter at some point and bought a crazy shade of blue eye shadow or orange-pink lipstick to vow to try something new and then it just sits in under the bathroom counter in a bag of other bold, but forgotten makeup choices. We are creatures of habit. If you gravitate toward a nude lipstick and light smokey eye for daily wear, you’ll most likely grab those shades for your every day look.

However MAC’s most recent collaboration with Zac Posen is a truly beautiful and most importantly wearable collection of lipsticks, eyeshadows and powders. The line is as strong, sophisticated and feminine as Posen’s fashion designs.  Darling Clementine is the most perfect matte orange lipstick I have ever seen. Posen’s Sheer Madness shade is a gorgeous, light nude hue that is ideal for the woman who wants glamorous lips without looking like she’s covered in lipstick. The eyeshadow palette contains six lovely shades in nude, neutral and mauve shades.

Check it out at


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Moschino’s newest fragrance is exclusive to Bloomingdale’s and packs some fresh-scented fun

8972848_fpx.tifI was strolling through Bloomingdale’s in Boca Raton with my fashionable editor Kari Barnett when we stumbled upon a curious display of what looked like designer Windex bottles at the front of the store. After closer inspection, we realized these bottles were part of a cheeky new fragrance campaign for whimsical Italian fashion brand Moschino. Fresh Couture Eau de Toilette is not only eye-catching, but leaves a memorable scent behind too

With top notes of bergamot, mandarin and ylang ylang, base notes of cedar wood and white patchouli and a splash of raspberry, white peony and osmanthus, this light, clean-smelling fragrance is a breath of fresh air for spring.

We had to snap up this fragrance. The juxtaposition of placing a luxury designer fragrance  in an ordinary looking Windex-style bottle makes this an extraordinary take on the high-low dichotomy that makes great fashion. The fragrance costs $82 a bottle at Bloomingdale’s stores and feather

At home beauty remedies that might surprise you

braggs_acv_1It’s very easy to drop hundreds of dollars on skin creams and other beauty products that promise to deliver amazing results. But it’s just not practical for many of us. It turns out there could be a few items hanging around your home already that could have some surprising additional uses. I love to pull ideas off Pinterest and other resources. Here are some unexpected and affordable beauty tips that I’ve collected, tried and ended up being pretty impressed by.

1. Apple-cider vinegar is a one product that isn’t very expensive and has multiple hidden beauty benefits.

Mix half a cup to one cup of apple cider vinegar with one cup of water as a hair rinse in the shower. The acidity in apple-cider vinegar changes the pH of your scalp and helps banish dandruff. Leave it on you tresses for about a minute and then rinse with cool water.

Apple cider vinegar can also be mixed with baking soda as a natural way to whiten teeth.

You can also dab apple cider vinegar on a zit or use it as an overall refreshing facial toner. The antibacterial properties in it will take inflammation down.

2. Everyone should keep a roll of transparent tape in their bathroom. It can be very useful in lifting glitter or eyeshadow fallout from the eyes. It can also be used to stencil on a straight line to do a dramatic smokey cat eye liner look. It’s also awesome to help take any stray makeup brush hairs off your face.

3. There are several very pricey sprays on the market to give hair a a beachy, ocean tousled look. But you likely have the ingredients in your home bar to create this look.

Simply mix some club soda with a spoonful of salt and shake in a spray bottle.

4. Coconut Oil has so many hidden uses, I can’t even list them all.

It can be used as a shaving gel, hand moisturizer and cheekbone highlighter.  Simply dab a small amount of organic coconut oil on top of your blush to give your skin a natural glow. Coconut oil can also be mixed with brown sugar for an exfoliating skin scrub.

5. Honey is also a sweet item with hidden beauty secrets to keep around. Honey can be a great facial mask. Leave it on skin for 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Since honey is a strong antioxidant, it’s excellent for acne-prone skin. You can squeeze about a tablespoon of honey into damp hair to create a moisturizing natural hair conditioner.


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Hooray! Dita’s “Von Teese” lipstick is now on sale at !


Dita Von Teese is the epitome of old Hollywood glamour. The iconic burlesque dancer just released her signature red lipstick shade “Von Teese” exclusively through Dec. 9. The $18 lipstick will help promote Dita’s new beauty book, Your Beauty Mark, which hit stores Dec. 1. The lipstick will also be available on Dita’s website,

I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Dita several years ago in her suite at The Standard in Miami. She was here for a collaboration with Cointreau. The above photo was snapped then.

This will be Dita’s second collaboration with MAC. She helped create a Viva Glam shade of lipstick in 2006 and 2007.

Order it fast! It’s going to sell out.

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Rihanna launches beauty and stylist agency


Rihanna has found love in a hopeless place, survived a rocky relationship with Chris Brown and is now worth more than $90 million according to Forbes. The 27-year-old singer/songwriter has had an impressive career that’s included everything from music to fashion design. Now, Rihanna will be adding a new business venture, Fr8me, which will book makeup artists and stylists for commercials, editorial shoots, ad campaigns and more. Managing partner Benoit Demouy will help Rihanna run the new endeavor. It’s also going to give makeup artists who have gained a loyal following on social media a shot at the big time.

“Our goal is to have a stellar reputation,” Demouy said in an interview on “The industry’s changed so much — rates have gone down, and clients just grab images off social media, trying to bypass paying artists. But we’re concerned with social media, too — we’ll take a makeup artist with 500,000 followers over someone else.”facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

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