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Favin the Maven

Favin the Maven

Favin the Maven

Beauty blogger working at Groupon. For me, both beauty and fashion need to be accessible and not intimidating. I love a great deal and a good DIY beauty treatment. I pride myself on trying new trends, being open minded and getting a great treatment without breaking the bank. In the name of beauty I will try anything once.


About me

Beauty blogger for Groupon. For me, both beauty AND fashion need to be accessible and not intimidating. I love a great deal and a good DIY beauty treatment. I pride myself on trying new trends, being open-minded, and getting a great treatment without breaking the bank. In the name of beauty I will try anything once. Follow me on TwitterInstagram and Pinterest.
Here’s the latest from my world:
Five Fun, Beauty-Centric White Elephant Gifts They’re all less than $15 on Groupon Goods, but more importantly, they’ll make you the life of the party.
How to Winterize Your Haircare Routine Three words of advice from Salon Envy stylist Matthew Jiovanni: Lock. In. Moisture.
i-Lipo Is Sort of Like a Shrink Ray for Your Fat Cells You can see me get the treatment (and fool around on the vibration machine) here!
The ABCs of Alphabet Creams I didn’t know the differences among BB, CC, DD, and EE creams. So I did some research.
Pampering Gifts for Every Person on Your List I’ve got suggestions for bookworms, gym-goers, techies, and even adrenaline junkies who can’t sit still for a pedicure!
Find my past posts here.
And a few articles from the Groupon Guide to Style & Beauty:
How to Get and How to Wear the Classic American Styles of Michael Kors | Michelle Schuman In anticipation of ideel’s Cyber Monday sale, learn about this versatile designer’s timeless inspirations.
How a Tailor’s Alterations Can Work Minor Miracles on Your Clothes | Shannon Jewitt Tailors can work magic, but that doesn’t make them magicians. Remember these things when taking your clothing in for alterations.
A Chiropractor Explains What Backs Really Want | Mae Rice Make quick adjustments, treat insidious pain, and heartily recommend firm mattresses.
What to Buy the Fashionista in Your Life | Groupon Guide Staff Instead of guessing whether they’d like neon jeggings, stick with quality wardrobe basics, creative accessories, and personal-care essentials.
How to Behave Before, During, and After a Massage | Shannon Grilli We asked a licensed massage therapist whether or not you should talk during your treatment, and why it’s best to be fully naked.
Photo: Mark William Mills, Groupon

Latest articles by Favin the Maven


How to Wear Marsala, Pantone’s Color of the Year, All Year Long

How to Wear Marsala, Pantone’s Color of the Year, All Year Long

4.9.2015

It’s a chic color for winter fashion, but what happens when summer hits?


I Got My First V-Steam at King Spa & Sauna

3.9.2015

About a year ago, I read an article about V-steam, a cleansing spa treatment for, yes, the vagina. Variations of it have existed for centuries, purporting to help women with everything from infertility to menstrual cramps to hormonal acne. I immediately wanted to try it.


Three Purple Lipsticks You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Wear This Fall

Three Purple Lipsticks You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Wear This Fall

3.7.2015

Purple has always intimidated me. It’s a bold choice, especially when it comes to makeup, because it’s not a color that occurs naturally on your face.



Alexis Stoudemire Loves Sweats, Burgers, and Wine Baths

Alexis Stoudemire Loves Sweats, Burgers, and Wine Baths

2.9.2015

I talked to Alexis, wife of NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire, about her beauty routine, her paparazzi coping strategies, and vinotherapy.


I Asked a Piercer About Nose Studs, Tooth Gems, and Pain

I Asked a Piercer About Nose Studs, Tooth Gems, and Pain

1.27.2015

If you want to be on trend, consider piercing your conch or your helix!


A TV Reporter’s Tips for Getting Camera-Ready

A TV Reporter’s Tips for Getting Camera-Ready

1.27.2015

It’s hard to look great when you get to work at 3 a.m. Learn how to pull it off from this field reporter (and 'How to Get Away with Murder newscaster).


Winter Outfit Essentials That Won’t Make You Look Like a Marshmallow

Winter Outfit Essentials That Won’t Make You Look Like a Marshmallow

1.19.2015

It’s possible to have it all, if by “it all” you mean stylishness and warmth.


My New Year's Beauty Resolutions

My New Year's Beauty Resolutions

1.13.2015

In 2015, I resolve to wear eye cream, read more, and stop picking off my gel polish.


My Most Memorable Beauty Experiments of 2014

My Most Memorable Beauty Experiments of 2014

1.9.2015

I had a lot of beauty-blogging adventures last year, but these 12 were my favorites.


Prep for 2015 with the ABCs of Beauty Treatments

Prep for 2015 with the ABCs of Beauty Treatments

12.17.2014

From vitamin A to Zerona, I've got an entire alphabet's worth of treatments and ingredients to keep in mind for next year.


I Tried a Soup Cleanse and Only Felt Hungry in My Mind

I Tried a Soup Cleanse and Only Felt Hungry in My Mind

12.16.2014

My tummy didn't rumble once. Even when there were cupcakes and pizza in my face.


The Beauty Benefits of Peppermint and Other Holiday Treats

The Beauty Benefits of Peppermint and Other Holiday Treats

12.16.2014

It’s time for chocolate scrubs, warm milk baths, and nutmeg on your face.


Five Fun, Beauty-Centric White Elephant Gifts

Five Fun, Beauty-Centric White Elephant Gifts

12.4.2014

I have plenty of normal hobbies, but I also like to browse the beauty products on Groupon Goods for fun. I’ve found hundreds of cute, kooky, affordable items this way, and although my own holiday wish list is just “coconut oil” in all caps, I think a lot of my Goods finds would make perfect White Elephant gifts.


How to Winterize Your Haircare Routine

How to Winterize Your Haircare Routine

11.20.2014

Some people feel the winter in their bones. I feel it in my hair. My curls get less bouncy, and no matter how much conditioner I coat them in, they always dry out.


Pampering Gifts for Every Person on Your List

Pampering Gifts for Every Person on Your List

11.4.2014

This list was the inspiration for my Merry Makeover Contest! Now through December 12, you can nominate any deserving person you know to win a custom spa package designed by yours truly! Click here to nominate someone, and read on for more pampering gift ideas.


How to Winterize Your Skincare and Beauty Routine

How to Winterize Your Skincare and Beauty Routine

10.30.2014

I’m from Tucson, which averages less than an inch of snow per year, so I’m still not totally used to this whole Midwestern winter thing. So far, I know that neon lipstick looks a little weird with a duffel coat, and that my tan will fade once I have to start hibernating.


My Trick-or-Treat Manicure

My Trick-or-Treat Manicure

10.29.2014

I sort of underplayed this in my last post, but I am a huge baby when it comes to scary stuff. I’m still creeped out by that American Horror Story clown makeup we shared the other day, and after stupidly agreeing to see the movie Annabelle this week, my thoughts are now haunted by evil dolls.


How to Be a Sugar Skull for Halloween

How to Be a Sugar Skull for Halloween

10.27.2014

I’m usually kind of a baby about scary stuff, but this Halloween I decided to try a spooky look. And since I’m just a regular, un-spooky human, this required a bit of makeup. I asked Kate Johnson—who recently taught me how to clean makeup brushes—to help me create sugar-skull makeup. Sugar skulls (or calaveras in Spanish) are traditionally part of Day of the Dead celebrations, but the brightly colored skeleton faces have also become popular for Halloween.


I’m Turning 30 Tomorrow. Here’s What My 20s Taught Me About Beauty.

I’m Turning 30 Tomorrow. Here’s What My 20s Taught Me About Beauty.

10.20.2014

I’m turning 30 on October 21. It’s a big milestone, but so far, I don’t feel that different—just a little more curious about anti-aging skincare treatments. And, well, a little wiser! I’ve learned a lot about beauty in the past 10 years or so, mostly because I was willing to make mistakes along the way. Here are the top lessons that I’m bringing with me into my 30s.


Seaweed Wraps Feel Much Better Than They Smell

Seaweed Wraps Feel Much Better Than They Smell

10.15.2014

Ever since seaweed wraps became popular, I thought that getting one meant being wrapped in big, wet leaves. So when I showed up for mine at Chicago’s Wax On Wax Off (1039 W. Taylor St.), I was ready to be covered in kelp. It turned out that I was misinformed—and not just about the leaves.


How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes Like a Pro

My Favorite Nail-Polish Colors for Fall

My Favorite Nail-Polish Colors for Fall

10.3.2014

Manicures are hands-down (no pun intended) my favorite beauty treatment—especially because I love my nail technician, Mai Tan, at Chicago’s Elle Nail Spa. The manicure in the picture above is all her, and if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen a lot of her work. She did this neon-tipped french mani and this stars and stripes one for the Fourth of July.


My Massage at LUSH Delighted All Five of My Senses

My Massage at LUSH Delighted All Five of My Senses

10.1.2014

I am a huge fan of LUSH beauty products, so when I was in New York City last month, I made sure to stop by the company’s Upper East Side spa. There are only two LUSH Spas in North America (the other is in Philadelphia), so I had to book way in advance—and it was totally worth it.


My Five Favorite Fall Candles, Plus DIY Candle Instructions

My Five Favorite Fall Candles, Plus DIY Candle Instructions

9.25.2014

Confession time: There is a candle in every room of my apartment. In some rooms, there is more than one. They smell amazing, they make my home feel like a spa retreat, and I’m not going to apologize.


Beards and Man Buns Are Not for the Lazy

Beards and Man Buns Are Not for the Lazy

9.22.2014

I’m not a guy, but I don’t want to leave guys out of my beauty blog. They can be beautiful, too! Just look at my friend Nicholas, in the picture for this article. Or Vin Diesel, my ultimate celebrity crush. Those arms!


My Top 10 Trends from New York Fashion Week

My Top 10 Trends from New York Fashion Week

9.12.2014

Fashion Week coverage can be overwhelming. There are so many collections to see, celebs to spot, and reviews to read, all while you’re wishing for spring 2015 to hurry up already! (Yes, I know summer just barely ended.) To keep it simple (and fun), I’ve gathered the top 10 looks that I’ve seen so far, plus the names I thought up for them. Hopefully they’ll catch on, and everyone will be going Business-Picnic and Mermaid Punk!


My Weekend at Asanda Spas with Groupon’s Sweepstakes Winners

My Weekend at Asanda Spas with Groupon’s Sweepstakes Winners

9.11.2014

As part of Groupon’s first-ever Beauty Week, we recently held a spa sweepstakes for our customers. Our winner, Jennifer Foether, got a three-day relaxation excursion (relax-cursion?) with me and the Groupon team, generously hosted by Asanda AVEDA Spa Lounge in Manhattan. For Jennifer and her plus one, Sarah Enderle, the trip was extra exciting because it was their very first time visiting New York! The trip was extra exciting for me because I got to meet some new friends.


Four Beauty Tricks I Tried in August

Four Beauty Tricks I Tried in August

9.3.2014

This month, I tried a lot of nontraditional substitutes: I used soap instead of toothpaste, paper instead of makeup brushes, and weird electrical zaps instead of sit-ups.


How to Update Your Makeup for Fall

How to Update Your Makeup for Fall

9.3.2014

Back in March, we scoured YouTube for tutorials on spring/summer makeup trends from our favorite video-blogging makeup artists. And as much as I loved those looks and have been rocking them, it’s about that time of year to swap in some more autumnal colors.