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.
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.
I talked to Alexis, wife of NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire, about her beauty routine, her paparazzi coping strategies, and vinotherapy.
If you want to be on trend, consider piercing your conch or your helix!
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).
It’s a chic color for winter fashion, but what happens when summer hits?
It’s possible to have it all, if by “it all” you mean stylishness and warmth.
In 2015, I resolve to wear eye cream, read more, and stop picking off my gel polish.
I had a lot of beauty-blogging adventures last year, but these 12 were my favorites.
From vitamin A to Zerona, I've got an entire alphabet's worth of treatments and ingredients to keep in mind for next year.
My tummy didn't rumble once. Even when there were cupcakes and pizza in my face.
It’s time for chocolate scrubs, warm milk baths, and nutmeg on your face.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.