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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.


Latest articles by Favin the Maven


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

5.17.2016

Two minutes in a cryotherapy chamber might sound like (frozen) hell on earth, but a 9-year-old did it and so did I. It was awesome.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

4.21.2016

When people find out I have permanent makeup, they tend to ask a lot of questions. Here are all the answers. (Yes, it hurt a bit.)


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

4.14.2016

I got a full set of silk-synthetic blend eyelash extensions called the Kim K’s. Now I look like a glamazon.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

4.11.2016

I thought I’d be claustrophobic, but instead I felt weightless and carefree.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

4.11.2016

I went to IVme Hydration Clinic after a totally sober night, and got a hydrating, vitamin-packed wellness IV.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

4.11.2016

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.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

4.1.2016

I used to feel uncomfortable wearing red lipstick. Then I learned these four tips.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

3.1.2016

Preparing for a spa day is full of difficult decisions—even for professional beauty bloggers. So a little while ago when I was prepping for a weekend at Manhattan's Asanda AVEDA Spa Lounge with the two winners of my Facebook Beauty Week sweepstakes, I called up the managers at Balance Spa & Fitness in Chicago to ask them how to get ready. (To see how the weekend went, check out my recap.)


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2.29.2016

They’re chic, and they don’t actually scream. Plus, only one of them takes more than 10 minutes!


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

12.15.2015

A lot of lying down, a little sweating, and an hour free to update your phone—finally.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

9.10.2015

When you're not hanging from a hammock, you'll sweat through a mix of cardio, Pilates, yoga, and barre.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

9.10.2015

I was prepared to be hot and sweaty, but I wasn’t ready to be upstaged by a senior citizen!


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

9.10.2015

I tried both! And both times, I was very cold. Here are my field notes.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

2.9.2015

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


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

1.27.2015

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


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

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).


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

1.21.2015

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


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

1.15.2015

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


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

1.12.2015

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


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

1.9.2015

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


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

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.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

12.16.2014

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


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

12.15.2014

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


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

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.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

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.



Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

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.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

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.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

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.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

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.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

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.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

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.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

10.13.2014

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.


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10.6.2014

Makeup artist Kate Johnson showed us three ways. One of them involves goat’s milk!


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

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.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

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.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

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.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

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!


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

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!


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

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.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

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.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

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.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

8.29.2014

As a style and beauty blogger, I’m kind of ashamed to admit this, but here we go: before Wednesday, I had never bought Vogue’s September issue. It’s not like I wasn’t aware it existed; I remember that documentary they made about it a few years ago. But I guess I was just always… intimidated by it. It’s so thick!


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

8.28.2014

My ideal summer day would consist of lying on the beach, reading a magazine, and somehow sipping a mojito without sitting up. In other words, I love to laze around when it’s hot out.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

8.26.2014

By the time the host takes the stage for his or her opening monologue, the best part of the Emmys is over. (Unless the hosts are Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.) The red carpet is where it’s at. No teleprompter—just designer dresses, diamonds, and a chance someone will pull a J-Law and trip adorably.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

8.25.2014

As far as taboos go, wearing white after Labor Day always seemed like a weird one to me. According to the Boston Globe, the tradition started because white clothing was, historically, symbolic of summer and vacation—people (usually wealthy ones) would wear their whites during leisure activities, like trips to the beach or the countryside. Labor Day marked the end of the season, so it also marked the end of white summer clothes.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

8.22.2014

Apparently I’ve had the wrong idea about what a keratin treatment does. I always thought it was this super-complicated process (not true) that straightens your hair (kinda true) after several hours of sitting around with goop on your head (again, nope).


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

8.13.2014

Not to burst your summertime bubble, but did you know there are only 20 Fridays until Christmas? I discovered this unnerving tidbit on a recent night at Chicago's Balena (1633 N. Halsted St.) while sipping a Strawberry #1 cocktail. The drink’s bright pink mix of St-Germain, vodka, prosecco, and wild strawberry made me think. Summer cocktails have such beautiful colors—why not let them inspire my end-of-season makeup routine?


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

8.6.2014

Earlier this year, NYX Cosmetics debuted their highly anticipated Macaron Lippies, a collection of 12 lipsticks inspired by the colorful French confections. They’ve been pretty much impossible to come by in stores, so I finally relented and ordered them online. Three of the dozen hues were sold out on NYX’s website when I placed my order (black, white, and violet), but the other nine shipped out to me in a cute lace pouch with a complimentary lip liner!


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

7.30.2014

Summer is meant for relaxing, so I’m officially declaring it massage season. (Spoiler alert: I will also be declaring fall, winter, and spring massage season.) In honor of this announcement, I’ve picked out five kinds of massage that are perfect for a summer day—some of them cool you off, and others just have a vacation-y vibe.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

7.29.2014

Everyone knows that come summer, sunscreen is your skin’s best friend. (I guess that means I technically have six best friends.) But it’s after a day at the beach or the park, when you look in the mirror and are staring down a chlorine-dried complexion, sweaty grime, or (gasp!) a sunburn, that the second most important part of your summer skincare routine begins.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

7.29.2014

I went to BEaUtify at AMS and got it on my underarms. It’s not that painful, but it’s surprisingly cold!


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

7.28.2014

Recently, eco-friendly salons have sprouted up across the country, using a mix of organic products, energy-efficient technology, and LEED-certified design. Below are five of our favorite green beauty spots in the country and our tips for finding similar salons in your city.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

7.25.2014

One reason I’m Groupon’s resident beauty blogger is that I love planning my salon trips way ahead of time, like a nerd. So Groupon’s Beauty Week, which starts today, is my dream—we’re making it extra easy to plan a summer’s worth of beauty in advance. With our promo codes and extra discounts, you can stock up on Groupons for haircuts, massages, and more. Then schedule them around your own special occasions. (If your three-quarters-birthday is coming up, that totally counts!)

Beauty Week involves stuff besides deals, too. It’s going to be a jam-packed seven days! Here’s my play-by-play of what’s happening: The Discounts

Monday and Tuesday, we're offering up to an additional 30% off on a curated selection of top health and beauty picks. Check your email today and tomorrow for great deals on hair straightening, shellac manis, laser hair removal, and more. Then, starting Wednesday, we'll be unveiling surprise promo codes—check back for details, especially if you love to relax and take care of your skin and body.

The Sweepstakes

We’re hosting two sweepstakes during Beauty Week, with epic prizes:

The Project Runway Sweepstakes

To enter: Donate $10 to environmental protection through our Groupon with the World Wildlife Fund. You’re automatically entered!

What you can win: Tickets for two to the Project Runway finale in New York, and a meet-and-greet with Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn. Airfare, hotel, and pre-show hair and makeup are included.

To prep: Check out this cornhusk dress. Contestant Austin Scarlett made it on the first season of Project Runway, and it blows my mind every time I look at it!

The Spa Weekend in New York Sweepstakes. Featuring Yours Truly.

To enter: Go to my Facebook page for details.

What you can win: A spa weekend in New York…with me! It’ll be like a slumber party, except during the day, at Asanda AVEDA Spa Lounge. Airfare, hotel, and food are included.

To prep: Check out my interview with Asanda stylist Heather Herring. We talked about hair questions Google can’t answer—like what’s the actual deal with razoring.

The Bloggers

We’ve invited 12 beauty bloggers, including Eva from My Life as Eva, to test out Groupon’s health and beauty products and help you decide which ones to try for yourself. On Tuesday, find out which blogger is your beauty spirit animal by browsing this Beauty Week homepage. Personally, I love the ombré wall art Eva made in her decorating your room, Tumblr-style video, so I’ll be looking to her for ideas.

Start planning how to get the most out of Beauty Week discounts now by browsing our beauty deals!


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

7.24.2014

I once knew this girl who worked at a bank, and she was only permitted to wear a few polish colors: light pink…or less-light pink. Boring. I always think of her when picking out polishes for myself, and it usually inspires me to grab something pretty bold. I’m especially into bright colors for summer. Below are my 10 favorite warm-weather hues.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

7.22.2014

Growing up, I thought of the one-piece bathing suit as the bikini’s uncool sister. Lately, though, I’ve noticed more and more swimmers wearing them (and looking fabulous) at the beach.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

7.21.2014

Earlier this month, I went to Las Vegas. But not to gamble (not officially, anyway). My coworker Mamie and I went to check out Cosmoprof, a beauty convention held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. It’s sort of like Lollapalooza, except instead of bouncing from stage to stage to watch bands, you wander among more than 1,000 vendor booths to see YouTube stars, bloggers, and brand reps.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

7.3.2014

Such as "What's the easiest way to figure out your face shape?" and "How do I get a haircut without really getting a haircut?"


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

7.1.2014

This month, I officially proved that I’ll try anything that might help my acne, whether it’s a high-tech LED mask that would fit right in at an EDM show or, you know, rolling needles over my face.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

6.25.2014

I’ve always wanted to invent something. I love to bike and sing, so, ideally, it would be a song-powered bicycle. But while I waited on a government grant for that idea, I started a smaller project: inventing a DIY body scrub!


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

6.23.2014

Everybody has a few weird but helpful beauty tips that they’re dying to share. I asked my coworkers for theirs, and soon enough, we had a gigantic list.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

6.18.2014

This weekend, I’m going to Phoenix to see my oldest friend, Katie, get married. She and I met when I was going into first grade and she was going into second. My family had just moved into the house two doors down from hers, and I first spotted her in her yard, playing with a doll. A 4-foot-tall doll.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

6.12.2014

I asked him about raising kids in America, his thoughts on beauty, and what he really wants for Father’s Day.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

6.9.2014

I love Instagram. It’s one of the top apps on my phone—it’s before my CNN app!—and I’m on it constantly. While I’m waiting for the train? Instagram time. Commercial break during New Girl? Also Instagram time. It’s how I found out about taking cod liver oil for smoother skin, and it’s one of the main ways I stay up-to-date on style trends and general adorableness thanks to fellow Instagrammers like the lovely Eva Chen above. I wanted to share the fun with my readers, so below I’ve put together a list of some of my favorites and given them awards for what they do best.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

6.9.2014

It was also the first relaxing, massage-like treatment I’ve ever had that involved a little bit of fire.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

6.5.2014

This month’s highlight: Putting Monistat on my head. I promise I had a good reason, though.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

5.30.2014

To me, Giuliana Rancic always seemed like a Hollywood girl through and through. She interviews celebrities for a living, she has her own reality show on E!, and she and her family have a total of 4 million Twitter followers. Her 1-year-old son Duke even has his very own Twitter account with two whole tweets!


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

5.29.2014

I’ve probably walked past dry brushes a million times while shopping. It had never occurred to me to buy one because I didn’t know how or why I should use it—I assumed it was just an old-timey shower tool that every store carried for whatever weird reason.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

5.27.2014

I love trying out new styles and beauty tricks—I mean, why else would I brush my teeth with charcoal? But the thing is, I usually only try out stuff I’m pretty sure I’ll like. So while I’m never in a beauty rut, I also never step that far outside my comfort zone. (I just really like it in here!)


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

5.22.2014

One for each of my favorite beach activities. I can’t swim and play volleyball with the same one! That would be crazy.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

5.22.2014

Even when I go to Sephora looking for something really specific, like pink lipstick, I end up kind of overwhelmed. There are 4,723 shades of pink! Which one is my pink?


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

5.19.2014

I screeched. I got karate chopped (sort of). But I think I loved it?


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

5.16.2014

I’m a sun baby, born and raised. Growing up in Arizona, I learned to love the heat, and now that I’m in Chicago, I find that the sun recharges me as soon as I step outside. (I’m sort of like Superman that way.)


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

5.13.2014

My middle-school dreams of getting my hair permed never panned out, but that just makes me appreciate my new permed lashes even more.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

5.8.2014

My mom loves Birkenstocks. I love heels. For Mother’s Day, I interviewed her about her style, and what it was like to parent tiny, girly Favin.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

5.7.2014

I love taking selfies, even when I look like a (beautiful) swamp monster. So I would have totally submitted one to my own Facebook photo contest if that was allowed. Especially because the winner gets an iPad!


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

5.5.2014

My summary of April: charcoal was a success (in two different ways!), models knew their stuff, and vinyl nail polish was a major fail.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

5.2.2014

Nude lips are super in right now, and the trend sounds so simple. We’re all born with nude lips, right? But a better name for the trend would be a-little-better-than-nude lips, and that can take multiple steps, as makeup artist Kat DeJesus taught my coworkers.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

5.1.2014

I’m lucky my phone hasn’t fused to my hand. I use it for everything: music, maps, fact-checking, social-media stalking, and group text messages, not to mention plain old calls. So when I decided to undergo a “digital detox” and give up my phone privileges from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for five days, it felt like I was volunteering to give up a limb.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

4.24.2014

Before my brow makeover, I did not know the power of the brow. Now, I want to restock my makeup bag with brow pencils.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

4.23.2014

A perfumer at Aroma Workshop made me a custom perfume, even though I was really indecisive along the way. There are too many good-smelling things in the world.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

4.22.2014

Buff Boutique’s vibrating body buffer, the BFF, would be my actual BFF if it could talk. It massaged me, exfoliated me, and sloughed off all my leg hair.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

4.22.2014

The nonprofit hosts nine-week training courses that teach marketable job skills to underserved women. I got to bond with four grads as I did their makeup for their commencement ceremony.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

4.21.2014

An aesthetician introduced me to the not-so-scary skin-refining treatment. Just don’t try it at home.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

4.15.2014

My friend Jackie and I tried out a bunch of cosmetics from Groupon Goods, and picked out four favorites—including an eye cream made with stem cells from a Swiss apple.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

4.7.2014

Never have I tried a beauty treatment so gross and wonderful at the same time.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

4.3.2014

After an embarrassing incident at a public gym (one man laughed so hard at me that he started crying), I started trying YouTube workouts at home.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

4.2.2014

I never wanted to put snail secretions on my face…until suddenly, I did.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

3.31.2014

I spent a solid 10 years drenched in Tommy Girl and Davidoff Cool Water. It got so bad, my own own dad wouldn't sit next to me.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

3.27.2014

Yes, lost. But I managed to find five cool things along the way, including masks that make your feet peel like snakeskin.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

3.17.2014

It seems like everyone at the office is getting married. I’m not planning a wedding, but that didn’t stop me from asking my coworkers for their tips.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

3.11.2014

Purple eyeliner. A funky bun. A YouTube ab workout with 17 million views. It was a busy month.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

3.4.2014

After a sneeze seriously messed up a brow wax, I started getting them threaded. Three years later, I’ve never looked back. 


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

3.3.2014

In an effort to avoid frostbite (do frozen tears count as frostbite?) I decided to stay home and try five DIY beauty treatments.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

2.28.2014

If you want to recreate the looks we wore, you’ll need to start by hitting a MAC counter.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

2.28.2014

Some coworkers and I experimented with our weekday makeup. I may or may not have gotten lipstick on my keyboard.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

2.21.2014

I had no clue what a salt cave was until I spent 45 minutes inside one. Now, I know that salt can be good for you, so long as you’re breathing it. 


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

2.19.2014

In LA, get a mani-pedi at a spa that appeared in Legally Blonde 2, then get a Thai massage at Sparadise, a spa decorated with orchids and candles.

A Mani-Pedi Worthy of Elle Woods at Amadeus Spa
It’d be awesome if getting a mani-pedi in your PJs was a thing, but here they greet you with a soft robe and slippers, which is basically just as good. As you relax, you might start to think you’ve been to this spa before. You’re not delirious—the spa has appeared in several movies, including Legally Blonde 2.
A Smarter Suntan at Darque Tan
Darque Tan has 20 different tanning beds, plus Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tanning booths. If you ever feel intimidated by all the options, the staff here can help you out—they’re all certified by the International Smart Tan Network, and they can create a custom tanning plan for you based on your skin type.
Infrared Body Wraps at Sun Spa
Burning calories and smoothing out your cellulite—all while lying down—sounds like a dream come true. Sun Spa’s infrared body wrap claims to do even more. The heat allegedly boosts metabolism for up to 36 hours, and the warmth can help soothe stiff joints and menstrual cramps.
Take a Day-Trip to Thailand at Sparadise
Sparadise is on Hollywood Boulevard, but the exotic touches—Thai statues, orchids, glowing candles—will make you feel like you’re on vacation. The therapists also blend in some Thai massage stretches to help increase flexibility. It’s kind of like doing yoga, but with an assistant to help you with the hard parts!
Massages and Facials at Chandra Retreat
Sometimes when I set foot in a spa, I want to stay forever. At Chandra Retreat, though, it wouldn’t be all my fault. The luxurious treatment rooms there make you want to linger, with luxe fabric curtains and hanging lanterns that cast a romantic amber glow. With this deal, you can stop by for a massage, a facial with microderm, or both.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

2.19.2014

After conquering San Francisco’s famously steep hills, a spa day—like a four-hour romp in the saunas and jacuzzis at Imperial Spa—isn’t just a luxury, it’s well-deserved recovery time.

Laser Lipo at World of Health
Holiday lights are great and all, but Laser Lipo might still the the best use of light scientists have come up with. During these treatments, red laser light targets common problem areas, allegedly causing the fat cells to release their contents so your body can burn it off easier.
Stretch into Relaxation at Bhawana Thai Massage
Thai massage is different from most other types of massage. You get to keep your clothes on, for one, and there’s no kneading motions. Instead, the therapist helps you into yoga stretches on a mat, and uses rocking motions to dissolve your stress. Here, you also get hot tea in the lounge before your massage.
Tune Out With Your Favorite Tunes at The I Spa at the InterContinental Hotel
If I could, I would listen to Michael Jackson wherever I go, so I love that every room at I Spa has its own iPod dock. Except the eucalyptus-scented steam room, of course—stop by after a massage, facial, or pedicure.
Steam Rooms, Saunas, and Jacuzzis at Imperial Spa
A day pass to Imperial Spa equals four hours of bliss. The red clay sauna gives off dry heat, which supposedly helps boost your metabolism and makes you feel energized. If you get too hot, you can always take a dip in the cold jacuzzi.
Pamper Your Peepers (and Face) at Cinta Aveda Institute
The students at Cinta Aveda Institute are all hard at work kickstarting careers in the beauty industry. During the signature facial there, a student aesthetician cleanses and brightens your skin with Aveda products, and give you a de-puffing eye treatment.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

2.19.2014

My dream trip to Dallas would include lots of barbecue, but a pumpkin-spice mani-pedi at Spa at the Mansions sounds delicious enough to tide me over between meals.

Tan (Sans Sun) at Avanti Skin Center of Willow Bend
I love hanging out in the sunshine, but I also love sunscreen. So for sun-kissed skin, I usually go for spray tans like the ones here. Avanti Skin Center’s formula is made with beet and cane-sugar extracts, instead of chemicals, and lasts for 7–10 days.
Stop and Smell the Pumpkins at Spa at the Mansions
I love beauty treatments that smell like food (see also: Kiehl’s glossy mango lip balm). They’re a great way to pass the time between meals. It’s an extra bonus that during the pumpkin facial and pumpkin-spice mani-pedi here, your tech will use organic products.
Botox Injections at Rodgers Dermatology
Headed by board-certified physician Timothy Rodgers, this dermatology center’s Botox treatments soften wrinkles. Learn more about Botox (plus the nuances of some other injectables) here.
A Smarter Sun Tan<
Facelogic Spa's technicians apply their sunless-tanning solution with a handheld airbrush device, which makes for a more natural-looking bronze glow, especially on sensitive areas like the face.
B12 Injections at Diet by Design
There’s controversy around B12 injections, but some experts say that these shots can speed up your metabolism and boost your energy levels. If you want to try them out, this is a great place to do it—Harvey G. Davisson, who heads up the center, has been working as a psychologist and hypnotherapist for 35 years, and has treated more than 100,000 clients.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

2.19.2014

These five deals include lash extensions at a salon run by a former model and a massage with a free hot-stone upgrade.

Model-Worthy Lashes at The Brow Lady USA
Like my eyelash extensions, these are glued on individually. They last for several weeks (or longer with touchups), which means no wiping off mascara for at least a couple weeks. The owner here is a former Wilhelmina model, so she knows a few things about looking good.
UV or Spray Tans at Tan Factory
As a native Arizonan, I love a good tan. Here, you can build a base with a month of unlimited UV tanning. Or, if you’d rather fake it, the Mystic Tan and VersaSpa booths can help you tan sans rays in just a few minutes.
Defy Gravity at True REST Float Spa
At True REST Float Spa, the staff know the secret to relaxation. It’s salt! Their antigravity flotation tanks are infused with 1,200 pounds of it, allowing you to float effortlessly in the water. The tanks also block out any external noise and have customizable light and music controls.
Massage and Facial at The Body Shop Massage & Day Spa
I love it when spas throw in a little something extra with each service. Hot stones are often an extra charge, but they’re already included in The Body Shop’s signature treatment. Another bonus: the facial comes with a face, neck, and shoulder massage.
A Non-Diet Diet at MedShape Weight Loss Clinic
MedShape’s programs are designed by medical professionals and tailored to your lifestyle, goals, and medical history. The weekly weigh-ins and counseling sessions help keep you on track, too.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

2.19.2014

Atlanta is famous for its peaches and humidity. Beat the heat with a frizz-fighting keratin treatment at Spencer Malay Hair Salon, or escape it altogether with a day of massages and facials at The Spa at Lanier.

Massage or Custom Spray Tan at Spa Sydell
Exfoliation is key for soft skin, but did you know that it’s also the secret to a longer-lasting tan? The staff at Spa Sydell scrub your body with sea salt to get rid of dry skin, then spray on the airbrush tanning solution by hand to ensure it looks even and natural.
Keratin Treatment at Spencer Malay Hair Salon and Med Spa
Allure magazine called Spencer Malay’s hairstyling advice “perfect,” so you know you’re in good hands at his salon. He and his staff use the GKhair Keratin Taming System, which rejuvenates damaged hair and smooths away frizz for up to five months. It will also cut your blow-dry time in half, so you have time for more important things like naps.
Send Stains Packing with a Home Kit from Smile Bright Teeth Whitening
This home-whitening kit comes packed with everything you need for 8–10 DIY whitening sessions. That includes hydrogen-peroxide gel, an LED light that you shine in your mouth to activate the gel, and a shade guide so you know you haven’t gone overboard into glow-in-the-dark territory.
Massages and Facials at The Spa at Lanier
The team here pampers visitors with luxurious facials and massages, and the earth-toned decor gives the spa a relaxing, outdoorsy vibe. The best part of the whole experience, though, might be knowing that the proceeds of your treatment go to cancer research and other charitable causes—you’ll leave feeling good inside and out!
Get Mummified (Temporarily) at Solar Dimensions
Speaking of feeling warm inside, that’s literally what will happen when you’re wrapped up in a Formostar body wrap. The infrared heat from these wraps penetrates your skin and targets fat cells, supposedly breaking them down so that your system can flush them out more easily.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

2.19.2014

Some of DC’s best spa treatments are also adventures that dunk you into an ice bath or let tiny fish nibble on your toes.

Spend Half a Day (Literally) in the Pools at Spa World
You get 12 hours of spa access with the day passes here, and you’ll need all of them—the bade pool alone is a nine-step process that begins with a water curtain and ends in a massaging jet stream. There’s also an ice bath and a dry sauna. Bring a friend and practice your synchronized-swimming moves.
Dip Your Feet in an Aquarium at Yvonne's Day Spa
Well, here’s something I never thought I’d say: go to this spa, dunk your feet in an aquarium, and let tiny tropical fish nibble dead skin off your feet. (I promise it won’t hurt—the fish are actually toothless.) A complete mani-pedi comes with the fish exfoliation.
IPL Facial Treatments at Mountcastle Plastic Surgery & Vein Institute
The only mark I ever want on my face is maybe some leftover frosting from my afternoon cupcake. These IPL facial treatments help get rid of most anything else, including sun damage, blemishes, and rosacea, thanks to pulsed light that helps even out skin tone.
Get Wined (But Not Dined) at Edge Salon & Spa
Edge combines two of my favorite places: the salon and the bar. When you arrive at this spot full of white furniture and crystal chandeliers, the stylists pour you a free glass of wine before performing a lavender mani-pedi and soothing tension with a orange-blossom aromatherapy massage.
Laser Hair Removal at DC Derm Docs
This is the kind of place you can recommend to all your friends—its hair-removal laser is designed to work on all skin types. Also, the clinic reports up to 80% hair loss after five treatments. Lucky for you, this deal is for six.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

2.19.2014

Get a LASIK treatment from Dr. Nilesh Sheth (who has treated Celtics players!), or stop by Bangs of Boston for a frizz-taming keratin treatment, great for curly girls like me.

Choice of Salon Treatments at Bangs of Boston
I can’t imagine not having crazy curls. But if you need a break from yours, try Bangs of Boston’s hair-smoothing keratin treatment, which can shut down frizz and loosen tight curls. Those on good terms with their texture can get a haircut or highlights instead.
Catch Up on TV During a Foot Massage at Mozi Foot Spa
Being at Mozi Foot Spa is like being at home—only better. As you lounge in a cushy armchair in front of a flat-screen TV, massage therapists set to work soaking, steaming, and massaging your feet. If you’d rather get a full-body treatment, opt for massage in a choice of three styles: Swedish, deep-tissue, or hot-stone.
Laser Hair Removal at ABEO MEDSPA
If it’s your first time having laser hair removal and you’re freaked out about the whole laser thing, you can be sure to settle any concerns during the preservice consultation. And ABEO’s handheld equipment can reach plenty of awkward spots, like the back and bikini line.
Gel Manicures with Shoulder Massage at iSpa
If Ron Swanson built a nail salon, this is what it would look like. Curved wooden beams stretch across the ceiling, and planks of different colors alternate on the floor. Ron would likely be impressed with the hardy quality of the gel manicure, too, which lasts for weeks.
Retire from Wearing Glasses at Avant LASIK Spa
Dr. Nilesh Sheth’s 12,000 surgical clients have included senators and Celtics players, and he’s treated them all with a combination of a Microkeratome instrument and lasers. His process corrects everything from nearsightedness to astigmatism, and most clients report that their vision improves to 20/20 (or better) within a day.


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2.19.2014

Chicago spa treatments can teach you something new (unless you already know which element your face represents) or let you partake in a familiar pastime, like curling up under a blanket in a big comfy chair.

Smell Otherworldly After Aromatherapy at Heavenly Massage
One of my favorite smells in the world is fresh-baked brownies, but an aromatherapy massage with lavender is a close second. Get scented oils incorporated into your Swedish or deep-tissue treatment, then head to a private shower or steam room to decompress even more.
Learn Your Skin Type’s Element at Indira Salon and Spa
Is your face an air, a water, a fire, or an earth? If you don’t know, the aestheticians at Indira will tell you during your Elemental facial, which includes a custom-blended mask made from Aveda botanical products. (As an admitted sunbathing addict, I’m guessing I’m a fire.)


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

2.19.2014

With laser hair removal and detoxification techniques developed by NASA, Houston’s spa deals definitely do not have a problem.

Detoxify Like an Astronaut at Texas Health and Weight Institute
First, technicians will place warmed paddles on the areas you’d like to slim down (hips, thighs, arms, wherever) to target fat deposits with cold-laser technology. The fatty acids and toxins loosened are then supposedly flushed out by whole-body vibration, a technique designed by NASA—yes, NASA.
One Year of Laser Hair Removal at Casablanca Anti-Aging & Laser Centre
This is good for one year of doctor-supervised laser hair-removal treatments on two medium areas or three small areas. So, you could pair a permanent Brazilian with a full-face treatment, or focus on your underarms, bikini line, and upper lip. (The full list of treatment areas is on the deal page.)
Hydrate While You Tan at Darque Tan
I love spray tans, and Darque Tan has two types—Mystic Tan and VersaSpa, whose formulas can supposedly hydrate your skin and smooth fine lines in addition to creating a sun-kissed look. For UV lovers, there are traditional beds, too, in five different intensity levels.
Spider-Vein Therapy at The Vein Treatment Center
The experts here take care of vein problems for you, reducing the appearance of spider veins with minimally invasive sclerotherapy injections. Each session is overseen by two doctors.
Vamp Up Your Lash Line at Amazing Lash Studio
After you get lash extensions at this studio, you’ll wake up looking like you’re wearing mascara. The techs glue the house-brand synthetic lashes on one by one, making lashes look thicker, longer, and just basically more like Bambi’s.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

2.19.2014

In the Big Apple, spring for a Brazilian wax at Skin Spa New York, or go for an infrared body wrap at Beach Bum Tanning that allegedly helps melt away body fat.

Infrared Body Wraps at Beach Bum Tanning
If the polar vortex made you forget what warm feels like, these heated infrared body wraps might help. The heat is only one bonus, though—the main purpose of these wraps is to help melt fatty acids and toxins from the body. The boost in circulation can also give skin a radiant glow.
Thai Massage, AKA Yoga With an Assistant, at Dusnee Thai Spa
It’s pretty impressive that Sasighan “Ay” Prasertsri studied Thai massage at the world-renowned Wat Po Buddhist Temple massage school in Thailand. But if you’re not into Thai massage, you can also try a deep-tissue treatment or an essential facial that incorporates nourishing plant extracts, and helps with lymphatic drainage.
Choice of Body Treatments at TriBeca Spa of Tranquility
This spa has been featured in both W and People for its funky services. I’d probably go for the Korean seaweed body scrub with bonus shampoo and conditioning treatment, because I hate washing my own hair. (I still do it, though, I promise.)
Brazilians and More at Skin Spa New York
Yeah, I’ll say it—I feel like getting a Brazilian here could actually be fun. Each spa’s decor is inspired by its neighborhood, so there’s no clone-y feel to the chain, and the aestheticians minimize pain with an artful mix of hard and soft wax. If getting a Brazilian could never sound fun to you, you can also just get $100 worth of other waxing services.
A Sampler of Spa Classics at Queen Jane Day Spa
I like this package because it’s a perfect combination of good old-fashioned spa treatments: a Swedish massage, an exfoliating facial, and a mani-pedi. The spa’s decor isn’t old-fashioned at all, though. It’s full of modern touches like wood-paneled showers, bamboo walls, and upholstered pedicure benches.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

2.19.2014

I handpicked deals from the top spas and health clinics across the country, so you can pencil in some pampering no matter where you are.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

2.14.2014

Gel manicures are amazing—until they start to lift around the edges. Here's how to remove that gel polish at home.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

2.13.2014

Valentine’s Day and I have never really gotten along. But last year, against my better judgment, I agreed to go on my very first Valentine’s date. In fact, it was the first date I’d ever been on with this guy, which made me even more hesitant. But once we agreed upon the classic dinner-and-a-movie combination, I figured the evening would be hard to mess up.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

2.10.2014

It’s helped my acne, removes makeup, and makes my legs as smooth as I imagine Gisele’s to be.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

2.5.2014

Profiles of my five favorite online hangouts, including Into the Gloss (for everyday tips and tricks) and Maskcara (for makeovers that prove the power of basic products).


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

1.30.2014

I grew up in Arizona, so I know that in a desert climate, skipping chapstick for a day means that your lips will blister and fall off your face. But I learned the hard way that cold weather affects your lips just as much.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

1.24.2014

Unlike in middle school, my curls are hydrated and bouncy, thanks to argan oil, strategic scrunching, and a few other tricks.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

1.22.2014

Chocolate is a Valentine’s Day tradition—and thanks to these cocoa-scented beauty products, you don’t always have to eat it.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

1.15.2014

Style doesn’t come naturally to me. If I lived on a desert island (with a mall), I’d match striped shirts and plaid pants with cheetah-print shoes. I definitely appreciate good style, though, so I try to soak up as much as possible from my fashionable friends and my job, where I research analytics and trends for Groupon’s health and beauty deals. To prep for springtime, I investigated the latest crop of runway-inspired and Pantone-recommended looks.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

1.15.2014

I did a three-day Peeled juice cleanse, and documented the highs and lows of life without solid food.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

1.7.2014

Oil pulling has changed my life. Or at least, it’s made my teeth whiter and helped me kick my coffee addiction. It all started when I was complaining about my allergies to my friend and coworker, Brittany.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

12.30.2013

Pantone has released its color of 2014—it’s radiant orchid, which the company describes as “a captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones.” Here are some tips on incorporating it into your wardrobe.


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

12.23.2013

I love trying out DIY facials at home, and recently, my friend Mahreen suggested one that I’d never heard of before: a blend of gram flour, turmeric, and milk. It just so happened that my boyfriend was at my house when I decided to try this, so guess what house rule I made up on the fly? He had to slather the concoction on his face also.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

12.23.2013

I carry around a huge purse, and sometimes, I wonder what I even keep in it. The other day, I dumped it out on my desk and sorted through the contents—turns out, I’m a walking beauty counter! Here’s what I keep in stock.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

12.20.2013

Some women seem to always get it right when it comes to makeup. Their cheekbones pop and their brows are sculpted—they look like they’ve gotten 10 hours of sleep or have never heard the word “stress.” It could be good genes, but more than likely it’s a magical thing called contouring.


Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

12.20.2013

New Year’s Eve always sneaks up on me. My girlfriends and I wind up scrambling to figure out outfits, dinner plans, and last, but definitely not least, where we are going to be at midnight. You’d think I’d learn since NYE is kind of a big deal to me: it’s a chance to celebrate the year before and set the tone for the year to come. It’s also a good time to party my face off with my closest people, in my best duds and makeup. No matter what, I always make sure to have these few things at the ready for a successful NYE:


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Favin the Maven | Groupon Guide

12.20.2013

This year I’m doing something a little different with my New Year’s resolutions. Instead of focusing on things I want to stop doing, I made a list of five new trends I want to try. There’s a little bit of everything on here—from a workout to a laser treatment.