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.
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.)
I got a full set of silk-synthetic blend eyelash extensions called the Kim K’s. Now I look like a glamazon.
I thought I’d be claustrophobic, but instead I felt weightless and carefree.
I went to IVme Hydration Clinic after a totally sober night, and got a hydrating, vitamin-packed wellness IV.
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.
I used to feel uncomfortable wearing red lipstick. Then I learned these four tips.
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.)
They’re chic, and they don’t actually scream. Plus, only one of them takes more than 10 minutes!
A lot of lying down, a little sweating, and an hour free to update your phone—finally.
When you're not hanging from a hammock, you'll sweat through a mix of cardio, Pilates, yoga, and barre.
I was prepared to be hot and sweaty, but I wasn’t ready to be upstaged by a senior citizen!
I tried both! And both times, I was very cold. Here are my field notes.
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.
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.
Makeup artist Kate Johnson showed us three ways. One of them involves goat’s milk!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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?
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!
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.
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.
I went to BEaUtify at AMS and got it on my underarms. It’s not that painful, but it’s surprisingly cold!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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!
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.
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.
I asked him about raising kids in America, his thoughts on beauty, and what he really wants for Father’s Day.
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.
It was also the first relaxing, massage-like treatment I’ve ever had that involved a little bit of fire.
This month’s highlight: Putting Monistat on my head. I promise I had a good reason, though.
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!
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.
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!)
One for each of my favorite beach activities. I can’t swim and play volleyball with the same one! That would be crazy.
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?
I screeched. I got karate chopped (sort of). But I think I loved it?
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.)
My middle-school dreams of getting my hair permed never panned out, but that just makes me appreciate my new permed lashes even more.
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.
My summary of April: charcoal was a success (in two different ways!), models knew their stuff, and vinyl nail polish was a major fail.
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.
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.
Before my brow makeover, I did not know the power of the brow. Now, I want to restock my makeup bag with brow pencils.
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.
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.
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.
An aesthetician introduced me to the not-so-scary skin-refining treatment. Just don’t try it at home.
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.
Never have I tried a beauty treatment so gross and wonderful at the same time.
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.
I never wanted to put snail secretions on my face…until suddenly, I did.
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.
Yes, lost. But I managed to find five cool things along the way, including masks that make your feet peel like snakeskin.
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.
Purple eyeliner. A funky bun. A YouTube ab workout with 17 million views. It was a busy month.
After a sneeze seriously messed up a brow wax, I started getting them threaded. Three years later, I’ve never looked back.
In an effort to avoid frostbite (do frozen tears count as frostbite?) I decided to stay home and try five DIY beauty treatments.
If you want to recreate the looks we wore, you’ll need to start by hitting a MAC counter.
Some coworkers and I experimented with our weekday makeup. I may or may not have gotten lipstick on my keyboard.
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.
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.
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.
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.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. here.
These five deals include lash extensions at a salon run by a former model and a massage with a free hot-stone upgrade.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With laser hair removal and detoxification techniques developed by NASA, Houston’s spa deals definitely do not have a problem.
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.
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.
Gel manicures are amazing—until they start to lift around the edges. Here's how to remove that gel polish at home.
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.
It’s helped my acne, removes makeup, and makes my legs as smooth as I imagine Gisele’s to be.
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).
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.
Unlike in middle school, my curls are hydrated and bouncy, thanks to argan oil, strategic scrunching, and a few other tricks.
Chocolate is a Valentine’s Day tradition—and thanks to these cocoa-scented beauty products, you don’t always have to eat it.
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.
I did a three-day Peeled juice cleanse, and documented the highs and lows of life without solid food.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.