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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


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.


Five Health and Beauty Trends I Can’t Wait to Try in 2014

Five Health and Beauty Trends I Can’t Wait to Try in 2014

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.


Cheers to a Safe and Beautiful New Year's Eve

Cheers to a Safe and Beautiful New Year's Eve

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:


Bring Out Your Best Features with Contouring

Bring Out Your Best Features with Contouring

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.


The DIY Turmeric Face Mask That Made My Skin Baby-Soft

The DIY Turmeric Face Mask That Made My Skin Baby-Soft

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.


Inside My Beauty Bag

Inside My Beauty Bag

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.


How to Wear Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s Color of 2014

How to Wear Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s Color of 2014

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.


Oil Pulling Whitens Your Teeth and (Maybe) Makes You Invincible

Oil Pulling Whitens Your Teeth and (Maybe) Makes You Invincible

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.


Top Beauty Trends for Spring 2014

Top Beauty Trends for Spring 2014

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.


Prevent Flaky Winter Lips with These Products

Prevent Flaky Winter Lips with These Products

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.


My Five Favorite Blogs for Curvy Fashion, Beauty Product Reviews, and More

My Five Favorite Blogs for Curvy Fashion, Beauty Product Reviews, and More

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).


This Valentine’s Day, Stay Home With Your Girlfriends

This Valentine’s Day, Stay Home With Your Girlfriends

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.


Favin’s Faves: My Top Five Beauty Deals in Your City

Favin’s Faves: My Top Five Beauty Deals in Your City

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’s Five Favorite Health and Beauty Deals in New York

Favin’s Five Favorite Health and Beauty Deals in New York

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’s Five Favorite Health and Beauty Deals in Houston

Favin’s Five Favorite Health and Beauty Deals in Houston

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.


Favin’s Five Favorite Health and Beauty Deals in Boston

Favin’s Five Favorite Health and Beauty Deals in Boston

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.


Favin’s Five Favorite Health and Beauty Deals in DC

Favin’s Five Favorite Health and Beauty Deals in DC

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.


Favin’s Five Favorite Health and Beauty Deals in Atlanta

Favin’s Five Favorite Health and Beauty Deals in Atlanta

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.


Favin’s Five Favorite Health and Beauty Deals in Phoenix

Favin’s Five Favorite Health and Beauty Deals in Phoenix

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.


Favin’s Five Favorite Health and Beauty Deals in Dallas

Favin’s Five Favorite Health and Beauty Deals in Dallas

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.


Favin’s Five Favorite Health and Beauty Deals in San Francisco

Favin’s Five Favorite Health and Beauty Deals in San Francisco

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.


Favin’s Five Favorite Health and Beauty Deals in Los Angeles

Favin’s Five Favorite Health and Beauty Deals in Los Angeles

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.


OK, But What Does “Office-Appropriate Makeup” Really Mean?

OK, But What Does “Office-Appropriate Makeup” Really Mean?

2.28.2014

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


The Products from Our “Office-Appropriate Makeup” Experiment

The Products from Our “Office-Appropriate Makeup” Experiment

2.28.2014

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


Don’t Leave the House in this Weather. Spa at Home Instead.

Don’t Leave the House in this Weather. Spa at Home Instead.

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.


The Five Best Beauty Tricks I Discovered in February

The Five Best Beauty Tricks I Discovered in February

3.11.2014

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


Wedding Advice from Around the Groupon Water Cooler

Wedding Advice from Around the Groupon Water Cooler

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.


I Walked 2 Miles Through a Beauty Expo and Got Lost

I Walked 2 Miles Through a Beauty Expo and Got Lost

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.


I Was a Teenage Perfume Addict

I Was a Teenage Perfume Addict

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.


The Four Best Beauty Treatments I Tried in March

The Four Best Beauty Treatments I Tried in March

4.2.2014

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


YouTube Is My Personal Trainer Of Choice

YouTube Is My Personal Trainer Of Choice

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.


This Foot Mask Made My Feet Look Worse, Then Way, Way Better

This Foot Mask Made My Feet Look Worse, Then Way, Way Better

4.7.2014

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


Gold Collagen Gel and Three Other Products We Loved from Groupon Goods

Gold Collagen Gel and Three Other Products We Loved from Groupon Goods

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.


Four Makeovers from Graduation Day at Dress for Success

Four Makeovers from Graduation Day at Dress for Success

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.


My New Best Friend Might Be a Miniature Car Buffer

My New Best Friend Might Be a Miniature Car Buffer

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.


Now I Have Custom-Blended Perfume That Smells Like Big Sur

Now I Have Custom-Blended Perfume That Smells Like Big Sur

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.


My Digital Detox Diary

My Digital Detox Diary

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.


My Coworkers and I Share Our Favorite Nude Lip Shades (Even Bob, Because I Made Him)

My Coworkers and I Share Our Favorite Nude Lip Shades (Even Bob, Because I Made Him)

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.


Four Beauty Tricks I Tried in April

Four Beauty Tricks I Tried in April

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.


The Winners of My Selfie Contest, Announced

The Winners of My Selfie Contest, Announced

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!


I Got a Lash Perm and 13-Year-Old Me Is So Excited

I Got a Lash Perm and 13-Year-Old Me Is So Excited

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.


Three Summer Uniforms for When the Temperature Finally Hits 80 Degrees

Three Summer Uniforms for When the Temperature Finally Hits 80 Degrees

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.)


The Good News Is I’m a Neutral Undertone

The Good News Is I’m a Neutral Undertone

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?


My Week of Beauty Challenges

My Week of Beauty Challenges

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!)


The Easiest Soft-Skin Trick You’re Probably Not Doing

The Easiest Soft-Skin Trick You’re Probably Not Doing

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.


Giuliana Rancic Loves Her Chicago Stylist ... and Cotton Candy

Giuliana Rancic Loves Her Chicago Stylist ... and Cotton Candy

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!


Four Beauty Tricks I Tried in May

Four Beauty Tricks I Tried in May

6.5.2014

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


The Instagram Awards

The Instagram Awards

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.


A Father’s Day Chat with My Dad, Restaurateur and Former Refugee

A Father’s Day Chat with My Dad, Restaurateur and Former Refugee

6.12.2014

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


Five Beauty Lessons I Learned from My Childhood BFF

Five Beauty Lessons I Learned from My Childhood BFF

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.