Beauty Unbiased: October 2011

Why Pay More When You Can.. Pay/Half

Actually, I think that's a Payless slogan. Regardless, those of you unfamiliar with Pay/Half stores-- which apparently most of society is as every time I mention Pay/Half people look at me like I'm stealing from a homeless person -- allow me to introduce you. I like to think of shopping at discounted stores as something similar to thrift or vintage shopping. You have to get through the sometimes horrifying, sometimes smelly, sometimes mystifying items to find some real treasures. Pay/Half does not consistently have stand out items, though their winter gear (which is needed a lot sooner than I thought!) especially hats and gloves includes some cute options. Today I scored big time with a unique looking piece that fits me perfectly: behold the Hot Gal ivory with black trim scalloped mini skirt.

There's No Vacation from Beauty

Catching up on the latest in beauty with Allure on South Beach.

Brite In The City: NYC

Unless you haven't left your couch for several years, chances are you've bought a ticket from  This past March while volunteering with the UNICEF Tap Project I orchestrated the project's Launch Event with the help of  Eventbrite's effortless ticket sale site.

 This past Tuesday, Eventbrite hosted Brite In the City at The Ainsworth giving event planners and wanna-be (that'd be me) event planners a chance to find out about new services that make planning a fabulous event easy and also budget friendly.

I kicked off my night with Sweet Loren's all-natural ready to bake cookie desserts, served by founder and baked goods visionary herself, Loren Brill. These goodies can be purchased at Whole Foods and Union Market but also can be freshly made and delivered to your next event. I sampled the delicious brownies and chewy oatmeal cranberry cookies while chatting with Ms. Brill who recently won The Next Big Small Brand contest.

Across the way One Clipboard, launching a beta version of it's site soon, was on hand to get feedback on what people love and hate about event planning. will streamline the multiple lists and ideas you are hoarding for your event into one comprehensive place online.

Whosevent took the fun pictures featured in the post. For around a very reasonable fee you can have a photographer at your event snapping creative photos and uploading them in real time to their website. Even if you have your own photographer, you can register your own event's URL and upload your photos for free. Afterwards event goers can use the event's unique link (check out to Tweet, Facebook, or share however they wish.

Finally the folks at Wix Lounge invited all to check out their FREE work and event space near Union Square where they also hold free workshops on design, business, and social media. Seems like a great space to network and/or hold your next event. Maybe I'll run into you there?

Innovative Beauty

Most of us have our daily makeup routines down to a science. We know what products we'll be using, how long each item takes to apply, and what the end result will be. As efficient as it is it also can become... BO-RING! When your beauty routine turns into a beauty rut, shake it up with these innovative products that actually do what they claim. They are sure to become quick favorites in your daily regiment.

Blinc's water resistant tube mascara is unlike any other mascara you've ever tried. Their water resistant formula actually survived my very first surf lesson, which is more than I can say for the rest of my body. This mascara does not clump as the tubing formula creates a bond with the lashes which is only broken by warm water and gently rubbing to remove. Like your junior high science fair experiment, removing the tubes from your eyelashes is a strangely enjoyable and entertaining experience. At $25 a tube you can choose to make it part of that daily routine or save it for a rainy day (literally).

Elizabeth Arden's Makeup Blender Brush may look intimidating at first glance, but the brush combines the effectiveness of a sponge with a shape that fits in the nooks and crannies of your face in order to make applying liquid foundation a flawless breeze. I was initially skeptical about the brush as it seemed to be part of that conspiracy by beauty editors to make us buy things we don't need. When the gracious team at Elizabeth Arden offered me the brush to sample, I fell in love at first use. Prior to using this brush, I would use either my fingers or a sponge that quickly absorbed liquid and became difficult to re-use. Not only does the blender brush help keep the mess of liquid foundation off of your hands, but it also easily rinses with soap and water. For only $15, this is a tool worthy of joining your daily routine.

Smashbox O-Glow Intuitive Cheek Color  goes on clear and produces a rosy blush unique to your individual skin tone. We've all heard this spiel before and quite frankly I swore off gel cheek stains since none had worked with my skin type in the past. My skin would feel tight and the color looked streaky and unnatural. For $26, not only did O-Glow produce a subtle yet complementary shade of pink on my cheeks, it left my skin feeling moisturized and blended beautifully with no streaking.  

Article also available on Examiner

Three Luxe Spa Week Picks in NYC

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This post originally appeared on Examiner on October 4, 2011

October 10th through October 16th marks the start of yet another Spa Week, where participating spas throughout the country offer select signature treatments for only $50. Ranging from massages to facials all the way to laser hair removal and even colon hydrotherapy (special shout out to Provence Wellness Center for offering our colons their day at the spa) Spa Week offers a little something for just about every beauty need. I've combed through the 200 plus services offered in the New York City area during Spa Week and found three luxurious spas offering services featuring seasonal specialities including pumpkin enyzmes, cocoa mint, and of course a treatment that promise to melt stress. You may be taking long lunch breaks all week. Happy Spa-ing!

1. Halcyon Days Salon & Spa, Saks Fifth Avenue- 611 Fifth Avenue at 50th St, 212.940.4000      
Spa Week $50 Treatments:
  • 50 Min Therapeutic Full Body Massage
  • 50 Min Aromatic Well-Being Facial
  • 70 Min Featured Pumpkin Enzyme Manicure & Pedicure
2. Red Door Spa - Fifth Avenue, 691 5th Avenue at 54th Street, 212.546.0200
Spa Week $50 Treatments:
  • 50 Min Spa Week Stress Melter Ritual with Exfoliation, Aroma Therapeutic Body Wrap and Relaxing Scalp Massage
  • 50 Min Spa Week Renewal Facial for All Skin Types
  • 60 Min Spa Week Spiced Eden Pedicure with Pressure Point Massage and Warm Paraffin Treatment
3. L'Institut Sothys New York- 37 West 57th Street, 212.688.9400
Spa Week $50 Treatments:
  • 45 Min Signature Swedish Massage
  • 45 Cocoa Mint Seasonal Facial Treatment