Festival Season Essentials with Babbleboxx


THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY BABBLEBOXX BUT ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.

Music festival season is here! With the annual jumpstart at Coachella, there’s so many other festivals one can attend throughout the year such as Governor’s Ball, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza, Electric Forest (dying to go to this one) and more. I’ve cut back on the festival scene mainly because of age (hard to walk 8-10 miles a day on messed-up figure skating knees lol) plus I don’t even know half of the artists/musicians out there anymore but I still try to go to at least one festival a year, if not at least a concert or two. Which is why I’m thrilled to have partnered with Babbleboxx to introduce to you my music festival checklist, including a few things that I’ll always pack with me! Continue reading to learn more about my must-have festival essentials.

GO CLEAR BACKPACK

Keep your personal belongings in the clear with the durable, BPA-free backpack. Thoughtfully designed, this event friendly backpack from Samsonite offers a large main compartment, and an easy access front zipper pocket for smaller personal items. These types of backpacks are great when it comes to passing through security for certain events and game days, making it easier for everyone. Plus, these types of clear bags of any kind are totally trending right now, so you’ll also look super cool on top of quicker clearance.

GO-TO ELECTRONICS

I’m always in need of a good portable charger. Especially when at a special event and not wanting to run out of battery before the main act! And while being out at nighttime, I also love to use a selfie ring light. Thanks to SIMPLE Mobile, the selfie ring light is so easy to use. Simply attach to your phone and snap the perfect festival selfies to share on social media. SIMPLE Mobile also carry phones and great plans such as their 30-Day Plans offer unlimited talk & text, plus generous amounts of high- speed data on a lightning-fast 4G LTE† network starting at $25, all with no contract and no mystery fees or overage charges. SIMPLE Mobile keeps music fans connected all festival season long with affordable, no-contract plans that offer unlimited talk, text and truly unlimited high-speed data, and amazing deals on the latest, must-have smartphones. Check them out at www.SIMPLEmobile.com

SPORTS WATCH

A new addition to the Metallic Face Collection, this Baby-G S Series timepiece brings function and fun together with metallic details and G-Shock technology. A stylish, matte finish, this watch is designed with a 45.9mm navy resin case with a rose gold-toned dial. Other features of this timepieces include analog and digital dial displays, shock resistance, magnetic resistance, auto LED light with afterglow, world time, 5 daily alarms with 1 snooze, stopwatch, countdown timer and is water resistant to 200 meters. It’s definitely efficient and very fashionable at the same time. G Shock x Casio also comes in a variety of other colors.

COOL PAIR OF SUNNIES

Hide those beautiful eyes behind the scorching sun. These large square sunglasses are made with high-quality acetate that is hand-polished to a glossy finish. This frame is available in brown (shown with polarized gray tint) and green (shown with polarized gray tint). Not only are they very retro, they’re big enough to cover those dark circles from the morning after and to keep up with all that’s going down in the heat, all the while protecting my eyes. Zenni Optical has a bunch of different stylish sunnies to go with so many festival looks. Check out the collection here: https://www.zennioptical.com/festival-sunglasses

HAIR CARE GALORE

When it comes to my hair during the warmer months, and especially being outdoors all day at events like festivals, I’m always looking for anti-frizz and repair/strengthening products to tame the mane. I have naturally wavy hair thanks to my Polish roots, so when I discovered these hair masks from the Indie beauty brand, Mane Club, here in NYC, I had to share their products!

MANE CLUB – Expert Procrastinator 5-in-1 Deep Conditioner Mask Combat frizz today, do everything else tomorrow. Hey babe, we all deserve a lazy day. Just relax and we’ll do the work for you Scent: Sugared Dreams Junk Free Formula

MANE CLUB – Cha Ching 5-in-1 Deep Conditioner Mask Get moisture rich strands and feel like a million bucks. Hey babe, you’ve got expensive taste but don’t worry – this conditioning mask does it all and won’t break the bank. You’re welcome Scent: Berry Rich Junk Free Formula

MANE CLUB – Babe Alert 5-in-1 Conditioner Mask You look good. Wanna glow out? Hey babe, you deserve the best of the best. So, we made this conditioning mask that does it all just for you. Scent: Flirty Florals Junk Free Formula

MANE CLUB – Cry Baby 5-in-1 Deep Conditioner Mask When your deep conditioner says repairing but you’re still broken on the inside. Hey babe, turn that frown upside down. Wash your worries away and treat yourself to this conditioning mask that does it all. Scent: Crushed Fruits Junk Free Formula

MANE CLUB – Bad Attitude 5-in-1 Deep Conditioner Mask Sorry, I can’t hear you over the volume of my hair. Hey babe, we’ll help keep your attitude and your hair in check with this conditioning mask that does it all. Scent: Sweet & Spicy Junk Free Formula

MANE CLUB – Wild Thang 5-in-1 Deep Conditioner Mask Break hearts, not strands. Hey babe, no regrets. Do your thang and keep your hair looking 100 with this conditioning mask that does it all. Scent: Coco-nuts Junk Free Formula

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The Best Revlon Hair Tools for Every Day Hair

This post was sponsored by Revlon Hair Tools as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.


Many of you have asked me about my go-to hairstyles. In partnership with Revlon, I'll be sharing my two most common go to's - straight and slightly curly. Both are great for everyday styles, along with day-to-night. I like my hair to be easy-going with my busy schedule, as I don't have that much time to style my hair every day. I'm only using Revlon hair tools in this post - continue reading to learn more along with seeing the final looks! 

Revlon Hair Tools

Revlon Straight hairstyle
Revlon Curled Hair

The first hair look is the straight-style one, using the Salon Copper Smooth 1.5” Flat Iron. Featuring advanced copper ceramic plate technology for ultra-fast results with less damage, it will leave your hair with silky smooth and shiny results. You can also adjust the heating temperature, which is perfect for different hair types! I love using the Revlon XL paddle brush before styling my hair with any heated tools. With IONIC TECHNOLOGY® infused bristles this hairbrush helps dry hair faster while still retaining moisture and reducing frizz. This brush is great for longer hair. I also normally put in some sort of heat-protected serum before styling my hair as well. 

Revlon Flat Iron
Revlon hair tools
Revlon Hair Tools

The second look for tousled curls, I used the Revlon Salon Advanced Copper Ceramic 1” Curling Iron. Featuring professional high heat, this fast heat-up curling iron reaches salon temperatures for fast styling and glamorous curls that last. Perfect for all hair types as this too has temperature adjustments. 5 settings to be exact! It literally took me less than twenty minutes to go from straight to this! Do you guys see the difference in texture and movement, while still maintaining that glossy shine? 

Revlon Curling Iron
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So if you're looking to update your hairstyle routine, Revlon Hair tools has what you need! All products are available at Ulta. I've linked them within the post for you to check out. Which style do you prefer more on me, guys? Straight? Or more wavy/curly? Thanks for stopping by! Got a hair-related question? Drop them down in the comment section below! xx 

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July Beauty Favorites

JULY BEAUTY FAVORITES: DERMAdoctor® MED e TATE WIPES | DERMAdoctor® KP duty | 
LAURA MERCIER FACE ILLUMINATOR POWDER 'DEVOTION' | LAURA MERCIER FAN POWDER BRUSH | 
GUERLAIN ABEILLE ROYAL YOUTH WATERY OIL | GUERLAIN KISSKISS LIPSTICK 'HOT CORAL' | 
KÉRASTASE TOUCHE CHROMATIQUE 'COOL BROWN' | AMOREPACIFIC CREME FLUID | 
PYT BEAUTY NO BS EYESHADOW PALETTE 

THIS POST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY GUERLAIN, AMOREPACIFIC & LAURA MERCIER BUT ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.

My monthly roundup of beauty favorites is now live! I've mixed it up a bit in today's post, ranging from different items in skincare and makeup. In today's post, I'm featuring several on-the-go products ranging from a multi-purpose eyeshadow palette, antiperspirant wipes and even a hair color corrector. There are also a couple of beauty brands that I LOVE but just haven't had the pleasure of trying until now. One is Laura Mercier and the other is Guerlain! I even found my summer's moisturizer for those extra hot days, and trust me, you don't want to miss out on this creme! Continue reading to check out all the details plus reviews and as always, links to directly shop the beauty products featured in today's post. 

DERMAdoctor® MED e TATE ANTIPERSPIRANT WIPES

MED e TATE your way to a blissfully dry existence with antiperspirant wipes that purify the being and help reduce embarrassing sweating and wetness. This patented harmonious union of antiperspirant therapy is fortified with botanicals to help create a supremely dry state of consciousness with a simple swipe. These wipes are a lifesaver, especially in the summertime when the temps rise. I find using a few wipes, one after the other helps on those extra hot days. I do notice a shine left from using them, but a little face powder takes that away. Great for people who sweat more than the average person, you can use them on your face, neck, underarms and on your hands.

DERMAdoctor® KP DUTY

KP Duty is an AHA moisturizing therapy for dry skin that contains a patented blend of glycolic acid, green tea extra and urea to help exfoliate, calm and hydrate skin. It helps to improve the appearance of parched skin and rough chicken skin bumps (like keratosis pilaris), leaving your skin feeling softer, smoother and more hydrated. This condition develops when the skin produces too much of a protein called keratin, which can block hair follicles and cause bumps to develop. The bumps are usually on the arms, thighs, cheeks, and buttocks. They're white, sometimes red, and typically don't hurt or itch. But they're annoying! I always get them during the summer and this is the ONLY lotion that helps get rid of these bumps! Highly recommended. 

LAURA MERCIER FACE ILLUMINATOR POWDER 'DEVOTION'

A long-wearing, buildable and versatile highlighting powder that provides a natural-looking, radiant, allover glow. Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder highlights the skin with pure light-reflecting pigments for a color-true, multidimensional, and luminous finish that complements all skin tones. Its non-dusting texture allows for excellent color payoff and applies smoothly and evenly onto skin without dragging. Designed to complement all skin tones, the unique formula brings natural-looking radiance to the complexion for an instant glow that lasts up to eight hours.

 LAURA MERCIER FAN POWDER BRUSH

"I developed this product to help women create a radiant look for themselves using a performance makeup artist tool that allows a buildable layer of shine from subtle illumination to extreme radiance." Laura Mercier  A fan brush made to pick up and softly apply product onto the skin for a flawless application, I love that it's buildable to your liking. Some days I want that glow to be more subtle where others I want to pack that extra 'punch' to my skin. This brush has become an essential highlight brush in my makeup brush arsenal!

GUERLAIN ABEILLE ROYALE YOUTH WATERY OIL

Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil offers the skin all the power of Guerlain-exclusive ingredients: Ouessant Black Bee Honey and exclusive Royal Jelly. This revolutionary formula combines the power of a serum, the richness of an oil and the freshness of a lotion. The skin appears instantly smoother, plumper and revitalized. Replenishing micro-drops of oil are released at the very last minute, leaving the complexion looking radiant. The skin feels incredibly silky and baby-soft to the touch. Shake the bottle. Take 2-3 drops of the oil. Apply morning and night to the face and neck before the cream, instead of, or before the serum. Bee products are some of the world's most effective natural healing substances. Guerlain Research has extracted their powerful active ingredients to create Abeille Royale: a skincare programme with a Repairing Concentrate that stimulates key skin repairing mechanisms, continuously helping to diminish wrinkles and maintain skin firm. Definitely an A+ in my skincare book.

GUERLAIN KISSKISS MATTE LIPSTICK IN HOT CORAL

Guerlain imagines KissKiss Matte, a hydrating and plumping matte lipstick, intense like a lipstick and comfortable like a balm. The subtle spice extract it contains gives the impression of voluminous lips while the precious oils and the hyaluronic acid smooth and hydrate them. KissKiss Matte offers 9 captivating shades for all special occasions. The iconic packaging is adorned with a golden matte veil. My favorite color for the summer is their 'Hot Coral' shade. 

KÉRASTASE TOUCHE CHROMATIQUE IN COOL BROWN

Kérastase Touche Chromatiques - Cool Brown is an ink-in-care to mix in Masque Chromatique. It neutralizes unwanted red reflects for an enhanced cool brown. I use this product about once a week to keep my hair from looking too brassy. They have other color correctors for copper and red shades as well. It's perfect for those who don't have time to make a trip to the salon every few weeks. I try to go every two months if time allows it. This has been such a game changer in terms of color for my hair in between salon visits!

AMOREPACIFIC THE ESSENTIAL CREME FLUID

The Essential Crème Fluid offers the ultimate in green tea antioxidants for your skin. Each bottle contains 150 baby green tea leaves handpicked from the brand's green tea gardens. T-Essentials, a vital nutrient from green tea polysaccharides and green tea carotenoid, enhance and recover skin's moisture, texture, and flexibility. Neutra-Melting Emulsion Technology, the brand's exclusive technology, neutralizes oils from botanicals for all the nutrient-rich benefits in a silky texture. Micro Moisture Capsule Factor unlocks moisture deep within skin's layers and teaches skin to retain moisture more effectively.  

PYT BEAUTY NO BS EYESHADOW PALETTE

Consider this your new go-to, on-the-go eyeshadow palette. 8 shades, including essential mattes and glam shimmer finishes (plus a mirror to do it on the fly). PYT knows you hate hitting the pan on your favorite base shades, so they've made them twice as big. Best of all, it is small enough to fit in any makeup bag (or your back pocket) so you can really take it with you. This is a perfect travel-sized palette because you don't have to take 8 different products, just one that fits more than just eyeshadow! Plus the eyeshadows are easily transitioned from day to night looks, so there's that as well. All in all, a total steal and at only $28! 

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May Beauty Favorites

BEAUTY FAVORITES: AVEDA FEED MY LIPS COLLECTION | 
LONDONTOWN GUILTY PLEASURE NAIL POLISH | KERASTASE COLLECTION | 
INNISFREE BRIGHTENING MASK | DIPTYQUE CHOISYA CANDLE | EVE LOM RADIANCE FACE MIST

Cheers to the long weekend! What's everyone up to this #MDW? We are keeping it low key and staying in the city to catch up on work and then some. We just filmed and shot for something pretty exciting yesterday, and I can't wait to share so I'll be spending some time on it for the next few days. This past month I was supposed to release a video I had done with a brand but when they decided to go in another direction, I was completely disappointed. All my work on the film was for nothing. But it's not! You see, I have been wanting to get more into videography and because of the original plans with the collab, it forced me to start learning more advanced stages in post-production in film. It's not easy, and quite frankly, I stress myself out to the max when doing it, but many of you have expressed your enjoyment in my film work, so I'm continuing my journey with it. My actual videographer is my husband, but I direct, style and edit the film. Just like with photographs. Wish me luck! I could just be relaxing on this long holiday weekend, but I'm a workaholic and way too giddy about the content we created! In the meantime, here is my monthly roundup of beauty favorites! Mint-scented, pigmented lipsticks that are actually good for your lips, the perfect summer pink nail polish, a collection of haircare products that'll make your head spin, a yellow brightening mask, orange blossom scented candle and the best face mist out there right now... it's all going down in today's post so don't miss out! Continue reading to learn more about these products and where the shop them!

You guys know I'm a big Aveda haircare user, and I've never tried their makeup before, but after trying this collection, it's safe to say I love both. 95% naturally derived, these long-wearing feed my lips™ lipsticks with nourishing certified organic cupuaçu fruit butter and botanical oils and their signature certified organic peppermint, vanilla and ginger aroma-flavor. You can choose from different shades in a satin finish created to complement your hair color. A balanced blend of botanical waxes helps deliver long-wearing benefits for color that lasts all day. Stays true for 8 hours and does not feather. The cupuaçu fruit butter helps nourish and moisturize for beautifully soft lips and the blend of botanical oils, including certified organic kukui, jojoba and sunflower help smooth lips. The lip liners are also well-pigmented and long-lasting and there's even a lip treatment with no shade to use as a lip balm in between shades. :)

Make that two martinis & a pop of cherry red! Give your nails the good stuff. Florium Complex infused Lakur by Londontown takes color to the next level by fusing bold hues with enriching botanicals to deliver long-lasting., high-shine wear that hydrates and strengthens with every application. My most favorite hot pink shade (without the shade being too bright) is their 'Guilty Pleasure' shade. Don't choose between nail care and color, pick both. Made in USA 9-Free, Cruelty-Free, Vegan Instructions Apply two coats of lacquer following an application of kur Nail Hardener; allow lacquer to dry for 10-15 seconds, then seal in nutrients with kur Protective Top Coat, kur Protective Matte Coat or kur Gel Genius Top Coat.

I've been using Kérastase haircare products since I was in college! They have amazing hair masks and lotions on top of shampoo/conditioners. With their new Reflection collection, it's the perfect regiment for hydrated, healthy summer hair! Especially if your hair is colored. To maintain my hair color and keeping my locks nourished, I've been using the Reflection shampoo, hair mask, hair balm and the new Incroyable hair lotion for a while now and the results have been amazing! Here's a breakdown of these four products:

Kérastase Reflection Chroma Captive Fondant 

A multi-tasking styling hair balm. Features a half cream half paste texture. Helps tame and mold style with no sticky feeling. Provides medium, flexible and long-lasting hold. Leaves hair soft, shiny and manageable with a natural look.

Kérastase Reflection Bain Chromatique Sulfate-Free Shampoo For Colored Treated Hair

Kerastase Reflection Bain Chromatique sulfate-free multi-protecting shampoo for colored hair gently cleanses hair to protect and maintain healthy hair color. This shampoo not only cleans the hair beautifully, it leaves it feeling nourished too. Free from the nasty chemicals in so many shampoos means that there is no further damage to color-treated hair. Would not use any other shampoo. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Kérastase Reflect Chroma Rich Masque

Kérastase Reflection Chroma Riche Masque is a luminous, softening, treatment masque for dry, highlighted, or color-treated. I've been using their hair masques for years and this one has been by far my favorite! The texture is very rich, thick and concentrated and a little bit goes a long way. It makes my over-processed hair exceptionally soft and smooth!

Kérastase L'Incroyable Blowdry Heat Lotion

Create endless looks with our first-to-market* ground breaking Couture Styling innovation. Miracle heat-sensitive microwax technology allows the hair to set and re-set styles with ease. For fine to normal hair, apply two pumps of L'incroyable blowdry lotion into hands. Distribute on towel-dried hair and blowdry for desired look. Restyle or change the look easily with the use of heat tools. 

A volcanic cluster yellow mask for sebum control and brightening. This is perfect for anyone with oily or combination skin. Aside from drawing out impurities from skin with the Jeju lava ingredient, this mask comes with special ingredients such as Vitamin C complex (yellow) for brightening. Perfect for when your skin is looking AND feeling a little dull. 

When I think of one of the world's finest luxury candles, Diptyque is definitely one of them. This finely scented candle releases the clean, vibrant fragrance of Mexican orange blossom Orange blossom is renowned for its calming, soothing properties. There are a variety of scents, but the Choisya candle is my favorite during the summertime. Burns for approximately 60 hours

A versatile, effective skincare treatment in mist form that hydrates helps to protect against the effects of environmental aggressors on the skin, and gives the complexion a radiant glow. The perfect solution for: Dryness! Formulated with enhanced actives in a water-light form, the Radiance Face Mist delivers an immediate increase in skin moisture by up to 80 percent after application, and hydrates up to 48 hours after use. A key moisture ingredient complex in the Mist supports skin's natural ability to regulate water retention and adapt to changing fluctuations in humidity, keeping skin balanced and refreshed. The formula is enriched with antioxidants that protect against free radicals and other oxidative damage that can lead to premature aging. An antipollution active of wild indigo extract acts to calm skin and reduces visible signs of stress caused by air pollution. 

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Hair That Goes from Day to Night Effortlessly with TRESemmé


Hey guys! I've been in London for LFW and am finally back in the states. I can't wait to share more content in the next week, so be prepared for an overload of posts and whatnot. February is a busy month for me! With traveling, I'm pretty selective about the hair styling products I use. Especially when it comes to hairspray, I'm picky because I've tried quite a few brands and there is nothing worse than a hairspray leaving your hair sticky and stiff! Some hairsprays are formulated with clunky particles that sit on top of the hair which creates build-up. The whole purpose of hairspray is to help maintain your look without weighing you down.

Luckily, TRESemmé got it right with their new line!The way these hairsprays work is by coating the hair fibers in a layer of various polymers that form bonds between the fibers to hold the hair in place. Micro-Mist blends two types of polymers in hair sprays: “tough” and “durable”. Too much of the “tough” polymers and hair feels stiff. Too much of the “durable” polymers and hair has flexibility but no hold. The breakthrough NEW TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray has the perfect formula that gives you style without stiffness for a natural, lasting hold that will move with you.

This is my kind of hairspray! Besides being a great product, the new hairsprays are packaged in a smaller can which contributes to an overall reduction in CO2 and are ergonomically optimized and easier to hold, yet still, contain the same number of sprays in the 11 oz. can. The new technology result in a more targeted, efficient spray that comes out softer for a truly lightweight, flexible hold and fast-drying coverage including adjusted valves, inserts, and actuators that are specially designed to cut the spray in half and narrow the cone angle of the traditional hairspray.

It's perfect for jet-setters who don't have all the time in the world to be high-maintenance with their hairstyle. I like to keep it lightly wavy/tousled curls and these sprays definitely do the job in holding it in place! Whether you are looking for a date night look or everyday style, the NEW TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray keeps your style intact without the stiffness. The hairspray I've been using has been the Texture & Boost Hold, but there is also the Extend, and Smooth! Head to the hair aisle at your local Walmart and pick up a can. Let me know what you think of this new hairspray formula!

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