My Summer Splurge

Luxury Shoes and Luxury Nail Polish – Summer events are popping up and I’m already having so much fun getting my wardrobe in order! First order of business: Shoes! I’m really into big pops of color on my shoes this season, so I’ve found 3 pairs that I’m dying over! They’ll go perfect with my new collection of Azature Nail Polish. What’s Azature Nail Polish you ask? It’s only the most luxurious nail polish on the market with each bottle containing real diamonds! With colorful luxury shoes and nails, I’m ready to heat up the city this summer!

 

For an evening event, I love these Christian Louboutin Astrogirl pumps! I’m pairing it with Azature Red Diamond Polish!

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I’m gonna work these Giuseppe Zanotti 70s inspired wedges while I’m shopping with my Azature Canary Diamond Nail Polish!

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My summer brunch dates will be complete with these super girly Jimmy Choo Lola peep toes paired with Azature Pink Diamond Nail Polish!

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Rose For Aromatherapy

The scent of the rose is so chic but more importantly, I’ve found that it has therapeutic properties. The sweet and floral smell of rose is an anti-depressant and calms nervous tension. It’s also been reported to help women through PMS and mood swings during menopause! So I went around town and searched for the best things I could find with the scent of rose and as I found these things, I fell more and more in love with the magical fragrance.

heritagestore_rosewaterI found this Heritage Store Rosewater ($9 USD) at Whole Foods Market. It’s really inexpensive and is a wonderfully refreshing spritz for face, hair and body whenever you need a pick-me-up! Spray it as many times as you want and basque in the subtle but very calming scent of rose petals!

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I’m a huge fan of Jo Malone fragrances and love the Red Roses Cologne. I had never tried the Red Roses Bath Oil ($65 USD) though, and when I did, it was like I was in a bathtub full of rose petals! It smells so romantic and is a relaxing and sensual scent for you to enjoy by yourself or with your lover.

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This exquisite Royal Apothic English Rose Candle ($28 USD) was burning at Anthropologie and I had to have it! The sophisticated fragrance was not overpowering and was not a typical rose scent. Yes, it was still a calming smell but was much more than that. It felt like I was lounging in a quiet, luxurious hotel lobby in Paris reading a good book which to me, is one of my favorite!

 

Lipsticks and Bikinis

There are so many joys and perks when Summer comes our way! On my days off, I love wearing bikinis with colorful lipstick at the pool while sipping on a refreshing beverage! I recently discovered Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Vivid Shine Lipsticks! They’re moisturizing and have a luminous finish! I found three perfect bold shades to go along with my favorite Beach Bunny Bikinis! Now, all I need is a good pair of shades and my Vanity Fair magazine!

 

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Lipstick in Fireball ($25 USD), Bikini in Va Va Voom ($175 USD)

 

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Lipstick in Forbidden Apple ($25 USD), Bikini in Feels So Right ($258 USD)

 

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Lipstick in Pink Riot ($25 USD), Bikini in Love Game ($235 USD)

Glowing Skin In No Time!

Glowing, luminous skin is back as a big Spring makeup trend and I love having a dewy, healthy sheen on my complexion!

 

The trick to this look is making sure that your foundation is undetectable so I use a sheer tinted moisturizer like Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 ($27 USD) to even out my skin tone.

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If you need a bit more moisture, apply Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief ($37 USD) and let it absorb into your skin completely before applying the tinted moisturizer.
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Then I use MAC Strobe Cream ($31 USD) to give me that extra Va-Va-Voom that makes me glow. I use it to bring out all the high points in my face. I dab and blend it on my cheekbones, my orbital bone, my brow bone, down the bridge of my nose, a little on my forehead, my chin and the cupid’s bow on my upper lip. (Of course be a bit reserved when applying the product. The goal of this whole look is to have an effortless glow and not look like a shiny mess!)
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Rock out this look for spring and summer with your favorite lip color all over town and watch heads turn!

Hair Strengthening Smoothie

During photo shoots and red carpet events, my hair tends to get beat up quite a bit. With constant heat being applied to it along with different styling products that make it dry, my hair needs extra care. I keep my hair healthy by doing deep conditioning and hot oil treatments. I began to realize that I should also do something about strengthening my hair and it’s growth from the inside out. I did a little research on what elements help strengthen hair and I found that Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Vitamin C, Zinc and Biotin are all essential to overall scalp health and promotes hair growth. I came up with this smoothie recipe with the ingredients I found to contain these nutrients.  It’s so delicious and obviously good, not just for your hair but for overall health. Try it out and let me know what you think!

 

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Hair Strengthening Smoothie

1 cup Almond Milk (used as the base for the smoothie – you can also use regular milk, soy milk, etc.)

1 tablespoon of Flax Seeds (for Omega-3 Fatty Acids)

1/2 cup of Strawberries (for Vitamin C – fresh is always preferred)

1 tablespoon of Wheat Germ (for Zinc)

2 tablespoons of Almond Butter (for Biotin)

1/2 cup of crushed ice or 4 ice cubes

 

Throw all the ingredients in a blender and liquify. Pour in your favorite glass and enjoy!