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VERY excited about this month’s @lacquerous picks! #nails #manicure #pedicure

VERY excited about this month’s @lacquerous picks! #nails #manicure #pedicure

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Eyeliners that boost lash growth

I’m a sucker for any product that works double duty, especially when they provide both instant and long-term results… If you’ve tried (and stuck with) lash-enhancing serums, you know how wonderful they are for increasing the thickness and length of your lashes. And if you depend on eyeliner as a finishing touch for your makeup, you know what a difference this small extra step makes. So if you like the results of each on their own, you’d love getting the benefits of both in one product, right? Enter these hybrid products that replace two strokes with one—or deliver lash-boosting ingredients day or night.

LASHEM Colour Strokes Liquid Eyeliner: Packed with peptides derived from plants and flowers, this multitasker offers precise application and versatility since it can double as an eyeshadow in addition to a defining eyeliner. It’s available in Blackest Black, Black Pearl and Espresso so it has the basic hues covered.

Peter Thomas Roth Lashes To Die For The Liner: Not only do this liner’s pen-like packaging and felt tip allow for precise application, the color stays put all day (and all night). Infused with peptides to enhance length and thickness, it glides on effortlessly leaving the blackest of black color behind.

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum: The most budget-conscious of the bunch, this liner offers a similar experience to the Peter Thomas Roth at a fraction of the price. Waterproof, smudge-proof and long lasting, you can also get this formula with a thicker felt tip for an even more dramatic look. And you can find them at just about any drugstore, supermarket or mass retailer.

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Reap the benefits of light therapy at home

In-office laser- and light-based treatments are a guaranteed way to improve a variety of skin issues. From redness and excess hair to discoloration and, of course, fine lines and wrinkles, specific wavelengths of light have the power to make our skin look flawless—but these treatments often come along with a hefty price tag. Some at-home light-based devices can set you back at least $300, but if you’re looking for a wallet-friendly option, you’ll want to check out the illuMask Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask.

Always one to try something new in an effort to look younger, I was pretty excited to try this mask. It harnesses the power of red and infrared light to promote younger-looking skin by targeting discoloration, laxity, fine lines and wrinkles—without any side effects. My son was pretty excited to try it, too…

Using it is as easy as putting it on (it’s like wearing glasses), pressing the start button on the attached remote and sitting still for 15 minutes. It automatically shuts off when the treatment is finished and you’re on your way. The mask is good for 30 treatments, and once you use them all up you toss the whole thing in the trash. Frankly, the hardest thing about using this mask, for me at least, was finding the 15 minutes each day.

illuMask boasts some pretty impressive clinical results, namely that 96% of users have more even skin tone and a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles after four weeks. I stuck with using the mask for about three weeks, and although I didn’t see improvement nearly as impressive as the before-and-afters on the box, my “before” was much better to start with.

My opinion: At $30, you have little to lose by adding this mask to your anti-aging regimen. It’s completely safe for your skin (and eyes), and even if you don’t see dramatic improvement, at the very least it gives you 15 minutes to sit back and relax each day.

P.S. If you’re prone to breakouts, try the illuMask Anti-Acne Light Therapy Mask. Featuring blue and red LED light to reduce bacteria and inflammation, regular use can keep blemishes, redness and excess oil at bay.

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The color of the year—for your hair

Any beauty maven worth her salt knows that Radiant Orchid is Pantone’s Color of the Year. Though I’m not really that much of a purple person, I’ve found a few ways to work this hot hue into my wardrobe (mainly noncommittal scarves and inexpensive flats), but my beauty routine, not so much. (Sorry, girls, I either go neutral or way out there, but not much in between.) However, you can get in on this trend without actually transforming your look thanks to J.F. Lazartigue’s Ultra Shine Orchid Scented Shampoo.

Recommended for dull hair that doesn’t rely on coloring treatments, this shampoo is gentle enough for daily use. It works by counteracting the impurities and lime scale in your water that prevent your hair’s natural shine from coming through, and depositing natural oils that smooth your strands and help your hair reflect light. Beyond the silky softness, it leaves a lovely orchid scent behind for an all-day experience that looks and smells amazing. If $25 seems like a lot, let me put it to you this way… One bottle lasts for months, and can you really put a price on healthy, shiny, sweet-scented locks?

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Take a bite out of this lip treatment

‘Tis the season for bright, bold (often matte) lips, and nothing stands in the way like dry, flaky lips. I’ve been making an effort to exfoliate before swiping on my new favorite fuchsia (and The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ is the yummiest way to do it), but alas, time doesn’t always allow for pucker sloughing. Even though I religiously apply lip balm every night before bed (and countless times throughout the day), this usually doesn’t deliver enough hydration for flawless exfoliation-less lipstick application come morning. But ever since I started using Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask, it’s been smooth sailing.

As the name implies, this isn’t a mere lip balm. Designed as a mask for your mouth, this natural formula nourishes and moisturizes—and its thick stay-put formula allows for an extended dose of lip-smoothing ingredients. As with all Bite Beauty products, this lip treatment really is good enough to eat, and thanks to organic agave nectar, jojoba oil, vanilla extract and a high concentration of antioxidant resveratrol, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better product for your pout!

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You won’t bat an eye at this major mascara!

I have to hand it to product developers… They manage to literally reinvent the wheel—especially when that wheel is mascara. From new brush shapes and lash-plumping, long-wear formulas, this makeup staple keeps getting better and better, and the latest to take up residence in my makeup drawer is Make Up For Ever’s Smoky Extravagant Mascara. (And with such a descriptive and alluring name, how could you not!)

First, take a look at that brush… The tapered is designed to separate lashes for a clump-free result every time. The plush, round part of the brush was created for maximum volume—and together they add thickness, length and curl in one stroke. And you won’t find this mascara all over your face a few hours after you apply it. The wax-based formula surrounds each lash and stays put, and the ultra-black color lends ultimate drama and definition.

Since we’re supposed to ditch our mascara every three months, you’re going to be due for a new one sooner rather than later—and this one deserves to be on your list!

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Just in case you forget something, @benefitcosmetics has you covered! #benefit #alwaysshopping #airportfun #uptooearly

Just in case you forget something, @benefitcosmetics has you covered! #benefit #alwaysshopping #airportfun #uptooearly

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IBB Local: Eleven Salon & Spa

Part of my very, very difficult job is scouting out the latest and greatest places to relax and get pretty, and this past weekend I had an opportunity to spend more than a few hours at Eleven Salon & Spa. Frankly, I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting this around-the-corner oasis—but now that I have, I can’t wait to go back!

When pulling up to this posh retreat, you’d never know that 11,000 square feet of bliss is waiting within the doors. The sprawling spa offers everything from massages and facials to body treatments, while the full-service salon fulfills every hair need and the adorable nail enclave has your hands and feet covered. The outdoor lounge complete with wading pool and cabanas for outdoor massages was calling my name—but first I had the pleasure of meeting owner Nikki Oden before her staff melted my cares away. And that glass of champagne (which is offered to every guest, even if they’re just there for a brow shaping) certainly helped.

After sitting a spell in the Delano-esque lounge, I started with a sublime massage that really got my experience off on the right foot. Then with my muscles (and mind) at ease, I had a fabulous facial that incorporated Eleven’s exclusive skincare products (stay tuned for a post on their new system!). While my face was steaming, my hands and arms received an incredible treatment that I’d never experienced before. My aesthetician, Loreen, used exfoliating beads to manually slough off any rough skin, and these beads transformed into an acid-based skin-smoothing treatment when mixed with body lotion. After cleansing, an enzyme peel, a few extractions and a mask, I was off to the salon for a blowout. Then, me and my smooth, sleek coif headed for a pedicure. I’m a sucker for a pedicure that uses a bowl as opposed to a germ-laden foot spa, and I can safely say that my feet never looked or felt better than they still do five days after my visit. Truthfully, the only downside was that I had to leave. 

So if you live in SoFla, or are planning a visit (haven’t you heard Delray Beach is South Florida’s emerging “It” town?), be sure to make the time to visit Eleven Salon & Spa… You can thank me later.

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Zoya “Avril” #manicure #nails #coloroftheweek

Zoya “Avril” #manicure #nails #coloroftheweek

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You know sh*t’s getting real when plastic wrap is involved. #feet #sandalseason #smoothsoles #softfeet

You know sh*t’s getting real when plastic wrap is involved. #feet #sandalseason #smoothsoles #softfeet