Mascara - The Perfect Duo!

This is basically the perfect mascara combo. I discovered it one day while putting makeup on for an event here in New York City. "I should just pile these on together!" and the rest is history.
 
Benefit BADgal Lash is the first to apply to lashes in this duo-- I love it because it's buildable and the big brush coats even the tiny lashes! I love to use one coat of this mascara on days where I want beautiful eyelashes but a more natural look. However it's definitely buildable for big, bold lashes! And in this combo it's a game changer as step one!
Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara, $19.00
Loreal Voluminous Original Formula is the final top coat in this mascara duo. Trust me it brings the sexy drama! Lashes are as full and long and amazing as you can imagine at this point. With both mascaras, start at the base of lashes and wiggle the wand back-and-forth then up to the tip of your lashes. I don't know why these two formulas love to work together so much but trust me, do it!
Loreal Original Voluminous Mascara, $7.29

N&J Brow Obsession: Tinted Brow Gel by Anastasia Beverly Hills

Natural look, quick beauty products that bring out our youthful features are my favorite. This Brow Gel by Anastasia is killing it! Eyebrows look best when they are full and shaped to frame your face and this one (the "Espresso" shade shown here is best for brunettes) is my latest obsession. Apply the gel in short upward strokes, following the direction of hair growth -- two seconds. You're done.  The combination of cream and gel effortlessly defines and fills in the look of brows while controlling and shaping without flaking or fading. (Before applying this, I'll use the MAC Eyebrow Pencil in "Stud" to fill in the shape of my brows with light, short strokes in the direction of hairgrowth.)


Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel, $22.00

Where All the Chic Little Gold Rings Have Been Hiding.....

 www.catbirdnyc.com
 
Love them & layer them - N&J is OBSESSED with these rings! Catbird's little Bedford shop has become the ultimate destination in Brooklyn for gifts and jewelry. These chic little gold rings are perfect for stacking, knuckles and creating yout own unique combos. You'll see them decorating the enviable hands of Lena Dunham, Eva Chen, Freja Beha Erichsen, Zoe Kravitz, Emily Weiss of Into the Gloss, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet and more. The point is we're all in love. Stop by the shop or order your favorites online before they sell out! (Here's a lttle ring-sizing tool you can print out: Ring-Sizer ) , xo R



Must-Have Lip Scrubs

Extreme temperatures and dehydration wreak havoc on our skin, our hair, and especially our lips. While many of us are buffing away dry skin with body loofahs & face scrubs, we forget to do the same for our lips! A scrub is the perfect solution to smooth, soften and nourish lips during the dehydrating summer months (and year-round)!

Lip scrubs start with a grainy formula such as raw sugar. The grains help to exfoliate away the dead skin cells that cause cracked, chapped lips. They also contain nourishing oils such as jojoba, castor oil, or shea butter to instantly hydrate dry lips. An elixir of vitamins and antioxidants can be added as well to promote cell recovery and healing. While your favorite lip balm will help protect and moisturize, exfoliating is essential to keep your lips in tip-top shape! Lip scrubs can be used daily, weekly, before wearing a bold lipstick or anytime you want to pamper. Most require only a small amount – simply rub onto lips with your finger in a circular motion, then wipe away. Check out each of the lip scrubs I tested and how they worked below:

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish: This lip-perfecting polish had me hooked with “brown sugar crystals.” I have a sweet tooth! It also turned out to be one of the best I’ve ever used. Tiny sugary beads gently buff away dry skin leaving your lips incredibly smooth and soft. It’s also mixed with shea butter and other nourishing oils to help keep your lips moisturized. (Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, $22.50, fresh.com)
Sara Happ The Lip Scrub : Bye-bye dry, flaky lips! This best-selling lip scrub comes in an assortment of heavenly flavors and all of them have the same sweet grainy formula. Rub a small amount on your lips and then wipe off with a tissue to reveal a soft, supple pout! Sara is right, I wonder how I’ve lived without it! (Sara Happ The Lip Scrub, $24, sarahapp.com)

 
LUSH Mint Julips Lip Scrub: Any beauty product that feels like a happy hour will always be on my favorites list! Made of Fair Trade sugar and oils, this sweet mint flavored lip scrub will exfoliate your lips without tearing, leaving them flawless. It took me awhile to get used to licking off the excess product, but it’s 100% edible and the delicious minty flavor completely won me over! (LUSH Mint Julips Lip Scrub, $9.95, lushusa.com)


 
Tarte Marajuca Lip Exfoliant: The raw sugar and pure maracuja oil formula in this lip scrub renews your lips while sloughing away dryness. It actually makes your lips look fuller and more youthful – thanks to vitamin C, antioxidants and the special blend of oil. I love that the “gritty” texture exfoliates then seems to melt away! (Tarte Marajuca Lip Exfoliant, $16.00, tartecosmetics.com)

N&J Hair Care: Drybar Products = Blowout in a Bottle!

 
Drybar just nailed it. Their new line of hair care products, adoringly termed "The Sauce" has nothing but the best ingredients & results. The '100 Proof Treatment Oil' is magic, adding weightless shine and eliminating frizz. I use the 'DETOX Dry Shampoo' & 'Money Maker Hairspray' (see below) every. single. day.
Detox your oily hair..salty-beach hair..2nd day blowout hair..clean hair that just needs volume! Detox everyday, all day I LOVE THIS STUFF! What did we do when dry shampoo sucked--or didn't exist at all? Washing your hair every day strips it of natural oils that keep your hair healthy. Also, when your hair is a little oily (has texture) it's easier to style and add volume. This dry shampoo absorbs oil while adding sexy body and lift. Your hair feels refreshed, looks clean, and there is no white residue. Spray from 6-10 inches away and rub in with your fingers.  I've tested them all (Blog here ---> Top 5 Dry Shampoos For Girls On The Go!) and this one will be moved to the top of my Top 5 list! DETOX Dry Shampoo, $20.00
Not all hairspray is created equal. This one is a beauty-must for it's workable, long-lasting hold.  Money Maker Flexible Hold Hairspray, $25.00