CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ Intense Hydration Shampoo + Conditioner


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As we enter a colder season, our hair needs tend to change especially in severe climates and during fall/ winter. For me, my scalp becomes drier (like my skin) and slightly more sensitive. To prevent a flaky scalp I use a hydrating shampoo every 3-4 days which is typically how often I wash. For years now, I stopped washing daily, this was literally leaving me so dry, my scalp really couldn’t handle it. As seasons change so do our skin cells and hair cycle – to this effect studies have shown that seasonality can cause shedding especially in fall.

Enter CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ Intense Hydration Nourishing Shampoo and Nourishing Daily Conditioner both created to help replenish the scalp with essential hydration with regular use. Both the shampoo and conditioner are formulated with Nutrium 10™, an advanced moisture complex of vitamins and nutrients including vitamins B5, C & E, sunflower, almond, soybean & coconut oils, glycerin and aloe vera. This formula works very well and I really love the scent.

I always get many compliments about my hair. But I gotta tell you, I do take care of my mane and am very strategic when it comes to shampooing/ conditioning and scalp care. Your scalp is very important in the overall appearance of you! For a healthy scalp, I definitely suggest avoiding hair washing on a daily basis, this strips the hair of natural oils and can make your scalp dry out/ flaky. I noticed a big difference by following this routine. Another suggestion I give is to avoid over styling with high heat and using too many styling products, this actually can make the scalp worse. It is important to care for your scalp and hair with products designed to nourish and strengthen it! A great hydrating shampoo/ conditioner duo like CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ Intense Hydration Nourishing can make a difference.

For this post I decided to go totally makeup free and give you some wind swept action. Thoughts?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Sally Hansen InStyle Summer Social Experience

**This post is sponsored by InStyle on behalf of Sally Hansen

Last week, I wrote about my experience during the InStyle Summer Social which took place in New York. During this event, I also had an opportunity to check out the Sally Hansen booth where representatives performed airbrush spray tans on attendees legs and took before and after pictures. I learned a few tricks and had a fun time talking to the ladies at the Sally Hansen booth. One of the most valuable tips I learned is to definitely make sure your skin is well exfoliated prior to applying product. And any shaving/ waxing must be done prior to applying your Sally Hansen AIRBRUSH LEGS® products for them to look flawless.

Since I do not go in the sun to tan at all, I rely on self tanning products like Sally Hansen’s Airbrush line especially in my legs and décolletage for a little subtle glow. Sally Hansen’s AIRBRUSH LEGS® LOTION comes in five shades from fair to dark, so fret not, you can choose the level of coverage. Basically, this is makeup for the body! This product covers breakouts, moles, veins, and any imperfection that needs blurring/ subtle coverage, think concealer for the body. Best of all, Sally Hansen’s AIRBRUSH LEGS® LOTION is waterproof and sweat proof, it will stay on all day. Thanks to Sally Hansen I got to try the Airbrush Legs Lotion featured in the gift bags at the InStyle Summer Social.

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Thierry Mugler Scents of Summer :: InStyle Magazine’s Summer Social

1_149On Tuesday August 18th InStyle magazine and Single Edition Media hosted a Summer Social event. One of the highlights of this amazing soiree was the Thierry Mugler booth which featured all his well-known fragrances. The event was held at 404 in New York City. It was a who-is-who of influencers featuring different lifestyle brands and entertainment for all.

Thierry Mugler’s booth featured a perfume refill station for us to try, it was an innovative concept. Once you run out of your favorite Thierry Mugler fragrance, you can go to any of their retail stores and refill it! Good for the environment and easy. A fun fact about this service is that one bottle refill of a Thierry Mugler perfume is done every 7 seconds! Also 383 tons of waste are spared every year by refilling bottles. Why don’t more perfume companies do this? It is such a great idea.

THE HOUSE OF THIERRY MUGLER
Thierry Mugler has paved a road of emboldened Haute Perfumery since Angel came to life in 1992. This visionary designer creates exceptional fragrances and uses the finest natural and innovative materials, which are often extremely rare. They are bold scents full of character – original combinations that are instantly recognizable and always unforgettable.

THIERRY MUGLER ANGEL EAU DE PARFUM
The first oriental gourmand fragrance: Once a perfume that had never been imagined, seen or experienced, it is now a reference in the world of perfume.

THIERRY MUGLER ALIEN EAU DE PARFUM
A unique perfume has been born from Thierry Mugler’s vision, A luminous creation that reveals the radiance and splendor of every woman.

Of all the Thierry Mugler fragrances my favorite has to be ANGEL, it takes me back to the 1990’s. It is a classic scent that is strong and stands out. If you had to choose a Thierry Mugler scent, which one would be your favorite? Would you consider trying?

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Weekend Getaway Essentials Hamptons Edition

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August has been such a breeze, a mixture of fun, work and the unexpected. One of the unexpected moments was a short trip to the Hamptons in NY. I was elated to have been invited to spend a day in Southampton covering an event (more on that on a separate post). This was a 24-hour overnight trip and in true last minute fashion, I had to decide very quickly on a small bag of essentials to take with me.

Going to the Hamptons is a three hour drive from my home in New Jersey, through New York city and into Long Island. The Hamptons is pretty much as far east as you can go from here. Because I did this drive alone, I prepared a Longchamp bag with essentials for the road and for chilling out after I arrived to Southampton.

My weekend bag essentials included

– Sunglasses are a much needed accessory for a late afternoon party in the Hamptons. I took a pair of Ray Ban black aviators and my “I am tired” big sunglasses from Carrera. The day after my trip the Hamptons I was booked for a makeup job in New York city and these came in very handy.

– Stone Ground Whole Wheat Fig Bar for traveling by car back and forth between NJ and NY. This trip was a long car journey of over 100 miles each way. I had no time to stop to snack or rest and these super tasty fig bars are the perfect bites when you are driving (plus they are really good for you, non GMO, dairy free and zero trans fat).

U by Kotex Curves Liners for the whole weekend. At all costs, I wanted to avoid uncomfortable moments post that “time of the month” so I packed a bunch of these for the road. For this event, I was expected to wear white (yikes) and naturally, I had to look the part. I wore a super cute romper and had my trusted liners on for extra comfort.

– Fake Bake Tinted Body Glow to give my skin some much needed subtle, gradual tint. I don’t go in the sun to tan ever so for this mini trip, I made sure I got some Fake Bake glow to stand out a bit.

– Magazines for catching up on the latest summer and pre fall fashion and beauty. I took Vogue and Bella NYC magazines to catch up on my magazine reading. After a long drive, all I wanted to do was relax and for me reading is a way to disconnect. I had a very packed schedule all weekend.

– Longchamp Le Pliage Medium Tote is my go travel bag because it carries a lot of stuff and it folds into a tiny piece. I love simplicity and this my most favorite bag besides a recent Nordstrom purchase.

Why did I choose U by Kotex®?

• Bright bold colors and designs feel fun
• Clean and comfy
• Fits your undies
• Cool patterns and colors help you escape boring period protection

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At the end of the contest, the most creative selfie will be chosen and the winner will receive a trip to L.A. with a girlfriend, an exclusive U by Kotex photo shoot to be their new social star and $2,000 spending cash!

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The Gift of Giving Back With Vitamin Angels And Walgreens

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When I learned about the efforts of Vitamin Angels and Walgreens my heart warmed up. Being born and raised in Peru, abject poverty in the streets was something I saw around me. My mother was a public school teacher and taught in schools were most of the kids were poor and hungry. I remember very vividly a couple of occasions when she took me to her classroom to show me how incredibly lucky we were at home as we had a lot more than some of her students. In the 80’s when I was a child, Peru lived a terrible time of austerity and internal conflict. There were periods when there’d be milk, drinking water, energy and sugar shortage and terrorist violence was a daily occurrence. This is a memory I’ve not been able to erase, the sadness of it all. Everyone I knew was in some away affected by this, it was part of the daily news. In the late 80’s my parents made the decision that the family would emigrate to the USA for a chance to a better life, thanks in part to the family we had already living stateside. Our lives changed forever and my personal connection is still very deep.

For the first time this year, I took both my children to Peru to see my family there. It was a special trip because I was able to show my eldest son age 7, what life is like when you grow up in Lima, Peru. It was an eye opening experience for him and for me, a chance to share my own beginnings with my children. It is important to be aware of how fortunate we are! We have access to water, electricity, clean air, comfort, a roof over our heads, food on our table, vitamins, medicine. There is a lot of children and families in Peru who don’t have access to some of these basic every day things.

The reason for this post is to let my readers know that Centrum Vitamins at Walgreens is doing an amazing charitable promotion. For every Centrum Vitamin purchase made at Walgreens 1% of the proceeds will be donated to Vitamin Angels. This wonderful organization called Vitamin Angels is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide at-risk mothers and children life-saving vitamins and minerals. In 2014, Vitamin Angels reached 40 million children in 45 countries and are distributing 300 million vitamins in 2015. Peru, of course is one of the countries in South America where Vitamin Angels makes a contribution and I am so happy about it.

I take a daily Centrum multi-vitamin and also get the adult chews when I am in rush, these can be taken without food or water. As you can see, I am joining the cause and shopping Centrum vitamins for our household at Walgreens. I urge you reader, to do the same, every bit helps. Also, when you spend $30 or more on eligible Centrum products you’ll receive 10,000 Balance Rewards points! If you are a Walgreens Rewards shopper, this means a lot of discounts and benefits. So, why not give it a go? And contribute to a worthy cause like Vitamin Angels.

Bean Box Coffee Subscription Service

Coffee is my spirit animal. However, I don’t need multiple cups of coffee to function. One solid cup of coffee is what starts my day right and carries me through. Since a few weeks ago, I decided to go on a limb and try a coffee subscription service. There were several options out there and Bean Box sounded very convincing.

First, I gotta preface by saying, I use a Chemex pot to make my morning joe (see my photos), this is a pour-over style of coffee, very different from espresso or a regular drip. I use fresh roast beans and grind my coffee daily. Once I am done grinding my beans using a coarse finish and a paper filter especially made for this, I then slowly pour water over my pot to make my coffee on the Chemex. This process takes me about 10 minutes. Ever since I switched to Chemex, I enjoy the taste and have come to appreciate the various types of beans and flavors. By all means, I still love a good espresso and a cortado, my favorite drink ever. At home though, the pour over coffee using fresh ground beans is my thing, I love this process and will get up extra early to ensure I get my cup no matter what the day is. The coffee I make for myself is simple, I add little brown sugar and a pinch of organic half and half. I rarely go to Starbucks and definitely favor indie roast companies and beans from La Colombe or Peets Coffee in CA.

On to Bean Box, I decided to do a trial, loved the sound of each roast and the fact that they came from Seattle, WA. Having visited this wonderful city several times, I can say with extreme confidence, this the USA’s coffee mecca like a trip to Sephora is to a makeup/ skincare lover. A coffee box service that came from Seattle was a no brainer.

Four coffee samples arrived, each with an explanation of flavors and how best they should be served (alone, no sugar, etc). I am into my third and each one left me wanting more. Here is the deal, a fresh bean is like an aged wine, it is all about flavor and finish and each of these I tried were outstanding. My favorite is Conduit Papua New Guinea Rika Rika, it is a bold, dark roast, it was so nice. (A 12 oz bag is already on order!).

Bean Box starts at $20 per month and it includes four 1.7-ounce samples of individual coffees from a roster of roasters, all sourced from Seattle. The shipping came relatively within reasonable time (about a week and a half) and their website allows you to do a trial for just the cost of shipping $3.49. If you want to try it, please be a sweetie and use my referral code. Feel free to ask me any questions.

**This was my own purchase and opinions/ views are all my own**

Found My New Favorite Every Day Bag Via Splender


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I take my every day handbags very seriously. For me, the ideal every day bag needs to be kind of big, deep enough for a lot of items and with pockets, easy to bring on a crowded train to New York city and also versatile enough to carry a lot of items, including work related stuff (I work doing makeup freelance so this could be brushes, makeup kit, tablet, etc).

My last Internet bag purchase was a Longchamp Le Pliage in navy blue so this time, I was in the market for a tote black everyday bag of similar size/ type. The brand was not important since I knew it’d be a Nordstrom purchase and their bags are generally all fabulous names and good quality. In that regard, I am very practical and set in what I need. For this shopping spree, I wanted to stay within a budget of $100. Since Nordstrom was having their annual sale, this was my chosen destination of perusal with the help of Splender. My final choice ended up being a Danielle Nicole ‘Raleigh’ Textured Tote in black for $88. Like my Longchamp it is a PVC material has a spacious interior perfect for carrying all of the everyday essentials.

For my purchase this time, I used cash back shopping temple, Splender. Firstly, you have a choice of over 800 sites to shop from. Moreover, you get up to get up to 40% cash back on your online purchases using Splender. Awesome. I am all about this deal! If you don’t want to jump from site to site to find a good price, coupons, free shipping offers, or cash back to your Paypal account, Splender offers all this, plus a myriad of choices.

How do you find a bag like mine?

– Go to Splender and join (it is totally free)
– Click on a deal on Nordstrom and you will get transferred to the store’s website
– With a budget of $100 , I found the most amazing black tote bag, purchased it on Nordstrom’s website as I normally do
– What happens then? Your chosen store, in my case Nordstrom’s then pays Splender a commission for sending me there to shop
– Splender shares that money with you in the form of cash back – simple!

I am super happy with my new purchase and have been using it everyday. This new bag feels very NYC since it is black and roomy, perfect for day and weekends. Have you heard of Splender? Would you consider checking it out? Here is an awesome video explaining the cash back process.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

The Business of Being A Blogger


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When I started blogging in 2010, I was a new makeup artist in a small country based out of South East Asia. I was living as an expat with a career I loved and abundant curiosity in the world of beauty in Asia and beyond. Being in Singapore, I wanted to get to know more brands and join a community of similar interests. One of the reasons I started blogging was to help my career as a makeup artist gain more exposure. At the time, social media platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, Vine and even Twitter either did not exist or were very new-ish to the game. I needed a voice and an outlet to talk about my passion for makeup and noticed there was a very active beauty blogger community in Singapore with events and opportunities beyond doing just makeup. And thus Norah Loves Makeup the blog was born using WordPress as my platform.

I knew WordPress was perfect for my blog from the outset, it offered a lot of robust features and endless customization possibilities. While it posed a great challenge at times, I felt very comfortable once I began writing and learned the ins and outs of WordPress, all self taught. As a connector and a business, blogging has been good to me. Back then blogging was much more complicated in terms of setting up, everything had to be done separately from hosting, domain name, etc. Now there are options in the market such as HostGator Optimized WordPress which make it simple and easy to get started. If you are a small business owner like me, a blog is a fantastic tool to get your name out there. I can’t recall how many times, I’d get asked about my blog and get makeup gigs because of it. The feedback I get from real clients, brands, other makeup artists is so wonderful that I have no desire to ever stop for as long as I can.

If you are less tech-y (like me) and really want to get a start on an awesome blogging platform like WordPress, you ought to check out HostGator Optimized WordPress. Here are some of the benefits of HostGator Optimized WordPress:

– 24/7 live support via chat, phone, and email
– One click WordPress installs – no messy downloading and uploading of files.
– One click and start easy to use website builder – drag and drop tools that make building a site simple
– Design services (if you want to let a pro design your WordPress website)
– Marketing services (SEO and PPC)
– Parking your own domain with HostGator

Features of HostGator Optimized WordPress

– Automatic updates of plugins/theme/WordPress
– Sitelock malware scanning and removal
– Sitelock Content Delivery Network (CDN)
– CodeGuard daily backup and restores (down to the file level)
– HostGator Optimized WordPress is a new premium product and just a small extension to existing products provided by HostGator

A lof of these details are crucial and part of the maintenance process of a WordPress blog. Don’t let this deter you! Unlike years prior, you now have the option to have all this done through HostGator Optimized WordPress. Personally, I feel it is a much easier way to get a blog started using a hosting platform specifically built for WordPress. HostGator handles all of the core, theme, and plugin updates without the need for any action on your part. In other words, you won’t have to worry about logging into your WP-Admin panel to handle common updates. To learn more about HostGator Optimized WordPress, click here.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

FROZEN Themed Loot Bags For The Busy Mom

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My daughter Eva just turned two and for her birthday, I was in the midst of a busy work week. What is one to do? I headed over to Walmart to prepare some cute FROZEN loot bags for the children I had coming for Eva’s birthday. Eva is at a difficult age where she is not talking yet, has little patience but she definitely loves very girly things.

For my loot bags, I went with a FROZEN jewelry-themed idea that would be simple, budget conscious and also age appropriate as most two year olds aren’t quite playing with fancy toys or objects, all these items are safe. I wanted to add a little necklace to each loot bag so I decided to make my own FROZEN necklaces using tiaras, string, scissors and tape. With this idea you’ll have an extra item in your loot bag, and more importantly it won’t take a long time to prepare it.

Once at Walmart, I located the American Greetings FROZEN themed section and picked up just a few items

– FROZEN loot bags
– FROZEN Tiaras
– FROZEN bracelets
– FROZEN Mega Mix Value Pack with 48 pieces

I also got up a FROZEN head band for Eva to use, since she is too young to wear tiaras comfortably and keeps taking them off, like the typical impatient toddler that she is! This stage is a tough one so everything has to be very basic but still fun/ cute.

Inside the bag

– One FROZEN pink ring
– One FROZEN bracelet
– One DYI FROZEN necklace made out of a tiara cut-out with string + tape
– One FROZEN ruler
– One FROZEN puzzle
– A FROZEN themed mini notebook and an ice decoration

How to make the FROZEN necklace?

With scissors, I cut out a heart shaped photo of Elsa and Anna using the tiaras I bought from Walmart. To make these items into a necklace, you will need some string and tape. Once the heart shapes were cut out, I punched two holes on each side, ran my string through the holes and taped them in the back of the hearts. Voila! A cute FROZEN necklace to add to your loot bag and complete your “jewelry” set with the ring and bracelet.
Tutorial Frozen Necklace made out of tiara
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True Nature Botanicals Exfoliating Cleanser + Pacific Mist

I am prefacing my review of True Nature Botanicals with a little back drop as to why I love this brand so much. A lot has to be said about the ingredients in a skincare brand and the reasons why they matter. I am by no means an expert on all things skincare but have things to say on this matter, one is that I do makeup on a wide range of skin tones/ types. Secondly, I speak from my own experience with sensitive skin, severe acne as a teenager later cured by six months of Accutane, and dry combination skin at my age (I am 41).

Having sensitive for me means that I can’t do foamy soaps, electronic brush cleaners, and certain types of toners. I am really not sure where this stems from but after six years of living in Asia in intense humidity, I lived with number of issues that left my face and underarms pretty much susceptible to a lot of products. For a while, I had dermatitis, a horrible period of hyperhydrosis (fancy word for sweating too much), itchiness, redness that only came from certain products, lots of drugstore brands. The breakthrough came once I moved back to the USA and had a change of climate, air quality and a wider range of products. Less allergies although I do get them from time to time.

If you have me as a Facebook friend or know me from beauty blogger groups, you might know I broke out horribly a few weeks ago, all this resulting from trying an electronic brush for “sensitive skin”. From this experience, I learned a valuable lesson, stick to what you know. Once my skin cleared, I immediately went back to using Pacific Mist spray by True Nature Botanicals . This gives my skin much needed daily moisture without irritating agents. I like using this spray day and night, sometimes I use it alone and it is enough when I am home. Pacific Mist works well under makeup and also if you are feeling a little dull in the morning from a bad night or not enough sleep. The scent is very soft, like a fresh floral infusion. There is zero alcohol so no chance of irritation at all.

PACIFIC MIST INGREDIENTS

Camellia sinensis (green tea)*, citrus aurantium (neroli) hydrosol, camellia sinensis (green tea) extract*, camellia sinensis (white tea) extract*, green crithmum maritimum (sea fennel) extract, macrocystis pyrifera (sea kelp) extract, saccharomyces/xylitum black tea ferment (kombucha) extract, polyaminopropyl biguanide (Cosmocil CQ**), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, polianthes tuberosa (tuberose) essential oil, trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine) essential oil, citrus aurantium (neroli) essential oil*
* organic

After and while my skin broke out in red, itchy bumps, I did not exfoliate until I felt my face could handle it without feeling stripped. Enter the True Nature Pacific Exfoliating cleanser, a cleansing exfoliant that leaves my skin feeling clean, renewed and surprisingly smooth without feeling like cardboard. Does that make sense? Some exfoliants have a drying tendency and this cleanser will not do that. The texture is fine with zero beads or particles that may feel harsh on contact, this I really like.

Retail value $48

TRUE NATURE PACIFIC EXFOLIATING CLEANSER INGREDIENTS

Camellia sinensis (green & white tea)*, phaseolus angularis (adzuki bean) powder*, Actifoliate® [glycerin, water, mucor miehei extract, glucosamine HCI, urea], glycerin (vegetable glycerin)*, aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) juice*, phenethyl alcohol**, xanthan gum, honey (manuka honey)*, colloidal oat flour*, ascophyllum nodosum (kelp) powder*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oleoresin*, matricaria recutita (chamomile flower) powder, ethylhexylglycerin**, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil*, pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium) essential oil

*organic **paraben-free anti-microbial agents % organic ingredients: 92%

Retail value $48

**These products were given to me for editorial consideration all opinions and views are my own.