Wednesday, June 23, 2010

My Top 10 Under $10 Beauty Products!

Here are my all time favorite beauty products under $10! Believe me, I've done the legwork! These products are the best of the best in my opinion when it comes to cheap and fabulous beauty!

1. Olay Complete SPF 15 all day UV moisturizer with vitamins E & B3

It's light, protective moisture! I've tried so many daytime moisturizers over the years, but I always come back to this one! Not too greasy and makeup applies wonderfully over it. Olay offers this moisturizer for every skin type as well.

2. Lip Smackers Dr. Pepper

Maybe I'm a little bit biased because my mom always carried it in her purse growing up, but this stuff is the best! A tint of glossy red, sweet smell and taste - yum yum yummy!!!!!! Everyone that asks to use it, falls in love immediately!

3. TRESemme Shine spray

One of the best finds ever! I have tried so many salon quality shine sprays, and this one blows them out of the water! Not just in price, but also in lightweight, non-greasy shine! Give your hair texture a major improvement! You must try it for yourself!

4. NIVEA Sunkissed Firming Moisturizer

For a safe golden tan body, this moisturizer is unbeatable! It goes on light and tans evenly. It does take hours to work, but it's worth the wait! My trick? I shower at night, put on the lotion, and the next day I'm golden!

5. Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser

Great find! I've got my mom and a few friends hooked on it. I couldn't believe that foam could actually dissolve all the makeup and grime the day (or night) brings! Oh, but it does! I've tested it on numerous occasions by swiping my skin with a toner-soaked cotton ball after using this facewash. Every single time, no dirt at all is left! It's just magic! Moisture-rich soy extract leaves your skin clean, fresh, and super soft!

6. Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation

This foundation is as light as air and gives you a super smooth complexion! It really doesn't look like you're wearing makeup! The special whipped formula really keeps your skin looking matte, not oily, all day long. It blends on the skin so evenly, it's just heavenly!

7. Listerine Whitening Pre-Brush Rinse

3 words > this shit works! It will take coffee stains off in no time! You will notice your smile is brighter in a week or less, I swear! Whitening products can be harsh on the enamel of your teeth however, so I use it at most once a day or every other day. (If you have sensitivity or other issues with your teeth, consult your dentist before using!)

8. Wet 'n' Wild Shine Nail Color

I personally own over 200 bottles of nail polish of all sorts. (Yes, it's true!) You will find many more Wet 'n' Wilds in the mix than any other brand! Of course the price tag is cheap, but I promise it's the best! So many more expensive nail polishes chip before I can even leave the house! Wet 'n' Wild is there to stay! They have so many amazing colors these days too, why would you wear any other brand?!

9. Exfoliating Gloves

Skin needs to be exfoliated to be beautiful! Exfoliating gloves are a cheap way to strip your skin of dead skin cells! Not to be used on your face, but lather them up all over your body and get clean baby!

10. Maybelline Eyeshadow

Yes, another Maybelline product! They know makeup! I have tried so, so many eyeshadows.......Maybelline's is still my fave! It stays on all day/night, the colors go on evenly and smooth, and no creasing! My pet-peeve is eyeshadows that crease a couple of hours after you put it on - not this one. It's truly magnificent!

Say no to fake-bake

The scary truth about indoor tanning


Recent studies have shown a rise in skin cancer among young women. It is now the most common form of cancer in women ages 25-29. Unreal! Many doctors are blaming the still growing popularity of indoor tanning. It also seems that fake-baking may be an addiction to some. Because of constant pressure from peers, girls and women feel the need to be tan. The truth is, the tan color produced from tanning is actually your body's response to damaged cells. For more on the addictive and damaging nature of tanning beds check out "Why skin cancer is on the rise".

Consider spray tanning, tanning lotions, and bronzers your safest bet to get a golden glow. Always wear an SPF of 15 or higher when you're outside as well ladies! Don't give skin cancer or wrinkles a chance!

Saturday, June 19, 2010


YES>the vodka! This limited edition Absolut Brooklyn flavor is a combo of red apple and ginger. Director Spike Lee designed the bottle after a brownstone from his childhood home in Cobble Hill. Each bottle has a price tag of $29.99. There is also a charitable initiative to buy this limited edition flavor. Absolut is donating $50,000 to Habitat for Humanity towards an affordable homes project in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Previous city editions that have also contributed to charity are Boston, Los Angeles, and New Orleans.

I you're in the Brooklyn area, come join Brooklyn Industries for their Absolut Brooklyn Happy Hour on June 24th!


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Father's Day ideas!


Celebrate Father's Day by giving dad a book from one of the greats in grilling! Bobby Flay has great grilling and cookbooks ranging from $23.95-$35.00. Hey, not only will dad enjoy it, but so will the rest of the family! ;)


For the nature loving father, bring the great outdoors to them with Planet Earth DVD. This 11-part BBC series explores the sights and sounds of the Earth. $39.99 at


That's right, a beer kit! Mr. Beer has beer making kits starting at $39.95. Dad will be sure to have some fun with this one! Go to to find a store near you!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Cosmo's Summer Splash!


NYC ladies! Party with your friends at Cosmo's Summer Splash event! Enjoy complimentary cocktails, mini massages, astrology readings, a free gift bag and more!

Wednesday, June 23

Nikki Midtown
151 East 50th St.
New York City

RSVP at or call 212-830-2995

*must be 21 years or older to attend

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Bags for the People


Bags for the People is a non-profit organization that helps the environment by reducing plastic bag waste by holding reusable bag workshops. Join Bags for the People at many events in the New York area to create your own bags and learn more about environmental conservation. There are on-site volunteers accompanied by sewing machines and repurposed fabric ready to instruct you how to make your very own reusable bags. You can even bring old clothing or fabric you would like to recycle! For information on events in the New York area go to

Not in the New York area for these get together events? Join in for their weekly Craft Night online in a multi-user chat room. You can learn new techniques and make new environmentally friendly friends! For more information on Craft Night go here.


Monday, June 7, 2010

Bummin' it

We all have days when we want to just throw on a t-shirt, jeans, and flip flops. Well, do it! You don't have to be picture perfect all the time. For an added cuteness factor, roll the sleeves on your tee. Pair it with a bright colored or printed purse to make a statement. Now isn't that a little better than before?!  


Saturday, June 5, 2010

Swimsuit Separates

Most of us women are not the same size on top as we are on the bottom. It's a smart idea to purchase separates so that you get the very best fit! Here are some companies that sell their swimsuits in separates, and for cheap!!!

H & M

tops and bottoms $4.95 each (yes, under $5!!!)


Old Navy

$12.00-$16.50 each


$10.99-$19.99 each



$15.00 each




Thursday, June 3, 2010

Sweet tea!


Refreshing green sweet tea that is! There are many benefits of drinking green tea that include both preventative and healing processes for diseases such as cancer, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, infections, impaired immune functions, cardiovascular disease, and high cholesterol. Green tea cleanses the body of toxins that can cause many health problems. With that said, here is my personal recipe for sweet green iced tea! I always keep a pitcher in my fridge!

Sweet Green Iced Tea

-Bring medium pot of water to boil.

-Take pot off heat and place 6 or 7 green tea bags in pot and let steep for 30-45 mins.

-Take tea bags out of pot and squeeze excess liquid from the bags in to the pot.

-Stir in 4-5 tablespoons of honey.

-Mix tea with cold water in large pitcher and refrigerate.

*Squeeze some lemon in to pitcher if you want an extra added zing!