9-5er by day. Beauty & Fashion enthusiast by night.

Life, Love, & Makeup.

Hello & happy Monday, beauties! This post has been on my to-do list for about a week, and I didn't want any more time to go by before I got it out. I know the posts here have been few & far between, and for those of you who don't follow me on Instagram/FB/Twitter (which you totally should be if you're not!!), this is the reason I've been MIA:


I got engaged!

It's basically been one non-stop party ever since, which has been awesome because we've been celebrating with the people we love and enjoying every minute of this amazing time. I can truly say that this is the happiest I've ever been in my life.

I wish I could say I've missed blogging, but honestly, I've really enjoyed just living in the present and not worrying about scheduling posts, swatching products, or keeping up with social media for business purposes. When something so wonderful is going on in my life, it's hard to pull myself away from it to blog because I feel like I'm "supposed" to be blogging - which is the reason I haven't been very active here lately.

Don't worry - I'm not leaving the blogging world or neglecting this site at all. TheBloginista is my baby and I'm incredibly proud of how far I've come in the last few years. However, I do feel that a change is on the horizon, and I wanted to loop you in (as my readers) so you know what to expect in the coming weeks/months.

My blog posts have always been a reflection of what my interests are in real life (obvs), and makeup/product reviews have been the majority of my content. I will continue to write about makeup and beauty, but most of these posts will probably appear on Bustle (I'm a beauty contributor, if you happened to miss the news!) - I have an easy summer makeup tutorial that I'm working on and should be up there very soon!

TheBloginista will still have beauty content (mostly product reviews), but you may also see posts pertaining to more "lifestyle"-related topics, as this reflects what is really going on in my life  that I may want to share/post about here. For instance - I am currently in the process of updating/re-decorating my apartment, and I'd love to show you pictures and creative ideas I come up with in the process. I'm also going to be planning a wedding, and would love to include some bridal-y (not a word, oh well) posts here as I learn more about trends in beauty, style, and even organization tips to keep me sane during the process!

I've also recently launched my LLC, which I couldn't be more excited about. I have been working as a freelance makeup artist for awhile now, but it just feels more "official" now that it's an actual side business. I have three weddings coming up which I am really looking forward to, and will definitely be sharing before/after pictures from each of those events.

I love you all & I am super excited about the next chapter in my life, which includes this blog! I hope you'll continue to follow me and my journey; I'd love to bring you along for the ride. xoxo

How To Find The Perfect Nude Lip + My Top 10 Product Picks!



I think I mention the words "nude lip" on social media more than any other makeup term, and for good reason: I LOVE A GOOD NUDE LIP! I wear one almost every day for work, and on the weekends I tend to play up my eye makeup, so I usually go for a lighter lip in that situation, too. Sure, I love me some boldness every once in awhile, but it's definitely not a daily (or even weekly) occurrence for me.

I've noticed that each time I post a picture of myself wearing a nude lip, I get TONS of questions. You guys are always asking what lippie I'm currently wearing, what my favorite products are, and how you can choose the right nude lip shade for you. All of these questions were the inspiration for this post, so consider this your Nude Lip 101 course!

First thing to know: not all nudes are created equal. There are beige nudes, pinky nudes, peachy nudes...(okay, this is starting to sound like Bubba's shrimp list from Forrest Gump). So you need to decide what looks best against your skintone. Maybe your perfect summer nude lip is different than your perfect fall/winter nude lip. The only way you'll know is to try a few out and see what looks best - and don't worry, this isn't hard to do. You'll know right away if a shade is too light/ashy!

Generally speaking, if you are very fair, don't pick a lip color which is *too* pale because it could easily give you that washed out/dead look. Go for something with a pink/peach undertone. If you have a tan/dark complexion, something with a beige/brown tone would probably suit you best. Again (and I don't think I stress this enough here on my site) but THERE ARE NO RULES! If you're super dark and you find a milky baby pink lippie that looks great on you, go for it!

I compiled a list of my top 10 favorite nude lippies from my personal collection, and they are swatched in the order they're mentioned below! Read more

Quick Announcement & A Few Updates!

Hi beauties! Hope everyone is enjoying the last few hours of work on this Friday and you have something fun and/or relaxing planned for the weekend.

I've announced this on my social media sites {which if you're not already following, you really should be! Links to the right, wink wink!} but I realized it's not completely official until I announce here. So, if you missed it: I am now a beauty and fashion contributor for Bustle.com! If you haven't heard of Bustle yet, you should definitely check it out. It's a for women/by women website which has articles ranging from news and politics to entertainment and lifestyle. My first two articles went live this week, so feel free to check them out here + here.

So, between my full time job, my contributor position at Bustle, my makeup freelancing, and this blog, life has been pretty crazy! I'm not complaining though - I'm insanely grateful for all the chaos because I'm doing what I love. I just wanted to let you guys know why posts here have been a little less frequent. I have lots planned for this blog and my YouTube channel, and as always, I am open to product review requests & video tutorial requests! Feel free to tweet me or email me with anything you want to see!

OH! I'm also hosting a little giveaway on Instagram. I got a 500 point perk at Sephora which I am giving away to one of you! It's super easy to enter, just repost the picture, tag me in it, and use the hashtag I provided. This is running until June 6th, and here's the prize:


Woohoo! Love me some bareMinerals!

One last thing - there is now a tab at the top of this page called "Gallery" where I posted some pictures of freelance work I've done on friends and clients. I will be adding more to this soon, but feel free to check it out! I am doing a bridal trial next weekend for a friend and the inspo is a Miranda Kerr look so bring on the flawlessness!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this + for sticking by me and supporting me! I love you guys and can't wait to show you everything I have up my sleeve!



Neiman Marcus Beauty Experts: Top Product Picks!

And now, to state the obvious: I LOVE LUXURIOUS BEAUTY PRODUCTS! This is me, shouting it from the rooftops.

So you can only imagine how I felt when this arrived on my doorstep:


Behold... a treasure trove of high-end beauty and skincare products, hand-picked by the beauty experts at Neiman Marcus's Paramus, NJ location. Let me just start off by saying that these lovely people definitely know what they're talking about when it comes to beauty. {Remember this post, where I discovered the wonderful world of Giorgio Armani and Trish McEvoy for the first time?} The makeup artists I've met at this location truly have a passion for products, so I dove right in, eager to see some of my personal favorites validated, as well as discover something new.

My little treasure box contained products from brands like CHANEL, Kiehl's, Chantecaille, and Sulwahsoo - just to name a few. There were also a few brands I hadn't heard of, like VenEffect, whose anti-aging lip treatment was amazing and in my opinion, worth splurging on.

I also finally got to try Cle de Peau's concealer, which TOTALLY lives up to its rave reviews. Aside from the fantastic coverage it provides, I've never owned a concealer that applied so smoothly and blended so easily - and that's saying a lot, considering I've tried many concealers in my day. Read more

Laura Mercier Radiance & Radiance Bronze Primers: Review & Photos!


While I've always used a primer underneath foundation, I can't say I've ever used one that really "wowed" me. I've never felt like my makeup looked any better or different when I wore a primer as opposed to not wearing one; if anything, it just made my foundation stay in place longer.


I discovered Laura Mercier's Radiance Bronze primer on a weekend Sephora trip. {It's important to reference that this was a *weekend* Sephora trip, because they are SO much more relaxing than weekday lunch break Sephora trips. I have all the time in the world to swatch products, check out new items that interest me, and basically just wander around without feeling rushed. I love weekends!}

That being said, I wasn't actively looking for a primer, but just kind of stumbled across it in a very unassuming tube. I've been a Laura Mercier fan for ages but I haven't really been keeping up with her product releases, so this primer was completely new to me. Read more

Skincare Q&A with Dr. Frey of FryFace.com!



I personally think that skincare is one of the most confusing topics ever. As someone who deals with skin issues on a regular basis, I am constantly doing research and finding conflicting information. It's hard to  separate what is factually and scientifically true from what you want to believe about products based on advertisement claims. Thankfully, I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Fayne Frey, a board certified dermatologist & creator of FryFace.com, a site dedicated to providing facts based on science regarding skincare & beauty products. Today she is setting the record straight for all of us!

TB: What are the biggest mistakes women make when it comes to buying skincare products?
FF: Believing a "fountain of youth" exists in a bottle. Moisturizers and anti-wrinkle creams increase hydration of the skin and temporarily reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. For an ingredient to claim that it is an effective anti-aging or rejuvenating compound, science must prove three things:
1. That the compound can penetrate through the most upper layer of skin called the stratum corneum, and that it can penetrate this layer in a concentration high enough to have an effect. The skin is an incredible barrier and it is very difficult for compounds to penetrate it.
2. We must prove that the ingredient has a specific target once it penetrates into the deeper layers and has an effect on that target.
3. There must be published, double blinded, placebo controlled, statistically significant studies showing the physiologic changes in the skin due to the ingredient.

To date, there are no OTC ingredients that meet these criteria.

There is one magic potion, and it prevents 90% of sunspots, wrinkles and saggy skin. It is sold everywhere yet only one in 10 Americans actually applies it daily. Scientific study shows that compared to other OTC ingredients, the most effective “anti-aging” preventative ingredient available today in skincare products is sunscreen!

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IMATS New York: Recap & Pictures!



Happy Monday, pretty people! The weather gods finally decided to grace us with some AMAZING spring weather here in New York/New Jersey and I couldn't be happier. My pasty limbs and I strutted over to Pier 94 in Manhattan on Saturday to attend IMATS [International Makeup Artist Trade Show] and I had suuuuuch a great time. I thought I'd share some highlights with you guys here on the blog, and then I'll film a separate haul video showing you everything I picked up!

First of all, let me start by saying this: don't go to IMATS if you don't like crowds or long lines. This was my second time attending IMATS and I honestly forgot how crazy it gets. For example, I was dying to visit the Lime Crime booth and check out their lipsticks but the line was literally out the door, so I passed it up. I was bummed, but there was so many other things to see and I didn't want to waste time standing in line!

I didn't really go into IMATS with a specific plan, I just kind of walked around and stopped by any booth that interested me. I love that IMATS gives you the chance to check out brands and products that aren't necessarily easily available at Sephora or Ulta - of course there are brands like NYX and Stila which are widely available, but it's the lesser-known companies which really make the trade show something to look forward to. I feel like I am getting an inside peek - and in turn, get to share that info with you guys!


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