Coachella Diaries: Neon Carnival, Victoria’s Secret Angel Oasis, Nylon, Bumbleland and more!

Coachella is always my favorite time of the year and this season, the parties were especially epic! The classics like Neon Carnival, I always look forward to as well as some new events like Victoria’s Secret Angel Oasis. This year we made it a double date and I traveled around with my girl, Kristi from Currently Crushing. For all the music, you can livestream the performances at live.coachella.com, as for the parties here’s a peek into them! All the parties featured in the video with details below!

COACHELLA DAY 1

Pre-festival hike with with Asics and Cobra Fitness Club.

If you’re in the Palm Springs Area, the Tahquitz Canyon Trail is a beautiful way to start the day. Asics outfitted guests outfits including these ASICS DynaFlyte sneakers for a pre-festival hike.

Victoria’s Secret VS Angel Oasis

This party did not disappoint, set in a beautiful mansion and with impeccable grounds there was not a shortage of activations or VS Angels dancing! They customized Levi’s denim jackets with angel wings by Phoebe Paints and Julia Adelina. Sarah Potempa of The Beachwaver and her team were doing hair (just like at the VS Fashion Show!), while Tarte was on makeovers (yes, their Shape Tape is everything it’s cracked up to be), and LECHAT was providing nail art and gel manicures. Frasier Sterling was also customizing chokers and RAD + REFINED was bedazzling their sunglasses and featured a special performance by Bebe Rexha! They also debuted their new Sexy Little Things collection, which is so hot! Quick slide show below of some favorites!

PrettyLittleThings.com x Paper ‘The Pretty Little Playground’ Party

Paper magazine teamed up with PrettyLittleThings.com to host a fun party with special performance by French Montana. The event featured a PrettyLittleThings.com store and an endless dance party, not to mention a food truck which is the sign of any good party.

COACHELLA DAY 2

POPSUGAR Cabana Club

I always look forward to the annual POPSUGAR Cabana Club as a time to connect with bloggers all over the country. This year they threw a fabulous pool party complete with a Nordstrom suite showing off the Kelsey Montague Art wall, which you probably saw countless bloggers Instagram holding the illustrated balloons. Ulta Beauty hosted a beauty suite with hair and makeup as well as customized makeup cases you could fill with select products from NARS, Becca, Smashbox and more! They also had select merchandise they feature in the POPSUGAR Must Have Box. All I know is I wish I had room in my suitcase for this Flamingo Candle.

Winter Bumbleland

Hosted by the Bumble app, it was apres-ski at it’s finest — or as well as one can pull off in the desert. Fake snow, tubing, and a braid bar by Batiste dry shampoo. There was also this magical closed off room which made you feel like you were under the stars — you have to see the video to see what I’m talking about, it was so pretty!

Nudestix x WWD

I stopped by the Nudestix x WWD x Socialyte pool party, it was a small intimate gathering of bloggers lounging poolside. There was some product on display in the bathroom but for the most part we just played with the blow ups and took in a relaxing moment before hitting the next party.

Desert Jam Lucky Lounge x BMF party

Hosted by BMF and sponsored by Lucky Brand, Homeaway, and Splat it was a fun pool party at the Ingleside Inn filled with drinks, poolside games and a color bar by Splat! I even got my braid chalked with their hair chalk!

Neon Carnival

Hosted by Levi’s, it never disappoints as the it party of Coachella. A modern day (and late night) carnival complete with rides and games all over the place. Only it also has free pizza, open bar, and an epic dance party, making it the most fun ever! We always have the best time partying like kids, running around, and playing on the bumper cars and riding the Ferris Wheel,

COACHELLA DAY 3

#REVOLVEfestival

Revolve hosted another beautiful retreat at the Merv Griffin estate, complete with a skating rink, unfortunately it was too hot to do anything besides drink coconut water and gorge pizza while laying poolside starring at all the beautiful people — not that we’re complaining. It was the best way to relax on our last day of the festival.

Nylon Happiest of Hours

This was one of my favorite parties, we played with the Foster Grant Sunglasses, Nike gifted sports bras and styled them under different outfits while Milk Makeup gave makeovers. I feel like Nylon has my style down and all the sponsors made it so fun! Sports bras, sunglasses and makeup… consider me easy to please!

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In this transitional time of year, I’m always looking for a new…

In this transitional time of year, I’m always looking for a new fragrance to place a scented stamp on the memories of a new season.

Super thrilled to partner with gorgeous indie fragrance brand Raw Spirit to gift you or a friend with a totally free & beautiful sample of their cult classic fresh floral, Mystic Pearl.

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Inspired by Bali (sigh), the fragrance opens with an oceanic rush reminiscent of a wet pearl. With a heart of sensual jasmine and fragipani, and warmth from coconut and spicy clove (think: your sophisticated beachside drink).

To grab your sample, just follow the below. No strings attached (no strings of pearls either : ( … but you’ll smell amazing).

Image via: Peter Lindbergh; product image via Raw Spirit/Jessoshii

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Burt’s Bees Bring Back the Bee’s Campaign

James and I at the Westin Mission Hills Bee Farm

I love bees. They literally make the world a brighter and better place. They pollinate all sorts of fruits and vegetables and the fact that they are disappearing at such an alarming rate is something we should all be paying attention to. From 2015-2016, the bee population has declined by a whopping 44% primarily due to unreliable food sources and pesticides. Which is why I’m so happy to see Burt’s Bee’s take some initiative on this! I kind of can’t stress enough how much these littler hard workers do for us!

Burt’s Bees is bringing back their ‘2016 Bring Back the Bees’ campaign where they helped plant over one billion wildflowers (an important food source for bees) again this year. The brand hosted their 2017 Bring Back the Bees kick-off party with actresses Troian Bellisario and Zosia Mamet, who are teaming up with the brand to combat declining bee populations, one selfie and lip balm at a time.

Through the purchase of limited edition balms (which smell amazing!) and a call for “selfless selfies” on social media, the 2017 campaign aims to double the number of wildflowers planted last year and up it to two billion!  Burt’s Bees will also donate funds to  for every purchase of their Limited Edition Lip Balms and for each selfie created at selflessselfie.burtsbees.com. Make sure you also share it on social media with the hashtag #selflessselfie.

Their Limited Edition Lip Balms include Pink Grapefruit, Wild Cherry, Coconut & Pear and Strawberry. If you noticed the “B” missing in the label, it’s to signify the loss of our bees around the world.

You can snag these balms for $3.29 at select natural, grocery, drug, and mass retailers, and via burtsbees.com through May 30, while supplies last.

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Read Before Desert: Coachella Packing Guide

I can’t believe Coachella is almost here! I’m so excited for some time with my boyfriend and to see all my LA friends in what I consider three of the most fun days of the year! I’m not even sure if I’m more excited for the festival or the parties! I keep seeing all of these ‘what to wear’ and ‘festival makeup’ tutorials but not so much the nitty gritty essentials that have made the experience so much better. So here it is, my compilation of must haves that will make your life so much easier:


 
SPF! And a minimum of an SPF30 at that! I have my sunblock in everything from my primer, makeup to my self tanner! With the amount of sunburns I’ve seen and the amount of fun you can expect in the sun, don’t skip on sun protection! Pick your favorite but some new ones I’ve been obsessed with is Paula’s Choice RESIST Smoothing Primer Serum SPF 30, which has skin benefits, and acts like a primer with spf so your makeup goes on smoother. Murad City Age Defense SPF 50 is a current favorite as well, it’s probably the smoothest and most lightweight SPF I own, and super purse friendly. Lastly my assistant turned me onto Almay Healthy Glow Makeup + Self Tan SPF 20, which after a long winter and white legs instantly makes me look tan. It also makes my legs look ten years younger and covers all my spider veins and even some burn marks I have from some mishap clothing steamer experiences. Just a disclaimer though, don’t wear under white or pants, it does run (or at least it does for me even though I wait hours before putting anything over). It’s just my go to before going out and then I like to wash it off at night.

Moisturize – it gets dry in the desert! You want a good moisturizer to start and end your day and put back the hydration. The reformulated Olay Total Effects is a 7 in 1 moisturizer that does it all from replenishing moisture, evening skintone and smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. The biggest note though for Coachella is in the updated forumla they added 50% more Vitamin E and twice the amount of Green Tea Extract which are two powerful antioxidants that protect skin cells against free radical damage (aka damage from sun exposure). I talk more about this product HERE.

Portable Steamer – those cute clothes mean nothing if they are all wrinkled from traveling. Personally I love Conair Turbo ExtremeSteam Handheld Fabric Steamer, granted it’s a little bulkier than some of the others on the market, it’s by far the best portable steamer I’ve ever used and works as well as my heavy duty one at home.

Face Wipes – First off wearing sandals at Coachella is a death wish, you walk about a half a mile in sand to get to the festival and there is dust everywhere on that trek. I like to bring a family size pack, like Olay’s Gentle Clean Cleansing Clothes, AND individually wrapped ones for my purse, like the Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes. Both are fragrance free which is what you want in a face wipe, especially when you’re in the desert since they’re more gentle on skin.

Quality Razor – I’m really over cheap travel razors, they don’t last as long and can lead to razor burn, which is not cute at the pool parties. When I heard the Schick Hydro Silk Razor had serum infused in it I kind of thought it was a gimmick until I used it and my legs were so smooth and the shave lasted days longer without any irritation. And not for nothing but I don’t even use shaving cream, just body wash and I noticed an incredible difference between this razor.

Tired Eyes – get ready for minimal sleep, because you’re not going to want to miss a second of the fun! And it’s all fun and games until you wake up with puffy, tired eyes. I’m a huge fan of the new-ish Olay Eye collection that launched last year, and specifically the Depuffing Eye Roller for Coachella. I store mine in the fridge and it instantly brightens and calms the under eye while hydrating it. If I’m extremely puffy I’ll apply a generous amount and let it sit for 5 minutes and pat in. I also like the Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream, which is more of a multi-tasking 3 in 1 eye cream that fights dark circles, wrinkles and puffy eyes. I packed both. Speaking of eyes the NUDESTIX Clean-Up Pencil is amazing for touching up any makeup. It’s makeup-remover (think cleansing oil in a stick) that’s really convenient for touch ups. Especially since my eye makeup is always running in strange weather.

Dry Shampoo – Showering everyday is a pain, I always bring a travel dry shampoo with me. There are a number of good ones on the market, I brought Ouai’s which also had a really cute Styel Edit Set for $25 which has a travel size of their Wave Spray, Texturizing Hair Spray and Finishing Creme that’s really convenient.

Hot tools – Braids are the de-frizz way to go at Coachella, but I also like to have a straightening iron and curling iron on hand. I’m pretty obsessed with T3’s curling iron at the moment. You an interchange the head to different barrel sizes and it works so well! I just got the flat iron but haven’t played with it as much but will report back on it and some other of their hot tools I got before my trip.

Compeed Blister Cushions – Add these to your list! Within 2 days of being in flip flops I’m blister city. You can use these preventative-ly like a band-aid in any areas that is blister prone (back of feet, sides or toe area) or after you get a blister and they serve as a second skin so you don’t even feel the blister anymore. Foot pain is never fun when you’re on your feet all day. I feel like I’ve saved lives with this tip, it will change your life.

Snack bars – I’m partial to Luna, Clif and Kind bars, I find having one in your bag or car or just around in general helps to keep your energy up and something in your stomach. There’s a lot going on and it’s easy to forget to eat — more so at the parties though since the festival does have tons of food options. With all the partying and drinking though I find I’m always handing them out. Also stay hydrated!!!!

Nail it – I can’t deal with my nails while at Coachella or chipping manicures which is why I always get gel polish (and usually a fun design from either Paintbox or Valley). I also brought the new China Glaze Chrome Press On Nail for variety! They have an amazing silver, gold and holographic press on that’s so fun and will probably pop those on for some variety during the week.

Travel Size: Some other quick notes, travel size everything is better! I love this travel VIOLIFE electric sonic toothbrush with cover for travel, also Olay Ultra Moisture with Shea Butter to hydrate and wash the desert off (bring a hefty body wash). Also it took me a while to find the perfect Dopp Kit bag to hold all my toiletries and this one from Henri Bendel has been all over the world with me and keeps me so organized.

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Ouai Style Bar opens at Bendel’s, Caudalie Moves, Malin+Goetz new store, Knockout launches at Bloomingdale’s and more!

Hair cut by Juan Carlos Maciques

It’s been an eventful few weeks of new beauty shops popping up around the city. Here’s a rundown of the events and new openings and products we’re excited about! Also I finally got a must needed chop (ugh the dry ends are no joke when you have this much bleach in your hair!) from celebrity hairstylist Juan Carlos Maciques, who cuts out of Rita Hazan, I even trusted him to do light layers. It’s been so much more curly and bouncy since the cut that I haven’t been straightening it as much and loving my natural wave! On to the good stuff… beauty lovers of NYC, here’s what’s now in your backyard:

Ouai x Dyson Styling Bar opens at Henri Bendel

Jen Atkin, celebrity hair stylist and creator of the hair care line Ouai launched an exclusive dry style bar pop up in collaboration with Dyson at Henri Bendel through April 30th. The featured menu offers four hair styles complete with Ouai products and the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer. Styling services will be available Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm. All I know is that I’m literally foaming at the mouth to get my hands on that Ouai Foam Conditioner! Location: Henri Bendel, 712 5th Avenue, NYC, 2nd floor. Bookings and details HERE.

Madison Reed Color Bar featuring T3

We stopped in to the new-ish Madison Reed Color Bar for a root touchup and styling. Some of you may be familiar with their online service, providing customizable hair color based off of a short yet informative questionnaire. The perfect shade is sent right to your door for comfortable at-home hair coloring. Now you can experience their products along side their expert colorists at the Madison Reed Color Bar, where you can order your shade online and bring it with you or be color matched in person and they’ll do your hair for you. It’s the best of both worlds, affordable home color price tags with expert hair stylists to do your hair. They also use T3 Micro Tools, which we got a demo of these incredible hair styling tools as part of our color service at the event. Literally the T3 Volumizing Hot Rollers and hair dryer have changed my life — the hot rollers came as a shocker to me! And the Twirl Convertible Curler which lets you change the barrel size is next level genius! Stay tuned for more info on their hot tools, and demo but it’s so exciting they use these at the salon!

The Madison Reed Color bar is located at 7 West 19th street at 5th.

Malin+Goetz opens in Nolita

With Mathew Malin and Andrew Goetz  and Mr. Greenberg! at the Nolita store opening

One of our favorite apothecaries skincare shops, Malin + Goetz recently celebrated the opening of their newest store in Nolita at 235 Elizabeth Street. Along with the new location, they also launched some incredible new products that I’m already obsessed with.

Revitalizing Eye Cream: A multi-benefit treatment formulated with an advanced blend of firming peptides and Marine Algae extract that will address all your major eye concerns: puffiness, fine lines, wrinkles, you name it. Not to mention this cream is so hydrating and lightweight and absorbs beautifully! I’ve been using it for about 3 weeks now and the results are both longterm and instant — as in I wake up with tired bags since I’ve been traveling so much and have been mega-sleep deprived and it instantly brightens and nourishes.

Recovery Treatment Oil: This oil launched late last year and has been a great transitional oil for winter to spring since it’s ultra nourishing but not heavy in the way some of my winter oils can be. Formulated with evening primrose, Argan and jojoba oils, it’s a dry oil that helps to protect skin from free radical damage to  boost hydration, reinforce skin’s moisture barrier, and soften the appearance of lines and wrinkles. And the smell is so relaxing! I use it at night under or mixed in with a moisturizer. It can also be worn alone.

Dark Rum EDP Fragrance: My boyfriend’s favorite candle featuring their cult favorite scent, Dark Rum has been reinvented with bergamot and plum as well as hints of leather and amber for their new unisex scent, Dark Rum EDP Fragrance. They also launched a lightweight Rum Body Lotion which is on my list!

Sage Candle: For anyone that has ever loved the smell of burned sage *hand raised*, rejoice! I for one burn sage every month or so in my apartment to clear the bad juju and negative energy out of my space and have always loved the smell. You can now get that scent mixed with some notes of eucalyptus, sage, lavender, cedarwood, moss and leather — like literally I smell all of these notes in the magic that is this candle.

 

The new Caudalie spa!

Last month I joined Caudalie for the opening of their new signature Caudalie Spa at 819 Madison Avenue on 68th street. The new location is super homey and makes you feel like you’re relaxing in the comfort of someone’s luxurious living room. This location will take over for their spa at the Plaza which will eventually be closing. The brand also introduced their new Vine[Activ] skincare collection which includes the Vine[Activ]  Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum, Vine[Activ] Energizing and Smoothing Eye Cream, Vine[Activ] 3-in-1 Moisturizer, and Vine[Activ] Overnight Detox Oil which I can’t wait to try after my current routine.

Sephora 2.0! The new 34th Street and 5th Ave locations are next level!

Attention all Sephora lovers: The biggest Sephora in the U.S just opened up on 34th Street and it’s the most exciting launch of it’s kind. Featuring over 13,300 products and more brands than any other Sephora store to date, this gigantic store is also packed with exciting new technological features. And the designer section of makeup looks amazing and so much more organized and fancy! The hallmark of the new superstore is the Sephora TIP Program (teach, inspire, play) which uses a variety of engaging  technologies to allow people to come together and take group beauty classes with Sephora’s best makeup artists. There’s also the brand-new Beauty Board, a shoppable gallery of user-generated content (aka: your Instagrams and FB photos). Another unique feature that is exclusive to the 34th street store is the launch of Jo Malone products which online and exclusively in-store at this location starting mid-April.

The Sephora 34th Street is located at 112 West 34th Street, NYC.

The newly relocated 5th Avenue Flagship Store features the same elevated feel and extensive assortment of brands. The launch party was hosted by Gotham Magazine and Moroccan Oil and of course Charlie (okay and me) made Gotham’s website!

Sephora 5th Avenue Flagship is located at 580 5th Avenue, NYC.

Knockout Beauty at Bloomingdale’s Soho

Knockout Beauty launch party at Bloomingdale’s with the stores founder, Cayli Reck

Beauty insider and founder of Knockout Beauty, Cayli Reck, brought a curated collection of clean beauty products and solutions to Bloomingdale’s Soho. The shop is home to over 40 different vendors and offers an impressive assortment of conscious skin care and makeup brands. Some of my new favorite natural products and indie brands that are now on my radar from the Knockout event are listed below:

Sprayology Hair + Nail Tonic: This homeopathic oral spray promises to restore your hair and nails to perfect health with all natural ingredients. The brand offers a number of homeopathic sprays that I need in my life.

Glow Inner Beauty Powder: External beauty starts from the inside with this bio-fermented super-food blend containing essential antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and probiotics designed to improve gut health and enhance the skin from the inside out. As Cayli put it, it makes you super regular in 3 days, and she was not kidding!

Colorescience has been on my radar for a while now thanks to Instagram, but I finally got my hands on their Mineral Corrector Palette and Brush-On Sunscreen! Colorescience is changing the SPF game with their skin conscious beauty products, including their nifty on-the-go skin enhancing brush-on sunscreen which offers SPF 50 and a finishing powder as an all in one. They also have a Mineral Corrector Palette that conceals, brightens and protects skin with an SPF 20, I’m so excited to try!

Sjal Co-founder, Kristin Petrovich new book, Elemental Energy

Space N.K. hosted the book launch for Sjal co-founder, Kristin Petrovich’s Elemental Energy book, which guides readers through harnessing the energetic powers of crystals and gemstones to achieve optimal beauty and wellness, both physical and emotional. I’ve been interested in this realm of wellness through crystals and stones for awhile now, so I really look forward to diving into this topic and learning more about the power of energy from these gems. Sjal also offers a unique skin care line that combines ancient eastern medicine with western biotechnology. Their products are infused with precious minerals and gemstones discussed in their book. For more info about Sjal, check out their website.

Lipstick Queen Mornin’ Sunshine Exclusive to SpaceNK

Speaking of Space N.K… Frog Prince fans can rejoice, Lipstick Queen’s newest color-changing lipstick, Mornin’ Sunshine is now available at the speciality retailer. While it looks yellow, this lipstick adjusts to your lips PH to transform your lips into a custom peachy coral. It’s very subtle and mostly looks like a really pretty, peachy lip balm (don’t expect anything dramatic), then again I have really dark lips so it would probably show up better on lighter skintones.

CEW product demo and 2017 Beauty Insider Award Finalists Announced!

We always look forward to new product innovations at the yearly CEW Beauty Inside Awards Kick off and Product Demo. Our friends at Beauty Fashion Fragrance have the full scoop on what’s new and the products you need to know about. And CEW just announced the 2017 CEW Beauty Insider Award finalists (see the whole list HERE). The winners will be announced May 12th so stay tuned!

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My Olay Journey is Live!

Results Matter – My 28-Day Journey with Olay

If you caught me in last month’s issue of Health magazine, you may have seen my partnership with Olay and interview where I shared my results of the 28-day clinical trial for the re-launch of their award-winning Total Effects Anti-Aging Moisturizer. You can read the whole article HERE. Formulated to nourish skin and reduce the 7 signs of aging, Olay re-engineered the original formula to now include 50% more Vitamin E and double the amount of Green Tea Extract to provide full protection against free radical damage.

Why does this matter? Natural antioxidants in our skin gets depleted in our skin over time due to sun exposure (wear that SPF!). Vitamin E and Green Tea Extract which are present in Total Effects, help to boost antioxidant levels while delivering powerful anti-aging benefits that improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin. Olay also reformulated other core products this year to enable women today to achieve the best results for their skin.

I am thrilled to unveil how I was able to test the performance of these new formulas in a most exciting way *drum roll please*….through a split face blind test with my mom! Want to find out if Olay’s reformulations really deliver results at any age? Watch our video here:

What we didn’t know when we were going for weekly monitoring of our skin and tests is that we were using different Olay products!

We were given an unmarked bottle of moisturizer and instructed to use it exclusively on one-half of our face, twice a day along with the designated face wash, which could be used all over. And then come in for weekly testing to measure our skin for improvements. Let me just add some !!!! to what I just said. For a month, my mom and I used only a face wash on our entire face and then on only 50% off it used an unmarked moisturizer. For anyone that follows me on social you know how major that is since I love my essences, exfoliators, serums, masks… so to only be able to wash my face and partially moisturize was a trip!

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