Top 10 Beauty Stocking Stuffers for 2014

With 4 days left of holiday shopping here are a few things you need to buy as stocking stuffers! This is a gift giving guide of beauty from the inside out!

  1. My new book, “#ImBeautyInspired A Keepsake Journal of Original Beauty Quotes & Affirmations!” 🙂 Yes, it’s a shameless plug but I think it will make an awesome gift. It’s filled with inspiration to empower young girls and women to embrace their inner beauty. Available on for $12.99 paperback and $3.99 Kindle edition.#ImBeautyInspired abeauyscarlet_3d copy
  1. Beauty Blender Sponge: I have been using this product for over 2 years and this sponge is better than any makeup brush I have ever tried. It gives a fabulously flawless finish. It’s a great gift to give for the makeup savvy girl in your life. Available at Sephora for $19.95 for the original sponge.IMG_6749
  1. Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and Makeup Remover: I have fallen head over heels over the past year for Bobbi Brown makeup and Soothing Cleanser Oil! The entire makeup line is just gorg and natural looking. If you want a makeup that will give you a non-makeup look…this is it. Available at Macy’s prices range from $20 and up. If you’re in Chicago, go to the State Street location and ask for Viola. IMG_6748
  1. Laura Mercier Secret Concealer and Secret Brightening Powder: These two products have saved me from looking a hot tired mess. It covers and gives life to my dark circles. I can’t live without these two. Available at Sephora for $24 each.
  1. IMG_6751Origins Skincare: Too many products for me to name but here are a list of my faves… GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream – brightens the eye area, $30 at Sephora. GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer – feels great and offers the perfect amount of moisture, $26.50 at Sephora. High Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream – calms and relaxes my skin before bed, $41 at Sephora. Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash – Offers the perfect amount of balance on my skin, $21.50 at Sephora.IMG_6752
  1. Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator: It removes all the dead skin and leaves my skin extra soft and smooth feeling like silk. Available at Sephora for $35.IMG_6756
  1. LVX Nail Polish: This product will be on my list every year, as I have not found a better brand than this. The polish last up to 6 or 7 days without chipping or peeling. Available on for $16.
  1. IMG_6755Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil and Opaque Liquid Lipstick: The brow genius and the long lasting lippie are a match made in beauty heaven! Without the brow genius…my brows would not exist and without the liquid lipstick…I would spend all day reapplying my lipstick (and that’s no bueno)! Available at Sephora for $32 (brow) and $28 (lips).
  1. IMG_6753Eden Body Works Hair Care: This brand of products keep my tresses looking healthy and just fly! A few of my faves: Peppermint Tea Tree Shampoo to remove the buildup and detox my hair. Coconut Shea Styling Elixir offers heat protection from heat styling. Coconut Shea Oil strengthens and adds shine without buildup. Available at for $8.99 each.
  1. IMG_6759Green Smoothies: These are healthy treats full of fruits, veggies, vitamins and all sorts of goodness. They help to nourish the body, give great energy and boost beauty from the inside out! I love the book, “10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse” by JJ Smith available on for $9.59 paperback and $2.99 kindle edition.IMG_6760

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping! Enjoy your beauty purchases from the inside out!

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This Little Cleanser

A few months ago a friend of mine received an invitation for an afternoon of brunch and beauty at Bloomingdales from Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. She invited a few of her gal pals to tag along for mimosas and makeovers and being the beauty junkie that I am, this was an offer I could not refuse!


I was so excited because this was first time trying Bobbi Brown; it was on my must try beauty list and now I finally get to cross it off! Happy, happy, joy, joy!

Just in case you are not familiar with the brand Bobbi Brown, let me give you the beauty 411. Bobbi was a young beauty junkie who idolized her mom while she applied her makeup. When she was old enough to work, she applied for a job in cosmetics where she received formal training. She then went on to earn a B.F.A. in theatrical makeup and went on to become a professional makeup artist. Her first big break was the American Vogue cover, which featured the soon-to-be supermodel Naomi Campbell.

While working as a successful makeup artist, Bobbi found that the cosmetic brands she worked with looked artificial and it was impossible to create a flawless non-makeup natural look. Several years into her career, she had an idea to create a lipstick that didn’t smell, wasn’t dry or greasy. She soon met a chemist and shared her idea. With Bobbi’s specifications, the chemist created a pinky brown-based lip color. Soon after, nine other colors followed and the lipstick line was complete.

In 1991 Bobbi debuted her line of lipsticks to the elite department store Bergdorf Goodman. The line was forecasted to sell 100 in a month but to everyone’s surprise, she sold 100 on the first day! From there she has expanded her brand, appeared on Oprah and created a New York Times bestseller beauty instructional guide.

Now that you know about the brand and its trend-setting creator, let me go back to my makeover experience and the purpose of this review…LOL! Whenever I get a makeover, I usually have something I want to focus on and on this day, it was my brows. I am on a mission to perfect the shape of my brows and I needed a lesson or two to complete my mission.


Even though the makeup artist did an awesome job, it was the cleanser she used to remove my makeup that impressed me the most. So here I am today to give you the Glam it or Slam it and my final grade on the Soothing Cleansing Oil by Bobbi Brown.


The Glam: It lives up to its name of soothing! It feels so luxurious on my skin and leaves it feeling clean. It removes every ounce of makeup without that tight uncomfortable feeling. A little goes a very long way and it removes eye makeup too! It’s perfect for my sensitive skin and it has been a lifesaver on my extremely dry skin during this harsh winter weather.


The Slam: Hmm, let me see. I can’t think of one single issue with this cleanser; it’s just fab!

My final grade for the Soothing Cleansing Oil by Bobbi Brown is 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH! I am so in love 🙂 If you are interested in purchasing this product, you get in at Bloomingdales,, or any other major department store for $42 (and yes, it’s worth every single penny) Happy Cleansing!

I am a Beauty Maven, Speaker and Women’s Empowerment Strategist! I have a balanced background in social media, retail management and cosmetics. My love for the beauty industry has expanded my career towards women’s empowerment  by focusing on beauty from the inside out.

As a Women’s Empowerment Strategist – I speak at events to educate women and young girls to embrace their beauty from the inside out through empowerment events and workshops. Every woman should know: “Beauty is not complicated or complex; it is simplistic” and they will gain a better understanding of this as well as other topics in my presentations and workshops. 

If you would like to hire me, I am available to speak at schools, youth/women’s organizations and companies who seek to embrace beauty from the inside out! Send all inquires to


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