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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Dark Circles, Puffiness and Tired Eyes Be Gone

Last summer I was on the hunt to try a new brand of cosmetics, so off to Sephora I went. As luck would have it, there were two different brand representatives ready to assist me! My first stop was Laura Mercier for a quick touch up of powder, concealer and blush. The next brand was Marc Jacobs for a foundation match, mascara and lipstick. With so many products and so many choices, I didn’t know which brand to choose. As I walked around the store, I narrowed it down to what I needed the most. The winner was Laura Mercier!


Laura Mercier is the creator of the brand and a world-renowned makeup artist. She is the personal makeup artist to many celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker and Julia Roberts. She is best known for accentuating one’s natural beauty to create a flawless look. She started training as a painter at the age of 17. At some point, she decided to switch her talents from the canvas to the face. In 1996 she created her brand for women of all ages and skin types.


Now that you have a little background information on the brand, let me share the product I am reviewing. Today, I am reviewing the Secret Concealer. Here is the Glam: This concealer is high in pigment and helps to cover my dark circles from long sleepless nights. It does not settle into the fine lines around my eye area and it brightens to help diffuse the dark circles. It is long lasting, a little moisturizing but not oily looking. It is super easy to apply and a little goes a long way! It’s a natural look with a natural glow.


Here’s the Slam: When I applied it with a concealer brush, it was a little harder to blend and it looked a little cakey. However, I was able get a flawless look by dabbing a little on my finger and blending it that way.


In the past, my concealer of choice was MAC. Now, I love the Secret Concealer by Laura Mercier. My final grade is 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH. If you are interested in purchasing this product, it is offered at Sephora and luxury department stores for $23.00. It is available in 12 shades and it will last even longer with the Translucent Loose Setting Powder. Happy concealing!


*This post was originally posted on Rachel O Beauty*

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My NYC Beauty Experience – Beauty Week in Review Part II

I had such an awesome time at the beautypress Holiday Spotlight event that I did not want the night to end!!! As a matter of fact, I headed out to dinner with my new Blogger friends Laura of, an awesome beauty blog about product development and product innovation and Wendy of, a fashion blog where you can fill up on fashion sass with a twist of curlz galore!!!

The native NYC girls decided we would walk to our destination and I would have been fine with that if it were around the corner (I had been wearing 4 inch heels since 11 AM and it was now 8:15 PM…need I say more???) LOL. We walked for as long as I could stand it (which was 5 minutes). Thank goodness Laura found a shoe store across the street and Wendy found a great pair of flats for me for $20…FTW!!! Me feet will be forever grateful to Laura, Wendy and the shoe store ShoeGasm!!!IMG_1365

Now that my feet felt comfort, I was ready to walk on to our beauty detour before dinner; a store called Harmon Face Values. Harmon’s is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bed, Bath & Beyond based on the East Coast and they offer some of the best prices on the most popular beauty brands with one of the largest selections (mostly mass retail).

OMG!!! We were ready to play and purchase and as you can see in the photo below…we did purchase!!! This is our combined beauty purchase from Harmon Face Values.


With all this shopping, we worked up an appetite and decided to eat at an amazing restaurant named Cafeteria. If you are ever in the NYC area…this is a must try; see the photo below!!!


After all the food, we decided to call it a night and meet at noon to start our day of Beauty excursions and my beauty tour!!!

Day 2 started with a must see for me: a visit to the newly remodeled beauty department at Macy’s Herald’s Square. Macy’s has truly upgraded the department with new modern counters, tons of open space and a few new luxury brands. Now this is what a beauty department should look like!!! There was so much traffic, makeup artist painting faces and people buzzing around making purchases. I stopped for a quick touch up at Laura Mercier and of course made a purchase…LOL. I also received a free gift with my purchase…Yay me!!!



After our beauty excursion at Macy’s, we scurried off to the new Marc Jacobs store on Bleecker Street. I was so excited because they were in the process of setting up the new holiday products. They had everything on my Christmas list: a bronzer with shimmer, red lipstick and a holiday eye trio!!! I just hope Santa is reading this and remembers to include all 3 products in my stocking this year!!! Here’s a photo of my mini makeover with all the products listed above and Laura photo-bombing me on the next photo…Hey Laura!!! LOL. Shout out to the Store Manager Waylon for be so amazing!!! Hey Waylon :-). Giggles


After our beauty play date at Marc Jacobs, we headed over to a store that I had never heard of by the name of Aesop. The company’s origin is from Melbourne, Australia and they have products for hair, skin and body. They use both plant based and laboratory made ingredients using the greatest anti-oxidant properties. The sales person was so full of great information, she let us test a few products and when I tried the hand cream…I was sold. The Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm is just EVERYTHING!!! IMG_1466

After we pampered ourselves, we walked over to the Elf Studio. Yes, Elf has a store and the products are the same price. I was amazed at how chic it looked inside. I found 2 eye shadow palettes that look exactly like the Sephora brand baked shadows. I know what you are thinking…and yes, I did purchase them. LOL, don’t judge me :-), I am a product junkie!!!

IMG_1467Our day of beauty was so much fun and I am so lucky to have had the best beauty tour guides a beauty junkie could ask for!!! Thank you Laura of and Wendy of!!! You ladies are so amazing and I am glad we met at the beautypress event!!! I can’t wait for the two of you to come to Chicago so I can return the favor but riding around in a car instead of walking…LOL.





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