A few weeks ago, my friend, the beauty editor Ani spent some quality time attending presentations by awesome beauty brands. It was a day full of fun beauty discoveries, lipstick testings, hairstyle makeovers, and laughs. Of course, we also made sure to take tons of photos so you guys can see with your own eyes what happened—in case you missed my Snapchat report that day.
I might be obsessed with beauty products, but I rarely go overboard with spending on makeup and skincare. Yes, I’ll splurge every now and then on a $100 serum or a luxurious lipstick, but I’m definitely not one of those girls who cover themselves in LaMer moisturizers and La Prairie powders. While I own a few luxury beauty products, they’re definitely not my everyday essentials. I use my Tom Ford Shimmering Oil on special occasions and apply a Christian Louboutin lip gloss only when I’m wearing shoes by the same designer. Otherwise, I stick to well proven, good products that I purchase at Sephora or Ulta.
The beginning of the academic year is always a hectic time for me. I’m trying to catch up on meetings, create a new editorial calendar, figure out my schedule for the upcoming New York Fashion Week, and sign up for some educational events for the season. While my fast-paced schedule requires lots of planning and on-the-go adjustments, there are a few things that help me feel sane during the busiest days of my life. Today I’m collaborating with Gilt and Dole Dippers to share with you my chic on-the-go essentials that help me stay sharp and organized while pursuing my busy girl life. Before we dive in, don’t forget to check out Gilt x Dole Dippers giveaway for your chance to win a $500 Gilt gift card and a shopping consultation!
This season I’m all about primary colors: red, blue, white, yellow… My summer wardrobe reminds me an artist palette, where all the hues are really popping and bright. To be quite honest, it was not always like that for me. Like many other girls looking for the colors that match their complexion, I’ve been through phases when I tried each and every color glossy magazine announces as an “it color” of the season only to figure out that those don’t quite work for me. Continue Reading
Recently my friend Amanda from Lipstick Is A Life blog published an interesting post where she talks about guys who claim that they don’t like girls who wear “too much” makeup, while they adore actresses and celebs with tons of makeup on their faces that just looks natural. I felt very strongly about protecting women’s rights to wear whatever makeup they wish and not limiting their creativity only because some guy told them they do not look “natural”. At the end of the day, the only person allowed to make any comments about your look is yourself. Saying so, I decided to join the challenge started by Amanda and create an easy ‘no makeup’ look so everybody can see how much beauty products go into looking… natural. Make sure to read the end of this post as I’ll be giving away five sets of tinted moisturizers that you need in case you decide to go for one product only ‘no makeup’ look. Continue Reading
You know how it goes: you’re getting all dressed up, your makeup is on point, you have a fresh manicure and your hair seems to look okay. You’re feeling like you’re ready to go out, and then… you stain your new dress. I can’t even start counting all the times when this situation happened to me. Previously, I’ve stained my clothes with liquid foundation, broken eyeshadow, agave syrup that I was about to add to my tea, a black ball pen, a highlighter, ice cream—you name it. This cute floral dress by Erin Fetherston is no exception. I put it on to take some photos before leaving for dinner and here you go… red wine spilled all over my skirt.
While summer is one of my favorite seasons to go bare faced and enjoy great weather, there is a whole set of hot weather beauty problems that mean you can’t go completely carefree. Oily hair, breakouts, and shaving bumps are only a few hot-weather bummers that can ruin even the most perfect day or vacation. Let’s dig deep into some of the most annoying summer beauty catastrophes and see how to fix them without the help of beauty pros.
This weekend was one of the best Ben and I have experienced this summer. We went out East with a few of our closest friends and enjoyed all sorts of traditional Hamptons activities—from relaxing near the pool and biking around the village to hitting fancy parties and going out for dinner. While it was a marvelous experience that we’ll all remember forever (I mean, how could you possibly forget hiding under the table when you’re sitting outside and the rain hits you in the middle of dinner?), it had a bittersweet taste: it was the last time we’d be able to go out with our beloved friends before they move to Europe. What can I say? Sometimes life takes you to the other side of the globe, but you have to try your best to keep relationships alive.
Last weekend Ben and I went all the way to Montauk to support our friends at the launch of the OTTE pop-up store at Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa. This summer, this scenic oceanfront resort launched their Summer Fashion Collective initiative and OTTE was among a few brands invited to set up their stores on the roof of the resort’s spa. In addition to an open-air retail space, OTTE also brought with them a customized airstream car where pop-up shoppers and Gurney’s guests had a chance to try new flavors by LIQs, a pre-made cocktail shots company. Continue Reading
I didn’t grow up reading comic books back in Russia, but from the moment I met Ben, I’ve been closely following all Marvel’s creations on the big screen. He knows all the heroes, all the characters’ life stories, who plays whom, and when the next movie is coming out. While I love watching action movies, I can’t call myself a true fan, because there are many more beauty products in my house than Superman posters (Henri Cavill definitely deserves to have one poster in my house, though!). However, if I get a chance to incorporate some comic-inspired looks into my wardrobe or a makeup collection, I’ll be so much into it.