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ipsy August Glam Bag

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Ipsy August 2016 Glam Bag

Hello darlings!!

I have been on vacay all week and I am loving ittttt. I've gotten so much blog work done which always makes me really happy. So many exciting things are going to be happening for this little blog of mine! Squeal!!

This month's ipsy Glam Bag is my fave to date! How stunning is the makeup bag they sent me? It's truly a work of art! The colors are so delicate and the beautiful woman applying makeup! *swoon* It's like a dream. I'm totally saving this bag!

Ipsy August 2016 Glam Bag

First up, Ciaté London Paint Pot in Spinning Teacups. This delicate ladylike lavender shade is perfect for summer and spring. It's romantic, whimsical, and it's totally within this month's dream theme. I applied two coats letting it dry between each coat for 5 minutes. I then applied my favorite Essie topcoat and I'm done. The end result was perfect. 

Ipsy August 2016 Glam Bag || Ciaté London Paint Pot in Spinning Teacups

As you may already know, I'm truly obsessed with black eyeliner. I wear it every. single. day. It's a must and staple in my makeup bag. I am very picky though about my eyeliners and would never just purchase one at the store without trying it. I love them bold, creamy, and easy to glide on. When I received the Rodial Smokey Eye Pen in Black, I was super pleased with the formula. It's heavily pigmented, lasts for hours, and it applies very easily. It's a hit for me!

Next up is something I desperately needed considering I'm already out of highlighter. Don't you hate when so many of your products get used up at the same time? I go from just needed one refill to needing a whole new makeup bag. Anyway! I am a huge fan of NYX makeup and have so many of their lip glosses, primer, and powders. I'm so happy that I finally got to try their Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam. It's extremely pigmented and a little pea-sized dot definitely goes a long way! The picture down below was wayyyyy too much! (Ignore my super dry hands!) The highlighter provides the perfect glow and it's an amazing product for the price. It also lasted all day for me. Another hit for me! Yay!

Ipsy August 2016 Glam Bag || NYX Highlighter

I have never heard of the next one and I also haven't tried it yet but it does smell amazing. I love leave-in conditioners so IT Hair Care 12-in-one Amazing Leave-In Treatment is right up my alley. The 12 things it promises to do: get rid of brittle ends, tangles, and frizz; add body, shine, and health; repair dry and damaged hair; protect color-treated hair, against heat, split ends, and breakage. Sounds pretty amazing, huh? Let's see how I like this baby!

Last up is a fave of mine... Josie Maran's Whipped Mud Mask in Vanilla Apricot. I've been a huge fan of Josie products for yearsssss. I always keep her argan oil handy! I love how her products are natural and work really well on my skin. As I get older, I am trying to shy away from chemicals and switch over to more natural products. There's a long story behind this and I'll be sharing soon. This mask smelled and felt amazing. After I rinsed it off my face, my skin was smooth and hydrated. This was her first attempt at creating a mask and she succeeded! It does everything it promises to do which is "clarifies, refines, firms, nourishes and soothes." With 100% pure argan oil, Moroccan rhassoul clay formed from volcanic ash which detoxifies and tones skin, what's not to love?

Have you tried any of these products? What was in your ipsy glam bag?

Life Update

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Life Update || The Gossip Darling
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Hello darlings!

Happly Monday and hope you all had a great weekend! Just wanted to share a little quick life update with you all. Just a little gossip between friends :)

Let's just say losing weight is hard. Like extremely difficult. I have been on the Weight Watchers weight lose program for about 2 months now and it's really working. I've lost ten pounds and I'm feeling great. I have four more pounds to go until I reach my goal weight. After I reach my goal, I'm going to really start toning up. My problem area has always been my stomach. It's a family trait and makes us all look like we are 5 months pregnant or something. My belly just puffs out! Ugh! So four more pounds to go and I start doing what I hate most...working about my abs. I'm working out 5 to 6 days per week and taking barre, Zumba, twerking, and pole dancing classes. I think I'm going to add Soul Cycle to the mix but it's so expensive! We'll see about that one. 

The main reason why I personally think weight loss is hard is because I had very unrealistic expectations. I have to realize that I'm 32 now and not 22 anymore. Back in my 20s, I used to drop 10 pounds like nothing. Like seriously it felt like it took me a few days. Hahaha. This time I said to myself, "you're active, eating mostly healthy, and always been fit. You got this..." Well wrong! Your body changes and things aren't as easy as they used to be. I legit thought I would just give up wine and I would lose the ten pounds in a month. Ummm I wish. So I'm continuing on my weight loss journey and I'm feeling great. I have soooo much respect for people who lost 100 pounds! I wouldn't be able to do it. 

My acne. Ugh. This is the little engine that could. It got really bad for awhile but it has really improved since I started a new skincare routine. I'm going to write a post soon about every single product I've been using. It's a lot of work but consistency is key. I'm not afraid of a little work especially if it means my acne is gone! 

I went to the doctor last week about my migraines and it turns out I was severely dehydrated. I'm losing weight, working out 6x per week, and it's sooooo hot here in NYC. I need to be drinking at least 64 oz of water per day and let's just say I was barely getting 8....yes I know it was stupidity on my part but it's really hard! First of all, I hate water so it's naturally a struggle for me. And I'm always so busy at work that I lose track of time and totally forget to drink. Now I have an alarm on my Apple Watch and it reminds me 6x per day...drink water. I'm in the bathroom peeing every 5 minutes but the dehydration is getting better and it's also helping my acne. I'm killing two birds with one stone. 

Back in March, I went to the doctor for my annual physical and my vitamin D levels were extremely low. I was also retested last week and I'm back to normal! At first I thought the imbalance was causing my acne but not the case. I'm so happy! I'm looking for a good soapy multivitamin so if you have any recommendations, please feel free to share. I'm also not taking anymore hair growing pills so let's see if I notice any changes. 

I'm so excited to be expanding my blog and featuring some new series. One of my new features will include events and inspiration for your own future parties! I've mentioned before that I was a wedding blogger for many years. Even though I don't want to only write about weddings, I still miss the creativity, inspiration, and beauty life events bring, including weddings. I'll be sharing more stories about engagements, baby showers, bridal showers, or just a good dinner party with friends! I'll also be collaborating with more companies which I'm super excited for. We need to help lift one another and learn from others. I think this will be a great addition to the blog. 

In the future, I definitely want to rebrand the blog. I still don't think the layout and design truly represents me but it'll do for now. I want to build more and develop my identity before I spend serious money. 

What else would you like to know? Do you want to see something else on the blog? 

I would love to hear from you! 

xoxo

Estee Lauder Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Review

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Estee Lauder Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Review
Hi loves!!

So eye makeup remover is a MUST for me!! I wear loads of eye makeup on a daily basis and all of my liners are black. Let's just say that it can be very difficult to remove my makeup even with me cleansing and really scrubbing my face. I'm also really gentle around my eye area but it's the first area to wrinkle and it's extremely sensitive. Side story: About two months ago, I was washing my face and I was being very rough and actually popped a blood vessel in my eye! It was painful and bleeding inside of my eye! It wasn't a cute look to go with my full makeup look.

I'm usually always good about removing my eye makeup and 70% of the time I'm gentle... but I still have those moments. Eye makeup removers are 100% a must as part of my skincare routine. Also, it helps remove eye shadow fall out before I apply my foundation.

I'm currently using two different eye makeup removers: my beloved Bobbi Brown and now Estee Lauder's Gentle Eye Makeup Remover. I've already shared my thoughts about Bobbi's here and now it's all about sharing the love for Estee!

This gentle eye makeup remover is oil and fragrance- free. It's also ophthalmologist-tested which is super important because I wear contact lenses and I also don't want to be blinded just because I love to wear black liner! It's also gentle and lightweight so it won't fight with your skincare routine or feel like it's clogging your pores. Everyone can use it and it's for all skin types! I love when things are super easy and works for everyone. Just grab it and go! Also, have you ever used an eye makeup remover that's heavy and oily and when you use it and then try to apply makeup immediately afterwards it changes the texture or look of the product? I have and I hate it! This product won't conflict with anything you're currently using.

So far I've used it to remove black mascara, black liquid eye liner on lid, black eye liner for waterline, and multiple eye shadows. It gets through and removes everything. I use it twice per day: morning and night. It's especially important for me to use at night because I've ruined too many pillow cases with black residue that just won't wash out!

How do I use it? I usually use one of my large oval cotton pads from Primark and apply the remover directly to the pad. Then I swipe it across each eye separately. After I've wiped both eyes, I apply a little more on a q-tip and really get underneath the eye. Please just make sure to close your eyes. Even though the lovely eye doctors have approved this product, let's not get too crazy.

I personally feel like after a few swipes across my eyes, this remover gets a little soapy. You're not going to see suds but maybe a bubble or two! Nothing too crazy.

Bottom line? Great for sensitive peeps like myself, amazing for delicate areas, and not one bit oily so not clogging of pores or competing with your makeup. Will I purchase again? 100%

How do you remove your eye makeup?

Happy 1st Birthday to The Gossip Darling

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Happy 1st Birthday to The Gossip Darling

Hello loves!!! I just wanted to share a really quick post with you all....Today marks one year since I started this little blog of mine called The Gossip Darling. I can't believe how quickly time has flown by! It seems like yesterday that I was emailing and texting all of my friends with name ideas. Yes, I was really driving them crazy but thank goodness they were all supportive! 

Even though I have been blogging for years now, I still keep learning new things on a daily basis. Compared to my old wedding blog, this time around I'm less focused on stats or the number I times I post a day or if what I'm writing makes sense. I'm truly more relaxed about the analytical side and I'm more focused on building positive relationships. I want to connect with my readers. Hey, even if I only have two readers, I wanna connect with those two! 

I'm so blessed to say that the response to The Gossip Darling has been amazing. I'm looking forward to collaborating and connect with me of you and growing this little baby of mine! 

Happy 1st Birthday to The Gossip Darling! Praying for more years and a lot of fun! Hope we create, inspire, and change the world! 

xoxo

PS- I want to give a special thanks for the readers! Without you...I'm nothing! 

Fighting Acne

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Fighting Acne by The Gossip Darling
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Hello loves!! Today I'm chatting about something I'm extremely passionate about...acne! It's something I've struggled with for years. For some people it's just a zit here and there but for others (like me), breakouts can be so bad, painful, and completely change how you feel about yourself on the day to day. At 32, I'm embarrassed by all of my breakouts. Even though I know that it's not true, I feel like I'm too old for zits! Wasn't this just a teenage thing? Not at all and many of us suffer from acne into adulthood. I've tried soooo many products and have wasted so much money trying to get rid of my acne. It's difficult because some products have made me breakout even more! After visiting a dermatologist and 100% not getting the treatment I wanted (another $128 down the drain!), I'm finally taking control over this situation and have developed a routine that works for me. Now this involves not only skincare, but my makeup routine, diet, and lifestyle as well! Are you ready for this super long post? I'm actually splitting it up into two parts because it's just too much info!

Before I get into the BareMineral products I've been using (part two post!) I just want to share a few lifestyle changes I've made and in less than a week, I've notice a huge improvement with my skin.

1. Cleaning my makeup brushes: HUGE! Keeping germs and bacteria alway from your face is super important. You can't continue to apply your makeup with dirty brushes. You just can't do it! Whatever you're trying to accomplish by cleansing your face will be useless if you just reinfect your skin with dirty makeup brushes. I wash my brushes every Sunday with my Sigma brush and a cleanser as the brush shampoo. I know you can use brush cleaner but I use a facial cleanser because I'm so paranoid about using products that can potentially breakout my skin. Here's my post here about my brush cleaning routine. I prefer the Sigma glove but truly use anything you have that will really clean out those brushes. 

2. Drink water: As much as I hate to say this because I hate drinking water, I have to say I'm drinking 8 to 12 glasses of water a day and it's making a huge difference. Staying hydrated is very important and reflects in your complexion. Cleansing your body from germs, bacteria, toxins, and other stuff is important for your overall health but also improves your looks! My skin doesn't look as "tired". Does that make sense? Lol. Like I've shared a few times before, I hate drinking water but honestly you just have to develop a pattern and stick with it. It's like working out. I hate it but I have to do that too if I wanna feel and look good! 

3. Hands off the face: Please tell me that I'm not the only one who loves picking my face or touching my face as I'm on the computer. My dirty hands are always on my face. Hands off! Unless you just washed your hands, again, no germs or bacteria on the face! I live in NYC so I get enough of that by just walking the streets. As much as we want to pick as our zits and face, we are truly making the situation worse. Let the acne products do its job without any interference from you!

4. Diet: I'm trying to stay away from sugars and even alcohol. We know that I suffer from migraines and bad sugars can also trigger them but sugars aren't good for your face either. My fave of choice, wine, can be extremely dehydrating to the body and without water intake, it sucks my body dry which causes it to produce more oil which in turn leads to acne. That was a lot right? Lol. I'm still on my fitness and weight loss program and no refined sugars go hand in hand with that but it also helps improve my acne. It's a win win all around.

5. Stop piling on makeup: Again, this is a super hard one for me. I love layering my makeup so I can cover my acne. Who really wants to show that to the world? Unfortunately, it's not improving the breakouts and is making me breakout more. I'm clogging my pores and not letting my skin breathe. My skin is suffocating and in turn retaliates by breaking out. Even though it's extremely hard to do it, don't add that second layer of concealer or foundation. I personally use my primer, Complextion Rescue mixed with Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation and call it a day. I used to apply my Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick to my breakout areas but I'm not skipping this step. My skin can't be completely blocked. Let the poor thing breathe! 

6. Moisturizing: I used to totally skip this step in my morning routine. I'm really good at moisturizing at night but suck at it in the morning because I'm usually late and I'm a rush. Bad bad bad. We think just because we have acne that we should skip the moisturizer because we need to dry out our skin. This is actually the opposite. We still need to moisturize our skin so we create balance. We want to balance our skin so we can control it and for the skin to look clear. My making it too dry, we are creating an imbalance which forces your body to try to make up for something. Now I wash my face in the morning, apply moisturizer, let it settle while I fix my bed and make my coffee, and then I start my makeup routine. So far this new addition has been working out wonderfully. 

7. Washing my face as soon as I enter the apartment: So usually work very long days and then go to the gym. So I am out of my house on average 14 hours per day. I work out before I head home and usually my fitness routine is very intense. Once I walk into my apartment, I make my dinner and chat on the phone…I don't wash my face until I shower or before bed if I didn't work out. Wrong! Now as soon as I enter my apartment, I go straight to the bathroom to wash all my makeup and sweat off of my face. The longer it hangs out on my face, the more time germs and sweat have time to settle into my face. 

8. Oil free products: This is something the dermatologist told me. She recommended that I only use oil free products and to double check all of my makeup and skincare products. So I am using this oil based cleanser from BareMinerals and it comes highly recommended by many people who suffer from acne. All of my other products though are oil free. 

Stay tuned for part two of this post when I go into the exact products I'm using to keep my face clear of breakouts!

Current Beauty Wish List

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Current Beauty Wish List
Let's be honest here…it doesn't really matter how much makeup I have, I still want more. Every time I see a new product launching or my favorite blogger saying she's in love with a new product, it just instantly makes me want it. (Yes, I'm like a little kid!) So if anyone wants to make donations (ha!) or buy me makeup, here's my new beauty wish list!

1. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer: This has been around forever and I have seen some many of my fave YouTubers swear by this concealer. I really need to pick this up! I seriously know I'm missing out on something wonderful.

2. Jo Malone Cologne: I actually haven't tried any Jo Malone products...not a one!! People swear by the candles and cologne and I don't know what they are talking about. I hope it's not a bunch of hype because this stuff is expensive!

3. La Mer 'The Moisturizing Soft Cream': Doesn't JLo use this all over her body? Isn't it the best of the best? If it's good for her, it's good for me! My skin is always so dry and it's important to stay hydrated, especially since I want my skin to always look younger. I need this in my life. 

4. Donna Karan 'Cashmere Mist' Deodorant/Antiperspirant: I used to wear this perfume years ago! Honestly, I wore it so much that now I'm just tired of it. I recently read from a fashion blogger that she can't go back to using regular deodorant after using this on her wedding day. She said it's clear, smells amazing all day long, and you won't feel sweaty at all. Since I'm always running around, I want to make sure I smell peachy all day long. 

5. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in Beige: Isn't Bobbi Brown makeup just so and elegant? I feel like you can never go wrong and you'll always look like a lady. This brick is simple with the colors and I feel will compliment my tan complexion perfectly. I can just throw it in my gym bag and I'm on my way.

6. Giorgio Armani 'Luminous Silk' Foundation: Doesn't Kim K love this foundation? Again, good enough for Kimmy means good enough for me. We all know that the name Armani means luxury and quality. It's a bit pricey at $64 but I'm hoping it's worth it. 

7. Deborah Lippman Nail Polish in Love Story: This light pink color is the definition of elegance and perfection. Super easy to wear and so delicate, classy, and feminine. I love everything about it and feel like I can use this color everyday and not get tired of it. 

8. Charlotte Tilbury 'Filmstar Bronze & Glow' Face Sculpt & Highlight: I also haven't tried any Charlotte Tilbury products! I know that I am super late to the game!! How have I not picked up anything yet? This compact is perfect for the busy person on the go. You have your contour and highlight in the same place and can just grab, apply, and go! The packaging is really pretty too. I am trying to simplify my life and I am looking for easy to grab and apply. 

Have beauty products are you pining for?

Stila Stay All Day Eye Liner and Liquid Lipstick Review

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Stila Stay All Day Eye Liner and Liquid Lipstick Review

OMG OMG! Hands down one of the BEST #NSale purchases I've ever made. Seriously, if it's still available, run out and get it! These two are some of the best beauty products I've ever used. Must have! Get it now! Run for it!

Stila Stay All Day Eye Liner and Liquid Lipstick Review

I have been using Stila's Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner for years. I have only cheated once with Kat Von D's liner when Sephora sold out of my usual gem. I can't gush enough about it. I love it!! Here's the deal. I am always in a rush and running late. Living in NYC means that I am fully involved in the hustle and bustle. When I wake up in the morning and get ready for work, I am absolutely never on time and never have a moment to spare. I need my makeup to be easy to use, fast, and effective. I also need it to last all day because I don't have time for touch ups and I work 16 hour days. You'll get all of this from Stila's Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. 

Stila Stay All Day Eye Liner Review

Here's my morning eye makeup routine. I apply this eye shadow primer with either my fingers or brush. Then I set it with a powder. Honestly, I use whatever powder I'm favoring at the moment. It can be Laura Mercier's Translucent Powder or Bare Minerals loose powder or my fave L'Oreal pressed powder. Seriously, just any powder and use this brush for application. Once you prime and set, apply your eye shadow (or shadows) of choice and then you are ready to apply your eye liner. Let me just say, I never leave the house without liner. It's more important to me than foundation. It completely changes my looks. Stila's eye liner is easy to apply because it's shaped like a pen. Just give it a quick shake and it's good to go. It has a super fine felt tip and the color is so pigmented that you just need to swipe once or twice and you're set. I just have to sweep the tip over my eye lids once and the results are perfect. I use the color intense black.

Stila Stay All Day Eye Liner Swatch

The eye liner creates a thin elegant look and of course you can expand from there to a achieve the look you want. Legit, this eyeliner doesn't transfer to my upper lid and it lasts all day! It survives my barre, twerking, and zumba classes! I remove it with my Estee Lauder eye makeup remover and I'm set. If you love eye liners and are concerned about product transfers or staying power, I would definitely give this baby a go.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina Review

Now this is totally something I wasn't ready for! I had nooo idea I was going to fall so madly in love with this lipstick. It wasn't love at first sight, it was a slow low. lol. So with the #NSale, I bought my liner for my usual price of $20 and they threw in the Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick for free. This brand is a smart one because even though it was free this first round....I am now madly in love with it and will 100% repurchase. Wanna know more? Good because I want to spill the beans. 

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina Swatch

I received the Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina with my duo set. It's a beautiful nude pink shade. It's perfect for the classy, understated, but you are 100% the boss look. This dusty rose is 100% full coverage! It goes on the lip a little too liquid and watery I thought. I have never used a lipstick like this before so I wasn't a fan of the texture at first. I thought, this thing is so watery and it's going to be running down my lips and face. Ummm so not the case. This creamy matte lipstick is super pigmented and the color is very intense. Seriously, a little bit goes a long way and you only need to sweep across your lips once. Not need to keep going over and over. It feels very light on your lips and it dries very matte.It's not sticky and you don't have to worry about your hair sticking to your lips. Since I am not a fan of a matte look, I apply a nice nude gloss over it and the overall look is perfect. At the moment, I am using this by Bare Minerals for my second layer. May I just say...the color lasts for HOURS!! I drank my vanilla soy latte, eat my oatmeal, had a snack, drank water, and the lipstick was still on my lips!! I just had to apply the tiniest amount of BM gloss over it and I was 100% good as new. I have never seen a lipstick last this long. My only con is the smell...kinda reminds me of clay or something. I am missing the mango scent of YSL lipsticks. That's my only negative! This is the best $20 I've ever spent. 

Have you tried Stila's Stay All Day eye liner or lipstick? What are your thoughts?