Archive for February 2016

Best Summer Nail Polishes from OPI's Hello Kitty Collection

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Happy Monday darlings!!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I am most excited that Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar last night! Yes, I still have a crush on Jack. How did you spend you weekend? 

I am a total nail polish girl and nothing makes me happier than a fresh manicure. Since for as long as I can remember, I've always gotten a manicure on a weekly basis. I love my nails to look stylish, clean, chic, and pretty! 

I am a huge OPI fan and I have been using their nail polishes for years. They offer so many different colors and there's a polish to suit everyone's style. They have their classic collections but they always take it a step further and offer special collections, such as the Hello Kitty line! 

Best Summer Nail Polishes from OPI's Hello Kitty Collection from The Gossip Darling

OPI's Hello Kitty Collection offers 12 different colors ranging from pale pink to fun yellow to the trendy blue. All of their colors are so fun and beyond pretty. Since I am so focused on summer right now and my trips to the beach, I am thinking of beautiful summer colors for me to wear. I recently purchased 3 colors: Super Cute in Pink, Let's be Friends, Spoken from the Heart. Tip: I always purchase my own polishes even if I go to a professional salon for my manicure because I like for my toes to match my fingers and I also want to be able to do touch up just in case there are any chips. 

Just in case you've never tried OPI nail polishes, your nails won't chip easily, they are heavily-pigmented, and they offer such a wide range of colors. They are definitely worth the money. 

What are your favorite Summer nail polish colors? Have you tried OPI's Hello Kitty polishes? 

PS: A pic of my fave of the 3..Let's Be Friends!

Swatch of Let's Be Friends by OPI's Hello Kitty Collection from The Gossip Darling blog


Top 5 Weekend Getaway Travel Essentials

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Top 5 Weekend Getaway Travel Essentials from The Gossip Darling

Happy Friday darlings!!

This weekend will be another three day one for me so I am super excited! Yay! Do you have any fun weekend plans?

For today's post, I've teamed up with HomeAway, the leader of vacation rentals with over 1 million listings. They work with any budget and span over many locations. If you're looking for a vacation rental, they are the place to go. 

Since Winter isn't going away yet here in NYC, I am dreaming of a beach vacation! Here are my top 5 weekend getaway travel essentials:

1. Sunscreen: I want to protect my skin and I am obsessed with SPF. I wear it all year long. Besides aging, cancer is the bigger issue! PS- you can still tan while wearing sunscreen.

2. Hat & Sunglasses: I like to keep the sun off my face. (I also want to look younger for as long as I can! Ha)

3. Water: I need to stay hydrated. As long as I have a large bottle of water, I'm happy and it can get as hot as it wants to! H2O for me is key.

4. iPad: I'm obsessed with my iPad. It's so bad! I usually read while sunbathing. I love a good mystery! I also do a little work, catch up on social media, listen to music or catch up on emails. iPads are the best things ever! I can even watch Netflix!

5. Umbrella: I also love some privacy. Besides keeping the sun off me for a bit, I do like a little privacy when I am resting on packed Long Island beaches.

What are your essentials for a weekend getaway?

Lent

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Lent from The Gossip Darling


Hello darlings!!

Hope you all had a great start to the week. I wasn't sure if I should share this story with you all but since I've been struggling soooo much, I've decided to let you in on what's going on.

Every year for Lent, I try to outdo myself and give up something I really love for the 40 day period. As a Catholic, it's important for me to make sacrifices for my religion and truly reflect, develop and grow a closer relationship to God. Over the years, I have given up ice cream, alcohol, caffeine, and now....all sweets. Just to share a fun fact about me....I am obsessed with sweets. 100% I'm the girl eating cake for breakfast and munching on something sugary throughout the day.

For those not familiar with Lent, it's a Christian observance recognized by many different Christian dominations and covers a period of about 6 weeks before Easter. During the period between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, Christians focus on the basics: simple living, prayer, and fasting in order to get closer to God. You can read more about Lent here and here. For me, as part of my fast, I give up something I really really really love for the 40 days and it truly makes a huge difference in my life.

I'm determined to not cheat and really focus on my end goal! I can do this! I can do this! I can do this! I'm trying to increase my fruit intake because pineapples are sweet and will take the focus away from a cookie. Honestly, giving up wine was easy for me, but giving up sweets is a totally different ball game. I don't drink wine first thing in the morning and really only enjoy a glass after work. It's the opposite story with sweets! As I get ready for work and put my makeup on, I usually eat an Oreo or two! (Yes, I'm that bad) I'm also known to have a slice of cake before noon. I have about a month left to go and I'm determined to stay strong. Shouldn't my body have already detoxed? Why am I still having cravings? Ugh!

Lent is a time to repent, fast, refocus, and continue to build your relationship with God. Do you practice Lent? If so, what did you give up?


IPKN Flash Cream Radiant Primer Review

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IPKN Flash Cream Radiant Primer from The Gossip Darling

Happy Saturday darlings!!

Hope you're all having a great weekend so far. This weekend is 3 days for me and I am soooo happy! You know what also makes me really happy? When I find a new beauty product I'm loving! Here's a little background...

Last month I finally signed up for Birchbox. It's a monthly beauty subscription with some awesome samples getting shipped directly to your home. If you're a beauty addict like me, trying new products can get awfully pricey because many times you are forced to buy the full size product. With Birchbox, you complete your profile which includes info about your skin type, hair type, beauty preference, and other fun questions, and they send personalized samples to you for $10 per month. Every sample in your box is a surprise but they send you loads of info about each product and you have the option to purchase the full sized product from their e-commerce shop. For me this is convenient because for $10, I get to try 5 new beauty products and my wallet isn't left severely damaged.

Last month, I was sent a sample of IPKN Flash Cream Radiant Primer and I am totally loving it. Over the years, I've used many different primers. One of my favorites is Too Faced's Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer. I've gone through soooo many tubes of this stuff. But of course, sometimes you want to change it up. (And hopefully you find something that you like and it's a bit cheaper!) IPKN Flash Cream Radiant Primer is about the same price but it's worth the $28.

IPKN Flash Cream Radiant Primer Review || The Gossip Darling

I've used up the entire sample but over the last month, this primer has helped my foundation go on smoother, my makeup lasts longer on my skin (I work 16 hour days), makes my pores look smaller, and helps protect my skin from the sun because it's SPF 15. It has a clean light smell that isn't overpowering, feels very light on your skin, has a little pearl shimmer to it so my skin looks more illuminating, it's creamy and your skin will feel moisturized. Just as a heads up, the consistency feels more like a lotion but it will completely soak into your skin. I don't think this product will do well for those with oily skin, but anyone with dry to combo skin should give it a try!

Have you ever used this primer? What are some of your other favorites? Please tell me in the comments below!

Enjoy your weekend beauties!

8 Ways I'm Losing 10 Pounds

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8 Ways I'm Losing 10 Pounds from The Gossip Darling

I love to eat, drink, and snack. I truly enjoy every moment I spend consuming something so yummy that I dream about it. I'm also not picky about my consumption. I enjoy Snickers and Godiva equally. I never discriminate. But since turning 30 last year, I absolutely hate to admit it, but my metabolism is starting to hate me. I used to be able to eat wood in my 20's and my body would digest it and I wouldn't be bloated for even for a second. At 31, everything makes me bloated and now I gained an extra 10 pounds and no matter how hard I try...I can't lose it. I'm finally starting to accept the fact that I have to change my consumption habits. I say consumption instead of only eating because I also like to drink my calories. Don't get the wrong idea! I'm not only talking about alcohol (even though I'm obsessed with my wine) but I love to drink juice, soda, and other sugary drinks. (And Starbucks fraps) 

Here are my three main vices: wine, sweets, and fried foods. I'm a girl who enjoys life. Time for a change...here we go!

1. Calm App: I've mentioned this app before. I try to meditate for about 5 minutes per day. I want to start taking yoga classes but honestly I struggle with time. If I only have an hour free for a workout, I rather spend my time on the treadmill. My attitude is starting to change though because mediating is life changing. It puts me in a totally different mindset and makes me think more positively. My whole vibe changes and my brain clears a bit. I highly recommend spending a few minutes per day just mentally regrouping.  

2. Water: I swear water is a miracle worker. It's like the world's best medicine. Unfortunately, I just hate drinking water. It's such a struggle for me. I rather drink a diet coke or tea! I now make my own flavored waters. I just add some lemon to my glass and bang! I can drink it. I'm trying to drink my 8 glasses a day...I'm trying...

3. Workout: I am increasing my workouts from 3x per week to 5x and instead of 45 minutes, I am spending a hour getting sweaty. Working out isn't just helping me lose weight but it's also helping me deal with stress. I think living in a major city, have a busy full time job, and just deal with life can add loads of stress to anyone's life. I truly thinking sweating and really hitting the treadmill makes me release so many emotions and I always feel better afterwards. Hopefully my new workout routine pays off!

4. Snacking: I am the QUEEN of snacking. I love snacking! A handful of snacks here and there never hurt anyone, right?? Ummmm.....wrong! Those calories have been adding up and making my skinny jeans super tight. I am keeping my hands to myself and no longer grabbing any handfuls. No more snacking for me! Well I should say no more unhealthy snacking for me!

5. Frequency of Meals: I can go hours and hours without eating. This is totally wrong and not good for your body! I should be eating about 6 small meals per day. It helps your metabolism and your body won't store whatever you are eating into fat. It's almost like a game. If your body thinks it's only going to get one meal a day, it's going to store that one meal into fat and hold onto it for survival. I'll burn more calories if I eat 5 to 6 small meals per day and let my body know not to hold onto anything! 

6. Sodium: I add salt to salt. I love love love everything salty! I add salt to my eggs, popcorn, fries, and just about anything I can add it to. Not only does sodium make you bloated but it can cause soooo many other health issues. I need to put the salt shaker away and grab my glass of water. I don't want high blood pressure!

7. Sleep: In order to have the energy to work out more and get through my long days, I need my beauty sleep! After all the wear and tear I am putting on my body, my body also needs time to regroup and recuperate. This all sounds like common sense but I tend to only sleep 4 to 5 hours per night. This is terrible on my body. 8 hours please. 

8. Dedication: I guess this applies to all areas of life, eh? I need to be consistent and dedicated to my new plan. I can't do it for one week and then fall off the wagon. It's all about momentum and creating a new life routine! This isn't a moment in my life...this is a new lifestyle!

Do you have any weight lose tips for me? Any advice?

Thank you so much for reading!!

How to get FREE Makeup! (Mac, Lush, Sabon, Kiehl's, and more!)

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How to get FREE Makeup! (Mac, Lush, Sabon, Kiehl's, and more!) from The Gossip Darling

Hello beauties!!

Hope you're all having a great week so far. As a beauty addict, I love getting free stuff! I don't care if it's a beauty sample, free service, or even free info. If it's for free...it's for me! As a beauty junkie, I've learned a few tricks. I'm going to share my secret....some beauty companies offer perks or free stuff when you recycle your beauty products! That's right. Finish your goodies, turn in the empty containers, and you get a reward! Here are some beauty companies who offer recycling programs.

MAC Cosmetics: I am a HUGE MAC fan and I have been since I was a teenager. For my senior prom, a MAC makeup artist did my makeup and I have been obsessed every since. Their eye shadows and lipsticks are the absolute best and super pigmented. Nobody does it better. What makes them even better? Save 6 empty containers and you get a free lipstick when you return the empty containers to a MAC counter. Yes, that's right....FREE lipstick!! And it's free because you are doing something good for the environment and getting something back for money you've already spent. Their lipsticks range from $17 to $20 so it's a fantastic perk! Thanks MAC for being so awesome!! Check out additional deets here.

Lush: I'm a total newbie to this brand. About two weeks ago, my Mom and I went into a store for the first time and every single salesperson in the store was super friendly and helpful. (It's hard finding amazing customer service like this!) My salesperson explained products in great detail to me, let me try some products, and offered free samples. My Mom and I were totally eating everything up! We purchased about 4 items and I'll definitely be back there soon. Their products are handmade and on every container it tells you who made it and when it was made. How cool is that? Since Lush is super environmentally conscious, hand in 5 empty black pots and they'll give you a Fresh Face Mask for FREE! Woooo hoooo! Yes please!! You're saving about $7.95. Please count me in. Click here for more details.

Sabon: This is another brand I've been using for many years. My Mom and I are obsessed with their scrubs. They are amazing!! I've been to many of their stores over the years and everyone's super nice and they love to demonstrate their products as well. I love trying their goodies! Here's their deal...bring in an empty jar, bottle, or container and receive 10% off the same product you just returned. So I have the containers of the scrubs I love so much and when they are empty, I return them to the store and buy a new scrub for 10% off. Love it! Win win! Read more about it here.

Origins: I'm a total stalker of this brand. I have tried soooo many of their products and I am so pleased. They are clean, fresh, and feel good on your skin. I've purchased everything from makeup, body lotion, skincare, and gum! Yes, I've tried it all. Origins now offers an awesome rewards program. For every $1 you spend, you get 10 points! There's 3 levels of the program: silver, gold, and green. The higher your rewards level, the more benefits and perks available to you. You also earn 25 points for recycling empty cosmetic containers! I love being green. What are some of the rewards?Deluxe samples, masks, mini facial brush, full size products, and cosmetic bag. Click here to learn more.

Kiehl's: I started using this brand as a teenager. I've gotten so many people hooked on their stuff. The company was founded in 1851 and has a huge fan base. These people know what they're doing. I also love how they reward their customers if they bring empty bottles back. For every full-size empty bottle you hand in, you get a stamp. After 10 stamps, you get a FREE travel collection product. Yay! Who doesn't love that? Here are the deets.

I love when brands are awesome and give back to their customers. Have you tried these brands? Do you recycle? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

Thanks so much for reading!

For the Love of Pink

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For the Love of Pink


Pink is hands down my favorite color. Since I was a little girl, I've never been able to get enough of the color. My love of pink is steady and strong! It's so pretty and charming. Depending on the shade, pink can be soft and elegant or bold and vibrant. (I love having dual personalities) 

Today on the blog, I get spend some time gushing over my favorite pink goodies! From watches to handbags to shoes and don't forget about the pretty bling bling! Sit back and drool with me. :)

What are you favorite pink goodies?


Brighten Your Smile with Supersmile

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Brighten Your Smile with Supersmile || The Gossip Darling

Brighten those pearly whites with Supersmile! I recently purchased this product and I'm already obsessed!! PS- this totally isn't a sponsored post. I truly can't get enough of this product!

I was watching QVC's Tuesday Night Beauty and Shawn Killinger was hosting this show and showcased Supersmile. I'm a huge QVC fan because most times they offer super sized products with easy pay options. (You can make anywhere between 2 to 6 monthly installments) I saw this teeth whitening product on two easy pays and I started to pay attention.

I admit, I need to treat my teeth better because I love my coffee, tea, wine, and diet coke! All things that are terrible for your teeth. I think most people hope for a brighter and whiter smile. I usually use Crest White stripes and I love the results but I hate having to keep them on for an hour. Who has time for that after a 16 hour day?

Supersmile keeps it simple. Just have 2 steps.... First you rinse your mouth for 30 seconds with the whitening pre-rinse and then you brush your teeth for 2 minutes with the whitening toothpaste and whitening accelerator. You just add a pea size of both products on your toothbrush and make dental magic for the 2 minutes. After your 120 seconds are up....you rinse your mouth with water and your teeth are already brighter. I noticed results from the very first application. Since I place my order with QVC, they also sent me a toothbrush! It's amazing.


Use this wonderful product for 30 days and you'll start to see a difference. I truly noticed a difference from the first time I used it. It's great for all of us on the go and don't have time to sit around for an hour. I also bought an extra pre-rinse mouth wash so I can rinse my mouth at work after I eat.

PS- Please brush your teeth dry and NOT wet. Makes a huge difference and allows the product to do its job!

Have you used Supersmile? If so, what do you think?