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Monday, June 29, 2015

National Mud Day

Photo credit: AP

Listen up dolls and dudes, today is National Mud Day and there is nothing wrong with getting a little dirty, especially while enriching your skin with a mineral-enriched mud mask. You know I can't keep my skincare secrets to myself (and why should I, when great skin is always in?), so don’t be afraid to get a little dirty and celebrate all things muddy with Miracle Skin Transformer’s Miracle Revival Mud, a 15 minute miracle mask will transform your skin, adding hydration, elasticity, firmness, all while reducing blemishes. 

Miracle Revival Mud is a mineral-enriched mud mask that works to improve hydration, firmness, and skin clarity, revealing a more even skin tone and reduced surface shine. A special absorbing action helps unclog pores, deliver natural nourishment, eliminate dead skin cells and detoxify impurities. Skin feels comfortably refreshed, invigorated, and youthful.

The gentle exfoliation of surface layers refines skin texture and promotes the natural renewal process. It leaves the skin feeling soft, smooth and cleansed. Extensive studies have shown that this bioactive silt shows superior activity in comparison to Dead Sea Mud, Fango Mud and Moor Mud in increasing skin moisture, reduces sebum flow, increases cell turnover by 92% and leaving the skin feeling smooth and soft.

Available for $38 at Kohl’s prestige beauty counters and www.kohls.com as well as www.miracleskintransformer.com.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

HAIR: Kérastase Discipline


Hair-raising humidity happens and if you're in need of some serious hair help, look for a product that helps fight frizz, provides serious amount of moisture and also adds shine. Look no further and try Kérastase Discipline - the complete at-home product regimen for you (and definitely for me to whip my curls into shape during these "cotton-ball" hair moments.) Discipline extends the benefits of an in-salon ritual to fight frizz and unruliness for 72 hours, in the comfort of your own home. When L'Oreal reps sent me this amazing collection for review, I immediately loved how it tamed my mane by softened my curl texture, detangled in a breeze and made my hair super silky smooth (and I must say they smell amazing!) 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

JĀSÖN® Products


Summer is in full swing (finally) and you want to make sure that your skin and hair are in great shape. Check out these amazing products by JĀSÖN®, sure to soak your skin and hair with moisture, as you soak in some sun!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Dove GovBall2015


If there is one brand that absolutely melts me and I can't live without, it's Dove. From their hair products (can't go wrong with their Quench Absolute curl collection), to their amazing body washes, beauty bars (my bliss over 20 years) and deodorants; it's safe to say that I am a Dove gal, from head to toe. A couple of weeks ago I had the ultimate pleasure of hanging with Dove all-day Saturday, VIP at the GovBallNYC (Governors Ball 2015) on Randall's Island. Given their creative, knock 'em dead marketing, I knew this would be great and was eager to see what the team had in store for us. I was raring to go from the moment I stepped onto the private bus at 9:00 am (very nice, with wi-fi and charging outlets at every seat), until the festival ended later that night at 11:30 pm (and yes, my outfit matched the Dove #RevitalizeMe theme. Be sure to check out my review on their new scent here .

I love Dove!
Despite heavy rain the days before, the Dove team was ready: a private, covered cabana (my home the entire day), with the best view ever right by the main stage. They also provided umbrellas and ponchos (in case in rained..it didn't), for those who chose to venture out. I had no desire to leave, I was comfy in my humble abode, lol. Lucky for us, it only rained on our way to GovBallNYC in the morning, so we had amazing, sunny weather all day. A day filled with flower crowns, flash tattoos, unlimited drinks, treats (and of course, tons of food - they fed us WELL, a plus in my book); the VIP treatment Dove provided was anything short of royal - they can adopt me any day

I was ready for the mud with mini rain boots!

SELF Magazine Beauty Awards


Talk about blending bravery, business and beauty. Exactly two months ago today, I did something I promised myself I would never ever do: return to the World Trade Center site if and whenever they were to be rebuilt. Why you ask? I am a 9/11 survivor, I was working there five months when tragedy struck on September 11, 2001, losing many co-workers and boss. Where was I that day? Inside 2 WTC, 35th floor, an Administrative Assistant at ABM & American Express (my position was split between two companies.) Many assume that I only have experience as a Beauty Editor, but I actually have 15 years of corporate experience under my belt - completely unrelated to the beauty and marketing world. Details of that day are an entirely different story, which is why I came up with my book title three years ago: (not yet published, soon, chapter added regulary) "From Dead-ends to DEADLINES!™", because that is exactly what my life has turned into: I'm growing every day from tragedy, I'm resilient and loving every minute of my deadline filled world.

SELF Approved Beauty Awards - April 22, 2015 One World Trade

Feeling both elated and deflated, I was torn when I received an invite from Condé Nast, inviting me to attend the 2015 SELF Approved Beauty Awards. It would be held on the 34th floor of One World Trade, practically the same floor I worked on at 2 WTC in 2001. My first thought was "absolutely not, no way - I'm not going!" But then I thought that I had to get over my fear, especially since Condé Nast (mecca, magazine mother-ship) moved into One World Trade last November - there was no way I could keep avoiding it, especially now that I am a Beauty Editor.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

M∙A∙C PRO Longwear


The latest addition to our ever-popular Pro Longwear lineup, M∙A∙C Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation ($32) features a tenacious waterproof formula that can be used as a foundation or concealer, wearing for an unprecedented 16 hours. Neither rain nor tears can budge this oil-free watertight product that actually repels moisture from the surface of the face. The formula blends seamlessly and wears beautifully on the skin with medium to full weightless coverage and a natural satin finish.

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New M∙A∙C Cosmetics Pro Longwear Powder/Pressed Powder ($26) combines longwearing benefits with oil control. An extremely soft and smooth powder with a patented hybrid treatment which renders the powders hydrophobic. The result is a powder that glides and adheres to skin giving a velvety matte finish and medium coverage even in the hottest and most humid climates.


Friday, June 19, 2015



Listen up you make-up lovers, I am thrilled to share news of LORAC's upcoming collaborative LORAC PRO-Files campaign. The cosmetics red carpet authority partnered with five of fashion's online leading ladies surrounding their Fall 2015 Collection -specifically, the brand's new PRO Contour Palette!

LORAC's PRO Contour Palette ($45) contains 2 matte highlighters, 1 shimmer highlighter and 3 matte contour shades created with velvety-smooth, ultra-pigmented and blendable formulas. It also includes the PRO Contour Brush with a unique dome shape, allowing for effortless precision and control so users can contour, just like a PRO!

To bring the launch to life and create an exciting story that merges fashion with beauty, LORAC founder and cover-story artist, Carol Shaw, utilized the PRO Contour Palette, exclusive custom Contour Brush and coveted Fall 2015 products to create perfectly sculpted features on these key fashion influencers:

Behind-the-Scenes from the Shoot and PRO Contour Palette
Alyssa Campanella, The A-List Blog
Courtney Tropp, Always Judging
Elizabeth Minett, Haute Appetit
Jayne Min, Stop It Right Now
Karla Deras, Karla's Closet

Each beauty look was created by Carol and inspired by their unique personalities and fashion aesthetics. The brand captured these custom "PRO" head-to-toe looks the influencers are sporting via a series of exclusive LORAC "Cover Features." This content will be rolled out on each blogger's website/social media platforms and cross-promoted on LORAC's e-commerce site. This follows the launch of the PRO Contour Palette, which debuted on Ulta.com June 14th! #LORACPROFILES #LORACFALL2015

Skincare: Immunocologie

VITAL CLAY MASK #RefineYourself

I am skincare obsessed, so when I test new skincare products, I make sure to give them at least three weeks, to thoroughly see results and observe how my skin reacts to it. I love the results from using IMMUNOCOLOGIE after attending a private media event last month at The Hudson Hotel. I previewed their NEW Vital Clay Mask and I love how revived my skin felt and looked, after 3 days of using IMMUNOCOLOGIE Exfoliating Lotion ($150), Cleansing Lotion ($65) and their NEW Vital Clay Mask ($220.)

I know what you're thinking" "Ev, you use so many products, why IMMUNOCOLOGIE?" It's a refined collection of skincare designed to treat any skin condition or concern. Formulated with a wealth of nutrient-dense ingredients such as oligopeptides, super antioxidants, nourishing oils, vitamins and minerals. This skincare line bridges an essential gap in luxury skincare by optimizing the relationship between skin health and the immune system.

Absolutely amazing skincare, IMMUNOCOLOGIE is crafted and curated as a beautiful fusion of science, art and preservation - the first immune-conscious skincare company. Through refined product formulas, IMMUNOCOLOGIE sustains and promotes skin health by providing it with the nutrients essential to enhance its natural restorative capabilities, maintain vitality and reinforce its immune response. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Nails: Cosmopolitan + Sally Hansen


What do you get when you mix fingertip-fashion plus astrology? A fabulous collaboration between Cosmopolitan + Sally Hansen: limited edition, Complete Salon Manicure Beachside Astrologer Collection! I was lucky to snag all 12 shades last month when I attended the launch at Paintbox with astrologist Aurora Tower. I can't get enough of my zodiac shade (103 Gemincello a mellow yellow, I love it.) Great job Cosmo+Sally Hansen - you truly nailed it! 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015



Skincare is absolutely everything to me, so it should come as no surprise that last week's grand opening of AMOREPACIFIC new boutique at Bloomingdale's, was anything short of amazing. I had the pleasure of attending the breakfast launch with the brand as it reached yet another milestone in 70 years: a partnership with Bloomingdale's! The new boutique is located on the first floor of the 59th Street flagship store, complete with a spa for facials & skin consultations. A skincare brand after my own heart, as I already use a few of the amazing AMOREPACIFIC products already (still do - great skin is in!) 

TIME RESPONSE Skin Renewal Creme ($450) joining the rest of the gang!

Why AMOREPACIFIC? Great skincare with astounding anti-aging properties, AMOREPACIFIC is a world leader in cosmetic research and technology, at the forefront of Asian beauty. Celebrated for its treatments that delay and reverse the signs of aging, AMOREPACIFIC only uses green tea plants harvested from AMOREPACIFIC owned and operated green tea gardens on Jeju island off the coast of Korea. Millions have been introduced to the amazing benefits of skincare, blending the rarest and most potent Asian botanicals, with cutting edge technology and a beauty philosophy that emphasizes a holistic approach to skin health. 

Unprecedented age reversing results!

Visit us.amorepacific.com or stop by the new AMOREPACIFIC boutique at Bloomingdale's 59th Street! 

~Evelyn Lugo

M∙A∙C Giambattista Valli


#MACGBV - Fashion designer Giambattista Valli brings his effortless elegance and luxurious celebration of the female form to a stunning collection of timeless lipsticks. This collection will be available in stores July 9th through August 6, 2015. Be sure to check out the amazing Q&A between M·A·C and Giambattista Valli below, you don't want to miss it! 

Monday, June 15, 2015

L'Occitane Father's Day


has an assortment of awesome gift sets ranging from $21 to $60, so there is something for every dad without breaking your budget. Packaged in a cool, manly box and completely ready to gift – these are the perfect options for last minute gifts! 

Father's Day Fragrance


Father's Day is right around the corner and finding a gift for dad shouldn't be a hassle. My dad is picky when it comes to his cologne (dads are quite possibly the hardest people to shop for) and although gifting cologne is tried and true, chances are you’ve probably overlooked important factors such as dad’s: body chemistry, personality and lifestyle, while spritzing through the latest men’s scents. Luckily my pals at FragranceNet.com have rounded up seven colognes from to match every personality with scents for each dad: 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

NEW L'Occitane Men


Listen up dolls, L’OCCITANE launched CEDRAT, a complete men’s grooming, skincare and body care collection on June 8th, perfect for all the important men in your life: dad, dude, brother or guy pal. With sleek yellow and gray packaging, a light citrus scent, and refreshing, energizing effects, these new products are a great hybrid for guys and girls, too.  


Friday, June 12, 2015

Summer Hair: Infusium23


Long before I began writing and reviewing products, I had one hair favorite, my go-to, to keep my hair healthy (I'm talking about way back in 90's.) I would use Infusium23 leave-in to set my hair in rollers, to create crisp, shiny curls for events when I wanted a "different curl look." Today, I still use Infusium23 and you can find it in a spray bottle, hanging in my bathroom and also use the shampoo, conditioner and mousse. Despite the hundreds of hair products I try and use, Infusium23 is my can't-live-without, hair savior - especially during the summer when my hair is extra thirsty. What's best, it's affordable! If your hair is damaged, Infusium23 is amazing and your hair will look and feel healthier, after one use (trust me.) 

Infusium23 revamped the look of the packaging and launched their re-staged Repair & Renew and Moisture Replenisher ​formulas ​that feature key ingredient boosters to the original i-23 complex (true vitamins for your hair.) 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Glade & Cirque du Soleil


Glade is household name that millions love, I myself can't get enough of Glade candles (they seriously melt me and awaken all my senses - Angel Whispers is my main flame, followed by NEW Blooming Peony & Cherry and Red Honeysuckle Nectar!) I always light a candle (please follow safety instructions) whenever I write, to help soothe and clear my mind. Cirque du Soleil partnered with Glade® to show how style empowerment can come from anything in your daily life, including colors and scents. Maryse Gosselin, Cirque du Soleil Makeup Designer to some of the biggest Cirque du Soleil productions like Ovo, Amaluna and Kurios, and Véronique Dussault, Cirque du Soleil Creative Content Designer; have some great tips to make sure you are prepped to make a bold beauty and fashion impact this season.

Now we can all get that certain “je ne sais quoi” for which Cirque du Soleil is so renowned and feel flirty, energized or relaxed. Glade scents empowers you to feel the way you want and in my case transport me to a much-needed oasis during chaos (Hawaiian Breeze.) Check out the exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and images from the recent Cirque performance that inspired her tips: 

Cirque du Soleil Creative Content Designer Véronique Dussault’s fashion tips for an empowered summer look:

Tuesday, June 9, 2015



M∙A∙C Le Disko, where glitter and glamour intoxicate and colour gets physical. It’s all see and be scene as the crowd converges under a sparkling aura of lights and erupts into a dazzling sea of eyes and lips. Feel the fever with Dazzle Eye Shadow in riotous hues, while Dazzleglass drops it like it’s hot for colour-popped lips that’ll make the boys go crazy. It’s a full on colour disco, and you’re the reigning queen. 


Monday, June 8, 2015

FOREO Save the Sea


My two loves in one: blue and turtles! In a bid to help ‘Save the Sea’, Swedish beauty brand FOREO will donate net proceeds of this aqua blue mini Special Edition ($139) to their newly established Board of Ocean Conservation charity partners, including GreenWave and SEA LIFE Trust, raising funds and awareness to preserve nature’s most beautiful gift.

"Ocean conservation is an issue that the FOREO team is passionate about! Our Save the Sea Campaign is just one way FOREO is showing our commitment to sustainability, something that resonates with all our partners, team members and consumers," says Justin Wang, VP of Communications. All FOREO beauty solutions have been developed to have a minimal environmental impact and are designed to last a lifetime. What's more, users of LUNA skincare devices can actually save 40% water usage during cleansing treatments, as the brush only needs a small amount of water and cleansing product during application." AGREED, as I use both the FOREO ISSA and LUNA and love them both! 

Fan & proud user of FOREO ISSA and LUNA
Just a few ways the LUNA™ mini ‘Save the Sea’ Special Edition will help to promote awareness:

Thursday, June 4, 2015

PREVIEW: #MACEllieGoulding

M∙A∙C Ellie Goulding

M∙A∙C Cosmetics is thrilled to announce M∙A∙C Ellie Goulding, arriving December 2015... Stay Tuned! #MACEllieGoulding..

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Skincare: Patchology


"Patches make Perfect" was the motto I learned, after attending a patch party with Patchology in March. I know that hydration is essential to great skin (lots of water, start from within), but what about a skincare product that is powered by the HydraSurge5Moisture System? Sounds great, well it is! Patchology FlashPatch™ Eye Gels ($50 for 30 pairs) works wonders in 5 minutes (I like to leave mine on longer), leaving your eyes looking rejuvenated, moisturized and brighter. Gone is any puffiness, with fine lines appearing smoother and prepped. HydraSurge5 provides a much deeper hydration than serums and eye creams. 

Can't go wrong with macarons and skincare!