As you guys surely know by now, I am a huge fan of tea tree (and natural beauty remedies in general). That’s why I was so psyched when Maple Holisitics, an organic and natural beauty company, wanted to collab with me!

In exchange for an honest review on Haute Mess, Maple Holisitics sent over their Tea Tree Oil Special Formula Shampoo. This was especially exciting because I was planning on doing a massive overhaul in terms of my haircare lineup soon–drugstore products just aren’t cutting it for me anymore.

Because I’ve been so happy with my natural skincare remedies, I was definitely looking into natural haircare products as well. My hair is in need of some major TLC after years of dye, drugstore products and heat tools. This collab really couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.

Maple Holistics, a New Jersey-based company, manufactures its products in the U.S.A.–something that is very important to me and close to my heart. So, of course I was thrilled to work with the team after reading up on the company’s values.

The formula of this shampoo itself is sulfate-free, which is the number-one thing you should look for when shopping for haircare products, no matter your hair type or haircare needs.

Tea tree is arguably more effective than traditional shampoo ingredients (such as ammonium chloride, glycol and various forms of polysorbate). In fact, it provides this shampoo in particular with over 98 all-natural compounds that promote scalp health.

Maple Holistics promises that their well-balanced formula provides safety, quality and results–something not all shampoos formulated with tea tree can truthfully claim.

The hearty shrub, native to Australia, clears dead skin cells from the hair follicles and combats dandruff as it instantly refreshes. Popular shampoos sold on drugstore shelves can be overly drying, causing dandruff, in addition to brittle locks.

Maple Holistics also adds rosemary and lavender to this formula for added benefits.

Rosemary stimulates the hair follicles’ cell renewal, while regulating oil production and increasing circulation to in aid leaving the hair and scalp smooth and refreshed.

A popular ingredient in beauty products (both all-natural and otherwise) throughout the world, lavender is a natural antiseptic, which clears any blemishes on the scalp, while soothing the pain of burns and preventing infections. It is also known to reduce scarring. (Plus, its scent has become synonymous with pampering–so it’s a must-have component of this spa-quality shampoo!)

[source: Maple Holistics]

In addition to an instant refresh and overall clean feeling, after just one use I noticed my unruly hair (which is in desperate need of a trim) is much easier to manage and style.

And after continued use over the past week or so, my hair is noticeably smoother to the touch with a fresh-from-the-salon glossy finish–results I’d never get with the myriad of drugstores products I’ve used over the years (except maybe Mane ‘n Tail).

I am so excited to keep Maple Holistics Tea Tree Oil Special Formula Shampoo in my haircare routine! Like I said, it is perfect for those who are ingredient-conscious; those who are looking to stay away from harmful ingredients in their self-care products.

Many of the ingredients commonly used in shampoos–especially those mainstream, drugstore shampoos–cause nasty (and potentially harmful!) buildup in the hair and scalp. The tea tree in Maple Holistics’ formula, however, actually helps combat buildup caused by a combo of these products and dead skin.

For more information on the benefits tea tree can bring to your hair and scalp, be sure to visit Maple Holistics’ website here, and check out their Special Formula Shampoo for yourself! (Trust me, it’s worth the hype.)

You can also sign up for Maple Holistics’ free sample program for the opportunity to try all their products at no cost, while learning more about the all-natural, cruelty-free company.

[source: Maple Holistics]

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A killer lip color is a must-have for fall. Over the years I’ve loved such a huge variety of shades during this time of the year: everything from MAC Cyber (a vampy purple) to Ruby Woo (a festive red) to Velvet Teddy (a feminine deep beige).

This year I am loving something entirely different.

My lipstick of choice is MAC’s Persistence, a peachy cinnamon shade. It’s a fresh, bold take on a classic nude lip that tends to wash me out.

I love, love, loooove how Persistence warms up the face in one or two easy swipes for an effortless blotted look. It’s sultry, but not in a way that is overly femme, or overbearing at all.

Lately I have been pairing Persistence with a lightly defined eye and coral-hued blush for an inviting autumn daytime look. Fall is the perfect time to experiment with your appearance–both in therms of beauty and fashion–and Persistence definitely does a good job of serving fall vibes I crave without looking too basic, too mainstream or like I tried too hard.

Products I used:

(My review on both of the Milk Makeup products coming soon to Haute Mess!)

Step 1: Prep the skin by applying Mattifying Gel Moisturizer evenly to the t-zone, working towards the outer perimeter of the face. Apply Balm Dotcom to the lips.

Step 2: Using the same technique used to apply Mattifying Gel Moisturizer, apply a light layer of BB Cream. If necessary, apply an additional layer where more coverage is needed.

Step 3: Conceal the under eyes, blemishes and redness with Stretch. Blend with the fingers.

Step 4: With the coordinating brush, add Wowder to the under-eye area to set the concealer, as well as the T-zone.

Step 5: “Melt” makeup into the skin with a generous amount of Boscia’s setting spray. Allow it to dry.

Step 6: Carve out the cheekbones by using the fingers to apply a small amount of Cloud Paint. Begin application from the upper corner of the ear, working downwards diagonally. Tap with the fingers to blend.

Step 7:  To intensify the contour, apply NARS’ Laguna bronzing powder with a contour brush. Then, apply a small amount of Laguna to the temples and along the hairline with the contour brush.

Step 8: Using the contour brush in a circular, buffing motion, blend any harsh lines left on the cheeks from the bronzing powder.

Step 9: With the product that is left on the brush from contouring the cheeks, apply some bronzing powder under the center of the lip for a subtle plumping effect.

Step 10: Apply GALifornia (with the included brush) to the apples of the cheeks to brighten up the look.

Step 11: In a “C” shape along the orbital eye bone to the cheekbone, apply Holographic Highlighting Powder with a setting brush. Tap along the edges with the fingers to blend. Add a little Holographic Highlighting Powder to the cupid’s bow.

Step 12: Add more setting spray to the newly highlighted areas and allow to dry.

Step 13: Beginning in the center of each brow and working towards the inner and outer corners, apply Boy Brow in an upward motion. Add a second coat if needed.

Step 14: Apply Eye Vinyl to each eyelid using the fingers *instead* of applying it directly from the dispenser to the eyelids. This allows for a dewy daytime look as opposed to a harsh editorial-style look.

Step 15: With the setting brush apply Holographic Highlighting Powder to the brow bone as well as the inner corner of the eye.

Step 16: After combing and curling the eyelashes apply two coats of mascara to both the upper and lower lashes.

Step 17: Apply two layers of Persistence to the lips.

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Summer just isn’t long enough for all the cute ‘kinis I want to wear–at least not where I am currently living in Northern New Jersey. Don’t get me wrong: experiencing all four seasons is great, but I am definitely a warm weather type of gal who prefers wearing swimsuits and loves soaking up the sun over cozying up fireside in a sweater.

Colder weather may be on its way, but MINIMALE ANIMALE is helping me end summer on a hot note. Not only does this brand of killer swimsuits make me feel like I live in and endless summer (at least while I’m wearing their pieces), they design and manufacture their goods in the U.S.A. What could be better than that?

On a couple of the last warm, sunny days summer had to offer, I opted for these two one-pieces by MA: one in black, and one in a classic red.

The Lucid Onezie is easily one of the hottest swimsuits I’ve ever seen; at a glance it looks like a typical string ‘kini, but, like all MA suits, the devil is definitely in the details.

Crisscross details on each side connect the top portion of the suit to the bottom portion, turning it into a skimpy one-piece number. Ultimately, the straps meet across the back, and we all know I am a total sucker for interesting back details.

Like I said, this suit is ultra-skimpy, so there’s minimal front and back coverage in terms of the bottom portion of the suit. This piece is definitely not for the faint of heart.

The Daiquiri Suit is just as sexy, but with a little more coverage. It is low-cut on the chest and high-cut on the hips with a gorgeous ribbed texture. This suit’s strings can be tied multiple ways; personally I love wrapping them all the way around, from front to back. It creates a belt-like effect that draws attention to the waist, while offering a little depth to the not-so-basic one-piece.

Because The Daiquiri is from the label’s M I N I M A L E collection, it’s not quite as revealing as The Lucid Onezie. Instead of a cheeky, booty-hugging fit, this suit is mostly backless with a more modest bum.

Like many other MA pieces, I love, love, love these suits because they’re fully equipped with adjustable straps. There’s nothing more frustrating than finding a gorgeous suit that just doesn’t perfectly fit your curves.

Most importantly, both these pieces are comfortable! With swimsuits, you definitely get what you pay for, so I don’t mind spending a little extra for a quality suit with an excellent fit that will hold up for seasons to come.

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Surprise! Earlier this week Glossier launched its newest products: Body Hero Duo.

Body Hero Duo includes both the Daily Oil Wash and the Daily Perfecting Cream to help you achieve that dewy Glossier glow for the other 90 percent of you.

As an official Glossier Rep, I received this product on launch day (huuuge thank-you to the entire G-team), and took it for a test run later that same day!

This was my first time ever using a cleansing oil, and I was so pleasantly surprised! Not only does it smell like a dream (not exaggerating), it transforms from a thin oil to a thick froth when rubbed into the skin.

Like all Glossier products, Daily Oil Wash is great for all skin types–even sensitive. It doesn’t strip your skin of its natural moisture; in fact, it adds to it. And, it’s gynecologist-tested. Glossier calls it “face-quality skincare for the rest of you”.

Daily Perfecting Cream is a neck-down moisturizer that enhances your skin’s look while it moisturizes and adds that signature Glossier sheen all over.

What *really* sets Daily Perfecting Cream apart from other body lotions on the market is its ability to sink into the skin, providing you with deep moisture, without leaving behind any sticky or greasy feeling. It works like magic by quickly absorbing into the skin; the only thing it leaves behind is silky-smooth skin topped with a Glossier glow.

Not going to lie–even though I am a Glossier Rep who loves the company, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Daily Perfecting Cream; I was definitely super skeptical. It turns out, this product *really* delivers. I was so blown away.

Body Hero, also lovingly referred to as “Phase 3”, is exactly what you need for the your-skin-but-better look (and feel!) from head to toe.

Let’s talk packaging.

Glossier is known for its gorgeous, minimalistic and pink packaging. And Body Hero definitely lives up to the hype.

First of all, you get a ton of bang for your buck. Both the Daily Oil Wash and the Daily Perfecting Cream come in 8.4-ounce bottles–that’s a ton of product in my opinion, especially when you save by shopping the Body Hero Duo.

Quite possibly my favorite part of the Duo is the XL pink pouch that comes with it! You met the smaller pink pouch a couple months ago, and of course you know all about the original one, but the XL pink pouch is a serious game-changer.

This guy is seriously huge! And I love it. I was so amazed when I opened the package from Glossier and saw it–it’s *almost* big enough to fit my MacBook. I just can’t get over it.

As expected, all these babies look gorgeous in your shower (or your top shelf). And like all Glossier goodies, they are extremely user-friendly.

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As you guys know, last week I was lucky enough to attend the launch of GUIZIO Footwear at Manhattan’s High Line Hotel. This was my first time experiencing New York Fashion Week, so I was super excited to get dolled up and soak it all in; obviously, a fabulous party calls for fabulous hair, makeup and wardrobe.

In addition to the all-black outfit featured in my last post, I put quite a bit of thought into the rest of my look for the event. I opted for a bronze smoky eye, sultry rose gold cheeks and feminine pinky-nude lips with a glossy finish.

I decided to pair the glam makeup with undone hair for a French girl-inspired effect. All I needed to complete this ‘do was a little dry shampoo for the messy, slept-in-style volume, then opted for a middle part to clean it up a bit.

From head to toe, I’m really happy with how the entire look came together, so I decided to dish all my makeup details in a post separate from the last one (which focused more on the night’s outfit).

Products I used:

Step 1: Prep the skin by applying Mattifying Gel Moisturizer evenly to the t-zone, working towards the outer perimeter of the face. Apply Balm Dotcom to the lips.

Step 2: Using the same technique used to apply Mattifying Gel Moisturizer, apply a light layer of BB Cream. If necessary, apply an additional layer where more coverage is needed.

Step 3: Conceal the under eyes, blemishes and redness with Shape Tape. First apply with the attached wand, then blend with the fingers.

Step 4: With the coordinating brush, add Wowder to the under-eye area to set the concealer.

Step 5: To set concealer applied to the t-zone, use Lock-It Blotting powder with its puff.

Step 6: “Melt” makeup into the skin with a generous amount of Boscia’s setting spray. Allow it to dry.

Step 7: Carve out the cheekbones by using a contour brush with NARS’ Laguna bronzing powder. Begin application from the upper corner of the ear, working downwards diagonally.

Step 8: Using the contour brush in a circular, buffing motion, blend any harsh lines left on the cheeks from the bronzing powder.

Step 9: With the product that is left on the brush from contouring the cheeks, apply some bronzing powder under the center of the lip for a subtle plumping effect.

Step 10: Apply Rockateaur to the apples of the cheeks with its brush using a circular motion.

Step 11: In a “C” shape along the orbital eye bone to the cheekbone, apply Watt’s Up. Tap along the edges with the fingers to blend. Add a little Watt’s Up to the cupid’s bow.

Step 12: To intensify the highlight, use a setting brush to apply ABH highlighter in White Sand to the cheekbones and cupid’s bow.

Step 13: Add more setting spray and allow to dry.

Step 14: Blend a little Primer Potion to the eyelids with the fingers.

Step 15: Using a fluffy blending brush, set the eyeshadow primer with Urban Decay’s Thirteen.

Step 16: With a crease brush apply Combust to the center of the crease and blend outwards in a circular, buffing motion towards each corner of the eye.

Step 17: Apply Whisky in a “V” shape to the outer corner of the eye using the smudging end of the Naked Smoky brush. Smudge the product outward, along the lower lash line.

Step 18: Again using the fluffy blending brush, apply two layers Dirtysweet to the eyelids for an intense shimmer. Dust the remaining product left on the brush onto the lower lash line.

Step 19: Add two layers of Le Crayon Yeux to both the tightline and the waterline.

Step 20: Beginning in the center of each brow and working towards the inner and outer corners, apply Boy Brow in an upward motion. Add a second coat if needed.

Step 21: With the setting brush apply High to the brow bone and inner corner of the eye.

Step 22: After combing and curling the eyelashes apply two coats of mascara to both the upper and lower lashes.

Step 23: Apply 1-2 coats of Tres Leches to the lips. Be sure to angle to doe-foot applicator so that you can line your lips neatly with the product.

Step 24: Dab Orgasm onto the lips and rub lips together to blend.

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