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Before and after Lash Slick! I’m also wearing Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium, Boy Brow in Brown, Stretch Concealer in Medium, Wowder in Light/Medium, Cloud Paint in Dusk and Generation G in Leo.

Disclosure: I am a Glossier Rep, and I received this product as a gift from Glossier. All opinions are my own, and I am not required to post about the brand or its products at any time on any of my digital platforms. 

I always thought that, if Glossier were to create a mascara, I wouldn’t be into it. Even when the rest of my makeup looks as natural as can be, I love a high-impact lash–and Glossier isn’t known for high impact makeup. Glossier is known for “no-makeup” makeup and killer skincare. After all, the motto is “Skin first. Makeup second.”

Normally, I’m all about no-makeup makeup–but not when it comes to my lashes. The bigger, the better.

So, when Lash Slick arrived in the mail, it took me by surprise. I had just picked up a new mascara during Sephora’s VIB sale that was already underperforming, and after years of frustration with mascara (I’ve never bought the same one twice), I just didn’t feel I was in the market for another new one. All the formulas I’ve tried–and trust me, there’s been a lot–either look clumpy and unnatural, don’t do the job or–most often–look great upon application, but end up smudged all over my under-eye in 20 minutes. I thought it was just me.

It turns out, per Into The Gloss (Glossier’s “editorial arm”), that many makeup users struggled to find the perfect mascara. That is, until ITG took it upon themselves to develop the perfect mascara.

More than 240 trial formulas later, Glossier finally launched Lash Slick. I think the name suits this formula very well.

As a Glossier Rep, I received this mascara a few days before the official launch, so I’ve been wearing it for a while now, and I’m already so in love.

It’s full of tiny fibers that cling to your lashes, making them look long, fluttery (like, really fluttery) and wispy. Vegan biotin and natural polymers ensure healthy, shiny lashes with every use. The best part? After a long day of work in NYC that began with a seasonal allergy attack (i.e., itchy, irritated, watery eyes), there was absolutely no smudging or flaking. I couldn’t believe it!

If, like me, you’re guilty of a self-indulgent cry while watching military homecoming videos (it’s therapeutic), Lash Slick is your holy grail mascara. It quickly became mine, and I can’t see myself reaching for a different one for everyday use.

Let’s talk about the wand. It’s sleek with plastic (or are they rubber?) teeth; it’s not the fluffy bristle kind, is what I’m trying to say–thankfully! I do not like those kinds of wands. They’re way too bulky, so I always end up getting mascara everywhere but my lashes, or worse–jabbing myself in the eye. So painful!

Lash Slick is easy to use, and a second coat never causes lashes to stick together. The wand makes precise application nearly effortless; every lash is coated with fiber-filled mascara, and the results looks incredibly natural–and so stunning!

I should also mention that removal is ridiculously easy, too. Instead of running down your face, Lash Slick comes off in tiny clumps–just add warm water! Before washing my face, I remove all my makeup except the mascara, then massage Glossier’s Milky Jelly into my skin. Lash Slick breaks down and is easily wiped away!

Click here to try this revolutionary mascara for yourself.

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It may only be Tuesday, but it has been an extremely eventful week for the fashion industry so far.

Over the weekend blogger and mega-influencer Danielle Bernstein (better known as “We Wore What”) came under fire when she announced via Instagram her upcoming jewelry collab with Lulu DK and Nordstrom. The post announcing the collab has since been deleted.

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Several pieces in her 27-piece collection (all of which will cost under $100) are strikingly similar to high-end pieces from jewelry designers such as Foundrae, Bondeye Jewelry and Retrouvaí–some Danielle even wore herself in the past.

After receiving a ton of backlash from fashion industry insiders (including Diet Prada) and outsiders (such as Julie Zerbo, the attorney behind the popular site The Fashion Law) alike, Bernstein, Lulu DK and Nordstrom decided to pull the “pieces in question” from the collection (set to launch Wednesday, May 9). Bernstein uploaded a lengthy message and a tearful video (shown below) to her Instagram Stories on May 6, claiming that her designs were inspired by vintage pieces and that her name and integrity were being “dragged through the mud.”

Bernstein also wrote, “It has been extremely frustrating to be on the receiving end of a vicious online campaign to inaccurately paint the #LuluDKxWeWoreWhat collaboration in a negative light, based on misrepresentations.”

She continued, “I would never in a million years deliberately copy or attempt to knock-off another brand’s work…That being said–the past couple of days have been devastating for me. I have never experienced such malicious hatred in my life. My character being called to question has broken my heart.”

Comments on Bernstein’s Instagram photos accusing her of copying the aforementioned brands have reportedly been deleted, and the accounts linked to those comments have been blocked by Bernstein, according to comments left on Nordstrom’s post announcing the collaboration.

“Wow @weworewhat you can block everyone you want. The game is over, and the whole fashion community has your number. Never cool to be a fraud. @nordstrom please do the right thing here. Designers like @foundrae and @retrouvai are amazing and [loved] by many (as you can see from the posts). If you drop the line now and make a public statement, your loyal customers, like myself, will be forever grateful. #dotherightthing,” @annettegallo wrote.

Other users, such as @streetartglobe, write, “Hey @nordstrom–given that you’re now stocking the lines of @weworewhat who, let’s be honest, blatantly and callously stole designs from others and called them her own for profit, we were hoping you could also stock the lines of that labels affected–namely @bondeyejewelry, @foundrae and @retrouvai.”

The commented gained over 40 likes.

@maryfae said, “@nordstrom I hope you were unaware of the blatant rip-off. This is from the gorgeous @foundrae line. Now that you are aware, please do the right thing and pull [Bernstein’s] line!”

Nordstrom responded publicly to the controversy late Monday (May 7) evening via an Instagram comment on the account’s original post announcing the collection.

“Thanks all for reaching out. We recently heard from three jewelry designers who felt products in a new collection we’re carrying looked very similar to items they designed. We take situations like this seriously and partnered with Lulu DK and Danielle Bernstein to remove each of the pieces in question,” @nordstrom wrote.

On Tuesday, May 8, a day before the set launch, Bernstein uploaded photos of herself at UPTON, a New York City boutique hosting a pop-up shop to celebrate the LuluDKxWeWoreWhat collab. She invited her followers to “come say hi” the day of the launch.

In more exciting and inspiring news, the 2018 Met Gala took place Monday (May 7) evening. The first Monday in May is always deemed fashion’s biggest night of the year, and this year’s theme was #HeavenlyBodies. A-listers gathered at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in their best Catholic Church-inspired formalwear.

I don’t keep up with too much celeb gossip, but I always look forward to the Met Gala red carpet photos. (Plus, there are real models in attendance–not just It girls.)

My best-dressed list this year includes: Stella Maxwell (flawless from head to toe), Rihanna (queen of everything–no one else can pull off an outfit like that), Zoe Kravitz (sophisticated and feminine), Natasha Poly (always one of my favs at the Met Gala), Emily Ratajkowski (looove those sexy bronzed goddess vibes), Irina Shayk (of course she’s absolutely stunning in anything, but her #HeavnlyBodies look was statement-making without being overdone) and Gisele (dripping in gold).

As far as beauty goes, I loved Gigi Hadid’s makeup, Golden Barbie’s hair, Winnie Harlow’s hair and headpiece, as well as Ashley Graham’s…everything (peep the shot of her killer cleavage below). I gathered some of my favorite posts from IG…

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And in terms of my own style, it’s been hot here in NYC, so I’ve been keeping it pretty simple. Over the weekend I paired a white Are You Am I top with vintage denim cut-offs (one of my go-to combos) and added an orange lip (TonyMoly LIPTONE Get It Tint in Oops Orange) to make the look more fun. Then, I tied everything together with a black Western-inspired belt and patterned booties.

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Back again with another easy, daytime beauty look for spring! I love dewy skin, so for this look, I decided to ditch to powder products all-together (except for a tiny bit of Wowder to set the concealer under my eyes and around my nose), and pile on Face Gloss instead.

Like I just mentioned, putting this makeup look together was super-easy. I used Bali Body’s BB Cream (I’m in the shade Natural), Tarte’s Shape Tape concealer (Light Neutral) and Glossier‘s Wowder (Light/Medium) to create a flawless base with medium coverage. To ensure my face stayed as dewy as possible, I angled the Wowder brush carefully to maintain full control when setting my under-eye concealer for precise application. With the same technique, I also set the concealer around my nose, where I tend to get a little redness (especially during allergy season). I “melted” the powder into my skin with MAC’s Fix+, my fav setting spray.

Cream bronzers and blushes are the best! Fenty Beauty’s Match Stix Matte Skinstick in Mocha is the best for contouring and rinsing up the skin. It blends like the dream and always looks really natural. I used this on the hollows of my cheeks, my temples, along my hairline, in the crease of my eyes and across the bridge of my nose to create a glowy, sun kissed effect and add a little definition. Normally, I would add a powder bronzer on top (my go-to is BECCA’s Capri Coast), but decided to skip that step for this look; a natural look is key.

In place of blush, I went in with Fenty’s Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Rum on the apples of my cheeks. This really amped up the bronze-y glow.

I used the tips of my fingers to press Milk Makeup’s Face Gloss into the skin on the cheek bones, orbital eye bones, brow bones and cupid’s bow–all the places I normally add highlighter. This product catches the light just as well as a highlighter–if not better than a highlighter–but with an ultra-dewy, never shimmery finish. A little goes a long way with Face Gloss, so it’s best to start with a small amount and layer more on top where you want more.

Glossier‘s Boy Brow (in Brown) is the brow product I use, and it goes perfectly with the rest of the makeup I used today. Two coats always gives me bolder brows with a natural, feathery look.

After combing and curling my lashes, I added two coats of Milk’s new KUSH mascara. This was my first time trying it out, so I am really excited to see how it holds up throughout the day. (I can’t seem to find a mascara that doesn’t smudge under my eyes…)

To polish off the look (literally), I applied two coats of Fenty’s Gloss Bomb (in the shade Fenty Glow). This gloss is intensely shiny, which was my goal, with the most gorgeous pink-peach-nude undertones. It applies evenly and weightlessly, and has a smooth, fresh, never-sticky feeling.

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I *looove* a good lived-in makeup look. Surprisingly, though, they took me a while to perfect (or, should I say, imperfect). But I’ve been practicing a ton, and I am so happy with how this daytime glam look came out!

To start, I used my standard base combo: Bali Body’s BB Cream (I’m in the shade Natural), Tarte’s Shape Tape concealer (Light Neutral) and Glossier‘s Wowder setting/blotting powder (Light/Medium). I also took some Shape Tape onto my eyelids for a more even base.

I love the subtle cat-eye shape I created with the help of Chanel’s Le Crayon Yeux eye pencil in the shade 01 – Noir.

Seldom to I wear eyeliner the “normal” way. I typically smudge it on my lower lash line, the create a wing on the upper lash like to accentuate my eye shape. I love creating a super-tiny wing, like this one, to make the look more appropriate for daytime.

My hack is to hide the less-than-perfect lines by smudging a matte black eyeshadow on top. (I used the shade Let’s Do It by ColourPop, which seems to no longer be available.) I applied it with a standard pencil brush, then used a small fluffy brush to really blend it.

Instead of eyeshadow, which can be really time-consuming, I put two layers of Natasha Denona’s Chroma Crystal Top Coat in Nude on my lids. This is one of the most stunning, sparkly products I’ve ever used. I am in love with the diffused glow–perfect for using all-over the eyelid.

I finished up the eyes by adding a matte bone shade (by ColourPop) to highlight my brow bones and inner corners, added two coats of Glossier‘s Boy Brow in Brown and two coats of mascara to the top and bottom lashes. (Recently, I’m not thrilled with any mascaras I’ve tried, so send recommendations my way.)

All my readers know how much I love a glowing, bronzed look, but I feel that doesn’t really work with these old-school glam vibes. To warm-up my face without going full-glam, I added a small amount of Fenty Beauty’s Match Stix Matte Skinstick in the shade Mocha to the hollows of my cheeks, my temples and along my hairline. This product is super easy to blend out with your fingers! For a more diffused look, I added theBalm’s Bahama Mama matte bronzer/contour on top using a fluffy powder brush from ColourPop.

I can’t go without highlighter! For this look I went with theBalm’s Bonnie-Dew Manizer, a new take on a classic favorite, and pressed it into my cheekbones and Cupid’s bow for a softer, lit-from-within glow. This highlighter is intense, making it is extremely easy to go overboard, so I worked using very light layers until I achieved my ideal golden glow. Then, I set everything with MAC’s Fix+.

Terracotta lip colors are definitely a favorite of mine, but for a more casual occasion (such as work), I like to go for a more “melted” look. I always prep with Glossier‘s Balm Dotcom in Coconut before I start my makeup, so that my lips are ready for color by the time I’m all done.

By blotting the lipstick (today I’m wearing Fenty Beauty’s Mattemoiselle in Freckle Fiesta) in the center of my lips, then rubbing them together, I can easily create the diffused, daytime look I’m after–no lip liner necessary! I do this 2 or 3 times for more color payoff.

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Earlier this week I received an invitation to join The Newsette‘s ambassador program. I am so excited to share this amazing beauty, wellness and lifestyle site with my community!

As I just mentioned, The Newsette shares informative and motivating original content on two of my most favorite topics: beauty and wellness. I am a *huuuge* lifestyle junkie.

It is geared towards an audience of busy, career-drive women (much like myself), who don’t have time every day to catch-up on all of their go-to lifestyle websites–let alone traditional magazines! Every morning, The Newsette delivers the stories I want straight to my inbox.

Per The Newsette,

The Newsette was started back in 2015 by Daniella Pierson as a way to inspire women everywhere before a busy day of work. As a college sophomore, Daniella found that she didn’t have enough time to visit her 50 favorite websites every morning, so she set out to design a newsletter that would deliver everything her subscribers wanted to read right to their inboxes. Now, The Newsette is delivered to hundreds of thousands of inboxes daily, and includes a site that is meant to inspire, motivate and inform career-focused and busy women before their first cups of coffee.

I have been obsessed with reading (and writing!) magazines since I learned to read (and write), so of course I instantly jumped on the opportunity to represent such an esteemed digital publication! The Newsette has a already worked with quite a few brands I love, including HUM Nutrition, ELLE and Coveteur.

Additionally, I really respect the fact that The Newsette publishes truly informative and interesting articles; one look at their site and you will notice immediately the complete lack of puff pieces. Scrolling through BS Cosmo and Galore posts during my daily commute is so boring and a waste of valuable time. I really don’t care too much for celeb gossip, trendy fast fashion retailers or cliche relationship advice.

To get The Newsette newsletter straight to your inbox, subscribe here!

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