Friday, August 18, 2017

CLARINS SUMMER COLLECTION

The new Clarins Summer collection is all about bringing you products that will give you that bronzed, sun-kissed glow. The collection is packed with shimmery, peach and orange hues, to bring out the beach babe in all of us. 


Every year, Clarins debuts limited edition products as part of their seasonal launches. For the the 2017 Summer makeup collection, the focus was on achieving an inner radiance; making your skin shine from within. Clarins is sold at Clarins.com, Bloomingdales, Sephora, Nordstrom, Ulta, mostly anywhere, but the limited edition nature of some of these products means that they're collectible and fly off the shelves!

New limited edition Clarins Bronzing and Blush Compact

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Beach Bunny Babe


Laceup one piece
Wearing my new, favorite suit. 

One of the best things about growing up in Miami is the summer. Hot summer nights (and days) aren't just for Lana. There's something about being outdoors in this city, during this time of year, that brings me a huge sense of happiness. It may be a thousand degrees, but we have all of this. For that, I'll always be grateful.

beach bunny swimwear
Shop the post here and check below for details!




Beach Bunny bikini

Cute pool day outfit

Outift deets: 
Swimsuit c/o Bollare and Beach Bunny // white //  similar
Sunglasses c/o Bollare and Pared Eyewear x Cabana
Baseball cap c/o Lacoste 

Monday, July 31, 2017

July Beauty Faves

I can't believe July is already coming to a close! This year has flown by.  In Miami, we are currently roasting - the Miami Heat is in FULL force. While the blazing summer sun may cause some to skip makeup altogether, you already know that this girl continues to reach for go-to products. This month (and last), I tested out some great stuff. My July Beauty Faves are below.  Hope you enjoy. Read down to the bottom for my favorite eye shadow palette! Please let me know if have tried any of these out!

Clarins makeup review

Clarins Lip Oils: this summer, Clarins launched some new lip oils, in different colors and scents than last year. I like the lip oils because they last on my lips, and have moisturizing properties (they're infused with 100% plant oils). In the summertime, I love a glossy lip. Sometimes I'll top my matte lipsticks with this oil. The two formulas blend perfectly, creating a glossy lip that stays put. I've tried this trick with almost all of the matte lipsticks I own, and it's worked beautifully. The new lip oils are part of the Clarins 2017 Summer Collection.  I will have a full post on the Summer Collection coming up soon, but for now, I'll tell you that the gold, bronze and peach hues in the collection totally appeal to me. 
Clarins 2017 Eye Shadow
Clarins 2017 Summer Collection.
Aveda Essentials Line: this line of naturally based products will tame your frizz, slick your hair, and add shine and softness. Be Curly used together with Smooth Infusion are the perfect combo (apply when your hair is still damp), and let your hair air dry for soft and tamed waves. I also like the Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair leave-in conditioner.

Aveda Haircare
Aveda Hair Essentials Collection.
My hair, after applying Aveda Essential's Be Curly and Smooth Infusion
It took some getting used to but the Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo has found its way into my routine. At first, I disliked the packing because I couldn't control the amount of product that came out. It does have a slight white cast when you use it too close to your hair. But, after some fine tuning, I figured it out and have to say that it works well at absorbing excess oil. The key is to shake the bottle each time you use it, and squeeze the bottle about 6 inches from your hair. It's got a light scent and unlike some dry shampoos, you can still brush your hair with this one and it blends well

Mac Next to Nothing Review

MAC #NextToNothing: this new line of foundations and pressed powders have a lightweight texture and feel. The foundations are dewy and balmy, while the powders are finely milled. But, don't expect the regular, full-coverage MAC foundation formula. The Next To Nothing formula mimics that of a beauty balm or tinted moisturizer. Applying this makes you feel pretty - you sort of glow all over in a youthful way. It doesn't settle into lines, either.

For me, the pressed powders are the all-stars in this collection. This formula is great. It sets my makeup, and causes it to last a long time without touching up. The formula is super fine, and oil absorbing. This doesn't cling to dry patches and smooths out the look of the skin. I am in love with this pressed powder. Go buy it, seriously. 
Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Essence
Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Essence
Caudalie: you already know that I'm a true Caudalie fan. The line is packed with skincare benefits for results you can actually see. My favorite boutique is the Brickelle City Centre boutique. You may recall this post from a few months back, where I recounted how Vanessa (aesthetician) gave me an incredible facial, and helped restore balance to my skin, after a laser facial mishap. 

I was sent the Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence to try. I've been testing it out for about a month and a half. The essence is a combination between a toner and a micellar water. It contains glycolic acid to sweep away dead skin cells. It assists in lightening dark spots and discoloration, providing an  overall smoother, and brighter complexion. It really works. The proof? Sephora's website has 25+ reviews and almost all of them are 5 stars. When this runs out, I will definitely purchase a bottle. 

Urban Decay Naked HEAT Palette: saved the best for last. The Naked Heat Palette is worth the money and lives up to the hype. It's SO pigmented, it's perfectly warm, it's got beautiful mattes that blend seamlessly, and gorgeous shimmer lid shades. This is my absolute FAVORITE eye shadow palette of the moment. Top drawer, every day, all day. Love it. 

July was a definite winner in terms of beauty products. So many good ones this month. I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know in the comment section, down below!
FTC Disclosure: I was provided everything in this post by PR. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Miami Swim Week 2017 Gottex

Gottex Swim presented their 2018 collection at the W Hotel, during Miami Swim Week.  Gottex fans trust the brand to bring them beautifully constructed, classic swimwear. We saw a few trends this year, including color blocking, and sheer, flowy fabric with lots of movement. Some designs featured bright patterns, and while uncharacteristic for the line, were surprisingly perfect, like the colorful cut-out suit seen below (and my favorite suit, seen here). The Rene Furterer team gets credit for the sleek hair styles that were somehow, (amazingly), able to combat the Miami heat and frizz factor. 
Miami Swim week
Miami Swim Week

video

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Uptown Work Chic with Lafayette 148 New York

Lafayette 148 New York is a line of perfectly crafted clothing, with a super luxe feel. Made up of pieces that feature clean, crisp lines and classic silhouettes, shopping at Lafayette 148 New York means you'll find something perfect. Closet staples like pencil skirts and easy blouses make finding a modern, professional look a breeze, but you'll also find chic pieces for lazy summer days.

Fellow fashionable ESQ's and 'nine-to-fiver'ers' will find beautiful blazers as well as workwear pieces that will help take your office look to the next level.

Miami locals: a new Lafayette 148 New York boutique has opened in Brickell City Centre! Check it out and shop the pieces I'm wearing in this look, specifically, my beautiful, light blue jacket, that's exclusive to the Lafayette 148 New York boutiques and website.



This look was shot in collaboration with Lafayette 148 New York. Hope you love it. 
All photos by Gissi.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lip Swatches


714 lip swatch

I swatched two of the most popular Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lip colors down below: 714 and WSM. The Vice Liquid Lip formula is matte, and can be carefully layered if you make sure to allow the first coat to dry. The colors are super opaque, vibrant and beautiful. They wear well for 5 plus hours before becoming a bit crumbly at the corners. They have a more lightweight feel than traditional matte liquid lipsticks, but they can be somewhat drying. Applying a bit of a light balm to your lips before wearing these will take care of that. 

TFE Pro Tip: for best application, do not press your lips together as the formula is drying. 


UD Vice Liquid Lips
Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lip in shade WSM

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

May Beauty Board

best beauty products of 2017

Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip: these lipsticks have an amazing formula. They're the most opaque liquid lipsticks I've ever tried. They really are like melted, liquified lipsticks. The best way to apply them is with a lip brush, however, because the squeezy-tube packaging can get messy. The tiniest bit of product will suffice, so you will have these a long while. Once on, they're hydrating, light and dry down to a semi satin finish. My favorite shade is Azalea. Every time I wear it in my insta-stories, you guys ask what lip color I'm wearing. 


Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick: you definitely can't beat the $8 price point on these (now, $6!). These new Avon lipsticks offer a great range of colors and a very moisturizing formula. They apply easily, and feel good on the lips. Not very long lasting, but they do the trick.  There are ten new shades, my favorites of which include Mellow Melon (an unique peach/pink combo) and Spring Lilac (this Spring's 'it' shade). They also smell sweetly, of delicious fruit.


Urban Decay Quick Fix Hydracharge Setting Spray: I'll admit that when I first began to test out this product, I had a good amount of skepticism, after all, I don't ever use primer, so a primer water seemed a bit unnecessary.  Well, girl, let me tell you something about this little wonder; my skin feels very dewy and nourished when I mist this all over, and something about it causes my makeup to apply more evenly and last longer.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Magique at Faena, Miami, Date Night Outfit

The Faena Hotel has brought an entirely new feel to Miami's nightlife and arts scene.  I mean, when Baz Lurhman helps design the interiors of your hotel, I think you're in good shape! Just saying. Faena, and its umbrella developments that span over six blocks of Miami beach water front, have been credited with breathing new life to the area south of 30th & Collins. Faena Theater is located inside the hotel. It's a throwback to the 1970's, when dinner theaters were having their moment (that's what Wikipedia says). It's a pretty interesting place. Every now and then, we make our way to the hotel and theater, to check out what new shows are playing. It makes for a great date night. 
Miami fashion blogger
Wearing: Rolla's Delilah Blouse here // DVF leather skirt // Steve Madden Clutch //
Playing currently is Kevin & Caruso's Magique; a not-so-ordinary magic show, filled with illusions, handmade costumes, and lots of sequins (on show girls). It's set to the tune of some 90's jams, with some current Top Ten stuff throw in, which makes it fun. Because the dinner theater is small and intimate, you're guaranteed a good seat. It's a fun and unique experience that I recommend for a fun night out. 

Ticket Info:
Bonus: two drinks, complimentary with each ticket purchase.
Magique runs through the end of may, every Tuesday and Sunday.
Tickets: available here.$65 adults / $45 for children (although, it's not much of a gig for kids in my opinion) or you can e-mail for reservations: faenatheater@faena.com.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Laser Facial Risks And How A Caudalie Facial Helped Save My Skin

laser facial side effects
As bloggers, we are oftentimes invited to try out new local experiences. I write about fashion and beauty, and as a result, I'm always scoping out the newest skincare/beauty launches and treatments in Miami. In February, I had a "laser facial." Lured by the promise of renewed, glowing skin, I went in for my appointment with high hopes. The truth is, I should never have done anything because there was nothing wrong with it. At the time, I had a great routine going; my skin was already healthy and hydrated. I've never had an issue with dryness...until this "facial." The results were terrible. As you can see, I ended up with squares imprinted on my face, from the laser nozzle. After the red square patterns faded, I was left with extreme dry patches all over. I also have lots of texture that I never had before. 

It's now May, three months later, and my skin is JUST getting back to normal. 
I credit Vanessa (a great aesthetician) over at Caudalie Brickell City Centre, because she gave me an incredible, hydrating facial. I have plans to go back next months! Below, I've got a full breakdown of the products she used, plus outfit details. 

Caudalie Brickell City Center: 701 S. Miami Ave
Spa Facial Menu here.
E-mail to book a facial at Caudalie


Outside the Caudalie boutique and spa - Brickell City Centre

Friday, May 12, 2017

Victoria Beckham x Target: Outfit

By now, you've heard that the quality of the Victoria Beckham for Target line is great. It definitely is.  I'm bringing you a quick outfit post today wearing a VB for Target top. The top is a nice, thick material. It doesn't wrinkle (maaajor plus), and has cute fringe detailing along the hem. It's Available online, at Target.


My shoes are also from Target! I can't believe how comfortable these Mossimo Daphne platform sandals are. I complain endlessly about shoes being uncomfortable. Who would have thought that a $29 pair of shoes would be easier on my feet than designer heels?


All of the details on my accessories, are down below. Thanks for reading. xx

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Kari Gran Lip Whip - Lip Swatches

Today's post is all about the natural and hydrating, Kari Gran Lip Whips, some of the most nourishing colored glosses that I've come across.  Kari Gran has a back-to-basics approach to skincare and makeup. Named after the brand's founder, they seek to combine a love of makeup and beauty with a no-fuss, chemical free list of ingredients that make for a great line. 
Kari Gran Lip Whip in Shimmer
Kari Gran lip whip in Shimmer
Kari Gran lip whip in Suji Red
Kari Gran lip whip in Suji Red



Below, I've got the shades swatched for you, but first, here's why I love the lip whips:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

No.7 Match Made Makeup

No.7 products
Drugstore makeup finds
As far as affordable makeup goes, No.7 is a great line to check out. The brand is established, and reasonably priced. They recently launched the Match Made app and product line, a group of products that are tailor-made for your skin tone and type.  Download the Match Made app online, and get started. Here's how it works:
  • Pick up the Match Made card at your local drug store (free)
  • Download the Match Made app (also free) 
  • Rinse your face of all makeup 
  • Hold the card up to the side of your face
  • Snap a photo
  • A few shots later, and your done!
  • You can also find a Walgreens store that matches you right inside the store. 
The app reveals the correct, color matched No.7 products for your skin tone, including foundation and lipstick.  I think this is a great idea because part of what makes shopping for drugstore makeup difficult is that you can't test it out. With the app, there's no more guess work. 

Click through to see some new makeup launches with swatches from No.7


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar - Miami

Yardbird Southern Table and Bar, Miami
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar Fried Green Tomatoes BLT
If you've lived in, or visited Miami in the last five years, chances are that you've been to Yardbird Southern Table & Bar.  The southern-style restaurant was the first of it's kind to hit the city. It debuted among a ton of fried-chicken fanfare, and continues to be a place where people go for specialty cocktails and country style cooking.

Last month, in response to popular demand, Yardbird extended its hours and rolled out a $25 lunch menu.  Now, you can grab some breakfast as early as 8:30 AM on the weekends, or stop in for a late night snack, because they're open until midnight.  Also, happy hour has been extended from 4PM-7PM. (Yardbird has a beautiful bar area, with a full range of liquor).  If you're a bourbon fan, you'll want to sample their selection, which they infuse in-house with ingredients like bacon, and honey.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar Pork Ribs
The new lunch menu is available Monday through Friday, from 11AM - 4PM.  For the lunch menu, you can choose between the Deviled Eggs or the Fried Green Tomatoes BLT as a starter. For the entree, you get the Lewellyn's 1/2 Fried Chicken. Dessert includes your choice of a Fried Oreo or Beignets.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar Miami
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar Deviled Eggs

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Cute Baby Shower Outfit l Cute Work Outfit

A few weeks ago, we celebrated my friend's baby, Amelie. This is what I wore to her baby shower.
This high-waisted skirt, that flares, can be tough to style because you have to ensure you define your waist. The option of a cropped jacket, that falls just above the waist is the ideal option. The length of my jacket was a tad too long, but still helped pull the look together. 

The bold, floral print of the A-line definitely called for a solid pairing on top.  The black jacket is interesting because of the texture of the fabric, and the detailed sequined collar.

Shop some floral skirt options here:


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Alleviate Stress: This Works Stress Check


Happy Saturday! I recently started a new job (couldn't be happier, by the way), but because of that, was unable to go to New York Fashion Week.  My favorite girls at Bollare didn't want me to miss out on the action, and sent me some great stuff from their gifting suite.
I wanted to tell you about the This Works line that I have really been enjoying.  This Works is a line of natural products designed to help you unwind, and melt away the days' stress.  They help you put your body into a restful state to help you sleep with ease!  These products are especially great for women in my industry, since we all usually operate on minimal sleep, and too much coffee, in a high stress environment #lawyered. 

I first fell for the Breath In oil that smells like lavender. Lavender has traditionally been used to help calm anxious nerves (that's why spa's are always lavender scented). This roller ball can be applied to pulse points like your temples, or your wrists. If you have muscle aches, apply it directly to the site that hurts and rub it in. The aromatherapy helps calm your nerves. Apply it just before bed to help you fall into a deep sleep. 

The Stress Check Face Mask is a great product for those days when you want some at-home pampering. When you apply it, you will feel a cooling sensation from the Peppermint extract. The anti-oxidant rich formula contains Turmeric which has healing and anti-inflammatory properties. The mask will reduce redness, promote radiance and hydrate the skin. It also contains Chamomile, to help relieve both mental and physical stress.  

If you're sensitive to scents, check the ingredients of the products before purchasing them. Certain products are heavily scented since the ingredients themselves are what help alleviate stress. 

They have everything from pillow sprays, face masks, hair elixers and beauty oils. All designed with one thing in mind: to help you get to that zen place. Om.

The line is available online, at ThisWorks.com, QVC, Asos.
FTC Disclosure: the products contained in this post were provided to me by PR. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks - New Launch! Swatches!


The excitement when MAC sends you a new launch is REAL guys. There are days when a package at your doorstep makes your day and when MAC sent their new Retro Matte liquid lipsticks over, well, let's just say day made. 

The previous launch of these liquid lipsticks left us feeling sad because the formula was drying, but they've reformulated their ingredients. Now, the lipsticks are not overly drying, but still very long wearing. They're intensely opaque and provide great color payoff with just one layer. They have a slight tackiness to them initially, and then dry down. The best way to remove them is with an oil based cleanser (do not even try Bioderma or other Micellar waters). 

There are twelve new colors in the launch, each retailing for $21. Shade Burnt Spice is my favorite nude shade. They're mostly earthy, cool toned colors that are wearable, except for Young Attitude (because I can't walk into the courtroom wearing blue lipstick), and it was also patchy. Carnivorous is a beautiful, deep red, and just a tiny bit patchy. Try a red liner underneath this shade.

Ten shades swatched down below.
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