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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Thursday, February 2, 2017

January Beauty Board

December brought some hefty expenses, so in January, I tried to "live off the land." Ha. If I ran out of a product, instead of purchasing a replacement, I cracked into the beauty closet and sought out alternatives.  I still continued to use my all time favorite Clarin's Multi-Active night cream - my favorite moisturizing AND firming night cream.  I also continued to use the Korres Rose Oil to help brighten and fade brown spots. I revisited an old favorite: Bobbi Brown Radiance Boost mask. Still an awesome product that helps to gently exfoliate skin.

My trusty Maybelline Matte and Poreless Foundation started to become harder and harder to dispense (bad packaging, no pump and glass bottle). To replace it, I opened the Estee Lauder Cushion Stick foundation. This is lighter coverage than I'm used to compared to the Fit Me but it offered an easily blendable and buildable alternative that gives a luminous finish. So far, so good.

I ran out of the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer and tried a Cover FX sample from Sephora. That didn't work out. It was cakey, very thick and a poor color match (X-Tra light is not my shade). I stopped using it and switched it out for Tarte's Marajuca Creaseless Concealer and that's been very good. Great coverage and blends easily.

Bobbi Brown has a few new products! For the woman who is always on-the-go, you can't beat the convenience of the Cheek Glow Palette. The compact contains a mirror, Bobbi's best selling cream blush (Pot Rouge), and the Cream Illuminator. Both products give a beautiful, creamy, dewy look to the skin. They apply best with fingers or a stippling brush.

The Kiesza for Mac Collection features two vampy, chocolately lip shades, evocative of 90's grunge. I've been wearing the matte lipstick in Dearly Beloved topped with Thunderkiss Vamplify gloss when I go out at night and love it. They launch now, in February.
{photo by @Pipsbeaut}

ReVive Light Therapy: this at-home, portable, FDA cleared device targets skin issues in a flash. No pun intended. Acne? The Repair system is for you. Wrinkles and discoloration? Then try the Renew system. Muscle and joint paint are addressed with the infrared technology in these products. I've been using the anti-aging system. I'll check back in in a few months when I have been using it more religiously so that I can give a proper review.

Tan-Luxe: When this tanning system arrived, I just loved the clean, simple lines of the containers and bottles. I like these products because they're natural self-tanners.  The products don't smell like chemicals. They contain Aloe, Vitamin C, E, and Raspberry seed oil. The face and body drops are really concentrated so you don't need to use a lot of product. They're very easy to apply, just add the drops to products you already use, like your favorite face serum or moisturizer. You'll see your tan start to develop within four hours of application.  They're also sold on HSN where everyone loves them. Read the reviews here.

All products mentioned above were sent to me by PR, except the Maybelline products mentioned and the Korres oil.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Bird and Bone, Miami

Bird and Bone Duck Entree
This month, The Confidante Hotel on Collins and 40th rolled out some new programs that were part of a welcomed revamp at the mid-century modern hotel. Bird and Bone is the new restaurant on the hotel grounds. You will also find a wellness program that includes ocean-side yoga classes, bootcamp and more. The wellness program is complimentary for hotel guests and $20 otherwise.  The hotel, which is part of the Unbound collection by Hytatt, boasts retro, vintage charm. Think Americana meets Art Deco.  
Bird and Bone The Jars Appetizer
Eager to try out Chef Richard Hales' newest venture, Bird and Bone (mostly because I love Blackbrick, his other successful Miami restaurant), we made our way to Miami Beach to try out some country cooking and cocktails from Nina's House.
Bird and Bone
Click the link below to read all about it!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

From The Office To The Party

Amid massive buzz and hype generated from the appearance of YouTube and beauty blogger sensation, Camila CoelhoCaudalie opened in Brickell City Centre, Miami.  Below is what I wore to the opening.
Netty Miami Lawyer and Fashion Blogger

What I Wore:
Dress: Joie (similar here and here)  // Shirt: Ann Taylor 'Perfect Shirt' (the best work button down, get 40% of using Ann Taylor Promo Code TOPS40)// Shoes: Banana Republic Green Suede 'Canta' Heels // Clutch: Banana Republic Floral Clutch 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Maybelline 24karat Nudes Eye Palette Swatches and Colossal Big Shot Volume Express Mascara

Happy 2017, everyone!  This week, I tested out the new Maybelline 24karat Nudes Eye shadow palette and Maybelline's new mascara, the Colossal Big Shot Volume Express.  If you follow my Snapchat (@FashionableESQ), you know that I love to bring you great new skincare and makeup launches, whether they be high end or drugstore.  The mascara earned an A+ in my book, and the shadows did not fall far behind.  Click the link below for swatches and for "before and after" shots using the Colossal Big Shot Volume Express mascara. 
Maybelline Nudes Eye Shadows

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