Saturday, July 27, 2013

Glamour Girl NYC Jewelry

On instagram I came across the CUTEST jewelry boutique. Glamour Girl NYC

The best part is I can give you guys a coupon code for 10% off your entire purchase - use code laurensbeauty (all lowercase) at checkout of

I let my cousin (in law) borrow a necklace from the store and she didn't want to give it back ! The jewelry is super cute and they have jewelry that has been seen on Rihanna and more ! 

Here are some photos of the jewelry :

Me wearing the Owl Necklace and Gold Spiked Bracelet from Glamour Girl NYC


Owl Ring

Amanda wearing Owl Necklace

Peach cross wrap bracelet

So cute for my hairdresser friends !! 

As seen on Rihanna ! 

Hamsa bracelet

Again, adorable for my hairdresser friends !

Love these statement earrings

As seen on Rihanna !

Earrings every girl and every makeup enthusiast should own ! 

Love this rhinestone ring !

Infinity , Love ,  Cross bracelets 

They have many other beautiful items and with the discount the items are even more affordable !

Check them out on instagram :

And don't forget to use my code laurensbeauty ( all lowercase) for 10% off their already great prices !

Check them out :

Beauty On a Budget DIY

There are tons of expensive beauty treatments and products out there that will cost you a fortune. But, if you don't have the biggest budget in the world there are many things you can do that will benefit your skin, health and beauty. Here are some tips for beauty on a budget :

* You can use plain Milk as an exfoliant. Milk is used in many expensive products because it contains Lactic Acid which works as an exfoliant. The proteins in milk also have a calming effect on red skin ( think, freshly waxed eyebrows). Dab it on your skin with a clean cloth or a cotton round to apply to the areas that you want to remedy. 

* When applying any kind of moisturizer to your face, especially first thing in the morning, it is great to massage your face in an upward motion to move the fluids in your face. Use your ring finger around your eyes as this finger applies the least amount of pressure out of all of your fingers. Never tug the area of skin around your eye. It is the most sensitive skin on your body.

* Make an amazing exfoliant out of brown sugar (or white sugar,brown is just less processed) and olive oil equal parts until it forms a paste like consistency. This can be used on your entire face. A lot of people believe that olive oil will clog your pores and cause breakouts but it won't. The molecules in olive oil are too large to clog our pores. Use it in your exfoliant to keep your skin soft and healthy.

*Use the above scrub (brown sugar and olive oil paste) on your lips. Use a clean soft toothbrush and apply the mixture to your lips. Gently go over your lips with the toothbrush. Be sure not to be too rough as you can rip the skin on your lips easily. Just use enough pressure to gently remove any dry patches or just to make your lips smoother. 

*Pineapple and Papaya both contain the Papain enzyme found in many expensive face "peels". You can actually take a piece of pineapple or papaya and apply it directly to your face by rubbing the flesh of the fruit on your face. Let it stay on for about ten minutes and you will have noticeably smoother, brighter skin.

*If you have bananas that are on the brown side and your not in the mood to eat them you can mash it and apply it to your face. Your skin will drink up the nutrients and it will absorb oil in your t-zone without being too harsh. 

*If you need instant hydration nothing is better than sleeping overnight with a humidifier on. If you have one. I definitely say, put it to use if you have dry skin.

*Crushed up aspirin and water made into a paste and applied to your face will keep acne at bay. 

*Drink water infused with cucumber for a flatter stomach. It reduces bloating and it tastes just like the water they would give you at a high end spa ! Actually, since I worked in a few, I can tell you that it was never anything special other than filtered or bottled water with cucumbers that was allowed to sit overnight and served to guests the next day. Delicious and refreshing and it has its benefits !

* Use hair conditioner as shaving cream. 

* To prevent ingrown hairs at home there is an all natural DIY that is simple and effective : 
1 cup sugar
Juice of half of a lemon 
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Combine all of the ingredients and microwave for 15 seconds ( until warm) let sit for a little and scoop it with a spoon and apply it to your wrist to test temperature. If comfortable apply it to the areas where you experience ingrown hairs. Let this sit for about 20 mins on the area(s).

*For baby soft hands apply a thick lotion over your hands and put 2 clean socks on each hand before bed. When you wake up your hands will be as smooth as silk ! 

*Add baking soda to your normal shampoo and it will act as a clarifying shampoo, picking up build-up from hair products and whatever else may be making your hair lose its luster.

*Never toss the last drop of hair conditioner. Add a small amount of water and shake the bottle. Pour the contents into a spray bottle and use this as a deep conditioner. Apply after you've washed your hair and use it as you would a leave in conditioner ! No sense in wasting it !

*If your hair has changed color from chlorine water from a pool. Don't run to your hairdresser. This is a tip I recently found out. Crush up 15 aspirin tablets or buy aspirin in powder form and mix it with water. Put it in your hair with a spray bottle or directly onto your hair. Leave it in your hair for about 20 mins. This should get your hair back to its normal color and luster.

Hope these tips helped ! Let me know if you try any ! 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Mint Overload !

Mint is the "trendy" color of the summer.  I normally don't follow trends, but I am really loving the mint color craze. My last three outfits for the last few days have all been in some way including the color mint ! I even had my husbands cousin over and we were both wearing mint the whole time.

And, like I said, I am not really a trend person. But, the mint trend is one I am happy I got on board with !

Last 3 OOTD's (Outfits of the Day)

Above Outfit Details :

 Shirt :  Target and it actually a maternity top NO I AM NOT PREGNANT lol. I just could not resist this top. I love the cage top. I don't think the top is available any more but it is by Liz Lange.

Jeans :  Guess "Nicole" bootcut jean, Similar  HERE

 Shoes : from Mystique Boutique in NYC , Similar HERE

Louis Vuitton Tivoli PM Purse 

Above Outfit details :

One Shoulder Tank Top :  *ON SALE* at Body Central HERE

Mint Shorts : Forever 21 HERE

Shoes - From DSW Shoe Warehouse

Above outfit details :

Dress - Jessica Simpson from Marshall's 

Shoes - Levity from DSW shoe Warehouse

Necklace, bracelet and ring will be available soon for purchase at an online boutique ! 

Hope this gives you guys some ideas on how to style mint into your wardrobe ! 

Are you loving or hating the Mint trend ? 

Let me know your thoughts on the Mint trend in the comments below ! 

Friday, July 19, 2013

J'ai of Beverly Hills Skincare review

I was lucky enough to receive products from the wonderful company J'ai of Beverly Hills. I am so impressed with everything I received ! If you follow my blog you know that I suffer from occasional adult cystic acne, but, at the same time, I am not getting any younger and I am always happy to incorporate anti-aging products into my regimen. They sent me the exact products that would fit my skin type. Which, I feel shows that they have great customer service.

I received :

J'ai Of Beverly Hills Gentle Cleanser : 

The creamy, rich lather contains soothing Chamomile, Green Tea Extract and such skin brighteners as Licorice, Bearberry and Plum Extract. It's Dual Action provides soothing relief while fighting the signs of aging. It encourages brighter, smoother more refined skin. Most effective for low energy, dry or dehydrated skin and evenly balanced normal to combination skin.

My impression on J'ai Of Beverly Hills Gentle Cleanser :

I really feel like my skin looks more even and I feel like my skin has become moist and supple on my face. It is a gentle cleanser but it had no trouble removing my eye makeup. I like to use gentle cleansers on my face. And twice a week use a face wash with benzoyl  peroxide or salicylic acid to keep my acne at bay. This face wash makes your skin feel extremely clean without giving you that tight feeling on your face.

J'ai of Beverly Hills Balancing scrub :

Precision diamond crystals gently remove dead skin cells to stimulate faster collagen production, remove sun spots, diminish fine lines and wrinkles, reduce acne scarring, and help correct uneven skin tone. Scrubs that sell for twice the price don't do half the work of this scrub, making it a top-seller in my studio and a product that many clients won't be without. For all skin types. Paraben Free.

My impression on J'ai Of Beverly Hills Balancing Scrub :

I love the fact that it is paraben free ! I have also noticed it is helping my acne scars fade away. Which is a miracle. It stimulates the collagen in your skin and you can tell it actually does that. Because, right after using this mask my skin had an incredible glow. It is also not a grainy scrub, which is a major plus. Grainy scrubs actually leave little tears in your skin and it is always better to use a more gentle scrub on your face. Your face is delicate and needs to be taken care of. And, I feel like this is the perfect scrub.

J'ai of Beverly Hills Correction Pads : 

These pads are essential for anyone with acne or out of balance skin. Great for travel, after gym workouts - eliminating bacterial build up on the skin. Also ideal for adolescents and adults with occasional break outs.

My impression on J'ai Of Beverly Hills Correction Pads :

This was my favorite product that was sent to me. They are great for getting deep down in your pores to keep your skin clear. Not to mention the salicylic acid in this product really helped me out with breakouts.

J'ai of Beverly Hills Oxygen Cream :

A cutting edge scientific skin renewal cream that allows you to topologically feed your skin for increased collagen and elastin formation for healthier and younger looking skin. Oxygen Plasma mimics the bloods ability to carry oxygen and biologically active substances into the cells. MSM acts to block undesirable chemical and physical cross-linking or bonding of collagen which is associated with tough, aging skin. Consequently, sufficient MSM enhances tissue pliability and encourages the repair of damaged skin. For low energy, dry or dehydrated skin and evenly balanced normal to combination skin or can be used as a booster product. 

My impression on J'ai Of Beverly Hills Oxygen Cream :

Great moisturizer, some people with oily or acne prone skin stay away from lotion. That actually makes the problem worse because you dry your skin out with all the acne or oil control products, which causes you oil glands to produce more oil. Thus, more oil and bacteria will be produced. So, I think this is a versatile cream it helps diminish fine lines and it actually keep my oily skin at bay.

Below is an excerpt from

Skincare and makeup artist J’ai Lone is known as the best in the business by celebrities from the world of television, film, politics, high fashion, and high society. This reputation is built on more than 30 years of experience and an unerring eye for what will bring out the absolute best in her clients, rather than merely what’s hot and trendy at the moment.

J’ai has honed her skills in some of the most fashion-conscious markets in North America, starting with Toronto, where she was born and raised and began her career, then moving onto New York, Palm Beach, and Chicago. J’ai then moved to trend-setting Jose Eber Atilier in Beverly Hills, the salon of choice for Hollywood’s most celebrated stars. Soon after, J’ai launched her by-appointment-only studio, and has never looked back.

In addition to giving her clients the best in skincare and makeup in her Beverly Hills studio, J’ai has launched a new product line that reflects her signature philosophy based on the skin’s energy. Her work has been seen and featured in numerous publications including  New York Times Magazine, New Beauty, Allure, Elle Bazaar, Glamour, Instyle, Self, and Towne & Country.

Jais philosophy of skincare :

I believe that balance is the secret to good health in mind, body and spirit. When our skin is out of balance there is a change in the body’s energy level. In my practice of more than 30 years as an aesthetician and makeup artist, I see and treat over-active skin that has too much energy (heat) causing breakouts; under-active skin in which energy levels have slowed down making the skin drier than normal and, of course, skin that is in perfect harmony. There are many factors that affect energy levels such as hormonal imbalances through the month, menopause, stress, diet, travel and exercise. Like you, my clients strive for balance in their lives but the demands of work, family and personal needs can get in the way. I have designed and formulated a skincare line that combines extremely effective cosmeceutical products with natural and aromatherapy products to create a unique blend of science and luxury. My line addresses the skincare issues I see everyday in my studio for oily, acneic, dry, sensitive and normal skin types. I provide my clients with a daily skincare program and suggest booster products when they are experiencing breakouts or other skin irritations that can occur during the month.  It is my passion to educate my clients on how best to take care of their skin throughout the month so they will have perfectly balanced and energized skin. With the right products and knowledge you can bring your facialist home with you. The right makeup products and application provide a wonderful complement to well cared for skin. For everyday wear, I recommend applying makeup with a light touch to enhance your natural beauty. The products I have chosen to share with you are the same products I use in my studio.  Pink Magic, the perfect translucent blushing powder, my powderliners in chocolate and coal and liptoxyl glosses  are a few of my favorites that help create the perfect palette for natural gorgeous makeup.

Above was taken from the J'ai of Beverly Hills website, which can be found  HERE

Overall, I am thrilled with the results that I achieved while using J'ai of Beverly Hills skin care line.

It really helped balance my acne prone skin out and also gives me the option to fight wrinkles, while I am still in the phase were I get adult acne.

Visit their site here :

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I feel as though this line has something for every skin type. I highly recommend checking them out !