Get it Off Your Chest With the SiO SkinPad

If there is one thing I learned from watching the Spring fashion shows, it’s that 2017 is the year of the décolleté!

Super-low cut frocks and tops popped up in almost every designer’s collection, which means it’s time to forgo the bra, order yourself a full stock of double-sided stylist tape, and summon enough confidence to go (somewhat) bare-chested.

I’ll admit that I really don’t pay that much attention to my chest area when it comes to my beauty routine. And it shows. With super dry skin due to a lack of moisturizer as well as freckles and sunspots from forgetting to put sunscreen on my chest when I wear a low cut dress or blouse. And (as you can see in the first photo below) I was starting to get horizontal wrinkles and crepiness at the top of my chest right underneath my clavicle.

So when the lovely folks from SiO (which stands for Skin Innovation Overnight) reached out to see if I wanted to try their new “Overnight Décolleté Wrinkle Smoother” SkinPad, I was thrilled!

The SiO SkinPad is designed to be worn overnight and can be re-used up to 15 times. Each package comes with two pads so you can do an entire month’s worth of treatment, which is exactly what I did. I will admit that it felt pretty weird the first time I placed the silicone pad on my chest (and I got even weirder looks from the manfriend.) But it’s actually quite comfortable and once it was on, I kind of forgot about it.

 

Photo 1: Before | Photo 2: Wearing the SiO SkinPad | Photo 3: After 30-Day Treatment

The results? I actually noticed them after the first night I wore the SkinPad. My skin was definitely softer and smoother. The more I used the pad, the more I started to notice the wrinkles softening. The combination of the pre-treatment Décolleté Cleansing Discs and the post-treatment Décolleté Serum seemed to act as a one-two punch for exfoliating and fading the sun damage and freckles. The whole treatment worked so well that now I’m thinking of using it on my neck because – as you can see – I’m starting to get those pesky little horizontal lines there too. (Aging sucks, but it sure as hell beats the alternative.)

Bottom line: If you’re planning on braving the low-cut trend, consider the SiO Skin Pad treatment as your pre-plunge-prep. Just don’t forget the double-sided tape. Unless you’re ready to free the nipple!

Try the SiO SkinPad Collection Today!

 

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Check out some of the low-cut looks from the Spring 2017 Collections on my Pinterest page!

Manicure Monday: Orly’s New Mulholland Drive Inspired Collection

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If you follow my Instagram Stories, you’ve seen videos of the stunning fall foliage I get to experience on my daily runs here in the Hudson Valley. Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year. The changing colors of the leaves is just simply stunning.

Since I’m in both a New York and a fall state-of-mind, I was thrilled to receive the latest fall collection of nail polishes from the fabulous folks at Orly.

The collection contains 6 colors inspired by Mulholland Drive and the Hollywood Hills. My favorites are Cahuenga Pass – a bright glossy orange; Mansion Lane – the perfect matte gray; and Million Dollar Views – a decadent creamy gold with just a hint of glitter.

 

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Today I’m sporting “Cahuenga Pass.”

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I have to admit, I love the names of the colors as much as the polishes themselves. Every time I visit Los Angeles, I make it a point to drive up and down Mulholland Drive. The views are amazing and it’s just such an iconic part of L.A. I love the fact that all of Orly’s products are not only inspired by Los Angeles, but they are also made in L.A.

The nail polish formula is very creamy and features a high gloss shine without even having to add a topcoat. Plus, the gold “Million Dollar Views” makes a great accent color for nail art. Try it as the tip portion of a french-style manicure.

So if you’re looking to unleash your inner Cali Girl this fall season, try a few (or all!) of these gorgeous new shades from Orly.Line-Divider

The Mulholland Collection

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From left: Party in the Hills, Million Dollar Views, Mansion Lane, Hillside Hideout, Cahuenga Pass, and Meet Me at Mulholland

Thank you to Orly for sponsoring this post.

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Fabulous Nail Colors to Try Now

 

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Trend #1: Black on Black

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Londontown Chim Cher-ee | NailsInc Black Taxi | JINsoon Polka Black

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Trend #2: Just Peachy

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This summery shade is just so pretty that it’s staying put as a trend for Fall. If you’ve still got your summer tan, this color will look even better. Try it on medium length, perfectly round nails and unleash your inner Betty Draper.

 

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Givenchy Rose D’Exception | Nails Inc King William Walk | Nars Orgasm

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Trend #3: Shades of Gray

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Much like black and red, gray has become a classic go-to shade for fashionistas. Whether it’s a dark gun-metal gray or a shimmery platinum, this color is pure luxury at (or on) your fingertips.

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Trend #4: Green With Envy

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Okay, so it takes a bit of guts and at least a week’s worth of commitment to wear this shade, but hey, you’re a trend-setter, right? If you plan your outfits accordingly – think monochrome winter white or floral prints –  your green manicure will make you look like…well, money!

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Deborah Lippmann Wild Thing | JINsoon Heirloom | NARS Night Porter

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Trend #5: The Glitteratti

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I’m somewhat of an evangelist when it comes to glitter nail polish. I like to do my own nails most of the time, and as much as I try, I can never get them perfect. All hail the power of a glitter topcoat to hide any mistakes when it comes to a DIY mani.

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Burberry Glitter Silver | Essie Jazzy Jubilant | JINsoon Bijou

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My Thoughts on Plastic Surgery (yes, I’ve had it!)

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What I looked like in high school vs. now. Lots of changes. Some happened naturally. Some I paid for.

If you follow my Flashback Friday series, you already know what a huge (literally) mistake my hair was in the 80’s. One of the reasons I keep my hair so short now is because it was so severely damaged from all the trauma I put it through over the years. Bleaching, perming teasing, and the full-on assault from hundreds of cans of Aqua Net. (Sorry ozone.)

When I recently stumbled upon my high school senior portrait, I was horrified. Back in the day, I’m sure I thought I looked great. Hell, I went out in public looking like this. That was the style. Everybody looks back on old photos of themselves and has that “What the hell was I thinking?” moment.

This made me wonder. Ten years from now, will I look back at my current Instagram feed and shudder in horror at my current hairstyle? My current outfits? My current face?

Looks change. Style changes. But I honestly think that the older you get, the more your looks and your style evolve. And sometimes, you want to speed up that evolution.

Which brings me to the subject of plastic surgery. Whenever anyone asks me if I had it, I give full disclosure. I’m all for it. As long as you are doing it to increase your own personal level of confidence and not to please someone else. And to be perfectly honest, when I first started getting plastic surgery, I wasn’t doing it for myself.

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Why I Started Getting Plastic Surgery

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Before I started Stylaphile, I was an actor. I moved to New York City in 2000 to pursue my acting career. And I found out pretty quickly how much the entertainment business is focused way more on the way you look than how talented you are. I got caught up in constantly trying to improve my looks in hopes that I would get that big break.

So over the years, I had two nose jobs, a chin implant, and had my ears pinned (they used to stick out pretty far. Like Dumbo far). I improved my smile with Invisalign and porcelain veneers. I haven’t done anything to my lips, though. They’ve always been huge. (Just check out this photo of me when I was 3.)

I was happy with all the improvements I had made and they did make me more confident as an actor. But I would still get feedback from my auditions that was all over the place. She’s too attractive. She’s not attractive enough. She’s too short. She’s too tall. She’s too fat. She’s too skinny. And there was one audition where the casting director actually said, “We love you. You’re perfect. We want you for the part. But only if you speak Yiddish.” (I don’t.)

As much as I loved acting, I just got burnt out. Working a full time job while trying to find an acting job, while attending acting classes and doing showcases really started to wear on me. When I started writing Stylaphile, something changed. I realized how much I really liked to write. I loved the fact that I could write an article, put it out there, and get instant feedback and connection with an audience. This was the exact reason I loved being onstage. It was all about the connection with the audience. But now I was getting that connection instantly, on my own, without having to audition for anyone of have anyone “give” me the part.

So I quit acting to focus on Stylaphile. And I haven’t had any more plastic surgery. I do have Botox about twice a year, and I use a ton of anti-aging products. The great thing about being a fashion and beauty blogger is that I get sent all kinds of great new products to try out. I use these products to enhance the way I look now.  I truly believe that you should maintain your body and your face the same way you maintain your house. You live in it every day and you want it to look its best.

But now I’m doing all of this because I truly love writing about fashion and beauty and sharing it with you, my audience. Not because I’m hoping that someone will think I’m attractive enough to give me my big break. I created my own big break when I started Stylaphile. And now I love what I’m doing.

And I love you guys for reading.

I’d also love to hear your thoughts about plastic surgery. Have you had anything done? Would you have anything done? Please share your story in the comments section below.

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The Easiest Way Ever to Remove Nail Polish

I think I may have stumbled upon the greatest nail polish remover ever invented!

The other day, I picked up a bottle of Daylogic Professional Maximum Strength Nail Polish Remover at Rite-Aid. I had never heard of this brand before, but since it claimed to remove both artificial nails and all types of polish, I decided to try it out.

Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I was so impressed with a product. One cotton ball full of this stuff practically took off two coats of gel polish. And I discovered another little beauty hack in the process. I had a used makeup wipe lying on my table, so I grabbed it, applied some of the remover, and the product worked even better!

So don’t throw away all those expensive makeup wipes, ladies. Save them and use them to take your nail polish off. And get yourself to a Rite-Aid store ASAP and grab a bottle of Daylogic. You’ll cut your manicure time in half AND save a ton of money over the long haul (no more cotton balls and less polish remover to buy!)

Daylogic Maximum Strength Nail Polish Remover

sold at Rite-Aid stores nationwide

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Manicure Monday: Grey Matters

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When I saw this Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish called Greyfitti, I knew I wanted to try it. It’s an icy-grey with a beautiful glossy finish. (I sound like I’m describing a bottle of wine, don’t I?)

I love how the color matches my Proenza Schouler bag here and it looks great with all my silver statement rings.

And although I have to admit I could never make it all the way through 50 Shades of Grey (the book OR the movie…they both sucked), I do think I’ve found my perfect shade of grey nail polish.

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How to Do a Louboutin “Red Bottom” Manicure

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Every fashionista – including myself – is obsessed with filling their shoe closet with Christian Louboutins. Having a pair of those iconic red bottom shoes is right up there with buying your first Chanel bag. But let’s face it. They’re ridiculously expensive. (Both the Louboutins and the Chanel bag.)

So while we may not all be able to afford to walk around sporting red soles, we can certainly get the look on our nails with this easy DIY red-bottom manicure.

Here’s how to do it.

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Step 1: Get the right nail length.

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d173ab31-531e-4d05-ac85-a07a0162cab6_1.6526f0c08d44ff1dea8febf590291c94Because you need to paint the underside of your nails, this look really only works on longer nail lengths.

If your nails are short, consider using pop-on nails that you can paint over or do what I did and purchase the Kiss Complete Salon Acrylic Kit. It comes with various sizes of nail tips and it’s actually pretty easy to do your own acrylic nails at home. (Take the money you save from having it done at the salon and put it into your “Red Bottom Shoe Fund.”)

This manicure also looks best on round, somewhat pointy nails, so make sure you file your nails into the appropriate shape.

 

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Step 2: Paint the underside of your nails red.

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Any bright red nail polish color will do. I used Nails Inc Gel Effect polish in St. James.

Use a very light touch when painting the underside because you don’t want it to pool up under your nail.

You may even want to use a different type of brush, such as an eyeliner or eyeshadow brush with a finer tip for better precision.

 

 

 

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Step 3: Apply two very light coats of black nail polish.

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Start with a base coat of clear nail polish before applying the black color so you don’t stain your nails. Then apply a very light coat of black polish and let it dry. Apply a second coat and give that one plenty of time to dry as well.

The key to making this manicure look perfect is patience. You have to let each coat dry completely before applying the next step. I waited an hour before moving on to the matte topcoat.

 

 

Step 4: Add a matte top coat.

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Unknown-2The final step is applying the matte top coat. I love Sally Hansen’s Big Matte Top Coat for this look.

It is very important to make sure you cover the whole entire nail surface with the topcoat. Otherwise, you’ll get patches of shine that will ruin the overall effect. And you don’t want to apply more than one coat of the matte polish because it will look too thick.

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