5 Accessories You Need This Spring and Summer

Warm, sunny weather has been making brief appearances here and there in NYC and it is making us super antsy to start swapping our sweaters and scarves for skirts and sandals. Now, we would love to be able to go out and get a whole new wardrobe to welcome in Spring and Summer, but our wallets, unfortunately, won’t allow for that. But we can spice things up with a few key accessories. These are Lipstick & Sweatpants’ top 5 Accessories You Need This Spring and Summer!

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Yes, these shades are a little pricier than the other items on this list. And yes, they are worth it. Not only will the modern update on a classic shape compliment literally everything you wear (for many seasons to come), you can also feel good about shopping for a cause. Warby Parker matches every pair of glasses sold with funding for/ a pair of glasses for those in need. Shopping with a conscience looks good on you. Read more about how Warby Parker gives back HERE.
Ellison Sunglasses, Non-Prescription $145, Prescription $195, Warby Parker

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Alright – so a hair product isn’t technically something you’d expect to see on this list, but your hair is definitely the best accessory a girl could have. However, your hair is probably still recovering from the brutal weather this winter threw at us and soon, it’s going to get hit with sun damage and humidity – so, ya gotta give it a little TLC. Ecru New York’s Acacia Protein Oil is a super lightweight styling and treatment oil formulated with Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Extra Virgin Argan oil, Hydrolyzed Keratin, and Acacia Collagen™. The magical elixir will moisturize and condition all while protecting against heat damage, eliminating frizz, reducing dry time, and mending split ends.
Acacia Protein Oil, $30, Ecru New York

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Big, bold, three dimensional broaches and pins are back and this Diamond Spider Broach from Humble Chic is everything right now. It’s dainty, it’s edgy, and it will definitely be a conversation starter.
Diamond Spider Broach, $38, HumbleChic.com

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Menswear inspired accessories are still all the rage and these Teaton Cognac Crochet Cutout Oxford Flats are a great way to incorporate the trend in your everyday look. The pretty lace and cutout details add just the right amount of femininity to keep these oxfords from looking like they came straight from the men’s department.
Madden Girl Teaton Cognac Crochet Cutout Oxford Flats, $49, LuLu’s.com

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From earrings and necklaces to swinging bags – fringe is in! This Punk Tassel Fringe Handbag Satchel Purse/Hobo Tote comes with a removable shoulder strap so you can rock this hippie chic bag two ways and with every outfit.
Punk Tassel Fringe Handbag Satchel Purse/Hobo Tote, $18.44, Amazon.com

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Jazz up any basic t-shirt and jeans, simple dress, or add a finishing touch to your bohemian style maxi skirt with a pair of big and bold earrings, like these Fame and Fortune Turquoise Rhinestone Earrings. While they are oversized, the slightly muted colors keep these from looking too costume-y and/or outfit specific.
Fame and Fortune Turquoise Rhinestone Earrings, $12, LuLu’s.com

So which accessory (or accessories?!) will you be adding to your Spring and Summer wardrobe?

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Want to Win a Red Carpet Treatment Prize Package?

The Oscars are coming up this weekend and to celebrate, skin care brand Borghese is offering an amazing Red Carpet Treatment Prize Package valued at a whopping $450!! Who wouldn’t want a chance at that?!

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The contest kicks off this Saturday, March 1st and will run until Monday, March 3rd. There are multiple ways to enter via social media using the hashtag #BorgheseRedCarpet:

-LIKE Borghese on Facebook (@borghesebeauty)
-Leave a comment on Facebook: Favorite Red Carpet Look
-Share the post on Facebook
-Follow Borghese Beauty on Twitter (@borghesebeauty)
-Follow Borghese Beauty on Pinterest (@borghesebeauty)
-Follow Borghese Beautiful on Instagram (@borghesebeautiful)
-Tweet about the Borghese Red Carpet Treatment Sweepstakes using #BorgheseRedCarpet
-Post to Instagram using #BorgheseRedCarpet

Good luck everyone – how will you choose to play?!

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Want to Become a Stylist?

Are you in love with your life? Do you want more freedom and flexibility from your job? Who doesn’t, right?! Well, now’s the perfect time to become a Stella & Dot Stylist! Let what you love BE what you DO.

From now through the end of February, when you sign up for only $199, you will get a fabulous tote bag in addition to $350 in free accessories! You will have the potential of earning extra spending money or a six figure income, it’s up to you! Stella & Dot will provide you everything you need to succeed. All the essential tools and training, plus a back office providing customer service, technology and direct delivery to your customers! Click here to sign up and find out all the details: www.stelladot.com/stylist

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DIY Valentine’s Day Inspired Nail Art

Happy Valentine’s Day ladies and gents! Despite the snowy – and inconvenient – weather here in New York, there is still plenty of love in the air. And aside from being decked out in head to toe red and pink, one of our favorite ways to celebrate the holiday of love is with a spirited manicure.

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Lipstick & Sweatpants got the inside scoop from Nail It! Magazine on how to give yourself an amazing heart-filled mani in only 5 simple steps!

What You’ll Need:
- Base coat and top coat
- Base color
- Acrylic paint in a variety of colors or nail varnish in a variety of colors
- A small nail art brush or a toothpick

Step 1: Apply base coat and then paint your nails with the base color of your choice

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Step 2: Using white acrylic paint or nail varnish, paint on hearts with a small detail brush. (Using white as a base will allow the other colors to pop off the red base color.) Start at the top with a ‘V’ shape and working around to make the heart shape.
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Step 3: Using the colors of your choice, fill in the white hearts, being careful not to go over the lines.
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Step 4 For the details you can used a tiny nail art brush (you may have to cut down the bristles to get it small enough) or a toothpick.
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Step 5 Finally, finish with a matte top coat to seal in your design. (You could also use regular top coat.)
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That’s it – just make sure you wait till your nails are completely dry before digging into some chocolate! ;) And don’t forget to check out nailitmag.com for some more Valentine’s Day inspired nail art.

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10 Gifts for the Beauty Obsessed

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It’s hard to believe that Christmas is almost here – we’re still full from Thanksgiving! But with a little less than two weeks to go, the time to get loved ones the perfect gift is rapidly closing in. So what can you get for the queen bees of beauty in your life? Lipstick & Sweatpants has got ya covered with our top 10 gifts for the beauty obsessed!

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Bellapulse, produced by SkinPro is a better way to wash your way to healthier, cleaner skin. The gentle rotating brush loosens and removes makeup and debris from deep down in your pores while gently exfoliating. Aside from noticing an immediate difference in how your skin looks, you’ll just feel down right clean. The waterproof tool can be used in the shower and is suitable for all skin types. ($59.95 – $89.95 – http://bellapulse.com/)

icy-lip-luster-withswatch-06aug13-webFor the girl whose lipgloss is always poppin’ – this Icy Lip Luster set by Pixi is a must have – “They’re perfect stocking stuffers or treats for yourself – or why not both,” said creator of Pixi Beauty Petra Strand. The four universally flattering shades are the perfect size to tote around in a clutch and the moisturizing formula contains Vitamin E to protect that pout during the cold winter weather. ($15 – pixibeauty.com)

opi_take_ten_2013_holiday_mini_set__06547.1386710944.400.380OPI is a favorite for all beauty lovers. The Take Ten Mini Kit includes 10 of the brand’s best sellers: Pirouette My Whistle, Alpine Snow, Bubble Bath, Tickle My France-Y, You Don’t Know Jacques!, Cajun Shrimp, Big Apple Red, German-Icure, Malaga Wine, Lincoln Park After Dark. ($25 – BeautyStoreDepot.com)

blinc_heated_lash_curler_new__72678.1381781594.400.380 Forget the falsies – get big, curled lashes with Blinc’s Heated Lash Curler. The innovative design delivers just the right amount of heat and reaches even the tiniest of lashes for an extravagant and long lasting look. ($25 – BeautyStoreDepot.com)

image(1) copyBoots No7′s Instant Radiance Beauty Balm is like a less heavy version of MAC’s Strobe Cream in a sleeker bottle. The pearlescent pigments give the skin a youthful glow and instant boost of radiance. Wear it alone or under makeup for a quick pick-me-up! ($15.99 – us.boots.com)

stilaInspired by vintage artistry, Stila’s Masterpiece Series Eye & Cheek Palettes includes three expertly designed eye shadow and cheek color combos to help achieve specific looks. “This palette reflects the playfulness of the holidays,” said Maria Rush, business development manager of Beauty Collection. “You can decide what look you want to create for ringing in the holiday festivities – all the shades are wearable and flattering for any skin tone. ($39 – in store at Beauty Collection locations)

luxe-tratement-travel-trial-setFinding the right shampoo and conditioner isn’t as easy as it seems and sometimes it’s nice to try ‘em out before you commit to the full sized bottles. Fortunately for you – and the lucky gal receiving this – Ecru New York is offering a Luxe Treatment Travel & Trail Set. The portable sizes of the brand’s Luxe Treatment Shampoo, Protective Silk Conditioner, and Sunlight Finishing Spray MAX come packaged in a convenient travel bag and are just enough to get ya hooked! ($22 – EcruNewYork.com)

home_maintinsIf Little i’s Mirror Mints isn’t the cutest thing you’ve ever seen, then we may have to have a little chat! The sleek pink tin contains sugar free mints and a mirror to ensure your always fresh and kissable. ($3 – Littlei.com)

dc1-your-exfoliating-body-scrubber-angleYour Body Scrubber by Daily Concepts slips right over your hand and has the perfect texture to gently exfoliate away the dry, flaky skin that comes with winter. A convenient label indicates when it’s time to replace Your Body Scrubber and the environmentally friendly, soy based based foam material will help create a rich lather. ($10 – Dailyconcepts.com)

globrow_collection_taupe__79415.1381781949.400.380Brows are just as important as the rest of your face – they’re like picture frames to your eyes. Give the gift of perfectly shaped brows with gloMinerals’ gloBrow Collection. Available in brown and taupe, each kit contains all the essentials needed to expertly shape and fill in brows. ($45.50 – Brown: BeautyStoreDepot.com, Taupe: BeautyStoreDepot.com)

Which one of the 10 Gifts for the Beauty Obsessed will you be getting?

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White Tea Med Spa Facial Review

Looks can be deceiving: when you first walk up to the outside entrance of the White Tea Med Spa, it looks like somewhere you can score some full body work (ahem – happy endings). But once you walk upstairs and into the actual spa, it is chic, serene, and a welcomed escape from the hustle and bustle of NYC. After filling out some preliminary paper work and sipping on white tea (obviously), you will be whisked away to one of the private rooms to change into a plush (and bedazzled) white robe and wait for one of the skilled and knowledgeable team members to begin.

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Maria took care of me on my visit to White Tea Med Spa and was very informative throughout the entire process, explaining everything step-by-step. In order to give you a well-rounded review, several different facial procedures were performed. The journey to younger, glowing skin began like a typical facial,- cleanse, steam (a mixture of water and white tea), extract – but got interesting when we moved onto the FotoFacial RF portion. If broken capillaries, rosacea, sun damage, or hyper pigmentation are an issue for you, this is definitely something to look into. The non-invasive rejuvenation treatment uses a laser to literally zap away problem areas and the best part is that the technology they use requires no downtime! The combination of pigment-seeking pulsed light and specific radio frequencies will correct the affected area as well as shrink pores with a very minimal “prick.” Four to six treatments at three week intervals are recommended for the best results.

After the FotoFacial RF treatment, Maria asked me if I was claustrophobic. Hesitantly, I said no, but was a little unsure of what I was about to get myself into! The CelebriTea (Oxygen) Facial requires your entire face to be covered by a dome, but it did not feel too intrusive and I am glad I was able to test it out. It uses three components; Bio-Wand, Bio-Jets, and Bio-Dome to infuse not only your face, but body with oxygen to address fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes, and provide a general sense of well-being. After adjusting to the dome, it was quite relaxing.

Even if you don’t opt for one of the “fancier” services White Tea Med Spa has to offer, it is definitely worth the trip. They use only the highest quality products to ensure you look and feel your best! My one recommendation is that you make sure to get a chocolate mask; it smells positively delish!

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Is White Tea the Latest Spa Craze?

Is white tea the latest spa craze? According to the White Tea Med Spa located in New York City, it is. “The treatments at White Tea Med Spa are designed to harness the therapeutic powers of white tea, an elixir which is created from the young leaves and new growth buds of the tea bush,” notes the brand’s website, www.whiteteamedspa.com.

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So why white tea? The spa, which offers a wide range of facials, massages, body treatments, and medical services, such as Botox, believes that white tea is one of “nature’s gifts” and it’s protective nutrients promote healthy, luminous skin. White Tea Med Spa says,”White tea is processed without fermentation, it is loaded with antioxidants that boost the immune system, lower stress hormone levels and inhibit the growth of cancer cells.”

White Tea Med Spa’s mission is to “ensure that the tensions of the city will melt away as you luxuriate in [the] purifying and rejuvenating treatments.” We’ll be stopping by the spa soon to see if white tea really is the secret to a more youthful, glowing face, so keep an eye out for Lipstick & Sweatpants’ White Tea Med Spa review soon!

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Beauty Addicts’ GlimmerSheer Brings a Summer Glow to Winter

There’s nothing quite like a tan and the undeniable summer heat for beautiful, glowing skin. The combination of a little color and non-stop sweating has the ability to make you look like a youthful, fresh-faced goddess, but then in comes winter and it’s back to being dry and lackluster – what a buzzkill. Cue: Beauty Addict’s GlimmerSheers. The dual balm is designed to highlight and luminize in all the right places.

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GlimmerSheer can be used on the eyes, face, and cheeks and features two universally complimentary shades in one pretty compact. A lightly pigmented highlighter, “Glimmer,” provides a luminizing luster for that sunkissed glow and on the other side and a clear tinted luminzer, “Sheer,” that hydrates and enhances Glimmer’s sheen. GlimmerSheer is available in four shades (Glow, Express, Motivate, and Seduce) and is available at www.beautyaddicts.com for $28.

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Will you be bringing back your summer glow with Beauty Addicts’ GlimmerSheers?

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