Archives for December 2014

December 24, 2014

Relaxation and Craziness!!!!

Hello everyone!!!
I’m currently on the Celebrity Reflection cruise ship sailing through the caribbean with my whole family. Our first stop was Old San Juan. It was really amazing to see Puerto Rico because my mom was born with a Puerto Rican mother. Our second stop was St. Thomas which was absolutely beautiful and we zip-lined through the jungle. The ocean water was so clear and turquoise that you could see the bottom of the ocean floor.

Today we went snorkeling in St. Martin and it was so unbelievable to be swimming in the ocean with so many fish around you.

It’s been so crazy but fun spending every second of the day with my three beautiful sisters and parents of course.

The beach is my favorite place in the world– all of you must get to a Caribbean beach, so put it on your bucket list!

One thing I’ve learned on this trip is to sing in the morning before getting out of bed. My sister Lindsay and I are sharing a room and we bug our sisters in the connecting room next door when we sing songs from Wicked in the morning before breakfast. Try it, it wakes you up! HA

Merry Christmas Eve! Happy Holidays to everyone and Happy New Year! The new year has so much to bring and I can’t wait to share some exciting news with you soon! Don’t forget to watch “Spare Parts” in theaters January 16th!

Let me know what YOU are up to! As always, you can find my social media links on Elizabethsmall.com

P.S. Make sure to wear Nuetrogena Ultra Sheer, Dry Touch 35 SPF sunscreen on your face every day! Trust me, it works. Thanks to Nuetrogena, my skin has remained safe in the caribbean sun! 🙂

 

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Much Love,

Lizzy

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December 24, 2014

Get a little Quirky this holiday

GREAT HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS AT QUIRKY.COM

The hunt for the perfect gift can be either an exhilarating challenge or the nightmare of your holiday season. There are those of us who tend to break out into a cold sweat just thinking about the challenge of finding thoughtful, original gifts.

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Fortunately, inventors at Quirky have created innovate products to make life a little easier. Quirky makes it easier for us to think beyond the ordinary and find unique gifts that will surely be a hit all the special people in your life.

In this featured video, Ben Kaufman, Breaker, Maker, Founder and CEO of Quirky will showcase gifts that fit everyone in your life. Gift ideas that are great for all ages and offer a variety of prices that were invented by real people just like you. Additionally Ben will discuss how to take your ideas from that “AHA” moment to store shelves. As Ben says – the best ideas in the world don’t come from the boardroom they come from the living room. So whether you are a student, a retired engineer or frustrated inventor, Quirky helps you bring your ideas to life.

Watch video here:

To find out more about the gifts discussed and how you can make your ideas turn into a reality – visit quirky.com.

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December 23, 2014

Brush & dry easily with Goody

As a licensed hairstylist my job is to teach you the best ways to take care of your hair at home. Everything from to shampoo and condition down to properly blow dry. I have done many women with extremely thick long hair that seems to take forever to dry. They always tell me that half the time they just skip blow drying all together because of how long it takes. I can’t say I blame them. I have always had thick hair and when I was younger my mom used to just put it pigtail braids so I wouldn’t have to worry about it. With Christmas just right around the corner, the best gift you can give to those “thick haired girls” on your list is the QuikStyle Paddle Brush from Goody.

Goody QuikStyle Paddle Brush

Goody QuikStyle Paddle Brush

What makes this paddle brush so unique is the microfiber bristles that help to remove water and dry hair faster. It’s like a towel and a hairbrush in one. I at times like to flat iron my hair and the whole process from beginning to end takes forever. Even though it’s short now, it still does. The other night I went out with some friends and was running a little late. When I got out of the shower I let my hair dry in the towel for about 5 minutes then took it out. I did my face and then went to my hair. I grabbed my blow dryer and my QuikStyle Paddle Brush then proceeded. The microfibers in the bristles were very gentle and helped dry my hair in half the time with incredible shine as well. Imagine that. Now we can get ready for work, holiday parties and dinner in a snap.

Watch video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnD6jjqGUMQ&feature=youtu.be

Mom’s & dad’s.. can you imagine blow drying your daughter or son’s hair in half the time? No more “OW MOM”!!! or “this is taking forever”. So give the gift of hairstyling ease this holiday with QuikStyle Paddle Brush from Goody. For more styling tools and accessories visit www.goody.com

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December 22, 2014

What is Pantone?

Marsala… it has been named Pantone’s color of the year for 2015. This beautiful “earthy red wine” inspired color has made it’s way into many industries including beauty, fashion, paint and more! While Marsala has made it’s way into the world, I couldn’t help but wonder more about what Pantone is all about. After some research this is what I found out.

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Pantone Logo

Pantone started as a commercial printing company in the 1950s best known for what is called their Pantone Matching System (PMS). It was not until 1956 when Lawrence Herbert (was hired as a part-time employee), creator of Pantone, used his knowledge in chemistry to help systamize and simplify the companies colored inks. It was then in 1962 when Herbert started running it as a profit and bought the companies assests renaming them Pantone. Pantone Matching System allows designers to perfectly color match specific colors to a T. It keeps colors separate to avoid direct contact with another. In 2007 Pantone introduced their GOE system which consists of over 2,000 colors in a new matching and numbering system.

Marsala

Marsala

As we all know anually Pantone produces the “Color of the Year”. 2 times a year the company will hold meetings to decalre the new color for the following year. We see them in makeup, paints, clothes etc. Our color Marsala will fill the stores before we know it. ( I will be doing a blog and video about it soon). Pantone is so fascinating to learn about and with so many different standardized colors we could be here all day. Stay tuned for more blogs on the new color of the year and check out www.pantone.com

Source: Wikipedia

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December 21, 2014

Your HOLIDAY MAKEUP GUIDE featuring Miracle Skin Transformer and Gerard Cosmetics!

The Holiday Makeup Guide below will provide you with a“festively chic” look and the perfect finishing touch for any holiday occasion!

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HOLIDAY MAKEUP GUIDE: Miracle Skin Transformer & Gerard Cosmetics…

Miracle Skin Transformer Spotlight:
Featuring beautiful light illuminating pearlized pigments, Spotlight instantly adds a radiant glow to any skin tone. This 5-in-1 complexion enhancer hydrates, primes, illuminates, enhances and protects in one easy step. Its universal shade is infused with skin saving vitamins, antioxidants, and natural actives to hydrate and nourish skin while delivering anti-aging benefits.

MST Spotlight sells for $48, and is available at:
•Kohl’s
•Nordstrom
and
•ULTA stores

You may also purchase MST Spotlight online at:
•www.miracleskintransformer.com
•www.kohls.com
•www.nordstrom.com
•www.ulta.com

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss:
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(Shades from Left to Right: Candy Apple, Crystal, Seduction, Jewel and Pouty Princess)

Color Your Smile Lighted Lip glosses are formulated with rich pigmentations similar to that of a traditional lipstick that will never feather or bleed. These glosses provide instant shine and moisture along with collagen boosting peptides to increase lip volume and reduce wrinkles both safely and painlessly. Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses are packaged with a built in mirror and light for easy use, even in the dark. These versatile “go everywhere” glosses are perfect for any occasion, and each is priced at $24!

Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses are available online at: http://www.gerardcosmetics.com


Gerard Cosmetics BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème:

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A twist on the traditional BB Cream, the Gerard Cosmetics BB Plus+ Illumination is formulated with light reflecting particles and golden shimmer to add dimension and a youthful glow to any complexion. This luminous crème is easy to blend, long-lasting, and comfortable to wear. In a universal shade, the BB Plus+ Illumination can be used alone, as a cream highlighter, or mixed with your favorite liquid foundation. It’s priced at $36.

Available online at: www.gerardcosmetics.com

(Quoted and Paraphrased information in this article was obtained from a provided PR-Fact Sheet)

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December 19, 2014

First college quarter of Freshman year complete…WHAT

Hello friends,

So sorry I haven’t blogged in a minute, I just had my first week of college finals. I’m pretty sure I spent seven hours a day on the fourth floor of my school’s library for the past week. My first set of finals as a college freshman is now complete. WOW—I honestly can’t believe it and I also can’t believe how much coffee I consumed. Now that they are over, I am officially done with my first quarter of college! That is scary…and I know everyone in the universe says this but WHERE has the time gone? I am still in shock every time someone asks me about myself and I say: “Well I am in college…” It’s weird.

I seriously couldn’t have asked for a better first quarter of college. The insanely caring group of friends I made, the beautiful sunsets I got to watch on the sand, riding my fixie to class, eating Blaze pizza, doing phone interviews in my dorm room, I wouldn’t trade a second of it for anything in the world. College is such an incredible time. I am surrounded by people who are eager to make the most of every day, it fuels me.

Now that I’m officially done and on winter break, I get time to focus on writing new songs and reading new scripts—two of my favorite things. I am leaving for a ten-day cruise to the Caribbean with my whole family today and I will definitely be taking lots of photos to share with all of you.

Yesterday I had an interview for the Inside Noise at Mixology at the Grove LA, so check that out!

Remember to find the silly moments of everyday, eat lots of chocolate, drink lots of green tea (it’s good for your skin and a better source of caffeine than coffee) and stop and take a look at all that surrounds you. Before you know it, everything flashes by. Enjoy the day.

P.S. Don’t forget to keep up with me! All my social media links are on Elizabethsmall.com, and if anyone has a blog topic suggestion or something specific they want me to write about, LET ME KNOW!

Much love,

Lizzy

Candy Sky.

Candy Sky.

Coffee overload!!!

Coffee overload!!!

Twinkly Lights in my dorm.

Twinkly Lights in my dorm.

BID DAY for my SORORITY!

BID DAY for my SORORITY!

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December 19, 2014

Cross Pens are gifts of luxury that last a lifetime

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I remember when I received my first Cross pen. The pen was presented to me for my 8th grade graduation. It was a gold pen with my name engraved on and I was so excited to have such a beautiful pen. Forty years later, I still have that pen, I have always treasured it. Cross pens have a way of doing that, they are truly a gift that lasts a lifetime. Cross pens have an elegance about them whether they are presented to men, women or young adults. Cross Pens definitely make a statement. I always turn to Cross for birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, graduations and they make perfect Holiday gifts. My beautiful pen is a Cross Botanica (shown above). It is gorgeous as the intricate details in the pen make it more beautiful than it looks in a photo.

Cross offers so much more than just pens. Their pen and pencil gift sets are extraordinary and each design is unique. Cross also has a wide range of accessories which are perfect for gift giving.

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Cross is a 168 years old company and they are is celebrating their Peerless Pen’s 125th anniversary by bringing back the art of writing. You can win your own Cross Pen by entering the contest below:

The Search for The Peerless 125: “For 168 years, Cross has been creating luxurious writing instruments to ink what matters. For the 125th anniversary of the Peerless pen, Cross is celebrating those who are Peerless, and those who are making a positive mark on history, by launching a contest on cross.com. One nominated Peerless individual is being awarded with a special edition Peerless Gold Pen with a Ruby garnet that is worth $3,900 (only 125 are being made), and 125 second place winners are being awarded with the traditional Peerless line. Yes, Cross is awarding 125 luxury writing tools!”

I love the idea that Cross wants to revive the lost art of hand written notes. I remember way back when when my husband (then boyfriend) and I handwrote notes and cards to each other, they are keepsakes I will always treasure. I still write my own cards and notes and Cross hopes you too, will continue to do so. I love my new Cross pen and I truly enjoy writing with it. I will treasure it for another forty years!!!!

http://www.cross.com 

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December 18, 2014

Sparkling, healthy skin starts with Tanique

Its been said the key to beautiful skin is great exfoliation. It decreases the amount of dead skin cells and debris to reveal the beautiful, younger looking, baby soft skin we all want underneath. And especially with us who suffer from acne prone skin or love to get spray tanned, having exfoliation part of your skincare regimen is a definite must have. But when we exfoliate we only sem to exfoliate our faces forgetting the rest of our bodies. Now we can have beautiful, acne free, streak free tan with the Essentials Mitt from Tanique. Tanique Essentials Mitt is a full body deep exfoliation mitt that not only scrubs you from head to toe but can also help erase any “mistakes” in your spray or self tanner.

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Tanique

Launched in 2007 , Tanique has become one of the most saught after spray tanning salons and will be available for sales nation wide in 2015. Not only known for their beautiful sunless tans, Tanique also offers waxing’s eyelash extensions and makeup applications just to name a few. We know over exposure to the UV rays can not only increase premature aging but can also increase your chance of contracting skin cancer. Tanique wants us to remember, we only have one skin in this life time and we should cherish it. You take care of it, it will take care of you. I am living proof.

Not only have I suffered from terrible “pizza face” but I have always had back, chest, legs, thighs and shoulder acne. After using many remedies and gallons of acne medicated body washes, my answer was to just exfoliate. When I met the owner, Mia-Faire, at The Makeup Show in Orlando I told her my problems and also explained to her that self tanning has never looked good on me. The first day using my essentials mitt I felt tingly yet deeply cleansed and my skin was incredibly soft. After the 3rd and 4th time my acne started disappearing and I swear my skin was sparkling all over.

Little tip: when using the mitt on your face use it as you would a washcloth. The mitt does the work for you so you do not have to “roughly scrub”. Not matter what be extremely careful around your face even when not using the mitt. Our facial skin is extremely thin so be extra careful.

Tanique is excited to share with us that they will be “tanning the stars” for the upcoming 72nd Annual Golden Globes! So now you can get the beautiful skin from head to toe with Tanique Essentials Mitt. No tan is complete without great exfoliation and beautiful skin starts here! To see how you can get your very own Tanique Essentials Mitt visit www.mytanique.com

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December 18, 2014

Visit the elegant WINK BROW BAR in the West Village

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At Wink Brow Bar in the West Village, expert brow guru Umbreen Sheikh and her team of experts shape and nurture your natural brows in the luxurious decoration of her salon. Due to over 20 years of work, Umbreen is full of knowledge as well! Here are a few of her tips for maximizing the potential of your brows:

On promoting brow hair growth: “Everybody is different in how much their brow grows but you can try the following: Brush them with an eyebrow brush, always remembering to go upwards and then outwards. Then, moisturize your brows, making sure the hairs aren’t dry. Again Threading is a good option as it stimulates hair growth in a natural, organic and chemical-free way. Another thing you can do is to take vitamins, such as B-complex and C.”

On using tools to tame growing out brows: “You can use brow powders or pens to keep your brows filled in during the growing phase. You can also use a non-sticky brow wax. This keeps the hairs pressed back in the right direction on your face, making your brows appear fuller.” 

Furthermore, what’s more inviting than the gorgeous and chic decoration of Wink?  winkbrowbar.com

Wink Brow Bar,  7 Greenwich Avenue, New York, NY 10014, Phone: (212) 600-1857

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December 18, 2014

Gifts for every member of the Family including your pets

It is officially almost the most wonderful time of year! Make gift-giving a cinch this year by finding the perfect present for everyone on your list with these fun finds for the season. See below for holiday offerings to gift your favorite foodie, beauty junkie, and even your pet!

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dr. brandt Best of Brandt Holiday Kit ($80), www.drbrandtskincare.com

Give the gift of radiant skin with this gift set featuring Dr. Brandt’s coveted best sellers from the XYY, DNA and house call collections for a complete beauty regimen. This quartet of products preps & rejuvenates to ensure youthful skin transformation!

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Petsmile Pet Toothpaste ($25) and Applicator Swabs ($9), www.petsmileusa.com

Pamper your pet for the holidays by keeping their teeth clean the smart way with no brushing, begging, or bargaining required. With Petsmile® Pet Toothpaste, created by the humans who brought you Supersmile®, your dog can have healthy teeth and gums plus fresh breath with just a simple swipe.

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Skin & Co. Roma Umbrian Magnifico Bath Set ($52), www.Skinandcoroma.com $58

The exfoliating set for your winter season, smooth away and enjoy these lush scents straight from the Mediterranean. Each exfoliator features the finest, handpicked Italian extracts and oils used for traditional healing and therapy in Italy.

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Dana’s Bakery Holiday Macarons ($30 for a box of 12); www.danasbakery.com

Known for putting a unique American twist on the quintessential French treat, Dana’s Bakery is spicing up the lineup with unique holiday flavors including Sugar Cookie, Egg Nog, Nutcracker, Hanukkah Gelt and Jelly Doughnut. The festive (and naturally gluten-free) macarons will make ultimate gift for your favorite foodie!

 

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