The Lettuces: Wild Wild West

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The Lettuces: 10 Tips for Post C-Section Recovery

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The Lettuces: ONE

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The Lettuces: #ThisIs40

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The Lettuces: NY State of Mind

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The Lettuces: Noise

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The Lettuces: Back in Black, Again

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The Lettuces: Under Cover

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The Lettuces: Happy Father’s Day Grandpa

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The Lettuces: Until We’re Grey and Old

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The Lettuces: Hey Brother

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The Lettuces: Simple Joys

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The Lettuces: Accepted Anywhere

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The Lettuces: Mother’s Day

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The Lettuce: Back in Black

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The Lettuces: Tacos + No Tequila

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The Lettuces: Paul Christopher Original Art

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The Lettuces: California Love

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The Lettuces: First Day at the Beach

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The Lettuces: 6 Months

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The Lettuces: Pickup Joint

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The Lettuces: Face Towards Sunshine

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The Lettuces: Taking The Plunge

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The Lettuces: Dream On

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The Lettuces: Dad’s Birthday

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The Lettuces: First Christmas

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The Lettuces: First Halloween

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The Lettuces: He’s New Around Here

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The Lettuces: We’re Pregnant!

To my husband, then immediate family, then close friends and extended family, then everyone else – how I announced We’re Pregnant!

DIVAmom: Prenatal Vitamins That Won’t Make You Sick AF

What if your “morning sickness” wasn’t sickness at all? What if it was your prenatal vitamins? Turns out, for me, it was.

DIVAmom: 9 Amazing Pregnancy-Friendly Beauty Items That I’ll Still Use Post-Pregnancy

So nice to have met you! These nine pregnancy-friendly beauty products are going in my post-pregnancy forever rotation because they are that good.

DIVAbride: I wore a $200 wedding dress. Then I wore it again.

I wore an off the rack, final sale, $200 dress for my wedding party. Over a year later, I wore it again. No rules. No regrets.

DIVABRIDE: How I got my goal body for my engagement-slash-surprise-wedding

Here are 5 things I did, in very limited time, to achieve my goal body for my wedding. For brides or anyone with an upcoming special occasion, get it honey!

DIVAbride: Why you should bring photos to your wedding hair and makeup trial

I have been asked a lot lately about my feeling on the importance of bringing photos to the wedding hair and makeup trial. And my feeling on its importance, in a word: PARAMOUNT.

DIVAbride: My Bridal Glam Squad

SQUAD GOALS. My bridal glam squad killed it for my secret ceremony and surprise wedding reception. Check them out!!

DIVAbride: How to pick your hair stylist and makeup artist for your wedding

As a makeup artist and now a Mrs, I’ve been on both sides of the bridal beauty coin. Here are my 5 simple steps on how to pick your hair stylist and makeup artist for your wedding

DIVAbride: 3 Steps to Stay Calm on A Big Day (Even If You Have a Near-Death Experience, Like I Did)

I had a near-death experience on my wedding weekend, the day of the party. Here’s what I did to stay calm afterwards, when I felt anything but. I hope these 3 tips can help others.

DIVAbride: Mask On, Mask Off [My favorite new face masks to prep for a big day]

SURPRISE! I got married! And I’m gonna share a lot of things I learned along the way. Starting with new face masks I tested to give good face on my big day!

DIVAbride: Fresh New Bridal Beauty [7 Products You Should Check Out For Your Special Occasions]

As a bride-to-be, I’m looking at a beauty in a new and different way… Here are 7 fresh bridal (or special event) beauty ideas for skin, brows, lashes, nails and hair. #LOVE

DIVAbride: Hate your hairline but want an updo? Toppik to the rescue.

From an elegant bun to a rockstar fauxhawk, wearing hair up shows off your face AND your wedding dress. No worries if you hate your hairline. Try Toppik!

DIVAbride: Honey, I shrunk my pores [aka, the solution to enlarged pores]

If you have enlarged pores, and want to shrink them, you will thank me for this.

DIVAbride: 7 Truth Bombs You Need To Know from Skin Expert Mary Schook

If you are alive and have skin, you need to read this. RIGHT. NOW.

DIVAbride: A funny thing happened on the way to test Vinylux

A funny thing happened on the way to test Vinylux. SPOILER: It starts with a boyfriend and ends with a fiancé.

Divalicious

DIVA DOES… Bisou Nail Atelier

The best gel manicure in New York City. According to Vogue. And me. Check out the genius that is Bisou Nail Atelier.

DIVA DOES… Sio Beauty Skinpad for Chest Lines

Do you have a pitch fork on your chest when you wake? You know a line with a line on each side. There’s now a beauty solution for that. Welcome Sio Beauty.

DIVA DOES… Hot Tools Micro Crimper

I got blown away, Wizard of Oz style, by a beauty pic on IG. Two days later and only $27 poorer, I was the proud owner of Hot Tools Micro Crimper. #OBSESSED

DIVA DOES… Neutrogena Hydro Boost Skincare [Sponsored]

As you’re switching things up for the change of seasons, why not your skincare too? Here are my top 3 reasons to add Neutrogena Hydro Boost to your regimen.

NYFW: Backstage Beauty at Rachel Antonoff with Skyn Iceland

At Rachel Antonoff SS17 models were treated to a 6 step skincare routine by Skyn Iceland to ensure that every canvas was perfectly prepped and primed.

NYFW: Backstage Beauty at Michael Costello SS17 with Ingot & Essie

During backstage beauty at Michael Costello SS17, key MUA Edward Cruz for Inglot announced we can wipe off the brow, the contour, the highlight! AMEN.

DIVA DOES… Insights from Hair Loss Expert Lucinda Ellery

What do a cheap brush, The Secret and caring for your home have in common?? I met with Hair Loss Expert Lucinda Ellery and this is what she recommended.

DIVA DOES… Topical Wrinkle Filler {ft. Fullfill Hyaluronic Acid Serum}

I tested topical wrinkle filler and it worked. It may not change your life like the right derm can, but for a non-Rx product, it’s pretty impressive.

DIVA DOES… Skinceuticals, The Derm Favorite

If there is one constant I know for sure in this ever-changing world of beauty, it is this: Derms. Love. Skinceuticals.

DIVA DOES… The Matte (A Portable Makeup Counter for Even the Tiniest of Apartments and Hotel Bathrooms)

The Matte is a portable countertop that transforms even the tiniest bathroom sink into a beauty vanity. For home and away. Because #YESMAKEUP. Slay all day.

DIVA DOES… Hair Loss Solutions That Work

When your hair starts falling out and you work in beauty, there’s only one thing to do. Find hair loss solutions that will help, hide or not further damage. And that’s just what I did.

DIVA DOES… The Sarah Potempa Beachwaver S1.25

The Sarah Potempa Beachwaver S1.25 gets a diva kiss of approval and is inspiring me to depart from my everyday messy summer topknot. #beachwavesforever

DIVA DOES… Twila True Nail Lacquer

It’s time for a toast because I just found my summer shade for nails and toes: Clink Your Glass. (As if there ever was a better name to suit me!?!)

DIVA DOES… DIVAspice Bespoke Custom Fragrance

I recently had the AWESOME experience of creating my own custom fragrance in downtown NYC. Hellooo DIVA SPICE!! Of course, I had to share!

DIVA DOES… Beauty Sleep Aids

A pillowcase, eye mask and face mask? If you can’t log in the nighttime shut-eye you’d like, these beauty sleep aids can help.

DIVA DOES… Sonic the Hedgehog x Glam Glow GravityMud

In celebration of girls who game – and perhaps males who mask – Sega partnered with GlamGlow for a limited edition bright blue Sonic The Hedgehog GravityMud Mask.

Diva Does… Statement Nails (to benefit LGBT)

Proud to wear my statement nails when the shade is created by EJ Johnson from E’s Rich Kids of Beverly Hills and 100% of profits benefit NYC’s LGBT Center.

DIVA DOES… Skincare Morning, Noon & Night

Your skin. It goes through a lot over the course of a day. And then that gets repeated. Every single day. Neutrogena suggests you take skincare seriously.

DIVA DOES… 6 New Skincare Trends

After testing a LOT of new skincare trends lately, these are the products I would personally purchase and recommend.

DIVA DOES… La Bella Mafia

Two paisans put on beauty mafia workout attire. Get inspired to WERK. Check out my adventures with Paul Christopher in La Bella Mafia.

BEAUTYfull®: Margarita Garcia Acevedo, Beauty Realized

For the 18th BEAUTYfull post, we reveal the outer beauty along with the inner struggle of a young woman on the verge of becoming comfortable sharing both sides with the world. Often dressed in a way that covered her shape and minimized attention, and rarely sharing...

BEAUTYfull®: Rose Cosenza, Regal Beauty

For the 17th BEAUTYfull post, we honor my own first beauty icon. Just a month away from her 70th birthday, she is truly forever young... and spirited and strong and regal and fabulous and feisty and fun and kind and loving. Our conversation here, not to mention all...

BEAUTYfull®: Isla Bell Murray, Minimalist Beauty

Isla on learning to love her smile and her height plus thoughts on social media, confidence, diversity, retouching and more.

BEAUTYfull™: Nicole Siobal, Span-Asian Beauty

Nicole Siobal on the pressure to assimilate when you look ‘different” and coming to love the very things that make you different. #thisisBEAUTYfull

BEAUTYfull™: Andres Gutierrez, El Guapo Travieso de Publishing

Andres Gutierrez on dad bod, telenovelas, big booty, David Hasselhoff, Ricky Martin, and the one word that sums up what beauty is to him. #thisisBEAUTYfull

BEAUTYfull™: Nilukshi De Silva, South Asian Meets NYC Beauty

Nilukshi De Silva on Bollywood vs Hollywood influences, social media as a tool to spread inclusivity, and why living a healthy lifestyle is BEAUTYfull.

BEAUTYfull™: Mijon Zulu, Beauty with Substance

Mijon Zulu on the two current standards of male beauty, how he overcame teenage insecurity from being overweight, and why substance trumps perfection.

BEAUTYfull™: Lindsay Huggins, inner light and self love

Lindsay Huggins on inner light, diversity in casting and the truth behind what it really takes for people to nail a “perfect” photo.

BEAUTYfull™: Jaclynn Brennan, Unleashed Beauty

Jaclynn Brennan on body positivity, the use of photoshop in the fashion industry and why tearing down and judging other women is un-beautiful.

BEAUTYfull™: Niki Dankner, Red-Headed Beauty with Vintage Style

Niki Dankner, a spirited red-headed beauty with a unique vintage style, shares how social media affects self-esteem and why she loves her curly red hair.

BEAUTYfull™: Loni Venti, Bombshell Beauty + Pinup Glamour

Loni Venti on the “perfect woman” in 2016, the benefits of a signature style, and staying true to yourself over following trends… #ThisIsBEAUTYfull

BEAUTYfull™: Nitika Chopra, Pure Beauty Powered By Self-Love

Nitika Chopra on accepting, embracing and loving your authentic self. And her own personal journey getting there.

BEAUTYfull™: Masha Erlikh, Authentic Beauty

Masha shares her beliefs on authentic beauty, being true to yourself, and not telling her she “has such a pretty face.”

BEAUTYfull™: Nikki Mendes, Inner and Outer Beauty

Nikki Mendes taps into her inner beauty to channel her outer beauty. And she also twerks in the mirror.

BEAUTYfull™: Eve Root, Midwestern Meets Brooklyn Beauty

Brooklyn beauty Eve Root shares her thoughts on rejecting impossible and false beauty standards and finding beauty from within.

BEAUTYfull™: Maad*Moiselle, Gen Y Beauty

For the third post in the BEAUTYfull series, model/DJ Maad*Moiselle dishes on diversity in casting, catcalling, confidence, Facetune and more. Plus slays the shoot.

BEAUTYfull™ : Sidrah Laldin, Beauty Outside the (Western) Box and From Within

In our second post in the BEAUTYfull series, Sidrah Laldin speaks about western beauty, the lack of diversity in entertainment and the idea of self care.

BEAUTYfull™ : Mary Tedesco, Ageless Beauty

While only a small slice is consistently served up, there is a FULL spectrum of BEAUTY and we all exist in it. The first post in my new BEAUTYfull™ series covers ageless beauty.