Thursday, November 1, 2012

Current Beauty Favorites

I'm not sure if you noticed in my Halloween post, but I dyed the tips of my hair blonde! I've been getting lots of beauty questions lately, so I thought I'd make a video and talk about some of the products I've been using in my current routine. There's a ton that I didn't get to in this one, but I hope to make beauty a more ongoing topic here.

Things mentioned in the video:
  • I've been doing the Oil Cleansing Method for about two weeks now, and so far so good. I'm still undecided on whether I'll use it long term, but I'm willing to keep trying it out for another month or so. Pros: my skin is super soft and moisturized. My pores feel a bit clearer. Cons: I've still had a couple breakouts. You have to use a new washcloth every day, which can get annoying. 
  • I just bought Maybelline Illegal Length Mascara with Fiber Extentions and I'm obsessed! I've been on the search for something to make my eyelashes longer without the cost of extensions or Latisse. Falsies are a hassle to put on--this mascara solves everything! 
  • Loving my new Revlon lipsticks. In the video I'm wearing Fuchsia Fusion, and I also love Really Red.
  • I have ombre hair now! I know I'm super late on this trend, but I've wanted to try it for years, and in the video I explain why I finally took the plunge. To dye the tips, I used Feria Extra Bleach Blonde, and I really like the results. I may do it once more to get them a bit lighter.
  • Most of you know by now that I'm participating in the Paul Mitchell "Truth About Curls" campaign and that I love the line. The two products I recommend in the video (that I have mentioned here before) are the Detangling Shampoo and Leave-In Treatment. The brand is doing weekly giveaways of the full line on the Paul Mitchell Facebook App, so make sure you check it out and enter. Also, if you upload your picture with your #CurlConfession, it may be projected in a show at some hip NYC and LA locations on November 15th (You can also submit photos on Twitter/Instagram using that same hashtag). 
PS-I am featured in a new Marina Rinaldi campaign with two more of my fellow curvy bloggers! I had a great time shooting the lifestyle video in NYC a couple weeks ago--you can check it out here. It's viewable to everyone, but if you're in Italy, you can vote for which blogger vid you like the best.


  1. I do the oil cleanding method with olive oil, with a little sugar mixed in to exfoliate, and then I tone with apple cider vinegar. It's been working great for me!

  2. i tried a similar mascara once, and all the fibers just fell into my eyes! it was a very itchy experience, i'm hesitant to try another fiber mascara!

  3. Hi, Gabi, just found and love your blog. It's such an inspiration for me and has given me a little more courage to store in my pot. When the pot is full hopefully I will go ahead with my blog.

    Your style is awesome. I really like the Fresh Prince and Hilary looks. It was a childhhod fave of mine!

    I do blog now and then about mainstream fashion, celeb looks as well but now that I have added you to my reading list I will defo come back to your blog.


  4. I'm in Italy and I've just voted for you!!!!!!!!!

    ciao :)

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  6. Hi Gabi,

    I have adult acne as well :(. I find that washing my face with African Black Soap (it's natural made from shea butter)helps clear up my skin.

  7. Gabi, congratulations on your new apartment! I'm dying to try out the Paul Mitchell products on my curly hair. Like you mention, everyone I know who has tried them loves them. I'm hoping they will tame the frizz in my wild mop of curls. The mascara sounds like a godsend! I will definitely look for that as well. Great vlog! Thanks for the recommendations! :)

  8. Once again you providing us good information. I'll be back later for some great post...
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  9. Hi Gabi! Love the blog.

    I would say BE CAREFUL with the OCM, I did it and for the first two weeks, like you, my skin was really soft and moisturized, but on the third week, my skin broke out with tiny little hard nodules that all became horribly infected and gave me horrible cystic acne, the worst breakout of my life. My cheeks looked like I'd pasted dried cranberries on them! It was horrible!

    It took me 8 months to clear my skin again, and I have been left with some hyper-pigmentation and acne scars, issues I never had before. The only way I was able to clear my skin was with a series of lactic acid peels.

    I know the OCM doesn't work for everyone, but I feel like I should share my experience with it with you and your readers. I really wanted it to work for me, but alas, it was not meant to be.

  10. Hi Gabi! Don't tell me you're coming to Brazil!!! It's so exciting! I'm a make up artist and I live in Sao Paulo...let me know if you need anything from here ;-)

  11. Sandra,

    I tried the OCM and had the same issue. It really is depressing. I am considering getting an acid peel as well.

  12. Hey! I just found your site and I just want to say I LOVE your sense of style. You look absolutely fabulous. And I think you look amazing with your curly hair!