Your Winter Getaway Packing Guide

Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 9.29.36 PMAutumn is officially upon us and while I do cherish the crisp fall nights and the beautiful dance of falling leaves, I’m sure my cabin fever will set in soon enough. And as most New Yorkers do, I’m already creating my escape plan to a beach or somewhere slightly more tropic than below freezing. So here’s an essential guide to your winter getaway packing list, why not get started now? Ticket not included.

1. Deux Lux Varick Weekender in Charcoal, $205: the perfect carry-on that will fit all of your travel necessities and it’s woven material will last through any travel mishap (spilled coffee, etc). The best part is that it is vegan leather, so no animals were harmed in making this bag.

2. Barraca Chic Hera Bathing Suit, $520: you can’t go wrong with a sexy swim suit by Barraca Chic, my go-to swimwear line.

3. MALIN + GOETZ Essential Kit, $30: all of your favorite products in mini sizes!

4. Tejo Fringed Drops, $228: wear these statement earrings day to-night.

5. Dolce & Gabbana Dress, $1,625: the colorful print and breezy style of this dress are made for trips to an island.

6. Ramoncinas Espadrilles, $33: authentic espadrilles from Spain.

7. Whiting & Davis Passport Cover, $65: a passport cover with a silver metal mesh shell? Yes, please.

8. Art of Henri Body Chain, $234: pair this body chain with your bathing suit or under a crop top or loose blouse, either way it will make a statement.

9. Fendi Crystal Sunglasses, $530: two of my favorite things together at last, a cat eye and crystals.

10. Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit, $16: an all-inclusive kit designed to help survive any beauty, fashion, or personal care predicament. Never leave home without it.

11. Josie Maran Argan Oil Moisturizing Stick, $22: use this multi-purpose balm for moisturizing, fixing fly aways, soothing sunburn and the list goes on: an absolute must-have for your next getaway.

Jeanette | @jeanettezinno

Salon Obsession

vmp_1717Finding a salon in Manhattan that you want to go back to can be tough. There are so many factors that go into becoming a returning customer at a salon, like LOCATION, how they cut and style your hair, your relationship with your stylist, how affordable is it, and the list goes on… so when I learned about Salon Ziba from a friend, I decided to check it out. Not only did I fall in love with my glam haircut, but I really enjoyed the people who worked there and their beauty advice; like how shampoo and conditioner acts as medicine for hair. Who knew? The stylists took the time to teach me how to use styling products and they addressed the concerns that I had about my hair.

SalonZiba2So I obviously returned and learned a little more about Salon Ziba. The name Ziba means “beautiful” and for over 25 years, they’ve been delivering glamorous and effortless hair to New Yorkers. Following more than 20 years of success on the Upper West Side, owner Alonso Salguero opened a second salon location downtown. Both locations are fabulous, but I frequent the downtown salon out of convenience.

02-zibaSalon Ziba has all of your usual salon offerings, but they also offer cutting edge and express treatments for anyone on their lunch break. So if you’re opting for a glamorous day-to-date cut, a drop-in blowout or a new hair hue from the catwalk, try out Salon Ziba: my new salon obsession.

Learn more here or call to make an appointment at 212-767-0577.

200 W 57th Street or 485 6th Avenue 

Jeanette | @jeanettezinno

The Great Sweat Test: How Some of the Most Promising Sweatproof Beauty Products Held Up

01-summer-skin-w540Check out my article on about some of the best sweat blocking options for summer:

- It’s confession time: Sometimes I get really sweaty, like when I’m nervous or stressed out. Knowing this, I looked to six different sweat-blockers for help in beating the heat while staying cool all summer.

Sweat Block, $18.99 for eight towelettes,
Directions: This sweat towelette is easy to use, and I’m a huge fan of any product with simple steps. All you have to do is firmly dab the towelette under your arms before you go to bed and wait five minutes for it to dry.
Pros: One application of Sweat Block lasts for seven days. Plus, it actually works; I found myself caught up in a few sweaty situations, but my shirts stayed dry. Oh, and they’re great for traveling or to pop in your gym bag because they’re small and individually wrapped. Note: You still need to use your regular deodorant in addition to the towelettes.
Cons: I’m not a huge fan of the clove smell the wipe had. It was too spicy and earthy for me, but I didn’t wake up to the smell of cloves, so it won’t stick with you all day.

Sweatex Pads, $2.99 for 10 pads,
Directions: Sweatex is a thin disposable underarm sweat pad that has a self-sticking backing. Apply by peeling off the back paper and sticking it to the inside of your blouse, in the underarm area.
Pros: Easy to use, and there’s no residue that can ruin your clothing.
Cons: Sometimes the self-sticking backing was hard to adhere to my clothing in the right spot, especially if the shirt was tight. I also found that if I was wearing a sheer shirt you could see the outline of the pad—yikes!

Fresh Sugar Roll-On, $18,
Directions: Apply to underarms the same way you would any other stick deodorant.
Pros: This deodorant lasted throughout the day and left me smelling like sugar; I’ll take that over a whiff of B.O. any day. It also has loads of natural ingredients, like sugar that supposedly inhibits odor-causing bacteria.
I liked the application process, and the deodorant feels refreshing when it hits your skin.
Cons: This was the most expensive deodorant I tried, but I think it’s well worth it because it works!

Kiehls Superbly Efficient Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant, $16,
Directions: Squeeze a small amount of cream from the tube and apply it directly to the underarm area.
Pros: This deodorant doesn’t have a scent, which was refreshing because the scents of so many of my other daily beauty products (lotion, hairspray, etc.) were able to shine through without any interference. It also has a unique blend of ingredients, including orange, lemon, and linseed extract, which made my underarm hair feel softer and easier to shave.
Cons: The cream was a little messy, especially when I squirted too much out of the tube one day and tried applying it. Less is definitely more in this case.

Secret Clinical Strength Anti-Perspirant in Invisible Solid Completely Clean, $11.99,
The directions: Apply to underarms at bedtime. It reportedly works overnight to reduce perspiration for 24 hours.
Pros: This is a classic stick deodorant that, according to the company, gives four times as much protection from stress sweat. I found to be true after seeing that I was dry throughout every stressful situation—including a TV interview. The scent was deliciously fresh and totally addictive too.
Cons: I noticed that when I was doing a boot-camp class at the gym, the deodorant broke down a little bit. You also have to be careful not to apply too much of this because it can start to clump.

Sage Tea, $6.99,
Directions: One of the benefits of sage tea is that it helps prevent excessive sweating. Boil one cup of water and add a teaspoon of dried sage. Let it steep for five minutes, but don’t forget about it because if it steeps too long it can get bitter. Drink one cup in the morning and at night.
Pros: I really enjoyed the ritual of drinking tea in the morning and at night, and it was the most natural way to regulate sweating out of all of my experimenting.
Cons: I’m a huge believer in herbal remedies, but this tea had no effect on my sweat habits. Sometimes it takes several weeks to work, so I’m going to keep at it and report back.

Have you tried any of these products? What’s your favorite deodorant or treatment to stop sweating?

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Jeanette | @jeanettezinno

Must Own: Tata Harper Rebuilding Moisturizer

tata_harper_rebuilding_moisturiserI try A LOT of beauty products and although most are wonderful, it’s very rare that I actually notice a significant different in my skin. Word spread like wild fire over the net about Tata Harper, so I had to see what all the buzz was about for myself.

I’ve been using the Rebuilding Moisturizer for the past month and no lie, my skin has never looked better. For once, it actually looks clear, vibrant and refreshed. I let the creamy moisturizer soak into my skin morning and evening, after cleansing of course, and let it work its magic. Some have argued that the scent is too strong, but I love it. It smells like orange blossoms and flowers and magic and I can’t get enough. Even though this moisturizer is a bit thick (at least in my opinion), it doesn’t clog the pores and seamlessly dissolves into the skin, so there’s no greasy aftermath left on the face. Plus, it’s 100% natural which is a must in my beauty book.

You can find out more about Tata’s Rebuilding Moisturizer and purchase it by going here and here, but if you ask me, this is a MUST OWN. Trust me, your skin will thank you.

x Allie

AmLactin Skin Care Giveaway

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I’m excited to announce that my absolute FAVORITE wallet-friendly body lotion brand, AmLactin, has offered Haute Girls readers a giveaway of some of their best products. These lotions have done wonders for my skin and after the winter the East Coast has had, I know there is a huge need to rehydrate and reinvigorate skin!

Traditional moisturizers provide superficial results, but AmLactin products are different. Their unique alpha-hydroxy therapy exfoliates, retains the skin’s natural moisture, and draws water to the skin to hydrate so it looks and feels soft and smooth.

Giveaway details:

Simply comment on this post and a winner will be chosen on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Giveaway includes: (1) One full-size AmLactin Ultra (4.9 oz tube), One (1) full-size AmLactin Foot Cream (3 oz.), One (1) travel-sized AmLactin Cerapeutic (2 oz.), One (1) travel-sized AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion (2 oz). Giveaway prize package worth approximately $35. Winner must be US resident.

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