How to Increase Your Happiness in 7 Days

One of the best ways to increase your satisfaction in life is to increase your gratitude. According to the Harvard health publication, "gratitude helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power." By raising your awareness of what you are grateful for, you will actually improve your optimism and happiness.

To see if it works for you, begin creating a gratitude inventory in your life. Each day recognize one emotional and one material (think person, place or thing) source of gratitude and see if you notice any improvement on your happiness scales.

To let you know what's been going on in our world, check out our sources of gratitude:

Emotional: feeling happy about the surprisingly warm weather in New York this week. We went for outside jobs in the neighborhood and enjoyed Culture frozen yogurt – a favorite summertime treat.

Material: I've loved the new addition to my beauty regimen, It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream. It's a non-greasy moisturizer that nourishes skin while fortifying it with collagen, hyaluronic acid, peptides and antioxidants. After using it for three days I noticed my complexion improving, some of my fine lines were fading away and my skin looked more even.

I also enjoyed thir soft and durable it brushes for Ulta, All That Glitters Brush Set. It comes in a sparkly fresh case and is packed with five luxe, cruelty-free plush crushes. My regular finishing powder had an airbrushed finish and was more evenly distributed - happiness!!

One last tip, and easy way to improve happiness is to give to others. So if you have something material you enjoy, share it with a friend – or in the spirit of the upcoming season, give it as a gift!


How New Moms Fake an 8 Hour Sleep

Every new mom fantasizes about the day when her adorable bundle of joy sleeps through the night. They dream of tucking in their sweet baby, then embracing their soft pillow and hugging it until the sun rises. In reality, they are answering the call of duty on a 3-hour cycle of screaming, feeding, burping, changing and rocking (probably a little crying too, from mom and baby). So Miss New Mom finds herself wondering in lieu of a solid night sleep (for the next 18 years), how can she create the illusion of a refreshed, alert appearance.

The secret is the latest Color-Infused Skincare line from It Cosmetics.  As a new mommy, I can attest that it may feel that there's never enough time in the day for yourself. For personal and mental health reasons, it is important to make the time for mommy and engage in self-care practices. Don't give up on yourself! 

To make life a little easier, we're sharing our favorite multi-tasking beauty products that are the keys to a successful regimen. These instant and easy beauty buys from It Cosmetics will make you the envy of all the new mommies:

If you want them to say: "Is your baby sleeping through the night? You look so refreshed"
This full coverage anti-aging waterproof concealer is like an 8-hour sleep in a tube. Apply it after your baby's 8 AM feeding, and rest assured it will stay put in between those power naps, body showers and blow out appointments (just kidding, you aren't making it to DryBar any time soon). We love that a few drops instantly brightens your under eye area supporting the illusion that you caught some Zzzzzs last night. Plus the formula is supercharged with anti-aging ingredients so it won't crease or budge. Keep your baby your top priority, but make it easy on yourself to feign some shut eye. You'll have the entire playground asking for the name of your night nurse.

If you want them to say: "Did you feel comfortable leaving your baby with a sitter when you went to the spa?"
The secret: Bye Bye Makeup
Yes, it would be amazing to get a quickie facial to cleanse, nourish and hydrate your face, but you are a new mom and there is not time for that in the day. When it comes to your skincare, go for the KISS (Keep it simple, Stupid!) You need to invest in a single product that will undo all the day's makeup and debris without stripping your skin. This masterful multi-tasker hydrates, purifies and visibly reduces signs of aging skin, that you'll be able to pretend you stopped at the spa on the way to Mommy Group. 

If you want them to say: "How do you get your lips so kissable without gloss?"
A mother's conundrum: you want to wear a lip product, but you don't want to get sticky gloss on your baby when you give her 500 kisses per day. The solution is simple - this hydrating lip treatment not only emboldens your lips with a delicate hue, but intensely moisturizes your pout.  This nourishing product transforms your kisser building healthy lips for the sweetest baby kisses.

Each of these secret weapons will help you become to the new you - a fiercely dedicated mother who can take care of herself and her baby. The best news is that It Cosmetics just launched at Sephora, so each of these products can be snapped up in your local store.

Good luck fellow moms and let us know how you fared.


FALL GIVEAWAY: How to Reinstate Simple Radiance

Fall is upon us. Time to indulge in pumpkin spice lattes, chunky cableknit sweaters, and supple calfskin booties. While you're busy improving your look don’t forget about your skincare. This season, we are answering the call to dial back summer's over the top glam style, and reinstate simple radiance. 

Embracing a new season means finding a new balance in your skin. The changing weather can be overly drying on unassuming skin (especially when it’s exacerbated by blasting office heat), so it's important to plan ahead. Altering your routine is as simple as swapping in a new body wash. This Fall, we revisited an old favorite, Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash with NutriumMoisture. It consistently delivers that luxurious and clean feeling, while blasting away dirt and grime. In our fast-paced life, we appreciated seeing a noticeable difference after a single shower. 

If you fallen into a skin care rut, then let this be your opportunity to break out with a tried-and-true favorite. 

Want to try it out for yourself? We're giving one lucky winner a chance to stay fresh for the rest of the year. 

Enter to win the grand prize of THREE (3) Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Washes with NutriumMoisture. 

To enter, simply follow these two steps: 

1. Follow us on twitter, @MRSBeautyExpert 
2. Tweet us your favorite part about fall using the hashtag #MissFakeItTilYouMakeItDove 

All Dove products are available at drug and mass-market stores and more information can be found at 

THE FINE PRINT: The contest will be live from 9.8.16 and ends at midnight (EST) on 9.15.16. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. The winners will be notified directly. Contest is only open to U.S. residents.


What is the Best Beauty Product for a Weekend Away

When you are looking to make a great escape this summer, there is no room to waste on excessive toiletries and cosmetics. It is imperative to hone in on the essentials and skip the rest. But what if you need a little extra umph, and don't have the space to sacrifice? 

The answer is easy, It Cosmetics Superhero Eye Transforming Anti-Aging Super Palette, a perfectly packed palette that delivers maximum wattage and takes up minimal space. This multi-tasking miracle set comes stocked with 12 eye transforming shades raging from foundations, nudes, neutrals and liners.  Each can be used individually or combined for a naturally flawless finish. Feel confident that you've got an entire team of makeup artists and scientists working with you to keep you glam on the go.


How to Fake Your Attendance at an A-List Party

Want to know about the latest social dealings in NYC so you can fake your way into an A-list conversation? Then don’t miss out on the Ralph Lauren celebration of the launch of the Collection Fragrances and 888 Madison Fragrance Salon.
On Tuesday, June 14, Ralph Lauren celebrated the introduction of The Ralph Lauren Collection Fragrances and the opening of the first-ever Ralph Lauren Fragrance Salon at the 888 Madison Avenue Ralph Lauren flagship store. 

The Collection Fragrance Salon is a new, permanent destination, drawing on the signature richness and warmth of Ralph Lauren’s boutiques and home designs. Customers will be offered unique one-to-one consultations to engage and guide them on a scent journey through the ‘worlds’ of Ralph Lauren. An additional immersive experience is found on the new Collection Compass app, which provides details on inspiration, craftsmanship, products and accessories. 

The Ralph Lauren Collection Fragrances feature 10 Eaux De Parfums inspired by the spirit of the destinations that have most influenced Ralph Lauren. Crafted from noble ingredients of the highest quality, each fragrance is composed around a signature scent emblematic of one of Lauren’s luxurious settings, including A Portrait of New York, Riviera Dream, A Legacy of English Elegance, Song of America and Treasures of Safari. 

Ralph Lauren Fragrances was joined by top fashion and beauty influencers and tastemakers including: 

  • Arielle Charnas, Something Navy 
  • Blair Eadie. Atlantic-Pacific 
  • Helena Glazer, Brooklyn Blonde 
  • Zanita Whittington, Zanita Studio 
  • Krystal Bick, This Time Tomorrow 
  • Jamie Beck, Ann Street Studio 
  • Andrea Maria, Dear Milano 
  • Ronja Furrer, Ralph Lauren Icons Campaign Model 
  • Glenda Bailey, Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar 
  • Stellene Volandes, Editor-in-Chief of Town & Country 
  • Joyce Chang, Editor-in-Chief of SELF 


Hot Deals on Hot Summer Fridays

Summer Fridays are here, so we are bringing you the best ways to make the most of your summer days. Let yourself unwind, relax and get pampered in the city's hottest spots without breaking your summer Moët budget.

Blushington Makeup & Beauty Lounge
In 2015, the famed Los Angeles Makeup & Beauty Lounge expanded, opening its doors in New York City in Le Parker Meridien Hotel (119 West 56th Street). The premier makeup service destination lounge transforms the professional makeup experience from a special occasion luxury to an everyday necessity that's both affordable and convenient, all in a fun atmosphere. Their expert makeup artists provide a wide range of services (including eyelash extensions, faux lash applications, brow maintenance, and more) and looks that are ideal for a night out, bridal makeup parties, showers, bachelorette parties or something a bit more natural for your everyday life. Also offering makeup artist classes, you’ll learn from the makeup pros on how to apply makeup so you can experience the Blushington way every day. And now, with their Blush On The Go service, a Blushington makeup artist can travel to your home or office at your convenience.

Enjoy the below exclusive summer offerings at Blushington:
Faux Lash Fridays  Every Friday through Labor Day weekend, receive a complimentary faux lash application (valued at $22) with the purchase of any Full Face makeup application. Choose from individual or strip lashes to enhance and define eyes.
The Peel Bar Beauty Rx by Dr. Schultz & Blushington’s “Bon Voyage Lovelies” Peel  Now through September 5th, bring in your boarding pass within 21 days of travel to revive tired, dehydrated airplane skin. Enjoy Dr. Schultz’s famed Beauty Rx 40% glycolic professional peel in just 2 minutes without any irritation, downtime or cost of a doctor’s visit. Normally $225 at Dr. Schultz’s office and only $50 at Blushington, if you take advantage of this promotion, you’ll receive another $20 off for a total cost of only $30 for gorgeous, glowing skin. *Boarding pass applicable for one-time discount.

Treat your hair to the extra love it needs this summer at Warren-Tricomi. Master colorist Joel Warren and master stylist Edward Tricomi are authorities in the world of hair with their unrivaled expertise setting trends and defining beauty across the globe. Joel’s talent for customized hair color and Edward’s high precision dry cuts make the Warren-Tricomi Salons a top beauty destination in New York City.

Enjoy the below exclusive summer offerings at Warren-Tricomi salons:
Complimentary Deep Conditioning Treatment – On Fridays now through Labor Day weekend, enjoy a complimentary deep conditioning treatment with any haircut or color, across all salon locations. Call or book online and mention ABPRxWT to secure your appointment.
Buy One, Get One: Now you can take your favorite products home with the salon’s new buy one, get one promotion. On Fridays now through Labor Day weekend, purchase any Warren-Tricomi product and receive another Warren-Tricomi product of your choice on us.

  • Flatiron – 125 Fifth Avenue
  • Madison Avenue – 117 Madison Avenue
  • The Plaza Hotel – 1 West 58th Street

The Institute at Erno Laszlo
Drawing on nearly 90 years of expertise to create unparalleled results, The Institute provides customized skin assessments and facials that are unique to every client’s needs. Rather than selecting from a menu of services, treatments are expertly tailored for precise results. Nestled in the heart of New York City’s SoHo neighborhood (382 West Broadway), The Institute is the manifestation of expertise, attention to detail and the best in individualized attention. Each facial treatment starts with a thorough skin analysis, followed by Erno Laszlo’s multi-step deep cleansing system with a combination of anti-aging facial massage techniques, collagen boosting serums and advanced technology treatments. Curated from knowledge and observation, the experience utilizes a variety of therapies that include Medical-Grade Microdermabrasion, Oxygen Treatments and Light Therapy.

Enjoy the below exclusive summer offering at The Institute at Erno Laszlo:
Post-Vacation Hydration Treatment – Now through Labor Day, treat yourself with an exclusive summer facial created specifically to get skin in check after a little fun in the sun. Whether at 30,000 feet or poolside on vacation, skin encounters many unusual stressors. High temps, dry air and UV exposure can leave skin looking and feeling lifeless, dull and dehydrated. Following a comprehensive skin analysis, an Erno Laszlo Skin Therapist will provide a 75-minute treatment with a range of products and tools to help restore lost hydration and radiance. $425 for the facial and a mini bespoke skincare ritual to take home; Appointments can be made by calling 212.300.4111 or emailing

The treatment protocol includes:
  • Cleanse  Heat, humidity and natural skin oils can clog pores leading to breakouts; a prescribed cleansing oil and bar will deeply cleanse
  • Facial Microdermabrasion  Slough off dead and dull surface layers while stimulating collagen production
  • Massage – Timeless Skin Serum is massaged into skin in preparation for extractions and to rebuild cell integrity and increase hydration
  • Oxygen Blast – Rejuvenate skin that has been exposed to the sun, pollutants and other toxins while helping to fight acne breakouts
  • Masking  Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask is applied and is deeply absorbed into skin via an ultrasonic technology device; afterward the cooling and deeply hydrating Hydra-Therapy Skin Vitality Treatment is applied to restore and hydrate
  • Body Microdermabrasion – While the masks penetrate skin, microdermabrasion is used on the neck, décolleté and arms
  • Light Therapy – Every treatment finishes with 15-20 minutes of light therapy
  • LED Light Therapy – Based on NASA research, LED light frequencies increase new tissue growth, stimulate collagen production and reduce fine lines
  • Bioptron Light Therapy – The Institute is one of the few places in NYC where this type of light therapy is available; Bioptron is a localized light, giving the opportunity to treat a specific area and is clinically proven to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone
  • Home Care – Every client will leave with a mini bespoke skincare ritual to maintain glowing results, which includes Phormula 3-9 Balm, the ultimate remedy for sun exposed skin, Hydra-Therapy Sleep Mask the perfect nighttime (or in-flight) solution for refreshed skin


Summer Makeup Essentials for the City Girl on the Go

In New York there is a premium on real estate and that's never truer then when it comes to your travel bag. As a true New Yorker, each weekend you are escaping the hot, humid city for a respite in the country, but those on-the-go know the struggle of trying to prioritize your products while maximizing your weekend looks. We recommend buying a second helping of your favorite products and permanently leave them in a weekend cosmetics case so you never have to stress about forgetting your favorite must-haves.

Another insider tip is to stock up on minis from your favorite brands to really supersized your stash without taking up space.

Our Essentials:

Make Your Peepers Go Pow!
Imagine lashes so long and full, they appear to have stretched wider and longer before your eyes! Now, you can infuse your lashes with superhero powers in just one coat using Superhero™ mascara. Proprietary Elastic Stretch Technology wraps each individual lash in a volume-boosting, lengthening and ultra-conditioning black cape of power and color that’s clinically shown to give you your strongest, longest, thickest and most defined lashes!
ItCosmetics Superhero Mascara, $24 at

Conceal Your Night of Partying, Even at the Beach
This miracle worker uses Anti-Aging technology to help treat the appearance of lines, wrinkles and discoloration, conceal dark circles, age spots and redness, conceal facial imperfections without settling into lines and wrinkles; and helps to diffuse the appearance of wrinkles instantly. Plus because of this waterproof formula, it will keep you covered at the beach or pool.
ItCosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer, $24 at

Avoid Looking Like a Weeping SnapChat Filter
You’ll become obsessed with this all-day (and all-night!) eyeliner – which is a good thing because you won’t be able to get it off! Utilizing cutting-edge technology this eyeliner glides on saturated rich color without tugging on your delicate eyelids. These liners are clinically shown waterproof even after eight hours of wear!
ItCosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner, $22 at

Have No (Lip-Related) Regrets this Summer
The crème-de-la-crème of lip glosses! The formulation delivers high shine and rich pigment that glides on like a lightweight serum that instantly hydrates, repairs and protects lips. It’s created with super hydrating- infused with butters, oils and an Anti-Aging lip serum all in one!
ItCosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Lipstick Butters, $24 at

Home Improvement: What are the Best At-Home Beauty Treatments?

Keeping skin looking fresh and radiant can come with a hefty price tag. We’ve got the inside scoop on simple tricks and treatments you can do at home to recreate that professional finish at a DIY price.

Prime Your Base: Alba Botanica® Very Emollient™ Mineral Spray Sunscreens (SPF 35)
Healthy skin starts at home. By applying sunscreen each morning you will prevent premature aging, wrinkles and skin damage. This season we’re smittin with Alba Botanica because of their eco friendly products. Their new minial spray allows for easy application due to a single-touch, aerosol-free sprays with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Perfect for sunny, summer days, their milky formulas have earned the coveted Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation. They are water resistant for up to 80 minutes, biodegradable and reef safe.
Price: $15.99 each, Available at in May

Cosmetic Renovation: ItCosmetics You Sculpted!
Transform your face without a facelift. Contouring can be intimidating, but this universally flatting palette comes with a how-to guide to make sculpting your most beautiful you easier than ever. The kit was developed with plastic surgeons, the leading experts in contouring and aesthetics, each powder shade is formulated with proprietary Perfect Lighting™ Technology to mimic real facial contouring and provide a foolproof alternative to fillers. While the four contour shades absorb light and minimize the areas to which you apply them, the two highlighters enhance features you want to pull forward, creating the appearance of more volume. Talc-free, and perfect for all skin types and skin tones, these shades are infused with anti-aging collagen, silk and peptides to blend effortlessly and deliver smooth, natural-looking coverage that lasts all day.
Price: $40, Available at

Eco-Treatment: JĀSÖN® Gentle Basics Facial Collection
Give yourself an eco-facial without hitting up the spa. We’re crushing on this new collection because it is formulated with a minimal number of essential ingredients, to deliver powerful results without harsh ingredients. The hypoallergenic formulas care for ultra-sensitive, dry skin. Start with the cleansing towelettes to remove dirt and oil, and then wash deep into pores with the facial cleanser for that intensive facial feeling. Use the daily lotion and night cream to protect skin and keep it nourished and firm.  After just a week, we noticed a brighter, calmer complexion.
Price: $7+, Available at

Ridding the Garden of Weeds: Yes To Shaving Cream
Getting waxed leaves sensitive areas vulnerable to ingrown hairs, irritation and, of course, pain! We recommend weeding your garden using this eco-shaving cream and a traditional razor.  Its game-changing formulation contains calming aloe and protective vitamin E for maximum comfort and super-close results.
Price: $9, Available at


The Best Skin-Savers for Spring

Rain, rain go away – we can’t stop the finicky springtime weather, but we can help you stock your beauty bag with instantly revitalizing products. We have the core essentials to combat transitional skin issues, and streamline your beauty routine. 

Stay Fresh
The key to spring fashion is layering, but the first layer must be a strong but sexy deodorant. Our must-have is Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant ($5). This classic skin protector was just released in two new scents. The first, Restore, provides a burst of freshness with a crisp, blue fig and orange-blossom inspired fragrance, while the second, Soothing Chamomile, is an elegant floral scent with notes of orange blossom, chamomile and delicate lily of the valley. These powerful products fight off wetness and odor for 48 hours, while the NutriumMoisture formula leaves skin soft and smooth. Stick a stick in every bag so you can schlep around without giving off an ugly smell.
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Get Glowing 
While we’d never advocate tanning, we do think a little a sunkissed glow can transform your look. We are giving our skin a burst of sunshine with It Cosmetics Sunshine in a Compact vitality Anti-Aging Matte Bronzer. It adds warmth and radiance without settling into lines and wrinkles, giving you a flawlessly healthy glow. 
Available at 

Minimize Finger Flaws 
Super Saver: dry hands and nails can result in easily chipped manicures. It’s so frustration to spend time and dollars on a fresh paint job, then have it suddenly chip away. We recommend purchasing a bottle of OPI Soft Shades, $10 (lilac, yellow, green, peach and blue), and asking the salon crew to use it to paint you up. Keep it in your beauty bag and touch up as cracks or chips pop up on your paws. It will extend the life of your mani by 2-3 weeks and keep you looking fresh. 
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Pop of Color 
Slip a go-anywhere palette into your pack for instant glamour on the go. We love the It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette. It features six flattering shades formulated with lid-loving ingredients for younger-looking, beautifully brightened eyes. You can transition from day to night with the swipe of your brush.
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How to Spring-Clean your Beauty Routine

Each March we welcome spring by purging our possessions and parting with our emotional baggage. As you cull down your closets, don’t forget about your beauty drawers. Instead of hoarding half-used skincare products, toss your tired old bottles and compacts and replace them with an innovative multi-tasking beauty routine. 

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color - $25 at
Don’t waste your time with powder eye shadows, when a rich cream will last all day long. We cannot get enough of this Shiseido collection with its bold, decadent pigments and lightweight formula – your peepers will pop and you’ll never experience creasing. The result is a flawless, lustrous finish that maintains a just-applied fresh look for 16 hours without smudging or budging. Plus you can easily apply it with the tip of your finger saving and feel confident it will look good all day long. 

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion WetForce for Sensitive Skin and Children Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ - $42 at
We rely on shiseido for their luxurious skincare, so we were thrilled to share their latest sun care launch. This SPF lotion is delicate enough for the most sensitive skin and contains aloe extract to soothe and boasts a hypoallergenic formula. This superior mineral-based, high protection sunscreen is free from chemical sunscreen agents, fragrance, alcohol, parabens and has a texture gentle enough for the most delicate skin. The low-irritant formula also features Shiseido's exclusive WetForce technology, so it becomes even more powerful when the applied area is exposed to water or perspiration for 15 minutes. 

Sally Hansen Complete Care 7-In-1 Nail Treatment - $13 at
Whether your nail problem is dryness, ridges, dullness, breakage, peeling, or all of the above, Sally Hansen presents the solution: new Complete Care 7-in-1 Nail Treatment. This product helps restore dry, brittle nails making them visibly healthier and beautiful. After just 3 days, nails look shinier, stronger, mega-moisturized and brighter with ridges filled. The product features a new brush for an even application and dries quickly to a smooth, hard finish. Simply apply two coats to clean, dry, bare nails. Use it to refresh a manicure by brushing on one thin coat to nails. It goes on smoothly and evenly, for a streak-free application. 

Grade Lips by Grande Lash MD - $27 at
Give your old glosses the kiss off. This new functional lip gloss collection not only blasts away the appearance of fine lines but delivers high wattage color and an impressively plumper pout. It instantly pumps up your kisser and with seven shades of glam, so rest easy that there is a perfect hue for your. Show off Kylie-like lips in just 3-5 minutes, for a fraction of the cost.
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