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11 Shampoo Must-Haves for Memorial Day Weekend

23 May

By Karabelle…@CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post) 

Mem Day ShampooMemorial Day weekend is the first official marker that we have finally made it through NYC’s brutal winter and are well on our way to fun in the sun. But before we get to all the BBQs and rooftop festivities us ladies need to make sure our locks are in tip top shape. From you curly girls to you color addicts, we put together a list of our favorite shampoos that will have you photo ready for the endless stream of Insta-shoots that seem to come standard with every holiday weekend.

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1. Pureology Strength Cure Shampoo
The Canadian Goose down jackets and fur-lined boots have finally been stored away, replaced with bikinis, sundresses, and wedges. Freeing us from the need to hide indoors and allowing us to bask in some much needed sunshine. While days spent soaking in the sun might leave us with an extra boost of serotonin (aka the “happy” hormone) running through our heads, it also leaves us with dry, damaged hair. So, instead of waiting till it’s too late let’s get a jump start on protecting and strengthening our hair with Pureology Strength Cure Shampoo. This gentle, concentrated ZeroSulfate® shampoo helps fortify micro-scarred, damaged color-treated hair and provides a velvety soft finish. SRP $27.00

2. Alterna Bamboo Abundant Volume Shampoo
With holiday weekends comes mini reunions among me and all of my friends. Like many other groups throughout the city crazy work schedules, spin classes, and attention deprived sweethearts often stop us from getting together as much as we would like. So, to mark such momentous occasions we might be guilty of taking an uncalled for number of photos. This is where Alterna Bamboo Volume shampoo steps in. Through the combination of pure Organic Bamboo Extract and stimulating, phyto-nutrient rich Organic Maca Root in a gentle sulfate and sodium chloride free formula, Alterna Bamboo Volume shampoo cleanses and energizes hair with weightless moisture for a fresh-full bodied look. Leaving me with enough volume to look photo-shoot ready all weekend long. SRP $22.00

3. Redken Blonde Idol Shampoo
Get ready all you blondies out there! Summer is right around the corner and if there is any season that you girls can claim as your own it is this one. While I recently left team blonde to experiment with my darker side there is no doubt I will be re-enlisting in no time. However, for you loyal blondes in need of a shampoo this weekend that will protect your locks from the ever dreaded brassiness, look no further than Redken Blonde Idol. Blonde Idol shampoo with the exclusive Kera-Bright System balances, brightens and beautifies to keep your blonde brilliant and idol-worthy between salon visits. SRP $18.00

4. Aussie You Can Shine Shampoo
There always seems to be a buzz of excitement in the air around Memorial Day weekend. Maybe it’s because this is the time of year when the trees finally begin to turn from barren and gloomy to luscious and green while the flowers bloom into a kaleidoscope of colors. Instinctually, we seem to take a cue from Mother Nature’s rebirth and we begin to rid ourselves of the darkness overtook us with winter. So, if your inner goddess is looking to shine through Memorial Day you better grab Aussie You Can Shine shampoo next time you’re running through the drugstore. SRP $3.79

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5. Oribe Signature Shampoo

Not everyone’s idea of a holiday weekend looks the same. While the majority of my friends suffer from serious F.O.M.O (the fear of missing out) and can be found hopping around from event to event, others just need this extra time to take a minute and truly relax. So for you spa lovers just looking for a weekend to spoil yourself with massages, a good book and a smooth glass of wine there is only one shampoo for you, Oribe Signature Shampoo. This shampoo is the perfect indulgence for your much exhausted tresses. The Lychee Extract defends hair from oxidative stress, photoaging and the deterioration of natural keratin. You’ll complete this weekend feeling pampered and ready to take on anything. SRP $36.00

6. Matrix Biolage COLORLAST Shampoo
This weekend will unquestionably be full of red, white and blue. From the raised flags to the paper plates it’s never shocking to see such patriotic color schemes running from BBQ to BBQ. However, one striking color trend I expect to see throughout this holiday weekend is vibrant hair colors. From more natural hues like blondes and brunettes to more unexpected hues like lavender to turquoise, hair color is definitely having its moment. Between the worlds obsession with Kim Kardashian’s blonde mane and Nicole Richie’s cool lavender do, color maintenance is in high demand. So for you color addicts just stepping out of the salon door, be sure to pick up a bottle of Matrix Biolage COLORLAST shampoo. Inspired by nature’s fade-defying orchid, Biolage COLORLAST Shampoo helps maintain the color depth, tone and shine for vivid color-treated hair. SRP $23.00

7. Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Shampoo
Having recently watched Grease on an epic girls weekend I’ve been spending admittedly a little too much time daydreaming about summer loving. From the rooftop bars to late night walks around the city it seems the potential meet-cutes for my future romance are endless. So incase you find yourself under a boardwalk this holiday weekend with a bad boy riding a motorcycle (or you know, your boyfriend) make sure your hair is “run his fingers through” smooth with Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth shampoo. Nothing quite says mood killer like getting his fingers trapped in your rats-nest of a hairdo! SRP $7.50

8. Kiehl’s Tea Tree Oil Shampoo
As I mentioned earlier, I have a number of friends that suffer from the seemingly incurable epidemic called, F.O.M.O. Thus, leaving their Memorial Day weekend jam packed with barely enough time for sleep let alone enough time to squeeze in a full shower.  Therefore, they simply cannot be suffering from an oily scalp. So I will tell you exactly what I told them, go get Kiehl’s Tea Tree Oil Shampoo! This shampoo uses mild surfactants that will not strip the scalp or the hair and will prevent your scalp from getting excessively oily. (Beauty Hint: If you strip the scalp of all natural oils your body will create a superfluous of oil to compensate, i.e leaving you looking like a dirty hippie) SRP $29.50

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 9. Aveda Be Curly Shampoo
Curly girls, curly girls, curly girls, oh how I dream to be one of you. If only you all knew how much time I spend curling my hair throughout the week. And yes, I know what you’re thinking, be careful what you wish for (and I will stubbornly continue to wish for it anyway). Though I don’t personally know the struggle, I do totally appreciate it. From inconsistencies in curl texture to just an abundance of frizz I know you are always on the look out for any and everything that can tame that curly mane. That is how I came to discover Aveda Be Curly shampoo, a shampoo many of my curly girls swear by. The wheat protein and organic aloe blend expands when hair is wet and retracts when dry to enhance your curl or wave. Feel free to give it a try and let me know what you think! SRP $21.00

10. Kerastase Densifique Shampoo
Life in New York City can be stressful for women of all ages. From you 20 year-olds still trying to land a starter job, to 30 year-olds just starting their own families, to you 40 and 50 year-olds beginning to experience that ever-dreaded hormonal shift. Major stress such as these can cause some serious hair-loss, which of course only adds to our ever building anxiety. So this Memorial Day check one thing off your list of stressors and invest in Kerastase Densifique shampoo. Formulated with Ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid, Densifique cleanses while helping strengthen hair from the root to ends. Leaving hair more supple, resistant and denser-looking. SRP $39.00

11. Pantene Classic Care Daily Shampoo
And last but certainly not least we come to you no fuss girls. The girl who doesn’t try to fight her natural texture or break the bank on extravagant salon brands. The girl who can easily find herself at home whipping around on a jet-ski to tossing a football around on the beach. The girl who can’t understand why you WOULDN’T get your hair wet. For the girl who deep down I wish I could be but know I have no hope of becoming. For you, all you need is Pantene Classic Care Daily Shampoo. This drug store brand will leave your hair feeling fresh, clean and quickly  get you back to the party (with a few extra bucks in your pocket for the next beer run). SRP $4.99

No matter where you are this holiday weekend make sure to keep your hair looking fresh and beautiful! Let us know what your favorite shampoo is this holiday weekend in the comments below!




4 Easy Steps to Create my Thanksgiving Table in a Small Space

17 Nov

By Christabelle… @CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post)

Thanksgiving is just a little over a week away and you are probably starting to think about food shopping, cooking, and decorating your table (or eating if you aren’t in charge of any of those things).  Though I will be with my DNA family for the holidays, I celebrated the big day with my “NYC Family” last week.  If you think you don’t have enough room in your apartment to host such a gala – think again. With some strategic placement of furniture (I used my couch as dining seats on one side) and a few fold out tables, I fit 12 people in my (NYC, one bedroom) apartment. Yes, you can do that too.

As you scramble to prep…here are some of the cute ideas you can steal from my Thanksgiving Dinner Table.

How to Create the Perfect Thanksgiving Table

4 Easy Steps to Re-Creating my Holiday Table in a Small Space

1. Colorful Linens:  Dress your table the way you would dress yourself! Expressive, bright and cheery. Layer a generic white table cloth on your table (you can find an inexpensive one at Target) and a smaller pumpkin colored table cloth on top of it. Balance your linens with a pop of another color for napkins – I went with ombre green cloth from Ikea (available in-store only).  I tucked a fall leaf on top each napkin (from my local dollar store) and slipped them into the cutest ceramic novelty napkin holders from H&M (who knew they had an incredible home line?!)

2. Mix fun and traditional table accessories: I stole an antique candelabra from my parent’s house (yes, I think they might be looking for it as we speak) and adorned it with orange unscented candles from Ikea and popped a miniature pumpkin in the middle. I surrounded the candelabra with festive fall finds – I cut up a bouquet of Chrysanthemums in a mix of autumn shades and arranged them into small juice glasses.  I placed electronic tea lights into Japanese glass tea cups, strategically placed a few gourds and added the most adorable salt and pepper squirrel set (another great find at H&M Home Line) as a final touch.

3. A new spin on place cards:  Place cards have been a time strong tradition for dinner parties (and a MUST if you come to one of mine). This dinner party I picked up mini-pumpkins, painted their stems in clear glue, dipped them into green sparkles and then wrote guest’s initials with a black Sharpie. It was a charming adornment to the dinner plates and guests got to take the pumpkin home as a gift.
NOTE: do the sparkle trick the night before (some of mine were still wet when my dinner party started).

4. Unique and one-of-a-kind place settings: There is nothing like Etsy when you want to find one-of-a kind and interesting ideas for gifts and decor. I ordered the most ingenuous burlap place-mats from MegsBurlapBoutique and asked if she wouldn’t mind personalizing using my own sayings.  She was quick with a reply and was happy to oblige – $56 dollars and two weeks later, my  “YUM”, “NOM NOM NOM”, “GET IN MY BELLY” and “NAPKIN TO LAP” setting for 8 arrived and were the talk of dinner. Thanks Meg – you helped to put the final touches to my creative dinner design landscape.

As always, the key to a successful dinner party isn’t just the food and the decor – it is about the people and the love in the room. These are the lovely family-friends that joined my soiree. I am certainly thankful for everyone single one of them this Thanksgiving! Happy GOBBLE!

How to Create the Perfect Thanksgiving Table

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#NYFW My Beauty Survival Kit

7 Sep

By Christabelle… @CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post*)

I am often asked about my beauty regimen. I am asked even more frequently about my absolute “I die”-like-Rachael-Zoe-favorite-beauty-products…with the exception of a few tried and true, my beauty bag turns over quite a bit with new faves. So it has always been a toughie to answer. The truth is – there are some pretty fabulous products on the market and new ones popping up faster than bunnies in the spring.

With Fashion Week in full swing, I have been flooded with how I am surviving (it is Saturday night at 11:48 pm – does that answer your question – I am working!). But thankfully, my beauty stash is helping to keep me bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, as I live the life of a crazy little lifestyle blogger – during New York Fashion Week.

I present you with a peek into my fashion week beauty arsenal:

FW Must haves

1. Clinique has a soft spot in my heart – she was the FIRST brand I ever used (which I detail in a post from a few years back).  When I tell you that my skin chugs Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator faster than a frat boy with a Natural Light in hand, I kid you not.  This wonder cream keeps my skin feeling plumped and healthy and not the least bit greasy (which I can tend to sway towards). This oil-free cream-gel has held up her side of the bargain – to make my skin look fresh and supple.

Fashion Week Beauty Must have #1 Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator, SRP $49.50

2. You probably want me to shut up about Cargo Blush in Laguna. I swear to the heaven’s above, I do not work for the company – they just make a product I am obsessed with. She still holds the award for the best darn blush on the planet. The color lasts forever (I rarely have to touch my face up), offers a stellar flushed cheek and looks perfect on everyone – any skin tone. I still have yet to find one it doesn’t work on. I challenge you to find one. You won’t. I promise. Don’t waste your time.

Fashion Week Beauty Must Have #2 Cargo Blush in Laguna, SRP $26.00

3. J’Adore Dior. This lipgloss grabbed the baton and ran off the track with it. SUPERIOR. Dior Addict Lip Gloss in Fresh Expert (a soft baby pink) is the love child of Clinique Moisture Surge and Cargo Laguna (see above). You following?  This super luxe formula glides on with one sweep, hydrates my lips, gives a youthful appearance, lasts forever and delivers a sexy glossy pout (no stick, goop or other things that keep boys from kissing you sometimes). She has attended all fashion shows with me thus far (even tucked into my bra when I left my bag at the office.)

Fashion Week Beauty Must Have #3 Dior Addict Lip Gloss in Fresh Expert, SRP $31.00

4. This one surprised me – and the reason I was prompted to try it is because of my doppelgänger Zooey Deschanel. Since apparently we were separated at birth, I thought I would give Rimmel Lash Accelerator a whirl. Ummm, I think ZD might have felt the butterfly kiss I sent her all the way on the West Coast with how long my lashes were with just one coat.  My lashes cause a breeze in the room when I blink (who needs air conditioning when CC is in-the-house). Con…I can’t wear my sunglasses…they bend into the frames (#toughlife).

Fashion Week Beauty Must Have #4 Rimmel Lash Accelerator in Extreme Black, SRP $8.75

5. Does everyone match their mood to their Essie shade? This week I am sporting Essie in First Dance, in honor of my prom date…who I am still waiting to dance with. Max? Hello??? (echo – echo). No first dance for this gal, so I’m taking First Dance to all of Fashion Week on my toes. I love you Essie.

Fashion Week Beauty Must Have #5 Essie Nail Polish in First Dance, SRP $8.00

6. Want to know a big secret…us beauty girls have filthy hair. Fashion gals too – don’t try to deny it ladies. The cat is out of the bag.  Our stylists tell us that dirty hair takes better to our favorite barrel curls and beachy waves. And this is true. But…sometimes it goes longer than it should.  Redken Powder Refresh (the mini comes with me EVERYWHERE) not only freshens up dirty-girls like me, it also helps to add texture when you need it and can come in handy for a spruce up (i.e. after gym hair).

Fashion Week Beauty Must Have #6 Redken Powder Refresh 01, SRP $18.00

7. Want a man to stop you in the street and tell you that your hair sparkles in the sun and that you smell like the beach? Turn on Lifetime. That doesn’t happen in “real life” – however, Pureology Precious Oil Versatile Caring Oil will get you close to your movie moment. Made with sunflower, coconut, olive and jojoba oils, you must just want to make out with your own hair. Total bonus that this hair product also doubles as a skin oil. It not only makes my skin glow, but I smell like I just came back from Hawaii. PS. boys LOVE this one.

Fashion Week Beauty Must Have #7 Pureology Precious Oil Versatile Caring Oil, SRP $40.00

8. After a long hot shower, there is NOTHING better than right before slipping into my crisp sheets spraying myself head to toe in this divine dry body oil by Boots no.7.  You wake to soft skin and no oily mess. The perfect rejuvenation for another day at Fashion Week (yummy hint of almond #obsessed, vanilla and white florals).

Fashion Week Beauty Must Have #8 Boots no.7 Pamper Dry Body Oil Body Spray, SRP $8.99

9. Now that I have found you, we will never depart! Travalo is by far the best invention since the Post-It (and comes in just as many fashionable colors). Travalo is the pocket-sized portable, refillable perfume case and from what I hear the “it” accessory for NYFW. Stella McCartney (the perfume, not the designer) can now come everywhere with me – from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (where it is featured front and center in 4 hospitality suites and in all the 9 backstage areas), to dinner with my man apres FW and then to the airport (this little lady is FLIGHT FRIENDLY). With just a few small steps, you can transfer any and all of your fragrances into this discreet and airline approved container #obsessed.

Fashion Week Beauty Must Have #9 Travalo Classic Excel Green, SRP $20

Happy NYFW!

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Have Your Cake and Sip It Too!

26 Jun

IMG_0014aBy Karabelle…@CBellesCloset



Over the years my closest girlfriends and I have developed a nice pre-night-on-the-town hour ritual. There are always blow dryers, sequins, and beverages galore. To add a little spice to our glam time we always try out new cocktails, wines, and the occasional beer (we save the beers for nights when none of us are attempting to pull off a Herve Leger Bandage dress – for obvious reasons).

I happily had the privilege of hosting our most recent glam night and was extremely excited to surprise my girls with my most recent discovery, Delicia (and it is indeed, just that DELIC!).

Delicia is a dessert flavored alcoholic pick-me-up and it had my besties completely enthused. If there is one thing that links me to my girls, besides our love of shoes and lip-gloss, it is our outrageous sweet tooth. Delicia managed to combine two of our most beloved enjoyments and it was the perfect way to begin one epic girl’s night out.IMG_0016a We tested Delicia Whipped, Strawberries & Cream, Peaches & Cream and Red Velvet (my personal favorite of the bunch). Each flavor seemed to match up with one of our personalities perfectly – I guess that confirms, I am indeed DECADENT.

In the process of clinking glasses, giggling over the bubbles and singing 90’s music a little too loud – I also found the most awesome new shade of lip-gloss (in Hilary’s adorable new “Happy Hour” Rebecca Minkoff “Happy Hour” clutch #MyRM) that ironically MATCHED the color of drink – my OCD was in pure heaven –Stila Lip Glaze in Strawberry (SRP $20).

(21+ – please drink responsibly)

Delicia Dessert Flavored Alcohol

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Cocktail of the Week: Guinness + Tequila=The Black Opal

8 Mar

By Christabelle…@CBellesCloset

Who says that beer must be the only drink served on St. Patrick’s Day? Those who are looking to celebrate the Irish festivities with a sophisticated twist…Guinness plus Tequila = one happy leprechaun! On March 17th, dip your Irish self into a pot of gold called the “Black Opal”.


The Black Opal
Partida Tequila and Guinness Draft

by Tequila Partida’s Bartender Ambassador Jacques Bezuidenhout
1 1/2 oz Partida ReposadoTequila
1 1/2 oz Guinness Draft
1/2 oz Tawny Port
1/4 oz Agave Nectar
Dash of Angostura Bitters

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled wine glass or small pint glass without ice. Garnish with some grated or ground cinnamon powder.

Guinness note: Take a pint of Guinness before hand and use a bar spoon to stir it up for about 30 secs. This removes some of the Co2.

(21+ – please drink responsibly)

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