Sponsored Video: Go backstage with TRESemmé the official hair care sponsor of New York Fashion Week.

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We are starting to feel a bit of the crisp cool weather of Fall and along with school starting September means New York Fashion Week! I’m looking forward to all the new Fall trends and checking out the hair and makeup looks that will be trending this Fall and Winter.

Did you know TRESemmé is the official hair care sponsor of New York Fashion Week? This year celebrates their 15th consecutive season as the official hair care sponsor of the New York Fashion Week! To celebrate this milestone, the #1 styling brand in the US will have a few distinct spaces at NYFW. Both spaces will feature custom-built salons to offer guests complimentary styling inspired by past and present runway hair looks, using TRESemmé’s diverse portfolio of products! How great is that?



In addition, at the Moynihan Station Salon, the brand will have a co-branded VIP lounge with E!, marking this the third season collaborating with the network. TRESemmé’s sponsored show lineup includes a mix of existing and new designer partners. These brands include Rachel Zoe, Rebecca Minkoff, Marissa Webb, Banana Republic, Diane Von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, BCBG, Hervé Leger and Misha Noonoo, led by TRESemmé Lead Stylist Jeanie Syfu and Orlando Pita. TRESemmé’s will be partnering with six digital style and beauty influencers to showcase the top hair trends in the brand’s own content series called Style Setters.

Stay tuned to TRESemmé’s YouTube channel to check out behind the scenes of NYFW, the hottest hairstyles and tips and tricks so you can have runway hair at home.

Disclosure: this is post has been sponsored by TRESemmé, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Nordstrom Fall 2015 Beauty Trends Event



Its that time of the year again – Nordstrom’s Fall Beauty Trend Season is kicking off next week! Once again, Nordstrom is offering shoppers the unique opportunity to see what happens behind the curtain as they bring top trends seen on fashion week runways straight to your local department store via their always anticipated Beauty Trend Events and Beauty Trend Shows!

About Beauty Trend Event Weeks:
Join Nordstrom Beauty for one-on-one time with savvy beauty experts. They will share the latest fall beauty tips and tricks while you’re pampered with a free makeup or skincare consultation. Afterwards, get access to FREE deluxe samples and exclusive gifts with purchase (while supply lasts). Admission is free — so don’t miss it! *This season enjoy the perk of scheduling appointments throughout the entire week!

About Beauty Trend Shows:
Here, you’ll watch top industry insiders reveal fall’s best beauty trends during a high-energy runway show hosted the Saturday ending the Beauty Trend Event Week. Then, get complimentary makeup, skincare and fragrance consultations full of DIY tips and tricks. Plus, score an exclusive (and free!) Nordstrom tote bag – just for attending! Tickets at $20 and redeemable toward your beauty purchase day of the event. The show starts around 8am, so don’t miss out! *As an added bonus the Friday prior the Beauty Trend Show select stores will host a cocktail hour with the Regional or National Beauty Director.

head over to www.Nordstrom.com  to get more info on  beauty event happening near you.

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Introducing Tara Smith Haircare + Contest!

Tara Smith Line

Looking for the perfect hair care line that not only gives you gorgeous locks, but nourishes your hair from the inside out? Award-winning celebrity hairstylist, Tara Smith’s performance-based, vegan, cruelty and gluten-free hair products are now available in the U.S.

The multi-product range brings to life Tara’s commitment to make it safe for you to wash your hair again with products free from toxins and harsh chemicals that feed the hair from root to tip – resulting in brilliant, beautiful healthy hair. The botanically-infused range de-stresses your tresses for hair that looks as good as it feels, and feels as good as it looks.

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I have been using the Tara Smith line for over a month and I love it! As you can see from the bottles these little puppies have gone everywhere with me. From weekend beach trips to a week camping in the woods I have been working my way through the Tara Smith Hair Care line and finding a few new favorites.

I have naturally curly, fine hair and with color treating it can get really dry. My curls either go frizzy or limp. so I’m always on the lookout for a great new hair line. You can see from the photo above the Tara Smith line not only hydrated my curls but gave them back their bounce and shine.

Check out below to see the line of amazing Tara Smith haircare products. And the best part, you can win THE WHOLE COLLECTION. Yes, you read that right, one luck MakeHerUp reader will win the entire Tara Smith haircare collection.

The Tara Smith Haircare product line includes:

Cleansing and Conditioning products: Feed the Root Shampoo & Conditioner, Gorgeously Gentle Shampoo & Conditioner, Shine On Shampoo & Conditioner, and Working Curls Shampoo & Conditioner

Styling products: Base Coat Serum, Shining Moment Glosser, Rock On Hard Gel, Brilliant Thickening Cream

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One of my favorites from the Tara Smith line this was my camping combo. The formula is so lightweight but still does an amazing job conditioning my hair from root to tip. This was a lifesaver for a dry, hot week of camping and swimming all day.

Feed the Root Shampoo & Conditioner $16
Deeply conditions hair and scalp; designed to nourish and protect, with avocado oil and a blend of nutritional minerals for strong, smooth, healthy-looking hair.

  • Stimulates and nourishes dry hair and scalp
  • Supplements the hair and scalp with essential minerals
  • Locks in moisture and restores natural volume and manageability

tara smith gorgeously gentle

A lifesaver for dry hair. The gorgeously gentle line gave my dry hair its life back and didn’t weigh down my curls. I can tend to over wash my hair, I am working to get better but in the meantime I love gentle hair combos like Gorgeously Gentle to hydrate while I wash.

Gorgeously Gentle Shampoo & Conditioner $16
A daily hair hydrator loaded with kelp extract, B5, bisabolol, and aloe vera to lock in moisture while soothing and strengthening dull hair.

  • Adds strength & luster
  • Gentle enough for everyday use
  • Helps repair hydration

tara smith shine on

My hair had been looking a bit dull and at the end of my trial week with Shine On I saw a huge improvement in my  hairs shine and it was smooth and soft.

Shine On Shampoo & Conditioner $16
Provides softness, sparkle, shine, and bounce; a softening and strengthening line packed with an amino acid complex to promote healthy, shiny hair.

  • Strengthens your hair
  • Restores shine
  • A must-have if you blow dry daily and/or color often

tara smith working curls

A curly haired girls best friend! The Working Curls shampoo and conditioner have been one of my favorite duos. This formula smells amazing with a slight hint of rosemary. After the first few days of use my hair and curls felt strong and hydrated and the frizz was gone. Definitely going to be adding this duo to my permanent rotation.

Working Curls Shampoo Conditioner $16
Formulated with kelp & rosemary extracts, this refreshing and  conditioner  line is designed to combat serious frizz, while strengthening, nourishing, and defining your beautiful curls

  • Ideal for natural curls
  • Combats harsh frizz
  • Strengthens, conditions, protects and refreshes

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A great thickening cream I use this when I air or heat dry. The cream really does boost my hair volume and adds shine. And I love it has peptides and antioxidants to improve my hair over time.

Brilliant Thickening Cream Volumizer $24
A super lightweight leave-in cream for creating instant, lasting lift and definition on dry hair, or styling volume on wet hair. Clinically proven to increase volume by 85% after the first application and packed with peptides and antioxidants.

  • Doubles volume and creates definition and shine
  • Improves hair’s elasticity and strength for a fuller look
  • Hydrates, detangles, and softens while protecting hair from heat and fading

When I use a flat iron or straight rod this is my go to shine product. A very fine mist helps get just the right amount of glosser on my hair without weighing it down. Love how shiny and soft it leaves my hair.

Shining Moment Glosser Spray $18
Enhance shine while finishing or refreshing your style with natural oils and olive squalane to hydrate and smooth the hair shaft for your “shining moment”.

  • Adds shine and protects from dulling
  • Travels with you for on-the-go refreshing and styling
  • A must have “top-coat” finisher for your hair

I wasn’t sure what I would think of this gel it sounded a bit intense. But turns out it works amazing on natural curl. I rub a dollop between my hands and scrunch up into my hair and I’m left with soft curls that last all day.

Rock On Hard Gel Styling Gel $18
A powerful styling and control gel with a nutritional complex that holds strong and won’t flake.

  • Perfect control & style without the stiffness
  • Nutritional mineral complex leaves hair smooth
  • Decreases stress-related factors

This is the first base coat serum I have tried and I love it. I just use a few drops and work through my hair after I wash it and its very light but leaves my hair shiny and frizz free.

Base Coat Serum Styling Treatment $26
No frizz, all shine…this powerful serum is packed with starflower seed extract and Tegosoft CT coconut oil to lock in hydration without weighing hair down. It’s clinically proven to increase shine by 65% and control frizz in high humidity for up to 24 hours. Take control of your style with soft, manageable locks.

  • A must-have “foundation primer” for your hair
  • Long-lasting between shampoos
  • Creates an anti-frizz barrier for all hair types

Learn more about the amazing Tara Smith haircare line and purchase products at www.tarasmith.com.

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Disclosure: I was provided products for review. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.

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Labor Day Road Trip Must Haves


Its the last long holiday weekend of summer, and like most people I plan to squeeze every last moment of fun that I can out of it. One essential to any road trip or vacation adventure is some great outfits and beauty products to keep you looking great on the go.

Here are a few of the items I will be packing for my weekend adventures:


I simply love the Cargo Cosmetics Gel Lip Color line. The lipstick feels much more like a lip balm when you apply and doesn’t have the normal heavy lipstick feel. The colors are really pigmented and wear for hours without feeling like my lips are made up.  It doesn’t dry out my lips and gives the perfect touch of color no matter my mood.

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Cargo Cosmetics Limited Edition Gel Lip Color in Brooklyn $20
Lightweight, gel texture lipstick glides on like silk. The smooth formula moisturizes and protects lips, feels comfortable and never drying. Semi-sheer coverage with subtle shine. Available in 4 easy to wear, always flattering shades.


The weather right now is shooting from 60’s to high 80’s so I like to keep my face makeup light so I can handle whatever the day brings without dealing with heavy foundations. The Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder has been my summer go to.

The formula is light and evens out my complexion while combating excessive shine. The best part my skin looks like my skin perfected not overly made up. With combo skin this has been a lifesaver at keeping the mid day shine at bay. And the best part is the powder has anti-aging benefits to actually improve my skin each time I wear it!



Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder $49
New shades, new price! Get a luminous, lit-from-within glow with our best-selling perfecting powder.

It’s the first anti-aging powder with the science of skin care built in! This advanced formulation of pure gold, 48 minerals, 11 amino acids and a powerful peptide delivers dynamic anti-aging benefits, while the patented hydration system continuously revitalizes skin for a brighter, more radiant complexion all day.


Any beauty addict knows a good multi- tasker is worth its weight in gold. The new Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip and Cheek Color is a busy girl’s must have. I would put this in my travel bag except I keep it in my purse its the perfect tool for on the go touch ups.

The cheek color formula is so creamy and is very easy to blend. I love this as both a cheek and lip color, it feels great on and the color lasts. Its a very buildable product so I can add a hint of color or layer for a more dramatic evening look. Great for a touch up on the go or to add to a paired down travel bag.


Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color in Silver Lake Sunset $29
Get the ultimate West Coast glow—on-the-go! From Santa Monica to Sunset Boulevard, our latest innovation in illumination is inspired by the magic light of L.A.

Multipurpose color for cheeks and lips. There’s a shade for any look, from a subtle sheen to a full-on flush. The lightweight, brightening formula feels and looks as natural as your own skin—only more illuminated and gorgeous.

A Smashbox-only blending trifecta! It’s all about blending, blending and more blending for this natural, lit-from-within look: a curved dome shape means no harsh lines when applying; a creamy formula means the formula glides effortlessly onto skin; and finally a velvety, flat sponge for blending—so you get just the right amount of diffused color.

The Osmosis Skincare Colour Lustrous Contour Duo comes with a bronzer and a highlighter. The bronzer is one of my favorites. The feather light powder applies easy and is very blendable. I have fair skin and bronzer can be a tricky line of contouring without looking like stage makeup.

The highlighter side blends just as well and is great for highlighting my cheekbones and I add a touch on either side of the bridge of my nose to brighten my eyes up. This is a great combo that adds the perfect finishing touch to my day or evening look.

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Osmosis + Color Lustrous Contour Duo $38
A 2-in-1 contouring compact. Osmosis Colour Lustrous Contour Duo allows you to seamlessly alternate between highlighting and bronzing your complexion. The complementary shades accentuate your best features and conceal the areas you want minimized.

The shimmering highlighter utilizes light-reflective pigments to brighten your eyes and accentuate your cheek bones while the matte brown shade creates a chiseled, sculpted look by making your forehead; nose and any other features appear smaller. The sleek, mirrored design allows you to contour on-the-go, making this a makeup bag essential.

Key Ingredients:
Green tea – hydrates and protects your skin from environmental pollutants
Mica – reflects light
Vitamins E – prevents free-radical damage
Lustrous Contour Duo features a shimmering chiffon and matte cocoa shades.



Disclosure: I was sent complimentary samples for potential review. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.

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