Thursday, March 27, 2014

Crazy in Love!

If we can't look like her, sing like her, dance like her, or dress like her, we might as well smell like her, right?? Beyonce's new frangrance Rise, inspired by the works of her favorite poet, Maya Angelou was launched in February and is said to embody Beyonce's on stage persona.

I found Rise to be a natural scent, with both fruit and floral notes. Rise is a very bold perfume, which I find fitting, since the inspiration comes from such a strong woman and artist. Pretty bottle, pretty scent, pretty awesome.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Fresh & Fabulous: Exclusive Scoop!

BrainyBeautys is proud to announce that we are now officially a new Caress Fabulista. We're so excited to bring you exclusive Caress product and collaboration scoop, starting with today's hot tip:

Kelly Rowland is the new Caress celebrity Fabulista.

"Kelly is excited to inspire women to enjoy every day experiences in a fresh way. She knows how important it is to start every morning feeling fabulous, which is why she uses the new Caress Fresh Body Wash Collection (her favorite being the Emerald Rush)."
We're beyond psyched to be a part of a movement to get every woman feeling fabulous and finding fresh inspiration every day, and look forward to bringing you sensational Caress Fresh product updates and reviews.

In the meantime, we want to know—How do you put a fresh spin on your life? Hit us up in the comments with  #CaressMe

Monday, March 24, 2014

A Most Fashionable Rabbit Hole

We have some exclusive scoop for all you BrainyBeautys!

Mixed Makeup, a fantastic new women's lifestyle YouTube channel is coming at ya this May. It will cover beauty, fashion, DIY, home decor and more and is guaranteed to be your new favorite time-suck!

Here's a little preview to tide you all over:

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Don't Sweat It- Swipe It!

I had been saving my try out of Swipe Travel Deodorant for my first foray back to the gym/yoga. But well, sometimes I work late... And have plans with friends and family... and really want to read the latest InStyle magazine.

But fate intervened over the weekend when we had a plumbing issue that resulted in our shower/tub being down for the count all day. So around 3pm (what? I was working on an important project!) I pulled out a little Swipe packet, and opened it up. A quick little once over left me feeling a heck of a lot fresher and truly fresher smelling- The initial baby-wipe scent leaves a more sophisticated tea-like aroma on skin.

Thankfully our plumbing problems have been fixed and I can now shower freely again, but I definitely see the merits of holding onto a few Swipes for future traveling and work out (ha!) purposes.

Purchase your own Swipe Deodorant Wipe packets for $2.99-$24.99 at

Monday, March 10, 2014

Well (Lip) Color Me Surprised!

You guys, I think N.Y.C. New York Color has done it—I think they might have actually, truly almost converted me to a lip color girl!
I have officially been alternating between their new Smooch Proof 16HR Lip Stain in 498 Berry Long Time and 504 Orange On The Go for the past three days straight. Three days of lip color other than chapstick!?! UNHEARD OF. 
Maybe it was the sunny, 40 degree weekend that inspired me to freshen up. Or perhaps I'm just sick of hoarding eye make-up remover as though it's holy water. But on Saturday morning I curiously unwrapped 498 B.L.T. (ha), pulled off the cap and went to town using the marker-esque felt tip to apply the lovely raspberry stain. It felt icy and cool and left me feeling seriously chic in the simplest way. 
Then, in an unprecedented move, I decided to build my entire make-up look around it the following morning for an important day out with my boo. And today, I donned 504 O.O.T.G. for work, a fun yet subtle creamsicle-y hue. Me. Lip color. For work. And orange at that! My mother will hardly believe it when I stop over later.

N.Y.C. New York Color Smooch Proof 16HR Lip Stain is available in 13 shades for just $4.99 each at drugstores nationwide. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Get Enlightened: GE Reveal Light Bulbs

Interior design experts hail a can of paint as a simple way to completely change the look of any space, but I’m here to tell ya just switching to GE’s new reveal® light bulbs will blow your mind!

GE reveal® bulbs are designed to replace your usual yellow, dingy bulbs with crisp white light that makes colors and patterns pop. They even have reveal® LED bulbs that offer the same aesthetic benefits of the rest of the reveal® brand while providing energy efficiency made to last a decade based on three hours of daily usage.

We were graciously passed along a pack of 75w Halogen reveal® bulbs to literally see the difference for ourselves. I had purchased a cool globe light fixture from the thrift store a while back and I knew it would be perfect for my guest bedroom. Any sort of lighting would be a step up from the crusty basic bulbs that were currently there! I also added a GE reveal® bulb to the side table lamp for easier guest reading.  

The before, entire room: There’s a whole lotta “meh” happening here.
 The before, a close up: Couldn’t get much worse than this!
The after, the entire room: With some much needed pizazz. Notice how the blue walls look so much brighter and cleaner. 
The after, a close up: Like a glorious bright full moon!
GE reveal® bulbs are an amazing, and best of all, easy way to really change the look and feel of any space in your home. I am totally in love with how my guest bedroom turned out and know it wouldn't be half as lovely without GE's help. 
You don't have to take my word for it though—Check out GE reveal® Presents: A Tastemaker Show & Tell on Lighting + Craft.
View the full GE reveal® product line-up at
GE reveal® bulbs can also be purchased at your local Target store as well as and the Target Cartwheel App.