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Victoria

Victoria

Brought up in a creative household, Victoria has always been involved in writing, music and the arts. Her upbringing and her love for fashion and beauty led her to find a career that combined these passions. After getting her start as an editorial intern at Conde Nast, Victoria became fascinated with skincare technology while in the beauty closet. After three years of interning in public relations, she landed a position at a prestigious New York beauty & fashion PR firm working with major clients from Smashbox to John Frieda. She now works at a high-end, boutique agency representing beauty, fitness and lifestyle brands. When not hard at work in the office, Victoria contributes to a number of online publications and aspires to one day create her own online magazine. Her obsessions include travel, coffee, red lipstick and Twitter. Follow her @VikkiMoran!


SKIN TYPE: Sensitive, combination skin


HAIR TYPE: Thick, long & wavy


HAIR COLOR: Blonde


COMPLEXION TYPE: Light to medium with pink undertones.


EYE COLOR: Green


BEAUTY ADDICTIONS: Davines Nounou Pak, St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse, Morrocanoil Light, Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer, Miracle Skin Transformer Body SPF 20, purminerals CC Cream with SPF 40, Chanel Chance, Jan Marini C-ESTA Eye Repair Concentrate, Dior Show Mascara, NARS Bronzer in Laguna, Dolce & Gabbana Cream Lipstick in Fire, Josie Maran Bear Naked Cleansing Wipes and my Clarisonic Mia.

Whether you lost a loved one, have a personal connection to someone who has breast cancer, are a survivor or simply want to be a part of helping to find a cure, Breast Cancer Awareness month is a time to come together and promote awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services.

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Thanks to beauty companies like Adventuress and Primavera, helping support the cause is easy and helps rid you of dreaded buyer’s remorse. These are my top two picks that do wonders for skin and even larger wonders in breast cancer research.

Adventuress Vividly Restorative Skin Purifier

This product was designed with an active lifestyle in mind. It’s traveled with me, been toted along in my gym bag and tossed in my backpack when going for long bike rides. The restorative purifier promises to hydrate, enhance radiance, unblock pores and firm your skin using the power of quince seed and other naturally occurring fruit and plant extracts. The consistency feels like a face serum and it has a pleasant scent. It’s great if you’re looking to liven up dull skin or are in need of a refreshing cleanse after a long day. For the month of October, Adventuress will be donating $1 of every item sold to the Bikes 4 Breast Cancer Initiative to keep with their active message.

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For years, I struggled with skin issues and in the past year and a half I've finally overcome my blemishes and have clear skin. But now my new skin obsession has begun and I’m on a never-ending quest for more radiant skin.

I've found a few miraculous serums that have definitely helped me to achieve that lit from within glow but have yet to find the ideal exfoliant. Exfoliating is the key to sloughing off dull skin cells and unveiling the radiant skin underneath so you can imagine my frustration when the scrubs I was trying weren't doing the trick.

Having given up I settled for my Clarisonic, which I use three times a week to exfoliate. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my Clarisonic, but using it daily is too harsh for my sensitive skin even with the sensitive skin brushes.

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Enter the Amarté ExfoliPowder. At first I was a bit hesitant to give it a try. The fact that the exfoliator came in powdered form worried me. It brought me back to elementary school art class and all I could think was Powder + Water = Paste. But I was wrong and pleasantly surprised. The texture is creamy once activated with water and works up to a luxurious lather.

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“IT Girls” are women who set trends, create their own signature look and always look effortlessly beautiful. Sure, it’s easier to gain that title when you’re constantly in the spotlight, and have a stylist, manicurist and makeup artist in your entourage, but celebrities aren’t the only ones who get to have all the fun.

The average woman can become the “IT Girl” in her social circle by ensuring that she has this season’s must-haves. As far as beauty goes, IT Cosmetics and Custom Nail Solutions Impression System are the must-haves for this fall.

IT Cosmetics enhances your natural beauty with their “Your Lips But Better” line or YLBB. My personal favorites from the collection are the Waterproof Lip Liner Stain, Vitality Lip Blush and Vitality Lip Flush.

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  • The Waterproof Lip Liner Stain is an ultra luxe, automatic lip liner pencil infused with a stain. This game-changer acts as a lip liner, lip primer and long-wear stain all in one. It’s perfect for a date that you know will end in a goodnight kiss… or steamy make-out session. 
  • The Vitality Lip Blush Hydrating Gloss Stain is another amazing multi-tasker. It serves as a hydrating lip gloss, anti-aging lip serum and lip stain all in one. It delivers high shine and rich pigment that glides on like a lightweight serum and keeps lips smooth and hydrated throughout the day.
  • The Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Natural Anti-Aging Lipstick Stain takes the place of four products; your lipstick, anti-aging conditioning lip balm, ultra-hydrating lip gloss, and lip stain. I love that all the products are infused with innovative anti-aging ingredients to keep my pout looking youthful.

 

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With the colder months of fall just around the corner, everyone will soon be on the hunt for the ultimate lip conditioner.

I had the pleasure of testing the 3 in 1 plumping lip balm from BioExperience that hydrates, increases lip volume and reduces lip lines for naturally youthful looking lips. The forumula includes natural Beeswax, Vitamin E and Shea Butter for intense hydration and reparative benefits.

Three ways to use the BioExperience Plumping Lip Balm: Have you ever applied a rich, highly pigmented lipstick early in the day only to find that your lips look cracked and dried out by lunch time? Apply the BioExperience Plumping Lip Balm prior to applying your favorite lipstick to prevent that caked on, dry effect.

Apply over a bare lip or lip liner, if you want some definition, and wear as a lip gloss for day. The product delivers a bit of shine while also plumping your lip for a slightly enhanced, natural look.

Wear as a night treatment to deeply moisturize and repair chapped lips while you sleep. Awaken in the morning to supple lips and a slightly plumper pout. 

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Aegeia Daily Hydration Facial MoisturizerThis 100% natural line is my new go to skin care line and within just two weeks of use I’ve seen a noticeable difference in my skin. I had the pleasure of testing the Daily Hydration Facial Moisturizer from AEGEIA Skin Care. The light-weight moisturizer is free of the damaging effects of synthetics, parabens, toxins, and chemicals and works for all skin types.

The moisturizer actually creates a transparent, protective layer to seal in moisture and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Think of it as your secret weapon against UV rays, pollution and other environmental damage.

Anti-oxidants in the formula include Sesame Seed Oil and Vitamin E to counteract the harmful effects of free radicals. Additionally, the Sesame Seed Oil combined with Titanium Dioxide naturally helps to protect skin against the sun’s damaging UV rays. Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Aloe Vera provide ample moisture, and contain numerous healing properties.

Skin care technology is truly fascinating and the secret behind this particular product is the Sweet Almond Proteins, which represent the use of patented cross-linking technology that forms a smoothing film on the surface of the skin and provides an airbrushed, youthful surface. Essential oils fine-tune individual moisture levels while helping to combat acne, rosacea, eczema as well as the onset of age-spots, wrinkles, fine lines and uneven skin tones.

When perusing the company’s website, I was especially impressed by the Success Stories tab. The before and after photos were incredible and truly show how effective these products are!

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Remember being a kid and coloring with one of those mutli-colored pens? This cute Flower Petite Fleurs Pocket Triplets Lipstick brought me back to my childhood when I used those pencils that had multiple colors in one tool.

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The design is very creative; it features a small bullet shaped tube with three colors inside. You pop one shade out, slide it through the bottom of the barrel and the second shade will pop up in its place. Genius!

The color is very concentrated which I was not expecting but really delivers a lot of pigment so the color you see is the color you get. I liked the three shades and had a lot of fun experimenting with the colors. Two of the three shades have a cream finish and one has a sort of iridescent finish that looks pretty layered over either of the other two shades. The formula can be a bit drying (as many lipsticks are) so I would definitely recommend wearing a moisturizing lip balm underneath.

For under $7, this three-in-one lip color is a total steal!

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Recently, I purchased The Happiness Project, a New York Times Best Seller, which stresses the importance of feeling good by doing good. Alba Botanica’s slogan is “Do Beautiful” which intrigued me and led me to do a bit of research to discover exactly what Alba Botanica is doing that is so beautiful. Here is what I found, “We make natural, 100% vegetarian personal care products that do beautiful for you and your friends: people, animals and earth. This means we do not use parabens, sulfates, or phthalates in our products.”

Additionally, the company supports The Leaping Bunny Program, which provides the best assurance that no animal testing is used in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories, or suppliers. (Note to readers, some companies will claim to be cruelty free because they do not do any animal testing directly but they fail to mention whether their testing laboratories or suppliers do. Alba Botanic is the real deal!)

When you buy Alba Botanica products you are showing your love of animals and supporting a non-harming way of life. Doesn’t that already make you feel more beautiful?

Alba Body Builder Shampoo and Conditioner

I had the opportunity to test their Body Builder Shampoo and Conditioner and their new skincare line.

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Experimenting with color is one of my favorite aspects of playing with new makeup and creating a fresh, new look. Recently, I had the opportunity to test eyeshadow from the PLAY Collection, the newest collection from beautyADDICTS. The shade is called Yacht Club, a shimmering navy hue, which includes super fine, crushed pearls to create a radiant look.

The first thing I noticed when using the eyeshadow was its smooth application. The first time I used the shadow I created a navy smokey eye using the deep navy shade blended with a deep bronze shadow and gray shadows. The blue really enhanced my eye color and gave a softer look that a gray/black smokey eye would create. The second time I used the shadow was for a day out on my friend’s boat. It seemed appropriate since the shadow is named “Yacht Club.” The long lasting formula made it from early morning to sunset. On this day, I dipped an eyeliner brush in water and then applied the shadow as eyeliner. The color came out much more vibrant thanks to the damp eyeliner brush and lasted all day.

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The full PLAY Collection from beautyADDICTS is comprised of four eyeshadows, two lipsticks, two lip glosses and one eye liner color. The color combinations are really lovely and look fantastic as a collection. The eyeshadow line also includes an Emerald shade, the Pantone color for 2013, which I am dying to try next. The full eyeshadow collection consists of: a green ("Emerald City"), a light teal ("Crème de Mint"), a vintage pink ("Eye Candy") and a dark blue/navy ("Yacht Club"). All of which can be purchased at www.beautyaddicts.com

Have fun playing with color and remember to experiment by using a damp brush and blending with other shadows!

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Weleda's Lavender Relaxing Body Oil has become my before bedtime ritual. The calming scent helps soothe a tired body and spirit after a long day. The relaxing blend helps restore skin's natural moisture barrier to soften skin, replace essential oils and melt away the stresses of your day.

Weleda Lavender Relaxing Body Oil 8.1.13This tension-taming oil is rich with organic lavender oil, known for its balancing and soothing fragrance, and known to help you fall asleep. The scent brings me back to being a child as many of the products my mother used during my bath time were infused with Lavender. Sweet almond and sesame seed oils are also infused into the product. The oil absorbs quickly into the skin so your pillow and sheets will not be stained with any excess residue. After continued use, I saw a noticeable difference is my skin's moisture levels and softness. Additionally, the scent truly brings me peace of mind and relaxation which is vital to a NYC girl!

Each evening, I massage a small amount into my skin after a shower. After massaging the oil into my skin in a circular motion, I am ready for a restorative sleep. The next morning I awaken to soft, beautiful skin and I'm convinced I'm getting a better night's sleep as a result of it.

What I love most about Weleda is that when they say "all natural" they mean all natural. Their products are free of synthetic preservatives, fragrances and chemicals. You never have to worry about toxins, additives or raw materials from mineral oils being included. The brand uses the purest wild-crafted, organically and Biodynamically cultivated ingredients. To ensure their ingredients maintain their innate potency, they harvest them quickly and then process them as little as possible, taking excellent care of them along the way. The brand is 100% certified natural and is now 100% certified fabulous!

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The path of self-discovery is stressful, exhilarating and everything in between. I love that the Not Your Mother's brand is youthful, fun and helps young women find their personal style. From their witty product names to their wide array of professional grade hair products and tools, NYM is the perfect brand for fashion forward girls who love trying out new styles and making a statement.

Recently, I tested out the Way to Grow Long & Strong Shampoo and Conditioner, She’s a Tease Volumizing Hair Spray and Knotty to Nice Conditioning Detangler.

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After only a few weeks of using the Way to Grow Long & Strong shampoo and conditioner, I've noticed a visible difference in my hair's length and less breakage. The salon formula nourishes with essential vitamins, herbs and bioactive extracts for stronger hair and a silky texture.
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Knotty to Nice has been my savior. I have extremely thick hair that has a natural wave when I allow it to air dry. It saves me time to skip the blow dryer but as a result of not brushing it through properly, I get some serious knots. I'd go so far as to say the layer of hair closest to my neck gets matted. This conditioning formula infused with keratin protein strengthens hair as is detangles to fortify the strands and prevent breakage. The product can be used on wet or dry hair for pain-free brushing and smooth tresses.

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Fight humidity while keeping your style intact. NYM She's a Tease Volumizing Hair Spray is available in a cute, travel sized version that can easily be tossed in your bag for touch-ups on the go. Who would be without a hairspray?

Now that the brand has me hooked, I am dying to try their Clean Freak Dry Shampoo and Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray! I’m picking mine up at Ulta.com.

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