My Skin’s New BFF


I’m not going to lie. Since moving back to the East Coast, my skin has been somewhat lackluster. Whether from the change in climate or air pollution (I live in the NYC metro area, after all), my skin just hasn’t been it’s best self. Recently, I tried something new that is changing my love/hate relationship with my skin.

PMD (or personal microdermabrasion device) is a revolutionary way to achieve high quality exfoliation treatments in the comfort of your own home, and without the hefty facial fee. I’ve been using the PMD for the past two weeks and have already noticed a difference in my skin. I use it at night after washing my face with my favorite cleanser and my skin is clearer, brighter and more luminous. What more can a gal ask for?

Here’s how it works to  produce  age  defying  results:

 The  aluminum  oxide  crystals  embedded   into  the  exfoliating  discs  work  to  resurface  the  stratum  corneum  skin  layer,  combined  with  the  powerful   vacuum  suction  of  the  hand  held  device  which  stimulates  blood  flow  and  brings  collagens  to  the  surface.   PMD  allows  skin  care  products  to  penetrate  up  to  20  times  deeper  into  the  skin  ultimately  revealing   younger,  healthier  skin.  

To learn more about PMD or to get one for yourself (DO IT!), click here. Cheers to beautiful skin!

x Allie


Stay Warm, Look Sleek

It’s officially November – time to bid adieu to warm weather days and start dressing for the chilly New York City winter. And you know what that means: it’s time to shop. I sat down with Nilou Ghodsi, style maven and owner of high-end women’s boutique Heist in Venice, California (don’t worry New Yorkers, her entire boutique can also be shopped online at to learn a thing or two about layering clothes when the temp drops.


Jeanette Zinno: How can we stay stylish this winter without looking too bundled up?

Nilou Ghodsi (pictured above): Layering is essential to transitioning into winter as the temperature can vary quite a bit, from morning to mid-day to nighttime.

JZ: What are your go-to tips for mastering the art of layering?

NG: I always love to incorporate a jacket or coat with a pop of color, which allows me to keep the rest of my attire simple and versatile (ie: black, white, denim) without being boring. This is especially important while traveling, since I can’t have access to my entire closet and need to have a few “uniforms” that will sustain me for the duration of my trip.

JZ: What are some of your favorite pieces from your boutique for layering?

NG: Perfect examples are the Harris Wharf London coats, and their $500-$600 price point makes them even more accessible.

Thanks, Nilou! Now, here are some of my favorite styles for the season. X Jeanette | @jeanettezinno

Purple Coat

Harris Wharf London Purple Oversized Coat

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Rebecca Minkoff Ford Coat

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Nicholas Felted Wool Full Length Coat

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Adrienne Landau Leopard-Print Rabbit Fur Coat

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Herno Blush Jacket


PER UNA Speziale Faux Fur Overcoat

Your Winter Getaway Packing Guide

Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 9.29.36 PMAutumn is officially upon us and while I do cherish the crisp fall nights and the beautiful dance of falling leaves, I’m sure my cabin fever will set in soon enough. And as most New Yorkers do, I’m already creating my escape plan to a beach or somewhere slightly more tropic than below freezing. So here’s an essential guide to your winter getaway packing list, why not get started now? Ticket not included.

1. Deux Lux Varick Weekender in Charcoal, $205: the perfect carry-on that will fit all of your travel necessities and it’s woven material will last through any travel mishap (spilled coffee, etc). The best part is that it is vegan leather, so no animals were harmed in making this bag.

2. Barraca Chic Hera Bathing Suit, $520: you can’t go wrong with a sexy swim suit by Barraca Chic, my go-to swimwear line.

3. MALIN + GOETZ Essential Kit, $30: all of your favorite products in mini sizes!

4. Tejo Fringed Drops, $228: wear these statement earrings day to-night.

5. Dolce & Gabbana Dress, $1,625: the colorful print and breezy style of this dress are made for trips to an island.

6. Ramoncinas Espadrilles, $33: authentic espadrilles from Spain.

7. Whiting & Davis Passport Cover, $65: a passport cover with a silver metal mesh shell? Yes, please.

8. Art of Henri Body Chain, $234: pair this body chain with your bathing suit or under a crop top or loose blouse, either way it will make a statement.

9. Fendi Crystal Sunglasses, $530: two of my favorite things together at last, a cat eye and crystals.

10. Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit, $16: an all-inclusive kit designed to help survive any beauty, fashion, or personal care predicament. Never leave home without it.

11. Josie Maran Argan Oil Moisturizing Stick, $22: use this multi-purpose balm for moisturizing, fixing fly aways, soothing sunburn and the list goes on: an absolute must-have for your next getaway.

Jeanette | @jeanettezinno

Salon Obsession

vmp_1717Finding a salon in Manhattan that you want to go back to can be tough. There are so many factors that go into becoming a returning customer at a salon, like LOCATION, how they cut and style your hair, your relationship with your stylist, how affordable is it, and the list goes on… so when I learned about Salon Ziba from a friend, I decided to check it out. Not only did I fall in love with my glam haircut, but I really enjoyed the people who worked there and their beauty advice; like how shampoo and conditioner acts as medicine for hair. Who knew? The stylists took the time to teach me how to use styling products and they addressed the concerns that I had about my hair.

SalonZiba2So I obviously returned and learned a little more about Salon Ziba. The name Ziba means “beautiful” and for over 25 years, they’ve been delivering glamorous and effortless hair to New Yorkers. Following more than 20 years of success on the Upper West Side, owner Alonso Salguero opened a second salon location downtown. Both locations are fabulous, but I frequent the downtown salon out of convenience.

02-zibaSalon Ziba has all of your usual salon offerings, but they also offer cutting edge and express treatments for anyone on their lunch break. So if you’re opting for a glamorous day-to-date cut, a drop-in blowout or a new hair hue from the catwalk, try out Salon Ziba: my new salon obsession.

Learn more here or call to make an appointment at 212-767-0577.

200 W 57th Street or 485 6th Avenue 

Jeanette | @jeanettezinno

The Great Sweat Test: How Some of the Most Promising Sweatproof Beauty Products Held Up

01-summer-skin-w540Check out my article on about some of the best sweat blocking options for summer:

– It’s confession time: Sometimes I get really sweaty, like when I’m nervous or stressed out. Knowing this, I looked to six different sweat-blockers for help in beating the heat while staying cool all summer.

Sweat Block, $18.99 for eight towelettes,
Directions: This sweat towelette is easy to use, and I’m a huge fan of any product with simple steps. All you have to do is firmly dab the towelette under your arms before you go to bed and wait five minutes for it to dry.
Pros: One application of Sweat Block lasts for seven days. Plus, it actually works; I found myself caught up in a few sweaty situations, but my shirts stayed dry. Oh, and they’re great for traveling or to pop in your gym bag because they’re small and individually wrapped. Note: You still need to use your regular deodorant in addition to the towelettes.
Cons: I’m not a huge fan of the clove smell the wipe had. It was too spicy and earthy for me, but I didn’t wake up to the smell of cloves, so it won’t stick with you all day.

Sweatex Pads, $2.99 for 10 pads,
Directions: Sweatex is a thin disposable underarm sweat pad that has a self-sticking backing. Apply by peeling off the back paper and sticking it to the inside of your blouse, in the underarm area.
Pros: Easy to use, and there’s no residue that can ruin your clothing.
Cons: Sometimes the self-sticking backing was hard to adhere to my clothing in the right spot, especially if the shirt was tight. I also found that if I was wearing a sheer shirt you could see the outline of the pad—yikes!

Fresh Sugar Roll-On, $18,
Directions: Apply to underarms the same way you would any other stick deodorant.
Pros: This deodorant lasted throughout the day and left me smelling like sugar; I’ll take that over a whiff of B.O. any day. It also has loads of natural ingredients, like sugar that supposedly inhibits odor-causing bacteria.
I liked the application process, and the deodorant feels refreshing when it hits your skin.
Cons: This was the most expensive deodorant I tried, but I think it’s well worth it because it works!

Kiehls Superbly Efficient Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant, $16,
Directions: Squeeze a small amount of cream from the tube and apply it directly to the underarm area.
Pros: This deodorant doesn’t have a scent, which was refreshing because the scents of so many of my other daily beauty products (lotion, hairspray, etc.) were able to shine through without any interference. It also has a unique blend of ingredients, including orange, lemon, and linseed extract, which made my underarm hair feel softer and easier to shave.
Cons: The cream was a little messy, especially when I squirted too much out of the tube one day and tried applying it. Less is definitely more in this case.

Secret Clinical Strength Anti-Perspirant in Invisible Solid Completely Clean, $11.99,
The directions: Apply to underarms at bedtime. It reportedly works overnight to reduce perspiration for 24 hours.
Pros: This is a classic stick deodorant that, according to the company, gives four times as much protection from stress sweat. I found to be true after seeing that I was dry throughout every stressful situation—including a TV interview. The scent was deliciously fresh and totally addictive too.
Cons: I noticed that when I was doing a boot-camp class at the gym, the deodorant broke down a little bit. You also have to be careful not to apply too much of this because it can start to clump.

Sage Tea, $6.99,
Directions: One of the benefits of sage tea is that it helps prevent excessive sweating. Boil one cup of water and add a teaspoon of dried sage. Let it steep for five minutes, but don’t forget about it because if it steeps too long it can get bitter. Drink one cup in the morning and at night.
Pros: I really enjoyed the ritual of drinking tea in the morning and at night, and it was the most natural way to regulate sweating out of all of my experimenting.
Cons: I’m a huge believer in herbal remedies, but this tea had no effect on my sweat habits. Sometimes it takes several weeks to work, so I’m going to keep at it and report back.

Have you tried any of these products? What’s your favorite deodorant or treatment to stop sweating?

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Jeanette | @jeanettezinno

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