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The Best Air Filtering Plants For Your Home, and Two That Might Help You Sleep Better.


I recently added three snake plants to my bedroom window sill. It’s been well documented that the air inside our homes is often polluted by chemicals from cleaning products, furniture, and from poor air circulation. Fortunately, a study by NASA reveals that some plants, such as these, are excellent at removing toxins from the air including formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene. Plants like peace lilys and chrysanthemums, go even father by also removing benzene, trichloroethylene, and ammonia.

I chose snake plants for my bedroom windows for a few reasons. In addition to being able to filter these chemicals out of the air we breathe, they are among a select group of plants that can theoretically help you sleep better. While most plants produce oxygen during the daytime, and release carbon dioxide at night, these do the opposite, creating oxygen after dark. Orchids also produce oxygen at night, so I plan to add one to my dresser. Bromeliads and aloe vera also produce oxygen at night, but in feng shui, sharp and spikey plants are said to be the wrong idea when trying to create a restful sleeping environment. They would work better in another part of the home or outdoors.

Snake plants do well indoors and should thrive by my windows since they only need partial sun. My windows face north, and have UV filtering / energy efficiency film, which carry a slight tint.

If we can remove harmful chemicals from the air we breathe inside our homes and offices, imagine what we could do for the planet if we devoted more outdoor space to air filtering plants, and less space to grassy lawns. All the more reason for us to protect the forests, deserts, and jungles.


As always, be sure you know what plants are toxic to house pets if you have a curious, or mischievous, creature living among you.

For more info, check out the book “How to Grow Fresh Air”, and this simple chart.


Want Flawless Skin? Here are my tips for a perfect complexion on

Acheive flawless skin and perfect complexion with my tips on


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My makeup event for CHANEL at Barney’s New York!

I recently got to host my very own makeup event for CHANEL at Barney’s New York. It was an exciting three days and I had such a great time demonstrating makeup tricks for shoppers.¬†

Some favorite products were the new spring collection, Vitalumiere foundation, Les 4 Quadra Eyeshadow in Dunes, Sublimage skincare, and Inimitable Mascara. ¬†With a mix of newbies and longtime CHANEL loyalists, I had the chance to demonstrate some beauty basics and some “off-label” uses for some of their signature products. Did you know that after applying their skincare and foundation, you can use a wet sponge to dab two drops of serum over your makeup? It presses the foundation into the skin, removes excess product, and enhances the dewy finish (plus, it creates one more chance to get some amazing anti-aging ingredients on your face).
I hope to have another department store event soon, so please follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Want to know how to save your skin during bad weather months? I tell you how on


We all know that the winter months can be damaging to your skin, but with the right skincare, perfect skin can be acheivable. In my interview with, I share tips and products you can use to survive the cold and still look have radiant skin!

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Nightingale 9 Opens in Brooklyn. Co-Owners Rob Newton and Kerry Diamond appear in WSJ Magazine. Kerry wears my Makeup.

Kerry Diamond wear my makeup in the new issue of WSJ Magazine. Kerry & Rob Newton are featured for their opening of their new Brooklyn restaurant, Nightingale 9. I cant wait to check out this trendy restaurant, if it’s anything like Seersucker’s and Smith Canteen, I already love it!





In case you missed it, Here are my tips for glowing skin in Good Housekeeping magazine!

Check out February’s issue of Good Housekeeping magazine, where I teamed up with McEmsara Quesada of Luxe Events, to share my tips of how to have healthy and glowing skin!


Here are some of my beauty product picks featured in ELLE magazine

I recently sat down with ELLE magazine’s Janna Johnson O’Toole to share some of my beauty products that blend well and have perfect chemistry on your face!


If you missed it this month’s edition of ELLE here it is online!:…