On the Fast Track to Allergy Relief with Duane Reade & Poncho!


I will be the first to tell you, I suffer from the worst seasonal allergies ever. I have a terrible allergy to pollen, and in the spring, if I don’t start the day off with a good dose of antihistamine then I’m going to end up a sneezing mess. However, sometimes I forget to take allergy relieving medicine before I leave for work, lucky for me there are Duane Reade’s to be found all over the city and one is never too far from where I am. Duane Reade has teamed up with the new Poncho app to provide New Yorker’s with everything they need to be prepared for allergy season!

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What I love love love about the Poncho app is how simple and effective it is. For instance, last week I woke up, turned on my phone and an email was waiting for me from Poncho. When you sign up, you personalize the settings so that they’ll send you information relevant to you like when you leave for work and when you leave for home as well as the schedule (i.e. delay) information for the train you typically take.

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#DRAllergy #CollectiveBias

They also provide you with the weather and the pollen count, and on days when the count is high they also give you a digital coupon (no need to print it folks) for allergy relief medicine. How great is that?!

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On one such day, where the pollen count was high and my eyes were already itchy and watery and my throat was irritated, I headed to Duane Reade to find some relief from my allergies. I pulled up my Poncho email, grabbed some Benadryl Allergy and checked out. I bought some allergy relief and saved money in less then five minutes! See that’s why I love Duane Reade, and why I love the Poncho App – you can’t beat being well-informed and the reliability of knowing that Duane Reade will have what I need when I need it!

The Poncho App can be send via email, text, or both! For more information about the Poncho weather service app, check out this Mashable article here! To sign up click here.

RoC-ing it out at Duane Reade, RoC Brand Answers Your Anti-Aging Q’s!


I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wondered when was the right age to begin using anti-aging products? Do you start when you start seeing those laugh lines laughing back at you, or crows feet creeping up in the corners of your eyes. I always wanted a sort of “official” answer, so I was extremely pleased to join the RoC Brand, Johnson & Johnson Research & Development Senior Director, Anna Prilutsky, and RoC Brand spokesperson Dr.Debra Jaliman, as well as an array of social media and beauty influencers at Duane Reade a couple weeks ago to learn more about anti-aging skincare, what is retinol, and when you should start using wrinkle-reducing lotions and potions.


During the event Dr.Jaliman (who also attended the #Eyes4NYC twitter party) spoke about the importance of taking care of your skin. She says that sunblock is a basic must-have and that you can avoid certain skin damage just by applying it daily – yes, even when there’s no sun out. Not a fan of a zillion step skincare process? Well, most RoC products already include SPF!


But what exactly is retinol? Retinol, a form of Vitamin A, is designed to repair fine lines and deep wrinkles by reducing collagen depleted skin and increasing the cohesiveness of epidermal cells. Don’t have fine lines or wrinkles yet? Well, the retinol in the RoC Brand line of products also aid in diminishing the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots too!

I was just burning with curiosity about this one, and had to ask, when do you start using anti-aging skincare products? Dr.Jaliman recommends as soon as possible – yup, you read that right, as soon as possible. In fact, I don’t have too many wrinkles and I’ve already added a couple RoC products into my daily routine, I’m all about preventative skincare!


Some skincare tips from Development Senior Director, Anna Prilutsky included starting off with the RoC Multi Correction 5 in 1 Daily Moisturizer if you’re new to retinol or have sensitive skin and incorporating it into your routine gradually. Also, with eye creams, you’ll only want to use a pea-sized amount of cream, using any more would be a waste as you’re only dealing with a small surface area and a thin layer of skin. And one more tip, don’t apply your anti-aging eye creams over the actual lid itself – it can potentially irritate your eye.


I loved talking shop with Anna and Dr.Debra – they offered so much insight! Right now I’ve been using the Multi Correction 5 in 1 Eye Cream and I can already tell that my skin is softer and looks brighter, plus I’ve added the RoC Deep Wrinkle Serum as a part of my weekly cleansing/treatment routine. So far, I’m loving this line!

You can pick up the entire RoC Brand line of skincare and anti-aging creams at your local Duane Reade! Have you tried RoC before? Do you have experience with anti-aging skincare? Let me know in the comments below!

Care For Your Skin & Enter to Win a RoC Brand Prize Pack!


Skincare has always been paramount to me. I suppose it was the way I was raised, my mom has always had flawless skin, and has always been a big proponent of moisturizer. Unfortunately, I didn’t inherit her envy-worthy skin, however I did inherit her appreciation for RoC Brand Anti-Aging skincare products. It’s a brand that when I see it on the shelves at my local Duane Reade, I immediately recognize and I know that if I want to give my skin the best care, it’s the brand to reach for!

In NYC? Join me for and in-store event with RoC and Duane Reade on May 1st!

On May 1st at the Duane Reade located at 40 Wall Street (Wall St & William St intersection) join Dr. Debra Jaliman, Johnson & Johnson, and Duane Reade for a personalized shopping experience at 6:00pm where we’ll be discussing anti aging skincare and RoC products! I’ll be there so be sure to join us!

Can’t make it?

Join us for a #Eyes4NYC Twitter Party on April 24th from 12-1pm EST! Find all the information, and RSVP by clicking here!

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Enter to win it!

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It get’s even better! RoC is offering one lucky The NYC Talon reader a chance to win an amazing RoC prize pack! With an estimated value of $143.94 here’s what’s inside:
· RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Sensitive Eye Cream
· RoC® MULTI CORREXION® 5 in 1 Eye Cream
· RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Deep Wrinkle Night Cream
· RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 30
· RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Deep Wrinkle Serum

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents over the age of 18. It cannot ship to P.O. boxes, so the winner will have to provide alternate addresses.

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Join me for #Eyes4NYC Twitter Party on 4/24 at 12pm EST!

Twitter-Party-Disclosure-2014#Eyes4NYC, #shop, #cbiasFor me, skincare has always been extremely important. I remember years ago that I had read a magazine that recommended that you start thinking about using anti-aging products as early as your mid-twenties. Well, my crows feet have already begun to make an appearance – I just seem to have so much to smile about, haha! I plan on adding the same products that the ladies in my family already swear by to my routine – RoC® Anti-Aging Products. This fabulous line consists of the  RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Eye Cream, RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Sensitive Eye Cream, and RoC® MULTI CORREXION 5 in 1 Eye Cream. The best part is that these products can be found at your local Duane Reade (which you know I always shop at) and will definitely help you with putting your freshest face forward!

Please join us and special guest, Dr. Debra Jaliman, board-certified dermatologist, as we talk about eye health and products that will make us all look more youthful. I know I can’t wait to get advice about all the wonderful anti-aging creams and other products that will help me stay young at heart. If you are as excited as I am, please RSVP below and we hope to see you on April 24th!

Join me at the #Eyes4NYC Twitter Party on SoFabChats!

DATE: Thursday April 24, 2014

TIME: 12pm – 1 pm ET

PRIZES: 5 – $100 Visa Gift Cards  

GRAND PRIZE: 1 – RoC® Gift Basket (ARV $100)

EARLY BIRD:  1 – $50 Visa Gift Card

RSVP: #Eyes4NYC Party Page

LOCATION: SoFabChats Tweet Grid

HOST:  @dentistmel

CO HOSTS: @KristaK2@MommaDandDaBoyz@agirlsgottaspa 

SPECIAL GUEST: @DrDebraJaliman

PARTY RULES: #Eyes4NYC Official Party Rules



Join #Eyes4NYC Twitter Party 4/24 12pm ET. Skin care solutions! $650 in prizes! Rules http://cbi.as/s2vep #ad #cbias

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Munch Madness at Duane Reade!

Game time is in full swing at my house. When I was a kid I used to avoid watching basketball tournaments or pretty much anything basketball related, but as I got older I realized – with two guys in my house – I couldn’t really avoid it, so I embraced it instead! Now I can totally keep up with the guys (most of the time) and even helped my brother put together his bracket. Alright, alright, I only watched him put together his bracket! But one thing I did do was head to my local Duane Reade and load up on my game time snacking picks!

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I may have gotten a little carried away, I just couldn’t help myself… ;)

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In my defense, I ended up sharing this froyo topped with cheesecake, brownie bits, strawberries, raspberries, and chocolate sauce with someone.

I’m a sucker for anything from the deLISH line of snacks. I learned long ago, whether you’ve planned your game get-together for a long while off or are grabbing things on the go, the deLISH line is always dependably delish!

The deLISH Spinach & Artichoke dip is one of my all-time favorite snacking picks, I buy it for parties, I buy it for movie night, I’ll even make up excuses to buy it it’s so good! This dip is a winner in my book.

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I finally got around to trying the deLISH Hot Dog Puffs. They are so good & tasty – my Duane Reade always has these and all the other treats I’ve mentioned in stock so I know I will definitely be getting more of these in the near future. I served these with mustard and ketchup and they were good enough to draw the guys attention away from the screen – even if only for a few minutes!

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I also picked up some of Duane Reade’s fresh Turkey Gouda Mini Bites and deLISH Spanakopita. A lot of Duane Reade’s in the city offer freshly made food, if you’re near one I definitely reccomend picking up these mini bites or another fresh item. You can plate them and nobody would even know that you bought them at Duane Reade (unless you have a reputation as a really bad cook and your friends won’t believe you made something so good)!

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I love the ease and convenience of being able to drop into any Duane Reade in the city and know that I can pick up every single thing that I need for a fantastic game time get-together!

Picnic Pick-Ups at Duane Reade!

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for Spring! One of my favorite things to do is to grab a friend and picnic in the park. I’m lucky enough to live in a city where my park of choice is the ever-gorgeous Central Park, and there is nothing more lovely then a Spring picnic in Central Park. While it’s still too cold out to dig my picnic blanket out of storage, I did want to share with you guys my picnic picks from Duane Reade.

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Duane Reade’s fresh foods section always offers snacks that are perfect for dining alfresco. Recently, I swung by Duane Reade, where Spring has already made a welcome entrance, and made a few (and I use that word loosely) snacking selections.

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#DRSpringTime, #shop, #CollectiveBias
Salads are a great option for picnics in the park (or wherever), and Duane Reade has a ton to choose from. I chose Marinated Mozzarella & Tomatoes in Pesto and Mini Ravioli with Sundried Tomato in Pesto – oh my goodness they were both ridiculously tasty, I had to stop myself from eating all of both! The Marinated Mozzarella really has that great, bright Spring flavor. Love it.

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The Prosciutto & Mozzarella with Fig Spread on a Cranberry Fig Ficelle was a new discovery for me and a happy departure from the standard ham and cheese. I was so worried that this was going to be dry and plain, instead it was surprisingly full of flavor. The mozzarella was creamy and the cranberry fig ficelle was a perfect bread choice for this sandwich. If Duane Reade sold the ficelle separately I’d be first in line to buy.

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There are so many amazing foods to choose from, and I love that Duane Reade is so convenient. I can’t wait to for Spring – I know where I’ll be picking up all my picnic essentials from!

Mark Hill MiracOILicious 2 Minute Intensive Treatment Review

I recently got my hands on a tub of Mark Hill MiracOILicious 2 Minute Intensive Treatment with Morrocan Argan Oil, Ylang-Ylang, & Palmarosa. The treatment actually boasts an “exotic blend” of 14 essential oils and plant extracts and is paraben free. Initially, I didn’t think I was going to like the treatment – the smell is sort of a citrus spicy musk. However, it smells far better in the shower and in your hair then it does right in the jar/tub.

After shampooing, you squeeze out your hair and apply a generous amount to your hair – massaging from roots to ends. You leave it in for 2 minutes, and wash it out.

This past month I actually cut and died my hair, going from a brunette to a more dark red color. So my hair is pretty dehydrated and I’ve definitely been worried about damage caused by the dye. I’m always on the lookout for good hair treatments and masks, but this one is “it” for me right now. I only use it about once a week, because my hair tends to be more oily at the roots, so if my hair was not recently treated I would probably use it around the lines of once every two weeks.

The great thing is that I feel like my hair look’s shinier then ever – but in a good healthy way, not oily way, haha! Plus, my hair doesn’t look dried out or damaged after using my hot iron. I don’t know if you’re like me, but after I color my hair I kind of feel like I’m damaging it when I iron it or blow dry it – like the heat is making any damage from the dyes worse – but since I’ve been using the treatment my hair looks and feels stronger so I don’t really worry at all (okay, I worry a little bit – old habits and all).

The Mark Hill MiracOILicious 2 Minute Intensive Treatment is distributed by Boots, but available in Walgreens, or if you live/work in NYC, in Duane Reade! You can find out more about Mark Hill here, and more about the treatment here. If you’ve tried it or have a product recommendation – let me know in the comments below!

Jingle Ball Blast with Duane Reade!


If you’re a New Yorker, it’s impossible to not have heard of the Jingle Ball – the ads are everywhere, especially on the radio. And while tickets to the Jingle Ball are one of the most coveted of the season, they are hard to come by. Luckily, they have the Z-100/Coca-Cola All Access Lounge – which I was lucky enough to attend this year. While there were quite a few amazing brands present, I spent loads of time in the Duane Reade village where all of my favorite brands were!

Duane Reade Village

I have to admit I did spend quite a lot of time with beauty brands. Pop Beauty was doing makeup and applying falsies, Conair was using Infiniti Pro Curl Secret to curl guests hair – which by the way is very probably the hottest beauty product of the year, Carmex was giving out fashionable lip balms, Axe was giving out travel size products, and KISS/Impress nails was applying their amazing nails on guests.

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My favorite brand present was Goody – I love their products, and have reviewed a few here on the Talon so I was really excited to see them at the All Access Lounge. The ladies at the Goody booth were using Goody’s hottest and most popular items to do quick, easy, fun styles on guests.

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I actually discovered my new favorite product while checking out Goody’s booth – their velvet velour hair bands. If you haven’t tried these then you’ll definitely want to – the velour helps keep the band stable, in your hair, without damaging it! Love it! I’ve already bought a couple packs at Duane Reade to put in my sister’s stockings.

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I definitely loved Duane Reade’s presence at the Z-100 Jingle Ball – I feel like it’s such a quintessential NY event that it’s only natural that the city’s best drugstore be represented there!

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Party Perfect with DR Legwear!


I’ve had quite a few parties to go to since the holiday season started – it’s part of the reason why I love Christmastime so much, you get to spend so much of it with family and friends. I always like getting dolled up for events, and my favorite local place to pick up anything from party supplies to makeup and stockings is Duane Reade!

Their legwear is a perfect party outfit pick-me-up – now, you can always find typical tights at Duane Reade, but during the season I’m a sucker for their more eccentric pieces.  After being invited to a local beauty event I headed over to Duane Reade over on 51st – where they have a massive selection – and bought a couple pairs of their tights. But my favorites for this time of year are their black glittery tights.

Duane Reade Tights

These are so perfect for jazzing up a holiday party outfit – the glitter just make’s your outfit a little more glamorous, I think. Also, while they look very opaque in store, out of the package they’re a little more sheer but still surprisingly sturdy.

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I love bows – they make very festive accents and sort of remind me of Christmas presents.

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I also picked up this Milani polish on sale at Duane Reade. Party tip: if you’re running low on time before a party, swing by any Duane Reade and grab a glittery top coat. It make’s your nails look so fun, and you’re sure to get a ton of compliments!

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I’m definitely planning on wearing the glittery one’s for New Year’s Eve – they really do add a little “something” to your outfit.

As it happens, Duane Reade is hosting a “Show Us Your Party Legs” contest on their Facebook page, which you can find here! You have to click on the “Show Us Your Party Legs” tab at the top of the page, but if you enter you’re in the standing to be one of three grand prize winners who’ll receive (1) Broadway.com $500 gift card, (1) Mr. Chows $500 gift card, (1) Limousine ride, and (1) Duane Reade $250 gift card! You can find all the details and enter by clicking here.

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Sweet Satisfaction with HERSHEY & Duane Reade!

DiscLike most New Yorkers, I’m perpetually running around the city – which is why I rely so much on Duane Reade. I can count on being able to find whatever I need in a pinch. I’ll usually run in for some water, fuel (of a food-like nature), or a new beauty product that I’ve been dying to get my hands on and know that Duane Reade will definitely have in stock. However, most recently I have been enjoying HERSHEY’S BROOKSIDE Dark Chocolate Goji and Raspberry Flavors!

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I have quite a few “favorite” Duane Reade locations – I mean, I love them all but some locations more than others really knock it out of the park for me. One of those locations is the Duane Reade right across the street from the Empire State Building. Despite the massive amounts of foot traffic from visitors and locals, I never ever have had to wait more than a couple minutes to check out.

My sister and I had a busy morning covering the opening of a new store in the city and stopped in for a treat on the way to our next destination. Our usual dark chocolate pick is HERSHEY’S BLISS Dark Chocolate, which I always pick up at Duane Reade – they always have them in stock and offer a great selection. But I have been enjoying BROOKSIDE Dark Chocolate Goji and Raspberry Flavors for a couple weeks now, and was determined to introduce my sister to it.

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BROOKSIDE Dark Chocolate Goji and Raspberry Flavors is made with Goji fruit flavored centers as well as other exotic fruit flavors like raspberry. It has a bright sweet tart flavor that pairs perfectly with the dark chocolate – yum! I also love how they’re small pieces, I feel like it makes it a more portion-friendly treat.

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I literally walked up to the wall next to the registers, picked out my favorite BROOKSIDE Dark Chocolate and was checked out in under a couple minutes. I love that BROOKSIDE Dark Chocolate comes in a resealable package – it’s super convenient, and makes it perfect for when you’re on the go!

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