Monday, May 31, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
During my research, I kept coming across raves for an amazing brand: Moroccanoil. I've heard nothing but great things about them; and now I'm getting around to trying out some of the actual products!
The Original Moroccanoil® Oil Treatment
Blurb: An oil treatment for all hair types. Moroccan Oil is alcohol-free and has a patented weightless formula with no build up. Softens thick unmanageable hair and restores shine and softness to dull lifeless hair. Instantly absorbed into the hair, this trademarked product eliminates frizz, speeds up styling time by 40%, and provides long-term conditioning to all hair types. Moroccan Oil contains a unique formula that strengthens brittle hair while promoting healing to the hair. Also provides nourishment to hair damaged by coloring and styling. Creates an optimal balance for the hair and scalp. Moroccanoil nourishes the scalp by alleviating itchy, dry scalps. Protects against UV damage and other environmental factors.
I'm starting with the original. The whole MO raison d'etre. (Ooh, maybe I should call today "Fancy French Words Friday"…No I shouldn't. Sorry.)
Anyway…I totally get why everyone raves about this stuff! Moroccanoil is the originator of argan oil hair products, and they have gotten it absolutely right. We've had two days of wretched my-hair-hates-you humid weather; and this Treatment has tamed every smidgen of frizz. The curls look curly (vs. fuzzy) and my hair is shiny, pretty and manageable. It also feels really soft – but not oily or greasy at all.
I worked a very small amount through my damp hair and let it dry. That's it. It absorbed immediately and really did seem to help my hair dry a little bit faster. I especially love the way my ends look. I'm also thrilled that it protects against UV damage and nourishes the strands. And I can't wait to try this in conjunction with my coloring products!
Mosey on over to their website and take a look at all of the cool stuff. Morocconoil is the leading manufacturer of argan oil products, so they have a dizzying array of treats. You can also check out their special promotions, events or locate a salon.
Happy Friday (and have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend)!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Surv-Vival Natural SPF 30+ SunBlock
Blurb: Our sunscreen has broad spectrum UVA/UVB protectionformulated with Zinc oxide (5%) and titanium dioxide (7%) and fortified with green tea extract, pro-vitamin B5, C and Vitamin E. This SPF sunscreen is sweat resistant, water resistant, won't sting your eyes and is chemical free and paraben free. This is the best sunscreen for your body and it is environmentally friendly!
Smart Girls Who Surf is a natural skin care company in Southern California. They're committed to making earth-friendly skincare products that take care of both our skin and our planet. Their sunblocks, lotions, conditioners and soaps are designed to keep parabens and chemicals away from skin and the environment.
I've been looking for a good heavy duty sunscreen for a while now (for activities a little more vigorous than shopping.) Something I can wear to the beach that looks great, takes care of my skin, and holds up to water and/or vigorous activity. This one is excellent! It's formulated for surfers (and surfer tested), so it's made to hold up and stay put. I found the formula creamy and soothing (it contains aloe vera, glycerin, and palm oil). It was absolutely water and sweat resistant (I wasn't at the beach, so I tried it in the shower), and it didn't irritate my skin or sting my eyes. It's also formulated with my favorite "big 2" top notch barrier sun screens (Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide). It even has a great beachy fragrance!
Smart Girls' products are skin friendly, planet friendly and super girl friendly. To read more about them and their products, visit the website. You can check out the Team Riders, read their blog or investigate retail locations near you!.
Celebrate SUMMER with essie!
essie introduces their hot new Summer Collection and invites you to… “Slip Into Something More Colorful.”
Summer is special. Aside from the wonderful outdoor activities that we wait for all year, we also revel in the opportunity to now wear lighter, brighter and more playful clothing. Finally, we can shed the wool and mohair for cotton and linen. The keyword for summer is: fun! So indulge in seriously sensational color! Don’t be shy — make it the time to play with bold, playful color combinations.
From the Expert: “This year’s runways refl ected the ease of the season with youthful, upbeat clothing in feminine fabrics,” explains Essie Weingarten, President and Founder of Essie Cosmetics, Ltd. “I was inspired by the vivid pastels at Versace and the splashy florals at DKNY. I created this collection to reflect the youthful, fun-to-wear flirty frocks.” The summer fashion trend is all about mixing and matching, and the summer color palette allows for the same fun and freedom. Choose Miss Matched for fingers and Pretty Edgy for toes, or whatever you fancy – since there is no more matchy-matchy!
The Summer Collection from essie is available beginning June 2010 at www.essie.com and fine spas, salons and beauty destinations nationwide.
Emily Blunt's Hair Look at Cannes
Emily Blunt looked dazzling at the amFAR benefit at Cannes, wearing a fiery red George Chakra gown, bright red lips, and hair in soft, natural, shiny waves.
Laini Reeves (her famed UK born hair stylist will be opening the much-anticipated EssensualsLondon Salon in Los Angeles next month) created the beautiful look.
"I wanted Emily to be beautiful and sophisticated but to look her age, with hair down and flowing in soft waves that framed her face," she explained. "Since Emily was not only an event chair at the amFAR Cinema Against AIDS 2010 benefit, but was going to the party directly afterward, it was important to create a look that lasted long into the night. Emily has a lot of hair but it's very fine and doesn╒t always hold a wave, so I layered several Moroccanoil argan-oil infused products to give the hair a really nice healthy shine but to hold the style as well."
The Step-by-Step to create the look:
1) I first shampooed her hair with Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo followed by Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Conditioner. Next, I applied a few drops of Moroccanoil Treatment on her wet hair, then mixed a cocktail of Moroccanoil Treatment with a pea-sized amount of Morocccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream and worked it through from root to ends to give the hair shine, strength, and a soft hold.
2) I dried the hair using a diffuser to encourage natural waves, lifting the hair at the roots. I also added a bit more Moroccanoil Treatment after I dried the hair. This product is fantastic because I can keep using more and more of it and it absorbs right in.
3) Next, I went lightly over some of the curls with a large curling iron to give them more definition. I wanted the hair to look natural and only curled the areas where the hair needed to be filled in. I then raked my fingers through the hair to break up and separate the curls.
4) I then sprayed Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray all over the hair. It's my favorite hairspray. It holds the look but you can't see it on the hair. It comes out in really fine mist and you can put more and more on without it getting sticky.
5) I finished the look with a soft mist of Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray so the hair looked even more luminous onstage. It's weightless like all the Moroccanoil products and gave the look a perfect finishing touch.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
"…Now that you Leos are in the "anything goes" phase of your astrological cycle, this full-permission part of me is rising to the forefront, eager to encourage you to go for broke, take it to the limit, and get away with everything you can get away with -- on one condition, which is that it doesn't harm anyone, including you."
Oooh! Anything goes? I repeat: Oooh! And I'm perfectly willing to accept the "no harm" portion.
I'm also thrilled that this came along just in time to justify a recent purchase I made. As part of my (then unknown) "go for broke" behavior, I bought a new, yummy thing from Stila.
NEW Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner (in silverdollar)
Blurb: Obsessed for Smudge Pots? You'll go crazy for Smudge Sticks! This highly pigmented, waterproof eye liner glides on to deliver intense, vibrant color with staying power. These easy to apply, eye liners have it all: Long Lasting, Waterproof, Easy to apply, Several shimmer intense shades to make eyes stand out, Vibrant colors, Self sharpening propel pencil. Shades: stingray- Black, lionfish- Brown with Shimmer, purple tang- Purple with Shimmer, moray- Olive with Shimmer, koi- Metallic Gold, silverdollar- Metallic Silver, peacock- Cobalt Blue, blue ribbon- Navy Grey
So this was a tough one. Since I'm an eyeliner aficionado (spelled: j-u-n-k-i-e), I already have a whole lotta eyeliners sitting on my vanity. And I didn't have a whole lotta money sitting in my bank account. But what could possibly be better than a Stila Smudge Pot? I know – a Smudge Pot in portable, adorable, pencil form!
But still – how could I possibly justify buying another eyeliner? Well, the helpful salesguy at Sephora solved that problem when he…showed me a pencil in a color that I didn't have. Yes. It turns out I have somehow managed to not have a shiny silver eyeliner. Problem solved…ka-CHING!
I'm telling you this story because there's no reason for you not to have already guessed that I love these new liners! It really is the fabulous, smooth, creamy, Smudge Pot formula in stick form (and new colors). It glides on without tugging, looks beautiful, blends nicely, then sets to long lasting, budge-proof, waterproof loveliness. This shade is especially pretty. Silverdollar is a frosty, cool, flattering silver. Great for brightening the inside corners or dramatically lining the entire eye. I even tried it as a shadow and got a spectacular look! I strongly suggest running out this minute and getting one (well, at least those of you who are Leos).
If you want to browse the other colors, check out the website. And if you really want to "go for broke," take a look at the Summer Must Haves page. Mmmm. Stila is also sold at Beauty.com. And if you can't possibly wait for the postman to bring you your Smudge Stick, head on over to Sephora or Ulta.
To Celebrate Fango’s 25th Anniversary, Borghese & Hazel & Harlow team up for a Spring Beauty Giveaway worth $250.
Event Dates: May 15, 2010 – June 1, 2010
Prizes: Borghese and Hazel & Harlow Jewelry
One (1) selected grand prize winner will receive from the Hazel & Harlow signature collection, our vintage-inspired Antiqued Flower in a Frame pendant. This precious keepsake pendant features a sweet set of of blooming flowers hand carved in matte little frame, and enhanced with small pink, yellow, and green topaz stones. (Retail Value: $100.00; pendant is hung from 18” adjustable 24K gold vermeil chain). Along with this Hazel & Harlow pendant the winner will also receive Borghese Fango Active Mud for Face and Body (17.6 oz. Jar- $61.00), Fango Delicato Active Mud for Delicate Dry Skin (17.6 oz. Jar- $61.00), and Fango Brillante Brightening Mud Mask for Face and Body (7 0z. Tube- $33.50). All three products contain vital, nourishing mud from the riches of the Tuscan hills of Italy that rid skin of the simplest impurities and restore tonality and texture beautifully.
About Borghese Fango Products: Rejuvenate your skin and experience Borghese Fango Active Mud that has renewed and rejuvenated the minds, bodies and souls of generations throughout the past 35 years. With mineral-enriched Italian volcanic mud, it’s the perfect indulgence after a sweet, summery spring day. Its effective skin texturizing and hydrating abilities leave skin feeling smoother, softer, and noticeably younger.
About Hazel & Harlow: Created from a sincere passion for emerging designer fashion, Hazel & Harlow makes each day an opportunity to experience the warm, contemporary and fashion forward shopping site, giving each individual something they can fall in love with – all at the most affordable pricing for such unique and special jewelry and accessories. Hazel and Harlow is French inspired with a vintage twist and all items are handcrafted with precision and personal attention to detail and authenticity of style.
Promotions, giveaways, deep discounts through weekly sales, these are just a few of the wonderful incentives Hazel & Harlow offers to its loyal followers – no matter when, you can always be sure Hazel & Harlow is on the trail of emerging designers to add to the site, and spend dedicated hours promoting and sharing their creative artistic community!
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Erno Laszlo Marilyn Monroe Birthday Party
As you may know, legendary skincare leader Erno Laszlo has been adored by countless Hollywood starlets since our inception in 1927.
The brightest star among them was undeniably Marilyn Monroe. As a devoted user and personal friend to Dr. Laszlo, she has become a very important part of the Laszlo legacy. To honor her memory, we have decided to throw her a party for her 84th birthday! We're calling on all Marilyn look-alikes and fans to attend!
So, on June 4th at Madison Square Park, let's all dress up like Marilyn and celebrate!
Remington Presents: The Sex and the City 2 Style File
Less then a week until the city’s favorite foursome hit the big screen for their sexy sequel – and their styles have never looked better. Remington has the scoop on how to mimic their couture coifs at home…. and while your love life may be a Carrie, your hair may be a Samantha! Grab a cosmo and keep reading…
If you love big … curls! you’re a CARRIE
Try Remington Colossal Curl Setters to create jumbo and extra-jumbo sized spirals for this fashionsta’s fierce hair!
If you love sleek, smooth locks -- you’re a MIRANDA
Try the Remington Frizz Therapy Iron to get every hair in line for a perfectly polished finish.
If you love sexy hair with a twist – you’re a SAMANTHA
Try the Remington Wet 2 Straight with curved plates to look like this bombshell! Iron hair while damp and wrap each section around the rounded edges to create flipped out ends and some body waves.
If you love pristine Park Avenue waves -- you’re a CHARLOTTE
Try the Remington 3-in-1 Styler with the beach wave attachment. The tunnel-like device twirls hair while drying to create an elegant look that even Upper East Siders would approve.
Our Treat Event!
Kérastase is hosting their 2nd Annual OUR TREAT EVENT on May 26th (in the EASTERN half of the US) and on June 23rd (in the WESTERN half of the US) where participating Kérastase Consultant salons will open their doors and offer COMPLIMENTARY KERASTASE TREATMENT RITUALS AND BLOW OUTS - valued at $100!
Additionally, Kérastase has also partnered with Locks of Love and will encourage guests who receive treatments to donate $10 to the cause. In 2009, nearly 700 salons participated and nearly 13,000 complimentary Kérastase rituals were performed on clients who attended – so it was truly a great event with an amazing turn out. We’re hoping to surpass those results this year!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Energising Body Scrub
Blurb: This uplifting, invigorating and refreshingly scented Body Scrub exfoliates and cleanses, leaving your skin renewed, revitalised and super-smooth. "Energising Body Scrub is a fabulous addition to our skin nurturing body care. Regular use (especially with our Energising Hip and Thigh Gel) swiftly makes legs look smooth and silky - perfect timing for the season ahead." Containing ground olive stones, it gently buffs away dead skin cells to reveal softer, smoother skin, in an instant. A unique blend of 9 pure essential oils: sweet orange, grapefruit, geranium, peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, pine, patchouli and petitgrain is combined with damask rose water to leave you feeling stimulated and energised.
This is a fabulous company - and a fabulous gentle scrub! It's a foaming scrub, which means it works up into a bit of fluffy frothy lather while it exfoliates. The ground olive stones give a gentle (not scratchy) sloughing. It feels amazing, and the fragrance is unbelievable. In my opinion, the fragrance alone is reason enough to use it. The peppermint, citrus, pine and rosemary combine into a fresh, stimulating scent (I also think this fragrance would be fine for either a man or woman). I absolutely love using this in the morning – and coming out of the shower with baby soft skin.
Check out the website if you want to see all the Energising Range products. You may also want to take a look at the Summer Offer page (right now you can receive a free Superskin Concentrate 0.3 fl.oz worth $34.00 when you buy your 3 daily essentials.).
Monday, May 24, 2010
After posting about the event, I decided to make an appointment. It turns out Dell was going to be at my local Nordstrom (in King of Prussia) last Wednesday – and I had the day off. I went in the afternoon, and got to meet Dell and some of the other YSL experts. I feel really lucky. Dell is an incredibly talented and skilled artist (and a super nice guy). He not only made me look fabulous; he also explained everything and gave me some amazing tips! First the products…
Hydra Feel Water Gel Moisturizer
Blurb: A breakthrough from YSL Beauté Research. Drawing on sugar technology, this hydra-repleneshing moisturizer supports the skin's natural hydration mechanisms. Upon application, the skin is bathed with freshness. A refreshing, creamy gel that gives comfort to normal to combination skin.
Temps Majeur Eye Contour
Blurb: Extremely fine and silky, this complete eye contour treatment features a selection of high-performance active ingredients to regenerate, energize and enhance the eye area. Upon application, the eyes light up. The eye contour is smoothed and refreshed. Day after day, dark circles and puffiness fade away.
Top Secrets Pore Refiner (with Skincare Brush)
Blurb: A unique pore refining skincare brush for combination skin prone to imperfections. This targeted skincare product instantly reduces the look of enlarged pores and mattifies shine, making skin appear visibly smoother and more even. Skin quality is improved and ready for a flawless make-up application.
Teint Resist Long Wear Transfer Resistant Foundation (SPF 10)
Blurb: Guarantees unfailing wear and radiance for up to 14 hours. The luminous, transfer-resistant formula forms perfectly to the skin for a soft and seamless result. Pigments are specially coated for a color-true effect and the formula absorbs excess oil through the day, for a complexion which always looks and feels fresh.
Touche Éclat Radiant Touch
Blurb: Light, luminosity, radiance. The award winning, must-have, take anywhere instant highlighter that banishes shadows, erases signs of fatigue and leaves your skin looking radiant. Touche Éclat is 8 hours of sleep in a pen - the one item no woman can be without.
Ombre Solo Mono Eyeshadows
Blurb: Ombre Solo shades the eyelids with a matt, satiny or iridescent veil of endlessly adjustable and long-lasting colour. The exceptional smoothing effect reveals the radiance of the colours for a wonderfully luminous makeup.
Dessin Du Regard Crayon Yeux Haute Tenue Eye Pencils
Blurb: Updated with a new formula, with highly pigmented colour for a deep impact and long-lasting finish. The texture glides onto the skin effortlessly, and Jojoba Oil makes the finish on the skin smooth and comfortable. A wax adhesive acts as a fixing agent to reinforce the intensity of the pigment for hours.
Volume Effet Faux Cils Noir Radical Mascara
Blurb: The ultimate luxurious mascara for a false lash effect in our deepest black colour ever, for a dangerously glamourous look. NOIR RADICAL takes our must-have industry leading mascara, Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara, to a new depth with mineral pigments more intense than traditional iron oxide black pigments, to achieve the blackest black, deep and powerful.
Blurb: A true beauty accessory, a makeup concept that transforms blush application into a moment of pure pleasure. The ingenious packaging is associated with an ultra-fine powder to provide a luminous and natural makeup result.
Dessin Des Lèvres Lip Liner
Blurb: A high precision and richly textured lip pencil to outline, re-define and colour the lips.
Rouge Pur Shine Sheer Lipstick (SPF 15)
Blurb: This shiny lipstick with exceptional gliding properties illuminates the lips with sparkling, transparent colours. The exclusive long golden cap opens in a "click" to reveal a delightful, hydrating texture that reshapes the lips while ensuring comfort and protection.
Gloss Pur Pure Lip Gloss
Blurb: Pure colour and high shine. YSL's newest lip gloss is everything you need to achieve an ultra-sophisticated every-day look. Based on YSL's top selling lip gloss, Golden Gloss, Gloss Pur delivers a sparkle-free beautiful and glossy sheen to the lips.
Amazing products and an amazing experience! Dell and everyone at Nordstrom were friendly, helpful and extremely knowledgeable (and their makeup was perfect). Every single one of the items Dell used was outstanding! I could easily do a separate post on each one; but part of the experience was getting to see how they all worked together for a total look.
The skincare standouts were the Hydra Feel Moisturizer and the Eye Contour. The moisturizer felt hydrating, yet light enough for warm wather. My skin instantly looked refreshed and soft. The Eye Contour was also excellent (Dell said it’s one of the most requested products). The soothing cream absorbed immediately, making the eye area look softer; and the fine reflective particles (mother of pearl) added brightness.
The Top Secrets Pore Refiner blew me away! In addition to the (stellar!) packaging, lovely feel and mattifying effect; it performed some kind of magic trick that made my pores run away and hide. I really couldn’t believe the difference. Dell applied the Foundation on top and the result was a flawless complexion. I’ve never seen my complexion look that polished. Ever. He highlighted here and there with the Touche Éclat and the total effect was near perfect skin. The look lasted through a long evening, and was still looking gorgeous when I got home that night.
Of course the major fun is in the color! Gorgeous colors and expert application equal fabulousness. And here’s one of the most useful hints I’ve ever gotten – Dell recommended contouring first using the pencil, then applying and blending shadow over the pencil contour. The result was really beautiful. The color was perfectly blended and shaped. And YSL shadows are pretty darn amazing. Velvety texture, saturated color, sophisticated shades and amazing staying power. The new Mascara was another awesome touch. It’s a deep, deep black, and I got a lush, black fringe.
The blush deserves a mention just for the packaging alone. The formula is excellent (a fine, blendable powder); but the brush container/applicator is both practical and adorable. I also loved the Lip Liner, the sheer Lipsticks (awesome for summer), and of course, the Gloss. Besides a glassy finish, Gloss Pur is one of the most comfortable, luscious glosses I’ve ever worn (and it has a yummy Mango fragrance).
In addition to a great look; I got a few fab tips from the expert himself:
1. Foundation: Use a blush brush to apply foundation. The brush glides across skin without tugging, and creates an airbrushed effect.
2. Bronzer: Use the side of a blush brush to apply bronzer, then use the tip to blend. Bronzer will go on more evenly over a larger surface (easier to do, and looks more natural).
3. Eyes (mentioned above): Use a pencil to draw on contours before applying shadow.
4. Lips: To “summer-ize” your beloved red lipsticks; use a sheer gloss to add a watery shine over the darker color.
YSL is always beautiful, luxurious and chic. And the amazing quality and attention to detail are very very French. I was thrilled that I got to try out so many things at once – and even more thrilled that I had a dinner to attend afterwards. I got tons of compliments; and I loved the way everything looked, felt and wore throughout the evening.
For more info (and to check out all the colors), visit the YSL website. You may also want to check out the Limited Editions and Online Exclusives pages. YSL offers free shipping on your first order. You can also find YSL at Sephora and fine department stores. (And Nordstrom.com is currently offering $5 shipping with any $50 beauty purchase (enter code: BEAUTY).
If you’re interested in having an amazing YSL experience of your own, here’s a list of Dell’s remaining scheduled appearances:
5/26-27- Nordstrom Seattle (WA)
5/28- Nordstrom San Francisco (CA)
5/29- Nordstrom Walnut Creek (CA)
6/3-5- Neiman Marcus Northpark (TX)
6/8- Neiman Marcus Northbrook (IL)
6/9- Saks Bala Cynwyd (PA)
6/10- Lord & Taylor NYC (NY)
6/12- Nordstrom South Coast Plaza (CA)
6/16- Bloomingdale's Aventura (FL)
6/17-18- Saks Boca Raton (FL)
6/19- Neiman Marcus Merrick (FL)
7/14-15- Saks NYC (NY)
7/16- Nordstrom Freehold (NJ)
7/17- Nordstrom Michigan Ave (IL)
7/23- Nordstrom Mall of America (MN)
7/24- Nordstrom Pentagon (DC)
7/29-30- Nordstrom Houston (TX)
Happy Monday everyone!
Friday, May 21, 2010
Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair
Blurb: Our daily leave-in treatment instantly repairs damaged hair by 26%, helps protect from heat styling and detangles to help prevent further damage. Certified organically-derived quinoa protein penetrates hair to instantly repair damage and strengthen from the inside out. Wheat protein helps protect from heat styling—such as blow-drying and ironing. Soy-derived oil detangles to help prevent further damage and breakage. Certified organic essential oils including bergamot, mandarin and ylang ylang provide an uplifting aroma.
This Treatment just hit the stores a few weeks ago. But before that it was already wowing people during Fashion Week. I’m also pretty wowed.
This Treatment not only repairs and protects; it makes my hair feel (and look) fabulous. I used it with the flat iron, and before a blowout and got great results with both. It’s very light weight, smoothes on easily and doesn’t seem to leave any kind of residue or buildup. With the flat iron, it did a great job of smoothing without adding any weight. And when I used it before a blowout; I also got excellent smoothness without any heaviness or flyaways. Knowing it’s also good for my hair is a giant plus too!
The website has more info about the Treatement, and all of the other Damage Remedy Products. And right now, you can get a free sample of Damage Remedy™ Restructuring Shampoo plus free shipping with all orders over $80. And if you visit the website, be sure to check out the awesome Hairstyle Gallery. If you want to try out some of these items in person, take a look at the find a location page.
Happy Friday and have a great weekend!
*Giving in to my superstition: Just to be sure, let’s unjinx things - I will have a terrible time this weekend. Everyone will be bored and irritated…and my hair will look awful. There. All better.
Borghese Samples Giveaway at Beauty.com and AtHisBest.com Event
Borghese will be introducing their newest addition to the Fango Mud family, Fango Ristorativo Hydrating Mud Mask for Face and Body when Beauty.com and AtHisBest.com hosts a free giveaway of men’s and women’s beauty samples.
They will be giving out samples of Fango Ristorativo, Splendore Brightening Makeup and Splendore Body Glow.
Stop by on May 21st, 2010 from 10:30am – 12pm at 59th & 5th for one-on-one consultations and some complimentary skincare goodies.
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Thursday, May 20, 2010
Yup. It’s true. I’m going out of town for a bit and am planning to wear my very favorite shoes: the cutest red and white polka dot wedge sandals ever. So I need me some cute feet. Some cute soft feet. And after wearing sandals all week, that means a nice pedicure and some serious softening. And yet, this is not a problem. Thanks to Burt’s Bees.
Coconut Foot Creme
Blurb: Go nuts for incredibly soft feet. This pampering natural foot cream combines coconut oil, lanolin and vegetable glycerin to revive and rejuvenate even the driest, most neglected feet. There's also a hint of natural rosemary and peppermint oils to refresh tired feet. Apply liberally and allow the cream to fully absorb.
This is another one of those products where I don’t have to say much. But when I come across something this fabulous, I just need to go on a bit.
This is one of the best products around for anyone whose feet need a whole lot of TLC - it totally delivers! The combination of oils (coconut, olive, lanolin) soothe, soften, heal and lock in moisture. For a serious foot pampering; soak, exfoliate and then pat dry. Massage the creme into each foot, then cover with cotton socks overnight to seal in the hydration. You will wake up with gorgeously soft tootsies. The fragrance (coconut with a touch of peppermint) is soothing and luxurious too.
Now is a great time to visit their website. Besides their reputation for creating amazing products, Burt’s Bees is also known for their commitment to “The Greater Good.” Burt was at the first Earth Day 40 years ago and is encouraging you to find your “Inner Burt” (meaning your earth friendly side). Click on the Find Your Inner Burt link where you can “Burtify” yourself and enter an awesome sweeptstakes!
Here’s me all “Burtified” (nice, huh?)
Happy Burtification (and Happy Thursday too)!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
The two scents are from an amazing perfume house: Strange Invisible Perfumes. I was already in love with the name; and I also fell in love with the fact that they’re an all natural brand. Their scents are made with certified organic, biodynamic or wildcrafted essences. The fragrances are all designed, blended (by hand) and bottled in-house. They’re also committed to sustainability and the environment.
Fire and Cream (Eau de Parfum)
Blurb: Sinuous. Elegant. Ablaze. Hydro-distilled oranges & orange blossom, tuberose, frankincense, white lavender, vetiver, sandalwood & patchouli. Tuberose and white lavender light up the facets of vetiver, vanilla, and patchouli, while essences of hydro-distilled orange and orange blossom smolder in a fiery glow of top notes.
Essence of IX - Limited Edition (Pure Perfume)
Blurb: A limited edition pure perfume. Brambly. Floral. Stirring. White sage, roses, black currant, California lavender, French oak & wild honey. Inspired by Colgin Cellars' winery, the exquisite terroir of their Napa Valley vineyards, and the famed IX Estate (colgincellars.com).
So now I’m in love with these fragrances. And yes, I mean love. Scent is very personal. It goes straight to the part of your brain where memories and emotions are stored. A fragrance can send you immediately into the past or create a moment that will live on into the future.
Fire and Cream (which I tried first) was not at all what I expected. When I saw “orange blossom, vanilla, vetiver,” etc. I was expecting a fairly bright, possibly fruity scent. Instead I got something much better. The notes of orange and vanilla are there, but they work as part of an amazing – kind of intoxicating – combination. It’s musky, dark, slightly sweet, slightly grassy and very feminine (but not girly). After about 20 minutes, the sweeter notes come through and then it’s just heavenly. This scent is as complex (and as simple) as a springtime field in the warm sunshine. In fact it brought me right back to a field in Sonoma that I visited in June of 2001. Flowers, earth, grass and warm sunshine…yum.
Essence of IX was like the flip side of the same coin. Another warm, earthy scent; but definitely more modern and sophisticated. At first, a lot of the lavender comes through in a way that’s very clean and sharp (the good kind). The herbal notes are also very present. It’s a really heady combination in the beginning. As the top notes fade, more of the floral notes start to emerge – especially the rose. The herbal and lavender notes are still there, but as the rose becomes more present, combination is just beautiful. It’s rich, soft, lovely, warm and romantic, yet still very elegant.
Natural perfumes are the way things “used to be.” Before synthetic ingredients and mass-production, scents were hand made from things that came right from the earth. When I tried these fragrances, there was a part of me that knew I had just inhaled “the real thing.”
The website has even more information about how the fragrances are crafted, the ingredients, notes on botanical perfumery, and the company’s commitment to natural processes and sustainability. If you’re a Southern Californian, you may want to take a trip to Venice and visit their Boutique.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Of course, this glow is only visible on my smiling face. No matter how happy I am; my ghostly legs refuse to glow naturally. They are the palest white no matter what. Unless…they get a little help from the drugstore. The drugstore and the folks at Jergens.
Jergens® natural glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer
Blurb: New! Revitalizing! Gradually creates natural-looking color. Antioxidant and Vitamin E formula keeps skin looking healthy & glowing twice as long. Moisturize into an invigorated glow. Jergens® natural glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer delivers fabulous natural-looking color gradually that lasts twice as long as the leading lotion sunless tanner and infuses your skin with a blend of effective moisturizers, antioxidants and Vitamin E to keep it looking healthy.
I just got a chance to test this out, and it's a winner! It's designed especially for fair/medium and medium/tan skin; so it's perfect for people like me. As soon as the weather gets warm, I take out my sandals and put anything resembling hosiery away – which renders my untanned legs visible to the general public.
This tanner/moisturizer works and it's super budget friendly. I used it daily and it gradually built up a nice, healthy glow. And it combines the natural-looking color with a great moisturizer. For best results, you'll need to do the usual self-tanning things: make sure to shower, shave and exfoliate before applying, rub it in evenly, go easy on the knees and ankles, and be sure to wash your hands when you're finished. I did this and got great results - soft skin right away, and nice color in only 4 days.
If you want to know more about the Natural Glow line, check out the website (there's even a Glow Advisor to help you find products). You should also take a look at the Promotions page for samples, coupons, events and tips. You can find Jergens at grocery stores, drugstores and a whole slew of online retailers.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Limited Edition Magic Lip Gloss Palette
Blurb: A six-shade array of glittering glosses. Perfect your pout with this versatile ensemble. It makes a pretty present for your favorite glam girl, and yourself! This set contains an application brush and 6 glosses in Brown, Gold, Silver, Pink, Cherry, and Berry.
This was sitting in those little bins where you line up to pay for purchases. It's definitely an impulse item. And I impulsively bought one because the line was long and I had plenty of time to realize it was just too adorable to pass up. Normally, I'd shake my fist at such nefarious marketing strategies; but my fist has been busy applying gloss to my lips.
I love this palette – and it's TEN DOLLARS. For all six shades. For all six shades, a little brush and a case with a mirror. There's a generous amount of each color and the whole thing snaps shut and fits ever so perfectly in even the tiniest of bags. Or a little pocket. Or the glove compartment, desk drawer, cell phone case, etc. The formula is long wearing and the colors are pretty and versatile. What I especially love is that a sheer Silver and a sheer Gold are included – they look great layered over just about anything. A couple of times I've left the house wearing a matte lip stain, and then just touched up with a bit of silver or gold throughout the evening.
This is one of those thoroughly useful, fun splurges for your pocketbook (that won't create too much of a dent in said pocketbook). They also make thoughtful little gifts.
If you tell me you've never visited the Sephora website, I won't believe you. There's always a great reason to visit – but be sure to check out the Weekly Specials and the sale section.
Summer Beauty Round Up!
Don’t sweat the hazy days of summer. Summer beauty can be easy breezy with the right products whether you’re fighting frizz, the sun’s rays, or pools of sweat. Here are some Summer Beauty Must Haves to help you look and feel your best this summer.
Glow All Out
FusionBeauty’s Illumifill Line filling Luminizer (a fav of Kim Kardashians): A facial highlighter that gives skin an immediate luminous glow alone or over make-up that also works to erase the appearance of lines and wrinkles immediately and over time.
FusionBeauty’s GlowFusion Micro-Nutrient Face & Body Natural Protein Tan and Enhancing Emulsion: Pure, sugarcane-derived crystal-clear mist gives skin a sexy glow and sun-kissed radiance in two shades while the Emulsion allows you to evenly spread the tan without transferring, streaking or staining clothes.
FusionBeauty’s LipFusion Balm Tinted Lip Conditioning Stick SPF 15: This brand new lip balm delivers moisture, SPF protection, plumping and color to lips for perfect summer pout. Comes in four great shades and clear.
Prive’s Flash Brilliance: The perfect size for your beach bag, this ultra fine spray protects against harmful color ruining UV rays while fighting frizz and adding instant shine to all hair types.
Prive’s Intensive Mask: Un-do the damage caused by chlorine, sun, beach days and more this summer. This mask penetrates deep into the hair to deliver moisture and strength while antioxidants rejuvenate for renewed healthy, beautiful hair.
Prive’s Finishing Texture Spray: Sexy, beach textured hair in a can! Works great when wearing your hair down for just out of the ocean waves, or up for a big, full ponytail adding amazing texture and without weighing hair down.
CLEAN Dry Shampoo: Residue-free formula absorbs oil as the day goes on and offers time-released fragrance that gives off a fresh bout of CLEAN scent so good hair days last from morning to night.
CLEAN Antibacterial Hand Cream: This anti-bacterial and moisturizing hand cream kills 99% of germs on contact and uses SafetyDerm technology which protects your hands from contamination for up to four hours after application. Perfect for your summer road trip, amusement park days, playing in the park and all summer activities!
CLEAN’s Fresh Body Veil: Provides a delicate veil between your skin and favorite clothes wicking moisture away so sweat lines don’t appear under your bra line, décolleté, and under arms while the CLEAN scents keeps you smelling fresh all day.
CLEAN Bath and Shower Gel, Body Lotion and Body Butter: Don’t let the summer element strip your skin of moisture and smoothness. Get clean and stay hydrated with CLEAN’s bath and body essentials that are loaded with cotton extracts, cotton proteins, Vitamins A & E, cocoa butter, coconut and olive oil for intense hydration.
CLEAN Outdoor Shower Fresh: The exhilarating fragrance is inspired by the crisp, fresh scent of nature’s subtle aroma and the feel-good freedom of al fresco showering.
CLEAN Summer Linen: Fused with the scents of fresh Crisp Bergamot, sweet Italian Limoncello, and succulent Mirabelle Plum, CLEAN Summer Linen Eau Fraiche marries the pureness of the CLEAN line with the sexy, subtle smells of the summer season.
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. To Acquire Smashbox Beauty Cosmetics, Inc.
Premier Photo Studio-Inspired, Hollywood Cosmetics Brand To Enhance Company’s Portfolio, Widen Prestige Channel Distribution, Extend Digital Expertise and Offer Global Expansion Opportunities
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE: EL) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Smashbox Beauty Cosmetics, Inc., a privately held, photo studio-inspired prestige cosmetics company based in Los Angeles, California. The acquisition is expected to close in July 2010, subject to certain conditions, including regulatory approval. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, the Company said that the transaction is expected to be accretive to earnings in fiscal year 2011, before transaction and integration costs.
The Smashbox brand, with its unique equity positioning, is a strategic complement to The Estée Lauder Companies’ portfolio of leading prestige cosmetic brands. Smashbox’s significant presence in assisted open-sell environments and specialty distribution channels will expand The Estée Lauder Companies’ product offerings and reach new and younger consumers in these high-growth prestige channels. Additionally, The Estée Lauder Companies will leverage its extensive international experience as it seeks to grow the brand and engage Smashbox’s expertise in digital and social media to advance its current capabilities, an important and growing competency for the Company.
Smashbox Beauty Cosmetics was founded in 1996 by brothers Dean and Davis Factor, great-grandsons of the makeup legend Max Factor, who were inspired by photo studio celebrities to create a unique makeup brand that met the highly demanding needs of a professional photo shoot. Since that time, Smashbox has established itself as a highly successful prestige cosmetics brand and a top performer in specialty channels. Currently, the majority of Smashbox’s sales are based in North America.
William P. Lauder, Executive Chairman of The Estée Lauder Companies, said, “One of the enduring strengths of The Estée Lauder Companies is our ability to identify brands with unique positioning and nurture those brands to accelerate their momentum and realize their full growth potential. The addition of Smashbox to our portfolio continues this 64-year legacy. We expect that with our strong cultural synergies and shared appreciation for family heritage, this will be a wonderful union.”
“Smashbox, like The Estée Lauder Companies, is a creativity-driven, consumer-inspired organization with great talent,” said Fabrizio Freda, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Estée Lauder Companies. “Adding Smashbox to our portfolio of brands will help strengthen our presence in prestige specialty channels worldwide, increase our product offerings in this important category and enhance our capabilities in digital media and direct response television. We are energized by the promising momentum of Smashbox and believe the brand will help attract new and younger consumers to The Estée Lauder Companies all over the world.”
“The Estée Lauder Companies is the ideal home for Smashbox,” said Dean Factor, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Smashbox Beauty Cosmetics, Inc. “The Company possesses the scale and vision to help transition Smashbox into its next phase of growth, and its track record of nurturing and growing prestige brands is second to none. Moreover, we share a similar cultural heritage and dedication to consumer-inspired innovation and creativity. We expect to benefit greatly from The Estée Lauder Companies’ extensive knowledge in product development, operational execution, and international marketing and distribution, and we look forward to the next great period of growth for the brand.”
“Smashbox is the leading Hollywood photo studio-inspired cosmetics brand with a devoted following and timeless appeal,” said John Demsey, Estée Lauder Companies’ Group President, responsible for the Estée Lauder, M•A•C, Tom Ford, Prescriptives, Bobbi Brown, Jo Malone, La Mer brands and after closing, Smashbox. “We are excited to be acquiring a uniquely positioned cosmetics brand with true talent well known for engaging consumers across prestige channels and in the digital media space. Smashbox fits perfectly within our DNA, and we look forward to continuing to delight our consumers together.”
The Estée Lauder Companies will collaborate with the Smashbox organization to develop a comprehensive integration plan to transition Smashbox into The Estee Lauder Companies’ family after closing. Dean Factor, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Davis Factor, co-founder, Chief Creative Office and celebrity photographer, and Budd Taylor, President, will each play key roles with respect to these activities and the continued success of Smashbox. Smashbox will continue operating out of its Los Angeles, California office.
The forward-looking statements in this press release, including those in the quoted remarks and those relating to the expectations for closing the acquisition, the impact on the Company’s financial results and the benefits of the acquisition, involve risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements include current economic and other conditions in the global marketplace, actions by retailers, suppliers and consumers, competition, the Company's ability to successfully integrate the acquired business and/or implement its long-term strategic plan, and those described in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2009.
About The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.: The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. The Company's products are sold in over 140 countries and territories under the following brand names: Estée Lauder, Aramis, Clinique, Prescriptives, Lab Series, Origins, M•A•C, Bobbi Brown, Tommy Hilfiger, Kiton, La Mer, Donna Karan, Aveda, Jo Malone, Bumble and bumble, Darphin, Michael Kors, American Beauty, Flirt!, Good Skin(TM), Grassroots Research Labs, Sean John, Missoni, Daisy Fuentes, Tom Ford, Coach and Ojon.