Thursday, May 26, 2011

While I’m Away: Merle Norman Summer 2011 Color Collection

Wowee! I’m so excited about this brand! I remember my mom going to Merle Norman and getting a make up lesson while my sister and I watched in complete fascination. I guess this is how beauty junkies are created.

Anyway…Merle Norman is celebrating 80 years of beauty. They’ve given a modern twist to their image and brought out some great new products just in time for Summer…

Merle Norman Cosmetics Celebrates 80 Years!

Fresh and New Products for Summer!

Summer 2011 Color Collection

Colorful watercolor effects reflect a happy warm-weather mood.

This season’s collection highlights vivid combinations of violet, green, and coral with metallic gold and bronze accents, bold pops of fuchsia for cheeks and bright pinks and coral for lips.

Lip Polish: A creamy, long-wearing lip gloss that packs 100 watts of shine! Soft, velvety formula with a subtle vanilla scent glides on smoothly with a brush applicator. Available in 8 fun shades.

Makeup Artristry Brush Collection: Complete line of top quality brushes designed for professional-looking makeup application. Available with natural goat hair and synthetic bristles.

Lip Exfoliator: Gentle micro-dermabrasion lip treatment immediately retexturizes skin to reveal incredibly soft and smooth lips. Allows lip color to glide on smoothly and keeps it from caking. Easy-to-use stick formula

Lip Conditioner (SPF15): Nourishing lip conditioner with effective sun protection. Packed with humectants and emollients to smooth, soothe and seal in moisture.

How It All Began: Since 1931, when Merle Norman opened the first Studio in Santa Monica, her company has provided women across the country the opportunity to be successful entrepreneurs. A woman ahead of her times, she created business ownership opportunities for women and set an unmatched standard of quality service, education and American-made beauty products.

While I’m Away: LUSH Graduation Gifts & NEW Dirty Collection

Oh LUSH! How you tempt me with your…tempting…temptations!

Ahem. Okay, just check out the gorgeous stuff…

Graduation Gifts from LUSH!

Shower Me With LUSH: College dorms do not come equipped with baths, so give her this beautiful reusable hat box (great for storage when empty) filled with 10 shower power products.

Celebrate: Celebrate is a bright 'n bouncy bunch of reviving body treats to help her celebrate whatever needs celebrating and recover afterwards. It's got an uplifting grapefruit shower gel, zesty soaps to perk her up and a massage bar to give her a really good boost of vitamins (and a bit of sunshine).

Happy Gift: Get happy with a septuplet of cheery products embedded with good mood potential - scented of grapefruit, mandarin, lemon and bergamot which are all shown to improve mood naturally. If she’s feeling down about the big changes ahead, this will wash her cares away!

Sweet & Dreamy: Our Sweet and Dreamy Gift has a plethora of the creamiest and dreamiest of bath treats, soaps, moisturizers and massage bars to soak, scrub, slather and stroke her anxiety away with blends of calming lavender, honey, chamomile and vanilla.

You’re a Star: Everyone from Halle Berry and Angelina Jolie to Lindsay Lohan and Madonna has admitted to loving LUSH! Every item in the box has been selected by an A-list celebrity, You're A Star box is a collection of their choices to help her feel like the star she is!

LUSH Legends: Show her your pride by giving her this shiny gold hat box filled with LUSH’s best-selling products. Face, feet, hands and everything in between, this gift will have her beauty needs covered from head to toe.

Get Dirty with LUSH!

For people who care about their appearance but can’t be bothered with too much paraphernalia in the mornings, the NEW “Dirty” collection is a no-nonsense fragrance that hits you with intensely crisp spearmint, thyme and tarragon, and the subtle smell of calm seas.

Dirty takes the common idea of ‘layering’ with beauty products a little bit further. Normally, grooming products will all have a different scent. However, this new concept of layering means you can shower in invigorating spearmint and thyme, shave with soothing lavender and sandalwood, and style hair with tarragon and oak moss. Once all of these products with their individual fragrances have been used, the combined scent will be that of Dirty, and can be topped off with the body spray, which contains all those main notes.

Dirty Spring Wash Shower: Don’t be a dirty rotten scoundrel. Recreate your very own mountain spring and wash with this tingly, softening, minty shower gel that contains spearmint, thyme, and sea salt.

Dirty Shaving Cream: Shave it all off using our ultra-softening oats and benzoin shaving cream. There’s also lavender and sandalwood in there to soothe any irritations.

Dirty Hair Gel: Refresh your coif with our conditioning and softening, firm hold styling product. Made with fair trade coconut oil, linseed gel and balm herb infusion for the perfect just-got-out-of bed style.

Dirty Body Spray: If you don’t have the time for a full-on Dirty routine in the morning, take a quickie instead and spritz yourself liberally with this body spray before you head out the door. No one will ever know.

While I’m Away: PCA Recommendations for Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. And that doesn’t mean we stop being aware during the other 11 months. Make sure you’re ready for the sun. And check out some recommendations from PCA…

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and PCA Skin wants to remind you to keep your skin safe this spring and summer! Check out these facts from PCA and The Skin Cancer Foundation:

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends both adults and children use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Each of PCA Skin’s five new sunscreens is formulated with an SPF 30 or above and contains both UVA and UVB protection in alignment with the new Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation requirements.

Researchers found that the daily application of sunscreen to the head, neck, arms, and hands reduced melanoma incidence by half in study participants. PCA SKIN Protecting Hydrator SPF 30, Perfecting Protection SPF 30, Hydrator Plus SPF 30 and Weightless Protection SPF 45 are all considered “Daily Use” products, and are intended to protect consumers from incidental sun exposure.

The easiest way to know if a sunscreen provides proper protection is to look for The Skin Cancer Foundation's Seal of Recommendation on the label and following the FDA guidelines. PCA Skin Active Very Water/Sweat Resistant SPF 45 features the FDA approval of a "very water resistant" product, meaning it maintains SPF after 80 minutes of water immersion. The typical water resistant sunscreen only lasts for 40 minutes.

While I’m Away: A Perfect Prom Look From essence

I think my prom days are behind me; but I’m still loving what I’m seeing so far from this brand. And now that you’re older and wiser; check out their suggestions and make them your own…

Perfect Your Prom Look

You’ve picked out the dress, the jewelry and the date (hopefully!), now all you need is your final makeup look for the big night! Whether you want to go movie star glam with tight waves and a bold lip or simply sweet with pastels and nail polish, essence cosmetics has everything you need to achieve your signature prom look! Take a look at the below products that we are sure will win you the Prom Queen crown!

Bold Lip – Use the essence stays with me lipgloss in kiss kiss kiss for a dramatic look!

Winged Eyeliner – Pair your red bold lip with classic winged black eyeliner using essence gel eyeliner in black with the essence gel eyeliner contoured brush, heads will be sure to turn!

Pastel Eyes – Keep your look simple and sweet with essence mono eyeshadow in ultra violet!

Porcelain Skin – Avoid those annoying shiny photos with the essence mattifying powder, it will keep your skin radiantly under control all night long!

Final Touch – Add a fun pop of unexpected color with the essence colour & go nail polish in this lovely teal color, perfect for spring!

While I’m Away: Celeb Memorial Day Must Haves

Check out the great ideas for your long weekend, and your wonderful long summer…

Stock Up For Memorial Day Weekend With Celeb Summer Beauty Must-Haves

Memorial Day weekend is here – marking the unofficial start of summer. Before you hit the beach – or even just the beach house, stock up on these summer beauty must-haves …

Notice-Me Nails: Summer is the perfect time to play with color – whether it’s neon, pastels or a funky fuchsia like Fergie, a bold, bright nail look is the accessory to any summer style. Try POP Beauty Nail Glam in Violetta for notice-me nails. Available at

Sweat-Proof Makeup: There’s nothing worse than adding a touch of color to your cheeks, only to find it moments later streaking down your face. Make sure your bronzer stays in place with sweat-proof, water-proof makeup. For a natural, bronze glow like Blake Lively, try Per-fekt Cheek Perfection Gel in Bronze. The mousse-like formula will stay put and deliver sun-kissed color. Available at

All-In-One: Moisturizer & Sun Protection: It’s alright to have fun in the sun, once you’ve lathered up with a healthy dose of sunscreen. Make sure your beach body stays moisturized and protected with an all-in-one mineral sunblock like the Coola Mineral Body Moisturizer with SPF 30. Celebs like Malin Akerman love Coola’s organic formulation. Available at

Hair Moisturizer: It’s easy to neglect your hair but unless you moisturize and protect your strands the way you do your skin – you’re sure to wind up with damaged, dull summer hair. For healthy looking beachy waves like Leighton Meester, infuse hair with Rusk’s Deepshine Lustre. Not only will you get the shine and separation needed for flirty, summer waves – this formula will also protect your hair from UV rays. Available at

While I’m Away: Samy Fat Foam Wins a CEW Beauty Award!

I love this hair color! After trying it once, I switched over, and I’ve been glad ever since. I’m not one bit surprised it won a CEW Award.

Samy Fat Foam Wins a CEW Beauty Award!

While I’m Away: skyn ICELAND Summer Giveaway!

The giveaway is taking place all next week; anyone who “likes” skyn ICLEAND on Facebook will automatically be entered for a chance to win a free package filled with skyn ICELAND goodies. Here’s your chance to win some fabulous, fabulous products from Skyn Iceland – check it out!

skyn ICELAND Summer Lovin Giveaway!

While I’m Away: SkinMedica and Skin Cancer Research

Protect your skin and help in the fight against skin cancer. For every tube of UV ProPlex sold, SkinMedica will donate $1 to skin cancer research…

Summer-Proof Skincare from SkinMedica

It’s hard to believe but Memorial Day weekend is here so it’s time to stock up on your summer skincare necessities!!

SkinMedica’s Environmental Defense Sunscreen SPF 50+ is definitely one to toss in your beach bag. This oil and fragrance-free formula provides ultimate water-resistant protection. The proprietary UV ProPlex technology evenly distributes UV filters to skin to guarantee all-day coverage. It’s also packed with antioxidants such as green tea, caffeine, and vitamin E to prevent pre-mature aging and help strengthen skin’s natural ability to fight off free radicals and better defend itself. In addition, for every tube sold, SkinMedica donates $1 to Skin Cancer research!

Although we all work hard to prevent sun damage and redness, SkinMedica’s latest launch, Redness Relief CalmPlex is also great to have on hand for summer—just in case. It’s clinically proven to soothe and reduce UV induced redness and is ideal for people with sensitive skin or rosacea which can both be inflamed by sun exposure.

While I’m Away: New! Lierac Multi-Use Sensorielle Oil

Check out the newest launch from Lierac Paris. A new multi-use oil for hair, face and body…

A Memorial Day Must-Have!
New! Multi-Use Sensorielle Oil With Gardenia, Jasmine, Camellia

As we gear up for the long weekend, there's only one new product we're packing in our tote bag! New! Lierac Paris Sensorielle Oil is formulated with gardenia, jasmine and camellia PLUS 4 botanical oils: argan, sweet almond oil, grapeseed and hazelnut. This multi-use oil may be used on the hair, face and body. Apply it anytime for 24-HOUR hydration.

Lierac Tip!
Apply oil to the body before taking a bath for added protection. OR add to bath water to create a delicious, aromatic bath water.

Available now at, Select Healthy Skincare Centers at: CVS/pharmacy, and Look Boutiques at Duane Reade pharmacy. Also available online at, and

While I’m Away: Total Keratin Obsession (TKO) from Andre Walker on Oprah

I still can’t believe there’s no more Oprah! Sigh. The last season was really special – and this product must be really special. Take a look…

Americas Most Beloved T.V. Host, Oprah Winfrey,
Features Longtime Stylist, Andre Walker And Andre Walker Hair Care

Shares with Audience the Secret to Million Dollar Tresses

As her famous daytime television talk show draws to a close, Oprah Winfrey gives her audience a glimpse of the glitz and glam of being the most famous woman in the world. In the May 12th “Make-Over Episode,” Oprah welcomes Andre Walker, seven-time Emmy award winning stylist and the only man she allows to shape her perfectly coiffed tresses, to present his latest introductions of the Andre Walker hair care line to her audience members.

Oprah gave her loyal audience a sneak peek into how she keeps her hair perfectly hydrated and healthy with Walker’s newest product from his Andre Walker Hair line, Total Keratin Obsession (TKO) Deep Conditioning Treatment, an extreme moisture hair repair treatment with intracellular proteins to help protect, restore and repair hair.

Each audience member received packages of TKO, which helps fights environmental, heat and color damage through its unique formulation of olive oil, aloe, Moroccan argan oil and Keratin. Audience members also walked home with gift certificates to purchase additional products from the Andre Walker hair care line at

Total Keratin Obsession (TKO) Deep Conditioning treatment retails for $15 for individual packs (2 treatments) or for $29 for 3 packs (6 treatments). It is available now at or on HSN beginning June 6, 2011. Each individual two-ounce package yields three applications for short hair and two applications for medium to long hair.

While I’m Away: SkinCeuticals and Melanoma Research Alliance

Join in the fight against Melanoma. Post your video or written testimonial, and SkinCeuticals will donate to the Melanoma Reaseach Alliance.

Fight Melanoma!

This month SkinCeuticals teamed up with the MRA (Melanoma Research Alliance) to fight Melanoma in support of National Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

SkinCeuticals is asking users to post videos or written testimonials (i.e., how Melanoma has either affected them or someone they know) on the
SkinCeuticals Facebook page.

SkinCeuticals will donate $20 to the MRA for every video uploaded and $2 for every post. Each day, five users who have posted videos will be chosen at random to receive a free sample of their new sunscreen – Physical Fusion UV Defense.

To participate, logon to the SkinCeuticals Facebook page and click the “Prevent. Protect. Get checked.” button for step-by-step directions. –

And, of course, be sure to follow SkinCeuticals on Facebook –

While I’m Away: NEW Schick Intuition Limited Edition Handles

They have arrived! Adorable (limited edition) handles on the newly designed razors. So pretty! Take a look…

The New Schick® Intuition® Limited Edition Handles Are Here!

Introducing the newly designed, Schick® Intuition ® Limited Edition Razor, featuring decorative handles to personalize your beauty routine and add fun to your shower. The first and only razor that lathers, shaves and moisturizes in one easy step leaving your skin noticeably softer. Now with a redesigned moisture-rich conditioner with shea butter, aloe and Vitamin E, and a fourth blade to give you an even closer shave. It is the ultimate beauty accessory!

Schick® Intuition ® Limited Edition Razor Benefits:

Four-Blade Enhancement
Keeps skin safer from nicks and cuts
Allows for a precise shave, with a pivoting head that follows the contours
Makes it easier to experience a flawlessly smooth shave

Enhanced Skin Moisturizing Solid

o Eliminates the need for shave gel, soap, or body wash

o Contains shea butter, Vitamin E and aloe to soothe and moisturize skin as you shave

One-of-a-kind Ergonomic Handle *In three “Limited Edition” design styles

o Slim design fits comfortably into the hand

o No-slip rubber grip on sides allow for precise control

Available in three varieties of razor handles:

o Intuition® Moisturizing Care Pack Duo

o Intuition® Pomegranate Extract

o NEW Intuition® Naturals for Sensitive Skin with Aloe and Vitamin E

While I’m Away: Napoleon Perdis at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week 2011

Hi everyone! I’m going away for a Memorial Day mini-vacation. I’ll be back on Tuesday, but in the meantime I’m going to post some of the cool beauty news that found its way into my inbox. I wish you all a wonderful holiday weekend!

To get started – check out these amazing looks Napoleon Perdis created for the designers at Rosemont Australian Fashion Week…

Napoleon Perdis at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week 2011

Carl Kapp

Marnie Skillings

Alex Perry

Karla Spetic



Rachel Gilbert

Miss Unkon




Gail Sorronda

Toni Maticevski

Miss Couture

Christopher Esber