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A Product Created Straight From The Heart

October 23rd, 2015


~  June Jacobs Rapid Repair Cream

When a product is created from a personal experience, you stand up to listen. And, when you know your friend experienced the same side effects during her battle with cancer, you really understand the situation even more, and want to share the information to the world, because anything you can do to make it easier for them, well you do, or you buy the product and hope it is one less thing for them to worry about. That is the story behind June Jacobs Rapid Repair Cream.

June Jacobs (yes! there is a real person behind this phenomenal spa line) was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in January 2013. During this journey, her skin was damaged and she set out to create a cream that could help regenerate her fragile skin from the strong radiation treatment she was being given.

"I sat down after my seventh radiation session and I figured out what ingredients could help me,” said Jacobs. “I have given Dr. Ng, my radiation oncologist, over 700 tubes of this cream, which he has used successfully on all of his patients at Cornell.” And Rapid Repair Cream was created!

Launching this month and in perfect timing with Breast Cancer Awareness month, June Jacobs Rapid Repair Healing Cream is meant to mimic the skin's natural barrier. Loaded with good for you extracts selectively decided for soothing and to combat inflammation, the cream, which was clinically tested by Clinical Research Laboratories Inc., demonstrated an improvement in terms of reducing the side effects of post radiation dermatitis.

The cream comes with a steep price, $60, during the month of October 25 percent of net proceeds will be donated to The Anne Moore Breast Cancer Research Fund. The company is also planning to sell the cream in radiation oncology suites in the upcoming future.




Farm Couture

October 9th, 2015


~ Latest beauty trendy from farm to skin!*BY EVE MARX

Two years ago I fell in love with FaceWhip, the marvelous, all organic, goat’s milk based daily moisturizer created and made by hand by the professional New York based facialist, Cat Ianelli. Since then, Ianelli has been hard at work extending her line creating two new products she’s calling Revitalize Moisturizing Cream and Original Lip Balm.

“The main ingredients of the lip balm are shea butter and natural oils,” Ianelli relayed in a phone interview after I called her to rave about her new products. “It also includes sweet almond oil, avocado oil, Rosehip fruit oil, and a smidgen of peppermint oil and spearmint to awaken the senses.” Ianelli said she created Revitalize Moisturizing Cream as a night cream. “The star ingredients are raspberry seed oil, goat's milk, and white tea leaf extract,” she said. “I scented it with jasmine oil so it would have a soothing aroma.”

Ianelli was motivated to create these new product additions after loyal FaceWhip customers kept asking if she was creating new products. “I didn’t want to rush it,” Ianelli said. “I carefully took my time. It’s important to me to offer an exceptional product and that couldn’t happen overnight.” She wanted to keep using goat’s milk, a staple in her product line. “Goat’s milk is rich in AHA acids and naturally provides a glow to the skin,” Ianelli said. “The new night cream is luxurious and offers even more hydration for your skin while you sleep. FaceWhip moisturizer is perfect for the day and Revitalize Moisturizing Cream is what you want at night.”

I tried both products and was instantly smitten. To be honest, after she created FaceWhip, I haven’t put another product on my face in years. Her new Original Lip Balm is instantly nourishing and feels great on the lips. Revitalize Moisturizing Cream goes on smoothly, and although it is decadently rich, the cream instantly is absorbed into your skin, so you never feel greasy or sticky. Best of all, this moisturizing night cream is recommended for all skin types.

For the record, Ianelli hand whips her own products using only the finest ingredients she can find in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Original Lip balm retails for $6; Revitalize Moisturizing Cream is $54. Order online at Free shipping in the U.S.

*Eve Marx has been a contributing writer for for the past six years and recently relocated to Gearhart, Oregon where she continues to write and discover this new territory humming with new ideas and beauty all around her!



NEW Product Benefit:  AN OIL THAT FOAMS

September 24th, 2015


~ JASON Foaming Shower Oils.

The trend in 'oils' to promote better skin care benefits continues to expand and develop in more ways than I would imagine. Check out this latest concept: A foaming oil. Sounds odd, I know but doesn't it sound great and don't you want this from a product? I do!

JASON products is introducing a new bath collection of Foaming Shower Oils. The one recommendation when using this product is that it should be used with a loofah- this helps activate the foam. And like all JASON products, this too is FREE of harsh chemicals and preservatives.

This winter my skin is particularly going to love being showered in oil to up the moisture much needed from cold, dry heat!

These Foaming Shower Oils are available in three varieties for different skin types: Smoothing Coconut hydrates and revitalizes dry skin, Nourishing Shea Butter calms irritated and problematic skin while Renewing Olive helps to maintain skin’s elasticity and promote radiance. Availability: $10.99 each (10 fl oz), available at Whole Foods Market and




Run a 10k and Feed 10 People in Your Local Community

September 17th, 2015


~ Women’s Health Mag & FEED Foundation RUN10 FEED10 10K Charity Race in NYC, 9/20

So, I'm giving this a RUN for many reasons, but the main one is to help feed the hungry. This philanthropic race series with Women's Health Magazine is in partnership with the FEED Foundation on September 20th in New York City. This is bound to be a fun race that supports an amazing cause. What a great feeling, to sign-up, race and be guaranteed to feed 10 people.

Here's what you need to know:

WHO is sponsoring it and WHO will be there: Join Women’s Health Magazine, FEED, Lauren Bush Lauren, GMA’s Ginger Zee and thousands of men and women runners in the fight against hunger.

WHAT is it all about: Women’s Health magazine will once again host its signature RUN10 FEED10 event with a mission! Kicking off the event series in New York City on September 20, thousands of participants will run down the West Side Highway for the timed 10K race. Women’s Health and FEED, the organization founded by philanthropist and social entrepreneur Lauren Bush Lauren, partner for this race series to motivate consumers nationwide to help fight domestic hunger. The concept is simple: run a 10k, feed 10 people. WE have raised 3.75 million meals since starting this initiative and have the hopes of breaking 5 million in 2015. ABC’s Good Morning America Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee will be the special guest host and will also be running the race with a special group of mommy’s-to-be.
The money from the registration and fundraising efforts will go to the nearest NYC metropolitan areas. Also included in the registration fees are a 2015 limited-edition FEED bag and FEED bracelet as a special finisher prize.

The day will include:
· An unforgettable experience running at 10K for those in need
· Pre and post race activities including guided stretches and yoga with a special guest trainer
· Tons of freebies, experiences and giveaways
· Special guests and more…

Sunday, September 20, 2015
Pier 84 at Hudson River Park
Run down the West Side Highway!
7 AM

$55 for registration at
If you fundraise for RUN 10 FEED 10, there's no minimum fundraising goal. Raise $5, $10, $100 or more — whatever you can do! All money raised will help those in need. Team up with other participants to fundraise for RUN 10 FEED 10. Join a team or create your own so that we can make sure the funds are distributed to your community! Every dollar amount counts. To donate, visit the RUN 10 FEED 10 Crowdrise site and click on the red box that says "DONATE" on the right side of the page:

imageThis bag alone is enough to motivate me to do it! #justsaying #FEEDBag




NYFW Spring 2016 Beauty Recap:  NAILS

September 11th, 2015


butter LONDON and Tadashi Shoji

Here's what I've liked for nails so far....

Designer: Tadashi Shoji
Lead Manicurist: Katie Jane Hughes
The Scoop: The collection was inspired by Tadashi’s own memories of Japan. The nail look incorporated pale colors and a soft ombré to reflect Tadashi’s “blooming nostalgia,” and “whispers of a Japanese Garden” inspiration.
Here's who to create the look:
Apply one coat of Nail Foundation to clean, dry nails.
Using the Ombré Brush, dip the tip of the brush into Nail Lacquer in Cotton Buds, sweep the brush lightly from the top of the nail, beginning from a different angle on each nail.
Repeat with Nail Lacquer in Muggins.
Repeat with Nail Lacquer in Molly Coddled.
Finish with one coat of Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat for a soft yet shiny finish.
On the toes…
1. Apply one coat of Nail Lacquer in Pink Ribbon to create an almost opaque base.
2. Apply one coat of Nail Lacquer in Nude Stilettos to soften the pink in the base lacquer, creating the prefect nude nail.



Beauty Trend:  STROBING.

September 10th, 2015


~  An easy way to achieve the Hollywood Glow.

It sounds like a new dance, but in the world of beauty it's the new way to achieve the Hollywood Glow. This buzzed-about makeup trend, which uses highlighting to focus attention on your best features, can be intimidating to beginners – too much glitter, too greasy, too much highlight, etc. However, Colbert MD andClinique both offer fool-proof products to make strobing easy.

First, choose a face oil for a healthy glow. I like, Colbert MD Illumino Oil ($140.00), which is light-weight, and made with Retinol and Vitamin C. It can be used solo, or as an ideal base product – apply to the entire face, or just along the cheek and orbital bones for a subtle, simple sheen.

Next, I turn to Clinique's Chubby Sticks in Curvy Contour and Hefty Highlight ($22 each) - they're so easy to use- and scribble the matte brown crayon right under your cheekbones and the pinky highlighter above them. Blend the color with a makeup sponge for the easiest, most subtle contour ever.



The Latest Designer Collaboration

September 1st, 2015


~ J.Mendel’s perfect black pouch!

Launching today, September 1st, and just in time for NYFW, and J.Mendel pair together a winner! It doesn't contain just beauty samples, but some favorite must-haves, and the chic black case is the perfect designer pouch to carry them around in.

You can receive this exclusive “Matin” Vanity Pouch from lauded designer J. Mendel as a complimentary gift this fall. Beginning September 1st, customers will receive the product-filled faux leather pouch when they spend more than $125 at the prestige beauty retailer.* The “Matin” Vanity Pouch can be found at and is available while supplies last.

With fall approaching, the sleek “Matin” Vanity Pouch is perfect for toting beauty essentials while keeping it classy for those cooler autumn evenings. “I wanted to create something classic and super functional that would reflect the sleek glamour of my Fall 15 runway collection,” says designer J. Mendel. The bucket style pouch makes it easy for shoppers to store every sized item from makeup brushes and tools to cosmetics and skin care. The two-tone black design makes this a great accessory for both women and men.

The “Matin” Vanity Pouch arrives fully stocked with 13 prestige beauty samples in both deluxe and full sizes. The pouch and its contents have an approximate combined retail value of $155. The selection includes offerings from some of the beauty world’s top beauty and skin care brands:

1. Alterna Replenishing Moisture Milk, 0.85 oz
2. Ahava Mineral Hand Cream, 20 mL
3. Tweezerman Nail Spa Quick Shine Polish File 2 in 1
4. VBeaute Lip Spread Anti-Age Tinting Lip Gloss (Kinky Lip OR Scandal Lip)
5. Devacurl SuperCream Deluxe Sample
6. Beautyblender Mini SOLID Cleanser
7. Bareminerals Pop of Passion Lip Balm
8. Phytodefrisant, Botanical Straightening Balm 60 mL
9. Fusion Mini Mascara
10. Bliss Grapefruit and Aloe Body Butter Deluxe Sample
11. Jenna Hipp Nail Polish (shades may vary)
12. Paula’s Choice Vitamin C Spot Treatment
13. PopBeauty Kajal Pen (Black) Full-sized
14. offer card

If you're not sure what to buy, and looking for some new items, be sure to check out Advice and Trend page, where they highlight some great looks, colors and new product launches.




How to Get Carrie Underwood’s Album Cover Look

August 28th, 2015


~  and it’s Fall’s hottes look.

Aside from being psyched about Almay Brand Ambassador Carrie Underwood’s new music, I am sure once you see her cover look you will also be obsessing over her stunning beauty look featured on the album cover. That smokey eye, perfectly nude lip and insanely glowey skin combo has us inspired for fall.

ALMAY shares the perfect products to recreate a similar look with ease:

For a smoldering eye like Carrie’s, apply ALMAY INTENSE i-COLOR Evening Smoky Shadows to the lids followed by ALMAY Liquid Eyeliner in Black and top off with a coat of Almay One Coat Thickening Mascara in Black.

Keep the rest of the look fresh and simple with flawless skin using ALMAY Smart Shade Skintone Matching Makeup and a nude, hydrated pout with ALMAY Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick in Nude.



What"s Trending NOW

August 19th, 2015



No, it's not a new drink or a new baby toy, it's actually a hair highlighting trend.

Babylights are the new "it" word in haircolor, and a huge trend moving from summer to fall! “Babylights are slivers of delicate hand painted pieces inspired from naturally sun-kissed or beach look hair - adding personalized ribbons of color to the hair,” says Cortney Crace, Butterfly Studio Salon Color Expert. “This will create polished hair color with the flair of a flirty and playful look. It's a new application method of freehand balayage, a technique taking smaller sections of hair.”

Babylights are perfect for first-timer color users and beginners to those who want subtle highlights and just looking for a simple way to brighten up their look without a drastic change. By adding small pops of color and subtle dimension to your hair, you can accentuate your facial features and skin tone. Babylights are also a great way to ease into a darker look for fall while still keeping a hint of that summer glow. “There is a huge focus on framing the face. The best example is our hair when we were young or when the sun hits your child's shiny healthy mane. Babylights are applied with fine detail to give you a specific look as though you were born with it. We see celebrities sporting this look all the time, such as Sarah Jessica Parker for a bolder bronze look, Jenna Dewan Tatum has a subtle tone on tone version and Rosie Huntington - Whitley sports soft blonde baby lights,” says Crace.



I Never Turn Down An Eye Cream

August 18th, 2015


~ derma E Firming DMAE Eye Lift

Many of my press friends know, I never say "NO" to trying an eye cream. So when the opportunity came knocking to give derma E's new Firming DMAE Eye Lift a try, I said YES.

Unfortunately, I am looking for that miracle product and yet to find it. When a product claims "lift" I automatically think I will see it work instantly. When trying a new product, I try to be very positive, thinking "this is going to be the one", only to be let down when my upper eye lid continues to sag. Around 6:00 in the evening is when my eyes have begun to deflate and look young, but I only have a certain window to play with before the look of exhaustion sets in. If only I can capture this open eye look earlier in the day, preferably in the morning, I would be one happy girl. So, this product didn't deliver to reduce puffiness and enhance lift, but it did help to keep the eye area looking smooth, firm and tightened, especially along the orbital bone. I think the derma E line is fabulous, especially due to their 'natural' stance. I would continue to use it, and don't necessarily consider this a let down. The price is also right, at under $25, so definitely explore this product and the many others in the line.

dermaE Firming DMAE Eye Lift, $24.95




An Antidote for Tired, Puffy, or Allergic Eyes

August 3rd, 2015


Bausch + Lomb THERA°PEARL® Eye Mask

My eyes definitely can ruin my no makeup makeup look or any look, because of “beauty fatigue” – tired looking visage – and time may not be on your side when you need to be out the door pronto.

Bausch + Lomb THERA°PEARL® Eye Mask just might be the answer! However, you do need to sit, nap or relax for 10 - 20 minutes recommended for best results. I like to use it first thing in the morning, that's when I find I am most in eye-need, but others will like how it helps them unwind from the stresses of the day--- it's the perfect way to give your eyes a break from staring at computer screens and other devices.

All you need to do is apply the Bausch + Lomb THERA°PEARL® Eye Mask to closed eyelids for the no more than doctor recommended time of 20 minutes. This unique eye mask contains hundreds of tiny pearls of gel that contour to the shape of your face, delivering soothing relief from puffiness and “beauty fatigue.” Another bonus? I love how Its pliable, face-hugging shape and comfortable band stay in place without dripping or leaking.

Can be used COLD or WARM:
- Use the eye mask cold to help relieve puffiness, helping your eyes to look and feel better.
- Use it hot to help deliver soothing relief for tension headaches. Simply microwave for the time indicated on the package and apply to closed eyelids.

Either starting the day or a total post-work refresh may not always be feasible, but there is no need to surrender all hope for a well-rested appearance. Simply carve out 20 minutes and have this blue bit of heaven ready to use at a moment’s notice. Okay, I admit, in desperate need, I put this on in the AM, sit, listen to the news, and navigate around my kitchen while this mask helps relieve my puffy eyes. I do not recommend doing this, but just want to prove when there's a will there's a way!

Bausch + Lomb THERA°PEARL® Eye Mask is available on and at Target, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Kroger, Ahold, Meijer, Harris Teeter and Publix.

I even found a link on the site to receive a $2 coupon off your purchase- now that's a nice incentive!



2.5 Rosa Centifolia roses go into each jar…

July 24th, 2015


~ of Fresh’s Rose Face Mask!

Roses in beauty continue to be on the upswing, and I would like to take a moment to celebrate this favorite that is turning 15: Fresh’s beloved Rose Face Mask . This iconic mask also has a special limited-edition packaging designed by London-based artist, Jo Ratcliffe. Jo Ratcliffe is an animator and illustrator known best for her graphic, hand-drawn aesthetic. The young artist has also made a name for herself in the fashion world, lending her talent to some of the biggest names in the industry for special projects, including: Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Barneys New York, and Kenzo to name a few. For her latest project with Fresh, Ratcliffe created an elaborate flower pattern in her signature paint technique for the limited edition jar and box, bringing Rose Face Mask’s sensorial essence to life.

imageSo what is Rose Centifolia? It is an extract of the flowers of the cabbage rose, Rosa centifolia. It tones, softens and conditions the skin with a slight fragrance ingredient.

And what does fresh's Rose Face Mask do? It is the perfect option to restore dehydrated summer skin. This hydrating and toning mask restores radiance and suppleness to all skin types with its cooling gel formula that is infused with rosewater and real rose petals that literally melt into the skin. An average of 2.5 Rosa Centifolia roses go into each jar, a species selected for its lush round petals.

Limited-Edition Rose Face Mask is available for $62 at Fresh stores and



The Glaring Truth About Eye Black

July 16th, 2015


~  and what NIVEA has to do with it!

In the world of beauty, EYE Black would be the latest trend in lining your eyes, but in my house it's the black stripes underlined right below the eye during the baseball and football season. My boys just love to wear it, and love to literally scrub it off their faces leaving their skin red and raw. I cringed the first time I saw them get a paper towel with only water and forcefully rub it off their face. "WHOA", I yelled, "just what do you think you're doing." Their response was 'removing the eye black', and my answer was "oh, no you don't". I went into my whole beauty spiel, "Are you crazy, the under eye area is the most delicate skin on your whole body. You do this imagethree to four times a week and you will be left with wrinkles in five years let along bruised skin." They of course roll their eyes not listening to a word I say. Knowing I have only 5 minutes to work my magic, I grab a soft cloth, a jar of Nivea creme and scoop out enough to put over the eye black. I let it sit for a minute- if they allow- then wipe. It worked, leaving minimal redness and no more black. I truly realized my success the next time they wanted to remove the eye black, and yelled down to me, "Mom, where's that white cream in the blue container." Mission accomplished, and one happy momma!



Tell-a-Friend’s Summer Specialty Gift is BACK

July 9th, 2015


Trina Turk lends her design talents to beauty.

Appropriately called the 'Sunset Cosmetic Pouch', this summer gift is a must-have. Loaded with goodies, this product-filled pouch is available NOW for customers spending more than $100 at It's bright, it's TSA-friendly and I love that's it's small so I can tote it to the beach carrying all my essentials.

Whether shoppers are toting the pouch on luxurious vacations, quick family getaways, or summer staycations, the bag’s front window and large storage capacity make this the ideal toiletry or makeup case to stash in your hand luggage.

What's IN it? I thought you would never ask....I am excited to share that each *Sunset Cosmetic Pouch comes filled with 17 prestige beauty samples spanning skin care, beauty, personal care and fragrance. The bag and its contents have an approximate combined retail value of more than $145.00. This is such a fabulous offer.

1. H2O Plus Micro- Collagen Eye Cream
2. bareMinerals 5-in1 SPF15 Barely Nude
3. CLEAN Fragrance VOC, Warm Cotton
4. Erno Laszlo Firmarine Treatment Bar
5. Tarte Maracuja Rainforest Glow Matte Body Perfector, Park Avenue Princess
6. Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip & Cheek Stain, Forever Peach
7. Soap & Glory FACE SOAP AND CLARITY Face Wash
8. Wei Kakadu Plum Brightening Sugar Mask, Single Pod
9. Crabtree & Evelyn Avocado Olive Basil Hand Therapy
10. Nick Chavez Horsetail Root Lift
11. Lorac POREfection Face Primer
12. Marula Pure Facial Oil
13. Paula’s Choice KP Treatment Cloths
14. MoltonB Pink Pepperpod Body Wash
15. MDSolarSciences Mineral Crème SPF 50
16. Murad Rapid Age Spot Pigment Lightening Serum
17. Bikini Cleanse One Packet
18. An offer for you from the site

And don't think for a minute Trina wasn't inspired to create this pouch, “I’m constantly in awe of the vibrant colors and the incredible beauty of nature and wanted to make sure this pouch was just as bright as the collection that inspired it!” says designer Trina Turk. “It’s the perfect size for your essentials and easy to find in your handbag.” The pouch is adorned with the sunburst motif seen throughout Trina’s summer 2015 runway collection. The structured design allows the pouch to stand up straight in a perfect rectangle when the zipper is open – this allows maximum convenience when rooting through for product.

* The Sunset Cosmetic Pouch is only available at with any $100 purchase through September 30, 2015 while supplies last. Offer may be applied only once per household. Complimentary gifts cannot be returned for refund, credit, or exchange. A minimum purchase does not include shipping charges, applicable tax, back ordered items, out of stock items, or specially handled products. The gift including its contents has an approximate combined retail value of more than $145. The gift will be added to shopping bag when customers reach the minimum purchase threshold. May not combine with some offers. Void where prohibited by law. may make changes to or terminate this offer at any time. Use of this site shall be deemed as customers’ acceptance of’s Terms of Use.



JĀSÖN has you covered from head to toe!

June 30th, 2015


~ Plus their MUST-have coconut oil!

Summer's wind, surf and scents of all things coconut is officially here! And I for one is crazy for coconut and love to recommend a new line every season. This one from JĀSÖN I'm particularly fond of, because it is the same name as my son, and almost the entire line is free of Parabens, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, Petrolatum, Artificial Colors and Phthalates, which receives a two thumbs up.
And if you prefer to use a non-cooking virgin coconut oil than Trader Joe's famous one, I highly recommend JĀSÖN's Soothing Coconut Oil. It's also virgin, organic and a a perfect all-purpose moisturizer, which will help restore and tame all the below. [Currently it's out of stock on their site, so keep your eyes out in stores for it!]
• Nourishes extremely dry, chapped skin
• Tames frizz and fly-aways
• Helps minimize hair breakage and split ends
• Smooths chapped lips
• Softens nail cuticles
• Soothes the drying effects from sun and wind

And there's more.... the Sheer Spray Lotions are botanically rich, feather-light, delivering a sheer moisture. And they are so convenient to use when you step out from our outdoor shower! Besides the continuous spray, the ingredient content is pretty impressive: it's made from 95% natural ingredients. Try the Aloe Vera Lotion $8.99, great for this time of year!
Visit the site for more healthy picks for your skin and hair- checkout the Skin Oils!




A ‘Vampire Lift’

June 24th, 2015


Or better known as the ‘Kim Kardashian bloody facial’.

A woman in my Barre class shared this facial with me, and as she shared the technique, I swear my look on my face was 'are you crazy'. I'm in the beauty business and hear of crazy and strange things all the time, but this topped it for me just as much as the 'fish pedicure' did. From what I understand, a blood facial is a treatment during which your face is pricked with tiny needles full of your own blood. I am not sure if this image of Kim Kardashian's blood facial is extreme, but never did this woman share she looked like Kim's bloody face.

Image from Pure Wow.

What is it: When blood is spun in a centrifuge and separated into the red blood cells that fall to the bottom and the plasma part that rises to the top. Next, the doctor takes off that plasma part which is rich in platelets and has lots of anti-inflammatory properties, also rich in growth factors, and you can inject it back into your skin. It’s called PRP or “platelet rich plasma.” Or sometimes the doctor can get creative and mix them with other fillers or even your own fat--- think of it as being supercharged fat. It is used to help volumize your face.
I think I will pass on the facial, but found a product that might be a nice substitute, Nip+Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Plumping Mask. It acts as an instant moisture shot with hyaluronic acid (a key ingredient to adding immediate moisture to skin) and Dragon's Blood. Don't get nervous, dragon's blood isn't exactly what it sounds, it is actually a red resin that is derived from the fruit of certain palm trees and from the stem of the dragon tree and related plants and has been around for many years. Reviews are very good, and from personal experience, I've found that it definitely acts as a 'shot of moisture' and gives my skin some plump! For $14.95, I'd rather turn to this blood orange tube than a face that resembles the color!




June 24th, 2015


~ Palmer’s Sunscreen

Here are the three lucky readers who won the Palmer Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone Stick:

- Cindy Batchelor
- Rosemary Kennedy
- Debbie DiFilippo

Congratulations to all!



Listen’ Up:  This Is The Right Way To Use Beauty Samples

June 17th, 2015


~ A trick not to be missed!

If you're like me, when I receive a beauty sample, I am excited to use it, and I tear the packette or cut slightly its edge with a scissor and squeeze the cream or serum out. Well, while I was purchasing products at Barney's Natura Bisse counter, the counter representative gave me samples and told me to create a pinhole on the back or front of the packette and gently squeeze. The formula will come through the pinhole looking like thin spaghetti, and all you will need is a very little. By not creating a large tear, you help keep the formula as fresh as possible, and you don't end up wasting it.

Who would have known!




The UNDER $7.00 NUDE Polish for Summer

June 10th, 2015


~ And designer Stella McCartney gives her thumbs up.

Sally Hansen compliments Stella McCartney’s silhouettes of modern femininity with a gorgeous bare look that adds the perfect glow that is trending this spring season.

Here's how to get the NAIL LOOK:

Global Color Ambassador, Madeline Poole, added a natural light-infused shimmer to the runway, boasting a semi-transparent nude, manicured nail with a pearly silver dimension. The perfectly illuminating shade choice was from Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure Collection.

image “We used ‘Almost Almond,’ a nude shade lightly dusted with a silver fleck giving it a pearlescent quality,” said Madeline Poole. “I wanted to use something with semi coverage that would act as an illuminator or glow on the nails.”



An INSIDER SCOOP I Couldn’t Share until TODAY

June 5th, 2015


~ StriVectin is offering this DEAL on QVC.


I swore to secrecy, and promised I wouldn't share this confidential information on my site until midnight ET on Friday, June 5th. So here I go....

I'm excited to share that today, June 5th SUPER SIZE versions of StriVectin’s cult-favorite SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate for Wrinkles and TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream will be available in a package on QVC for $129.96 ($278 value!). TO give you an idea just how much of a deal it is, look at it this way: It’s basically cheaper than just buying the 4.5 SD Advanced alone – crazy deal, wouldn't you say!




Shhhh, stay tuned!

June 4th, 2015


~ A special announcement will be made at midnight tonight.

I CAN only share two words: StriVectin and QVC.

Tomorrow you'll find out the rest, and I guarantee you will be thrilled- in fact, you'll be AMAZED at the deal (ultimately over $100 savings!!!!)

Yep, that's right, see you back here mañana!




Another ‘Sleeping Mask’ Recommendation for GLOW-Y Skin

June 2nd, 2015


~ Laneige Water Sleeping Mask


Call me obsessed, but I can't refuse a good sleeping mask find. My night table is getting consumed with yet another and at night the toughest part is deciding which one to choose. Here's another to add to my running list, Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, a thick ice-blue gel that has a very faint smell of roses. I tried it last week and enjoyed the very cooling properties it has during the high heat we experience. What I found very surprising is how quickly it absorbs into the skin, leaving it well hydrated right before I go to sleep and absolutely luminous in the morning.

If you are not familiar with the Laneige line, be sure to check out this on trend Korean import line, which is currently selling at Target.



Crazy for this COCONUT OIL…

May 29th, 2015


~  here’s why…

I'm sure many of us have been reading the benefits of coconut oil. I know I have, but haven't followed through with actually buying a product. A few times while shopping in Trader Joe's I had my eyes on this one seen above. But I thought, nah, I'm sure it is too greasy with a potent smell. But within one week's time, Trader Joe's Virgin Coconut Oil has been popping up on my news feed with reviews that couldn't be more appealing. So yesterday, I purchased a jar, and it took me but a minute to get hooked. First, I was totally wrong, it's not greasy, has a slip when you first apply it, but quickly absorbs into the skin, and the scent is at a minimum to hardly any, probably due to its most virgin form.

I tried it, I liked it, but wanted to find out more so today I did my famous product search. I found this on Trader Joe's blog:

"And then there's Trader Joe's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, a product that was so sought-after that for the first year we carried it, it was more often than not not on our shelves - we simply couldn't get enough to keep up with demand."

Reading on, it mentions its use in cooking, but I believe, what Trader Joe's does not realize, is this product has been selling off the shelves due to its beauty benefits. You can use it to moisturize your skin from toes to face, as a cuticle softener, a hair moisturizer, a lip balm, and definitely as a bottom of your sole repair. And a tip from me is give your mask an added boost, apply a thin layer of coconut oil on first then your mask. And beware, it does leave your hair greasy, so if you apply it to the skin on your face, you will most likely need to wash your hair in the morning.

You can even buy small travel containers and scoop it into it for easy portability. And, for $5.99 a jar, this will last you a good long time.

And you might enjoy to read over 200 FIVE-Star reviews on what other people have used it for and the amazing healing benefits as well.




Salute The Sun, Safely

May 22nd, 2015


Sun worshipers beware: Not all are sunscreen created equal 

Consumer Reports recently conducted a study on sunscreens and I was so startled with the results, I knew it was a MUST to share with you. Only 2 of 20 sunscreens tested provide the promised level of SPF protection after being in water, according to Consumer Reports’ annual sunscreen test. Only seven of 20 products earned a recommendation.

"Consumers just need to be careful when they buy sunscreen, that they are looking at the labels and questioning the information they are reading,” says Trisha Calvo, Consumer Reports deputy editor.

Shoppers should remember that ''only three claims are regulated by the FDA -- SPF, broad spectrum, and water resistance,” Calvo says.

Here's what you need to know: Nearly a third of sunscreens tested by Consumer Reports failed to deliver the SPF protection promised on their labels, findings by watchdog mag revealed Consumer Reports applied 34 popular sunscreen lotions and sprays on the backs of test takers. They were then dunked in water for the number of minutes each label promised waterproof protection. Their sunscreen-coated skin was then hit with ultraviolet light and tested to how much protection was still working. And of the 34 products tested, 11 were deemed to have “missed the mark” by anywhere from 16 percent to 70 percent.

This is a list of the BEST and the WORST sunblocks.

The seven sunscreens that EARNED recommendations are:

- Banana Boat's Ultra Defense Max Skin Protect SPF 110 spray, at $1.75 an ounce.
- BullFrog Water Armor Sport InstaCool SPF 50+ spray, at $1.67 an ounce. This was one of the two screens that lived up to its SPF claim.
- Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50, at $1.38 an ounce.
- Neutrogena Ultimate Sport SPF 70+ lotion, at $2.75 an ounce.
- Target's Up & Up Spray Sport SPF 50 spray, at $0.80 an ounce.
- Walgreens' Well Sport SPF 50 spray, at $1.58 an ounce
- Walmart's Equate Ultra Protection SPF 50, at $0.56 an ounce.

These 13 DID NOT EARN recommended ratings:

- Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sport SPF 45, at $2.75 an ounce.
- Banana Boat Kids SPF 50, at $1.25 an ounce.
- Banana Boat Sport Performance CoolZone SPF 30 spray, at $1.42 an ounce.
- Beyond Coastal Natural SPF 30, at $4 an ounce.
- California Baby Super Sensitive SPF 30+, at $6.90 an ounce.
- Coppertone Sensitive Skin SPF 50, at $1.67 an ounce. This sunscreen lived up to its SPF claim, but only earned a “fair” rating for UVA protection.
- Coppertone Sport High Performance SPF 30 spray, at $1.67 an ounce.
- Coppertone Water Babies Pure & Simple SPF 50, at $1.31 an ounce.
- CVS Sheer Mist SPF 30 spray, at $1.80 an ounce.
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist SPF 30 spray, at $1.90 an ounce.
- No-Ad Sport SPF 50, at $0.63 an ounce.
- Target's Up & Up Kids SPF 50, at $0.64 an ounce.
- Walgreens' Well Baby SPF 50, at $0.80 an ounce.

The report is published in the July issue of Consumer Reports.



Yes, You Can Have 7 Day Volume In One Application!

May 14th, 2015


John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment

We are going from making advancements in at-home hair products keeping hair straight for 7 days to kicking up its volume for the same length of time. What's so great about this 'gel' is that it's used as a conditioner in the shower, rinsed out and activated afterwards by the hair dryer.

How it works: It contains polymers that, when set by the heat of a blow-dryer, create a flexible layer around each strand. The coating is water-resistant, so it lasts through several washings.
(Hmmmm, it sounds awfully familiar to the Fiberwig mascara, which coats each lash making it flexible to extend and protects it from water.)

Personally, I like that the gel has substance, it's thicker and creamier than your traditional hair gel so it feels more like a conditioner. And YES, it lasts for 7-days, that's if you don't wash your hair everyday, which no one hardly does- just a rare few. And as a chemist from the company states: >"Once the film on the outside of the hair starts to wash away, the malic acid draws in moisture," says cosmetic chemist Ni'Kita Wilson. "This causes more plumping from the inside and even longer-lasting volume."

Makes total sense to me!

It's $8.99 at Target!



#CEWBeautyAwards GIVEAWAY Bag

April 18th, 2015


~ Don’t miss this opportunity.

I am so excited to share this AMAZING giveaway with you.

See this goody bag below.... well, it could be ALL yours. It contains over 100 beauty products, all which were part of the #CEWBeautyAward Demonstration that took place last month. It is worth $500 and you will be in beauty heaven.

All you need to do is LIKE Cosmetic Executive Women's (CEW's) Facebook page, plus add in the comment so we can track you and you'll automatically be entered. Only for those NOT on FB, email me at and put CEW in the subject header, and I'll add you to the list. Deadline: 4/20/15; Midnight EST.



CEW Announces 2015 Finalist Products

April 14th, 2015


checkout who made “The List”.


It's 'Beauty Award' season, and I am excited to share some 'beauty finalists' that have made the 2015 CEW Beauty Insiders’ Choice Awards. However, the real winners will be announced next month----- I am sure marketers are biting their nails until then, because getting the 'CEW' stamp of approval is the industry's highest honor, and leads to strong recognition--- especially at retail! So check out the most innovative new products selected exclusively by beauty industry experts. And, I will add, the 210 finalists were chosen from more than 750 product entries!!!!!


Here's how it was done: Out of the 37 total award categories, Finalists were voted on in 33 award categories by CEW members, more than 6,000 beauty industry executives and professionals from 1,700 companies. Winners, who will be selected from the finalists by the CEW Board of Governors and a select group of industry experts, will be announced at the CEW Beauty Awards Luncheon Friday, May 15, 2015.

Why is this AWARD different from all others: “The CEW Beauty Awards are different from all other awards in our industry because it is the only award selected by beauty insiders, those who know products best and can determine what is really exceptional,” says Carlotta Jacobson, President of CEW. “These finalists represent the most innovative products, selected by CEW experts for shoppers to use as a guide to find beauty’s best.”

New this year is the addition of the Hair Tools category, which will showcase tools that aid the preparation and styling of hair, such as blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons, brushes and other like products.

The 2015 CEW Insiders’ Choice Beauty Awards Finalists are:

Bath and Body Mass

AVEENO® – Eczema Therapy Hand Cream
Dove® – Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash with Nutrium Moisture
Jergens – BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream
St. Ives – Even & Bright Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Body Wash
Vaseline® – Intensive Care Advanced Repair Fragrance Free
Yes to Coconut – Polishing Body Scrub

Bath and Body Prestige
Ahava – Dead Sea Osmoter™ Body Concentrate Tone and Texture Correcting Serum
Aveda – Hand Relief™ Night Renewal Serum
bliss – Fatgirlslim Arm Candy
Molton Brown – Oudh Accord & Gold Body Wash
Moroccanoil – Body Soufflé – Fragrance Originale
Urban Decay – Naked Skin Body Beauty Balm

Acne Treatment

Borghese – Fango Purificante Purifying Mud Mask for Face and Body
Dr. Lin Skincare – Medicated Acne Cleansing Wipes
Estée Lauder Clear Difference Targeted Blemish Treatment
Kate Somerville – Hydraclear Hydrating Acne Gel
MD Complete by Dr. Brian Zelickson – Healthy Skin Accelerator
Murad – Acne Clearing Solution

Anti-Aging Mass
Boots – No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum
Burt’s Bees® – Brightening Dark Spot Corrector
La Roche-Posay – Pigmentclar Intensive Dark Spot Correcting Serum
L'Oréal Paris – Youth Code Texture Perfector Pore Vanisher
NEUTROGENA® – Rapid Tone Repair Dark Spot Corrector
Yes to Blueberries – Face & Neck Oil

Anti-Aging Prestige
Clinique – Smart Custom-Repair Serum
Elizabeth Arden – Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide™ Caplet Serum
Estée Lauder – Re-nutriv Ultimate Diamond Sculpting/Refinishing Dual Infusion
Origins – Plantscription Anti-aging Power Serum
philosophy – No Reason to Hide Multi-imperfection Transforming Serum
Shiseido Cosmetics America – Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

Cleanser & Scrub
Cetaphil – Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths
GLAMGLOW – Powermud Dualcleanse Treatment
Origins – Ginzing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser
philosophy – Purity Made Simple Deep-clean Mask
Shiseido Cosmetics America – Perfect Cleansing Oil
St. Ives – Even & Bright Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub

Eye Treatment Mass
Avon – Anew Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector
Boots – No7 Youthful Eye Serum
Burt’s Bees® – Brightening Eye Treatment
L'Oréal Paris – Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother
Olay – Regenerist Luminous Dark Circle Correcting Hydraswirl
Vichy Laboratoires – Idéalia Eyes

Eye Treatment Prestige
Elizabeth Arden – Prevage Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum
Estée Lauder – Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-aging Eye Balm
Fresh – Black Tea Age-delay Eye Concentrate
Kiehl's Since 1851 – Super Multi-corrective Eye-opening Serum
Origins – Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-bright Dark Circle Minimizer
Shiseido Cosmetics America – Benefiance Wrinkleresist 24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask

Lip Treatment
ChapStick – Hydration Lock Day & Night
Fresh – Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy
NIVEA – A Kiss of Care & Color
Softlips – Cube 5-in-1 Lip Care
Tony Moly – Bbo Bbo Lip Balm
Yes to Coconut – Cooling Lip Oil

Skincare Tools
bliss – 'Pout'-o-matic Spa-powered Lip Perfecting System
Boscia – Konjac Cleansing Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal
Clarisonic – Smart Profile Sonic Cleansing Device
Clinique – Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush
FOREO – Luna™ T-sonic™ Cleansing and Anti-aging System
Philips – Pure Radiance Facial Cleansing System

Sun Product
Hawaiian Tropic – Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30
La Roche-Posay – Anthelios 30 Cooling Water Lotion
NEUTROGENA® – Ultra Sheer® Stick Sunscreen SPF 70
Shiseido Cosmetics America – Ultimate Sun Protection Spray SPF 50+
Supergoop! – Sun-defying Sunscreen Oil with Meadowfoam SPF 50
tantowel – Face Tan

Moisturizer Mass
AVEENO® – Positively Radiant® CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Burt’s Bees® – Brightening Even-tone Moisturizing Cream
Laneige – Water Sleeping Mask
Olay – Regenerist Luminous Facial Oil
Simple – Ultra-light Gel Moisturizer
Yes to Carrots – Fragrance Free Intense Hydration Night Cream

Moisturizer Prestige
AERIN – Rose Balm
DARPHIN – Stimulskin Plus Multi-corrective Divine Cream
Elizabeth Arden – Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide™ Moisture Cream SPF 30
GLAMGLOW – Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment
Origins – Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Face Cream
philosophy – Renewed Hope in a Jar

Hair Coloring Product
Garnier – Color Styler Intense Wash-out Color
John Frieda – Colour Refreshing Gloss
L'Oréal Paris – Superior Preference Mousse Absolue
Revlon – Colorsilk
Rita Hazan – Ultimate Shine Color Gloss
Wella Professionals – Koleston Perfect Innosense

Hair Shampoo/Hair Conditioner
Alterna Haircare – Caviar Anti-aging Replenishing Moisture Milk Leave-in Conditioning Spray
Bumble and bumble – Bb. Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Conditioner
Dove® – Oxygen Moisture Shampoo
Fekkai – Full Blown Volume Foam Conditioner
Living Proof – Curl Conditioning Wash
L'Oréal Paris – Advanced Haircare Volume Filler Thickening Shampoo
Ojon – Rare Blend Moisture-rich Cleansing Conditioner

Hair Styling/Hair Care
Alterna Haircare – Caviar Anti-aging Perfect Texture Finishing Spray
Aveda – Smooth Infusion™ Naturally Straight
Bumble and bumble – Bb. Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer
Fekkai – Hair Fragrance Mist Crème Vanillé
Living Proof – Instant Texture Mist
Zotos Professional – 180 Pro Miracle Repair Damage Eliminator Treatment

Hair Tools
CHI – Smart Titanium Ceramic Hairstyling Iron
Drybar – Buttercup Blow Dryer
ghd Professional, North America – Curve Creative Curl Wand
Infiniti Pro by Conair® – 3Q™
T3 – Whirl Trio Interchangeable Barrel Styling Wand
VOLOOM – Hair Volumizing Iron

Anthony – Wake Up Call
Dove Men + Care – Aqua Impact Shampoo
Jack Black – Deep Dive Glycolic Facial Cleanser
Lab Series Skincare for Men – Age Rescue+ Water-charged Gel Cream plus Ginseng
NIVEA – Sensitive Shaving Cream
Vaseline® – Men Spray Lotion Fast Absorbing

Eye Product Mass
Coty Inc. – Rimmel London Scandaleyes Rockin' Curve Mascara
COVERGIRL – Full Lash Bloom by Lashblast Mascara
FLOWER – Eye 2 Eye Eye Marker & Volumizing Mascara
L'Oréal Paris – Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara
NYX Cosmetics – Two Timer Dual Ended Eyeliner
Sonia Kashuk – Dramatically Brightening Kajal

Eye Product Prestige
bareMinerals – 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF 15
Benefit Cosmetics – They're Real! Push-up Liner
Christian Dior – Dior Addict It-lash Fabulous Impact Vibrant Colour Mascara
Lancôme – Grandiôse Mascara
Smashbox Cosmetics – Full Exposure Palette
Urban Decay – Perversion Mascara

Face Product Mass
Almay® – Smart Shade Skintone Matching Makeup
FLOWER – Glisten Up! Highlighter Chubby
Laneige – BB Cushion
L'Oréal Paris – Visible Lift Blur Foundation
NEUTROGENA® – Nourishing Long Wear Makeup
Sonia Kashuk – Chic Defining Contour Stick

Face Product Prestige
Charlotte Tilbury – Wonderglow Instant Soft-focus Beauty Flash Primer
Clinique – Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm
Coty Inc. – CK One 3-in-1 Concealer Pen
Laura Mercier Cosmetics – Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide
Shiseido Cosmetics America – Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation SPF 20
Smashbox Cosmetics – Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Lip Product Mass
Burt’s Bees® – Lip Crayon
FLOWER – Kiss Me Twice Lip & Cheek Chubby
L'Oréal Paris – Colour Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipcolour
NYX Cosmetics – Butter Lipstick
Revlon – Colorstay™ Moisture Stain
Sonia Kashuk – Dewy Luxe Lip & Cheek Balm

Lip Product Prestige
Christian Dior – Dior Addict Fluid Stick Fabulous Wear High Impact Glossy Colour Lip Hybrid
Clinique – Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm
Estée Lauder – Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Smashbox Cosmetics – Always Sharp Lip Liner
Urban Decay – Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss
YSL Beaute – Baby Doll Kiss & Blush

Men’s Scent
Acqua di Parma – Colonia Leather Eau de Parfum
BPI Shiseido – Issey Miyake Nuit d'Issey
Christian Dior – Dior Homme Eau for Men
Ermenegildo Zegna – Essenze Peruvian Ambrette
John Varvatos – Artisan Acqua
L'Occitane en Provence – Eau de Cade

Women’s Scent Mass
Avon – Luck for Her
Coty Inc. – Love 2 Love Jasmine + Sparkling Mimosa
Demeter Fragrance Library – Pistachio Ice Cream Cologne Spray
FLOWER – Cherished
Paris Hilton Fragrances – With Love

Women’s Scent Prestige
AERIN – Waterlily Sun Eau de Parfum
BPI Shiseido – NARCISO by Narciso Rodriguez
Burberry – My Burberry Eau de Parfum
Coty Inc. – Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream
DKNY – MYNY Eau de Parfum
Viktor&Rolf – Bonbon

butter LONDON – Nail 999 Rescue System
Christian Dior – Dior Vernis Couture Colour Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer
Coty Inc. – Sally Hansen Miracle Gel
essie – Fashion Playground
OPI Products, Inc. – Infinite Shine Gel Effects Lacquer
ZOYA – Cosmo Pixie Dust

Babo Botanicals
Blind Barber
Drunk Elephant

Intelligent Nutrients
Marula | Pure Beauty Oil™
Soap & Water
Surya Brasil

CLEAN Perfume
Kjaer Weis llc
Le Couvent des Minimes
Philip Kingsley
Scalisi Skincare
stubble & 'stache


Aquaphor – Healing Ointment
Crest – 3D White Whitestrips
Dove® – White Beauty Bar
Q-tips® – Cotton Swabs
St. Ives – Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub
Vaseline® – Jelly Original

Aveda – Shampure™ Composition
Benefit Cosmetics – Benetint
Clinique – Almost Lipstick in Black Honey
Donna Karan – Cashmere Mist
Estée Lauder – Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II
Fresh – Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15

Dove® – Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash with Nutrium Moisture
L'Oréal Paris – Advanced Suncare Quick Dry Finish Spray SPF 50+
Nexxus – Color Assure Pre-wash Primer
Simple – Ultra-light Gel Moisturizer
Suave Professionals – Visible Glow™ Self-tanning Body Lotion

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Contour Kit
Estée Lauder – Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Glossier – Phase 1 Set
Kiehl's Since 1851 – Oil Eliminator 24-hour Anti-shine Moisturizer for Men
Lancôme – Grandiôse Mascara
Too Faced Cosmetics – Cat Eyes Ferociously Feminine Eye Shadow & Liner Collection

The 2015 CEW Beauty Awards is sponsored by Meredith Corporation, Givaudan, QVC, Costco Wholesale, Nordstrom Beauty, Beauty Inc, Arcade BioPlan, Birchbox, RPG, Conair, MaCher, Albéa, Rpr Marketing Communications, Mintel, Piper Jaffray, Nielsen, Yes To, P&G Beauty, KraftWorks, Consultancy Media, Suite K, Films for Industry, Tempt In-Store Productions, WWD, The NPD Group and Ernst & Young.

I'll be following this, stay tuned! And next week, I'll be attending SELF Magazines Beauty Awards, and share all the winners.




DOVE Does it Again…

April 10th, 2015


~ delivers another powerful message.

I am excited to share that Dove is launching another good-for- you message called Choose Beautiful, a fresh perspective on women’s relationships with their own beauty – one that truly captures women’s perspectives on a global scale, and hinges on mindfulness.

This subject strikes home, because true beauty comes from the heart not just in your looks. I've always stressed to my friends and family there is beauty in everyone, you must believe that and see that for yourself to feel the beauty from within. You could look like Giselle and still not be beautiful if your heart isn't sparkling with goodness.

Dove has found that 96% of women do not choose the word “beautiful” to describe the way they look. Choose Beautiful encourages women to understand that they have the power to choose to feel beautiful for themselves every day. The film was shot in five international cities, but the same concept remained: presenting women with a choice regarding the way they view themselves. Each woman had the opportunity to choose “average,” or the frequently avoided “beautiful” as their personal descriptor. Through the results of the film, Dove hopes to encourage women to reconsider the choices they make about their beauty.

Please view the film above for behind-the-scenes content and self-esteem resources for women. Dove believes that when a woman chooses beautiful, she radiates happiness and confidence that help her reach her full potential, so choose beautiful every day, and encourage every woman and girl in your life to do the same.

So my advice is simple, be beautiful, feel the beauty and you will be beautiful!




Spring Beauty Trends with Nordstrom This Week at The Westchester Location

April 9th, 2015


~ Local friends, you don’t want to miss this!


imageNordstrom Beauty is kicking off Spring with their seasonal Beauty Trend Events and Beauty Trend Show! Readers, this is a great opportunity to learn about the hottest Spring beauty trends and makeup applications from top brands and industry experts! I happen to always love this event, because it offers samples and new product offerings that truly get you ready for SPRING! And, we can all use a new pick-me-up product. I have my eyes on the NEW Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick, and can't wait to give it a try amongst many other new launches!

About Beauty Trend Event:
Timing: April 10th – 11th
Join Nordstrom Beauty for one-on-one time with savvy beauty experts. They will share the latest beauty tips and tricks while you're pampered with a free makeup or skincare consultation. Afterwards, get access to FREE deluxe samples and exclusive gifts with purchase (while supply lasts). Admission is free — so don’t miss it!

Details click here.

Readers, you can simply RSVP or ask for special accommodations by calling or stopping by their favorite cosmetics counter, located within Nordstrom.

Nordstrom The Westchester
135 Westchester Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601

And for those who aren't located near Nordstrom The Weschester location, please see below for other locations:

This Weekend (April 10th & 11th) Join The Fun At:

Nordstrom Anchorage
603 D Street
Anchorage, AK 99501

Nordstrom City Creek
55 South West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Nordstrom Irvine Spectrum
800 Spectrum Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618

Nordstrom Mall of America
1000 NW Court
Bloomington, MN 55425

Nordstrom Northgate
401 NE Northgate Way
Seattle, WA 98125

Nordstrom Park Meadows
8465 Park Meadows Center Drive
Lone Tree, CO 80124

Nordstrom South Coast
3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Nordstrom Thousand Oaks
346 West Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Nordstrom Walnut Creek
1200 Broadway Plaza
Walnut Creek, CA 94596




Spring Beauty Trends with Nordstrom This Week at The Westchester Location

April 9th, 2015


~ Local friends, you don’t want to miss this!


Nordstrom Beauty is kicking off Spring with their seasonal Beauty Trend Events and Beauty Trend Show! Readers, this is a great opportunity to learn about the hottest Spring beauty trends and makeup applications from top brands and industry experts! I happen to always love this event, because it offers samples and new product offerings that truly get you ready for SPRING! And, we can all use a new pick-me-up product. I have my eyes on the NEW Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick, and can't wait to give it a try amongst many other new launches!

About Beauty Trend Event:
Timing: April 10th – 11th
Join Nordstrom Beauty for one-on-one time with savvy beauty experts. They will share the latest beauty tips and tricks while you're pampered with a free makeup or skincare consultation. Afterwards, get access to FREE deluxe samples and exclusive gifts with purchase (while supply lasts). Admission is free — so don’t miss it!

Details click here.

Readers, you can simply RSVP or ask for special accommodations by calling or stopping by their favorite cosmetics counter, located within Nordstrom.

Nordstrom The Westchester
135 Westchester Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601




April 6th, 2015


~  Neturogena kicks off Earth Day with a wipe!

With Earth Month here, I wanted to share some wonderful initiatives from my favorite beauty companies. This one from Neutrogena Naturals just launched on Friday, and I must say it makes so much sense.

Did you know that every day you can waste up to 5 gallons of water just by washing your face? In honor of Earth Month 2015, Neutrogena Naturals has teamed up with Kristen Bell and The Nature Conservancy to help spread the word about water conservation through the #WipeForWater campaign.

· Neutrogena Naturals is challenging U.S. consumers to clean their face without using water for one week, and instead exclusively use the new Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes to remove dirt, oil and makeup. This simple switch will save up to five gallons of water from going down the drain each day!
· Neutrogena Naturals launched the campaign microsite on April 2nd,, giving consumers the opportunity to pledge the total number of days they’re opting to use the Neutrogena Naturals Towelettes to wash their face instead of water.
· Brand Ambassador, Kristen Bell, will help kick off the #WipeForWater movement, encouraging nationwide participation with an exclusive video that will announce her pledge to give up face washing with water for seven days.
· For each pledge on, Neutrogena Naturals will contribute $1 to The Nature Conservancy to support water conservation, up to $50,000.



Have Your Skin Kiss The Winter Blues Bye Bye

March 23rd, 2015


~  CeraVE Renewing SA Cleanser

I am a HUGE fan of CeraVE. My dermatologist recommended it and now I have my whole family using it. The key to this line are the ceramides, which never stop working. Now there is a new addition to the line, which meets my other favorite skin care secret to healthy skin: Exfoliate!

Many dermatologists agree that exfoliation is one of the essential keys to revealing cleaner, smoother looking skin. NEW! CeraVe® Renewing SA Cleanser exfoliates and detoxifies to remove dirt and oil, while softening and smoothing skin. The formula contains ceramides and Vitamin D, as well the chemical exfoliant preferred by many dermatologists, salicylic acid (SA). And unlike many exfoliating cleansers, CeraVe® Renewing SA Cleanser contains no harsh beads or grains and is gentle on skin. By sloughing off dead skin cells while cleansing, skin is left better prepared for essential hydration.

Available at mass retailers nationwide and on, $11.99.



A Beauty Note from Bliss

March 20th, 2015


~ Pass it on to for #InternationalHappinessDay

We can thank Bliss Spa for coming up with this creative way to celebrate #Happiness and I invite all you readers to join in. This brand has the perfect plan to play hooky today and it even comes with an excuse note.

Just by sharing this note, Bliss will be surprising select fans that share the excuse note socially with free products and services throughout the day.




What I’m Loving Right Now….

March 19th, 2015


Olay’s Regenerist Luminous Facial Oil

I'm smitten by face oils so when this new one from Olay was given to me to try, I accepted it gladly.

Here's why I'm loving it. It is lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin, making you forget you are even wearing it. It leaves my skin well-moisturized and soft. But what I really love is that it is fully loaded. I'm talking packed with NINE incredibly wonderful oils: coconut, apricot-kernel, grape-seed, sunflower, evening-primrose, jojoba, babassu (found in the babassu tree in the Amazon), and olive oils. The only one missing for me is avocado oil, but I can certainly live with this magical mix.

I also love adding a drop to my nighttime cream or sometimes I wear it alone, but I just don't use it on my face, I apply it pass my jawbone and on to my neck to give this area a little TLC.

It's available nationwide at mass market retailers and drugstore for $39.99




A Trick to Achieving a Dewy Flush

March 12th, 2015


~ all it takes is a spritz!

As we get older, powder blush may not look the best on skin that is more dry than oily. But if you still prefer powder blushes over cream then this trick is for you! After applying on your color, mist your palms with water and lightly pat your cheeks. A makeup artist once shared that it helps make your blush look natural and dewy, and avoids seeing any powder that creeps into pores.



SPRING Ahead With These TWO NEW Skin Pick-Me-Ups

March 8th, 2015


~ Daylight Saving Time is Sunday, March 8th, HOORAY!

Yes, very hard to think about spring with all this snow coming down or on the ground, but you can start to get excited. Next season boasts enough beauty products to get you excited, and there is no reason why you can't start using all of the below. I guarantee it will make you feel better, and possibly, now I say this with skepticism, but hopeful it will give us more patience to wait for April to come.

No one likes to lose an hour of sleep, especially since skin repairs itself during this time, but these two latest launches will ensure that you maximize your beauty sleep!

image- NEW Olay Regenerist Luminous Overnight Mask ($26), is a gel treatment that absorbs into the surface of skin working throughout the night to replenish moisture and even tone at the surface cell level.

image- NEW Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask ($92), is an intensely moisturizing overnight treatment that is known to have a 'corset-like effect' that works in sync with the skin’s natural nighttime recovery process to achieve a lifted, firmer look by the morning.




Get The Same Glowing Effects As The Stars

February 25th, 2015


~ Colbert MD’s red carpet line-up.

It does take months of planning to get red carpet worthy skin, but there is another secret to share in preparation for Tinsel Town’s Oscar night. This A-list of actresses- Sienna Miller, Naomi Watts and Robin Wright- all turned to esteemed dermatologist, Dr. Colbert and his renowned Triad Facial for red carpet worthy skin.

The Colbert MD Triad Facial: The Triad is a three-step process. First, a light microdermabrasion to remove old, dead skin cells, resulting in immediately improved skin clarity. Once the skin has been prepared for treatment with microdermabrasion, the next step is to energize and deeply stimulate the skin with laser toning to help even pigmentation and encourage long-term collagen production. The final step in the Triad is a gentle chemical peel that is then applied to impart a fresh, youthful radiance and silkiness to skin. A final stage of phototherapy may be applied post Triad Facial to create a healing environment and ease the skin back to its natural state.

However, you ca receive the same glowing effects at home using the below Colbert MD signature products:

· Intensify Facial Discs ($64): Chemical and physical exfoliation mimics the microdermabrasion of the Triad Facial, instantly improving skin’s luminosity.

· Stimulate The Serum ($154): Replaces the chemical peel and laser toning of the Triad Facial through a combination of actives to stimulate and energize the skin, increase collagen production and refine texture.

· Nutrify & Protect Day ($110): Protects against environmental damage via a complex of antioxidants and essential nutrients, restoring essential nutrients and skin protective antioxidants.

· Soothe Night ($165): Provides a healing environment for skin while helping to calm inflammation, reverse environmental damage and boost the skin’s natural repair process.

Colbert MD products are available for purchase online at Colbert MD Skin Care Products.



Xen-Tan Launches Exclusive Kit at Costco Stores

February 16th, 2015


~ Available February 22nd

If you aren't lucky like me to escape to a tropical, warm destination, you'll be happy to know a favorite sunless tanner is now launching at your local COSTCO Stores on February 22nd.

Xen-Tan Premium Sunless Tanning will be offering a kit that retails for $45.

Included in the kit:

Xen-Tan Deep Bronze Luxe: Has a creamy, milk chocolate color that gives skin immediate color, but turns instantly transparent upon application! Tan and go without fear of streaking or staining! Within three hours, the color deepens into a long-lasting tan. Deep Bronze LUXE formula contains a more intense level of self-tanning along with an intoxicating scent of fresh vanilla. Use once per week for a deep, natural tan. One shade fits all skin types. Xen-Tan’s signature olive undertone gives beautiful, believable color on even the fairest of skin.

Hard to Reach: The product all self-tanners have been waiting for! Even the expert self-tanner has trouble reaching certain spots. Hard To Reach makes it easier to tan by allowing you to tan your back and other “hard to reach” places with ease. It has replaceable soft velvet feeling pads that last for months with proper care. This back applicator also has a “hinge” so it folds in half for storage and travel. Hard To Reach works easily with XEN-TAN’s lotion, mist or mousse and comes with five reusable pads in each box.

Face Tanner Luxe: Get the ultimate boost of color with the new LUXE version of FACE Tanner. FACE Tanner LUXE is the perfect complement to your morning routine as it is formulated to be gentle for face and throat AND most importantly, it gives smooth even tan on the throat area. (Most self-tanners are splotchy on the thin neck skin). FACE Tanner LUXE also has a beautiful instant bronze formulation, so you can wear it alone like a tinted moisturizer. An irresistible light and fresh scent allows you to confidently wear it all day without the fear of smelling like traditional tanning processors. Achieve instant color and enhanced self-tanning power with LUXE. Within three hours, the color deepens into a long-lasting tan. Use daily for natural color and gentle treatment.

Deluxe Tanning Mitt: (a velvet glove) to apply the lotion in a manner fit for royalty. This silky-soft velour mitt makes for an exquisite and easy application. Rinse with cool water and gently squeeze out excess water and allow drying after each use. No ruined manicures here!




February 16th, 2015


~  Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant

The THREE lucky readers who won are:

- Aida Santana
- Jana Taylor, Oklahoma
- Janet Moon, California




My Favorite Product RIGHT Now…

February 12th, 2015


~ is a deodorant!

What I am loving right now is my Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant. The common worry of standing in Barre Class with those embarrassing stripes on your workout wear or any clothes for that matter are a gone thanks to Dove. They have added a spritz and revolutionized deodorants with this latest launch. Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant goes on instantly dry for a cleaner feel and leaves underarms soft and smooth, while still providing 48-hour odor and wetness protection. The transformative new product is unlike any other antiperspirant offering on the market. Featuring a new formula with no water or alcohol, and a precision-designed spray that gets the aim just right.

It keeps me fresh all day and I will know, because.... psssst! sometimes I don't have time to go home and shower after class. I'm sure I am not alone, the active life of a working, busy mom!

Available at mass retailers nationwide for $5.49.

GIVEAWAY: I am so excited to offer my readers the opportunity to WIN one. My Beautyberry is giving away THREE, enter by emailing be a note at, add DOVE in the subject and GOOD LUCK! Deadline: 2/13/15 at Midnight EST.



Katy Performs with ‘WOWness’

February 2nd, 2015


~ even tattoos Super Bowl XLIX on her finger.

While everyone is talking about the worst play of the year, I'm talking beauty. And Katy Perry stole the half time show, looking 'on fire' in her outfit and sparkling in her cosmetics. Behind every great performance is a great look, and COVERGIRL has the scoop on how to achieve the look from Katy’s celeb makeup guru Jake Bailey – see below!

Today is one of the most exciting days of my career! Knowing my work would be seen by millions and millions of people I've been understandably nervous. Katy's performance had multiple costume changes so I needed to create a strong look that would complement all of her outfits, as there was absolutely no time for a touch up in between the quick changes. It’s the Super Bowl after all!

I decided to go with a classic Katy look -- elongated cat eyes, lots of mascara, super sparkly gold and silver glitter, and a bold red lip for glamour and showmanship. I wanted her to glow and sparkle for her big moment in just nine steps! All makeup by COVERGIRL.

1. To create a sheer and flawless canvas I began by buffing a dime size amount of Outlast 3-in-1 Foundation in Natural Beige all over her face and neck.
2. For an elongated cat eye I used Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner in Black Onyx and painted a glitter adhesive just above the black liner and carefully placed a mix of gold and silver glitter on the adhesive with a tiny eyeliner brush for precision.
3. Then I applied Eye Shadow Quads in Blooming Blushes to add warmth and dimension. I love this palette because it takes the guesswork out of getting gorgeous eyes, it has number for the shades – 1,2,3,4 – so I know just how to apply! I used the fourth shade to define the crease and the first shade to highlight the lids.
*4. I finished the eye look with an aggressive lash curling and two coats of new Full Lash Bloom by LashBlast Mascara in Very Black that left her lashes voluminous and touchably soft throughout her performance! No time for flakes during this performance.
5. To give her brows shape and structure, I added Pow-der Brow + Liner in Dark Brown.
6. For extra dimension, I warmed her cheeks using Clean Glow Blush in Roses using the lighter shades on the apples of her cheeks and the darker shade in the hollows of her cheeks
7. Then I added truMAGIC Luminizer to her cheekbones and brow bones for a shimmery glow.
8. Moving on to the lips, I lined and shaped her lips using Lip Perfection Lip Liner in Hot. I then applied a coat of new Colorlicious Lipstick in Seduce Scarlet - truly a classic red, for a classic Katy look.
9. I topped it off with a tiny dollop of Lip Lava in Mauva Lava for a fun and bold lip look!

There you have it! A look appropriate for the biggest game of the year!

*For lashes that really resemble Katy Perry try Eylure. It is the first lash brand to come to market in 1947, and is proud to partner with her to offer a diverse range of 8 strip lashes carefully curated by Katy Perry herself. Some of her 38 backup dancers rocked the Eylure lashes during the halftime performance at Super Bowl. For fans on and off the field, looking to enhance a natural look, add length, texture or go dramatic with volume and definition, Eylure offers the following NEW Katy Perry collections, all handmade, 100% natural and each style is reusable.




January 27th, 2015


~Complexion perfectors

Call them amazing, or miracle but don't say eeek! to applying facial oil on your face, especially this time of year. Back in the day, women would apply kitchen olive oil on their skin, hair and body, and actually it is still recommended today. But many new oils have been introduced, and these oils leave skin smoother, balanced and beautifully hydrated. One of the biggest questions you might be asking yourself, Won't Oils Make My Skin Look Greasy? No, they will not. Many face oils absorb quickly into your skin, and if they don't they aren't thick so they will leave you with a subtle glow. If this is a BIG concern for you, look for an oil that says 'dry oil' on the label, and this will assure very fast absorption. And personally, I prefer a face oil that is strictly for your face vs. one that can be used on your hair, face and body. (That image above is my personal arsenal line-up.) I feel that hair oils can be thicker, more 'oily' to help in the moisturization of the strands. However, I wouldn't hesitate to smooth any leftover oil on my hands to my hair, but would think twice doing the opposite.

The application of an oil differs from that of a cream. For those who are concerned about applying 'too much' oil, consider applying a few drops on a cotton square, then patting it on to the skin. Or just use your fingertips, but the key is 'pat' the oil into the skin from the sides of your temples down to the cheeks, nose and chin. I sometimes avoid the forehead, but definitely include it in the evening before bedtime.

Some of my favorites range in prices from affordable to super-expensive, I will list them below, and you decide which might be right for you, but go ahead definitely try one or two.
-WELEDA Almond Oil- this is an intensive treatment with 'amazing' results. I use this only at night, since it definitely leaves a layer on the skin, but I highly recommend trying this if your skin is exceptionally dry, or needs an overnight boost of moisturizers. Using it twice a week or more if you desire will produce the results your skin needs to get its 'smooth back'.
-ALGENIST Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil & KATE SOMMERVILLE Dilo Oil Restorative Treatment- these are advanced oils that are definitely not greasy and delivers the performance of a powerful antiaging serum. You can use it in the morning or add a droplet or two into your moisturizer. Both improve the look of firmness and suppleness in the skin.
image- Själ Saphir Concentrate Anti-Aging Face- known as a 'liquid silk' treatment (and the price reflects it!) this blend of rare essential oils and an anti-aging bioactive complexis designed to visibly diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, increase elasticity, plump and revitalize skin. Just after one use, you'll feel the softness in your skin plus it smells heavenly.
- Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate- very affordable and has glowing reviews thanks to its distilled botanicals that visibly restores the appearance of skin by morning.
- Melvita Organic Skincare is an organic line of products offering some wonderful 'oil' selections. The only unfortunate thing is they ship from the UK, you can't buy it here in the states, but besides the shipping cost they are very affordable.I particular love the Rose Hip and Carrot Oil, but think they ALL the oils are fabulous, offering moisturizing, firming and improving skin's radiance. I noticed they have a NEW Argan + Dry Oil and I have my eyes on the Avocado for next time around.
image- Origins Plantscription Youth-renewing face oil is a quick absorbing oil that contains 20 precious oils from around the world like Argan, Sweet Almond, Sunflower, Rose and Raspberry Oils plus Anogeissus, which helps repair skin's barrier.





January 12th, 2015


~ She stole the show, even from George Clooney

Tina Fey summed it up brilliantly, and probably won her the best laugh of the night.

"Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the ENRON case and was an advisor to Kofi Annan regarding Syria and was selected for a three-person UN commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza Strip."

"So today, her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award."

But, Amal definitely wasn't overlooked. The camera focused on her many times during the evening, and her handsome hubby gave her an enduring shout-out in his acceptance speech. If you are wondering what Amal's stunning makeup look consisted of, look no further. Here's the lowdown.

All credit goes to the talented makeup artist, Charlotte Tilbury, who created Amal's Golden Globe beauty look.

For her first major red carpet moment, Amal wore a classic Dior gown that was paired with a timeless and chic beauty look.

When asked how this look came to be, Tilbury beams, “Amal knows and loves my products – she wears my Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Walk of Shame, Bond Girl and Amazing Grace. I went into today knowing what she likes, so I created a retro beauty look inspired by the silver screen sirens that fits her classic style.”

Here are a few key steps that makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury used to create the look:

1. Charoltte's Goddess Skin Clay Mask was used to create a veil of perfection on the skin. Charlotte then applied her Magic Cream to the entire face followed by Wonderglow to create a flawless soft focus and an instant “spotlight” effect, which acted as the perfect base to the Light Wonder foundation in 7 Medium.

2. Charlotte applied The Retoucher concealer in 2 Fair and 3 Medium underneath the eye. Rid the face of any unwanted oils with a dusting of Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder in 2 Medium down the middle of the face only to keep Amal’s skin dewy and fresh.

3. Next, Charlotte used her Brow Lift in Cara D to perfect brows and shape the face.

4. To bring out the golden highlights in Amal’s eyes, Charlotte applied the pop shade from Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita across the lids. Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eye Pencil in Barbarella Brown was applied around the eye. To soften the liner, The Classic in Sophia was applied over the top. Charlotte applied three coats of Full Fat Lashes to the top lashes and only one coat to bottom lashes to create an open-eyed look.

5. To add an unbeatable red carpet-worthy glow, use Filmstar Bronze & Glow to highlight and sculpt the cheek, nose, jawline and temples.

6. To create the perfect cheek, Charlotte used both Cheek to Chic in Love Glow and First Love across the cheekbones.

7. Finish with the perfect velvety, red lip by using Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Savage Rose along with a mixture of K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Night Crimson and Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red.

8. Charlotte applied Tilbury Multi-Miracle Glow for moisture and a dewy finish followed by the Supermodel Body to sculpt and illuminate the limbs.

All products mentioned above are from the Charlotte Tilbury makeup line.



The Polar ‘VORTEX’ May Be Out, But This ‘VORTEX’ is IN for Flawless Skin

January 11th, 2015


~ The secret for achieving Red Carpet Skin

Insiders know that the key to landing on the “best of” lists starts with radiant skin and celebrities like Maria Menounos and Golden Globes Presenter Amy Poehler know that flawless red carpet skin, starts with HydraFacial MD.

In just 30 minutes, this revolutionary system contains a patented vortex fusion technology that acts as both a physical & chemical peel, leaving your skin flawless. Red carpet correspondent and resident IT girl Maria Menounos may also be popping in for a treatment before covering the Globes after party. With no irritation or downtime, it’s off to makeup with a nourished, clean slate – a makeup artists dream!

imageWhat it is: HydraFacial is a treatment that promises clearer, more hydrated, younger-looking skin immediately.

How it works: It's a 4-step process that includes cleansing and exfoliation (a tool is used to sweep across the skin and remove dead skin cells away), an acid peel , extractions (instead of manual extractions, the technician uses something called a vortex-extraction nozzle that acts as a vacuum- ok, here is the gross or (good part?)---- there is a cup at the base of the machine that shows exactly what was extracted—and it's more than you think, lastly , a serum application is applied with the use of a vortex-fusion tool, which infuses an antioxidant-and-collagen-rich serum into the skin to promote elasticity and hydration.

The Afterglow: And that's exactly what you get clean and glowing skin sans redness!

Please watch the below video and click here to find out where you can get a HydraFacial near you.




January 7th, 2015


~ A must to know!

What brings sunshine on a cloudy day, leaves you longing for a vacation to Palm Beach and brings happiness and a smile when you slip it on? I'll give you a hint--- it's bright, it's floral and it's a well-known fashion line. This is truly top secret news, just being released now--- it's coming to your most favorite mass retailer.

It’s resort chic at its best and we’re already counting the days for the launch of…Lilly Pulitzer for Target!

So mark your calendars, it's arriving at all Target stores in the U.S. and Canada and on beginning April 19.



The Oil That is Sold Every 10 Seconds Worldwide..

December 16th, 2014


~ DHC Cleansing Oil

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is a clarifying, olive oil-based cleanser that helps remove dirt and impurities from pores and dissolves even the most stubborn makeup with ease. Its water-soluble formula allows the product to emulsify with water, then rinse clean, leaving skin feeling fresh, not greasy. Deep Cleansing Oil removes stubborn eye makeup and even removes waterproof mascara. In a clinical study, 92% of participants agreed Deep Cleansing Oil removed complexion makeup better than a leading cleanser. It's perfect for this time of year.

To use dispense into dry hands and massage onto dry face to dissolve makeup, dirt and other impurities. Rinse thoroughly.

Key Ingredients:

· OLIVE OIL: antioxidant-rich, emollient oil; helps fight damage caused by free radicals to protect, condition and seal moisture into skin without clogging pores

· VITAMIN E: used as an antioxidant and skin conditioner

· ROSEMARY LEAF OIL: extracted from the leaves of the plant; used for its toning and invigorating properties as well as for its refreshing fragrance

6.7 fl oz $28/ 2.3 fl oz $14/ 1 fl oz $5.50

DHC is available at



A Last Minute Gift That Packs The Ultimate Mix

December 15th, 2014


Urban Decay’s NAKED on the Run

For the friend who has it all, or even as a gift to yourself, consider this ultimate NAKED travel kit packed with everything you need for a complete look – including color for eyes, cheeks and lips. She will be impressed with this kit, since it has just the right mix to give you that most envied 'bare but there' look. Founding Partner and Chief Creative Officer, Wende Zomnir, always wanted to create this product, but never had the time since she’s always on the go. The idea was to deliver all NAKED and give women one item that would make creating a complete NAKED look easy wherever and whenever. Included in one palette are six all-new NAKED shades of eyeshadow, blush and bronzer, travel-sizes of Perversion Mascara and 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Stag and a full-size NAKED Lipgloss in Sesso, a new shade exclusive to this kit.

Better catch it quick…NAKED on the Run is limited-edition.
Price: $54, Available at, and



Capture Taylor Swift’s Glow Even If You’re Double Her Age

December 8th, 2014


~ Fresh Rose Hydrating Gel Cream

Taylor Swift's recent Billboard’s Woman Of The Year cover has her looking quite beautiful. I love her makeup, especially her move away from a smudged eye with more concentration on a sophisticated glow. And what helped her achieve that glow? Fresh’s Rose Hydrating Gel Cream---- Makeup artist, Brett Freedman says he used Rose Hydrating Gel Cream “to keep Taylor’s skin dewy without too much sheen”.
And this Rose Hydrating Gel Cream contains soothing rosewater, which happens to also be a daily moisturizer for all skin types proven to provide 24 hours of significant moisture while protecting against damage caused by pollution. Its unique texture has an immediate cooling effect and instantly hydrates the skin for a healthy-looking, radiant complexion.

So even if you aren't in your twenties, you still can achieve the radiance of a twenty year old! Also, I'll share a tip I like to do, especially in winter when the indoor heat can dry out your skin. Midday, rub a little of this moisturizing on your fingertips and pat it on to your skin over your makeup. By patting it, you don't ruin your makeup and you invigorate your skin with a douse of moisture., $42.00




WInners of Maybelline Brow Drama

December 2nd, 2014


~ these lucky ladies made the list.

I am happy to share the two readers who won last week's giveaway: Holly Cunningham and Michelle Bork.




NARS Give & Take Event!

November 25th, 2014


~ Be in the know with one simple step.

This doesn't happen often and when it does you MUST know about it; especially since it is one of my favorite brands of makeup. NARS Cosmetics is offering a Give & Take Event on Friday, November 28th – Tuesday, December 2nd. Sign up to be the first to access NARS’ exclusive 20% event here, and on Friday you will be emailed your own special code to receive the discount. Very exclusive.



Beauty On 5- NOW OPEN

November 24th, 2014


~  Your latest beauty destination must-know!

Saks Fifth Avenue has a new beauty rest stop, set amid designer clothes and accessories. Located on the fifth floor and appropriately known as Beauty on 5, it's the perfect destination for beauty addicts looking for a quick glamour fix.

It's their first permanent one stop location for exclusive services by Blink Brow Bar, Trish McEvoy, and Nails Inc. I had the most luxurious manicure ever with rose petals and a lotion containing rose oils. And Nails Inc has a Vitamin E cuticle oil pen that is the fastest drying one on the market making it easy to moisturize and go!

This holiday season you will find this to be your perfect destination for pampering while searching for the coolest presents.



One Cleanser Your Skin Is Going to Love

November 6th, 2014


~ La Roche Posay Mela-D Cleanser


I received a sample size tube of the Mela-D Cleanser by La Roche Posay, and fell in love immediately. I was sad when I kept on squeezing the tube and all I got was air- how often does this happen, right? If you like a rich foamy lather, you'll like this cleanser. Just a small amount will get you a nice rich foam. Additionally, it has a non-particle exfoliator so it is extremely gentle, non irritating on the skin. And it does more than just cleanse, if contains brightening ingredients to help even out skin tone and truly brightens the skin. My skin feels amazingly soft afterwards. I think you will love it, I read many reviews and hardly any were disappointed with it. However, in the winter, I highly recommend alternating cleansers with ones that are oil-based for additional moisturizing benefits. Stay tuned for an upcoming post on some good ones.

I agree, it isn't cheap, but definitely affordable. I found it for a few dollars cheaper on and if you have PRIME, it's free shipping. But also know you can purchase it at CVS and they run specials or you can reap the rewards on the purchase if you are a Beauty Club Member.

At a recent event, I shared my love for this product and they weren't surprised as its the best selling SKU in the entire line!

imageI really should be sharing the news about their new La Roche-Posay’s Rosaliac CC Cream $38.99 (on Amazon for a few dollars cheaper too!), which is quite impressive. If you have sensitive, ruddy skin, this unique texture will give you instant coverage because of its revolutionary blend of red, white, yellow and black pigments. It is also enriched with amazing ingredients to provide correction of visible redness day after day. There is a 24% reduction of visible redness on bare skin in just 8 weeks!

It was nice to be reacquainted with this line. When I used to travel to France regularly, I would stock up on a few of these products (Lipikar Lipid-Replenishing Body Milk is another great one!) , because I always heard the French Women rave about them- and who wouldn't want to look as glowing as the Parisians. I think you should check them out on the Internet or in stores to see which products are best suited for you.




Consider A Contour Hue As Your Best Blushing Shade

November 4th, 2014


~Nars Contour Blush

If you're looking for the perfect blush shade you might like to consider looking at the range of contour shades.

Contouring has gained in popularity as a way of enhancing your cheekbones or jawline for a natural-looking sculpt. I am no way knocking contouring, because applied expertly it can add to your overall beauty look. But I'm lucky I have time to apply blush, let alone take the time to work with contouring. BUT, I love the shade range- contour imageshades are never to bold, pink or coral. To me, many of them are the perfect natural hue, and can be applied alone or mixed with a bolder shade if you desire. I found Nars' range to be ideal. They offer three shade ranges for light, medium and dark. Personally, I love the light in Olympia and feel my skin benefits from this neutral shade, since my skin has a tendency to go rosy.




A Makeup Remover “Rockettes tested and approved!”

October 24th, 2014


~ Iconic Pond’s as famous as the dancers themselves.

I missed my opportunity to dance with the Rockettes this week at their home at Radio City Music Hall. The major downpours put a damper on my travels into the city leaving me home wondering what it would be like to be a 'Rockette', even for a minute. Besides their ballet-esque toned bodies, another thing that always stood out for me is their beauty look. Always looking properly made up without a hair out of place their look requires imagemakeup that will stand up to stage lighting, wardrobe changes and 90 minutes of precision choreography. Today’s high-performance makeup products are tougher to remove than ever that’s why the Rockettes rely on POND’S to effectively remove their stage makeup after the curtain falls. The iconic beauty brand’s Cold Cream Cleanser and Wet Cleansing Towelettes remove every last trace of makeup and dirt while leaving skin instantly moisturized and ready for tomorrow’s routine.

Here's a fun video to get you into a musical kind of Friday PLUS scroll down below for a GIVEAWAY too!

GIVEAWAY: My Beautyberry is giving away THREE Wet Cleansing Towelettes to THREE lucky readers. Enter NOW by sending an email to and add PONDS in the subject. Deadline: 10/25/14 at midnight.



Bling for a Cause

October 21st, 2014


~ Itt’s Crystals in PINK In Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness

This month the Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau Miami Beach will be offering a Pink Swarovski pedicure. This ultimate accessory worn is worn by “A” listers such as Rihanna and Beyoncé features shimmering Swarovski crystals that add lasting drama to toes. For every pedicure sold, Lapis will donate $10 to Susan G. Komen in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The pedicure takes approximately 90 minutes and will cost $200 for the effect of all 10 toes.



Go Ahead, Make The Call…. You Deserve It!

October 20th, 2014


~ Two words: Spa Week!!!!

Let me take you back in time, when a 'bath' was a woman's way of escaping the everyday chaos of daily living---- remember that Calgon 'Take Me Away' commercial. Here's a clip, just for old times sake---- it made me laugh, and still holds so true today, reality is when all goes out of whack, even the dog doesn't seem to behave!

Well pampering has evolved over the years, thankfully, and with prices like this, it's so worth it to treat yourself. Even if one reader listens to me, I will be happy, and that reader will be oh, so thankful that I pushed them to make the call.

So here's the deal:

During National Spa Week month from October 20 - 26, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa will be offering 3 of their most luxurious treatments, as well as a hair pick-me-up, for just $50 each including:

· Spa Week De-Stress Body Treatment (50 minutes) – Featuring deep skin exfoliation, an aromatherapeutic body wrap and relaxing scalp massage to melt stress away
· Spa Week Essential Facial (50 minutes) – Skin is cleansed, exfoliated and hydrated for skin that is healthy and renewed
· Spa Week Youth Restoring Pedicure (50 minutes) – Slough away dry skin, while replenishing and sealing in moisture to restore a youthful hydration for soft, smooth feet that are polished to perfection
· Hair Pick-Me-Up – choose from a haircut, blow-dry and finish or single process color for the spa week price if $50

I booked my appointment for the De-Stress Body Treatment that relaxing scalp massage being offered won my heart!

With locations nationwide, check-in to the nearest Elizabeth Red Arden Door Spa, and if one isn't in your area, checkout the other spas offering deals by visiting the SpaWeek site.





Crest Sensi-Strips Winner

October 20th, 2014


~ announced today!

Rebecca Ker from Spokane, WA is today's lucky beauty winner.

Thank you ALL for participating. More beauty giveaways are planned so keep entering!



Crest’s Latest Innovation

October 17th, 2014


~ Plus GIVEAWAY opportunity.

Do you avoid whitening strips due to sensitivity? I know I do, and can't use them as frequent as I would like. That weird, strange feeling overcomes my teeth, and I just have to peel off the strip immediately. Well first, know you are not alone, more than 50% of people will experience tooth sensitivity at some point in their life caused by loss of enamel and receding gums. Common triggers of tooth sensitivity include cold liquid and cold food, cold air as well as hot food and hot liquid.

Well, Crest has been working real hard on their biggest innovation in over a decade and just launched Crest Sensi-Stop Strips. Crest Sensi-Stop Strips are a highly-effective, new innovative product that will deliver sensitivity relief in minutes, which means you don't need to peel off the strip and you can wait and get the gleam! Crest has solved the issue and shortened the wear time bringing a new solution into a category where consumers are still seeking quicker and longer lasting solutions.1 strip for 10 minutes provides up to 1 month of relief!

GIVEAWAY: Crest is so excited about this new launch, they are offering a FREE box to ONE lucky reader. Enter by putting CREST in the subject and email me your name and address. A winner will be selected Sunday night- deadline: 10/19/14.



NeriumAD, Anyone?

October 14th, 2014


Eve Marx reports on the mystery behind this product.


Very few things stress me or disappoint me more than a highly touted and not inexpensive face cream. I use the word “cream” lightly, as many of the newest and most effective products on the market now fall more into the category of serums. I’ve tried several of these so-called miracle “turn back the clock” products and participated in any number of harrowing “bare face naked” pics. Most of the time, I must say, the results to be had from these topically applied concoctions are puny.

Not so NeriumAD.

NeriumAD is being extolled as a magical anti-aging product. While many of the ingredients have names I’m pretty sure no one can pronounce, a major component of the recipe is oleander, a toxic plant widely cultivated in the Mediterranean and Asia. Remember how a woman killed a man with it in the 2002 movie, “White Oleander”? Developed by a Texas based global research and development company, Nerium, is truly a revolutionary product. Without getting in too deep about the science, I’ll just say that the ingredients are high quality and anti-oxidant and if you use the product faithfully, you will see a major difference.

My neck is my most problematic area, so that’s where I concentrated my application efforts. I can say without doubt, the texture of my skin is so much better. The deep wrinkles are less deep. All the testimonials (and I read plenty) advised not expecting dramatic results for several (10!) months, but even after a lone 30 days, I feel much less upset when I look in a mirror.

I’m almost 60 years old and grateful that so far I’ve avoided Botox, Restylane, in fact all injectables. The knife? No way. At my age, I don’t expect to look like a 30 year old, but I don’t want to look like a worn out hag, either. It’s really an ego boost when people tell me I look like I’m in my 40’s. I thank NeriumAD for that. I’m proud to say I am a fan of the product.
For more information contact Kathy Perrine (she's an agent for the product (and sworn fan too!) at her website kperrine. Or for a free sample contact Kathy at

~Eve Marx is a frequent contributor to My Beautyberry ( I am grateful to have her share her point of view) AND,
Author, BEDDINGTON PLACE: Watch Your Back, Cover Your Tracks
Columnist & Feature Writer, The Bedford Record Review
Bedford Magazine contributor
Reiki Master



Have You Heard About NIA24?

October 6th, 2014


~ I just did and totally loving it.

For an immediate dose of moisture NIA24 Treatment Catalyst has been the answer for my dry, transitional summer to fall skin. This nourishing face oil has fortified my skin and is preparing it for the dry, winter months ahead. What is Pro-Niacin® you might ask? (Pssst! I asked the same). Niacin is also known as Vitamin B3, and normally ingested orally, a water-soluble micro-nutrient found in commonly eaten foods. In this form, Niacin aids in cholesterol reduction and energy metabolism, but recently, topically, it has been shown to help protect the skin and repair itself from sun damage and aging.

Additionally, this particular liquid contains essential vitamins and fatty acids fortify the skin barrier and improve the health and condition of the skin. This product delivers immediate moisture and radiance while accelerating the performance of any skincare regimen. It is recommended to apply 2-3 drops (honestly, one drop seems to do the trick) directly to cleansed skin or mix with your preferred serum or moisturizer.

NIA24 Treatment Catalyst, $71, available at check out all the product in the line, they seem amazing!



Here’s A Product That Is A “Bee-liever” in Honey

September 30th, 2014


~ And it’s only $2.99

Nothing like the last minute to praise National Honey Month, but hey that's okay, because you can celebrate and reap the benefits of this sweetener long after September ends.

I highlighted some tips from the Guerlain Boutique Spa in the Beautyflash section, and here's another way to take advantage of the benefits of honey:

1. This two-in-one wonder from St. Ives gently exfoliates skin with silica and walnut shell while providing the softening benefits of honey, along with oatmeal and glycerin- Nourished & Smooth Oatmeal Scrub + Mask ($2.99)

2. Sweeten up breakfast with a swirl of honey—try it in oatmeal or spread some on toast!

3. Make your locks shine with a hair rinse! Mix a spoonful of honey and a quart of warm water. Let it sit in your hair for an hour and then make sure to rinse thoroughly.



Beauty Winners!

September 29th, 2014


~ here they are…

Sorry, with the site down for a while, I was negligent in posting the winner's names of the last two giveaways. Here they are, I hope your name made the list! If not, tune in, more fun on the way.

Winner of the Orchid Kit Giveaway is Karen Hutchins, Paris, Texas
Winner of the Dove Giveaway is Pamela Lucas, Winthrop Harbar, Illinois

Thanks to all who participated!



Dove’s #OneShowerChallenge

September 24th, 2014


~ Giveaway

A few weeks ago, my good friend and Beauty Spokesperson, Jeannine Morris Lombardi (congrats on her recent marriage!) looked all glamorous and chic as she started her Emmys Red Carpet Debut by kick-starting her day withDove's #OneShowerChallenge.

imageThe Emmys was the premiere for this challenge, where Dove invited millions of women across the country to try its new breakthrough body wash formula for softer, smoother skin after just one shower. Since then, women nationwide have been joining the One Shower Challenge movement to see the Dove difference for themselves. Now I would like to invite all my readers to give this a try, especially since we are heading into the 'drying' season as I like to call it. All are invited to, just click here to find out more--- I am sure a coupon is waiting.

AND, is also giving away ONE new Dove Body Wash paired with a One Shower Challenge inspired necklace. Feeling lucky? To ENTER, send an email to and add DOVE in the subject. Deadline: September 26, 2014 at midnight, EST. image



An Anti-Aging Product Worth Tuning Into

September 17th, 2014


~Algenist & QVC has an UNBELIEVALE deal.

I am a BIG fan of Algenist Skincare products. I've used many of their anti-aging products over the years and see results. Well, there is any incredible offer I want to share with all of you. I invite you to discover the genius of Microalgae with Algenist's special, one-time deal with QVC’s Today’s Special Value this Friday, September 19th. The “GENIUS Advanced Anti-Aging Power Duo,” composed of two of the brand’s newest and most coveted formulas, will be featured for 40% off!

The duo of first-of-its kind creams are part of the GENIUS range, which combines Alguronic Acid and the genius of Microalgae Oil to address the most accelerated signs of aging while nourishing, firming and smoothing the skin. This Friday (and this Friday only!) they will sell for $110 - a $182 value

Here's what you need to know about the product, before you tune in- I'll do your homework for you:

91% of users agreed that the signs of aging in key regions of the eye area appeared reduced in 28 days
95% of users reported that their skin appears firmer and elasticity bounce and suppleness appear restored in 28 days
*Results obtained following a consumer survey of 100 women using the product twice daily. Individual results may vary.

The Algenist GENIUS Advanced Anti-Aging Power Duo includes:
· Algenist GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream (0.5oz)
o This powerful formula combines Alguronic Acid—a patented antiaging breakthrough—with a new source of nourishing oil, Microalgae Oil, and a plant-based collagen. This potent fusion helps restore skin resiliency and elasticity, delivering a firmer, tighter, more toned appearance. It strengthens the most fragile skin texture, softens facial contours, visibly minimizes fine lines and deep wrinkles, and unveils skin’s youthful radiance.
· Algenist GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Eye Cream (2oz)
o A rich, unique eye cream that addresses advanced antiaging concerns for visible results in as little as 10 days. With Persian silk tree extract to visibly firm the upper eyelid area for a 360° eye care solution, this formula visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin luminosity instantly. Skin is left nourished, smooth, and younger-looking.

If this has sparked an interest, you can TUNE IN at 12am, 10am and 1pm EST this Friday or visit Watch it for yourself, and see what you think. I know I will stock up.



NEW Beauty at Retail

September 12th, 2014


~ Kohls & CVS/Healthy offer up a new mix.

Some of our favorite retailers are mixing up their beauty aisles with new names that you want to know about. Here's the lowdown.
At KOHL'S they have expanded its beauty brand offerings to include ones such as CARGO, theBalm and Pur Minerals. One hot item for Fall right now is LORAC Elegant Orchid Kits, which I am giving away. See below for more information.

This Elegant Orchid Kit retails for only $29.99 but includes all of the below:
Nude Eye Shadow from the PRO Palette
Chrome Eye Shadow from the PRO Palette 2
Front of the Line PRO Liquid Eyeliner in black
Cobra Mascara
Lip Luxe 8 Hour Lip Color in Orchid, 2014's Pantone Color of the Year

But checkout all of Kohl's beauty offerings here.
Next up is CVS/health. In addition to changing their name from CVS/pharmacy to CVS/health they just launched their own private line of makeup called: MUA aka Makeup Academy line. It is an extensive line developed for CVS by makeup professionals. It contains 145-SKUs and concentrates right now on lip, false eyelashes and professional makeup brushes. Ideally it covers makeup artist must-haves with the favorite impulse item- LIP- being at the tip of the list.

GIVEAWAY: MBB is giving away ONE beautiful Lorac Elegant Orchid Kit, which is found at Kohl's. Enter now by submitting your name & Orchid in the SUBJECT header to Deadline: September 15, 2014 at 9:00 PM



My NEW Love:  Laura Mercier’s New Eau Fraiche

August 20th, 2014


~ An infusion of freshness.


Just when I think Laura Mercier can't launch a more favorite scent of mine than the Almond Coconut Milk she introduces Verbena Infusion, which offers crisp freshness I only dream about when visiting the South of France.

And not far from this location is where Laura's inspiration comes from- the countryside of Provence - when capturing and bottling this sparkling bouquet of green citrus and leafy spearmint. A total rejuvenation for all the senses, and possibly my true love.

So Almond Coconut Milk, you still won my heart in the summer, but I think the NEW Verbena Infusion won my heart all year round.



Spa-Like Skin Renewal in Your At-Home Shower

August 19th, 2014


~Red Door Spa Professional’s Olive Oil Moisturizing Salt Scrub

Summer may be winding down but our body is always in need of some restoration and hydration. Whether you're just returning home from vacation, you’re suffering from dry flip-flop feet, or you're a regular in scrubbing away dead skin there is nothing a DIY at-home body scrub can’t fix. I am loving one of Red Door Spa Professional’s amazing Olive Oil Moisturizing Salt Scrub right now. Imitating its in-spa Body Glow Treatment, this skin renewal treatment comes from nature formulated with a blend of soothing and fragrant Sunflower Oil, Aloe Vera, and omega-rich Olive Oil. This Olive Oil Moisturizing Salt Scrub ($39) deeply moisturizes skin and makes it soft to the touch. I even use it just on my feet and heels every other day to assure skin stays not hard and callous-y. I love the fresh scent of his scrub and the Olive Oil works its magic in replenishing my skin's dryness. I plan on using this long after summer has gone.

Best Bet: Visit the Red Door Salon for the coveted Olive Oil Salt Body Glow treatment then take some home with you to keep skin soft and silky smooth.



Get This Beauty Benefit Before You Toss This Fruit Out

August 5th, 2014


~  Great Tip!

I hate to say this, and surely am not wishing it to go fast, but with September being in the near future, it will soon be apple season. Here is a quick, easy, beauty benefit from this amazing fruit. Don't toss the peel, instead rub the inside onto your clean face for a dose of antioxidant vitamin A, C and E, which soften skin and minimize lines. It is a great exfoliator, and one expert shared, "it's similar to getting any enzyme peel" yet extremely gentle for your skin. No need to leave it on longer than 5-mins.





August 4th, 2014


~here are the names of the FIVE lucky readers

Congrats to the following readers, you will be receiving a lipstick in the mail.

-Linda Yee, California
-Jean DiMaria, Arizona
-Cindy Haggerty, Texas
-Patty Pavone, Florida
-Cheryl VanGeystel, Washington



What’s Trending:  Serum-Infused Make-up To Create Your Own #NoFilter

August 1st, 2014


Perricone MD No Makeup Skincare Line expansion.

There are so many social media looks heating up Twitter and Instagram these days---- #nomakeupmakeupmovement #nomakeuplook, and lots of controversy around them too. Are they or aren't they wearing makeup, and amazing what #filters can do to enhance one's beauty. Still riding high from the recent #BeautyEditorLook story that was very well-received, I would like to build on it, since I think it gives a look so many are envious of, and one new line can complete the look in an instant.

For me, I prefer to achieve this #BeautyEditorLook with the use of good skin (obviously), hair used as a ‘cosmetic’ to make you glow--- think shiny, light beachy highlights, brows that are so well-groomed they create a spectacular eye. This is my #beautyeditorlook mix. And the products I am most loving to give me a transparent filter, or in hashtag lingo #nofilter beauty, are Perricone's No Makeup Skincare Collection. This line is so amazing for so many reasons. The most important one is that Dr. Perricone brings the concept of glowing skin to makeup. Right there he has me sold; especially since I am a true lover of the first product launched in his line: No Foundation Foundation. Dr. Perricone's premise is that a 'natural, fresh-face look' isn't achieved by layers of heavy formulas, but merely by creating a mesh of transparency so skin glows in this healthy makeup application and acts as a veil.

And here's the latest TREND to know in beauty, SERUMS are the new term in cosmetics, better than powders, BB/CC creams and even traditional liquids and minerals. Why? Serums' fluid texture delivers nutrients and imparts a second skin effect, while diffusing imperfections. The newest additions to Perricone's no makeup line are blush and bronzer, which are weightless suspension serums to add a hint of color that enhances your own undertone. It is even available in a lipstick that turns from solid to serum when applied, and is designed to mimic the flush of your lips- just like when you were a baby.

This is the way I apply the line to achieve the most natural me.

First, I apply the blush- marking three dots similarly to the image seen below, and I blend it in with a blush. I apply my blush first then foundation to achieve the most natural look.
Next, I take my concealer brush and spot treat the sides of my nose, under eye area and any other obvious marks.
Lastly, I blend my No Foundation Foundation with two drops of the Bronzing Serum on the inside of my palm close to my thumb (I like to use a small area for blending so I don't diffuse the color too much), and dot it on my face evenly on both sides then blend with my makeup brush.

It's that easy, and this line is so close to natural it lets the skin radiate; after all wouldn’t you rather be judged on your healthy glow rather than the latest hues on your toes. Sorry, I know I would.



Today Is National Lipstick Day

July 29th, 2014


~ Some fun facts, tips, favorite lipstick shades and a #LIPSTICKGIVEAWAY

National Lipstick Day is today, and in its honor we are having a celebration for this most glamorous beauty product.

Amazon did some searching, and found there really are lipstick obsessed cities, Miami, Portland and Atlanta buy more lipstick than any other cities in the US.

According to Amazon, this summer, women are choosing to dazzle there lips in these top hues from the each of the following color groups:

- Nudes: L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Fairest Nude
- Corals: Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Whitney
- Reds: Borghese B Moisture Advanced Care Lipcolour in Carnevale Red
- Orange: diego dalla palma Matte Lipstick in Orange
- Pinks: em michelle phan Lip Gallery Creamy Color Classic Lipstick in Cuddle Up Pink (as seen below)

Lipstick has also been a 'leading economic indicator', a term coined by Leonard Lauder, Chairman of Estee Lauder. The market has shown that lipstick sales tend to increase during times of economic uncertainty or a recession and has proven to be a reliable signal of consumer attitudes over the years. Below are fun facts Amazon has searched and discovered from sales on their site:

- July has shown an over 50% increase in “nude lipstick” searches this month- (my input: probably due to the 'trend' in nude seen on the runways for Fall.)
- “Lipstick” is searched over twice as much as “Lip Gloss”

My own FUN FACT: For as long as I can remember, MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Twig has been the best selling shade of all time- very well might still be true today. All the cosmetic houses wanted to copy it and include it in their line.

Be sure to check out Amazon’s Beauty and Luxury Beauty stores- so excited em cosmetics by Michelle Phan is now selling here.

Beauty GIVEAWAY: My Beautyberry is giving away FIVE random lipsticks from their beauty closet. Enter by emailing, add lipstick in the subject and pass this feature on- tell your friends to enter too! Deadline: 7/31/14; Midnight EST.




Self-Adjust With Bronzing Drops

July 25th, 2014


~ Clarins Radiance Plus-Golden Glow Booster

To keep your face in check with your body's bronzed arms and legs just add a few drops of Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster. This DHA-infused concentrate turns any face cream or lotion into a gradual self-tanner, but never use alone to achieve the perfect sun-kissed skin.

Available for $30 at



Laura Mercier Continues to Make Us Flawless

July 24th, 2014


~ A tinted moisturizer with all the smooth moves.

Laura Mercier, the founder of two of the best selling products to hit the beauty industry- Foundation Primer and Tinted Moisturizer- is launching her newest complexion innovation - Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide, $48.

Yep, that's right she is at it again, and determined to continue to perfect our skin and make it flawless. I have yet to try it, but wanted to inform you all, because like her entire line, its #nofail worthy.

It's suppose to blur imperfections and of course, lightweight, leaving you to achieve that "no makeup" makeup look even though you have it on. Another plus--- its extensive shade range- 24 in total!

Launching right now at Sephora, I would certainly check it out before the whole world finds out about it in September!



What I’m Loving Right Now + it’s under $10!

July 22nd, 2014


~ A Chubby Pencil

I've been meaning to try Drew Barymore's line, Flower, for the longest time. An exclusive at Walmart, and very reasonably priced, I've been admiring the line-up for months. I finally got my hands on a few of the items and I am totally loving the Kiss Me Twice Lip & Cheek Chubby in Rosie Posie. This neutral nude with a hint of rose offers a sheer wash of neutrality to my face when I need a little something more on my bare cheeks to brighten up my look. It's so easy to use, just dot three times along your cheek line and use the warm of your fingers to pat it in for a very natural look. Any leftover on you fingers can then be applied to your lips. I love that it doesn't contain Parabens or Talc for that matter, so there is no unflattering white.



Coocoo For Coconut

July 18th, 2014


~ A must-have summer ingredient.

Nothing says summer for me like the ocean, flip flops and the scent of coconuts. When I was young and didn't know any better, I would smooth on any suntan oil that smelled like fresh cracked coconuts and roast on the beach. I've grown up and got smarter and now realize the benefits of coconut go further than a tan. I normally make it my business to stock up on a few favorites- Laura Mercier's Almond Coconut Milk, The Body Shop Coconut Body Scrub and scout out a few new ones.
Picking from its fresh stock is Yes To New Products latest new launch, Yes To Coconuts. Refreshing and rich in its oil, it's like the beauty cure-all. The fruit makes everything smell delicious, the water is super-hydrating and most importantly, the oil cures pretty much any beauty woe one could possibly face—if ever stranded on an island look for a coconut to do it all for you: you can drink it, and use the oils as a cure all!

To say it simply: Coconut oil is crazy effective and is a great way to improve and treat your skin, hair and nails. You can buy a large tub of it at your local natural store, or purchase products from the Yes to Coconuts line that already has mixed it with other oils to increase its benefits even more. Thumbs up to the latter.




Get The Summer Glow

July 16th, 2014


~ Use Lumene products to create an easy and flawless look!

From major runways to the streets, how do these girls get that gorgeous, glowing skin? Is it genetics? Or is it good makeup?

This summer and fall, let your skin breathe and imagine yourself showing a youthful aura. Read on for some great tips on doing the “glow” just right and how Lumene products play a role in it.

1. Use Time Freeze CC Cream and mix 1:1 ratio with moisturizer or luminizer of choice and apply with warm fingertips in a circular motion
2. Mix CC Cream and beauty oil, try Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Radiant Beauty Drops or your own, in a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio, respectively, for dry and mature skin types
3. Create a gorgeous simple look and use CC Cream to mute lips and apply a lipstick in a vibrant shade, such as pink/coral or a bright red/orange shade
4. Create a custom blush by pairing a cream blush with your cream and mixing together for a faint flush of the skin


Product Lowdown:
I am loving the lightness and versatility of the Time Freeze CC Cream. It also minimizes the appearance of imperfections and evens your skin tone while fighting the visible signs of premature aging on the cellular level. This exotic ingredient like, Arctic Lingonberry, delivers omega fatty acids to repair age damage and increase skin's elasticity. And you can never go wrong with Vitamin C, which neutralizes free radicals and boosts collagen synthesis while broad spectrum UV filters defend against environmental aggressors. These amazing Vitamin C+ Radiant Beauty Drops also contain the lingonberry seed oil which boosts radiance together with vitamin C. Special formula releases vitamin C slowly into the skin making its effect last longer.



The Latest New Beauty App That Let’s You Try Before You Buy

July 15th, 2014


The FIRST Virtual Cosmetic Mirror App by L’Oreal ParisMakeup Genius

I recently got to try a new cool makeup app that is now available on iTunes. Besides being a 'Genius', and choosing both natural and dramatic makeup looks, I find it to be inspiring to help guide me with how-to steps to achieve various color combinations.

So here's the dish:

- The app is from the beauty house innovator, L'Oreal Paris and called "Makeup Genius".
- It uses your iPhone or any phone's camera to let you try on eye shadows, eyeliners, lipsticks, lip glosses, and blushes in real time--- rather than on a photo you would upload.
- When you click on the App (obviously you must download it first) it performs a face mapping, which identifies your skin tone and face features, it's that smart and highly advanced.
- A series of products and runway looks are featured, just choose which one suits you best or try them all on for fun!
- As you choose each look, the makeup is virtually applied to your face as if you are wearing it yourself.
- It is so awesome and so cool to dress up your eyes like you never did before or see yourself in a bold color lipstick.
- Since I last tried it, L'Oreal has fixed some blunders and now the eye shadow sits perfectly on your lids; and the blush is blended naturally, so your skin actually shows through as it would if you put it on yourself.

imageIt's definitely fun to play with, but I also found that certain smoldering looks just aren't right for me or a very pale lip looks ghastly, but I had so much fun playing and experimenting that I felt like a kid in a candy shop.

And say bye, bye to wasting a dime and your time deciding if you should take a chance on that new trendy lip color, just go to your App and try it on.

It truly is a Genius and a true innovation to see how far we have advanced in the beauty world when it comes to 'try before you buy' at mass department stores.

Find out more about the App here.




Another Reason to be WOWED

July 11th, 2014


~ by Color Wow Root Cover Up

Color Wow Root Cover Up has quickly become a favorite and here's another reason to LOVE it: It Won't Leave you Gray at the Pool!

Pool-proof, Color Wow Root Cover Up, is a water-resistant formula that will keep roots covered until it is shampooed out – even after a dip in the pool or the ocean! It also withstands hot, sweaty days and summer rain showers.

Color Wow Root Cover Up truly blows other root concealers right out of the water. In fact, many companies are now trying to copy them. This high-tech, mineral powder formula is a major breakthrough. It not only seamlessly covers gray roots, but also dark re-growth – without peroxide. It adheres to hair without being sticky or oily, and is water-resistant, making it the perfect pool day accessory for women with color-treated hair. Another benefit. I like the volume it gives just washed-clean hair- it does what dry shampoo does for hair.

For how to, go back to a previous post, which shows how to apply this great, gray cover-up.

Color Wow Root Cover Up ($34.50) is available at Ulta stores nationwide and



The Frizz Days of Summer

July 8th, 2014


~ New products to keep you looking sleek and smooth.

If you aren't the lucky one to have a Keratin treatment, or you are like me and choose not to, then you depend on frizz treatments to keep your hair looking great. And boy, on a day like today when there is over 50% of humidity in the air what's a girl gonna do. Try these new products that promise sleekness, while keeping you from looking distraught and they all last for 3-days or more!

image1) Keratin Complex's Advanced Glycolic Smoothing Treatment is a three-part smoothing system that is a formaldehyde- and aldehyde-free keratin infusion treatment packed with glycolic acid and enriched with botanical extracts to create softness and shine—but unlike other keratin treatments, you can wash and style it right away. Normally done in the salon, this one sounds like a Keratin treatment without all the fuss.

2)imageAveda's Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight Cream. It does more than fight frizz—it progressively relaxes the hair's natural wave with each use. In fact, it claims that *After 5 consecutive applications of naturally straight, hair will stay straight for up to 3 washes. This sounds like a good one!


And 3) Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream. This cream last up to 3 days and claims to be Humidity Resistant unlike the weather forecast. According to the reviews its definitely a product to like and it's only $4.99.



How To Overcome The 3 Major Summer Hair Challenges

July 7th, 2014


~ Aveda tells us how.

I always feel its officially summer right after the Fourth of July. So happy official SUMMER to all of you!! I preach regularly about sun protection for our skin, but what about your hair? I thought these tips from Aveda were spot on and wanted to share them to ensure your hair looks just as good as the rest of your body this summer-hot season.

The THREE major summer hair challenges are:

· Chlorinated pool water discolors hair, damages and weakens fibers
· Sea salt dries and roughs hair
· Sunlight creates free radicals that break down hair protein, damaging cuticles and fading color

What do you do to protect your hair? Save your strands using these THREE simple steps and great products from the Aveda line--- I am a BIG fan of the line and besides loving the formulas scent, the products work simply divine!
1. Cleanse: Aveda Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser ($21) is a color-safe formula that gently and effectively removes chlorine, salt and product build-up, while helping to maintain moisture balance
2. Restore: Aveda Sun Care After-Sun Hair Masque ($26) is an intensive creme masque that restores the look of sun-exposed hair, moisturizes and helps defend against free radicals
3. Defend: Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil ($28) is a lightweight, water-resistant UV-defense mist, which forms an invisible screen to help protect hair from sun exposure for up to 16 hours, minimizing color fading, damage and dryness

*Here's an added TIP to get rid of swim hair in 5 minutes with the use of some spirits- alcohol that is:
If your hair is getting that dreaded cast of green, pour 1 cup of vodka over your hair when showering, leave on for five minutes, then shampoo and condition. The vodka removes harmful water deposits without altering your color or texture. And believe it or not, it helps detangles and closes the hair's cuticle layer, leaving it shiny.

*Provided by Marc Harris, owner of Marc Harris salons in Boston.



Winners of the Simple Skin Care Products

July 7th, 2014


~sorry a little late in announcing.

Well as the saying goes, "better later than never". Here are the THREE lucky winners of the Simple Skin Care giveaway MBB hosted a few weeks ago.

- Marie Scanlan, New York, NY
- Jennifer Wattenberger
- Jana Taylor, Durant, Oklahoma

Congratulations to all!



Got Polish?

June 30th, 2014


~ NARS new Nail Polish Relaunch

Watchout Benjamin Moore Paints! NARS inspires our nails like you inspire our interiors.

NARS new Nail Polish is a brilliantly curated palette of enamels featuring a new and improved flexible, high gloss finish for a freshly-painted look that lasts. With a unique combination of resins and polymers, this upgraded formula is designed to improve wear and strengthen nails, while the removable cap and specially designed brush allow for easy application.

imageLaunching July 15th, this updated line now includes 19 news shades and 24 fan favorites bringing it to a comprehensive 43-shade collection! Base and Top Coats complete the chip-defying, color-enhancing trifecta for an iconic nail look with serious staying power.

See more information on their site starting July 15th.



Blurred Lines

June 25th, 2014


~ And I’m not talking about the song by Robin Thicke.

I use to love this song, ranked high on my playlist, but then Miley Cyrus danced to it, ruined it, and my distaste (to say mildly) for the song hit the 'yuck factor'. C'est la vie--- Imagine Dragons already replaced it with "On Top Of The World".

But, anyway, what I am actually referring to is the continued trend in makeup---- Blurring Products. These new skincare/makeup hybrids are your real life 'filters' to enhance your skin better than you every imagined.

The newest ones to hit the stores are:
- CoverGirl TruMagic Mini Skin Perfector, $11, is light and invisible! This clear formula instantly mattes your complexion and minimizes your pores. Plus it's so easy to tote around, and can be used alone or under makeup.
-Kiehls Micro-Blur Skin Perfector, $35, definitely blurs the line between is it skincare or cosmetics? It's light beige fluid gives you the option to wear it alone or under your makeup to help smooth out your skin tone and prevent shine.
-Bareminerals Prime Time BB Primer, $24 offers a little of everything: sun protection, primer and smoothness to give you that air brush finish.



#RoCWrinkleRanking WInners

June 23rd, 2014


~RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream

Your town may not be a winner, but you scored BIG--- these TEN readers won a tube of RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream.

-Donna Mackey, Shelton, Connecticut
-Marilyn Hall, Upland, California
-Debbi Bretton, Fort Myers, Florida
-Helene Beyer, Bedford, New York
-Shirley Paulik, Charleston, South Carolina
-Elaine Chinn, Union City, California
-Margie Hodges, Culver City, California
-Sharon Holmes, Ballwin, Missouri
-Nancy Connolly, Richmond Hill, NY 11418
-Christina Templin, Lewiston, NY 14092





#GETGLOWING! Summer is Officially Here Tomorrow

June 20th, 2014


~A few products to have on hand.

It's here, warm weather, humidity and sweat- I love it! Tomorrow, June 21st , is the official first day of summer, and I'm checking in to be sure you are ready to #getglowing? Wherever your plans might take you this weekend and future ones... we all need great hair, great skin and great makeup. Here's a list of products to have on hand to complete your head-to-toe look this summer. See below for an easy check-list of what you need to pack in your summer getaway bag (or keep handy at home for stay-cations).

Even if you keep your skin bare when the temperature rises, don't forget those lashes. Eyes can always dazzle in any kind of heat, and COVERGIRL LashBlast Clump Crusher features an innovative curved brush that lets you load up the volume, curl those lashes without the clumps--- proven to rev up the volume 200% more!

Go light, go sheer, go with a tint and an all time favorite of mine is Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15, which just launched a new shade- TULIP, a hot pink, but don't worry it is so very wearable!

Enjoy this weekend's two kick-offs--- Summer and the World Cup, which is heating up. Get in the spirit of both with these Brazilian-inspired beauty products. OPI Brazil Collection is available in Toucan Do It If You Try, Where Did Suzi's Man-Go?, I Just Can't Cope-acabana, and Amazon...Amazoff.
Sunny and bright, these shades are what summer is all about.

Exfoliate! All that grime, sunscreen and sweat needs to be washed away to let your skin #getglowing. Something new to try, yet is gentle on your skin is boscia Tsubaki Oil-Infused Exfoliating Powder, the grains of this powder are dried and then coated in Tsubaki Oil. Once activated with water, Tsubaki Oil is released to completely veil and treat the skin, creating a silky-smooth, brighter complexion.

imageAnd don't forget to PROTECT on a daily basis. Protect skin from the sun with an all-in-one daily moisturizer + SPF 30 and SPF 15 with Olay Total Effects Moisturizer with SolaSheer technology to reveal younger, healthy-looking skin with Olay’s proven moisturizing agents.

Hair tends to get dirtier in the summer, between the sunscreen and sweat, so to keep hair flaunt-worthy be sure to have Herbal Essences NAKED Dry Shampoo on hand for a boost of extra volume or a quick style touchup. The crisp, clean scent of fresh mint will leave your senses tingling from hair to toes!

And, don't forget your deodorant and be sure to buy the invisible formula! Sticky, smelly armpits are more apparent and to feel 100% confident your deodorant is working double time as the temperature rises with Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant. It stops stress sweat, ensures no white marks with clear and invisible solid formulas, and provides clinical strength protection.




Show Me Your #HandSelfie

June 13th, 2014


~ These products will make them picture-perfect!

The latest social media craze...the #handselfie. The New York Times covered this phenomenon and discovered that women will do anything to make sure that their hands are perfect for sharing photos of their engagement rings. I was thinking if you aren't newly engaged why not share photos of a cool ring, beautiful hands, or as many do the latest nail color or nail art.

So, I would like to share the latest creams and treatment products to get picture perfect hands.

imageTo restore, SkinCeuticals Neck, Chest & Hand Repair, targets the aging skin of the hands (neck & chest too!). It's a revitalizing treatment, which is specifically formulated to brighten difficult-to-treat areas. This dual-action treatment contains skin brightening and plumping agents to reduce discoloration, redensify and restore a healthier appearance in areas prone to aging as a result of time and overexposure to environmental elements.
Price: $70, Available at

imageTo brighten, Elemis Spa @ Home Pro-Radiance Hand and Nail Cream is an every day product to use after washing our hands multiple times. I personally have been using this product, and besides the great scent, it instantly gives a boost of radiance thanks to the formulation that combines lipid-rich oils (Omega 7, Avellana seed oil, Virgin Plum Oil & Camellia Seed Oil) to create a unique balm textured cream which protects your hands and nails nourished, smooth and distinctly stronger.
Price: $40, Available at

imageTo protect, Erno Laszlo Luminous Intensive Hand Treatment SPF 25 is another winner. I've used this one too, and it truly works in amazing ways!
Our hands do age faster than the rest of our bodies because of constant sun exposure, and years of minor cuts and scrapes. Think of this cream as an invisible glove that protects hands from photo-aging. The ingredients include high concentration of Shea Butter, botanical lightening complex to help lighten hyper pigmentation and age spots and Forti- pHirm complex improves tone and texture.
Price: $65, Available at

imageBeauty Tip: Another all time industry favorite is Weleda Almond Oil. I use this deeply absorbent, fragrance-free treatment at night (on my face to0!), which gently restores the skin’s healthy balance and revives its natural protective functions.

Hand Model Secret: Before taking that #HANDSELFIE, raise your hands then position and snap. This allows all the blood to run down the fingertips and rest of the hand to help minimize that veiny look giving your hands allowing the perfect photo!



In Defense of EYES

June 10th, 2014


~SPF essential this time of the year.

Well, it finally happened. I was sitting at my son's baseball game on Sunday, and for the first time felt the sun beating down on me for longer than I would have liked. It was hot, it was strong, and it was brutal. Despite the clouds that morning, I did apply my allover sunscreen on my face, neck and chest, but I did realize, my eyes hiding behind my sunglasses, didn't get the protection I wanted. Not that I got burnt, but I've been taking extra care of them these days, after-all they are the first area to show signs of aging, which makes me very attentive to them these days.
When I got home I researched a few eye products and found these two new ones in my beauty closet. First, I will say, "YES, you really do need to use an eye cream". They're formulated specifically for this most sensitive area on your face, which is also the thinnest skin on your body.

imageI am really loving SkinCeutical's Physical Eye UV Defense Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50, only $30. Besides having one of the highest available SPFs in the eye product category, it offers broad spectrum, plus moisturizers including my beloved ceramides. It is tinted in a universal shade and acts as a concealer too--- I love cutting down on product uses during the summer, so this one fits right in!

imageAnd if you prefer a product with a lower SPF, Clinique's Superdefense Age Defense Eye Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20. Perfect for everyday, it offers instant brightening and comfortable protection.




Just BROW-sing in Westchester?

June 9th, 2014


~be sure to make an appointment with the ‘The EyeBrow Guru’.

If you are out and about in Westchester County, and need your eyebrows shaped, perfected and transformed you must contact Sabria Celaj, known in this neck of the burbs as the 'The Eyebrow Guru'. Sabria's impeccable skills can transform thin brows to 'wow' (and she'll show you exactly what you need to do to keep them looking great until next visit). And if you are blessed with full brows, you'll be amazed at how she'll perfect them to give the illusion of an 'eye lift' sans injections- friends will swear you had work done!

For more information visit her site and while you are there make an appointment, I'm sure your brows are screaming for some shaping!



Palm Beach Beauty- No Travel Required

June 6th, 2014


~ Nars The Multiple in Palm Beach


You don't need to vacation there to look like a Palm Beach Beauty, you just need to run out and buy NARS The Multiple Stick in Palm Beach to get that sun-kissed, radiant glow. Being a lover of almost all the shades in the line, I've recently started using this shimmery copper color, which leaves my skin with a subtle sheen. Perfect for that summer glow sans the sun's damaging rays. It blends in beautifully so you can control how much or how little goes on, and because it offers a slight sparkle I match it with a bronze matte powder for that must-have fresh face look, similar to Giselle Bundchen's famous beauty look, not that I look like her, but love the radiance her skin shows.




This Product is Purchased Every Minute And Gets You The Glowiest Skin

June 2nd, 2014


~ Elemis

noun: glow

a steady radiance of light or heat.
"the setting sun cast a deep red glow over the city"
synonyms: radiance, light, shine, gleam, glimmer, incandescence, luminescence;

If you read the definition above, you will know why I like my skin to glow. My goal is to achieve this when I test many of the products that come my way. Glowing on my own with the use of only skin products rather than cosmetics is even better. That's why a top glow-getter on my list are the Elemis products. I didn't know I would love it so much until the PR person said Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm and Pro-Collagen Marine Cream were two must-try products. And she wasn't wrong! In fact, I love them both, but the Flash Balm definitely offers an immediate glow-factor after application and well moisturizes my skin leaving it absolutely radiant! This Flash Balm combines a list of interesting ingredients like purple orchid, Acai, Noni extract and silk mica to leave the skin smooth, radiant and matte. Its fragrance, combining neroli, bitter orange, bergamot and lemon mélange, is fresh, clean and mood-enhancing. I also love the fact that this product can be used as a radiance booster, moisturizer and primer.
AND, this product is purchased every minute internationally and loved by all who try it: Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. It is clinically proven to reduce the depth of wrinkles by 19% and increase hydration and moisture levels by 10%. This product too, has a dynamo combination of marine algae Padina Pavonica and Absolutes, Gingko Biloba and liposomes, which deliver visible results within 15 days and provides a progressive lifting effect through increased collagen support.

Both are available at




May 19th, 2014



This past Friday was award season for the beauty industry. Often described as the 'Academy Awards for Beauty', Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) recognized the most innovative beauty products of the year as it celebrated its 20th anniversary as the CEW Insiders’ Choice Beauty Awards.

The award-winning products ranged across 36 categories including skin care, cosmetics, hair care, fragrance and more. The complete list of the winning products is included below.

Why is this important for you to know? Carlotta Jacobson, President of CEW, sums it up by sharing, “When a shopper purchases a beauty product, she is looking for performance and value,” she says. “The CEW Beauty Awards seal helps consumers cut through the clutter so they can make an informed decision about the best products the industry has to offer.”

New this year, CEW announced the winners of the first-ever Iconic Beauty Award, which recognized two products (one in mass and one in prestige) that have transcended 20 or more years in the industry. The Iconic Beauty Award winner in the mass category is Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara (my sis, an avid user since she started applying mascara will be thrilled!), and YSL Beaute Touche Éclat is the winner in the prestige category.

Also NEW this year, CEW presented the Most Buzzed About Beauty Award, sponsored by Yahoo! to L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara and Estée Lauder Modern Muse Eau de Parfum, which recognizes the mass and prestige beauty products consumers are talking about online.

In the past, Allure Magazine was the sponsor, but this year's presenting sponsor is Meredith Corporation, and what a nice change it has been. It is so smart having the partnering of CEW and the Meredith Corporation, which include magazines, television, and digital properties. So don't be surprise if you see these awards 'popping' up in many on and off line media platforms. Real women want to know this information, it helps guide them in their beauty shopping decisions.

And this years 2014 CEW BEAUTY AWARD WINNERS are:

Bath and Body Mass
Vaseline® - Spray & Go Moisturizer Total Moisture

Bath and Body Prestige
Shiseido Cosmetics America - Future Solution LX Total Regenerating Body Cream

Acne Treatment
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare™ - One Step Acne Eliminating Pads

Anti-Aging Mass
L'Oréal Paris - Revitalift Miracle Blur

Anti-Aging Prestige
Clé de Peau Beauté - Le Sérum

Cleanser & Scrub
Yes to Grapefruit - Brightening Facial Towelettes

Eye Treatment Mass
Vichy - Liftactiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes

Eye Treatment Prestige
GLAMGLOW Inc. - Brightmud Eye Treatment

Lip Treatment
Fresh - Sugar Cherry Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15

Moisturizer Mass
L'Oréal Paris - Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil

Moisturizer Prestige
Josie Maran Cosmetics - 100% Pure Argan Oil Light

Hair Care Product
Kérastase - Initialiste Advanced Scalp and Hair Concentrate

Hair Coloring Product
Color Wow - Root Cover Up

Hair Styling Product
Living Proof - Perfect Hair Day (PHD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment

Eye Product Mass
L'Oréal Paris - Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

Eye Product Prestige
Dior - Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara

Face Product Mass
Sonia Kashuk for Target® - Chic Luminosity Bronzer/Blush Duo

Face Product Prestige
bareMinerals - Ready To Go Complexion Perfection Palette

Lip Product Mass
Sonia Kashuk for Target® - Shine Luxe Sheer Lip Colour

Lip Product Prestige
Clé de Peau Beauté - Extra Rich Lipstick

Lab Series Skincare for Men - Pro LS All-in-one Face Treatment

Dior - Nail Glow

Men's Scent
Ralph Lauren Fragrances - Polo Red

Women's Scent Mass
Sonia Kashuk for Target® - Eau De Toilette in Pink Innocencia

Women's Scent Prestige
Coty Prestige - Honey Marc Jacobs



Maybelline New York – Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara

Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +

Maybelline New York - Great Lash Mascara

YSL Beaute - Touche Éclat

L'Oréal Paris - Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

Estée Lauder - Modern Muse Eau de Parfum

Dr. Macrene Skin Results 37 Actives

TRIA Beauty, Inc. - Age-defying Laser

La Roche-Posay - Anthelios 60 Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid



An Under $5.00 Guilt-free Purchase

May 13th, 2014


~NYC New York Color

With summer beginning to feel as it is actually right around the corner, I always walk into the drugstore with an urge to splurge this time of year. Don't you? I usually need something pink, something bronze or just something new. Well, here is a perfect product to buy on a whim without feeling guilty or having the repercussions of voices saying "why did I just buy that"?

A new lipstick or lipgloss usually can satisfy my seasonal cosmetic disorder, and these are two products you should target. NYC New York Color Expert Last Lip Color is a Moisturizing, longwearing lipstick in attention grabbing colors. When you feeling like getting a kick of high impact color try new Expert Last Lip Color from NYC New York Color. Even the tubes are color-matched for a true colorburst of flair. BUT, the best part, they are ONLY $1.99, yep you got that right. Now see if you can find your favorite shades: Red Flamme, Air Kiss, Blue Rose, Snowcone, Brandy Sparkle, Flirty, Sugar Plum, Red Rapture, Peach Fizz, Modern Love, Candy Rush, Love My Latte, Creamy Caramel, Traffic Jam, Berry Me, Purple Crush, Chocolate Chip, Coralista, Smooch, and Forever Fuchsia

Another option would be NYC New York Color City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color, which offer a lightweight, soft and silky lip color. It combines a soft, velvety finish with long wearing color in a twistable chubby stick. Highly pigmented and will perfectly outline lips without bleeding or feathering, giving you amplified color and shine that lasts up to five hours.These too are a steal for only $3.99!
12 AVAILABLE SHADES: Ballroom Bluch, Brooklyn Brown Stone, Canal St Coral, Fulton St Fuschsia, Gramercy Park Plum, Metropolitan Mauve, Nolita Neutral, Park Slope Peach, Parsons Pink, Riverside Rose, Roosevelt Island Red and South Ferry Berry

Checkout the site for where to buy.



Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

May 12th, 2014


~An industry favorite, now mine too!

My sister gave me a giftcard recently to use at Kiehls. Knowing how particular I am, I did some research on top selling products worthy of a try. Midnight Recovery Concentrate has already found a place on my shelf, so next appealing was the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. The night I was going to buy it, I left my wallet in my car so I lazily decided to purchase it the following day. No joking, but it arrived in my mail two days later leaving me confused, since I thought I bought it in my sleep.

I received this product in honor of Cinco de Mayo, since it contains avocado and Kiehls press department was doing a mailing to share this products' greatness with me, the media. One turn of the cap, and lift of the protective cover I knew I was going to be in love. The formula is whipped, thick and creamy, just the way I like it. I couldn't wait to dab it on to
the skin beneath my eye, and quickly this delicate eye area absorbed it up happily.

Launched in 2002, this rich moisturizer remains a best-selling formula worldwide, due to its unique, concentrated texture and its burst of hydration.

Here are some fun facts about the delicate eye area:
-Facial moisturizers and other anti-aging products are typically too potent of not formulated for the delicate eye area.
-Due to the lack of natural oil glands and moisture in the eye area, experts agree that an eye cream should be the first step in any anti-aging protocol.
-The #1 Consumer mistake with the eye creams is applying too much, thinking more is better.
-Eye gels are better for acne-prone skin. Emollient eye creams work better under makeup.
-Use the ring finger to apply the product, because it's the weakest and least likely to pull or stretch the delicate skin around the eyes.
-Aging in the eye area is not strictly associated with wrinkles and fine lines. Puffy eyes and texture changes due to dehydrated skin also can make skin appear ages and tired.

The Creamy Under Eye Treatment Cream with Avocado is relatively inexpensive at $28.50 and is available on line and select department stores nationwide.




Q:  How To Get Rid Of Dark Circles With Makeup

May 9th, 2014


~Lancôme’s NEW Le Correcteur Pro Concealer Kit

You asked, I've answered! Here's a easy, flawless approach to covering dark circles from one simple kit. Also, know its best to prep eyes with your favorite eye cream- especially one that contains caffeine for extra kick in the morning, which your eyes can benefit from.

CORRECT, EVEN and SET with Lancôme’s first corrective palette that has three formulas to be used in three easy steps in order to create flawless eyes. Women of all complexions can neutralize dark circles, pigment spots, redness and imperfections while easing fine lines and wrinkles for effortlessly chic, perfectly even eyes.

STEP 1: Pat a small amount of the step 1 shade gently under the eye working outward from the inner corner to CORRECT and neutralize the appearance of dark circles
STEP 2: Then, EVEN and illuminate by using the same brush to glide the step 2 shade from the inner eye corner to the outer edge
STEP 3: SET the look for long lasting perfection by using the powder brush to apply the feather light step 3 shade above and below the eye

Checkout all the shades it comes in:

PRICE: $38
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Lancô and exclusively at Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom



Today is World Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day

May 8th, 2014


~Laura Mercier is doing their share, find out how you can do yours.


“World Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day is the perfect time to be inspired by this cause,” stated Claudia Poccia, President and CEO of Gurwitch Products. “Getting more people involved is the first step in creating greater awareness for this disease. LMOCF is pleased to recommend four ways to do something special and meaningful today.”

Four ways to get involved on World Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day:

1. Give a Gift that Gives Back: Mother’s Day is just days away and Laura Mercier cosmetics donates 100 percent of the profits from the sale of Bonne Mine Healthy Glow for Face & Cheeks Crème Colour Palette to the Fund. Or pick up the NEW limited edition teal ‘strength’ votive candles from

2. Educate yourself about the disease: Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death among gynecological cancers in the United States and most women newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer are already in advanced stages of the disease.* To learn about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, please visit Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s website.

3. Spread the word online and offline: Talk to your friends and family members about what you’ve learned. You can join the Speak Out for Hope conversation online by following @LauraMercier on Twitter and Instagram and use #LMOCF, #SpeakOutForHope to support this important cause. Visit the Stories of Hope Gallery on the Laura Mercier Facebook page for inspiring messages from our community.

4. Donate: Consider a direct donation to LMOCF to continue our mission to raise awareness and fund research and educational efforts that will help diagnose, treat and support women with ovarian cancer.



Dove Favored Over A Leading Brand Plus the NEW BEAUTY PATCH

May 5th, 2014


~ Can you guess?

Come to think of it, I have seen samples of the 'Dove Bar' at my dermatologist office. That's why, for over 50 years, Dove has continued to be at the forefront of the cleansing category, and dermatologists nationwide know the Dove difference. In fact, dermatologists recommend Dove 7x more often than its leading competitor--- Olay. With the gentle cleansers found in Dove Body Washes with NutriumMoisture and the signature ¼ moisturizing cream found in Dove Beauty Bars, it’s no surprise that Dove is #1 dermatologist recommended.

Personally, what I like most about it is its milky cleanser type feel. It offers a soft lather, but due to its increased moisturizing formulation you can feel its hydrating ability working immediately on the skin, and after continue use see and feel the difference on your skin--- for me, I noticed it on my legs. No more scaly skin, it looked supple after just one week.

Curious to why Dove continues to be a dermatologist favorite? Read these few testimonials from dermatologists across the country below and visit and while you are there be sure to print the $1 COUPON OFFER.

"Dove body wash is a mild and gentlewash that I recommend everydayto even my most sensitive skin patients.My family will be users for life."
— Dr. Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, Danville, CA

"A gentle body wash with a rich and luxurious feel - simply perfect for the entire family."— Dr. Alison Stallings, Tarrytown, NY

"Dove Sensitive Skin body wash ison the top of our list for our dry skin patients. We also use it personally in our family and staff."— Dr. Renuka H. Bhatt, Orland Park, IL

And while we are talking about Dove, I wanted to share this new innovative experiment- Dove: Patches proves that beauty is a state of mind. It is a new short film, shown above, illustrating that the right state of mind can unlock a powerful feeling of beauty that lives inside all women. There has been so much controversy with this video, but yet there is so much truth in it as well. Personally, I didn't take it as a marketing gimmick, I took it as another way Dove is trying to promote self-esteem in women. Ever wake-up feeling good, starting your day with a good hair day or as I prefer #agoodskinday really sets you in the right mood. Well, Dove took this a few steps further and actually created a 'beauty patch' to help women feel more beautiful as part of a social experiment guided by Dr. Ann Kearney-Cooke. They radiated happiness and confidence throughout the experiment – all agreeing that they experienced improved self-esteem. At the end of the experiment, it is revealed that the beauty patch contains nothing – feeling beautiful comes from within. Think about how effective this can play for you, and it only goes to prove how mind over matter plays a huge role in how we feel about ourselves. Every individual is beautiful, and you as that individual need to love and nurture yourself to keep it growing strong.




Bountiful Beauty Bag- yours complimentary

May 1st, 2014


~ Lela Rose + Limited Edition Makeup Bag

image & Lela Rose have teamed up to create another adorable limited edition cosmetics case filled with amazing beauty samples (given as a GWP to consumers). The bag alone is to die for- its an exclusive Peony Floral Bag from lauded designer Lela Rose, and its COMPLIMENTARY. Available now, customers will receive the product-filled floral clutch when they spend more than $150 at the prestige beauty retailer.

This pretty pink bag arrives fully stocked with 18 prestige beauty samples. The bag and its contents have an approximate combined retail value of $190. The selection includes offerings from some of the beauty world’s top beauty and skin care brands:

1. Oscar Blandi Hair Lift Thickening & Strengthening Mousse
2. Molton Brown Orange & Bergamot Body Wash
3. PHYTO Phytolisse Serum – Ultra Smoothing Anti-Frizz
4. Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum
5. bareMinerals Ready Blush, Natural High
6. H2O+ Aquafirm + Micro Collagen Moisturizer
7. Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner
8. Bliss The Youth As We Know It Anti-Aging Moisture Cream
9. Arcona Mandarin Brightening Peel
10. Borghese Fango Mud
11. GlamGlow Brightmud Eye Treatment
12. Laura Geller Beauty Mini BB Cream all-in-one Skin Perfecting, Medium
13. Butter LONDON Scrubbers – Two-in-One Prep & Remover Wipes (x2)
14. Beautyblender Blender Cleaner (Tool Cleaner)
15. Origins VitaZing SPF 15 Moisturizer – Sheer Tint Release
16. Paula’s Choice RESIST Barrier Repair Moisturizer
17. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – Anti-Aging
18. Lacoste Essential Fragrance for Men
19. A gift to you from

If you are wondering how you can reach $150 hurdle and receive the Peony Floral Bag, you can shop an assortment of new-to-store skin care brands including Koh Gen Do, The Organic Pharmacy and Baby Foot. For new make-up items, shoppers can find new offerings from Gorgeous Cosmetics and star seasonal launches from Too Faced and Lorac. With the sun starting to peek out, now is a great time to stock up on favorite SPF products like Sunday Riley’s Cashmere SPF 30, Somme Institute’s Double Defense Face and Body SPF and Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Sunblock from Peter Thomas Roth.

And if you need any help in deciding some best choices, I'm happy to help guide you, just email me at It is so exciting to receive a special order in the mail, and just think how your excitement can triple with this fully stocked beautiful bag!




Welcome To Your New Skin

April 30th, 2014


~contributing writer Eve Marx shares a fave product line.

Is your complexion crying the winter blues--- especially these days when it is really suppose to be spring? Is it crying even more loudly because you’re middle aged? It’s a fact that everyone’s winter face is pale and dry, but past the age of 30, it takes more than blush or foundation or tinted moisturizer to look great.

Along comes Rodan & Fields Prescription For Change. You may remember Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields, both of them M.D.’s, as the team that brought you Proactiv, a skin cleaning and care system geared for adolescents. The doctors, who maintain an active practice in their San Francisco office where they see patients once a week, now doing for aging clients what they did for teenagers with acne. To that end, they created 4 new lines for the most common skin problems they see in their practices: REDEFINE for fine lines and wrinkles; REVERSE for sun damage and brown spots; UNBLEMISH for Adult acne; and SOOTHE for sensitive and rosacea.

I tried 4 products from the REDEFINE line: Daily Cleansing Mask, Pore Minimizing Toner, Triple Defense Treatment, and Overnight Restorative Cream. As I’m flirting with 60 now, my skin has left behind the still- oily 40’s and even the crazy skin of menopause. I enjoyed using the clay mask/daily wash and the toner every other day, and just once a day, not twice as recommended. I did find the toner to be a bit drying. After 30 days of diligent use, I will report that my skin is glowing and smooth and pore-less.

The Prescription for Change products were formerly the #1 clinical brand in Nordstrom and in other high end retail -Saks, Henri Bendel, but now are only through private consultants. The products have been lauded in Vogue, Self, Shape, Harpers Baazar and The Today Show,because they work.

For more information about the line go to Or local readers can contact Jenny Wiener who is a local Bedford/Pound Ridge consultant. The way to reach her is

~Eve Marx
Author, BEDDINGTON PLACE: Watch Your Back, Cover Your Tracks
Columnist & Feature Writer, The Bedford Record Review
Bedford Magazine contributor
Reiki Master



A MUST:  CeraVe NEW Eye Repair Cream

April 29th, 2014


~Gentle formula that gets the work done!

All winter long, and it was a brutal one, I recommended CeraVe cream to all of my friends, even my boys! Now, I have another product to recommend, since I get this question all the time: What is a good eye cream to use that is gentle for my eyes? Well readers, I am happy to announce the NEW CeraVe Eye Repair Cream. Formulated with ceramides and hyaluronic acid, it continually moisturizes this most sensitive area on our face, and I personally love its thick, yet quick absorbing formula. This has found a new place in my bag, and as I always say, some women touch up on their lipstick throughout the day, I choose to reapply my eye cream.

Available at Target and mass retailers nationwide, $13.99



Seaweed’s Rewarding Benefits in One Fabulous Mask

April 28th, 2014


~Algenist’s Algae Brightening Mask

Trolling the ocean can be rewarding for the skin as I've noticed while trying Algenist's Algae Brightening Mask. This product wraps my skin with the power of algae and its detoxifying pays off! It offers a wealth of skin-care benefits from smoothing, plumping, brightening, hydrating and upping the radiance level for instant effects. The star ingredient is the real leaves of sea kelp, which exfoliates and delivers antioxidant protection in a freshly scented (not seaweed smelling at all!) blue-green base.

I love everything about this product and because so, probably use it more than I need to, but hey, when a product works why stop?

Available at Sephora, $59.



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