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The ONE BEAUTY product Kate Middleton has to forgo.

October 24th, 2017


~  FInd out why she NEVER wears this product.

Well, you won't be seeing Kate Middleton wearing any trendy nail shades like Lincoln After Dark. She is more of a Vanity Fairest kind of Princess. You see, as a member of the British royal family, Kate Middleton must keep up certain traditions, from refusing autographs to observing a strict dress code. And although she’s somewhat limited in her style options, the Duchess of Cambridge certainly has made a beauty and fashion statement. The one beauty product she passes on? Nail polish. There’s a specific reason why she does. It turns out only natural-looking nails are allowed at official royal events. Because of this, Queen Elizabeth has been loyalty to Essie’s Ballet Slippers—the only shade she’s been known to wear since 1989.

I wonder if the same holds true for a pedi?


This is DaBomb

January 30th, 2017


~ Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb The Antioxidant Super Moisturizer

Gel moisturizers are all the rage, and this new launch tops the list. It's cooling gel absorbs instantly into the skin and leaves your complexion looking plumped, quenched and ready to face the winter!

It also feels like a luxe cream due to its hybrid gel/cream texture!



This Under $5.00 Spray Wins The War On Hair Static

January 27th, 2017


~Garnier Fructis Frizz Guard Anti-Frizz Dry Spray

Tommy Buckett, fixture at New York City's Serge Normant salon and a celebrity hairstylist for Garnier Fructis, actually pointed this product out as his secret weapon to combat 'hair static' and getting his clients ready for events. The marketing staff agreed that it is one of their favorite new launches of 2017. Even though it was October, I made a mental note to keep it on hand as the winter months were quickly approaching. I was NOT disappointed, once my hair started flying away and misbehaving, I sprayed this on my hands then on my hair to tame it down. I was not disappointed! I also know it combats frizz, so this will be around all year long.

And, I'm happy to report, it is not sticky or gooey or weighs the hair down. It is quite the opposite, it makes hair super shiny and smells nice. This brand-new frizz guard made with Aragan oil, which just launched this month, is about to change your life. The best part is it takes care of the fly-a-ways (even the baby hair) I am loving this stuff!!



December 6th, 2016


~ Degree Women Antiperspirant Deodorant Dry Spray

I want to give a big shout out to this Deodorant Spray, Degree Dry Spray, for the ease and convenience of spray and go. But what really WOW'd me was the scent. I recently purchased a bottle, and tried the new Active Shield scent. I used it for the first time the other day and midday I get a whiff of something 'fresh'. Busy doing some work, I ignored it, and later in the day was sparked by that fresh scent again. I started smelling my newly washed sweater, and that wasn't it, I thought perhaps it was the dog after I held him, but sorry, Astro, you didn't smell that good, and I was wondering what did I use, but couldn't recall spraying a new fragrance. Later that night while getting ready for bed, and removing my clothes, there it was again, and now I remembered, it was the Degree Dry Spray. The new scent I used is Active Shield. and I highly recommend it, it smells that good!




November 9th, 2016


~ This under $15 beauty find is a keeper.

I woke up last Thursday morning with a nose covered with pimples. This hasn't happened to me in ages. I have no idea what triggered off this reaction, but I reached into my beauty closet and remembered this product that I read about, Aztec Indian Healing Clay. I actually had bought this for my son, but later realized he didn't need it, so I kept it figuring I would try it for its other benefit, which is its pore minimizing effects. I applied it to my nose and kept it on for a good 20 minutes and found an immediate improvement in the bumps after I washed it off. I used it once again that evening and the following day, and saw a significance difference after each use. I was amazed how quickly these bumps went away.

This is what you need to know. First, it's a cult-favorite that touts an old-school mask usage. Amazon boasts that it is the "world's most powerful facial", and currently has over 10,000 reviews, most of which are positive. I did read that those who are battling acne for years swear by Aztec's pore-cleansing secret, also benefits those with large pores. It contains only one ingredient in the product, which is calcium bentonite clay, which you mix with either water or apple-cider vinegar to make a paste. I heard that by mixing it with apple cider it helps dissolve the product better, and acts as an antimicrobial property that may help kill excess bacteria on the skin.

One piece of advice, it is a little messy and it has potential of clogging pipes due to the clay which hardens as it goes down the drain. You can remove the hard clay in pieces and dispose of it in the garbage of use a paper towel to act as a filter over the drain.



Thumbs Up to this Product in a City that is Tough on the Skin

November 7th, 2016


~  Marula Oil

Scottsdale, Arizona has consistently sizzling temperatures. The mercury in Scottsdale reaches 90ºF or higher on an average 169 days per year — and when I was there it was at a constant 100ºF . Besides the sun shining bright, the air conditioning is constantly running, both which dries out the skin. Scottsdale probably ranks as also one of the top five cities that is the driest in the United States, so even if you use your AC as sparingly as possible, you'll still have trouble locking moisture into your skin.

I took the opportunity to ask Lia Rowland, the Spa Director at Four Seasons at Troon North, is there a favorite product she has, and she didn't hesitate to say, "I try many, since companies send me products to try all the time hoping to sell them in the spa. But recently, during my last pregnancy, I was sent home with Marula Oil, which I absolutely loved, and so does my skin. We now sell it in the spa."

So, I took Lia's advice, bought the product while I was there, used it, loved it, and still using it now! I did a little research and learned, Marula oil is made from the fruit of the marula tree, which is native to Africa. It's moisturizing, but it won't clog your pores, it's rich in essential fatty acids that mimic those in your skin, and offers amazing skin benefits. It also contains the antioxidants vitamin C, vitamin E, and flavonoids. And if you are afraid it might be too oily, no worries, it's a surprisingly nonoily oil, which absorb quickly into your skin (or hair, YES, good there too!).




October 29th, 2016


~ I am so LOVING these right now!

While everyone is getting costume-ready for Halloween, I've been trying out different masks myself. In fact this is the closest to dressing up for the holidays I get, and my skin loves every minute of it!

My family has seen me walking around day to day sporting FIVE different shades of skin color, each mask benefiting my complexion in different ways.

First there's BRITISH ROSE, which is a FRESH PLUMPING MASK that hydrates my skin with rose and aloe vera. I use this mask when I am feeling dehydrated, it helps get my GLOW back. Then there is AMAZONIAN ACAI, which is an ENERGIZING RADIANCE MASK that helps when my skin is looking tired. I use this mask when my required sleep hasn't been reached and I am feeling stressed due to deadlines. The oils in this mixture helps boost radiance. This is one of my favorites and I use HIMALAYAN CHARCOAL as a cleanse for the skin. This PURIFYING GLOW MASK purifies and refines the pores with charcoal and green/tree tea oils helps give it a glow. I try to use this mask once a week. When I reach for a steeping cup of tea, I think of this mask as it is so very comforting for my skin. ETHIOPIAN HONEY DEEP NOURISHING MASK has all the ingredients that makes you want to cuddle: honey, marula and olive oil. My skin feels so soft afterwards. This is another favorite for cleansing and I interchange it with the GLOW MASK, CHINESE GINSENG & RICE CLARIFYING POLISHING MASK. What makes this one different is that it is a creamier texture, not as tightening as the charcoal when it dries, and I use this when my skin in general needs a boost without too much drying. I will probably tend to use this one more frequently during the cold winter months. As a tip, I sometimes, when I am not rushing, follow the cleansing masks with the plumping or nourishing mask. I'll remove one, add the other and keep it on while I shower- multitasking is the name of the game, and beautiful glowing skin is the result.
And another important point to stress, ALL these masks are 100% Vegetarian & Vegan friendly containing NO PARABENS • NO SILICONE • NO MINERAL OIL • NO PARAFFIN.

As you can see, I am LOVING these and enjoy using every one. I highly recommend you give them a try and I #DARETOMASK your favorite one!

Available at The Body Shop, $28 each.


This ‘Cool” Product Works Perfectly After This Treatment That Is The Secret To Perfect Skin

October 7th, 2016


~ SkinCeutical’s Phyto Corrective Masque

Fall marks the time for cooler temps, falling leaves and sweater season. And in the beauty world it sparks a return to thicker creams, glorious skin oils, and my return back to dermatologist strength glycolic peels. Personally, I avoid them in the summer due to my skin's sensitivity, and schedule them immediately towards the end of September beginning of October. Peels lift away dead cells and in essence leave a fresh layer of skin that is ready to glow and absorb all your wonderful skin care products. These peels have been approved upon and leave skin less red and raw than in the past, but at times my skin can still feel a little irritated. That's why I was so excited to try SkinCeutrical's new Phyto Corrective Masque.

This new masque packs twice the cooling, calming and hydrating power of the original Phyto Corrective Gel, in a gel-masque formula. Optimal for sensitive or problematic skin, it contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic botanical extracts to soothe, hyaluronic acid to hydrate, and a new calming dipeptide to reduce the perception of heat sensitivity. In clinical studies, It's a treat to the skin to help calm many conditions and I find it especially soothing after a 70% glycolic peel. Phyto Corrective Masque was shown to decrease skin surface temperature by 40F after just 15 minutes of use. You can also consider its use after a sunburn, an intense workout, or in-office procedures.

SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque. $55, available at, and dermatologists nationwide.


This Just WON the Best Bar Award!

September 14th, 2016


~ According to Allure Magazine.

This just in, DOVE DRY OIL BEAUTY BAR has been named the Best Facial Cleanser for Dry Skin by Allure. This is always good news to share, because while you are walking down the beauty aisle of your local drugstore or mass retailer, I'm sure you are overwhelmed by which one to choose. Or even if you would like to switch things up a bit, at least you will now consider this winner.

This result always helps, Dove research showed us that 98% of women feel more confident when their skin is moisturized, and with ¼ moisturizing cream and Moroccan Argan Oil, the Dove Dry Oil Beauty Bar cleanses and cares for dry skin leaving it soft and smooth.


Special Code for Women’s Health #RUN10FEED10 Hopefuls

September 12th, 2016


~ #discount code #run10feed10

As mentioned in an earlier post, this is one of my favorite races, and if you are interested in joining me in New York or running the race in any other participating states, I am offering a discount code for you below.



Will You Run With Me?

September 9th, 2016


~ RUN 10 FEED10 2016

I'm running next Sunday, September 18th, and I hope you will consider doing the same, if not in NYC maybe you can at a later time in a participating city. I LOVE this race for many reasons, which I'll share, but the most important reason why is because just by signing-up you are already FEEDING 10 people!! There is no pressure of fundraising and reaching a certain limit to participate, you can train on your own and if you decide to walk the race you can do so, and getting up early to run along the West Side Highway while taking in the beautiful view is invigorating. I hope you will consider it, as I am hooked and will be doing this for many years to come.

Here is the information and links you need to know:

WHO: 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: This fall, Women’s Health magazine is celebrating the 5th anniversary of its signature RUN 10 FEED 10 event with a mission! On September 18 in New York City, thousands of participants will run down the West Side Highway for the timed 10K or 5K 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 4.5 million meals since starting this initiative in 2012 and have the goal of breaking 5 million in 2016. ABC’s Good Morning America Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee will be the special guest host and will also be running the race.

Proceeds from registration and fundraising efforts will be donated to the nearest NYC metropolitan area shelters and food banks. Included in the registration fee is a 2016 limited-edition FEED bag.
Race day will include:
· An unforgettable experience running at 10K or a 5K for those in need
· Pre and post race activities including guided stretches and workouts with a special guest trainer
· Tons of freebies, experiences and giveaways
· Special guests and more…

Sunday, September 18, 2015
Pier 84 at Hudson River Park
Run down the West Side Highway!
7 AM

$55 for 10K registration or $45 for 5K 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 site and click on the red box that says "DONATE" on the right side of the page:



Today & Tomorrow Designer Sundaes compliments of Missoni

August 26th, 2016


~ enjoy this exclusive MISSONI and Forty Carrots limited edition collarboration


This yummy dynamo duo pairs up for summer---For two days only – Friday, August 26th and Saturday, August 27th – Forty Carrots in select Bloomingdale’s across the country will serve complimentary MISSONI sundaes with the purchase of a 3.4 oz Eau de Toilette from the MISSONI fragrance counter ($94). A zigzag swirl of colorful mango and berry yogurt will be housed in a custom MISSONI cup and topped with a Magnolia Bakery cookie. The yogurt flavor was inspired by the fragrance's fresh, fruity notes of blood orange, pink berries and rose water.

This is a special not to be missed, and ice cream days are every day in the summer, so no excuse!


This $2.99 Find Gave Me The Perfect Blush

August 23rd, 2016


~ Wet ‘n Wild deserves a look.

I bought this blush on impulse while vacationing in Arizona last week, and I am so delighted that I did. I normally spend $20+ on blush/bronzer, and disappointed when I get home only to realize it has turned my complexion orange and unnatural. I have not dabbled with the Wet-N-Wild line in years, and something made me check out the line again, and this shade immediately caught my eye.

This Rose Champagne shade from the Color Icon Blush collection is a soft muted pink with low level pearl that just gives my skin that glow and pop it needs. After reading reviews, some love this shade because it is highly pigmented; however, I didn't find this to be true. I use my stipple brush, which sweeps it on so softly--- 1-2-3 I'm done!



LOVE this: How YOU Can Can Give Back with Everyday Personal Care Purchases

August 5th, 2016



Just think how many times you walk into a Walgreens to purchase a product, or any drugstore for that matter. Now, I bet you didn't know women and children travel up to 30 kilometers (or approximately 6 hours) per day to collect clean water for their community?

Now consider this incredible opportunity. For the next month, Walgreens and Unilever are giving us another way to make a global impact with everyday purchases. Check out how easy it is for you to get involved.

Both companies are again joining forces with social enterprise ME to WE ( a social enterprise that creates socially conscious products and experiences that allow people to do good through their everyday choices) to empower people to help bring clean water to those in need through Give H2OPE to Others (#GiveH2OPE).

Now feel good about the choices you purchases you make, and think about this GREAT CAUSE!
From July 31 through Aug. 27, 2016, customers who purchase select Unilever TRESemmé, Suave, Caress or AXE products at Walgreens stores will help provide five gallons of clean water. And those who purchase two or more products will help provide 15 gallons of clean water through the construction of a borehole, a 200-meter deep well, to the Kenyan village of Esinoni. This will allow children to spend more time in the classroom and give women the opportunity to care for their children or work.


A Beauty Product Bound for Greatness

August 2nd, 2016


~ and Gives Aquaphor Healing Ointment Tough Competition

I am giving high praise to CeraVe's New Healing Ointment, and in my opinion it exceeds longstanding favorite, Aquaphor Healing Ointment, which has been a staple for many years in my household. This product has a much more creamy feel, however, it is still important to note that it is more of an ointment rather than a cream.

This fragrance-free formula has become my go-to product for helping very dry, cracked skin (especially the heels of my feet), skin irritations plagued by summer's heat/elements like eczema (In fact, it's earned the National Eczema Association seal of acceptance), and for me there is this unexplained constant itch on my leg, but an application of this controls it like magic. This isn't the type of product you'd slather on your face every night, however, I am sure it would promote unbelievable results, but it's ideal for stubborn dry spots anywhere on the body. It definitely feels 'greasy' on the skin with the initial application, but it does an excellent job of absorbing when you begin spreading/rubbing it into the skin.

CeraVe Ointment contains an impressive mix of emollients for long lasting repair. Again, I highly recommend you give it a try--- This winter I just might be slathering it on my face, stay tuned!

It's currently on sale over at for $19.99 for a big tub!


A Luxury Cleanser, Yet Affordable, With Glowing Results

August 1st, 2016


~ Reflekt Skincare

I never heard of this line, Reflekt, until I received it in the mail, and what captured my attention is its distinct beautiful shade of green. The second point of interest is that it is hydrating and contains natural beads, which exfoliate the skin leaving skin glowing, supple and luminous---- definitely far from feeling dry. And because it can be used by everyone in your household (teens and men too!) it has a myriad of benefits such as: helps minimize fine lines and wrinkles, prevent breakouts, avoid ingrown hairs from shaving, ensure maximum penetration of anti-aging serum and cream, and create a smooth canvas for self-tanning.

I recently learned from another beauty writer (friend), Grace Gold, this great tip, which I am sharing..... It is important to exfoliate the eye area. The article does recommend using "eye creams with lower concentrations of hydroxy acids or retinol", however, a very, very mild scrub like this one twice a week does the trick as well, but of course you MUST remember to gently use it near and around the eye area.

When using, it is recommended to wet your face and hands and pour a quarter-size dollop of scrub on the tips of fingers. Gently massage entire face and neck using circular motions. Rinse thoroughly with tepid water, towel dry and follow with serum and cream. Use daily AM and PM. Works on all skin types.

Retail Price: $50 for 200ml/6.76 oz. on



July 11th, 2016


~at your local CVS.

Some of the best and hottest new beauty products are located right down the road at your local CVS!

From grab-and-go beauty to more derm-approved skincare, dozens of NEW innovative, on-trend products are hitting shelves this month! CVS Pharmacy regularly launches new beauty from leading brands like NYX and L’Oreal, global imports and boutique brands such as BioDerma and Burt’s Bees, dermatologist-approved brands like La Roche-Posay, and CVS-exclusive brands, Promise Organic and Nuance Salma Hayek.

Here's what I have my eyes on NOW:
- Makeup Academy Pro Makeup Correcting Pen
Do you get what I like to call 'flutter' marks? Those pesky lash marks after you apply your mascara. Well, this correcting pen quickly sweeps away these smudges and smears, and is even perfect to clean away shadow and liner. ($8.00)

- Dove Detox and Purify Dry Shampoo
Perfect to help tend to the summer 'greasies'--- especially when you reapply sunscreen on your forehead two times a day. This weightless formula helps keep oil at bay and won’t leave any white residue in your strands. ($5.29)


- Ahava Dead Sea Naturals 2-Minute Facial Mud Mask
Just what your skin needs after a day outside gardening, running or hanging out at a dirty sports' field--- in two minutes, this mask formulated with minerals from the Dead Sea, deeply cleanses and reduces the look of pores. ($5.99)

- La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Anti-Aging Tinted Primer with Sunscreen
You are going to love this! LRP’s beloved sunscreen is adding some color to the mix! This 100% mineral, tone-correcting primer conceals uneven skin tone and acne marks while providing powerful UVA/UVB protection. ($39.99)


- Skin+Pharmacy Advanced Anti-Aging Vitamin C Brightening Serum
My newest obsession is Vitamin C! I can't get over how brightening this vitamin makes your skin. Especially if you are prone to dark spots from the sun, you will be thrilled with how this serum helps reduce discoloration. ($23.99)
- NYX Ombre Blush
Can't wait to try this! For the most natural beauty flush, I feel that one color is never enough. Now even your cheeks can have a gradient! This blush features two shades blended into one perfectly coordinated shade combo, letting you build up a beautiful ombre effect. ($9.99)

Shop online where you can get 20% off regular priced items and free 2-day shipping on some orders!



Beautytime in the City

June 16th, 2016


Summer Friday Beauty Exclusives.

There's more to 'casual Fridays' than being laid back---- there are beauty deals galore, and I am so excited to share them with my NYC readers. These beauty exclusives and deals are available now through Labor Day. Check out The Peel Bar Beauty Rx, now that's quite a deal!
First up is Blushington this famed Los Angeles Makeup & Beauty Lounge expanded in 2015, opening its doors in New York City in Le Parker Meridien Hotel (119 West 56th Street). The premier makeup service destination lounge transforms the professional makeup experience from a special occasion luxury to an everyday necessity that's both affordable and convenient, all in a fun atmosphere. And, if you have a LOVE for long, lush lashes, you are going to appreciate the below.
Enjoy the below exclusive summer offerings at Blushington:
· Faux Lash Fridays – Every Friday through Labor Day weekend, receive a complimentary faux lash application (valued at $22) with the purchase of any Full Face makeup application. Choose from individual or strip lashes to enhance and define eyes.
· The Peel Bar Beauty Rx by Dr. Schultz & Blushington’s “Bon Voyage Lovelies” Peel – Now through September 5th, bring in your boarding pass within 21 days of travel to revive tired, dehydrated airplane skin. Enjoy Dr. Schultz’s famed Beauty Rx 40% glycolic professional peel in just 2 minutes without any irritation, downtime or cost of a doctor’s visit. Normally $225 at Dr. Schultz’s office and only $50 at Blushington, if you take advantage of this promotion, you’ll receive another $20 off for a total cost of only $30 for gorgeous, glowing skin. *Boarding pass applicable for one-time discount.
Warren-Tricomi is a NYC favorite so it's awesome they are giving back to their clients with these summer hair deals just when your locks need it the most. Treat your hair to the extra love it needs this summer at Warren-Tricomi. Master colorist Joel Warren and master stylist Edward Tricomi are authorities in the world of hair with their unrivaled expertise setting trends and defining beauty across the globe. Joel’s talent for customized hair color and Edward’s high precision dry cuts make the Warren-Tricomi Salons a top beauty destination in New York City.
Enjoy the below exclusive summer offerings at Warren-Tricomi salons:
·Complimentary Deep Conditioning Treatment – On Fridays now through Labor Day weekend, enjoy a complimentary deep conditioning treatment with any haircut or color, across all salon locations. Call or book online and mention ABPRxWT to secure your appointment.
· Buy One, Get One: Now you can take your favorite products home with the salon’s new buy one, get one promotion. On Fridays now through Labor Day weekend, purchase any Warren-Tricomi product and receive another Warren-Tricomi product of your choice on us.

· Flatiron – 125 Fifth Avenue
· Madison Avenue – 117 Madison Avenue
· The Plaza Hotel – 1 West 58th Street

The Institute at Erno Laszlo
The Institute provides customized skin assessments and facials that are unique to every client’s needs. Rather than selecting from a menu of services, treatments are expertly tailored for precise results. Nestled in the heart of New York City’s SoHo neighborhood (382 West Broadway),

Enjoy the below exclusive summer offering at The Institute at Erno Laszlo:
· Post-Vacation Hydration Treatment – Now through Labor Day, treat yourself with an exclusive summer facial created specifically to get skin in check after a little fun in the sun. Whether at 30,000 feet or poolside on vacation, skin encounters many unusual stressors. High temps, dry air and UV exposure can leave skin looking and feeling lifeless, dull and dehydrated. Following a comprehensive skin analysis, an Erno Laszlo Skin Therapist will provide a 75-minute treatment with a range of products and tools to help restore lost hydration and radiance. $425 for the facial and a mini bespoke skincare ritual to take home; Appointments can be made by calling 212.300.4111 or emailing

The treatment protocol includes:
o Cleanse – Heat, humidity and natural skin oils can clog pores leading to breakouts; a prescribed cleansing oil and bar will deeply cleanse
o Facial Microdermabrasion – Slough off dead and dull surface layers while stimulating collagen production
o Massage – Timeless Skin Serum is massaged into skin in preparation for extractions and to rebuild cell integrity and increase hydration
o Oxygen Blast – Rejuvenate skin that has been exposed to the sun, pollutants and other toxins while helping to fight acne breakouts
o Masking – Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask is applied and is deeply absorbed into skin via an ultrasonic technology device; afterward the cooling and deeply hydrating Hydra-Therapy Skin Vitality Treatment is applied to restore and hydrate
o Body Microdermabrasion – While the masks penetrate skin, microdermabrasion is used on the neck, décolleté and arms
o Light Therapy – Every treatment finishes with 15-20 minutes of light therapy
o LED Light Therapy – Based on NASA research, LED light frequencies increase new tissue growth, stimulate collagen production and reduce fine lines
o Bioptron Light Therapy – The Institute is one of the few places in NYC where this type of light therapy is available; Bioptron is a localized light, giving the opportunity to treat a specific area and is clinically proven to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone
o Home Care – Every client will leave with a mini bespoke skincare ritual to maintain glowing results, which includes Phormula 3-9 Balm, the ultimate remedy for sun exposed skin, Hydra-Therapy Sleep Mask the perfect nighttime (or in-flight) solution for refreshed skin


Retract:  These Drops Are NOT The Next BIG Thing

June 14th, 2016


Sorry readers for the mislead.

Did you ever say something, then regret you did? I'm sure this has happened to many of us. Well, this morning I used a product that I praised month's ago, and I didn't agree that it was the 'next best thing' at 7:00 AM this morning. In fact, I was in a hurry and found it to be quite the opposite. Sorry Cover Fx, love the concept and love the face oil drops, but these concentrated color drops are just not easy to use, and I am an experienced beauty user. You can read the article here.

I love to mix and create, but this morning I was in a rush, and thought I would use a favorite that I haven't used in a while. Well it wasn't quick, easy to use, I found it to be messy, too heavy and I wound up spending more time correcting than enhancing. So sorry my friends, I think I got wrapped up in all the hype surrounding this product, instead of truly evaluating on my behalf. However, what I do like about this product is the customization it offers, I just think the pigment was too heavy and if it offered sheerer color pigments it would be much easier to use.


Carribbean Sunshine in a Bottle

June 9th, 2016


~ The scents of St. Barth’s

Would you like to channel the easy-going nature of life in the Caribbean, even if you can't get there? Well now you can with these splashes from Ligne St. Barth. It combines traditional secrets of the island passed down from generation to generation, bountiful natural resources and modern scientific progress for a truly decadent line with a carefree touch. The Sea Breeze Collection consists of three delightful products that will instantly sweep you away, pervaded with the scent of spices and drenched with sunshine:

- Blue Lagoon Shower Gel: This light and seductive azure blue shower gel warms with the water to release a fragrance of the sea with a touch of musk, transporting you to far-off lands. Green and pure notes of driftwood are swept along in a salty wave of sensual splendor.

- Sunsplash Face and Body Splash: This light, dusty, rose-coloured water moisturises, refreshes, and tones your face and body without being sticky. The delicately colourful notes of citrus fruit, hibiscus, and jasmine assemble like precious pearls of dew hidden inside the folds of leaves.

- Premium Care Oil Hair and Skincare Oil: Like a liquid sunset swathing your skin, this golden, glimmering elixir intensely nourishes and protects your face, hair and body. This sublime oil is exceptionally velvety, cloaking the body with a smooth, woody fragrance of hot sand.

The Sea Breeze Collection is available now at BeautyHabit and prices range from $48 - $69.



May 24th, 2016


~ You don’t want to miss this!

This 24-hour sale is going on LIVE right now over on QVC.

The details are as follows:
Offer: StriVectin Super-Size Firming Face & Neck Treatment Set
o TSV Price = $129.96
o Retail Value = $337.00
o Includes:
§ 3.4 oz. TL Firming Neck Cream
§ 1.7 oz. TL Firming Face Serum
§ 1.7 oz. TL Firming Face Serum
§ If you sign up for auto-delivery you will receive a FREE Advanced Retinol Eye Cream with each shipment. A $75 value!

This is truly unbelievable especially for a product that is so valued in the industry as well as sits on my night table. Great line, great value, that performs. But remember, this deal goes pouf! at midnight tonight so click now!


This NEW Stick is going to be your NEW SUMMER LOVE.

May 23rd, 2016


~ Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick

My favorite tinted moisturizer may need to take a slight vacation this summer. I just tried the new Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick and lovin' it! It glides on so smoothly, offers the right amount of coverage and so very easy to use.

This is a great foundation for when you are short on time or don't want a ton of makeup on your face (for days spent outside). It is best blended over moisturizer or sunscreen. I swipe on a few stripes blend with my foundation brush and out the door I go.

It's available in 10 shades and only $24.


Search No More, I Have The PERFECT Mother’s Day Gift

May 5th, 2016


~ And it’s ONLY one click away.


Behind this door is the real deal!

The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, is a classic hotel fixture in NYC known for its utmost luxury appeal and chic upper east side location. Now it just got even fancier with the addition of the first full service Sisley-Paris Spa in North America. What makes The Sisley Spa stand out is its menu of renowned phyto-cosmetic facial and body treatments incorporating the world’s premier plant extracts and French skincare techniques along with a menu of Intraceuticals facial offerings. The spa also offers an exclusive menu of Intraceuticals facial offerings (considered to be “red carpet” treatments because of their instant results).

AND, this exclusive spot is now running some fantastic Mother’s Day specials (perfect for luxe, last-minute gifts!) which I’ve included below. Trust me, you will want to surprise mom this season with an experience at the new Sisley Spa in the iconic Carlyle Hotel. She'll be thrilled with just this, no candies, no flowers, but this pampering gift which is well needed.

Mother’s Day Specials at The Sisley Spa

A calming oasis in the heart of bustling New York City, the new The Sisley Spa at The Carlyle Hotel is extending 20% off gift cards of $250 or more, 30% off gift cards of $300 or more and a $159 Spring Renewal offer for a 50-minute facial or massage. Signature services include:

- Zen Harmony Phyto-Aromatic Body Treatment: The essence of an aromatic Californian massage with added variations of intensity, techniques and scents
- Phyto-Aromatic Brightening Facial: Channeling the advanced technology behind Sisley’s Phyto-Blanc range to address hyperpigmentation, offering guests upmost relaxation and an immediately radiant and bright complexion
- Phyto-Aromatic Supreme Anti-Aging Facial: Highly effective massage techniques and Sisley’s renowned “Supreme Anti-Aging Skin Care Supremÿa - At Night” cream-serum smooth fine lines, even skin tone and redefine facial features
- Intraceuticals Rejuvenation – Hydrating Facial: Radiant complexion is restored by concentrating on re-hydrating and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Go to their website for more information: The SPA Sisley Paris



BackStage Report:  SKIN Care

March 26th, 2016


~ What were the lines used

Hair: Recine for using PHYTO and Beachwaver
Makeup: Romy Soleimani for using Kevyn Aucoin and WEI
Nails: Deborah Lippmann for


· Prep the hair with a bit of PHYTO Volume Intense Mousse
· Work PHYTOSpecific Thermoperfect 8 and PHYTOSpecific Integral Hydrating Mist (coming soon to into the hair for added texture
· Using The Beachwaver Co. Pro Dry (coming soon to, dry the hair leaving it loose and undone
· Lightly gather the hair in a low pony tail at the nape of the neck loosely tied with a soft elastic
· Secure the ponytail with a velvet ribbon
· Finish the look with PHYTO Phytolaque Soie Finishing Spray


· Cleanse the skin with WEI 5 Sacred Grains Rapid Glow Liquid Milk followed by WEI Five Sacred Grains Perfect Radiance Pudding Cream for added hydration

· Finish the look with a dab of Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Lip Balm


· Apply Kevyn Aucoin Luminous Foundation (coming soon to to the center of the face and anywhere redness occurs as needed

· For extra coverage, apply Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer underneath the eyes

· To create a natural flush, mix Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Glow in Patrice with Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Duo in Blood Roses and apply to the apples of the cheeks

· Apply Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Duo in Candlelight to the inner corners of the eyes and the orbi tal crescent to highlight the face

· For a natural, luminous glow dab WEI Lotus Blossom Hydra Fresh Eye Cream (coming soon to to the eye lids

· Curl the lashes with Kevyn Aucoin The Eyelash Curler followed by Kevyn Aucoin The Mascara - Curling to create a doe-eyed look

· Gently define the lip line using Kevyn Aucoin The Lip Pencil in Hyancinth and blend with Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Lip Balm to create the perfect baby lip


· Prep the nail with Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Base Coat followed by two coats of Debora Lippmann Nail Color in Baby Love to create look one. To create look two, prep the nail with Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Base Coat followed by one coat of Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in My Old Flame and one coat of Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in It’s Raining Men
· Finish the look with Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Top Coat


A Great Opportunity to Meet a Renowned Dermatologist!

March 25th, 2016


Dr. David Colbert at Space NK in NYC

For those in the NYC area, now's your time to get up close and personal with one of the most 'radiance enhancing' dermatologist I know. He is the 'derm' behind the Victoria Secret's Models before they walk down the runway along with many models and celebrities turning to him before Fashion Week, a Red Carpet debut, or simply photo shoot to bring their best skin forward.

Now he is in town to promote his skin changing mask that is a must to know about.
Dr. David Colbert will be at the following Space NK stores, so be sure to schedule a one-on-one appointment for a personal consultation as well as enjoy a Triad mini-facial with Colbert MD products--- And learn about his latest addition to Colbert MD Skincare: the illumino Anti-Aging Brightening Mask.

Location and timing details are outlined below:

Thursday, March 31st:
Location: Space NK Flagship – 31 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
Time: 4:30 – 7:30pm

Saturday, April 9th:
Location: Space NK at Bloomingdale’s Soho – 504 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
Time: 2:00 – 5:00pm

What I love about this opportunity is you can ask him anything you want relating to skincare even a top tip of his!

Don't miss out!



Cholesterol in Skin Cream?  Who Knew!

March 16th, 2016


~ SkinCeutical Triple Lipid Restore 2-4-2

Are you questioning the relationship between cholesterol and skin care? I know I did. The only emphasis I've every placed on cholesterol is how high are my good vs bad levels. At a recent SkinCeuticals event I learned just how beneficial 'cholesterol' can be in skin creams. The launch of Triple Lipid Restore Cream shared that this key ingredient can help maintain the skin’s normal function or as Dr. Sherry Ingraham, a specialist in Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology, declared, '2016 is the Year of the Skin Barrier'. In order for your skin to perform at optimal levels, it needs to maintain a healthy barrier, and that is exactly the function of cholesterol in a skin cream. In simple talk, think of it this way, as Dr. Ingraham shared this comparison, '"Take tin foil as an example. When you crumple it up and smooth it out, it is not fully smooth. Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 will give skin the perfect appearance of never been touched tin foil."

It has been well over two weeks and I am absolutely loving Triple Lipid Restore. The texture is exactly what I love in a cream, it feels thick, not thin and watering, and absorbs quickly into the skin. The skin immediately looks supple, moisturized and radiant. And it stays that way all day. It does a great job at maintaining moisture, because the appearance of my skin is glowing. When I don't use this cream, I notice my skin is lacking something, and then I kick myself for not using it. To promote a 'good skin day, use Triple Lipid Restore' you won't regret it. Also, I love the simple, soft scent of it, which I can detect hints of rosemary, lavender and peppermint oil!

Oh, and I forgot to mention SkinCeuticals did a competitive analysis against 10 large competitors in both the professional and luxury market to see how our concentrations of lipids compared. Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 has twice the concentration of lipids as the closest competitor, so for all you know your $200 skin cream could have been one out of the ten.

It's competitively priced at $125.



Try This Shade For The Look Of Just-Buffed Nails

March 11th, 2016


~ What I’m Loving Right Now

If you like to keep your nails short and simple, then try It's A Girl by OPI for the look of just-buffed nails. It gives nail beds the perfect pink to make them look healthy and perfectly manicured. I highly recommend it for your next manicure!


Beauty Tip: I only applied one coat to keep the look more buffed than polished.


CVS Best Beauty Sale Starts NOW

March 1st, 2016


~ You don’t want to miss this!

CVS Pharmacy has some AMAZING deals happening on March 6th for beauty lovers on just in time for a spring beauty refresh! So no need to feel guilty when stocking up on mascara, lipstick, lashes – whatever your beauty addiction may be! A great opportunity to stock up on sunscreen, lip balm and check out what's new!

Here's the deal: 20% off beauty products, all OR 30% off all if you spend $15 on exclusive CVS brands (CODE: SAVENOW)

Additionally, between 2/21-3/26 shoppers can earn a free full size sample of CVS-exclusive brand products - either an Essence of Beauty travel mist, Nuance by Salma Hayek AM/PM Cream, or Makeup Academy Color Intense Lipstick on a $15+ purchase with code FREE15.

Unfortunately, deal excludes Essie products.


#HelloKittybyOPI is TREATING #NYC…

January 21st, 2016


~  Hot pink chocolate and fun nails are the perfect match.

Here's some super-cute respite to end your week, especially when a blizzard is being predicted!

If you're in NYC, catch up with the Hello Kitty by OPI truck and enjoy pink hot chocolate, sweet treats from the Hello Kitty Café and maybe, even go home something bright and pretty (ahem, Hello Kitty by OPI anyone?).

Plus, if you make it to our first stop, you may meet Hello Kitty herself, together with actress, Peyton List!

Join us for two days of cuteness, starting today, at the following NYC locations:

Thursday, January 21st
8:30-11:30am – West Side Hwy, at Vessey Street (meet Hello Kitty & Peyton List at this location!)
1-4pm – Flatiron (outside Eataly)

Friday, January 22nd
8:30-11:30am – Bryant Park (40th street & 6th avenue)
1-4pm – Chelsea Market

Be sure to hashtag your selfies, supercute nails and pink cocoa with #HelloKittybyOPI and follow us on Instagram.



I Have A “Dirty Little Secret” ...

January 14th, 2016


~ A look at spring’s nail forecast.

Peach, lilac and sage seems to be running the color gamut for Spring 2016 nail shade forecast, according to Deborah Lippmann. But the one shade on my radar is "Dirty Little Secret", a beautiful sheer, holographic greige. I remember seeing it on the runway during Fashion Week, it feels like ions ago, and I had to search through my emails to recover the inspiration. I love reflecting back on the story behind a shade, it brings it to life for me and makes it more than 'just a shade'. It's a feeling, a mood, a concept, and so I share it with you and why it is going to be a fave of mine!

Backstage with Deborah Lippmann for Narciso Rodriguez S/S 2016 New York Fashion Week
Inspiration: “This season Narciso imagined the city’s modern cool girl, the epitome of elegance, but who isn’t afraid to hit the town with abandon. She is simultaneously glamorous yet carefree, unafraid to wear off her full face of makeup or mess up her hair dancing into the hours of the night. Here, her hair is still wet with sweat, her makeup now ‘invisible' and hands looking lifeless....I translated this elegant chaos by doing the reverse of what this girl normally does...rather than layer a shimmer over a nude, we modernized it by placing a nude over a holographic shimmer lacquer - My Dirty Little Secret - a brand new shade for Spring 2016. The effect, featuring a matte finish, is unexpectedly captivating.” — Lead Manicurist Deborah Lippmann, Founder and Creative Director

This new lacquer formula also provides the glossy look and long-wearing application of gel polish without the nail damage so this makes it a double win!



The DRUGSTORE Beauty Products You Want To Try Right Now!

January 5th, 2016


~  All affordable and worthy of a purchase.

READERS, Happy New Year and sorry for the slight disappearance act. I had major site issues due to spamming, and it took me till the holidays to resolve. I can't think of a better way to start with new product news. I am also preparing some Innovator and Newsworthy Beauty Trends for January so stay tuned.

While my son is prepping on Monday nights for his ACT's, I don't waste time just waiting around. I am scouring the local CVS and Walgreens to see what is the latest launches to share with all of you. Most are well under $20, making it, even more, appealing. I am sure there will be more, but currently, I have my eyes on these finds!

I am loving the benefits Vitamin C has on my skin. Try it, and be patient, you will find it helps brighten the skin. Now combine Vitamin C with another trend happening in Korea (a big beauty influencer) and you have a potent anti-age fighter. Essences are known to contain high concentrations of ingredients and are a vital component of the Japanese skin-care routine. Launching now is Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Hyaluronic Essence, $24.99, which is one of the first essences to hit drugstores.
Pillowy sponge compacts are all the rage in the foundation world, and now L'Oreal has an affordable one to try. L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion, $16.99, offers a medium coverage that is so easy to apply. You can control where and how much to use and I love that it is a return to the compact- It might be the next best compact to MAC's StudioFix!

I'm hearing great things about this Crayon, and Maybelline is the 'brow' master behind it. Determinded to help us create the fullest brows we can possibly have, Maybelline New York Brow Drama Pomade Crayon, $9.99 is already on the top of the makeup artists' must have list. Set in a crayon base, this pomade offers a tapered tip to help us be precise and the formula is sheer leaving us little to no room for noticeable error. I have already coveted to using the Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara, I'm sure this will be on my go-to list now too!
LOVE NUDES, you will love CoverGirl's new TruNaked Nude Shadow palette for ONLY $12.99. The colors take your eyes from natural to smoldering to glamorous in one compact. You won't be afraid to play around with this compact.

CoverGirl is on a streak this year. Taking a tip from a prestige favorite sugar lip product, it has launched Colorlicious Oh Sugar, $8.99, which is a tinted lip balm. Soothing your lips in so many ways, it offers 10 shades that will keep you smiling from now till the warm sun of spring. I'm already craving Cupcake and Caramel!

My hair goes crazy for coconut, but sometimes it gets weighed down or appears 'greasy'. Suave's Professional Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Oil Treatment, $5.99, has the right balance of frizz-smoothing and pure coconut oils that keeps my hair looking fresh, not slick. Also, you might like to try Tresemme's Beauty-Full Volume Dual Action Hair Maximizer, $4.99 that is light thanks to its gel-lotion hybrid formula that keeps hair smooth and bouncy.

Happy New Year!



December 11th, 2015


~  Don’t hide them flaunt them!

Being touted as the 'new faux glow', freckles are the latest beauty must-haves. I LOVE it, because it shows individuality and who wants to continue hiding behind these great spots. Let's flaunt them! In fact, there is a brand that has jumped on this trend early called FRECK YOURSELF and is offering the first semi-permanent freckles using stencils.

It's not launching till February, but be the first to know about it, and check it out at



December 4th, 2015


Amazon Promotion

Here's a Friday treat...

Don't miss your chance to get blowpro's best-selling faux dry, dry conditioner FREE with any full-size blowpro purchase now on! Prolong your blowouts without washing while adding shine, protection and body to dry or chemically treated hair for a complete, refreshed look. The sale begins today and runs until 12/23 while supplies last!


Pick 2:  Pantone Names NEW COLOR OF THE YEAR

December 4th, 2015


~  This is more my liking!

And this year, Pantone has picked two: Rose Quartz and Serenity are the new 2016 colors of the year. That's the message from Pantone, the color experts, which named "Serenity" -- a kind of baby blue -- and the other is Rose Quartz, a dusty pink.

These are welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Combined, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.

In beauty, Rose Quartz sets a gorgeous natural tone to the face.


imageBy Terry's Hyaluronic Sheer Nude in Bare Balm is a fusion of all the virtues found in a balm-gel, foundation and moisturizer. This delicious sheer color embellishment delivers a neo-nude veil that is rosy, peachy and irresistible.
Price: $36, Available at

Serenity shades, bring out eyes with a pop of color. This Expert Tip by Sir John, L'Oreal Celebrity Makeup Artist, states that blue will be a HIT this spring.
“Blue on the eyes is going to be one of the biggest this colors this spring. Seen all over the runways, adding bold pop in “small places” like your water line or tear ducts will be the look everyone’s going to want to rock.”


imageUrban Decay Eyeshadow in Aura revives the uber-limited-edition Oz: The Great and Powerful Palette in Glinda, this single eyeshadow features two shades in one pan.
Price: $19, Available exclusively at


imageBe sure to check out OPI Nail Lacquer in Bubble Bath the next time you are at the nail salon. It's a sweet candy pink is one of OPI’s best sellers.
Price: $12.50, Available at

AND, Smashbox's ART. LOVE. COLOR. POUT COLLECTION, $34, seems to have covered the Rose Quartz shade perfectly for lips and cheeks!


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 8th, 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 22nd, 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.


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