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An Anti-Aging Product Worth Tuning Into

September 17th, 2014

 

~Algenist & QVC has an UNBELIEVALE deal.

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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
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*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 QVC.com. Watch it for yourself, and see what you think. I know I will stock up.

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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.
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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.
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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 susan@mybeautyberry.com. Deadline: September 15, 2014 at 9:00 PM


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My NEW Love:  Laura Mercier’s New Eau Fraiche

August 20th, 2014

 

~ An infusion of freshness.

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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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Spa-Like Skin Renewal in Your At-Home Shower

August 19th, 2014

 

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

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

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



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Get This Beauty Benefit Before You Toss This Fruit Out

August 5th, 2014

 

~  Great Tip!

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

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LIPSTICK Winners!

August 4th, 2014

 

~here are the names of the FIVE lucky readers

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

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




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

August 1st, 2014

 

Perricone MD No Makeup Skincare Line expansion.

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

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

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

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

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

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




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Today Is National Lipstick Day

July 29th, 2014

 

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

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

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

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

- Nudes: L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Fairest Nude
- Corals: Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Whitney
- Reds: Borghese B Moisture Advanced Care Lipcolour in Carnevale Red
- Orange: diego dalla palma Matte Lipstick in Orange
- Pinks: em michelle phan Lip Gallery Creamy Color Classic Lipstick in Cuddle Up Pink (as seen below)
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Lipstick has also been a 'leading economic indicator', a term coined by Leonard Lauder, Chairman of Estee Lauder. The market has shown that lipstick sales tend to increase during times of economic uncertainty or a recession and has proven to be a reliable signal of consumer attitudes over the years. Below are fun facts Amazon has searched and discovered from sales on their site:

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

My own FUN FACT: For as long as I can remember, MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Twig has been the best selling shade of all time- very well might still be true today. All the cosmetic houses wanted to copy it and include it in their line.
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Be sure to check out Amazon’s Beauty and Luxury Beauty stores- so excited em cosmetics by Michelle Phan is now selling here.

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

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Self-Adjust With Bronzing Drops

July 25th, 2014

 

~ Clarins Radiance Plus-Golden Glow Booster

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

Available for $30 at Sephora.com







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Laura Mercier Continues to Make Us Flawless

July 24th, 2014

 

~ A tinted moisturizer with all the smooth moves.

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

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

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

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







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

July 22nd, 2014

 

~ A Chubby Pencil

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




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Coocoo For Coconut

July 18th, 2014

 

~ A must-have summer ingredient.

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

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

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Get The Summer Glow

July 16th, 2014

 

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

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

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

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

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



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

July 15th, 2014

 

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

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

So here's the dish:

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

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

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

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

Find out more about the App here.

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Another Reason to be WOWED

July 11th, 2014

 

~ by Color Wow Root Cover Up

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

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

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

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

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


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The Frizz Days of Summer

July 8th, 2014

 

~ New products to keep you looking sleek and smooth.

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

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

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

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

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How To Overcome The 3 Major Summer Hair Challenges

July 7th, 2014

 

~ Aveda tells us how.

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

The THREE major summer hair challenges are:

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

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

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

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

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Winners of the Simple Skin Care Products

July 7th, 2014

 

~sorry a little late in announcing.

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

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

Congratulations to all!





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Got Polish?

June 30th, 2014

 

~ NARS new Nail Polish Relaunch

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

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

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

See more information on their site starting July 15th.




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Blurred Lines

June 25th, 2014

 

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

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

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

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

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#RoCWrinkleRanking WInners

June 23rd, 2014

 

~RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream

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

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

Congratulations!

Susan


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#GETGLOWING! Summer is Officially Here Tomorrow

June 20th, 2014

 

~A few products to have on hand.

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

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

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

NAILS
Enjoy this weekend's two kick-offs--- Summer and the World Cup, which is heating up. Get in the spirit of both with these Brazilian-inspired beauty products. OPI Brazil Collection is available in Toucan Do It If You Try, Where Did Suzi's Man-Go?, I Just Can't Cope-acabana, and Amazon...Amazoff.
Sunny and bright, these shades are what summer is all about.
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Exfoliate! All that grime, sunscreen and sweat needs to be washed away to let your skin #getglowing. Something new to try, yet is gentle on your skin is boscia Tsubaki Oil-Infused Exfoliating Powder, the grains of this powder are dried and then coated in Tsubaki Oil. Once activated with water, Tsubaki Oil is released to completely veil and treat the skin, creating a silky-smooth, brighter complexion.

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

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

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

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Show Me Your #HandSelfie

June 13th, 2014

 

~ These products will make them picture-perfect!

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

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

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

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

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

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



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



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In Defense of EYES

June 10th, 2014

 

~SPF essential this time of the year.

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

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




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

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Just BROW-sing in Westchester?

June 9th, 2014

 

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

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

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

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Palm Beach Beauty- No Travel Required

June 6th, 2014

 

~ Nars The Multiple in Palm Beach

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

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

June 2nd, 2014

 

~ Elemis

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glow
glō/
noun
noun: glow

1.
a steady radiance of light or heat.
"the setting sun cast a deep red glow over the city"
synonyms: radiance, light, shine, gleam, glimmer, incandescence, luminescence;

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

Both are available at timetospa.com.

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COSMETIC EXECUTIVE WOMEN ANNOUNCES drum rolll please…

May 19th, 2014

 

-THE YEAR’S BEST BEAUTY PRODUCTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

And this years 2014 CEW BEAUTY AWARD WINNERS are:

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

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

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

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

Anti-Aging Prestige
Clé de Peau Beauté - Le Sérum

Cleanser & Scrub
Yes to Grapefruit - Brightening Facial Towelettes

Eye Treatment Mass
Vichy - Liftactiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes

Eye Treatment Prestige
GLAMGLOW Inc. - Brightmud Eye Treatment

Lip Treatment
Fresh - Sugar Cherry Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15

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

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

HAIR
Hair Care Product
Kérastase - Initialiste Advanced Scalp and Hair Concentrate

Hair Coloring Product
Color Wow - Root Cover Up

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

MAKEUP
Eye Product Mass
L'Oréal Paris - Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

Eye Product Prestige
Dior - Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara

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

Face Product Prestige
bareMinerals - Ready To Go Complexion Perfection Palette

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

Lip Product Prestige
Clé de Peau Beauté - Extra Rich Lipstick

MEN’S GROOMING
Lab Series Skincare for Men - Pro LS All-in-one Face Treatment

NAIL PRODUCT
Dior - Nail Glow

SCENT
Men's Scent
Ralph Lauren Fragrances - Polo Red

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

Women's Scent Prestige
Coty Prestige - Honey Marc Jacobs

INDIE BEAUTY AWARD
GLAMGLOW Inc.

ECO BEAUTY AWARD
Aveda

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

BEST SELLER PRESTIGE
Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +

ICONIC BEAUTY AWARD MASS
Maybelline New York - Great Lash Mascara

ICONIC BEAUTY AWARD PRESTIGE
YSL Beaute - Touche Éclat

MOST BUZZED ABOUT MASS
L'Oréal Paris - Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

MOST BUZZED ABOUT PRESTIGE
Estée Lauder - Modern Muse Eau de Parfum

QVC BEAUTY QUEST AWARD
Dr. Macrene Skin Results 37 Actives

SKINCARE TOOLS
TRIA Beauty, Inc. - Age-defying Laser

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


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An Under $5.00 Guilt-free Purchase

May 13th, 2014

 

~NYC New York Color

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

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

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

Checkout the site for where to buy.

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Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

May 12th, 2014

 

~An industry favorite, now mine too!

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

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

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

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

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

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Q:  How To Get Rid Of Dark Circles With Makeup

May 9th, 2014

 

~Lancôme’s NEW Le Correcteur Pro Concealer Kit

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

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

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

Checkout all the shades it comes in:
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PRICE: $38
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Lancôme.com and exclusively at Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom


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Today is World Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day

May 8th, 2014

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dove Favored Over A Leading Brand Plus the NEW BEAUTY PATCH

May 5th, 2014

 

~ Can you guess?

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Bountiful Beauty Bag- yours complimentary

May 1st, 2014

 

~ Lela Rose + Beauty.com Limited Edition Makeup Bag

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

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

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

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

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

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Welcome To Your New Skin

April 30th, 2014

 

~contributing writer Eve Marx shares a fave product line.

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

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

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

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

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

~Eve Marx
Author, BEDDINGTON PLACE: Watch Your Back, Cover Your Tracks
Columnist & Feature Writer, The Bedford Record Review
Bedford Magazine contributor
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A MUST:  CeraVe NEW Eye Repair Cream

April 29th, 2014

 

~Gentle formula that gets the work done!

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

Available at Target and mass retailers nationwide, $13.99


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Seaweed’s Rewarding Benefits in One Fabulous Mask

April 28th, 2014

 

~Algenist’s Algae Brightening Mask

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

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

Available at Sephora, $59.



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Experience The RoC Academy

April 23rd, 2014

 

~Answers all your skin care needs!

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Welcome to the RoC® ACADEMY™, an e-learning program designed to provide deeper understanding of basic anti-aging history, ingredients and science. I've never before seen a more in depth, interactive experience that shares information of aging in a thorough, consumer-friendly way--- it's like taking a class on line, but this time on a subject that you want to know about!f Also included is expert video content from top New York City dermatologist, Dr. Erin Gilbert. The lessons and videos will break down common skincare myths as well as provide professional advice on anti-aging ingredients. I bet no question will be left unanswered!

Please click here to begin exploring the RoC® ACADEMY™.





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Cherry Blossom Giveaway- winner announced!

April 21st, 2014

 

~  Hada Labo Tokyo

I had the pleasure of seeing the Cherry Blossoms up close and live last week, and oh what a beautiful vision; especially when the temperatures soared into the 70s. It was delightful!

And Jacqui Tannian from Massachusetts is the lucky winner of the Hada Labo Tokyo products.

ENJOY!

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Be Fifty and Be Nifty!

April 11th, 2014

 

~ a beauty maven shares her NEW book.

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Andrea Q. Robinson has always "wowed' me. So many years ago when I was asked to meet with her regarding a beauty trend report, I was excited, nervous and never expected this one meeting would evolve to years of many more projects. Today, Mrs. Robinson is a mentor to me, a sophisticated, smart woman whom I always will continue to admire, and who I've never dreamed about creating a strong working relationship with.

Mrs. Robinson's long list of credentials begins as Beauty Editor for, Seventeen, Mademoiselle, and Vogue to launching the blockbuster Ultima II's The Nakeds neutral palette and end's with President of Tom Ford Beauty. But I refer to the word 'end' as in working for others, her new role as self-entrepreneur is only just beginning with the launch of her latest book, Toss the Gloss: Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths for Women 50+ published this month . I am also honored to have contributed to the research, tips and proofread the many beauty chapters that share her tips, tricks, likes and dislikes for how women over fifty need to look glamorous and beautiful~ and she is awfully honest in a good way giving us the 'truth' and facts that we sometimes don't want to face. All for the sake of beauty!

This is just a quick synapse of her book, which I plan on capturing more in a feature in the Beautyflash , but I wanted to share this most exciting launch and there is just no stopping this "ultimate-beauty industry insider". For now you can read about her latest review in the NYTimes .

(And I am also tickled pink to have a mention in the back of her book!)
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Who’s Going To WIN the Iconic 2014 CEW Award Seal?

April 7th, 2014

 

~The Finalists Are IN!

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The best way to compare the CEW Beauty Insiders' Choice Awards is comparing it to what the Golden Globes and Oscars are to the movie world. Celebrating its 20th year, the CEW Beauty Awards recognize the most innovative new products. This year there were 193 finalists across 32 categories, including the new Iconic Beauty Award category, were chosen from more than 760 product entries. Finalists were voted on by CEW members, more than 6,000 beauty industry executives and professionals from 1,500 companies. Again, these are experts in the industry who have created some of the most outstanding products in the industry.

CEW’s Insiders’ Choice Beauty Awards are the only beauty awards program where the finalists are chosen exclusively by beauty insiders,” says Carlotta Jacobson, President of CEW. “The roster of finalists has become beauty consumers’ most coveted shopping list as it represents the most innovative products in beauty.”

Let's get to the names that made the list.... ANNOUNCING the 2014 CEW Insiders’ Choice Beauty Awards Finalists are:

BATH AND BODY
Bath and Body Mass

Carol's Daughter - Lavender and Vanilla Body Cleansing Scrub
Dove - Go Fresh Restore Body Wash
Eucerin - Eczema Relief Body Creme
Jergens - Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer
Vaseline® - Spray & Go Moisturizer Total Moisture
Yes to Blueberries - Ultra Hydrating Body Wash

Bath and Body Prestige
Ahava North America - Dead Sea Plants Smoothing Body Exfoliator
Darphin - Silky Moisturizing Lotion
DKNY - Be Delicious Skin
Molton Brown - Pink Pepperpod Body Wash
Moroccanoil - Dry Body Oil
Shiseido Cosmetics America - Future Solution LX Total Regenerating Body Cream

SKINCARE
Acne Treatment

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare™ - One Step Acne Eliminating Pads
Hydroxatone - Anti-acne CC Cream
Mary Kay - Clear Proof Pore-purifying Serum
NEUTROGENA® Corporation - Naturals Acne Spot Treatment
Ole Henriksen - Roll On Acne Clearing Solution
Smashbox Cosmetics - Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control

Anti-Aging Mass
Avon - Anew Clinical Absolute Even Multi-tone Skin Corrector
La Roche-Posay - Substiane+ Serum
L'Oréal Paris - Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Finishing Cream
Olay - Regenerist Micro-sculpting Serum
RoC® - Multi Correxion® 5 in 1 Restoring Night Cream
Yes to Grapefruit - Dark Spot Correcting Serum

Anti-Aging Prestige
Clarins - Double Serum
Clé de Peau Beauté - Le Sérum
Estée Lauder - Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II
Origins - Plantscription Youth-renewing Face Oil
Philosophy - Time in a Bottle
SK-II - Essential Power Essence

Cleanser & Scrub
Clarisonic - Deep Pore Daily Cleanser
Elizabeth Arden - Prevage Anti-aging Treatment Boosting Cleanser
NEUTROGENA® Corporation - Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser
Philosophy - Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-aging Lactic Acid Cleanser & Mask
Shiseido Cosmetics America - Ibuki Gentle Cleanser
Yes to Grapefruit - Brightening Facial Towelettes

Eye Treatment Mass
Avon - Anew Clinical Pro Line Eraser Eye Treatment A-F33
Garnier - Skin Renew Anti-puff Cooling Eye Roller
La Roche-Posay - Redermic R Eyes
Organic Doctor - Organic Virgin Olive Oil Eye Serum
RoC® - Multi Correxion® 5 in 1 Eye Cream
Vichy - Liftactiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes

Eye Treatment Prestige
Bliss - Firm, Baby, Firm Total Eye System
Darphin - Eye Sorbet Mask
Elizabeth Arden - Prevage Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum
GLAMGLOW Inc. - Brightmud Eye Treatment
Philosophy - Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-aging Eye Cream
Shiseido Cosmetics America - Bio-performance Super Corrective Eye Cream

Lip Treatment
Fresh - Sugar Cherry Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15
Maybelline New York - Baby Lips Dr. Rescue
NEUTROGENA® Corporation - Moisture Smooth Color Stick
NIVEA Lip Care - Lip Butters
Vaseline® - Lip Therapy® Rosy Lips
Yes to Blueberries - Naturally Smooth Lip Balm

Moisturizer Mass
AVEENO® - Positively Radiant® Intensive Night Cream
CeraVe - SA Renewing Cream
L'Oréal Paris - Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil
Olay - Total Effects Moisturizer + Serum Duo with Broad Spectrum SPF 15
Simple - Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15
Yes to Grapefruit - CC Creams

Moisturizer Prestige
Bliss -Triple Oxygen Ex-'glow'-sion Vita-bead Infused Moisture Cream
Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +
Darphin - Ideal Resource Light Rebirth Overnight Cream
Josie Maran Cosmetics - 100% Pure Argan Oil Light
Origins - Ginzing Energy-boosting Moisturizer
Philosophy - Miracle Worker Overnight Age-restoring Anti-wrinkle Moisturizer
Shiseido Cosmetics America - Ibuki Refining Moisturizer

Skincare Tools
Bliss - Fatgirlslim Lean Machine
Clarisonic - Pedi Foot Transformation System
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare™ - Steamer Solutions
Olay - Pro-x Microdermabrasion + Advanced Cleansing System
Rodan + Fields Dermatologists - Redefine Macro Exfoliator™
TRIA Beauty, Inc. - Age-defying Laser

Sun Product
Coppertone - Clearly Sheer™ for Sunny Days Faces
Kate Somerville - Daily Deflector Waterlight Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ PA+++
La Roche-Posay - Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid
NEUTROGENA® Corporation - Beach Defense™ Sunscreen Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 70
Shiseido Cosmetics America - Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector SPF 43
St. Tropez - Self Tan Sensitive Bronzing Mousse

HAIR
Hair Care Product

Alterna Haircare - Bamboo Style Cleanse Extend Translucent Dry Shampoo in Mango Coconut
Aveda - Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil
AVEENO® - Nourish+ Dandruff Control 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner
Bumble and bumble - Surf Foam Wash Shampoo
Kerastase - Initialiste Advanced Scalp and Hair Concentrate
Ojon™ - Rare Blend Deep Conditioner

Hair Coloring Product
Color Wow - Root Cover Up
Garnier - Olia
John Frieda Collection - Precision Foam Colour
L'Oréal Paris - Féria Wild Ombré
Wella Professionals - Illumina Color
Zotos International, Inc. - Age Beautiful Anti-aging Permanent Liquid Color

Hair Styling Product
Alterna Haircare - Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction Leave-in Hair Perfector
Bumble and bumble - Thickening Full Form Mousse
Frédéric Fekkai - Brilliant Glossing Crème
Living Proof - Perfect Hair Day (PHD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment
Ojon™ - Rare Blend Tamer
TRESemmé - Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Serum

MAKEUP
Eye Product Mass

Avon - Mega Effects Mascara
COVERGIRL - Bombshell by Lashblast Volume Mascara
L'Oréal Paris - Voluminous Butterfly Mascara
Maybelline New York - Volum’express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara
NEUTROGENA® Corporation - Crease Proof Eye Shadow
Sonia Kashuk for Target® - Tinted Brow Gel

Eye Product Prestige
bareMinerals - Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara
Benefit Cosmetics - Gimme Brow
Clinique - Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes
Dior - Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara
M∙A∙C Cosmetics - Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow
Smashbox Cosmetics - Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner

Face Product Mass
Almay - Smart Shade CC Cream Complexion Corrector
COVERGIRL - Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation
FLOWER - About Face Foundation
L'Oréal Paris - Magic Nude Liquid Powder Makeup
Pond's - Luminous Finish BB+
Sonia Kashuk for Target® - Chic Luminosity Bronzer/Blush Duo

Face Product Prestige
bareMinerals - Ready To Go Complexion Perfection Palette
Clinique - Superprimer Face Primers
Elizabeth Arden - Flawless Finish Sponge-on Cream Makeup
M∙A∙C Cosmetics - Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation
Origins - Smarty Plants CC SPF 20 Skin Complexion Corrector
Smashbox Cosmetics - Liquid Halo HD Foundation

Lip Product Mass
Burt’s Bees® - 100% Natural Lip Gloss
FLOWER - Kiss Stick High Shine Lip Color
NYX Cosmetics - Butter Gloss
Revlon - Colorstay Ultimate Suede™ Lipstick
Rimmel London - Show Off Lip Lacquer
Sonia Kashuk for Target® - Shine Luxe Sheer Lip Colour

Lip Product Prestige
bareMinerals - Marvelous Moxie Lipstick
Clé de Peau Beauté - Extra Rich Lipstick
Elizabeth Arden - Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick
Fresh - Sugar Shine Lip Treatment
M∙A∙C Cosmetics - Mineralize Rich Lipstick
Origins - Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balm

MEN’S GROOMING
Acqua di Parma - Shave Oil
AVEENO® Men's® - Shave Gel
Dove Men + Care® - Hydrate+ Face Lotion
Jack Black - Epic Moisture MP10 Nourishing Oil
Lab Series Skincare for Men - Pro LS All-in-one Face Treatment
Molton Brown - Sport 4-in-1 Sportswash

NAIL PRODUCT
COVERGIRL - Outlast Stay Brilliant Glosstinis
Deborah Lippmann® - Celebrity Nail Lacquer in Stronger, Created with Kelly Clarkson
Dior - Nail Glow Healthy-glow Nail Enhancer
Essie - Hors d'oeuvres
Julep™ - Mighty Nail & Cuticle Serum
Sally Hansen - Triple Shine Nail Color

SCENT
Men’s Scent
Bond No. 9 New York - The Scent of Peace for Him
BVLGARI - Man Extreme Eau de Toilette Natural Spray
Ermenegildo Zegna - Uomo
Giorgio Armani Beauty - Acqua di Gio Essenza
Gucci - Made to Measure Pour Homme Eau de Toilette
Ralph Lauren Fragrances - Polo Red

Women’s Scent Mass
Avon - Passion
Coty Beauty - Exotic Jasmine by Halle Berry
Demeter Fragrance Library - Sunshine Cologne Spray
Essence of Beauty - Forever Paris Fine Fragrance Body Mist
Pure Romance, LLC - Truly Sexy
Sonia Kashuk for Target® - Eau De Toilette in Pink Innocencia

Women’s Scent Prestige
Coty Prestige- Honey Marc Jacobs
Elizabeth Arden - Untold
Estée Lauder - Modern Muse Eau de Parfum
Hermès - Jour d’Hermès
Michael Kors - Sexy Amber
Tory Burch - Eau de Parfum

ECO BEAUTY AWARD
100% Pure
Aveda
COOLA Suncare
Garnier
Intelligent Nutrients
Naturopathica

ICONIC BEAUTY AWARD
Mass

Burt’s Bees® - Beeswax Lip Balm
Dove - White Beauty Bar
Maybelline New York - Great Lash Mascara
NEUTROGENA® Corporation - Facial Cleansing Bar - Original Formula
Q-tips® - Cotton Swabs
Vaseline® - Jelly Original

Prestige
Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +
Elizabeth Arden - Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant
Essie - Ballet Slippers
Estée Lauder - Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II
M∙A∙C Cosmetics - Russian Red Lipstick
YSL Beaute - Touche Éclat


INDIE BEAUTY AWARD
7*Days of Wonder
Ciaté
First Aid Beauty
GLAMGLOW Inc.
The New Black
Vapour Organic Beauty

QVC BEAUTY QUEST AWARD
Antonym
Dr. Macrene Skin Results
Joico
Naturopathica
Olie Biologique
Senna
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What I am so very excited about is new this year, CEW and Yahoo! have partnered to create the Most Buzzed About Beauty Award to recognize the beauty products that consumers are talking about online. The winners, one mass and one prestige, will be announced at the Beauty Awards luncheon

Stay tuned, and after May 16, 2014, I will be sure to highlight the winners from each category.



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Lancôme Announces…

April 4th, 2014

 

~Lupita Nyong’o as Brand Ambassadress

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I am so very excited to share this news....Maison Lancôme is delighted to announce Academy award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o as its new brand ambassadress.
With her instinctive and sophisticated talent and one of a kind beauty, both delicate and exuding strength, 31-year-old Lupita Nyong’o has taken the world by storm. She received an Academy Award® in the category of “Best Supporting Actress” for her moving portrayal of Patsey in Steve McQueen’s acclaimed film 12 Years a Slave–making her the fourth Academy Award® winning Lancôme ambassadress. Her performance also won her many other prestigious awards worldwide, including the Screen Actors Guild® Award, the Independent Spirit Award, NAACP Award, as well as the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards' "New Hollywood Award.”
Lupita Nyong’o, a recent graduate from the Yale School of Drama, has an eclectic artistic repertoire, having performed on stage as well as having directed the award-winning feature-length documentary, In My Genes, about the reality of living with albinism in Kenya. She was recently seen in the action thriller Non-Stop, opposite Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore. The Mexican-born, Kenyan actress is an outstanding example of a natural beauty. Confident and simply true to herself, she embraces life with freshness, citing happiness as the most attractive form of radiance.

"I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancôme, a brand with such a prestigious history that I have always loved. I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman's freedom to be herself,” confided Lupita Nyong’o. Joining Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Penélope Cruz, and the recently appointed young actress Lily Collins, Lupita Nyong’o will be seen this summer in campaigns shot by star photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

They couldn't have chosen a more beautiful African Beauty!


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SkinCeutricals Resveratrol B E:  Better Than A Fine Wine

April 2nd, 2014

 

~ the new ingredient receiving the ‘buzz’.

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Back in January, I attended a SkinCeuticals event, which I might add seldom launches new products. So when they do, you attend, you listen and you get a sense of excitement in the air, because all the beauty reporters, editors and bloggers want to find out more. In fact, I over heard whispers on how much many of these experienced editors just simply LOVE the SkinCeuticals' line. Some snippets of conversations were, "these products are the best!", "I am obsessed with C E Ferulic, and wouldn't dream of not using it", "I've been using them for a year now and see a BIG difference in my skin", and "I am so excited to hear the news tonight". So now you get a better idea why I was eager to find out just what the latest launch would be. So here is the best news for wine lovers: The new SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E uses the same antioxidant found in red wine, Resveratrol, to help repair your skin—and boost its own regenerative ability. Resveratrol is definitely a buzzword ingredient, meaning skin care companies are touting its benefits in their serums and creams, and women are using the excuse of drinking red wine more to improve the quality of their skin! Personally, I rather reap the rewards by using the actual product, by I know I am not in the majority, most prefer to drink it! However, don't be fooled, Dr. Patricia Farris, a dermatologist, shared this tip, "look for topically applied formulations with a concentration of at least 1% of Resveratrol — they will be more effective than anything ingestible".

With this tip in mind, I am happy to report that this new product contains Resveratrol at the highest concentration of any skincare product on the market today, and it is paired with two ingredients, Baicalin and Vitamin E, to boost the product's benefit even more.

My thoughts: I've been using it in the evening for the past four to six weeks, and definitely have found improvements. My skin is definitely less red in the morning, looks radiant and definitely looks smoother, meaning my wrinkles seem less prominent. My skin just feels better, more taut too!

For best results, apply the SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E in the evening after you’ve washed your face. Dr. Farris highly recommends this as a nighttime serum, because the best way to reap the benefits of resveratrol is through a serum that you apply at night. "The entire body goes into repair mode at night, and resveratrol helps neutralize damaging oxidative stress and improves the skin's natural healing process by boosting natural antioxidants." And, this was news to me, Dr. Farris shared this important fact, "Resveratrol is a dual antioxidant, it neutralizes free radicals on its own, and also stimulates the NRF-2 pathway to help the body start making its own antioxidants." Any product that stimulates action within the skin receives two thumbs up from me, as it helps the repair process even more.

Many of you might be well-versed with this line and if you aren't, SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic has been the favorite in the line, but I believe it now has found its match. The best news is that these two products don't conflict with your routine, one is used during the day and the other at night. This definitely sounds like a win-win routine, and please know that after the application with both serums you can apply a moisturizer afterwards.

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A New MUST-Know in Beauty:  An Exfoliator Indicator

April 1st, 2014

 

~ courtesy of St. Ives!

No, this isn't an April's Fools joke and YES, I say it time and time again, "I am a HUGE fan of exfoliators." So when this popped into my inbox, I read it. What I love so much about this concept, is it signifies the level of strength of St. Ives scrubs, which they just added two new additions to the existing line. St. Ives's new indicator shows the level of exfoliation to help people find their best scrub match.

Important Note to Readers: Once should NEVER, EVER use a deep strength on you face under any conditions. Gentle is the way to go!
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Next time you are at the local drugstore pick up a St. Ives scrub to kick off spring, which might make an appearance this week! Scrub a dub and rub off dull and dry winter skin with one of their new scrubs and use this new handy Exfoliation Meter.

Strength Level: Gentle
· NEW: Nourished & Smooth Oatmeal Scrub + Mask exfoliates skin with its gentle strength and also hydrates dry skin. For an extra softening benefit, use as a mask by leaving on face for 5-7 minutes (SRP: $3.99 - $4.79).
· Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub helps to clear breakouts while calming redness in your skin (SRP: $3.99 - $4.79).

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·NEW: Even & Bright Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub polishes away unwanted imperfections to help even out skin tone (SRP: $3.99 - $4.79).

Strength Level: Deep
· Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub is an award-winning scrub that leaves skin smooth and brightens dull skin (SRP: $3.99 - $4.79).
· Blemish Control Apricot Scrub exfoliates to deeply clean pores and helps stop breakouts before they occur (SRP: $3.99 - $4.79).

Also, you should know St. Ives uses environmentally friendly natural exfoliants, like ground walnut shells instead of those disastrous microbeads.

To learn more, visit the world of St. Ives at or www.Facebook.com/StIves.


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My Obsession with The Multiple Sticks by Nars

March 21st, 2014

 

~ and now there’s more to obsess about.

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The Nars Multiples has been my ultimate favorite creamy, dewy stick to use on cheeks (sometimes even eyes and lips) for many years now. I probably have 8 out of the existing shade range. My favorites are (not in any specific order): Maldives, Riviera and South Beach. Recently they launched the Matte Multiples, which offers the same creamy textures, but only difference is it offers a matte finish. Definitely, on trend and great for those who have oil skin.

The new Multiples just became available, and I'm loving the Anguilla shade both due to the color and this is my most favorite Caribbean island I've ever visited. I get all sunny just wearing it.

NARS The Matte Multiple Collection, $39 each, available at NARS.


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Spring Beauty:  Get Glowing Skin Now

March 20th, 2014

 

~ These products will help you!

It's right around this time of year—when our skin begins to react to the unsure weather forecast, is it or isn't it spring yet? This weekend declares 60 degree weather on Saturday, but next week we might be in trouble with another snowstorm We'll wait and see, but if you're like me, I've been exfoliating like mad trying to rid adieu to my dull, dry winter complexion from head to toe. Here are a few of my favorite products to brighten up, and keep the warm wishes our way.
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1. Since I am a regular when it comes to exfoliating my complexion, I opt for something gentle and started using Murad Age Reform AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, which contains tiny exfoliating granules that removes all those tiny bumps. But what I love most is its creamy formula that slightly foams making it feel more lux and thick.
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2. Who doesn't desire that "GLOW" this time of year, and Dr. Gross gives us good reason to turn to these one-step pads that are a cinch to use. One swipe and you will transform dull texture and tone into brighter, glowing skin better than Mother Nature herself---- now that's natural, safe and easy. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare 'Alpha Beta Glow Pads' Anti-Aging Exfoliating Self-Tanner for Face.
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3. This is just what your body (& mind) crave, a dose of coconut smoothing over your body and the scent uplifting your mind to a tropical feel, even though you are standing right in your everyday shower. This gentle-exfoliator uses coconut husks and ground coconut shells in a creamy, moisturizing scrub to help reveal softer, smoother skin below the neck. The Body Shop Coconut Body Scrub, $20.



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TODAY:  A Special Invitation from Suave

March 18th, 2014

 

~ Meet a CELEBRITY too, but can’t say who yet, it’s a top-secret surprise!

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Receive a FREE hair makeover from Suave stylists TODAY! If you live near NYC, stop by the Broadway Plaza in Times Square between 11:30 and 1:30pm.

Here's what you need to know:
Suave Professionals has teamed up with GLAM4GOOD and a very special host of “EXTRA” and celebrity star (can't share who just yet, it's a SECRET!) and they will provide makeovers for deserving women and bring a touch of glam to women everywhere with the NEW Suave Professionals Natural Infusion range. This is a line I love, and highly recommend to all my readers!

And if you can't come down to NYC, that's okay, Suave is giving women across the country the opportunity to get and give a #TouchofGlam as well.

Check out Suave.com to:
- Register to get a sample – and give a sample – of the new products
- View the first hair transformations granted by GLAM4GOOD
- Check out the Glam Gallery to see photos from other fans and snap a selfie of your own glam moment and post it on Twitter or Instagram using #TouchofGlam for a chance to win a selection of prizes.



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Winner of the Bioelements Miracle Mask

March 17th, 2014

 

~ Did your name make the list?

Drumroll, pleasssssse.....

Karen Kummer from Utah is the luck lady. Congrats!

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The NEW Buzz:  Made in Africa

March 14th, 2014

 

~ Marula Oil

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Move over chemical formulations! As seen in yesterday's New York Times article, many luxury brands are swapping previously used ingredients for ingredients from and indigenous to Africa. We already are in the know about the latest 'ingredient' success story to come out of Africa is Moroccanoil, a hair- and skin-care company that features argan oil in their formulations. But wait there is more.

There's another “buzz-worthy” ingredient that was spotlighted in the article is Marula Oil – known as Africa’s Miracle Oil. Derived from the Marula tree.

Pioneering this ingredient trend is Nyakio Kamoche Grieco, founder and namesake of nyakio™, a collection of skincare products featuring key African ingredients and oils, including Trichilia Oil, Ximenia Oil, Mongongo Nut Oil, Kenyan Coffee and Kola Nut.

This oil is a key ingredient in the below nyakio products:
- Hydrating Eye Cream with Kola Nut
- Hydrating Face Lotion with Kola Nut, Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen
- Hydrating Lip Balm with Kola Nut

nyakio products are a highly effective way to exfoliate and hydrate skin – just in time for spring.

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How To Use Dry Shampoo and Now There’s One For Your Ends

March 13th, 2014

 

~An expert shares her tips.

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Surveys are showing that women are washing their hair less and less now, partly because lived-in texture is hot and partly because there are so many good dry shampoos on the market now,” says Ruth Roche, Artistic Ambassador for Pureology Serious Colour Care.

Roche’s favorite is Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Shampoo because it contains minerals Smithsonite and Obsidian to absorb oil rather than talc, which can make hair appear chalky. It also contains an anti-fade complex to prolong the life of hair color…bonus!

Using a dry shampoo saves a ton of time, but can be intimidating to apply. Follow these tips for best results and repeat as necessary until hair is washed.

On day 2 or 3 after shampooing, brush hair thoroughly from roots to ends.
Apply Pureology Fresh Approach to the root area throughout, holding the can about 6 inches away from head. Be sure to lift each section, so product is applied to the root area.
Use a blow dryer quickly on the areas where the product is to help absorb the oil.
Brush thoroughly again to remove oil/excess product and increase volume.
Set/style hair or run hands through and go!

Now this is something NEW: The ends of hair tend to get dry rather than oily with time, apply Pureology Dry Condition to fix that – it conditions, reduces frizz and static and increases shine,” adds Roche.



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A Beauty Tool with Some Royalty

March 12th, 2014

 

~ Beautyblender Royal

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The original beautyblender®, is being raved as the world’s leading makeup sponge applicator. I have yet to try it, but keep hearing move outstanding things about it from makeup artist who swear they wouldn't attend a fashion show or shoot without this in their makeup bag.

Now this leading makeup tool has a color twist with some royalty attached to it. Introducing the “Queen B” of all beauty sponges--- Beautyblender has teamed up with Sephora to launch the limited edition beautyblender® Royal in celebration of The Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid!

If you aren't familiar with it, here's what you need to know. Beautyblender is an elliptically shaped, non-disposable, environmentally friendly, hi-definition cosmetics sponge applicator made by celebrity makeup artist Rea Ann Silva, which was created to leave you with a professional finish and a flawless complexion.

How Do You Use beautyblender?
- Use beautyblender damp when applying wet/dry make up. When beautyblender is wet it is normal for it to expand to nearly twice its original size. Wash after use and place in the Beautyblender insert pedestal to dry.

- Bounce beautyblender against your face when applying make up. Bouncing, called stippling in the makeup world, blends makeup without creating changes in the texture or tone of your skin

- Use beautyblender's pointed side for hard-to-reach spots like around the nose and mouth, and under the eyes

- Use the round base for foundation and blush on the larger areas of your face such as your forehead, cheeks and chin

- If you have problem skin beautyblender works to cover blemishes. Use the pointed end and the stipple and twist technique to work make up into depressed areas of the face. The stippling and twisting action feathers out the make up's edges, leaving a perfect finish.

Beautyblender Royal retails for $19.95 at Sephora stores nationwide and Sephora.com.


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Nexxus Winner is Announced!

March 4th, 2014

 

~Did your name make the list?

The Oscars delayed my by a day, but the winner has still been chosen. The lucky reader is Regina Davenport from Katonah, New York!

Congratulations to you!


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Color Purple

March 3rd, 2014

 

~as in Nicole Richie’s new hair color.

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Nicole Richie has gone purple – and it's for real.

Joel Warren (master colorist and co-founder of Warren Tricomi Salons) and George Papanikolas (Matrix Celebrity Hairstylist) weighed in on Nicole’s new color.

While Joel noted that the color is “difficult to achieve without sacrificing hair’s health” and George agreed that the shade can be “damaging” and “high-maintenance,” both love the look.

WHO CAN ROCK IT?
“Anyone who is fashion forward; Considering purple hair doesn't happen in nature, you don't need to be too concerned with your skin tone, but you will need to adjust your makeup. Too much and you can start to look like a clown. Nicole tends to keep her make-up natural which is a nice combination,” says George.

HOW TO MAINTAIN IT
· “Pastel colors fade quickly, so it is important to use products that will help the color last longer. To keep this bold of a shade, you have to refresh the color weekly,” says Joel.

· George agrees, “The upkeep is a full time job. The roots need retouching every few weeks, and the pastel toner every few days, otherwise it turns into an uneven platinum blonde.”

I think I will stay with brown.

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This Just In: Oscar-Worthy BEAUTY SCOOP

March 3rd, 2014

 

~This beauty product became an overnight success.

imageOscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o – Hollywood’s newest beauty icon – carries her CLARINS HydraQuench Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm with her wherever she goes, including to the Oscars!

imageThe actress shared the love by giving Oscar host Ellen Degeneres her lip balm while Ellen was collecting money for the infamous Oscar pizzas last night, and Ellen instantly became a fan herself! This hilarious exchange became an instant social media hit, trending on twitter as #lupitaslipbalm, and has sold out almost across the country overnight!

How coincidental that it matches her dress--- which came first the lip balm or the dress.

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Oscars 2014 Beauty Update:  Camila Alves

March 3rd, 2014

 

~Best-Supporting Wife

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Camila Alves — may have been known as The Best Actor's Wife last night, but to me she scored one of the most stunning looks at the Oscars. Camila's pink gown was a favorite of the night, and the cape offering a sophisticated allure that is the latest example of Hollywood-royalty worthy.

“Our inspiration for tonight’s look on Camila is very old classic Hollywood with a modern twist featuring warm and golden tones,” says makeup artist Patrick de Fontbrune. “She’s wearing a beautiful soft flush pink/salmon Gabriella Cadena dress with an opening in the back and it is just stunning.”

Patrick offers a step-by-step guide for how he created Camila’s beauty look:

• I started by applying Votre Vu’s Champagne Kisses on Camila’s lips for hydration. Then, I began to moisturize her face first with VBeaute’s Anti-Wrinkle Protecting Serum and then applied Votre Vu’s Attentive Crème du Jour with a brush. For her eyes, I dabbed VBeaute’s Nourishing Repair Eye Cream all around.

• To even out her complexion and give a golden glow, I mixed Votre Vu’s Love Me Deux Tinted Moisturizer in Paris and St. Tropez and stippled it onto her skin using a sponge. This allowed me to concentrate and build the coverage where needed. For the more delicate areas, such as under the eyes, I used my fingers to apply to tinted moisturizer. Applying the product this way allowed me to achieve the most flawless results. Camila has perfect skin so the Love Me Deux provided just enough coverage. I really love this product because it comes with a matching concealer that makes it foolproof! I spot concealed around her nose and under the eyes for a flawless finish, then used a touch of Lingerie Pour Les Yeux in Medium over her eyelids to even out the skin there as well.

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Oscars 2014 Beauty Update:  Cate Blanchett

March 3rd, 2014

 

~Golden from head to toe.

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Do you think she knew she was winning an Oscar? She radiated 'winner'' from her dazzling gown to her nude toned makeup, all giving her a golden glow.

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Oscars 2014 Beauty Update:  Lupita Nyong’o

March 3rd, 2014

 

~Cinderella Beauty

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Duck-egg blue, Nairobi blue, when asked about the stunning dress, she replied: "I wanted to wear blue because blue reminds me of Nairobi--- no matter what you call the shade, it definitely was the color of the evening. Cosmetic houses are running to the labs to develop this shade as I type. But they can't duplicate Lupita's beauty- even though she is being compared to a Disney Princess, she sparkled all on her own. Lupita's blushing cheeks and sparkling lips added to this youthful winner's look, and the headband she wore is a much talked about hast-tag on twitter.

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Oscars 2014 Beauty Update:  Olivia Wilde

March 3rd, 2014

 

~ Her up’do and winged-eye captured a top beauty look.

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Pretty and pregnant on the Red Carpet was a definite unplanned trend, Kerry Washington dazzled in a vamp lip and Olivia WIlde stole the show for me with her impeccable makeup up and beautiful up'do. Loved everything about what she wore too, and her #cateye is a favorite on Twitter.

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Flowery Find

February 26th, 2014

 

~Clinique Cheek Pop

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While many of us are experiencing snow and a return of the polar vortex, I am still being hopeful that spring is around the corner. One way I'm putting these cold-weather blues behind me is by reaching for pretty palettes of brightness and flowery finds I can share with all of you. First on the list is Clinique's Cheek Pop ($21), which are highly pigmented blushes in an array of bright shades. The formula is more cream-like than powdery, which is perfect for my dry, older skin.

So even though I'm still covered up in winter wear, my cheeks are blushing in warming shades.

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Beauty Winners!

February 25th, 2014

 

Last week’s Vaseline Healthy Recipes are….

These two lucky ladies are the winners of the Kit.

- Mel Aberoni, Arkansas
-Jana Taylor, Oklahoma

There is another good one tomorrow--- stay tuned!

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My Top Five Favorite Beauty Looks at NYFW Fall 2014

February 20th, 2014

 

~I sum up the best from backstage.

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There are looks that are just not me, but still beautiful and trendy like the straight across eyeliner effect created by Gucci Westman. One of the eyeliner trends of the season is a straight-across style. “It requires a really precise line, so use a pointy Q-tip to clean up any imperfections.” —Gucci Westman for Revlon at the Fall 2014 Rag & Bone show.

And then there were the looks I really loved, because I can interpret them myself in the upcoming season.

Here they are:

1. STUNNING SILVERY NUDE EYE
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Charlotte Tilbury for M.A.C Cosmetics created this look at Sass and Bide.

According to Charlotte Tilbury's website: The look was "a natural, fresh, youthful look with a cool punky edge. The focus of the look was a softly smudged, glossy-metallic cream eye, paired with dewy, youthful glowing skin. The brows were brushed up, and gelled in place. I left the lashes natural and uncurled. I used M.A.C Teddy eyeliner on the upper lash line, and smudged right into the lashes. I applied it inside the lower water line for added drama and definition. A silver, gold metallic cream mix was smudged onto the lids, and blended upwards and outwards; I also applied a flash of it to the inner corner of the eye to catch the light, and simultaneously create an open-eyed, brightening effect."

2. BRAIDED BUN
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Here's how you do it:
Lead L'Oréal Professionnel stylist Amit Abraham divided hair into three precise sections that combined into a twirly braided bun at the Bibhu Mohapatra show. Artist Amit Abraham details the steps below.

- The upswept style we created is a modern interpretation of a traditional Tibetan braiding where hair is an expression of beauty, wealth and prosperity.
- First prep the hair with L’Oréal Professionnel Volumetry Root Spray to add density before blow-drying it
 smooth.
- Divide the hair into three sections, and secure each into a ponytail.
- Divide the center ponytail into two sections, and box braiding with two side ponytails. (Box braiding is a technique used to create a three-dimensional braid by weaving four sections of hair together. Leave 2 and a 1⁄2 inches of the tail unbraided and secure with an elastic band.)
- Wrap the braids in a circular shape at the back of the head, leaving the ends un-tucked and secure with pins.
- Finish with L’Oréal Professionnel Freezing Mist for a long-lasting hold, and L’Oréal Professionnel Perfect Shimmer for shine.

3. LADY-Like Nails
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4. BOLD Brows
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Th beauty message was clear at 3.1 Phillip Lim it was all about ‘rocking the casbah’, according to Francelle Daly for NARS Cosmetics. Daly built a strong, squared brow with a “tapered finish and feathered edges.”

5. FAIRYTALE/GLITTERY LIPS
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Being known as what 'fairytale lips are made of, the lips makeup artist James Kaliardos gave models at the Rodarte an edge combining part girlie (all that glitter), part bad girl(that brown shade). "It's how you imagine fairy-tale makeup," he said. He started by lining the models' lips with an eyeliner (Nars Eyeliner in Mambo), then mixed his own lip color using loose glitter, Nars Lipstick in Deborah Audacious, and Nars Larger Than Life Lip Glo a pair of iridescent lip colors done in rich shades of mauve and lavender--- giving it an extra edge.

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Target Gets A Premium Skin Care Aisle

February 18th, 2014

 

~Check-out what’s on the shelves.

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We saw the fashion industry surge when they launched affordable designer brands at mainstream, now beauty brands are continuing on the same distribution path. This month, Target will introduce a premium skin-care assortment stocked with seven brands from different countries.

The skin-care collection includes existing lines, such as dermatological brands Vichy and La Roche-Posay, as well as the AmorePacific-owned Korean line Laneige, which will be exclusive to Target in the U.S. market, and Own Skin Health, a San Francisco-based, naturally positioned antiaging range. Also included in the lineup are exclusive brands created in partnership with Target, including a line from Borghese called Borghese Age Defying Cellulare Complex, a bridge brand from Lydia Mondavi called 29 by Lydia Mondavi — her 29 Cosmetics collection is available elsewhere — and a dermatological offering from Minneapolis-based dermatologist Brian Zelickson.
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This dermatologist brand, created by, internationally renowned dermatologist Brian Zelickson—a Mayo Clinic graduate and director of the acclaimed Zel Skin Clinic in Edina, Minnesota—announces his new skincare line, MD Complete. MD Complete features an anti-aging line backed up by nearly 20 years of clinical research. The products rely on clinically effective levels of professional ingredients for better, faster results—the kind you’d expect from a Dermatologist office, yet at a third of the price of a professional skincare protocol. Zelickson has had experience formulating skin care before, working closely with the Aveda brand, and its founder (who sadly passed away this weekend), Horst Rechelbacher.

There has definitely been a buzz about this anti-aging line especially the The Advanced Wrinkle Remover, and here’s what you need to know:

The products: Restoring Cleanser, Advanced Wrinkle Remover, Dark Spot Remover, Youthful Skin Sun Shield, Eye Wrinkle Remover, Non-Irritating Pro Peel.

The results: Radiant complexion with more even skin tone, smoother texture, reduced fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots, and overall lifted and firmed appearance.

The price point: $16.99 -$39.99

Launches: NOW nationwide at Target.com and in select stores beginning in March






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Backstage Report:  NYFW/FALL 2014: Skin Secrets

February 17th, 2014

 

Skyn Iceland @ Charlotte Ronson

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What do models do if they show up to a show with less than impeccable skin? They turn to the experts at Skyn Iceland to help regenerate, brighten and awake their complexion. Here's a backstage scoop--- not many know: Founder, Sarah Kugelman, sets the 'foundation' of a flawless complexion by recommending these cult-favorite masks prior to the actual color cosmetics are applied. Of course she always recommends using her much loved cleansing cloths to ensure the skin is clean.

imageSkyn ICELAND’s must-have, Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels (I've written many posts on these, my all-time favorites) and Icelandic Relief Eye Cream (Read my post) to the area around the eyes to remove all traces of sleepless nights and endless runways. This is really the secret news, which I am sooooo very excited about, Skyn ICELAND previewed the NEW Hydro Cool Firming Face Gels, which are launching in April of 2014. They are an extension to our eye gels for forehead wrinkles and smile lines!!! The buzz backstage is everyone is really excited for them to launch and LOVE them just as much as the hydro coolers!!
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Another added tip: Once you applied your makeup, finish with Skyn ICELAND’s Arctic Face Mist to set the make up, add a subtle glow and complete the face.
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Backstage Report:  NYFW/FALL 2014: Face

February 15th, 2014

 

Nars Cosmetics @ Marc Jacobs

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NARS created the look for the Marc Jacobs AW ‘14 runway show. The look offered a tonal effect from head to toe, so makeup followed suit.
SHOW: Marc Jacobs AW ‘14

LEAD ARTIST: François Nars, Founder & Creative Director

LOOK: "The makeup look was really inspired by the collection, which is very "matte." There's nothing too silky and I wanted that to translate to the makeup. The models look like mannequins. The eyelid is a pale neutral grey and we made it look bigger by foregoing mascara." Nars noted, "I skipped mascara: I wanted the models to look like Greek statues, with no lashes and brows at all. The lips have a touch of frosted metallic silver. We used a lot of powder for a matte, porcelain finish."

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Below please find the key products used to create the exclusive look:

FACE
NARSskin Luminous Moisture Cream
Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
Radiant Creamy Concealer
Loose Powder

CHEEKS
Zen Blush
Douceur Blush
Sex Appeal Blush

EYES
Andromeda Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow (New for Summer 2014, for now try the silver side of Tokyo Duo Eyeshadow)
Sheer white shimmer side of Pandora Duo Eyeshadow
Sugared cocoa side of Kalahari Duo Eyeshadow
Sophia Single Eyeshadow

LIPS
Striptease Lip Gloss
Dione Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow (New for Summer 2014, for not try the shimmer side of All About Eve Duo Eyeshadow)


All products, except where noted, available at http://www.narscosmetics.com"> http://www.narscosmetics.com

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Backstage Report:  NYFW/FALL 2014: Skin

February 14th, 2014

 

Elizabeth Arden @ Angel Sanchez

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I always sneak around to see who is using what skin care products backstage to ensure the model's skin looks perfect. So when I heard Elizabeth Arden was working their magic at the Angel Sanchez Show, I thought this would be a great time to scoop on the products used.

imageBackstage reports that the cult-favorite 8-hour cream was used to moisturize the model's lips. Also, the Vitamin D Serum from the Red Door Spa Professional line was used to prep and revitalize the skin. To guarantee a smooth makeup application, the Hyaluronic Serum was used to deeply hydrate skin.

Makeup and hair followed suit keeping it simple: Red Door Spa experts in hair, makeup and nails, led by Woody Michleb, Cesar Olivas and Iwona Opiola created an elegant, but conservative look inspired by the “Beatas” of Colonial Latin America. Hair was kept low-key. The makeup look was minimal and conservative with a strong brow to represent the darker side of the “Beatas.” Nails were kept simple using a light grey/white shade.


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Backstage Report:  NYFW/FALL 2014: Hair

February 14th, 2014

 

Redken’s Victoria Beckham Recap

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Hair by Guido, Redken Creative Consultant

Redken Creative Consultant Guido used two key products, satinwear 02 prepping blow-dry lotion and pillow proof blowdry two day extender to create easy, undone hair at Victoria Beckham's SS14 presentation. The hair was slouchy, easy and pure luxury.

"I wanted the hair to be consistent with Victoria's simple and modern collection. The whole idea is to create that ultra rich and luxurious feeling, without doing much to the hair. The ultimate idea of luxury in the beauty industry has changed dramatically in the last few years. It used to be fantastic and grand, but that doesn't really translate anymore, especially with younger designers like Victoria Beckham. It is all about the subtle details that make a big different on the end result."

Create the Look:

1. Apply satinwear 02 prepping blow-dry lotion to damp hair
2. Create a messy center part
3. Allow hair to dry naturally
4. Wrap the hair around 2" curling iron to create additional movement if necessary
5. Spray pillow proof blowdry two day extender on mid-lengths and ends for added texture
6. Pull hair back into a loose low ponytail and secure with a hair elastic

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Backstage Report:  NYFW/FALL 2014: Face

February 14th, 2014

 

Shiseido’s @ Narciso Rodriguez.

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“It’s about modernity, transparency and light” – Dick Page, Shiseido Artistic Director
I love everything about this look. The understated beauty radiates the runway, and here's Shiseido’s Get The Look information from the Narciso Rodriguez.

Created By: Shiseido Artistic Director Dick Page
· Inspiration: “The collection is bold – evolving architectural shapes, panels of colors, and amazing color contrasts. She should look light in it.”
Products:
-Eye: Lids got a hint of green-gold or pink using the NEW! for Fall 2014 Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Static (BL215), offset by strong, natural brows.
-Lip: “Super real” lips were created with a light dab of the NEW! for Fall 2014 Lacquer Rouge in Viola (RD728) and a slight highlight on the cupids bow with Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Static (BL215).
-Face/Cheek: Sheer and Perfect Foundation moisturizes for pure, gorgeous skin.

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Backstage Report:  NYFW/FALL 2014: Face

February 14th, 2014

 

Shiseido’s @ Narciso Rodriguez.

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“It’s about modernity, transparency and light” – Dick Page, Shiseido Artistic Director
I love everything about this look. The understated beauty radiates the runway, and here's Shiseido’s Get The Look information from the Narciso Rodriguez.

Created By: Shiseido Artistic Director Dick Page
· Inspiration: “The collection is bold – evolving architectural shapes, panels of colors, and amazing color contrasts. She should look light in it.”
Products:
-Eye: Lids got a hint of green-gold or pink using the NEW! for Fall 2014 Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Static (BL215), offset by strong, natural brows.
-Lip: “Super real” lips were created with a light dab of the NEW! for Fall 2014 Lacquer Rouge in Viola (RD728) and a slight highlight on the cupids bow with Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Static (BL215).
-Face/Cheek: Sheer and Perfect Foundation moisturizes for pure, gorgeous skin.

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A New Ring of Concern Lurking in Your Sink

February 11th, 2014

 

~ Microbeads!

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In the past weeks, I tried a new toothpaste, I believe it's from Crest, and noticed every time I brush my teeth I'm left with tiny green beads in the sink. I thought it was just me, not targeting my rinse down the drain, but since I brush my teeth at least three times a day, I realized the residue was piling up. This morning I came across this article in today's NYTimes, which made me think of all these green beads lingering in water treatment vessels, which ultimately land up in our water system, lakes, and environment. Further reading made me become more aware that these beads are found in scrubs and other beauty products as well.

Here's how you can see it for yourself:
Take the products in your home that contain abrasive or exfoliating quality. Dissolve it into a bowl of hot water, then strain it through a piece of cheese cloth. Those little round bits are polyethylene or polypropylene micro-beads. Once these go down your drain, it mixes with the water for future travel.

So we might want to now think twice before we purchase products with abrasives in it. I myself, rave about exfoliating products, but there are also other products to use which don't affect our water system and dissolve. The companies that use these tiny nurdles, or ‘€œmicro-beads’€ as scrubbers in their products, have plenty of alternatives, like pumice or hard seed husks.

Let's reconsider our choices, I now know I will.

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2014 New York Fashion Week Beauty Recap

February 10th, 2014

 

~ butter LONDON at Nicole Miller

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I thought it would be fun to start the season of trends off with NAILS so I will turn to the experts at butter LONDON to share the news.

butter LONDON’s Global Colour Ambassador, Katie Jane Hughes, was backstage to create the nail look at Nicole Miller’s A/W 2014 show. Here's the scoop.

Designer: Nicole Miller
Lead Manicurist: Katie Jane Hughes, butter LONDON Global Colour Ambassador
The Scoop: The collection was inspired by strong women warriors. Predominant colours in the collection included dark plum, light olive, wine, aqua and black paired with muted jewel tones.
The Look: Katie applied butter LONDON Nail Foundation to the nails followed by butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Union Jack Black. She then matted the look by applying butter LONDON Matte Finish Topcoat. Using a thin striping brush, Katie applied butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Knees Up – starting at the cuticle and creating a feather or flame like design along the nail. The shiny finish of Knees Up served as the perfect contrast to the matte black lacquer that popped at the tips.

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RoC’s Beauty Winners

February 10th, 2014

 

~sorry for the delay, but here’s the list!

Here are the FIVE lucky readers who WON the NEW RoC 5-in-1 Multi Correcxion Beauty Balm.

-Gabriele Werthman
-Micheline Meredith
-Ellen Sloan
-Kristina Alexander
-Margie Hodges

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Stephanie Seymour Reigns as a New Beauty

February 6th, 2014

 

~ For Estee Lauder!

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Stephanie Seymour is proving that 45 is merely a number, and at no age should you stop living your dreams. This model from the '90s made the cover of many magazines like Cosmopolitan and Harper's Bazaar. Personally, I remember she always had the best hair and perfect lipcolor! Her children are older now, and so is she, but her beauty still remains intact and wanted.

Stephanie has already shot the new Estée Lauder campaign with photographer Mario Sorrenti, and the photos will be seen this Fall, so sorry no sneak peeks here!

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Spring is in the Horizon, And These Shades Will Get You There

February 5th, 2014

 

~ Laura Mercier Spring Colour Story - Spring Renaissance

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It's so refreshing to start seeing Spring Shade palettes in stores. The colors are bright, and give us hope that warmer weather is in sight. Up first is this beauty of a collection from Laura Mercier’s 2014 Spring Colour Story. This new, limited edition Spring Renaissance Collection hits counters this month, and provides all of the essentials for a flawless, youthful appearance.

The Inspiration:
· Spring Renaissance brings a new day, a new beginning and a new you
· It’s a time to reinvent yourself with shades that shine and shimmer and colours that cast a happy, youthful glow

The Look:
· Warm and fresh tints of colour, with glowing, luminous skin
· Cheeks are celebrated in fresh, pearly peaches and energetic corals
· Sense of purity and innocence in the look

imageI have my eyes on the Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette, $55, which includes four eye shadows in shimmering neutrals and two blushes in pops of colour to create the perfect look for the season- it's all there and one shade is more prettier than the other.

Available at Macy's and other retailers nationwide- including Lord & Taylor.

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February 4th, 2014

 

~ Sweetheart Nail Art from Jin Soon Choi

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Jin Soon Choi, Founder of the JINsoon Nail Lacquer line and Jin Soon Hand & Foot Spas, has created super cute nail art for V-Day this year!

Follow her step-by-step below to easily get the look from home!

How-To:
Step 1: File and shape your nails in a natural square or roundish shape.
Step 2: Apply a base coat like JINsoon Power Coat.
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Step 3: Apply a pink shade on the entire nail bed (here, Jin Soon gives you a sneak peek of Dolly Pink from her SS14 collection).
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Step 4: Apply JINsoon Coral Peony on one side of the nail, covering about 3/4's of the nail bed and ending in a subtle curve to create half of the heart shape. Then repeat on the other side, taking special care to intersect the two sides at the center of the nail.
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Step 5: Apply JINsoon Coquette on one side of the nail covering about half of the nail bed and ending in the same subtle curve as you did when applying the Coral Peony. Repeat on the other side, again taking special care to intersect the two sides at the center of the nail.
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Step 6: Finish with a high-shine top coat like JINsoon Top Gloss.
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About Jin Soon Choi
Jin’s work is consistently featured in every single cover of Italian Vogue, top magazine covers and editorial pages. Her celebrity clientele includes: Lady Gaga, Olivia Wilde, Kerry Washington, Scarlett Johansson, Drew Barrymore, Julianne Moore, Anne Hathaway, Taylor Swift, Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts, Michelle Williams, Emma Stone and numerous others.


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Score Smooth Skin!

February 1st, 2014

 

~St. Ives gives you touchdown worthy skin.

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Thankfully, the polar vortex is on a hiatus for Sunday’s game, but it still won’t be a heat wave! The fans at the game and at home still need to moisturize to help protect skin, keep it smooth; especially since Monday's forecast calls for snow. So whether you are packing for the weekend or staying home be sure to include a St. Ives daily lotion to be your own champion of the game!

St. Ives Daily Hydrating Vitamin E Body Lotion, $4.99
St. Ives Naturally Soothing Oatmeal & Shea Butter Body Lotion, $4.99

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A Mask For Your Eyes Only

January 30th, 2014

 

~You need to know about this one.

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Shiseido discovered after many years of researching the skin that the eye area is a complex spot with many different problems: wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness, dryness and sensitive to name a few. That's why you're going to LOVE this NEW product launching in February, Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask ($63), which targets it all. [What's also great, you can buy a 3-pack for $17.50, which sounds more affordable than $63; especially if you just want to give it a try.]

It is a mask that you place under the eyes, which I prefer rather than one over the whole eye area. This allows me to continue to do my 'stuff' without it slipping off- never time to just relax and enjoy the 15- minute spa-like treatment; since I am a big multi-tasker. When you remove the mask you'll see it's magic right before your own eyes--- it improves the appearance of eye area wrinkles and helps brighten dark circles and dullness with advanced Pure Retinol Micro-Infusion Technology. The mask itself is made from cotton and stretchy fibers to ensure it snugs around the eye area transporting the must-needed ingredients to this area.

So when your eyes are tired, turn to this mask as your SOS treatment, pronto!
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Beauty Alert!  Jergens BB Body Perfecting Cream Skin Cream

January 29th, 2014

 

~  Beauty insiders are clamoring to get their hands on this must-have new product.

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The new Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream has been selling like crazy--- almost to the point of being GONE, according to their publicity department. Also, Naomi Watts debuted it on the Red Carpet during awards season and looked glam doing so!

Launching this month, Jergens® BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream, the very first BB cream for the body in the U.S., debuted for sale online and in retailers, and has begun to sell out at select online retailers at a historic, rapid pace. Apparently, consumers are now turning to eBay where Jergens® BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream is currently being resold to the highest bidders at twice the original retail value. As the latest innovation from Jergens® Skincare, this head to toe solution delivers five visible skin perfecting benefits in just five days: Illuminates, visibly firms, evens, and makes skin look virtually flawless just by moisturizing.

With women nationwide going to great lengths to snag this prized item, make sure to go in-store immediately to Target, CVS, and Walgreens to get your own bottle of Jergens® BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream while supplies last. If you love the effortlessly perfect look of a facial BB and wish you could get a flawless looking effect for your whole body, you’ll be thrilled with the hydration plus noticeable skin enhancing benefits combined into one simple step. Available in two custom-created sheer formulas—one specially designed to optimize all light skin tones and one for medium to deep skin tones—women of all ethnicities can enjoy smooth, even, visibly firm, bright and hydrated skin.

The best part of all: It blurs imperfections.

This non-transfer formula goes on sheer and dries quickly, so all anyone sees is flawless looking skin. So don’t get left out of this must-have trend—get yours before they’re gone.

WHERE TO FIND IT: In-Store at Target, CVS and Walgreens

WHAT IT COSTS: $12.99

OR, maybe you will be lucky and WIN it here. My Beautyberry is GIVING AWAY ONE to a lucky reader. To enter, send me an email at susan@mybeautyberry.com, add JERGENS in the subject. Deadline: 1/30/14 at midnight EST. Good luck!

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Cold Temps Call For These TWO Must-Haves For Your Bag

January 27th, 2014

 

~Nivea and Vaseline will save you this winter.

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Forget about who wore what at last night's Grammy Awards. The one question my friends and readers keep asking me, "Is what can I use on my dry lips and hands".

I don't hesitate to share this blue Nivea tin and this mini-Vaseline jar, which should be a MUST in your bag, car, and night table. Why? The Nivea Travel Sized Creme Tin is ideal for intensive moisturizing, which your hands call for this time of year, and the small size allows you to carry it around and reapply. Added Tip: A model friend of mine shared, when on shoots in Europe they would use this creme under her eyes and patted over her lips for extra moisture.

Same holds true for these Vaseline minis which are also available in Original, Coco Butter and Rosy Lips. I am coveted to Rosy Lips and don't leave home without it, but it is so difficult to find, I believe it is sold out all the time so when I find it, I buy it in multiples.

Both items won't cost you more than $3.00- probably less, and the Vaseline Minis is found on a cardboard backing next to the Vaseline Body Lotion. It looks like this, but not sold on line. In stores only.

imageAnd lastly, many also have been experiencing dry, itchy skin- I highly recommend you go buy a tub of CeraVe or Curel. The ceramides in these products work their magic to help combat that dreaded dryness.

Feel free to let me know if you LOVE my reccos at susan@mybeautyberry.com.

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Latest Hair Color Trend in Hollywood

January 21st, 2014

 

BRONDE

Do you want the "IT" color? According to Rita Hazan, Celebrity Colorist, "Bronde" is the newest color star, which is the perfect balance between blonde and brown. Many celebrities who are naturally brunette have gone "bronde," paving the way for the "it" color trend to become most popular.

Here are different ways, according to Rita Hazan, you can achieve the look.
image- Beyonce has a darker complexion for her skin type, it's best to leave her natural color and slightly lighten it up. The darker roots allow her to go lighter without looking washed out. To give the color more depth, leave darker shades on the top, middle and bottom, and lighten hair throughout to create dimension and keep skin looking warm and glowing during the winter months.
image- Jennifer Lopez has a richer and fuller color. To get a similar look color the underneath as if the lighter color is almost hidden and peeking out, which will enhance the brown effect. This will create an illusion of volume, making the hair look thicker.
image- Jessica Biel's hair is more sun-kissed and colored more towards the middle of her face, creating a blended look rather drastically going too blond or too dark. This color technique created more of a sophisticated and mature look. The face framing highlights soften the face without washing her out since she has a lighter skin tone.



imageTo maintain this great color, try using Rita's Ultimate Shine Color Gloss for vibrancy between salon visits. Available at Sephora.com for $26.

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Mark Your Calendar:  Night Out at the W

January 21st, 2014

 

~ Neutrogena & Walgreen’s pair up for a special event.

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I am excited to share an exciting night out with Neutrogena at Walgreens (Night at the “W”).

Here's what you need to know:

What: Night at the W
When: Thursday, January 23
Time: 4pm-9pm
Where: Nationwide at Walgreens

When you stop by your local Walgreens you will receive:
· Complimentary samples
· A chat with Walgreens chic Beauty Advisors
· Buy 1 Get 50% off all Neutrogena® products (excluding Sun Care and Trial Sizes)
· A chance to win an unforgettable trip for two to Nashville, TN to visit some of Hayden Panettiere’s favorite hot spots, and even get a makeover from a leading makeup artist!
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**All you need to do to WIN the trip to Nashville is purchase any Neutrogena product between 4-9pm on January 23rd, and you’ll receive a code at checkout with instructions on how to enter.

To learn more about the event, visit the Walgreens website www.Walgreens.com/nightatthew for additional details.

GIVEAWAY: My Beautyberry is going to kick-start this event and offer ONE lucky reader the opportunity to receive an assortment of Neutrogena Cosmetics! Enter here now by sending me an email at susan@mybeautyberry.com and add Neutrogena in the subject, plus your name and address in the body. Good luck. [Deadline: 1/22/14.]
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Miranda Kerr latest role…

January 16th, 2014

 

~ as the U.S. Spokesperson for CLEAR SCALP & HAIR

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Miranda Kerr has been named the first global ambassador for Clear Scalp & Hair, a brand that entered the market in 2012 with a focus on treating the scalp rather than the ends.
No doubt Miranda has head-turning hair and an impeccable sense of style, making her a perfect fit for representing this product line. Kerr will star in a national advertising campaign appearing on TV, in print and on digital properties this month to reveal the secret behind her resilient, beautiful hair.

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And check out these new CLEAR SCALP & HAIR products launching this month:

NEW Intense Hydration range:

· NEW CLEAR SCALP & HAIR Hydration Shampoo and Hydration Daily Conditioner are resilient to dryness for 24 hours of soft, hydrated hair*. Leaves hair beautifully strong from root to tip.
*When using CLEAR shampoo and conditioner

· NEW CLEAR SCALP & HAIR Deep Hydrating Treatment Mask provides up to 95% more hydrated hair in 3 minutes*. Leaves hair beautifully strong from root to tip.
*When using CLEAR shampoo and mask vs. non-conditioning shampoo

Models, or should I say Victoria Secret Models in particular, have had no trouble contracting with hair companies lately. Giselle Bundchen recently was named the newest Pantene spokesmodel too.

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Golden Globes Beauty Report: Runway, Flawless Skin

January 13th, 2014

 

~ Find out the product that gave Naomi Watts’ skin that glow.

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Australian beauty, Naomi Watts walked the red carpet last night in a skin baring dress showcasing flawless skin. The secret that gave her skin that glow? BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream ($12.99,)- the latest innovation from the experts at Jergens Skincare. Celebrity makeup artist, Pati Dubroff helped her achieve her overall look.

A never-before-seen in the U.S., the Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream is a breakthrough that provides 5 beautifying benefits in one moisturizer for a flawless appearance. The formula hydrates, illuminates, evens skin tone, visibly firms skin, and minimizes the appearance of imperfections. The all-in-one moisturizer contains an exclusive blend of natural Shea Butter, skin smoothing emollients, and a Firm Perfecting Complex™ to enhance texture and luminosity. The luxurious formula absorbs into skin to provide immediate benefits as well as long lasting visual improvements with continued use and features a patent-pending Self Adjusting Tone Technology. imageThe non-transfer formula goes on sheer and dries quickly, providing optimized benefits for both Light and Medium-Deep skin tone ranges.



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Golden Globes Beauty Report: Julia Roberts

January 13th, 2014

 

~Makeup by Lancome

Julia Robert's overall fashion look didn't impress me, but no doubt her beauty still shined on the Red Carpet. Below is the list of cosmetics from Lancome she wore to complement her classic black/white look.
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Golden Globes Beauty Report:  Pretty Nail Look

January 13th, 2014

 

~ Copy Zooey Deschanel’s glamorous 3D nail design.

I am not sure if you missed it, but I did, and glad I got the lowdown on this pretty glam nail look that is so easy to do with L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nail line.

Nail artist, Tom Bachik, got inspired from the beading in Zooey's beautiful gown.

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INSPIRATION: Tom played off Zooey’s Oscar de la Renta gown which had architectural beading at the top and splashes of sparkle throughout the skirt. They wanted to create a nail look that had a classic, vintage, Old Hollywood feel and decided on a 60s-inspired floral motif (offsetting the dress’s architectural elements). The result was a luxe, glamorous 3D design with soft tones and splashes of metallic gold.

STEP-BY-STEP:
STEP 1: After prepping nails, Tom created an offset French manicure using a pastel yellow polish, L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail Versailles Romance in Crème Puffs (discontinued); He applied the polish along the tip of the nail on an angle, swooping upward at two thirds of the way creating an off center point.
STEP 2: He applied L’Oréal Paris Magic Top Coat Collection in True Gold (discontinued) with a striper brush along the top of the French tip to soften the line between the tip and the bare natural nail
STEP 3: Apply one coat of L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail Top of the Line top coat ($5.99)
STEP 4: Once dry, Tom used different size gold studs to create the center of the daisies to give the nail a 35 effect; The daises were randomly placed, off center and sometimes overlapping.
STEP 5: Using L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail in I Will! ($5.99), he used a small detail brush to create the petals
STEP 6: He finished the look off by adding more of the gold glitter polish over the daisy centers, blending out onto the petals.
STEP 7: To set the entire look, apply one coat L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail Top of the Line top coat ($5.99)

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Golden Globes Beauty Report:  The Hostest with the Mostest

January 13th, 2014

 

~Amy Poehler’s hair how-to.

AMY POEHLER (HAIR)
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Amy Poehler is proving to be the finest host (along with Tina Fey) the Golden Globes has had in a long time. In addition, she is a beauty to look at. Her hair is always meticulously in an up' do or elegantly styled with soft sleekness. Here's the know-how behind the look.

HAIR STYLIST: Mara Roszak
INSPIRATION: To complement the clean lines and classic silhouette of Amy’s stunning Stella McCartney dress, Mara wanted her hair to have a more polished, sleek feel.

Here's how to achieve her simple, yet elegant hair look.
STEP 1: Mara started by applying L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It High Lift Creation Spray ($4.99) to her roots
STEP 2: She blew dry the hair with a medium sized round brush
STEP 3: Then, she added waves to her hair with a 1 ½ inch barrel curling iron
STEP 4: Once the hair was set, she loosely brushed it out for a soft, loose-waved look
STEP 5: For extra shine, she sprayed L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Sleek It Strand Smoother Serum Spray ($4.99) all over Amy’s hair before finishing the look with L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Lock It Weather Control Hairspray ($4.99)

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Who NAILED it!

January 13th, 2014

 

~Essie sure did, and find out what shades the stars wore.

Classic, Sophisticated Nail Polish Shades Take Center-Stage at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards

Here's the lowdown on what shade they wore:

Actress: Cate Blanchett
essie shade: au natural ($8.50/www.essie.com)
Inspiration: “We chose essie’s au natural – the perfect sheer nude with just a hint of sparkle to pick up the light on the red carpet,” said Celebrity Manicurist, April Foreman. “We wanted to keep everything elegant and clean – from her nails to her hair and makeup – for a classic red-carpet look.”
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Actress: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
essie shade: brooch the subject ($8.50/www.essie.com)
Inspiration: “essie’s brooch the subject – a creamy cashmere cameo – was chosen to complement Julia’s orangey-red gown,” said Celebrity Manicurist, Emi Kudo.
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Actress: Taylor Schilling
essie shades: berry naughty ($8.50/www.essie.com)
Inspiration: “Taylor wanted a very classic, elegant look and essie’s berry naughty was the perfect oxblood shade,” said Celebrity Manicurist, Beth Fricke. “It looked absolutely gorgeous against her dark, kelly-green gown!”
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Actress: Jessica Chastain
essie shades: poor li'l rich girl ($8.50/www.essie.com)
Inspiration: “Set against Jessica’s gorgeous black gown, a red nail was a no-brainer,” said Celebrity Manicurist, Christina Aviles. “essie’s poor li'l rich girl was the perfect deep red to stand out against her dark dress.”
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Golden Globes Beauty Report

January 13th, 2014

 

My #1 HIT.

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Cate Blanchett was the epitome of elegance: Her skin flawless, her Grace Kelly-inspired hair perfectly styled, and her Armani Prive gown was elegant and sexy with the back plunging way low. And to top it off, her speech defined eloquence in every way. She always has that 'wow' appear.

As you will see below, layering is key in achieving a perfect hue. And, Cate's secret to flawless skin? Using the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask prior to makeup application.

Here is what you need to know to achieve my favorite beauty look:

THE LOOK: Soft and Romantic

THE INSPIRATION: "We didn't want to do the expected red lip to go with her gorgeous Armani black gown," Said Lobell. "So we went the softer route. No harsh lines. Instead, I blended colors for dimension."

THE PRODUCTS:
Eye - Lancôme Hypnôse Waterproof Custom Volume Mascara - Jeanine piled on layers and layers to both the top and bottom lash line, combined with individual flares, to create dramatic lashes.
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Intuition and Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Emervielle - By blending the pinky-beige and goldy-beige shades and dusting them from the lid to the lash line, in addition to adding a pop of Emervielle to the lid, Jeanine was able to create dimension without using any liners. Nars Brow Shader and Brow Gel - Jeanine created a defined but not too harsh brow

Face- Nars Highlighting Blush in Satellite of Love and Lancôme Translucence Mattifying Silky Press Powder-Jeanine layered both powders in order to highlight Cate's defined cheekbones.

Lip- Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick in #502 Scarlatto and #509 Boudoir - Jeanine layered #509 Boudoir (a nude rose) on top of 502 #Scarlatto (a raspberry rose)

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Now on to hair.... to achieve this sophisticated underwrap hairstyle Robert Vetica used Vidal Sassoon Pro Series and shared these steps.

1.First prep damp hair with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Boost & Lift Foaming Air Mousse, applying throughout the hair for lift and hold.
2.Create a low side part and then starting in the back, take a medium boar bristle round brush and blow dry hair down and away from the face, keeping hair flat. Apply a bit more mousse to the front of your hair to help shape your style while giving extra hold to your look.
3.Once hair is dry, begin curling it. Using a ¾ inch curling iron, take hair in the back of your head, separate into 2 inch sections and curl.
4.Once the curled hair has cooled, backcomb to create texture and roll hair up into an “underwrap” style, pinning the look into place. Once all the hair has been rolled and pinned, pull a few pieces of hair from the “underwrap” to create a natural look with a little texture.
5.To finish, spray hair with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Flexible Hold Hairspray to lock your look in place.

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A New Year To Get Skin Glowing

January 7th, 2014

 

~Colbert MD Illumino Face Oil

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This weightless facial oil is just what your skin needs for a super glow. In fact, it works so well that a movie set in NYC requested bottles of Colbert MD Illumino Face Oil for makeup kits, which was to be used on actresses skin before makeup application. It's that good! You will understand why it works so well when you hear the two specialty ingredients: Retinol + Vitamin C. Combined together, this oil is a youth-boosting powerhouse. Celebrity dermatologist, David Colbert, MD, founder of Colbert MD Skincare and New York Dermatology Group in New York also shared he has mixed argan, borage seed and marula oil into the oil for additional glowing benefits..

Oh, I forgot to mention, Dr. Colbert and his group also see everyone from the Victoria Secret Angels prior to their BIG December Show and Angelina Jolie also turns to him for continued beautiful skin.

Available at colbertmd.com for $125.

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Skyn Iceland Winners!

December 19th, 2013

 

~ Fresh Start Mask

Here are the lucky THREE:

-Margie Kolesky, California
-Laura Salley, Connecticut
-Teresa Grant, Texas

Congratulations to all and may your skin LOVE this treat!



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Still Need A Fancy Beauty Gift?

December 19th, 2013

 

~ Check out these options…

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Today's NY Times Style section mentions the popularity of designer's merging with beauty companies to introduce limited edition gifts. Even if you aren't all intrigued by the formulas you will certainly be fancied by the package! But hurry, once they are gone that's it, bye bye!

(I have my eyes on the clutch by Thakoon and I absolutely LOVE Clark's Botanical, so it's a win-win!

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Salon Secrets

December 12th, 2013

 

~The things your hair stylist won’t tell you

I found this to be funny and quite honest thanks to Ted Gibson who shared the truth!

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I Have A Blush Crush

December 10th, 2013

 

~ Introducing the NEW Lancôme Blush Subtil Palette Blush & Glow Trio.

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I am a mixer. I hardly ever use one facial tint, one blush or one shadow. I think you get the most natural glow or look when you mix a few shades together. That is why I have a blush crush on Lancome's new line. There are a total of three shade combinations: Ménage à Trois Kissed has a flirty pink for the essential day look and a sexy golden peach shade to take your style to the next level for a night on the town.Ménage à Trois Glow gives you a flawless complexion with a warm variety of shades. Ménage à Trois Flush offers an elegant, natural look that simply warms your cheeks---- all help you to create the perfect, natural yet sexy glow for every mood and every occasion.

Here are some great tips to create your best blushing look from Lancôme National Celebrity Makeup Artist, Darais:

· In winter months, you should take a break from your bronzer, especially if you are going for a natural beauty look.
· For light skin use Flush, for medium skin use Kissed, for dark skin it’s all about Glow. Apply shade 1 softly to the center of the cheek apples. Use the second shade to buff and blend over it in a soft pressing and swirling motion. Less is more with shade 2. Use shade 3 to highlight on the cheek bone, brow bone, and inner corners of the eye.
· You can also set lipsticks with these blush shades for longer bleed proof and more matte wear. Just lightly dab it on your lips to give you a great shine without lip gloss, or even under lip gloss.

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An Expert Weighs-In On My Daily Beauty Routine

December 9th, 2013

 

~ Find out what she thought and products she recommends.

I turned to the expert *Dr. Erin Gilbert, who is a Board Certified Dermatologist practicing in New York City, to review my daily beauty routine, and offer any advice she would like to share.

ME: In the evening, I always wash my face before bedtime! I alternate with a gentle foaming cleanser/Clarisonic and an enzyme exfoliator most times.
Dr. Gilbert: Washing your face before bed is one of the most important elements of your skin care regimen. It removes the surface layer of toxins that have accumulated throughout the day that age your skin prematurely. These include exhaust, dirt, eczema causing pollens and dust, as well as oxidative stressors from ambient pollutants.
Alternating your cleanser is smart move, and a habit that I have adopted as well. Sticking to one cleanser often doesn't produce the best results because your skin texture changes from day to day, particularly if you are using a retinol. Some days you need more moisture if your skin is feeling a bit drier, and using a gentle cleanser will rebalance your skin's pH and moisture level. On other days you need to gently strip off an extra layer of accumulated grime or flakiness. The take home message here is to not scrub your skin aggressively. Scrubbing your skin with harsh and abrasive beads or cloths leads to broken blood vessels, and worsens redness and inflammation.

imageME: I exfoliate my face in the shower 3 to 4 days a week- I love the new Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx Peeling Gel that just peels off dry flakes rather than rubbing something abrasive on the skin
Dr. Gilbert: Chemical exfoliators that contain either lactic, glycolic or salicylic acid are a great way to get your skin glowing without the harsh scrubbing.

ME: Once I pat my skin dry I use an oil or Vitamin C Serum and let this absorb into my skin.
Dr. Gilbert: All products are more effective when they are applied to freshly exfoliated skin, so good call! The one caveat here is exercise caution with skin oils. Some people can use them and some simply can't without breaking out. There is no rhyme or reason for this. I've actually discussed this with the top lipid biochemists in the industry who study acne and they don't even know why! Want to know my theory? I believe that there are fundamental differences in people's oil producing glands. Some people's skin just naturally produce more oil. If you are in that category, you can handle an oil added back to your skin. If you are not a natural oil producer, you will break out if you add oils back to your skin and lighter serums are a better option for you.

imageME: Then I normally wait an hour if time allows and alternate with a retinol product like RoC Deep Wrinkle Night Cream or an overnight moisturizer mask that is thick. I love the Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial (and the new Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial)
Dr. Gilbert: You can't ever go wrong with a retinol and in fact I insist that my patients use them. Here's why: retinols increase the rate of skin cell turnover. This improves overall skin radiance as well as reducing fine lines and wrinkles, improving sun spots, and even preventing acne breakouts.
(I couldn't agree more with Dr. Gilbert and the over the counter retinols like Roc's retinol line are effective, easily accessible and affordable.) However, overnight moisturizing masks are a great way to boost skin moisture if you have more mature or dry skin. Younger skin may not benefit and may run into problems with some of these heavier products, however! Beware of acne!

ME: In the morning, I don't wash my face and only splash very cold water on it.
Dr. Gilbert: Cold water contracts blood vessels and shrinks pores, resulting in a fresh, even skin texture. If you have thoroughly cleansed your skin the night before this may be enough of a regimen in the morning. If you wake up with raccoon eyes and make up on, head for a morning cleanser---- I'll, jump in to share, remember you should NEVER sleep with makeup on, major no, no!

imageME: I then apply a lightweight vitamin C serum, followed by an eye cream (I use many different ones including RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream.)
Dr. Gilbert: Vitamin C has antioxidant properties and can protect your skin throughout the day from oxidative stressors in your environment. Be sure to use a powerful and effective C. Also, eye creams are a must once you pass the 30 mark! They target fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. Those containing retinol, like the RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream, and those containing sunscreen, actually prevent skin aging in this delicate region.

ME: Once the serum is absorbed, I apply a day moisturizer (may or may not contain SPF, but my m/up tint that I use always contains SPF15/30).
Dr. Gilbert: Suncreen of SPF 30+ is a must, and most moisturizers with SPF are not actually SPF 15 or 30. I use Skinceuticals, Elta MD or La Roche Posay Mineral SPF on top of my moisturizer to ensure adequate protection.

Dr. Gilbert shares some additional tips:
- INVEST in a humidifier to help combat the drying effects of the winter.
- REAPPLY sunscreen! The American Academy of Dermatology tells us that in order to effectively prevent skin cancer, we should reapply our sunscreen every two hours! You can apply a liquid or, more conveniently, a mineral powder formulation. I like Jane Iredale or color science products.
- LIFESTYLE is the most important element in skin aging. Period. Your skin reflects your health from the inside out. If your cells are starving and toxic your skin will show it. Exercise increases blood flow to your skin, which is the largest organ in your body.

Well, I am pleasantly surprised that my skin care routine measures up to receive the doctor's approval. I know my skin can absorb oils well without breakouts so I take full advantage of this, and I am very wise to use products containing RETINOLS. I DO apply sunscreen everyday, but I normally only reapply it when I am on the beach or in the sun for an extended amounts of time; however, I learned it should be done daily for full protection. I hope you will find some of Dr. Gilbert's approved tips helpful and adapt them into your lifestyle as well.

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*I am excited to share that both Dr. Gilbert and I share a same title---- RoC Ambassador!

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Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year

December 5th, 2013

 

~ Expect to see lots of purple.

The color "Radiant Orchid" has been unveiled by Pantone as the 2014 Color of the Year. I welcome this warm, confident shade of purple, but unfortunately know it doesn't look that great on me. I already began to see it in my Barre classes as it hit the fitness scene a few months ago and look forward to seeing it light up the world a little more.

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My Locks Feel Young Again!

December 3rd, 2013

 

~ Ouidad Omega 3- Replenishing Hair Treatment

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I've been having some hair despair, for a while now, probably the past year. It hasn't been with with the cut or color, thankfully I found a new team that I love, but with the texture. It lacked luster, shine and softness.

I recently received some Ouidad products in the mail, and due to the nature of my hair- straight- I don't get an opportunity to try her curly-product line. But, this Omega 3- Replenishing Treatment seemed like a good one to try and I wasn't disappointed. I've been using it for only a month, and definitely have been seeing some great hair benefits. I use it as an add-on after I condition my hair in the shower three times a week, so it's easy to use, and it never weighs my hair down or makes it too soft--- I was concerned about this. It gives my hair exactly what it needs: Hydration + Shine.

It contains Omegas, which I imagine does the trick and I figure if it is so good for your body, why wouldn't it work wonders for your hair. This potent blend of omega fatty acids (Omega-3, 6 and 9), helps restore the natural lipid barrier of the hair and fortifies its protective surface layer.

This formula also contains Ouidad’s proprietary amino acid cocktail—including flax seed oil, passion fruit seed oil, and acai pulp oil—the formula recreates the protective lipid barrier and rehydrates the hair shaft, restoring and replenishing lost moisture. And an extra special ingredient is harvested from the seed of the macroloba tree, indigenous to the Amazon rainforest, the certified organic macroloba oil in the formula helps to promote softness and shine as it delivers both conditioning and reparative benefits.

This product gets two thumbs up from me, and worth a try to help restore hair's youthfulness and breathe new life into hair that needs a reboot.

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Keep Calm & Shop On - It’s CYBER Monday!

December 2nd, 2013

 

~So many to choose from.

What's wonderful about today is that you don't need to leave the comfort of your home or work environment to shop some great deals. I pulled together a list of amazing ways to save- so start clicking!
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EM Cosmetics by Michelle Phan- ONE FOR ME, ONE FOR YOU, Today only, you will be able to buy any of our favorite products or shades of your choice and get the same product for free!

Sephora – Use code SHIPNOW for free shipping on orders on $25 or more. They are offering wonderful gift sets for both cosmetics and skincare. PLUS: if your order online, you can get one of 5 awesome mystery bag samples (and they’re always good) by using the code SUSPENSE.

WELEDA- It's a Natural Holiday at this website, and today's the last day to enjoy 25% off the entire site and receive free shipping on orders over $50. A few of my favorites on the Almond Oil, Skin Food Moisturizer and all the 'Rose' products! Use Promo Code: MONDAY.

Kiehls- Chooses from 4 Delux offers & FREE shipping on every order, use code: BIGTREAT.

C.O. Bigelow- You can find hard to locate brands, and many European favorites at this legendary apothecary, they’re offering 25% off C.O. Bigelow products online only through Monday, December 2, 2013. Use code Turkey1838 and FREE shipping on orders of $49 or more.

Drugstore.com- a site that offers so much in beauty is offering FREE shipping on orders of $25 or more- how great is that! Also, 25% off fragrances and many more wonderful offers.

The Body Shop - Today save 50% sitewide + free shipping with any $30 purchase on the DO GOOD products. And more good news, proceeds from all gift set sales are dedicated to building five schools in India, Nepal, Ghana and Honduras.

butter LONDON- Today ONLY they will be gifting customers with 20% off site wide (excluding product marked at “last-call”) and 50% off “last-call” items. Unlock these deals using the code CYBER13.

AHAVA – is offering 40% off the entire site, as well as a Double Mineral Hand Cream set (Two 100ml Hand Creams) for $17.90 (a $42 value.) Go for the Velvet Body Washes, any of the bath salts and do not miss the Body Mud.

meetmark Cosmetics - get 30% off sitewide plus get a FREE Hook Me Up Bag, enter code MARKTOTE30.

Bliss Spa- give the 'gift of Bliss' and save 20% off all full size Elemis and Remede products (sets not included). You can also purchase a $200 bliss gift card for only $160 (valid on http://www.blissworld.com and at bliss spas.)

H2O Plus - now you can save $50 off your $100 purchase. Enter code CYBER1 at checkout.

NYX Cosmetics- storewide sale 40% off EVERYTHING, I crave their eye palettes, which are so
affordable and beautiful! FREE shipping on orders $25 or more, and no code required.

Trish McEvoy - enjoy 20% and FREE shipping on all orders and 4 special gifts too! Enter code:TMHOLIDAY.

Spa Sonic Face and Body Polisher- here are some great deals on this dermatologist-recommended product - at Walgreens http://www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/beautydeals.jsp Spa Sonic is $29.99 and can be found under the Beauty page “weekly deals,” as well as, the Main Cyber Week page OR Target http://www.target.com/c/skin-care-beauty/-/N-5xtzj#?lnk=gnav_beauty_11_49&intc=1314588|null Spa Sonic is $32 and can be found under the Beauty Section Cyber Week Deals, as well as, Skincare section “Give the gift of Glowing skin" OR at Drugstore http://www.drugstore.com/save-on-beauty-products/qxc282716 Spa Sonic is $35.99 and can be found under the Cyber Monday Deals page.


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No Surprise ‘SELFIE” is the Word of the Year

November 22nd, 2013

 

~Here are some tips for your best SELFIE.

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In case you haven’t heard, Oxford Dictionaries just announced that the word “selfie” is the 2013 “Word of the Year”! So while this term may have first surfaced in Australia back in 2002, it’s become an irreplaceable part of everyday vocabulary in recent years to define a “self-portrait typically snapped with a smartphone and shared over social networks.”

While a smile is also something to keep in mind when preparing to snap any photo, the key to a perfectly fabulous selfie is great skin. To achieve the best look to be captured, here are some tips to highlight the ways to take a perfect selfie:

· Prep your peepers the night before with the moisture-rich, line-fighting moisturizer RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream. It’s a retinol-based formula that’s specially formulated for the delicate eye area. It helps even out dark circles and puffiness so you don’t have to use too much cover-up for photos
· Lighting is key – anything from using the natural sun light to tilting a desk lamp just right will help illuminate and set up the shoot for success
· Before you cover up unwanted blemishes with concealer, dab on the Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment. It dries clear and helps reduce pimples in only four hours with the two percent salicylic acid formula
· Apply a skin-smoothing primer, like the RoC Instant Facial Smoother. It’s has a lightweight, silky formula that evens out imperfections (goodbye fine lines!), illuminates dull skin for a brighter complexion and creates a perfect canvas for makeup
· Pat down skin with blotting tissues to whisk away excess oil before you start snapping photos. Try the Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets which soak up shine without smudging makeup or leaving behind powder

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All products mentioned are available at your local CVS/Pharmacy Stores and mass retailers nationwide.

imageGIVEAWAY: MBB is givingaway THREE RoC Instant Facial Smoothers to our lucky readers. ENTER now by sending me an email to susan@mybeautyberry.com with RoC in the subject to win. Deadline: 11/22/13 at midnight (EST).



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Say YES to Carrots Giveaway!

November 19th, 2013

 

~ Win a chance for a mini.

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Starting YESTERDAY, Yes to is launching their BIGGEST SWEEPSTAKES EVER and giving away 10,000 of their most popular travel-sized products! The timing couldn’t be better as we are all traveling for Thanksgiving and looking for last minute stocking stuffers, and these Yes to products are both TSA-approved and make great holiday gifts!

NOW through Friday, November 29th, enter the giveaway on Yes to’s Facebook page for a chance to win Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes and exclusive travel-sized Yes to Blueberries Ultra Hydrating Body Wash and Yes to Grapefruit Rejuvenating Body Wash. These travel sized body washes are exclusive to the sweepstakes and not available in stores!

You can also check out these fun animated videos depicting the infinite ways Yes to’s most popular product – the Cucumber Towelettes – can be used. Whether you forgot to take off your makeup in the middle of the night, going out on the town with your girlfriends or hate the feeling of tired panda eyes, these towelettes have you covered!



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Beauty Winners!

November 18th, 2013

 

~St. Ives Fresh Hydration Lotion

These THREE lucky readers WON a St. Ives Spray.

-Lois Wilde, Texas
-Helene Beyer, New York
-Linda Surles, Virginia

More giveaways to come. Stay tuned!

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Get Whipped & Support ‘Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry’

November 15th, 2013

 

~Kiehl’s limited edition partnership.

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Creme de Corps "Grapefruit" -limited edition- Whipped Body Butter hydrates your skin with a fresh citrus scent while the purchase of it will support Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Campaign.
Kiehl's has worked it out so that 100% of net profits (up to $100,000) of Limited Edition Creme de Corps Whipped collection will support this campaign to help end childhood hunger in America.

To date, Kiehl's has raised over $6000,000 through previous charitable holiday initiatives and this iconic lotion is loved by so many, it's an easy win/win for all who purchase to benefit.

Visit the Kiehl's site for more information.

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