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Archive for November, 2012

Reversible Socks by Bizcaz

The great thing about being a fashion blogger is having the opportunity to learn about new projects before they become available to the masses. I was recently introduced to a socks line called Bizcaz. The developer of the line decided to create the socks after being frustrated with the lack of variety of colors and designs currently on the market. The socks not only have trendy designs and color combinations, but are also reversible, so you get two socks for the price of one. I guess my only problem with this concept is that the socks would be dirty on the side that was exposed, so it may be best to not wear two days in a row, simply because you want to take advantage of the reversible feature.

The socks are also made with silver infused in the fabric. Silver eliminates odor causing bacteria, making the socks virtually smell-proof, and great work anyone with an active lifestyle.

The launch of the project is heavily dependent on funding, so the company currently has a campaign on Kickstarter, a website that enables entrepreneurs the ability to ask for money from supporters interested in funding their project. Each person who pledges will receive a free pair of socks. To learn more about the socks and the campaign, please visit this link.


Buy a Gift that makes a Difference: Kiehl’s Limited Edition Creme de Corps Holiday Collection

4th Annual Limited Edition Creme de Corps Holiday Collection

4th Annual Limited Edition Creme de Corps Holiday Collection

During the holidays, when you are looking for gifts for your loved ones, it’s also important to remember the people who may not be receiving anything for the holidays. This is why I always look for gifts that give back. For the fourth year in a row, Kiehl’s Since 1851 has launched its Limited Edition Creme de Corps Holiday Collection. This year, the company invited New York Pop artist Kenny Scharf to design the four-piece collection, which consists of a body lotion, body butter and limited edition collectible Kenny Scharf “Squirt.”

This collection marks the debut of the first-ever fully-wrapped Kiehl’s product—the 16.8 oz Creme de Corps bottle is fully wrapped in Globo Mundo (8.4 oz. $29.50; 16.9 oz. with Pump $48.00; 1 liter $75.00).

Up to $200,000 of net profits from the sale of all the items will support over 40 children’s charities worldwide. In the United States, 100% of the proceeds will benefit RxArt, a national nonprofit thatplaces original fine art in patient, procedure and examination rooms of healthcare facilities.

Kiehl’s Holiday 2012 collection is now available in-stores and on Kiehls.com. Stop by a Kiehl’s store near you to check out the amazing display of Kenny Scharf products, or snag one of the many assortments of Kiehl’s gift sets for someone special.


How to Transition your Skincare Regimen from Warm Weather to Cold

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Hilary Lambert is a skin care consultant for Rodan + Fields Dermatologists. She also writes a beauty and fashion blog at http://simpleaesthetic.com/. Her goal is to bring the audience simple ways to wear the latest styles in fashion and make up as well as give advice about skin care that makes it easy to get the best skin of your life. 

Here she talks about how to transition your skincare regimen from warm weather to cold…                                                                                             

It’s that time of year again! Time when the cold fall/ winter weather tends to cause major changes in our skins look and feel. For most of us, cold weather dries out our skin leaving it rough, dry, cracked and red. For others, issues like eczema or acne are heightened by these weather changes. I’m a consultant with Rodan + Fields Dermatologists (the new Anti-Aging line by the doctors who created Proactiv) and here are some suggestions on how to combat the effects of cold weather and improve the overall look and feel of your skin at the same time. I’ve also made some recommendations for the skin care products you need to arm yourself with this fall /winter season to stay looking your best even when the weather isn’t optimal.

We all know that when you look good you feel good so read on…

First and Foremost…

It’s a great time to get rid of the sun damage that you may have done during the summer months and throughout the years. We’re outside all of the time during the summer and there’s only so much protection that sunblock can give us before we start to see the obvious and not so obvious signs of aging that comes from time is the sun. This exposure causes brown spots, dullness, hyper-pigmentation and melisma which are tough to get rid of without a trip to the dermatologists office. The doctors at Rodan & Fields have made it a lot easier to rid yourself of these problems without an expensive trip to the doctor’s office.

To get your young-looking skin back, pre-sun exposure, try the Reverse regimen.

This regimen will actively fade sun-spots and other damage caused by the sun by evening out your skin tone. This system has been clinically proven to be effective by doctor’s studies and by many before and after photos taken by clients.

For example, after 2 months of using the Reverse regimen this client looks 10 years younger. (more…)


Victoria’s Secret Seduction Dark Orchid

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This week I tested one of Victoria’s Secret’s newest fragrance, Victoria’s Secret Seduction Dark Orchid ($49-$65), which launched in stores and online in October 2012. The wearer of the fragrance is described as a glamorous provocateur, with a fetish for high fashion. Whether you choose to wear it as an everyday spritz, or to induce the senses on a night filled with satin blindfolds and gilded handcuffs, it’s definitely worth a try.

Sultry notes of Midnight Orchid, Crushed Plum and Oud Wood combine to create an enticing fragrance that can easily be worn day or night. It has a very girly, sweet, fresh scent, that isn’t too strong. It’s the kind of subtle aroma that sneaks up on people as they talk to you and wonder where that amazing fragrance is radiating from, as opposed to the kind of perfume that invades the air and lets everyone know you’ve arrived. The scent lingers for most of the day, but a quick touch up is needed if you want it to last way past sundown.

In addition to an eau de parfum, the Secret Seduction Dark Orchid scent is available as a candle, fragrance wash and as a luxurious lotion.


Counting Calories on Thanksgiving? Idulge in desserts in the form of Beauty Products

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After Thanksgiving dinner, many people are often calorie counting and resign to sit back salivating as they watch their friends and family dig into yummy desserts. But why? It’s the only food-themed holiday, and it only comes around once a year, so give yourself a pass. But, for those of you who refuse, I’ve gathered a list of Thanksgiving dessert inspired beauty products you can indulge in without the worry of expanding your waistline.

Apple Pie Soap Slice, $8.50 –  These soaps look just like a real slice of apple pie. pie and smell like sweet crisp apples and cinnamon. Each slice comes in a mini bakery box and tied with a bow.

Hempz Treats Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake Lip Shine, $10.00 – This lip gloss contains a gourmet blend of natural honey and vanilla extracts, and nothing says, “Thanksgiving,” better than a combination of pecan and pumpkin.

Body & Hair Icing, Frosted Carrot Cake, $16.00 – The Frosted Carrot Cake scent is described as Warm Spice Cake topped with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Solid Lotion Bar Sticks in Banana Nut Bread, $14.99. The scent is described as “nutty and buttery with sweet ripened bananas.”


5 Cold Weather Fashion Essential Trends

Animal Print Blazer, $128.00

Animal Prints

A quick and easy way to add flare to your outfit is to add a hint of animal print. However, even easier is going from stylish to tacky when wearing animal print. To avoid overdoing any print, try it out on one piece of your outfit. If you are feeling bold, try a printed dress. Make sure that the print is not too busy, and keep your accessories simple.

Animal Print Blazer, $128.00

Belted Animal Print Dress, $158.00

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Pumpkin Scented Beauty Products

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I love the fall because beauty products in the most delectable fragrances start to emerge. I get to enjoy one of my favorite fall side dishes, pumpkin, all year round because of a special scented body wash. Although Halloween has passed and images of pumpkins are starting to be replaced with evergreen trees, there’s no better time than the present to stock up on aromatic sweet or spicy pumpkin beauty products while they are still around for the season.

1. GINGERED PUMPKIN Whipped Shea Butter Ultimate Moisturizing Body Creme, $18.00

2. ilike organic skin care, $44.00

3. Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Fragrance Mist, $14.00

4. Homemade Pumpkin Pie Shampoo, Shower gel & Bubble bath, $16.00

5. HEALTHY SEXY PUMPKIN DETOX SHAMPOO 10.0 oz By SEXY HAIR, $14.99

 


Disney Reigning Beauties Cinderella Collection by SEPHORA

Midnight Hour Eyeshadow Palette ($30)

At some point in their life every little girl dreams about being a Disney princess. The beautiful castle, handsome prince charming and happily ever after, is all too enchanting to not believe all the magic will happen in the future. Then, you grow up, reality sets in, and you realize life is not a big fairytale; yet, you can still always dream. And, what better way to channel your childhood princess memories than by using makeup? SEPHORA and Disney Consumer Products have teamed up to create a series of beauty collections focused on the individual style, personality and story of a featured Disney Princess. This fall, they have chosen to focus on Cinderella with a collection of color cosmetics, fragrances and accessories inspired by the 1950 Disney classic animated film “Cinderella.” With names like Midnight Hour and Moonlit Kiss, the colors in the makeup palette evoke the wintry feel of the movie, while being whimsical and dreamy. A few of the products are shown below. This collection is limited. Collect them all before the clock strikes midnight!

Midnight Hour Eyeshadow Palette ($30). Shades include: Gray (grey pearl inspired by Cinderella’s hair ribbon at the ball), White (pearl shimmer inspired by Cinderella’s white gloves at the ball), Champagne (champagne nude inspired by Cinderella’s skin in the moonlight), and Sparkles (charcoal shimmer glitter inspired by the nighttime sky at the ball).


Moonlit Kiss Lipstick Set ($25) Shades include: Lady Tremaine (berry inspired by Lady Tremaine’s dress), Pumpkin (light pastel peach inspired by Cinderella’s dress when the fairy godmother is changing the pumpkin to her coach), Who Is She (warm rosy mauve inspired by Cinderella’s lips when in her work dress), My Moment (pink champagne inspired by Fairy Godmother’s fairy dust).

Sephora by OPI A Brush with Fate Nail Lacquer ($24.50). Shades include: So Totally Enchanted (pearl white), Step Off, Sister! (silver blue glitter), I Blue My Curfew (deep blue shimmer ), Bibbidi-Bobbidi Pink (rose gold shimmer), Self-Maid Millionaire (gold metallic), Rags to Rhinestones (gold glitter).

 


Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Natural Anti-Aging Lipstick Stains

Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Natural Anti-Aging Lipstick Stains

FTC Disclosure: These products were provided by a pr firm for review.

Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Natural Anti-Aging Lipstick Stains

This week I tested an innovative new lip product, Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Natural Anti-Aging Lipstick by It Cosmetics. The multitasking lip flush takes the place of four products by providing a long-lasting lipstick, anti-aging lip balm, hydrating lip gloss, and lip stain all in one tube. Formulated with all-natural ingredients such as shea butter, argan, acai and jojoba, as well as ant-aging anti-oxidants, the 4-in-1 product nourishes lips and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

I tested out three colors: Je Ne Sais Quoi, a sheer pink; Pretty Woman, a light berry red; and Love Story, a richly pigmented pink (the color swatches can be seen below in the order listed).

Je Ne Sais Quoi is very sheer, and almost invisible. It’s ultta-hyradating and the perfect choice to use in place of your regular lip balm to condition dry lips.

My favorite lip flush is Love Story. It a buildable pink stain, that goes on sheer, and deepens into a bright pink shade when you apply more layers.

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Pretty Woman is another great flush. It’s a sheer red, that makes you look like you just finished eating a bowl of cheeries and the sweet juices stained your pout.

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All of the colors were extremely hydrating. I don’t have any lip gloss on in any of the pictures, and I didn’t prep my lips with a balm before applying the stains. I liked the subtle hint of color the products provide, and the ability to layer them to obtain a deeper color. They also smell amazing. Love Story and Pretty Woman have the soft smell of  berries, and Je Ne Sais Quoi has a light, sugary-sweet scent.

Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Natural Anti-Aging Lipstick Stains can be purchased online for $20.00.


Get Gorgeous Hair Whatever the Weather

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However perfectly you have styled your hair first thing in the morning, stepping out into pouring rain, hot and humid conditions, wind or snow can all play havoc with your look. It’s important to make sure you are wearing the right hairstyle to hold up to the day’s forecast if you want to avoid a hair disaster!

Our favourite celebrities are a dab-hand at keeping their look polished and red-carpet perfect whatever the season, but with a team of hairdressers and stylists to hand it’s no surprise. Here are our top tips to try at home, inspired by some of the most stylish celebs:

Mary Kate Olsen’s pretty plaits

Heidi-style braids, as worn by Mary Kate Olsen, Kirsten Dunst and Jessica Alba, are the ultimate bad-weather style. Easily done once you have mastered the technique, the style looks best when a little messy and lived-in looking, and is a great way to keep your hair looking good between washes.

Get it by parting your hair and putting in two pig tails. Braid each side and secure with elastic bands (choose metal-free ones to avoid damaging your hair), then take the left plait, wrap across the top of your head, and pin behind the right ear. Repeat with the other side.

Eva Longoria’s Half-Up Look

When the weather’s warm and your hair is naturally more curly, putting half of it up is a good way to achieve a soft and romantic look.

This is simply done by parting your hair down the middle and clipping it up on either side. You could add volume with a little back combing for an evening look. If your hair is too smooth to hold the grips, spraying them with hairspray before putting them in your hair will hold the style more effectively.

Charlize Theron’s low side bun

This is the perfect hairstyle to neaten up your look quickly after being caught out in rain or wind; you will be looking effortlessly elegant in minutes. Simply part hair your on one side, braid it to the end, then wrap into a bun shape to one side and pin, holding with hairspray if you have any to hand. This works best for medium to long styles.

Jessica Biel’s Ponytail with a difference

A ponytail is the surest way to keep your hair from getting ruined by the weather. A slicked-back style will work best for hot days; try smoothing back your hair with a medium hold gel and pull into a tight ponytail at crown height. Create texture in the ends of your hair for some nice contrast, by spritzing salt spray onto the hair and scrunching, for a tousled effect.

For a more glamorous evening look, you can try adding some volume at the front of your head, which is softer and more flattering for your face. Start on day-old hair for better grip, and back-comb gently at the roots. Spray with a strong hairspray, and create a low ponytail. Take a strand from underneath the ponytail, wrap it round the hair band, and pin in place to finish.

Author Bio:

Emily Bradbury is a fashion-lover and blogger for popular online jewellery retailer The Jewel Hut, home to over 40 big-name brands; including Pandora, Links of London and Thomas Sabo.


Facial Toners: Are they really a skin care must-have?

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Toners are one of the least used skin care items primarily because many people are unaware of their benefits. Sadly, toners are heralded as ‘unnecessary’ by many and this is downright false. If you currently aren’t using a toner already, find out why toners are truly a skin care-must have.

1. They are your cleanser’s sidekick
After you’ve cleansed your face, sometimes not every trace of makeup is thoroughly removed. This is where a toner will save the day. It ensures that every bit of dirt, oil and makeup is gone. Moreover, the tap water you’re using to wash your face may contain minerals, harmful elements and chlorine; a toner will help eliminate that from your skin.

2. They restore the pH levels in your skin
One of the unique aspects of toner is that it helps restore a balanced pH level in the skin. For instance, if a bar soap is used, that can disrupt the protective moisture barrier of the skin, rendering a pH level too high and leaving the skin feeling and looking dry. However, a toner will balance the pH in the skin if applied directly after the face is cleansed.

3. They are your serum and moisturizer’s booster
Did you know that toners enhance the efficacy of serums and moisturizers? When skin is damp with a toner and a serum or moisturizer is applied on top of dampened skin, it makes the skin up to 10 times more penetrable, thereby increasing the power of the product. Pretty cool, huh? (more…)