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Fashion Find: Mermaid Jewelry

Sterling Silver Mermaid Pendant Necklace, $79.99

I’ve always been fascinated by mermaids – legendary underwater creatures said to be are part human, part fish. From Disney’s The Little Mermaid to Brooklyn’s Coney Island costume parade these mythical creatures make a splash thought out the world in various ways. Here are ways you can rock this sea creature as a fashion accessory.

Huan Xun Women's Mermaid Charm Bangle Bracelet with Jewelry Gift Box, $4.99

Huan Xun Women’s Mermaid Charm Bangle Bracelet with Jewelry Gift Box, $4.99

Sterling Silver Mermaid Pendant Necklace, $79.99

Sterling Silver Mermaid Pendant Necklace, $79.99

Dogeared Forever Summer Pretty Mermaid Necklace, Gold Dipped, $64.99

Dogeared Forever Summer Pretty Mermaid Necklace, Gold Dipped, $64.99

Pink Mermaid Earring, $19.99

Pink Mermaid Earring, $19.99


Birthday Girl Invites you to Celebrate the Gift of Life

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On Wednesday, July 9th, 2014, I attended the Celebrate Life! Soirée’ presented by the Birthday Girl and the JED foundation at the Paramount Hotel in midtown Manhattan. Birthday Girl is a birthday apparel and lifestyle brand that was established by Mary J. Blige & her protégé, Starshell, who lost her sister to suicide at the age of 14.  The efforts of Birthday Girl are combined with JED foundation and the Love is Louder movement with the goal of breaking the stigma attached to mental and emotional illness such as depression, anxiety and body image issues.

Birthday Girl World Founder, Starshell

Birthday Girl World Founder, Starshell

The event was held to raise awareness to the mission and programs of Birthday Girl, and the celebrate life movement. Attendees enjoyed cocktails compliments of  Birthday Cake Wines and Ciroc, and had photos taken in an interactive photobooth.

Perhaps most poignant was when Birthday Girl Founder Starshell addressed attendees with the story of her personal tragedy, and encouraged the audience to share their own stories. One by one guests shared emotional anecdotes to a crowd full of strangers about losing loved ones and learning to celebrate life.

Birthday Girl shirts on display.

Birthday Girl shirts on display.

Guests also had the opportunity to shop Birthday Girl apparel available at the event – a portion every sale funds suicide prevention programs. To learn more about the organization click here.

 


Are You the Next Big Female DJ?

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Urban Beauty United (UBU), a new edgy beauty tool line, has teamed up with model and DJ, Harley Viera-Newton, to launch the UBU All Girls on Decks DJ Campaign and App. Aspiring DJ’s can enter for a chance to win a photo-shoot with Harley, a DJ Starter Kit and a full set of UBU Beauty Tools.

Hopefuls can enter now through November 30th and create a tune that they feel best expresses Urban Beauty. Harley will be judging the entries, and the final 5 that make it through will be showcased to be voted on by the public.

The goal of the campaign is to find the next leading female DJ that puts creativity, individuality and beauty into their mixes. Through the campaign, UBU is hoping to send the message that with focus, dedication, the right tools and hard work- girls can achieve anything.

Think you have what it takes? Enter now»

 


Fashion Trend: Flats

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black leather 'Rena' gold plate pointed toe flats, $114

I remember a time when flats were considered casual. Women wouldn’t dare attend a cocktail party wearing shoes that didn’t contain at least a tiny heel. Flats were the footwear women secretly changed out of before walking into a major event, and then changed back into when the night was over. Now, flats are in, and can look just as stylish as a fabulous pair of heels. Here are some flats that will keep you looking glam while wearing that cocktail dress. Try pointy flats that add a bit of sophistication to the casual flat, or solid colorblocking to spice it up a bit.

 Pour la Victoire Add to My Designers  black leather 'Rena' gold plate pointed toe flats, $114

Pour la Victoire Add to My Designers
black leather ‘Rena’ gold plate pointed toe flats, $114

Nina Pepper Evening Flats, $99

Nina Pepper Evening Flats, $99

MICHAEL Michael Kors Shala Ballet, $78.99

MICHAEL Michael Kors Shala Ballet, $78.99

Matt Bernson Mercer D’Orsay Flats – Black/Rose Gold, $176.00

Matt Bernson Mercer D’Orsay Flats – Black/Rose Gold, $176.00



Celeb-spiration: America Ferrera’s Red and Black Polka Dot Print

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America Ferrera (June 23, 2014 - Source: Bauer Griffin)

America Ferrera (June 23, 2014 – Source: Bauer Griffin)

America Ferrera looked amazing as she arrived outside the ITV Studios. Here’s how you can copy her look. But, it you don’t want to make the celebrity splurge, I also provided some options that incorporate the same pattern (black polka dots against red) that will be much friendlier on your wallet.

STEAL HER LOOK

For $498.00 (on sale by the way, it retails for $995), you too can own a blouse straight from Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring-Summer collection. It features a round collar and 3/4 length sleeves.

DOLCE & GABBANA Blouse - Spring-Summer Collection: $498.00

DOLCE & GABBANA Blouse – Spring-Summer Collection: $498.00

BE INSPIRED BY HER LOOK

Not all of us can afford to spend $500 just on one shirt. Just because America rocked an expensive blouse, doesn’t mean you can’t draw inspiration from her look to cater it in a way that works for you –  make the black polka dots on red look work for you without breaking the bank with one of these options.

Abby Shell with Polka Dots and Front Pleats, $59.00

Abby Shell with Polka Dots and Front Pleats, $59.00

Red Polka Dot Cardigan, $22.48

Red Polka Dot Cardigan, $22.48

Take the style a bit further by wearing the pattern as a dress:

Winter Audrey Dress, $102

Winter Audrey Dress, $102

Feeling Footloose Dress in Red, $69

Feeling Footloose Dress in Red, $69

With the 4th of July coming up, I think this pattern is a winner for the summer.


Celeb Style Steal: Taylor Swift’s Black Romper

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Taylor Swift looked amazing as she entered a NYC gym on June 14th wearing a classic black romper, a perfect outfit for a warm summer day. Steal her look with one of these sleek one-pieces.

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H&M Romper, $17.95

Express RUFFLED ZIP FRONT ROMPER, $55.93

Express RUFFLED ZIP FRONT ROMPER, $55.93

Forever 21 Lace-Edged Cami Romper, $17.80

Forever 21 Lace-Edged Cami Romper, $17.80

Lulu's Strap-sational Backless Black, $36

Lulu’s Strap-sational Backless Black, $36


Statement Necklaces from Paula and Chlo

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Now that summer is finally here, you can wear your best outfits for all to admire, but no outfit is ever complete without the right accessories. Jazz up your wardrobe with one of the below statement necklaces from Paula and Chlo, a Michigan based online e-tailer started by 52-year old Paula Slof, who developed the website for the modern contemporary woman to shop for everything from handbags to handmade soaps. These top necklace picks from the site conjure up summertime with gorgeous floral designs.

 

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Carried Away Rhinestone Necklace, $ 46

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Elegance in Blue Statement Necklace, $36

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Flower Garden Necklace Lavender Orange Color, $36

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Paradise in Pink Statement Necklace, $38


Kiehl’s Introduces New Men’s Line + Wants to Send you Into Space

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This month, Kiehl’s Since 1851 has launched OIL ELIMINATOR FOR MEN, a new line specifically created to address the main concern of men: oily skin. The Oil Eliminator regimen consists of three products

  • Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Face Wash, $20
  • Refreshing Shine Control Toner, $20
  • 24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer for Men, $27

The products in the line features Aerolite, an advanced material that has been used in space exploration and is the lightest solid material found on Earth. Aerolite has a highly porous structure and large surface area, which allows it to have high sebum absorption capabilities to help mattify skin, and minimizes the visibility of pores..

SOCIAL MEDIA CONTEST:

To celebrate the launch of the new line, Kiehl’s wants to send you into outter space….quite literally. Starting no through June 30th, visit www.kiehsinspace.com to enter the ‘Put Some Space On Your Face’ Social Media contest. All you have to do is take a picture of yourself, and hashtag it #SpaceFace. Random winners will be selected to have the opportunity to have their picture sent on a trip to space via a 3D custom astronaut figurine with their face on it.  Once the figurines all land, Kiehl’s will send them out to all the winners (in August) so they can proudly display their space-traveled action figures.

Interesting in sending your face on an intergalactic experience? Enter now.

 

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Upcoming Product Launches from Iluminage Beauty

Recently, I attended a press preview event for Iluminage Beauty, Inc, a luxury beauty company that makes high-performance, professional-grade products accessible to the public so users can enjoy professional results at-home, and at an affordable cost.

The company is best known for its Skin Rejuvenating Pillowcase With Copper Oxide ($60), which aims to fight the signs of aging while you sleep as it infuses copper ions into the skin to fight wrinkles.

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The at-home skin care solutions company also has a new skincare system, iluminage Youth Cell Skincare, which features a serum, eye cream, day cream with spf and a cleanser (prices range from $25-$95). The products contain advanced anti-aging ingredients to boost natural skin renewal and reduce the visible signs of aging.

This summer, iluminage will be launching its new Skin Smoothing Laser ($595), the first at-home laser device FDA-cleared to reduce fine line and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. In clinical trials 95% of the users experienced significant improvement in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in 12 weeks.

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Another new product the company is launching this summer is an at-home professional hair removal tool called its iluminage TOUCH ($455), which has been clinically proven to be effective in permanent hair reduction on all skin tones.

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To learn more about iluminage click here. (more…)


Product Review: Pura Botanica Natural Soap Bar

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If you’re like me and suffer for skin irritations such as eczema, you’re always on the lookout for gentle products that won’t cause any kind of skin discomfort, especially when it comes to showering. This is why I’m excited to have discovered Pura Botania’s All Natural Cleansing Bars, which are made with organic ingredients and essential oils. The soap bars lather nicely and rinse off cleanly, leaving behind baby soft skin.
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My favorite so far is the Chai Vanilla soap bar, which uses finely ground vanilla beans to gently exfoliate the skin, while botanical ingredients nourishes and leaves behind the sweet aromas of vanilla and chai.
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What I like most about the ingredients in the bar, is that I can actually pronounce everything on the label.
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The Natural Cleansing Bars retail for $7.00 on puraproducts.com.


NYC Event Alert: Free Makeup Class with Illamasqua

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WHAT:
Learn how to channel your inner bombshell and master the techniques to create eye-catching looks for summer with complimentary make-up lessons from Illamasqua artists at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street and SoHo. Inspired by the original beauty vixen, Brigitte Bardot, this season’s Beauty School Drop-In will teach you how to perfect sultry smoky eyes paired with a subtle nude lip. Meet with Illamasqua’s artists to hand select colors for your bespoke Bombshell Beauty look and pick up the latest expert tips and tricks for summer.

Guests will enjoy a signature Bombshell Beauty face chart signed by Illamasqua Creative Director, Alex Box, and receive a free 30ml Freak Scarab Fragrance with a purchase of $75 or more.

WHO:
Illamasqua Beauty School Drop-in is an international event held at Illamasqua counters with a unique theme to inspire all make-up enthusiasts; drop-in to discover the full Illamasqua range and enjoy complimentary lessons from professional Illamasqua artists, here to answer all your make-up application questions.

WHERE:
Bloomingdale’s 59th Street (1000 Third Avenue at 59th Street)
Bloomingdale’s SoHo (504 Broadway)

WHEN:
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Session 1: 2:00 – 2:45pm
Session 2: 4:00 – 4:45pm


Product Review: Beyoncé Pulse Fragrance

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beyonce_pulseThis past winter I received Beyoncé’s Pule, the third perfume to emerge from the superstar’s line of women’s fragrances. I recently started spritzing the blue perfume every morning for during the last few weeks, and surprisingly, I really like it.

The scent: It has a delicate fresh scent that makes you smell like you just stepped out of the shower and reminds me of Spring. It’s powdery, sweet, spicy and floral all at the same time. Beyoncé’s favorite flower, the orchid, is the base of the fragrance which includes notes of pear blossom, jasmine, precious woods and Madascar Vanilla among its other ingredients. It also last for the entire work day. I unusually apply it around 7am, and by 6pm I can still sense the aroma of the sweet perfume.

The packaging: The bottle is intentionally designed to look like it’s upside down. A chrome cap tops off the bottle, which is said to have been inspired by Beyoncé’s stage costumes.

Cost: Varies, depending on where you but it. A 1.7 oz bottle retails for about $34 at Target.


Contouring Tutorial with Tweezerman Brush iQ

Tweezerman’s new Brush iQ collection officially landed in stores last month. Here, Celebrity Makeup Artist Jackie Gomez shares pro-tips to contouring, using the new brush collection. Watch the below video to learn how to create chiseled cheek bones, a perfectly highlighted the face and an overall sculpted look.


Thinking About Going Platimum Like Adam Levine?

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untitledWhen the summertime comes around, many people tend to lighten their locks, but it came as a shock when Adam Levine debuted his new blonde look last week. Whether or not your love it or hate it, the “Sunday Morning” crooner looks to be having fun while learning if blondes really do have more fun.

“Every cool dude does it at least once: either a buzz or goes blonde,” says Redken Hair Color Consultant David Stanko. “I would use Redken Flash Lift Maximum Power Lightening Powder and a 30 volume developer to lift Adam’s medium-brown hair to pale yellow. Then, I would use Shades EQ to tone and keep it cool for a cool guy like Adam. Of course, guy or gal, Redken’s Blonde Idol is a must to maintain.”

If you’re thinking about going platinum blonde, or if you already are, it’s important to manintain you’re hair’s color vibrancy by using the right products such as Redken’s NEW Blonde Idol haircare range, which delivers a specialized haircare treatment that is meant to protect plantim locks from the sun’s rays and helps to maintain the hair’s color. The system includes the following:

1. Sulfate-Free Shampoo: This pH balancing, extra-gentle shampoo gently cleanses and strengthens to maintain the hair’s integrity.
2. Custom-Tone Violet Conditioner: Light enough for even the finest blonde hair, this custom-tone conditioner releases a custom calibrated blend of color-depositing and conditioning dual-chamber formulas to help maintain tonality. The violet contains kerabond, violet leaf extract and lactic acid to strengthen and neutralize brassiness for cool blondes.
3. BBB Blonde Multi-Benefit conditioning spray: To balance, beautify and brighten your blonde, spritz in this lightweight leave-in or rinse-out multi-benefit conditioner.
4. Mask nourishing rinse-out treatment: This lightweight, nourishing formula targets porous, damaged areas with intense hydration and smoothness to renew softness and amplify shine.

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Giveaway: Skin Authority’s VitaD Fortified Topical Elixir & Age Defying Moisturizer SPF18

skin authorityYesterday, I told you about VitaD Fortified Topical Elixir and Age Defying Moisturizer SPF18. Click here to read my full review on the two products. Today, I’m giving readers the chance to win the amazing duo, which retails for a combined $119.

***This contest is closed. The winner will be announced shortly.***

Here are the rules to enter:

1. Leave us a comment here with your email (= 1 entry).

For 4 more additional entries to increase your chance of winning (optional):

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Each comment counts as an entry. The winner will be chosen using random.org. For example if the number 4 is selected and your comment is the 4th one down, you will be the winner, so multiple comments increase your

Rules: This giveaway is open to residents of the US only. You must be 18+ to enter. One winner will be chosen at random on May 16, 2014. All entries must be received by May 15th 11:59pm EST.

*Please do not post the same comment 2x. Some comments end up in the que if there are a lot of links associated with it, and I will do my best to approve them in a timely manner.


Get Gorgeous Skin this Summer with Skin Authority

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skin authorityNow that summer is approaching, it’s critical to adjust your skin care routine. Warmer and longer days mean it’s time to add products that are oil-free, nourishing and most importantly, offer protection against the sun’s harmful rays. Prestige skin care line Skin Authority has two great products that aim to reverse the damage done by the harsh winter weather, and keep your skin glowing throughout the summer months.

VitaD Fortified Topical Elixir

This topical elixir is formulated with vitamins D2, D3, A, E, and K, as well as a powerful oligopeptide, which work together to nourish, firm and brighten the skin’s appearance. The oil-free elixir also feature’s Skin Authority’s Dry Finish Technology™.

The consistency of the formula is very lightweight. It was very easy to incorporate the elixir into my morning routine since it dries very quickly, allowing me to move on to the next step of my skin care regimen, without the usual fanning of my face or waiting for it to air-dry, which I usually experience with other morning serums. It also gives my skin a very nice glow.

Age Defying Moisturizer SPF18

Following the elixir, I’ve been using Skin Authority’s Age Defying Moisturizer SPF18, which I absolutely adore. This is a multi-benefit product as it moisturizes, contains SPF, stimulates collagen production and calms skin irritation. It’s also packed with a cocktail of antioxidants, vitamins, and fatty acids which aim to slow down the signs of aging. It’s been very hard for me to find a moisturizer that contains a decent amount of spf, and doesn’t go on chalky and leave me with a ghost face. This moisturizer melts seamlessly into the skin without leaving behind any white residue.

The VitaD Fortified Topical Elixir retails for $59.00 and the Age Defying Moisturizer SPF18 is $60. Visit Skin Authority’s website to learn more about the products and check back tomorrow to learn how you can win both products right here on the blog.


Fresh Invites you to Celebrate Mother’s Day on May 7th

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Fresh is hosting a Mother’s Day event on May 7th at Fresh Union Square with Co-Founder Alina Roytberg, where guests can customize their gifts with a Fresh spin on classics like a bouquet of roses, wine & spirits and chocolates & sweets.

WHAT:
 Celebrate Mother’s Day with Fresh Co-Founder Alina Roytberg and experience the warmth of gift-giving with indulgences from Fresh. Join Alina as she shares childhood memories of her mother and grandmother’s folk remedies and traditions that inspired bestsellers such as the Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish. Meet with Alina to customize the perfect present for Mom with a Fresh spin on classic gifts including:

A Bouquet of Roses– instead of a dozen roses, gift her with petal-powered Rose Face Mask and everyone’s favorite Sugar Petal and Sugar Rose Lip Treatments
Wine and Spirits– Help her unwind with Sake Bath Soak and Candle or champagne-inspired Citron de Vigne Eau de Parfum and Oval Soaps
Candy and Sweets– Rather than chocolates, treat her to honey and sugar-filled indulgences such as the luxurious Crème Ancienne Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask, Brown Sugar Body Scrub or Sugar Ultra-Nourishing Body Oil

Create Fresh memories this Mother’s Day, be among the first 20 people to spend $250 and receive two tickets to the Broadway blockbuster Beautiful: The Carol King Musical. Guests will also get a sneak peek at the NEW Sugar Tulip Lip Treatment SPF 15 for spring and enjoy a special Mini Oval Soap Gift set from Fresh.

WHO: Co-Founder and creative visionary behind Fresh, Alina Roytberg combines her passion for design with a love for beauty and skincare, using her incredible visual sense to render the outside of Fresh products as appealing as what’s found inside. It is Alina’s sensitivity to color and textural subtleties that make the Fresh aesthetic both familiar and completely modern.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
6:30-8:30pm

WHERE: Fresh Union Square
872 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

RSVP: 212-477-1100


Finding the perfect Hat for the Kentucky Derby

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Kim Kardashian at the 135th Kentucky Derby  (May 2, 2009 - Source: Jeff Gentner/Getty Images North America)

Kim Kardashian at the 135th Kentucky Derby
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This week I will be attending a Kentucky Derby themed party, so naturally, I had to begin looking for the fashion accessory that’s most associated with the women who attend the event – the big, fancy, hat. The extravagant hat tradition dates back to 1711 when Queen Anne enforced a strict dress code which mandated the public wear hats in her presence. Years later, headwear still remains a staple at the event, and steals more attention than the races. Below are some of the hats I think would be perfect for the special occasion.

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Flower Trim Derby Hat, $58.00

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Alexandria, $117.00

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August Adeline Down Brim Felt Hat, $31.99

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Floral Topper Straw Hat, $ 398.00


Product Review: Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Curl Condition Hair Pudding

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cocnut_oil_palmers If you follow me on Instagram you’ve already seen me rave about Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Curl Condition Hair Pudding. Considering the price of this hair wonder – a 14 0z jar retails for around $6 – it really is a great deal for an amazing product that produces results comparable to other high end brands.

After washing my hair, I apply it to my curls while they are still damp and let them air dry. Once my hair dries, the result is a perfect head of spirals. My hair is soft to the touch, not crunchy or hard, and it bounces as I walk. The best part for me is that my curls stay elongated, long after it dries and the definition stays all day. palmers coconut oil The white curly pudding has a creamy consistency and features pure coconut oil, vitamin E, and keratin. It also has a light scent, which fades throughout the day, which is great since I don’t like my hair to smell stronger than my perfume. palmers coconut oil product

The one thing about this product that I will note, is that you need to wet your hair in order to style it again the following day after using the pudding. It does build up, so you need to rinse it out of your hair daily. Other than that, it’s great.


Mineral Fusion Beauty Balm Review

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So, you know that Whole Foods is packed with yummy, good-for-you food, but did you know that you can get some amazing beauty products there? Case and point: Illuminating Beauty Balm SPF 9.

I’ve tended to stay away for BB creams, because no matter how many of them I’ve tried nothing really seem to match my skin perfectly. I also don’t feel like most BB creams live up to the hype – I am able to get a flawless look from the same tinted moisturizer I’ve been using since the 10th grade. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled upon Mineral Fusion’s Illuminating Beauty Balm, a hypo-allergenic, fragrance free all-in-one BB cream.

The product comes in one universal shade that matches all skin tones. At first, I didn’t believe this product stood a chance in matching my olive complexion when I saw the light beige color emerge from the tube, but when I put it on, it blended in seamlessly and felt weightless. My large pores were masked, my skin tone was even, and I was glowing. Although it is a BB cream, the coverage seems more like a light foundation, as it literally provided me with a flawless complexion.

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One color matches all skin tones

The BB cream is formulated with skin-soothing aloe and nourishing botanicals to provide long-lasting hydration, and also includes a unique mineral-peptide blend and natural anti-oxidants to promote younger looking skin. It also contains SPF to protect against the sun’s harmful rays.

What is it: All-in-one: Makeup + moisturizer + age-defying treatment + sun protection.

Cost: $24.99 at mineralfusion.com or Whole Foods.


Red Door Spa’s Spa Week Packages

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National Spa Week kicks off today and runs through April 27, and Red Door Spas across the country will be offering three of their most luxurious treatments for just $50 each. See below for more information on each service offered.

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Can You Repeat Your Favorite Wedding Guest Dress?

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Accessorize to Give New Life to Old Dresses

Wedding season is upon us, ladies. Your fridge door is crowded with save-the-date cards and fancy invitations to the dozens of spring and summer weddings of your friends and relatives.

Your first thought? “What will I wear?”

It’s actually a more serious question that it seems – with each new nuptial you attend, you have to plan out a dress, a purse, jewelry, and shoes that all look great together and make you feel gorgeous. And each of these ensembles comes with a pretty hefty price tag.

What stops you from befriending the local dry cleaner and wearing the same getup to every wedding are the overlapping guest lists and the corresponding fear that your repeat outfit will be the stuff of catty restroom chatter.

This wedding season, instead of dropping half of your paycheck on a new dress for every event, find fun ways to give a previously-worn frock new life.

Tailor Made

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We all have those beloved dresses that fit us like a glove – the problem is that we can’t get away with wearing them even one more time without people noticing. This is where your local tailor steps in and gives your old dress the Cinderella treatment.

A great tailor can transform your dress in a way that leaves all the things you love intact. Your options here are endless, but it really depends on the dress. Whatever you do, find a seamstress you can trust by checking out online reviews or seeking referrals from friends; you don’t want to put your favorite frock in the hands of just anyone.

Here are a few examples of transformative alterations:
• Have a long dress shortened
• Add cute cap sleeves to a sleeveless dress
• Add pretty straps to a strapless gown
• Remove sleeves/straps to create a strapless look
• Add a fun peplum
• Change out the bodice or skirt with new fabric
• For the brave, have a dress dyed a new color

Accessory to the Dress

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Really, a dress is just the start of a special occasion look. Accessories can make two women wearing identical dresses look very different. They can change the overall effect of a dress to the extent that no one will notice that the dress you have on at Cousin Ellen’s wedding is the same one you wore to Uncle Tim’s wedding a month ago.

If you know from the start that you will be repurposing a dress several times, it’s best to go with a solid color as opposed to a print – this will make it much easier to play with bold accessories. The first step is to decide on a color scheme. Be brave; choose a less common color combo for a look that will definitely make people forget that they’ve seen that dress before. If you have, for example, a dove grey dress, try all sunny yellow accents for one wedding, and then white and lavender accessories for the next one. The focus will be on your fabulous earrings, shoes, belt and purse rather than your repeat dress.

Hair & Makeup

Playing with your own natural beauty is one of the best ways to change your style. A new hair and makeup look can lend the same dress very different feels. But don’t feel like you have to spend big bucks at the salon – thanks to the hundreds of helpful hair and makeup tutorials available online, you can get a pro look at home if you’re willing to put in a bit of time and effort.

When trying to alter the appearance of your outfit, choose completely opposite hair and makeup. The first time you wear the dress, leave your hair down in loose beach waves and go for a soft, angelic look on your face. When you repeat the dress, try an elegant updo with a smoky eye and a sexy red lip. These styles are so different that no one will remember that the dress is the same.

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Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone when it comes to repurposing a great frock. Try adding new, spotlight-grabbing components that you haven’t worn before. For example, take a page out of the young royals’ fashion playbook and explore the world of formal hats and fascinators, which have made a huge return to women’s fashion in recent years.

There’s such a huge range of options available that even the most conservative fashionistas can find a suitably subtle headpiece. But, if you like making a statement with your look, opt for a larger design that adds volume and interest to your look. Just note that the larger the hat or fascinator, the more subtle your other accessories should be. The last thing you want is for your beautiful accent pieces to be competing with one another.

If Kate Middleton can rock the same dress to multiple very public events, you can surely get away with wearing the same thing to a couple of weddings this spring and summer. And, let’s be honest, finding the right accessories is the fun part anyway.

Just make sure that you’re comfortable and feel great in whatever variation of the look that you choose. If you feel beautiful and exude confidence, no one will ever question your fashion sense.

nicoleAuthor Bio: Nicole Betti is the owner of Gold Coast Couture, an online shop that specializes in high-end, formal accessories from a wide array of European designers. Nicole’s main passions are wedding hats & fascinators, which inspired her to carry exclusive collections that are rarely available in the U.S. For more information, visit http://www.goldcoastcouture.com/ or connect with Nicole on Google+!


New Product Must-Have: MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Pressed Powder

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So we’ve all been there: after applying flawless makeup you go to set everything with finishing power and you are left with a powdery mess all over your face that settles into fine lines and looks unnatural. MAKE UP FOR EVER’s new HD Pressed Powder eliminates the possibility of ruining your makeup with cakey residue with a mess-free, lightweight finishing powder that goes on virtually invisible and sets makeup without leaving behind any trace of color.

What is does:
A combination of hyaluronic acid, synthetic mica, silicone powders and silica, the powder aims to instantly blur the appearance of fine lines, large pores, shine and other skin imperfections.

How it feels:
It’s silky and lightweight.

Why I like it:
No matter how many time a day I use oil blotting sheets, my oily skin just doesn’t behave, so I’ve been apply this transparent powder throughout the day to keep shine away. No matter how often I reapply it, the product never builds up, blends seamlessly, and instantly matifies my skin for a naturally flawless and airbrushed look. I can use it over foundation to create a luminous finish or by itself for a smooth out imperfections.

Packaging:
Because the product is pressed it’s easy to carry around in your purse, without having to worry about tit spilling inside your bag. It also comes with a handy mirror, making quick touch ups a breeze.

Tips:
A little bit goes a long way. It helps to use the right kind of brush such as MAKE UP FOR EVER’s #124 Medium Kabuki Brush.

Cost:
$36 (available exclusively at Sephora)


Ashley Judd and Anthony Mackie Announce Kiehl’s Partnership

Photo credit: Alexandra Wyman for Invision

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Actors Ashley Judd and Anthony Mackie have teamed up with Kiehl’s Since 1851 to design a Limited Edition Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque series in honor of Earth Day. Made with fairly-traded Amazonian White Clay from the Marajo Island, the mask aims to detoxify skin and minimize the appearance of pores. The design of the packaging features Earth-inspired images, and depicts Judd’s and Mackie’s vision of social responsibility.

100% of net profits up to $50,000 from the campaign will benefit Recycle Across America™, a nonprofit that will use the funds to create 65,000 standardized recycling labels to offer to select K-12 schools in the United States.

“We started working with Recycle Across America in 2012 and have continued with them since,” said Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s USA. “Their mission to introduce solutions that make recycling more simple, comprehensive and effective in the United States is perfectly aligned with our Recycle & Be Rewarded program.”

The mask retails for about $23.00 for 5.0 fl. Oz. / 45g.

 Photo credit: Alexandra Wyman for Invision


Photo credit: Alexandra Wyman for Invision