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Are Your Beauty Products Safe?

“In the US there are no laws that require cosmetics companies to demonstrate the effectiveness of their products,” reads one slide in a Buzzfeed video entitled, 11 Terrifying Facts About Makeup which was release earlier this year. According to the Food and Drug administration, “cosmetic companies can use almost any ingredient they choose,” the video educates viewers. For example, formaldehyde, which is known to cause cancer in humans can be found in products such as hair gel, shampoo and nail polish and lotion.

Bottom line: read the labels of the beauty products you buy and be careful of the products you chose to use on your skin.

If you want an easy way to find out if the product you are using or want to buy is safe, visit the Environmental Working Group’s website, which provides safety ratings for over 69,000 products.

If you haven’t seen it already, watch the video from Buzzfeed below. Also, check out a previous article I wrote on this blog: Weird Ingredients lurking in your Beauty Products.


New Bath & Body Collection Launches at CVS

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This month, Essence of Beauty, is adding a new indulgent collection of products to the shelves of CVS/pharmacy with the launch of its Naturally Indulgent Bath & Body Collection. Launched in 2002, the brand has become the drugstore retailer’s #1 best-selling fragrance and body care line.

Infused with nourishing, aromatic botanical ingredients and essential oils, the full bath collection is available in the following scents:

Lemon Verbena with Olive Oil – Energizing lemon verbena and soothing olive oil refresh and stimulate your senses
Eucalyptus with Mint Oil – Soothing eucalyptus and spearmint oil cool and refresh your body
Lavender with Rosemary Oil – Soft, calming lavender and rejuvenating rosemary oil relax your mind and body

Each scent includes a collection of the following bath and body products: Hand Cream, Body Butter, Sugar Scrub, Botanical Body Wash, Foaming Bath Soak, Nourishing Body Oil and Shea Butter Bar Soap.

The prices range from $5.99 to $9.99, and will be sold exclusively at CVS/pharmacy and online at www.CVS.com.


Product Review: Yes To Blueberries Ultra Hydrating Body Wash

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untitledWHAT IS IT: An ultra-hydrating body wash infused with the moisturizing powers of shea butter to improve the appearance of dry skin. It’s also loaded with the antioxidant benefits of blueberries to fight the formation of free radicals.

HOW IT FEELS: The silky gel-like liquid lathers very nicely and leaves skin feeling refreshed and clean. I have eczema, and the product does not dry out my skin and keeps flare-ups at bay. It also has a lovely smell, courtesy of lavender and blueberries.

TIP: The hardness of the bottle makes it impossible squeeze the product out. Forego trying to use the dispenser, and just unscrew the whole cap off so you can pamper your skin.

BOTTOM LINE: For the large bottle you get for the price, this is a good buy. It does the job of delicately cleansing the skin, without leaving behind and residue.

BONUS: If you have a few extra minutes to luxuriate, the body wash also doubles as a bubble bath, so that’s two products for the price of one!

PRICE: $8.99


Beauty Line Uses Geisha Beauty Secrets To Give You Gorgeous Skin

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A couple of years ago, I was introduced to TATCHA, a skincare regimen inspired by the beauty rituals of geishas, who are known for their perfect, radiant skin. I have been a huge fan of the line ever since, and carry around TATCHA’s Original Aburatorigami – Japanese Blotting Papers with me everywhere I go to get rid of excess oil when I’m on-the-go (they make me feel extra special since they contain real gold flecks).

In my first blog post about the line, I went over the four-step ritual which includes the Cleansing Oil, Enzyme Powder, Brightening Serum and anti-aging moisturizer tailored to your skin type (click here to read that post). I reviewed the full-sized products in the collection, but if you’re still a little weary about trying a new skincare routine, you now have the option to purchase the full ritual in mini-sized products with TATCHA’s Ritual Discovery Kit which includes the following:

• PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil—25mL
• POLISHED Classic Rice Enzyme Powder—14 x 1g packets
• RADIANT Deep Brightening Serum—10mL
• SUPPLE Moisture Rich Silk Cream—10mL

The Tatcha Skincare Discovery Kit provides a two-week supply of TATCHA samples

The Tatcha Skincare Discovery Kit provides a two-week supply of TATCHA samples

I love the products in this line because they are simple and really work. The PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, for example, is my go-to face cleanser to remove heavy makeup since it softly cleanses my skin without overdrying it. I usually follow the cleanser with the POLISHED Classic Rice Enzyme Powder, which gently exfoliates and leaves my skin feeling silky smooth.

The three main ingredients in the line are Green Tea, Okinawa Red Algae and Japanese Rice Bran, which also happen to be staples in the Japanese diet. Eight week clinical trials of the ritual have shown that users experienced a 50% reduction in redness and age spots, 70% decrease in the appearance of pore size, 60% decrease in the depth of wrinkles, and 155% increase in moisture retention.

If you’re interested in enhancing your skin’s natural beauty, click here to buy the two-week Ritual Discovery Kit available at tatcha.com for $59.

 


Popular Hairstyles at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

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The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards was held yesterday at the Nokia Theatre L.A. in Los Angeles, California. There were many amazing fashion and makeup looks, but what stood out the most to me was all of the fabulous hairstyles. Below are a few of my favorites, which seemed to be favorites among the stars themselves, as many of them looked identical as they donned the same hair look.

Slicked Backed Low Bun

From left to right: Nancy O'Dell, Louise Roe and Anna Chlumsky – Source: Getty Images North America)

From left to right: Nancy O’Dell, Louise Roe and Anna Chlumsky (Source: Getty Images North America)

Romantic Chignon with Wispy Flyaways

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From left to right: Taylor Schilling, Kiernan Shipka, and Laura Prepon (Source: Getty Images North America)

Side-Swept Waves

From left to right: Allison Tolman, Jamie Brewer and Shaun Robinson (Source: Getty Images North America)

From left to right: Allison Tolman, Jamie Brewer and Shaun Robinson (Source: Getty Images North America)

Which hairstyles were your favorite?


New Makeup Line Hits CVS

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A new premium beauty line has just hit the market and, no, you can’t find it within your typical high-end department stores. You can only get it at – drumroll please – CVS/pharmacy. Makeup Academy is a new quality cosmetics line developed by makeup professionals and beauty experts who wanted to bring high-quality products to consumers without the department store prices. The Makeup Academy line has more than 145 products within three categories – lip, brushes, and false eyelashes.

· Lip – The lip line contains 100 products including lipsticks, glosses, crayons, stains, liquid lipsticks, and balms.

· Professional Brushes – The brush collection includes a Pro BB/CC Cream Brush, Foundation Brush and a Point Liner Brush for gel eyeliners.

· False Lashes – The extensive range of false lashes are for both beginners and pros, and include a collection of fine and volume boosting lashes to create the perfect look.

The products are now available in-store and online at www.cvs.com/muapro and range in prices from $4.00-$24.99.


NYC: Join Rita Oraa for DKNY’s #MYNY Fragrance Launch

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This Tuesday, August 19th from 11am-3pm, join social media platform Influencer to celebrate the launch of Donna Karen’s latest perfume, DKNY MYNY, a new scent featuring notes of raspberries, vanilla, musk and Egyptian jasmine. Meet Rita Oraa, the face of the campaign, who will attend the event at Madison Square Park in NYC, and will be joined by other celebs including Rumer Willis, Hannah Bronfman, and Dominique Ansel.

Guests who attend the public party will be treated to a variety of free goodies. First, free samples of the new DKNY MYNY fragrance will be handed out. Next, Dominique Ansel, the creator of the cronut, will be giving out around 500 yummy heart-shaped gourmet pretzels, inspired by the heart shape of the new fragrance bottle. The pretzels will be covered with raspberry sugar and come with whipped honey butter dipping sauce and fresh raspberries. Guests will also have the opportunity to create their own MYNY HEART and memories.

This event is free open to anyone.

The fragrance is available for sale now in three sizes: 1 oz. for $48, 1.7 oz. for $68 and 3.4 oz. for $88


Meet The Next Generation of Hair Dryers

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image001Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q is going to change the way you blow dry your hair. The powerful, new tool boasts that its new technology is all about the three Qs: quality, quick and quiet.

Quality: The 3Q uses magnets and electronics to power the motor, which extends the life of the dryer by up to 10x.

Quick: The dryer’s ultra-fast airflow reduces drying time by up to 70%, reducing hair’s exposure to the damaging effects of heat styling.

Quiet: The 3Q makes 40% less noise with patent-pending, noise reduction technology – a foam insulation sits inside the dryer’s rear attachment piece to reduce the noise.

The dryer also features titanium ceramic technology that provides infrared heat to gently dry hair. It also features 3 rocker switches for custom heat/speed settings: 3 heat settings, 2 speed settings.

Conair will launch the tool in the U.S. on HSN in mid-August. It will then be available for sale in September at mass retailers for $119.99.


Innovative Company Fuses Fragrance & Jewelry

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Lisa Hoffman Beauty, an innovative line of that fuses fine jewelry with fragrance will be returning to HSN tonight to showcase items from the Kerala Ashok Garden fragrance jewelry collection. The collection features jewelry pieces with signature charms filled with scent infused beads that slowly release fragrance for weeks. The beads can be added or removed easily, allowing the user to experience the fragrance as they would like to. In addition to jewelry, the collection also features a traditional eau de parfum,  Kerala Ashok, for the perfume lover who would rather spritz on their fragrance.

The Kerala Ashok Garden collection contains notes of Deep Violet, Ripe Pear, Velvety Apricot and Sheer Jasmine, harmonized with Ashok flower, Musky Amber and Green-Floral Spice. The scent, which is described as romantic, aims to nurtures inner strength & balance, and targets the busy woman who needs a little reminder to take a moment to inhale and be reflective.

Tune in to HSN this Wednesday at 7pm EST to watch Lisa Hoffman Beauty on “Beauty Report with Amy Morrison” and learn how you can take home a 2oz Kerala Ashok Eau de Parfum and Fragrance Bracelet for $59.99 or the charming Kerala Ashok Garden Necklace with vintage purple bead for $39.99.

Products scheduled to be featured include:

Kerala Ashok Garden Eau de Parfum

Kerala Ashok Garden Fragrance Bracelet

Kerala Ashok Garden Fragrance Necklace


DermaSilk Brands Offers Products With Immediate Results

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On Thursday, July 24 I attended the new product launch event for DermaSilk Brands, a beauty solution company focused on creating high-quality skincare products that works immediately, so women can look their best without having to wait for the usual 6-8 week time frame to see visible results. As we all lead busy lives, products that offer instant gratification are the ideal way to look beautiful while saving time.

The line consists of 4 main products:

  1. Flawless ($30) – creates an airbrushed look within 40 seconds to immediately fill in fine lines and create an overall smooth texture so imperfections are “blurred.”
  2. 5 Minute Face Lift ($40) – firms skin and diminishes fine lines within 5 minutes.
  3. 1 Minute Wrinkle Erase Pen ($20) –smoothes under eye texture, forehead lines, and fills in fine lines.
  4. 90 Second Eye Lift ($40) – erases the look of puffiness, crow’s feet, smile creases and tightens slack skin under the eyes, for a rested look that will last up to 8 hours.

DermaSilk products are available for purchase at dermasilkbrands.com.