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

 

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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(June 14, 2014 – Source: FameFlynet Pictures)

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

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

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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Product Review: Pura Botanica Natural Soap Bar

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

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?

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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