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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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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

 


Pureology Launches New Hair Strength Cure System

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Our hair often endures many different processes from heat styling to hair coloring that results in damage. Colour treated hair especially may suffer from mechanical damage micro-scarred damage as a result of the penetration of colour pigments during processing. To combat damaged/micro-scarred colour-treated hair, Pureology introduced Strength Cure this month, a comprehensive reparative haircare system that improves hair strength and softness.

“Damage is a core issue for virtually all of my clients. From heat styling to colouring, their hair is really put through the ringer,” says Natasha Sunshine, Pureology Artistic Ambassador and owner of Pureology’s Flagship Salon, Byuti. “With Pureology’s NEW Strength Cure, I can see strength improvement, added softness and vibrancy immediately.”

The first of its kind, the system uses Asta-Repair™ to heal, strengthen, and protect hair from colour oxidation. Asta-Repair™ features Astaxanthin, one of the most powerful carotenoids, with up to 500x the an antioxidant action of Vitamin E that is 10x more powerful than beta carotene. Astaxanthin is coupled a unique AntiFade Complex, which helps to ensure colour preservation. Keravis, Ceramide and Arginine, are also included in the Asta-Repair™ system, and helps replace the depleted cysteine content inside the cortex, while also helping to heal the micro-scarred cuticle to restore a velvet touch.

Here is a list of the products available in the line:

Shampoo, $27 (8.5 oz)
Gentle formula cleanses and helps fortify hair with a soft finish.

Condition, $29 (8.5 oz)
Opulent formula instantly conditions and detangles, improving hair’s touch and light reflection.

Masque, $50 (5.2 oz)
Our lush conditioning masque intensely fortifies and helps reduce breakage for increased strength and shine.

Fabulous Lengths, $28 (3.4 oz)
Luxurious serum for micro-scarred/damaged colour-treated hair helps strengthen the hair fiber to help reduce breakage and bring softness to even the most breakage prone strands.

Split End Salve, $28 (1.7 oz)
Strengthening salve with high concentration of coconut oil penetrates the hair and coats the surface, softening and conditioning your most porous ends.


Get $10 Off Your Next Blowout

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Now that Spring is finally upon us and the weather is warming up, it’s time to get ready to ditch the winter hats and reveal those gorgeous locks thatt have been tucked away for the last few months. Give your hair a glamorous makeover at The Red Door, with their new express beauty service, Red Carpet Blow Dry, which deep conditions to instantly repair and smooth hair for a silky, shiny finish in just 15 minutes. The professional results may last up to 3 shampoos and can be added as an enhancement to any hair service. Created for all hair colors and lengths, this treatment is available at all Red Door Spa locations.

For a limited time, The Red Door is offering $10 off you next blowout. Here’s how you can take advantage of this special promotion:

1. Snap a selfie of you fabulous blowout
2. Post it on Instagram between now and March 31, using #TheRedDoorGal and @RedDoorSpa
3. Show to the front desk team upon checkout and receive $10 off your blowout.

Who doesn’t like taking selfies or getting a fabulous blowout? Hurry over to your nearest Red Door location. The Selfie Cash promotion ends March 31st.


Smoothie of the Month: Get Glowing Skin with Guava

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March is National Nutrition Month, and what better way to observe the occasion than by finding a way to use nutrition to beautify our skin. That’s why I’m pleased to announce a new feature on the blog: “Smoothie of the Month,” where I’ll feature smoothie recipes that are not only good for you on the inside, but will allow your outside to be beautified as well.

This month’s smoothie was inspired by the tropical fruit guava. Native to Central America, guava contains many nutrients which are good for the skin including vitamins A, B, C, lycopene and potassium, all of which reduce the impact of aging and keeps the skin radiant.

Since the delicious fruit is hard to find in-stores, for this recipe, I used half a bag of GOYA® Guava Fruit Pulp, l banana and half a can of crushed pineapple and blended the ingredients together in a mixer. The result was a yummy sweet concoction filled with healthy fruits, no added sugars and many skin benefits. Let me know if you give this smoothie a try. I’d love to hear what you think!


Discover Radiant Orchid with SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE

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COY_skubanner_DR1v3_03What: Unleash your inner radiance with the SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Color of the Year Collection in Radiant Orchid. Be among the first to experience Radiant Orchid’s deeply flattering flush and ravishing glow:

- Reveal your radiance: Receive a custom Radiant Orchid makeover for eyes, lips, and cheeks from our expert artistry team

- Get creative: Learn personalized tricks and techniques to incorporate the exclusive, limited-edition Color of the Year Collection into your look

- Get educated: Take home a complimentary look book with a professional step by step guide to master exhilarating new looks at home*

- Beauty Insiders Get Rewarded: Leave with an official SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Pouch—free with your personalized Color of the Year consultation and any $25 purchase.**

When: Friday, March 14th to Sunday, March 16th/ 12pm – 6pm

Where: ALL SEPHORA STORES

*While supplies last.

**Sign up for a complimentary Beauty Insider account at your local Sephora or by logging on to Sephora.com.

Appointments preferred. Walk-ins welcome.


Dessert For Your Face: Lush’s Cupcake Fresh Face Mask

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The mask must be kept in the fridge

During Fashion Week I attended Lulus.com Style Studio where I received a sample of a Fresh Face Mask from Lush in Cupcake, a decadent chocolate at-home facial.

What’s in it: The face mask includes coco powder to calm redness, Rhassoul mud to deeply cleanse, and balancing spearmint and sandalwood oils to soften skin.

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How it smells: It radiates a supper yummy chocolaty, minty heaven scent.

How to use: Apply a generous layer and leave on for 5-10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Results: The mask must be kept refrigerated, so it felt soothing to apply the cool mask on my skin after a long, stressful day. The product was easy to apply and removed easily when it was time to take it off, without leaving behind any residue. My skin smelt soft and the sweet aroma lingered.

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Price: $6.95 for 2.1oz; in shops only


HOW TO: Perfect Buns At Paris Fashion Week

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Pulled back hair dominated on the runways of Paris Fashion Week. Whether they were sleek and sulty or messy and edgy, this hairstyle prevailed. Here are some tips on how you can get the looks styled by Redken Creative Consultant Guido.

LANVIN FALL – WINTER 2014

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The hair at Lavin’s F/W 2014 collection was amped up with wet and greasy textures to give the hair a nighttime feel to go along with the evening atmosphere created on the runway. A messy updo glistened on the runway for a very sexy and edgy illusion. Here’s how to get the look.

Redken Products Used – Collection:
- guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam
- argan-6 oil multi-care oil
- shine flash 02 glistening mist
- forceful 23 super strength finishing spray

Create the Look:
1. Saturate damp hair with guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam
2. Apply argan-6 oil multi-care oil for added shine
3. Using fingers, rake hair into a ponytail and secure with elastic
4. Twist ponytail into a messy chignon and secure with open fasteners
5. Finish by applying generous amounts of shine flash 02 glistening mist and forceful 23 super strength finishing spray

MARGIELA FALL – WINTER 2014

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The hair at Margiela’s F/W 2014 was kept traditional to match the style of the clothing this season. The bun was given volume with a droopy side knoot to give an overall mature feeling to the hairstyle. Guido combined flex shape factor 22 and flex mess around 10 to give the hair some texture and hold. Once the hair was prepped with product, Guido divided the hair into two sections and twisted inwards before creating a loose knot.

Redken Products Used – Collection:
-guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam
-flex shape factor 22 sculpting cream-paste
-flex mess around 10 disrupting cream-paste
-forceful 23 super strength finishing spray

Create the Look:
1. Apply guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam to damp hair
2. Blowdry with a natural bristle brush until hair is 80% dry
3. Apply a dime to nickel size (depending on length) of flex shape factor 22 and flex mess around 10 into palm of hand and mix together
4. Distribute product evenly throughout the hair
5. Finish blow drying hair until completely dry
6. Create a left side part
7. Divide hair into two sections in the back and twist hair inwards and tie into a loose knot
8. Thread elastic through the know a few times as if you’re sewing a button onto something and tie elastic once to secure knot
9. Finish with forceful 23 super strength finishing spray

CELINE FALL – WINTER 2014

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Easy and minimal was the theme for the hair at the Celine F/W runway. “So we are backstage at Celine and the hair is well, very Celine-esque, which means that it is simple and minimal” said Guido I used flex mess around 10, which is a new cream-paste from Redken, on the roots to give the hair a bit of hold and texture. I wanted the product to hold the lines created as I raked my fingers through the hair. This technique made the style feel masculine in a way.”

Redken Products Used – Collection:
-pillow proof blowdry express primer
-guts 10 root-targeted volume spray foam
-flex mess around 10 disrupting cream-paste
-forceful 23 super strength hairspray
-shine flash 02 glistening mist

Create the Look:
1.Apply pillow proof blowdry express primer to damp hair and comb hair straight back
2.Apply guts 10 root-targeted volume spray foam to roots and blow-dry with a natural bristle brush
3.Apply flex mess around 10 disrupting cream-paste to roots for texture and grip
4.Gather hair into a low ponytail with fingers
5.Twist ponytail up until it twists over itself and secure with an elastic leaving the ends of the ponytail out
6.Apply forceful 23 super strength hairspray on the ponytail
7.Finish with shine flash 02 glistening mist


GET THE LOOK: Jessica Biel’s Oscars Makeup

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Ck one color global makeup artist Kayleen McAdams, gave Jessica Biel her girl-next-door simple makeup look on the red carpet. “I wanted to do something really fresh, light and feminine” said McAdams. “There were so many beautiful pastels in her dress, so I played with those tones.” Here’s how to get the look:

KAYLEEN’S STEP-BY-STEP:
1. I prepped Jessica’ skin with moisturizing face and eye products, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration and Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, to give her makeup a good base to stick to.
2. Then, I used a damp Beauty Blender to apply ck one 3-in-1 face makeup with SPF 8 in fair 200, followed by ck one 3-in-1 concealer in light 1 underneath the eyes, around the nose, and along the edges of her mouth to even out her skin.
3. I used Charlotte Tilbury Sculpt and Highlight Powder on the tops of Jessica’s cheekbones, down her nose, and on her cupid’s bow.
4. I finished her skin with ck one cream + powder blush duo in breath 100 right on the apples of her cheeks and set it with the powder side of the product to give the look staying power throughout the night.
5. For Jessica’s eyes, I started by using a fluffy brush to apply ck one cream + powder bronzer duo in deeply bronzed 400 all over the lid.
6. Then, I used ck one powder eyeshadow in expose and evolved on the inner corners of the eye and along the lash line at the outer corners.
7. I completed her eye with two coats of ck one volumizing mascara on the top lashes to pump up the lashes.
8. Then, I applied the same mascara onto an eyelash comb and combed through the bottom lashes to slightly darken them.
9. For Jessica’s lips, I used Tarte Lip Surgence in Lucky to cover her whole lip with a matte pink; I also used this product in the center of her lips to give dimension and add moisture to her look.
10. Lastly, I gave Jessica’s lips a good coating of Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Lip Balm to soak in while I did her eyes.

THE PRODUCTS AT-A-GLANCE:
EYE CREAM: Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
MOISTURIZER: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration
FOUNDATION: ck one 3-in-1 face makeup with SPF 8 in fair 200
CONCEALER: ck one 3-in-1 concealer in light 1
BRONZER: ck one cream + powder bronzer duo in deeply bronzed 400
EYE SHADOWS: ck one powder eyeshadow in expose and evolve
MASCARA: ck one volumizing mascara in extreme black
LIP TINT: Tarte Lip Surgence in Lucky
LIP BALM: Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm


Event Alert: Perfect Your Pout At Make Up For Ever

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WHAT:
MAKE UP FOR EVER and Bliss want to help you perfect your pout and define your lip style with a complimentary spa treatment for your lips with the NEW Bliss Fabulips ‘Pout’-o-Matic, a spa-powered lip-perfecting tool. Attendees will also have the chance to meet with a MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist for a personalized lip lesson including a color consultation to identify a signature lip shade from the MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist collection. Appointments will finally be finished off with a 3 step lip lining technique tutorial.

WHEN:
Saturday, March 1stbliss
12:00 – 6:00pm

WHERE:
MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutique in Sephora
555 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

MORE INFO:
Book your complimentary appointment today and receive a special treat with any purchase. Appointments can be booked by calling the boutique directly.


NYFW 2014 Hair Recap: Marc By Marc Jacobs

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The hair at the 2014 Fall/Winter New York Fashion Week presentation by Marc By Marc Jacobs, brought us all back to our school girl days, with two tight clean braids accessorized with black headbands. The hair was made a little playful with slightly disheveled strands, as a way to make it clear that even though the hairstyle was playful, a Marc girl isn’t a typical girl next door. The hairstyle “incorporated elements of manga, cartoon warriors and Wednesday Addams from the Addams Family into the look I designed for Marc by Marc Jacobs.,” said Redken Creative Consultant Guido. “I created this schoolgirl hairstyle with the Marc girl in mind, in that I wanted the overall style to remain youthful, cool and a bit punk. There is substance and style to the Marc girl, but there is also a rebellious dark side. Quite simply, the two braids are not meant to be that cute or innocent.”

Intrested in how to get the look? Then, read on.

Redken Products Used:

-flex shape factor 22 sculpting cream-paste

-pillow proof blowdry two day extender

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Create the Look:

1. Apply flex shape factor 22 sculpting cream-paste to damp hair from root to ends
2. Rough dry the hair with fingers
3. Create a messy center part down the center and divide hair into two sections
4. Apply pillow proof blowdry two day extender from mid-lengths to ends for added texture
5. Braid hair tightly on each side and fasten with an elastic
6. Place black headband behind ears
7. Pull some loose pieces around the face for an undone finish


Tracy Anderson/Bioelements.com Q&A

Fitness Expert Tracy Anderson
Fitness Expert Tracy Anderson

Fitness Expert Tracy Anderson

Professional skincare line Bioelements has partnered with fitness expert Tracy Anderson to bring health and wellness from body to skin and beyond. Anderson has teamed up with Bioelemets because the company features “products that incorporate natural ingredients with the best of science and have a certain quality standard,” she stated in a recent interview. Below are some excerpts from the interview:

  1. You’ve always stressed that food plays an integral part in transforming and maintaining your body – do you think it plays a part in how your skin looks and feels as well? “Yes, absolutely! You are how you eat. You are how you move. You are how you care for yourself. What occurs on your skin is aligned with how you treat your health and what you put on your skin. The routine requires consistency and care just like anything else.”
  2. What other daily habits do you feel contribute to healthy skin? “Drinking water, not eating gluten, circulation which exercise is vital for, positive thoughts, managing stress well.”
  3. You’ve transformed bodies all over the world with your approach to fitness, but are there any tips you’ve picked up from your clients that have contributed to your wellness – skin care or otherwise? “Lean into your own beauty. Stop trying to look like other people. Lines like Bioelements are vast and researched enough so that you can have that valuable custom approach. Lean into that and give the products time to work with you. People are so willing to lose focus if they don’t change the second they put something on their body. The body doesn’t work that way and your beauty can’t shine under a constant state of self-criticism.”
  4. You’ve always stressed that food plays an integral part in transforming and maintaining your body – do you think it plays a part in how your skin looks and feels as well? “Yes, absolutely! You are how you eat. You are how you move. You are how you care for yourself. What occurs on your skin is aligned with how you treat your health and what you put on your skin. The routine requires consistency and care just like anything else.”

MAKE UP FOR EVER Wants To Know What Makes You Blush?

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MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Blush

This month MAKE UP FOR EVER introduced the company’s latest innovation in the iconic HD range: HD Blush. The professional quality product features silicone oils, dry oils and waxes for seamless blending and maximum staying power. The formula also includes mother-of-pearl and pigments that give skin a natural flush of color, as well as silica powders and synthetic mica for a satin-smooth finish. The lightweight compact features a mirror for on-the-go touch-up in the sleek black packaging MAKE UP FOR EVER is known for.

Available in 16 shades ranging from light to medium to tan, there is a color in the line for every skin tone. Pick one up at Sephora.com or MAKE UP FOREVER boutiques for $26.


Let’s Eat Cake

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Sugar Scrub, $16.50

Okay, so the tittle may be a little misleading. Cake has tons of calories, so what better way to indulge our sweet tooth than with decant cake-inspired beauty products. Here are some sweet options you can’t eat, but once you inhale the scents, you may end up running to your nearest bakery.

Cupcake Couture Dreamy Pink Frosting, $14.00

Cupcake Couture Dreamy Pink Frosting, $14.00

philosophy Birthday Girl™ Set, $20.00

philosophy Birthday Girl™ Set, $20.00

Tokyo Milk Let Them Eat Cake No. 11 Parfum, $30.00

Tokyo Milk Let Them Eat Cake No. 11 Parfum, $30.00

Buttercream Cupcake Sugar Scrub, $16.50

Buttercream Cupcake
Sugar Scrub, $16.50

Red Velvet Cupcake Lip Balm, $3.50

Red Velvet Cupcake Lip Balm, $3.50


Just In Time For Valentine’s: Chocolate Nail Polish Removers from Ciaté

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I love wearing nail polish, but the one thing that I don’t look forward to is taking the color off. Very few removers actually smell good, so I was excited to learn that UK-based nail brand Ciaté has unveiled a newly formulated collection of Chocolate Scented Nail Polish Removers. Decant sugary scents include white, dark, mint and orange chocolate, making the nail polish removal process a yummy treat for your hands and senses. The ammonia-free removers aim to gently remove colors while Vitamins E and B5 work to condition and nourish nails. The removers currently retail for $16 each online.


EVENT ALERT: SEPHORA’S ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BEAUTY OILS

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When/Where:

Friday, January 3rd to Thursday, January 31st/ALL SEPHORA STORES

Who/What:

Discover the Truth About Beauty Oils at SEPHORA

Get a one-on-one consultation with skincare experts to find the best beauty oils for your skin type. Try skincare’s latest, innovative must haves and celebrate your skin at SEPHORA throughout the month with some of the greatest skincare experts and tricks:

- Meet experts from Ole Henriksen, Josie Maran, Dr. Dennis Gross, and more.*

- Discover Skincare iQ—Sephora’s breakthrough new skincare technology that will help you find the products best suited for your skin. Let Sephora experts tap into our genius tool to access custom skincare solutions and then complete the experience with a custom BB/CC cream application.

- Once you’ve met your skincare match, take home a custom, deluxe sample with your consultation.**

*Not all brands will be at all locations on all days. Please call your local store for details.

**While supplies last.


As Seen on Miley Cyrus, Marc Jacobs Hi-Shine Lacquer In BARK!

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The first Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer ’14 ad campaign debuted earlier this month featuring singer/actress/twerk professional Miley Cyrus. The ad features a sulky-looking Miley on a dark beach with two friends. Adding to the darkness of the photos are the star’s nails, which were painted with Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer in BARK! The nail lacquer is a rich shade of chocolate-brown designed with a special formula that aims to replicate the finish and shine of 30 coats of polish.

Want Miley’s nails? BARK! will be available for a limited time for Summer 2014 at Sephora, Sephora.com, Marcjacobsbeauty.com and select Marc Jacobs Boutiques. The product will retail for $18.

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The New Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer shade BARK!


Alicia Keys Partners With Kiehl’s To Benefit Foundation

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kiehlsGrammy Award winning artist Alicia Keys has partnered with Kiehl’s Since 1851 to raise funds for Keep A Child Alive Foundation, the organization the singer cofounded with activist Leigh Blake in 2003. At the end of December Kiehl’s began selling a special edition of their Midnight Recovery Concentrate, a potent skin elixir that aims to work throughout the night to visibility restore the appearance of skin by morning. 100% of the net profits, up to $200,000, of worldwide sales will benefit Keep a Child Alive. Buying one bottle of Midnight Recovery Concentrate helps the foundation provide one month of HIV treatment, medicines, and loving care to a child living with HIV.

Included on the bottle’s design is a call to action message from Keys to, “Join our movement,” in the fight against AIDS. A 1.0 fl. oz. bottle retails for $46.00 and is available online and in-stores now.


Launching This March: The EE Cream

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Just when you thought the beauty industry was finished creating alphabet products PreviseCare, a preventative skin care company, is launching an EE cream. What is an EE cream? Well, unlike its other double letter predecessors, it doesn’t mask flaws; instead, it’s a botanical-based mousse that is added to your regular cleanser for “Extra Exfoliating” (EE). Called EE MarineGranules, it contains oatmeal, jojoba beads, marine algae extract and bamboo stem powder, and is hoping to take the exfoliation market  by storm with $1 million projected in sales for its first year. The product will retail for $40 and will become available in March.


Customize Your Nail Polish

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Even though there are thousands of nail polish colors out on the market, it can still be hard to find the perfect shade you are looking for, whether it’s a glittering red to wear on the holidays or a subdued nude to wear to the office. If you find it challenging to find the perfect shade for your nails or, if you just like to have fun playing with nail polish, then read on. There are a variety of kits available that you can use to create your very own customized nail blend of colors, effects, labels and more.

Ciaté Nail Lab
Newly launched this winter, Ciaté’s Nail Lab kit contains everything you need to create the ultimate nail polish at-home. Featuring salon-quality nail colors, glitter pots, ombre sponge, dotting tool, funnel, and much more, this kit will have you competing with the professionals in no time. And, if you’re feeling overwhelmed the kit comes with a handy recipe cards and instructions so you can easily create the perfect look.

Ciaté  Nail Lab, $65.00

Ciaté Nail Lab, $65.00

Pretty Please
Have you ever thought of a perfect name for a nail polish? Or, if you’re looking for personalized gift to give a nail enthusiast, then check out Pretty Please’s website. First, you select one of 20 colors; then, you get to name the polish whatever you like (there is room for up to 25 characters).

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Average cost: $10/bottle

Nailtini
Inspired by coktails, ‘Tini Beauty Lounge, allows customers to create their own custom blends by “cocktailing” colors and effects. You choose your own Mixer (shade altering base coat), Straight Up Color (nail lacquers) and Topper (special effects) to combine in order to create your own signature cocktail color.

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Beauty Must-Haves – Pantone’s Color Of The Year: Radiant Orchid

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It’s official. Pantone announced its 2014 color of the year and it’s radiant orchid, a whimsical purple hue that according to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, “inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.” What this means is in 2014, expect to see an abundance of the purple shade in everything from beauty products to fashion accessories. Want to get a jumpstart on the trend before the 2014? Here are some purple orchid inspired beauty products available now.

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1. Victoria’s Secret Seduction Dark Orchid Fragrance Mist, $25.00
2. Too Faced Exotic Color Intense Eye Shadow – Poison Orchid, $18.00
3. Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Orchid Hush, $7.99
4. Fresh Orchid Nail Polish $2.80
5. Vivid Shine Lipstick – NEW Chrome Metal Effect, Mirrored Orchid, $26.00
6. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Orchid – lavender shimmer, $26.00


Thanksgiving Beauty: Pumpkin Edition

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What would Thanksgiving be without a slice of sweet pumpkin pie? A staple on the dessert table during this upcoming holiday, not everyone can indulge in this yummy treat. So, whether you’re counting calories or watching your sugar intake, here are some pumpkin-scented beauty products sure to satisfy your craving without feeling guilty.

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1. Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Shimmer Mousse, $8.00
2. bodycology Spiced Pumpkin Nourishing Body Cream, $3.97
3. Joshua Tree Punkin Pie Organic SPF 15 Lip Balm, $4.50
4. Sexy Hair Healthy Sexy Pumpkin Puree Treatment Masque, $17.95