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Get Your Yearly Horoscope Fresh and Susan Miller’s Astrology Video Series

We are just two months into 2015, wondering what the rest of the year will bring?

A few weeks ago I told you about Fresh’s Limited-Edition Zodiac Oval Soap Collection, the beauty brnad has launched in collaboration with astrologer-to-the-stars, Susan Miller.

Recently, Fresh and Susan released quick videos that shed some light on the year ahead, forecasting what’s in the stars for each zodiac sign: in life, in love and most importantly in beauty.

Below, are the quick 2 minute videos for each sign. Check them out to hear your 2015 horoscope.

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Photography on Nails: CND For Opening Ceremony Fall/Winter 2015

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: A model at CND opening ceremony Fall/Winter 2015 on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for CND)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: A model at CND opening ceremony Fall/Winter 2015 on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for CND)

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 15: A model at CND opening ceremony Fall/Winter 2015 on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for CND)

For the Opening Ceremony’s Fall/Winter 2015 Show at Cheim & Read in New York City, CND, the global leader in professional nail care, showcased three unique nail designs. The show was presented in a unique art gallery setting, which complemented the inspiration for the nail/fashion collaboration which was inspired by the early works of legendary film director Spike Jonze.

The fashion collection honored Jonze’s photography by highlighting 35-millimeter film through an interplay of collage formats and contact sheets on unconventional mediums. It also featured a select capsule collection honoring storied technology brand Kodak. CND completed the look with two linear nail designs featuring Kodak’s signature color palette and a third look paying homage to one of Jonze’s poignant photographs.

“We were completely captivated by Opening Ceremony’s creative vision for this collection,” said CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “Their colors and concepts tied in perfectly with CND’s Fall 2015 trend story, which celebrates an unexpected clash between gritty street elements and refined details for an intriguing combination of glamour and grunge.”

The nails presented at the Opening Ceremony captured the essence of the collection through a collaborative effort between the elite global artists of the CND Design Lab Team, Opening Ceremony and their design consultant, celebrity nail artist Naomi Yasuda.

The handmade works of art were created with vertical and horizontal striping techniques using VINYLUX® Weekly Polish in an array of heavily pigmented Kodak-inspired colors including red, yellow, blue and purple. A decoupage technique was implemented to lay Jonze’s impactful black and white photography on the nail. Intricate detailing provided the framework for the design, the third bespoke look for the collection.

“The nails that CND designed for us this season in collaboration with Naomi Yasuda were a seamless interpretation of our designs onto the models’ fingertips,” said Opening Ceremony Founder Humberto Leon. “We really wanted this collection to honor Spike’s photography and the technology behind it, and it was exciting to see the art come to life on the nails to complete the story.”


HOT NAIL ART: CND FOR THE BLONDS FALL/WINTER 2015

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 18: A model poses backstage for The Blonds with CND Fall/Winter 2015 at Milk Studios on February 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jennifer Graylock/Getty Images for CND)
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NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 18: A model walks the runway during The Blonds for CND Fall/Winter 2015 at Milk Studios on February 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for CND)

The nail looks created at The Blonds F/W 2015 show were nothing short of extraordinary. CND, the global leader in professional nail care, created 20 unique and theatrical nail designs for the show, which was held at MILK Studios in New York City. As always, CND pushed  the boundaries of creativity with powerful visual displays of nail art that enhanced the over-the-top runway fashions. Inspired by dystopian elements of several iconic films, the clothing and nails featured a clash of distressed and refined elements.

“Our ongoing collaboration with The Blonds has become an integral part of CND’s fashion culture – it’s so exciting to get together each season and brainstorm concepts for our nail artistry,” said CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “The Blonds’ aesthetic for this collection correlated perfectly with our Fall 2015 trend story, which is all about the contrast between edgy, almost explosive, design elements and high-end finishes for an overall dark elegance.”

Artists from the CND Design Lab Team handcrafted the nails and their dramatic embellishments with CND® Liquid & Powder and BRISA® Gel. Then, layers of high-shine color were applied using CND® SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail color and VINYLUX® Weekly Polish, using innovative techniques to create matte suede texture. Accented with gold chrome accessories, textural elements and layering created serious dimension, while couture camouflage in industrial tones were embellished with hand-crafted molten paillettes. The bold 3D designs, which took a total of over 900 combined hours to create, were pierced, draped, laced, torn and burnt, perfectly accessorizing The Blonds’ theatrical collection.

“Once again, Jan and the entire CND team totally blew us away with incredible nail designs to complete the collection. It was amazing to see it all come together on the runway,” said designer Phillipe Blond.


Share Your Beauty Secrets for a Chance to Win $50 CVS/pharmacy gift cards

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What’s Your #BeautySecret? CVS Beauty Club wants to know, so they are hosting a fun campaign throughout the month of February. Share your #BeautySecret on Twitter this month (tag @CVSBeautyClub) to pay forward your best-kept beauty tips or the secret products you love, and automatically be entered to win $50 CVS/pharmacy gift cards. Looking forward to seeing everyone’s beauty tips!


Fresh’s Limited-Edition Zodiac Oval Soap Collection

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What type of soap is in your future? Head over to Fresh and find out! The beauty brand has launched a limited-edition Zodiac Oval Soap Collection in collaboration with astrologer-to-the-stars, Susan Miller. The brand, already known for its iconic oval soaps, has made available 12 individual soaps for each of the Zodiac signs, all of which were inspired by the field of astrology and the four elements. The soaps are hand-wrapped in artisanal paper and illustrated with the corresponding symbol of each sign. Additionally, each Zodiac Oval Sop features a sign-specific booklet filled with horoscope and beauty tips by Susan Miller.

The soaps are available for $15 each at Sephora at Fresh stores.


Product Review: Konjac Sponge

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Konjac sponges are one of the hottest trends in skincare and lauded as one as the best ways to cleanse your face, so I decided to try one out so see what all the fuss is about. But, first a history lesson:

Konjac is a root-based vegetable that grows in warm climates in Asia, and can be used in cuisine or as a dietary supplement to cure a whole list of aliments from high cholesterol to weigh toss. It’s also super rich is vitamins, minerals and fiber.

The perennial root plant, mostly composed of starch, is used to make a super-soft sponge that acts as an all-natural exfoliater to remove impurities, and leave you with cleaner, smother skin. I tested ecotools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge – Deep Cleansing recently, which is handmade with 100% natural ingredients, including Konjac vegetable fiber and bamboo charcoal.

Initially, when I took the sponge out of the box it was rock-hard solid, and I could not imagine washing my face with it. But, after I rinsed the sponge in water, it quickly became soft and felt like nothing I have ever touched before. It was mushy, but solid and felt like a weird mind game considering the way it looked versus the sensation I was feeling in my hands.

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Adding water to the sponge makes it soft.

 

I loaded the sponge with my face wash and watched as it absorbed the gel and formed a rich lather. Next, was the ultimate test – I had to wash my face with it. I lightly glided it across my face was pleasantly surprised at how smoothly it caressed my skin as it washed away my makeup and exfoliated. It even gently glided around my delicate eye area. I’ve been using the sponge a few times a week now, and really do like it.

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The sponge after Ii added face wash to it.

It’s a great alternative for anyone who has sensitive skin, or is just looking for a light exfoliator. Right now, during the winter months, my skin is extra dray and I’ve been breaking out a lot, so this is a great option for me until the summer months return and I can bring my lovely Clarisonic.

The ecotools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge retails for just $5.99.


How to: SAG Award’s Most Inspiring Hair Styles

Actress Emma Stone attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. (January 24, 2015 - Source: Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America)

The hair at last night’s 21st SAG Awards was sleek and inspiring. Here, Jenny Balding, Cutler/Redken Stylist, shares her favorite styles of the night and how you can get the look.

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Actress Emma Stone attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. (January 24, 2015 - Source: Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America)

Actress Emma Stone attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. (January 24, 2015 – Source: Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America)

SAG Award Winner Emma Stone’s simple, sleek ponytail complimented her tuxedo-inspired Dior gown. “This style has become a red carpet favorite and even though this look appears very simple, the attention to detail is what makes Emma look so striking with this side part low ponytail. This style gives a polished edge to any look as it keeps you looking streamlined.” – Jenny Balding, Cutler/Redken Stylist

* Start by creating a low side part, focusing on keeping the part very straight.
* Blow dry hair very smooth and straight and then use a straightening iron throughout to give the ultimate sleek finish.
* Sweep into a low ponytail at the nape.
* The attention to detail with the part and the sleek finish really transforms a simple ponytail into a chic style.
* Finish by misting Redken Diamond Oil High Shine Airy Mist all over to create the ultimate shine.


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Actress Julianne Moore attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. (January 24, 2015 - Source: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images North America)

Actress Julianne Moore attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. (January 24, 2015 – Source: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images North America)

“SAG Award winner Julianne Moore’s effortless polished wave is perfect to take the edge of a very dressed up look while still complimenting it beautifully. There are many versions of a wavy look, but to create this effortless, polished wave you need create a good foundation first to achieve an effortless finish.” – Jenny Balding, Cutler/Redken Stylist

* Start by blow drying her smooth to remove any frizz and promote shine.
* Create a clean middle part.
* Use a light weight hairspray, such as Redken fashion work 12 versatile hairspray, to mist each section before using the curling iron. This will give the right amount of hold and flexibility your need.
* Use a 1″ 1/2 curling iron and use vertically starting from the mid-length to the ends throughout the whole head.
* Using a Mason Pearson type brush, brush through the waves to create this polished finish.
* Finish by misting Redken Diamond Oil High Shine Airy Mist to create exceptional shine.


Smokey-Silver Eyeshadow Bridal Beauty Look

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Let’s face it, most females start planning their weddings really young. While many dream about the perfect dress, shoes and even groom, I’ve only ever thought of the perfect makeup. That’s why I was excited to create a look inspired by a gorgeous wedding dress I found on Lover.ly, a  wedding planning binder that lives in the cloud.

For this look I chose Modern Trousseau’s autum, a drop-dead strapless Italian duchess gown, that features French alenon lace, a fit-to-flare silhouette and sweetheart neckline. The gown is both daring and elegant, and the sultriness of it is refined with a delicate silk flower belt worn at the waist.

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Because of the dress’ bold sexy style, I thought a soft, smokey eye would complement it perfectly. I used accents of silver and dark grey to create a whimsical, romantic eye look that adds some sparkle and nicely complements the light grey silk seen at the neckline and around the waist. The sparkles in the eye shadow are meant to jazz up the overall bridal makeup look, while a soft pink cheek color creates a natural blushing bride flush.

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I topped off the look with a subdued lip color, so that the focus isn’t taken away from the dramatic eye makeup. Here are the products used:

Face:
POND’S Luminous Finish BB+ Cream, Medium

Eyes:
Revlon Colorstay, Sultry Smoke
Urban Decay, Moonsppon
Barer Minerals in Sterling Silver
Cynthia Rowley – Pencil Eyeliner

Cheeks:
Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Hi-Light Blush, Pink Rose

Lips:
Mary Kay Nourishine Plus Lip Gloss: Café Au Lai

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See the products I used here and re-create your own makeup look.

To seem more gowns, visit Lover.ly.


Product Review: PRX Reparatives Intensive Fortifying Masque

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Because I have thick, curly hair, I’m always on the lookout for a hair mask that will condition my unruly frizz and leave it not only feeling healthy, but looking healthy. For the last three weeks I have been using Frederic Fekkai’s PRX Reparatives Intensive Fortifying Masque, and absolutely love it. The mask is infused with Argan extract, and aims to restore hair’s smoothness and shine when used once a week. It also helps protect hair from future damage.

The product has a yummy vanilla scent, that isn’t overwhelming and softly lingers in your hair, leaving behind a nice, sweet scent throughout the day. The consistency itself is rich and creamy and coats the hair very nicely.

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I usually leave it on for 10-15 minutes and when I feel I need more intense conditioning, I put a plastic cap around my hair and sit under a hair bonnet. The result since I’ve been using it is super silky, plump, bouncy curls. My dry hair always feels re-hydrated after I use it and is frizz-free.

The mask retails for $25 online. Visit fekkai.com to learn more.


Anti-Aging Tips from Kate Somerville

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Kate Somerville sees and treats a variety of skin in her Skin Health Experts Clinic, based in Los Angeles, but the main concern her clients have is finding ways to look younger. Below are some of Kate’s favorite tips and products for revealing a more youthful looking complexion.

Cleansing – Many of my clients rush through the cleansing step. At my Skin Health Experts Clinic, we actually perform a dual-cleansing method. First, skin is cleansed with a milky cleanser to remove dirt, oils and makeup, and then we follow with a cleanser that is best suited for the client’s skin. At home, I also love using a clean washcloth to steam and soften skin. Always remember to cleanse correctly, especially at night! Your skin needs to be cleansed properly in order to repair and for your products to work effectively.
Products:
KateCeuticals Moisture Milk Cleanser
Gentle Daily Wash

Exfoliation – After cleansing, every treatment at my Clinic starts with ExfoliKate! Why? The dry, dead layer that sits on the skin’s surface not only dulls the complexion, it also prevents products from absorbing effectively and can make the texture of skin look uneven. Exfoliation will help skin look brighter, smoother and more even. It also sets the stage for flawless makeup application. I recommend exfoliating twice a week. Look for products with Fruit Enzymes and round, smooth beads. That way, you experience the benefits from both physical and chemical exfoliation.
Product:
ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

Hydration – Hydrated skin is healthy skin. When skin is hydrated, it bounces back! When skin is dehydrated, fine lines and wrinkles are more prominent. Expression lines, like the elevens in between your eyebrows can also be exaggerated. Serums containing Hyaluronic Acid will add much-needed hydration into your regimen – plumping skin and restoring that youthful bounce. My personal favorite is DermalQuench Liquid Lift Advanced Wrinkle Treatment, and I never leave home without it! This unique, oil-free, foaming booster delivers an infusion of hydration and oxygen for both immediate and long-term results.
Products:
DermalQuench Liquid Lift Advanced Wrinkle Treatment
KateCeuticals Restor8 Replenishing Serum

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Eye Creams – Your eyes reveal lack of sleep, too much sodium and a host of other poor habits. Rejuvenate your eye area by using an eye cream to nourish the eye area and help with puffiness, dryness and fine lines and wrinkles. I recommend using a product with illuminating properties so the light softly highlights the under eye area and the upper cheekbone.
Product:
Age Arrest Eye Cream

SPF – Not all sunscreens are created equal, but year-round SPF is a necessary part of any skincare regimen, especially if you are battling discoloration. I was never a believer in combining an anti-aging moisturizer with an SPF because the anti-aging actives need to be delivered deeper into the skin to be effective while Sunscreen works best on the skin’s surface. I was able to create lightweight sunscreen formulas with a revolutionary reservoir system which keeps key ingredients separated so they stay where they work best!
Products:
Daily Deflector Waterlight Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ PA+++ Anti-Aging Sunscreen
Daily Deflector Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ PA+++

Retinols – Retinol is one of the most powerful ingredients in an anti-aging regimen. I’ve seen clients who’ve used Retinol products for years and their skin looks healthy, youthful and glowing! The key is cell turnover and the stimulation of collagen. You may also use Retinol products all over your chest, neck and on the back of your hands. Be sure to apply sunscreen wherever you are applying your retinol products.
Product:
RetAsphere 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream

Pollution Protection – Pollution can increase damage to the skin. Contaminants and carcinogens can cause issues ranging from sensitivity to premature aging. Incorporate Antioxidants to help combat environmental pollution. Other aspects of your regimen such as proper cleansing and SPF also factor in to protecting skin against harmful environmental aggressors.
Product:
Age Arrest Hydrating Firming Mask