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Find Your Favorite Florals In Essence of Beauty Products!

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Like many of you, the thing I love the most about summer is all of the beautiful flowers blooming and fragrance the air. Skincare and fragrance line, Essence of Beauty, evokes summer in a bottle with their products which features in-season florals, so you can experience the floral aroma all year long.

If you love Peonies, try… peonies

Essence of Beauty Luscious Peony Fine Fragrance Body Mist and Body & Hand Cream – Evoking a lavish floral garden bursting with freshness, white grapefruit, peony and magnolia exude a vibrant spirit that exhilarates.

Fine Fragrance Body Mist: $6.99
Body & Hand Cream: $6.99

 

If you roselove Roses, try…

Essence of Beauty Rose Enchantment Fine Fragrance Body Mist

Escape to a vibrant and lush rose garden with top notes of bergamot and radiant orange, mid notes of strawberry, elegant rose and geranium bloom, and base notes of garden rhubarb, sunshine daisy and dewy musk.

Fine Fragrance Body Mist: $6.99

 

 

 

If you love Lavender, try…lavender

Essence of Beauty Body Oil in Lavender with Rosemary Oil

Highly restorative blend of exotic oils rich in antioxidants, vitamins and essential nutrients balances and nourishes skin, absorbing quickly for all-day hydration.

Nourishing Body Oil: $9.99

 

 

Essence of Beauty exclusively sold at CVS/pharmacy stores nationwide.


DIY Beauty Recipes for Health Hair & Skin

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Many of us would love to buy every single beauty product that comes out on the market, but not all of us have the funds to do so. Moreover, why spend tons of money on products when you can make your very own? Recently, the Vitamin Shoppe introduced a line of Aromatherapy Oils, including carrier, essential and skincare oils that have a variety of benefits. If you are into the Do-It-Yourself beauty trend, or considering giving it a try, below are popular oils in the collection you can use for a variety of beauty needs. All of the oils can be found here. After reading that, keep scrolling for DIY recipes for healthier hair and glowing skin from the Vitamin Shoppe.

• dry scalp? apply a few drops of avocado oil to help restore moisture
• chapped lips? add a few drops of argan oil to brown sugar for an exfoliating lip scrub
• split ends? try a few drops of macadamia or argan oil in your hair
• dry skin? add 1 tbsp of coconut oil to your bath water, soak and enjoy!
• dry cuticles? rub a few drops of argan oil on your nail beds for a moisturizing treat

Peppermint Foot Scrub:

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Ingredients:
1 cup raw sugar
½ cup plnt™ Coconut Oil
8 drops of Vitamin Shoppe Peppermint Essential Oil

Directions: Use sugar as the base then add in oils. Mix ingredients together and apply.

Tips:
· Use loofah for extra exfoliation
· Try applying it in the shower to easily wash off the scrub

Avocado & Argan Oil Hair Mask:

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Ingredients:
½ of a mashed avocado
1 tbsp olive oil
2-3 pumps of Vitamin Shoppe Moroccan Argan Oil

Directions: Mix ingredients together. Heat in the microwave for 10 seconds. Let mixture cool then apply to clean, wet hair. Tie hair up and let sit for 30 minutes, then wash out.

Tips:
· Make sure to mash the avocado to a fine texture with a fork before mixing in the oils
· When applying the mask, begin at the front of the head near the roots, and work your way back through the rest of the hair

Lavender Body Scrub:

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Ingredients:
1 cup raw sugar
½ cup plnt™ Coconut Oil
8 drops of Vitamin Shoppe Lavender Essential Oil

Directions: Use sugar as the base then add in oils. Mix ingredients together and apply.

Tips:
· Use loofah for extra exfoliation
· Try applying it in the shower to easily wash off the scrub


Your Shampoo Is About To Get Personal

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travel-size-set_1Just like you need to wear the right size shoes for your feet, you need to use hair care that is specifically formulated for your hair type. One company, ProfilePro, has developed a way for you to get customized hair care by just taking a quick quiz about your hair type and habits. The company says that after several rounds of testing, their team of hair care formulators identified the best formula for each different hair profile, including type, texture, behavior and scalp condition.

Here’s how it works:
1. On their website, create your personal profile by answering a few questions about your hair
2. Select you’re your favorite sc ent and personize the bottle with your name
3. Choose if you want a Size ($15) or Full Size ($24)
4. Wait for your custom formula shampoo and conditioner to arrive

This could be a great personalized gift for someone (assuming you know their hair needs), or just a nice little treat for yourself. Let me know if you give the program a try. Click here to get started.


Tweezerman Second Limited Edition Art of Elysium Tweezer

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For the tweezermansecond year in a row, Tweezerman has partnered with nonprofit organization, The Art of Elysium, to design a limited edition tweezer. This year, Here Comes the Sun Mini Slant Tweezer, is a light blue color and features a cheerful, sunny design that was inspired by art created through a collaborative in-hospital workshop with children and the 2015 Spirit of Elysium recipient, Amber Heard. The design represents the dawning of hope in each new day supporting Art of Elysium’s mission of enriching the lives of ill children.

One dollar from each limited edition tweezer sold at Sephora will be donated to The Art of Elysium organization.

The tweezer is now available at Sephora for $16.


Product Review: OCC’s Cosplay’s Cha Cha

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (aka OCC cosmetics) recently launched their new Spring/Summer 2015 line featuring neutral shades to pretty pastels to bright, bold hues. All six of the matte lip shades have complimentary nail colors to match so you can take those fun Instagram selfies with your hands in the picture to show that you have a fabulous manicure to match the gorgeous shade on your lips.

If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen a couple of pictures I posted wearing Cha Cha, which the brand describes as “pale tangerine.” After wearing it, I don’t think I would describe the color as pale. Instead it’s a bright, yet soft shade of orange that is bold and in-you-face, and not meant to be worn by the shy and timid. But, if shy and timid describes you, there are other colors such as John Doe, a nude and Memento, a pink/plum neutral.

The nail polish lasted about 5 days before it started to chip and the lip color stayed put for hours. Because the lip color is a liquid, I would recommend using a brush to spread it around nicely around the contours of your lips.

What do you think about the matching nail and lip trend?


New Hair Care Line: Proganix

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A few weeks ago I attended an event for Proganix, a new pro-series hair care range formulated to give you salon quality results, using what the company calls “nature captured by science.” The line features individual collections that are customized to specific hair needs and concerns. For example, if your hair is dray and damaged, then the line Repair, will add moisture to your hair. If unruly curls are your problem then Curls, will help you create soft, silky spirals that bounce as you walk. I’ve been trying a few the products for about a week now, and my favorite, Quench, which contains a supercharged blend of coconut oil and essential nutrients, smells absolutely heavenly and leaves my hair feeling silky smooth. Other collections in the line include Anti-Fade, Volume and Smooth. To learn more about the collection click here.


SEPHORA’s 2015 Sun Safety Kit Benefiting The Skin Cancer Foundation

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s1702067-main-hero-300 Just in time for summer, Sephora and The Skin Cancer Foundation recently unveiled the ninth edition of their Sun Safety Kit. The collection features a variety of beauty products for tanning, bronzing, and protection for glowing summer skin, all in a bright pink travel bag. And, you can feel good about protecting your skin and making it look its best all summer long, because $20 from the sale of each kit will benefit The Skin Cancer Foundation, the only global organization solely devoted to the prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer.

Origins VitaZing™ Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Energy-Boosting Moisturizer with Mangosteen – This multitasking moisturizer hydrates, energizes and protects skin with SPF 15 and a refreshing zing of antioxidant-rich mangosteen.

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 in Light Medium – This oil-free, color-correcting, perfecting formula creates a natural glow while hydrating and protecting the skin with SPF 30.

Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 – Hydrating, fast-absorbing, and non-greasy, this Argan Oil-infused daily moisturizer features all natural sunscreens, green tea, and innovative SunBoost ATB™, a unique blend of antioxidants, skin-soothers, and hydrators.

Shiseido Wetforce Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ – This innovative new sunscreen for the face and body is extremely water resistant and actually becomes more effective when it comes into contact with water to deliver the best coverage under the sun.

Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen – This non-tinted lotion has a silky texture that glides on smoothly and provides maximum UV protection without a heavy, sticky feel.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF15 – Discover the cult-favorite hydrating lip treatment that nourishes, protects, and plumps the lips with SPF 15.

Ole Henriksen Total Truth™ Vitamin C Eye Crème SPF 15 – Combining nourishing, age-defying eye p396622-av-01-hero300crème with SPF 15 sun protection, this light textured cream renews and protects the eyes.
Murad Invisiblur™ Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA+++ – This innovative multifunctional formula provides the benefits of an antiaging treatment, makeup primer, and SPF 30 sun protection in every pump.

Dr. Dennis Gross Dark Spot Sun Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen – Protect skin from UV damage while reducing the chance of developing dark spots with this broad spectrum mineral sunscreen with SPF 50.

Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense® Lotion SPF 30 – Rich in antioxidants and SPF 30 to protect skin from free radical damage, this oil-free formula keeps your complexion safe and healthy.

Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 – This one-step balm perfects the appearance of skin while protecting it from the sun and environmental factors with antioxidants and SPF 45.

Supergoop! SPF 30+ City Sunscreen Serum With Uniprotect PT-3 – This multitasking broad spectrum SPF 30+ daily repair serum contains Uniprotect PT-3, a complex that assists with repairing the skin from existing sun damage while reducing UV-induced oxidation.

Vita Liberata Passion Flower & Argan Dry Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50 – This non-greasy, nourishing dry oil formula contains added passionflower and argan oil for broad-spectrum sun protection and skin treatment benefits.

AmorePacific Natural Protector SPF 30 – This lightweight, hydrating formula guards skin against sun damage and environmental aggressors, while improving moisture balance, and absorbing excess oil and sebum, so your face always looks fresh and flawless.

Korres Yoghurt Nourishing Fluid Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – This ultra-sheer yet nourishing fluid is enhanced with the amazing benefits of yoghurt to provide daily broad-spectrum UV coverage that wears beautifully under makeup.

St. Tropez One Night Only in Light-Medium – This lightweight cream gives an instant, even, beautifully golden tan that will wash off whenever you choose.

The SEPHORA Sun Safety Kit $32 ($155 value) will be available  while supplies last in all Sephora U.S. stores, or by calling 1-877-SEPHORA or logging on to Sephora.com via computer or smartphone.


NYC Event Alert: Celebrate Global Wellness with Red Door Spa

This Saturday, June 13th, Red Door Spa is celebrating Global Wellness Day with several wellness activities on the rooftop terrace at their 5th Avenue Flagship location. With the slogan “One day can change your whole life,” Global Wellness Day is an entirely not-for-profit day and social platform dedicated to bringing together exercise, healthy eating and spiritual teachings to raise awareness of living well throughout the world. Below is a sampling of the free events the spa is hosting led by New York City wellness experts.

Sessions:

10-11:00am
Mindfulness Meditation with Cory Muscara
Noon-12:30pm
Joulebody Nutrition Session and Sampling with Yvette Rose
6-7:00pm
Power Yoga with Joulebody Founder Yvette Rose

To learn more about the sessions, spa activations and to RSVP click here.

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Product Review: Iman Second To None Cover Cream in Sand Medium

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I recently bought Iman’s Second To None Cover Cream to compliment the Iman foundation in Sand 3 that I have been using and absolutely love. However, I found the Sand concealer a little too dark for me, but fortunately it matched my sister so I gave it to her to use and the results were amazing. Check out the picture below. On the left is the concealer and on the right we didn’t use anything As you can see, the concealer cream really hid her dark, under-eye circles and redness with a significant amount of coverage. It went on smoothly and was long-lasting. I will definitely try other shades until I find one that matches me, but this stuff is incredibly. The only con is that it did go on cakey and throughout the day she had to pat under her eye as the product settled in fine lines, so I recommend using it with a moisturizer; other than that, it’s great.

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Product Review: Obliphica Seaberry Shampoo Medium to Coarse

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I was doing some spring cleaning in my room and amongst the zillions of beauty products I have, I found Obliphica Professional Seaberry Conditioner for medium to coarse hair. The product releases small capsules of Vitamin E Oil, which are visible to the eye and penetrate deeply into each strand, in order to protect hair against color oxidation and environmental damage. It also contains a blend of grapeseed and jojoba oils which moisturize and nourish the hair, while seaberry oil forms a protective shield to seal in moisture and nutrients, and combat damage.

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Small capsules of Vitamin E Oil can be seen in the conditioner

I’ve never even heard of sea berries, but after doing some research I found out that it is rich in omegas 3, 6, 7, and 9 that promote stronger, healthier hair. It also naturally has 190+ bioactive compounds, 14 essential vitamins, amino acids and so many other important elements that make it a powerful superfruit. All of this research made me wants to go out and find the actual berry for consumption rather than putting in my hair, but since it proved to be a little difficult to find, I decided to try the conditioner.

It has a light fragrance that is warmly sweet. I left it on my hair for 3-4 mins per the instructions on the bottle. It rinsed out easily and my hair felt silky smooth, so I definitely will be adding this to my hair regimen.

The product retails online for $26.00.