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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.


Mindfulness Meditation with Cory Muscara
Joulebody Nutrition Session and Sampling with Yvette Rose
Power Yoga with Joulebody Founder Yvette Rose

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


Smoothie of the Month: Get Glowing Skin with Guava

guava smoothie

guava smoothie

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!

The Health Benefits of Meditation

In an effort to start incorporating more health and wellness stories onto the blog, here are some tips on dealing with stress….

Stress can easily come from every direction in our lives—demanding bosses, wailing children, absent spouses, financial woes are just a few of the stressors that demand our attention and our sanity. All this pressure can add up and contribute to major and minor health issues. From muscle tension to high blood pressure to weight gain to aging skin, chronic stress does a number on your health and physical appearance. Get your body back on track by finding ways to eliminate or combat the major stressors in your life. If you can’t just ditch the job (or win the lottery), try regular exercise and meditation to help improve your stress levels. These two activities work in concert to help lower blood pressure, fight off that pesky stress-related spare tire, and reduce anxiety.

Try a variety of workout and meditative practice styles until you find something that you can stick with. Yoga is renowned for its stress-busting ability; and some people swear by running. As with exercise, finding the right way to meditate varies based on personal taste. If you need pointers on how to meditate, this infographic from Skin Energizer shows you the basics on getting started. Meditation is a mental exercise—and like any work out, the more you practice, the better you will become at it. And you will reap the benefits even if you haven’t gotten it down to science.

Why is Gluten-Free Makeup for Me?

This is a guest post by Caroline Elliott, a freelance beauty writer.

Living an all-natural lifestyle requires a lot of effort, but gluten-free makeup is making life simpler.

Gluten-sensitive people say that their lips react to even the smallest amounts of gluten in their lipstick. And with this group of individuals increasing in number, this is a growing area of makeup to watch.

But what if you’re not gluten-sensitive?

If you’re interested in healthy alternatives to apply to your skin, gluten-free products might just be your beauty potions.

Facial skin is super absorbent, so you want to watch what you put over your precious pores. This is especially important if you’re someone who is concerned about what you eat because there’s a good chance that you’ll lick off some of your lipstick or breathe in some blush. And if you apply your makeup everyday, that’s a lot of gluten that you’re ingesting over time.

Red Apple Lipstick

Gluten-free makeup companies are also pushing the health boundaries for the better. Makeup companies like Red Apple Lipstick are paraben free, soy free, dairy free and allergen free; oh, and also vegan, natural and cruelty free. Talk about health conscious.

Other companies are actively participating in their communities. For example, Afterglow Cosmetics signed the The Breast Cancer Fund’s Compact for Safe Cosmetics. Another gluten-free makeup company, Mineral Fusion, has officially partnered with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to help women in need.

For many people, gluten-free makeup is a natural next step to complete a wholesome lifestyle. So glam up, and show off your new look.

Caroline Elliott is a freelance writer with interests ranging from fashion to travel. When she is not writing, she enjoys making ceramic teapots and spending time with her family. 


StriVectin EV- Get Even Dark Circle Corrector Review

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Over the years, I have become borderline obsessed with trying to find the best concealer to hide the genetic dark circles that have tormented my face since childhood. I always thought it would be great if a product would emerge on the market that would help fade the dark casts under my eyes, and reduce the tell-tale signs of aging. Alas, such a product has emerged promising to “get even” with dark under eye circles, whether it’s caused by  hereditary factors, aging or thinning skin.

What is it? StriVectin-EV Get Even Dark Circle Corrector – A breakthrough, targeted eye treatment, clinically proven to be effective on all types of dark circles. 90% of women said they saw visibly lighter dark circle in only two weeks after using the product.

What it does: StriVectin-EV’s proprietary NIA-114™ molecule enhances the effectiveness of Vitamin C Actives to brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of discoloration under the eyes.

How to apply: Lightly dab (do not rub) around the eye area.

Cost: $59.00

What I like: The luxurious cream provides instant hydration, and blends into the delicate skin around the eyes smoothly. It doesn’t leave behind any residue or tacky feeling, and also acts as a nice primer, making it easier for concealer to blend into the skin without a cakey effect. For an extra special touch, the cream’s light diffusing micas illuminates the eye area with a subtle hint of shimmer, which makes it a great choice for special occasions or for days you choose to go without makeup.

Final Result: My dark circles didn’t completely vanish, but they are noticeably lighter. It also acts as a good de-puffer; as soon as I apply the cream in the morning, my eyes look instantly brighter and refreshed. I do not have any fine lines yet, but I am a huge believer in the concept of prevention, and will continue to use the StriVectin EV- Get Even Dark Circle Corrector daily.

StriVectin-EV™ Get Even Dark Circle Corrector

StriVectin-EV™ Get Even Dark Circle Corrector brightens the skin around the eyes and corrects visible signs of aging.

New: Pureology Reviving Red Hair Care Line

Pureology Reviving Red
On Thursday, January 31st, I had the opportunity to attend an event to learn more about Reviving Red, a new hair care line developed by Pureology for red and copper color-treated hair. People with red hair often contend with fading and color bleeding; this hair care line makes it possible for red and copper treated hair to last up to 30 washes. The system includes a unique blend of oils to nourish, illuminate, and protect the hair from free radical aggressors. Reviving Red also delivers lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes and other red fruits, to help prevent color bleeding. The line includes a shampoo, conditioner, Caring Oil, and most notably, a color-depositing conditioning treatment. To learn more about the Reviving Red hair care line, please click here.

Beauty Secrets from my mom Part 3: Using Eggs in Shampoo

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So far I have revealed my mom’s secrets for great skin, and how she gets a natural flush across her cheeks.

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Today, I’m going to divulge her secret for soft, shiny hair. We all know the benefits of eating eggs. They are rich in protein, vitamins and biton, and usually people eat them. Well, not my mom. Since I was a kid I’ve seen her crack open an egg and add it to her hair instead of to the frying pan. The same essential vitamins and nutrients found in eggs that are good for your body, are also good for your hair. Eggs strengthen hair follicles, and some serious shine. Here are the steps:

1.       Before shampooing hair, beat an egg in a bowl and set aside.

2.       Shampoo hair normally.

3.       In place of conditioner, massage the egg mix onto the hair and scalp and leave on for 15 minutes

4.       Rinse the egg out with COOL water (Caution: make sure you do not use hot water to rinse the egg out, or it will scramble in your hair).

5.       Optional: Shampoo hair again to rinse the smell out of your hair

6.       Style as usual.

February 3, 2012 is National Wear Red Day®

Red corsage one sleeve dress, $21.00

The Heart Truth: National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 3, 2012. Get Involved!
Friday, February 3, 2012, will mark National Wear Red Day®, an annual event that encourages Americans to wear red as a symbol of their support for women’s heart health awareness. In February 2003, The Heart Truth® campaign launched the Red Dress as the national symbol to inspire women to take better care of their cardiovascular health, and to build awareness of heart disease among woman. Heart disease is often perceived as something than mainly affects men; however, it is actually the leading cause of death among women. Since the red dress has now become synonymous with heart health, I thought I’d look all over the web to find some of my favorite dresses and hopefully, inspire you to wear red on Friday. After you flaunt your sexy silhouette in a fabulous red dress, you can hang onto it to wear in a few weeks…Valentine’s Day is right around the corner😉

Note: Men can participate too by wearing a red tie or shirt.

Red corsage one sleeve dress, $21.00

Blondie Nites Juniors One Shoulder Gown with Micro Sequin Detail

Blondie Nites Juniors One Shoulder Gown with Micro Sequin Detail, $174.00

Drape-front Bra Top Dress, $39.50

Promiscuous Kami Dress, $47.50

Glam up for AIDS Awareness


It is estimated that that almost 1.2 million people in the United States have HIV, and 1 in 5 of those are unaware that they are infected. HIV infection can lead to AIDS, and in order to bring attention to AIDS awareness, prevention and treatment, December 1st has been established as World AIDS Day. The theme for this year is, “Leading with Science, Uniting for Action”.  Show your support for the fight against HIV & AIDS by rocking the Red Ribbon, or by purchasing items that donate proceeds to AIDS research and awareness. Below are some cool ideas, and click here to learn how you can take action or to find an HIV testing center near you.

  1. AIDS Awareness Ribbon Pierced Earrings with Red Austrian Crystals, $14.99
  2. AIDS Awareness bracelet, $28.00 *Ten percent of all AIDS bracelet sales will go to AIDS Foundations.
  3. M∙A∙C VIVA GLAM, $14.50 *All proceeds goes toward the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund.
  4. 18K Gold over Sterling Silver Garnet & Diamond Accent Aids Awareness Ribbon Pendant, $27.99
  5. AIDS Awareness Ribbon Navel Jewelry, $9.99
  6. Bio-Ionic Limited Edition HIV/AIDS Awareness Freestyle 1″ Styling Iron, $150.00 *Proceeds from sales of this iron will be donated to Until There’s A CureTM Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds & awareness to fight HIV/AIDS.

To find HIV Test Centers near you Text: Your Zip Code To: KnowIt (566948)

Fashionable ways to support Breast Cancer Research

Betsy Johnson has been a breast cancer survivor for 11 years. In an effort to contribute to awareness of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, every year she launches a special fashion line featuring clothing and accessories. A portion of the proceeds for all items sold will be donated to charity. (Pictured above - Breast Cancer Awareness 5 Stud Earring Set, $38)

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a national, annual platform that increases awareness about the disease, prevention and most importantly, raises funds to help discover a cure. There are so many fashionable ways you can help contribute to the cause, including wearing a Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Pink Ribbon, which can be sent to you after donating a gift of any amount. Click here for more information, and check out these chic fashion pieces, proceeds of which, benefit the fight against breast cancer.

GUESS Watches has teamed up with Susan G. Komen for the Cure® for the 4th year in a row, and will donate $21.00 from the sale of each "Sparkling Pink 2011" watch sold. The watch features a silvertone mixed metal bracelet, and is accented with small pink crystal accents around the top ring. It also includes the traditional breast-cancer pink ribbon in crystal on the dial. The super, chic pink box is included. (; $105)

Jewelry Designer Maya Brenner created this "Five" necklace to support breast cancer awareness. The necklace is in honor of Lifetime Network's "Five." Directed by Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore, Alicia Keys and others, “Five,” consists of a series of five short films exploring the impact of breast cancer on women's lives. The profit from the sales of the necklace will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund ($188;

Betsy Johnson has been a breast cancer survivor for 11 years. In an effort to contribute to awareness of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, every year she launches a special fashion line featuring clothing and accessories. A portion of the proceeds of all items sold will be donated to charity. (Pictured above - Breast Cancer Awareness 5 Stud Earring Set, $38 at

These trendy shades by Oakley will not only protect your delicate eyes form the sun, but will also make you feel good knowing that $20 from each sale of these special edition sunglasses will benefit the YOUNG SURVIVAL COALITION® (YSC), a non-profit network focused on the concerns and issues unique to young women affected by breast cancer (Pictured above: Dangerous; $180 at