Dove and Aeneas…..

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If you do not understand the title, let me explain. The actual title should be “Dido and Aeneas,” which is an opera by Henry Purcell. This is a production that I recently performed in with the Brooklyn Music School. It is a story of two lovers, the Queen of Carthage Dido and her Trojan Prince Aeneas, torn apart by a jealous Sorceress. So what does this have to do with a company that makes personal care products?

A lot. As the audience might be unaware, as they sit in a cooled theater, the stage with lights can become extremely hot. Combine the lights of the stage plus ensemble movement and singing (classical singing requires a lot of work), and we performers create a sweat storm of monsoon proportions. This was the case during the BMS production of “Dido and Aeneas.” So, to solve the problem of being uncomfortable and not wanting to offend the senses of my fellow cast members I turned to the dry deodorant just launched by Dove. It promised 48- hour protection and instant dryness.

I gave it a try on the night of the final performance and was astounded. Why didn’t I have this during rehearsal or even on the first night of the show? I sprayed it on about three hours before show time and was immediately invigorated by the scent and a bit comforted. By the time I had warmed up with the ensemble for about an hour, I could still smell the sweet cucumber aroma and feel the freshness. I walked on stage confident for the First Act. Even in between costume changes this proved to be a powerful spray. I had to switch into a witch costume for the Second Act and surprisingly the dark robe was not stained with the usual white stuff or my sweat. Even though I did get mighty hot on stage and in between changes, I had happy armpits. Whereas the Queen of Carthage did not survive the departure of her lover, Dove lasted well after the show and through the cast party.

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I am sure theater critics would give the new Dove Dry-Deodorant spray five stars as it performed extremely well.

A word of caution – be sure to spray the deodorant directly into your underarm and not all over the underarm area. I used some before going to the gym one day and over sprayed with too much enthusiasm, which caused some white power to show on my arms. However, in the underarm itself, nothing appeared.

Disclaimer: We received this product to test for free from Influenster.

BEAUTY WEEKLY DIGEST: Mood Changing Makeup; Skin like Angela Basset; Tattoo Lips

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What’s Your Mood? If you’re a child of the 70s-90s, you probably remember mood rings, which let the world know if you were feeling anxious, excited, nervous, tense, calm, in love and a whole host of emotions. Now, a makeup brand, Sara Hill, wants you to wear these emotions on your face with the launch of a new campaign to celebrate how makeup can help alter your mood. For those of you who don’t want your blush to turn crimson red at the sight of your crush, not to worry. The makeup itself doesn’t actually change color with your mood, the brand is simply bringing awareness to the over 40 colors of eyeshadow it has that can portray a range of emotions from happy to angry. Learn more here.

Look like Angela Basset…OK, not really. Actress Angela Basset is jumping on the opportunity to enter beauty in collaboration with “Darker Skin Tones by Dr. Barbara Sturm.” The brand will feature skin care for deep complexions and includes two cleansers, two face creams and a serum, all of which will be available this month. The goal is to address the skin issues and concerns those with darker skin deal with so they can fell more confident when they look in the mirror.

As Jordin Sparks once put it, “You’re on my heart just like a tattoo.” Or, in this case on my lips. Make-up artist Violette Serat reviled a new lip art she worked on with MAC Cosmetics on Instagram in late June and it’s got the internet a-buzzing. The lip art features tiny tattoos of skulls, roses, lips, hearts, you name it, all over the lips. We can’t wait to see which bloggers jump on this trend (and who actually wears it out in public). View it here.

BEAUTY WEEKLY DIGEST: Beauty-Specfic Emojis; Your Skin Drinks; Resell Unwanted Beauty Boxes

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Insert “on fleek” emoji here – L’Oréal USA recently released Beaumoji featuring an extensive keyboard of 130 emojis dedicated to everything beauty so you can let your friends know you are coloring your hair, while applying makeup and painting your nails, without the daunting task of having to actually type those words out. Because, let’s face it, using letters to text is so 2 years ago. The keyboard will be fully integrated into texting platforms, and will be updated seasonally to reflect evolving beauty trends. Get it here.

Think outside the box. Or, maybe it’s what’s inside that counts as a new website has emerged that allows you to sell products from unwanted subscription boxes. At Find Subscription Boxes, you can navigate to their new feature, The Aftermarket, create an online shop and eBay your products away (without the whole bidding part since they set parameters on pricing). Learn more.

Does Your Skin Care Pass the “Absorption Test”? According to the people marketing nutrition and skin care expert Kat Burki’s namesake line, you can tell if your skin wants or needs a product by simply placing it on the back of your hand. If your body craves the active ingredients, it will quickly absorb. If the product just sits there it means your body is rejecting it, and it won’t be effective so you don’t even need it. Who knew? Excuse us while we go slather the 20 bottles of product we own on the back of our hand and see how long it takes to disappear…

Get Beautiful From the Inside Out

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Beautiful skin starts from within, and if you are looking for a glowing complexion, then in addition to eating healthy fruits and veggies, check out Sakara Life. The an organic meal delivery service offers a few edible “beauty products” which aim to help your skin look its best. Below are just a few of their offerings.

• Beauty Water – the brand’s signature smooth spring water with hints of rose for a beautifying hydration. It’s made with pure rose oil and packed full of minerals and nutrients that help boost the metabolism and provide deep cellular hydration, which serves double-duty to keep your skin soft and smooth and your body hydrated.

• Detox Bars – Think protein bar, but delicious. It’s made with Lucuma and Activated Charcoal to cleanse your system.

• Beauty Bars – This sweet treat is 100% grain-free, packed with shredded coconut, coconut butter, dried pineapple and MSM to enhance your Sakara GLOW.

To learn more, click here.

Fall Must Haves: Pumpkin Scented Beauty Products

Ever since I was a child, my favorite thing in the world to eat has always been pumpkin so I adore this time of year when you can find pumpkin flavored everything from coffee to pancakes. But, as a beauty enthusiast, more than food, I love pumpkin infused beauty products! Here are just a few of my top picks:

Lip Smacker Pumpkin Latte, $2.50
Lip Smacker Pumpkin Latte, $2.50
Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Gentle Foaming Hand Soap, $6.50
Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Gentle Foaming Hand Soap, $6.50
Spiced Pumpkin Soap, $6.80
Spiced Pumpkin Soap, $6.80
Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, $58.00
Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, $58.00
Desert Essence Pumpkin Spice Hand Repair Cream, $8.99
Desert Essence Pumpkin Spice Hand Repair Cream, $8.99

Product Review: ViaBuff Custom Exfoliators

Studies have shown that taking a shower can ease stress, calming your body and your mind. While you’re in there getting great emotional benefits, make sure your skin gets the optimal value of your time in the water by cleansing with the right sponge. ViaBuff may just be your answer. The new bath sponge line features four levels of exfoliating sponges so you can customize the perfect one for your body and face. For example, purple and blue are gentle and work well on people with skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis; green is mild for eczema suffers; pink is moderate for keratosis pilaris, waxing and ingrown hairs; and white is clinical for very rough, dry skin.

Designed as a soft foam ball, the sponge aims to remove dead skin cells, promote clarity, even out skin tone and boosts the skin’s natural renewal cycle.

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I received the product for review a couple of weeks ago, and I have been using the blue ViaBuff Facial Mini Buff as well as the pink and white ViaBuff Body Duo Exfoliator (Level 3& 4: moderate and clinical). I liked that having two sides allowed me to adjust the sponge for my skin’s needs. For example I used the pink side of the sponge all over before shaving, and the white side to gently buff away the rough skin on my knees and elbows.

faceUnlike a lot of other bath products I have tried, it doesn’t absorb all of your soap, so you as can use less and save more of your cleanser! It is also eco-friendly and cost-effective, as the sponges are machine washable and durable. As an added bonus, you can purchase a 19-inch ViaBuff Handle to hook the sponges onto, so that you can make sure your body gets the benefits of the product in hard to reach places from head to toe.

My recommendation when using both the face and bath sponge would be to move it in circular motions – you’ll get a nice little massage and I also just think you get better benefits of the exfoliator that rubbing back and forth won’t give you.

ViaBuff prices range from $4 to $25 and can be purchased here.

4 Things to Consider for Your Skin’s Summer to Fall Transition

When the weather starts getting cooler in the winter, the first things that enter our head is our new wardrobe. We think of replacing our shorts and camis with long sleeved tops and sweaters and instead of sandals we take out our boots. The most important thing that we need to worry about however is the largest organ in our body… the skin. Skin gets affected by the change in temperature and the change in the level of humidity. Fall brings about chillier and drier air. We also need to consider repairing all the damage that we have caused our skin during warmer months. The beach parties and sun exposure causes terrible harm to our skin. Let’s see what changes we should bring about in order to preserve our skin.

1. Body

After exposure to the sun your body is likely to suffer from sunburn. No matter how good your sunblock may be, it cannot block the effect skinof the sun completely. Some people’s skin also gets so dry that it flakes off. This is the time your body requires in order to heal.

Before going to bed make sure you rub lotion all over your body. Include it as a part of your sleeping ritual. Massaging lotion in your body actually helps relax you. It also helps the circulation of blood throughout your body. This generally reduces your fatigue.

After you come out of the shower you should also apply a small quantity over your wet skin. This is the perfect timing to do so as your pores are usually open after taking a long shower with warm water. This helps lock moisture in your skin.

2. Face

faceYour face is the mirror to your soul! Gotta keep it looking fresh ladies!

Your face needs moisture. Don’t use cleansers that have alcohol or any other drying agent. Instead of gel based face washes go for a creamy one. It will help lock moisture in your skin.

Use a night cream when you go to bed. Always wash your face before putting on a cream before bedtime. Get a serum if you have dark circles under eyes as well.

Exfoliate! Summer leaves your pores all clogged up with dirt as you go to sandy beaches. Try to exfoliate at least twice a week. As fall is drier dead skin cells also tend to accumulate on the skin so try and scrub it off frequently. Never scrub too hard as it can damage your skin instead of reviving it.

You also need to stop using your toner as your skin does not require you to dry it up more. However a primer is a must then as you do not want to end up with a shiny nose and forehead at the end of the day.

Now fall demands a softer look so get rid of your bronzers and apply lighter foundations. Also make sure that you use a liquid foundation. Maybeline dream liquid mousse works best for me during winters.

3. Lips

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Don’t forget your lips. They get chapped in winters and lipstick never looks good on chapped lips. Don’t forget to wear a chap stick during the day. Whenever you exfoliate your face also exfoliate your lips. No his does not mean you should put scrub on your lips. However there are amazing DIY lip scrubs. Simply put Vaseline on a toothbrush and lightly brush your lips with it. You should always use Vaseline before going to bed.

4. Hair

hairWhile worrying about your skin, don’t forget your hair. Fall can bring about dandruff. Dandruff not only leads to an itchy scalp and hair fall but some extreme cases of dandruff also starts coming on your forehead and makes your skin look bad. The simple solution to this is oiling. Oil your hair at least two times a week, if possible. Olive oil is best for a scalp massage. You can just put hair oil 15 minutes before you shower and then wash it off with shampoo. You can also leave the hair overnight if it does not bother you. Do not shampoo your hair twice or thrice to get the oil out otherwise the whole purpose of applying it will be countered.

You need to understand that different skins require different level of care. Although oily skin maybe a handful in the summers, drier skins cannot bear the effect of a dry winter. If your skin is too dry you should refer to a dermatologist for special creams for winter months.

Your skin is the first thing that can give away your age. It is very important to take good care of your skin even in younger years so that it does not start deteriorating as you get older.

Guest post by Catherynne Johns, Senior Writer for OLWOMEN.com, an avid reader, fashion and make up enthusiast who simply lives to write and talk about all kinds of stuff. Focusing on Fat burning foods especially for women to lose inner thigh fat!