Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Miss Jessie's Creme De La Creme daily conditioner

Miss Jessie's has created possibly the best conditioner ever.
It goes on easily, smells like fruity-floral-salon hair should, and leaves my hair soft!
I have been having fried ends and crazy frizz in our lovely weather, this actually helps without making my hair feel like it's encased in crap.

Buy this, and be sure to thank the geniuses who invented it.

Get your beautiful reading on FNO!

On Fashion's Night Out, September 10, 2010, celebrity psychic astrologer
Kim Allen will be stationed at the Orlane, Paris counter at Saks Fifth
Avenue, and she will be giving a free reading to anyone that makes an
Orlane, Paris purchase of $300 or more.

For more information, visit www.fashionsnightout.com

Julie Hewett Ora Mineral Mix Loose Foundations - Intensity 1 Light

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I'm not one to wear any sort of face powder. Often it leaves me looking cakey like I was made over by the neighborhood mortuary. This is so not the case with this loose foundation. It's so light and offers just the right amount of coverage. It also doesn't have that weird sparkly effect that some loose foundations have sometimes. Thumbs up!

Korres celebrates Fashion's Night Out!

WHO: Korres Natural Products
WHEN: Friday, September 10, 2010 – 6:00pm – 11:00pm
WHAT: Head to the Korres store in SoHo on Friday, September 10th for an evening of cocktails, cupcakes and makeovers. The event will feature ‘Detox Bubbles, Cupcakes & More’ for guests to enjoy as they help VOGUE magazine celebrate a night of fashion. The stores will include a detox bar serving complimentary antioxidant-infused cocktails based on the Greek skincare brand’s natural ingredients – Wild Rose, Pomegranate, Thyme Honey & Raspberry – along with delicious cupcakes also ‘packed’ with natural ingredients.
Attendees can detox on the outside as well with a complimentary Korres makeover or advice on how to wear VOGUE’s hottest color looks of the season using 'green' make-up. All guests will receive a product samples including global bestsellers.
WHERE: KORRES / 110 Wooster Str. [btw Prince & Spring, SoHo, NY]
RSVP: To book a complimentary makeover, call: Korres Store 212-219-0683 or Woosterstreet@korresusa.com
WHY: In a global initiative to promote retail, restore consumer confidence, and celebrate fashion, U.S. and international editions of Vogue are coordinating evening extravaganzas in their respective world fashion capitals. The first evening of New York Fashion Week, Fashion's Night Out will encompass an array of festivities.
ABOUT: Korres Natural Products is a Greek skincare brand with roots in the first Homeopathic Pharmacy of Athens. The first Korres product was an aromatic herbal syrup with honey and aniseed, a recipe inspired by "rakomelon", a warming spirit-with-honey concoction, which George Korres' grandfather used to favour in his hometown on the island of Naxos. Set up in 1996 with the aim to utilize its extensive scientific resources for the development of clinical effective and safe products, the company today offers a natural and certified organic skin & hair care range, a make-up line as well as suncare products and herbal preparations.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Enjoyment of FNO for vu!

Come visit the VuBAR, Votre Vu's customized Airstream, in the Meatpacking District on Fashion's Night Out!
After testing Vu's French-made, botanically based skin care with a Party Primer beauty regimen, have your photograph taken on the VuBAR's red carpet and download them for free online. To finish off your VIP Vu experience, sample refreshing Votre Vu SnapDragon from an ice luge, enjoy custom Votre Vu pastries from an on-site pastry chef and much, much more!

An ice luge!!!

Another reason to glam up & love Sephora!

From now until September 15th, $1 of every qualifying red lip purchase at Sephora will be donated in support of The Beauty Bus Foundation, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for homebound, terminally or chronically ill people and their primary caregivers by bringing beauty into their lives. This foundation provides in-home beauty and grooming treatments, free of charge, to those who might not otherwise have access, helping them maintain dignity and giving them respite during a difficult time (up to $25,000).

To select the perfect red, let a Sephora artist guide you during a custom Red Lip Express Service, or to simply donate a kiss, what better place to explore a trend and feel good about it than at Sephora’s “Kiss for a Cause.” Take your pick from the below participating brands and give the red lip trend a more meaningful look on you and someone else.
· Buxom Big & Healthy Lipstick in Barcelona
· Dior Addict Color Awakening Lip Balm
· Dior Serum de Rouge in Red Serum 850
· Fusion LipFusion Infatuation in Screen Siren
· Kat Von D Painted Love Lipstick in Adora
· Korres Raspberry Antioxidant Liquid Lipsticks in Red and Berry
· Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in S43 and P17
· Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick in The Red
· Tarte Matte Lip Stains in Fiery and Envy
I heart the Tarte Matte Lip Stains! They are great!!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fashion's Night Out will rock!

When you are out & about at Fashion’s Night Out on September 10, 2010, be sure to visit the C.O. Bigelow Apothecary store at 414 6th Avenue from 6-10 pm. The downtown landmark Apothecary store is a neighborhood favorite to New Yorkers and celebrities alike and will have specials during the event from some of their top-selling brands.
While I personally am not a fan, Vinny Guadagnino of MTV’s hit show The Jersey Shore will be at the store from 7pm to 8pm to meet and greet with C.O. Bigelow consumers. He will also showcase his essential grooming products and favorite beauty products for the ladies in his life that are all sold at C.O. Bigelow.
I am psyched about that Mama Mio has joined the C.O. Bigelow family! The Mama Mio team will show you how to boost body confidence and feel great in your skin. Mama Mio will be serving complimentary mocktails while sampling its Get Waisted Body Shaper to reduce fat cells, tighten and firm tummy flab. Mama Mio is AWESOME!!!
In addition to body treats and beverages, C.O. Bigelow will also have a makeup artist from Jane Iredale giving consultations and tips to stay fresh-faced all week long, a manicurist from Barielle for a quick polish changes and a skincare specialist with Rilastil sampling the latest eye cream. Additionally, Soap & Paper will be giving away a free shea butter soap with any purchase in the store!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fashion's Night Out

Everyone needs a night out--even fashion.

For those of you lucky enough to be able to make it to the NYC fashion hub for Fashion’s Night Out on September 10, 2010, Sephora stores will be hosting some incredible events:

Sephora Soho
555 Broadway b/w Prince and Spring
· Meet Gwen Stefani – Sephora & Harajuku Lovers Fragrances are teaming up to give you an exclusive sneak peek at HL’s newest fragrance collection, Wicked Style. Harajuku Lovers is taking to the streets in a branded fragrance truck looking for some wicked style fun. Follow @harajukulover_g on Twitter to find out where the truck will be throughout the day to grab samples & great giveaways. Be one of the first 100 people to buy HL's special Fashion’s Night Out fragrance package at Sephora Soho & Gwen will personally sign the Wicked Style bottle! In addition, guests can enter to win tickets to the L.A.M.B. fashion show during NYFW! While in store, get Harajuku makeup and hair looks by Make Up For Ever and T3.

Sephora 5th Ave
597 Fifth Ave b/w 48 and 49
· Meet Kat Von D, famed tattoo artist and beauty creator – Kat will be celebrating the launch of her new Adora beauty collection with an exclusive reading from the soon-to-be-released The Tattoo Chronicles, the follow up to her New York Times bestseller, High Voltage Tattoo at 9PM. Meet Dan Smith, renowned tattoo artist and High Voltage hottie.
· Model with Josie Maran - Come meet supermodel and homegrown-beauty maven Josie Maran from 7-9PM as she shares her beauty secrets and shows off her pure and natural makeup line. Then step into Sephora’s mini photo studio where Josie will give guests posing tips, and will walk away with a signed copy of their best shot. Plus, be the first to get the not-yet-launched, Argan Oil Colorstick in Cherry Popsicle—created exclusively for Fashion’s Night Out—with every Josie Maran Cosmetics purchase at the event.
· Meet Dr. Gross, founder of Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare – Guests can visit NYC celebrity dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross at his Sephora Skincare Advice Booth from 6-8pm, and get their complexion questions answered, including a personalized skin analysis valued at $275. And with any Dr. Gross purchase that evening guests will walk away with a free 1.7 oz cleansing foam.
· Meet Michelle Phan, Lancôme video makeup artist and YouTube™ Sensation - Michelle Phan is making her very first in-store appearance for Lancôme. Come meet Michelle and watch her in action as she films one of her signature makeup tutorials—featuring an exclusive Fashion’s Night Out look—live in Sephora’s window at 7PM! Then let Michelle answer your burning beauty questions from 8-9PM and get your makeup done by a Lancôme pro.
· Get Styled by Sultra - Sit down for a free styling session with a pro from Sultra and experience their new Bombshell One Inch Rod Curling Iron.

Sephora Times Square
1500 Broadway b/w 43 and 44
· Groove with Yves Saint Laurent Beauty and celebrity DJ Alexandra Richards – Join Sephora Times Square for the exclusive worldwide premiere of Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture. Experience the new, exclusive lipstick shade N°20 Rouge Flamme created especially for Sephora. Guests can listen to special guest Celebrity DJ, Alexandra Richards spin tunes from 7-9PM while they sip champagne, snack on sweets and get their makeup done by an Yves Saint Laurent makeup artist. Guests can also enter to win one of three pairs of YSL Tribute Too Red shoes ($795 value).

Sephora 5 Times Square
200 West 42nd at 7th Ave
· Temptu’s Runway to Reality - Pull up a front row seat, and watch TEMPTU’s glamorous live models as they turn Sephora into their catwalk. Guests can also flip through their look book, have their favorite high-fashion look re-created by a TEMPTU pro then get their picture snapped for Sephora’s window by a professional photographer. Special appearance by Kat Von D at 7PM.

Sephora 34th Street
130 West 34th Street b/w 7th and Broadway
· Beauty Rocks the Runway with Benefit - Try on beauty trends straight from Fashion Week with the world debut of femme metale, the newest addition to the Maggie & Annie Collection. Guests will receive runway inspired makeup lessons, posh party favors, music and more.

Sephora Union Square
45 East 17th Street b/w Union Square West and Park Avenue South
· Sync up with Hourglass Celebrity Makeup Artist, Gina Brooke - Join Hourglass Artistic Director Gina Brooke for a performance art, avant-garde makeup show, followed by runway-to-realway consultations by Hourglass artists.

Sephora Flatiron
119 Fifth Avenue at East 19th Street
· Become a Buxom Babe! – Guests are invited to get buxom-ized with a free makeover inspired by a favorite Buxom girl. Whether they’re a Dolly, a Katie, a Sugar or a Trixie, guests will leave with a sinfully sexy new look, a deluxe free gift and a chance to win Leslie Blodgett-signed beauty items.

Sephora Lexington
711 Lexington Avenue b/w East 57 and 58
· Get Glam With Dior – Guests are invited to have their makeup done up by Dior pros, who will be sharing backstage beauty secrets and creating luxurious fall eye looks featuring the amazing new Lash Maximizer set.

Sephora 67th & 3rd
1149 Third Avenue at 67th Street
· Celebrate 10 Years of Eco Chic Beauty with tarte - Wish tarte a happy birthday as they celebrate the launch of their TEN Anniversary Collection. Be among the first to sit down with one of tarte’s natural beauty experts and enjoy a makeover fit for a fashionista. Guests can also enter to win several eco-fabulous raffle prizes.

Sephora 76th & Broadway
2164 Broadway at 76th Street
· Learn Pro Secrets from NARS –Guests can stop in for a special Fashion’s Night Out eye makeover and let NARS artists re-create a hot-off-the-runway look just for them.

Sephora 42nd & Madison
300 Madison Avenue at East 42nd Street
· Laura Mercier Presents “Fresh-Faced & Flawless” - Join Laura Mercier Global Makeup Artist Luis Soto and his team for on-the-spot complexion touch-ups and an exclusive look at Laura’s latest innovation, the Bonne Mine face palette. Signature cocktails will be flowing, and amazing prizes will be raffled off every hour, on the hour.

Sephora Columbus Circle
10 Columbus Circle on Broadway b/w 58 and 60
· Too Faced Presents: Eye Love Fashion - Celebrate Too Faced’s fall collection with makeovers using products from their coveted eye shadow collections, Swarovski crystal tattoos and a glamorous gift with purchase. Plus, be one of the first 50 people to sit for a consultation, and get a full-size Starry Eye Liner—free.

Sephora 86th & Lexington, Sephora 150 Broadway, Sephora 99th/Columbus:
· Stop in and enjoy cool refreshments, sweet treats and free makeovers by some of our favorite brands.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Mohawks are back. Where is my safety-pin jewelry?

If you rocked a Mohawk in the 70's/80's, please stop and think before recreating the look. As the saying goes, if you were part of the fad the first time, leave it alone the second...

That said, Mohawks (for the young or the ironic, please) are standing again.

Amanda Lenz from patrick mcivor color studio has tips on how to keep them sky high.

“Feminine Mohawks are empowering and strong. Most are of the pixie variation, piecy and fringy around the perimeter and rather tight around the ears and sides with a longer panel on the top from the crown to the fringe area. The beauty of this haircut is its diversity. It can be worn up for a fresh, rocked out look or down framing the face,” explains Lenz.

Sky High

· Towel dry hair and mix Vavoom Take Me Higher Root Riser and Biolage Volumizing Whipped Mousse through the top center of the hair (the sides and back do not need - the sleeker those areas are, the better.)

· Blow dry top section up and back while pulling through with fingers (for those with more texture, a round brush will help).

· When hair is totally dry, spray all over with an extra-hold shaping spray and set in large barrel curls, rolling away from face. Overdirect the curls forward for maximum volume. Pick curls out with fingers. For extra definition, use a light pomade to lift and separate.

· Freeze fin with Vavoom Freezing Spray for long lasting hold.

Carrots for everyone!

Next to test: Yes To Carrots products!

They have oodles of good-for-you products, and a portion of proceeds from every Yes To product goes toward the Yes To Seed Fund.

The brilliant pro-veggers also have recently wrapped up the Yes To Carrots Garden challenge. Read all about it on their web site &/or check out the blog!

This amazing project helps to bring gardens, veggies, and knowledge to schools. Oh, and celebrities--Rosario Dawson, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Amy Smart, Michigan-native Carter Oosterhouse (Traverse City), Ali Larter, Rachelle Lefevre, as well as EMA Executive Board members Francis Fisher, Wendie Malick, and Daryl Hannah.

Congratulations to winner Highland Elementary School in Colombia Heights, Minnesota received the $5,000 “Seed Fund Grant” provided by Yes To Carrots, as well as a year’s worth of supplies from Kellogg Garden Products.
Can't wait for next year's contest-- Detroit, start your digging!

H2O+ Sea Salt Replenishing Shampoo

Salt and Shampoo are not normally things I think of as playing nice.
Salt and Pepper, Shampoo and Conditioner--now those are the pairs that pop into my mind.

I don't know what the salt does in the H2O+ Sea Salt Replenishing Shampoo, but it all works.
Hair is clean, but not turned to straw.
Pleasant, light scent.
Good lather.

I let my mom "borrow" it, I now have to go out and buy another bottle.

Personalize your Laser & win! So 21st century.

How advanced is this?!?

Tända is the only beauty device with interchangeable LED treatment heads to banish blemishes and the tell-tale signs of aging. This hand-held light therapy system offers visible results in your own home. Harnessing the natural power of light, Tända Skincare System is a safe, effective remedy. Tända Skincare is available in two kits—Tända Clear for acne and Tända Regenerate for anti-aging.

Tända just launched NEW tändaSKINS™ to personalize and protect your Tända device. They are offering the opportunity for you to express your creativity by designing the next tändaSKIN. Just download the tändaSKIN template from www.tandaskincare.com and when you submit your design, share the story behind your design and why you want to win by September 30th to be eligible.

Votre Vu AU REVOIR! Trouble Spot Treatment

Au Revoir kills zits!
Dab on with a q-tip & forget about it.

I do recommend doing this at night when you don't have anywhere to be-- you will look like you have dried calamine lotion on your face.

I have no desire to become a company rep (like up-market Avon?), but the Au Revoir works!

Help your skin recover

Anyone else break out when it gets too hot?
10 hour days in my un-air conditioned sweat box office have taken their toll.

Scientific wants to help:
For the month of August, purchase a summer skin repair kit (2 options available) from the Scientific skincare line, and receive a free Lifting Serum. The kits, designed by world-renowned dermatologist Dr. Kenneth Beer, will eliminate summer damage just in time for the new season!
Go to www.ScientificSkin.com, and get your free lifting serum with purchase!

C.O. Bigelow® Mentha is so cool. Literally.

Mentha Body Vitamin Body Lotion
Mentha Body Vitamin Body Wash

This has been one hot summer.

Even at night, it is too hot to sleep!

My solution: I wash my feet with the body wash, then use the lotion.

It is an intense, mint cool-off!

The body wash is also great as a pick-me-up in the morning shower. I'll also be using them both when I get all stuffy-- should totally break up the congestion.

Tweezing helps the animals!

So does filing your nails!

Tweezerman is pleased to donate $1.00 from the purchase of each Paw Print Mini Slant® Tweezer and $0.50 from the purchase of each Matchbox Itty Bitty Paw Print Files to the the Humane Society of the United States in an effort to assist with their mission to “create a humane and sustainable world for all animals – a world that will also benefit people.”

Yes, the cutest files and tweezers! Totally useful for primping on the go! I keep them in my purse, especially great since I always seem to find that errant hair when I am out somewhere...

Buy now, look better, and help the puppies!

Pureology wants you to win!

From now until August 31, visit: http://pureology.com/discover/shampoo and win one of the following samples of your choice:
Pure Volume Shampoo - This extra gentle cleanser offers extraordinary volume with brilliant colour vibrancy and serious colour protection. This ZeroSulfate®, non-colour stripping formula volumizes while adding moisture—something no other volumizing shampoo does!·

Hydrate Shampoo - Pamper your hair with our award-winning, moisturizing, super-concentrated shampoo. This extra gentle, non-colour stripping, ZeroSulfate®, salt-free formula enhances colour brilliance and maximizes colour retention.·

SuperSmooth Shampoo- Gently cleanse and smooth unruly hair without stripping away moisture, and intensify natural shine while protecting colour vibrancy with this concentrated ZeroSulfate® shampoo. ·

Essential Repair Shampoo - Renew strength and help repair and fortify against damage while protecting colour vibrancy with this concentrated and gently cleansing ZeroSulfate® shampoo.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Scientific by Kenneth Beer, MD

I recently gave the Scientific skin care line a 2 month trial (shhh! Please, don't tell my mother-in-law! If she asks, I am using 100% of her Mary Kay products!), including Scientific White Bamboo Exfoliator, PH Balancing Cleanser, Daily Hydrating Cream, Brightening Serum, and Intensive Repair Serum.

Scientific PH Balancing Cleanser was light and airy, but with gentle beads to massage and nourish the skin. I found that this cleanser really did balance my skin-I tend to get oily in the summer months and most cleansers that attack oil end up leaving me dry. This cleanser really did have a nice affect on my oily patches, without drying me out.

Scientific White Bamboo Exfoliator was a nice once-a-week treat. This microderm abraision type treatment heats when it meets water and then aggressively, yet gently exfoliates and cleanses. Although I did feel like dead cells were scrubbed away, I did not see patches of red skin or feel areas of irritation, like with other masks.

Scientific Daily Hydrating Cream was magnificent. Very lightly scented and the perfect balance of moisture without oil or shine. One downfall-this product does not play well with others-if you ever blend your face lotion with foundation to create a thinner tinted lotion, this is not an ideal playmate for your cosmetics. I found that this lotion needed to be completely absorbed into the skin before applying anything else, or it would create a delicious soup on my skin.

Scientific Brightening Serum was again, free of scent and light, but did not necessarily prove any results in my discolored or dull skin areas.

Scientific Intensive Repair Serum was a bit oily for regular use, but I would totally add this product to my winter skin care regimen, as it really does seem to give dry patches of skin some tough love. Although it is like an oil to the touch, it creates magic in the skin, acting like a dryness barrier, without shine or overwhelming moisture.