Thursday, December 22, 2011

Last Minute Gifts?

Yes, sometimes you have that person for whom you forgot to buy a gift.
Do they have hair?
Redken and Pureology can help!
Go to your nearest salon & buy a gift-kit!

Pureology favorites:
Holiday Hydrate Holiday Gift Set: Gift this beautiful box featuring Pureology’s best selling Hydrate system complete with a stylish headband to complete any holiday hairstyle.

Perfect 4 Platinum Petites: Don’t leave home without your favorite hair products! Repair highlighted andblonde hair during your winter getaway with new Perfect4Platinum Shampoo,HairCondition and SilkBodifier Voluminizing Mousse.  Products come in a travel-ready gilded clutch/cosmetic bag.

Super Smooth Petites: Nourish and smooth unmanageable colour treated hair with the petite size SuperSmooth System, packaged in a party-ready golden clutch/cosmetic bag.

Redken favorites:

Brilliant Blow-Dry Gift Set
What could be better than receiving the secret to achieving the perfect blow-out at home? Become a pro with this collection of best-selling haircare and styling essentials, plus expert tips on a mirror cling that can be hung at home for daily reference!  The Brilliant Blow-Dry Gift Set includes: Extreme Anti-Snap leave-in treatment, Fashion work 12 versatile working spray, travel size satinwear 02 ultimate blow-dry lotion, and a handy mirror cling with easy blow-dry tips.

Travel Essentials Gift Set:
This perfect travel-sized collection of four haircare and styling essentials is ready to go anywhere in a sleek cosmetic bag. Travel size products included in cosmetic bag: Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner, shine flash 02 glistening mist, and forceful 23 super strength finishing spray.

Color Extend Gift Set includes: Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner, and a travel size outshine 01 anti-frizz polishing milk.

All Soft Gift Set includes:
All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner and now a travel size All Soft Heavy Cream softening rinse-out mask and a sample of brand new All Soft Argan-6 multi-care oil.

Redken For Men Classics Gift Set:
Redken For Men offers the perfect cause for celebration—three grooming favorites for all the men on your list! Gift Set includes: Go clean daily care shampoo, Grip tight holding gel and cleanse acid-balanced cleansing bar.

For kids of all ages, it's LUSH to the rescue!
Get the cutest in bath products:
Mr. Frosty
Magic Wand

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Olay Total Effects Nourishing Cream Cleanser

This cream cleanser has 7 anti-aging cleansing benefits in 1. And although I love everything that's "nourishing" and "creamy," this cleanser left my bangs beyond greasy. It took me a little while to realize this was the culprit. It did leave my skin smooth and soft but this ever-banged girl can't have the greasies so it's best for someone else.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Wei East Firming

Okay, so China-made products have gotten a bit of a bad rep lately.
Wei East could change quite a few minds!
I've been using their Chestnut Refirming Eye TreatmentChestnut & Black Soy Firming & Contouring Pads, & Chestnut & Black Soy Extra Firming Cream for about a month now.

I wanted to wait at least a month to make sure the results weren't some sort of allergic reaction or fluke. It's the real deal!
The first use, I looked in the mirror afterwards & thought "I have teenage skin!" Not in the acne way, just in the resilient & bouncy aspects. I want to test the products on someone in their 70's to see if the effect is as noticeable, but I hate to share!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Where Do We Go For Gift Guidance?

Need something spectacular for your boss or stumped as to what to get your sister?

Whether you need a standard gift or something exquisite these are go-to sites, many with helpful gift finders:

Aedes de Venustas-- For something truly lovely.
Anthropologie-- Did you really think I don't cruise their site for every occasion?
Bath & Body Works-- Who doesn't love a delicious soap? I highly recommend Creamy Pumpkin. Sounds strange, but have yet to meet the person who doesn't love the smell. B&BW also carries the amazing Slatkin & Co. candles, as well as the C.O. Bigelow line (the SPF 15 Mentha Lip Balm Stick is my favorite).
Birchbox--Have a friend who loves product & is impossible to shop for? Set her (or him, no judgement) up with a subscription and they will get a box of deluxe samples every month. Who wouldn't love that?
Burke Decor-- More great gifts than you can shake a stick at-- but you will be so busy looking, you'll forget the stick. ;)
Dogeared-- Great jewelry, well priced, and their Karma in Action pieces go to help charities (One Voice, Girls Learn International, Inc., Heal The Bay, Stand Up To Cancer). It's basically giving two gifts in one!
Etsy-- Are you THE person who doesn't use Etsy? Handmade, vintage, pretty much anything your heart desires. Go now.
FredFlare-- Even Elle Magazine featured some FF gifts this year! For everything from stocking stuffers to a little something special for your favorite hipster.
L'Occitane-- Can't say enough wonderful things about this brand! The products are phenominal, and the company is fantastic. Everyone needs their hand cream-- buy a Hand Indulgence set and put one in each stocking.
LUSH-- Of course LUSH is doing amazing sets, including My Fair Lady: $8.50 of this gift is donated towards our Charity Pot fund, which goes directly towards grass roots charities working hard to fight for animal rights, protect our environment and create better social conditions.
Tarte-- Amazing beauty products, and save 30% with the code FFDEC through 12/12 AND Free Shipping on orders over $40!
Teleflora-- Make your house more festive, or send to someone. The Mercury Glass containers are beautiful.
Vermont Country Store-- For the classic, nostalgic, and hard-to-find.
Votre Vu-- Great gift sets! Love the Duette Luxe Lips & Hand Creme duo--Great hand cream (rich, delicious), fantastic lip balm in the cap!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Hair U Wear Pop put on pieces

I'm pretty sure I'm pushing the age for Pink Tiger (a bright pink as opposed to this color) but I must admit the one I received is pretty darn great. I just popped it in near my ear, toward the bottom of my head. It's surprisingly subtle when it's not front and center. It's just a pop of color-something different. A bit of attitude, if you will. Perfect for a night out!

Coola Face Sunscreen Moisturizer

Broad spectrum SPF 30.
Cucumber goodness to brighten your morning.
All sorts of organic ingredients to improve your skin.
Didn't make me greasier than normal (yes, super oily skin), made my skin look and feel smoother.
Brightened and refined.
I even like the packaging.
Just another way that something useful can also make your morning a little brighter, even if the sun has not yet risen when you are on your way to work.

Umberto Beverly Hills Roman Oil Serum

Add a few drops of this olive oil based serum to your hair for softness & manageability.
It really works! No frizz, just gorgeous hair.
And for $10 at Target?
Smells great, and your hair will love you for it.
Doesn't leave me greasy, I can even use it on 2nd day hair.

Umberto Beverly Hills Banana Brush

This brush rocks!
Available at Target for a great price.
Easy to use, the curve fits comfortably in your hand.
Brushes and smooths without ripping out hair.
A fabulous find--would make a great stocking stuffer as well!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Systeme 41 Rejuvenating Masque

This is a gritty white clay mask that you can apply and then rinse off immediately or let it sit for up to 20 minutes. I gave myself a facial steam and applied it. Immediately my very sensitive skin started to burn but I kept it on for about 5 minutes. When I rinsed it off and applied my moisturizer, my skin felt SO soft and plump. It claims to remove superficial dead skin cells to reveal smoother, younger looking skin. And boy did it! My skin is still soft a few days later. Plus, the ugly blackheads on my nose are no longer. I plan on using it every few weeks.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

More Great Cyber Deals

The store I would most like to live in, Anthropologie, is having a sale!

The go-to place for gifts, Red Envelope, is offering deals starting now--some gifts at 50% off!

L.L. Bean has a fantastic range of clothing, home goods, and gifts on sale, plus FREE shipping and get a $10 gift card when you spend $50 or more!

Shawls to Give & Receive

Help empower the women of Afghanistan and look amazing!
Afghani widows make beautiful shawls and scarves for Afghan Hands, get an education and a decent wage, and you will be a better person for shopping. It's a win-win!
Check out some of my favorites:

7 Second Hair Dos and Don'ts

From UNITE Hair’s 7Seconds products – Dry Shampoo and Leave-in-Conditioner – here are7 Hair DOS and DON’TS to guarantee a great hair day:

1 – Keep it Simple: Opting for less is usually more, so skip the trendy crimped hair look and style a chic chignon or ponytail instead.

2 – Add Bling: If you want to accessorize your hair, use a sparkly hair clip for an ode to old Hollywood glamour.

3 – Skip a Day: Skipping a hair wash? Be sure to use 7Seconds Dry ($28.75: that is made with fine clay and can instantly remove excess oil, increase volume and refresh hair without the use of water or a trace of visible powder.

4 – Undone Waves: Embrace your waves for an undone effortless style.

5 – Go for Natural Color: If you’re a natural brunette or a blonde, do enhance your color with highlights that are within 2 levels of your natural hue.

6 – Deep Treat: Once a week, apply a deep treatment to maintain healthy and shiny tresses.

7 –Bring a Photo: If you are trying to find a new style, bring along a photo to your stylist for inspiration.

1 –Smother Your Strands: Don't tie your hair back too tightly and never when it is wet. This stretches the hair shaft, causing it to break and split.

2 – Apply Too Much Product: Letting hair air dry before applying product will allow you to see where your hair really needs product, without overdoing it. Sometimes less is more!

3 – Be Afraid of Extensions: Using extensions can give you a new look – without commitment Try Great Lengths Extensions – unlike other hair extension systems, the integrity of one's natural strands is never compromised, so the only risk one takes by having them applied is looking better than before.

4 – Forget to Protect: Going to be in the sun? Use a heat styling tool more than once a week? Spray 7Seconds Condition ($26.25: onto hair - this leave-in conditioner locks in color, detangles in 7 seconds, and offers both UV and thermal protection for all hair textures.

5 – Overdo Braids: Keep your braid simple - opt for one loose fishtail braid or incorporate a loose side braid.

6 – Damage your Hair: Visit your stylist every 4-8 weeks (depending on your hair texture – curlier locks can wait longer) to get a trim. Your hair style will look healthier and last longer.

7 – Follow Every Trend: Work with your stylist to find a style that works just for you.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Some Help In The GIFT Department...

This has been a crazy year, I'm looking forward to spending Black Friday in my pyjamas!
Still have to get some gifts, though...Luckily, some of the best shopping (and best deals) are on-line!
Some of the best:

All already-reduced Clarisonic "Skincare Pairs" that are purchased between 11/25-11/29 will be 20% off, and receive an additional 20% off all “Clarisonic Bundles” purchased.  Get free shipping on all orders as well as a free gift with each “Pair” or “Bundle” purchase: a Houndstooth Travel Bag and a 6 oz. Body Serum (a $65 value)

All CleanWell products purchased between 11/24-11/29 will be an additional 25% off.  Use the discount code SAVE25 at checkout.

Dale and Thomas Popcorn
Black Friday and Cyber Monday: 25% off select items at

Lisa Hoffman Beauty
Lisa Hoffman Beauty’s NEW Fragrance Bracelets make a perfect gift for everyone on your list this holiday season.  For Cyber Monday, receive a Free Signature Votive Candle & Deluxe Samples ($15 retail value) with every $65 purchase and receive free shipping over purchases of $50 or more. Love the Tunisian Neroli set!

For Cyber Monday, will be offering 25% off all orders, and a special *gift with purchase* for orders over $200! As always, FREE shipping in the U.S.
Check out LovelySkin’s Facebook page for more giveaways throughout the month of November!

15 brand new products to add some Happy to your Holidays! Buy now for your chance to find a Golden Ticket! Get a $10 gift card when you spend $100, use it to get some pampering for yourself--you deserve it!

Make e-mail stylish & save: Monday, November 28 - everything on the site will be 50% off!

Rue La La
Great gifts, tons of brands, unbeatable sales! It's Black Friday everyday at 11 am on Rue La La!

Soap Hope
Fantastic brands; great soap, hair care, household products, makeup; and 100% of their profits to help women all over the world! Love the eco-friendly packaging and terrific prices as well.
Bonus: The specials are awesome!

Free shipping on all orders and a free Candy Cane Glitter Mini Slant Tweezer with all orders over $50.

The online health & wellness assistant! Use Zeel to find & book appointments with the experts. Join now (it’s FREE!) and get a $50 instant credit and promotional offers. Simply log onto and register for your $50 credit!

Check back here often for more gift guidance!
Good luck & stay brainy & beautiful.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

YBF~Perfect Prep Face Primer

YBF (Your Best Friend) Face Primer goes on before concealer, foundation, or even tinted moisturizer. This lightweight and clear primer acts as a cushion between your skin and your daily products. The easy sponge applicator allows for a gentle, even distribution of this grease-free, soft layer, while minimizing the appearance of pores as well! I'd recommend this bottle of love to anyone in need of some evening out or extra protection from environmental allergens.

Amika~Obliphica Nourishing Hair Mask

All things Amika shout professional hair care and this deep conditioning, rejuvenating hair treatment screams the same. Amika boasts use of the Obliphica berry in this product, valued for its healing powers. This berry is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, healthy fatty acids, Omega 3, 6 & 9, and the rare Omega 7, a combination that creates a harmonious symphony of strength for your do. My over dyed, over styled, heat treated hair loves a weekly dose of this much needed nourishment.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Beauty Detox Vitamix contest

For celebrity nutritionist and author of The Beauty Detox Solution, Kimberly Snyder, making her signature Glowing Green Smoothie for celeb clients like Vince Vaughn, Hilary Duff and Drew Barrymore requires the ultimate tool - the Vitamix blender.

The Vitamix is a 2-horse power blender that has the ability to rupture open the cell walls of the vegetables and fruits and release maximum nutrition from the whole foods. With the right blender, there is more nutrition readily available to the body, including 3,850 powerful phytonutrients. Because of its unique power and ability, this blender is quite the investment (retails for $449-$649). But, now, TWO lucky winners will receive a FREE Vitamix. 

Win a brand new Vitamix blender for your healthy smoothie at via @kimsbeautydetox.

For more information on Kimberly Snyder please visit

Sebastion Professional braids alice + olivia party

What: alice + olivia is opening a brand new shop-in-shop in Bloomingdales. The event is open to the public and attendees can visit a braid bar by Sebastian Professional, a makeup touch-up station by MAC Cosmetics, a festive candy bar, and a chance to win alice + olivia raffle prizes, all while listening to the beats of DJ Erika Spring!

Where: Bloomingdales, 59th Street location, 2nd floor

When: Thursday, November 17th from 5-8 PM

Who: Open to the public (i.e. all alice + olivia (and Sebastian) fans!)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Dixie Bits-- Whippa Peel Double Dose: Lotion and Wash

Body Wash
I tend to be a bar-soap girl. This wash could really change things.
1st: The smell!!! Very tempting to drink the bottle... It's coconut goodness. If there were a perfume, I would wear it. If there were a dessert, I would eat it.
2nd: The feel. Cleans, but leaves skin soft & smooth. Love it. Works pretty well with a wash cloth, outstanding with one of those bath pouf-things.

You MUST buy this so you can smell it.
Really wonderful.
Super moisturizing, but not at all greasy. AH-MAZE-ING!

Dixie Lincoln-Nichols, owner of bath & body line Dixie Bits learned the beauty benefits of coconut oil as a young girl growing up in Trinidad.  Using coconuts plucked straight off the trees in her backyard, Dixie’s grandmother showed her how to extract the precious oil right in the kitchen!

Years later, Dixie applied this knowledge when she created her own line beauty, Dixie Bits.   Coconut Oil acts as a wonderful skin softener, wrinkle reducer, hair conditioner and anti-oxidant among other things.  Watch as Dixie and her grandmother demonstrates the age-old technique of extracting coconut oil right in Dixie’s NYC kitchen!

LUSH offering a Golden Opportunity

A Golden Ticket equals a golden day.  Suddenly the LUSH world could be yours – what an amazing thing!  Bathe in the lap of luxury, shower over the moon in ecstasy or, take a trip to our factory and see how amazing it all is firsthand.  Starting November 1st open up your LUSH gift set and see what's inside...maybe you'll have a chance to shine!

We’ve got 50,000 Golden Tickets floating around LUSH land. There will be 500 instant prizes, including 10 GRAND PRIZES of an all-expense paid trip for one person to the LUSH factory in Vancouver, British Columbia!  Because we’re not just another soap shop, this too is not just another contest.  Our instant prizes include advance previews of upcoming product launches, exclusive products, a feature in our LUSH Times, donations to a charity of your choice, private parties at LUSH shops and a visit to one of our Charity Pot partners!

If you are lucky enough to find Golden Ticket inside your LUSH gift set simply scratch the box on your Golden Ticket to reveal a claim code.  Log onto to enter your claim code and find out if you are a winner one of the instant prizes!  Haven’t purchased or received a LUSH gift this holiday season?  You can still participate in the fun!  Fill out an entry request and send it to us at the address below to receive a Golden Ticket from LUSH by mail (available only while supplies last).

Golden Ticket Contest
8365 Ontario Street, Unit 110
Vancouver, BC
V5X 3E8

For complete contest rules, prize descriptions and limitations and other contest terms and conditions, visit

UNITE to fight cancer

Every year, stylists flock for UNITE Unveiled (in San Diego, CA) a styling symposium hosted by celebrity-loved hair care brand, UNITE.Earlier this month, UNITE bought together Audrina Patridge, designers and stylists for a cause, revealing unparalleled hair styles on the runway to benefit the breast cancer foundation Keep A Breast.

In honor of breast cancer awareness month,UNITE previewed a collection of upper-torso plaster castings of awell-known celebrities such as Julissa Bermudez, Carrie Keagan, Elizabeth Gillies, Lisa Rinna, Kimberly Caldwell, LaLa Anthony, DJ Tina T and Elisabeth Röhm (see image attached).These castings were each designed by professional artists and are available for auction on  The auction is only live until this FRIDAY (Friday, November 4th).

 Bid on the celeb breast casts here:

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

hold 2.5oz( mintbalm+ sage+spf)-travel size

With a touch of sage and mint, this flexible hairspray is perfect for touch ups and those that are not hardcore hairspray users. Hair stays soft and still bounces. Plus, it has SPF which is pretty cool.

lift 2.5 oz.(infused with almond)-travel size

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First off, this smells lovely. It could be a light roll-on perfume, I swear. My bangs officially love this stuff. I spray some in my hand and rub it in my bangs before blow drying. Bam! They look 5x more full. As for the rest of my hair, it gives it this great, beachy texture. Sort of salty and matte which is perfect for curling. I don't want to see the travel size go.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Smell great to fight cancer!

Fall fashion color trends change from year-to-year, but one shade that’s always in season for October is pink! Lisa Hoffman Beauty, a collection of fragrance inspired by Lisa's international travels with her husband Dustin Hoffman, is proud to donate 100% of proceeds from the Tunisian Neroli 4-Vial Varation collection to benefit the National Breast Cancer Coalition. This year – give back in a beautiful way with Lisa Hoffman Beauty!

Lisa Hoffman Beauty Variations® pulse point oils: This unique fragrance concept features four pulse point oil variants of a single fragrance in a portable and chic leather wallet. This amazing set will also make a fantastic gift!

About the National Breast Cancer Coalition: As a network of hundreds of groups and tens of thousands of individuals, NBCC speaks for women.  We’re not afraid to rock the boat. We believe scientists must get the funding they need for meaningful breast cancer research. We believe everyone must have access to quality care. We believe trained, educated advocates must have a voice everywhere breast cancer decisions are made. And we believe with Breast Cancer Deadline 2020® we can end breast cancer by January 1, 2020.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Cutest Soaps help save sight!

Discover the new fund-raising soaps from L’OCCITANE!
Launched October 12th, 100% of the proceeds from sales of the Get on Board for Sight Limited Edition Soaps ($6 each) will support ORBIS,an NGO committed to ending preventable blindness.

Inspired by the ORBIS plane, also known as the Flying Hospital, these limited-edition charitable soaps from L’OCCITANE are crafted in the shape of a plane wearing glasses. Enriched with nourishing shea butter, they leave hands soft and delicately perfumed. Available in Pink (floral and fruity) and Blue (verbena), 100% of the proceeds from sales will allow ORBIS to launch a large-scale project in Burkina Faso, Africa. This country is very special to L’OCCITANE as the company has been working with women’s cooperatives to source Shea Butter since the 1980s

Monday, October 17, 2011

Mama Mio Double Duty

Mama Mio is working TWICE as hard to help women with cancer!

1.      Mama Mio has partnered with Butter Lane cupcakes to create an exclusively designed, limited-edition B-Cup(cake) to be sold in Butter Lane retail locations and in honor of BCA Month. For every B-Cup(cake) sold, Mama Mio will donate $1 to Look Good...Feel Better, the cancer support charity that helps women manage the visible side effects of cancer treatments.

2.     Additionally (and separately), Mama Mio will also donate $1 to Look Good. . . Feel Better for every purchase of Boob Tube Bust & Neck Firmer (packaged with a breast self-exam instructional pamphlet) made on during the month of October.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Get LUSH Hair

I may have, on occasion, mentioned my love for LUSH.
Great products, great company, awesome packaging, entertaining catalogs, Canadians... What's not to love?
In the last year, I have gone on a LUSH hair odyssey.
My hair now loves me for it!

Top 3 LUSH shampoos... so far
1. Godiva- Like the Lady, not the chocolate. Shea & Cocoa buttery goodness make this solid shampoo superb, the jasmine smell is irresistible.
2. Seanik- Lemon and jasmine and seaweed, oh my! Go-to solid shampoo for traveling and summer living.
3. Cynthia Sylvia Stout- Fun to say, amazing to use. Calms frizz-prone hair during times of high-humidity, and smells incredible.

Match with a LUSH conditioner & you'll be good to go!
I like leave-in treatment R&B when my hair is dry, Veganese is nice when you just need a bit of a creaminess.

The website is nice & easy-to-use, but if you happen to be in the proximity of a store, go & smell everything. They even let you try stuff. And the people tend to be very helpful and enthusiastic.

Vapor Organix Beauty Mesmerize Shimmer Eye Treatment

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This color is perfect color for blue eyes. It's a nice brown purple that is sheer but can be layered for a darker look. Cream shadow is always a bit greasier and this is no exception but I like it better than a powder. My only complaint is the applicator- even when twisted up pretty high, it's hard to put it it on my eyelid without having to use my finger. I prefer a brush but I like it just fine.

Home Hair Color How-To from Paul Cucinello

Read these must-know tips from Paul Cucinello, Beauty Expert and Creative Director of the Chris Chase Salon in Chelsea!

Rich Chocolate Brown
AKA The Katie Holmes, a rich brown always calls for a semi-permanent color in a neutral tone. Permanent colors tend to pull too much red because the peroxide in the product brings out the natural warmth in your hair. I suggest trying L’Oreal Healthy Look Crème Gloss Color.
Pro Tip:  After applying the color to your roots be sure to refresh your ends. To richen up faded color without over processing (or achieving a darker result than desired) pick up an extra box of color and mix the included deep conditioning treatment into the color and developer mixture. This will dilute the color so it stays sheer and deposits just enough to refine the tone. Apply it to the ends and leave it on for up to ten minutes.

Blonde Bombshell
Blondes can be tricky because most at-home hair colors yield a much more golden result than people are looking for. Don't choose a shade that's too far from your natural color and remember that the color on your roots should be slightly deeper than the ends like Jessica Simpson. Select an ash shade if you want a more neutral result. Unless your natural color is VERY pale, avoid anything that is labeled “Golden” ...chances are you will wind up unhappy.
Pro Tip: Is your blonde feeling "blah"?  Brighten up your color with an at home brightening product. It's a great way to kick your color up a notch without frying your ends. It can also soften the look of re-growth. Try John Frieda Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray.

Sun Kissed Blonde
Although I rarely suggest attempting highlights at home, even adding a streak here or there can sometimes be the difference between a costly trip to the salon or a great night out! Using a tail comb, try carefully selecting a few pieces around your hairline that are no thicker than a half of a centimeter. To get a highlighted look like Hilary Duff, place the hair in foil and paint your highlighting color on each piece until they are thoroughly saturated. Try using L'Oreal Couleur Experte 8.2 in Iced Meringue.
Pro Tip: Be sure to keep checking your highlights to make sure they get light enough. Here's where most people make mistakes: You can always tone highlights down if they get too light, but if a highlight isn't light enough after you rinse, unfortunately the only way to correct it will be to re-color each piece again.

Dark & Mysterious Black
Kim Kardashian amps up the sex appeal with her signature black mane. It's super shiny and mysterious. This shade is easily achieved on hair that's already dark, so very gentle color should be used to ensure that it doesn't wind up looking like shoe polish. You can select any shade from “dark brown” to “blue black” depending on your skin tone. Try Revlon Colorsilk in Soft Black.
Pro Tip: If you choose to dye your hair black, know this: it's a long road back so make sure you're ready for a long term commitment. I'm a big fan of using gloss to try color on first and then when you're ready for a major commitment and want to bump up the intensity switch to a semi- permanent color.

Flaming Hot Red
Nothing looks worse than a really fake red.  Stick with colors that can occur in nature, just like Adele. Choose natural reds that are more golden or copper (avoid cool, cherry tones). Reds should also be somewhat uniform, so don't be tempted to try adding highlights to a rich red base. If you're a blonde and you want to try copper hues, use a semi-permanent color in strawberry blonde. I suggest trying Couture Color Luxeblend Créme Color in Strawberry Blonde.
Pro Tip: If your hair is naturally dark and you want to achieve a soft, coppery shade, try using a golden blonde permanent color instead of an actual red.  The result will be warm and coppery without looking too artificial.

Also, be sure to protect your skin while coloring your hair at-home. Grab your favorite moisturizer and apply a generous amount to your hairline, the tips of your ears and the nape of your neck to avoid staining.

TOCCA cleans up after Breast Cancer

TOCCA will be donating 15% of its Laundry Delicate collection to Living Beyond Breast Cancer during the month of October.
You can treat your clothes to the finest, best smelling clean while helping women in all stages of cancer.

Spoil yourself and gift your loved ones with something from TOCCA 
Laundry Delicate now, and please check out LBBC!

I highly recommend the Delicato da Viaggio (Laundry Travel Set), that way you can get all the amazing scents!

Put some Boo in your routine

Bath & Body Works is all about Halloween and Fall right now, which I love.

The Pocketbac (mini) sanitizing gels are the perfect size, and are in some crazy fun combinations--my favorite is Haunted House Sour Drop.
The best?
The super cute Hand Soaps! My bathroom has a Green Candy Apple soap in a bottle with the most adorable glow-in-the dark skeleton.

Get some now & scare the germs right out of your Halloween!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

E-mail to Fight Cancer

MeebleMail is proud to donate 50% of the purchase price of their Pink Collection to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. They have committed to raise $10,000 - help them reach Their goal!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Kiss My Face All Natural Castile Peace Soap Pomegranate Acai

For those who don't know, Castile soap is olive oil based -super hydrating and perfect for the changing of the seasons going on now. And I can honestly say, this is the best scent of soap I've ever used. Hands down! So yummy and fruity. Another great thing - a little goes a long way. A dab on the shower puff or wash cloth and you're good.

Kiss My Face Whitening Toothpaste

So I'm not one of those people who loves to chew on INSANELY strong gum or mints. In fact, it might be be one of the grossest things to me. This translates into toothpaste as well. I seek out subtle minty flavor for fear of gagging from mint overload. Enter: This stuff. The natural aloe vera gel flavor has a smidge of mint flavor but it's refreshing and still like toothpaste nonetheless. It also has the flat cap so it stands up in my medicine cabinet -great for this clean freak.

Starting to really love this brand!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pureology helps treated hair and treatment for cancer

Great hair care, great cause!
Pureology is proud to announce its’ support in the fight against breast cancer with a limited edition promotion which includes Pureology PureVolume Shampoo, Hair Condition and Blow Dry Amplifier. It retails for $39 and is currently available in participating salons nationwide! In conjunction with this limited edition promotion, Pureology will make a $20,000 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® in support of their mission to end breast cancer forever.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Bobbi Brown goes Pink

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bobbi Brown has created the Limited Edition Pink Ribbon Collection. The set features Pink Lip Color and Bellini High Shimmer Lip Gloss, which can be worn individually or layered together. With each purchase, $10 will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, an organization dedicated to preventing breast cancer by funding clinical and translational research worldwide. Also, you get Free Standard Shipping with your purchase of The Pink Ribbon Collection the month of October.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Lip Service From EOS

One of my very favorite Lip Balms is helping the fight!

For every EOS Lip Balm Smooth Sphere in Strawberry Sorbet purchased from October 1 – 31, 5% of proceeds will be donated to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to fund research for Breast Cancer treatment and prevention.

Originally released as a limited edition flavor, eos’ Lip Balm Smooth Sphere in Strawberry Sorbet will become a permanent addition to the USDA-certified organic and 100% natural lip balm collection this fall.  These soft-to-the-touch spheres are petrolatum and parabon free, and are formulated with nourishing jojoba oil, Shea butter and Vitamin E.

Price:  $3.29 / Availability: Target

Beautiful hair for you, courtesy of Redken

Love this look, and sounds like even I could do!

Redken Creative Consultant Guido created another gorgeous blow-out for Saturday’s Sonia Rykiel show in Milan.
“Inspired by Sonia herself- this season the look is a little 1940s meets 1970s, very flirty and pretty.  The style is a healthy, bouncy blow-dry with a deep left side part, curls at the end and a black barrette an inch above the right eye to add a bit of sophistication.”
–Guido, Redken Creative Consultant

Redken Products Used:
-satinwear 02 ultimate blow-dry lotion
-hot sets 22 thermal setting mist
-fashion work 12 versatile working spray

Create the Look:
- Apply satinwear 02 ultimate blow-dry lotion to damp hair and blow-dry making sure to lift the roots away from the scalp.
- Create a deep left side part.
- Mist hot sets 22 thermal setting mist on the hair and using a 1-inch iron, pin set the hair.
- Let the hair down and brush out the curls- hair should be smooth, leaving the curls in at the ends.

- Secure a 1x4 inch black barrette about an inch above the right eye for added sophistication.
- Finish with fashion work 12 versatile working spray.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

L'Occitane makes Shea Butter beautiful

Great products, incredible packaging... I'm thinking THE BEST GIFTS...

Launching October 12th is L’OCCITANE’s newest limited-edition collection, and it’s one that the brand holds close to heart:
The Limited-Edition Shea Butter Collection features packaging designed by L’OCCITANE Founder Olivier Baussan who was inspired by the traditional bogolan fabrics of Africa and the country’s indigenous flowers. Available in the below scents, the limited-edition body cream, hand cream and lip balm speak to L’Occitane’s ongoing work with the women of Burkina Faso, Africa who produce all of the Fair Trade Shea Butter used in L’Occitane products.
-       Desert Rose from Morocco is known for its generous blooms and fruity, zesty aroma, which perfumes the desolate landscape.
-       Hibiscus from Egypt delights the eyes with its brilliant colors -- from the purest white to the most passionate red. Its sensual, sunny perfume awakens the senses.
-       Cocoa Flower from the Ivory Coast has a warm, comforting scent with a delicious hint of cacao.

 Ultra Rich Body Cream: Exceptionally rich in shea butter (25%), this body cream envelops dry skin in supreme comfort and softness, leaving it deeply nourished, protected and perfectly moisturized.

Hand Cream: Shea Hand Cream, the #1 best-seller at L’OCCITANE, is rich in shea butter (20%), to protect, nourish and soften the skin.

Lip Balm: This new organic balm, made with 10% shea butter, soothes dry and chapped lips and provides gentle nourishing and protective care.