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.