Monday, January 30, 2012

Wei East Pomegranate Anti-Oxidant Exfoliating Grains

Individual Packets of Grains you can add to your face wash & make any cleanser an exfoliator?
Yes, please!

I love that the process makes it feel like a mad science experiment, and I am all about the results.
Clearer, smoother skin.
Great for traveling as well.

Waxing + Meds= Trouble

From Boom Boom, owner of Boom Boom Brow Bar
New York, NY – Women share a lot of personal information with their stylists and esthes – who they date, where they party (the list is endless, so let’s just stop here), but they may not want to share information about the type of medications they take, and when it comes to waxing, it’s CRUCIAL!
“It really is imperative that you advise what medications you use BEFORE a wax service.  Meds like Retin-A, retinol, Accutane, antibiotics, and even Proactive are designed to exfoliate the skin, so if wax is applied, it will literally lift skin off like it’s a piece of parchment paper,” explains Boom Boom.
What’s the plan if meds are involved?  “A good esthe should tweeze with a clean sharp pair of tweezers.  It may take longer, but it’s the only way to go,” adds Boom Boom.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Yes To... Towlettes

Just look at the awards the Yes To... brand is collecting. I've tried both of these towelettes and loved them. Why? Because they don't leave my skin tight and dry. Between the age refresh blueberries and the soothing cucumber, I love love love this line. The adorable packaging and pleasantly subtle fragrances don't hurt either. I'm saying yes to all things Yes To.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Blow Dry Is Back

The blow dry is back and it’s better than ever!  Super sleek is a given, and texture and volume are an option. Sam Villa, Founding Partner of the Sam Villa® Brand and Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Avenue, says the best finishes, both sleek and textured, can be achieved by following these simple Do’s and Don’ts.

The E-T.C. Light Professional Ionic Hair Dryer exclusively for Sam Villa is a quiet, compact (only 18 cm long), incredibly light (less than a pound) dryer that has a patented Evolution-Turbo Compressor that delivers intense power quietly and an ergonomic design to reduces muscle strain. It has built in ceramic/tourmaline ion generation for maximum shine and frizz reduction, features two heat settings and two speed settings, and a cool shot button to lock in styles and promote luster. It’s definitely a “Do!”

Want more sheen?  Spray hair with a heat protectant product like Redken iron silk 07 and pass with a flat iron to seal the cuticle and increase shine.

Want it to last longer?  Use a small amount of baby powder or a dry shampoo at the scalp instead of washing hair everyday.  It absorbs oil, which also helps to elevate roots for more volume.

GEE Beauty & YBF eyebrow pencil

Founded in Canada and renowned for signature services like the Gee Beauty Brow (featuring threading), the Ultimate Oxygen Facial (featuring Intraceuticals) and Secrets From The Chair makeup lessons, GEE Beauty is home to talented makeup artists and skin therapists dedicated to bringing clients the best of beauty. Understanding that your time is precious, treatments can be customized to suit your individual needs and unique vision.

Below are Natalie Gee's tips for this season’s hottest trends: full brows!


- The biggest fall trend in beauty is bigger bolder brows and the key to get the look is to not touch the brows.

- Let the brows grow in naturally and let them take on a shape of their own. (try this for at least 2-3 weeks).

- If that length of time seems too long (and you love to tweeze), consult with a brow specialist.

- The more natural looking the brow, the closer you are to the seasons look.

-What you should aim for is anything thicker than what you currently have.

-Don't expect ultra bushy in days, that just won’t happen. The look calls for natural, bushy & thick, so you've got to start somewhere.

-Once you've let them grow in for a couple of weeks, consult with a brow specialist. Make sure when you explain what you are looking for, they tell you what you want to hear. for example, listen for thick & natural instead of archy or thin.

- Once you achieved the fuller brow, maintenance can be simple. Brow pencils or shadows are a perfect tool for filling in any patches or giving your brow a darker hue. (the other trend along with thicker brows, is darker brows as well).

- I love brow pencils with a brow brush on the other end because you can always blend the color easily if you pencil in too heavy or dark.

The YBF eyebrow pencil is perfect for Natalie Gee's tips. It fills in my brow bald-spot without looking like I draw on eyebrows, and the spooly end is great for blending. I also really like that you don't have to sharpen!

MyChelle Apple Brightening System

Apple Brightening CleanserApple Brightening PeelApple Brightening Serum
Apples, not just for snacking anymore!
Use this trio to fight and correct hyper-pigmentation.
Gentle, even the peel.
It does take time, but the long-term payoff is excellent.
Substantially faded the odd parenthesis-shaped dark spots around my temples.

Will be trying the whole Age Spot / UV Recovery Regimen
Complete Regimen/UV Repair set next, it comes with an SPF 28 cream, super-hydrating cream, and an Apple Brightening Mist. I do love a Brightening Mist!
What really sold me on this was the peel, works without feeling like I'm taking off my face. If you are going to start somewhere, the peel is my recommendation.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Cream and Eye Balm

L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Face Cream & Eye Balm are amazing.
Thick enough to stand up to Michigan winters, but not at all greasy, even with my oily skin.
It has refined my skin, my face is happy!
The eye balm really reduced my dark circles, makes me look like I have slept.
It's a little pricey, but the you only need a little--the jars last.
Totally worth it.
And the jars themselves! Lovely cobalt glass and silver lids, so lovely.
Well done again, L'Occitane!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Winterize your locks

The one word to keep in mind this winter when it comes to your hair is, MOISTURIZE!

Static cling, dull finish, split ends... these are all the results of dehydrated hair.
With a few simple tips from Pureology Colour Care Ambassador Natasha Sunshine, you can keep your hair looking great all winter long.

1. Keep a bottle of Evian spray in your purse. They come in a mini size so they're easy to lug around. A light blast of water can help with static or even hat head. Afraid of messing up your blowdry? Don't worry. Do an all over light mist from about 12" away, then smooth your flat palms over your hair.

2. Condition, condition, condition. You'll want to go for a daily conditioner with extra moisture during our driest months. Plus, a once a week conditioning masque for five minutes will give you that extra dose of hydration your hair needs. Try Pureology's Hydrate Conditioner and Hydrate HydraWhip Masque.

3. When it comes to styling, be sure to lock in moisture by using a leave-in conditioner and a deeply nourishing styler. Pureology's MiracleFiller is a leave in that will give you a supple dose of protein while hydrating the hair as well. Choose a wet/dry styler like Redken's Argan-6. This incredibly light oil goes on wet and melts over the hair in a protective shine while blowdrying. You can add a couple drops after your style is complete to get extra shine, nourishment and protection.

4. Stay away from too many hot tools. If you're going to blowdry, skip the iron and vice versa. If you opt for the flat or curling iron, go to bed with a wet head and style in the morning.

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