Thursday, July 31, 2008

Pomegranate: My New Skincare Ingredient Addiction


This is a classic example of why I appreciate your sharing comments with me so much. I may have just found skincare products I want to stick with forev-a! A while back, some of you raved in the comments about the "fabulous-ness" of Pomega5, a natural, organic brand of skincare used with great results. Well, I listened, I sought, I found - and you're right!

Let's talk a bit about the fruit first. Long revered as a superbly medicinal fruit and regarded as a symbol of healing and longevity, the pomegranate is once again demonstrating its worth. You can review online and in print study after study showing the benefits of pomegranate - from consuming it as a food or juice, taking it in supplement form, to slathering its elements on your skin. Pomegranate has been found to provide one of the most potent mixtures of antioxidant compounds of any easily obtainable fruit. Some specifics about the benefits:

  • Their compounds can stimulate the human estrogen receptors that are involved with maintaining health of the bones, blood vessels and nervous tissue, even relieving symptoms of menopause (found in the juice, peel, seeds, leaves and flower)
  • The antioxidant action of the juice and its ability to interrupt inflammation has led to its modern use in treatment and prevention of many diseases such as cardiovascular diseases (stroke, heart, clogged arteries due to excessive fat deposits), prevention of prostate cancer, to promote self-destruction of human breast cancer cells and even treating inflammatory diseases such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, arthritis, diabetes and obesity
  • Ayurvedic medicine utilizes the fruit for nourishment and restoration of the skin's balance
  • Recent studies show pomegranate extracts effective in stimulating skin's collagen production, rebuilding its outer layers, inhibiting free radicals and helping to counter daily effects of oxidation and the aging effects of too much sun exposure

We'll get into more about the specific benefits of the pomegranate ingredients in skincare in just a moment. First, I want to introduce you to two brands of skincare utilizing elements of pomegranate as the essential ingredients in their product lines - Pomega5 and Pomegranate Health. Both companies have done their homework studying the benefits of this fruit, both have a demonstrated true passion for its use, and both have produced fabulously effective product lines.

Tzeira Sofer is the founder, president and creative force behind Pomega5™. Born in Israel, Tzeira became intrigued with traditional Jewish medicine and the natural health benefits of plants and herbs at a very young age. As a practitioner in healing arts and an expert on women's health and wellness, Tzeira was driven by a vision to create an authentic, holistic line based upon the potent benefits of the pomegranate. Working with leading doctors, scientists and experts in the wellness arena, she developed the Pomega5 line of skin care treatments inspired by ancient recipes yet supported by the latest scientific research, which shows the potential of pomegranate seed oil as a broad spectrum medicinal plant supporting and maintaining breast, uterine, heart and prostate health as well as skin health and appearance. Tzeira places the highest value on the quality of her company's products, therefore the result is a completely natural, organic product line created for consumers looking to achieve a healthier skin and a healthier body.

Although the fruit originates from the Middle East, Neal Holtzman and Steve Schwartz, two driven, American entrepreneurs from Rochester, NY, started their company to harness the beneficial qualities of pomegranates specifically for health-conscious consumers. Their first products were pomegranate-based dietary supplements and their latest is an anti-aging, anti-wrinkle face cream made with cutting edge pomegranate extracts.

Now, I'd like to talk with you about the specific products in these lines I've been using or we'd be here forever. I could go on for pages about the wealth of information there is to learn about this magical fruit and its benefits (all important and very interesting). Both Pomega5 and Pomegranate Health have oodles of this information available to consumers on their websites; I encourage you to check them out. Pure cold-pressed, organic pomegranate seed oil is the golden ingredient in these skincare products. Rich in punicic acid, it is a natural phytoestrogen, powerful antioxidant, and Omega-5 conjugated fatty acid.

Pomega5 Cleansing Bar - $18
An olive oil-based, all-natural facial cleanser that gently exfoliates, nourishes and calms the skin. This natural facial cleanser is formulated using edible grade extra virgin olive oil, precious pomegranate seed oil, herbs, and bio-dynamic essential oils to cleanse and purify skin, keeping it nourished, clear and soft all day long.
  • Essential oils of myrtle and eucalyptus provide deep cleansing and disinfection
  • Omega-rich olive oil moisturizes; pomegranate seed oil protects and balances
  • Mini bark particles gently exfoliate
  • Aromatherapeutic lemongrass enlivens the senses
  • Long-lasting and lathers beautifully
  • Can be used on face and body
REVIEW: I've not used a bar to cleanse my face for years, so I was very skeptical about trying this. Ah, but this product gives wonderful results and a heavenly experience. The bar yields a luxuriously creamy lather and enlivens the senses with its lemongrass fragrance. I was also questioning about paying $18 for "a bar of soap". Yet, this is not a bar of soap; this is a divinely created cleansing bar (soap-free), very gentle on facial skin, nicely hydrating leaving skin feeling healthy, clean yet refreshed, moisturized and glowing. Additionally, the bar lasts a long time; it's not one to "melt" quickly with use. The tiny flecks of bark on the bottom add a nice exfoliation to the experience when used (you can easily avoid them too if desired).

Pomegranate Health Anti-Aging, Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream (2 oz glass jar)- $36.95
This is a premium, active skin firming complex in a silky, emollient cream, that combines the known benefits of natural pomegranate seed oil and extracts with other well-researched ingredients proven to help rebuild and rejuvenate the skin. The cream also includes:
  • Hexapeptides - chains of six amino acids that help firm and brighten the skin. They can relax the surface muscle tension that causes fine lines and also help to reduce the depth of full-fledged wrinkles. The specific hexapeptides in this product are typically found only in the finest anti-aging creams
  • Thioctic Acid (also known as Alpha Lipoic Acid) - a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that can help slow the aging process and has even been shown to prevent and reverse scar formation. Thioctic Acid is a “universal antioxidant” that is soluble both in water and lipids, and can thus more thoroughly benefit the skin
  • Laminaria Digitala Extract - a superb moisturizer that comes from brown algae. This extract contains amino acids similar to those found in human skin. It is one of the best and most easily absorbed natural skin supplements
  • Other ingredients include the pomegranate seed oil, a specially formulated pomegranate extract, Vitamins A, C and E and DMAE, a powerful amino acid that supports the integrity of cell membranes, blocks production of other acid substances, and helps prevent sagging skin and wrinkles
REVIEW: I've been using this cream in the morning and I love it! This is a lush yet not too dense, satiny cream that absorbs quickly into skin. The cream has a natural light, citrus scent. What I like most about this product, is that you can actually feel it working. Skin is instantly firmer, tighter, and hydrated. I can especially notice it working on fine lines around my eyes. Further, I feel the circulation increasing in my facial tissue shortly after applying it, yet it is not too intense and doesn't cause redness like you'd expect from a product that works in this manner. Since it's given me these results here, I've also been using it on my jiggly areas (tummy and thighs) with definite results. The skin is significantly firmer and tighter after application. I'm looking forward to some long-term results in this area (keep fingers crossed for me).

Pomega5 Revitalizing Treatment for Skin (30 Ampoules) - $48
These gems are made with 100% pure, organic healing oils to replenish and restore dehydrated or lackluster skin and help minimize the appearance of fine lines. Lightly scented with mandarin essential oil, this gentle, non-greasy blend of ingredients absorbs readily into skin, leaving it supple, smooth, and lustrously nourished.
  • Antioxidant pomegranate seed oil fights free radicals, hydrates and protects
  • Rosehip oil naturally supports regeneration of skin cells, elasticity and firmness
  • Calendula oil, a natural anti-inflammatory, soothes dry and damaged skin, reduces puffiness
  • Jojoba oil deeply moisturizes and transforms appearance of pore size
  • Convenient, single-use application ampoules
REVIEW: You're ensured a fresh, active supply of this treatment liquid since contained in the gel-like ampoules. Simply twist off the tip and squeeze onto fingers, patting into skin. There is plenty in one dose to cover your face as well as neck and decollete'. I generally have a little left, which I drop onto my hands to give them the nutrient and healing benefits of this elixir. My skin is noticeably brighter, smoother and more healthy looking when I wake in the morning after applying this under moisturizer before bed. I've been using them about three times a week, but you can use more often if your skin is overly dry or mature. Despite some oily tendency in my skin overnight, I've not noticed any increase in oil and have had zero breakouts since using the whole regimen in general.

Pomega5 Revitalizing Essential Moisture (50ml) - $48
Rich in nourishing fatty acids and essential oils, this deliciously-fragrant cream feels soft and silky to the touch, yet absorbs immediately to leave skin with a healthy glow and renewed freshness. Pomegranate seed oil, bearberry and bilberry - natural clearing agents - work to clarify skin and protect against environmental damage, making this moisturizer a good match for oily, problem skin.
  • Bearberry disinfects, clarifies and lightens
  • Bilberry gently exfoliates and soothes inflamed skin
  • Wild Moroccan argan nourishes, softens and renews elasticity
  • Nutrient-rich horsetail firms and revitalizes at the cellular level
  • Lightweight texture makes this cream perfect for daytime use
REVIEW: Ok, let me just say that when I found I was using a product with pomegranate seed oil, argan oil and horsetail extract combined I was ecstatic. Magazines, skincare companies, celebrities and health sites galore have been singing the praises of the highly acclaimed and rare argan oil (Josie Maran most recently is extolling its praises) and we've known for a few years now the benefits of horsetail extract as a firming agent (it's the key ingredient in my beloved Piaffe Velvet Body Creme) - but these in addition to the pomegranate seed oil in one product? Hurray and hallelujah! Ok, ok ... forgive me a second while I ground myself.

Now, this is a truly decadent, rich cream (I know it says it's the lighter of their creams, but trust me on this - it's luxury in a bottle). This is my new night cream. The product remains pure and untainted inside its pump dispenser bottle. It smells lightly of citrus (much lighter even than the cleansing bar). Using this moisturizer makes me feel as if I've come from receiving a high-priced facial. It truly is effective at reducing wrinkles, hydrating delicate skin, and brightening the face, neck and decollete' areas (significantly in fact). My skin hasn't looked or felt this firm and healthy in a long, long time.

You should know all the products discussed are organic and free from parabens, and anything petroleum or animal-derived; they contain no fillers, synthetic chemicals or artificial fragrances. I really have to give credit to the use of all four of these products combined for my new found glowing skin. Those who know me can attest to the fact that I never stick to just one brand's skincare regimen. I vacillate between many brands and products continuously - I just love trying new skincare. However, I can tell you without hesitation that I have found a regimen I am happy (delighted even) to call "my regimen" in these products from Pomega5 and Pomegranate Health!

I definitely encourage anyone who wants gorgeous, fabulous skin (and who doesn't) to give these products a try. Both have a number of different trial and promo offers on their sites right now giving you the opportunity to get your hands on them without a hefty cost. Do it! These are small, fairly new, independent companies, so they'll want to know where you heard about them - let 'em know you read about it here. They'll be happy to know the word is getting out.

For more information, please visit Pomega5 and Pomegranate Health.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Continuing our series on the fabulous women representing the USA in the upcoming Olympics, please meet diver Laura Wilkinson.

When Laura Wilkinson, 30, launches off the three-story diving tower, it takes just two seconds for her to reach the water. In that blink of an eye, she will do three and a half somersaults in a pike position before opening up and hitting the water at the speed of 35 mph. The dive has never been executed by a woman at the Olympics, but Wilkinson plans on completing it perfectly in Beijing. It's a small way to thumb her nose at her critics. A 2000 gold medalist, she was struggling in 2003 (a reporter even asked, "Exactly how does it feel to be a has-been?") and then finished fifth at the 2004 games. Now she's doing some of the most difficult dives in her field. "Something inside me said, 'I can do better,'" she says. "I felt like I hadn't reached my potential yet."

- The above article was taken from Glamour, July 2008

photos: CNN, Glamour, USAToday

A Tale From a Young Portuguese Author + The Beach

image: DailyCandy

I've got beach reading on the brain, please allow me a little veering from the usual topics. Headed for the sugary, white sands and emerald green waters of Destin, FL in a few days and I'm craving good reads to bring with me. Daily Candy gave me this little recommendation - and I think I just may take 'em up on it.

Here's a tease from them about the book:

Young Portuguese author, José Luís Peixoto, writes a new-to-English novel, The Implacable Order of Things, and delves into a magical realism reminiscent of dreams. Told through myriad voices (including that of a talking trunk) across two generations in a poor Portuguese village, this story treads dark waters. From suicide and seduction to marriage, childbirth and betrayal, the plot never tires. Add a giant, some Siamese twins, and a blind prostitute, and you’ve got one maddening microcosm. Peixoto’s characters are certainly no lightweights, continually vacillating between pain and passion, bound to a cyclical torment that even Sartre would wince at. (But, hey, maybe that’s because the devil himself lives in town, too.)

Well, maybe not fairies and lollipops, but I could go for a little something different. I'm interested to see what this young Portuguese writer will share with the reader in terms of cultural themes and passions.

source: Daily Candy

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Lancome: Runway Temptation Sets

Color Design Eye And Face Palette Runway Temptations - Gift Sets

Lancome has launched these little sets as back-to-school specials. Love 'em.

The kit shown above, called Color Design Eye And Face Palette Runway Temptations, is a collection collection that supplies you with the season’s hottest looks and most fashion-savvy eye shadow and blush shades in one sleek, very chic compact. The set includes: COLOR DESIGN Sensational Effects Eye Shadow • Smooth Hold - Aplum, Vue, Wear It Well, Color Du Jour, and Guest List BLUSH SUBTIL Delicate Oil-Free Powder Blush in Aplum and Shimmer Mocha Havana - $50.

Also available in the Runway Temptation Collection:

  • Deluxe Brush Set Runway Temptations - $55 Powder Brush #1, Highlighting Brush #3, Blending Tip Brush #16, Large Shadow Brush #11
  • Juicy Tubes Runway Temptations Lip Collection - $45
    Promo Size Juicy Tubes Smoothie – Sweet Sunshine, Vanished, Spring Fling and Gold Escapade; Le Crayon in Caramel

For more information or to make a purchase, visit Lancome-USA.

Estee Lauder Jumps On the Vibrating Mascara Bandwagon

Guess all the major brands are liking this little innovation. Here's yet another company hoping to ride the wave of the powered mascara wand trend. Estee Lauder's calling theirs TurboLash All Effects Motion Mascara™ and comes equipped with an auto-powered LashSonic Brush that gently vibrates with micro-pulse bristles (SRP - $30). The claim: it leaves your lashes extra-long, voluminous and ready to seduce, all in one shot. Available exclusively at Saks and


Kate Moss in a cream, satin Louis Vuitton dress; photo: Mario Testino

Vogue is calling their August issue, Ageless. Inside, features abound on how to look amazing at any age as well as stories about those Vogue considers truly ageless beauties. It's a delightful read, highlighting phenomenal women from their 20's to their 90's. Who did Vogue select for the ageless cover - Kate Moss. Well, she's the sprite of the runway, is she not? Here, we see Moss with a grown up glamour, an elegance even, very other side of her ususal edgy, urban look.

MU Artist Diane Kendal created a soft, sultry look for the cover shot. A sheer tinted moisturizer and touch of concealor were used to perfect Moss' skin; a shimmery peach blush was lightly brushed on her cheekbones for a natural dewy finish. Her eyes were brushed with a light-brown, champagne shadow to compliment her natural eye color and a black cream liner was used on both upper and lower lash lines for added appeal. Wanting to focus on Kate's eyes, Kendal opted for a nude, pinky-peach toned lip color with a dab of lip balm for softness.

Vogue used these products for the cover:

  • Rimmel London Liquid Eye Liner in Ebony Black, $5.70
  • Rimmel London Mousse Blush 8Hr in Peach Iced Tea, $6.25
  • Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in Paradise, $6.25

Vogue also recommends these alternatives for a similar look:

  • MAC Technakohl Liner Eye Pencil in Graphblack, $14.50, and Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner in True Black, $14.50
  • MAC Mineral Blush in Dainty, $30, and Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick in Rosy Blush, $18.50
  • MAC Buoy-O-Buoy Lipstick, $14, and Clinique Long Last Soft Shine Lipstick in Beauty, $14

Rimmel products are available at Rimmel online and in drugstores; MAC and Clinique products may be purchased online and at select retailers. For more information, visit Rimmel, MAC and Clinique.

source: vogue


Makeup Artist Polly Osmond created the look for Tuleh's '70's themed collection with metallic eyes and a soft, nude lip. Hairstylist Yannick d'Is gave the models a smooth, center-parted updo to coincide with the simplicity of the look. Just gorgeous.

Polly Osmond's inspiration for the show's makeup was British actress Charlotte Rampling, at her prime in the seventies. Osmond began by evening out the skin tone with MAC Face and Body Foundation. Next, she brushed a pair of MAC shadows (Corduroy and Embark, both matte, earthy hues) into the crease of the eyelid and along the bottom lash line. She then created a metallic eye with three iridescent powders—MAC Pigment in Yellow Gold on the inner corner of the lid, Rose Gold in the center, and Copper on the outer corner—blending one into the next for an almost ombré effect. "The best brushes are domed and fluffy, which makes the shadow easier to apply and blend," Osmond said. Once the eye color was in place, Osmond brushed the top and bottom lashes with black volumizing mascara and perfected brows with a pencil and clear setting gel. She enhanced the cheekbones with MAC Sculpt and Shape Powder, a contouring and highlighting powder duo, before patting a sheer peachy-brown cream color (MAC Lustre Lipstick in Fresh Brew) into lips. A slick of peachy blossom pink (MAC Lipglass in Florabundance) on top added a shiny finish.

Once the hair was blown out, d'Is used an iron to randomly curl the ends in different directions to achieve a less contrived effect. (Shorter hair was given the same mousse treatment but was finger-curled after blow-drying to maintain the desired natural style.) He finished with a spritz of Redken Vinyl Glam 02 Mega Shine Spray, a lightweight, shine-enhancing mist. The finished style, said d'Is, "has an easy, natural, effortless-looking feel that could work for day or night."

"The designer's hair reference was the seventies," explained Yannick d'Is of Bradley's vision for the models' manes. To d'Is, this meant a smooth, sensual, and sexy look that he kept modern by erring on the side of natural versus stylized. He began by applying Redken Full Frame 07 Protective Volumizing Mousse, a body-boosting and moisturizing styling product that protects strands from heated appliances and humidity, before blowing hair straight but full with a large round brush.


Monday, July 28, 2008

LANCOME: Oscillation Mascara - For One Day Only

Get it while you can, girls!

In June, Lancome told us they'd be launching a new oscillating mascara for fall. They've decided to unveil a limited, first-edition supply of this little masterpiece early, but only for one day. The mascara will then be available on a wider scale come this fall. So if you want to get your hands on Ôscillation sooner rather than later, mark your calendars now for Thursday. Word on the street is the vibrating lash dazzler, in comparison to some other gadget-y mascara spins and twirls, is top notch. I'll be wanting one for sure - with the exception of my Mirenesse Secret Weapon (goof proof for no smudging, waterproof, etc), Lancome mascaras have been my ideal loves for lashes for eons.

The battery-operated brush provides 7,000 micro-oscillations per minute, wrapping lashes up to 360 degrees. Already an improvement over some of the others that spin at a snail's pace. The Ôscillation formula is designed to work specifically with the Ôscillation brush. Creamy, fluid and supple in texture, it results in a glossy look and a smooth application. Suggested Retail Price - $34

Very limited availability only on 7/31 and only at these locations:
Online: Lancô and
Atlanta: Macy’s at the Lenox Square Mall
Brea: The Lancôme Boutique at the Brea Mall
Costa Mesa: Nordstrom at South Coast Plaza
Chicago: Macy’s on State Street and Bon-Ton at the Yorktown Mall
Dallas: Dillard’s and the Lancôme Boutique at NorthPark Center
Houston: Neiman Marcus at the Galleria
Miami: Macy’s at the Dadeland Mall
Manhattan: Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s 59th Street , Lord & Taylor, Macy’s Herald Square and the Lancôme boutique on Columbus Avenue
San Francisco: Macy’s Union Square
Santa Clara: The Lancôme Boutique at the Valley Fair Mall
Short Hills: The Lancôme Boutique at the Short Hills Mall

source: Lancome USA

SNEAK PEEK: MAC + Manish Arora Collection

Manish Arora for MAC

Well, this news is already well on the horizon and in the blogosphere, so I'll refer you to my lovely darlings at Spektra and Kiss and Makeup for more products images and juicy details.

In summary, Indian designer Manish Arora has teamed up with MAC Cosmetics to create a limited edition color cosmetics collection. The line comprises a six-shade eye shadow compact, dubbed Eyes On Manish; two lipsticks; two hues of Lipglass, and two shades of Powder Blush. Prices will range from 10.50 pounds, or $20.90 at current exchange, for a Lipglass to 30 pounds, or $59.72, for the eye shadow palette.The collection, which features packaging decked out in riotous colors, will be available in the U.K., the United Arab Emirates, France, Austria, Greece, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore from October for about one to two months.

source: WWD, Vogue UK

Ted Gibson Giveaway with Elle


Even if you can’t afford Ted Gibson’s $1,000 haircuts, you can still treat your hair to some luxury with one of his professional blowdryers. Try out the looks from Elle's Easy Summer Styles—with tips from Ted’s own senior stylist, Liam Carey. One lucky winner will get this ultimate styling tool for free. Contest ends August 4, 2008. One entry per day allowed.

Click here to enter.


OLYMPIC BEAUTIES: The Women of the US Women's Soccer Team

Continuing our series on the fabulous women representing the USA in the upcoming Olympics, please meet Leslie Osborne, Heather O'Reilly, Christie Rampone and Abby Wambach.

Pictured L-R, T-B: Leslie Osborne, 25; Heather O'Reilly, 23; Christie Rampone, 33; Abby Wambach, 28

The U.S. women's soccer team is a talented bunch: At Glamour magazine's press time Abby Wambach had scored 95 goals in 119 games--the highest average in U.S. history; Christie Rampone is a two-time Olympian; Leslie Osborne and Heather O'Reilly are two of the team's brightest up-and-comers. But the skill of a few individuals isn't the reason they're favored in Beijing. "Every time we've won a championship, it's been because of the team and nothing else," says Rampone, the team captain. Adds O'Reilly: "It's that day in, day out camaraderie we have." Their cohesiveness translates to the game--their communication on the field, their die-hard motivation to play their best. Says Osborne, who got injured just as this story went to press: "We put our lives together to go win gold. We're family."

- The above article was taken from Glamour, July 2008

photos: Glamour, US Soccer, USA Today, Celebrity Babies, The Group News

SHU UEMURA: Instinct - 2008 Fall Mode Makeup Collection

Introducing Instinct

Stimulate your instincts with Shu Uemura's Fall Mode Makeup Collection! Explore these layerable, sensual and iridescent shades of fall to discover your own make-up expression! Staying true to Shu Uemura's heritage of innovative and conceptual design, each item is encased within palettes of silver, gold and black motifs, expressing the modernism and elegance of the collection's femininity.

For more information and to purchase pieces from Shu Uemura's Fall Mode Makeup Collection - Instinct visit Shu Uemura online.

LANCOME: Another Great GWP

(click image if you'd like to enlarge for detail)

This "play gift" may be worth it just to get that fabulous cosmetic bag. I can't get over the generous GWP's Lancome offers. Couldn't keep this one under my hat, you can score it at Nordies. Here's the scoop:

Yours with any $29.50 Lancome purchase at Nordstrom or through Aug. 3rd.

For more information, to make a purchase, and to load up on this GWP, visit Nordstrom.

GIVEAWAY: Tarte 4 Day Stay Lash Stain

Need another giveaway? You've got it!

Announcing Tarte's 4 Day Stay Lash Stain with PolyFlex™ technology
Here's your opportunity to win one of Tarte's most popular new launches, and straight from their Health Couture collection. So popular has it become, in fact, that you can't get it on Tarte or Sephora websites right now - it's sold out! You can get it here, though, if you're our lucky winner.

More goods on the goody:
PolyFlex™ technology allows mineral derived pigments to adhere to lashes for extended wear-time while keeping them soft and flexible – so whether you’re hitting the pool or the shower this gentle lash stain will keep lashes looking fresh, and won’t fade or flake!

Skinvigorating™ Ingredients
provitamin B5: treats and thickens eyelash hair
PolyFlex™ technology: tarte’s proprietary polymer blend. It allows natural mineral pigments to adhere to lashes for up to for 4 days while remaining supple and flexible.
• synthetic dye free, mineral oil free, phthatate free, sulfate free, fragrance free

MAILING ADDRESS WILL NOT SHOW ON BLOG OR WHEN VIEWING ENTRIES (hidden)NOTE: One (1) winner chosen at random will receive this prize. Duplicate and incomplete entries will be disqualified. Contest open to residents of USA and Canada only. Some restrictions may apply. Entries will be accepted through 11:59 pm on Sun., 08/17/08.

WINNER: L'Artisan Parfumeurs L'Ete en Douce Candle

Well, well, well ... the guys seem to be having all the luck, ladies. Here's another contest with a gentleman winner. This time, the winner receives a fabulous L'Artisan Parfumeurs L'Ete en Douce Candle.

Congratulations, Robert N. of Florida!

Don't worry if you're loving this giveaway, there are many more to come in upcoming weeks. A new giveaway will be announced later today, so keep reading. xo

Notification email has been sent to the winner and upon verification of mailing address the prize will be mailed.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

ALLURE MAGAZINE: Freebies Galore Issue

Allure magazine is second to none in the realm of beauty. It's the go-to source for what's new, what's on the horizon, and what's hot. Each year, they do a blowout issue with thousands of dollors of freebies given away, and you're about to see that issue on stands soon (August issue). For the Love of Beauty will highlight these offerings so you know what to expect, but if you'd like a sneak peek now, no time like the present to see what you can win! Click here for more info and a calendar of what's to be gotten!

Some highlights? You've got it ... during the first week of August, here is but a small sampling of the products, fashion and more Allure is giving away:

You'll have the opportunity to win fashion and products galore from the brands above and many, many more, and that's just the first week in. For more information and to enter the contests, check your August issue of Allure magazine or visit Allure online.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Dillards: School Uniforms & MacBook Air Contest

Dillards has the right idea! School uniforms made easy - no ironing and stain resistant - very cool.

While you're checking them out online, go ahead and enter to win a MacBook Air computer. No purchase is necessary.

Click here for more information and to enter the contest.

LAURA MERCIER: Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer


Laura Mercier's cult favorite has gone all luminous. Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer provides the same sheer and long-lasting formula as the award-winning Regular and Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizers. With the addition of micronized pearls and the power-packed Dewy Complex, your skin will be left hydrated, protected and beautifully radiant.

Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer is a lightweight, buildable sheer foundation formula that delivers a youthful, radiant finish, while protecting skin from the damaging rays of the sun with SPF 20 protection. 1.7 fl oz / 50 ml - $42
  • Skin-friendly formula contains a unique Dewy Complex that is proven to keep the skin moisturized and better equipped to combat external aggressors and irritants
    Layer with other foundations for a custom blend and radiant finish
  • Long-wearing formula stays colour true and even
  • Mix 50% Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer into your foundation for SPF protection
  • For an instant boost - press Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer onto the high points of the cheekbones over any foundation formula

Find your shade now

Place a minimum order of $50.00 and receive complimentary shipping. Offer available online only at Laura Mercier.

Do You Want to Sip Your Beauty Regimen?

Sipping Beauty
Sipping Beauty

Hmmm ... have you come across this yet?

Cuz we all want the kind of beauty only the inspiration of a plastic doll can give? Right. I'm not sure about this. I'd love to know if anyone has had any experience (good or bad) with these products. If they're fab - wonderful, let's hear about it. If they're not so fab, what gives with this. I guess I'm just a little disappointed in the advertising. The idea behind the product, I like.

Here's what Sipping Beauty has to say about their concept:

"For anyone who has wondered if beauty could be packaged, start sipping. Beauty has never tasted so good! Just when you thought your tea experience was complete, along comes Sipping Beauty determined to loosen things up. Wouldn't it be nice to enjoy a tea that keeps working long after it's passed your taste buds? From better skin to a perfect night of beauty sleep, we've got you covered. Go beyond good taste and awaken the experience of your true beauty potential."

Included in the variety and what Sipping Beauty says about their teas:

Sipping Beauty Beauty Sleep Beauty TeaSipping Beauty Forever Young Beauty Tea (SAVE 50% - Regular $15)Sipping Beauty Multi Beautimin Beauty Tea (SAVE 50% - Regular $15)Sipping Beauty Puritea Beauty Tea (SAVE 50% - Regular $15)Sipping Beauty Whiff Beauty Tea (SAVE 50% - Regular $15)Sipping Beauty Weightless Beauty Tea  - (SAVE 50% - Regular $15)

  • Beauty Sleep sees to it that you get the full night of rest that every beauty deserves. Stress or a night out shouldn't keep you from looking your best. With organic linden tree leaf, licorice, and chamomile, you can depend on Beauty Sleep to help you unwind while renewing your skin cells. Rest assured, Beauty Sleep is working hard to give you a lineless complexion. Start counting sips instead of sleep. You deserve your full night of beauty sleep. Ingredients: Chamomile Flower Buds, Organic Linden Tree Flowers, Organic Honeybush, Vanilla Bean, Walnut Leaf, Licorice Plant, Organic Corn Silk, Calendula Petals, Orange Peel, Natural Flavor
  • Sip a tea loaded with antioxidants and get ready to take your beauty beyond skin deep. Forever Young Tea has the smooth flavor of chocolate with the refreshing touch of peppermint. Forever Young Tea is infused in an exclusive pick of organic red tea. Sip back and relax. No need to worry. You're sipping tea that works hard to keep damage away and weary skin on delay. Ingredients: Organic Red Bush Tea, Natural Cocoa, Vanilla Bean, Peppermint Leaves & Flowers, and Natural Flavor
  • Multi Beautimin is tea for the beauty who knows that her stunning looks start ont he inside. Indulge in every sip of this fruit melange tea that contains a good dose of skin renewing vitamin C along with other vital skin nutrients. Keep your complexion looking radiant sip by sip. Get all the fruity flavor your tast buds can handle through a burst of freshly picked apples, kiwis, and strawberries. Ingredients: Strawberry Fruit, Kiwi Fruit, Apple Pulp, Rosehip Fruit, Hibiscus Flower, Natural Flavor
  • Puritea is a herbal blend of tea that provides you with the full beauty cleanse you've been looking for. Enjoy the rejuvenating and tangy citrus flavor. There's no compromise on taste in this beauty brew. Enjoy caffiene free ingredients like hibiscus, rosehips, and blood oranges that allow you to let go and make room for clear skin. Start sipping and detoxify your way to beauty. Ingredients: Blood Oranges, Hibiscus Flowers, Pear Fruit, Rosehip Fruit, Natural Flavor
  • Whiff Tea. This blend keeps your body and your breath smelling good from the inside out. Peppermint, along with other natural odor enhancing ingredients like chlorophyll and lemon, will keep you from constantly reaching for a breath mint. If you want to cast a smell that will enchant everyone around you, start sipping on Whiff. Become the best smelling beauty in the room while enjoying every sip. Ingredients: Peppermint Leaf, Spearming Leaves & Flowers, Chlorophyll Lemon Peel, Rosehip Fruit, Stevia Leaf, Natural Flavor
  • Weightless allows you to start enjoying the tropical taste of pineapple and papaya infused with the powerful properties of green tea. A few sips of this blend and suddenly you will be carried away. Even if you're stuck in the office, there's no reason why you can't start your adventure immediately. It's the perfect combination for getting what your vacation deprived body is longing for. Reward yourself with the weightless experience you deserve. Ingredients: Green Tea Leaf, Papaya Fruit, Pineapple Fruit, Cornflower Blossoms, Natural Flavor

Sipping Beauty Teas regularly sell for $15 for a 2.5 oz bag of loose tea leaves; they are on sale at right now for $7.50 a bag. What say you? Gimmick or goody. Tell us in comments!

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