Friday, October 7, 2011

Day of Beauty with ShopNBC in Time for Holidays

Getting their groove on in time for the holidays, announces a full day of beauty, Saturday, October 8th.  As usual, they've lined up some gorgeous high-end and moderately priced treats so every girl can take advantage. Prep your beauty routine for holiday glamour with the latest, colors, trends and skincare must-haves for cool weather. Here's what you can expect to find:

Everybody's new favorite cosmetic brand (well, all of a sudden they're everywhere, and with good cauase) introduces their ode to "Jerseylicious divas" everywhere with this fun color palette.  The perfect palette to turn anyone into a bronzed goddess!  As seen on Style Network's Jerseylicious.  An all-in-one set that features all you need to get that sun-kissed faux glow. You'll find 24 vibrant eye shadows in matte and shimmery hues are displayed on one side.

The opposite side consists of four toasty bronzers, two luscious micro mega shine lip glosses and two rosy blushes.  To complete the kit is a double-sided mirror which separates the two color palettes. For the woman on-the-go or a professional makeup artist at a shoot, the Haute Jersey kit is an accessible palette.  The kit is draped with a wild leopard pattern in gold and black, paying homage to savvy fashionistas everywhere. Built-in mirror to admire your new look and re-touch on the go! All-in-one. Travel friendly.

SET INCLUDES:24 Eye Shadows
4 Applicators
Multi-Color Bronzer
3 Bronzers
2 Lip Glosses
2 Blushes

Developed by physicians and athletes and designed by MIT and Harvard engineers. Body buffers exfoliate the skin with the appearance of smoother skin possible in just one use. Body buffing helps improve the appearance of the skin.  Random orbital oscillation massage action helps improve the appearance of the skin and soothe the body.  Massage action helps warm up and soothe muscles before and after exercise.  Body buffing is like a massage and helps promote a calm soothing feeling to help combat a stress filled day.

SET INCLUDES:Baby Belle Buffer Device
Travel Pouch
Two Terry Cloth Bonnets
Apres Contouring Creme - 2 oz
Power Cord

RODIAL GLAMTOX SERUM  SALE $57.64  (retail $75)
I've had the good fortune to try this beautiful treatment, and I declare it is a delight to the senses and wonderfully effective.  It's much lighter than one might expect from a serum being almost elixir-like rather than like a gel or cream.  It is loaded with good for us ingredients.  Glamtox serum contains wheatgerm, macadamia and shea butter to improve skin's natural barrier function against water loss, and help replenish dry, mature skin and rough patches. It also contains Vitamin C to brighten the complexion and to help improve the look of age spots and sun spots. My favorite of all the ingredients?  Punica granatum. Yes, that's right, my friends.  This little gem blends pomegranate seed extract right into the liquid.  Readers know this is my tried and true anti-aging, firming ingredient of choice. What's more, collagen peptides and hyaluronic acid help to plump up the natural collagen while a complex of natural oils nourish the skin.  As stated in the intro, the serum offers a multi-sensory experience through its blend of oils and special ingredients. 

The day of beauty will also feature Rodial's famous snake serum in pen version at an incredible price.  This product contains dipeptides to help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  The massaging action of tri-roller balls helps ease application around the forehead, eye and mouth areas.  Contains the Snake Venom Peptide Synake to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Click to dispense product and roll directly onto clean skin, targeting areas around the forehead eyes and mouth. Massage with circular motions until product is absorbed. Reapply throughout the day to refresh results.

Among the presentations of the day, ShopNBC will be premiering products from the brand Lotus Cosmetics.  One item to take notice of is Lotus' 100% Natural Mascara.  ShopNBC will feature the mascara in a duo offer.  In addition to the company's report that the mascara is 100% natural, it's also water resistant, smudge proof, and said to condition eyelashes (combines coffee extract with rice protein and sunflower oil), thicken and straighten eyelashes, and add volume to lashes.  What it doesn't contain is parabens, petro-chemicals, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic dyes.  Nice!

Also making its ShopNBC debut, Skin & Co. brings us a delightful range of facial and body products fresh from the truffle farms of Italy and the Sabatino family (famous for their truffle food products).  Skin & Co Beauty features fresh-harvested, active extracts of rosemary, mint, almond, olive oil, lavender, Sicilian orange and their signature ingredient - truffle.  You'll find their products being offered at special debut pricing during their beauty day presentation.

You'll want to tune in tomorrow when you can.  As for me, I'm looking forward to the tutorial presentations and learning from the special guests and hosts as much as I am eager to get my hands on some new products for cooler weather.  Hope you'll enjoy along with me! xo Day of Beauty: Sat., October 8, 2011

p.s. -- Take a look at their sneak peek now online at Special pricing is already featured. Shhhhh grab what you want before items show with a chance of selling out tomorrow.

ftlob Hiatus

Sorry for the long hiatus, my loves.  And even as I write this, I am away sitting for my adorable little nephews while my sis enjoys a New York trip with her hubs.  Long story short, I've been without proper internet connection for over a month and trying to sort it all out. Add in an all of a sudden crazy personal life and busy work schedule and you get -- no time for the love of beauty.  The horror, you say? Always time for beauty ... indeed!  Coming back slowly as I've missed my own ramblings. (Yes, we bloggers know we do this for ourselves and if others get a little goodness out of what we write, it's a nice extra).

p.s. -- Sis just called frantic about whether her child was home with me as school is calling her in New York wondering why the boy didn't show for school today. Yes! Yes, dad gummit! Evil auntie kept the pre-schooler home today to enjoy the visit. Shoot me. lol.  Guess it's good the school calls to check on the lad, however not enjoying the wrath fired upon me by my sister.


Sunday, July 3, 2011

MINTBOX: Smashbox on Sale + Cash Back!

Celebrate the July 4th weekend with a grand little spree from Smashbox!  This weekend and until 7/4 only enjoy up to 25% off your favorite Smashbox items, including their new products.  You have to be a Mintbox member to take advantage of the deal, so be sure to accept your invitation (link at bottom of post) to access the Smashbox offer and many, many others.

Roxy's Picks

Second Skin Concealer - This is my personal concealer of choice right now.  I've been using it for about six months and am enjoying the fact that I apply it once in the morning and it stays put all day.  Great feature (and unique when it really works) for a concealer.  Professional-level coverage that’s customizable, comfortable and weightless. This high-performance formula conceals stubborn imperfections (even tattoos), while keeping complexions natural-looking with encapsulated pigment technology that re-creates the radiance of your own skin. Plus, it’s waterproof for a flawless look all day. Available in four easy to blend shades and retails for $29 a tube.

Full Exposure Mascara - Inspired by the on-set technique of layering a lengthening fiber mascara over a volumizing formula, the new studio-tested mascara exposes your longest, fullest lashes. No clumps, no flakes. Just maximum-impact, scene-stealing lashes. $19

• 104% increase in lash volume
• 32% increase in lash length
• 34-degree increase in lash curl

Video: Watch Pro Makeup Artist Lori Taylor bring this sexy mascara to life

Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm - It’s a lip revelation! On one side of this innovative, two-in-one product: a feather-resistant stain that won’t budge for 8 hours. On the other: a very emollient balm that can be worn alone or over the stain for a lustrous touch. The vibrant tint of color is designed to mimic the look of photo gels on set in the famous Smashbox studios.  $23

Video: Watch Pro Lead Artist Lori Taylor create a thoroughly modern look highlighted by a bright coral lip

Enjoying the eye candy?  See these and more great Smashbox delicacies via Mintbox this weekend for great value and cash back.  You must be a Mintbox member to shop their great deals so let this be a 4th of July little gift to yourself (don't worry membership is free!).

Your personal invitation

source/images: Smashbox; Mintbox

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Make Way, Kiddies, for the Magical World of Disney Fragrance

Why not?  Over the years, Disney has made its way into the hearts of every red-blooded American boy and girl in the world.  So why not secure their spot in the hearts of every beauty and/or fragrance addicted man and woman in the world too, right? 

Disney isn't proposing we blindly accept their bid into the world of fragrance and beauty by name alone, either. They loaded substance and, dare I say it, magic, into their new creation.  My co-workers (some with highly discriminating taste I might add) and I are loving these new items.  Seriously, I just washed my hands with the Liquid Hand Soap and am having to stop every few seconds as I write this post to breathe in the scent still present on my hands. More on that in a minute, though.

The first scent in a new line of exclusive, high-end fragrance products arrived in Disney Stores nationwide the first week of June. Inspired by Disney’s most timeless and beloved characters and stories, the scents were created in conjunction with some of the world’s leading fragrance houses, perfumers and an award-winning design team.  Each promises to capture the Disney magic in a new way.  Three new fragrances will be released throughout the year starting with Imagination (launched in June) followed by Magic in July and ending with Pixie Dust in the fall.

"The power of fragrance is truly magical – it can evoke memories and convey dreams and aspirations. Disney's rich heritage and most beloved characters also have that same allure", says Jim Fielding, President of Disney Stores Worldwide. "With the launch of Disney Store's own fragrance collection, we're touching all of the senses for the first time in a uniquely Disney way."

As hinted above I had the distinct pleasure of getting my hands on some of these items early on. Imagination, the signature fragrance used throughout the newly designed Disney Store, is described as an enchanted forest of sequoia trees, cool moss and green leaves. Inspired by the trees that line the route of the magical path within the new stores, the fragrance gives the sense of being in an enchanted forest. It's a timeless scent inspired by nature that instills a feeling of natural calm, allowing the imagination to soar.

My personal take on Imagination is that it reminds me lovingly of Dolce + Gabbana's Light Blue and Bond No. 9's Scent of Peace.  Fans of those scents will want to bask in the aromas of Imagination.  The candle fills the room with its pleasingly fresh, relaxing scent. The liquid soap and the body lotion are both long-wearing in scent, though I have to say the packaging of these two items leaves a bit to be desired (a bit cheap looking ... shhhhh it doesn't matter, it's what's inside that counts!). 

Imagination products are available as home fragrances, including candles and room scents, and in the liquid hand soap and body lotion.  They are available in Disney Store locations nationwide as of June 2011 and are moderately priced between $12.50 and $19.50.  Let me tell you, the Imagination candle alone is well worth this gorgeous scent at under $20 for approximately 50 hours of burn time!  Be sure to experience the fragrance next time you're shopping Disney Stores.

A   peek   at   what's   to   come   ...
Magic, an unforgettable blend of icy blue mint, rich chocolate and invigorating sea spray, epitomizes the adventure of Disney and all that is Mickey Mouse. Along with Imagination, its inspiration comes from the outside world to give it a refreshing sense of nature. Magic is the freedom of children playing outdoors; it's a breeze of fresh, cool, minty air, green grass, clean woods and a surprise of chocolate.  Magic home fragrances, candles and room scents will launch in stores in July 2011.

Pixie Dust, a shimmering scent of citrus sorbet, candied fruits and summer rain, is the fragrance inspired by Tinker Bell. It's the fragrance one could imagine floating through the air as Tinker Bell showers the earth with her Pixie Dust, causing nature to blossom. Pixie Dust captures Tinker Bell's personality perfectly – it charms with a shimmering sweetness yet it also has a subtle hint of sassiness that we love about this beloved Disney character. Pixie Dust comes as a range of personal products including Eau de Toilette, Body Mist and Body Lotion, available in all Disney Store locations in Fall 2011. Gift sets with body glitter, a roll on Eau de Toilette and lip gloss will also be available.

For more information or to purchase these delicious products, please visit Disney Stores nationwide or contact them by telephone at (866) 902-2798.

images: Disney / photo credit: Stuart Ramson

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Well Defined Eye via Clarisonic Opal x Tarte Cosmetics

It makes a statement when Clarisonic partners with a beauty brand to produce a beauty bundle.  I mean, they already have their own skincare products that are perfectly compatible with the cleansing and treatment tools they manufacture.  So why partner with a brand outside?

Answer:  Because they know their customers demand the highest possible quality results!  So when you see Clarisonic bundling with say Philosophy's Purity Made Simple Cleanser, it makes sense.  And when Clarisonic decided they wanted to extend their presence in the beauty market with their Opal Sonic Infusion System, they went to whom?  Tarte Cosmetics!

Here's why:
Clarisonic wants to give skincare aficionados the ultimate set for creating a sultry, defined and flawless eye. The Opal Sonic infuses serums into the skin more effectively than manual application. As the device is moved in small circles around the eye area, its soft applicator tip delivers products with more than 7,500 gentle micro-massages per minute. Serums and creams are absorbed more deeply and evenly, enhancing their ability to promote healthy, hydrated, and younger-looking skin.

Exclusively available now at Sephora, the new, limited edition set pairs the sonic device that with a selection of skinvigorating™ products from Tarte. The Opal gently infuses Anti-Aging Sea Serum beneath the skin’s surface, instantly hydrating, smoothing and brightening the eye area in just one minute.  Follow with Tarte's pioneering products made with high-performance naturals. Tarte's Lifted Natural Eye Primer with Firmitol gives the effect of younger, smoother eyes while acting as a base that locks shadow in place all day and boosts pigment payoff. With a fully refreshed eye area, follow your eye treatment with these other healthy, nourishing cosmetics from Tarte. Check around ... (seriously, google, check beauty reviews, other stores, etc.) you'll see the Tarte products in this set are truly in a class all their own in terms of their natural, nourishing ingredients and what they offer in way of enhancing what you already have to create the appearance of beautiful, enviable, head-turning eyes. 

This set contains:
Opal Sonic Infuser
1.7 oz Anti-Aging Sea Serum
2 Replacement Applicator Tips
Universal Voltage Charger
Wristlet Carrying Case
0.24 oz Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara in Black
0.003 oz Tarte EmphasEYES™ Aqua-Gel Eyeliner in Black
0.08 oz Tarte Lifted™ Natural Eye Primer with Firmitol™

Sounds fantastic!  Though seemingly pricey at first glance, this is actually quite reasonable for this set of products and tools (compare Opal elsewhere).  The Opal Sonic Infusion System With Tarte Limited Edition Set is available only at Sephora and retails for $185. 

 Pssst ->  Don't forget to do all your online shopping (including Sephora) through Mintbox for exclusive discounts, % off purchases AND cash back options. You'll seriously be surprised at all the brands and tremendous deals you'll find there. Access your Mintbox invitation here!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Chris Benz x Lancome Limited Edition GWP for Saks

It's another stellar collab effort between prestige beauty company Lancôme and American fashion designer Chriz Benz. This time he's partnered with the brand for a sweet little limited edition gift with purchase, which will be sold exclusively through Saks Fifth Avenue from June 14 - June 25.

Beauty fanatics will remember Benz's wildly popular Chris & Tell lippie from Lancôme's Pout-a-Porter designer lip collection last Spring.  We all raced to get our hands on one. The celebrated designer and frequent Lancôme collaborator is loved by celebrities like Jessica Szohr, Susan Sarandon, Elettra Wiedemann and Eva Amurri and now he’s created a tote solely for Lancôme customers.

Customers will receive the complimentary Chris Benz-designed tote with any $60 purchase, up to a $119 value. Printed with a chic, stylized silhouette, the exclusive design makes the perfect summer accessory. And although receiving the tote would certainly be gift enough, Lancôme has packed the tote with must have products (Définicils Precious Cells Mascara and Absolue Hand), you have the option to select your moisturizer (Absolue Premium BX or Absolue Precious Cells) and your pink (L’Absolu Rouge in Pink Sapphire, Juicy Tubes in Moulin Rose & Blush Subtil in Rose Fresque) or coral (L’Absolu Rouge in Fleur Impressioniste , Juicy Tubes in Coral Rush & Blush Subtil in Shimmer Coral Sunset) makeup trio to tote inside the Benz bag.

To celebrate the collaboration, Chris Benz will make a personal appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City on June 23rd from 5 -7 p.m. (ET), toasting the fashion-forward partnership.

Ummmm ... can you say, "Run! Don't walk for this particular GWP event!" ?  Yes, well, do so.  Fair warning, I'm posting this for you, then quickly clicking over the Saks to take advantage of this myself.  It's only while supplies last. Enjoy! xo

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Friday, June 10, 2011

MINTBOX: New! Sephora Event

So, if you read me yesterday you know I'm newly addicted to a fab little site called Mintbox.  It's invitation only (don't worry, your invitation is below) and the sales and deals from the best of "yumminess" brands are located there.

Today begins a new event for Sephora.  Now, we all know Sephora.  Well, those of us addicted to beauty do, right?  Here's what you may not know.  Sephora's name comes from a combination of "Sephos", Greek for beauty, and the Greek form of "Tzipporah", which means bird. That explains why goddesses everywhere flock to the wonderland that is Sephora for all their beauty needs. Shop all of Sephora!  Mintbox editor picks appear below but you can purchase whatever you want of Sephora through Mintbox.

Featuring over 200 classic and emerging brands across all categories including skincare, fragrance, bath & body, smilecare, and haircare, in addition to their own private label, Sephora guarantees to keep you properly primped and preened whatever your style may be.

Mintbox's Sephora event features tempting cash back options, fabulous multi-sample packs (one from Lancome is delicious) and combinations of both.  There are lots of other fantastic stores (beauty, fashion, home decor, children's wear, etc.) with deals abundantly available there now too.  You can even donate your cash back to charities Mintbox has partnered with if you like that idea.  But you can't get these deals and options anywhere other than Mintbox. So what are you waiting for?  I wouldn't steer you wrong or waste your precious minutes if this wasn't truly swoon-worthy. Your invitation appears below. Enjoy! xo

source/images: Mintbox

Thursday, June 9, 2011


So my newest obsession has become Mintbox!  If you're not familiar, you'll want to acquaint yourself quick like.  Mintbox features % off, cash back and other exclusive deals on brands we all love and covet.  Think Sephora, Bluefly, Crate & Barrel, Nordstrom, Bliss, Barnes & Noble, Bloomies, Space.NK,, Rebecca Minkoff, Zappos ... the list goes on and on.

Today I want to show you their NARS feature.  As if the image above isn't enough to entice any beauty addict not just a NARS fan, consider the fantabulous notion that you can buy with 12% off and 8% cash back! Oh, and um FREE SHIPPING.  Are you kidding me? 

Sophisticated, witty, and effortlessly seductive, NARS embraces your individuality providing you with rich colors and luxurious textures and confidence to express yourself. It is an invitation to make a statement and be who you want to be: YOU. ~ NARS
The NARS feature runs through 6/13/11.

I've been playing around on Mintbox all afternoon and I tell you I am obsessed now. Now, here's the catch.  You have to be a member.  Here's the best part of that.  It's free to join.  You'll need the special Mintbox codes to take advantage of their wonderful deals, so sign up now (link below) to join. Go ahead and shop till your heart's delight! xo

source/images: Mintbox

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Fall 2011: Too Faced Midnight in the Garden of Glamour

Exclusive only to Too Faced for the entire month of June, take a gander at Midnight in the Garden of Glamour new for Fall 2011!  That's right, Sephora and Ulta don't even have this yet. 

With a garden of gemstone and shimmery neutral colors to play with, this collection rocks my green-eyed world!  Green-eyed in that it's the color of my eyes, not that I perceive the world with envy. Ok, that clarified, just imagine how these shades will enhance green eyes.  Really, the shades of the new palette will enhance all eye shades beautifully.  Let me share more of the deets of the collection.

A smokey eye is the most requested makeup look by women seeking a smoldering, sexy style. Too Faced reintroduces this popular collection with a slimmer package and new, color-saturated formulas. Created for this deeply blended technique, the wearable shades add a modern drama to all eye shapes.

Shades include: Firefly (silvery taupe), White Lie (sugar white), In A Flash (silver shimmer), Cloves (bronzey brown), Nice Ash (charcoal), Smoking Jacket (black plum), Up In Smoke (black brown), Smokin Hot (matte black), Smolder (matte navy)

Personally, I fancied their shadow before, but Too Faced has amped up their shadows with this dangerously rich collection of exotic shadows. These intense sating shades were created as the must-have accessory to compliment their best-selling eye shadow collections.

Introducing Shadow Insurance Lemon Drop Color Correcting Eye Shadow Primer!
World-famous Shadow Insurance primer has been infused with a perfect lemon-yellow tone that neutralizes redness and ruddiness while ensuring eye shadow shades are clear and true every time.

Their creamy, long-wearing eye liners glide on with the ease of a liquid liner and are said to lock down for 8 hours of budge-proof, smudge-proof wear. These high-impact pencils come in six waterproof shades ranging from the necessary classic to cutting-edge couture. Each includes a flexi-firm, beveled smudger to allow for a smokey blend or precise line.

Shades include: Black, Peacock (teal), Black Orchid (blackened plum), Purple, Brown, and Storm (charcoal)

The Midnight in the Garden of Glamour collection also features a dual-helix, keratin-infused, curl-setting mascara (Size Queen tis its name) and a 3-piece brush set created by founder Jerrod Blandino that are "must-haves for all eye makeup application".  Visit TooFaced online today to learn more about the collection and for purchase.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Today on QVC: Beauty Newsmakers

Look who's back on QVC!  Experience beauty industry genius during Beauty Newsmakers Face-to-Face on QVC today. Meet leading experts in the beauty industry, and get to know the “brains” behind the brands, up close and personal.

Tune in today at 9 AM and 7 PM (ET) for the latest innovations at unbeatable prices. Learn exactly how to use these top beauty products and what they'll do for you through expert presentations complete with tips and how-to's straight from the professionals who created these brands.  It's like having your own professional beauty lesson right in the comfort of your own home.  Tivo it if you can't watch, or visit QVC online to get video playback, customer reviews and more.

Presentations will include those from Josie Maran, Dr. Adrienne Dense, Mally Roncal, Chaz Dean, Laura Geller, Bobbi Brown and more! Plus, take advantage of value pricing, extra value pay options and bulk sizes for a limited time. Stock up on your favorite WEN cleansing conditioner, which is hugely discounted today and available in pro sizes. (Look at that gallon size bottle ... wowza!)

WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioner, One Gallon
QVC Item #/A73764 $160.80 FEATURE PRICE!  (Reg. QVC Price $177.00)

I use this product and loooove it! No stripping, gently cleans, and soft, shiny hair results. I even create cleansing conditioning "cocktails." For instance, I love to apply Tea Tree on my head and scalp and Sweet Almond Mint on the length and ends. Sweet aromatherapy treat and hair treatment in one!

The 16oz product sells for $28.00 on QVC; a savings of more than $60!
Take a revolutionary step toward beautiful, healthy, shiny hair. These formulas replace shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler, leave-in conditioner, and even shaving cream. Choose from Pomegranate, Sweet Almond Mint, Cucumber Aloe, Fig, Tea Tree and Lavender.

Josie Maran Deluxe Argan Oil with Bonus Color Stick
QVC Item #A216380  $83.76 FEATURE PRICE! (QVC Price $92.00)
This 100% organic argan oil, a legendary, lightweight oil grown in Morocco, is ideal for all skin types. Rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, it's effective as a fast-absorbing daily moisturizer. People also use it to heal and condition anything from cuticles to split ends. The argan oil-infused color stick is a sheer tint that provides lasting, natural-looking color to cheeks and lips. Its universally lovely shade, Glow, was specifically created by Josie to flatter every skin tone.

Dr. Denese Pro C Illuminating Cell Defense Pads 100 ct.
QVC Item #A210055 Approximately $49.50

A unique, daily vitamin C facial pad system that helps to brighten and illuminate the complexion and rejuvenate dull, uneven skin into luminous skin. It delivers essential hydration to the skin to help soften the look of lines and wrinkles, smoothes the skin for a more youthful appearance, and delivers superior protection from free radical attack.

Mally Set of Two Light Wand Eye Highlighter and Brightener
QVC Item #A87872 Approximately $35.00

Who doesn't adore Mally?  Of course we ALL love her ... and for good reason, she gives us fantastic, professional quality products at unbelievable prices.  Love you, Mally xxxx. These Lightwands help give you a gorgeous, wide-awake appearance. The creamy, long-wearing pencil lets your lighten and brighten your eyes, while the extra-soft sponge on the other end gives a touch of light to the inner corners of the eye or anywhere you need it.

Watch Beauty Newsmakers on QVC today or tune in online for the video presentations, pro tips, special pricing and lots of fun!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Hypnoteyezed: Starring Jessica Biel and Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara

Jessica Biel for Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara

Come hither.

I've a tale to tell.  A tale of romance, glamour and flirtation.  A tale of phat, plump, dramatic lashes that will knock him off his feet. One of intrigue, anticipation and ....... always better to let our own imaginations do the visualizing. Let yourself go while that scene plays out.

Or, inspire the vision with a playful little peek at Revlon's new film.  A Revlon movie? Well, sort of.  Revlon’s brand ambassador Jessica Biel stars in “Hypnoteyzed,” a new commercial for their new Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara.

Jessica Biel starring in Revlon's Commercial for Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara

Biel and musician Pharrell Williams star in the 60 second film noir-inspired commercial, which was shot entirely on black and white film. In “Hypnoteyzed,” Biel draws Williams in with her plumped eyelashes and with each bat of her lashes, nearly knocks Williams off his feet. Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara claims their new product conditions and plumps eyelashes by 200% with every use!

Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara uses a thickening formula that paired with the innovative precision tapered brush grabs and coats every lash individually for plumped perfection.  The volumizing mascara also contains the award-winning Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara technology, including a lash enhancing phyto-peptide formula that conditions and stregthens lashes to compliment their natural growth cycle.  The result is lashes so plump, healthy and strong they rival unnatural lash enhancements, says the company.


• Plumps lashes up to 200%* instantly for maximum volume
• Thickening formula instantly plumps lashes leaving them more voluminous with each use
• Lash enhancing phyto-peptide formula conditions and strengthens lashes complementing their natural growth cycle;
• Won’t smudge, flake or clump.

*non-waterproof formula only

As of today, Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara is available in the shades Blackest Black, Black and Blackened Brown (retail: $7.99) in drugstores and mass retailers nationwide, and “Hypnoteyzed” will begin running in US movie theaters on June 13. Enjoy! xo

source/photos: Revlon

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Don't Miss Glamour's Month of Beauty Giveaways

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We're about 2/3 of the way through Glamour's month long celebration of beauty giveaways, but it's not too late to get in on this, ladies and gents.  Each day, now through June 9th, beauty products in all categories are being awarded.  Still to come:

DHC's Iconic Deep Cleansing Oil - 25 will win!
Perfect Formula's Pink Gel Coat - 30 will win!  I love this product; has done wonders for my thin, peeling nails.
Brow Queen Anastasia Soare's Beverly Hills Brow Gel - 25 will win!
L'Occitane's Angelica Protective Lotion with SPF 15 - 25 get this!
and more ...

All the details are in Glamour magazine.  You can access the giveaways online here.  Good luck, everyone! xo

Source: Glamour, Conde Nast

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Get Moving Tips for Women on the Go from Fitness Expert Kristin McGee

Kristin McGee courtesy of

That's you, right? A woman on the go?  Sure is.  If you're like me, you scold yourself repeatedly throughout the day for not getting more movement in for the good of the ole bod.  Help has arrived!

Celebrity yoga and fitness instructor Kristin McGee shares quick tips for sneaking movement into your day this summer.  Google her, you'll see this lass knows her stuff.  Always happy to learn new, inspired ways to tender my body more healthy, I am so appreciative for these quick tips-on-the-go.

  • Rise and shine each morning with a set of high knee lifts
  • Carry, don't cart, your grocery bags and use their weight to do a few quick bicep curls to tone your arms
  • Take the stairs two at a time to sneak walking lunges into your daily routine (no elevators, girls)
  • Do 20 jumping jacks to get your heart rate up and blood pumping (fresh oxygen, please, feels great)

Here's another little tip for summer, ladies.  Degree Women launched a new wetness protection in March designed to start working before you even need it.  Degree Women motionSENSE is activated by motion first and is proved to help women stay ahead of perspiration.  It's currently my anti-perspirant/deodorant of choice - love the Fresh Energy scent - and is keeping me dry and comfy even in the sizzling hot, humid heat of down south New Orleans. That's a feat! Degree Women motionSENSE is available in drugstores nationwide and retails for approximately $4.69.

Vera Sweeney, Kristin McGee and Audrey McClelland

Want more?  You've got it!  Check out this quick 2 minute vid from Degree with Kristin giving more movement tips to two expert blogging angels (love them!), Vera Sweeney of I'm Not Obsessed and  Lady & the Blog and Audrey McClelland of Mom Generations.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Cool Down on Memorial Day with Caudalie Vinotherapie Spas

Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at The Plaza is revamping its menus! Both their wine and spa treatment menus are getting a refresher for summer. 

Mathilde Thomas, Caudalie's Founder, hand selected the newest addition to the French Paradox Wine Lounge in the vibrant Wolffer Estate Rose'. Calling it "summer in a bottle," the rose' complements the current collection of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte vintages and adds a sparkling twist perfect for the warmer months ahead. The rose' is filled with fresh fruit aromas of peach and pear, with hints of rose petal and bursts of crisp acidity.  You may partake of a glass of this sumptuous wine for $10 a glass.

And if that's not reason enough to visit them, here's yet another.  Wanting to cater to clients seeking beach body readiness, a new signature treatment has been designed to instantly refresh the body and ensure a flawless glow.  The Refreshing Body Polish treatment features the Caudalie Merlot Scrub massaged into the body, while the Vichy Shower rains down on the skin followed by a heated towel wrap.  Those unfamiliar with the scrub will be surprisingly delighted by this freshly made treatment using brown sugar, grape seed oil, essential oils of peppermint, sweet mint and lemon, body lotion and the Caudalie Firming Concentrate.  This treatment is perfect for firming, exfoliating and nourishing body skin. Magnifique!

The treatment is just 20 minutes, thus perfect for clients-on-the-go or as an add-on to any of the other spa treatments.  The ideal pre self-tanning treatment is a great way to beat the heat as the Body Polish has a cooling effect that leaves skin refreshed.

Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa is located on the 4th floor of The Plaza located at One West 58th Street in New York.  To book an appointment, you make call 212-265-3182.  Happy Memorial Day, gorgeous angels! xo

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Mother's Day Gifts of Beauty

One of the things I love about gifting with beauty is it truly is a gift that keeps on giving.  And each time the recipient uses that item, it reminds them of the one who gave it.  I find that's especially true when the giver takes the likes and desires of the recipient in mind.  What I mean by that, for instance, is if your mom has been complaining about itchy, dry, rough skin on her upper arms and you know she also enjoys citrus, a verbena scented body scrub would make such a special gift. Right? Of course, right.

With that in mind, here are a few products I can recommend to you for gifting, each with its own special properties.

Have a mom who loves flowers, perhaps even the traditional and lovely fragrance of roses?  I promise you, you cannot go wrong with Pomega5's Rose System.  Readers already know Pomega5 is one of my absolute most favorite skincare brand out there.  Based on using the highly coveted pomegranate seed oil, this is a family run company that takes time to create high quality, gorgeous, effective products, often receiving inspiration for their products from their extensive home garden.  There's not been a single item I've been even the slightest bit disappointed in. Everything I've tried I've loved, cherished and delighted in. Each product contains its very own special properties and each smells so delicious you can't wait to use them. I truly believe in this brand!

While 60% of us buy flowers for our moms every year, this year we can give her roses through the sure-to-make-her-feel-good Rose System that’s actually good for her. Pomega5’s Rose System makes you feel calm and refreshed, and the pure, organic ingredients will help regenerate skin to its youthful and bright complexion. Available exclusively direct from Pomega5.  $135 for the set.

Bulgarian Rose Moisturizing Beauty Bar (120 g)
Daily Revitalizing Concentrate (30 ampoules)
Bois de Rose Velvet Hydrating Cream (50 ml)

Amala Hydrate Spa Valise Set replenishes and sustains skin'­s moisture level with organic Egyptian Jasmine, renowned for its nourishing, smoothing and antioxidant benefits for skin. Amala's certified organic Jasmine is cultivated and custom distilled in Egypt by their own fair trade farm partner.  Your skin feels so refreshed, soothed and pampered. This is the gift of responsible, results-driven skincare. Rich in organic whole plants, the conveniently packaged, proven-effective treatments beautify the skin and benefit the earth.  Eco-luxe organic hemp and woven paper valise.  Available at Spirit Beauty Lounge.   $102 for the set.

Hydrating cream cleanser 1.7 oz.
Hydrating toner 1.7 oz.
Hydrating face cream 1 oz.

Offering innovative prescriptive skincare, Elemental Herbology products address the changes that occur in the skin as a result of seasonal, lifestyle and hormonal change. Formulated to help restore equilibrium, the brand is committed to helping their customers achieve healthy and radiant skin. They are performance focused, yielding that ‘feel good factor’, their products combine clinically-tested bio-actives with over one hundred unique plant, mineral and marine extracts and pure delicately scented flower oils.

This is the perfect introduction kit to give you a wonderful discovery of this fabulous skincare brand. Love, love, love Elemental Herbology.  I can't believe this kit is only $55.  Available at Beauty Bar.

Facial Glow Radiance Peel - Vitamin C/Papaya/Manuka Honey
This radiance peel is infused with a tropical cocktail of vitamins, enzymes and skin-brightening botanicals, to help exfoliate dead surface cells, stimulate cell metabolism and harmonise the skin tone to create a radiant and glowing complexion.
Facial Detox Puifying Mask - Malachite/Kaolin/Manuka Honey
Mineral rich organic Amazonian Clay helps eliminate toxins from the surface of the skin while gently exfoliating and softening. Although it has astringent properties it is not as dehydrating as conventional clays, leaving the skin soft, humidified and glowing.
Biodynamic Facial Souffle' - Rose Damask/Marine Collagen/Calendula
Rich in amino acids, collagen and reparative botanicals, this luxurious treatment mask helps soothe, plump, hydrate and repair parched skin to reveal a dewy, fresh and vibrant complexion.

If your mom doesn't own a Clarisonic yet, this is the p-e-r-f-e-c-t occasion to treat her to one. From the Clarisonic family of sonic skin-cleansing products, the one-button, one-speed, one-minute Mia is perfect for those wanting a convenient, less costly (from the traditional Clarisonic system), yet effective way to cleanse while traveling--or anytime. This award-winning waterproof, rechargeable, professional-caliber brush uses gentle sonic micro-massage action to cleanse deeply. It works so well, it helps other skin-care products absorb better. It cleans pores--loosening dirt, makeup, and oil as it reduces the appearance of pores and wrinkles. It's proven to remove six times more makeup than traditional superficial cleansing, allowing serums and moisturizers to absorb better. Skin is left soft, pampered, radiant, and younger-looking--without harsh abrasion or chemicals. It's so gentle, you can use it twice a day.

Clarisonic Mia Systems retail between $124 - $150 and are available worldwide.  I recommend purchasing from b-glowing (looove them! great customer service and they include fabulous samples) and QVC (sometimes available with easy pay options).

Handmade soaps, each with its own distinctive artistic flair and a childhood memory attached.  That's what Venezuelan-born Marianella Febres-Cordero has created with her gorgeous and luxurious line of soaps.  This is one of my very favorite places to shop when I have a gift to buy!  Each bar smells luscious and creates such a beautiful focal point, wherever you place it.  You just can't help but be transported to another place and time through the stories Marianella tells for each soap inspiration. Each bar is infused with its own special essential and fragrance oils. It's a sensual experience through and through. Truly lovely!

Current bars include:
Aranciata (my favorite) - Orange, Teakwood and Rosemary
Aura Elena (close 2nd) - Oak Moss, Coconut and Mulberry
Coqueta - Baby Powder, Vanilla and Grapefruit
Dama de la Noche - Lemon, Apple and the exotic Dama de la Noche flower
Desert Gardenia - Gardenia, Honey and Oak Moss
Lemonwood - Bois de Rose, Litsea Cubeba and Bergamot
Parchita - Passion Fruit, Polyantha Rose and Litsea Cubeba
Poncha Crema - Vanilla, Fig and Cinnamon
Sugar Cane Tea - Sugar Cane, Plum and Litsea Cubeba
Violet Fields - Violet, Bergamot and a hint of Menthol

Jaboneria Marianella bars (there's a men's line too) are available directly through them. $14

I love these ... and so unique. Love Lip Cracker contains a nourishing preservative-free balm that's been designed to melt at body temperature so it is easily absorbed into skin. With a rich formula packed with the earth's most moisturizing ingredients and an exotic blend of Monoi Oil, Rose Oil and Cocoa Butter, the balm hydrates lips, soothes and protects skin. Peace Eye Cracker contains a lovely little eye serum/cream that has garnered rave reviews for dark circle reduction and improvement in lines and undereye bags. The soothing blend of serum brightens and refreshes eyes using a fusion of regenerating and moisturizing glycerin, arnica, aloe vera and cucumber. Both are available at Beautyhabit. $14 each.

Blended with botanical essences, resins and balsams, Tallulah Jane scents are an ever-evolving olfactory experience. No two vintages are exactly alike so your Tallulah Jane scent is always unique; designed my nature - especially for you. Tallulah, their signature scent, is the most fabulous jasmine scent I've ever tried. Creamy jasmine notes and heady tuberose combine for a scent that is timeless yet so ultra cool! And be on the look out soon for a feature on their newest creation, Hope. I can't wait to tell you more about it and the company's generous collaboration with the American Cancer Society for their Pink & Black Tie Gala. Tallulah Jane perfumes are available at Spirit Beauty Lounge. $48 - $58

Such whimsical packaging, gorgeous formulas and sweet, decadent aromas are yours with a little purchase of Love + Toast or Tokyo Milk products. They feature an assortment of perfumes, soaps, lip balms and hand creams that are unlike any you've tried before. Experience scent combinations like mandarin tea, honey coconut, lemon mint, citrus gin blossom, or tantalize with a sophisticated blend of fresh greens, cassis, white iris and bronzed musk crushed and distilled to perfection. Love + Toast and Tokyo Milk and Tokyo Milk Dark are by beauty entrepreneur Margot Elena Wells, who also brought us Lollia. Her natural beauty line will be released soon, nectar + pollen - can't wait! Love + Toast and Tokyo Milk products are available at b-glowing and Beautyhabit. $6 - $28

Candles & Home Fragrance
Continue the heavenly scents experience for mom with a beautifully packaged candle or unique home fragrance idea.  Nothing warms the mood of a room or the essence of a soul quite like the candlelight.

Presented in their signature black Aedes gift box the Glow Box contains their popular Lime Coconut Sea Salt Exfoliator, Claus Porto's Tuberose soap and a L'Artisan Parfumeur votive candle.  Available at Aedes. $80

The exclusive and limited edition gift coffret contains three L'Artisan Parfumeur votives.  Les Best is composed of Orangers en Fleurs, Intérieur Figuier and Mûre Sauvage; Les Orientales is composed of Ambre, Thé et Pain d’Epices and Ile Bourbon. Available at Aedes. $60 (each set)

Flower Shop is a delightful scent of fresh-cut spring flowers - sweet lilac, pink freesia and hyacinth layered with cooling greens.  This 14.5 oz, 3-wick candle has a burn life of 40 - 65 hours and is available at Bath & Body Works. Fresh Bamboo is another fabulous scent - very clean smelling. Special Sale Price: 2 candles for $30 any assortment of scents (reg. $19.95 each).

Years of traversing the globe searching for extraordinary fragrances is the inspiration for Avenue Candle Collection; each unique candle brings the characteristics and mood of some of the most famous streets in Avenue's favorite cities into our homes.  Avenue's Regent Street highlights notes of Earl Grey Tea and Violet.  Bergamot Citrus and Black Tea leaves are married with a hint of honey and neroli for a deeply rich fragrance.  Available  at LAFCO New York. Burn time: 75 - 85 hours.  $48

Here's a divinely unique idea.  Santa Maria Novella Scented Tablets are 100% organic and natural essential oils mixed with beeswax from the fertile Tuscan fields and bee farms of Santa Maria Novella. Too beautiful to be hidden, tablets can be placed in drawers, hung in closets (ribbon is already attached) or simply left out in the open on a tray to freshen and scent the surrounding space. Tablets are completely safe and organic and will not stain clothing or fabrics, however wax will become malleable at very high room temperatures (85+ degrees F).  Lavender and rose oils, lavender blossoms and rose buds for a fresh romantic scent. Available at LAFCO New York, and also available in the scents of Orange/Cinnamon and Potpourri. $30

Wishing you and your mothers a most fabulous Mother's Day weekend!  xo
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