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StriVectin Tightening Face Serum Giveaway


Roll back the years with the NEW StriVectin “Roll Back the Years” Firming Collection - a trio of formulas that help to improve skin’s appearance. This three-piece set, which includes the StriVectin-TL Face Serum, the StriVectin-TL Body Cream and the new QVC exclusive StriVectin-TL Neck Serum Roller, helps skin appear firmer and softer on the face, body and neck. . The StriVectin CONTINUE READING

Bath & Body Works Cooling Gel Lotion Needs A New Name


A few weeks ago, I paid a visit to my local Bath & Body Works store. I was on the hunt for a tropical-smelling body wash that wouldn't break the bank, and B&BW seemed like a good place to search. When I entered the store, I was greeted my a really nice saleswoman who asked me what I was CONTINUE READING

Laura Mercier Master Class: Makeup Bag Must-Haves in Your 30s


Every month, my girlfriends from college and I get together for dinner in the Philadelphia area. We started this tradition about two years ago, and - of course - we have a great time catching up and reminiscing!  Most of them are product-obsessed (like me), and most have been through some sort of make-up introductory when we became "of age" to wear it.  Now CONTINUE READING

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2014: 20 Can't Miss Beauty Exclusives!


The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is in full swing. July 18th through August 3rd, shoppers nationwide will participate in what has been an annual ritual since the 1960’s. Vacation days are planned around it, lines form in anticipation of it – and it’s not only for the pre-season savings on fall fashion and accessories. During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, the Cosmetics department provides their devoted beauty customers the opportunity to scoop up unique limited-edition items from CONTINUE READING

Dermadoctor Physical Chemistry


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Twilight Star Ashley Greene Loves Lancome

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ashley+greene+lancome Twilight Star Ashley Greene Loves LancomeLancôme makeup artist Darais worked with Ashley Greene for Cosmopolitan’s Fun Fearless Female party at the W hotel in Los Angeles.

To create Ashley’s young, fresh look, Darais played up her eyes, cheeks and lips. He used Lancôme’s Color Design Liberty Palette in Nude Elegance (NEW from Lancôme’s fall color collection Declaring Indigo) and then applied Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl in Black Coffee to the upper lash line to make Ashley’s eyes pop. Darais added some color to the cheeks with Lancôme Blush Subtil in Miel Glacé. To create her soft coral colored pout, Darais used Lancôme Color Fever Gloss in Solaire. Long, beautiful lashes are all the rage right now so Darais mixed a few Shu Uemura faux-lashes with Ashley’s natural lashes and then applied Lancôme Ôscillation Powerbooster to condition and strengthen the lashes. To finish the look, he coated Ashley’s lashes with several coats of Lancôme’s NEW mascara Hypnôse Drama.

Photo: Howard Wise/JPI.

Entourage Star Emmanuelle Chriqui in Women’s Health

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 Entourage Star Emmanuelle Chriqui in Womens Healthblank Entourage Star Emmanuelle Chriqui in Womens Health

With his soulful eyes and Cheshire grin, Adrian Grenier would be in contention for prettiest star of HBO’s Entourage – if not for Emannuelle Chriqui. As Eric Murphy’s on again off again gal pal, she sizzles up the small screen on Sunday nights.

In the July/August issue of Women’s Health, Chriqui opens up to the mag about her exotic look, challenges she’s faced in her career, and imparts advice on how to embrace being different.

Embracing her uniqueness:
 Entourage Star Emmanuelle Chriqui in Womens Health“There’s been a massive shift of consciousness. We have an African American president, there’s been a huge influx of Latin talent in mainstream music and film, and there’s a real audience for international films like Slumdog Millionaire. Guess what? The girl next door isn’t necessarily blonde and blue-eyed anymore. So I don’t feel like I need to morph into that All-American thing. Now it’s about accepting who you really are and being proud of that. When you have confidence that’s what becomes attractive to other people and makes them want to work with you and spend time with you.”

Emmanuelle found herself being passed over for roles that went to more conventional-looking actresses:
“There have been some incredible things that I’ve lost out on because I don’t fit the {all-American} mold. It can be frustrating.”

After filming Zohan, Chriqui tried to audition for another part and the producer wouldn’t see her:
“It was like, ‘NO – not the look we’re going for.’ Period.”

Scrutinizing her exotic appearance:
“I’ve thought to myself, ‘What hair color will make my hair look lighter but won’t look weird?’ or ‘Are these contacts I can wear to not come off quite as exotic as I am?”

Emmanuelle’s 7 Ways to be Totally Irresistible, Just Being YOU…
1. Don’t freak over so-called imperfections: “Never reveal your insecurities to a man, because nine times out of 10 they have no idea they even exist. Most guys are not as observant as women are.”

2. Let the real you shine through: “For the record: I wear makeup. All. The. Time. But I do it in a way that looks natural. My skin is blotchy, and I’m Mediterranean – I’ve got dark circles. So I need foundation and concealer. One thing I swear by is Armani Silk foundation. It offers coverage, but it breathes, so people never think I’m wearing makeup. For under my eyes, I use Touche Eclat by Yves Saint Laurent, which I love because it’s moisturizing and creamy and blends into my skin without getting cakey. I also wear a bronzer – Cargo and Nars have great sun-kissed colors – just to give a little depth to my cheeks.”

3. Play up your best feature: “I would say that my favorite part of my face is my eyes. I have very long lashes, but they’re not thick, so when I apply mascara – I love L’Oreal Voluminous – suddenly my eyes are transformed. It’s cool. I’ve also learned a few eye makeup tricks. For example, highlight your brow bone to give your eyes a more wide-open look. Also, as you’re applying mascara, twirl the brush – from the root [to the ends] – so the color covers the whole lash for a fuller look.”

4. Find a good role model: “To me, natural beauty means having a real sense of confidence. I just think that there is something so incredibly sexy about a woman who takes care of herself and doesn’t try to bend to be something she’s not, like Robin Wright Penn, Meryl Streep, and Diane Lane. And Kate Winslet – I mean, my God! She’s gotten even more beautiful with age!”

 Entourage Star Emmanuelle Chriqui in Womens Health5. Develop your own sense of style: “Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Moss both have great personal style. So does Katie Holmes. It’s risky, but it’s a statement and I like that. In elementary school I was always transforming stuff, like turning the top of [a pair of pantyhose] into a bandeau. It was my way of expressing myself. Now my look is tomboy meets hippie chic. A great pair of jeans, a T-shirt, hoop earrings, and a pair of boots or sandals, and I’m good to go.”

“You have to be comfortable in what you’re wearing, because it shows. I know what fits my body and I’m crazy particular about that. Something I’ve been living in: my AG jeans. They’re tight, boot-leg, low-waisted and holey. You can wear them dressed up or dressed down, with running shoes or sandals, whatever. Sometimes I follow trends, like when the skinny-jeans craze was going on, but usually I just do what feels good to me. I’m not afraid when it comes to fashion. If I love the way something looks – whether it’s ethnic, Goth, or ultra sexy – I’m like, let’s do this!”

6. Express yourself with accessories: “I love David Yurman rings, but overall, I’m much more into street jewelry. I find the best bangles and the coolest, most gigantic ornate earrings – things that you just don’t see just anywhere else. I’m very even-handed when I jewel myself up. I’ll either wear a serious pair of earrings or a ton of bangles, but not both. Less is more.”

7. Be brave in your beliefs: “My spirituality happens to be a big part of my life. For example, I believe that we’re constantly surrounded by energy; things we don’t see that guide us. So I go to a healer who uses, among other things, essential oils to align my chakras [centers of energy, according to Indian medicine]. I think if you are open to this, it can be transformative; I’ve actually seen it in my own life. Of course, here [in California], this kind of stuff isn’t considered all that weird. Still, I’ve had somebody very close to me belittle my journey. It was really difficult because I felt as though they were rejecting a really big part of me – but, you know, it didn’t make me waver for a moment.”

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Even With Black Lips & No Eyebrows, Kim Kardashian Looks Fierce

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kim+kardashian+goth+look Even With Black Lips & No Eyebrows, Kim Kardashian Looks Fierce

Inspired by Prada’s fall 2009 runway show, Troy Jensen created a ghostly goth look for his muse, Kim Kardashian – using products from Bobbi Brown and MAC.

“This was a fun look to create on Kim, and I am going to re-create this look for an upcoming fashion magazine shoot”, he says. “And who knows, this haunting look just might get her a role on my favorite show, True Blood.”

For more of Kim Kardashian’s beauty and makeup tips, click here.

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Kim Kardashian’s Sun Maid Summer Makeup Look

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kim+kardashian+summer+makeup Kim Kardashians Sun Maid Summer Makeup LookLooking for a summer look that sizzles? Well, look no further than Troy Jensen’s blog.

Using Kim Kardashian’s face as a canvas, the makeup maestro demonstrates how deliciously juicy shades of peach, coral, tan and tangerine can brighten up a tired-looking complexion.

“And when paired with beautiful, bronzy browns, you’ve got a combination that is nothing less than sizzling hot,” Troy says.

To create this look, Troy used products from Estee Lauder, Smashbox, Dolce & Gabbana, Yves Saint Laurent, Shu Uemura, Dior, Make Up For Ever, Bourjois and Lancome.

For more of Kim Kardashian’s beauty and makeup tips, click here.

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Serena Williams Launches Beauty Line…Win a Chance to Meet Her!

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serena+williams Serena Williams Launches Beauty Line...Win a Chance to Meet Her!Serena can do it in 90 seconds…can you?
Over the weekend, not only did Serena Williams beat her older sister and two-time defending champion Venus Williams to take the Wimbledon women’s tennis title, but she also announced the news of her beauty line, Mission Skincare Active-Beauty Featuring Serena Williams.

Meet Serena:
Starting today and ending July 21st, Serena is hosting a contest to see what you can do in 90 seconds. Enter at SerenasMISSION.com for the chance to meet her and win two VIP tickets to one of her upcoming tournaments. Other prizes include an autographed tennis racquet and $1,000 gift basket of Serena’s personal favorites. Follow her on Twitter @serenajwilliams to get contest updates.

The 90 Second Beauty Challenge:
The signature beauty solution Serena formulated works in just 90 seconds: Oxygen-Active Daily Facial Cleanser. A triple threat, this unique product is a cleanser, makeup remover and hydrating toner in one. Just apply, let the foam do its work, and wipe off. No water required. The result? Skin that appears younger and healthier looking – all for $39.99 at HSN.com beginning July 23rd.

Watch Serena Live!
On July 23rd and July 24th, Serena will appear on HSN to launch her line. Be sure to tune in!

Serena Wins Wimbledon and Announces New Beauty Line

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serena+williams+photo Serena Wins Wimbledon and Announces New Beauty LineOver the weekend, not only did Serena Williams beat her older sister and two-time defending champion Venus Williams to take the Wimbledon women’s tennis title in London, but she also announced the news of her very own beauty line with Mission Skincare.

On July 23rd and 24th, Serena Williams, a Mission Skincare co-founder, will appear on HSN to launch her luxe new skincare line called Mission Skincare Active-Beauty Line: Featuring Serena Williams. The products are engineered to offer proven solutions for the demanding active lifestyle of today’s woman.

The signature hero product is the Oxygen-Active Daily Facial Cleanser ($39.99), engineered with a unique, self-foaming oxygenating technology that cleans impurities, removes makeup, nourishes and renews skin in only 90 seconds. Antioxidant properties help fight free-radical damage and environmental aggressors. The result: skin that appears younger and healthier looking.

The line also includes the following all-star products:

Mission+Skincare+Sugar+Body+Scrub Serena Wins Wimbledon and Announces New Beauty LineSugar Body Scrub ($29.99): Honey Sugar – Refined sugar granules suspended in a moisturizing gel that gently exfoliates the body, leaving the skin smooth, hydrated and healthy.

Restorative Body Butter ($29.99): Honey Sugar – A rich blend of natural extracts and moisturizing agents formulated to deliver superior nourishment and emollients to the skin to protect and hydrate.

Lip Balmer SPF 15 ($3.99): Pomegranate – Who better to design the perfect lip balm than professional athletes who battle heat, sun, sweat and freezing temperatures all in a day’s work? Introducing a long-lasting lip balm in Serena’s favorite flavor – pomegranate. Featuring broad-spectrum SPF 15 sun protection and moisturizing cocoa butter and soybean oil to hydrate and nourish lips. Added bonus – the formula is preservative and paraben-free.

Lip Balmer SPF 15 ($3.99): Pink Lemonade – Formulated to nourish, protect and deliver long-lasting hydration, this refreshing Pink Lemonade lip balm is clinically proven to lock in moisture for up to 8 hours, while providing powerful SPF 15 sun protection.

The products also highlight Mission Skincare’s unique M-10 formula, loaded with a variety of ten vitamins and antioxidants that meet the needs of active women worldwide.

Twilight’s Ashley Greene Talks Beauty Shop

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ashley+greene+pic Twilights Ashley Greene Talks Beauty ShopNY Beauty Secrets Examiner Gabrielle Long recently chatted up Twilight/New Moon beauty Ashley Greene, who dished about her must-have products, favorite beauty icons and the reason behind her new bob.

Here’s an excerpt:

Q: What is your daily beauty regimen?
A: I started using BORBA products… they’re amazing and leave my face glowing. My daily regimen usually consists of the BORBA: Age Defying Micro Diamond Cleanser, Elastin Fiber Concentrate, HD Illuminating Light Effects Serum, Orbital Eye Rejuvenator and the Age Defying Advanced Recovery Cream. To get eye makeup off, I use the Lancome remover. I also use the MAC Wipes to get all the makeup off before my regimen. And of course sunscreen…usually Kiehl’s or Dermalogica. Dermalogica also has a really great “special clearing booster” for spot treatment on blemishes.

dermalogica+microfoliant Twilights Ashley Greene Talks Beauty ShopQ: Is your regimen any different when you’re filming?
A: It’s a little more involved on set with hot towel treatments and Dermalogica precleanse to get all that white makeup off. We use a lot Dermalogica products…I love the Microfoliant!

Q: Do you like to wear makeup when not filming, or do you prefer to go natural?
A: I don’t really wear foundation…I prefer tinted moisturizer if anything. Usually after the Borba process I don’t need it – my skin is in pretty healthy shape. It’s usually mascara, concealer and lip gloss.

Q: You recently cut your hair (and it looks great!). Was it for your role as “Alice”, or something you wanted to do for yourself? Do you prefer it shorter or longer?
A: Thanks! I cut it to make my hair fit under the Alice wig properly. I didn’t have to go quite so short but I figured it’s the only time I would EVER do it. I’m a long hair girl… I’ve had long hair my whole life. It’s cute short, but I’ll grow it back out.

Q: In your opinion, what makes someone beautiful?
A: I think a lot of what makes someone beautiful is how a person presents themselves. I was talking to someone the other day about how I find French woman so beautiful… it’s something they possess inherently. I feel like when someone has a zest for life they come off vibrant and beautiful.

rosebud+salve Twilights Ashley Greene Talks Beauty ShopQ: What are your favorite beauty products?
A: BORBA (all of which I mentioned) and Dermalogica. I love Matrix sleek products for my hair – they work very well for me. Rose bud lip gloss is the best. YSL has a great illuminating concealer. Shiseido you can’t go wrong with either… their tinted moisturizer is great. I also just found this amazing line in Europe called “Becca;” their stuff is amazing… I have to stock up when I go back because it isn’t sold in the US!

Q: Who is your beauty icon?
A: Audrey Hepburn is classically beautiful.

Q: Lip gloss or lip stain?
A: Gloss…and Chapstick.

To read the interview in its entirety, click here.

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