If You Have Hair, The Wet Brush is a Must Have


For years, I have used an oversized wide-tooth comb to detangle my notoriously impossible to detangle post-shampoo hair. The amount of hair that would get caught in the teeth was somewhat alarming. But I chalked it up to the fact that I only wash my hair once a week - so maybe the hair loss really wasn't all that CONTINUE READING

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream Review


You know how awesome BB creams are for your face? Well, the geniuses at Jergens have harnessed the power of BB and infused it into a lotion for your body. Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream promises flawless-looking skin with 5 visible benefits in just 5 days.  But does it deliver? Watch the video to find out...   Disclosure: This post was CONTINUE READING

Laura Mercier Sale at Gilt.com


As a huge fan of Laura Mercier (I swear by the foundation primer and tinted moisturizer), I was so excited to see that Gilt.com has a nice assortment of beauty products currently on sale. There's everything from sophisticated nail polish colors and soft mineral blush to lip glaze palettes and pencil sets to create an alluring smoky eye. Oh, and CONTINUE READING

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Cover April Issue of Vogue


Welp, folks, it looks like Kanye finally wore Anna Wintour down and got his baby mama a coveted Vogue cover. So the rumors were true. There was buzz a few months back that Kim would cover the fashion bible, but then everyone assumed it would be a foreign Vogue - given Anna's alleged aversion to all things Kardashian. I CONTINUE READING

10 Beauty Products to Get You Through the Flu


Hey Guys! As you all know the weather lately has been terrible and most of us have been getting all kinds of horrible colds and the flu, as a result. This is very personal for me because I work in retail and it seems like I get one disease after the other with all of my customers constantly sneezing CONTINUE READING

Eco-friendly

Green Minds Think Alike

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A few days ago, I posted an article about Nordstrom’s new Well Beauty counters. It seems that Nordies isn’t the only department store hoping to make some greenbacks by going green.

Women’s Wear Daily reports that Saks Fifth Avenue “is poised to launch The Beauty of Living Well, a dedicated sales area devoted to what Saks terms ‘natraceutical’ products.”

Saks has chosen four brands for the May, 2008 rollout:

*Skin Nutrition is a line of treatment products and vitamins that she promotes beauty from the inside out.
*Canyon Ranch Your Transformation is a high-powered skin care range from the luxury health spa of the same name.
*Blue Lagoon is a brand that was created from nutrients found in the thermal waters of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon.
*Vinita is a skin care brand from India that focuses on ancient beauty rituals.

Five Saks stores will launch The Beauty of Living Well in Manhattan, Beverly Hills, South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa (CA), Phoenix, and Palm Beach Gardens (FL). In addition, sales consultants in each of the aforementioned stores will be schooled in the brands, to better assist consumers.

After the initial rollout, Saks hopes to expand the range of products, and open The Beauty of Living Well in more stores.

Naturally Beautiful: Nordstrom Goes Green

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Just because you’ve embraced an eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t mean that you need to trade your Manolo Blahnik for Birkenstocks. And just because you prefer your skincare to be chemical-free doesn’t mean you have to purchase products in a health store/head shop that reeks of patchouli. Just in time for Earth Day, Nordstrom is going green.

nordstrom Naturally Beautiful: Nordstrom Goes GreenLast month, Nordstrom launched its new “Well Beauty” counters in 25 stores – and a virtual counter on Nordstrom.com. Rather than zip from counter to counter looking for natural products, Well Beauty is one-stop shopping your organic beauty needs.

Featured brands include Origins Organics, Juice Beauty, Pangea Organics, Korres, Caudalie and CARE by Stella McCartney. Products were chosen because they are paraben, petro-chemical free and sold in recycled packaging. And there will also be a full-time staff member at the Well Beauty counter to answer questions and direct customers to the products most appropriate for their skin.

To find a Well Beauty counter near you, contact your local Nordstrom store. To shop online, click here.

These Eco-Friendly Brushes Are Wallet Friendly Too!

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ecotools These Eco Friendly Brushes Are Wallet Friendly Too!
You know I tell it like it is. I’ll let you know when it’s worthwhile to blow your dough. But I’ll also tell you when I find an amazing bargain buy – like ecoTOOLS cosmetic brushes.

These brushes feature bamboo handles (bamboo has a low impact on the earth’s resources), synthetic bristles, and metallic ferrule made from recycled aluminum cans. The cosmetic brushes are housed in reusable/biodegradable pouches, printed with plant-based ink, and each item has a “green” tip on the back of the package…so everyone who purchases a piece of the collection discovers another small step that can create a greener lifestyle. Plus 1% of all annual sales provides financial support to environmental initiatives.

The standouts of the collection are the larger brushes. I’ve been using the Powder Brush almost every day since I got it. It’s unbelievably soft, applies my powder like a dream, and it’s only $7.99!

Individual ecoTOOLs brushes cost between $2.99 and $7.99. But for just $10.99, you can own the 5 Piece Brush Set – housed in a 100% linen and hemp cosmetic case.

ecoTOOLs products (they also offer bath and body items) are available at Walgreens, Kmart, and Ulta.

Coffee Break and Tea Time For Your Lips

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I have a soft spot for lip balms…probably because they were my first foray into the world of makeup. When I was a pre-teen, my mom would buy me Avon lip balms – as reward for good grades, good behavior, and completed chores. I had every imaginable flavor, and I would stockpile them in my Caboodle. They smelled so good that my then two-year-old sister ate my entire Mint Chocolate Chip lip balm. Mister Yuck stickers became a staple in our house that year, but I digress.

Though I’ve grown up a lot since then, I haven’t outgrown my love for lip balm. I’m always looking for new flavors. And while I’m sometimes tempted to buy one of the balms from my youth, I continue to keep my eyes peeled for balms that match my refined, mature tastes. And I found them…

Crazy Rumors offers 12 exotic coffee and tea flavored lip balms that leave your lips moisturized, protected and feeling fantastic. The balms are vegan, packaged in 100% recyclable containers, and never tested on animals.

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Perk – Lip Lattes are sure to awaken your senses. Take a whiff and smooth them on… these captivating aromas are what mornings were meant for.

Amaretto: Rich almond and pure natural vanilla makes this aromatic flavor a delight.

Coffee Bean: True to the name, a full-flavored freshly roasted cup of coffee – bold and robust.

French Vanilla: Natural creamy vanilla; smooth, satisfying and simply delicious – a favorite of all.

Hazelnut: Distinctively nutty with a touch of sweetness makes this flavor oh, so irresistible.

Mocha: Flavorful coffee combined with pure chocolate – a perfect match.

Irish Cream: Creamy, sweet and smooth flavor with a hint of vanilla – reminiscent of the famous liqueur.

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Brew – Tea Balms are the all natural, rejuvenating flavors found in your favorite tea – packed into a soothing treat for your lips!

Plum Apricot: An amazing fusion of fruits at its finest – rejoice for this rejuvenating scent.

Orange Bergamot: Better known as the world’s famous Earl Grey – a sweet and sophisticated blend of tantalizing citrus fruits.

Apple Spice: Tart apples and sweet cinnamon come together for an outrageous, cider like experience.

Peppermint Lemongrass: The combination of refreshing citrus and cooling peppermint will make lips tingle and mouths smile.

Ginger Peach: An invigorating mixture of fresh, juicy peach blended with intoxicating ginger – simply keen.

Spiced Chai: A rich, complex blend of savory spiced cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla with a hint of ginger – a delightful surprise. (Spoiled Pretty fave)

A .15 oz tube will run you the same as a Starbucks Grande Soy Caffe Mocha – no whip…but with 290 fewer calories. Available at Urban Outfitters and a store near you.

New From Tom’s of Maine

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Tom’s of Maine, a leader in natural oral and body care, announced a patent-pending breakthrough formula in its new Natural Clean & Gentle Care and Natural Sensitive Care Toothpastes.

The Tom’s research team has discovered that the natural ingredient glycyrrhizin, from purified licorice root, creates a natural foaming experience for dispersing ingredients in the mouth. Glycyrrhizin is gentle on gums, which is great news for those looking for a gentle brushing experience.

Tom’s of Maine’s new Clean & Gentle Care offers a variety of benefits, including:

* Soothing brushing experience
* Mild natural flavor – delicious natural flavor oils leave your mouth feeling clean and fresh.
* Sensitive to the planet – Tom’s uses recycled and recyclable packaging, and invest in wind energy to power their factory.
* Reduced sensitivity – Tom’s uses clinically-proven potassium nitrate, a naturally occurring mineral, to reduce sensitivity in teeth.

The following new Tom’s of Maine products are now available in stores and online retailers:

* Natural Clean & Gentle Care Anticavity plus Whitening Toothpaste (available in Peppermint and Fennel)
* Natural Clean & Gentle Care Anticavity plus Dry Mouth Soother Toothpaste (available in Apricot and Lemon-Lime)
* Natural Clean & Gentle Care Antiplaque plus Whitening Toothpaste (available in Cinnamon-Clove and Spearmint)
* Sensitive Care Antiplaque Toothpaste (available in Wintermint and Black Currant)

The Princess And The Peony

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Peony is one of my favorite flowers (ranunculus and hydrangea are the others, if you must know) – so I suppose it’s fitting that my new beauty favorites are the peony-scented body products from Red Flower.

peonyWASH L The Princess And The PeonyThe Japanese Peony Cleansing Body Wash and Moisturizing Body Lotion soften and delicately fragrance skin with an essential oil blend of Bulgarian rose, lily-of-the-valley, lemon blossom, and Japanese peony.

And I love the fact that the brand’s cleansing body washes and moisturizing body lotions are created with pure flower extracts and nourishing botanicals – so the list of ingredients doesn’t leave me confused and tongue-tied.

Red Flower is available at redflower.com.

Lather, Rinse, Compete

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Elle and Eufora hair care are developing a new all-natural clarifying shampoo, and they need your help deciding what to call it! Come up with the perfect name, and you’ll not only see your idea printed on thousands of bottles (launching in May), but Eufora will donate $500 to the environmental charity of your choice and give you a Eufora product gift basket worth $500.

All entries are due by February 1st, 2008. One entry per day allowed. Click here to enter.



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