Shopbop Sale: Take Extra 25% Off

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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

One of my all-time favorite products is Dermadoctor KP Duty, a dual action body exfoliator that combines the benefits of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion. It was developed to treat chicken skin - those little red bumps that many people get on their upper arms. But, for years, I've been using it to exfoliate my legs pre-shave.  There's really no body exfoliator CONTINUE READING


Jurlique’s New Biodynamic Beauty Range: Now Available at Sephora

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jurlique+biodynamic+beauty Jurliques New Biodynamic Beauty Range: Now Available at Sephora
Jurlique’s age-defying, high-performance Biodynamic Beauty Range is now available in Sephora’s Natural Section. The new facial skincare collection is clinically proven to deliver dynamically different results to help maintain and improve skin’s youthful properties and maintain hydrated, smooth, firm and radiant skin. The Biodynamic Beauty Range includes:

Eye Cream ($45): Helps treat fine lines, under eye puffiness and increase moisturisation. Botanical ingredients in the eye cream include Beech Tree Buds, Blue Algae, and Hibiscus, which firm the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The formula increases skin firmness in 88% of test subjects, and 71% of respondents noticed that the area around their eyes felt firmer after only six weeks.

Refining Treatment ($35): Helps enhance cell renewal, while gently uncovering a more even, luminous skin tone and glowing complexion. Botanical ingredients in the Refining Treatment include Willow Bark Extract, a naturally gentle source of Salicylic Acid, to help promote cell renewal, Apricot Seed Powder to help with the removal of dead skin cells, and Calendula for its skin soothing and healing properties.

Serum ($75): Diminishes the appearance of dark spots and discolorations; brightens and evens skin tone to enhance luminosity and clarity, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles for a smoother more youthful appearance with continued use. The formulation features Jurlique’s proprietary Biodynamic Blend of Black Elder and Licorice to combat puffiness, redness, help fade discolorations, and brighten skin for increased radiance. Clinically proven to reduce major signs of aging. In just six weeks, visible lines and wrinkles were reduced by 34%, 77% of users noticed firmer skin and 73% of respondents cited smoother skin.

Night Lotion ($55): Improves firmness, moisturisation and the appearance of wrinkles. Botanical ingredients in the moisturiser include Marshmallow for intense hydration and skin smoothing properties, and Calendula for soothing and calming the skin. An increase in skin firmness appeared in 89% of users and a high number of respondents reported a significant increase in moisturisation after six weeks of use.

“The range offers beneficial results of hi-tech, artificial anti-aging products – but with all natural formulations,: says Marie-Pierre Stark-Flora, Jurlique’s SVP of Global Marketing.

The Biodynamic Beauty Range is available at 12 Sephora locations throughout California’s Bay Area, Central California, Los Angeles and Orange County as well as online at and

Shower With Brad Pitt

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Wanna take a shower with Brad Pitt? Child, who doesn’t?! Now you can, courtesy of Kiehl’s.

bp Shower With Brad PittKiehl’s, in partnership with Brad, has launched Aloe Vera Biodegradable Liquid Body Cleanser – which provides refreshing and gentle cleansing without parabens or dyes. The formula biodegrades in the earth within 28 days, and is packaged in a 100% food-grade, post-consumer recycled (PCR) bottle. And Brad believes in the product so much that he put his stamp of approval on the bottle (his handwriting graces the label).

“Kiehl’s formulated this product to minimize the impact we have on our environment. All proceeds will go to benefit green initiatives around the globe.” -Brad Pitt

Kiehl’s Aloe Vera Biodegradable Liquid Body Cleanser isn’t some fly by night fad. It isn’t limited-edition…rather, it has taken up permanent residence among Kiehl’s other bath and body collection. Get it in-stores, at Kiehl’s counters and online.

In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Are You The Winner Of The Eco-Friendly Bag?

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vivi barrel side In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Are You The Winner Of The Eco Friendly Bag?
The Eco-Friendly Handbag Giveaway was inspired by my BFF Jill, who is a vegan and all-around friend of the earth. And when buying food, clothing, accessories and cosmetics, she is very careful that her purchases are in line with her beliefs.

I can remember countless times when, during the course of our friendship, Jill fell in love with a product – only to discover that it was made with animals or very eco-unfriendly. So when I decided to do the In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway Week, I knew I had to throw some eco-friendly fabulousness in there, for good karmic measure.

The winner of Elezar’s Vivi Barrel Bag (which retails for $375) is Marley Ward!!!

Congratulations, Marley – you have also won Burt’s Bees Chemical-Free Sunscreen SPF 15, Aloe & Linden Flower After Sun Soother, Jurlique Sun Lotion SPF 30+, Jurlique Citrus Purifying Mist, and Tarte Double Dose Berry Boost & Gloss.

Thank to all of the sponsors for making this contest possible, and for spoiling Marley pretty.

And don’t forget to enter the other In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaways:

Felix Rey Clutch Giveaway – ends 7/3
BOYY Weekender Bag Giveaway – ends 7/4
Envirosax Beach Bag Giveaway – ends 7/5

Until next time…

In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Eco-Friendly Bag

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Just because you care about the earth doesn’t mean that you should neglect your appearance. I am a firm believer that being an eco-friendly fashionista isn’t an oxymoron.

Take, for example, Elezar handbags. This summer, Elezar is expanding its collection of handbags to include a new vegan line, Vivi. Vivi bags match the beauty, sophistication and functionality of Elezar’s leather collection while providing stylish women with another fabulous form of expression. Vivi’s lush Ecouture materials mirror the luxury provided by Elezar’s leather bags, but is made from a unique, high-end biodegradable material found in Italy. The look and feel is not only luxurious, but the great functional shapes with a slight edge exude passion – from the old world feel of weaved fencing to the modern day ultra-chic chain handles. Elezar bags keep you organized, polished and always chic.

vivi barrel side In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Eco Friendly Bag
Today is day four of our In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway Week. So all of you haute hippies out there, here’s your chance to get spoiled pretty. Elezar’s Vivi Barrel Bag (which retails for $375) will be filled with the following summer essentials:

burts+bees+sunscreen In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Eco Friendly Bag
Burt’s Bees Chemical-Free Sunscreen SPF 15: This non-greasy formula provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and helps keep skin hydrated without using chemical sunscreen actives like octinoxate and oxybenzone. Instead, titanium dioxide, a naturally-occuring mineral creates a micro-fine barrier on your skin to reflect the sun’s harmful rays. The natural sunscreen is effective immediately upon application and safe for kids.

burts+bees+sun+soother In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Eco Friendly Bag
Aloe & Linden Flower After Sun Soother: Help overexposed skin chill out with this intensely hydrating, quick-absorbing face and body lotion. It’s packed with natural aloe vera and linden extract to soothe. Coconut oil, bee pollen and glycerin nourish your skin and help replenish its natural moisture. Your sun-kissed skin will feel revived, soft and healthy, naturally.

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Jurlique Sun Lotion SPF 30+: This broad spectrum sun lotion is formulated to give extra protection against sun exposure. Suitable for all skin types.

Jurlique+citrus+silk+powder In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Eco Friendly Bag
Jurlique Citrus Silk Finishing Powder: A silky translucent facial powder that refines the complexion and helps absorb excess facial oil to reduce shine. Leaves the skin fresh and radiant.

jurlique+citrus+purifying+mist In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Eco Friendly Bag
Jurlique Citrus Purifying Mist: This clarifying mist is infused with the living energy of witch hazel and marshmallow combined with essential oils of tangerine and lemon to enliven and purify. Leaves the skin hydrated and refreshed. Ideal for rebalancing summer-induced oiliness.

tarte+double+dose In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Eco Friendly Bag
Tarte Double Dose Berry Boost & Gloss in acai boost, acerola rush, go go goji, and pomegranate punch: Get a double dose of beauty and treatment. The inner berry boost is a t5 super fruit complex™ concentrated pigment that mixes with the outer high shine gloss. The result is a rich color that helps rejuvenate your lips. The formula is infused with vitamin C, peppermint oil, and shea butter – and is paraben-free, mineral-oil free, and phthalate free. With the purchase of every gloss, you’ll be helping to preserve the Amazon Rainforest through forest conservation, improved living conditions and educational opportunities for communities in Brazil. Tarte supports Sambazon’s Sustainable Acai Project (SAP), a member of the Organic Trade Association and the Fair Trade Federation.

To enter, send an email to Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Elezar Handbag Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Wednesday, July 2nd. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Thursday, July 3rd, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents only.

And be sure to check out the other bag giveaways. You can enter all of the giveaways, but you can only win once. Good luck!

Soften Your Lips and Save the Honeybees!

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bee1 Soften Your Lips and Save the Honeybees!
Did you know that one third of food we eat depends on bees for pollination?

You might not have given much thought to the role honeybees play in our ecosystem. But fact is, 30% of the fruit- and vegetable-producing plants we rely on to feed our families need honeybee pollination to thrive. That’s why the mysterious disappearance of honeybees known as Colony Collapse Disorder is a critical environmental issue that must be understood…because the without honeybees, our food is at risk.

The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a resolution to recognize the vital role of pollinators in ecosystem health and agriculture by declaring June 22 – 28 as National Pollinator Week. Burt’s Bees is also doing its part to raise awareness about the disappearing honeybees, in addition to funding research to help find a solution.

ccd lip balm Soften Your Lips and Save the Honeybees!This year, you can personally help save the honeybees by buying a tube of Burt’s Bees special edition Beeswax Lip Balm. Five percent of the proceeds will benefit The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) and its Honeybee Health Improvement Project. In addition, you can take action today to help make the planet a healthy place for bees. Click here for a free packet of bee-friendly wildflower seeds that you can plant to give bees a healthy place to live in your neighborhood. And follow this link to find search for local organic farmers who naturally create pesticide-free, bee-friendly environments while providing local communities with healthy fresh produce.

To learn more about Colony Collapse Disorder, visit Celebrates Earth-Day with “Totally Green Sweepstakes”

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total+beauty+green+contest Celebrates Earth Day with “Totally Green Sweepstakes”
In celebration of Earth-Day on April 22nd, is set to launch an eco-awareness campaign and their biggest sweepstakes to date, the “Totally Green Sweepstakes.”

totally green logo Celebrates Earth Day with “Totally Green Sweepstakes”Starting April 17th through June 5th 2008, will launch the eco-beauty feature and sweepstakes, benefitting, while educating women on making eco-conscious beauty choices. One lucky winner will be driving away with a new 2008 Saturn Vue Hybrid car filled with a year’s supply of luxurious green and organic beauty products.

To enter, just go to and search for your favorite (or not so favorite) beauty products, then write and submit a review. From April 17th through June 5th, will be giving away hundreds of Earth-Day inspired daily prizes, including conflict-free diamond from Brilliant Earth, eco-spa trips from Spas of America, and more. And, each time a review is written, will automatically enter the reviewer in the Totally Green Sweepstakes that will give them the chance to win the ultimate prize of a 2008 Saturn Vue Hybrid car filled with beauty products from Origins Organics, Sephora, Raw Natural Minerals, Suki Skincare, and Tela.

Good luck!

A Fresh Idea

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To celebrate Earth Day, join Fresh in helping to preserve our planet by buying and using the Fresh tote when you shop. Visit any Fresh store on Tuesday, April 22nd to get this special offer:

freshtote A Fresh Idea*The Fresh tote is sold for $12.50 (a $25 value).
*Spend $100 and get a free Fresh tote bag.
*If you buy a tote bag or spend $100, you’ll get 10% off your total purchase.

And every time you shop with the tote at Fresh, you will get 10% off your total purchase through December 31, 2008.

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