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

Fashion Week

Nima Nyima: A Himalayan Retreat

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safflowersoap Nima Nyima: A Himalayan Retreat
Last month at New York Fashion Week, while chillin’ on the steps at Bryant Park, I noticed a woman handing out bars of beautifully wrapped soap. So you know this beauty junkie made a beeline over there and snatched one up.

When I returned home, I took Nima Nyima’s Tibetan Safflower Citrus Soap for a test drive and it was love at first shower. Its creamy formula, a combination of Safflower oil and petals, softens skin and imparts a delicate floral-citrus fragrance. And the soap, itself, is super-cute.

Nima Nyima soaps (also available in Himalayan Mountain Woods, Himalayan Nettle Spearmint, Himalayan Rose Honey, Tibetan Herb Spikenard, and Yak Milk Lavender) are handmade in Nepal using all-natural ingredients and native philosophies imported from the Himalayas. Cold-processed and eco-friendly, they’re biodegradable and never tested on animals.

These soaps are perfect for a guest bathroom. Or impress your friends by giving them this chic gift. But if you’ve only got one bathroom (like me), or you’re kinda stingy with your beauty goodies (me again), just buy a whole bunch for yourself. I won’t judge.

nncandle2 Nima Nyima: A Himalayan RetreatAnd while you’re at it, be sure to try Nima Nyima’s wonderfully perfumed, candles.

Like the soaps, they’re both functional and fragrant. Plus they’re blinged out with gemstones – which, besides being pretty, are also essential to the precious pills of Tibetan medicine.

As I type this, I’m burning the midnight oil with Nima Nyima’s Wild Saffron with Camelian and Ginger Candle. Get yours at Rescue Beauty Lounge.

I’m Baaaack!

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bryant3 Im Baaaack!
I’m back, y’all. Did you miss me? I sure missed all of you. And it was pure torture being unable to bring you the latest beauty news and product reviews.

Though I was only in NYC for a hot minute, I did manage to meet Amber for some convo over some vino. And I must admit that the sight of Bryant Park left me all nostalgic about my inaugural trip to New York Fashion Week. It was so strange to see it sans the white tents, shutterbugs, and modish masses. Without the accoutrements, it reminds you that Bryant Park is – in fact – a park.

Anyway, now that I’m back in Philly, you can expect more regular posts. I’ve got so much juicy juice to share, I don’t know where to start. I’ll be making up for lost time, so stay tuned.

Oscar Blandi Perfects The Bed Head

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blandi kayne Oscar Blandi Perfects The Bed Head
For her Fall 2008 collection, Jenni Kayne was inspired by the 90’s grunge scene and styles from the 30’s and 40’s. For the hair, she wanted the models to look “real,” so hairstylist Oscar Blandi created sophisticated, bed-head hairstyles to compliment the designs.

Creating these “very organic and very earthy” dos is a little more involved that one might think – just as a nude makeup look requires more than taupe shadow and a swipe of lip balm. I mean, does anyone really wake up looking this chic?

First, the mane maestro used Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo, which refreshes and revives hair by removing dirt and buildup. Next, he sprayed Oscar Blandi Volumizing Spray on hair, concentrating on the roots; this heat-activated product adds body and texture to hair, while providing flexible hold and incredible shine. He finished the styles with Proteine di Jasmine – Protein Mist for Restyling Hair, which allows hair to withstand heat and prevents static.

Though not used at Jenni Kaye’s presentation, worth a mention is Oscar Blandi’s Olio di Jasmine Shine Spray, a convenient new version of Oscar’s Jasmine Oil Serum. This spray moisturizes and controls frizz, and makes locks lustrous. I especially appreciate the light formula, which doesn’t build-up or weight down my fine hair.

All products are available at Beauty.com.

MAC First Look: Rad Hourani

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Face
MAC Studio Moisture Fix was massaged into the skin. Select Moisturecover Concealer was applied where needed. Prep+Prime Invisible Powder was brushed onto the center of the face to minimize shine. Cheeks were slightly contoured with a touch of Bamboo Cream Colour Base.

Eyes
MAC Hush Cream Colour Base mixed with MAC Gloss Texture was blended over the eye lids, through the crease and wrapped around to the high plains of the cheek with Brush 222. One coat of MAC PRO Lash in Black was applied to the top lashes only. Brows were brushed with Clear Brow Set.

Lips
PRO Lip Erase in Dim mixed with Lipstick in Fresh Brew was patted onto the lips with fingers.

 MAC First Look: Rad Hourani

MAC First Look: Carmen Marc Valvo

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cmv MAC First Look: Carmen Marc Valvo
“It’s all about the girl and her lips! A Robert Palmer girl.”
Tom Pecheux – Key Artist

cmv face MAC First Look: Carmen Marc Valvo
Face
Studio Fix Fluid was lightly applied to skin.

cmv eyes MAC First Look: Carmen Marc Valvo
Eyes
Lashes were curled and kept bare. Brows were natural, softly filled with Taupe Brow Shader.

cmv lips MAC First Look: Carmen Marc Valvo
Lips
Magenta Lip Pencil was softly applied to lip line, followed by Russian Red Lipstick patted onto the center of the lips and brushed out.

 MAC First Look: Carmen Marc Valvo

MAC First Look: Donna Karan Collection

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karan MAC First Look: Donna Karan Collection
“1920s girl with a modern twist.”
Charlotte Tilbury – Key Artist

karan face MAC First Look: Donna Karan Collection
Face
To maintain pale skin and a dewy finish, MAC Select Cover-up was applied to the skin. MAC Blot Powder Loose in Medium was dusted on top.

karan eyes MAC First Look: Donna Karan Collection
Eyes
A touch of MAC PRO Lash Mascara in Brown was applied to the tips of the top lashes. Brows were lightly filled in with MAC Lingering Brow Pencil.

karan lips MAC First Look: Donna Karan Collection
Lips
MAC Carnal Lipstick was dabbed onto the entire lip with fingers. Desire Lipstick was layered over to create a berry stain.

 MAC First Look: Donna Karan Collection

MAC First Lips: Christian Cota

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cc MAC First Lips: Christian Cota
“Siberian ice princess. Wintery, dusky, mushroom, cool tones.”
Christian McCulloch

cc face MAC First Lips: Christian Cota
Face
MAC Face and Body Foundation was buffed into the skin. Powder Blush in Springsheen was placed high on the cheekbones using MAC Brush 138.

cc eyes MAC First Lips: Christian Cota
Eyes
MAC Chocolate Brown and Satin Taupe Pigments were blended from lid to brow with a 217 Brush. The pigments were also applied along the lower lash line. MAC Eye Kohl in Fascinating was applied to the water line.

cc lips MAC First Lips: Christian Cota
Lips
MAC Lipstick in Media was pressed onto the lips.

 MAC First Lips: Christian Cota

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