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

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection


I'm a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino and Pulp Fiction is one of my top 3 movies of all time (the others being The Sound of Music and The Godfather, Part II). Urban Decay is one of my top 3 beauty brands so I just about lost my mind when I heard about their limited-edition Pulp Fiction collection, which CONTINUE READING

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Sex And The City Beauty: Miranda

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Determined to hire a redhead for Miranda, Sex And The City creator Darren Star almost passed over Cynthia Nixon. “For me, it was important that the hair color, body types and everything was different,” he remembers. “When Cynthia Nixon came in to read for the first time, she was blond. I saw Miranda as a redhead. Thankfully, I took that leap of faith that she would look good as a redhead.”

miranda2 Sex And The City Beauty: MirandaIn the movie version of SATC, Miranda is undeniably more polished and modish than we last saw her. Thanks to a sassy and versatile hairstyle in an enviable scarlet shade, she finally looks the part of urban sophisticate.

The new and improved Miranda also sports a smoky eye and lots a lashes, to showcase her baby blues. Dusty rose blush and a soft pink lip round out the look.

At long last, our fave wry redhead is exercising her rights (Miranda rights, get it?) to step out of the shadows and be fabulous!

Image source: newline.com/sexandthecity

Is Hilary’s New Do A Don’t?

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Yesterday, Academy Award winner Hillary Swank showed off a shorter, blonde do at the Joyful Heart Foundation Gala in New York City. What say you?

My Date With Franc at the Giovanni & Pileggi Salon

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giovanni+%26+pileggi1 My Date With Franc at the Giovanni & Pileggi Salon
A month ago, I was invited to the grand re-opening of Giovanni & Pileggi, now located in an 1840’s Federal Period Townhouse at 256 South 16th Street in Center City Philadelphia. A few weeks later, I was invited back to the salon – this time, to have my hair cut and colored by one of their talented stylists.

Last Tuesday, I arrived at the salon and was greeted by Franc, whom I had met back in April at the opening. His friendly demeanor put me at ease, at least a little bit. But having been in a 13-year monogamous relationship with my hairdresser Erik, I was having heart palpitations about putting my hair in someone else’s hands.

daneen+and+franc My Date With Franc at the Giovanni & Pileggi SalonWhen Franc sat me down in his chair and asked me what I had in mind for my new do, I surprised myself when I responded, “Do whatever you think is best. I trust you.” I removed the elastic from ponytail and Franc sized up my mane. “Highlights,” he said assertively. “Highlights will give your hair dimension.”

After mixing up my color, he quickly applied the mixture and foil to sections of my hair with amazing dexterity. While working his magic, I remembered I was there in a journalistic capacity and began firing off questions.

Franc told me that as a student at The Philadelphia High School for Creative And Performing Arts, he befriended some girls in the dance department and started doing their hair. Not long after, he realized that hair was his calling and enrolled in beauty school. After graduating from beauty school, he moved to New York City and worked at Bumble & Bumble. It was during his years in NYC that he noticed how segregated the industry was – white customers patronized white salons and black clients patronized black salons. So Franc decided to teach himself how to work with ethnic/textured hair, so that he could cater to all patrons.

In New York, he honed his craft working at the Bumble & Bumble salon – as well as doing fashion shows and photo shoots. But a few years ago, he got a little homesick and decided to move back to Philly to work exclusively in a salon setting. “I much prefer working in a salon because I enjoy helping regular people transform into better versions of themselves,” he said. “It’s not that hard to make a model look good. Plus salon work allows me to be creative. When you’re doing editorial or runway work, you’re following someone else’s template.”

After rinsing the dye out of my hair, a gloss was applied and allowed to marinate – to add all-over shine to my dull locks. But before long, I was back in Franc’s chair. He quickly blow dried my hair and whipped out his shears. Again, I shocked myself by telling him to do what he thought was best. He decided to keep the length, but add some layers that would give my hair shape and movement. Then he styled it without any input from me. So how’d he do?

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Amazing, right?!?!?!?!?! I love my hair and I love Franc for transforming me into a better version of myself.

If you live anywhere near Philadelphia, even if it’s kind of a hike, you must get to Giovanni & Pileggi and pay Franc a visit.

Do You Like My New Do?

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Do you rememer that 80′s song, Working For The Weekend by the band Loverboy? If you don’t, consider yourself lucky. Anyways…while most of you are quickly winding up the work week so that you can get started on your weekend festivities, I will be working this weekend. At least, some of it.

daneens+new+do Do You Like My New Do?So before I embark on my business trip, I just wanted to share my new haircut with all of you pretties. What do you think? I think Erik did a fantastic job! I haven’t loved my hair this much since my wedding last summer – and most of that wasn’t even my real hair!

Talk to you again soon.

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Gwynnie’s New Do

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Yesterday, Gwyneth Paltrow showed off a shorter do at the Prince’s Trust Celebrate Success Awards in London. I don’t know about you, but I’m digging Gwynnie’s new look. The long/stick straight/middle part look was getting a little tired. I think this style softens her up a bit. In fact, it’s a little Cate Blanchett-esque.

What do you think of Mrs. Martin’s new do?

Rihanna’s On The Cutting Edge Of Style

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rihanna Rihannas On The Cutting Edge Of Style
The R&B princess debuted a new pixie hairstyle at the NRJ Music Awards in Cannes, France on Saturday.

normal JCrew1989AW 1 Rihannas On The Cutting Edge Of StyleWhat inspired her to make the cut? At the October photo shoot for Allure’s January 2008 cover, Allure’s Creative Director, Paul Cavaco, suggested that – for her next look – she channel old-school Linda Evangelista.

Looks like she took his advice.

Speaking of Linda E. – here’s an oldie, but a goodie. Enjoy!

Jennifer Hudson’s Mushroom Mop Top

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Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson must be a fan of ANTM too! She was spotted kissing 2007 goodbye and sporting Saleisha’s signature bob at a NYE party in South Beach.

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