Paul Mitchell Introduces The Truth About Curls Collection

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As a beauty blogger, one of the questions I get asked most is to recommend products for curly hair. But I don’t have curls (well, not anymore…my hair is relaxed, and has been for 25+ years), so I’ve been reluctant to endorse products that I don’t myself use. That is, until now…

Paul Mitchell recently introduced a new hair care range for girls with curls. If your ringlets are going rogue, your waves are wilted or your tendrils have got it twisted (and not in a good way), The Truth About Curls collection is the detangling, frizz-fighting, defining, hydrating and smoothing answer to your prayers.

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Spring Loaded Detangling Shampoo: Rich lather gently cleanses curls without roughing up the cuticle. “Prepares curls for a frizz-free finish.” Ultra-moisturizing and sulfate-free.

Full Circle Leave-In Treatment: Lightweight conditioning treatment won’t weigh hair down. Do-it-all formula hydrates, detangles and tames frizz. Replenishes thirsty locks and helps protect against damage.

Twirl Around Crunch-Free Curl Definer: Dual-formula swirls together hydrating cream and smoothing gel. Defines, separates and tames unruly curls and waves without frizz or crunchiness. Helps curls retain their shape and bounce all day long.

Ultimate Wave Beachy Texture Cream Gel: Secret weapon for creating sexy, tousled beach waves. Forms, separates and adds loads of texture. Humidity-resistant for perfectly imperfect frizz-free styles.

Even if you don’t have curly hair, you can benefit from the shampoo and leave-in conditioner. I’ve personally used the products on my dry, chemically-straightened hair and found them to be gentle and very hydrating. And at $6-40 (depending on bottle size), the price point is nice too.

To learn more about The Truth About Curls collection, “like” Paul Mitchell’s Facebook page.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Paul Mitchell, however, all opinions expressed are my own.

Don’t Forget to Enter the ABC Family Pump My Style Sweepstakes!

epiduo Dont Forget to Enter the ABC Family Pump My Style Sweepstakes!Makeup is great. But what’s even better is the confidence that comes with clear skin that doesn’t need a lot of cosmetic enhancement.

As someone who has struggled with acne for more than half of my life, I know firsthand how blemishes and blackheads can sabotage self-esteem. And while masking these imperfections with foundations and concealers provides a quick-fix, heavy face makeup can exacerbate skin issues, rendering you more dependent on these products.

Ready to break the cycle and break up with your breakouts? Tell your acne, “I’m just not that into you” by making an appointment with your doctor. Ask about how Epiduo® (adapalene and benzoyl peroxide) Gel 0.1%/2.5% can help you, literally, save face.

Epiduo Gel is the #1 branded topical acne product. Its combination of two hardworking ingredients helps clear up the breakouts you have now and prevent future pimples from forming. It also comes in a convenient pump dispenser, which makes it super easy to integrate into your everyday routine.

abc family pump my style Dont Forget to Enter the ABC Family Pump My Style Sweepstakes!

And did you know that, in addition to transforming faces, Epiduo also does closet makeovers?!? It’s true. Just in time for back-to-school, ABC Family and Galderma Laboratories, L.P., the makers of Epiduo® Gel, launched ABC Family’s Pump My Style Sweepstakes, running 8/20/12 through 9/3/12. You could win a fabulous shopping experience in Los Angeles with an ABC Family stylist, and a personal consultation with a doc who can create a skincare and acne regimen customized just for you! Getting your closet and skin school-ready has never been so easy – just enter the ABC Family’s Pump My Style Sweepstakes here, and you could be on your way to LA!

Important Safety Information

Indication: EPIDUO® Gel is indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris in patients 12 years of age and older. Adverse Events: In controlled clinical studies, the most commonly reported adverse events (≥1%) in patients treated with EPIDUO® Gel were dry skin, contact dermatitis, application site burning, application site irritation and skin irritation. Warnings/Precautions: Patients taking EPIDUO® Gel should avoid exposure to sunlight and sunlamps and wear sunscreen when sun exposure cannot be avoided. Erythema, scaling, dryness, stinging/ burning, irritant and allergic contact dermatitis may occur with use of EPIDUO® Gel and may necessitate discontinuation. Please click here for full prescribing information.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit http://www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1‐800‐FDA‐1088.

Disclaimer: I am an official “ABC Family Pump My Style” Ambassador and this post is sponsored by Galderma Laboratories, L.P., however, all opinions expressed herein are my own.

Polished: Sephora by OPI in Opening Night

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This is, hands down, my favorite nail polish color ever. I only own 9 colors of polish, and I recently had to buy a new bottle of Sephora by OPI in Opening Night because I had used all of mine up. Every single time I wear this polish I get compliments on it. Daneen asks what color it is so often that it has become a running joke.

Opening Night by OPI for Sephora bottle Polished: Sephora by OPI in Opening Night

This is a perfect cool weather manicure color. It is unexpected yet classic, and dark without being black.

NARS Andy Warhol Collection

NARS Andy Warhol Photo Booth packaging1 NARS Andy Warhol CollectionPop art pioneer, filmmaker, and publisher, Andy Warhol was one of the most important visual artists of the 20th century. He joked “art is whatever you can get away with.” A painting, a movie, a TV commercial, an album cover, or an interview with a movie star. For Andy, art could be anything, but whatever he did, he did it as if it were fine art. He made paintings with a photo booth and ‘Screen Tests’ – movies that barely moved. He made an 8-hour movie starring the Empire State Building. He changed the way we see the world.

Andy Warhol’s world has been inspiring François Nars for years. Now NARS introduces a limited edition collection in the spirit of Andy Warhol. From the formulas and shades to the packaging and names, every element of the collection evokes François Nars’ take on the cool, image-rich, character-laden world of Warhol.

Everybody is a Superstar. At least for 15 minutes.

NARS Andy Warhol Larger Than Life Lip Gloss group set1 NARS Andy Warhol CollectionLARGER THAN LIFE® LIP GLOSS ($26): Brilliant shine. Intense color. Provides lustrous shine that stays in place for hours, while lips feel protected and moisturized.

  • Penny Arcade (Raspberry)
  • International Velvet (Pink glacé)
  • Viva (Rich rose)
  • Candy Says (Shimmering strawberry pink)
  • Holly Woodlawn (Bright orange-red)

Available October 1 at Sephora and sephora.com.

 

NARS Andy Warhol 47th Street Larger Than Life Long Wear Eyeliner1 NARS Andy Warhol Collection47TH STREET LARGER THAN LIFE LONG-WEAR EYELINER ($23): Takes liner to the next level. Rich, creamy color glides on smoothly with a completely budge-proof finish. Black with silver shimmer.

Available October 1 at Sephora and sephora.com.

 

NARS Andy Warhol Satellite of Love Highlighting Blush 1024x774 NARS Andy Warhol CollectionSATELLITE OF LOVE HIGHLIGHTING BLUSH ($28): Illuminating highlighting powders give skin a light-reflecting luminous glow. Wear alone or pair with other cheek products to create beautiful dimension on the face. Sparkling gold sand.

Available October 1 at Sephora and sephora.com. (more…)

Enter the ABC Family Pump My Style Sweepstakes!

This school year, head back to the hallways with the best looking skin in the building. Whether you’re a freshman in high school, a college senior, a law school student or a nursery school teacher, it’s important to look fabulous on the first day.

And what better way to do that than through a new, straight-from-Hollywood wardrobe and being on your way to gorgeous, clearer skin? To help you get the look, ABC Family and Galderma Laboratories, L.P., the makers of Epiduo® (adapalene and benzoyl peroxide) Gel 0.1%/2.5%, launched ABC Family’s Pump My Style Sweepstakes, running from 8/20/12 through 9/3/12.

ABC Family’s Pump My Style Sweepstakes wants to hook you up with a shopping experience in Los Angeles with a stylist, and a personal consultation with a top doc who can create a skincare and acne regimen customized just for you!

Getting your closet and skin back-to-school ready is as easy as entering the ABC Family’s Pump My Style Sweepstakes, and you could be on your way to LA!

Disclaimer: I am an official “ABC Family Pump My Style” Ambassador and this post is sponsored by Galderma Laboratories, L.P., however, all opinions expressed herein are my own.

Important Safety Information

Indication: EPIDUO® Gel is indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris in patients 12 years of age and older. Adverse Events: In controlled clinical studies, the most commonly reported adverse events (≥1%) in patients treated with EPIDUO® Gel were dry skin, contact dermatitis, application site burning, application site irritation and skin irritation. Warnings/Precautions: Patients taking EPIDUO® Gel should avoid exposure to sunlight and sunlamps and wear sunscreen when sun exposure cannot be avoided. Erythema, scaling, dryness, stinging/ burning, irritant and allergic contact dermatitis may occur with use of EPIDUO® Gel and may necessitate discontinuation. Please click here for full prescribing information.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit http://www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1‐800‐FDA‐1088.

Products to Pack for a Summer Getaway

vacation Products to Pack for a Summer Getaway

Tis the season for weekend getaways. Got any fun and fab plans for Labor Day? When you’re packing for your summer sojourn, remember that you’re going away for a weekend, not a lifetime. Yours truly has a penchant for over-packing… and as a repeat offender, I’ve picked up a few tips over the years. Here are a few to help lighten your load and travel like a pro:

* Don’t choose a big bag for a trip that will only last a few short days. If you pick one that’s too large, you’ll be tempted to fill it up. Instead, select a small to mid-sized overnight bag and edit your list of trip essentials.

* Weekend getaways are all about breaking routines and doing something different and fun. When you think of your trip in these terms, you’ll see that it’s not necessary to bring all of the beauty products you typically use on a daily basis.

* When packing, consider your destination, the weather forecast, your planned activities, and the outfits that you’ll be wearing. These factors will help to guide your beauty products choices.

* When it comes to products, think beauty that does double duty.

Here are some products I recommend you pack to beat the heat and keep you looking hot at your destination:

vaseline total moisture aloe fresh Products to Pack for a Summer GetawaySome women think that they have to choose a lotion that feels good or one that works well. Vaseline Total Moisture Aloe Fresh Lotion does both. Its lightweight formula feels good on the skin (especially in the hot summer months) and does good for your skin. It delivers serious moisture – hydrating for 8 hours – and imparts a fresh scent. In a blind survey, 87% of consumers said they would consider switching their existing lotion to Vaseline Total Moisture. (more…)

Polished: Bare Minerals

bare minerals kit Polished: Bare MineralsThis mineral powder make up system is something that I have heard about for a long time, but was never really interested in trying. My routine of L’Oreal True Match foundation (as concealer) and all over pressed powder worked just fine, and was both convenient and easy.

Recently, my skin decided to completely revolt. My skin is usually normal to combination, I break out in the usual sweaty T-zone places, with the occasional stress zit thrown in for good measure. Suddenly, I was getting dry patches where I am usually oily, being oily where I am usually normal, and was breaking out all over the place for no reason. Fantastic. Though this has been a wicked summer (100+ degree heat wave, anyone?), I knew that I had to change what I was putting on my face every day.

Enter Bare Minerals. I got a starter kit that included a concealer brush, a buffing brush, concealer, foundation, and mineral veil. I was totally skeptical. How was this powder possibly going to cover my dark circles and other imperfections? Wouldn’t I just sweat it off immediately? Was it really going to stick to my face at all in the first place?

bare minerals 1 1024x682 Polished: Bare MineralsI applied concealer under my eyes, and across any breakouts that needed covering. I then buffed the mineral foundation onto my skin, brushing in small circles. I used the equivalent of two “coats” – going over each area twice with a newly dipped brush. I then applied mineral veil, a translucent powder that was supposed to magically keep this all in place. (more…)

Currently Obsessed: Ann Taylor Fall 2012

ann taylor kate hudson fall 2012 black bow dress Currently Obsessed: Ann Taylor Fall 2012

I’m absolutely obsessed with Ann Taylor’s Fall 2012 collection, which is “inspired by the continental glamour of 1960s Paris.” Last month, I posted about the ad campaign – starring Kate Hudson. The first images definitely had me intrigued. And now that the full collection has been revealed, I must admit that the teasers did not disappoint. I’m loving the black and white, pops of color, animal prints, and the sweet, feminine touches (i.e., lace and bows). It’s like someone at Ann Taylor climbed inside of my brain and created a collection just pour moi.

Here’s what’s on my ultimate wardrobe wish list:

ann taylor kate hudson fall 2012 featured Currently Obsessed: Ann Taylor Fall 2012This Tie Back Short Sleeve Sweater ($58) is business in the front, cocktail party in the back.

 

ann taylor kate hudson fall 2012 leopard dress Currently Obsessed: Ann Taylor Fall 2012The White Leopard Ponte Dress ($138) is a must-have. And check out the edgy, exposed zipper on the sleeve. Genius, right? Rock on with your bad self, Kate! (more…)

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