How Not to Look Old: An Exclusive Lancôme Event at SAKS NYC on 5/4

Are you looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift? How about a signed copy of the best-selling “How Not to Look Old: Fast and Effortless Ways to Look 10 Years Younger, 10 Pounds Lighter, 10 Times Better ,” by beauty and fashion journalist Charla Krupp?



Charla will be signing copies this Saturday, May 4th, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Saks Fifth Avenue Lancôme counter in New York City. You can meet Charla and get a personalized copy of the book for yourself, your mom or anyone you choose with any $150 purchase. The personal appearance is part of Lancôme’s “Ageless Beauty Secrets Event” featuring new skincare innovations, mini-facials and makeup touch-ups.

Stop by, meet Charla and discover exciting new products such as Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate and Laque Fever Full Color Lipshine. Charla’s genius beauty tips and effortless fashion fixes have been transforming women across the country, so don’t miss out. Space is limited. Call 212-940-2199 to reserve an appointment now! A $50 reservation fee is required and fully redeemable in Lancôme products.

Give the Gift of Nature’s Youthful Radiance with Pangea Organics

As an extra bonus, Pangea Organics is offering customers 20% off the entire site with coupon code: NutureMom - enter this code in the promo box at the checkout! The code will expire on May 5th, 2009.

This Mother’s Day indulge your mom with a gift of love, happiness and youth. Pangea Organics is pleased to announce the launch of its two new performance enhancing, Ecocentric skincare products– introducing the Himalayan Geranium & Pomegranate Balancing Oil ($50) and Turkish Rose & White Tea Eye Cream ($55).



Balance Your Life ($50)

We all need a little balance in our lives – especially moms! Enhance mom’s natural beauty with the organic ingredients found in the new Himalayan Geranium & Pomegranate Balancing Oil. Think of it as a "conditioner" for mom’s face. It nourishes and supports the outer layers of the skin by filling in gaps between the cells, drawing moisture, vitamins and healing ingredients into the skin, essentially creating a protective barrier. Help mom protect and preserve her skin with the new Himalayan Geranium & Pomegranate Balancing Oil

Crème De La Cream ($55)


A rose a day keeps the fine lines away, which is what moms will find in the new Turkish Rose & White Tea Eye Cream. Suitable for all skin types from delicate to demanding, rose oil is best known for its healing, beautifying and anti-wrinkle properties. Packed with antioxidants, cell regenerators and anti-inflammatories, moms can combat the signs of aging – and that’s a beautiful thing!

Make Your Salon Treatments Last



Want to get the most out of your professional primping during these economic times? Well, stretch your dollars by stretching the weeks between your salon visits. Renowned Italian hairstylist, Riccardo Maggiore of Riccardo Maggiore Salon in New York City, suggests trying these at-home maintenance tricks.

Haircut:
Visit an experienced stylist and get a precise cut. If you have short hair, which often requires monthly appointments, go with a style that grows out well. After a haircut, keep your ends hydrated by using a daily leave-in conditioner. If ends look frizzy some days, work in a small amount of shine-enhancing oil to smooth them.

Blow Out: if your hair tends to naturally get oily, use a shampoo that will help to control and remove excess oil. To boost limp hair, spray a volumizing spray at the roots, and then use a blow-dryer for lift. Tame stray hairs with a flat iron or curl them with a curling iron.

Hair Color: To keep your shade luminous longer, use shampoos and conditioners formulated for colored-treated hair. Also, consider using a gloss treatment that will coat and protect your hair, and help in preventing any existing color from fading.

Introducing: intelliWHiTE Pout & Polish

Celebrity cosmetic dentist Jennifer Jablow, D.D.S., has invented a smile brightener that keeps your pearly whites dazzling from sunup to sundown. intelliWHiTE Pout & Polish is the first ever non-peroxide stain remover for teeth that is safe on enamel and all dental work. This take-anywhere smile-enhancer, endorsed and used by some of Ford Models top faces (http://www.fordmodels.tv; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2E52tGRTC-I) is clinically proven to remove stains by 38% in just 6 uses thanks to breakthrough technology that makes it safe to use all day – after every coffee, tea or glass of wine – every day. In fact, the more you use it, the better off your teeth, as it creates a barrier on the enamel that prevents stains from forming, and leaves teeth feeling smooth and professionally polished… no dentist required.



Pout & Polish is a two-in-one beauty tool that combines the genius of Dr. Jablow’s proprietary intelliWHiTE STAiN ERASER on one end, that delivers fresh breath, improves oral health, and a minty, clear gloss on the other end infused with green tea, cranberry extract, CoQ10, vitamin E, collagen and hyaluronic acid that makes lips look pillow-soft, shiny and polished.

Key Benefits:

- Improves oral health
- Erases stains before they set and creates a barrier to prevent new ones from wreaking havoc on your pearly whites
- Revolutionary peroxide-free formula makes it the safest way to maintain bright, healthy teeth

1. Use every time after eating or drinking
2. Remove cap on Stain Eraser
3. Slide ring away from the Polish side Twist the Polish dial until small drop appears on felt tip (May take several twists first time to prime pen).
4. Place felt tip against front of teeth surfaces and rub in circular motion with light pressure moving from tooth to tooth for 2 minutes
5. Do not eat or drink for 20 minutes

Lip Gloss Directions:

Slide ring away from Pout side and twist until gloss drop appears on brush end.

intelliWHiTE Pout & Polish ($20) is available on http://www.rxbright.com.

mark Giveaway



One winner will receive a mark's Self Sanctuary Honey Jasmine Travel Companion Set from Meka Johnson, an Independent mark Representative.

This includes body butter, scent mist and shower wash.

Question: What is one mark product that you would love to try?

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Review: Noah's Naturals

Noah's Naturals is a family of natural and organic beauty care brands offering luxurious formulas with indulgent fragrances that are all good! Each product is formulated with natural ingredients and essentials oils to provide you the best quality products available to the mass marker. Your body, hair and face will love you for it!



I love natural skin care products with one caveat - they have to work! The
Noah's Naturals line is formulated with the highest quality ingredients on Earth. None of their products contain parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, phthlates, propylene glycol, petrolatums, artificial colors, animal derived ingredients or testing.

Noah's Naturals Exfoliating Face Scrub ($7.99) is a rich and creamy facial scrub that is infused with Vitamin E and Jojoba beads. It has a fabulous scent that I find relaxing. It gently sloughs off dead cells and unwanted debris without irritation. This is one of the few products I use in conjunction with the Clarisonic, which helps prepare my face for the application for serums and lotions. This product is ideal for dry, oily and combination skin.



Noah's Naturals Toner Mist ($7.99) is enriched with floral and herbal extracts to stimulate and brighten the complexion. Not only it is hydrating, but the scent is uplifting. It's definitely a great pick me up!

The product in this review was provided to the reviewer for the purpose of writing a review. This in no way effects the quality of the review provided. No monetary exchange occurred in exchange for the writing of the review. The views expressed in this review are strictly that of the reviewer. All reviews provided here are the work of the reviewer and remain completely unbiased.

DARPHIN Paris Spa Retreat Sweepstakes

Are you dreaming of jetting off to Paris?

Darphin wants to make your wish come true with the Paris Spa Retreat Sweepstakes.

One lucky winner (and a companion) will be whisked off to Paris for a 4 day, 3 night excursion valued at $3,900.



To enter, simply visit Darphin.com and fill out the required form. When you sign up for the giveaway, you can refer a friend to enter and each friend that does will entitle YOU to another entry (so you can enter up to 6 times).

The trip includes:

· Roundtrip, non-stop airfare for the winner and a guest to Paris, France.

· A 3-night stay at a 4-star luxury hotel, located in the fashionable embassy district of Paris.

· 4 x 60-minute Darphin Spa Treatments at the renowned Darphin Institute for you and your travel companion to share.

· 2 x $400 USD spending money gift cards to use as you wish.

Three runner-up winners will receive the luxurious Stimulskin Plus Diving Lifting Cream (a $295 value).

Also, each person that signs up will receive a special offer of a FREE miniature Stimulskin Plus Divine with any Darphin purchase.

Better act fast – this sweepstakes are only on until May 19, 2009.

Shawn Johnson's Beauty Secrets

Shawn Johnson (17 year old Olympic Gold Medalist and current contestant on Dancing with the Stars) is also a spokesperson for CoverGirl and Secret – so we were able to get the inside dish on how she always looks great.



By Shawn’s own admission, on her days off at home with family and friends, she is still just a regular teenage girl. Like many young women, Shawn successfully juggles school, a career and has an intensely busy schedule – yet always seem to appear completely put together. So what is her secret?..... here are some of her tips:



- Find a lip color that brightens your smile and doesn’t wear off easily. My favorite is CoverGirl Lipstain in Berry Smooch ($7.49).

- Have a go to hairstyle that you know will last through a long day or night. I love wearing my hair down with my bangs pulled back in a clip. Wear something that you feel confident in!

- I love wearing bright colors like yellow since they really bring out my features and compliment my cheery personality.



- Never let your deodorant fail you! I use Secret Clinical Strength Sport ($7.49) because it’s powerful enough to keep me dry and smelling fresh through all of my most important moments.

- Smile! It’s your best accessory.

Review: Kahina - Giving Beauty

About Katharine L'Heureux: Self described as a skin care junkie Katharine L'Heureux began her search for the perfect skin care regimen at the age of 12 while rummaging through her mother's cluttered bathroom cabinet in San Francisco. Her search ended over 30 years later on a journey to Morocco which has led to the creation of Kahina Giving Beauty, her organic skin care line intended for women like her who looking for a simple organic skin care program that works and that women can feel good about buying. Kahina Giving Beauty is based on 100% organic argan oil sourced from the women's cooperatives of Morocco. Kahina Giving Beauty will source key ingredients from women's cooperatives around the world and donate a portion of the profits to the women who work to provide the raw materials for Kahina Giving Beauty products.

Kahina Giving Beauty products do not and will never contain parabens, synthetics, sulfates, petroleum, GMOs, animal byproducts, artificial colors or fragrances. The boxes are made from 100% recycled materials. The bottles are made from high quality recyclable violet glass which also acts as a preservative by blocking out damaging light rays. They encourage their customers to return their bottles for reuse.



This Facial Lotion ($52) is an unscented moisturizer that is ideal for all skin types. I love how this lotion keeps my face hydrated without feeling oily. It also makes my face feel incredibly soft. This facial lotion has high concentrations of 100% organic argan oil with other naturally beneficial ingredients, including sodium hyaluronate and organic shea butter - ingredients that make a truly effective moisturizer. It may be used following Kahina Serum to maximize skin benefits.



I love their Serum ($69). I've tried out many different types of serums, but this is my absolute favorite! After a great cleansing with the Clarisonic Plus Skin Care System ($225) and Kahina Facial Cleanser ($42), I love to apply this serum, because it sinks in quickly and makes my face feel well pampered. Depending on your skin's level of dryness, you can apply this underneath Kahina Facial Lotion. This serum is extremely rich in fatty acids and beta carotene. It utilizes the recuperative properties of organic argan oil, boosted by organic sea buckthorn seed oil and organic coffee oil to heal and rejuvenate skin.



Kahina Argan Oil ($32 - $72) is the ultimate beauty secret and the very heart of Kahina Giving Beauty. I love it much as their Serum, because it is very light and non-greasy. I believe their Argan Oil has helped out tremendously with blemishes. There hasn't been a pimple in sight since I've been using this product. This product is not only good for treating acne, but it also good for a lot of things - hair oil, hand treatment, body oil, bath oil, etc. Now, I understand why it is so popular.



Their Facial Cleanser ($15 - $42) is perfect for my combination skin, because it is gentle and it deeply cleanses. It is also well moisturizing, which also makes it ideal for dry skin. This cleanser has a combination of organic argan oil, organic willow bark extract, organic honey and organic papaya extract that will help cleanse away impurities and eliminate bacteria without stripping skin of its natural oils. They recommend using this cleanser morning and evening before moisturizing with the Kahina Serum and/or Kahina Facial Lotion.

Review: FlowerbyKenzo



Kenzo's soft floral with hints of violet, vanilla, and rose, uniquely packaged in poppy-embossed bottles is a contemporary fragrance for the modern, city woman who looks to nature for inspiration and renewal.

Review: I'm not much of a perfume spray fan since I'm a bit more fond of perfume oil now. This is my first time ever trying out anything from the Kenzo brand. A sucker for floral scents, I really like the FlowerbyKenzo ($25 - $88). It exudes the perfect amount of floral without being overpowering. If you're looking for the ideal spring/summer scent, this is IT!

Notes:


Wild Hawthorne, Bulgarian Rose, Parma Violet, Cassia, Hedione, Cyclosal, Opoponax, White Musk, Vanilla.

Review: Liquid Keratin

Liquid Keratin ($69) is the first safe, at home alternative to expensive salon treatments.

Their keratin is a purified protein fraction isolated from pure New Zealand wool. These keratin proteins and keratin peptides both have molecular weights which allows the formation of coherent films on the cuticle surface and penetration into the cortex.



Review: I'll admit that I was a bit skeptical about this product. I have shoulder-length, wavy hair that has a tendency to get frizzy, and I have come across a few products, few and far between, that has eliminated this problem temporarily. I've found this product to be one of the few to work wonders. This product was extremely easy to use. The directions on the instructions explain clearly each and every step. The only problem for me was that the shampoo and conditioner in the starter kit were too small. This is not a good thing if you're anything like me and go through shampoo and conditioner quickly (2 weeks). After I went through the shampoo & conditioner from the kit, I had to use the bigger bottles that they sent me that weren't part of the kit. I highly recommend this brand. However, I wish they will make the bottles much larger in the future or price this kit at a much cheaper price.

Review: KINeSYS



Thanks to Family Review Network and KINeSYS! We had a chance to test out the KIDS SPF 30 Alcohol Free Sunscreen Spray and SPF 30 Girl Sunscreen Spray. I love their products, especially the SPF 30 Girl Sunscreen Spray since it has a vanilla scent, which is one of my favorite scents. I keep this particular spray in my purse and the other one in my diaper bag. I love that the sunscreen spray is very lightweight and sinks into the skin quickly without leaving a greasy residue. I haven't tried anything like it before, and prefer this over the traditional sunscreens.

KINeSYS sun block products are carbon neutral, their packaging is made of 100% recyclable materials and their products are 100% cruelty free. KINeSYS is also a proud signer of The Compact for Safe Cosmetics.

Zoya Nail Polish Exchange

In time for Earth Day 2009, Zoya will replace your old nail polish (any brand other than Zoya) with any brand new Zoya Nail Polish shades and properly dispose of your old polish according EPA guidelines. Choose from over 300 ready-to-wear, formaldehyde, toluene, camphor and dibutyl phthalate free, award winning colors. Zoya Nail Polish was awarded the longest wearing nail polish in Women’s Health magazine!



So if you have old nail polish bottles laying around and collecting dust, just trade them in for new Zoya Nail Polishes. This offer is good until June.

Badass Hair Giveaway



One winner will receive Sophistcation Hair Polish ($27) from Badass Hair.

Click here for my review.

Question: What Badass Hair product would you love to try?

Post about it on the comment widget along with name and email address on the comment widget above instead of replying to the post (less hassle that way). All of your information will be hidden. You can enter this contest daily.



No words could better epitomize this hair care line, Badass Hair or its creator, Scott Fontana. From the edgy logo to the suggestive product name, these products are phenomenal in performance.

Scott has styled hair all over the country for 24 years, has coiffed some of the world's biggest celebs and done numerous on TV makeovers. He has owned his own salons for the past 15 years during which time he experimented with every hair product on the market. In 2006, he decided to put together an educational styling program for professionals and students. Upon looking for products to use in his university, he found himself coming up short. Never afraid of challenge, Scott decided to create his own line.

In September 2008, Badass Hair went from concept to reality and is rockin' and rolling with a wide range of products from shampoos to pomades. Each product is made from high end ingredients, natural botanicals, and reflect Fontana's obsession with perfection and product performance.

Fontana is the father of 3 young children and is in the process of developing Badass Baby, a complete line of baby lotions, diaper balms, powders, bubble baths, and cleansers. He also dreams of creating "The Badass Hair Show," a reality show looking for the next top hair stylist that is less Shear Genius and more Rock Star Supernova.


The giveaway will conclude May 1st.



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Review: Dr. Christine Rodgers En Pointe Skin Solutions

Dr. Christine, as her patients call her, is in the practice of empowering women. A breast cancer survivor and celebrated surgeon, she has intimate knowledge of the common skin and body problems that develop with aging, cancer treatment, cancer recovery, and hormone-related conditions. As a doctor, she has seen the damaging effects of stress on her patients’ skin, and has always responded with personable and impeccable treatment, careful to never forget her own adversities.

Dr. Christine has been witness to the inrinsic healing and wellness properties of both dance and music: increased health, vitality, flexibility and stress reduction. This belief in the transcendent properties of movement led Dr. Christine to christen her skincare line En Pointe Skin Solutions, inspired by the classic tip-toe ballet stance. An assemblé of luxury skincare solutions, En Pointe is reinforced with superior, accurate, specialized formulations and performance – evocative of ballet itself.



Review: I had the fantastic opportunity of trying out the Pirouette Bamboo Microderm ($45) and Pas de Trois Age Delay Eye Solution ($75).

I've tried out many different types of exfoliants, but the Pirouette Bamboo Microderm has become one of my favorites. It is the perfect balance of an exfoliator and microdermabrasion cream. The grains are very fine, which makes it suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin like mine. The scent is unique, but pleasant. When you're finished using this product, you feel like you've been to the spa, which is the most important, eh? They recommend using this product once to twice a week.



I also love their Pas de Trois Age Delay Eye Solution. While it's not a cheap date at $75, it is a bit cheaper than most of the high end eye creams I've come across. It has a powerful blend of moisturizers, anti-inflammatories and antioxidants to act as a triple threat against signs of aging. Shea Butter and Almond, Coconut and Olive oils provide the ultimate moisture. It also has a combination of ground breaking peptides and botanicals that deliver an instant lift and diminish the appearance of fine lines, while a trio of specialized ingredients work together to reduce puffiness, dark circles and wrinkles. I haven't experience any puffiness or wrinkles, but it has been wonderful at reducing the appearance of dark circles - and it doesn't burn!

TIGI's Love Peace and the Planet Line

TIGI's Love Peace and the Planet line of eco-awesome hair products allow you to make another small change that makes a big difference, not only in how you look but in how you live. TIGI has built a reputation for high-quality, professional products and with the addition of this line we strive to set the bar even higher. Each formulation utilizes natural and organic ingredients combined with a minimal amount of synthetics to produce a product that maintains high performance expectations.

They pledge to continue this momentum by refining their formulations and packaging through research and testing as they move forward. Any change is a good change, this is only the beginning of their sustainable, eco-conscious journey.



Tigi Love Peace and the Planet Eco Awesome Moisturizing Shampoo

Nourished, rehydrated hair and scalp feels so Eco Awesome!

Tigi Love Peace and the Planet Eco Awesome Moisturizing Shampoo has a fusion of geranium, lavender, rosemary, jojoba oil and aloe vera which makes you go green and get gorgeous!

Tigi Love Peace and the Planet Eco Awesome Moisturizing Shampoo smells of cranberry, orange and mint.

Retail: 8.45 oz oz $19.95

Tigi Love Peace and the Planet Moisturizing Conditioner

Tigi Love Peace and the Planet Moisturizing Conditioner is infused with white tea leaf, algae and chamomile flower extracts combined with olive fruit oil which deliver Eco Awesome moisture and shine.

Pamper yourself and Mother Earth with Tigi Love Peace and the Planet Moisturizing Conditioner.

Retail: 6.76 oz $19.95

Tigi Love Peace and The Planet Let It Be Cherry Almond Leave-In Conditioner

Tigi Love Peace and The Planet Let It Be Leave-In Conditioner has shea butter, sweet almond oil, rice and wheat amino acids and chamomile extracts which rescue hair from despair with nourishment and shine. Get on the green scene and Let It Be with Tigi Love Peace and The Planet Let It Be Cherry Almond Leave-In Conditioner.

Retail: 8.45 oz $18.95

Tigi Love Peace and the Planet Freak of Nature Volumizer and Thickener

Tigi Love Peace and the Planet Freak of Nature Volumizer and Thickener gives fine, limp hair incredible body, volume and added texture. Infuses volume, body and texture internally. Tigi Love Peace and the Planet Freak of Nature Volumizer and Thickener improves strength, thickness and fullness.

Tigi Love Peace and the Planet Freak of Nature Volumizer and Thickener is infused with Japanese green tea leaf, pomegranate, aloe vera, nettle and organic chamomile extracts which work like a freak of nature to add volume and thickness with a clean feel.

Retail:
8.45 oz $18.59

Tigi Love Peace and the Planet Eco Freako Texturizer

Tigi Love Peace and the Planet Eco Freako Texturizer is a unique and wildly flexible styling paste that shapes, molds and texturizes hair with a semi-gloss finish. Tigi Love Peace and the Planet Eco Freako Texturizer infuses natural waxes and soy protein along with shea butter, jojoba oil and aloe vera which deliver Eco Freako texture with flexible hold. Go green or go home with Tigi Love Peace and the Planet Eco Freako Cherry Almond Texturizer.

Retail: 2.65 oz $22.95

Tigi Love Peace and the Planet Free Ur Mind Firm Hold Hairspray


Tigi Love Peace and the Planet Free Ur Mind Firm Hold Hairspray is the ultimate firm hold hairspray, providing maximum control with long-lasting lift and style retention. Its fast drying, humidity resistant, formulation finishes styles with high shine, and is completely shampoo soluble. Tigi Love Peace and the Planet Free Ur Mind Firm Hold Hairspray has organic ingredients and plant proteins to lock in your look and Free Ur Mind to think about living the green dream!

Retail: 8.45 oz $22.95

Shobha Bikini Wax Safety

(New York, NY) The recent buzz about a potential ban on Brazilian bikini waxing in New Jersey is giving bikini waxing a bad rap. There is a lot of conflicting and incorrect information that has been circulating resulting many to fear getting a Brazilian or even a basic bikini wax. Based on many years in the beauty world as NYC’s hair removal expert, Shobha knows just how critical it is for all those undergoing a waxing treatment to be aware of the necessary steps to have a rewarding and safe experience.

Shobha Tummala, Founder and CEO, wholeheartedly believes in this level of awareness, "We provide our clients with a list of precautions prior to receiving any treatments. In fact, we inform people that waxing can cause minor bumps, rashes, etc. - more specifically, it can potentially result in the temporary enlargement of hair follicles that can allow bacteria, normally residing on the skin, to enter the follicles and cause superficial or deep skin infections. So, it is extremely important to follow strict hygienic practices during the waxing treatment as well as the first 48 hours after the treatment."



Shobha® Bikini Waxing Safety

Precare: Beware Before You Wax


1. Observe Your Surroundings – similar to preventing infection during a manicure or pedicure, waxing facilities must be clean and strict sanitary processes followed to provide uncontaminated supplies, eliminating the potential for infection during the treatment process. Your practitioner should use clean, disposable implements or hospital grade disinfectant for any tools that are reused.

2. Steer Clear of Double Dipping
- the nauseating truth is that double-dipping is common practice in wax application. This method uses the same spatula for the entire treatment, re-dipping the used applicator back into the vat of wax. This contaminated wax is then reused for treatments on other individuals. Unfortunately, this technique can increase the chances of potentially harmful bacteria spreading from one client to another, which is particularly disturbing when dealing with the body's nether region (aka the bikini zone). At Shobha, their No Double Dip Policy (SM) is strictly followed for all sugaring and waxing treatments. If the facility does not offer such a policy, request a new can of wax at the start of your treatment to avoid contaminated supplies that have been used on other clients.

3. Know Your Professional – by law, your wax practitioner must be licensed with the state to perform professional treatments. This license should be displayed in the place of work. For New York State, you can check online to make sure your practitioner is current with his/her paperwork online.

4. Be Menstruation Free – generally, it is best to get a bikini wax at least a few days before or after your period. The closer the treatment is to your actual period, the more sensitive your body becomes because your immune system is lowered, making you more susceptible to infection.

5. Patch Test – before undergoing a full treatment, if you have never waxed previously it is best to try a small area (known as a patch test) first. Wait 48 hours between the test and full treatment to see if you have any adverse reactions.

Aftercare: 48 Hours of Rest is Best

1. Be Comfortable – the bikini area is one of the most sensitive parts of the body. Wear loose comfortable clothing after treatments to avoid irritation caused by friction or rubbing.

2. Expect to be Sensitive - (especially if it is your first time) for 48 hours after your treatment the area will be more sensitive than usual. Apply a cold compress and then an anti-inflammatory cream, like hydrocortisone, if your skin is especially tender.

3. Use Warm Water
- hold off on taking hot baths for at least 2 hours, but do bathe after waxing to further clean the area, just go easy! Resist the sauna & steam room for at least 48 hours.

4. Abstain from Sex - medical experts recommend waiting 48 hours after any type of bikini wax. This time period is when your body can be most susceptible to outside bacteria, which can potentially cause an infection. for your safety & health, it is better to abstain, but not required. It is really a personal choice, so just keep in mind that your skin does need some time to recover.

5. Avoid Ultra-Violet Rays – steer clear of tanning beds and sunbathing for at least 48 hours, and always where sun protection.

6. Watch Out for Acidic Products
- refrain from the use of any products containing acid, i.e. alpha-hydroxy, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, etc. for 48 hours. Acids, although helpful for exfoliating the skin and helping prevent bumps and ingrown hairs after hair removal, can be irritating to the skin during the first 48 hours, since the waxing process already exfoliates the top layers of skin during the treatment.

Review: Badass Hair

No words could better epitomize this hair care line, Badass Hair or its creator, Scott Fontana. From the edgy logo to the suggestive product name, these products are phenomenal in performance.

Scott has styled hair all over the country for 24 years, has coiffed some of the world's biggest celebs and done numerous on TV makeovers. He has owned his own salons for the past 15 years during which time he experimented with every hair product on the market. In 2006, he decided to put together an educational styling program for professionals and students. Upon looking for products to use in his university, he found himself coming up short. Never afraid of challenge, Scott decided to create his own line.

In September 2008, Badass Hair went from concept to reality and is rockin' and rolling with a wide range of products from shampoos to pomades. Each product is made from high end ingredients, natural botanicals, and reflect Fontana's obsession with perfection and product performance.

Fontana is the father of 3 young children and is in the process of developing Badass Baby, a complete line of baby lotions, diaper balms, powders, bubble baths, and cleansers. He also dreams of creating "The Badass Hair Show," a reality show looking for the next top hair stylist that is less Shear Genius and more Rock Star Supernova.




Review:
I had the opportunity to try out the Ecstasy Intense Moisturizing Shampoo ($7-$63), Vanilla Ocean Luxury Intense Deep Moisturizing Treatment ($10-$85), Sweet Nectar Serum ($24.50) and Sophistcation Hair Polish ($27).

Ecstasy Intense Moisturizing Shampoo is a thick and well moisturizing shampoo that is ideal for all hair types. It is blended with Botanical Extracts and Keratin Amino Acids that will not only give your hair the moisture that it needs, but it will also strengthen your hair. I love that it gives my hair a luxurious shine. It also makes my hair more manageable (no tangles) when it comes to styling.

The Vanilla Ocean Luxury Intense Deep Moisturizing Treatment is infused with bionutrient spheres of vanilla bean to provide nourishment and shine. Not only this treatment smells great, but it makes my hair look well conditioned and very healthy.

Benefit more from this moisturizing treatment when you're at the beach or pool. The sun's heat will activate the properties of the conditioner, making your hair even more silky smooth and hydrated.

If you're looking for sleek and smooth hair, the best way to achieve this is to use their Sweet Nectar Serum or Sophistcation Hair Polish. I prefer the polish since it is a bit more thick in texture and works better in conjunction with a flat iron. However, both products are great for de-frizzing and taming those fly-aways!

Review: Daybreak Lavender Farm

Daybreak Lavender Farm believes that loving, organic farming is a fine way to honor the earth. They follow the Native American philosophy - working our land so that in seven generations it will be better than it is today.



Review: I received their Rhassoul Core 5-Piece All-Natural Skin Care System ($127.75), which includes the Rhassoul Original Complexion Polish, Almond Cream Bar Soap, Face Feed, Rose Petal Toner and Pore Seal & Protect.

This two-lather system is ideal for all skin types. It exfoliates and remineralizes to eliminate dry skin, blackheads, whiteheads, enlarged pores, acne scars, oily skin, uneven texture and discolorations due to sun damage.

This system might be a bit pricey, but it is well worth it. It gives my skin a very healthy complexion.

Instructions:

1. You pre-treat your face by cleansing your skin with their Rose Petal Toner, which smells really nice. They suggest using 100% cotton pads when using this toner.

2. I'll admit that I was a bit overwhelmed when I first received this system a few months ago, because the Rhassoul Original Complexion Polish is enormous in size. However, I was relieved after I read the instructions since they recommend cutting this bar into 6 chunks. Since this bar is very thick, I had to wet it first to soften it in order to cut it. They recommend starting your morning by wetting the Rhassoul Original Complexion Polish and rubbing it all over face and neck with your hands (no washcloths) in an upward motion to create a lather. Allow the lather to rest for 30 seconds. Do not rinse.

3. While you're waiting for the Rhassoul lather to rest, use the Almond Cream soap to create a lather over the Rhassoul. Cut this bar into 4 pieces and don't use this as regular soap, tempting as it may be.

I was a bit apprehensive about this part since I don't like the idea of using soap on my face, but it didn't break me out like I expected it to.

Gently wash off after 15-30 seconds. Blot dampness without completely drying your face with a soft towel.

4. Moisturize your face with their Face Feed by adding 3 dots on each cheek and four dots on your neck. Allow it to penetrate for 60 seconds. Their Face Feed contains ingredients that are good at combating wrinkles. It also feeds your skin, replenishing lost vitamins, trace minerals and other nutrients.

5. Hydrate your skin with a pea size amount of Pore Seal & Protect. Dot that all over your face and neck and then blend in. You can also use this with your foundation for beautiful, moisturizing sheer coverage.



I also received their Lovelight Body Candle in Mysore Sandalwood ($27.95). This body candle reminds me of the Scandle body candle that I hear so much about. If the Scandle body candle is good as this one, I can see why so many people rave and rave about them! All you have to do is light this candle to create a fragrant all over body moisturizer. It is also perfect as a warm massage oil or as a soothing Vitamin E rich lotion for manicures and pedicures.

Review: JLife Dead Calm Straight

JLife has a range of hair care products that were developed by renowned international hair stylist Andrew Jose.

His products have been uniquely formulated with the special ingredient derived from Sea Moss to help retain moisture naturally. Each product in the range is formulated exactly to do the job that it was intended to do. His products are also low in additives, good for the environment and good for your hair.



Review: I was given the opportunity to try out the Dead Calm Straight Shampoo ($16) and Dead Calm Straight Conditioner ($20).

These particular products are designed to improve the manageable effects for people who wish to straighten your hair. They are also designed to help the hair lie evenly together and help one hair support the next as it is straightened or flattened. I'll admit that these products didn't straighten my wavy hair after using, but I can't speak for everyone since hair products work differently for each person. However, I like that these products didn't dry out my hair like most shampoos and conditioners! I also love the smell of these products. I'd be interested in trying out more products in the future, especially the Shine Spray.

Help Your Hair Beat Summer Heat

The summer sun and humidity is probably your hair’s worst enemy, turning it dry, frizzy, brittle and even altering the color. Owner and renowned Italian hairstylist, Riccardo Maggiore of Riccardo Maggiore Salon in New York City, shares a few tips and tricks to keep your hair looking fabulous in the summer heat!



Get a good haircut:
Split ends or porous hair can cause further damage due to its quick absorption of the sun’s rays, chlorine and salt water. For that reason, prior to the summer months, get your hair into excellent shape with a thorough haircut or trim. If hair is in very bad condition, you should consider a shock, reconditioning or hydrating treatment.

Adjust your hair care regimen: Use sun specific products with a UV protectant, like Riccardo Maggiore Gel-Vitale Moisturizing Styling Gel, which contains sunscreen agents to protect hair from damaging UV rays.

Pull hair into a half-knot:
To avoid total exposure to the sun, pull hair into a half-knot. Create this look by twirling your hair in a spiral-type movement, tuck ends under and secure with a banana clip or chopsticks. It’s super-easy to create, looks chic and stylish, all while avoiding complete contact to the sun!

Maintain your hair color:
Use products specifically for color-treated hair. These products will reveal shiny, vibrant colored hair by gently removing dulling residue and unifying the surface of the hair fiber.

Don’t let frizzies prevail! Ward them off by putting tons of moisture in your hair. Use moisturizing shampoos, deep conditioners, leave-in conditioners – anything that will maximize moisture.

Riccardo Maggiore Salon is an upscale, full-service salon in New York City dedicated to beauty for your lifestyle. Owned and operated by renowned Italian hairstylist, Riccardo Maggiore, the salon provides an extensive array of services, including stylish, precise cuts, comprehensive color treatments, Brazilian Keratin treatments, makeup application, skin care, nail care, waxing and much more. The salon also carries an exclusive line of Riccardo Maggiore hair care products that contain special botanical extracts that help to protect, volumize, condition, and tame even the most unmanageable hair. This 5,000-square foot oasis of beauty is designed to offer a modern, relaxing environment to its clientele, equipped with a European coffee bar for complimentary cappuccino, coffee or tea.

LaRocca Giveaway



One winner will receive the entire line from LaRocca Skincare, which includes: C-Gold, 24K Gold Cleanser Exfoliant, 24K Gold Eye Cream and 24K Gold Face Moisture (a $500 value).

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Throughout history, all natural 24K gold has been regarded as an ancient remedy. Its presence in the body is believed to enliven, revive and cure a multitude of diseases as well as restore youth and perfect health.

Recognizing that there were products missing in the market, Laura’s entrepreneurial instincts kicked into gear and she co-founded the iconic brand DuWop Cosmetics. Under Laura’s leadership the company grew to be a $10 million worldwide brand with cult phenomenon, niche products such as Lip Venom, the first topical lip plumper on the market. After ten years of accomplishing her dream at DuWop, Laura felt that in order for the brand to grow it would need to experience a fresh voice. She made the decision to hand over the reigns to someone new.

Founder Laura DeLuisa LaRocca was introduced to the wonder of gold when she suffered total kidney failure and believed this mineral played a role in her recovery. "I wanted to make the benefits of gold widely accessible in the form of technology-driven, results oriented skincare without compromising the environment," says LaRocca about the birth of LaRocca Skincare. This line consists of four biodegradable formulas, all in 100% recyclable packaging and made it's debut in Fall 2008.

LaRocca Skincare products do not contain parabens, PABA, mineral oil, phthlates, paraffin, DEA, TEA, synthetic fragrances or animal products. They have even signed PETA's statement of assurance.

LaRocca Skincare is donating 3% of all profits to The National Kidney Foundation.

The giveaway will conclude April 12th. 

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Review: Supergoop!

The Scoop on Supergoop!: The new staple for every family's home, Supergoop! is the "go-to" for today's modern family who is now recognizing the effects of their own unprotected sun exposure during childhood. They strongly support the development of a skincare regimen for children as it is proven that habits formed at an early age are more likely to last a lifetime.



Review:
I received Supergoop's Trio of Tubes Set ($29.50), which makes a perfect set when you and your family decide to face the sun in this warm weather. It is also comes in an airline approved phthalate-free zipper kit. The tubes are a perfect size for a purse, locker, sports bag, diaper bag, car or pocket. I make sure that I keep one in my purse and the others in my diaper bag.

Their Supergoop! SPF 30 Lotion is ideal for the face and body. It is also formulated with a Certified Organic Aloe Vera base and Vitamins A,C & E. What I really love about Supergoop is that it is very lightweight. I do not like slabbing on sunscreen that is too thick.

Want more goop?

They also have Doctor T's Quickstick All-Natural SPF 30 Stick for Face, Hands & Body ($9), SPF 30 Super Spray! ($24), Supergoop! Single ($6), Supergoop! Double ($11), SPF 30 Super-Pump of Supergoop! ($44), SPF 30 Medium Super-Pump of Supergoop! ($68), SPF 30 Large Super-Pump of Supergoop! ($148) and 4 Lips Pocket-Stick Set ($19), SPF 30 Bug-Away Spray ($16), Super Eco Set ($88) and Supergoop! Cabana Kit ($42).

Review: Gold Canyon

About LaTasha Usin: Like most of us, there's nothing more important to her than the time she spends with her family – watching a movie with her mother, enjoying holiday dinners with extended family members, or everyone sharing popcorn during the latest animated DVD release. When she close her eyes and think back on all these memories, she can vividly remember the scent of the recently cut lawn, the soft glow of the candlelight in the dining room, the calm feeling as everyone watches the plot unfold.

For her, that's the essence of living well™! Gold Canyon enhances these moments through its line of great fragrances, scented candles, decorative accessories and more!




Review: I had the opportunity to try out the Clean Sheets tealight candle ($6.98). I've used scents in the past that never lived up to their name or description. However, this candle smells exactly like clean sheets. This serene-like candle has notes of fragrant blossoms and herbs that will make the ambiance of the room welcoming and relaxed. I'd love to try out their scents in the future after hearing so much good about Gold Canyon and finally having a chance to sample their line.

Their tealights come in a set of 9. They also have other noteworthy scents:

Cinnamon Vanilla, Apple Spice, Cinnamon, Spruce & Citrus, Lilac, Fresh Orange, Pomegranate, Mulled Cider, Sugar Cookie, Fruit Fusion, Cucumber Melon, Birthday Cake,
Cozy Cabin, Key Lime Pie, Ginger Lime, Autumn Walk, Sweet Pea, Apple Orchard Pear'adise, Coconut Lime Verbena, Quiet Moments, Pineapple Coast, Cobbler on the Porch, Relaxing and Cranberry Orange.

Primping & Pampering

Free Primping & Pampering Sampler (a $104 value) with $50+ order at Ulta that includes "Hello Flawless". While supplies last, one per customer.



Primping & Pampering Sampler includes: Wonder Mitt, Full Size Bum Deal, & Full size Do It Daily! in a Luscious Lana Bag.

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Review: SKIN1 by Dr. Gram Eye Rescue

About SKIN1: Created by compounding pharmacist Dr. Gram, SKIN1 features nourishing formulations for skin of all types and ages. While working as a pharmacist, Dr. Gram began creating skin care products for his wife, including during her pregnancy, as well as his pharmacy clients. He crafted each product with care, using only the highest-quality ingredients, resulting in luxurious formulas that achieve visible results without irritation.

Each product features Dr. Gram's signature Nutra-VÎt Complex™. This exceptional blend of pharmaceutical-grade ingredients, antioxidants and moisturizers works to banish inflammation, reduce visible signs of aging, renew DNA and more. Plus, the entire range is free of harsh synthetic fragrances and parabens, ensuring a fresh, comfortable and irritation-free finish.



Review: The Eye Rescue ($145) is a moisture rich eye cream that is not only hydrating, but it will help diminish dark circles, puffiness and discoloration. This eye cream will also protect around the eye area from future damage. Rutin and Vitamin K work synergistically to restore and illuminate the delicate skin around the eyes. Like most eye creams, it is not an overnight miracle worker. You have to give it ample time for it to work. I love that it is fragrance free, paraben free and that it doesn't burn like a lot of eye creams do - I was pleasantly surprised about this, While I honestly don't agree with the price due to the size, I must say that a little goes a long way and that it does work.

Be sure to check out the other products in the Daily Regimen line:
Daily Cleanser ($52), Daily Moisturizer ($45) and Daily Scrub ($53).

They also have an Acne Regimen line, which includes: Clarifying Mask ($85), Clarifying Toner ($38), Clarifying Cleanser ($52) and Blemish Control that will be launching soon.

The product in this review was provided to the reviewer for the purpose of writing a review. This in no way effects the quality of the review provided. No monetary exchange occurred in exchange for the writing of the review. The views expressed in this review are strictly that of the reviewer. All reviews provided here are the work of the reviewer and remain completely unbiased.

Lapin Vilardi Giveaway



One winner will receive a St. Tropez Cosmetic Clutch,
St. Tropez Makeup Bag and St. Tropez Toiletry Bag (a $102 value) from Lapin Vilardi.

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It was however the loss of a beloved La Perla bra during a chaotic overseas shoot that prompted Erica to design her own lingerie carryall to keep all of her personal items safe and in one place. She knew she was onto something when stylists and other models would constantly ask her where they could get one.

The timing seemed particularly auspicious, so the two friends decided to combine their talents and start a business together. The bags would be designed for whatever a girl on the go might need. After much experimenting, Candice and Erica established a line of carryalls that reflected both their love of travel and their passion for all things pretty.

The giveaway will conclude April 16th.



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Review: MyChelle

For more than twenty years, Myra Michelle Eby, the founder of MyChelle Dermaceuticals, has been involved at every level of the natural products industry.

“It seems as if I have been in the natural products industry forever,” she says, “and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

From vitamin consultant at the retail level to representing a natural products distributor, then years as an independent sales representative for manufacturers of natural remedies and natural skin care, Myra has cultivated a well-rounded knowledge of the skin care industry. As a top sales producer, she successfully conducted many educational trainings and consumer seminars on nutritional supplements and natural skin care.

Weary of the road, and practically living out of her car, Myra was ready for a new chapter in her career. As a sales representative for various quality natural cosmetic companies, she became increasingly aware of a growing demand from consumers seeking uniquely different skin care products offering highly active, anti-aging ingredients that address sun damage and avoid commonly used and potentially harmful cosmetic ingredients and preservatives. MyChelle Dermaceuticals was launched!



Review: I tried Clear Skin Serum ($31.70) about a couple months ago and fell in love with it. So I wanted to see if their make-up line was good as the skincare line. Therefore, I had the fabulous opportunity to try out the Cream Foundation Latte ($25.86) and Concealer Solar ($12.93). While I'm a big fan of mineral foundation in powder form, I can definitely see myself buying their Cream Foundation in the future. Like mineral foundation, their Cream Foundation makes my skin look virtually flawless and natural. It does not only give me a nice complexion, but it actually stays on throughout the day - it doesn't look cakey like most cream foundations I've used in the past. You also don't have to worry about making a mess since their foundation is in stick form. The texture of the concealer is incredible, smooth and easy to blend with the cream foundation.

You will receive a 15% off discount for the following products throughout the month of April:
Fruit Enzyme Cleanser, Fabulous Eye Cream, Fruit Enzyme Mist, Pumpkin Renew Cream , Fruit Fiesta Peel and Guava Cactus Mask.

Jessica - First Lady of (Green) Nails!

Jessica Vartoughian, founder of Jessica, has proved once again that she is the foremost trendsetter in the nail industry. Aware of the struggles the environment faces everyday, combined with the health and well being of her clients as well as the nail, Jessica created a way to give back to Mother Earth and her clients. For the first time in the nail industry, this compassion has been turned into groundbreaking way to ‘go green’.




While other nail companies are just now following the trends that Jessica herself has set, Jessica Cosmetics developed its eco-friendly line in 2004. All of the polishes are free of Toluene, Formaldehyde and Dibutyl Phthalate.



Facts About Non Eco-Friendly Nail Products:

- Formaldehyde is classified as a possible carcinogen by the EPA and can cause itching and burning of the skin. It's already been banned for use in cosmetics in Japan and Sweden

- Regular use of nail polish containing Toluene can create brittle, chipped nail surfaces
- Dibutyl Phthalate is a potential developmental and reproductive toxin that may cause a broad range of birth defects.

Review: Blendz Ireli Skin Care



Review: I received the RESULTZ Anti-Wrinkle Serum. This creamy serum is targeted for normal and dry skin, but I have had no problems so far. This is one of my favorite serums to use after I cleanse my skin. I really like the feel of the serum on my fingertips. It applies so easily on my face and neck because of the creamy consistency. Even though I don't have any wrinkles, this is a wonderful product to prevent them. It is combined with powerful peptides with hyaluronic acid microspheres and botanicals. Unlike some serums, you can also use this around the eye area without any irritation. You can also use it is a spot treatment on problematic areas. This product is regularly $70, but you can easily snag it for $65 since it is on sale.

You might also want to check out their other products:
True Lavender Cleansing Milk ($20), NourIsh Blend NIGHT Cream ($35), C-Resultz DAY Cream ($35) and Fresh Botanical Facial Tonic ($20).

Review: Herbal Essences Hydralicious Collection



Herbal Essences has wowed me again with their new Hydralicious Collection, which includes three swirled varieties to suit your hydrating needs - Self-Targeting Hydrator, Featherweight Hydrator and the Reconditioning Hydrator. If you're looking for the best in drugstore beauty, I highly suggest this collection! As a long time fan of their shampoos and conditioners, Herbal Essences has never been a disappointment. Not only they have the best smelling shampoo, but their products make my hair feel incredibly soft and silky. While all of the products in the Hydralicious collection are great, my personal favorite is the Reconditioning Hydrator since it is the most ideal set for my hair. It is rich in moisture and makes my hair feel very soft.

About the Hydralicious Collection:


Featherweight Hydrator
- If your hair is lacking volume, this set is ideal for you. It contains water lily nectar and passion fruit.

Self-Targeting Hydrator - This set is perfect for normal hair. It will tame tresses with extracts of red vanilla & whipped aloe.

Reconditioning Hydrator - This moisture rich set is ideal for dry/damaged hair. It is infused with extracts of shea, moisturizers & hawaiian sea silk.

Nature's Paradise Giveaway



One winner will receive the Gi'ovane Italy Organic Anti Aging Set ($120), which includes: Gi'ovane Italy 1oz Firming Serum, 4oz Clarifying Toner, 2oz Foaming Cleanser, .5oz Eye Makeup Remover and .5oz Firming Eye Cream from Nature's Paradise.

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Nature's Paradise are dedicated to developing the safest Certified Organic skin care products for the whole family. Using nothing but natures finest USDA Certified organic ingredients. They are the world's first manufacturer to develop only USDA Certified Organic products, they will never manufacture anything that can not be USDA Certified Organic. They are dedicated not only in providing the finest and safest skin care products but also to educate the world on the true meaning of Organic for their well being and the well being of our environment. They strive to make life better for everyone protecting both our body and our Earth.

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