Haircolor Almost Kills British Teen

Article by Kerri Lee

You’ve tried countless times to encourage your clients to visit the salon for their haircolor services. After all, you are the professional who knows how to do patch tests and maintain safe methods of haircolor application. But, with a down economy, many clients have decided to color their own hair at home to save money. Now’s the time to share with them the following story about how haircolor almost killed a 19 year-old British girl due to a allergic reaction, which could potentially have been avoided with proper education.

Rachel Dowley felt a change in her features a day after applying the black hair dye to her brown hair. Within 24 hours her face had become swollen, red raw burn marks appeared on her cheeks and one of her eyes soon blackened. She immediately checked herself into a nearby hospital where doctors referred to her condition as being the worst reaction they had ever seen.

Doctors soon discovered the teen had suffered an allergic reaction to the chemical compound Paraphenylenediamine (PPD), which causes severe allergic reactions in individuals who have a rare sensitivity. Her purchase was definitely more than she bargained and hoped for. Dowley was left with swelling for nearly a month and also suffered a secondary infection that inflamed the burn marks on her face.

We immediately thought, “Did this girl conduct a patch test like the box instructed her to do so?” She sure did, BUT didn’t do it properly per box instructions, a commonly over-looked step and, for Rachel, proved to be a near fatal one. The moral of the story -- leave the color application to the pros.

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Royal Collection $43

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I received the Royal Collection and The Jewelry Box for this holiday feature.

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Sexual Sugar Perfume by Michel Germain Review

Designer Michel Germain has spent the last 20 years studying the world of aphrodisiacs and he is standing behind his fragrances' power to entice with a money back guarantee.

"Sexual Sugar and Sugar Daddy are not your ordinary fragrances. Infused with aphrodisiacs they do the flirting for you," affirms Michel Germain. "Hugs and kisses are inevitable. They are guaranteed or your money refunded."

"Sexual Sugar" tempts and teases with a burst of mouthwatering juicy wildberries and crystallized sugar. Sensual passionflower reveals a powdery soft center sprinkled with the light freshness of orange flower. A highly addictive blend of fresh roasted almonds and caramelized vanilla breathlessly invites again and again.

I received a bottle of the Sexual Sugar Perfume by Michel Germain ($58 - $78) and I love it! I love it so much that I had to write my review the same day I received it, which is rare for me, considering how busy I've been the past few months! They describe this perfume as a gourmand floral and I'd have to agree. It smells a lot like cotton candy, which is one of my favorite scents for a perfume. I've reviewed a similar aphrodisiac type perfume in the past, but it is doesn't come close to this one. The scent is playful, youthful, and long-lasting!

Top notes include Wildberries and Sugar Coated Orange Zest. Middle notes include Passion Flower, Orange Water Flower, and Jasmine. Heart Notes include Fresh Roasted Almonds, Vanilla Creme Brulee, and Sandalwood.

The product in this review was provided to the reviewer for keeps and 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.

Spring Review

Spring is a high end bath, body and fragrance line that was created to nurture and nourish your skin while balance your senses with the benefits of most natural ingredients available. Specializing in aromacology spring developed unique scents benefiting mind and body. With one of-a-kind fragrances, all natural never tasted on animals ingredients, Dead Sea Minerals, world wide reputation and a wide range of products, our line truly offers something for everyone!

Spring's line include body oil, body cream, body butter, bath milk, shower gel, bath salt, body scrub, men's grooming, home fragrance and more.

In the past, the Musk oil was produced from the Siberian Musk Deer glands (Moschus moschiferus) which are bred mainly in Siberia, China, and the savage wilderness of Mongolia. Since the ancient times, it was known to be one of the most precious perfumes. Today, of course, the musk is extracted from substitutes which are not found in animals.

The Harmony Bath Foaming Gel ($17) is one of the best shower gels I've used for awhile now. It has a fresh and earthy smell that some say has a similar scent to a baby's scent. It also has a unique combination of the Musk oil, the oaky warm Sandalwood extract and the exotic Jasmine that will keep the skin clean and feeling baby soft.

I also received the Calmness Body Oil ($13). This body oil is lightweight, spreads on nicely and evenly, quickly absorbs into the skin, and doesn't give you that icky and sticky feeling. It also has a light, pleasant fragrance.

As the cold weather sets in, my skin has a tendency to be dry and sensitive, yet this product works well for me! It keeps the cold weather from drying out my skin, while also keeping it healthy, soft, and beautiful looking thanks to ingredients such as Almond Oil, Grape Seed Oil, and Wheat Germ Oil.

Perfect for those on-the-go, who rarely find time to apply body lotion after their shower. Recommended for normal to dry skin.

The product in this review was provided to the reviewer for keeps and 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.

Get the Look - Juliette Lewis at the NYC Screening of Conviction

The stars hit the streets of NYC last night for the premiere of Conviction. Sebastian Stylist Design Team member Thomas Dunkin styled the tresses of actress Juliette Lewis for a vampy, textured look that complemented her red lace strapless dress. Thomas was inspired by the punk rock chic and effortless look of Patti Smith, which he drew from to create Juliette’s ‘do for the evening.

Thomas shares his styling tips for recreating Juliette’s look:

1. Begin by saturating the hair from root to tip with Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray.
2. Separate hair into medium sized sections.
3. Twist each section and alternate between a clockwise and counterclockwise. direction for a wavy texture that is full of volume.
4. Blow dry bangs with a large round brush to give the look a rock, chic effect.
5. Finish the look with Sebastian Professional Re-Shaper Hairspray to give the hold it needs.

Sebastian Professional's What's Next Awards Moves On With Phase Three

Sebastian Professional and website voters awarded Beatrice Dejong of Hollywood’s Hairroin Salon in phase three of its What’s Next Awards. A shape-shifting specialist, Dejong was named the first semi-finalist for coiffing a gravity-defying ‘do dubbed “Seashell,” a title that highlights the over-the-top height and curvature of the style.

To build her style, Dejong used Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray to sculpt the hair, and Sebastian Professional Re-Shaper to mold the hair into different shapes. As Senior Stylist at Hairroin Salon who works on A-list talent from Katherine Mcphee to The Pussycat Dolls, it’s no wonder her talent was recognized so early on.

With one semi-finalist chosen and seven to go, Sebastian fans are encouraged to use their hair expertise to decide who the remaining lucky seven will be. Just for voting for their favorite looks, fans will be automatically entered for a weekend trip for two to New York City including a $500 shopping spree and Fashion Week access! In addition, each person who registers on the website will receive a 6-month complimentary subscription to BlackBook magazine. Sounds too good to be true? It’s not! Log onto and help Sebastian decide what’s next!

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Bridging the gap between essential beauty tool and must-have fashion accessory, the Model Mirror® has been designed to light up the night when a makeup touch-up is called for. For a taste of backstage pampering in the palm of your hand, this compact mirror has 8 embedded LED lights (arranged to emulate a backstage makeup mirror) which light up with the push of a button.

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Touching up your makeup in public has never been so charming or so polite.

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Help Conair Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to channel your fabulous style into a great cause? Well, this power can be in the palm of your hand – literally! Conair invites you to curl (brush, straighten or blow-dry!) for the cure with the Conair® “The Power of Pink” product collection.

As you know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Conair will donate a minimum of $100,000 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation based on the sale of products from the Power of Pink collection. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime by funding clinical and translational research worldwide.

Conair’s “The Power of Pink” initiative, now in its 7th year, has raised almost $600,000, to date. Products in the pink collection include hair dryers, straighteners, curling irons, brushes and hot rollers, as well as other grooming and travel tools. To check out these great, pink products, visit

Living Naturals Review

Living Naturals has launched a holistic approach that will change the way we look and feel about our home environment. We are all subtly aware that scent can alter our mood and affect our thoughts and emotions; however, many of us haven't yet utilized the power of scent and what it can do to create a positive energy in our everyday living.

The Living Naturals eco-chic diffuser system ($19.95) gently disperses beneficial properties of aromatic essential oils into the air. While essential oil can sometimes be overpowering, the aromas of Living Naturals are light and highly pleasant. The botanical products utilize nature's therapeutic and purifying properties, thereby naturally enhancing our mind and spirit while simultaneously purifying and deodorizing our living spaces. Where is balance, we are emotionally, spiritually, and physically well.

Herbaceous Spearmint: A blend of peppermint, spearmint, green herbs, and flowers will leave you feeling uplifted, vibrant, rejuvenated, and refreshing. Peppermint and spearmint oils are well known for being a natural antiseptic and having deodorizing properties without being overpowering. Lime and Tonka bean is known to aid in relaxation and uplift the spirit. This fragrance was surprisingly my top favorite. It improves mental clarity and beats fatigue, which I really needed since I have a hectic schedule that often leaves me feeling beat down.

Lemongrass Verbena: A tantalizing and subtly sweet blend of verbena, lemongrass, and lime will create a clean and refreshing environment. Lemongrass and lime are known for having natural antiseptic qualities, while also being a great room deodorizer and freshener. The scent of verbena has a calming and balancing effect, while the Egyptian Geranium is recognized as being a natural stress and tension reliever. This fragrance was another top favorite of mine, because it created a peaceful environment.

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The product in this review was provided to the reviewer for keeps and 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.

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Think Pink with DermStore

For the month of October, will have a Breast Cancer Awareness Boutique which will feature specialty products from beauty brands such as Becca Cosmetics, Decleor, Colorescience, Stila Cosmetics, gloMinerals, jane iredale, Sonya Dakar and Alterna, Diana B., among many others. This one stop shop is the premier destination for getting gorgeous, getting pink and giving back. All the products sold in the boutique will contribute a portion of their proceeds to various breast cancer charities. In addition to the donations made from the individual brands, will donate 5% of the proceeds from each unit sold in the boutique to CEW Foundation’s Cancer and Careers program, whose mission is to educate and empower people with cancer to thrive in their workplace by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events. Instead of indulging in retail therapy, indulge in some retail charity.

This online boutique is not only a fantastic destination for limited edition Breast Cancer Awareness products but also a unique concept from, as it allows for additional funds to support this well deserving cause. In 2009, there were over 190,000 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in American women. With each passing year, science makes life-saving advancements and brings new hope to everyone affected by this disease. With the aid of charitable donations, much like’s and its participating brands’, we are a step closer to a cure.

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Exfoliate Foaming Body Cleanser by Suki $31.95

Limited Edition Pink Gift Set by Colorescience $50

Pink Lip Shield - Proseco by LaRocca Skincare $16

Pink Detox Kit for Stressed Skin by skyn ICELAND $45

Sugar Scrub - Peach Frangipini by Diana B. $45

Caviar Working Hair Spray - Breast Cancer Awareness Edition by Alterna $18

Candle - Peach Frangipini by Diana B. $25

Instant Face Lift by Goldfaden $75

Sugar and Butter Lip Exfoliator - Phoenix by Jane Iredale $24

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