Introducin​g Geisha by Bali James

Geisha embodies the female as she indulges in the ritualistic arts of Beauty & Preparation, encouraging her to fully awaken and embrace the senses: sight, feel, smell and touch. The Geisha line is committed to using the finest ingredients including premium essential and exotic oils from all corners of the globe, coupled with soothing floral extracts intent on refining and in-depth conditioning of the skin. The mysterious allure of the signature black bottle, which defines this line, elevates Geisha to Object d'art, something to be displayed, admired and worshipped.

Maiko Body Lotion $38

Maiko Body Oil $38

Maiko Shea Butter $38

French Rose Clay Mask $35

Regenerative Facial Treatment Oil $70

Beyoncé Heat Rush Review


“This fragrance is inspired by the bright and subtle sensuality that transcends every aspect of Beyoncé’s life,” says Steve Mormoris, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Coty Beauty.

“I created Heat Rush to bring the feeling of warmth and sensuality to every woman who wears it. It’s feminine and sexy, fresh and beautiful,” describes Beyoncé, who wanted to produce the adrenaline rush of fruity and floral cocktail.


I never tried the original Heat collection, but I had the opportunity to try out the perfume from the new Beyonce Heat Rush Perfume for Women Collection ($24 - $59), which is the ultimate scent for the warm weather since it perfectly captures the essence of summer! It's delightfully sweet, cheerful, romantic, tantalizing, and sexy. I instantly capture notes of orange, orchid, mango, but the musk isn't easily detectable. This is good since my top favorite scents are usually light, feminine, and cheery. I don't have particular fondness for heavy scents and this what I was expecting this perfume to be for some reason. Not the case at all!

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Red Locks Benefit Children Fighting Life Threatening Illnesses


The Project Ladybug Fund, founded by Dina Manzo of HGTV’s Dina’s Party, formally known as Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” has been enriching the lives of seriously ill pediatric patients and their families since 2007. Through a number of ongoing initiatives including day trips, birthday parties and financial assistance to families in need, the organization has performed miracles for patients in the children’s hospital. In partnership with SHE by SO.CAP.USA Hair Extensions, and as part of Ladybug Month, The Project Ladybug Fund has launched Lucky Locks. From May 1st through June 7th, supporters of the cause may visit participating salons to receive a single red hair extension for a donation of $10.

“My work with St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital and Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital is incredibly important to me and without the support of others, none of it would even be possible. I hope women will take part in Lucky Locks and sport a red extension like mine!”

Lucky Locks will allow supporters of The Project Ladybug Fund opportunity to show their commitment to, and raise awareness for, this incredibly deserving cause. With red hair extensions generously provided by SHE Hair Extensions by SO.CAP. USA, supporters may visit a participating salon and receive a single red extension for a donation of just $10, which also includes removal of the extension at a later date. For a list of participating salons, please visit http://www.luckylocks.org.

“SHE by SO.CAP.USA Hair Extensions is proud to work with Project Ladybug and the Lucky Locks initiative. We hope that by offering professional salon hair extensions in exchange for a charitable donation, we are providing salon clients with a fun, fashionable and trendy way to show their personal support for such an important cause,” says Ron Cardillo, Sr., President of SHE by SO.CAP.USA Hair Extensions. “Our Lucky Locks red hair extensions will have people asking questions and help raise awareness not only of the fundraiser but of the vital services Project Ladybug provides to young patients.”

The Project Ladybug Fund’s at Lucky Locks Initiative will include the annual Ladies Night Out event at The Brownstone (351 West Broadway, Paterson). The 5th Annual Event will feature dinner, dancing, celebrity appearances and a spectacular “tricky tray.” Tickets are available for $150. For additional information or to purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.ladiesnightout.org.


About Project Ladybug

Established in 2007, Project Ladybug is a non-profit organization that fights to enrich the lives of children and their families while they are receiving treatment for serious and life-threatening illnesses. Through improving the quality of life for these children and families during treatment, Project Ladybug hopes to improve their medical outcomes. The proceeds from Project Ladybug fundraising events are used to better the lives of these children in need through birthday celebrations, computers, clothing, toys, wigs, and more. Project Ladybug currently operates under three funds, Project Ladybug Fund at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Paterson, NJ, Julien’s Project Ladybug Fund at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital and most recently, Atia’s Project Ladybug Fund at Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago.


About Dina Manzo

Dina Manzo, formerly of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, founded the non-profit organization, Project Ladybug, in 2007 with a wish to bring financial and emotional hope to children and their families undergoing rigorous medical treatments. With three funds across the country and others set to open in the next few years, Dina’s positive spirit and determination to protect the spirit of the children of Project Ladybug has accounted for her many successes with the organization. Dina hopes to launch more Project Ladybug fund’s across the country, raising hope and funds for terminally-ill children nationally. Dina also owns a boutique event planning company, Designer Affair. Dina Manzo resides in Franklin Lakes, NJ with her husband Tommy and her 15 year old Daughter Alexia.


SHE Hair Extensions is based in Naples, Italy, with several offices across Europe and North America. SHE Hair Extensions by SO.CAP. USA, the official North American branch, is headquartered in Mahopac Falls, NY, with numerous regional offices around the country. They have been featured in many professional beauty trade and consumer publications around the world. For more information regarding She by SO.CAP.USA Hair Extensions, visit http://www.shebysocap.com or to find a salon near you call 1.877.855.4247 or email Info@socapusa.com.

Perricone MD Acyl-Glutathione

Perricone MD Acyl-Glutathione $175


Acyl-Glutathione was specifically formulated to address the accelerated signs of aging and restore skin to its youthful appearance. Glutathione is the chief, master antioxidant that rapidly depletes with age, stress, the environment and less than optimal health; its replenishment is critical to help the skin’s defense against accelerated aging. This treatment can be used as both a preventative and corrective measure.

Relax & Wax Waxing Survival Kit Giveaway



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Deborah Merhar has been a licensed esthetician and waxing educator in the spa industry for over 15 years. She owns Ivy Day Spa in Reno and developed the Relax and Wax line of depilatory products because she believes that waxing should not be a painful process.

As an Esthetician, she has tried every product on the market, even scouring drug store shelves, trying to obtain pain free waxing results for my clients. When she finally found one that actually worked, the cost was prohibitive and you needed a prescription. But, she knew she was on to something and the search was on. Topical solutions that did desensitize the skin were not compatible with the wax and the ones that allowed the wax to do it’s job did nothing to ease the pain. But, she would not give up - there had to be an answer! Combination after combination, disappointment after disappointment, month after month, then success! Finally, a topical anesthetic in a water based product that did not interfere with the wax.



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The Perfect Summer Accessory to Go With Your Bikini-Ready Body - Long, Lush, LashDipped Lashes

LashDip, the revolutionary, semi-permanent mascara is the ideal summer beauty accessory. Hot off the runway, flawless, long, luscious lashes are this summer’s hottest trend. Full, sexy lashes create the perfect frame to enhance your eyes and accent a sexy bronze glow.

Proclaimed the 2011 beauty breakthrough by The Today Show, LashDip adds volume, increases length, provides lift, curl and separation that won't smudge or wash off for up to six weeks. Vogue Magazine calls LashDip “The Lashes Of A Lifetime.” LashDip is the answer for anyone who wants a beautiful, fresh, glamorous look without the daily hassle of fighting with your mascara. Whether relaxing on the beach, playing in the pool or out and about anywhere under the hot sun and humidity, lashes treated with LashDip will stay fresh for the summer without smudging, smearing, running or wearing off. Created for even the most sensitive eyes, LashDip
is sweat-proof as well as water and heat resistant.


Having the LashDip application is not only a care-free effortless experience, but LashDip treated lashes are often healthier and stronger. Called "Lash Armor" by the pros, LashDip gently protects lashes while promoting lash growth. Expert lash technicians suggest that this may be due to the fact that LashDip avoids the daily wear and tear of applying extra coats of mascara and rubbing to remove it at the end of the day. With LashDip, there’s no need to use a metal curler - which can be harsh on lashes and cause them to fall out or break.

From natural to ultra long and glamorous, the LashDip treatment can create the customized appearance every woman craves on natural lashes or with lash extensions. It can also be used with lash enhancing treatments including the prescription drug Latisse® from Allergan.

Priced at around $200 per treatment, LashDip can only be applied by a certified LashDip professional in a spa, salon or physician’s office. The treatment takes just under an hour has staying power of up to six weeks.

To locate a LashDip professional near you, visit http://www.lashdip.com or follow them on
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Dating Tips from Playboy's Suzy McCoppin


It’s time to shed the winter blues and jump into spring full force! Whether you’re planning to hit the party scene or take a trip away, you never know when you might bump into that “special someone,” but are you ready for the dating world? Playboy’s very own “Party Girl,” Suzy McCoppin, offers tips on how to make sure you get noticed by looking, feeling and smelling sexy:


Tip #1: Be a weapon of mass seduction. A recent study at Oxford University revealed that men rated women more attractive when showed the women’s headshots in the presence of a pleasant scent. Smell is linked to memory more than any other sense. If you want to be that unforgettable, spray a scent like Playboy’s New Fragrances for Women in Spicy, Sexy or Lovely ($17 each: drugstores nationwide) that include notes such as vanilla, patchouli and citrus (all aromas that men positively react to) before you step out.

Tip #2: Seductive style is a must. Since we’re on the subject of fragrance, here are some unexpected places to spray your perfume to keep the scent lingering and also catch a guy off-hand. Lay out your lingerie and spray it before you wear it and give him a good reason to want to kiss you everywhere! Also, spray the back of your knees and your ankles – the heat in the creases of your skin creates a rising effect for the fragrance.


Tip #3: A simple pre-date workout. I suggest doing some light strength-training for arms and focusing on abs the day before a date. Use a couple of personal weights at 3 lbs each and perform a few simple lifts and reps that will strengthen your back, shoulders and arms. For abs, simply lie on your yoga mat and do 25 reps of leg lifts and crunches to really feel the burn. That way you’ll be just a bit sore in all the right places and you’ll feel more toned, on your date!


Tip #4: A youthful, fresh appearance. When you get out of the shower, apply a body oil or lotion with a bit of shimmer on your damp shoulders and legs. This will lock in the moisture and make your skin glisten and create a youthful, sexy glow (try Mama Mio Omega Body Oil, $35: http://www.mamamio.com). Next, make sure your breath is super fresh at all times as it will boost your kissing confidence. Attack smelly saboteurs on all fronts: first floss, then use a minty mouthwash and be sure to carry mints in your clutch. Lastly, use a light gradual spray tan that reduces any flaws on skin – also a tan can take 10 lbs off and everyone feels more confident with a sun kissed glow (try Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs, $13.95: drugstores nationwide).


Tip #5: Be confident. Anything you say out loud the unconscious mind digests as truth. So if you say over and over again, “I’m lovely, sexy and spicy,” you’ll start to believe it. And if you believe it, you’re gonna have a way better shot at Jake from accounting.

Mother's Day: Halle Berry Auction

Beginning April 14th, Academy Award-winning actress and beauty icon Halle Berry will auction off a collection of personalized items in honor of Mother’s Day on CharityBuzz.com. Net proceeds from the auction, which includes a unique hand-crafted gold gemstone ring, will support the Jenesse Center, a domestic violence intervention program that Berry has supported for many years.

“The Jenesse Center is an organization that is very close to my heart,” said Halle Berry. “Their work makes a tremendous difference in the lives of women and children and I am proud to support such a worthy cause through this Mother’s Day auction.”


Designed by Vram, the one-of-a-kind ring was inspired by Halle Berry’s natural glamour and was created exclusively for Halle Berry to wear in the advertising campaign for her newest fragrance, Reveal by Halle Berry. Now someone can have the opportunity to own a replica of the ring and support this great cause by bidding on CharityBuzz.com. Made from gold-leafed silver with a Surlyn stone inspired by the cap of the Reveal bottle, this elegant ring is valued at $300.

Fans will also have the chance to bid on an autographed photo of the Reveal by Halle Berry advertisement as well as an autographed bottle of the alluring new fragrance. A Halle Mother’s Day Gift Set including Reveal by Halle Berry, Reveal Luminous Body Lotion and Reveal Sensuous Shower Gel will also be available for bidding. The auction will run from April 14th through May 3rd.

L'Occitane Verbena Shower Gel Review

Founded in 1976 by Olivier Baussan, L'OCCITANE is an international manufacturer and retailer of skincare, body care, fragrance and hair care. Sold in over 85 countries around the world, through a wide network of boutiques and strategic partners, L'OCCITANE creates high quality, efficient and sensorial products formulated with traceable, natural and active ingredients inspired by Provençal traditions and offering the experience of well-being.


The L'Occitane Verbena Shower Gel ($20) is enriched with invigorating essentials oils of verbena, orange, geranium, and lemon that is loved equally by men and women. The bottle is resplendent with L'Occitane's vintage glamour appeal. The smell is extremely scent-sational. The fragrance lingers a while longer after I'm done showering. It's a great way to perk up in the morning since anything citrusy smelling is known to banish tiredness. It is also a great way to de-stress, because the smell is supremely comforting. My skin feels wonderful each time I use this product!

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.

Padina Cosmetics Review


I've tried many eyelash conditioners since I have started this blog, but it has been quite awhile since I've featured a review on one. I recently came across one that I really liked. I chose to not review the one I received prior to this since I had a terrible experience. I'm referring to a company called RevitaLash in case you're wondering. I have read esteemed reviews regarding that company. Therefore, I can't but wonder if I came across a bad batch. Maybe not since you can't go by everything you read on the internet, unless you've had first hand experience.

The Padina Eyelash Conditioner ($120) is a bit different than the eyelash conditioners I've tried in the past. It's made with a total of 23 different herbal extracts sans the harsh chemicals found in most eyelash conditioners on the market. You might want to refer to this link link since many brands are known to cause serious risks.

The herbal plants in the Padina Eyelash Conditioner contain the exact proteins that each eyelash is composed of in order to give your eyelashes the same building materials for growth enhancement and volume. Padina is already making a splash in Hollywood, as it was hand selected by Rob Robinson for Fred Segal Apothia in their Melrose shop.

To guarantee a higher effectiveness of this botanical formula, Padina has created a blending of western and oriental herbal and mineral science that they've coined a "Botanical Revolution," with a unique nano-blending technique that combines all ingredients into a fine liquid that is extremely penetrating and stable. This results in maximum penetration of all components, which equal top results. Noticeable results can be seen within 3-4 weeks of using the product as directed.

My Thoughts:
I'm uber picky about what I apply around my eyes since my eyes are very sensitive due to photophobia, which means light sensitivity. However, I think it contributes sensitivity to other things. Therefore, I was a bit leery about trying this new product out since I didn't hear too much about it prior to my experience. Since it doesn't have the chemical muck that most eyelash conditioners are known to have, my curiosity got ahold of me.

I haven't had a such a good experience with an organic eyelash conditioner since Lash Mantra. I used product faithfully every night as recommended (no need to do it morning and night to achieve results) and I started noticing a slight difference in the third week. They were noticeably longer after 6 weeks. I like that I didn't even feel the slightest sting when I accidentally got some product in one of my eyes. This was enough for me know that they stand by their word when they say that they only use natural ingredients in their products. In case you have never used an eyelash conditioner, it's very easy to use since you apply it like you would with a liquid eyeliner. After desire results are achieved, you can this eyelash conditioner every two to three days to maintain the results.

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CLEAN Summer Escape Perfume Review


Tropical vacations are a luxury. However, they only last briefly. This Spring, wherever life takes you, CLEAN, the lifestyle brand renowned for its simple, fresh approach to beauty, offers an instant sensory escape to the shore. Inspired by the relaxed freedom of sun-kissed skin, cloudless sky and endless sea, the new CLEAN Summer Escape Perfume ($49) envelopes the body in layers of crisp, citrusy, notes to transport you to the beach in an instant.

My Thoughts:
This fragrance is light, spring-like, and delightful to the senses. It smells like something I've used before, but I can't exactly put my nose on it. However, the bergamot is quite evident, which happens to be one of my favorite scents....and tea (Earl Grey). The only daunting thing I find about this fragrance is the need to re-apply quite often. Other than that, I love it!

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Borghese Rapido Fast Dry Lacquer Review


Quick-drying formulas in long-lasting colors. Borghese invites you to discover the new Rapido Fast Dry Lacquer collection in bold brights and chic Italian neutrals. Evoking all the vivid colors of a garden in bloom, and the sophisticated hues of city style, Borghese's new nail lacquers complement every wardrobe.

These long-wearing, nail-strengthening lacquers contain Borghese's exclusive Aqua di Vita complex to help restore moisture and balance, while Micronized Gemstones add strength and brillance. Each shade comes with a special Duale Curve Tip Brush custom designed to hug the shape of your nail for smooth, flawless application that lasts up to seven days. The rich, saturated hues are free of DBP's, Toluene, and add Formaldehyde.


I chose two colors from the Borghese Rapido Fast Dry Lacquer Collection ($8), Lira and Limoncello. The Limoncello (shown in the picture above) is a beautiful shade of a goldish green. My boyfriend even complimented me on the shade! The Lira is a shimmery beige. I was not the least disappointed with my selections. Unlike the last nail polish I reviewed, this nail polish dries seemingly in seconds. Like most nail polishes out there, it needs a basecoat and topcoat to get stronger staying power. I am so pleased with my experience with Borghese that I'm tempted to buy the Menta, Marino, Violetta, and Chroma.

The Borghese Rapido Fast Dry Lacquer Collection includes Vigneto, Marino, Lira, Chroma, Violetta, Mochaccino, Menta, Marino, Maraschino, Siena, Rosso, Limoncello, and Anemone.

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Style a Rock Star and Win a $1,000 Visa Gift Card and a Gift Basket of Hair Goodies!

Sebastian Professional has teamed up with Maja Ivarsson, lead singer for The Sounds, in a challenge to style this platinum-tressed rock star. You will have the opportunity to win $1,000 VISA gift card and a gift basket from Sebastian Professional. Ivarsson, named "Hottest Woman in Rock" by Blender Magazine, will be judging the contest entries!


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The contest will conclude on April 17th.

Chanel Introduces Rouge Coco Shine

Rouge Coco Shine - Hydrating Sheer Lipshine $32 at Saks
Available in Vanotier, Sari Deau, Liberte, Vasion, Unique, Romance, Fetiche, Chance, Boy, Rebelle, Antigone, Elise, Aventure, Bonheur, Monte Carlo, Beal Ami, Cavaliere, and Deauville


ROUGE COCO SHINE Hydrating Sheer Lipshine provides lasting moisturizing shine in a water-light texture. The formula glides on for easy application, and a unique HYDRATENDRE complex hydrates and softens lips, giving them a healthier and fuller appearance. Available in a complete range of shades, from delicate beiges to dazzling berries, with a hint of shimmer to enhance a glossy finish.

Monave Lip Glaze Review




I recently received the Sheer Lip Glaze in #506 - Honey Gaze ($13) from Monave. I was expecting it to be darker since it looks like a dark raspberry color on the outside. However, the color turned how to be a very, very light raspberry color. You can wear it alone or use it as a topcoat to make your favorite lipstick stand even more. It provides high shine without the stickiness. I love it! Despite the names of the Sheer Lip Glazes, I didn't detect a taste, which isn't very important to me as long as I have a good quality lip gloss.

Also available in Jelly Bean, Candy, Strawberry, Maple, Sugar, Mango, Butterscotch, and Candy Apple.


Monave has a vast collection of beauty products. I wouldn't mind trying out their Organic Rosemary Hair Tonic ($15), Grapefruit Mousse Cleanser ($5 - $26.50), Las Vegas Gift Set ($200), and Loose Glitter ($5).

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

Belli Skincare Launches Belli Beautiful


WHO: Belli Skincare along with like-minded partners including Aerosoles , Baby Stay Asleep, Bebe Au Lait, Belly Bandit, Bink & Boo,
Bump It Up Style, Diva Moms, Fit 2 Be Mom, Healthy Chef Creations,
Magpie Lovely, Plain Mary, Pampers, Panache Lingerie, Pure Belly
Organic Maternity, Pretty Printing, and many more!

WHAT: A revolutionary photo/video online viral campaign. The contest encourages moms to celebrate the best of their Bellies, Tummies and Abs. Belli skincare loves them ALL and wants to celebrate the beauty
of motherhood and curves. Contestants will submit photo/video of
mom’s Baby Bump, Her Little One’s Tummy, Her Proud Post-Pregnancy Body
to win BIG PRIZES that celebrate and pamper mom in style and luxury.

WHERE: Nationwide and Overseas moms and moms-to-be will submit their entries at https://www.belliskincare.com/belli-beautiful-enter.html
Then, contestants will promote submissions via Facebook, Twitter,
YouTube, My Space and more to encourage votes and views to support
their entry. No contestant is too far away. Moms across the world are
welcome to join the celebration!! This campaign will reach well over
SEVERAL MILLION MOMS!

HOW: Number of views, creativity & presentation are how to win. The
photo/video that wins in each category receives prizes valued at $5000
(USD). The one GRAND PRIZE WINNER gets a prize package valued at
$10,000(USD). All prizes are courtesy of Belli skincare and partner
brands to make mom or mom-to-be feel like a princess!

Celebrity judges include trend reporter, style expert & fashionista
mom Amy Tara Koch; President and CEO of Belli skincare and cosmetics
industry veteran Annette Rubin; and Harper Collins author of Sephora:
The Ultimate Guide to Make-Up, Skin and Hair from the Beauty Authority
Melissa Schweiger.

WHEN: The campaign kicks off April 4th and last entries must be submitted by May 7th. Winners announced MOTHER’S DAY – MAY 8, 2011.

EVOLVh Organic Hair Care Giveaway



Prize: 5 winners will receive Shampoo and Conditioner, Ultimate Styling Lotion, SuperFinish Polishing Balm, and UltraFlex Hairspray (a $126 value) from EVOLVh.

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All of their products are made from 90%+ organic ingredients, and they perform as good or better than the most exclusive salon quality products - truly the best of both worlds when it comes to combining healthy, gentle ingredients and fantastic performance.

They are also great for all hair types, very moisturizing but not heavy, color safe, safe to us with keratin straightening treatments, great for fine or thick hair, straight or curly. Keep up with the latest by following them on Twitter and joining their Facebook page.



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Dr. Gold's Expert Tips for Rosac​ea Awareness Month


In honor of April’s Rosacea Awareness Month, we wanted to share with you some expert tips from Dr. Michael Gold on how to best care for this condition that affects over 14 million people. Please find below Dr. Gold’s recommendations for treatment:

· People with rosacea need to be aware of and avoid the known triggers – alcohol, caffeine, spicy food, chocolates. They should be careful in the sun as well.

· Patients needing medical therapy have several options including the newer anti-inflammatory pill called Oracea – it is theoretically not an antibiotic because of its dosage and is the only FDA approved pill for rosacea. Other tetracycline medications – including minocycline (Soladyn, Minocin) work well as does the doxycycline medicines (Doryx, Monodox, Adoxa). Topically, prescription strength Metrogel and Finacea (azaleic acid) are the most common topically prescribed medicines.

· In addition to medicines – various lasers and light sources can be used to treat the red of rosacea. Intense pulsed light (IPL) devices such as the Lumenis One or the Sciton BBL can be used to treat the blood vessels – as can the pulsed dye lasers such as the V Beam or the Cynergy.

· Some would also benefit from the some of the dermatologic dispensed cosmeceuticals – we recommend the Obagi RosaClear system (cleanser, hydrator, and sunscreen), Avene’s anti redness cleansing fluid and Diroseal night time lotion, and Results RX REDuce serum.

Hotel Pavillon de la Reine Opens New Bar Where Beauty is on the Menu


Paris’ posh Place des Vosges welcomes a new bar at the Marais District’s must-visit hotel, Pavillon de la Reine. Will you be served bubbly? Mais oui! Can you nibble a flaky croissant? Certainment! Is this going where you think it’s going? Non.

Pavillon de la Reine’s new nail bar offers manicures each Saturday in the hotel’s library. The inviting bibliothèque and honesty bar of the 54-bedroom hotel morphs into a beauty enclave where nails are buffed, shaped and lacquered with OPI polish. While you wait for your nails to dry, page through books from literary greats, cozy up to the crackling fireplace, and sip another verre de champagne. The ambiance feels like a comfortable neighborhood townhouse, rather than a typical nail salon, with decadent tapestries, luxurious wall coverings and oil paintings.

How’s that for a French manicure?

Technicians from the hotel’s Spa de la Reine by Carita give on-the-spot beauty for €25 (around US$33), with no reservation required. The nail bar is open to the public.

Seiji for Sebastian Profession​al Styles Actress Greta Gerwig for "Arthur" NYC Premiere

On Tuesday, April 5th at the Ziegfeld Theatre in NYC, the cast of the comedy “Arthur” walked the red carpet in style. Actress Greta Gerwig, who has also starred in “No Strings Attached” and “Greenberg,” exuded classic elegance in a Narciso Rodriguez gown with a loose, wavy undo. The man behind the undo, Seiji for Sebastian Professional, crafted the look for its ability to “work well at a red carpet event straight into the after party.”


To achieve Greta’s glamorous and flirtatious look, follow Seiji’s tips:


1. Wash hair with Sebastian Professional Color Ignite Shampoo and Conditioner, key tools for vibrant, shiny haircolor.

2. Apply Sebastian Professional Mousse Forte to the roots of damp hair for added volume.

3. Flip the head upside down and blow dry until the hair is 90% dry. Then flip the head back to finish drying.

4. Take the top section of hair and blow dry in the reverse direction, and then set with mesh rollers for volume.

5. Spray Sebastian Professional Shaper Zero Gravity directly onto the rollers, and once the hairspray dries, remove the rollers and brush through the hair.

6. Use a medium-sized curling iron to add soft waves, and finish the look with Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray for texture.

Calling all New Yorkers, Sephora Invites you to FRIDAYS AT THE SEPHORA BEAUTY STUDIO!


This spring, TGIF takes on a whole new meaning with Fridays at the Sephora Beauty Studio! Sephora has always been the destination for the latest beauty trends, and now each Friday through May 27th, all 15 Sephora locations in Manhattan will be hosting different interactive beauty events featuring some of the world’s top beauty brands. Stop in at your nearest Sephora store to transform your look in minutes with a free Express Service (no appointment necessary), or log on to http://www.sephora.com/go/fridaysatthesephorabeautystudio and find where your favorite brand will be each Friday to indulge in a new look. Services and brands change weekly so consult the online calendar often to ensure you don’t miss out on your favorites.


A few highlights for this Friday, April 8th:

Josie Maran at Sephora Flatiron, 119 Fifth Avenue, 2 - 8 pm:

· Flawless Complexion Express Service

Achieve a radiant complexion in just 5 easy steps with the Josie Maran makeup collection that is infused with her signature, all-natural Argan Oil – perfect to celebrate Earth month!

Fresh at Sephora 5 Times Square, 200 W 42nd Street, 3-9 pm:

· Sugar Lip Bar

Visit the Fresh Sugar Lip Bar to experience award winning age-delay lip care and learn how to get sweet, kissable lips!

Peter Thomas Roth at Sephora SoHo, 555 Broadway, 1-7 pm:

· Meet Brand Founder, Peter Thomas Roth from 1-3pm

Enjoy an Everyday Eye Treatment Express Service and also be on the lookout for Peter Thomas Roth himself!

Bumble & bumble at Sephora 5th Avenue, 1-7 pm:

· Express Hair How-To

Learn dry styling techniques from the Bumble & bumble style experts and receive personalized product recommendations to keep your locks looking their best/

Must-Have Beauty Products for Every Bride-to-Be

Irritated skin is hands-down the most feared beauty blunder for brides-to-be. With the onset of stress induced by nerves, planning and high-maintenance friends and family it’s almost a guarantee that our skin will throw its own mini tantrum and breakout.

With the help of Cures by Avancé, the curative and corrective line of skin care products that treat skin conditions rather than skin types, brides can put up a fight with the following 4-step routine to bring out that “glow” that we have all engagement and banish those unruly blemishes.

“Easy Does It”

Step 1: Cleanse


Be sure to cleanse your skin using a gentle formula such as Cures Gentle Cleansing Milk ($11 - $27). This creamy cleanser allows skin to breathe more freely as makeup and impurities are dissolved from the surface. The skin feels clean and comfortable with a balanced moisture level.

“Put A Mask On It”

Step 2: Condition


A good clay mask, used once a week, is great for oily, acne-prone skin. Try Cures Anti-Acne Mask ($32), a cooling, refreshing mask formulated with Camphor Extracts to purify skin. This mask temporarily relieves sinus pressure and puffiness around the eyes. After 10 minutes, decongested skin will be revealed.

My Thoughts:
For the past couple of months, I had been experiencing breakouts. Therefore, I've been very, very careful on what I use on my face. This is one of the products that have been helping out tremendously. I like that it doesn't sting or make my face red after using it, which I have experienced with some facial masks in the past. It's very light and has a whipped, creamy texture. It is also very easy to wash off. I'll admit that I'm not too keen on the smell, because it reminds me of Vick's VapoRub. However, it's a really good mask to use if you can get past the eye-watering smell, which only lasts for about a couple of minutes.

“Balancing Act”

Step 3: Moisturize


For combination skin, try Cures Pore Balancing Moisturizer ($37.50). This featherweight crème not only purifies and releases impurities trapped in the skin, but also equalizes the pH level to balance skin.

“Seeing Is Believing”

Step 4: Focus on the Eyes


Help erase the signs of aging, wrinkles and dark circles around the eyes with Cures Age Defyer Eye ($50). This eye crème promotes collagen production around the sensitive eye area and leaves the skin softer, smoother and less lined.

The product (Cures Anti-Acne Mask) 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.

Tips for Treating Rosacea - April is National Rosacea Awareness Month


World-Renowned Skin Care Authority and Celebrity Dermatologist, David J. Goldberg, MD, is tackling rosacea during Rosacea Awareness Month. A common skin condition, rosacea affects more than 16 million Americans. It is a non-contagious facial skin disorder that usually begins as a redness, like a blush, appearing on the face - most often on the cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. Typically, rosacea symptoms appear in adults between the ages of 30 and 50 and usually impacts women more often than men. At first, the redness may come and go, but over time, it can become more persistent, presenting visible blood vessels. If left untreated, bumps and tiny pimples may develop.

Dr. Goldberg, recognized nationally and internationally for his innovative work with skin lasers, cosmetic dermatology and facial rejuvenation techniques, recommends several products and treatments for the flushing reaction of rosacea.

Laser and Light: The Nd:YAG Laser is used to treat visible blood vessels associated with rosacea and is less likely to cause bruising. YAG laser gets deeper down to the blood vessels but requires technical expertise. In addition, the pulsed dye laser helps with superficial redness and when used in combination, the two treatments can provide positive results. Dr. Goldberg also adds a red light emitting LED treatment which decreases the inflammation associated with rosacea. By using this technique of all three laser and light source treatments together in a series of monthly treatments, Dr. Goldberg has provided rosacea suffers with dramatic results.

Dysport: This proven wrinkle relaxer has been approved for treating forehead wrinkles and frown lines in the U.S. Dr. Goldberg has used Dysport to help decrease the flushing of the skin because it inhibits the overactive blood vessels which lead to flushing. “We have had positive results with the use of Dysport for treating rosacea,” says Dr. Goldberg. For optimal lasting results that put the pause on Rosacea, our patients undergo one session every three to six months.

Redness Relief CalmPlex: This new lotion by SkinMedica, when used twice a day, calms inflammation within a week and delivers continuous improvement over 12 weeks. Created with ingredients that specifically suppress inflammation and also sooth the skin including Vitamin B-3 and jojoba, CalmPlex helps address the itchy, prickling feeling many rosacea sufferers experience. “This revolutionary skin cream, when used in combination with IPL or LED treatments, has made a big splash in helping to treat the redness that comes from having rosacea. In addition, it also helps reduce the chance of future flare-ups,” says Dr. Goldberg.

According to the National Rosacea Society, rosacea patients can improve their chances of maintaining remission by identifying and avoiding lifestyle and environmental factors such as extreme weather and sun exposure, stress, spicy foods, and alcohol. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to controlling rosacea.

Karmin G3 Salon Pro Flat Iron Giveaway



Prize: One winner will receive a Karmin G3 Salon Pro Flat Iron (a $129.95 value) from http://www.hairtools.ca. This flat iron is known as the best flat iron!

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Reb'l Fleur by Rihanna Review and Giveaway



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"This fragrance is about my individuality - being expressive and empowering, yes, but also emotional and intriguing. I wear my fragrance, I don't let it wear me." -Rihanna

Better late than never, Rihanna joins the long list of celebrity endorsed fragrances. Reb'l Fleur ($30 - $59) reflects her vibrant personality with a bold and luxurious harmony. It's also glamorous, audacious, and fashion forward as her unforgettable style. Reb'l Fleur was inspired by her grandmother in Barbados who used to affectionately call her Rebel Flower. As of August 2010, Rihanna even had the words "Rebelle Fleur" inked on side of her neck back at the East Side Ink Tattoo Parlor in NYC.


When I first received Reb'l Fleur, I was pleasantly taken back by the beautiful and generously sized bottle. The fragrance is feminine and flowery without being overpowering. I believe that the scent will appeal to all ages since it is youthful, yet mature. It's certainly the kind of fragrance that would never get boring!

Reb'l Fleur is as much in tune with Barbados-born Rihanna's roots as it is with the glamorous of her present life in New York City. Created by internationally renowned perfumers, Caroline Sabas and Marypierre Julien, this fruity chypre is joyous yet intense, sophisticated yet marvelously surprisingly. Plump, delicious fruits, red berries, purple plums, and juicy, ripe peaches, make a scrumptious impression. Then the heart opens into a lush hybrid hinting at Island life, subtle yet intoxicating, blossoming with sumptuous florals, a passionate melody of Hawaiian Hibiscus flower, violet, tuberose, and coconut water. The sultry base notes linger on with vanilla, patchouli, amber, and musk.

The bottle is delightfully dramatic as a Rihanna performance. It was inspired by the shape of a stiletto heel, which is Rihanna's favorite shoe option. The bottle was made feminine with a twisting matte black "ribbon" layered over precious metal, the fragrance appears to glow from within, suffused with a glorious golden aura.

Reb'l Fleur is on sale in US stores now with worldwide sales starting between March and April 2011.



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Scotch Naturals Review


Scotch Naturals ($15 at Beautorium) offers nail polish that is eco-friendly, hypoallergenic, fragrance free, and biodegradable. The polish comes in a recyclable, lead-free bottle. They have been featured in People Style Watch, American Salon, Nylon Magazine, Lonny, CoCo Eco Magazine, and Martha Stewart Living. The polishes were also voted Babble's Best baby shower gift.

I received the Loch Ness Mystery, which is an alluring azure hue that exudes a mysterious charm. They promise on the the site that it takes within 3 minutes for their nail polish to try, but it seemingly took a little bit longer than that. It was well worth the wait! I just love the fact that there's no need for a basecoat or topcoat, because this saves a lot of time and money. I also like that their nail polish doesn't chip easily. However, you can peel it off just like that, excluding the need for a nail polish remover.

Their polishes have a longer shelf life than other water-based products. They contain any of the chemicals found in typical nail polish: toluene, dibutyl phthelate, formaldehyde, acetone, and heavy metals. Scotch Naturals WaterColors have been tested by Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database and recieved a ranking of 1, making them the safest polishes on the market. With all of this said, it's well worth $15!

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One Love Organics Review and Giveaway



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One Love Organics is a natural, ethical and environmentally driven cosmetics company created by skilled cosmetic artisans. Their products are hand-made and hand-filled, using only the highest grade of ethically sourced raw materials to ensure the most effective, luxurious, and guilt-free application.

Their philosophy is focused on a few supreme products — not up-selling a medicine cabinet full of mysterious jars. They give skin what it needs, using only ingredients that provide direct benefits. And because their products are so pure, they work for everyone in the family, from babies to elders.


The Skin Savior Waterless Multi Balm ($68) cleanses, hydrates, and conditions - it does it all! It's made with cold-pressed plant oils and extracts to break down dirt and make-up. It also clears out pores without stripping the natural protective layer of your skin. I love using it in my hair, especially my ends since it helps prevent splitting. This help keeps my hair feeling and looking healthy and strong. It gives my hair superior shine without the greasiness. It has a light, citrusy scent that is pleasant to the senses.

Ingredients include Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Soybean Oil, Oat Extract, Chia Seed, Pure, Unrefined Beeswax; Orange Peel Wax, and Vitamin E.

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