Up to 50% off in the Memorial Day Sale Blowout and Free Summer Skin 911 with $50+ at Bliss

Up to 50% off in the Memorial Day Sale Blowout and Free Summer Skin 911 with $50+ at Bliss!

MANE-tain Your Look with Tips from Red Door Spas' Beauty Expert

With summer around the corner and the heat and humidity on the rise, don’t fall victim to your usual summertime hair distress. Skip the frizz and unwanted bulk and volume with these hair styling tips from top stylist - Zahir Ziani, the National Creative Director at Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas – A Luxury Day Spa & Hair Salon.

· Don’t touch! – Playing or touching your hair can loosen the style out of its shape and create friction causing hair to expand, increasing volume and frizz

· Be cool – Skip blow drying and heated styling tools when you can in the summer. Excess heat can your damage hair cuticles and cause parched, frizzy hair

· Go long – When temperatures and humidity are at their highest, control your hair by keeping it long and heavy. The trick I use with all my clients is to add in curl to the ends with a roller so hair becomes “anchored” or weighed down

· Accept change – The texture of your hair will fluctuate with the seasons, so the products you use in spring may not be effective for smoothing hair and taming frizz during summer. The Kerastase BAIN OLÉO-RELAX is a perfect summertime beauty essential!

· Wear SPF – Hair, like skin, needs protection from harmful UV exposure. Look for hair care brands that offer sun protection with a minimum of SPF 15. Also similar to your skin, use hair care products formulated with antioxidant vitamins (A, C, E) to prevent against free radical damage. Add a vitamin B complex supplement to your beauty regimen to maintain health, shiny hair all year long

· Bounce-back – Use fabric-wrapped elastics; they are gentle on your hair and less likely to cause breakage and frizz. If you only wear non-metal elastics, do not wrap it around your hair more than twice. Before you go to bed, remove any elastic gently, as it can tangle hair during the night

Last but not least, make sure you visit your hair stylist at the start of every season to make sure you have the right cut and products to maintain smooth, shiny hair.

It's Your Last Chance! Spend Your Friday at the Sephora Beauty Studio!

This spring, TGIF has taken 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, for the last Friday this Spring, 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 this final Friday to indulge in a new look.

A few highlights and special guest appearances for this Friday, May 27th:

Hourglass at Sephora Times Square, 1-7 pm:
· Blush & Bronze Express Service
Enjoy a special guest appearance by Hourglass Artistic Director and celebrity makeup artist Gina Brooke, and learn how to play up your natural glamour by focusing on your cheeks. The combination of blush and bronze tones is like a light switch for your face.
Anastasia at Sephora Columbus Circle, 2- 8 pm:
Brow Know How Express Service
Achieving Anastasia’s signature brow is easy when experts teach you how to create a strong brow as the focal point of your face.

Sultra at Sephora Soho, 1-7 pm:
Bombshell Express Service
Using the clip-less Bombshell iron, let the hair experts at Sultra teach you how to create 3 different looks with their amazing tool. Choose from Rockin’ Ringlets, Wild Waves and Hippie Chic bohemian waves.

Cover FX at Sephora 86th & Lexington, 1-7pm:
Treat & Conceal Express Service
Learn how to achieve a flawless face with the pro’s from Cover FX with just four easy steps – prep, cover, blend and set!

Stila at Sephora Flatiron, 2-8 pm:
Blushing Bronzed Beauties, Sultry & Smoky Eye & Kiss & Tell Express Services
Get the ultimate beauty indulgence with any one of these THREE looks from the beauty buffs at Stila. Leave with a gorgeous sun kissed glow, sexy smoky eye or kissable pout for any weekend occasion!

Tips to Get Your Legs Ready for Beach Season

Whether you’re strolling around in short shorts, hitting the town in a mini skirt or catching some sun in a bikini, your legs are bound to be on display all summer. Legs are one of the sexiest parts of a woman’s body, so who wouldn’t want to show them off? While some women are graced with flawless stems, most of us aren’t so fortunate; some women have sensitive skin and thus are susceptible to painful razor burn, while others develop unsightly spider veins. Whatever the embarrassing ailment is, there is a solution that can help you feel confident again. Mike Sendogan, Clinical Director of New York City Medi-Spa LaserTouch Aesthetics offers advice on how to get sizzling hot legs this summer that you won’t want to cover up.

ORGANIGLOW™ Organic Spay Tan: Glowing skin and a darkened complexion is one of the fastest and easiest ways to hide cellulite, visible veins, scars and freckles, notes Mike. LaserTouch Aesthetics offers a 100% organic, all-natural, FDA-approved spray tan service that is also alcohol, paraben and odor free. ORGANIGLOW’s formula produces different level of initial color depending on your initial skin tone, guaranteeing a natural-looking result. The clear formula provides no immediate results but color begins to develop within a few hours, steadily darkening over time.

Skin Tightening with Laser Treatment: Laser skin tightening is done through the use of lasers to tighten the old and "loose" skin to give the appearance of youthful skin. After the technology was changed in the early 1990s from the ablative technology to the non-ablative technology, the risk and the recovery times from the treatments have greatly lessened. Especially GentleYag laser skin tightening technology has advanced with the change from the use of radiofrequency to the infrared frequency and an increase in the penetration depth, allowing a greater degree of skin tightening.

Laser Hair Removal: When you’re strutting your stuff on the beach, nobody wants to feel self-conscious about dreaded ingrown hairs and razor bumps, especially on your bikini line! While shaving, waxing, and electrolysis are common solutions for hair removal, many people feel that these time-consuming and often painful treatments are not worth the short-term results. “The legs and bikini area are two of the most common areas for laser hair removal,” says Mike. “The bikini area is extremely sensitive and shaving this area usually results in a painful, unattractive rash.” Laser hair removal is a convenient non-invasive way to permanently remove unwanted hair with only minimal discomfort. It is no wonder laser hair removal was one of the 5 most popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedures in 2010, accounting for 938,000 procedures, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Laser Treatment for Spider Veins: According to Web MD, about 25 million Americans have unsightly varicose veins (a.k.a. spider veins) on their legs. Spider veins get their name from their appearance; the veins branch out from a central point, similar to the shape of a spider. Although the exact cause of spider veins is unknown, certain factors are known to contribute to their appearance, such as weight gain and sitting or standing for long periods of time. These painful and unattractive veins can be very embarrassing and often will discourage women from wearing bathing suits or anything that exposes their legs. This can be particularly distressing in the summer when most people hit the beach or don leg-baring outfits to stay cool.

“Luckily there are lasers that can diminish the appearance of spider veins significantly,” explains MIke. The laser works by heating the inside of the vein causing it to seal shut and banish the bulging appearance. While laser treatments do not always get rid of spider veins entirely, they will enhance the skin’s appearance significantly enough so you will want to show your legs off all summer.

Schick Quattro for Women and Katy Perry - Dare to be Spontaneou​s Sweepstake​s!

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Schick® Quattro for Women® razors, the official partner of the Katy Perry California Dreams tour, launches the Dare to be Spontaneous summer program encouraging women to embrace the freedom that comes from having legs so smooth you can skip a day or two.

To kick-off the Dare to be Spontaneous program, today through July 8th, Schick® Quattro for Women® fans eighteen years of age and older can enter the Dare to Be Spontaneous Katy Perry Getaway Sweepstakes on the Schick Quattro for Women Facebook page. One lucky winner will receive a spontaneous getaway vacation with three friends to an undisclosed, secret location in the United States. The trip will include hotel, airfare, tickets to a Katy Perry concert, and a chance to meet Katy in person!

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Frownies: 40% off Botox-Free Wrinkle Prevention

Grandma always told you to turn that frown upside down, but chances are she knew about Frownies, the wrinkle-fighting and preventing facial strips that have been keeping complexions taut since 1889. Line-free faces don't come cheap in this era of Botox and lunchtime face lifts, but with PopSugar City's exclusive offer, you can get 40 percent off all Frownies merchandise for just $5.

Frownies patches have long been associated with Hollywood glamour — Gloria Swanson wore them in Sunset Boulevard; Raquel Welch writes about them in her memoirs; Rene Russo credits them with her knockout closeups in The Thomas Crown Affair — but the brand goes beyond its magical wrinkle-wrecking stickers. The Immune Perféct moisturizer battles free radicals with its antioxidant-rich hydration, and the Immune Shield serum fends off premature aging as well as sun damage and acne. Try the Eye Gel patches to smooth away crows feet and marionette wrinkles while building collagen layers around the corners of the eyes and lips. Not only will you eagerly pass down grandma's words of wisdom, you can tell your grandkids to send those lines back through time.

"I'm not going to do Botox, but I am using Frownies. . . . Each of these boxes has 144 patches, which is going to last you for many months. And it's really easy to use: you just wet it and stick it to your face . . . and then you go to sleep. In the morning, you feel good because you take this off and you don't look so, well, frowny."BellaSugar

Lilla Rose Review

Lilla Rose, Inc. offers comfortable and functional hair jewelry. Their flexi clip is available in seven different sizes. To select which size is best for you, they highly recommend reviewing the sizing and styling videos on their webpage before making a purchase. They also make beautiful beaded headbands, decorative bobby pins, O-rings, and hair sticks. In addition, they offer beaded lens lanyards, badge holders, necklaces and earrings.

I love wearing hair bows or unique hair accessories every chance I get. Therefore, I was excited to be contacted by Denise Martin, a sales representative for Lilla Rose. I opted for the Skull and Crossbones Bobby Pins ($9) and Princess Tiara Bobby Pins ($9) to review. I can honestly say that I am quite pleased with my selections, because each set is a work of art! They crafted and carefully designed each set with the strongest bases. The Skull and Crossbones Bobby Pins are edgy and fun to wear if you want to shy away from the norm and stand out. The Princess Tiara Bobby Pins are perfect for brides and wedding parties. I also adore the Stone Set Cluster ($12), Soaring Butterfly ($14), Fluttering Hummingbird ($14), and Lovely Circle Pink ($14).

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Rock Star Sheryl Crow Chats Live with Fans on Thursday May 19 from the Road: Exclusive Tom’s of Maine “Simply White” Chat

Participate in a LIVE online Q&A with Rock Star Sheryl Crow from the Road for her “100 Miles from Memphis” Tour 

When: Thursday, May 19, 2011 – 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST

Where: Tom’s of Maine Facebook page -www.facebook.com/TomsofMaine – via the Live Chat tab

What: Join rock star Sheryl Crow for an exclusive Tom’s of Maine “Simply White” live online chat. Sheryl will answer questions from fans about motherhood, life on the road, healthy cooking tips and her commitment to green living. From songwriting to her favorite organic recipes, this is a great opportunity for Sheryl’s fans to connect with her one-on-one while she’s on the road!

Who: Sheryl Crow – Rock Star, mother, eco-activist and author of the new “If It Makes You Healthy” cookbook

Why: To celebrate Tom’s of Maine’s “Bring Back Natural Beauty” campaign and the launch of its new, natural whitening toothpaste Simply White. Tom’s of Maine is also helping to green Sheryl Crow’s spring tour.

Calling LA: Meet Celebrity and DDF-Devote​e Giuliana Rancic at SEPHORA Beverly Center

May 25, 2011 - 8PM
DDF skincare consultations 1-8PM
Meet Giuliana Rancic from 6-8 PM

Enjoy DDF skincare consultations and meet entertainment correspondent – and new DDF skincare spokesperson – Giuliana Rancic. Giuliana will be onsite to pose for pictures and sign your purchased DDF products* so that you can leave feeling like a star!

Starting at 10 AM on May 25, the first 200 people who make a DDF skincare purchase at Sephora Beverly Center will receive a wristband, which will ensure meeting Giuliana.

Sephora Beverly Center
8500 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 657-9670

Three Treatments for Breakouts

Beyond daily care, sometimes skin needs a little extra attention to fight breakouts.

Here are three ways to help you manage breakouts and get your skin clearer more quickly.

1. Use Naturopathica's Moss Blemish Treatment ($38) as a night spot treatment to help clear up breakouts. Gentle enough to use daily, apply it directly to spots to clear up pores and eliminate whiteheads and blackheads.

2. For a deeper treatment, use the Glycolic Purifying Peel ($68). This is their most powerful tool against breakouts as it deeply penetrates the skin to clear up breakouts and reduce inflammation.

3. Make a Facial Sauna a weekly ritual to maintain clearer skin. Follow a Pumpkin Purifying Enzyme Peel ($58) with their Pore Refining Clay Mask ($48). This clarifying mask contains Willow Bark Extract - a natural source of Salicylic Acid to gently tone and clarify acne-prone skin.

Upcoming Product: Sigma Cleansing and Polishing Tool

Sigma Beauty recently announced on Twitter that they will be releasing the new Sigma Cleansing and Polishing Tool on May 30th. This new beauty product will be part of their Think Pink line and they're confident enough to believe that their new product will give Clarisonic a run for their money! Simone (the owner of Sigma Beauty) was inspired to create a beauty tool of her after not being impressed that much by Clarisonic.

Judging by the owner's tweets, this product sounds like it will be much more budget friendly than the Clarisonic. This new product will offer three heads (soft, medium, and firm) that can benefit everyone no matter what their skin type is.


eSalon was inspired by the idea that beautiful, quality hair color can be accessible without the uncertainties of retail dyes and the excessive expense of salons. The company's unique vision is the result of the strategic merging of experienced colorists and Internet veterans. They have a collaboration of art and technology that creates a much-needed balance between high style and do-it-yourself convenience.

When considering the many factors involved in formulating haircolor (i.e., natural hair color, level of gray hair, previously dyed color, hair texture and condition, desired color, etc.), there are literally hundreds of thousands of formulating possibilities. Standard at-home hair color products offer only 30 or 40 color options. They also include generic directions that can not fully address each person's individual needs. Alternatively, eSalon can address all the possibilities with custom hair color formulas while providing Personalized Instructions customized for each individual client.

The patent-pending technology eSalon has developed enables individual customization in hair coloring on a large scale. Their bottles are not pre-stocked. Every order is custom blended, bottled and packaged, then sent to the client as soon as it's completed. They have optimized their process in such a way that we can fulfill and deliver product to their clients quickly after they've ordered it.

The innovative eSalon concept opens up an exciting new alternative for beauty consumers-one that gives them straightforward, hands-on access to high end beauty and glamour at an affordable price.

Playboy Fragrance for Women Giveaway

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This month, Hugh Hefner introduced Playboy’s 2011 Playmate of the Year, Claire Sinclair to the media at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. After unveiling the new Playmate’s June cover and pictorial, Claire received her prizes, including a lifetime supply of Playboy Fragrances and a set of The Playboy Fragrance Collection adorned with Swarovski Elements.

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Looloo's Escape Review

Looloo’s Escape is the creation of husband and wife team Damien and Laura Thareau. Damien is a graduate of the University of Paris France, majoring in studies of biology and Chemistry. His education led him in his career of laboratory studies and business management. Damien has a deep passion for nature and the great outdoors, which took him out of the laboratory into working in extreme sports, and project management in sporting events. Laura is a practicing esthetician, who has worked since 2004 in the finest spas of Los Angeles specializing in skin care and whole body treatments. She is passionate in skin care and takes every opportunity to educate her clients in how to understand and treat their skin. Laura shares Damien’s love for nature and takes every opportunity to utilize nature’s fine ingredients in body care.

Together as a team they recognized the great need for organic natural body care products in the spa industry. Looloo’s Escape was created to offer the finest spa products that are highly effective, extremely luxurious, and most importantly earth-conscious. All of Looloo’s Escape products are proudly created for use in the finest spas in America, and are now available for home use in the greatest American bathtubs too!

The City Escape Gift Set ($75) will help you unwind and escape from the daily grind. Each set includes a Sugar Body Scrub, Body Wash, and Body Butter in the fragrance(s) of your choice. All in an adorable, reusable, eco friendly jute tote. Their fragrances include Hawaiian Lemongrass, French Lavender, Caribbean Lime, Tahitian Tangerine, Swiss Peppermint, and Brazilian Grapefruit. I opted for everything to be French Lavender since lavender has recently become one of my favorite scents, because it's a true scent that helps me relax and unwind.

Body Butter - I'm not too keen on most body butter, because I have had an unpleasant experience with several since they were either too thick and/or greasy. This body butter is very light, though. It's also good at moisturizing the skin. And, I just love the fragrance!

Sugar Scrub
- I'm a self-confessed body scrub addict. I have tried many different brands and this one make's it to my list of favorites. It's much, much better than the body scrub that I reviewed recently even though that one is good and unique. However, this buffs away the dead skin cells and banishes dryness much better. It's very good sensitive skin, though. It is not abrasive at all, which I think is very unnecessary for a body scrub. Another good thing is that it isn't greasy in the least.

Body Wash - Their coconut based body wash is super moisturizing! It's very foamy, but it doesn't contain harsh detergents that can strip, irritate, or dehydrate the skin. It also doesn't contain artificial fragrances, chemical preservatives, or any other toxins that could pose a threat to your body. If I made bath products, this is exactly how I'd want my bath products to be. It's highly nourishing for the skin and the pure, high quality ingredients makes it even better!

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Nature's Basin Review

Nature’s Basin is the only website you will need to find a wide range of natural makeup perfect for all your organic beauty care needs and gifts. Their natural beauty products are only of the highest quality because when it comes to looking after you, only the best will do. Here at Nature’s Basin they are firm believers that if you wouldn’t eat the ingredients, why let your skin absorb them? They have searched the market to find the best natural beauty care products so you don’t have to.

Enhance your natural beauty with luxurious natural makeup that will not only make you look fabulous but will also care for your skin. Their selection of mineral makeup will nourish and illuminate your skin leaving you looking and feeling beautiful. By choosing organic makeup you can have the assurance that there are no chemicals in your makeup, so beauty comes without a price to your health.

Take care of your skin with natural skin care; we have a wide range of products to choose from ensuring you will find one that is right for your skin type. The soothing and nourishing properties of natural skincare products protect skin whilst promoting rejuvenation. Whether you are trying to prevent aging, tackling problem skin or just want your skin to be healthy and radiant, organic skincare is for you. All this comes without the detrimental effects of synthetic chemicals which are used in the majority of skin care products today.

Going to the beach? Don’t forget your natural sunscreen! You don’t have to sacrifice by using harsh chemical-filled products when trying to protect your skin. Just as it is important to protect skin from harmful UV rays, it’s also important to protect skin from damaging chemicals.

I'm not too keen on most hair oil out there, because I've tried plenty of different brands that were greasy enough to knock up a batch french fries. This is why I was a bit leery about using the Suki Organic Hair Conditioning Oil ($32.95) since it was a brand that I heard of yet didn't have any experience with.

This hair oil is very light. My hair doesn't require much of it since as a little goes very far. I've found out that it works to the best of it's ability when I apply it on before hopping into the shower. It soaks in much better that way. Then, I wait until my shower is about over and start shampooing my hair. That way my hair has had enough time to reap the benefits from this oil.

This hair oil can also be used as a treatment for dry scalp issues such as eczema, dermatitis, and dandruff. It can also be used as a leave-in conditioner or shine serum. The jojoba oil, neem, and rosemary extract are much more effective at treating dry and/or damaged hair than mineral and sunflower oil. The jojoba oil base tones follicles and organic rosemary extract stimulates hair growth and circulation. Organic lavender extract soothes the scalp, while neem extract conditions. Split ends and flyaways are smoothed and irritation is calmed. This hair treatment is vegan and safe for chemically and color-treated hair.

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Naturopathica Review

At Naturopathica, they live and breathe A Better Beauty™. Theit holistic approach to well-being taps into the best of nature by combining certified natural and organic ingredients with Naturoceuticals, state-of-the-art skin care technology, without harmful synthetics.

For 15 years, Naturopathica has evolved as the expert source for natural solutions by integrating centuries-old traditions from around the globe with the latest breakthroughs in science. From stimulating pear fig enzymatic masks that soften fine lines to warming arnica ointments that ease muscle soreness, Naturopathica creates easy and effective healing rituals to restore your optimal beauty and well-being.

From their inception, they have been ahead of the curve. Their innovative products, certified by ECOCERT, acknowledge their commitment to sustainability and their respect for the wisdom of nature. They were one of the first brands to take a holistic approach and emphasize how diet, herbal remedies, and mind/body techniques enhance beauty from the inside out. Their signature blue bottles quickly developed a following with celebrities, beauty editors, and trendsetters, but most of all, real women.

The LAVENDER BLOSSOM BATH & BODY OIL ($28) has a light yet soothing fragrance with woody undertones. I opted for this bath and body oil, because lavender is popular for all of it's wonderful qualities. I used to not be fond of the smell of lavender, but I'm starting to like it more as I get older. I love that it is ideal for all skin types since I have sensitive and acne-prone skin. I rely on body oil, because I love for skin (and hair) to stay moisturized throughout the year! Not all body oils are the same, because I have tried some that were overly greasy and didn't into the skin well. However, that isn't the case at all with this company.

Many consider lavender oil as a cell regenerator that is used in folk remedies to prevent stretch marks, scarring, and to slow down the process of aging. It's not only good at moisturizing the skin, but it is also a great way to banish hair dryness. Aroma therapists use it to treat respiratory problems, stress, depression, nervousness, nervousness, exhaustion, burns, insomnia, rheumatism, various types of skin infections, sun-damaged skin, sprains, and abdominal cramps. It is also effective in treating headaches and migraines.

You'll be tempted to try to lick your face with the PUMPKIN PURIFYING ENZYME PEEL ($58), because it smells like freshly baked pumpkin pie. However, I do not recommend that at all. I do recommend using it on your face, of course! It's gentle yet effective for dull and acne-prone skin. I noticed a difference in my skin after the first week and I love how a little goes a long, long way. No regrets!

The pumpkin is used as an exfoliation accelerator, a powerful antioxidant and a mild retinoic acid substitute, while the pumpkin enzymes will help break down dead skin cells for a soft, smooth finish. This facial mask also has a potent trio of antiseptic herbs - Cinnamon Bark, Oregano, and Rosemary Extract.

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Sofia Vergara - The Newest CoverGirl

“I’ve always wanted to be a CoverGirl. I always loved seeing the pictures of the campaigns in magazines.” Vergara, who’s addicted to the brand’s LashBlast Volume mascara and Lip Perfection lipstick, says she grew up around cosmetics. “My mother used to do her makeup everyday, and I used to watch her, just fascinated,” she shares. “I’ve always had a very good relationship with makeup; it’s one of my favorite things.” Vergara, who made PEOPLE’s “Most Beautiful” list this year, is also proud to represent Latin women in her new role. “When you grow up, you look up to girls in the magazines, and you never think you’re going to be that pretty, or that well made-up, or that glamorous,” she says. “I love that I have the Latin flavor; Latin girls can relate to me, see what I’m wearing, see my makeup, my hairstyle.” Vergara’s ads will debut in January of 2012; she’ll be representing some new additions to the CoverGirl line. The Modern Family star joins an esteemed roster of current brand spokesmodels, including Queen Latifah, Drew Barrymore, Ellen DeGeneres, Dania Ramirez and Taylor Swift.

L’Oréal Paris

L’Oréal Paris is a truly global beauty brand. Their signature phrase, “Because I’m Worth It”, is meant to inspire each and every woman to embrace her own unique beauty and reinforce her sense of self-worth.

They believe that everyone should have the ability to express themselves. That’s why we are committed to creating the most groundbreaking, high-quality, yet inexpensive beauty products for all ages and ethnicities.

Their Facebook page is a place for you to discover and share your personal ideas about beauty. Here, theirexperts offer professional advice on best products for hair, skin and makeup, post special offers and news and take you behind-the-scenes of photo and video shoots.

You have the chance to get involved in worthwhile causes like Color of Hope that supports ovarian cancer research and awareness and Women of Worth that celebrates women who are making a beautiful difference in their communities.

They love hearing from you, so start a discussion topic or post photos, videos, and product reviews. But please remember to share your opinion without hostility and respect the opinions of others.

We know you love Loreal Paris, so why not "like" them on Facebook to receive amazing discounts and specials!

Free Live Chat and Secret Savings with L'Oreal Makeup Artist Today on Rite Aid FB

Discover the insider secrets of a professional makeup artist today, May 11, from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern in our live chat with a L’Oreal Paris beauty expert right on the Rite Aid Facebook page! Learn about the latest summer beauty trends, get answers to all your top beauty questions and receive a secret savings offer after the chat! Learn more here by clicking on the small banner above.


Tippr is the new wave in collective buying. Tippr is a website that fulfills your daily cravings for steals and deals in your city. They get their members between 50% to 90% off at the city's most popular restaurants, bars, salons, retail, fitness centers, entertainment and more.

Tippr features three fantastic deals a day! The best part is that Tippr's deals are accelerated. That means that as each person buys, the deal gets better for everyone! So if you see something you want, tell your friends about it too and tip that deal!

Skintimate Giveaway

Prize: Two winners will receive a limited-edition can of Skintimate that was designed by Mara Hoffman.

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Now through May 18th, you can vote on their favorite design online and be entered in the Skintimate Ready for Everything Sweepstakes for a chance to win weekly prizes such as $100 gift card, a Mara Hoffman scarf or a once in a lifetime trip for two to Miami, Florida for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim Show. One winner and a guest or chaperone will receive a two night, three day trip to Miami, where they will have a front row into the world of fashion and a meeting with Mara Hoffman!

A select panel of judges chose the top 10 finalists, Vanessa An Lim Greeson, Kara Fenoglietto, Larissa Meuhleder, Jacqueline Moran, Brittany Morganti, Kelsey Denczek-Kalczynski, Christine Tong, Ericka Howard, Olga Barladym, and Gabrielle Zwick. These women will now compete online through May 18th for a once in a lifetime opportunity to intern for two weeks with New York based fashion designer Mara Hoffman, both in New York and Miami, as she prepares for her 2012 fashion show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. While only one Skintimate Studios designer will be part of Hoffman’s team, the other nine finalists will receive a deluxe fashion prize pack filled with must-have items to allow them to continue their creative journey and help kick start their fashion careers.

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NEW Makeup from L'OCCITANE

L’Occitane en Provence is pleased to announce the May 9th launch of their newest color cosmetic collection: Pivoine Flora Make-Up.

Inspired by the graceful peony which dances like a ballerina in the Mediterranean breeze, L’Occitane unveils its stunning color collection of luminous springtime hues and velvety textures enriched with softening peony extract. The easy-to-use products glide onto the skin, leaving it silky and nourished, and can be blended together in a variety of ways for buildable make-up looks.

Artisan Naturals Review

Artisan Naturals has always adhered to the highest standards when formulating. They have carefully selected from the finest quality ingredients available. When possible they source certified organic ingredients. More often, they source materials including essential oils, herbs, butters, and other extracts purchased from relatively small companies around the world which practice sustainability and wild-crafting.

Recent emphasis on the importance of the "organic certification" may actually hurt these smaller farmers, producers, and wild-crafters. While the organic movement is of tremendous benefit to the planet; it is important to understand that although many of these farmers are utilizing the same organic methods and instilling the same organic quality, they simply cannot afford the certification process.

Their products are an homage to these hard working people who are dedicated to preserving their time honored traditions. They are true Artisans.

The Zinc & Aloe Anti-Acne Clarifying Treatment Serum ($19) is currently a staple product in my beauty routine. Like most acne products, it doesn't work overnight, but it has been a tremendous help at keeping the acne at bay ever since I started using it. I've noticed way less breakouts. Just a pimple here or there every now and then. Nothing major.

The key ingredients in this serum will help combat the sources of break-outs and blemishes. Zinc controls acne causing bacteria, natural Alpha hydroxy acids from fruit and sugars exfoliate, while essential oils help to regulate oily skin conditions.

The Green Tea Clarifying Cleanser with AHA ($24) is a gentle yet effective cleanser that wondrously treats oily, sluggish skin without stripping the delicate balance of oil and moisture. My face feels so clean and smooth whenever I use this cleanser. I only use it once a day (preferably in the morning) since I've noticed my face gets slightly irritated when I use it morning and night. This is probably because I have very sensitive skin. Other than that, it's a great cleanser to use, especially if you have problematic skin. Natural fruit acids and Willow bark exfoliate and purify as well as Green Tea extract to produce a supple and balanced complexion.

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.

The Body Deli Review

The Body Deli’s unique “deli-style” store concept now includes more than 175 delectable beauty products.

In addition to the retail store in Palm Desert, The Body Deli products are available on the company’s website, offering The Body Deli experience worldwide. The popularity of the products has cultivated a loyal customer base, including celebrities such as Alicia Silverstone, Goldie Hawn, and Kate Hudson.

The Green Mineral Detox Scrub ($32) is one of the best body scrubs I've used, because it provides deep and soothing exfoliation without being oily or greasy in the least. It detoxifies and exfoliates using mineral salts, nourishes with Cocoa & Shea Butter, and gives the skin a dewy glow with raw Superfoods! The lime scent is tantalizing and refreshing. This product is great to use before you shave. Your legs will feel silky smooth for days, but one word of advice: don't use on broken skin. Ouch!

Ingredients: Dead Sea Mineral Salts, Himalayan Mineral Salts, Celtic Sea Salts, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Kukui Butter, Mango Butter, Barley Grass Juice, Alfalfa Leaf Juice, Dandilion Leaf Juice, Oat Grass Juice, Wheat Grass Juice, Nettle Leaf, Horsetail, Basil, Ginger root, Broccoli Juice, Kale Juice, Spinach Juice, Parsley Juice, Spirulina, Chlorella, Kelp, Dulse, Nori, Bladderwrack, Essential oils of Sage, Cypress, Juniper, Rosemary, Spearmint, Peppermint and Lemon Verbena.

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.

BloomCircle Review

BloomCircle is a new and innovative beauty web-site to find the best beauty products for your individual needs. Through “social beauty” they’re able to harness the wisdom and experiences of thousands of women like you, to provide an unbiased, trusted source for all things beauty. Using open-minded, honest feedback from their beauty community, BloomCircle will help you find the products to achieve your most beautiful self and receive up to 20% back on all your beauty purchases!

Join their site to take advantage of their Daily Free Gift Event, their Beauty Concierge, 10% back in BloomDollars with every order, and their referral program where you receive an additional $10 BloomDollars for every referral who joins and makes a purchase.

Note: Through Mother's Day, you can double your rewards by receiving 20% back on every purchase!

I'm very satisfied with the Supersmile Professional Whitening System ($36 - $75) that I ordered. I use it twice a day as recommended and I've noticed a major difference in my teeth. While the price is a bit steep, I love how easy it is to use this system. It doesn't involve making a mess in the process like most whitening products out there. I also love how it doesn't make my teeth more sensitive like the products similar to this that I have tried out in the past.

Beauty Benefits:

- System includes Supersmile® Whitening Toothpaste (original mint) and Supersmile® Whitening Accelerator.
- Lifts stains to whiten teeth and freshens breath by killing odor-causing germs.
- Safely and effectively removes the toughest dental stains, whitening teeth below the surface to remove deep-set discolorations.
- Doesn’t cause tooth sensitivity.
- Strengthens and protects teeth against cavities with fluoride.
- Refreshing mint flavor.

The Babor Maxi Definition Eye Liner ($16) is a bit different than any liquid eyeliner I've used in the past. It has an innovative calligraphy tip that was developed in Japan and is the perfect tool for drawing precise and fine lines. The refilling system allows you to replace the cartridge up to five times.

It was a bit of a pain in the butt to use at first because of the cartridge - it took the longest for the color to reach the tip in order for me to apply it on. Admittedly, it's not the best liquid eyeliner I've used since it doesn't provide a color that is bold enough. Plus, it stings a bit if you get the least bit in your eye, which I've never experienced with a liquid eyeliner before.

The reviewer was sent a $100 gift card 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.

Dr. Gold's Tips for May Skin Cancer Awareness Month

In honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May, we wanted to share with readers regarding Dr. Michael Gold’s expertise so you can both prevent and detect skin cancer. By following these simple guidelines and of course visiting your dermatologist for an annual skin exam, you can keep skin cancer at bay.


· The best defense for preventing skin cancer is to stay out of the sun and to definitely avoid tanning beds. Remember, there is no safe tanning bed.

· Wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 30+ is a must. There are sunscreens that block both UVA and UVB rays, but since the FDA is still figuring out how best to classify them, anything over an SPF 30 and that has UVA and UVB protection is your best defense.


· If the mole or spot itches, bleeds, or burns have it examined by a dermatologist.

· If a mole changes size, shape, or color, have it examined by a dermatologist.

· The ABCD rule for melanoma still applies today: A = asymmetry, B = irregular borders, C= change of color, and D= diameter greater than the size of a dime. Any of these signs should prompt someone to a board certified dermatologist who can best determine whether a biopsy or removal of the lesion is indicated.

Eco Activist Sheryl Crow Brings Back Natural Beauty with Tom's of Maine Simply White Tour

What does green living activist Sheryl Crow and Tom’s of Maine new Simply White toothpaste have in common? They’re working together to bring back natural beauty by greening Crow’s spring “100 Miles from Memphis” Tour and restoring the natural beauty of smiles everywhere with the launch of Tom’s of Maine’s new Simply White toothpaste.

Through support from Tom’s of Maine, Crow’s spring tour will reduce its carbon footprint with biodiesel fuel, recycling bins at every venue, and a commitment to eco-friendly cleaning products, local and organic catering and reusable/biodegradable hospitality products, among other initiatives.

You may also be interested in chatting with Crow -- live from the road -- on the Tom’s of Maine Facebook page on May 19 at 7 p.m. ET, where Crow will take questions from fans about living a green life, her music, motherhood, life on the road, healthy cooking tips and more.

Going Across Country: Sheryl Crow Tour Schedule

The “100 Miles From Memphis” tour, in partnership with Tom’s of Maine, includes the following dates. For ticket information visit http://www.sherylcrow.com/events.

May 8th
Rochester, MN
Taylor Arena

May 9th
Duluth, MN
Decc Auditorium

May 11th
Waukegan, IL
Genesee Theater

May 12th
Omaha, NE
Orpheum Theater

May 15th
Boulder, CO
Boulder Theater

May 19th
Boise, ID
Idaho Botanical Gardens

May 20th
Eugene, OR
Hult Center

May 21st
Sonoma, CA
Field of Dreams Park

June 24th
Salt Lake City, UT
Red Butte Garden Amphitheater

June 25th
Aspen, CO
Aspen Music Festival

June 27th
Beaver Creek, CO
Vilar Performing Arts Center

June 29th
Sioux City, IA
Orpheum Theater

June 30th
Joliet, IL
Rialto Square Theater
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