Score a Steal and Make a Clean Getaway

Children love hand-washing about as much as they love vegetables, and perhaps with good reason: harsh chemicals in traditional soaps and sanitizers can irritate skin and leave it cracked and dry. Though thyme oil has been a celebrated germ-killer for thousands of years, it took CleanWell to revolutionize modern clean using this hardy plant. For a real clean sweep, PopCity Sugar's exclusive offer buys $30 worth of CleanWell's gentle, natural, and environmentally friendly soaps, hand sanitizing sprays, and wipes for just $15.


CleanWell's inspiration was a boy named Conor, who was born with a serious immune system disorder. His father was determined to keep Conor clean without taxing his body, so with the help of an expert in natural chemistry, this thyme-ly line was born. The plant's antiseptic uses date back to early Roman, Greek, and Ayurvedic medicinal practices, and today it powers the germ-fighting abilities of CleanWell's gentle hand soaps, hand sanitizing sprays, and wipes. Since thyme is a weed, it grows without nasty pesticides, and the oil is sustainably harvested through steam distillation, meaning that your conscience will remain as clean as your hands.

American Laser Skincare - Win Free Laser Hair Removal Activated


Step away from the razor and enjoy smooth, hassle-free skin with Laser Hair Removal from American Laser Skincare. Grand Prize is valued at approximately $3000 in Laser Hair Removal treatments. Second Prize is value at approximately $1500 in Laser Hair Removal treatments. This sweepstakes will conclude on June 30th, 2011.

American Laser Skincare is the nation’s largest and leading provider of laser-based skincare services, with over 8.5 million treatments conducted since 2002 in over 150 clinics, across the country.


Mortifying waxing experiences. Goopy at-home creams. Last-minute bikini season shaving. When it comes to removing unwanted body hair, you’ve put yourself through the ringer. But with American Laser Skincare Laser Hair Removal Treatment, you’ll say goodbye to everyday shaving – and get used to skin that’s smooth and stubble-free.

$40 off Resurrecte​d Makeup Shades from Chanel, Dior, and More


It's like losing a best friend: that dark day when you slick on the final swipe from the last tube of your discontinued favorite lipstick. Consider Three Custom Color Specialists your personal mad scientist, custom-blending the makeup formulas you had all but mourned and buried. Resurrecting the deceased is undoubtedly costly (just ask the townspeople in Night of the Living Dead); however, with PopCity Sugar's exclusive offer, $30 gets you $70 worth of shades from this year and seasons past.

As the name suggests, the experts at Three Custom Color Specialists know a thing or two about color. The vast color archive houses more than 9,000 shades of lipstick, concealer, eyeshadow, and more, including 300-plus discontinued Chanel lip colors. Say you dig up a tube of grandma's perfect, but label-less, fire engine red or want to match your eye color to your favorite nude patent Louboutins? Send in a smear, snapshot, or swatch, and Three Custom Color's makeup artists will hand-blend it for you. Precise color matching is just the tip of the proverbial lipstick: deep in the lab, the formula undergoes rigorous testing to ensure that the texture, opacity, and light reflection are as close to the original as possible while maintaining professional quality standards. So before resigning your favorite canceled cosmetics to the great makeup bag in the sky, give new life to your dearly departed favorites with a custom-blended revival.

"One fact that bowled me over: Three Custom's 'recipes' date back to the 1930s, so if you wanted the perfect Mary Quant shade of pink lipstick or a red inspired by Rosie the Riveter, you can have them custom-blended for you to be exactly like they were back in the day. (They even have a sample of Revlon's classic Cherries in the Snow—the original formula!)"BellaSugar

Preserve Skincare Review


Preserve Skincare face cleansing pads were developed by two experienced estheticians that were looking for an easy, effective way to get their clients to wash their faces and take care of their skin.

Getting started is often the hardest part. No one likes to hang over the sink and get water and make-up all over the counter, especially late at night. The solution was easy, low maintenance yet high performance cleansing pads.


I had the opportunity to try out both of their products, the Orange Blossom Face Cleansing Pads ($38) and Geranium Leaf Deep Cleansing Pads ($38). Both products make my face feel radiantly clean and are part of my daily regiment.

The Orange Blossom Face Cleansing Pads area ideal for someone who is low maintenance, busy, in need of some back-up products to leave at the boyfriend's house, hitting the gym, or for everyday use. All you have to do is just wipe and go! Personally, I think they work much better than a typical cleanser since it removes all of the dirt and oil that other products are not able to. It's perfect for all skin types!

The Orange Blossom Face Cleansing Pads are loaded with purifying agents - grapefruit, pomegranate, and witch hazel. They're also packed with potent extracts and anti-oxidants - lavender, white tea, grape seed, and yucca. It has Gluconolactone, which is sensitive skin friendly and a powerful wrinkle fighter. This PHA offers skin strengthening and cell renewal abilities. It's also made with made with all natural citrus essential oils - White grapefruit, orange peel, and tangerine. The base is loaded with Aloe, a trusted skin remedy.

The Geranium Leaf Deep Cleansing Pads is a super cleanser that will deeply clean your pores and remove dirt & make-up with such ease. It's packed with tea tree, hydrogen peroxide and willow bark (salicylic acid) - all are wonderful acne fighting agents. This is a product must-have if you're looking for something that will combat congestion and prevent breakouts.

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Win 2 Tickets to Katy Perry's California Dreams 2011 Tour

Prize: One winner will receive a two tickets to Katy Perry's California Dreams 2011 Tour. The tickets are good for Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY (June 17th) or Prudential Center in Newark, NY (June 19th). The sponsor will FedEx the tickets overnight to the winner along with Schick TrimStyles and razors.


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Vitaphenol Review and Giveaway



Prize: One winner will receive a Skin Care Regimen Kit of Their Choice (Dry, Normal, Oily, or Acne-Prone; a $235 - $335 value) from Vitaphenol.

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Systematically created to transform oily skin into superior skin. The Vitaphenol Skin Care Collection is an anti-aging therapy that delivers a light moisturizer to balance and hydrate skin. The exclusive Vitaphenol Complex provides an exceptional blend of high-potency antioxidants to nourish and revitalize oily skin.


Vitaphenol gave me the opportunity to try out the Skin Care Regimen Kit of my choice. I chose the Acne Prone Regimen Kit ($235). I'm slowly but surely nearing my thirties and I'm still faced with teenage skin. It's quite embarrassing, especially since I've tried a little bit of every remedy out there to eliminate this problem. I've come across a few products that temporarily helped me with my problem, but finding a decent product is few and far between.

I started using the Acne Prone Regimen Kit about a couple months ago and I honestly haven't had any embarrassing breakouts ever since. It is the simplest and most effective regimen kit I've used so far. The only thing I find a bit disagreeable is the price, because I know that not too many people can easily shell out $235 for a one month supply. I'll admit that I still get the occasional pimple, but nothing bad enough to make me want to to crawl into a hole and stay there for awhile.

The Acne Prone Regimen Kit boasts four different products to help you achieve the skin that you've always dreamed of: Ultra-Gentle Daily Cleanser, Anti-Aging Toner, Oil-Free Anti-Aging Serum, and Daily Fortified Moisturizer.

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Kérastase - Father's Day is Almost Here!


Free Kérastase Gym Bag with their purchase of any 2 full-size Homme Capital Force products. And now extended through June 28th receive a Free Kérastase Spa Bag and choice of travel size heat protective styler with purchase of $100 or more.

Carmindy’s Summer Looks


Vacation Glow

Gives you just the right amount of a healthy glow without the worry of sun damage.

- Start with a clean and fresh face – try using POND’S Morning Refresh Wet Cleansing Towelettes to polish away dullness and reveal fresh, glowing skin.
- Apply bronzer to your cheeks and forehead in a “C” formation (from above the eyebrow to your cheekbone) & add a hint to any other spot that would naturally get a glow from the sun.
- Use a gold eye shadow over entire lid to complement the bronzed look.
- Finish off with coral lips and cheeks.

Ocean Eyes

Inspired by sandy beaches, warm air and cool ocean waves to create a dramatic appearance.

- Apply a bright aqua shadow to lids for a bold pop of color.
- Then, complement it with a deep blue eyeliner, just along the lid to emphasize the color (avoid an all-over lid look).
- Finish the look with neutral cheeks, lips and mascara.
- When the day is done, remove with a classic like POND’S Evening Soothe Towelettes. – The Pond’s towelettes will remove all your make-up, dirt and impurities while leaving you with a calming scent.

Hot Lips

Make a bright statement with the season’s hottest lip color.

- The key to making a bright lip work best is to keep your eyes and face neutral.
First, use a natural blush to bring out the subtle color your cheeks.
- Go for your favorite red, pink or even neon orange lip color (can be a lip-stain or lip stick) & apply generously. You can choose a matte color or even add a clear gloss to emphasize the color.
- Finish the look with a heavy coat of mascara.
- Lip colors (especially stains) can often stay on at the end of the day, even after washing. A great trick for easy removal is to use POND’S Original All Day Clean Wet Cleansing Towelettes to remove make-up – even waterproof mascara and bold lip color.

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GLO Brilliant™ Personal Teeth Whitening Device

GLO Brilliant™ Personal Teeth Whitening Device $275


This kit gives you professional quality teeth whitening results at-home—up to eight shade changes-with an average of five shades in five days with no sensitivity. The GLO Device, when used with the GLO Brilliant™ Whitening Gels and GLO Brilliant™ Whitening Mouthpiece, uses the patented Guided Light Optics Technology and illuminates with a brilliant blue light as it gently warms up. The light and heat accelerate the GLO Brilliant™ Whitening Gel giving you faster, longer-lasting results. You're in control, your smile can get as white and as bright as can be.

SOMEDAY by Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber's debut fragrance, SOMEDAY, is full of the same energy, passion, and confidence that drove him to the top of the music charts. Featuring top notes of juicy mandarin, pear, and wild berries, a heart of creamy florals, and a base of warm vanilla and soft musk, the playful, flirty scent is anything but ordinary. SOMEDAY embodies his idea that we will one day change the world and make our own dreams come true. It's more than just a fragrance — it's an inspiring state-of-mind. Take your Justin Bieber experience past the music and beyond the performer—and experience a world of possibilities with SOMEDAY.

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Swept Away Hair Mist $20

NuMe Review and Giveaway



Prize: One winner will receive a Jet Setter Prize Package from NuMe. This prize package is valued at $525 and includes a Mini Flat Iron, Vintage Flat Iron, and a 19mm Curling Wand.


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After working closely with stylists in the industry for over a decade, they’ve taken everything they’ve learned to deliver the highest quality products for the most incredible results. They’ve created products that will revolutionize your everyday look.

They understand how frizzy and unruly hair can change the way their customers feel. Hair is truly transformational and the good news is, unlike the other features we’re born with, it can actually be transformed into the silkiest, most gorgeous styles.

It’s all about breaking new ground while staying smart and, above all, staying committed to the best quality the industry can offer. They’re combining time-tested techniques with innovations to craft the ultimate styling tools for quick and easy long lasting styles, transforming your hair to any stunning look. They give their customers the most beautiful hair they’ve ever dreamed of.

By understanding the needs of their customers, we take pride in the fact that we can deliver professional quality styling products which embody individuality, creativity and elegance. They created NuMe in order to make these discoveries accessible to all: salons, stylists and individuals around the world.

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I'm sorry GHD and T3, but the Couture Flat Iron ($240) is honestly the best flat iron I've used so far! Worth every cent, this flat is available in three different colors - Purple, Black, and Red.

I have medium-length, wavy, and thick hair that can be a bit frustrating to flat iron. This flat iron beautifully straightens it out within 15 minutes. However, I spray on the Thermal Defense ($16.99) beforehand to ensure superior heat protection, because using a flat iron without using products like this can lead to thermal damage and frizz.

This flat iron is also great for those who wants to add flirtatious and bouncy waves or the perfect curls. Whatever hair style you opt for, it will deliver! I love that the heat settings are adjustable like most flat irons are, because there's one brand in particular that doesn't have a heat setting and I don't believe that is good for just any type of hair. Advanced technology and smart features include a dynamic alignment system that ensures perfect contact between your hair and our 100% tourmaline ceramic plates. The ceramic ion technology generates gentle far infrared heat and by infusing plates with crushed tourmaline crystals, 600% more negative ions help create the perfect frizz free hair without any heat damage for quicker, superior results. It's a proven technology that leaves your locks bouncing with health.

When I'm done with the flat iron, I finish it off with the Finishing Serum ($16.99), which immediately gives my hair a healthy shine without a tinge of greasiness. It also eliminates static electricity and frizz and controls fly aways.

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