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TOCCA will be donating 15% of its Laundry Delicate Collection to Living Beyond Breast Cancer during the month of October.

Must-Have Mascara Innovations


A newcomer to the lash category, the new Hourglass Film Noir Lash Lacquer ($28) is an ultra-glossy, inky black top coat for lashes that completes any lash look. Using the unique brush applicator and latex-like formula, apply this lash topcoat on top of mascara to quickly take your look from day to night.


A luscious lash pairs perfectly with any fall look and can be easily achieved with the new Lancôme HYPNÔSE DOLL LASHES Mascara ($25). This mascara is made to separate, lift, and define, replicating fanned out doll-like lashes and reaching even the corners using its unique cone-shaped brush. Bat a lash, or two!


Lashes so dramatically defined, they’re beyond belief is what we get from the new Benefit They're Real! Mascara ($22). The genius is in the ball-tipped brush—it picks up where many wands leave off, adding length and impact at every angle, with a long-wearing, glossy formula.


Masterminded in Japan, the curved triple-sphere brush on Fairy Drops Scandal Queen Mascara ($24) hugs the lash line, while flexible bristles coat lashes with curling polymers and lengthening fibers, lifting and elongating.


Crank up the volume with the new Buxom Amplified Lash Mascara ($22). This mascara wand features an expandable brush that elongates to add volume and then shortens to accentuate length and separation to create the perfect lash for any occasion.

Hair Tutorial: Nicole Richie's 60s Inspired High Pony

Last night in Hollywood, Wella Professionals Celebrity Stylist Andy Lecompte styled Nicole Richie’s super cute 60s-inspired high pony as she celebrated Charlotte Ronson’s new beauty line. This is a super cute, fast up do that anyone can re-create!


Wella Professionals Celebrity Stylist Andy Lecompte gave Nicole Richie a 1960’s-inspired fringe and high pony for Charlotte Ronson’s Beauty Launch Event for Sephora that was held in West Hollywood last night.

Step-by-Step Styling


1. To start, Andy applied Wella Professionals Thermal Image Heat Protection Spray to each section of Nicole’s already dry hair to leave hair soft, shiny and manageable before smoothing out locks with a flat iron

2. Next, Andy pulled a mo-hawk section of the hair up and away while he pulled the rest of the hair into a super high pony with two elastics at the crown of the head for extra volume

3. Release the mo-hawk section of the hair and lightly blast with a blow dryer to find a part and smooth out any kinks

4. Lightly shake out the top section of the hair to let face-framing fringe fall, then separate the remaining hair into two sections on both sides of the head

5. One at a time, wrap the sections around the pony pin one at a time and secure with hair pins to hide the elastic and give shape to the head

6. Smooth fly-aways and set the look with a light mist of Wella Professionals Stay Essential Finishing Spray

7. Add red-carpet worthy shine with Wella Professionals Shimmer Delight Shine Spray

Shiny Hair Secret: Nicole takes excellent care of her hair with a great conditioning regimen. Boost your hair’s shine with a deep conditioner such as Wella Professionals Enrich Treatment to get instantly softer, shinier strands.

Salma Hayek Launches Beauty Line


“I wanted to create a line of premium beauty products that were both effective and affordable using the ingredients and knowledge passed down to me from my grandmother,” the actress — whose grandma was a cosmetologist — said in a release. “My partnership with CVS/pharmacy allowed me to be truly involved in every aspect of product development, bringing my vision to life in making a line that is available to all women, who are entitled to preserve their youth no matter what.”


Nuance Salma Hayek boasts more than 100 items, which includes skincare, cosmetics, haircare and body, priced between $2.99 and $19.99. Hayek tested everything herself, and used ingredients like blue agave and prickly pear, which have never been seen in beauty products before.

Click here to check out the line. For a limited time, you can buy two items for the price of one.

VINCE CAMUTO Eau de Parfum


This first fragrance by Vince Camuto is contemporary, sexy and sophisticated. The top notes are enriched with intoxicating notes of rum absolute and osmanthus nectar. A heart is opulent and floral, composed of Bulgarian rose and night blossoming jasmine enhanced with leather notes, while a base incorporates vanilla, absolute, sensual patchouli, hot Brazilian amber and leathery musk. Fragrance Vince Camuto is available in a gorgeous glass flacon with stylish cap shaped like logo of the brand. 3.4 oz bottle.


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Hollywood'​s Royal Wedding - Makeup Artist Gail Sagel Predicts Kim Kardashian​'s Wedding Day Look

From the $20,000 10-tier wedding cake that resembles Prince William and Duchess Kate's to the highly anticipated first photo of the wedding dress by go-to bridal couturier Vera Wang, all wedding day details for the soon-to-be Mrs. Kris Humphries (aka Kim Kardashian) have been sought after. As the countdown winds down -only 5 days before her nuptials- many are speculating what makeup style the reality TV star queen will choose for her big day. With a celebrity makeup artist already leading Kim’s bridal glam squad, professional makeup artist and creator of FACES Beautiful Mineral Makeup Line, Gail Sagel weighs in on the bride-to-be’s bridal look.

“The most important tip I always tell my clients is to choose a makeup artist for your wedding that you’ve worked with before so that you know you will trust and like their work,” says Gail. “Kim's makeup has always leaned toward glamorous and super-feminine. Her makeup is based on enhancing her eyes and bone structure.”

Ultra Glam & Sexy: From the Red Carpet to the Wedding Aisle

“Kim is known for her signature smoldering eyes,dramatic eyelashes and nude lips – her go-to look for the red carpet,” says Gail. “She may stick with this winning look as she head’s down the aisle this weekend.” According to Gail,smokey eyes is the must-have staple to achieve Kim’s ultra sexy look. “Stay away from blue hues - which can make you look like you have under eye circles. Instead, go for black, gray, brown or if you want color, dark green shadows and liners are recommended. Oh, and remember, lots and lots of mascara.”


True Romance

Kim has called her soon-to-be husband her Prince Charming. Gail predicts Kim may trade in the drama when it comes to her makeup and opt for a more softer, romantic look. “Everything about the romantic look is dewy and luminous,” says Gail. “Peach blush, pinks lips and radiant skin are essential to pull off this look. This Armenian beauty’s tan is natural, but if you're not blessed with this glamorous shade, you can opt for self tanners or bronzers with a hint of shimmer.”

Fresh-Faced: Less is More

Usually when you think of Kim’s makeup, you think drama and bombshell come to mind. But for her wedding day, it might not be a big surprise if the blushing bride selects a less is more color palette. “Kim’s natural features are striking – with or without makeup. If the rumors are true about her wedding dress being ‘over-the-top’, then you may want to pare down your makeup . You don’t want your makeup to be a distraction a your dress. To achieve this make-under, Gail says it all starts with your foundation. “Flawless skin equals fresh-faced makeup.”

Kio Kio New Zealand Review



Kio Kio bodycare is made in New Zealand from the purest, softest spring water. This is combined with potent natural plant extracts and some certified organic ingredients to create a luxurious range of natural bodycare products to soothe, replenish and beautify your skin. The certified organic water used in Kio Kio bodycare is filtered from New Zealand mountain ranges and extracted through an aquifer deep in the ground. The unique bio-active botanical ingredients of Kio Kio are sustainably harvested from New Zealand’s pristine native forests.


I opted for their Body Lotion in the Pacific Tiare & Ti Kauka, which not only gives your skin the nourishment that it craves for, but the scent instantly transports you to another time and place. The scent is beautiful and perfectly captures the lush green scent of a rainforest. The lotion is beautifully blended with organic emollients including shea butter, jojoba oil and vitamin E. I love using it everyday, because it makes my skin feel it has been to the spa and back since it gives it a well-pampered feeling.


Whilst the Body Mist in the Rainforest & Koromiko scent doesn't linger on for long, it's wonderful to have, especially in this hot and sweltering heat! It instantly gives my skin the relief that it needs, while also energizing and hydrating it without leaving an oily texture. It's ideal for all skin types, especially for those in dry conditions.

The product(s) 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.

Talika Smile & Kiss Review


Talika recently added the Talika Smile & Kiss ($35) to their line, which is a dual-ended product that enhances your entire smile with a Volumizing, Anti-Wrinkle Care for lips and an Immediate Whiteness care for teeth.

This product provides a natural alternative opposed to most similar beauty products that are out on the market right now. The lip care volumizes, hydrates and smoothes lips with sea collagen, ginger root extract, and avocado oil (among other ingredients). The whiteness care whitens teeth up to 5 shades in 28 days with hydrogen peroxide and sorbitol and freshens breath with lemon and mint oils.

I honestly haven't noticed a difference with my lips when it comes to fullness, but I do like the slight tingle it gives whenever apply the lip care part. It also makes my lips feel softer. I do notice a difference in my teeth, even though I haven't fully used this product for 28 days. My teeth are much whiter! I'm not saying this is a bad product, but I probably couldn't see myself paying $35 for it since I didn't reap the full benefits. If you did, please feel free to share your experience in the comments below.

The product(s) 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.

TOCCA Candle Review


The Tocca name is synonymous with chic European style and old-world romanticism. Launched in 1994 with its wildly popular sari dress, the clothing and beauty brand continues to be a go-to for the perfect frock, luxurious indulgences, and sumptuous fragrances. Tocca is renowned worldwide for creating distinctive, exquisite scents with feminine sensibility that are also reminiscent of familiar places. Each unique fragrance inspires and surprises in multiple mediums — candles, fine fragrances, and luxurious bath and body products — all of which have a precious appeal that makes these small indulgences simply irresistible.


The spiciness of ginger combined with the sweetness of rhubarb and papaya evoke the sultriness and charm of screen siren Brigitte Bardot.


I opted for the Tocca Candle in the Brigitte scent ($36 at Drugstore.com) since Brigitte Bardot is one of my favorite Old Hollywood actresses. This is my first foray into the Tocca brand, despite the familiarity of the name. I honestly haven't been this impressed with a candle for a long time! The scent is slightly dramatic with exotic and intriguing undertones. I wish I had a perfume that had the same scent. I would immediately buy it! The scent still lingers on once you're done burning the candle. I also like that it burns evenly without sputtering. While it's a small candle, it has a burn life of 60 hours.

$36 might not be considered as a budget friendly price for some, but it's not money going up in flames, considering that it's actually a high quality candle. I've tried many candles for much less and wasn't quite pleased with the experiences. Therefore, I don't mind shelling out that much for a candle as long as I am going to get my money's worth.

The product(s) 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.

Budget Beauty

Sometimes bargain makeup can rival the best of the best beauty brands out there. You'll find top quality make-up at e.l.f. Cosmetics at the fraction of the price that you'll normally pay for studio makeup and mineral makeup. Their prices start at $1 and you'll find looks that are suitable for the runway to everyday! Personally, I've never tried out this brand, but I've honestly never heard anyone say anything bad about this brand.


I love using make-up palettes from time to time, because they enable me to spice up my make-up routine when I want to shy away from the norm (usually just liquid eyeliner, tinted lip gloss, and a tad blush for me these days). e.l.f. Cosmetics recently introduced their limited edition e.l.f. Studio 85-Piece Complete the Look Palette, which includes 60 Eyeshadow Colors, 3 Blushes, 20 Lip Colors, and 2 Bronzers for just $15!


Your name doesn't have to be Angelina or Rihanna to have a star-worthy pout. At $3, you can make heads turn with the e.l.f. Studio Pout Perfecter. Not only it gives you voluptuous lips, but it will instantly transform a boring lip color to a defined light reflecting glow.

Pro Tip:
Do not blend the Pout Perfecter all over the lips, as this will lose the dimensional pearl effect.


I haven't been wearing much eyeshadow lately since I've been wearing minimal make-up. However, I love wearing it when I do, especially mineral eye-shadow since it seems to have stronger staying power than other type of eyeshadow out there. The e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow is available in several different colors and is a steal at $3. With key vitamins A, B, C & E these eyeshadows hydrate and minimize the appearance of fine lines. I like that these eyeshadows aren't formulated with parabens, preservatives, or chemical dyes since I have very sensitive skin to begin with. The shades that I'm most interested in buying are Earthy, Dreamy, Smoldering, Beachy, and Angelic.



Disclosure: I was compensated for this post.