Valentine's Day Gift Ideas at Sephora



Viktor & Rolf Valentine's Petite Flowerbomb $50

nails inc. Crystal Colour $19.50

Dior Garden Clutch Makeup Palette For Glowing Eyes and Lips $75

Jurlique Love Balm™ $6.50

Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip Vol. II $25

tokidoki Adios & Ciao Ciao Rollerball Duo $30

Hello Kitty Mon Amour Palette $42

COACH Poppy Flower Gift Set $90

Carol's Daughter Ecstasy Bath & Body Oil $20

Chloe Chloé Gift Set $65

Serge Normant

Backed by a legendary hair stylist and a luxury skincare scientist, Serge Normant gives you the same level of intensity, richness, and quality you would expect from skincare—for your strands. Serge, who has coiffed the world's most famous manes, is known for his love of volume and movement. And his products deliver just that. Each formula contains key ingredients that give hair the dimension you've always desired. With Serge's luxuriously sleek and effective products by your side, it's easy to live by his hair mantra: "Hair is an amazing accessory, which is always changing from one day to the next. Have fun with it and be daring."

Meta Revive Dry Shampoo $25

Meta Lush Volumizer $23

Meta Sheer Dry Oil Finishing Spray $24

Daily Beauty Deals at Hautelook

Beauty Sales Events

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NEO Hair Tools | Event Ends 1/31 - Salon-quality heated hair styling tools .

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Josie Maran Review



Talk about a natural beauty — supermodel Josie Maran has gone back to her roots to create her own earth-friendly beauty line, Josie Maran Cosmetics. A homegrown natural beauty expert, Maran was raised in a bohemian household in Northern California where she grew up appreciating pure, unpretentious beauty. Inspired by makeup artists she met while modeling, and driven by her personal desire for quality makeup that doesn't mask, Maran has designed a collection that features pure, gentle cosmetics in a luxurious array of colors and textures. Packing formulas with botanical ingredients, and housing products in recyclable and biodegradable packaging, Josie Maran Cosmetics embraces eco-friendly practices with products made with love—for people and the planet.



Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation ($42) is formulated with Chameleon Pigments, a breakthrough color-match technology that reads and instantly adjusts to match your unique and changing natural skin tone. It’s the only foundation you'll need year-round to provide age-defying undetectable coverage.

The breakthrough serum foundation suspends over fine lines and wrinkles to smooth and correct visible signs of aging. The one-of-a-kind Organic Argan Oil infused formula strengthens and balances your skin while keeping oily areas shine-free, and dry spots naturally moisturized for totally flawless, younger looking skin.

MY THOUGHTS: I was a bit apprehensive about using this foundation due to it having Argan Oil in it since I was afraid it would provoke a break-out. I was even a little more leery since this foundation goes on white, but it miraculously blended with my skin tone. While admitting that I felt consternation in the beginning, I'm glad that I took a chance at trying it out. This is the best foundation I've used in ages!

I love that it doesn't aggravate my skin, and that it gives me an ample amount of coverage. It's recommended that you buy their Argan Blend Concealer ($28) to get full coverage, but I honestly don't need it at the time being since it gives me the coverage that I need right now. However, I probably would have a different take if I were experiencing a breakout. Also, it looks very natural. I can't recommend this foundation enough!



Argan Illuminizer ($28) is an ultra light skin brightener with a hint of bronze, giving skin a radiant, luminous, lit-from-within glow that lasts all day. Argan Illuminizer works to eliminate dark circles and rejuvenate sleepy-looking eyes, while Argan Oil conditions and restores the skin. The universal bronze shade is perfect for any skin tone and all skin types.

MY THOUGHTS: It had been ages since I had used an illuminizer, but I believe I've found another winner! This is probably the best one I've used so far! I mix a tiny amount of it with the Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation . It gives my skin a natural looking and gorgeous shimmer without being overwhelming. I haven't been the least bit of disappointed.

I look forward to trying out more products from the Josie Maran Cosmetics line in the future. I wouldn't mind trying out the Argan Blemish Clearing Pads ($28), Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter in Sweet Citrus ($35), Argan Oil Moisturizing Stick ($22), and Argan Cream Blush ($22).

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.

JIMMY CHOO: The Fragrance

$44 - $95 at Sephora


The name JIMMY CHOO has become synonymous with femininity, luxury and style—as evidenced by the wildly popular footwear that has captured the hearts of women around the world. The brand's signature fragrance, evoking a sense of empowerment and a feeling of elegance and glamour, is an integral element in fully accessorizing the JIMMY CHOO woman. Encased in an opulent, faceted bottle inspired by the opulence of Murano glass, it's a scent for women who love fashion and have a passion for luxury.

Available in stores late March.

Beauty/Hai​r Expert Shares Snapshots of Beauty Industry Secrets & Tricks

As the saying goes“a picture is worth a thousand words.” Or should we say thousands of dollars? As one of the bridal industries booming businesses, and frontrunner for a couple’s areas to splurge,wedding photography costs range anywhere from $2,000-$10,000, and can sometimes cost much more. This comes as no surprise; after all the months of planning and organizing, photos are what you have left to relive the big day. However, there are many factors that go into making each memory picture-perfect.

“No matter how talented your photographer may be, what you see in the mirror may not necessarily be what you get on film,” explains Ashley Stone, founder of Beauty Entourage, a mobile beauty dream team comprised of veteran hairstylists and makeup artists. With a growing trend of mobile beauty teams and beauty house calls— for both brides and women in need of a professional makeover for any event—Beauty Entourage is at the forefront when it comes to providing a contingency plan. With a large team of professionals, you are guaranteed to get the same desired look, even if one team member must be replaced, under unforeseen circumstances. Under Ashley’s leadership, the Beauty Entourage Team offers clients the latest techniques and trends in formal styling and makeup artistry with a focus on complimentary hair and makeup for an overall uniform style.

Besides a talented and experienced team, what’s Ashley’s secret to perfecting brides for the camera? “Working with brides for over 10 years,I have developed a special protocol when it comes to bridal hairstyles and makeup application. Though each of our professionals specializes in certain styles, we are fully confident each can create a desired look tailored to look best on film.”

Vendor Connection



Art comes in many forms. Collaborating with other artists, quite simply said, often leads to perfection. “Whether you are a bride or makeup artist,connecting with the photographer hired to document the event is a great idea,” says Ashley. “Every photographer has a different style. For instance, one might specialize in black and white photography or take an artistic approach. Understanding the photographer’s style will help in determining shading and colors for makeup.”



Know What You Are Up Against




Think of the camera as a friendly adversary — your best friend or your worst enemy. Know what you are up against. “The camera tends to capture oily skin. Moisturizing with an oil-free moisturizer is a must,” explains Ashley. “The key is to let your moisturizer sink in for a few minutes, prior to makeup application.Make sure to ask your makeup artist what moisturizer they plan to use on your skin the day-of. Do not experiment with a brand new moisturizer you have never tested on your skin. You don’t know how your skin will react and your wedding day is not the day to find out.” Be sure to blend your foundation all around, including your neck and hairline to avoid multi-colored skin in photos. Steer clear of shimmery bronzers and blush, as they do not translate well on camera. If you are having your bridal photos taken indoors,the camera flash tends to accentuate dark areas and blemishes. Be mindful of those areas when shading with foundation and concealer.

Expert Advice



When it comes to your hair for the big day, capturing your hair in all its glory is ideal; however, capturing frizz—not so much. “It is important to communicate your concerns with your makeup artist and hairstylist. Together you can discuss options and create the best fit style for your hair. Our brides concerned with frizz are treated with a customized cocktail of products that de-frizz as the hair is styled. ”



“It is important to prep your hair for the special day,” adds Ashley.“Usually minimal prep time is required. In some cases, we ask that our bride simply wash her hair the night before or we recommend using leave-in conditioner. This is based on the bride’s hair texture.” After dancing the night away, you don’t want to be left to cut the cake with anew unwanted do. “It is important for both brides and professionals to choose the best fit style for hair texture. With professional help, it will be easier to settle on a ‘do that may not be what you first wanted, but its best variation that will last you throughout the whole night.” When blow drying your hair straight, dry your hair downward at a 90 degree angle to avoid frizz.



Touchup Kit

“Every bride should have a kit for a few quick touchups throughout your event,” suggests Ashley. “Though your makeup is applied to last the whole night, you should have an emergency touchup kit handy.” Be sure to include the essentials—lip color, blotting towels, travel flexible hairspray, bobby pins and a mini mirror. Be sure to apply flexible hair spray once during your reception. Don’t overdo it. “Too much shine, depending on the style, may ruin the curls. Apply a light coat of flexible hair spray to add a little shine and eliminate frizz.” Have one of your bridesmaids or wedding planner hang onto the kit and remember to refresh after dinner.“I suggest color on your lips, bringing life to those still photos. Avoid nude colors and avoid just applying lip gloss. In order to make your lip color last, fill in your lips with lip liner prior to lipstick application.”



Founder of Beauty Entourage and Salon Alexander

Inspired by fashion runway and red carpet trends, Founder of Beauty Entourage Ashley Stone and her team translate avant-garde makeup and hairstyles to timeless looks for clients and brides alike.

With over a decade of beauty experience and as the owner of Salon Alexander,Ashley’s quest to create a beauty dream team was brought to life in 2005through Beauty Entourage, mobile beauty dream team comprised of veteran hairstylists and makeup artists. With a focus on the latest techniques and trends in formal styling and makeup artistry, Ashley’s team is specially trained to create looks best fit for film.

Ashley specializes in color correction, formal styling, hair extensions and corrective extensions. And alongside her passion to create looks ranging from a simple chignon to wavy glamorous locks, Ashley’s devotion to helping others led her to a world where beauty meets philanthropy. Using her talents for greater good,Ashley is a volunteer for the American Cancer Society “Look Good, Feel Better” program, helping cancer patients and survivors with wig styling and makeup application. Under Ashley’s leadership, Salon Alexander holds annual fundraisers to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and donates client’s hair to the notable organization Wigs For Kids.

The Connecticut native recently burned up the airwaves participating on the Oxygen Network’s reality television show “Hair Battle Spectacular,” placing second in the competition. Ashley’s Beauty Entourage Team was also recently selected as The Knot’s 2011 Bestof Weddings for 2011 for hair and makeup in Connecticut.

The Organic Skin Co. Review

They've called themselves The Organic Skin Co. for a reason! Put simply, they believe that natural, organic products are good for you and for the planet.

In recent decades, the thought that quality skincare needs to be manufactured in a laboratory has somehow gained currency. Fortunately, this seeming triumph of the test tube over mother nature has come under attack in recent years. Increasing concerns are being expressed by many health and beauty experts about the type and quantity of many of the chemicals we have exposed to our skin (and through our skin, our bloodstream). At the same time, recent studies have shown that humans possess natural receptors for medicinal plants. Their bodies respond instinctively to them, welcoming the restorative, regenerative powers they possess.



Their Freshness Juniper Berry Face Wash ($34) leaves my skin feeling smooth and refreshed. I like that it deeply cleanses the skin without any harsh ingredients that usually dries out the skin in the process. It also tones it and removes every hint of make-up. The fragrance is also refreshingly pleasant and uplifting. Sweet Orange is one of the key ingredients, and it is quite evident.

This cleanser is great for all skin types, especially if you have sensitive, oily or acne-prone skin. The Juniperus Communis (Juniper Berry) is detoxifying and an antiseptic. This ingredient is highly recommended for those who suffer from eczema or psoriasis. I have tried many cleansers, and I must say that this one is one of my top favorites. The price is argumentatively debatable for many who are seeking budget-conscious organic beauty products, but it's well worth the price if you want high quality ingredients. Also, a little bit goes a long way in your cleansing routine.



I used to not be a fan of facial moisturizers, but I'm discovering more and more that don't provoke an unnecessary break-out. The Luminous Roseship and Orange Day Moisturizer ($38) is one of them. It deeply moisturizes my skin without making it unnecessarily greasy or icky. Also, it's very lightweight. I honestly really don't like using thick moisturizers on my face.

This moisturizer contains 80% Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). This is the ideal treatment for scars and spots. It works undeniably well for mature and delicate skin-types. Rosehip Oil also makes it an effective agent in helping to dramatically slow the aging process. It is particularly useful when it comes to reversing the process of photo-aging, which derives from extended exposure to the sun.

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.

Sea Chi Organics Giveaway

Sea Chi - Kombucha based skin and hair care products made with love

Prizes: One lucky reader will receive the Value Gift Package from Sea Chi Organics (a $209.50 value).

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Sea Chi Organics manufactures high quality organic and wildcrafted skin and hair care products. They are widely used by practitioners in the Holistic Healing Arts and ideal for individuals who are consciously choosing to live a healthy organic lifestyle.

Exclusive: 20% off at Sea Chi Organics with coupon code: TheBeautyCounter

Note: Packages, Perfumes, Sandalwood Body Oil, and Kombuchi Tea are NOT included in the discount.



The Value Gift Package is valued at $209.50, but you can buy it at Sea Chi Organics for $156.50. It includes a 4 oz. Sea Chi Creme, 4 oz. Custom Blend Body Oil, 8 oz. Tasmanian Lavender Shampoo, 8 oz. Leave On Moisturizing Treatment & Hair Growth Formula, and 4 oz. Rose Geranium Face & Body Wash.

Sea Chi Creme - Sea Chi Creme has been used effectively for burns, blemishes, psoriasis, eczema, bruises, stretch marks and wrinkles. Sea Chi Creme is a natural healing remedy containing our own Kombuchi Tea, wildcrafted & organic essential oils and high vibrational organic herbs that promote healing and new cell growth. Use as your daily moisturizer to restore and nourish dry, dehydrated skin, leaving it feeling firmer, softer and younger looking. It’s the revolutionary creme beautiful skin can’t live without.

Rose Geranium Face and Body Wash - They received many requests for this product from their loyal customers. It can be used on the entire body and face during shower, bath, and facial care.

Tasmanian Lavender Shampoo - Tasmanian Lavender is moisturizing, calming, and heavenly to the senses.

Leave On Moisturizing Treatment & Hair Growth Formula - This formula stimulates blood circulation, which has been known to promote hair growth. The owner grew two inches of new hair in 2 months!

Custom Blend Body Oil - Sea Chi Custom Blend Body Oil is made with Golden Organic Jojoba Seed Oil, Bergamot, Pink Grapefruit, Sweet Orange, Palmarosa, and Sea Buckthorne Berry Extract. Has been known to promote rapid healing of: blemishes, boils, shingles,chicken pox, eczema and psoriasis. Encourages the growth of new cell tissue. Promotes the production of collagen, reduces puffiness, stimulates circulation, softens rough, dry skin, restores balance to dry or oily skin.

The giveaway will conclude on February 10th.

How to Achieve Award-Winn​ing Hollywood Hair

With the Golden Globes behind us, the appetites of every fashion and beauty conscious girl are hungry for more. As on any awards night,there were many different hair styles, ranging from up to down, messy to neat,embellished to simple. Here, Hair Experts the Pirri Brothers, Piero and Luigi Pirri of Pirri Hair Group highlight the biggest trends in celebrity hair this awards season, and give some quick tips on to how to achieve these sought-after looks.

Headbands: Bling for Your Hair



If you’re one of those girls who sees headbands as acute, fun trend, but can’t seem to figure out how to wear it without looking like a girl scout, you’re not alone. But with stars like Busy Philips and Michelle Williams popularizing them, it’s time to learn. “A lot of women shy away from the headband because if it’s not done correctly, it can have the effect of downplaying sophistication,” says Piero. “The trick with a headband is to find one that is intricate and delicate. If you want to go for a formal look, you need something with a substantial wow-factor, like sparkle or texture. Also, it needs to best strategically placed. Position it so that it enhances your hair style.”

Carefree Waves



The women of Hollywood proved this awards season that you can still let your hair down on the red carpet. From Reese Witherspoon to Jessica Biel, this style was definitely one worth noting. “I was very invigorated to see celebrities embracing their natural hair texture, and letting their own waves prevail for the photographers,” says Luigi. “The best way to achieve this natural look is to get a great curl spray. Once you’ve applied, and don’t overdo it, scrunch your hair in your hands and let it dry naturally. If you’re wearing this look a day later,it can look even better if you just apply some dry shampoo and don’t begin the process all over again.”

Polished Ponies



The pretty pony is back; say stars like Nicole Richie and Sarah Michelle Gellar. When done right, there is nothing more endearing than a well-placed ponytail. “The trick with the pony tail is to achieve the right height. When going formal, I prefer to add some volume to the look. First,spray all hair with a thickening spray, which will make it more malleable. If your hair is very straight in texture, you may also want to use a curling iron to make the ponytail more elegant. Tease the hair on the crown of your head for extra volume, and secure with a hair elastic evenly between the crown of your head and the base of your neck. Presto: The perfect, formal ponytail,” says Piero.

Your Good Side



The messy side bun is always a staple at awards shows, and it seems so easy to achieve. However, once you’re in front of the mirror, a decidedly messy style can be the most difficult to master. Charlize Theron worked this look, as well as Kate Winslet. As Luigi explains, “Beginning the messy bun is similar to the beachy, down style. You’re going for the same overall texture, so apply a thickener to create a wavy, just-got-out-of-bed look. Tie your hair into a low side bun, disregarding neatness: remember, this is a messy style! To create that perfect face frame of hair, pull out a few strands,seemingly haphazardly. Resist the urge to tuck behind the ears and let your hair flow freely. This style is all about making it look like you did nothing in order to pull it off.”

BARBAR Curling Iron Review and Giveaway

Prizes: One lucky reader will receive BARBAR 1200 Tourmaline Curling Iron (3/4", 1", 1-1/2" or 1-1/4") (a $135 - $145 value).

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BARBAR, Inc. is based in Beverly Hills, CA and has been in operation since 2000. With over 20 years of experience as a former stylist, the company's founder, Dominic Barbar, has applied his years of technical know-how to turn his passion into reality by creating a premium line of hair care products that simplify the hair stylist's job.

BARBAR products utilize Mr. Barbar's intrinsic knowledge of hair with cutting edge technology to bring the latest in hair tool innovations. BARBAR's variety of professional quality products cover all the hair needs without damaging a strand.

50% off at BARBAR with coupon code: BARBAR



The Barbar Tourmaline Curling Iron creates beautiful, lasting curls. With four sizes to choose from, this curling iron covers any length! Tourmaline is a healing crystal that blocks radiation.

MY THOUGHTS: It had been ages since I had used a curling iron. The reason why is that I thought they were too harsh for the hair. Truthfully, any hair heating tool can be harsh for the hair if not used in moderation, and I've been capable of overdoing it in the past.

I wanted to take a break from my flat iron for a bit and try out something a little different. I couldn't be more happier with my selection, because their BARBAR 1200 Tourmaline Curling Iron 1 1/2" ($135) does a fantastic job at curling my hair. This curling iron is nothing like the ones I have used in the past. The curls actually stay put! Also, it heats up within seconds, and I like that I can adjust the temperature settings without overheating my hair in the process. While it's a bit steep in price, I can't recommend it enough since it's a high quality curling iron!

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.

The Beauty Counter






The giveaway will conclude January 31st.

Resort Beauty Essentials

St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan Mousse $12

Adara Organic Virgin Coconut Oil $12

Philip B. Maui Wowie Beach Mist $22

Nuxe Paris Huile Prodigieuse or Dry Oil Golden Shimmer $58

Vapour Organic Beauty Elixir Lip Plumping Gloss $22

John Masters Organics Sea Mist - Sea Salt Spray with Lavender $16.50

Mama Mio Bikini Confidence Travel Kit $39

Jouer Cosmetics Luminizing Moisture Tint $38

BECCA Cosmetics Mineral Bronzing Powder $40

Hampton Sun Sunless Tanning Gel Was $32.00 Now $16

Introducing Aloe Replenishment Gel

Introducing new Aloe Replenishment Gel ($48 at Naturopathica). This repairing and rejuvenating gel protects and deeply hydrates even the most sensitive skin.

Perfect for nourishing depleted and dry skin, calming rosacea, eczema, dermatitis, soothing sun and wind burn, healing razor burn, wounds and irritation and reducing acneic and hormonal inflammation.



Incorporate Aloe Replenishment Gel into your skin care ritual: after a fruit enzyme peel, at night as a soothing mask, daily under your moisturizer. After cleansing, smooth on a thin layer of Aloe Replenishment Gel, leave on for 10 minutes and rinse off or keep on and follow with your favorite moisturizer.

Introducing Carol Daughter's Coconut Bath and Body Collection

“Coconut was one of my mom’s favorite scents, and whenever she wanted, all she had to do was open up the bottle, take a whiff and she’d be on a tropical island getaway. I love how this scent smells so cool and clean, just like fresh coconut milk.”

Coconut Frappe Body Lotion $18

Coconut Glowing Body Duo $37

Coconut Body Cleansing Cream $17

A Clean Escape Coconut Duo $34

Coconut Collection $69

Almond Cookie & Coconut Shea Soufflé Duo $36

Coconut Dry Oil Mist $21

Coconut Shea Soufflé $20