Sebastian Signs Review and Giveaway

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Getting a good night's rest is the most powerful and preventive medicine. Not only it is essential for one's health, but it also nature's best beauty treatment.

Here are some of the reasons why:

Your body produces the most human growth hormone during the first three hours, which is beneficial for skin and hair repair. Melatonin, a hormone that is also a skin-protecting antioxidant, increases during the middle of sleep. Your skin's temperature reaches its lowest point and your muscles relax, giving skin its deepest recovery during the last three hours of sleep.

Many of us have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, though. While prescription sleeping pills might lull you into a blissful slumber, using them regularly can cause death or develop certain types of cancer, research suggests. This is why more and more are turning to a natural alternative. The latest to hit the shelves are pillow sprays.

Purusa Dream Extract ($28) contains soothing ingredients that can whisk you away to dreamland - Sandalwood, organic Clary Sage, and Bergamot. The scent is strikingly reminiscent of lavender, which is another soothing ingredient that is ideal for insomnia.

Just mist your pillows and sheets and let the scent lull you into dreamland.

I received their Goat Milk Soap in No. 17 and No. 35 ($7 for each; also available in No. 44 Sage and Lavender), which are luxurious hand crafted soaps that are free of detergents and other harsh chemicals. I love both, but my favorite is the No. 17. It has hints of dark chocolate, sandalwood, and vanilla that makes this soap irresistible and unique. The No. 35 has more of a floral scent is gorgeous and earthy - bergamot, coriander, Bulgarian rose absolute, and French jasmine. Most importantly, these soaps leave the skin feeling well pampered and moisturized.

I also received their Perfume Oil in No. 17 and No. 35 ($50 for each; also available in No. 44), the same scents as the hand-crafted soaps. Again, I love both! Also, I wear both regularly. However, No. 17 remains as my top favorite.

No. 17 contains top notes of dark chocolate that will dissipate after 20 minutes, leaving you with an intoxicating veil of sandalwood and vanilla absolute. You might also be able to detect a hint of evocative of Nag Champa incense.

No. 35 has top notes of bergamot, coriander, and fresh green notes. A body with sensual florals such as Bulgarian rose absolute and French jasmine, with a beautiful dry down of white woods, ambers and a hint of vanilla bean.

Disclosure: 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.

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Iconic African American Hair

February is African American History Month. For generations of women, these African American legends helped pave the way to self-acceptance by wearing their hair with the swagger of true glamour icons. From Josephine Baker’s flapper ringlets to Diana Ross’s disco days afro, hair was not only a form of creative expression, but it captured the cultural zeitgeist of entire social eras.

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Hair Styles for Valentine's Day

Here are top date night styles hair tips from Nicholas Penna, Jr., owner and lead stylist at Salon Capri in Newton and Dedham.

Sock Bun (Also Known as the Ballerina Bun)

This styling trick plays up the volume of thin and fine hair types for ample up-dos.

· Start by blow-drying hair with a natural bristle brush.

· Once hair is dry, apply a dime-sized drop of smoothing serum to the shafts and ends of hair. Nick recommends Shu Uemura’s Silk Mesh for added shine and softness.

· Using a fine-tooth comb to smooth out bumps, slick hair back into a high ponytail at the crown of your head and secure it with an elastic.

· Cut off the end of a clean, unwanted sock (where your toes would be), and roll it up into a donut shape.

· Place the sock around the base of the ponytail so that it is tightly against your head.

· Tilt your head slightly forward and spread your ponytail evenly around the sock so that half of your hair is toward the top of the sock, pointing toward your forehead, and half is at the bottom, pointing toward your back.

· Use a second hair elastic to wrap and secure hair around the outside of the sock, creating a ballerina-bun at the crown of your head.

· Twist remaining hair in one direction and use bobby-pins to tuck and clip the ends underneath your bun.

· Finish with a light application of hairspray. Nick swears by Shu Uemura’s Sheer Lacquer.

Sleek, ‘Wet-Inspired’ Hair

This look relies on styling products to create a slicked-back, wet appearance.

· Start by combing through wet hair with a wide-tooth comb to remove tangles.

· Add a walnut-size dollop of styling balm to the top half of wet, tangle-free hair.

· Brush your hair towards the back of your head with a fine-tooth comb and secure it tightly with an elastic.

· Twist hair gently (Nick recommends one full turn for medium to long hair), and wrap it into around the base of the ponytail to create a round bun.

· Use bobby pins to secure the end of your ponytail and tame fly-aways.

· Run a fine-tooth comb through the top of your hair up to the bun to smooth over any bumps.

· Finish with a generous amount of an extra-hold hairspray. Nick loves Shu Uemura’s Sheer Laquer.

Bouncy, Volumized Hair

A modern take on “pageant hair”; full, voluminous hair is an easy way to add sex appeal to your style.

· Start with a classic blow-dry using a round, natural bristle brush and a palm-full of volumizing mousse.Nick recommends Shu Uemura’s Fiber Lift.

· Once hair is dry, add volume to the top of the head by teasing the hair using hairspray and a round brush.

· After desired volume is achieved, curl hair away from the face from end to root with a large barrel curling iron. Nick uses a two-inch barrel to achieve big, bouncy curls.

· Using a dime-sized drop of smoothing serum, rub your hands together and gently run your fingers through the curls to separate them. Shu Uemura’s Silk Mesh is Nick’s favorite. · Finish the look with light hair spray and you’re red carpet ready!

Smooth and Sleek Hair with a Center Part

While voluminous hair is hot this season, so is sleek and straight. Center parts are making a comeback!

· Start by parting wet hair directly in the center of your head using the edge of a fine-toothed comb.

· Dry hair with the nozzle attachment of your blow-dryer, and a natural bristle brush, pulling hair and the dryer downward to smooth out hair.

· Apply a pea-sized drop of smoothing serum from the shafts to the ends of your hair. Nick recommends Shu Uemura’s Silk Mesh.

· Run a straightening iron through your ends to straighten out any waves and voila, you have a classic look for day or night!

The Body Deli Dark Chocolate Scrub

Special batches made only once a year by their Cosmetic Chefs for the month of love! This decadent scrub smells delicious and feels devine. Get your Dark Chocolate Scrub ($36) while supplies last!

Experience the rare and pure treat of Real Chocolate. Made with Raw Certified Organic Ecuadorian Cacao beans, this decadent scrub polishes away dull skin while leaving a delicious aroma on the skin. This unique and very special body scrub is formulated with rich organic African Shea, organic Cocoa and organic Virgin Coconut Butter. These amazing butters soften and leave the skin feeling hydrated, soft and buttery. Extra fine grain sea salt is used to create a gentle exfoliating skin polish that refines and smoothes the skin. Nutrient rich precious oils further enhance this spa quality experience. Pure all natural therapeutic essential oils are used to impart the healing essence of true aromatherapy.

Lavanila’s Vanilla Passion Fruit Review

Lavanila’s Vanilla Passion Fruit scent is infused with natural aphrodisiacs! This fragrance is a crisp, tropical explosion of Passion Fruit, Guava and Peach Nectar steeped in warm base of Sandalwood and Madagascar vanilla. Created by master natural perfumers and backed by research, this love-attracting scent is uniquely infused with a romantic blend of powerful aphrodisiacs valued for their seductive properties. The collection includes The Healthy Fragrance ($39 - $58), Healthy Roller Ball ($19), 2-in-1 Shower and Shave ($14), and Body Butter ($20). Lavanila products can be purchased at Sephora retail stores,, and

The Healthy Fragrance - Vanilla Passion Fruit is a delightfully succulent fragrance that perfectly captures the essence of a tropical vacation without the expense and travel. It's coyly sexy, feminine, and sophisticated. It is perfect to wear on a romantic date or simply a scent that will get him to notice you without appearing overzealous.

Blue Lotus, Clary Sage, and Juniper Berry are included in the botanical fragrance blend. These ingredients are known to attract love and rekindle passion, and there are studies that even back this up! Blue Lotus is extracted from the Egyptian Blue Lotus Flower. It promotes balance between the mind, body, and soul. Clary Sage acts as an estrogen balancer for women. It can either imitate or stimulate a sexual hormone or mimic a human sexual odor. Juniper Berry is the sauciest of them all. The warm and feisty aroma creates a sensation of heat, which increases the chemicals that lead to sexual attraction.

The Healthy Body Wash 2-in-1 Shower & Shave Vanilla Passion Fruit doesn't only gently cleanses the skin, but it also provides a soft, silky shaving experience! I prefer using this over most shaving creams since they clog up razors easily. Plus, it doesn't contain the sulfates and other harsh ingredients that traditional washes and shaving products have. It provides a healthy dose of anti-oxidants and vitamins that will promote soft, touchable, and healthy skin.

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 SAG Awards: Red Carpet Beauty Trends for Spring

Ah, awards season. Any beauty maven worth her salt waits all year to watch as the biggest stars in Hollywood do their part to predict the dominant trends for next season. This year’s Screen Actor’s Guild Awards were no different, featuring noticeable beauty trends that will surely be sought-after come next season. Here, makeup expert, Gail Sagel ,shares her favorite looks from the star-studded evening and offers insider tips for everyday wear.

Coral Clique

With many celebrities embracing the “less is more” philosophy when it comes to makeup, it was no surprise that understated beauty was the winner at the SAG Awards. As Gail puts it, “Coral is natural without being boring; it allows for color without anything overpowering your natural beauty. What we saw on Sunday night were celebrities embracing the minimalist look, but creating a dewier, softer version. The key here is to create a face that looks like it was sun-kissed.” · Start with an all-over foundation that allows natural shine to come through.

· When it comes to blush and lip color, make sure to consider skin tone. The lighter the skin, the softer the coral should be; think peachy. If skin is medium, a pinky-coral is the most flattering. Darker skin tones can play with the color and go with a more intense orange tone.

· Gail cautions that it’s easy to go overboard with coral, so women should choose just one feature to play up. For example, if the lip color of choice is a stark, bold coral, give the cheeks a rest, as it will detract from the overall look.

Bold Brows

Eyebrows are having a moment. With so many celebrities embracing the bold brows trend, beauty-conscious women everywhere are taking note that this look will continue on through spring. Gail offers her expert eyebrow shaping advice: “Eyebrows are one of my favorite facial features because they really change the entire look of a face. For that reason, you have to be extremely careful with the bold brow trend, because too much brow can be overwhelming, while not enough can actually look unflattering on most face shapes.”

· First, find the right eye shadow color to fill in the eyebrow. For light brows, the color should be one or two shades darker than the normal eyebrow color, but not too dark, as it won’t blend well. For dark brows, choose a shade lighter.

· Using an angled eye shadow brush, fill in from the base of the brow upward. Afterward, run an eyebrow spooly brush through, brushing upward and making sure that all spots are filled in.

· To set eyebrows in place, use a tinted brow gel like Bare Escentials I.D. Brow Finishing Gel to ensure that these new masterpieces say set throughout the day and into the night.

Pastel Pouts

Pastel colors were all over the runways for spring 2012, encouraging celebrities to wear bright lips with confidence at the SAG Awards. “It’s so fun that colors like coral and fuchsia are being embraced by Hollywood. Many women shy away from a bold lip because it’s difficult to find the perfect match, but don’t be discouraged. Take advantage of the test products at your local beauty store and invest in some pastel tones for spring,” says Gail.

· Fair skin tones are lucky, as pinks complement the tone well. Try a lighter pink that has a peachy undertone, but stay away from a dark, extremely bright pink. Those colors will wash out your overall look.

· For medium skin tones, berry shades are best. Rather than going with a wine-colored berry, try a soft version of fuchsia. Think deep pinks and corals over bright shades.

· This trend was made for dark skin tones. For maximum impact, choose a pink with blu eundertones. For show-stopping appeal, don an orange-hued coral.
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