Introducing Butter London's Lippy

Butter London has recently expanded their beauty arsenal by adding Lippy to their highly coveted line. Matching up with their new nail polish shades, Lippy ($17) is available in 5 tantalizing lip gloss shades - Primrose Hill Picnic, Snog, Trout Pout, Yummy Mummy, and Teddy Girl.

Lippy does not contain parabens, petroleum, phthalates, sulphates, or bismuth. It is currently available on Butter London's web-site, their Seattle-Tacoma International Airport flagship store, fashion boutiques, specialty retailers, and beauty apothecaries around the world.

I'm ultimately picky when it comes to choosing lip gloss shades. I carefully selected the shades that I knew that would look good on me. Therefore, I selected the Teddy Girl (a pale, retro, bubblegum pink), Yummy Mummy (a medium beige), and Primrose Hill Picnic (a happy, punchy, tropical, fuchsia pink). All of the shades compliment my skin tone, especially the Teddy Girl and Yummy Mummy. I also received the matching nail polishes, which I will be reviewing sometime soon.

Most lip glosses either have a decadent flavor/scent or no scent at all, but theirs have a floral scent, which I love! I also love that they have strong staying power. The only thing I don't love is that their lip gloss is one of the stickiest glosses I've come across so far. I hope that they reformulate their product, making it less stickier and more wearable. These shades are simply too gorgeous to be this sticky!

Disclosure: The item(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.

Save the Date - Kate Walsh and Rebekah George Combat "Allergy Face"

Spring allergy season is upon as, and we all know what that means for millions of Americans – itchy-watery eyes and a red runny nose – causing a major case of “Allergy Face!”

Actress Kate Walsh (ABC’s Private Practice) knows all too well that those dreaded allergies can affect not just how you feel, but also how you look. In an effort to help women look and feel their best, she is teaming up with the makers of ZYRTEC® and Beauty Expert Rebekah George who will dish out the necessary beauty tips and tricks during a live ZYRTEC® webcast on

WHAT: The makers of ZYRTEC® invite you to get beauty tips such as:

Take used coffee grinds and freeze them in ice cube trays. When your eyes feel puffy, take the frozen coffee grinds and place them on your eyelids to help stimulate circulation for a quick depuffing fix.

Layer on a copper bronzer and pink blush combination to really give skin oomph to help reduce redness and brighten up a puffy face.

And many more!

WHO: Kate Walsh, allergy sufferer and star of ABC’s Private Practice, and celebrity beauty expert, Rebekah George

WHEN: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET

WHERE: Log on to

Simple & Stylish Day to Night Hair Looks from Celebrity Hairstylis​t

It’s just another day at the office – but there are big plans for the night ahead. As women, we often find ourselves in this conundrum; is night-out hair too fancy for the workday? For those of us who may not be expert stylists, this presents a daunting challenge. However, sometimes, transitioning can be as simple as bringing one little product to work. Here, owner of Gocha Salon, celebrity hair and makeup expert Gocha Hawkins sheds some light on how to transition without having to sacrifice looking pulled-together for half of the day.

Short with an Edge

With short hair, it can be difficult to find different styles for day and night wear. “For the short-haired ladies, a look that takes you from polished professional to fun, vivacious night owl requires just one product,” Gocha explains.

· Create a tussled look for day by blow-drying hair with salt spray.

· Bring a wax product for the office, and when 5:00pm hits, work the wax into hair.

· Style or touch up the remaining waves by adding more structure.

“If you’re feeling daring, grab sections and spike for a funky, edgy look,” Gocha says.

Half and Half

One of the old standbys for ladies with shoulder length to long hair is to part down the middle and pull hair back into a half up, half down style. “This is for the ladies who have natural waves,” Gocha says.

· Pull pieces from the front and twist, securing with bobby pins for day.

· After work, if hair is unruly, untwist hair and let it fall to shoulders.

· To touch up curls, apply a holding product, such as a hair spray or wax spray.

“I think every woman should keep a small supply of emergency beauty products on the job, and hairspray always comes in handy,” suggests Gocha.

High Shine

Sometimes, nights out call for higher impact, and it can be especially challenging to find a style that is versatile enough for the workplace. “A lot of my clients come to me hoping to have a solution to what hair would be suitable for a work day followed by a formal event,” Gocha points out.

· Part hair normally and curl with a big barreled iron.

· Start by separating sections and curl entire head, applying a light mist of heat protectant to ensure there is no damage.

· Bring a shine product to work.

· For night, and because the curls will loosen and drop throughout the day, put hair up into a high ponytail for a look that is both classic and sophisticated.

Says Gocha, “Use the shine spray to gather hair and let your curls hang down, cascading behind you.”

Sleek to Chic

Straight hair works for both day and night, but sometimes a touch-up is needed throughout the day, and no one wants to bring a flat iron to work. “It’s so common for clients to ask me what the best defense is to avoid hair gaining volume throughout the day, and my advice is always the same: don’t fight it, make it work for you,” Gocha explains.

· To keep hair looking its best as time ticks on, start by doing all styling that morning.

· Hair will often gain a little volume back naturally throughout the day.

· Rather than fighting it, bring a small jar of wax pomade and use it throughout hair in sections to add texture and volume for a trendy, big haired look.

“If your hair really won’t agree with you, pull back with the pomade into a sleek, tight pony, and let your hair flow freely down your back. The ponytail, in various forms, is one of the biggest styles for spring,” says Gocha.

Polished Updo to Wavy

For certain positions, hair needs to be tamer than others. For those women who prefer to have their hair pulled into a bun for work, here’s a tip to take this look to night with ease. “For some professional environments, it’s important to keep your style simple, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t make it fun for evening,” Gocha suggests.

· Shower in the morning, and apply a curling gel to hair while twisting into a bun. Take this product to work.

· Secure with elastic and pin to keep the look pulled together.

· After work, let the bun down and your hair will be tussled waves.

· Apply a little more product to enhance the shape.

As Gocha puts it, “The bottom line is that we as women can be professional and stylish, daring and tame. Having some go-to day-to-night options in your repertoire is not only smart; it’s a necessity for today’s strong, multi-faceted woman.”

Ciate Launches at Sephora

Created by entrepreneurial nail artist Charlotte Knight, Ciate is built around understanding a woman's love of affordable luxury and nails as the perfect canvas for self expression and individuality.

Beautiful and intensely pigmented colors are designed to make nail painting an effortless and pleasurable experience.

Select Ciate colors will be launched on and Sephora stores across North America this March.

LAVANILA The Healthy Deodorant Review

Breaking beauty boundaries with the world's premier healthy fragrance, LAVANILA was the first to fuse luxury fragrance with natural science. Today, their growing line of healthy products continues to brim with everything that's good for you and absolutely nothing that's not. LAVANILA delivers a new generation of 100% healthy products formulated with the highest quality of natural and organic ingredients. They're packed with vitamins and minerals, and completely free of harsh chemicals. Indulge with confidence.

I've been using natural deodorants for the last two years. This is due to the potential dangers of aluminum found in traditional deodorants. Many doctors are linking aluminum to a myriad of diseases such as ALS (a.k.a. Motor-Neuro Disorder or Lou Gehrig's Disease), Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimers, and Cancer. After having a health scare of my own a couple years ago, I decided to be more "green" with my beauty and hygiene routine. I'll admit that I'm not all the way "green" with my beauty products, but I'm making much better progress. I'm also learning a lot as I go along.

I already have two brands that I swear by when it comes to all-natural deodorant. Therefore, I was slightly reluctant to use another brand when I was introduced to the LAVANILA's Healthy Deodorant ($18). I've tried a couple of products by them in the past, and I really liked them. So, I decided to give them a chance with this product.

I received the LAVANILA The Healthy Deodorant in the Vanilla Passion Fruit scent (also available in Vanilla Coconut, Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Lavender, and Pure Vanilla). I actually have their perfume in the same scent, but the deodorant surprisingly smells much better! It has a strong yet delightful fresh, feminine, and floral smell. The fragrance doesn't last long, but the most important thing is that it actually works.

It's rather pricier than what I usually order, but this doesn't faze me since it keeps me from sweating in this hot, sweltering heat that we've been experiencing lately!

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.

Exude Lipstick Review

Exude Lipstick is set to modernize the way women wear lipstick. Because of its revolutionary applicator, Exude is able to retain its shape over time and dispense the exact amount of lipstick users need, without any mess or waste. Millions of women welcome the glamour of lipstick, but until now the process of putting on lipstick has been anything but glamorous. Exude is a modern approach to a classic beauty problem. To help epitomize the brand's personality, Exude collaborated with Rachel Zoe, one of Hollywood's most coveted stylists.

I opted for the Exude Lip Gloss in Dusty Pink since I don't wear lipstick that often. The Dusty Pink is a modest yet playful shade of light pink, making it perfect to wear during Spring. It has a hint of a minty flavor that makes my lips tingle, which doesn't bother me in the least since it doesn't burn or hurt.

The lip gloss glides on effortlessly without making a mess in the process, and the texture feels nice on the lips - not sticky or waxy at all! It hydrates the lips beautifully with an anti-aging complex complex, which includes Omega 3, and Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acids, Vitamin E, and Goji Berry.

The only thing I don't like is the $29 price tag, considering this product wouldn't last long with me since I wear lip gloss a lot. The price might not faze you one bit if you're more conservative of how often you wear lip gloss.

Exude is available in Lip Gloss and Creme. The Creme colors are Coral, Cranberry, Rosy Brown, Nude, Brown, Bronze, Red, Plum, and Pink. The Lip Gloss colors are Dusty Pink, Crimson, Brown, Clear, and Scarlet Red.

Disclosure: The item(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.

Hunger Games-Insp​ired Hair

With the much-anticipated movie premiere around the corner, Nicholas Penna Jr., owner and lead stylist at Salon Capri sent us Hunger Games-inspired hair tips. Nick can give instructions on how to make these looks wearable and recreate the styles at home.

While their haughty attitudes make Capitol citizens in The Hunger Games less than likable, the characters’ bold hairstyles are hard to miss. Big and colorful embellished ‘dos worn by people of The Capitol are contrasted by the simple and sporty styles common in other districts.

Capitol Citizens’ Embellished Frizz

· To make this bold look more wearable, Nick recommends playing off of a single element of the style such as frizz, color or embellishment.

· Adding a colorful flower or bow to your hair style gives your look a fun pop of color. Use bobby pins to secure a natural flower or colorful bow to one side of your head above your ear and arrange hair around it to hide the pins.

· To incorporate temporary pastel tints into your ‘do, Nick recommends running the tip of a piece of soft chalk across the strands you want to color. The more coats you use, the brighter the color will become. It’s important to only use chalks on dry hair, as wet hair will cause chalk to stain lighter hair’s natural pigment. Nick suggests clipping colored locks across the front of your head and securing them with a headband for a look straight from the movie.

· Big hair accessories and pastel hues can be overkill when paired with bold jewelry. When sporting colored or embellished locks, Nick recommends keeping the look clean with subtle jewelry and accessories.

· To score a subtler version of Effie’s frizz, first add a texture spray to dry locks and set your hair in pin curls. Nick recommends Shu Uemura’s Liquid Fabric Mineral for added volume and texture. Once the curls have formed, lightly tease your hair from the crown to the back of the head using hairspray and a natural bristle brush. Nick recommends Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer.

Katness’ Sporty Side Braid

· Katness’ battle look is a sporty variation on the classic French braid.

· To score this style, add a texture spray to dry hair. Nick suggests Shu Uemura’s Liquid Fabric Mineral.

· Gather the front section of hair above your ear and begin with the typical French braid stitch.

· As you continue your braid, guide hair in a diagonal line across the back of your head by collecting strands from each side as you go.

· Once you reach the nape of your neck, finish the look with a common braid and secure the ends with a clear elastic.

· Set the knotted style with a light spritz of hairspray. Nick’s go-to for a soft hold is Shu Uemura’s Sheer Laquer.

· For a sexy, messy look, let angled pieces fall softly around your face.

Haymitch’s Piecey Center Part

· Men can achieve Haymitch’s soft center part and piecey blonde waves with the help of the right styling products.

· Start with wet hair, and part it directly in the center using a fine toothed comb.

· To add texture, apply a dime-sized portion of styling wax to the lower half of your strands. Nick recommends L’Oreal Professionnel Homme Wax for piecey waves.

· If your hair is straight or wavy, let it dry naturally and finish with a spritz of texture spray. Nick uses Shu Uemura’s Liquid Fabric Mineral.

· If your locks are a little more unruly, blow dry the hair using a natural bristle brush and the blow dryer’s nozzle attachment, and finish with smoothing serum. Nick recommends a small drop of Shu Uemura’s Silk Mesh.

Lady Soma Antioxidant Berry Masque Review

Lady Soma is an all natural, healthy and holistic source of women's probiotic supplements and skincare, which are all specially formulated to fit women's needs. Their skin care line includes the Renewal Serum, the Antioxidant Berry Masque, and the Skin & Nail Treatment. Their supplements include the Lady Soma Detox, the Lady Soma Fiber Cleanse with Probiotics, the Candida Advanced Cleanse, and the Cranberry Concentrate with Vitamin C.

The Antioxidant Berry Masque ($32.99) is a delightful concoction of blueberry, cranberry, and pomegranate. Not only this facial masque is loaded with antioxidants, but it has essentials vitamins such as Vitamins A, C, and E. All band together to enhance cellular renewal and collagen production.

It is usually not recommended to use a facial masque but once or twice a week. However, I've been using this masque every other day. It doesn't give information on the web-site or container to let me know otherwise. So, I feel like it's safe for anyone to use more than once a week, unless they start experiencing problems with their skin. It's not like any other masque I've tried, because I usually couldn't get away with using one a few times a week without provoking a breakout in the process. Don't get me wrong, I've tried a few wonderful ones in the past, but I believe that this is the best one I've used in the past year.

Applying a facial masque can be a very simple beauty routine if you're not too familiar with using one. I simply keep this facial masque on my face and neck area for 8 - 10 minutes. It gives me a bit of a good, tingly feeling. However, it is very tolerable since it doesn't sting or burn in the least. Then, I wash it off with warm water, which doesn't take much effort at all since it washes off easily. The results are fantastic, because my face has a warm and healthy glow after I use this product.

I follow up with their Renewal Serum, which I'll probably run out of soon since I only received a small sample. This is only because they wanted me to focus on the Antioxidant Berry Masque. It's quite tempting to buy their full size serum, though. This product is really good, because it makes the skin feel really soft and smooth. It is normally $42.99 on their web-site, but you can currently buy it for $32.24.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

skinnyskinny Soy Wax Candle Review

skinnyskinny makes a wide-range of organic and eco-savvy products and gifts for the most discerning individuals. They've got soaps, pillows, pet products, amazing gift sets, body oils, and much much more. They use certified organic ingredients in all of their products and make everything in small batches so that they can maintain their fanatically high-standards.

skinnyskinny's new eco-friendly, long-burning (approximately 60 hours) candles contain essential oils and biodegradable soy wax. Their scents are complex yet not overpowering, making them ideal for any room.

I received the Cedar Soy Candle ($30), which wasn't a scent that I selected. However, I was still eager to give it a try since they describe it as a calming and soothing scent. I wish I could give this candle a glowing review, but the scent didn't give off a rich aroma that I was expecting. It barely gave off an aroma at all. Therefore, I can't recommend this particular scent, considering the price. My experience with this candle doesn't affect my thoughts of this company, though.

Available Scents: Rose and Fennel, Cedar, Lavender and Rosemary, Sweet Basil and Lemon, Clementine and Clove, and Cardamom

Disclosure: The item(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 New Laila Ali Line of Superior Styling Appliances for Multi-Cultural Hair

Helen of Troy® is proud to announce a partnership with the accomplished and talented Laila Ali to release a line of superior styling tools for multi-cultural hair!

Laila knows that the strength, grace, and resilience it takes to be the best wife, mother, daughter, athlete, and philanthropist comes from simple and significant everyday choices. She believes that winning is a choice you make every day, and as a woman in the spotlight, she understands the need for everyday, consistent hair care products that keep you looking as beautiful on the outside as you do on the inside.

Originally known for her trailblazing career as a four-time world champion boxer, Laila was a finalist on ABC's Dancing With the Stars, has hosted "American Gladiator," "Student Body" and "Glamour's 20 Wedding's Do's and Don'ts." Laila, becoming widely recognized as a fitness & wellness expert, is also known for her philanthropic efforts including work as the current President of the Women's Sports Foundation, Feeding America and Until There's A Cure, to name a few.

The Laila Ali line of styling tools is designed with multiple heat settings to personalize styling, high heat up to 450 degrees and ceramic and titanium technology to leave hair healthy and prevent breakage. Whether you want to naturally style your hair to be straight, curly or wavy, the Laila Ali line will offer a product to help you get there. As Laila says, "Make your hair your best accessory."
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