Julianne Kaye's Quick & Easy Beauty Tips for Busy Moms

Curling lashes gives eyes the appearance of being wider, brighter and more awake. A trick of mine is to curl lashes AFTER mascara because it will actually hold the curl longer and better! A lot of women have it engrained in them that if they curl after mascara application their lashes will fall out... but that won't happen if your mascara is dry first. Just gently squeeze and pulse at the base of the lashes, that's all you need. Shu Uemura eyelash curlers are the best.

Cream Shadow can be your best friend when you're in a time crunch: it makes it easy to do a quick application without any problems with fallout that tends to happen with eyeshadow. Smudge with your fingers or a brush, a cream shadow is super blendable and customizable to the intensity you want to achieve as you layer. NARS Pearl Beach is a gorgeous daytime color.

A highlighting concealer pen is a great way to brighten up your complexion because it illuminates and conceals. Portable and easy to use under the eyes, down the bridge of the nose, and the high points of the cheekbones for a mid day pick me up. Try Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch.

A strong lip statement in coral or fuchsia can brighten up your look If you have very little time in the morning. Keep the rest of your makeup minimal and you'll be right on trend for Spring and Summer! Maybelline 24 hour color in Endless Ruby is gorgeous, glossy and lasts all day.

Skip the two part process of using liquid foundation and powder with a powder foundation. A product like this fuses the versatility of both in one quick and easy step. Most formulations are equally beneficial to the skin fighting free radicals and boast a high SPF like Physicians Formula, which has an SPF of 50.

Julianne Kaye, a Los Angeles native and makeup artist to the stars has worked with some of the worlds most well known celebrities including Britney Spears, Scarlett Johansson and Eva Mendes to name a few as well as having her work published in Harper’s Bazaar, Rolling Stone and Shape. Kaye has also had the opportunity to work with such noted photographers as Peter Lindbergh, Mark Seliger and Matthew Rolston.

Silk׳n Giveaway

Prize: Two winners will receive two of the following products: Silk'n Flash&Go and Silk׳n FaceFX Anti-Aging (a $600 value) - courtesy of Silk׳n.

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Silk'n FaceFX is a hand held light emitting diode (LED) anti-aging device. Using a unique blend of deep dermal heating, light energy and massage, the FaceFX can result in improved skin texture and tone while reducing fine lines, wrinkles and pore size.

Silk'n FaceFX includes one handheld device, charging stand, electrical cord and training manual.

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Silk'n Flash&Go is an innovative light-based device for permanent hair removal on the face and body. The new high tech design of the Flash&Go applicator allows individuals to properly target and zone into any area that requires treatment.

Silk'n Flash&Go provides you with permanent hair removal previously only achievable in professional clinics.

Silk’n Flash&Go includes one device unit with narrow lamp cartridge, one bonus narrow lamp cartridge (total 2000 flashes) and instructional DVD.

The giveaway will conclude on May 10th.

Elite Model Fragrance Giveaway

Prize: Two winners will receive an Elite Model Fragrance of their choice - Paris, London, New York, or Rio.

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Elite Models is introducing their global beauty and style into the world of fragrance with the debut of four fashionable scents! The Collection offers four evocative scents that transport you to the world’s hottest cities – Paris, London, New York, and Rio.

Paris Baby: Inspired by the city of love,Paris Baby is a romantic, feminine fragrance with a twist. Spray on when you’re feeling romantic and mischievous.

London Queen: Just like London, London Queen pulsates with energy. The overall experience excites and exhilarates the senses. For when you’re in the party-mood for mayhem!

New York Muse: Spray on New York Muse for a flavor of fast-moving life in the Big Apple. Spray it on for a blast of edgy, urban attitude.

Rio Glam Girl: Capture the vibrant, celebratory spirit of Rio, home of the carnival, sun-kissed beaches and electric nights with Rio Glam Girl. Perfect when you have the most glam places to go.

The giveaway will conclude on May 5th.

How to Score a Discount at the Spa

1. Off-Peak Perks

Weekday mornings are slow for most spas and salons so you can generally find deals during the morning hours. Call ahead to find out what discounts are available and take advantage of these off-peak perks.

2. Search for Savings

Consumers cut back on luxury services during tough economic times, so spas look for ways to boost business by extending specials offers to attract old and new clients. To find these exclusive deals, sign up to receive e-newsletters from your favorite spa or follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Alternatively, you can score up to 13 percent instantly by purchasing discount gift cards to SpaFinder from some web-sites.

3. Cut the Extras

Basic services like a massage or facial can be affordable as long as you skip the extras. Spa service providers may try to bump up your bill with enticing add-ons like an extended body treatment (extra 30 minutes), or perhaps an invigorating body scrub. Though the cost of these treatments seem minimal, the fees quickly add up, especially after you factor in gratuity.

4. Get Group Discounts

Many facilities will extend discounted rates for groups of five or more on various services and treatments. Organize a Sunday spa day with your gal pals and work with a spa manager on group pricing and package deals.

5. Student Savings

You don't have to be enrolled in school to enjoy student savings. Many massage and spa schools offer great rates or sometimes even free services from their students who need to practice their skills. These are extremely affordable resources for great spa and beauty services.

6. At-Home Spa

Though chemical peels are best left to the experts, there are plenty of basic services like facials, manicures and body scrubs that can be done at home. To get the full spa experience, set the mood with soothing music, scented candles and bubble bath.

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New Brow and Lash Brushes at Sigma Beauty

On Monday, April 16th they are launching two new brushes that will be sold individually!

E75 Angled Brow ($11) - This firm, angled brush is perfect for filling in sparse brows with powder or gel products. Use a sketching motion to create a hair like effect and more defined brow. Synthetic bristles.

E80 Brow and Lash ($9) - An essential grooming tool for brows and lashes. Ideal for combing and taming brow hairs while shaping and filling. Great for pulling through lashes for separation and exactness. Synthetic bristles.

Palette d’Antoinette is Coming May 1st

Satin corsets, mischief, and violins… Marie awakes from her dream feeling the sun rays on her pillow. She reaches over, grabs a peach macaroon and quickly stuffs it in her mouth. Could today get any better?

Palette d’Antoinette is a Fantasy Eyeshadow Collection from Lime Crime, inspired by the iconic Queen of France, Marie Antoinette. Five pastel hues, each reminiscent of royal confectionery delights, offer luxurious payoff, velvety texture and superb blendability. Treat yourself to a small slice of decadence on May 1, $34.99, exclusively via Lime Crime. Cruelty-Free & Vegan.

$50 Visa Gift Card and Tone Gift Package Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a package worth approximately $100, including a $50 Visa gift card, Tone Fruit Peel Body Wash product and spa accessories in a canvas market tote with handles.

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Tone Fruit Peel Body Wash contains fruit acids (apple, kiwi, and citrus) that gently exfoliates away dull, dry skin as it cleans. A small amount goes a long way, because it lathers well! Also, the smell is tantalizing. You might believe that you're vacationing at the tropics if you close your eyes for a brief moment. Since these ingredients vigorously work at softening and moisturizing the skin, it leave it soft, smooth, and radiant looking - perfect for those spring skirts and dresses! This affordable beauty luxury enables you to turn an ordinary bath or shower to a spa-like experience.

Note: It's gentle to use everyday, but it's recommended that you use sunscreen, limit your exposure to the sun, and/or wear protective clothing while using this product and for a week afterwards. This is due to the fact that AHAs (Alpha-Hydroxy Fruit Acids) will increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun, resulting in a possible sunburn.

Disclosure: We also received a gift basket for hosting this giveaway - courtesy of Tone.

The giveaway will conclude on April 25th.

OBVITA Organic Skin Care Regimen Kit Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive the OBVITA Organic Skin Care Regimen Kit - Acne & Oily, Normal & Sensitive, or Age Defense (a $67 - $76 value).

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The name OBVITA loosely translates to ‘relating to life’ in Latin. OBVITA Organics’ origin is one of altruistic health education as the organic product suite was born to help clients of our natural health clinic find truly natural alternatives to a conventional world of hidden and not so hidden toxicity. The goal and subsequent accomplishment of OBVITA has been to develop skin care products that are not only healthier but products that feel better and work better. The good news is that the results are in and we have succeeded!

These Organic kits contain all you need to get your skin refreshed, nourished, rejuvenated and healthy. This great kit gives you OBVITA Organics' complete rejuvenating regime. Whether you are new to OBVITA Organics and would like to try the products or are already an ardent fan and want the smaller sizes to take with you on vacation or a business trip; this kit is the perfect choice. Each of these products have incredible high performance skin healing benefits and when used together produce optimal & professional results.

The giveaway will conclude on April 20th.

Fool-Proof Spring & Summer Hair Trends from Celebrity Hairstylis​t

While some may argue that winter never truly arrived, there is no doubt that for most of us, spring has sprung. With a new season comes new trends, and the world of hair is no exception. From recent red carpet events to runway shows, celebrities and style trendsetters alike are blazing the trail of the most sought-after looks for the warmer months. The question becomes how to make them work for everyday wear. Here are fool-proof versions of hot spring and summer looks from celebrity hairstylist, makeup artist and owner of Gocha Salon, Gocha Hawkins, with emphasis on low-maintenance styling, also known as a woman’s best friend.

Tight Top Knot

The updo is back this spring, and arguably the most popular style of the moment is the upswept top knot. “More than ever, we see people taking more chances with hair. The top knot has been a favorite of celebrities for a long time, and now more women are looking to capitalize on this easy, yet impactful, trend. One thing to remember when doing the top knot is that your hair should be shoulder length or longer; anything shorter, and your style will be much more difficult to achieve. When you add too much product, it can be sticky and unflattering,” says Gocha.

· Gather hair as if putting up in a high, slicked-back ponytail. If hair is thin and does not have a lot of natural volume, tease gently and pull back, securing with hair elastic.

· Divide hair into two sections, winding them around one another from the base of the ponytail.

· Using hairpins, secure hair by pinning the base and then any additional loose hair. The key is to keep most of it contained so the look emphasizes the knot, like Jennifer Lopez’s look at this year’s Academy Awards.

· Spray with hair spray to keep in place throughout the day or night.

Effortless Waves

While for some of us, beachy hair may be easier to achieve, for those without a natural wave, it takes a little practice to get the right look without overloading on product. As Gocha explains, “One of the biggest mistakes with the beachy-haired look is to utilize products without understanding your hair type. For all hair types, you’ll want to avoid products that are sticky or that make your hair feel hard. Overdoing it on gel or spray can make hair appear stiff, and often, it doesn’t solve the issue of frizz. If your hair is prone to frizzing, use a serum; they are most easily absorbed into hair.”

· While hair is still wet, apply a volumizing spray; after all, the desired effect is a little bit of a boosted, “heavy-with-saltwater” wavy style that requires some volume. Kate Hudson’s look is the perfect mix between carefree and careful, deliberate face frames.

· Blow-dry with hands; don’t brush hair while styling.

· Choose random groups of strands and twist with fingers; particularly those around the face.

· Finish with hairspray if needed.

High Volume

With humid months around the corner, it’s helpful to have a few styles in the repertoire that lend themselves well to high volume. As Gocha puts it, “Why fight it when it’s humid outside? It’s a losing battle, unless you want to spend your day doing countless touch-ups, and who has time for that? I usually suggest going for trends that are low-maintenance and work well for women with thicker hair that changes texture in heat. Achieving a bigger look is simple, and contrary to popular belief, does not require a trip to the salon for a professional blowout!”

· If hair is thin, use a shampoo that specializes in producing volume.

· Use volumizing spray, and then flip hair until upside down. Blow-drying this way produces natural heft and allows closer access to roots that may need teasing. Like Beyonce, don’t straighten bangs, but blow dry them so that they keep the same texture.

· If needed, use a three inch curling iron (make sure all hair is dry first!) to add more control to waves.

· Not big enough? Tease hair at the crown. Then, using a large flat brush, comb out and seal with hairspray.

Short and Chic

There is no time more popular for short hair styles than spring and summer. And with more and more stars embracing the pixie cut, the moment to go short is now. “Not only are short hair styles the most low-maintenance and easiest to style, but they’re also increasing in popularity as more and more celebrities embrace them. It’s important with a short haircut to trust your stylist to give you the right look; this isn’t something that I would suggest trying at home. It takes a certain personality to pull off this trend, but it’s worth it to be on the cutting edge of what is chic,” explains Gocha.

· With short styles, keep in mind that they look best on women with square, oval or heart-shaped faces and hair with a certain degree of texture. Not curly, but wavy, is the best for short hair, though thin can also work if layered well. Not ready to go for the full pixie? Take a cue from celebrity Sienna Miller and keep hair longer in front.

· While many women think that a pixie cut is a “one-trick pony,” there are certain cuts that can be very versatile. For example, a short pixie cut can be styled into choppy bangs, a deep side part, spiked up for volume, or tousled.

· One of the best go-to products for any type of styling for a pixie cut is a wax-based product, which adds volume and also separation for sectioning hair. Use this as an alternative to hairsprays for keeping the style in place.

“Spring and summer are the prime seasons for women to be more confident in changing hair. I always suggest going for whatever look you’re considering, because it is hair, and it grows back! These easy styles are great for women-on-the-go who seek low-maintenance, yet trendy, looks. And isn’t that all of us, after all?” Gocha says.
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