The It List: 100% Pure Everywhere Sun Stick SPF 30

100% natural and 100% vegetarian, 100% Pure Everywhere Sun Stick SPF 30 doesn’t contain any questionable or harmful chemical sunscreen agents. The water-resistant formula retains effectiveness for up to 80 minutes of activity in water and provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection from the sun's harmful rays with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.



100% Pure Everywhere Sun Stick SPF 30 is safe and gentle enough for everyone’s skin—even babies! The creamy formula provides easy-to-blend coverage that never feels sticky and won’t clog pores.

Spend $100 or more at 100% Pure and receive 100% Pure Everywhere Sun Stick SPF 30 as a complimentary gift. The offer will conclude on July 27th, 2013.

Madonna MDNA Tour Documentar​y Premiere Look

Madonna’s makeup artist, Sammy H. Mourabit, used Votre Vu products to create her look for last night’s premiere of the MDNA Tour documentary in NYC. He drew inspiration from Marlene Deitrich’s iconic 1930’s look from the movie “Morocco.”



To achieve Madonna’s flawless complexion, Sammy first hydrated her face with Votre Vu Attentive Crème de Jour for Sensitive Skin without forgetting the neck with Portrait Collar Restorative Neck Crème. He then dabbed Votre Vu’s Love Me Deux Concealer in Champagne under her eyes and also on the darker areas of her skin, to even out her skin tone.

One of the tricks he used was mixing the Love Me Deux Nourishing Moisture Tint in Champagne with the Attentive to achieve a dewy look. Next, he accentuated her cheekbones by contouring them with Votre Vu’s Beaute en Bronze Tantalizing Bronzer Duo.

To create a 30s eyebrow, he first groomed the brows with a brush, and then applied the Arch de Triumphe Daily Brow Definer in Warm inside the natural eyebrow line. The thinner line captures that 30’s look. To cover the excess natural hair, he dabbed some Votre Vu’s Love Me Deux Concealer in Champagne, giving the illusion of a clean groomed eye without the need for over-plucking.

For the lips, Sammy first contoured them in a heart shape reminiscent of the 30’s style with the Drawmatic Lip Liner in Naked (coming out in September). He followed by mixing two shades of the French Kiss Moisture Riche Lipstick (coming out in September) for a luminous and voluptuous effect. He applied the darker tone, Margaux, to the outer lines of the lip and the lighter tone, Annette, to the inner lip.

On the lashes, he used Eiffel Power Mascara only in the center of the eyelashes. To intensify the 30s look, he added some false lashes to the outer corner of the eye.

The last touch was the Vu-On Rouge in Bouquet Rose on her cheeks and a little bit of the Belle Poudre HD Sheer Face Finish in Light. The result was a modern Marlene Dietrich look.

Tarte's Golden Opportunity



Get your glow on the go with this Golden Opportunity Deluxe Collection ($10; exclusively at Sephora) featuring travel-friendly sizes of your favorite Tarte bronzing essentials! The revolutionary brazilliance™ skin rejuvenating maracuja self tanner delivers a healthy dose of vitamin C and essential fatty acids to achieve a natural, all-over sunless bronze while drenching skin in pure moisture. For a sunkissed, radiant complexion instantly, gently buff on our Amazonian clay mineral bronzer in park ave princess from this perfectly-portable, chic compact. Powered by skin-balancing Amazonian clay this lightweight, long-wearing mineral bronzer blends and builds effortlessly to your desired level of color for better, truer, longer wear and a Brazilian bronze bombshell finish.

Puriste Skin Care Review

Puriste is a newly launched skincare line from renowned Canadian dermatologist Dr. Sylvia Garnis-Jones inspired by her 30 years in clinical dermatology, her 54-acre farm and commitment to help protect the environment.

Each of Puriste's carefully-crafted 16 revolutionary products have been proven to transform skin within Dr. Garnis-Jones' own clinic over the last several years. Now, she is ready to share those results with the world. However, this is not our only great attribute. We are extremely proud that each product is housed in recyclable glass packaging with tree-free, water-free Fibrestone® labels. Each formula contains a plethora of natural and naturally-derived ingredients. At the core of the line is glycolic acid — the ingredient Dr. Garnis-Jones witnessed breathe new life into the skin of so many patients over the years. All our products are sold online at PuristeCare.com.



Thanks to the sweltering and humid weather, my skin has gone haywire, particularly my face, chest, and back. I find this to be embarrassing yet ironic since summer is a time when you bare skin the most. It seems like I have practically tried everything to keep the breakouts at bay, including the Aztec Secret Healing Clay with Bragg's Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, but I haven't had much success. I know that my diet isn't the culprit since I adhere to a strict vegetarian (borderline vegan) diet. I also steer clear from junk food and soda.

Touted as one of the best naturally-derived skin care lines, Puriste offers some of the top products for facial acne. I've been using their Gentle Purifying Cleanser ($32), 5% Glycolic Acid Day Or Night Cream ($64), and Oil Control Purifying Toner ($28) to get my skin back in track. I'll admit that I haven't experienced immediate results, but I like that the products don't dry out my skin or make it oilier than what it is. And their toner is the best! It gives my skin the sense of clarity that it needs with ingredients, such as Witch Hazel, Cucumber, Aloe Vera, Rosemary, and Citric Acid.

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 affects 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.

Beauty Nectar: The Collagen Drink



Our skin starts losing elasticity and collagen at the age of 25, thus making some people appear older than they actually are. Not only our skin goes through changes as we older, but the lack of collagen affects our hair, making it thinner, lifeless, or dry; our nails, making them ragged and brittle; our joints, making them less flexible; and our muscles, making us lose tone. Ashieda‘s Beauty Nectar ($39.99 - $89.99) is a safe and 100% natural dietary supplement that is formulated to increase collagen production. Drinking a 2-oz bottle of Beauty Nectar daily can possibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles & fine lines and improve overall skin tone - all resulting in youthful, radiant skin.

Ingredients:

Orza Ceramide PT, enhancing the moisturizing ratio by forming a skin protecting barrier and tightening skin tissue alignment.

Vitamin C with its antioxidant properties also stimulates the production of enzymes in fibroblasts, working to help the body form elastin and collagen.

Kiwi Seed Extract contains abundant w-6 essential fatty acids and Vitamin E for additional anti-oxidation.

Resveratrol and OPC (Oligomeric Proanthocyanidin) as the main antioxidants in grape seed assist in removing free radicals.

Although I received one box of 10 bottles to sample (a $39.99 value), I couldn't go all the way with the 10 day trial since two bottles arrived broken, mostly likely the way the package was handled by the mail carrier. With the 8 bottles that were fully intact, I decided to go through a shorter trial. I honestly didn't notice much of a difference in my skin or hair during the 8 days of drinking the Beauty Nectar, but I must note that the drinks were delicious. I've tried a similar product in the past, but it didn't have a good taste like the Beauty Nectar.

Have you ever tried Beauty Nectar before? Feel free to share your experience in the comments below.

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Free Beauty Events in June


In the month of June, you can take advantage of the CVS P&G Event. Makeup artists will be giving FREE makeovers with the latest CoverGirl products and giving away samples and coupons. Also in June, the CVS L’Oreal Haircare Event features free samples and coupons from L’Oreal’s new Advanced Haircare line. This is a great opportunity to see which products work best for you! Information like this is available at http://www.freebeautyevents.com/submit where spas and retailers can promote their events. Also, you can submit information regarding a beauty event at http://www.freebeautyevents.com/submit. To find out if an event will be near you, just enter your zip code in the upper right hand corner of our home page.

Tantalizing Tresses with Mixed Chicks!

For years, multicultural people with hard to manage hair traveled from store to store, trying to blend products in a hopeless attempt to tame their locks. Wendi Levy and Kim Etheredge, two "mixed chicks", created a product line because they needed it. Friends and family started encouraging them to package it, and soon they had a full blown business running out of the garage. After a little door to door hustling, a few celebrity endorsements, and a ton of online customer support, MIXED CHICKS is bringing their products to the world.




Taking the name into consideration, Gloss and Shining Hair Silk ($11.99), my expectations for this product were high, and it most certainly did not disappoint! As you may already know or don't know, I'm multi-ethnic (Caucasian, Cherokee Indian, and African American), and I have medium-length, thick, wavy hair. Products that work for my hair are few and far in-between. That's why I have been mostly sticking to one brand for the past year. This product in particular is one of the few that actually works for my hair. A pump here and a pump there provides superior shine without weighing down my hair or leaving an oily residue. It also makes my hair very soft and touchable.

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 affects 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.

Raw Hair Fab Frizz Control Review

The mission of Raw Hair by Melanie is to provide professional, healthy hair care services without the use of toxins, dangerous synthetics or harmful chemicals. They utilize products with the finest sustainable herbal components, plant extracts and natural vitamins. Raw Hair Organics is dedicated to providing the highest quality professional and pure organic hair care products that ensure the health and safety of both their customers and our environment.




As the day goes on, especially during the summer, my hair has a tendency to get dry and frizzy. Even more so when I started getting highlights a few summers ago. I've used my fair share of high end and drugstore products to help remedy this to no avail. Over a year ago, I finally discovered a product that somewhat helps, meaning it has its days that it doesn't want to work for my hair.

I was recently introduced to Fab Frizz Control Smoothing Mist, which was created by ABCH master stylist and educator Melanie Nickels. This smoothing mist is lightweight, moisturizing, and will keep the frizzies at bay without weighing it down. It also makes hair soft and manageable without leaving an icky, sticky residue. For the best results, I spray an adequate amount on my hair after I get out of the shower. My hair dries beautifully without any frizz, which normally isn't the case when I shampoo and condition my hair any other time.

So if you want to tame those frizzies, I highly recommend this product. It comes at an affordable price point, too - $6 - $20.

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 affects 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.

Liv Tyler Reveals Her Favorite Perfume



The gorgeous Liv Tyler has recently revealed that she has worn the C.O. Bigelow’s Musk Perfume Oil ($15) for many years. Her insider trick? She recently shared all of her beauty secrets in an interview with Into The Gloss and revealed that she puts little drops on her fingers and puts some under her arms and in her belly button – if you put it where you heat up, the smell will stay with you all day long. “And I’m telling you, every day, five people will ask me what I’m wearing,” Liv told the beauty site.

Say I Do with Julep





Julep has extended their line by adding the new and exclusive French Mani Trio ($25), which consists of Nicolette (french white), Gemma (french ivory) and Layne (french pink). These colors were designed with brides in mind.




Put Something Blue in your cart with the French Mani Trio. It's a free gift to you (or the bride) with coupon code: BLUE