The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.
Hello readers! Happy 2013!
Still alive! and really busy! Missed posting here since Fashion Week (Sept. 2012).
Just want to say Thank You for reading this blog.
It is very surprising to see consistent ' blog hits' even during my absence.
Do you know that my heart melts everyday? Thanks again.
2013 is a beginning of my happy adventures. Will be away from the blogging world for a while.
But will definitely continue writing good stuff (beauty-related) when I get less busy.
Thanks to the PR people of Dermablend, Vichy, La Roche Posay, Goody, Too Faced Cosmetics, Obagi, etc. etc.
for the awesome products you sent throughout 2012 for review. Really really grateful to review those.
And the last product recommendation for the year....
My best eyeshadow palette for 2012, got to be the Too Faced Romantic Eye Shadow Collection $36 at Sephora.
Too Faced is having 50% off online now! Go hurry =)
hugs and kisses,
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It's the time of year again. New York City celebrates the biggest fashion party of the year. This year's Fashion Night Out will be tomorrow, September 6th. Please check FNO website for particpating stores near you.
Here's my customized list, for celebrity appearances:
Kim Kardashian at Lord and Taylor from 7 to 9pm
424 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10018
Stop by for your chance to meet style-savvy entrepreneur and fragrance designer, Kim Kardashian, with your qualifying* True Reflection fragrance purchase. For complete details: www.lordandtaylor.com/FashionsNightOut *Qualifying purchase includes $123 True Reflection gift set. Due to time limitations it may not be possible for each customer to meet our special guest. Event subject to change or cancellation.
Michael Kors at Macy’s Herald Square from 7:30 to 8:30pm
151 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001
Celebrate the opening of The World’s Largest Shoe Floor at a fashion trivia quiz hosted by fashion designer and TV personality Michael Kors. | Shoes on 2 | 7:30PM
Oscar de la Renta, Tom Pecheux and Max & Lubov Azria at Saks Fifth Avenue from 6 to 9pm
611 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10022
Celebrate the launch of his new fragrance, Essential Luxuries with Mr. Oscar de la Renta at 6. Enjoy a private consultation with Creative Director, Tom Pecheux of Estee Lauder from 6 to 8. Meet husband and wife team, Max and Lubov Azria from 8 to 8:45.
Edward Bess, Michael Bastian, Naeem Khan, Rachel Zoe, etc. at Bergdorf Goodman from 6 to 9 pm
754 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10019
Book signing with author Sara James Mnookin and designers to celebrate the new book "Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman" (Harper Design.) With special guests Edward Bess, Halston Heritage, Lela Rose, Michael Bastian, Naeem Khan, Rachel Zoe, Roberto Faraone Mennella & Amedeo Scognamiglio, Thakoon Panichgul, Robert Verdi and more. Music by Andrew Andrew.
Christian Siriano at Christian Siriano New Flagship from from 7 to 9 pm
252 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012
Designer Christian Siriano will appear for a meet and greet at his first new Flagship concept store. He will sign a limited run of handbags and accessories, and pose for photos. All attendees who make a purchase will be entered automatically to win a chance for two tickets to the Christian Siriano Spring 2013 Fashion show on Sept 8, 2012 or a $250 gift Certificate to shop in our store. Drinks will be served for attendees over the age of 21. Music provided by Brad Walsh and a special Guest Dj.
David Yurman at David Yurman Flagship Store from 6 to 9 pm
712 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10065
David Yurman, America’s renowned fine jewelry and timepiece designer, will celebrate Fashion’s Night Out at the Madison Avenue flagship with specially created cocktails and delectable desserts all inspired by David Yurman signature collections including women’s, men’s and timepieces.
Donna Karan at Donna Karan from 6 to 8 pm
819 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10065
Join Donna Karan for a book preview and signing of the new book, "Stephan Weiss: Connecting the Dots" by Donna Karan. Enjoy champagne and the new fall collection.
Foley and Corrina at Henri Bendel from 7 to 9 pm
712 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10019
Get a chance to meet Dana Foley and Anna Corinna, Creative Directors of Foley+Corinna, and get exclusive styling tips and a gift with your purchase!
Ivanka Trump at Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry from 6 to 11pm
109 Mercer Street, New York, NY 10012
Join us as we celebrate our first Fashion’s Night Out in Soho with an appearance by Ivanka Trump, great food, music, dessert by Georgetown Cupcakes, a fashion show in partnership with Trump Models Inc. and exciting surprises!
Michael Kors at Michael Kors Flagship from 6 to 11pm
667 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10065
APPEARANCE BY MICHAEL KORS AND CELEBRITY GUESTS, EXCLUSIVE PRODUCT, PORTRAITS BY FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPHER AND MORE!
KORS KARAOKE: Come watch your favorite YOUTUBE stars compete in a Karaoke contest judged by Michael Kors and Guest Celebrity Judges. Have a chance to shop exclusive product as well as have your portrait taken by famed photographer Victor Demarchellier.
Vera Wang at Vera Wang Store from 6 to 8pm
158 Mercer Street, New York, NY 10012
Vera Wang will be co-hosting with Eric Daman, Emmy Award winning costume designer for the hit series Gossip Girl and The Carrie Diaries.
Guerlain at Sephora from 6 to 11pm
Show off your little black dress
1. Purchase any size La Petite Robe Noire fragrance, found exclusively at Sephora 2. Take a picture of yourself holding your fragrance and Sephora shopping bag, outside the Sephora location where you purchased it 3. Tweet the picture to @GuerlainUS and use the hashtags #FNO and #LPRN One entry will be chosen at random to receive a gift certificate to our Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf=Astoria NYC. The gift certificate includes a 90-minute Abeille Royale Facial & 50-minute massage. Total value= $490
Cirque Du Soleil’s Zumanity at Henri Bendel from 6 to 11pm
712 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10019
Join Henri Bendel at our 5th Avenue flagship for Fashion’s Night Out as they dazzle & delight with the help of Cirque Du Soleil’s Zumanity! Transport yourself to Las Vegas with a live Zumanity performance and casino night theme!
Catch a complimentary ride at their exclusive Fashion Bus at Famous Footwear from 6 to 11pm
250 West 34th St. NY 10119
Famous Footwear is celebrating Fashion's Night Out! Catch a complimentary ride on our exclusive Fashion Bus for a Famously Fun-Filled evening on Thursday, September 6, from 5pm to 11pm! Enter for a chance to win Complimentary Shoes For a Year just by jumping on board! Once you’re here, be one of the first 100 shoppers to spend $75 or more and walk away with your gift card for a complimentary pedicure. Entertainment, refreshments, giveaways and more.
Cyndi Lauper at Manolo Blahnik from 7:30 to 11pm
31 West 54th Street, NY 10019
Cyndi Lauper and Manolo Blahnik USA invite you to celebrate Fashion’s Night Out and Cyndi’s new musical, Kinky Boots. Cyndi will be performing at our 54th Street boutique at 8:30pm.
And where will I go? I will join the party at UNIQLO Flagship on 5th Avenue!
UNIQLO 6pm to 11pm
666 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10103
Please join us in celebrating Fashion’s Night Out with our own Japanese twist. Enjoy sake tastings provided by Ozeki, music provided by NY Japanese DJ’s, Japanese sweets provided by Meiji, manicures at Soho and 34th Street, and at UNIQLO 5th Ave store, step up to our Shiseido Beauty Bar for lip touch ups and fun give-a-ways!
HAVE A GREAT AND MEMORABLE FASHION NIGHT OUT!!!!
- Current Mood: happy
Fall season is fast approaching. Summer months swiftly passed by without saying hello! And in a couple of weeks, we are hitting the BER months. The scent of cinammon pumpkin pie already lingers in the air, and I see store mannequins already dressed in fall colors of plums, purples and greys. Plums are just as lovely and romantic as pink. It is less girly than pink, and lighter than purple. It is a feminine color that blends well with purple grey skies of autumn. Neither a warm nor cool color, plum shades can add texture and dimension to the eyes, face and lips. Here are some plummy makeup products that can bring out the best in you....
Nars Single Eye Shadows in Ondine and Lhasa $24 each
The shade Ondine is a taupey plum shadow with light golden shimmers. Such a wonderful shade for fall! It can accentuate brown and green eyes the best. The texture, just like most Nars eye shadows, is smooth and well-pigmented. It can be worn on its own and still look deep yet neutral. A basic plum must-have.
The shade Lhasa developed a cult-following, and I am not surprised at all. Although, it is not exactly a plum shade, it belongs to the violet family. It is a greyish lavender that is sheer with a brownish tint. This is a perfect shade for smokey eyes, as well as a simple all-over eyelid shade. A very versatile shade that can be worn dramatic or simple, depending on the combination of other products. This is one of the eyeshadow colors that is really worth the splurge. Lhasa is a lavender-grey perfection.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in 1999 glimmering plum $19
First of all, this 24/7 glide on eye pencil is the creamiest eye pencil you'll ever find that won't budge. Urban Decay created a selection of shades that is hard to find in other brands. The 1999 glimmering plum is a very plum shade that would work excellently with brown, hazel and green eyes. This is a great eye liner to achieve that sophisticated fall look.
Dior Addict Lipstick in Fashion Week 881 - Plum $30
Plum lips can make anyone look a little mature and serious. It is quite formal-looking and less girly. The shade Fashion Week is a gorgeous mauvey-purple pink that is on the lighter and sheer side. It is highly wearable and works great with any eye shadow color.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Blushing Bride - $25
The name says it all. The shade Blushing Bride is just the most natural-looking blush for light to medium skin tones. It may appear reddish on the pan, but don't let that fool you. It is a plummy rose with glitters that looks so healthy and vibrant on the cheeks. One application trick is to dab very lightly on the cheek, as this product is very pigmented. You will definitely get 2nd glances from strangers, I promise.
Are you excited for fall? I can't wait to wear the plummiest eye shadows.....
- Current Mood: creative
Are you one of those women who constantly exercise and eat healthy, yet still have a saggy midsection? You are not alone. Majority of women, skinny or obese, have abdominal fat or belly fat. This fat protrudes and sags around the belly area which can be quite unsightly for certain clothes.
High-intensity exercise is one way of combatting abdominal fat. Also, eating a low-fat and high-protein diet can help turn abdominal fats to abdominal muscles. But, exercise and diet alone does not guarantee a firmer and toned abs. Other factors such as age, genetics, and hormonal imbalances can also contribute to fat accumulation in the belly.
Vichy Laboratories, known for the success of their CelluDeStock anti-cellulite cream product, have formulated DeStock Stomach, a revolutionary treatment cream created for active women to target abdominal fat and improved the firmness of the belly area.
Clinical trials result shows that application of DeStock Stomach in the abdominal area, combined with regular exercise regimen had dramatically improved the firmness of the belly by up to 70%. Further notable results revealed that “women who applied DeStock Stomach for 28 days noticed positive effect on the quality of their own skin in terms of firmness, tone and smoothness”.
DeStock Stomach contains 5% pure caffeine, the gold standard in body treatments, that aids in microcirculation and refine the skin around the waistline. It also consists of pro-firming plant peptides, extracted from soya, to effectively boost firming effect on the skin. This is paraben-free and allergy tested.
For maximum results, apply twice daily and combine with regular exercise. Available at major pharmacies such as CVS, Duane Reade, Walgreens and Vichy online. Retails at $36.50.
INGREDIENTS: AQUA / WATER, ALCOHOL DENAT., DIMETHICONE, GLYCERIN, CAFFEINE, PROPANEDIOL, TRIETHANOLAMINE, SALICYLIC ACID, HYDROGENATED OLYISOBUTENE, AMMONIUM POLYACRYLDIMETHYLTAURAMIDE / AMMONIUM POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE, PEG-60 ALMOND GLYCERIDES, PEG-100 , TEARATE, PEG/PPG/POLYBUTYLENE GLYCOL-8/5/3 GLYCERIN, CI 15985 / YELLOW 6, CI 14700 / RED 4, GLYCERYL STEARATE, COFFEA ARABICA BEAN EXTRACT / COFFEE SEED EXTRACT, SODIUM BENZOATE, SODIUM CITRATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, DISODIUM EDTA, CAMPHOR, CAPRYLOYL SALICYLIC ACID, HYDROLYZED SOY PROTEINMENTHOL, XANTHAN GUM, ILEX PARAGUARIENSIS EXTRACT / ILEX PARAGUARIENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CETYL ALCOHOL, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER
In the beginning, I was skeptical with the effectivity of this product. But there's no harm in trying. I normally apply this in the evening, after shower, in the tummy area. The texture has a gel-like consistency, with mentholated scent. There is an instant warming (but minty) sensation with a feeling of muscle-twitching effect. The twitching usually continues as I sleep. I wake up with a flat belly (which is normal). I only apply this product in the evening and I sometimes skip my exercise regimen. But I noticed a difference in the appearance of the tummy in a few days, it is less saggy and less round. I honestly think the 5% pure caffeine content helps a lot in decomposing the fat cells in the area, that explains the twitching effect, and also releases the water content in the fat cells. Remember, caffeine is diuretic, and it flushes unwanted liquid in the body. It is also important to note that this cream cannot work without regular exercise. Overall, I think it is a good product for those who are active with stubborn belly fats.
- Current Mood: creative
Question: What is the number one problem area women complain about during your fitness classes?
Violet Zaki: “The common complaint is “how can I get rid of my pooch/spare tire/love handles/muffin top?” This culprit is the layer of fat located between the navel and the hips and is a receptor for fat cells more so than any other part of your body.”
Question: Why do women’s bodies store fat in this area?
Violet Zaki: “There are numerous causes of stubborn belly fat including genetic predisposition, a sedentary lifestyle, stress, poor diet and lack of sleep. Additionally, as women age, muscle mass gradually decreases and the proportion of fat to bodyweight increases because a decrease in estrogen levels influences fat distribution in the body.”
Question: Are crunches the best way to tone my midsection?
Violet Zaki: “If you think getting washboard abs is as simple as doing crunches, then we need to talk. To get the beach body you want, challenge your midsection in the way your body is designed to move naturally in daily life. This will help you burn calories as well as strengthen and tone your problem areas. Work all your core muscle groups (the abs, hips, lower back and pelvic region), front and back, not just the tranverse abdominis (also known as the “six pack”), because if you have a layer of fat covering your abdominals, you will not see the lean muscle underneath it.”
Question: What are a few simple exercises I can do at my desk or at home to firm my abs?
Violet Zaki: “Sitting on a stability ball at your desk automatically promotes proper spinal alignment and posture and causes you to always move around, therefore you are not sitting in the same position for prolonged periods of time. You are also using your core muscles to maintain your balance on the ball, so you have fitness right at your fingertips! Maintaining good posture also strengthens your core and helps you look leaner.”
Question: Do you use any products that you feel help with the toning of the abdomen area?
Violet Zaki: “As a fitness professional, promoting a healthy lifestyle and empowering women to feel their best is my job and Vichy Destock Stomach is an added bonus to any women’s fitness routine. Vichy Destock Stomach gives women results they can see – with a visible difference after seven days of use and improved skin texture after four weeks of continued use.”
About Violet Zaki:
A well-established international fitness professional, widely viewed as an elite instructor and dynamic personality with very effective approaches to private and group fitness. Her natural aussie flare, creative workout repertoire, and inspirational style attract a large following in the demanding New York Metro and U.S. markets via her live classes, broad portfolio of media workouts, contributing journalism, and speaking engagements.
Violet brings a diverse background to her work, including education and professional experience in social work. She is a practicing Black Belt in Seido Karate, ACE Certified Fitness Instructor, Monash University Certified Fitness Instructor, Master Trainer in various equipment specialties and owner of Zakifitness. Her professional group fitness experience started in Australia and blossomed in New York, including ten years running as a top draw at the city’s premier club, Equinox Fitness Clubs, and guest appearances spanning over a dozen countries across six continents. She has also logged many hours as a high-end private and corporate trainer, specializing in efficient, dynamically challenging routines requiring little-to-no equipment.
Violet’s television show guest appearances include the Home Shopping Network as a featured fitness expert representing Fitness magazine, E! Entertainment Television’s The Girls Next Door, the CBS Early Show as weekly fitness correspondent, Live with Regis and Kelly, NBC’s Today show, Fox Business’ Happy Hour, and CW11’s Morning Show, along with CNN and Televisa Latin America and MBC TV in the Middle East.
Violet has also appeared in and/or contributed content to several fitness and lifestyle magazines and websites, including Fitness, Health, Muscle & Fitness Hers, Prevention, Self, Shape, Cosmopolitan, Essence, Fairmont Magazine, Heart & Soul, Marie Claire, Oxygen, the Knot, MSN, Brenda’s Wedding Blog, and FitSugar.
- Current Mood: content
We don't have to deprive ourselves from eating sinful chocolates. There are so many alternatives in market, that offers organic, vegan and gluten-free chocolates. One of the yummiest I've tried is called Brooklyn Dark.
It is a local artisanal chocolate made with love and passion. Created by a Brooklyn native, who explored the art of chocolate making after his Italian cooking adventures. He wanted to offer a dairy-free product, made from hemp-seed, a powerful health food ingredient, blended with 63% cacao, that are sourced from South America with certification of Rainforest Alliance organic chocolate. No preservatives, no additives, nut-free, gluten-free, and vegan.
Available in 4 flavors: Classic Hemp, Orange Silk, Open Sesame and Moroccan Spice
Available in selected health stores in NYC. To order, go to: http://www.brooklyndark.com/index.html
I really enjoyed all four flavors, it is something you would enjoy eating everyday and something you would give as gifts.
Let's support US made products, talented local artisans, and humane products. I wish Brooklyn Dark success in capturing the hearts of many.
- Current Mood: energetic
Photo credit: Miss World
The 62nd Miss World competition will be held in Ordos (Inner Mongolia), China, with a record-breaking 120 participating countries. This year has the most number of contestants in Miss World history.
Live at the Ordos Stadium, at 19.30 to 22.00 local time.
Picture of Ordos Stadium, credits to Miss World.
Meet the host, Miss China.....
Checking all their profiles and videos, Miss India have the most substance....think of Aishwaya Rai...
Meet Miss USA, a down-to-earth California girl....
Meet Miss Canada, not the prettiest candidate, but advocating a good cause (as always), and supporting multiple charities...
Who is your favorite? To check all candidates' profiles, go to http://www.missworld.com/
- Current Mood: accomplished
Groundbreaking findings from Vichy Laboratories, revealed the source of skin rejuvenation that will change the way we look at skincare. During the biggest gathering of leading dermatologists and skin experts from around the world, the World Congress of Dermatology in Seoul, Korea, Vichy revealed that the papillary dermis, a thin layer of cells located below the epidermis is the driving force of the skin rejuvenation process, including collagen and elastin production. Elastin is a protein found on the skin tissues that is responsible for elasticity and firmness. As people age, the elastin depletes and leads to sagging skin and wrinkles.
“The role of the papillary dermis has immediately provided data for the development of a new anti-aging range that does more than just preserve the activity of the papillary dermis – it restores its role as the source of youthful skin,” explains L’Oreal Research Director of Communication, Patricia Pineau. “Of course, this goes hand in hand with the conception of suitable active ingredients.”
Vichy’s new anti-aging cream, LiftActiv contains Rhamnose, a clinically proven ingredient that actively regenerate skin from the papillary dermis, making it more elastic and plump. Rhamnose is a natural chemical extracted from the tropical flower Uncaria.
With 5% concentration of Rhamnose, Vichy LiftActiv is proven to reduce visible signs of aging, such as forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, under-eye and glabellar (between the eyebrows), as early as two weeks. Skin texture improves in just 4 days of use.
From their website:
LiftActiv with Rhamnose 5% also features continuous release Vitamin C, clinically proven to boost the production of collagen and elastin fibers and proliferation of fibroblasts.
10 years of research. 7 International patents.
See up to a 20% reduction in wrinkles* on key areas such as crow's feet, forehead lines and the neckline.
Long-lasting lifting effect**
44% improvement in tonicity***
15% improvement in firmness***
24 hours of hydration.
Paraben Free, Non comedogenic. Allergy tested. Tested on sensitive skin under dermatological control and is suitable for intolerant skin
"*After 8 weeks of daily application of Lift Activ with Rhamnose 5% Night
**With continued use
***Clinical study of 40 women after 4 hours.
Vichy LiftActiv with Rhamnose 5% is available in Day Cream and Night Cream, retails at $49 for 1.7 fl.oz. The Day Cream has two kinds, for Dry Skin and for Normal-Combination Skin. Vichy products are sold on their website and major pharmacies such as CVS, Walgreens and Duane Reade.
I was very excited to receive LiftActiv from Vichy’s PR for review. Vichy is among the first French doctor’s brands trusted by millions of women in Europe and around the world. It is my first anti-aging cream, and to be honest, the cream is very skin-friendly with a pleasurable texture. I don’t see dramatic results in skin firmness but my skin’s texture looks healthier, luminous and hydrated. It is a good wrinkle prevention product. As a 33 year-old reviewer, without any wrinkles, it is difficult assess the wrinkle fighting properties of the product. This product is highly recommended for wrinkle prevention, as well as elasticity improvement.
It is lightweight with creamy blendability, absorbs easily, and does not appear heavy. Keeps skin hydrated and soft. It has a mild friendly scent of flower. Overall, I would recommend this to women over 30 years old, for all skin types. This product is suitable for intolerant skin. Allergy tested and paraben-free.
Thanks to the PR team of Vichy, Amanda Breault and Tyler Williams for sending such great product for review. All opinions are honest and based on actual result on my skin.
My favorite collection (from watching online) is from Suboo Swimwear Collection 2013:
Here's from Agua Bendita...funky and bright.
And from Pako Pano collection
For more videos, visit MB Fashion Week in You Tube.
- Current Mood: curious
My story with Obagi.
I've heard about the Obagi skincare products about ten years ago, through a renowned celebrity dermatologist from Asia. All her clients are from the entertainment industry, models, newscasters, actors, wives of politicians, and the likes. She used to talk about their Nu-Derm System on television, and I knew from them on that it is a professional product for those who are beauty conscious. Since it is very important for celebrities to look good and young in the public eye, I really believed in the skin products recommended by this celebrity dermatologist. It is not a marketing gimmick, especially if a popular flawless actress uses it.
In North America, this product is widely known in the inner circle of dermatologists, aesthetic physicians and skin doctors. Unless you visit a dermatologist or a spa, there is a little chance you will encounter this brand.
Fast forward. Last month, heavens probably realized I needed to replace my eye cream. I've been using a sample size of Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair Synchronized Complex $52 which was really good.
Then, I received an Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Complete Complex Serum through a PR company. My heart and soul tells me it is a good eye serum that would really work. I am pretty content with the results. As a 33 year-old woman, without any saggy eye bags, dark circles, wrinkles, deep creases, it seem unbelievable. Critical people would question, if I did some kind of eye treatment etc. Folks, I am very thrifty to consider treatments of sort. It's the Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Complete Complex Serum that brought the youth back in my eye area.
Now, I will get rid of all my eye creams, and stick with this one. I don't even use an eye concealer, nor any sort of coverage.
Here's a video about the product and how to use it:
This product contains 3 key ingredients for that ultimate results:
Bi-Mineral complex - for elasticity
Malonic Acid - for skin cell stimulation and production of healthy skin cell
Caffeine - to improve undereye puffiness
It comes in a stainless steel rollerball that gives a cool sensation when rolled/appplied under the eyes.
It is available for purchase in dermatology clinics and other aethetic physicians' offices. Retails at $99 USD.
Obagi Medical Products Inc., is a global, specialty pharmaceutical company that develops, markets, and sells proprietary skin care systems in the physician-dispensed skin care market. Based in Long Beach California.
Thanks to the PR company of Obagi for sending this awesome eye serum. All reviews, are honest and based on facts and actual experience on my skin.
- Current Mood: creative
One of the hottest look this summer is a natural beach tanned skin with soft wave curls. This carefree beach look exudes a very active healthy lifestyle with a fashionista flair. A very fun look that goes well with casual summer clothes, and any elegant dress.
A beach glam look is very easy to achieve. You don’t need to soak under the scorching sun to get tanned. There are so many safe alternatives, such as airbrush tanning, or body bronzers, which gives a healthier glow on the skin, than a real sunburned skin that may appear reddish on pale skin.
Here are some products that can help you transform into an instant beach glam babe:
1) Goody Heat Wave Creator $29.99
Let’s start with the hair. The soft wave curl look is best on long hair. For a beach glam look, the waves should be large, loose, and frizz-free. This Wave Creator is one of Goody’s newest easy-to-use styling tools. The very unique wave barrel creates the softest natural waves. The ionic technology gives a frizz-free finish, with 10 heat settings upto 410-degrees. This makes it work in just seconds and saves a lot of time. A simple tool that makes great fashionable waves!
2) Australian Gold Instant Bronzer SPF30 – 6 fl. Oz $9.49
Australian Gold body bronzers always give a subtle tan that looks so healthy and natural. It gives a fine finish and even coverage that stays put all day. This natural caramel bronzer smells really good, and uplifts the mood, whether you’re outdoors or indoors, you’ll feel carefree happy. It contains Avobenzone that protects skin against UVA/UVB sunburn. The bronzing formula is safe with no DHA. Quick-drying, long-lasting and sexy-looking. Available in SPF 8, 15 and 30
How to use:
Spray liberally to skin exposed to the sun, 20 minutes before sun exposure. Do not spray in face, instead spray in hands and rub on the face. This is water-resistant.
3) La Roche-Posay Anthelios Tinted Mineral Sunscreen SPF50 – 50 ml $32.95
La Roche-Posay, creates the maximum protection sunscreen, is now offering a Tinted Mineral Sunscreen, which can double as a light bronzer. It gives a decent sun-kissed glow in matte finish. This is a very practical product since you’re hitting 2 birds in one stone. It is water-proof, sweat-proof and light weight. This product works best if topped with a powder bronzer.
4) NARS Laguna Bronzer $34
When it comes to bronzers, the world famous NARS Laguna Bronzer is hands down the best. It is a true brown-based bronzer with fine golden shimmers that gives the most luminous, radiant beach tanned look. It is very high-end looking and need I say more? Very elegantly natural. It is buildable and can be worn in different intensity.
5) Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF15 in Guava Gold $15
This great lipgloss has been forgotten by many. It won Allure’s Best of Beauty Award for Best Lipgloss in October 2009. Clinique’s Long Last Glosswear is a moisturizing lip product armed with sun protection. It is long-wearing for 8-hours lasting shine, and not glittery. It gives a nice rich color for full healthy pouty lips. This is the right lipgloss for the summer, and Guava Gold, a golden tawny peach shade is the right color that adds an extra oomph for your beach tanned look.
- Current Mood: happy
The Box, one of the best places in New York City for band performances and out-of-this-world theatrical entertainment, will have Sweet Fix on Thursday, July 26th.
Sweet Fix is one of those upcoming rock band whose music is described as "Van Halen meets Lady Gaga, a melodic mix of muscular rock swagger and disco romance" - NY Examiner.
If you haven't heard of Sweet Fix, you can drop by The Box and see for yourself. The Box is known for hosting amazing and really memorable performances. Check it out. It is a FREE show.
My business colleague is managing the band, aka Band Manager. For more info, let me know!
Very important note:
The Box is a trendy and $$$$$ kind of place. Please dress appropriately. Chanels and Louboutins are welcome!
The band Sweet Fix is composed of 5 good-looking home-grown New Yorkers...you'll love the show and the gorgeous crowd.
Located at 189 Chrystie St. New, York, NY 10002.
- Current Mood: creative
This picture definitely made me smile! Isn't it the cutest thing?!?
Disclaimer: I do not own this picture, copyright belongs to the mother!
- Current Mood: cheerful
I have great news ladies! You don't need to go to the salon to get that glamorous bun. Goody's revolutionary Simple Style Collection, consisting of eight (8) fabulous styling tools, will help you achieve high-class styles and modern twists at home, at any day!
Goody, is a widely recognized brand of hair accessories and styling tools in the world. I've known and used Goody since I was a toddler! From bobby pins, to elastic bands, head bands, and banana clips, nothing beats the functionality and flexibility of Goody's products.
Based on a recent study, 76% of women are interested in achieving professional salon-style at home. But, unless you're a hair stylist, an ordinary woman have no skills in styling their hair, particularly creating twists and buns. Goody has found the solution with women's hair styling frustrations. The Simple Styles Collection comes with 8 easy-to-use tools, uncomplicated instructions and exceptional price at only $7.49 each. Most importantly, no professional hair stylist needed.
Let's begin the tutorials.....
PS - sorry, the pictures are so large, pls use the scrollers to view properly.
The Bun Spiral creates easy updo sleek bun.
The Fountain Flip creates instant voluminous ponytail
The Spin Pin mini creates an easy updo for short and fine hair
The Modern Updo creates a modern French Twist
The Pony Pouf creates instant volume for a stunning ponytail.
The Twisty Comb creates an easy updo twist bun.
The Spin Pin does the work of 20 bobby pins for the perfect bun.
The Volume Boost Comb gives instant volume from flat to flirty.
The Goody Simple Styles collection is available nationwide, at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and Duane Reade.
My top picks:
The Modern Updo and Spin Pin Mini ~ these are so easy to use and very modern twists. The Spin Pin minis are must haves since it does the work of 20 bobby pins. Just make a bun, then twist the pins on the top and bottom and done. Simple as 1-2-3. It gives that messy but gorgeous modern look.
I would like to thank the PR team of Goody for sending wonderful products for review. All opinions are honest and unbiased.
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Their newest collection, Aromatic Blends, will not only take you to the most exotic places on earth, the scents are formulated to relieve your mind, body and soul from any worries and any form of toxicity. This collection, consisting of 4 distinctive hand-picked blends, with ingredients sourced from around the world, comes with a fragrance, a skin-softening body lotion and a skin-softening body cleanser.
The most unique blend in this collection is the Moroccan-inspired Orange Flower and Lychee, which is very warm and evocative, yet fruity-floral and youthful. The staying power is very similar to essential oils, long-lasting and lingers sweetly on the skin. This scent is very genuine that provides a strong effect of harmony for the senses. Your surroundings will look and feel different, and makes you just want to stay calm and enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea time in Morocco. The Orange Flower and Lychee is understated and worth a try.
Read promo offer at the bottom.
Fragrance $75 (100ml), Body Lotion $26 (8.4 fl. oz.) and Body Cleanser $24 (8.4 fl. oz.)
From their website:
Orange Flower and Lychee
An exotic fusion of Orange Flower and Lychee sweetened with a touch of honey and rounded out by Moroccan Rose. Our Orange Flower extract is derived from the Bitter Orange tree - a tree known for producing flowers with an especially distinctive orange scent. This unique scent was combined with a fruity-floral infusion of Lychee, found in the subtropical forests of Southeast Asia.
Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit
A surprising blend of Nashi Blossom and Pink Grapefruit, accented by ginger and rounded out with soothing notes of soy milk and white musk. This harmonious aroma evokes imagery of the Kyoto Gardens in Japan - a peaceful place where dewy, white flowers of this pear often flourish. This fresh, floral aroma was mixed with the Brazilian-born Pink Grapefruit, which heightens the sensory experience with a rich sweet scent, imbued with hints of tropical Mandarin Orange.
Vanilla & Cedarwood
A seductive fusion of Ugandan Vanilla and Cedarwood, heightened with a hint of iris, which gives way to rich amber. The creamy vanilla in our blend owes its unique aromatic character to the exotic vanilla orchid grown on small, sustainable farms in Uganda. This warm and sensual aroma was fused with smoky Cedarwood to add a complex, balsamic character - reminiscent of tobacco farms in the southern United States.
Fig Leaf & Sage
A stimulating fusion of Fig Leaf and Sage with underlying hints of bergamot, citron and thyme. The notes of fig conjure up images of the south of France with its lush countryside, where an unusually distinctive fig essence renowned for its uniquely fresh green, crisp aroma is found. This fig aroma was blended with the essence of herbaceous sage - an evergreen herb with a sweet, nutty scent, evocative of the northern Mediterranean coast.
Promo from now to August 19, 2012
For any online purchase of 100ml Aromatic Blends Fragrance, you will get a Skin Softening Lotion (2.2 oz) and Skin Softening Cleanser (2.2 oz) for FREE. Simply enter the code AROMATIC upon checkout.
The products are available at Kiehl's retail stores and counters worldwide.
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In the next few days, I will be reviewing professional skincare and hair products from these companies.....
These are the products that are known to in the beauty industry for their reputable skin research technologies. The skincare products are mostly highly-recommended by top dermatologists in the US (Beverly Hills-based), Canada, France, and many European countries.
My loyal beautiful readers deserve the best products in the market. This blog only recommends products that are worth the rave and promotions.
Special thanks to the PR team of these companies for sending products and trusting my reviews. All opinions are honest, unbiased, based on facts and actual results on my skin. Stay tuned!
xoxo, Petite Kaye
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They have released many of Sephora's best-sellers such as the Amazonian 12-hour clay blush, LipSurgence liptint, emphasEYEs Amazonian Clay waterproof liner. These are worth the purchase, truly deserving of beauty awards and definitely adds beauty to any woman.
They have recently came up with trial sized products packaged in glam bags. For those of you who want to try Tarte's bestsellers, but uncertain if these products will actually work on you, Tarte gives you the chance to experience and test the products without paying the full-sized prices. You'll also get cute makeup bags as a bonus.
Tarte Glambag $35 - Limited Edition, online purchase only
This glam bag, made of faux leather snake-skin material, can be reused as a travel makeup bag. It contains 6 of Tarte's most coveted products:
- Emphaseyes Waterproof Amazonian Clay Shadow and Liner (full sized price $22)
- Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder with PM20 (full sized price $28)
- Natural Cheek Stain (full sized price $30)
- Vitamin-Infused Lip Gloss (full sized price $21)
- Lights, Camera, Lashes! Clinically Proven Natural Mascara (full sized price $19)
- Liner brush (free)
The Luxe List Amazonian Clay Color Collection and Woven Clutch $44 - Limited Edition, online purchase only
This woven clutch contains 7 of Tarte's best-selling products, valued at $165.
- Deluxe Kabuki brush
- Lights, Camera, Lashes! Clinically Proven Natural Mascara (full sized price $19)
- Eyeshadow Quad (valued at $22)
- Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder (full sized price $28)
- Lipsurgence Lip Luster (valued at $24)
- Glowlight Amazonian Clay Luminizing Wand (valued at $22)
- Emphaseyes High Definition Eye Pencil (valued at $18)
These are must-haves! Amazing product kits with unbeatable price value. Great for traveling, for everyday wear, for glam night-outs, for anything! Available for a limited time only, online.
In case you don't know, Tarte's Lipsurgence lip products are one of the best moisturizing, long wearing lip stain products out there. It is so awesome, that Revlon created Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain as a cheaper drugstore alternative. Love them both, but Tarte's lip stains are made of better formulation and gives a true quality finish.
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If you're looking for a dry shampoo, that keeps your hairstyle in shape and won't deflate your volume, it's got to be got2b rockin' it encore fresh dry shampoo.
This fresh-scented dry shampoo rocks like no other. It does not leave any white residue on the hair, and keeps it cool (literally speaking) and feeling fresh. Absorbs the oil in the scalp, and leaves it looking and smelling clean.
Why use dry shampoo?
Dry shampoos are great for days when you don't have access to a shower or running water. When traveling on the plane for more than 12 hours, dry shampoos are the solution to refreshen your hair. When camping, and you feel like washing your hair is too cumbersome (you have to bring shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer, hair serum, mouse etc) Dry shampoos are the most convenient alternative. You just need to bring one bottle, got2b rockin' it encore fresh dry shampoo, and all your hair needs are taken care of.
There are some days when you skip a day of shampooing your hair, for whatever reason, just a spritz of dry shampoo will completely enliven your lifeless oily hair.
Out of all the dry shampoos I've tried and tested, this one from Schwarzkopf & Henkel is just so fabulous. got2B hair products provide professional styling results for a fraction of the price. You can have a salon-style hair everyday with got2B products.
Available at major drugstores (Walgreens, CVS and Rite-Aid), Walmart, ULTA and others nationwide. Retails at $5.99 USD.
I would like to thank the PR company of Schwarzkopf & Henkel for sending me this product for review. All opinions are honest and based on my experience.
© 2011 Schwarzkopf & Henkel, Made in Germany
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Summer is more fun, if your skin is well-protected from the sun's harmful UVA/UVB rays. Nothing beats a healthy youthful skin, all year round. This blog post is a reminder to all people, of all ages to wear sunscreen everyday as skin cancer prevention. I will write about one of the best sunscreen brands in the world.
La Roche-Posay won the Allure's 2011 Best of Beauty Award in facial sunscreen category. Their face products, particularly their effective sunscreens received great reviews from skin professionals, reputable beauty bloggers and recommended by over 25,000 dermatologists worldwide. They need not spend a penny on advertising, as their products are trustworthy that it can sell on its own through word-of-mouth.
Their award-winning sunscreen, Anthelios Ultra Light Mineral Sunscreen with SPF50, is one of the most effective in the market, with a reasonable price. It is light-weight, matte-finish, non-whitening, and contains Cell-Ox Shield, a powerful patent-pending antioxidant complex featuring Senna Alata. This is a unique plant extract that protects skin against cell damage and from environmental aggressors. This shields the skin from the sun's harmful UVA/UVB rays, up to the cellular level.
UVA causes skin aging, dark spots and sun allergies. UVB causes skin damage (burning) to skin cells and even DNA. UVA and UVB potentially leads to the development of skin cancer.
I've been a convert since this came out few years ago. Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion was my ultimate holy grail and used it for many years. But with La Roche-Posay's optimum protection and great prices, it is just practical to switch to this brand.
Here's a good news! Their newest sunscreen, La Roche-Posay Anthelios Tinted Mineral Suncreen SPF50, can double as a tinted makeup base, with all the innovative sun protective minerals incorporated therein. This is a perfect product for those who want a hint of healthy tan without applying a bronzer. Although, the bronzing properties are on the lighter side of the spectrum, you can expect a decent sun-kissed glow in matte finish. Very appropriate for outdoor activities, even for water sports since it is water resistant.
New York dermatologist Dr. Heidi Waldorf emphasizes, "We all know that UV exposure can have very serious consequences on our health, including skin cancer and accelerated skin aging, but many women (and men) aren't comfortable with their skin imperfections and believe that they will be masked by a tan. Since we know a tan causes damage, a tinted sunblock is ideal, as it protects while covering these imperfections, all without damaging the skin."
During the summer months, I avoid wearing makeup and opt for a natural look, allowing my skin to breathe. A great sunscreen is a must before I step out my house. This new tinted sunscreen helped me look polished and glowing, even without applying any makeup. Definitely a great innovative tint technology.
La Roche-Posay is a pioneer in UV protection research for over 15 years. Available at select dermatologists, CVS, ULTA, Walgreens, Duane Reade and online.
Thanks to La Roche-Posay's PR team, for sending me products for review. All opinions are very honest and based on my experiences on the product. This is my favorite sunscreen in the world.
Related article here: Great beauty products for hot humid summer months
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This year's Chanel Fall Makeup Collection consists of classic plum lip colors, and the blackest black eye colors. The theme is a mix of old and new. Remember those days when dark plummy lips were acceptably elegant? As compared to the natural elegant colors of nude and light pinks nowadays? This collection has it all, including dark nail lacquers and the blackest eyeshadows.
My favorite is the Joues Contraste blush in Rose Initiale, a classic peach pink with very fine shimmers. Every woman must own at least a classic peach pink blush and this one has a rosy tint that adds a lot of color on the cheeks. It gives you that warm touch of pink and has an effect that makes you look a bit tanner.
This collection will be available nationwide on August 2012 and international on September 2012. I believe, shipment of products started on June 11th and now available in many retailers and on Chanel website.
Lumière D' Artifice Beiges - Illuminating powder with shimmer $65 (Limited Edition)
This is a light rosy beige stripe illuminating powder embossed in sequined prints. It gives the usual iridescent glow that can be found in almost all of Chanel's bronzers and powders. This is a highlighter than can double as a subtle glowy (not too sparkly) bronzer for the extended summer glow.
Joues Contraste - Powder Blush $43
72 Rose Initiale
A classic peachy pink blush that would work in any skin tone. They nailed it this time! This is a must-have.
Les 4 Ombres - Quadra Eyeshadow $58
38 Premier Regard
Consists of contrasting shades of intense black, beige, tender pink and taupe brown. Great basic colors that would work well for any ocassion.
Ombre Essentielle - Soft touch eyeshadow $28.50
93 Complice - soft peach
94 Eclairé - sheer gold
95 Furtif - silver grey
97 Infini - striking silver
Indiscret - midnight bliue
Noir - intense black
Stylo Yeux Waterproof - Long Lasting Eyeliner $30 (Limited Edition)
87 Silver Light - silver
88 Noir Intense - carbon black
Inimitable Intense - Mascara multi-dimensional sophistique $30
40 Rouge Noir - red black
Rouge Double Intensité - Ultra Wear Lip Color $34
34 Almandine - red plum
04 Rose Quartz - nude (repromote)
Rouge Coco - Hydrating Crème Lip Colour $32.50
45 Caractère - rose brown
40 Charme - pink (repromote)
Rouge Coco Shine - Hydrating Sheer Lipstick $32.50
73 Chic - sheer beige with gold shimmer
74 Parfait - soft pink with golden hues
Lèvres Scintillantes - Glossimer $29.50 (Limited Edition)
297 Sweet Beige - natural beige with sparkles
Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss - Pure Shine Intense Colour Long Wear Lip Gloss $32
68 Troublant - rose brown
67 Caprice - delicate pink
Le Crayon Lèvres - Precision Lip Definer $29
54 Amarante - violet-plum
34 Rose Naturel - rosy beige
Le Vernis - Nail Colour $26
563 Vertigo - grey black
561 Suspicious - fuschia
559 Frenzy - rosy beige
Visit Chanel.com to order.
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