IT Cosmetics Cushion Compact Review

Last spring and summer while in Southeast Asia, I became intrigued by cushion compacts. Cushion compacts, like the BB cream, are the beauty brainchild of Korea...I really would like to go on a beauty passage through Korea. They seemed to be everywhere and I made mental note to myself to grab a couple before Read more

Foods That Stain and Whiten Your Teeth

If coffee, cigarettes, red wine and food have left their mark on your teeth, you’re not alone. "The rule of thumb is anything that can stain a white T-shirt can stain your teeth too," says Sharde Harvey, D.D.S and principal in New York-based Smiles Park Avenue, a practice that Read more

The Perfect Pink Lipsticks and Lip Glosses for Dark Skin

Sometimes with my dark skin tone, it can be a bit hard to find the right lip color, especially when it comes to pink. So I was super excited when I received several different shades of pink lip glosses and lipsticks from NARS, Mehron and Uslu Airlines. I'm pretty sure a lot of Read more

DIY Coffee Grounds, Baking Soda, Lemon Body Scrub

This past Saturday night all I wanted to do was stay in and have an at-home spa night. Spa as in facial, hair masks, mani and pedi as well as total body exfoliation. Luckily, I had most of the ingredients for my perfect at home spa night with the exception of Read more

DIY Beauty Treatment for Softer Skin

The Spa Director at The James Royal Palm’s renew the spa in Miami Beach has shared with us an at-home beauty treatment that we think you will love! At renew the spa they have a wonderful Oat and Coconut treatment, perfect for restoring your skin’s PH levels, and Spa Director Read more

Q&A with Lana Horochowski, Makeup Artist on Mad Men

mad-men-joanI very rarely, if ever post a press release in its entirety on my blog. However, I know many of you are Mad Men enthusiasts (all I have to do is watch my Twitter-stream on a Sunday night!) and I felt this interview with Mad Men Makeup Department Head, Lana Horochowski, who uses MAC Cosmetics on the set, was a really fantastic read.

Q: You’re the new department head at Mad Men for Season 3, will you be making any changes to any characters makeup?

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Review: CHANEL Exfoliating Cleansing Foam Purity + Anti-Pollution

chanel-precisionGuest review from beauty blogger Gloss Menagerie.

CHANEL. The name just oozes luxury doesn’t it? So when I got the chance to review CHANEL’s Exfoliating Cleansing Foam Purity + Anti-Pollution, I was excited. But that doesn’t compare to how I felt when the beautifully packaged bag arrived, complete with a luxuriously soft CHANEL washcloth—how decadent!

The packaging is a squeeze tube that opens on the bottom (also referred to as a malibu tube, I’ve heard), but the cap just twists on and off with a quick twist, not one of those ones you have to stand there spinning around and around. I invariably manage to drop those in the shower, so I like that this one twists right on. Hey, I gotta enjoy the simple things, right?   Read more

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Review: Biotropics Ramuan Spa Relaxing Face Mask

spa-relaxing-face-maskBeauty post from beauty blogger Indian Girl:

Growing up, face masks were an everyday thing in my house. My mom is all about using fruits, vegetables, herbs and several other natural / organic ingredients on the face. Having grown up believing natural is the best way; I am always excited about products that incorporate some culture and whole lot of natural ingredients.

The Biotropics Ramuan Spa Relaxing Face Mask is just that. The key ingredient in this mask is Tongkat Ali, a plant indigenous to Malaysian rainforests. It is legendary for its revitalizing and nourishing properties. The mask is essentially a mask with areas cut out for eyes and lips. It comes soaked in a gel . We then pull it out of the individual packet and lay it on our face.   Read more

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Get Makeup-Ready for Fall With Prescriptives

As I sit here on this August afternoon shivering my behind off because it is only 59 degrees (!) I am reminded that in the next few weeks it’ll be time to start wearing fall colors. I was looking at Prescriptives website today and found some great products to give you a jump start on fall makeup. So enjoy and sip some hot chocolate along with me!

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