Best Items for Baby, Pampering for New Moms

This post is sponsored by on behalf of Single Edition Media. Opinions are my own and the adorable baby is all mine. Dear new and soon-to-be moms, It can be difficult to navigate this crazy new season in life called motherhood and finding the perfect items for your baby all while taking Read more

A Meditation Teacher’s 8 Tips for Better Sleep

Since having Ethan last year, and a few months prior to his birth, sleep has eluded me. Before getting pregnant, I would take melatonin or unisom before bed because my insomnia was so bad. Although Ethan is 1, he still doesn't sleep through the night, which means I can't be Read more

Vole Hair System Review

Don't miss the 20% off promo code below!! My hair has not been at its best this summer.  Sun, salt water, humidity and heat, plus constant styling to battle the heat and humidity all tends to strip my hair leaving it looking and feeling dry and dull. This may sound a bit dramatic, Read more

Spa Pedicure at Utopia Salon & Day Spa in Hawley, PA

The best part of living in a tourist area (the Poconos), is that there are a lot of little gems waiting to be discovered. For me, this gem has been right in front of my face for 13 years. I've driven by Utopia Salon & Day Spa countless times, but Read more

Reflekt Facial Exfoliator Review

This luxury facial cleanser makes skin feel amazing! I've been using Reflekt Skincare for the last 6 weeks about 2-3 times per week. In the summer, a regular cleanser alone won't do the trick to thoroughly rid my skin of all the "gunk" that warmer weather brings when wearing makeup, Read more

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Review: AXE Hair Collection

20090620-axe-hair-collectionGuest men’s grooming review by Terence Buckley at Are You Being.

Glue. Paste. Gook. No, I’m not talking about your summer camp or back-to-school supplies list. I’m referring to the type of hair products many guys have turned to over the years to achieve the over-the-top hairstyles that tend to look crunchy, flaky and gunky; not flattering. In fact, in a survey of more than 2,000 women, they reported that these grooming mishaps can be a major turnoff.

“I’ve been working with guys for more than a decade and I’ve found that many need help with their hair, since not all guys have someone like me to make them look great,” said celebrity hair stylist and grooming expert for AXE Hair, Diana Schmidtke, who styles some of Hollywood’s most notable leading men.

So, maybe us guys don’t know as much as we think we do – when it comes to hair – which is why AXE recently launched their collection of “girl-approved” hair care products to help men fix their hair errors.

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Fall/Winter 2009 Hair Trends from Redken

I know what you are thinking. It’s not even officially summer yet and I’m about to dish to you what the hair trends are going to be this upcoming fall and winter. Well, consider it a head start. At least you can sound like you are ahead of the trends having this information so far in advance. Redken has put out their hair trends report that I am just going to give you verbatim (no point in reinventing the wheel.)

Classic ’dos including French twists, chignons and menswear-inspired quiffs are returning to the runway. Far from being retro, these looks are thoroughly modernized with unexpected, softly subversive touches.

• Revolutionize the classic French twist with height and texture worthy of Marie Antoinette, as seen at Louis Vuitton. Apply thickening lotion 06 body builder, rough dry, curl, backcomb and then pin into a messy French twist.

• Defined shapes require maximum hold. At Marc Jacobs, Guido used forceful 23 super strength finishing spray to keep his ’80s-inspired ’dos in place. Layer it on for the extreme, over-lacquered finish seen on the runway.

• The newest chignons feature a strong side part, with one side swept over the eye and the other tucked behind the ear. Mist on vinyl glam 02 mega shine spray and quick dry 18 instant finishing spray for the look seen at Miu Miu.

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Holy Mud Complimentary Mask Treatment at Fred Segal

holy_mud_companyThis Saturday (May 23) The Holy Mud Company is offering a complimentary mask treatment at Fred Segal in Santa Monica. From 1pm-5pm stop by the beauty store on 500 Broadway and treat yourself. And why not bring a friend, everyone loves something free after all.

For more information, you can call Fred Segal at 310-394-8509.

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Summer Nail Trend: Nude Nails

china_glaze_nude_polishWith summer just around the corner, more and more Hollywood starlets are being spotted with the hottest trend in footwear: Nude heels! It’s no secret that if you’re able to choose a shade that’s close to your own skin tone, the heels will elongate your legs, creating a sexy and lengthened silhouette! Interestingly, this trend isn’t just limited to feet, but is great for complementing the hands as well! What complements a set of nude heels better than a set of nude hands? To match these nude heels, nude nail polishes are creating a perfect complement and illusion of long, sexy, and elegant hands!

China Glaze offers up a great selection of nude polishes that can complement any skin tone. Some favorites include:

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Step-by-Step Facial by Weleda

step_by_step_facialPamper yourself after the cold winter season with a nourishing Weleda facial treatment that will leave you feeling like you just stepped out of the spa. Weleda Facial Care is based on a holistic skincare approach of giving, receiving and healing. With these easy-to-follow steps from Weleda’s European holistic esthetician, Lilith Schwertle, you’ll be able to relax and rejuvenate with a facial in the comfort of your own home.

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Review: MAC Cosmetics Sugarsweet

mac_cosmetics_sugarsweetSpring is finally here! Time to change your mood from dull and dreary to light and fun. I absolutely love the new Sugarsweet collection from MAC Cosmetics because it is just that–fun colors set out to make you sugar and spice and everything nice. I have a few products from this collection, specifically the Mineralize Skinfinish in Perfect Topping, TriColour Lipglass in Tasty and the Glaze Lipstick in Bubbles. Sweet femininity has met its match!

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Borghese and Lord & Taylor Makeup and Spa Event

Spa ResortOn March 14th, 2009, Lord & Taylor customers will receive a facial and skincare consultation, make up application and receive a free gift for a $50.00 fee redeemable in Borghese products!

Facials choices include:
*Brightening Facial
*Vitamin C Facial
*Hydrating Facial

Or a choice of a Reflexology Massage. (All facial treatments are done in a private room.)

Other event incentives include:
*a hand and arm treatment
*A full color consultation and application
*Complimentary Tarot Card Reading (if you’re into that kind of thing)

*FREE GIFT AS WELL AS A STEP UP GIFT – with a an additional purchase of $75.00
Appointments are pre-booked for all events:

Ridgewood, NJ 201-447-0400 ext. 251
Huntington, NY 631-424-1600 ext. 251
Westchester, NY: 914-723–700 ext. 255
Manhasset, NY 516-627-3000 ext. 244

(*Additional incentives or gifts are provided by Lord & Taylor, every store is different)

Also Borghese is now on Facebook, definitely go be a fan!

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Pearson Knight’s Favorite Hair Trends from Fashion Week


If you don’t know who Pearson Knight is, you should. He could be found at a number of runway shows this past fashion week styling hair for some of the best designers of the Fall/Winter 2009 season. If his boyish good looks don’t rope you in (because seriously ladies, look at him!), then his eye for detail and his talent to make a complicated hairstyle look effortless, will. As a Master Stylist at Juut Salonspa in Downtown Minneapolis, it’s Pearson’s ability to have each customer leaving his chair raving about his transformative hands that has him on the short list of great talents in hair.  I asked Pearson if he would share with you some of his favorite looks from this past New York Fashion Week. Here’s what he had to say…

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Review: Whiter Image TOGO Whitening Pen

whiter_image_togo_teeth_whitening_penWe all want whiter teeth, but sometimes time is of the essence and popping in the whitening trays just isn’t a viable option. Sometimes a little convenience isn’t too much to ask especially in a world where multi-tasking is everything. So my teeth whitening friends, Whiter Image has a whitening pen that is meant to take with you on the go, to whiten up anytime, anywhere without anyone knowing.

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Review: B. Kamins, Chemist Bio-Maple Bamboo & Rice Facial Polisher

b_kamins_chemist_bamboo_rice_facial_polisherIf you are looking to incorporate a great textured cleanser into your at-home spa experience, B. Kamins, Chemist has a really gentle exfoliator in their Bio-Maple Bamboo and Rice Facial Polisher. Appropriate for all skin types, this clarifying treatment will help improve your skin’s texture and overall appearance. Which is something we all aim to achieve, right?

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