Archives for August 2012

August 9, 2012


On Saturday, August 11th, you are invited to the launch of the Signature Collection From Paris, With Love- “Three Alluring scents inspired by the “je ne sais quoi” of the captivating city!”

AT: Bath and Body Works

WHEN: Saturday, August 11th from 1PM to 5PM

WHAT: A Welcome to Paris Event!

WHERE: At Select Bath & BodyWorks Stores Nationwide

Get a whirl wind tour of the iconic city through our new Parisian inspired fragrances

The new Paris inspired fragrances
• Paris In Bloom
• Sweet On Paris
• Paris Nights
• Paris Amour ~ “One of the top fragrances at Bath & Beauty”

You will be able to enter for an opportunity to win “The ultimate fragrance experience”A full size shower gel, body lotion and fine fragrance mist in one of the From Love With Paris, With Love Fragrances!

When you purchase a full size Signature purchase, “guests” will receive a Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin mini Candle, a trial size Body Lotion along with a Carmel Apple PocketBac and holder all together in a “sweet mesh bag”!(These items are not available in stores until September so quantities are limited!)

Visit the Events page at or go to for the complete list of participating stores!

You won’t want to miss this fun afternoon at Bath and Body Works! “From the moment you enter the store your senses will experience the “sights, sounds, tastes, and of course the scents of Paris!”

Bath & BodyWorks

(Source for quotes and paraphrased information from a Bath and Body Works press release)

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August 8, 2012

Real Hair Color in a Marker, That’s the TouchBack Way

Those of you not familiar with the Touchback Marker, will find this product amazing, I know I have. I have been using TouchBackPlus Color Shampoo and Color Conditioner for touching up Grays, and I get great results, but I do have to wash my hair and sometimes time is of the essence. The TouchBack Marker howeveris an ingenious product.  It  is “real hair color” in a marker.  It is so easy to apply, and is a fast touch-up techinique to cover unsightly gray roots in just minutes. The best thing about Touchback Marker is that you don’t have to wash your hair for it to work its magic.  The TouchBack Marker touches up the grays the moment you need to use it, it’s quick coverage in a flash.   TouchBack Marker dries in a minute and won’t flake or rub off, even when you brush your hair.  TouchBack’s marker delivers the perfect amount of color to cover your grays instantly.  It actually bonds to your hair, blending beautifully with permanent hair color for a totally natural look.  The color contained in the TouchBack Marker stays on until you shampoo it  out.  TouchBack’s formula uses certified hair colors, but without harsh chemicals – no ammonia or peroxide – so it’s gentle on your hair.  Touchback Marker is available in 8 salon-quality shades.

TouchBack Marker does not contain PPD (paraphenylendediamine) or amonia peroxide, which is a plus because you won’t have to deal with unplesant fumes.

TouchBack Marker should be applied to dry hair, that alone sold me on this product.  Sometimes, there just isn’t time to color and wash your hair, and that is usually the time when you need a quick touchup.  You don’t need to wash out previous applications of mousses, gels and other styling products for TouchBack to work.  You can even use your hairspray after touching up. TouchBack Marker includes a special comb for you to use at your temples and hairline while acting as a skin shield for those areas.  If Touchback Marker directions are followed correctly you will have fabulous results.   Remember to read all the precautions before using.

Hide those grays, just a touch with TouchBack Marker.

To view TouchBack’s complete product line, visit


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August 7, 2012

Safe & Sexy Summer Skin & Lips

Ask anybody what makes living in LA so great and nine times out of ten, the answer will be: “Well, you can’t beat the weather”!  It’s true.  Looking outside today, I see that once again, it’s a beautiful sunny day and so it won’t be long until I’m out enjoying it!  But if you’re like me, you want to enjoy the summer sun without doing damage to your skin. 

The Healthy Sun Screen SPF 40 Face Cream by Lavanila Laboratories lets you do just that!  Unlike a lot of other well-known sun screens out there, it’s 100% natural, super sheer (even on darker skin tones) and has a nice light feel.  It’s infused with antioxidants, botanicals and amino acids that not only protect but also nourish your sexy summer skin. 

And for luscious summer lips?  Try The Healthy Lip Screen by Lavanila.  Just apply a generous amount before going out into the sun and reapply as needed for high SPF 30 protection.  Both help you enjoy the sun the safe way!

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August 6, 2012

An online poll finds a link between aging and thinning eyelashes ~ If you are experiencing this problem a solution for beautiful full lashes is once again possible! took an online poll of 1,193 women living in the United States in May of 2012 regarding aging and the effect it had on their eyes and eyelashes. The age range of the women surveyed was 35 to 60 years old.

A person’s eyes can really give away their age, and 80% of the polls participants, though they felt that their eyes were their best feature, realized that the eye area was indeed quite prone to show aging! Not only with skin changes around their eyes, but also with their eyelashes.

I personally shared a common understanding with these women as over the years, just as they had indicated, I noticed that my eyelashes not only appeared shorter to me, but had become more sparse and thinner than they used to be! Reading on, what I found interesting was that most of the women seemed to accept the thinning lashes at part of the aging process and didn’t really take time to focus on the issue or even bring it up with their doctors!

I’m aware of the various treatments for other aging areas that run the gambit from non-invasive procedures to surgical interventions…. I was curious to read what these women had to say in regards to remedies they had tried to correct their thinning shorter lashes.

Here is the information from the Healthy Women poll (QUOTE):
• More than 54 percent of the women had used more than two different mascaras to make their lashes look fuller.
• Four out of 10 women reported that no mascara products provided satisfaction in making their lashes look fuller.
• More than 50 percent of the women reported that no lash products had provided satisfaction in making their lashes look fuller.

After reading these poll results I actually felt a bit better. I’ve tried many cosmetic attempts with the same results, and have also used false eyelashes. They look great, but there’s always the time issue for me in the morning with work or early location calls, and it seemed too time consuming for me.

At least it was nice not to feel alone with my dilemma, and know that my thinning eyelashes were most likely due to the aging process. I have to admit, though, that I’ve not found a real solution that gives my lashes the natural full look they used to have using any of my makeup tricks.

This was an informative and an extremely interesting poll! I encourage all readers to visit the Healthy Women website for more information on ” thinning and shorter eyelashes.”
Here is the direct link on the Healthy Women’s site :

Just as your skin ages and you use treatments that address your face. The same applies to your eyelashes!

Are you aware of an FDA-approved prescription treatment product for your lashes? It’s called LATISSE® and it will help your sparse thinning lashes grow longer, fuller, and darker.

Here are some results from a Latisse@ Clinical Trial (QUOTE):
Patients treated with LATISSE® in the clinical study experienced a:
• 25% increase in lash length
• 106% increase in lash thickness/fullness
• 18% increase in lash darkness
Some LATISSE® users began noticing an increase in lash length in four weeks with full results after 16 weeks.

The link to the LATISSE® website where you will be able to get all kinds of information and most of all see some exceptional before and after photos that will show you what LATISSE® is able to do for your thinning eyelashes is below.
Take a look at this link:

Here’s your opportunity to have enviable eyelashes with LATISSE@. While you are on the LATISSE® website you will also be able to locate a doctor in your area where you can go to find out if LATISSE® is right for you! Just look on the lower right side of the home page and you’ll find a “DOCTOR LOCATOR”. All you have to do is put in your zipcode, and a number of doctors near you will be listed for your convenience.

There is a solution for thinning lashes! Take a moment to check out the two links provided in this article and become informed! It’s that easy! Find a doctor in your area, make your appointment and you’ll have taken the first step to be on your way to having the naturally beautiful full long lashes that you long for.

(SOURCE for any quotes and paraphrasing from Women’s Health Poll Fact Sheet and

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August 6, 2012

More hair news…

Color Formulations for the Movie Moonrise Kingdom by Frank Barbosa 


Kara Hayward (Suzy) ~ Moonrise Kingdom

Celebrity hairstylist Frank Barbosa ( shares his color formulations from behind the scenes of Moonrise Kingdom with actress Kara Hayward. According to Frank, “Hair color plays an important role in portraying the actresses’ character”.

About Moonrise Kingdom: The movie is set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s. A young boy and girl fall in love and decide to run away together and the town is turned upside down looking for them.

Frank Barbosa transformed Kara Hayward (Suzy) the lead actress’s hair into a naturally sun kissed look. The director for the film wanted warm tones with golden highlights that you find summer hair achieves naturally with the sun. To achieve, he took her level 5 to a level 7 using IT&LY HAIRFASHION‘s Aquarly 8D (Light Gold Blonde) with 20 Volume Aquarly Developer on the roots and 30 Volume on the mid-shaft to the ends. Next, he painted Easily Blonde highlights to appear like the hair had been naturally weathered by the sun. To maintain her color during filming, Frank Barbosa used IT&LY’s Delyton demi-permanent hair color system.

Kara Hayward with Frank Barbosa

 After the film wrapped, Frank Barbosa transformed Kara’s hair to her natural level 5 by using IT&LY’s Aquarly 5N (Light Brown) mixed with a little with 5C (Light Ash Brown) to the mid-shaft and ends leaving some of the golden highlights out by applying IT&LY’s Pure Conditioner to them and wrapping them in foils. To create a more ombre result he applied 5C (Light Ash Brown) at the root area for more depth. After processing Frank applied IT&LY’s Delyton 4N to add additional depth and intensive shine. According to Frank Barbosa, “We were both so happy!”

 Kara Hayward w Frank Barbosa

 Kara Hayward with Frank Barbosa

About IT&LY Hairfashion: In 1989, IT&LY Hairfashion N.A., Inc. began its mission and commitment to creating an eco-friendly corporate environment as well as the use of emerging green technologies in the production of its extensive line of environmentally friendly products.




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August 6, 2012

The Solution for Great Skin is MURAD

MURAD’S Acne and Aging Skin Solution, is a big hit in my house.  My 16 and 23 year old daughters, as well as myself,  each look for different needs when choosing a skin care product.  Murad Acne & Aging Skin Solution has proven itself to us.  This product has been “clinically proven to reduce acne while minimizing fine lines and wrinkles“.  Not only does Murad’s Skin Solution minimize fine lines and wrinkles, it is formulated to reduce acne as well.  Acne is a concern for all of us especially for the younger generation, and with MURAD’S Acne and Aging Skin Solution you can have clear smooth skin that looks healthy and young.  Murad’s Skin solution is recommended for all ages and for both girls and guys.

With MURAD’S Acne and Aging Skin Solution, there are 3 steps to  to healthier, younger looking skin:  Using just a small amount of  Murad’s Time Release Acne Cleanser, massage gently into your face and neck and  then rinse off  with water. This extra gentle, light foaming cleanser will not only improve your skins appearance but the acne treatment will continue to work on your skin even after rinsing it off.  After cleansing, massage a thin layer of Acne & Wrinkle Reducer to your face and neck. This step helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while “clearing congested pores and neutralizing acne-causing bacteria “.  This special formula works on giving you a more youthful complexion.  The third step on your way to healthy skin is Murad’s Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 20.  Applying this moisturizer helps to minimize blemishes and oil production while “fighting  premature aging through advanced UV protection and healthy collagen support”.  Murad recommends using their Acne Spot Treatment before moisturizing if you are experiencing blemishes.  Applying Acne Spot Treatment 1 to 3 times a day will help heal blemishes due to its acne medication and Acne Spot Treatment provides quick relief.

Murad offers an Acne and Aging Skin Solution starter kit with the products shown above. These products can also be purchased individually.  Visit and view their complete line of skin care products.  Murad is the solution for great Skin.


For those of you who are looking for a facial cleanser other than acne or anti-aging, Murad has an unbelievable cleanser you must try.  As we age, our skin falls victim to the suns harmful rays and to our own environment.  Murad has the cure for that too,  with their Essential-C Cleanser.  This cleanser is light and very refreshing on your skin.  It has a fabulous aroma of vanilla and oranges.   The best part about Essential -C Cleanser is that it  gently cleans and moisturizes your face. It also work very well with removing make-up from your face leaving you with a fresh clean feeling.  Essential C- Cleanser washes off very easily and did not irrate my skin, rather it left my skin feeling soft and clean.  Essential C- Cleanser was designed as a “gentle daily cleanser for pigmented, sun damaged and environmentally aged skin”.

As stated by MuradEssential-C Cleanser is designed to prepare the skin for extreme rejuvenation. Plant-derived lipids and sodium PCA boost and maintain hydration while vitamins A, C and E neutralize free radicals and condition the complexion. The nourishing extracts of orange, mandarin, basil and grapefruit supply an intoxicating aroma as they encourage health and revive youthful brightness. Excess oil, debris and other impurities are removed, and the skin is left with a soft, creamy texture and a soft, even tone”.

My entire family is using Essential C-Cleanser even my grown boys and husband and I haven’t heard any complaints.   Visit and choose the murad skin solution that is right for you.





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August 3, 2012

Younger Glam Gals ~ You will love the new book “SEVENTEEN Ultimate Guide to Beauty – The best Hair, Skin, Nails, and Makeup for You! “

Did you know that SEVENTEEN Magazine has been around since 1944? Now that’s the kind of longevity that earns credibility and gets name recognition where and whenever it’s talked about!!

I am so thrilled to be sharing SEVENTEEN’s newest accomplishment with you. Ann Shoket (editor-in-chief of Seventeen Magazine), and the editors have published a beautiful book entitled SEVENTEEN Ultimate Guide to Beauty ~ The Best Hair, Skin, Nails & Makeup Ideas For You!

Ann Shoket became the editor-in-chief of SEVENTEEN Magazine in 2007. (Quote) “Under Ann’s leadership, the iconic fashion and beauty publication for teen girls continues to help more that 13 million readers grow up to be confident, self-assured young women.”

SEVENTEEN - Ultimate Guide to Beauty ~ The Best Hair, Skin, Nails & Makeup Ideas For You

This book is so well put together with not only the stunning colored photographs that make it extremely easy to visually see the variety of cosmetic applications, array of beautiful hair styles for all occasions, nail care and designs, skin care routines, a faux tan technique, and more, but it’s also very detailed with easy to understand information and instructions that help the reader find the best look for their particular skin tone and hair type.

There is a positive encouragement and guidance from the editors, and (Quote) exclusive tips from the Beauty Smarties, SEVENTEEN’s “real girl” beauty experts.

(Quote) SEVENTEEN Ultimate Guide To Beauty even shows you how to have fun with your beauty look starting with five gorgeous makeup VIBES:
• Girly
• Glam
• Classy
• Edgy
• Boho

This book is one of those “go to” publications that will be referenced over and over again. It’s the perfect gift for any young lady who is at an age where she wants to know more about the “how to’s” of beauty , self care, and options that are available for her. It’s a great confidence builder and will provide a “whole lot of fun”!

Go behind the scenes during the creating of the SEVENTEEN Ultimate Guide to Beauty in the video below:

Now available at a bookstore near you !

Reference for any quotes or paraphrases in this article are from a Press Release from Seventeen.

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August 2, 2012

Be part of Smashbox’s Lipstick Legend


Vote On The Next Shade of Smashbox Cosmetics’ BE LEGENDARY Lipstick

What will your beauty legacy be? Smashbox Cosmetics is giving everyone the chance to be part of makeup history, inviting Facebook fans to choose the next shade of Be Legendary lipstick, Pretty Social. Fans who cast their vote for the next shade will get early access to the winning color before it hits stores—and a say in Smashbox’s latest legendary lipstick.  It’s easy—just like Smashbox Cosmetics on Facebook, then vote for your pick. Share the poll with friends and check back on Facebook for updates on how to get early access to the winning shade.

Visit to be a part of Smashbox’s lipstick legend.

 WHO:  Smashbox Cosmetics

 WHAT:  Vote on the next shade of Be Legendary Lipstick, PrettySocial

 WHEN:                        Now!


Adrienne, Guest Blogger




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August 2, 2012

Dive into Marine SkinCare with H2O Plus

Experience the benefits of the sea with H2O Plus The Science of Marine Skincare.  H2O Plus has created Oil-Free Marine Hydration Skincare taking various minerals, extracts and vitamins from the sea and putting them into a skin care line that is fabulous.  My girls and I have been using several of H2O Plus Skincare products and we want to share their benefits  with you.

I have been using H2O Plus Aqualibrium Sea Mineral Scrub, which is a “mildly, exfoliating, oil-free scrub to sweep away surface cells and dulling impurities with Carrageenan, Multivitamin Complex and Hydrating Marine Blend”.   I especially like that this Sea Mineral Scrub has extremely soft exfoliating beads, so they don’t scratch the surface of your skin when washing your face. Sea mineral Scrub always leaves my face feeling smooth and soft.  The combination of sea mineral complex, hydrating marine extracts of wakame, sea fennel and sea lettuce, help to achieve this refreshing feeling.

Another one of my favorites, H2O Plus Aqualibrium Sea Mineral Mud Mask is a mineral-rich, oil-free product that deep cleanses and purifies your skin and is truly a winner.  The mud mask is a blue colored, light textured thin liquid that I found to spread easily over my face and neck.  As is dries, the mask tightens, and when it was completely dry it easily washed off leaving my face feeling great.  The kaolin clay, an ingredient in H2O PLus Sea Mineral Mud Mask naturally draws pore-clogging dirt and oil from your skin.  The mud mask also contains aloe vera gel and sea fennel which helps hydrate your skin. Most importantly the mud mask contains allantoin  which helps soothe the skin and stimulate cell renewal. I really felt like I was having a true mud mask experience.

H2O Plus Oasis Mist,  “an energizing mist of oil-free hydration enriched with natural vitamins and minerals and anti oxidants” helps give your skin a natural glow.  Oasis Mist is pure, distilled water packed with sea-sourced vitamins A, C, E and Provitamin B.  The combinations of these vitamins revive, sooth and refresh your skin.  I use Oasis mist throughout the day, especially in this warm weather and the light blue colored mist leaves me feeling cool and refreshed.  Oasis mist also is a great makeup setting spray, just spritz onto  your face after applying makeup and start your day feeling refreshed.

My Daughter has had the pleasure of using H2O Plus Oasis Hydrating Gel.  As stated by H2O Plus, “This oil-free moisture gel delivers deep hydration while minimizing the appearance of fine lines with phospholipids, multivitamin complex and moisturizing marine botanicals”.  My daughter likes the fact that it the Hydrating gel contains vitamins A and E and  phospholipid microspheres, which will deliver time-released hydration and will help keep her skin looking fresh all day.

Waterwhite Advanced Brightening Essence is another great product from H2O Plus.  For those of you dealing with dark spots, H2O Plus formulated a “High performance brightening serum formulated to illuminate skin and aggressively target dark spots with knotted Sea Kelp, Asian Brightening Botanicals and vitamin C”.  brightening agents contained in the Brightening Essence will help reduce the production of melanin to correct and prevent the formation of age spots. I really enjoy using this product, who wouldn’t want a chance to have their skin feeling soft and smooth and have a serum that will help skin resist and repair the visible signs of aging?

At you will find a wealth of  information on their complete product line.
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