Archives for September 2012

September 18, 2012

Look Smooth and Flawless with Advanced Mineral Makeup

Advanced Minerals has a sensational Loose Powder Foundation that I absolutely love. What I love about Advanced Minerals Loose Powder Foundation is that it is a four-in-one product. Where can you find a loose powder that acts as a foundation, concealer, sunscreen SPF 30 and a powder all in one? In the winter months, I usually wear a liquid foundation and dust a loose powder over it. This usually leaves my face feeling damp and oily, especially when I feel heated. I switched to a light tinted foundation but still needed a loose powder to even out my skin tone. With Advanced Minerals Loose Powder Foundation, all I have to do is apply the powder over my moisturized face with a loose powder brush. I might touch up a few spots here and there where needed, and my complexion looks fantastic.  I am very pleased with the results. In no time at all, I have the look I want with out having to apply the 2 or 3 layers of the other products I have been accustomed to using.

Another nice feature about Advanced Minerals Loose Powder is that you don’t have to worry about the make-up line around your jaw line which results when liquid foundations aren’t blended properly.  Advanced Minerals Loose Powder blends evenly, never leaving streaks. Loose powders aren’t for everyone, but if you are like me, and want a quick and easy way to get your complexion looking great with little effort then Advanced Minerals Loose Powder is the product for you.

What’s not to love about Advanced Minerals? Its makeup is  anti-bacterial, Paraben-free and does not contain talc, perfumes, dyes or preservatives. Advanced Minerals makeup has even been used on the set of Television shows such as NCIS and Grey’s Anatomy.

At  learn about Annie Mayo, President/CEO of Advanced Mineral Makeup.  Annie Mayo is also a Television and film makeup artist. As stated by Advanced Minerals, “Annie Mayo launched Advanced Mineral Makeup in 2009 with a commitment to offering high quality, cutting edge, and all natural mineral makeup”. At their website you will find an extensive line of Makeup including, Liquid Foundations, Loose Powder, Pressed Powder, Compacts, Concealers, Makeup Brushes, just to name a few.

Remember Advanced Mineral Makeup when you want your complexion to look smooth and Flawless.

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September 16, 2012

Burt’s Bees Wants To See Your “BEST KISS FACE”


The cult classic Burt’s Bees® Beeswax Lip Balm has been tingling and soothing lips with a minty sensation for over 20 years – naturally! Its all-natural formula contains peppermint oil that lifts spirits and gets you ready to pucker up. So this September, Burt’s Bees invites you to purse those lips and upload your “Best Kiss Face” to the Raise Your Burt’s contest for a chance to become the next Natural Champion of the Beeswax Lip Balm!

The Raise Your Burt’s contest (now live!) will name the #1 Beeswax Lip Balm fan—the Natural Champion–the person who cares about living a natural life just as much as Burt’s Bees does. Lip balm lovers can choose between 8 different categories for submission, and most creative entries will be selected for the following prizes*: 

  • 40 semifinalists will win 100 personalized lip balms
  • The two most passionate of these contestants will be featured in the 2013 Burt’s Bees Lip Balm Campaign
  • But only the #1 Beeswax Lip Balm fan will become the Natural Champion, winning a weekend extravaganza of pampering, products and a private concert at an eco-friendly, 5-star hotel and spa for himself or herself and three friends!

 Visit the Raise Your Burt’s tab on the Burt’s Bees Facebook page for more information:

 (*see contest page for a complete listing of prizes and contest rules)



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September 15, 2012

Get Squeaky Clean With Burt’s Bees

Want to get squeaky clean and smell great? Try Burt’s Bees Mango and Orange Energizing Body Bar every time you shower. The first time I used it, I noticed that it had a fruity orange scent. The lather wasn’t heavy and didn’t leave a soapy film on my skin. In addition to that, it’s all natural. How could you go wrong?!

I wear mascara every day and have been trying different make up remover’s that don’t irritate my eyes and face. Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes are great because they are not oily and don’t leave my eyes irritated and my skin dry. The towelettes are not only good for removing makeup, but also removing dirt and oil from daily activities. On the natural side, the towelettes are infused with white tea extract. I didn’t find the need to rinse and wash my face after removing the makeup.



Rachel, Teen Blogger



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September 15, 2012

Spring 2013 Fashion Week Wrap!

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September 14, 2012

Very Suave

As a hairdresser, it is my job to recommend products to my clients in order for them to maintain their hair color and style at home.  I recommend everything from styling products, shampoos and conditioners, you name it.

The hardest thing to maintain is haircolor.  When I have a client who gets a high maintenance haircolor like red, or a high fashion color,  I recommend dry shampoo to prolong the color from fading.

Out of all the dry shampoos I have tried, my favorite is Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo and  Suave Professionals Waterless Foam Shampoo which is used to revive lifeless curls and remove oil from the scalp.  When I first used Suave Professionals, I was surprised at just how good and clean my hair and scalp felt without the use of water and shampoo.  Since I have color treated hair, of course I had to choose the hardest color to tend for, RED.  Suave Dry Shampoo has become a life saver and has prolonged my color.

I highly recommend using a dry or waterless foam shampoo the next time you are worried about your hair color fading and to revamp your style for one more day of sexy.

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September 14, 2012

Lines! What lines? Oh, Say it Isn’t So!

Whew! Yet another long week of auditions, meetings and social obligations. Looking into the mirror, I fear it’s “Confession Time”:  I’m starting to see them. You know what I’m talking about.  Dark circles and those pesky little lines are starting to show up around my eyes….darn it!

In general, summer isn’t the best time for eyes anyway.  When the sun is out, you just instinctively squint.  But get this, I recently read that squinting at the sun can actually create deeper lines around your eyes…..I don’t usually make a habit of this, but, it’s still good to know!  And on top of that, as we all know, the sun ages your skin.

So, for the past few days, I’ve been trying Own Lifting Eye Cream.  It’s clinically proven to help lift, smooth and replenish sensitive skin using CLA technology. The idea is that CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) boosts cell metabolism to repair and nourish the skin around your eyes and give you a more alert and rested look.

Some Key Benefits/Formula Facts:

*Triple action plant technology through Own’s propriety CLA compound (derived from the safflower plant) penetrates all three layers of the skin to aid in moisture retention, activate cell renewal and repair collagen structure
*Brightens sallow skin
*Lifts and smooths fine lines

So far, I really like  it!  It has a nice light feel, absorbs quickly and works well under makeup.  And I do think the skin around my eyes seems a bit more supple and hydrated.  Apparently, this CLA stuff even has better results than retinol in clinical tests. Sounds good to me, so I think I’ll keep using it and see!

Own Lifting Eye Cream retails for $24 and is available at Duane Reade and Whole Foods and at

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September 14, 2012

Skincare For Sensitive Skin, Its Just That “SIMPLE”

SIMPLE has introduced a new product line. Simple is designed for all skin types and is perfect, even for sensitive skin. Simple does not contain any dyes, artificial perfumes or harsh ingredients that will irritate your skin.  Simple contains “skin’loving” ingredients, vitamins, is hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and PH-balanced. Simply, everything a skincare product needs to help you attain natural healthy looking skin. Simple has some great products my family and I have been enjoying and would like to share with you.

My oldest daughter especially likes Simple cleansing facial wipes. She says that the “facial cleansing wipes cleans my face and even removes my waterproof mascara and I can do that with just half a cleansing wipe.”  Simple Facial Cleansing Wipes contain vitamins and gentle cleansers leaving your skin feeling clean and refreshed. Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes also contain Pro-vitamin B5* which aids in restoring your skin leaving it smooth and soft. The cleansing wipes come in a convenient resealable container and is perfect for traveling.

Simple Eye Make-up Remover is similar to the cleansing wipes but is designed as an eyemake-remover. It works quite well and doesn’t leave a greasy residue around your eyes like many eye-makeup removers do.

Simple also has an extensive line of Facial cleansing products. Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash and Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel are 100% soap free.  Simple Smoothing Facial Scrub contains rice granules (a Skin Loving Exfoliator) and Simple Soothing Facial Toner is 100% alcohol free.

I am using Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On, and what I love about it is that I can roll the serum onto my skin without ever putting my fingers on my face. The applicator tip is a roller ball.  Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On also contains Pro-vitiman B5*, Cucumber Extract and Glycerin which help reduce the appearance of puffiness around my eyes.

Each Simple product contains its own special ingredients but all Simple Skincare products contain Pro-vitamin B5*.

*Vitamin B5, also known as pantothenic acid, is a member of the powerful B-complex vitamin family. Its provitamin, panthenol (also known as provitamin B5), is the alcohol form of vitamin B5. When lotions, creams, ointments and formulations containing provitamin B5 are applied to and absorbed by the skin, this provitamin is transformed into vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), which has natural broad abilities to moisturize, soothe, heal and regenerate the skin.

Read more about Pro-vitiman B5 at:

When you have sensitive skin Simple Skincare is what you need,  it’s that simple.

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September 13, 2012

Job search: Fashion

Are you aspiring to be the next Donna Karan, Prabal Gurung or even Coco Chanel but you’re out of work? Although the industry is notoriously competitive, if you’re a wannabe fashion girl you might not be job searching in the right place. With New York Fashion Week coming to a close,, has compiled a list of where you should be looking to get your high-heeled foot in the door…

Here is a list of the top companies with the most fashion related job postings right now (not including retail jobs):

·         Urban Outfitters

·         Ralph Lauren

·         Warnaco

·         Fossil

·         Macy’s

·         Forever 21

·         The Jones Group

·         Kohl’s Corporation

·         Gap

·         Adidas

·         Sears

In addition, with fashion week over some frustrated fashionistas might need a new design gig, so has compiled the top 10 cities with “fashion designer” job postings. Also included are the average fashion designer salaries for job postings for each city. New York may be the fashion capital of the world, but looks like we should all move to San Francisco!

1.     New York

·         42.2% of the current postings in the top 10 cities

·         $59,000

2.     Los Angeles

·         17.4% of current job postings in the top 10 cities

·         $52,000

3.     San Francisco

·         8.2% of current job postings in the top 10 cities

·         $64,000

4.     Philadelphia

·         5.6% of current job postings in the top 10 cities

·         $46,000

5.     Chicago

·         5.5% of current job postings in the top 10 cities

·         $53,000

6.     Seattle

·         6.1% of current job postings in the top 10 cities

·         $47,000

7.     Columbus

·         5.3% of current job postings in the top 10 cities

·         $44,000

8.     Dallas

·         4.2% of current job postings in the top 10 cities

·         $49,000

9.     Portland

·         2.6% of current job postings in the top 10 cities

·         $43,000

10.  Atlanta

·         2.6% of current job postings in the top 10 cities

·         $56,000

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September 12, 2012

Have a Color Affair with SKINN COSMETIC’S Regatta Collection by Dimitri James

Dimitri James is truly an outstanding makeup artist and creator of SKINN Cosmetics. He’s a treasured friend, and I must admit that many of his wonderful products, are in my professional makeup case!

Dimitri James ~ Celebrity Makeup Artist, Founder and C.E.O of SKINN Cosmetics

From coast to coast Dimitri’s artistry and cosmetics have appeared on television, runway, and red carpet events, as well as in music videos and fashion magazines to mention a few. Internationally, Dimitri and his SKINN Cosmetics line of treatment and makeup products can be viewed on a variety of TV shopping channels. (In the USA he can be seen on the very popular ShopNBC!)

Here are two amazing product compacts in Dimitri’s Color Affair Regatta Collection.
You will be able to create a face that will take you anywhere! Whether you’d prefer a casual look , a natural outdoor look , a trending fashion look or an evening out on the town look, you’ll be ready to go with these two compacts.

First let’s take a look at the Color Affair Extraordinary Eyeshadows for Every Occasion!

Color Affair Extraordinary Eyeshadows for Every Occasion

You are covered for just about any look you desire with these colors. Dimitri’s shadows are so easy to work with and blend to create a variety of personalized looks. They never look heavy or harsh.(Quote from Dimitri)”You may also apply these shadows with a damp brush for a more intense look”.)

Here are a couple looks you might like to try:
Let’s say you like a more neutral look on your eye.
1.You might want to the use the deeper brown shade of shadow in the bottom row of the compact to lift the corner of your eye and define the crease of your eye. Feather that darker shade a bit above your crease lifting the shadow up slightly into the outer area of your eye.

2.Lightly blend the edges, and for a natural softer look take the upper center neutral shadow eye color and lightly go over the deeper color. (This is a great technique to use when you want to soften a darker eye shadow shade!)

3.To finish the look take the upper lightest compact color and blend from the inner corner of your eye to the arch of your brow for a perfect lift.

4. For a real lift and pretty bright eyed look, you may use your finger tip and touch the last color on the top row of shadows, which is a soft copper shade. Now dot and blend a bit of the copper color right at the upper outer corner of your eye, beneath your eyebrow! Add liner if you wish and your mascara to complete your lovely “neutral” eye !

I know you’re wondering about the beautiful Green and Teal Blue colors in the bottom row. Now here is where you can have some fun!! These colors are soft and can really accent your eyes. Try this…

1. Apply one of the colors on the lid of your eye and feather it up and out in a diagonal direction to the upper corner of your eyebrow.

2.Then take one of the lighter colors in the top row and start at the inner corner of your eye and blend to the outer upper corner of your eye softening any edges so the colors just melt together.

3.This is a very “easy” feminine and fashionable look. Add some liner if you wish to have a bit more definition. Finish with your mascara.

If you feel you’d like a more conservative look but still want a “pop” of color try this technique.

1.Apply some of the deeper brown we used in the neutral eye look, and blend it up and out in a diagonal direction up to the outer corner of your eyebrow .

2.Now take one of the colors and apply it in the outer corner of your eye and softly blend it over the brown, in the crease of your eye. Feather lightly above the crease (Remember you can always soften the color or depth of the colors by using the technique we did earlier by brushing a soft wash of a lighter shade in the compact over the colors you’d like to soften.) Make sure all of the colors are nicely blended together!

3.Highlight with a lighter shade from the inner corner of your eye across the upper eye area by the arch of your eyebrow. You have now created a soft understated yet very trendy look for any occasion! Of course line and use mascara, if desired!

You’ll have so much fun trying many different combinations with Dimitri’s fabulous eyeshadows! I’ve shared some techniques that will let you adjust the shadows to your preference with the wash of a lighter shadow to soften the effect you are trying to achieve, or add more depth with a darker shadow for more definition. Remember to let loose with some creativity, experiment, and you’ll find many new interesting looks!

Let’s move along to the Color Affair Breathtaking Blush and Bronze Trio for Every Occasion: :

Here is another compact that will give you such a variety of choices to finish your face.

Once again you you have so many choices with Dimitri’s beautiful colors.

1. You can use the soft neutral pink color on your cheek, and apply the deeper bronze color as your contour with the soft warmer tone to highlight just above your cheek area for great lift and excellent sculpted look.

2. Try a year round healthy glow by using the bronze color on the areas, (Quoting Dimitri) where the sun would normally kiss your face”. The take the neutral pink color and put just a
touch of color on your cheek to get a soft “flushed” look. Complete your look with a sweep of the warmer tone over the bronze and blush. You’ll look like a “Glowing Goddess”!

Wear them all or wear them alone. With these two Color Affair Eye and Blush compacts you’ll have the ability to create every look you could possibly desire.

Make sure you use a professional eyeshadow brush, and blush brush with your compacts.

You may purchase the Regatta Collection compacts on Dimitri’s website at:


To purchase the perfect brushes to complement your Regatta Collection Compacts:

For more information about Dimitri and all of his wonderful products go to:

You can also find Dimitri’s SKINN products at ShopNBC :|267&prop=Skinn%20Cosmetics|2026&icid=DN-_-BEAUTY-_-Skinn&cm_re=DN-_-BEAUTY-_-Skinn

(source for any quotes or paraphrased information from Dimitri James website

(Makeup suggestions for the two Regatta Collection Compacts provided by Vicki Fischer’s personal techniques using the compacts.)

September 12, 2012

Why Lose Your Tan This Fall? Get FAKE BAKE


Now that summer is over, at least it is in New England, we can still keep our sun-kissed glow and maintain healthy looking skin at the same time.  How can we do this? Fake Bake Self Tanning Lotion is the answer.  My daughter Adrienne and I are using Fake Bake Fair Self Tanning Lotion and it is doing the trick.  Fake Bake Fair Self-Tanning Lotion is very easy to use and it glides on quite easily. As stated by Fake Bake,  “A combination of DHA and erythulose, natural tanning agents that work with your own melanin, develop a tan that is perfectly even and natural-looking.” “The easy glide formula and subtle “show where it goes” cosmetic colour guide enables even the most inexperienced self-tanner to apply a self-tan with ease and confidence”.

Fake Bake Fair Self-Tanning Lotion was formulated for people with fair skin and when used according to instructions, builds a gradual tan over time that looks very natural. My daughter wants to maintain a light tan so she is lightly applying Fake Bake Self-Tanning Lotion once a week.  For a darker tan, you would reapply nightly until you achieve the tan you want. It is a safe way to have a golden glow without damaging your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Waterproof gloves are provided with the tanning lotion which is a plus.

To ensure a flawless self-tan, Fake Bake Silk Smoothie is the perfect compliment for Fake Bake Self-Tanning Lotion. Fake Bake Skin Smoothie is a silky elixir which provides a terrific base before appling the self-tanner. “The fine mist goes on rough spots, such as knees, elbows, ankles, hands and feet, ensuring uniform application of pigment that blends over skin cracks and eliminates dark lines”.

Fake Bake Silk Smoothie is perfect for your feet, ankles, elbows and hands because it helps the self-tanning lotion smooth out these areas which can become rough at times.

Fake Bake Skin Smoothie has a wonderful fragrance of passion fruit, rose hips, linden flower and lavender oil. Fake Bake Skin Smoothie is an oil spray that absorbs quickly, sealing in moisture and “locks-in” your new sunless tan, helping to maximize the life of your fake tan, and leaving  your skin feeling silky smooth.

Fake Bake Smoothie is paraben free, not tested on animals and contains natural organic preservatives.




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