Archives for February 2013

February 14, 2013

LAVANILA Gift Sets are a Valentines Delight

This Valentine’s Day, say ‘I love you!’ with the “I Love Lavanila” gift set from Lavanila Laboratories. When it comes to selecting the perfect gift this v-day, look to these healthy beauty essentials. These sensational Gift Sets are available in classic Pure Vanilla or Crisp VanillaGrapefruit and is perfect for gift giving (and gift getting) for Valentine’s Day or any day of the year!

Each “I Love Lavanila” set includes the following:

  • Lavanila Healthy Fragrance (1oz): Unlike traditional fragrances, The Healthy Fragrance is made of 100% natural ingredients. Lavanila infuses timeless blends of pure essential oils with skin soothing botanicals for long-lasting fragrances bursting with beauty benefits. Free of chemically laden alcohol, petrochemicals and phthalates,

  • Lavanila Healthy Body Butter (2.75oz): A lush, non-greasy formula packed with some of the most beneficial, antioxidant-rich vitamins and minerals on earth. Blending skin-soothing botanicals with the purity of Lavanila’s signature fragrances, this light, instantly-absorbed formula melts into skin for luxurious hydration and softly scented nourishment.

  • Lavanila Healthy Deodorant (1.7oz): A powerful natural deodorant that delivers superior odor protection and vitamin-rich nourishment without the use of harsh chemicals.  Freshly scented with Lavanila’s signature essential oil blends, The Healthy Deodorant uses a breakthrough, clinical strength formula that’s as safe as it is effective.

You can find Lavanila Gift Sets at Sephora, and

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February 14, 2013

OC8 Will Have You Looking Spectacular!

Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, another special occasion, a work day or any day, you always want your makeup to look it’s best . With OC8 Professional Mattifying Gel you will not only help you to look great, you will look SPECTACULAR!

Whether you are under the strobe lights dancing with your friends or sitting across from your “someone special” by candlelight,  your face  will look SPECTACULAR!

Are you ready to look SPECTACULAR? Before your begin your day or night, start by cleansing your face thoroughly. Apply a thin layer of OC8 and gently massage it into your skin (I usually include my neck too). Apply moisturizer and/or sunscreen and let the makeup magic begin. OC8  works wonders because it improves the appearance of your foundation especially  when dealing with foundations layered over oily skin.

The secret behind OC8 Professional Mattifying Gel are the ACRYSORB micro particles it contains to absorb oil on the skins surface. OC8 allows you to have shine-free skin with a beautiful Matte finish for up to 8 hours. OC* will not clog your pores, is fragrance and alcohol free and is suitable for all skin types.

Once you start using OC8 before your makeup application, you won’t want to wear make-up without it. You can find OC8 Professional Mattifying Gel at


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February 14, 2013

This Valentine’s it’s Willa Skincare for My Daughter


I found some wonderful skincare products that my daughter will love. Willa is the perfect skincare for her because it was created with young girls and teenagers in mind. 12 year old Willa Doss (who came up with the idea) and her Mom Christy Prunier (photo below), created willa because they wanted skincare that offered healthy, natural beauty options for young girls.

The willa line consists of 17 natural skin care and beauty products developed by girls, for girls, even for grownups like myself.  What makes willa so special is that the products are natural and do not contain any  parabens, phthalates, sulfates, DEA and no animal tested is involved. Aren’t we all looking the for best skincare for ourselves? Now we can have the best skincare for our daughters too.

willa is sold in select Target stores nationally, at Henri Bendel on and According to willa, Faith Hill and her 3 beautiful daughters are fans of the line too.

Read what our teens had to say about willa at



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February 14, 2013

The Wonderful Skincare of WILLA

Our teen bloggers, Sophia and Francesca recently enjoyed all the benefits Willa Skincare has to offer. Willa Skincare was founded by the mother and daughter team of Willa Doss and Christy  Prunier (aka Mom).  With her own idea in mind, Willa and her mom created their own skincare line called “willa” that offers healthy, natural beauty options for young girls.  All willa products are paraben, sulfate, DEA and phthalate free. Here  are Sophia’s and Francesca’s thoughts on willa Skincare:

wills’a  face friendly moisturizer worked great! All of my friends complemented my soft clear skin. It smells of a wonderful lavender scent. The moisturizer is a lightweight mixture of  aloe, mango extract, Vitamin C and Eucalyptus which helps moisturize your winter dry skin.

On the go cleansing face towelettes are wonderful ! They gently removed dirt and oils from my skin. I did not even have to take the time to rinse and scrub my face. on the go towelettes contains, green tea, soothing lavender and aloe which help cleanse and freshen your face.
This awesome on the go lip-gloss left my lips shining and glimmering. I got so many compliments o it.  This lip gloss has a clip which can attach to my backpack and it also fit in my pocket unlike other bulky lip-glosses.


The smile butter lip gloss was so amazing. It is a perfect combo of shine, moisture, and delicious taste. smile butter lip gloss helps you to heal and prevent chapped lips. This product contains shea butter and vitamin E. They are available in three tropical delicious flavors, strawberry, vanilla and mango. With smile butter lip glosses,your lips will be left soft, luscious, and shiny.

To learn more about willa’s story and to view her full line of skincare, please visit
teen post -by Sophia S.  and Francesca V.


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February 13, 2013

vitaminwater zero, the water that is good for you and tastes great too has introduced two new flavors that are outstanding!

Vitaminwater zero, the healthy hydrator that has taken water to a whole new level has two new flavors for you to enjoy. Dragon Fruit (power-C) and Fruit Punch (revive) join the the very popular line of flavored water that not only provides a terrific source of water needed for the necessity of our health and well being, but a real flavored treat you can consume daily with no calories, a natural sweetener , and (Quote) “each bottle serves up an excellent source of c and b vitamins, as well as a unique blend of vitamins and electrolytes.”

vitaminwater zero ~ No Calories & Naturally Sweetened with two new flavors:”power -C” ~ Dragon Fruit Flavor & “revive” ~ Fruit Punch Flavor!

I consume a lot of water each day, and am thrilled with these two new flavors of vitaminwater zero! They taste terrific! I went shopping the other day to purchase some more flavors of vitaminwater zero to try. I had fun looking at, not only, the nice variety of choices that were available with the varying blends of vitamins, but the eye catching colorful display that the selection of these healthy flavored waters presented! I look forward to eventually trying all of them with confidence in knowing I’m getting the hydration I need with a natural sweetener, and some healthy vitamins to boot! You can’t beat that!

I was impressed with the refreshing, flavorful, “good for you”, and calorie free vitamin water, but I wanted to go to one more source for a “professional” opinion! Who better than my son, Dr.Jay, who is a Chiropractic Physician and very knowledgeable about nutrition and wellness. I dropped off a bottle of power-C- Dragon Fruit flavor for him to try.

Here are his thoughts about vitaminwater zero :
(Quote) “I had the Vitamin Water Zero “revive” fruit punch flavor. I thought it tasted good. It had a nice flavor, with subtle sweetness. I appreciated that even though it was flavorful, it was light enough to be non-bloating. I’m not a big fan of artificial sweeteners, but feel much more comfortable about this product’s use of Stevia, which in some studies has been shown to possibly have some beneficial health effects. Regarding some of the vitamin and mineral content, I loved that it contained a large amount of Potassium (880mg), which is something we tend to not get enough of in much of the processed foods and drinks we consume today”.

I’d say that pretty much sums it up! Vitaminwater zero receives a 5-Star review! If you haven’t already tried this flavorful, naturally sweetened, vitamin infused water, I recommend that you consider doing so! You’ll be able to find vitaminwater zero and other vitaminwater drinks at stores throughout the country for a suggested retail price of $1.49.

For more information visit :

You may also go to the vitaminwater website where you will be able to view all the colorful bottles with full information for vitaminwater zero and other vitaminwater drinks!

Water is so important and a necessity for all of us. Are you in the habit of drinking water on a daily basis? If you are, treat yourself to vitaminwater zero! You’ll love it!!! If you’re not, get started now, and you’ll appreciate the flavorful taste, vitamin benefits, and better yet , you’ll start a wonderful habit that I know you’ll be glad you did!!

vitaminwater zero ~ Two new flavors : Dragon Fruit & Fruit Punch

(Ouotes and paraphrased information in this article obtained from provided PR information , commentary from Dr.Jay Romant, Chiropractic Physician,,, and my personal experience with vitaminwater zero.)

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February 13, 2013

Introducing THE HEARTBREAKER COLLECTION from Gabriel Cosmetics

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February 13, 2013

Lips that “WOW” from Gabriel Cosmetics

This Valentine’s Day, create lips that “WOW”, with “THE HEARTBREAKER COLLECTION” from Gabriel Cosmetics, Inc. This brand new collection features two gifts sets with a choice of cool or warm tones allowing you to create your perfect pout. Adrienne tends to wear more pink tones so she chose the “Cool” set which includes Pomegranate Lipstick and Red Liner. If you tend to wear more peach tones then “Zuzu Luxe” is the set for you and will include Starlet Lipstick with Cherry Lip Liner. Adrienne likes how the color of the liner and lipstick complimented each other which made for vibrant lips.The liner and lipstick glided on with ease and the color was long lasting.

Gabriel DeSantino, CEO and Founder of Gabriel Cosmetics, Inc. uses ” 100% natural ingredients including plant oils, extracts, and botanicals, his high-quality skincare products are non-allergenic and fragrance-free, consisting of a complete collection suited for every woman’s skincare needs.” learn more about Gabriel DeSantino at

Are you Pink or are you Peach? Choose your perfect pout at THE HEARTBREAKER COLLECTION



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February 12, 2013

Miracle Skin Transformer BODY SPF20 is your “Radiant” Body Enhancer for Valentine’s Day and Every Day!

Miracle Skin Transformer BODY SPF20 will instantly impart a smoother , firmer, flawless , radiant appearance to your arms, legs, décolleté, and whole body not only on Valentine’s Day, but every day!

With Valentine’s Day almost here, Miracle Skin Transformer Body SPF20 is your “Go To” top of the line “tinted treatment body enhancer”!
Heads will turn and “hearts” will beat a little faster when you walk into a room!! And just think…wearing SPF20 BODY every day you’ll you’ll have that finished look year round, and you’ll (Quote) “minimize the appearance of age spots and discoloration, while color minerals leave skin looking younger, brighter and totally luminous. This body transformer promotes surface-skin turnover for an all-around smoother and more even appearance.”

Did you ever think looking so good could promote such great bonuses for your skin?

Like all of the Miracle Skin Transformer products created by Founder and CEO, Sarah McNamara, SPF20 BODY is truly so much more than “just another body moisturizer.”

Miracle Skin Transformer BODY SPF20 – Price $34.00

Some of the (Quote) Key Ingredients in Miracle Skin Transformer BODY SPF20 include:
• “Jojoba Oil, Soy Amino Acids and Hyaluronic Acids – This keeps dry skin hydrated and radiant.”
“Organic Narcissus Tazetta Bulb Extract- This helps support the skin’s natural hydration system, promotes surface skin regeneration and protects to keep the skin barrier healthy.”
“Marine Ingredients– From a unique ecosystem in the ruins of the French Polynesian Islands help enhance skin’s strength and reliance for improved skin texture.”

What’s nice about BODY SPF20 is that you have your choice of the following tones:

Skin Transforming Shades in Sheer Enhancer, Glow Enhancer, and Bronze Enhancer.

In the past, I’ve tried so many different products and techniques for achieving a bit of color and still looking natural, but it always was such a challenge! I have very fair skin and:
1. I found it time consuming and was never sure if I blended a product sufficiently.
2. No matter how much I’d blend I’d always notice a streak here and there.
3. I always felt like it looked unnatural!

When I saw Miracle Skin Transformer BODY 20SPF being demonstrated on TV, I couldn’t believe how natural it looked!

I ordered the “Glow” Enhancer for light to medium skin. You’ll never believe how happy I was when I tried BODY SPF 20 for the first time!! I just applied it normally as I would a body moisturizer. It glided on in a few moments with ease, and gave me, literally, a natural “Glow” of color, and a very smooth finished look on my arms, legs ,and décolleté… with no streaks!

I now have BODY 20 SPF in my vanity, as well as in my Professional Makeup Case. It looks good in every setting, there are shades that cover the range of all skin tones… and even a clear , if that is your preference!

From combating dryness, protecting against sun damage, rejuvenating your skin, and achieving a radiance and healthy streak-free tone to your skin… Miracle Skin Transformer BODY 20 SPF is the product you’ll want to try!

Miracle Skin Transformer BODY 20 SPF and other Miracle Skin Transformer products are available at:

Sephora stores nationwide, and : ,
AND, Bergdorf Goodman

Sarah McNamara ~ Founder and CEO of Miracle Skin Transformer has put it all together for us from head to toe!
“Sarah spent years formulating Miracle Skin Transformer – A complete breakthrough, priority formulation that puts beauty AND treatment protection at your fingertips.

(Quotes and paraphrased information in this article obtained from provided PR-Fact sheets, and views from my person and professional use of Miracle Skin Transformer BODY 20 SPF)

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February 12, 2013

Experience Sea Salt Sensations From H2O

I enjoyed H2O Sea Salt Bath Fizz so much so, that I wanted to try another one of their products, Sea Salt Body Wash which is part of H2O Plus Purifying Sea Salt Body Collection. H2O Sea Salt Body Wash can be used in both the bath and the shower. After showering with the Sea Salt Body Wash, my skin felt just as clean, soft and and smelled fantastic. My husband evened complimented me on the fresh scent if left on my skin. I liked the thickness of the Body wash because it stayed on my hands and luffa sponge without dripping or running off, I was able to use every last drop on the sponge.

H2O Sea Salt Body Wash contains 3 key ingredients:

Red Marine Algae which contains contains minerals and essential fatty acids which help balance your skin and promote firm texture.

Japanese Green Tea Extract, offering superior antioxidant protection. This extract also provides a high concentration of Vitamin A which aid in protecting the skin from environmental stress.

Provitamin B contains a natural anti-inflammatory and moisture enhancing properties which help promote moisture  and calm sensitive or irritated skin.

H2O has created a fabulous 4-piece Sea Salt Body Collection including Sea Salt Body Wash, Sea Salt Skin Smoother, Sea Salt Hydrating Body Butter and Hand and Nail Cream. H2O products can also be sold separately at at  and H2O Plus Stores


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February 11, 2013

Call it Grammys

You can call her “Maybe” but you can’t say she didn’t dazzle the red carpet.  The “Call Me Maybe” singer, Carly Rae Jepsen, shined like the star she is in State Room Jewelry.

Carly Rae Jepsen in State Room Jewelry at the Clive Davis & The Recording Academy’s 2013 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons.

Carly Rae Jepsen is Stunning in State Room Jewelry at the Clive Davis & The Recording Academy’s 2013 Pre-GRAMMY Gala

Carly Rae Jepsen looks gorgeous in State Room Jewelry as she arrives at the Clive Davis & The Recording Academy’s 2013 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Antonio “L.A.” Reid at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 9th, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. Carly wore the Safety Pin Earrings in 1.06CT Diamonds and 14KT Gold from State Room Jewelry.

State Room Jewelry is the line by Sarin Minassian whose collection offers both subtle, elegant pieces to bolder, statement ones. The collection is inspired from trends from around the world, and provides pieces that can transition from day to night. State Room Jewelry has already been spotted on celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Morena Baccarin and Blake Lively and is available for purchase at


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