Archives for March 2013

March 18, 2013

Multi-Task and save time with Lavanila’s – The Healthy Body Wash 2-in-1 Shower & Shave!

I’ve reviewed a number of Lavanila’s Healthy products, and have become quite a fan!

I was eager to try the Lavanila Healthy Body Wash 2-in-1 Shower & Shave. How convenient! I received the vanilla grapefruit scent, and, once again, was delighted with Lavanila and their versatile multi-tasking Shower & Shave product !

The Healthy Body Wash 2-in-1 Shower & Shave by Lavanila
Price : $14

The Healthy Body Wash 2-in-1 Shower and Shave is another great example of Lavanila’s technology! It does not contain any “sulphates or harsh detergents” that you might find in other products. This is great news if you have a more sensitive skin type, and have experienced irritations, especially when shaving.

The ingredients in Lavanila’s Body Wash 2-in-1 include:
Coconut Oil that provides a natural anti-bacterial property that keeps your skin clean without stripping its much needed moisture.
Organic Rose Hip Oil which is a great tissue hydrator with instant penetration providing a comfortable cushion that gives you a close and non-irritating shave.
Organic Aloe that always leaves your skin feeling soft and supple.

Calendula that penetrate’s the surface of your skin leaving it soft and touchable.

There are NO petrochemicals, phthalates, Propylene glycol, mineral oils, silicone, synthetic dyes, parabens, harsh detergents or sulphates in Lavanila’s Body Wash 2-in-1 Shower & Shave!

This 2-in-1 Body Wash from Lavanila is the ultimate of convenience when you hop into your shower. As your body wash, just apply it on a wet body sponge or puff (You need to use very little product), then lather up and rinse. To experience a smooth comfortable shave, apply the body wash directly to your skin, and rinse when done shaving.

Lavanila’s Body Wash 2-in-1 is healthy for your skin, a multi-tasking shower and shave in one product, leaves you with clean, smooth and hydrated skin, but… there is “one” thing you’ll need to decide!! What scent would you like to try?

Here are your choices:
Vanilla Passion Fruit – A magnetic allure with passion fruit and fresh peach nectar.
Pure Vanilla – A feminine hint of fragrance with warm vanilla and soft freesia petals.
Vanilla Lavender – A clean fresh sensation with Spanish lavender and soft vanilla.
Vanilla Grapefruit – Awaken your senses with crisp grapefruit and lime.
Vanilla Coconut – An exotic escape with tropical coconut and bright tiare flower!

Whatever scent you choose, I know you’ll enjoy this 2-in-1 Shower & Shave Body Wash from Lavanila. In fact, with such an affordable price of $14 for an 8-ounce tube, you might want to spoil yourself a little and try some of the other tempting fragrances. Remember “Variety IS the spice of life!”

You may purchase and read more about Lavanila’s – The Healthy Body Wash 2-1n-1 Shower & Shave at :

Beginning in May you’ll be able to find Lavanila’s Body Wash 2-in-1 Shower & Shave at:

About Lavanila:
(Quote) “Every offering—beginning with its breakthrough fragrance collection—features all-natural, vita-rich technology to nurture one’s skin, scents to indulge one’s mood and worry-free formulations to pamper one’s soul. “

(Quoted/Paraphrased information in this article was provided from PR-Fact sheets,, and personal commentary from my use of this product.)

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March 18, 2013

Get That Great Salon Feeling With IT&LY Purity Design Hair Wax

Do you know that great feeling you get after you go to the hairdresser? Do you know that great feeling you get when your hair is so soft and silky that you cant stop running your hands through it? Well that is the feeling I get when I use IT&LY Purity Design Pure Modeling Wax.  Most of the time I use Purity design Pure Modeling Wax right after I straighten my hair. It does wonders! The wax helps with the texture by adding softness while helping with all of my flyaway hairs and tricky frizz around my hairline! I also love to use the wax when I want to do a simple yet sleek high ponytail or bun! On top of the usefulness and healthy feeling this product adds to your hair, it also smells great! It is like solid perfume for your hair. IT&LY Purity Design Pure Modeling Wax contains Cocoa Butter, which leaves the hair soft, healthy and nourished. There are so many uses and benefits of this really unique and versatile hair product!

Rachel Aiello

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March 18, 2013

Get Beach Styled Hair With Organix

My daughter Adrienne has the most beautiful thick, long, wavy, hair imaginable. Until recently, she would spend long hours with a hot iron. Her mission was to have the straightest hair possible. Yesterday, to my amazement, she was wearing her hair down and I saw the most beautiful curls resting down her back. I asked her what she did to her hair to get her hair so curly and her answer was simply, “ORGANIX“.  She said,”I used Organix Surf Paste, it’s my favorite. This is how my hair looks after a beach day”.  She went on to describe how Organix Moroccan Surf Paste made it very easy for her to create her wavy, curly hair. After she washed her hair she put some of the paste on her fingertips and ran her fingers through her hair allowing the paste to work its way in her hair. Then she scrunched and twisted and styled and the result was beautiful, soft  wavy curls.

Moroccan Surf Paste by Organix creates an unstructured, surf style, containing moisturizing Moroccan Argan Oil and sea kelp to condition strands while sea salt adds separation, texture and control with a matte finish for a super-cool, beach vibe style.

My daughter equally loves th Moroccan Sea Salt Spray and tell me it’s “Amazing!”. She sprays it onto her dry hair and with a few scrunches and twists, the curls bounce right back. With both Organix Sea Salt Spray and Surf Paste, she can create a look that she likes to wear while on the beach. The texturizing sea salt adds the volume while the Moroccan Argan Oil adds the shine.  Her hair feels silky and looks healthy and smells absolutely fantastic.

I found an interesting fact, as stated by Organix, “the Moroccan Surf Collection is packaged in eco-friendly bottles manufactured from materials containing recycled post-consumer resin. Organix is for all of us who aspire to make better choices and are aware of the integrity of ingredients. Organix salon-inspired formulas contain exotic active ingredients, use a unique blend of sulfate free surfactants…plus, they smell absolutely amazing. Organix bottles are made from recycled, post-consumer resin. The labels are printed utilizing environmentally friendly inks and compostable label film made from an annually renewable resource corn, not from petrochemicals. The products are not tested on animals, a fact they are proud of and will not change. And Organix’s continued mission is to never sacrifice performance in their quest for sustainability.”

Even if it’s not beach season, you can still have beach styled hair at  and view their entire line of hair care products.


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March 16, 2013

Mama Mio’s O•Mega Body Oil hydrates your body with the perfect “un-oily” oil!

I love body oils because I have dry skin. When reading about Mama Mio’s O•Mega Body oil and seeing the description, (Quote) “it’s so easy to apply keeping your skin nourished, firm, elastic, and glowing”, and is an “oil” that is “un-oily”, I knew that I had to try it!

O•Mega Body Oil
from Mama Mio $35

When my package with the O•Mega Body Oil arrived, I was impressed with the generous size of the container and also liked the “lock” top that you just twist and turn for easy application and closure making the body oil very portable. I couldn’t have been more pleased when I applied the O•mega Oil on my legs. It was so soothing, the fragrance was exceptional, and it really was an “un-oily” oil! There was no residue…just soft skin! My dry skin craved the potent Omega 3, 6, and 9 “ SUPERfood” in Mama Mio’s O•Mega Body Oil, and you could instantly see and feel the difference in my skin!

We all are so busy, and with good intent really want to take care of the dry skin on our body, but often, we just don’t make the time ! With the O•Mega Body Oil’s easy application and absorption, you don’t have to worry!

I take my O•Mega Oil with me in my tote bag, and use it whenever I feel the need to pamper my dry skin, give it a nice smooth feel, and know I’m protecting my skin against the elements!

Mama Mio’s O•Mega Body Oil definitely gets a 5-Star review!

You can find out more about O•Mega Body Oil and even view a video at:

Then you may go to: and read about all of the products available for women, from products during pregnancy to anti-aging skin care, and more!

Finally, please take a moment to read about the four delightful women Sian, Kathy, Tanya, and Jill who are behind the Mama Mio Line. It’s a great story and a wonderful philosophy shared by these women, who like us, are (Quote)”working through all of their stages in life.”

Use your Mama Mio O•Mega Oil each day and (Quote)“so long Lizard Legs!”

(Quotes and paraphrased information in this article obtained from PR-information,,,, and personal commentary from my use of the Mama Mio O•Mega Oil.)

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March 15, 2013

For Radiant Skin, it’s Derma E

I have just added another cosmetic item to my beauty arsenal, Derma E Evenly Radiant BB Creme SPF 25. I found Derma E Evenly Radiant Creme to be  a combination of a foundation and a concealer with added SPF protection. This product was so lightweight, offering complete coverage and hiding the little imperfections on my face. It felt like I didn’t have anything on my face at all and my skin looked fabulous. A tiny dab of Derma E Evenly Radiant BB Creme erased the red patches on my cheeks and the coverage lasted all day. Most days, I only  need to concentrate on a certain spot like my cheeks or forehead. There is no need to cover my whole face if its not necessary, just the areas of concern.

I especially like the fact that with Derma E Evenly Radiant BB Creme SPF 25, I could wear it alone, over my moisturizer, or as a foundation. I could even use my face powder over it. My skin looked glowing afterwards and very little make-up was needed afterwards.

Basically, Derma E Evenly Radiant BB Creme SPF 25 is a multi-functional mineral beauty balm with an advanced skincare formula that conceals with lightweight, color-correcting coverage for flawless skin.   

According to Derma E An Intensive Skin Brightening Complex featuring Active Plant Stem Cells brightens and evens skin tone to boost radiance and revitalize skin’s youthful glow. The most advanced form of the peptide complex Matrixyl® diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and rejuvenates to reinvigorate skin’s visible firmness and elasticity. Antioxidants sourced from Green Tea, and Vitamins C and E shield skin from age damage while SPF 25 prevents sun damage. As a quick, easy all-in-one skincare product, this refining BB Crème provides all day hydration while softening and soothing skin.”

Derma E Evenly Radiant BB Creme SPF 25 is available in 2 shades, Light Tint or Medium Tint in a 2 oz size and can be found at

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March 15, 2013

Let’s Talk NAILS for Spring

metalic nails

(Maybelline has metallic nail polish)

Let’s Talk NAILS for Spring

Every fashion fanatic knows that style extends to your nails, so what should you be sporting come spring?  I’ve got the latest beauty buzz for nails, so that when you reach for your favorite clutch or hold the hand of your crush, your fingers will look fantastic.

THE NEUTRAL NAIL: Yes, it’s back again this year.  Although spring typically brings bright colors in terms of clothing, the classic neutral nail is once again a mega craze this season.  Pale pinks, whites, taupe and nude will be must-have colors for your manicure.

ROCKIN’ METALLIC: If you’re looking for a bit more spice, flashes of metallic will also be hitting the scene. Eye-catching silvers, glittering blacks and even neons will be a perfect accessory for a night out.

DARK AND BOLD: Make a grab for dark polishes as colors such as deep magnetic greys, midnight blues and ominous blacks will also peak as a major trend.

TWO-TONED MANICURE: Pair your two favorite spring colors for a fun twist on the French mani.  Incorporate some of the other trends such as metallic paints or light+dark.

ADD SOME TEXTURE: The textured look will put fashion on your fingertips this season.  Make a splash with this funky trend.

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March 15, 2013

What’s The Best Bang For Your Look?

Bangs are everywhere this spring. Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you had bangs but are too afraid to commit?

Kattia Solano, owner of NYC’s Butterfly Studio Salon offers clients complimentary bang consultations at the salon’s bang bar, which was recently featured in New York Magazine’s Best of NY issue.

Clients who visit the bang bar will meet with a stylist, try on a few different clip-on bang styles and find the one that works for them. They can either have the stylist cut their actual bangs to resemble the chosen clip-on piece or simply purchase the noncommittal bang piece ($30) and the stylist will style their hair with the bangs clipped in (blowouts start at $68)

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March 15, 2013

Happy Hour Has Sprung at L’Occitane



ABOUT: Put a spring in your step with L’OCCITANE’s new Almond Collection and cocktails created by bartenders from the Michelin starred restaurant Rouge Tomate. Mixologists will be whipping up seasonal, South of France-inspired cocktails as an ode to L’OCCITANE’s birthplace and love of natural ingredients. Pair a cocktail with organic bonbons from NewTree gourmet Belgian chocolatiers for the ultimate indulgence. Next, experience the revolutionary hula hoop cardio workout from Hoopnotica. Exercise gurus from the trendsetting studio will be on hand to teach attendees how to sculpt their waists and tone their core!

Throughout the night, consumers will be pampered with body sculpting rituals and mini facials and receive exclusive special offers on L’Occitane’s favorite products. Customers will also receive a complimentary L’Occitane mini shopping bag filled with a L’OCCITANE and Rouge Tomate Recipe Guide featuring four exclusive cocktail recipes, and L’Occitane favorites like Almond Shower Oil, Shea Butter Hand Cream, Lavender Body Lotion and Immortelle Cleansing Foam with any $50 purchase.

 Entice your senses with a visit to L’Occitane’s Spring Happy Hour and experience a truly indulgent, luxurious and sumptuous escape to France. 



L’OCCITANE Flatiron Boutique

170 5th Avenue @ 22nd Street


WHEN: Thursday, April 4th 5-9PM

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March 14, 2013

OUIDAD Introduces In-Salon Program To Benefit College Students & Industry Professionals

WHAT:  Add curl care to the college curriculum – Ouidad is pleased to announce a new salon program for college students.  Every student knows that college can be financially challenging – balancing tuition expenses, grocery bills, rent and transportation costs. Ouidad wants to help make it easier to have beautiful, healthy curls and style with this special college student offer.  Enrolled university students can receive 25% off services and products by simply presenting their student ID at Ouidad flagship salon locations. And beauty industry professionals can get in on the action as well and gain access to the best products with the new salon program.  Hair stylists, make-up artists, aestheticians, actresses and models can receive 40% off services and products at the Ouidad flagship salons by completing a simple application.

To apply for the discount, e-mail to receive the application and once complete, return to the same address to receive confirmation of approval in the program.

With two flagship salons located in New York City and Santa Monica, and over 300 certified salons nationwide, Ouidad is “all about the curl.”  The award-winning product line is formulated specially for curly hairworking from the inside out to leave curls healthy, manageable and frizz free.  Ouidad products deliver the highest quality, results oriented solutions for all kinds of curls and textures.

WHY:   Ouidad encourages women everywhere to appreciate their natural beauty and the two new program offerings allow students and industry professionals alike the opportunity to embrace their curls with an exclusive discount.

WHO:  Whether on the East or West Coast, Ouidad’s flagship salons are premier retreats where advanced stylists tend to discerning curl clientele. With trademarked cutting and styling techniques, and a specialized line of award-winning products, Ouidad salons instill confidence in curly and wavy haired people everywhere.

WHERE:             Ouidad Salon – New York   

37 W. 57th Street 4th Floor    New York, NY 10019     212-888-3288

Ouidad Salon – Santa Monica    

1230 Montana Avenue    Santa Monica, CA 90403     310-393-3542

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March 13, 2013

Keep Warm, Hydrated and Calm With Kusmi Tea


I have been looking for an amazing tasting tea, one that has a wide variety of different flavors and is healthy. I had the pleasure of sampling a box of Kusmi Tea Les Bien-etre which has 6 different samples. I am actually a tea nut, I not only prefer the taste but the scent, the health benefit, and the style of the bag! Every pack of tea comes in a beautiful, colorful, individually sealed envelope. Enclosed is a muslin bag that holds the tea which will stay fresh for ages, the way tea used to be back at the turn of the century.

My favorite is the Kusmi Tea’s Sweet Love.  It is a unique taste of candy in a cup with many health benefits added. Liquorice Root gives the tea sweetness so there is no need to add any sweetener, the spices improve digestion, and the Guarana naturally boosts energy.

My second favorite of my tea list is the Kusmi Tea’s Detox, a smooth tasting tea which rids your body of pent-up toxins, boosting your energy while lowering your stress levels. It has an earthy taste, not a bitter taste, and has an exotic flavor of lemongrass.  I love to add a little honey which makes the refreshing taste divine!!!

Next on my lists is Kusmi Tea’s Algothe, a blend of green tea, mint, and seaweed that restores as it replenishes minerals within the body. These three combinations makes this tea a healthy one. As we all know, Green Tea is well known for its antioxidants and the mint is aid to digestion that also boasts restorative properties.  It’s a great afternoon tea.

Kusmi Tea’s Euphoria is a flavor full of orange and chocolate which is a great way to satisfy those chocolate cravings.  The flavor of the chocolate and the orange are very present and extremely delicious.  Adding milk and a  sweetener, this tea could be made into a great autumn latte without the calories or the fat!

Kusmi Tea’s Be Cool is a blend of rose hipseed, apple, verbena leaves, peppermint, anis seeds and liquorice roots.  There is no caffeine in this tea blend so you can enjoy a cup late at night.

Kusmi Tea’s Boost naturally stimulates the body and the mind.  This tea is high in caffeine, so it is a great first cup of the day tea.  I also enjoy making this blend cold into an ice tea which I can store in my water bottle and take to the gym for an extra boost to handle my hard workouts!  It is not recommend to drink this tea in the evening or if your doctor says you must limit caffeine intake.

I must say, I enjoyed cup after cup of Kusmi Tea Les Bien-etre and would definitely recommend all the flavors to everyone!  I checked out there web site and found an awesome selection of accessories, gifts, and sampler boxes with a wide variety of teas in boxes and in tins.  If you are unsure of what flavor you would enjoy or is right for you, I suggest you try the Kusmi Tea Les Bien-etre which is 24 tea bags with 6 different flavors!   You will not be disappointed!

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Guest Blog Post by Laurie Carcieri

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