Archives for April 2013

April 30, 2013

Slick It On Back

One of the most talked about looks this season is the slicked back bun. Worn high or low this knotted look works on every hair texture.

Here’s the secret to achieving this sleek and chic look, to share with your readers:

§  Step One: Starting on damp hair, apply from root to ends a shine enhancing product mixed with a straightening balm. Try UNITE Shina Liquid Drops ($29.95) and Lazer Straight Relaxing Fluid ($26.25).

§  Step Two: Next, using a paddle brush, slick hair back into the desired spot for the bun, wrapping it around and securing it with bobby pins.

§  Step Three: The secret to this look is making sure to combat any flyaways, so spray a strong hold hairspray allover. Try UNITE Session Max Hairspray ($29.95).

All UNITE Hair products are available on

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April 30, 2013

Keep Your Body in the “Glow” Not in the “No”


Have you ever had a regrettable encounter with a self-tanner? You take your product home and follow the directions on “how to apply.”  You are excited to look in the mirror and expect to look like a bronze goddess only to look like a blotchy bronze mess.  Fortunately, we have the product for you, the Bronze Buffer self-tan remover sponge. The Bronze Buffer sponge is the best buy to rid your body of any orangey residue left by a less than adequate self-tanning product.  The Bronze Buffer sponge is effortless to use and removes unwanted self-tanning blunders quickly.  It is handy product that will keep your body in the “glow” not in the “no.”

Bronze Buffer was developed by former beauty editor turned freelance beauty writer and blogger Paige Herman-Axel. As stated by Paige Herman-Axel, “Being in the beauty business for 15 years, I’ve tried countless self-tanners to achieve that ‘I just got back from vacation’ glow without actually leaving my own home. While some products work better than others, I was always searching for a product that could fix mistakes or remove color in a fast and easy way, so I decided to create it myself”.

Learn more about the Bronze Buffer self-tan remover sponge and how to use it at
You can also find Bronze Buffer at where you can see photos of this remarkable Buffer Sponge in use.

Laurie Payne, Guest Blogger

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April 29, 2013

Photo opp!

This past weekend at Mountaingate Country Club

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April 29, 2013

10 under $10 on CW Carolina Now

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April 26, 2013

Imagine the tranquility of Pure Vanilla in a fragrance and body butter! Well… Lavanila has made your dream come true!

There is nothing more blissful than the comforting gentle aroma of vanilla. With Lavanila’s Healthy Pure Vanilla Roller-Ball Fragrance and the nourishing, hydrating, but non-greasy Healthy Pure Vanilla Body Butter, you’ll transition into the warmer spring/summer weather surrounded with the inviting natural subtle aroma of vanilla, and soft nourished skin that won’t go unnoticed!

Lavanila’s Healthy Pure Vanilla Roller-Ball Fragrance is packaged in a perfect travel, go everywhere size, and is delightfully spill proof!

Lavanila Healthy Roller-Ball Fragrance in Pure Vanilla.

Lavanila Healthy Roller-Ball Fragrance in Pure Vanilla

There’s even more…as you are applying the lovely fragrance, you’ll also receive a healthy “uplifting dose” of:
“30 essential vitamins and minerals and 19 amino acids including,
Gogi Berries – One of the highest anti-oxidant rich foods on earth and filled with beta carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamins B1, B2, and B6.
Kakadu Plum – One of the most potent anti-oxidants with 500 times the amount of Vitamin C as an orange by weight!
Canadian Willow Bark – A powerful anti-oxidant that helps balance, soothe and protect the skin from free radical damage.”

The powerful combination of vitamins, minerals and amino acids listed above are “delivered to the skin and locked below the skin’s epidermis via an exclusive marine technology.” In fact, Lavanila leads the way as first to ” fuse luxury fragrance with natural science.” For that reason, no matter which Healthy Lavanila Fragrance you choose, the roller-ball or the spray, the 100% natural pure essential oils and botanicals will calm your skin!

Lavanila does not use ingredients that would dry or damage your skin such as “chemically-laden alcohol, petrochemicals, phthalates, synthetic colors, silicone, synthetic preservatives, sulfates, paragons, or propylene glycol! As a result, you can always feel confident that you are wearing a product with pure essential oil fragrance that’s good for you and your skin.”
*(This also holds true for the Lavanila Healthy Body Butters that will be introduced later in this article!)

In addition to Healthy Pure Vanilla, there are some other Lavanila Healthy Roller-ball fragrances for you to choose from that I’m sure you’ll enjoy:
•Vanilla Grapefruit • Vanilla Coconut • Vanilla Lavender & •Vanilla Passion Fruit!
Have fun reading about all of these Healthy Roller-Ball fragrances at Lavanila’s website:

You may also purchase them at: (search:Lavanila)
or find them at a Sephora Store near you!

The Lavanila Healthy Pure Vanilla Body Butter is a perfect compliment to the Healthy Pure Vanilla Roller-Ball Fragrance. It’s very portable, and imparts a wonderful feel to your skin.

Health Hydration - Lavanila Body Butter in Pure Vanilla

Health Hydration – Lavanila Body Butter in Pure Vanilla

What’s so nice about Lavanila is that the fragrances are healthy for your skin, and now you’ll be able to add their new 100% natural Body Butter to your regime for additional “skin food” moisturization !

Like the Healthy Fragrances, the Healthy Body Butter “will also provide a healthful dose of 30 essential vitamins and minerals using:
Proprietary Marine Technology – survival molecules that lock in vitamins and moisture while protecting the skin from free-radical damage.
100% Pure Cocoa Butter that reduces dryness, improves elasticity and soothes the skin.
100% Pure Shea Butter that counters signs of aging, moisturizes, and protects the skin.
Olive Leaf Extract which is a deep hydrating anti-oxidant that not only smooths, but soothes and firms the skin.
• Goji Berries, Kakadu Plum which are referenced earlier in this article and are also in the Lavanila Healthy Fragrances.”

Lavanila is dedicated to using only safe and natural ingredients in their products, so you can rest assured any ingredients that could dry or damage your skin, (*listed earlier in this article) are never used in the Body Butters either!

Along with the Healthy Pure Vanilla Body Butter, other scrumptious Body Butter scents include:
•Vanilla Grapefruit • Vanilla Coconut • Vanilla Lavender & • Vanilla Passion Fruit!

Be creative with the Lavanila Healthy Body Butters and the Lavanila Healthy Roller-Ball Fragrances! You can match or mix them to create your own individual scent!… What fun!
With a retail price of $25.00 you’ll be able to purchase these Body Butters at: (search: Lavanila)
or find them at a Sephora store near you!

(Quotes and paraphrased information in this article obtained from PR-Fact Sheets.Commentary is from my personal experience from using the product.)

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April 26, 2013

Celebrity Inspired Mom-to-Be Beauty & Fashion Essentials

Celebrity Inspired Mom-to-Be Beauty & Fashion Essentials from

Chicago, IL – As a leading online shopping destination for shapewear & slimming brands for a heavenly body without the wait, is counting down their top 5 celebrity inspired beauty & fashion finds perfect for moms-to-be like Kim Kardashian, Kate Middleton, Fergie, Halle Berry, & Jessica Simpson.

Celebrity Inspiration: Kim Kardashian’s Leggings & Layering Style


Product Pick: Preggers Maternity Footless Tights by Therafirm:

Many expecting ladies often experience pain and swelling in their legs. True gradient compression creates a controlled quantity of pressure to promote blood flow, reducing swelling, pain and discomfort associated with pregnancy. A great built-in tummy support panel also provides stability. Since footless, this style makes it a comfy layering option under pants, skirts and more.     $28.95 via


Celebrity Inspiration: Fergie’s Toned Physique


Product Pick: Bun in the Oven Kit by Mambino:

Safe for the mom-to-be and to use once the baby arrives; the Bun in the Oven Kit contains Oh Baby! Belly Butter, Moisture Me Body Toning Oil, Youth Glow, and Mandarin Creme Body Wash. Together the products reduce stretch marks, firm the tummy, bust, arms and legs & boost collagen. The kit also drenches your body with moisture and even restores a youthful facial glow. Yummy ingredients like red mandarin, lavender and sweet orange are a tasty smelling treat for new moms. $44 via

Celebrity Inspiration: Kate Middleton’s Royal Elegance


Product Pick: Maternity Sheer Pantyhose by Me Moi:

Being pregnant doesn’t have to equal a pause in style. These sheer hose are made from 30 denier material giving them the perfect amount of show-through while toning legs and evening skin tones. Sheer support extends from toe to tummy with slimming effects. With a supporting belly band built right in, the pantyhose provide all-day soft support for your future bundle of joy.

$10.95 via

Celebrity Inspiration: Halle Berry’s Glowing Skin

Product Pick: Organic Luminescent Moisturizer by Novena:

Developed as a maternity line with special attention to the safety concerns of pregnant and nursing women, this moisturizer is formulated with over 20 organic extracts (vegan & sulfate, paraben & phthalate free) and is packed with glow-inducing vitamins & brightening ingredients like organic bearberry extract. Reveal a radiant, dewy new you while preventing the dreaded brown spots that often accompany pregnancy. This fresh and fruity complexion cocktail goes straight to work, moisturizing and illuminating. $38 via

Celebrity Inspiration: Jessica Simpson’s Growing Baby Bump


Product Pick: BabyBelt Maternity Belt by Anita:

If you’re on the way to receiving your bundle of joy and found it comes with a whole bundle of unexpected extras, you’re going to love the BabyBelt Maternity Belt by Anita. When worn in the weeks and months before birth (with your doctor’s ok), find relief in the period before baby arrives by wearing supportive garments underneath the belly. The result? Less pressure overall on your pregnant tummy, relief from back pain and an easier, more comfortable pregnancy. $57 via

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April 25, 2013

Wet is the New Dry

One of the biggest things I here from my clients in the salon is, “I have split ends” and “How can I prevent them”?  Your hair is very fragile when not treated with respect.  There are quite a few ways you can experience split ends.  To name a few, over processed hair, using the wrong shampoo for your hair type and even the use of the wrong hair brush.   Yes, the wrong hair brush can be the result of split ends. When your hair is wet it is in a very delicate stage.  When you tear through your hair with any old hair brush you are causing the bristles of the brush to act like razor cutting off little pieces of hair as you go.

With the newest product called “The Wet Brush” you can finally brush through your hair without causing breakage.  The secret is the IntelliFlex Bristles.  They are firm yet flexible ball tip bristles that go through your hair without ripping, and detangle with ease.  Even on my thick, unmanageable curly hair I can use the Wet Brush without having to put conditioner in my hair.  In addition, these bristles provide a massaging action that stimulates circulation on the hair follicle.

“The Wet Brush” is ideal for anyone who cringes at the thought of brushing their hair. Try it out for yourself and see what you think.  You will fall in love with it.

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April 25, 2013

Now you can have your own personal Pür Minerals “Spring Beauty Kit”…. as featured on EXTRA

Pür Minerals offers a line of not only great treatment products, but very “nifty” versatile color cosmetics that are so fun, easy to apply, and keep you right on top of the fashion trends! From natural looks to pure “GLAM”, you’ll have fun with Pür Minerals.

Pür Minerals exclusive SPRING BEAUTY KIT was featured on an EXTRA segment this week!

 Pür Minerals Spring Beauty Kit is now available for purchase!

The Pür Minerals Spring Beauty Kit is now available for purchase!

The 6-Piece Kit includes:
• Golden Age Eyeliner/Eye Shadow Duo
• Mosaic Powder in Ornamental
• Boutique Pink Nail Polish
• Vintage Pink Lip Gloss
• 4 in 1 pressed Mineral Makeup in choice of shade
• Chisel brush applicator

It’s available for a limited time exclusively at: for $32. 
That’s over a $90 value!

Don’t miss out on this wonderful“Beauty Collection for Spring” from Pür Minerals.

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(Information in this article from a Press Release-Fact Sheet.)


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April 25, 2013

Age Gracefully with Plantscription by Origins



Can you age gracefully? I think so..Can you age naturally? You should try..Believe it or not, by the year 2050, the average global age will jump from 28 to 40. By 2018, 65-year-olds will outnumber those aged five and under for the first time in history. As the overall population matures, companies will continue searching for ways to help us slow the aging process. Powered  by nature, proven by science, this new 100% natural new product from Origins Plantscription line give you smooth, soft skin without all the chemicals.

You may love Raspberries for their anti-oxidant properties as well as the Vitamin C and their digestive benefits, but guess what it can do to your face? Apparently, when you condense the plant stem cells of 300,000 Raspberry Plant Stem Cells into a small jar, you can visibly reverse signs of aging. For years you girls have raved about the Plantscription Anti-aging Serum – and now you get even more great benefit from this product.

The cream also has an SPF of 25, and has the collection’s signature anti-aging powerhouse ingredient, African Anogeissus.  According to Origins, the cream works on four major signs of skin aging by helping to correct the appearance of lines and wrinkles, lifting, smoothing skin’s texture and reviving bounce.   I have only been using the product for two weeks, but I definitely see results in terms of texture, as well as the lighting up of red spots and darker spots. While I haven’t had the opportunity to try the Plantscription Anti-Aging Serum, it appears that, from what people say about it, the two would be a powerful duo together as well!



Guest Post by Julia Tanen

Julia is a writer, blogger, book author

and mom from Boston, Massachusetts

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April 25, 2013

REVLON Brand Ambassador Emma Stone at the launch…

EMMA STONE, REVLON BRAND AMBASSADOR launched the NEW Revlon Lash Potion on April 24 at Walgreens in Times Square.

Revlon Lash Potion drenches lashes with a potion of strengthening proteins for captivating volume and length. The Lash Potion “Illusionist Wand” has wide grooves to instantly coat lashes in formula and triple brushes to comb through for clump-free length.

Revlon Lash Potion Mascara is available in drugstores and mass retailers nationwide.

Photo credit: Amanda Schwab, Starpix, Courtesy of Revlon

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