Archives for August 2013

August 31, 2013

“Back to School” with beautiful hair from Rusk®!

I just had an opportunity to try some wonderful hair care products from Rusk.

First let me say that everyone will benefit from the Rusk products I look forward to sharing with you !

I’m not going back to school, but the Rusk products that I used conditioned and left my hair so healthy looking, manageable, and full of body and shine that I started thinking about all the new clothes, shoes, school supplies, and gear that’s purchased for, and by students when they start a new school year! What about your hair?

This feature allows me the perfect chance to remind students who are heading back to school, or may have already started their new school year that their summer hair needs a reset for the fall season and the following Rusk products will certainly “do the trick!”!

Class is now in session!
Let’s start with:

 Rusk Being Sexy Shampoo

Rusk Being Sexy Shampoo

With a very subtle scent, Being Sexy Shampoo cleans your hair with a smooth feeling and silky texture. I lightly worked it into my hair and scalp thoroughly. It rinses with ease leaving a soft yet refreshing clean sensation.

Your hair is now clean, and ready for:

Rusk Being Sexy Conditioner

Rusk Being Sexy Conditioner

Again, there is a very subdued aroma and velvety feel when you apply the Rusk Being Sexy Conditioner to your freshly cleaned wet hair. I massaged the conditioner throughout my hair and especially on the ends of my hair where it sometimes is a bit dry. Make sure you rinse thoroughly. I found that the Being Sexy Conditioner only takes a moment to rinse, and leaves your hair feeling so nice.

Quoting Rusk,“All formulas contain a unique blend of ingredients to deliver voluptuous volume, tousled texture and seductive shine for “uninhibited” hair!”

If you do not have color treated hair you may go ahead and style your hair, as always. I know you’ll like the way it feels, looks, and how workable it is!

Do you have color treated hair? I just had some blonde highlights with a toner applied in my naturally dark brown hair. The way color sometimes fades, I was eager to try this:

Rusk  Deep Shine Color Care Lock-In Treatment

Deep Shine Color Care
Lock-In Treatment

You may either spray Deep Shine Color Care on damp or dry hair. “ChromeAvail™ “is the patented technology that offers a UV protection for maintaining the color in your hair longer. It can be used every day. My blonde highlights have kept that pretty “toned” color, and the shine looks so healthy. The sun is out year round, and this gives you one less thing to worry about with color treated hair.

Last but not least, here is a product we “ALL” need to have in our arsenal of hair care “must haves”:

Rusk Deep Shine Color Care Invisible Dry Shampoo

Deep Shine Color Care
Invisible Dry Shampoo

If you haven’t used a dry shampoo, once you do, you’ll never be without one! Running late in the morning? Have a last minute event with no time to spare? Just want to get out the door and start your day without taking time for your whole “Get Ready” routine? Late for a class?

Rusk’s invisible dry shampoo is an exceptional “Dry Shampoo”!! Within moments you’ll be “good to go” with a fresh looking, oil & odor free head of hair!

All you need to do is shake the container. Start by lightly spraying the roots of your hair, and then mist all over your hair. Just wait a moment, work through you hair, style and be on your way!

Here’s a fun assignment!
and learn about all of the fine Rusk Hair Care products!

Then go to:
to find a Rusk location near you!

Class Dismissed
Rusk gets an A+ for their amazing selection of hair care products!

(Any quoted or paraphrased information in this article was obtained from a PR-Fact sheet, and Any personal commentary was from my personal experience using the Rusk products provided to me.)

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August 31, 2013

Define and Moisturize Your Curls with Amika


Curly hair can be a downright pain to deal with at times. Sometimes it curls just the way you want it to and other times you end up flat ironing your hair because it gets to the point where you can’t stand the hassle anymore.

With the Amika: Curl Defining Cream you can have the fabulous curls you always dreamed of. Before I tried the Amika: Curl Defining Cream I hated my curls. They were always frizzy and crunchy. But the minute I tried the Curl Defining Cream, my hair was transformed. My curls were smooth, frizz free, and manageable. It also separated them making the curl more defined and refreshed looking.

Now I have always been the kind of person who enjoys experimenting and trying out new things with hair care products. With Amika I put my hair to the test. Is it possible to get a second day style without washing my hair? Answer- YES!!!! The day of my TEANJ Beauty Group interview, I didn’t feel like washing my hair, so I took a little tiny dab in the palms of my hands and scrunched it into my hair. Even though my hair was dry and I didn’t diffuse the product in, my curls still were smooth, tamed, frizz free and had some shine.

Amika, being true to it’s name, means Girlfriend. Let’s face it hair is a girls best friend right? If you hair looks bad you don’t feel good about yourself at all. With Amika you can. Be sure to check out their website at and start loving your hair again.

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August 29, 2013

Celebrity Eyebrow Stylist Joey Healy Launches Brow Basics for 2013 Holiday Season


Celebrity eyebrow stylist Joey Healy is pleased to announce the expansion of the Joey Healy Eyebrow Collection with his first ever gift set, Brow Basics. A combination of the collection’s four best-selling brow grooming products, Brow Basics is set to launch in September 2013, just in time for the holiday season.

Included in Brow Basics are four full-size products that are quintessential for creating the perfect brow: The Joey Healy Collection Luxe Brow PowderDuo Brow BrushElite Sculpting Tweezer and Brow Structure Clear Set, and it is available in four colors: BlondeBrunetteAuburn and CharcoalBrow Basics also provides clients with an instructional guide that includes tips and tricks from Joey on sculpting and maintaining the perfect brow at-home.


Essential to everyday beauty, eyebrows are the staple to every woman’s face. With Brow Basics, clients are no longer limited to Joey’s New York City salon, but instead are able to experience celebrity treatment from The Joey Healy Eyebrow Studio in the comfort of their own homes.

Not only is Brow Basics easy to gift as it is the ideal sized stocking stuffer, but it is also the perfect value as clients receive $116 worth of products for just $75. Brow Basics will be available exclusively on Joey Healy’s website ( and at THE BROWSHOP at completely bare locations beginning September 1, 2013, as well as Luxola ( beginning in mid-September 2013.

For more information on Joey Healy and The Joey Healy Eyebrow Collection, please visit:



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August 29, 2013

You Won’t Find any Harsh Chemicals with Keeki, its Pure & Simple

 Keeki Pure and Simple Nail Polish

Keeki Pure and Simple Nail Polish

Keeki Pure and Simple Non Toxic Nail Polish Remover & polish

Keeki Pure and Simple Non Toxic Nail Polish Remover & Polish

Thanks to Keeki nail polish I already have my favorite fall nail polish color picked out. The name of it is Hot Cocoa and it will go great with my autumn fashion. Keeki was very easy to apply, and I started with cleaning my nails with Keeki nail polish remover. It does not have that strong acetone smell like most nail polish removers do, which is another reason why it’s one of my favorites. I then applied a thin layer of the base coat and when that dried I applied 2 thin coats of the Hot Cocoa nail polish. I finished it up by putting a thin layer of the top coat. It was very easy and dried within a few minutes. Another great thing is that Keeki doesn’t use harsh chemicals that dissolve the natural oils on the nail bed. It’s gluten-free, 100% biodegradable, vegan, and acetone free. Go to for more colors and products!



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August 29, 2013

Our Fingers and Toes Love butter London


Our bloggers are loving Butter London Nail Laquers. There are so many beautiful colors to choose from, these are some of our bloggers favorites:

Rachel is loving her Butter London: “Summer nail polish is important, especially for toes, which are constantly being exposed in flip-flops and sandals. My favorite summer 2013 polish has been ‘Macbeth’ from Butter London.  After mastering Honors Shakespeare 2205 last semester I found it ironic that the gorgeous shade of orange-y-coal that has beautified my fingers and toes is named after one of Shakespeare’s most famous play. ‘Macbeth’ is the perfect summer color because it is a mixture of the primary nail colors-red and pink! ‘Macbeth’ Butter London is great because it doesn’t take too long to dry, the color is so rich that you only need one coat, and they don’t have any harmful carcinogens in them! Most of all, I love my summer color ‘Macbeth’ from Butter London because they make my finger and toes look great, particularly when they are covered in sand from the beach!”


Laurie didn’t go anywhere this summer without butter London, she is feeling like royalty with “HRH” on her toes. ( Laurie’s favorite color is purple and butter London has fabulous purple nail lacquers to choose from. Choose your favorite purple shade now at

View butter London’s entire collection of nail Lacquers at






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August 28, 2013

It’s Back to School With Soap & Paper!



At the beginning of every school year, I like to pick a special item that I know my daughter would like in her book bag. Besides the usual pens, pencils and notebooks, I thought of something special that I know she will love, a solid perfume from Soap & Paper Factory. How cute is this? These delightful solid perfumes are contained in a small, round, acrylic container that will literally fit in your back pocket or better yet, my daughter’s book bag. This adorable 1/2 ounce size Soap & Paper Factory Solid Perfume comes in 9 fragrances and will have my daughter smelling fantastic throughout the day. These solid perfumes won’t leak and the container is quite sturdy, it’s the perfect book bag accessory, don’t you think?


I asked a few of my friends what they thought about Soap & Paper Solid Perfumes and almost immediately they said they loved the compact size. “How can something that small contain something that smells so good?”, take it from me, the Spiced Pear smells incredible. We all agreed that the solid perfume is not only a fabulous book bag idea but they are sensational travel bag and purse accessories. These  pure jojoba and beeswax perfumes will not leak in your bag, they offer precise application without spray, and as I said earlier, they smell fabulous.

The only downside to these delightfully fragrant accessories is choosing a scent. Why not try all of them and you can start by visiting soapandpaperfactory

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August 27, 2013

Lea Black Beauty is Pink Perfection

Lea Black Beauty Skin Care

Lea Black Beauty Skin Care

Lea Black, television star of Real Housewives of Miami has recently introduced a new skincare line, LEA BLACK BEAUTY and it truly is pink perfection. Lea Black collaborated with beauty expert Melinda Wells-DeRocher and created a skincare line which features an array of products including creams, an anti-aging serum, a skin exfoliant and a facial wash to name a few.

Lea Black

Lea Black

Lea Black truly has a unique beauty history as she has been in the health, beauty and fitness business for over 20 years. Her Complete Facial Treatment Kit, “Sudden Youth”, is wildly popular and she even sold her fragrance “JAZZ” to YSL.

It comes to no surprise that her newest skin care collection is also a huge success. Lea Black Beauty is different than any other skincare I have used in the past. The products in the Lea Black Beauty line are all pink which makes this skin care quite unique and so much fun to use. I never used pink skincare and this immediately attracted me to it. Lea Black Beauty definitely lives up to its name.

As stated by Lea Black Beauty, “The collection of products was designed to work individually yet yield maximum benefits when used together. Cell regeneration and gentle exfoliation helps the skin reveal its luminosity and radiance, while a state of total moisture leaves skin luxuriously soft and smooth. 100 percent of test subjects noted their skin looked and felt significantly more firm and plump after just one week.”

Lea Black Beauty *Intense Moisture Renewal Creme, *Everyday Moisture, *Anti-Aging Serum and Revitalizing Skin Exfoliation all contain natural extract complex (Aloe Vera, Grapefruit, Licorice, Cucumber and White Tea). *Clinical test  information was provided by Lea Black Beauty.

Start your day with the perfect cleanser, Skin Revitalizing Daily face Wash. This face wash contains real pearl extracts and all-natural marine minerals is designed with a powerful anti-aging complex. It is a very light face wash which spreads on like a thin cream and easily washes off leaving your face feeling clean and fresh. 

I especially enjoy the Revitalizing Skin Exfoliation. This scrub can be used twice a week and it is so light, it doesn’t  even feel like an ordinary exfoliant which can be quite grainy and abrasive. I was quite impressed with the texture and how great it felt on my face.

Lea Black Beauty Intense Moisture Renewal Creme, Everyday Moisture and Anti-Aging Serum are equally impressive and work well together. Powerful ingredients contained in each one offers anti-aging benefits, reducing fine lines and wrinkles as well providing you with radiant, and firmer looking skin. I am thoroughly enjoying this skincare line.

You can find out more about this exquisite skincare line at



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August 27, 2013

Resurgence and Glow – At 50, It’s All About the Glow

Murad Resurgence

Murad Resurgence

Mirror, mirror, on the wall…whose the fairest of them all? Once you hit 50 (or even 40) that can be a really frightening question to ask of a mirror. Of course, we all work hard, work out, dye our hair, but those nasty little wrinkles and crinkly creases under your eyes can get even the best of us and start to make us feel frustrated that we are not staying ahead of the aging process. Of course, at some point, that might be inevitable, but for me I am feeling like that’s not going to hit me until, like, 75 or 80….so in the meantime I am always on the quest for anything that will make me look – and hence feel – younger.

They say that 50 is the new 40 anyway, so why not try to look the part, right?

Late one night I saw the infomercial on television for Dr. Murad’s new Resurgence product line. I have to say, the ad was compelling and Joan Lunden, the spokesperson for the product, looked pretty amazing at 61 and I thought – well, I would love to try that product. I had always been a big believer of Dr. Murad in the past, and the products were cutting edge and way ahead of the curve back in those days.

So – yes – I got bitten by the late night infomercial and thought – I’ve got to have it!

The package came in no time and was a tidy little kit with more than enough for a one month’s supply (which is what you sign up for) of four products – the Renewing Cleansing Cream, Age-diffusing Serum, the Age-Balancing Night Cream and then the Renewing Eye Cream. This kit is for rebalancing aging skin over night, so be aware that you still have to purchase a daytime moisturizer, and I would recommend saying with the same line (Dr. Murad) for that. So, when I received the kit it took me a few days to realize that I didn’t have that step 3 moisturizer, so I did end up using one of my own for the daily.

However, it’s only been a week and I can already start to see that my face seems to have brightened up a bit. The Renewing Cleansing Cream contains Apricot Kernel Oil, Yeast Amino Acids, Carrageenan Extract, Camomille Flower Extract, and many more herbs and ingredients. I believe that the cleanser is the key to this whole package. When you use it on your face, you can actually feel it’s ‘action’ going on and there is tingling for quite a while after you use it. According to Dr. Murad, it’s important to use products that help to remove the outer layer of the skin, and to help you rebuild your skin so that you have that healthy glow. I do recommend this product. I feel better and my skin is brighter. The eye cream, age diffusing cream and the age-balancing night cream feel to me a lot like Dr. Murad’s other wonderful products – and they contain many other flower, root and natural ingredients to actively renew your skin.

This product – according to the ads and write-ups – as well as the 384 plus five star reviews on their website — reduces the appearance of medium to deep wrinkles. Increases skin firmness 42% in 10 minutes. Now, I do feel that you need a few weeks to see the full benefits. But for only $39.95 for a month’s supply (a $107.00 value) it’s worth it! Try the other Dr. Murad’s products as well – because you will get more benefit by staying with one product line!


Guest Post by Julia Tanen

Julia is a writer, blogger, book author

and mom from Boston, Massachusetts

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August 26, 2013

Target Partnered with Celebrity Makeup Artists, Jo Baker and Gloria Noto, to Create Naya Rivera and Shailene Woodley’s Looks for VMAs

MTV VMA Awards

MTV VMA Awards


How-to Tips:

1. Emphasized Naya’s intense eyes with a show stopping molten metal reflection by layering dark shades of NP Set Day to Night Palette ($24) over her eye lid, blending the edges.

2. I then went over the top with NP Set All That Glitters Gel Duo in Sao Paulo ($10) to add depth and shimmer to the eye.

3. Around Naya’s lash line, I smudged Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black Noir ($15) and then curled her lashes.

4. Next, I applied several coats of NP Set Glamorista Mascara ($16) which created a great base before adding some fluttery lashes.

5. I applied NP Set It Takes Two Concealer & Foundation Pot ($35) to create a flawless base to keep the look velvety smooth for hours.

6. Then, I applied NP Set Contour & Highlight Palette ($19) to provide beige through to warm bronzy tones on her cheek bones.

7. For shinier spots, I applied NP Set Pasarella Powder Foundation ($30) with a soft small fluffy brush to set her look.

8. I finished off her look with Pixi Succulent Lip Twin in Opal Orchid ($18) to create a neutral soft pinky lip.


MTV VMA Awards

MTV VMA Awards



· I wanted to create a statement makeup look, focusing on the eyes. I chose to create modern, smoky, elongated cat eyes with a wet, edgy, gunmetal look.

· I used a gray color palette for a monochromatic look. My inspiration behind the look was the beautiful blue and silver beading in her skirt.


How-to Tips:

1. Using the Pixi Lid Last Shadow Pen in Mocha Mauve ($18), I applied the shadow to the entire eyelids and blended.

2. Next, I rimmed the entire eye with Pixi Lid Last Shadow Pen in Graphite Glint ($18) and then blended both shades together.

3. I applied the matte taupe shade in the Pixi Shade Quartette in Shades of Taupe ($22), blending out the edges of the eye and up the shade to the brow.

4. I then used the two darker metallic shades on the eyelids for an edgy, wet look. Used the light shade in the palette to add definition to the cheek bones.

5. Using the darkest shade in the NP Set Eye Palette in Atlanta (20), I patted around the outer eyelid.

6. Next, I used the Pixi Lid and Line in Smoky Black ($18) to line the inner water line and upper lash line. This creates a definitive break from the brown and gray shades used in the eye shadows, further defining the eyes.

7. I chose to use the white and peach shades within the Pixi Eye Bright Kit ($25) to highlight the cheekbones and around the mouth. This works to pull the mouth forward, making the lips appear larger.

8. Then, I layered NP Set Pasarella Mascara in Black ($15) on the top and bottom lashes for volume.

9. I then applied the matte gray shade in the Pixi Shade Quartette in Shades of Taupe ($22) on her temples pencil to further contour her face and bring out her eyes.

10. To round out the look, I applied Pixi Beauty Bronzer + Kabuki Brush in Summertime ($21) along the forehead and jaw line giving a bit of warmth to the face.

11. Around the inner rim of the eyelids, I used the Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Oyster Glow ($15) for added sparkle.

12. Lastly, I applied the Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Oyster Glow ($15) on the back of my hand and then used a small makeup brush to gently buff some on the upper above her upper lip.

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August 26, 2013

Another Hollywood Glam Photo Op!


HOLLYWOOD, CA – AUGUST 25: Actresses Candace Kita and Enya Flack attend the Viva Glam magazine summer 2013 print issue launch party at W Hollywood on August 25, 2013 in Hollywood, California. …Great night!

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