Archives for September 2013

September 20, 2013


The Epione Cleartouch is one of my favorite cleansing systems. The device comes equipped with four different heads that each serves a different purpose, including: a face sponge, a pumice head, a small brush, and a large brush. The different functions allow me to focus on different parts of my body. I often use the pumice head on my feet. Since it is an abrasive, it removes the dead skin, leaving my feet feeling smooth all over. This device has really helped to balance my skin tone while reducing blemishes.  Summertime is especially sensitive on your skin because it requires a delicate balance between regularly exfoliating while preserving moisture to prevent breakouts. I have found myself regularly exfoliating with the brush this summer. Exfoliating cleanses the skin and allows for an even application of self-tanner. However, it is important to not go overboard with exfoliation because it often leaves the skin very sensitive to the sun. Remember to always apply a layer of moisturizer and sunscreen before leaving the house.




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September 20, 2013

Who Needs Cover-up when you have Bioré Acne Clearing Scrub

Biore Acne Clearing Scrub

As the stress of college classes kicked back in at the beginning of this month, so did my temperamental skin. Not fun! Especially when you have eight a clock classes and don’t have a lot of time to apply cover-up! By mid-September, I started to find my perfect college routine, which included using Bioré Acne Clearing Scrub every night before bed. Within the next few weeks, gone were the mornings I had to reach for my cover-up because there weren’t any blemisheds to cover-up!

Bioré Acne Clearing Scrub is a salicylic acid acne treatment, meaning the formula of the scrub washes away the nasty things that result in acne, dirt and oil. Most importantly, this scrub did not damage, irritate, or dry out my skin, which are the problems I find with most other facial scrubs. All you have to do is wet your face, massage the scrub all over your face and rise! After a few nights of incorporating Bioré Acne Clearing Scrub into your nightly routine you will wake up with a clear complexionand a few extra minutes you would have spent applying cover-up!

Biore has other amazing skincare products and you can find them here; You can also find Biore skincare products in most drug stores nation-wide.

0-91Rachel Aiello, College Sophmore

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September 19, 2013

Kahina Skin Care: Love Your Skin

Summer Can Be A Beauty Battlefield – 

Let Kahina Giving Beauty “Summer Survival Kit” Be Your Ammunition

For Pre – Post Sun Care


New York, NY (Summer 2013) – Whether you plan on traveling, beach bumming, or just running around the city this summer, make sure to pack Kahina Giving Beauty Brightening Serum, Toning Mist and Serum. It has all your summer needs with multi-tasking products that will solve any one of your summer beauty bummers, from sun spots to dehydrated skin caused by airplane travel to salt-water.

  • Kahina Giving Beauty Brightening Serum (30 ML for $72) – Summer tans fade and can leave sun spots that can cause future discoloration. Use daily before your sunscreen to prevent future discoloration by inhibiting melanin production. Use as a pre-sun treatment daily to prevent free radicals that contribute to further signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles.


  •  Kahina Giving Beauty Serum (30 ML for $90) – Extremely rich in antioxidants and vitamins including sea buckthorn seed oil, carrot seed oil and organic coffee oil.  Kahina Serum can be used to calm irritation, prevent moisture loss, and protect skin damage from UV rays. Ninety percent of pre-mature aging is caused by exposure to UVA or UVB sunlight, making Kahina Giving Beauty Serum the answer to any sun worshiper’s prayers. Designed for more mature or sun-damaged skin that needs to revive its firmness and elasticity to repair tissue damage.
  •  Kahina Giving Beauty Toning Mist (50 ML for $46) – Made to replenish moisture throughout the day this is your must have for summer travel, pools, windy days, to of course beaches. Spritz on to nourish your skin and help minimize the appearance of large pores. It feels relaxing when you spritz on and is lightly scented Moroccan desert rose.
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September 19, 2013

Fall has arrived but my Vanilla Summer is here to Stay

Lavanila Vanilla Summer

Lavanila Vanilla Summer

It’s official, Fall has arrived! As I put my summer clothes away and start searching for my long pants and sweaters, I am already missing the nice warm mornings. I may be getting ready for Fall but I’m not ready to give up my Vanilla Summer.  My Vanilla Passion Fruit Rollerball is still tucked away in my handbag and my Vanilla  Summer Spray perfume is staying put, right on my dresser.

I love Lavanila fragrances, and Lavanila Laboratories has created an entire line of healthy products made without  Parabens, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, Silicones, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oils, Synthetic Dyes, Sulfates, Chemical Sunscreens, or Aluminum. Their line includes Fragrances, Oils, Deodorants, Bath & Body, Suncare, Baby Care and gift sets, there is truly something for everyone at Lavanila. The scents created by Lavanila are exquisite and if you like Vanilla, as I do, you will love Lavanila fragrances. Vanilla Summer is one the Lavanila‘s fabulous fragrances. You can smell hints of fresh mango, pineapple and cocoanut and of course, the sweet scent of vanilla is intoxicating to say the least. As I already stated, Lavanila,  “The Healthy Fragrance”  is made with all-natural & organic ingredients, no harsh chemicals allowed.  Lavanila Laboratories have  made their products quite unique by infusing  “organic sugar cane alcohol with exotic essential oils & skin soothing botanicals for an authentic and skin safe expression of nature. 100% Healthy”.


Lavanila has also joined the Nature Conservatory and for every order placed, a tree is planted until the Nature Conservatory reaches its goal of 1 billion trees in conjunction with the Nature Conservatory’s PLANT A BILLION TREES MISSION. How cool is that? Read more at

As long as I have my Vanilla Summer I can handle any season!



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September 17, 2013

Add body and volume to your hair with TRUHAIR by Chelsea Scott™

Chelsea Scott , a seasoned professional with twenty years in the “Beauty Industry”, has created the TRUHAIR line of hair care products that work to add volume and body to your hair! An easy to use system, TRUEHAIR gives you that professional look and feel you receive at a salon, but in the privacy of your own home.

I was a perfect candidate for the TRUHAIR products with my short fine wavy hair. I usually have to take too much time with my hair to achieve a look that I like. I was extremely excited to have the opportunity to try the TRUHAIR products and be able to share my results with you!

TRUHAIR   by Chelsea Scott™

by Chelsea Scott™

TRUHAIR Extreme Volume Bodifying Shampoo – $21.50 :I liked the texture of this shampoo. It was very lightweight! TRUHAIR thoroughly, yet gently cleaned my hair. My hair didn’t feel coated or weighted down, as it often does with other products!

This Extreme Volume Bodifying Shampoo contains,“exclusive TRUHAIR Complex with panthenol, biotin, and actipelx complex 194 ~ with hops, goldenseal and witch hazel.”

You just need to apply and massage a small amount of the shampoo to your scalp and wet hair, then rinse. Your hair will feel so clean with no residue.

TRUHAIR Extreme Volume Bodifying Conditioner will be the next product that you use after you shampoo! – $21.50 : This Conditioner contains the same premier ingredients and is also a very “lightweight” product.

With the TRUHAIR Extreme Volume Bodifying Conditioner your hair will be treated to an increase in volume as moisture surrounds the cuticle. As a result, you should notice “thicker-looking”, and “easier to manage hair.”

TRUHAIR Raise the Roots – $19.95 : Raise the Roots worked very well for me. Once again, you don’t have to worry about it being too heavy on your hair ! It’s a “textured, fibrous cream” that allows you to “sculpt and style” your hair. “Apply it on damp hair from root to end, and also on dry hair for more definition.”

•”Styles Hair Easily”
•”Enhances Fullness and Shine”
•”Works on all hair types, including color-treated”

Having short hair, I applied it to my damp hair at the roots for a lift! Then when dry, I added some to the front of my hair to get a perfect lifted and separated look. I was delighted!!

TRUHAIR Tease Ease Volume Set – $22.50:
I personally use this set, and I also keep one in my professional makeup case!

You receive two wonderful combs for teasing, and the pick is perfect for parting your hair, and it will easily lift the hair at the crown for the ” bump” that makes your hair look much fuller. “These combs are made with durable rubber construction! This helps prevent breakage!”

The finishing spray is exceptional! It holds the hair for a long lasting style, and gives your hair a nice shine, but not a wet or greasy look!

Make sure to visit the TRUHAIR website at:

TRUHAIR by Chelsea Scott™ is also available at the HSN Network:

Whether your hair is long or short, I believe most of us aspire to have that voluminous, enviable hair. TRUHAIR gives you some nice options for achieving that goal!

(Quoted and/or paraphrased information in this feature was obtained from provided PR fact sheets,, and My personal commentary is my own opinion from using the product that I received to review.)

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September 17, 2013

Soap & Glory helps to Stomp out Bullying


Last year, Soap & Glory, the playful British beauty brand famous for its frisky-monikered products got serious about ending bullying in schools.  They teamed up with STOMP Out Bullying™ – the leading national anti-bullying program in the U.S. – and raised over $20,000 in proceeds from the sale of their iconic Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss, during the inaugural PROUD MOUTH campaign.

This year, Soap & Glory is again putting their money where their mouth is. To celebrate the one year anniversary of PROUD MOUTH and Anti-Bullying Month, they will donate $1 for every Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss Trio sold* to further support STOMP Out Bullying™.

Fearless, confident and proud of their distinctive voice, Soap & Glory knows how powerful words can be and hopes to inspire hundreds of thousands of fans all over the globe to be proud of who they are – and show it – with words and actions in the PROUD MOUTH Mondays and Gallery on Facebook, and Twitter campaign, #PROUDMOUTH.

Make your voice heard in the fight against bullying and shop to show your support for thePROUD MOUTH movement:


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September 17, 2013

Love Sandra Bullock’s Hair style? You can have it with UNITE



Sandra Bullock’s recent locks seen at the Venice Film Festival, are an easy-to-achieve hairstyle that works on all hair textures; and looks flawless for any occasion. Here are a few quick steps on how you can achieve this look at home:

Step One: Spritz a leave-in conditioner all-over damp hair. Try UNITE 7Seconds Condition ($26.25).

Step Two: Next, blow hair straight using a round paddle brush, leaving some of your natural texture throughout hair.

Step Three: Once almost completely dry, take a salt-based spray, like the UNITE Beach Day Spray ($29.95) and spritz it onto 2-inch sections of hair, raking fingers through to separate.

Step Four: Finish this look by flipping hair over and back, to get that effortless volume.


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September 16, 2013

Feel the Luxury with Zensation Skincare

Zensation Purifying Cleansing Gel

Zensation Purifying Cleansing Gel

Everything about Zensation Skincare is Sensational. From their whimsical website, the luxurious product line, their unique ingredients right down to the elegant glass jars, all I can say is Zensation! Their anti-stress, anti-aging skincare line is completely manufactured in Switzerland. Before I tell you about my Zensation experience, you must visit their website I truly enjoyed watching the spectacular visual products and listening to the music that definitely sets the mood for viewing some exciting skincare.

As stated at their website, “Zensation skincare of switzerland is essentially based on natural swiss alpine plant extracts, fruit extracts, biotechnology complex and neuro stimulating molecules. Being Swiss made means they are fully developed , manufactured and conditioned in Switzerland. Zensation skincare is free from alcohol, colorant, synthetic fragrance, animal ingredients, mineral oils, and parabens dirivitives to preserve the purity and  effectiveness, thus minimizing any allergic reactions. No harmful preservatives used and all products add in natural aroma to offer blissful “zensation”.

I am truly enjoying Zensation Skincare. The luxurious line of skincare is anti stress and anti-aging, helping to treat various skin conditions as well as reducing fine lines and wrinkles brought about through the environment and the natural aging process.

Zensation Deep Purifying Gel Cleanser is a fabulous cleanser which contains salicylic acid, commonly known to treat many skin conditions, most notably acne. Because the gel cleanser lifts impurities from your skin and cleans out the pores, acne is minimized. Salicylic acid is naturally found in willow bark which also aids in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. I especially like how Zensation Deep Purifying Gel Cleanser throughly cleanses my skin without causing irritations and drying and is perfect for all skin types including sensitive skin.

Zensation Deep Purifying Gel Cleanser  contains rosemary extract to neutralize acne-causing bacteria and calendula extracts which hydrate and soothes your skin while providing a gentle cooling sensation leaving your skin feeing refreshed. Did I mention that Zensation Deep Purifying Gel Cleanser smells wonderful? Simply apply the gel on your wet face and lather until a soft foam forms. Massage in and rinse with water, it’s as simple as that.

Zensation Healing and Soothing Mask

Zensation Healing and Soothing Mask

You are truly in for a treat when you try Zensation Healing and Soothing Mask. If you have sensitive, oily to combination skin, or have some signs of acne, this paraben-free, 100% natural, vegan  mask was made for you. Let me prepare you, once applied to your face, the mask doesn’t heat up, cool, tighten or tingle. What this unique combination of Vitamin E, Beeswax, Phanthenol and Shae Butter will do is soak up the impurities from your skin while removing excess oil. A combination of natural ingredients contained in the mask help balance oil production, slow the growth of bacteria and calm inflammation.  

With the applicator provided I applied the mask on my face and neck and relaxed for 20 minutes while the mask worked its magic. Gently remove the mask with a soft tissue, tone, pat dry and follow with day or night care. After using this mask, I noticed immediately how soft and smooth my skin was. For those of you with sensitive skin, you will love this mask!

I can’t wait to try my next Zensation product and I am going to choose it right now at

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September 16, 2013

As Seen on the Runway: Hair Trends for Him

Some of the new hair trends seen on the spring/summer 2014 runway are a bit more tapered and tidy on the sides, with a some volume on top, seen at such shows like Mark McNairy, AllSaints and Todd Snyder:

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Mark McNairy                 AllSaints         Todd Snyder

To get this look, follow these easy steps from GO 24•7:

Step One: Ask a barber or trusted friend to trim your hair on the sides and in the back, leaving it a tad longer on the top.

Step Two: Rub a small amount of GO 24•7 Texture Paste ($15.95) between hands and comb through hair.

Step Three: Slick back the side of your hair with a comb, ensuring it is close to the scalp.

Step Four: Next, take the hair on top of your head and comb it straight up first, and then push it gently back and to the side with your fingers, keeping some of the natural volume in the front. Use a light hairspray to keep it in place. Try GO 24•7 Control Spray ($19.95).


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September 16, 2013

Redken’s NYFW SS 2014 Calvin Klein Recap

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Calvin Klein

Spring – Summer 2014

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Hair by Guido, Redken Creative Consultant

 Redken Creative Consultant Guido brought the model’s natural texture to the forefront of his style for Calvin Klein. He took a minimalistic approach to styling, allowing the hair to revert to its natural form. Other than a bit of all soft argan-6 oil to quell frizz and flyaways, the hair was au naturale!

“I kept the hair very natural for Calvin Klein. After adding extensions, I trimmed the hair to give it a nice, chic length. I wanted a clean, minimalistic look, so it was important that the hair wasn’t overly long. By allowing the hair’s natural texture to remain in tact, the overall style is a bit raw, yet elegant.”

Guido, Redken Creative Consultant

 Redken Products Used:

Create the Look:
  1. On damp hair, create a messy off-center part
  2. Add all soft argan-6 oil to hair from root to ends
  3. Tuck hair behind both ears
  4. Allow hair to dry naturally
  5. For more frizz control, follow up on dry hair with all soft argan-6 oil from mid-lengths to ends

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