Archives for February 2014

February 18, 2014

Be Beautiful with PONDS

The newest makeup trend, I have seen, is BB creams.  As a licensed hairstylist, I also do makeup and I have to be honest and say I didn’t really understand what the big deal with these “BB” creams was.  That was until I used PONDS Luminous Finish BB+ Cream that I saw what all the “hype” was about. Now I will not put any other makeup on until I put this on.

My skin is very blotchy, and is acne prone so anytime I put just regular foundation on you can still see my little “bumps” underneath.  That makes me feel very insecure because makeup is supposed to cover your flaws but it made me feel like people could see them even more. The first time I used PONDS BB+ I saw a difference right away.  No more redness, and my bumps were camouflaged.
I have found that putting the BB cream under my foundation gives it a nice base and makes my skin have a more even tone.  And a BIG plus is it does not make my skin look pink! With just regular foundation my skin had a tendency to change colors and make me look either pink or orange. PONDS BB+ cream has tone correcting properties to erase any uneven skin tone and dark spots. Who doesn’t love that!!!
PONDS will help camouflage and correct your skin so you can put your makeup on and forget it.  No one will be looking at your makeup, they will be looking at you 🙂 Visit for a location near you!

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February 17, 2014

Two Thumbs up for Organic Doctor Virgin Olive Oil

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For years, my mom has been moisturizing her skin with olive oil that you actually cook with. At the age of 79, she looks fabulous. Her skin is soft, smooth, and tight.  The drawback to using this cooking ingredients is the smell.  I just can’t get pass that Mediterranean olive smell ready to be fried, grilled, broiled or tossed onto a salad. I want the results but not the gourmet smell. I researched and found Organic Doctor Virgin Olive Oil products with organic and natural bioactive ingredients. Free from Parabens, SLS, Artificial Colors, Phthalates, Harsh Preservatives.

Organic Doctor Virgin Olive Oil Face Scrub is a deep cleaning exfoliant which will remove impurities, excess oil, and dead skin cells which will leave your skin healthier, smoother, clearer, and even-toned.  It has super hydrating fruit oil rich in Oleic acid, an antioxidant.  A blend of natural moisturizing ingredients formulated the skin to give it a radiant, youthful appearance.  Face scrubs have many benefits for all ages: prevents acne, reduces pores, wrinkle reduction, and glowing looking skin.  Organic doctor Virgin Olive Oil Face Scrub has just the roughness to get the job done without being uncomfortable or ruining my skin, leaving your skin incredibly soft and silky smooth.

Organic Doctor Virgin Olive Oil Eye Serum hydrates and nourishes delicate skin around the eyes with Vitamin B5.  Combination with a select blend of bioactive and natural ingredients to moisturize and stimulate the area around the eyes making the skin firmer and tighter.  A healthy aging formula which helps with the appearance of fine lines, helps with cell hydration, and protects the area outside the eyes.  After using Organic Doctor Virgin Olive Oil Eye Serum for a couple of weeks, I noticed a remarkable diminish of my dark circles and bags under my eyes resulted from stress and not sleeping.  Using again all organic and natural bioactive ingredients including Virgin Olive Oil and Olive Leaf Extract.

Organic Doctor

Organic Doctor

Organic Doctor Virgin Olive Oil Cleansing Bar has all natural ingredients (Virgin Oil, Vine Leaf Extract and Thyme Extract just to name a few) which work in synergy to moisture and hydrate the skin, leaving it feeling clean, fresh and nourished.   The unique ingredient, Oleic Acid, combined with infusion of select bioactive ingredients balances the skin looking clear and healthy-looking, never leaving residue to clog your pores.  Gentle to use daily, never dries out the skin or strips its essential oil.  This is the only soap that doesn’t aggravate my delicate skin.  It is ideal for all skin types.  It leaves my skin soft and clean.
I love all the Organic Doctor Organic Virgin Olive Oil products!  I use the line daily and my skin has never looked so healthy and fresh!  I feel confident using Organic Doctor products because they do not contain Parabens, SLS, Artificial Colors, Phthalates, or Harsh Preservatives.  They only use the finest natural and organic raw materials in all their products. You will give it two thumbs up!

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February 15, 2014

5 Ways To Make Eyes POP

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Think modes and celebrities show up for photo shoots looking rested and refreshed?  Most of the time a professional is whipping out their best tips and tricks to make them look presentable, and it usually starts with the eyes. Boom Boom, owner of Boom Boom Brow Bar, shares her top 5 Ways to Make Eyes POP:

  1. Brush brow hair up and out to frame eyes and then fill in with a brow powder to define and set with a brow gel
  1. Use a flesh colored liner on the lower lid of eyes to make them look bigger and brighter, applying white eye shadow can also make eyes look wider and more open
  1. Apply a shimmery nude color on the inner corners of eyes to animate
  1. Use a highlighting pencil on the brow bone to enhance bone structure and boost eyes
  1. Thin brows look dated and make eyes look tired, use a brow growth serum to promote fuller, bolder brows to compliment eyes

Boom Boom retail products – Boostiers brow powder, Brow-ssiere brow gel, Push-Up brow highlighting pencil and Brow Job growth serum are now available on!

Malynda Vigliotti (aka Boom Boom) really is the flashiest waxer in NYC.  She’s obsessed with brows, did over 20,000 in 2012 at Boom Boom Brow Bar in NYC, and sees no reason why everyone shouldn’t have thick, gorgeous eyebrows in 2014! Website:

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February 14, 2014

Sublime Beauty’s French inspired “Aging Gracefully” products and a review of their Face Whisperer® Advanced Eye Gel !

Sublime Beauty not only offers an array of products for all of your skin care needs, but conveys a wonderful philosophy and dedicated “back story” about Sublime Beauty founder, Kathy Heshelow.

It all began when American businesswoman, Kathy Heshelow lived
in France for 16 years. Kathy became inspired by the customary skin care traditions of the French women. She recognized, as well as embraced their custom of focusing more on the significance of caring for their skin and it’s health , and placing less emphasis, on makeup!

Upon Kathy’s return to the US, she set forth to find just the right team of experts to help develop and create products that would provide anti-aging skin benefits geared toward the 35+ age group who wished to express their inner beauty with a more youthful looking healthy skin on the outside.

As a result, Kathy’s Sublime Beauty Skincare combined the “time-honored beauty rituals that she learned in Paris, France and the latest in skincare science.”.

FACE WHISPERER® Advanced Eye Gel  by Sublime Beauty

Advanced Eye Gel
by Sublime Beauty

I was very enthusiastic about trying the Sublime Beauty Face Whisperer Eye Gel since I like to keep the delicate area under my eyes hydrated and wrinkle free. Face Whisperer Eye Gel has a light cooling gel consistency. I not only applied it in the morning and evening, but actually would use it throughout the day as a nice refreshing “pickup”! My eyes never looked puffy in the morning, and at the end of the evening when I removed my makeup they didn’t look “cakey” or dry. The ingredients in the gel are developed in France and include Matrixyl®, Haloxyl® and Eyeliss®. They are three “top of the line” components for treating “puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines.”

Sublime Beauty products offer “target specific” benefits that are really nice for addressing a more youthful look to your skin.

You can Learn more about Sublime Beauty, their philosophy, products, and so much more by visiting:

Here are some options for purchasing your Sublime Beauty Products:
1.You may purchase products by selecting the “BUY” tab at the top of the web page in the above link.( When you click on the item, you will be taken to Sublime Beauty at Amazon to make your purchase.

2. Another link I highly recommend is : that includes all of the products available in the following categories:
• 1.Ageless Line: Serums that target “specific” aging issues.
• 2.Face Whisperer® : The Sublime Anti-Aging Collection.
• 3.Serums :The “specialty” of Sublime Beauty!
• 4.Other Skincare Sublime Beauty finds from head-to-toe!
• 5.Skin Brushes Skin brushing is “The ancient art to well-being”. Learn more on the site. Sublime has just the brush for you!

In addition, Sublime Beauty Shop has beautiful “Gift sets” including Serum and Jewelry, as well as “Sublime Gift Cards” ! …
The above categories are each listed at the top of the web page, and all you need to do is click the one you’d like to view for the different products and purchase options. Be sure to check out the Sublime VIP program that is also available !!




Writing this article triggered some of my earlier memories as a young girl. I’ll always remember my grandmother and aunt as two of the most beautiful women who influenced my life as great examples for me with their approach in prioritizing the care of their skin! As I grew up and watched them age into their mid 80’s and late 90’s, I was always fascinated with their youthful, beautiful skin and inner vitality. They taught me “early on” to always care for my skin, and I’ve listened to them. I also believe that beauty radiates from the inside out, therefore taking care of one’s skin is a real priority!

(Quoted and Paraphrased information in this article was obtained from a provided PR-Fact Sheet and and Personal opinions were my own from using product provided to me.)

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February 13, 2014

Hello Lucky Darling!

Just like any girl, I love perfume! I may like it too much but once I find a fragrance that I love, I have to get it.  But unlike many, I do not really have a “signature” scent.  Although I have to say that the ones that “attract” my senses are more floral.  One of the fragrances that I have found and love is called “Lucky Darling” By Lucky Brand.

Lucky Darling is a soft, romantic scent draped with notes such as ginger and pretty floral.  With Valentine’s Day here, this is a great “last minute” gift to give.  The biggest thing I think of when I think of a fragrance is love.  And lets face it girls if he likes your “scent” he will fall head over heels 😉

Another amazing feature from this fragrance is not just the scent but the bottle.  Every time I look at the bottle I feel like I am looking at rare, unique diamond.  Sometimes it’s not even the scent that attracts us, its the packaging 🙂

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lucky brand“Lucky Darling” by Lucky Brand can be found at your local department stores such as Macy’s, or you can buy it at

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February 13, 2014

Idea: Taylor Swift Hosts Haircut Party

New Beauty Trend? Taylor Swift Has a Haircut Party – Chicago Salon Already Receiving Requests

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Is Taylor Swift starting a new beauty trend? This week in London, Taylor hosted a “haircut party” gathering friends like Cara Delevingne and Ellie Goulding backstage to watch as she cut her hair into a new shoulder-length bob. All the fun was captured on Instagram.
George the salon in Chicago is already seeing the ‘Swift effect’, receiving calls from women asking if the salon can host a “haircut party” just for them.
“Sometimes big changes are difficult for us and the support of your friends and family makes it easier to go through a drastic cut,” says George Gonzalez owner of George the salon. “Especially if you are nervous about a big length change, a haircut party is a great way to transition into your new style and have fun while doing it.”
Tips for Hosting a Haircut Party
  1. Give back: Connect your haircut party with a local charity and donate your hair.
  2. Location, location location: Create a night out at the salon or ask your stylist if they travel off site for special occasions.
  3. The more friends the better: Their support can be that extra push you need to go through with a big hair change.
  4. Snap it: Share photos of your favorite cuts for feedback and style suggestions as you gear up for the chop.
  5. Have fun with it: Bring some bubbly or wine to the salon for a new take on girl’s night.
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February 12, 2014

This Valentine’s Day Celebrate with BCBGMAXAZRIA bon Genre

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It was the elegance of the perfume bottle that caught my attention. The vibrant purple bottle, (my favorite color) was resting on a glass shelve at a local fine department store and I just couldn’t resist. I never bought a perfume based on its color or design but when I smelled the fragrance, I loved it. The amazing fragrance in the purple bottle with an open flower adorning it is called BCBGMAXAZRIA bon Genre.

I was very curious as to what the name stood for. I do know that Max Azria is a french fashion designer, based in Los Angeles and  founded the women’s clothing line BCBGMAXAZRIA.  The letters BCBG translated in French  means “bon chic, bon genre” in other words, “good style, good attitude”, and BCBGMAXAZRIA bon Genre is a  true reflection of its name.

I found the fragrance to be quite elegant and sophisticated and can easily be worn both day time and evening.  BCBGMAXAZRIA describes this newest fragrance as, “A seductive scent with an alluring air of mystery – bold notes of Lychee, Red Berries, Bergamot and Black Pepper ORPUR, result in a kick of attitude and a vivacious fashion energy.”  Mid notes of Jasmine, tuberose, tiger lily, cardamom and Base notes of Australian sandalwood, golden amber, black vanilla and patchouli make this ultra feminine fragrance a “must-have” for every woman who loves to smell elegant.


This is BCBGMAXAZRIA’s third fragrance in this amazing collection (shown above). They include BCBGMAXAZRIA FragranceBCBGMAXAZRIA Bon Chic Eau de Parfum and the newest scent, BCBGMAXAZRIA bon Genre. It’s not too late to surprise your special lady on Valentine’s Day with a BCBGMAXAZRIA fragrance or gift set. This irresistible fragrance gift set includes a 3.4 fl. oz. Eau de Parfum Spray, 3 fl. oz. Shower Gel, 3 fl. oz. Body Lotion and .33 fl. oz. Travel Spray.

BCBGMAXAZRIA fragrances can be found at or which is where I found mine.


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February 12, 2014

Thank you Juicy for your Newest Fragrance Viva La Juicy Noir

Viva La Juicy Noir

Viva La Juicy Noir

After I discovered that Juicy Couture was making a new version of my favorite perfume, I knew I had to get my hands on a bottle. Viva La Juicy Noir, just as I expected, was not a disappointment. It is definitely a unique twist on Juicy’s most popular scent. Juicy Couture’s latest creation is perfect for a night out with friends or a Valentine’s Day dinner with your special Someone.The edgy, yet glamourous packaging in comes in also makes it a great gift, whether it’s for Valentine’s Day, a birthday or anniversary it really is a wonderrful fragrance for any occassion.Viva La Juicy Noir contains highlights of ripe berries, vanilla and a touch of honeysuckle and sandlewood, making this perfume remarkable. Viva La Juicy Noir is a limited Edition fragrance so snatch up a bottle now before it is too late.


Viva La Juicy Noir  is also available in a spectaculaar travel friendly rollerball perfume . What makes this rollerball so unique is that it is a Dual Rollerball so there are 2 fragrances, one at each end. The original Viva la Juicy is my favorite daytime fragrance and is contained on one end of the rollerball, and at the other end, I enjoy Viva La Juicy Noir when I’m out with my friend at night.  Can I be that lucky to have 2 of my favorite fragrances all in one.

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February 10, 2014

Marissa Webb’s Runway Hairstyles Created by TRESemmé

Marissa Webb’s Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection was influenced by the lifestyle of a fast-paced “industry girl.”  The collection is refined and tailored with an urban edge including pieces that are a bit oversized, yet feminine, for an effortlessly cool look that is never too perfect.  To bring the designer’s vision to life, TRESemmé Stylist Jeanie Syfu created two hairstyles that were polished yet undone, with natural matte texture and a whimsical, airy finish.
Dual texture:
  1. Apply TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse on damp hair, and rough-dry by flipping hair over and gently pulling at the roots for lift
  2. Once dry, use a flat brush to lightly comb the hair
  3. Starting at the nape, take large horizontal sections and mist with TRESemmé Thermal Creations Curl Activator Spray.  Wrap hair loosely around the barrel of 1¼-inch and 1-inch curling irons, leaving ends out.  Alternate between irons to create an irregular wave and work your way to the top of the head
  4. Create a messy center part, and flat iron from the part to eye level
  5. Mattify hair with TRESemmé Fresh Start Renewal Dry Shampoo, then brush out to get a natural airy texture
  6. Spray the top with NEW TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Illuminating Shine Spray for a dual texture, that is both matte and shiny

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Messy Top-Knot:
  1. Apply a liberal amount of TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse to hair and rough dry with fingers, lifting at the roots
  2. Once dry, lightly brush hair and spray with NEW TRESemmé Fresh Start Renewing Dry Shampoo to mattify
  3. Backbrush the hairline for an airy perimeter of wisps.  Then, use your hands to loosely pull hair up into a high ponytail and fasten with an elastic
  4. Backbrush ponytail and twist loosely into a bun, leaving ends out. Fasten with large hair pins
  5. Finish with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray
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Products Used:
  • NEW TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Illuminating Shine Spray
  • NEW TRESemmé Fresh Start Renewing Dry Shampoo
  • TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse
  • TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray
  • TRESemmé Thermal Creations Curl Activator Spray
Tools Used: Blow-dryer, Mason Pearson brush, clips, 1¼-inch and 1-inch curling irons, flat iron, hair pins, elastic, spray bottle
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February 10, 2014

INVITATION – A Secret Valentine’​s Shopping Event at Margo Manhattan/ Champagne & Chocolates​/ Monday, February 10, 2014/5pm to 8pm {B-B}

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Margo Manhattan

 you are cordially invited TO

a secret valentine’s

shopping event

Monday February 10 2014


Champagne & Chocolates


Margo Manhattan

1202 Madison Ave @ 88th St

New York City

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