Archives for May 2014

May 6, 2014

This Mother’s Day, give the gift of beauty with LORAC Cosmetics!



Typically retailing for a value of $98, the LORAC Mother’s Day Collection encompasses several best-selling, cult favorites for only $32!

Collection Contains:
• (NEW) Alter Ego Lipstick: This lipstick coats lips in highly-pigmented color with an opaque, matte finish. The ultra-rich formula contains anti-aging antioxidants such as Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Grape Seed Extract, and Vitamins C and E.
• Cobra Mascara: Mesmerize and hypnotize with LORAC Cobra Mascara. Apply the curling, lengthening and volumizing formula with a custom Cobra head wand to create dramatic, build able volume and length for the longest, thickest, blackest smudge and flake proof lashes ever!
• Lip Lustre: Amp up your look with Lip Lustre Gloss. This glimmering, glam gloss is paraben-free, super hydrating and infused with antioxidants of Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Grape Seed and Vitamins A, C & E.
• PRO Powder Cheek Stain: Get an instant flush of long-lasting, natural-looking color with this innovative, 12-hour-long-wear powder blush. This fragrance-free/paraben-free powder stain is easy-to-use and applies super smooth for color that lasts.
• Superstar Baked Eye Shadow Trio: Easily create Red Carpet smokey eyes with LORAC’s color-coordinating shades of shimmering baked eye shadow trio. Baked on terra cotta to create a silky-smooth unique texture, the highly pigmented, long-lasting shades are designed to be applied either wet, for a more dramatic, smokey eye makeup look, or dry for a natural eye makeup look.
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LORAC Mother’s Day Collection is available for purchase through May 11, 2014 at
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May 5, 2014

For the Mom on the go, a perfect Mother’s Day Gift from Thymes


Every year I search high and low for the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Thymes’s Studio Collection launched six new scented cologne rollerballs this spring.  I am in love with all of the Thymes products so I thought this would a great gift to give this year. My favorite scent, out of the six, is Jade Matcha. I wanted to give my mom the pleasure of smelling that fresh scent throughout the day but in an easy and convenient way of applying it to her body with no hassle and no mess. Flip open the matte silver closure and roll the cologne on an area of your skin – wrist, behind your ears, and/or neck.  You have the control!  This means no more fiddling with spray perfume bottles which happen to spray everywhere you don’t want it to go – your clothes, your eyes, and even the floor!  The bottle is easily to store in a purse or a desk drawer. With the rollerball you can control the scent…. one dab on your wrists for a light, citrusy scent or roll it down your neck for a more richly, invigorating scent. The fragrance is a fresh, pretty smell. An opulent, modern infusion with frothy matcha tea, seductive notes of bergamot, tangy lemongrass overtone, and a hint of cardamom, to add some spice.  Feels like a breath of Spring!   The long lasting fragrance truly evolves as one wears it, not an overpowering fragrance!


The studio collection includes the other beautifully scented cologne rollerballs:  Aqua Coralline- Pure water lily, delicately floral white cyclamen, and crisp driftwood.  Kimono Rose- Satiny rose, peony, and jasmine.  Lotus Santal- Plum wood, patchouli, and spicy clove.  Rosewood Citron- Fresh and woody vetiver, bright citron, and sparkling grapefruit.  Tiare Monoi- Tiare flowers, wild jasmine, delicate osmanthus and ylang.  Price: $19.00 each / Available:        Perfect for mom on the go!

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May 5, 2014

Add a Touch of Fragrance to Your Mother’s Day

My mother’s birthday is a week before Mother’s Day. I usually send flowers for her birthday and buy her a special gift on Mother’s Day, one that she wouldn’t ordinarily buy for herself. This year it will be a fabulous fragrance, Beyonce’s newest one for 2014,  RISE Beyonce’. I recently read that  RISE Beyonce‘ was  inspired by the works of Beyonce’s favorite poet Maya Angelou which for me, makes it even more special. Of course, I will have to pry RISE Beyonce’ out of my daughter’s hands first because when she tested it at a local department store, she fell in love with it.

Rise Beyonce for women

RISE Beyonce’  is a rich and intoxicating floral scent with beautiful top notes of Italian Bergamot, Golden Apricot and Iced Basil Sorbet,  Luscious middle notes of Gold Symphony Orchid, Freesia Blossom and Natural Jasmine Sambac and sensual bottom notes that include Autumn Woods Accord, Cashmere Musk and Vetiver Extract. If you love woody and florals scents, this fragrance was made for you.

RISE Beyonce’ has an  exquisite and elegant bottle design and it definitely won’t look ordinary resting on m dresser. My girls enjoy everything about Beyonce’ and her newest fragrance certainly did not disappoint them. They love the fragrance as I know my mother will too.

Gift your special someone RISE Beyonce’ for Mother’s Day, she will love it too! RISE Beyonce’ can be purchased at department stores and some Drug stores notionwide.


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May 5, 2014

The 36th Annual AAFA American Image Awards Support The Special Olympics


Arlington, VA – April 30, 2014 – The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) celebrated another star-studded evening honoring excellence in the U.S. apparel and footwear industry last night at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. Hosted by Academy Award-winner Marlee Matlin, the 36th Annual AAFA American Image Awards, benefitting the Special Olympics, drew many top industry executives as well as celebrity supporters of the Special Olympics including NBA great Sam Perkins and Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan. “My dream is that we can live in a world where we celebrate the joy of our athletes, where we use their strength to inspire greatness, where we break down barriers for all people with intellectual disabilities,” said Kwan in her opening remarks.


An Olympic procession featuring ten Special Olympians kicked off the program. “Tonight, we come together as an industry to celebrate the excellence, leadership, and dedication of tonight’s honorees and to recognize and applaud the Special Olympics organization and the Olympians here with us,” said Rick Helfenbein, AAFA’s Chairman of the Board, and President of Luen Thai USA. “We all salute your courage, your determination and your leadership encouraging and empowering people to overcome disabilities and become productive citizens, and, to help create a world more welcoming and inclusive as a society.”

The crowd of over 450 attendees were particularly enamored with lively host Marlee Matlin who kept guests laughing and engaged with humor and expressive sign language voiced by her interpreter. “It takes more than a village to accomplish the awesome humanity we are celebrating here tonight,” said Matlin. “A special thanks to the AAFA for their good work on behalf of the fashion industry and their commitment to giving back to amazing organizations like the Special Olympics.”

Marlee & Michelle

Marlee & Michelle

William Sweedler, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Tengram Capital Partners, accepted the “Man of the Year” award thanking his family and wife whom he lovingly titled the “Woman of the Century.” Sisters Sarah Ahmed and Zahra Ahmed, Creative Director and Director respectively of DL1961, accepted the “Denim Brand of the Year” award with a humble speech acknowledging denim’s universal appeal, noting: “Everyone in this room at some point in their lives has worn a pair of jeans!”

Robert Graham CEO Michael Buckley and Co-Chairman & Chief Creative Officer Robert Stock both took part in the event’s “Festive Black-Tie with Sneakers Optional” dress code sporting sneakers from the newly-launched Robert Graham footwear collection as they accepted the “Menswear Brand of the Year” award. Cutting-edge designer Ruthie Davis accepted the “Footwear Designer of the Year” award while acknowledging her special guest, recording artist Ashanti, who wore the designer’s shoes to the event and has been a longtime, loyal supporter of the brand. Supima Cotton President Jesse Curlee accepted the “Premium Fiber Brand of the Year” award; and Chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group Barry Sternlicht was presented with the “Humanitarian of the Year” award in absentia.

Ashanti & Ruthie

Ashanti & Ruthie

All honorees received fashionable dress form-shaped award statuettes styled in custom knit dresses designed by award-winning knitwear designer Linda Burhance. Additional VIP guests included Steven Cox and Daniel Silver of Duckie Brown, and menswear designer John Bartlett who also took to the red carpet in colorful Ruthie Davis sneakers per the event’s dress code. we wearSMour mission

Forty percent of the event’s net proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics. For more information on the 36th Annual AAFA American Image Awards, please visit

Sarah & Zahra

Sarah & Zahra

About AAFA

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the national trade association representing apparel, footwear and other sewn products companies, and their suppliers, which compete in the global market. AAFA’s mission is to promote and enhance its members’ competitiveness, productivity and profitability in the global market by minimizing regulatory, commercial, political, and trade restraints. Learn how AAFA wears our mission at

About Special Olympics

The Special Olympics is an international organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports every day around the world. Through work in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics addresses inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities which leads to a more welcoming and inclusive society. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to more than 4.2 million athletes in 170 countries. With the support of more than one million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics is able to deliver 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 70,000 competitions throughout the year. Visit Special Olympics at

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May 4, 2014

Make Mom Feel Exotic With Jasmine

Mom, a name that means so much.  A woman who loves you, a woman who stands by you through broken hearts and many tears.  If a mom is an extremely special woman than you should give her an extra special gift this mother’s day.  I’m not talking some little thing you threw together in 5 minutes because you forgot it’s mother’s day.  No, I’m talking a gift that makes her feel pretty an makes you feel good about giving it to her. Halle Berry has your back with her new fragrance Exotic Jasmine.

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Exotic Jasmine from Halle Berry is a fragrance with a little bit of a zing to it.  I love this sent and I honestly didn’t think I would be into floral scents.  I have always loved soft fruity, tropical scents. I even had my mom try it out and she is a lot like me. Doesn’t really like floral scents. She couldn’t get enough.

As a real estate agent for 25 years my mom had to be around people everyday. I know that when your that close to people you don’t want them to not be near you because your fragrance is over powering or doesn’t smell good. With Exotic Jasmine you can bring out your inner goddess & everyone will be asking you what you are wearing.

So make mom feel great this mother’s day and get her Exotic Jasmine by Halle Berry.  She will love it! (Dad will too 😉

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May 2, 2014



I wash my hands constantly to avoid getting sick. The results of this keeps me healthy (flu free) but my thumbs would get so dry that the skin would spit on my finger tips near my finger nails.  The cracks were so painful especially when washing my hands or applying lotion which would make them sting. They would bleed if my thumbs were banged or pressure was applied to them. I needed a product that I could trust and that would work fast! I actually stumbled on to some great advice from an older women in a fabric store one day. Not meaning to ease-drop, this woman was talking to another woman about Bag Balm, a product made in Vermont since 1899. She stated that she keeps a tin of Bag Balm by her sewing machine for when she pinpricks her fingers while sewing. She said it soothes and heals her fingers in minutes. Plus, it was the best product that she ever used to moisturize her dry winter skin.

Well I was in desperate need of a repair…… so I purchased Bag Balm!  This product simply is AMAZING!!!  It heals cracked and chapped skin quickly with no stinking!  It soaks into skin in minutes, leaving your skin soft and healthy!  It is an anti-chafing product for when I ride my bike long distances.  I massage Bag Balm on my feet before my run and I have not developed any sores, calluses or blisters. My feet are baby soft, keeping moisture in!  Does wonders for my chapped lips and is easy to carry in my pocket to reapply! Here are other uses for Bag Balm which I can’t wait to try:  Scrapes, abrasions, pets paws abrasions, fading of acne scars, diaper rashes, splinters (draws them out), minor burns, athlete’s foot, sunburn, wart remover, protect against harsh climates, and eczema  – just to name a few!

It is astonishing what this little green tin can can do!  Bag Balm products are available in Drug and Grocery stores (typically in the skin care aisle), Farm stores, Pet stores, Hardware stores, and Feed and Tack shops or by calling direct at 1-800-232-3610.  For over 100 years, Bag Balm has fixed discomfort on the farm and in the household.

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May 2, 2014

Jane iredale “Dot the i” cleans up in no time


I really envy women who wear Mascara flawlessly. I wish I could wear mascara more often but I am extremely mascara challenged and I only use mascara when I absolutely have to. When I apply mascara, it is always a fiasco. I usually end up with mascara dots under my eyes from blinking too soon and mascara on my eyelids from missing my lashes with the brush, I’m very serious. This results in a clean sweep of all eye makeup with eye makeup remover and having to start all over again.

I recently found out that  many of my mascara wearing friends often have the exact same problem as and their eye makeup remover is their best friend. I also found Jane Iredale Dot the i eye makeup remover swabs and my recent mascara application was much more successful than the last time. Jane Iredale Dot the i is now my best friend.

Jane Iredale Dot the i eye makeup remover swabs are ingenious. These 100% cotton swabs are individually wrapped and filled with pre-measured botanical and organic extract. Cucumber fruit extract, algae extract and aloe leaf extract combined, help calm and condition and hydrate your skin while removving your eye makeup. Dot the i  is alcohol free and safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers like myself.

They are so easy to use, simply bend the swab at the blue line, and the botanical liquid automatically fills the swab and you can dab and erase your makeup mistakes like magic. Dot the i is amazing and I suggest carrying some swabs in your purse and travel bags. There is no need for cotton balls or cotton pads to erase tiny and delicate eye makeup mistakes.

With Dot the i eye makeup remover pads, mascara applications are no longer a fiasco, they are Amazing.

Jane Iredale Dot the i are available at

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May 2, 2014

OLIVAOLE: Non Toxic Skincare That Will Bring Your Skin Back To Life

OLIVAOLE’ was born by Cosmetologist and Make-up artist Lorna Karen’s desire to create nourishing and effective non-toxic, anti-aging skin care for consumers.

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OLIVAOLE‘s foundation is olive oil at its purest form and essence. The beauty creams are complimented with natural vitamins and nutrients that help feed and protect your skin. There are countless benefits in using organic and pure olive oil based products as part of your daily skin care regiment. Already naturally rich in iron and vitamins, all products have been fortified with additional natural nutrients that enhance the potency and effectiveness. OLIVAOLE’ formulas are jammed packed with anti-aging and anti-oxidant ingredients. They also include Squalene, an ingredient known to regulate sebum production whilst naturally moisturizing the skin.

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OLIVAOLE’ encompasses all of its vital elements into a pure and natural form. Carefully mixing a perfectly balanced formula of only pure and natural ingredients that keep your skin moisturized, feeling fresh and younger looking.

Creator Lorna Karen urges consumers to look at the ingredient list before they buy. Many people who are prone to breakouts may be under the assumption that using oil-free creams, foundations and concealers help their skin. Many beauty companies manufacture oil-free versions of just about everything. However, most dermatologists suggest that having “oil-free” inscribed on the label is mostly done for marketing purposes. In fact, if you read the fine print on most oil-free products, you may very well find oils on the list of ingredients. Many companies include synthetic oils in order to call the product oil-free, the irony is that synthetic oils are actually more likely to irritate your skin and worsen the natural bodily oil secretion.

All OLIVAOLE’ products are also free of parabens, animal products, petroleum and sulfates.

OLIVAOLE’ products are made in the USA. For more information please visit:

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May 2, 2014

NOXEMA is 100 Years Old and Still Amazing



I often us Noxzema Deep Cleansing Cream. I like how my skin feels after I wash with it and it definitely has helped minimize blemishes. My mother recently told me she used Noxzema in the 70’s and loved the brand. I didn’t realize how old Noxzema was until I did a little research. Noxzema was invented by Francis J. Townsend, a doctor and was originally formulated to treat sunburns. Many people were amazed at how well this cream worked with exema suffers and the name “NOEXEMA” (No-Exema) was born.

Noxzema was marketed as a skin cleanser and cold cream 1n 1950 and has been growing in popularity ever since. My mom says that Noxzema Deep Cleansing Cream has the same Eucalyptus and menthol fragrance that she remembers when she was young.



What I like about Noxzema is the clean fresh tingly feeling I get after washing my face. Noxzema does a great job remvoving dirt from my pores caused by make-up and other impurities. You will be amazed at how soft your skin feels after using Noxzema. Noxzema is Dermatologist tested and has 7 products in their line.

Check out the entire Noxema line at

Happy 100 Birthday Noxzema!


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May 1, 2014

Keep your “cool” with Total Refresh™ cooling body cloths from Ban®!

Most of us can relate to a busy lifestyle and hectic daily agenda! How would you like to be able to get a quick “total cooling and refreshing” pickup “anywhere or anytime” during your active day?

Ban Total Refreshing Cooling Body Cloths

Ban Total Refreshing
Cooling Body Cloths

Well here’s your solution…. Ban® Total Refresh™ Cooling Body Cloths! These amazing portable cooling cloths are different than any “wipes” you may have tried in the past. They contain the unequaled, exclusive
PowderSilk™” technology that’s imported from Japan! The minute you apply the cloth to your skin you’ll feel a wonderful cool sensation with an instant “PowderSilk” finish that leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth, and energized! My hands even feel that “silky” sensation after using the cloths! Total Refresh Cooling Body cloths can be used anywhere on your body or face whenever you need to freshen up and get a nice “recharge” throughout the day!

I really love the feel of these cloths, and I believe you will too!! In fact, here’s what other women have said they felt after trying Ban® Total Cooling™ Body Cloths:
“100% instantly refreshed”
“Three times cooler in one swipe”
“The cloths instantly remove sweat to freshen and revive”

I couldn’t agree more, and personally, I’ve noticed that I maintain a fresh clean revitalized feeling throughout the day, similar to the way I feel in the morning as my day begins.

Ban® Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths are very affordable ($3.49), and you have three scents to choose from. They are all very subtle and appealing!
Enliven – a fresh spring scent
Restore – a light powder scent
Invigorate – a soft clean scent

Ban® Total Refresh™ Cooling Body Cloths are available across the nation in the deodorant isle at :
Mass retailers
Grocery stores


“Kao USA Inc. is a leading manufacturer of premium beauty care brands that are recognized around the world for their innovation and quality. The Kao USA Inc. portfolio includes Ban® antiperspirant-deodorants; Jergens® and Curél® hand and body lotions; Bioré® facial care; John Frieda®, Frizz-Ease®, Root Awakening®, Luxurious Volume, Sheer Blonde®, Brilliant Brunette®, Radiant Red®, Full Repair™, Precision Foam Colour and Luminous Color Glaze® professional hair care. Founded in 1882, Kao USA Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kao Corporation.”

(“Quoted and/or Paraphrased” information in this article was obtained from a PR-Fact sheet. Any personal commentary was my own opinion from using the product provided to me.)

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