Archives for July 2014

July 24, 2014

Add Temporary Colorful Fun to Your Hair with Scunci Hair Chalk


They say the bolder the hair, the brighter the personality. From Kylie to Katy and now Nicole, this year be a color chameleon and opt for a gorgeous and daring look!


If you’re not ready for the color commitment, try the super quick, fun and affordable Hair Chalk Kit from Scunci, an It’s a Glam Thing favorite.


Scunci Hair Chalk Kit

So easy to use! Just glide color onto hair with the tool that works just like a straightener. Change colors in seconds as it works on all hair types and is completely non-permanent!

You can purchase Scunci Hair Chalk Kit at   and and

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July 24, 2014

Mally Beauty is offering 25% off of their Believable Bronzer for the entire month of July! is offering 25% off of their Believable Bronzer for the entire month of July! What better time than now to get your hands on a one-stop professional makeup system that gives you an effortless, sun-kissed glow.


Mally Beauty

Mally Beauty


Mally Beauty Believable Bronzer (retails for: $49.50, now: $37.13): The secret is in using these three powders to achieve that glow-from-within look–a tanning powder for all over color, a shimmer to highlight, and a beautiful sun-kissed shade that’s designed to make your cheeks glow. Unlike traditional bronzers, there is no shimmer in Mally Beauty’s bronzer formula. Instead, the bronzer works in tandem with a warm blush and a sheer shimmer. This allows you to apply color and highlights specific areas of your face, as the sun naturally does, instead of all over. Shades are available in Lighter and Deeper.

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July 24, 2014

Jenny Balding’s Takes on the Classic Ponytail Style

Everyone loves a ponytail as it’s a timeless style for women of all ages. We see them everywhere – from work to play, runways to red carpets, ponytails are here to stay! Cutler/Redken Stylist Jenny Balding provides ponytail how-to’s on a few of her favorites so you can update your ponytail style:

“Ponytails are a staple whether your hair is shorter or really long, there is a look for everyone one.”

Short, Low Ponytail

With so many people chopping their long locks into textured shoulder length or above, bobs this year, the short low ponytail is a fashion staple.
•Start with ‘lived-in’ hair as this will give you better control of your hair. You can add some texture powder or dry shampoo to create volume and texture to your hair so it doesn’t look so flat to your head.
•Create a low side or center part and gather tight into the nape. The key here is to keep it really low to be effective.
•Let some stray pieces fall gently around your face or keep it smooth and sleek.

Bubbles in the tail

Bubble Ponytail

Bubble Ponytail

For different take on your usual ponytail, why not create small bubbles in the tail? You can go with a really high ponytail like Blake Lively at the Met Gala or really low at the nape seen at Valentino this season in Paris.
•High ponytail
◦Smooth into a really high ponytail just under the crown or wherever most suite your profile. Make sure you secure tightly to keep it anchored and not loosen over time.
◦Brush your ponytail so it creates a smooth surface on top but then back brush the underneath of the tail to create a puffy texture! Then slightly smooth again to finish.
◦Using a small band to tie, create small bubbles all the way down to create your look as desired.
•For low ponytail
◦Start with either a low side or center part and smooth into really low ponytail at the nape. Again, secure tightly as this is your anchor.
◦Same as above to create tail.

Textured ponytail

Sam Villa crimping Iron

Sam Villa crimping Iron

As seen at Chanel FW14, low ponytails were as ever popular but with a twist. Crimping the tail and adding accessories to make a statement.
•Start with day two hair as you want to have a little texture to the hair. Again, add dry shampoo or texture powder for extra grip.
•Smooth into very low ponytail at the nape. Attach securely.
•Section the tail into sections and mist each section with a light hairspray to give it some hold. Then use the crimping iron from the base and work your way down.
•Repeat all the way through.
•Brush lightly to achieve desired effect.
•Mini crimpers give a really different, modern feel! Sam Villa texture irons are amazing.

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July 24, 2014

Bring home the beauty of the Parisian runways


To create a snapshot of today’s style moment, Lancôme teamed up with three talented and breakout Parisian designers:  Yiqing YinAlexandre Vauthier, and Jacquemus.

Each designer was given carte blanche to create a re-imagined luxury makeup bag, with the soul of an evening clutch, to house three Lancôme essentials: L’Absolu Rouge Lipcolor, Hypnôse Star Mascara and the Hypnôse Eye Palette. The result is Nouvelle Vague, a new wave of inspiration where fashion and beauty collide. These three unique designs showcase the diversity of today’s French fashion scene and celebrate the individuality and multifaceted personality of the modern Lancôme woman.


Yiqing Yin: Creative Romance

Understanding that fashion is a mode of expression, Yin aimed to create a dreamlike dialogue between strength and fragility to complement today’s bold yet feminine woman. “I started from the premise that my evening clutch was to become my makeup bag and not the other way around,” mused Yin. The resulting sculptural bag juxtaposes rough textured fabric with a precious gold chain. Engraved on the raw, pure metalwork is the signature Lancôme Rose.


Alexandre Vauthier: Beaute Fatale

Known for his blend of rock seduction and sexy style, Vauthier infused his trademark style into a glamorous, sleekly chic clutch. “I like to create balance, the perfect proportions,” explains Vauthier. “I love cold elegance, fire under ice.” The slimly-designed, black envelope is the perfect evening clutch—a precious case to match the treasures it contains—with a golden clasp emblazoned with the elegant Lancôme Rose.


Jacquemus: Ultra-Fresh

Always an independent spirit, the precocious Jacquemus designs for girls who have grown into women yet still maintain an air of whimsy. His bag is no exception, embodying lively spontaneity and playful simplicity. Jacquemus imagined “a carry-pouch to be worn like a belt if wrapped around the wrist—a practical, ergonomic accessory.” His voluminously rounded pink wristlet opens with a Lancôme Rose embossed silver tab to reveal a splash of vibrant blue lining.



July 28, 2014 on

$1,500 Alexandre Vauthier

$1,500 Yiqing Yin

$500 Jacquemus




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July 23, 2014

The ALOE SOURCE is the Answer to Soft, Silky Skin


When you’ve been outside all day or enjoying your day at the beach it’s hard to notice if you are actually burning or getting that glowing tan you’ve always wanted. Once you are home and showered is when you start noticing that stubborn sun burn you didn’t want to see. It may be itchy, burning, or worst-case scenario it could start peeling. Earlier today, unfortunately for me, I ended up getting that exact sunburn on my shoulders. Luckily I had the opportunity to try Aloe Source Nourishing Aloe Soufflé, and it worked like a charm! The lotion is so soft and light when applied and did I mention… it smells amazing! The smell is fresh with  a faint scent of lemon. Perfect for freshening up after the beach.

Nourishing Aloe Souffle is formulated with a concentrated blend of Aloe Vera allantoin along with other key ingredients which deliver amazing hydration to your skin. I applied it to the affected area of my skin also on unaffected parts. It softened my skin and helped the burning sensation subside. After I applied it, my skin felt smooth and silky without that sticky feeling from other leading brands that are thick and stiff. I loved this lotion and I would recommend it to anyone! Nourishing Aloe Souffle as well as other Aloe source skincare products can be found at

0-7Christina Carlino

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July 23, 2014

SEBAMED…It Sounds Medicinal but it’s Truly Magical



I know so many people who have sensitive skin. It seems like the list is growing. Many people I have talked to tell me their skin is getting more sensitive and drier as they get older. I recommend Sebamed Moistuizing Face Cream. This face cream is completely formulated for sensitive and dry skin.

I already use Sebamed Hand and Nail Balm and find the face cream equally hydrating if not, more so. Sebamed Moistuizing Face Cream is slightly richer than face creams I have used in the past but it spreads easily, is not greasy and absorbs quickly. I apply the face cream at night after cleansing and I can still feel the softness of my skin in the morning.

Sebamed Moisturizing Face Cream was developed by dermatologists  and is hypoallergenic and non comedogenic. Sebamed Moistuizing Face Cream is the perect choice for sensitive skin sufferers. Sebamed Moistuizing Face Cream is formulated with vitamin E which will naturally guard against free radicals which can cause premature aging.


While I am enjoying the Sebamed Moistuizing Face Cream, my oldest daughter is enjoying Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Foam. Why wouldn’t she? I even tried it myself and I love the silky soft foam that gently glides onto your face and neck. Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Foam is an antibacterial alkali free foam, designed to deeply cleanse pores helping to reduce pimples, blackheads and other skin irritations without drying your skin.

Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Foam is “adjusted to the skin?s natural pH value of 5.5, protecting and supporting the biological barrier function of the skin?s acid mantle to help prevent new pimples from forming.” My daughter says her face and skin feel clean and refreshed.

Read more about the Sebamed story at Sebamed entire soap-free line can be found at

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July 22, 2014

Super summer faves you’ll enjoy all year long !

This summer I was introduced to four products that were easy to use, real time savers, and provided instant gratification! What’s great about these products is that they can be used all year long !

Let’s start with Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Nail Color:
It’s a real treat to pamper yourself with manicures and pedicures, and as luck would have it, my timing couldn’t have been better! The summer and sandal season was just getting underway when a package arrived at my door with wide array of Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Nail Colors for me to use and review.

The beautiful array of colors from Sally Hansen "Insta-Dry" Nail Polish

The beautiful array of colors from Sally Hansen “Insta-Dry” Nail Polish

I was in awe! The broad spectrum of colors were gorgeous! When I read “Insta-Dry” on the label, I was in disbelief!

Could this really be a time saver and solution for quick & easy nail care that I had been looking for? I picked five different colors, because I couldn’t decide, from the amazing variety of shades that were in front of me, which “one”, I wanted to use!

Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Nail Color - The first five colors I used!

Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Nail Color – The first five colors I used!

I opened the first bottle, and noticed it had a slightly thicker applicator brush. I wiped excess polish off the brush as I usually do, and applied the polish to my toe nail. The thicker brush nicely covered the nail in one sweep as I worked it from the cuticle to the tip of the nail. I returned the brush to its bottle and opened the next color. Before I removed the brush, I decide to check the first nail, and gently touched the surface! It was DRY !!” This was too good to be true, but in a very short time I had a really “fab” pedicure with a different color on each toe! How fun!! They were dry, shiny, and “good to go”! I was “hooked”!! I can only say that using “less is best” so take-off any “excess polish” before you apply, and your nails will dry beautifully and look so rich! I received tons of compliments, and had spent very little time or effort for a lovely, unique pedicure that lasted nicely, and is removed easily!

Have fun and be creative! You’ll find all the colors for any season or occasion with Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Nail Polish. Sally Hansen is available at drugstores & mass retailers nationwide!

The next two products are from Jergens…A very well known brand around the world:

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream                and Jergens Natural Glow  Daily Moisturizer

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream
Jergens Natural Glow
Daily Moisturizer

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream was the next product I tried. I really like BB Creams, but I had never tried a BB product for the body. WOW! The Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream had a very light fresh scent and felt like silk on my skin. I used it from my neck to my feet as I would a body cream. What I enjoyed was how it embellished my body skin tone. I received the Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream for “All Light Skin Tones” and it was perfect! I instantly noticed a naturally even toned, smooth, and I believe a more youthful look. By the way, Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin is also available in a shade for “Medium-Deep Skin Tones”.

Here are the “Five Visible Benefits In Five Days” that I’m”quoting” right from the product tube:
• 1. “Hydrates & Smoothes”
• 2. “Brightens & Illuminates”
• 3. “Evens Skin Tone”
• 4. “Visibly Firms”
• 5. “Minimizes the Appearance of Imperfections”

This multi-tasking Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream is a great “body care,” year round staple!

The other product from Jergens was the Jergens Natural GLOW Daily Moisturizer that helps you achieve a gradual “Natural” color to your skin via “patent-pending” technology. Antioxidants and vitamin E benefits will enhance your skin with a healthy, hydrated appearance! The subtle color change is so real, not streaky or unnatural looking, and does not have an odor as sunless tanners often have. You can’t miss with this product.

I don’t actively lay in the sun and am very fair skinned. I had received a “Fair to Medium” tone Natural Glow Moisturizer. (It also is available in “Medium to Tan”.)

Natural GLOW Daily Moisturizer is very easy to use, and you can visit: for some great tips to easily help you achieve your “glow”!

My Husband liked the natural appearance that I had achieved, and asked if he could try the Natural GlOW Daily Moisturizer. He liked the ease of application and the “gradual” color change that gave him such a nice uniform color. Jegens Natural GLOW Daily Moisturizer gets a “double” thumbs up ! It’s an ideal product for gals and guys!!

Both the Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream and the Jergens Natural GLOW Daily Moisturizer are available at drugstores & mass retailers nationwide!

dr.brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer is the final product in this article:

dr. brandt -  Pores No More Pore Refining Primer

dr. brandt – Pores No More Pore Refining Primer

Minimizing pores gives you a flawless look to your skin. I used to have very oily skin, but as I got older my skin became less hydrated. Visible pores, however, remained around my T-zone area. dr.brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer was an easy solution for me. I applied some of the product just where I needed it, proceeded with my other products, and noticed a more refined and finished look once I had applied my makeup.

As Dr. Brandt says, “I created this no-fuss primer after getting constant requests from my clients for perfect skin that looks great with or without makeup. The Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer puts covetable, smooth and matte skin right in the hands of women at home.”

Pores No More is a very versatile product, whatever the needs of your skin may be. Make it the first step of your skin prep, and keep it on hand if you are oily, and want to reduce that annoying shine “breakthrough’ during the day!

Find out more about the dr.brandt product line and the Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer by visiting:

Enjoy the summer and all the seasons with any of these fine products!

(Any Quoted or Paraphrased information in this article was obtained by provided PR-Fact Sheets. All of the personal commentaries about these products was my opinion from using the products that were provided to me.)

July 21, 2014

Enjoy National Hammock Day In Style

Take the time to relax in this beautiful blue and white check pattern hammock from Hästens. Made of 100% premium cotton, Hästens luxury hammock you will enjoy this quirky holiday in incredible comfort, while swinging under a brilliant blue summer sky! So sit back and relax in these beautiful summer evenings with Hästens Luxury Hammock!

Hästens Hammock

Hästens Hammock

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July 21, 2014

No More Sticky Messes With The Wet Nap

We have all been to a good finger lickin’ BBQ am I right? Whether it is in your back yard or at a restaurant every BBQ is not complete without a good Wet Nap! I know we all know from experience that when it comes to a good BBQ sauce that getting our hands clean with a simple paper napkin does not seem to be the answer. Through out my life I have gone to restaurants where they give you Wet Naps and have managed to take a few home with me. Not only have I found Wet Naps to be useful for your hands but they also help aid in everyday messes and even at the gym. Also, Wet Naps are much better for the skin than hand sanitizer.

First invented in 1957, the Original Wet Napes where used not only in place of soap and water but for overall hygiene. I have actually used Wet Napes at the gym to clean and sanitize the equipment before and after I use them. Wet Napes has now become more than just a little packet you get at the restaurant. They now come in canisters such as your disinfecting wipes, and for the Hand, Face and Body. Each product says what they are used and safe for right on the package. And with the bright colors and cute polka dot packaging, you won’t miss one single word. Now you can get cleaned and sanitized no matter where you may be.

I am sure that Arthur Julius, inventor of the Wet Nap had no idea just how long and how convenient his products would be 57 years later. I have also found that if kept in the refrigerator and even in the packaging they are still good months from when you get them. So make sure you seal your packages tight and only use the one in the packet’s when needed. So next time you are in a sticky mess get your Wet Naps ready, get set and GO!!! For more info on all the products from the Original Wet Nap visit

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July 18, 2014

Certain Dri AM is great for these hot summer days

Certain DRI

Certain DRI


Everyday Strength Certain Dri AM is great for these hot summer days. It’s an underarm antiperspirant/deodorant and it really helps with keeping you dry and odor free while you work out or even just laying in the sun. I love it because it has a “morning fresh” scent which is perfect, and is available in solid or roll-on. It is specially formulated to use in the morning because it delivers an all-day deodorant protection and as a companion for Certain Dri Clinical Strength Roll-On or Solid. Personally, I apply it right after I get out of the shower every morning to start the day off right. If you are the type of person that needs clinical strength protection, the full line of Certain Dri products included in the Certain Dri Protection System is also for you. For extra sweat protection also apply the Certain Dri Clinical Strength Anti-Perspirant Roll-On a couple times a week at night before going to bed to control any excess perspiration. Another thing I like about Certain Dri is that it goes on clear. I never have any smudges on myclothes. The first time I tried this, I was worried that it wouldn’t keep me dry all day. But, I went for a jog in the morning and I felt that this really controlled my perspiration. It left me sweat and odor free all day! This is a reliable product that can be found in supermarkets and drug stores nationwide. You can also find it online at for around $7 or $8

Rachel I.

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