Archives for December 2014

December 18, 2014

Paint the town red with FIRE!

If you have been on the search for a beautiful, long lasting matte red lipstick then look no further! With Gerard Cosmetics “Fire Engine” red lipstick, you can now channel your inner fierceness.

Only problem I have found when it comes to red lipstick is finding the perfect shade and no matter what your skin tone or hair color, I think red looks beautiful on all woman. When I first saw the Fire Engine I have to admit I was a little scared to give it a try, but something inside said “be daring”. Now I cannot imagine my daily makeup routine without it. Its long lasting, rich color, & creamy texture makes this a must have for every woman.

In my video I am showing how I apply my lipstick plus the beautiful vibrant red color it really is.
Watch it here:

I have always loved and admired Lucille Ball. If you ever noticed in her shows she always had perfect true to life red lipstick. I’ve searched to find the true “Lucy” red and nothing seemed to compare. But here it is. Not only is this great for those like me whole LOVE LUCY but its also a perfect similarity to the signature red lip of Marilyn Monroe. Now you can channel your inner Hollywood starlets with Gerard Cosmetics “Fire Engine”.

Gerard Cosmetics carries 6 other colors besides Fire Engine… such as 1995, & Tequila Sunrise, just to name a few! For more info on Gerard Cosmetics visit and be sure to subscribe to my channel for more info and tips on the latest and greatest beauty products.

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December 18, 2014

Apothederm skin care giveaway

We have (1) one Apothederm Brightening System Kit ($120 value) for a winning fan!



There is a bright side to every complexion. Need a boost in finding yours? Apothederm Skin Care Science has combined three of the Brightening products into one kit for ease of use. Products come in a travel bag with product information and instruction card.

It’s as easy as 1 -2 -3 and you are on your way to smoother, more even skin. You’ll get….
Apothederm Bright Skin Serum, 1oz
Apothederm Brightening Cleanser, 6oz
Apothederm Clarifying Toner, 6oz

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December 18, 2014

Dove Celebrity Stylist Mark Townsend’s Holiday Hair Tips & Tricks


Tip 1: Braids are all the rage these days, so try a festive fishtail for this year’s family holiday party! Keep it simple and sophisticated, or pull some pieces out around your face and loosen the braid for a more laid back look.

·         Part dry hair to one side and gather in front of the shoulder; create two even sections.

·         Begin the braid by taking a small piece of hair from the outside of the first section, crossing it over and adding to the inside of the opposite section.

·         Continue until the braid is complete and secure with an elastic.

*Bonus Tip! For next-day texture, remove the braid and shake hair out. Apply Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo to roots and lengths to absorb oil and refresh and revive hair


Tip 2: A textured bun is a great alternative to the side chignon, and an elegant yet fun look for your holiday office party. Take the look from the office to the after party by adding a touch of sparkle with a beautiful holiday hairpin!

·         Take small sections of dry hair, beginning at the hairline, and twist upward – continue picking up hair as you go until you reach the back of the head.

·         Secure each twist with a bobby pin and repeat 4-5 times.

·         Gather the remaining hair and blend it with the twists, twisting all of the hair into a loose bun – secure with additional pins as needed.

·         Finish with Dove Style + Care Strength & Shine Flexible Hold Hairspray to keep the style in place all da

blowoutTip 3: All it takes is one good hair day (or night) to send your confidence through the roof, so start the New Year off right with a timeless style and own the night with a shiny, voluminous blowout!

·         Towel-dry clean hair and spray Dove Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray directly on roots.

·         Separate into 2-3 sections and blow dry using a large round brush, lifting each section at the root to create volume.

·         Once dry, wrap each section around 3 fingers creating a barrel roll; secure at the root with a pin.

·         Once head is set, remove the pins and add 1-2 drops of Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment from mid-length through the ends.

·         Finish your look off with Dove Style + Care Strength & Shine Extra Hold Hairspray to ensure that your gorgeous hair lasts well past midnight!


Tip 4: If soiree season has you strapped for time, opt for a trendy top knot for a sleek and sophisticated look!

·         Apply 1-2 drops of Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment to damp lengths and ends; blow dry and gather into a high, tight ponytail at the crown.

·         With another small drop of Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment on fingertips, braid the ponytail and secure with an elastic.

·         Wrap the braid around the base of the ponytail, tucking the end underneath to create the “knot;” secure with a bobby pin.

·         Finish with Dove Style + Care Strength & Shine Extra Hold Hairspray to hold the style in place.

*Bonus Tip! Spray hairspray on a reusable mascara wand and use it to smooth down any flyaway hairs, especially around the ears and at the nape of the neck.


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December 17, 2014

Enjoy Truffles for the Holidays


When I hear the word “Truffle”, I immediately think of those decadant chocolate candies which are so irrisistible. Until recently, I didn’t know that there was another kind of truffle. Those truffles are a kind of subterranean fungi, meaning, they are a mushroom that grows underground. There are specials oils extracted from this type of truffle which is used for cooking and is also found in skincare.

The skincare line I am talking about is Skin & Co. Roma Umbrian Truffle. You must try Umbrian Truffle Body Lotion, it is exquisite. You will feel the softness of your hands and skin after the first application. This thick and rich lotion is formulated with anti-oxidants, vitamins and acids essential for achieving healthy skin. As stated by Skin & Co., “The olive oil and shea butter in the formula creates an intensive moisture treatment. Also contains argan oil that softens the skin and prevents sagging and aging of the skin. And lastly sodium hyaluronate to brighten and keep your skin firm. Truffles for the skin are a major luxury. You deserve it!”

Sabatino Truffles is the parent company to Skin & Co. Roma, a skincare line that infuses their luxury beauty products with these very same one of a kind truffles, bringing the luxurious Mediterranean experience to everyone around the globe! Skin & Co. Roma’s newest line, Umbrian Apothecary Umbrian Truffle features premium skincare and body care products infused with the potent, organic truffle extract and is sold at Select Look Boutiques at Duane Reade and Walgreens Stores Nationwide.

Umbrian Truffle Skincare contains: Olive Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Argan Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Organic aloe Vera Juice, Organic Rose Extract, Truffle Extract, Organic Rosemary Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, and Tocopherol
Umbrian truffle does not contain: Sulfates, Parabens, Mineral Oils, Phtalates, Petrolatum or Paraffin


One way to sample this luxourous skincare line is to purchase an Umbrian Truffle Holiday kit. This kit is also the perfect gift to give anyone who appreciates quality skincare.

Here’s the kit to surprise your family and friends with Stocking Sized to stuff your Holiday Stockings! Whether they love Truffle or Sicilian Orange, here’s a kit that embraces both collections! This gift includes, 3 pcs Truffle Body Gel, 3 pcs Sicilian Body Gel, 2 pcs Sicillian body Lotion, 2 pcs Truffle Body Milk packaged in a Holiday Bag, perfect for gift giving. View the entire collection of gifts sets and skincare at

Learn about Sabatino truffles, their uses and their skincare line at

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December 17, 2014

Celebrate Candy Canes and Jewels this Holiday with Scunci

Match your candy canes to your mani AND the Salon Clip Bow from Scunci!


Jewels and Gems Headwear from Scunci make the perfect adornments for your holiday look!












Scunci Hair Accessories can be found in retail aand drug stores nationwide or at

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December 17, 2014

Straight from the tube onto the lips, Lipsticks from Gerard are Magnificent!


Do you want vibrant, matte lipstick that will complete our look? Then you should definitely give Gerard Cosmetic lipstick a go! The color, “All Dolled Up”, (shown below) is a super bright pink color that made my lips look amazing with long lasting, even color. With some other brands of lipstick, you may notice that some of the ingredients found within the lipstick may cause unsightly peeling. You won’t find that with Gerard Cosmetics lipsticks. This lipstick goes on super smoothly with an even coat and keeps your lips in great condition. Also, since it’s almost christmas, this lipstick would make a great stocking stuffer and make any girl happy.


Plus, New Years is just around the corner, this lipstick has the perfect color for any party. And the long lasting color lasts for hours so you can last all the way to midnight without needing any time consuming touch ups. So with this being said, I highly recommended Gerard Cosmetics lipstick! You can view the complete line of lipsticks, lip glosses and their line of cosmetics at

Guest post by Rachael Murray

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December 16, 2014

Fun Interview with Elizabeth Morrell

As you know by now, my friend Elizabeth Morrell is a health and fitness powerhouse! So, it was a real honor and lots of fun being on her Ms. Fit One TV Show this morning. Not only did we discuss a few of my best tips for great skin, but I also got to sample an amazing salad she created in her healthy cooking segment….yum! Be sure to visit her website in the upcoming weeks to catch my episode!


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December 16, 2014

New Year New Body New Attitude

Living with a healthy attitude and finding mental balance is key.  An important aspect of beauty involves finding the strength within yourself.  Part of being beautiful is living with a healthy mind, one that has positive thoughts and is filled with humor and confidence.  If you are sure of yourself, then others will be also. If you are kind to others, people will see this kindness, and recognize its beauty. Being attractive to others comes from a good mental balance, which can be attained by proper diet and exercise and not abusing yourself with harsh extremities, such as drugs and alcohol.

Because females invest so much time on beautification  such as makeup, clothes, hair, nails, perfume and jewelry, it makes sense to take the time to adorn your body by making it look and feel its absolute best. Your body is your own personal billboard through health, attractiveness and how others perceive you.  We all live in an environment where we judge each other and the hard truth is studies show better looking people receive more in life. More accolades, more attention, and  more consideration in their private and professional lives.  Not necessarily just because of their looks, but when you are fit, confident and self-assured, you display a certain strength and attractiveness to the world. Health and fitness will amplify this self-assurance, and confident people tend to be more successful and a joy to be around.  Additionally, a fit body is good for your overall health. When you look good, often times it is a reflection of your overall health. As you age, your body will start showing signs of deterioration, but there are many things you can do to combat this process so you will continue to stun (Shine) no matter what age!
If we compare our bodies to a car, we understand that it too must be maintained in order to operate at maximum efficiency. A car needs regular oil changes and to be cleaned and repaired, otherwise it will eventually break down. The more you stay on top of maintenance, the less has to be done and the better off you will be if you don’t let yourself go downhill. It is far easier to keep yourself fit than to get fit. But also remember that it’s never too late – if you haven’t taken care of yourself the way you wished you would have, there’s no better time than now to start.1920239_10154682540980241_9130307005510253720_n
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December 16, 2014

Butterfly Studio Salon Stylists Dana Tizzio and Jason J. Dougherty share “Holiday-Ready” hair styles for Guys and Gals !

Are you ready for the festive holiday season? It’s that time of year when we all enjoy getting together with friends, family, and our co-workers.

What about those events that take place right after office hours? You’ve been working all day, and whether a guy or gal, you know you’ll want to “spiff” up your look a up a bit before the cocktail party begins…. Well no worries at all!

The super talented Butterfly Studio Salon stylists Dana Tizzio and Jason J. Dougherty will show you how your “hair can be your best accessory ” with their insider tips on how to get holiday-ready hair. These styles will transform you from an office look to festive cocktail party guest in just a few simple steps!

Dana Tizzio’s “10 Minute (No brush) Updo Braid”
Dana Tizzio’s “10 Minute (No brush) Updo Braid”
This DIY ‘do will take you from a bad hair moment or a long day at the office to black tie-chic without any hot tools or hair prep. Not even a hairbrush is required! All you’ll need is a few pins, hair ties, and a mini/travel-sized version of your favorite dry shampoo/texturizing spray.
1. Section 1/4 hair from side part to ear, and add Shu Uemura Texture Wave spray for volume.
2. Start braid at part, focusing braid at front of forehead, and secure end with elastic.
3. Spritz more Texture Wave spray throughout hair to enhance texture for easier styling (also helps keep everything in place better for the long haul).
4. Without brushing, twist all of hair to the side of braid and secure with elastic, creating a ponytail.
5. Braid ponytail, including front braid, and secure end with elastic. (It does not need to be tight)
6. Hold one piece of braid at the end with one hand. With the other hand, push entire braid upward from the bottom with your fingers to create a rouging effect.
7. Wrap braid to create a bun or knot shape, nestled on one side of your head for the best look. You want your style to be seen!
8. Secure with bobby pins, and use the hair pins to manage any loose ends.
9. Loosen the front of the braid and work your way back. Widen from the start of the braid for an effect that beautifully frames your face by pulling apart gently on each section. This will create a softer and more romantic, evening-ready braided look.

Jason J. Dougherty’s “Quick Men’s Style”

For a sophisticated style or a Don Draper-inspired look, try this relaxed yet polished look which has enough body to make a statement while staying clean cut enough for the office.

1. Start with clean, just washed hair and comb through before applying product.
2. Using a quarter-sized amount of gel serum, emulsify using your hands and apply product throughout hair.
3. With a fine tooth comb, comb through front half of hair, while blow drying on a low setting. Blow dry back half of hair while simply running fingers through.
4. Use texturizing spray such as Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray to roots at the front for a boost. Your style will thank you later. Sculpt hair with hands.
5. Apply a styling wax on sides and back of hair for a polished look.
6. Finish with a medium (more flexible) hairspray like Oribe’s non-sticky Super Fine throughout for extra shine and hold.

Thanks to Dana and Jason for sharing these creative hairstyles that help you create a terrific Holiday-Look with ease!

Learn more about Butterfly Studio Salons by visiting:

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December 16, 2014

Gifts that Sparkle and Glitter from LUMENE

unnamed-1Give the gift of skincare. Lumene has exquisite gifts for people you care about. Consider wrapping up Lumene’s Vitamin C + Age Defying Radiant Beauty Drops.  Each capsule is formulated with arctic cloudberry seed oil , Artic lingonberry seed oil and vitamin C, offering the best for protecting, nourishing and strengthening your skin. 


Lumene Time Freeze Instant Lift Serum will make a perfect stocking stuffer. This amazing serum will lift and visibly firm the skin immediately after smoothing on! Arctic Lingonberry protects the skin’s elastin fibers and plant proteins activate the skin’s collagen production.

Lumene Skincare can be found at

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