Archives for February 2017

February 25, 2017

Penguin Random House Brings You a Furtive Love Affair


by Lisa Gal

Exit West from Penguin Random House shares one of the most anticipated books of 2017: an astonishingly timely love story that brilliantly imagines the forces that transform ordinary people into refugees — and the impossible choices that follow — as they’re driven from their homes to the uncertain embrace of new lands. Moshin Hamid is also the internationally bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist.  Penguin Random House invites you to read Hamid’s latest novel Exit West as you follow two remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time. We are exited to have them take part in our Four Seasons Hotel Gift Bags Honoring Oscar Weekend.

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February 25, 2017

Who needs an Oscar when you can win a Schquid?!


by Lisa Gal

Schmovie by Galactic Sneeze is the hilarious game of made-up movies. Win trophies for writing funny titles for outlandish, made-up movies! Each round, you’ll roll the genre die (which has sci-fi, rom-com, horror, action, drama and producer’s choice), then draw two premise cards, one What? and one Who?. The combination of those three items gives you the concept for the movie. Now you just need to come up with a title. Do a good job, and you’ll win a schquid trophy; collect enough trophies, and you’ll win the game. What a great game for family fun on Oscar night! ABC thinks so. Check out their list of ideas to bring a little Hollywood home. We are thrilled to include the Schmovie Board Game in our Hollywood Swag Bags being gifted to nominees, guests and talent staying at The Four Seasons Hotel honoring Oscar Weekend. Now on Amazon & at cool stores nationwide.

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February 25, 2017

Zirconmania Offers the Revolutionary Diamond Veneer Collection


by Lisa Gal

Founded in 1986,  Zirconmania is a jewelry designer & manufacture renowned for its high quality Trend, Bridge and Fashion jewelry. The Diamond Veneer Collection: Was launched in Nov. 2008, and is another great Zirconmania new innovation, by harnessing the development of extreme properties of diamonds at a nano-scale and add tremendous value to gem materials such as cubic zirconia that have long been used as inexpensive alternative diamonds. The Diamond-Veneer is based on the Zirconite Cubic Zirconia man-made gem that cannot be visually distinguished from a real diamond and is manufactured using nano-crystalline diamond like coating technology. Perfect for those that like fine jewelry, but don’t want their jewels lost while on vacation. Select nominees, guests and talent will be excited when they receive a pair of these 1 carat Diamond Veneer earrings included this weekend in the Hollywood Swag Bags Four Seasons Hotel Gift Bags Honoring Oscar Weekend.

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February 25, 2017

A Window to the World, in Your Pocket


by Lisa Gal

Stimuli 2VR is a hands free virtual reality experience from your smartphone. Virtual reality gives you access to an immense library of environments, games, and revolutionary experiences. Each package includes 2VR Fabric, a fabric wrap that blacks out your surroundings for a truly immersive experience. It works with most smartphones with a universal hold that can fit any 4″ – 6″ phone with a 6mm-9mm depth. Available in black as well as 3 limited edition colors. A pair of these virtual reality goggles will be included this weekend in the Hollywood Swag Bags Four Seasons Hotel Gift Bags Honoring Oscar Weekend. Change the way you see the world with Stimuli 2VR.

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February 24, 2017

Get The Look: ESSENCE’s Black Women in Hollywood Awards!

Last night marked the 10th anniversary of ESSENCE’s Black Women in Hollywood Awards! Gabrielle Union hosted the event and Danielle Brooks slayed the red carpet with her luscious locks!  Below, find the step by step guide on how celebrity hairstylist, Larry Sims gave each woman a sleek and fabulous with Schwarzkopf GLISS, Schwarzkopf got2b, and Smooth ‘N Shine!


Gabrielle Union

How to Get the Look

  1. Start off by washing hair using  Schwarzkopf GLISS™ Oil Nutritive Shampoo & Conditioner
  2. Next, blow dry the hair out prepping with Schwarzkopf got2b Guardian Angel Flat Iron Balm 
  3. Take a feather razor and create a chin length textured bob
  4. Continue by using a dime sized curling barrel, wrapping hair loosely around the barrel in opposite directions leaving ends straight. Wrap pieces away from the hairline to give a water wave finish over the left eye
  5. From there, take a blow dryer to create a broken up textured look. Use Schwarzkopf got2b Mess-Merizing Hairspray to add more texture.
  6. Tuck hair really tight behind the right ear and make sure edges are laid down with Smooth ‘N Shine Edge Smoothing Pomade
  7. Use Schwarzkopf got2b Glam Force Hairspray for a firm hold to complete the look!
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February 24, 2017

My new true love: TRUE LOVE SKINCARE


I was introduced to this amazing new skincare line at Doris Bergman’s Valentine Oscar Style Lounge–TRUE LOVE SKINCARE. Jen Suiter, mom from Utah, developed these amazing products from her own home. Not only great products just to maintain healthy, glowing skin; these products can help alleviate sun damage, eczema, cold sores, and more! These products contain only natural ingredients that never include chemicals or harsh compounds. Definitely check them out! The scrub and honey balm are two of my new favorite skin products and they smell amazing! You won’t be disappointed!



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February 24, 2017

Women’s Health reveals: beauty companies are no longer reduce the green convo to whether a product is “natural” or “organic”.


Information provided by Health Magazine: Our modern lifestyles are rough on the planet, and it shows. In the magazine’s October issue, Women’s Health reveals how beauty companies are no longer reducing the green convo to whether a product is “natural” or “organic”. They’re paying attention to every single way their ingredient sourcing and manufacturing processes affect you and the earth. Since, navigating these new waters can be murky, we’ve created a primer on what to look for next time you shop the beauty aisle.

A few tips and corresponding product picks:

  • Avoid Microbeads: Those plastic balls in face scrubs found their way into waters, fish, and now us. Last year Congress passed the Microbead-Free Waters Act, banning manufacturing of the ingredient by next year. Look for products with jojoba wax instead – a plant-based ingredient that is biodegradable.

o   DUNES (Gentle Face Exfoliant, $35)

  • Recycle Through the Brand: Some companies have created programs that make recycling easier than ever. Burt’s Bees has a program for all of its lip-care products – and you can print a prepaid mailing label from their website.

o   BURTS BEES (Tinted Lip Balm, $5)

  • Look for Refillable Containers: Using the same bottle or container eliminates even the energy it takes to recycle. Makeup compacts are the easiest place to make the switch. Some boutiques sell products out of giant vats and into a bottle that you can continually reuse. Check out Common Good, which has 200 refill stations nationwide.

o   JANE IREDALE (PurePressed Base, $42, and Compact, $18)

  • Be Water-Wise with Concentrates: Avoid buying skin products where water is listed as the first ingredient. Balms and serums can deliver ingredients into skin without the need for water. The United Nations estimated that 1.8 billion people will live in regions with absolute water scarcity by 2025 – so wasting a drop on your beauty routine is practically a crime against humanity.

o   ONE LOVE ORGANICS (Skin Savior Multi-Taking Wonder Balm, $49)

  • Check the Seal: Look for labels that say Ecocert, Cradle to Cradle, Fair Trade Certified, or Rainforest Alliance. Any of them mean these products went through a third-party vetting process to prove they meet sustainability guidelines.

o   MRS. MEYERS (Daily Soap Bar, $3.99)

  • Choose Biodegradable: Cleansers and cleansing wipes eliminate the need for water – and you can trash them.

o   YES TO (PrimRose Oil Facial Wipes, $6)

  • Be Careful with Glass: In theory glass can be recycled, but the reality is that different colors don’t always get sorted, and transporting them can increase CO2 fumes. To be sustainable, buy glass items with longer shelf lives, like fragrances, or products made in small batches to minimize waste.

o   MCMC Fragrances (Maine Perfume Oil, $45)

  • Plastic Isn’t Always Bad: It’s light-weight, which means fewer CO2 emissions when shipped than glass – and at least a portion of many bottles consist of post-consumer recycled content (PCR). Some brands use 100 percent PCR plastic recovered from the ocean.

o    METHOD (Refreshing Body Wash, $6)

  • Don’t Always Assume Natural is Better: If the only way to get the natural version is by schlepping to some far-flung place – which could take more energy and release more CO2 emissions – it could actually make more sense to use a synthetic version. When you do opt for a natural product, look for local, sustainably grown ingredients.

o   TATE HARPER (Lip and Cheek Tint, $36)

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February 24, 2017

The no mess easy to use Le Mieux serum infused facial mask is the perfect pickup for all skin types

A facial mask is a “must have” in your skin care regime!

How would you like to experience the luxury of a unique, easy to use,  no mess or clean up,  skin hydrating, and brightening facial mask?

Well, look no more!  The Le Mieux Moisture Infusion Mask will provide you with the perfect facial pickup anytime,  and it’s the best treat ever for your weary, tired of winter, skin!!!

Use the  Moisture Infusion Mask by Le Mieux on any skin type.  It’s the perfect choice for me with an ongoing busy schedule and dealing with dehydrated top surface skin, especially during the cooler weather.

With spring right around the corner, I’m starting to get my skin back in tip top shape with Le Mieux’s Moisture Infusion Mask!

You can too!!  The Le Mieux Mask is very easy to use. There’s no mixing, but make sure your face is clean and dry before you begin. Open the silver packet and take out the enclosed mask. Remove and discard the paper like material on the Moisture infused cloth, then apply the cloth directly on your face.  It’s quite relaxing as you feel the moisturizing serum begin to penetrate your skin and hydrate that top surface dryness. Enjoy the mask’s cooling sensation for about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the cloth, and you’re all done.  Do not rinse your face.

Take a look at all the powerful ingredients used in the Le Mieux Moisture Infusion Mask, including the most stable form of Vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate).

My skin experienced a real boost after using the mask, and I must say that my top surface skin has a much smoother more vibrant look. That’s pretty impressive.  Any cosmetics products I apply also look more dynamic and not dry or cakey on my skin. The convenience of the LeMieux mask is exceptional, and a real time saver for me!

Purchase the Le Mieux Mask online at:


The  LE MIEUX MOISTURE INFUSION MASK gets a 5-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review for their innovative, easy to use facial mask that delivers a moist, hydrated appearance to your face.  Ongoing success with all of your terrific products!


(Any quoted or paraphrased information used in this article was obtained from a provided PR-Fact Sheet, and website:  https:// www.myskincarebox /product/Lemieux-moisture-infusion-mask.  Any personal commentary was my opinion from using this product, provided to me. )

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February 23, 2017

Kiss Your Cracked Dry Lips Goodbye


by Lisa Gal

The Organic Lip Balm Company of Australia has created a world first kit combining both health and beauty benefits while replacing 5 different lip products you are probably using (pencils, glosses, salves, ointments and shimmers).  They are the perfect partner to keep your lips completely hydrated while soothing and softening your red sore and cracked lips. Using only certified organic ingredients and the very best anti-oxidants. Their ingredients contain their own natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal enzymes and SPF. Did you know that women (and men) apply lip balms up to 30 times a day, have you ever stopped to consider how often you apply yours? This month celebrity nominees, guests and talent staying at The Four Seasons Hotel will receive the kit in their Hollywood Swag Bags Honoring Oscar Weekend. So you might be wondering how to get your hands on your own famous Organic Lip Balm or our 24-7 Plump & Smooth Lip Remedy. You can click here to order now.

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February 23, 2017

Spring Cleaning Can Be a Breeze! Get Your Home Organized, Clean and Ready for Spring


Step 1: Get organized and have the right tools

Have a plan. Make a realistic list of what you want to accomplish and stick to it. Also, make sure you have what you need in terms of equipment before you start: vacuum with extra bags, cleaning products, cloths, gas for the lawn mower, sharpened clippers for the hedges… whatever is on your list of things to tackle, make a secondary list of the tools you will need to get the job done. There’s nothing more distracting than having to stop everything to make a trip to the local supply store. Start with that, armed with your to do list, and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and delay.

Step 2: Start with decluttering

There are two things that contribute to clutter. Number one is the fact that we often don’t put things in the right place — which is because we often don’t have a ‘right place’ for it. Two, we have too much stuff. This becomes patently obvious when you discover boxes in the basement of things that you never unpacked, from two moves ago!

There are four areas of the house that are typical clutter zones:

•    Kid bedrooms

•    Mud rooms or entranceways

•    Dining room

•    Garage or sheds

For the kids bedrooms, see the tips below on how to ‘get everyone involved’. The mud room and garage are places where everyone tends to drop things on their way to another part of the house. So go back to the plan in Step 1 and figure out where everything is going to go. If everything has a place and everyone knows what those homes are, in time, fewer things will get dropped in the middle of the room.

You can add storage items to your mudroom or entranceway to make even the smallest space more efficient: Baskets for mittens and hats, racks for shoes and boots, hooks for bags. The garage or shed would benefit from the same treatment: hooks for shovels and rakes, metal storage racks with buckets for odds and ends.

As to the dining room? Make a new rule: anyone who dumps stuff on the dining table will find it in the garbage in short order (if it’s homework, you may just want to hide it away for a day or two!) The whole family will learn quickly enough!

Step 3: Get everyone involved

Speaking of learning, there are kids out there (somewhere) who are super efficient and keep their toys properly organized in color coded boxes, neatly stacked in the playroom. Okay… now back to reality. No kids do that, but they can learn to. They can learn that every toy, book and article of clothing has a home and that home is not the living room sofa.

If your kids are little, print a picture of whatever needs to go in which box, shelf or basket and tape it to the front of the receptacle, so they learn where everything goes. Cooperation is best achieved with a little incentive: the good stuff like video games or tablet time need to be dependent on having a tidy room and the prompt removal of toys from the common areas at the end of a day of playing…

Are you living with a tiny hoarder? It might be time for some ninja stealth action when they are out of the house and clear some of the toys from their rooms. Tip? Don’t throw the toys out right away. Store them in the basement or garage in a plain box for a month before tossing them, just in case it turns out you tossed out something they had their hearts set on keeping. Don’t worry: you’ll hear about it soon enough! 

Step 4: Big items get done first

The sense of achievement you’ll feel if you get a few of the big things out of the way make the rest of the smaller tasks easier.

Like what?

•    Flipping and cleaning the mattresses (Tip: Throw some baking soda on your mattress and leave it for a few hours before vacuuming it of. It will neutralize any odors. You can also drag it outside for some sunlight, which has the same effect, but it’s not always a practical option!)

•    Steam cleaning the carpets (Need an easy fix for dents made by heavy furniture in the carpet fibers? Put an ice cube in each dent and let it melt. When it has melted and the area is dampened, take a cloth and blot the excess water and iron the area, again with a towel over top. Once the area is dry, you’ll be able to fluff up your carpet fibers so they look as good as new!)

•    Emptying and cleaning out the refrigerator or freezer

Once some of these bigger chores are done, reorganizing the junk drawer in the kitchen won’t seem daunting at all.

Step 5: Inside And out

Don’t forget to look beyond the walls of the house to the garden areas. Stand on the sidewalk or in front of your house and look at it: does it look like you could put it on the market to sell it? No? Time to add to the list from Step 1. Whether it’s a coat of fresh paint or a spray wash, fixing shutters or hanging baskets, trimming the bushes or raking up the leaves from last fall, there’s always plenty to do outside. This is another great area to get the kids involved, since they benefit from a breath of fresh air too! No job seems quite as bad with the sun shining on your head!


Art Freedman is the founder and CEO of Max Warehouse your one stop shop for all your home and garden needs from home organization and improvement, to auto and lawn care and everything in between. They have your back!  With free shipping over $50, you no longer need to spend your weekends in the aisles of home improvement stores.

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