October 6, 2013

Rive Supports “Be Bright Pink”


Breast Cancer Awareness Month brings women from all over the world together in support of a good cause. Glass water bottle company Rivé, has joined the fight by creating these one-of-a-kind water bottles wrapped in the iconic breast cancer pink ribbon with 10% of proceeds going to Be Bright Pink.  Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women, while providing support for high-risk individuals. “With over 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer estimated in 2013 alone, I felt it important to leverage the physique of the Rivé water bottles to benefit a charitable cause. Breast cancer not only affects so many women but also their friends, families and loved ones. I wanted the Rivé brand to be impactful and what better way than donating Bright Pink,” says Rivé Founder, Jillian Craig.  Good for you. Good for your loved ones. Good for the environment. And a good way to consume water in a stylish way while giving back to a good cause.

About Rivé: Rivé is an innovator in water bottle engineering and design. Through sleek shapes, bold colors, and fashion-inspired artwork, Rivé water bottles transform a colorless, odorless, tasteless substance into an experience that excites the senses. Composed of glass – the only packaging considered safe by the FDA – they’re also safe, sustainable and affordable ranging from $15-$20. Sold at www.riveusa.com and at national Target stores.

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October 2, 2013

ORLY FX NAIL LACQUER is Pretty in Pink this October

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, ORLY is re-introducing the Pretty in Pink Collection in which 20 percent of the profits will go towards Cancer Schmancer. Founded by actress and cancer survivor Fran Drescher, Cancer Schmancer is an organization that focuses on education, prevention and early detection of cancer. The Pretty in Pink Collection includes one all new glitter shade, Pink Your World. The three Lacquers in the Pretty in Pink Collection include:

Fight On: Chunky Pink Glitter/Blue PearlPink Your World: Pink Glitter w/Holo and Gunmetal GlitterYou Are Not Alone: Cool Tone Pink Glitter  http://www.orlybeauty.com/

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October 1, 2013

MURAD Supports Breast Cancer Awareness and City of Hope


Did you know?

One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. For the 3rd year in a row, Murad is uniting with City of Hope and will donate 10% from the sale of its Hydrate for Hope set to benefit City of Hope’s breast and women’s cancers research, treatment and education programs.  The Hydrate for Hope set, which comes with a hot pink cosmetic bag, includes Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture that features a luxurious blend of super-hydrating ingredients that quench skin and restore youthful resiliency and tone, making it the most opulent moisturizer ever to appear in the Murad line.

Hydrate for Hope will be available in October on murad.com for $49.50 (a $65 value).

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October 1, 2013

Catch The Fall Edition of the Affordable Art Fair New York City


The Beauty of Art

The Fall Edition of the Affordable Art Fair New York City


A pop of color on the lips is all the rage from the runway to reality.  Celebrate this beauty trend and capture this look permanently at the Affordable Art Fair New York.  The piece (pictured above) by Houston artist, Mitch McGee, is a four colored wood cut print.  The proceeds of this artwork will help aid those most affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Each piece in this edition of 15 is signed and numbered, and printed on acid free arches paper.  It is 30 x 22 unframed and can be yours for just $100!

Returning to New York City on October 3rd – 6th, 2013 at the Tunnel in West Chelsea, the fall edition will house art that the beauty obsessed are sure to love, including the Mitch McGee collection.  The fair will feature over 50 innovative galleries with work by artists from around the globe.

General admission tickets are $15 at the door, $10 for students and seniors.  Admission for children under the age of 12 is free.  To purchase tickets, please visit affordableartfair.com.

About the Affordable Art Fair

The Affordable Art Fair provides a relaxed and enjoyable environment with a diverse collection of contemporary priced art from $100 – $10,000, including paintings, sculptures, photographs and drawings.  While the majority of exhibiting galleries will be from the United States, about 40% of the Fair will be comprised of international galleries, showcasing work by artists from around the globe.

General Admission

Thursday             October 3rd:                        11 am – 8 pm

Friday                    October 4th:                        11 am – 8 pm (free admission 6 pm – 8 pm)

Saturday              October 5th:                        11 am – 8 pm

Sunday                 October 6th:                        11 am – 6 pm

So take a walk over to The Tunnel and discover the beauty of the Affordable Art Fair.

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September 30, 2013

Recover – E Cucumber Eye Pads equals Refreshed and Replenished Eyes


My friends came over and wanted to have an inexpensive spa party at my house. I’m always on the hunt to find great, inexpensive, lightweight products and really found a tiny treasure with Earth Theraputics Eye Pads. We thought they were absolutely adorable and they smelled great, but weren’t sure how they were going to work.  Luckily, I didn’t have to chop up cucumbers or break tea bags apart for the treatment. The six women let the eye pads refrigerate for twenty minutes and then we put them on our eyes. Honestly, it was the favorite product of the evening. My friends couldn’t believe how the pads relieved puffiness and dark circles around their eyes. I actually fell asleep as I found the smell delightful and soothing. The pads are infused with real cucumber extract, vitamin E and a beneficial blend of nutrients. We all went shopping the next day and purchased pads to keep our eyes refreshed for the next six months!!!  

We found Recover-E Cucumber Eye Pads and Rejuvenal-C Orange Eye Pads (which I can’t wait to try)  at Kohl’s Department Store but they can also be found at ulta.com and earththerapeutics.com/


Liz Vachon, LICSW

Wife and Mother of two

National Keynote Speaker on Bullying


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September 27, 2013


image002-1Joico Continues Annual Push to Increase Awareness and Raise Funds. Breast cancer never takes a holiday and Joico’s annual efforts to raise funds for research and increase awareness doesn’t either. Their efforts to support the fight to end cancer transforms this year to its “Style for A Cure” campaign in a year that has also seen Joico transformed in image and purpose. The Style for A Cure campaign includes special pink product promotions – top stylers JoiMist Firm hairspray and JoiWhip foam offered in a sleek, metallic pink sheen that graduates from top to bottom. These top stylers will be available on special in a “2 for $22” duo deal coming this September/October. 

The campaign also continues to offer marketing support for salons and professional stylists who wish to hold their own breast cancer-related events. Joico’s do-it yourself BCA website www.joico.com/breast-cancer-awareness continues to be a source for salons and stylists to create and promote their very own local efforts to help the cause. As Joico embarked on a new and transformative vision at the start of 2013, it launched itself into a whole new stratosphere when it revealed its new look that ranged across vibrant new product packaging, to fresh and bold new imagery speaking more to a strong lifestyle-focused brand, while also re-invigorated its science roots through DNA-based technology to change the industry. Joico’s commitment continues to go strong with the company once again supporting their long-standing partner City of Hope for their yearly fundraiser culminating in Las Vegas this July in its Annual Spirit of Life Gala.  With Sara Jones, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Joico/ISO/Minardi having been the 2011 City of Hope Spirit of Life Award Recipient, and long-time supporter and board-member, this relationship continues to flourish.  Also continuing on from 2012 will be Joico support for the cause via Beauty Systems Group, and special edition products to specifically benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure (Joico duos JoiMist Firm and JoiWhip, also in specially-designed pink packaging).  Additionally, the Joico BCA page at www.joico.com/breast-cancer-awareness is becoming increasingly robust as it celebrates the salons and stylists who continue to participate in Breast Cancer Awareness and fundraising events. The online destination also offers a roster of turnkey, downloadable breast cancer programs—including cut-a-thons, silent auctions, “Touch of Pink” ribbon events and service and product promotional programs—that salons can customize to their individual businesses and communities.  Each program features posters, planners, letters, press alerts and other printables.

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September 26, 2013

Lavanila Forever Fragrance Oil is the perfect gift for any party!

Lavanila Fragrance Oil

The definition of “regift” in the Merriam Webster dictionary …… “to give someone a gift that was previously received from someone else.”  A friend of mine had a “Regifting Party”.  Everyone who attends this party must bring a item that they once received as a gift. The item has to be new and unopened.  After the delicious appetizers and exquisite drinks, it was time to exchange the merchandise. In between all the oohing and aaahing, I opened my regifted item……. Lavanila Forever Fragrance Oil!  First of all, I love the brand Lavanila, I am very familiar with its reputation! Lavanila is an all natural company that uses only the finest ingredients in all their products. The roll-on sweet almond oil is a luscious blend of sparkling grapefruit, fresh cedarwood and warm Madagascar vanilla bean scent.  It is a clean, uplifting citrus fragrance and is made without Parabens, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, Silicones, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oils, Synthetic Dyes, Sulfates, Chemical Sunscreens, or Aluminum.  It is All Natural! 

The roll-on oil sensuality melts into the skin to hydrate and last twice as long as traditional fragrances. Lavanila does not test on animals and is made in the USA!  The Lavanila Forever Fragrance Oil is also available in Vanilla Coconut and Pure Vanilla and, retails for $25.00 for .27 fl oz.at  Lavanila.com.  Well this was one time I did not feel cheated or angry to receive a regifted gift.  It was a genuine hit!  The funny part of this story…. as the party continued into the night, I ended up chatting with the women who presented me with her regifted item.  She was complimenting me on my scent throughout the conservation.  Well, I really didn’t have the heart to tell her…. it was her regifted gift “Lavanila Forever Fragrance Oil.  Her loss – my gain!

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September 23, 2013

My Christian Louboutins are my Glass Slippers


Shoes have always been featured as a girl’s best friend…….. Cinderella’s glass slipper and Carrie, a New York girl, obsessed with shoes in Sex and the City were a few of my favorites.  A new pair of shoes brings on a kind of exhilaration to the female gender.  My very first pair of Christian Louboutin shoes were given to me by my husband one Christmas morning, who, by the way has unbelievable taste. A very very nice surprise.  After removing the wrapping paper, I knew right away what brand of shoes they were (the box reveiled the content)!  Shaking with excitement, I transported the shoes out of the box to eye level!  I sat there for at least 15 minutes just staring at the shoes!  Christian Louboutin New Nude Simple Pump 120 Patent Calf shoes!

Christian Louboutin is a French designer who designed shoes for Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Maud Frizon before opening his own business.  Louboutin brought the stilettos back into fashion in the 1900’s ranging the heel heights of 4.72 inches and higher!  His goal was to make a woman’s legs look as long as he could. His signature shoes have shiny, red-lacquered soles which took some time to convince myself it was “ok” to wear them outside and mark the bottom of the shoes.  I thought for that amount of money, I would be happy just to display them on my dresser. Christian Louboutin New Simple Pump 120 Patent Calf Shoe has a heel height of 4 1/2 inches.  I can wear these shoes with any outfit and they make quite a statement!  I do agree, they make my legs look long and amazing!  Patent leather with leather lining and padded insole makes the comfort of these shoes irresistible. Christian Louboutin shoes can be purchased at Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Christian Louboutin Online Stores.

Always remember the right pair of shoes can make a wrong situation more tolerable.  For example….. while attending my niece’s wedding wearing my Christian Louboutin shoes, I left the ladies room not knowing I was dragging a foot long piece of toilet paper. Walking across the dance floor while everyone was seated enjoying their meal, a complete stranger approached me informing me of my third leg. I was totally embarrassed. Then there was the stare at my feet and the conversation quickly changed as she complimented my shoes!  She loved them and another woman drifted into the discussion. My red face altered back to my original color and the toilet paper issue was forgotten. My Christian Louboutin shoes make me feel elegant, complete my outfits, and of course makes me taller!

Laurie Carcieri, Fashion, Fitness and Designer Shoe Enthusiast

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September 20, 2013

Who Needs Cover-up when you have Bioré Acne Clearing Scrub

Biore Acne Clearing Scrub

As the stress of college classes kicked back in at the beginning of this month, so did my temperamental skin. Not fun! Especially when you have eight a clock classes and don’t have a lot of time to apply cover-up! By mid-September, I started to find my perfect college routine, which included using Bioré Acne Clearing Scrub every night before bed. Within the next few weeks, gone were the mornings I had to reach for my cover-up because there weren’t any blemisheds to cover-up!

Bioré Acne Clearing Scrub is a salicylic acid acne treatment, meaning the formula of the scrub washes away the nasty things that result in acne, dirt and oil. Most importantly, this scrub did not damage, irritate, or dry out my skin, which are the problems I find with most other facial scrubs. All you have to do is wet your face, massage the scrub all over your face and rise! After a few nights of incorporating Bioré Acne Clearing Scrub into your nightly routine you will wake up with a clear complexionand a few extra minutes you would have spent applying cover-up!

Biore has other amazing skincare products and you can find them here; biore.com. You can also find Biore skincare products in most drug stores nation-wide.

0-91Rachel Aiello, College Sophmore

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September 17, 2013

Love Sandra Bullock’s Hair style? You can have it with UNITE



Sandra Bullock’s recent locks seen at the Venice Film Festival, are an easy-to-achieve hairstyle that works on all hair textures; and looks flawless for any occasion. Here are a few quick steps on how you can achieve this look at home:

Step One: Spritz a leave-in conditioner all-over damp hair. Try UNITE 7Seconds Condition ($26.25).

Step Two: Next, blow hair straight using a round paddle brush, leaving some of your natural texture throughout hair.

Step Three: Once almost completely dry, take a salt-based spray, like the UNITE Beach Day Spray ($29.95) and spritz it onto 2-inch sections of hair, raking fingers through to separate.

Step Four: Finish this look by flipping hair over and back, to get that effortless volume.



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