Antonia Rutter
November 29, 2017

Give the gift of luxurious skincare with Luminesce

If you are looking for luxurious skincare to gift a special lady in your life, Luminesce has a fabulous line of skincare products to choose from. Two of my favorites form the line are  LUMINESCE™ ULTIMATE LIFTING MASQUE and ESSENTIAL BODY RENEWAL

The LUMINESCE™ ESSENTIAL BODY RENEWAL is a hydrating body lotion that moisturizes your skin from head to toe. The lightweight formula is non-greasy and fortified with legume and fruit extracts, leaving your skin looking and feeling refreshed. With the cold weather, my skin gets dry almost overnight and I like to find a formula that will keep it hydrated, but that isn’t too heavy or will clog pores. The Luminesce Body Renewal lotion is perfect for that with vitamins and minerals to keep your skin soft, healthy, and glowing.

The LUMINESCE™ ULTIMATE LIFTING MASQUE is an extremely nourishing, listing masque that is uniquely formulated with APT-200™. While it does have a higher price point, this masque definitely packs a punch. You apply the thick, clear, gel like formula to your face and neck and let sit for 15-20 min and once dry, slowly peel the layer of masque off in strips, a la American Psycho style. It reminded me of pore cleansing strips, but less abrasive and painful and exfoliates and cleanses your entire face, not just one area. The directions state to apply a thin layer, however I applied it slightly heavier the second time and found it was much easier to remove that way. Old, dead skin cells peel away with the masque leaving behind smooth, more youthful looking skin which I noticed almost immediately. Once I finished washing the formula off, my skin felt tighter and looked brighter. This is definitely a great product to add to your weekly skincare routine to keep your skin looking fresh and healthy.

The LUMINESCE™ ULTIMATE LIFTING MASQUE and ESSENTIAL BODY RENEWAL, both part of the company’s anti-aging skin care line, are dermatologist formulated to restore vitality and radiance to your skin.

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November 20, 2017

Sabrina Carpenter’s Sheer Red Carpet Essential: Item M6!

Los Angeles, CA – November 20, 2017 – Sabrina Carpenter was photographed wearing Item M6 twice on the red carpet this weekend in LA! The actress first stepped out rocking a chic monochromatic look at Variety’s 1st Annual Hitmaker’s Luncheon wearing Item M6’s Shape Tights Translucent ($96), and then wearing the same style underneath her stylish plaid ensemble on the red carpet at the 2017 American Music Awards (!




For photo contact Getty Images

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November 10, 2017

GET THE LOOK: Faith Hill CMA Awards 2017

Here is the breakdown for Faith Hill’s CMA awards look with Lorenzo Martin and The One by Frederic Fekkai .

  • After seeing Faith’s stunning, one shoulder, Armani Privé gown, we decided to go with a messy top knot
  • After, I I wrapped various pieces of hair in different directions and secured them with hair pins
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October 23, 2017

Elizabeth Arden Plush Up Lip Gelato is not your grandmother’s lipstick


Elizabeth Arden Plush Up Lip Gelato line is a sheer, moisturizing formula that softens lips while giving them a pop of color. Lipstick is something I generally don’t gravitate towards in my
make-up purchases. It always struck me as something an older woman would wear and I wanted to avoid having a clown-mouth look, when I’ve tried it on, it always seemed like way too much. I have relatively small lips so any tiny lipstick mark outside of my lip line made me look slightly crazy and ready for a Halloween party.

The Plush Up Lip Gelato by Elizabeth Arden is not your grandmothers lipstick though. I was pleasantly surprised when I first tried it on before work, make-up remover wipe in hand ready to wipe off the mess I was about to make, and found that zero touch ups were required after one quick swipe across my top and bottom lip. The gel formula with vitamin A, E & rosemary extract glides on smoothly and conditions your lips which not only makes them appear fuller, but you don’t need to worry about it looking dry and cracked. The color is sheer, so you can easily have a
more subtle look, or build it up for a night out with another coat or two.

The colors are complimentary so you can easily mix shades for a more unique color. I tried Strawberry Sorbet and Pink Lemonade which worked nicely together for a pinky, orange hue. There are over 20 shades available, so definitely worth checking out if you want to step up your lip color game with controllable color that protects and locks in moisture.


Elizabeth Arden

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October 15, 2017

Spin for Perfect Skin


The Spin for Perfect Skin Face and Body Cleansing Brush is a complete, full body cleansing system designed to give you fresh, flawless skin from head to toe. The brush comes with four removable heads: a gentle head brush, exfoliating head brush, pumice stone, and fully body brush. Each of these are super easy to interchange and use on the light-weight handle.

This brush is truly like having your own, portable spa in your shower. I use the gentle head brush daily to help wash off make up, dirt and oil at the end of the day, and I use the exfoliating brush twice a week for an extra buff to get rid of any dead skin or trapped oil in my pores. The full body brush can be used daily and leaves you will a full body, squeaky clean feeling, and helps cleanse those hard to reach areas like arms, legs, and back (add an acne clearing gel to help get rid of pesky backne). The pumice stone can be used on dry heels, knees, and elbows to leave you with smooth, soft skin. Besides doing an A+ job at cleansing skin by getting rid of dirt and oil and sloughing off rough, dead skin cells to leave you with a brighter complexion, your new healthy skin better absorbs serums and moisturizers, which allow them to work better for your skin. I’ve also found this full body system is great to use to buff your skin clean before applying any self tanner, which will definitely be coming back into my skincare routine with winter around the corner.

The Spin for Perfect Skin Face and Body Cleansing Brush can be found at Vanity Planet 

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October 2, 2017

For soft glowing skin try a little Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator from Belli Skincare

I have combination skin and am always looking for a face moisturizer that is light, while still moisturizing and has some extra benefits to help with breakouts or redness. The Belli Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator is a light moisturizer that can be used morning and night, and is rich in botanical humectants that refine and soften skin texture. The Belli brand is formulated to deliver safe, effective products for every stage of life, including pregnancy and nursing. While pregnancy safe products are not a direct concern of mine at this point, Belli’s products are OB/GYN & Dermatologist recommended, allergy tested, paraben-free, gluten-free, cruelty-free, free of artificial dyes or fragrances, and medically researched, which I think anyone can get behind and benefit from, pregnant or not.

Soothing chamomile helps neutralize skin irritants and it provides an antioxidant boost of vitamin C and grapeseed oil which leaves skin with a healthy glow. The Facial Hydrator is non-greasy and absorbs quickly, leaving your skin feeling soft, with a brighter and more even skin tone. The lotion has a very natural, refreshing citrus scent which I love. The packaging is sleek, easy to use and travel friendly, so you can throw it in your make up or gym bag without worrying about a mess!

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October 2, 2017

Donna’s on-the-go beauty kit

These are miniature versions of roller lash mascara & Nars orgasm blush

I need an easy way to keep myself fresh with small amounts of products that I need at any given time

Donna Spangler Actress & Producer

As an actress, producer & business woman, I am often on the go.  Weather it is on a formal trip or just a day trip, I need to have my beauty items handy to look & feel my best.  When we are on the road or going places where we may need to primp or completely do our makeup or freshen up, it is great to be prepared with a little beauty kit with all the essentials needed to look your best. The problem is taking everything you need in normal size containers you may need a suitcase. I have come up with a solution for this!
Donna’s on-the-go beauty kit made with samples

Beauty kit


In today’s world, we want to look our best at all times with the least amount of effort. I have come up with essentials every girl should have on hand, so you will be able to look fresh whether you are on the go, staying overnight with your boyfriend or simply need a touch up. Stash these necessities in your purse, and you will always be prepared.

I love samples. It gives me a chance to try high-end products of all sorts. Since you receive ample amounts in small packaging, you can make a full-on beauty kit to haul along in your purse. This can be very effective, especially when you may be out somewhere away from your packed arsenal of at home products.

First, you need a case for your makeshift beauty kit. It should be something you can fit easily into your purse. I used a handy foldable holder that I had received from a business flight, but you can also get a makeup holder at the 99 cents store or any drugstore. Just make sure it is somewhat flat and can be comfortably stowed in your purse.

Next comes the fun part. You need to get the ingredients to put into your kit. Take a trip to the department store and get samples of makeup base that fits your color, creams, perfumes, liner, mascara, gloss or whatever useful items you can find. I like the samples that are in flat packets because they are easy to fit into the kit. The other alternative is to have the salesperson make samples for you. High-end lines usually have tiny plastic containers the size of a quarter with tightly sealed lids that will work for your kit as well. Gather all the essentials possible in one visit.

You can also gather the beauty freebies attained through larger makeup purchases. These items tend to be smaller and can be easily stored in your kit. Figure out when makeup lines are offering free gifts, and keep track any ‘points’ you’ve accumulated (Sephora’s point system gives spectacular yet small gifts). Sephora also sells small beauty items as you are standing in line which are great for your beauty kit as there is everything from small hairspray and mascara to pint size foundation.

Add a sample perfume of your choice. I recommend a black or brown eye pencil, earth tone shadow, sample mascara (I like ARMANI – and they are small!). If desired, throw in a couple of packages of Advil for those emergency days. Remember one feminine product (tampon), and put in a flat comb and hair band so that you can tie back your hair when you wash your face. A few Q tips and cotton balls are a must – store them in a tiny sealable baggy.

Pick up some shine eraser sheets (Elf Brand makes a great one). Get a pocket-sized toothpaste and
toothbrush. I have

Dental Floss

gotten these items in hotels as well as in airline kits, or you may already have a few saved. Also add a small dental floss or put two or three dental claws into the kit.

You can also add any samples or small packed products that you think you may need. Go to the section in the drug store where they have the samples. Other items to consider are razors, baby wipe samples, mouthwash, face wash, etc

I also like collecting hotel items because they can be used in your kit. When it is put together, it should supply you with what you need for one day or night out. It is great if you are spending the night at a friend’s house and want to appear fresh without bringing a suitcase.

You can keep your kit in your purse or car so you will be prepared to look, smell and feel your best at all times. This inexpensive condensed beauty kit is incredibly handy, and you will be glad you took the time to have it constantly within your reach. Knowing you are prepared to wow in any situation will give you a priceless piece of mind.


6 Q tips, 2 cotton balls, samples of eye makeup remover or cream to remove makeup, and tissues (there is nothing worse than running eyes at the end of a night. These essentials can fix this pesky problem)

Put the cotton balls, Q tips and tissues into a small sealable plastic baggie

One black liner to re-apply for later

One black or brown mascara

Brown or earth toned eye shadow

Blush in your favorite color (I like NARS orgasm), brush for application

Your favorite color lip liner

Lighter lip gloss to go over liner

Add a few samples of foundation in your color and bolting powder paper

Get some perfume samples perfect for your kit

Small tube toothpaste, toothbrush, floss and gargle (Remember, these should all be sample sizes)

1 feminine product, small comb, ponytail holder and package of Advil

With this kit, you will be ready for your on-the-go life and always look your best!

There are also mini flat irons & curling that are as tiny as a few inches long.

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September 18, 2017

The Real Eye-Brow Trend – Emmy’s 2017 Edition

With all the crazy eyebrow trends taking the beauty world by storm (Squiggle brows and McDonalds brows – yikes) … shaped and arched brows were the real brow trend at the Emmy’s last night.  With visits from celebrities, models and tv personality’s, including Reese Witherspoon, tried and true tweezers are the main draw at Brows by Sebastian – the NYC eyebrow studio by celebrity eyebrow guru Sebastian Latiolais. Sebastian has been called “the go-to person to talk eyebrows” by the Huffington Post. His unique tweeze only approach is the best way to get perfect proportions and have total artistic control. “For a perfect arch that’s built for unique face shape, tweezing is the way to go.”


Brows By Sebastian – Makeup Studio
17-19 West 45th Street (Suite 704)
New York, NY 10036
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September 7, 2017

Best Beauty Products 2017 According to 40,000 Consumers

Product of the Year USA

Product of the Year is the world’s largest consumer-voted award for product innovation. Established 30 years ago, POY currently operates in 38 countries with the same purpose: Guide consumers to the best products in their market and reward manufacturers for quality and innovation. Product of the Year winners are backed by the votes of 40,000 consumers in a national representative survey conducted by research partner Kantar TNS, a global leader in consumer research. The award is a powerful merchandising program for marketers proven to increase product sales, distribution and awareness. Winning products are announced in February each year and receive the right to use the Product of the Year logo in marketing communications for two years. For more information, visit


Schwarzkopf Keratin Color

Specially formulated to help care for your hair while coloring, Keratin Color uses Unique Collagen Care Complex and Skin Flattering Pigments to deliver younger, fuller looking hair in just 30 minutes! Keratin Coloration includes a pre-treatment to help protect and repair hair before coloring, leaving hair with up to 80% less hair breakage. 18 intensive colors deliver 100% gray coverage with a low-odor coloring experience thanks to the Ammonia Control Technology.

Kleenex Facial Cleansing Cushions

Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions are an exclusive combination of dual-sided, multilayered fabrics and a gentle built in cleanser that exfoliates and polishes your skin. The water-activated cushions massage and exfoliate for smoother looking skin. Designed to reveal a healthier, more radiant glow in just one use. Hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested for all skin types.

Carmex Comfort Lip Balm

Carmex Comfort Care lip balm – a 100% natural blend of soothing oatmeal, fruit-seed oil and mixed berry flavor that restores moisture for smoother, healthier, naturally beautiful lips!

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August 28, 2017

Chad Wood styles Vanessa Hudgens for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards

INGLEWOOD, CA – AUGUST 27: Vanessa Hudgens attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)


For last night’s MTV Video Music Awards, Vanessa Hudgens’ hair made a slick-back but voluminous statement.

Inspiration: Chad Wood’s inspiration for the sleek and chic style was to play off the texture in Vanessa’s dress.

Step by step to recreate this look:

1. Start with wet hair and apply John Frieda Luxurious Volume Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion 

2. Then, blow dry the hair straight and back – styling each section away from the face and helping create extra volume at the crown

3. Next, section off the hair and starting at the nape, flat iron the hair 1” sections at a time and spray each section with John Frieda Luxurious Volume Forever Full Hairspray

4. To give the hair a polished wet look like Vanessa’s, apply John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch-up Crème

5. Finally, spray John Frieda Luxurious Volume Forever Full Hairspray to lock in the style



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