Antonia Rutter
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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August 25, 2017

Alessandra Ambrosio Wears Sanctuary!



New York, NY – August 22, 2017 – Alessandra Ambrosio was spotted wearing Sanctuary in New York City last week. The supermodel was seen out and about looking casual with Laurent Boyfriend Flannel wrapped around her waist paired with denim cutoffs and a muscle tee ($79,


Photos (Instagram)

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August 23, 2017

You can have shinier and healthier hair with Essential Rinse by Younghee

Using a toner is a part of almost every recommended skincare routine and there are tons of options to choose from, but we rarely hear about toner for haircare. Your scalp is part of your skin and since it is generally covered up by your hair, we forget to give it the TLC we do for the other parts of our skin. As the base and “root” of our hair, the health of our scalp effects the health and look of our hair.

The Essential Rinse by Younghee is a Purifying Scalp & Hair Toner that removes buildup and product residue, leaving your scalp and hair feeling squeaky clean and vibrant. I have long hair and in order to keep any type of style, I need to use style-holding products, hair sprays, volumizers, heat protectants, shine serums, you name it. This summer I have been maximizing my social calendar, meaning lots of trips to the pool and beach, and using dry shampoo in between when I need to hop from one event to the next. The Essential Rinse was a refreshing and easy treatment my scalp and hair needed. After washing with shampoo, I put a few pumps of the rinse directly onto my scalp and some in my hands, massaging it in really well to my scalp and down my hair. I combed it through with my fingers, let it sit for about 3 min, and then washed it out. The product is 100% natural and made with spearmint and peppermint, which felt invigorating and smelled amazing.

My hair felt so smooth and light afterwards and just had an overall clean feeling to it. The next day my roommate even stopped to tell me she loved how I had done my hair (which was exactly how I always do it, just with the Essential Rinse added in). This toner is a great product to use in your weekly hair routine, that will make your hair shinier and healthier, and will also help your everyday products work better too with less scalp buildup.

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August 17, 2017

reveal a healthy, youthful looking skin with Arbonne


The new RE9 Advanced Cellular Renewal Mask from Arbonne is a powerful facemask made with botanical exfoliants that reveals healthy, youthful looking skin. This mask is suitable for all skin types and checks off every box for what you would want in a mask: gently removes dead skin cells, visibly improves the appearance of skin tone and texture, and unclogs- and minimizes the look of pores. Pineapple and papaya extracts smooth and soften the skin, algae extract helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and sustainable orange stem cells help improve the appearance of skins radiance, elasticity and firmness.

The mask is very simple to use and easy to remove. The product looks and feels like a face cream. Apply a layer of the mask over your face, avoiding the eye area, and leave on for 5-7 min (I left it on for a few min longer to give it an extra boost). The easier it is to use, the more likely I am to actually use it, so I am a big fan of masks that do not take 30+ min to use or create a big mess in taking it off (i.e. clay masks). My cheeks were a bit flush right after I washed the mask off, which the directions say to expect, and I have very sensitive skin so would recommend using it only once a week to those that do too. The first time I used this mask, I could see results right away. My skin felt smoother, clearer, and had a healthy glow to it.

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