Donna Raheb
February 23, 2017

Elegant and aromatic soaps with a message from Senteurs d’orient

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I love beauty products with a message and Senteurs d’Orient is one of those products*. Their line consists of the most beautiful hand crafted soaps, all  formulated with natural ingredients. The invigorating aromas of greens, herbs, florals  and mints are made by artisans at their Beirut atelier.

The Mint Tea Soap Leaves (shown above) are hand crafted with a unique blend of essential oils, aromatic fragrances, vitamin E, shea butter and glycerin for a skin softening experience. The Mint Tea Soap Leaves are perfect in a soap dish especially in a guest bathroom, as they are perfectly cut for individual use. These delicate soap leafs are  perfect for travel if you are space conscience.  30 individual soap leafs are beautifully packaged. They smell amazing and make fabulous gifts, maybe Mother’s Day perhaps?

FYI: One soap leaf is just the right size for your shower so they are the perfect size if you have overnight guests. Individual soap leafs are such a great idea for this reason alone!

*About Senteurs d’orient: This is a company by women, for women. “Driven by our shared entrepreneurial spirit, we set off to make empowering women at the heart of our brand DNA. We employ women in every tier of our company – from the founder to our chemists to the artisans -, which is why we’ve teamed up with the United Nations Development Program to support women’s education in Lebanon. 10% of our sales go to support this initiative.”

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At usa.senteursdorient.com you will find Ma’amoul Soaps and one of my favorites, Hamman Soap on a Rope (shown above) in scents like Orange Blossom, Amber, Jasmine of Arabia, Tuberose and Rose of Damascus.

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February 15, 2017

Under $75: Kate Upton Wears 21HM on Cover of Sports Illustrated!

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LOS ANGELES – February 15, 2017 – Supermodel Kate Upton was revealed as the 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition‘s cover girl today wearing 21HM. The model looked stunning adorned in 21HM‘s Mariah Necklace while gracing the cover for a third time ($60; www.21hmboutique.com).

Photo Credit: www.si.com/swimsuit

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February 14, 2017

Marcia Hamilton styles Tinashe for the 2017 Grammys

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At Sunday night’s Grammys red carpet, Tinashe’s hair says she is bold and unapologetic.
Inspiration: As Tinashe usually wears her hair down to perform, Marcia wanted something off her face and her shoulders for the red carpet–but edgier than the usual braid.

Step-by-step tips on how to recreate her look:

  • To prep below blowing dry, apply a cocktail of  John Frieda Frizz Ease Extra Strength Six Effects +  Serum  and John Frieda Frizz Ease Straight Fixation Styling Creme to wet hair
  • Blow dry hair straight almost entirely with a paddle brush, but concentrate on lifting hair at the roots but blowdrying with a round boar-bristly brush
  • If necessary, use a flatiron to give hair an even sleeker look, with exception of any face framing pieces
  • Pin two curls on either side of the head and let them set
  • Take a triangular piece of hair in the center of the back of the head, separate into two pieces and knot
  • Continue to pull pieces of hair from the sides of the head and knot in the back, creating a series of knots from the center of the head down the neck
  • After all hair as been gathered and knotted, twirl the bottom of the hair, twist it up and pin in the back
  • Release the pinned curls in the front of the head, brush them out, and finish by applying a light amount of John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch-Up Styling Creme
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February 7, 2017

Huxley Secret of Sahara Oil Essence is not a secret any more

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Huxley Secret of Sahara Oil Essence is not a secret any more. It’s currently sold out at their website. That should be a clue, this is a popular skincare “must-have”. Huxley Secret of Sahara Oil Essence by Glow Recipe was their December’s Glow Gamechanger, a monthly spotlight of one treatment that will change your skincare game, forever.

I have been using this unique, antioxidant-rich oil (which I describe more like a milky serum) for quite some time now and I love its texture and scent. It absorbs quickly and leaves your skin feeling soft and supple, definitely not oily. Formulated with Organic Sahara Cactus Oil , quinoa and acai berry, this is a lightweight serum which provides excellent hydration and nourishment to your skin. You will feel the difference almost immediately.

Huxley Secret of Sahara Oil Essence is essential for your skin especially if you need anti-aging properties in your skincare. I use a 1/2 dropper of the oil after cleansing. Moisturizer is optional, I felt I didn’t need it, that’s how well my face felt after application.

Huxley Secret of Sahara Oil Essence is free of  Parabens, Synthetic Dyes, Mineral Oils.

About the creators of  Glow Recipe: With 20+ years of industry experience between them, Glow Recipe co-founders Chang and Lee created the carefully curated destination site that makes natural beauty products free of harsh ingredients and the latest skincare trends from Korea accessible to beauty-forward women around the world. By splitting their time over the years in New York City, Seoul, Paris and Hong Kong, they’ve worked with thousands of women across the globe to understand their beauty rituals. Join these self-described skincare fanatics as they bring the K-beauty trend straight to you as they introduce Huxley’s Secret of Sahara Oil Essence.

You will find this months Gamechanger and more skincare from Glow Recipe at  www.glowrecipe.com

 

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February 3, 2017

Get The Look: Rita Ora at the LA Premiere of 50 Shades Darker

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 02: Singer/actress Rita Ora attends the Premiere of Universal Pictures' "Fifty Shades Darker" at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on February 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 02: Singer/actress Rita Ora attends the Premiere of Universal Pictures’ “Fifty Shades Darker” at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on February 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)

GET THE LOOK

Who: Rimmel London Ambassador Rita Ora at the LA Premiere of 50 Shades Darker

The Look: Feminine with an edge

The Inspiration:  Celebrity Makeup Artist Kathy Jeung was inspired by the actress, singer and Rimmel London Ambassador’s floral Giambattista Valli gown, which reminded her of beautiful vintage English floral prints and watercolor paintings. She left Rita’s skin glowing with soft, rosy pink lips, eyes and cheeks.

How to Get the Look: 

SKIN
After applying moisturizer, Kathy brushed on Rimmel London Match Perfect Concealer in Light/Medium, letting it set and tapping with her ring finger to blend. Next, she applied Rimmel London InstaFlawless Skin Tint to give Rita’s skin a radiant finish. To set the look, Kathy lightly dusted her skin with Rimmel London InstaFlawless Fix and Matte Setting Powder using a fluffy face brush.

To finish, she applied Rimmel London Sculpting and Highlighting Kit by Kate Moss in Golden Sands to contour and highlight Rita’s cheeks, leaving them with a rosy glow.

LIPS 
Kathy prepped Rita’s lips with Rimmel London Lip Conditioning Balm by Kate as a primer and then applied Rimmel London Rimmel London The Only 1 Matte in Salute

EYES & BROWS
Kathy used Rimmel London Magnif’Eyes Eye Contouring Palette in London Nudes Calling and Keep Calm & Wear Gold, applying a beige color on the browbone and rosy bronze color on the lid and crease, blending it out towards the temples. For an added pop, she applied a metallic gold shade to the corner of the eyes.

To enhance her gorgeous brows, Kathy used the Rimmel London Brow This Way Sculpting Kit in Blonde. She brushed Rita’s brows into place with brush, then filled, shaped and set them with the wax and powder.
Finally, she applied Rimmel London Scandaleyes Mascara to upper and lower lashes.

Where to Find Them: Rimmel London products are available at chain drug stores and mass retailers nationwide. Visit www.RimmelLondon.com for store locations and to try the newest products with Rimmel London’s exclusive Virtual Makeup Tool.

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January 30, 2017

Beautiful! Maisie Williams Hair 2017 SAG Awards

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At the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams shined on the red carpet in her gorgeous pink gown and sleek hair style. Her go-to stylist, Ryan Richman, used MOP salon haircare products to create this glamorous and sophisticated look. See below for his step-by-step:

Hairstylist: Ryan Richman

Inspiration: The classic silhouette of Maisie’s dress

Look: Deep side part and old Hollywood glamour tousled curls

“I washed the hair with MOP Lemongrass Volume Shampoo ($22) to help ‘fatten up’ the hair.  On damp hair I applied a generous amount of MOP Lemongrass Volume Whip ($22) to add volume throughout the style and to protect against heat.

Using a medium boar bristle round brush and my Revlon Soft Feel AC Motor Dryer, I blow dried one inch sections, lifting at the root for maximum volume.

I created a deep side part with a comb and began to curl the hair with my Revlon Pro Collection 1″ Soft Feel Curling Iron, curling the hair toward the face for a retro feel. After curling I sprayed the hair with MOP C-System Firm Finish Hairspray ($24) to hold the curl.

Using a gentle scalp brush I brushed through the curls pulling them back off of the face to create uniform and soft old Hollywood waves.

To finish, I applied a dime size amount of MOP Orange Peel Molding Cream ($22) to my finger tips to clean up the hair line, smooth fly aways, and define texture by running my hands over the style gently.  I then tucked the small side of the part behind the ear and secured with a bobby pin.”

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January 25, 2017

Celebrate Dove’s 60th Birthday

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Dove is turning 60!!!!

This month, Dove will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its iconic Dove Beauty Bar. Dove is a bit older than I am but I remember using Dove as a child and continue to do so today. When my mom worked for a dermatologist, Dove was the recommended choice for moisturizing your skin. My family still uses Dove, especially in the dry winter months. Many things have changed over the past 60 years but Dove has stayed the same and we would not want it any other way.  Thank you Dove!

To commemorate this milestone, the brand is kicking off a new campaign that celebrates women redefining beauty over the past 60 years and the beauty essential that’s been there through it all unchanged – the Dove Beauty Bar.  It’s the Dove brand’s honor to have been by women’s side since 1957, caring for them every step of the way, and we are encouraging women to share how they will continue to #RaisetheBeautyBarimgresThis  short digital video shows a retrospective of the iconic beauty moments over the past 60 years championing the strides women have made in beauty. And, Dove will even release a limited-edition bar with the word “care” engraved on it.

 

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January 24, 2017

Project Social T Launches Spring 2017 Collection!

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LOS ANGELES – January 23, 2017- Project Social T launches their Spring ’17 collection today on their website, featuring everything from cozy loungewear to specialty dyed dresses, rompers, and tees. Expanding beyond basics this season, the LA-based brand introduces new silhouette staples including over-sized, fitted, off-shoulder tees and tanks alongside their familiar best-sellers in new, soft Spring pastels.

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Project Social T’s latest lounge capsule collection features fabrics like french and retro terry cloth as well as new dresses, rompers and bodysuits with unique cut-out details (think keyholes, side cut-outs, deep open backs and arm cut-outs for that modern twist). Soft Woven and garment dyed fabrications round out the collection for a reimagined, fun and feminine feel.
Lastly, the brand added a playful Anti-Valentine’s Day theme to their popular graphic tee collection featuring tongue-in-cheek messaging like “No Boys Allowed” & “Drinking of you.” Project Social T retails from $40 to $88 and is available for purchase on ProjectSocialT.com along with select retailers including Revolve.com & Bloomingdales.com.

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January 16, 2017

A Tale of Two Eye Creams

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I recently had an amazing opportunity to sample two best selling eye creams from Made from Earth Skincare Line. The two creams are Chamomile Eye Therapy ($22.99)* and Somaluxe Stem Cell + Collagen Moisturizer ($54.99)*Both products were very nice and I enjoyed using them. I would like to share with you my thought regarding both:

 

The two skin care products are very different with only a few similarities; Both are used once a day, morning or night and both the Chamomile Eye Therapy and Somaluxe Stem Cell + Collagen Moisturizer reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improve overall skin tone. There are however, several big differences;
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One difference between the two products is that the Chamomile Eye Therapy is designed as a moisturizing eye treatment and Somaluxe Stem Cell + Collagen Moisturizer is designed to be used as an eye treatment as well as a moisturizer for your face and neck. Chamomile Eye Therapy, when used as directed should be used for “5 days, with a break of 2-4 days between applications to allow the skin to naturally heal and support itself.” as stated in the directions. It does state that Chamomile Eye Therapy will not harm your skin if you choose to use it everyday but for optimal results, use for 5 days then take a break for 2 to 4 days. Chamomile Eye Therapy can be used under the eye and on the eye lid. It is formulated with roman chamomile which gently calms the eye area as well as Vitamin C and advanced minerals, helping to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and help with lighteningng dark circles.

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Somaluxe Stem Cell + Collagen Moisturizer is formulated with Plant Stem Cells, peptides and Amino Acids. It is designed to stimulate new skin cells, collagen production and skin cell longevity. Included are Peptides and botanicals to soften skin texture and add firmness. Unlike the Chamomile Eye Therapy, Somaluxe Stem Cell + Collagen Moisturizer is recommended for long term use leading to clear, luminous skin and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles over time. Somaluxe Stem Cell + Collagen Moisturizer is gentle and effective enough to be used everyday and you will not have to use additional moisturing. This is one feature that I loved!

I found myelf using Chamomile Eye Therapy for the first 5 days (Monday through Friday) and taking a break over the weekend. There was a short period of time that I had a dry patch on my eyelid and the Chamomile Eye Therapy was a little bit irritating to the area but overall I really did like it.  If I had to choose one, I would go with the Somaluxe Stem Cell + Collagen Moisturizer because I liked the fact that I could apply it to my entire face and neck (the eye area included) as a moisturizer.  If you are just looking for an eye treatment only, then I would recommend Chamomile Eye Therapy. I had good results with both creams.

Another fabulous feature about Made from Earth Skincare is that you will NEVER find harmful ingredients in their products like: Petrochemicals and Phthalates, Parabens (Methyl, Propyl, Butyl), Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate,Diazolidinyl Urea and Mineral Oil and Cosmetic Fragrances.

You really do need to use skincare for several weeks or more before you notice differences with your problem areas but it is worth it. You will find an extensive line of skincare ranging from cleansers, moisturizer, serums  and much more at www.madefromearth.com

*The price of the Made from Earth Products did not affect my opinion when writing my review

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January 9, 2017

Exciting news from Surya Brasil Beauty

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Surya Brasil in making our planet a little bit greener – one Eastern Redbud tree at a time!

From now until the end of January, every order purchased through Surya Brasil will receive a free seed packet for an Eastern Redbud tree. Plant your tree, post a picture, hashtag #SowingSurya and you will be entered for a chance to win a $10 gift card for your all natural and organic beauty favorites! Winners will be announced on social media (@suryabrasilbeauty) January 31st.

Created with ingredients from the Amazon Rainforest and natural botanicals from around the world, Surya Brasil is committed to creating the best natural, organic and vegan lifestyle products to promote health, wellness and sustainability.

 

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