Donna Raheb
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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January 4, 2017

Hair Care the whole family will love from MOP

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Modern Original Products for Modern Original People: MOP

MOP haircare products are my latest find and the start of the 2017 is the perfect time to switch up my shampoo and conditioner. The MOP line carries a variety of shampoos, conditioners, leave-in conditioners, detanglers, a molding creams and sprays among others. What I love most about this line of hair care is that you can mix and match the different types of products and get the same amazing results. With 5 varieties in the MOP line to choose from, Basil Mint, Mixed Greens, Lemongrass, Pear, and C-system, you will love what each product has to offer your entire family.

My husband is thoroughly enjoying Basil Mint Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner. Formulated with Basil, Mint, and Sage, these extracts stimulate the scalp, regulate dandruff and control excess oil production which is his major scalp problem. It also has a sweet minty scent that he is a huge fan of.

The Mixed Greens Shampoo and Conditioner add extra moisturizing and leaves my hair soft and silky for days. If you have a sensitive scalp, Pear Gentle Shampoo is the right choice. The Pear Detangler is perfect if you have curly hair like myself. Try mixing it up a little with Pear Gentle Shampoo and Mixed Greens Conditioner. MOP haircare products smell fabulous.
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Orange Peel Molding Cream is perfect if your hair needs a little extra texture. My kids are using the molding cream and the Licorice and Orange Peel produce a textured look adding depth and a matte finish to their hair style. If you like your braid to look perfect, without frizzies and flyaways, Orange Peel Molding Cream will do the trick. If you can not find MOP at your favorite salon, you can order directly from their website at www.mopproducts.com

About MOP Products (taken from the website)

For over 15 years, MOP® has been making some of the best products available in salons. Our mission from the beginning has always been to make products that use the best ingredients while never sacrificing our Modern Original Performance. What does this mean… well, it simply means that we will never sacrifice performance for the latest ingredient fad, but we always want to make our clients feel good about what they use on their heads. That is why we use vegetable and fruit derived ingredients, botanicals and natural extracts wherever possible in our formulas. It also means that we never test our products on animals and that wherever possible we try to make all of our formulas Vegan. We know that this is a Modern Original Perspective and we hope that you will embrace it too.

 

 

 

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December 19, 2016

handcrafted jewelry with fitness in mind from Fitjewels

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It all started with a Fitbit exercise tracker. I wore my tracker every day until one evening as I was getting dressed to go out, I realized the Fitbit tracker just didn’t fit in with dressy clothes. That’s when fitjewels  came to my rescue. I acquired my first piece of jewelry, designed to dress up the Fitbit tracker, which was a beautiful pendant; http://itsaglamthing.com/2015/12/15/show-off-your-exercise-tracker-in-pure-elegance-with-jewelry-from-fitjewel/

The pendant worked beautifully, but sometimes even a beautiful pendant just doesn’t fit in with certain wardrobe choices. Again,  fitjewels came to my rescue with their beautiful line of bracelets that accommodate my Fitbit and my new Fitbit Alta.

As you can see from the photo above, the FITBIT FLEX Jewelry Bracelet Soma, looks simply elegant on the wrist and goes with any type of outfit. A Fitbit tracker fits nicely inside the cage and looks more like an onyx piece than an exercise tracker. This particular bracelet is made of Stainless Steel and leather and the indicator lamps are always visible which is a nice feature.

Most pieces of jewelry in the fitjewel line are available in gold, silver and rose gold. Two sizes are also available;  S-M (5.5-6.5) M-L (6.5-7.5) and L-XL (7.5-9) inches (circumference of your wrist).  The bracelets look extremely elegant on your wrist you can’t tell you are hiding your exercise tracker.

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With my recent upgrade from a Fitbit Flex to a Fitbit Alta, I needed another bracelet to wear when I wanted wear something besides the plastic strap. This particular piece (shown above) accommodates my Fitbit Alta, fitjewels FITBIT ALTA Jewelry Bracelet Noe. The Fitbit Alta attaches to the bands by connecting the sides to the jewelry. With a simple press of a small lever, the Fitbit Alta unhinges from the band and you can replace it with any fitjewel  bracelet designed for the Fitbit Alta quite easily.

They are also available in two sizes;  S-M (5.5-6.5) M-L (6.5-7.5) and L-XL (7.5-9) inches (circumference of your wrist) This bracelet is also made from quality stainless steel. The Noe is available in Gold and Silver and it is simply beautiful. Mine fits snugly on my wrist and I don’t even know it is there. It is quite a conversational piece because most people don’t realize it’s hiding an activity tracker so they won’t see this jewelry in a jewelry store. Each piece is very unique.

At the website www.fitjewels.com you can find the perfect gift for any occasion including the holidays. There are pendants, bracelets, necklaces, chains and jewelry for fitness activity trackers like Fitbit Flex , Fitbit One, Fitbit Alta, Fitbit Charge 2, Misfit Ray or Jawbone Up Move.

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December 16, 2016

Shop Walgreens for a little Soap & Glory

My Daughter has had her eyes on this exclusive Walgreens Special Gift Set, the Soap & Glory Soaper Spa Set ever since she saw the commercial on TV.  We both have been using Soap & Glory skincare products for quite some time now. Some of our favorites from the line are Flake Away body Polish, Orangeasm Body Butter, and Hand food to name a few.

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She snagged an early Christmas present from Walgreens this week. This is an exclusive gift set from the UK’s Soap & Glory which includes five award-winning products. We haven’t tried any of these yet which is why this gift set was too good to pass up. Did I mention this set is originally $40, but will be $20 the week of December 11?  

THIS IS AN AMAZING VALUE

If you are not familiar with Soap & Glory, let me say that the skincare smells amazing and your skin will feel smooth and soft with products for every body part from head to toe.

Soap & Glory Soaper Spa Set incluses:

  • Clean on Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel
  • The Scrub of Your Life Body Buffer
  • The Righteous Butter Body Butter
  • Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream
  • Heel Genius Foot Cream
  • Plus with an amazing suds-boosting puff and adorable headband, you’ll know luxe is in with this gift.
  •  You can pick up your Soap & Glory Soaper Spa Set at Walgreen: https://www.walgreens.com
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