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November 22, 2013

Balanced Guru is Certified Organic and Fabulous!

Balanced Guru is a certified organic, 100% natural, cruelty-free line of aromatherapy skin, hair, and body care. I am always in search for a holistic, healthier and natural alternatives to use on my body and hair. After trying Balanced Guru products, I was hooked. I started researching the brand, glimpsing through their website, which was so impressive as to how devoted they are to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. All this passion they have to promote well being for ourselves, to others, and to our planet really shines through in their products. They strive to guarantee and ensure that all of their raw ingredients are natural, certified organic and sustainably and responsibly harvested. You will never go back to using, just to name a few ingredients found in other products, parfum, propylene glycol, petrolatum, acrylate crosspolymer, or benzyl alcohol (what the heck are these). I can’t even pronounce them. They actually sound scarey. Balanced Guru manufactures Certified Organic products under two standards: USDA NOP and NSF ANSI 305. Here are three products of Balanced Guru I have tried and will not let out of my bathroom!

Balanced Guru

Balanced Guru Balm Me Up is a buttery body balm that enriches your skin with healthy butters and invigorating blends of essential oils. The scent of sweet orange essential oil, lime essential oil and mandarin essential oil wakes up your senses. The aromatic scent gives you a therapeutic benefit stimulating the brain for a healing effect. Balanced Guru Balm Me Up improves and moisturizes your skin without leaving it greasy or tacky. It does not clog your pores. I just cannot get enough of this product. I massaged it on my whole body, working it deep into my elbows, knees and feet. The results were astounding! I love how this buttery body balm feels on my skin making it soft, smooth and healthy looking. Now I am looking forward to the cold weather. I have Balanced Guru Balm Me Up to protect my skin from the wind, cold, and indoor heat which dries out and destroys your skin.


Balanced Guru Razzle Dazzle Oil is a hair and scalp oil which contains avocado oil, sesame oil, jojoba oil, and argan oils. This oil softens each strand with silky, shiny results without the greasy, flat look. Spending my whole summer at the beach did a number on my hair…. I was actually afraid to go near a lit flame, that is how dry my mane was. Balanced Guru Razzle Dazzle Oil brought my hair back to life. It was magically. I generously coated each strand of my hair then finger combed it through. With the abusive of the salt, sun, and chlorine, Balanced Guru Razzle Dazzle Oil will transform your hair to look gorgeous and healthy! The oils moisturized my scalp and hair shaft without leaving an oily after feeling. No grease in sight and no flat hair heavy head! The aromatic blend of sweet orange oil and geranium essential oil adds a delicate scent that you will adore.


Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil contains a combination of light and luscious carrier oils which include sesame oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, pumpkin seed oil , olive oil, and tamanu oil. I need all the help in the frizz department… if it is humid or damp weather my hair actually starts to grow. I am not talking down, I am talking out “WIDE AND BIG”. No, the 80’s are not back so this is one of the reason I need to find a product that is healthy and really works! Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil nourishes dry, frizzy hair without weighing it down with silicones and hazardous ingredients. Just what I was searching for: no more frizz and no more fly aways ~ just manageability and incredible shine! It works amazingly. Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil scent is a beautiful scent from organic sesame & lemongrass oil blending with organic eucalyptus for a calming feeling, plus a tad of rosemary oil. I will never have a bad hair day no matter what the weather is now! Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil works and is organic!

Balanced Guru won the “The 2013 Green Spa Network Sustainability Awards and was named Innovative New Green Product.” I am very impressed with all the ingredients they use. Their products are made with certified organic food-graded ingredients which means that all of their ingredients are safe enough to eat and extremely rich in nutrients, anti-oxidants and vitamins. Purchasing and using the Balanced Guru certified organic products makes me feel content and fulfilled by knowing I am finding balance to nourish myself with healthy, safe products that really work and helping the environment through environmentally and socially responsible alternatives in manufacturing and packages. All their bottles and jars are made with post-consumer resin which means they are recycled and 100% recyclable. Their boxes, marketing and shipping materials are also 100% recyclable. Recycling is safe for our planet and is a great interest to me. Check it out yourself at

 You can purchase the products online. Stand up and take charge in your life by choosing the right ingredients for your hair and skin. Balanced Guru uses those ingredients for an healthier and safer life.


316582_1509945246407_1407569992_nLaurie Carcieri

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November 20, 2013 Offers Free Samples, makeovers and Contests


Check out for free makeovers, free samples and a chance to win beauty products in their monthly contest. Below are highlights of this month’s best events that are being featured on

Information is also available on their website where spas and retailers are offering promotions and special events.  To find out if an event will be near you, just enter your zip code in the upper right hand corner of their home page.

On their site you can enter your zip code to find out what makeover, gift with purchase, spa open houses and sampling events are happening near your home. Follow them on FacebookGoogle+,PinterestTumblr, and Twitter.   In addition to listing in-store makeovers, also features a blog on product reviews ( and a monthly contes t They also do a contest each week with a smaller prize on their blog.

For their latest contest, they will be giving away 5 prizes. Each prize will consist of L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Finishing Cream, Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer SPF 15, and Seventh Generation Boosts Skin Serum – Hydrating. The Contest runs from 10/1/2013 to 12/31/2013, winners will be chosen on 1/1/2014 and notified by 1/1/2014. To enter, simply go to and supply your name, email (only used to contact winners), and zip.

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November 15, 2013

OUIDAD is the perfect choice for your Curly Haired Kids



OUIDAD is known for their exquisite products for curly hair. What if your kids have curly hair? OUIDAD has products for Curly haired kids too! Since a child’s hair is much more delicate and “baby” fine than an adults, OUIDAD’s KRLY Kid’s collection is designed to handle those nasty knots and tangles. For children as young as 2, OUIDAD Krly Kids will hydrate your child’s curls while detangling their hair.  Also, having a gentle formulation, OUIDAD KRLY Kid’s No More Knots Conditioner is sure to cause “no more tears”.

Ouidad’s Krly Kids Pump & go Styling Spray is fantastic. It contains wheat proteins that calm your kids beautiful curls reducing frizz. Without the frizz, your kids curls will look as beautiful as ever especially during the hot humid months. Don’t forget about picture day, special occasions and holidays. Krly Kids Pump and go Spray will really come in handy and it will be a comforting feeling knowing that you are putting Ouidad’s gentle product in your child’s hair.

If you are looking for a great line for your child’s curly hair, try OUIDAD KRLY Kid’s collection, complete with shampoo, conditioner, and Styling Spray Gel, you won’t be disappointed.

Ouidad  KRLY Kids Collection can be found at

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November 13, 2013

Lavish Yourself in Lemons with Le Couvent des Minimes Body Splash


Le Couvent des Minimes Invigorating Body Splash–verbena and lemon is a recipe combining revitalizing verbena and refreshing lemon extracts.  Le Couvent des Minimes Invigorating Body Splash hydrates and tones the skin.  Spray it on from head to toe throughout the day to refresh and energize the whole body or spray it for a delicate perfume scent. The verbena revitalizes and stimulates circulation while the lemon invigorates and the horsetail firms.  Essential omega fatty acids fight off free radicals to prevent environmental damage to the skin.  Le Couvent des Minimes Invigorating Body Splash is a cheerful, very crisp scent.  A great thing to keep in your purse for a nourishing boost of moisture as it caresses your skin with a light and energizing unisex fragrance.  The glycerin provides cooling hydration while the lemon oil tones and minimizes pores.  This delightful fragranace leaves your skin feeling energized!!  Le Couvent des Minimes Invigorating Body Splash comes in a 5.1 oz bottle and  is available at usa.lecouventdesminimes and select stores.

Laurie Carcieri

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November 11, 2013

Wow – Insta-POP-Hairdo!

Color Wow Pop & Lock

Color Wow Pop & Lock

How many times have you been away for the weekend (or happen to be at your boyfriends’ house!) and forgot your hair dryer or your ‘good’ brush? This past weekend, I was in this very fix and found myself with a bottle of COLOR WOW POP & LOCK thank goodness to save the day!

Bad hair to good hair – it was easy! I simply washed my hair, and then out pops my POP & LOCK. Dabbing a nickel sized drop on my hands, I rubbed Pop & Lock onto my fingertips and tossed it through my hair. The whole process took less than five minutes, and I emerged from the bathroom with shiny, curly hair.

When my hair dried it was full, shiny, and curly. No stiffness, just bouncy shiny curls, without drying my hair out.  Perfect stress free shiny locks that lasted the whole day. For dinner out I dabbed another drop in my hair to freshen it up but honestly I barely needed it.

POP & Lock’’s innovative shellac technology and hydrating ingredients seal the cuticle to trap in color
and moisture while locking out dryness. Dryness truly is a problem with many of these products. You use them a couple of times and then realize that your hair is completely dehydrated – and then they go back on the shelf or the circular file only to be used in an emergency. Mica is one of the ingredients that helps to create that shimmery and shiny look to your hair in POP & LOCK.

The added bonus for this product is that it is color safe. Your color is preserved, protected and optimized with POP & LOCK. 
The product’s new prescriptive formula creates a protective shellac effect on the hair’s surface that makes color pop. Also, for you sun worshippers, the product has a UV filter that adds an extra layer of anti-fade protection for color that stays true.  In addition POP & LOCK contains no waxes or emulsifiers, making it even healthier for your hair. If you are looking for a nourishing, non-drying way to shine up your hair, and make it POP – try POP & LOCK.  Your hair will truly POP!

Color Wow is available for purchase in Ulta Stores Nationwide and at

Editor’s Note: Color Wow Wins 2 Best of Beauty Awards from Allure Magazine: Big Breakthrough & Best Root Coverage read it here;


Guest post by Julia Tanen

Julia is a writer, blogger, book author

and mom from Boston, Massachusetts

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November 5, 2013

Join Molly Roncal’s Holiday Themed Event at Henri Bendel November 6th


Tomorrow, November 6th, the gorgeous, bubbly Celebrity Makeup Artist and President / Founder of Mally Beauty, Mally Roncal will be at Henri Bendel on 5th Avenue in New York City.  For $150, you can join the beauty maven to swap holiday-themed make up secrets and learn how to create some FIERCE holiday looks!  Although almost sold out, tickets can still be purchased by e-mailing!

What:                  Mally Roncal’s Holiday-Themed Event!

Date:                   Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Time:                    5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location:            Henri Bendel, 712 5th Avenue, New York, NY

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November 4, 2013

Get Your Hair Ready and Set with REDKEN!

I recently received some Redken hair products for review and I couldn’t be happier because Redkin is one of my favorite hair care products. Redken Satinwear 02 Prepping Blow Dry Lotion actually left a “satiny” feel to my hair  after using it.  I have thought, at times, that the constant blow drying of my hair may not be good for it and have blamed the occasional coarseness I’ve felt on the drying process.  I normally have a soft, baby fine hair so when it feels coarse, it feels strange to me.  This product is easy to use and I didn’t have to use a lot to notice a big difference in the look and feel of my hair.  It was easy and fun to apply as with a few swipes it spread smoothly through my damp hair.    I proceeded to blow dry my hair in the usual way and found that it had a soft, non frizzy, smooth finish when I was done.  Styling was a cinch since It was more manageable with the feel of more body.  I like the way it applies, looks and feels.  Nice smell and it dries fast!  Good product!
Redken’s Quick Dry 18 Instant Finishing Spray has a wonderful new fragrance and IS quick drying.  There is no residue or flaking so you don’t have to worry about having that “dandruff look” with this spray.  Plus, your hair will still have a nice shine to it!  This spray is 24 hour humidity resistant and has an 8 hour control.  What more can we ask for when a product gives us all we need? If you want a nice, smooth finish, you should try Redken’s Quick Dry 18.  I think you will like it.
Redkin Hair Care products can be found in salons nationwide. To find a salon near you, please visit
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Sharon Hatcher, Guest Blogger

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October 31, 2013

butter London Offers 30% off this Weekend!!!


Wanted to share some exciting butter LONDON news with you – the Friends & Family event starts today, October 31st! Snag the perfect holiday gifts or stock up on your favourite butter LONDON products at 30% off your entire order.


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October 31, 2013

Celebrity Beauty Guru, Skyy Hadley Shares her DIY Beauty Secrets


Pumpkins are more than just for carving on Halloween, they’re rich in vitamins and nutrients and can do wonders for the skin! Celebrity beauty guru, Skyy Hadley, shares some ways to incorporate pumpkins into your beauty routine this fall.


DIY Face Mask
Pumpkins are rich in Vitamins A and C and contain various enzymes that help nourish and brighten the skin making them perfect to use in facials. Below is an easy recipe to create your own pumpkin face mask at home.
*Mix one can of pureed pumpkin in a bowl
*Stir in a cup of plain yogurt, 4-5 tablespoons of honey and a 1/4 teaspoon olive oil
*Wash face and while face is still moist apply the mask using your fingers in an upward motion
*Let sit for no more than 10 minutes and remove with warm water and washcloth
*There will be leftover mask so seal it in a closed Tupperware container or have a girls’ spa night!

Blemish Treatment
Pumpkin contains the acne fighting vitamins E and T (aka Torulitine) and can aid in reducing pore size and preventing the appearance of pimples, blackheads and blemishes. Cut open a fresh pumpkin and slice it you would a cantaloupe. Rub the fleshy side against your face after cleansing twice a day for healthier looking skin.

Natural enzymes found in pumpkins are great for hydrating, soothing and softening dry, cracked hands and feet. Keep the fleshy/stringy pumpkin parts you pull out when carving and work a small amount into your hands (as if you’re washing your hands) and rinse with warm water. Your hands will instantly be smooth and soft.
*TIP: Mix 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree in a small bowl with 2 tablespoons of Vaseline and apply to extra dry heels and cover with socks overnight for an ultimate moisturizing treatment.

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October 31, 2013

Own this Fab Mini Rose Leopard Print Cashmere Scarf! Hover Over Image to Purchase!

Minnie Rose - Cashmere Leopard Print Scarf

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