Monday, August 31, 2015

Lancôme Paris: Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Collection

Just reciting the name makes me feel less stressed! Introducing Lancôme Paris Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Collection which was created to keep your skin protected and nourished.
It was designed to comfort and soothe...

Each day, emotional and environmental stresses affect skin’s self-defense capacities, which can lead to skin becoming dehydrated, sensitive and uncomfortable. Introducing Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Collection for 24-hour hydration. Designed to help fight the visible signs of fatigue, Hydra Zen provides intense hydration, one of the first steps in any beauty routine to preserve skin’s appearance. The Hydra Zen range is dermatologically tested and designed to comfort and soothe all skin types, even sensitive skin.


Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Cream

Immediate Comfort, Revitalized Skin, Luminous Skintone: An enveloping texture, this formula leaves skin feeling more comfortable. Upon application, the subtle and luscious cream texture melts into skin for instant comfort. Results: lastingly hydrated, skin appears refreshed and smoothed. Price: $56 for 1.7 fl. oz./50 ml.

Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Cream-Gel

Refreshed, Comfortable, Revitalized Skin: A pleasant texture, ideal for combination skin. Results: lastingly hydrated, skin appears radiant and smoothed. Skintone looks fresher and more even. Price: $56 for 1.7 fl. oz./50 ml.

Hydra Zen Moisturizing Beauty Essence

Immediate Comfort & Revitalized, Refreshed Skin: Hydra Zen Moisturizing Beauty Essence provides intense hydration, leaving skin feeling soothed and comfortable. Price: $49 for 6.7 fl. oz./200 ml.

Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Overnight Serum-in-Mask

Revitalized, Velvety Skin & Luminous Skintone: Forget the stress, tension and fatigue built up over the course of the day and prepare your skin for a nighttime radiance boost. This anti-stress moisturizing overnight serum-in-mask penetrates quickly to provide intense overnight hydration. A concentrate of freshness, this exceptional formula combines the freshness of a serum with the relaxing application of a night mask. Price: $59 for 2.5 fl. oz./75 ml.



AVAILABILITY: Available now at select Macy’s Lancôme counters and

Get The Look: Vanessa Hudgens at the MTV VM'A's

I thought Vanessa Hudgens looked ethereal last night at the VMAS. Here is the breakdown of how to get her flowing locks look....

Schwarzkopf celebrity hairstylist, Richard Collins, created the bohemian chic, dreamy look for Vanessa Hudgens at the 2015 VMAs.

Step 1: Start with dry hair; work in Schwarzkopf styliste Crystal Shine & Hold Heat Protection Shine Spray throughout the hair for hot tools protection and initial shine.

Step 2: Leaving a few thick pieces around the face, use an inch curling iron to begin creating soft, deconstructed waves. Prep and finish the curls with Schwarzkopf styliste ULTIME Biotin+ Volume & Texture H2O-Free Hair Spray for added texture and hold.

Step 3: Take the remaining pieces of hair left in the previous step and create a braid on either side of the face. Once complete, bring the braid to the opposite side of the face and secure above the ear with bobby pins. Repeat with remaining hair on other side of the face; creating a full braid crown. Apply Schwarzkopf styliste ULTIME Crystal Shine & Hold Laminating Shine Hair Spray to secure the look.

Step 4: Dust Schwarzkopf essence ULTIME Diamond Color & Radiance Shine Boost Tonic over the hair for added shine and glimmer.

*These Schwarzkopf ULTIME products are exclusively sold at Walmart for $6.97 each.

Ready to Wear Fall 2015: New from Jane Iredale

I have been a longtime fan of Jane Iredale's and have found the brand to be long-wearing and have a plethora of color options for all skin types and skin tones. 

The Fall collection is filled with rich colors that work with any mood or outfit! The new PlayOn Lip Crayons ($18 each)  are  available in seven colors and I swatched Luscious, Naughty and Saucy below. 

Charming is a creamy bubblegum pink, Naughty is a creamy brick red, Luscious is a creamy rose brown, Blessed is a shimmering sheer nude, Yummy is a creamy sheer pink, Hot is a creamy pink red and Saucy is a creamy hot coral. They are easy to blend and I find the sleek pencil design to be comfortable and precise.

The Smooth Affair for Oily Skin Facial Primer & Brightener ($48) uses revolutionary PoreAway technology to help reduce the appearance of pores. It color adjusts to your skin to create a smooth, matte finish. It has all of the benefits of their award winning Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener, now formulated for oily skin! 

I liked both products and was over the moon to see the colorful lippy's for Fall! You know how I love colorful lips!

I wanted to create a collection that was colorful but wearable, because no one should be a wallflower." - Jane Iredale

Products available at

Get The Look: Gigi Hadid at the MTV VMA's

Yes, I watched last night and yes some of the outfits were questionable to me but nonetheless it seemed like a fun night for all involved. I loved when Taylor Swift arrived with such a gloriously fabulous entourage of sorts! The always stunning Gigi Hadid was right there with her and here is how Jennifer Yepez for ghd North America gave her that sleek and glamorous look....

WHO: Gigi Hadid
HAIR BY: Jennifer Yepez for ghd, North America

INSPIRATION: “I wanted to create hair that was simple yet glamorous to help show off her gorgeous dress.”

TIPS/TECHNIQUE: “First I dried Gigi’s hair using the ghd air™ hairdryer and ghd ceramic vented radial brush size 3. I started by blowing Gigi’s hair, beginning from the nape of her neck and working towards the front. Once I got to the section surrounding her ears, I applied moose and thickening spray near roots and teased the hair to create a glamorous look straight from the 70s. The secret to her sleek, slicked back look was the new ghd platinum™ styler, that straightened the hair with ghd’s tri-zone technology™, styling at the optimal temperature of 365 degrees which ensures styles last longer and gives added shine.”

PRODUCTS: ghd air™ hairdryer ($225); ghd platinum™ styler ($249); ghd paddle brush ($55), ghd ceramic vented radial brush size 3 ($53)

DRESS: Emilia Wickstead

RETAILER: Sephora,,

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Clarity MD Two Step System to Clear Skin

I have many beauty routines for sure, yet proper skincare is the most important daily ritual to me. Without healthy skin, I find beauty products to be a "band-aid" of sorts. Yes, there are plenty of magnificent products to remedy all sorts of beauty challenges, yet great skin is always IN!

Here is a way to help achieve a clear, glowing complexion! With ClarityMD’s easy two-step system, put your best face forward as you gear up for the new season. 

Simply cleanse skin morning and evening, followed by the Clarifying Serum, packed with power to beat breakouts and get great skin without the drama!

Packing the potent acne-eliminating forces of Salicylic Acid within proprietary nature-powered “Skin Clarity Cocktail”, ClarityMD clears up to 91% of acne in as little as 14 days.

Available for $ 49.95 at

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Indie Lee: How To Get Pristine Skin

It was after battling a life threatening brain tumor in 2009 that Indie decided to bring a certain glamour to going green with her chic and eco-friendly namesake line. Many friends of mine swear by this line as Indie Lee's ingredients are natural, luxurious and nourishing. I have a dear friend that swears her Rosacea cleared up by using Indie's Squalene Facial Oil! We all understand that every person reacts differently to products, yet I have only heard positive things over the years about the brand. I like Indie as well as she and I have worked with each other in the past on a charitable level.

Get flawlessly clear skin with Indie Lee’s skin essentials. No matter your skin type, these three products will give you plump, perfectly pristine skin in a flash.


Wash away impurities with Indie Lee’s Brightening Cleanser, a blend of natural ingredients that leaves skin soft, refreshed, and luminous. The antioxidant-rich formula exudes a light strawberry aroma and brightens the skin without overpowering the senses. Ideal for cleansing, hydrating, tightening, firming, and complexion control, this multi-tasker removes makeup and debris in one step without stripping the skin of necessary nutrients. $32 at

Indie Lee’s Squalane Facial Oil does more than just moisturize your skin in the moment. This must-have hero product is made with 100% pure, olive-derived squalane oil. The non-pore clogging oil aids in restoring an even skin tone, diminishing any age spots, and boosting skin’s elasticity. This product easily penetrates skin while balancing texture and tone. The result is a plump, dewy appearance without looking greasy. Squalane oil protects against sun damage and leaves skin nourished and smooth. $32 at

The 100% natural and alcohol-free CoQ-10 Toner is formulated with the powerful antioxidant CoQ-10 to help correct UV damage and fight premature aging. The hydrating and refreshing mixture helps close pores and balances the skin's pH level using Aloe Vera and Hyaluronic Acid, providing anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits for plump, hydrated skin. Not only does this gentle formula tone the skin, it also removes dirt and excess oil that your cleanser could have missed. $32 at

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Back To School with Carmex

School is nearly back in session! For many, the beginning of a new school year is an opportunity to showcase their personal style with the latest fashion trends and accessories, but as every savvy fashionista knows, you don’t have to spend top dollar to look and feel like a million bucks!

Carmex Moisture Plus® Lip Balm is the perfect must-have accessory to carry with you this year. Carmex Moisture Plus® offers new package designs every season, inspired by colors from Pantone’s official color forecast, as well as prints and textures seen on fashion runways! 

Perfect for on-the-go, and easy to stash in your backpack, locker or purse, each of these fashionable lip balms are packed with an ultra-hydrating formula and feature a soft vanilla flavor, satiny shine and broad spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen. 

Packaged as a stylish slim-stick with a sleek slant tip, Carmex Moisture Plus® also contains Aloe, Vitamin E, and Shea Butter to soothe chapped lips and keep lips moisturized – proving that fashion isn’t just about what you wear; healthy lips are always in style! Choose your favorite or grab all four of these limited-edition designs to match any outfit or mood.

If you are looking to keep up with the latest trends and get a must-have look without breaking the bank, be sure to add Carmex Moisture Plus® to your back-to-school shopping list this year!

Carmex Moisture Plus® can be purchased for $2.49 at checkout lanes of your local Walmart, Walgreens or Dollar General. For more information, please visit:

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Back To School Guide of Beauty Must-Haves!

Yes, we know that summer is coming to an end but I am not going to get all weepy on you while talking about it. I want back to school to be fun for all of us so let's be ready to look fab with these beauty products, ok? OK!


Alba Botanica® Fast Fix Collection

Free of Parabens, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, Petrolatum, Artificial Colors and Phthalates

For everyone trying to look their best for the new school year, these pocket-sized products will fix your beauty dilemmas – quickly! From puffy eyes, to blemishes, thin lips or under-eye circles, the Alba Botanica® Fast Fix treatments pack a powerful, instant antidote for the busy naturalista. Formulated with 95% natural ingredients, each of the four pocket-sized remedies provides an immediate aesthetic fix, while also treating and correcting the underlying cause of the problem. Range includes: Fast Fix for a Pimple; Fast Fix for Puffy Eyes; Fast Fix for Undereye Circles; and Fast Fix for Thin Lips.

Price: $5.99 each; Available at Target, Walmart, Whole Foods Market, natural food stores, grocery stores, drugstores and online at

GO SMiLE Sonic Blue Teeth Whitening System Colors – VIOLET

GO SMiLE Sonic Blue Teeth Whitening System is the first LED sonic, rechargeable toothbrush that harnesses the power of blue light technology tuned to wavelengths shown to kill bacteria, increase whitening efficiency, and reduce plaque just in time for back to school pictures. The brush is used in conjunction with the new GO SMiLE Teeth Whitening Gel and your toothpaste of choice to whiten your smile in an easy process that replaces your usual brushing, rather than adding an extra step. 

Faster results - 2 days = 2+, 1 week = 4+, 2 weeks = 5+ and 30 days = 7+ shades
No extra steps - Simply pair the Teeth Whitening Gel with your favorite toothpaste to whiten and gently lift stains with virtually zero sensitivity
Kills bacteria - Emits specific light wavelengths that are shown to safely kill bad oral bacteria that cause gingivitis, gum disease and plaque

Price: $129, Available Contains 1 Sonic Blue LED 2 speed toothbrush with Blue Light, 1 3.5oz Teeth Whitening Gel (sold individually for $29), 2 replacement brush heads and 1 charging station. 

L’Oréal Paris Summer Lights Hair Lightening Gelée

Nothing is more beautiful than natural, just-back-from-vacation hair that seems to emit a certain glow. Whether you were able to lighten your locks or not over your summer, now you can ensure that you have that perfect sun-kissed hair before you make your first walk down the hall. L’Oréal Paris introduces Summer Lights – a progressive lightening hair color gelée formulated to create a variety of special effect hues for endless possibilities requiring nothing more than the heat from a blow dryer. The nourishing formula, enhanced with camellia oil and built-in conditioners, leaves hair satin-soft and gives a permanent healthy, beachy look.

Price: $6.99, Available at mass, food and drug retailers nationwide

Skin Laundry Clarifying Medicated Foaming Facial Wash

Everyone wants clear, even skin, and Skin Laundry will help clear your skin in more ways than one. This medicated facial wash gently exfoliates while providing anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits to calm skin and protect it from future breakouts. 

 Key ingredients include:

· Salicylic Acid – A beta-hydroxy acid that effectively and gently exfoliates dead skin cells to open up the pores and remove dirt and excess oil.

· Willow Bark Extract – An extract that contains salicylic acid, which helps skin shed dead cells and clear pores. This ingredient also encourages skin rejuvenation and has soothing and conditioning properties.

· Lilac Stem Cells – These stem cells help minimize excess sebum production. Lilac stem cells also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Price: $25, Available at


X Out, by the Makers of Proactiv®.

Make a great first impression on your first day by having clear skin. With 8.5% Benzoyl Peroxide, this one-step Wash-In Treatment washes a powerful breakout fighting formula into pores to help kill the bacteria that causes pimples. Smooth beads exfoliate dead skin cells and a unique moisturizing complex protects and soothes skin. X Out™ is paraben and sulfate-free, non-comedogenic and dermatologist tested, making it’s suitable for all skin types.

Price: $24.95, Available at or (888) 524-7952.


CIRCA Color Treatment Tinted Lip Butter

This nourishing lip balm has a hint of color and a soft shine finish that can be easily applied in the halls while walking to the next class. The subtle hint of color gives a fresh face and natural look. It is enriched with a blend of natural oils and butters that conditions, soothes and deeply hydrates. This never-sticky tinted lip butter is available in six sheer shades and helps improve dry and chapped lips.

Price: $10, Available at Walgreens

CIRCA Color Balance BB Cream

For a quick get up and go in the morning, a multifunctional beauty balm that hydrates, primes and camouflages for brightened and even-toned skin is key. The lightweight, velvety and oil-free formula provides the line’s fullest coverage and features an optical pearl pigment for a naturally luminous glow. The four shades prevent shine without a chalky, matte finish.

Price: $14; Available at Walgreens

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Lacque & Le Matte Lip Pens

For the girl looking to add an extra pop of color to her pencil case, this super-pigmented lip pen delivers color in a sleek, easy-to-use application. With maximum color pay-off and comfortable, non-drying wear, these first-to-mass lip pens offer a precise application in 2 prestige-inspired, varying finishes: smooth lacquer & creamy matte.

Price: $9.99, Available at 

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Nutri-Gloss 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner

Say goodbye to dull, lackluster hair and hello to the power of shiny, soft hair to make an impact on your first day back. L’Oréal Paris introduces the NEW Advanced Haircare Nutri-Gloss 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner to help cut down the time spent getting ready on the first day. The high-shine formula with unique protein pearl technology acts as a professional glossing treatment laminating hair with intense shine and nutrition for sealed-in shine and a silky, flowing touch.

Price: $7.49, Available at

Nails inc. Flash Pack Nail Tattoos

This school season, rock the hottest trend with Nails inc Nail Tattoos. The exclusive tattoos have been designed to fit perfectly on your nails to crease salon-inspired nail art in seconds. Wear over bright shades or muted pastels, and mix and match to create your own, unique nail look (I am officially obsessed).

Price: $12, Available at 

Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots

Yes – invisible, you heard right! Don’t let those blemishes get in the way on the first day of school; these innovative clear acne patches will help eliminate acne, treating the affected area to minimize the spread of bacteria. Two custom* sizes allow for complete coverage as concentrated 0.5% Salicylic Acid works overnight and throughout the day to effectively reduce and heal. Tea Tree Oil, a natural astringent that helps clarify and refresh skin, helps prevent the spread of blemish-causing bacteria. Hyaluronic Acid is a natural humectant that helps hydrate skin to prevent excessive drying and irritation.

Price: $30 (6 sheets of 12 clear patches), Available in September at

Proactiv+ Repairing Concealer

This concealer instantly helps treat blemishes with salicylic acid while also hiding imperfections. Look great and fight acne while sitting in class with these four shades that work together and allow for quick customization to ensure an exact skin tone match, providing natural-looking coverage. The formula boasts allatoin to increase skin smoothness, jojoba to help lock in skin’s moisture and salicylic acid, a medicine that penetrates the follicle and encourages the shedding of dead skin cells. The formula’s salycilic acid also helps keep the pores clear of cellular debris, reduce acne blemishes and helps keep new ones from forming.

Price: $24.95 for regular shipment members, Retail Price (Non-Member): $32.00, Available at or by calling 1-888-710-2161

NEW Crest 3D White Brilliance Toothpaste System- #GetPolished

That is right! Crest 3D White has just launched their latest and greatest - the Crest 3D White Brilliance Toothpaste system!

Time to #GetPolished with Crest 3D White! Now beauty novices and junkies alike can get a polished smile every day with NEW Crest 3D White Brilliance Toothpaste system, containing whitening technologies so advanced they can’t be combined into a single tube. It provides a clean you can feel from the first use along with a brighter, whiter smile in just two easy steps: step 1 deep cleanse and step 2 is a whitening finisher.

Brushing with the Crest 3D White Brilliance Toothpaste system twice daily keeps your smile up to 99% as white as a professional polish.*

Gina Rodriguez (@hereisgina) joined Crest 3D White for the new launch, and the Brilliance Toothpaste system has quickly become her must-have for a polished smile:

My beauty style depends on the occasion, but no matter the look I always feel confident when my beauty basics are in check: glowing skin, healthy hair, and a bright smile,” says Gina Rodriguez. “With my busy schedule, I look for products that are simple and effective which is why I added Crest 3D White Brilliance Toothpaste system to my daily beauty routine - it's an easy way to enhance my natural smile and get that overall polished look I love.”

Available at retailers for $14.99.

* with daily use. Stain assessed 4 weeks after dental cleaning.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Nails inc x Alice + Olivia Collection and Kit #AOXNAILSINC

Stacey Bendet can do no wrong by me and I absolutely loved seeing her team up with Nails inc. I view her as one of the most wonderfully creative souls I know so it was only natural for me to want to review her collaboration. 

Nails inc x Alice + Olivia Collection 
This season, two fashion leaders, Nails inc and Alice + Olivia, have collaborated to create a fabulous fusion between fashion and beauty. They have blended their creativity to design a collection of Fall’s most coveted shades. The range, which features elements of late 60’s and early 70’s London rock and roll edge, includes four single limited edition polishes.

The Four Shade Collection

·  Rosé and Poetry- wild berry crush
·  Midnight Merlot – rich aubergine
·  Next to Nothing – creamy latte
·  Black Diamond – steel grey with metallic mercury

Price: $15, Available at

Nails inc x Alice + Olivia Kit 
This range, which features elements of late 60's and early 70's London rock and roll edge, includes a four piece mini boxed collection.

·  Next to Nothing – creamy latte
·  Ruby Night Sky- deepest shiraz
·  Gold Goddess- shimmering 24k gold
·  Paris Rouge – vibrant and sophisticated plum 

Price: $25, Available at

Friday, August 21, 2015

OSCAR: The Spirit of Femininity

It was over 30 years ago that Oscar de la Renta dreamed of creating a perfume that captured the sophistication of his designs. 

In 1977, he created his signature fragrance, OSCAR, to be timeless, feminine and as a celebration of all women. 

OSCAR is a feminine floral- oriental that opens with a distinct sparkle, realized through a citrus bouquet of Sicilian lemon, bergamot and citron. At it's heart lies fresh florals such as Egyptian jasmine, orange flower and tuberose. A combination of musk, tonka bean, vetiver and heliotrope give OSCAR a warm, long lasting base.

Available at Oscar de la Renta Boutiques,, Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Avenue and for $87/ Eau de Parfum Spray 100ml and $67/ Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml.

Products To Help You Savor Every Minute of Summer

Savor every last bit of summer by breaking out your brightest, boldest summer beauty looks before it’s time to box up the season’s styles. Try these warm-weather beauty must-haves to end your summer with a statement:

Perfect your red lip with Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard, ($9, ! For a truly beautiful matte lip color in a modern crayon you can stand out on any given day. The lightweight moisture gives for a comfortable, everyday wear formula infused with Shea Butter, Kendi Oil, and Jojoba Oil your lips will stay moisturized.

Add a little shimmer and sparkle to your weekend by applying Josie Maran’s Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow ($18, available at for an instant glow to your eyes. 50% Coconut Water, 100% Hydration. Like a refreshing sip of coconut water for your eyes, this pigment-packed liquid shadow instantly makes eyes look and feel more hydrated. It has two layers: one layer of fresh Coconut Water, and one layer of Argan-infused pigments that instantly give eyes a more youthful appearance.

Swatched in Rio De Rose Gold.

Enhance your eyes by adding a final touch of Avon Big & False Lash Mascara ($9, The breakthrough formula and exclusively-designed brush deliver real lash volume for fuller lashes that look big and bold for your busy days and nights!

Finally, keep your hair free from fly-aways and humidity with KMS California Hair Stay Anti-Humidity Seal ($18.99, With 24-hour humidity-blocking formula, heat protection, and frizz protection your weekend won’t get ruined, leaving you worry free with a shiny, weightless finish!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

ReGenesis Hair Enhancing System

It’s time to rejuvenate your hair, starting at the top (literally)! This system concentrates on treating the scalp for a healthy beautiful mane. With the ReGenesis Hair Enhancing System, it’s never been easier to get your scalp back into shape.

The ReGenesis Thickening Shampoo ($34) and Conditioner ($36) feature unique scalp therapy formulas with specialized ingredients to optimize scalp health and fortify hair as well as cleanse and condition hair.

The Detox Hair and Scalp Masque ($42) is a weekly scalp treatment designed to detoxify hair and nourish the scalp. Unlike other hair masques, the formulation is applied directly to the scalp and acts as an exfoliant to lift impurities, moisturize the scalp, and protect against breakage.

Spot Serum ($40) is perfect for on the go defense. With a specialized applicator and formula designed to target specific low density concerns the Spot Serum protects against breakage, brittleness, and damage.

By targeting the scalp and fortifying the hair cuticle, hair is transformed to feel fuller, look thicker, and perform better as if reborn to a more luxurious, youthful, healthier head of hair.

Available at