Saturday, June 29, 2013

Review: butter LONDON LIPPY Shimmer Collection

Last month butter LODON launched yet another fabulous addition: The LIPPY Shimmer Collection .   The line features six brand new shades including Beaker, Tickety Boo, Swish, Punch Up, and Pip Pip which retail for $20.00 each.  Each adds the perfect finishing touch for creating that soft, natural summer glow.  PR was kind enough to send me a few samples to work with and each one was a nice compliment to every look I wore.  

A sheer, peachy pink shimmer with gold flecks  

Punch Up:
A sheer strawberry shimmer with gold flecks 

I enjoyed wearing them all but I think Wag and Punch Up were my favorites.  While I found each to be suitable for wearing either on their own or over a lipstick, these two were a bit richer, more pigmented colours.  I liked these because they looked almost like bronze glazes, but with flirty pink and gold shimmer that made my lips bolder and really stand out.  I loved the consistency which was ultra smooth, and they were all SUPER shiny.  These two in particular are great if you're looking for the perfect balance of gold, pink and bronze lip colour.    

A nearly clear iridescent shimmer

Sheer apricot shimmer

Beaker and Swish were fun to wear because they were more subtle and natural looking.  They add a hint of shimmer and high sheen to your lips, but allow you to keep your look natural and appear easy breezy.  They're a nice addition to have if you're looking for that effortless, just stepped off the beach kind of look.  These two worked nicely when I applied them over a very natural lip shade.  They dressed up my look and gave it a sun kissed effect.   

Have you tried any of butter LONDON's latest collections?  Are you interested in adding any of the LIPPYS to you summer makeup bag??

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Bling It On! With Hpnotiq: Submit Your Glammest Nails Now For A Chance To Win!

 Hpnotiq has recently launched a GlamLouder contest, giving you the chance to show off your inner glam girl with some killer hot nails. Now we all know a girl isn't fully glammed up and ready to go without her nails looking the part, which is why I staked out some inspiration for you beauties!   

As a lover of diamonds, bling and everything pink, I couldn't possibly resist  swooning over these amazingly designed Japanese 3D nail art set of nails .  These are SO my pick for full on glam status! 

 And being that not I personally don't have the knack of a talented nail technician, sometimes I just leave it to the pros.  Personally I love wearing the imPress Press On Manicure by Broadway Nails because they're quick, easy and have a plethora of awesome designs to chose from.  Pictured above is one of my favorites: By My Side from the Nicole Scherzinger Signature Series.

  Now, for all you die hard glamour girls out there, who know what real glam is, this is your chance to prove it:

From now until July 28th, Hpnotiq wants you to show them how you GLAMLOUDER to win fab prizes! During each two-week challenge you can submit photos in different categories to win - including the glammest nails, makeup and overall look. Entries can be pictures you snap yourself or images you find online. 

Now for the prizes: You can win one year of manis/pedis worth up to $1,2000, a $1,000 gift card to Sephora or Ulta AND a chance to win the grand prize trip for you and three friends to go shopping with a celebrity in Los Angeles!  Even better-- the grand prize winner will start in a professional photo shoot for the chance to be in a real Hpnotiq Ad!

To Enter Hpnotiq's Glammest Nails Challenge is going on RIGHT NOW, but hurry because the entry period for the glummest nails end 11:59:59 a.m. EST on June 30th!  For this challenge Hpnotiq  wants you to show them the glummest nails, nail art, or nail finish that you've ever seen or done.  Think you can nail it?  You can enter as many times as you want!  Snap a pic of your own, or find a pic online.  For this round, they're choosing 4 lucky winners to receive free mani/pedis for a year valued up to $1,200! 

You can follow Hpnotiq on  facebook and on twitter and tweet them using #GLAMLOUDER .  So what are you glamour girls waiting for?? Go get glamming!  Best of luck beauties :) XoXo

This was a sponsored post for Hpnotiq for which I was compensated,  but thoughts and opinions are my own.  See here for rules.

Review: Glam-It! GlamPact

You're getting off the subway, you're rushing upstairs, and suddenly you hear what can only be described as the sound of your favorite compact hitting the steps.  If you're lucky enough to make an attempt at snatching it up, you know the likely hood of it surviving the heard of cattle trampling past you, is pretty slim. 

  It was with this exact scenario in mind that glamour girl Jennifer Cheng took it upon herself to spare us from those inevitable mishaps.  Founder of the beauty industry's highly talked about Glam-It! company, Jennifer combined convenience, functionality, beauty and sophistication into the latest must have item; the GlamPact 

I can't say enough wonderful things about this compact because I was consistently impressed with it.  It's been a while since I've come across a product that not only seems to have everything, but actually has everything.   This lightweight compact includes:

  • Light Up Vanity Mirror
  • USB cable port for charging
  • Anti-Aging and Moisturizing Superfection Pressed CC Powder, SPF 30 PA+++ in light and medium shades with a double sided cosmetic sponge. 
  • Anti-Aging Cheek Colors Trio: Cheeky for blush, Shady for bronzing, and Hi-Liter for highlighting.
  • 3 Anti- Aging Eye Colors: Noir, Caramel-eyes, and Naked
  • Moisturizing and Plumping Lip Colors: Eat Me, Kiss Me Stupid and Gloss Over
  • Tool Drawer includes: Lip brush, cheek fan brush, eyebrow brush, and  dual-sided eyeshadow/ eyeliner brush

The lovely Jennifer Cheng and myself

There are so many incredible elements about this compact, where do I start??  It contains everything you could need from CC powder, to lip glosses, the necessary applicators and even a light up mirror- which you can easily charge up with its USB cord!  I loved the shadows and glosses in particular.  They had beautiful blending qualities, were highly pigmented and had amazing colour payoff.  Each item also contains additional skincare benefits.  For example, they use ingredients like matrixyl and hyaluronic acid to stimulate collagen and smooth wrinkles, as well as moisturizers like argan oil and mango butter which are rich with antioxidants.   The glosses had smooth, even coverage, and contained Instaplump and MAXI-LIP for lip plumping effects. 
Another aspect that I absolutely loved was that you can purchase refills for it off the company's website.  Each item pops out and can be replaced with either a refill or another color from the company's website. It retails for $100.00 and is an investment worth every penny.  Its available in pink for us girly girls and black for those who want ultra chic.  I'd highly recommend this to any girl who's tired of clumsily fumbling around her purse and is ready for her first glam-over!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

This Week: per-fekt Beauty Events in NYC

Hello dolls!  I wanted to make all you beauty mavens here in the NYC area aware of two pretty awesome events going on this week:

This Thursday June 27th, meet Richard Anderson, beauty founder of per-fekt beauty as he hosts an exclusive beauty workshop at Henri Bendel's NYC Flagship store from 5:30pm- 7:30 pm.  Bring the girls and enjoy an evening sipping cocktails, talking beauty and receive a special gift! 

But if you can't steal away and to attend, have no fear! 

On Friday, June 28th and Saturday June, 29, from 12:00pm- 5:00pm, Richard Anderson returns to Henri Bendel's NYC Flagship store once more!  Visit him to learn his new summer must-haves and get his best kept secret makeup tips, tricks and rules of the trade! 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Review: LORAC TANtalizer Glow to Go Limited Edition

Retail: $36.00
LORAC has delivered once again with their latest TANtalizer Glow to Go Limited Edition gift set for this summer.  The kit includes everything you need to create the perfect sun kissed look for a total steal of just $36.00 ($120..00 value) AND does it without compromising quality or skimping out on product size.
 In the kit:
Without a doubt the shadows are my favorite.  They're my must have, not just for summer, but all year round.  They're highly pigmented, the colour payoff is stunning and they blend beautifully.  Using them I felt like I was using expert shadows because they achieved such precision, I actually had an airbrushed, flawless effect.  They didn't leave any dusting under the eyes after application and did NOT crease! I LOVE these and can't say it enough.  The kit includes three shades: Tahitian Sand, a pale, creamy, yellow, Barbados Bronze: a lovely brown/copper blend and Costa Rican Coffee, a rich, dark chocolate.  All three complimented each other very well and kind of reminded me of a summer sunset..
LORAC TANtalizer 1.52 FL oz
I had a lot of success with this body bronzing luminizer.  It had a light, coconut like scent, and went on very smoothly.  Its formula is very light and blended nicely without leaving any streaks.  I applied a small amount over my face and loved that it was very subtle.  The color appears a warm, medium tone when initially squeezed onto your finer, but once applied it blended beautifully.  I have light skin and wondered if it would be too dark, but it wasn't.  It created a natural looking glow, comparable to a soft white/yellow gold.  It dried quickly and served as an excellent primer which I followed with the kit's baked bronzer. 
LORAC TANtalize Me Baked Bronzer .35 oz
I love marbles bronzers.  My skin is light with pink undertones and sometimes I feel like bronzing powders end up making me look like I have a rash. But not this one.  Its mixture of light to dark brown shades, swirled with warm gold allowed me to create a more even, natural effect and ultimately made application easier.  It left a light shimmer and was very buildable.  Its a perfect finish to give your skin that hint sun kiss atop the luminizer's dewy glow.
LORAC TANtalizer Lips with Benefits .19 oz
 Lastly, I topped off my look with the kit's TANtalizer Lips with Benefits gloss.  This was a fun, flirty gloss because of its colours: a mixture of shimmery gold and deep mauve.  It made my lips look full and sexy with its ultra glossy finish.  It had pretty strong staying power and wasn't sticky.  One aspect of it I fell partial to was its unique scent, which I later learned was crem brulee.  It has antioxidants of Acai Berry, Pomegranate Extract and Vitamins C & E to help nourish and protect lips from drying in the summer months.  Its the kit's finishing detail to help create that effortless summer glow .
This kit is such an incredible buy, I definitely recommend snagging one if you can.  Its items are full size, quality products that work!  What more could a beauty maven ask for? :)
 Available at: and Sephora
Have you been trying to find products to create the perfect summer glow?  Are you interested in trying LORAC's Glow to Go?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Review: Forever Glowing by Jennifer Lopez

Granted most of my devoted beauties out there know I am always raving about the wonder that is Jennifer Lopez, and her latest fragrance Forever Glowing is just another reason why.  An incredible blend of notes like saffron, white pepper, white honey, neroli, jasmine, suede, toffee, vanilla and patchouli creates this sensual, erotic fragrance that is described as a light fragrant breeze on your skin and through your hair.
Retail: $39.00-$49.00
The packaging is quite unique and very fitting.  It is in a circular, opaque bottle and its liquid is a soft lavender.  The topper is a matching circular crystal-like piece, and (my favorite part), when you spritz it on, a light under its cap actually lights up the bottle!  The bottle glows bright purple and is such a fun extra.   
I enjoyed wearing this scent because it is ultra feminine, but edgy.  It doesn't scream your typical sweet, fruity summer scent.  Instead, its blend of musk and florals create a sharp sophistication that exudes warmth and sensuality.  It settled on my skin with a soft, powder fresh aroma, but had a spicy kick to it.  It reminded me of summer nights and going out with friends, but yet is totally appropriate for daily wear.  It is by no means overpowering or strong, but rather light and airy (like advertised).  This fragrance is the ultimate detail that will pull your look together and add that captivating allure to your overall look for summer.    
Available at Kohl's 
Have you tried JLO's Forever Glowing?  What is your favorite JLO fragrance? 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Review: beingTrue Finishing Touch Perfecting Pen

Retail: $35.00
I met a truly fabulous representative for the brand beingTRUE  at a past BeautyPress event, and he introduced me to one of their best sellers: The Finishing Touch Perfecting Pen.  He kindly gave me a pen to take home and sample, and I feel totally in the know about why it is so popular. 
This sleek, silver pen with soft bristled tip, is quick and easy to use.  You simply click the button on the bottom and liquid is dispensed into the applicator brush.  It contains absolutely amazing elements like instalift goji to provide lifting and skin firming benefits, kalparine, an extract from the brown algae Alaria Esculenta to nourish and protect skin, and omega-3 and omega-6 oils to reinforce skins hydro-lipidic barrier. It also has anti oxidnants like pomegranate and malakite to fight signs of aging while green and white teas help soothe your skin. 
While I've mentioned in the past that I don't typically use concealer, but I liked experimenting with this pen.  I applied it ever so lightly under my eyes, down the center of my nose, and to a few different spots around my face.  I was amazed to see it had created a healthy, radiant effect.  It added a natural looking glow to my look, rather then simply cover the flaws. Its coverage was superb and blended beautifully.  It also served as a fantastic primer, to which I later applied a light layer of bronzer and the effect was really pretty.  This is a great product to have on hand for when you need a quick touch up, and want to perk up your look.  It didn't smudge off and kept whatever makeup I applied over it in pretty good shape throughout the day. 
The best part about this brand is that the products are not only effective, but actually provide you with skin benefits.  The targeted skin care line addresses specific and changing skin care needs, while the color cosmetics work in conjunction with the skin care by providing additional treatment benefits.  beingTrue strives to use all natural ingredients and is also cruelty free.  Products range in price from $5.00- $98.00 and are available exclusively through high-end spas and salons like The Spa at Chateau Elan in Atlanta and select Ritz Carlton locations to name a few.  I would definitely reccomend trying them if you get the opportunity. 
Have you tried any beingTrue products?  If not, are you interested? 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Review: PUR attitude Skincare

I began using PUR attitude  Purifying Rice Face Wash, HydroDrench Moisturizing Gel Cream and Multi-Effects Eye Cream for several weeks and loved every second of it. I came across the skincare line at a past BeautyPress Spotlight Day event here in NYC, and am really glad I did.  I really enjoyed this line so I'll just right in and start!  

Retail: $18.00
The Rice Purifying Face Wash was very pleasant to use.  It is a combination of soap-free cleanser and self-adjusting beads that gently exfoliate and remove daily build up, dirt and impurities.  It is enhanced with the power of natural Hyraluronix technology which delivers up to one thousand times its weight in water, locking moisture deep into the skin.  It also contains all time superior soothing and moisturizing elements like aloe leaf extract, jojoba esters, lemongrass oil and rice protein.   
My skin is typically dry, but I found this to be very soothing and gentle enough to use daily.  The beads were small enough to get the job done without causing any irritation or redness.  I liked how successful it was at removing my all my make up, and left my skin feeling cleansed and comforted. 

Retail: $68.00
Where do I even start with how much I love this moisturizer??  I say time and time again how my skin is dry, and has trouble absorbing moisturizers.  I've worked with several that I (thought) gave me good results at the time, but now I am not as sure.  This is probably my favorite to date and I don't think many will compare.  It states that it can serve as a primer for make up, and I would agree.  The creamy-gel like texture absorbed in record time, allowing me to apply my make up right after, and left my skin looking moist and soothed.  It claims to increase skin's hydration up to 90%, and while I can't confirm the results were 90%, the improvement was indeed significant.  I couldn't resist touching my cheek from time to time as I was so amazed by the difference. 
It too contains the Hyaluronix technology, and is combined with natural extracts like white tera, apricopt fruit, melon, pomeranate, rose, vanilla, raspberry, sweet almond and sandalwood.  This moisturizer is a powerhouse in a glass bottle and absolutely won't disappoint.  A must have for all suffering from dry skin.   

Retail: $58.00
As far as eye creams go, I feel like I have trouble seeing results as I am still in my twenties.  I don't usually detect much (if any) difference but I've tried to get into the habit of using them anyway.  What I can confirm about this eye cream was that it was very lightweight, and it absorbed quickly.  I dabbed it on it below my eyes, in the corners, over the lids and under the brow bone.  One application requires a minimal amount and goes a long way.  Using the Hyaluronix technology it works to firm tired, puffy looking eyes, erase dark circles up to 35%, reduce fine lines and wrinkles up to 63%, and is once again serves as a good primer for make up.  That is a great element, making it a worthwhile product for ladies not yet showing signs of aging, but are looking for ways to prevent them.  Using this as a primer can serve as added insurance against signs of aging and will keep your make up in place at the same time. 
Overall verdict: I love this line and hope to work with more of their products.  I've had much success with it and hope to maintain its results. 
Have you worked with PUR attitude?  What skincare line are you currently using?   

GFC Update

Hello, dollfaces! I wanted to do a quick update on what I'm sure many of you have probably already heard, which is the news on Google.  Google's GFC will be disappearing sometime next month, so I've headed over to Bloglovin' to give my dedicated beauties an alternative way to follow.  Hope to see you there :) Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Monday, June 17, 2013

Review: Christina Aguilera Red Sin Eau De Parfum

Retail: $37.00-$47.00
I've certainly been indulging in the fragrance department lately, and on a recent shopping trip to Kohl's, my eyes grew wide at their selection.  My how it has grown!  I used to work there several years ago and while I recall them having several nice scents, they've certainly been hard at work adding to their collection. 
Christina Aguilera's Red Sin Eau De Parfum caught my eye.  Not only am I a fan of the power house little songstress, but its bottle had a sultry, feminine shape, with lacy red detailing and a sexy black bow it the top.  I was eager to get a whiff and to put it simply: I'm obsessed with this fragrance. 
I learned that it is a Floral Oriental composed of top notes like red apple and cinnamon, with red cyclamen at its heart, and base notes of red ginger, sandalwood, and musk... (mm..tell me that doesn't sound delectable?).  With her favorite colour red in mind, Christina intended the fragrance to exude confidence, sexiness and embody empowerment. 
I love this scent from start to finish.  From the instant I spray it on, to the time after it settles on my skin, it is divine.  What I think I am most impressed by is its originality.   It begins with a sharp, fruity blast, that quickly steps aside, letting you enjoy its musky, floral quality.  I can't quite put my finger on it, but I almost feel like its two scents in one, each nicely complimenting the other.  Because of its warm, woodsy notes, some may consider it more appropriate for fall or winter, but personally I plan to begin wearing it now because it just smells so darn good!!  It wears lightly but is strong enough to get you noticed.. The ultimate scent to let you leave behind a little mystery as you saunter on by...
Have you visited your local Kohl's lately?  Have you tried any of the other Christina Aguilera fragrances? 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Review: Dossage No.8 For Her

One of my favorite moments in life is when you discover that addictive new fragrance that smells so amazing you can't stop until you've added it to your collection.  Of course you have your signature scents, and the ones you reserve for special occasions, but who can forget that absolute favorite you even wear to bed because you simply can't get enough of it?  

No.8 White Label for Her 50 ml 1.7fl oz $75

I was introduced to Dossage  No.8 For Her Eau De Parfum at a past BeautyPress event in NYC, and couldn't help but like it.  It was a crisp, sophisticated blend of fresh citrus, robust black current, passionate red fruits, sweet lily of the valley, and a sultry white musk.  The brand is quite special, using inspiration from various travel destinations to create each scent.  Dossage No. 8 For Her tributes its mysterious, artful allure to destinations such as Santa Barbara, Barcelona and Sao Paulo.  
I loved wearing this fragrance because it was light and subtle, but wore strong enough to last the whole day.  It's totally wearable for everyday and any occasion, also making it a nice scent for summer.  It has a fresh, clean aroma with a little mystery, that won't overpower your or those around you.   

A unique element of the brand is that each "For Her" scent is designed to compliment each "For Him" scent when worn together.  That said, any set could serve as the perfect gift for your boyfriend or hubby, whether it's Valentine's Day, his birthday or a holiday.  

No.16 Pink Label for Woman 50 ml 1.7fl oz $75

Personally though, when sampling the collection, my favorite was definitely No.16.  I had a complete OMG moment.  THIS would be the one to feed my addiction and be my go-to for not only every occasion, but would probably be what I wore to bed.  It smelled so delicious and breathtaking, I couldn't put down the paper I spritzed it on.  It is a blend of citrus, mango, peony, rose, vanilla and ambery woods, with inspiration derived from locations like St. Barts, Miami and Las Vegas.  If that doesn't spell out a good time, I don't know what does!   If you're a fun loving girl who likes to wear trendy, flirty scents, No.16 has your name written all over it.    

Available at: 
Fred Segal, the Fairmount Hotels, Mondrian, Jessie Boutique in SouthBeach,(Miami Beach) Adventura, Boca Raton, Cowgirl Princess in LA Canada California,Stylehaus, Sydney Michelle in Balboa Island,California and 

Do you wear a favorite fragrance to bed?  If so what is it?  Are you intrigued by the Dossage collection?

Update: butter LONDON Partners with Net-A-Porter

For all my butter LONDON lovers out there,   
butter LONDON, the British beauty brand that's famed for pioneering carcinogen-free nail care and creating exceptional nail lacquer colours each season alongside the world's top fashion designers, will now be available on the world's premier online luxury retailer: Net-A-Porter .

Launching this Monday June 17th, butter LONDON's Nail Foundation, Matte Finish Top Coat and Nail Lacquers in Cuppa, Fruit Machine, Molly Coddled, Fiver, Jasper and Kerfuffle will be available for purchase on the site.  This one-stop-shop makes it easy to find butter LONDON's fashion forward nail lacquers alongside your favorite fashion designers.  So head over and get ready to shop till you drop!! :D  

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Review: Nuxe Body Paris Fondant Shower Gel

Welp its official.  My bottle of Nuxe Body's Fondant Shower Gel has started making those dying, wheezy sounds as I struggle to squeeze out its last remaining droplets :(  
Retail: $15.00
I ordered this wash on a whim after reading some pretty good reviews, and I can't say I was sorry.  In fact, I plain fell in love with it. 
After a little research I learned Nuxe Body is a French brand, once created by a research pharmacist fascinated by the power of plants.  Now run by his daughter, Aliza Jabes, she's adopted the philosophy Beauty by Nature and is the driving force behind bringing these luxurious Nuxe products to life. 
This wash contains a soap-free formulation and coconut plant-origin cleansing base that works to soothe skin.  It had a delicious coconut scent that filled my bathroom and instantly relaxed me.  Also made with almond and orange flower petals, it kept my skin from drying out, and was gentle enough to use daily.
Because of its luxe quality, the smallest amount lathered right up and spread like silk over my skin.  I'd definitely suggest this as a nice supplement in place of that spa treatment we all need once in a while, and never have the time or money to get.  Reasonably priced at $15.00, use it to pamper yourself for a few minutes everyday :)

Friends & Family Sale Event at butterLONDON

Hello dolls, this is just a quick note for all you butter LONDON fans out there (myself included!) to let you know about their Colour Yourself Happy Friends and Family eventStarting tomorrow June 13, 2013 through June 17, 2013, get 30% off your entire purchase using code: FFSUMMER.  So hurry, hurry and be the first to grab those sizzlin' summer must haves!!

Monday, June 10, 2013

FreeBeautyEvents Monthly Contest

Who likes freebies??!! :D Well it's that time again my lovelies, to enter FreeBeautyEvents fabulous monthly giveaway!  For June's contest , FreeBeautyEvents is giving 10 lucky winners the chance to win a bundle of Yes Cucumber Facial Towelettes, Yes to Tomatoes Daily Pore Scrub, Yes to Carrots Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15, and Yes to Blueberries Eye Firming Treatment

The Contest runs from 6/1/2013 to 6/30/2013, winners will be chosen on 7/2/2013 and notified by 7/15/2013. To enter, click here  and supply your name, email (only used to contact winners), and zip code.

FreeBeautyEvents is a truly amazing resource and it doesn't get said enough.  It gives all us beauty junkies the chance to keep up to date with all the beauty happenings in our area.  For example, this month, take advantage of the CVS P&G Event. Makeup artists will be giving FREE makeovers with the latest CoverGirl products and giving away samples and coupons. Also this month is the CVS L’Oreal Haircare Event which features free samples and coupons from L’Oreal’s new Advanced Haircare line. This is a great opportunity to see which products work best for you! This info and more is available for spas and retailers to promote their events. Anyone interested in promoting their beauty event can make a posting here  for free.  To find out about events near you, just enter your zip code in the upper right hand corner of the home page. 
Also be sure to check out the site's blog in which they offer products reviews and advice.  And don't miss out on the site's weekly contest!  In addition to their monthly giveaway, FreeBeautyEvents gives its readers a chance to win a smaller bundle off goodies each week!  Click here to enter for a chance to win this week's package of Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner (some of my FAVORITE haircare products!!)
One winner will be chosen by 6/12/2013 and notified by email 6/19/2013. U.S. residents only.
 You can follow FreeBeautyEvents at:
Good luck my beauties XOXO
Have you checked out FreeBeutyEvents??   Are there any events going on in your area??

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day is fast approaching and I know some of us beauties are still searching for the perfect gift to give Dad and Grand Dad.  Well it's not too late!  To make life a little easier, here are some really fabulous items to meet the needs of every dad. 

If Dad likes to keep it together and always look poised, you may want to consider:

Calm, Cool, Collected Dad – For the gentleman that can’t resist a touch of class 
Malle Bois D’Orage 200mL Shower Gel ($75), available at:
Paco Rabanne 1 Million Gift Set ($80), available at:

If Dad is always running from work, to the store, to soccer practice, consider:

On-The-Go Dad – For the guy that’s fast and furious 24/7
Frédéric Malle Vetiver Extraordinare 200mL Shower Gel ($75), available at:
Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm ($65), available at: and
Prada Amber Pour Homme Gift Set ($80), available at:

If Dad is a total workout buff you KNOW he'll love (or may even need) one of these: 

Athletic Dad – For the man that knows his way around the gym
Frédéric Malle Rubber Incense ($110), available at:
Prada Luna Rossa Gift Set ($85), available at:

If Dad lives a flashy, jet setter type of life, but likes to keep it simple and modest consider:

World-Traveling Minimalist Dad – For the eco-friendly wanderlust addict
Frédéric Malle Bigarade 200mL Shower Gel ($75), available at:
Algenist Concentrated Reconstructing Serum ($95), available at: and
Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense Gift Set ($80), available at:

So there you have it my lovelies, I hope these ideas helped :) If you have any other Father's Day gift suggestions, leave a comment and share them! Visit back and share if Dad liked any of the above items.    

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Review: Bio Logical Hand Cream

As a girl in her twenties I'm no stranger to the importance of skincare.  Women constantly fuss over the "wrinkles" or "fine lines" on their face or neck, but tend to neglect two precious miracles.. their hands.  To be blunt, all that time spent catering to your face can easily be undone by a pair of dry, roughed up looking set of mits. 
The fast few months I have been using Apricot to the Rescue Hand Cream by Bio Logical and I LOVE it.
First off, this cream smells absolutely delicious.  The apricot scent is sweet and crisp, but not overpowering.  It contains ultra hydrating elements like argan oil, shea butter, and aloe.  The light formula glides on silky smooth and absorbs pretty well.  I carry this with me everywhere.  Despite the fact that it adds a bit of weight to my purse, I believe it to be totally worth it.  Its packaging is a 1.69 fl oz glass pump bottle with plastic cap.  Made from recycled items, they're totally eco- friendly, just a little less travel friendly.  But when my hands felt even slightly dry or rough, after application they felt soothed almost immediately, giving them fast relief.  Another element I liked was its luxe quality.  It provides lasting effects, therefore requiring less applications and increasing its longevity.  I have been using it for several months and still have half the bottle left.  My hands are smooth, hydrated and no matter how I age, I vow to always keep a bottle of Bio-Logical near by!
Bio- Logical Cosmetiques is a Paris-based organic skincare line which brings a fresh perspective to the natural beauty category by providing effective, fun, and easy products to modern consumers looking to embrace more natural beauty routines. The brand fills a void in the natural/organic skincare category by offering affordable, French-manufactured, certified organic skincare solutions based on ancient botanically-derived remedies presented in trendy, high-quality eco-sensitive packaging. The cruelty-free product line is “Tested on Frenchies, not on Animals!” ™
Do you find you forget to moisturize your hands?  Would you try Bio- Logical hand cream?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Introducing Juliet Stewart's Juliet Eau De Parfum

Retail: $185.00
1.07 oz

After sampling Juliet Stewart new fragrance Juliet Eau De Parfum at a recent BeautyPress event, I found myself drawn to what I could only describe as an incredibly unique blend of notes. 
Let me be honest and say I am partial to my fruity florals, and my powder fresh scents.  But Juliet was a special blend of notes that had me intrigued.  
Juliet Eau De Parfume uses classic notes of lemon from Amalfi, basil, bergamot and Sicilian orange, lavendar and sage, mingling with naunces of fresh Mediterranean herbs that become ultra- feminine with jasmine, lily of the valley, and vanilla from Madagascar, on a warm background of amber and precious woods from the Far East. It creates a fabulous union a unique musky, floral fragrance that is truly lovely. 
When first tested, its aroma was a sharp musky blast.  But once it settled, it softened in to a delicate mix of musk and light floral.
I found it smelled better on my skin then in the bottle.  I could detect the jasmine and vanilla notes- two of my favorites- and loved how it set.  It wasn't overpowering and made me feel very feminine.  Usually when I hear musk I tend to shy away, for fear of it smelling too masculine.  But Juliet embodies a woman's true beauty and makes you feel your worth.  Its notes combine to give the perfect balance of strength and femininity with lasting wearbility and brave originality.  It is definitely a scent that can be worn on the daily, no matter the ocassion or season.  I would say it is bold enough to get you noticed, but subtle enough to leave behind a little intrigue. 
Stewart describes the scent with the words "Be Unforgettable... Own Your Beauty" and I consider it an accurate depiction. 
What types of scents do you typically wear daily?  Would you consider Juliet Eau De Parfum?

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Review: Supersilk Pure Indulgence Leave- In Treatment by Brocato


 Retail: $20.00
Brocato is an incredibly luxe haircare line created by Sam Brocato. I've been using it the past several weeks, having come across it at a recent Beauty Press event, here in NYC.  There's nothing better then products that live up to their name, and I was sincerely impressed after I began working with Brocato's Supersilk Pure Indulgence Leave-In Treatment
Supersilk Pure Indulgence Leave- In Treatment uses nano technology to deliver silk amino acids that nourish and fortify hair. The weightless formula reduces frizz, protects against dryness while locking in color, and leaves your tresses super silky.
My hair can be quite troublesome for me as I'm not an expert hairstylist and don't always have the patience to deal with it.  It's thick, curly, coarse and often the cause of some child-like tantrums come those humid or rainy days when it simply won't cooperate. I started applying the treatment to my damp hair every other night or so, let it dry naturally, and by morning I saw a clear difference.  My hair felt touchably soft and had a noticeable reduction in frizz.   Could my unruly mane really be tamed that easily??  Apparently so!  
My locks were soft and manageable and the best part was how hydrated they had become over time, even developing a healthy looking sheen.  Surprisingly I was also able to cut back on applications, making the tube last longer.   Its effects proved to be long lasting and I could still maintain them with (less frequent) but steady use.  The formula was sulfate and paraben free, with a creamy, gel like texture that was lightweight and didn't weigh down my hair.  I love this product so much and would highly recommend it to anyone with thick, curly and/or dry hair.  I was expecting such a luxe product to be rather pricey, but its very fairly priced and a total must have for the humid weather right around the corner. Its going straight into my hair's summer must have survival kit!
Do you have trouble taming your mane in the summer?  Are you interested in trying Brocato's Supersilk Leave-In Treatment?

Monday, June 3, 2013

Review: Mistura The 6-in 1 Beauty Solution

Each Beauty Press event here in NYC always delivers, and I was yet again introduced to several amaaazing brands.  One of them being Canada based Mistura Beauty Solutions .  Even though I don't believe a girl can ever have enough make up, I'll be the first to admit that sometimes storing it all can be a bit tricky.  That's why products like Mistura's The 6-in 1 Beauty Solution are such fabulous finds. 
Mistura's 6-in 1 Beauty Solution® is designed to serve as a foundation, concealor, blush, bronzer, lipstick and eye shadow all in one compact.  It comes in one universal shade that uses heat activation to self adjust, making it wearable for very skin.  Mistura's patented Miracle Match Color Blend Technology uses light refraction to diminish the appearance of blemishes, fine lines, mutes rosacea and evens out skin tones. 
I first tried it as a bronzer, and used a powder brush to apply it all over my face.  After application I couldn't help but cringe as I suddenly looked extremely shiny, and the colour was incredibly dark.  I quickly learned that my fair skin needed but a few strokes to achieve the desired effect, and once I mastered the necessary amount, I'll admit I did like the coverage.  My skin had even coloring, its formula felt very lightweight, and it didn't smudge off during the day.  After working with it few more times, I concluded it performed best on my skin as a blush for contouring, and as an eye shadow.  As a shadow it left a lovely shimmer that added a nice, highlighted glow to my look and really made my blue eyes stand out.  Very natural looking.  With summer approaching, I plan on wearing this often when trying to achieve that golden, sun kissed effect.  I never use concealor, (and I'm slightly confused as to how this can be used as such) but it does offer the option.  As for a lipstick, its colour remains very natural and soft looking, a shade that will match many skin tones and support various looks.   
If you're stocking up on new summer items, this may be the perfect item to add to your collection.  It serves as multi functional and is a total space saver.  Also, Mistura has just announced it will be launching a series of Mistura Beauty Solution® lip liners, eye liner, mascara and eye shadows to add to their already popular line, sometime this month.  Be on the look out for them and let me know which ones make your list of summer picks! 
Have you tried Mistura Beauty?  Are you going to check out their new products?
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