HAPPY SPRING! Check out some beauty must haves…Spring is official on March 20, 2016!
For extra sensitive skin…
SUN BUM BABY BUM– (Baby Bum Lotion: $17.99 Baby Bum Face Stick: $12.99 via www.trustthebum.com)
The Sun Bum® Baby Bum Sunscreen’s formula was developed in Australia, where the scientists are the very best at making natural skincare just for little ones and people with super sensitive skin. Made with a paraben-free formula and is 100% mineral based it’s the Bum’s cleanest, all-natural sun protection. Available in both a lotion and a stick.
For tan lovers…
SUN BUM SUNLESS SELF TANNING TOWELETTE– ($15.99 at select stores and via www.trustthebum.com and Ulta)
Exfoliate, moisturize and achieve a golden glow all at once with this revolutionary and easy to use self-tanning towelette for the face and body. The new Sun Bum® Sunless Self Tanning Towelettes not only contain the most effective ingredients like Black Walnut Leaf Extract but also are infused with a patented clear self-tanning formula that works with the proteins and amino acids in skin to produce a healthy, beachy glow.
SUN BUM NATURAL BROWNING LOTION – ($15.99 at select stores and via www.trustthebum.com and Ulta)
We are all about achieving that beachy glow without baking too long in the sun. Designed to help skin get golden safely, the new Sun Bum® Natural Browning Lotion will help you get the deep, dark golden glow you want without the risks associated with extended sun exposure. Infused with some of the best ingredients from around the world like Kukui Nut Oil and Kona Coffee Plant Extract, the formula is completely vegan, gluten free, and paraben free, with a scent that smells like an endless summer.
For natural radiance and even-tone…
DDF PROTECT AND CORRECT MOISTURIZER WITH SUNSCREEN BROAD SPECTRUM SPF15– ($67 at ddfskincare.com and Ulta)
This facial moisturizer contains a potent Micro-Radiance Complex and diminishes the look of discoloration for even, translucent, healthy looking skin. Also contains SPF 15 to help protect from UVA/UVB damage and future hyperpigmentation.
For an updated spring hair color…
TOUCHBACK COLOR DEPOSITING SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER – ($19.95 at CVS stores)
Adds back color and shine to faded hair, without the harsh chemicals of permanent hair color — no ammonia, peroxide or sulfates. It’s the safe, gentle way to add vibrant color any time. The color lasts through three ordinary washings. A breakthrough in temporary hair color technology, TouchBack’s patented formula uses the natural ionization of the hair to seamlessly bond color to the hair shaft. UVA/UVB sunscreens and antioxidants safeguard hair and color fidelity. WE LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!! It makes living with those pesky grays more bearable:)
2015 Holiday Gift Guide Begins!
Give the gift of fragrance with the incredible Scent Trios from Lisa Hoffman Beauty. Each trio includes three travel sized versions of Lisa’s award winning fragrances. Featuring complimentary scents, the Scent Trios allow you to explore the world of Lisa Hoffman to find your new signature scent.
Available in two unique gift sets ($49 each), the trios are the perfect gift for the fragrance lover in your life. The complimentary scents can be worn alone or layered for a more complex, unique fragrance. Choose your fragrance adventure with the refreshing scents of the Serenity Trio or the sultry, exotic scents of the Floral Trio.
Serenity Trio, $49 – Includes French Clary Sage, Tuscan Fig and Japanese Agarwood
Floral Trio, $49 – Includes Brazilian Begonia, Madagascar Orchid and Tunisian Neroli
When it comes to selecting the perfect stocking stuffers for friends and family this holiday season, skin care and beauty solutions are always a safe bet. ALTCHEK MD, RETINOL, and MOODMATCHER products are priced under $30, these budget-friendly buys are perfect for every price point and will make any guy or girl happy!
Altchek MD Starter Kit Anti-Aging Starter Kit ($25)
This starter kit contains the four key products in the Doctor’s skincare regimen:
· Night Treatment Restorative Serum (.5fl oz / 15 mL)
Retinol Anti-Aging Facial Oil (1oz – $26.00)
Retinol Anti-Aging Facial Oil delivers an ultra-light, non-greasy facial oil that utilizes nine rich essential oils plus Vitamins A, C and Argan Oil (Vitamin E) to promote anti-oxidant protection and multiply the effectiveness of daily skincare regimens. This facial oil infuses African Marula Oil and Sea Buckhorn’s Omega 7 & 9 Fatty Acids to hydrate and protect skin and supply key nutrients to combat wrinkles, dryness and loss of elasticity.
Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Facial Serum For Men (1fl oz – $22.00)
Anti-Wrinkle Serum is an effective Retinol formula that focuses on giving you a youthful appearance by targeting the visible signs of aging. Helps to soothe razor burn when applied after shaving.
Retinol Anti-Aging Starter Kit ($20)
The Anti-Aging Starter Kit contains smaller versions of 3 of our skincare products to help you become familiar with our Retinol-based skincare line:
· Anti-Wrinkle Facial Serum (0.5fl oz / 15 mL)
Eye Gel Pads (10 pairs – $20.00)
Eye Gel Pads help reduce the appearance of fine lines and puffiness while hydrating the sensitive and fragile skin under the eyes. It is a perfect treatment before a night out.
Doctor’s Skin Remedy (1.7oz – $14.00)
A multi-purpose cream that protects, softens, soothes and calms the skin—perfect for combatting winter dryness and chapped skin.
· Helps minor sunburn and calms dry, irritated or sun-exposed skin
Retinol Daily Moisturizer For Men (1.7oz – $20.00)
Multi-action, non-greasy Daily Moisturizer reduces the signs of aging while improving skin texture, firmness and tone. Retinol (Vitamin A) works to renew skin and smooth the appearance of fine lines while it improves firmness, so your skin looks healthier and more youthful. Your skin will appear more hydrated and feel protected.
Retinol After Shave Balm (2.4oz – $12.00)
Retinol Men’s After Shave Balm’s dual action formula works as a lightweight moisturizer and a calming aftershave, restoring hydration as it soothes irritation and razor burn. Enriched with Vitamins A, C & E, Allantoin, Provitamin B5 and Green Tea Extract, it softens your skin and helps reduce the visible signs of aging.
Moodmatcher Twist Sticks – ($8.00)
A collection of 6 vivid, hi-definition long-wear lipsticks with 12 hour staying power. The lipsticks react with your lips to create the perfect shade that matches your vibe.
Moodmatcher Moodgloss – ($10.00)
A collection of youthful, long-wear glosses that change according to individual body chemistry and temperature for a personalized pink shade. The glosses are enriched with soothing Aloe Vera and moisturizing Vitamin E.
Retinol Anti-Aging Cleansing Towelettes (30 Towelettes – $8.00)
Gently cleanse, tone, and remove make-up and impurities trapped within pores. Dual-action cleansing towelettes blend Retinol & Vitamin E, Ginseng, Green Tea, and Aloe Vera to carefully resurface skin texture, lift away dead skin cells, and restore pH balance, for softer, smoother, and more radiant skin.
Altchek MD – Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF30 (1.5oz – $10.00)
Vitamin C Ester, Panthenol, Vitamin E
Improves the texture, moisture and luminosity of your skin as it targets fine lines and wrinkles. Sunscreen protects against the damaging effects of UVA/UVB rays. Preventive anti-oxidants shield against environmental stressors replenishing and smoothing the skin.
Altchek MD – Daily Exfoliating Cleanser (2 oz – $5.00)
Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Vitamin C, Calendula Extract
Cleanses as it treats blocked pores, impurities, dullness, uneven texture and tone. Micro-polish particles reveal clean, smooth skin that is radiant and ready for the next step in the regimen.
GREAT GIFTS FOR TWEENS AND TEENS!!!!
GlamTwirl is on every tween and teen girls wish list this Holiday! Girls can automatically twirl and twist their hair to a braid, or wrap their hair with fun beads and threads using the 2-in-1 GlamTwirl Hair Styler. It lets her, and her friends, style hair in many different creative ways and they are easy to create and just as easy to remove.
The GlamTwirl kit comes complete with the styling wand, twirler and wrapper attachments, hair accessories and style guide, and at less than $20, it makes an affordable holiday gift sure to be a favorite for the trendy, boho chic girl in your life.
The unique attachments wrap your tresses in colorful threads and can twirl the hair to create fun two-strand twists. With several hair accessory colors, you can create a look to match any event or outfit. GlamTwirl is battery powered and easy to use. Extras include thread, beads and GLAMZIES, 3-D hair gems in flower and heart designs. Wrap, bead or braid, the only limit to your look is your imagination.
*Available on www.GlamTwirl.com and at these fine retailers: Walgreens, Dollar General, Rite Aid, CVS Pharmacy and Toys R Us.
VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS THAT SAY I LOVE YOU!
2015 Valentine’s Day Gift Sets (launching Feb. 4th): Hitting stores this week, L’OCCITANE is pleased to offer an assortment of their charming classics that are perfect for every woman in your life. From their super cute voyage gift sets priced at $28, to the luxurious Divine skincare collection over $100, they have something special for those who matter most.
NEW! Limited Edition Cherry Blossom Collection (launching Feb. 4th): Just like a cherry blossom, this delicious new fragrance lifts us out of that winter rut with first signs of a spring in a light, fruity scent of watermelon, blackcurrants and lemon. Adorable pink and red packaging designed by Provençal illustrator Charlotte Gastaut and authentic cherry extract from Lubéron, France, gives the product a romantic French touch – perfect for Valentine’s Day! Products are available in an Eau de Toilette ($45), Fragrance Touch ($22), Moisturizing Milk ($25) and Hand Cream ($12).
Whether if it’s for your girlfriend, best friend, wife or your very first crush, pamper your loved one with a chic L’OCCITANE gift set containing limited edition & best-selling products that are beautifully packaged and ready to gift- no wrapping necessary! Conveniently available at all L’Occitane boutiques nationwide and online at usa.loccitane.com.
BSW’S BEST HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE IS HERE FOR 2014!
It’s that time of year again…Making a list and checking it twice…
One ‘n Only Argan Heat Ceramic Straightening Iron, ($47.99, stylesource.com)This One ‘n Only Argan Heat Ceramic Straightening Iron is an evolutionary flat iron that shines, smooths, and nourishes hair naturally with the help of its ceramic plates that are infused with rare Moroccan Argan oil. It is guaranteed to revitalize each strand of hair, protect color, and condition. It’s ceramic plates are made with Sol-gel technology which is smoother and stronger than other flat irons. The result is frizz free hair with brilliant shine, while preserving the color and integrity.
OPI Nail Polish Holiday Kits
As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI’s holiday sets are a great gift option for the person that values high-quality nail polish. Check out their Trend on Ten holiday set which features 8 of their classic and most popular nail polish colors.
Trend on Ten, $34.50
10 – Nail Lacquers 3.75 mL – 0.125 Fl. Oz.
Haven’t the Foggiest
Tickle My France-y
Toucan Do It If You Try
Big Apple Red
Lincoln Park After Dark
C.O. Bigelow Home Fragrance Candle
Who doesn’t love to come home to a fresh scent? Check out C.O. Bigelow’s specially crafted candles in the scent Lavender-Peppermint. Based on the brand’s iconic scent that has become a staple in the world’s finest hotels, this candle blends Blue Lavender and Lemon Sparkle with soothing Chamomile and Fresh Peppermint. Touches of Sheer Woods and Musk add a dry, light finish.
C.O. Bigelow Lavender-Peppermint Candled, Price: $42
Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipsticks
You can never go wrong with a new vitamin-enriched lipstick that leaves your lips feeling drenched in moisture with intense color. Not only does it provide highly-pigmented color but also comes in 24 luscious shades. Price: $7.49 Available at all chain drug stores and mass retailers nationwide
KMS California FREESHAPE 2-in-1 styling + finishing spray
Before creating your holiday hairstyle try this KMS product for extra hold and shine. It’s heat-activated spray for use on dry hair. Shapes and bundles curls, when used with a curling iron, and adds extra hold and shine as a finishing spray. Styles last until the next wash. Anti-breakage, humidity-resistant formula. Price: $19.99 Available at Salons
Borrowing from the teachings of ancient Chinese philosophies, Connie created the first lifestyle beauty brand artfully pairing skincare with teas, allowing women to effortlessly pamper their skin from the inside out, in a delightful way. After all, your complexion is a direct reflection of your internal health!
Visit MIYU now and purchase a wonderful gift set for someone special on your gift list now!
This season, Pür Minerals has the perfect present for everyone on your list. Featuring directly-sourced Farm-to- JarTM ingredients, Pür Minerals’ holiday collection offers high-performance makeup with clinically proven skincare benefits in the hottest shades of the season.
**All Available at Pur Minerals now!
Gifts for Men!
This is the PERFECT gift for any man on your list! Everything is included in Boots No 7 Men Hydrating Shave Kit for the perfect shave!
Boots No7 Men Anti-friction Shave Gel
o A hydrating gel that allows razors to glide easily across the skin to create a closer shave, while soothing and protecting the skin to reduce razor burn and irritation.
Boots No7 Men Post Shave Recovery Balm
o A cooling and calming formula that deeply restores moisture, leaving the skin with immediate long-lasting hydration.
Boots No7 Men Energising Face Wash
o A gentle, soap- and oil-free wash that cleans and refreshes the skin without stripping its natural moisture.
Exclusive Boots 3 Blade Razor
Available at: Walgreens and Walgreens.com for a limited time
All Boots No7 Men products are hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested – great for sensitive skin!
Looking for Holiday Hair Accessories and fabulous Stocking Stuffers? Then the Goody Hair Collection is perfect for you! Here are a few you might want to give as a gift or stuff into a stocking:) Prices range between $2.99 – $4.99 and are available at Walmart and Meijer.
Girls Flower Salon Clip and Headwraps • Flowers with rhinestone center and bright headwraps
• 10 ways to wear
Ouchless Elastics – Glitterazzi • Stylish bright palette • Featuring glitter weave elastics • No metal
• Gentle and comfortable hold • Reduces snags and breakage
Ouchless Elastic Headwraps – Spot On! Dress up your look from the gym to the office with our cute, yet comfortable headwraps. Goody Ouchless Headwraps are a great way to gently pull hair back without snagging or pulling hair. Available in a variety of colors and patterns:)
Check These Holiday Deals Out:
Some are offering exclusive extended “Black Friday Deal” as well as WEB ONLY Specials! Make sure you check out each one for amazing gifts and prices!!!
L’OCCITANE 2014 Holiday Gift Sets– The ‘bread and butter,’ of L’Occitane, from cute stocking stuffers priced at $20, to luxurious skincare collections over $100. L’Occitane offers something for everyone (men too!).
Cade for men makes a great gift! A classic embodiment of warm, spicy and woody fragrances that evokes the dry wood, red soil and hot stones found in the sunny Garrigue landscape of southern France.
This collection includes:
- Cade Eau de Toilette 3.4 fl.oz
- Cade Shower Gel for Body and Hair 8.4 fl.oz
- Cade After Shave Balm 1 fl.oz
- Cade Shaving Gel 5 fl.oz
- Pivoine Flora Body Milk 2.5 fl.oz
- Pivoine Flower Eau de Toilette 2.5 fl.oz
- Pivoine Flower Shower Gel 8.4 fl.oz
- Pivoine Flower Hand Cream 1 .oz
- Bonne Mere Soap Rose 3.5 .oz
Burt’s Bees Holiday Gift Collection is full of natural, ‘no wrap needed’ personal care gift sets and stocking stuffers for everyone on your list this year. From the busy mom to the selfie obsessed teen, outdoorsy guy to your favorite teacher – we’ve got you covered. The best part, they’re all $5 to $15 and available at your local drugstore and at BurtsBees.com. Besides, who doesn’t love a little natural beauty?
The Mini Mani Month is a Nordic sweater-designed package encasing 25 tiny lacquers. In addition to polish, nail-art fiends will find add-ons such as glitter sprinkles, sequins, and caviar pearls. The lacquers feature kitschy names like All Aglow, Yule Rules, and Naughty or Nice.
Or if you see your beauty goods as an extension of home decor, you can scoop up the Tree Trinkets sets, which offer six brand new polishes housed in clear ornaments.The Ciaté Mini Mani Month set ($58) and Tree Trinkets ($30) just launched at Sephora stores and Sephora.com
INDO BOARD YOGA FOR A STRONGER CORE!
All I can say is WOW! What an experience…Doing a downward & upward facing dog on a wooden shaped like surf board was challenging but so worth it!
Traditional yoga exercises in a non-traditional way by using the Indo Yoga Board’s unsteadiness to develop better posture and balance was just incredible!!! The founder, Hunter Joslin, designed the board to provide you the same fitness results as SUP yoga, which is Stand-Up Paddle boarding and yoga combined!
Our personal yoga instructor Michelle, has been teaching INDO Board Yoga for a few years in Manhattan Beach, Ca. The board is just big enough & wide enough to fit your entire body. I happen to have a strong core so I decided to challenge myself further by using one of the Indo Board IndoFLO Cushions,(photo below).
By placing the black inflated disk under my board at one end, my INDO Board became extremely wobbly like being on the water…I had to concentrate harder so that I wouldn’t fall while doing warrior one or two. My body felt amazing after and today I can feel the workout throughout my body!
(from left: Hunter Joslin, founder, Michelle our instructor, me, and my friend Michele H.)
In the fall of 1998 the Indo Board Balance Trainer was incorporated and trademarked, and a new era in balance boards was launched. Originally designed to train surfers out of the water, Hunter soon discovered that the apparatus was much more than just a surfing simulator. Users reported increased leg strength and flexibility, so it became apparent that the Indo Board was an excellent cross trainer for all sports and fitness disciplines. Indo Board will continue refining and expanding its product line, create new and innovative balance training products, and most important of all, continue keeping exercise fun and challenging.
For more info abut INDO Board or to Purchase visit: INDO BOARD
I give the INDO BOARD Yoga class my personal WOOT, WOOT, WOOT! And 3 thumbs up:)
LIVE LOVE SPA WAS AWESOME!!!!
LOS ANGELES, CA – September 18th, 2014 – A bevy of Hollywood beauties gathered for a day of pampering and relaxation at the Second Annual LIVELOVESPA.COM SPLASH! Media event at the Spa at The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. E!’s Untold Maria Menounos, Scandal’s Bellamy Young and Dancing with the Stars’ contestant Janel Parrish were treated with 30 minute spa & mini treatments from a selection of the most exciting brands within the spa industry.
Other celebrities joining LIVELOVESPA.COM’s celebration included: Teen Wolf’s Holland Roden, Devious Maids’ Edy Ganem, Nickelodeon star Jennette McCurdy, Sons of Anarchy’s Winter Ave Zoli, #RichKids of Beverly Hills stars Roxy Sowlaty & Jonny Drubel, Big Brother & Amazing Race contestants Jordan Lloyd & Jeff Schroeder, VH1 personality Carrie Keagan, Arrested Development’s Nathalia Ramos, pop singer Madison Beer, actress Malana Lea, and actress Rosie Fellner.
The stars enjoyed signature cocktails provided by The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas as they indulged in services from leading beauty and spa brands: HydraFacial, Moroccanoil, Aesthetic Ambassadors, Jindilli and Vita Liberata, along with customized pedicures by Pavé Crystal Pedicures and signature treatments from Intraceuticals. Guests also took the opportunity to discover some of the latest innovative products and treatments from participating brands such as HydroPeptide, COOLA Suncare, Circadia, Knesko Skin, Trophy Skin, The Comphy Co., Clarisonic, PrAna, Travertine Spa Collection and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Keep an eye on our “Product Review” page. We are reviewing each leading beauty brand that attended the event! BSW was on the scene to meet the stars and the brands! Good times!!!
A New Twist on a Classic Combo
Black and White Tony Ties from Mia Beauty
Black and white has always been the go-to combo for an instantly chic look. Mia Beauty has incorporated this classic duo into their NEW Tony Ties. Unlike traditional hair elastics, these no-tug hair ties are great for a quick ponytail, comfortable enough to wear all day and will not leave a crease in your hair. Whether you go girly with lace, sophisticated with houndstooth or trendy with skulls and studs, the Tony Ties will instantly update your pony. They even double as bracelets, so you always have a hair tie when needed.
Mia Beauty Tony Ties are available for $7 at Bed Bath & Beyond, Harmon, and ULTA stores and online via www.miabeauty.com.
In honor of Bastille Day (July 14th!), let your French love shine through with our NEW Roses et Reines collection. Including rose extract from Provence and officially launching July 30th, this beautiful collection is the perfect red, to your French blue and white.
Visit L’Occitane for their new collections now!
KMS California FREESHAPE Quick Blow Dry
In this heat who has time or wants to spend more time being hot?! That’s where KMS California can help!
Beat the heat by cutting your blow drying time in half! KMS California FREESHAPE quick blow dry speeds up drying time up to 50% while conditioning your hair! This is the perfect product to get you out the door in no time during these hot summer days. Just spray, blow, and you’re good to go!
KMS California FREEESHAPE quick blow dry
Price: $18.99 Where to buy: Salons Nationwide, Ulta Stores,
According to Elle.com, brides-to-be are getting “hand lifts” to create the perfect engagement selfie. Filters on Instagram just aren’t cutting it anymore—competition for impeccable, wrinkle-free engagement and wedding photos has led women to invest in $1,200 hand injections.
Dr. Gregory Bays Brown, founder of RéVive Skincare offers two plastic-surgeon approved alternatives to the hand lift. With these two products, brides can relax on their wedding day knowing that hands will be moisturized, firm and #InstaReady.
Powered by RES and featuring Firming Hand Complex, this luxurious rose-scented hand cream visibly smoothes and strengthens delicate skin to restore firmness and elasticity. The cream’s advanced blend of peptides deeply hydrates skin and provides all day moisture and comfort.
Dr. Brown created this targeted hand treatment, featuring a breakthrough bio-complex of key ingredients that mimic skin repair, without actually traumatizing the skin or causing downtime. This powerful skin-transforming treatment helps slow the visible signs of aging with a blend of “youth-recruiting” ingredients that provide dramatic results in just four weeks or less of targeted applications. It merges bio-technology with beauty, resulting in a laser-free “lift” and a marked improvement to skin.
My hands just love this product!!! Perfect for hand models who want to work an extra 10 years!!! Like me:)
· NEW! Cade Collection ($65): An earthy, aromatic blend of juniper, sandalwood and rosemary essential oils, this masculine collection is complete with all of the skincare staples a man needs. Includes: our outdoorsy, new! Cade Eau de Toilette, a refreshing Shower Gel, a cleansing Pebble Soap and a calming After Shave Balm.
· Luxury Shave Collection ($155): Joining forces with the luxury shaving accessories brand Plisson, this deluxe gift set embodies the expertise and traditions of master barbers. Features Cade Rich Shaving Cream, Plisson Shaving Brush and Plisson Razor.
· L’Occitan Collection ($65): Experience the fiery, aromatic blend of the L’Occitan scent instilled in an Eau de Toilette, Shaving Gel, Shower Gel and Pebble Soap.
*these gifts sets are great for every man in your life! Top quality and packaging is classy!!!
FATHER’S DAY IS JUNE 15!
Father’s Day is quickly approaching, which is daunting to many of us as Dads are quite possibly the most difficult people to shop for. Gifting cologne on Father’s Day is tried and true, but chances are you’ve probably overlooked important factors such as Dad’s body chemistry, personality and lifestyle while spritzing through the latest men’s scents.
To break the cycle of men’s fragrance bottles collecting dust around the bathroom sink, we’ve rounded up 4 colognes from FragranceNet.com to match your father’s unique personality.
The Dapper Dad
Tom Ford Noir ($134.19 at FragranceNet.com) - Now Dad can smell as good as he looks. Tom Ford is an obvious choice for the dad who stays sharply dressed and wants his signature scent to match. He’ll appreciate how Tom Ford’s blend of bergamot, violet flower, leather, and black pepper accents his suit and tie.
Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf ($88.19 at FragranceNet.com) – Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf is a striking fragrance with a wealth of addictive notes including chilli and saffron combined with leather, tobacco, vetiver and pink pepper. Encased in a hand grenade shaped bottle this spicy, woody and oriental scent is highly seductive and explosive.
The Outdoorsy Dad
Kenzo Woody Cologne ($44.19 at FragranceNet.com) – Harnessing the power of nature, this aromatic fragrance is the ideal choice for the Dad who has a little bit of the woods in him. Although this is a predominantly woody scent, it is lifted by fresh notes of basil and mint, with black pepper and rosemary ensuring that Dad’s life has a touch of spice.
The Preppy Dad
Polo Ralph Lauren Blue Sport ($74.19 at FragranceNet.com) – If your Dad is a fan of the polo, or just loves the whole preppy scene, then look no further than this spectacular offering from the King of Prep – Ralph Lauren. Expect him to smell like green apples, mint, mandarin, sage and ginger; a fruity cocktail of scents you’d expect at a day on the green.
Happy Shopping online:)
MORE GIFT IDEAS….
Layrite Pomade Collection, 3-Packs ($40, layrite.com and salons nationwide): Three cans of dad’s favorite Layrite Pomade in a gift box that makes it easy to give the gift of hair love. Plus you save 10% compared to our regular price. Available in Original, Super Hold or Super Shine. Developed to replace the wax that greasers would use in the SoCal rockabilly scene, water-based Layrite pomade holds like a wax, but washes out like a gel! What other pomades call extreme hold, we just call original. The same formula greasers have been trusting for 10 years.
TURO SKIN Dopp Kit – “The Refined Man” ($160, turoskin.com and professional offices nationwide): features a travel-friendly toiletry bag made of leather and vinyl that is perfect for storing essential TURO SKIN products and additional grooming products. Comes with:
· TURO SKIN Daily Moisturizing Lotion + Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15: a lightweight moisturizing lotion that hydrates the skin while providing UV protection without a heavy or tacky feel. Safe and effective for use after shaving, it helps to soothe irritation caused by razor burn and improve skin’s texture.
TURO SKIN Dopp Kit – “The Essential Man” ($100, turoskin.com and professional offices nationwide): features a travel-friendly toiletry bag made of leather and vinyl that is perfect for storing essential TURO SKIN products and additional grooming products. Comes with:
· TURO SKIN Daily Moisturizing Lotion + Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15: a lightweight moisturizing lotion that hydrates the skin while providing UV protection without a heavy or tacky feel. Safe and effective for use after shaving, it helps to soothe irritation caused by razor burn and improve skin’s texture.
How many of you are tired of carrying your phones, wallets, keys, ID cards all the time and every time you have to go make a grocery run or workout? Finally there is a solution. Call it your “third hand” or the invisible helper we call it the Dbelt.
It is not only functional but The DBelt goes the extra mile in aesthetic appeal as well as performance. Sleek, modern, and versatile, the DBelt was envisioned and designed by a team of fashion authorities, making it the first piece of workout apparel that multitasks as an essential fashion accessory. With the DBelt there is no need to buy multiple pairs of expensive workout pants. Choose the clothes you feel best in and let the DBelt carry everything you need.
I LOVE mine and they come is sizes Petite -XL! Finally, a small enough fitness accessory that allows you to work out without worrying where you should put your keys & phone…WOO HOO!
Available now for 39.95 at Dbelt.com
GREAT GIFTS FOR MOTHER’S DAY
Mother’s Day is only a few weeks away so, I hope you’ve started thinking about the perfect gift to get “mom.” I have come across a few that I think any mom would love to have. I know I would!
Mom’s love things that smell good, so why not give her the gift of scent?!
OLAVIE just launched a new collection of home fragrance products, bringing a vineyard of relaxation to you wherever you are! There are a total of six regular scents plus one seasonal scent in the new collection. The six regular scents are 1) Signature Cellar, 2) Vineyard Garden, 3) Cassis & French Oak, 4) Tuscan Fig, 5) White Grapefruit, 6) Sparkling Violet and the seasonal scent is Fir Balsam.
Available as a reed diffuser and/or candle. Elegantly designed and the scent will help relax your mind and body while making your room smell divine!
Visit OLAVIE to purchase now!
Hot Spring Makeup Girls!
Jane Iredale has some fabulous new colors and beauty items that you have to add to your Spring Collection!
POPSUGAR Takes The Guess Work out of Valentine’s Day Guys!
Must Have Boxes includes POPSUGAR editors’ favorite products from ALL areas like food, fitness, fashion, beauty, entertainment, décor, etc. so guys are covering all the bases when it comes to getting the perfect gift for the girlfriend or wife this Valentine’s Day. With a subscription to the Must Have box, girls will get full-sized products and premium items worth over $100, and the guy only has to pay $39.95 a month, with free shipping!
AND since Valentine’s Day is positioned during travel season (a great time for couples to getaway), POPSUGAR is launching a Special Edition Resort box! With higher-end items, this box has everything a girl, or a couple, who is headed on an adventure, needs. The box retails for $100 and is valued at $250, and is scheduled to go on sale 2/17.
Okay boys and girls…Here is my first Valentine’s Day RAVE!!! If you want to make your significant other/or yourself, extremely happy this V-DAY, then I would suggest buying the most stylish, comfortable, and unique clothes I have come across this year. KUCOON Designs by the lovely Andrea Spratt will make you the happiest gal out on the town!
Everything is made to order and to your specific sizes. Not to mention here in the US of A!!! I wore my Gigi pants in denim the other day and got stopped by sooooo many women wanting to know where I got them. Well, know you know!!! In fact, I am going to order a few more pairs since they really spruce up my wardrobe and make me look way more stylish…even at my age:)! HA!
These retail for only $90 and worth every penny. I do the happy dance every time I put them on!!!
OOOOO…and check out this outfit!
The Lisa Skirt!
And girls, KUCOON has fashions for men too! Your one stop V-Day shopping!
*Check out KUCOON Designs NOW and start filling your cart:)
Aging Gracefully, the French Way Introducing Sublime Beauty
If there is a secret to aging well, French women seem to have it. Minimalists when it comes to makeup, they focus on the importance of skincare and skin health. As an American who lived in Paris for 16 years, Kathy Heshelow fully embraced the skincare habits of her French peers. Returning stateside, she created Sublime Beauty, a new anti-aging skincare collection that combines the time-honored beauty rituals that Kathy learned as an ex-pat and the latest in skincare science.Three lines – Ageless, Face Whisperer, and Collagen offer unique anti-aging benefits:
Ageless Line Smoother with Hyacare Filler CL: An anti-aging serum and wrinkle filler in one, the Ageless Line Smoother hydrates, moisturizes and smooths skin. Matrixyl, a powerful, patented peptide boosts collagen production to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. ($48)
Face Whisperer Advanced Eye Gel: Utilizing clinically proven, anti-aging ingredients developed in France -Matrixyl, Eyeliss and Haloxyl – this eye gel helps reduce the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines. ($45)
Collagen Serum Peptide Rich: An advanced peptide serum, clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles without irritation. ($43)
Great Holiday Gift: Atkinsons London 1799 Cologne!
Atkinsons is a gorgeous luxury line of fragrances founded in 1799 by James Atkinson in London. Atkinsons brought a fearlessly English Eau de Cologne totally different from the Italianate colognes then in vogue. Curiously fresh yet warm and spicy, the new Eau de Cologne was stronger and more prepossessing than its continental cousins, with a lingering trail that conjured forth the confident attributes of the British Empire. It and all things Atkinsons became such a sensation with the royal ranks that when King George IV caught a whiff of it at Buckingham Palace in 1826, he proclaimed Atkinsons the Official Perfumer to the Royal Court of England on the spot.
The Emblematic Collection
The emblematic fragrance of the house, 24 Old Bond Street is an extremely English cologne of tremendous personality. Its devastatingly aromatic cocktail of juniper, rose and black tea is deepened with a gorgeously eccentric note of smoky, oak casked whisky. Bracingly fresh yet warmly embracing, it is the definitive last word in English elegance. Eau de Cologne – Natural Spray 50 ml & 100ml
The Legendary Collection
Spritzing one’s personage with a thrilling bit of history is the very apogee of perfume snobbery. Atkinsons marvelously reinvents its heritage masterpieces in four contemporary fragrances. The Odd Fellow’s Bouquet, The British Bouquet, Fashion Decree and The Nuptial Bouquet are a quartet of fragrances that convey the fascinating, exotic nobility of a
The British Bouquet
Bitter Orange & Citrus Caviar – Lavender – Leather Accord Eau de Toilette Natural Spray 100 ml An olfactory ode to dandyism, The British Bouquet is to be worn like the finest suit of bespoke tailoring, with Beau Brummel confidence and panache. For ladies and dandies, a veritable mist of the Isles inspired by Beau Brummel, intrepid
pioneer of the 3-piece suit, and the model of the man who was born with a wise-crack on his lips and an eye for knock-out sartorial elegance. Woven from velvety lavender, myrtle and malt, and lined with gilded citrus top notes of bitter orange and caviar lemon, The British Bouquet is impeccably finished with a leather accord that recalls the champagnepolished
Hessian boots of the Dandy himself.
The Odd Fellow’s Bouquet
Ginger – Heliotrope & Oriental Tobacco Accord – Labdanum Eau de Toilette Natural Spray 100 ml The grand return of Lawrence of Arabia to the fireside luxuries of London’s most storied gentleman’s club. Lawrence of Arabia ensconced in the splendor and leather Chesterfielded comfort of a St. James gentleman’s club, its weighty silence broken only by the occasional turning of a sheet of a newspaper, and the Oriental fragrance of Ottoman tobacco issuing from the
depths of fearsomely upholstered winged armchairs. This rarified ambience is conveyed with almondy heliotrope flowers and dark tobacco, heightened with ginger and fiery peppercorn and, finally, deepened with a rich ambery accord of benzoin and labdanum. A fragrance of immense leisure.
The Nuptial Bouquet
Myrtle flower & Violet Leaves – Lily of the Valley – White Sandalwood Eau de Toilette Natural Spray 100 ml A cherished bouquet of ardent Romance composed of the very blooms Queen Victoria carried down the wedding aisle to her beloved Albert. Hearkening back to a time when flowers, steeped in meaning, spoke volumes…A fragrance of royal romance, a retro contemporary interpretation of Queen Victoria’s bridal bouquet: the green and white loveliness of Lily of the Valley, violet leaves and exquisite myrtle flowers enhanced with delicate white musk and sandalwood. For women
who wouldn’t dream of settling for less than a prince.
Pink Peppercorn – Chinese Magnolia – Patchouli Eau de Toilette Natural Spray 100 ml A languorous scent redolent of a cargo of Asian silk brocades steamship-bound for London, carefully packed in patchouli leaves. A mesmerizing re-creation of the fragrance that seduced the most dazzling fashionistas of the late 19th-century, among them, Sarah Bernhardt. Fashion Decree summons up a time when precious silk brocades, arriving from the Far East in trunks packed with patchouli leaves, were all the rage at the court of Queen Victoria. An opulent patchouli perfume of far-flung origins. A fragrance for exquisitely dressed women with a passion for
Luxurious Body Products from Lisa Hoffman Beauty
Body Lotion:This super lightweight formula absorbs instantly, leaving skin satiny smooth and bathed in an earthy, sophisticated fragrance. Price: $16-$34
Body Wash:Lightly fragranced with the essence of precious, rare woods, this renewing body wash leaves skin hydrated and refreshed. Price: $16-$28
Key Ingredients:Collagen-boosting Ginkgo Biloba leaf extract; Bamboo Leaf & Stem extract, abundant in antioxidants and vitamins; and skin softening Aloe Leaf juice.
To purchase this Holiday Season visit: Lisa Hoffman Beauty
The Andaz Holiday Bazaar (www.Joyus.com) is a virtual pop-up shop with locally inspired, unique gifts with proceeds donated to Women for Women International (WfWI). Andaz regularly works with local artists, designers, sculptors and other up-and-coming talents, known as Cultural Insiders, from around the world for its Andaz Salon program and has enlisted their help to curate this bespoke Holiday Bazaar.
Savannah Bee Company Beeswax Lip Gloss ($7)
Ted Dennard, founder of Savannah Bee Company, presents his new, all-natural Beeswax Lip Gloss, which hydrates and protects your puckers. Select from three flavors: wild blackberry, mint blossom or tupelo honey.
Handmade Soaps ($20 per four piece set)
Lauren Teague, Chef at Andaz Savannah’s 22 Square Restaurant and Bar, created Handmade Tallow and Georgia-grown olive oil soap – with cinnamon and oatmeal added specially for the holiday season.
Lydia Mondavi 29 Preserves Skincare ($375 each)
Andaz Napa has worked very closely with Lydia Mondavi, who has a color cosmetic and skin care line, 29 Preserves. Every product in Lydia Mondavi’s collection is enriched with the Age Protecting benefits of grape seed extract, straight from the Napa vineyards. The products available on the bazaar include 29 Preserves Serum Extract, 29 Preserves Night Moisture and 29 Preserves Eye Emulsion.
Great Stocking Stuffers!
Tired of wasting expensive skincare or makeup because you can’t get at the bottom of the bottle??? Well, forget that girls! Now you can get every last drop with MakeupMiser Spatulas, a set of three flexible and reusable makeup spatulas that allows you to “get to the bottom of it” and capture every drop of your expensive foundations, serums, moisturizers and other cosmetics.
These make great stocking stuffers for men and women of all ages! ON SALE NOW for only $14.95
GREAT GIFTS UNDER $50 FROM GABRIEL COSMETICS
Introducing the Celestial Palettes – a limited edition collection including three distinctive eye shadow palettes: Pegasus, Andromeda, and Orion. $44.95 / .28 oz each
The Manicure Set takes care of your nails from start to finish! The non toxic Top Coat and Base Coat give your manicure longer wear while the best selling nail polish remover pads aregreat for touch-ups and travel. The kit also features the new Nail & Cuticle Conditioner.
Manicure Set $29.95 /1.6 oz
Set includes: Gabriel Makeup Bag, Nail & Cuticle Conditioner, Nail Polish pucks, Base Coat, Top Coat
The Lip RX Kit features the first two new treatment products in the ZuZu Luxe line; Lip RX Stick and Lip Exfoliator. Use together to create soft, smooth and supple lips. The RX Stick is enriched with natural oils and waxes to moisturize, hydrate and protect while the Lip Exfoliator gently exfoliates rough chapped lips.
Lip RX Kit $19.99 / .1 oz
Set includes: ZuZu Luxe Makeup Bag, RX Stick, Lip Exfoliator
*Gabriel Cosmetics holiday items will are available now at www.gabrielcosmeticsinc.com
These are all wonderfully made and make great gifts! Definitely a must have on your holiday list:)
More Great Gift Ideas!!!!
Red Carpet Manicure, the first at-home LED gel manicure system and a favorite among celebs lasts for weeks with a fast, safe and easy application that guarantees a professional salon manicure without chipping or peeling. Don’t let your friends and family be left out of one of the year’s hottest trends, a Red Carpet Manicure Pro Kit, the gel polish starter kit that everyone will love. With two new limited edition holiday collections, “A Touch of Bling” and “Embellish Me,” everyone on your list will be thanking you for letting them sparkle this holiday season with colors like “Scene Stealer” and “Sapphire Ice” and ringing in the New Year with “I’ll Toast to That.”
Calgon, the iconic bath and body care line known for its “Take Me Away!” tagline has a variety of new Holiday Gift Sets that are all affordable and feature their top fragrances. The Warm & Fuzzy set includes body mist, body wash and a pair of fuzzy socks, perfect for curling up next to the fire, while the Spa Indulgence set includes bathtime necessities such as body mist, body lotion, bath salts and a loofah.
Heart Calgon, the fresh new teen line of fragrances from Calgon and brand ambassador Sarah Hyland (“Modern Family”), offers a limited-edition holiday collections that are perfect for those hard to please teens on your list.
*All of these make great gifts for girls of all ages and again, they won’t put much of a dent in your wallet!
Check These out…SYLCA Designs Make Awesome gifts and hot accessories for yourself this Holiday Season!
Sylca Designs is going bold with their signature statement necklaces, oversized cocktail rings, arm party-worthy bracelets and accent accessories. Launched in 2012 by co-designers Sylvia and Camila Echavarria, Sylca’s accessories are powerful and transformative, but also completely wearable, thanks to lightweight materials like ultra-durable Bayong wood and vegetable fibers like abaca. Super stylish, trend-driven and affordable (retailing between $18-$60), Sylca Designs’ jewelry and accessories are the perfect complement to any stylish look this season.
LOVE< LOVE <LOVE this jewelry! I already got a few pieces to give as Christmas Gifts!
Make sure you visit SYLCA DESIGNS today! This is one of my top Holiday Gift Guide recommendations! And the prices won’t put you over budget!
Thursday, September 5, 2013!
Another dreadful hot day in Southern California! It’s was so hot that even my privates were schvitzing (yiddish), and I don’t schvitz! For the past 11 years it has been hot the first week in September. Unfortunately, my daughter always has her annual birthday celebration that week! So glad we have a pool…
We were up at the crack of dawn for work then finally made it to Best Buys in Sherman Oaks, (where customer service is much better then Burbank), and returned a really bad computer made by Toshiba…I find nothing more annoying then Norton popping up every minute telling me whether or not a site is safe…F OFF!!! Then it freaked out on me and we couldn’t do anything…Long story short, we returned it and got an HP which I LOVE! It’s up and running and now Ella can do her K12 when she is on set! YAY!!!
Looking forward to the weekend even though it is a busy one:) TGIF!!!
Tuesday, September 3, 2013…
It is BLOODY HOT out here in sunny California! Even I ran home to switch on the AC. (Yes, Dawn, me)…But only after leaving Best Buys in Burbank, after having the worst customer service.
Ella needs a laptop for her home schooling when we are out and about. I did my research and found what I thought was the perfect deal/pc for Ella’s needs. All I needed was someone to answer a couple of questions and then Cha Ching! Sold to the over heated mother in purple!
Maybe it’s just me, but when you walk into a particular department looking for a particular item, and you actually look like you need help, shouldn’t someone at least approach you??? Hey, I get it if you are with another customer but since when does 1 customer need the attention of 2 Geek Squad members…!
Hint Geeky Guys: When you see a customer seeking help and you’re with another customer, acknowledge your potential customer by looking at her/him and say, ” I will be with you in a minute.” Something, anything would be greatly appreciated to let that person (me) know that I am not being ignored!
Needless to say, Ella did not get her laptop and I walked out pissed off vowing NEVER to return to that Best Buys! Sorry Geeks, but you just lost a $500 sale:(
Hey, it’s Te-see!!! I have been asked by many people to write about my daily ventures since I tend to meet up with some interesting characters and situations.
So here goes nothing…
Today was an interesting day. Day 3 of Home Schooling my daughter Ella. It started off with me freaking out about an email that confused me…I was busy working out at the YMCA when I looked at it! BIG MISTAKE! This is what I read…
Materials Reclamation Notice
|RMA Number: 2991428|
Dear Parent or Legal Guardian of Ella Rouhier:
This email explains how to return your instructional materials. You have received this email for one of the following reasons:
Check out the 3rd underlined sentence. This is what flipped me out! I jumped off my bike and called K12 Home Schooling to find out what was up! No one could help me…I ran out of the gym to call our online teacher and got her voice mail…While this is all going down my puppy Roscoe is jumping all over me and in between my legs and I just wanted TO SCREAM!
Long Story short…Miss Jody called me back because I sounded frantic and had no idea what I was talking about…But I am keeping you in the dark…Cut back to yesterday afternoon…101 degrees out and 87 degrees in my house. Ella and I were working on her Language Arts GUM…It went on, and on, and on…Te-see had a melt down and sent Teacher Jody an email expressing my frustration…So me being me, I assumed that she got my email and unenrolled Ella…NOT!
Teacher Jody hadn’t even read my crazy ass email! Cut to…Teacher Jody telling me that K12 wanted back the music materials since Ella signed up for French class! She only has to do 1 elective…PHEW!
The good news is that the rest of our day, so far, is going well!
*Oh, and btw…my daughter’s print agent/my dear friend Cactus, told me how young I looked today! Thanks Rodan + Fields!
To be continued…