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Monday, April 30, 2012

Kirsten Dunst Turns 30! Get The Look!

Photo Credit: US weekly

Kirsten Dunst turns 30 today!  I've been a fan since I first saw Interview With a Vampire!
Get Kirsten's look courtesy of Celebrity Makeup Artist Piper Cline ofAngelo David Salon


1) Primer - Smashbox Photo Finish Primer mixed with Smashbox Antishine all over face.
2) Concealer - Smashbox High Definition Liquid Concealer
3) Powder - Smashbox Photoset Pressed Powder in fair all over face
4) Blush - Smashbox Blush Rush in flush color on the apples of the cheeks


1) Eye Shadow - Smashbox Eye Shadow in Vanilla color on eyelids
2) Eyeliner - Smashbox Limitless Waterproof liquid liner pen in black color on top lash line only.
3) Mascara - Smashbox Bionic Mascara in black color on top and bottom lashes


1) Finish the look with a shimmery pink color- try Smashbox Pro High Luster Lip Gloss in dazzle color.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mani Of The Week - butter LONDON's Teddy Girl

I love this retro bubblegum pink hue from butter LONDONTeddy Girl is the perfect fun, spring shade.  The butter LONDON display at Ulta always catches my eye!  They offer so many amazing colors that it's hard to choose which shades I can't live without!    

At butter LONDON, the nail experts believe in color, not carcinogens.  They believe in gorgeous, pretty, sexy and fabulous and they believe nails should be natural "no falsies here!"

I gave butter LONDON Lippy a try, also in Teddy Girl and loved the creaminess of the gloss.   It goes on pretty thick so I found that just a dab in the center of my lips did the trick.  It's perfect for some added shine over a pretty matte lipstick. 

butter LONDON products (nail lacquer, hand & nail treatments, cremes & pedicure products) are sold online, at their store & fashion botiques & beauty apothecaries across the world.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Too Faced Cosmetics Drops Another Gorgeous Bombshell With The Summer Royalty Collection

With summer fast approaching it's time to arm yourself with the latest collection from Too Faced Cosmetics!  The Summer Royalty Collection will have you looking like a sun goddess!

All of my favorite eye palettes are from Too Faced and the new Summer Eye Summertime Sexy Shadow Collection might be my favorite!  This perfect palette includes fun pops of summer including corals, pinks and aquas with beachy neutral and shimmery brown hues. 

Primed and Poreless is your warm weather necessity.  This oil-free and colorless skin smoothing face primer mattifies surface oil and minimizes redness caused by sensitive or irritated skin.  Visibly erase the appearance of fine lines, pores and other imperfections with Primed and Poreless!

The Candlelight Glow Duo uses PHOTOLITE technology to diffuse any harsh lighting giving your skin a diffused, youthful luminosity.   Use Candlelight Glow Duo to give yourself a gorgeous summer glow!

Chocolate Soleil Bronzer and Royal Oil Coconut Oil Body Bronzer with Mangosteen Extract will give your skin some bronzing gorgeousness even if you haven't spent the weekend at the beach!  Made with real cocoa powder, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer warms up skin tone with a super pigmented, matte powder formula.  Royal Oil is a fast absorbing nourishing body bronzing oil that hydrates all the while giving you and your skin a super sexy summer glow.

Find the entire Summer Royalty Collection and tons of other must-haves from Too Faced at Sephora, Ulta and other specialty boutiques.  You can also go crazy with the fun products from Too Faced by clicking here to get to their website.

Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen by L'Oreal Paris

New Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen from L'Oreal Paris is here to protect you from the summer sun's menacing rays! 

The new "skin beautifying suncare" with anti-oxidants is sheer and lightweight so you won't feel like you're soaked in sunscreen.  Perfect for everyday use under your regular moisturizer, Sublime Sun's ultra water resistant formula won't let you down. In addition to protecting your skin from harmful UV rays, you're also beautifying with multi-action anti-oxidants such as Vitamin E and White Grapeseed (both keep skin healthy and youthful looking) to provide multi-layer protection.

My personal favorite of the L'Oreal Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen products is the Hydra Lotion Spray (pictured below).  The super fine mist applied easily and melted into my skin without me having to rub it in.  It left my skin feeling silky smooth all day and never once did I feel greasy or like I smelled as though I should be sitting pool-side rather than out running errands!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Finally, A Retinol Night Cream For Sensitive Skin From ROC!

Finally a retinol cream made specifically for sensitive skin!

When the skin care experts refer to sensitive skin, they're referring to skin like mine.  For all of my adult life I've had to dilligently scour the ingredient index of every skincare product I come in contact with  for anything that may irritate my skin, so I hesitated before trying the new milder formula of ROC's Retinol Correxion Night Cream for sensitive skin fearing the chapped, red skin that usually follows after I experiment with something new.  As instructed on the box, I used lightly every other night before bed at first just to make sure I was in the clear.  Two weeks later it's all good!  No red marks, no painful, chapped skin, no peeling!  Instead, just smoother looking skin!

ROC's Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream was specifically designed for people, like me, with skin sensitive to retinol and also, for retinol beginners, to help condition skin to retinoids.  It contains a milder strength of retinol that works through the night to target and fight wrinkles with minimal or no irritation. 

If you have sensitive skin and are looking for a retinol night cream to help with skin texture, expression lines, wrinkles and radiance you have to try ROC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream!

Get Miranda Kerr's Look With Smashbox!

Phot Credit: Newsgab.com


1) Shadow – Smashbox Eyeshadow in obsidian color on top eye lids
2) Liner – Use a heavy blackliner on the top lids extending to the outer corner, for a full catlike effect, then on of bottom outer corner of the lash line. Use Smashbox Limitless Waterproof Liquid Liner pen in black
3) For extra voluminous lashes, you can apply false lashes to the outer corners of the eyes.
4) Mascara – For top and bottom lashes, use Smashbox Hyperlash in black


1) Primer – Smashbox Photofinish foundation primer
2) Foundation – Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream spf 35 in fair
3) Blush – Around the apple of the cheeks use Smashbox’s Blush Rush in Flush
4) Setting Powder – Smashbox Photoset Finishing Powder spf 15 all over the face


1) Lip Liner – Line top and bottom lips with Smashbox Nude Lip Liner in fair
2) Lipstick – Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in pale pink shade on top and bottom lips

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Kate Hudson Turns 33! Get The Look With Your Favorite Drugstore Brands!

Photo Credit: Instyle.com
Get the look : Courtesy of Celebrity Hair and Makeup Artist Stacey Ellis of BYUTI Salons

Face: Start with a clean moisturized face, apply Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Airbrush Spray Makeup to a large powder brush and then dust over the face evenly. This spray foundation glides on and is so light but dries like powder. Layer for extra coverage.

Dust the cheeks with Revlon Powder Blush color Softspoken Pink. Apply to the cheek and sweep back to the ear.
Eyes: Apply the lightest shade in the Nuance Salma Hayek Mineral Eyeshadow Duo Sheer Plum/Putty, under the brow and to the inside corner of the eye. Then the plum shade to the crease of the eye and blend up to meet the light color.
Run a line of Maybelline Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Eyeliner Charcoal along the top lash line and re-apply for a thicker line. Start at the outer corner and work in.
Finish the eyes with two coats of Maybelline XXL Pro Volume Mascara Very Black
Lips: Gloss and enhance the natural lip color with Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Gloss Nutri Berry.

ByuTi Brings its Luxury Salon to Brentwood

Last week Natasha Sunshine-Antonio, owner of the infamous ByuTi on Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica, opened the doors to her newest premier Hair Therapy Salon in Brentwood, CA.

I've been a client of ByuTi for over a year and will tell you that I have never had better looking or healthier hair in my life. I've had my locks cut and colored by a few different stylists at ByuTi and each time I have been beyond impressed, recommending ByuTi to friends any chance I get!

When I sat in the stylists chair last week at ByuTi's new Brentwood location, I could smell PureOlogy in the air couldn't wait to have my hair pampered and nourished. My hair was treated to one of ByuTi's custom Beauty Blenders, a carefully-crafted hair treatment mixed with a PureOlogy masque, customized just for my hair. The conditioning hair mask was brushed onto my wet hair, then I relaxed under a micro mist machine for fifteen minutes while my hair soaked in the much needed nutrients. A refreshing blast of cool air the last minute of the treatment closed up the hair follicles keeping all of the nutrients trapped in my hair's core.

Once my hair was healthy again from the Beauty Blender, I was treated to an amazing ByuTi hair cut.  My stylist, Lee worked magic on my mane!  He went to town trimming, twisting, and twirling until I was left with gorgeous, bouncy, healthy hair.  That day after I left ByuTi I had more compliments on my hair than I'd ever had!

Here are just a few of ByuTi's unique offerings:

·         The Healing Haircut: Equal parts restorative meditation and beauty treatment, a Healing Haircut combines a cut with massage, reiki, and acupressure. The treatment begins with a question to the client: what would you like to let go of? Next, he/she is asked to imagine giving up that something with the cutting away of hair. The healing portion of the process follows, and then the cutting begins.

·         Custom-Blended Reparative Treatments: The ByuTi team specializes in creating healthy hair. Just as each client is unique, each treatment is specifically formulated to give him/her the greatest results possible. ByuTi Blender treatments are available to help smooth coarse hair, thicken fine or limp hair, add shine to dull locks, rebuild protein in weak or damaged hair, repair over-processed hair and to help fight oily hair. Clients can choose between one or multiple blenders to bring their hair to the fullest health and quality.    

·         Men’s Grooming: Not just for women, ByuTi makes the salon process comfortable for men, while delivering the latest in men’s grooming.

·         ByuTi is a sustainable salon and member of Santa Monica’s Sustainable Works Organization.  Sustainable Works also awarded ByuTi with a Gold Medallion for their efforts in making ByuTi a Green Standard Salon.

·         ByuTi also works side by side with Global Green every year at their pre-Oscar party in Los Angeles and their Eco-Friendly Fashion Show in San Francisco benefiting Global Green.  ByuTi hosts an annual fundraiser, Blow Dry Boot Camp, to assist Global Green’s efforts.

With the feel-good mantra, "Give Goodness" ByuTi provides clients with more than just a beautifying experience. From wholesome ingredients used to extra services provided, the goal is to serve with integrity, excellence and professionalism.

Make your appointment at ByuTi today and get a complimentary treatment with your first visit, 20% off all products AND 20% off your next appointment!  And since ByuTi has an impressive list of celebrity clients, you never know who you'll bump in to!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Juice Beauty - The Organic Solution for Daily Skin Essentials

Every year as the weather gears up for spring and summer, I try to adjust my skincare routine accordingly.  There is nothing I hate more than the feeling of layered face makeup when the weather turns hot!  That's why I tend to switch to a tinted moisturizer for the warmer months of the year. 

I've just recently tried and fell in love with Juice Beauty Tinted Mineral Moisturizer with SPF 30.  This really light mineral-tinted moisturizer is chemical free and contains certified organic white grape and pomogranate juices, super powerful antioxidants packed with vitamins galore.  Vitamin C promotes healthy circulation, collagen and elastin cell turnover while  vitamin E helps protect cells from the aging process.  And these are just a few of the organic ingredients Juice Beauty packs their product with.

Another thing I love about Juice Beauty's Tinted Mineral Moisturizer is that it will not clog your pores!  It's full of organic plant oils of sunflower, avocado and jojoba seed which are all high in essential fatty acids that nourish our skin and keep us looking gorgeous! 

Suave Professionals Shows You How to Get the Look from Last Night's Episode of NBC's "Fashion Star"

Suave Professionals® Celebrity Stylist Theodore Leaf and his team went above and beyond on last night’s sexy episode of NBC’s “Fashion Star” as models hit the runway baring extra skin in lingerie and swimsuits. Follow Theodore in the Suave Professionals® Salon as he styles model Ashley in two racy looks. Click here to view the webisode and check out his how-to tips attached.

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Look 1: For Ashley’s first look of the night, designer Ross is inspired by “the pin-up girl” and Theodore knows that volume - and tons of it - is the way to go! To get the look, Theodore relies on Suave Professionals® Volumizing Root Boost Spray to give Ashley a fierce look as she struts down the runway.
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Look 2: Designer Ronnie is unclear on what hair concept he wants but Theodore comes to the rescue once again. He creates a sophisticated, high-shine style that looks wet and complements Ronnie’s swimsuit. Theodore achieves his vision with the Suave Professionals® Men Wet Look Styling Gel, leaving Ashley looking impossibly chic in her swimwear!
For more backstage styles from the Suave Professionals® Salon on “Fashion Star” visit Suave Beauty on Facebook or @SuaveBeauty on Twitter.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Flawless in a few fuss-free minutes - that's what Pixi is all about!

I love the mission behind Pixi cosmetics: "simply to bring out the natural beauty in all women - to make women look like themselves, only better."

Pixi is a brand I'm newly familiar with so I was really excited to play around with the Pixi Glow Fairy Face Palette and a few other goodies from the Pixi Glow collection.  I'm a sucker for cute packaging so right away I was in love with the products.  "A whole face in a case", the Fairy Face Palette is inspired by budding roses, berry nectars & dew at dawn.  The shades are universally flattering and perfectly pigmented!

I loved the Straight on till Morning Liner in 2nd Twinkle Star, a deep khaki green sparkle green paired with some of the pink hues from the Fairy Face Palette.  A swipe of the super-nourishing gel crayon Magic Tink Tint in Happy Thoughts Pink over my lips and I was ready to go.  

I also recommend dusting on some Pixi Glow Fairy Dust, Catching Shadows in Beaming Reflection (a cream-to-powder eye crayon) and Pixi's sparkly pink nail color Pirouette Pink!

There are so many amazing and adorable products from Pixi! I encourage you to check out the Pixi website here to see for yourself! 
Pixi is also available at Target!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Lash Out With Katy Perry's New Lash Collection!

I love the look of full, faux eyelashes!  If eyes are the windows to the soul, I want my drapes to get noticed!  I've been a fan of false eyelashes forever, especially the individuals that add a little something without looking too overdone.  But on nights out and big events I'm out the door with a heavy strip of lashes on my lids!

Eylure and Katy Perry have teamed up to bring us a stunning new lash collection:

 OH, HONEY, a flattering full lash
OH, MY, a super thick, layered, mod style lash
SWEETIE PIE, a dainty natural lash,
COOL KITTY, a framing lash with manicured tips

The Katy Perry lash line created by Eylure can be found at an Ulta Store near you or by clicking here for around $6.99!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Suave Professionals Shows You How to Get the Look from Last Night's Episode of NBC's "Fashion Star"

The season of NBC’s “Fashion Star” might be half over, but the designers continued to bring their A game and so did Suave Professionals® Celebrity Stylist Theodore Leaf and his team. Behind-the-scenes this week in the Suave Professionals® Salon Theodore styles “Fashion Star” model Lauren. Click here to watch the webisode and check out his how-to tips attached.

Look 1: Designers Luciana and Ronnie are paired together and need find the right look that compliments both their styles. For Luciana, Theodore creates a braided chignon and stresses that to keep the braid casual, the trick is to not pull hair too tight. He finishes the look with his newest styling must-have, the NEW Suave Professionals® Dry Conditioner, to refresh the ends.

Look 2: Designer Barbara knows exactly what she wants - a sexy look that goes from day-to-night. Theodore applies NEW Suave Professionals® Keratin Infusion™ Smooth & Shine Serum before blowing-out the hair with a metal round brush. He then twists Lauren’s hair into a bun and secures it with a pencil, which Lauren removes on the runway for some added drama. In designer Barbara’s words, “the Suave Professionals Salon put the icing on the cake!”
For more backstage styles from the Suave Professionals® Salon on “Fashion Star” visit Suave Beauty on Facebook or @SuaveBeauty on Twitter.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Diminish signs of aging while deeply hydrating skin with DermaQuest K-Q10 Rich Moisturizer

I've discovered something that really, truly works after just one application!  DermaQuest Skin Therapy K-Q10 Rich Moisturizer is fantastic!  I tried it this morning under my tinted moisturizer and wow, what a visible difference I saw.  Even a friend, who sees me every single day commented how great my skin looked! 

DermaQuest K-Q10 is an ultra rich, anti-aging moisturizer that may possibly have some magical fairy dust hidden inside.  It uses powerful antioxidants and natural exfoliators to to help diminish the visible signs of aging while providing deep, rich hydration. 

DermaQuest K-Q10 is formulated for ALL skin types and is paraben-free!
K-Q10 is formulated to fight free radical damage, reduce fines lines and wrinkles and and lift and firm the skin. 

DermaQuest offers a variety of scientifically proven formulas to help achieve healthy, youthful, and clear skin.  Now that've I seen first hand what one day of using DermaQuest K-Q10 does I can't wait to try some of their other skincare products!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Give Skin a Lit-From-Within Glow with Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer

"I believe in balance.  I believe that doing the right thing is glamorous.  I believe in beauty without the baggage"  - Josie Maran. 

I'm newly familiar with Josie Maran and her line of beauty and skincare prouducts and I'm already a fan.  I love her quote and love that it's printed on her product packaging! 

During the spring and summer I like to add a dab of illuminizer to my tinted moisturizer for a little added dazzle.  I tried the Argan Illuminizer by Josie Maran and really loved it.  I only added a tiny bit and that was all that was needed.  A little goes a long way with this product so you're getting a great, long lasting product for your hard earned money. 

Agran Illuminizer is an ultra light skin brightener with a hint of bronze.  It works to eliminate dark circles and helps rejuvenate sleepy-looking eyes while the Agran Oil conditions and restores skin. 

This universal bronze shade is perfect for ALL skin tone and ALL skin types.  It's made from organic ingredients, is paraben free, cruelty free, and best of all, "made with love".

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Suave Professionals: Get the Look from Last Night's episode of NBC's "Fashion Star"

Suave Professionals® Celebrity Stylist Theodore Leaf and team were on fire in last night’s episode of NBC’S “Fashion Star!” Go behind-the-scenes in the Suave Professionals® Salon as Theodore styles model Luba this week. Click here to watch the webisode and check out his how-to tips attached.
Look 1: Theodore can’t wait to hear what look designer Kara wants this time around and was not shocked to hear that she wanted an androgynous look … again. Theodore fears she, like most other designers, is in a style rut. To spice things up, he creates a rocker-chic updo with Suave Professionals® Touchable Finish Extra Hold Hairspray to top off this spectacular look that left both model and designer thrilled!

Look 2: Theodore predicted that he would have to pull some new ideas out of designer Orly this week, and he was right. Theodore tries something new, a 1940’s inspired look with a modern twist! Using a curling iron, Suave Professionals® Touchable Finish Extra Hold Hairspray and a secret trick of brushing Luba’s hair right before she hits the runway, Theodore creates another rockin’ look!

For more backstage styles from the Suave Professionals® Salon on “Fashion Star” visit Suave Beauty on Facebook or @SuaveBeauty on Twitter.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Mani Of The Week - The Hunger Games Collection by China Glaze

Although I may very well be the only person on the planet who has not read the book or seen The Hunger Games movie yet, I am loving The Hunger Games Collection by China Glaze

Since I couldn't decide on which of the gorgeous hues I liked the best I tried Harvest Moon, Agro, Riveting, and Stone Cold all at once! 

Right now I'm trying to decide between the orange glitter Riveting and the bronze glitter Harvest Moon as my favorite.  They're all so pretty!  The gun-metal color Stone Cold is a matte color and dries in an instant, perfect for a quick mani before you have to head out.  I opted to skip a clear top coat because I'm into the matte look it gives.

I'm also sporting the shimmery greenish Agro on my toenails and will probably use that as my "black polish replacement" for spring.  China Glaze has quickly become one of my new favorite polishes!  Now I'm going to have to go see The Hunger Games!