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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Royal Desire by Christina Aguilera

Find yourself the center of attention when you wear this brand new fragrance from Christina Aguilera!  With charming notes of white marshmallow, blackberry, mandarin, honeysuckle, herbs rose, lily, sandalwood, musk and cedar, Royal Desire will have you smelling seductive and powerful!

Christina Aguilera is mainly known as a music/fashion queen, but Royal Desire exposes another side of a queen she wants to be and she is sharing it with the world!
Royal Desire is described as "a sexy oriental fragrance punctuated by gourmand hints and surrounded by a luxurious symphony of flowers." Like all fragrances, As the top note of blackcurrant and marshmallow wears off in minutes, the middle notes of honeysuckle and other florals follow, leaving the base notes of wood and musk as a final touch. One simple bottle holds all the power and femininity of an elegant queen. A single spritz leaves you seduced and empowered by royalty in a bottle.
Aguilera's Royal Desire can be found at Kohls for under $50.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Perfect Primers for Summer from Tarte & Smashbox!

I don't wear face primer every single day, but when I want my skin to appear absolutley flawless, say for a night out or when I know I'm going to be in front of the camera, I make sure an excellent primer goes on first. 

One of my new favorites is Clean Slate Poreless 12 Hour Perfecting Primer by Tarte.  It's silky smooth texture goes on perfectly even and light.  Not only does Clean Slate Poreless keep your makeup in place for a full 12 hours, but it also refines the appearance of pores and diffuses fine lines and imperfections while delivering natural fruit and plant derived extracts to deliver anti-aging and skin resorative benefits to your skin. 

Another new favorite face primer of mine is Photo Finish Luminizing Oil-Free Foundation Primer by one of my all time favorite brands, Smashbox.  This long-awaited addition to the legendary collection of Photo Finish primers adds just the right amount of luminosity.  With age fighting antioxidents such as green tea grape seed extract and Vitamins A, C and E, this oil free, smooth primer effortlessly fills lines and pores while extending the life of your foundation.

I used the Photo Finish Luminizing Foundation Primer alone, sans foundation when I ran out for some quick errands and the coverage was perfect over my SPF 30 moisturizer.

Both amazing primers can be found at Ulta, Sephora and other specialty stores near you!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Matrix Total Results Haircare

The challenges of fine, limp hair have been solved!  Matrix Total Results Amplify Volume Hair Spray is a firm hold, texturizing and finishing spray that delivers extra lift and maximum hold.  Matrix Amplify locks in style and adds shine, ideal for high volume styles that need a strong foundation.  With 24 hour Full Boost Technology, this hair spray is humidity and wind resistant, perfect for a day at the beach this summer season! 
Another must-have Matrix product from the Total Results line, is Sleek Silk Wonder Smoothing Oil with non-stop frizz fighting power!  Sleek Silk Wonder instantly restores shine and silkiness with concentrated olive oil that smooths and controls frizz with all day humidity resistance.  Used on wet or dry hair, this shea butter formula proides long lasting conditioning while smoothing hair folicles.  I added just about a dime sized dollop to my thick hair just on the ends after blow-drying and my hair was noticiably less frizzy instantly and lasted throughout the day!

Matrix products can be found in professional beauty salons everywhere!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Avene Keeps Your Skin Cool, Hydrated & Healthy

If your skin goes a little crazy when the weather heats up, like mine does, Avene is just what you need!  At the first sign of redness, bumps, sunburn or pimples, Avene Antirougeurs Calm Soothing Repair Mask is just what the skin doctor ordered!  The soft and creamy texture of this mask will make your skin feel instantly refreshed and soothed while repairing irritated skin.  Enriched Ruscus extract improves skin micro circulation, diffuses redness and reduces temporary redness.  Rich in soothing, anti-irritating Avene Thermal Spring Water, this mask soothes sensations of irritation and heat quickly making it perfect, also, for anyone who has just had a laser facial treatment.

Another soothing, refreshing facial soothing and softening product comes in the form of Avene Thermal Spring Water.  Known for its long history in treating atopic dermatitis, Avene Thermal Spring Water is the only thermal spring water bottled directly from the source and packaged in a sterile environment to guarantee purity and maximum skin benefits.  Avene Thermal Spring Water is proven to soothe inflammation, itching, redness, general skin sensitivity and post-medical and aesthetic procedure since it softens, protects and purifies your skin!  I wish I would have had this after my VI Peel last year!

I will keep both of the Avene products handy this summer since I always seem to get at least one brutal sunburn per season no matter how much SPF I load on! 

For more information on Avene or to purchase these and any of their other fabulous products, go to www.Aveneusa.com

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Bath & Body Works Wild Garden Collection

Just in time for Spring and Summer, Bath & Body Works gives us their new Wild Garden Collection!

  • Wild Apple Daffodil, a playful blend of juicy red apple, flirty daffodils and fresh pomegranate
  • Wild Citrus Sunflower, a sunny blend of sparkling clementine, cheerful sunflowers and luscious white nectarine
  • Wild Berry Tulips, a flirtatious blend of red raspberry, sheer honeysuckle and pink tulips

I've been using all three of the Wild Garden Collection shower gels and they smell so good!  I'm trying to be less of a lotion junkie lateley but these scents smell so good I may have to break down and buy the body lotions too!

Check in with Bath & Body Works by clicking here to get to the B&BW site where you can load up and stock up on everything you'll need to stay smelling sweet this Spring and Summer! 

Friday, May 18, 2012

ELLE Cosmetics Only at Kohl's!

Now you can look fashion forward with unexpected color palettes from ELLE Cosmetics!  Found only at Kohl's Department Stores, ELLE Cosmetics brings quality makeup to a store you can afford. 

Some of my favorites are ELLE Cosmetics Lip Color in shade 03, Lip Gloss in 05, Blush in 05 and ELLE Cosmetics eyeshadow in 04!

The next time you are at Kohl's head to the cosmetics department and check out the latest, fun products from ELLE Cosmetics and Kohl's!  Or, shop the ELLE collection, which also includes super cute cosmetic cases and makeup bags by clicking here.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

3LAB's New Ginseng Skin Care Collection Is Here!

Erica Y. Chung’s passion for creating the “Perfect Product” lead her to co-found 3LAB with her husband, David Chung. Together, this dynamic husband and wife team have a combined 40 plus years of beauty retail experience and set out to create 3LAB, the perfect anti-aging skin care collection.

If you haven't tried any of 3LAB's anti-aging skin care products you are missing out!  The stuff is simply amazing and worth every penny.  3LAB's brand new Ginseng Skin Care Collection, includs, "The Cream", "The Serum" and "The Eye Cream" are all formulated to address and treat all of the signs of aging from wrinkles to skin tone imperfections.

It is this quest for the ultimate results-oriented product range that drives Erica Y. Chung to work tirelessly, along with the chemists, in her cutting-edge laboratory and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. The result? A line of new and highly effective high-end skincare products that keep the promises to their claims by using the most innovative and technologically advanced ingredients available – like Nano-Claire GY™, the world’s first bio-engineered growth hormone and apple stem cell technology.

3LAB's "The Cream" is an ultra-hydrating cream infused with Wild Mountain Ginseng, an ancient remedy and proven healer, and modern technology and advanced ingredients to preserve a youthful complexion, prevent the signs of aging and lock in moisture so the skin remains plump, hydrated and gowing.  Rare Ginseng stem cells along with Phytofix and Oristar ADS stimulate collagen production for the ultimate lift.

3LAB's "The Serum" accelerates cellular turnover with rare Ginseng stem cells while a Yin Yang Extract blend balances the skin.  Betafin promotes collagen production and provides long-lasting lift, while powerful brighteners target hyper-pigmentation, dark spots and frekles.  Photonutrients activate the skin's metabolism and helps keep skin youthful and glowing while preventing the signs of aging.

3LAB's "The Eye Cream" combines Wild Mountain Ginseng and a peptide blend featuring Eyeseryl to provide superior hydration while lifting and firming the delicate eye area and reducing the puffiness of under eye bags.  Rare Genseng stem cells along with fermented extracts, including Gwennis accelerate turnover and keep the eyes looking bright and youthful. 

3LAB Skin Care products can be found at high end department stores everywhere and also at www.3lab.com

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

How to Get the Winning Look from Last Night's Finale of NBC's "Fashion Star"

After consulting with Kara for her final look Theodore suggested the models do something a little different (for Kara, at least!) and wear their hair down but alas, Kara wanted to continue with her signature updo style with tons of volume. For the finale, Theodore took the look to the highest of heights (literally!) and gave Cambria a punk rock look for the runway. To recreate the final winning look (and channel your inner rocker), try the following steps:

1. Start by sectioning the hair in two – top half and bottom half. Twist the top half up and secure with a hair stick to get it out of the way.

2. Taking the bottom section of hair, pull the right side back flat against your head and secure with a bobby pin. Be sure to smooth the hair so it’s slicked back and clean. Repeat on the left side.

3. Next, remove the hair stick from the top of the head. Take one-inch sections of hair and spray the roots with Suave Professionals® Touchable Finish Extra Hold Hairspray to create grip for teasing. Then using a brush, tease the hair at the roots for extra high volume.

4. Gently brush the hair in a backward motion to smooth top layer, but be careful not to lose the volume you just created. Curl the ends under and secure with bobby pins. Lightly spray with hairspray to set.

5. Complete this high volume look with Suave Professionals Men® Wet Look Styling Gel (don’t be afraid to snag your guy’s products – especially for an extreme look like this!). Dispense a dollop into your hand, emulsify and smooth the sides. If needed, use a toothbrush to tame any flyaways.

For more behind-the-scenes scoop check out Theodore’s recap of the finale here and visit Suave Beauty on Facebook or @SuaveBeauty on Twitter. Thanks for tuning into “Fashion Star” with us this season! We hope the show-stopping looks that rocked the runway have inspired you to try out some new styles of your own

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Gently Massage Away Unwanted Hair Instantly With Bikini Zone!

You've seen the infomercial for rub away hair remover and thought  "Huh?  I don't think so!" right?  I've seen it a dozen times and even found myself reaching for the phone in a moment of impulse purchasing weakness to see how this could possibly work. 

Before you judge, try it yourself without spending a fortune on the stuff they sell on TV.  Bikini Zone Shower Buff Hair Remover can be found at any drugstore or specialty store for half the price of the infomercial brands. 

Bikini Zone Shower Buff Hair Remover gently massages away unwanted hair instantly.  It removes hair below skin-level for results lasting days longer than shaving.  Shower Buff also gently exfoliates during use for soft smooth skin.  With just a few simple steps you'll be fuzz-free in no time!

After any hair removal, Shower Buff, waxing, shaving or depilating, I like to lather my skin in an after shave gel.  Bikini Zone makes a medicated after shave gel with lidocaine to help ease the slight discomfort, irritation, bumps and redness that occur after hair removal.  Bikini Zone After Shave Gel instantly stops irritation, redness and itching!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Protect Your Skin From Harmful Environmental Elements with Epionce Ultra Shield Lotion

"We Deliver the Beauty of Healthy Skin"

With a red haired-fair skinned mother and a blonde haired-blue eyed father, I'm about as fair skinned as they come so I know just how important it is to protect my skin from the suns harsh rays and other harmful environmental elements.  I never leave the house with anything less than SPF 30 slathered all over my skin. 

This summer, the FDA will enforce new rules and regulations for sunscreen labels.  With this change, millions of sunbathers will learn just how unreliable some of their favorite sunscreen products are when it comes to protecting themselves from UV rays that can lead to pre-maturely aging skin and even cancer.  In my fair skinned, Scandinavian family, skin cancer is something we're all too familiar with so I've always known the importance of protecting my skin and have tried almost every sunscreen and sunblock there is out there. 

I was recently given Epionce Ultra Shield Lotion SPF 50 to take for a test drive and it couldn't have come at a better time.  During the winter months I tend to use a less protective sunscreen since I'm mostly covered up and inside, but during the spring and summer months, the sun seeks me out!  I've even been known to sunburn in the shade!

The first thing I noticed about Epionce Ultra Shield Lotion, and loved, was that it didn't smell like sunscreen at all and left none of that creamy white sunblock-ish residue on my skin.  It was so light and fast absorbing I forgot I was applying sunscreen at all.  Epionce Ultra Shield Lotion is "very water resistant" so my morning application lasted all day long.  Today is the fourth day that I've applied Epionce after my morning shower and my skin is feeling notably softer than usual...another bonus! 

I'll be tossing out all of my other sunscreens and sunblocks and will be using Epionce Ultra Shield Lotion SPF 50 from now on!

To get more information on Epionce Ultra Shield Lotion, "specifically formulated to stand out from other sunscreens on the market by being anti-inflammatory, light and quick-absorbing and very water resistant" ask your dermatologist or visit www.Epionce.com

New from Dr. Teal's: Soften & Nourish Foaming Bath with Milk & Honey

Transform an ordinary bath into a moisturizing spa experience with Dr. Teal's Therapeutic Solutions Foaming Milk Bath with Milk & Honey.

Dr. Teal's combines real Milk Protein with Vitamins A, D and E to soften and improve skins condition.  Milk and honey are used for their nourishing qualities, leaving your skin soft and touchable.

The newest in Dr. Teal's foaming bath line is Soften & Nourish.  The long lasting bubbles gently cleanse while you relax in a luxurious bath soak of vitamins and milk protein.  Soften & Nourish smells so good you won't want to get out of the tub!  To me it smells like cupcakes and really, what's better than cupcakes in a bubble bath?!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Who's the face of Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Hair Therapy's new hair care revolution? No one less than a superstar and cultural icon - the incomparable Heidi Klum. She knows the foundation for beautiful hair is the scalp, and it shows... look at her BTS totally rocking it in the new TV spots. Gorgeous!

“I love the way CLEAR SCALP & HAIR BEAUTY THERAPY™ makes my hair look and feel,” said Klum. “It’s a revolutionary new approach in caring for your hair – feed the scalp – it makes sense to me.”   

NEW CLEAR SCALP & HAIR BEAUTY THERAPY™ nourishing shampoos and conditioners are available in six customized ranges to address various hair and scalp needs for women including: Total Care, Damage & Color Repair, Volumizing Root Boost, Strong Lengths, Moisturizing Dry Scalp and Complete Care. The line will be available in stores everywhere beginning May 2012.   

For information on my new favorite shampoo and conditioner, please visit Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy on Facebook or by clicking here!

ALSO stay tuned for the chance to win Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy from TheCurvyBlonde.com !  Details to be announced SOON!

Let China Glaze Summer Neons Lead You Into Summer!

China Glaze is ready to ring you into Summer with their newest Summer Neon Collection!
With lots of bright pinks, blues, oranges and yellows your nails are sure to get noticed this sunny season.  China Glaze has perfectly pigmented color so you get exactly what you see in the bottle on your fingers and toes! 

The hot new collection includes these fun colors:


Try them all!  I've been wearing I'm With The Lifeguard on my toes all week and I'm still chip free!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Get a Perfect Gel Manicure at Home with Nutra Nail Gel Perfect

Long live the short, artfully colored fingernail! 

As much as I love changing up the hues on my nails, I'm always disappointed when a few days later my perfect manicure isn't looking so perfect anymore.  Thanks to Nutra Nail Gel Perfect, the 5 minute gel-color manicure, your color will be rock solid in no time...and will last until you're ready for a new shade!

Nutra Nail Gel Perfect couldn't be easier to apply.  First, a coat of the clear Gel Polish Activator, a coat of the Gel-Color, then on to the other hand and repeat once more...easy!  AND it fully dries within minutes!

I'm excited to try Nutra Nail Gel Perfect's new Sorbet Collection, which includes gorgeous spring colors.  I already have Bayberry, Tangerine and Grape lined up in my bathroom fighting over who goes first!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Clear Scalp And Hair Beauty Therapy - A Breakthrough Experience For Your Hair


99% of hair's natural strength and beauty comes from the scalp, the foundation for strong, beautiful hair.  Did you know that?  The master minds behind the brand spanking new CLEAR SCALP AND HAIR BEAUTY THERAPY do and that's why they've created a line of amazing revolutionary shampoo and conditioners to feed your scalp and create the right foundation for stronger, more beautiful hair in just seven days!

Specially formulated with Nutrium 10 technology, which is a rich blend of ten vitamins and nutrients that feed your scalp.   CLEAR SCALP AND HAIR BEAUTY THERAPY products are clinically proven to help restore your scalp's natural moisture balance.  The new CLEAR SCALP line includes six customized blends to suit any hair care need:

  • Total Care for all hair types
  • Damage & Color Repair for damaged and colored hair
  • Volumizing Root Boost for hair in need of some volume
  • Strong Lengths for weak hair that's prone to breakage
  • Moisturizing Dry Scalp for for dry scalps and hair
  • Complete Care for dandruff prone scalps and hair

I've been using the Total Care, for all hair types this week and I love it!  When the sleek black box arrived I was intrigued and when I opened the box and music started playing from somewhere under the lid I knew I was in for a treat. I was lucky enough to be one of the first to try CLEAR SCALP AND HAIR BEAUTY THERAPY and I am happy to report that it is my new favorite shampoo and conditioner.  Not only does it smell SO good, after just one wash my hair was noticeably softer and more manageable.  Although I do my best to disguise it as something else, my hair is very thick with a lot of natural wave so if I don't blow it dry and curl it with a large barrel curling iron or use a flat iron before it dries, I'm left with complete chaos.  Super frizzy and coarse are good words.  The first time I used CLEAR SCALP AND HAIR BEAUTY THERAPY I didn't have anywhere to be so I opted to skip my curling iron routine after blow drying.  I didn't think much about it again until I passed by a mirror and noticed that my hair wasn't frizzy...at all! This stuff is fabulous and I'll be using it every time I suds my locks up!  Oh, and it's affordable!

For more information please go and check out CLEAR SCALP AND HAIR BEAUTY THERAPY on Facebook by clicking here!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Blooming With Color with Salon Perfect Nail Lacquer!

More specifically known for their amazing lash and brow products, Salon Perfect has just introduced a limited edition line of nail lacquer just in time for Spring!

The limited edition Salon Perfect nail lacquer, Blooming With Color will be available at WalMart beginning the month of May for just $2.98!

Blooming With Color is pigment rich with serious lasting power.  Here are the gorgeous shades included in the collection:

Perfectly Peach - Delicate Peach
Lemon Zing - Sunny Yellow
Berry Blue - Classic Periwinkle
Kiwi Lime - Vibrant Green
Bubblegum - Honeysuckle Pink
Purple Sorbet - Dark Lilac
Blue Mint - Cheerful Mint
Spicy Tomato - Juicy Red
Lavender Icing - Soft Lilac
Tangy Tangerine - Tart Orange
Plum Sorbet - Magenta with Purple Shimmer
Sour Apples - True Blue-Green
Blue Raspberry - Vivid Azure
Berry Pink - Bold Flamingo Pink

More about Salon Perfect:

Salon Perfect is a collection of professional-quality lash, brow and nail products.  Available exclusively at WalMart stores nationwide, Salon Perfect offers premium faux lashes in an assortment of styles.



Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Perfect Brows by Ardell

I can't tell you how long I've been obsessed with eyebrows.  Well, my eyebrows specifically.  I'm about as fair skinned as they come and with naturally light hair my eyelashes and eyebrows follow.  Without mascara or eyebrow color my lashes and brows are invisible!  I started coloring in my eyebrows before I hit high school and soon after started having them dyed along with my eyelashes.  Fast forward 20 years or so.  I'm still dyeing my eyebrows but I'm doing them myself ($25 a pop x's 20 years = I could've had a Marc Jacobs bag) and I've skipped the dyeing of my eyelashes since I read an article about a girl going blind!

Even if your brows are the perfect shade, naturally or not, we all add a little something to enhance our shape and/or color.  I've recently started using the Ardell Brow Defining Kit complete with brow defining palette, wax grooming pencil and duo brow brush.  Since the palette comes with 3 different shades you're sure to find the right one for you and your coloring. 

If it's thicker brows you're after, try Ardell Lash & Brow Excel, a growth accelerator that strengthens and revitalizes both brows and lashes.  Lash & Brow Excel is formulated with a concentrated serum of multi-proteins and conditioners that work to immediately repair weak lashes and brows! 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Scarlett Johansson Covers Vogue May 2012 - Get Her Look!

 Get The Look With Smashox courtesy of Celebrity Makeup Artist Stacey Ellis of ByuTi Salons

Face: Create a flawless with High Definition Healthy FX Foundation, applied with a sponge or foundation brush. Set this foundation with Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder, applied with a large powder brush over the entire face.

A soft rose color on the cheeks with Blush Rush color Heart Break. Dust on the cheek, back toward the ear.

Eyes: Using Photo Op Eyeshadow Trio, Headshot start with the lightest shade under the brow and on the inside corner of the eyelid. Dust the soft pink color across the eyelid up to the crease. Use the warm brown shade on the outer corners of the eye, blending lightly into the crease. And a stronger line under the eye.

Run a fine line around the entire eye with Be Discovered Jet Set Gel Eye Liner in the soft violet color called Idol.

Apply two coats of black Bionic Mascara to the top and bottom lashes.

Lips: Line and fill the lip with Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm in the vibrant red color called Sangria. Apply the stain twice for extra depth and top coat with the Color Seal Balm.

BYU-TI Salon Santa Monica
510 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310 587 2207
BYU-TI Salon Brentwood
11740 San Vicente Blvd
Suite 203
Brentwood, CA 90049
888 99 BYUTI