#IGiveASheet About our Planet: Innisfree X Earth Day New York Initiative

What do you give a “sheet” about? With all the problems of our world, it may be easy to remember that we all live on one planet that reacts and adjusts to what we do to it – good and bad. This next sentence bears repeating over and over – we only have one Earth, if we destroy it, we destroy ourselves. This is why we are fully supportive of the Innisfree X Earth Day New York Initiative. We had the pleasure of celebrating the Korean beauty brand’s NEW biodegradable My Real Squeeze Masks and their #IGiveASheet campaign.

As an Earth Day New York 2018 Official Community Partner, the Innisfree flagship will be one of 5 stops on the Earth Day 5K Green Tour, in honor of its new LEED Silver-Certification as a green-friendly location. Everyone is invited to visit the Innisfree’s brand experience booth and their flagship store to learn more about the brand, their special ingredients from Jeju island, their sustainability programs, and enjoy skincare samples and giveaways. You are also invited to (this is something we highly recommend you do) try out their biodegradable My Real Squeeze Sheet Masks and participate in their #lGlVEASHEET Campaign by sharing what you care about this Earth Day (check out our video below).

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Made from 100% biodegradable Eucalyptus fibers, Innisfree’s new My Mask Collection is their latest Earth-friendly innovation. With 18 naturally derived ingredients to choose from (including 6 new flavors – broccoli, tomato, ginseng, fig, oatmeal, and cucumber), the collection offers diverse solutions for ever-changing skin concerns. So no matter what your skin is craving, Innisfree has a sheet mask for you, plus they’re only $1.80 each!! Perfectly timed with Earth Month, the launch will be spotlighted by Innisfree’s #lGlVEASHEET Campaign.

Innisfree is very well known for their green initiatives around the globe, their promotion of sustainable living, practice responsible sourcing, and their wide range of nature-derived skincare (we are so in love with their Volcanic Cluster Masks, Overnight Beauty Products, and their Green Tea product range is an absolute favorite with beauty fans).

Doesn’t getting involved in the Innisfree X Earth Day New York Initiative sound like a great way to experience great skincare products and help our planet?

What Dry Skin? Juara Coconut Illipe Hand and Nail Balm

Although we are weeks into Spring, wintery temperatures and weather have insisted on interrupting the new season with skin drying and moisture stripping cold temperatures. This has, of course, has made all our skin annoyingly dry and our nails brittle. We know there are many of you out there who are looking for relief from dryness and a hand cream with anti-aging benefits. We’re here to tell you we have the perfect daily hand cream for you, the Juara Coconut Illipe Hand and Nail Balm.

Do you have age spots on your hands? Dry lines and wrinkles on your hands and around your knuckles? Are your nails dry and brittle or are you plagued with rough, torn cuticles? Then the Juara Coconut Illipe Hand and Nail Balm is everything you’ve ever wanted in a hand cream…….and much more.

This incredible hand balm soothes and hydrates parched skin instantly, thanks to its main ingredients of Illipe Butter plus Coconut, Candlenut, and Buriti Oils. Other key ingredients of the Juara Coconut Illipe Hand and Nail Balm include Wild Mangosteen Butter, Rice Bran Oil, Sea Algae, and Oat Bran. It nourishes and mends cracked, torn and bleeding cuticles; it absorbs quickly and leaves behind absolutely no greasy residue; it smells amazingly tropical; it forms a protective film over the skin that lasts through hand washing; it boasts anti-aging properties like fading dark spots and plumps up lines and wrinkles on your hands; and it promotes healthier nail growth.

You will love this non-greasy, concentrated blend of hand and nail loving balm. It will leave you in awe as your dry or cracked hands and nails heal, and leaves you with incredibly soft and supple hands. The Juara Coconut Illipe Hand and Nail Balm comes in a 2.5 oz tube and retails for only $20.00 on www.juaraskincare.com.

Stuck on Ultra Violet: Celebrating Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year

We are absolutely enamored with ultra violet, Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year, so we thought we’d figure more beauty products that celebrate this color. This deep, bluish royal purple compliments so many and can be worn in so many ways in the beauty category – on lips, eyes, cheeks, nails, and hair (have you entered our Splat giveaway?). Here are just a few of the beauty products we’re loving that honor ultra violet, the latest must-have color obsession.

 

  1. ELEMIS Peptide⁴ Night Recovery Cream-Oil ($59.00) – A restoring Night Cream-Oil that combines the hydration of a moisturizing cream with the protection of an oil to leave your skin feeling rebalanced, restored and replenished.
  2. CIATÉ LONDON Liquid Chrome in Zodiac ($18.00) – A color-shifting, shade-flipping duo chrome lip lacquer in a high-shine violet that is cruelty-free, and formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.
  3. TOM FORD Private Shadow in Violet Vinyl ($36.00) – A highly pigmented metallic finish eyeshadow that boasts long-wearing capabilities that resist creasing, for a flawlessly polished look that lasts.
  4. JOICO Color Butter in Purple ($19.99) – A deeply moisturizing color-depositing hair treatment that instantly adds vibrant color or refreshes faded color while reducing hair breakage by over 44%! This hair-loving hair product boasts JOICO’s Quadramine Complex, an exclusive blend of proteins that quickly adheres to hair strands, protecting both the cuticle and cortex; their patented Bio-Advanced Peptide Complex to create a shield of protection around each and every strand; and Arginine–the amino acid responsible for hair’s ability to stretch without breakage.
  5. BECCA First Light Priming Filter Face Primer ($38.00) –  A skin-awakening primer that instantly reduces the signs of a bad complexion day to leave the complexion fresh, awake, and hydrated with a natural finish. It looks violet but applies sheer making it perfect for all skin tones and skin types.
  6. KAT VON D Metal Crush Eyeshadow in Danzig ($21.00) – An innovative metallic violet eyeshadow with a polished metal finish, maximum pigment, and extreme long wear capabilities. Thanks to its proprietary formula that features a Color-Soaked Concentrate™, the result of a technique in which pigment-saturated powders undergo a unique tumbling process that softens and smooths each particle until the eyeshadow is creamy and lustrous, leaving behind the highest possible levels of pigment and pearl in this ultra long-wear shadow.
  7. TARTE Minutes to Mermaid Brush Set ($42.00) – A stunning, vegan, cruelty-free full-size set that features every tool you’d need to create a full face look. This five-piece “Be A Mermaid & Make Waves Collection” of makeup brushes comes complete with whimsical mermaid tail handles and plush violet colored bristles. The set includes a Large Powder Brush, Cheek Brush, Highlighter Stippling Brush, Domed Eyeshadow Brush, and Pencil Brush.
  8. COVERGIRL Melting Pout Matte Liquid Lipstick in Seismic ($6.99 – $8.99) – A new highly pigmented, lightweight, gel-based matte liquid lipstick that provides intense color. Its creamy formula wears comfortably and is designed to last for up to 24 hours.

Are you excited about the above ultra violet beauty products? What ultra violet makeup or beauty products are you looking forward to rocking this season?

GIVEAWAY: Splat Hair Color 1 Wash Temporary Hair Dye

Welcome to Spring, the season of renewal, the season of change and rebirth. What better time to celebrate the season of growth than with a change. And what’s the most fun thing to change? Your haircolor! So we thought why not do a giveaway. Seeing how the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year is Ultra Violet, and the color is perfect for Spring, we’re giving three lucky readers the opportunity to win the Splat Hair Color 1 Wash Temporary hair dye in Vivid Velvet. Let’s get to know this collection of temporary bold colors.

The Splat Hair Color 1 Wash Temporary hair dye, which retails for $6.99 each, is specifically formulated to work on curly, kinky, or straight hair. This water-based formula is easy to apply, stays where you put it, and washes out with warm water when you are done. It also works amazingly on hair extensions and wigs too. Splat Hair Color 1 Wash Temporary hair dye is available in Vivid Velvet, Eclectic Green, Scorching Scarlet, Piercing Pink, Mango Mash, Red Pop, Imposing Purple, and Impulsive Indigo. The Splat hair color kits are made for having fun and expressing yourself, plus it gives you more vivid color without fully committing to a permanent color. All Splat formulas are also cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free, ammonia and parabens free, as well as non-GMO.

As we stated above, we’re giving away three Splat Hair Color 1 Wash Temporary hair dyes in Vivid Velvet so you can express yourself with beautiful, bold color. This cool color will also give you the chance to celebrate Pantone’s 2018 Color of the year, Ultra Violet, and the spring season. For a chance to be one of the three winners, enter through the Rafflecopter entry form below:

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Are you ready to try the Splat Hair Color 1 Wash Temporary hair dye and enjoy a vibrant haircolor that works on all hair colors?

Eye Contact: Bridges Aderhold and Clear Eyes Pop-Up Gallery

There’s so much that is said about our eyes; they are the windows to our souls, they display your true emotions and who you are, are symbols of protection, and more.  We guess that is why eyes have been the source of inspiration to many. That was our thought when we attended Miami “eye guy” and famed photographer, Bridges Aderhold and Clear Eyes Pop-Up Gallery in New York City.  The evening featured a walk thru the Clear Eyes sponsored, My Shining Moment gallery, featuring eye portraits by Bridges Aderhold.

Bridges Aderhold photographs the eyes with a close-up lens. For his personal project, he used his artistic eye to capture the essence of well over 12,000 people through their eyes. We got up close with a few of his photographs at the Bridges Aderhold and Clear Eyes Pop-Up Gallery.

“Photographing the eyes of people eliminates preconceived notions of any individual and gives each person the human condition of honesty. This project has allowed me to connect with people from all over the world.” – Bridges Aderhold

This wonderful project makes teaming up with Clear Eyes, the #1 brand in eye relief from irritation, redness, burning and mild dryness, for this pop-up gallery inevitable. Who better way to celebrate eyes than an eye photographer and eyecare brand to show the beauty and mystery behind our eyes. We had the amazing opportunity to speak with Bridges Aderhold at the Pop-Up Gallery with Clear Eyes in New York, and of course, get our own eyes photographed. (Editors Note: Forgive the audio at the beginning, attendees were very vocal and nothing we tried was able to get rid of the background noise without removing Bridges’ answers. A general transcript of the first question and answer is below the video)

Q: What do you see when you photograph someone’s eyes?

Bridges: “I’ve photographed well over 12,000 people…the thing that I’ve noticed is you strip them down to themselves. Normally when someone walks into a room, you look at what they’re wearing, maybe where they’re from, maybe what their color is, and gender is. As soon as you photograph their eyes, it takes away all of that. You can’t see what they’re wearing, you can’t see where they’re from. It’s just about their eyes, it’s just who they are and that is what comes out in these pictures.”

Bridges’ eye introspective featured men, women, and even a few pets. The photos tell thousands of unique stories without words or clues. Looking at the gallery, you realize how extraordinary eyes are, down to the tiniest detail. We noticed the symmetry in ours, someone else noticed how large their pupils were. The exhibit showed how the colors, shapes, and expressiveness of eyes can be distinctive and intriguing.

Bridges’ photography project did more than reveal the beauty and individuality of thousands of eyes — perhaps they are the window to your soul — it led him to his shining moment. He reflected on his experience saying, “it helped me see the world through other people’s eyes.”

We can tell you every attendee was excited about attending the Bridges Aderhold and Clear Eyes Pop-Up Gallery and getting their eyes photographed. The above photograph perfectly interprets Bridges’ answer to our first question. We love how attendees (not just this group), got photographs of themselves with other people’s eyes. As you can see, we all want the experience of seeing life through others’ eyes.

We admit, before the Bridges Aderhold and Clear Eyes Pop-Up Gallery event, we never really paid attention to our eyes. We know what they look like in relation to other things (makeup, eyewear, etc) but not how we see them. If you closed your eyes, could you describe what your own eyes look like? What are your thoughts on the Bridges Aderhold and Clear Eyes Pop-Up Gallery event?

National Fragrance Day with Cartier, Proenza Schouler and Viktor & Rolf

Did you know that yesterday, March 21st, the first day of Spring, was also National Fragrance Day? We think Mother Nature loves the wonderful scent of fragrances instead of the spring season since we got such a heavy snowstorm. On the other hand, the latest scents from Cartier, Proenza Schouler, and Viktor & Rolf are more than ready to have you spritzing into spring. To honor National Fragrance Day, here are some of Spring’s must-have fragrances that will have you smelling wonderful all season long.

Whether you love floral, spicy, or musky fragrances, National Fragrance Day is the perfect time to celebrate it all, especially when you have these wonderful designer fragrances available to you.

The Classic Woman: Cartier La Panthère Eau de Parfum

What better time than the Spring season to wear this floral fragrance with feline notes, illuminated with gardenia, a lively flower peppered with chypre and velvety nuances and comprised of an accord in three parts, chypre, floral and musk. Get a 1.6oz bottle for $110.00 at www.Macys.com.

The Wanderlust Seeker: Proenza Schouler Arizona Eau de Parfum

Inspired by nature, this scent includes an innovative floral accord of white cactus flower never before used in perfumery combined with a creamy orris sparking your spirit of discovery.  It is the first fragrance from designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, the duo behind the sought-after New York womenswear label. Get a 1.7 oz bottle for $100.00 exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue and www.SaksFifthAvenue.com.

The Fun, Flirty & Outgoing Gal: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum

Containing 1,000 flowers in each bottle, this explosive floral scent captivates and transforms anything into something positive making it a new kind of flower power. Get a 1.7oz bottle for $115.00 at www.Sephora.com.

The Bold, Daring Man: Cartier Declaration Eau de Parfum

Although we don’t normally highlight men’s products, men love fragrances too. Ladies, you’ll want to have your man wearing this modern, elegant twist on a classic scent. The masculine and bold scent is intensely spicy and woody, making it a perfect addition to any man’s routine. Get a 3.3oz bottle for $135.oo on www.Cartier.com.

What do you guys think of these amazing fragrances? What fragrance did you wear on National Fragrance Day?

ELEMIS Supports Women for Women International with New Launch

Just in time for International Women’s Day, celebrated around the world tomorrow, March 8th, ELEMIS has launched a new limited edition skincare product, a supersize ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream 100ml. This amazing skincare product that not only delivers a powerful promise to support your skin, it also promises to change women’s lives. ELEMIS will donate $46,000 from the sale of this limited edition size of their 100ml supersize anti-aging product to Women for Women International in order to help marginalized women living in conflict-affected areas, plus you can further help the cause via social media.

Housed in a luxury designer keepsake box, this No. 1 bestselling anti-aging moisturizer is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in 14 days, improve hydration and leave your skin feeling firmer and looking more radiant. How can you help this great beauty brand continue to support women? From March 6th – 8th, ELEMIS will be donating $1 every time you share or #MessageToMySister and tag @ELEMIS on social media. As longtime supporters of Women for Women International, ELEMIS’s wonderful skincare products have helped to give marginalized women living in conflict-affect areas access to the life-changing skills needed to overcome the social exclusion and economic restrictions. In 2016, they sponsored a full class of 25 women in the Kabul Province of Afghanistan. In 2017, they continued the partnership by donating $50,000 to the #SheInspiresMe campaign.

What makes this wonder beauty product so great? Besides helping to give back, it’s hero ingredient, Mediterranean algae Padina Pavonica, has been blended with Ginkgo Biloba, Chlorella, and precious Rose and Mimosa absolutes to moisturize the skin. These wonderful ingredients also help to give your skin a feeling of suppleness, firmness and elasticity.

“At ELEMIS, giving back is part of our DNA. While striving to create innovative products and treatments, the heart of our business is people’s well-being. Contributing to changing people’s lives is what helps to make a difference. We choose charities close to our hearts, that we feel really make an impact. Our donation will allow Women for Women International to help reach their recruitment goal: bringing 12,000 women through a training program that gives these women the tools they need to support their children and transform their lives forever.”  – Oriele Frank, Co-Founder & CMO, ELEMIS

“This collaboration would help fund our year-long program that gives the most marginalized women, in conflict-affected countries, access to the life-changing skills needed to overcome the social exclusion and economic restrictions they face. We are so grateful to ELEMIS for helping us to continue changing women’s lives around the world.” – Brita Fernandez Schmidt, Executive Director,Women For Women International

The ELEMIS Limited Edition Pro-Collagen Marine Cream retails for $199.00 and is available on www.ELEMIS.com. Don’t forget to hashtag #MessageToMySister and tag @ELEMIS and @WomenForWomen to support this great cause.

The Oscars Hair: Lupita Nyong’o’s Amasunzu Hairstyle by Vernon François

All queens must wear crowns and that is exactly how we can describe Lupita Nyong’o’s stunning Academy Awards hairstyle. To coordinate with her gold and black Custom Atelier Versace, celebrity hairstylist and textured hair whisperer, Vernon François created an elegant and regal Amasunzu inspired hairstyle. These elaborate hairstyles are traditionally worn by Rwandan men and single women noted for their crescent shapes. An Amasunzu hairstyle designates a wearer’s social status and Lupita’s Oscars red carpet hairstyle clearly displays her regality.

“Lupita’s look was inspired by images of Amasunzu hairstyles, which are traditional to Rwandan culture. We wanted something clean and sculpted to accent her dress and show off the neckline.” – Vernon François

To recreate Lupita’s look, Vernon washed her hair with the Pure~Fro Shampoo and Pure~Fro Conditioner which contains keratin to help the hair retain moisture. Vernon then prepped Lupita’s hair with the Mist~Nourishing Water, and Scalp Nourish~Ment Braids and Locs Spray to soothe and protect strands before blow-drying with a round brush. Next, Vernon smoothed her ends using a flatiron, leaving roots authentic. Using only his hands, Vernon molded her hair to create the clean, contoured structure and setting with hairspray. To complete the look, Vernon weaved a gold thread through her hair using a classic stitch technique for a touch of glamour & shine.

We loved how this hairstyle celebrated the texture of Lupita’s hair, as well as celebrating the traditional yet ostentatious  Rwandan hairstyle. The Vernon François products used on Lupita are available now. Retail costs for the Vernon François hair products are as follows: Mist~Nourishing Water -$18.00, Pure~Fro Shampoo -$26.00, Pure~Fro Conditioner – $28.00, and the Scalp Nourish~Ment Braids and Locs Spray – $24.00. All of the hair products are available on www.Sephora.com, select Sephora retailers, and on www.VernonFrancois.com.

What are your thoughts on Lupita Nyong’o’s stunning Academy Awards hairstyle? Are you ready to rock an Amasunzu inspired hairstyle?