MURAD Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment for Acne Awareness Month

There are so many notable things to observe this month, we’ve honored and made note of a few, now it’s time to bring attention to another. It’s observation of a skin problem that plagues just about every teenager on Earth, and quite a few adults, with sufferers totaling in the double-digit millions, that skin condition? Acne! While many may only experience an occasional breakout or one or two pimples, zits, or blemishes here and there, many severe acne sufferers are quite emotionally impacted by this skin disease. As almost lifelong acne sufferers ourselves, we’re always on the lookout for solutions to our acne issues, and with June being National Acne Awareness Month, what better time to explore new acne fighting solutions, like the NEW Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment.

Just in time for Acne Awareness Month, Murad has added a new acne fighting solution to their sought after, and award-winning Acne Control collection (some of which are pictured below in their Advanced Breakout Control Regimen 7-Piece kit), scientifically proven to clear current breakouts and help prevent new blemishes from forming. We sometimes experience large, red, and painful breakouts called cystic acne, a painful annoyance that can take weeks to fully disappear, the perfect blemish candidate to try Murad’s latest acne relief on.

The Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment, which launched on June 1st, is a fast-acting, invisible gel that reduces blemish size and redness in just four hours. This newest acne fighter boasts a powerful, next-generation formula, and features the maximum strength of Salicylic Acid (2%, the highest percentage available without a prescription) to clear pores, smooth skin and treat acne at the source by killing bacteria.

The Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment is formulated with a patented complex that features thyme and pine extracts to fight irritants while preserving your skin’s natural balance. Horse chestnut and oat extracts help to reduce redness and soothe the skin, for an even and clearer complexion. A recent Murad sponsored study showed that 97% of acne sufferers agreed their blemish appearance improved after just one day of using the Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment, something we can attest to as well.

The 0.5 oz tube of Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment is available now nationwide and retails for $22.00. Like all other Murad skincare products, you will find this newest product on www.Murad.com.

GIVEAWAY: The 2017 Fragrance Foundation Consumer Choice Awards

When it comes to selecting a fragrance, choosing your favorite, the fragrance that captures you, captivates you, and expresses what makes you, you, is a very personal thing. In honor of, and partnership with, the 2017 Fragrance Foundation Consumer Choice Awards, we’re here to celebrate your favorite fragrances; by voting for your favorite among the Fragrance Foundation nominees (voting is now closed) in the Consumer Choice Awards, we’re giving four readers the chance to win their choice of the nominated scents.

Thirteen fragrances are nominated in three categories, Women’s Fragrances, Men’s Fragrances, and for the first time ever, this year welcomes the Fragrance Hall of Fame nominees. The full list of the 2017 Fragrance Foundation Consumer Choice Awards nominees (in alphabetical order) include:

Women’s Fragrances

Coach Eau de Parfum
Magic in the Air by Bath & Body Works Signature Collection
Ralph Lauren Tender Romance
Sweet Like Candy Ariana Grande
Victoria’s Secret Crush

Men’s Fragrances

Montblanc Legend Spirit
Nautica Voyage Sport
Ralph Lauren Polo Blue Eau de Parfum

Fragrance Hall of Fame

Estée Lauder pleasures
ETERNITY Calvin Klein for Men
Ralph Lauren Romance
Victoria’s Secret Heavenly
Warm Vanilla Sugar by Bath & Body Works Signature Collection

Do you see a personal favorite from the selected Eau de Parfums, Eau de Toilettes, and Colognes featured above? Then vote for it and you just might win it! Voting for the 2017 Fragrance Foundation Consumer Choice Awards ends on May 31st at 11:59:59 pm EST, and it will count as an entry to win one of the above fragrances, so we advise you to vote now. While the winners of nominated scents will be announced at The Fragrance Foundation Awards on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, the winners of our giveaway will be announced next week. To enter our 2017 Fragrance Foundation Consumer Choice Awards, see the Rafflecopter entry form below, and again, don’t forget to vote for your favorite nominated fragrance.

To vote your favorite scents, click on www.fragrance.org/vote (voting is now closed), and to enter our 2017 Fragrance Foundation Consumer Choice Awards giveaway, see the Rafflecopter entry form below, and again, don’t forget to vote for your favorite nominated fragrance.

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Kiehl’s and Saks Fifth Avenue Celebrate Seated Ballerina by Jeff Koons

Kiehl’s Since 1851 and Saks Fifth Avenue, in collaboration with the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC), and Art Production Fund, celebrated two new works of art from an iconic artist; the stunning and larger-than-life public art installation of the Seated Ballerina by Jeff Koons, in Rockefeller Center, and the Limited Edition Kiehl’s x Jeff Koons collectible tin, in honor of National Missing Children’s Month in May.

With an incredible city of New York as its backdrop, the 45-foot inflatable Seated Ballerina by Jeff Koons structure, co-presented by the non-profit Art Production Fund, based on a small porcelain figurine, depicts a seated ballerina from the artist’s iconic Antiquity series and represents Kiehl’s commitment to community spirit and the greater good.

From May 2nd to May 31st, Kiehl’s will donate 100% of the net profits from the sales of any product in the Midnight Recovery Collection, up to $100,000, to benefit ICMEC. Any customer who purchases any item in the range will be able to take home their own work of art from one of the foremost internationally recognized and celebrated American contemporary artists.

Midnight Recovery Concentrate: In 2010, Kiehl’s Since 1851 became a pioneer in the face oil category when it introduced the first anti-aging facial oil treatment, Midnight Recovery Concentrate, a potent blend of botanical extracts that replenishes skin overnight when skin actively repairs itself from daily damage endured throughout the day. The 99% naturally-derived formula is paraben-free and features a powerhouse blend of active botanical and essential oils that work all night to replenish lipids for a fresher and more radiant appearance by morning. $46/1 oz.
Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil: This non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic innovation cleanses deeply while maintaining the skin barrier and leaving no residue, eliminating the need for double-cleansing. This formula contains the “Midnight Recovery blend” of naturally derived ingredients found in the serum: squalane, evening primrose oil and aromatic lavender essential oil to leave skin feeling soft and supple. $32/5.9 oz.

Midnight Recovery Eye: This overnight elixir was specifically designed to addresses three of the top under-eye concerns of women in the United States – puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles overnight. The non-migrating cream-to-oil formula is paraben-free, sulfate-free, fragrance-free and mineral oil-free. $37/.5 oz.

On hand to celebrate, as always, were Fashion designers Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra, the “lumberjacks of fashion” and founders of Costello Tagliapietra (we swear we want to just hug them forever ever time we see them), Kiehl’s Since 1851 CEO Chris Salgardo, and the renown artist himself, Jeff Koons.

“We’re thrilled to continue what’s become a Kiehl’s tradition of partnering with Jeff Koons,” says Chris
Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s US. “With 465,000 children reported missing last year in the United
States, it’s gratifying to know that via this fourth partnership Jeff Koons and the International Centre for
Missing & Exploited Children we are able to make a difference in the lives of our children.”

Seated Ballerina by Jeff Koons will remain up at Rockefeller Center until June 2, 2017, so you can visit it at any time.

emerginC: Helping Your Skin and Healing the Planet

We live in a time where the products we use greatly affects our lives; not just our bodies, but our environment as well. We no longer just have to worry about what we put into our bodies, attention must be paid to what we put on our skin and how we treat our environment. One skincare brand making sure that both our bodies and our surroundings are well protected is emerginC, an ethical and sustainable organic skincare company that incorporates clinically proven cosmeceutical, medical-grade, and fair trade ingredients, active botanicals, and marine extracts into their products. For over 20 years, emerginC has been using only high-quality, cutting-edge ingredients formulated with natural plant-based preservatives.

We had the opportunity to meet Ian Lirenman, CEO, and founder of emerginC, as he introduced the brand’s latest launch, the Scientific Organics Body Firming Serum, an advanced, lightweight body firming serum formulated with Actigym™, Nocturshape™, arnica extract and fair trade aloe, features a unique glass roller ball tube application system to help reduce the appearance of cellulite while toning and firming the skin. We also got to know more about their cult-favorites, the Vitamin C Serum (the most stable and effective vitamin C serums to emerge on the market, and the very first product they created), Scientific Organics Kombucha Cleanser (which we’re currently using and loving), and Scientific Organics Facial Cleansing Wipes.

But creating exceptional skincare products is not all that emerginC does. They are also giving back with the industry-first “buy one, plant one” tree planting program in collaboration with Plant-It 2020. For every emerginC product sold, one indigenous tree is planted in a non-harvest location. As of today, emerginC and Plant-It 2020 have planted over 600,000 trees in such areas as Madagascar, Nepal, Poland, etc. The organic skincare company, known for their history of environmental consciousness, have also started an emerginBees bee habitat initiative as well as an emerginCeeds organic vegetable program.

The brand is headquartered in a wind-powered building near the waterfront in Brooklyn, the company offers its staff accesses to weekly yoga classes, a rooftop garden with vegetables and flowers, and chickens that produce organic eggs all year round. See Founder and CEO, Ian Lirenman, planting Pok Choi on the emerginC rooftop garden below:

We love companies that are doing great things, especially when we, the consumers can be a part of that initiative. So whether you purchase their famed Vitamin C Serum, Facial Cleaning Wipes, or their new Body Firming Serum, you’re helping to save our planet, one tree at a time. Have you tried any emerginC skincare products? Share your thoughts with us.

MAKE UP FOR EVER and The Colored Girl’s #BLENDINSTANDOUT Campaign

Hello my fellow brown beauties, have we got some exciting news for you from the world of Make Up For Ever! The universally loved beauty brand has teamed up with Victory Jones and Tori Elizabeth, the dynamic creative duo behind The Colored Girl to bring you and extension of their #blendinstandout Campaign. What is this revolutionary campaign you ask? This latest campaign from Make Up For Ever, which launched earlier this year, supports self-expression and celebrates all people. It features empowering women of color sharing their favorite Make Up For Ever products from the brand’s extensive range and the important causes that they stand for.

Through Make Up For Ever’s #blendinstandout, each woman expresses her own unique, natural beauty through the campaign images, shares her favorite complexion product and advocates for the cause that matters most to her. These amazing women are Khoudia Diop (Model), Christina Bright (Entrepreneur), Leineal Howard (Student/Model), Monica Torres (Student/Activist), Mominatu Boog (Model/Advocate), Leyna Bloom (Transgender Model), Nakissi Dosso (Muslim Fashion Blogger/Student), Rachel Kumar (Teacher/Writer), and Victory Jones and Tori Elizabeth (Founders of The Colored Girl).

The #blendinstandout Campaign extension with The Colored Girl asked six boundary-pushing influencers (pictured above), “What do you stand for?” This campaign, which supports community, self-expression and the celebration of all people and was originally launched on Make Up For Ever’s social channels. Check out the below video featuring these six influencers who are definitely blending into their favorite Make Up For Ever products, and standing out when it comes to self-expression:

The collaboration between Make Up For Ever and The Colored Girl comes as no surprise as the makeup brand makes sure to recognize the unique beauty in all people and has always celebrated both individuality and inclusion. The cosmetics giant has long been known for its industry-leading, high-performance products featuring one of the widest complexions available in the beauty market.

What are your thoughts on the Make Up For Ever and The Colored Girl’s #blendinstandout Campaign? Share your thoughts with us.

Hard Candy Cosmetics Launches Limited Edition Color Correct Collection

As a society, we spend an obscene amount of money to hide or camouflage our flaws. The beauty industry alone has thousands of products to help you cover up your outer imperfections, a daily routine we all participate in, whether it is to neutralize redness, transform uneven skin tone to a flawless facial canvas, cover up dark circles and spots, or take our skin from dull to luminous. Many wouldn’t dare go “sans fards” in this extremely critical society; the truth is we would all rather go broke than bare faced. Luckily, you don’t have to go broke to get the flawless look we all so desire. Hard Candy Cosmetics launched an affordable Limited Edition Color Correct Collection, exclusively at Walmart.

The Hard Candy Cosmetics Color Correct Collection consists of six products, the Color Correct Expert Créme Wand, Color Correct Radiant Primer, Color Correct Expert Stick, Color Correct Custom Blend Expert Palette, Color Correct Baked Finishing Powder, and the Color Correct Baked Powder. The collection comes in six color-correcting colors that target specific skin issues:

  • Green: neutralize skin redness due to sunburn, rosacea, uneven skin tone, or acne
  • Yellow: neutralize mild skin redness due to mild sunburn or acne
  • Pink: neutralize dullness and sallowness (Fair to Light skin tones)
  • Lavender: neutralize dullness and sallowness (Medium to Dark skin tones)
  • Peach: neutralize dark circles and spots (Fair to Light skin tones)
  • Orange: neutralize dark circles and spots (Medium to Dark skin tones)

The Color Correct Expert Créme Wand is a créme color corrector that targets skin imperfections. This lightweight formula that is easy to apply, and easily blends into skin.

The Color Correct Radiant Primers, the first step to neutralizing your skin concerns, are formulated with hydrating ingredients that blend easily into the skin and provides a neutral base.

The Color Correct Expert Stick, a creamy, blendable, pastel stick that camouflages skin imperfections, is a soft, retractable corrector that is precise, easy to apply, and will never need sharpening.

The Color Correct Baked Finishing Powder, a marbleized baked powder, sets your makeup long wear, evens out your skin tone, and will minimize the appearance of discolorations and imperfections, all while illuminating your complexion and leaving your skin with a radiating, flawless finish. It is available in two shades – Pink: Light to Medium (shown above), and Lavender: Medium to Dark.

The Color Correct Baked Powder is a sheer, lightweight, matte baked powder that covers up skin discolorations and imperfections. It can be used before or after foundation, and is available in four colors:

  • Green: helps correct intense redness
  • Yellow: helps correct mild redness
  • Lavender: helps correct dullness and sallowness (Medium to Dark skin tones)
  • Pink: helps correct dullness and sallowness (Fair to Light skin tones)

Last but not least is the Color Correct Custom Blend Expert Palette, an all-in-one cream color correcting palette, featuring soft blendable creams that help to neutralize discoloration, leaving your skin looking even, natural, and perfect. This must-have palette is available in two colors:

  • (Fair to Light)
    • Green & Yellow: target redness
    • Pink: targets dullness and sallowness
    • Peach: targets dark circles and spots
  • (Medium to Dark)
    • Green & Yellow: target redness
    • Lavender: targets dullness and sallowness
    • Orange: targets dark circles and spots

As stated, the collection is available exclusively at Walmart and retails between $5.00 – $9.00. It is 100% beauty on a budget. What are your thoughts on the Hard Candy Cosmetics Limited Edition Color Correct Collection? Share your favorite products, or wht you’re looking forward to trying.

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil: The All Season Hydrator

As one who has used an almost immeasurable amount of body moisturizers to keep our skin hydrated throughout the year and through the various and vastly different seasons, we can 100 percent say there is nothing like the hydrating and protective benefits of coconut oil. Of course, the best coconut oil to use is a high-quality one that leaves the raw nutrients intact; that coconut oil is 100% virgin coconut oil, Skinny & Co Coconut Oil.

Skinny & Co Coconut Oil is the only raw, 100% alkaline coconut oil in the world; it is made with hand-picked wild-Harvested, not plantation grown coconuts. What makes Skinny & Co Coconut Oil even more amazing is that is cold-processed, not just cold pressed, thanks to their patent-pending Nutralock System. You already know coconut oil has over a hundred uses. You can cook with it, substituting it for butter and other oils, condition your hair, Oil pulling, and of course use it as a moisturizer on your face and body.

You will immediately notice the difference between Skinny & Co Coconut Oil and other brands. It absorbs much better into your skin and keeps it hydrated and moisturized all day, even on the coldest winter days. We’ve been using Skinny & Co Coconut Oil for two seasons now and our skin couldn’t be happier. It’s become our go-to lip, scalp, and skin moisturizer, makeup remover, cuticle hydrator, and cooking oil.

The 100% raw coconut oil isn’t the only product we’re loving from Skinny & Co Coconut Oil. You’ll love the Coconut Oil Bar Soaps (available in five scents); the deeply hydrating Skinny Shampoo Bars that delivers intense hydration to your hair without creating excess oils (your hair will love you for this); the Whipped Body Butter that’s perfect to use as an all over moisturizer, hair mask or conditioner, or shaving cream; the Skinny & Co. Sugar Scrub, a pH balanced scrub that can be used as an all-over body exfoliant, prep for self-tanner, and as a lip scrub; and a Clarifying Moisturizing Facial Oil for blemish-prone and oily skin types. We know what you’re thinking – why would I put oil on my oily skin? This 100% oil moisturizer helps clarify and balance by removing impurities and congestion from the surface of the skin. These wonderful products are just some of the great skincare products from Skinny & Co, check out their site to see more.

Do you use coconut oil in your beauty or skincare regime? Are you looking to trying a great coconut oil? Don’t take our word for it, check out Skinny & Co’s customer reviews and see who else is loving their coconut oil.

Hodaya Louis and MustaeV Makeup: The Art of Beauty

We’ve seen many makeup artists use makeup to create some beautiful facial canvases but have you ever wondered what would happen when an artist uses makeup to create amazing faces on actual canvases? We recently got the answer to that question when an artist and fashion illustrator teamed up with a prestigious Korean cosmetic brand. Today we’re presenting the amazing results from the Hodaya Louis and MustaeV Makeup (pronounced “must have”) collaboration, currently on view at Caravan Stylist Studio.

Using the cosmetics brand’s eyeshadows, foundation, and powders, highlighters, mascaras, lipsticks and makeup brushes, Hodaya Louis created some of the most stunning beauty portraits we’ve ever seen. Can you believe these were all painted with makeup brushes, using all MustaeV makeup products?

It’s no surprise because the MustaeV Makeup products are highly pigmented and go on velvety smooth, whether on the face or a canvas. Launched in 2009, MustaeV Makeup was established in the Seoul’s Cheongdam area known as the beauty mecca of Korea. As K Beauty is making a huge splash in the United States, this beauty brand is definitely one to watch and keep in your beauty kits. Just look at their range of highly pigmented eyeshadows.

But back to the amazing Hodaya Louis and MustaeV Makeup artwork. We know these pictures don’t do them justice but we hope these individual shots will give you a closer look at the incredible work. Who would’ve thought such stunning work could be created with makeup and makeup brushes. Don’t they look like watercolor paintings?

Of course, painting with makeup and makeup brushes is not all that Hodaya Louis does. Her illustrated oil and mixed media designs and artworks have been presented to several illustrious locations including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum Of Natural History, and was even featured on Bravo’s Real Housewives Of OC. Below in order of appearance is The Ballerina, unknown title of a woman in red, Amazon Forest, and New York Girl.

So there you have it, the amazing work of a fantastic artist. Tell us, what are your thoughts on the Hodaya Louis and MustaeV Makeup? Which are your favorite pieces?