Somme Institute’s 5-STEP REGIMEN

During the winter my skin tends to be extremely dry and flaky. Nothing seems to work well. I have found products that mask the flakiness temporarily but none that give me that healthy, summer look in the winter. So, I started trying products to find something that would compliment the smile I maintain throughout the year.

Somme Institute has a 5-step regimen that contains its exclusive patent pending technology breakthrough Molecular Dispersion Technology 5 (MDT5), a formulation of 5 high engineered vitamins (A, B3, B5, C & E) at high concentrations. It recommends that you use the products twice daily on all skin types and most skin conditions. Normally products designed for “all skin types” don’t work for me but I decided to give it a try anyway.

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The 5-step regimen contains a Nourishing Cleanser, Exfoliating Pads, Serum, Cell Renewal Lotion and a Protective Sunblock with SPF 30+. On the first day my skin experienced side effects. The exfoliating pads stung, my face still felt dry and it itched. I started to discount using it but decided to continue because the instructions stated that what I experience are some “positive” side effects and even suggested squeezing the exfoliating pads to remove the excess liquids before use. On day two I made adjustments and experienced less stinging and dryness. By the end of the week, my skin had stopped flaking. It looked healthy and glowed.

Like all women, on occasion you skip a day or two of any regimen. When I did, my face did not automatically return to its normal, dry look. There were dry patches and flaking but not like before. When I returned to using the products, my skin quickly returned to its new, healthy look.

I am now a huge fan of Somme Institute’s 5-step regimen. The Serum and Cell Renewal Lotion are my favorites.

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Even if you use these two products with other facial washes (which is not recommended) they still provide a healthy glow. I really like the regimen. If you decide to try it maybe you will too.

To learn more about these products visit http://www.sommeinstitute.com/.

Chrisette Michele Celebrates Album with Fans at Carol’s Daughter

Island Def Jam artist, Chrisette Michele, celebrated her anticipated third album release, Let Freedom Reign, which became available in stores today, by sharing it with some of her fans.

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The singer stopped by the Carol’s Daughter Harlem location to sign autographs, meet fans and give her own special Beauty tips. The first 50 guests received special items personalized by Chrisette Michele and all guests were treated to Chrisette’s statement red lip by a celebrity makeup artist.

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Let Freedom Reign is the long-awaited follow-up to Epiphany, which she released in May 2009. I got a chance to interview Chrisette Michele in between signing autographs and asked a few questions. I didn’t get to ask her everything I wanted which is fine because her fans were waiting a long time plus I know she was probably tired of hearing the same questions over and over. Please see my brief interview below (forgive my interview, I was trying to be quick)

Check out some more photos from the event, including photos with Carol’s Daughter’s owner, Lisa Price

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Rio de Keratin Cocolada At-Home Keratin Hair Treatment

I have been blessed (or cursed – it depends on the weather) with very thick and curly hair. Don’t get me wrong, I love my hair, I get compliments on it all the time but every single time I get my hair done, it either rains or the humidity begins to break records. Now when the whole Keratin hair Treatment phenomenon stated, I, and many women like me, were ecstatic. Finally a saving grace! Of course that saving grace in no way saves our bank accounts with salon visits costs up to $400 per treatment. And then came RDK (Rio de Keratin) Cocolada Keratin Treatment, an affordable, at-home/do it yourself Keratin Hair Treatment.


“The experts behind the Lasio keratin treatment cultivated Rio de Keratin with one goal in mind: making affordable keratin treatments accessible to women the world over. Rio de Keratin’s line of keratin-infused treatments and aftercare products is our answer to women everywhere who just can’t seem to keep their hair in line. We’ve used our professional expertise to create products that are safe enough to be used at home, but effective enough to replace costly trips to the salon.”

So not only do you save money, you save time as well – this I found out first hand as I tried out the Rio de Keratin starter kit. It was so simple to do. All I did was shampoo and condition my hair, added the RDK Cocolada Treatment and blow dried my hair. The next day (you have to wait 24 hrs) I used the provided RDK Cocolada Shampoo and Conditioner and blow-dried and flat ironed my hair, of course all this was done one the first day of the week-long heatwave. This is where the cursed part comes in – heat and humidity are my cryptonite but surprisingly, my hair is still very much under control (normally, I would look like a giant q-tip or troll doll) but so far, so good. It’s not as straight as when I first did it but considering the ridiculousness of the humidity, a quick blow-dry tames the moisture. Your hair will go from frizzy to smooth and under control

I got a chance to find out more on the RDK Cocolada Keratin Treatment at the Product-N-Press event, see below for more details on this great product.

Unfortunately, you guys have to wait a little while to try this product out as it won’t be available until August 1st. On that day, you’ll be able to purchase the starter kit (1st photo above) on the RDK Hair website which includes the following:

Starter kit contains the following:

* 4oz Cocolada Keratin Shampoo
* 4oz Cocolada Keratin Conditioner
* 4oz Cocolada Keratin Treatment
* 1x Comb
* 1x set of Gloves
* Instruction Sheet

Flawless Beauty: Luminess Air Airbrush Makeup System Giveaway

 

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It’s time again for another fantastic giveaway. I’m really excited to do this giveaway as I’ve been using the Luminess Air Airbrush System ( the #1 selling do-it-yourself airbrush makeup kit) for a while and I am completely in love with it. My makeup feels so light and looks incredibly natural, so much so that I do really forget that I am wearing makeup. The best part is that it covers all my imperfections without having to layer like I’m putting down concrete. Unlike many airbrush makeup companies out there, Luminess Air is water-based makeup.

I want to share that feeling with you, so one of you lucky ladies (or gentlemen for your wives/girlfriends) with will a Luminess Air Airbrush Makeup System with not one but two sets of Airbrush makeup to start you off. A value of over $269.00

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You may remember I was first acquainted with Luminess Air at the HauteLook Lounge during Fashion Week and then got reacquainted with them again at the recent Makeup Show NYC where I got to meet their wonderful makeup wizard, Marc Harvey who created a flawless full face look on me. So get ready ladies, one of you will be my winner.

To enter this must have giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post stating why you need Luminess Air Airbrush Makeup in your life

Extra Bonus if you:

  1. Tweet this Contest – tag @guestlistblog and #guestlistblogcontests
  2. Become a Fan of Luminess Air on  Facebook
  3. Share this contest on Facebook

The winner will be selected on JUNE 12TH. Good luck everyone

LUMINESS AIR SWEEPSTAKES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Must be legal U.S. resident, 18 years or older to enter. Sweepstakes to commence on Thursday, June 5th at 12:00:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and end on June 12th at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. My Life on and off the Guest List will determine (1) one Winner by a random drawing from all eligible entries to receive (1) one Luminess Air Airbrush Makeup System. Limit one prize per household. Odds of winning are dependent on the total number of eligible entries. Approx retail value of prize $269. Winner will be notified by email. Offer valid while supplies last. Giveaway sponsored by My Life on and off the Guest List; Prize provided by Luminess Air.

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT: Congratulations to Michelle S., you are the winner of the Luminess Air Airbrush Makeup System Giveaway. I hope this helps with your Rosacea. (winner selected at random by Random Number Generator)

The HauteLook Lounge – Day Two

It was back to the HauteLook Lounge to get to know another set of companies featuring their brands. As with the first day with Luminess Air, we continue the trend of makeup and skincare with Becca Cosmetics, Sjal Skincare and Freeze 24/7. Let’s begin with Becca Cosmetics, named after it’s Founder, Rebecca Morrice Williams, who was searching for products that not only concealed blemishes, but that also looked natural.

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I’ll let the representative from Becca inform you on the line’s products

Next up was själ Skincare, created by mother-daughter team, Karen and Kristin Petrovich, “creating a holistic, fast, simple, yet effective regimen that really works to benefit the skin’s overall appearance and health……merging their personal interest/studies of Eastern and alternative medicines with Western biotechnology”

And finally, Freeze24/7. Most if not all of you have heard of Freeze24/7, an anti-aging skincare the line which produces innovative products to bring about a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Their “Age-Less Skincare™ line utilizes the latest developments in cosmeceutical skincare technology and offers credible and safe alternatives to invasive, costly and sometimes harmful cosmetic procedures.” The rep was quite busy which is why I was unable to get an interview but I still got a chance to get photos of the product at The HauteLook Lounge, which I’m sure you have seen before

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Hopefully, I will get a chance to try the Freeze24/7 products (not that I have wrinkles, I’m thinking preventative) and publish my results. What do you think about the makeup and skincare products we discovered on day two of The HauteLook Lounge?

Robert Verdi’s The Future of Fashion Retreat

Celebrity Stylist Extraordinaire, Red Carpet Aficionado and now host of his own show, The Robert Verdi Show Starring Robert Verdi hosted his third The Future of Fashion Retreat for the fashion elite to relax and unwind in between the mad dashes to shows. We, lucky few, were treated to “Blowouts from PHYTO’s professional hair stylist, Manicures from Ginger+Liz, Make-up touch ups from Jouer Cosmetics (all were too busy so I never got a chance to enjoy), New ABSOLUT Berri Acai cocktails, Healthy lunches & recovery kits from Blue Print Cleanse, SmartWater & the new VitaminWater Zero, Aluminum bottles from Coca-Cola, Rock & Republic Jeans (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE), ShatoBu Shapewear Bar (heaven), Vans custom shoe station (I never got a chance to try it out), Shades from Carrera (I never got to check these out either) and one-on-one fittings to find your perfect bra size from Maidenform” and a few more treats.

Before I go into detail on my gifting experience, let’s find out a bit more on this amazing retreat (and a few other tidbits) from the man who created it – Robert Verdi. Although I didn’t get to experience every aspect, Robert Verdi does go into great detail the brands featured in his retreat.

Now, my first stop was to Popcorn, Indiana. I must say that Kettle Corn is my favorite and as you can see below, there was plenty of it to enjoy.

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I then ventured to the private boudoir to get fitted for my perfect bra size by Maidenform thanks to Nicole. I found out some very interesting things including the fact that I have to get rid of most of the bras I own as they are the wrong size.

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I was introduced to a new bra guaranteed to give you two cup sizes instantly – as many of you may know that is something I don’t need so Nicole introduced me to the custom fit bra. I asked her the one question that all women should know the answer but don’t – because I didn’t

My next stop was to sample the fantastic and healthy food and drinks from BPC (Blue Print Cleanse). I loved the Spicy Lemonade and Cashew Milk from BPC and the amazing cocktail made with Absolut Berri Acai (a delicious combination of Acai, Blueberry, and Pomegranate)

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Then it was off to the Rock & Republic Denim bar to find a new pair of favorite jeans. Rock & Republic is a luxurious denim brand who makes “must have” jeans and has recently branched out into the Cosmetics market to join their handbag and accessories lines.

 

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My favorite were these embellished skinny jeans (UPDATE: the jeans are called F#@k Me B#@!H)

 

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Then I was introduced to what could possibly be my new best friend – The ShāToBu™ Shaper, the workout you wear. ShāToBu™ burns up to 12% more daily calorie- that is my type of workout. “Designed to be worn all day, every day, ShāToBu™ offers enough resistance in the bands to provide a significant toning and burning effect”. I welcome the challenge to these thighs of mine.

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And although I didn’t get to personally try out the Carrera Sunglasses which has been around since 1956 and has made quite a comeback thanks in part to Lady Gaga and other celebs, in my interview with Robert Verdi, he does talk about them and I do have a photo (thanks to a friend).

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What do you think of the items we saw at the Robert Verdi’s The Future of Fashion Retreat? Any favorites you’ll be keeping an eye out for?

The HauteLook Lounge Returns to New York Fashion Week

You may remember me gushing about a lounge for bloggers/editors which I lovingly referred to as an Oasis during the hectic running around from show to show that we partake in during fashion week. Yes the HauteLook Lounge is back – click HERE for a quick reminder. And because of my lovely experience last season, I and my tired feet ran over to the Bryant Park Hotel. Upon entrance, I immediately noticed the decor – it was as if we were in the jungle of some tropical island. I later found out the custom decor was designed by interior designer and Haus Interior owner, Nina Freudenberger.

Though I missed the vendors last season, I made it a point not to miss the amazing companies and products showcase by HauteLook but first (and because you’re dying to know more – here is an overview of the HauteLook Lounge)

After getting all the details of this season’s lounge and it’s featured products, I decided to get more information on Luminess Air, the do-it-yourself airbrush makeup kit. What caught my attention about this company was not the fact that you can have flawless looking makeup just like the models who walk the runways at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week but you can do it yourself and it will cut your makeup application in half. Click on the video below to find out all the details including more products from Luminess Air

And because I know some of you need to see this for yourself, I have video of one of the editors getting her makeup airbrushed by Kristen Arnett, a New York, and Milan-based makeup artist has worked backstage at Fashion Week for years and will be heading up the makeup team for Althea Harper.

I was very excited to get to know more about these amazing brands and of course to revisit The HauteLook Lounge. What are your thoughts on this wonderful event?