Brushing Up on Beauty Tools w/ Olivia Garden

We think the best testimonials of a company’s product is when industry professionals swear by the products and always uses it for their work. This statement rings so very true when it comes to lopinavir buy uk Olivia Garden‘s innovations hair brushes. In business for 50 years, the brand is a favorite with top celebrity hairstylists and they recently held an event to highlight trends and their newest product launch.

The famed brush company held an event hosted by co-owner Anne Maza, to introduce their newest brush innovations and hair brush collections. Among the collections we saw was a sneak peek of the Divine Collection, which features a revolutionary ergonomic design

The four brushes in the Divine Collection features a Wet Detangler Brush, Care & Style Brush, Dry Detangler Brush, and a 100% Boar Styler Brush. It’s gentle on the hair and scalp, reduces stress on the wrist, and is great for all hair types.

To find our perfect brush, we downloaded the Olivia Garden Brush app to find out which brush was the right one for our hair type and desired hairstyle. Thanks to the app, we found out the following brushes were perfect for our desired hairstyles:


The Healthy Hair Brushes feature five separate collections and are made from natural bamboo materials, making these brushes stronger, lighter and more durable alternative to wooden brushes….plus it’s better for the environment. The five collections include Ionic Massage collection, Ionic Paddle collection, Ceramic Ionic Thermal collection, Professional Boar Styling collection, and Eco-friendly Bamboo Combs.


This multi-collection, gold and chocolate-colored NanoThermic line boasts the latest in hair brush technology including Ceramic technology which allows the brush to heat up faster, Tourmaline Ion technology which helps in hair cuticle conditioning and Nano Silver technology for antibacterial protection. This collection includes Contour Thermal collection, Contour vent collection, Round Thermal collection, Square Shaper collection, and Styler collection.


Did you know there is such a thing as advanced hair styling achievable at home? With the Olivia Garden Thermoactive Ionic Boar Combo collection is a revolutionary ionic thermal brush line that does just that thanks to its ventilated 100% boar bristles and ionic nylon bristles. The vents provide unrestricted airflow to all sides of each hair strand allowing it to be shaped and styled simultaneously leaving your hair shinier and healthier.

Want to add one of these innovative hair brushes to your beauty arsenal? They are all available at select retailers nationwide, like Ulta. For more information, check out the Olivia Garden website.

Journey to Younger Eyes w/ RoC Skincare & Duane Reade #Eyes4NYC

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Ladies, we age, there’s no denying that but you can slow down the process thanks to amazing products like RoC Brand Skincare’s range of Retinol products. You may be wondering at what age should you start using anti-aging products. We’re here to tell you that time is now, especially eye creams. Preventative anti-aging is essential for deep wrinkle treatment and younger looking skin, especially if stress factors affects your skin. As bloggers, we experience long days and late nights staring at our computers for hours on end and I’ve personally been guilty of not properly taking care of my eyes. Our entire experience with RoC Skincare has definitely made us think twice about our lack of preventative eye skincare. As they say, “your eyes are the windows to your soul”, so why not keep them looking youthful.

With the combination of the amazing RoC Retinol Correxion products and Ray-Ban sunglasses we received, we are well on our way to great, younger looking eyes. Along with learning so much from world-renowned Dermatologist and Author, Dr. Debra Jaliman during a great and highly informative #Eyes4NYC Twitter chat, we also had the pleasure of doing something no one has…..walk the Duane Reade beauty aisle with the top Dermatologist during a public event at one of Duane Reade’s most beautiful locations – 40 Wall Street.

We, along with our readers, had the unique opportunity of getting inside skincare tips and tricks, answers to the most asked questions, the real truth (and myths) about anti-aging eye care, real knowledge on RoC Skincare and the benefits of Retinol from Dr. Debra Jaliman and Johnson & Johnson Research & Development Senior Director, Anna Prilutsky.

Some of our favorite tips included:

  1. Keep your skincare regime simple
  2. Always use sunscreen even on days it’s pouring rain and the sun is no where to be seen
  3. It’s never too early to start your anti-aging program and to start using Retinol
  4. keeping your skincare products in the refrigerator extends the life of the product
  5. If you’ve never used a Retinol product before (especially around the eyes), start with one for Sensitive Skin like RoC’s Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream
  6. Use a cotton round rather than your fingers to wash your face
  7. No need to go overboard on the amount of product you use. Using too much is a waste of money and does nothing for you

After the incredibly informative walk-thru, we sat down with the Dr. Debra Jaliman (below, left) and Anna Prilutsky (below, right) for a Q & A and a little more insight on how to properly care your the skin around your eyes. Check out a snippet below:

One of my readers and a fellow blogger, Jonique Hewitt (shown below listening intently), attended the event as my guest and shared her thoughts on the event and RoC Brand

“I feel more confident about using retinols now and will even be educating friends on using them effectively. Roc seems to have thought of everything so I’m not intimidated any longer. Dr. Debra’s book has been amazing too. Great simple advice to compliment the info I heard at the event.
I’ll be urging my readers to try RoC and to pick up the book.” – Jonique Hewitt, Confessions of a Product Whore

At the end of the event, we settled on a group photo to commemorate the wonderful event. If you haven’t started your anti-aging process or are new to Retinol, stop by any Duane Reade location to get better acquainted with RoC Skincare.

Duane Reade Introduces iBeacon to its #DRMobileApp

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Duane Reade has been making New Yorkers’ lives easier for decades but now the chain of pharmacy and convenience stores has a new way to get what we need, faster and easier thanks to a new iBeacon update to its mobile app. With this mobile app update to the #DRMobileApp, New Yorkers are rewarded with a Duane Reade shopping experience better than ever before. What’s new in the version 2.0? You can browse the store’s weekly ads and clip coupons and add them directly to your Wellness Balance Card, you have the ability to quickly print your photos from Instagram and your phone’s gallery to create photo cards, collage prints, posters, and canvas prints, you be reminded when it’s time to take your medication, and get points by logging in your activities such as walking/running, and setting activity goals.

While shopping at one of their many locations, the app also gives you access to lots of tools you need, like prescription refill by scan, creating your shopping list, keeping track of your points balance, locating which of the many Duane Reade locations are closest to you, and our favorite, the app lets you know what items are on sale based on your previous purchases. As a purchaser of numerous beauty items at our usual Duane Reade location, 42nd & 8th, we received instant notification that one of our favorite brands, Revlon, had items on sale. A quick trip to the LOOK beauty floor of Duane Reade led me to the aisle containing Revlon’s products.

The app gave us the option to clip the coupons (or unclip them if we changed our mind about purchasing) and automatically attach them to our rewards card thanks to iBeacon. This update to the #DRMobileApp greatly improves Duane Reade’s customer engagement and it’s the loyalty card program. Using our clipped coupons, we saved $1.00 each on a Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss and Revlon Nailart Suncandy Nailpolish.

Checkout is when we usually pray we have our rewards card on us to get it scanned for possible savings (that’s if we didn’t lose or forget it in another bag) but thanks to the Duane Reade app, all we had to do was have the barcode scanned to get the coupon savings as well as our points from the purchase.

Although we weren’t in the market to print any photos, take any medication or prescription pickups, we couldn’t help but check out those features, along with checking out our new points balance after this purchase.

The new iBeacon features are only available in 10 Duane Reade locations including 42nd and 8th, 36th and Broadway, 58th and 8th, 50th and Broadway, etc. If you’re like us and frequent Duane Reade as often as we do, you definitely need to download this app.  Not doing so may have you missing out on some wonderful savings. get the app here –

Go Bright and Lightweight for Spring w/ Susan Posnick & KISS Products

Spring is here, the sun is out and it’s time for you to lighten up and stand out…..and we’re not talking weight-loss or fashion, we mean beauty. For those of you who are tired of the darkness and somber feel of the cold months and are ready welcome spring will love the bold, bright colors of Susan Posnick COLORESSENTIAL Lipsticks ($19.00) in Shanghai, Paris and Miami (left to right).

Combining the finest natural ingredients with leading technology, theses bright, bold shades perfectly complements any complexion as they adapt to every lip color. These moisturizing lipsticks, formulated with Olive Oil, minerals, vitamins A and E, re-hydrating antioxidant Paracress, and pomegranate, are guaranteed to give you the perfect pout this spring.

The COLORESSENTIAL Lipsticks pairs perfectly with the versatile, Susan Posnick COLORDUO ($24.00) double-sided lip pencil. Go from day to night with rich, long-wearing color that is ultra-creamy and boasts deep moisture with the added benefit of a lip plumping agent.

While you’re going bolder with lips, continue shedding those winter layers by going mascara-free, without losing the stunning look of fuller lashes. Keep a fresh flirty face with these feathered lashes from KISS products. The real-like KISS Looks So Natural Lashes ($3.99) blend seamlessly with your own lashes giving you that “barely there” makeup look.

Get these light and soft lashes, and KISS’s Strip Lash Adhesive ($3.99) at Walgreens and CVS.

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You’re Invited: The Makeup Show Gala

Calling all NYC beauty lovers! Gather your best beauty-loving friends, your chicest couture and celebrate all things beauty while supporting a great cause at The Makeup Show Gala. Mix and mingle with fellow makeup addicts, artists, and peers, as well as industry insiders while dressed to the nines. We’re sure you’ll gasp as you feast your eyes on live model sculptures that will celebrate bright color, bold statements, theatricality, high fashion and haute couture. Enjoy an array of heavenly cocktails, exquisite hors d’oeuvres, a great night of dancing, and bidding on silent auctions…….all for only $50.00 per ticket.

As an attendee of The Makeup Show Gala, you will be among the first in New York to get a preview of “The Makeup Show’s Icon Gallery: Beauty and Soul” at the New York premiere gallery featuring a never before seen glimpse into Kevyn Aucoin’s amazing personal and professional life.

Participating cosmetic brands, including Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Temptu PRO, and MAKE UP FOR EVER, will come together to celebrate the theme “Colour Couture: Beauty and Beyond” through body painting, mask making, theatrical, beauty and editorial makeup. A portion of the night’s proceeds and silent auction, featuring items ranging from unique experiences and exceptional product packages, will be donated to Charity: Water.

Located in the home to The Makeup Show, Metropolitan Pavilion. The Makeup Show Gala will take place Friday, May 2nd, from 6pm – 9pm on the 5th Floor, entrance at 123 W. 18th Street. To purchase tickets or for additional information contact

The Makeup Show Gala is sponsored by: Shelly Taggar, The Makeup Show; Alan Boss, Metropolitan Pavilion; Turner Floyd, MAKE UP FOR EVER; Michael Paviadakis, Crown Brush; David Klasfeld, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics; Michael Benjamin, Temptu PRO; and Brian & Paul Esper, Frends Beauty Supply.

Space is limited. Do not miss your chance to attend this fabulous event.

What New in Beauty | Talika Zero Stretch Mark & Orlane Paris Poudre Libre

We love sharing what’s new to the beauty world, especially if its something we’re excited about. Today, we bring you two products from two of our favorite french beauty brands that we are majorly obsessed with – Talika and Orlane Paris. Today we’re highlighting a new body care product from Talika to combat stretch marks and a makeup product from Orlane Paris for a glowing but matte complexion.

TALIKA Zero Stretch Mark

There’s no argument that we would pay a kings ransom to get rid of stretch marks. These annoying skin “road marks” are actually caused by a permanent contraction of the fibroblasts, which then produce dysfunctional collagen and elastin, giving the skin a grooved effect with a purple-blue then pearly white appearance. Talika has isolated an active ingredient able to reverse the process causing the appearance of stretch marks – D-STRETCH® – and has incorporated it into a concentrated anti-stretch mark formula which over time restores your skin to its original appearance while firming, softening, moisturizing and nourishes skin. Zero Stretch Mark “relaxes” fibroblasts by 27%, right from the first application and doubles the level of functional collagen.

ORLANE PARIS Poudre Libre Transparent Loose Powder

This feather-light loose powder fits all skin tones, keeps your makeup in place longer, and blurs and diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and imperfections, and enhances tone. Enjoy a perfect complexion and a “peachy” look to the skin from morning to night.

What do you think about these new beauty products?

BEAUTY EVENT ALERT: The Makeup Show NYC Returns May 4th and 5th

Hello beauty lovers, the time has come for the greatest beauty show to return to NYC once again.  The Makeup Show NYC returns on May 4th and 5th with tons of new beauty products being featured, some launching exclusively at the show. Top beauty brands continue to come back to the must-attend show to launch their newest, and showcase their most coveted products. Returning beauty brand favorites include Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Ofra, Kett, and more, all of who will showcase their latest launches to the pro-community and beauty-loving consumers. A few of the products you can find at the show include:

OFRA Cosmetics is launching their Foundation Stick (pictured below) in 7 new shades, exclusively at The Makeup Show NYC

This is a creamy, oil-free foundation stick that will glide on with the ease of a cream. With a built in primer for a long-lasting wear, the stick provides a silky texture and sheer-to-full coverage.

CLEANSE by Lauren Napier will also be launching exclusively at The Makeup Show NYC.

This premium skincare product (pictured above) is like no other; its single use technology allows you to cleanse on-the-go. Whether you take one or three, the wipes remain saturated and ready for use.

Sephora Collection will be showcasing the PRO makeup brush collection along with a special edition 5-piece kit, created exclusively for The Makeup Show. Experts from Sephora PRO, as well as Sephora’s national artistry team, will be on hand to share their extensive knowledge and best practices on how to use, maintain and clean Sephora PRO brushes along with a demo of how they are made. As a Makeup Show NY attendee, you will be able to purchase a selection of the Sephora Collection PRO brushes along with the limited edition set for a discounted price of 40% of retail.

Kett Cosmetics will be showcasing their recently launched Crème Correctors. The Crème Correctors will conceal, correct, and neutralize under eye discoloration with their signature waterproof formula and are enriched with vitamins a, c, e and licorice root extract.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics will be launching their summer collection at The Makeup Show NYC! Don’t miss their booth to pick up these popular products that are sure to sell out!

CATTIVA Cosmetics recently launched a beautiful Lip Kit, which includes a number of lip products all offered at a special price! Be sure to pick yours up at The Makeup Show NYC.

TEMPTU Pro will be featuring their new 2.0 Starter Kit which comes equipped with two airbrush guns. This is a must have for any pro!

The Makeup Show NYC will be held on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 9am to 6pm and on Monday, May 5, 2014 from 9am to 5pm at Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York, NY. For a complete list of participating brands, educational speakers, schedule of events and prices, please visit

Sweet Smelling Easter Treats from Yardley London

Who says Easter treats only have to just have to taste delicious; they can smell delicious too! If gorging on sweets, tirelessly egg painting, and egg hunting this Easter is not your thing. Why not settle for a relaxing goodie basket filled with skin soothing Yardley London Bath Bars in a variety of yummy scents.

Established in 1770, Yardley London is one of the oldest cosmetics, perfume and toiletry companies in the world; their bars are made with essential oils and skin loving ingredients that help smooth your skin and soothe your mind; their creamy body washes and fragrant shower gels boasts gentle, natural extracts and rich moisturizers that pamper the skin in sumptuous aromatherapeutic pleasure. Their bath bars come in two collections, Botanical Bath Bar Collection, and Premium Bath Bar Collection. Today we highlight scents from the Botanical Collection, including a favorite we grew up with, the Oatmeal & Almond bath bar, a rich, exfoliating bar with enriched with sweet almond and oatmeal.

These sweet-scented bars of cleansing delights come in a total of seven varieties including:

NEW Shea Buttermilk Sensitive Skin

Jasmine Pearl

English Lavender

Oatmeal & Almond

Fresh Aloe & Cucumber

Lemon Verbena

Pomegranate Rose

All varieties are available for $1.49 each at mass retailers nationwide.