GIVEAWAY | Dry, Cracked Winter Skin? Get a Honeywell Humidifier

Thanks to polar vortex one and two, we seem to be living in a frozen tundra, making our battle with dry, winter skin even more of a exhausting one. Not only do we have to fight against the freezing dry air outside, we have to come home to the dry air from our heaters. During the winter, humidity levels can drop as low as 10%. That’s drier than the Sahara Desert. To compensate, we pile on moisturizers which can cause clogged pores and break outs. There is a better way to relieve dry, winter skin. You can relieve cracked, scaly skin and chapped lips by adding moisture to the air in your apartment with a humidifier. Supple, hydrated skin during wintertime can be achieved, even if you’ve been in the glacial outdoors for hours, with a cool or warm mist humidifier. Honeywell has several outstanding warm and cool air humidifiers that add much-needed moisture to the air in your home and your skin. Today we feature three of their models that are $70.00 and below:

Designer Series Filter Free Cool Moisture Humidifier (HUT-300)

The Honeywell Designer Series Filter Free Cool Mist Humidifier provides soothing moisture to help temporarily relieve dry air discomfort in a sleek, modern design that brings comfort and style to any room in the house. The HUT-300 quietly provides a continuous stream of soothing moisture you can see and feel and fits seamlessly with any décor. It retails for $69.99.

Filter Free Warm Mist Humidifier (HWM-340)

The new Easy-to-Care Filter Free Warm Mist Humidifier provides warm, soothing moisture in less than one minute. The unique top fill design and filter-less system makes it easier than ever to temporarily relieve dry air discomforts. This model has an added benefit of releasing moisture that is up to 95 percent bacteria-free. It retails for $44.99

Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier (HUT-150)

The Honeywell Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier provides soothing moisture to help temporarily relieve dry air discomfort in a streamlined, aerodynamic model that is ideal for use on a bedside table or office desk. Incredibly quiet when in use and filter-free, this model fits seamlessly into any environment to provide soothing dry air relief for better home comfort. It retails $39.99

How would you like to keep your skin moisturized throughout this overly drying season? We’re giving you the chance to enjoy supple skin and avoid the dry, scratchy results of winter with a chance to win one of these Honeywell Humidifiers. That’s right, one of these great Honeywell Humidifiers can be yours. To enter to win, see the Rafflecopter entry below:

What’s New in Beauty from DHC Skincare, Orlane Paris & Specific Beauty

We admit we love getting to know about the latest in beauty products before most do. It gives us a chance to share our excitement about discovering new products we love. Today we share three products (two new and one not-so-new) that we are newly in love with from DHC Skincare, Orlane Paris & Specific Beauty:

DHC Scalp Massage Pack

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Formulated with five botanicals – shea butter, macadamia, avocado, olive and algae extract, the invigorating DHC Scalp Massage Pack weekly purifying mask energizes the scalp and revives dull, listless hair with natural clays. The oils deeply condition for incredible softness and your hair ends up looking healthier, shinier and more voluminous. As someone who tests beauty products almost on a daily basis, I always end up with a lot of product buildup in my hair. This amazing mask also removes styling product buildup and excess oil to promote scalp health and you will see this amazing result in just one use.

Orlane’s B21 Extraordinaire

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An innovative approach to anti aging, Orlane’s B21 Extraordinaire brings the skin’s cells to a younger condition. You will soon begin to see your wrinkles visibly fade, your expression lines diminish, your skin becomes radiant, dark spots fade, your skin is firmed and hydrated with this unique textured product with 21 essential amino acids extracted from Pale Iris stem cells.

Specific Beauty Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths

Specific Beauty Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths

Although this is not really new, this brand is fairly new to be after recently discovering them through the Cocotique beauty box. With dual-sides, one to gently exfoliate the skin, while providing a deep clean to remove impurities and the other smooth for easy and gentle makeup removal, the fragrance, oil and alcohol free, Specific Beauty Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths contain a blend of aloe, green tea, and Vitamin E to soothe and calm the skin. They are a great way to get a deep clean without the use of water and a great way to refresh the skin.

What We’re Loving | LVX Luxury Vegan Nail Lacquer

A few weeks ago we were vicariously invited through our sister blog, My Life on and off the Guest List, to preview the luxury vegan nail lacquer brand, LVX Nail Lacquer at La Vie Zen Spa. During the event, we were lucky enough to preview LVX’s current Fall 2013 Collection, which launched this past August, their Holiday Trio and the Winter Resort Collection which was released Thanksgiving. Guests were pampered with on-site manis featuring colors from any of LVX’s collections. I went with the very rich, very lush Caviar from their Winter Resort collection

Caviar pays homage to our very own Livid, a classic jet set crème. What makes Caviar especially distinctive is its final texture; the silver glitter particles act as a three dimensional element and make this ultra black crème all the more intriguing when dry.”

I loved this color; it had stunning shine and was completely opaque in only two coats. The resulting jet set texture blew me away and received several compliments. I must note this was the first time my nails were dressed in black. Usually with vegan formulas, I experience chipping within a day but after 5 days, the LVX Nail Lacquer was still going strong.

The Winter Resort Collection consists of (from left to right) Magenta, Avalon, Scarlet, Graphite, Caviar and Sappir (a striking sapphire metallic crème – not pictured)

The Holiday Trio colors that are synonymous with the holiday season and from now through December 31st, LVX will be donating 20% of their proceeds of the sale of this set to PETA. The Holiday Trio features (from left to right) Sanguine, Luxe and Alchemy.

If you’re an animal lover or looking to add healthier nail products to your collection with out losing the luxe and fashionable aspect, look no further than LVX Nail Lacquer. Featuring the top colors of the season, is long lasting, chip resistant with a gel-like formula that is free of toxic and harsh chemicals. LVX products are fomulated without the use of Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, and Camphor without compromising quality, durability and finish.

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NYC Event Alert | Sandra Bernhard & Lea DeLaria Join Kiehl’s for Karaoke to Celebrate Ali Forney Center

Calling all singers, extroverts, and those of you who need a little bit of libation for courage to sing in public. Kiehl’s Since 1851 has an amazing event coming up to honor The Ali Forney Center and to celebrate its new Hell’s Kitchen Store and Barber Shop with Karaoke and Caroling.
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With Ladyfag as the Emcee and performances by Sandra Bernhard (comedienne, singer and actress), Lea DeLaria (singer, actress: “Orange Is The New Black”), and Betty Who (singer-songwriter), this event is sure to be another amazing Kiehl’s production. In its continued effort to give back to the communities in which it does business, Kiehl’s will donate $10,000 to The Ali Forney Center at the event which begins with a ribbon-cutting and check presentation to the center at 7:30 pm (the first 50 guests receiving a Mystery Gift Card from Kiehl’s, which could be worth $10, $25, $50, $100, $500, or $1,000) and continues on until 9 pm with karaoke open to all, and surprise celebrity performances. During the event the best-dressed and most festive holiday ensemble will win a year’s supply of Kiehl’s (retail value $1,000) while enjoying refreshments from Magnolia Bakery and Vita Coco. The event takes place at the new Kiehl’s Since 1851 Hells Kitchen location at  678 Ninth Ave at 47th St.

About The Ali Forney Center (AFC) 
Founded in 2002, AFC is the largest agency dedicated to serving homeless and runaway LGBT youth in New York City and in the nation. Our mission is to help homeless LGBT youth ages 16-24 to be safe, thrive, and become independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood by providing housing and a continuum of supportive and clinical services, in an effort to prepare them for successful independent living. On a typical day, AFC’s programming reaches nearly 300 homeless LGBT youth and over 1,000 unduplicated clients each year.

The Ali Forney Center was founded in honor of Ali Forney, a transgender teen, who was very familiar with the plight of homeless LGBT youth. Rejected by his parents, Ali ended up on the streets and turned to prostitution at age 13. Carl Siciliano first met Ali when he was 17 years old, when despite his troubles he was dedicated to advocating for the safety of other homeless LGBT youth. Ali was a committed HIV prevention worker, and aggressively advocated that the NYPD investigate a series of murders of the homeless transgender teens he had befriended. Ali was an inspiration to those who knew him. Tragically, in December of 1997, Ali was murdered on the streets. Committed to preventing further tragedies like Ali’s, Carl Siciliano and others founded the Ali Forney Center.

Angelo David Introduces VOL and Hair Detox Hair Care Collection

Do you suffer from fine, thinning or limp, lifeless hair? Hair extension expert, Angelo David Pisacreta, has got the answer to your fine hair issues with his new hair care product launches. Angelo David recently held an event to celebrate the launch of Hair Detox Supplements and VOL Volumizing Trio, four hair products that give women the opportunity to create and maintain beautiful and ultimate hair health at home. A beauty industry veteran, Angelo David Pisacreta is the owner and Creative Director of Angelo David Salon. He is a world-renowned stylist and colorist, the originator of Couture Hair Extensions and Additions and developer of The Angelo David Hair Care collection.

The VOL Volumizing Trio features the first-ever shampoo and conditioner set to join Angelo David’s product line, as well as a revamped volumizing spray, formerly known as Premier Volume Spray. The VOL Shampoo maximizes bounce and body and boosts volume without lifting the cuticle or causing dryness while the super-volumizing conditioner adds extra body and fullness without weighing hair down or leaving it flat.

The Hair Detox is an all-natural herbal supplement that gently detoxifies the body from the inside out, to help restore its natural ability to grow fuller, stronger and healthier hair. Containing 100% natural nutrients and herbs that were selected for their abilities to minimize stress, hormonal imbalances and nutritional deficiencies (biotin and green tea), Hair Detox not only helps improves hair health and growth but also addresses many possible causes of unhealthy skin and nails.

Noted attendees who helped celebrate the launch included Real Housewives of New York’s Aviva Drescher, author and The Dukes of Melrose’s Cameron Silver, Blue Bloods’ Nicole Patrick, celebrity makeup stylist Renee Garnes, celebrity fashion stylist Derek Warburton, Früzen Ice founder & CEO Hana Bisceglie, Social Life Magazine Editor-In-Chief Devorah Rose, New York Resident Magazine Editor-In-Chief Christopher Pape, and many more.

VOL Shampoo, Conditioner and Volumizing Spray (a portion of each purchase of the VOL Volumizing Spray is being donated to Lupus Research) are currently available for purchase exclusively at Angelo David Salon in NYC and online at:www.angelodavid.com. The Hair Detox Supplements comes with a 90-day, money back guarantee, and is also exclusively available at Angelo David Salon and online at www.hairdetox.com.

Preview Ciate’s Holiday Gift Sets & Win The Emerald Collection

Hello nail lacquer lovers, Nelly here to help you to celebrate the gift-giving season. Thanks to My Life on and off the Guest List, I get to share Ciaté’s amazing nail lacquer and innovative nail art gift sets for the upcoming holiday season that you will clamoring for. The coveted nail brand features nail lacquers that are intensely pigmented with sought after designer-inspired manicures (their Caviar is still an industry favorite), original polishes, and standout textures and treatments that will transform your nails into the ultimate statement accessory. Their holiday offerings sees old favorites return and new amazing innovations, one of which a lucky reader of The Nail Polish exchange will win. Check out some of them below:

Ciaté Mini Mani Month – $58.00
 

Selling out in record numbers last year, this holiday favorite returns due to popular demand. Change your polish every day of the month with this rainbow of color and texture sensations. This holiday calendar countdown includes a playful mix of mini Paint Pots, glitter sprinkles, caviar pearls, salon quality treatments, cute nail gifts, and some hidden surprises along the way. With 17 of Ciate’s favorite creme shades and seven textured manicure toppers, you’ll be entertained all season long. This set contains: Paint Pots Nail Polish in Snow Globe, Boudoir, Hoopla, Hopscotch, Sugar Plum, Fit For A Queen, Candy Floss, Amazing Gracie, Pepperminty, Encore!, Starlet, Chinchilla, Members Only, Play Date, Ivory Queen, Main Stage, Pillow Fight, Tweed and Tails, Caviar Luxe in Metallic Pearls Smoulder (silver), Metallic Pearls Lustre (gold), Caviar Pearls in Cupids Arrow, Midnight in Manhattan, Glitter in Twinkle Toes, Sequins in Dallas Dolly and a Funnel.

Ciaté Tree Trinkets – $30.00
 

Deck your tree with this festive set of six mini glitter polishes floating inside bow-decorated ornaments. Wear each high-gloss shade alone or layered over your favorite color. Your tree will wow friends and family when dressed with these festive gifts. This set contains: 6 Mini Nail Pots in Yule Rules, All Aglow, Candy Cane, Humbug, Wrap Star!, Tinsel Town, 6 holiday ornaments and 6 holiday gift tags

Ciaté Nail Lab – $65.00

Want the ultimate at-home nail studio? Just like a makeup artist has her case, a nail care fan should have a studio. This is the ultimate at-home setup for creating hundreds of custom nail looks. Create and master pro nail styles, including a dotting tool, ombre sponge, and striping brush, plus Ciaté founder Charlotte Knight’s favorite glitter recipes and nail-look show cards to inspire and help you create your own signature Ciaté look. Crown your creation by giving it a name with the enclosed name tags – perfect for creating a special gift. This set contains: 6 Nail Pots in Mistress, Rain Coat, Amazing Gracie, Power Dressing, Pillow Fight, and Ferris Wheel, 7 Recipe cards, 7 Get The Look cards, 8 Suspension Top Coats, Glitter Pots in Splash, Tease, Bombshell, Flitter Pots in Prism, Stiletto, Galactic, Sparkle Pots in Nightfall, Ignite, Crowd Surf, Shimmer Pots in Pout, Day Dream, Pirouette, 2 Empty Mixing Paint Pots, 1 Petri dish, 1 Funnel, 2 Mini test tubes, Name tags, 6 Silver shaker balls, 1 Mini file, 2 Nail buffers, 1 Paint brush, 1 Stripper brush, 1 Dotter and 1 Scoop.

Ciaté Caviar Manicure Luxe in Gleam, Lustre and Smoulder – $25.00

The kit features a salon quality Paint Pot in rich metallic tones—the perfect foundation for the Luxe look. Luxe metal pearls are heavier than the classic caviar pearls, giving this look a more substantial finish. Add Gleam pearls for a blush rose gold color. Smoulder imparts a gleaming platinum look. And Lustre gleams with a classic gold full of glamour and sophistication. This set contains: Caviar Luxe Pearls, Paint Pots Nail Polish, Mini funnel, and Tray.

Ciaté Feathered Manicure in What A Hoot, All A Flutter and Ruffle My Feathers – $25.00

A complete nail kit featuring natural feathers (yes real features) for a stunningly intricate nail art look. This vampy fashion statement gives a extraordinarily fashionable look – the ultimate way to wear feathers this season. This set contains: Speed Coat Pro, Mini Paint Pot, Nail scissors, 2 Nail file blocks, and 40 feathers.

Ciaté Velvet Manicure – $25.00 

Created by Charlotte Knight, Ciaté’s Creative Director, whilst experimenting with luxurious textures and finishes. The finished effect of this red velvet manicure is unlike any other, giving an indulgent velvety coat for a truly divine manicure. This set contains: Paint Pot in Boudoir, Crushed Velvet Powder, Clear Plastic Tray, and Little Black Brush.

Ciaté Emerald Collection – $30.00 – WIN THIS SET

Enjoy 2013’s Color of the Year in Ciaté’s popular textures – Sequin, Velvet and Caviar. This collection comes with a full size Ditch the Heels Paint Pot, which is accompanied by a Velvet Shaker in Chauffeur, a pot of Sequins in Penthouse, and an extra special Emerald Caviar blend in Ball Gown. A funnel, little black brush and mini tray are all included to keep your mani tidy. As previously stated, one of you will win this wonderful, multi-textured set. Want to know how? Just follow the rafflecopter details below:

Thanks to My Life on and off the Guest List for sharing these amazing Ciate Holiday Gift Sets with us and for helping with this giveaway.

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Available Exclusively on Birchbox.com

Great news Cynthia Rowley Beauty and BirchBox fans, the exclusive monthly beauty subscription box is now the exclusive retailer of Cynthia Rowley’s new beauty line, inspired by her current ready-to-wear collection. The launch collection, consisting of three spotlight products, is available for pre-order today as a set for $42.00 (retail value $57). The launch collection includes:

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  • Cynthia Rowley Liquid Eyeliner
    in Black Ink and Brown Ink, retailing at $18.00 each
  • Cynthia Rowley Gilded Canvas Bag *LIMITED EDITION*, retailing for $15.00

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  • Cynthia Rowley Eye Shadow Palette – No.1 *LIMITED EDITION with the following shades: Clove, Sugarplum, Patina, Mink, Champagne  which retails for $24.00

“Launching Cynthia Rowley Beauty with Birchbox was a natural next step for the company as we continue to grow into a global lifestyle brand,” says Cynthia Rowley. “We decided to enter the beauty market through the successful online medium we used to launch eyewear this past summer, it disrupts the traditional beauty distribution model and engages our customers.”

Love what you see? Pre-order yours today at www.birchbox.com/cynthiarowleybeauty.

Got Pink? | Breast Cancer Awareness Products

The fight against the number one killer of women is still raging on, but several brands continue to help this fight and raise awareness by creating Limited Edition products to help raise money. Offering some of your favorites products in pink packaging, with a portion of their sale proceeds going to the wonderful organizations that strive to find a cure, these amazing brands deserve our attention. Check out a few of these great brands offering Breast Cancer Awareness products:
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Throughout September and October 2013, DHC will offer this beautiful Powerful in Pink Set, which features three beauty must-haves including: 100% cotton, alcohol-free Body Cleansing Sheets (20 Sheets), emollient Lip Cream and illuminating Rose Beauty Eye Zone Treatment Retouch Q10 in Buff with a percentage of the net proceeds will benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). The DHC Powerful in Pink Set is available in September and October 2013, while supplies last, for $30.00 via catalog or www.DHCcare.com. With every order, DHC customers will also receive four free selections from a wide variety of samples, including their most popular product worldwide, DHC Deep Cleansing Oil.

 

Teleflora's Pink Grace Bouquet

Teleflora once again continues its wonderful partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). This year, they’re offering the stunning Pink Grace Bouquet, a beautiful mixed bouquet featuring pink roses, pink spray roses, hot pink carnations and soft pink alsroemeria accented with assorted greenery and arranged in a perky pink cube. This stunner is available at teleflora.com for $54.95 and as before, 15% of the purchase price will go back to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The Wet brush

JDB proudly introduces the limited edition version of their best-selling detangler, The 2013 Breast Cancer Awareness Wet Brush, to the fight against Breast Cancer. This brush not only combats tangles, but every purchase goes towards supporting lifesaving research, providing valuable services to breast cancer sufferers, and creating awareness. TheWetBrush.com retails for $14.00 and became available in August online as well as over 1000 Cosmoprof Stores nationwide with 25% of JDB’s total profits will go towards Breast Cancer research.

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Plagued by frizz and unruly curls? Join Mixed Chicks in Conditioning Your Curls for a Cause! In recognition of Breast Cancer awareness month Mixed Chicks packaged their infamous Leave-in Conditioner with a PINK cap. $1.00 from every purchase of this HERO product, with great moisturizing and protecting capabilities, is being donated to Save the Ta-Tas Foundation for breast cancer research.

How are you helping support the fight against Breast Cancer?