Beauty and Skincare Spotlight – Olive Oil

We all know the benefits of Olive Oil, the rich in healthy fats and antioxidant vitamin E wonder oil also softens, smooths, tones and firms the skin, making it excellent for stimulating and healing. It’s great for sunburns, extra dry and sensitive skin, in other words, your beauty arsenal should definitely contain products that contain Olive Oil like the following products.

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DHC Olive Body Butter
This conditioning Olive and Avocado oil-based butter, along with nourishing Cocoa and Shea Butter is a great way to pamper your skin in luxurious softness. It melts so quickly and easily into your skin without leaving you feeling greasy or overly oily plus it features a light rose and olive oil scent that doesn’t overpower your perfume. The DHC Olive Body Butter officially launches July 2013 and will retail for $19.00!

NIVEA’s A Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon
Prepare your lips for hours of soft kissable fun with NIVEA’s A Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon. The fab lip balm combines the moisturizing effects of olive oil with the power of lemons to soothe and nourish dry, rough lips. Grab it for only $2.99

Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa Professional Olive Moisturizing Body Cream
This intensely moisturizing body cream combines a rich blend of Olive and Sunflower Oils and Shea Butter to nourish and lock in skin moisture day into night, leaving skin soft, supple and glowing. Unfortunately you can only get it at the Red Door Spa locations but think of it as a great reason to get one of their amazing spa treatments. The thick and rich moisturizer retails for $45.00.

Discover John Frieda’s Color Protection Technology Collections

John Frieda introduces a few new additions to their Color Care Collection and brings the future of color protection technology to today. Achieve and protect your rich and vibrant color with the following products which boast John Frieda’s Color Protection Technology, including the John Frieda Precision Foam Color and John Frieda Color Protecting Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner (shown in Brilliant Brunette) – they are also available in Everlasting Blonde Color Preserving Shampoo & Conditioner and Radiant Red Color Protecting Shampoo & Conditioner.

The John Frieda Precision Foam Color is new and improved – with a thicker, denser, more saturating foam formula, it locks in rich color longer. Get improved color performance, improved coverage and durability with this salon-caliber, at-home hair color. The Salon Blends range, a collection of some of the most popular custom blends created by salon colorists, also sees two new colors added to the collection – Dark Cool Espresso Brown (4PBN) and Medium Chestnut Brown (5NBG). These and all the other colors are available now at food, drug and mass retailers nationwide.

Formulated with crushed pearls and sweet almond oil, the advanced moisturizing formulas of the John Frieda Color Protecting Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner addresses the way brunette color fades on three color dimensions. It protects and preserves brunette color as it rehydrates and replenishes dry hair. Like the improved Precision Foam Color collection, the color protecting shampoos and conditioners are available at food, drug and mass retailers nationwide. will you be trying out the latest John Frieda’s Color Protection Technology products?

Dark and Lovely’s NEW Au Naturale Celebrates Curl Power

Singer/Songwriter Marsha Ambrosius (one-half of the soulful duo Floetry), Blogger Curly Nikki, and VH1 DJ Amanda Seales helped Dark and Lovely introduce the newest addition to their hair empire, Au Naturale, which celebrates the power of Curls.

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Check out some video of Marsha Ambrosius and Curly Nikki welcoming the events attendees

Curly and natural-haired girls enjoyed a night filled with curl consultations from the SoftSheen-Carson Style Squad at the curl stations (stocked with the complete Au Naturale line for guests to personally enjoy), sharing curly hair stories in the Curl Talk booth, taking fun photos at the photo station, delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktails

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Models with curly hairstyles were on display and later walked the room allowing the events attendees to get a closer look at their very soft, curly hairstyles and the products used to create their looks (we are so in need of one of those Curl Power tees).

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Surviving Winter with GLOSSYBOX and The Man Repeller

For the month of January, The Man Repeller collaborated with GLOSSYBOX to bring us a few beauty favorites to help us survive this very unpredictable winter. The GLOSSYBOX and The Man Repeller winter survival kit featured items hand selected by Leandra Medine and features such brands favorites like Tarte Cosmetics, Living Proof, Le Metier de Beaute, Estee Lauder, OPI, etc.

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GLOSSYBOX is all about beauty discovery. Every month they introduce you to luxe products from some of the world’s most exquisite, niche beauty brands. Featuring a mix of sample size and full-size products, this monthly subscription has become a favorite of beauty lover the world over. So what product does The Man Repeller use to survive this roller coaster of a winter?

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Estee Lauder’s Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara – want a high-volume, false-lash look? Look no further than this mascara for bright, seductive eyes. Achieving bigger, bolder, more extreme lashes is a whisk of a wand away.

Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Serum – as someone with oily skin, this is one of my favorite products. The high-mineral content of Umbrian Clay neutralizes acidity as it purifies and clarifies your complexion, tones and hydrates while controlling shine and minimizes those pesky enlarged pores.

Le Metier de Beaute Replenishing Daily Solution – perfect for those cold drying winter days, this rich, paraben-free emollient formula protects, conditions and hydrates while it nourishes, rejuvenates and detoxifies your skin.

Living Proof Prime Style Extender – another favorite of mine, this weightless, style extending hair primer is a must. It allows you to go longer between shampoos and touch ups.

Narciso Rodriguez for her Eau de Toilette Spray – a lovely spicy and sweet floral fragrance that screams femininity and sensuality.

OPI “Can’t Let Go” Liquid Sand Nail Lacquer – looking for the perfect matte purple with a touch of shimmer, you have found it. Now you can have matte without giving up a bit of shine.

Vincent Longo Lipstain SPF 15 Lipstick – I love an immaculate blue-red and this award-winning SPF 15 lipstick in “Americana” is divine. This nourishing and softening lipstain won’t bleed and can easily be a go-to red for anyone.

What do you think of the GLOSSYBOX and The Man Repeller? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Pür Minerals Launches New Palette Inspired By the Feature Film Beautiful Creatures

Inspired by the highly anticipated, upcoming film Beautiful Creatures, Pür Minerals’ newest makeup palette is equal parts charming and dangerous. Embrace the light and dark beauty within with eight otherworldly shadows, one sultry eyeliner and one luscious lip gloss. Light or dark — which side will you choose?
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Eye Shadow colors include:

Forbidden (Taupe)
Supernatural (Nude)
Siren (Moss)
Spellbound (Neutral)
Fate (Mushroom)
Cursed (Plum)
Secret (Pink)
Fantasy (Violet)

Eyeliner: Black Magic (Charcoal)
Lip Gloss: Lust (Sheer Pink)

Whatever your mood, whim or occasion, claim your look with this limited edition supernatural collection. The Limited Edition Beautiful Creatures Palette retails for $39.00 and is available on www.purminerals.com.

Visit www.purminerals.com/beautifulcreatures for inspired looks, games, and a chance to win a trip for two to Hollywood! while supplies last

Holiday Gift Guide for the Eco-friendly and Fit Fashionista

A while back I attended the Crier Beauty’s Eco-Friendly Fitness, Health & Beauty Trends Forum where different media outlets were introduced to a variety of brands catering to those with active lifestyles.
There was so much catered to the woman who is on the go but who needs maximum results very quickly, I thought it would be a great idea to show a roundup of gift ideas for that woman:

Ugi

Ask them about their balls. Ugi is a quick 30 min workout and supplemental fitness plan. They equip you with everything you need to strengthen your core in a stylish way.
My pick: Ugi At Home System $169.00

Adventuress

Adventure seekers need beautiful skin too! This brand is designed as no fuss quality skin care for the woman who enjoys travel and outdoor physical activities. Can be taken on the go since the entire regimen fits into one travel friendly pouch.
My pick: Intro Offer Collection $85.00

Indie Lee

A brand dedicated to the health conscious woman, was birthed out of the founder ‘s recovery from brain surgery. When learned that toxic chemicals could be the culprit, she decided to educate herself about ingredients. My pick: Squaline Moisturizing Facial Oil $32.00

Santalia

Chances are if you’re a woman who’s working out on a regular basis, you already understand the importance of cleansing your face directly after workouts or else suffer the ck sequences of pimples. Based on sandalwood, Santalia helps keep skin clear without harsh chemicals like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.
My pick: Acne Therapy Kit $80.00

Here are more scenes from the forum and insights into a lot of other brands.

***A huge thank you to Guest Blogger, Laura A. Floyd of Blush and Beakers for attending Crier Beauty’s Eco-Friendly Fitness, Health & Beauty Trends Forum. Make sure to check out her blog.

Holiday Gift Guide – Gift Sets

Gift giving season is officially upon us and while some people are easy to gift, many are not which is why many people end up not very happy with their gift. Hopefully I can help you give the perfect gift this year. Let’s start with beauty lovers and miscellaneous people (you know – your child’s teacher, office mate, etc – the people that are more acquaintances rather than friends).

Makeup/Beauty lovers will go wild for the Sephora Color Daze Blockbuster, a limited edition set that only surfaces once a year. Need a last minute gift or a gift for someone you’re still getting to know, the Melvita Rose Gift Set and the Cleanlogic Royale Orange Blossom 9-pc Gift Set are excellent options for when you’re stumped on what to get.

Beauty Globetrotting with DHC Skincare

I was lucky enough to be invited to an intimate event with DHC Skincare, the #1 beauty brand in Japan inspired by award-winning olive oil from the Nunez de Prado groves in Baena, Spain. I was also really lucky enough to sample a few of their great products including their Velvet Skin Coat (which I love), their Liquid Eyeliner EX, and their Deep Cleansing Oil and get a preview of their 2013 Skincare lineup – Pore Cleansing Oil, Pore Face Wash, Designing Pencil Eyeliner, Designing Pencil Eyebrow, and Kakonjuka Essence. But let’s begin with the products I’ve tried.
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I absolutely love the Velvet Skin Coat. As someone who has oily skin and large pores, I experience “shine” within 1/2 hours of washing my face (I should own stock in Boscia – that’s how often I used their blotting sheets). I’m crazy about this mattifying makeup primer. Yes, it is a makeup primer and has a non-greasy, powdery gel texture which can also be used over your makeup as well (something I love for shine touch ups, especially on humid days). And the best part, a little goes a long way. This is one product, I would definitely purchase.

Regarding the Deep Cleansing Oil, I just started using it, mainly because as someone with oily skin and large pores, I’ve been told to stay away from any oil based products so I was a bit scared but so far no complaints (I really need more time to determine). My skin does feel softer after my three days of use, I’ve experienced no breakouts, it didn’t clog my pores, I can use it with my Clarisonic (I apply with my fingers and then use the Clarisonic) and while at a makeup event, the artist told me my skin was very soft – I’d say that’s a plus. The Liquid Eyeliner EX is an instant love. It’s precision is amazing and you can make it as subtle or bold as you want even if you’re not a makeup pro. Now on to what to expect from DHC Skincare for 2013

Pore Cleansing Oil and Pore Face Wash (launching January 1, 2013)

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The Pore Cleansing Oil minimizes pores while gently and effectively removing makeup. It contains nine nutrient-packed botanical oils and an Amino acid to help unclog and minimize the appearance of pores. The foaming Pore Face Wash cleanses and exfoliates skin while helping to minimize the appearance of pores, refining skin’s texture with baking soda and fruit juice AHAs for a smoother finish.

Kakonjuka Essence (launching March 1, 2013)

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The Kakonjuka Essence (smaller bottle) is an emollient serum which contains six Japanese and Korean botanicals (Maitake mushroom, Platycara strobilacea, Licorice leaf, Great burnet, Purslane and Reishi mushroom) that helps fights fine lines and wrinkles. It works in synergy with DHC’s Kakonjuka Lotion and Cream to soothe, hydrate and promote collagen and elasticity.

Designing Pencil Eyeliner and Designing Pencil Eyebrow (launching February 1, 2013)

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The Designing Pencil Eyeliner (pictured above in Teal and Noir) contains olive oil and squalane to nourish your skin and provides a smooth, highly pigmented application. The Designing Pencil Eyebrow (not pictured) also contains olive oil and squalane to nourish your skin and will be available in Black, Black Brown, Brown, Soft Brown and Gray.