Skin Smoother – Cleanlogic Stretch Bath & Shower Cloth

I try to exfoliate my skin at least 4-5 times a week because I love having soft, smooth skin (who doesn’t, right?) plus if you live within 20 miles of NYC, you’re exposed to all the dust, dirt and grim from the streets and in the air and if you saw a closeup of what gets on your skin, you’d start scrubbing just about everyday too. But like I said, I exfoliate several times a week and I thought I was doing a great job of keeping my skin smooth and super clean until I tried Cleanlogic Stretch Bath & Shower Cloth – a product that has convinced me to use nothing else if I truly want to be clean.

I was horrified when I first used this exfoliating cloth, not because it wasn’t a great product – far from – the textured fibers of this amazing cloth it did such a great job of showing me just how much dirt and dead layers of skin was really clogging up my pores, I found myself saying “oh my god, gross” out loud but the result is wonderful. The Stretch Bath & Shower Cloth stretches up to 3x the size of a regular wash cloth, deeply cleans and revives dull, dry skin leaving it feeling soft, smooth and refreshed. For those of you have can never properly exfoliate your back, this wonder cloth gives you the ability to do so effectively.

How much would you pay for great skin? With the Stretch Bath & Shower Cloth, not much at all. Imagine getting really clean, smooth skin for the very low price of $3.59. It will put your other exfoliating products to shame.

Breakfast with Infusium 23 & the US Synchronized Swimming Team

I had the unique pleasure of attending a Meet & Greet breakfast with problem hair expert, Infusium 23 and the US Synchronized Swimming Team (Megan Hansley, Mary Killman, Mariya Koroleva and Caitlin Stewart), which Infusium 23, is a proud sponsor of since March of this year. I got the chance to meet and speak with team members who shared their pre and post-aquatic beauty secrets, and, of course, their Olympic-worthy fitness regimes.
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For example, did you know that the chlorine in the water burns off your arm hair? So for the ladies of this team, they are either very short or non-existent; it sometimes affects their eyebrows as well, so beauty staples like eyebrow pencils are essential. As can be expected, dry skin is a factor so body moisturizer is another product that is a must have. Did you know there’s a long history of using Knox gelatin (yes, as in jello) in their hair while they perform and practice? Don’t worry, it’s always unflavored and uncolored and takes about 30 min to remove with hot water. If you’ve ever wondered how their hair always stays in perfect place now you know how.
When I asked about their use of Infusium 23 products, the most important products are ones that add moisture back into their hair, like Infusium 23’s Moisture Replenishing Collection, which hydrates to replenish moisture to dry, parched hair, an inescapable result of spending so much time in the water. Infusium 23’s 3-step products (Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-in Treatment) are scientifically-designed to protect and build healthy hair while also helping to defend against the damaging effects of environmental elements and daily styling habits, so partnering with the Synchro team was a natural fit.

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I have been a fan of Infusium 23 for years thanks to my mom and I am personally in love with the Repair & Renew Collection because it strengthens against damage to alleviate breakage and split ends. The Leave-in Conditioner is a must for those drying hot summer months.

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Keep an eye out for the US Synchronized Swimming Team duet, Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva who will compete in the 2012 Olympics in London. Dates for the duet events are August 5th – August 7th.

Rimmel London’s New Spring Product Launches

This season, Rimmel London has the hottest new beauty looks. Coming out of London are bright, beautiful emphasized eyes offset by a gorgeous natural glow. With high impact eyeshadow shades, a precision liner, an ultra-plumping mascara and custom cheek color, Rimmel London’s latest collection has everything you need to spotlight your eyes, accentuate your cheeks and get noticed this spring.

Volume Flash ScandalEyes Mascara ($6.99) – Get scandalous lashes that cause a stir with this ultra volume-boosting formula that gives even the skimpiest of lashes a shaped, plumped, exaggerated finish. The secret? Scandal’Eyes Mascara is made with a supersized blend featuring triple the collagen and keratin of other mascaras on the market, and a flexible new MaxDensity brush that’s longer, wider, denser and 50% bigger than Rimmel’s biggest brush. Instantly, lashes appear up to 12 times fuller and outrageously exaggerated. Available in Black and Extreme Black


Glam’Eyes HD Eyeshadow ($5.99) – The boldest eyeshadow pigments you’ve ever seen, packed with multi-reflective pigments, each intense, vibrant eyeshadow shade coats lids in dazzling color. The dual-use shadows work wet or dry, allowing you to customize your color. Impervious to creases and smudging, the ultra-glam shadows last up to ten hours, taking you from daytime pretty to nighttime knockout. Available in Black Cab, English Oak, Royal Blue, Green Park, English Rose, Purple Reign, Heart Of Gold, and True Union Jack.

Match Perfection 3 Tone Blush ($4.97) – Wake up your face with a flush of customized natural cheek color. Featuring three shades in one, Match Perfection 3 Tone Blush features Smart-Tone technology that adapts to your unique skin tone and blue sapphire pigments for radiant true-to-you color. The blendable formula makes harsh lines a thing of the past and expert sculpting easier than ever. Available in Light, Light/Medium, Medium, Medium/Dark at Walmart.

Exaggerate Eye Liner ($6.00) – Pin-point precision eye definition, this breakthrough liquid liner features an ultra-fine felt tip designed to absorb maximum liquid liner and deposit intense pigment for bold, exact application and majorly amplified eyes. Made with moisturizing sorbitol and glycerin, the gentle blend not only beautifies eyes, it cares for sensitive lids too. Available in Black.

Avon Launches Advance Techniques Professional Hair Color Collection

I’ve stated how many times that I love and not afraid of color – that goes for all color, not just in clothing, shoes, and accessories but in hair as well. I may not keep my hair short (I don’t think I have the right face shape for it) but I do love to color it. I’ve been honey blonde, chocolate brown, a ravishing redhead, a devilish blue-black and several colors in between – even now I’m sporting a color called chocolate cherry, so when I got the invitation to get familiar with Avon’s new Advance Techniques Hair Color Collection with the amazing Lorri Goddard, Celebrity Colorist and Avon’s new and first-ever Global Hair Color Expert. I was beyond ecstatic to attend and not ashamed to say, the first to arrive.

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This is Avon’s first hair color launch in the US and they have partnered with Lorri to help empower women to achieve healthy, salon-beautiful hair at home. The Advance Techniques Hair Color Collection is a complete hair color system that equalizes porous damaged hair prior to coloring for even, true application and lasting results. The three-step system primes (a pre-treatment mends damaged, porous areas), colors and treats (with Shea Butter and Lock-In Technology) hair to deliver rich, radiant healthy looking color that provides 100% gray coverage. The collection includes 25 hair color shades (10 blondes, 4 reds, 9 brunette and 2 black shades)

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We got some amazing tips from Lorri on how to select the correct shade (she advises that you go no more than 3 levels darker and 2 to 3 levels lighter than your natural/uncolored shade), properly color our hair at home (something that was always a battle for me with this thick hair of mine), and tips to help maintain our color – which includes getting your hands on a great product from Avon – Avon Advance Techniques Color Protection Lock-In Treatment, a product she uses on her celebrity clients

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Want to try out the amazing new hair color range from Avon? You are merely days away as the $7.99 Advance Techniques Professional Hair Color will be available beginning next month exclusively through Avon Representatives.

Moliabal Milano Luxury Hair Accessories

Everyone who knows me can hardly find an instance where I’m not wearing a headband (yes I wore them before they were as fashionable as they are now) and I’m always on the lookout for new fashionable hair accessories so when I was introduced the the very chic collection of luxury hair accessories from Moliabal Milano, I instantly fell in love.

Founded/designed by Monica Masini, the chic Moliabal Milano line of hair accessories, whose name is a combination of the first two letters of hers and her friends first names – Licia, Abele and Alberto – was established when Monica couldn’t find anything exciting in hair accessories. Deciding it was time to create her hair ornament collection, she became focused on finding new materials and inspirations from everything she saw around her, thus creating the first Italian line completely dedicated to luxury hair accessories.


Moliabal Milano offers many styles of French pins, snap pins, ponytail holders, combs, claws which retail between $10.00 – $50.00 each. The line features products made of silk, cotton, beads and chiffon, etc. The concept of the entirely Black & White Collection is “easy chic and classic style”. This concept gives the line the ability to satisfy women of all ages, making it perfect for every occasion, day or night. Each item is presented and sold in a branded organza bag (pictured above) which comes in three sizes – small, medium and large, matching the size of the accessories.

A self proclaimed perfectionist, Monica notes that she has re-made a sample 10 times until she found it perfect, sometimes driving her suppliers crazy but it’s all done in the name of her passion and love of her brand. Monica herself has a very rich history in fragrance and private label accessories. From the age of five, she was travelling around the world with her father, a distributor of cosmetic brands and fragrances in the Italian market. To find out more on Moliabal Milano, check out their Facebook page – Moliabal Milano on Facebook.

Burt’s Bees Launches güd Products

The days of bland, boring natural skincare products are gone. Burt’s Bees is known for their skin-loving natural products but now they bring us some güd stuff your skin and nose will love. What is it about güd products that will make it your new favorite line of skincare products? Like Burt’s Bees, all güd products contain all natural ingredients, there are no parabens, petrochemicals or phthalates. What makes the güd products different are the luscious scents; the fragrances are addictive. The güd line of products – Natural Nourishing Shampoo, Natural Softening Conditioner, Body Wash, Body Butter, Body Lotion, Body Mist, and Foaming Hand Wash and Hand Cream – come in four scintillating scents that are sure to make every day not just a güd one but a great one:

Floral Cherrynova™ (Japanese cherry blossoms and Almond milk)

Top Notes – Juicy Bing Cherries, fresh Green
Mid Notes – Rosewood, White Floral Bouquet
Dry Notes – Warm Milk Accord, Creamy Musk

A perfect scent for those of you that are more sweet, flirty and romantic. Be memorable in Floral Cherrynova.

Orange Petalooza™ (blood orange and hyacinth)

Top Notes – Blood Orange, Pomelo, Green Tea
Mid Notes – Orange Flower, Rose, Hyacinth
Dry Notes – Musk, Sandalwood

Have a more sunny disposition? Or maybe you need a fragrance with more of an energizing aspect, then the double dose of citrus from Orange Petalooza is for you.

Vanilla Flame™ (vanilla and creamy rice milk)

Top Notes – Black Currant, Sweet Orange, Coconut
Mid Notes – Rice Milk Accord, Jasmine
Dry Notes – Tonka Bean, Musk, Vanila

There’s nothing lovelier than a soft sensual fragrance and the classic vanilla-with-a-twist scent of Vanilla Flame will sate your desire for a luscious scent to indulge yourself in.

Pearanormal Activity™ (Pear and Acai Berry) – Exclusively for Target

Top Notes – Bartlett Pear, Dewberry, Raspberry
Mid Notes – Rhubarb, Acai Accord, White Flowers
Dry Notes – Apricot, Musk

Pamper yourself in this invigorating fresh and fruity fragrance; giving you the best of a sultry and refreshing scent, Pearanormal Activity will enchant you and those around you.

I learned about the above amazing products from Garrett Putman, Senior Global Brand Manager at Burt’s Bees (looking fabulous in his Orange Petalooza inspired Jeans) at the product launch event

These four heavenly aromatic skin and hair collection launch this month and these amazing products are available for a very wallet-friendly price range of $4.99 (Foaming Hand Wash) to $11.99 (Body Butter). Be-forewarned though beauty lovers, be prepared for a little more attention – longer hugs, people standing and sitting as close to you as possible, an ego inflating amount of compliments, etc because one whiff of these scents off your skin and everyone will want to be around you. So where can you get your hands on these very aromatic and affordable products, go to Target, Walgreens, gudhappens.com, Drugstore.com, Ulta Beauty, etc.

John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair Holiday Event

As a long time user of Conair Tools and John Frieda hair products, I was very excited to hear that the two haircare powerhouses came together to create a new line of hair styling tools. John Frieda® hair styling tools collection initially launched the first half of 2011 and included a series of hair dryers, straighteners, and styling tools that offer state-of-the art technologies. John Frieda Styling and Conair recently held a Winter Wonderland Holiday event at Celsius Bryant Park where they treated guests to complimentary hair styling, festive treats and a preview of the latest styling tools from the John Frieda for Conair Collection.

As guests waited to get amazing hair, they were kept warm by hot beverages provided by Cuisinart and deliciously hot popcorn from Waring Pro

The event was also a chance to unveil a one-of-a kind tree (with the most innovative star) adorned with John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair! After the event, all tools were donated to Safe Horizon to help support victims of domestic violence.

The tree was custom-decorated by designer, Erin Gates, top interior stylist and writer of the blog, Elements of Style. It was a great and successful event that both men and women enjoyed. Hopefully it becomes an annual one. Enjoy more photos below

Let Somme Institute Give Your Skin a BOOST

My favorite thing to get (besides free shoes) is a facial. And during stressful times or the cold winter months, it is essential to fight back damaging elements with a facial. Of course not all of us can just run out to a spa but luckily you can heal your skin at home. The Somme Institute has introduced a new addition to their wonderful 5-Step Regimen – the Boost Gentle Warming Mask.

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Boost is a multi-tasking treatment mask that purifies and nourishes the skin leaving it smooth and refreshed. Infused with a specialized blend of minerals, enzymes and vitamins, it brings new skin tone, texture and clarity. Gentle enough for all skin types and skin conditions (including Sun Damage, Fine Lines & Wrinkes, Acne and Rosacea), Boost prepares the skin to better receive and absorb the Somme Institute 5-Step Regimen. This creamy oat-colored mask is decadent to apply, it smooths on the face with ease and spreads evenly and smells absolutely divine. The faint scent reminded me of fall dessert and after reading that it contains pumpkin enzymes, I quickly saw the appeal. Pumpkin is rich In Vitamins A, C, and Zinc; it soothes, moisturizes and acts as a carrier, assisting the other mask’s ingredients to absorb deeper into the skin and intensifying the results. So with Boost, you will benefit even more from Somme Institute’s Patented MDT5 Technology. Boost also contains Zeolite, a natural mineral to warm the skin and open the pores enabling Kaolin to aptly absorb excess oil, dirt and impurities.

I realized one major perk of using Boost, as the weather gets colder, I always noticed that I immediately felt the temperature on my face only a few minutes of being exposed to the elements. My face felt a bit tight even though I used a moisturizer but while using Somme Institute’s Boost, that was not an issue anymore. My skin not only felt supple and moisturized, it truly was. The skin on my face took no notice of the cold weather and wasn’t affected by it at all.

How do you use Boost? Somme Institute recommends you use it 1-3 times a week but Boost can be used daily as well without harm. After Nourishing Cleanser on dry skin, apply Boost to forehead, cheeks and chin and massage Boost onto skin for a couple of minutes. Leave Boost on the skin for 3-5 minutes and then remove with a warm towel. Continue with Somme Institute Transport.