Lasio Studios Launches Formaldehyde-Free Treatment – Keratin Tropic

After several years of fighting the frizz and taming my curly hair, I tried the new formaldehyde-free Brazilian Keratin treatment, The Keratin Tropic from Lasio Studios. Keratin treatments are the most versatile, commitment-free, damage-free way to relax unruly waves and remove frizz. Lasio offers the simplest, most effective products on the market. Their residue-free, lightweight, spray-on treatments are 100% formaldehyde-free and applied in just three simple steps.

The Tropic requires no processing time, reduces 100% frizz and relaxes the curl by 30%-60% for up to three months. The heat activated treatment sits on the cortex of the hair to moisturize and strengthen. Since 2000, Lasio has stood at the apex of revolutionary hair care. At the core of each of their unique reparative hair products is keratin, a naturally created miracle protein capable of restoring strength and shine to even the most processed heads of hair.

Keratin Tropic – can be washed from the hair immediately after application. Free of aldehyde derivatives, this berry-scented treatment is perfect for anyone who wishes to remove frizz but maintain body and wave. Euxyl 702, a gentle preservative, gives this treatment a lifespan of 2-3 months. Suitable for all hair types.

My hair, which looked and felt amazing, light, smooth and very touchably soft, with not a flyaway or my natural curls in sight (as you can see above), was done by stylist, Candy Bencosme. It even made my color more vibrant. I got a chance to interview Candy on the fabulous Lasio Keratin Tropic Treatment.

Believe it or not, women are not the only ones getting the Lasio Keratin Tropic Treatment, while I was getting my treatment, in walks a guy and I mean all man, very cute who came in for the treatment as well. As I’ve never seen that before, I had to do a quick interview (apologies to all and him but I forgot his name). See his interview below:

The Lasio Tropic is not the only new product in the Lasio Haircare Collection, check out a couple of products from the Lasio Keratin line below and see the entire range at Lasio Keratin Products.

1 Day Keratin Treatment – The 1 Day keratin treatment can be washed out after only 24 hours. Hair will stay frizz-free for months;  it has one of the shortest processing times on the market. Lasts 3-4 months. Suitable for all hair types.

4 Day Keratin Treatment – his blend acts as a deep conditioner and straightening treatment all in one; promoting healthy, voluminous, and shiny hair. Lasts 3-4 months. Suitable for all hair types.

Does your hair look more like the right side of the models hair below? Why not try Lasio Keratin Treatments to get it looking more like the left side – smooth, silky and frizz-free.

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/.

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)

ShāToBu™ – The Workout You Wear

You may remember that I first mentioned (and discovered) ShāToBu in my post on the Robert Verdi Suite from this past season of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Click HERE for a refresher. Anyway, while attending the CurveNY Show, which is a trade show held at the Jacobs Javits Center for lingerie, shapewear, etc. I decided to begin trying out my pair of ShāToBu™ (you’ve heard me discuss my thighs over and over again, and walking the trade show is a great workout). I was happily surprised to run into their booth at CurveNY.

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But it turns out I surprised them when I was asked by the creator, Dr. Denise Perron, if I was familiar with ShāToBu™, I told them not only did I find out all about it at the Robert Verdi Suite but I was actually wearing a pair right now (yes I showed them) and how much I loved them (I really do). Many people who wear shapewear and the few complaints you hear the most are “they’re not comfortable, can’t breathe, bulging, visible lines through your clothes, too hot, etc” – well, I haven’t experienced any of that. In fact, I tend to forget that I am wearing the Waist to Knee Shape. Directly below is the High Waist to Knee Shaper which gives you a more enhanced hourglass look

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ShāToBu – The Workout You Wear™ – is the revolutionary shaper that helps women shape, tone and burn more calories during everyday activities. It burns up to 12% more daily calories while helping you maintain a sleek, smooth silhouette in today’s fashions.
The benefits go beyond ordinary shapewear – ShaToBu instantly gives a sleeker silhouette, but women can also see and feel a difference in their bodies with regular use over time. By incorporating resistance bands right into the garment, muscles work a little harder and more calories are burned during daily activities.
ShaToBu helps women fit a workout into their normal day while looking and feeling great.

It was a wonderful experience visiting the ShāToBu booth and I enjoyed meeting Dr. Denise Perron

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Find out all the technical details of the magic of ShāToBu in their video below

 

video courtesy of  ShāToBu™

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?

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?

Community Coffee’s Rich Taste of Louisiana

I grew up in a house and family where coffee was king, no matter what the occasion. death – out comes the coffee, Wedding – there must be a few after ceremony cups, Christmas season – coffee was always ready for carolers. Like I said, coffee was boss. And in those days of my youth, the words “instant coffee” was very much frowned upon – coffee was made on way and one way only – fresh roasted coffee beans were grounded and brewed, if you wanted instant, well go to someone else’s house. This was a place for Percolators, preferably stovetop (these have since transformed to coffee machines, espresso machines, etc, but a few are still around today). They generally looked something like this (of course this one is more refined than what I remember from childhood)

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Although I have since been captured by the Starbucks machine but my mother has never been impressed with designer coffee mixtures – she still loves her ground coffee and roasted coffee beans. She even has a vintage percolator, a coffee grinder and several coffee machines (backup in case one breaks I guess)- the woman loves her coffee. I usually can’t help myself and always pick up coffee I think my mom will enjoy. On her most recent weekend visit to NYC, I introduced her to Community Coffee. I should say I showed her the coffee I got from Community Coffee, which was the Rich Taste of Louisiana Coffee Sampler

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I had to pull my hands back very quickly or risk missing a few appendages. After the oohs, a very faint “you shouldn’t have” and he sound of the package being ripped opened I thought to myself – should I tell her that I was just showing her the coffees and it wasn’t a gift for her? My answer was of course no after I saw the intense salivating going on in front of me let me know this coffee was never meant to be mine – so this will be a review of Community Coffee through my mother’s eyes or rather her taste buds (yes, my mom proceeded to give me details on how much she liked or loved each flavor) – sweet, isn’t she?

A little bit about these coffees – First, Community Coffee is Louisiana-based, family-owned company and has been around since 1919. The Rich Taste of Louisiana Coffee Sampler comes with four 12oz bags of coffee beans – Evangeline Blend™, Louisiana Blend™ (Medium Dark), French Quarter Fusion™ and Crescent City Blend®. The four 12oz bags cost only $34.99 and each bag cost a very, very low $7.99. One thing I noticed from the time I got the coffee, even though the package was sealed, the aroma was very present from the coffee, at first I thought one package might be ripped but turns out each bag has a little valve (known as nitrogen-flush containers)which allows the you to enjoy the amazing aromas. “The valve keeps oxygen from entering the bag and causing the coffee to lose freshness. This also keeps the bag from opening prematurely due to excessive pressure.” This little valve was the coolest thing to my mom, she kept on poking the bag so more of the coffee aromas came out (told you she loves her coffee). Anyway, out came the coffee grinder, filters, etc. We went through each bag and here are the findings

Crescent City Blend (Medium-Dark Roast) – mom thought this was a gentle and mild coffee, it smelled and tasted a bit sweet, was smooth and had no after taste. A great start to this little tasting adventure (and some quality mom and daughter time)

Louisiana Blend (Medium-Dark Roast) – this blend had a nutty aroma and taste; it was bold and rich, very srong. It didn’t smell nor taste sweet (even though this is medium-dark roast like Crescent City, they are quite different)

Evangeline Blend (Dark Roast)- heaven…this ultra smooth blend was mom’s favorite. She said it reminder her of coffees from the Caribbean/Latin America. It’s not as bold as the Louisiana Blend but was the perfect combination of sweet and richness.

French Quarter Fusion (Medium Roast) – this blend had a strong and bitter taste, it was my mom’s least favorite (she still finished it though). She doesn’t add milk to her coffee, but she said she would with this blend.

So there you have it, great coffee at a refreshingly low cost and this is coming from a coffee addict. The weekend visit ended with my mother taking “her” coffee back with her – as I said, the coffee was never mine. I think next time I’ll go for tea instead, she doesn’t drink it as much.

Before I end this, I must let you know some of the other cool things Community Coffee offers, such as a Mardi Gras Giftset (complete with mardi gras designed Tumbler and beads)

or maybe you’re in the mood for some of Marguerite’s King Cakes, which comes in Cinnamon (shown below), Cajun Praline or Cheesecake) – yum

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