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.

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.

FNO NYC – L’Occitane Beauty & Bubbly Treats

Love L’Occitane? Of course, the answer to that is an easy yes. Why not spend Fashion Night Out with them at their Flatiron location; sip on L’Occitane-inspired Bathtub Gin cocktails and Van Leeuwen Ice Cream from 6pm – 8pm. For those who spend $65.00, you leave with a fab gift valued at $47.00 (more than half of what you have to spend). See flyer below for all the deets.

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Happy Shopping!

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.

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/.

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)

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?