Good for you beauty

I recently tried new body products from LaVanilla. What’s special about this brand is that it there are many unique qualities I discovered about this product line. To begin with LaVanilla is 100% healthy. I thought, well that’s pretty cool, but how can body cream and fragrance be healthy? Here is the answer:

The products do not contain petrochemicals, mineral oil, silicone, parabens, sulfates, dyes or other ingredients that can be harmful to your skin or your health. All of the products are made with natural and organic ingredients, and to take it a step further, the products contain botanicals, antioxidants and essential oils. The LaVanilla website has information on many of the delicious ingredients used to make their products.

Here is a plus, the The Healthy Body Butter feels amazing! My favorite is the Vanilla Grapefruit, a blend of sparkling grapefruit, crisp sandalwood, lime and Madagascar vanilla.

The Healthy Body Butter Vanilla Grapefruit

The Healthy Body Butter Vanilla Grapefruit

LaVanilla currently offer 7 unique fragrances: Vanilla Coconut, Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Blossom, Vanilla Lavender, Vanilla Passion Fruit and Vanilla Blackberry. All of the fragrances of course contain vanilla, but not just any vanilla. The vanilla used is from Madagascar which is  located in the Indian Ocean, off the southeast coast of Africa and is known for harvesting pure vanilla.

LaVanilla products range include: Healthy Deodorant, Healthy Fragrance, Healthy SPF Collection, Healthy Baby Collection and Healthy Candles.

Beauty products that are healthy, LaVanilla.

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Every Woman Is Beautiful

Every woman is beautiful.

We all know that cosmetics help to enhance our features and transforms our lives. Two Cosmetics helps to make a difference in every womans’ life.

One for One Two Cosmetics Campaign

You Buy One, Two Cosmetics Gives One is a national campaign in partnership with Dress for Success in San Jose to help every woman feel and look her best by donating a makeup product  to women in need for every Two Cosmetics product purchased.

This is a great concept and a way to give back to the community. There are many women out there who cannot afford to buy cosmetics and this is a great way to provide them with the tools they need to look and feel great.

Two Cosmetics Gel Liner

Two Cosmetics Gel Liner

Two Face Cosmetics offers makeup products for face, eyes, lips and cheeks. The Two Eyes Gel Liner is one of my favorites. The color is intense and the application is smooth, leaving you with color that stays in place. Two  Eyes Gel Liner is available in 6 shades from Alley Cat (a deep, intense black) to Passion (a fabulous purple) priced at $12.50 each.

 

Visit Two Cosmetics website to learn more about their product and great charitable campaign.

 

 

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New Woody Spicy Fragrance For Men

Kenzo Homme Sport, a new woody spicy fragrance for men created by perfumer Francois Demachy is launching this spring.   Francois Demachy is a perfumer and olfactory developer of many fine fragrance including Chanel Egoiste (1990 with Jacques Polge), Dior Homme Cologne (2007), Dior J’Adore Eau de Toilette (2007) and  Fendi Palazzo (2007).

Kenzo Homme Sport

Kenzo Homme Sport

The scent opens with  combined top notes of  grapefruit, mint and lemon appealing to your refreshing, clean, citrus side leading to mid notes of ginger, geranium and other spicy notes drawing into your warm, seductive side and ends  with cedar and vetiver dry down.

Takada Kenzo

Takada Kenzo

The House of Kenzo was founded in 1970 by Takada Kenzo a fashion designer from Japan.  He launched collections for men, women and children before creating Kenzo Parfums in 1987. His first womens fragrance “ca sent beau ” marked the beginning of his success in creating groundbreaking fragrances.

 

 

 

 

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Must have makeup books

Makeup artistry is about blending, technique and creativity. There are many details to consider when learning to work with makeup. Once you understand the basics, the next step is to refine to create a look that is uniquely yours.

If you are an aspiring makeup artist or a do it yourself pro,  it is important to know how to use beauty tools to achieve the desired look. It also helps to understand makeup and beauty trends to keep your looks current.

There are so  many books on the market, many with great information. These are  books I feel every makeup artist in addition to those who want to learn more about the artistry of makeup should have.

Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin

Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin

Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin

Making Faces continues to be one of the best resources for makeup lovers. In this book, Kevyn Aucoin shares the stars he transforms from pretty to gorgeous. He teaches and shares techniques to help you define your features and enhance your beauty. His work appeared in editorial features, videos, fashion and ad campaigns. He has worked with many celebrities including Sharon Stone, Whitney Houston, Mary Tyler Moore Demi Moore, Nicole Kidman,Tina Turner and Elizabeth Hurley, Kevyn Aucoin is also author of the bestselling books, The Art of Makeup, Face Forward and All About Makeup. Discover how his vision of creating magic continues with a collection of artistry inspired tools and products at Kevyn Aucoin Beauty.  His books are available at Amazon.

About Face by Scott Barnes

About Face by Scott Barnes

Scott Barnes is a celebrated makeup artist and innovator within the cosmetics industry.About Face is a compendium of everything make-up artist Scott Barnes has learned during his career working with A-list celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jennifer Aniston. It is packed with techniques for every area of makeup application.

Scott launched his own twenty-one-piece color cosmetic line, Scott Barnes Cosmetics, on QVC in April 2004. Described as “The Glow,” this signature look became known as “lit from within” and helped launch Scott’s best-selling beauty product, Body Bling bronzer.

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Nicole Miller Launches Skin Care Line

Nicole Miller Beauty

Nicole Miller Beauty

Fashion designer Nicole Miller is best known for form-fitting, flattering dresses that are sexy and classic. She opened her first shop on Madison Avenue in the 1986. She has designed for men, women and children and has dressed many celebrities including Cyndi Lauper and Sheryl Crow.

Nicole Miller fashions are sold in her boutiques across the country and major department stores around the world.

Nicole Miller was instrumental in creating a line of makeup products for Melaleuca, a wellness company that creates products that are environmentally safe.

Her new skin care line under her label, Nicole Miller Beauty will be six products created for every woman. The price range for the skin care collection is $30-$65. Available at Dermastore

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Mascara Noir G de Guerlain

Guerlain Beauty recently introduced the first refillable mascara with a mirror.

Mascara Noir G de Guerlain- Refillable Exceptional Complete Mascara

Mascara Noir G de Guerlain- Refillable Exceptional Complete Mascara

Mascara Noir G de Guerlain -Refillable Exceptional Complete Mascara  is made with an intense black pigments that adds volume , defines and

lengthens  lashes.

This is the first mascara with a mirror attached. The packing is elegant, yet practical. The mascara glides on smooth and does not clump. Best of all, the mascara is refillable, so you can use the mirrored case again and again.

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Fine: The Basics of Beauty

Sam Fine

Sam Fine Celebrity Makeup Artist and author of Fine:The Basics of Beauty

Fine: The Basics of Beauty a dvd created by celebrity makeup artist Sam Fine shares insider tips and techniques to help you create a beautiful, flawless makeup look. Sam Fine is a makeup genius who specializes in makeup for women of color.

Fine: The Basics of Beauty  is for anyone who loves makeup. You will find the information educational, inviting with delivery techniques to help you fine tune your routine from start to finish.  Beginners and Pro’s alike will love this dvd.

Fine: The Basics of Beauty

Fine: The Basics of Beauty

I have worked in makeup for over 30 years and thoroughly enjoyed this video presentation. You feel as though you are receiving a personal makeup lesson led by Sam Fine.

Fine: The Basics of Beauty is available at Amazon.com

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Neck creams do they really work?

Neck creams become more popular as we get older and more concerned about showing signs of aging. The neck area is often neglected as part of a regular skin care regime. Many consumers for years have used their face moisturizer on their neck, but is that enough?

Neck creams are created for the neck and décolleté area to address concerns ranging from moisture, softness, cell renewal, firming and lifting. Some neck creams provide sunscreen protection that help to filter out UVA and UVB rays.

Do they work? There is so much more advanced technology today used in beauty treatments. Many products are results oriented. To know if the product works, you must first understand what the neck cream is intended to do so that as a consumer you know what to look for.

Here are few with rave reviews:

Dermagist Neck Restoration Cream

Dermagist Neck Restoration Cream

Dermagist Neck Restoration Cream adds stem cells to revitalize damaged skin cells and uses four additional key ingredients: Matrixyl which is a trademarked copper peptide that helps your skin produce its own collagen; Sesaflash, a molecule derived from sesame that helps the skin tighten and lift; Hylauronic Acid which helps your skin hold in moisture; and Shea Butter which adds moisture to your skin.

Dermagist Neck Restoration Cream is free of parabens. $99 www.dermagist.com

ReVive Fermatif Neck Cream

ReVive Fermatif Neck Cream

ReVive Skin Care known for RES (Renewal Epidermal Science) created by renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory Bays Brown offers a non-surgical approach to beauty. Key ingredients: EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) a bioengineered protein that dramatically increases cell renewal;Wheat protein and barley which help to firm the skin and SPF 15 to prevent future skin damage. $130www.reviveskincare.comSisley Neck Cream

Sisley’s Creme Pour Le Cou Neck Cream fights free radicals, revitalizes and soothes the skin around the neck.Sisley cosmetics infuses Phytocosmetology using plant extracts to strengthen the effect of each individual active ingredient in their products. Sisley works with a team of top-level scientists to select the best natural plant extracts to use in Sisley products.Creme Pour Le Cou Neck Cream contains extracts of Rhatany and Lady’s Mantle which help to re-define the contours of the throat, lessen visible lines of aging and smooth the texture of the skin. $175www.sisley-cosmetics.com

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Just pinched cheeks

Bobby Brown Pot Rouge

 Looking for cheek color that is blendable, soft and natural? Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge delivers soft, blendable color that will last all day. Pot Rouge can be used on your lips too for a beautiful soft, stained finish. Available in 10 colors in shades of pink, coral, brown and rose to give you just pinched cheeks every time you blush.  Pot Rouge in Pale Pink was recently recommended by “Bridal Guide” magazine.

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge is packaged in a mirrored flip top compact for easy on the go application. A great product for quick, soft on the go look or to layer under powder blush for a high fashion effect. ($24, available at department stores)

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ReVive introduces Moisturizing Renewal Cream Supreme

ReVive skin care products were  created by  leading plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory  Brown who uses patented and Nobel Prize winning ingredients that formulate RES technology. What this means for you is the products work. Revive skin care products help to increase cell renewal and repair damaged skin.

The Revive skin care collection is results oriented and provide dramatic visible results. ReVive skin care offers a non-surgical approach to skin care. Many products on this luxury skin care line help with premature aging, improves the appearance of your skin, and are lightweight and easy to use.

Their newest product, Moisturizing Renewal Cream Supreme hydrates your skin, improves the skin tone and significantly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. ($195 suggested retail)Ultra Hydrating Moisturizer

To learn more about ReVive Skin Care, visit their website at www.reviveskincare.comProducts are available at Saks Fifth Avenue locations.

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