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Go SMiLE Whitening Light: Prepare Your Smile to Shine this Summer

Posted on 04/26/2012

GO SMiLE Whitening LightWith summer just around the corner, it’s time to get your pearly whites ready with GO SMiLE. The GO SMiLE Whitening Light system is one of the fastest, simplest ways to whiten your teeth and keep them dazzling.

Why Go White with GO SMiLE

The summer sun is great at showing imperfections. When your skin is sun-kissed, anything white will look brighter and anything yellow can look more pronounced. Fortunately, the Smile Whitening Light system from GO SMiLE can make your teeth up to eight shades lighter in just 30 minutes. When you keep your smile bright and looking young with one of teeth whitening systems offered by GO SMiLE, you don’t have to worry about messing with complicated, messy trays or uncomfortable whitening strips that don’t work. It’s simpler, faster and less expensive than visiting a cosmetic dentist.

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April Showers Bring May Flowers: Celebrate with Becker Eshaya fragrances

Posted on 04/27/2012

Becker Eshaya fragrancesThe flower for the month of May is the iconic lily of the valley, whose flowers look like little white bells. Becker Eshaya fragrances capture the lily of the valley’s scent and pair it with notes of rose Damascena, Italian mandarin and pink peony. There’s no better way to welcome the spring season.

The Symbolism Behind the Lily of the Valley

Also called “Our Lady’s (or Mary’s) tears,” “May lily,” “May bells” or the “ladder to heaven,” the lily of the valley has a rich mythology and symbolism. The Bible refers to the flower as a symbol of Christ’s second coming. Legends also state that the lilies sprang up from the ground when the Virgin Mary wept during Jesus’ crucifixion. In religious paintings, the flower is often a symbol of humility.

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Skin Care Oil: Why Coconut Rich Oils Moisturize Skin

Posted on 04/20/2012

adara oilThe levels of saturated fat may not make coconut oil one of the best options for frying up your favorite snack. The oil’s properties, however, do make it one of the most luscious treats your skin will ever feel. To make sure the coconut oil you use is of the highest quality, get your hands on Adara organic oil, which is paraben-free and part of the fair trade market.

Why Your Skin Loves Coconut-Rich Oils

Coconut oil, like the kind found in Adara oil, is heat-stable. This stability makes coconut oil a Muhammad Ali-like fighter against free radicals and oxidation, and gives the oil lasting power. Oxidation can cause the cells in your body to age (remember that oxidation equals rust on metals), and its minions are free radicals. The antioxidants in Adara organic oil naturally prevent and fight free radicals. The result is skin that looks younger.

Other benefits of coconut oil include:

Your skin stays hydrated. Cold weather, the hot sun, stress, pollutants and everyday life can leave your skin thirsty and irritated. The high concentration of saturated fat in coconut oil, one of nature’s tropical potions, envelops your skin with healthy moisture, helps even out its tone (like age spots or discoloration from scars) and controls breakouts. Unlike some oily skin lotions, Adara oil quickly absorbs into your skin and doesn’t feel greasy.

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Celebrate Earth Day with New Eco-Friendly Hair Care Products

Posted on 04/23/2012

Nuxe ParisEven though Earth Day is a calendar event that happens once a year, it doesn’t mean you can’t have sustainable practices the remaining 364 days. After all, you should be a good steward every day you are on this planet. Sure, you may already recycle your used plastic, metal and glass items, but you can take your earth-friendly endeavors a step further by purchasing EPP eco-friendly hair care products. Some popular, high-end brands, like Adara and Nuxe Paris, are already on board the EPP wagon. 

What is EPP?

Short for Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, EEP means you consider more than just the environmental impact of the products you purchase. EPP also has a humanitarian concern, which means the manufacturing of a product also protects the health of those who make and consume eco-friendly hair care products, without sacrificing quality, price or performance. When you’re an EPP advocate, you also abstain (as best you can) from purchasing items whose manufacturing process harms public health or the environment.

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Updating Your Makeup Look for Spring and Summer

Posted on 04/24/2012

Jouer CosmeticsIt’s time to pack up the browns, grays and blues of winter and update the look of your makeup for spring and summer. Even if the weather outside is still a little chilly, spring blossoms are opening up and showing the world their colors. Now it’s your turn to do the same by updating your beauty arsenal with the help of Jouer Cosmetics and a St. Tropez tan.

The Rules of Color

Peach, coral, juicy pink, orchid purple, fuchsia, turquoise, banana yellow and cornflower blue: The hottest colors in makeup this season are bright. So you don’t end up matching the latest Easter egg basket trend (or an Easter egg itself), there are two rules of thumb to remember when it comes to summer makeup:

1. Less is more.

2. One or the other: Go for either bright eyes or bright lips – not both.

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Face Serum: Peptides the Key to Youthful Skin

Posted on 04/25/2012

Peter Thomas RothShop the full Peter Thomas Roth skincare range here!

As Americans’ life expectancy grows, so too does the demand for restorative products that can act as a “fountain of youth” for wrinkled, sagging skin. At the same time, an increasing number of consumers are aware of the carcinogens found in many cosmetics and facial products. Shoppers want to look young, but they don’t want to put their own health at risk.

Dermatologists suggest peptide-rich facial products, such as Peter Thomas Roth Un-wrinkle Turbo Face Serum, as a safe, effective route to younger-looking skin. Below is an exploration of why peptides are important and what makes the Peter Thomas Roth peptide serum so potent.

Peptides 101

At the most basic level, a peptide is a combination of amino acids, the body’s building blocks for creating proteins. Some peptides contain just two amino acids (these are called dipeptides) while others may string together dozens of amino acids. Although it’s not a firm line, the cut-off for distinguishing a peptide from a protein is generally considered to be fifty amino acids – most proteins have at least this many amino acids.

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Hot Water Evaporation: Why Your Hot Shower May Cause Dry Skin

Posted on 04/26/2012

Clarisonic MiaA long, hot shower should leave a person feeling refreshed, right? Yet oftentimes a hot shower or bath results in extremely dry skin.

Itchy skin that feels tight and dehydrated is not uncommon after a long soak or shower. Although age, sun exposure, overall health and climate factor into this condition, there are also steps anyone can take to minimize dryness caused by hot water. For instance, daily gentle exfoliation with a Clarisonic Mia can remove dead skin cells and open up deeper layers of skin to accept moisturizer, which protects skin against dryness.

Read on to discover why a hot shower or bath can cause dry skin and to learn techniques for minimizing this effect.

Science behind Dry Skin: Hot Water, Evaporation and Sebum

Let’s step back to consider the biology of human skin before we consider why a hot shower may damage it. Skin is composed of several different layers of tissue. To protect and waterproof the skin, sebaceous glands all over the body produce sebum oil. Healthy, radiant skin contains adequate amounts of both sebum (in the inner layers) and moisture (in the outer layers).

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Pros and Cons of Oil Make-Up Removers

Posted on 04/27/2012

Vapour Organic Beauty Pros and Cons of Oil Make-Up Removers

As a teen, you learn some basic skin care rules: Wash your face every day, chocolate will give you pimples, pizza grease will give you pimples (especially pepperoni pizza), and anything oily that touches your face will give you pimples. While somewhat misguided, some ladies continue to think oil is a perfect complexion’s enemy. Vapour Organic Beauty, however, proves that oil can actually help give you skin that’s glowing and beautiful.

The Science behind Zits

Blame acne vulgaris (a common skin condition), not oil, for your pimples. Pimples generally occur in areas where you have sebaceous follicles, like your face or back. A sebaceous follicle is a connected hair follicle and sebaceous gland. When a hair follicle becomes blocked with dirt, dead skin cells and sebum (the oil your skin naturally produces), it can get infected. Therefore, a zit is basically an infected hair follicle. Adding pure, natural, organic oil (like Vapour Organic) to your skin care routine won’t hurt your complexion; it might even give you the glow you seek.

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Get Lacquered and Knackered With Butter London's Spring Range!

Posted on 04/30/2012

The Spring season is all about introducing hints of color into your wardrobe and into your beauty routine. Fuchsias, corals and turquoise shades remind us of flowers in bloom, shades in the Caribbean Sea and all of these can be found in Butter London's Spring 2012 Collection! This much anticipated range isn't lasting long on our shelves especially since the Zoe Report just raved about this covetable range filled with 'show-stopping shine and chip-free coverage.' 

As usual, these new Butter London shades have kitchy cute British names such as Trout Pout (cantaloupe), Knackered (twinkling oyster) and Slapper (teal) just to name a few. Step into spring with bright, eye popping shades from Butter London!

 

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The Secret Is In The Peaushun!

Posted on 04/30/2012

If you're hesitant about the trials and tribulations that can occasionally come with using self tanners then let me tell you about a product that has quickly become one of my must haves, Prtty Peaushun. It's a tinted moisturizer for your body so it's applied just like any other moisturizer you adorn your body with, except this one is tinted, covers up cellulite and varicose veins, enhances muscle definition and leaves your skin absolutely glowing! Imperfections be gone as the secret to tanning is in the Peaushun!

Gwyneth Paltrow and celebrity trainer to the stars Tracey Anderson both swear by this product for any red carpet events. Choose from different color shades that look completely natural and won't stain clothing. It was recently featured in the May 2012 edition of Allure magazine showcasing the must have products to guarantee you're ready for bikini season. Once you try this tinted moisturizer it will quickly become your favorite I promise you!

 

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