We have been ridiculously spoiled over the years with Kai's gorgeous bath and body products such as our favorite (and Oprah's), Body Buffer and the Eau de Parfum. Gorgeous packaging as well as a vacation/beach inspired signature scent of tuberose, jasmine and lily is what the thousands of Kai devotees around the world fall in love with.
To make sure no shell is left unturned, nor no body part left without experiencing this kind of elegance, their most recent product addition will help us smell amazing in a place we seldom don't afford such luxury…our armpits. The aluminum free Kai Deodorant has a translucent formula combining vitamin e, chamomile and skin conditioning sugars to control moisture and keep us feeling dry all day long. It was just featured in the June 2012 edition of Elle magazine's 'Beauty It List' to cure dry underarms!
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We Butter London aholics look forward to the launch of a new lacquer to start the season off fashionably, but we also look forward to their value kits/sets that come out. You always save money and of course you're always guaranteed to get fantastic nail maintenance products.
One of the most popular of Butter London's Value Sets are the Quick Change Artist Duos. These are constantly changing but you can be sure you'll always get a Powder Room Nail Lacquer Remover and a polish. This time it comes with Queen Vic, a colorful combination of red wine meets cranberry that of course is fit for a queen.
Other kits include the Tops and Tails Set which includes their Nail Foundation (base coat) and Hardwear Quick Topcoat and one of my favorites, the Cuticle Miracle Kit. This come with Melt Away Cuticle Eliminator which softens the cuticle and makes it easier to be pushed back and removed and Handbag Holiday a beautiful amazing nail oil that smells of yummy coconut and pineapple.
To shop all the Butter London Value Sets click here.
Tan responsibly and even more so, self-tan responsibly. One of the gurus of sun protection, Supergoop!, is a leader in innovative UV protection solutions that also work to provide consumers with eco and body friendly ingredients without parabens, chemicals and phthalates. Not only are their formulations beautiful, but the packaging is also ingenious for it's customers needs.
If you're in a hurry, throw the City & Sand Sunscreen Travel Tote in your purse or even better, if you're away for a long time the SPF 30+ Endless Summer Pump has a brilliant handle that makes this 18oz bottle a breeze to lug around. You also can never beat their best selling SPF 30 Sunscreen Wipes, the best solution busy moms have to get their children protected efficiently with less than five minutes of squirming time. Simply wipe and protect!
One of my absolute favorites that I was so impressed they've made is the SPF 20 Gradual Self Tanning Mousse. Get a beautiful, natural looking tan with this mousse that melts into the skin to deliver color, hydration, and the globally approved SPF protection. Tan. Moisturize. Protect. The trifecta of sunless tanning can be yours in one product! No after sun tanning residue and it has a fresh scent of green tea and cucumber.Read More »
MOR perfumes are like a nod to the past with a bit of a modern twist. Each fragrance aims to captivate and awaken the senses; to take us an a sensorial journey inspired by-gone eras, art, and cuisine. Such is the case with MOR's new additions, Little Luxuries Snow Gardenia and Belladonna. These perfume oils feel light and airy on the skin and soft to the touch with Belladonna smelling of meyer lemon and pink tulips and Snow Gardenia of yang yang and vanilla. We all love the little luxuries in life like traveling to a new place, a romantic lake side picnic and of course, a beautiful new fragrance.
Browse the entire Soleil Organique Sunscreen Collection here!
I'm sure many of us have heard our mother's stories that begin like, "When I was young we would lay out all day and lather ourselves in oil….we didn't ever use sunscreen." For many, this was the norm because melanomas and the dangers of unprotected sun exposure weren't as known to the public as they are now. Although we are more educated, people are still spending a lot of time in the sun and possibly doing irreparable damage that we don't know about until it's to late.
In no way am I an advocate for 'no sun baking at all." I happen to love the sun, beach vacations and the way my skin looks with a bit of bronze color. However, we know a lot more about the dangers of the sun than my mother and her peers did at the time and we need to take that extra 5-10 minutes every hour or so to make sure we are properly protected. This is also where a great sunscreen comes into play. As seen in Town & Country, this year the FDA's new sunscreen regulations are coming into effect, with a maximum of SPF 50 being available and eliminating those confusing terms such as sunblock, sweat proof and water proof. The aim is to make sun protection less confusing and more appleaing.
Case in point, lifestyle brand Soleil Organique, that manages to capture the glamour of beach vacations in their stylish tan and gold packaging, yet very sensible and strict when it comes to having the safest possible ingredients. This luxury SPF range has been seen by the glamorous island hoppers of Turks & Caicos, Barbados and Nevis islands. As seen in June's Town & Country, Soleil Organique's Mineral Sunscreen Mist for Body SPF 45 boasts no synthetic fragrances, paragons, nor sulfates. Just the goods: Titanium and zinc oxide mineral screens and and anti-aging booster of antioxidant rich red algae. Shop this and the entire Soleil Organique sunscreen range here.
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Emily VanCamp cannot stop spreading the news when it comes to her unabashad love for Leila Lou Perfume! She says, "Rosie Johnston does most of my makeup for events and this scent is so summery, a really lovely floral."
She talks about it and her other favorite things in the June 2012 edition of Lucky magazine. Not only is she their cover girl but she also has a simple and classic approach when it comes to splurging. Her most expensive item? A Chanel handbag of course! Team that up with Leila Lou by Rosie Jane Eau de Parfum and you have a lady with exquisite taste, and of course, a taste for 'revenge."…….not really she's just on a hit TV show called that!
The one style we constantly try to emulate but is difficult without a little seawater and sea breeze also happens to be one of Jennifer Aniston's signatures, beach hair. With the right styling products and tools, this vacation inspired hair trend isn't so complicated. One of Hollywood's leading hairstylists, Serge Normant, has broken the process down into five easy steps to achieve celebrity worthy beachiness…
Step 1. Pre air dry your hair in order to keep as much of your natural wave as possible.
Step 2. Apply Serge Normant's Spray Meta Lush Volumizer from root to tips to give flexibility and elasticity for the stye you're about to create.
Step 3. Create a middle part and smooth out the top layer to reduce unnecessary frizz.
Step 4. Use a little Serge Normant Meta Form Sculpting Pomade to give hair some texture before using a one inch curling iron or smaller to create your curls. Beachy curls aren't perfect so in order to have an 'undone' curl, I always recommend to leave the ends straight to give a more natural touch. In other words, don't wrap the entire strand around the barrel, but leave a 1-2 inch 'tail' hanging.
5. Flip your head over and scrunch up with your hands to loosen a little bit more. Then finally top it off with a little Serge Normant Meta Sheer Dry Oil Finishing Spray.
If you don't have a St Barth's or Miami trip planned anytime soon there's no need to worry, brush on your favorite bronzer and coral lipstick and rock your beach hair like a jetsetter!Read More »
Glamour. Gowns. Yachts. Veuve Clicquot Champagne. Beautiful People. If you've already guessed it, I'm talking about the Cannes Film Festival that runs from May 16th-27 and previews new films and documentaries from around the world. It is also the most prestigious and publicized film festival which also happens to be invitation only. If you're lucky enough to have your film nominated you're jet setting off to the sunny and chic south of France to hang with the toast of Hollywood.
So many parties and events surround the actual film festival so a girl needs a lot of different options from cocktail attire to gowns because in Cannes there's no such thing as recycling the same outfit. Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria is in Cannes on behalf of Loreal and rumor has it she brought thirty something gowns! Although the festival still has a few days left, I have been scouring over the photos to see who has been the most consistent in fabulous fashion choices and I'd have to say actress Naomi Watts has nailed it. As seen on instyle.com Naomi mixed up each outfit to keep it fresh and on trend but also within the same color palette.
Of course no fashion write-up is complete without addressing the key component to finalizing any cohesive look, the hair and makeup! From the slick back seen at the Met Ball, to soft curls and the return of the wine stained lip these ladies looked fantastic. As seen on vogue.com.uk, Indie singer Lana del Rey looked absolutely exquisite with large soft barrel curls and Jennifer Connelly looked enchanting with a bare décolletage and accessory of a deep wine stained lip. Re-create part of these hair looks with T3's Single Pass Whirl Curling Wand and the Single Pass 1" Straightening Iron to de-frizz hair before doing the sleek and smooth pull back. For those looking for Jennifer's lip shade you cannot go wrong with Jouer's Hydrating Lipstick in Phoebe.
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Sugar-aholics don't just love the subtle and lingering aroma of a bakery door opening, the first tear in the wrapping of your favorite candy bar, or putting our fingers into the dough of mommas chocolate chip cookies. We live for those firsts, but my sweet tooth isn't only food related, it's food inspired beauty products as well. No brand does this quite as well as LaLicious.
Their bakery inspired products of body butters and oils leave our body feeling soft and supple but smelling like our favorite bakery ingredients of coconut, brown sugar and vanilla. One of their sugary cult favorite options (Sugar Kiss) has just launched a new body moisturizing mist called the LaLicious Sugar Kiss Everyday Everywhere Spray. Not just limited to the body, this light mist can be sprayed lightly over your pillow, sheets or any room to recreate the aromatic experience of mid summer nights and warm sunny days spent at the beach.
Infused with citrus, aromatic rose and subtle vanilla acts as a wake up call for your skin. The Sugar Kiss Everday Everwhere Spray is also filled with antioxidants like acai, ginseng and green tea to protect your skin cells from free radical damage. Enjoy this wonderful new product without the risk cavities and keep it in your purse for a refreshing spritz on-the-go.
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Shop the full ILIA Pure Lip Care collection here!
We're thrilled to announce a new organic and eco-friendly line to the b-glowing family, ILIA Pure Lip Care! Specializing in products specifically designed for our smackeroos, each item is customized to make sure the lips are protected and moisturized at all times. The Ilia range consists of 6 products that each have a targeted mission: to illuminate, condition, exfoliate and give amazing contemporary color!
The ILIA Lipsticks come in six different shades that can be worn alone or layered to create your own signature lip color. The staff favorite is Neon Angel because its a bright fuchsia similar to Nars' Schiap and glides on so smoothly.
One of the most ingenious products in the range is the Lip Exfoliator. Typically I'd use a sugar scrub and manually exfoliate/rinse but this is in stick form making the process a lot less messy. Simply apply it on your lips like you would lipstick and tiny granules of volcanic stone powder gently exfoliates and soften. Follow up with ILIA's Lip Conditioner, an everyday balm filled with Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil that you'll want on your desk, by your bed and in your purse.
Although the range really looks after the lip area it does have some fabulous multi-purpose products like the ILIA Illuminator that can be worn on cupids bow, inner corners of eyes and upper cheekbones to radiate and bring out your best features. ILIA's Multi-Stick is the same thing but with more intensified color. Sweep across any area and you're out the door!
ILIA Pure Lip Color products contain 85% organic ingredients and their chic cases are made of recycled aluminum making it a brand you can trust, naturally.
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