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Just like the game 'Six degrees of Kevin Bacon,' it's interesting to see how far the love of certain brands catch on throughout the globe. Australia is the land of golden beaches, kangaroos and beer drinking, but it's stylish ladies also have wonderful beauty taste as shown in the May 2012 edition of Marie Claire magazine. Influential beauty editors around the globe share their favorite beauty products and what's hot in their hemisphere.
The land down under's Marie Claire Beauty Director Alex Noonan has a lot of great picks, but we had to agree mostly with her love of Kai's Eau de Parfum. This celebrity loved fragrance line has earned so many devotees because of it's simplicity and signature travel inspired scent of tuberose, jasmine and lily. Alex says, "…the white musk infused scent smells like summer."
She also chose staff favorite Becca Beach Tint in Grapefruit. Becca is an Australian beauty brand that we have come to know and love for it's beautiful makeup shades that glide on effortlessly and emphasize your natural beauty. This particular product is multi-use as you can apply it on lips, cheeks or eyelids!
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Tammy Fender Holistic Skincare lovers will be excited to find out that their Bulgarian Lavender Body Oil has just hit the b-glowing shelves! This exquisite oil hydrates thirsty skin and also calms the body from the inside out. Bulgarian Lavender is known to be a 'cure all' for any skin ailments, not to mention it smells amazing too!Read More »
Our fragrance category is constantly expanding, scouting the best scents from around the globe and bringing them to your doorstep in our signature red wrapping. However, we also know that men are very interested in grooming as well so we were very excited to hear that Yosh released a men's cologne, Sombre Negra! This smoldering scent is like a double agent with spicy sweet Pink Pepperberry, grassy Vetiver and woody Cedar making the wearer's presence undeniable. A female could even wear this undeniably seductive scent that in Spanish translates to, "black shadow."Read More »
For those who love lipstick but have a hard time wearing it because they have more of a half-moon shaped lip than cupid's bow, a lipliner might actually work in your favor. My lip line is somewhere in between and because of it, I have to be fairly selective on the lip shades I wear. Reds and bright fuschia's were really difficult for me to pull of until I started using a lip liner. Just like an eyeliner, they allow you to create soft and sensual or sharp and structured definition for those like me who are little bit lacking. I really like Jouer Cosmetics Lip Definer because of the wearable shade options and they draw on so smooth!Read More »
Women have been wearing perfume for years but do we really have it all figured out? Navigating through perfume sections online or in a department store can sometimes be overwhelming, not to mention trying to find your 'signature' scent.
In fact, perfume selection can be a very personal decision as scent is strongly linked to emotions and has a huge impact on the way people perceive you. What smells beautiful on a friend might smell totally different on your skin and this is where a little insight can really benefit us. After all, instructions for use don't come in the box so we gathered our most hard hitting questions and put them to the test with perfumer and scent expert YOSH...
Is it important to change or mix-up your perfumes with the changing of the seasons?
Yes, changing your perfumes with each season is like changing your fashion wardrobe. Each season represents a different sentiment or mood. Our body chemistry changes with the temperatures - partly because of the actual weather but also because of the seasonal foods you eat. And if you're newly in love - that will certainly change your body chemistry!
As we're entering spring, the season of changing leaves and re-introduction of color, what kind of scents should we be wearing?
As we come out of hibernation, the spring is full of hope and promise. It's still fresh some days and getting warmer other days. Just as you would wear a light sweater over your blouse or dress, wearing something sheer is great for this time of year. Something light but with some depth. Floral musk for this time of year is especially nice if you're on the East Coast and still need to wear a coat. Crisp florals are like crisp air in your nose - it wakes you up but it also gets the sluggish energy out. Sometimes, it's hard to motivate, we want the winter to last and we want to stay in bed. That's ok too - letting the body naturally come out of hibernation. But for days that need motivation, a little greenness will motivate you. Like wearing a pop of color.
What fragrance suggestions from our category would you find befitting of a great scent to compliment the Spring season?
Sottile in my own collection is made for spring with Tea Rose and Lily of the Valley. Sottile means subtle in Italian. It's clear and pretty like a spring day. There's a natural beauty to it - like a day after it rains. The air smells fresh with hints of hopeful silence. White Flowers is also great for this time of year. It's a more complex fragrance for the woman who likes tailored clothing. It has more layers and more bling. It's white flowers with a green finish and has a freshness to it like freshly picked wildflowers or the smell of flowers just coming out of the earth. Some other gorgeous spring options are:Read More »
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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One of the leaders in haircare, Frederic Fekkai is also leading the way in producing hair products that work to protect our hair from an environmental stressor we tend to forget about, the sun. We know that the sun's harmful rays can be damaging to our skin and anti-aging but it can be just as bad on our hair. It's very dehydrating so we need something to protect and re-build what has been damaged like Fekkai's After Sun Daily Mask, a UV protectant that keeps hair from fading and also deeply conditioning.
Another great hair product for summer is Frederic Fekkai's Cooling Shine Mist, also a UV protectant, this aerosol spray coats the hair with an even veil of gorgeous shine and leaves it feeling summer time fresh!Read More »
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.