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She's one of the most beautiful women in the world and every time we see her in a magazine or film doesn't look a day over 35. What's her secret? With that rich golden skin and crease-free face, I believe part of Halle's secret is great genetics but the other half, which she's admitted in the August issue of Vanity Fair magazine, is Kinara skincare. Her top two favorites that always have a spot on her vanity table are:
Kinara Weightless Moisturizer has a cream base that is ideal for oily skin. For those like Halle who do experience shininess and oil the last thing you want to put on your face is a cream that's thick and feels suffocating. The weightless formula has active ingredients like Vitamin A, lemon and eucalyptus to wake up the skin and boots its ability to protect itself from free radical damage.
The eyes are one of the first areas to show signs of aging so Halle swears by the Kinara Eye Cream. This firming and hydrating cream incorporates anti-inflammatory ingredients to soothe eyes, firm slacking skin and reduce the appearance of those crow's feet. Anti-aging skincare is all about prevention. We might not be able to turn back the clock 20 years immediately, but by using the right products can slow down this process so the next twenty only look like 10. Winning.
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Red is without doubt a shade that remains forever on trend. It's also the color that makes the loudest statement just by wearing it sparingly. The chicest look is an all black or all nude ensemble with a classic red nail lacquer and/or a matching lip. It's the definitely the color of confidence and this week you have the chance of winning an assortment of some of our favorite 'reds' spanning lacquer, lip and face products. If you enter our 'Red Haute' giveaway on Facebook, you will have the chance to take home these lovelies:
RGB Cosmetics Too Red Nail Lacquer is a bright, cheerful red shade. Ideally the perfect red for summer because of it's candy apple fresh 'n' fruity hue. It's also free from chemical nasties like Formaldehyde and DBP.
Jemma Kidd's Stain, Flush & Goss Lip & Cheek Duo is a compact product to enhance your lip and cheek area with a cheerful, romantic stain. It's very sheer and blendable so don't let the deep red color scare you. You also get the anti-oxidantal properies of Vitamin A within this amazing formulation!
Jouer Cosmetics Hydrating Lipstick in Simone goes on smooth as butter with moisturizing properties of Cupuacu Butter to glide on and leave a soft and sultry red finish. You've just been transformed to the lady in red.
Kevyn Aucoin The Lip Gloss in Pasiflora is a richly pigmented red that packs a punch. Blot on tissue for an accessible day look or don't to step it up a notch into evening. Subtle shimmer particles give lips a 'look but don't touch' glamorous attitude but also doesn't feel sticky or slippery.
Enter to win our Red Haute giveaway here! Entries end Sept 13, 2012 at 10:00am PST. Good luck!
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Shop the entire Frederic Fekkai haircare line here!
For those who have broken and brittle hair, repairing it back to it's radiant and shiny self isn't as hard as you think thanks to Frederic Fekkai's Protein RX collection. A five piece line designed to strengthen hair that has been damaged from color, relaxing and heat styling. Soy and milk proteins work to repair the hair cuticle from the inside out and slowly but surely bring it back to life. Course ends are left softer and more manageable in no time. Don't worry, you don't' have to resort to hacking your hair off in order to feel like you again. Help is on the way with the Protein RX system!Read More »
Shop the full Serge Normant haircare range here!
We've totally fallen in love with the Serge Normant Avah Eau de Parfum at the office. This exotic and luxurious fragrance can be sprayed freely on hair and body to refresh and nourish the mane. I find it's perfect for those in between washing days where hair doesn't smell fantastic and needs a little pick-me-up. This is normally when I grab the closest dry shampoo however Avah Parfum gives you the beautiful scent without volume or texture. Apparently it's causing a craze overseas as well, with it recently being featured in the September issue of Swiss SI Style magazine. This sensual hair and body spray is a floral musk with exotic notes of ylang yglang, jasmine, amber and soft woods but also conditioning ingredients of Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. The beauty of Avah Eau de Parfum is you can keep it in your hair product drawer or on your dresser with the rest of your fragrances!
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Fashion Week is only two days away! I'm sure you have your outfits lined up for all the shows and events like Fashion's Night Out but what about your beauty items? We've compiled a New York Fashion Week Survival Kit filled with our must haves to get you through the long and hot lines prior to a show, stay-put makeup that won't crease, on-trend lacquers and much more!
With so many parties going into the early morning the one product that will allow you to work all day and stay out all night is skyn ICELAND's Hydro Cool Firming Gels. Although we're not advising this as a continual lifestyle as it will wreak havoc on your skin, we will make an exception for this very fashionable occasion. The first area to show signs of fatigue is typically the eyes but these cooling patches will help to firm skin, de-puff bags and all over refresh tired looking eyes and make them good as new!
To get into your favorite show might require a lot of standing around which equals tired legs and aching feet. Mama Mio's Lucky Legs Cooling Serum to the rescue to make sure your legs look and feel great all day long. This mini-spa treatment leaves a subtle sparkly shimmer on your shins and instantly cools and soothes achy limbs.
Frizzies are nobody's friend and you certainly don't want to be fighting that battle during Fashion Week. An amazing outfit and gorgeous makeup can be easily missed when you have hair stragglers blowing in the wind. Serge Normant's Meta Lush Volumizer tames flyaways and gives amazing volume in just a few spritzes on wet or dry hair. Your day will run smoothly, just like your hair!
For crease free eyes you need Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes! With 'bullet' like packaging that is purse friendly and a formulation that will have your eyeshadow stay in place through sweat and humidity, this is a must have for Fashion Week. Speaking of sweat, your brow and forehead is likely to perspire and as soon as you feel dewy pull a Tatcha Blotting Paper out of your purse and gently blot it away while makeup remains intact!
When you're surrounded by so many people in such close quarters you want to be mindful of overpowering perfumes. If there's one that everyone will appreciate it's Gratitude by Zorica of Malibu. This softly sweet and summery scent of grapefruit and vanilla is utterly delectable and best of all is made with 100% natural ingredients of Jojoba and essential oils.
For our nails we look to Color Club's In The Limelight, a purple-blue hybrid that will have you on trend for fall and will definitely get you noticed when you're tapping your hands to the pulsating beat of the music at your favorite show!
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This fall it's all about the greens baby! Not the greenbacks but the color that changes along with the falling leaves. From bright neons to military khaki, try and incorporate some of these shades into your nail lacquer schedule. Butter London's Swinger Nail Lacquer will take you from 0 to 60 with it's green grass glitter explosion. Perfect for a night out on the town or enhance just one of your nails and leave the rest matte to take part in one of the seasons' hottest nail trends. Get militant with this armed forces inspired Butter London lacquer, Sloane Ranger! An olive khaki shade that is my personal favorite of my green selections! Vapour Organic Beauty has a couple new seasonal additions but founder Lisa's favorite is Looker, a moody hunter green that is made with 100% organic ingredients and recyclable packaging! Color Club's Feeling Groovy is a neon green that is not for the shy of heart. You wear this polish to get noticed so go all out with bright prints or make a statement just about the nails by wearing neutral tones like black.
It's easy to be green this season with these fall friendly shades! From left to right - Butter London Swinger, Butter London Sloane Ranger, Vapour Organic Beauty Looker, Color Club Feeling Groovy
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Shop the entire Vapour Organic Beauty range here!
Our founder Lisa loves beauty products but she went crazy (in a good way) when she saw Vapour Organic Beauty's latest nail lacquer addition in the September issue of In Style magazine. This chemical free beauty brand is always keeping with the trends and the shade you really want to be rocking this season, if you saw my previous blog post, is green! Vapour Organic Beauty's Vernissage Nail Lacquer in Looker is a hunter green shade that borderlines moody in its tone but has a chic Burberry-esque quality to me that screams fashion. The Vapour line is completely free of harmful chemicals like toluene and formaldehyde and according to In Style, a beauty steal at only $12!
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Shop entire Kai Perfume collection here!
If there's one brand that is spoiled with press it's Kai. Well deserved of course, its perfume and bath and body products are loved by millions of devotees around the globe including Jill Martin on the Today show! She mentions Kai a lot during her contributor style segments and this fall she's excited about Kai's new Shampoo and Conditioner addition. Charlize Theron and Usher are just some of the celebrities who adore Kai's signature tropic inspired scent of gardenia and white flowers. A great thing that sets Kai apart from others is that their formulas are paraben, sulfate and phthalate free! Don't hit that checkout button until you see if you qualify for the free Kai gift with purchase we have on at the moment!
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Shop the entire LaLicious range here!
Super-size me! Doubling up for value isn't just an option at fast food hamburger joints anymore. This month a new LaLicious addition will guarantee you get double the exfoliation treatments for just a bit more in price. In honor of their 10th anniversary, the brand who's synonymous with whipping up delectable body scrubs and creams has collaborated with indie fashion brand Ivana Helsinki to do a limited edition Sugar Kiss Super Scrub! If this is your favorite product or if you're on the lookout for an amazing body scrub the time to stock up is now! The typical 16 oz retails for $32 and the Super Scrub gives you double the goodness for only $49. Filled with additional antioxidants to fight free radicals, this scrub does it all. Exfoliate your skin to perfection and then rinse off to find your body left moisturized and dewy. A staff must have!
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Shop the full Sekkisei skincare line here!
If you want to radiate natural beauty from the inside out then take a peak at our latest skincare addition, Sekkisei! With inspiration taken from the purity of snow, this brand is all about products that brighten the complexion and minimize the appearance of age spots as well as prevent them. Our skin color can become dull and sallow due to not exfoliating, to much time in the sun and sometimes just genetics however Sekkisei has a great assortment of creams, serums and cleansers with whitening extracts that will bring your radiance back in no time:
One of the standouts is the Sekkisei White Powder Wash. This foaming cleanser will effectively brighten the complexion with Shiso, Japanese Basil, Coix Seed Extract and more without stripping the skin of it's essential oils and moisture barrier. This is a great option for all skin types.
The Sekkisei Emulsion is a lightweight moisturizer that can be used on it's own or combined with the Sekkisei lotion for a double whammy of moisture on the skin. Senpukua Flower helps brighten and soften the complexion without feeling greasy or tacky.
The great thing about Sekkisei is that it works for pretty much all skin types and is very gentle. If you're skincare concern is to create a healthy glow that radiates from the inside out then you will love Sekkisei!
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