July 24th, 2014
What’s New: Beauty While You Sleep



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1. Dr. Alkaitis Organic Night Crème, $70 | BUY

2. Lip De-Luscious Night Lip Treatment, $32 | BUY

3. Montagne Jeunesse Pure Oils Sleep Spa, $15/4 | BUY

4. This Works In The Midnight Hour, $33/2 pc | BUY

5. James Read Sleep Mask Tan, $43 | BUY

6. René Furterer Karité Intense Overnight Nourishing Treatment, $33 | BUY


July 23rd, 2014
Beauty S.O.S. - Sun Repair



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Sun damage (also known as photodamage) and hyperpigmentation (brown spots) are caused from the (UV) sun rays that penetrate deeply in skin. UV induced hyperpigmentation can be caused by overexposure to the sun, tanning beds, fluorescent and ambient lighting.

Years of sun exposure can result in spotted hyperpigmentation thanks to the role of melanin. Melanocytes are the reason our skin changes color, good or bad. To protect itself from the damaging effects of the sun, your skin increases its production of the dark brown pigment. The leftovers (when the body produces too much) are what of a number on your skin. Thankfully all is not lost for those who suffer from skin discoloration. There are several treatments and products to help treat sun spots, brown spots and other surface sun damage.

Check out some of our new favorites below from the revolutionary skin care brand HydroPeptide With over 60 peptides, antioxidant rich botanical stem cells, growth factors and hyaluronic acid, their award-winning daily care and professional collections offer targeted customizable results-driven regimens for all skin types.

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Brightens and Evens Skin Darkening

See age spots, acne scars, pregnancy mask and other types of hyper-pigmentation fade into oblivion with HydroPeptide Even Out Brightening Pigment Corrector, $60. In their place, an an even-toned and glowing complexion will emerge thanks to a precise blend of a patented brightening peptide and skin lighteners that target five pigment control systems. Spots are broken to bits and future discoloration is prevented from forming.

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Provides a Heavy Duty Solar Shield

A lightweight anti-aging day cream, HydroPeptide Solar Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $44, physically blocks 97% of UV rays that can cause sun burn and premature aging as it hydrates and rejuvenates your skin. A soft smart-tint automatically adjusts to your skin tone for flawless coverage while antioxidant-rich acai extract neutralizes free radicals.

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Anti-Redness Calm and Comfort

A restorative serum specially formulated with an advanced plant stem cell peptide complex, HydroPeptide Soothing Serum: Redness Repair and Relief, $130 works to visibly reduce redness and inflammation. Balancing and comforting extremely intolerant or compromised skin, the product uses ingredients like Niacinamide (strengthens skin’s natural defenses to prevent irritation), antioxidants and essential omega fatty acids (to promote healthy cell function and fight premature signs of aging).

To learn more about the line visit hydropeptide.com.

To purchase, check out retailers like skinstore.com, dermstore.com or Nordstrom stores.


July 21st, 2014
Beauty DIY: Hair How-To



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July 20th, 2014
What’s We Love: Summer Nails



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July 16th, 2014
Accessory Report: STUDIO FLUDD



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Above: On L - BUOY Necklace, $45; On R - Cicisbeo Necklace, $27

STUDIO FLUDD is a creative collective that is Venezia based and alchemy inspired. Their method is to manipulate matter, materials and ideas when it comes to product design and decoration. We love their fun and colorful handmade jewelry collection that includes materials like vintage ceramic beads, andmade wooden crystal, Olive wood, copper snake chain, walnut wood and rose quartz crystal.

Studio Fludd’s current collection of jewelry can found online and comes in a printed origami envelope.

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2. Materia Prima MICA Metamorfica collection Necklace, $39

3. Materia Prima, $34 each in OZ BRICK, PALE ZEST & MOON BEAN

4. Cicisbeo Necklace, $27

5. BRECCIA Necklace, $49

6. SF+TFN Synthesis Tote bag, $24

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July 15th, 2014
Beauty DIY: Summer Braided Hair for Beginners



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Braids evoke a carefree, boho chic look in the summer months but they can be hard to do on yourself. Thanks to Yesenia Guinea of Smoke and Mirrors Salon in San Francisco, here’s a step-by-step tutorial that will have you creating braided hairstyles in no time - special skills or third hands are not required.

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First, a note about texture: We’ve all got different hair textures, but whether you’ve got full, curly hair or fine, straight tresses, most of us do not have hair that is style-ready without a little product and some heat (a.k.a. a blow-dryer). So before starting any hairstyle, you’re going to want to prep it. Texturing lets you do two things: it smooths your hair so that you don’t have flyaways around your hairline, but more importantly it gives your hair a little extra grab so that it holds better after it’s styled. (If I’ve got any painters in the room, it’s a little like sanding a piece of furniture before you paint it. You’re going for a smooth surface with just enough roughing up that something will stick to it. Except since you can’t sand your hair, you’re instead going to dirty it a little with product. It may seem counter intuitive to both dirty and smooth your hair at the same time, but hair is weird and you’ll have to trust me on this one.)

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First, apply a styling product to your hair that is tailored to heat. There is a whole subsection of products available these days that are formulated specifically for the purpose of prepping your hair before you apply heat to it, and they are magic (if your hair never turns out the way you want when you blow-dry or curl it, applying this stuff first will change the whole game). They usually take the form of a cream or a serum, but the one that is best for your hair will depend on its texture. Next, blow-dry your hair using a boar-bristle brush. The boar bristle will make it easier to smooth your hair, and adds a nice shine to your hair to boot. (For finer hair, use a metal brush to get more fullness.) For the best blow-dry technique, start close to your scalp, then pull out with your brush. But be careful: you don’t want to go overboard. Too much texture will be difficult to work with (too little will go flat).

BONUS: A note about parts: A part frames your face. Moving it just a tiny bit (less than ¼ inch, even) from the center can add drama and style to your look.

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This is an easy braided hairstyle that’s friendly to braid beginners but still polished looking. For this look, you’ll want to first make sure that you have a blow-dryer, curling iron (or wand), and brush on hand, as well as some small rubber elastics and bobby pins that match your hair color. Once you have those handy, proceed as follows:

1. Once your hair is prepped (see Yesenia’s tips above), section three chunks of hair along your part, equal in size, parallel to each other. These sections of hair are going to be turned into three braids in just a moment.

2. Secure the back two sections with a clip, then braid the first section of hair and secure with a rubber hair elastic.

3. Braid the second and third sections next, and secure in the same manner as the first.

4. Remove the rubber bands, then braid your three little braids together into one big braid, working toward the back of your head. Secure with rubber elastic. Repeat steps 1–4 on the other side of your head.

5. Pull one of your braids to the back of your head and secure tightly with bobby pins. Then pull your other braid to the back, creating an “X” at the back of your head. Secure with more bobby pins. Then Remove any remaining hair elastics, and secure any loose ends or stray hairs with bobby pins.

6. Create soft waves in the rest of your hair by wrapping one-inch (or so) sections of hair around a curling iron or wand and holding for a few seconds before releasing. For a sleeker look, you can also use a curling iron to smooth your hair and curl it under.


Source: apracticalwedding.com


July 14th, 2014
What’s New: Jose Eber Volumizing Root Lifter and Spray



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Celeb hairstylist Jose Eber delivers another home run with his latest hair care innovation. A unique double formula, Beaute Cheveux Volumizing Root Lifter Spray, $22 works as a root lifter and firm-hold spray. Color-safe and without sulfates or parabens, it has a powerful ingredient base that gives locks greater height and body while adding definition.

The Beaute Cheveux line features a unique neo-molecular delivery system that infuses the hair to the root with much-needed minerals that keep hair looking youthful and strong. Created to reflect Eber’s French heritage, the Quince fragranced products feature top notes of quince, citrus and lush apples, complemented by middle notes of green leaves and Neroli de Provence.


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July 13th, 2014
What We Love: Love Potions



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As tantalizing as their suggestive names, these drop dead sexy bath and body goods will attract the apple of your eye in no time at all. Scrub, mist, slather and soak your way to true romance by giving these ohh-la-luscious products a try.

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1. Tokyomilk - Dead Sexy No. 6 Hand Creme, $22 | ronrobinson.com

2. bodycology Instant Attraction Body Cream & Fragrance Mist, $4 ea. | walmart.com

3. Scrub ‘Em & Leave ‘Em Body Exfoliator, $25 | soapandglory.com

4. Sensual Blush Body Wash, $14 | victoriassecret.com

5. Falling in Love Fragrance, $46 | philosophy.com

6. Carol’s Daughter Ecstasy Body Lotion, $18 | sephora.com


July 6th, 2014
Do Men Really Think Beauty Peaks at 29?



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July 5th, 2014
Beauty Flashback: The Lovely Locks of 70s Model Maudie James



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Maudie James shot by Patrick Hunt for Vogue in 1973.

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Maudie James, photo by Clive Arrowsmith used for the cover of Vogue UK, March 1, 1970.

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Maudie James by Clive Arrowsmith, ca. 1970 from The Conde Nast Archive.

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Maudie James by David Bailey.

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Maudie James by David Bailey, 1968.

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Maudie James in Vogue December 1969.

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Maudie James in mist pink Harris tweed long coat, wasp-waisted with a butterfly peplum hiding pockets by Ossie Clark, Vogue UK, October 1968.




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