April 25th, 2008
Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers fragrance launch


Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers Fragrance Launch


Gwen Stefani will be launching a new fragrance line this September called: The Harajuku Lovers Collection, consisting of five different and unique scents. The five fragrances are modeled after herself and real life backup singers, Love, Music, Angel Baby. Each bottle consists of two pieces: A glass bottle containing the fragrance, and a detailed, personalized doll at the top. The five scents are inspired by Gwen herself and the individual personalities of her backup singers.


Love: A sensuous floral with notes of pink pomelo, nectarine blossom and creamy vanilla orchid. Lila Angel: A fruity floral with notes of raspberry, candied violet and crystal amber. Music: A delicate floral with notes of sparkling pear, sweet pea and sleek woods. Baby: A powdery musk with notes of freesia, orange flower and heliotrope. G (Gwen): A modern gourmand with notes of crisp mandarin, jasmine sambac and coconut cream.



 The Harajuku Lovers Collection will be available at Macy’s, Nordstrom, Dillards and Sephora this September.







April 10th, 2008
Primed and Ready


I’ve always thought makeup primers were a good idea, but had trouble finding one I liked, mostly because they always seem to have lots of silicone which feels heavy on the skin.


I recently came across the new SMASHBOX Photo Finish Light Primer. This primer boasts a water-base, light diffusers, vitamin C, and collagen promoting peptides.


It feels great on the skin; light, breathable, and smooth. It’s definitely my new favorite product!


Easy to apply: Use between moisturizer and foundation to elongate and maximize the look of your makeup.




April 9th, 2008
Borba Drinkable Skin Care



 I always believed that taking care of your skin happened from the inside-out since there is a well established link between diet and skin health. BORBA Skin Balance Waters are the newest breakthrough in skin care, beautifying our skin from the inside out. Each water contains powerful antioxidants and skin nourishing ingredients and minerals, which help improve the overall health of the skin.


Independent clinical studies have proven two waters daily can provide visible results in seven days. I’m on day five now and I feel great, my skin is more radiant and I also have a lot more energy. I’ll raise my glass to that!


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April 9th, 2008
ZO Skin Health by Dr. Obagi


By, Sharon Curtis



Dr. Zein Obagi has been Beverly Hills premier dermatologist for over 20 years. He is truly a skincare pioneer. His education, success, and experience led him to create ZO Skin Health. ‘ZO’ is an aggressive skincare line that combats aging with very powerful ingredients such as stabalized retinol and advanced peptides.


Dr. Obagi’s philosophy is simply this, “To win the battle on aging, give it your best shot.” His methods are quite aggressive, but work wonders if you are truly commited.


Some results you can expect from ZO Skin Health are:


*Re-energized skin with constantly stimulated cellular function and repair

*Diminished look of fine lines and wrinkles

*Improved tone and texture

*Incresed skin firmness and elasticity

*Calmed, less irritated skin by way of anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant agents


My absolute favorite product is the Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30. It’s truly a remarkable product. It does so much more than your typical sunscreen. It heavily protects against UVA/UVB sun damage, stimulates collagen, hydrates and moisturizes, and smoothes skin to a silk-like state thus making for a flawless makeup application. LOVE IT!!!


I encourage you to check out the ZO Skin Health website to learn more about the talented, Dr. Obagi and his fantastic products. ‘ZO’ products are also sold at Nordstrom.com and select Nordstrom stores and Fred Segal in Santa Monica, California.









April 8th, 2008
Clarins Cure For Cellulite?


By, Sharon Curtis


I got a tip from a fellow beauty editor about a ‘miracle’ potion for cellulite. Like most of us I was a bit skeptical. So like any good, ’cosmetically obsessed’ person, I decided to launch a full-scale investigation.


As you must know by now, Clarins is a marvelous line. It’s been around since 1954 and has a strong commitment to excellence. Most of their products are plant based and contain the highest quality ingredients. I had a feeling I was going to like this treatment.


The two products recommended for my cellulite problem were Total Body Lift and Body Shaping Supplement.


Total Body Lift- is a lightweight body cream that is designed to fight cellulite. It promises help with a sleeker, streamlined silhouette. Most people notice a change in skin tone almost immediately.


Body Shaping Supplement- is meant to be combined with your body care product to reduce the appearence of cellulite and sponginess. It has the ability to “stimulate fat removal and refine body contours by increasing blood circulation and lymphatic drainage”


Well as instructed , I blended the two together by emptying the entire Body Shaping Supplement vial into the Total Body Lift and started using my ‘potion’ day and night, religiously.


My report: WOW! I’m a believer. This stuff is fantastic. It really helps. The tone in my legs has changed noticeably and the cellulite is definately reduced. I’ve only been using it for 3 weeks and I consider this improvement dramatic.


For anyone out there who suffers from cellulite and sponginess (you know who you are), I definately recommend this duo.


For more information on these or other Clarins products go to www.clarins.com 






April 7th, 2008
The Bare Bronze collection from Victoria’s Secret


Sultry, bronzed skin. A hint of shimmer; a sensual, all-over glow. Evidence of a lost weekend on St. Barths? The sexiest year-round glow comes courtesy of Bare Bronze, Victoria’s Secret’s luxurious take on sun-kissed radiance.


There’s a reason every supermodel shows up for a photoshoot with glowing, bronzed skin. With a head-to-toe glow, even she feels suddenly thinner, sexier, more confident. Bare Bronze offers new ways to capture this feeling, from shimmering mists to gleaming spray tints. Flawless, bronze skin is the perfect accessory anytime. So skip St. Barths. And bare your radiant skin whenever the mood strikes. Bask in a sensuous, warm glow all year long with Bare Bronze.






NEW! Captivating Shimmer Mist

Transport yourself with tropical scent and gleaming moisture. Leaves skin silky-smooth, shimmery and kissed with sultry Bare Bronze scent, a sparkling blend of Grapefruit Zest, Glistening Citrus and Sheer Coconut. 







Bare Bronze Daily Glow Moisturizer

Drink in a sexy touch of sun, every day. Bare Bronze Daily Glow Moisturizer combines the benefits of moisturizer with a hint of selftanner for a natural, gradual glow. In Light to Medium or Medium to Deep.

• Aloe Butter and Silk Protein to nourish and hydrate

• Vitamins A, C, and E for antioxidant protection

• Pearl Extract to promote healthy skin





Gleaming Self-Tan Body Tint

A glimmering sun-kissed treat for sexy skin. Our exclusive formula gives you a gradual tan, but you’ll get shimmery skin in an instant. The healing properties of Aloe Vera and Silk Proteins provide luxe hydration, while Vitamins A, C and E provide antioxidant protection, and Pearl Extracts promote year-round, radiantly
sexy skin.







Bare Bronze Shimmering Body Oil

Seduce with a flash of liquid gold. Decadent yet lightweight, Bare Bronze Shimmering Body Oil gives skin a luxurious, golden glimmer. In Melted Gold.

• Vitamins A, C, and E for antioxidant protection

• Minerals to promote healthy skin

• Aloe Butter for intense hydration





Bare Bronze Sun Dust Body Powder Brush

A sexy dusting of shimmering body heat. Bare Bronze Sun Dust Powder Brush combines powder and brush for full-on glimmer and head-to-toe glow.








Bare Bronze Flawless Glow Face Bronzer

Sweep on a luxurious faux glow. Bare Bronze Flawless Glow Face Bronzer complements
every complexion. In four shades, to suit a range of complexions: Glow 1, Glow 2 and Glow 3.

• Two ways to glow bronze: luminous or naturally matte in one split-pan compact

• Vitamins A and E for antioxidant protection








Bare Bronze Radiant Shimmer Eye Palette

Heat things up with lustrous lids. Bare Bronze Radiant Shimmer Eye Palette includes five versatile shades for a variety of sultry lid looks. Wear it dry for a soft, shimmering finish. Wear it wet for a bold metallic look. In Heat Mirage (shown here)






April 6th, 2008
‘Face Fabric’ by Giorgio Armani


By, Sharon Curtis


I’ve absolutely fallen in love with this fantastic foundation from Armani. It’s called Face Fabric and is characterized by Armani as a “Second Skin Makeup”. I would say this formulation is similar to a tinted-moisturizer with better coverage.


Face Fabric is an invisible makeup that features the all important SPF as well as 3D Micro-fil technology.


The addition of Micro-fil in this foundation brings a lightness and fluid texture to the makeup, allowing easy blending and layering to enhance the skins natural glow. The result is flawless and radiant skin.


To check out this or other Armani beauty products go to www.giorgioarmanimakeup-usa.com.







April 2nd, 2008
In the studio with Robert Randolph and Ben Harper


I know this doesn’t qualify as a beauty category but I just thought I had some bragging rights! Robert Randolph is a long time east coast friend of mine and he’s been working on a new album here in Los Angeles. I decided to pop over to the studio the other night and witness some amazing music in the making between Robert and Ben Harper. The festivities lasted till about 5am when Robert asked me if I wouldn’t mind singing with them on the track. I figured, hey I’ve been here this long why not? It was a blast and now I get to say I sang with Robert Randolph and Ben Harper.


If you’re into Blues, Gospel mixed with a bit of country, I urge you to check out Robert Randolph and the Family Band on itunes!










April 1st, 2008
The Art of Exfoliation


What is it? Why do we do it? Is it important? Can you overdue it?


Exfoliation is the purposeful removal of the oldest skin cells that lie on the outermost surface of the skin.


There are two different ways to exfoliate: manual & chemical



Manual Exfoliation


Manual exfoliation consists of an abrasive applied to the skin, massaged in, then removed with water. Examples of manual exfoliants are sugar, coffee grounds, and jojoba beads. This is the most common type of exfoliant you will see from most cosmetics lines.


Microdermabrasion is another manual exfoliation process that is very popular at spas, but is much costlier than your typical at-home treatments. This type of exfoliation is done by an instrument that sprays micro-crystals onto the skin at a very high frequency. This process leaves the skin deeply exfoliated.



Chemical Exfoliation


Chemical exfoliation (sounds scary, but it is not) consists of the use of an enzyme, alphahydroxy acid or betahydroxy acid. These types of acids work by loosening the outermost layer of the skin and debris. The most common chemical exfoliants are sold by cosmetics lines in the form of a peel or retexturizer.


A chemical peel is the strongest form of exfoliation and can be obtained in a spa or doctor’s office depending on the severity of the peel. Chemical peels can range from a lunchtime treatment to a procedure using a local anesthetic and a week off from work.


Exfoliation is an extremely important part of any good skincare regimen. It’s important to exfoliate both your face and body. The biggest benefit of exfoliation is that the skin looks fresher and all the expensive beauty & body products you buy will penetrate the skin and work much better!


If you’re not sure what exfoliation process is best for you, just test out different products to see what works best. I’m a big fan of chemical exfoliants because I think they are more effective and safer for the skin.


You can overdue exfoliation. This is definitely not a case of more is better. Depending on the strength of the exfoliant procedure you opt for, you will want to follow the package or technician’s directions. Over-exfoliation can lead to broken capillaries, dryness, irritation and abrasions. So be careful and have fun!



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