January 20th, 2012
Deal Alert: A Suite Experience at the Hotel Bel-Air



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There are goodies galore for guests who book one of The Hotel Bel-Air’s new suites. Those staying for three nights or more will be presented with luxury amenity and pampering perks from now until May 31st, 2012.

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The Terrace at the Hotel Bel-Air

Lucky travelers (or locals in need of some R+R) on the receiving end will be granted a full American breakfast for two each day, as well as a $200 dining credit at the on-site Wolfgang Puck restaurant. But that’s not all - also included in the bundle is one $100 spa credit and two La Prairie gift items from the Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie.

Spa by La Prairie

Spa by La Prairie

For reservations, book online HERE. Or, call 800.648.4097. For more information about the Hotel Bel-Air, check out the SITE.

Hotel Bel-Air

701 Stone Canyon Road, Los Angeles, Calif. | 310.472.1211


January 19th, 2012
What We Love: The It Kit



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What it is: A customizable skincare system for the ‘it girl,’ vbeaute’s It Kit, $165, houses the products needed to give skin the celebrity treatment. Held in an elegant, gunmetal clutcgm the kit holds a handy supply of the five essential products women need most.

Making it easy: Refillable, prescriptions for favorite products in on-the-go sizes are available for replenishment.

What’s Inside: Evidence Eraser Gentle Foaming Cleanser, Rub Off Gentle Facial Exfoliator, Undercover Agent Anti-Wrinkle DNA Protecting Serum, Eye Never Nourishing DNA Repair Eye Creme, Buying Time Everyday Creme.

Get it HERE.


January 18th, 2012
Enter to Win: Terra Nova Glam Getaway Contest



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In celebration of Assouline’s latest title, SOUTH POLE, the publisher launches its getaway contest…

Contest Details

Who: ASSOULINE, Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH)

What: Terra Nova Contest

First Prize: A three-night stay at any Small Luxury Hotels of the World destination and an Assouline Didot Leather Notebook. For a complete listings of hotels, go HERE

Second Prize: A signed edition of South Pole: The British Antarctic Expedition and a bottle of Whyte & Mackay Whisky.

Third Prize: A signed edition of South Pole: The British Antarctic Expedition.

Where: Contest lives on Assouline’s and Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s Facebook Pages and will be promoted through all corresponding social channels, Assouline U.S. boutiques, and at select SLH U.S. locations.

When: Contest launches today (Wednesday, January 18, at 12 pm) and runs through Saturday, February 18, at 12 p.m. Winners will be announced on Thursday, March 1, 2012.

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To Enter:

Visit ASSOULINE’s or Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s Facebook Pages

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January 18th, 2012
Trend: Food as Beauty Ingredients



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Floral extracts are common ingredients that have been found in our favorite beauty products, but what about food? Today, ingredients like grapes, corn and pomegranate are among the hottest in the beauty industry.  Known for their nutritive properties when consumed, they are being used topically to offer benefits that result in radiant, nourished, and hydrated skin. Here’s a look at some of our favorites and the surprising food properties used to make them…

*Decleor’s Harmonie Calm Comforting Milky Gel-Cream Mask

Use: Facial Mask

What’s in it: Extracts from Corn

*Ted Gibson’s Individual Color Shampoo

Use: Hair

What’s in it: Pomegranate

*DERMAdoctor’s Photodynamic Therapy

Use: Face

What’s in it: Pomegranate and Cucumber

*3Lab’s Super H Serum

Use: Face

What’s in it: PhytoCellTec Malus Domestica, stem cells from a rare Swill Apple

*3Lab’s Super Eye Treatment

Use: Under Eye Area/Face

What’s in it: Grape, Acai Berry and Swill Apple stem cells

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3lab ‘Super’ Eye Treatment, $350
3lab ‘Super H’ Age-Defying Serum, $320
Decleor Harmonie Calm Comforting Milky Gel-Cream Mask, $41
Ted Gibson Individual Color Shampoo, $175


January 17th, 2012
Top Ten Free Beauty Apps



As with fashion, there are millions of beauty apps for the iPhone and iPad. With that many apps to choose from, there’s no need to pay for a download. From helpful retailer apps to modules specializing in organic beauty, you can decide how to make over your beauty regimen — for free! — without ever having to go to a beauty counter.

Check out High Low’s list below - and try something new today!


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1/ INSTYLE HAIRSTYLE TRY-ON APP

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2/ TOTAL BEAUTY

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3/ SEPHORA TO GO

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4/ BEAUTYLISH

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5/ ORGANIC SPA MAGAZINE SKIN CARE GUIDE

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6/ SPA FINDER

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7/ LANCOME MAKEUP APP

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8/ BEAUTY TIPS FROM DAILY GLOW

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9/ MAKEUP BY MODIFACE

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10/ MAKEUP MIRROR

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January 16th, 2012
Get the Look: Jessica Biel’s Lux Boho Waves



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Hairstylist Davy Newkirk shares his tips on getting Biel’s Golden Globes look…

“We wanted Jessica’s hair to compliment the ‘bohemian luxury’ feel of her dress. I loved the idea of natural cascading waves against the backdrop of the dress’ backless silhouette. The overall look evokes a relaxed vibe while still remaining polished and sophisticated.”

Prep: “Jessica has a great head of hair, the texture is fine but she has a ton of it! I added extra volume and lift at the roots while maintaining the feather light feel.”

Apply Alterna Bamboo Volume Weightless Whipped Mousse all over damp hair, andAlterna Bamboo Volume Uplifting Root Blast to the roots. Blow dry using a large round brush, this smoothes the cuticle to ensure a polished result.

When hair is 95% dry give strands texture and wave with Alterna Bamboo Style Boho Waves Touseled Texture Mist and then finish with a rough dry using your fingers.

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Style: “While creating Jessica’s waves my goal was to keep the look youthful and modern.”

Divide Divide hair into 1” sections and create waves using a 1¼” curling iron. Alternate between wrapping and clamping sections to maintain the organic movement to the look.

Apply Alterna Bamboo Style Moldable Texture Paste to hands and using your fingers comb through the curls, tousling the strands as you go.

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Finishing Touches

Mist hair with Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Humidity Hair Spray, the flexible hold formula will set the style, add healthy shine and lock out frizz.

Smooth pieces around the face with Alterna Bamboo Style Moldable Texture Paste.



January 15th, 2012
Sneak Peek: Springtime Organic Spa Treatments at The Ritz



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The Ritz-Carlton Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles rolls out a new selection of plant-based treatments to rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit this spring. The exclusive menu of organic, season-inspired treatments will  launch on March 1, 2012.

Guests can bask in the glam atmosphere of the Ritz’s 8,000-square-foot spa before and after their treatment. Choose one (or two) new treatments - all of which, are formulated with plant-based active ingredients and free of synthetics, paraffin, paraben and petroleum - for the ultimate pampering experience (that comes with a special farewell gift!)

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You Gotta Try…

Organic Opulence Facial

Rich with phytonutrients and vitamins, this highly nourishing treatment helps to fight free radicals and relax fine lines and wrinkles.

50 minutes | $165

Organic Mani Pedi

Soothe tired hands and feet with this rejuvenating spa service.

50 minutes each | $50, manicure; $80 pedicure

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All treatments are full of healing, all-natural ingredients found in the mountain regions (think Pure Glacier Water, Edelweiss Extract, Meadowfoam Extract) to protect against free-radicals, repair the skin’s lipid film, provide intense hydration and oxygen energy to accelerate cell regeneration. The result? Revitalized, glowing skin.

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This distinct selection of plant-based therapies will only be available until April 31st. To learn more about the spa, or to book an appointment click HERE or call 213.763.4400.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles

900 W Olympic Blvd., Downtown L.A.


January 15th, 2012
Spotted: THE Hospitality Suite - A GOLDEN GLOBE DESTINATION



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On Friday, January 13th, celebs descended upon THE Hospitality Suite in Beverly Hills to check out top tier services and high-end brands in a quiet and private retreat. From manicures and massages to champagne, check out how the stars prepares for the red carpet at the Golden Globes.

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Camille Camille Grammar got dolled up with Alberto Parada jewels and Seduce clothing worth $10,000 dollars. Meanwhile Raven Symone enjoyed a 45 teeth whitening treatment by Dr. Sherri Worth, with her new Zoom Whitening treatment worth $600 dollars. Stars such as Jamie Chung, Camen Electra, Rex Lee, and Glee’s Dot Jones got their hair done with Gavert Atelier Salon’s Mika Fowler and Andy Lecompte Salon’s George Papanikolas. Reality celebs such as Shayne Lamas, Ali Fedotowsky, and Stephanie Pratt recieved lashes by Makeup Mandy and scored over a ton of Joico Haircare. THE Hospitality Suite seemed like the place to be.

Check out more images from the event…


January 14th, 2012
New Year, New You: Part Six



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To Create Good Luck, Use Feng Shui

Ancient Chinese Emperors used Feng Shui’s positive energy principles to influence the good luck and good fortune not only for their lifetime but that of the next seven generations of their families.

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Don’t know where to begin? Check out these fun and handy online resources to learn more…


January 13th, 2012
Beauty Idea: The Look Bag



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