Monthly Archives: January 2013

It's Zoya Time! Get 3 Free Polishes!

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A new year calls for some new nail polish, don’t you think? Freshen up your nail arsenal with some new additions from Zoya. Starting Monday, January 7th, pick 3 nail polishes and Zoya will give them to you for free, just pay shipping and handling. The promotion starts at 10am EST and goes on until 11:59pm EST. This offer excludes Zoya’s nail treatments and the Gilty Pleasures, Spring 2013 Lovely (more on that coming Monday!) and PixieDust collections. Other than that, just make sure you use code ZOYA2013 during check out.

So what shades will you be picking out? Let’s discuss our plans in the comments.

New! NARS Skincare Travel Sets

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The new NARS Skincare Travel sets have arrived on narscosmetics.com! NARS introduced their new skincare last summer and there are some great standout products in their new range. If you’ve haven’t had a change to mix things up with NARS and you’re skincare routine just yet, check out the new travel sets. You know we’re a sucker for travel sets…

Each set retails for $140 and includes a travel bag. There are two sets; the Luminous Aqua set and the Luminous Moisture set. The Moisture set is for the gals needing a little more moisture in their routine and the Aqua set is for those of us who like our skincare oil-free. Both sets contain full sized Optimal Brightening Concentrates and Total Replenishing Eye Creams then the rest is travel sized.

Here’s what’s in each set:

LUMINOUS AQUA SET

  • Multi-Action Hydrating Toner
  • Purifying Foam Cleanser
  • Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer
  • Optimal Brightening Concentrate
  • Total Replenishing Eye Cream

LUMINOUS MOISTURE SET

  • Multi-Action Hydrating Toner
  • Gentle Cream Cleanser
  • Luminous Moisture Cream
  • Optimal Brightening Concentrate
  • Total Replenishing Eye Cream

You can find each set on narscosmetics.com now. Stay tuned for product reviews from the NARS skincare line next week!

Having a Bar Soap Moment

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I’ve been a loyal body wash user for so long. Since I was a teenager and made a hobby of visiting the Bath & Body Works practically weekly. Juniper Breeze and Pearberry, anyone? I’ve had a penchant for all wash in a bottle, be it a gel, foam, cream, oil or mouse. It’s accurate to say I all but abandoned perhaps the most classic form of cleanser: a bar of soap. I think I’m making up for lost time. Bar soaps are all the rage in my shower and I have to say getting back to the traditional with body cleansing is a refreshing change in routine. Plus, the bar soaps of today seem so advanced to the drying white bars of my youth.

For those mornings when I just need to be alert, I opt for Molton Brown Re-charge Black Pepper Bodyscrub Bar. Black peppercorns srub away dead cells and the spicy blend of pepper and bergamot is invirograting. I take the time to really enjoy the aroma when I use this. The scent is unisex but be warned: if you buy this for the man in your life, you will end up stealing it back for yourself.

Natural body washes can be light on the lather (due to no sulfates) and sometimes leave you wanting a more thorough cleanse. But that’s not the case for a natural bar of soap. The vegan Metropolis Soap. Co artisan soaps have just a handful of ingredients, including shea butter so you know it’s moisturizing, and essential oils and detoxifying French clay. What I really love is the unexpected combinations and spa-like aromas that result. Plus, they’re under $10 and handmade in Brooklyn!

While I admit that its tempting to leave Fresh Citron de Vigne Soap in its gorgeous outer packaging, it’s just too good of scent not to indulge with during a hot shower. It gives me such a feeling of luxury and I’m addicted to the scent. It literally has notes of every scent I love — rose, grapefruit, neroli, pinot noir and amber. I find it brings me comfort in this cold weather.

We think that bar soap is in the middle of a major comeback, as evidenced by my newfound obsession. What do you think?

New! Dr. Dennis Gross Steamer Solutions Facial Device

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I have only experienced the joys of facials twice in my life (I know, I need more!), but the best part of the last one I had was the steam. The facialist took some lemongrass essential oil and just let that wonderful blast of steam penetrate my skin, it was blissful. Now the amazing Dr. Dennis Gross has introduced his Steamer Solutions’ Facial Device, and available now at Nordstrom.

At $125, this is a professional device that delivers a constant flow of moisture for up to 20 minutes at a time. Aside from being the most relaxing part of a skincare routine that you’ll experience, steam will help clear your pores and hydrate your skin while helping your products do their job even better since the steam helps with penetration.

I love that Dr. Gross has introduced this device. Standing over a boiling tea kettle or boiling pot of water is not my idea of a good time. A device like this that makes the process easy is exactly what I would want. He’s already pushing the envelope with his products and now we have our first tool. I can’t wait to see what he does next. How about a you?