Happy Birthday! Fresh 21 Oval Soaps Celebrate Brand's Heritage

Happy birthday, Fresh! The brand responsible for our beloved Sugar Lip Treatment and all thinks luxury in skincare is turning 21. In honor of the big b-day, Fresh teamed with artist and illustrator R. Nichols to create a series of limited edition Fresh 21 Oval Soaps in three iconic scents: Sugar, Patchouli and Hesperides Grapefruit.

These oval soaps are a special part of Fresh history. In 1991, Fresh founders Lev Glazman and Alina Roytbery launched the brand with this product. The 2012 version feature jazzy packaging and custom illustrations. Look for these this month for $15 each. We think they’d make for a great gift! for ourselves

Look Thinner in an Instant This Summer

If you’re worried about your wobbly tummy or curvaceous bottom – fear not! The right attire can flatter your figure, so here’s how to look thinner in an instant.

Dress for your body shape
Whether you’re a size 22 or a size 12, it’s essential to show off your body shape. Select clothes that enhance your silhouette and don’t squeeze into anything too small – as this will make you look bigger. Wear a structured jacket to disguise a flabby torso, stick to A-line skirts if you hate your thighs and wear belts to show off a slender middle – it’s that simple. Many clinics offer tummy tuck surgery, however, a well-stocked wardrobe can work wonders too.

Wear the right underwear
Massive melons can make you look bigger than you actually are, so why not buy a minimizing bra? These fantastic boulder holders will keep your puppies under control and will help you wear glamorous tops with confidence. Breast reduction surgery can improve your assets, but the right lingerie can shape, mould and lift your jugs. While you’re in the underwear store, grab some support pants (AKA Bridget Jones knickers) too. They might not be the most attractive things in the world, but they’ll help slim you down.

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Garnier Sleek & Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment

Argan Oil is pretty much the best thing that has ever happened to my hair, a few drops of it before blow-drying makes a world of difference in the look and feel of my hair. What is not the best thing ever is the price tag associated with that little brown bottle. Now you can trade in that bottle for a new amber colored bottle, Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment, that does everything the other oil does but for a fraction of the price.

Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment will be your hair’s new best friend. There’s so many ways to use this oil and it works on all hair types. You can use it in the shower; just take a few drops and add it to your conditioner for an extra boost. Use it on wet hair like I do, hair will be softer and more manageable. Or use it dry, a drop is all you need to smooth away frizz and add some shine at the same time.

If you have not tried the wonder that is Argan Oil, the best thing about it is that it doesn’t leave your hair feeling greasy, it leaves no residue behind. I don’t know about you but I like my hair feeling soft and smooth without being weighed down. This does the job and does it for only $5.99 for a bottle. It’s a small price to pay for de-frizzified hair, right?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Garnier Fructis but all opinions are my own.

Get in on the CC Cream Action with Birchbox Exclusive WEI to Go Sleepover Kit

Still wrapping your head around BB Creams? Well, ready or not, CC Creams are coming. This “color control” cream is like a “beauty/blemish balm” in the sense it doubles as makeup and skincare, but the CC offers more in the way of coverage and skincare.

A way to get in on the CC trend? The new Birchbox exclusive WEI to Go Sleep Over Kit, featuring a travel-sized duo of WEI’s Real Clean Gelled Oil Cleanser and Ideal Skin Perfect Finish. This kit is a girl’s best friend, especially ones who find themselves traveling often. One of my biggest challenges traveling is cleanser. I live for my oils, but they are difficult to travel with and I loathe decanting full-size items. Minis are a must.

And, the Ideal Skin Perfect Finish is a correcting CC Cream (three shades in total – light, medium, tan) with healing botanicals, like mandarin peel and licorice root extract. The formula is super lightweight and lends pretty good coverage. Word is that some Birchbox subscribers will be receiving this in their September box, and for everyone else, it’s available for $19 exclusively on Birchbox.com.

Katie Holmes the New Face of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

Big beauty news announced this morning! Katie Holmes is now the official face of Bobbi Brown — the first-ever celeb face for the brand. According to Bobbi, “Katie Holmes epitomizes the modern ‘Bobbi woman’… I think of her as the modern day Ali McGraw, who I have always admired. When I met her, I thought she was a natural fit for my brand, and felt an instant connection with her.”

In turn, Katie says, “Bobbi is exceptional and Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is a company that we, as women, all turn to because it is makeup that is very accessible and makes you feel pretty. Makeup is powerful and I am thrilled to be a part of this brand”

GREAT choice, Bobbi! Newly single (/free!) Katie is the perfect choice! Beginning in Spring 2013, look out for print ads, counter displays and editorial features with BB + KH. Also, Bobbi will be the lead makeup artist at the Spring/Summer 2013 Holmes & Yang Fashion Show, the line founded by Katie Holmes and celebrity stylist Jeanne Yang.

What do you think?

A Greener Fashion's Night Out with La Bella Figura, One Love Organics, Vapour, and more!

Fashion’s Night Out, a.k.a. FNO, is tomorrow, September 6.  And while the FNO mecca is most definitely in the heart of New York during New York Fashion Week, the celebrations have spread throughout the country. Chicago has a pretty amaze lineup (see here) and the event we’re really jazzed about is available to all, online. Led by Chicago-based natural skincare company La Bella Figura, some of our favorite green beauty brands are joining together for an online FNO Twitter bash.

La Bella Figura had the genius idea to do the first official FNO green event online so all can join. The list of brands is THRILLING –One Love Organics, Vapour, Revolution Organics, Stark Skincare to name a few.  From 6-11pm EST, all participating brands will offer special promotions on their own websites and also conduct giveaways. For example,

  • Vapour is offering free shipping on all full-size products with code FNOship (perfect excuse to buy THIS!)
  • La Bella Figura will offer free shipping, dainty silver spoons with purchase of new Rainforest Hydration Treatment, 10 memberships to  Goodebox and a special giveaway on Twitter (their new perfumes!)
  • One Love Organics will give away a free Discover Morning Glory Complexion Brightening Booster (a $29 value) to all orders over $50 (check out our review of this here!)

How to get involved?

Follow along on Twitter with hashtag #GreenBeautyonFNO.

The promotions kick off at 6pm, but all brands invite you for an all-inclusive Twitter party at 8pm EST hosted by No More Dirty Looks. Will you join?

Paul Mitchell's Truth About Curls

Every gal with straight hair wishes they had curly hair but we don’t really know the truth about curls. Paul Mitchell does and they are introducing a new line of products to help detangle, fight frizz, define and smooth unruly curls. They want you to confide in them and tell them the truth about your curls. Give them your #curlconfession and join in the conversation on Facebook.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Paul Mitchell.

New NARS Limited Edition Palettes & Brush Set

This new NARS New Wave palette makes my heart skip a beat. I saw it when I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Francois Nars a few months and it is just gorgeous. It’s bold, in your face and just a bit R Rated… that’s due to the shimmering chartreuse shade that makes up half of the duo by the same name. I wasn’t able to pick it up then but luckily the stars aligned and now I can! This new palette features bold and iconic shades from NARS while the other palette includes six of their top-selling shades.

Here’s what’s in the New Wave palette:

  • Pandora – Sheer white shimmer
  • Jolie Poupée – Vibrant violet
  • Rated R – Shimmering chartreuse
  • Outremer – Bright true blue
  • Pandora – Matte black
  • Daphne – Matte deep violet

Keep reading for more on the other palette and brush set…

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Stila In the Know Eye Shadow Palette + September Challenge

The folks at Stila recently reminded me, via their new ad campaign that I spied on several pages during my HOURS of reading September issues, to “Makeup Your Own Rules.” So how about this? For the entire month of September, I am going to “challenge” myself to use one palette of eyeshadows: the Stila In the Know Eye Shadow Palette, a new , but permanent, launch from the brand’s 2012 collection. I say “challenge” because is it really? We think no. More or less, this is normal behavior. We recognize it as such and even exhibit it ourselves from time to time, but our love of variety often has us switching things up daily.

Far left: Smudge Stick in Halfmoon. Top, L-R: Air, Wind, Desert, Clay, Earth. Bottom, L-F: Driftwood, Fire, Rain, Smoke, Ebony

But, I’m making my own rule for the month. After just one look at the 10 gorgeous earth-inspired shadows in Stila’s In The Know palette, I knew this was going to be one of the easiest makeup commitments I’ve made. In fact, it’s the reason I’m making this rule. These shadows are the silkiest matte shadows I’ve ever felt, and consistently so from the lightest to darkest shades. I’m not interested in anything but CONSTANT use. Gorgeous skin-toned beiges, soft browns, charcoal grey and the aptly-named  orange “fire” are all perfection.

Any other makeup commitment phobes out there ready to settle down for September? Let us know!

Just Another Mani Monday: Zoya Paloma

My nails are badly in need of some professional attention right now but I’m trying to hide that with some color since I haven’t had a chance to get to the salon just yet. This week my helper is Zoya Paloma.

Paloma is part of the Zoya NYFW 2012 Gloss collection, it is one of three jelly finish shades in the collection. As a jelly lover, I was excited to see Zoya focus on jellies. Frida and Katherine, the other gals in the collection, are deep teal and plum jellies. As for Paloma, she is a deep berry in the bottle but on the nail is a beautiful raspberry. I loved that I only needed 2 coats to get the opacity that I wanted so it fairly well pigmented for a jelly. There is still a hint of my nail lines visible but the rich, syrup like finish is very much there.

What’s on your nails this week? Tell us all about it in the comments! And by the way, there’s still time for Zoya’s Back to School BOGO!