Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Make the Most of Daylight Saving Time!

Sunday, November 2nd marks the end of Daylight Saving Time. Come 2:00 AM, we will turn our clocks back an hour. Although we gain this extra time, this also means shorter, colder, winter days, which will make us all want to spend more time sleeping.  Check out a few of our faves to make sure you're getting the best night's sleep possible:

DE-STRESS AND UNWIND
It’s important to take time to unwind before bed to ease the mind because a consistent routine every day can help you fall asleep more quickly and reliably. Lighting an aromatic candle will help calm the nerves before bed.



 Try Le Feu de L’eau Le Vert Candle, $62 http://lefeudeleau.com


NOURISH AND REGENERATE
While we sleep, the cells making up our skin are hard at work trying to repair all the damage that has been accumulated during the whole day overnight. This is the time to utilize nighttime skincare to help repair, nourish and regenerate. 


Try Le Couvent des Minimes Loving Care Body Balm, $32 usa.lecouventdesminimes.com

THE PERFECT MATTRESS
People sleep for approximately one third of their lives and studies have shown the benefits of sleep have long-lasting effects on your health and well-being. Look for a mattress that has natural fibers such as hypoallergenic horsehair that acts as a mini ventilation system eliminating moisture and allowing fresh air in for a comfortable night’s rest.


Try Hästens Beds, Hastens.com

OLD SCHOOL REMEDY
If all else fails, try a glass of milk. There's a reason why your grandma always told you to drink warm milk— it contains tryptophan, an amino acid that helps induce sleep. 




Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Splurge VS Steal

Have you ever questioned whether you should spend extra or save on a product? Well now you don’t have to! From hair to makeup and skincare, we have you covered at every price point featuring Smashbox, Conair, Scunci and Lumene!

Makeup: You don’t have to compromise your wallet to get high coverage, dewy, glowing skin! Either Smashbox or Lumene both work!

Splurge - Smashbox CC Cream  and Halo LiquidFoundation 



Steal – Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Cream, Lumene Bright Now BB Serum or Time Freeze CC Cream 





Hair Treatments: Gorgeous hair can be easily achieved with our steals!


Splurge – Costly hair coloring and maintenance for highlights, all over color or even fun temporary streaks can run upwards of hundreds of dollars! 





Skincare: Facials and serums are an amazing splurge, but you can achieve the same or similar results right at home too!


Splurge – Facials and night serums can cost an average of upwards of $50 to $250 dollars per session!




Hair Tools: You don’t need expensive brushes or kits to create gorgeous style!


Splurge – Professional blow-out or styling can cost an average of $45 – 100!















  

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Get the Look with Hailee Steinfeld - Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party

Hailee Steinfeld looked stunning in her navy blue silk dress at the 12th Annual Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party on Friday, September 26th. 



Makeup Artist, Stephen Sollitto prepped Hailee’s face with Burt’s Bees Brightening Refining Tonic ($12; burtsbees.com) by applying it with a wet sponge and left to dry, followed by Burt’s Bees Brightening Even Tone Moisturizing Cream ($20; burtsbees.com). It was only appropriate to continue by prepping the lips with Burt’s Bees Hydrating Coconut & Pear Lip Balm ($3.30; burtsbees.com).

Sollitto then went on to then cover Hailee’s eyelid with Jouer Long-Wear Creme Mousse in Moonlight. Brushing out lash line with the Lorac Pro Palette in Cocoa helped make the eyes come alive. Sollitto applied a thin layer of the Urban Decay Naked Palette in Smog to the lower lashes, followed by MAC Teddy Eye Pencil. Completed the look with a layer of Dior Backstage Mascara.

Lastly, Hailee’s cheek line was brightened with Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Exposed and Sollitto finished the look by applying a layer of Burt’s Bees New Lip Crayon in Sedona Sands ($9; burtsbees.com).



National Brow Day!

Did you know today is National Brow Day? From Wink BrowBar to Smashbox, today is a wonderful day to celebrate this wonderful feature with two of the most famous brows – Audrey and Elizabeth!



Their impeccable and lush brows further prove that this trend is here to stay, so lets look at the past to predict the future, as 2014 and now 2015 are definitely going to be the brow years to look forward to, from young ingenues like Lily Collins to Ashley Olsen.




What’s the modern way of shaping and filling in brows to create this lush effect? Look no further than threading, especially such as the West Village’s Wink Brow Bar, which specializes in organic threading. Anti-inflammatory and best for both shaping and growing a lusher set, read below for owner Umbreen Sheikh’s tips and tricks:

On promoting brow hair growth: “Everybody is different in how much their brow grows but you can try the following:
Brush them with an eyebrow brush, always remembering to go upwards and then outwards. 
Then, moisturize your brows, making sure the hairs aren’t dry. Another thing you can do is to take vitamins, such as B-complex and C.”

On using tools to tame growing out brows: “You can use brow powders or pens to keep your brows filled in during the growing phase. You can also use a non-sticky brow wax. This keeps the hairs pressed back in the right direction on your face, making your brows appear fuller.”


Achieving lush brows can also be as quick as filling them in! Try Smashbox’s Brow Tech  or Wink Brows to Go quad for a lovely and easy look!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Lancôme Kicks Off 5th Annual Génifique Day

Starting today, Lancôme kicks off the fifth annual Génifique Day initiative to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Throughout the month, Lancôme will be raising funds for the cause through a social media campaign, regional in-store events and a final celebratory weekend on Friday, October 24th and Saturday, October 25th, 2014. From September 29th until October 25th, the brand invites you to Instagram or Tweet your hands in the shape of a heart and post to social media with the #LancomeGivesBack hashtag, and the brand will make a $1 donation to St. Jude in your honor (up to the $20,000 goal). During eight regional events and on October 24th and October 25th, Lancôme will donate $7 directly to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for every bottle of Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate, Génifique Eye Light-Pearl or Génifique Yeux sold, to underscore Génifique’s 7-day radiance results.

  
To support national Génifique Day, Celebrity Makeup Artist Mickey Williams is hosting events at select Lancome counters throughout October. Williams explains, "I love the Génifique collection, because it helps makeup apply effortlessly thanks to the formula's transformative, radiance-boosting benefits." Williams adds, "Just as with makeup, premium skincare elevates our quality of life, allowing women to feel their best each day." Come in for a complimentary makeover by Williams, then document and share your camera-ready look in the Lancôme photo booth.

Visit Mickey Williams during the following Genifique Day regional events:

Dillard's Houston Galleria/Post Oak
4925 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77056
Thursday, October 9, 2014; 12 – 5 PM

Dillard's Dallas – North Park
8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75225
Friday, October 10, 2014; 12 – 5 PM

Dillard's – Summerlin
11011 Sage Park Drive, Summerlin, NV 89135
Saturday, October 11, 2014; 12 – 5 PM

Dillard's – Sarasota
200 University Town Center, Sarasota, FL 34243
Friday, October 17, 2014; 12 – 5 PM

Dillard's Tampa – International Mall
2223 North West Shore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607
Saturday, October 18, 2014; 12 – 5 PM

Dillard's Orlando Florida Mall
8001 South Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809
Sunday, October 19, 2014; 12 – 5 PM

Dillard's Memphis – Wolf Chase
2700 North Germantown Road, Memphis, TN 38133
Thursday, October 23, 2014; 10AM – 3PM

Macy's – Herald Square
Herald Square, New York, NY 10001
Friday, October 24, 2014; 10AM – 3PM

"Thanks to Lancôme and other supporters, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases," says Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "Our founder Danny Thomas believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. To fulfill this promise, St. Jude depends on initiatives like national Genifique Day to support the life-saving research and treatment conducted at the hospital, and ensure that no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food."

Each year, in honor of national Génifique Day, hundreds of thousands of dollars in vital donations are raised for St. Jude. Each Génifique bottle sold helps the hospital find cures. It costs, $2 million a day to operate the hospital, so 21 bottles can pay for one night of family housing. Nine bottles could cover one blood count test. Five bottles can buy a day of meals. And just three bottles could pay for one bone marrow needle. It's that easy to make a difference and your individual contribution can help in so many ways.

The Génifique collection serves as the epitome of Lancôme’s commitment to helping women look and feel their overall best. Inspired by cutting edge science, Génifique’s award-winning formula infuses skin with radiance while visibly reactivating the 10 key signs of youth.

Genifique Day: Celebrating the Beauty of Scientific Research
During the month of October, visit any participating Lancome counter to try a deluxe seven-day introductory sample of Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate. On October 24th and 25th we celebrate National Genifique Day and a $7 donation will be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for each Genifique item sold at U.S. Lancome counters and on  www.lancome.com

Instagram or Tweet your hands in the shape of a heart with the hashtag #LancomeGivesBack and Lancome will donate $1 to St. Jude
#LancomeGivesBack
Twitter: @LancomeUSA    Instagram: @LancomeUSA    




Friday, September 26, 2014

Bravado Teams Up with Forever 21 to Launch The Beatles x Forever 21

Check out this fabulous new launch hitting Forever 21 TODAY!

Bravado, Universal Music Group's leading global music merchandising company, has teamed up with specialty retailer Forever 21 to launch The Beatles x Forever 21, a mini collection of young men’s, women’s and junior’s tees featuring The Beatles logo, images and other trademarks of the legendary rock group.




The complete collection includes a total of 10 pieces including tees, tanks, French terry pullovers and fleeces. Styles will be available in 250 stores with select styles going to all locations as well as online at www.forever21.com.

Get your groove on while sporting one of these über stylish tees!


Skyy Hadley's Hydrating Coconut Scrub - Make it yourself!

Summer may be just a hazy memory but our feet are always in need of some restoration and hydration. Whether you’ve had a long day at the office, you’re suffering from dry flip-flop feet, or you’re trying to break in a new pair of heels, there is nothing a DIY at-home foot scrub can’t fix. Try the below recipe for a luxurious, at-home foot treatment from celebrity manicurist and owner of As “U” Wish Nail Spa, Skyy Hadley and your feet will feel good as new in no time!

Skyy Hadley’s Recipe for the Ultimate Hydrating Coconut Scrub:
  •  Begin by muddling a few fresh mint leaves in an empty jar to release their natural essential oils. This will help you relax while providing hydration.
  •  Warm up some coconut oil and pour into the jar until it is halfway full.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of honey and mix in 1 tablespoon of sugar until the sugar is completely immersed in the oil mixture.
  • Take a couple spoonfuls of the scrub and work into your legs and feet to fully exfoliate, sloughing away dead skin and smoothing out calluses, cracked heels and rough spots.
  • The coconut oil will provide a great amount of moisture, leaving skin feeling smooth and supple.
  • Also, be sure to rub on toe nail beds and in between toes to prevent nail infections and fungus (as coconut oil contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties). 
  • Repeat 1-2 times per week for a moisturizing and revitalizing at-home spa treatment. 

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Trending Now: Customizable Nail Polish by Pretty Please Nail Polish

Introducing Pretty Please Nail Polish, a polish brand that lets you customize and name your own lacquer!  With Pretty Please you can make your nail polish personal with three simple steps:

  1. Going to Pretty Please Nail Polish’s online site (http://prettypleasenailpolish.com)
  2. Picking from the selection of 25 color shades
  3. Crafting a name for your polish

This is where it gets super fun! For example: Here are a few names that go along with themes (Pretty Please Gold Glitter Polish named Queen B), holidays (Pretty Please Classic Red named Rudolph Nose Best), bridal (Pretty Please Lavender named Be My Maid of Honor?) and even family gatherings (Pretty Please Hunter Green named The Lane’s Holiday Sparkle)






With a starting price point of $10 per bottle, these personalized nail polishes would make the perfect gift for co-workers, clients, bridesmaids, friends and family.  Get a head start on your holiday shopping - this unique gift makes the perfect stocking stuffer!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Celebrate the First Day of Fall with New Makeup!

Happy Fall Equinox! You’ll need a new makeup look to complement the season’s sweaters, scarves and pumpkin spice everything, so we rounded up some of our favorite Autumnal makeup choices:


Palladio’s Herbal Eye Shadow Quad in Green to Go features gorgeous greens and golden beiges accented with leaf stamps perfect for the season. Pair it with glō minerals’ Precision Eyeliner Pencil in Deep Olive for a subtle pop of color, or use Palladio Beauty Herbal Eyeliner in Cinnamon to create a smokier eye on a chilly evening out. Finish off the look with glō minerals’ Blush in Spice Berry and Palladio Beauty’s NEW Herbal Matte LipColor in Plum Majesty for a deep flush on your cheeks and lips.

  1. Palladio Beauty Herbal Eyeliner Pencil in Cinnamon ($3, PalladioBeauty.com)
  2. glō minerals Precision Eyeliner Pencil in Deep Olive ($16, gloprofessional.com)
  3. Palladio Beauty Herbal Eye Shadow Quad in Green to Go ($8, PalladioBeauty.com)
  4. Palladio Beauty Herbal Matte LipColor in Plum Majesty ($7, PalladioBeauty.com)
  5. glō minerals Blush in Spice Berry ($27, gloprofessional.com