Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Macy’s presents its gift to San Francisco with a festive and joyful holiday ceremony on Friday, November 27 at 6 p.m.

In the San Francisco holiday tradition, Macy’s once again presents its gift to the city—a beautiful, reusable 83’ tree decorated with more than 33,000 twinkling energy-efficient LED lights and 1,100 shining ornaments—during the 26th Annual Great Tree Lighting Ceremony in Union Square on Friday, November 27 at 6 p.m.  

Headlining the festivities is Jordin Sparks, American singer, songwriter and actress. In 2007, Sparks rose to fame after winning the sixth season of American Idol; at age 17, she became the youngest winner in the series' history. Sparks'  third studio album titled Right Here, Right Now, was released in August 2015.  Also performing is Vocal Rush from the Oakland School of the Arts, the Transcendence Theatre Company and the Contra Costa Children’s Chorus.

"Macy's is proud to continue the tradition of giving the Great Tree in Union Square, heralding the start of the holiday season”, said District Vice President Jane Mitchell. “Here at Macy’s, a big part of our holiday spirit is giving, not just to our loved ones, but also giving back to our communities. The tree is our annual gift to the city of San Francisco, bringing the nostalgia and magic of the holidays to residents and visitors alike." 

San Francisco’s most recognized Christmas tree will be lit at the end of the ceremony, around 6:40 p.m. Those inspired by the Union Square Great Tree can visit the festive Holiday Lane on the seventh floor of Macy’s Union Square to see lavishly decorated Christmas trees, thousands of ornaments, and other embellishments for the home. The holidays would not be the same without a visit to Santa. Old St. Nick will listen to holiday wishes and be available for portraits in Macy's Santaland®, also on the seventh floor, starting Friday, November 27 through December 24.

This year marks the eighth anniversary of the Macy's Believe campaign in partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, inviting children of all ages to mail letters to Santa using Macy's Santa Mail letter-boxes.  The Macy’s Believe mailbox is located on the 7th floor in the Macy’s Union Square store.  All the mail that is put in that mailbox is sent directly to Santa at the North Pole. And, for every letter, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation up to $1 million.

For the last 15 years, Aflac has partnered with Macy's to provide holiday happiness. The 2015 Aflac Holiday Duck is available for purchase in two sizes, 6-inch for $10 and 10-inch for $15. 100% of net proceeds will benefit pediatric cancer hospitals across the country.  The ducks are available at Macy’s,, and 

To celebrate the season of giving, the Paper and Packaging – How Life Unfolds ™ campaign, in conjunction with Macy’s, is offering #sharepackage, a pre-paid, pre-addressed postal box guests can fill for children in local children’s hospitals over the holidays. Paper and packaging play a major role during the holidays, often bringing loved ones together. Share a picture of your #sharepackage giving on social media to help spread cheer to children and families away from home at the holidays. Available at Macy’s Great Tree Lighting.

About Macy’s
Macy's, the largest retail brand of Macy's, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy's offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy's is known for such epic events as Macy's 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy's flagship stores -- including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California -- are known internationally and leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers, employees and Macy's Foundation, Macy's helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $70 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Be in the Know with Curél during Diabetes Awareness Month - November

Did you know over 29 million people in the United States suffer from Diabetes, with 8 million of those being undiagnosed? According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes can affect all parts of your body including your skin, which can sometimes be one of the first signs of the illness. With Diabetes Awareness Month underway and World Diabetes Day around the corner (November 14th) – learn about the common symptoms caused by diabetes, like itching, and how they can be treated with Curél Skincare!

Stop itch before it starts during your morning shower with Curél Itch Defense Body Wash. This powerfully calming, hydrating and fragrance-free cleanser breaks the pattern of itch and lavishes on calming moisture that contains an innovative blend of cleansing agents mild enough for serious dryness and itchy skin! 

Get instant relief from itching, irritation and  flare ups with Curél Itch Defense Instant Soothing Moisturizing Spray! This non-medicated, moisturizing spray instantly relieves dry, itchy skin with cooling hydration. The uniquely soothing formula delivers a mix of light yet potent hydrators to ease parched, itchy skin where you need it most. 

Combat itch all day long with Curél Itch Defense Calming Lotion. This moisture rich formula helps relieve dry, itchy skin and control flare ups as you rebalance pH levels, moisture levels and cellular turnover for healthy skin. Dermatologist recommended and pediatrician tested, this calming lotion soothes itchy, dry skin while being gentle enough for babies 6 months and up! 

Monday, November 02, 2015


THINK: Intense care and color for your lips

WHAT IT IS: A nourishing balm with a fresh hint of a tint for an alluring just-bitten effect. When lips are lacking luscious care and color, don’t panic—Keep Calm and Lip Balm, the latest lip-loving product from Rimmel London. Available in six shades that are packed with personality, this longwear balm is enriched with is enriched with moisturizing oils to help heal dry and cracked lips. The unique formula locks in moisture while softening and nurturing lips, increasing lip moisture by 22%*, so your pucker will always be en pointe. Never let your lips let you down. Keep calm and get the London look.  

Available Shades: 
Keep Calm and Shop: clear 
Keep Calm and Kiss: pink blush
Keep Calm and Rock: berry blush
Keep Calm and Play: rose blush
Keep Calm and Party: violet blush  

 *Clinical Study: Percentage change from untreated bare lips. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Create a Gourd-geous Nail Look with Nails Inc. this Halloween

What better way to top off your Halloween look than with the perfect Halloween mani?  Nails inc, the British brand that now lines the shelves of Sephora and has celeb fans such as Lady Gaga, Victoria Beckham and Beyoncé, has created four terrifyingly chic looks for you to sport this Halloween.  These fun looks range from a scary sophisticated ‘Bloody Tip’ as well as a sexy look appropriately named, ‘Leather &  Skulls.’  

Look 1 - Bloody Tip
Using Victoria one coat gel polish, available from Nail Kale basecoat and Caviar topcoat

  • Apply basecoat
  • To create the V, starting at the edge of the nail, pull the brush towards the middle of the tip
  • Repeat on other side, apply a second coat for a denser look
  • Apply top coat to finish

Look 2 - Chic Witchy talon

Using Mayfair Lane, Black Taxi and Nail Kale basecoat and Gel Effect top coat
Tools: Striping brush
  • Apply basecoat
  • Paint two coats of Mayfair Lane
  • To create the point, with a striping brush, paint the outline of a V using Black Taxi 
  • Fill in the V
  • Finish with gel effect top coat

Look 3 – Googly ghost eyes
Using Black Taxi, Floral street, Westminster Bridge Matte top coat
Tools: Dotting tool
  • Apply basecoat 
  • Paint two coats of Black Taxi followed by the Matte top coat
  • To create the whites of the eyes, with a dotting tool, dot one drop of Floral Street
  • Leave to dry
  • Finish with a dot of Black Taxi, applied with the dotting tool, to the edges of the white to create the googly eye effect.

Look 4 – Leather & skulls 
Using Silver skulls and glue from the Nails inc leather & skulls kit, Alexa Leather and Nail Kale basecoat 
  • Apply basecoat
  • Paint two coats of Alexa Leather
  • Leave to dry
  • Affix a skull to each thumb with nail glue.

Step Into Fall With NEW PediSpa by Look Beauty

Start this new season on the right foot with NEW PediSpa by Look Beauty. The exclusive line, sold only at Target starting this month, is a non-traditional masque for the foundation of your body—your feet. These new groundbreaking masques focus on exfoliating and soothing, bringing the spa experience straight to your home!

NEW PediSpa Gentle Exfoliating foot mask is a foot exfoliate plus treatment filled in a pair of wearable foot masks for your feet. Key ingredients like chamomile and natural botanical fruit extracts help control callus build-up for visibly smooth feet within two weeks. ($9.99 for 1 complete pair)

NEW PediSpa Intensive Moisturizing foot mask noticeably smoothes, softens and repairs dry creaked, calloused feet and heels. With ingredients like shea butter, apple extract and peppermint, these wearable socks significantly improve the look and feel of even the driest feet. ($9.99 for two complete pairs)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Dangerous Side-effects of Nail Polish

Nail polish is known to contain potentially toxic chemicals. Now according to researchers at Duke University, some of these chemicals could end up in your body. Triphenyl phosphate, or TPHP, a suspected endocrine-disrupting chemical, is commonly used to make plastics and as a fire retardant in foam furniture. And if you wear nail polish, it could be in your body too. “Researchers at Duke University tested the urine of 26 women who had recently painted their nails and found evidence of TPHP in every participant. Evidence of the chemical in the women’s urine increased sharply after they applied the nail polish.” – EWG.ORG

THPH is listed as an ingredient in many popular nail polish brands.  Luckily if you wear Lauren B. Nail Lacquers, your body is safe from this chemical. 

Lauren B. formulas are eco-and vegan-friendly, 5-free, cruelty-free, contain no harsh chemicals, and are proudly crafted right in the U.S. From base to color to topcoat, the groundbreaking treatment system is good for your nails and highly functional and fashionable for the modern woman.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Going Bare: 5 Morning Hacks

Going #Bare is the trend that just won’t go away..for a reason! It’s also the easiest way to hack your morning routine! Besides the essential caffeine boost, these insanely easy to use multitaskers are going to make even the busiest morning fly by. Wanted to share with you the most efficient top 5 items that are going to make even the busiest Monday easy.

  1. Everyone needs a great illuminating BB Serum to hide the weekend’s events – the Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Serum has it all with bonus Vit C to tone and brighten skin!
  2. Great brows pull together even the most bare faces. Reaching for Smashbox’s Brow Tech in Matte helps groom and tame hairs while filling in sparse areas
  3. Don’t have time to shampoo AND condition hair? No worries – tame tresses with Philip B.’s Formula 57  with Vitamin E, Rice Bran and Soybean Oil, it’s also phthalate and paraben free!
  4. No time for a mani and your cuticles are legit showing it? A cuticle oil/balm is where I go to for clean, polished nails like Lauren B.’s  with mango, Shea butter and Vitamin E
  5. Can’t forget about lips though, right? A softening and nourishing lip balm (with bonus SPF) is TOO important especially when in a time crunch. Sun Bum’s Lip Balm SPF30  has Cocoa Butter and Aloe Vera to heal and soothe chapped lips like no other!!

PS. Like the tat? It’s none other than Scunci’s Hair Tattoo ... using it on the wrists helps when you’ve forgotten your accessories!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Get a head start on holiday beauty with tarte!

My favorite lipstick EVER is available for a limited time in nine sumptuous shades!! 

A set of 9 deluxe LipSurgence™ lip crèmes in limited-edition, soiree-ready shades.

Limited-edition shades include:
• stunning (pinky nude)
• jazzy (poppy)
• luscious (raspberry)
• plush (cool pink)
• striking (mauve)
• glamorous (rose berry)
• luring (nude rose)
• pizzazz (crimson)
• ritzy (golden coral)

  #tarteHOLIDAZE - Shop the holiday collection today!