Monday, December 21, 2015

Revive Your Hair, Skin and Nails this Holiday Season!

The holidays are always a busy time, filled with lots of entertaining and maybe just a bit of stress as well.  Take time to give yourself a boost with these great rejuvenating products!


  • Controls frizz, prevents split ends, slows color fading 
  • Conditions hair while enhancing and restoring its natural body
  • Enriched with Coconut Oil, Banana Pulp and Peel, Banana Leaf and Sunflower Seed Oil 


  • Helps to achieve professional microdermabrasion results without a visit to the doctor or spa
  • Gently polishes away surface imperfections for smoother skin
  • Delivers an immediate improvement in fine lines & wrinkles
  • Reveals radiance

  •  Helps to maintain the skin’s youthfulness appearance
  •  Prevents the formation of lines
  •  Has a firming effect 


  • Luxuriously light oil 
  • Packed with amino acids to promote healing
  • Massage anytime your cuticles need a little extra moisture 
  • Custom-blended from 12 pure plant, nut and flower oils

Friday, December 18, 2015

Give Yourself the Gift of Style this Christmas!

Ted & Muffy’s new arrivals have landed! Re-invigorate your wardrobe with a beautifully crafted pair of boots or shoes made to whisk you through winter and into early spring.

With prices ranging from $240 -$640, the brand has brought their unique designs to life with the finest Italian leathers and most sumptuous suede’s. Choose from an array of calf and width fittings for a fabulous, Fairytale Fit. Perfect for the winter and easily transitioned into the spring, Ted & Muffy boots are crafted for season’s to come.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Your 6 Holiday Travel Essentials

With the holidays right around the corner (literally!) it’s time to start thinking about what essentials you need to bring for your holiday travel needs. Pack light by bringing only the most important essentials.

1. The Refresher: During this crazy time, you want to clean and refresh your face AM and PM. For one that refreshes skin and foams away makeup and impurities -  

2. The Best Face Base: You want to look airbrushed, who doesn’t? For an optical line and pore minimizer with instantly beautifying effect -

3. The Perfect Brows: For easy shaping and filling go to the all-in-1 helper -

4. The Winter Glow: Get the perfect rush of color with a silky powder blush -

5. The Perfect Red Lip: Pucker up with the perfect pout in your favorite holiday shade -

6. The Secret Weapon: Through all the highs and lows of the holiday season, make sure you have a spot treatment on-hand to fight against any surprise breakouts -  

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Beauty Must-Haves for the Low-Maintenance Girl

If your beauty routine is all about hair, skin, and maybe some fun pops of color, try these must-have products from Sun Bum, TouchBack, DDF and Smashbox.  Makes it easy for even the most low-maintenance of girls to look cute without the fuss!

Keep procrastinating your next salon visit? Try TouchBackColor Depositing Shampoo and Conditioner for temporary hair color to use between permanent colorings for instant color and shine.

Not crazy about foundation, but need a skin care product that controls shine and instantly mattifies? Try DDFMattifying Oil Control Moisturizer to minimizes shine and control oil. It contains the clarifying Neutralizing Complex with oil controlling micronized particles to provide a mattifying effect. PLUS it contains SPF 15!

Too many hair products weighing your tresses down? Try SunBum 3-in-1 Leave In to condition your hair while enhancing and restoring its natural body. Simply spray it on after washing your hair!
The only makeup you wear on a day-to-day basis is a bold lip when the occasion arises? Try SmashboxBe Legendary Lipstick to saturate lips with brilliant color that looks amazing and feels feather-light!  

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Haute Holiday Style - Cranberry Nails!

You have been probably been so busy taking advantage of holiday sales and deals that you have totally forgotten about your holiday beauty prep! Take some time for yourself and either paint your nails on your own or treat yourself to a manicure in a salon. According to celebrity manicurist and owner of As U Wish Nail Salon, Skyy Hadley, “A gorgeous red polish is a beauty classic and should be a staple in every girls’ beauty closet. I love wearing a red polish, especially during the holidays because it makes me feel festive and goes well with all of my outfits.” Below are some tips from Skyy Hadley on how to apply a red polish just like a professional manicurist. Which red would you wear?

  1. Make sure nails are clean and all residue is removed. This can be done with nail polish remover.
  2. Always use a base coat. This will prevent nail staining and make your polish last longer.
  3. Apply two coats of a red polish of your choice making sure the polish glides on smoothly without clumps.
  4. Finish with a quick dry top coat to prevent any smudging.
  5. Use a toothpick with a little piece of cotton soaked with acetone to go around each nail and clean up any polish that may be on the skin.
  6. Once nails are completely dry, apply a cuticle oil. This will make your manicure last longer and look like you just walked out of the salon!

DHC beauty emporium opens at Alameda South Shore Center, Holiday 2015

Daigaku Honyaku Center, Japan’s number one direct skincare company is bringing Japanese beauty secrets to Alameda South Shore Center in a “Pop Shop” for the holidays through January 2016.

DHC is a health and beauty emporium boasting an array of skin, body, and hair care products, as well as a rainbow of cosmetics made from the purest, highest quality ingredients such as Asian botanicals and olive oil.

Miles Perdiguerra, DHC Marketing Director and Alameda resident says that the South Shore Center is the perfect place for the pop-up, since many of its Bay Area customers look to DHC for skincare that delivers radiance, moisture, and antioxidants such as the Q10 Cream, the Velvet Skin Coat, and the Deep Cleansing Oil.

Bestselling Beauty Essentials Set

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.

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 BeyoncĂ©, 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!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fall Skin Care from Josie Maran

The weather is cooling down and fall is here! Cold weather means dry skin. To avoid this, it’s important to exfoliate your skin at least 2-3 times a week in the shower and follow up with a body butter. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells clogging the skin and uncovers fresh new cells below. This allows for skincare products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, making them more effective. Regularly exfoliating will leave your skin looking revived and healthy. Josie Maran’s Argan Sugar Body Scrub and Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter are perfect to use in your exfoliating routine. And don’t forget about your hands! Keep the Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream by your bed to remind you to use it every night before you go to bed! 

Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter  (full size: $35; travel size: $12): A decadent body butter featuring 100% Pure Argan Oil whipped to perfection. This effortlessly lightweight body butter revitalizes skin by offering deep, long-lasting hydration and powerful antioxidant nourishment and protection. Featuring a range of exquisite fragrances, the uniquely creamy butter leaves skin soft, smooth, and delicately scented. Available scents include: Vanilla Apricot, Sweet Citrus, Lavender, Red Rooibos, Cucumber Aloe, Honeysuckle Vanilla, Jasmine, Ginger, Tropical Orchid, and Apple Crisp.

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Body Butter 8 oz. and Travel Size

Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream: An ultra-hydrating, never-greasy hand cream infused with 100% Pure Argan Oil and shea butter to revitalize skin and restore softness while improving skin's texture. Available scents include: Sweet Citrus and Vanilla Apricot.
Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream

Argan Sugar Balm Body Scrub: A unique body scrub that hydrates as it exfoliates. Uncover softer, rejuvenated skin with Argan Sugar Balm Body Scrub from Josie Maran Cosmetics. Infused with Josie’s 100% Pure Argan Oil, this gentle exfoliator offers a mixture of sugar, coconut oil, and shea butter blended together into a soothing, skin-softening sugar balm that leaves skin softer, smoother, and glowing with health. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

7 Fall Beauty/Hair Must-Haves!

 7 must have beauty/hair products to enhance, hydrate and refresh your beauty routine this season! 

1.       TouchBack Shampoo and Conditioner: enhances hair color, hydrates tresses and provides UV/UVA protection!
2.       Smashbox Brow Tech Collection: long wearing, non-smudging, water resistant trio gives a perfect full fall brow.
3.       Smashbox Bronze Lights: this bronzer shows skins natural undertones for the most natural, fresh-faced bronzed look all season long.
4.       TouchBack Marker: real hair color in a marker which instantly cover up grays caused by stress or aging!
5.       Scunci Fashionably Fit 2-in-1 Hair + Wrist Band: This fun accessory can hold the perfect ponytail, or your fitness band, house key, or a few dollars for that post-workout snack!
6.       RPZL Pony In an Instant: 100% Virgin Remy pony tail clip-in extension! Easy to apply for a chic updo or if you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to do your hair! 
7.       Conair Detangling Brush: contains soft, flexible bristles to detangle wet or dry hair the gentle way!

Thursday, October 01, 2015


Scary Face Pancakes Free for Kids Ages 12 and Younger
 on Halloween Eve, October 30!
Guests might think that IHOP®, stands for “International House of Poltergeists” this October, when Scary Face Pancakes return to the Just for Kids menu!

Scary Face Pancakes, one of IHOP restaurants most popular promotions, are available now through October 31 at participating restaurants.
And, for young guests who just can’t wait until Halloween to get a treat, on Friday, October 30 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. kids ages 12 and younger can dine in at participating IHOP restaurants and enjoy a Scary Face pancake for free!
Each order of frighteningly delicious Scary Face Pancakes comes with one fluffy, oversized buttermilk pancake, topped with a bright whipped topping smile and eyes, and a strawberry for a nose. Young guests also receive two mini Oreos ® and eight pieces of sweet candy corn that they can use to give their pancake a creative candy face. And, like all other offerings on the Just for Kids menu, Scary Face Pancakes are less than 600 calories!
“We’re thrilled to see what creative ‘ghoul-icious’ pancakes our young guests will come up with this October  during one of our most beloved IHOP traditions,” said Kirk Thompson, Vice President, Marketing, International House of Pancakes, LLC. “But whether they end up looking frightening, ferocious, or just plain fun, we know our young guests will love eating them no matter what!”

Happy Halloween!