Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Pestle & Mortar Cosmetics Launches in the US

We are excited to announce the launch of the family-owned Irish skincare and beauty brand Pestle & Mortar Cosmetics, and their signature product, Pure Hyaluronic Serum in the US this week.

Pestle & Mortar was founded in Ireland in November 2014 by Sonia Deasy, a stunning mother of five who wanted a quick way to make her skin look – and feel – young and refreshed. In addition, she frequently traveled the world with her internationally acclaimed photographer husband, Padraic Deasy, and realized how harsh, dry and dull skin looked behind a camera lens. So, Sonia linked up with her biochemist sister to create a solution …and Pestle & Mortar’s game-changing Pure Hyaluronic Serum was born. 

The company and product launched to HUGE success (and many repeat customers) – which is why it’s making its way across the pond today. The elegantly packaged serum (reminiscent of something that would be found in a modern-day apothecary) contains 80% hyaluronic acid, an ingredient proven to hydrate and soothe even the most sensitive skin while also smoothing fine lines and restoring youthful elasticity. The difference between P&M’s serum and others on the market? Coined by existing customers as a "photo filter in a dropper,” P&M’s serum produces instant, photo-ready results. Quickly absorbing into skin, and NOT sticky or tacky, the serum is a totally different experience and product than most hyaluronic products on the market today.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Ultimate Blush Guide!

Getting the perfect glow is as simple as matching your shade & your face shape. Learn more. 

Shine bright – all-new shades of tartelette fan favorites!

Quick deskside beauty fix!

With today's hectic on-the-go lifestyle you sometimes find yourself in a bind when it comes to looking chic and pulled-together.  Here are some of our favorite desk side must-haves for a quick beauty fix. These products have taken me from drab to fab when going into a meeting! 

Smashbox Baked Fusion Soft Lights (gives that much needed glow in the afternoon) 

Conair Sport Zone Vent Brush (detangles, adds volume, lift, and it matches my highlighter!) 

Scunci Elastics (comes with bows and an assortment of colors, perfect to keep hair and pens in place) 

Sun Bum SPF 30+ Lip Balm (must-have balm for dry lips, great primer for lipstick application)

OPI Venice Collection (these shades are true to color and have a glossy finish)

TouchBack BrowMarker (enhances my thin brows and lasts all day)

Conair Bobby Pins (must-have product for fly away hairs) 

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Shock Me Pink (great shade for after office hours) 

Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation (keeps skin flawless and shine free for 15 hours!)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Celebrity Trend Alert: Brown lipstick is back!

Through some A-list Instagram stalking, The Zoe Report realized our fall makeup bags are missing an unusual staple: brown lipstick. 

Beyoncé, Gigi Hadid, Kylie Jenner and more of our favorite beauty gurus are rocking the shade for day and night, fancy and casual. 

Work the trend with Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Moisturizing Matte Lipstick in Chocolate ($25)
Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Matte Shades

or Revlon’s Ultra HD Lipstick in HD Snapdragon ($8.99). 

5 Must Haves For Your Purse

Does your purse hold beauty items for every occasion? Cut down on clutter and never leave home without these five essential items—they’ll keep you looking chic anytime, all the time.  

Treat your hands with Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Replenishing Hand Cream. This intensive hand cream is an instantly absorbed daily treat for delectably soft and luxuriously moisturized hands with sultry, spicy notes. A luxurious, replenishing hand cream blended with white truffle and spicy pink pepperpods. Who doesn’t love a mini hand cream? It is Perfect to pop in her handbag from morning meetings to evening cocktails!

Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract,  remove make-up, cleanse and tone in one easy step. Infused with vitamin-rich White Tea, calming Cucumber plus soothing Aloe, pamper yourself with our make-up remover wipes. Thanks to our handy natural facial cleansing towelettes you can give your skin the care it needs no matter where you are…

Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek CreamyOil, 0.5 fl ozWhat’s better than one product that acts in two different ways? Nothing! Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil.  Apply a small amount to the lips or the apples of the cheeks for the perfect pop of hydrating color. The tinted treatment starts as a cream and melts into an oil for sheer, natural-looking, never-greasy color. In addition to 100% pure argan oil, it's packed with natural oils and butters from sunflowers, tangerines, oranges and more. 

For those super-hot days ahead, use Avon’s Big & False Lash Mascara. Sweep on from root to tip to double the volume for more glamourous lashes. The breakthrough formula and exclusively-designed brush deliver real lash volume for fuller lashes that look big and bold but never overdone. With its unique Fiber Blend formula, this mascara gives lashes a major boost. With wear that lasts all day and is sweat and waterproof, why wouldn’t you keep this in your purse?

KMS California HAIR PLAY Makeover Spray, for when you’re on the go and don’t have time to shower and style your hair. Split-second style refresher, absorbs oil and builds bulk to refresh limp or day-old styles. Great for quick style touch-ups and in-between shampoos and a must have to keep in your bag for whatever your day may bring.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Bring the Spa to you with Molton Brown!

Have you ever wanted to travel to an exotic destination like Madagascar or Tahiti? Escape to your a private paradise in the comfort of your own home with Molton Brown’s Body Polisher Collection. Each Body Polisher is the perfect addition to a summer skin beauty routine, prolonging your tan with a silky, radiant finish and enticing island aroma! Give your skin the attention it needs with an at home spa treatment that won’t cost you a plane ticket! 

Whisk yourself away with Molton Brown’s Heavenly Gingerlily Caressing Body Polisher ($50), found only in volcanic regions, micro-exfoliating Tahitian black sand gently massages skin while the gel itself transforms into silky milk for a flawless feel. Tamanu nut oil and moisturizing lily extract give skin a healthy summer glow. The warm enticing island aromas of ginger and cardamom, let you escape to a private paradise of blissfully soft skin. 

Sourced from Madagascar, Molton Brown’s Ylang-Ylang Comforting Body Polisher ($50) refines your skin with exfoliating black vanilla grains that leaves skin feeling smooth, and toned. These vanilla grains are blended with antioxidant-rich yuan zhi extract, ylang-ylang and cedar wood oils. Richly soothe your senses with a deep, tranquil fragrance.

Travel to the Gulf of Guinea with Fiery Pink Pepper Pampering Body Polisher ($50),  The exfoliating bamboo stem particles polish skin, refining and smoothing for a sumptuously soft feel and sleek glow. The ultra-creamy texture is enriched with Guinean pink pepper pods for antioxidant protection and alluring patchouli and ginger notes. Indulge in the ultimate skin-pampering experience.

Head down under to Australia with Molton Brown’s Infusing Eucalyptus Stimulating Body Polisher ($50). With uplifting Australian eucalyptus leaf oil, mint aroma, cedar wood oil and musk note, deep-cleanse your body with breathtaking woodland scents. Exfoliating sugar particles purify skin, while stimulating the mood  to give you the ultimate rejuvenating spa experience.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Your End of Summer Essentials

Summer is coming to an end soon so make sure you enjoy every last bit of it with these products! Whether you are soaking up the sun or planning for the ultimate Labor Day getaway – these products will keep you thinking summer is here to stay.


With Avon’s Bug Guard Collection you’ll be able to enjoy these last days of summer without having to worry about those lingering bug bites. All Bug Guard products are DEET free and provide long-lasting protection against insects like deer ticks and mosquitoes, and includes double duty formulas that contain SPF 30, vitamin E and aloe as well as an anti-itch spray to soothe bug bites. Available in towelettes, aerosol sprays or pumps, Avon Bug Guard is an easy-to-pack travel essential and will keep you itch-free! $10-$16, available exclusively through Avon Representatives or

The Le Couvent des Minimes Eau Aimable Exfoliating Shower Pulp is made of natural exfoliating particles in a plant-based cleansing formula, leaving skin soft. Follow it up with Le Couvent des Minimes Eau Aimable Moisturizing Body Butter to smooth and hydrate your skin – so you can show off those silky, soft legs the rest of summer. $12-$18, available at

Don’t let summer heat hold your hairstyle back – the John Frieda Curl Reviver Mousse energizes and shapes curls as it tames frizz and adds shine leaving you with salon-quality control and hold for touchable, natural-looking curls! $6.99, available at food, drug and mass retailers

Saturday, August 15, 2015

INTRODUCING: Caroline de Maigret for Lancôme

Model, music producer and Lancôme muse, Caroline de Maigret is well-known in Paris as a guru of creative ideas and artful living. In fashion and beauty circles she’s an icon in her own right, famous for putting out some of the most inspiring Instagrams on record. The daughter of a French count and granddaughter of a former French government minister, she has a fresh yet deeply sophisticated style that is cool and effortless in a very Parisian-chic way. A descendant of Napoleon’s wife, Empress Joséphine, Maigret’s enviable French style runs in her blood. 

Fall 2015 Color Collection 
The Ultimate Parisian Makeup Essentials 

Model, music producer and Lancôme muse, Caroline de Maigret is well-known in Paris as a guru of creative ideas and artful living. In fashion and beauty circles she’s an icon in her own right, famous for putting out some of the most inspiring Instagrams on record. The daughter of a French count and granddaughter of a former French government minister, she has a fresh yet deeply sophisticated style that is cool and effortless in a very Parisian-chic way. A descendant of Napoleon’s wife, Empress Joséphine, Maigret’s enviable French style runs in her blood.

In the new Caroline de Maigret Fall 2015 Color Collection, Maigret pulls together her edited essentials for a makeup look that’s both modern and timeless. “By working with Lancôme, I’ve realized that it is a constantly evolving brand, always on the lookout for new ideas. It moves with the times and takes risks – two areas where we match up. That’s what makes our collaboration so wonderful,” says Caroline.

Inspired by a palette of colors found in her home and daily surroundings, the limited edition collection includes: 

·         Mes Incontournables de Parisienne Palette: Chic and thoughtfully curated, de Maigret’s palette of eye shadows (nude and smoky), blush (soft and rosy), a translucent highlighter, and brow colors comes with two full-sized dual-ended brushes to make application easy. The contents — cast in soft, flattering tones and sheer textures — represent all of the elements of effortless French sophistication. Find all the must-haves arranged chicly in a sleek, black clutch. $95

·         Color Design 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Mon Regard Parisien: Shades of soft pinks and browns to design chic, sultry eyes. $50.00

·         Hypnôse Dazzling Eye Shadow in Brun Bibliothèque, Brun Cabas and Brun Acoustique: An on-the-go, must-have shadow for bright, sparkling eyes.$25.00

·         Le Crayon Khôl Eye Liner Pencil in Café Serré, Chocolat Chaud and Bordeaux Corsé: A Parisian wears one every day but switches the shades depending on the situation. $26.00
·         Grandiôse Mascara in Mon Regard Parisien: A must-have for effortlessly chic makeup. $32.00                              

·         Blush Subtil in Rose Automne and Blush Simplicite. The soft rose shades impart an effortless, radiant glow. $32.00

·         L’Absolu Rouge Lipcolor in Rose de Ville and Rose Peau Nue, two shade’s for any moment in life, from work, to a night out, to a casual Sunday morning. $30.50

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Rebecca Minkoff Partners with The Honest Company

Rebecca Minkoff is excited to announce the launch of her new collection created with The Honest Company.

The Rebecca Minkoff x The Honest Company collection was sourced in and inspired by the vibrant Guatemalan city of Solola in collaboration with FINCA. The fabric was woven in the Mayan tradition, on foot loom, by a cooperative of a dozen women artists, who depend on this handiwork for their livelihood. With every purchase, Rebecca Minkoff and The Honest Company provide sustainable support to these female entrepreneurs in Guatemala, fueling their textile businesses.

See the video with Rebecca Minkoff and Jessica Alba collaborating in Guatemala

Baby Pouch

Drawstring Diaper Tote

Baby Pouch

All styles are available at the below locations: 

Rebecca Minkoff New York Store
Rebecca Minkoff San Francisco Store
Rebecca Minkoff Los Angeles Store, opening Fall 2015


With a vision of building a lifestyle brand for the downtown romantic, San Diego-born designer Rebecca Minkoff founded her company in 2001 after she developed a small apparel line. She spent the next few years working on the small collection until 2005 when Rebecca developed the “Morning After Bag”. The bag became an overnight sensation and Rebecca began solely concentrating on developing additional styles to build out her romantically themed day-to-night handbag collection.

Sustainable Sensitivity

Redness, peeling, stinging — ouch! Whether we want to believe it or not, these are all signs of sensitive skin. The most common irritants include fragrances, detergents, dyes, acids, preservatives and even some SPF ingredients.

Luckily, Sustainable Youth has taken this into consideration and has incorporated the newly discovered, all natural ingredient called alasta®—a patent-pending, scientific discovery of the most potent, immunostimulatory and concentrated anti-aging ingredient derived from inside the rind of the Aloe Vera leaf. Other pure ingredients include: macadamia nut oil, pure jojoba seed oil, wheat protein, cucumber, white mulberry, green tea, licorice root and fig. With natural and anti-aging benefits, these gives you a break from harmful chemicals and treats sensitivity leaving you with clear, healthy, ageless and less delicate skin.

Give your fragile complexion the total relaxation it craves with these alasta® infused products from Sustainable Youth!

The Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion™ ($50) gently and effectively cleanses the skin and removes all traces of makeup, leaving skin feeling cushiony-soft, hydrated and soothed. It prepares the skin for maximum acceptance of all alasta®-based products.

The Elasticity Cream, ($100) is a lightweight, daily moisturizer that soothes, hydrates and helps restore skin’s elasticity and firmness for the appearance of thicker, plumper skin.

The Firming & Revitalizing Serum ($110) is a weightless, topical treatment that absorbs instantly and creates a luminous, fresh glow for more radiant beautiful skin. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, revealing smoother, tighter, younger-looking skin. It helps stimulate, tone, renew and lift skin’s appearance while brightening and evening out skin tone. Clinically proven to help improve skin elasticity and firmness up to 72% in 8 weeks; simply put, it tightens and brightens tired skin.

The Super Boost Night Serum™ ($150)  is a super-charged sleep serum that boosts skin’s natural nocturnal regenerating powers. It prepares the skin for maximum moisturization and helps to visibly restore the skin’s natural, youthful bounce and elasticity. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps lift and firm sagging skin.

The Anytime Lift Eye Treatment™ ($60) is a lightweight eye treatment serum that lessens the appearance of

crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles. Dark circles are minimized, as is under-eye puffiness. Eyes appear lifted, and a cooling effect upon application makes eyes feel instantly refreshed.

All Sustainable Youth products are available at

6 Ways to Wear a Summer Fragrance

The fragrance you choose is important part of your overall well-being and gives someone an idea of who you are. It’s how you will be remembered and become familiar to other people. Not only is it important to choose the right fragrance, but you also need to wear it the right way whether it’s the location you wear it or how much you apply. According to fragrance developer and creator of Arquiste, Carlos Huber, there are many six different ways he likes to apply a fragrance.

6 Different Ways to Wear a Fragrance

1.        Layering: Only layer fragrances that have only one or two overall notes. Don’t layer complex eau de parfum scents that are finished works of art by themselves.

2.       Spritz Your Hair: Lightly spray on your hair to keep the scent lingering longer.

3.       Bath: After filling your bathtub with water, add a few squirts of your favorite fragrance.

4.       On Your Neck: Always spray the fragrance on your neck – think of the places where you want to be kissed. That’s where you should spray!

5.        Pulse Points: Places like behind your ears, inner elbows and wrists heat up the scent, allowing it to diffuse more.

6.       Clothing: Clothing can hold a fragrance longer than your skin.

One fragrance that Carlos like to wear in the summer is Arquiste L’Etrog Acqua.  This citrusy scent will add a burst of energy to your day

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Catch Summer's Last Waves with TRESemmé

Summer is in full swing and chances are, you’ve been wearing beautiful beachy waves all season long. TRESemmé’s team of professional stylists is revealing their favorite waves to create and offering fresh perspectives on achieving these coveted styles. Follow their tips and tricks below using the NEW TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Collection. 

“Flat Iron Waves” with TRESemmé Celebrity Stylist John D.

TRESemmé Celebrity Stylist John D. loves “Flat Iron Waves” because the defined, natural-looking curls are perfect for transitioning from Summer to Fall. “When creating this look with a flat iron, I like to start from the back of the head and work my way to the front. It is the best way to obtain effortless waves every time.”


  • Dispense a few pumps of the TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Wave Creation Sea Foam into palms and run product throughout lengths of damp hair for a weightless lift. 
  • Blow-dry hair using a round brush to add extra volume and smoothness, or towel-dry to accentuate the hair's natural texture. 
  • Once dry, grab 1-inch pieces and alternate bending the flat iron toward the face, then away, while moving down the length of each section.
  • Once hair has cooled, run hands through the lengths to break up the waves.
  • Tilt head to the side, creating airy volume in the hair, and spray ends with TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Ultra Brushable Hairspray.
  •  TIP: Scrunch the hairspray into ends for added definition. 

“Classic Beachy Waves” with TRESemmé Stylist Jeanie Syfu

Tousled waves look great any time of year and TRESemmé Stylist Jeanie Syfu’s step-by-step requires minimal heat styling, ideal for summer! “I love this look because it creates an irregular wave pattern unique to each person’s natural texture.”


 “Chic S-Waves” with TRESemmé Stylist Tyler Laswell

The “S-Wave” adds a touch of glamour to any look, but is still casual enough to wear for all occasions. TRESemmé Stylist Tyler Laswell explains, “It is a classic wave that is easy to create on all hair types!”


  • Split wet hair into three or four manageable sections and apply TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Sea Salt Spray on each.
  • Towel-dry hair until it is 80% dry, then blow-dry using a paddle brush to create a smooth and polished look.
  • Using a 1-inch curling iron, begin curling small sections of hair all in the same direction. Clip up each section once complete and mist with TRESemmé Perfectly (un)done Ultra Brushable Hairspray to set the waves.
  • Remove all clips and brush hair thoroughly to smooth out the curls and create the uniform “S” pattern.
  • Finish by applying the TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Wave Perfecting Gelee through lengths to define the wave.
  • TIP: For those with thick hair, brush out the curls one at a time to avoid creating a fluffy look.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Back to School Fashion with Princess Vera Wang and Kohl's

Check out a few of our favorite Back to School style picks from Princess Vera Wang for Kohl's

The Princess Vera Wang Back to School collection features a number of stylish and fun frocks including feminine floral dresses, trendy gingham prints and boho-chic peasant blouses (all under $60!).

sweet flouncy sundresses are perfect while
back to school weather is still warm!

Denim leggings are your go-to basic for fall style.

This open front cocoon cardigan is an essential layering piece for fall.
Embrace your inner bohemian with a
gorgeous peasant top!

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Tame Your Tresses the Natural Way

Cutler/Redken stylist Micki Charles is here to show you how to tame your tresses with some of our old school favorites! First, repair damage caused by summer fun (read: sun, sand, and salt water) with a modern take on a classic hot oil treatment. Then, create a no-heat style that lasts with mousse – not your mother’s version.

My favorite DIY hot oil treatment can be done with ingredients you already have at home! 

Step 1: Choose your favorite virgin, organic oil – coconut and almond are GREAT options.
Step 2: Add a few drops of rosemary or lavender oil to add more shine and boost the relaxation aspect of the treatment.
Step 3: Heat the oil on your stove slowly (do NOT simmer or boil, you only want it warmed up). 
Step 4: Massage the warm oil into your hair and scalp. Cover with a plastic shower cap. 
PRO TIP: Use only on your ends if you have finer hair.
Step 5: Leave this treatment on for at least 15 minutes and rinse with a gentle shampoo. 

Mousse and gels are definitely back! They keep your hair protected from humidity and allow a degree of control when styling even during the hottest days of summer. Try my version of no-heat waves that works with the humidity and heat (not against), while keeping your locks frizz free.

Step 6: Choose the right mousse or gel for YOU. Newer formulations are lighter, better for your hair and don’t leave you with that “crunchy look”. 

PRO TIP: I LOVE the Redken Stay High 18! This brand new product is a mousse to gel styler so you get the best of both.

Step 7: Towel dry hair and massage a dime-sized amount from roots to tip.
Step 8: Then, braid the lengths to add wave and movement.
Step 9: Once almost dry, take out the braid and shake loose! 

Happy styling!

Today is National Wiggle Your Toes Day!

Treat your feet for National Wiggle Your Toes Day (August 6th)! Whether you celebrate barefoot at the beach or slip into sandals before you hit the street, make sure you spend a little time taking care of those feet!

Get rid of dry peeling skin with the Feetreat Pedi Exfoliating Foot Mask by Look Beauty. These foot exfoliators and treatments for your feet are easy to use wearable socks that removes calluses. With key ingredients like chamomile, natural botanical and papaya extract feet will be perfectly smooth within two weeks.

Take foot care to the next level with Intensive Moisturizing Foot Mask by Look Beauty. This "sock-type" mask noticeably softens and repairs dry, cracked, calloused feet and heels, significantly improving the look and feel of even the driest feet. Ingredients include Shea Butter, Apple Extract and Peppermint.