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The One Piece of Clothing You Need for Fall!

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

The One Piece of Clothing You Need for Fall!When you’re prepping your wardrobe for the fall season, it’s important to have warm clothes to wear to ensure that you stay comfortable as the temperatures begin to drop. Although it’s crucial to stay snuggled after the summer season comes to an end, it’s also important to look your best with fashionable attire. Military jackets are still a current piece to own for a grunge look that will allow you to stand out with your impressive street wear.

Pair with Booties

Military jackets are the perfect attire to wear during the fall season due to the variety of warm shoes that can be worn with the item. Most people prefer to wear combat boots or booties when it’s cold outside for a heavy shoe that is plenty snug. Military jackets are on point when paired with clunky boots for a masculine style that is still plenty feminine.

Use Tights

Military jackets can be paired with jean shorts and ripped tights to further enhance the grunge look that you may be going for. Tights will allow you to still wear shorts or skirts without opting for pants just to stay warm in the fall. You can also choose different colors that complement the season, which include burgundy, black, gray, and dark green.

Add Heavy Jewelry

Instead of feeling too masculine with your military jacket, you can dress it up by accessorizing it with heavy jewelry around your neck. Opt for wearing tribal necklaces or multiple chains to balance out the attire. You can also roll up the sleeves of the jacket and wear a gold chain-link watch with plenty of bangles or bracelets. This will add plenty of arm candy that allows the military jacket to look fashionable.

Add a Pop of Color

To enhance the camouflaged print on the military jacket, opt for pairing it with a pop of red lip color with lipstick. This will prevent the jacket from looking too overwhelming with the rest of the attire for proper balance with your ensemble. You can even add a cat-eye liner to your lids or a bit of bronzer for a moody makeup style that is perfect for the gloomy weather that comes with fall.

Although it can be difficult to find a staple piece to rock during the fall season, the military jacket will offer plenty of versatility for an urban look that is plenty youthful. You can create a number of different outfits that work around the jacket to ensure that you’ll stay trendy while strolling the streets or sitting in a coffee shop as the weather becomes cold outside.

Five Must Have Beauty Indulgences

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Five Must Have Beauty IndulgencesWe’ve all seen the ads for the newest, latest products. Every day, there’s a new miracle cream or perfect serum. The truth is, tried and true must haves of the beauty world have stuck around because they work well. They are not a miracle in a jar, but they are products that are both indulgent and effective. It is worth it to buy top-shelf brands of these items, as they require less product and as such last longer and have maximum efficacy. These five indulgences are a must have for die hard beauty fans.

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter has been used for many years to moisturize skin from head to toe. The natural antioxidant properties of the cacao bean derivative are excellent at hydrating skin, healing scars and diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and stretch marks. When your skin is healthy and hydrated, it is more likely to look healthy and beautiful. Regularly moisturizing with cocoa butter after a shower does wonders for the face and body.

Sugar Scrub

Exfoliating is certainly nothing new, but you haven’t lived until you’ve tried a really good sugar scrub. Often mixed with jojoba oils and other natural plant extracts, sugar scrubs are pleasantly scented exfoliating treatment, which, when applied to the skin in a circular motion, help slough away dead skin cells. This leaves skin brighter, softens body hair for shaving and prepares it for moisturizing.

Hydrating Shave Cream

For anyone who prefers shaving over waxing, the nightmare of tiny cuts on the knees and ankles is something highly unpleasant to endure. There are some great shave creams on the markets, however, which use natural extracts to hydrate the skin and provide an extremely close shave. Anyone going from shaving with bar soap or shower gel to one of these creams will note a marked difference in the closeness of their shave and how their skin feels. These creams are most effective when preceded with an exfoliant, like the sugar scrub mentioned above.

Face Primer

One cosmetic product that is relatively new but has revolutionized the way people wear full coverage makeup is face primer. Whether silicon or water based, primers help to minimize the appearance of pores and facial imperfections when applied before foundation or powder. They are available in many varieties, including those which correct redness and combat oily skin.

Good Black Mascara

Black mascara is the little black dress of the makeup world. Just throw it on, and it can pep up even a totally fresh-faced look. The key, however, is to find a mascara that is not prone to clumping. The best mascaras have brushes that are slightly curved without an overabundance of bristles. These allow for the smoothest and cleanest application. Please note that mascara, no matter how much you love it, needs to be replaced every six months.

Any High Heel (yes, heels!) Can Be Comfy!

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Any High Heel (yes, heels!) Can Be Comfy!Most of us want to look good, pulled together and sophisticated when we step into a pair of high heels. There is something about a pair of heels that make us feel sexy and good about ourselves, but our toes can also feel good and comfy. Here are 5 ways to pamper your feet and legs, and make your high heels your most comfortable pair of shoes.

Moleskin is one of the best kept secrets for preventing blisters. This silky, super soft adhesive can be cut and applied anywhere you normally endure blisters. Blister-prone spots benefit from this cotton “skin” by keeping your shoes from rubbing against them as you walk, but does not make your shoes feel too tight. You can also line any part of your shoe with moleskin. This blister buster will become your new best friend!

Taping Your Toes
There is a nerve that splits between your third and fourth toes which can cause pain in the balls of your feet. By taping the third and fourth toes together with some surgical tape, pain can be alleviated putting less strain on the nerve. It might feel awkward at first, but your feet will thank you.

Sock Stuffing
Sock stuffing isn’t just for bra and underwear companies anymore. It is great for stretching shoes, too! You found a to die for pair of heels, but they were only available in a size too small, you could benefit from stretching your shoes. A cheap way to do this is by the sock stuffing method. Pack your shoes fully and tightly with socks, and leave in over night. You can also hit the shoes with a blow dryer for quicker results, but do so with caution. Be careful to move the blow dryer all over continuously in order to prevent heat damage to the shoe.

Toe Inserts
It is crucial to take special care of the balls of your feet, as they suffer the most abuse in heels. Using ball and toe inserts can be essential to keeping your feet comfy. Ball and toe inserts won’t make your shoes tighter like a full insert does, so added ball support won’t make your shoes too small and tight. Toe inserts are inexpensive, effective and will make a huge difference to your tattered toes.

Anti-slip Heel Inserts
If you have especially narrow feet or your shoes are slightly too big, you may be having trouble with heel slipping. Heel slips are not only annoying, but can cause painful and bloody blisters. Anti-slip heel inserts will save your life! These clever adhesive strips will keep the heel of your shoe in place, eliminating the painful heel slips.

Beauty Benefits Of Acupuncture

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Beauty Benefits Of AcupunctureThese days, many people are interested in gaining confidence by optimizing their physical appearance. If you’re currently attempting to enhance your aesthetic appeal in order to improve your self-esteem, it’s important to note that acupuncture can help. Here are three beauty benefits of acupuncture:

1. Clears Acne

Oftentimes, people turn to acne treatments such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide to clear up unwanted breakouts. However, many beauty experts have noted that these remedies only deal with the external reality rather than also tackling internal problems. And as many acupuncturists have stated, acne is typically an outward manifestation of internal imbalances. Thus when you fix the internal problem, you can prevent breakouts from recurring. Luckily, acupuncture addresses several issues that could be the root of acne breakouts, including a slow-moving lymphatic system or digestive imbalances. To determine the cause, the acupuncturist will examine the pulse and tongue to determine the optimal treatment mode.

2. Promotes Glowing Skin

Acupuncture creates microtrauma in the patient’s skin. This microtrauma is quite like the tears that occur in the muscles during an exercise session. The microtrauma is believed to increase collagen production while also stimulating fibroblasts. The result of this process is decreased sagging in skin, a youthful glow, diminished fine lines, and an improved skin tone. Additionally, acupuncturists state that the procedure addresses body imbalances that result from chronically dry skin and puffiness. These results can be obtained through a procedure like acupuncture facial rejuvenation, in which small needles are placed at certain regions of the patient’s body, face, and head.

3. Generates Weight Loss

Undergoing a series of acupuncture treatments can help regulate water metabolism for the patient’s entire body. This helps with appetite suppression. There are two regions of the ear that can be stimulated, including the “stomach point” and the “hunger point.” Stimulating these sections of the ear is linked to eliminating cravings and controlling hunger. Regions of the body such as the inside of the leg and the sphere just above the ankle bone can also undergo stimulation for the purpose of enhancing metabolism.

(It’s important to note that acupuncture is not weight loss magic. Individuals who are seeking to lose weight should focus on optimizing their diets and exercising regularly. However, it’s important to note that acupuncture is effective in helping with the weight loss process. If your goal is to use acupuncture to help accelerate your weight loss process, the recommended number of sessions is 12.)


As made plain by the information listed above, there are several beauty benefits associated with acupuncture. Some of them include clear, glowing skin and weight management. Thus if you’re trying to optimize your appearance in order to feel more comfortable and confident in your body, acupuncture may be the perfect solution for you!

Spotlight on REN Skincare

Friday, July 24th, 2015

4 Melt Proof Makeup TipsREN beauty products are your new prescription for happy skin. REN produces favorites among celebrities and beauty editors alike. They use only 100% plant and mineral derivatives and products are free from skin harming synthetic ingredients. The experience of using REN, including texture, fragrance and results, can make you feel healthier and happier, and make the world a little nicer, too. Check out why these are a few all-time favorites:

Keep Young and Beautiful Skin Instant Firming Beauty Shot
Yes, there is a shot for more beautiful skin! This is a gel-serum that instantly firms, lifts and plumps the skin, leaving it velvety soft. It will leave skin noticeably smoother and younger looking. A liquid matrix of hyaluronan loads the skin with moisture and encourages elastin synthesis, firming and regenerating the skin over time.

Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial
New and wow! This transforming treatment instantly revitalizes and rejuvenates the skin. Packed with potent water-activated Vitamin C, it will refresh your skin in a flash. While reducing the signs of fatigue, aging and imperfections, this will give skin a radiant glow.

Moroccan Rose Otto Gold Glow Perfecting Oil
Get your glow on. This Moroccan rose dry oil leaves skin glowingly soft and nourished. It leaves skin exquisitely healthy. Formulated with precious plant oils and actives, it also hydrates and protects.

Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask
This is the rock star of skin care. This potent bio active peel mask dramatically improves skin tone by removing dead skin cells, reducing the appearance of fine lines, revealing a brighter, healthier and more radiant complexion.

EverCalm Anti-Redness Serum
REN’s EverCalm Anti-Redness Serum combats redness and irritation, boosting skin’s tolerance of environmental irritants. Protecting against causes of premature aging such as UV rays, inflammation, redness, pollution and free radicals, milk polypeptides calm and strengthen skin.

Rosa Centifolia Foaming Cleanser
This detergent free foaming cleanser is infused with rose extracts to gently remove grime and make-up in one simple stroke. This cleanser balances, tones, soothes, and tightens pores.

Vita Mineral™ Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream
How about a true multi-vitamin day cream that replenishes the skin with moisture, essential nutrients and antioxidants to keep it healthy, glowing and youthful? Phytosterols and essential fatty acids increase skin’s protective lipid barrier to retain moisture and encourage cell renewal. Flavonoids and Vitamin E properties decongest and soothe. Copper, Magnesium and Zinc encourage radiance and energy, while antioxidants shield the skin from oxidative stress.

You can try one of REN’s products for yourself. Check out these essentials and many more products. REN is available in department stores, pharmacies and spas around the world and online from such companies as Beauty Bridge.

Best Summer Spa Treatments

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Best Summer Spa TreatmentsThe best summer spa treatments will help you refresh your face and body for the swimsuit and tanning season. Spa treatments are a great help in the summer when humidity and the rays of the sun attack your skin. Try the summer spa treatments listed here to help your face and body get ready for swimsuits and summer sun.

#1: Facial Peels

Facial peels are an excellent way to rejuvenate your skin when the summer sun comes out. Summer sun can damage your skin further without a peel, but a simple facial peel helps your skin recover from the long and harsh winter. You may go in for a facial peel at any time, but the facial peel should not be the only thing you do at the spa.

#2: Massage

Going in for a massage at the beginning of the summer will help you relax before you start your wonderful summer adventures. The massage will help get rid of all the stress from the winter, and you may use the massage as a way of extending your appointment at the spa.

#3: Nails

Have a full manicure and pedicure while you are in the spa. A manicure will help get your nails ready for the swimsuit season, and you may choose a playful color that looks perfect with all your summer clothing. The pedicure you receive will help you get ready for the summer sandal season. You will likely wear open toe shoes for most of the summer, and you must ask for a foot scrub that will help get the soles of your feet ready for walking barefoot at the pool or beach. Dead skin will build up on your feet in the winter, and you can get rid of all that dead skin using just one foot scrub during your spa treatment.

#4: Full Body Moisturizing

Having a full body oil or lotion treatment will prepare your skin to be exposed during the summer months. Many ladies go into the summer season without treating their skin, and it is difficult to wear a bathing suit with confidence if your skin has not been treated properly. An oil or lotion rub will soften your skin in the spa, and you will leave the spa feeling like a new person. All the dry patches will go away, and you will be left with soft skin that looks good in a swimsuit.

Try all the spa treatments listed here to look your best during the summer, and you may have each treatment done in the same appointment. Pamper yourself with treatments that will change the way you feel about your body when you slip into your swimsuit.

Eyebrow Extensions 101

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Eyebrow Extensions 101Do you ever get tired of filling your eyebrows in during your daily makeup routine? Are you more of a natural/no-makeup kind of girl, but your eyebrows are sparse? Eyebrow extensions could be just the solution for you!

Things to Know before Getting Extensions

There are three things you need to know before getting eyebrow extensions.
1. When you are researching technicians, be sure to ask whether they are licensed. This will insure that they are using the proper materials on your skin and that they were trained to put on the extensions.
2. Cost varies depending on who does the extensions, but they are usually upwards of $100.
3. Prepare to block out a couple hours of your day for the application. They can take anywhere from one and a half to two hours depending on the sparsity of your brows.

Extension Placement

After the technician cleans up your eyebrows with tweezers to remove any unwanted hair, he/she decides on the shape of the new eyebrow by taking into account the symmetry of your face. Then comes choosing the color of the brow hairs and finally, application.

There is no pain involved in the procedure of applying the hair to the eyebrow area. Each hair is applied with surgical glue one-by-one until the desired thickness is achieved. The technician’s ultimate goal is to make your eyebrows look as natural as possible from the moment you leave their chair to when you come back in for a fill (more on that below).

How to Maintain Extensions

If you are gentle with the hairs and do not tug at them or scrub them vigorously with a washcloth, they will last up to three weeks. As the hairs start to fall out, a fill will be needed where the technician goes back in and fills the areas where hair has fallen out of the eyebrow. The process of shedding the hairs is slow, as they do not each fall out at the same time, which allows the process to look more natural. If you decide you no longer want the extensions and do not want to wait for the falling out process, the technician call apply an oil that will remove them quickly and easily.

Overall, if you have the money to spare and a few hours, eyebrow extensions are a great addition to a bare or makeup-enhanced face. They may take a bit to get used to, but you’ll soon have the Kylie Jenner eyebrows you’ve always wanted.

Eyelash Extensions 101

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Eyelash Extensions 101Several women have been blessed with long and luxurious lashes ever since their first baby picture, others are not so lucky. Some eyelashes have simply failed in the luxurious department. It only takes a quick trip down the makeup isle to figure out just how many products are available for eyelash extension. But here is the “101,” skip the cheap fake eyelashes and go for extensions that look like the real thing.

How do Eyelash Extensions Work?
Eyelash extensions use a medical adhesive to bond each lash to an individual’s original lashes. The process is done one lash at a time in order to create a natural look. Individuals can customize their lashes by choosing length, curling style, color and texture. The process is not a permanent treatment. Eyelash extensions usually last up to six weeks, depending on how well they are cared for.

Shower Beforehand: In order to avoid having the extensions come into contact with water or steam for at least 48 hours, shower before the treatment.

Remove Makeup: Any makeup, such as mascara or foundation, should be removed prior to the appointment. Individuals should also steer clear of lotion, sunscreen or oil, as they can interfere with the adhesive glue.

Keep Lashes Natural: Lashes should be 100 percent natural when receiving extensions. Along with removing mascara, steer clear of any eyelash curling the day of the appointment.

Avoid Condensation: For at least 48 hours, eyelash extensions should be kept away from water or any other form of condensation. Individuals should avoid showering or working out. Also, if someone lives in a humid area, they should stay indoors during the 48 hour period as much as possible.

Do Not Pull: Constantly touching the extensions can easily damage natural lashes. Try to avoid touching, pulling, twisting or curling the lashes. If an individual wants to remove their extensions, they should always seek professional care.

Avoid Moisture-Based Products: Keep shampoos, conditioners, lotions and oils away from the extensions. Any of those products can loosen the effect of the adhesive, making the extensions last for a lesser amount of time.

Remember the Natural Lashes: Do not forget that the natural lashes are still there. Protect them with an eyelash conditioner or growth serum.

Women who were not blessed with the lashes of luxury do not have to settle for second best. Luxury is waiting for those who work for it and even failed lashes can earn a second chance.

Brand Spotlight – Lavanila

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Brand Spotlight - LavanilaPrepare to be body-pampered and skin-nourished! Lavanila produces effective luxury beauty products based on plants and other natural ingredients that support what skin truly needs. The company’s name “Lavanila” comes from the word for vanilla on the island of Madagascar, where much of the world’s vanilla is produced. Vanilla is used in many of Lavanila’s products because it is a powerful antioxidant as well as an aromatherapy ingredient that comforts and soothes.

Not only are these formulations ideal for people with sensitive skin, but the products have a delightful fragrance without being cloying or overpowering. They work by allowing skin to breathe and utilize the benefits of their natural ingredients, as opposed to those that smother the skin. The company also has fragrance-free versions of its deodorant and body butter.

Lavanila does no animal testing and labels items that are gluten-free. Some of the chemicals they do not use include silicon, phthalates, aluminum, parabens, synthetic dyes, and propylene glycol — all of which are listed in most beauty products sold through retail outlets ranging from drug stores to high-end exclusive department stores.

The founder of Lavanila, Danielle Raynor, made a career of trying beauty products from every type of retail store. She wanted toxin-free items for her daughters and realized that even high-priced luxury brands contained ingredients to be avoided. Danielle was also allergic to traditionally-formulated perfumes, so she worked with chemists to develop fragrances that did not include ingredients that exacerbated allergy symptoms.

Lavanila began selling its products in 2007 when it offered the first organic fragrance in the industry. The company developed a sugar-based alcohol for its perfumes, and savvy women everywhere welcomed the skin-friendliness of the formulations and the exclusive combinations of essential oils for a truly personal signature fragrance. Packaging included regular sizes and a mini roll-on to tuck into an evening bag.

Other items intentionally designed to nourish and protect skin include aluminum-free deodorants with essential oils — also available in mini sizes for travel — and sunscreen that keeps harsh chemicals away from sensitive areas. Consider the possibility of actually enjoying using sunscreen because it has an amazing smell and nourishes skin with its vitamins!

Discerning women around the world are taking control of what they put on their skin, and the products from Lavanila are helping them revitalize their bodies through the best of nature.

Seven Must-Have Accessories to Elevate Your Look

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Seven Must-Have Accessories to Elevate Your LookHow do you take your look from meh to yay? Simple, accessorize. “Ok, great,” you say (rolling your eyes), “but how do I accessorize?” Well, my dear, there comes a time in every woman’s life when she needs to learn about The Magnificent Seven. The Magnificent Seven can make even a simple outfit like jeans and a t-shirt into the most glamorous look ever. So what are The Magnificent Seven? Read on.

7) A Killer Handbag: Invest in one fantastic statement bag and carry it with you everywhere. Yours could be a neon orange Hermés Birkin bag, or a quilted Chanel handbag, or even a funky denim backpack from Urban Outfitters, it doesn’t matter! Just pick a bag with character that sets you out from the rest and love it for life.

6) A Bib Necklace: Bib necklaces are the “It” accessory of the moment, but the truth is, they’ve always been in style. What makes a bib necklace a unique investment is the fact that you can dress it up or dress it down. BaubleBar sells them in every kind of style available, from painted enamel to ones with leather tassles.

5) One Good Scarf: Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly swore by scarves, and it’s easy to see why. Scarves can be worn in anyway imaginable and always add a certain je ne sais quoi to your look. Wear one loosely around your neck, or up in your hair, regardless it’s a must-have in any woman’s wardrobe.

4) Patent Leather Neon Pumps: Guaranteed to kick up any outfit, patent leather neon pumps add an element of danger to your look. If you think you can’t wear them to the office, think again: that beige suit in your closet from Ann Taylor will look ten times better with neon blue pumps and a bib necklace.

3) Enamel Bangles: Jackie O. was obsessed with gold and enamel bangles from Schlumberger’s, and it’s easy to see why. A good bangle adds attitude and elegance to any ensemble, while also drawing attention to the delicate and feminine bones of your wrist. Give your S.O. something to look at the next time he takes you out for a martini.

2) Chandelier Earrings: Nothing says “glamour” quite like a pair of chandelier earrings. They can be worn with your hair in mermaid style waves, or dripping down your neck while your hair is worn austerely back in a chignon. They draw attention to your neck, making you the most interesting woman in the room.

1) An Edgy Ring Set: Be it delicate or funky, a good ring set is a great way to add edge to your look. Midi rings are a great way to bring attention to your gel manicure, or a delicate brass knuckles set can make you the talk of the club.

There you have it, The Magnificent Seven Accessories to bring an element of high-end chic to any look. Happy shopping!