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Scentsational: Beyonce Heat Ultimate Elixir

31 Jul

Following the success of her debut fragrance, Heat, singer Beyonce Knowles will launch her second scent, Heat Ultimate Elixir, later this year. The new perfume, which launches September 20, will have similar notes as the original with spicy floral red vanilla orchid, Osmanthus petals, cedarwood, amber, vanilla and Tonka bean. The chanteuse says the new scent captures her private side. Does that mean this new fragrance evokes less Sasha Fierce and more Mrs. Sean Carter?

The singer says of the inspiration for her perfume:

“And as a very young girl, hearing her footsteps…her stilettos click, click, clicking on the hardwood floor and she wore a beautiful fragrance and she would walk past me and it would just stay in the room. It left a warm feeling every time I thought about her scent.

“I think about the icons that I respect and they all have their own fragrance so I thought it was time for me to have my own.”

Frugal Friday: BOGO on Make-up at Ulta

30 Jul

Buy 1 Get 1 FREE (purminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Powder) – one week only

Inside the Beauty Bag: Priori & Naturopathica Skincare

29 Jul
The beauty market is saturated with a slew of products that promise to reverse signs of aging and keep women looking forever young without going under the knife.  Sifting through anti-aging products is like looking for a needle in a haystack, frustrating and impossible at times.  As I slowly creep towards my 30s, I’ve trained myself to use the right products, in the right order and at the right time every single day.

A dermatologist once told me that starting an anti-aging regiment in my early 20s will ward off fine lines and wrinkles and prolong the superficial aging as much as humanly possible. For years, I was guilty of going to bed with makeup on after a night of partying. I neglected eye creams, masks, face polishes and facials and opted to use my money for shopping.  I was banking on the “black don’t crack” theory to keep me looking young.

A resolution for the new year, practice healthy skincare, prompted me to get involved in preventing the aging of my skin and take better care of it. For the past seven months, I’ve been washing my face twice a day, using exfoliators three times a week, eye creams twice a day and SPF for my face and lips. I would like to keep looking like I’m 21 and get carded each time I go to the bar until my 40s thank you very much. I very weary of the products I use on my face so it took me a while to get myself to try a new line of anti-aging products I received from Alison Brod PR on a trip to New York City.  I started using the products two months ago by incorporating them into my daily skin care routine.  The three new products are Naturopathica Oat Facial Polish, Priori Idebenone Superceuticals Age Defying Body Cream and the Moisturizing Facial Cream.

Naturopathica Oat Facial Polish is the gentlest scrub I’ve used in a long time.  Boasting natural ingredients like oats, jojoba beads and kernel oil, the scrub quickly goes to work removing all the impurities from my face, prepping it for my Alchimie Forever Kantic Brightening mask and the other moisturizing treatments in my skin care regiment.  A small squeeze of the product is all it takes to get the work started.  The Oat Facial Polish gently exfoliates my skin with oats beads while the creamy mix of apricot kernel oil, jojoba beads and meadowsweet combine to soothe my face.  The astringent properties of the meadowsweet acts as an anti-inflammatory that calms my skin.  I have extremely sensitive skin so this product is perfect for me.

I think of body moisturizers as thick formulas that are supposed to coat my skin for hours.  I didn’t know that light formulas, especially in the summer, also absorb into the skin and keep it moisturized without being greasy.  I’ve been keeping my skin super healthy this summer by making sure I’m properly hydrated, using sunscreen and moisturizing.  I decided to try the Superceuticals Idebenone Superceuticals Age Defying Body Cream because it is supposed to help fight signs of aging.  It “refirms, evens and even smooth the appearance of the skin, to improve the visible signs of aging.” For starters, my skin isn’t wrinkled but it could be firmer. The Age Defying Body Cream glides on smoothly and keeps my skin moisturized all day long. The cream is fragrant free so I can layer on perfume without it changing the scent.

The Priori Idebenone Superceuticals Moisturizing Face Cream is one of those products that every women should invest in.  I noticed a few fine lines around my eyes and laugh lines while examining my face in the mirror. I started using the Priori face cream immediately and have been doing so for two months now. The lines around my face aren’t as noticeable as they were when I first started using  the moisturizer, along with my other facial creams, of course.  Aside from the anti-aging benefits, I’ve noticed a big change in the clarity and suppleness of my skin.  I use it twice a day, once in the morning then again at night.

The Socializer: Erasing Evidence of the Night Before

28 Jul
Ever wonder how celebrities manage to look like they just got out of a relaxing vacation every time the step onto the red carpet despite a night of raging at galas, night clubs or premieres? It’s not just the make-up cover-up that gives Blake Lively her fresh face.  As a sleepless social butterfly in Washington, DC, my work day starts at 5:30pm with a cocktail reception or happy hour and usually followed by a gala or a dinner party. It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it right? I usually roll into bed around 2am every night but have to wake up at 7am to submit my articles to my editor for 12pm publication.  
I recently started using a product called The Socializer by skincare guru Elizabeth Grant. The Socializer by Elizabeth Grant is eye-treatment duo that hides erases the hardcore partying from under the eyes. It’s a two for one package deal with two pens, Late Nights and Bright Lights. Late Nights is a creamy formula that is applied in the evening after washing the face. It dissolves quickly with no greasy residue and de-puffs the eyes, erasing traces of the 3am tequila shot at George. The Socializer Bright Lights, with its cooling formula de-puffs, illuminates and reinvigorates, giving the appearance of having a ten hours of sleep while in truth you only had two. 
The duo come packaged together in a black and silver cardboard case and fit easily into a small clutch for those overnight trips, if you know what I mean. The Socializer by Elizabeth Grant is a favorite of Blake Lively, Jessica Szhor, Ginnifer Goodwin and Kristen Bell. It is available online for $40.  So whether you like to piss the night away at your favorite watering hole or hob knob with the likes of Lindsay Lohan until 5am followed by late night skinny dipping, you can wake up rest assured that your boss won’t find traces of the night before on your face. 

Scentsational: Victoria’s Secret Noire Tease

28 Jul

Get playful with Victoria’s Secret’s sexy summer fragrance Noir Tease, a lovely scent that invigorates the senses with notes of black vanilla, frozen pear and blooming gardenia that will send his blood pressure racing with one whiff.  The limited edition bottle is adorned with titillating black lace and a hot pink atomizer that suggest sexy yet playful.  The Noir Tease collection rounds out with body lotion, body mist and the eau de parfum and is available at Victoria’s Secret stores nationwide as well as VictoriasSecret.com.

iQ Derma Firmaceuticals Anti-Cellulite System

27 Jul

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, so why can’t I make the practice of eating it a habit? Oh yea, grocery shopping is not my forte. I recently started using nutritional supplements to balance out my daily intake of vitamins and minerals.  I rarely consume the recommended amount of vitamins so taking them orally through nutritional supplementation is the best way for me.  I vowed to take my vitamins daily six months ago.  This promise was broken on the third day when I ended up spending the night at a friend’s house while my vitamins sat neatly on kitchen shelf at my house. I couldn’t remember to take my vitamins to save my life. Still I didn’t feel like carrying a pill case full of stuff. It was another item that would take up space in my already cluttered handbag. It wasn’t until I came across iQ Derma Firmaceuticals’ Nutritional Supplement Packs that my vitamin taking regimen began. 
It’s been thirty days since I started taking iQ Derma Firmaceuticals’ Nutritional Supplement Packs and vitamin intake has now become a part of my daily routine. The Nutritional Supplements come pre-packaged in individual packets for easy intake. I was drawn to these supplements because aside from having all the daily recommended vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, it also promised to reduce cellulite  , creating a healthier skin as well as improving the metabolism wellness.

The supplements are formulated with vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and thermogenics to create and maintain healthy skin while assisting the metabolism.

Each pack contains one each of the following:

  • Multi-Vitamin Supplement – to provide essential metabolic functions and antioxidant protection
  • Mineral Supplement – to aid metabolism and boost skin’s overall health
  • Vitamin E – to neutralize free radicals with antioxidants and condition the skin from the inside out
  • Thermogenic Supplement – to aid in the processing of proteins, carbohydrates and fats
After thirty days, I feel a lot more energized and a lot happier because psychologically I know I am doing something great for my body but I also think the vitamins are really giving me the boost I need physically and mentally.  Along with the supplements, I was also using the Firmaceuticals Firming Gel, which contains ingredients to reduce cellulite. I have really seen a big difference in using the product twice a day after showering.  I’m on the road to healthy habits, which I encourage each of you to start if you aren’t already doing so. I am not a doctor so please consult with your physician before taking any products aimed at enhancing your health. The iQ Derma Firmaceuticals products are available at the Derm Store for $29.99 for the starter pack. 

Affordable Luxury: Skin care from Bellezabandida

15 Jun

Women spend more on skin care products during the summer than any other time of the year. Luckily, thanks to bellezabandida.com we wont have to break the bank this summer! Set to launch mid-June, they bring luxury beauty and cosmetic brands that they have hand selected from around the globe to one place offering the best options for skin care!


All of the products on the site are offered at up to 70% from the retail price – which is fab considering women in the US spend on average around $7 billion a year on beauty products!  To save time and money, this site features established brands, products, and also includes interviews and discussion topics such as: summer make-up beauty, the do’s and don’ts of beauty, and how to get celebrity make-up without spending a fortune!