Summer Travel Essentials

Are you traveling this Summer? Here are some Beauty Essentials to take along with you!

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Philip B. Four Step Hair & Scalp Treatment Set ($104.00)
Packed with super-light essential oils, this award-winning conditioning treatment sinks right in, offering long-term repair to all hair types.
Set includes: rejuvenating oil, peppermint & avocado shampoo, light-weight deep conditioning crème rinse and detangling toning mist. I had the opportunity to try the light-weight deep conditioning crème rinse and I love how this conditions my hair after a day out at the beach!

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Conair Ultimate Root Booster Mid-Size Cushion Brush ($5.99)
Experience a luxurious new level of volume! The Triangle Airflow Bristle™ design lifts hair right at the roots. Bristles and vented cushion allow up to 50% more airflow* to reach hair for big, beautiful volume fast! This mid-size brush is perfectly sized for styling on the go. I love this one! It’s a great brush to style your hair with! 

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MALIN+GOETZ essential kit ($30.00)
A wonderful way to experience the brand, this travel ready essentials kit includes all best sellers for face, body and hair – all sized to fly.
Set includes: grapefruit face cleanser, vitamin e face moisturizer, bergamot body wash, vitamin b5 body moisturizer, peppermint shampoo and cilantro conditioner.

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Scünci spiral ponytailers ($6.99)
Scünci Spiral Ponytailers provide a dent free hold all day. I love how these work and that they don’t pull my hair out when I take them out! 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this Beauty Post. Images were also provided. 

 

 

Go Back To School In Style: Introducing The New Sally Hansen + Crayola Insta-Dri Collection

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Sharpen those pencils, pack that apple, and add the final touch to your back-to-school look in an instant! The new Sally Hansen + Crayola Insta-Dri Collection transports you back to that care-free time of coloring with crayons, sketching out vibrant creations, and jumping back into the September back to school season. Color authorities Crayola and Sally Hansen joined forces to offer a bright, bold, and fun suite of hues that dry in just 60 seconds — so no time is wasted for the woman on the go. With a 60 second dry time, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri®Nail Color’s 3-in-1 formula features a built-in base and top coat to provide shiny, extended wear in a single step in just one stroke. These color specialists did their homework: From a saturated red to a marvelously mod white, here are the 12 new, specially designed shades inspired directly by the Crayola crayon colors we all know and love.

 

Wild Strawberry

Ripe and ravishing, this primary red crème shade is a classic.

Sunset Orange

As bold as it is beautiful, this hue conjures memories of blissful beachy evenings.

 

Carnation Pink

Everything’s coming up carnations in this vivid, pretty pink.

 

Dandelion

Picked right from a sprawling field, this sunny saturated yellow is a force of nature.

 

Granny Smith Apple

Take it to the tart side in this vivaciously verdant polish.

 

Cerulean

Rock this hue, it’s a go-to blue for back to school.

 

Vivid Violet

Cultivate the feeling of floral fancy in this purple shade that elevates any first-day-of-school outfit.

 

White

No better way to kick off the year than with a blank slate. Be crisper than a white board with this pristine white.
Razzmatazz

It’s your time to shine bright and be a dazzling star with this raspberry hue.

 

 Scarlet

Show off your summer tan with this red hot mani.

 

Denim

Casually cool, this jean-ius indigo hue goes with everything.

 

Purple Heart

Be the Queen Bee in this courageously colorful purple.

 

Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri® is #1 in the quick-dry segment. The Sally Hansen X Crayola Insta-Dri Back To School Collection will be available July 2017Crayola is the worldwide leader in children’s creative expression products. The Crayola brand is known for its iconic Crayola crayons, and portfolio of colorful and innovative art tools, crafting activities and creative toys.

Credit: Sally Hansen/Crayola.

Fourth of July Beauty Essentials

Can you believe that the 4th of July is almost here? Summer is here and I just love this time of year! Here are a few of my favorite to-go-to beauty products!

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Scünci Heathered Knotted Ponytailers
Scünci’s Heathered Knotted Ponytailers are soft ponytailers, providing all day comfort. I just love how these are gentle on my hair and when I remove them they do not pull my hair out! These truly are a must this Summer!

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Conair Quick Blow-Dry Pro Vent Brush
With Conair Quick Blow Dry Pro Vent, Brush Vents allow airflow from blow-dryer to reach hair for fast drying and styling. Use to add volume and lift to hairstyles. Professional quality results. Contains 10% copper coating. This one is great! I just love how easy it is to style my hair with this brush!

 

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Looking for a great Face Cleanser? This one is a must! DDF Advanced Mirco-Exfoliation Cleanser
Sloughing off dead surface skin cells to reveal new skin is a must in any skincare regime. Too harsh and your skin gets irritated, too soft and you’re not getting the needed results. This ultra hydrating, creamy, glycerin-based cleanser gently exfoliates with natural rice bran particles to reveal fresh new skin. Improves skin hydration up to 3 hours after cleansing alone!

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Philip B. Crème of the Crop Hair Finishing Crème
Brilliantly transforms dry, puffy strands into smooth, glossy, piecey perfection. Great for medium to thick hair types.

  • Intense conditioning and shine with supple hold
  • Adds sexy definition to both straight and wavy styles
  • Calms frizz and flyaways, seals thirsty ends and leaves hair silky-soft
  • Botanical hydrators (Silk Proteins, Hydrosoy 2000™ and pure extracts of Carrot and Vanilla) restore precious moisture lost to heat styling and lend curls a pretty, ringlet-y effect
  • Phthalate free; color & keratin-treatment safe

I actually love the Philip B. Hair Products and this one is no exception! Great for dry Summer hair!

 

Self Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this feature. Images were also provided.

 

Summer Beauty Must Products

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Does the Sun dry your hair out? This one is a must! I absolutely love it and have been using it once a week!

Sun Bum Beach Formula Deep Conditioning Masque
Our Deep Conditioning Masque was specifically formulated to restore essential hydration and enhance overall softness and smoothness to dry, damaged or over-processed hair.

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DDF Protect and Correct Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF15
A moisturizer with Mirco-Radiance ComplexTM to help diminish the appearance of brown spots and helps protect from UVA/UVB damage and discoloration. I love that this one really works! 

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Malin+Goetz Mojito Lip Balm
Back by popular demand this balm is soothing to the lips as its blended to protect, restore and replenish.

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Philip B. Oud Royal Thermal Protection Spray
Protect your hair against damage as this spray creates an invisible, weightless shield against the sun, chlorine and salt water.    This one is a beauty-must! It really helps from leaving my hair feeling dry and brittle after days in the sun!

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Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Nourishing Mineral Sunscreen
The lightweight, fast-absorbing formula spreads on evenly, leaving behind water-resistant, broad spectrum SPF30 protection, without the thick or sticky white residue. I LOVE this Sunscreen!  My favorite thing is that it truly does absorb quickly!

 

Look for all of these products at a retailer near you!

Happy Summer! 

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YouCam Celebrates National Selfie Day!

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With National Selfie Day just around the corner, YouCam, the #1 downloaded beauty augmented reality app,  will let you instantly perfect the art of the “Selfie”. YouCam is the number one interactive platform offering users the complete beauty journey, from selfie expression to makeup experimentation, and empowerment through social sharing.   YouCam launched  in 2014, and in only three  years’ time, they have amassed over 400 million global downloads.

 

Did you know these “Selfie Stats?”

  • Since 2012, the word “Selfie” grew in popularity more than 17,000%
  • 93 Million Selfies are taken everyday
  • #Selfie has 304 million posts on Instagram 
  • 36% of people use filters and apps to edit their Selfies

 

In Addition to the above overall Selfie stats, the YOUCAM apps have their own astonishing numbers!

 

  • Over 400 million global downloads to date
  • More than 16 billion selfies have been taken on the YouCam app since their launch in 2014
  • 30 million Selfies taken daily
  • 800 Million minutes are spent on Selfie Cam every month
  • Over 140 Million users look to YouCam’s beauty circle social platform to discover beauty and fashion inspiration
  • Over 40% of users spend more than 5 minutes per session perfecting their selfie

 

On the YOUCAM app, the top selfie-taking locations around the world are: 

  • Disneyworld, Florida
  • Top of The Rock, New York
  • Empire State Building, New York
  • Big Ben, London
  • Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
  • Colosseum, Rome
  • Eiffel Tower, Paris
  • Disney Land, Paris
  • Burj Khalifa, Dubai

 

Credit: YOUCAM.

Kiehl’s Unifies Men’s Routine with 6-piece grooming regimen Perfect gift for Father's Day! You can find it at Kiehl’s in South Coast Plaza!

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As male grooming trends have evolved in recent years, so has the need for efficacious products to groom and style beards and hair. Kiehl’s Since 1851 – a longtime leader in men’s skincare – is proud to offer men an essential toolkit to achieve their desired look, whether it’s perfectly polished or deliberately wild.

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Grooming Solutions, a line of expertly crafted men’s grooming products, provides the optimal grooming experience, all the way from the preparatory stages to the finishing touches. There is truly something for everyone: The complete six-piece range offers essential innovation to meet a man’s unique grooming needs.

 

·         multitasking Nourishing Shampoo + Conditioner

·         matte finish Texturizing Clay

·         moldable no-shine Creative Cream Wax

·         firm holding but natural looking Clean Styling Gel

·         softening power of Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil

·         skin buffing efficacy of Exfoliating Body Soap

 

HARNESSING NATURE FOR GROOMED LOOK

 

True to Kiehl’s heritage of sourcing the most efficacious, natural ingredients from around the globe, the Grooming Solutions line incorporates two very special ingredients: Pracaxi oil from the Amazon rainforest and Moroccan Lava Clay, mined from the Atlas Mountains. While thePracaxi oil is found in each of the six products, the Moroccan Lava Clay is unique to the Texturizing Clay, where its mattifying properties truly shine.

 

Pracaxi oil is used in the products as a smoothing and conditioning agent, and is derived from the seeds of Pentaclethra Macroloba tree found in the Amazon rainforest of Northern Brazil. The oil is rich in unsaturated fatty acids oleic acid and linoleic acid, but what makes it unique is the high concentration of very long chain saturated fatty acids (VLSFA) such as behenic acid,[1] which coats the hair, providing a nourishing effect.[2]

 

Moroccan Lava Clay is sourced from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, where it formed during the Jurassic Period in the Mesozoic era, 208 to 144 million years ago. The clay was originally mined by North African civilizations who extracted the brown, chunky soap-like clay and poured it on the ground, where it was dried by the sun and the desert breeze blowing in from the Sahara.[3],[4] The clay’s purifying properties resulted in its long history of use in skincare in order to pull out oil and debris.  People from North African and Middle-Eastern countries have usedMoroccan Lava Clay has for more than 1,400 years as a soap, shampoo and skin conditioner for its ability to absorb excess oil and give a matte look.

 

The range also offers an aromatic experience, achieved through an infusion of sandalwood, cedarwood and eucalyptus essential oils, which provide a fresh feel upon application and dry down to reveal woodsy notes.

 

THE COLLECTION

 

Nourishing Shampoo + Conditioner (cleanses and softens hair and beards): The two-in-one shampoo and conditioner generates a creamy lather to gently clean hair and remove build-up, and is suitable to all hair types. In the formula, Pracaxi oil smoothes and conditions the hair, leaving it with a soft, touchable feel and full, healthy look, while the plant-derived amino acid arginine nourishes the scalp, leaving it feeling hydrated and refreshed. The formula is paraben and sulfate free, with a natural blend of essential oils. SRP: $8 2.5oz; $20 8oz; $30 16.9oz; $50 1L

 

Texturizing Clay (medium hold with matte finish): The Texturizing Clay defines, shapes and texturizes hair, with a flexible long-lasting hold. This formula uses Moroccan Lava Clay sourced from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco to absorb oil and add body without weighing down hair, leaving a clean, matte finish. SRP: $18

 

Creative Cream Wax (moldable hold with no-shine finish): This unique cream-wax creates diverse looks with moldable, long-lasting hold, so hair to be re-shaped throughout the day. The non-greasy formula adds definition to hair without buildup and allows for creative control for all hair types and moustaches. SRP: $18

 

Clean Styling Gel (firm hold with natural-looking shine): A non-greasy, flake-free styling gel that provides a lasting lightweight hold and natural-looking shine. Comb it up or slick it back. SRP: $18

 Exfoliating Body Soap (buffs and cleanses skin): This deep-cleansing body soap, made with jojoba seed powder,pumice, and Pracaxi oil, buffs away dead skin-cells and dirt while invigorating skin.

The rich lathering formula leaves skin smooth, soft and energized throughout the day. Infused with a woodsy blend of cedarwood, sandalwood and eucalyptus, the Exfoliating Body Soap offers a fresh aromatic experience. SRP: $15

I received a sample of the Exfoliating Body Soap and I love how it smells! My husband tried it out and he likes how well it lathers up and how clean he feels! This one would make a great Father’s Day gift this upcoming holiday! 

 

Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil (softens facial hair while exfoliating skin): From a new to a full-grown beard, Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil smoothes and tames facial hair. The 99.8% naturally derived grooming oil softens hair while soothing skin under the beard, making it more comfortable and touchable. The lightweight formula absorbs quickly and is designed to be applied in the morning and at night. The blend of essential oils infused in the formula also offers a fresh, woodsy, aromatic experience to the application of the oil. SRP: $27.

Look for the collection at Kiehl’s in South Coast Plaza!

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample of the Exfoliating Body Soap for review purposes. No other compensation was provided. Info and images were also provided.

Treat Dads, Grads, and Friends to a Day of Relaxation at Burke Williams

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Burke Williams Day Spa invites you to spoil dads, grads, and loved ones with the relaxing gift of a spa treatment. For each generous and luxurious spa gift purchased, receive a gift for yourself in return.

Guests that spend $150 – $249 on a gift card at Burke Williams Day Spa will receive a complimentary $25 gift card. Guests that spend $250 – $399 on a gift card for a loved one will receive a complimentary $50 gift card. Whether you choose to transform the day of your dad, hard-working grad, or a bride to be, give the gift of relaxation and renewal this summer.

Burke Williams offers a full menu of services including the new Ayurvedic Body Treatments and eco-friendly Steam Pedicure. Connect with a Burke Williams Day Spa near you to purchase gift cards for the ones you love and receive a little something special in return.

For over 30 years Burke Williams Day Spa has been committed to creating an environment of refinement that inspires and provides its guest with a luxurious sanctuary to unwind. Family owned and dedicated to rejuvenation and renewal, Burke Williams exists to transform each guest’s day. With ten locations across Northern and Southern California, relaxation awaits with each of our European-inspired treatments including massage therapy, body wraps, facials, manicures, pedicures, baths, and an array of signature spa services.

 

Credit: Burke William Day Spa.

LUNE + ASTER will make your eyes stand out this Spring!

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Launched in 2015, Lune + Aster is Bluemercury’s exclusive proprietary cosmetics brand. It was designed by Bluemercury Co-Founder and CEO, Marla Beck, with the busy, career-driven female in mind. Marla spent 16 years personally testing each product carried in Bluemercury stores to help her perfect the collection. Products are made with good-for-you ingredients that help women get out the door in minutes, feeling both polished and powerful. All skus are paraben and phthalate free, dermatologist-tested and not tested on animals. The line’s Primers, BB Cream, Lip Gloss and Mascara are also gluten-free and vegan.

 

Lune + Aster Midnight Sun Eyeshadow Palette

An eye defining palette with three matte shades and three shimmer shades – appropriate for wear day or night.

Paraben, Phthalate, Gluten free and Vegan. Dermatologist tested, but not tested on animals.

I simply love this Palette! I just love the colors and that they can be worn day or night!

Price: $54, Available at Bluemercury stores nationwide and bluemercury.com

Lune + Aster RealGlow Under-Eye Brightener

A hybrid treatment and concealer, it helps to hide dark circles, diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and firm and protect delicate skin under the eye. Formulated with apple extract that contains essential fatty acids to hydrate skin, and vitamin E, which soothes and neutralizes free radical damage.

Paraben, Phthalate and Gluten free. Dermatologist tested, but not tested on animals.

Price: $28, Available at Bluemercury stores nationwide and bluemercury.com

 

Lune + Aster Eyelid Primer

This eyelid primer helps to even out eyelid discoloration and brighten the upper eye area prior to makeup application. With an ultra-smooth and hydrated finish, it prevents the appearance of creases, and maximizes the staying power of eyeshadows and liners. Its formula is powered by Vitamin C + E to stimulate collagen growth, reduce inflammation, and repair photo-damage while soothing and neutralizing free radical damage.

If you wear eyeshadow this one is a must! 

Paraben, Phthalate and Gluten free. Dermatologist tested, but not tested on animals.

Price: $22, Available at Bluemercury stores nationwide and bluemercury.com

 

Lune + Aster Eyeliner Palette

A palette with four essential fall colors – black, navy, plum and brown – appropriate for wear day or night.

Paraben, Phthalate, Gluten free and Vegan. Dermatologist tested, but not tested on animals.

Price: $48, Available at Bluemercury stores nationwide and bluemercury.com

 This one is another favorite of mine!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this beauty post. Images and Info were also provided.