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Get the Look: Rita Ora at the LA Premiere of 50 Shades Darker
Who: Rimmel London Ambassador Rita Ora at the LA Premiere of 50 Shades Darker
The Look: Feminine with an edge
The Inspiration: Celebrity Makeup Artist Kathy Jeung was inspired by the actress, singer and Rimmel London Ambassador’s floral Giambattista Valli gown, which reminded her of beautiful vintage English floral prints and watercolor paintings. She left Rita’s skin glowing with soft, rosy pink lips, eyes and cheeks.
How to Get the Look:
After applying moisturizer, Kathy brushed on Rimmel London Match Perfect Concealer in Light/Medium, letting it set and tapping with her ring finger to blend. Next, she applied Rimmel London InstaFlawless Skin Tint to give Rita’s skin a radiant finish. To set the look, Kathy lightly dusted her skin with Rimmel London InstaFlawless Fix and Matte Setting Powder using a fluffy face brush.
To finish, she applied Rimmel London Sculpting and Highlighting Kit by Kate Moss in Golden Sands to contour and highlight Rita’s cheeks, leaving them with a rosy glow.
Kathy prepped Rita’s lips with Rimmel London Lip Conditioning Balm by Kate as a primer and then applied Rimmel London Rimmel London The Only 1 Matte in Salute
EYES & BROWS
Kathy used Rimmel London Magnif’Eyes Eye Contouring Palette in London Nudes Calling and Keep Calm & Wear Gold, applying a beige color on the browbone and rosy bronze color on the lid and crease, blending it out towards the temples. For an added pop, she applied a metallic gold shade to the corner of the eyes.
To enhance her gorgeous brows, Kathy used the Rimmel London Brow This Way Sculpting Kit in Blonde. She brushed Rita’s brows into place with brush, then filled, shaped and set them with the wax and powder.
Finally, she applied Rimmel London Scandaleyes Mascara to upper and lower lashes.
Where to Find Them: Rimmel London products are available at chain drug stores and mass retailers nationwide.
Visit www.RimmelLondon.com for store locations and to try the newest products with Rimmel London’s exclusive Virtual Makeup Tool.
*Product en route. All opinions are my own.
With NYFW quickly approaching, it’s essential to be skin and health ready! Whether you’re on-the-go or wanting to experiment with the different beauty looks that are trending on the runway, it’s time to put all these skincare and fashion trends to the test.
AQUIS Waffle Luxe Hair Towel ($35.00 at aquis.com and sephora.com)
Waffle Luxe sounds like she might ‘go on a bit’. Indeed, with increased surface area from the layered fabric, Waffle Luxe loves thicker hair requiring more water wicking. Great for African and Asian hair. New generation Aquitex improves absorbency and comfort. Wraps and tucks easily leaving hands free while hair dries. Dries fast with less friction, to minimize frizz and damage.
Scunci Hollywood Half-Up ($9.99 at walmart.com and ulta.com)
This two-in-one accessory and styling tool is a great way to add some instant glamour to any hairstyle. In just three easy steps it gives you a trendy, half-up/half-down look, with hidden Velcro to add volume and keep hair in place.
Infiniti PRO by Conair Ultimate Root Booster Collection ($9.99 at target.com and ulta.com)
A collection of six root-boosting brushes, each designed with a vented barrel for up to 50% more airflow for ultra-fast drying. The Triangle Airflow Bristle™ design lifts hair right at the roots, creating unparalleled volume, bounce, and body.
Lumene Sisu Defend & Replenish Antioxidant Mist ($24.99 at cvs.com and riteaid.com)
Instant recovery of your skin with a refreshing mist face. Arctic Pure spring water rich in minerals and birch sap to nourish the skin, charging it with energy with instant moisture. Antioxidant Vitamin B3 and nourish the skin while preserving its natural radiant appearance, and our cutting-edge technology that prevents pollution, saves the results, protecting the skin from the negative effects of daily. For Charging instantaneous energy and health of the skin. Bring your skin a natural radiant appearance.
DDF Advanced Firming Cream ($130.00 at ddfskincare.com)
Advanced formula contains the breakthrough Tumeric Complex, with glycerin, zinc and copper, that hydrates to firm and tighten, provides antioxidant protection for the moisture barrier, and promotes rapid surface cell turnover to help reverse the appearance of aging for younger looking skin.
MALIN+GOETZ Recovery Treatment Oil ($82.00 at malinandgoetz.com)
Our luxurious facial treatment combines nine natural oils to help protect skin from free radical damage and renew skin’s appearance. Evening primrose, argan and jojoba oils help to boost hydration, reinforce skin’s moisture barrier, and soften the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Grapeseed and rosehip oils deliver essential vitamins C and E to prevent free radical damage, improve elasticity, and restore a healthy complexion. Geranium and borage oils help to reduce inflammation and balance skin by normalizing oil production. When applied daily, skin feels softer, looks smoother and takes on a youthful radiance.
The Makeup Drop ($20.00 at makeupdrop.com)
The Silicone Makeup Applicator was designed to completely eliminate wasted makeup. While sponge applicators soak up large amounts of makeup during application, the MakeupDrop™ perfectly applies and blends your foundation, blush, highlighter, and concealer without absorbing one drop! Only half the amount of product is needed as compared to a traditional sponge or brush applicator.
How To Use:Simply apply primer, foundation, powder, cream blush or any other complexion product directly to either side of the MakeupDrop™ and blend across the face for flawless results.
How To Clean:The MakeupDrop™ is easily cleaned with soap and water, and is perfect for those who hate messy makeup fingers!
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Let's face it, in a dream world it would be nice to work out and eat healthy each and every day, but it's not that easy and frankly life is just too sweet to not indulge every so often. Luckily, incorporating small and easy tricks that don’t require much effort into your daily routine can help make your life better and healthier in the long run :
- OPT FOR THE STAIRS - Sometimes it's tough to get in a work out each day, but incorporating small rigorous tasks such as taking the stairs vs the elevator each morning will burn easy calories.
- BRING LUNCH - It's nice to eat out once and awhile but on a daily basis, you'll save hundreds of calories by preparing your own lunch at work vs ordering out. Not to mention, you'll save on cash as well!
- WORKOUT WHILE YOU WATCH TV - While commercials air during your favorite show, stand up and do 25 squats and/or push ups. An easy way to burn calories while doing something you enjoy.
- DRINK TEA VS SODA AND JUICES - Today, tea's come in a variety of forms and delicious flavors, and have minimal to zero calories. Swap out your daily soda for hot or iced tea. DAVIDsTEA has countless options that don't slack on flavor.
- BRUSH SMART - Brushing daily with a plaque-identifying toothpaste will help improve the health and well-being of your entire body. Plaque HD is the first plaque-identifying toothpaste that helps identify and remove all traces of plaque in the convenience of your home. A recent study published in the American Journal of Medicine links regular use of Plaque HD to a statistically significant reduction in both dental plaque, as well as inflammation as measured by hs-CRP, a sensitive marker for cardiovascular disease!
I received a sample of Plaque HD plaque-identifying toothpaste to review. I thought it was so interesting because it is so, well, blue! My teeth look like Smurf teeth when I start to brush. (I don't have a picture of that, I am sorry.)
Why is this toothpaste so blue in color? There is a reason for that. The blue color sticks to plaque. By using color to visually identify plaque this allows you to concentrate your brushing where it is needed most. Makes sense, doesn't it?
- Place a small amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush
- Brush normally
- Continue to look in the mirror as you are brushing, noting and ensuring that you remove all traces of green/teal color
- Once you have completed a thorough brushing and rinsing routine, the green/teal color will be brushed away and no longer be present
- Smile and feel confident you have done a great job brushing
I love the minty taste. I appreciate Plaque HD, because my children are certainly able to brush more thoroughly without my constant supervision. It is actually fun for my ten year old son to brush now.
For more information, please go to: http://plaquehd.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Switch up the traditional Valentine’s Day celebrations this year and opt for a different kind of “date night.” Spend a night in with your girlfriends for a spa-day at home with fun, yet effective beauty care essentials that’ll leave you all looking selfie ready in no time.
Keep your hair out of your face while looking chic and glamorous, with the Hairdo French Braid Band! Simply slide on the braid band as you would with any elasticized headband. It’s the perfect and easy way to add an extra wow-factor to a simple hairstyle! ($10; Ulta and Ulta.com)
Get a sexy pout– without the needles with Violent Lips' newest innovation – the InstaPlumper. Created by sisters Isabella and Sophia Haddad (19 and 15 years old), the InstaPlumper by Violent Lips is a safe, new alternative to lip fillers, and the first-ever lip plumping appliqué. It lasts up to 8 hours and will leave you with lips that rival the look of professional injections. ($18 for 8 applications; ViolentLips.com)
Get selfie worthy skin as you detox impurities with a skincare favorite ingredient – Charcoal! The Spa @ Home by Masque Bar Luminizing Charcoal Peel Off Mask helps to detoxify, purify and deep cleanse. Its deep cleansing ingredients draw out dirt and oil. It contains key ingredients like charcoal powder, bergamot extract and lotus root extract to purify and cleanse your complexion. ($9.99; Walgreens and Duane Reade)
Moisturize from head to toe with the Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Vanilla Bean Creamy Body Oil. Patent pending natural technology spins pure Madagascar vanilla bean, argan, and coconut oils into a uniquely greaseless formula that instantly absorbs to rescue skin with intense 24-hour hydration and nourishment. With the lightweight texture of a lotion, it transforms dry, dull skin into hydrated, soft, supple skin. ($39; Lavanila.com)
Before you head to bed, make sure to use the KORRES Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial to wake up with brighter and refreshed skin. This overnight Wild Rose facial-in-a-jar is a breakthrough in beauty sleep. More than a mask, more than a night cream, it contains a generous dose of wild rose oil, boosted with super C for powerful brightening and anti-aging. This product's weightless, whipped texture melts instantly into skin and works while you sleep to re-texturize and address visible signs of premature aging. ($48; Sephora and Sephora.com)
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
What woman does not love to be pampered? I certainly do! I wanted to share with you the perfect gift every mom should treat herself to this Valentine’s Day or for any relaxing Friday evening!
The Miracle Skin Transformer Home Spa Essentials Kit is the perfect solution! It contains the gentle, foaming Hydro-active Cleanser, vitamin-enriched Miracle Revival Mud, powerfully revitalizing Triple Active Night Treatment and a rotating micro-sonic brush. It’s everything you need to leave your skin looking and feeling perfectly pampered.
I have been using Miracle Skin Transformer products for about eight years now. There is nothing quite as luxurious or as high quality as Miracle Skin Transformer! My skin is left radiant, revitalized and as youthful as ever after using these products. I love them!
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
SOFT SKIN ALL WINTER LONG
Winter months may be dull and dry, but your skin shouldn’t be. Avoid rough, cracked hands, feet and lips with hydrating ingredients and good for you products. Rituals and PUR have you covered to keep your skin feeling smooth and soft in no time.
FOR THE BODY:
The Ritual of Sakura Magic Touch Body Cream
$33, rituals.com and Rituals Stores in NYC
This rich, velvety whipped body cream will deeply nourish your skin. Vitamin E, Antioxidants and Centella Asiatica combined with the sweet fragrance of Cherry Blossom and Rice Milk, will strengthen your skin, leaving it revitalized and silky soft.
Rituals Heavenly Hammam Bath Oil
$19, rituals.com and Rituals Stores in NYC
Treat yourself to a relaxing, hot bath after a cold winter day. This calming bath oil is rich in Vitamin E and Argan Oil that will relax your body and purify the soul. It will soften and hydrate long after you dry off.
FOR THE FACE:
PUR Blue Agave Mask
Keep your face energized and hydrated with PUR’s Blue Agave Mask. Full of Green Tea, Ginseng and Vitamin B, this turquoise peel-off mask helps stimulate the skin’s metabolism for a look of plumper and refreshed skin. The cooling sensation and uplifting scent will leave your skin feeling totally revived.
FOR THE HANDS:
The Ritual of Dao Night Balm
$17, rituals.com and Rituals in Stores in NYC
Get your hands the beauty sleep they deserve. The new night balm contains Shea Butter and Yi-Yi Ren to transform your skin by the time you wake up, leaving them soft and ready to take on the day.
FOR THE LIPS:
PUR Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick
Dump those dry matte lipsticks. PUR’s new Velvet Liquid Lipsticks provide lavish lip color in an innovative mousse texture and coats lips with a smooth flawless finish. The formula doesn’t flake or dry lips, keeping your lips soft and kissable through the winter.
*Product en route. All opinions are my own.
Valentine’s Day only comes once a year and it shouldn’t be wasted in a salon. Save your time and money by creating salon quality results at home with PRO Beauty Tools!
PRO Beauty Tools bridges the gap between salon professional and retail hair appliances by offering a line of high performance, top quality styling tools at retail friendly prices. PRO Beauty Tools Celebrity Hairstylist Johnny Lavoy is here with his #PROtips for creating salon quality voluminous hair on Valentine’s Day. Let’s be real, getting date night ready is more relaxing in the comfort of your home. So pop open a bottle of bubbly and cheers to saving money and having the confidence to style like a PRO!
#PROtips for STYLING TOOLS
- “Styling is the key to creating volume! Choose an ionic dryer, they keep the hair healthier, dry the hair faster and protect the hair from damage. They can be expensive but PRO Beauty Tools makes one that's 1875 Watts for under $50.
- Round brushes are essential to create volume and bounce. Larger round brushes are great for adding a bend in the hair. While the smaller the brush a tighter the curl.
- Curling irons are a great way to lock in curl and adding lift. Make sure your irons have adjustable heating options and a heat sensor that will keep your iron at a consistent heat from your first curl to your last. PRO Beauty Tools irons have both these options as well as giving you a 24 hour curl lock.
Give some extra love to your long locks with the PRO Beauty Tools 1 1/4” Professional X-Long Gold Curling Iron (MSRP: $29.99, Target): At long last – a curling iron created specifically for those with long, luscious locks. The Iron creates long lasting gorgeous, bouncy curls throughout the entire length of hair. The extra-long barrel provides a surface that is 2” longer than a traditional iron, allowing long hair to wrap around barrel seamlessly for an even distribution and consistent performance. The salon-quality gold technology ensures long lasting curls and waves are locked in place for 24 hours.
Looking for polished chic results? Look no further! The PRO Beauty Tools® Professional 1” 24K Gold Curling Iron is a go-to, versatile iron that creates classic coiled curls on all hair lengths. (MSRP: $29.99/Target)
Ready to unleash your inner bombshell? PRO Beauty Tools® Professional 1 ¼ 24K Gold Curling Iron creates massive voluminous curls with loads of body. (MSRP: $29.99/Target)
The PRO Beauty Tools Professional X-Long Ionic Ceramic Thermal Brush has an extended barrel that is 25% longer than a traditional round brush. Now you hold larger sections of hair for consistent and faster performance. The professional seamless design features rubberized anti-snag handles to avoid long hair being caught or snagged. The Ionic ceramic coated barrel will give even heat distribution to help eliminate frizz and add shine to you hair. (MSRP: $12.99 & $13.99)
PRO Beauty Tools® Professional 1875 W IONIC AC Motor Dryer (MSRP: $39.99): has a high powered airflow that allows you to save time, exposing your hair to less heat, and in turn less damage for salon quality results at home. The 1875 W IONIC AC Motor Dryer penetrates hair from the inside-out helping hair retain natural moisture for silky, shiny, frizz-free styles.
*Product en route, however all opinions are my own.
Valentine's Day is around the corner and the folks at GourmetGiftBaskets.com are gearing up for this romantic holiday with gifts that are certain to please your love!
Valentine's Day is one of those holidays that requires a variety of gifts, depending on the current state of your love life. Keeping this in mind, the Gifting Experts at GourmetGiftBaskets.com and its sister site, KingOfPOP.com, have come up with a few recommendations for the many different Valentines in your life.
If You're Going Solo This Valentine's Day...
Hey, there's nothing wrong with pampering yourself any day, but especially on Valentine's Day if you're currently single. Many of the GourmetGiftBaskets.com gifts would work for you, but here's one that really stands out... And It's New for 2017: The Valentines' Day Cookie Gift Box. Even better, it's only $29.99.
This Cookie Gift Box has cookies to suit any taste, including several of the following varieties: Chocolate Chip, Fudge Brownie, Lemon Sugar, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter and even Pecan Sandy!
If You Have A Man On Your Valentine's Day Gift List...
We all know that getting a man a gift on Valentine's Day can be an eternal struggle. But it doesn't need to be this year, as GourmetGiftBaskets.com has recently introduced the new Winter Seasonal Beer Bucket. For just $69.99, this beer bucket offers artisan crackers, premium cheese and salami, as well as six limited edition beers that you can only find in the wintertime.
The beers are quite varied, appealing to many different tastes. They include: Winterhook Dark Ale by Redhook, Sick Day by Long Trail , Peak Organic Winter Session, Prelude Special Ale by Shipyard, Torsten by Von Trapp, and Goose Winter Ale.
If You Have A Health-Oriented Valentine...
The Valentine's Day Fruit Basket for $79.99 is both a thoughtful and memorable gift.
If You're Buying A Gift For A Woman Who Loves Pampering...
The Premium Spa Wine Gift Basket is a perennial favorite. For $124.99, the recipient will receive a great bottle of Chardonnay, terry-cloth slippers, scrubs, gels, lotions, and more to make her feel terrific and refreshed. This is ONE GLAMOROUS BASKET.
If Your Valentine Is A Chocolate-Loving Kid At Heart...
GourmetGiftBaskets.com offers the Teddy Bear And Chocolates Valentine's Day Gift Basket for $59.99. It includes truffles, chocolate-covered cherries, and other treats, plus a beautiful, snugly stuffed teddy bear. It's one of the cutest gifts around for Valentine's Day.
If You're Looking For A Nice, Inexpensive Gift For A Loving Couple...
The His & Hers Popcorn Tin is the perfect choice. It has spicy Buffalo popcorn on one side and Pink Himalayan Salted Caramel popcorn on the other. These flavors represent the ideal combination of savory and sweet for any love birds on Valentine's Day. And it's just $24.99 at GourmetGiftBaskets.com or KingOfPOP.com.
Beyond these recommendations, dozens of other gifts are featured for Valentine's Day on GourmetGiftBaskets.com and KingOfPOP.com.
Right now you can enter to win a GourmetGiftBaskets Teddy Bear Gift Basket! (Shown above)
Enter to win! One winner will receive a Teddy Bear Gift Basket from GourmetGiftBaskets.com. (ARV: $59.99)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win by filling out the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
For more information go to: http://www.gourmetgiftbaskets.com/
* Product received. All opinions are my own.
This Valentines Day, fall in love with Skinny Tan, an all-natural self-tanner that reduces the appearance of cellulite. Skinny Tan has a sweet offer for the season that is too tempting to resist. Introducing the Chocolate Kits, an assortment of Skinny Tan’s best products available for one irresistible price. Available in three different sets available in Milk, Semi Sweet, and Dark, these offers make committing easy.
Skinny Tan’s Valentine’s Day MILK Chocolate Tanning Kit, $49.95
Set includes 1 Pre Tan Primer, 2 Gradual Tanners, 1 Application Mit, 1 After Glow
Skinny Tan’s Valentine’s Day SEMI SWEET Chocolate Tanning Kit, $55.95
Set includes 1 Pre Tan Primer, 2 7-Day Tanners, 1 Application Mitt, 1 After Glow
Skinny Tan’s Valentine’s Day DARK Chocolate Tanning Kit, $59.95
Set includes 1 Pre-Tan Primer, 1 Body Mousse, 1 Application Mitt, 1 7-Day Tanner, 1 After Glow, 1 24-Hour Bronzer
I have been using Skinny Tan products for two years now. There is no better sunless tanning brand on the market that I have tried that is better than Skinny Tan. It blends seamlessly into my skin tone and creates a luxurious, beautiful and natural looking tan without the orange tone, and without streaks.
The application mitt seems to help the product to perfectly cover my skin with natural looking pigmentation, and a flawless application. I am headed out to Hawaii in a few weeks, and plan to get a touch of color using my Skinny Tan products from head to toe before my vacation. It also helps to minimize and camoflauge cellulite. I am very excited to get my glow on before stepping foot onto that tropical beach in the safest way possible, thanks to Skinny Tan.
Skinny Tan is available for purchase at www.skinnytan.com .
The New Year is well underway, yet I still can't seem to start my New Year's Resolution to "eat healthier." Let's be honest, it's hard to eat healthy when you're constantly on-the-go and nutritious snacks are limited. Fortunately, Greek olive oil brand, Gaea, just brought healthy snacking to a whole new level....
Introducing Gaea's NEW Organic Olive Snack Packs – an easy way to snack healthy at any time of the day! These small but mighty olives are 100% natural, contain zero additives or preservatives, provide a ton of energy AND conquer your salty cravings. So nix the bag of chips and grab an Organic Olive Snack Pack 'n go!
I absolutely LOVE olives. Green or black, it doesn't matter. I was given the chance to review Gaea's new Organic Olive Snack Packs, and I am in olive heaven!
I never really thought about olives as being a healthy snack. I have always eaten them. They were always served throughout my childhood and now as I am older, olives are a huge part of any family celebration! I could get enough of the olive platters that were always present at family get-togethers and holidays. Who knew I was doing something good for my body when I was mindlessly indulging myself on olives!
Now that I have discovered Gaea's new Organic Olive Snack Packs, I will be definitely be stocking up. They are delicious! I noticed that they are a bit oily, but olive oil is good for me, so it is all good. I ate both packs in about 20 minutes while looking through my email. I didn't share with anyone! They are both very satisfying and delicious!
Gaea Organic Olive Snack Packs: Gaea's Organic Olive Snack Packs are a convenient way to enjoy organic olives on the go! 100% natural, containing zero additives or preservatives and very low salinity, the organic olives are packed in a handy re-sealable package, without liquid, allowing the convenience of snacking now and later. Additionally, each 2.3oz snack pack is only 80 or 140 calories– perfect for low-calorie healthy snacking! Organic olives are a source of dietary fiber and copper, rich in vitamin E and contain mono-unsaturated fatty acids and polyphenols. Full of authentic Greek flavors, delicious and the perfect healthy and low calorie snack for anytime of the day!
Two varieties are available: GAEA Organic Pitted Halkidiki Green Olives and GAEA Organic Pitted Kalamata Olives. MSRP: $2.99/2.3oz www.gaeaus.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.