Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Get the hair look: Margot Robbie at the 'The Legend of Tarzan' premiere

Margot Robbie at 'The Legend of
Tarzan' premiere.
(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
It was less than a decade ago when Margot Robbie starred in her first indie film. Today, Robbie is one of the hottest actresses' ever starring in multiple feature films. The Australian beauty blew up the spotlight yesterday when she attended 'The Legend of Tarzan' premiere. Robbie stunned the red carpet, rocking a black silk kimono styled gown courtesy of Gucci which featured beautiful detailing including floral embroidery and pink mink fur sleeve cuffs. In fact, the starlet made quite an impression with her style, that the bold, unique vibes of her dress inspired celebrity hairstylist Renato Campora for Nexxus New York Salon Care to craft a cool yet modern hair look to complement it.

“We wanted to create an effortlessly elegant, soft style that would complement her gorgeous intricate gown,” said Campora about his inspiration behind the hair look.

So, is it possible to re-create this hair look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, Campora washed Robbie's hair with the Nexxus New York Salon Care Therappee Rebalancing Shampoo and Nexxus New York Salon Care Humectress Restoring Conditioner. Washing with these two amazing products works to set the foundation for a soft, classic look.

As Campora continued with the starlet's hair look he applied a few pumps of the Nexxus New York Salon Care Diametress Headress Leave-In Conditioning Creme through Robbie's towel-dried locks to seal in the moisture.

Now, taking a medium-sized round brush Campora created a side part. As he continued, he started to blow dry the Australian beauty's hair. Once Robbie's hair is dry, you are going to want to use your hands and fingers and apply a dime-sized amount of the Nexxus New York Salon Care Exxpand+ Volumizing Whip throughout strands, as this is what the celebrity hairstylist did to add natural volume and movement.

To finish the look, Campora sprayed the Nexxus New York Salon Care Frizz Defy Finishing Mist all over Robbie's tresses to provide a soft hold and to keep the look smooth and frizz-free.

Congratulations! You have just re-created Margot Robbie's hair look for the 'The Legend of Tarzan' premiere.

Monday, June 27, 2016

From 'Million Dollar Matchmaker' to 'My Father, Die', Candace Smith talks dating

The beautiful and talented
Candace Smith.
(Photo by Kelly Fajack)
Candace Smith first made her television appearance in 2003 when she represented Ohio in the Miss USA pageant. As one of Barker's beauties on the hit game show Price is Right, Smith went on to do bigger things, making appearances in both television and in film. Then, in 2014, Smith made an appearance on the 8th season of Millionaire Matchmaker as the director of recruiting working with Patti Stanger, star and producer of the show. As her career continues to evolve with Million Dollar Matchmaker, the beautiful star has appeared in Pierce Brosnan's feature film My Father, Die which was released earlier this year. It's been quite a while since I spoke with Smith and recently, I had the opportunity catch up with her about the hit reality series Million Dollar Matchmaker, dating and her latest feature film, My Father, Die. Here is what she had to tell me...

(Q) Hello Candace. How are you? It is so great to speak with you again. What have you been up to since we last spoke?

C.S: Thank you for asking! I have been absolutely amazing, but insanely busy. I have a new TV show and a feature film both premiering this year, which is such a blessing. Patti Stanger and I are back for “Million Dollar Matchmaker” premiering July 8th on WE tv. It’s a brand new show with a fresh concept that will be must-see Summer TV. I’m most excited about starring in the feature film, My Father, Die, which will hit theaters at the end of the year. I play Nana, the heroine of this gritty action thriller set in the South. I had the opportunity to perform many of my own stunts and work with fire arms which is a tomboy’s dream come true.

(Q) Million Dollar Matchmaker is one of the hottest reality shows on television. Your role on the show has been outstanding. Is it true that you are going to have a bigger role this season?

C.S: Yes it’s true and “Million Dollar Matchmaker” will undoubtedly be a summer hit! The show has a fresh concept which allowed for my role to be expanded in our new Southern Californian office. I am beyond grateful to Patti, WE tv and Thinkfactory Media for trusting me with the bigger role. I essentially run the new office, but some of your favorite matchmakers will make appearances. “Million Dollar Matchmaker” will take you on a roller coaster ride with nonstop laughs, emotional breakthroughs and drama.

(Q) Is it true that if you love yourself, you can rely less on others to love you? Is there really a golden rule to finding your true love?

C.S: Yes, it is true and actually self-love is the most important lesson I teach my clients. I wouldn’t say it’s so much about relying on others, but more about not looking to others for affirmation in life. It’s important to invest your energy into being the best you mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically outside of a relationship. A relationship can easily become toxic when someone is looking to his or her partner to fill a void. Your partner should be the cherry on top of your already amazing life sundae.

The golden rule to finding true love is simply to be willing to do the work and make the necessary changes in your life to achieve your goal. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. This applies to your love life as well. Most likely, if you have decided you are now willing to settle down with a life partner, there are changes you need to make in your lifestyle in order to prepare. It could be changes professionally, socially and even spiritually. All great things in life require sacrifice and work.

(Q) It seems that a lot of love today is short-lived. Is it because most people feel like they are in love, but really are not? What do you think is the main reason a lot of relationships never last?

C.S: I feel a lot of relationships are short-lived in today’s society primarily because of technology, specifically social media. Most people have a lack of attention span and are constantly looking for the bigger and better deal. People are literally shopping for partners on dating apps in the same manner they would shop for groceries so the sad reality is many relationships are superficial. Instead of taking the time to truly get to know someone and work through the growing pains, many people move on when it gets a little tough. So a solid foundation is not established and the love does not last.

(Q) As we Spring into Summer, a lot of people are traveling as they are also enjoying the weather and the time off. For all of those people reading this interview, what advice do you have for them when it comes to dating this Summer?

C.S: When dating during the Summer, there is always more of a significance placed on the physical because people are in swim wear and revealing clothes. My biggest advice is not to get caught up in the physical unless all you want is a Summer fling. Also, be open to the Universe because love knows no geography. I met my man while vacationing in Honolulu and a year later I’m in an amazing relationship resulting in me splitting my time between Los Angeles and Honolulu. So you never know!

(Q) What are three things you should never ask on a first date?

C.S: On a first date I think you should avoid questions about someone’s financial status, religious beliefs and political views. It’s too soon to discuss topics that can result in strong judgment. The goal should be to establish a genuine friendship first.

(Q) You offer great advice when it comes to relationships and dating. I have to ask, Candace, if you could share one important dating tip, what would it be? Why is it important?

C.S: I truly appreciate that and like to believe I follow my own advice. A very important dating tip is to be as authentic to your true self as possible on a date. Allow the other person to meet the real you, not who you think this person would be attracted to. Many failed relationships begin with both people attempting to put their best foot forward but failing to reveal their true selves. We must all remember none of us are perfect and we are all flawed. However, that does not diminish our value and what we contribute to a relationship. Over time, your authentic self will be revealed. So why not allow that person to meet the true self from the very beginning?

(Q) If you could go on a date with anyone living or deceased, who would you go on a date with and why?

C.S: Of course I would go on a date with my man, but if I were single I would want to go on a date with Viggo Mortensen. I have been a huge fan of many of his independent films but I’m more drawn to his artistic, low-key nature. I had the opportunity to meet him and it was refreshing to find him so humble and grounded.

(Q) Describe your perfect date...

C.S: My perfect date evolves around amazing wine and food. I live for food, love to cook and explore new restaurants. I find a superb meal to be an aphrodisiac and allows two people to connect versus a movie. My perfect date is a very slow meal coursed out with stimulating conversation and laughter. The end of the night would most definitely involve live music, which I can’t get enough of in Hawaii along with some slow dancing. People have forgotten all about old school romance. It is really doesn’t take much if you are willing to turn your phone off, be open, positive and put forth effort to bring happiness to someone else.

Catch up with Candace on the hit reality series Million Dollar Matchmaker. The new season premieres Friday, July 8, 2016. Check your local cable listings for specific times and other info. For additional information visit Candace Smith's official site today.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Laura Mercier launches three new iconic collections at Nordstrom

The Flawless Icons Eye & Cheek Palette,
exclusively available at a
Nordstrom near you.
Starting next month, Laura Mercier will introduce three new iconic collections exclusively at Nordstrom counters. With everything for the eyes, the lips and the cheeks, you will have everything you need to achieve a flawless face with these limited-edition collections. And whether you are a beauty enthusiast who enjoys playing with makeup and skin care or simply searching for high-quality beauty products that will improve your everyday beauty regimen, you will not only love these Laura Mercier sets, but appreciate them much more so. The question remains; however, what are the three new iconic collections at Nordstrom and what can we expect?

For the first collection, Laura Mercier will launch the Flawless Icons Eye & Cheek Palette. What makes this makeup essential a true holy grail goes beyond the gorgeous colors, but the fact that Mercier brings so much artistry and creativity to this iconic color collection. As a Nordstrom exclusive, this limited-edition palette features 8 eye shadows and two cheek colors. The eye shadows include: Vie En Rose, Cashmere, Minx, African Violet, Stellar, Boudoir, Guava and Espresso Bean. The Matte Radiance Baked Powders include both the Highlight 01 and Bronze 02. As a $155 value, this palette can be your's for only $65.

Some of the greatest beauty basics are those sets that deliver a balanced mix of makeup and skin care. As the second collection, Laura Mercier will release the Wink Of An Eye Artists collection. What makes this Laura Mercier addition so exquisite is that it includes everything you need to create a pristine yet polished eye look. This set includes the Repair Eye Serum along with the Eye Basics in Wheat, the Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Rosegold and the Full Blown Volume Suprême Mascara. You can grab this collection for $83 at Nordstrom next month.

As the final limited-edition Nordstrom exclusive, Mercier personally has hand selected her two favorite lip essentials to take you through the season and beyond. For only $25, there are two unique sets available. The first is the Twist & Pout collection – Roses. This set includes the Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm in Raspberry Ripple and the Lip Pencil in Naked. The second is the Twist & Pout Collection – Nudes. This set includes the Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm in Cinn-ful and the Lip Pencil in Hazelnut Tea.

Discover only the hautest in makeup and in skincare this July at a Nordstrom counter near you and explore the iconic beauty staples from Laura Mercier.


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Monday, June 20, 2016

June 2016: Beauty Favorites

The Beverly Hills highlighter from
OFRA Cosmetics, one of my favorites for
this month.
Although last month Summer was officially near, now it is officially here. And what better way to spring into the hottest season of the year than with the hottest beauty products of the month. With everything from the latest and greatest in makeup to the most significant staples of skin care and much more, my favorites for the month of June feature some of the hottest holy grails in all of beauty. So, what are they? What are my favorite beauty products for the month of June?

Starting off my favorites this month with the Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy. This lip product plumps your lips in an unique way. Available in six unique shades, this lip product is infused with an array of botanical ingredients including avocado, castor and even jojoba oil. The hydration is intensified as the color and shine are fabulous. Go big and go bold or go home. Available at Too Faced Cosmetics for $22, this is one of the best lip plumping glosses you will ever get a hold of.

OFRA Cosmetics recently launched a new highlighter called the Beverly Hills Highlighter. I am truly loving this highlighter as it is made up of five luminous shimmer slices consisting of golden bronzer, cool pink, pearly white, neutral shimmer and pinky-peach. As every highlighter delivers a different radiance, you can use them individually or together. I enjoy this luminizer because it is pigmented to perfection, giving you a true color pay-off. Plus, it s convenient, as you get five shades in a round compact. You can find this highlighter at OFRA Cosmetics for under $40.

When it comes to brows, I am very obsessed with quite a few products right now. One product; however, stands out. What is it? It's the Benefit BROWVO! Conditioning Eyebrow Primer. Infused with an array of ingredients including hydrolyzed soy protein, olive and jojoba oil, this product features a soft-touch applicator and works as both a serum and a primer. As it works to extend the wear of your eyebrow product, it also works to promote thicker brows. Amazing right? You can snag this essential at Benefit Cosmetics for $28.

I have tried an array of foundations. Some I loved, others I hated and some I contemplated and debated whether or not I wanted to use them again. I have tried quite a few luxury foundations and although I enjoyed some, others not so much. Recently, I discovered La Prairie's Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation. This dynamic duo features SPF 15 and an unique emulsion blend that delivers natural looking coverage while enhancing the wear of your makeup. Available at Nordstrom for $220, if you are searching for a luxurious foundation that supports your skin's elasticity, you are going to love this one.

Did you ever have that one makeup brush that you always find yourself picking up every single morning? That one makeup applicator that has improved your makeup routine? About a year ago I discovered the Artis Fluenta Oval 8 Brush and have been addicted to it ever since. Made up of hundreds of thousands of fibers, this oval shaped gem is a true treasure to every makeup junkie and beauty lover. Available at Neiman Marcus for $80, this brush has been consistent through every single application, making me appreciate picking it up everyday. As much as I love my makeup brushes, right now I am really love this one.

When I first discovered the Liquid Gold Peptides serum from Gavee Gold, my obsession with this product started virtually instantaneously. The smell of apples was the first thing I noticed. As every Gavee Gold essential is infused with purified 24 karat liquid gold, my love for this product grew when I put it on my face. Not only does this product improve skin radiance and boost luminosity (as it did with mine), it hydrates and nourishes the skin. Everything in this product is natural and the best part is, this brightening serum fights oxidative stressors including DNA damage. Available at Gavee Gold for $155, no matter what skin type you have, this is one of the best serums you will ever use.

I have tried quite a few night creams this year that I find myself loving; however, since discovering the EMK Beverly Hills Supra Face Cream, I always find myself reaching for that one the most. Not only does this moisturizer hydrate the skin, it treats it too while you sleep. It works to brighten and restore your skin as well as firm and plump it. Infused with a distinctive time-release delivery system and triple action firming technology, this face cream is packed with a plethora of amino acids that work together to create real results. Available at EMK Beverly Hills for $142, this is one of my favorite beauty products right now.

Another favorite for this month is a beauty essential I discovered last year. It is the Tata Harper Beautifying Face Oil. I always find myself reaching for this product every single day and evening. Infused with an array of organic ingredients such as vegetable squalane, argan oil, calendula extract, and more, this powerful essential oil blend hydrates your skin while restoring and renewing your skin's natural acid mantle. No matter what your skin type is and what skin issue you may have, this face oil works to treat it. Available for under $50 at Tata Harper, this fabulous filler-free literally made my skin clear up and improved my skin's texture by restoring my skin's natural acid mantle and promoting cell turnover and production. As June is acne awareness month, I wanted to share this with you.

Some of the greatest beauty essentials are those rare gems that work from the inside, out. One of those beauty essentials is definitely a true favorite of mine for the month of June, the NEOCELL Glow Matrix supplement. Fortified with ceramides and an unique blend of healthy ingredients including hyaluronic acid, lutein and coconut water powder, this incredible supplement delivers moisture and elasticity to your skin in just two weeks. Packed with vitamins A, B2, B6, C, D3, E, and K2 among others, this supplement works to prevent, correct and even repair free radicals and stressors revealing the ultimate glow. NEOCELL is available at your nearest mass nutrition retailer including GNCBuy.com, the Vitamin Shoppe and Whole Foods.

Like our skin, our hair is a product of our environment. Over the years, I have discovered that my hair needs some restoration and is in need of hair health. I have used products that helped my hair. One of my latest discoveries is the StriVectin Ultimate Restore line. This line includes both a shampoo and conditioner as well as a deep repair mask and the densifying foaming treatment. As my hair has been thinning, this system has improved my hair immensely. I feel as if my hair feels and looks thicker, as it looks shiny and feels smoother too. Who knew? You can find these basic hair essentials at StriVectin your nearest retailer.

I have been a vegetarian for many years and just recently, I've discovered quite a few protein supplements I enjoy. One of my favorites this month is more of a health and wellness sort of favorite rather than a beauty favorite. It is the Nature's Food Plant-Based Fit Protein. With 28 grams of protein, 160 calories, 6 grams of fiber and 2 grams of fat per serving, this brown rice-based protein is free of preservatives, artificial ingredients, and GMO's and includes an essential amino acid blend that supports every lifestyle. And because this protein is 100% plant-based, it is vegan and does not include any synthetic flavors or dyes as well as gluten, soy or dairy. Nature's Food is available exclusively at GNC and Lucky Vitamin.

And since we are on the subject of plant-based, I have to admit that I am really enjoying the Earth Balance Olive Oil Spread. Made up of extra virgin olive oil, this vegan butter is free of lactose, gluten, casein and GMO's. It also contains 0 trans fat and is only made up of expeller-pressed oils. On top of that, it does not contain soy and contains an unique blend of flax oils. Whether you are looking to spread, fry, saute, steam, bake, and mix this alternative makes life in the kitchen that much better. Available at your nearest mass grocer, this Earth Balance addition is one of my favorites for the month of June.

These are my favorites for the month of June. What are your's? #BeautyFavorites


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Monday, June 13, 2016

Say goodbye to acne with the Offects TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment

The Offects TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment
by ZO Skin Health.
As we Spring into Summer for the month of June, we celebrate acne awareness month. Acne is quite possibly the most common problematic skin issue, effecting over three million people alone every year in the United States. Although acne finds a way to reach teenagers and young adults, anyone at any age can be affected. And whether you have oily, dry, and even combination skin, you can still find yourself getting exposed to this conventional cutaneous condition.

So, what is acne? It's simple, acne is when mammalian skin organs become clogged with both oil and dead skin cells. Most of the time these mammalian skin organs are hair follicles. When these particular areas of the skin are clogged they develop blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples which result in irritation and even scarring. What causes acne? With an array of causes such as DNA damage, oxidative stress and even environmental stressors, according to the NCBI, almost 70% is caused by genetics.

The question remains; however, is there a cure for acne? Although there is not one stand-alone cure, it is always possible that acne can be cured or at least treated effectively. In fact, acne can be managed with the right regimen. A healthy diet is always key along with daily activity. Whether it is going to the gym, engaging in strength training and calisthenics or riding your bike, engaging in cross training and cardio. It is also important to keep yourself happy and motivated, as stress is another cause for acne. And keep yourself hydrated, drinking water and coconut water instead of reaching for those sugar infused sodas that taste good, but do nothing for your health.

Another way you can manage acne is by incorporating the ZO Skin Health's Offects TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment into your daily skin regimen. As you may or may not be aware, this daily treatment helps target excess oiliness and as a result, helps decrease breakouts on the skin. This ZO Skin Health addition also features textured pads which create a dual action exfoliation. This exfoliation works to remove dead skin cells and prevent clogged pores from forming, the kind of clogged pores that cause acne. Made up of Salicylic Acid 2.0%, this product is infused with a plethora of ingredients such as glycolic acid and a botanical blend of extracts including both barley and sandalwood. As this product is free of parabens and gluten, it works immensely to calm and soothe irritated skin, allowing your skin to heal.

As this ZO Skin Health addition works effectively in treating acne, it also works to prevent future breakouts. If you suffer from acne or know someone who does, they don't have to suffer anymore. The Offects TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment is available now for $51. You can find this treatment online at ZO Skin Health or through your nearest physician and dermatologist.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Get the makeup look: Lupita Nyong'o at the 70th annual Tony Awards

Lupita Nyong'o at the
70th annual Tony Awards.
(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
for Tony Awards Productions)
Every year, the Tony Awards recognize the talent within the world of theatre. And tonight, they celebrate their 70th annual awards ceremony at the Radio City Music Hall in NYC. With an array of talented actors and actresses, Lupita Nyong'o really stole the spotlight tonight when she stunned the red carpet in a beautiful, floral Hugo Boss dress. As a Lancôme ambassadress, the stunning starlet teamed up with celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose for a makeup look to complement her dress.

So, is it possible to re-create this makeup look at-home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, the celebrity makeup artist prepped Nyong'o's skin with the Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate Serum followed by the Lancôme Advanced Génifique Eye Light Pearl. Barose, then, applied the Lancôme La Base Pro Pore Eraser Mattifying Primer on Nyong'o's T-Zone area.

Next, Barose applied the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick in Suede C all over the beautiful actress's face. He, then, applied the Lancôme Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer in Deep Suede under her eyes and around her mouth. As he continued, he applied the Lancôme Translucence Mattifying Silky Pressed Powder in Suede on the T-Zone area and perimeter of her face. To complete the face, Barose applied the Lancôme Blush Subtil Palette in Rum Raisin along with the Lancôme Glow Subtil Silky Crème Highlighter in Rosegold Lights.

Then, Barose started on the eyes where he used the Lancôme Sourcils Gel Waterproof Eyebrow Gel-Cream in Noir. As he continued, he applied the Lancôme Aquatique Waterproof Eyecolour Base in Sienne. He, then dusted with the Lancôme Translucence Mattifying Silky Pressed Powder in Suede to set the starlet's eyes. Barose used the Lancôme Color Design Sensational Effects Eyeshadow in Sapphire Lace.

Next, the celebrity makeup artist lined Nyong'o's eyes with the Lancôme Drama Liqui-Pencil in Parisian Night and the Lancôme Grandiôse Liquid Liner in Matte Black. And for added drama, he coated her lashes with the Lancôme Grandiôse Extreme Mascara in Noire Excès.

To finish the makeup look, Barose prepped the lips with the Lancôme Absolue Precious Cells Nourishing Lip Balm in Honey-In-Rose. He, then lined Nyong'o lips with the Lancôme Le Lipstique in Sheer Chocolate. To complete the lips, the celebrity makeup artist applied the Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge in Sienna Ultime.

Congratulations! You have just re-created Lupita Nyong'o's 70th annual Tony Awards makeup look.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Party this Summer with the 2016 Back to Vinyl Tour

Join SKAM Artist talents Bad Boy Bill
and Richard Vission for the 2016 Back
to Vinyl tour.
When it comes to true musical talent, SKAM Artist DJs Richard Vission and Bad Boy Bill epitomize it. As having DJ'd together for two decades, this one-of-a-kind tour will exclusively feature vinyl only DJing. As the world of music continues to evolve including the DJ market, vinyl paved the way for modern beat making and matching. As we Spring into Summer, many enthusiasts have never experienced let alone seen vinyl DJing live. Now is your chance to experience true vinyl DJing courtesy to two incredibly talented artists.

As a Grammy-nominated re-mixer and producer, Richard Vission has had over 40 hits top the Billboard Dance charts. He currently hosts the longest running weekly EDM mixshow in the United States, Powertools on Power 106 in the heart of Los Angeles.

Bad Boy Bill is another talented man, bringing you consistent beats that blow up more than just the spotlight. In fact, Bad Boy Bill's latest release 'Respect the Technique' garnered plays from everyone from DJ Snake to Laidback Luke to even Latroit and many more.

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For more information visit SKAM today. #BacktoVinyl

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Love Goodly celebrates anniversary by donating 100% proceeds to Farm Sanctuary

Love Goodly is a world-renowned subscription service that delivers eco-friendly, cruelty-free and vegan products directly to your door. Also offering both GMO-free and non-toxic essentials, Love Goodly has everything from beauty to accessories to snacks and more. And the best part is, everything supports a cause. Love Goodly recently teamed up with the Hurraw! lip balm brand for a limited-edition lip balm. And in keeping with their do-good fashion, Love Goodly is donating 100% of all proceeds from the exclusive Hurraw! lip balm to Farm Sanctuary, one of Love Goodly's long-time cause partners.

“The collaboration was a natural choice – since Hurraw! makes the most amazing vegan and raw lip balm, along with supporting Farm Sanctuary like we do, so it’s a win-win," co-founder, Katie Bogue Miller told me.

Hurraw! also shared, “Farm Sanctuary and Love Goodly are great working examples of how to effectively introduce cruelty-free and vegan lifestyle choices into the mainstream. In the past 10 years, we've seen a wave of companies and organizations not simply capitalizing on a trend, but pushing a positive agenda because they believe in common goals for the future. What's not to like about that!?"

As you may or may not be already aware, Hurraw! lip balms are poured individually with only premium ingredients that are organic, vegan, and raw. This eco-friendly and cruelty-free balm is available now and will also be available in Love Goodly's specially curated anniversary box coming up in August and September.

Featuring a deliciously decadent 'choco' and 'mint' flavor, this eco-luxe balm is available now for only $4.29. For more information about the Hurraw! Choco Mint lip balm, visit Love Goodly today. A helping hand is truly one of the most powerful things you can do especially if it is towards a great cause like this one. #LoveGoodlyxHurraw

Monday, June 6, 2016

Get the makeup look: Elizabeth Olsen at the 2016 CFDA Awards

Elizabeth Olsen with her sisters.
(Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
You may know her as the younger sister of actresses turned fashion moguls Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, but what you don't realize is Elizabeth Olsen has branched out independently as a true performance artist. Featured in over 20 films alone, Olsen is true to her craft. And this evening Olsen stunned the red carpet at the 2016 CFDA Awards wearing a beautiful yet simple black dress. Olsen's hair was pulled back at the top, flowing effortlessly on the bottom. Her makeup really brought her entire look together as it truly complemented her style. In fact, the starlet teamed up with celebrity makeup artist and Simple Skincare Advisory board member Gita Bass for a beautiful makeup look to do just that.

“The simple elegance of Elizabeth's ‘The Row’ black silk jumpsuit was the inspiration for the makeup. Cool, elegant and gorgeous!” Bass shared with me about her look.

So, is it possible to re-create this amazing makeup look at home?

First and foremost, the celebrity makeup artist and Simple Skincare Advisory board member used the Simple Skincare Micellar Make-Up Remover Wipes followed by the Simple Skincare Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15 to prep Olsen's face. It is extremely important to have a hydrated canvas, especially for red carpet events like these.

As Olsen has incredibly amazing skin, all Bass needed to apply were a few drops of the Giorgio Armani Maestro along with some of the Clé de Peau Concealer. This allowed the starlet to be camera-ready.

To continue with the face, Bass applied the NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna on the hollows of Olson's cheeks, temples and then used the same product as blush to warm up Olsen's nose. This works incredibly to warm the skin, as it mimics the sun. Then, Bass applied the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone from Olsen's temples to her cheekbones, and a little down the bridge of her nose. This works amazingly to amp up radiance.

For the eyes, Bass created a simple chic eye that made Olsen's eyes pop. Bass smudged the Tom Ford Cream Color For Eyes in Spice to the beautiful actress's lids up all of the way up to the crease. Bass also applied this product to Olsen's bottom lash line and smudged with both of her fingers and a soft brush.

Taking the NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna, Bass applied this all over the top as an eye shadow and blended well. She, then, smudged the Charlotte Tilbury Rock'N'Kohl Iconic Liquid Eyeliner Pencil in Barbarella brown close to the upper and lower and inner lash lines of Olsen's eyes. This creates added definition. To finish the eyes, the celebrity makeup artist applied several coats of the CHANEL INIMITABLE Mascara in Noir.

What about the eyebrows? Bass used the Anastasia of Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Taupe and set them with Anastasia of Beverly Hills Brow Gel.

To complete Olsen's makeup for the 2016 CFDA Awards Bass wanted to the perfect rosy nude. She applied the MAC Lip Pencil in Spice and feathered it over the lips mixing it with the AmorePacific Lip Treatment.

Congratulations! You have just re-created Elizabeth Olsen's makeup look for the 2016 CFDA Awards.

Kara Ross debuts her second Diamonds Unleashed collection on HSN

This gorgeous Vermeil Upsell Cuff is part of the 2nd collection for
Diamonds Unleashed on HSN. Kara Ross will debut her
2nd jewelry collection for
Diamonds Unleashed live
on HSN Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 7:00 PM EST.
Mark your calendars, as world-renowned jewelry designer Kara Ross will be appearing on HSN to debut her highly anticipated Diamonds Unleashed collection. As the 2nd collection within the partnership with the direct and online retailer, Ross will be live this Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 7 PM EST. Inspired by Ross’s eclectic style, this new collection features designs unique, priceless pieces you are destined to truly love and appreciate. Celebrating women’s empowerment, independence and solidarity, Diamonds Unleashed has partnered with CanadaMark Dominion Diamond Company to ensure and verify that all diamonds in the collection are both discoverable and detectable.
"My Summer 2016 Diamonds Unleashed collection for HSN includes 19 pieces of extremely wearable and interchangeable pieces. We really focused on the fact that our HSN customer likes to “customize” her jewelry and have many options. I wanted to create a collection that was wearable luxury, and something for everyone to reach a multi-generational demographic," Kara Ross shared with me.

Ross also added, "Our favorite pieces from the summer 2016 collection are: the twisted Metal Cuff (whose medallion coin can be flipped and interchanged), the white diamond 1970's inspired medallion pendant, the Snake Bangle, which was inspired by a vintage snake watch and the coiled Snake Ring, which matches the bangle where each of those pieces feature black enamel scales."

When asked about the Diamonds Unleashed Vermeil Upsell Cuff, Ross said, "The Diamonds Unleashed open cuff bangle comes with one charm and every pendant from this collection is an “enhancer” which means it can slip off the chain and onto the bangle below to become a charm. This bangle is just $99 and contains a real diamond. It is also features interchangeable charms. This is something new and fun we are introducing this season."

As you may or may not already be aware, Diamonds Unleashed is all about "giving back" as 100% of net profits from jewelry sales will go to organizations She's the First and Girls Who Code. In fact, Diamonds Unleashed has fully committed to make a minimum donation of $20,000 to both organizations to provide educational scholarships for girls. For more information about the 2016 Diamonds Unleashed collection visit Diamonds Unleashed and HSN today.

Get the hair look: Jaimie Alexander at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

Jaimie Alexander at the Veuve Clicquot
Polo Classic.
(Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
for Veuve Clicquot)
You may know her as Taylor Shaw in the NBC hit series Blindspot, as you may know her as Sif in the hit film Thor, but Jaimie Alexander really stunned the red carpet recently at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic held on June 4, 2016. In fact, she really stole the spotlight at the event on Saturday where she wore a very glamorous halter styled romper. The romper featured a sheer green silk and a white skirt which layered the outfit. As her makeup looked fabulous, her hair really stood out. Alexander was styled by the one and only Matt Fugate, Kérastase's consulting hairstylist. Fugate was inspired to give Alexander a 'braided mohawk' style to complement her beautiful yet effortlessly flowing dress.

"I wanted to give Jaimie a very 'Warrior Helen of Troy' style to complement her beautiful, flowy dress. We decided to add two micro braids to help secure the hair down during the windy day and give this battle-like look," Fugate said about the inspiration behind the starlet's hair look.

So, is it possible to re-create this hair look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, Fugate prepped Alexander's hair. He used the Kérastase Nutritive Bain Shampoo and the Kérastase Fondant Magistral Conditioner. Then, Fugate took the Kérastase L'incroyable Blowdry and applied it to the starlet's damp hair before blow drying the product into her hair.

As Fugate continued, he created two very fine, hairline braids on the Blindspot star's hair and secured the braids with pins. As he continued with the style, he sprayed the Kérastase VIP Volume in Powder throughout Alexander's hair to give her hair body and lift.

Next, Kérastase's consulting hairstylist took different sections of Alexander's hair and wrapped the curling iron around them. This works amazingly to create a very messy look. As Fugate continued, he grabbed Alexander's hair and rolled it before pinning in both the middle and back of the hair. Fugate went towards the nape of neck, as this is what creates that faux mohawk look. Fugate wanted to play up the starlet's edgy style with rolling her hair.

Taking the Kérastase Fix Fabulous, Fugate sprayed this product on the braids and dried them, using a little sock over his blowdryer to help set the style.To finish the look, he applied the Kérastase Laque Noire all over.

Congratulations! You have just re-created Jaimie Alexander's hair at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Protect your eyes this Summer with ACUVUE brand contact lenses

Did you know that if your eyes feel tired, sore and even gritty after a day at the beach, it is possible you may be experiencing UV radiation exposure? According to the World Health Organization, acute effects of UV radiation exposure will damage your eye long-term creating photokeratitis including snow blindness and will destroy the proteins in your eye's lens causing them to unravel, tangle and accumulate pigments creating cataracts. Other problematic issues can also occur including Pterygium and cancer of your eye.
 
As hats with large brims and big sunglasses offer some protection, they will not offer as much as you need because UV rays face up on an array of surfaces such as water, sand, snow and even the pavement. According to the World Health Organization, a strong ground reflection can create acute effects of UV radiation exposure including photoconjunctivitis. And with the highest level of ultraviolet radiation exposure for the eyes occurring in the morning through mid-afternoon, it is so important to protect your eyes.
 
Other than staying out of the sun one of the greatest ways to protect your eyes is with ACUVUE brand contact lenses. ACUVUE provides a holistic approach to protecting your eyes from ultraviolet rays. And as the only major contact lens brand, it is also the only brand that meets industry standards for blocking those rays through its entire product line.
 
It is a fact (which has been proven many times) that UV rays from the sun can damage sensitive cells eyes, affecting vision as a result. And although some of the effects are not instantaneous, it can take years before you experience them.
 
ACUVUE offers contact lenses such as the ACUVUE OASYS 1-day with HydraLuxe technology that provide your eyes with the highest level of protection, blocking over 90% of UVA rays and 99% UVB rays. As a globular organ of vision, the eyes are the mirror of your soul. And even though 1/6th of your eye is exposed, it is key to treat them well. After all, over 80% of our memories are determined by what we see as 80% of what we learn is through our eyes. For more information visit ACUVUE today.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Drybar launches in Bloomingdales

A guest gets her hair done with the
3-Day Bender Digital Curling Iron.
(Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Westfield)
When it comes to blowouts Drybar is the best at it. Founded by Alli Webb, a longtime professional stylist who was tired of binging on overpriced blowouts for her naturally curly tresses, Drybar offers a fantastic selection of hair styling products and tools. On Wednesday, June 8th Drybar launches their signature line of products at ten Bloomingdales stores. These stores include: 59th Street (New York), Short Hills (New Jersey), Chesnut Hill (Massachusetts), Chevy Chase (Maryland), North Michigan Ave (Illinois), San Francisco (California), Fashion Valley (California), Santa Monica (California) and Fashion Island (California. As Drybar continues to grow significantly as the #1 leader of producing and preserving the perfect blowout, the partnership with Bloomingdales will rapidly expand market share. As a result, this will bring Drybar one-step closer to their mission of making the perfect blowout accessible to women everywhere.

"We are excited and honored to expand our product line into Bloomingdale's," Drybar Founder Alli Webb said about the launch. "As a longtime fan and customer, it will be a thrill to see our line featured at Bloomies. We look forward to joining the already stellar beauty lineup and to have the opportunity to help even more women look and feel their best through great hair.”

Drybar's CEO John Heffner also made a statement in regards to the launch. “We at Drybar consider it a privilege to partner with this iconic, prestige retailer who, for over 150 years, has always placed its customer first,” Drybar's CEO said about the partnership. “This is a philosophy we share and we look forward to exceeding the expectations of our mutual customers for years to come.”

Drybar’s award-winning line of almost 40 professional hair styling products and tools have been named accordingly in keeping with the universal bar theme. From the Hot Toddy Heat & UV Protectant to the even Drybar's cult-classic staple, the 3-Day Bender Digital Curling Iron, have been painstakingly tried and tested as well as tweaked by Drybar founder and stylist Alli Webb, along with thousands of Drybar stylists and millions of Drybar clients. Amazing right?

We are excited about this launch and cannot wait to snag a blowout the next time we visit Bloomingdales. For more information visit Drybar today.