Posts Written On March 2018

Christie Brinkley Authentic Beauty

Do you want to have an ever-beauty face with perfect makeup on everyday? I believe Christie Brinkley could let you know her secret.

Christie Brinkley Authentic Beauty is a curated collection of treatment-based color cosmetics with skincare benefits that enhance your natural beauty.  Christie’s objective when creating the line was to serve the needs of time-pressed women who want products that can take them from day to night and with added benefits that incorporate skincare components such as light weight formulas that camouflage dark circles, soft focus optical blurring and peptide blends to boost collagen repair. Additionally, the products are cruelty free!

The collection features foundations, eye concealers, highlighters, powder blush, powder bronzer, eye shadow palettes, mascara, brow-defining pencils and lipsticks with prices range from $13.95 for the concealer to $27.95 for the foundation.

Here are some of my favorite products from Christie Brinkley Authentic Beauty.

Christie Brinkley Authentic Beauty

Lip Beautifully Moisture-Rich Lipstick

Iconic shades. Stay-true color. Lip Beautifully Moisture-Rich Lipstick is a non-feathering, no-fade formula developed to pamper lips with hydration and single-stroke, incredibly rich color

  • An emollient, ultra-moisturizing formula that quenches lips with hydration and saturates lips with color.
  • This super-creamy formula, delivers superb, single-stroke color saturation. High-performance, micro-milled pigments provide for effortless, even, extraordinary coverage and incredible color payout, creating a fuller lip illusion.
  • Paraben-free

My Les Vegas look

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Christie Brinkley Prime Time Day to Night Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Christie Brinkley Authentic Beauty

Prime Time Day to Night Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Contains a curated collection of perfectly-balanced color, professionally-developed to deliver easy, elegant, day-to dazzling evening looks.

  • Combination of demi-matte, soft-satin and understated shimmer finishes are long-lasting and crease-free.
  • A first pan primer shadow color corrects and creates a smooth base.
  • A proprietary pigment dispersion technology delivers rich, velvety color that applies effortlessly. It is buildable and blends seamlessly.
  • Contains a blend of antioxidant vitamins; Vitamin E and Vitamin C, an ingredient shown to clarify the skin
  • The dualsided brush provides for pro-quality precision application and blending.

Christie Brinkley Authentic Beauty

Cheek Chic Color and Contour Powder Blush

A soft, satin-finish blush infused with skin-brightening and radiance-boosting antioxidant Vitamins C&E

  • Pure, micro-milled pigments deliver a soft, sheer veil of color
  • Soft focus blurring imparts a smooth finish and helps minimize the appearance of pores
  • Provides dimension and imparts natural radiance
  • Contains an blend of antioxidant vitamins; Vitamin E and Vitamin C, an ingredient shown to clarify the skin
  • Instantly creates healthy-looking color, adding depth, creating dimension and accentuating the natural contour of the cheek

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Easter Baskets Stuffers!

Little Goodall

Make this Easter even more fun with Bunny hats and coats from Little Goodall! These rabbit-themed designs will not only have the kiddos looking cute, but they’ll be cozy and warm as well. These Bunny Hats are sure to amuse and delight! Made from lush 100% woolfelt in a heather oatmeal color, this is one accessory little ones won’t want to leave home without. Wonderful for cold weather or dress up play indoors.

Girls Summer Linen Bunny Coat and Boys Summer Linen Bunny Coat: Handmade from beautiful, smooth weave 100% linen, this clean, classic Little Goodall style features cuffed sleeves which roll down for longer wear, natural shell buttons and the loveliest long bunny ears imaginable.

Six Button Bunny Coat: The newest addition to the beloved bunny coat family, this adorable design is a longer shape than the Luxe Bunnies, with double breasted styling, covered buttons, and a body lining of silky soft cuddle plush. With welt pockets that can warm chilly fingers or store treasures found on walks through the forest, this coat will be your favorite winter companion! Available in Grey/Ice Blue and Barely Pink.

Flopsy Rabbit Coat: A charming companion for cooler weather, the Flopsy Rabbit Coat is made from heather brown 100% wool felt with a body lining of cuddle plush. The front closes with buttons beneath two toggle fasteners, and two welt pockets that warm your freezing fingers! Pair it with the Snowshoe

Rabbit for siblings, twins or besties.

Snowshoe Rabbit Coat: Crafted from heather ivory 100% wool felt and lined with the signature soft cuddle plush, this stylish Snowshoe Rabbit coat is the perfect coat to hop on to get those warmer layers!

Luxe Little Rabbit: Perfect for little rabbits ready to hop into action, this handmade coat is crafted with camel colored 100% wool felt. With clean, classic style featuring cuffed sleeves that roll down for longer wear and a super soft cuddle fleece lining, it’s styled with a shorter length to make sure you’re ready for those active bunny races!

And make sure to take a look at their bunny hat collection! Made from lush 100% woolfelt, this is one accessory little ones won’t want to leave home without. Wonderful for cold weather or dress up play indoors.

Chocodate

Feel good about what you put into your little ones Easter Baskets with Chocodate. Chocodate is a gluten-free, non GMO snack with protein packed nutrients from dates and almonds! Oh, and a delicious chocolate covering for the ultimate in savory and fulfilling snacking.

PodPocket

The PodPocket is precision molded from high grade silicone to provide a secure fit for the AirPods charging case that comes with a premium key ring and clasp so that it can be attached to a bag or keychain and the open access along the bottom allows charging while the AirPods are still in the PodPocket. A small investment to protect a larger one & the perfect Home For Your AirPods.

Chocolate Pizza Company

Surprise some-bunny with the best tasting chocolate of the season. Stuff those baskets with handcrafted specialties like Chocolate Pizza slices. The hand-decorated, Chocolate Pizza blends rich milk or dark chocolate with homemade English toffee and are topped with more goodies.

Stomp Rocket

Stomp Rocket’s Squeeze Rockets are fun for all ages. Hold the power of flight in the palm of your hand! Aim, squeeze, and fly Squeeze Rockets indoors or out.

 

 

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Beautiful Vera Bradley Gift Wrap Collection

Iconic fashion brand Vera Bradley has partnered with Pennsylvania publisher Fox Chapel Publishing on an exciting and gorgeous new gift wrapping papercollection.

Just as founders Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia R. Miller envisioned their elegant designs brightening up airports many years ago, the company has once again imagined their colorful patterns bringing beauty and joy to the pleasure of gift giving. Vera Bradley and Fox Chapel Publishing are pleased to launch five giftwrapping paper books, which include gift tags that you can customize and color in, to celebrate life’s many milestones.

The giftwrap series includes 

  • Baby Bump Wrapping Paper
  • Birthday Bash Wrapping Paper
  • Happy Holidays Wrapping Paper
  • Oh Happy Day Wrapping Paper
  • Wedding Belles Wrapping Paper

“Fox Chapel Publishing is proud to bring the fashionable world of Vera Bradley patterns to the gift market,” says Alan Giagnocavo, Fox Chapel Publishing president. “With 20 sheets of high-end matte wrapping paper in each book, the gift of giving will have an added layer of beauty.”

Make your gift giving memorable with the beauty and inspiration of Vera Bradley’s new gift wrapping paper collection, exclusively from Fox Chapel Publishing!

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Everyday is Valentine’s Day with JuvaLips Lip Device

If you have that gal pal, besties kind of love for your best gal pal where all you want is to see her have her perfect pout!  Time to spend the day with your true soul sister who deserves some holiday! You obviously know her better than anyone else in the world and a beauty girls best friend will know she wants Valentine’s Day kissable lips even if you two are just going to spend it on the couch with a bottle of wine laughing at everyone’s sappy Instagram posts.
Introducing the perfect Galentine’s Day gift, JuvaLips, the Convenient, Safe and Natural lip plumping device. No need for painful injections and topical acids, JuvaLips patent pending pushbutton control provides timed treatments at a carefully regulated pressure to boost blood flow into the capillaries of your lips, giving you a dramatic fuller pout while minimizing the fine lines around the lips.
Step 1:
Steer away the bitter Valentine’s Day weather and bring moisture back to your pout by moisturizing with lip balm. If your lips are extra chapped from the frigid cold, use a lip scrub to remove dead skin first.
Step 2:
For the full pout effect, use JuvaLips for one minute on lips. You will feel the JuvaLips slight suction that increases the blood flow to your lips to create the effect. Additional uses can be done for a more dramatic and fuller lip.
Step 3:
Once your lips are your desired amount of fullness, line your lips with your favorite sexy Valentine’s red and finish with matching lip color, red for this occasion!
1-2 minutes of JuvaLips lip plumping is all it takes for results that last for hours.
The JuvaLips Original is the most effective lip plumper device on the market. It is compact, easy to use, and safe. Your purchase comes with everything you need for gorgeous lips including:
  • JuvaLips Original lip plumper device
  • Removable mouthpiece
  • Microfiber carrying bag
  • Two AAA batteries
Your purchase also includes 5 replacement pads. These pads will last for hundreds of uses. Additional replacement pads are available on the JuvaLips site.

Link to product and more information: https://myjuvalips.com/

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Not Your Momma’s Hair Mousse 20-Year Stylist and Natural Curl Guru with Tips on Mastering Mousse

Styling mousse first came on the scene back in the 80’s when big hair was the thing. Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston were the ladies who set the hair trends back then. I’m sure if you see pictures of your mom from the 80’s, you will see the waterfall bangs and curls that were teased, fried and crunchy. It was a cool look then. It’s not cool now. Hair styles and the products we use have changed over the decades.

Maya Smith, International Master of Natural Curls and founder of The Doux®, a haircare line she created specifically for naturally curly hair, has seen the evolution of mousse from the very beginning to now. We caught up with Maya and scored some amazing tips and insights to help you know which ingredients to look for and how to best use mousse to maximize your modern style.

Q: First to get things clear, what is the purpose of mousse? How has it changed from when you first saw it back in the day? What is the main difference from the mousse we see today and those from the 80’s and 90’s? Were they intended for different kinds of styles, textures?

A: When I started in the industry, the 90’s hair was in full effect. Naturally curly girls used mousse to create the Hillary Banks (Fresh Prince of Bel Air) “wet” look. For volume a diffuser was used to get hair to stand up at the roots. The visual results were awesome, but if you tried to re-style your hair once it dried, you were in big trouble! While it was used on curly weaves, extensions, and wigs, mousse wasn’t even an option for girls with super-tight curls or kinky textures. These days, mousse is still used to achieve great definition and shine, but less emphasis is placed on how high your hair stands up, or how stiff the overall look is. It’s much more about softness and movement.

Q: What are some ingredients to look for? What’s good and what should be avoided?

A: Always be sure to look at the ingredients when shopping for products because this can make a big difference. Ingredients such as sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), Isopropyl, and Prolyene have been found to cause breakage and dry out your hair. The best way to achieve healthy hair is to have that balance between protein and moisture.

Q: What causes that crunch and what were some of the problems with the mousse options available that inspired you to create your own? Can mousse be combined with other products? What are the benefits of combining products and steps?

 

A: It’s common for mousse to be combined with gel or cream because most mousses on the market contain alcohol to make the hair dry faster. They are also polymer rich, which creates a sticky coating on the hair, much like a hairspray. This can leave hair feeling dry and stiff. We formulated our Mousse Def as an all-in-one solution for this problem. It creates the shine and definition of a mousse, yet leaves hair soft and touchable with no flaking.

Q: How does mousse compare to gels and balms? Are gels a thing of the past? Can a balm be used in place of a mousse?  

A: Mousse and gels are water-based products that contain polymers and holding agents that “stiffen” on the hair shaft in order to hold the hair in place. On the other hand, balms, pomades, and control pastes are what we call emulsions, are a mix of oils and water. The Doux’s Bonita Afro Balm is an emulsion developed for moisture and softness that also contains a small amount of polymer for a softer, more flexible hold.

Q: Finally, are Salon or Professional brands worth the money? Do they contain better ingredients?

A: Yes. Products that were formulated for salon use typically contain a higher quality of ingredients. They also contain less water and fillers, so you’re getting a more concentrated product with longer-standing results.

 

Q: What other advice can you offer to girls with natural curls who want to mix up their hair styles?

A: Try something new. Gone are the days when heavy pomades and gels were your only styling options. Girls who have natural curls deserve to enjoy lighter products that are easy to apply, and create bounce and movement. Maximizing your natural God given hair is what’s popular now.

About Maya Smith:

 

Maya Smith is an International Master Stylist and Founder of The Doux Salon and haircare line now available in Target. With over two decades of styling experience Maya dedicated two decades to cracking the code on curl care, maintenance and expert styling. When it comes to caring for one’s natural hair and styling it, according to NaturallyCurly, Maya is among the best there is.

While still in high school, Maya got her hair cutting license and graduated from beauty school. Soon after graduating high school, Maya began following her passion and worked as an assistant for celebrity stylist Tracy Johnson. She learned from Johnson and progressed as a hair stylist for celebrities and entertainers. Years later the military wife would relocate to Germany, where Maya opened up her first salon The HoneyComb, a mecca for textured hair care for women from all over Europe, The UK, and as far as Africa. Maya’s unique system of textured hair styling sparked the development of The DOUX® haircare products, first launched overseas, and distributed throughout Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands.

Currently, Maya leads a carefully selected team of stylists at The DOUX® Salon in Macon, Georgia and celebrated the arrival of The DOUX® in select Target stores nationwide. Maya Smith, wife, mom of 5 and savvy business woman is an example not just for women of color but for all women who believe their gifts can impact the world, striving for entrepreneurial endeavors with grace, ease and hustle.

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The Original Dove Beauty Bar

Your wardrobe shouldn’t be the only thing that transitions from winter to spring. Ease into your spring skincare routine with the #1 Dermatologist recommended bar – Dove Beauty Bar.

Ordinary soap can cause the “squeaky clean” feeling that many people often mistake for clean, which can actually be a sign of dry skin damage. Formulated with the brand’s signature ¼ moisturizing creamDove Beauty Bar won’t strip away skin’s moisture like soap can and replenishes nutrients lost in the cleansing process.

For your readers, we have created an eye-catching, downloadable infographic to help illustrate a healthy skincare routine and an interactive Digital Quiz that will put your reader’s skincare knowledge to the test! We’ve included the embed link for the Digital Quiz below for your reference.

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