Beauty Gift Guide: IT Cosmetics Holiday 2016 Collection

If there is one thing I love about the holidays, it is holiday beauty collections! Every year beauty brands come out with the most exclusive beauty collections just in time for the holidays. They go out of stock almost instantly because everyone is dying to get their hands on these beauty bundles. Not only are these collections exclusive, but they usually save you a good chunk of money.

This year I was lucky enough to get my hands on It Cosmetics Holiday 2016 collection and I can’t stop obsessing over it! As a beauty enthusiast, I have never come across a brand I love as much as It Cosmetics. Not only are the products some of the best in the market, but they are great for your skin as well. Some of my favorite products are included in this year’s holiday collection: The SuperHero Mascara (the only true black mascara I have owned to date) and the Confidence in a Cream Moisturizer (5-star facial moisturizer). I have developed a nightly skincare routine with solely It Cosmetics products and my skin has honestly never felt better (drinking a gallon of water/day helps too).

Finally, treat yourself or that special woman in your life to this wonderful gift. Help her look and feel her most beautiful this holiday season. I have found that their products work with any complexion and their brushes are to die for! See for yourself and check out their 2016 Collection below. Be sure to buy it before they run out!


It Cosmetics 2016 Holiday Collection

IT Brushes for Ulta All That Glitters Brush Set; $58,

IT Brushes for Ulta City Chic Brush Set; $68;

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream Holiday Ornament; $16,

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara Holiday Ornament; $12,

IT Cosmetics Your Je Ne Sais Quoi Complexion Perfection; $42;





Spain-based skincare company – ISDIN®, is excited to introduce ISDINCEUTICS™, to the US market. The cosmeceutical skincare line combines scientific innovation and established ingredients to deliver an unparalleled range of solutions that help support beautiful skin. ISDINCEUTICS™ is a revolutionary range of solutions that help maintain the appearance of beautiful skin throughout life. It is the perfect combination of dermatology and aesthetics, of science and beauty.

Powerful Antioxidant Routine

Illuminate your skin with a daily antioxidant routine that offers two novel solutions.  FLAVO-C ULTRAGLICAN™ is an all-in-one skin booster with Vitamin Cand Ultraglicans that reduces the appearance of micro-wrinkles and elevates your skin’s natural moisture production. Designed for daily use in early skin aging,Ultraglicans  foster a rejuvenated and radiant complexion. For mature skin, the skincare experts at ISDIN® recommend using FLAVO-C™. FLAVO-C SERUM™ is your antidote to skin damage. The powerful combination of Vitamin C and Gingko Biloba helps your skin’s rejuvenation process and provides advanced environmental protection against UV-induced free radicals. Together, these products form a total antioxidant solution, from daily support to targeted therapy.


Corrective Treatments that Deliver

There likely isn’t a woman on earth who doesn’t have a beauty problem that plagues her. Whether she has sun spots or deep under-eye circles that make her look tired, ISDINCEUTICS™ has next-generation treatments that deliver. MELACLEAR™ is a perennial brightening serum formulated with Phytic Acid and Vitamin C that helps restore your skin´s luminosity and natural tone, while preventing the appearance of new spots. ISDINCEUTICS™ also offers K-OX EYES™, a complete eye contouring cream with ingredients Vitamin K Oxide, Haloxyl ™ and Eyeliss , all of which target the appearance of puffiness and dark circles. 

Conceal to Reveal with Skin Drops

By applying science to your beauty regimen ISDINCEUTICS™ can help you conceal a variety of common beauty imperfections such as vitiligo, uneven skin tone, broken capillaries, bruises, scars, and burns. For certain occasions such as a job interview, for example, SKIN DROPS can even conceal tattoos. Apply SKIN DROPS before starting your makeup routine to create a smooth base that won’t clog your pores. This lightweight liquid foundation is available with a dropper for easy application. SKIN DROPS has a silky texture that glides on easily for buildable coverage that lasts up to 12 hours. SKIN DROPS come in two shades, Sandand Bronze and can be blended together to cover a range of skin tones.

Science for Beauty

ISDINCEUTICS™ is at forefront of scientific innovation in skincare; each product’s formula harnesses the power of vitamins and hydrators, rather than chemicals, to create the ultimate anti-aging skincare routine. Following the ISDINCEUTICS™ regimen will yield unrivalled results— a luminous glow that epitomizes a healthy, youthful look.  So, say adieu to the effects of aging by adding ISDINCEUTICS™ to your daily beauty routine.

All products are available through select dermatologists and plastic surgeons, or online at,



Isdinceutics K-Ox Eyes is an eye contouring gel cream that helps reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles, and restores elasticity to the delicate skin under the eyes. Formulated with a powerful combination of three ingredients, Vitamin K Oxide, Haloxyl and Eyeliss, this unique cream works to strengthen capillaries and constrict the amount of blood flow to the area around the eyes, ultimately tightening skin and reducing the appearance of under-eye puffiness and dark circles. $85 USD (15ml)


Enhance radiance, elasticity and help prevent the first signs of aging with Idinceutics Flavo-C Ultraglican, an advanced combination of antioxidants and moisturizers that combat lack of firmness and fine expression lines. $102USD (30*2ml)


Isdinceutics skin drops is a line of lightweight, liquid foundations that are available for use with a dropper. The silky texture of Skin Drops glides on easily for buildable coverage that lasts up to 12 hours. Just a few drops of the foundation conceals skin imperfections, such as vitiligo, discoloration, varicose veins, bruising, scars, burns and even tattoos. Skin Drops come in two shades, Sand and Bronze and work for Fitzpatrick skin types 1-4. To achieve the best match for your complexion, blend, or use separately. $52USD (15ml)


Isdinceutics Melaclear is a corrective serum that helps reduce discoloration of age spots and hyperpigmentation caused by sun exposure, like melasma, reaction to sun-sensitizing medication or to a dermatological procedure. The powerful antioxidant effect of the Vitamin C helps slow melanin oxidation, gradually decreasing the appearance of spots and lightening discoloration for a more even complexion. The Phytic Acid in the formulation, acts as a catalyst, enhancing the effects of Vitamin C by gently exfoliating hyperpigmented areas. $75USD (30ml)


The novel serum is a powerful combination of antioxidants that help to address the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles caused by phtoaging. Isdinceutics Flavo-C is formulated with Vitamin C and Gingko Biloba extract to help skin regain its elasticity for a more youthful complexion. The formulation of Isdinceutics Flavo-C allows the Vitamin C to remain stable for up to 8 hours, to neutralize free radicals and help protect against the effects of UV radiation, while the Gingko Biloba Extract, rich in flavonoids, deeply nourishes dehydrated, sun-damaged skin. $84USD (30ml)


About ISDINisdn-logo-500x500

Founded in 1975 and headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, ISDIN is a European dermatology brand with a 40-year history. It is jointly set up by the international business groups, Puig and Esteve, benchmarks both in the cosmetic, fashion and beauty, and pharmaceutical industries respectively. As a multinational company, ISDIN is committed to offering a holistic skin care solution with its portfolio of treatment and adjuvant therapy products to meet major dermatological needs and solve dermatological problems. Constant innovation and research share a common objective: development of products at the forefront of dermatology, advanced formulas and new textures. Having enjoyed rapid development since it was founded; ISDIN nowadays leads the skincare sector and is the #1 dermatological brand in Spain.

ISDIN is present mainly across Europe, Latin America, North America and South Africa with sales in over 30 countries. This includes Spain, France, Belgium, Portugal, Chile, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, South Korea, and now, China and the US. ISDIN is trusted and recommended by dermatologists worldwide and has enjoyed great popularity among consumers all over the world for 40 years.

For more information or to purchase products, please visit


Finks: How the CIA Tricked the World’s Best Writers


“Listen to this book, because it talks in a very clear way about what has been silenced.”
—John Berger, author of Ways of Seeing and winner of the Man Booker Prize

Finks is a tale of two CIAs, and how they blurred the line between propaganda and literature. One CIA created literary magazines that promoted American and European writers and cultural freedom, while the other toppled governments, using assassination and censorship as political tools. Defenders of the “cultural” CIA argue that it should have been lauded for boosting interest in the arts and freedom of thought, but the two CIAs had the same undercover goals, and shared many of the same methods: deception, subterfuge and intimidation.

Finks demonstrates how the good-versus-bad CIA is a false divide, and that the cultural Cold Warriors again and again used anti-Communism as a lever to spy relentlessly on leftists, and indeed writers of all political inclinations, and thereby pushed U.S. democracy a little closer to the Soviet model of the surveillance state.

Joel Whitney, 
manager of arts and cultural programs at Brooklyn Public Library, is a cofounder and editor at large of Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics.
His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, Boston Review, The San Francisco Chronicle, Dissent, Salon, NPR, New York Magazine and The Sun.
With photographer Brett Van Ort, he co-wrote the 2013 TED Talks ebook on landmine eradication, Minescape.
His poetry has appeared in The Paris Review, The Nation, and Agni. His Salon essay on The Paris Review and the Congress for Cultural Freedom was a Notable in the 2013 Best American Essays


Sephora Hair Launch – Madam C.J. Walker Scalp Exfoliator Treatment

Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Introduces Dream Come True Wonderful Scalp Exfoliator

Pre-poo scalp exfoliating crème to detoxify & purify clogged follicles


Not only does the scalp contain more oil glands than your nose, cheeks and forehead combined, clogging elements like pollution, dead skin cells, dandruff, and product build-up add even more stress to hair follicles. So if we regularly apply our favorite facial scrubs for beautiful, clear skin, why do we often forget about scalp exfoliation?

The Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Dream Come True Wonderful Scalp Exfoliator is a pre-poo purifying treatment to remove unwanted buildup and flakes while simultaneously soothing a dry, dehydrated scalp. This concentrated cream detoxifies to thoroughly revitalize and rebalance for a fresh, clean canvas. The formula’s salicylic acid works to dissolve and lift away impurities. A nourishing combination of shea, olive and coconut oils work together to cleanse, revitalize and rebalance.

scan-288As the new step in your cleansing routine, simply massage the Dream Come True Wonderful Scalp Exfoliator in to reveal the start of healthy, gorgeous hair. Paraben, Sulfate, and Phthalate Free.

Price: $32.00 exclusively at Sephora and

Suggested Usage:

  • Prior to shampoo, massage directly on scalp using fingertips.
  • Leave on for up to 12 minutes.
  • Rinse well and follow with shampoo and conditioning regimen.

Ingredient Highlights:

  • Shea Butter: Deeply moisturizes while conditioning hair and scalp.
  • Olive Oil: Penetrates hair shaft to deeply condition.
  • Coconut Oil: Adds luster, shine, and softness to the hair; helps prevent hair breakage and split ends.
  • Salicylic Acid: Natural exfoliant.


Long Island’s Favorite Haunts Come Together as the LI Scare Community Unearths

pasted-image-0Chamber of Horrors NY, Darkside Haunted House, The Haunted Mansion of Melville at Schmitt’s Family Farm, and Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse Team Up to Bring the Ultimate Scare Combo This Halloween Season.pasted-image-0-1

In what some may call an unholy union of sorts, it seems the devil or Dracula himself may have had a hand in bringing together the most widely successful Haunts on Long Island for – a partnership that every long islander can sink their teeth into.

pasted-image-0-4 is comprised of the most popular and well known scare-tractions in the area: Chamber of Horrors NY in Hauppague, Darkside Haunted House in Wading River, The Haunted Mansion of Melville at Schmitt’s Family Farm, and Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse in Bellport –  The four horsemen of Long Island horror!

Not unlike the “pay one discount price for multiple parks” scenario at Universal Studios or Disney World – this September and October Long Island becomes the SCREAM LI theme park!pasted-image-0-3

pasted-image-0-6“Long Island has a very energetic and enthusiastic community of haunt fans, but geographically they are spread over a fairly wide area”, remarked Marty Arominski from Chamber of Horrors, one of the participating haunts. “Instead of being at odds with one another, it seemed to me that a more symbiotic relationship between the haunts would be beneficial to all of us. Horror fans are very dedicated and if they have a good time at one haunt, why not hand them off to another? It makes for a more satisfying experience for everyone involved”, he said.

Want to check out Long Island’s scariest haunted houses at a discount price? Then visit us at for combo tickets to your favorite haunts this Halloween season!pasted-image-0-5


Makeup Revolution USA Sticks // Blush + Contour + Highlight


Makeup Revolution USA One Sculpt Contour Stick

The One Sculpt Contour Stick is a matte cream contour stick with high impact color for effortless sculpting and contouring. Use dry for a high intensity color finish or use wet for a smooth sheer finish. Apply directly to the cheeks and then blend with fingertips or our advanced complexion sponge for a flawless finish.

Price: $9 from

Tips & Tricks:

  • Apply the One Contour Stick down the sides of your nose and blend; under the cheek bone and/or the jawbone.
  • Blend evenly with a contour brush for a flawless illusion.

Makeup Revolution USA One Sculpt Highlight Stick

The One Sculpt Highlight Stick has a creamy, shimmery finish that highlights with ease. To highlight features and create a natural glow, use across the top of each cheekbone, down the bridge of the nose, in the middle of your forehead and in the center of your chin.

Price: $9.00 from

Tips & Tricks:

  • Use the One Stick along tops of cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, center of the forehead, chin & under the eyebrow
  • The key is blending to give a soft natural glow.

Makeup Revolution USA One Blush Stick in Matte Rush & Matte Malibu

The finest blusher in a stick is now available in 2 bold, matte shades. Use strong and vibrant, or sheer with this creamy, long wear blush that provides buildable coverage in just a few swipes. Designed for multiple use across cheeks and lips, each stick can be applied dry for hi-intensity color or applied wet for a smooth, sheer finish.

Price: $9.00 from

Tips & Tricks:

  • Swipe the One Blush Stick from the center of your cheek to your temple
  • Using the tips of your fingers in circular motion, gently blend product
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