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The M∙A∙C Marilyn Monroe Limited Edition Collection is a beautifully crafted homage to the sexy starlet. The collection features plenty of deep reds and sparkly shades of gold and silver, all inspired by her iconic look. Get a taste of Marilyn and old Hollywood with these fab colors for lips, eyes, and nails!

Lipstick – $16.50 (Limited Edition)

Pure Zen – Frosted warm nude (Cremesheen)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scarlet Ibis – Bright orange red (Matte)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love Goddess – Mid-tone pink red (Satin)

Charmed I’m Sure – Dark true red (Matte)

Deeply Adored – Deep scarlet (Matte)

 

Dazzleglass – $21.50 (Limited Edition)

Phiff! – Sheer yellow peach (Frost)

Little Rock – Soft sheer white with pearl (Frost)

 

Nail Lacquer $17.50 (Limited Edition)

Rich, Rich, Rich – Glittery gold (Pearl) (Online Exclusive)

Kid Orange – Coral (Cream)

Flaming Rose – True red (Cream)

Stage Red – Dark berry red (Cream)

Vintage Vamp – Rich deep retro wine (Cream)

Large Eyeshadow $21.00 (Limited Edition)

How to Marry – Soft white (Veluxe Pearl)
Preferred Blonde – Pale champagne beige (Veluxe Pearl)
Silver Screen – True silver (Veluxe Pearl)
Showgirl – Dark blue grey (Veluxe Pearl)

Powder Blush $22.00 (Limited Edition)

Legendary – Pale soft coral (Satin)

The full collection will be available online on September 27th and in stores nationwide on October 4th.

Mobile Users: Open this link from your smartphone to download exclusive Marilyn Monroe Wallpaper. For a limited time, choose from 5 designs!

(photos courtesy of instyle.com and Mac Cosmetics)

Essie knows we are all on a budget! The new Fall collection is inspired by our current economy. In this new economy, fashionistas everywhere are coping with the challenge of maintaining a trendy wardrobe. How do we ever do it, it’s almost near impossible!

Essie Miss Fancy Pants is a fabulous griege color. It’s similar to Essie Yogaga and it’s a great color for the fall/summer transition.  You know when dark colors kind of feel too dark because days still hit 80 degrees – but bright colors feel too bright. Creamy gray, beige, and tan nail polishes help fill in that gap of color uncertainty.

Essie Recessionista is a beautiful deep raspberry red. I think this color is so pretty, it’s rich and juicy at the same time. I love the name too!

Essie Recessionista mani with OPI Crown Me Already and Essie No Place Like Chrome

Essie Head Mistress is a bold dark red. It’s a simple basic red nail polish. No big deal here!

Essie Skirting the Issue is a burgundy red. I had trouble getting this polish to go on evenly. The manicure looks blotchy and uneven. Not a fan of this formula!

Essie Stylenomics is a rich like money – a deep dark green. This color is so unexpected and I love it! It’s a bold statement for your nails. As you can see, this polish is super glossy and shiny. Definitely a great shade for fall.

Essie Don’t Sweater it - read the review here!

(Photo courtesy of essie)

Ready to get glowing youthful looking skin? There’s a new book that promises to show you exactly how get your skin back into shape! The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin reveals the truth about beauty products and skin care. The book guides you to the right and effective ingredients and what to look for in products.  It also helps you create a personalized regime based on products and advice most dermatologists recommend for their patients.

I had a personal interview with Dana Ramos, the creator and author of The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin. Here’s what she had to say about her new book and the regime.

What motivated you to write your book The Skin Regime? Can you tell us your story and what made you write this book? 

“I wrote this book for you, for myself, and for good causes.  I came up with The Skin Regime concept because people were asking me how, at my age, I had such great and youth­ful-looking skin. I began spending a lot of time chatting with people about my skin story and how to get great skin. Sometimes I would simply say, “Just go see a good derma­tologist.” But a lot of people didn’t want to spend the time and expense for a doctor if they could do something on their own. They just wanted to know my personal regime. Finally, a light bulb went off and I figured I might as well write down everything I learned over the years from my own doctors and let the average person make their own decisions on what they want to try, or not try.”

Your book discusses a skin care boot camp, can you share more about it?

“The book tells the truth about what really works (and doesn’t) for skin care, and what are the basics for everyone – and the truth is, for basic skincare, a simple soap like Dove and a moisturizer like Lubriderm is all you need.  However, most people have more needs, so the “boot camp” phase is the 6-8 week phase where , if you decide you need it, you can whip your face into shape with the glycolic peel regime I describe in detail (and how to obtain the substances on the web).  You see, just like it takes 6-8 weeks of body “boot camp” to whip an out-of-shape body into shape, it takes about the same amount of dedicated time to whip the skin into shape–but the skin “boot camp” is FAR easier and quicker!”

What are the worst trends/habits you currently see people doing to their skin? What should they be doing instead?

“The single worst thing you can do for your skin–as every skin professional and dermatologist will tell you–is exposure to the sun.  I love the sun, but I use full-spectrum sunscreens to protect my skin.  The second worst thing–smoking.  These facts are well researched and documented.”

What makes The Skin Regime different from a number of skincare systems in the market?

“Ohhhh a lot.  For one, it tells the truth:  you don’t need a million different and/or expensive products.  There are no such things as “special ingredients,” – the stuff that works, that almost every dermatologist knows, is very simple.  Such as mild soap and moisturizers, sunscreens, Retin-A, glycolic peels, lasers if necessary, hydroquinone cream for melasma (discoloration).  There is no such thing as a facial-lift in a jar, and The Skin Regime exposes the baloney in the beauty industry.  And no one has ever made the kind of challenge to the beauty industry that The Skin Regime does on the first page of the book.”

What are the most difficult “switches” you have to make on The Skin Regime, if they are any?

“Learning to respect your skin by using makeups or other products with sunscreen in them.  And realizing that you might as well discard 90 percent of the stuff in your bathroom because they either don’t do anything, or might even work against you.”

If you could go back in time, what would you tell your 16-year-old self about skincare?

“PUT DOWN THAT BOTTLE OF BABY OIL, YOU IDIOT and put on sunscreen instead!  I grew up in Los Angeles, and surely did myself no favors on the beach, but luckily, I got smart in my late 20’s and started using Retin-A to help reverse the damage.”

What made you decide to team up with Dr. David Bank?

“Dr. Bank is my personal dermatologist for 15 years.  I have found him to be incredibly knowledgeable, full of integrity, very honest about the truth of what can and can’t be done.  When I took my first draft of the book to him, he loved it, which I found very encouraging.”

What changes would you like to see be made to the Skin Care industry?

“I want them to stop all the false advertising.  No industry is so rampant with false claims, and people are wising up–actually filing some lawsuits.  I mean, they hire a teenager or movie star with already-great skin, then put 20 layers of makeup on them, THEN air-brush the photos, and the ad will say, “Use our product and you’ll look like this…”  Hell, even the models and movies stars don’t look like that!   I’d feel that 99 percent of the beauty industry is right alongside of sham companies that claim a cream will “melt away fat,” or “enhance your breast size.”  Pul-leeeeeze!”

What’s next? Are you working on anything new?

“Oh yes.  The Body Regime is next.  Of course, I would like to expand The Skin Regime into its own product line of glycolic peels and makeup–with the very basics, no “secret” baloney ingredients, and the very lowest price possible…. which will be very inexpensive, as high-content glycolic products are not that expensive.  (Which is another thing that irritates me…. those high-end beauty companies that put ineffective levels of glycolic in their products and jack the price up ridiculously!”

Would you like to add anything else that I might have missed?

“A few things.  The Skin Regime is not just for women–men can use it as well.  It covers the entire body, not just the face–for instance, those little bumps on the back of arms that never go away?  Simple fix in The Skin Regime.  Cracked heels and dry hands?  I include a hand and foot “regime” that is as simple as the face regime.  Bottom line:  Simple and inexpensive.  Everything, even the book, which I insisted be priced below ten dollars!  Everyone can – and should – be able to afford great skin care!”

After reading The Skin Regime, I couldn’t wait to try it for myself! Follow me as I test out The Skin Regime during the next couple of weeks. I accepted the challenge, will you? Enter below for your chance to win The Skin Regime Prize Pack worth $50! Two lucky winners will win a copy of The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin, a free t-shirt, a free  drawstring bag, and a free glycolic peel sample! Good Luck Beauties!

Official Rules:
This giveaway will end Sunday September 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST. It is  open to anyone over the age of 18. All entries will be verified. Winners will be chosen using Random.org. Winners will be announced on Monday October 1, 2012 both on this post and on the Facebook page and will be immediately contacted via email. Once notified, winners will have 72 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected.

(Photos courtesy of The Skin Regime)

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Hey Beauties! Please check out my new Fitness Magazine Beauty Blog Post – How I Beat Those Annoying Bumps On My Arms

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Glam Glow SuperMud Clearing Treatment

Glam Glow is a mud mask that all the celebs have been raving about, so I decided to try it myself and I was impressed. Glam Glow is an exfoliating anti-aging facial mud mask. It’s formulated with volcanic pumice rock that exfoliates the skin; French sea clay which helps absorb oil and minimize pores; and green tea leaf which is a powerful antioxidant.

It’s a green mud mask that kind of smells like a mix of mint and licorice/anise. It glides on smoothly and has a warm tingling sensation. It tightens as it dries and you can actually see the green tea pieces on your face.

Glam Glow SuperMud Clearing Treatment removes impurities and toxins from your skin. It leaves skin looking fresh and glowing. I loved it, this mask is luxury and nature in a jar. It’s like a high-end spa treatment in the comfort of your own home. I’m so glad I tried this, especially since I have oily skin – it sops it all up! Areas of the face that overproduce oil, dry up darker than other areas. Glam Glow shows you exactly were your oily spots are and helps keep it under control.

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You can use this once or twice a week as a full mask or as a spot treatment. Use it to treat acne, razor bumps, and ingrown hairs. Recommended for both sexes, Glam Glow is an all natural, vegan, paraben-free product.

Glam Glow SuperMud Clearing Treatment $69 also available at Sephora

Now Sample it for only $11.99

Miley Cyrus recently tweeted this picture of her holding a box of Glam Glow, she’s a fan too!

*photos courtesy of Glam Glow and Twitter

I was in desperate need of a haircut, so I made an appointment with Hilights Salon in Lyndhurst, NJ to go see my hairstylist Tricia. I’ve been going there for years now. They offer fabulous cuts, color and treatments and the all the girls are really friendly.

My ends looked terrible and were screaming for a cut. My ends were seriously past the point of no return! So I figured this was the perfect reason to update my look for the fall season. After my cut my hair looked so much healthier and lighter and to help maintain it, Tricia suggested I try Pureology. I decided to try the Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner, Hydrate Shine Max, Precious Oil Softening Hair Masque, and Essential Repair Slit End Correcting Treatment.

Pureology Hydrate Shampoo

It’s  a gentle sulfate-free shampoo that helps hydrate and preserve your hair color. This shampoo is infused with tons of natural plant extracts – like rose, sandalwood, green tea, and ylang ylang, just to name a few. It has a very light scent and a good creamy lather. My hair felt soft and smooth after I rinsed it out.

Pureology Hydrate Condition

A concentrated daily hydrating conditioner that’s also designed to keep hair color from fading. It has added jojoba oil and Shea butter for extra hydration power. It has peppermint, sage, and rosemary in it, which gives your scalp an invigorating tingling sensation. My hair also felt very soft after using this.

Pureology Precious Oil Softening Hair Masque + Precious Oil Versatile Caring Oil

This mask does wonders for dry color treated hair. It’s formulated with sunflower seed oil and coconut oil. It helps strengthen, rebuild and restore hair from the cuticle. The best part is that it smells amazing – like an expensive perfume! After rinsing out the conditioner from my hair, I applied this mask + one pump of the Versatile Caring oil for an extra kick of smoothness. I left it on for the full five minutes, maybe even a tad bit longer. My hair felt so soft and smelled sooo good! This is my new go-to combo hair treat, it’s almost like a spa experience.

Pureology Essential Repair Slit End Correcting Treatment

This treatment helps seal and repair split-ends. It penetrates each strand to help fortify and defend against heat damage. It’s a lightweight leave-in cream with not much of a scent.

Pureology Hydrate Shine Max

It’s a  lightweight silicone serum that helps smooth frizz and gives your hair a mega boost of shine. I applied two pumps of this serum to my damp hair. It gave me a nice shine and it did not weigh my hair down. A few days later, I also used some on dry hair and it replenished the shine and my hair was still bouncy.

All of the Pureology products listed above are 100% vegan, sulfate-free and are formulated with their exclusive anti-fade complex. I’m a big fan of Pureology because it offers top salon quality products and is environmentally friendly.

If you live in the New York Tri-State area, make an appointment with Tricia at Hilights Salon. She’s Redken certified and is a gifted colorist and a master cutter, you won’t be disappointed!

*Photos courtesy of Hilights Salon and Pureology

Essie Don’t Sweater It is one of the newest shades from Essie’s Fall 2012 Collection. Don’t Sweater It’s described as a warm, cozy and creamy mauve. It definitely falls in the greige category with a touch of purple to warm it up. I think the name is really cute and appropriate, it reminds me of a cozy sweater. This polish also makes for a great dupe for plenty of shades including, the Yogaga limited edition shade Gym Dandy and the very popular OPI You Don’t Know Jacques. It’s a thick creamy formula that goes on smoothly and evenly. I love colors like these for fall!

Essie Bobbing for Baubles is an older shades – it launched back in winter of 2011, but it still continues to be one of my favorites especially since blue is so in right now. It’s described as a deepest darkest sapphire. I don’t think this color is cool enough to be described as a sapphire. It feels more like a muddy deep blue. It’s a great creamy color and I think it looks great as a ring finger accent color.

Essie $8/ea

Fashion’s Night Out is back in NYC this week – September 6!

Stores across the city will be hosting FNO parties and events. Come out to meet your favorite celebs, fashionistas, models, editors, and designers.

Shop limited edition FNO collections, sip bubbly while getting a makeover by top celebrity makeup artists, and watch exclusive performances all in one night!

Here are some events worth checking out!

La Prairie at Saks Fifth Avenue

Join La Prairie this Fashion’s Night Out for a Caviar and Power inspired evening. Attendees will enjoy a complimentary mini-manicure in their choice of Caviar or Power blue. Guests can also experience the entire La Prairie line including the new Cellular Power Serum. Never look your age again. 6pm-11pm

MAC Cosmetics

M∙A∙C Fashion’s Night Out with Azealia Banks Time: 7 – 10 pm About: Check out an exclusive performance by Azealia Banks at M∙A∙C Soho store. DJ Cosmo will be playing all night. 506 Broadway

Maybelline New York

For Fashion’s Night Out (6pm-11pm) the Meatpacking District is the place to be as Maybelline New York hosts their official Color Studio Lounge. Enjoy makeovers by Maybelline’s top makeup artists, walk the catwalk like a pro and step into their custom photo studio to show off your new looks and much more! Look for Maybelline New York’s Mobile Color Studio throughout New York City offering beauty on-the-go. Enjoy daytime touch-ups and mini-manicures featuring the season’s hottest new colors – Maybelline Color Show. What better way to pamper yourself in preparation for your big night? – Fashion’s Night Out! 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Mobile Color Studio – Times Square (Broadway at 41st/42nd) 3:00 PM – 6:00PM: Mobile Color Studio – Union Square (Union Square West at 14th/15th)

Ted Gibson

Ted Gibson NYC will be offering $40 blow-drys for Fashion’s Night Out!!! Come in and get gibson girl gorgeous for the big night! 184 5th Avenue 2nd Floor 10am-9pm

NARS Cosmetics

Join us at NARS 413 Bleecker to meet Lena Koro, NARS International Lead Stylist and check out NARS’ exclusive FNO collection – available for one night only! 6pm-9pm

L’Occitane

Throughout the night, consumers will be pampered with signature beauty rituals while sipping on complimentary bubbly treats. Shoppers will also receive an exclusive L’Occitane Maptote filled with customer favorites like Bonne Mere Soaps, Almond Shower Gel and Verbena Cooling Hand Cream Gel as a complimentary gift with any $65 purchase. 1598 Broadway 6pm-11pm

Not in the NYC area? No Worries –  visit fashionsnightout.com to participate in online events and view listing for events worldwide!

Where will you be on Fashion’s biggest night?

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