New Beauty Products to Try This April

The beauty industry reminds me of New York City – it never sleeps. There’s a constant merchandise rollout, hitting the market daily.

Although I have my tried-and-true arsenal of beauty staples, I always enjoy keeping up to date with new releases.

Here is a list of fresh goodies that are on my radar.

Erborian Glow Crème $42

Glow Crème offers a luminous blur effect and a fresh complexion in a simple step. Enriched with licorice extract, this multi-benefit crème helps to brighten, beautify and moisturize, while also helping to smooth the skin. Subtly pearlescent, your skin will illuminate with an ultra-radiant glow effect leaving you feeling date night ready. Available at https://usa.erborian.com

Mamonde – Hydro Eye Gel Cream $32

The skin around your eyes is very sensitive – but needs A LOT of love. This eye cream is made with narcissus flower extract that will keep your skin smooth and hydrated. Available on Mamonde.com

C.O. Bigelow Iconic Collection – Body Cream $30

Introducing the newest collection from C.O. Bigelow – The Iconic Collection. Available in West Village Rose, Aqua Mellia, Musk and Bergamot – these light, iconic scents leave your skin soft delicately fragranced. Made with shea butter and coconut oil, this body cream will bring extreme moisture to your skin. Available on www.bigelowchemists.com

Wrinkles Schminkles $30

Wrinkles Schminkles founder, Gabrielle Requena, realized that living in Australia, her décolletage was showing signs of aging faster than other parts of the skin! While there are countless lotions and potions on the market for the face, there was nothing for the body! Not one to shy away from a challenge, Requena got to work developing an affordable, super-effective and non-invasive range of products to help women look and feel confident in their skin. The solution? Wrinkles Schminkles, an anti-aging range of reusable 100% Medical Grade Silicone Pads for men and women especially designed to treat the chest, eyes, forehead, hands, neck and mouth—overnight! Available on Amazon.

John Frieda Day 2 Revival Dry Shampoo $9.49

Save time and instantly refresh second day hair without leaving a visible residue. This lightly scented dry shampoo quickly absorbs oils and reactivates style leaving hair looking and feeling clean. Available on Amazon.

John Frieda Day 2 Revival Wave Refresh Spray $9.49

Give yesterday’s waves a spritz with this refresh spray that contains a unique blend of Acai and Avocado Dry Oil. This will add texture and grip to day 2 hair, making getting ready for valentine’s day that much easier. Available on Amazon.

Erborian BB Shot Mask $8

Bring your skin to life with this instant beauty-boosting sheet mask that acts like a true concentrate for a flawless complexion. Delivering results comparable to those of a serum, it immediately helps to plump skin with moisture, smooth and refine skin’s texture and illuminate the complexion, leaving you and your skin ready to take on the night. Available at https://usa.erborian.com

CRYSTAL Mineral-Enriched Deodorant in “Freshly Minted” $6.15

The deodorant has a clean, unisex scent featuring subtle hints of cotton, linen and fresh mint, evoking a newly printed greenback, and that’s a fragrance anyone can love! It’s enriched with minerals, and provides effective odor protection with a light aroma, and no harsh chemicals. It’s powerful, but gentle and glides on smooth. Bonus — it also conditions and moisturizes skin while delivering the long-lasting 24-hour protection you can trust. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free! Available at www.thecrystal.com

Beauty Products That Get You “In The Nude” This Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, Rimmel London, Sally Hansen and NYC New York Color have the perfect new products to give you a subtle and sexy “nude” look!

NYC New York Color Expert Last Matte Lip Color

NYC New York Color Expert Last Matte Lip Color: ($3.99)
With a comfort of a gloss and a color impact of a matte lipstick, the NYC NEW YORK COLOR Expert last matte lip laquer offers you the most glamourous look ever. With High Impact, explosive color, a velvet smooth, non-sticky finish and full coverage, this gloss has it all. Available shades: Bowery Matte Berry, Riverdale Matte Red, Noho Matte Nude.

SALLY HANSEN COMPLETE SALON MANICURETM IS NOW INFUSED WITH NEW KERATIN COMPLEX

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Infused with New Keratin Complex ($7.99)
Sally Hansen Complete Salon ManicureTM boasts 7 benefits in one bottle, plus a flawless-finish brush for easy application and a salon-quality finish. The chip-resistant polish still features all of the elements you know and love: base coat, strengthener now featuring a keratin complex, growth treatment, salon color in runway-ready shades, top coat, and gel shine finish.

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Rimmel The Essential Nude Lip: Lasting Finish Lipstick By Kate ($5.79 exclusively at Walmart)
Nude lips are having a major moment. Whether you’re a delicate rose or a caramel beauty, every girl needs the perfect au naturel lipstick. The Nude Collection stars ten new shades of Lasting Finish Lipstick, each carefully created by Kate. You’ll love the tan nude hue of shade #043, flattering for girls with warm undertone. Add warmth to skin with three pretty nude pink shades: #040, #041 and #042. Brighten-up your look with coral-hued #044, rose-tinted #045 and olive nude #046. Or give dimension to lips with the brandy, chocolate and coffee tones of #047, #048 and #049.

 

 

Giveaway: Win a copy of SIMPLY GLAMOROUS

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*A sample was provided in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was received for this post.*

Yasss queens! The beauty bible of 2015 has arrived. SIMPLY GLAMOROUS from celebrity makeup artist Gary Cockerill (St. Martin’s Press; October 2015) boasts an impressive number of practical make-up tutorials for women of every age, shape and color.

Gary is one of the UK’s most successful celebrity make-up artists with a repertoire of work spanning stage and screen, editorial, events and advertising. Much sought after for his super-sexy, glamorous make-up style, Gary has an extensive client list that includes Eva Longoria, Isla Fisher and David Beckham, to name a few. His philosophy—“external beauty promotes inner confidence”—means that he strives to make every client look and feel amazing.

With his friendly, down-to-earth approach, Gary demystifies make-up and reveals the best products and application techniques to make anyone red-carpet ready. By applying four different looks to one face, he shows how the same “blank canvas” can be natural, sophisticated, glamorous and dramatic.

The book is filled with large, high-definition photographs, step-by-step instructions and insider make-up techniques that only a professional of Gary’s caliber could provide. The quality of information packed into SIMPLY GLAMOROUS stands out in a world of incessant YouTube beauty tutorials. I’m happy I was able to preview a copy of this amazing book.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

1 lucky winner will receive a copy of SIMPLY GLAMOROUS

Open to Continental USA residents only.

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Share your favorite source for make-up tutorials. Leave your answer in the comments below.

BONUS ENTRY: Share this post on Twitter or Facebook and tag My Beauty Source and Gary Cockerill

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CONTEST ENDS November 8, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST.

A winner will be picked at random and will be notified by email. Prize will be fulfilled by the sponsor.

 

 

 

Sephora Beauty Event: Skin Care Consultation With Celebrated Dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt

Dr. Brandt® Personal Skincare Consultation at Sephora

Dr. Brandt® Personal Skincare Consultation at Sephora

On November 16th, renowned celebrity dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt will visit the Soho Sephora store to offer one on one appointments to address skin advice to fans. Famed for his rejuvenation of some of the world’s best known faces, Dr. Fredric Brandt has been revolutionizing the cosmetic dermatology industry for over two decades and is best known for his advances in anti-aging skincare.

WHAT: Dr. Brandt® Personal Skincare Consultation

WHEN: November 16th, 2013, 12:00pm – 5:00pm

WHERE: Soho Sephora  – 555 Broadway (Broadway & Prince) New York, NY 10012

HOW TO BOOK: Call Soho Sephora at (212) 625-1309 (or go to Sephora.com). Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.

ABOUT dr. brandt® skincare:

dr. brandt® skincare is based on the vision and direction established by world-renowned celebrity dermatologist, Dr. Fredric Brandt. He has dedicated over 30 years of research, practice and experience as the visionary leader of his Dermatology Research Institute, Dermatology Associates and medical practices in New York & Miami. Dr. Brandt’s passion and dedication has led to the creation of innovative, high-potency formulas to reset the clock. Experience skin-changing science, when you take the doctor home with you®.

5 Must-Have Summer Beauty Products

From skin and lip balms to beach hairsprays, check our our list of the best summer must-haves that will help you look your best in the heat.

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Took the summer’s first heat wave too far? Sunburned on shoulders, décolletage and the tip of your nose? Sooth tender skin with Mama Mio’s OMega Wonder-Full Balm ($26). Packed with natural Omega-rich oils in a beeswax base, forming a solid oil that melts in contact with your skin, this truly wonderful balm, provides rich, intense, healing moisture. Mama Mio’s OMega Wonder-Full Balm contains all-natural ingredients, proven to nourish, sooth irritation, and give intense hydration.

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Bamboo Beach Summer Ocean Waves ($20), Alterna Haircare’s #1 Summer Styler lightweight texturizing spray, gives care a carefree piece-y texture and weightless volume. Alterna Bamboo Beach line is specially designed to provide UV protection, help combat the damaging effects of the sun, pool and saltwater, and give your hair a decadent summer scent of Brazilian Mango & Coconut Milk.

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Bamboo Beach Summer Sun Recovery Spray ($20), the leave-in conditioner, leaves hair tangle and frizz-free, resulting in hydrated hair that is protected from the sun.

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Bamboo Beach Mango Coconut Refreshing Dry Shampoo ($10), a silky, dry shampoo that will leave hair clean, refreshed, and manageable at all times.

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After a long summer in the sun, you lips need their hydration back! Sun Bum’s Flavored Lip Balms ($3.99) with SPF 30+ sunscreen and added Aloe and Vitamin E will protect and moisturize your kisser all day long. Available in: Key Lime, Coconut, Pink Guava, Mango, Pomegranate and Banana.

REVIEW: @LOCCITANE Immortelle Brightening Hand Care

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ABOUT THE PRODUCT:

Brightening Hand Care SPF 20 2.5 oz. – $30

The Brightening Hand Care SPF 20 is a triple-action formula that helps smooth hands, even out skin tone and protect against UV rays. Immortelle essential oil helps minimize the appearance of wrinkles and make the skin appear younger looking while Bellis perennis extract, combined with a mulberry-based plant complex, helps the hands appear more even toned and visibly lighten age spots. Hands are also protected with SPF 20 sunscreen.

L’OCCITANE’s Immortelle Brightening skin care line provides beauty benefits from the Mediterranean “flowers of light,” Immortelle and Bellis Perennis (Daisy). Immortelle is a flower with exceptional longevity: it never fades, even after it has been picked. Its essential oil is rich with unique anti-aging results. Bellis perennis, better known as the daisy, yields a brightening extract that helps regulate skin tone.

PRODUCT PROS:

  • Excellent moisturizing formula, with lasting hydrating results.
  • Sunscreen is an added bonus to protect my hands against the UV rays.
  • As with all L’OCCITANE skin care creams, this product has a delicate, flowery scent that doesn’t overwhelm the senses.
  • The hand cream is fast absorbing. It melted into my skin in a matter of seconds, without leaving a greasy residue.
  • After just one use, my hands felt soft to the touch and my skin appeared taut and healthy.

PRODUCT CONS:

  • None!

BOTTOM LINE:

I truly love this hand cream and will recommend it to everyone I know.

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Website:

http://usa.loccitane.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/loccitane.usa

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/LOCCITANE

YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/user/loccitaneenprovence/

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DISCLAIMER:

I received a sample in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

10 Beauty Budget Hacks To Save You Money

The following is a guest post written by Andrea Woroch, a nationally-recognized consumer and money-saving expert who helps consumers live on less without radically changing their lifestyles.

With 2011 beauty sales surpassing $38 billion in the U.S. alone, it’s no wonder beauty and personal care products command such a high percentage of our monthly expenses. You don’t have to break the bank in your pursuit of healthy skin and regular highlights, however. Read on for 10 beauty budget hacks that will leave you looking fabulous for less.

1. Try Before You Buy
In addition to requesting samples, you can subscribe to BirchBox.com to find out which new beauty products work best for you. You can customize monthly shipments based on your skin type and other preferences like natural ingredients or anti-aging products. At just $10 per month, this service is a frugal way to find out which products work best for you.

2. Ditch Name-Brand
As much as we’d all love our beauty boudoirs to be overflowing with Dior and Bobbi Brown, spending a month’s worth of lattes on a two-pack of eye shadow is just silly. Since there’s not much chemical difference between designer and drugstore products, opting for the latter will save your pocketbook without sacrificing your look.

3. Get Free Samples
It’s hard to find products that work without testing them, so ask for a trial size before you commit to a full-size version. Department stores and beauty retailers like Sephora will give you samples for free. Also, check freebie sites like MrFreeStuff.com to find complimentary health and beauty samples including shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and more.

4. Try Store Brands
When it comes to sunscreen, generic is the way to go for better protection at a better price. Consumer Reports found that some name brands failed the test when it came to UVA and UVB protection despite costing 30-percent more. When shopping for other products like body lotion, compare ingredient lists between name-brand and store-brand. In some cases, ingredient lists are identical and the only difference between the products is price.

5. Get Rewarded
Reward programs are key to saving money on beauty products at drug stores and specialty shops. When you become a Sephora Beauty Insider, for example, every dollar spent earns you one reward point, plus you get a complimentary gift on your birthday and free samples with every order. The ExtraCare Beauty Club offered by CVS gives you 10-percent off your first beauty purchase after enrollment, plus $5 ExtraBucks rewards for every $50 spent and extra points on your birthday.

6. Buy the Mini Size
Though you may think “more is more” when it comes to beauty packaging, sometimes the travel size is a better value. For instance, mascara can dry up quickly and you may not use all the product you paid for. Buy the smaller tube for up to 50-percent less and simply replace it with another travel-size product when it runs out.

7. Use Coupons
You don’t have to subscribe to your city’s newspaper for access to the beauty coupons. In fact, some of the best offers are found in women’s magazines or online, where sites like Coupon Sherpa aggregate online coupons for beauty and other categories. You can also download their app for in-store savings to Ulta, Macy’s, Sephora, Lord & Taylor and more.

8. Be Adventurous
Haircuts and color treatments can cost hundreds of dollars per appointment, making them one of the costliest beauty procedures. If you’re style borders on adventurous, consider getting your hair cut by budding hairdressers for free. Students and trainees need volunteers to help perfect their craft and are often supervised by professionals to ensure you leave with a style you like. You can also check with your local salon about model application opportunities, since they also seek people willing to sport trendy looks in exchange for free services.

9. Get Creative
Some beauty products can do double duty during your routine, saving you money on redundant items. For example, the right cream blush doubles as a great lipstick, while baby powder can be substituted for dry shampoo. Even sunscreen can be swapped for lower-cost body lotion containing SPF15. Evaluate your routine and determine where you can stretch your products for savings.

10. Buy in Bulk
While we might not consider deodorant and toothpaste to be beauty essentials, we can all agree that it’s tough to feel pretty without them. These pricey toiletries can be purchased for less in bulk, so scour the aisles of Costco and Sam’s Club for multi-packs of morning routine essentials. You can even find popular brands of body lotion and hair products for up to 30-percent less at warehouse stores.

Author Bio:

Andrea Woroch is a nationally-recognized consumer and money-saving expert who helps consumers live on less without radically changing their lifestyles. From smart spending tips to personal finance advice, Andrea transforms everyday consumers into savvy shoppers. She has been featured among top news outlets such as Good Morning America, NBC’s Today, MSNBC, New York Times, Kiplinger Personal Finance, CNNMoney and many more. You can follow her on Twitter for daily savings advice and tips.

New @JuicyCouture Fragrance: Viva la Juicy Noir

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Attention Juicy Couture fans! Viva la Juicy Noir, Juicy Couture’s latest scent, will now be on shelves in late-June 2013!

Viva La Juicy Noir reflects the bold side of the glamorous Viva La Juicy muse. A sultry take on the original, Viva La Juicy Noir is for the woman who is daring and leaves a lasting impression. She’s the life of the party – not afraid to show off and get noticed. She is irresistible and unforgettable.

Viva La Juicy Noir will be available at Nordstrom and Nordstrom.com.

The Products

Viva La Juicy Noir Eau de Parfum, 3.4 fl. oz./ 100 ml  $90

Viva La Juicy Noir Eau de Parfum, 1.7 fl. oz./ 50 ml  $70

Eau de Parfum Rollerball Duo featuring Viva La Juicy and Viva La Juicy Noir .17 fl. oz./ 5 ml each $25