Sunday, August 31, 2008

prostate cancer awareness with anthony logistics for men

We don't know about the men in your lives, but we have the hardest time getting our hubbies to go to the doctor's office for a sore throat, much less for a cancer screening.

But all men need to be smart and have Prostate Cancer Screenings. Some guidelines recommend that those with a higher risk get tested as early as 40!

Tony Sosnick, the founder of Anthony Logistics, has made Prostate Cancer Awareness his cause since launching the brand in 2000, and has become a vocal advocate, encouraging the men that he meets giving skincare consultations all over the country to get PSA tests.

Anthony Logistics for Men is excited to introduce a limited edition super-sized (32 oz) Hair and Body Cleansing Gel in a brand-new Blue Chamomile blend created to support the fight against Prostate Cancer.

Not sure how the men in your life roll, but any one product that does the job of three always gets our guys smiling.

The Hair and Body Cleansing Gel in Blue Chamomile is a new addition to the Anthony Logistics line with key ingredients and benefits including:

Wheat Protein -Which tightens and moisturizes to protect skin from environmental damages

Aloe Vera - Soothes and calms in order to restore the natural pH level of the skin

Sea Kelp – Nourishes dry spots to promote soft hair and skin

100% of the proceeds from the sale of this product will be donated to the Aureon Protocol Study at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City for its Prostate Cancer research program.

That's amazing.

The 32 oz pump is adorned with the fight against Prostate Cancer’s Blue Ribbon, further highlighting Anthony Logistics for Men’s support and involvement with Prostate Cancer Research.

Also to support the ongoing fight against prostate cancer, Anthony Logistics will sell blue prostate cancer awareness bracelets on anthony.com for $5, or you can receive one as a gift with purchase at Nordstrom locations.

For the month of September, 10% of sales of all blue products in the line (Algae Facial Cleanser, Sea Salt Body Scrub, Razor Burn Repair, Electric Pre Shave Solution, Vitamin C Serum, Vitamin A Treatment, Continuous Moisture Eye Cream and the Body Essentials Energy Shave Cream, Shower Gel, Body Bar and Body Spray) go to the cause.

Price: $32.00, Available September 1st at Nordstrom, Nordstrom.com, bluemercury stores and anthony.com.


With love (always),
Jennifer and Christine
photos courtesy of anthony logistics for men

we're going to fashion week and other news

Hells to the yeah...we're going to Fashion Week!

Well...more like Fashion Weekend for us...we'll be leaving Friday afternoon and coming back Sunday night.

But we're going!

As members of Total Beauty, we get to experience all of the hub-bub that goes on and report it back to our amazing readers.

Yay!

We'll be bringing our cameras to capture all of the action.

Christine and I are going to drive up together on Friday, stay at my cousin's house in NJ , and take the Transit Train into NYC each day.

So...road trip! I'm getting the CD's ready as we speak!

We're also trying to figure out what to wear. At this point, I'm considering bringing the caftan back a la Mrs. Roper...I mean really...how the heck am I going to compete with the thin-ness that will be going on there?

In other news, we had a L'Oreal Party yesterday!

Both Christine and I were giving the opportunity (along with other fabulous blogs) to host a hair coloring party sponsored by L'Oreal, featuring their new and improved Feria hair color.

We hosted a party for two lovely ladies...Stayce and Fintress...who we are now so bff with.

And their hair turned out to dye for gorgeous.

Will be giving you the full details later in the week, along with photos!

Stay tuned!



With love (always),
Jennifer and Christine

sera giveaway

Don't forget to enter this!

Last week I reviewed Sera's Eye Wrinkle Serum and this week we are happy to announce that we have a giveaway with Sera!

One lucky winner will win.....the entire line!!! All 5 products for a $200 value.

All you have to do is send us an email to beautyinreallifecontests@gmail.com with "Sera Giveaway" in the subject line. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address.

We will randomly select one winner September 2nd at 11pm est. The winner will be announced on Wednesday the 3rd!

Alright, just to clarify...One entry per person, duplicate entries will not increase your odds of winning. For this giveaway, only US residents may enter. You have from now until September 2nd at 11:00 PM EST to enter!

For more information on Sera, check out there website at rollawaywrinkles.com.

Good luck!

With love (always),
Jennifer and Christine
proud members of total beauty and the bbn networks


*Please Read This: In entering this contest you are giving us permission to forward your name and mailing address to representatives for Sera for fulfillment and mailing of contest prize(s). If you fail to include that information we will disqualify your entry. One winner, chosen at random, will receive the prize mentioned. Duplicate entries will not improve your chances of winning. Giveaway sponsored by Sera. Some restrictions may apply. Open only to US residents only...sorry. Entries will be accepted through 11:00 pm on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008.

dazzle dry giveaway

Don't forget to enter!!!

We've got another one for you.

This time 5 people will each win a Dazzle Dry Nail System Retail Kit ($54 each).

The Kit consists of one 1oz. Nail Prep and one 0.5oz. Base Coat for natural nails. You will also receive one 0.5oz. Dazzle Dry quick drying Top Coat and three 0.5oz. Nail Lacquers .

Use the Dazzle Dry Nail System Retail Kit, for a quick drying manicure and/or pedicure in the luxury of your own home. All Dazzle Dry Nail Polishes are fast drying, high shine and are nitrocellulose free, toluene free, formaldehyde free, phthalate free, plus UV protection for long lasting color.

All you have to do is send us an email to beautyinreallifecontests@gmail.com with "Dazzle Dry Giveaway" in the subject line. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address.

We will randomly select five winners September 2nd at 11pm est. The winners will be announced on Wednesday the 3rd!

Alright, just to clarify...One entry per person, duplicate entries will not increase your odds of winning. For this giveaway, only US residents may enter. You have from now until September 2nd at 11:00 PM EST to enter!

For more information on Dazzle Dry, check out there website at dazzledry.com.

Good luck!

With love (always),
Jennifer and Christine
proud members of total beauty and the bbn networks


*Please Read This: In entering this contest you are giving us permission to forward your name and mailing address to representatives for Dazzle Dry for fulfillment and mailing of contest prize(s). If you fail to include that information we will disqualify your entry. Five winners, chosen at random, will receive the prize mentioned. Duplicate entries will not improve your chances of winning. Giveaway sponsored by Dazzle Dry. Some restrictions may apply. Open only to US residents only...sorry. Entries will be accepted through 11:00 pm on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

our apologies

Please accept our apologies over the confusion with the Vogue and Redken giveaway. We just realized that there was an error in the date of when the deadline was for you to enter...it said September 28th, 2008 with winners to be announced September 29th.

Unfortunately that was a major typo that somehow went completely unnoticed by Christine and myself....and it will not happen again.

We have already gone ahead and selected the 10 winners, as per our original agreement with Vogue and Redken, and those winners will be receiving their prizes once V and R send them out.

We will give those winners more time to send in their addresses as needed.

As for the others who were confused by the giveaway...please understand that it was a mistake and we will do our best to ensure that it does not happen again. We truly love and appreciate all of our readers and would never do anything intentionally to ruin the love that you always show us.

Honestly.


With love (always),
Jennifer and Christine

kate somerville oil free moisturizer

New from Kate Somerville is her Oil Free Moisturizer ($65).

Considering many of her other products (um...hello...ExfoliKate?) are loved by celebs and beauty editors alike...this stuff has to be as good.

Made for skins that are sensitive, oily, or combination, it also helps to fight the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

It contains oil absorbing ingredients that help to reflect light and leave skin looking radiant.

Fabulous.

We were actually fortunate enough to get our hands on a sample and will be reviewing soon.

If you can't wait, head on over to katesomerville.com.


With love (always),
Jennifer and Christine
photo courtesy of kate somerville

lippmann collection fall colors...the review

So yesterday I decided to go ahead and paint my nails with the new Fall colors from the Lippmann Collection and take pictures so you could see what the colors look like. I waited until little MJ was taking his afternoon nap, but then I decided I better go check my email first.

Apparently, I took a little too long checking the email because by the time I made it back upstairs to the table and opened the first bottle of nail polish....who do think was standing at the top of stairs staring at me? Little MJ.

Normally, he let's me get a quick mani in, but for some reason he was feeling cuddly and had to sit in my lap the whole time and play with everything. Also, my husband came home shortly after MJ got up. So, something that should have been quick and done in about 15 minutes, ended up taking a little over 2 hours.

As for the nail polish, there are the 4 colors for Fall and I am actually liking all 4. I would have never ever considered wearing black nail polish before, a dark purple or blue is about as far as I'm willing to venture. After I put Fade to Black on, it looked quite perfect for Fall and Winter. I would recommend having shorter nails for this color and the purple (Pump Up the Jam). Speaking of the purple, I had to take a couple different pictures - it's different in every kind of light. It looked really dark - almost black in one and then purple in another. Stop and Stare (red) is a brighter red, it reminds me of a retro color and is very fun. Rhapsody in White is, well, white and has some shimmer to it, so it doesn't look like you took a bottle of white-out to your nails (...you know you've tried that before).

So, here are the pictures (all of these are with 2 coats and no top coat)....
Obviously these 2 are the Rhapsody in White (white) and Stop and Stare (red)


This is the Pump Up the Jam (purple). The picture on the left is regular light and the one on the right is with flash and you can see that it is actually purple in that one.



This is Fade to Black (black). Again, the one on the left is regular light, the one on the right is with flash.


The nail polish does last a while and doesn't seem to chip very easily. What I was most surprised was how easy the nail polish came off when I used the remover. I was not worried about the white, but the red, purple and black? I thought for sure you would be seeing hints of those colors around, in and under my nails. But every color came off great, you can't even tell that I had any nail polish on at all. I also like how shiny they are without any top coat, normally I do put a top coat on, but I wanted to see how they were all by themselves.

Lippmann Collection is available at Barney's New York, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bath and Body Works Flagships and online at lippmanncollection.com for $15 a bottle.


Christine
photos courtesy of me =0)
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weekend reads...from the beauty blog network


Now, go get another cup of coffee and check out what's going on with some of our friends over at the Beauty Blog Network...

In honor of the newest limited edition collection from MAC Cosmetics, Cult of Cherry; Roselyn from Makeup Makes Me Happy does a gorgeous makeup tutorial, showing you how to achieve a fabulous look for this upcoming Fall season!.

Beauty Anonymous reviews YSL's fall eye shadow palette.

Lilan of The Daily Cookie shows you how easy it is to use Anastasia's Brow Pen to tint your eyebrows with a fun video how-to!

The Muse from Musings of a Muse shows you three different looks you can create using Too Faced Smoky Eye Palette! She also reviews the Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss!!

A Touch of Blusher looks at Paul & Joe's fall 2008 base makeup collection

Looking for a lipgloss that will stay put and last a long time? Then check out The Makeup Divas review on the Mac Lustre Twins.

Need smoother legs longer? Cybelesays has found one that keeps legs smooth and totally moisturized.

15 Minute Beauty Fanatic has found natural, medium coverage foundation, from the drugstore!

Beauty Blogging Junkie has partnered with Three Custom Color to provide 25 readers with TCC's new Watercolours for Cheeks in Wallflower, a dewy beige. Click here for more info on how to enter.

If you're a Bobbi Brown makeup fan (and who isn't?) Beauty411 has the latest on new Bobbi Brown palettes!

Rouge Deluxe offers a sneak peek at Lancome Holiday'08!

Beauty Junkie in SF recommends going nude with NARS Striptease lip gloss. It's HOT!

Beauty Banter tests the Worlds first organic skincare range... and finds the most AMAZING moisturizer!

Elke shares a great tip on how to mistake fix your makeup.

Product Girl shows you how to make your own lipstick palette and it's easy as pie!

Kyle at , Face Candy, shows you how she is using Pashmina shawls to brighten complexions at her wedding.

LashBlast had better watch her back. There's a new voluptuous lash in town, and she's wearing Exceptionnel de Chanel Intense Volume and Curl Mascara. The creamy formula and six-sided brush took Spoiled Pretty's lashes up, up and away!

makeup loves me wants to give you one of fall's hottest mascaras. click here to learn how you can win your own spinlash.

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

with love (always),
Jennifer and Christine
proud members of total beauty and the bbn networks

weekend reads....from total beauty


Good morning! Go get your coffee and come back and have a lazy Saturday morning - you can afford to, it's a 3-day weekend! Check out what has been going on in the world of Total Beauty....

In honor of the newest limited edition collection from MAC Cosmetics, Cult of Cherry; Roselyn from Makeup Makes Me Happy does a gorgeous makeup tutorial, showing you how to achieve a fabulous look for this upcoming Fall season!.

Beauty Anonymous reviews YSL's fall eye shadow palette.

Alison of the The Advice Sisters Guide to Life, Success & Happiness Blog thinks that Sue Devitt's Bermuda Triangle is a Great Way to Banish Wrinkles!

Viva Woman discovers that baking soda really whitens her teeth!

Looking for a lipgloss that will stay put and last a long time? Then check out The Makeup Divas review on the Mac Lustre Twins.

Fabulous Over Forty discusses all week about her experience at the L'Oreal Color Space at the MN State Fair.

Monique at Beauty Girl Musings is surprised by a new fall lip color. Find out which one!

What are Jamie's 3 must-haves? Find out at Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog.

Crave for beautifully rejuvenated skin with absolutely no cost at all? Find out at Beauty Tyrant, she has whipped up askin rejuvenating peach facial!. You'll love your skin even more now.

Beauty Blogging Junkie has partnered with Three Custom Color to provide 25 readers with TCC's new Watercolours for Cheeks in Wallflower, a dewy beige. Click here for more info on how to enter.

If you're a Bobbi Brown makeup fan (and who isn't?) Beauty411 has the latest on new Bobbi Brown palettes!

MissWhoever-You-Are has found out how you can get a free tote YSL tote during Fashion Week. No Joke!

Wondering about Fall's Makeup Trends? Learn how apply a Pretty Power Pout like the pros on A Mom in Red High Heels.

Thought hair mousse was just an 80's trend? Think again. Daily Dose of Coffee tries out one of the most interesting hair mousses ever: Sebastian Whipped Creme.

Product Girl shows you how to make your own lipstick palette and it's easy as pie!

Chocolate lipliner? Sounds good, looks great! See it at Glossypink!

The Beauty Alchemist hits drugstore paydirt with Jergens Renew Lotion.

LashBlast had better watch her back. There's a new voluptuous lash in town, and she's wearing Exceptionnel de Chanel Intense Volume and Curl Mascara. The creamy formula and six-sided brush took Spoiled Pretty's lashes up, up and away!

Butterfly Diary reviews the luxurious collection by Sultana de Saba , whose Body Karite Butter and Honey Mask will make Cleopatra wish she had been reborn. Check it out!


with love (always),
Jennifer and Christine
proud members of total beauty and the bbn networks

Friday, August 29, 2008

cool tees from bionic beauty




Our fabulous pal Jami over at Bionic Beauty is launching a line of cute tees and other divine goodies!


Tell us that isn't the coolest thing ever...we are so loving the pink.

Head on over right this second to find out how you can purchase one!






With love (always),
Jennifer and Christine

wei east golden root renewal multi-tasking day cream spf 15

I never step out of the house without a moisturizer.

Specificaly one that contains at least an SPF 15.

If I'm going to be outside for longer periods of time, I'll use sunscreen...but, for running errands, it's moisturizer with SPF.

I am convinced that that is the reason why I'm 37 years old...that's right...I said it...37 years old and I am told that I look younger than my years.

Yes, no doubt that genetics and other healthy factors play a part...but you also need to have a good skincare routine.

Mine is always, always use a great moisturizer.

One I'm finding fabulous for my combination skin is Wei East Golden Root Renewal Multi-Tasking Day Cream SPF 15 ($44).

It's very light and hydrates like crazy. It makes my skin feel soft and has actually made it look more radiant and even-toned.

Using Golden Root, a red flowering herb known for it's ability to help fight the signs of aging...it also helps to renew and revitalize the skin.

Now that's what I'm talking about.

Try weieast.com for more info or to purchase.


Jennifer
photo courtesy of wei east

something we're loving...l'oreal bare naturale mascara

We both cannot get enough of this mascara.

Apparently that goes for other favorite bloggers of ours as well.

L'Oreal Bare Naturale Mascara ($10) is a fabulous way to lengthen, define, and enhance your lashes.

It does so without making your lashes feel stiff and gross....that's due to the addition of minerals, aloe, and vitamin E.

Love that.

And we both totally adore the way that it doesn't smudge at the end of the day...it actually lasts.

Love that more.

It glides on smooth without clumping and works with my contact lens wearing eyes wonderfully.

Perfect.

Find yours at Target, or any other mass market retailers nationwide.


Jennifer
photo courtesy of l'oreal

real life beauty tips...rembrandt whitening strips

These are perfect for back to school and a great way to get your smile in shape for all of the attention grabbing lippies you know you're loving.

Being my two front teeth have veneers...long story there...and I didn't think that they would have taken to the strips...I passed them on to my sister, who had been complaining about her teeth's appearance.

Her verdict? She loved them.

She found them easy to use and she got results that totally impressed her.

Her teeth weren't Ross Geller white at the end, but she did notice a difference...about a shade or two lighter.

I think that she probably would have had better results had she used the strips consecutively, as the directions say to use them once a day for five days.

But you know...sisters.

What's great about them is that they're a moldable plastic that conforms to your teeth through Formfit™ technology.

Making for a great fit.

She did notice that she had to work a little bit to get them off, she noticed that using water during this process helped a bit.

Rembrandt Whitening Strips ($25) can be found at several mass market retailers in their totally divine new packaging by the way.


Jennifer
photo courtesy of rembrandt

Thursday, August 28, 2008

elemis, nivea and the body deli.....

What do these 3 brands have in common?

The have totally saved my skin this summer and I can't wait to use them all this winter.

The beginning of the summer I was doing really well with a regular daily body lotion. And then I started going to the pool a few days a week in severely chlorinated water, add in a few sunburns and a week in salt water and, well, my skin was not happy with me in the slightest. That's when I decided I needed to call in for reinforcements and started using body cremes daily and my skin is back to loving me and it's environment.

The first of the three, is the least expensive at $6.99 a jar (6.8 oz.). Nivea Natural Tone Face and Body Creme with an SPF 4. Right off the bat I like the fact that it contains an SPF. This one helps fight skin discolorations caused by aging, dryness and too much sun. It helps even out what discolorations that you may already have and helps prevent discolorations from happening. It is super light, but moisturises very well. And the scent is very light, which I like since I have been slathering this stuff on and still can wear perfume.

The next one on my list is The Body Deli Botanical Body Souffle at $26 a jar (8 oz.), this is the medium priced creme, but I love this stuff. There are 12 different scents available and I bet they all smell awesome. I have Thai Lemongrass and when I use it the whole bathroom smells like lemons. My husband even commented on the scent. This body souffle totally saved me from looking like a snake after our trip last month. I'll just throw this out there, the first day of the cruise when we were at sea all day and I choose to lay by the pool on the top, top, top deck....without sunscreen on my legs for hours (for some reason I put sunscreen everywhere, but the tops of my thighs - the drink of the day must have gone to my head already)....after 8 days of my poor legs in the sun there was some major peeling going on by the time we got back home....until I used this on them. It stopped the peeling immediately and I didn't feel like I needed to reapply every 3 seconds either. The Body Deli line of products are all made with fresh plants instead of chemicals and are certified organic; the body cream is blended with the freshest ingredients available, guaranteeing the potency and bio-availability of the essential nutrients which helps keep your skin soft, supple and youthful. Whatever it has in it - I am loving it.

The third and definitely the priciest of the group, is Elemis Pro-Collagen Radiantly Smooth Body Cream, at $162 a jar (6.8 oz.). When I need a ton of moisturizing I use the Body Deli Souffle, but when it's a regular kind of day I use this. It is just the right level of moisture and leaves a light shimmer - nothing crazy, it's just barely noticeable but it's pretty. Elemis Body Creme helps to smooth out crepey skin texture, leaving the body feeling deeply hydrated with an illuminating youthful radiance. A network of Proteins, plus Micro-Lattice Technology ensures a mesh-like support system is provided over sagging skin whilst helping to restore cell cohesion. The lipidic base, which produces the lattice-effect micro-tension, offers ‘movement with tension’ to the skin so the overall result is just like wearing a pair of tights: you can distinctly feel the body’s improved contour. I have only used this on my arms and legs but it sounds like I need to add my belly to the list and see if it feels like I'm wearing a pair of tights. I hadn't really paid attention in the past. I almost forgot until I added the picture - it comes in the prettiest leather box and it's even prettier inside - it looks great on my shelf in the bathroom but I could even have it out on my dresser.

To purchase any or all of these body cremes: for Nivea check out nivea.com or pretty much any drugstore; for The Body Deli, visit thebodydeli.com and for Elemis, click on over to elemis.com.

Happy Moisturizing!

Christine

photo of nivea courtesy of drugstore.com
photo of body souffle courtesy of thebodydeli.com
photo of elemis body cream courtesy of elemis.com

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fabulous giveaway from vogue and redken for our readers!

Because we love you guys and because Vogue and Redken kick serious butt, ten of our readers have the opportunity to win a Redken Full Frame 07 Protective Volumizing Mousse!

Why are they doing this?

Well...basically to celebrate Redken's new episodes of Behind the Lens on Vogue.TV.

Behind the Lens: The Look of Fall 2008 is a four-part series featuring one designer in each of the world’s fashion capitals - New York, London, Paris, and Milan.

The series offers an insider’s view into the creative collaborations behind preparing a runway show, highlighting the impact major designers will have on the season’s fashion and beauty trends.



This contest is over.

We are so sorry for the confusion...this is totally our fault as we had erroneously put a different date here than in the contest disclaimer at the end.

As per our original agreement with Redken and Vogue we chose the winners on August 28th, not September 28th...so the winners have already been announced.


Please accept our apologies for the craziness and the mistake...which both of us literally just realized. How that got by us is a complete mystery.

Again, we are so sorry and hope you understand that we did not do this intentionally.

Please come back on Wednesday, when we will be running another giveaway...minus the typos!




With love (always),
Jennifer and Christine
proud members of total beauty and the bbn networks

*Please Read This: In entering this contest you are giving us permission to forward your name and mailing address to representatives for Redken and Vogue for fulfillment and mailing of contest prize(s). If you fail to include that information within 24 hours of us announcing your name, we will disqualify your entry. Ten winners, chosen at random, will receive the prize mentioned. Duplicate entries will not improve your chances of winning. Giveaway sponsored by Redken and Vogue. Some restrictions may apply. Open only to US residents only. Entries will be accepted through 11:00 pm on Thursday, August 28th, 2008.

real life beauty tips...back to school beauty

September will be here soon, bringing fall and the cooler weather.

Now's the time to figure out what to store at the back of your beauty closet.

While we love a great self-tanner here at Beauty in Real Life, let's be realistic....unless you actually live in a location that's hot and sunny 365...let it go.

There is nothing wrong with a paler complexion, it actually goes along fabulously with the great colors on tap for fall (think berries, deep purples, etc).

If you can't bear to give up your self-tanner, at least switch to one that's a lighter shade.

One that will give your skin just a hint of color.

Better yet, choose one that let's you adjust that for yourself...like Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer ($7).

It's perfect because it moisturizes, gives you a hint of color, and you can stop before you hit lady-with-the-weird-tan-in-the-winter-even-though-she's-never-been-on-vacay stage.

Come on, you know who we're talking about.


With love (always),
Jennifer and Christine
photo courtesy of drugstore.com
proud members of total beauty and the bbn networks

karin herzog camomille face cream

Available this fall in select retail and spa locations is Karin Herzog Camomille Face Cream ($50).

Using 1% pure oxygen, soothing chamomile, St. John's Wort, and other conditioning goodies to revitalize, hydrate, calm, and tone your delicate skin.

Perfect for the cooler and drier months ahead.


Gotta think ahead...right?

The great thing is, that women or men can use this as it's geared for all skin types...especially those with acne and men with razor burn.

We haven't had the chance to try this yet, but when we do you guys will be the first to know about it!

Coming soon to karinherzogus.com, luckyscent.com, and select salons, spas, retailers, dermatologists and plastic surgeons nationwide.


With love (always),
Jennifer and Christine
photo courtesy of karin herzog
proud members of total beauty and the bbn networks

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

sanctuary spa winners!

Yet more winners that forgetful old me forgot to post!

I am truly the worst!

Without further ado, here's the three lucky readers who won!

Sylvia P.
Tracey B.
Stephanie C.

Congrats to you three. Your prize should be sent out soon!




With love (always),
Jennifer and Christine

winners for the luzern labs giveaway

I am a horrible person. I've been completely swamped today and totally forgot to post the winners earlier today!

So sorry!

Here are the winners of the Luzern Labs giveaway...


Andrea C.
Gwen R.
Judy B.


Congratulations and your prize should be on the way soon!




With love (always),
Jennifer and Christine

perfect for fall - np set cruise blush by napolean perdis

Okay...so fall is right around the corner and I am way excited.

I adore everything about fall, from the colors of the leaves to the chill in the air....to the fact that Little L is beginning pre-school...actually called Toddler Adventure...for two days a week this September.

Is it wrong to be excited, yet sad at the same time?

I'll have two and a half hours a day to myself, for two whole days during the week.

Can you say sweet?

That means I can get a lot of stuff done around here and then have time for Little L and Big L when they get home.

Totally win-win here.

Anyway...back to the beauty...I'm also loving the offerings on tap at Target.

Yes...that's right...I said Target.

They've recently started selling the new line made exclusively for Target by Napoleon Perdis. His new line is called NP Set and it's to die for in its awesomeness.

First off...love the minimalistic white packaging with black lettering.

Secondly...love the fact that you can pick these up while shopping for a coffee maker or something like that. One stop shopping.

I'm really loving this NP Set Cruise Blush in Arctic ($18). It's a fabulous color on and looks gorgeous with my kinda lightish medium complexion.

It's a brownish hue that actually reads believable-nude-blush on my skin. Love that.

As with any cream blush, you definitely get a beautiful natural glow-y color going on there and it lasts pretty well. It's also small enough so that you can throw it into your bag and reapply as needed.

It's now available at target.com and select Target stores right now.


Jennifer
photo courtesy of target.com
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beauty buys under $10 - avon advance techniques purifying treatment shampoo

Totally surprised myself, when I found out that I actually liked this shampoo.

Avon's Advance Techniques Purifying Treatment Shampoo ($3.50) is a fabulous way to remove product build up from your hair.

Nine times out of ten, if your hair is dull looking, it's not the hair itself...it's the major buildup of products causing it.

Use this once a week and you've got cleaner hair minus the yucky gunk.

I used this along with my regular conditioner...my Kerastase this time...and I loved how it made my hair feel de-gunkified.

It contains menthol which has that good morning kind of wake up scent and feels tingly on the scalp.

I love a tingly scalp.

Plus my hair did not feel dry afterwards...something I feared...and the color even seemed a little more vibrant.

So kudos to Avon on that.

It's safe for all types of hair, even color-treated and they say that you could use it more than once a week if needed....although...I would probably only use this once a week.

Try avon.com for more info and to find out how to purchase.


Jennifer
photo courtesy of avon.com

5 minutes, 5 questions...with meghan cleary - america's shoe expert

We had the insane opportunity to interview Meghan Cleary...otherwise known as Miss Meghan, America’s Shoe Expert, she dishes on not only the latest trends and the hottest new designers, but on how shoes make a person feel and the impact they have on confidence, mood and body.

You've probably seen one or more of her many appearances on the Today Show, The Tyra Banks Show, Isaac Mizrahi's show, Extra!, the CBS Early Show, or the Rachel Ray show.

Plus she written a book and has also written for other publications.

So...let's just say that she knows her stuff.

Like a lot.

Here are our five questions and her five answers...


What styles are going to be hot this Fall?

Color is very strong in all styles from sneakers, to ballet flats to sky-high platform pumps. The newest rage that is sweeping London is what's called the 'fetish pump" -- six and seven inch towering platform stilettos. Christian Louboutin was an innovator in this area and continues to be encouraging women to go higher and higher!

What one style shoe should every woman have in their closet and why?

A cute pair of ankle boots, without a doubt. You can easily go from day to evening with a pair of flat heeled, ruched ankle boots in a deep green, charcoal or midnight suede. Great for running errands, but still fashion forward. Plus, they’re equally cute with skinny jeans or thick tights and a denim mini.

What's a great shoe that's chic, inexpensive, and great for running around in?

Just one? Steve Madden, Eighty-Twenty and Frye have some great shoes that are cute and versatile. Nine West, Naturalizer and Clarks also have some fashion forward styles that will not break the bank!

What are your three favorite beauty products?

· Burt's Bees lip Balm
· Fresh Post-Flight Serum with Green Coffee
· Nars Orgasm Blush

What's the best piece of beauty or fashion advice that you've ever received?

Always take care of your feet -- my grandma used to tell me that when I was little. She always used foot creams and babied her feet and it really paid off when she was older. I do the Dr Scholl’s for Her Pumice Foot Scrub and slather on the Dr Scholl’s For Her Foot Softening Balm before I go to bed. Grandma was right!!


Thanks to Meghan for taking the time to do this and to Dr. Scholl's for giving us the opportunity. If you want to learn more about Meghan, head on over to her website missmeghan.com.


With love (always),
Jennifer and Christine
photo courtesy of missmeghan.com
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

tiny tillia bath and body products for kids

Seeing as how both Jenn and I have sons who will be 3 in a couple of months, we are learning very quickly just how dirty boys can be. See a hill, who wouldn't slide down it on their knees? See a big patch of dirt, shovel or not, let's go digging (patch of dirt would also be known as my flower garden in the back yard).

I have never used so much stain remover in my life and he's not even 3 yet. As for baths, they seem to be happening more and more often. We have a schedule but MJ seems to require them a little bit more frequently.

Enter Tiny Tillia, their line of bath products for kids is adorable and smells awesome. We have both products in both pictures. The one above on the right is the Mini Bath Gel set ($12 for all 4). Each mini gel pack is 2 ounces of bubble bath. We have had 3 baths so far with one pack. A little squeeze produces a ton of bubbles. And the bath mitt on the right is too cute and only $6 and is 100% cotton which is important since MJ has some sensitive skin. He plays with it more outside of the bathroom than in the tub but it's too cute and there are 4 different animals to choose from. The most expensive item is under $40 and is a gift basket filled with their products. So, this line of bath goodies is totally reasonable.

If you need some bath goodies for your little one or as a gift definitely check this site out, shoptillia.com.

Christine
photos courtesy of shoptillia.com
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Rahua® Shampoo and Rahua® Conditioner

When I first saw the Rahua Shampoo and Rahua Conditioner for color-treated and delicate hair, I wasn't very excited to try it out. The shampoo is the color of honey and the conditioner is mighty thick. I thought...this should be interesting and make one unique hair day.

So, I gave it a whirl. When I say the conditioner is thick - paste would be an understatement. Given how thick it was, I went lightly with it. About half way through the day I noticed my hair still had a considerable amount of volume and it was really soft...couldn't stop touching it soft. The thickness of the conditioner wasn't a factor at all. I did notice that I tended to use more of the shampoo than I probably needed to. I like a good lather it makes me think things are happening. I had to use a good amount to achieve my comfort level of suds. Other than that, this is a great shampoo and conditioner. And now that I am running out of the shampoo I am a little sad. Plus, knowing that is has products from the Amazon, I feel a little exotic using it.

Both are made with rain forest grown symbiotic™ ingredients, this rich and luxurious organic collection pays tribute and respect to the beautiful women of the Amazon Rainforest. A truly natural hair care collection that is harvested in the wild, Amazon Beauty delivers ancient secrets of the amazing women who have inspired and enlightened history with their intelligence, power and strength. These ingredients have been created and used by Amazon native tribal women for thousands of years.

Key ingredients in Amazon Beauty's hair care include Rahua Elixir which instantly repairs damaged hair and speeds hair growth and Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens), a centuries old calming ingredient from aged "holy wood" that imparts an amazingly beautiful aroma and is traditionally used in Shaman ceremonies.

The shampoo has a suggested retail price of $32.00 for 8.3 ounces and the conditioner retails for $34.00 at Cocoon Hair Studio (in NY) and www.amazonbeautysecret.com.

Some exciting news from Amazon Beauty™ is that this month they launched their website, AMAZONBEAUTYSECRET.COM, and to celebrate they are offering up the opportunity to go for a week to Ecuador's Luna Runtun Adventure Spa. Where do I sign up?! The contest is going on for 6 months and then they will announce the lucky winners! Visit their website for more information and to enter the contest.


Christine
photo courtesy of amazonbeautysecret.com
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cool idea...labelwatch.com



This is a definitely a site worth bookmarking.

It's called Labelwatch.com and it's truly brilliant...one of those why didn't I think of it kind of ideas.

Labelwatch.com takes over 25,000 food products currently in the grocery store and breaks down all the ingredients piece by piece, defining what all the additives and preservatives mean. The site tells you what is beneficial for your body, what is cautionary and what you should absolutely not put into your body! It lets you compare similar products, tells you what is kosher (if that is a concern to you) and it even has a printable grocery list for you to take to the market!

See what we mean? Brilliant!

Now go ahead, check it out, and then bookmark...cause that's what we're going to do.


With love (always),
Jennifer and Christine

Monday, August 25, 2008

clinique defining liner for lips

Because I am consistently losing my liner sharpeners, I adore companies that include one in the packaging.

Clinique's new Defining Liner for Lips ($14) takes it one step further and puts the sharpener inside the cap.

Genius.

My fave is Sugared Fig. It's a great nude-ish color on me, so it'll work with more than just one specific color.

It's smooth, non-feathering application allows me to apply it almost without looking because it glides on so well.

Plus it stays on longer and helps your lipstick to last too.

Here's a few tips on great lip liner application:

1) Apply it before lipstick and after hydrating your lips with some balm. Lightly follow the outline of your lips and use your finger, or a lip brush to soften the line inwards. Finish with some lipstick or colored gloss.

2) Apply your lip liner to the outline and lightly fill in. Soften with your finger or a brush and apply lip balm or clear gloss on top.

3) Apply your gloss or lipstick first, then go over the outline with the matching lip liner. This is my favorite way to do it. I really think that this helps the color to not bleed and finishes it off well.

No go forth and line away darlings.


Jennifer
photo courtesy of clinique
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new coach legacy perfume

We love all things Coach here at b.i.r.l.

Their bag designs have really come a long way and that includes their pricing...um...hello...$1000 for a Coach bag...when did that happen?

Anyway...they've really upped the coolness factor and this new perfume is soooo going on our list of things to try.

Coach Legacy ($75) is described as a blend of florals combined with ambers, precious woods, and vanillas.

It sounds perfect for fall.

We're both loving the bottle design, which uses the legacy striping on the stopper...too cute.

The other thing to know is that this is a eau de parfum which is stronger than a eau de toilette...meaning it should last longer on the skin.

Love that.


We're also dying over their new Coach Legacy Lip Gloss Charm ($58). It's super adorable and totally portable.

Great for attaching on to your Coach bag and heading off to where ever.

It comes with two Coach lip gloss colors contained in a gold-plated and enamel heart shaped charm.

Love. That


With love (always),
Jennifer and Christine
photos courtesy of coach
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l'oreal visible lift line-minimizing and tone enhancing concealer

Considering that Little L is going to be going to preschool two times a week starting in September, I'm going to have to bring out my "A" game.

Why?

Well...I'm a notorious late-starter.

Just ask Christine.

She is the notorious on-timer.

It doesn't matter how much time she gives me...I am always late. I always find something to do that affects me getting in to the shower, getting dressed, and so on.

So, if we have a play date and she's coming over here, guaranteed she'll arrive on time (at this point I've had like 2 hours to get ready mind you) and I've just gotten out of the shower.

Add in the fact that school will be starting on time at 9:15 in the morning and now you see the panic.

How the heck am I going to get ready on time without just crawling out of bed and making it there in my pj's.

And I have to get Little L ready, fed, out the door, and get him there on time as well.

There is no way.

At least I do have one thing down to a science and that's my beauty routine. I can throw a face together in 5 minutes or less and look presentable to the masses.

One product that helps with the speedy application is this L'Oreal Visible Lift Line Minimizing and Tone Enhancing Concealer ($12).

Why?

Well, it comes with it's own brush-as-applicator-as-packaging, so all you do is turn the other end a couple of clicks and apply....the concealer comes out the end where the brush is.

The concealer itself covers beautifully and lasts. I used the medium shade and it's perfect for me...not too light, so I don't get that infamous reverse raccoon look.

I'm also loving the fact that it contains ingredients within the concealer itself that fight the signs of aging.

The combo of Pro-Retinol A, Pro-Xylane, and Hyaluronic acid help to minimize fine lines and reduce the appearance of puffiness...plus it has SPF 20!

Perfect for when I will inevitably show up late to preschool in the sweatpants and t-shirt that I wore to bed, with a baseball cap to cover the bedhead.

Cause you so know that's definitely going to happen.


Jennifer
photo courtesy of l'oreal

lancome juicy tube in rose fishnets

We love a great Juicy Tube.

Come on...you know how much we love lippies here...right?

What we so love about Lancome Juicy Tubes is that they smell so yummy and give your lips a hint of sheer divine color. Love that.

One of the recent tube-y offerings, is Lancome Juicy Tubes Rose Fishnets ($18) which has adorable packaging, a fabulous rosy-nude-hint-of-gold shade that looks awesome on pretty much everyone, and it was created exclusively for Sephora...so you can only buy it there and online at lancome-usa.com.


But the cool part is that Marc Jacobs has designed a matchy t-shirt that echos both the color and the fishnet design.

The tee comes from his Marc by Marc Jacobs label and is so cute and feminine in pink-nude with a black fishnet design.

Called the Cotton Fishnet Tee ($98) it's a great way to wear a Marc Jacobs and not have to take out a small loan to pay for it.

Wear both the gloss and the tee together with jeans or a pencil skirt and a sharp black jacket and voila!

Say hello to a pre-fall look that's just to die .

Another tip?

For fall, if the thought of wearing nude pantyhose makes you want to claw your eyes out...try this tip from Sandy Linter, LancĂ´me’s beauty at every age expert and celebrity makeup artist.

Try nude fishnets. You get the coverage you need, a little sex appeal and zero frump factor!

Head on over to sephora.com or lancome-usa.com for the Juicy Tube and Saks Fifth Avenue stores or online.


With love (always),
Jennifer and Christine
photos courtesy of lancome and marc by marc jacobs
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Sunday, August 24, 2008

daily beauty bytes poll

Hello darling readers!

We have a quick question that we hope you wouldn't mind answering. Lately, we've been posting Daily Beauty Bytes from the Total Beauty Network.

They are posted once a day and we're in the process of testing them out to see what you think. We realize that this may be something that you may or may not like....so we want your opinion.

What do you think of the Daily Beauty Bytes? Take the poll below and let us know!

We'll tally the results and make our decision to either continue with the Beauty Bytes or not continue with it, based on your answers.


With love (always),
Jennifer and Christine

jurlique biodynamic beauty range shindig

So Christine and I are wondering why we weren't given the opportunity to rub shoulders with the rich and famous at this celeb studded Jurlique Biodynamic BBQ that took place a few of Saturday's ago at Hillhaven Lodge in LA...all in celebration of the arrival of Jurlique’s new Biodynamic Beauty Range.

Who was there?

Oh...just film director and producer,Brett Ratner, CEO of Jurlique Eli Halliwell, Salma Hayek, Rosanna Arquette, Paris Hilton, Stevie Wonder, Oliver Stone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Gerard Butler, Francis Ford Coppola, Naomie Harris, Scott Caan, Jared Leto, Ileana Douglas, Claire Forlani, Nicole Esposito, Tracey Edmonds, and Sanaa Lathan.

Uh...yeah...so what were we doing that day? Um...definitely not this...

Guests there enjoyed an afternoon of relaxation and renewal with complimentary hand and food treatments using Jurlique’s signature Rosewater Balancing Mist and Rose Hand Cream ( we hear it's fab), while sipping on Lavender Lemonade--specially created for the BBQ. The menu also included biodynamic and locally sourced food and biodynamic wine from Benziger winery.

Uh...yeah...wish we had so been there.

What's so great about the new Jurlique line is that the collection of plant and flower-based extracts, elixirs, and lotions are made from chamomile, calendula, lavender, and rose – hand-sown, hand-tended, and hand-harvested on its own certified organic, biodynamic farms in South Australia .

The new Biodynamic Beauty Range includes the Biodynamic Beauty Serum (fabulous), Eye Cream (amazing - review to come), Refining Treatment (ditto the eye cream statement), and Night Lotion (fabulous to the the 2nd power).

Each features a blend of biodynamic and organic herbs and flowers combined with potent naturally derived ingredients that soften the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and discolorations while helping to renew and strengthen skin. With continued use, Biodynamic Beauty encourages a smooth, fresh, luminous complexion and invites you to embrace every feature of your unique beauty.

Head on over to jurlique.com for more information on their amazing products and to purchase.


With love (always),
Jennifer and Christine
photos courtesy of jurlique proud members of total beauty and the bbn networks

model.live on vogue.tv - episode 2

For your entertainment pleasure, here's an episode of Model.Live from Vogue.TV.

Model.Live tells the story of three models on their way to fashion weeks around the world.

In this episode, Cato leaves her family, friends and boyfriend in Holland, with a going away party before departing for New York City.

Favorite line?

I can always party when I'm 30.

Um...sure...yeah...whatever you say. Trust us...once you hit 30 you value something called sleep.

Anyway...enjoy!





Don't forget to check out their daily diaries, e-mails, chats, voice mails, schedules and more at bebo.com/modellive And you can shop the show each week only on Vogue.TV with styles from EXPRESS.


With love (always),
Jennifer and Christine
proud members of total beauty and the bbn networks

loving the cover : cameron diaz on people stylewatch



This is the look gracing the cover of People Style Watch for September.

It's actually from a 2007 appearance at a movie premiere in Tokyo.

Goes to show you that certain looks never go out of style.

The best thing about StyleWatch, is that they broke-down her makeup colors and gave us three inexpensive options.

Here they are:




For her eyes, CoverGirl Eye Enhancers in Golden Sunrise. Its a great coppery hue that really works with her warmer and slightly sunkissed complexion.

It also works with the gold dress (although it's hard to tell in this photo) and her gorgeous hair color....without being too matchy-matchy.

Use it on the upper lid and to smoke-out under the eyes as well.




For her cheeks, Revlon Cream Blush in Berry Flirtatious. We love love love cream blushes because they automatically look natural and perfect.

This color will just give you that hint of color on your cheeks.

Smile and apply to your apples. Don't apply too much though. Just enough for a pop.




To provide a hint of pinky goodness on her lips...Neutrogena MoistureShine Soothing LipSheers in Frosty Mauve.

Mauve is everywhere this fall and works here fabulously.

A nude lip wouldn't have gone well at all, the pink is perfect..just enough color to complete the look.

Apply and go.


Done. Gorgeous. Love. It.

The best thing about all of these, is that they are all under $10 and can be found online at drugstore.com...or at your local Target, CVS, Walgreens, or any mass market retailers.


With love (always),
Jennifer and Christine
photo of people style watch courtesy of girlprops.com
all other photos courtesy of drugstore.com
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Saturday, August 23, 2008

sera eye wrinkle serum

I have been using Sera's Eye Wrinkle Serum for the last couple of weeks. While using it, I have tried it a couple different ways - alone under my makeup and paired up with my regular eye cream. And I briefly stopped using the serum and just used my eye cream to see if anything noticeable happened.

After all the different combinations, I prefer the duo action of the Serum with my eye cream on top. It seems like the Serum helped to fill in any lines I have and the eye creme provided the right amount of moisture for under my eyes.

The Serum comes in a roll on glass bottle (all made out of recycled glass, that can be recycled again when you are done with the product). It contains dermatologist grade active peptides an fruit acids to help target the deepest of laugh lines and crow's feet. It also has Aloe Leaf gel and cucumber to soothe and soften. If you are really motivated you can apply the Serum up to three times a day. I apply it twice a day - morning and again at night.

For more information on the Serum and the other products available, visit rollawaywrinkles.com or by calling 1.877.653.0015. There are 5 products total in the line and they are all $39.95.


Christine
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beauty deal of the week...origins

Alright all you Origins lovers, from now until September 3rd, 2008 (or supplies last) at origins.com you can receive 1 of 3 sample sets and free shipping with any Origins order.

Or you can check out an Origins location near you, take part in a 2-minute skin consultation, and get your free set that way.

So either way it's a win-win situation.

Head on over to origins.com for more info, or to find a Origins store near you! Also, be sure to keep up with Origins' page on Facebook, so that you can always be on top of deals like this.

Remember, it's only until September 3rd, 2008...or while supplies last...so hurry!


With love (always),
Jennifer and Christine
photo courtesy of origins
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weekend reads....from total beauty


Here are what some of our friends are up to over at Total Beauty....

Find out what yummy scented body souffle The Makeup Divas is all excited about.

Monique at Beauty Girl Musings discovers it's what's on the inside that counts with Elizabeth Grant's Vitamin C Body Lotion.

Viva Woman tells you how John Masters Organics Vitamin C Anti-Aging Serum & John Masters Organics Mandarin Maximum Moisture help to lighten up some of her pigmentation caused by sun damage.

Beauty's SPOT figures out that waxing and plucking may be a thing a of the past with the Artemis Woman Personal Groomer.

Don't forget to enter Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog free giveaway from MORE Magazine.

Frappelattes gives L'Oreal's new Bare Naturale Mineral Mascara a spin and lets us know how it delivers.

Roselyn from Makeup Makes Me Happy counts down the 10 most wacky beauty tips, that actually work!. You may just be surprised to see what they are!

Win a RisWallet from A Mom in Red High Heels. It's a hands-free solution for a busy woman!

Now is your last opportunity to win in the[comfort zone] giveaway at Fabulous Over Forty

Beauty411 tells you about a product that will help you
rewind lines and wrinkles. And it's completely painless!

Want a gorgeous tan without damaging your skin? Beauty Tyrant has found a summer must-have sunscreen that lets you enjoy the sun without worrying about your skin!

Meredith at Daily Dose of Coffee offers up some tips on purchasing the perfect mascara for YOU.

How to get your skin glowing like Beyonce-Talking Makeup!

The Beauty Alchemist visits with Van Cleef and Arpels new Feerie perfume.

Beauty Anonymous reveals her
travel-friendly beauty goodies.

To celebrate the kickoff of the new Hills season, Glossypink tells you how to score Whitney Port's beautiful makeup.

Product Girl is having a giveaway and you can enter to win Essie's 6-piece fall collection. Good luck!

Ah, Fall! Celebrate the peculiar and sexy scents of Autumn with Fifty-Cent Head and Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs.

Find out what Beauty Blogging Junkie is using to hydrate her chlorine-ravaged locks here.


with love (always),
Jennifer and Christine
proud members of total beauty and the bbn networks

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