Sep 122012



Say bye bye to summer. But all is not lost…it’s time to re-evaluate your current beauty routine and tweak some things around to get ready for the fall season.

One of the easiest ways to ‘FALL in love — as pastels and mints are so last season– is to totally ditch them for some rich and vibrate dark tones. Chocolates, Burgundy, Red, Black, Navy, and even some ‘mauve-esque-like’ grey tones. Not much of a “color” girl?  nudes look great in all seasons. Since the holidays are coming soon, be sure to stock up on your glitter top coats to add the perfect amount of glisten to your fingertips!

The beach’s summer waves were good to us, but now it’s time to bring out the sleek pony tails and top knot buns. Pin straight hair looks great too! Women also tend to go a few shades darker in the fall — so it this isn’t your ‘thang’ — to change your color, try going for a new haircut. Adding layers, bangs, and other face framing styles can definitely add a much softer look– at the same time, give your tresses a boost of volume. Remember, healthy hair is always in! Sso be sure to bump up your deep conditioning regimen.

Since the weather isn’t so hot and sticky anymore you can start bringing out your favorite makeup items from the back of your drawer. Full brows are really in for fall since they frame the face so lovely and add structure to your entire look. If you weren’t blessed with much action in the eyebrow department, try adding an eyeshadow or brow pencil in the same shade as your hair color to just fill in your brows lightly.

Remember to follow the natural shape of your brow and keep it minimal.

For the eyes, play with your eyeliner and experiment with neutral hues like browns and dark greens to add some color without being too dramatic for the day time. Now is the perfect time to bring out your favorite reds and richer lip colors. For day time, even adding your infamous “your lips but better” color will make all the difference in pulling everything together! So bring out all of your nudes and taupe colors too.

Its time to trade in those tropical and fruity/coconut scents for some warm and comforting fragrances. Some of us have our signature year round scents that we tend to stick to, but you can always add some scented lotions or mists to give you that extra seasonal kick. Warm and spicy scents tend to really be in for fall, since they really mesh well with the colorful leaves. When shopping for fragrances look for key notes like Amber, Ginger Orchid, and Sandalwood.If they tend to be a bit too strong or masculine for you, try a soothing scent with warm vanilla to make it a bit more softer!

Try Lush Vanillary ‘scent-sational’ new fragrances — an intoxicating(ly) attractive, smooth, velvety and delicious base of vanilla, blended with tonka bean and jasmine. Vanilla is a clever little aroma; it evokes comfort and a sense of calm for some while creating the feeling of confidence for others. Whatever its effect may be, there is no denying that you’re going to eat this fragrance line up . . . or at least wish you could.

Vanillary is a great addition to the new line that was inspired by the Vanilla Fountain bath bomb which has been an instant hit since it first appeared on LUSH’s shelves. The comforting vanilla scent with natural vanilla absolute – the posh stuff made from vanilla pods – with a touch of restful sandalwood, a note of burnt caramel and a strand of sensual jasmine creates a complex bouquet that is sure to get some sweet attention. Just Spritz and Enjoy!!!


Each of LUSH’s solid perfumes is made with a blend of 30% fragrance, pure vegetable waxes and jojoba oil. Made with Fair Trade and organic ingredients, they apply easily onto the skin and are very concentrated, so a little goes a long way and lasts for hours. The new Vanillary scent is reminiscent of toffee, this gorgeous fragrance will have you wanting to lick your wrists … or those of the person you smell it on! It’s vanilla, with a strand of sensual jasmine woven into the sweeter notes. Keep this handy solid perfume in your carry-on bag for an instant uplift throughout your journey. (Vegan). Rub on to skin at pulse points (and anywhere else you like) for long-lasting fragrance, deep moisturizing and gentle softening.

Aug 282012

Lush Emotional Brilliance collection – which launched globally back in July, takes to mother nature – as the motivational angle and approach to makeup. Emotional Brilliance consists of 30 chic products – all “vegan”…lipsticks (liquid), eyeshadows, two eyeliners (liquid), a mascara, a face powder and two primers…

Lipsticks, eyeshadows, eyeliners, and even the mascara – all come uniformed – in the same glass vial with identical black cap – depending on product — the shape of applicator fitted to the cap will vary.

At Lush we were explained that this choice was made intentionally in order to reduce the packaging’s environmental impact. “For the Emotional Brilliance collection, a packaging was necessary. However, a considerable effort was made to ensure that this range had a minimal impact on the planet” Actually, everything is recyclable except the applicator, which can be removed to be discarded or reused by the customer.

Lush chose to emphasize on the skincare benefits:

  • The lipstick formula, uses the super emollient base of the Lush Superbalm, a moisturizing balm consisting of a simple mixture of organic jojoba oil, candelilla wax and rose wax. The eyeshadow — a soothing infusion of rose petals and softening almond and jojoba oils, of glycerin and cupuaçu butter.
  •  Eyeliners, same base used for eyeshadows, with the exception of the two references Independent and Fantasy – which adheres faster – elaborated with an antiseptic, slightly astringent infusion made of eyebright, a plant with recognized virtues for the care of tired eyes.
  • Mascara – the key ingredient – wheat grass, rich in vitamins and minerals. The translucent powder it is jojoba oil, and for the primers, it is a mix of almond and jojoba oils, of cocoa butter and orange blossom.

Finally, Lush is just as off-beat when it comes to marketing! The brand partnered with the Hypnotherapist Lady Helen Kennedy – joins the Lush team — with words “that could affect mood and behaviour” through their “power of suggestion” as 3 colors match to 3 words from a list via the Colour Wheel.

Each woman will make her choice according to her own state of mind, rather than because of a trend or fad chosen by someone else. Now that is my kind of makeup!

Special thanks to our source!

Aug 202012

If you’re seeking some much needed hair TLC or just want some sweet moisture  — then sit back, relax and take to the soothing effects of R+B (revive & balance). I was first introduced to this little jar of big luxury — during my first visit to Christiana Mall in Delaware. When I entered the store — I was pleasantly greeted by two lovely mavens — who were focused on assisting.

When I explained that I was very familiar with Lush (I absolutely ADORE the Lush Henna Brick) and that I was interested in rekindling my passion for natural and organic haircare products. My customer escort demonstrated the effects of Lush R+B on her bangs — coating clumps of strands with a non greasy cream formula. After (not much) a very convincing presentation — I was sold.

When I got home — our love romance immediately took to my beauty zen den (bathroom) — where I pamper my locks. I was able to make my hair obey — witnessing it becoming very submissive to my desires! I tamed my thick, wavy mane — with some healthy moisturizing love and tuned to sweet R+B.

  • Revive – my locks stood at attention — saluting and applauding it’s overall healthier and richer look & feel.
  • Balance – a non greasy, cream based salve that left my thick hair well nourished!

R+B smelt amazing — with a earthy scent and a hint of sweetness — which blended to a cool and calm feeling. I highly recommend this product to my fellow mavens. As your LUSH Cosmetics ambassador — it’s my duty to test drive and deliver you the best (in my opinion) products, rooted in educational tips and beauty care — to help you to put your best beauty forward — to obtain a healthy & lustrous mind, body & soul!


Aug 062012
Photo Credit: Vichy

Hello Lovelies,

The end of summer is near in sight, with many students already starting their 2012/2013 school year. And lovelies, you can all agree – once school starts nationally – you can kiss your extended leisure sessions good bye! I’ve rounded up a few key items – to help you earn your masters in the “5-minute beauty routine” life course. That’s right – my gift too you! Look flawless in less time and let others think you spent hours getting ready!

The Bronzed Goddess
Psst. Did you know that you can keep that summer tan glow, longer with bronzers?I am a huge fan of Fake Bake, as it accentuates my naturally bronzed sun-kissed tone — and they are usually safe to wear year round.

Style Tipfor that all-over body glow try using a self tanner at night — right before you go to sleep – and wake with an overnight celebrity glow.

Sexy Fluttery Lashes
My eyes are by far, my absolute favorite features. Whenever I take to get creative with my makeup – my eyes are usually my main focus! And nothing can makes eyes stand out, more than bold lashes. Length, volume, or both — there’s definitely a formula for you! I realized that getting plenty of sleep during the night – has proven to be the key to my eye’s vibrancy. Once school starts, this will prove to be extremely difficult. Try eessence maximum definition mascara or essence lash mania ultra volume mascara.

Beauty Tip Skipping the waterproof mascara (if possible) can eliminate the time spent to remove it later. And unless you’re currently performing in the Olympics, or like to wade in the rain – waterproof isn’t an absolute must.

LUSH-ious Lips
Whenever I’m running late, my tinted lip balms have been my best friend! Opting for a tinted lip balm – rather than worrying about perfect lip liner, lipstick, and lip gloss. Not only are they sheer enough, but they can be applied even without a mirror – still leaving you polished and bright faced! Try LUSH Lip Tints in “It Started with a Kiss” or “Double Choc.” $7.95. When temperatures begin to drop, with the sun fading away, LUSH Cosmetics heats things up — with a new range of skin and lip tints! Lips stay kissable — even in the coldest winter months . This is the brand’s first ever color lip balms — which are formulated with tantalizing ingredients, including fair trade icing sugar and red apples.

Chic Natural Waves
Would you forever love me if I gave you a secret to eliminating the crack-of-dawn wash, blow dry and style sessions? Well, washing your tresses the night before and then letting them air dry to about 50% dry – before smoothing in a silky hair serum/oil or cream – to add shine (Is your hair super fine? Add a texturizing cream) — braiding it. Let set overnight. In the morning, gently pull out braid and lightly run your fingers through your hair (please, no brushing — this can cause frizzing); adding more serum as needed. Voila! Simple, natural, beach waves! Try Pureology Colour Stylist Control Twist or LUSH R+B Revive and Balance Hair Moisturizer (Rave-View coming soon!)

Style Tip – FYI…adding hairspray will keep you look set for the entire day!


Jul 252012

Hello Lovelies,

The all star line up for beauty reviews — straight out of my “Beauty Box.”

I have a ton of reviews for your enjoyment & pleasure over the next couple of weeks! As I keep you in the loop — expect these brands — from my Beauty Box — all queued & ready…
  • Fake Bake (Pure and Natural Gelee, Radiant Golden Glow, Tanning Body Butter for dry skin)
  • Sebamed ph 5.5 everyday shampoo & condition
  • Likewise fresh citrus scent Face + Body Wash w/ shea butter
  • Peter Lamas Shine Enhancing Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Polish & Co. (Oh Hell No & Get Over It)
  • The Little Luxuries Argan Oil Moisture Lock Shampoo, Conditioner & Organic Elite Argan Oil
  • LUSH R & B
  • Vaseline Total Moisture
  • Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift eye gel roll on, African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser, Body Sleek Hydrating Lotion
  • The coveted Smashbox Shades of Fame Palette

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  • New Aveeno Active Naturals Ultra-Calming Makeup Removing Wipes
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