How to Transform Your Hair Dye Routine (and cut your costs by 90%)

Ever been known to hop from the elevator into your waiting Uber car, then while en route, order dinner from Seamless and perfectly time the delivery to the arrival at your apartment?  If so, then get ready for the latest timesaving style saver: L’Oréal Paris
Preference Mousse Absolue

We know that traditional hair color-in-a-box can be so intimidating that you’d rather spare yourself the anxiety and get your hair colored at a salon.  However before you plunk down $150+, ask yourself, what’s the harm in first experimenting with a $15 at-home alternative. Seriously, you’ve got nothing to lose – except your ratty roots – and if you mess up, you can reschedule that salon session. You can’t afford not to try this at least once. 

Now that’s we’ve piqued your interest, let us seal the deal:

With all the advancements in at-home hair color, there is a compelling case to be made to transform your tresses in your at-home spa (okay, work with us and light a few scented candles in your bathroom).  

Forget what you know about blending dyes and developer, L’Oréal’s new gold standard combines the entire process into two goof-proof steps:

1. Shake to Activate: Just shake the Mousse Absolue canister and push to dispense the ultra-rich mousse formula

2. Apply Like a Shampoo: Massage the non-drip formula through hair, targeting roots for best coverage – then wash out!

Need to know more?  The dye and developer formulas are separately encapsulated in two airtight chambers inside the bottle.  Then, with just one push, the perfect ratio of pure color dyes and a powerful color developer is automatically blended into a rich, non-drip mousse that allows for a smooth, no-mess application directly onto your hair.

Added bonus:  the no-mix, reusable system keeps unused color fresh and allows for seamless root touch ups or multiple applications on shorter hair – all on demand.

Check it out for yourself at Loreal-paris, or just scoop up a sample for yourself at drugstores nationwide.


How to Best Protect Skin from those First Summer Sunburns

The warm weather that we’ve been praying for is finally upon us, but you have some safety information to learn before you break out the tank tops.  Did you know that skin once hidden away under sweaters and jackets, is delicate and more vulnerable to the sun’s harmful rays? 

Before you decide to give up and opt for a base layer burn, check out these 7 skin savers.  Each of these products are tried and true, and have our seal of approval for healthy formulas and easy to wear applicators.

1. Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Spray SPF50+ – $36 at
The latest addition to the Shiseido Suncare collection, the Ultimate Sun Protection Spray SPF50+ offers broad spectrum protection in a lightweight spray formulation for face, body and hair. The convenient spray sunscreen spreads evenly with a light, non-sticky texture, is water-resistant for 80 minutes and is ideal for hard-to-reach areas like the back. The Ultimate Sun Protection Spray SPF50+ defends against UVA/UVB rays and helps impart skincare benefits to maintain skin’s overall beauty and health using SuperVeil-UV 360, a patent-pending technology ensures even coverage over the skin’s contours for effective protection from the sun.
2. blisslabs active 99.0 UV Protect SPF 30 – $50 at
Bliss spa has created the ultimate fusion of science and spa in the new active 99.0 line. This lightweight, non-greasy translucent lotion is filled with 99% active ingredients to protect from the harmful rays of the sun to prevent aging, dark spots, and wrinkles.
Price: $50, Available at Bliss Spas nationwide and on
3. Erno Laszlo Firmarine Moisturizer SPF 30 - $195 at
Battle the sun’s rays and firm the skin with one single product. Erno Laszlo’s Firmarine SPF 30 feeds new collagen growth while enhancing skin firmness and bounce. Its ocean –hued formula is equipped with a key bio-marine ingredient, Spirulina Maxima, a fresh water, blue-green algae prized for its health benefits. The silky cream protects with Vitamins E, C and A, Organic Green Tea, Multi-Mineral Complex and mineral-rich Deep Sea Water to boosts the skin’s immunity (anti-viral, anti-bacterial) all summer long.
Price: $195, Available at Nordstrom and

4. H2O Plus Total Source UV Defense Fluid SPF 50 PA+++ – $65 at
This weightless fluid quickly absorbs into the skin to create a transparent veil of chemical-free UV protection. The high SPF blocks up to 98% of UVA and UVB rays that damage the skin. It also works synergistically to help reduce wrinkles, firm, brighten and nourish the skin. This product makes it easy to incorporate SPF into any current daily skincare regimen. The powdery, matte finish creates a perfect canvas for makeup.
Price: $65, Available at H2O Plus stores and in March

5. L’Oréal Paris Advanced Suncare Silky Sheer BB Face Lotion – $11 at
Be sure to protect your face from the harsh summer rays with this lightweight tinted face lotion from L’Oréal Paris. The Advanced Suncare Silky Sheer BB Face Lotions contains color-equalizing pigments to correct, even, smooth and brighten the skin while leaving skin feeling soft, with a matte finish. Formulated with an advanced photostable patented UV filter system, powerful antioxidants and luxurious lightweight textures, the complete range is designed to every skin tone under the sun. The all in one sunscreen is available in SPF 30 and SPF 50+.

6. SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50 - $34 at
The thin, delicate skin around the eye represents 1% of the skin’s total surface area, but over 10% of skin cancers occur in the area. Delivering a new standard in eye care, this daily, 100% mineral filter base defends, enhances, and optimizes the entire eye area. Formulated specifically for the unique structure of the more sensitive skin around the eye, Physical Eye UV Defense provides broad spectrum SPF 50 protection without migrating into or irritating the eyes. Translucent color spheres create a unifying tint that enhances all skin tones, while ceramides nourish, creating a smooth, optimal canvas for make-up application. Meant to be applied all over the eye area (including the lid), Physical Eye UV Defense has been tested post-injectable and proven 100% safe on even the most sensitive, traumatized skin.
7. AHAVA Age Perfecting Hand Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 15 – $32 at
This robust formula helps protect against and undo visible signs of aging caused by the sun and other environmental aggressors. Harnessing the power of the Osmoter™, proprietary complexes and SPF 15, this light-textured emollient cream offers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB photoprotection, helps reduce dark spots, evens skin tone, and restores radiance and elasticity. It has been clinically proven to lighten skin and reduce the contrast between dark spots and surrounding tissue. 


What are the Most Masterful Mascaras?

Spring makeup is all about the eyes.  Mascara is the versatile, look-transforming product that can overhaul your face with the swipe of a magic wand.  We’ve rounded up 6 eye-popping mascaras that promise the stroke of perfection for all day glam. Forget your falsies with these lacquers that will instantly magnify your lashes for dramatic results.
1. Maybelline Volum' Express Pumped Up! Mascara - $5 at
Luxury for less is the perfect way to describe this pumped up power product.  NEW Volum’Express Pumped UP! Mascara gives your lashes a major work out starting at the innovative brush and extending all the way to the formula duo that provides a bigger, bolder, more extreme look. The secret is on the inside – the innovative design of the brush scoops up an extra dramatic shot of plumping formula loading more mascara on the oversized brush. The result— up to16X volume, straight to your lashes, ladies!  Plus we love that the bright pink packaging is easy to find in our makeup bag. 

2. Rouge Bunny Rouge Dramatic Lash Mascara, Megaplumes - $29 at
This international superstar mascara is here to make eyes sparkle in the United States.  Influenced by the magnificent megaplumes, Dramatic Lash Mascara achieves the same impressive effect of false lash extensions, delivering full, thick, long and perfectly curled lashes to all who covet a mesmerizing gaze. Graduating curves of strong, hollow fibres spiraling around the classic maxi-brush, gently and evenly sweep colour over every single lash without clumping. The wand reaches even the shortest lashes for perfect volume and curl with every application.
3. SHISEIDO Perfect Mascara Full Definition – $19 at
Elegance and luxury in a single stroke.  Nourish and condition lashes with Shiseido’s exceptional mascara formula.  This non-clumping formula allows for multiple, smooth coats.  The brush adds remarkable volume, separation, and length to lashes.

4. FLOWER Eye to Eye Eye Marker & Volumizing Mascara – $9.98 at
From FLOWER – the full cosmetics range co-founded by Drew Barrymore and available exclusively at Walmart – Release your inner feline with this sexy eye duo. This double-use product features a luxurious felt-tip eye marker on one end and the iconic FLOWER Volumizing Mascara on the other. The Eye Marker guarantees flawless eye contour all-day while the Mascara creates dramatic, battable lashes for drama and intensity.
Shades: Intense Black, Midnight Bloom

5. L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara – $8.99 at
With its asymmetrical brush unlike anything on the market and a silky fiber formula, the revolutionary mascara stretches and extends lashes for a bold, fanned out effect. Perfect for summer, L’Oréal Paris has created a waterproof version for those looking for all-day, waterproof wear.

6. Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara – $20 at
We’re all guilty of staying in on a Friday night and settling for a Tori Spelling Lifetime movie, but when it comes to mascara no one wants a one-trick pony. This slick, jet-black thickening formula not only plumps up lashes to insane proportions, it also lengthens and curls them in just one coat. Virtually weightless and buildable to the extreme, Big Fatty Mascara is smudge-proof, water-resistant, flake-proof and ultra-long wearing too. Loaded with all the good stuff to keep your lashes looking luscious (Hemp Seed Oil for moisture, Vitamin E to prevent free radical damage, Jojoba Oil for hydration and Purisilk SPB for conditioning and curl retention), Big Fatty Mascara enhances lashes inside and out.


T.B.T. Crayon Edition

No longer just used to create colorful drawings, crayons have become a go-to for an effortless makeup routine.  Much like the kid friendly version, they’re easy to use and deliver a quick punch of color.  From eyeshadow, to lip color, to eyeliner, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites that make it easy to color inside the lines…

Laura Geller Beauty Love Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayon pampers lips with balm-like moisturizing color and luxurious, buttery shine. What’s more, the convenient chubby stick design never needs sharpening and is perfect for touch-ups on the go. Fresh, flattering, slightly sheer shades are an instant pick me up for lips in need of a little love! Watermelon Cooler, Dragon Fruit Sorbet, Lychee Glacé, Purple Currant, Cranberry Glaze, Plum Freeze and Mango Sorbet. ($16 at ULTA)

Perfect for creating a natural or smoky eye look, e.l.f. Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick is a creamy and pigment-rich eye crayon that makes shadow application a breeze.  The gentle skin-nourishing formula is infused with Vitamin E to condition the delicate eye area and aids in application ease. The twist-up component and smooth-glide formula produces bold, vivid color in a flash for on-the-go beauty perfection! ($2 at

Obtain intense drama and glamour in a versatile, 100% waterproof, high performance kajal liner specially designed for the inner rims that contains a high concentration of pigments for dramatic definition that glides on effortlessly. New Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Trio Nude Looks Collection in Natural Nude or Warm Nude delivers the perfect glam nude looks. ($11.95 at mass market retailers and drugstores)

For a hint of just-bitten lip color, this long-wearing tinted lip color glides on like lipstick but imparts the high-shine effect of a gloss. Infused with nourishing Jojoba, Soybean, and Vitamin E ingredients e.l.f. Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick conditions and moisturizes for super-soft, kissable lips. The twist up component and smooth glide formula is easy to use and ensures the lip pencil will last through many applications. ($2 at

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