Wednesday

How to Reveal a Radiant Summer Glow without the Sun

Women have unique relationships with their bronzers.  Often we crave a healthy, copper complexion, but end up awkwardly resembling Rafiki from the Lion King #ContourFail.  The secret for a luminous insta-glow every time is blending.  The experts agree that delayed gratification leads to that perfect summer hue.  You have to build your golden glow like the way a natural tan develops – minus the sun.

Our favorite new way to get a subtle sun-kissed face is Too Faced Luminous Bronzer.  The brand offers a wide array of colors with shades that range from snow bunny to chocolate solid, so you can enhance your most glamorously natural self from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 

For a fun splurge, you can fake your way flawless with the brand’s Ultimate Bronzer Wardrobe, which features their entire assortment of eight full-size iconic bronzers and a Teddy Bear Hair Retractable Kabuki Brush for flawless application.

This creative kit even includes face templates to let you experiment with bronzer combinations for all occasions (read: you don’t have to show up to your ex-boyfriend’s engagement party looking like a tribal warrior).

Scoop up some bronzer and unleash your inner artist for a radiant summer glow without harmful UV rays.

For more information, visit: Toofaced.com

Monday

Time to Dump your Saggy Old Bras

We live in a busy city, where there's always something going on.  You have to run from work to meet friends, then to your sister’s to borrow a dress, then off to dinner with your man – there just is not time to be fussing with an uncomfortable or under-performing undergarment.

I finally reached my limit after a day of getting stabbed in the back for seven hours by a rogue bra hook that suffered too many cycles in the dryer.

As a full-chested gal, I find that bra shopping is not only infuriating but winds up costing a fortune. Determined to minimize my shopping experience, I went to a nearby department store and sought out a bra-tender who helped me take care of business.

My requirements were comfortable straps, smooth back support, and of course it had to contain my coconuts.

These were the two badass brassieres that won my heart:

During the Day:

What’s to love: Say bye-bye to under arm bulge, because this bra holds in your boulders with elastic-free sides and back for a sleek look under a soft vintage t-shirt or even a silk blouse.  Consider it a $40 boob job, because your knockers will look fit, firm and will stay in place.

Just for fun: This bra has front adjustable straps, which seriously, I don’t know why this hasn’t been invented earlier.  You can actually control your straps without feeling like a contortionist from Cirque Du Soleil.

Necessary for Night:

What’s to love: You can’t just let your hooters hang out, or they will start to feel all saggy.  My conundrum was how to tame my ta-tas without feeling constricted.  My bra-blem was solved with this wire-free version that has thick, cushiony straps that won’t dig into my shoulders.

Just for fun: this bra comes in 4 different colors, so if you are feeling naughty (black), nice (white), chill (smoked pearl) or energized (espresso), there is an option for every mood.



Friday

Smooth Legs for Spring – No Exceptions!

Winter is officially over and it is time to trade out your boyfriend jeans for flirty, thigh-high frocks. As your pants disappear, so do your excuses for unshaved legs.

Shaving is an unfortunate part of the daily grind, but we have a secret weapon to ease the ongoing agitation. Our favorite new shaving gem is Pearl Polish from SHAVEWORKS.

Why you need it right now

This dual-action magic potion is both a gentle cleanser and a silky-soft shave oil. It invigorates the skin while foaming up into a healthy lather, which allows the razor to glide through your follicle forest for a close, smooth shave.

The oil-based formula lets you know it is working without leaving a greasy residue. There are no limits with this product – you can use it on your legs, armpits, or even your bikini line, it's safe for the most sensitive of areas.

Added bonus:
This body oil smells delish and leaves behind a gentle fragrance of ginger, lavender and vanilla.

For more information check out shave works pearl polish

Monday

Don't Wait Until Last Minute for the Perfect Mother's Day Gift


Your mom gave you the gift of unconditional love, and how you’ve got to somehow repay her for years of endless compassion, support, laundry - and let’s not forget your reign of terror during your teenage rebellion years.

Don’t leave it to last minute, scoop up these adorable Mother’s Day Must-Haves to show your appreciation for the Alpha Female in your life.



GIFT SETS
ME! Bath Advanced Body Care Gift Set – $50 at Nordstrom.com
Secure your spot as favorite child with a trifecta gift set filled with luxe beauty products she’s bound to love. Moisturize, exfoliate, cleanse and rejuvenate your skin all while drenching yourself in this soothing mix of Madagascar vanilla and lavender.  The set includes a Tri-Functional Sugar Scrub, Rejuvenating Body Lotion, and a Pumice Stone – a powerful antibacterial stone comprised of siliglass. 

L’Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Gift - $78 at Loccitane.com
Transport mom to the fragrant gardens of Grasse, France with this new spring collection gift set. Cultivated by traditional and passionate experts in the region, the NEW! Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc fragrance boasts the velvety, rich notes of the blue Iris flower combined with the luminous, transparent notes of white Iris. This precious set includes an Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Eau de Toilette 75ml, Shower Gel 250ml and Body Milk 250ml.

Lancome La Vie Est Belle Gift Set – $102 at Lancome-usa.com
For the woman who lives in the present—filled with honesty, truth, and gratitude—life truly is beautiful. Help her celebrate her own unique path with this elegant collection of 2.5 Fl. Oz. EDP Spray, 1.7 Oz. Fl. Body Lotion, and 1.7 Oz. Fl. Shower Gel in one of Lancôme’s premier scents. Made with perfumery’s most precious ingredients, La Vie Est Belle entwines the elegance of iris with the strength of patchouli and the sweetness of praline. Floral notes of sambac, jasmine, and Tunisian orange blossom are added in the form of sublime absolutes. 

Clarisonic® Limited-Edition Mother’s Day Value Set in Sunwashed Peach - $150 at Clarisonic.com
Let her know she’s such a peach this Mother’s Day with the Clarisonic Mia 2 in Sunwashed Peach. This set features Mia 2, which is powered by patented sonic technology and is clinically proven to cleanse skin six times better than hands alone. Gentle yet powerful, The Sonic Method works with the skin’s natural elasticity to thoroughly cleanse and go beneath the skin’s surface to beautifully transform its texture, reducing the appearance of pore size and creating a softer, smoother, more radiant complexion. 
  
Erno Laszlo Limited Edition Ritual Firming Set – $175 at ErnoLaszlo.com
This Mother’s Day, Erno Laszlo is offering a limited edition skincare rituals that nourishes skin by dissolving impurities and oil deep within pores. The set is built upon the brand’s classic skincare principles that have been passed down from generation to generation, known as the Laszlo Legacy. Help create a daily day and night skincare skincare regime for mom with the choice of three sets for either firmer, hydrated or brighter skin.

Meaningful Beauty® Advanced Anti-Aging System – $40 at MeaningfulBeauty.com
Through Meaningful Beauty®, founder and supermodel Cindy Crawford shares her secret to beautiful skin and now you can share with Mom for Mother’s Day. The comprehensive skincare collection is designed to moisturize, protect, hydrate, and rejuvenate with powerful antioxidants that fight free radical damage, vitamins that enhance radiance, and marine and plant extracts that offer intensive moisture and firming – all in one system that is as easy to use as it is efficacious. 

Peter Thomas Roth Rose 4-Piece Kit – $65 at PeterThomasRoth.com
Give mom the gift of youthful-looking skin. Housed inside a beautiful rose-printed case (no wrapping necessary) you’ll find cult-favorites, including Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask and Cleansing Gel, Mega Rich Intensive Anti-Aging Cellular Eye Cream, and Pink Bombshell Lip Balm. 

Shaveworks The Works: Bare Perfection Kit – $54 at Anthony.com
Give mom the gift of relaxation with The Works: Bare Perfection Kit from Shaveworks. Featuring Pearl Soufflé Shave Cream, The Cool Fix and The Cool FixRollerball, this three-step trifecta of hair removal products creates a luxurious and relaxing shave experience. The Pearl Soufflé Shave Cream is formulated with Capislow to minimize hair growth, Phytic/Glycolic Acid to exfoliate and reduce ingrown hairs, and Mediacalm Complex, for superb moisturizing and calming benefits. The Cool Fix is a targeted all-in-one gel lotion that fights ingrown hairs, razor burn irritation, redness and everyday common hair removal woes from head to toe. Finally, The Roller Ball is ideal for targeted areas, like the lip and brow, and instantly soothes irritated skin upon contact after waxing or threading.

Caudalie Detox Package (Available in NYC) – $275+ Caudalie.com
This mother’s day, show your love by gifting her with an indulgent cleansing package for a full detox from head to tie. The treatment starts with an application of Caudalie’s signature Crushed Cabernet body scrub, followed by a warm Slimming Wrap and a massage designed to accelerate cellular renewal and improve circulation and skin texture. She’ll then receive a Polyphenol C15 Facial to restore radiance; the facial includes Caudalie’s new Instant Detox Mask, which acts like a vacuum to cleanse pores leaving skin instantly cleansed, tightened and refreshed.  

FRAGRANCES

Annick Goutal L’Ile Au Thé EDT – $140 at Annickgoutal.com
Inspired by Camille Goutal and Isabelle Doyen’s visit to Jeju, an island off the coast of Korea, the two worked to create a fragrance with a palette of greens and oranges infused with a note of tea. Notes include White Musk, the luminous zest of Mandarin, the velvety scent of Osmanthus, and deep green tea leaves.

FLOWER Fragrance Collection in Cherished – $25 at Walmart.com
A fragrance collection for the modern day “every” woman juggling love, friends, family, work… life. Cherished is the comforting and nuzzly floral, captured in a hug of skin musks and powdery notes that surrounds you like a soft cashmere blanket.

Ralph Lauren Fragrances Midnight Romance Atomizer – $90 at Ralphlauren.com
A perfect gift for the modern mom who does it all, this floriental fragrance is inspired by the enchantment of feminine mystery. Midnight Romance, the fragrance of passionate desires, is now available in a stunning 100ML atomizer bottle. A sensual embrace of pink peony and black vanilla creates an alluring contradiction, makingMidnight Romance a perfect fragrance for day or night. Developed by a male and a female master perfumer, each note adds a facet of femininity and mystery.
Price: $90 (100ml), Available at select Ralph Lauren boutiques, RalphLauren.com and select retailers

Terry De Gunzburg Rêve Opulent Love Edition – $215 at Barneys.com
The ultimate in “LOVE,” Terry de Gunzburg dedicates her new creation to all the mothers in the world with a vibrant limited-edition case: RÊVE OPULENT. The designer daringly unites two carnal expressions of ultimate femininity: a floral eau de parfum, RÊVE OPULENT, and a ROUGE TERRYBLY fuchsia lipstick taken to the very height of sensuality. The fragrance, RÊVE OPULENT, is a fresh blend of mandarin and white peach. At the heart, gardenia blooms from the explosion of the most beautiful Indian Sambac jasmine flowers swirled into Turkish rose. In the trail, this floral kaleidoscope reveals a musky vanilla harmony.


GLAM-MA     
Avon Ultra Color Indulgence – $5+ at Avon.com
Mom might gravitate toward a natural palette 364 days of the year, but for Mother’s Day, let her glam it up with bright eyes and a bold lip. With Avon’s Ultra Color Indulgence Lipsticks, she will look flawless.

CIRCA Color Focus Eyeshadow Palette – $12 at walgreens.com
There’s a palette to fit every moms’ style in this new eyeshadow range from CIRCA. These six easy-to use and expertly coordinated palettes each contain three eyeshadow shades with superior blendability and outstanding color payoff for an effortlessly gorgeous eye look. The weightless, true-to-color pressed powder pigments come in a variety of finishes: shimmering, matte and satin. The buildable color is beautiful applied dry, and can also be applied wet for increased shine and intensity.
Price: $12 each, Available at Walgreens

Laura Geller Lambswool Paddle – $17 at LauraGeller.com
A skin-perfecting tool unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Made of super-soft natural lambswool, this paddle works to buff your makeup to an airbrushed-smooth finish. This brush is not only a finishing tool, but it can also be used to apply powder or blush. It works to absorb excess product while smoothing in place, leaving skin looking soft, even, and beautiful. This is the ultimate at-home tool to make you look like your makeup was professionally done and in a quick, easy step for any mom on the go.

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude – $20 at Lorealparisusa.com
Give Mom a palette so diverse that she can create endless eye looks. Whether the desired look is soft or bold, classic or trendy, natural or dramatic, the new all-inclusive L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude offers a gorgeous range of shadows designed to create an endless number of sophisticated eye looks. Available in La Palette Nude and La Palette Nude Smokey, both palettes includes a symphony of handpicked neutral eye shadows that complement every skin tone. 

Nails inc Luxe Boho Collection – $15 at Nailsinc.com
This collection is inspired by the 70’s vibes seen on the summer runways of Pucci, Chloe and Valentino. Three special effects polishes combine dense cut pieces of creamy peach to hot pink, giving a flower burst look on the nail. The shades can be applied straight on to a basecoat or for added impact, over the top of a pasted or white based shade.

Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick – $22 at Urbandecay.com
For the low-maintenance mom who loves a high-impact look, Sheer Revolution Lipstick offers bold pigments that are easy to apply, and wear sheer yet shiny. Like the original formula, Sheer Revolution hugs your lips and has a buttery-smooth application. Available in ten shades, the formula is laced with Maxi-Lip™, which helps define and hydrate lips while making them look plumper and fuller, along with Shea butter, jojoba, olive, and babassu oils, and Vitamin C and E.

ESSENTIALS

PHYSIQUE 57 Classes – $20+ at Physique57.com
Exercise helps prepare the body for labor and delivery and is proven to aid in postnatal recovery. Based on the Physique 57 technique, Physique Prenatal/Postnatal* is a unique program that combines light cardio, strength training and stretching to meet the needs of women during pregnancy and as they recover post-pregnancy. New and expecting mothers can treat themselves to a healthy workout session to balance their body, feel great and build confidence all while having fun. Class size is limited to ensure lots of personal attention within a nurturing, community atmosphere.

Zeel – Check out www.zeel.com
The kids are finally asleep and you could use a little pampering STAT. In comes Zeel - a revolutionary Smartphone app that lets you book same-day, in-home massages with licensed and vetted therapists, who will come to you in as little as an hour! With Zeel, moms can enjoy a massage in the comfort, convenience, safety, and privacy of the place and time of their choosing, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, with start times as early as 8 am and as late as 10:30 pm. They bring the table to you – and they promise to be quiet and not wake the little ones…

Hästens Down Booties – $80 at Hastens.com
Allow mom to cushion her feet with tender, loving care. These warm, indulgent slipper boots are filled with a superior blend of 75% white down and 25% sea bird feathers. Made with 100% cotton, she can slather on foot cream and slip these on, and reach a relaxed state.


Wednesday

Does your Skin Need Psychotherapy?

We all know that April showers bring May flowers but they also bring a lot of dehydrated skin that is not sure how to respond to the weather change. As your skin tries to figure out an appropriate response, you can help it ease the transition with a refreshing serum.

One of the biggest contributing factors to radiant skin is deeply penetrative moisture. This effect keeps cells plump and effectively wards off dry, craping damage. 

This week we are hooked on Erno Laszlo Hydro-Therapy Refresh Infusion. It is a daily serum that glides on the skin and is quickly absorbed for intense hydration. The science behind the serum includes a potent triple–hydration and probiotic complex to balance your skin. This technology helps you face sure up its defense mechanisms for an instantaneous improvement. It is like instant psychotherapy for your skin.

For more info, visit: Ernolaszlo.com

Thursday

How to Destress After Tax Day?

Nothing is certain but death and taxes, and since tax day has passed, it is time to celebrate that you're not dead. In fact, today – April 16th – is recognized as stress awareness day – a day to ease the tension induced by running yourself ragged these last few days, collecting financial documents and praying you make it to the post office before 5 PM.

You've worked really hard and you deserve to reward yourself, so here are two fun ideas to recharge and coddle yourself for a job well done.

Get Zen with the push of a button
Zeel - a revolutionary Smartphone app that lets you book same-day, in-home massages with licensed and vetted therapists, will come to you in as little as an hour! With Zeel, customers can enjoy a massage in the comfort, convenience, safety, and privacy of the place and time of their choosing (home, hotel, office, etc.), 7 days a week, 365 days a year, with start times as early as 8 am and as late as 10:30 pm. They bring the table to you, so no more dealing with the hassle of commuting to the spa and losing your zen on the crowded ride home.

For more info, visit: Zeel.com

Love Physique 57? Get out of town!
No, really – go on an amazing vacation with Physique 57, in a partnership with Escape To Shape. Put your tax refund to good use on a week long vacation to Ecuador and your favorite fitness fad. For their upcoming trip to Quito + Mashpi, Ecuador, June 13-20, Escape to Shape it partnering with Physique 57 again to offer an amazing travel experience full of the internationally-acclaimed barre-based workout and fitness favorite. Ideal for solo travelers as well as for couples and friends, Escape To Shape takes the planning and stress out of a vacation, leaving more time for relaxation, exploration, transformation and pleasure. See results in your body and mind in this transformative retreat.

For more info, visit: Escapetoshape.com

Friday

Weekend Beauty Update: Fragrances for Femmes + Hommes

Despite consulting a ground hog, circling dates on the calendar, even dressing for the season we want, not the one we have – the warm, spring weather has evading our grasp.

While we wait for the weather to turn, and flowers to bloom, we are embracing floral scents and invigorating our endorphins with a bouquet of seasonal fragrances.

Snap up these springtime scents just in time for “National Fragrance Day” (tomorrow!)

POUR LES FEMMES

Annick Goutal L’Ile Au Thé EDT
Inspired by Camille Goutal and Isabelle Doyen’s visit to Jeju, an island off the coast of Korea, they worked to create a fragrance with a palette of greens and oranges infused with a note of tea. Notes include White Musk, the luminous zest of Mandarin, the velvety scent of Osmanthus and deep green tea leaves.
Price: $149 (100ml), Available at the Annick Goutal Boutique – (646) 964-4819 – ships nationwide

FLOWER Fragrance Collection
A fragrance collection for the modern day “every” woman juggling love, friends, family, work… life. All three of the scents included in the FLOWER Fragrance Collection capture the joy of life and love, in all of its meanings. Change your scent as often as you change your mood.  Wear alone or combine throughout the day so your fragrance evolves with you.
Cherished (white bottle) – this comforting and nuzzly floral, captured in a hug of skin musks and powdery notes that surrounds you like a soft cashmere blanket.
Price: $24.98 (30ml), Available at Walmart and Walmart.com

Ralph Lauren Fragrances RALPH Fresh
Introducing RALPH Fresh, the fragrance that refreshes your zest for life – designed for the girl who is free-spirited, exhilarated and radiant. Inspired by a sparkling sorbet cocktail, the ultimate in refreshing drinks, this floral citrus fragrance is a sparkling mix of zesty yellow lemon, sweet magnolia and chilled watermelon.
Price: $74 for 100ml at RalphLauren.com in April 2015

Ralph Lauren Fragrances Midnight Romance Deluxe Atomizer 
Discover a new, ultra-feminine way to wear Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance with the Deluxe Atomizer Edition. The fragrance combines a sensual embrace of pink peony and black vanilla to create an alluring contradiction, perfect for wear day or night.  Fresh and pretty for spring, Midnight Romance features an exhilarating and unique mix of notes, including:
Price: $90 (100ml), Available for a limited time in April 2015 at select Ralph Lauren boutiques and RalphLauren.com

Terry De Gunzburg Rêve Opulent Love Edition
For Terry de Gunzburg, life is made of words, Love and Colors. She dedicates her new creation to all the romantic women in the world: passionate, perfumed and colorful letters held in a vibrant limited-edition case: RÊVE OPULENT. The designer daringly unites two carnal expressions of ultimate femininity: a floral eau de parfum, RÊVE OPULENT, and a ROUGE TERRYBLY fuchsia lipstick taken to the very height of sensuality. The fragrance – RÊVE OPULENT – is a fresh blend of mandarin and white peach. At the heart, a gardenia blooms from the explosion of the most beautiful Indian Sambac jasmine flowers swirled into Turkish rose. In the trail, this floral kaleidoscope reveals a musky vanilla harmony.
Price: $215, Available at Barneys

Anna Sui La Nuit de Bohème Eau de Toilette
La Nuit de Bohème Eau de Toilette conveys a power that nothing else has. One of elegance and sophistication. Luxury and femininity. There is an air of mystery about it, a seductive allure that captures the heart and stirs the senses. Welcoming the night with open arms, she dances into it, aware of her flirty, girly charm. The fragrance opens with the fizz of champagne citrus and midnight blackberry, then deepens to gilded lotus flower, Rose Petale™ and the lengthening play of evening with sunset oud wood. As a final finish, it plays out with cedarwood heart, Haitian vanilla orchid, Indonesian patchouli and golden amber resin. A gilded, glistening fragrance of pure gold.
Price: $65 available at Nordstrom.com


POUR LES HOMMES 

Kenneth Cole Mankind Ultimate
MANKIND Ultimate by Kenneth Cole is the newest addition to the MANKIND fragrance collection. This limited edition scent continues to celebrate the evolution of the modern man – confident, connected and ready to take on today’s challenges. The Ultimate Man is a man who inspires, who demonstrates strength every day, and always perseveres. The fragrance opens with citrus accord mixed with cucumber and a splash of watery effervescence on the top. Middle notes include cashmere woods and vetiver root wrapped in an aromatic floral. The bottom notes hold the strength and foundation of the fragrance using sandalwood, oak moss, tonka crystals and a trail of addictive musk to captivate the senses.
Price: $72, Available at Macy's and macys.com

Ralph Lauren Fragrances Polo Supreme Oud
A hypnotic blend of precious spices, smoky oud and rich woods, Ralph Lauren presents its most luxurious World of Polo fragrance yet. Designed for the refined gentleman looking for an indelible, signature scent, POLO SUPREME OUD is as discerning and selective as its wearer. As the brand’s first men’s eau de parfum, it uses a higher concentration of refined ingredients to ensure quality, strength and longevity. Oud is one of the most exquisite materials used in haute perfumery. Valued at approximately 1.5 times that of gold, the unique ingredient is found in an exotic species of Agarwood trees located in the Middle East and Southeast Asia and is burned to create an intensely mesmerizing scent. Inspired by Ralph Lauren’s infinite taste for exceptional objects, Master Perfumer Carlos Benaim’s vision was to recreate the essence of the burning resin to create a scent that is “memorable, masculine and intoxicating.”
Impeccably tailored, the oriental woody fragrance features a powerful contrast of notable ingredients, including:
Price: $125.00 (125ML), available in March 2015 at Bloomingdales, select Ralph Lauren boutiques, and RalphLauren.com

Ralph Lauren Fragrances Polo Red Intense
Shift your masculine senses into overdrive with Ralph Lauren’s new and bold fragrance, POLO RED INTENSE. This powerful, masculine scent ensures a higher concentration of ingredients, building on the winning formula of POLO RED for a more robust and longer-lasting aroma.
This oriental spicy fragrance includes:
Price: $86 (125ml), Available at RalphLauren.com starting April 2015
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