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

Thursday

How to Ensure Serious Spring Break SPF Safety

You've deprived yourself of carbs for weeks, your bikini area is freshly waxed, even your eyebrows are on fleek, there's no denying it ladies, spring break is here.

Some may think the best protection on spring break is a pack of Trojans, but serious safety is shielding your skin from the sun. Before you take off to a villa in Cabo, or a penthouse in Palm Springs, be sure to stock up on SPF.

Keep in mind your delicate skin has not seen intense sunlight in months, so you are much more susceptible to painful (and damaging) sunburns.

No matter your budget, we have recommendations to keep you and your wallet covered. So go ahead and have another cocktail, because even if you pass out on your lounge chair, you can rest assured your skin is protected.

For those who’d rather spend money on cocktails than SPF:
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Suncare Invisible Protect Clear Cool Lotion in SPF 30 and SPF 50
This clear lotion has an instant cooling effect that reduces skin temperature on contact by 4˚F. The never-sticky, no-residue formula delivers long-lasting protection through an exclusive patented complex of UV filters. Infused with powerful antioxidants like vitamin E and white grape seed, the barely-there lotion keeps skin looking youthful and healthy.
Price: $10+ at lorealparisusa.com and chain drug, food and mass market retailers

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Suncare Invisible Protect Alcohol-Free Clear Finish Spray in SPF 30, 50 & 70
For those who don’t want to deal with all that rubbing, try a SPF spray.  This ultra-lightweight lotion protects skin from the sun’s harsh rays without leaving any streaks or residue. The new alcohol-free, non-drying formula, leaves skin soft, safe and sun blocked without any visible trace.
Price: $10+ at lorealparisusa.com and chain drug, food and mass market retailers

Sun Bum Pro SPF 50 Lotion
Partying under the sun has its perks, but since sunburn is not one of them, toss a pocket sized SPF in your tote for endless protection.  Slather on water-resistant Sun Bum Pro SPF 50 Lotion for loads of UV protection without that greasy feeling.  Plus, if you happen to get tossed into the pool, you won’t turn into a chalky white wench.
Price: $13 at Trustthebum.com

Sun Bum SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion
You can’t go wrong with a lightweight, moisturizing sunscreen lotion that smells as good as it protects.  It’s easy to trust that your skin is being shielded from harmful UVA/UVB rays, plus you can feel good about the vitamins and antioxidants that are enriching your skin.
Price: $16 at Trustthebum.com

For those who’d rather spend SPF than laser treatments in 5 years:
SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50
High-protection SPF can be challenging for combination and oily complexions, often creating a heavy look on the skin and clogging pores. Physical Matte UV Defense has a proven dual function against sun and shine, providing SPF 50 broadspectrum coverage in a weightless mousse texture. The aerated silica technology is able to absorb up to 15x its weight in oil, and the optimized smoothing base and translucent color spheres refine and perfect the appearance of skin tone and texture. The formula is noncomedogenic, and proven to maintain a matte finish even in hot, humid conditions.
Price: $34, Available soon at SkinCeuticals.com

Skin Laundry Advanced Protection SPF 35
This daily moisturizer contains broad spectrum SPF 35 for sun protection along with mild and moisturizing extracts to sooth and hydrate skin. This powerful sun shield is fortified with skin salving ingredients to stimulate circulation and revitalize, hydrate and improve skin firmness (that bikini confidence is growing by the minute).
Price: $25, Available at SkinLaundry.com and Skin Laundry clinics nationwide

blisslabs active 99.0 UV Protect SPF 30
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 (1fl oz), Available at bliss spas nationwide and on blissworld.com

Erno Laszlo Firmarine Moisturizer SPF 30
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 ErnoLaszlo.com

Erno Laszlo Luminous Intensive Hand Treatment SPF 25
You’ve shelled out plenty for your mani, but nail polish can’t fix granny hands.  While on vavca, your hands are just as exposed to harsh environmental elements as your face. Protect them from dehydration, discoloration and photo-aging and brighten and protect your skin with Erno Laszlo’s intensive UV hand cream.
Price: $68, Available at ErnoLaszlo.com

Nios Shield Leave-In Conditioner with SPF 15
You just spent all this money on the perfect sun kissed highlights, can’t hide your head under a hat.  So shield your hair and scalp with a leave-in conditioner that delivers full protection with a non-greasy, natural finish. Its Moroccan argan oil, Vitamin E, and Vitamin B5, hydrates hair and tames frizz without weighing it down while the built-in SPF sunscreen protects hair color and texture and scalp sunburn.
Price: $26, Available at Niosshield.com










Wednesday

St. Patty’s Day Survival Guide

If your St. Patrick’s Day plans include bar hopping across the city, then you need to stock up on some makeup and skincare essentials to help you avoid a dehydrated, sparkly-streaked hang over.  Our Irish-green inspired round up will help you get into the spirit, before you binge on alcoholic spirits.

Cheers!

1. By Terry Aqua-Print Eyeshadow in Green Fizz
Ultra practical, waterproof and gentle on the skin, this green eye shadow pencil has a wide tip for non-greasy glide-on application with soft and even coverage, lasting up to 16 hours.
Price: $38, Available at b-glowing.com

2. Clinique Wear Everywhere Neutrals in Greens
When in doubt, go neutral! Clinique introduces a collection of eminently wearable, mix-and-matchable hues. This 8-shade eye shadow palette explores the Green color family. Mistake proof combinations exist within the palette. Go matte, go shimmery, and get creative. There are no wrong answers. Wear Everywhere Neutrals eye shadow palette is crease-and fade-resistant and ophthalmologist tested.
Price: $36, Available at Clinique counters nationwide and Clinique.com

3. FLOWER Eyes On The Prize Eyeshadow Chubby in Olive My Love
Swipe on a lucky shade of a creamy, blendable, and luxurious Olive crème eyeshadow this St. Patrick’s Day. Easy and convenient, this self-sharpening chubby provides smooth & lightweight coverage, with a luminous finish that lasts all day without creasing or fading.
Price: $7.98, Available at Walmart and Walmart.com

4. GO SMiLE Touch Up ampoules in Fresh Mint
Something green to whiten your smile. A toothbrush, floss and breath mint in one convenient, portable ampoule. These Touch Ups contain a whitening formula with increased levels of hydrogen peroxide to keep teeth white and clean. Use up to three times per day after indulging in St. Patty’s day tooth-stainers such as irish coffee, red wine or cigarettes.  Just flip, pop, Touch Up™ to polish away discolorations and keep stains from setting into teeth.
Price: $10 for 7-count and $35 for 30-count, Available at GoSmile.com

5. Laura Geller INKcredible Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Emerald City
This gel eyeliner pencil provides waterproof glide-on color that stays put from day to night, delivering powerful, vibrant, multi-dimensional green color. Its super-soft precision tip allows for even application with no skipping or pulling. The highly pigmented formulas stay vibrant all day and the transfer-proof color won’t run or smudge.
Price: $20, Available at LauraGeller.com

6. L’Oréal Paris Silkissime Eyeliner by Infallible in Green Envy
Indulge your eyes in green silk. Glide on smooth intensity with this silk inspired liquid pencil. The smudge-proof formula lasts for up to 16-hours of intense green color from dusk until dawn.
Price: $8.99, Available at drugstore.com

7. Nails inc Alexa Chung Collection in Alexa Camo
As the face of Nails inc, Alexa Chung collaborated to create the perfect polish for a “party on your hands” this St. Patty’s day. This shade blends a mix of green and nude metallic and matte particles for an innovative camouflage effect on the nail.
Price: $15, Available at nailsinc.com
   
8. Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud
Get in the Irish mood this St. Patrick’s day! Purify, refine and decongest skin with Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask. Odorless Irish Moor Mud draws out dirt, oil and impurities as it infuses skin with moisture and vitamins. With the highest level of organic content in the world, PTR specifically chose 9,000 year-old black Moor Mud harvested by hand from the Irish countryside. Rich in nutrients, essential minerals and potent anti-oxidants, it protects against skin damage. Black Hijiki Seaweed provides vital nutrition and hydration as volcanic ash revitalizes and detoxifies skin. Activated charcoal has a magnetic effect that draws impurities and toxins from congested pores. Helps minimize the look of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, leaving skin pure, fresh, hydrated and radiant.
Price: $58, Available at PeterThomasRoth.com

9. Ralph Lauren Fragrances Polo by Ralph Lauren
On St. Patty’s Day, everything should be green, including the cologne you choose to wear. Polo by Ralph Lauren is a true classic with a rich heritage. And it will be sure to mask any evidence of popping into a pub to celebrate your heritage – with an invigorating blend of wood, leather and tobacco, the Chypre Woody scent conveys a distinctive, enduring character.
Price: $78 (4oz EDT), Available on RalphLauren.com and at select retailers

10. Skin Laundry Nourishing Cleansing Oil
This enriched cleansing oil is ideal for gently moisturizing and soothing delicate skin while effectively removing makeup and impurities. It’s also the perfect green shade to get into the St. Patrick’s Day mood while cleansing your face. Skin looks and feels clean, soft and supple and is left with a healthy, radiant glow.
Price: $35, Available at SkinLaundry.com and Skin Laundry clinics nationwide

11. Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Kush
When Irish eyes are smiling…it’s because they’re wearing one of the best eyeshadows in the industry. Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Kush is the perfect swipe of lush, vibrant color for a pop of St. Patty’s green, with soft, amazingly velvety texture; richer, smoother, more uniform pigment distribution and blendability; and longer-lasting, more crease-free wear (that will stay put throughout the day’s festivities…whatever they may be.)
Price: $18, Available at Sephora, ULTA, select Macy’s, Sephora.com, Ulta.com, Macys.com, Beauty.com and UrbanDecay.com
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