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Sometimes our lips need a little extra help. Something more than a balm or a scrub.  A voluminous boost!

Fine lines and wrinkles cause lip colors to bleed…you know that look- you probably had a third grade teacher whose lip-color slowly became huge red clown lips by the end of the day….yuck!

As we age, our body produces less collagen as a result our mouth loses volume, which leads to thinning of the lips, fine lines and wrinkles.  There are a ton of “plumping” products on the market but what they actually do is irritate your lips with ingredients like cinnamon, wintergreen, caffeine, ginger, menthol and forms of capsacin (the spicy chemical in chili peppers) causing them to swell and the results only last a few hours.

I have discovered a much more effective treatment which has lasting results: ReVive Intensite Volumizing Lip Serum.  This IS NOT a lip plumper it is a lip treatment and volumizer!

ReVive has harnessed RES Technology (a collection of special bio-engineered ingredients inspired by patented and Nobel Prize winning technology that mimic the performance of youthful skin), Cellular Filling Complex (a powerful combination Sodium Hyaluronate, Portulaca Plant and Plumping Spheres that improve the skin’s appearance after the subtle loss of facial volume) and Moisture Barrier Repair (natural moisturizing ingredients including Shea Butter, Bees Wax and Squalane which immediately hydrate and smooth lips and help them retain their own moisture) in order to achieve instant and lasting results.

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What is It: An effective and powerful lip serum that instantly works to treat aging and dry lips.

What Does it Do: Helps to deeply nourish, soften & volumize lips. Visibly repairs & reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles to unveil a fuller softer smoother more comfortable & younger looking pout.

How to Use It: Twist top of tube until product begins to appear on the brush then apply to lips. Use day & night a thin layer directly to lips. Follow with lip balm or color as desired.

Why I Love it:  After just one use my lips instantly felt and looked softer and fuller. After a few uses I noticed the fine lines and wrinkles around my lips begin to lessen. There is a  HUGE difference in how my lip color applies (evenly and smoothly) and stays put after using the lip serum.  No bleeding or flaking!

Where to Buy It: Neiman Marcus and NeimanMarcus.com

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Byredo Black Saffron Eau de Parfum

by christiem on August 27, 2014 · 1 comment

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Anyone who has been within an inch of my blog knows that I don’t typically do personal fragrance reviews.

I have been addicted to one single scent artisan for the past 4 years and didn’t think I would ever stray from them until I received a chic little white box in the mail from Byredo.

Oh Byredo you wicked temptress!

For those of you that aren’t familiar with Bydreo they are a Stockholm based Fragrance House who creates unisex fragrances with a distinct focus on quality and craftsmanship.

Founded by Ben Gorham, a tattooed, former basketball player, art school graduate and self-proclaimed gypsy- Byredo has quickly rose to cult stardom with celebs, olfactory connoisseurs and beauty junkies worldwide dubbing the brand their top pick in personal fragrances.

Byredo keeps the formulas simple to avoid clashing notes.  Gorham believes that fragrances with fewer notes keep each note justified.

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Never before have I fallen so deeply and so quickly in love with a fragrance.  I’ll give you a run-down of the notes but the best description I can give is to simply say that with one spritz Byredo’s Black Saffron leaves you feeling instantaneously sexy.

The scent opens with citrus notes of Asian Pomelo and crisp Juniper Berries. It then settles into a warm Kashmiri saffron scent fused with Black Violet, Leather Accord, Blond Woods, Raspberry and Vetiver.

Dusty, Dark, Sweet, Spicy and complete sensual.   If purple velvet fabric came to life as a scent this would be it.

One of my favorite features is that this scent is available in both vanity size bottles and travel forms.  The travel set included 3 spray refills which work within a gorgeous leather travel case perfectly fitted to slip into your handbag- the ultimate way to refresh throughout the day!

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Byredo Black Saffron as well as thier full range of scents is available at Neiman Marcus and NeimanMarcus.com

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Work it Out with Marika

by christiem on August 23, 2014 · 7 comments

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The only thing I hate more than shopping for swimwear is shopping for activewear.

The activewear market is flooded with styles that produce silhouettes targeted at those who are already ridiculously fit and look as though they probably won a Beachbody competition or were on the cover of Muscle & Fitness Hers, which leaves the rest of us feeling utterly defeated before we even hit the gym.

So, my standard workout gear has devolved into baggy cut-off sweats and a t-shirt which are anything but flattering.

A couple weeks ago I received something in mail that has changed my entire outlook on activewear: Marika Magic Slimming Capri Leggings.

They had me at slimming.

These slimming capri’s are double lined, which means there are two layers of fabric that help make you look slimmer, while hiding other imperfections, like lumps, bumps,  rolls, and panty lines.

Made of Slimming 2 way stretch fabric with flattering contour seaming and a sculpting power mesh lining along the thigh area these game-changing leggings produce an overall slender, toned and sleek silhouette! Despite having tummy control, the stomach/waist area doesn’t cut in at all which means you don’t have to worry about exposing any muffin top during your next downward dog!

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The second I slipped into my Slimming Capri’s I fell in love.  Not only were they ridiculously comfy but they gave me the illusion of having buns of steel! Holla!

They are so adorbs that I’m even considering removing the hanging clothing from my elliptical machine and actually working out!

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Marika Magic Slimming Capri Leggings are available in sizes S-M-L-XL for just $55 at Marika.com

BONUS: Now through AUGUST 31, 2014 my readers can receive 30% off their Marika purchase at Marika.com with DISCOUNT CODE: MM30

Work it out ladies!

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Brush Up Cruelty Free with Tweezerman

by christiem on August 20, 2014 · 1 comment

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A good makeup brush is hard to find.

When you finally do find one you like, odds are it will be made of natural/animal hair, most commonly squirrel, mink, sable, horse (sometimes called “pony” or “camel”), or goat hair.

Mink and sable brushes typically use hair obtained from the fur industry, which is known for trapping and killing animals for their pelts, often by gassing or electrocuting to avoid damaging the hair. Horse hair commonly comes from horses slaughtered for meat, goats are shorn like sheep (and may suffer cuts and other horrific injuries), and squirrels are hunted or trapped. Some manufacturers obtain their hair supplies from other countries, where animal welfare regulations are either lax or nonexistent.

Not the most cruelty-free of products! So you can see why I prefer my makeup brushes to be made with synthetic bristles.  In the past it was difficult to find a high quality synthetic brush- they either didn’t hold makeup as well or they weren’t as durable as natural/animal hair brushes until now!

I am so excited to introduce you to my new OBSESSION from Tweezerman- Tweezerman Brush iQ.

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Crafted with patented technology these luxury cosmetic  brushes are made with DuPont Natrafil filaments, which feel like and perform even better than natural hair brushes!  They are more hygienic than animal bristles, have a better pickup and release and deliver a uniform application PLUS No-shedding!

The collection contains 12 professional-quality brushes- everything from a powder brush to foundation, contour, brow and lip brushes.  For those of you that get a bit overwhelmed on the where and when to use different types of brushes  Tweezerman has made it simple by labeling each brush with an easy identifier!

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 Love Love Love these brushes!  Super soft, great application, easy to clean AND best of all Cruelty Free!

Grab some today at Tweezerman.com or Ulta Stores near you!

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37 Actives High Performance Anti-Aging Cream

August 19, 2014

What if I told you you could find 50 of the worlds best anti-aging ingredients in ONE single skin cream?  Well, you can! Developed by Harvard-trained dermatologist Dr. Macrene Alexiades-Armenak, 37 Extreme Actives High Performance Anti-Aging Cream was designed to replace the cocktail of products many of us use on our skin every day. Containing fifty […]

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Ted Takes Vegas

August 15, 2014

Today, my favorite connoisseur of  style and wit Ted Baker London  opened a their newest location at the Fashion Show Mall. The 2,387 square foot store takes inspiration from traditional British gambling and the contemporary glamour of Las Vegas.  With bespoke fixtures featuring laser cut bowler caps and a huge laser cut wall with a King and Queen of […]

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Shark Week with LUSH

August 11, 2014

Finally…it’s here..my favorite part of summer….insert the JAWS soundtrack..da-duh..da-duh..da-duh…Discovery Channel’s annual week long series SHARK WEEK! Since 1987 Discovery Channel has been luring viewers in and catching their attention with entertaining and educational shark-tastic television programming. This year will feature over 14 hours of new content as well as  presenting information on the preservation of sharks, and the […]

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August Scent of the Month

August 5, 2014

My August scent of the month is a posh bath time treat from the Colorado small batch perfumery Library of Flowers that smells absolutely mouth watering, Honeycomb Bath Milk.   From the second I received  a sample of this in the mail I have been obsessed. The sweet fresh scent takes you over in a warm embracing way, […]

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What is a Concentrator?

August 4, 2014

There is an important hair care tool that many women seem to be a stranger to and that is a concentrator. A concentrator is a styling tool accessory or attachment that fits on the end of your dryer.  It’s the little plastic piece that looks like a duckbill and comes with your dryer when you […]

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Steal the Style: Guardians of the Galaxy

August 1, 2014

There has been a scifi sized black-hole in my heart ever since Joss Whedon’s cult classic sci-fi space opera series Firefly went off the air over a decade ago. The smart-mouthed space cowboy series packed with flawed but lovable characters banding together- for various reasons- to save the universe delivered a unique kind of sci-fi […]

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