Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Ionic Styler Pro from InStyler


From the people behind the , dare I say, iconic InStyler comes a new tool to help make your hair look  better.

The Ionic Styler Pro is a hot brush and flat iron in one .  It's rather neat as the  brush splits in two to become a flat iron.  Push back together and snap the closure ( and it does stay closed when using as a brush ) to use the hot brush.

I'm more interested in the brush than the iron personally, but having them both on one saves space and cost on two separate tools among other things. There are two  heat settings up to 400' and the brush bristles are " cool touch".

The brush  gets hot , but not burn your hair hot and it gives my hair great volume especially at the crown which my long hair tends to weigh down and nice waves all over. It took just a few minutes to get a great look.

The flat iron plates are  smooth ceramic to tamp down that frizz.

I can easily see this duo tool becoming a staple. The mom even tried it on her fine hair ( the brush only) and loved it.

InStyler Ionic Styler Pro is $ 49.99 at Ulta stores.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Shiseido UV Protection Liquid & Stick Foundations

 Shiseido is re-launching two of their  Sun Care Foundations . The new formulations feature the activized ingredients of ProfenseCEL which inhibits enzyme activity that causes wrinkles and uneven skin tone and Super Veil -UV 360 that is a patent-pending technology helps ensure even coverage over the skin’s contours for effective protection from the sun.

Both of these foundation are high SPF with physical and chemical sunscreens. 
The UV Protective Foundation Stick is one of the most covering foundations I've used. It's simply fabulous. Full coverage  but it doesn't feel or look heavy. It does have oil as the first ingredient so this is more iffy for oily skins , but it doesn't feel greasy on. My skin looked flawless with this . The SPF is 37 and it's said to be resistant to water and sebum. Considering my semi oily skin I didn't get much oil breakthrough in the T Zone, some yes but not a lot.  Shown in shade Fair Ivory.

UV Protective Liquid Foundation also has good coverage although not quite as full as the stick .  It does however leave  behind a semi matte, nicely perfected face  and is also water and sebum resistant. The liquid is very thin, so one thing  to watch is that it flies out of the bottle tip easily. It's SPF 42 and comes with a sponge in it's own compact.  Shown in shade Light Beige SP20.

Both of these are available now at

Shiseido UV Protective Foundation Stick is $ 28
Shiseido UV Protective Liquid Foundation is $ 36

Love2Love Fragrances Hawaii Contest

Have you checked out the new fragrance line Love2Love by Coty at Wal Mart ? They  are well priced at $9.98 (for 3.4 oz) and $6.98  for (240ml) and come in four scents , Orange Blossom White Musk, Freesia Violet Petal , Jasmine Sprakling Mimosa,and Fresh Rose Peach. 

Love2Love along with Wal Mart want to send you to Hawaii. Sounds like a great idea , right ? Sunny azure beaches , surfing  and all.  Just design your dream date including destination ( I picked London naturally) , share it and you could win. There are also  17 weekly prizes of Fandango and American Express Gift Cards.

Click here  to enter and share with #love2lovewalmart.  Good Luck . 

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

mark Sail Away Duo Charm Necklace

Here's another fun  piece of jewelry debuting tomorrow from mark. as part of their St. Barts collection.

Sail Away Duo Charm Necklace features two multi stone goldtone charms that perfectly channel the nautical theme we are seeing a lot of this year. I've been wearing mine a lot already . One of the things I love most is the longer chain. It's 24 " overall but can be adjusted shorter . This won't get lost under a crew neck or hang to far into a v neck . Plus it can be paired with shorter chains as well.

The charms are small but not tiny with the sailboat coming in at 1" not incl. the bale.   It looks cute on it's own but also makes a great partner to the White About Now watch I showed last week.

mark Sail Away Duo Charm Necklace is $ 20 at beginning April 18th.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lorde Teen Vogue May 2014 Video

I love Lorde . Do you ? First off there are her songs which I admit to listening to over and over . Then there's her not afraid to be herself  persona. She seems very cool and far older than her years. She calls herself a weirdo in the video below, but I wish she wouldn't. Different maybe but so what ?

She's  covering May's Teen Vogue . I love her as a role model for teens, girls etc. For one thing she keeps her clothes on. No sheer bodysuits or less for her. Her quote on the cover "prescribed ideals of how girls should look are over" is wonderful. I only hope it's true. 

I always gravitated towards rocking women as influences or whatever you will call them growing up. Pat Benatar, Debbie Harry. Yes they were pretty but they did it their own way. Pat was singing You Better Run, not come here and let me swoon for you. Debbie told us about the  Heart of Glass that bit her in the , you know where . The  ladies of Heart fall into this category as well along with Joan Jett . I loved and still love those songs. I was not a pretty in pastel flowers kid once I got past 6 and even then only on Easter. No apologies.

Lorde is such a  huge presence right now. I hope she has staying power and stays true to who she is. For a look at the makings of the cover and an  interview with her , hit the video.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

MAC Mangrove & Pink Fringe- Proenza Schouler

The Proenza Schouler x MAC collab has been a hotly anticipated one.  It's almost here and  while it's a smaller collection there is plenty to choose from.

The packaging is a metal ombre look and I really like it. The tubes that house the lipsticks are heavy.

I have two of the new lipsticks , Mangrove and Pink Fringe. Neither are for the shy.

Mangrove is a bright coral red, more red to my eye and a matte, while Pink Fringe is a what MAC calls a "vivid flamingo pink" , and right they are. In the tube this looks to have less lip impact than it does on lips. It's bright and  a bubblegum sort of pink .   Pink Fringe is a satin .

MAC Proenza Schouler is on counters April 24th, online April 21st and is LE.