This week’s giveaway is a delightful medley of L’Occitane goodness in one of the best-ever scents, rose. A yellow mini suitcase holds the beauty brand’s latest Roses et Reines collection. In it, you’ll find an pretty container of body milk, eau de toilette, and a tube of hand and nail cream. A jar of bath salts accompanies the […]Full Story
I’m already a fan of Lavanilla, a brand that aims to make the fragrance experience a healthier one. Perfumes, if you are unaware, are full of chemicals. Lavanilla, on the other hand, focuses on essential oils and leaves out the mineral oils, synthetic dyes and fragrances, chemical sunscreens, aluminum, and sulfates. Typically, with perfumes on the natural end of the spectrum, I find they don’t last long without the powers of synthetic ingredients, but Lavanilla leaves a lingering sweetness that lasts all day. Everything the brand makes is vanilla-based (Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Blackberry, etc). I wear the Pure Vanilla perfume almost daily and slather on the Vanilla Lavender body butter nightly. The limited-edition Vanilla Summer variation has me drooling. The list of the notes alone should sell you: tropical mango, juicy pineapple, creamy coconut milk, island sugar cane, and Madagascar vanilla. That’s a serious vacation elixir. I’ve got one to give away. Enter here to win.Full Story
CALVIN MAHONE at Drybar Weapon of choice: Buttercup Why he loves it: “In the hair industry, there are many options when it comes to choosing the perfect hairdryer. I always tell my clients to opt for a nano ionic dryer. Nano ionic dryers use negative ions to neutralize static-causing positive ions, yielding less frizz while restoring moisture to the […]Full Story
Lashes rule these days. Extension lash bars are popping up on every corner. Beauty brands are leaning on brush technology and updated formulas to create lengthening looks that create a breeze when you blink. But if you’re not sure which of the myriad tubes is the one for you, maybe take a tip from one of Dallas’ blogging crew. With five girls and their eight recommendations, one of them might become your new go-to.Full Story
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In another lifetime, I’d own an apothecary full of delicious perfumes, oils, candles, and other tinctures. I’d include the line Sage, a collection of perfumes, rollerball oils, and candles inspired by birthstones. Every product is prettily packaged with a whimsical collection of notes. Take the Turquoise scent, for example. It’s made up of blue chamomile, grapefruit, cassis, floral-infused musk, sandalwood. “Fit for a mermaid,” according to Sage. Equally exciting is the candle’s outwear, a bright blue glossy glass jar encased in a paper container with ornate designs accented by gold sparkles. (Which you can keep to store other trinkets.)
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The first few months of 2014 have taught me an important lesson: never say never. Because one day, you’re going to wake up, look in the mirror, and decide you want to transform your dark tresses to blonde. At least I did, which was something I always swore I’d never do.
My infatuation with blonde hair started at the Beyoncé concert last July, and came to full fruition last Thursday at Blanc Salon. But it wasn’t an easy process—it took four months, three dyeing sessions, two salons, and a whole lot of chemicals, but I’m finally at a color I love. Here’s how I got there.Full Story
As the sunshine is pouring down, the airbrush tan questions are rolling in. I collected the most frequently asked and sent them to my go-to mobile airbrush girl, Jacy Rader of Bronze and Beautiful. Wake up with a halfway bronzed bod? There’s prevention (and a bit of a solution). Can’t figure out how to prep? Rinse and exfoliate. Jacy tackles the world’s spray tan dilemmas ahead.Full Story
Coconut oil is having a moment in the beauty world. Beauty and fashion sites are sprinkled with stories touting the benefits it’ll bring your skin, hair, and body. Namely, oil pulling, a system of gargling oil for a healthier mouth and teeth. Supposedly, it’s also ideal for moisturizing, shaving, conditioning, and drawing toxins from your body. I’ve been interested in giving coconut oil a try, so, I decided to go drastic. For one week, I exchanged the majority of my beauty regimen with the stuff. I used it as my moisturizer, deep conditioner, shaving cream, lip balm, and even gave oil pulling a try. See what happened.Full Story
Let’s ignore the fact that we’ll still be seeing temperatures in the 40s this week. It’s nearing the end of March and weather or not, let’s agree to move on from winter. Up next on our fair faces: everything from Estée and Aerin Lauder glow-y collections. In particular, I love Estée’s Pure Color Lip Shine crayon in Mandarin, Aerin Lauder’s Lip Goss in a shimmering Golden Kiss, and Estée’s Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer with a sheer, pearly finish. (Perfect for giving pale legs a boost.) I’ve got one of each to give away to one winner.
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Last week, the founder of Blushington beauty bar handed over a list of her five absolute favorite lip color shades for spring. Stila long-wear glosses in red and pink, a bright pink Kevin Aucoin stick, and a vibrant red from Julie Hewett made the cut. But my pick from her list? Becca’s lipstick in Eloise, a “ballerina pink.” It’s a matte color with hydrating, wax-free formula in a thin, silver tube. I think it’s a flawless, barely-there pink for everyday wear. We’ve got three to give away.
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Blushington has become one of my favorite local beauty go-to spots. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s affordable (just $40 for a full face), and you walk away looking much better than when you went in. What’s not to love? The artists are expertly selected and they understand what their clients want so you leave feeling with the face you were hoping for. Blushington founder and CEO Stephi Maron is a genius. She’s also shared with us her five favorite picks for spring lip colors.Full Story
LAFCO New York is making more magic. To complement its famed candle collection, they created a diffuser collection, complete with handblown glass vessels, and unfussy-but-decadent bath soaps in 2012. Two new launches have just arrived. Say hello to your new favorite hand cream and hand soap. True Liquid Soap is made with Italian olive oil for natural anti-bacterial and moisturizing properties ($15) and the Reparative Hand Cream contains cottonseed, olive, and almonds oils for sealing in soft skin and delicious scents ($20 to $32). Now meet the man behind it all. LAFCO ownerJon Bresler indulged us by answering a few quick questions about the line and some of his favorite things.Full Story
No matter that spring is approaching. A spritz of Chanel anything is never out of season. Coco Noir, with grapefruit, bergamot, rose, jasmine, patchouli, and sandalwood is warm, spicy, and comes in a sleek black case. We’ve got a travel-friendly 1.2-ounce spray bottle ready to be shipped off to a winner this week. It takes just two minutes to enter contest.
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Anyone who has taken spa advice from me has likely been recommended a trip to Hiatus at Inwood Village. It’s a topnotch facility with some of the best treatments, masseurs, and products. It’s also helmed by a very lovely Sheila Garrison with abnormally radiant skin, luscious hair, and a collection purse accoutrements so inspiring it made me put “shopping at Hiatus’ spa boutique” on my weekend to-do list. She popped by D’s offices yesterday, clad in black–with a very cool leather vest–to share her accessories. With a third location of the spa opening in Plano’s Willowbend Wellness Center in just a few short months, I have no idea how she found the time, but I’m so glad this veteran of the beauty biz could spare some time (and product suggestions).Full Story