Monday, March 30, 2009

Sweet Lime and Cedar Season

Just because the weather has been yin-yanging in and out of Spring—a delicate crocus here, golf ball size hail, there-- doesn’t mean that you can’t surround yourself with your own personal warmth, light and fragrance. Sweet Lime & Cedar from British fragrance house Jo Malone was introduced last fall and now the line has expanded to include Shower Gel, Body Crème, a Home Candle, and the newest, a Body Oil. Now you can completely immerse yourself in this most lovely fragrance from dawn to dusk.

The fragrance itself is, like all of the scents from Jo Malone, singular. The first whiff of Sweet Lime & Cedar will transport you to the land where its inspiration was born, Siam, now Thailand. Top notes such as Kaffir Lime, Blood Orange, Spearmint and Pink Pepper along with middles notes that include Clary Sage, Coconut, Coriander, Lavender, layered on base notes such as Cedarwood, Amber and Tamarind. How deliciously delightful and at the same time, subtle, mysterious and unmistakable.

Jo Malone's unique philosophy encourages you to experiment with scent. Each of her original fragrances was designed to be worn alone or layered on the skin. By combining two or three, you can create an unexpected signature scent of your own. Think Wild Fig and Cassis, veiled with Honeysuckle and Jasmine or Amber and Lavender combined with Nutmeg and Ginger.

The fragrance collections can be combined as you wish and can be elegantly gift-boxed. Sweet Lime & Cedar Fragrance Collection makes a thoughtful and beautiful gift for you or for someone else. Or both.

Find it at Jo Malone Shops,, and specialty stores including Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and select Neiman Marcus stores.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Attention Sephora Devotees

A few days left........

Mark your beauty calendar, it’s time to get gorgeous
– naturally! Sephora is pleased to announce a
special Beauty Insider event on Saturday, March
21st at all Sephora store locations. Get the inside
scoop on natural and organic beauty and pick up your free set of fabulous product samples!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Eucalyptus Euphoria

Here’s a hair care line that really wakes up your scalp and also leaves your hair looking healthy and glowing-- Root Awakening from John Frieda. Start with the shampoo and finish with a conditioner that is sure to wake up your hair and you.
Root Awakening products hydrate the scalp for visibly healthier, stronger hair with greater shine, bounce and manageability. Formulated with effective levels of natural Eucalyptus, each product in the comprehensive line invigorates the scalp to awaken 3x healthier hair. The formulas purify and nourish the roots and scalp to promote healthier-looking growth and instantly foster noticeably more resilient, radiant hair. The tingling sensation and energizing scent of the products create a multi-sensorial experience that lets you know the formulas are working at the root to promote healthier looking hair.

There are several formulas:
Root Awakening™ Health Infusing™ Shampoo and Conditioner for normal hair – Formulated with nourishing vitamins, this health-boosting duo nurtures visible hair health by feeding the roots for bouncy, shiny, radiant hair.

Root Awakening™ Nourishing Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner for dry hair – Containing vitamin E and targeted conditioning agents, this shampoo and conditioner deeply hydrates and nourishes from roots to ends, restoring essential moisture for soft, silky hair.

Root Awakening™ Strength Restoring Shampoo and Conditioner for breakage-prone hair – Developed with panthenol, this restorative shampoo and conditioner set instantly fortifies and silkens from roots to ends to reduce breakage and foster visibly healthier hair.

There is also a very handy detangling spray--don't you love those?.

Why Eucalyptus? This plant is not just a favorite of Koalas, Eucalyptus globulus oil is said to have therapeutic and antimicrobial properties and there’s no denying the fragrance itself is invigorating but your scalp will also feel a delightful tingle.

Price: About: $6.49

Sunblock Mental Block?

Sunscreen should be on your face every day. But do you apply it each morning? What blocks you from using sunblock?

Here is one you will want to put on—Clinique City Block Sheer SPF 25. This is a lightweight, subtly tinted, oil-free member of the City Block family is even easier to layer and more sheer on skin than ever before. New to the formula are moisture wicking fibers and a specific extract sourced from algae that help reduce excess oil on skin’s surface. These moisture wicking fibers help repel perspiration and help makeup stay-put.

This advanced, 100% physical (non-chemical) formula is perfect for people who cannot tolerate daily use of chemical sunscreens, all while providing anti-oxidants and anti-irritants one expects from the City Block line.

City Block glides on easily and feels very light on the face. With its subtle tint, it seems to act as a kind of primer for the other products that follow. When you use City Block you are getting not only an effective sunscreen that is good for your skin, you are getting your face ready for the other special effects you have planned for it. Do your face a favor by using Clinique’s City Block 25 or Super City Block SPF 40, which gives you even more protection but still feels light on your skin. It's also smart to use sunblock, or at least sunscreen, on your hands. They show the signs of sun damage sometimes before your face does. Maybe wearing some kind of gloves year 'round isn't such an antique idea.

Clean and Screen

Sunscreen. You know should wear it, but do you know you should wear it every day? Sure, it is more obviously needed during the sunny Spring and Summer months but the truth is, your skin is exposed to varying degrees of harmful rays every day of the year. Your skin can be more exposed by daily outside activities such as running errands, than it can by hanging about at a beach a few days out of the year.

It often happens that even when the weather forecast calls for three days of rain, the one day you decide to not put sunscreen on your face (or hands) is the day the sun will make an unexpected and mostly welcome, appearance. So even if you are 100% positive there will be zero rays hitting you, slather on a bit of sunscreen just as insurance. There are an increasing number of really good sunscreen products so there really is no excuse not to wear one.

Here’s one that is especially noteworthy: St. Ives Elements has a sunscreen that is a skin cleanser. Or is it a skin cleanser that is a sunscreen? Here’s how Protective Elements works: Moisten your face with water, apply liberally the creamy cleanser, dispensed from a pump, over your face with your fingertips, lathering in for 1 to 2 minutes. (Avoid the eye area, of course.) Rinse with water and pat dry.

Now your face is protected with an SPF 10 UVA/UVB sunscreen that worked its way onto your face while you were washing it. You can apply an additional stronger sunscreen, but at least if you forget, you have given your face some protection against harmful rays.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

To the Tooth

There are a few things you probably don’t give much thought to until you are sitting in the dentist office chair. Here are three products to help you keep those dental resolutions

Flossing is a big one—do you cringe when the dentist or dental hygienist asks if you floss? Perhaps the new Reach Ultraclean Floss will make it, if not an enjoyable task, certainly less of a chore. This floss if flexible so it moves smoothly between even crowded teeth. It is comfortable, gentle on the gums, won’t shred and has a nice mint taste.

Using the Reach Ultraclean Toothbrush—the one with the professional dental tool angle—will also help you reach your goal of cleaner teeth and healthier gums. It’s all about plaque removal.

Speaking of plaque, Listerine Total Care Anticavity Mouthwash is a one man band and jack of all trades (and master of all) for your mouth. It:
Helps prevent cavities, Restores enamel, Strengthens teeth, Kills Bad Breath Germs, Freshens Breath and fights unsightly and damaging plaque above the gum line.

Try these three steps each morning and night and you can know that the next time you are in the dentist’s office, you won’t have to fear the dental inquisition.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Skin Deep

Don’t look now but here comes some more “weather.” Temperatures seem stuck in the skin-irritating frost zone, showing little signs of a serious Spring thaw. Frigid temperatures, blustery winds—along with indoor heating-- take a toll on skin.

One line of defense is Lubdriderm Intense Skin Repair Body Lotion. It can help repair and heal rough, winter-weathered skin. Featuring a revolutionary, time released technology that contains encapsulated Shea Butter, it is clinically shown to provide 24-hour moisturization and relieve itchy dry skin.

Lubriderm is a very recognizable name in skin care but have you noticed how many different kinds of Lubriderm there are now? In addition to the Intense Skin Repair Body Lotion, there are 12 other Lubriderm products.
· Advanced Therapy Hand Cream - This unique formula, which is enriched with vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants, is clinically shown to moisturize for 24 hours, and lasts through hand washing, leaving your hands softer, smoother and more comfortable.
· Advanced Therapy Moisturizing Lotion - It moisturizes for 24 hours and is clinically shown to turn extra-dry skin into healthier, more resilient skin in just one week.

· Advanced Therapy Triple Smoothing Lotion- Specially formulated with alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), its exclusive triple-action formula gently exfoliates flaky skin to help improve skin cell turnover, smoothes the appearance of rough, uneven skin and is clinically shown to moisturize for 24 hours.
· Intense Skin Repair Calming Relief Body Lotion - It's specially formulated with soothing emollients and HydraRelease™ technology for 24 hours of continuous moisture for healthy-looking, soft and comfortable skin.
· Intense Skin Repair Body Lotion and Body Cream – both with HydraRelease™ technology

And there are the All Daily Moisture Lotions, all with 24 hours of continuous moisture.
· Daily Moisture Lotion
· Daily Moisture Lotion – Fragrance Free
· Daily Moisture with SPF 15
· Sensitive Skin Therapy Moisturizing Lotion
· Skin Nourishing Moisturizing Lotion with Sea Kelp Extract
· Skin Nourishing Moisturizing Lotion with Premium Oat Extract
· Skin Nourishing Moisturizing Lotion with Shea & Cocoa Butters+

Pick the one (or two) that best works for you and start getting your skin back into summer shape.