Thanks Kim F. for the heads up!!!
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Invest in a good duffel bag for weekend getaways, either leather, wool or canvas. The KENNETH COLE Roma Satchel is a great carry-on. This fully lined bag has two exterior pockets for travel documents, a detachable shoulder strap, and metal feet. I also like the JACK SPADE Bleacher Plaid Ajax Duffel. On sale at www.jackspade.com for $197.50. Passport covers can be customized with your initials. AIAIAI Noise Cancelling Headphones are ideal for long flights. Blocks out crying babies and chatty travellers. And I also suggest a comfortable pair of jeans. Cashmere jeans are more forgiving than denim when you're sitting for a while. Try on NAKED AND FAMOUS Slim Guy Cashmere Jeans/$260. Take along a great pair of shades to hide tired eyes, a good read and you're set.
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This look recently hit the runway and was even embraced by celebs. For many of us, the first one causes a raised brow. More than that and most of us go into panic mode. What causes this random uproar? A gray hair (GASP)!
Whether you have some early strands or a head full, you can keep your hair looking salon fab with at-home maintenance.
To camouflage a few strands, try a semi-permanent dye which provides coverage but is ammonia free. Cover roots til your next pro job with CLAIROL's NICE N EASY AT HOME ROOT TOUCH-UP/$6.99 at www.drugstore.com. For complete coverage, choose a permanent color with low ammonia like CLAIROL's NICE 'N EASY PERFECT 10 HAIR COLOR/$14. Avail in 20 shades.
If you're fully gray, the PANTENE PRO-V SILVER EXPRESSIONS SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER will add vibrancy to dull hair. Only $6 each. Use this duo no more than twice weekly to avoid your hair taking on a purple tone.
Since gray hair follicles produce little oil and are generally dry, a glossing treatment can help. Try JOHN FREIDA LUMINOUS COLOR GLAZE/$10 in five shades. Be sure to hydrate with a rich hair masque. Keep hair shiny and smooth with KERASTASE OLEO-RELAX SERUM/$36. Tames wiry strands.
Society doesn't often equate gray hair with glam. No matter how you choose to wear your hair, be confident in your choice. Depending on the texture, hue, and style, I think it looks rather chic.
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- Marley: a lavender pink/soft metallic
- Dannii: a sparkling orchid/metallic
- Jules: a glimmering gold kiss/metallic
- Gemma: greenish purple duo-tone/metallic
- Dove: a pale gray/cream
- Caitlin: a misty gray violet/cream
Pick any one to carry you from now until the weather warms. I'm not a fan of gold but I would try Jules for sure (especially for an accent nail). You know ZOYA is free of harsh chemicals. Each polish is $7 or you can enjoy all six in a sampler (5 oz per shade)/$36 at www.zoya.com. In stores now.
My new find is the L'Oreal Infallible Le Rouge collection. Creamy full color in thirty shades. You can sneak a peek since the case is clear at the top. Or go to www.LorealParisUSA.com and check the Infallible Never Fail Makeup Collection tab. All are long-wearing (ten hour claim) and non-drying with a semi-matte finish. Each application initially feels like regular lipstick but after a few minutes, the color kind of seals down. No need for a topcoat because it has a bit of shine. So your mouth appears supple and soft without the color beading. Embossed with the L'Oreal logo for a luxury brand appearance but at a corner drugstore price. Approximately $9 at Walgreens. Perfect for brides and for the gal who doesn't want to fuss with reapplying lipstick throughout the day.
Color did not bead when I pressed my lips together.
No fragrance or flavor at all! (Color Riche is too perfumey for me.)
Liked the semi-matte texture when I blotted some of the shine.
Color fades after about six hours.
Less product because the lipstick is visibly smaller.
Nonetheless, I will select a few shades for my kit and my cosmetic bag.
(Le Rouge #737/Persistent Plum in both pictures.)
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Soon to be in SEPHORA and JC Penney, the launch consists of seven shades that take cues from the show: Hell to the No is a vibrant purple. Slushied is the opaque light blue. A pearled green gray called Mash Up and Who Let the Dorks Out, a peacock green, add offbeat flavor to the collection. Diva in Training, a vibrant pink, Gleek Out, a glittery lime green and Miss Bossy Pants, a raspberry shade make it hard to choose/$9 per at www.sephora.com.
In case you can't decide on just one, score big with the mini sets (pictured right). Each includes exclusives -- a glittery top coat Celibacy Club, a navy blue Sue vs Shue and Express Yourself to Yourself, a coral shimmer/$22. Add a personal touch with appliques in special GLEE designs.
Fragrances and cosmetics are rumored to follow. More on nail inspired looks here.
HIMALAYAN PINK SALT
This crystalline salt is extremely pure, therapeutic, and even nutritious. Contains 84 elements that match the ocean and our bodies. Easily balances the body's PH level, stimulates circulation and pulls toxins from the body. Can even alleviate flu-like symptoms. Add essential oils like lavender or chamomile to destress completely. Try the SAN FRANCISCO BATH SALT COMPANY Himalayan Bath Salt/$18.99 for 5 lbs. Select from fine, medium, or coarse grains and add a scent too. Go to www.sfbsc.com.
DEAD SEA SALT
Taken from the Dead Sea, used in ointments and soaps, this salt is the least drying. A concentration of minerals including magnesium and potassium. It's a natural muscle relaxer, soothing to arthritis and heals a host of skin conditions including psoriasis and eczema. Go to www.ahavaus.com for the JUNIPER Mineral Bath Salt/$22.
A common drug store favorite! It is a cheapie exfoliant that soothes dry skin. Known to draw out fluids to quickly reduce swelling and relieve achy muscles, it's the classic problem solver. Get more ways to use Epsom Salt here.
Yes, Sodium Chloride has amazing anti-bacterial properties in crystal form. A potent cleanser that fights acne and combats breakouts. Mixed with grape seed or olive oil, it makes a nice scrub.
Make sure you drink plenty of water to restore fluids that can be depleted. Fill the tub and add two or three scoops of the crystals. Choose from any of the bath salts above to refresh and rejuvenate both body and mind. Be sure to include a bath pillow, lie back and enjoy.
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Each year we make a commitment to start things fresh. A promise to improve our diet, start an exercise program or search for a new career. We also commit to better beauty and grooming habits.
My resolutions include:
Wearing Gloves: While I'm washing dishes or cleaning the bathrooms because the detergents are drying my hands making them hard (not ashy). Nothing pretty about that!
Using Natural Face Cleansers: Love the results from using honey, aloe, and lemon for cleaning my face and fading blemishes. Works better than the benzo wash from the dermatologist for me.
Going to Bed Earlier: Hitting the sack an hour earlier improves skin repair, balances weight gain and rejuvenates persona.
Stretching Every Day: I simply want to be more flexible and agile.
Regular Mani/Pedis: I would like to visit an upscale salon monthly. The Back Room/Hand & Foot Spa @ CAROL'S DAUGHTER, THE POLISH BAR of BROOKLYN, or JIN SOON Hand & Food Spa. I enjoy The Balm of Purity treatment. Go to http://www.jimsoon.com/ to see what services work for you. It's a necessary self indulgence -- enough said!
Get a Massage -- It's therapeutic, improves circulation and releases toxins. Whether it's consulting with my personal LMT, Isis or getting serviced at a spa, I would like to have one at least every four to six weeks.
Share your beauty and fashion resolutions in the comments section. Would love to hear from you!
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