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The cranberry is a little fruit that is very big this time of year. Cranberries are good for you inside and out.  As a side dish, cranberries are rich in antioxidants that ward off bad cholesterol and reduce blood pressure.  When applied topically, they prevent wrinkles, exfoliate and act as a gentle astringent.  Each berry contains vitamins A and C to help with collagen production and hydrate skin.  Combine these ingredients from your pantry to maximize the benefits!

½ cup of cranberries
¼ cup of plain yogurt
3 teaspoons of olive oil
¼ cup of honey

Blend all together to a creamy consistency.  After it thickens, apply mixture to face for 15 minutes, rinse with warm water and moisturize.

DIY beauty is not for you?  Try these cranberry infused products instead: 

OLE HENRIKSON EXFOLIATING LIP SALVATION:  Contains cranberry seed oil to soften, smooth and moisturize lips with a cranberry colored tint with no petroleum/$15.

NIVEA POWERFRUIT HYDRATING SHOWER GEL:  This fragrant cleanser hydrates skin all day long with cranberry extract and contains vitamin C/$4.79 at

CND SCENTSATIONS CRANBERRY LOTION Soothes and moisturizes hands and body with Vitamins A, E, and Aloe Vera.  Also quickly absorbs into skin without the greasy feel/$11.95.

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BLACK Friday Beauty Buys

The list below has great savings for EVERYONE
Happy Shopping Beauties! 

AHAVA: 40% off site-wide with code BLACKFRIDAY until 11/25.

 ■BATH & BODY WORKS: $20 with any $40 purchase VIP bag valued at $100+ with code VIP12 until 11/23. $5 Wallflowers 2-pack refills til  /23. Buy 3, get 3 free Signature Collection through 11/25. 2 for $20 3-wick candle until 11/25. $10 limited edition 3-wick candle, 11/22 through 11/23 plus more.  Check the site.

■BECCA: 20% off any $50+ purchase + free shipping with code GIVETHANKS til 11/24 (midnight PST).

■BENEFIT: Spend $30 and get a FREE deluxe mini BADgal lash mascara. Spend $60 and also get a FREE deluxe mini the porefessional. Spend $90 and also get a deluxe mini sugarbomb. Enter STAYCATION at checkout. Offer valid 11/23 – 11/25/12 at 11:59pm PST.

■BLISS: Up to 50% savings on best in skincare; save 30% on Bliss+Remede bundles, 20% on Bliss, Remede, Elemis products. Cosmetic bag filled with travel-sized beauty goodies with $150+ purchase.

 ■BOBBI BROWN: Free beauty trio of your choice + free specially-sized lipgloss with every order + free shipping, no code necessary. 11/21 through 11/26.

 ■THE BODY SHOP: 3 for $30 on all products. Mistletote ($100 value) for $30 with any $30 purchase while supplies last, 11/21 through 11/25.

■CLINIQUE: 3 free minis with any $25+ purchase, plus free shipping, no code necessary, 11/22 through 11/26.

 ■EVE PEARL: 40-60% off with code BPCM2012, 11/22 11AM EST through 11/27 11AM EST.

■FEKKAI: 20% off + free shipping, no code necessary, 11/23 through 11/26.

■GIORGIO ARMANI: 20% off + free shipping on $75+ orders, 11/23 only.

 ■INGLOT: 20% off total purchase price 11/22 3AM EST through 11/27 3AM EST, no code necessary. Advised to order with expedited shipping to receive order within 12 business days.

 ■KIEHL’S: Receive a deluxe trio of your choice + free shipping with code TREATS, 11/22 through 11/25. $20 off $75+ orders + free shipping with code JOYFUL, expires 12/31.  With an $85 Kiehl’s purchase, receive Crème de Corps, Clearly Corrective, Rosa Artica Lightweight and Rosa Artica eye in a Kiehl’s pouch, both online and in stores

■L’OCCITANE: Up to 25% off favorite gift sets + buy 3 get 1 free select stocking stuffers, 11/23 through 11/26.

■LAB SERIES: Free skincare survival kit with $50+ purchase, 11/22 through 11/23.

 ■LUMENE: 40% off Lumene at Walgreens (online and in-store), 11/23 only.

■MARK: 20% off your order with code MARK20, 11/2 through 11/25.
■NORDSTROM: -9 brands are participating in a gift with purchase in store and online, including top brands Jo Malone, Clarisonic, Smashbox, Clarins, Jimmy Choo, Prada and more!
■OCC MAKEUP: Receive Triptych Lip Tar with $25+ purchases while supplies last, 11/23 through 11/26.
■OJON: Free full-size conditioner with purchase of matching shampoo + free shipping, 11/21 through 11/26, no code necessary.
■OUIDAD: 25% off all orders with code FFCURL, 11/23 through 11/25.
■SAKS FIFTH AVENUE: $25 gift card with $100 cosmetics and fragrances purchase with code BEAUTY12 through 11/23.
SEPHORA: Stash of $10 sets (all valued at more) on 11/23 only. Sets include: Sephora Collection Gilded Brush Set Trio ($30 value), Bare Escentuals Let It Glow Set ($42 value), Boscia best of Boscia Set ($30 value), Ole Henriksen 3 Little Holiday Wonders ($35 value), Philosophy Purity Made Simple 12 oz ($26 value), Stila Travel Palette + Deluxe Kitten Lip Glaze ($67 value), Tokyo Milk Femme Fatal Trio ($30 value), Too Faced Deluxe Chocolate Soleil + Travel Kabuki ($34 value), Tarte Gifted Mascara + Multipleye Lash Primer ($31 value), Jak black Comfort & Joy Duo ($14 value), Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes & Nail Wipes ($21 value), Tocca 3 Mini Rollerballs ($30 value), Bite Mini Lipstick Palette ($48 value), LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer & Shadow ($40 value), Buxom In the Spotlight Set ($40 value).
■SHU UEMURA: 20% off + free shipping on $50+ orders with code WISH2012, 11/22 through 11/27.
■SMASHBOX: 20% off orders of $50+ with code FRIENDS2012, 11/21 through 11/26.
■SUGARPILL: 30% off select items, 11/23. 20% off select items, 11/24 through 11/26.
■TOO FACED: Additional 50% off all vintage items with code BLACK2012, ends 11/26.
■ULTA: ULTA Artist Palettes ($16.99 instead of $24.99), Benefit Fa La La La Flawless ($25, $79 value), Stila Kitten Classics ($10, $32 value), Smashbox Studio Steal zBrush Collection ($19, $74 value). Valid 11/23 and 11/24.
■URBAN DECAY: Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color Collection for $49 ($140 value), 11/23 only. Smoked Palette + free double-ended 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set for $49 ($77 value), 11/23 only.

■YSL: 20% off with code BLKFRIDAY12, 11/23 through 11/25.

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Bye Bye Puffiness

Lack of sleep, too many salty/sugary snacks or allergies may make you look...swollen.  Add my favorite cocktail (a salted margarita) to the equation and it's a wrap!  You could puff up like a blowfish the next day. 

The delicate thin skin around your eyes requires special attention.  Give your eyes a little TLC to reduce swelling:

  • Splash cold water on your face to constrict blood vessels.
  • Cucumber slices are hydrating and contain anti-inflammatory properties to refresh swollen eyes.
  • Use an eye mask to refresh tired eyes for 10 minutes like the SEPHORA Instant Depuffing Eye Mask/$6.
  • Perform a gentle mini-massage around your eyes using your middle finger.
  • Try DR. NV PERRICONE MD Advanced Eye Area Therapy to minimize fine lines plus reduce puffiness and discoloration with Vitamin C and other antioxidants/$98.

TIP:   Getting eight hours is essential for a clear complexion and a great demeanor.  Sleeping in the right position also wards off puffy eyes.  Catch some zzzz's on your back with your head slightly elevated.  Gravity drains fluids down away from your face.


IMAN Cosmetics Launches BB Cream

Aaahhh...the beauty hybrid that is BB cream -- a little multi-tasker that's taken over standard foundations and powders. Unfortunately, there's been a void in the market for women with darker skin tones...until now.  Leave it the iconic IMAN to do something iconic.  IMAN COSMETICS will soon introduce a collection of BB creams for women of color -- infused with licorice root extract and Vitamin C to combat hyperpigmentation, a chronic problem for some of us. Created to match 35 skin tones, the IMAN Skin Tone Evener BB Cream SPF 15/$20 comes in six shades.  Go online at in December and try stores in January 2013.  Read more about the photo shoot for the ad campaign at GLAMOUR.COM.