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This Sunday, July 27, I’ll be at QVC to help Philosophy, the #1 selling beauty brand on QVC, celebrate 15 years on the air… and I’d love for you to join me !!

ThisThatBeauty at QVC

That’s right — join me at QVC for the live two hour anniversary segment, PLUS a special VIP lunch and an insider’s tour of QVC. OMGahh, this is seriously major because I love QVC and being an on-air  beauty host for QVC is my secret dream job….so, sharing this behind-the-scenes experience with you makes me just want to squeal !!

Philosophy at QVC with ThisThatBeauty

During the anniversary segment, we’ll live tweet the show, take selfies and just have a grand old time. You know you wanna, right?!

Entering is simple:

1) Contest is open to NY, NJ and Philadelphia, PA (car service pick up is in Philly) participants only. Winner will travel by train and car service to QVC on July 27, 2014.

2) Enter by tweeting “Hi @thisthatbeauty, I want to join you at @qvc with @lovephilosophy because  (fill in the blank)…but make it GOOD, because you have only 64 characters remaining.

3) You may also enter by sharing a photo (it doesn’t have to be live product…it can be a screen grab from Philosophy’s website) of your favorite Philosophy product on Instagram and tagging the photo @ThisThatBeauty, @lovephilosophy and #TTBQVCLOVEP.  In the caption explain why the particular Philosophy product is your favorite.

4) You may enter as many times as you like, but you may not duplicate entries. I will choose one winner on  July 24 at 9:00AM EST. You will have one hour to respond with your pertinent information or I will pick a new winner.

5) Again, contest is open to NY, NJ and Philadelphia, PA (car service pick up is in Philly) participants only. Winner will travel by train and car service to QVC in PA on July 27, 2014.

Good luck !!

Everybody showers, we hope. Below is a round-up of bath and body products for all the nice people on your holiday gift list.

Bliss Spa

A three-piece collection of Bliss at-home spa essentials for a clean, soft body from head to toe. Any of your girlfriend’s would be happy to receive this gift –If not, “unfriend” ok, not really.

‘Tote’–Ally Bliss A Spa-To-Go Trio Of Must-Have Face + Body Blends Set

Price: $35

Soap Cartel

Soap Cartel makes artisanal articles for the bath, body, & home. Make a great impression on the in-laws with this basket of hand made products.

“Heavenly” Gift Basket

Includes:

3 Soap Bars (5 oz. each)-

  • 1 Detox Campaign
  • 1 Egyptian Rose
  • 1 Lavender Muse

2 Bath Tablets (4.5 oz each)-

  • 1 Minty- Rose
  • 1 Lavender- Mint
Price: $45. See other Soap Cartel Gift baskets here.

Votre Vu

Little Miss Hard to Buy For Holiday Gift Set

The name “Little Miss Hard to Buy For” says it all but also great for anyone who loves soft skin and smelling like fresh baked cookies.

Set Includes:

  • TARTE D´AMANDE Body Soufflé
  • EIFFEL POWER Lengthening and Fortifying Mascara
  • BÉBÉ DUETTE Luxe Lips Framboise and Hand Crème (1 tube)
Price: $45. See other Votre Vu gift baskets here.

Melvita

Holiday Honey Gift Set

A nourishing body care set full of treasures from the beehive. The Apicosma Holiday Honey set brings together amazing body care products. This organic line of products is perfect for that friend who eats clean and green.

This set includes:

  • The Apicosma Ultra-Nourishing Body Balm 150ml
  • The Apicosma Extra-Rich Hand Cream 150ml
  • The 3-Nectar Honey Balm 15ml
  • An Acacia Honey Jar 50gm

Price: $55. See other Melvita gift baskets here.

MOR ‘Essentials – Neroli Clementine’ Duo

Neroli Clementine is enriched with hydrating oils and nourishing extracts, the formulas will leave skin feeling soft, supple and refreshingly fragrant in the fresh citrus scent of Neroli Clementine. Perfect for your hippie friend who has a soft spot for floor length skirts and may have a vial of patchouli laying around.

Price: $17

L’Occitane ‘Hand Cream Confections’ Set

Set includes: Lavender, Shea Date Bouquet, Shea Butter, Rose 4 Reines and Cherry Blossom Hand Creams (1 oz. each) These luxurious hand creams are perfect for everyone on your list.

Price: $40

 

Philosophy

The Ginger Bread Man

An exfoliating and hydrating scrub with a spiced, ginger scent. Perfect for that friend who is always showing a bit of skin.

Price: $25

The Body Shop

Spa Wisdom Japan Yuzu and Green Tea Bathing Salts

Wash away your cares and uplift your body and mind with a delicately scented serene bath soak that leaves your skin feeling cleansed and delicately scented. For your corporate pals who love to soak away their stress.

Price: $28

Caudalie

Divine Oil

A multi-use miracle oil is ideal for hair, nails, bath, and massages. Divine Oil is a unique alchemy of four extremely fine and evanescent vegetable oils. Great gift for your resourceful friends whose skirt may also double as a turban.

Price: $48

 

Londontown

Kur: Nail Treatment System

A nail treatment system to improve nail care and health. All products in the system work in unison to repair, strengthen and hydrate the nail and cuticle. Perfect for the woman who stays on every nail trend.

The set include:

  • Restorative Nail Cream
  • Nail Hardener
  • Protective Top Coat
  • Nourishing Cuticle Oil
  • Strengthening Lacquer Remover

Price: $125

Island Spa

Cinnamon Clove & Orange Foot Care Gift Set

This is perfect for that friend that does everything herself, including de-boning a turkey with one hand tied behind her back.

The set includes:

  • 5.1 fl oz cinnamon clove & orange foot scrub,
  • 5.1 fl oz cinnamon clove & orange foot lotion
  • Toe separator
  • Pumice stone
  • Loofah

Price: $10

Jack Black

Clean & Cool Body Basics Set

A collection that includes four of Jack Black’s most popular body care products packaged in portable, reusable zip-top bag. Great for any guy in your life. Honestly.

Price: $56

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Since the 1960’s Nordstrom has hosted its once yearly anniversary Beauty Sale. . . and if you are not hip to this sale, we must pointedly ask: where have you been?!  During this sale every beauty manufacturer that supplies the department store, produces limited-edition and exclusive items for Nordstrom shoppers. This year over 100 brands are participating including; MAC,  Clarisonic, philosophy, NARS, Prada, Valentino, Kiehl’s, Debra Lippman and so many more.  This event is a beauty lovers dream  turned reality, serious shoppers [guilty!] have been known to do their holiday shopping during this event.

Below is just a tiny sample of items you do not want to miss during this sale:

Kiehl’s Powerful Line & Wrinkle Fighting Set 

Price: $98 ($152 value)

Includes 1.7 oz Abyssine Cream, 1.7 oz Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate, .5 oz Abyssine Cream, .14 oz Midnight Recovery Concentrate and .17 oz Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+


Deborah lippmann Nordstrom Sale

Kiehl’s Youth Regenerating Set

Price: $110 ($173.50 value)

Includes 1.7 oz Rosa Arctica Rehydrating Cream, 1.7 oz Midnight Recovery Concentrate, .5 oz Midnight Recovery Concentrate Eye, .17 oz Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate and .17 oz Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+

Deborah Lippmann Let’s Go Crazy Nail Polish  New color exclusive to the Nordstrom anniversary sale. Price: $18.  (TTB Must Have!)

Deborah Lippmann Mini Magnetic Waves Nail Lacquer Three new shades: Hard Knock Life, Punk Princess, and Magic Man) $29.

Lancome Gift with Purchase 

Price: $39.50 Qualifier ($113 value) (That is, spend $39.50 and get a gift valued at $113!)

Choose one deluxe moisturizer, one full size lipstick, one five-shadow eyeshadow palette, and receive a Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover, a deluxe Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara in black and one cosmetic bag (purple or black)

MAC Exclusive Sets Illustrated by London-based Artist Julie Verhoeven 

2 Brush Sets

Price: $49.50 each

Contains Mineralize (4 brushes) or Essentials (5 brushes) in flat bag/roll

2 Eye Kits

Price: $49.50 each

Includes Smoky Eye Kit in Black or Plum, 3 eyeshadows, Technakohl Liner, promo-sized Zoomblack and 2 short-handled brushes

4 Lip Bags

Price: $39.50 each

Contains Nude, Pink, Coral or Red.  Canvas bag includes a shade compatible trio of Lipstick, Dazzleglass Créme and Cremestick Liner

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Duo

Price: $49.50 ($84 value)

Includes Purity Made Simple one-step facial cleanser in 32 oz and 8 oz

Philosophy The Microdelivery Duo 

Price: $58 ($115 value)

Includes The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash in 32 oz and 4 oz

Clarisonic Mia 2 Set

Available in four exclusive colors: Day Glo Green, Brazilliant Orange, Shocking Pink or Pink a-Go-Go

Price: $149 ($194 value)

Includes sensitive brush head, deep pore cleansing brush head, 1 oz Refreshing Gel Cleanser and bag

MOR Body Butter Duo 

Price: $9.90 ($32 value)

Post Anniversary Price: $25

Choose from Sugar Rose Tiger Lily, Honey Nectar, Neroli Clementine, Black Currant Iris or Basil and Grape

Nars Cheek Palette 

Price: $65 ($107 value)

Palette created exclusively for Nordstrom contains best-selling cheek colors: Laguna Bronzer, Orgasm Blush, Luster Blush, Angelika Blush, Gaiety Blush and Albatross Highlighting Blush

The sale runs on Nordstrom.com and Nordstrom stores from July 20th through August 5th.  You honestly should not miss this sale. Honestly!  In addition to the amazing deals on products you love, you’ll have access to one of a kind products that are exclusive to the beauty event. See the entire catalog here. Beauty starts on page 55. Happy shopping!

I am incredibly passionate about skincare. Just take a peek at the innards of my medicine cabinet…. obsess much?

Around age 21, which marked the ceremonious start of my battle against adult acne, I embraced skincare lotions and potions with open arms. I have always taken great pride in the care/management of my skin. After all, skin is the body’s largest organ. While many facets of skincare float my boat and light my fire, two groups of products in particular have made the biggest impact on the quality of my skin.

1) Sunscreen

2) Peels

You all now that sunscreen is an absolute MUST for me. I have written countless blog posts on the importance of a daily stand-alone SPF product. In my opinion, sunscreen protects against a multitude of skin issues like pre-mature creasing, hyperpigmentation, age spots, and uneven tone

The second most important area of skincare, in my opinion, is chemical exfoliation….i.e. chemical peels, alpha hydroxy acid, glycolic peels, etc.

Earlier this year I wrote about my battle with hyperpigmentation and graphically detailed my process for ridding my skin of dark (nearly black) post acne spots. In the post I discussed the importance of at-home chemical exfoliation. Today I will elaborate on this most important step as well as highlight several products that I have used over the course of the year and ABSOLUTELY LOVE.

I have been d-d-dying to write this post for months and share with you the at-home peels in my life that truly ROCK.com!

If you’re not currently including at-home peels in your skincare regime, sister — you are totally missing out! Peels are incredibly effective at improving texture, increasing luminosity, reducing pore size, correcting uneven tone, and restoring skin’s overall brilliance. Even though I embrace a very complete and through skincare regime overall, I strongly feel that the process of chemical exfoliation is what has made the BIGGEST difference in my skin. Without sounding like a narcissist, because believe me I am not, my skin’s texture is incredibly smooth and brilliant…even when I’m battling a breakout. The pimple is there, don’t get me wrong…but the surrounding skin maintains a certain level of smoothness. And quite honestly, the surrounding “smooth” skin is what keeps me from slitting my wrists when I’m dealing with the routine dastardly cystic zits!

Over the last year I have had the pleasure of trying many at-home peels and I am delighted to share with you my faves! Each product mentioned below is ThisThatBeauty tested. I have used each for at least 4-6 weeks and honestly love them all. I whole-heartedly stand by my recommendations. My rationale behind listing several products is this: I wanted to recommend a variety of products based on various skin types, budget, ease of use, and regional availability (I recently had a Canadian follower email me regarding products that I recommend that are not available in her neck of the woods).

So without further ado, here are my current favorite, most effective at-home chemical peels. I hope that you will find a product that suits your skin type and budget.

For those of you (like me) who deal with the occasional acne bout, I very highly recommend Cane + Austin Acne Treatment Pads with 5% Glycolic Acid and 2% Salicylic Acid. This one-step acne/glycolic acid treatment is derived from pure cane sugar, which acts as an exfoliator to gently resurface skin while salicylic acid treats acne. What I love most about this product (and its sister product, Cane + Austin Retexturizing Treatment Pads with 10% Glycolic Acid) is that the treatment is delivered in a single step. With many glycolic treatments, you are required to rinse or use a neutralizer. With Cane + Austin, you simply apply day and night and follow with a moisturizer. Super simple! A 30-day supply is $60.

ThisThatBeauty Tip: When I used this product for 30 days, I used the acne treatment pads during the day and the glycolic ones for night. Admittedly, I tend to overdue it…and I have a very high tolerance for glycolic products. You might choose to start slow with evenings only.

Talk about an unsung hero…I wish this product received more buzz. I first learned of Actifirm Z Peel a couple of NYFW’s ago and it sat in my beauty closet for months before I decided to give it a whirl. If you’ve got three minutes and ActifirmZPeel, you’re well on your way to brighter and smoother skin. Z Peel is marketed as a “smart” peel that targets specific areas and exfoliates only where you need it. If you’re sensitive to glycolicpeels, you might find this product of interest because it is said to mimic nature’s own exfoliation processes and does not cause excessive redness, scaling or irritation. Instead of glycolic, Actifirm Z Peel uses exfoliating enzyme from Japanese mushroom along with 14 additional botanicals. The formula also includes a soothing cocktail of extracted oils from lavender, coriander and Roman chamomile flowers.

ActifirmZ-Peel is sold in two at-home concentrations – 10% for those with sensitive skin and 15% for folks like me who always want MORE MORE MORE. In fact, I totally wish I lived near a licensed professional who does the professional strength Actifirm Z Peels peels (30-60%). I would absolutely do the occasional in-office peel! $66.30

Naturopathica Glycolic Refining Peel – I cannot say enough wonderful things about this product. In just four minutes a night, this potent exfoliating treatment lives up to its claim. It promotes more youthful and radiant looking skin by increasing cellular renewal. The potent alpha hydroxy treatment is balanced with the inclusion of soothing aloe verato cool and calm the skin. This refining peel contains a concentrated blend of five botanical extracts (bilberry, sugar cane, sugar maple, orange, lemon) that contain naturally occurring AHA’s like citric, glycolic, malic and tartaric acids. This one definitely tingles, ladies. The recommend dosage is four minutes per evening. If you’re new to AHA treatments, I highly recommend starting slow with about 1-2 minutes. $68.

For my “go green” girls, try this: jeune d’age organics 5% Glycolic Pumpkin Peel. I have written about this product before, as part of my Hyperpigmentation Series, but could not resist including it in my “fave peels” roundup (in case ya missed it before). jeune d’age organics 5% Glycolic Pumpkin Peel is an excellent product for individuals who prefer organic skincare. Click here for my previous review. Since my review back in May, the brand has launched new packaging! $23.95 *Discontinued*

Get the glow you desire with Votre Vu Nouveau Glow. Through a gentle blend of bergamot, healing bilberry, and AHA loaded citrus fruits like lemon, grapefruit and orange, the formula resurfaces skin without irritation. What separates this at-home peel from the other recommendations in this rundown is the use of highly emollient ingredients like Vitamin E, papaya extract and sunflower seed oil….making this peel deeply moisturizing and incredibly soothing. While the product is labeled as safe for all skin types, I imagine that more mature skin types will appreciate the hydrating benefits. $45

Continuing with the trend toward sugar cane derived exfoliants, Bambola Glycolic Sugar Cane Exfoliant is effective at accelerating the removal of dead skin, increasing collagen production, and reducing the appearance of slight facial creasing, sun spots, and hyperpigmentation. This serum also incorporates a balance of smoothing and soothing ingredients…Apple Acid is used to smooth and firm while cucumber nourishes and clarifies. $48

The name says it all. LIERAC Comfort Peel is a 2-in-1 daily moisturizer and face peel treatment. This ultra gentle formula contains time-released glycolic and salicylic acid which leaves skin deeply exfoliated and perfectly hydrated. The slow release of 1% salicylic and 4% glycolic acid optimizes effectiveness, while living up to the product’s claim of “comfort”. No tingling or burning sensations here! $52

Philosophy The Microdelivery Peel is a sure-fire oldie but goodie, and is widely available online and in-store via Sephora. The two-piece kit contains a 2 oz container of Lactic/Salicylic Activating Gel and a small 2 oz tube of Vitamin C/ Peptide Resurfacing Crystals. I love products that have a “participation” element and Philosophy The Microdelivery Peel satisfies. After applying the Resurfacing crystals to dry skin, the activator gel is applied over the crystals. From there a warming sensation takes over and a foam appears…this tells me that the product is going to work to break down the yucky disgusting layer of dead surface skin…and fresh, rejuvenated skin in en route! $65

I hope you’ve enjoyed my run down of my favorite “peels” of the moment. I tried to cover a range of products at different price points that work well for a variety of skin types – acne prone, oily, mature, dry.

Please comment and share your thoughts. Do you see a product that appeals to you? Have you tried any of my recommendations? Was this post over-kill with 8 recommendations? Do you feel there was something for everyone?

Cat got your tongue??? Share!!!

xoxoFelicia

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When I heard of this beauty event…knowing that you guys love beauty products as much as I do…I simply had to share. Go nuts!

GET THE LATEST his and her summer BEAUTY MUST-HAVES

Beauty.com and AtHisBest.com are bringing a whole new meaning to “Summer Stock” – no more drama – “stock-up” on the perfect products for summer at the summer’s largest beauty giveaway featuring over 75,000 free samples and the chance to meet your favorite beauty gurus.

WHAT: Everyone who walks by the Beauty.com and AtHisBest.com Summer Stock-Up will get a “scoop” from the oversized beauty and grooming “pools” (one for women and one for men) filled with thousands of must-have beauty products, all for FREE.

Samples from Beauty.com include best-sellers such as philosophy, Too Faced, Bare Escentuals, Darphin, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, tarte, Oscar Blandi, Stila and bliss

Samples from AtHisBest.com include must-haves such as Anthony Logistics, Mission, GO SMiLE, Clif Bar, Shaveworks The Cool Fix, Stinger and Schick

Be sure to check into Foursquare from each location – your followers will want to scoop these free goods, too! And follow @beautydotcom, @athisbest, and AlisonBrodPR on Twitter for up-to-the-minute details.

Consumers will have unprecedented access to top beauty gurus for one-on-one consultations including Peter Thomas Roth, Tony Sosnick and more (full schedule below):

Friday, May 21st: 8:00am – 7:00pm at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue

Peter Thomas Roth; Stila; Borghese; Zeno; BareMinerals; Caudalie; tarte; Origins; Anthony Logistics; Somme Institute; Too Faced; Korres; Urban Decay

Saturday, May 22nd: 10:00am – 6:00pm at 13th Street and Ninth Avenue

Jane Iredale; Somme Institute; Mission; BareMinerals; Darphin; Origins; Korres; Pop Beauty

Celebrate mom with flowers that won’t wilt at the end of the week. Give philosophy field of flowers ultra-rich body lotion and spray fragrance gift set….perfect for layering the fresh, floral, scent of peony. Mom will love the luxurious hydration of field of flowers body lotion and the delicate, classic scent. Savvy Frugalistas, perk up….this exclusive Mother’s Day offering from philosophy is only $35!

www.philosophy.com

Use code: motherslove and save 15% off all orders over $65

I am starting a new column on ThisThatBeauty, lets call her “Fridays with Felicia“.

Do you know why I started ThisThatBeauty nearly two years ago? Well the stock response has always been that I had this intense urge to purge the style/beauty ramblings and insights taking up residence in my head. This response, while still holds true, is only half of the story. In addition to the need to purge the beauty babble that lives within, I started ThisThatBeauty to share and connect on a personal level. Sharing my passion for style/beauty has always been an integral part of writing for TTB. It was core to the TTB brand when MommaTTB and I were the only ones reading…and it remains core to TTB today as the site gets over 8,000 daily pageviews.

In keeping with the core philosophy that established the TTB brand, I am introducing “Fridays with Felicia“, a regularly occurring column that features rave worthy highlights from the previous week. Its sort of like a re-cap of my week..including note-worthy beauty discoveries, style observations, events, etc.

A mention in “Fridays with Felicia” is indeed an honor…it means the brands and products that make the cut are truly worth your attention. Certainly the rest of ThisThatBeauty will remain chock full of beauty goodness, but “Fridays with Felicia” will give you a week by week peek into my world. Its my little way of toting you around with me and filling you in on the latest and greatest of the prior week.

So without further back-story, I give you the inaugural post for “Fridays with Felicia” (The inaugural post of “Fridays with Felicia” will recap the last few weeks of ThisThatBeauty happenings and favs…upcoming posts for “Fridays with Felicia” will be current and include only the prior week)

FRIDAYS WITH FELICIA

After much research, hemming, and hawing, I finally took the plunge and switched to Phytospecific Phytorelaxer – an egg and soy based formula that does not contain lye. I highly recommend the complete relaxer system for individuals with textured hair in search of a more polished look without going uber straight. Phytospecific Phytorelaxer incorporates a unique blend of ingredients designed to gently relax hair’s texture: Egg extract is used to relax and release the tension in hair’s texture. Shitake Mushroom Salt is incorporated to boost the efficacy of the egg extract. Soybean extract is used to restructure the hair shaft. Lastly wheat proteins strengthen and repair the condition of the hair.

Since converting to Phytospecific Phytorelaxer I have been a happy camper. I was initially concerned about converting from one relaxer system to another…but my worries were all in vain! If you’re considering the switch, perhaps a visit to Phyto Universe will help address your concerns. Ask for Ron…he’s the Phytospecific Phytorelaxer specialist on staff. He is extremely knowledgeable and really knows hair!

If you haven’t tried DailyMakeover‘s kick a$$ makeover application, you’re really missing out on something great. I recently attended a DailyMakeover sponsored event at DEX New York and was made over…the end result was casual-chic, fresh, modern, and embodied Spring. <===This is my makeup makeover!

What I love most about DailyMakeover’s app is that it is easy breezy to navigate. I am thoroughly impressed with the ga-zillion options to choose from to design a new look. I went from short bangs, to choppy, to blunt….it was such fun to experiment with various degrees of “bangs”. I highly recommend DailyMakeover’s online makeover application for anyone considering a new hair do. Its also great for experimenting with trendy new shades of makeup before committing to the actual purchase. Not sure orange cheeks or dark lips are for you, give DailyMakeover a whirl first!

Click here for the complete deets on my makeover…and check out the makeovers for beauty blogging bellas Eileen (MissWhoEverYouAre), Dina (Eye4Style), and Kristin (FashionStyleBeauty).

Speaking of makeovers/ makeup…I recently published an article for LVCMag.com. If you’re wondering how to make a dark lip wearable, check out my piece. I feature Three Custom Color Specialist’s latest launch, Noir — a “a seductive almost-black shade with hints of burgundy and plum”. Here’s my LVCMag.com article.

Confession time: I’m not sure if its the impact of the recession or pure laziness but I have pretty much done away with salon manicures. If it’s not a “press perk” at an event, forget about it. For some strange reason I actually prefer to spend my time at home tending to my own nails vs. dealing with the hassle of going to a nail salon, fighting for parking (I live in Jersey), waiting to get a mani, waiting for the polish to dry, and messing up my polish while fiddling around with my iPhone. I now prefer the comfort of home over the aforementioned salon experience…which is why I’m all giddy to fill you in on the latest from Sally Hansen (who, by the way, was a real person….yep, Sally Hansen [God rest her soul] began her nail empire over 50 years ago with a single product — Hard As Nails).

I recently attended a press event for the launch of Sally Hansen’s latest innovations. Savvy Frugalistas, perk up! This bud’s for you!

Color Chrome Quick Pens offer the look of MINX without the $50+ price tag. These nifty little pens come in 8 different shades. So you’ve got your classic gold and silver, but you also have your choice of trend inspired shades like Green Chrome and Fuchsia Chrome. The fast dry formula and convenient pen-like applicator delivers a perfect mani in a flash! Get acquainted!

High Definition is not just for your foundation. At Sally Hansen, high def nails are all the rage! HD High Definition Nail Color is for the customer who craves color. The line is available in eight bold shades.

Another stroke of genius from the Sally Hansen camp is this — Complete Salon Manicure! Multitaskers, prepare for impact! This little gift from the lacquer Gods combines five steps in one: Base Coat, Strengthener, Growth Treatment, Color, Top Coat. Complete Salon Manicure totally takes your at home mani/pedi game to a whole new level!

Suddenly I’m feeling blue..no its not seasonal depression, its blue/black highlights. This bold move was inspired by Jeannie Mai of How Do I Look . After watching a recent episode I became obsessed with Jeannie’s rich black and purple locks.

While Jeannie’s highlights appear to be the result of lightening then added color, my highlights are clip in extensions. So I can alternate between purple, blue, and rich auburn as much as I like with out the commitment or maintenance of hair color.

Wella is getting in on the bold hair color trend. Colorist and beauty expert, Eva Scrivo has the recipe for the perfect match of natural color and dip-dyed tones. Eva created the bold tone palette for the Cynthia Rowley Fall ’10 runway, using Koleston Perfect Special Mix colors. They were such a hit, she has now started selling colored clip-in extensions customized at her salon.

Crazy hair color is not necessarily new. Ashley Olsen sported icy blue streaks in her blond hair last November. In Yohji Yamamoto’s autumn/winter 2010/11 show models rocked blue sprayed crowns and plaited turquoise streaks into long black locks. Katy Perry recently wore a vivid peacock blue glossy wig to the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. Is this trend for you?

Are you in need of a miracle worker? philosophy, the personal care brand best known for cult favorites like hope in a jar and purity, recently launched miracle worker miraculous anti-aging retinoid pads — a cutting edge retinoid based product that multi-tasks to dramatically diminish the appearance of wrinkles and skin discoloration. in clinical trials conducted by philosopy, after one week of using miracle worker miraculous anti-aging retinoid pads, participants saw improved smoothness and clarity. After four weeks, participants saw visible improvement of discoloration and dullness. Those of you following my ongoing Hyperpigmentation Series might want to further investigate miracle worker miraculous anti-aging retinoid pads. The powerful combination of high-performance retinoid and antioxidant Vitamin C help increase cell turnover and promote even skin-tone. While attending a press event for miracle worker miraculous anti-aging retinoid pads I learned that philosophy will launch a companion product in June — a super charged anti-aging concentrate. Deets soon!

While recently attending the Essence Magazine/Johnson’s Beauty Luncheon, I met the lovely Tia Dantzler (Johnson’s Beauty Consultant and Celebrity Makeup Artist). Aren’t we cuteness?

Kristin Booker of FashionStyleBeauty was in the house, too.

The event included a Beauty lounge with mini manicures, massages and yummy passed beverages. At 12:30 there was a panel discussion and a scrumptious lunch:
Aly Walansky and Lianne Farbes (smile Lianne:)) also attended the luncheon:
During the luncheon, Mikki Taylor (Essence Beauty and Cover Director) moderated a panel discussion with:
Tia Dantzler, Johnson’s Beauty Consultant, Celebrity Makeup Artist
Sam Fine, Celebrity Makeup Artist & Author
Rosemarie Ingleton, M.D., P.C. Dermatologist (MY DERMATOLOGIST!!!)
Lisa Wu Hartwell, Real Housewives of Atlanta
A good time was had by all!

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Need more beauty in your life? The current Bergdorf Goodman beauty book promises to stimulate uncontrollable drooling. You’ve been warned!

Until next Friday….

xo, Felicia

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away. Egad! With work, busy schedules, and that thing called “life”…you’ve probably had no time to plan out how you’ll turn on your Valentine’s Day “whip appeal” ala Babyface.

Well worry no more. You are an avid ThisThatBeauty reader which means I’ve got you covered. Behold, ThisThatBeauty’s Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide. So lets get you ready…

Do not let a pesky protruding pimple ruin your perfect Valentine’s Day plans. Stop that bad boy in it’s tracks with the new ZENO HOT SPOT Blemish Clearing Device ($39.99). This FDA approved and dermatologist recommended doo-hickey works by using thermal based technology to kill the bacteria that causes blemishes to occur. Sized to fit in the palm of your well manicured hand, ZENO HOT SPOT is perfect for on the go treatments. How many times have you looked in the mirror at work around lunch time and caught a dastardly pimple plotting to peak by end if day? Here’s where you need ZENO HOT SPOT. Each treatment lasts for two to three minutes. Most blemishes, if caught early, require only two to three treatments. Add ZENO HOT SPOT to your routine. I’d hate to see a mole hill turned mountain to destroy your sexy Valentine’s Day plans.

Because cleanliness is next to sexiness, add Philosophy Flirty Girl Set ($35) to your Valentine’s Day prep plans! Show him you mean business by pampering your body with this soft, sweet, irresistible scent. The combination of Flirty Girl shower gel and lotion layers the light hearted scent beautifully…not at all overwhelming.

Get your skin rub-a dub ready with Creme of Nature’s new line of affordable hydrating lotions.The collection is formulated with natural ingrdients that deliver intense moisture to parched, dehydrated skin. Trust me, yo man does not want to feel all up on your scaly legs. Moisturize that si-du-a-tion (forgive me for the Jersey Shore refernce) with one of Creme of Nature three emollient blends: African Violet & Chamomille, Olive Oil & Lemon Zest, Sweet Mandarin & Lemongrass. Find a store near you.

For the smaller proportioned bella who struggles to find appropriate V-Day ready lingerie, may I suggest The Little Bra Company, a line of sexy, comfortable and stylish lingerie for women sizes 28A to 36B. The Little Bra company celebrates the fact that “good things do come in small packages™.” The sexy red Lucia ($56) features contoured, deep-plunge styling for the ultimate cleavage enhancement with glamorous, smooth lace that makes any small-busted woman feel gorgeous and confident. Lucia is the perfect choice for a dose of feminine confidence this Valentine’s Day…and beyond! Go on, play up your assets!

Don’t forget the “Fat Free Dressing“….a new collection of shapewear from Maidenform ($22-$30) that’s meant to secretly slim, smooth, and shape the body. This life saving figure flattering collection offers a tank top, tee shirt and boy short to address your shapewear needs. The tops are longer in length so there’s no embarrassing “roll down”. “Fat Free Dressing” is designed to fit comfortably all day long. If you’re wearing a body hugging top, dress or skirt for your Valentine’s Day rendezvous, consider these sexy underpinnings. ADDED BONUS: “Fat Free Dressing” is shapewear that doesn’t look like, you know? Shapewear!

If your cup runneth over, try Elomi lingerie for the fuller figure. The collection has a sexy boudoir feel that oozes glamour. From french inspired floral embroidery to contrasting underlay, the designs artfully combine comfort and support with a dash of naughty and nice!

If your pre Valentine’s Day primp fest leads you to the salon for a hair cut, preserve the integrity of your cut with HerCut ($22-$28), a new line of hair care products designed around your specific haircut….not hair type. Genius! The philosophy of the line is simple: All (most) cuts derive from five basic cuts – bob, pixie, shag, blunt, long layers. It does not take an expert to maintain your straight from the salon style, it merely takes the proper products that support your cut. In a press breakfast with HerCut Ambassador and Emmy Award winner Kyan Douglas, I learned that HerCut employs “catalysts” that work at the molecular level to ensure that hair conforms to the shape of your individual cut. Essentially, HerCut picks up where your stylist leaves off. Each HerCut “catalyst” (a serum to be used prior to blow drying) is customized for the five hair cuts previously mentioned. If you struggle to maintain your style post-salon visit, HerCut might be just what you need. And with Valentine’s Day just ’round the corner, you want to make sure your locks are their absolute best!

Don’t let excessive frizz ruin your dinner plans with Mr. Wonderful. Remington Frizz Therapy 1″ Straightener ($49.99) promises all day anti-frizz protection….even in high humidity! High grade ceramic plates dramatically diminish frizz upon styling. The frizz protection feature helps hair resist the effects of humidity all day, thus insuring a sleek smooth style. And since this a Valentine’s Day beauty guide, might I also suggest tossing this bad boy in your overnight bag for the morning after…if ya know what I mean 😉

This Valentine’s Day send his pulse racing with Kelly Van Gogh Wonderlust Illuminating Hair Tonic ($30). This multi-tasking wonder spray delivers smooth, sexy hair with long-lasting results. With just a quick spritz to damp hair, your locks are transformed into tantalizing tresses without a costly trip trip to the salon. Can we say “frugalista friendly”? Kelly Van Gogh Wonderlust Illuminating Hair Tonic incorporates mica shine technology, keratin proteins and caviar conditioners, to revitalize dry, dull hair and protect it from environmental factors including pollution, heat and water damage. This Valentine’s Day fall in love with Kelly Van Gogh Wonderlust Illuminating Hair Tonic!

Make him starry eyed with Urban Decay Stardust ($20). This eye catching shadow delivers a soft sheer wash of color coupled with the tiniest bits of iridescent sparkle. The glistening effect resembles that of wet snow. Yum…so sexy and McDreamy. Capture his eyes and heart this Valentine’s Day with an alluring pop of Stardust. From go-to basic neutrals like black, grey and brown to bright bursts of of turquoise, green and purple. The wide range of Stardust shades will help you bring out your inner kitten. Purrrrr! Want to know my personal fav? It’s Moon Spoon, described as grey with iridescent sparkle!

If your lip gloss isn’t poppin‘, try this – LORAC Multiplex 3D Lip Gloss ($22). This innovative paraben free gloss contains holographic pigments for multidimensional shine. The formula delivers a high lacquer, glam, glossy, vibrant finish with long lasting color. If you gotta get that BOOM BOOM BOOM for your lips, you gotta get LORAC Multiplex 3D Lip Gloss. My traffic stopping favs include Polished and Vivid. MWAH!

For girls who are short on time and have but a few precious moments to go from “office attire’ to “date ready”, this Valentine’s Day try Stila Yumberry Crush Lip & Cheek Stain ($24). When multitasking is a must, a great lip and cheek stain can be your BFF. Conveniently packaged in Stila’s iconic click-able pen, this lip/cheek combo reacts to your personal pH to give you a beautiful, fresh-faced flush in your perfect shade of pink.

If sexy bedroom eyes are on your Valentine’s Day prep list, try L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Explosion Mascara. Frugalistas, breakdance! This drugstore mascara (which performs like a pricey department store formula) retails for $9.49. If you’re smart, you will try to catch it during a BOGO at your local Walgreens, Duane Reade, CVS, etc. The genius technology behind L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Explosion Mascara is the spherical brush and clean formula that lengthens while separating. At first the design of the brush freaked me the heck out, TRUE STORY! But the results were Ah-May-Zing! See for yourself then run out and get your own!

If subtlety is your thing, try Coy, the newest gloss from Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. Coy is an extremely wearable and versatile shade of nude pink. Don’t let the name fool you…Coy redefines lips for a plumper pout. It is specially formulated with Portulaca Extract, a natural peptide that stimulates hyaluronic acid synthesis to help add volume to lips. But hold up…there’s not irritating tingle or stinging involved. YES! Coy is also non sticky and incorporates Vitamin E to hydrate as it smooths. Say yes to Coy this Valentine’s Day and maybe you’ll be saying “YES” All. Night.Long. We’re all grown…I’m just saying!

Couture Couture ($35-$100), an “it girl” fragrance from Juicy Couture, is a stellar choice for Valentine’s Day. The aromatic blend of pink grape, orange flower, mandarin, blushed plum, honeysuckle, and sandalwood will capture Mr. Wonderful’s senses…the rest is up to you! Couture Couture is available at Bloomingdales.com.

For a little His and Hers action try two irresistible scents by Thierry Mugler. For her: ANGEL is the classic Thierry Mugler fragrance that started it all. Known for its pure, soft, and innocent style, ANGEL boasts notes of Bergamot, Hedione, Helional, Honey, Dewberry, Red Berries, Vanilla, Caramel, Patchouli, Chocolate, and Coumarin. The warm tender scent is sure to keep his attention this Valentine’s Day.

For him: A*Men will have you saying “Amen”. The strength of this fragrance lies in its perfect blend of fire and warmth…the perfect element for pure seduction.

ANGEL and A*Men by Thierry Mugler are available at Saks, Nordstrom, Bloomies, Neiman Marcus, and ThieryMugler.com

Simply put – DAY-UM! This aint yo grandmomma’s robe. No ma’am! Jenna Leigh’s Kimono Robe ($96) is for the grown and sexy. Translation: I WANT THIS! I love understated sexy…and while the models boobs are practically 3D in the picture below, I love that the robe offers a touch of modesty in in terms of coverage, but beautifully hugs a woman’s body in all the right places. I see this robe being a “warm up” piece. Its what you wear while preparing your sexy Valentine’s Day dinner at home. The wrap/ kimono style is perfect for a little “oops, my robe keeps coming undone “. After about three accidental slips of the kimono coming undone, dinner should be finished and then on to dessert. You feel me?

If a hot, steamy, sexy bath is on your Valentines Day list try Bath Ice Cream ($8.50). These adorable bath delights are perfect for creating a romantic spa like retreat at home. Bath Ice Cream fizz and melt immediately when submerged in water for an incredibly relaxing and indulgent experience. With over 40 flavors to choose from, the only thing left to do is to light a candle and….

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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