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Posted by 11.24.14

Back in college, for a period of a few months I wore colored contact lenses to enhance my already green eyes and make them look a brighter green. If you peered closely into my eyes you could actually see the crosshatch design sitting on the lens, and it took me a bit of time to realize they sucked the life and natural beauty right out of my eyes. After that experience I swore I’d only wear clear contact lenses forevermore, but after sitting in on a recent beauty launch I might have to amend that decision.

I recently attended Johnson & Johnson’s U.S. launch of their 1-DAY ACUVUE DEFINE contact lenses (approximately $75 for a 30 day supply). These groundbreaking lenses go beyond vision correction and take a giant step into the world of beauty by enhancing your own natural eye. This daily disposable lens is nothing like the lenses I wore back in college — instead, it’s similar to 1-DAY ACUVUE MOIST contact lenses (an extra comfortable, high UV protection lens that uses Lacreon Technology which allows the lens to retain moisture so your eyes feel fresh all day long) but with the added beauty aspect that enhances what mother nature gave you, without changing your eye color. What it does do is add contrast, definition, and depth so your eyes look more sparkly and radiant. Following the findings of a recent study that showed that people are more attracted to women and men with limbal rings (a dark ring around the iris of the eye), Johnson & Johnson created this lens to do just that. Besides limbal rings it also adds flecks, another eye trait viewed as very attractive.

At the event, I tried on a pair and found them very, very comfortable. When I got home that evening, I decided to do a ”blind” test (pun definitely intended) with each member of my family. I kept the DEFINE lens in my right eye and switched out the left with my regular clear lens. I instructed my husband, daughter, and son to each look at me (without the others present) and tell me which eye looked better. They wanted me to tell them what I did because they couldn’t see much of a difference but when pressed, all three chose the right eye as their favorite. They couldn’t tell specifically what was different but they each found it to look brighter, whiter, and more lively looking.

Optometrist Dr. Meredith Jansen says “When you look at someone, 80% of your focus is on their eyes. Since a more defined eye is considered attractive, healthy and youthful, there’s no reason not to enhance yours.” Available in prescription and non-correction lenses, DEFINE comes in Natural Sparkle (ideal for light eyes), Natural Shimmer (best for those with medium tones), and Natural Shine (perfect for dark eyes) . The limbal ring amps up contrast for more depth and visual interest while the flecks add additional radiance and intensify what mother nature gave you. It’s you only better — like Photoshop come to life!


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Posted by 11.21.14

There’s a reason steam is a vital part to getting a facial — it opens up pores, hydrates and clarifies the skin — but getting these services regularly at a spa can put a dent in your pocket.

Enter Dr. Dennis Gross Steamer Solutions ($125), which serves as an at-home facial, delivering a constant flow of moisture to dehydrated skin. The machine has a calibrated glass cup that you pour water into through spigot. There are two buttons that give you control over the steaming process. It provides continuous steam for 20 minutes, and the heat does not scald your skin.

Dr. Gross advises that “Steaming skin at home is a great option to open pores and help get rid of pore-clogging surface debris. I developed the Steamer Solutions, which uses steam fusion technology to simultaneously cleanse pores, hydrate skin, and allow for more efficient exfoliation.” He recommends that you use it 1-2 times per week or as needed.

To Use:: This is an extremely uncomplicated device; it comes pretty much assembled and all you need to do is to latch the measuring cup into the steamer, make sure it is secure in its place, and then pour the water through the spigot — to the MAX level — plug the device in, and you’re good to go. The best part about the steamer is the hydration level: my skin is instantly nourished, as though I had a lovely long day luxuriating at the spa.

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Posted by 11.17.14

Beauty brand partnerships are a popular theme, and we’ve brought you many of the best. Think Sephora and Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Estee Lauder, OPI and Ace Hardware. The possibilities are endless!

There is is a wave of exceptionally pretty collaborations that we have our eyes on.  Here are three to love, buy, or perhaps gift to someone (or even yourself)…


Nanette Lepore for Origins


Designer Nanette Lepore burst into the fashion world with her colorful and vibrant prints that were inspired by the cultures and customs from around the world. Origins has partnered with the designer to offer a Nanette Lepore for Origins cosmetic bag when customers spend over $65 on Origins’ products. The 100% recycled cotton bag is white with elegant chandelier-like motifs inspired by her worldwide travels. This comes with a travel-sized Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balm as well. and Tess Giberson

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Luxury never looked this festive. This Winter Forest Bag designed by Tess Giberson, is a functional, creative bag stuffed with 14 sample-sized products, and is available with any $125 purchase. The designer bag is great for organization because there are separate compartments for cosmetics and toiletries. Each bag comes loaded with luxurious goodies such as: ALTERNA Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction; Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil; Origins Plantscription Anti-aging Serum; bareMinerals Active Cell Renewal Night Serum; GoSmile Teeth Whitening Gel; Dr. Dennis Gross One Step Acne Eliminating Pads; Tocca Eau de Parfum; and many more. Available while supplies last.


MAC Cosmetics’ Rocky Horror Picture Show

MAC Rocky Horror picture Show

In honor of its 40th anniversary, the Rocky Horror Picture Show is partnering with MAC Cosmetics to release a moody range of shades that evoke the 1975 cult classic film’s characters. With this collection you can transform yourself into a sex-swapping mad scientist, heroic newlywed, an alien from Transylvania or even Rocky Horror himself. Get intense eyes using Riff Raff eyeshadow ($47), filled with carbon black, burgundy and plum tones or feather your eyes with the Rocky Horror 7 Lash ($20). Other products include Rocky Horror Powder Blush ($25), Rocky Horror Studio Nail Lacquer ($14), Superslick Liquid Eyeliner ($21), and more.



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