Not Soap, Radio Goes Greek


I'll admit it, I was in a sorority in college. Not the most active member (by far) of Theta Phi Alpha, I've chalked it up to another life experience, but it would have made my life much easier if these oh-so-adorable products from Not Soap, Radio were available back then (don't ask when that was, please!). 

The first and only bath and body collection to be Greek Licensed, a portion of every net sale goes directly to support each specific chapter’s national headquarters. All of the products in the collection are unique to each sorority, either Greek lettered, illustrated with their colors and mascots, or, as in the perfumes, custom-blended scents using base notes from each sorority’s flower.

The Greek collection includes:

·         Kiss Kiss Lip Balms – all-natural, high-shine, candy-flavored clear gloss in lettered pots.
·         Mini Lettered Lip Gloss Trios – three mini glosses, all in neutral, anyone can wear them pinks, together in a perfectly portable plastic envelope that can be thrown in your bag, backpack, or suit case.
·         Mirrored, magnetized and lettered Face Palettes full of everything essential for lips, eyes, and cheeks. They can take you from home to class to the library to a formal to a business meeting to Paris and beyond.
·         Roll-On Floral Perfumes – each is unique and incorporates the actual sorority flower along with several under and top notes of florals, vanilla, musks and other fabulous scents.
·         Mascot-labeled Shimmering Body Lotion, Glycerin Soap, and Happy Hour Lip Glosses
·         Greek also offers the perfect gift for all occasions.  Show your big or little just how fabulous she is with You’re The Best Big Sister and You’re The Greatest Little Sister lip balms. The Bid Day Kit is the perfect way to say, “Congratulations and Welcome!”  Remind your mother and friends of their sorority days with The Spa Kit!  Other kits include The Essentials Kit and The Kiss ‘N Go Kit.


Prices range from $6-$45 and products are available online at www.notsoapradio.com
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My Hair Savior: Redken Real Control Intense Renewal Super Moisturizing Mask


I've been messing with my hair color for so long, that sometimes I forget what my natural color actually is! I've run the gamut from white blonde (surfer girl days), to dark auburn (late 90's) and everywhere in between throughout the past 15 years.  Needless to say my hair has been ravaged by chemicals, but thanks to awesome products like Redken's  Real Control Intense Renewal Super Moisturizing Mask, no one would ever know. It's an an ultra-rich, deep conditioning mask that intensely moisturizes while helping
control and repair dry hair. Also great for detangling my super-long locks, comb-outs are no longer a battle. And, since my hair is porous due to years of blonding it often looks kind of frizzy after shampooing (and my hair is pin straight!), however this treatment (which I use every time I wash my hair)  keeps my strands smooth, sleek, shiny and straight--just the way I like it. Log on to Redken's website to locate an authorized salon.
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Love This Stuff: Nailtini Simply Syrup base coat


Make room in your lacquer cabinet for Nailtini's Simple Syrup base coat. It's spiked with enamel-compatible dental fixatives like calcium fluoride and zinc oxide to provide a flawless canvas for nail lacquer, while maximizing polish life and protecting against the staining effects of even the darkest polish. In addition, self-leveling action smoothes ridges and fills in splits and cracks to give strength and durability to the nail, and a shot of optical brighteners reduces yellow tones from previous stains.  Love it! $12, nailtini.com
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At-Home Laser Hair Removal: Silk’n SensEpil™


Finally, a permanent hair removal system that can be used in the comfort of one’s own home is available for purchase. Silk’n SensEpil™ is a breakthrough beauty device that uses safe and FDA-cleared Home Pulsed Light™ technology, which leading dermatologists recommend as the solution for long-term removal of unwanted hair. Unlike pricey in-office treatments, the Silk’n SensEpil™ is affordable at $499 and offers unsurpassed results within two to four sessions -- comparable to in-office laser procedures used by physicians. Recommended for those with lighter skin tones (I – IV on the Fitzpatrick Skin Tone Classification Scale) and brown to black hair, it is designed for ideal use on legs, arms, underarms and bikini area. In clinical and consumer studies, 80% of users experienced noticeable hair reduction after 3 months. 90% preferred using Silk’n to visiting a spa or salon and 90% said they would recommend Silk’n to a friend.

 Silk’n SensEpil™ is available for purchase at silkn.com and Sephora.com
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A Few of My Favorite Things...



Clockwise, from top: L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream ($26); Terax Original Crema Ultra Moisturizing Daily Conditioner ($48); Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel ($60); Korres Yogurt Cream ($29.50); Benefit Hoola powder ($28); Urban Decay Big Fatty Colored Mascara in Indigo ($17).
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Fall is officially here

I was shopping this morning (big surprise), spotted a big Halloween store, and realized that Fall is officially upon us. As many of you know, here in South Florida, we really only experience one season--HOT! However, this transplanted New Yorker, tries to mimic the spirit of the seasons by way of smell. When the scents of pumpkin, cinnamon, apple and mulling spices waft through my home, I can close my eyes and imagine true fall--complete with the sounds of a crackling fire and the bright, vibrant reds and oranges of changing leaves. 

Known for their one-of-a-kind products and spot-on aromas, philosophy is an obvious favorite brand for someone as scent-obsessed as me. I was beyond excited to discover a limited edition (exclusively at Sephora) set called "Trick or Treat". For $20, you get a duo (8 oz. each) of their signature 3-in-1 cleansers (Shampoo, Bubble Bath & Shower Gel) in Pumpkin Spice Muffin and Caramel Apple. They seriously smell so good, you'll want to eat them! You can also purchase them separately in large 16 oz. sizes for $16 each. 


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Beauty for a Cause (cont...)

Therapy Systems Amazingly Gentle Scrub
$36, therapysystems.com
For the entire month of October, 10% of gross annual profits from the Amazingly Gentle Scrub go to the National Breast Cancer Coalition, plus customers receive a free 2oz size.

Borba Neutraceutical Lip Tint in Lovely
$16, borba.com
10% of the purchase price will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

VedaMAMA Purify Detoxifying Body Cream
$75, vedapure.com
During the month of October, a portion of their proceeds will be donated to The National Breast Cancer Foundation


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Beauty For A Cause

Every Fall some of beauty's biggest names (and some other lesser-know but still awesome brands) release new products, special packaging for bestsellers and even limited editions to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October). Typically, a percentage of the sales of these seasonal items are donated to various Breast Cancer foundations and organizations and are used to research cures and prevention as well as raise awareness. According to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure website, over the past twenty years, great improvements have been made in the treatment of breast cancer, and as a result, the number of breast cancer survivors continues to rise. There are about 2.5 million survivors alive in the U.S. today--and by buying products that contribute funds, you might have helped one of these brave women beat this terrible disease. I'll be posting listings of amazing beauty products that are helping in the fight--check back often throughout the rest of September & all of October!



Purple Lab SWAC (sealed with a cure) Lip Gloss
 $18.50, purplelabnyc.com
A portion of the proceeds will benefit will help the advancement of research for Triple Negative Breast Cancer and the TNBC Foundation.
Philosophy Shower for a cure
$20, philosophy.com
100% of philosophy's net proceeds from the sale of shower for the cure will be donated to the Women's Cancer Research Fund.




Bumble and bumble Classic Hairspray
$21 for 10 oz., www.bumbleandbumble.com
Bumble and bumble will donate $1 from every can sold on Bumbleandbumble.com and in their two NYC Salons during September and October to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.




Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
$35, Select Clinique counters nationwide
$10 per Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion sold during the month of October will be 
donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. 


Bobbi Brown Pink Ribbon Collection (Pink Crystal Glitter Lip Balm &  Blush Pink Creamy Lip Color)
$40, Bobbi Brown counters nationwide
Bobbi Brown will be donating $35,000 in connection with the North American sales of Pink Ribbon Collection to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. 






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Gwen Stefani rocks white nails at New York Fashion Week


Photo Courtesy of Ann Lawlor

Gwen Stefani flaunted a white manicure at her L.A.M.B. Fashion show on Thursday, September 10 at Milk Studios. Her models also wore the white shade, Dashing Diva's  NYCF Fleet Week.


What do you think of white nail polish? I wear it all year round!
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Kona Tanning Company: not just for Californians anymore

Previously, fashionistas, glamutantes, models and celebs living in Southern California were the select few privy to Kona Tanning Company's Sunless Tans, "Where a tan is more than a tan, it's a masterpiece." Renowned for their impeccable airbrush applications--with absolutely zero orange tint or streaking--Kona Tanning Company now offers their remarkable tan glow in  the convenience of a bottle, The KTC Gradual Tanner. Designed to give anyone a rich Kona-type tan, the buildable formula is a daily product that keeps skin hydrated, fresh and always glowing with natural-looking color. Upon application, a caramel tint and gold shimmer dust is instant, then a golden brown color is the result with daily use. Additionally, "All natural preservatives, including thyme and grapefruit seed extract, provide super anti-oxidant properties, and encourage cellular repair to assist in promoting a youthful appearance. Blends of citrus and vanilla notes of fragrance add a special treat as you indulge in this masterpiece of a tan extender." $35
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Benefit's Spotlight Deal: the best stuff at super discounts!

Benefit Cosmetics LLC

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Big Box 'O Beauty: PIXI Wake Up Kit


In honor of their 10th Anniversary, PIXI has packaged up their most beloved colors for lids, cheeks and lips into one bountiful box.  Each of the 25 eye shadows, 4 cheek colors and 8 lip colors are suitable for every skin tone, and at just $34, this kit is a complete bargain. Find it exclusively at Target stores.
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Steal of the week at Bliss!



Click here to get any 2 Body Butters at Bliss for just $49! This offer is valid through September 6, so hurry up and buy now!
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New solution for ashy skin: Whoop Ash


Though it has been attributed as a problem only to those with darker skin tones, "ashy" skin effects us all. Simply stated, ash is a term used to describe recurring dry, cracked and flaky skin --often on elbows, knees and feet.  Developed by Sheree Fletcher (ex-wife of actor Will Smith and mother of his oldest son Trey), Whoop Ash is a super-emollient body butter formulated with White Honey, Mango and Shea Butter in order to soften those areas of the body that produce little or no oil themselves. 
Mango dissolves dry skin particles without abrading the skin. Exfoliation can make rough skin feel even worse, but the extracts found in mango essence melt away hard flakes without damaging the healthy skin around them.  White Honey penetrates deep into the skin to heal while it softens, and Shea butter is a long-lasting moisture source.
Price: $19.95
For more info: www.whoopash.com
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Video: Get the look from Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. II

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Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. II + Swatches!

So, my lovely FedEx delivery guy threw another box at my doorstep today, and I was delighted to find the NEW Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. II inside sans damage! Now if you aren't familiar with the Illustrious Book, let me tell you: people go NUTS for this thing. (Last year's version was selling for $100+ on Ebay.) It's filled with 16 eyeshadow shades (7 are new and only available in this kit!!), 2 travel size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils in bestselling shades Zero and Bourbon, a travel sized Eyeshadow Primer P0tion, and a mini book that features Urban Decay's all-time favorite looks.



The New Eyeshadow Shades:

From Left to Right: AC/DC (dark purple), Nylon (brown sparkle), Mushroom (gunmetal with taupe shift), Sphynx (pink with glitter), Jinx (bright blue), Homegrown (bright green), Misdemeanor (dark teal).

The other 9 shades in the kit are: Perversion (from last year's Book), and these bestsellers: Sellout, Gunmetal, Ecstasy, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Twice Baked, Half Baked, Flipside and YDK.

Price: $48

Will you buy it??
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Beautyticket.com: steal of the week!

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New from FusionBeauty: inFATuation Liquid Shine Multi-Action Lip Fattener



Set to launch in mid-September, inFatuation was created by FusionBeauty (the same brand that brought us LipFusion) to be the next beauty breakthrough for lip enhancement. A new technology called Amplifat promotes and stores lips' own natural fatty acids on contact for never-before achievable natural long term plumping. Available in six shades in a palette that includes sheer baby pink, rosy plum, cool nude, creamy beige, shimmery peachy rose and pale sugary pink, the multi-action formula offers seamless coverage with high shine. 

In addition plumping, fattening, defining, smoothing and firming lips instantly and over time--the formula is also irritant- & paraben-free, making it safe for everyday use.

"After launching LipFusion®, we decided that we wanted to go further and research the possibility of developing a product that not only plumps the lips instantly, but for the long haul," says Roslyn Griner, Senior Vice President, Fusion Brands.  "When we discovered this new Amplifat technology, we realized we had found a new mechanism for plumping lips that used a woman's own fat to achieve that plump, sexy look without having to resort to the needle."
 
inFATuation will be available at Sephora, Ulta, Dillard's and other retailers nationwide. 

Price: $29
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