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Cocktails & Color to Fight Breast Cancer from Beauty Bar & Nailtini®

Posted on: October 1st, 2014



In what can best be described as a pairing that begs the question “what took them so long?”, Beauty Bar and Nailtini, renowned purveyors of cocktails and beauty, are coming together in the fight against breast cancer in the best way they know how – through martinis and manicures for the cause.

When Beauty Bar founder Paul Devitt lost his ex-wife to breast cancer caused by the BRCA gene mutation – which could also affect his young daughters – he resolved to leverage the notoriety of his trend-setting business to make a difference. Nailtini founder Michelle Toma Olson was only too eager to get involved, pledging to stock participating Beauty Bar locations with her brand’s incomparable lacquers for services and retail sale, proceeds from which will benefit the Basser Research Center for BRCA at the Universtity of Pennsylvania.

This passionate part of Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center provides education and support for individuals and families with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, with its mission being to deliver cutting edge research in basic and clinical sciences to advance the care of individuals who carry them.

Devitt and Olson took the collaboration a step further by curating a Beauty Bar collection for “The Lacquer Cabinet” – Nailtini’s exclusive lacquer delivery service featuring limited-edition on-trend collections made for polish mixology. Launching just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this trio of not-your-grandmother’s-pinks features Nailtini’s vegan, 5-free and low-toxin formula, peerless performance, and a $2 per box donation to the Basser Center:
Pink Pussycat – sheer smoke brimming with hot pink glitter
Pink Fix – hot petal pink meets sultry glamour
Pink Pillow – champagne-kissed pink with satiny shimmer

With each in Nailtini’s all-premium formula, you can wear them straight, layered or hand-mixed with other shades in the empty mini bottles that come in each Lacquer Cabinet delivery box to create a myriad of custom nail looks – whatever you feel like stirring up. The shades are also exclusively available for services, along with more from the Nailtini range, at all Beauty Bar locations.

The Nailtini for Beauty Bar Lacquer Cabinet Collection is available at and will ship to subscribers in October 2014. Purchase a single collection for $25, a 6-month subscription for $23/month or a 12-month subscription for $20/month. A true happy hour for hands, each collection offers more than $44 in retail value plus free shipping.

SMASHBOX Supports The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Posted on: September 30th, 2014


Smashbox has created a beautiful limited edition Be Legendary Lip Gloss in celebration of all survivors and current patients. A limited-edition shade of Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss inspired by the iconic pink BCA ribbon was created to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This shade of gloss has an airy feel and glassy—never sticky—finish. Just 1 swipe leaves a vibrant wash of gorgeous color! Smashbox Cosmetics is donating $5 from the purchase of every Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, an organization dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime through funding research worldwide.       Available: September 15 – November 30, 2014.

Be Legendary Lip Gloss an be found at:

Royal Revolution is Perfection in Blue

Posted on: September 29th, 2014


Katy Perry Royal Revolution newest fragrance is perfection in Blue. I just couldn’t resist! Every time I walk through a fragrance department I am drawn to the beautiful displays set up throughout the store. There it was, Katy Perry Royal Revolution. My daughter especially enjoys Katy Perry’s Killer Queen and it is one of her favorite scents. I can’t wait to give her Royal Revolution. this amazing fragrance in bottles the exact spectacular giant jewel, except its color is a perfect shade of blue.

Royal Revolution by Katy Perry is an irresistible fragrance with both  floral and fruity scent.  ” Top notes of pink freesia and pomegranate blend into a soft, creamy floral heart guarded by the Mystical Blackthorn, a flower that represents beauty and wild rebellion.”

In Katy’s own words, “In some ways wearing fragrance is like putting on an invisible suit of luxurious armor. I want Royal Revolution to inspire women to make their own rules and embrace the idea that beauty and inner confidence can come together to become your secret weapon.”

Royal Revolution by Katy Perry has Top Notes of Pink Freesia, Black Thorn and Pomegranate, Heart Notes of Orange Flower, Sandalwood and Jasmine Petals and Base Notes of Soft Leather, Skin Musk and Vanilla Orchid.


Katy Perry Royal Revolution is inspired by the beauty and strength of a precious Blue Diamond.  Katy Perry Royal Revolution is the third fragrance that was created in collaboration with Coty following Killer Queen and Killer Queen oh so sheer. The fragrance is available as 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum with an accompanying collection for body care. You will find Katy Perry Royal Revolution at Ulta Stores and


All that Glitters is Gavée Gold

Posted on: September 24th, 2014


Gavée Gold is a spectacular new line of organic skincare created by, Tiffany Andersen a master medical aesthetician, and holistic health practitioner for over 20 years. While visiting Gavée Gold website I discovered that Tiffany Anderson’s “passion in creating Gavée Gold began with her own health adversity after surviving a near death car accident and stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma she began to search out new ways to repair the body. In her search, she discovered rare elements with unique theraputic properties that help repair both internal and external health.Hence – Gavée Gold was born.”

This remarkable skincare line is formulated with only the highest concentrations of the purest botanicals, including peptides, botanical cell salts, antioxidants and food grade essential oils. The Gavée Gold Collection is free of toxic ingredients including, parabens, sulfates, and propylene glycol. Another fact that makes Gavée Gold quite unique is that it contains rare elements, such as liquid gold, ozone, and cell salts that make Gavée Gold a cutting edge skin care line.

The Gavée Gold Collection can be purchased individually and in full sizees. I found that the best way to sample the collection is with the  7-piece Gavée Gold Travel Kit. Not only can you sample 7 of their most exquisite products but you can easily pack them and go!  It contains all the products needed in achieving the most radiant skin ever!

Gold Citrus Cleanse is fabulous as it removes makeup and other impurities. Gavée Gold Citrus Cleanser is very gentle and will balance your skin’s PH.

Spritz a little Gold Citrus Mist on your face morning and evening after cleansing for the most refreshing feeling, you will love the delightful aroma. Containing Ozone oil, it is anti bacterial and  anti fungal and helps circulate pure oxygen through your pores, repairing cells.

Liquid Gold Peptides repairs and restores dry skin. The Peptides (proteins) are vital to the health and repair of the skin, especially after strong chemical peels, lasers, or sun damage. Liquid Gold tightens and brightens for beautiful skin.

Heart of Gold Elixir is formulated for those with low-oil producing skin types. We all want extra moisture in our skin Heart of Gold Elixir will ensure that. This elixir also contain powerful fruit extracts from Acia, Mangosteen, Noni and Gogi berry.

Royal Day Night Cream is exactly what the name says, it’s perfect for both day and night time moisturizing.  It contains  moisture sealing agents that will nourish your skin while helping to maintain your skin’s elasticity and sensitivity.

Golden Enzymes removes not only dead skin cells, but it also helps to “reestablish skin balance by reorganizing the ions in the skin with the liquid gold infusion”. The Alpha hydroxy acid it contains, diminishes cohesions of surface skin cells and re-texturizes your complexion.

Diamond Cell Salt Polish is one of my favoritesMy skin has really benefited from the pure Mother Cell Salts and 12 vital minerals needed for healthy skin contained in this gentle exfoliator. “It is formulated to help remove all traces of make-up and gently lift away oils. This powerful combination of liquid gold and cell salts provide skin with miraculous medicinal properties that help reverse the aging process.”

EXCITING NEWS:  Enter for a chance to win a Gavée Gold  Travel Kit at: View the entire line of Gavée Gold and learn more about the unique ingredients each product contains at




Dana’s Bakery brings FlufferNutter Macarons right to your lips

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014
Dana's Bakery

Dana’s Bakery

Even It’s a Glam Thing  girls need a delicious snack from time to time. I can’t think of anything better than a macaron from Dana’s Bakery. Dana’s Bakery just brought back your favorite childhood sandwich, now available in just one bite. Dana’s Bakery FlufferNutter macarons have the same amazing taste as those delicious lunches from the past, now with a modern twist.  The combination of marshmallow and peanut butter will re-ignite your taste buds and your memories!

Dana’s Bakery, kosher and gluten-free, FlufferNutter macarons are available until September 30th. All orders can be placed at or by calling 800.477.1816.

Happy 30th Birthday BURT’S BEES

Posted on: September 17th, 2014


When: Today, September 17th, 4 p.m. EDT


What: Burt’s Bees is turning the big 3-0 and to celebrate, we all get to thank the bees who got us started. If you have something to say to the bees, I’ll pass it along. I’m told you should tag your bee-day messages with #burtsbeeday, but I’m not sure what these hashtags are or the social media devices you put them into – hope you do.

Join my party today to see if I read your message to the bees in a live, global video webcast. There will be music, laughs and golden retrievers – fun will surely be had by all. Who knows, I might even write my first tweet, whatever that is.



Burt’s Bees Co-Founder

Alaska Glacial Masks are Cool and Refreshing

Posted on: September 17th, 2014


Alaska Glacier Mud Co. brings  the Glaciers of Alaska right to your fingertips. Indulge with this amazing ultra smooth, creamy and refreshing facial mud, your skin will thank you for it. Alaska Glacial Mud is a facial treatment (mask) and I love facial masks so I just couldn’t resist.  As I applied the mask to my face with the brush (included), the vanilla peppermint aroma made the facial experience quite relaxing. I can’t wait to try the lavender peppermint mask. Don’t worry, Alaska Glacial Co. masks are available in the original unscented formula so there is one for everyone. After applying the mask you only need 15 minutes for the mask to work its magic and rinse off with warm water.

As stated by Alaska Glacial Mud Co., their mask ” is made  with the most mineral-rich and pure glacial clay in the world, sustainably hand-carved from the remote waters of the Copper River Delta in Alaska and enriched with a special combination of certified organic and wildcrafted botanical extracts from the Pacific Northwest that are chosen for their moisturizing, skin-softening, anti-aging and immunoprotective properties.”

Alaska Glacial Mud is so beneficial for your skin. Glacial Clay and silt (active ingredients) detoxifies, exfoliates and softens your skin and has  more than 60 nourishing major and trace elements which promotes healthy skin cell regeneration. Alaska Glacial Mud is suitable for all skin types, is allergy free and is not tested on animals. Alaska Glacial Mud only contains wild and certified organic ingredients so you will not find synthrtic fragrances, colors, fillers,  propylene glycol, pthalates and parabens.Not sure what formula to Buy? Alaska Glacial Mud Co. offers a 3 pc. sample pack containing one each of their formulations.

Here is a fun fact: Alaska Glacial Mud Co. has also been seen in SELF, The Week, Pregnancy & Newborn, LUCKY, SHAPE, Conde Nast Traveler, Coastal Living and  Woman’s World.

10% profits donated to wilderness preservation, habitat restoration, environmental defense and education in the Copper River Watershed.

New York Fashion Week wows the crowds with color!

Posted on: September 15th, 2014

Take care of your colorful hair, as debuted in the SS 15 Badgley Mischka Collection with TouchBack Plus Non-Stop Color System! It’s a complete line of instant temporary hair colors in Shampoos and Conditioners that add back color and protect against fading between permanent colorings! No ammonia, peroxide or sulfates too!



Head Back to School with a DIVINE Lip Shine

Posted on: September 8th, 2014




It is not a big secret, I am a lipstick and Lip gloss junkie. So much so that I have them everywhere you can think of. In my car, coat pockets, handbags, desk drawers, you name it and most likley I’ll have a lip product there. Of course, I only use certain products and I found another amazing one called Divine Lip Shine by Plain Jane Beauty. My daughter Adrienne confirmed it when she chose “sweet coral” and loved the look of it on her lips. Her immediate reaction was that it wasn’t sticky, didn’t taste funny (they are unscented), and loved how her lips felt after applying it. Best yet, it lasted quite a while on her lips, indeed it does!

Don’t let the dark colors fool you. Divine Lip Shine by Plain Jane Beauty are sheer so the colors appear much lighter on your lips than in the tube and provide your lip with the shine they deserve. These colors are sheer enough that you can wear them alone or over your favorite lipstick.

 Divine Lip Shines are available in 5 devine colors: Sweet Coral, Crystal Shimmer, Sassy Shine, Plum Chic and Copper Sunset 

The best feature about Divine Lip Shine is that they are formulated with PURE and NATURAL ingredients:

Castor Oil – Contain triglycerides  helping lips restore their natural moisture balance preventing dryness and its humectant properties help lips feel silky and smooth.
Shea Butter Oil – soothes irritated and chapped lips and enhances cell regeneration and capillary circulation.
Carrot Oil – Protects the skin from UV damage, as it is naturally high in photoprotective carotenoids, such as beta carotene, but also vitamin E and other antioxidants
Apricot Kernel Oil – Nourishes the lips because of its high content of A, B & E vitamins. As you know, Vitamin E is one of the most powerful natural antioxidants and helps to combat free radicals.
Meadowfoam Seed Oil – Offers a high vitamin E content which forms a moisture barrier and assists the skin with preventing moisture loss.

Another great feature about Divine Lip Shine is that they are formulated WITHOUT:

petroleum, parabens, mineral oil, dimethicone, phthalates, glycol, lanolin, synthetic dyes or FD&C colors, or acrylates or any other toxic ingredient normally found in lip glosses. They are the perfect back to school accessory or for anytime you want your lips to look and feel DIVINE!


What Colors are in your Lacquer Cabinet?

Posted on: September 3rd, 2014


If you are a nail polish lover, there are some amazing nail polish collections from Nailtini called The Lacquer Cabinet. The idea behind The Lacquer Cabinet is that each collection you buy (there are 12) includes “a season-perfect shade, a never-before-seen particle combination and a totally transformative topper that gives a mesmerizing new look to any polish it’s layered over.”  The Lacquer Cabinet can be purchased through a monthly subscription or you can order the collection of your choice. Each collection is also represented by a guest mixologist bringing  their own nail polishes colors and application ideas right to your doorstep.IMG_5253

The Lacquer Cabinet™ recently introduced the Melissa Foss for Nailtini® Collection (shown above) which was the collection we experimented with. It was created by guest mixologist, animal lover*** and beauty editor Melissa Foss. Foss “knows beauty, identifying and setting the hottest trends in cosmetics and nails for everyone from makeup junkies to DIYers for readers of Harper’s Bazaar and Natural Health.”  All the polishes in the The Lacquer Cabinet collection are vegan and are easy to apply and dry hard as a rock, I can attest to that.

As you can see from the photo above, we experimented with the colors in the collection and by mixing “Adopt-apertif”  (green) and Purr-fect Fizz (white) and we created our own signature shade of a light shimmery seafoam green. We can’t wait to see what we dream up with the shade Hair of the Dog (orange).

Each monthly collection comes with a description card which provides details of the enclosed nail colors and offers a  “Tip Jar”  offering mixing ideas. You can wear the array of Nailtini polishes any way you want.  Apply to your nails straight from the bottle, mix a few of your favorite colors in the empty mini bottles that come in each monthly Lacquer Cabinet box or try layering different colors, the ideas are endless.

View the entire Lacquer Cabinet collection at , visit www.tinibeauty You can start your monthly nail subscription today, simply choose a collection to start and before you know it you will be receiving Lacquer Cabinet on a monthly basis, it’s just to hard to resist.

***A portion of all proceeds from the Melissa Foss for Nailtini collection benefit Animal Haven…which also inspired the names. Nail polish and giving to charity in one shot? Now that deserves a toast…

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