As Summer approaches we all start to get a little nervous about our locks! Especially us curly haired gals out there who all so often begin our day with smooth shiny hair only to come back home looking like we were just got out of bed. Fortunately, there are countless products out there hat will help maintain your hair protected from the environmental factors and allow you beautiful hair all day long! One of my favorite lines is Ouidad http://www.verbenaproducts.com/casearch.aspx?pagenum=§ion=&SearchTerm=ouidad&sortBy=relevance&pageSize=20. Ouidad created this line for women like herself who had unruly curly hair. She herself was a salon owner and stylist and understood the hardships of having to wrestle with your locks every day. Her products are all created with the idea that anyone can get beautiful curly or smooth hair without the hassle of going to the salon or having to spend hours struggling in the bathroom. One of my favorites from her line is the Climate Control products. They are specifically formulated to help protect hair from environmental factors such as humidity, and help achieve both beautiful curls and smooth looks when desired. My favorite part…all proceeds of sales for Ouidad products go to a great cause, the fight against Breast Cancer. So girls, do not fret the approach of summer or your curly hair Embrace your curls and achieve the looks you want while helping support a great cause!
The Government is now inching closer towards passage of a bill that will force internet retailers to collect sales tax on all sales and pay the collected tax to each individual state that currently has a sales tax program. The bill named the Market Fairness Act is being touted as a bill that will “level the playing field” for all retailers by forcing online retailers to collect sales tax just as brick and mortar retailers currently due on all sales conducted in their stores. What this bill effectively does is tilt in a major way, the playing field in favor of brick and mortar businesses by effectively burdening online retailers with the collection of sales tax in over 9000 different state jurisdictions while not forcing brick and mortar businesses to do the same. In order for this bill to level the playing field as it supposedly will do, it would have to force the current sales tax collection system to be based on the state of residence of the buyer just as it currently proposes on internet sales under the Marketplace Fairness Act. So for example, if a brick and mortar retailer in Florida makes a sale to a resident of Oklahoma, then that retailer would be forced [just as with an online retailer] to collect the Oklahoma sales tax and pay that tax to Oklahoma. Just as an Oklahoma brick and mortar retailer would be forced to do if a Florida resident purchases something from that Oklahoma retailer. Now that is a level playing field! All retailers would be forced to collect sales tax fairly and would be burdened fairly. A perfectly level playing field. The current bill is nothing but another Government power grab designed to benefit large retailers such as Walmart, Best Buy and Amazon at the expense of smaller online retailers.
Summer is just around the corner, and as we all know; as it approaches we start to worry more and more about our skin tone! Summer calls for gold, bronze, coral like luminosity; something most of us have lost throughout the winter months. The great dilemma therefore becomes, to tan or not to tan. I used to be a avid sun bather! Out by the pool every weekend, basking in the glorious sun. Yes, it did look great, and yes I looked like a sun kissed beauty; however every time I visited my dermatologist I was quickly reminded of the intense damage I was causing my skin. Age-spots, lines and endless blotchiness; YUK! At that point I quickly turned to spray tanning! Great idea, except for the occasional orange glow. Who wants to look like a citrus fruit???? Finally I found the answer to all my troubles! At home tanning alternatives. There are countless creams that will help you achieve that sun kissed look, without the damage to your skin or the horrific orange glow. One of my favorites is Perricone MD No Sun Tanner http://www.verbenaproducts.com/p-2195-perricone-md-no-sun-tanner-118ml4oz.aspx. I have always been a fan of the Perricone line, as I found it delivers exactly what it promises. This self-tanner is a full-proof streak free, hassle free tanner. It leaves your skin glowing and is super easy to apply! I also love that it leaves the skin super moisturized and helps firm as well! So girls, there is no need to fret over attaining the perfect summer skin! Just grab yourself a tan in a bottle and enjoy looking great both inside and out.
As we all know, our makeup is just as important to the success of an outfit; as are the shoes, handbag and hair! Yes, in order to achieve the “PERFECT Posh” look, one needs to pay close attention to everything from head to toe. One of our favorite obsessions for this season; LIP-GLOSS! Yes girls, lip-gloss. When it comes to lip-gloss our attention always turns to the word “Gloss” meaning shine. You want your lips to shine with a beautifully delicious glossy candy-like appearance. With all the different formulas out there it is almost impossible to choose just one favorite lip-gloss; however there are some that stand out far beyond the others. We always turn our attention to the master of all that is fashion, “CHANEL”. Chanel Levres Scintillantes is one of our top faves for lip-gloss. It gives you a beautiful high profile shine with great pigmentation. The perfect in between a lipstick and lip-gloss. We just love Big Bang and Lollipop, and are sure that you will too! So, Pucker-Up and gloss yourself!!!
If you are anything like myself, you are on what seems like an infinite search for the perfect skin products. Always searching for serums, lotions and gels that create that special glow, or eliminate dark spots; basically make us look “Wow” like the faces we gaze at so enviously in Vogue and Marie Claire. Throughout my search for the perfect skin care regime, I have embarked upon Chanel creams, Sisley lotions http://www.verbenaproducts.com/casearch.aspx?SearchTerm=sisley and La Prairie toners. All very satisfying and all very promising; however it was not until recently that I discovered DIOR! Yes, J’Adore Dior skincare! It is not only made with the best ingredients out there, but each product focuses on multi-tasking. Creams not only help fight aging, but also clear up dark spots. Lotions help give you much needed moisture while providing illumination. Dior skincare is simply to die for, a must have for anyone who like myself is on a constant search for beauty. Some of my favorite products include Dior’s Capture Total Multi-Concentrated Serum, this miracle serum glides on like silk, leaves your skin feeling as soft and helps decrease lines as well as decrease those stubborn pores which create excess oil and blotchiness. Another Dior must have is Capture Total R60/80 Finish UV Bi-Skin fluid. This oil free fluid helps protect against sun-damage as well as depositing vitamin E into the skin to help it look younger and more radiant. I also cannot do without Dior Hydra Life Skin Energizer Hydrating Serum. There is simply not enough to say about the wonders this serum does for your skin. It instantly boosts your skin into looking healthier and more awakened! I call it my skin oxygen fix! It also helps even out your complexion and delivers moisture for all day radiance. So… for anyone who is searching for that perfect skincare regime; stop looking DIOR is here!
The holidays are finally here, and as we plan for those crowded holiday parties, family celebrations and drinks with friends; we become more and more excited with winter’s most fabulous look, “Shimmer”. It seems there is shimmer everywhere we look. From sequin dresses, to platform sparkle; we are adored with shimmer from head to toe. Skin is being shown full of reflection and golden shimmer, lips glossy and bright and eyes translucent yet captivating. One of my favorite looks fir make-up this season is the luminous moisturizer. Just about every brand makes one. These moisturizers re packed full of light reflecting shimmer drops that help create the illusion of glowing skin even in the most drab, cold, winter weather. My fave is Dior’s Illuminating moisturizer; it glides on beautifully and creates this look in a very subtle manner! Your skin looks runway ready without much prepping at all! I also love to use Chanel’s Ombre D’Eau eyeshadows http://www.verbenaproducts.com/casearch.aspx?SearchTerm=chanel+eyeshadow. These tiny tubes are filled with shimmering translucent color, which will give your eyes a quick pick me up. They are perfect for the holidays! I love the colors Rivage and Cascade (although good luck finding them, as they were limited in quantity). Last but of course NOT least, I just adore finishing up my holiday make-up with a blush that helps reflect the light off my cheekbones. The right shimmering blush helps create the idea of higher cheekbones and a younger overall look. I go straight to Chanel for this fix as well! My most loved blush has always been Chanel’s Irreele Blush! It seems as if made from spun gold and looks just as magical on your skin. Whatever your favorite holiday activity is, it is always essential to look Holiday Ready!
Time is a commodity that many of us do not have. Blow-drying hair can take a lot of our very precious time! It is time consuming and very tiresome; especially if you have hair unruly hair! For those of us seeking a quicker method for drying our hair; there are many products out there that can help cut down on the time we spend with the blow dryer. One of my newest finds is Blow Pro Ready Set Express Dry Lotion with pure protein blend https://www.verbenaproducts.com/default.aspx. This lotion is lightweight and leaves hair more manageable and smooth. It basically preps your hair for blow drying. My first time using it I was absolutely delighted by how quickly my hair dried! It not only dried in record time, but the style itself was maintained for longer than it usually does. Pureology Safeguard Your Color Pure Amplifier https://www.verbenaproducts.com/p-38-pureology-pure-volume-blowdry-amplifier-7-ounce.aspx hair mousse is another one of my favorites. As we all know all that time spent drying our hair, is time spent fading our color! This product helps maintain your color vibrant as well as protecting your hair from excess damage due to heat styling. Overall, blow drying takes time, skill and the know-how of what products work best for you. Not every ones hair is the same! However everyone can probably agree that styling is in fact time consuming. For this reason finding the right products for your hair type is integral to decreasing your styling time and maintaining that style. Products with excess oil tend to weigh down hair, and increase the time it takes to dry each strand. Products that have alcohol will leave your hair like hay!!! Always look for light-weight products that are not formulated with harsh ingredients. Lastly, towels dry your hair, by patting your hair, NOT RUBBING! Rubbing will create static and increase fizziness and tangles. Creating the perfect pre-blow dry conditions will help you attain the perfect look in very little time.