Monday, September 8th, 2014

Beauty, Luxury, POSHGLAM







SK-II : A Perfect Pick for Fall

brightening derm moisturizer SK II : A Perfect Pick for Fall As a stay at home mom to a toddler boy plenty of life changes have transpired in my life since his birth. One in particular is my overall daily skin care regime. After three years of trying to combat the melasma that’s engulfed my forehead I’ve reduced my facial routine to monthly laser zappings and a wash of soap and water. Recently I met a mom in the park who had immaculate skin; she was glowing from head to toe. I asked her about her beauty secret, and she proclaimed, ‘Pitera’, an ingredient found in Saki. I said what is that? She gave me a sales pitch on SK-II, this infamous line created in Japan (the one youngling Kate Bosworth is the spokes model for). It’s supposedly annihilates Revive and La Mer. As a devotee of the aforementioned goods I decided to give SK-II a shot.

Days later I happen upon a beauty seat at Saks Fifth Avenue where I meet SK-II’s Brand Ambassador Cecilia Ho who schools me on this supersonic saki-in-a-bottle product. “Scientists deduced the key must lie in the fermentation liquid that the brewers’ hands were in during the sake fermentation process at the SK-II labs,” she states. Essentially their skin was flawless after hours of soaking in the rice water. Research was conducted using 350 strains of yeast and according to Ho a unique yeast strain that held the secret to impeccable skin was found; thus the launch of SK-II’s Pitera™ is full of vitamins, amino acids, minerals and organic acids that work together to allow the skin’s natural surface rejuvenation process to function at its prime.

As a novice to the line Ho recommends the Facial Treatment Essence, which contains a base of over 90 percent Pitera. It gently fixes lines and wrinkles and the overall skin surface renewal process. To loosen up the dead skin cells in order to work on highly pigmented areas the Brightening Derm Specialist is another high-quality starter. Ho claims this serum is a go-to for lessening brown spots and intense discoloration. And the final item to incorporate into the SK-II regime is the Facial Clear Lotion, which contains AHA to exfoliate dead skin cells. Ho adds, “Our SK-II philosophy is really to hydrate, and you can never go wrong with too much hydration.”

For anti-aging products Ho steers me towards the Signs Eye Mask which is packed with a punch of hydration and the Facial Treatment Mask, “It’ll deliver a powerful kick of concentrated Pitera within just one use,” exclaims Ho. The eye mask works to reduce crow’s feet and the intense dryness around the eye area. And just as Ho claimed the mask visibly reduced the look of fine lines and dullness in my skin and I felt revived and fresh within minutes.

After several weeks using SK-II am I sold? I would say I am quite satisfied, perhaps its beginners luck … stay tuned for a 6 week update.

– Leah Jayasanker

SK IISigns Eye Mask SK II : A Perfect Pick for Fall

facial treatment clear lotion SK II : A Perfect Pick for Fall

 

facial treatment essence SK II : A Perfect Pick for Fall

 

*Samples of products were provided.

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Sunday, June 29th, 2014

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Pin It! D.I.Y. Tight Tummies with @NipandFab

Pin it POSHGLAM Tight Tummies Pin It! D.I.Y. Tight Tummies with @NipandFab
PinExt Pin It! D.I.Y. Tight Tummies with @NipandFab

Summertime is here, meaning it’s time to start working on that tummy, follow this fun infographic guide to slimming the mid-section this season.

Carbs: Carbs cause a spike in your blood sugar levels, could cause your energy levels to spike and plummet, disrupting your sleep in the process. Avoid cake, cookies and other desserts as well as carby snacks like crackers or white bread and munch on an apple instead.

Salt: Avoid too much salt in the diet. Salt lies hidden in canned foods, baked foods, cured meats and how can we forget, potato wafers. Salt can draw water from the body and thereby give you the sluggish, flabby look.

Sugar Substitutes: A few of the sugar substitutes such as xylitol, maltitol are found in low sugar or sugar free products. These do not add to the calories but if taken in excess can cause gas.

 

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Sunday, June 29th, 2014

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Billionaire Boyfriend, Get One! by Kate Walsh

Billionaire Boyfriend1 Billionaire Boyfriend, Get One! by Kate Walsh

The only cure for a closet recession is–tada, that billionaire you should be dating. The job boards are fully populated with people but if you are smart, I mean a quick wit, you already know where to find the money. This fragrance says it all: class, sass, sauce and boss–that’s right, if you are going to wrangle a billionaire this year, why not have the perfect fragrance to irresistibly woo him in. Though many can wrestle and others can win, if you get your hands on one, suggestion: nail him to the floor, cause SHAWTY, competition is FIERCE.

Start with this wonderful fragrance and you will be one of the apples of his eye in no time–if you’re good (at what you do), hopefully he’ll make you number one. If not, hey–he’s a billionaire, there’s plenty of his money to go around. The fragrance is described as “a lavish, decadent expression of seduction and opulence. Live the fantasy and let him spoil you.” Living the fantasy, i.e. the good life is fun, but embodying it is a different story.

The brilliant and seductive note of black jasmine amber is at the heart of this desirable fragrance, making it unforgettable and charmingly extravagant. Succulent fruits of bergamot and tangerine wrapped in lush green leaves intoxicate as the scent blooms into a provocative blend of black jasmine, velvet orchid, gardenia and a touch of patchouli flower. Vetiver, cistus, sandalwood, and golden amber notes finish the alluring experience as it exudes an addictive wealth of warm woods.

When you meet that uber rich prince charming with billions to blow…intoxicate him with your scent, and if you really want to rock his world get the roll on to keep in your purse at Sephora.com!

* A sample was provided

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

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Sex Symbols And How to Embody Their Female “SWAG”

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MarilynM Sex Symbols And How to Embody Their Female SWAGWhen we think of legendary sex icons, our minds are automatically directed to figures such as Marilyn Monroe, Mae West, Betty Grable, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, and more modern day women such as Angelina Jolie, Megan Fox, Eva Mendes, Salli Richardson and the lady that made the 80’s—Madonna.

Those bitches! What is it about the aforementioned that makes men crazy? Is it their beauty? Their bodies? Their talent? Nah. What makes men crazy, is the “it” factor. They say, (whoever “they” is)… that you’ve either got IT, or you don’t. So what exactly comprises “IT”?

Sophia Loren once said, “Sex appeal is 50% what you’ve got, and 50% what people think you’ve got.” Maybe you’re reading this with a raised eyebrow, and that’s part of the problem. Blending in might be what makes you feel comfortable, but don’t get it twisted—even the most demure of women have the IT-factor, and certainly stand out.

The level of sex appeal you exude doesn’t start in the mirror—as much as this has been pounded into your brain. It’s in the way you carry yourself—a quiet confidence that will instantly spark his interest. It’s about the way you move…walk…sip your drink. Keep in mind that menEva Mendes Sex Symbols And How to Embody Their Female SWAG are very visual beings, and your body language speaks volumes without you ever muttering a single word.

Smile a lot; make eye contact—but never stare. If you see a guy in the distance that you are interested in talking to, make eye contact, smile, and look away. Continue whatever conversation you are in the middle of, then discreetly make eye contact once again, and again, look away. Now he has the “okay”. We must remember, it takes a lot of guts to be a guy. Working up the nerve to talk to a girl is not the easiest thing. Everyone fears rejection, especially men. With this simple gesture, you are telling him it is okay for him to approach you, without making you look desperate or overly interested.

Just like you, guys like to be around girls that are easy to talk to, but who listen and who seem interested in what they have to say. If he cracks a joke—laugh! Guys love a laid back and positive atmosphere. Don’t delve into deep personal details or bitch/complain right off the bat. No one likes a Debbie Downer, and trust me, the last thing any guy wants to listen to (or anyone for that matter) is a sob story. Let him warm up to you, and likewise, you to him.

Follow his lead. Allow him to be the man, but at the same time, don’t dumb yourself down or become overly giddy. Never try too hard, and never put it all out there (this rule also applies to the way you dress). Make him work a little bit! The key is to always to leave him wanting more. Even if you think he is comparable to Brad Pitt, let him chase you! Guys love a challenge, so give him one.

Keep up on your appearance, but above all, mind your inner-swag. If you walk in like you own the place, you will. It’s like having a fantastic secret with yourself, keep ‘em guessing! The “IT” factor is simple really—allow yourself to shine from the inside out, and he will see you for the diamond that you are!

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

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Experimental Beauty: 52 Uses for Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil

Trader Joes Coconut Oil Experimental Beauty: 52 Uses for Trader Joes Coconut Oil

After years of hearing raves about Coconut Oil for everything under the sun. I did some research, started consuming it and using it everywhere…it’s a lot lighter than I thought it would be and I found this fun post online for 52 ways to use it.

  1. Eat a spoonful when you need an energy boost.
  2. Use it as the base for a homemade body scrub.
  3. Use to condition your wooden cutting boards.
  4. Use as a super conditioner on your hair (apply to dry hair, leave in as long as possible and then shampoo as normal).
  5. Use as a styling agent if you have really dry hair. Just rub a tiny bit on your palms and apply to your hair and style as normal.
  6. Keep a little container in your purse for lip moisturizer.
  7. Add a spoonful to your dog or cat’s food. CO is great for our furry friends!
  8. Replace nasty, unhealthy vegetable oils in your cooking and baking with CO.
  9. Make healthy Magic Shell ice cream topping.
  10. Use it for oil pulling (learn about oil pulling here).
  11. Use a tiny dab on your underarms for a natural deodorant.
  12. Use coconut oil instead of shaving cream.
  13. Add to your bath tub for a moisturizing soak (a drop of peppermint oil is wonderful!).
  14. Use as a makeup remover.
  15. Use it to help sooth chicken pox, shingles, or other rashes or skin irritations.
  16. Use it to treat athlete’s food, ringworm, or other fungal or yeast infections.
  17. Take a spoonful with your vitamins to help improve absorption.
  18. Spread a thin layer on cuts or burns to speed up healing.
  19. Take up to 5 spoonfuls per day for improved thyroid function.
  20. Add a spoonful to your smoothies for extra nutrition and flavor (here, here, and here).
  21. Use on the delicate tissue around your eyes to help prevent wrinkles and sagging.
  22. Use as the base for homemade toothpaste or lotion.
  23. Use in place of massage oil.
  24. Use on your baby’s diaper rash or cradle cap.
  25. Use to help reduce visibility of stretch marks or to prevent stretch marks.
  26. For nursing mothers, use coconut oil on your nipples to prevent cracking and irritation.
  27. For nursing mothers, consuming coconut oil will help increase your milk flow.
  28. Apply to bee stings or bug bites to soothe and heal the wound.
  29. Women can use in the nether regions to relieve yeast infections, dryness, and/or discomfort.
  30. Eat a spoonful with each meal to improve digestion.
  31. If you’re prone to nosebleeds, coat the inside of your nostrils with coconut oil regularly.
  32. Helps soothe and heal hemorrhoids.
  33. Take to helps reduce or eliminate migraines.
  34. Use as the base for homemade vapor rub.
  35. Mixed with peppermint, lemon balm, rosemary, or tea tree oil makes an excellent insect repellant.
  36. Mix with baking soda for a non-toxic “Goo Gone”.
  37. Use to help detox the body during a cleanse or fast.
  38. Use as a metal polish, but always test a small area first.
  39. Use as a leather moisturizer.
  40. Season your cast iron pans.
  41. Use to oil your pans and baking dishes instead of pan spray.
  42. Got gum stuck in your hair? Try using coconut oil to remove without cutting your hair.
  43. Use instead of WD-40.
  44. Use as a personal lubricant (not safe with latex).
  45. Take a spoonful to help with heartburn, acid reflux, or indigestion.
  46. Use as a natural sunscreen.
  47. Mix with a tiny bit of fresh lemon juice and use as a furniture polish (always test a small area first!).
  48. Mix with butter and toss your popcorn in it.
  49. Use on cracked or rough heals to help smooth them out.
  50. Massage into your nails and cuticles to help strengthen them.
  51. Use as the base for homemade chocolate candy (like peanut butter cups).
  52. Take a couple spoonfuls every day to help overall immune function.

This stuff is great! I am a fan of the Trader Joes formula. My favorite use is for weight loss & daily hair smoother. Wanted to share this quick beauty blurb with you in hopes that you too, will discover some wonderful uses for Coconut Oil. #Enjoy

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