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Winter Style & Beauty Guide
Sigh. The early part of this week was beautiful; the sun was shining, blue skies stretched as far as the eye could see and temperatures were optimal. In fact, the weather was so glorious that I unearthed my newly acquired chiffon tank in anticipation of balmy days ahead. As is normal this unpredictable time of year (unpredictable to those of us who neglect to check forecasts), the sun has decided on a whim to hibernate once more and allow a cold front to swoop in on my spring wardrobe excitement.
I suppose I was a bit too optimistic and opted not to check the weather forecast before popping outside yesterday. Needless to say, I was met with a blast of arctic air that would make even Sarah Palin shiver in her sheepskin boots! Running late (as usual) I had no time to change and was forced to don a wintry coat over my springy tank dress, and ditch my adorable peep-toe platforms (in this spring's hotter-than-haute nude) in favor of sensible boots which totally left me looking seriously sartorially confused. At least the cold didn’t reverse my freshly-bronzed efforts, and I left feeling somewhat mollified that my funky bracelet caught what little solar reflection there was.
After yesterday’s frigid fiasco I’ve made two commitments to myself: 1) check forecast before exiting home; and 2) perk up my winter wardrobe to keep my cold weather woes at bay.
The best part about perking up one's wintry wardrobe is it doesn't have to take a hefty toll on the pocketbook. Simply add a few gorgeous pieces to brighten up your winter basics
and you are well on your way! For a quick fix, a swipe of spring color on the lips and nails goes a long way to rehabilitating one's winter soul! Just remember to exfoliate those chappy lips (try fRXtion, a natural sugar exfoliator from tarte) before you smooth on the gloss.
Sheer is one of the hottest trends for spring and it can be easily incorporated into your winter wardrobe now. From floaty blouses, halters and skinny tops to delicate drapey dresses, a mere wisp of chiffon or silk is the way to go. While many of these gorgeous items are lined, make certain your underpinnings are up to snuff (cami's and tanks are only meant to last through one season, so invest in some new basic layering items). Clearly, sheer is not necessarily a winter-friendly fashion, but with a few twists it can be. Layer your sheer dress over denim leggings and top with a leather jacket for a feminine take on biker chic! Or slip a fabulous floaty tunic over your basic cashmere turtleneck, opaque tights and skyscrapers for a night on the town.
A chic and stylish way to incorporate spring is through accessories, for as we all know, accessories make the ensemble! In my world, this usually means handbags and shoes, but I have taken a recent interest in all things vintage. This exquisite charm locket really speaks to my inner princess, and also looks spectacular with these gorgeous dangles. And as for fabulous footwear, what a perfect way to show off your personality and flair. Nothing says spring like sassy peep toes (and a fabulous pedicure!) Candy colors are hot in the accessory zone so don’t shy away from bright and cheery!
Be sure to check out all the fabulous winter beauty finds below! Shop happy darlings!
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Enter to Win!!
To coincide with the launch of SILVER, Tim McGraw’s new fragrance, Tim has designed a limited-edition belt buckle that benefits his charity, Neighbor’s Keeper. Housed on www.timmcgraw.com the public will be able to enter for a chance to win a limited-edition belt buckle. For every entry made, a donation of $1 will be made to Neighbor’s Keeper.
Neighbor’s Keeper was founded by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill in 2004 out of their desire to help people in need and encourage the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors. Neighbor's Keeper seeks to strengthen communities by contributing to diverse projects with primary emphasis on children's initiatives. Enter for your chance to win the limited edition belt buckle.
Also, just in time for Valentine's Day you can enter to win Tim McGraw's new fragrance, SILVER.
Five lucky She She Me readers will win this fabulous fragrance for the man in their lives! Enter here for your chance to win: Enter SILVER in subject line.
A New Year Doesn’t Mean You Have to Look Another Year Older!
With the start of the New Year, you may be dreading the thought of now turning another year older. But with the proper products in your beauty arsenal, worrying about wrinkles, crow’s feet, and other signs of aging will be a thing of the past. La Roche-Posay’s Redermic+ has the power to treat these dreaded imperfections and will leave you looking younger and refreshed!
Redermic + Intensive Daily Anti-Wrinkle Firming Fill-in Care, complete with Madecassoside for cutaneous repair to fill in wrinkles and Hylauronic Acid to soothe surface wrinkles, has been clinically proven anti-wrinkle efficacy. By providing a boost of hydration and firming and toning skin, no one will ever know that you’re going to be another year older.
Easy and Affordable Fixes for Winter Beauty Woes
Available at Target Now!
Winter Beauty Woe: Flaky, Parched Skin
Use body products infused with natural oils and concentrated serums for the face to keep skin hydrated and prevent flaking. NP Set Body Polish ($13.99) available in Jaipur Jasmine and Tahitian Vanilla, uses walnut shell to gently slough away dead skin cells and moisturizes skin with aloe vera. Add moisture with Alba Rainforest Cupuacu Deep Hydration Body Wash ($8.99), enhanced with emollient-rich Cupuacu Butter. Apply NP Set Rewind & Replenish Serum ($29) morning and night to pamper skin with rare flowers and hyssop extract cultivated in the Swiss Alps. Moisturize and hydrate with up & up Action Moisturizer ($3.49) that will eliminate dry skin and leave the face feeling soft and smooth.
Winter Beauty Woe: Lackluster Locks
Plump the hair cuticle with Umberto Beverly Hills Collagen Pre-Shampoo Treatment ($9.99) made with hydrolyzed collagen and protein, transforming rough, damaged hair to smooth and silky. Follow with Herbal Essences Loves for luscious locks with Drench to Quench Shampoo & Conditioner ($2.99), featuring essential moisturizers including orchid and coconut milk. For additional smoothing, finish the look with Umberto Beverly Hills Roman Oil Serum ($9.99). Unlike many serums that simply coat the hair, this sheer formula is instantly absorbed.
Winter Beauty Woe: Dull, Lifeless Complexion
Avoid powdery finishes when reviving a dull complexion as they tend to emphasize dryness. Instead, apply Pixi Fresh Face ($28) under makeup for an anti-fatigue effect that evens and brightens any skin tone. To cover imperfections, use the JK Jemma Kidd Mannequin Skin Illuminating Concealer ($18) and then apply the enclosed liquid brightener for a radiant glow. Finally, use Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel ($18) infused with skin-soothing aloe vera for a pretty, natural flush.
Embrace the Hair You Were Born With
|With Solano and JASON
This spring, forgo Keratin treatments, Brazilian straightening procedures and damage-inducing daily flat ironing and embrace your natural texture. If you were born with a natural head of volume and waves, this is the season to rock them! Take a cue from an au-naturale Beyonce and laid back Kate… Big hair is beautiful!
For Beyonce’s distinct tight curls, start with a hydrating shampoo and conditioner like JASON Sea Kelp Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner ($9.95 each) to leave strands smooth and frizz-free before you even style. Next, blow dry on a higher heat but a lower power setting using a diffuser with the Solano 3700 Moda Dryer ($220) and Universal Diffuser ($18.95). Tourmaline in the dryer adds shine and smooth texture and the diffuser gives soft curls.
For Kate’s healthy, shimmering waves, start by enhancing shine with JASON Apricot Super Shine Shampoo and Conditioner ($9.95). Let hair partially air dry, then flip hair and blow dry on a low heat setting with Solano 3700 Moda Dryer ($220). Flip back over and wrap pieces around Solano Plasmium Gel Grip 38mm Round Brush ($25) on a higher heat setting for further definition.
3 Steps to Flawless Skin
After skin is properly exfoliated and nourished, it’s time for the final step toward achieving perfectly flawless skin. Biologique Recherche Body Creams, a collection of five restorative firming creams, work to balance, tone, and firm the body. Each cream has its own unique benefits to correct various skin issues.
Slim down without a workout with Crème Amnicissante Oxygenante 110, which promotes the elimination of fat and excess water. If tired feet and legs have you down, bring them back to life with Crème Défatigante, which is infused with lemon and mint to alleviate that “heavy feeling”.
Turn back the clock on aging and revive mature skin by adding moisture and providing protection with Crème MSRH-Corps. Skin that needs just a bit more of a touch up benefits from Créme Réparatrice, thanks to its ability to improve skin’s elasticity and tighten areas that are prone to sagging.
Finally, replenish and protect skin for good with Emulsion Originelle Régénérante Corps which enhances cellular renewal.
With this simple, three-step process complete your body is restored to a balanced and beautiful silhouette.
New! Hottie Massage Bar
Gets You Going
Hottie Massage Bar is molded with tons of bumps to help relieve you from the daily grind. Specially made for extra sore muscles, the bumps on this bar enhance any massage with extra circulation to get the circulation going. Black Pepper and Ginger Oil is also added to add extra stimulation and warmth to relieve muscle tension and aches. The Jojoba and butter base melts onto the skin quickly to allow a smooth and sensual experience, while the cozy Vanilla aroma is relaxing and comforting.
True to eco-friendly LUSH fashion, the massage bar is sold naked and can be stored in our reusable massage bar tins. Hottie Massage Bar will be available in all LUSH stores and LUSHusa.com in January 2011.
Find the Hottie Massage Bar at LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics.
Winter Beauty SOS!
Has your skin and hair fallen victim to the cold winter weather? Say buh-bye to chapped lips, frazzled tresses and parched skin with these beauty and skincare savers
Avalon Organics Vitamin C Soothing Lip Balm provides effective free radical defense with Vitamins C and E plus nourishing, nutrient-rich, organic plant oils and waxes effectively protect against drying and chapping for soft, smooth lips.
Keep this Alba Botanica Hawaiian Kukui Nut Body Cream at on hand for an instant pick-me-up. Tropical nut oils and cocoa butter soften rough, flaky skin while the tropical scent tantalizes the senses.
Bring lackluster locks back to life with got2b smooth operator smoothing lotion. This decadent lotion infused with luxurious cashmere shapes, smoothes and controls winter flyaways. Distribute evenly through towel-dried or dry hair and style away!
Rehydrate and repair dry, irritated skin with Vichy Aqualia Thermal Mineral Balm. This ultra rich balm is formulated with rare minerals proven to reduce inflammation plus nourishing shea butter and apricot kernel to recharge skin’s essential elements.
Lily B. Red Tea Defense Booster
Is the wicked winter weather wreaking havoc on your skin? If your skin is feeling dry, damaged and dull, you may be in need of a boost. Lily.B Red Tea Defense Booster Hydrating Serum offers powerful antioxidant protection and vibrant benefits using a blend of all-natural, sea sourced ingredients. The light, non-greasy serum works quickly to blend into skin without causing irritation.
Emmy Award winning Makeup Artist, Vanessa Elese describes Lily.B’s Red Tea Defense Booster Hydrating Serum as, “Any beauty maven's answer to a natural, beneficial and reparative wonder. Great as a skin prep, but my favorite tip: use it as an intra-day moisture boost, without disturbing the makeup you've applied, it delivers instant hydration!”
Lily.B products are deal for all skin types. This potent, yet gentle serum offers a “boost” of Hyaluronic Acid, a natural skin hydrator that works quickly to lock in moisture and nourish fatigued skin. Red Tea extract, another essential ingredient found in the Lily.B Red Tea Defense Booster Hydrating Serum provides powerful antioxidant benefits and helps protect against sun damage and signs of stress.
A Valentine Gift That Gives Back!
February is the month of love and American Heart Month, and Zappos has some great finds for those who are looking for gifts that give back. One of my personal favorite brands from the Zappos beauty shop is PurMinerals. The natural looking make up enhances facial features, but is also easy and soft on the skin. This would be a great gift idea for any Valentine.
Zappos.com has the PurMinerals Purfect Starter Kit. This is the purrrfect gift for any girl who has not yet been introduced to the Purminerals make up line. If that isn’t incentive enough, $1 for every start kit sold through the month of February will be donated to the American Heart Association. February marks the month for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Movement!
By purchasing the PurMineral’s Purfect Starter Kit, you will be giving a gift back to a very important and meaningful cause, as well as receiving a sweet treat for yourself. The total kit is only $37 and includes the foundation, the blush and the brush!
Denim Addiction Event on 6pm.com
One Day Only! Jan 28, 2011
What woman doesn’t have a favorite pair of jeans? Actually, many have a few pairs of go-to jeans they just adore! You know, the ones that make you feel so glamorous you could strut your stuff on a catwalk, the pair that miraculously hide the muffin-top because, lets face it, you gave up on sit ups on January 2, the ones that make us feel sexy, youthful and high school slim again, and the loose fitting ones that when you exhale, forgive you for the weekend indulgence of beers & buffalo wings. That’s right, you know what we’re talkin’ about!
7 For All Mankind
Lucky Brand Jeans
Well, our friends at 6pm.com want the love affair we have with denim to continue to thrive and are hosting the Denim Addiction Event on Friday, on January 28, 2011 where you’ll be able to stock up on new jeans to add to your collection – guilt-free! That’s because this event will offer famous brand names in jeans - including 7 for all Mankind, Lucky Brand, Joe’s Jeans, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, Levis and more – at up to 80% off the retail price!
Drybar Opens in Fashion Island
Drybar, Southern California’s original blow dry-only bar, is opening its first location in Orange County! Starting March 4, 2011, Drybar will open its doors in the heart of Newport Beach in Fashion Island.
Drybar’s affordably luxurious blowouts will make it easy for the ladies of the OC to keep their hair perfectly coiffed. Additionally, the fun and relaxed vibe makes it unlike any other blow dry experience in town! Ladies can take in one of their favorite chick-flicks, sip complimentary beverages and even charge their iPhones all while having their locks transformed into one of Drybar’s signature menu of styles.