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Retail Therapy Top Ten Picks

Remember how exciting birthdays were when you were a little girl? Oh, the thrill of anticipation! The ballerina party invitations, the cake covered in pink and purple roses, the Hello Kitty handbags. And your Sweet 16, giggling with your girlfriends over all the cute boys, and being so excited about finally having your driver's license. (Who cares if the only car you had access to was a minivan with fake wood panel trim and a luggage rack?) And, of course, the biggie—official adulthood at 21.

Well, somewhere between that wild and crazy birthday bash my senior year of college and hmm, well, recently, birthdays have taken on a completely different level of anticipation. Apart from the anticipation of a new pair of shoes—that's a given! (Love the feminine take on these gorgeous booties). And why do birthdays seem to come around so much more quickly? I swear I just celebrated my twirtieth a few months ago and yet, here it is again! Am suddenly beginning to understand why women sometimes lie about their age. (Epiphany! If one is going to lie about one's age, shouldn't one add years instead of subtracting? Would make a much greater impact if one admitted to being 35 when in actuality is nowhere near. Would constantly be hearing, "Darling! You look fabulous! No one would ever guess that you are 35!" and "I would give anything to look that good at 35! How do you do it?" Although, must admit that it would considerably narrow the pool of available cute boys. Must rethink epiphany.) But I digress.

Back to my birthday, and the fact that it is just around the corner! Celebrating (yes, celebrating not bemoaning) another birthday has brought many facets of my life into a more clear perspective. Especially the tiny web of fine lines that has somehow begun to appear at the corner of my eyes. My theory is that because Happy girls are the prettiest girls, and my laugh lines are a clear indication of my innate happiness, ergo, I must be a very pretty girl! Again, I digress...

So, back to celebrating. And birthdays. And the best part - birthday presents! Just love receiving lovely little trinkets and wrapped packages. (And to be totally honest, it is much more fun than giving lovely little trinkets and wrapped packages!) Also, have finally reached that age when a colorful envelope in my mailbox brings a sparkle to my eye. (Especially envelopes from parents, grandparents and close relatives since those usually contain lovely gift certificates and gift cards!)

And what does a birthday girl do with those gift certificates and gift cards? Why, retail therapy of course! Nothing, and I repeat, NOTHING cheers a girl quite like Tory Burch handbags and a bit of fun bling!  

RETAIL THERAPY TOP TEN

  1. Killer kick-asterisk heels. Not only will they add inches to your height but they will definitely boost your confidence. A girl always feels better when her gams are on gorgeous display. This updated cut-out lace-up pump  will positively glam up your skirts and trousers!
  2. Über-chic handbag. Perfect for the up-and-coming stylish urban professional. Or the stylish yet very, very busy mom-on-the-go.
  3. Lingerie to die for. It is a scientifically proven fact (well, it should be anyway) that what a girls wears under her clothing does as much to boost her confidence as the actual ensemble itself. Besides, what girly girl can resist satin, silk and lace?
  4. gorgeous party dress. And party shoes, natch. Which, of course, means that you should probably go ahead and throw a party! Waste not want not!
  5. A great cashmere sweater. Every girls needs one. It's a classic. This luxurious oversize cardigan will carry you through autumn, winter and right into spring!
  6. Sassy skirt. Will look so cutting edge/preppy with skinny leggings and great ankle boots. (Should probably add chic sweater or blouse so as not to get arrested for indecent exposure.)
  7. Kissable you'll-miss-me-when-I'm-gone lipgloss. Just a hint of sparkle.
  8. Arm candy. And maybe a little frosting. After all, diamonds are a girl's best friend!
  9. Subtle, soft and sexy new perfume. It is another scientifically proven fact (for sure this time) that scent triggers mood and memories. So go ahead, trigger a summertime flashback or set a romantic mood.
  10. And finally, time for a little mood music. It has been said that music can soothe the savage beast. Well, it can also pacify a totally peeved twirty girl so crank up those iTunes!

xoxo,

She She Me


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The Scent of the Tropics with Nubian Heritage

Summer may be over but I know the perfect way to keep it top of mind!! Nubian Heritage’s Coconut & Papaya collection! The products are enriched with natural, fair trade and certified organic ingredients that exfoliate, nourish, and renew skin for a smooth, healthy feel and glow, with a glorious scent reminiscent of a tropical paradise!

Since ancient times, coconut oil has been revered for its skin protecting and moisturizing benefits by millions in tropical communities in South America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa. Coconut oil contains healthy fats, which aids in keeping skin smooth and soft to the touch. The products also feature Papaya, which is a prized fruit in Mexico and South America, and traditionally used for generations as an ingredient in homemade skincare concoctions for its rejuvenating properties. 

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya collection consists of the following products:


End of Summer Beauty Wrap-up

As summer comes to a close, have your last hurrah with products equally suitable for your weekend exploits and the cooler months ahead. Allow La Roche-Posay, LASHFOOD, Revlon, Infusium and Dr Teal’s help you send the season off with a bang, while still looking your best. No matter where you live, your weekend downtime most likely involves a dip in the pool or beach, a cookout, and time spent outdoors in the sun. Here are the beauty essentials you need to make the most out of the weekend ahead.

La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Melt In Sunscreen Milk 

SUN PROTECTION FOR EVERYONE – INCLUDING THE TOP RATED SUNSCREEN BY CONSUMER REPORTS!

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-in Sunscreen MilkConsumer Reports tested and rated over 60 lotions, sprays, sticks and lip balms with SPF claims of 30 or higher—30 being the minimum level recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology – and 23 of them tested at less than half their labeled SPF number (which doesn't mean the products aren't protective at all, but you may not be getting the degree of protection you think you are). La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-in Sunscreen Milk is the top-rated lotion sunscreen by Consumer Reports – thus solidifying La Roche-Posay’s leading expertise in UV protection and their commitment to developing only the most highly effective sunscreen formulations.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Dermo-Kids Sunscreen SPF 60 - 6.7 oz. 
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Dermo-Kids: Did you know just 5 sunburns before the age of 20 can increase the risk of melanoma by a shocking +80%? Now for the first time, the sun safe crusaders at La Roche-Posay bring their first sunscreen for kids to the US. Developed with dermatologists and tested by pediatricians (and mothers!), the sunscreen is specifically made with highly protective ingredients that are gentle on children’s sensitive skin.
 

A LITTLE BIT OF THIS GOES A LONG WAY FOR YOUR “NO MAKEUP” WEEKEND!

BROWFOOD TINTED BROW ENHANCING GELFIX: is a multitasking brush-on gel to define, thicken, tint, groom, condition, and hold browsperfectly in place instantly while providing long-term nourishing benefits. Receive a natural-looking finish with this brush-on gel, featuring thickening microfibers to create lush brows. Infused with a Nano-Peptide Complex, a powerful peptide blend to support brow rejuvenation, the lightweight, flexible formula locks in color for up to 12 hours and can work alone or over brow pencils without flaking or hardening.

PROTECT & REPAIR FROM SALTWATER & CHLORINE
Infusium Repair + Renew Leave In Treatment: While we LOVE summer, the sun, wind, salt water, chlorine can all wreak havoc on our hair. Hair becomes tangled, messy, fried. This cult-favorite Leave-In Treatment is perfect for protecting your before and after exposure. Infused with Argan oil and keratin to help build strength, elasticity and smoothness.
La Roche-Posay Respectissime Waterproof Waterproof Volume Mascara For Sensitive Eyes Color Black 0.25 oz 

SAY GOODBYE TO RACOON EYES

La Roche-Posay Respectissime Waterproof Mascara: Waterproof, volumizing mascara for sensitive eye that creates 3-dimensional volume to make the lashes look denser, more curved and separated. Formulated with texturizing waxes, this volume-enhancing mascara visibly amplifies lash density, yet is still easy to remove.

TAKE A RELAXING BATH POST-WEEKEND BEFORE WORK STARTS AGAIN

Dr Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution Soothe & Sleep with Lavender: Now the best-seller is offered in a light, convenient,  compact bag. It is a quick and easy way to rejuvenate your body and soothe tired, achy muscles. The single use bag is lightweight and a great way to get started with Dr Teal’s. Clear your mind and heal your body with this naturally wholesome remedy.


Sunburn Does Not Discriminate!

As I sat in the sun on a lovely beach in Kauai this past week, I could feel the heat burning my skin. I thought about using sunscreen prior but then convinced myself that my melanin would protect me from the sun. Wrong! I’m sure there are several people like myself thinking “Nope, it will never happen to me.” Guess again my friend. Sunburn does not discriminate. Neither does skin cancer which is why it’s so important to know what’s at risk when you expose your skin to radiation, and the measures you should take to protect it.  Unsure what SPF to use as protection, we’ve got you covered with SENTÉ

NEW! SENTÉ Pollution Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 46 Sunscreen

$49; Available at dermatologist & plastic surgeon practices nationwide

Formulated with non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, this chemical-free, oil-free sunscreen provides a multifunctional approach to sun protection by creating a physical barrier that fights off harmful pollutants and damaging UVA/UVB rays. Not only does the formula simultaneously detox and rejuvenate the skin—it also leaves a long-lasting fresh base.

SENTÉ Daily Repair Complex

Retail Price: $130.00, Available at select physician’s offices nationwide

SENTÉ Daily Repair Complex with SPF 30, engineered with patented HSA Technology, is the most complete age management day cream which hydrates your skin while providing UVA/UVB protection to help prevent sun damage. 


Fall Beauty Prep

Summer is on its last legs and fall is almost here! Here are a few of our favorite beauty must-haves for taming our beach-blown locks and keeping that healthy summer glow:

Scünci Multi-Color Soft Hosiery Head Wrap

Get comfortable with Scünci's 5" Multi-Color Soft Hosiery Head Wrap

Conair Ultra Detangler Round Wood Detangling Brush

Say goodbye to tangled hair! Conair's UltraDetangler get out knots in wet or dry hair. Great for thick and unmanageable hair that is unruly.

DDF Youthful Tranquility Value Kit

This trio of products is designed with sensitive skin in mind to help combat free radicals, hydrate the skin and provide anti-aging properties. These lightweight, calming, anti-aging formulas, from world-renowned dermatologist, Dr. Howard Sobel, consist of natural botanicals and free radical fighting properties that won't irritate skin yet powerful enough to provide anti-aging benefits with continued use. 

 

MakeupDrop+

MakeupDrop's Silicone Makeup Applicator was designed to completely eliminate wasted makeup. While sponge applicators soak up large amounts of makeup during application, the MakeupDrop™ perfectly applies and blends your foundation, blush, highlighter and concealer without absorbing one drop! Only half the amount of product is needed as compared to a traditional sponge or brush applicator.



Find the Right Cleansing Formula with Kniepp
 

There’s no better feeling than washing up and feeling clean after a day in the sun and heat. With Kneipp bath products, you can find the best formulas that will cleanse the body, while also helping you feel relaxedrefreshed and rejuvenated

Kneipp Lemon, Mint & Avocado Shower Foam – “Happy Moments” ($16)

Give yourself a refreshing moment of happiness! The lively fragrance of lemon mint and it’s special texture made with natural, nourishing avocado oil, provide an extraordinary shower experience to gently cleanse and moisturize the skin.

Kneipp Almond Milk & Almond Oil Sugar Body Scrub – “Soft Skin Indulgence” ($22)
Treat yourself and your skin to the soft care of this body scrub, which contains true ingredients of almond blossom. Not only does it smell heavenly, but it will help remove the dead skin, leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth.
Kneipp Lavender Body Wash – “Relaxing” ($14)
This lavender body wash, containing natural lavender oil, has a gentle, balancing effect after mental or physical exertion. The plant-derived, soap-free and pH-balanced formula cleanses gently, leaving skin soft and supple.

Perfect Brows

Whether born with a sparse pair or a victim of the 90’s brow massacre, anyone can achieve thicker, fuller brows. Today’s “trend” of big brows isn’t really a trend – fluffy eyebrows are here to stay, and for good reason. We know full eyebrows can enhance any look, but they truly make a difference in everyday life. A perfect pair can make “just rolled out of bed” look more polished and help you feel more confident.

Harnessing the power of potent, natural ingredients, LASHFOOD’s BROWFOOD is the world’s first and only EcoCert Certified brow enhancing serum. It is clinically demonstrated to provide the appearance of fuller, thicker brows and supports over-plucked, thin, and uneven brows to appear healthy. What’s more? The formulations are safe, sustainably harvested, plant-based, recyclable, and free of prostaglandin, sulfates, phthalates, parabens, and synthetic fragrances!

BrowFood Brow Enhancing Gelfix 
LASHFOOD PHYTO-MEDIC BROW ENHANCER: The world’s first and only Eco-Certified brow enhancing serums. This breakthrough formulas is clinically demonstrated to provide the appearance of fuller brows and to support over-plucked, thin, and uneven brows to appear full.
LASHFOOD AQUA BROW POWDER + PENCIL DUO: First ever powder-to-cream brow powder and pencil duo to fill in and define brows that will last all day, without fading. Available in Dark Blonde, Taupe Brunette, Dark Brunette, Charcoal.
 
LASHFOOD GELFIX: All-in-one brush on brow gel to define, thicken, tint, groom, condition, and hold brows perfectly in place while providing long-term nourishing benefits.
 
LASHFOOD 24h TRI-FEATHER PEN: A three-pronged pen to create natural-looking feathered brows easily with color that lasts up to 24 hours. Available in Dark Blonde, Taupe Brunette, Dark Brunette, Charcoal.

Don't Sweat it!

 

Summer may be over but that doesn't mean you won't find yourself in the occasional um, sticky situation. With changing temperatures and humidity, you can’t risk pit stains in those high-pressure situations!  Let Alba Botanica Clear Enzyme Lavender Deodorant be your sweat-proof savior! Jessica Alba (no relation!) reaches for this natural, nontoxic deodorant for red carpet & big presentation days! 

Alba Botanica Clear Enzyme Lavender Deodorant Stick: This hypo-allergenic and dermatologist tested deodorant is gentler to the skin than traditional deodorants. The antibacterial properties of lavender and lichen work together as nature's odor-deterrents, providing safe, long lasting protection without harsh chemical additives. Aloe Vera soothes sensitive skin.

 


Summer-to-Fall Scents

Extend the life of those glorious summer scents in your bath and body products with Le Couvent des Minimes. Ranging from lotions to shower dews, these products are each thoughtfully blended to give you the finest natural care. Made from soothing botanicals and restorative plants, your body will get the love it deserves while bringing out fragrances that evoke the countryside.

Eau Aimable Body Butter
With nourishing Shea Butter and a rich formula, this body butter will help protect and moisturize the skin, leaving it soft, supple and lightly scented. Touches of Bergamot and Mandarin gives a scent of serenity, while Nasturtium reveals skin’s natural radiance
Eau des Minimes Refreshing Shower Gel
A blend of Grapefruit, Blood Orange and Lemon awakens the senses in this bright shower gel. Neroli and Benzoin provide a feeling of well-being, while gently cleansing away oil and impurities
Eau du Cloitre Shower Cream
With touches of Rose for a sense of joy and harmony, this silky shower cream gently cleanses the skin. Made from a vegetable base, the cream contains Pink Peppercorns to give a sense of balance, and vivid Ginger adds all the vitality of a summer garden

Blonde Hair, actually care!

Keep your gorgeous summer-blonde locks, well, actually blonde all year round! Whether you freshly dyed your hair blonde, white or gray, we’re all concerned about color fading, going into the pool with chlorine and just overall brassiness (yuck!)

RUSK Deepshine PlatinumX collection is here to save your tresses by keeping your color vibrant and salon-fresh at all times. With every use, these products deposit the perfect amount of violet pigment to neutralize brassiness and yellow tones. The line was specifically created to not only maintain light hair colors, but also boost shine and brightness.

With a complete range of products from shampoo and conditioner to hairspray, the line is designed for daily use and layering without ever depositing too much pigment, ensuring color is protected throughout your daily haircare and styling process.

RUSK Deepshine PlatinumX Collection includes:
Shampoo (12FL Oz/33.8 FL Oz, Pricing: $14/$27)
Conditioner (12FL Oz/33.8 FL Oz, Pricing: $14/$27)
Repair Treatment (8.5 FL Oz, Pricing: $14)
Lusterizer (4 FL Oz, Pricing: $7)
Gel (5.9 FL Oz, Pricing: $14)
Shine Spray (4 FL Oz, Pricing: $14)
Mousse (9 FL Oz, Pricing: $14)
Hairspray (10 FL Oz, Pricing: $16)


Fall Bags on a Budget!

An important part of entering the fall season is transitioning your accessories from the breezy throw-on-the-go vibes of summer to more polished pieces. Get ready to swoon for the fall favorites from Krafty Chix! Bags that fashion girl dreams are made of, these beautifully monogrammed totes will have you feelin’ fresh from fall right into winter. Don’t want to pay extra for that custom touch? KraftyChix is unique in that the monogram is included in the price so you can stay stylish on a budget! 

*NEW* Personalized Weekender Tote: Traveling this holiday season? Going camping or on a little winter weekend getaway? This tote is a must-have! The perfect size to carry all you need for an escape, this trendy tote is very roomy and personalized just for you. Available in three different, bold colors.
Two Toned Scallop Tote: Get your hands on this Krafty Chix exclusive! You can’t find this gorgeous two toned tote anywhere else. A special bag designed with you in mind, this best-selling tote is now offered in an ivory and color combo of your choice! Personalize this pretty piece with your monogram. Made from high quality faux, vegan leather, this tote is available in six bright, bold color combos.
Monogram Shoulder Bag: On the hunt for the perfect shoulder bag? Look no more! Great for everyday use and easy to wear, snag this fall favorite for all your best outfits. Available in four fashion forward colors, you’ll be sure to find one that perfectly matches with your unique style and wardrobe. Add a monogram to make it one-of-a-kind!

All totes and bags are embroidered with traditional, custom monograms and range in price from $9.99-$80.00.

Whether you’re searching for a bag for work, a night out, or just for the every day, feast your eyes on the polished, personalized pieces from Krafty Chix! Fall in love with the designs from these handmade, boutique items for the everyday woman.


The Untold Story of Tamanu: nyakio Tamanu Firming Face Balm

Certain buzzy ingredients in beauty always seem to be trending. We’ve obsessed over Coconut Oil, Moroccan Oil, Argan Oil and Charcoal, to name a few, but now a new miracle ingredient, Tamanu Oil, is about to have its moment. Derived from the nut of a tropical tree in South India, Tamanu Oil is revered for its skin healing properties. Highly regarded as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, the oil protects skin’s moisture barrier, promotes regeneration of healthy skin tissue, fades scars, stretch marks and age spots, and relieves skin conditions such as sunburns, rashes, eczema and psoriasis.

nyakio™, a prestige skincare brand that is handmade with ethically and sustainably sourced natural ingredients from around the world, utilizes this secret ingredient. It is the foundation of hero product, Tamanu Firming Face Balm. Founder, Nyakio Kamoche Grieco was drawn to Tamanu Oil and compelled to incorporate it into the product upon hearing about it from a friend who discovered it on a “soul searching” trip to India. She noticed that many women appeared to have firmer, softer and seemingly ageless skin from this “Green Gold,” used for generations in India and Africa for its reparative and skin renewing properties.
Tamanu Firming Face Balm, made with pure, cold-processed Tamanu Oil, provides intense hydration and anti-aging benefits. It creates the appearance of youthful skin that is firm and lifted. A utilitarian product, the concentrated balm can also be used on hands, cuticles, elbows and heels to moisturize and soften.
nyakio™ Tamanu Firming Face Balm is available at Ulta and Ulta.com for $45.


 

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