April 23rd, 2014
What’s Happening: Born Free, Vogue, MAC AIDS FUND+ ShopBop Team Up



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Born Free, a private sector-led initiative with the sole objective of ending mother-to-child HIV transmission by December 31, 2015, today announced a series of initiatives supported by leading fashion and beauty companies in an effort to raise awareness and support for this cause.

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Now, the Born Free Collection - based on the work of the celebrated Kenyan-born, New York-based visual artist Wangechi Mutu - is available exclusively on Shopbop.com. Designers Diane von Furstenberg, Miuccia Prada, Jenna Lyons (J. Crew), Carolina Herrera, Victoria Beckham, Phoebe Philo (Celine), Gisele Bündchen, Tory Burch, Sarah Burton (Alexander McQueen), Consuelo Castiglioni (Marni), Alberta Ferretti, Donna Karan, Liya Kebede (lemlem), Clare Waight Keller (Chloe), Isabel Marant, Georgina Chapman and Karen Craig (Marchesa), Stella McCartney, Rachel Roy, Ivanka Trump, Donatella Versace and Vera Wang came together to feature pieces for both women and children (most retail under $250).

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A definitive piece highlighting the global effort to achieve a generation born HIV-free is featured in the May 2014 issue of Vogue, on newsstands and available for digital download. The piece, written by Jonathan Van Meter, includes photos by acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz, follow Victoria Beckham and Liya Kebede, two of the participating designers, as they visit South Africa to learn about the incredible work being done to end mother-to-child transmission of HIV. In further support of Born Free, Condé Nast will donate 100 percent of new subscription proceeds, across all of its brands, purchased through the Born Free promotion running in May and June 2014 print issues and on brand websites.  Consumers can visit www.condenast.com/bornfree for more information.

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The M∙A∙C AIDS Fund, the heart and soul of M∙A∙C Cosmetics and leading corporate funder of HIV/AIDS work, has pledged to match dollar for dollar all Born Free collection purchases and donations up to $500,000 to help end mother-to-child transmission of HIV through Born Free. Since 1994, the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund has donated more than $27 million to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa with a heightened focus on eliminating HIV among children where 90 percent of all new infections are due to mother-to-child transmission.

All profits from sales of the Collection will benefit Born Free. Shop the Collection here.


April 23rd, 2014
Style Choices that Could Harm Your Health



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April 22nd, 2014
Perfume Your Home



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There is nothing more delightful than a sweetly perfumed home, but rooms where the perfumes have been chosen according to the atmosphere you wish to create is even better.

Here are a few useful tips:

Refined atmosphere: A warm, intimate perfume will lend an elegantly, refined atmosphere to your living room.

Tonic atmosphere: An energizing perfume for your entrance hall, this is the first impression of your home.

Relaxing atmosphere: A perfume to bring you relaxation and sweet dreams is best for the bedroom.

Flavorsome atmosphere: A deliciously, flavorsome perfume in the kitchen will either eliminate or enhance the smells of cooking.

Refreshing atmosphere: A refreshing atmosphere is best suited to the bathroom with energizing and watery notes.


Kinds of home scents:

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The candle can be both a candle jar and a perfume diffuser that helps to create a soothing and romantic atmosphere. It can be burnt in the bathroom to help you relax in your bath, in the living room to give a warm atmosphere, or in the library or the bedroom to relax. It not only perfumes but also absorbs smells and is ideal in a smoky room, for example during a meal with friends, or to eliminate kitchen smells. Try: Diptyque Feu de bois Ceramic Candle, $290 at beautybar.com.

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Perfume extract is very precious and condensed and should be used in very small quantities - 2 or 3 drops on a light bulb ring and the heat will diffuse and enhance the fragrance while preserving all its olfactory qualities. You can let your imagination wander by just changing the light bulb ring and the perfume and step into a new way of seeing life. It is very easy to put a light bulb ring and a little bottle of concentrated perfume into your suitcase so as to recapture the fragrances you appreciate at home in your hotel room. Try: KAMA Ayurveda Peppermint Pure Essential Oil, $6 at shopayurveda.com.

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Incense sticks or cones can perfume a room rapidly. Light an incense stick and let its fragrant curls of smoke bring calm and relaxation, creating a warm atmosphere after a hard day’s work. Or, use to eliminate kitchen smells before your guests arrive for dinner. Incense cones, made from amalgamated and compacted powdered wood will burn rapidly without leaving dust and is ideal to perfume the bedroom before bedtime, or also the living room. Try: Natural Cones, $3/25 at annasincense.com.

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The room freshener spray is the best way to perfume the home strongly and quickly. To be used regularly 4 or 5 times a day to soak the room with the fragrance and to give it its special distinction. It is also the easiest and best way to personalize each room of the home differently. Try: Caldrea Room Freshener in Sweet Pea, $13 at soap.com.

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Make the most of the benefits of the soothing, relaxing essential oils to perfume your pillow before going to sleep, or to perfume the cushions or curtains in the bedroom, or even your pajamas and towels. You will be guaranteed a refined elegance. Try: This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, $30 at asos.com.

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Original and aesthetic scent diffusers perfume the air continuously and intensely for several weeks. It works like this: the plant stems absorb the perfume in the vase and diffuse it into the home day after day. These are typically suitable for all rooms, but especially for large ones. If used in the bathroom or the kitchen remove a few of the stems to slow down the diffusion. Once placed somewhere in the house, you will be reminded of its presence by breathing its delightful fragrances. A good idea is to use it before going away for a weekend, or on holiday so as to have the pleasant surprise of a sweet smelling home on your return. Try: Lavender Scent Diffuser by Sonoma Lavender, $30 at dermstore.com.

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Small cubes of scented wax work great and used best when placing them into a bowl to perfume your house or your wardrobe. They can also be heated up to spread fragrance throughout your rooms with approved devices. Try: AmbiEscents Brazilian Sunset 3-Pack Wax Fragrance Cubes, $9 at bedbathandbeyond.com.

Want more scent-worthy news and tidbits? Check out terredoc.com.


April 21st, 2014
Spring Cleaning



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Feel like your skin is looking a little less-than-wow? Are you clinging to some skin care that should have been thrown out a long time ago? Does it make you cringe to think about the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? Spring is here, and with the help from one of Kinara Spa’s Estheticians, we’re ready to do some some clean up!

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A green juice cleanse is beneficial for more than just your waistline. Consuming nutrient-rich veggies like kale, spinach, cucumbers and celery help detoxify your liver, giving you a clearer, more radiant complexion.

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We get it…skin care is an investment.  But that department-store serum you bought on the whim last summer has got to go. Same with the lip gloss you never wear that’s been floating around your bag, and the waterproof mascara you only use at weddings and on vacation. Skin care should be used, or tossed, six months after opening. Powder foundation and blush have longer staying power, but mascara should be thrown away after three months.

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If you’re going to spend the money getting a facial, don’t ruin it by applying your makeup with a dirty brush. It’s as simple as that. Clean your brushes once a week.

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Winter is rough on more than just your face. Give yourself a fresh start with these spring-friendly detoxifying and reparative treatments.

Lymphatic Treatment: Rid your body of toxins, exfoliate your skin and improve your circulation. It’s the ultimate fresh start, inside and out.

Deep Detox Facial: The name says it all. Clean your pores, eliminate dead skin cell buildup and increase hydration…just in time for summer!

Red Carpet Pedicure: Your feet have been in boots all winter; get them sandal-ready with this must-have, summer-prep pedi.

Want to learn more from Kinara Spa’s pros? Check out their blog kinaraspa.com/blog.


April 20th, 2014
Natural Beauty Rules



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April 19th, 2014
Beauty Flashback



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April 17th, 2014
The Path to Nourished Skin



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Dry, dull, itchy skin got you down? Maybe it’s time to give your skincare routine a revamp. With plenty of cutting-edge options infused with blends of organic and biodynamic essential oils out there, there is much to discover. Try some of these ultra-healing solutions to replenish lost moisture from water and to moisturize over-exposed skin.

Skin Nourishment 101 - Look at the Ingredients:

Look at the labels for key ingredients such as Glycerin, Vitamin B2, Vitamin E and Sodium Hyaluronate. A natural humectant, glycerin attracts and retains moisture in the skin, making it softer while sodium hyaluronate - also a humectant - helps to smooth rough skin and reduce fine lines. Vitamins, such as B12 and natural anti-oxidant Vitamin E, help to smooth rough or damaged skin, aid in its healing and reduce scarring. (There are two forms of beneficial Vitamin E - Tocopheryl Linoleate and Tocopheryl Acetate. Both free radical scavengers help to hold moisture.)

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AEOS (Active Energised Organic Skincare) offers a bevy of nourishing skin products that we love. We love the blue line of products such as the Gentle Cleansing Lotion, $83 , the Refreshing Hydrating Mist, $91 , Realive Serum, $174 and the Enriching Moisturiser, $98. Particularly benefitting environmentally damaged, tired skin, this highly concentrated line of products packs a hefty punch. The product range harnesses the energies of gems and crystals and utilizes key organic ingredients such as spelt oil, lavender extract, sweet orange oil and rosewater. To learn more, or to purchase, log on to aeos.net.

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Japan’s best-selling beauty remedy, Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream, $16-$25, is a glycerin-based moisturizer that works on the face, hands and feet. Free of sulfates, synthetic dyes and fragrances, the treatment works to heal split cuticles and to effectively soften and reduce tough calluses, including hard, cracked heels. Our tried-and-true tip? Apply right after getting out of the shower for the best results. Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream is available at select Sephora stores, Urban Outfitters, Whole Foods, Space NK and online at yu-be.com.

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Providing a combo of copper peptide, antioxidants and vitamins, vibrancy is restored thanks to Apothederm’s new Nourishing Serum, $75. Not only does the hydrating face and décolleté treatment protect against free radicals, it also helps to firm skin, increase elasticity and collagen production, reduce the appearance of aging and improve texture. For more information, log on to apothederm.com.


April 14th, 2014
Happening: Beautify LA



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Kuyam, a local online scheduling platform, will host the first ever Beautify LA event from May 3 to 10. For one week only, locals can book their favorite beauty or fitness appointments at participating salons and studios throughout Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood,Brentwood, Century City, West LA and Pacific Palisades.

Participating local salons and yoga studios will offer select services at a discounted price on the specified dates. Users can sign up at beautify-la.com and book appointments starting April 29 in just a few clicks.

Participating salons include: SPA at Sunset Marquis, Ocean Spa & Fitness in Loews Santa Monica, Marco Pelusi Hair Salon and many more. The official media partner for Beautify LA is Angeleno Magazine.

How To Sign Up for Beautify LA:
1. Visit beautify-la.com and enter your email.
2. Wait for an email with your Beautify LA invitation to book your appointments.
3. Choose your favorite service and book your beauty appointment in a few easy clicks!


April 13th, 2014
Accessory Report: Summer Lovin’



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1. Chasm Cuff by Dean Davidson, $335 | VIA

2. Chan Luu Light Rose Mix Short Necklace Set, $120 | VIA

3. Kate Spade New York Passport Case, $98 | VIA

4. Heather Hawkins Angel Ring, $155 | VIA

5. Blanca Monros Gomez Dainty Stacking Solitaire, $410 | VIA

6. Jimmy Choo Juliet Sunglasses, $350 | VIA

7. Dannijo Rigby iPhone 5 Case, $98 | VIA

8. Sara Designs Coral Leather & Chain Wrap Watch, $196 | VIA

9. Eugenia Kim Chiara Colorblock Turban Headband, $90 | VIA


April 12th, 2014
Get the Look: Miley Cyrus’ Texturized Pixie



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ELLE’s May issue is devoted to women in music, so who better than the Bangerz girl herself for the cover? Miley looked very natural and absolutely stunning while shooting the issue, one could say she is quite comfortable in her own skin.

Wella Professionals Celebrity Stylist, Andy LeCompte created a texturized style for Miley’s platinum pixie. It looked remarkable with the minimal makeup and her sparkly Marc Jacobs jumpsuit. Feeling motivated to join in the Hollywood pixie trend? Here are some tips on how Andy achieved the severely chic short-haired style.

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LeCompte created lightweight style by starting with a strong base for hair using Wella Professionals Brilliance Shampoo and Conditioner for color-treated hair.  He primed Miley’s wet hair with Wella Professionals Oil Reflections to increase shine to overall end look. Then, blowing hair dry in all directions, he roughly used his hands and a small ceramic brush to tousle locks. Andy finished by spraying leave in conditioner onto his hands and ran through Miley’s hair, giving moisture as well as that much desired texture seen on the cover.

Stylist: Andy LeCompte, Wella Professionals Celebrity Stylist




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