February 13th, 2015
Posture Perfect: Sage Advice for Those Looking to Improve their Stance



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Proper posture has never really gone out of style. Sure, gone are the days of corsets and finishing schools, but do the rules still apply when we’re talking about posture? We found a cutesy, throw back piece all about the subject at-hand from the New York Times. Published in July 1944, the piece was written by Martha Parker, and looks into everything from wearing the right supporting garments, how bad posture causes fatigue and also some exercises one may do at home to improve the back’s alignment.

Hmmm, don’t take our word on this one - though it’s a fun read that brings us back in time for a brief minute or two. Click on the image below to access a clean, easily readible copy of the full PDF, or click HERE.

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February 12th, 2015
Bath & Beauty Picks: Chic Valentine’s Day Gifts



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Gift Guide:

1. 1. Pocket Mirrors, $16 each | VIA

2. Rue de Marli Body Lotion, $33 | VIA

3. Baudelaire Horsehair Wash Mitt, $28 | VIA

4. Kate Spade Odds & Ends Square Dish, $40 | VIA

5. Tatcha Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm, $36 | VIA

6. Rive Gauche Guest Towels, $10 | VIA

7. Kontextür VIKTOR Toothbrush/Razor Holders -18K Gold, $49 | VIA

8. Soap Stones, $8 | VIA


February 11th, 2015
Get the Look: Chrissy Teigen’s Angelic Beach Waves



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On the arm Grammy nominated artist and hubby John Legend, Chrissy Teigen took to the 57th Annual Grammy’s Red Carpet in heavenly white Versace with Angelic Beach Waves to match. Luckily for us, the creator of this look, Celebrity Hairstylist and Macadamia Professional International Creative Director Giannandrea, shared his “how to” for achieving this sultry silhouette.

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1. Start with wet hair and apply Macadamia Professional Foaming Volumizer ($25) to crown only.

2. Apply Macadamia Professional Blow Dry Lotion ($24) through the entire length of the hair.

3. Blow dry large sections with a large round brush to increase volume all over, especially on the top layers. Part hair down the middle.

4. Starting slightly below the crown, wrap small sections around a ¾-inch curling iron.

5. Use a flat iron to gently flatten the waves, making sure to keep the waves and not to remove the roundness.

6. Flatten the ends for an edgy finish. Spray each section with Macadamia Control Working Spray ($23) to hold and set the waves.

7. Using hands, run Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Oil Spray ($31.95) throughout the length to increase shine and supple texture.


February 10th, 2015
Get the Look: Jenna Dewan-Tatum at the Jupiter Ascending Premiere



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All eyes were on Jenna Dewan-Tatum at last week’s premiere of Jupiter Ascending as Celebrity Makeup Artist, Jake Bailey, prepared Jenna to look out of this world. With her bright orange column dress, see how Jenna’s look stole the show.

“We decided on a smokey bronze eye and a glossy nude lip to compliment the dress, not compete with it,” said Celebrity Makeup Artist, Jake Bailey.

By prepping Jenna’s skin, Bailey began with a light application of Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion, ($20, burtsbees.com) then began applying Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Light #3 all over her neck and face. Bailey warmed her cheeks by mixing NARS Illuminator in Copacabana and Ben Nye Crème Blush in August, then blended the color into the apples of her cheeks.

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Applying Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Highlighter & Shader Duet, Bailey blended into the hollows of Jenna’s cheeks to accentuate the cheekbones then set the makeup with a light dusting of translucent powder.

Bailey then lathered a warm bronze NARS shadow in Galapagos all over Jenna’s eyelid and creases then lined her upper lash line and the outer corners of her lower lash line with Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Zero. Bailey softened the eye by adding more of the NARS shadow to create a smokey shape. Bailey gave her two coats of CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom LashBlast Mascara and finished a light liquid line.

Bailey completed Jenna’s look with a glossy nude lip using Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Sedona Sands ($9, burtsbees.com) then topped it off with a warm bronze coat of Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss in Fall Foliage ($9, burtsbees.com).


February 9th, 2015
Tech We Love: Find the Best Shopping Prices via MySaleSpy.com



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Ever passed on something you really wanted because of a hefty price and later learned your dream piece is on sale? Bad part is, you missed out because you didn’t know. Helping the avid online shopper save money, Mysalespy.com is making sure this never happens again with their SPY button and ecommerce site.

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With a few clicks, you can save hundreds of dollars, by knowing which items you love are on sale. The SPY button which displays as an add-on in your web browser, easily allows you to scout out sale items. Your desired items will be added to your account and a notification will be sent to you once your item has gone on sale.

In addition, users can search for sale items within the site, buy those items right away or wait until the items are further discounted to make their purchase. Check it out now at Mysalespy.com.


February 6th, 2015
What We Love: Hook&Eye Makeup Bags



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Designed and made in Australia from textured, organic and natural-fiber fabrics, these ultra cute makeup bags from Hook&Eye are perfect for travel or toting cosmetics on-the-go. Rattan, spear-head stripe and patchwork paisley designs are created from original, hand-painted artworks and photographs and printed using water-based solvent-free inks. Inside, cushion inserts made from recycled PET fibers (100% post consumer water bottles) not only keeps your compacts, fragrance bottles and other pretty things safe - it also prevents bottles from ending up in landfills.

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The collection of clutch/zip top bags range from $49 to $59. To find your perfect makeup carryall, visit the SITE.


February 5th, 2015
Happenings: Triumph Hotel’s PRIV Beauty Pop-Up by PRIV



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The glitz and glamour of New York Fashion Week is just around the corner! For those looking to rub shoulders with the industry’s finest, I invite you to experience Triumph Hotel’s PRIV Beauty Pop-Up. PRIV, the innovative on-demand beauty service, will be setting up shop in all six Triumph hotels throughout Fashion Week to offer complimentary mini massages, dry hairstyling, make up consultations, and mini manicures. The nail polish will be Triumph Hotel’s custom created Pretty Please Nail Polish with seven different colors options.

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Triumph Hotels, a New York-centric hospitality brand, offers ‘polished’ accommodations throughout New York City in various neighborhoods including NoMad, TriBeCa and the Upper West Side. No matter where you are during NYFW, come and enjoy a quick makeover before making your way to Lincoln Center (for the last time!) where all the magic happens. Triumph is the exclusive hotel partner of PRIV this Fashion Week, and excited to offer complimentary beauty appointment to both hotel guests and the public. All services will be first come, first serve.

The pop-ups will follow this schedule:
Thursday, February 12: Hotel Belleclaire, 10am - 2pm
Friday, February 13: Washington Jefferson, 10am - 2pm
Monday, February 16: The Iroquois, 10am - 2pm
Tuesday, February 17: The Evelyn, 10am - 2pm
Wednesday, February 18: The Cosmopolitan, 10 am - 2pm
Thursday, February 19: Hotel Chandler, 10am - 2pm


January 28th, 2015
Seven Things you Never Knew about Weddings



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January 27th, 2015
Create the Soul Map to your Destiny at Bloom Retreats Mallorca



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Discover your life purpose and true calling at beautiful Bloom Retreats nestled between the Mediterranian and the Tramuntana mountains, adjacent to one of Mallorca’s oldest monasteries this March 17th - 21st. Have you been feeling that you are here to fulfil a purpose but are not sure what that could be? Our soul constantly communicates with us through symbols as well as through the realms of dreams, subconscious associations and archetypes to show us our true path. It is only when our soul purpose or destiny aligns with our conscious will that true miracles of manifestation can happen.

Soul Journey: We start by uncovering the symbols, messages and signs your soul has been sending you since you were born using works of art, literature, poetry, songs, stories, dreams, myths and fairy tales that have strongly resonated with you since childhood. Your Soul Map is deeply personal. It doesn’t need to be understood by anybody else nor by your rational mind. Your Soul knows what it means and then the true co-creative and miraculous process of manifestation can begin.

Create Your Soul Map: Join facilitator Monika Evans on this profound and life changing journey of Soul Discovery. Internationally renowned painter and illustrator Arturo Rhodes will share his expertise to turn your Soul Map into an artful collage that will continue to guide you as you travel towards your destiny.

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Accommodation: The house is set in magical surroundings with stunning views to the sea with two swimming pools and a choice of spacious and shaded terraces for eating and sunbathing, all within the old walled monastery garden of olive, orange and lemon trees. There are a total of four bedrooms and three bathrooms inside the main house, including the en suite master bedroom with its own terrace, plus two separate, charming casitas, one with its own fireplace. Single and twin accommodation is available.

About Deia: Steeped in history, the village of Deia has inspired many works of art and is best known as the home of the late Robert Graves, the English poet, novelist and scholar. With its iconic terraced olive, lemon and orange groves and spectacular setting, Deia is the perfect location for a BLOOM break to nourish your senses, empower your dreams and create your future.

Testimonial:

“I had the pleasure of creating my Soul Map with Monika and it was an insightful and joyful process that has given clarity and perspective in moving forward in my life.”

-Robin Johnson, Greatmystery

Retreat Fees in Pound Sterling:

£650 + VAT for a Twin Sharing
£750 + VAT for a Single Room
£850 + VAT for the Master Bedroom with private terrace

Your price includes:

• 4 nights accommodation
• Full board with delicious vegetarian meals
• Morning Meditation (optional)
• Guided Walks
• Visit to Arturo Rhodes’ studio
• Instruction and all art materials
• Plenty of quality time to relax and enjoy your beautiful surroundings

Your Exclusive Offer:

Mention the promotional code ‘SoulSeedMedia’ by February 15th 2015 for a complementary 1 hour Cranio Sacral treatment, Reflexology or Massage!

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January 27th, 2015
How To Get Your Brows Into Shape For 2015



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Most of us focus our New Year’s Resolutions on areas like our fitness, finances and career but if the most googled beauty questions of 2014 are anything to go by we should be shifting our attention to our eyebrows.

2014 seemed to be the year of the brow with stars like Cara Delevingne spearheading the “bigger is better” trend. However with big brows, comes big responsibilities- that is to keep them looking tidy and chic, not wild and bushy! So it’s no surprise that one of the most googled beauty questions of 2014 was how to shape eyebrows, according to Refinery 29.

The shape of your eyebrows can have quite a dramatic effect on how your face looks and an incorrect eyebrow shape can frame your face in an unflattering way. Trips to the salon to get your brows professionally done can be an expensive and time consuming process. Thankfully there are many great tutorials and guides available online to help achieve the perfect brow shape at home.

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For a no heat, no fuss hair removal option, try the Nad’s Facial Wand Eyebrow Shaper (RRP $13.95).The slim line, twist action wand applicator makes taming unruly eyebrows and unsightly facial hair easy! A must have on-the-go solution to hair removal, it’s the perfect size for popping in your handbag.

If your 2015 beauty resolution is to finally master shaping your brows, then here are some handy brow shaping tips from Nad’s CEO and brow expert, Sue Ismiel:

a.) The inner edges of your brow should line up with the outside of your nose.

b.) The highest point of your arch should be where the diagonal line extending from the outside of your nose to the outside of where your pupil would hit.

c.) The outer edge of your brow should taper off at the point where your eyebrow and the diagonal line from your nose to the outside corner of your eye would intersect.

d.) The bottom of your outer and inner edges should line up horizontally.

Check out Nad’s Hair Removal online, nads.com.




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