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Do Your Body Good - Drink Water!

Approximately three days without water is a serious threat to one’s survival, and when it comes to everyday wellness, doctors and beauty experts alike recommend water consumption to cleanse impurities in our bodies and hydrate the inner layers of our skin. Comprising 70% of the earth’s surface, water may be the most important resource in the world.

But in the world of therapy and beauty, not all water is created equal. For example, depending on the quality and content of the spring, certain water can be therapeutic in treating dermatological diseases. Hippocrates bathed in thermal spring baths for the spring’s therapeutic qualities, and similarly, many of today’s spas use thermal water for its soothing properties. Be it spring, mineral, or thermal water, these special types of H2O are getting lots of attention for their skin soothing qualities.

Spring water/rock water originates from subterranean water reservoirs and has (in contrast to thermal water) no specific minimum content of minerals. In comparison to mineral water, spring water contains mostly dissolved sulfates and carbonates, calcium and other alkali and alkaline earth metals. To be sold or used in public water supply, it must satisfy the state criteria for drinking water.

Mineral water is a specific type of spring water, which contains minerals naturally filtered from a source that is geologically and physically protected by underground layers of rock. Minerals include carbonates, chlorides, phosphates, sulfates of calcium, iron, lithium, magnesium, potassium and sodium to name a few. Some spa therapy encourages bathing in and drinking mineral waters as a cure for a variety of diseases, as mineral water contains trace elements that are believed to have therapeutic value. The U.S. FDA classifies mineral water as water containing at least 250 parts per million total dissolved solids (TDS). Authorized natural mineral water must hold a minimum content of 1000 mg of minerals and trace elements per liter.

Thermal spring water also originates from subterranean layers and is protected from impurity, but differs from mineral water in that it flows from hot springs of least 68°F in temperature. Pure and aseptic, it is used or bottled directly at the spring location, offering therapeutic value. While thermal spas are abundant in Europe, there are a few in the Unites States which utilize thermal water from specific American hot springs such asWarm Springs, GA, Hot Springs, AR, Calistoga, CA, and Thermopolis, WY. Aside from its temperature, thermal spring water differs from common spring water in its mineral content, including minerals like natrium, iron, fluoride, magnesium and calcium.

The many purposes of thermal water sprays
Thermal water sprays soothe skin irritations such as sun burns, improve the skin’s resistance to microorganisms, and help moisturize the epidermis. A bacteria-free thermal water spray calms, soothes and softens the skin’s natural balance with its anti-inflammatory agents. Other types of water sprays serve to calm the skin, refreshing and cooling it, especially during the summer.

Daily uses for water spray:
• Refresh make-up
• Rejuvenate tired legs (spray over tights, as well)
• Revive tired skin during travel (especially when flying)
• During Summer, keep in the refrigerator for immediate refreshing

Use thermal water sprays if experiencing the following:
• Facial redness / inflammation / abrasion
• After Shaving / waxing
• Burning / stinging / itching
• Sunburn
• Diaper rash
• Post-surgery

What's In My Beach Bag? - Volume III

Sunglasses of course! Always bring your shades when you're out in the sun to help protect your eyes from UV rays. My latest splurge was for Ralph Lauren tortoise glasses. I'm normally not one to splurge on designer accessories but it was a treat to myself since I knew I would definitely get my use out of them.

Not only are sunglasses key for protection in the sun, but they are also a very trendy accessory. Check out which shades the celebs are wearing...

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Giveaway Break - Lancome's Magnifique Eau de Toilette

Enter below to win Lancome's Magnifique Eau de Toilette. This spicy, floral, woody fragrance is an intoxicating scent perfect for a summer's night out, which is what is portrayed in it's new commercial, featuring Anne Hathaway!

Lancome's Magnifique commercial was filmed in March at New York's must buzzed about nightclub - The Box. The ad renewals a sexy, confident and dynamic Magnifique women...Anne! Anne was styled by fashion maven Rachel Zoe and worked one-on-one with a choreographer for a week prior to the shoot where more than 100 extras packed the set for the production. Check out the new commercial!

Make sure to sign up, below, for your chance to win! You can enter up to once a day. For extra entries, you can sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, or follow me on Twitter.

This giveaway is open to US residents only. This
contest will end on Friday, May 22. I will announce the winner on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

Giveaway Break - Kinesys SPF 30 Girl Sunscreen Spray


Lipgloss Break has paired up with Kinesys to give away THREE bottles of their SPF 30 Girl Sunscreen Microspray. This no rub, fast drying lotion provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with Parsol 1789.
Additional benefits include:
Topical antioxidant Tocopheryl Acetate(Vitamin E) to scavenge free radicals
Oil-free / Alcohol-free / PABA-free/ Preservative-free
Very Water-resistant / Sweat-resistant
Hypoallergenic / Non-comedogenic
Green Tea and Vanilla fragrance

Make sure to sign up, below, for your chance to win! You can enter up to once a day. For extra entries, you can sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, or follow me on Twitter.

This giveaway is open to US residents only. This
contest will end on Thursday, May 28. I will announce the winner on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

Check out the Kinesys Blog to learn tips for sun protection, sales and contests!

Total Beauty Break - What's Your Favorite Blush?
Readers' Favorite Blushes

Was Nars Orgasm blush no. 1? Or did another blush beat it? Find out!

A good blush gives a lit-from-within, healthy-looking glow, something we all strive for with our makeup. A bad blush gives a streaky, sparkly, clownish look -- not attractive. Luckily, readers have tried tons of blushes, and here we share their favorites. Give them a try, they guarantee you wont look like you're auditioning for the circus.

See blushes

No. 19: Paula Dorf Cheek Color, $21 average reader rating: 9

It "was perfect for that just-in-from-the-cold flush" and the blushes "last all day."

No. 18: Clinique Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher, $18.50 average reader rating: 9

Readers say this blush is "very natural looking... it's nearly impossible to make yourself look clownish with it."

No. 17: Revlon Powder Blush, $9.79 average reader rating: 9.1

This blush's greatest asset: its staying power. "I apply it at 5 a.m. and it still looks great at 8 p.m.," one reader says.

Want to see what's no. 1? Click here!

Shoe Break - The Summer Must-Haves

Rachel Zoe, celebrity stylist and guest editor at Piperlime, dishes on the three must-have sandal trends for summer. Visit Piperlime for the season’s best wedges, flats, platforms and more in a range of price points.

WEDGES: Rachel is all about wedges. “They’re great because they give you that extra height.”

Emilio Pucci, Strap Wedge Vince Camuto, Blaze Nine West, Myth

RACHEL’S STYLE TIP: “I’d love to see these with a black or denim mini. They’re great with a cover-up or swimsuit too.”

FLATS: “Designers keep coming up with new ways to make flats bold, sexy and fun,” says Rachel.

Mia, Hydra Cynthia Vincent, Raine Matt Bernson, Nouer III

RACHEL’S STYLE TIP: “Stray from black and add a pop of color. These are great with shorts.”

PLATFORMS: Sky-high. And versatile too. “Platforms are perfect for the girl going from work to a night out.”

Calvin Klein, Calistah NANA, Dream Giuseppe Zanotti E90027

RACHEL’S STYLE TIP: “Wear these during the day with dark skinny jeans or your favorite little black dress for the evening.”

Hair Product Break - RSessions Pin Up Girl Kit

With RSessions Pin Up Girl Kit anyone is able to create runway ready chignons, ponytails, and voluminous hairstyles at home! The chic and trés portable kit includes the appropriate, hard to find pins, elastics, clips, styling brush, and the all important hair bun, in an easy-to-carry and easy-to-pack bag, along with a step by step instruction booklet. Available in brown, black and blond, and priced at $21.99, this is an item that you can’t afford not to own!

Top New York based hairstylists and creators of RSession Tools, Kevin Ryan and Frank Rizzieri are no strangers to the catwalks and red carpets, working with top celebrities, designers and models for over 20 years. The RSessions Pin Up Girl Kit is the first product of the duo’s Runway Series which was created to give everyone their ‘secrets’ and the ability to create trendy styles on their own for a fraction of the cost of going to a salon.

R Sessions Pin Up Girl Kit is $21.99. Available at,; Rizzieri Salons Ricky’s NYC Store Locations and East Coast Salon Services.

Giveaway Break - UMI Styling Products


Enter to win the entire both a UMI S Liquid and UMI D Fuse. These two products have been quite the life saver while I've been in India. Read my review here. Make sure to sign up, below, for your chance to win!

You can enter up to once a da
y. For extra entries, you can sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, or follow me on Twitter.

This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents. This
contest will end on Monday, May 25. I will announce the winner on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

Contest Break - Put Your Best Foot Forward!

During the month of May, Gilden Tree is asking their "fans" to post pictures of your beautiful Gilden Tree feet on their new page on Facebook.

Take a photo of your feet "on vacation," or right in your own back yard-- and post it soon.

One lucky participant will be chosen at random to
receive a Complete Healthy Feet Kit, valued at $25.00!

(Here's an example: Me and my hubby in Hawaii)

To post your picture, you need to:
  1. Visit the Gilden Tree fan page on Facebook.
  2. Log in to Facebook and become a "fan" of Gilden Tree, if you're not already.
  3. Click into the "Write Something" box on the Wall.
  4. Click "Add a Photo" to upload your own image.
  5. After you've added your photo, you may view it under the "Just Fans" tab beneath the comment box.
  6. The more entries, the better!

The event will run through midnight, May 31st.

And the Winners are...

Amelia - Blue My Mind
Doris - Need Sunglasses
AmandaK - Lourve Me, Lourve Me Not
Hazel - Russian Navy
PJgirl74 - Feelin' Hot-Hot-Hot

Congratulations to these five winners...they will receive the OPI color that looked best on them. Please email me your mailing information at