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Completely Buff Exfoliating Crystals

My skin has been so dry and dull lately! I've been trying to stay away from trying face washes with exfoliating beads, but I still need some time of exfoliation once or twice a week to keep away dead skin cells.

I tried out Completely Bare's Completely Buff exfoliating crystals and they seem to be a good answer to my struggle. 1-2 times a week I take a pinch of these crystals and add them to my face wash. The result: smooth, non-irritated skin. You literally need just a pinch, so a little goes a long way.

According to the Completely Bare website, Completely Buff is suitable for any skin type. It's a gentle blend of ultra-fine aluminum oxide crystals that, when mixed with your facial cleanser, becomes a gentle exfoliating product. The Buff exfoliator works overtime to encourage cell regeneration.

Note: This review includes products that I received as samples, provided by the brand company or a PR rep. Please click here for more information regarding my disclaimer.

How To: Tousled Waves

Check out the tousled waves on Zoe Saldana, Juliea Roberts, Fergie and Emily Blunt. They were rocking the waves on the red carpet at the Golden Globes.

Want the look? KaceyEve Stickel, Expert Hair Stylist at Gatsby Salon in Green Brook, NJ ( gives us step-by-step tips and tricks to perfecting your own playfully tousled style!

How to:

1. Apply a volumizing or thickening spray on damp hair and finger dry hair to give volume and a more tousled look.

2. With a medium round brush, blow out the bangs sweeping softly to desired side. (if necessary)

3. Touch up hair with 1 1/2" in barrel curling iron by taking large sections. Small sections will make a tighter curl instead of a wave.

4. Apply a shine serum to hands (use a very small amount otherwise you will make hair greasy), flip your head over and run your fingers through your hair.

5. Finish with a hairspray to hold the look throughout your evening

Product Recommendation: Gatsby Salon Multi-Dimensional Primer ($15), Give Me Shine ($11.50) and Structura Shaping Spray ($14.95) (call 732-752-4247 for ordering information)

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Easy Ways To Turn Your Home Into a Spa

Check out these cheap alternatives to fancy, professional services

Can't afford to splurge on laser treatments or a spray tan? These gadgets will give you all of the hottest spa treatments for much, much cheaper!

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Giveaway Break - Tart D'Amande Souffle

Treat yourself to Tart D'Amande Souffle day or night for luxurious moisture protection that's never heavy or greasy, just divine. Almond Pie exudes a warm fragrance, rich with coveted and healthy ingredients to treat your whole body. Vitamines and tropical nut oils provide the ultimate in hydrated and sensuously silky skin. While rich with fatty acids and decadent aroma, there are no calories to be gained here!
0% Guilt, 100% Pleasure...Be Delicious!

Retail: $43.20


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This giveaway is open to US & Canada residents only. The contest will end on Monday, February 22nd. I will randomly select the lucky winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

Freebie Friday

Gold Bond Hand Sanitizer

Origins is offering a FREE Mini-Facial. Offer available from Jan 21-24 at any Origins stores.Make your appointment today!

Visit an Aveda Experience Center and let the pros advise you on the best care and makeup for your skin tone and type. You'll take home a free sample of one of their recommendations with ingredients derived from plants, flowers and natural minerals. Also, during your visit, enjoy your choice of any five complimentary Aveda Sensory Rituals - from a Stress-Relieving Neck and Should Ritual to an Aroma Sensory Journey.

When you arrive at Aveda, mention ABOUT FACE to receive your complimentary consultations and sample. Visit to find a location near you.

EcoTools - How to Make a Cunning Cat-Eye

EcoTools has launched four instructional videos on so women everywhere can redefine and re-tool to become a total beauty know-it-all. Makeup artist Meredith Baraf provides instructions and pointers on how to professionally create new looks.

The first video in the series is a how-to for creating a Cunning Cat-Eye. Make sure to keep track of the could lead to a giveaway!

Beauty Sample Sales

HauteLook LaRocca Skincare Sale - Up to 50% off

Email me at for a free invitation to The Fairest, currently having the following sales:
Air Repair
Global Goddess
Jimmy Jane

Bobbi Brown's Pretty Powerful Campaign

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is launching a campaign called Pretty Powerful, celebrating Bobbi's belief that all women possess natural beauty, and with the right tools, are empowered to a higher level of pretty.

As part of the campaign, Bobbi Brown will be launching a video contest: She wants to hear how you go from Pretty to Powerful using Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Now through February 9th, makeup devotees are invited to share their transformative stories and tips by submitting videos.

From the submissions, 15 finalists willb e chosen and sent a personalized selection of Bobbi Brown csometics and the new Color Strips Collection to create their next Pretty Powerful video submission. in March, the gallery of Pretty Powerful videos will be open for public voting on For every vote cast in the Pretty Powerful contest, Bobbi Brown will donate $1 to Dress for Success, an organization close to Bobbi's heart that provides underprivileged women with interview suits and career development advice.

Bobbi will hand pick the three grand prize winners, who will be flown to New York for a master class and brunch with Bobbi!


In January 2010, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics will launch a spring campaign called Pretty Powerful, featuring photos and videos of “real women,” or “Friends of Bobbi.”

For years, women have been reaching out to Bobbi Brown to provide them with beauty solutions, application tips and product suggestions. All of these women have ultimately inspired Bobbi in her daily life and work. That said, Bobbi finally brought many of these women together—including her friends, and those of her staff—for a 3-day shoot where she transformed women from “Pretty” to “Powerful.”

Pretty Powerful symbolizes Bobbi’s belief that all women possess natural beauty, and with the right tools, are empowered to a higher level of pretty… Pretty Powerful, Pretty Amazing, Pretty Gorgeous, etc. Bobbi Brown Cosmetics has captured their before/after photos, videos and testimonials as the centerpiece content of the campaign.

The content will live on, but will be infused throughout the season to include on counter collateral, in-store light boxes, postcards, and direct mail pieces all featuring “Friends of Bobbi.” Additionally, four Pretty Powerful in-store events with the Bobbi Brown Beauty Team are scheduled at various major department stores.

On the dedicated website, each “Friend of Bobbi” will be featured, accompanied by their profiles, testimonials, video portraits, face chart, application tips and behind the scenes footage of the shoot with Bobbi. Videos and photos will emphasize transformation and link back to the beauty problem the collection/product launch will solve. (i.e. Cautious about Corals? Frightened by Foundation?) will also serve as an anchor for online PR outreach and activities. The strategy is targeted towards online/viral marketing and will include an online contest that will invite consumers to participate and submit video tutorials of how Bobbi Brown Cosmetics transforms them from Pretty to Pretty Powerful. Consumers will vote on their favorite submissions and help Bobbi choose the final three winners. For every vote, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics will donate $1 to Dress for Success, an organization close to Bobbi’s heart that provides underprivileged women with interview suits and career development advice.

Gypsy Chic Hair by Bertrand

For a recent photo shoot, Jessica opted out of her Melrose Place character’s good girl image for a sexy, messy, yet sophisticated look that L.A. based stylist Bertrand (of Tracey Mattingly Agency) coined as “gypsy chic”. Ready to be a gypsy queen yourself? Read on for his tips on how to get the look.

Gypsy Chic How-To:

  • I began by prepping her hair with David Babbai’s Bohemian Beach for Wildaid, to give the hair texture and the windblown-like piecey-ness and fly-aways.
  • Next, I rolled the hair in a little bun on the bottom of her neck and let it dry. This gives the hair a bouncy, loose wave.
  • Then, once the hair was dry, I unwrapped it and put some RenĂ© Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo in my hands and rubbed the roots with my palm in a circular movement to create a teasing effect. I repeated this all around her head, and then brushed out some pieces while leaving others more wild.

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Quiz: What Foods Will Give You Better Skin and Hair?

Test your knowledge on the best foods for your beauty, and get expert tips to eat smarter

Quiz: What Foods Will Give You Better Skin and Hair?

Sure, you may know to eat fruits and veggies and all that other good stuff for your health, but did you know that there are foods out there that are not only good for your insides, but will make your outsides look better too? Take this quiz to see which foods you should add to your diet for clearer skin, shinier hair and more!

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