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Mother's Day Sales & Gift Ideas Part 3

C.O. Bigelow Candle Fragrances ($19.50): Give mom a taste of summer this Mother’s Day with C.O. Bigelow’s fruit scented candles. In lush, juicy Peach and ripe Pear scents, the candles are an indulgent way to perk up any atmosphere.
Provide Mom with some pampering with ONE Hand & Body Lotion and lip balms from Target or (I absolutely love that Target carries new, affordable, quality items in their beauty department).

These would be fun to include in a purse or makeup bag as a gift. Housed in a recyclable tube, the eco-chic hand and body lotion pampers skin while preserving the planet. I've been fortunate to try out the Lip Tune Up and Shea my Lips and absolutely love them too. These little tins pack a lot of moisture and leave lips moisturized, perfect as a base before applying lipstick.

Pamper your Mom this Mother's Day! The Branche charmeuse pillow case is woven with mulberry silk extends blow outs and helps to avoid wrinkling hair and skin overnight. This is a gift that keeps on giving!


Priti NYC - 25% off, use code ILOVEYOU

DayBreak Lavender Farms - 15% off

Spa Week Gift Card - $100 Gift Card for $90

Giveaway Break - René Furterer ACANTHE Curl Enhancing Line

Rene Furterer has launched Acanthe Perfect Curls, a range of curl-enhancing treatments combining the defining and softening properties of natural Acanthus extract and Avocado oil.

Acanthe Curl Enhancing Shampoo is the first step in creating curly styles from sensuous waves to romantic ringlets. It features:
  • Long-lasting frizz control
  • Noticeably enhances curl structure
  • Detangles and nourishes
  • A warm fragrance of Bergamot
Acanthe Curl Enhancing Conditioner redefines and maintains curls over time resulting in detangled, easy-to-style hair. It features:
  • White vinegar which smooths hair and boosts shine
  • Avocado oil intensely hydrates and softens
  • Easier blow-drying
  • Same as the shampoo, a warm fragrance of Bergamot
Acanthe Curl Enhancing Leave-in Fluid sculpts and remodels hair to create voluptuous, bouncy curls. It features:
  • Anti-humidity complex shields for total frizz control
  • Noticeably enhances curls structure
  • Humidity protection
  • Same as shampoo and conditioner, a warm fragrance of Bergamot


Enter to win Rene Furterer Curl Enhancing Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-in Fluid. Total prize value of $77!

Fill out the form below to win! For extra entries, you can sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, follow me and retweet on Twitter , or become a fan on Facebook; just make sure to list the entries in your comment. Enter up to once a day!

This giveaway is open to US residents only. The contest will end on Friday, June 4th. 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!

Total Beauty Natural Summer Beauty

Sport these makeup looks and hairdos as temperatures rise

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Check out these celeb looks for inspiration, then read expert hair and makeup tips to get you looking hot hot hot -- in a totally natural way.

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Smashbox Naked Beauty Summer Collection

Be summer-ready with Smashbox’s new Naked Beauty Summer Collection ($20-39)! From shimmering nudes to soft pinks, the collection is packed with nearly-naked shades for eyes, lips and cheeks. This summer, expose your natural beauty and create an ethereal, lit-from-within glow with these Smashbox essentials.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas Part 2

Eco-friendly Mom? Check out NVEY Eco Lip Lustre Lipgloss or Organic Lipstick. They are 98% organic (the other 2% is purified water). Available at

For the Outdoorsy Mom
If your mom loves outdoor activities and being active then the Smart Girls Who Surf Grab-N-Go Kit is perfect for her! This kit contains a travel size Sunblock, After Sun Soothing Lotion, Leave in Conditioner, Lip Balm and even a Glycerin Soap for moms who surf and love the ocean! ($24 at the Lux-Loving Mom
The Lolita Giraffe Robe is perfect when you want to give your mom a fashionable gift with a touch of luxury. Let mom relax and pamper herself while wrapped in this robe. ($45 at

Find Your SPF Number

Going in the sun this summer? This article is a must read. Paula Begoun from The Cosmetics Cop writes about how to find your perfect SPF number. It's pretty lengthy, so grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!


The Basics
Sun protection is an everyday must for anyone concerned with keeping their skin in top shape (and that includes avoiding wrinkles, brown discolorations, building collagen, keeping skin firm, and even preventing skin cancer). SPF 15 is the minimum rating to look for and greater is better for some skin colors and conditions; all sunscreens must be liberally applied; and UVA protection is critical.

UVA protection depends on the active ingredients in the product you are using so be sure one or more of these active ingredients are included: avobenzone (sometimes listed as butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane), titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, Mexoryl (ecamsule) or, outside the U.S., Tinosorb.

Decisions, Decisions
There are several important factors that influence how you choose and should apply a sunscreen:

  1. How long you are going to be in the sun or sitting next to a window (UVA radiation, the sun's most damaging rays, come through windows). The longer you are going to be in the sun or exposed to UVA radiation via windows the higher the SPF number you need to look for.
  2. Are you willing to apply your chosen sunscreen liberally? No matter what SPF rating you choose, you have to apply it liberally. If you aren't applying it liberally always go for a higher number to assure you are getting as much sunscreen ingredients on your skin as possible.
  3. Will you be swimming or perspiring heavily? If so, go for sunscreens labeled water resistant or very water resistant. Be sure to reapply as directed, especially after toweling off.

You'll also want to take into consideration your skin type and whether or not you'll be wearing makeup.

  1. Those with normal to dry skin should use sunscreens in a lotion or cream base.
  2. Those with oily or combination skin should go for sunscreens formulated in a lightweight lotion with a matte finish, a liquid, or an alcohol-free gel base. Many spray-on sunscreens are excellent for oily skin.
  3. If you're going to be wearing foundation, you can choose a foundation with sunscreen and pair it with a moisturizer with sunscreen and a pressed powder with sunscreen!
What's Your Rating?
Your ideal SPF number is a multiplication figure based on your skin color and the SPF number on the product.


Next, Do the Math:

  • Your Level of Sunburn Risk x by the SPF Rating = Safe Sun Exposure for Your Skin Color
  • The SPF number is a rating that determines how long you can stay in the sun without burning when you wear that product without needing to reapply it. It does not indicate quality of protection, just length of time. Here's how to do the math. If you have:
    • Level 1 skin (very fair): That means you usually get a burn in about 15 to 20 minutes of unprotected sun exposure. Determining your skin's response to various SPF ratings works like this:
      • SPF 15 x 20 minutes = 300 minutes (5 hours) of protection
      • SPF 30 x 20 minutes = 600 minutes (10 hours) of protection
      • SPF 45 x 20 minutes = 900 minutes (15 hours) of protection
    • Level 2 skin (fair to light): That means you usually get a burn in about 30 minutes of unprotected sun exposure. Determining your skin's response to various SPF ratings works like this:
      • SPF 15 x 30 minutes = 450 minutes (7.5 hours) of protection
      • SPF 30 x 30 minutes = 900 minutes (15 hours) of protection
      • SPF 45 x 30 minutes = 1,350 minutes (22.5 hours) of protection
    • Level 3 skin (light to medium/olive): That means you usually get a burn in about 40 minutes of unprotected sun exposure. Determining your skin's response to various SPF ratings works like this:
      • SPF 15 x 40 minutes = 600 minutes (10 hours) of protection
      • SPF 30 x 40 minutes = 1,200 minutes (20 hours) of protection
      • SPF 45 x 40 minutes = 1,800 minutes (30 hours) of protection
    • Level 4 skin (medium to tan): That means you usually get a burn in about 60 minutes of unprotected sun exposure. Determining your skin's response to various SPF ratings works like this:
      • SPF 15 x 60 minutes = 900 minutes (15 hours) of protection
      • SPF 30 x 60 minutes = 1,800 minutes (30 hours) of protection
      • SPF 45 x 60 minutes = 2,700 minutes (45 hours) of protection
    • Level 5 and Level 6 skin (brown to dark brown or black): That means you usually get a burn in about 120 minutes (2 hours) of unprotected sun exposure. Determining your skin's response to various SPF ratings works like this:
      • SPF 15 x 120 minutes = 1.800 minutes (*30 hours) of protection
      • SPF 30 x 120 minutes = 3,600 minutes (60 hours) of protection
      • SPF 45 x 120 minutes = 5,400 minutes (90 hours) of protection
*Note that level 5 and 6 skin should do just fine with a well-formulated sunscreen rated SPF 15. However, liberal applications is still important. If you do not think you'll be applying the sunscreen as liberally as you should, consider a sunscreen rated SPF 30.

NARS Multiple Tints

NARS Multiple Tints are bright, yet translucent, giving cheeks and lips a sheer pop of buildable color. This multi-purpose tool can be worn alone for flush cheeks or stained lips or layered with other NARS face and lip products for a bolder effect. The Multiple Tint is available in three vibrant shades – Beverly Hills (bright red), Turks & Caicos (bright orange) and Cadaqués (bright fuchsia).

The NARS Multiple Tint is now available for a limited time at

LUSH Launches 7 Lovely Things

LUSH launches 7 lovely things for Spring...

  • Lip Scrubs ($8.95 each) – These three delicious scrubs are made with castor sugar and organic jojoba oil to soften and smooth even the most parched pouts.

  • Turkish Delight Body Polish ($29.95) – The charming blend of rose water, rose oil and rose absolute (1,000 petals in each pot!) creates a luxurious polish that will moisturize even the driest of skin.

  • Crème Anglaise Hand and Body Cream ($44.95) – The decadent infusion of almond oil, extra virgin coconut oil, Fair Trade organic shea and cocoa butters, scrumptiously nourishes while the vanilla, sweet orange and myrrh scent leaves skin smelling irresistible.

  • Space Girl Bath Bomb ($4.95) – A Saturn-shaped bath bomb with blackcurrant, bergamot, grapefruit oils and fizzing candies will pop your bath into an experience that’s out of this world.
  • Happy Blooming Bath Melt ($6.95) – A cherry-scented, triple use bath melt made up of cocoa butter, dried cherries, passion fruit juice and 50% calamine powder for an ultimate skin-calming treat.

Beauty Recipes

Try these nine seasonal skin and hair remedies

Hey Good Lookin' … Get Cookin' with These Beauty Recipes
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Mix your farmer's market and backyard finds with stuff you have in the pantry to make facial masks, hair remedies and beyond.

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