Natural looking full-cover foundation

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Oxygenetix breathable foundation was created for

use after laser treatments or other procedures.

It contains what the company calls  their “patented Ceravitae

pro-oxygen complex (that) stimulates skin cell production

and helps support the healing process following most procedures.

Oxygenetix Foundation also contains an Aloe barbadensis gel-base, vitamin E, grape seed tea, salix alba extract and more.

I was given a small sample after a light Halo laser treatment.

I also given a full-size  sample of the company’s Oxygenating Pro-healing Moisturizer.

The moisturizer felt a bit  stingy but the foundation felt great.

It covered all the little “bronze bumps”.

Recently, I received a full-size  sample of the foundation.

I wanted to see  it looked and felt on my skin without the laser after effects.

Oxygenetix breathable foundation is an excellent full- to-medium coverage foundation.

It blends well and stays on without getting cakey. I like that it blends to cover small areas of redness so you needn’t cover your whole face with makeup. I dislike heavy concealer and this is perfect flawless looking coverage that blends out easily. Unlike many other foundations that offer coverage Oxygenetix breathable foundation doesn’t look flat or cakey. It is sheer and your skin can still glow through.



High Pony!

nicholask-hair-trendGiannandrea, the Creative Director and celebrity stylist of

Macadamia Professional International , created

this show stopping high ponytail for Nicholas K

SS  ’17 , New York Fashion Week.

Hair How To: The Horsetail

Start with wet hair and apply Macadamia Professional Blow Dry Lotion

throughout the lengths to smooth and protect hair from heat styling.


Blow-dry large sections straight with a large round brush.

Brush all the hair upward to the top center of the crown.

All the sides and back of the hair must direct very tightly to the top center.


Pull hair into a ponytail, smoothing all sides as needed and secure with strong hair elastic.

Spray Macadamia Professional Tousled Texture Finishing Spray

through length of the ponytail to create body and definition.


Take a medium sized section from the back bottom of the ponytail.

Wrap the section around the base of the elastic and spray

Macadamia Professional Flex Hold Shaping Hairspray  to help the hair stay in place.

Create a tall, 3-inch thick band that covers the elastic. Use straight pins all around while wrapping and smoothing it in place.


Lightly spray the top of the head with Macadamia Professional Flex Hold Shaping Hairspray

and gently run hands over the hair to smooth flyaways.


Brush the ponytail and spray Macadamia Professional Weightless Moisture Dry Oil Micro Mist

to achieve the ultimate finish and shine for a glamorous look.


The products are priced from $19.95 to $31.95


Amore Pacific Age Correcting CC

_12343811 If you are a fan of the exclusive Korean

skincare line Amore Pacific,

as I am, you may be wondering how their new

Amore Pacific Age Correcting Foundation Cushion

Broad Spectrum SPF 25

differs from their popular  Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50.  

Besides the additional anti-aging botanicals packed into the

Age Correcting Foundation Cushion here are the main differences I noticed:

The Age Correcting Foundation Cushion is very moist but less dewy on my skin.

The Color Control Cushion Compact is very dewy looking,

so I need to blot it at times. The Age Correcting Foundation

Cushion isn’t matte but it is not at all shiny and to my eye

It has a more “finished look”.

The Age Correcting Foundation Cushion does offer a little heavier coverage

but you can apply it so it looks and feels very light and sheer.

If you want — or are used to “coverage” or “foundation” — you won’t like either.

Both formulas “float” on your skin. The look is very natural and pretty.

I admit I am mystified by the difference in SPF between the two compacts,

I suspect it has to with making the formula for older women more hydrating and less drying.

In the end, it is unimportant. Wearing a hat is real answer to prolonged sun exposure.

If your skin is very dry, sensitive, and you want smooth out minor flaws and keep a no-makeup glow consider the new Amore Pacific Age Correcting Foundation Cushion.

On the other hand, if your skin is normal or just slightly dry and you are looking for sun protection, a little camouflage, and pretty natural look the Amore Pacific Color Control Cushion Compact might be your best option.

I wear shade 102, it is perfect on my very fair ivory skin. If you look at the shades on line they can look deceptive. 102 can appear very pink on a screen and it is actually called Light, Pink.  Don’t be put off, I wear it and I have no pink tones my skin. It is best to try it out on at store, if possible.

The Amore Pacific Age Correcting Foundation Cushion costs $80, with one refill.

The Amore Pacific Color Control Cushion Compact, costs $60, with one refill.



Back2 Blonde

Even the most fastidious beauty can used a little helpback2blonde

keeping her blonde-on between salon appointments.

Spray-on root cover-ups are the easiest fast fix

but the problem is most of them  just doing work.

Some temporary sprays just don’t  cover anything at all

and others look like paint or shoe polish. Yuck!

I recently tried a sample of Everpro Back2 Blonde temporary, instant fix for dark roots.

It comes in three shades: light, medium, and dark blonde –and it work!

You have to use enough so get ready to spray – not spritz. I like that it doesn’t feel heavy or sticky. It left my hair was blonde and brushable.

It cost $12.99 for a 4 ounce can



Fall’s new sexy florals

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After years of little girl, fruity-florals this fall there is return to lush, sexy scents.

These new florals are softer and sultrier than you might think when you

“Floral”.  I am not implying there is no room for a crisp, citrus scent

– There is and always will be. There nothing better in the heat, the morning

, or by the sea. But, the scent of a woman is something else entirely.

Charlotte Tilbury’s first fragrance, Scent of a Dream, 

Is as lush and sexy as one would expect from the creator

Of the posh makeup line that sells looks called 

The Golden Goddess and the Glamour Muse.

“Charlotte’s Scent of a Dream has what has I call a ground-breaking balance

To it, and it is an entirely new perfume group of both Floral & Chypre”, is how Francois Robert,

the fourth generation nose who has created perfumes for Hermes,

Lanvin, Missoni, and Les Perfumes de Rosine, described the result of his collaboration with Tilbury.

Charlotte calls it her fleurotic frequency. It has the fresh lightness

Of a floral and the alluring depth and sexiness of a Chypre,

Without being heavy or dark. This scent smells amazingly unique and people

 Fall in love with it! He went on getting specific and effusive,

“Charlotte’s choice of traditional and modern ingredients comes together in a new way.

It is like nothing I have ever smelled before! The Pepper, Frankincense,

and Violet stand out beautifully and beguilingly within the composition of the scent.

I have worked on many scents to procure what Charlotte describes as a distinctive

‘TRAIL,’ and this perfume is one of the first to actually have it. It gilds hallways!”

Charlotte also worked with neuroscientists Dr. Richard Axel and Dr. Linda Buck

to create a scent that works in as elemental a level as human pheromones.

The press release explained that part of the brain responsible for our sense of smell is directly linked to the limbic system in our brain – the seat of emotion and memory.

Charlotte described the effect of her fragrance this way,

“It combines intoxicating floral extracts & musk from scent history with

newly-discovered psycho-active ingredients of the future, creating a universal key to attraction.

I believe that with Scent of a Dream, you can create your own destiny through its psycho-active,

fleurotic frequency. It has the power to attract your future and ignite memories of your past.”

I tried sample vial the day it launched.  The fragrance is seductive and sophisticated –

it lingered elegantly on my skin.  I didn’t expect like it much but it is enticing.

The essence of the Scent of Dream is captured in a short film with

Charlotte’s friend, super model Kate Moss.  Moss is also the inspiration for The Dreamy Look

makeup collection. It is a shimmering palette based on Kate Moss’s look for the 

Scent of Dream film in burnished golds and bronze.

$100 for 50mL (There will be 30mL and 100mL bottle available in October)

Kenzo will launch a new fragrance this month. Kenzo World is KENZO WORLD

the first fragrance from Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, the company’s new creative team.

Both of them are from California. They met at the University of California, Berkeley,

and started to work for Kenzo in 2011. For the 2013 fall-winter collection, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon made the eye the iconic motif of the Kenzo World:

“The all-seeing eye is a major imprint of the collection and alludes to the force of

the third eye and to spiritual protection from above,” they explain. This symbol is the inspiration behind the striking bottle designed in collaboration with Patrick Li that holds their beguiling new scent!

The eye symbol now transcends into the universe of fragrance, and you will have a chance to see and smell it at the end of August. Master perfumer, Francis Kurkdjia created the scent working with Lim and Leon. quoted Leon at their big opening bash in Paris celebrating its creation, “It’s all the notes that we love. It’s a little bit of Parisian floral meets a California kind of freshness and everything in between.” I had to use the quote – I think it captures the scent exactly.This light fragrance, with notes of Peony and Egyptian Jasmine, is light and breezy like California but also has depth and a feminine sophistication.  Kenzo World has a je ne sais quoi that feels very Parisian.

Ambroxan, a synthetic that replaces now outlawed Ambergris, helps to give Kenzo World its soft, subtle, seductive quality.  Ambroxan gives a fragrance, that powdery amber-musk scent that is so sexy in an understated way.  This is how Master Perfumer Francis Kukrdjian describes it:  “Ambroxan gives the flowers the enticing quality that we need to forget them as such. It’s a bit like the sfumato in the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci, when you juxtapose power. It acts like a fog, when the mist blurs the contours of things all around, and we only recognize their hazy outline.”

I liked this this fragrance at first sniff but as I wore it I fell in love.  It opens up as it warms on the skin. Kenzo World is very feminine but very modern. I couldn’t help but think it suited Lim and Leon’s Kenzo girl who “inhabits the present, like right now.”

Available in September, find it at Bloomingdales (exclusive) 1.7 ounce $86 and 2.5 ounces $100

Outside the US:

Krigler Mediterranean Peach 15 is made with natural essence of Mediterranean Peach from Provence in Saint Tropez,

This light scent, with hint of peach and earthy blackberry leaves, is easy to wear on sultry summer days.

It costs $245. For 1.7 ounces and $355.  For 3.4 ounces.

New to know:

Iso E Super® is one of the hottest new perfume ingredients around. You can read about its popularity in many of this fashion fall’s magazines. Equally popular is the quietly seductive and mysterious,  Ambroxan, It is synthetic that replaces now outlawed Ambergris and gives scents that powdery amber-musk quality that is so sexy in an understated way. Both of notes are proving very seductive.

They work their magic in Charlotte Tilbury’s Scent of a Dream and KENZO WORLD! According to  www.  Iso E Super is decried by its creators International fruit and flowers as, “Smooth, woody, amber with unique aspects giving’ ’velvet’’ like sensation. Used to impart fullness and subtle strength to fragrances. Superb floralizer found in the majority of newer fine fragrances and also useful in soaps. Richer in the desirable gamma isomer than isocyclemone e” –   The effect is really something! People seem mad for both scents – and compliments have come thick and fast. Everyone wants to know – “What is that – it smells so delicious”





Lemons and Vinegar make hair shine!

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There is nothing worse than dull, lackluster hair.

It just sits there. Often hard water and other

Impurities are to blame.

Here are two rinses that restore shine:

Klorane Vinegar Shine Rinse with Chamomile is based on an age old beauty secret.

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The acidic pH of vinegar smooths hair scales and purifies the scalp so hair can shine!

Chamomile brings out blonde highlights, naturally.

Chamomile is the “sunshine flower” and has been used

for decades to bring out highlights. There is also a New Klorane Shampoo with Chamomile.

They both use Egyptian chamomile that contain special golden pigments to brighten blond hair and bind to brown hair.

As always with Klorane there are no:  Parabens Sulfates and it is also preservative-free, silicone-free, biodegradable, and vegan.

$ 18.00

Beautiful Nutrition’s Lemon Rinse Gentle Clarifying Treatment uses

active lemon extracts to remove product build up.   Hair is left full of body and shine – with the enjoyable the scent of lemon!

The product has no Parabens, BPH, and Phthalates, no synthetic fragrance, no synthetic colors and is guaranteed free from cruelty to animals.

$ 10.00



Beauty bargain: Fuller Thicker Hair!

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Stress, diet, over-processing, genetics, and even serious health problems can all make your hair thin or even fall out. Some women experience sudden and temporary hair shedding after pregnancy or going off the pill. Menopause or even perimenopause can cause hair to get thinner, even in women who are in their mid-thirties.


So if your hair is looking dull and thin you might want to try the new Thicker Fuller Hair line of products from Schwarzkopf. There is a Revitalizing Shampoo, Moisturizing Shampoo Weightless Conditioner, and Instantly Thicker Hair Serum, Thicker Fuller Hair Cell-U-Plex Root Lift & Bodifying Spray for Fine, Thin Limp Hair as well as Thicker Fuller Hair Weightless Volumizing Hair Spray and Thicker Fuller Hair Weightless Volumizing Hair Spray.  Since I first reviewed this line two new products have been added: Thinning Hair Treatment and Instantly Thick Serum.  The Thicker Fuller Thinning Hair Treatment is foam you use every day as an intense treatment for 3 months.  The Thicker Fuller Instantly Thick Serum helps to strength hair, stimulate growth and reinforces hair strands for a thicker, fuller look.


The products are priced from $3.99 to $6.99, making this one of the best values we have seen.


The products all contain Cell-U-Plex, a blend of botanicals, wheat proteins, and caffeine, designed to work together to help prevent hair loss and prevent breakage. These ingredients are similar to those in some of the most expensive hair care lines designed to address the problem of thinning hair. Wheat proteins help to strength hair instantly and prevent hair loss from breakage. It also makes hair look instantly thicker by wrapping around the individual strands. Fuller Thicker hair care also contains a special Marine Flora Complex described as “Tahitian marine water microalgae, derived from sustainable, renewable sources that strengthens and thickens hair, helping to prevent thinning hair”.  According to the company, “It’s clinically shown to help reduce the appearance of hair loss by targeting the three stages of your hair growth cycle.”


Caffeine is a key ingredient in Cell-U-Plex – and perhaps the most important one.


There are several recent studies that show that caffeine applied topically does help stimulate hair follicles.


I have thick, fine hair. I am always looking for ways to strengthen it and prevent damage from colour and heat styling.  These products smell and feel luxurious.  With products priced well under $20 each, Thicker Fuller Hair by Schwarzkopf is a true beauty bargain.  You can find it online, at drugstores and big box stores, as well as online.




How to save your thinning hair!

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Hair today takes a beating!

It is no surprise that more women of all ages are reporting hair loss

and thinning hair due to stress, dieting, genetics, illness, surgery

and even hormones can all cause hair loss.

Even common beauty practices such as tight braids,

blow drying, heat styling, and hair colouring can take a heavy toll.

No one likes losing their hair but for a woman it can be devastating.

Here are Do’s and Don’ts from the experts at éprouvage

 to help protect your locks! éprouvage is a hair care line

that features a progressive plant cell technology specially

developed to promote scalp health to create the ideal environment

to produce stronger, healthier hair.


Eat the right foods!   Without enough protein your body can’t

replace the hair that you naturally shed every day.

An Iron deficiency can actually contribute to more hair loss than the

regular 50-100 daily strands.

Eating foods with plenty of vitamin C helps in the absorption of iron.

Try to combine iron-rich foods with those that are high in vitamin C

to get the most out of iron. Vitamin C also helps you’re body’s production

of collagen, which in turn strengthens the capillaries which supply your hair shafts?

Treat your hair to a weekly nourishing hair masque.

Pay attention to ingredients in your hair care products

If you are noticing more hair loss than usually, try products that contain Redensyl.

It was originally used in eyelash growth products and it is gentle enough for daily use.

I tried éprouvage over the past few months and I am impressed. I have thick but fine hair. I colour it as well as heat style it, so I try to pamper it as much as possible with the best shampoos, conditioners and treatments I can find.

I used éprouvage Restorative Scalp Serum, which is described as “a potent scalp treatment that features an award winning ingredient, Reydensl that works to target hair at a cellular level”.

According to the company, “Hair goes through 3 phases and Redensyl helps to keep hair in the growing phase longer resulting in fuller, thicker hair and less hair fall.” The serum is also supposed to reduce the appearance of hair fall by up to 17%, promoting the appearance of hair growth by up to 214 percent.

It also reduces some of the primary issues causing thinning hair and hair loss and nourishes the scalp, helping provide an optimal environment for hair growth.

I found the éprouvage gently fortifying shampoo and éprouvage gently fortifying conditioner very soothing. My hair looked great – very full and bouncy. I  applied the éprouvage Restorative Scalp Serum and the replenishing leave-in conditioner. The leave-in conditioner left my hair shiny and soft.  This is a great line if you have hair that needs gentle care.  If you have tried other hair serums and found they left your sticky  you  won’t have that problem with the éprouvage Restorative Scalp Serum. 

Finally a few Don’ts:

Don’t consume artificial sweetener aspartame as it has been

cited as a cause of hair thinning and hair loss.

Food additives can also have a negative effect on your hair.

Raw egg whites contain a substance that binds biotin, which prevents its absorption.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology,

taking to many vitamin A-containing supplements or medications

could trigger hair loss.

Be gentle when styling your hair.

Turn down the heat on styling tools to minimize damage to your hair.

Be gentle when brushing.

Comb knots out from the ends up to avoid breakage.

Never brush wet hair. Instead, use a wide tooth comb to gently disentangle.

Also never rub or twist your wet hair. Instead, pat it gently.

DolceDolce tip:

Consider using a special microfiber hair towel or turban to avoid

damaging delicate weak follicles.

I love the AQUIS hair turban. It helps dry frizz-free without damage.

The éprouvage hair care line is priced from $15 to $30.

You can also find it at Ulta