May 20th, 2013
The CEW 2013 Beauty Award Winners have been announced! These awards recognize the most innovative beauty products of the year, as voted by CEW members, industry professionals & experts in the field of beauty. It’s always nice to know what’s considered to be the best of the best – here are some of the winners:
- Coty Inc. – Closer by Halle Berry and Dot Marc Jacobs
- Eucerin – Professional Repair Lotion Extremely Dry Skin Lotion
- L’Oreal Paris – Revitalift Triple Power Eye Treatment
- Maybelline – The Mega Plush Mascara by Volum’ Express Mascara
- Neutrogena – Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer
- Sally Hansen – Salon Insta-Gel Strips
For more, click here.
May 15th, 2013
Finally a big change in press-on nails! The new line by Broadway, imPRESS features nails that come with an adhesive strip (so no messy glue) in a packaging that actually looks like a nail polish bottle. Their website has a video with how it works. This week we’re giving one kit away in red. To enter, just comment below with your favorite shade.
One winner will be chosen by 5/22/2013 and notified by email 5/29/2013. U.S. residents only. Odds of winning are 1 out of the number of comments on this blog post.
May 14th, 2013
You may already know Burt’s Bees for their natural products, but did you know that it was founded by a reclusive beekeeper and a single mother? Burt’s Bees began when Burt Shavitz, picked up a hitchhiker, Roxanne Quimby. Shavitz lived in a converted turkey coop and sold honey in pickle jars in Maine and Quimby was a divorced mother of two.
Eventually, Shavitz and Quimby moved in together, and they began selling Quimby’s hand-cut candles and Shavitz’s honey at New England craft fairs. Shavitz’s bearded face is actually what you see on many Burt’s Bees packaging. By 1988, Quimby was selling lip balm made of beeswax and clove oil. When Burt’s Bees incorporated in 1989, Quimby had a 70% stake and Shavitz had 30%. Although the company moved to North Carolina in 1993, Shavitz moved back to Maine when the couple had a falling out. Ultimately, Clorox bought the company in 2007. Currently more than 40% of Burt’s Bees products contain 100% natural ingredients, and you can find their products at big-box stores like Wal-Mart and Target.
Quimby’s story is very inspiring – she went from being a waitress living without electricity to owning a leading natural personal-care brand. The prospect of giving her children more opportunities was the motivation to start her own business, and she attributes success to getting up one more time than you fall. ‘Success doesn’t come from one brilliant idea, but from a bunch of small decisions’
May 10th, 2013
When you travel a lot, taking a little bit of home with you makes all the difference. We tried the Travel Atomizer sold at Saks Fifth Avenue and really liked it. It’s a lipstick sized atomizer that you can fill with your favorite scent. You don’t have to worry about going over the limit with liquids when flying, or take the risk of traveling with an entire expensive perfume bottle. The best part about it is that you don’t have to touch the fragrance or do a messy transfer. You just press the atomizer firmly on the top of your perfume bottle and press it. If you’re unsure the salesperson will fill it for you so you can see how it works. Ingenious! To Also, a lot of celebrities mention that they use Diptyque or other high end candles to make their hotel rooms smell like the want it to. For example, Karl Lagerfield and Diddy are said to like to use them (you can get diptyque candles from Beautique)
Tip: Keep a travel toiletry bag stocked with your travel sized favorites so whenever you need to go somewhere, you don’t have to ponder about what products to pack.
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May 8th, 2013
One of our favorite at home coloring kits is Garnier Nutrisse, the moisturizing oils make all the difference in the world! This week, we are giving away Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Foam in 5 Medium Brown. To enter to win, just comment below with your best hair color tip!
Here’s ours: If you have an oil based beauty product that didn’t work out, don’t throw it away! Use it to protect your hairline from hair dye, and also use it to remove it from your skin.
One winner will be chosen by 5/15/2013 and notified by email 5/22/2013. U.S. residents only. Odds of winning are 1 out of the number of comments on this blog post.
April 28th, 2013
Dry Shampoo is a great way to freshen up hair and absorb extra oil. We tried Aveeno’s Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo and loved the clean scent. Seaweed Extract is what makes this dry shampoo different, and it helps with manageability. If you’re hair colored don’t worry, the formula is sulfate free. Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo is also supposed to remove excess oil to boost volume. However, we found it lacking in that area. We think the best use for this product is for giving texture and refreshing hair.
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April 24th, 2013
Stretch marks are pretty hard to ignore. This week, we’re giving away Mustela Stretch Marks Double Action which helps strengthen skin elasticity. According to the Mustela website, 96% of expectant mothers who used Stretch Marks Double Action did not develop stretch marks. If you’re looking for a more intense remedy – cosmetic surgery in the UK – www.thehospitalgroup.org for current options. To enter to win Mustela Stretch Marks Double Action, just comment below with how you deal with stretch marks.
One winner will be chosen by 5/1/2013 and notified by email 5/8/2013. U.S. residents only. Odds of winning are 1 out of the number of comments on this blog post.