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FREE Lauder Lipstick

4 Sep

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Okay here’s a cool brand promo you’ll love – barring you’re in the area. In celebration of their NEW counter at Macy’s South Coast Plaza, Estée Lauder is doing a huge in-store  “Lip Switch” event this Wednesday.

Just bring in ANY old lipstick (doesn’t have to be Estée Lauder!) and they’ll swap it for a full-sized Pure Color Envy LipstickFREE.

  • Macy’s South Coast Plaza
  • Estée Lauder counter
  • Wednesday, September 6th | 11am-6pm

TIP: Save yourself some tissue and makeup remover. Use their NEW YouCam Virtual Try-On App at the counter to see how all their shades look on you without having to try them on!

xo

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5 Ways Epsom Salt can change your life

21 Apr

 

Strawberry_Ice_Cream_Cone_e063520a-2059-4289-9f56-ab7af1012391When you hear “Epsom Salt” you may think of Grandma. But you shouldn’t. Unless she was a Hollywood screen siren once-upon-a-time who knew her sh*t.

I’ve been rehab’ing myself after long hikes or days when I don’t move from the computer, with relaxing salt and oil baths. But here are 5 ways bathing with Epsom Salt can help improve YOUR life today…

 

1. MINIMIZE INFLAMMATION                                                                                                   Epsom Salts break down into magnesium sulfate when placed in warm water. Magnesium is known to normalize blood pressure and minimize inflammation. Try the delicious Feeling Smitten bath bombs!

2. IMPROVE A SORE BODY                                                                                                             Epsom Salt isn’t the same as bath crystals or Dead Sea salt. They are often used to help improve sore muscles, ingrown toenails, osteoarthritis, and stiff joints.

3. IMPROVE YOUR SLEEP                                                                                                              Soaking in an Epsom Salt bath for at least 12 minutes before bedtime can release muscle tension, relax your mind and improve blood flow, allowing you to sleep better. Try the ME! Bath Lavender Mini Ice Cream bath bombs.

4. REVITALIZE YOUR FEET                                                                                                          Aching feet? Relax in a bath with Epson Salt – or make a little foot bath to help soften calluses and decrease swelling. Try this Lush Foot Soak

5. REDUCE TUMMY BLOAT                                                                                                   Hollywood Trick: Epsom Salt can temporarily reduce bloat! Celebrities like Amanda Seyfried and NBA Cheerleaders have been known to load their baths with Epsom Salt to minimize water weight and help them look more toned before a big event. 

Dr. Teal’s Restore & Replenish Pink Himalayan Mineral Soak & Foaming Bath is NEW, and wonderful for a post or pre-event soak.

But whether you use salt, oil, bubbles, or just hot water in your bath… there’s no easier way (IMO) to escape the world for 20 minutes.

xo 

On-the-Go Extensions

21 Feb
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(L) Hair after hiking; (R) With Dark Blonde Secret Extensions

Up until my 20s I got natural blonde highlights from the sun. But as I’ve gotten older and started paying attention to every freckle, sunblock and hats have become a regular thing. Goodbye natural blonde halo.

Now my hair is bronde – or as Mom used to call it, “Mousy Brown. If I have any highlights, they’re usually paid for. Up until a few weeks ago, my hair has always been a few inches below my shoulders. When it gets any longer, it gets stringy.

Mom has wanted me to get extensions for decades. Meh. I’ve got other things to spend a paycheck on. But when Secret Extensions reached out, I decided I had nothing to lose.

Plus I like the idea of not having to clip hair in. The idea of exposed clips or seams has always made me anxious. Secret Extensions are worn like an adjustable headband. They can be taken on and off in seconds. You just slip them on over your head and pull your natural hair out over the thin band. Instant on-the-go length and volume!

I wore the extensions out a few times and no one noticed anything, which was good. I loved the added volume and color gradient – but the length (16”) and curled ends honestly felt a bit too Disney Princess. If I wear them again, I will attempt cutting the length first.

Actress and company spokeswoman Daisy Fuentes says you can cut, style, or wash these just as you would your own hair. There are 11 shades to pick from, and they’re really affordable compared to professional applications.

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The Secret Extensions are also perfect for trying out highlights, low lights, or even ombre and balayage looks – before committing to permanent color. I test drove Dark Blonde and Light Brown (swatched above).

See all the different fun colors at secretextensions.com.

xo

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And the Winner is…

9 Mar

Special thanks to all the readers who shared Flip video camera-less moments! 

From the regretful mother who missed capturing her toddler’s very first sarcastic comment on film (shame!), to the guy who wished he had a Flip cam in-hand to proove his mother actually fainted during his engagement announcement (classic!) – we were thrilled to reward our favorites with a brand new Flip video camera. 

Of all the entries, the following story out of downtown Los Angeles felt most share-worthy…

“Recently my mother was given a short-time to live. Our family has since taken every opportunity to spend with her. Last weekend, we took the grandchildren and mom up to the Disney center for a picnic. The kids packed the picnic basket with all their favorites – Oreos and Juice Boxes and Bologna. It was a perfect day, a guy was sitting standing on the stairs playing his sax, the kids were running around the tress on the patio, tourists were walking back and forth. In that moment, I had wished I could have stopped time and sat inside that happiness forever. I wasnt armed with a camera and regret it to this day. 

Best Wishes, Danielle C.”

Danielle received a personalized Flip Video camera – plus a VIP box of the latest beauty products – compliments of L’Oreal Paris.

xx

City of Gloss Angeles is Born!

2 Jun

This blog is hereby born from a genuine love of Los Angeles – the freedom of her style, the spirit of her canyons and the promise of her residing influencers. Living in this City of Angels, we often dine next to the affluent, famous, overexposed and overeager – but we also walk amongst the unsung volunteers, organic farmers, heroic teachers and healers.

The truth is most characters depicted in tabloids and reality shows are usually just that: characters. Whereas the glam of entertainment is a huge part of our city’s culture (yes it exists!), it is only a morsel of who we are.  In fact, though I don’t have any stats to prove it, I’d bet good money that the majority of stereotypical-Hollywood are transplants.  Continue reading