Mani Monday with LAQA & CO.

03.12.12

 

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We have been long standing fans of LAQA & Co.’s nail products so when they sent me a shipment of new nail products, I was giddy!

 

I tried out a new nail design with their new products and the outcome was great! I love the gold ‘rim’ along the top of my nails with the dark base. To achieve this look, I used two LAQA & Co. colors: “Bells & Whistles” and from their All That Glitters line- “Chubs”.

 

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I first did two coats of Chubs (a shimmer, liquid gold color) then once it was dry, I painted a half moon shape with Bells & Whistles (a deep, plum color). For this step, I followed the shape of my cuticle, but stayed about a half inch from it. Follow the same area with a second coat of Bells & Whistles.

 

I love this combination, but will definitely be wearing these gorgeous colors solo as well!

 

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JenniferK

Fashion and Beauty to Improve Women’s Health- Fashion Show Giveaway!

03.12.12

Pamela ROlland Fashion and Beauty to Improve Womens Health  Fashion Show Giveaway!

On December 11th, 2012, Pamela Rolland will showcase her Spring 2013 line alongside the talents of hairstylist John Barrett, makeup and stylists by Laura Mercier and Chopard jewelers at the Mount Sinai Women’s Health Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Waldorf=Astoria.  The event is to benefit women’s health initiatives at Mount Sinai.  Mount Sinai is committed to raising awareness and education for women’s health of early prevention and detection of diseases, and fund research on reproductive cancers and heart health.

Our team will be blogging live backstage as the models are prepped with photos, tips and descriptions of what beauty trends to expect for Spring 2013.  When the runway show starts, we will be out front to send you the latest photos of this great line.  Sneak peeks can be seen at http://www.pamellaroland.com/collections.php?season=spring2013

Many of us have dealt with women’s health issues somewhere in our lives, whether it is personally or through a loved one. When I was a young teen, I watched my mother, then 36, go through a very long and difficult bout with infertility. After miscarriages, surgeries to correct her issue (severe endometriosis) and the emotions that accompany these issues, she did get pregnant (twice!) and I now have two incredible siblings.

When I got married, my husband and I knew we wanted kids, but were unsure of when. I always had the fear of my mother’s infertility issues in the back of my head. As soon as we felt we were ‘ready’ (as ready as we could have been!), we tried for a baby. 10 months later we welcomed a baby girl followed by a baby boy almost 3 years later.

Now, approaching 30, I went to my doctors with concerns of ‘not feeling like myself’. Every test came back normal, absolutely nothing was wrong with me. I pressed on knowing I was not crazy and that I just did not feel 100%. After seeing a specialist and getting many tests done it has been concluded that I likely have something called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is by no means deadly, but it is painful and often a cause of  infertility.

The moral to my story? Thank God I listened to my gut and did not wait to try for children. I assume the PCOS would have been manageable and I would have been able to have children now, but I would have likely had to go through a similar battle that my mother did. I’m almost 30 and it has begun, what if I waited until I was 35 to try for children? Does that mean I think every woman should have kids at 25? Absolutely not! I knew, somehow, what was right for me and we did it. Thankfully, my parents did not shield their battle from me and I understood what was going on. I was able to use that knowledge to make decisions for myself later in my life and that decision has brought me two healthy children with my wonderful husband.

Women’s Health at Mount Sinai focus on the promotion of health, safety and quality of life throughout a woman’s entire life.  For my mother and me, Gynecology problems had to be overcome.  For many of you, it may be diabetes, heart disease, gastrointestinal issues, osteoporosis, weight control and so much more.

 

How does this affect you? Well, to start we would love to direct you to the page where you can purchase tickets for the event and/or donate to Mount Sinai to help fund research and prevention awareness. Mount Sinai Women’s Health Fashion Show and Luncheon page. Every donation counts and no amount is too small.  Beyond contributing to the cause, this article and event may matter to you because you may be the one lucky winner that wins the $500 ticket to accompany us to the event and backstage coverage! We will be giving away one ticket to one lucky reader to attend the Pamella Roland Spring 2013 Runway Show and Luncheon at the Waldorf=Astoria on December 11th, 2012Did that get your attention?!

To enter, we need you to send us your stories of how you or someone you love has been affected by women’s health issues. All women, all ages and all women’s health issues count. All entries must be received by December 7th at 12pm. The winner will be announced and contacted the evening of Friday December 7th. Send all entries to Jennifer@ABeautyLoft.com.

 

This event is going to be magnificent and it is for an incredible cause. If you cannot attend, please donate whatever you can and if you are availableon December 11th, please share your story to enter the giveaway. We are so looking forward to spending the day with one of our lucky readers.

 

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JenniferK

Today’s Manicure with Le Metier De Beaute

30.11.12

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Please excuse my dry cuticles in the freezing weather, but I just had to show you all my current manicure! I recently tried (and am now obsessed with!) The Cocoa Crazed line from Le Metier De Beaute. I used Cocoa Me Crazy (the lighter- nude color) and Hottie Choco-Latte (the darker- brown color). The Cocoa Crazed collection as well as many other Le Metier De Beaute products are available at Neiman Marcus, www.NeimanMarcus.com, Saks, www.saks.com, select Nordstrom stores and www.nordstrom.com. The polishes are $18 each.

I applied two coats of Cocoa Me Crazy and then carefully drew on a half moon shape with the Hottie Choco-Latte and filled in the rest of the lower part of my nail. I followed with another layer of the Hottie Choco-Latte in the same area.

 

C’est Magnifique!!

DIY Gel Mani: Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish

28.11.12

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While I love the look of polished and manicured nails, they rarely have the endurance I’m looking for. Salon gel manicures are great, but costly, coming in at around $30 per manicure. So I jumped at the chance to try out a DIY alternative from Sally Hansen. The starter kit alone gives you 10 manicures at a fraction of the professional price.

The application method was simple.

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  1. The Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish Starter Kit comes with everything you need in your color of choice. I chose Wine Not, the perfect red for the holiday season.
  2. After cleaning the nail of oils and dirt with the included nail cleansing pad, I pushed back my cuticles and filed my nails a bit, just as I would while doing a regular manicure.
  3. The kit includes 3 polishes–a base coat, color, and a top coat. I applied a thin clear base coat, placed hands under LED lamp for 30 seconds, applied the color Wine Not and set color with the LED lamp for 30 seconds again.
  4. Finally I applied the clear top coat and sealed it with the LED lamp and repeated the whole process with the other hand, finishing the entire process in 20 minutes! A quick swipe of the finished nail with the cleanser pads perfected the manicure.

The results were a beautiful glossy manicure that has yet to chip and can rival a salon gel manicure. Makes for a great holiday present for any woman that loves a manicured nail (or for yourself)!

Logo sally DIY Gel Mani: Sally Hansen Salon Gel PolishSally Hansen’s Salon Gel Polish™ is a professional at-home gel system that delivers the salon experience at a great value. Compared to regular nail polish, this gel polish gives you high-gloss, mirror shine color that lasts for up to 2 weeks without dry time, chipping and smudging. It’s never been so easy to get a salon manicure at home – saving you time and money! Get up to 10 gel manicures in a starter kit!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sally Hansen via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sally Hansen

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