What We’re Loving: Skin Authority Go! Gorgeous Kit and Giveaway!


I’m always on the search for the elusive fountain of youth product. I’ll let you know when I find it—but in the meantime, I’ve come to discover the secret to looking young is first and foremost, prevention. By now everyone knows that sun exposure can increase your chances for skin cancer, but its also what ages people the most. So everyday, sunny or cloudy, an SPF is a must.

Besides prevention, there are also a combination of products that when used in combination, help skin maintain a youthful appearance and glow. Skin Authority, a rapidly growing skin care line, addresses both prevention and treatment with personalized skin care regimens.

To get started, I spoke to a Skin Authority representative and I told her my skin concerns (glowing skin and aging prevention). She suggested the Go! Gorgeous Kit. The Go! Gorgeous Kit contains 4 products perfect to sample the line or to keep as a travel or gym bag set. The kit includes:

  • Daily Cleanser- a gel cleanser that contains 3% glycolic acid, pH 4.0. Removes dirt and oil, but still leaves the skin soft—not tight.
  • Resurfacing Accelerator- an exfoliating gel containing 15% glycolic acid, pH 3.7. My favorite from the kit, this is a must have for exfoliating dead skin cells for a healthy and luminous glow.
  • Tri-Power Peptide Hydrator- Formulation combines intense hydration with the anti-aging benefits of peptides, neuropeptides, and vitamins A, B, C, and E to help promote healthy cell growth and reduce the appearance of fine lines and deeper wrinkles. With AOX™ Technology, pH 5.5.
  • Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 30- a lightweight moisturizer for full spectrum protection. Abovenzone 3%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Oxybenzone 5%, pH 3.7.


The verdict: At only $58, this kit was the perfect introduction to the Skin Authority line of products. I used each one as directed and got great results—and quickly. My favorites out of this lineup are the Daily Cleanser and the Resurfacing Accelerator. The cleanser does its job of getting the skin clean and not stripping away natural oils. I used it with my Clarisonic with no irritation or tightness. And while the Resurfacing Accelerator contains probably the highest concentration of glycolic acid I’ve seen over the counter, besides the initial 2 second tingle, it felt great on and really smoothed out my skin. I still like to incorporate a retinol in my skin care, so I now use the Resurfacing Accelerator during the day and retinol product at night.

Skin Authority also makes sure to really guide you through your new skin regimen with weekly email updates and free skin care coaching (by real people!).

To check out Skin Authority, visit their website www.skinauthority.com.

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2012 Olympic Beauty: Women’s Swimming Takes the Gold in Nail Art


This year’s Olympic Swimmers have some of the best nail art we’ve seen in awhile. Designs range from the Olympic rings to aquatic themes, with all of them adding a personal flair to an otherwise strict uniform.

Our favorite? France’s Coralie Balmy’s patriotic red, white, and blue flag nails are a pretty way to make a strong statement!


Photo credit: People Magazine/Daniel Ochoa De Olza/AP. Inset: Michael Sohn/AP

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Death of the Ombre? Khloe Kardashian Odom Debuts Deeper Hue


Has the popular hair trend of sun kissed ends and dark roots seen it’s last day? If looking at Khloe Kardashian Odom yesterday is any indication, the answer is yes.

On Wednesday she paid a visit to Joico’s Celebrity Stylist George Papanikolas at Andy LeCompte and requested to get rid of her light tips and go completely dark like her Kardashian sisters. To get the multidimensional brunette color George Papanikolas incorporated 3 different tones to create the rich chocolate effect.

Are you thinking about ditching your Ombre for a deeper hue in time for fall? Is the Ombre over?

Insider tip: Geroge Papanikolas suggests and advises anyone who is going through any transformation to damaged hair or in order to achieve healthier hair to pull of darker colors you want to make sure to maintain a steady routine with an intensive deep conditioner. Try Joico’s K-Pak Revitaluxe Treatment


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NARS Fall 2012 Collection Preview


Bold. Breathtaking. Seductive.

These are the adjectives used to describe the new Fall 2012 Color Collection, now available from NARS!

**With brand new product names like, “Undress Me,” for their shimmery multi-purpose highlighter stick, the racy description fits. This ballerina pink highlighter with silver shimmer can be used on eyes, face, lips and body and was recognized by InStyle as the ‘Best Overall Highlighter’ noted as “mistake-proof color, quick and easy to apply.”

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Undress Me, $39

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New Wave Palette, $55

You’ll also find in the new collection, deep rich eyeshadow shades in their ‘High Society’ trio featuring Lavender, Matte Forest Green, and Irridescent Amethyst.

** Or if you’re looking to edge up your look this Fall, pick up their New Wave Eye Palette, with 6 vibrant eyeshadows in violet, chartreuse, electric blue, and black.


** I’ll be looking to treat myself to their new lip colors in ‘Autumn Leaves,’ sheer lipstick and ‘Rouge Tribal,’ lip gloss. I love a great red shade and it seems Autumn Leaves will give you a sheer, long lasting natural tint that I recommend topping off with a gloss like Rouge Tribal for a high impact shine. I always say a little gloss can go a long way for your sex appeal.

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Autumn Leaves, sheer lipstick $24 …… Rouge Tribal, Large than Life lip gloss $26

So many new products, so little time! I foresee polish like Storm Bird, taking over the nail trend for Fall. At Summer’s end I’m usually ready to trade in the fun neon shades for something more subdued. The gray shade should go nicely with my fading tan. Pickup all the latest products at Sephora, its never too early to prep your Fall makeup bag.

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More, hydrating velvet gloss lip pencil $24

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Storm Bird, opaque nail polish $18

Check out more from NARS here: Fall 2012 Collection


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