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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Ouidad Climate Control


OUIDAD Climate Control is without a doubt, my go-to curl styling gel since 2011. The Climate Control Heat and Humidity Styling Gel is always in my cabinet, front-and-center. So when they launched a NEW Advanced Climate Control line earlier this spring (shampoo, conditioner, gel and detangling heat spray), I immediately jumped to test drive during a week-long rain spell. My curls remained controlled, shiny and bouncy (and we know that's not easy with this hair) See my day two and three curls, after shampooing:

NOW (launching September 2017) OUIDAD is introducing Advanced Climate Control Featherlight Styling Cream. Perfect for the frizz-free, pillow soft curls of your dreams! My take on it: loved the clean scent and  weightless, no-feel hold that lasted all day.


  • Defines curls, with a weightless, no-feel hold - won't weigh hair down
  • Locks out humidity and helps protect curls from heat and UV damage
  • Prevents frizz, flyaways and unwanted volume

OUIDAD Advanced Climate Control Featherlight Styling Cream will be available in 2.5 oz. ($10.00) and 5.7 oz. ($26.00 - pictured above) September 2017, at Ouidad.com, Ouidad salons,ULTA Beauty and Ulta.com. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

NEW Meaningful Beauty


It is my pleasure to introduce four new products launching August 20th from Meaningful Beauty® (the melon serum has been my guilty pleasure for five years, truly works!) I have only been using the products for one week, and already notice a difference in my skin: supple, hydrated and rejuvenated. The breakthrough skincare system for youthfully radiant skin developed by Cindy Crawford and anti-aging skincare specialist Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh, will release four new, revolutionary products (all four runs about $260), and will be available first at ULTA and ULTA.com

The four news products - a next generation serum, moisturizer with anti-pollution and anti-blue light technology, a multi-tasking exfoliator/masque and overnight creme with retinol - are created with the most cutting edge technologies and ingredients.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

NEW Infusium Repair+Renew



Summer sun and sand has my mane in need of some serious repair, and what better brand than the one I've trusted since the 90's? NEW Infusium Repair + Renew Collection repairs two years of damage in just ONE use, infused with Argan Oil and Keratin to help build strength and elasticity, and promote smoothness. Featuring a new indulgent signature fragrance that has sparkling top notes of citrus, green apple and dewy freesia blend with sheer and mild white jasmine, rose and violet as creamy sandalwood and soft musk for a smooth finish. 
The new Infusium Repair + Renew line consists of: Shampoo, Conditioner, Leave-in Treatment, Smoothing Serum and Leave-in CrΓ¨me. You can find these at Walmart, Target & Walgreens, retailing $6.97 - 8.49.

Monday, July 17, 2017

St. Ives Mixing Bar


The St. Ives® Mixing Bar is open this Summer in NYC. The first-ever experiential store from St. Ives invites guests to customize face scrubs and body lotions, choosing from over 50 combinations of 100% natural extracts, exfoliants, or moisturizers. The St. Ives Mixing Bar, located at 577 Broadway (at the corner of Prince and Broadway), will be open from June 16th, 2017 (originally set to be open through July 30th) - NOW through the end of September, Monday through Saturday from 11am to 9pm and Sunday from 11am to 8pm. Long overdue, and a fan of St. Ives Apricot Scrub since 1989, I finally stopped into the mixing bar on Saturday and picked my blend: Pineapple Mango Scrub with Coconut Shell Powder. My other fave? St. Ives Honey Mango Lotion, only available at the pop-up shop!

I also enjoyed the #StIvesMixingBar Infinity Apricot Room

PRESS RELEASE: ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ (June 16, 2017) – St. Ives, America’s #1 scrub brand, opens the doors of its inaugural retail store, the St. Ives Mixing Bar, today in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. The brand invites guests to see, smell, touch and create custom St. Ives body scrubs and lotions made with 100% natural extracts, exfoliants or moisturizers. 

My mixing bar blend: Pineapple Mango w/Coconut Shell Powder

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Dove Summer Skin



With summer in full swing, I'm pretty sure your skin is in need of some serious TLC (mine sure was after a long 4th holiday beach weekend). Sunburn aside, with the help of my beloved brand reps, I turned to the one beauty staple I rely on daily, to care for my skin: Dove Beauty Bar.

The Dove White Beauty Bar, #1 recommended bar by dermatologists, is the perfect way to get your glow back just in time for the season. After a day spent in the sun, the last thing your skin needs is an ordinary or premium soap bar that is drying and irritating. Thankfully, the Dove White Beauty Bar’s signature ¼ moisturizing cream combined with DEFI technology helps hydrate for soft, smooth skin. 

Dove Dermatologist, Dr. Mona Gohara, has 3 simple tips to prep for your skin for fun in the sun, all summer long (and yes, I know I should've known better...LESSON LEARNED!) Dove Beauty Bar helped soothed my sunburned skin, preventing peeling and deeply hydrating.

Serious Sunburn, Dove helped!

  • Make sure to choose a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher for everyday use. Reapply every 2 hours with intense sun exposure. Don't take the tinder approach to sunscreen - in other words don't grab the first one that smells or looks good. Choose one that fits your lifestyle for a longer lasting relationship. 
  • For flip flop ready feet: soak, sand, smear-soak in warm water mixed with the hydrating cleanser, like the Dove White Beauty Bar, sand down those rough heels with a pumice stone, and smear on your favorite alpha hydroxy moisturizer. (Don't forget your elbows too!) 
  • Use of an antioxidant serum daily leaves the skin looking vibrant, helps prevent aging and simultaneously protects against UV damage. 

Dove Beauty Bar is available at all mass and drug retailers. Visit www.Dove.com to see the entire Dove product line-up, and for more information. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

NEW Murad

NEW Murad
Skincare + Supplements

I'm thrilled with the new launches from MURAD: skin hydrating products: Hydro-Glow Aqua Peel and Hydro-Glow Dietary Supplements. One-of-a-kind internal + external approach to skincare that goes far beyond the skin’s surface to boost cellular hydration, creating radiant and youthful skin.
Murad Hydro-Glow Aqua Peel - $48.00
Hydro-Glow Aqua Peel works on the skin’s outer layer to reveal radiant, healthy skin and infuse a 400% boost in hydration for a youthful glow. The first step in this dual-phase system is the Retexturizing Swab, originally used in Dr. Murad’s medical practice, exfoliates skin with glycolic and lactic acids, revealing smoother and brighter skin. Second, the Moisture Infusion Mask delivers hyaluronic acid to replenish skin, visibly minimize lines and wrinkles, and seal in moisture.
Murad Hydro-Glow Dietary Supplements - $54.00

At the same time, Hydro-Glow Dietary Supplements hydrate skin from within and are designed to help boost cellular hydration levels for youthful-looking skin with Glucosamine and Osmolytes. Visit www.Murad.com to learn more about these new products, purchase, or learn more about the entire skincare collection. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

it Cosmetics Summer Essentials



Hope you're ready, because your IT Cosmetics favorites are perfect to grab and go this Memorial Day Weekend, especially with the IT travel sizes. Grab 'em, throw 'em in your purse and get gorgeous on-the-go. Tiny but mighty and perfect from the pool to the beach and everywhere in between. The brand blessed me with the most amazing mailer, filled with goodies to keep me going throughout the summer, including a logo roundie blanket (thanks dolls!) πŸ’‹

Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ Travel Size $15 - IT’s Your Best-Selling, Award-Winning Beauty Miracle! Your favorite Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream is now available in travel size to perfect and protect your skin on the go! Clinically shown to hydrate skin, smooth texture, and enhance skin brightness while camouflaging skin imperfections. 

Travel Size Bye Bye Under Eye™ Anti-Aging Concealer $10 - Our best-selling waterproof concealer effectively conceals skin imperfections while improving the appearance of wrinkles with the help of skin-loving ingredients- hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, vitamins and high performance pigment.

Brow Power™ Universal Eyebrow Pencil Mini $12 - The revolutionary, budge-proof formula adheres to skin for long-lasting results, while the universal transforming shade adjusts to all hair colors based on pressure applied. IT’s the only eyebrow pencil you’ll need to pack!

#itCosmetics has me covered this summer

Saturday, May 27, 2017

diptyque Le Voyage

diptyque L'Art du Soin Pour 
Le Voyage Travel Set

With Memorial Day weekend in full swing and the unofficial start of summer just a few days away, many of us are busy packing for a long weekend and getting ready for beach vacations throughout the next few months. If you are looking to pack your favorite travel body and face skincare essentials, diptyque's NEW L'Art du Soin Pour Le Voyage will complete your packing list all summer long. 

The travel set, including the below, will be available beginning June 1st at diptyque retail stores, diptyqueparis.com, Nordstrom and Nordstrom.com for $85.00.


3 Face Care Products – Infused Facial Water 50ml, Nourishing Cleansing Balm 25ml, and Essential Face Cream 25ml.

2 Body care Product – Revitalizing Shower Gel 50ml and Fresh Lotion 50ml.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Ev turns 40!



The end of an era, yet the beginning of a totally new chapter: I finally turned 40 today! That's four decades of trials and tribulations, and although I still don't show signs of any aging (truly surgery and procedure free....NEVER any Botox either), I definitely have the scars to last me four lifetimes. I embrace them as they  only made me all the more fiery, fierce, focused and full of life!


So what are my skincare secrets? Genetics is clearly one (dad had no wrinkles at 62 when he passed away), and it's no secret that I sleep like a bear - nine to 11 hours a night - and drink about two gallons of water. Product-wise, I've used Noxzema Classic ever since I was ten years old (yep, 30 years strong), coupled with Dove Beauty Bar. I may use an arsenal of beauty products, but these two are my go-to for flawless skin. Plenty of smiles hasn't broken my face or faith. If anything, it gives me a more youthful glow. Here's the next 40! πŸ’‹

~Evelyn Lugo

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Bandelettes Thigh Bands


Listen up ladies, if your thighs rub (big or small, thigh chafing is a real problem, unless you have a thigh gap, which in that case I offer you my condolences: Why?, Google it: team "tight and right!"), allow me to introduce to you my favorite fashion accessory, especially when wearing maxi or summer dresses: Bandelettes Thigh Bands. What are they? The anti-chafing stretching bands with silicone backing, that wraps around the tights and end skin to skin rubbing. Available in lace or solid bands, from size 2 to 24 in an array of colors ($14.99 - $15.99). If you play sports - think tennis shorts - then the solid bands are perfect for you! 


I attended an event with the brand two weeks ago where I was measured, given a size B Bandelette band (in Black Onyx and Dolce Beige), and even had the chance to chat with and meet Project Runway season 14 winner Ashley Nell Tipton. I'm telling you that after wearing short tights under all my maxis for years, I will never go back. I believe in Bandelettes. True Tip: you should NOT apply lotions prior to putting them on (don't do it). Otherwise they will slip and slide, totally defeating the purpose of the silicone bands. My second day wearing my Bandelettes - lotion-free - they stood up and on for 12+ hours, no complaints here. 


I love Bandelettes because aside from staying put all day long, they protect my thighs from chafing, are super comfortable and they may even come in handy for some sexy play (so I've heard, lol.) Get yours now, by visiting www.Bandelettes.com

Sunday, May 7, 2017

It's a 10 Haircare


When it comes to my hair, I've learned that a great leave-in is crucial, and despite the many leave-in products I own, only one is the absolute "main for my mane." It's a 10 Miracle Leave-in, perfect for maintaining a strong, shiny mane. I love it because if doesn't require commitment, zero expensive monthly hair appointments and my curls feel silky smooth. You can imagine my joy when the brand sent me their Silk Express Miracle Leave-in (10 oz. $43.26), Miracle Defrizzing Gel (5 oz. $17.48) and Miracle Repair Hair Mask (8 oz., $38.10). My curls looked and felt absolutely amazing all day long.πŸ‘



My fave Newbeauty Test tube last summer!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Manuka Doctor 24K Oils


Guess what new skincare goody landed on my lap this week? Liquid gold (well, kind of, lol.) Newly launched luxe body oil collection: Manuka Doctor 24K Gold & Manuka Honey line (Kourtney Kardashian is the Global Brand Ambassador.) I know what you're thinking "but oil on your face?" Yes and contrary to popular belief, it won't clog your pores or cause breakouts, and I have long used oils to keep my skin looking radiant. Manuka Doctor 24K Gold & Manuka Honey will leave your skin smooth and supple, with a kiss of shimmer from head to toe. The four products I've been indulging in all week are: Body Oil ($39.99), Face Oil ($24.99), Hand Oil ($29.99) and Eye Oil ($24.99, 0.33 ).

My skin feels and looks radiant and is absolutely glowing. Formulated with 24K Gold, Manuka Honey, precious plant oils and a delicate natural fragrance of Chamomile and White Floral, these light beauty oils nourish and seal in moisture helping to regain suppleness and elasticity. Skin feels silky smooth and appears more moisturized and luminous. 

Manuka Doctor 24K Gold and Manuka Honey Oils are available online at www.manukadoctor.com