SPRING NAIL ART CONTEST

Enter JINsoon’s nail art contest and you can be one of 3 winners to receive the JINsoon x Tila March Collection.

To enter: Design your own nail art using nail polish only (no stickers or ornaments), tag @JINsoon & hashtag #jinsooncontest

Deadline for entries in 4/15/15.

courtesy of JINsoon

courtesy of JINsoon

REVIEW: LUSH SPA’S HARD DAYS NIGHT

My first experience with the LUSH Spa couldn’t have come at a better time. Like many working moms out there, I was beyond stressed trying to stay on top of all my work commitments. So much so that I couldn’t fully appreciate the quality time spent with my husband, children and friends.

Thinking some spa downtime might take me away from checking off things on my ever-growing to-do list I almost cancelled, but then I realized a little me-time just might do the trick to get back on track and find more patience and joy in my day to day – and that’s exactly what happened! In fact, days after the treatment I was still reaping the benefits. My mind felt clearer and the rediscovered happiness lingered.

Upon arrival, I was greeted by Ellysha, the warm and welcoming massage therapist who was to be working on me. She offered me some English tea and explained the treatment as basically a firm massage with passive stretching and a guided meditation at the end, all performed to a soundtrack of really cool, cleverly reworked Beatles songs.

Ellysha led me into a comfortable spa room and ducked out while I changed into the coziest pair of loose-fitting pajamas, set aside for me to wear during the treatment. They were actually wrapped around a hot water bottle so they’d be warm when I put them on. I rang a bell to signal that she should return and then I got onto a warm, cozy, heated treatment table that felt more comfortable than any bed I’ve ever slept in. I swear I was ready to move in!

Then the Beatles music started and Ellysha worked her magic—a combo of deep kneading, manipulation of my muscles, passive stretches and meditative moments—and took me on a journey that was a spa experience like nothing I’d ever experienced before. Each movement was somehow synchronized to words of the songs and the music but in a way that felt natural and organic, not forced. Every muscle and pressure point in my body was worked and before I knew it, I heard birds chirping and a rooster crowing. Seriously. Somehow, during the guided meditation I’d actually fallen asleep!

When I awoke, I felt completely rested, calm, restored and more in love with this one spa treatment than any I’d ever experienced before, so much so that when I was checking out I was ready to book one again. And then I remembered Mother’s Day is right around the corner…this year I deserve to get what I really want…don’t you?

Hard Days Night Treatment ($175 for 75 minutes). Expect passive stretching techniques, pressure points throughout the body and a hint of psychedelia. You can bring a bit of your experience home with the Hard Days Night Soundtrack ($15.95) available for purchase only at LUSH Spa locations. I’ve been playing it for pure enjoyment or when I need to be transported back to the most restorative experience of my life.

 

RECREATE RETRO!

If you’re not familiar with Birchbox, now is good time to get in the know. You can get monthly boxes for as little as $10 or pay a yearly subscription rate of $110 and in honor of Mad Men’s final season, Birchbox has partnered with AMC on a special Mad Men-inspired guest editor box (for women or men) chock full of beauty and grooming products for a cool mod look.

And…if you can’t get enough of Mad Men and everything about it, here’s how to recreate Joan’s power sex-kitten look thanks to this 1-2-3 how to from Christina Hendrick’s makeup artist Vanessa Scali.

Retro in a flash:

  1. Apply wash of a clean, champagne color shadow from the lash line to brow bone. Try Armani Fluid Sheer #2 ($62) or Dior Fusion Mono Eye Shadow in Mirror ($31).
  2. On the upper lash line, use black liner to draw a soft, winged line
  3. Finish with a strong, siren mouth. Try NARS Semi Matte Lipstick in Heat Wave or Jungle Red ($27).

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LAUGHTER IS BETTER THAN ANY MAKEUP!

Laughter isn’t only the best medicine…according to the powers that be at the beauty brand BENEFIT, it’s the best cosmetic ever, which is why they’re launching the laugh-out-loud Flawless Friends Network video and hotline.

Remember the famous 90′s psychic, Miss Cleo? She’s joined by Shannen Doherty and Joey Lawrence to encourage you to call Benefit’s live hotline at (1-844-SO-FLAWLESS) for fun, beauty boosting fortunes from Miss Cleo herself.

Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sz2QezdbSg&feature=youtu.be and give it a shot. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain…including a few laugh lines, but you know we’ve got a cream for that! xoxo

 

 

(featured image courtesy of pinterest)

A LITTLE ADORNMENT…

Laid-back luxury is so much better than being primped to perfection. When your hair is less than perfect add a touch of adornment instead of taming every last strand.

Hair jewelry can help you embrace the frizz, the flat, the untamed and elevate it to something spectacular indeed. After all…perfection is overrated!

 

(featured image, jenniferbehr.com)

Get Your Greens!

It doesn’t have to be Saint Patrick’s Day to go for the green…makeup that is! Emerald lashes, a wash of color on the lids and graphic liner are all great looks that show you like to have a little fun.

Here, the tips and product picks to get it right:

GREEN LASHES: Green mascara will make your eyes pop. Brush it on top and bottom lashes, paired with a flesh toned shadow, bronzed skin and tinted balm. If subtlety is your specialty, layer it over black mascara instead.

GREEN LIDS: When it comes to color on the lids, a little goes a long way. Keep in mind, the darker your complexion the brighter and deeper (think emerald, seaweed and forest) you can go with your makeup shades but fair-skinned women look best in lighter hues like celery plus sheer washes of color.

GREEN LINES: Graphic liner is having a moment right now. Line upper lids and wing out slightly. Wear with or without mascara and keep the rest of your makeup clean.

By Terry Terribly Mascara in Dark Forest ($48, bloomingdales.com)

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Plush Silk Eyeshadow ($10, ulta.com)

Yves Saint Laurent Eyeliner Effet Faux Cils in Deep Green ($34, sephora.com)

 

(featured image courtesy of mpdrolet.tumblr.com)

Spring 2015 Nails with Jin Soon

JINsoon’s new nail lacquers have spoiled me for good!

I recently  reviewed JINsoon x goop sets in Classics 1 and Classics 2. The collections included a works-for-all nude (demure), a deep tan (dulcet), a black red (risqué), a true red (vanity) a rich red (coquette) and a deep berry red (audacity). Once I add some bright spring colors to the mix (see featured image) I know I’ll have a nail wardrobe perfect for every  mood and occasion.

Jin is always right on target when designing her collections — the colors are smart, sophisticated, stylish and trend-setting! I’m crazy in love with all the shades in her line but I’m even more crazy in love with the long-wear, shiny finish results that miraculously still look freshly painted days later.

To purchase, click here. xoxoNancy

 

(image courtesy of jinsoon.com)

Fragrance and Flowers and Chocolates…Oh My!!!

Ralph Lauren Fragrances make it easy to treat yourself or someone special this Valentine’s Day.

For a limited time, when you purchase the 3.4 oz. bottle of the iconic Romance ($88-98) or the new Midnight Romance ($94-$105)  you’ll also receive a complementary box of assorted Belgian chocolates from Dylan’s Candy Bar or a dozen show-stopper roses.

Happy Valentine’s Day Indeed!

*Available on RalphLauren.com and at select retailers nationwide.

SLIM PICKINGS: The Perfect Pre-Party Appetizer

I recently attended an event that struck me as a bit strange. It was held at The Tasting Table Test Kitchen in downtown NYC, an amazing space that actually made me want to host my own dinner party there. The chef was phenomenal and whipping up the most delicious sustenance but after a few bites and sips I actually lost my appetite. It wasn’t the fare…everything was really tasty and under normal circumstances I know I would have had my fair share. But, this was not a normal dinner party — the point of the event was to introduce writers and editors to SkinnyStix, a supplement that you take 15 minutes before eating that helps you feel satiated so you don’t overindulge. This party certainly proved the point that even with the most wonderful food and drink you feel full fast.

The party was hosted by Jenny McCarthy — who could not have been lovelier (in looks and personality). She had recently used it to help her get back into fighting weight for her wedding to Donnie Wahlberg and clearly now knew the secret to keeping her figure in check.

Whether you need to drop some weight yourself or keep yourself from going overboard at holiday fêtes, SkinnyStix just might be your answer, too. The heavily researched, clinically validated Zantrex SkinnyStix ($29.99 for 21 stix) is a mood-elevating, delicious tasting powder that you mix with 16 ounces of water and drink 15 minutes before your main meals. You can also add it to smoothies, juices and other liquids to increase energy and alertness or to improve your weight-loss efforts.

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Pop-Up Braid Bar

If you’re in the NYC area this Saturday, October 25th, 2014 you won’t want to miss this cool Pop-up Braid Bar, hosted by KLORANE at the Birchbox Store in SoHo (433 West Broadway, New York, NY) from 2-6 pm.

Top editorial and celebrity hairstylists Casey Geren and Adam Maclay will be on hand to deliver the hottest braids of the moment using Klorane products, including their award-winning Dry shampoo with oat milk! With the purchase of any Klorane product you’ll also receive a full-size Shampoo with flax fiber ($15 value), a must-have for sexy, voluminous hair!

To RSVP directly: http://join.birchbox.com/storeevents/

 

(photography courtesy of Pinterest)