Nail This! Get the Best Looking Manicure this Summer

By jacquelineluxe • August 23, 2015

Check out Nail This! Get the Best Looking Manicure for the Summer

by Jacqueline Hudson at Mode

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Bésame Cosmetics - French Vanilla Brightening Face Powder and Lipstick

By jacquelineluxe • August 22, 2015

Bésame Cosmetics, a vintage-inspired luxury beauty brand, recently introduced its newest members to their line of products-Vanilla and French Vanilla Brightening Face Powders.

"We are very excited to launch Bésame at Sephora. It is a beautiful niche brand we feel will do well in our environment and deliver some exciting product to our clients," stated Catherine Cason, Assistant Buyer - Specialty & Trend Brands, Sephora.

Brightening powders have existed and used by women for many years, but what they were missing was both the subtle scent of vanilla, and natural ingredient formulation. The Bésame Cosmetics vanilla and French vanilla are cruelty-free beauty products hand-made in Los Angeles that help women achieve a polished look while still delicately incorporating the intricate scent of vanilla. Both brightening powders instantly brighten dark circles around the eyes and can be worn over foundation to set or without any other product at all.

"This amazing partnership is allowing our customers the ability to walk into their nearest Sephora location and pick-up our new powders, and to reach a whole new group of women who will now discover our treasures, added Gabriela Hernandez, Founder and Creative Director, Bésame Cosmetics. "I am truly excited to share the beauty of Bésame Cosmetics with all of them."

Bésame Cosmetics Vanilla and French Vanilla Face Powders are available in .21 oz in Vanilla, which is perfect for light to medium skin, while French Vanilla is perfect for medium to dark skin.

Bésame Cosmetics are available at Sephora stores for $22.00 each.

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Dare to go Ombre: With Sexy Celebrity inspired Hair and Lips

By jacquelineluxe • August 22, 2015

Check out Dare to go Ombre: With Sexy Celebrity inspired Hair and Lips

by Jacqueline Hudson at Mode

Pat McGrath Transforms Kim Kardashian West into Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra for The Violet Files

By jacquelineluxe • August 14, 2015

Kim Kardashian West appears on the latest cover of The Violet Files, the editorial site of Hollywood insider and beauty guru Cassandra Grey, Kim Kardashian West is transformed into the iconic Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra through the artistry and makeup design by Pat McGrath. "I would have done anything—I would have trusted Pat's vision no matter what she wanted—but I was really excited that it was the Cleopatra vibe," says Kim Kardashian West of the collaboration with makeup artist Pat McGrath.

"Elizabeth Taylor's makeup in Cleopatra has been re-created countless times, but for Kim I wanted to create an interpretation that has never been done before, a futuristic 3D version," Ms. McGrath explains. "I wanted to portray a luxurious decadence by using elements of ornate facial jewelry constructed into shapes that pay homage to Egyptian culture, and of course to the rich exotic character that Taylor portrayed in this role."

"Her eyeshadow was made from ground lapis stone and gold pyrite flecks," notes Ms. McGrath. "Incorporating three-dimensional gold metal into the makeup design explores the concept of makeup as jewelry. I wanted the images to be luxurious, evoking a modern take on the opulence associated with Cleopatra's makeup." The images, shot by Ben Hassett, are the first installment in a series for VIOLET GREY in which Ms. McGrath will reimagine paragons of old Hollywood glamour with new faces.

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Soothing Cancer naturally with Pharmacists's Daughter Skin in Treatment

By jacquelineluxe • August 12, 2015

As integrative medicine grows within the Cancer community, the Pharmacist's Daughter, addresses a very real disruption in a Cancer patient's life: compromised skin. Skincare options for cancer patients are limited, due to a lack of products and knowledge pertinent to this population. The Pharmacist's Daughter 'Skin in Treatment' collection addresses many of these issues with products targeted towards specific concerns: gentle, plant-based and natural ingredients that provide immediate relief for inflammation and binding moisture to the skin.

Regardless of a person's skin-type prior to treatment, chemotherapy drugs disrupt oil and sweat glands causing dry skin. This decrease in the skin's moisture level can create severe dry patches, inflammation, itching, soreness/sensitivity and cracked skin. Chemotherapy targets fast growing good cells in order to kill cancer cells often resulting in hair loss and diminished nail health. Radiation, while targeting an internal site, subjects the exterior skin layer to repeated intense ionizing radiation, causing a condition similar to a severe sunburn. Soreness, itching, peeling and blistering at the treatment site are not uncommon.

Left untreated, these side-effects contribute to one's overall emotional discomfort and can lead to serious consequences due to an individual's compromised immune system. For this reason, each and every 'Skin in treatment' product is gentle enough to be used on the entire body, from the scalp down to the feet. Merilyn Konnerth created 'Skin in Treatment' based on her own skin issues as a result of breast cancer treatments. Three days after her first chemotherapy, Merilyn's facial skin became inflamed and dry. Several trips to the drugstore and a counter-full of products yielded no relief. Merilyn turned to her father, a retired pharmacist, son and grandson of chemists, for help in formulating a soothing cream. 'Boost' was the result of the collaboration: an intensive hydrating and soothing skin cream that offers immediate relief and serves as a hallmark for the line. Formulated to sink into the skin leaving no greasy after-feel, 'Boost' immediately improves skin texture and appearance.

Since the differences between chemotherapy and radiation treatments create different skincare challenges, additional products were created. Natural ingredients selected for their unique emollient and anti-inflammatory qualities are used to help alleviate these skin traumas. Studies indicate that wounds, irritation and severe dryness respond to a unique composition of essential fatty acids and vitamins like those found in: Borage, Calendula, Murumuru and Shea Butters, Jojoba, Helichrysum, Lanolin, etc. 'Skin in Treatment' makes use of these beneficial ingredients to relieve and restore ravaged skin, bringing comfort to one aspect of a cancer patient's treatment.

'Skin in Treatment' features 8 products beneficial to all cancer therapies: 'Boost' nourishing cream, 'Solve' restorative skin and wound salve, 'Soothe' nourishing moisture lotion, 'Aloe Mist' cooling moisture mist, 'Aloe Milk' calming lightweight lotion, 'Heel Renew' restorative foot balm, 'Calm' gentle cream cleanser and 'Tend' topical scar mending oil. Pharmacist's Daughter is also proud to offer two full-size sample sets: 4-pc Soothing Chemotherapy Set and 3-pc Calming Radiation Set. These sets allow the user to try a range of targeted treatment products without having to make a full-size purchase and give loved ones the opportunity to present a thoughtful gift.

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