Care for your Head during Chemo and Radiation

When Philip Kingsley’s wife, Joan was diagnosed with cancer, he knew that he could not sit idly when her radiologist told her she would wreak havoc on her skin if she used any products with a fragrance. Philip Kingsley worked diligently to formulate a special scent free, color free shampoo and conditioner just for his wife, the No Scent No Colour Collection.


  


What began as a solution to support his partner in her time of need became a collection of products that is gentle enough for those suffering from a sensitive scalp or hair loss, as well as those undergoing radiotherapy.  The Philip Kingsley No Scent No Colour Shampoo and Conditioner cleanses and moisturizes even the most fragile hair, while its paraben free formula leaves hair soft and shiny.



Philip Kingsley No Scent No Colour Shampoo ($25)

·        Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate acts as a gentle cleanser

·        Lauryl Betaine is SLS free



Philip Kingsley No Scent No Colour Conditioner ($29)

·        Amino Silicone with Behentrimonium chloride is smoothing and detangling

·        Elastin is a natural conditioning agent to improve strength

·        For fine textured hair use sparingly on mid lengths and ends

  • For coarse and curly textured hair, use more generously from root to tip
  • Rinse well and follow with Scalp Toner



Philip Kingsley products are available at philipkingsley.com

Summertime Dos and Don’ts

This is some great information with fun solutions to summer wardrobe conundrums. My friends at Fresh Produce and I have some super savvy advice when it comes to beating the heat, in style. You can thank us now…

1.    Don’t commit accessory blunders
Put those suede boots back in the closet! Make sure accessories are appropriate by paying attention to color, weight and style. Remember to keep it light, airy and fun. (Take the time to get a proper pedicure to start the season off right – take your manicurist your own polish and then touch ups at home will be easy!)
Do match your accessories to the season
Summer scarves like the Island Floral Scarf ($29) by Echo make great headbands to keep flyaway hairs at bay. They even dress up casual skirts or shorts when worn as a belt or sash.  Summer is also a great time for fun and whimsical accessories like the Silver Starfish Necklace ($24), Crystal Starfish Bracelet ($19), and the Blue fish Pendant Necklace ($24).
2.    Don’t let the heat determine your hemline
Hotter temperatures shouldn’t automatically mean less clothing. Let your summer outfit choices reflect your personality with color and patterns. If “daisy dukes” aren’t for you, don’t wear them! Try a pretty printed maxi dress or versatile and lightweight roll-up pants. (And this is where a nice faux glow will come in handy)
Do wear clothes that make you look and feel fabulous
If short shorts aren’t for you, try something that’s back in style this summer: the Bermuda short! The Gigi Pedal Pusher ($69) comes in an exclusive palette of bright colors and is a great active short for summer fun. Skorts are back on the “what to wear” list, too. The City Skort ($54) feels like casual wear, but looks like a great all-occasion summer skirt, making it our go-to choice this summer.  
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3.    Don’t let wardrobe malfunctions cramp your summer style
The biggest summer-fashion mishap on our list: the peak-a-boo bra strap. Too many summer tanks and dresses leave room for unwelcome strap appearances. (And while it may look good on models or actresses, trust me; no one at your kids camp or the grocery store is interested in what kind of bra you’re wearing today.)
Do choose summer items with considerate details
Tanks like the Horizon Cowlneck Tank ($39) and Layering Tank ($34) are cute to prevent the dreaded “strap slide.” Even the flattering Dragonfly Impromptu Dress ($89) with its open back is cut to be “no fuss, all style.”
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4.    Don’t get a sunburn
Not only is sunburn the leading cause of skin cancer, but it also ages your skin. Never leave the house without your SPF and lightweight clothes that shield your skin. (See, it’s not just me saying this! There are so many gels, lotions and sprays out there – no excuses!)
Do use clothing and accessories to protect your skin
A hat like the Ginger Poly Braid ($38) from Wallaroo has a wide brim to give you added protection from the sun. Plus, a loose-fitting top in a breathable, 100% cotton fabric blend is a great way to cover and protect shoulders. Both the Twin Peaks Top ($55) and Fringe Poncho ($59) have open sleeves and hang loosely, making each top the perfect, light layer to shield you from the sun’s rays.
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Get a Faux Glow

I dabble in self-tanning. I used to go to the tanning bed regularly, but it’s awful for your skin. It ages you way too fast (hello wrinkles!), increases your chance for skin cancer and it’s expensive to keep up with the lotions, creams, eye-wear and what-not. So I quit. And I got pale.

Let’s face it. Everyone looks better with a little color. Your skin looks more toned, you can camouflage annoying things like spider and varicose veins and for me, at least, it improves my mood to have a little color when I look in the mirror, see pictures of myself or wear shorts or a skirt. You, too?

I was lucky enough to be able to try Tarte’s Brazilliance self tanner and I have to admit, I really like it. It comes with its own mitt for application (I think that’s becoming a new trend), but I tend to be really clumsy and messy with my legs, so I don’t always use it.

Tarte’s formula is nice for a few reasons. First and foremost, it’s a dark gel formula, so you can see it on your skin and I find that’s helpful in letting you know where you might have missed a spot. It’s not fool-proof, but it does help. Second, while it doesn’t claim to be, I think it falls somewhere between one of those gradual self tanners and a regular self tanner. You’ll definitely see color with just one application – but I usually apply one, wait a couple of hours, and apply the second. Start with one, but don’t be afraid to slather on a second coat if after a few hours you discover you’d like more color. Last, but not least, the formula is actually good for your skin. Infused with maracuja oil, vitamin C and doesn’t smell awful. I can’t lie, I still think it smells, but it’s not the awful self tanner smell from the 90’s. Maybe I just have a sensitive nose?

Here are some steps to make the process painless and easy.

1. Exfoliate/Shave. It will help your tan fade evenly and remove dead skin cells which may hold onto pigment more than they should.

2. Moisturize – if you have dry skin, and really don’t most people have dry knees and elbows? (Don’t forget your feet here – they get dry, too!) Choose something light – a daily moisturizer. You don’t want to be greasy, just lightly hydrated.

3. Invest in a pair of latex gloves. (Or a box.) I like the mitt for smaller areas, but prefer to use my hands and fingers on my legs and I don’t trust that all of it will wash off, so gloves are my best friend.

4. I apply a line of Brazilliance from my ankle to my knee and start by rubbing left to right, followed by up and down. This seems to be the best way to ensure there are no weird patchy places. Go easy on the places you know are dry – knees, elbows, etc. Same process for arms. It’s intimidating at first, but just jump in there and go for it!

5. The formula dries pretty quickly – just give it a few minutes to complete drying and then go about your business. When you check on it in a few hours you can decide if you desire more color and can apply a second coat.

6. Enjoy your faux glow!

Want to get your own? You can pick up a tube of Brazilliance at www.tartecosmetics.com
for $37. Or you can snag one at Sephora or Ulta stores.

Reviewing Starlooks Beauty Subscription Box

Sample Box from March

What can I say? I’m a lucky gal. I get to test and try lots of products that are new, or you may not have heard of yet and then report back and let you know what I think. You can think of me as giving you the inside scoop on beauty products far and wide!

So, naturally, I was excited when this package from Starlooks (the Starbox) showed up on my desk – I love new things and this was something I had never heard of before.

Lash Boost Mascara Primer

Now the concept is the same as some other monthly beauty subscription services – once a month you’ll receive a box full of new products to try out, but unlike other services, these are all products from the Starlooks brand. You may be saying to yourself, “But, I’ve never HEARD of this brand…why should I try this out instead of something else?” Trust me, I said it too!

There are lots of other subscription services out there sending out brand name products – but don’t forget, they’re samples. With the Starbox, you get full-sized PRO quality makeup at a fraction of the cost. And the products chosen for each box are picked carefully so that you might use them together to create a specific “look”.

Infinity Lipstick in Ageless

While not every product is perfect for every body – the products you DO fall in love with (like for me, the mascara primer- it has become a stable in my beauty routine) are available for purchase by themselves when you run out (or if you want to share with a friend!)

You can try one box at a time, or pick up boxes from months past (if they’ve not sold out) and try it yourself. Once you get it home, if there’s a product you’re unsure of how to use, check out http://looksbook.starlooks.com for tips and tricks and recommendations that can help. Starbox prices start at $15 per month, and individual items begin around $14.

It’s a fun, inexpensive way to get top-quality products shipped right to you door, and an easy way to try something new.