Commitment Day

What Will You Commit To in 2014 …
A healthier lifestyle? A better diet? Quit smoking once and for all?

As America’s health continues to take center stage with rising obesity rates, a generation of children facing serious health consequences, escalating health care costs and controllable diseases growing out of control, Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life Company is hosting its second annual Commitment Day 5K Fun Walk/Run events and its inaugural support of the American Heart Association’s “My Heart. My Life.” healthy living initiative.

Commitment Day
 is a broad social movement uniting individuals in 5K Walk/Run events across the nation each January 1st, celebrating the commitment to lead healthy, active lives. In 2014, events will be held in 38 cities across the country, with tens of thousands of individuals joining together to declare their commitments to healthy eating, exercise, family, respect, giving and a healthy planet. More than 40,000 people took part in the inaugural Commitment Day launch in 29 cities on January 1st, 2013.

Thank you for reading and please feel free to share with your readers – I’ve included a list of cities below where registration is now open. 

What do you plan to commit to in 2014? Share with them: @CommitmentDay#CommitmentDay

EmerginC At Home Facial

No need to make an appointment, get the spa facial at home with emerginC scientific organics resurfacing facial kit.100% naturalminimum 70% organic ingredients, scientific organic products contain a blend of natural fruit acids, grape stem cells and powerful antioxidants to help rapidly remove dead skin cells, nourish, improve tone and texture, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

1.     Apply kombucha cleanser on wet skin. Lather, add water and remove with cotton pad or esthetic wipes.
2.     Apply peel pad on dry, clean skin. Avoid contact with eyes. Leave on for 2-3 minutes. Remove thoroughly with cool water.
3.     Apply phytocell detox mask to face and neck. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, then remove.
4.     Apply phytocell cream to face, neck and décolleté.

emerginC products are available at top spas nationwide as well at www.emerginC.com.

Everything you need for a nice facial. Face is incredibly smooth after treatment and leaves your face glowing in time for the holidays. 


LUSH: Decisive + Eyes Right

Spice up your medicine cabinet with Decisive and Eyes Right from LUSH Cosmetics. 

What: Decisive (Liquid Liptstick) 
Price: $18.95 /0.2 oz
Bold vivid color with a softening base of jojoba oil and rose wax. You can dab a touch on your cheeks for a rosy glow. 
* Longevity
The red pigment will stay on your lips for hours
* Cruelty Free Cosmetics
Against animal testing

Make a bold statement with Decisive. Perfect for a strong lip. Very moisturizing and leaves lips smooth which is great for the winter months. This tone will suit a variety of skin tones and is very easy to apply. It dries a gorgeous, highly-pigmented matte red. It is not too showy for daytime and bold enough for night! 

Eyes Right
What: Eyes Right
Price: $18.95 / 5g
*Healthy Mascara - Fresh Wheatgrass Mascara 
A gentle mascara that is healthy for your lashes and skin around your eyes. Has a fresh wheatgrass base that conditions, nourishes and strengthens lashes. 
* More for your $
Each bottle holds 5 grams of mascara. The average tube holds 1-2 grams.
* Fresh
Use within 3 months of first use. Is fresh 14 months unopened. 
Only one preservative vs the 4-6 that other brands use
* Cruelty Free Cosmetics
Against animal testing. 

Such a terrific mascara for so many reasons. Other mascaras in the past make lashes shed and brittle due to chemical ingredients. This mascara is good for them and coats them well and lasts very long. One coat is great for daily wear. It lengthens, separates, and accentuates. Two to three coats are perfect for a night out! In addition, the bottle gives you long use and lasts a very long time. Other mascaras dry out, and this one lasts. 
A terrific stocking stuffer for the holidays, or birthday gift!


Lotus Aroma Gentle Toners

Introducing Lotus Aroma

Lotus Aroma launches a new line of 99.9% natural Ambiance Mists

Just in time for fall, when we start closing our windows to keep out the cold, Lotus Aroma has launched a new line of Ambiance Mists to purify the air in your home, your office and your car.
With 99% natural ingredients, these mists clear the respiratory tract using the traditionally and scientifically recognized properties of citrus, floral, woody, spicy, resinous and medicinal essential oils.
Lotus Aroma Ambiance Mists are health atomizers with antibacterial, anti parasitic and antimicrobial properties. They don't just mask odours - they clean the air. 

The spicy bouquet of Cannella is warm and exciting. Cypress, juniper, and eucalyptus balance warmer scents of cinnamon, clove, and grapefruit. Fans of gingerbread and chai will love Cannella!

About Lotus Aroma:
A Quebec leader in quality bath and body care products, Lotus Aroma is known for the finest essential oils and a passion for products made from carefully selected raw materials. To highlight its 20th anniversary, Lotus Aroma is going green with a strong commitment to renewable materials and environmental responsibility. Based in Sainte-Julie near Montreal, Lotus Aroma, a division of Dermolab Pharma, is proud to offer cherishable products with active ingredients that are exclusively of plant origin and up to 45% organic, in recycled, biodegradable and environmentally friendly packaging.

Going somewhere hot for the holidays?

La Vie en Rose has a cute holiday 2013 swimwear collection for you! 




The Unemployed Philosophers Guild Mug Giveaway!

The Unemployed Philosophers Guild is offering to gift one reader with their Great Moustaches Mug!
The Unemployed Philosophers Guild was founded by two brothers in the 1990s who were faced with limited options in a dwindling academic market. Their products are sold in gift shops, bookstores, and museum shops around the world. Their products are also available at philosophersguild.com. For people in the NYC area during the holiday season, Philosophers Guild products can be found in a booth at the holiday market in Union Square.

How to win:

*Write 'Great Moustaches Mug Giveaway' on the Subject Line

*Contest is open to US addresses only

Give away closes on December 9th at 11:59 pm and winner will be chosen at random.



Apothederm delivers high-tech skin care. Research led their parent company Helix BioMedix to develop SmartPeptides - a new generation of patented, bioactive peptides that mimic the skin's natural amino acid sequences to protect and restore critical functions. They target specific areas of concern such as discolouration and stretch marks. SmartPeptides make them look , feel and function better.

Apothederm uses this SmartPeptide technology and its line has three categories - anti-aging, brightening, and body.
Apothederm Moisturizing Cream: This emollient-rich cream hydrates even the driest of skin. Developed specifically for dry, angling skin, this cream nourishes, replenishes and firms, helping to reduce visible signs of aging. $50
Apothederm Stretch Mark Cream: Reinforces the skin's fundamental support structures and helps to visibly repair existing stretch marks. A fast absorbing lotion formulated with patented SmartPeptide technology, it helps build collagen while reducing the appearance of both red and silver stretch marks and smoothing skin texture. $89.95
Apothederm Moisturizing Cleanser: Cleans without losing moisture and remove make-up, dirt, and impurities from skin without stripping out any moisture. This cleanser helps protect skin from damage and free radicals. $28

Visit http://apothederm.com to learn more about the brand and the products they offer. 


MIRACLE SKIN TRANSFORMER Miracle Revival Mud Skin Restoring Treatment Mask Review

What: Miracle Skin Transformer Miracle Revival Mud Skin Restoring Treatment Mask by Sarah McNamara
Price: $38/ 100 ml
What it is: A fast an efficient skin fix to diminish the appearance of fine lines, minimize pores and enhance radiance.  
Features: Formulated without sulfates and paragons. 
Directions: Apply generously to clean, dry skin, avoiding the eye area allow to dry and finish by rinsing with warm water. 

This product transforms your skin by improving hydration, firmness, skin clarity, reducing surface shine, and evening out skin tone. Its texture is whipped and creamy and is unlike any mud mask out there. Skin is youthful and radiant and works well with even sensitive skin. Leaves you feeling like you would after a facial. 
This product does not dry as tightly as most mud masks.
For those with oily skin, we suggest using less product. For those with dry skin, apply generously.  
We also love the Miracle Skin Transformer Face SPF20, which leaves your skin with an airbrushed complexion. 

For more information visit www.miracleskintransformer.com. This product is also available at Nordstrom and Sephora stores and online at www.nordstrom.com and www.sephora.com

LUSH Holiday 2013

Looking for gifts for your girlfriends this holiday season? LUSH has fantastic products that will carry them through the holidays into the new year.
Feeling Younger Skin Tint, Santa Baby, Decisive, Eyes Right, Independent


Japonesque Tweezer

Keep your eyebrows looking their best with one of ten Japonesque Tweezer designs: the essential tool for precision grooming. The patterned steel tool is finished with a deep, rich enamel coating for a great in-hand feel.  The fun patterns are sure to brighten your makeup bag.

Price: $20

Caudalie Holiday 2013

Whether you want to please a close friend or offer a hostess gift at your next dinner party, CAUDALIE products are essential beauty items to pamper and impress! This season, CAUDALIE launches new limited edition gift sets that are sure to please any beauty aficionado. 
One of these amazing giftsets is the Hand Cream and Lip Conditioner Duo $15 ($23 value). It's a great stocking stuffer and it includes winter essentials that protect your hands and lips. It fights against aging while it hydrates, soothes and nourishes. Available at  Jean Coutu, Sephora, Murale, La Maison Ogilvy.  
This is a great value for two great products; both the lip balm and the hand cream have very pleasant but not overwhelming scents, and both work extremely well - like all other Caudalie products!
The lip balm is  moisturizing and feels good on chapped lips. Makes an excellent primer for lipstick and the packaging is so luxurious compared to many other brands. The hand cream is small enough to keep when you are on the go, so you're never without it!

CAUDALIE is a 100 % independent family brand founded by Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas. Fifteen years ago, the couple discovered the amazing antioxidant powers of grape and grapevine Polyphenols, during the grape harvest in their family vineyards of Château Smith Haut Lafitte. Since then, CAUDALIE – which refers to aquality measurement of the duration of a wine’s finish on the palate – is the leader of anti-aging skin carein France. CAUDALIE is part of the “1% For the Planet” movement and all their products follow the brand’s“Cosm-ethics”: formulas free of parabens, phenoxyethanol, mineral oils, sodium laureth sulfate, syntheticcolouring and animal ingredients. These unparalleled treatments are also available at CAUDALIE’s luxurious Vinothérapie Spas located in exceptional regions around the world.

La Vie en Rose: Men's Seamless Boxer

What: Men's Seamless Boxer
Where: La Vie en Rose
Price: $12.95
Comes in: Green Stripe, Red Stripe S,M,L
Features: Seamless Boxer, 90% Nylon 10% Elastane
These are comfortable and fit great. Other brands, the elastic tends to pinch you and they stretch out pretty fast; even with following care instructions. These last and are extremely comfortable, while looking great. Makes a great gift for your guy this holiday season!


La Vie en Rose is the leading Canadian specialty lingerie retailer catering to women aged 25-45. Known as bra specialists, La Vie en Rose also offers a range of lingerie, sleepwear, loungewear, and swimwear. Acquired in 1996 by President and CEO François Roberge, the chain now counts over 165 boutiques nationwide, including three concept boutiques: La Vie en Rose, La Vie en Rose Aqua, and La Vie en Rose Outlet. In 2004, La Vie en Rose launched its International Expansion plan and now has over 65 boutiques under licensing, establishing itself as a premier lingerie retailer. With locations in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Egypt, Kuwait, Algeria, Kazakhstan, Australia and many boutiques opening soon in new countries, La Vie en Rose, headquartered in Montreal, is a true Canadian success story.

The brand caters to women aged 25-45 and delivers exceptional lingerie, sleepwear and swimwear collections while staying true to the company motto: it's all about natural beauty, confident sophistication and sensual passion. La Vie en Rose fulfills its customers' desires by offering an array of well-fitted bras and specialty lingerie selections designed for every silhouette, every look and every woman. Collections include: gorgeous satin lingerie, comfortable bras and panties, cozy cotton pyjamas, fashionable swimwear and casual-cool leisure and loungewear. Accessible fashions of a great fit, comfort and value.

The Unemployed Philosophers Guild - Holiday Gifts 2013

The Unemployed Philosophers Guild has so many great items that make perfect stocking stuffers for the holidays. From a puppet of Sigmund Freud, to a mug with Shakespearean insults - you'll be sure to find a unique gift for a loved one or coworker during the holiday season. 

The Unemployed Philosophers Guild was founded by two brothers in the 1990s who were faced with limited options in a dwindling academic market. Their products are sold in gift shops, bookstores, and museum shops around the world. Their products are also available at philosophersguild.com. For people in the NYC area during the holiday season, Philosophers Guild products can be found in a booth at the holiday market in Union Square.

Mia Beauty Faux Hair Braidies

Looking for a quick and easy way to achieve the trendy braid look? Simply use a Mia Beauty Braidie headband to create celeb-favorite looks.


What it is: A comfortable, braided headband made with synthetic wig hair.
What it does: Get an elegant, braided look with the easy of a headband. 
Choose a color to blend with your natural shade. Available in Blonde, Light Brown, Medium Brown, Dark Brown, and Black. 
For redheads, try the Light Brown shade if your hair has lighter orange tones, or the Medium Brown shade if your hair is darker auburn. These shades have hints of red in them and the synthetic hair will act like a mirror, picking up and reflecting your color.
They come in 5 shades and in jumbo, thick (1/2") or thin (1/4"). 
Price: $8 Thin Bradie/ $9 Thick Braidie / $10 Jumbo Braidie

Makes a really chic accessory, and works well. You may want to use bobby pins to make sure it stays in place. It's great because you only have to work with the hair - rather than the ones that come with a headband attached to the hair. 

Mia Beauty Braidies are available at Walgreens, ULTA, Harmon, Bed Bath & Beyond http://www.miabeauty.com, and other retailers online and nationwide.