Summer Products You Need Right Now!

Get them! Trust me on this…

Also, please feel free to email rnabhen@f2fgroupmiami.com to let me know what you think or if you have any questions. 

1. Dr. Brandt Cellusculpt is a unique cellulite lotion. The product comes out of a bottle with roller-balls which are used to help massage in the lotion for a massage life absorption effect. It has an easy, quick, mess free application process & dries quickly.

2. Michael Kors White 3.4 Oz White Eau De Parfum Spray Limited Edition – A refreshing and refined blend of tuberose, sweet freesia and musk that creates a scent that embodies sheer sophistication.

3. Lace Your Face Mask, is the first professional in-home facial treatment that features LaceTex gauze compression technology to radically repair & renew the skin. Each mask is infused with clinical-grade ingredients that treat various skin conditions for long-lasting benefits. The Lace Mask that’s like shapewear for your happy face!

4. John Frieda Sleek Finish Comb Flexible wide tooth comb allows you to gently untangle wet or dry hair.

5.  Dryel is a patented at-home dry cleaning process that is easy to use. You can quickly refresh & renew your clothes in only 15 minutes in the dryer. Or for clothes that need a deep clean, use the booster spray and tumble in the dryer for 30 minutes.

6.  Tory Burch Pas Du Tout Eye Shadow Palette –  is a universally flattering compact of warm neutrals, bronzes and pinks for a classic meets tomboy-chic look. Undone yet natural where less is more.

7. Burt’s Bees Cucumber & Sage Facial Cleansing Towelettes – Specially crafted for normal to dry skin, soothing cucumber and sage towelettes remove makeup, cleanse, and tone in one easy step, leaving skin naturally clean without the need for rinsing.

8. RUSSIAN AMBER IMPERIAL INSTA-THICK with extracts of Chamomile, Comfrey, Rose Hip and Geranium this thickening spray helps create full, sexy hair. This thickening mist delivers dramatic body that lasts, while leaving hair soft and shiny. A dry shampoo and hair-plumping polymers combination transforms limpest hair and it shampoos out easily.

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

June is around the corner, which means Father’s Day (Dia Del Padre) shopping is a must. I know first-hand that my papi(dad) and most men can be tough to shop for. So, to assist you on your quest to choose the perfect present for the premiere man in your life – I have rounded up a few gift ideas that are perfect for my dad and hopefully yours as well.

Pacific Shaving Company, a leading manufacturer of innovative shaving essentials that use safe, natural, and eco-friendly ingredients, has launched a breakthrough product — the first line of Caffeinated Shaving Cream and Aftershave

Benefits of a Caffeinated Shave:

  • It is high in antioxidants: Helps keep skin looking and feeling healthy.
  • It is a vasoconstrictor: Helps reduce the appearance of redness and soothe skin.
  • It can penetrate skin and absorb into your blood: Start your morning with a kick!

Fortified with:

  • Antioxidant-rich, naturally-derived caffeine
  • Safe and natural ingredients
  • Aloe and spearmint

Available at Pacific Shaving Company

Ralph Lauren Fragrances Polo Supreme Oud

A hypnotic blend of precious spices, smoky oud and rich woods, Ralph Lauren presents its most luxurious World of Polo fragrance yet. Designed for the refined gentleman looking for an indelible, signature scent, POLO SUPREME OUD is as discerning and selective as its wearer.

As the brand’s first men’s eau de parfum, it uses a higher concentration of refined ingredients to ensure quality, strength and longevity. Impeccably tailored, the oriental woody fragrance features a powerful contrast of notable ingredients, including:

TOP NOTES: Cinnamon, Pink Pepper

MID NOTES: Smoky Indian Oud Accord

BASE NOTES: Guaiac Wood, Vetiver

Oud is one of the most exquisite materials used in haute perfumery. Valued at approximately 1.5 times that of gold, the unique ingredient is found in an exotic species of Agarwood trees located in the Middle East and Southeast Asia and is burned to create an intensely mesmerizing scent. Inspired by Ralph Lauren’s infinite taste for exceptional objects, Master Perfumer Carlos Benaim’s vision was to recreate the essence of the burning resin to create a scent that is “memorable, masculine and intoxicating.”

Available at RalphLauren and select retailers

 

Ralph Lauren Fragrances Polo Red Intense

Shift your masculine senses into overdrive with Ralph Lauren’s new and bold fragrance, POLO RED INTENSEThis powerful, masculine scent ensures a higher concentration of ingredients, building on the winning formula of POLO RED for a more robust and longer-lasting aroma.

This oriental spicy fragrance includes:

Top Notes: Red Grapefruit, Red Cranberry, Red Ginger

Mid Notes: Red Saffron, Red Sage, Orange Flower

Base Notes: Red Wood, Red Roasted Coffee, Red Leather

Available at RalphLauren.com 

Michael Kors For Men Jet Set Essentials Gift Set

Modern, sophisticated, and on the move. Give the modern man all he needs for urban and sophisticated style with this deluxe gift set featuring a 4 oz Eau de Toilette Spray, 2.5 oz Hair and Body Wash and 2.5 oz After Shave Balm.

Available at Macy’s

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The Quest For Clear Dark Spot Free Skin

Dark spots – Though we may not all have them, we likely know someone that does, so these beauty must haves may just help alleviate dark spots and bring on the brighter, clearer skin. Below are some product recommendations for any dark spots aka “manchas” at affordable price points. I also picked up a few great tips from an article in Cosmopolitan entitled, 6 Surprising Things That Are Giving You Dark Spots by Ariel Nagi.

The following may resonate with you or someone you know: For full article click HERE

1. Your computer

2. Your birth control

3. Not wearing sunscreen daily — even in the winter!

4. Your diet

5. Facial hair removal 

6. Citrus products

Burt’s Bees Brightening Dark Spot Corrector

Let your natural beauty shine through with a little help from the humble daisy. 80% of women saw diminished appearance of dark spots and discoloration after using Burt’s Bees clinically proven Brightening Dark Spot Corrector.* Make it part of your daily regimen for a brighter and more even complexion, naturally.

Where to buy: Burtsbees.com

Conffianz Skin Lightener Cream

The name Conffianz is derived from the Spanish words confianza and confidente and aims to make every woman feel confident and look fabulous. The skin lightener cream contains the most powerful combination of ingredients available without a prescription and inhibits the production of excess pigment, which can lead to dark spots – or manchas – and uneven skin tone. Lactic acid derived from milk helps build collagen and improve skin texture, while Sunflower and Wheat Germ Oils rich with Vitamin E offer maximum lightening results.

Where to buy: Conffianz.com and select Target stores

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Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Dry Skin Cocktail

A highly conditioning oil complex containing powerful bioactives, this skin-saver contains cranberry and cloudberry seed oils to hydrate and restore even the driest, pigmented skin. The efficacious formula smooths skin and visibly diminishes fine lines and wrinkles easily caused by dehydrated skin for a healthy complexion. 

Where to  buy: CVS, CVS.com, Ulta and Dermstore.com

illuMask Anti-Aging Mask

According to numerous scientific studies, doctors, and clinical trials, red and infrared light helps to stimulate skin cell turnover and regeneration while increasing the production of collagen and elastin in your skin. illuMask™ is based upon the same science. The illuMask™ Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask uses gentle red and infrared light wavelengths and uniformly distributes the light over the entire face in just 15 minutes a day. Containing 30 treatments in one convenient, lightweight mask, the Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask is an ultra-affordable step in your skincare routine that delivers clinically proven results. Safe for all skin types and tones, the gentle treatment does not emit any damaging UV rays.

Clinical results showed illuMask™ Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask to improve skin tone, texture, and hydration in as little as two weeks:

94% of users had more even skin tone and radiance after four weeks of daily use.

96% of users saw a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles after four weeks of daily use.

No patients experienced any adverse reactions or negative effects with illuMask™.

Where to buy: illuMask.com

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 dr. brandt Laser Fx Bright Serum

Your target? Dark spots and dullness. Brighten skin while fading dark spots and evening tone with Encapsulated Vitamin C, Epidermosil, and Knotgrass Extract—a proven infrared and thermal aging fighter. With just one application skin looks instantly more luminous. In one week skin looks brighter, and after the second week imperfections look diffused. Three weeks in, dark spots and discoloration fade. After four weeks of use, skin is visibly more even and radiant. Traditional brighteners will look dull by comparison.

Where to Buy:www.drbrandtskincare.com

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“You Will” music video featuring Jennifer Hudson & Jennifer Nettles | Oprah Winfrey Network and me(for about 3 seconds!)

Courtesy of Toyota, I was able to see Oprah live for Oprah’s ‘The Life You Want Weekend’ tour in Miami at the American Airlines Arena, which turned out to be an unforgettable experience that is now checked off my bucket list. Led by Oprah and her hand-picked “life trail blazers “each of whom brought a unique, creative and powerful connection enabling us to dig deep within ourselves by opening our hearts and minds. These included spiritual guru Deepak Chopra, pastor Rob Bell , OWN host Iyanla Vanzant and author Elizabeth Gilbert. I love all things Oprah and I even have her on my vision board (see image below) so when an Oprah producer reached out to me and asked if they can use an image that I tweeted that weekend as part of a promo they were working on airing – I said,YES!!!

It turns out that the promo is music video, “You Will” featuring Jennifer Hudson & Jennifer Nettles | Oprah Winfrey Network. The song is beautiful and inspiring, enjoy by clicking on the link below!

P.S. Catch a glimpse of me and my friends at around minute 1:47  🙂

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UieLRIozFGY

“You Will” featuring Jennifer Hudson & Jennifer Nettles | Oprah Winfrey Network

Screenshot of video. My friends Alex Hamdan and Cristina Liviero are next to me in the picture.

My Vision Board where I have always included Oprah!

A message from Oprah Winfrey:

“All of my life I have wanted to lead people to an empathy space. To a gratitude space,” said Oprah Winfrey. “I want us all to fulfill our greatest potential. To find our calling, and summon the courage to live it.”

A special thanks to Toyota for the tickets to see Oprah.

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A Conversation With Bobbi Brown – Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 40

A few months ago, I attended a Bobbi Brown beauty event in Miami along with top international media professionals, bloggers and influencers. It was no surprise that so many beauty devotees were in attendance and as a beauty influencer – I was in heaven! We were separated into small groups of four and got to spend time with Bobbi Brown learning about the pre-launch of her Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 40. The product wasn’t yet launched at the time of our encounter, but we did get to try it on our hands and neck. I wanted to wait and receive the product in order to test it on my face before writing this post. I find the coverage is light enough for day and you can just add more to intensify coverage for evening. It blends right into your skin and doesn’t look thick and best of all, you can mix it with your favorite cream or serum for an even more sheer coverage.

I gathered the below bullet points from my Bobbi Brown Q&A about beauty and the Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 40

  • Beauty and a healthy lifestyle go hand in hand. I believe that beauty is about looking and feeling your best, inside and out. Great skin is 70% what you put in your body and 30% what you put on your face so I really focus on eating well. Certain nutrients are important for maintaining healthy skin, hair and nails—think of them as your “beauty foods.” Foods rich in Omega 3 oils like salmon, almonds, walnuts and olive oil have skin-repairing benefits, while fruits and vegetables with high-water content like watermelon, cucumber and dark leafy greens will add moisture to your skin.
  • Being healthy is also about staying active. Exercising offers so many benefits that go far beyond losing weight—it’s a skincare essential and can help you live longer and look better. From my experience, 20-30 minutes a day improves blood circulation and helps give skin a natural, radiant glow. My advice is to do whatever you can to be active, even if that means little things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking your car as far from the store as possible, or just walking around the block.
  • Always remember that your skin is a direct reflection of your overall health. When you eat right, drink plenty of water and exercise regularly, you increase your energy–something that skin needs to function properly and be healthy. And
  • I really believe that living a healthy lifestyle is the most important thing you can do to look and feel your best—you’ll feel strong, confident and beautiful.
  • I wanted to create a foundation that improves skin over time so it looks and feels healthier. When my team and I met to discuss the formula for a new foundation, I immediately thought skincare—specifically our Intensive Skin Supplement, which is a multi-benefit serum that improves skin’s appearance. When I launched Intensive Skin Supplement 12 years ago, my goal was to give women a straightforward remedy for their biggest concerns: dullness, unevenness, fine lines and wrinkles. Today, Intensive Skin Supplement is a cult favorite and the inspiration behind Intensive Skin Serum Foundation.
  • An infusion of true-to-your-skin pigments and supercharged serum ingredients, Intensive Skin Serum Foundation is the perfect fusion of treatment and makeup, and beautifies skin from within. Factors like the aging process and sun damage deplete skin’s energy levels. This foundation helps support skin’s cellular energy and also offers key anti-aging benefits for a smoother, firmer, more lifted look plus enhanced radiance, clarity and luminosity. And the texture is incredible–it’s super silky and floats over skin’s surface, invisibly covering imperfections and unevenness without settling into fine lines. The result is flawless coverage that instantly makes skin look beautiful.
  • Whenever I head out to Telluride, Colorado, one of my best-kept secrets is to visit Josh Getter, a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner and Acupuncturist that I’ve been seeing for years. Sessions with Josh are amazing—I always feel centered and energized, and invariably leave with some new herb or tea that becomes part of my wellness routine. I was already working with my team in Shanghai to morph one of our serums into a next-level foundation with enhanced with skincare/treatment benefits. With our newfound inspiration, my team went to Shanghai and identified a few historically potent ingredients with the help of a local TCM practitioner. Once I learned about the energy and skin-enhancing qualities of the Cordyceps Mushroom—a key ingredient in our new foundation—I knew I wanted to incorporate this star ingredient into my new treatment foundation.
  • Intensive Skin Serum Foundation is a 2-in-1 product—it gives you both treatment and coverage. Plus, it’s a lightweight formula that layers seamlessly over other skincare and other hybrid/face products.
  • To apply, after prepping skin with serum and moisturizer based on your skin’s needs, apply a small amount of foundation around the nose and mouth, and anywhere you see redness or unevenness. Blend with a foundation brush, sponge or fingertips. For best results, shake bottle well before use
  • You can pair Intensive Skin Serum Foundation with one of our serums, but be sure to choose the serum that best suits your skin’s needs. At night, use the appropriate serum and then layer your preferred moisturizer.

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I Got It From My MAMA! Avon’s #JustLikeMyMother Campaign

Celebrate MOM by joining the Avon’s #JustLikeMyMother Campaign! Take the time to appreciate your mom this Mother’s Day by celebrating the pride you feel when you look in the mirror and see your mom in yourself. When I look in the mirror I’m thankful for my mom’s long legs and dewy skin. I’m even more thankful for inheriting her adventurous spirit, zest for life and creativity. Thanks mom!!!!!! 🙂

How are you like your mom?? Show how much you cherish mom by uploading a photo of you with your mom on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with#JustLikeMyMother.

And – if you are still looking for that rare last minute Mother’s Day Gift opt for Rare Amethyst Eau de Parfum Spray. Mom will be sure to love this glamorous, captivating and sensual jewel of passionate plum shimmers with mysterious violet and rich sandalwood.

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Sizzle This Summer 2015 With Urban Decay

Yesterday evening I attended a super cool Urban Decay Cosmetics event at the hip Thompson Hotel Miami Beach rooftop by their amazing looking pool. The evening was all about bright lip hues, flushed cheeks and their summer line-up of bold, edgy colors. As a beauty influencer, I was curated to create my own colorful summer creation using Urban Decay products. Below are a few images of highlights from the event and the products I used to create my look. There are no rules when it comes to Urban Decay makeup. Just play and create! A special thanks to the Glam Squad for my chic “Game Of Thrones” style braids and Issa de’ Mar for gifting me the haute bathing suit, which I will be rocking on the beach very soon.

A special thanks to Elizabeth Gonzalez of Glam Squad for my braids.

Urban Decay photographer documenting the look I created as a Beauty Influencer with Urban Decay Cosmetics

A glimpse of some of Issa De’ Mar swimsuits! http://www.isademar.com

Creating my Summer Nights look using Urban Decay Cosmetics

Urban Decay Revolution Lipgloss

UD started a revolution in high-impact lip color with the launch of Revolution Lipstick – and now, they’re preparing to take glosses by storm. Revolution Lipgloss is all the color you crave in one coat – gorgeous, ultra-pigmented formulas in lust-worthy cream and sparkle textures. The perfect counterpoint to NAKED Lipgloss, the 14 high-coverage shades include everything from longstanding favorites like 69, Big Bang, Liar and Apocalypse, to stunning newcomers like Savage (electric pink) and Bittersweet (a crazy bright, editorial purple like nothing you’ve seen before.) The brand’s trademark Pigment Infusion System is what gives the formula its creamy texture, insane pigmentation and superior color dispersion, and the formula is laced with Hilurlip to hydrate lips while making them look plump and full. The flat, pocket-friendly case is modeled after a vintage UD favorite (can anyone say Pocket Rocket?), with new facets and gunmetal accents reminiscent of the rest of the Revolution line.

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush

Introducing Afterglow, a long-lasting powder blush, for a foolproof way to create that effortlessly radiant “I spent all weekend in a love den” look. And Afterglow doesn’t quit – the blendable, finely milled formula goes on sheer and is proven to provide eight hours of buildable color. The soft, creamy texture feels lightweight yet luxurious and comes in a dozen scintillating shades, in a range of brights and neutrals, mattes and shimmers, and all with light-diffusing pigment to enhance and perfect the skin. The gorgeous, custom gunmetal compact has a fishnet UD cutout on the lid for a peek at the shade within.

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Urban Decay Ultimate Ozone Multipurpose Primer Pencil

Inspired by the best-selling 24/7 Glide-On Eye Lip Pencil, this product is the result of years of product hacking from Urban Decay’s PD team. Since it first launched, the teamhas been using the clear Ozone pencil not only to make lipstick and lipgloss last and prevent feathering, but to fill in fine lines around the eyes before concealer, and even clean up smudged mascara. Finally, inspiration struck – why not make more Ozone available to everyone? Ultimate Ozone is an indispensable primer in a chubby pencil form, with a bigger barrel for more versatility. The moisturizing formula never feels dull or cakey, and jojoba oil will even nourish your skin as it ensures a smooth application.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow – NEW SHADES

Beauty junkies and makeup artists rejoice – Urban Decay really DOES read all your pleas on Facebook. Here by popular demand, UD introduces eight single eyeshadow shades for summer, including six gorgeous, multi-faceted duotone shades and two versatile, matte neutrals. Urban Decay’s eyeshadow formula features soft, amazingly velvety texture; rich, dense and decadent color; uniform pigment distribution and blendability; and longer-lasting, more crease-free wear. The secret to the formula is the brand’s Pigment Infusion System™. A vehicle for color, it’s what holds tightly onto pigment and gives the formula its glide and insane color payout. Color stays on your lids and sparkle doesn’t fall. Like all of the brand’s Eyeshadows, each shade comes in a gunmetal compact compatible with the Build Your Own Palette system, which allows you to pop the shadow out of its shell and insert it into a customizable palette, for easier travel and organization. Changed your mind? Pop it out of the palette and back into its individual shell.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – RELAUNCH

Everyone knows Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion is unmatched by any other in the beauty industry. So how do you make the best even better? Think a new look, a new applicator and some new shades. The new packaging offers the best of both worlds – the applicator wand half of UD’s fans have begged to bring back, and the squeeze tube that the rest are obsessed with. Favorite shades Original, Eden, and Anti-Aging are still in the line, and Sin has been reworked, sheered out, and renamed Minor Sin. And as always, Primer Potion in all its forms STILL guarantees more vibrant eyeshadow for 24+ hours, truer, more vibrant color, and absolutely NO creasing.

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Available at Sephora, ULTA, Macy’s, Sephora.com, Beauty.com, ULTA.com and UrbanDecay.com