Just the Remedy – February’s Breakout Brand

I can think of no better accessory then nail polish. It is so simple to pick a hue to brighten up your day, or reflect your mood. That is why this past February, the month of love, I made it a point to get flirty with a nail polish brand that was not only fun, but functional as well. The Beauty Marketplace’s February Breakout Brand of the Month – Dr.’s REMEDY.
 
Dr.’s REMEDY Enriched Nail Polish is a line of doctor inspired cosmetics that is dedicated to using clean, hypo-allergenic ingredients to promote healthier, stronger nails.
 
The birth of Dr.’s REMEDY began when New York podiatrist Dr. Adam Cirlincione’s wife was pregnant and advised against being exposed to certain harmful chemicals. Dr. Cirlincione began researching the ingredient list on his wife’s favorite cosmetics and found that her nail polish – made with harsh DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde – appeared problematic.
 
So, in 2006, Dr. Cirlincione partnered with fellow New York podiatrist Dr. William Spielfogel to develop an enriched nail polish that was void of harmful, harsh chemicals, and contained amazing, gorgeous pigment.
 
Next, Dr.’s REMEDY began selling directly to foot doctors before signing on with BLISS Spa’s Catalog. Currently, Dr.’s REMEDY supplies more than 800 doctors and proves quintessentially perfect for any person looking to better the condition of her skin and nails.
 
The first product in the line, and my honest favorite, is the Enriched Nail Polish.  Dr.’s REMEDY Enriched Nail Polish contains naturally-occurring antifungal ingredients, as well as vitamins and protein – know to help with nail discoloration. This polish is perfect if you have brittle or discolored nails, or if you are pregnant.
 
What makes the brand unique is the fact Dr.’s REMEDY Enriched Nail Polish is the first ever nail polish on the market approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association – APMA. Also approved by APMA, Dr.’s REMEDY Remover is a non-acetone nail polish remover enriched with naturally occurring anti fungal ingredients, vitamins, and wheat protein. An honestly important compliment to the Enriched Nail Polish!
 
With 11 on-trend colors in the Dr.’s REMEDY Enriched Nail Polish line, you’ll have no problem accessorizing for that hot date or girls night out. The added bonus is you can be certain your nails are benefiting from all the hue healthy vitamins. Accessorizing while beautifying is just the REMEDY any lady needs…
 
Dr.’s REMEDY is available online at www.remedynails.com or by calling 877.323.NAIL
 
Have an Honestly Beautiful Day,
 
<33  Mary

Honestly Infallible

Infallible is defined as unfailing in effectiveness or operation; certain: an infallible remedy. A hardy definition for a beauty product to live up to, but nonetheless, after using L’Oreal Paris’ Infallible Lipstick, I can honestly say this is a product that truly delivers.

I saw the ads, heard the commercials, but never really gave L’Oreal Paris Infallible Lipstick much thought at first. After tirelessly trying similar products who honestly seemed to fall short of their heavily marketed results, I was initially unfazed by the promise of infallibility. However, quite a few readers brought this product to my attention and I knew I had to give L’Oreal’s lipstick a test run.

Over the weekend, I had every intention of seeking out this product to try thanks to all your suggestions, but the universe beat me to it. My boyfriend’s aunt approached me with a product she swore by, and "just HAD to try"! Can you guess what the product was? Yes, yet again, more buzz about L’Oreal Paris Infallible Lipstick . “Perfect! I have been dying to try this”, I thought, as she presented me with two colors to try.

 
Available in 12 shades, I selected the darker Merlot color for my evening look. Innovative mirrored package made it easy to apply – and check. On one side, is the lipstick which you are to apply first and wait up to 2 minutes to dry. On the other side, is the conditioning stick which goes on clear making for a moisturized mouth and a perfect pout.

Now for the real test: I stepped out into the world to see just how long this Infallible Never Fail Lipstick would last. L’Oreal tells consumers they will receive 16 hours of gorgeous, comfortable, lightweight colour that won’t flake off or wear out. Let me just tell you I ate, drank, kissed my boyfriend -I could have bobbed for apples – and honestly could have kept going long over 16 hours, without the lipstick EVER coming off.

 
L’Oreal Paris’ Infallible Lipstick is a product readers, family, and friends swore by, and a product I now swear by too! The best part is L’Oreal Paris’ Infallible Lipstick is super affordable and available at any mass retailer near you. For more information go to http://www.lorealparisusa.com/lip-color/Infallible-Never-Fail-LipstickMarguerite.htm
 
Have an Honestly Beautiful Day,
 

Mary<3

La Lohan’s Tan

All the spotty weather we have been having lately, hasn’t left me with much opportunity to head to the beach on the weekends, thus effecting my tan. Winding down to the last few weeks of summer, I honestly needed to call in some extra reinforcements to give my summer glow a much needed, sun-kissed boost.

 
I am honestly not one to opt for self tanners due to the stereotypical complications like running, streaking and the possibility of coming out that awful Oompa-Loompa color. I usually prefer the tanning salon or laying out approach, as healthy as that sounds LOL,  but as fate would have it, in the headlines lately is all this buzz about Lindsay Lohan’s tanning mist. The mist is called Sevin Nyne (spelled as written) and is named after Lindsay’s lucky numbers 7 and 9.
 
While Lindsay may be famous for many things, she does always manage to maintain an honestly fabulous tan. So, I decided, I needed to give her tanning mist – Sevin Nyne –  a shot.

I tried La Lohan’s (as she is sometimes referred) tanning mist over the weekend just applying to my face and neck for starters. Instantaneously, I was honestly surprised at how fast the color showed and how natural my skin tone appeared.
 
Come Monday at work , a handful of my colleagues were asking me if I went to the beach over the weekend, complimenting me on my tan. This was my reassurance my tan did indeed look natural, and confirmed I had an honestly effective product on my hands in need of sharing with all of you.
 

Sevin Nyne has an awesome scent, and the application was super simple. You can watch a video application demo online here – www.sevinnyne.com.

Over the years – three to be exact – Lindsay has worked with airbrush tanning expert Lorit Simon to create “…a quality product at a reasonable price.. through this product we can encourage women and men to stay out of the sun and cherish their skin” – Lindsay Lohan.
 
Made with Goji Berry Extract known for its powerful antioxidant properties as well as Chardonnay Extracts to maintain the skin’s hydration, Sevin Nyne provides a convenient tan in an easy to use and environmentally friendly aerosol can.

You can purchase Sevin Nyne for $35 exclusively at www.sephora.com.
 
Have an Honestly Beautiful Day,
 

Mary<33

 

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Something for the Men

For all you men out there who honestly enjoy getting primped and pampered, you have to check out John Allan’s. The ultimate men’s salon catering solely to the guys.  John Allan’s is a throw back to an old school men’s club, and is a members only salon. Complete with the usual stylists and products you expect to find in a salon, John Allan’s sets itself apart by offering just about everything a man could ever want in his ideal bachelor pad.
 
My best friend Leah Raffa, whose roster of clients range from David Yurman to the Wall Street business elite, is a stylist in the John Allen’s Tribeca local. Leah was nice enough to give me a tour. Here are some of the highlights:
 
– Screening Room
– Open Bar (Free drinks with your memebership)
– Pool Table
– Photo Studio
– Shoe shining service
 
There’s even a pretty neat tropical fish tank and hip artwork adding to the leather couched bachelor pad ambiance. Oh and did I mention all the stylists were woman? What more can a man want?!    
 
Currently John Allen’s has 4 Manhattan locations: Tribeca, Saks 5th Avenue, Downtown and Midtown. A new, first ever Chicago space just opened on West Jackson Blvd(South Loop).  
 
John Allan’s top selling products include their Matte Pomade and Slick Water. I saw samples of the new Tough Paste products which is similar to Matte Pomade but in paste form. These products will give your hair the hold you are looking for. Their shave products are really great too! (good gift idea)
 
For information on membership or to book your appointment with Leah Raffa go to www.johnallans.com
 
 
Have an Honestly Beautiful Day,

Mary<33

Shampoo Without a Shower

Experts say you should wait as long possible to wash your hair in order for you hair to build up the nutrients and natural oils necessary for a healthy lustrous mane. Whenever we shampoo, we strip away these oils and nutrients leaving our hair brittle and dry.
 
For those of you like myself who are a little skeeved out by the idea of waiting in between washings, I have an honest solution – dry shampoo!
 
Great for travelling, in between blowouts or styling, excellent for hair extensions, as well as appropriate for daily care, dry shampoo cleans the scalp removing odors and refreshing hair.
 
An honestly effective dry shampoo is one by Klorane Laboratories. Hypoallergenic, easy to apply and made with oat extract to soften and protect. Klorane’s Dry Shampoo allows your locks to regain life adding volume and bounce within minutes.
 
Go ahead and give it a shot!
 
Have an Honestly Beautiful Day,
 
Mary<33
 
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Beastly Blisters

Canker sore. Fever blister. Cold sore. – they are as bad as they sound and honestly torturous when you get one.

As a child, I used to get cold sores often as I was prone to fevers and enjoyed playing in extreme weather conditions like snow and heat. As an adult, these monstrous mumps unfortunately still pop up every now and again due to stress and dehydration.
 
I don’t know about you, but when a fever blister pops up on my face, the only thing I can honestly think of is how quickly can I get rid of this thing?! Have a hot date planned? Forget it! In my book, a fever blister is a valid reason to cancel any social activity.
 
Not only are fever blisters uncomfortable, but they are so aesthetically unpleasing to look at. I feel as if I should go into hiding until one completely disappears! Even discussing the topic here and now makes me cringe, but fever blisters are a fact of life, and I am determined to find a quick fix.
 
I have tried nearly every product under the sun claiming to cure cold sores. While most products provide false hope, I know of one product which actually seems to live up to its promise – Abreva.
 
Abreva’s packaging states its the #1 Pharmacist Recommended Cold Sore Treatment and is the only FDA Approved Product to shorten healing time. In a teeny tiny tube, now available in an On The Go size package, Abreva can be found in any drug or mass retail store. (I literally ran to Duane Reade the moment I felt mine starting to surface – gross I know.)
 
An effective product that works in keeping your lips moist and eases discomfort during such a time of distress is Blistex Lip Ointment. The creamy ointment is medicated so your lips are simultaneously healed and smoothed.
 
Since I feel I have tried everything I could to treat my fever blister, I want to turn this discussion over to all you  readers asking for your honest feedback on any products, home remedies, and/or methods for curing these beastly blisters. Feel free to email me  at mpalmieri@hbaexpo.com , and I promise to re-address the most effective suggestions in a later posting. Thanks in advance for your help and expertise!
 
Have an Honestly Beautiful Day,
 

Mary<33

Faux Face Freshness

The “You look tired” statement for sure never translates into good news when referring to appearance. Why not just say you look like you-know-what on a stick and call it a wrap?
 
Since we are in full swing busy season here at HBA with our September show dates rapidly approaching (Receive your free exhibit hall pass here if you register prior to July 13th – CLICK HERE), I want to avoid hearing the “You look tired” phrase at all costs. As I’m sure most of you can relate, when work kicks into full gear one’s beauty rest does quite the opposite, as my hours of sleeping, minimal to begin with, drop to well below the norm.
 
While we may very well be honestly exhausted and stressed on the inside, on the outside we all strive to remain cool, calm, collected, and well kempt. The following are what I consider honestly perfect products to enable you to achieve a faux face freshness in order to fake looking awake:
 
1. Clean & Clear’s  Morning Burst Facial Cleanser – Honestly not a morning person, this cleanser infused with a citrus scent, gives me the aroma therapy needed to have a good morning. Made with Vitamin C and Ginseng, this cleanser also helps to detoxify the skin removing blackheads and impurities.
 
2. Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-puff Eye Roller – Works wonders at decongesting puffiness and diminishing dark circles under the eyes due to late nights in the office, on the town, or otherwise. Sonia Kashuk also offers a really effective eye roller. The 3 ball applicator allows for a soothing and cooling under eye massage.
 
3. Ole Henriksen Fresh Start Eye Cream – Living up to it’s name, this product does indeed give you a fresh start to your day! Ole Henriksen’s eye cream improves resiliency delivering more healthy and refreshing looking skin. Perfect for contact lens wearers as it does not irritate or dry your eyes as you go about your day.
 
4. Pixi by Petra’s Energy Blush – Since nothing brightens and awakens the face like a flattering blush and highlighter, Petra’s Pick-Me-Up duo colors will transform your look from fading to fresh in a swish.
 
5. Fresh’s Rose Marigold Floral Water – delivers instantly hydrating and toning mists of pure and active rosewater hydrating the skin for a plump and toned complexion allowing you to achieve a maximum faux fresh face. Perfect to re-hydrate skin throughout the day, set your makeup, and enhance your mood.
 
If you use these products, especially coupled with your morning caffeine fix, I guarantee you will never hear “You look tired” ever again.
 
Have an Honestly Beautiful Day,
Mary<33

Honest People are Glamorous

People who strive to make a difference giving back to the community – now THAT is honestly beautiful! As I said when this blog first started, The Beauty Marketplace is your one stop shop to dish and discover the true and reliable PEOPLE, places, and products to make you look and feel your best. The following person is making people look and feel their best all across the nation and even overseas.
 
When I first met Rachel Mara Doyle, President and Founder of Glamour Gals, I was immediately drawn in and effected by her energy and passion for what she does. Hearing about her organization and what she developed from the ground up was so inspiring, I decided to share it with all of you.
 
Glamour Gals is organized in chapters across the United States and overseas consisting of teens ages 14-18. At least once a month, these chapters go to nursing homes, senior living centers, and assisted living centers in their neighborhoods to give complimentary facials and makeovers to the residents. Their local mission is to foster intergenerational relationships between teen girls and elderly women living in senior homes through monthly facials and makeovers. Their national mission is to create the structure and provide the resources that encourage compassionate teen leadership through local intergenerational programming.
 
Recently, Glamour Gals held its first-annual Haute Pink Luncheon and fifth-annual Glamour in the City event where Mayor Bloomberg officially declared May 15th Glamour Gals Day. Feel free to view photos from the event here.
 
GG’s goal is to raise $5,000 for their Leadership Training Institute (November 21, 2009) to accommodate scholarships and reduced admission for any girl attending and provide digital clips of speakers and workshops for girls who can’t attend. Each donation of $5 will go directly toward the GlamourGals Hot Pink Leadership Program. You can take the Hot Pink Pledge here.
 
All in all we need more people like Rachel and her entire Glamour Gals crew who strive to make a difference in peoples lives improving the world one small step at a time. Keep up the good work ladies and let us all be inspired to put a little good out into the world!
 

Have an Honestly Beautiful Day,
 
Mary<33

Make Your Mark

When I was 13 years old I wrote an essay to Teen People Magazine in hopes of being selected as one of their first ever Teen People Trendspotters. Well, low and behold, I was accepted and that was when my experimenting with beauty products officially began. Every so often, I would have the opportunity of going to events  and I was also sent products in the mail to sample  and report back to Teen People on.
 
One of my honestly favorite products I can remember testing was the début of Avon’s Mark 2 in 1 Lip-gloss Mascara combination. On one end was my lip-gloss, and on the other end was a really great mascara. Each end was removable and interchangeable with other items in Mark’s product line which, at the time, if I am remembering correctly, only included lip gloss and mascara (maybe eye pencil).
 
How amazing to have witnessed the growth of Mark over the years with the development of a more elaborate product line as well as a brilliant marketing strategy targeting college and high school aged girls as their Mark/Avon sales reps.
 
Honestly, I am a current fan of Mark’s For Goodness Face Moisturizer. With a super light weight texture, this face moisturizing lotion is perfect for daytime, especially since we are moving forward in to the warm months of Summer. This product also offers the multifunctionality of having an SPF30 and is oil free, making this item my first choice to bring with me on vacation. Made with blueberries and dark chocolate “for their intense antioxidant super powers and a protective plant derived complex” to help all you beauties deal with a less than perfect environment.
 
Have an Honestly Beautiful Day,
 
Mary<33

Essentials for Roughing it in The Great Outdoors

Well whether we believe it or not Memorial Day Weekend came and went like the bat of an eye! While some opted for the beach and other took it easy, I, surprisingly for those who know me, opted to go camping in the woods. While I honestly love the great outdoors,  being surrounded by ticks and bugs without a clean shower or running water for miles,  made me honestly appreciate all our beauty and grooming essentials we sometimes take for granted.

While it was nice to get in touch with Mother Nature and spend some quality one on one time with my boyfriend, I found myself longing for a few basic beauty and personal care products I now realize I could honestly never live without. Here is my list:

 
1. Facial Cleansing Cloths – No water? No worries. Whether camping in the woods or sleeping on a friend’s couch, it is always great to be able to wash you face anytime, anywhere. The cloths I had on hand were Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes. Another honestly great make-up removing cloth? Olay Definity Illuminating Make-Up Remover Towelettes. These cloths are great to stick in your purse for all you girls on the go!
 
2. Exfoliating Facial Cleanser – While we are still on the topic of skincare, after a day in the dirt there is nothing I want to do more than scrub my face! When my face feels clean, I feel clean, and the honestly best solution for a dirty face is exfoliating. While your removing all the dirt, why not remove all those dead skin cells as well? The product with me in the great outdoors was Thymes Essentials – basic in a beautiful way – Face Polish which gently exfoliated my skin with a fine silica powder while aloe vera and glycerine gently soothed and moisturized. Talk about refreshing! I could not have survived my trip without this product. Another all time favorite exfoliating face wash? St. Ives Apricot Scrub is an oldie but a goodie.    
 
3.  Spray in Conditioner – I have thick, curly hair which is often unmanageable so whether I am camping in a tent, lounging on the beach in the salty air, or just getting out of the shower, I honestly appreciate a product that can make your hair silky, smooth, and easy to comb with the push of a spritzer. While camping, I nearly finished a bottle of my Alberto VO5 Detangle & Shine Restoring Daily Leave-in Conditioner. Not only does this product do the trick, but it is reasonably priced and can be found at a mass retailer near you.
 
4. Eye Drops – Between allergy season and staring at a computer all day, my eyes tend to get very dry. Stick me in the middle of the woods and dryness of the eyes increases ten fold! My travel sized Refresh Tears Lubricant Eye Drops were honestly a Godsend in the great outdoors. Want some other options? My friends and I refer to Rohto V Arctic, Soothing Eye Strain Drops as the “Miracle Drops”. These drops seriously do the trick and are perfect for tired eyes, but I must warn you they may prove too intense for some. Since I wear contacts, a classic option is Visine for Contacts Lubricating & Rewetting Drops.
 
5. Chap stick – What is honestly worse than chapped lips? From the great outdoors to the big city I cannot live with out my chap stick! Under lip stick, gloss, or totally by itself chap stick always does the job. In my opinion, every man, woman, and child should always carry chap stick. My all time fav? None other than ChapStick Classic Original Flavor. This ChapStick chap stick is completely natural, colorless, odourless, and easy to find as this product is at just about every checkout counter known to man. Also great? OraLabs’ Chap-Ice which has an SPF 15.
 
6. Hand Sanitizer/Wipes – Hand sanitizer and/or hand wipes are ideal to have by your side in the great outdoors as there are not many options for cleanliness, but hand sanitizer is especially important during recent times of Swine Flu epidemic. An honestly good idea to keep in you purse – try buying travel sized Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer. A must have for your make-up bag? Travel size Wet Ones Flushables, Personal Cleansing Wipes, with Aloe, Vitamin E & Witch Hazel.
 
7. Bug Spray – While honestly not used in my everyday routine, last but not least, bug spray was my ultimate key to survival in the great outdoors. Want something that is multifunctional? Choose Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Insect Repellent Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 This product can go beyond the woods into your backyard for a late night BBQ or stroll on the beach with moisturizer, bug guard, and sun screen all in one. For when bugs are at their worst, OFF! Deep Woods® Sportsmen is what put me at ease.
 
The next time you decide to venture out and brave the great outdoors, I hope my essentials will prove a useful checklist for all you nature lovers out there as well those of you who, like myself, tend to be a little high maintenance. 
 
Bon voyage and Have an Honestly Beautiful Day,

 

Mary<33