10 Under $50: Blow-Dryers
Your blow-dryer can mean the difference between a good hair day and a bad one—so why not splurge? One good reason: It’s possible to get a great blow-out without blowing out your entire wallet. Here, ten drugstore hair-dryers that deliver shiny, happy results.

Don’t be intimidated by the vaguely James-Bond-sounding name: This dryer is both easy-to-use and easy on strands. Our tester raved about it, explaining that it cut her styling time in half and kept her strands smooth. Not surprising, since it uses ions to ward off frizz and static, as well as a ceramic infrared heater to keep heat levels uniform.

The Best of NYFW!

Rodarte created these luxe rose-gold lips for their runway show. It certainly shows the versatility of a rose-coored lip. It works well on the majority of skin tones, and is safe for everyday. A little bit of glitter gives it such a luxurious touch! Transform this look into something wearable for a night out using our Studio Moisturizing Lipstick in Ravishing Rose and finishing with a layer of the Studio Glitter Gloss in Golden Glitz over the entire lip.

One of the big questions that beauty fans were anxious to answer concerned the dwindling trend in nail art. Is it truly on its way out? Nail art of previous seasons was replaced by natural, nude nails at Kate Spade and DVF. A bit of a surprise, but it seems that sleek, neutral nails will be the way to go this fall. Get this look yourself by filing your nails into a round, feminine shape and coating with our Essential 3 in 1 Base, Top & Strengthener, followed by two coats of our Essential Nail Polish in Nude.

Unexpected colors on the eye were pretty consistent during NYFW. Metallic emerald eyes at the Richard Chai show were a lovely, eye-popping change. This look is beautiful for both night and day. To start, use our Essential Eyelid Primer on lids and follow with the Studio Pigment Eyeshadow in Mystic Moss. For evening, amp up this look using the Studio Eyeliner & Shadow Stick in Black/Smoke. Line the lower lash line with the Shadow Stick end (Smoke) and smudge using your finger or a Q-tip. Line your water line with the Eyeliner end (Black) and you have a dramatic, yet delicate look for a night out!

What were your favorite NYFW beauty looks?

Sara and Arielle (New elfette in town!)

Ecologic cosmetics

Linda Nicolau, founder of Ecologic by Linda Nicolau S.L. (1993), Ecologic Natural Spa and Ecologic Cosmetics, started her career in the beauty world and spas over 30 years ago.

After working for a tour operator in the world of tourism and collaborating in the design and management of a hotel in Spain, Linda Nicolau – born in Great Britain – returned to the United Kingdom where, having trained and begun her career in beauty therapies, was invited by Max Factor to form part of their sales team. She would later accept the role of executive in the Estée Lauder group and after training in the Harrods department stores in London, became the executive responsible for the south of England and Wales within the business. Eventually, Linda returned to Spain and opened her first beauty salon, Salón Venus, on the island of Mallorca. This small day spa soon became successful and within a short time became well known among the elite of Palma. After accepting a very tempting offer for the sale of her business, Linda founded her own cosmetic import company, Belleza Moderna S.A. As owner and manager of the business, she distributed well known cosmetics and fragrances such as Ultra-Glow, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, La Perla, Heathcote & Ivory…selling to important perfume shops and department stores all over Spain, including El Corte Inglés.

Caring for your Beauty, Caring for our World

The Ecologic Cosmetics by Linda Nicolau brand consists of natural facial and body products. These are manufactured combining traditional techniques with state-of-the-art technology and high quality, carefully selected ingredients which provide the skin withprogressive, lasting and effective results. The product packaging, which is sustainable and ecological is designed using PET recycled plastic bottles, glass pots, recycled and reusable outer carton containers printed with vegetable based ink, etc. It is labeled in English, Spanish, French and German.


Here are some practical ideas to reuse the packaging of Ecologic Cosmetics’ creams and facial treatments. Created to protect its content from the sunlight and manufactured in recycled carton and paper, our “tube-shaped” boxes can be turned into atractive vintage-style containers for our bathroom. All you have to do is remove the the label and, voilà!

Due to her passion for the world of beauty and her interest in the environment, Linda decided to create her own brand of natural, high quality cosmetics. The range cares for nature and ecology, and avoids unnecessary wastage in packaging. After many years of research and development with specialist chemists, the brand Ecologic Cosmetics by Linda Nicolau was born; an effective, environmentally friendly and sophisticated natural cosmetic line that currently consists of over 30 references.

In September 2003, Linda and her daughter, Alexandra, opened an exclusive, luxury Spa in Mallorca, Spain, as a showroom for their Ecologic Natural Spa franchise. Since then they have collaborated and launched many Spas and carried out training programmes for therapists and beauticians all over Spain and Andorra. At present, they manage 17 spas throughout Spain and have launched the Ecologic Cosmetics, Beauty & Lifestyle Store franchise.

Etude House Skin Conditioning Cream SPF 25 Review

The other day, I reviewed the first Etude House product I received in this month’s pink box and now I wanted to review the other product now that I’ve had some time to use it.

Etude House Skin Conditioning Cream is essentially a primer that helps to balance the skin, both providing moisture and controlling oil, while also giving SPF 25.  It also provides anti-aging/anti-wrinkle benefits as well as whitening to lighten dark spots.

Illamasqua I’m the One Collection for Spring 2014

Illamasqua I'm the One Collection

Illamasqua I’m the One Collection

Sensual, wearable scarlet’s – Throb, Touch, Maneater and Feisty in an amorous new collection that reflects and celebrates the color of love. Indulge in a little self-love. This Valentine’s Day, we invite you to cherish the person with whom you have the most intimate relationship; yourself. Allow our scarlet quartet to enhance your unique features. Seek comfort in the familiarity of three classic Illamasqua shades, and open your heart to a brand new addition to our Intense Lipgloss range.

Intense Lipgloss ($24.00)

  • Touch Red with fine shimmer (New)

Nail Varnish ($17.00)

  • Throb Blood red (Repromote)

Coloring Pencil ($20.00)

  • Feisty Scarlet red (New)

Lipstick ($26.00)

  • Maneater Classic cherry red with matte finish (Repromote)