Friday, October 30, 2009

For The Vacation-Deprived, A Guide To Self-Tanning


With winter on the horizon dreams of a warm-weather vacation typically start right about now—and if they haven’t this soon to be cold snap should do the trick. The idea of not wearing five layers just to leave your house is likely fueling these tropical visions, although cultivating a nice tan is probably also bringing you dangerously closer to that extensive www.kayak.com flight search. If you can’t get south any time soon, there’s always those two dirty words to get you through until April: fake-baking. We’re not altogether in favor of this deceptive art, but we do understand that it’s a necessary evil on more than a few occasions (anytime you want to look radiantly healthy, glowing, and alive being one of them). To avoid the streaks and stains that can ruin the whole experience,here's our LPB quick tips on we got on how to get golden with the celebrity loved XEN TAN - no sun required.

—Apply a petroleum-based product to your cuticles and nail beds to avoid discoloration (and a ruined manicure).

—Shave and exfoliate the night before you plan on using your self-tanner, and if you typically shower in the morning, don’t apply lotion afterward to avoid streaks.

—Make sure to use tanning products sparingly around rough and dry areas like the knees, elbows, and ankles, as these parts of the body tend to darken more quickly.

—If you are trying to get your tan going in the weeks prior to a big event, the best course of action is to build for evenness, rather than to expect an instant bronze. Assess your color after a few applications, and once your desired hue is achieved, maintain tone with follow-up applications.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Be a Tricked Out Treat with HARD CANDY

Halloween is just around the corner, which means that a lot of you are probably scrambling to find the perfect costume. (I’m making it super-easy on myself & going for a vintage 60's look. ) To help you out, HARD CANDY the uber luxe yet affordable line of make up brand came up with a genius way to look super Haute on the naughtiest night of the year! Here are some bonus beauty tips to help you make the transformation.

Hard Candy is taking the beauty world by storm! Be edgy, glamorous, sexy or
scary with this season’s most sensational and fearless colors, sure to
brighten up the dark of night.

Eyes become fiercely wicked in Spellbound & Gold Digger Lash Tinsel
Eye Tattoos in Animal will electrify any black cat, lion, or feline
Sparkle like an angel or rock star in Flashy Eye Candy & Platinum
Glitteratzi Eye Glitter Gel.
No costume is complete without the most mysterious and glistening
nails of the night. Just Nails in The End, Mr. Right, Mr. Wrong & Envy
will be the best accessories you wear on your favorite frightful night.

Dazzle the crowd at all Halloween festivities this season with Hard Candy
sold exclusively at Walmart and you are sure to have a most memorable
evening!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Devotion At It's Best

Acclaimed photographer Fernando Moleres' brilliant tome LIVES OF DEVOTION : The Many Faces of Faith (Rizzoli New York) explores the devotion of various religions that brings people together and that pays homage to the mysteries of faith, its traditions and the rooted meaning that it has as part of the human legacy. Through breath-taking images Moleres captured the unique spirit of the worshipers showcasing their devotion, strength, and unity in worship. This tome will truly touch all and hopefully open the interfaith dialogue ....


Available at Rizzoli New York

Monday, October 26, 2009

Armed & Ready

Whether you're schlepping around town or painting the town red it's an absolute MUST you carry a bag that can hold all your necessary accoutrements - here's a peak inside my day & night bags with all my 'never leave home without it' products... what's in your bag?

DAY
$3,820
$395
$310
$18
UrbanDecay.com

$5

$32
$20
$109.99

NIGHT

$1,095

Stella McCartney
Stella Eau de Parfum Roll-On
$17
$22
$22
$8
PRODUCT RED Credit Card

Source This!

I have always had a long fascination with patterns - from wallpapers, haute couture or ready-to-wear I am always amazed at the intricate attention to detail and beauty of patterns. In THE PARTTERN SOURCEBOOK: A Century of Surface Design (Laurence King Publishing) - the world of prints are explored from the lavish to the minimalist, from luxurious floral patterns to subtle geometric variations in color and texture, patterns textiles continue to enthrall us with their originality, complexity, and vivacity.This sumptuous new book invites the reader to discover the spectacular world of patterns. An companion CD ROM provides patterns in high-definitional JPEG format along with PSD format from which you can freely manipulate and modify the patterns to customize them for your own use. This is highly inspirational and practical design tool for anyone. Get your hands on this book and fall in love with patterns....

Available this month at Laurence King & Chronicle Books

Best Reason To Work Out Inside!

Can’t take the rain? Head home to lift, tone and burn with Carrie Rezabek's Pure Barre Pershing Square: 2 , an intense 45-minute total-body workout using a Pure Barre Ball (or medicine ball) as a prop - you will alternate between aerobic activity and strength training with the eventual goal of a toned-to-perfection physique. With Rezabek's help soon you'll be soaring to new fitness heights all in the comfort of your own home!

The Pure Barre DVDs & other products are available at purebarre.com



To learn more about Carrie and her ingenious
Pure Barre Fitness system check out

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Finger Clicking Good!

Mon Petits did you hear? The new haute threesome is me, myself and I! Every LPB doll should know how to wow herself (and further more what toys she should have in her treasure chest of fun!) . Here, a helping hand: we tell you how to throw a party for one (in some cases 2) and love it!
Toys to Lust For (from left to right): climax® clicks remote control, climax® clicks Two Hearts Cock Ring, climax® flickers®, grrl toyz® 10X Waterproof Silky Sigh, climax® clicks Tangerine 7x Double Clicks, 7X Purple Flutter climax® clicks Violet Vertical


Mon Petits, toys can be titillating - vibrators provide one of the strongest and most consistent forms of stimulation there is so don't be afraid to use them when you need a healthy dose of self love ladies! Here are a few of our most decadent, finger clicking good treats (A word of caution though: Too much humming can potentially cause your nerve endings to become somewhat desensitized. Pace your usage of this joy stick and let your fingers do the work on the off days) !


Now if a party for 1 isn't your thing you and your love can play with together, the climax® clicks Two Hearts Cock Ring. This innovative vibe is "for him to wear and couples to share." Unique in size and shape, the soft sleeve is made to please! Featured with dual bullets positioned perpendicular to the penis for clitoral contact during penetration. For a wet and wild ride, take this waterproof toy in the tub. For a more hands-on approach, try slipping a couple fingers through the band instead...

climax® flickers® 7X Purple Flutter
deepmemories.com

Fabulous for clitoral stimulation, you can feel a focused sensation on your pleasure spots in no time at all with this petite wonder!

This versatile mini-vibe not only sports a fantastic shape, but also boasts 10 (yes mes amis 10) different speeds and distinct pulses, making this little vibe deceptively pleasing. Great for external and clitoral stimulation, as well as shallow penetration, men can also enjoy the great vibrations grrl toyz' Silky Sigh has to offer for fantastic testicle and penis stimulation. Discreet and travel-ready, the Silky Sigh is one little vibe just raring to go!

You may want to stay in for movie night -- this Tangerine delight is going to satiate your sweet tooth and then some! With an easy-to-use controller, seven distinct speeds and a smooth, silky bullet vibes, this waterproof wonder really can't be beat.

climax® clicks Violet Vertical is the most seductive of pleasure objects, poised to deliver experiences only a vibrator of it's kind can provide. It's fuller form offers a deeper and more resonant vibe, while seven stimulation modes create incredible variation in G-spot, clitoral and all-over body sensations....must have!


Now that you know what makes your body tick, it's time to share your stimulating secrets with someone you love...or at least lust for.

Friday, October 23, 2009

BEDROOM BUDDY ....

Masturbation is one of the sexiest ways to please yourself and with grrl toyz® Lilac Fizz Delicate Delight it's amazing! Lilac Fizz Delicate Delight is the ultimate connoisseur as far as giving pleasure is concerned, focusing on the source of some the most satisfying sensations a woman can ever experience. An elegant mid-size G-spot vibrator as beautiful to the eye as she is to touch, LFDD’s slender tip is perfect for exploring the many possibilities of this most erogenous of zones. Her unique design also allows for varied clitoral and vaginal stimulation. The ideal gift for individuals and couples alike, LFDD shows her users what it means to melt into ecstasy, where the sense of pleasure becomes impossible to describe.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fall, Winter, & Weight

The holiday period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day is traditionally associated with dietary excess. Which brings us to the impending holiday diet of shortbread, stuffing, pies and nonstop booze. There’s no better way to snafu a controlled regime of diet and exercise than by tucking into a few extra gingerbread men and slices of fruitcake. So, in the run-up to this calorie-laden time of year, here's some MUST HAVE Fitness DVDs designed for you to stay in shape through fall & winter: Just remember— bikini season will be here before you can blink an eye!

Lift your buns, tone your legs, and trim your waist with Pure Barre: Pershing Square 1. This program firms and tightens in all the right spots, giving you the body of your dreams. And since the moves work your largest muscle groups at a high intensity, you’ll lose weight and inches as you sculpt and tone.

Callan Pinckney's
CardioCallanetics
callanetics.com

Reach your weight-loss goals or maintain your current dress size with CardioCallenetics - an effective, efficient 33 & 39-minute workouts designed to fit a hectic lifestyle especially through the non stop holiday season! Lose body fat, rev up your metabolism, and burn calories with the this revolutionary fitness regime.
Yoga to the Rescue: Neck & Shoulder
with DESIRÉE RUMBAUGH
acacia.com

Ah, the holidays. Christmas lights. Eggnog. Baked ham. Presents. Fighting like cats and dogs with your guy, family and bff? Yep, 'tis the season to put a strain on your life- even if it's all fun and festive — the season can create a lot of tension, frustration, and exhaustion that your body will no doubt feel - so here's where Desiree Rumbaugh's YOGA TO THE RESCUE: Neck & Shoulder (Acacia) comes in. The DVD reduces stress, relieve fatigue, and release tension in the upper body with postures that target the neck and shoulder muscles. It is a 60 minute fitness oasis to relaxation ....
Ilaria Montagnani
Bodystrikes
powerstrike.com

Regular cardio training is key to looking and feeling young. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn (even at rest); strong muscles protect your heart, joints, back, and bones. - not to mention keep you sane during the daunting holiday season. Gotham City trainer IlariaMontagnani invites you into her studio for a 45-minute routine that works your arms, legs, and core. Her efficient total-body workout leads to a stronger, trimmer, more flexible you—for now and the future - guaranteed to keep you healthy and happy during the season!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Haute Stepper!


While I live and breath for an amazing 6in heel I must admit I adore an amazing flat and these trainers by Rick Owens fit the bill - the price on the other hand is up for debate....


Rick Owens
Leather High Top Trainers
$1,134
brownsfashion.com

BEST IN SHOW: NAILS

Nail polishes may have their playful names, but finding one that won't crack under pressure is no joke - same can be said for the various accouterments needed to keep your hands gleaming! These durable products deserve some serious accolades. From Left :
Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat ($8) smooths away bumps, so even polish applied in a rush goes on super smooth!

CLARINS Hand & Nail Treatment Cream ($30) Protects the skin against aging as it hydrates, soothes, and nourishes, Nails are strengthened and invigorated without a greasy film.

This is the only remover pad that sweeps away even the darkest shades from all ten nails with a single pad. And since each one is supersaturated, you don't have to scrub until your arm falls off.

OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil ($7.50) The creamy formula is hydrating, and the brush-on applicator means the product doesn't drip down your hands (so no greasy fingers).

ORLY - The Once Upon A Time Collection Nail Lacquers ($7.50 each) is our top pick of nail lacquers for the season - it's trendy and oh so opulent hues are a standout not to mention its high shine .. the collection is dazzling.

Pushy with Nail Cleaner by TWEEZERMAN ($17) When you combine the legendary Tweezerman's Pushy Cuticle Pusher at one end and a uber convenient nail cleaner at the other your nails will be buffed to perfection, smooth to the touch and cleaner then ever before - a necessary must!

FileMate by TWEEZERMAN ($5) Mon Petits, I do not leave home without this uber cute nail file - you never know when a dreaded chip will occur!

Haute Hair Secrets Revealed!

While we can appreciate all the crazy origami-like hairstyles on the runways, magazines and celebrities, but we must admit we love when we spot something the average person can accomplish on their own. Here, are the best hair products and tools that you can use to achieve a catwalk worthy do sans professional hairstyling team.
If masks tend to weigh down your fine hair or aren't moisturizing enough for your coarse hair, try Ojon's legendary Restorative Hair Treatment. It rinses out without a bit of residue, leaving hair silky and radiant. The luxurious treatment restores and reinforces hair, preventing future breakage and leaving hair stronger and more manageable... worth every penny!


It's no coincidence that so many stylists reply on Tresemmé 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse at fashion shows. The cream spreads on evenly and doesn't harden your hair will be so voluminous - for under $5 a bottle it's literally a steal!


Get runway-worthy hair with the Nalu Waver , the double-pronged curling iron creates the most natural, deconstructed waves - use the double barrel curling iron all over the head, and sprayed the curls with texturizing spray, separating the curls with with your fingers - Bündchen herself would seethe with envy.
T3
Glow Dryer, $79.99
The wallet friendly dryer with it's ceramic plates heat up quickly, and the adjustable temperature means it's safe and effective on both fine and coarse hair.
We had resigned ourselves to a choice between shine and volume, but Redken's Color Extend Shampoo & Conditioner delivers both beautifully. The radiance-boosting ingredients in this dynamic duo make color look noticeably brighter.

BEST IN SHOW: BODY

We're all for a beautiful mind—we'd also like our bodies to match. These 5 get us in prime condition from head to toe. From Left:


It took a few decades, but someone finally realized that men aren't the only ones who crave a close shave. Schick Intuition -Intuition Plus Razor , $12.99 has five blades and an amazing pivoting and moisturizing head to vanquish stubble on our ankles, knees, underarms—and everywhere in between.

$36

Kérastase Paris Chroma Thermique, $36 hydrates the driest strands while still maintaining bounce this miracle in a bottle packed with UV filters and Vitamin E prevents fading and ceramides to strengthen color treated hair...amazing.


Clarisonic's Mia, $149 unclogs congested pores , removes make up, leaves dry, tight skin exceptionally plump, pliant and radiant - it's the 1 tool every doll should have in her arsenal.


The antioxidants in this gloss are merely icing on the cake—it's the smooth, moisturizing texture that we find truly sweet.


We've tried lotions that cost almost as much as an eight-ply cashmere sweater. LaLicious Tahitian Flower Body Butter, $24 - actually makes our skin feel as soft as one, thanks to therapeutic and healing propertie—and at just a few dollars a jar, it's a real bargain.


For the quickest results, HANA K ShineShield, $18.99 instantly makes dull hair glossy—never greasy.

LOOK GLAM IN A FLASH!

Finding beauty products that goes the distance can seem as grueling as running a marathon. And I know if I’m superbusy, touching up my face is about numero 99 on my priority list. Here are the latest products that I always reach for when I know it’s going to be a long one:

There's no denying that the season's beauty trends revolve around matte glamour and dark drama, so we've fallen head over stilettos for Orly's intoxicating Matte Couture Nail Enamel Collection. This professional varnish is ideal for the time-poor, thanks to its fast-drying formula and chip resistant finish - seven days plus staying power, to be precise.



YSL's new shiny lip plumpers are the latest must-haves from the company who brought us the coveted Touché Eclat. The glosses, which contain line-filling microspheres combined with Hyalufic, will give you that plumped up lip look naturally and, thanks to the dazzling colors, leave you looking instantly glamorous all day long!


This blush/bronzer looks good on nearly everybody and puts up with nearly everything. They don’t call it the dynamic duo for nothing.


When colored eyeliner & eyeshadow starts to fade, it looks weak—literally and figuratively. These water-resistant, highly concentrated primer keep your shadow and liner going strong from morning ’til night.


I am beyond obsessed with this because it’s a sheer primer aids in my lacquered lip to stay on forever - not to mention uber soft. Honestly, how many of those exist?

Glam it Up With Zoya!




I
still have a soft spot in my heart for glitter - not shimmer. not glimmer. GLITTER!

So you can imagine how elated I am that chunky, sparkly, gaudy glitter bits are finding their rightful place back in style. If you're not convinced, check out the must have ultraglam glitter lacquers from ZOYA! The 3 hues are the densest, chicest, most multi-faceted, long-lasting glitter polish out there. In no time flat you will have flat you will have the most dazzling, jewel-encrusted mani....what are you waiting for!


ULTRAGLITTER

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

TOOLS OF SEDUCTION: Heat Up The Bedroom With These oh so Naughty Treats!

Why limit your experiences to standard fare when there's a whole sensual smorgasbord to sample? Mixing up your sex routine brings mystery and adventure to your love life, two qualities that keep things fresh between the sheets. Start by indulging in these decadent treats.

TAKE-YOUR-SWEET-TIME SEX

When you have the gift of time, languishing in supersensory, soulful lovemaking can be a rhapsodic revelation...and a relationship booster. With sensual sex, it's not all about where you and your guy are going but the process that gets you there. To add even more heat in the bedroom we suggest playing the ultra naughty Noveltease™ Bumps and Grinds Board Game filled with anticipation, titillation and erotic fun are the name of the game in this creative couple's board game which focuses on fantasy fulfillment and sexual technique. During the raunchy game, you and your lover each takes turns leading to an erotic surprise.... competition never felt so good!

SURRENDER SEX

Men are conquest-loving creatures, which is why they get so hot when you let them take over. Lead your beau to the bedroom (or living room floor) hand him the Lure® for Her Pheromone Soy Massage Candle and let him have his way with you (consenual of course!).

FEMALE-DOMINATION SEX

If he's been doing all the pouncing and pawing lately, take the reins. But a truly titillating takeover has to be authentic and not staged, so wait until you're really randy, straddle him, and say, "I'd love to be in charge tonight." The props of choice for this love session is the Adam and Eve® Bree Olson Kitten with a Whip - set up the rules with your guy (you want to be clear nothing goes too far - unless you want it to), blindfold him, grab the whip and let it rip (pun intended)....

WILD-KINGDOM SEX

It's the raw, primal, grunting kind of sex that wakes the neighbors, scares house pets, and rattles bed frames — the more writhing and bucking, the better. Grab the Adam & Eve® Silicone CyberGlass™ Taffy Tickler and start an ultra haute and wild animalistic sex session he'll never forget.

LIGHT-SPEED MOUTH WATERING SEX

A quickie is kind of like an earthquake: It gets your adrenaline rushing, is over in a flash, and leaves you weak in the knees. Besides releasing your pent-up lust, initiating a quickie can be the ultimate compliment to your guy because it shows how deeply you desire him. We suggest the 69® Wet Head: Lemon Strips the ingenious designed to enhance oral sex will have your man satisfied beyond words...literally!

SHOW-OFF SEX

You may think it would be easier to give a speech in the presence of 500 people than to masturbate in front of your man, but taking that plunge may be worth it — experts say that watching a woman pleasure herself is near the top of most men's fantasy wish lists. But it's not just a very personal peep show; it's a chance to teach him exactly how you like to be manhandled. Revealing to your guy how you master your own domain is one of the most secretive and intimate things you can do. Grab the climax® rabbits Cottontail Kit and get to work - put the adorable cock ring on your man and show him how to get the job done!