Create holiday invites and cards on your iPad

Paperless Post, my favorite go-to shop to create and send my personalized card and invitations, is now available for iPad.

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And, with the holidays right around the corner, I couldn’t be happier to have the convenience to design my holiday cards and invitations on the go.  For if you are like me, inspiration doesn’t always hit me in my home office, so this nifty app lets me design anywhere.

Paperless Post also let’s you send cards and invites online, on paper, or both and has many free options; so now you have no excuse to get creative this holiday season.

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Keep Your Face Out of Google Ads

If you use Google, the tech giant has made changes to its privacy policy with a program called Google Ads which takes things you’ve liked, +1’s and other activity around the web and can use your name and face in advertisements for those items that can show up in other people’s Google search queries.

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Now, I find this idea unsettling but Google did provide a warning at the top of your Gmail or Chrome about the change; although you may have easily missed it.  And if you are like me the idea of advertising a product without your consent, let alone compensation is quite unsettling and a violation of privacy which is not tolerable.

So if you value your privacy, here is the scoop on how you can remove yourself from this program.

To opt out of Google Ads begin by visiting the Shared Endorsements Page.

From here uncheck the box which reads “Based upon my activity, Google may show my name and profile photo in shared endorsements that appear in ads” and click Save.

Once you click save you have removed yourself and more importantly your face from being used in any Google advertisements.

I hope this helps you in your day.  Please feel free to share any comments your may have too.

Fall Fashion Trend – Madonna Wears Fishnet Tights for Harper’s Bazaar

Madonna returns to the fashion spotlight, and takes a break from Tweeting, for the November issue of Harper’s Bazaar wearing a perfect pair of Fishnet tights that are right on trend for Fall 2013.

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Fishnet stockings were seen all over New York Fashion Week for Fall 2013, and in Madonna’s fashion shoot by Terry Richardson she wears Danskin tights that are retailing for $15.00. In case you are not up to donning a pair of Fishnets, here are some other stocking styles that are trending this season.
  • Sparkle – Think sparkly and shiny Hoisery, perfect for the upcoming holiday party.
  • Lace – Lace stockings, like those from Alice + Olivia dress up any outfit, and if you have a pair of ripped Jeans place them underneath for an unexpected surprise.
  • Dots – Big dots, small dots and every size in between.
  • Hearts – My favorite trend this season are tiny hearts all over my Hoisery, check out ASOS sheer heart tights for a sweet and delicate look.
  • Opaque – Think rich colors of deep Black like those from Kate Spade or shades of Burgundy or Navy Blue.  

Special Note: The word “Denier” means the measure of density for tights and stockings. The higher the Denier count, the more opaque they are; so if you’re looking for a very dark opaque look, search for a Denier count of 80. The most sheer Denier count is 5.

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Top Five Fragrance Etiquette Tips

I was recently chosen as a featured beauty expert to give fragrance etiquette for Fragrance.net and so as my thoughts are centered on fragrance and the power it gives one to establish a powerful personal brand I wanted to share some additional tips to keep you fragrance savvy.

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1. Know your scent.

Fragrances are packaged beautifully but do you know what is in the bottle and more importantly what is the difference between an Eau de Parfum and Eau de Cologne? Fragrances are labeled by the amount of perfume oils in a solvent (usually alcohol). More perfume oil means less alcohol and a longer lasting fragrance and a higher price tag.

  • Eau de Parfum contains 20 percent aromatic compounds and is the strongest fragrance option
  • Eau de Toilette is about 10 percent fragrance
  • Eau de Cologne holds 2 to 5 percent fragrance.

2. Don’t overdo fragrance in the office.

Scents can be disruptive in the office and a coworker may be allergic to your fragrance, and some offices even have a fragrance-free environment.  So if your scent seems strong to you it probably is even stronger to everyone else and it is time to use less scent.

3. Place fragrance to the best places on your body. 

Body chemistry can change a scent; so it will smell differently on your skin versus your clothes. The best place to apply fragrance is on pressure points including wrists, inside elbows and behind the knees helping the fragrance travel up all day.

4. Know the appropriate season.

Take into consideration the season your will be wearing the fragrance.  Intense scents like Orientals and Woody notes go well in fall/winter and light scents like Floral and Citrus scents pair well with spring and summer. 

5. Be delicate.

Never rub fragrance on your skin. Rubbing breaks down the scent and compromises the fragrance. The key is to spritz the area of the skin for a longer lasting scent.

Bonus Idea: Score a sample. 

Just because a scent smells great on your friend doesn’t mean it will smell good on you.  Get a sample of a scent before you buy so you can see if it works with your own chemistry and don’t forget to ask your friends opinion.

Hope you enjoyed this post.  If you do please consider following me on Twitter @heathgirl or following me on Bloglovin.

Top Five Fall Lip Trends

Lips are the new ‘accessories’ this fall season and with so many bold hues available there is a color out there for every personality.

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In no particular order, here are the top trends for the season:

  1. Matte Reds – A sophisticated red, like NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Mysterious Red goes perfectly with the sparkly eyeshadow seen on the runways. The matte finish looks sophisticated and even brings out your inner movie starlet.
  2. Plums – Deep rich plums are here in statement making shades such as Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Venom.  This ‘look at me’ color works best with a matching lipliner to stay in place and pairs well with simple mascara and perhaps a leather motorcycle jacket that is a must-have fashion piece for fall.
  3. Nude Lipstick – With the cat eye back in fashion this season, the arrival of Nude Lipstick is very timely since it can be paired with heavy eyeliner, mascara or even a dark shadow. TOPSHOP Sheer Lipstick in Swirl is a solid choice in any makeup bag.
  4. Rich Chocolate – Beige grows up and goes glam as seen at Phillip Lim for Fall 2013 and looks smashing in Bobbi Brown’s Sheer Color Lip Gloss in Rich Chocolate.
  5. Spicy Pinks –  These new kids on the block make your old pink look downright simple, with a fresh take these more dramatic pinks make a statement and Lancome L’Absolu’ Rouge in Misty Rose provides hydration and a boost of Vitamin E to keeps lips drenched all day.

So what new shade will you be wearing this fall season?

Get Luxurious Lashes with new Mascaras made with healthy formulas

There are a new crop of Mascara’s out now that incorporate new formulas with healthy ingredients to provide long-wear benefits for busy women everywhere. So, here is a quick roundup of some of my favorite new products.

Rosewater-Infused Goodness

Chantecaille’s new Supreme Cils Mascara is smudge-proof Mascara and has staying power resistant to water and humidity. Unlike other long-wearing, water-resistant Mascaras, Supreme Cils’ Rosewater-infused formula can be gently and easily removed with warm water and is a good choice for contact lens wearers. I really love the idea of Rosewater in my Mascara as a healthy choice.

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Grow Thicker Lashes

Mascara Terrybly By Terry defines dramatic lashes with this growth-boosting new-generation mascara. A revolutionary lash-lengthening tinted lash serum, it contains Lumicoat Care Technology. Significantly increasing volume, length, curl and thickness of each lash, Terrybly Mascara activates growth from root to tip for thicker, stronger, longer and silkier lashes.

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Rich Noir Color

NARS Larger Than Life Mascara creates larger than life lashes do not disappoint. Boasting formulas enriched with Vitamin E and Macadamia Nut Oil, this luxuriously rich, deep, black pigmented Mascara goes on silky smooth with lavish effects. Lashes dry quickly and beautifully, with no smudging or flaking and brings over-the-top drama to every lash.

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Shiny Volume 

Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara thickens, lengthens, curls and sculpts lashes with each stroke. The lightweight, nutrient-infused formula leaves lashes super-shiny, soft and clump-free all day long. The innovative bristled bullet-shaped brush is perfectly engineered to work harmoniously with an advanced Natural Cotton Fiber-infused formula to provide high volume, thickness, suppleness and resistance.  

In other Mascara news here are my top picks for the best drugstore Mascara and the latest colorful shades of Mascara from New York Fashion Week.

And if you are in the mood for a Hollywood Beauty Secret: Read my Examiner column to find the specific color of Chantecaille’s lipgloss Anglina Jolie is known to love.

Do You Know the Ingredients on your Beauty Labels?

Everyone is busy these days so it’s hard to find time to read the small print to see the ingredients in your makeup, skin and haircare products; and yet it’s important to remember to check these ingredients (even in your toothpaste) so you know what you are putting on your body.

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Unfortunately, I don’t always understand what ingredients are in a product.  So to help my readers make the most of your time here is a beauty ingredients cheat sheet to help

So to help you make the most of the time, and to help empower you to make better beauty decisions, here is a list of the six more commonly misunderstood terms to watch.

1. “Patented” or “Pantent Pending”

Patents can be granted to companies that manufacture or combine materials in new ways. But just because something is patented doesn’t mean it works and so it may not live up to the marketing hype.

2. “All natural”

Just because a product says it’s ‘all natural’ doesn’t mean the product is organic or chemical-free. After all, chemicals are “natural,” too so don’t be afraid to Google a word or two to see if an ingredient is natural or not.

3. “Organic”

The US Department of Agriculture certifies organic food ingredients found in cosmetics, but not essential oils or plants used for cosmetic purposes. To carry the USDA Organic seal, a product must contain at least 95% organic food ingredients. Other countries have their own organic certification labels, such as COSMOS and NaTrue in the European Union and NASAA in Australia.

4. “Hypoallergenic”

Think this guarantees you won’t have a reaction? Think again. These products can still contain ingredients some people are allergic to, including preservatives and fragrance.

5. “Fragrance-free”

These products may not have a noticeable smell, but can still contain “masking” scents to cover up ingredients with unpleasant odors. Look for the words “no fragrance added” instead.

6. “Non-comedogenic”

While non-comedogenic products are usually oil-free and therefore less likely to cause breakouts, there’s no guarantee they won’t. In fact, many contain dimethicone, a known acne aggravator.

7. “Helps pre-mature aging”

Perhaps the most appealing of all claims from a consumer standpoint is this statement. If a product truly prevented premature aging by affecting the structure of the skin, it would be classified as a drug and therefore would require FDA approval. Manufactures circumvent this by utilizing the fact that sunscreens prevent premature aging by decreasing the damaging effects of ultraviolet light on the skin. Therefore, if a product contains sunscreen, it may state “prevents premature aging’ on the label.”

8. “Paraben”

Butylparaben, Methylparaben, and Propylparaben are all common chemicals found in makeup, deodorants, scrubs, soaps and even toothpaste.  Parabens have been linked to Cancer, and really who wants a Parabens in their mouth (yuck) so thankfully due to consumers speaking up companies are removing Parabens from products and many are even labelled Paraben-Free.

9.  “Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP”

Did you know many nail polishes contain these harmful toxins that can damage your nails, be harmful to your body and are linked to Cancer.  Thankfully there are companies out there like Butter London that do not contain toxins in their collection of nail polishes.

I hope this list helps you the next time you a making a purchase for yourself or for one you love.

The first step to change is awareness so let’s get the conversation started and started being aware of the ‘ingredients in our beauty and health’ products so we can all make healthy choices.