Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Florida Grand Opera Presents Giacomo Puccini's: Madama Butterfly!








It's one of the most classic love stories of all time as portrayed through the music of the one and only Giacomo Puccini. As a start to their 2014-2015 season, the Florida Grand Opera is starting off with the timeless story of Madama Butterfly featuring a cast that is spellbinding. For those who will be seeing this for the first time, here is a little info.....






Puccini’s opera, based on David Belasco’s play Madame Butterfly, has its roots in a true story of cultures clashing and shattering the lives of all involved. While stationed in Japan, an American Naval officer, B.F. Pinkerton, arranges to marry a 15 year-old geisha known as Cio-Cio-San (Chō is the Japanese word for Butterfly) or Madame Butterfly, with no plans to stay in the marriage any longer than he has to.
When he leaves for America, everyone believes Butterfly has been abandoned. Clinging to hope and the promises Pinkerton made, Butterfly keeps vigil for three years with her faithful servant and the young son—Pinkerton’s son—she gave birth to not long after his departure. When Pinkerton returns with his new American wife, a life-shattering drama plays out in front of us as Butterfly resorts to a solution that is as heart-wrenching as it is gruesome.










With a stellar cast and production company, I am so excited to share some final info &  dates for the upcoming shows. 

I am hearing amazing things about Soprano, Kelly Kaduce's portrayal of the title character: Cio-Cio San:



The Remaining shows are: 

December 4, 6 at the Au Rene Theatre aka The Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Take advantage of these final shows and live one of the most amazing love stories of all time as can only be expressed through the magic of Opera. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to their site: www.fgo.org! Happy Holidays my friends and I will be following up with my thoughts after I see the show! Xoxo
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

IT Cosmetics Special Offer - Friends and Family Sale!








Hey my beauty stalkers!!!! Just a heads up on this amazing sale coming your way to celebrate all the IT Girls.... IT Cosmetics is having their friends and family sale! With 25% of your entire purchase you can check out their amazing line for the first time or stock up on your must haves. Their are so many amazing products, that this is the time to check it out. I can recommend their brushes, CC cream, concealer, setting powder and more. Here's a look at a few of their products:








Whether giving a gift for that someone special or for yourself, IT Cosmetics has something for everyone. For more information and to purchase, check out their site: www.itcosmetics.com! Happy shopping beauties..... Xoxo

Thursday, November 13, 2014

My Fav LUSH Must Haves!





   



Hello my beauty lovers! With the temperatures changing daily all over, it is definitely the time to step up your game in protecting your hair, skin and nails. With the seasons changing, the air changes and effects our bodies in so many ways. I can honestly say that I am a lover of cooler weather and a huge fan of the cold. Living in Miami, I only face a slight drop in temperature, but thankful none the less! Anyhow, so those who have read the blog for a bit, know that I am huge LUSH fan & I wanted to share some of my must haves that are great staples, but perfect for the cooler months! So check out a few of my must haves:







Healthy hair starts with Roots

Fine, thin hair? Don't despair! We've got a hair and scalp treatment just for you. You'll feel the tingling and cooling sensations of fresh mint infusion and minty oils (peppermint and spearmint) as they go to work revitalizing the scalp, because healthy hair starts at the roots! Extra virgin olive oil and honey soften and condition hair to make it shine without weighing it down. Give dull, fine and thin hair volume and shine by treating it with Roots.


Expertly rebalanced formula

This deep-cleansing face and body mask is made with China clay and fresh peppermint to reach deep down and pull dirt from your pores, giving you that delightful tingly-clean sensation. We add loads of aduki beans to exfoliate flaky or dry skin, vanilla absolute to calm redness and honey to soothe. This formula has been expertly rebalanced, so there’s no need for us to add any synthetic preservatives – it’s completely self-preserving!

Expertly rebalanced formula

Dream Cream contains every ingredient nature makes for soothing sore skin! One of our proudest achievements, we love this lotion because it makes people happy. The calming blend of oat milk, lavender and chamomile goes to work soothing sensitive skin. Olive oil and cocoa butter are incredibly effective for dry or chapped skin, and are especially gentle for even the most sensitive skin.. Plus, this formula has been expertly rebalanced, so there’s no need for us to add any synthetic preservatives– it’s completely self-preserving!




Creamy, banana custard body lotion for soft skin

Sympathy for the Skin is probably the only banana body lotion in the universe, and almost definitely the only one with real, organic mashed bananas in it. We use real bananas to moisturize and make skin softer and more flexible, even if they're a bit of a menace to mash by hand. We think you’re worth it. Incredibly soothing for dry or chapped skin, we blend in vanilla pods and vanilla extract to combat redness, lemon oil to brighten, and sandalwood to tone. Smooth our nutritious cream all over your body and go absolutely bananas.


Keep skin clear and balanced

Oily, dull, tired and spotty skin brightens up with a routine spritz of Tea Tree Water. Cleansing tea tree, juniperberry and grapefruit waters keep skin clear of blemishes and balance skin tone. Light and refreshing Tea Tree Water reduces redness and clears excess oil without drying so you can put your best face forward.

Lemony, buttery cuticle cream

We made Lemony Flutter to soften your dry, cracked cuticles and nourish your nails; it’s our thickest, zestiest cream yet. In fact, it’s so good at softening, our customers have been using it on other rough body parts, like feet, elbows and knees too. Fresh lemons infusion is lovingly blended in our rich butter base to brighten skin and lighten nails. Each batch contains twenty-two pounds of beeswax and cold-pressed avocado oil to moisturize and soften your skin. There are so many nutritious butters and oils in each pot, it’s no wonder that such a little amount can go such a long way.
So these are just a few of the fabulous finds at LUSH that I am addicted to. There are so many other items to choose from. For more information or to purchase, just check out your local LUSH store, counter or their site: www.lushusa.com! Happy holidays beauties and make sure to pamper yourselves.... Xoxo

NCLA 2014 Holiday Duo Kits & Hello Kitty Collection!





Hello my beauty stalkers..... As we are entering Holiday season with full force, I am loving all the collections and launches currently being released. Everything from makeup, skincare and body care to of course my addiction: Nail Collections!!! With that in mind...... I am excited to share one of my favorite brands, NCLA and their newest launches! I was sent a few items to check out and can't wait to share them with you. So without further delay, take a look at what's available now:





There are four gorgeous kits that have launched with one cream and one glitter in beautiful shades.






With the 40th Anniversary of Hello Kitty happening this year, there have been several limited edition collections from all kinds of brands. NCLA has been famous for their beautiful nail wraps & this collection is truly stunning! Check out this adorable collection.














So I can only imagine you are dying to check these out! I can honestly say that the formula of their polishes are amazing and the nail wraps are so beautiful and long lasting! Try their base and top coats: Flawless & Gloss it! They are great for your nails and also free of any harmful chemicals. If you are new to this brand, you definitely need to look into it. For more information or to purchase, check out their site: www.shopncla.com! Happy shopping my beauties.... Xoxo

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

CND Holiday Gilded Dreams Holiday Collection!











CND® SHELLAC® BRAND 14+ DAY NAIL COLOR
Embrace luxurious color with new CND® SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail color shades perfect for an opulent holiday soirée.
·         COLORS: Grand Gala, Chiffon Twirl, Dazzling Dance
·         FEATURED BENEFITS: The patented CND® SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail color system delivers flawless wear, superior color and mirror shine with zero dry-time and no nail damage; healthy manicure choice for natural nails with no surface filing; can be layered for endless color customization; easy 8-minute removal with CND® SHELLAC® brand Nourishing Remover and CND® SHELLAC® brand Remover Wraps; “3-Free” – no formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP
·          AVAILABILITY: Available worldwide Holiday 2014; visit the Salon Locator on cnd.comto find a CND® SHELLAC® Brand Certified Pro
·          PRICE: In-salon CND® SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail color services range from $35-$50, depending on location







VINYLUX® WEEKLY POLISH SYSTEM 
Change your Gilded Dreams manicure every week with these glamorous shades in VINYLUX® Weekly Polish.
·         COLORS: Grand Gala, Chiffon Twirl, Dazzling Dance
·         FEATURED BENEFITS: VINYLUX® Weekly Polish system includes a self-adhering Color Coat that eliminates the need for Base Coat; Top Coat becomes more durable with exposure to natural light due to ProLight Technology; dries in just 8.5 minutes and provides week-long chip-free wear
·         AVAILABILITY: Available worldwide Holiday 2014; visit the Salon Locator on cnd.com
·         PRICE: In-salon VINYLUX® Weekly Polish services range from $20-$35, depending on location; VINYLUX® Weekly Polish and VINYLUX® Weekly Top Coat retail for $9.90 per bottle at select salons









ADDITIVES COLLECTION 
Incorporate complementary CND® Additives to create even more sparkle and splendor.
·         SET INCLUDES: Gold Adorned, Lavishly Rose, Pave Diamonds, Sapphire Hope
·          HOW TO USE: Professional-only Additives can be blended into VINYLUX® Weekly Polish, any sculpting powder or Gel, or layered over CND® SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail color
·          AVAILABILITY: Available worldwide Holiday 2014; visit the Salon Locator on cnd.com
·          PRICE: Available with professional CND® SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail color, VINYLUX® Weekly Polish and enhancement services for an additional fee









SCENTSATIONS™ GILDED DREAMS LOTIONS
New limited edition Scentsations hand & body lotions, delicately scented with hints of white floral blossom and warm amber, absorb immediately to soothe dry skin and restore essential moisture.
·         FRAGRANCES: Gilded Blossom, Crushed Amber
·         FEATURED BENEFITS: Enriched with Vitamins A & E for healthy skin; contain Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract known to moisturize, soothe and condition
·         HOW TO USE: Smooth into skin immediately after cleansing for deep-hydrating effects
·          AVAILABILITY: Available worldwide Holiday 2014; visit the Salon Locator on cnd.com
·         PRICE: $9.90 per bottle at select salons








SCENTSATIONS™ GILDED DREAMS TRIO
New Scentsations hand & body lotions Gilded Blossom and Crushed Amber join beloved scent Vanilla Shimmer in this luxurious limited edition Scentsations Gilded Dreams Trio.
·         FRAGRANCES: Gilded Blossom, Crushed Amber, Vanilla Shimmer
·         FEATURED BENEFITS: Enriched with Vitamins A & E for healthy skin; contain Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract known to moisturize, soothe and condition
·         HOW TO USE: Smooth into skin immediately after cleansing for deep-hydrating effects
·          AVAILABILITY: Available worldwide Holiday 2014; visit the Salon Locator on cnd.com
·         PRICE: $13.90 per trio pack at select salons








About CND®
Founded in 1979 and based in Vista, CA, CND® (Creative Nail Design, Inc.) is the global leader in professional nail, hand and foot beauty  including CND® SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail color. Deeply committed to advancing the nail care industry, CND® devotes significant time and resources to product research and development, education and customer support. CND® is an industry-leading advocate for the role of nail care in personal beauty and fashion.


For more information and/or to purchase, check out your local salon or their site: www.cnd.com! Xo