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Gentlemen's Tonic, a unique establishment founded in the heart of Mayfair, London, has recently opened its international flagship location in Houston, Texas

Gentlemen's Tonic is an upscale grooming salon that affords the modern man a traditional barbershop and offers services like massages, facials, pedicures and other spa-type services for men. The establishment comprises elements of old and new: wood, leather and marble are mixed with high-tech music consoles and LCD screens in each of the private haircutting stations and treatment rooms. The services and products have been carefully selected and personally tested for quality and effectiveness and are designed to promote a sense of well-being and vitality.

Gentlemen's Tonic is the perfect antidote to the rigors and stresses of the outside world.

Gentlemen's Tonic Reception Area
Gentlemen's Tonic Ground Floor
Gentlemen's Tonic Haircutting Station

Posted by Amanda, in Beauty and Cosmetics, Travel.

Scents that take their cues from the kitchen

LEMON: Inspired by Reims, France's Champagne region, Citron De Vigne Eau De Parfum is a crisp, sparkling, sensual blend that is ideal for both men and women. An innovative heart note of pinot noir accord--comprised of bergamot, dark almond, musk, white sandalwood, and rose--is combined with bubbling citrus top notes and an earthy base in this unique, everyday scent. The top notes are neroli, bitter orange and pink grapefruit with the heart notes being pinot noir accord, jasmine tea leaves and lemongrass. The base notes are patchouli, sandalwood and amber ($75 at Fresh)

Fresh Citron de Vigne Parfum

CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE: This Bergamot Truffle
Eau de Cologne by Payard is citrus with a twist. This seemingly fresh creation hides within its heart a deliciously dark secret, a rich, non-sweet, elegantly bitter note of the finest and the darkest chocolate. While the star ingredient, bergamot, which is often bracing and tart, is softened and lightly sweetened by the presence of honeyed orange blossom, the strikingly intense, almost earthy chocolate note is made creamier with a soupçon of vanilla. The effect is unexpectedly complex. As in a chocolate tasting ritual, allow the notes of` the perfume gradually evolve, unfold and surprise you. A unique creation to be enjoyed by men and women alike. The notes include dark chocolate, Calabrian bergamot, orange flower and Tahitian vanilla ($48 at LuckyScent; $3 for a sample)

Bergamot Truffle perfume by Francois Payard

SUGAR: This sweet and fizzy eau de parfum has notes of champagne, ginger, cotton candy and sugar cane ($32 at Sula Beauty)

Champagne Sugar Eau de Parfum by Sula

Marc Jacobs' Splash in Cucumber offers a delectable summer treat with the crisp, cool scent of cucumber. Clean and refreshing, Cucumber has a delicious lightness that is soothing and breezy. Developed by perfumer Vera Vanore of Robertet, the fragrance opens with top notes of watery cucumber, fragrant lotus leaf, and cactus flower. A floral heart blooms with linden blossom, blue tiger lily, and Dutch freesia. The dry-down of frosted musk and blonde woods lingers with a soft, sensuous air. The cool green tint of Marc Jacobs Cucumber reflects an inviting summer garden kissed with aromatic morning dew.
 his perfume has notes of cucumber, lotus leaf, cactus flower, linden blossom, tiger lily, fressia, frosted musk and blonde woods ($68 at Sephora)

Cucumber Splash by Marc Jacobs

PRALINE: Pink Praline by Soivhole has a crisp citrus note of pink grapefruit that dominates the opening and moves quickly to the heart and ultimately stays there as the richness of the coffee, cocoa and maple blend with the nuttiness of the fenugreek. This perfume is never too sweet, yet just sweet enough ($40 at Soivhole; $3 for a sample)

Pink Praline Perfume by Soivohle

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Posted by Amanda, in Beauty and Cosmetics.

Project Runway winner Christian Siriano's new line of lip glosses is fierce!

Fashion phenom Christian Siriano makes his beauty debut with this exclusive limited-edition collection for new Victoria Secret Makeup. The collection interprets the themes of his Fall 2009 fashion collection with soft, luxurious textures and strong, rich colors. This gloss is perfection with lasting shine and rich color to wear alone for pure gloss or to layer over lipstick. 

Christian Siriano for VS Makeup lip glosses in Chic, Sublime and Embrace ($12 each at Victoria's Secret)

Christian Siriano VS Makeup lip gloss
Christian Siriano VS lip gloss in chicChristian Siriano VS lip gloss in sublimeChristian Siriano VS lip gloss in embrace
Source: In Style

Posted by Amanda, in Beauty and Cosmetics.

Correct Hair Color Mistakes with Color Oops

Color Oops is a revolutionary hair product that removes hair color to restore hair to its natural color. This is a miracle product because not only can it remove unwanted color, but it won't damage your hair!  What is so unique about Color Oops is a special ingredient known as hydrosulfite.  Hydrosulfite rapidly reduces the dye molecule without the need for bleach, ammonia, or peroxide.  That old hair color simply rinses right out!  You can even dye your hair that same day.  Color Oops gently removes permanent and semi-permanent hair color and takes only 20 minutes.  It is ammonia free and bleach free.  Color Oops has been featured on Good Morning America and it won Good Housekeeping's 2008 Good Buy Award.

There are two versions of Color Oops:  Extra Conditioning with soy protein and aloe vera and Extra Strength for fast, gentle, and more powerful results.

Extra Conditioning softens and restructures hair while gently removing color. Color Oops Extra Conditioning is a gentle and effective way to safely remove unwanted hair color in just 20 minutes. Color Oops reverses the hair coloring process by shrinking the color molecule so small that it simply washes away. Color Oops is bleach-free and ammonia-free; it will not have the damaging effects of bleach or ammonia-based products.

Color Oops takes you back to your lightest shade. It can return your hair to its natural color if the artificial hair color applied is darker than your natural color. If your post-process hair color is lighter than your natural color, your natural color has been chemically removed and cannot be restored. Color Oops will remove the artificial pigment from your hair, however, your hair will ultimately be the chemically lightened color. To go back to your natural color, it will be necessary to apply a hair colorant comparable to your own natural shade and tone.

Extra Strength:  Color Oops Extra Strength is similar to the Extra Conditioning except it's formulated with a little more 'muscle' to get out color that has been in longer than one month. 

Where to Buy:  Rite Aid, Duane Reade, Walgreens, Longs Drugs, CVS,, Bartell Drugs, Meijer, Safeway, HEB

Color Oops Extra Conditioning
Color Oops Extra Strength


Posted by Amanda, in Beauty and Cosmetics.

Adorable packaging on the Harajuku Lovers solid fragrances

Adorable packaging on the Harajuku Lovers solid fragrances

The Harajuku Lovers' solid fragrances are a great travel accessory and the perfumes are every bit as sophisticated as their liquid counterparts ($18 each at Sephora)

G Solid Perfume:  ever one to get lost in the crowd, G leads her crew in a white, corseted top and a blue miniskirt á la Alice in Wonderland. Quirky, unique, and undeniably cool, G is the leader of the pack. Her scent is an oriental, fruity, gourmand fragrance with notes of fresh coconut, jasmine, and cotton woods.  Made from mandarin, coconut, apple skin, jasmine sambac, freesia, magnolia, coconut cream, white sandalwood and cottonwoods, this G solid perfume style is tropical, sunny and distinctive.

Harajuku Lovers G Solid Perfume

Love Solid Perfume:  Sweet, caring, and free spirited, Love is always off in her own little world. Stepping out in a cute, striped minidress and fashionable red kicks, Love wears her heart on her sleeve or, rather, in her hair! Her scent is reminiscent of a floral bouquet with notes of pink pomelo, rose, and creamy vanilla orchid.  Made from bergamot, pink pomelo, peach, bamboo leaf, watery peony, living hydroponic lace rose, jasmine sambac, nectarine blossom, creamy paperwhites, Egyptian jasmine, Ylang Ylang, vanilla, musk and blond woods, this Love solid perfume style is tender, romantic and sensual.

Harajuku Lovers Love Solid Perfume

Lil' Angel Solid Perfume:  Lil' Angel is a woman who is compassionate and caring towards others but is no saint. She sports a classy, yet sexy, schoolgirl outfit complete with a plaid pleated miniskirt, white knee-highs, and shiny black Mary Janes. Her scent is a citrus floral with notes of pineapple, candied violet, and lollipop accord.  Made from raspberry, cranberry, blackberry, pineapple, pear blossom, violet, rose, lollipop accord, hinoki wood and crystal amber, this Lil' Angel solid perfume is colorful, sassy and sweet.


Harajuku Lovers Lil' Angel Solid Perfume

Music Solid Perfume:  Always looking to make someone laugh, charismatic Music has no qualms telling it like it is! Stylin' in a smocked sailor outfit and black lace-up boxing boots, Music marches to the beat of her own drum. Her scent is a fruity floral with notes of pear, sweat pea, and sleek wood.  Made from Clementine, pear, jasmine sambac, sweet pea, honeysuckle, vanilla, skin musk and sleek woods, this Music solid perfume is sparkling, juicy and magnetic.

Harajuku Lovers Music Solid Perfume

Baby Solid Perfume:  One bat of her lashes and Baby has all the boys in the palm of her hand! Pretty in pink, Baby steps out in a short baby doll dress and sweet Mary Janes. Her scent is a powdery floral with notes of white rose, orange flower, and white musk.  Made from freesia, bergamot, white rose, orange flower, tiare, jasmine, white musk, soft woods, heliotrope, vanilla and violet, this Baby solid perfume is fresh, clean and soft.

Harajuku Lovers Baby Solid Perfume


Source:  In Style

Posted by Amanda, in Beauty and Cosmetics.

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