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#NYFW My Beauty Survival Kit

7 Sep

By Christabelle… @CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post*)

I am often asked about my beauty regimen. I am asked even more frequently about my absolute “I die”-like-Rachael-Zoe-favorite-beauty-products…with the exception of a few tried and true, my beauty bag turns over quite a bit with new faves. So it has always been a toughie to answer. The truth is – there are some pretty fabulous products on the market and new ones popping up faster than bunnies in the spring.

With Fashion Week in full swing, I have been flooded with how I am surviving (it is Saturday night at 11:48 pm – does that answer your question – I am working!). But thankfully, my beauty stash is helping to keep me bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, as I live the life of a crazy little lifestyle blogger – during New York Fashion Week.

I present you with a peek into my fashion week beauty arsenal:

FW Must haves

1. Clinique has a soft spot in my heart – she was the FIRST brand I ever used (which I detail in a post from a few years back).  When I tell you that my skin chugs Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator faster than a frat boy with a Natural Light in hand, I kid you not.  This wonder cream keeps my skin feeling plumped and healthy and not the least bit greasy (which I can tend to sway towards). This oil-free cream-gel has held up her side of the bargain – to make my skin look fresh and supple.

Fashion Week Beauty Must have #1 Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator, SRP $49.50

2. You probably want me to shut up about Cargo Blush in Laguna. I swear to the heaven’s above, I do not work for the company – they just make a product I am obsessed with. She still holds the award for the best darn blush on the planet. The color lasts forever (I rarely have to touch my face up), offers a stellar flushed cheek and looks perfect on everyone – any skin tone. I still have yet to find one it doesn’t work on. I challenge you to find one. You won’t. I promise. Don’t waste your time.

Fashion Week Beauty Must Have #2 Cargo Blush in Laguna, SRP $26.00

3. J’Adore Dior. This lipgloss grabbed the baton and ran off the track with it. SUPERIOR. Dior Addict Lip Gloss in Fresh Expert (a soft baby pink) is the love child of Clinique Moisture Surge and Cargo Laguna (see above). You following?  This super luxe formula glides on with one sweep, hydrates my lips, gives a youthful appearance, lasts forever and delivers a sexy glossy pout (no stick, goop or other things that keep boys from kissing you sometimes). She has attended all fashion shows with me thus far (even tucked into my bra when I left my bag at the office.)

Fashion Week Beauty Must Have #3 Dior Addict Lip Gloss in Fresh Expert, SRP $31.00

4. This one surprised me – and the reason I was prompted to try it is because of my doppelgänger Zooey Deschanel. Since apparently we were separated at birth, I thought I would give Rimmel Lash Accelerator a whirl. Ummm, I think ZD might have felt the butterfly kiss I sent her all the way on the West Coast with how long my lashes were with just one coat.  My lashes cause a breeze in the room when I blink (who needs air conditioning when CC is in-the-house). Con…I can’t wear my sunglasses…they bend into the frames (#toughlife).

Fashion Week Beauty Must Have #4 Rimmel Lash Accelerator in Extreme Black, SRP $8.75

5. Does everyone match their mood to their Essie shade? This week I am sporting Essie in First Dance, in honor of my prom date…who I am still waiting to dance with. Max? Hello??? (echo – echo). No first dance for this gal, so I’m taking First Dance to all of Fashion Week on my toes. I love you Essie.

Fashion Week Beauty Must Have #5 Essie Nail Polish in First Dance, SRP $8.00

6. Want to know a big secret…us beauty girls have filthy hair. Fashion gals too – don’t try to deny it ladies. The cat is out of the bag.  Our stylists tell us that dirty hair takes better to our favorite barrel curls and beachy waves. And this is true. But…sometimes it goes longer than it should.  Redken Powder Refresh (the mini comes with me EVERYWHERE) not only freshens up dirty-girls like me, it also helps to add texture when you need it and can come in handy for a spruce up (i.e. after gym hair).

Fashion Week Beauty Must Have #6 Redken Powder Refresh 01, SRP $18.00

7. Want a man to stop you in the street and tell you that your hair sparkles in the sun and that you smell like the beach? Turn on Lifetime. That doesn’t happen in “real life” – however, Pureology Precious Oil Versatile Caring Oil will get you close to your movie moment. Made with sunflower, coconut, olive and jojoba oils, you must just want to make out with your own hair. Total bonus that this hair product also doubles as a skin oil. It not only makes my skin glow, but I smell like I just came back from Hawaii. PS. boys LOVE this one.

Fashion Week Beauty Must Have #7 Pureology Precious Oil Versatile Caring Oil, SRP $40.00

8. After a long hot shower, there is NOTHING better than right before slipping into my crisp sheets spraying myself head to toe in this divine dry body oil by Boots no.7.  You wake to soft skin and no oily mess. The perfect rejuvenation for another day at Fashion Week (yummy hint of almond #obsessed, vanilla and white florals).

Fashion Week Beauty Must Have #8 Boots no.7 Pamper Dry Body Oil Body Spray, SRP $8.99

9. Now that I have found you, we will never depart! Travalo is by far the best invention since the Post-It (and comes in just as many fashionable colors). Travalo is the pocket-sized portable, refillable perfume case and from what I hear the “it” accessory for NYFW. Stella McCartney (the perfume, not the designer) can now come everywhere with me – from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (where it is featured front and center in 4 hospitality suites and in all the 9 backstage areas), to dinner with my man apres FW and then to the airport (this little lady is FLIGHT FRIENDLY). With just a few small steps, you can transfer any and all of your fragrances into this discreet and airline approved container #obsessed.

Fashion Week Beauty Must Have #9 Travalo Classic Excel Green, SRP $20

Happy NYFW!

sign off with lips



Organically Caesar…

23 Feb

By Christabelle…

Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars

Just in time for spring, Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace has added four organic spa treatments to its menu. These fresh new treatments are designed to firm, refresh and brighten skin using all-natural products and ingredients. Guests will be able to enjoy these eco-friendly treatments as a permanent part of the menu beginning March 9.

Tea & Sea Organic Body Scrub (50-minutes; $150)

Using powerful antioxidants, vitamins and minerals derived from organic white tea leaves and seaweed, the Tea & Sea Organic Body Scrub begins with a delicate citrus-kombucha tea body wash followed by an almond-orange fruit and nut scrub to cleanse and exfoliate the skin. Vichy shower streams warmed to perfection heat the body, while a scented coconut argan oil scalp massage is performed. Applied to warm, polished skin, the final application of body butter, containing grape stem cell, white tea and seaweed, melts in to the skin leaving it radiant and silky smooth.

Anti-Cellulite & Body Firming Wrap (50-minutes; $180)

Designed to tighten and firm the body using nature’s super-rich defense compounds found in coffee berries, this body wrap will enhance the appearance of skin’s texture with a combination of enzymes and formulated body-shaping complex. While skin is nourished and polished using all natural ingredients, a relaxing scalp and slimming massage will aid in stress-relief and detoxification transpiring a confident new radiance.

CoffeeBerry® Yoga Facial (50-minutes; $200)

The relaxing, anti-aging CoffeeBerry Yoga Facial is designed to improve areas that show the most signs of aging: face, neck, décolletage and hands. This all-natural, results-oriented treatment will reduce tension and stress levels as well as brighten and even overall skin tone. The synergetic effects of detoxification, massage, lifting techniques and increased circulation will leave the skin with a natural lift and smoother lines.

Qua Mystic Journey (75-minutes; $300)

This astonishing body and facial ritual combines the most lavish experiences beginning with a warm coconut argan oil application along the spine followed by a ginger lime sugar scrub. A soothing, organic body oil is applied before being gently wrapped in a blanket of warm towels during a stimulating scalp massage and restorative facial to stimulate the essential functions of the skin and aid in the repair of cell damage.

For more information on Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace or to book an organic spa treatment, visit www.quabathsandspa.com or call (866) 782-0655.


The stylish 50,000-square-foot Qua Baths & Spa taps into the natural healing powers of hot and cold water therapy featuring Roman Baths, an ancient bathing ritual featuring three pools of varying temperatures. Amenities also include the Arctic Ice room, Laconium room, herbal steam room, cedar wood sauna and whirlpool. Offering 51 treatment rooms including three deluxe couples’ studios and seven facial rooms, highly trained artisans perform a full range of treatments and wellness rituals from massages, to Ayurvedic treatments, to hypnotherapy and chakra balancing. Qua has recently been named among the nation’s best spas in Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s “Hot List,” and received five 2011 SpaFinder Readers Choice awards including “Favorite Spa Treatment,” “Best for Luxury,” “Best For Men,” “Best for Interior Design” and “Top 10 Best Spa in a Hotel Casino.” Qua is open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. More information can be found at www.quabathsandspa.com

It’s All Greek to Me…

22 Feb

By Christabelle…

Being Greek (or at least half)…this girl likes to eat! That’s why I was thrilled to find out that there is a new Greek eatery opening in NYC!

Restaurateur Christos Valtzoglou announced today the inauguration of his newest culinary concept Boukiés—a casual restaurant that is based around the Greek and Mediterranean tradition of small-plate dishes, know asmeze. Valtzoglou has enlisted famed chef, Diane Kochilas, as Consulting Chef, along with Chef de Cuisine, Stefan Sanders, to design amenu rooted in delicious, modern variations of authentic Greek fare. Boukiés is slated to open in March of this year, at 29 East Second Street in Manhattan’s East Village.

Culinary offerings at Boukiés, which means “small bites” in Greek, include classics like: Greek taverna mussel saganaki (flaming cheese – awww yeah!) and unique regional dishes such as Thessaloniki eggplant “dolmas” with spiced ground meat, Volos-style shrimp and cauliflower with a twist, feta-filo flutes with Greek honey and more. Boukiés will offer only two main courses: grilled lamb chops and Greek grilled fish. Additionally, Boukiés will house an impressive selection of world-class wines for the clientele to pair with their meals.

“We are excited to bring the essence of Athens to the East Village with Boukiés’ unique offerings and Mediterranean ambiance,” said Boukiés’ proprietor Christos Valtzoglou. “New York’s notoriety is built off of cultural integration. Hopefully city goers will welcome my culture’s intimate style of dinning with open arms.”

Valtzoglou, a thirty-year veteran restaurateur, has lead and relished the successes of several upscale New York eateries.   This new concept marks the second partnership with Chef Kochilas. The duo currently works together at Valzoglous’ highly celebrated PYLOS restaurant, where Kochilas also serves as Consulting Chef.

“Dining on meze is fun and friendly. The foods are vibrant, seasonal and healthy the entire menu is designed to reflect the variety inherent in mezedining. Seafood and fish, meats and charcuterie, vegetables, beans are all part of the menu,” says Kochilas.  “The palette of flavors includes it all—spice, mildness, hot, cold, crunchy, pureed. This kind of dining is meant to excite the palate. That excitement and a nod to seasonal specialties are our signatures at Boukiés.”

Acclaimed Interior Designer Paul Chi and Echeverria Edwards & CIA were commissioned to conceive Boukiés’ distinct look. Sergio Echeverria, who has lent his design savvy to popular dwellings like the W Hotel, creates a warm, welcoming environment by incorporating classic style furniture in neutral color palettes, large wood tables and pops of the blue-turquoise color popular in Greece, as a modest nod to the culture. A wall of shelves will feature dinnerware and everyday kitchenware to bring a casual, homey feel to the restaurant.

Boukiés will be open daily for lunch and dinner, offering brunch on weekends and expanded outdoor dining when weather permits.

For more information visit boukiesrestaurant.com or follow @BoukiesNYC

Boukies Restaurant

BCA: Cancer and Fertility…hope is here!

23 Oct

When a young woman is diagnosed with cancer, the rush to treatment is immediate.  The patient is thrust into the world of cancer and the primary hope is recovery.  Often, the patient is aware their fertility could be impacted, but overwhelmed and exhausted they put the “fertility issue” aside and pursue cancer treatment.  Now; the work, research and worry is taken out of the patient’s hands. A leading infertility clinic is embarking on an educational platform to inform these patients about their options and making an unprecedented offer: egg freezing at no cost.  They are working against the misconception that egg retrieval and freezing is time consuming and that no clinic would offer this without some “hidden cost” or benefit.

Fertility Rescue, from Sher Institutes of Reproductive Medicine (SIRM), is a brand new program that offers these young women a chance to preserve their fertility at no cost to the patient.  The patient meets with SIRM’s specialists and begins the process of egg harvesting and freezing.  This process only delays treatment for a short time but gives the patient hope for a future family.

From Dr. Drew Tortoriello – SIRM in New York “One daunting aspect of the cancer struggle is knowing that, if you survive, your life thereafter will likely be rocked by another massive struggle, the struggle to have a child of your own.  We now have the technology to safely and quickly preserve the fertility of most cancer patients, and it seems like a horrible waste to let any such opportunities go by.   This is honestly just a simple attempt to do some good for some people, and nothing would please me more than to see other facilities doing the same.”

Some Key facts:

•             Of the estimated 1.5 million men and women who were diagnosed as having cancer in 2010, approximately 10% are younger than 45 years.

•             SIRM has a long history of giving back and philanthropic activities – Fertility Rescue is in-line with their whole mission and vision

•             The two leading cancer institutes in the world, National Cancer Institute and Mayo Clinic, both came out with papers in January 2011 urging oncologists to encourage fertility preservation

•             Only 46 percent of oncologists report referring patients for fertility preservation.

•             SIRM quietly launched this week with two NYC cancer patients that needed treatment ASAP.

•             This is truly a “gift” from the Doctors as their time is the significant investment from SIRM

•             The core idea was to put their egg freezing technology to philanthropic use

•             SIRM will begin rolling-out this program this month at all SIRM clinics entitled “Fertility Rescue”

•             Oncologists are typically wanting to start treatment asap for younger patients and egg/sperm freezing is not a long process

•             More and more people are surviving cancer and they should have the right to plan for a future family


BCA: Pure in Pink

15 Oct

By Christabelle…

Pureology in Pink…Infuse fine or flat hair with soft volume, moisture and colour protection with PureVolume – while helping to support a vital cause!  In conjunction with this limited edition promotion, Pureology will make a flat $20,000 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® in support of their mission to end breast cancer forever.  Kit includes:

PureVolume Shampoo (10 oz)

Reveal natural fullness while infusing hair with moisture and protecting colour from fading.  This ZeroSulfate® shampoo gently cleanses without stripping colour, and delivers exclusive volumizing technology, leaving hair bouncy, lustrous, and radiant.  The exclusive AntiFadeComplex® maximizes colour retention.

PureVolume HairCondition (8.5 oz)

Experience lightweight moisture that detangles and defends colour without weighing hair down.  This innovative daily conditioner with exclusive volumizing technology and multi-weight proteins creates fullness from within to reveal nourished, vibrant hair with natural body.  The exclusive AntiFadeComplex® maximizes colour retention.

PureVolume BlowDryAmplifier sample (packette)

Infuse hair with body and flexible bounce while blow-drying.  This lightweight, ZeroAlcohol™ formula with heat-activated volumizers creates long-lasting fullness and enhances colour brilliance in fine to medium hair types.  The exclusive AntiFadeComplex® maximizes colour retention.


Availability & Pricing:

–       Suggested Retail Price: $39.00

–       Available: September/October 2011, Pureology.com for participating salons

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