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Two to Tango with LUSH.

The Pantone Color Institute just named “Tangerine Tango,” a radiant red-orange hue, as the top color for 2012. In fashion, this amped up color is sure to lift spirits and give an energy boost, but if wearing the color is too much for you, give one of LUSH’s tempting tangerine-colored concoctions a try. Karma soap and perfume, which have been cult favorites long before this Pantone announcement, are bold beautifiers, with even spicier scents!

Up your Karma quotient as we head into 2012 with Karma soap, sure to turn a boring shower into a truly groovy experience. The spicy orange, lemongrass, pine and patchouli essential oils will balance a tired mood and transport you back to the days of flower power! The scent lingers long after you’ve washed and is sure to reward you with love and kindness, and if not, at least a lovely smell. One whiff and you’ll be hooked – for this life and the next (sold by weight $7.95 for 3.5 oz).

Karma perfume is an ageless classic. This signature LUSH scent, like its tangerine color, will evoke a sense of euphoria, and peaceful well-being. Karma contains Patchouli, which will make you more objective, orange oil to help revive, lemongrass to lifts spirits and elemi to make you feel joyful when you’ve fallen onto some bad karma. Some fall for it without realizing what’s happening, while others love it from the first sniff (available in 3 sizes: $42.95 1 oz/$14.95 .3 oz/$10.95 solid).

Other Karma favorites include the Karma bubble bar, Karma Kream, Karma Komba solid shampoo, and Karma bath melt. Visit www.lushusa.com to learn more.

Hot Hair this Winter with UMBERTO Beverly Hills‏

This is a really great Blow Dry Lotion, I have used sprays before but this is my first foray into a lotion. Its super light and doesn’t gunk up my hair but really speeds the drying time. After a few days use my ends are looking better and my hair is so soft and frizz free! It even works great when I air dry my hair and leave it curly. The Umberto Blow Dry Lotion is a great deal for $9.99 you get a LOT of product.

UMBERTO Beverly Hills Blow Dry Lotion
Before achieving picture perfect hair this holiday season, prep your tresses with ! Blow Dry Lotion cuts drying time in half and protects against heat damage. The extra conditioning formula helps revitalize dry and damaged hair, and will help hold your style all day. It’s your secret weapon to a salon look in a snap.

Price: $9.99
Available: Target, Target.com

Luxe gifts from Julep‏

I love the Julep nail line, the long bottles are easy to hold during application and the colors have so much shine even without a topcoat. I am wearing Catherine a beautiful red, one of my favorite Julep colors by far.

If you suffer from dry skin in winter the Julep Essential Cuticle Oil is a life saver.  I keep it by my bed and roll it over my nail and cuticle at night before bed. Keeps my manicure and fingers soft smooth and looking good.

The Girlfriend’s Essential Nail Vernis Gift Set, $28
Celebrate with two of the most popular Julep Nail Vernis shades along with our decadent Essential Cuticle Oil.

· Jennifer Nail Vernis: Beautiful, sheer polish with just a hint of pink. Effortless elegance.
· Catherine Nail Vernis: THE classic, go-to red. Perfect for date night
· Julep Essential Cuticle Oil: All-natural blend of essential oils and Vitamin E hydrates and strengthens nails and cuticles

Deck the Halls Holiday Polish Collection, $36

Vanessa: Glitter in a clear base. A touch of sparkle for girly fun. Wear alone or as a topcoat to add glitter over any color.
Helena: Ultra-saturated fuchsia. Looks great on all skin tones. A favorite of Seattle Magazine’s beauty editors.
Julep Nail Therapy: Use alone or as a basecoat for strong, beautiful nails. Hydrates and protects dry, brittle, peeling nails. Nourishes nails with Vitamin E. Dramatic results in just three days.

Glowing Hands Gift Set, $48
Share this ultimate treatment set for complete age defying nail and mani care. Exfoliate, protect and moisturize hands finishing with ultra-pigmented color.

· Julep Makeup Bag: Essential for every season
· Facial for Hands: Potent glycolic acid combined with apricot seeds provides powerful double exfoliation that leaves your hands feeling noticeably softer and looking younger after just one use
· Jennifer Nail Vernis: Beautiful, sheer polish with just a hint of pink. Effortless elegance.
· Catherine Nail Vernis: THE classic, go-to red. Perfect for date night
· Julep Essential Cuticle Oil: All-natural blend of essential oils and Vitamin E hydrates and strengthens nails and cuticles
· Julep Crystal Nail File: Simply the best nail file because it lasts forever

 

All Julep Nail Vernis features 4-Free formulas developed without carcinogens such as formaldehyde or formaldehyde resin, toluene and DBP. Julep’s Holiday Gift Sets are available beginning October 2011 at www.julep.com. Follow Julep at Facebook.com/Julep.

 

Disclosure: MHU was sent complimentary samples to review the above mentioned products, our opinion our 100% own.


MUST SEE: This Taylor Swift CoverGirl Mascara ad was banned!

Take a look at this new ad by CoverGirl. Can you figure out why the US’s National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus Claims (NAD) has chosen to ban it?

Excessive photoshopping!

Business Insider reports that the NAD has banned print ads for CoverGirl NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara, including the spots featuring celeb spokesmodel Taylor Swift. According to the NAD, the ads made “superior performance claims” such as “2X more volume” and “20 percent lighter” that simply couldn’t be substantiated.

The NAD specifically noted that the Swift ad had a disclaimer printed on the bottom that clearly stated, “lashes enhanced in post production.”

“You can’t use a photograph to demonstrate how a cosmetic will look after it is applied to a woman’s face and then — in the mice type — have a disclosure that says ‘okay, not really,’ ” NAD director Andrea Levine told Business Insider.

RELATED: Check out Dakota Fanning’s BANNED Marc Jacobs ad!

I think it’s about time something was done about this. This issue of false advertising has bothered me for YEARS. As beauty bloggers, Erin and I are CONSTANTLY being sent products to try out with the promise of this – and that. We see the ads, we read all the claims of “longer lashes” or “fuller lashes” and 9 times out of 10, nothing ever really lives up to the promise! It has gotten to the point (with me) that I really don’t pay much attention to beauty ads at all, because who really believes that stuff anymore? Don’t we all just see it as fake?

Maybelline was made to address an similar Photoshop issue earlier this year, when an ad for its anti-aging “Eraser” product used Photoshop instead of the product itself to erase spokesmodel Christy Turlington’s dark circles. Britain’s ASA banned the ad for misleading consumers.

In fact, Business Insider notes that in banning the Taylor Swift spot, the NAD is specifically trying to follow the ASA’s lead. Does that mean we should expect a banned-ad-of-the-week in the US to match Great Britain? Could this be the end of Photoshopping Disasters?

I’m really happy something is finally being done about this trend in advertising. You should not be able to photoshop results.  The UK has been banning ads for years, and they take a much more critical stand on false advertising. Hopefully the U.S. will crack down on ads here as strongly!

Who’s with me?