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Say ‘I Do’ to Apothederm Stretch Mark Cream

  • posted March 31st, 2012
  • Beauty


When it comes to our wedding day many of us can tell tales about our pre-wedding beauty rituals. A beauty boot-camp, if you will.  Apothederm knows this and has created the latest that science has to offer with their Apothederm Stretch Mark Cream.  It is perfect for the bride-to-be who wants to achieve her skin ideal.

Beyond the bride is the simple fact that women want to look their best at all times. Apothederm Stretch Mark Cream is effective, high-tech and  a must-have for honeymoon prep and this pre-beach season.  Rub the cream in to achieve smooth, vibrant skin.  The fast absorbing formula contains SmartPeptide Heptapeptide-7,  which helps to build collagen forming a support structure for your skin while it also reduces and repairs your stretch marks.  It lessens those silvery streaks and the red lines too.  The SmartPeptides used in the Apothederm Stretch Mark Cream is based on a technology that uses a new generation of patented, bioactive peptides that mimic precise amino acid sequences that are found in your own skin.  The SmartPeptides protect and restore function as well as increase skin elasticity, firmness and definition.  I’ll take some of that please!

Apothederm Stretch Mark Cream works great for those of us who have post-pregnancy stretching, stressed skin from growth spurts or rapid weight loss.  You can see visible results in as quick as 14 days!  Containing natural emollients like Shea and cocoa butter, olive oil and meadowfoam seed oil the cream is silky smooth and power-packed.  Paraben and fragrance free and dermatologist tested just add to the goodness in this stretch mark cream.

– Victoria Mason

Babo Botanicals: Eco-Friendly Gift Sets & More

  • posted March 31st, 2012
  • Green

Babo Botanicals is a line of natural products named after the founder’s son’s security bunny.  Babo Botanicals is committed to using natural ingredients that are safe for your entire family, eco-friendly packaging, and corporate responsibility.  They support a non-profit project that turns community center rooftops into gardens with a portion of their revenue.  Babo Botanicals do not contain sulfates, formaldehyde, paraben, phthlates, artificial colors or fragrances or common allergens such as dairy, soy and nut oils.  The set shown here makes a perfect gift and contains:

  • 1 8oz Smooth Detangling Shampoo
  • 8oz Instantly Smooth Detangler
  • 3 1oz Baby Bunny Soaps (fragrance free)
  • 1 organic, machine washable plush bunny
  • 1 100% Natural Jute Bag ($10 Value)

Babo Botanicals dermatologist tested products use pure flower and plant extracts are gentle for the hair and skin.  Products are available individually or as one of many different gift sets.  Prices range from around $5-$45.

– Holly Duce


Stay With Me Long-Lasting Lipgloss by Essence!

Stay With Me Long-Lasting Lipgloss by Essence is absolutely fabulous! Essence is a line imported from Germany that is new to the US. Their products fit the price range of drugstore beauty products and are low budget. They can be found at Ulta stores as well as online!

Through my typical day that included breakfast, lunch, (lots of) coffee and dinner, I only had to apply it three times. The name “Stay With Me” is accurate because the vivid, red color DID stay on my lips throughout the day. Even if it wasn’t 100% there, I could still see the color as it faded away on my lips. The good thing about this product is that fading isn’t bad since it is so vivid when first applied.

There is a great pigment and shine in this lipgloss that gives a va-voom look! It has a color-intense texture that doesn’t lay light on your lips but is a bit creamy.

One of the best things about it is that it makes a statement. It not only stays on throughout the day but has a beautiful color palette. “Kiss Kiss Kiss” the color I wore, is for the daring woman who doesn’t want to just show up somewhere, she wants to arrive! Other options are Trendsetter, Candy Bar, Me and My Ice Cream and I Like Cotton Candy. They range from light pink to berry and red. It’s a steal at $2.29!

After using the product, I think it is great for women who are comfortable with color on their lips. For those who are lipstick virgins, I would suggest staying away from this product since the pigment is so strong. However I felt great wearing it, I got great feedback from people and I plan on wearing it to special events that I have coming up!

From our friends at Short and Sweet NYC

Kate Spade and Poppy King Team Up Again!

kate spade poppy king travel nail set

Following last year’s launch of the Supercalifragilipstick line, lipstick maven, Poppy King will once again team up with Kate Spade for a limited edition travel nail polish set inspired by the bold works of Florence Broadhurst.

“I have long been waiting for the right reason to turn my eye from lipstick to nail polish” King said in a statement.

She also added, “Florence Broadhurst was the perfect inspiration to have me design nail shades that spoke to the same female fun as lipstick,” said Poppy.

There are four bright shades in this travel set and each polish drew inspiration from Florence’s paintings: Sea Foam Swirls (jade green), Solar Orange (bright orange), Watermelon Fingers (watermelon pink), and Yellow Cockatoo (vivid yellow).

These bright pops of colors will be available next month at Kate Spade New York stores and

From our friends at Hot Beauty Health


Six pretty bras for busty gals

Longtime readers of Cheryl Shops are well acquainted with my bra woes, but for the new folks out there, I’ll make a long story short: I have big boobs. Now, when I tell people my bra size, they tend to be shocked, which leads me to two general conclusions. One: My bras fit me so well, my gals look perfectly placed and proportioned to my body. Two: Most women out there are wearing the wrong bra. (I, for one, was shocked when I found out my true size.) If you fall into the latter camp, I highly recommend making an appointment with Linda the Bra lady. It will change your life.

And speaking of life-changing experiences, a great thing that’s happened in the last few years is that there are a lot more lingerie brands offering pretty, sexy bras in bigger cup sizes. When I first found my true size, I actually wore these hideous Olga bras (it’s amazing I attracted any male attention in those things, really), because there was so little available in my cup size. And while it’s still a challenge to find DD+ cups at a lot of department stores and mass retailers (I’m looking at you, Victoria’s Secret), I highly recommend seeking out smaller independent boutiques like Linda’s, the excellent Journelle, and one of my all-time favorites, La Petite Coquette, as well as online shops FigleavesBare Necessities, and even ASOS. So here are six pretty, sexy bras, all of which are available in DD or larger (and smaller!) cups. Treat yourself (and your ta-tas)!

Six pretty bras for busty gals
Top row, left to right:

Parfait is Affinitas’ line for the larger-busted lady, with most of its styles available in sizes up to G cups. (They have matching undies and negligees too!) What’s really notable, other than the prices, which are very wallet-friendly, is that so many of their styles are pretty—no need to settle for a nude molded-cup bra, although they do carry those, if that’s what you’re into. Parfait by Affinitas Anna Demi Underwire Bra, $55

Elle MacPherson has made a nice post-modeling career for herself with a really successful line of lingerie. (She’s also hosting Fashion Star on NBC, but let’s skim over that for now.) And while you’d expect someone nicknamed “The Body” to come up with flimsy bralettes and such, MacPherson’s lingerie is incredibly detailed and well structured, and many styles, such as this one, are available in up to F cups. Elle Macpherson Artistry Underwire Bra, $68

Panache has been one of my go-to brands for awhile, but they now have a more fashion-forward spinoff called Cleo, and there is nary a neutral bra in the bunch. This fun style comes in up to FF cups, with bands as small as 28.
Also a very affordable, durable line. Panache: Cleo Ellie Balconette Underwire Bra, $45

Bottom row, left to right:
For more of a splurge, I highly recommend Chantelle bras. They’re French, and, really, the French know what they’re doing when it comes to lingerie. This is definitely not for everyday wear, but when it comes to styles made for seduction, Chantelle is a sure thing. This style comes in B through F cups. Chantelle Tulleries Demi Bra, $105

Freya is another one of my go-to brands, because their styles are almost always fun, and they’re rarely padded or molded (I’ll save my rant against padded bras for another day). This lovely lady comes in D to GG cups! Freya Roxanne Underwire Balconette Bra, $62

As noted above, Journelle is one of my favorite lingerie stores in the city, and their website is pretty great too (they have some of the best customer service I’ve ever encountered). It’s also a good place to find lesser-known brands, and so I discovered this well-priced Claudette Dessous style (again, the French!)—I love that it’s both sheer (sexy!) and neon pink (superfun!). And bonus: bring an old bra into any Journelle store now through 3/31 and get 20% off a new one. I think this one has my name on it (and possibly yours, in cup sizes from A to F). Claudette Dessous Mesh Bra, $54

From our friends at Cheryl Shops

What To Wear (and Pack): Coachella 2012!

[ Field Day Dress, Free People Gypsy Lace Dress]

[Zara Long Draped DressForever 21 High-Low Lace Maxi Dress]

The much anticipated Coachella Valley multi -day annual music and art festival is upon us, and now’s the time to ponder your festival fashions. What is the ideal ensemble to rock out, chill hard, and stay looking and feeling cool until sunset? Let FPD help you, devoted attendees, capture the mood of the eclectic line up of indie, rock, hip hop and electronica via our wardrobe essentials for Coachella 2012 (and of course translate this look for any of your concert-going this spring/summer!).

1. The Micro Mini Dress - You will only look hot, thanks to the simplicity of these lace and crochet dresses.

2. The More is More Maxi Dress- Modern, yet exuding feminine sensuality, the maxi dress is ideal for transitioning from day to night.

[Both via; BDG High-Rise Cheeky Short, Green BDG High-Rise Cheeky Short]

[All via; Jeffrey Campbell Feather TassleBryna Bay IkatEcote Ruched Tassle]


[Both via Club Monaco Barbara Straw HatGenie by Eugenia Kim Darcy Crochet Fedora]

3. The Craved Cutoffs- Cheeky and a little badass, these shorts will be all the rage, and of course, temperature-perfect!

4. The Coveted Crossbody- Don’t get bogged down by a heavy purse, let your arms and spirit be free thanks to these petite crossbodies.

5. Happy Hippie Hats- Outdoor concerts call for some wide brim or fedora hats, and some casually tossled, or “second day” hair will be right at home with this accessory.

[ Super Sunglasses Lucia, Retro Round Metal SunglassesUO Spotlight Sunglasses]

[Sam Edelman Leona Flatform, Carina Cutout Wedge, LD Tuttle The Cuff Open Toe Bootie]

6. Retro Shades- Paired with just about anything, the vintage feel of these shades will have you looking “sundeniably” chic.

7. The Flat, Flatform, and Fabulous Florals- While shoes may be optional for some, any variety of flat boots, a chunky flatform or an espadrille (we love the floral!) will complete your look this season.

-Alana Quagliariello

Fashion Pulse Daily


Wei East China Herbal Age Delay Foaming Cleanser

  • posted March 30th, 2012
  • Beauty


A lot of us like to start our day off with some citrus.  Maybe it is orange juice or half a grapefruit added to your breakfast.  Better still is a citrus scent  to add to that morning routine.  Citrus scents can improve your mood and lift your energy making you feel better.  Did you know it can make you look better too?  Wei East China Herbal Age Delay Foaming Cleanser is infused with Mandarin Orange which is a great anti-aging property and feel good scent.

Citrus also improves the texture of your skin, helps to fight wrinkles and clear out your pores. Wei’s China Herbal Age Delay Foaming Cleanser uses the Mandarin Orange for brightening and antiseptic properties and a touch of Chinese rose for removing dead skin cells and providing softness.   This foaming cleanser removes impurities and leaves your skin feeling clean and balanced.  Just like a glass of fresh squeezed OJ can refresh and nourish you so can this Wei cleanser.  This all-in-one cleanser really targets the oily areas on your face while soothing the dry ones.  It is a wonderful cleanser for all skin types that keeps you clean, bright and balanced all day.

Wei East China Herbal Age Delay Foaming Cleanser can be found online.

-Victoria Mason

Drugstore Buy of the Week – Simple Clean Simply Ivory Original Scent Body Wash

  • posted March 29th, 2012
  • Beauty

Simple Clean Simply Ivory Original Scent Body Wash Review Ivory has really come into the new year with a bang by introducing their new body wash line. Their Simple Clean Simply Ivory Original Scent Body Wash.Simple Clean Simply Ivory Original Scent Body Wash

The Body wash has a bit of the “classic gentle Ivory bar” soap scent, but they’ve amped it up with even more fresh, green notes. I absolutely loved it and it smells like a product you would find in upscale European hotels – which makes it that much more of a great Drugstore find!

In addition to the amazing smell, it cleans beautifully, with a nice lather that doesn’t leave any greasy or sticky residue, while at the same time not stripping skin and making it dry.

If you have very dry skin you will still have to apply some post shower moisture via lotion, oil, etc, but not a great amount. The body wash also did not irritate my skin.

P.S. This also works equally well as a bath gel since it makes tons of soft bubbles and scents the bathroom softly with it’s scent.

This body wash is absolutely essential in the AM to give me that clean, fresh invigorated feeling. Buying a pack of these is perfect for a family, part of a creative housewarming gift or to just ensure you’ll always have access to this great body wash! – RLB

From our friends at Palacinka Beauty Blog

Shopping + Goodies 3.29.11


A Few Goody Gumdrops is puzzled by Salar’s shoulder bag! Tablemat or Handbag?
Handbag du Jour says if you like handbags and vampires, you’ll love the Maison Du Posh ‘Bite Me’ suede & Swarovski clutch!
Shopping and Info found the best designer lilac purple colored jackets, bags, denim and more for you to shop now.
The Budget Fashionista found the 10 fall must buys for you to buy now.
TheFind shares the latest in prom dress trends for 2012 including glamorous floor length looks in vivid eye-catching shades.
What’s Haute loves the new Rami Kashou for bebe bridal collection!

BENTA BERRY- Skincare for Teen Boys

  • posted March 29th, 2012
  • Beauty

Young skin is delicate and has special needs.  When it comes to teenage skincare concerns and boys BENTA BERRY has got it covered.  Designed to promote skin health and curb excess oil that can lead to problem skin, Benta Berry skincare products are gentle but effective while being able to handle the toughness of young, male skin.   Adolescent skin (ages 12-24) is different from adult skin.  It has its own special needs.  Boys skin is no different except that it is thicker, with more lipids and sebaceous glands that are twice as active than that of a teenage girls.  Benta Berry’s three-step skincare routine takes care of all that and more.

The Benta Berry gel cleanser for boys is a mild formula created with coconut oil for moisturizing the skin while pineapple, mango and lime help cleanse the skin.  A scrub is also included in the product line. A combination of Vitamin C from grapefruit, dragon fruit and lime work with apricot kernels to fully exfoliate the skin.  It safely removes dead skin cells and keeps dirt and other impurities away.  Finally, a moisturizer completes the line.  The non greasy formula has the breakthrough ingredient Amiporine in it that soothes skin while protecting it.  Combined with macadamia nut oil, fruit extracts from figs, strawberries, kiwis and apples and the extract of African sausage tree (Kigelia Africana) which firms the skin, it is a good all over protector that creates a smooth, even complexion.

A body scrub and spray round out the Benta Berry line. Benta Berry is available at and Birchbox.

-Victoria Mason

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