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SKIN by Mented Cosmetics

SKIN by Mented Cosmetics is a great line of high-quality products. Mented debuted in 2017 as the brainchild of two Harvard Business School friends who found it difficult to find an ideal nude lipstick to suit their skin tones. The brand grew to include eyes, nails, accessories, tools and 16 foundation shades.

Founders KJ Miller and Amanda E. Johnson, two Harvard Business School grads, wanted an everyday foundation that was breathable, hydrating, and buildable. So they made one. The resulting formula is a lightweight stick infused with ingredients like aloe leaf to feel silky on skin.

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The Skin by Mented foundation stick launched in 2019 and took off.

The Foundation Collection features 16 shades and feels incredibly light on skin. The shades: L10-Fair with neutral undertones; L20-Light with cool undertones; L30-Light with neutral undertones; L40-Light tan with warm undertones; T10-Light tan with neutral undertones; T20-Tan with cool undertones; T30-Tan to medium with warm undertones; T40-Deep tan with warm undertones; M10-Medium with warm undertones; M20-Medium brown with neutral undertones; M30-Medium deep with warm undertones.

Prices: Skin by Mented available in 16 shades -$30.00 Foundation Brush -$15.00

“I’ve always searched for a foundation which enhances my skin tone and works well with my neutral undertone. My ideal product is one that’s lightweight, easy to travel with, and doesn’t over mattify. Skin by Mented is truly a solution to my personal beauty needs,” says, Mented co-founder and COO, Amanda E. Johnson.“This product has truly been a labor of love and I’m so excited for our community to try it.” 

Mented also created a powder brush to allow you to effortlessly apply the product, without disrupting the foundation underneath. This vegan-friendly brush made using synthetic fibers, provides a light layer of product and blends seamlessly, for a natural skin-like look. Price: Skin Silk Loose Setting Powder – $25.00 each / Loose Powder Brush – $22.00.

Qür Clip Balm

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As you update your beauty routine for summer, start your day with Qür–the newest, most buzzed-about lip care brand to hit the market in years.

Qür Clip Balm is a must-have lip balm for on-the-go, active lifestyles that comes in four amazing scents, including Rise + Grind, appropriately named as we spring forward. Rise + Grind is a balanced blend of lemon and coconut, with a punch of citrus to kick this awesome combo into high gear – as you do the same after losing an hour of sleep.

Designed to nourish and smooth lips, Rise + Grind is formulated with Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil and Coconut Oil, and without Parabens, PEGs, Phthalates, Silicones, Sulfates, as well as being Cruelty-Free.  

Because Qür is all about balance, Rise + Grind is bundled in a pack of two – with Uplift (think: Cherry Vanilla) – so you can mix it up with each new day.

Additional Clip Balm flavors include Clarity (think: Fresh Mint) and Unplugged (think: Rose). Clip Balm is designed with innovation at its core and does as its name promises – clips straight on your belt, bag, or yoga pants, unclips, slides open and moisturizes. Its slim, and almost flat profile, with the soft-touch finish takes cool, convenience and chicness of a lip balm to a whole new level. Price: $15 for two pack.

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Your Personal Menagerie

Do you love animals? How about cute jewelry with animals. An online jewelry company called La Menagerie donates 5 percent of every order to the World Wildlife Fund so consumers not only look good, but do good at the same time.

There are  25 animal jewelry pieces available, from bears and bees to whales and wolves, and a whole lot of creatures in between. Each necklace is precision laser cut from ultra-durable stainless steel before being plated with 18 karat gold or 925 sterling silver.

The range is priced at $32.00 per necklace, with an always-on buy one get one half price, plus free delivery.

25 Carat Pear Halo Wedding Set. This breathtaking set features an eye-catching pear-shaped .25 carat stone, surrounded by more pavé set stones, adding sparkle and shine to this ring. Photo courtesy Starlette Galleria

A Little Sparkle From Starlette

Starlette offers their line of luxury simulated diamond jewelry, so that you never have to worry about theft, loss, damage or the normal wear and tear of daily life.

“Engagement rings and wedding bands are expensive and valuable. Which is why we always hear to leave our jewelry at home while traveling or doing outdoor activities. However, just because you’re outside enjoying what life has to offer, doesn’t mean that you should do it bare handed. We specialize in rings for women who do it all, and want to look good too,” says Olivia Starling, founder and CEO of the rapidly growing jewelry brand Starlette Galleria

Starlette Galleria caters to the woman on the go, offering rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings with high quality metals that are durable, won’t tarnish, and won’t turn your finger green. 

Bellasonic’s Nail Wand

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Advanced Nail Grooming System by Bellasonic is the 4-in-1, rechargeable, electric nail file that is changing the nail industry.  

Bellasonic features a patented oscillating head and four multi-purpose discs for shaping, smoothing, buffing, and shining. Additionally, the nail wand was designed with comfort in mind and to offer maximum mobility. It’s like having a pro in the palm of your hand. Using Bellasonic will help the appearance of the surface of the nails (ridges, scratches, left over gel polish and generally dull nails), and create a beautiful, natural, high shine.

Overgrown cuticles are easily removed and dry skin from nail beds are eliminated. It only takes a few minutes on each hand to even out the length of nails and smooth unsightly ridges.

Bellasonic is also a huge help in removing gel and acrylic nails and transitioning your nails back to healthy, natural-looking state, and ready to showcase any of today’s coveted nail styles.   

“Summer is always the best when it comes to your nails! From funky French manicures to ombré to swirls and negative space, it’s the colors that say summer. Minty greens are super hot right now. Bright hues of yellow are always crisp and fresh. Coral reds are – and always have been – my favorite reds for the summer. The cool purples like mulberry are understated and chic, and natural shades and greys are a staple for business that never go out of style. Though the eternal fave is white… hands down the best summer color for toes” says celebrity manicurist, Maria Salandra, whose clients include Rihanna, Drew Barrymore, Nicole Kidman, Nicki Minaj, Chrissy Teigen, Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner. “But whatever the style or color you choose, it will look best on healthy, smooth nails. Bellasonic is a nail professional’s dream, as well as a must-have tool for anyone looking to embrace perfect Summer nails at home.”   B

The Bellasonic 4-in-Electric Nail File with Interchangeable Discs is $79.95 and is available at BellasonicBeauty.comAmazon and on Two complete sets of Replacement Discs are available for $12.95.

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Philip Kingsley Hair Mask

Philip Kingsley has introduced the Vitamin C Jelly Brightening Hair Treatment. It deeply cleanses, removing impurities caused by hard water, pollution, and products. The antioxidant-rich potent Vit C powder-to-jelly formula (first of its kind) applied pre-shampoo, restores hair’s natural radiance, and reveals strands that feel weightless, soft, and strong. It also protects the scalp against oxidative stress, helping to neutralize damaging free radicals.

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The Makeup Junkie Bag

Makeup Junkie Bag, which was featured on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” is the must-have summer travel bag.

With more than $10 Million in sales and an appearance on ABC’s “Shark Tank” deal for her revolutionary Makeup Junkie Bags, designer and entrepreneur Meredith Jurica (MJ) is making waves for creating her own patented design for the perfect multi-functional cosmetic travel bag that lays flat (something which never existed before) and doubles as a clutch with a conveniently attached wrist strap.

Her surprisingly affordable bags are designed for both women and men. Makeup Junkie Bags are handmade in the USA, sold in more than 2,000 stores nationwide, and come in more than 400 trendy styles and seven different sizes. Each bag is characterized by a signature brightly colored zipper, a suede tassel, and MJ hand-selects each designer fabric for each line.

From the trademark “Glam Stripe Bag” to the newer “Later Alligator,” Makeup Junkie Bags are on a constant quest to find the fabrics that reflect both her customers’ tastes and lives. MJ created bags for the working woman, the loving (and often exhausted) mom, the student, and the social butterfly. MJ wants her bags to be there when you get ready in the morning, when you have a hot date, an out-of-town conference, and when you are out with the kids.

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Suki Skincare’s Vitamin C Serum

Suki Skincare’ has introduced a new Vitamin C Serum. Formulated to even skin tone, reduce redness, brighten skin tone, lighten dark spots, fight free radicals and promote collagen production.

We all know – and love – the benefits of Vitamin C. The citrus wonder boosts immunity and is necessary for the growth, development, and repair of all body tissues. It’s involved in many body functions, including the formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the proper functioning of the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.  

Suki Skincare is known for clean skincare and strong, safe, solutions. They are experts in what the skin needs – and more importantly doesn’t need – on all levels.  When the brand set out to develop their new Vitamin C Serum their scientists knew it had to be cleaner and perform better than anything on the market. Their goal exceeded their expectations.

Vitamin C Serum ($55) is a natural potent multi-correctional serum that instantly brightens, evens, and revitalizes skin. The formulation has an impressive concentration of 10.93 percent which is a very high concentration for a stable and natural Vitamin C formula.

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MasqueBAR New Hydrating Mask

What is better than a long, relaxing summer beach day in the sun and salt water? A refreshing shower and cooling skincare treatment when you get home is certainly right up there. MasqueBAR’s Hydrating Peel Off Mask is perfect for post-beach pampering. Formulated with cucumber, red ginseng root and jasmine extracts, it moisturizes, clarifies, and smooths the skin.  

Designed for all skin types, it is formulated without sulfates, parabens, mineral oil, silicone, petrolatum, and phthalates. It retails for $3.99 and is available at Bed, Bath & Beyond, CVS, and

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Merle Norman Cosmetics Helps You Get “Wow” Lashes

Merle Norman Cosmetics has introduced Mascara Primer, Wicked Lash Mascara, and Lash Lift Waterproof Mascara.

In celebration of the brand’s milestone 90thAnniversary, and as a nod to Merle Norman Cosmetics’ hallmark “3 Steps to Beauty,” which was the foundation of the brand when Merle Nethercutt Norman launched it in 1931, the brand now introduces “3 Steps to Wow Lashes.”

Merle Norman Cosmetics‘ fool-proof 3 Steps to Wow Lashes are: 1. Prep, define and magnify lashes with Mascara Primer ($20); 2. Add length, curl and volume with Wicked Lash Mascara ($23); and 3. Seal with Lash Lift Waterproof Mascara ($20).

All Merle Norman Cosmetics products are available at Merle Norman Cosmetics Studios nationwide and online at

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PURA D’OR Natural Oils

Every year the warm weather and beach days of summer define the styles of the season. More revealing clothes and bathing suits become our everyday look. Summer 2021 brings fashion trends like crop tops, mini-skirts and checkerboard bikinis, which means even more exposed skin.   Skin issues like scars and stretch marks are emphasized by increased sun exposure. So, if you’re going to flaunt more skin you need to properly care for it.  

PURA D’OR is pure, proven, powerful and peerless when it comes to natural oils. These products reduce the appearance of spots, scars and stretch marks while protecting from environmental damage. All PURA D’OR formulas combine science and nature to deliver transformative skin therapy. Select Certified Organic Ingredients. No SLS (Sulfates). No Parabens. Gluten Free. Hypo-Allergenic. Cruelty Free. Manufactured in the USA in a facility that uses renewable energy. Vegan. There are a varity of oils, available at and

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