Venus (Adonis Sold Separately)

If you haven’t, be sure to read Shakespeare’s poem, Venus and Adonis. There will be a pop quiz on Monday. Just kidding.

Inspire romance of Shakespearean proportions with the new Venus Embrace $12.25, to be released February 15.

This five-bladed wonder “corners like its on rails” in the words of fellow Prince fan, Pretty Woman‘s Vivian Ward. It pretty much glides over knees and ankles with curvy grace – it almost feels like the razor head is attached with springs. I’m VERY impressed: I haven’t used a women’s razor since the 90s. THE 90s. My last one was the Gillete Sensor Excel for women. Boy, has technology advanced since then. No bloodshed was involved – perfect for new shavers, or even those who have been shaving since age 12 and still knick themselves on a regular (moi).

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Not Born with Brooke Brows?

I sure as heckfire wasn’t. Mine are okay… but they’re naturally a bit more far apart than I’d like. I’m one of those people who NEVER has to thread/wax/pluck between her brows. I have the opposite of a unibrow (a duobrow?). But know what? I’d almost rather HAVE a unibrow because while you can’t make eyebrow hairs grow where they currently do not, you CAN thread/wax/pluck away the excess to be left with gorgeous full brows. I’d pretty much chalked this sitch up to luck. I mean, I’d also like to wake up with waves like Madonna’s circa her Ray of Light album, but you can’t always get what you want.

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New York Thymes

I was just introduced to this brand very recently and already I am in LURVE. As my last act as a non-stressed individual with a moment to herself (starting tomorrow I have fashion week events, shows, a LOST premiere to take in and am simultaneously packing and moving to a new apartment over the course of the next 9 days straight), I indulged in a bath using Thymes Red Cherie Bath Salts. I emerged 20 minutes later with silken fragrant skin. Ingredients include sparkling pomegranate, ripe red cherries, passion flower and jasmine; with a twist of Asian lychee and a tease of fruity musk. Sea salts soften and soothe, vitamin E moisturizes, and cherry & passion flower extracts calm and protect. $6 per envelope.

I also had the opportunity to try out Thymes’ household products and the Fabulista is MUCH impressed. The Apricot Quince Dishwashing Liquid $9 smells like PIE and cleans dishes with minimal scrubbing.

I’ve been washing dishes that aren’t even dirty, just so I can enjoy the fragrance. Also phenom: Mandarin Coriander All-Purpose Spray $9. This Windex alternative smells briskly fresh and leaves your counters sparkling.

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Dry Hair Panaceas in Unexpected Places

A tip: don’t ever dismiss a product just because it’s geared to a different market segment. I’m no stranger to products designed for African American hair (although I have to say that Queen Helene did not work for me). For anyone with dry, curly and/or color-treated hair that’s damaged, these products are a DREAM. Two current faves of mine are Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner and Mizani Spradiance High Gloss Serum.

Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner

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NJ BBJ Readers: Get Christopher Kane Juicy Tubes and a Copy of "Violet by Design!"

Want to get your hands on Christopher Kane Juicy Tubes before they hit the counter in mid-March?

Want to experience what it’s like to be a Fashion Week model?

Lancôme invites you to get catwalk ready with Fashion Week and Celebrity Makeup Artist Extraordinaire Daniel Martin, Lancôme Spokesmodel Selena Breed, author of the acclaimed book “Violet on the Runway” Melissa Walker and the Lancôme Backstage Makeup Team. As a fan of “Violet on the Runway,” I am dying to read about Violet’s experiences in the second installment of the series!

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More SAG Faves: Kate Beckinsale and Becki Newton

Like everyone else, I was TOTALLY starved for awards show glamour, and this year’s SAG Awards delivered. Here are my two fave looks (in addition to America Ferrera who looked beautiful):

I thought Kate’s makeup and hair was FLAWLESS. She clearly has theme dressed as Belle of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and you know what? She is SO pulling it off. I adore her Luisa Beccaria gown and can only dream of draping myself with the same Van Cleef & Arpels jewels. I’m working on finding out what color gloss she’s rocking and will let you know once I do. It’s GORGE.

You know I can’t discuss an awards show without mentioning my favorite actress and makeup muse, Becki Newton who plays Amanda on Ugly Betty. Love her highlights, pink glowing makeup and little baby bit of eyeliner.

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Top Spas and Salons across the Nation Open Their Hearts with Discounted $59 Beauty Treatments that Raise Awareness about Heart Disease

WHO: is proud to partner with The Heart Truth, a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease, and the top spas, salons and med spas across the nation.

WHAT: Love You is a luscious month-long beauty bonanza featuring popular treatments at top spas, salons and med across the nation for just $59, reminding women everywhere to take charge of their own heart health and to treat themselves. Participating locations will be offering discounted spa and salon treatments, just $59 from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15, 2008. Patrons may choose from indulgent treatments such as Swedish massages and revitalizing facials as well as basic beauty necessities like manicures, pedicures, cuts, color and more.

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SAG Awards: America Ferrera

America Ferrera of Ugly Betty rocked the heck out of the Red Carpet with the help of celebrity makeup artist Vanessa Scali. To complement America’s form fitting, gunmetal grey Monique Lhuillier gown, Vanessa opted for soft burgundy-colored lips. To create the look, Vanessa first used Lancôme Raisinberry Le Lipstique then added Lancôme Color Fever Gloss in On Fire for shine and luminosity.

With respect to the writers’ strike (although the union gave SAG a waiver and the okay to go ahead with the broadcast), Vanessa and America decided not to create an overly flashy look. Neutral colors were used on her eyes to create a soft monochromatic visage. Using colors from Lancôme Couture Warms and Stylish Neutrals eight-pan eye shadow palettes, Vanessa softly shaded the shape of America’s eyes. Lancôme’s black liquid Artliner was used to make America’s eyes pop, while Cils Booster XL mascara base and the new High Définicils mascara gave her lashes a major boost, while lengthening, separating and defining them for a clean, beautiful look.

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Island Items

Guys. It’s T minus 3 days till the LOST premiere. I cannot WAIT. I love that it’s back in the 9pm time slot, I’m getting used to its new Thursday schedule, and I’m working on getting over the fact that there are only 8 episodes at the moment due to the Writers’ Strike. In honor of my fave TV show returning to the airwaves, I’ve created a list of 3 items Claire wishes she’d packed on her unwitting move to the Isle of the Losties. You’d think that since it was revealed that her psychic may have known her plane would crash, dude could have given her a hint to pack some of her long-lasting products. Right? Here’s what I’d have recommended that Claire toss into her carry on:

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Weekend Beauty Update

It’s official, my 5 year relash with Bumble and bumble is over. I am smitten kitten with Michael Ulm at the Ted Gibson Salon. Not only is he welcome eye candy (he’s ridic cute), he trimmed my damaged ends and even convinced me to change the cut from an inch to two inches after he pointed out with a mirror that the last two inches in the back of my hair were not adding anything to my lifestyle. They were thinner than the rest of my hair and were just… scraggly. Michael was over them and so was I. And yet, he’s SO not scissor happy – this guy ACTUALLY knows how to measure. To him, two inches really is TWO INCHES. Such a rarity. My hair is now bouncier and thicker-looking. AND doll that he is, he told me to stop in whenever I need a bangs trim and he’ll make it work in true Tim Gunn fashion by fitting me in quickly for FREE. And the blowout was nothing short of phenom – and people noticed. If you’re in the New York area and in need of a new stylist, I heartily recommend him. Tell him Amber/Fabulista sent you. You’ll also adore the unpretentious yet luxe feel of the salon.

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