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Posted by on Aug 27, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Beauty cult favorite Yu-Be now available in the US

Chances are you’ve heard about Yu-Be’s #1 selling, medicated skin creams, but when was the last time you were in Japan to try it out?

Good news! Yu-Be is taking the world by storm via internet and brick & mortar, and has a few new tricks up the sleeve. Four products now grace the line.  If you’ve never tried the original, you’ll now be able to sample everything (literally) from a sample option on the Yu-Be website:

CLEANSE: Yu-Be Foaming Skin Polish (New)

The scrub comes in a shower friendly tube and includes rice bran, bamboo (one of my favorite body exfoliates), green tea and…camphor.  Camphor, menthol and the like are highly loved scents in Asia and partially account for the medicinal properties of the line.  The scent is mild in the scrub, but the scrub is very scrubby.  I like really brisk scrubs, so for me this wasn’t rough, but you may want to sample first if you have sensitive skin.  This scrub is also a foaming cleanser, and I like products that pull double duty.

REPLENISH: Yu-Be Body Lotion (New)

The new Moisturizing Body Lotion is  a fluid-yet-creamy dream that comes in a large pump bottle.   The incredibly high percentage of glycerin helps to naturally replenish moisture (glycerine draws water) while depositing Vitamin E and B2.  The year round version of the original skin cream, this lightweight formula is a dream.  I found my self constantly reapplying because it just felt so good, and still I never felt greasy.  Camphor scent is more noticeable.

RESTORE: Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream

This is the original formula that started in 1957, and has since become the #1 selling in Japan.  It’s thick enough to be in a tube or larger sized jar, but remains grease free.  Great alternative to petroleum based products that don’t allow the skin to breathe.

PROTECT Yu-Be Lip Therapy (NEW)

This is the ultimate therapy balm.  Instantly sinks in, doesn’t dry out and contains no artificial ingredients.  My lips even enjoyed the camphor, which seemed soothing to their dry, cracked existence.

Thanks to Yu-Be for the sampling of this line.  I consider the Lip Therapy and Body Lotion to be must haves.  If you’ve got more severe dry skin issues, you’ll love the skin cream.  Get the entire set and you’re golden.

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Posted by on Aug 25, 2012 in Beauty | 0 comments

Try this: Orange Shellac

Turn up summer’s most requested color a notch by applying a dusting of Yellow CND Additives over two coats of cured Tropix Shellac.  Topcoat for a brilliant persimmon orange that looks cream but retains a beautiful sheen.

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Posted by on Aug 24, 2012 in Fashion | 0 comments


Fair skin has always been the rage in China, but some local residents are going to extremes with a new trend. Dubbed the Face-kini, these horror movie/robber-esque getups ensure the ultimate protection from the rays:

People are even including kids in the act:

Not everyone is keen on the look, and it is so new residents have to ask each other about the meaning of the masks. It isn’t uncommon to see fashion patterned face masks in Asia to help ward off choking down lungfuls of smog, but is head gear a bit extreme?

Once relegated to the crafty DIYer, facekinis are now being sold on the beaches to trendsetters for up to the equivalent of $4 USD per mask. Conspicuous and fashionable consumption indeed.

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Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Events: Neiman Marcus & FNO Chicago

Fashion’s Night Out party on Thursday, September 6 from 6 to 8 pm. Here is a preview of what’s in store at Neiman Marcus for the night.

  • An over the top Fall Fashion Show hosted by Corri McFadden, owner/founder of eDrop-Off and star of Vh1’s House of Consignment, 7pm
  • Delicious tastings from some of Chicago’s top restaurants including RPM, Paris Club, Rosebud on Rush, Ai Japanese Restaurant, KIND Healthy Snacks, More Cupcakes and Popchips. Plus sips from vitaminwater, smartwater, and Lavazza.
  • Be discovered at the Factor Runway Model Search
  • Manicure Mania Nail Bar and Fashionista Photo Booth. Plus a lipstick bar so you can sport the Cherry Lip color of the season while you’re out on the town.




And don’t forget August’s final lineup:

August 22 to 26 Valentino Trunk Show
View the latest ladies shoe collection from Valentino
10 am to 5 pm Ladies Shoes – Second Floor
For more information, please call (312)642-5900 ext. 2060

August 23 to 26 Up Close: Brunello Cucinelli
Join us to view the new Fall collection from Brunello Cucinelli.
Embrace the modern, casual luxury wear from Italy that everyone has added to their wardrobe.
10 am to 6 pm Designer Sportswear – Second Floor
For more information, please call (312)642-5900 ext. 2050

The trends Neiman Marcus is embracing for the Fall 2012 season are:

MIXED GREENS: Solo or in combination, greens spruce up any wardrobe.

BORROWED FROM THE BOYS: Menswear influences tailor-made for her.

THE JACKET: Goes over everything—keep it top of mind.

THE LEATHER LEG: Second-skin tight or cut like a trouser, leather has legs.

THE SMOKING SLIPPER: The luxury loafer is flat-out chic.

NAVY: THE NEW NEUTRAL: Pair it up with black or brights.

DIGITAL PRINTS: Patterns made modern.

THE HIGH-IMPACT HANDBAG: Size and details matter.

BROOCHES: One adds newness, a cluster adds drama.

THE FALL FACE: The Cherry Lip

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