The lob is not new, but it has become extremely popular over the last few years. For those of you who are wondering what a lob is, it’s just a long bob. So you have the sharp cut of a bob, but with more length. I like to change my hairstyle every few months and I may get a lob. I’m not interested in cutting my own hair at this point, so I’ll probably get a weave. Here are some lob styles that I may want to try for the fall.

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Look 1: Colored Lob…like Ciara, Rita Ora, and Nicole Richie, go for a style in a bold color that compliments your skin tone.

Look 2: Layered Lob…like Chanel Iman and Zoe Saldana a layered lob is great for faming the face

Look 3: Ombre Lob…I still love the ombre trend. While some people are going for blues, purples, greens, and other extreme colors, Jessica Alba’s honey tones are perfect for the fall and for the professional

Look 4: Lob with Bangs…like Kerry Washington and Naomi Campbell try bangs for a spin on this look.

I’m leaning toward the layered or ombre lob. If I decide to go through with it, I’l definitely post pictures.

What’s your favorite lob look? Would you try this hairstyle?

I have a confession to make…I rarely buy myself perfume. I really don’t have a reason why, I just hate going through department stores and being bombarded by sales associates trying to get me to sample everything under the sun. Sephora isn’t as bad a department stores, but I still never really have the urge to buy anything. With that being said, I do have an extensive perfume collection because I’ll get most of my fragrances as gifts from my family or my boyfriend. He honestly has purchased about 85% of my perfume collection and I am very appreciative of that. Early during the summer he bought me the Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Pour Femme Escape to Panarea. I’ve always liked the original Light Blue, but this has been my summer staple.

Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue Pour Femme Escape to Panarea 1.7 oz.

Product Description

Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue continues on a journey through the Mediterranean with Limited Edition 2014, telling a fresh story of escapism. Inspired by the carefree spirit of Isole Eolie, the fragrances embody the sunshine state of mind, taking consumers on a new sensual journey. Light Blue Pour Femme ‘Escape to Panarea’ is a burst of Bergamot and Pear, which brings out the freshness encompassed by the combination of the rich scent of Jasmine and Orange Flower. The fragrance takes you on a more sensual journey, balanced by Warm Musky accords to complete the scent.

What I love about this fragrance is that it is light and fresh. Whenever I wear it, I get tons of compliments. It’s not overpowering, which is perfect for the summer. It is a nice balance between the fruity and musky scents.

Have you smelled Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Pour Femme “Escape to Panarea?”

What’s your favorite scent for the summer?

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There are many guys who don’t think that they can benefit from a good skin care routine. They probably look at their wives, girlfriends, mothers, sisters, or any other woman in their lives and feel that skin care is too time consuming. Skin care is important for people of all ages, yes even children. I mean look at Pharrell, he’s looked the same since 1990,  yes it is genetics and some type of secret water that he drinks (I kid), but it’s also because he takes care of his skin. So gentleman, here are three simples steps that you can use to make sure your face does not feel like sand paper. I’m sure your girlfriend will thank me later.

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1. Invest in a good facial cleanser

Look for products according to your skin type. Please refrain from using the soap designated for washing your body alone. A good cleanser can make help prevent acne and irritated skin. It can even your complexion, brighten your skin, and make your skin feel silky smooth.

2. Invest in a good moisturizer with SPF

Vaseline or your typical body lotion. A good moisturizer pretty much seals the deal with your skin care. It can help your skin feel supple all throughout the day. It could also help prevent acne, even complexion, and soothe skin after irritation. A good moisturizer also has SPF. Sun exposure is serious, and if you are a guy that is very active with outdoor sports SPF it is especially important. So look for a moisturizer that is light weight with at least SPF 15-30.

3. Invest in good razors

Most guys suffer from in grown hairs irritated skin because of their razors. Invest in a razor according to your skin type and the coarseness of your beard. Also use a moisturizing shave gel to help soothe your skin during the shaving process, which can take a toll on your skin.

Here are some products that are great for men

So fellas make sure you cleanse, moisturize, and use SPF. Those are the three most important steps. An investment in quality products is an investment in yourself. Visit a dermatologist to discuss your skincare issues, goals, and also to develop a skincare routine suitable for your lifestyle.

Although the weather hasn’t been consistently warm as one would like it is still spring and NIVEA has some tips that will have our skin looking fresh and feeling renewed.

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1. Give Skin a Nudge for Spring:

“Exfoliate rough skin over from winter weather to reveal softer, touchably smooth skin, just in time for spring. Reach for NIVEA’s Touch of Renewal Lathering Body Scrub with Hydra IQ technology that contains peeling particles that cleanse by gently removing loose dead skin revealing silky renewed skin.

2. Maximize Skin Firming Hydration Power:

“Apply lotion immediately after the showering to lock in even more moisture. Be sure to pat your skin with a towel until dry instead of rubbing it to prevent irritated skin. Try NIVEA’s Skin Firming Hydration Body Lotion with Q10, proven to firm and tighten skin’s surface in as little as two weeks. It’s formulate with HYDRA IQ Technology that supports skin’s own hydration network to unleash non-stop moisture, lasting more than 24 hours.

3. Keep Your Lips Fresh:

“Did you know keeping lips hydrate is the best way to maintain a plump pout? Moisturize your pucker, and add a pretty Spring shade to your look with NIVEA Kiss of Care & Color, formulate with a moisturizing core of nourishing Pro-Vitamin B5 and Shea Butter.

I am a faithful user and believer in most NIVEA products. Just last week I told you all how some NIVEA products helped get my skin back in order after a muddy and physical challenge. I love the Touch of Renewal Lathering Body Scrub and the Skin Firming Hydration Body Lotion with Q10 does help tone. My only wish is that NIVEA begin to incorporate spf in their lip products and will officially be hooked!

Tell us how you incorporate NIVEA into your beauty routines to help get the perfect spring look. Share your favorite beauty tips with NIVEA on Facebook and Twitter using the #NIVEA Hashtag.

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Disclosure: The products in the picture were provided by NIVEA. All ideas and opinions expressed about the products are my own.

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It’s almost that time of year again, it’s time for the Makeup Show NYC. On May 4th and 5th the Makeup Show NYC will feature over 80 exhibitors such as Make Up For Ever, MAC, Stila, Bdellium Tools, Ofra Cosmetics, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Kevin Aucoin, NARS Cosmetics, and more! Click here for the full exhibitors list

The Makeup Show is your chance to not only get some of your staple products or refill your makeup kits, it is also a great place to learn. The creators of the Makeup Show want to provide a total experience. So not only are you afforded the opportunity to connect with brands and get exclusive items debuted at the Makeup Show, you can also learn how to perfect your craft and learn more about the makeup industry with a series of workshops, seminars, and keynote speakers.

Top- Orlando Santiago, Danessa Myricks, Ashunta Sheriff Bottom- James Vincent, Merrell Hollis, Kabuki

Top- Orlando Santiago, Danessa Myricks, Ashunta Sheriff
Bottom- James Vincent, Merrell Hollis, Kabuki

Some of the keynote speakers are Ashunta Sheriff who will discuss the new movement in makeup, Alice Lane-Understanding Beauty, Nick Barose-Red Carpet Revolution, and more. There are also seminars and workshops for bridal makeup, era makeup, the power of contouring, brush 101, and much more. Click here for a full list and schedule of the education opportunities at the Makeup Show NYC.

The Makeup Show is one of my favorite trade shows and arguably the best trade show in the beauty industry. You can expect to see some of your favorite makeup artists, brands, bloggers, youtube vloggers, and more. You can also expect new releases, this year there will be new releases from Sephora Collection, OFRA, CLEANSE by Lauren Napier, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, and more.

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The makeup show will be held at the Metropolitan Pavillion 125 W. 18th St. New York, NY 

Advance tickets are on sale now for both days

Sunday May 4, 2014 9:00am-6:00pm
Monday May 5, 2014 9:00am-5:00pm

Advance Prices
One day-$55
Two days-$75

At the Door
One day-$65
Two days-$85

Click here to purchase tickets and for more information visit  www.themakeupshow.com 

Check out my past coverage of the Makeup Show NYC here and here