Eyes are our most expressive feature, the window to our souls, so it’s no surprise that many women want to accentuate the area with a little cosmetic flourish. There’s nothing quite like a wave of that magic wand of mascara to darken, thicken and lengthen your lashes and make your eyes pop. Even makeup minimalist often opt for a touch of mascara to give them a more alert look for the day or a special flair for the night.

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There’s nothing like a nasty cold or flu bug to bring you down after the merriment of the holidays, and this year’s crop seems to be particularly potent. Winter is the optimum time for this kind of misery, not directly because of the frigid weather but because we tend to spend more time cooped up indoors where germs and viruses can lurk and spread. We all know the motherly mantra to wash our hands frequently to avoid catching these infections, but there’s only so much wishful washing you can do.

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Most people who make the switch to natural cosmetics and skin care experience a genuine glow from the nourishing botanicals, healing herbs, rich minerals and precious essential oils found in these items. A few customers, however, may experience some sort of reaction – a few bumps, a little redness, maybe a tingling sensation – as they wean off their usual beauty brands. More often than not, this is simply a short-term case of adjustment as you transition from one formulation to another and, in fact, is a sign that the natural goodness of the organic ingredients is starting to work.

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It’s that time of year again where we reflect on our past and look to the future. There’s something about a fresh calendar that inspires us to want to do better as a go-forward. Most of us know from experience that life-altering affirmations and major commitments to change often fall by the wayside by the time February rolls around (how many pieces of neglected fitness equipment are lurking in your closets?), but making minor tweaks to our daily routines or product choices is certainly doable. Here are some manageable health and beauty resolutions you can make for a more positive 2013.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2012

December 12, 2012

Time is a-ticking. Have you got all your holiday shopping done yet?

Relax, Saffron Rouge has got your back with gift ideas that everyone on your list will appreciate – and there’s still time to squeeze in an order for delivery before the big day. Best of all, you don’t have to fight the mall parking lot or wrestle with wrapping paper. A few clicks of the mouse and you’re done. Here are a few suggestions to inspire you.

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It’s no secret that cold weather and dry skin go hand-in-hand. Low temperatures, decreased humidity and harsh wind takes a toll on any body bits exposed to the elements, and even indoor heating does its share of damage. Dry air literally sucks the moisture right out the skin, depleting its natural lipid layer and leading to that parched, tight dullness you can see and feel.

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Smashing Pumpkins

November 22, 2012

With the feasts of the fall holiday season upon us, don’t worry if a little pumpkin pie dribbles down your chin. This tasty orange gourd-like squash is actually loaded with skin enhancing vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other nutrients. It’s as beneficial for your outer beauty as it is your inner health. In fact, several of our natural skin care lines feature pumpkin and its precious seed oil as a key ingredient in their masks, moisturizers, peels and balms.

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What motivated you to start your own line?

I had been providing individual flower essence therapy consultations for a decade and kept seeing such surprisingly huge transformations in my clients. I wanted to create a way to reach a broader audience and benefit more people. I have always been motivated by the idea of creating a huge worldwide ripple effect of positivity and this is the way to exponentially multiply that positive ripple effect.

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Yael Alkalay, creator and founder of the luxury beauty and lifestyle brand red flower, has lived in Manhattan for 15 years, after spending four years in Tokyo. Having lived in many great neighborhoods in New York including the Upper West Side and the Meatpacking District, Yael’s favorite has to be where she now resides in the heart of Chinatown. Her love of urban life, its vibrant energy, relentless creativity and the ageless anonymity feel just right, however it leaves her craving nature and tranquility.

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That bottle of celebrity-endorsed designer perfume you got at the department store may certainly smell sweet, but the fact that it’s full of synthetic petrochemicals kind of stinks. Yes, the fine art of perfumery has largely been taken over by cheaper-to-produce lab-faked fragrances, offering questionable chemical consequences with each aromatic inhalation.

Fortunately, there are still some natural perfumeries that create olfactory magic the old fashioned way, with distilled botanicals, essential oils, floral waters and other organic ingredients expertly blended into alluring potions. Extracting, infusing and combining essences from nature’s bounty is a complex, time consuming process but the end results can be divine – and certainly better than a nose full of coal tar.

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