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The Beauty Collection offers One-Stop Shopping for Skin, Fragrance and Personal Care

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Pictured: All the gorgeous perfume bottles at the Beauty Collection store in Los Angeles at Robertson and Santa Monica Boulevard.

Last week, the Beauty Collection opened a new store in Los Angeles, in West Hollywood.  It has to be one of the most fantastic one stop shopping places for cosmetics, perfume, nail products, skin and hair care that I have ever seen.  But this news is bigger than just an LA Story.  The Beauty Collection is available to everyone looking for beauty products around the world via the web as the store lives online at  Products ordered from the website can be delivered anywhere that UPS ships to.  This is good news for those looking to point and click for some of the best beauty products available. Even better news, bargain shoppers can sign up for special deals and discounts on beauty collection products  by subscribing online.

The Los Angeles store opening featured some of the Beauty Collection founders who are superstars within the industry.  Attendees included Beauty Collection founder Shawn Tavakoli, Dr. Norman Leaf and Rand Rusher of Leaf & Rusher, Sara Happ of Sara Happ, Dana B. Myers of Booty Parlor, Jessica Kernochan of LaLicious, Scott-Vincent Borba of BORBA, Michelle Olson of ‘Tini Beauty, Ole Henriksen of Ole Henriksen, Shari Creed of SweetSpot Labs, and the founders of The Beauty Bus Foundation, Alicia Marantz Liotta and Wendy Marantz Levine.  I had the opportunity to chat with some of the experts and learn a little more about their unique products and tips for staying beautiful for less.

Scott Vincent Borba is the founder of the BORBA line of beauty from within products. He describes his products as the first International  beauty from within brand. Originally he developed his products to help his father with prostate cancer and to cure his own bad skin. Rather than treating skin problems only on the surface, as with other traditional skin care programs, BORBA formulates delicious, convenient, and highly nutritious drinks and even candy that works on the inner causes of skin complaints. The philosophy of the line is literally you are what you eat. Borba offers flavored waters, Gummy Bear boosters and even  a spray to spritz on your pillow/sheets at night to hydrate the skin while you sleep. To take advantage of Borba’s expertise for free, you can leave a beauty question for him on his website. Scott Vincent told me, “I answer questions about beauty and skin care from readers, free of charge. Also, visitors can sign-up for special discounts at” For more sale tips and special codes, follow Borba on Twitter @BORBA.

Ole Henriksen is the founder of Ole Henriksen skin care products. He has a celebrity clientele that includes Hugh Jackman, Katy Perry and Kirk Douglas, who he calls simply, “Amazing.” Like BORBA, Ole became interested in skin care to help his own skin issues (the dreaded acne). His organic line of products was one of the first lines to use natural botanicals.  Ole is the best advertising for his own skin care line, with beautiful skin and a natural energy that is infectious. He notes its important to live a healthy lifestyle as well as use the right skin products.  He says, “I love seeing erupted skin clear up and clogged pores become a thing of the past!”  His tip for those looking for a good deal is to check out his bestselling “Three Little Wonders” box set for $70.00. This kit features his award winning Truth Serum-Collagen Booster, Sheer Transformation-Renewing Crème and Invigorating Night Gel-Firming Treatment for $26.00 less than if you bought them individually.  To try to score some Ole for free, check his Twitter giveaways by following him @OleHenriksen.  If you live in LA, check for specials at his Sunset Plaza spa.

Sara Happ is the founder and inventor of The Lip Scrub. The Lip Scrub is a unique lip exfoliating scrub designed to strip away dead skin, and give the lips a rosy, natural glow. I tried the product in Vanilla Bean on my own lips and it was delicious and effective although I must confess, I would never have thought of using such a product until seeing it at the Beauty Collection. Rachel Zoe is a user of the Lip Scrub. Sara told me, ” I mixed Lip Scrub in my own kitchen with ingredients from the local market.”  I love the story of how she invented it herself and made it with natural ingredients.  Sara notes that although the Lip Scrub is priced at $24.00 US, the small package will last for about two years. You use only the tiniest amount on your fingertip and rub it on the lips to exfoliate.  After exfoliating with The Lip Scrub, Sara advises that you follow it with the companion product, The Lip Slip.  This is a lip balm that is actually delicious, clear and paraben free.  One more thing about Sara Happ’s products, the packaging is beautiful.  I love the little gift box with the delicate bow.

I almost walked  right by Dana Myers of Booty Parlor’s unique mix of fun and flirty products.  Frankly, I wasn’t sure what to make of a name like “Booty Parlor.” But I am glad I stopped to check it out.  I received a free sample of the Kissaholic Aprhodisiac Lip Pumping Gloss, and I have to admit, I am now addicted to it! It tastes good and gives the lips a nice shine.  Look for a future giveaway of it here on the blog. The founder of Booty Parlor, Dana notes that Booty Parlor’s cosmetics and body treats aren’t just about looking sexy, they’re about empowering women to feel  sexy and confident, in and out of the bedroom. Products from the line include body shimmer, Flirty Little Secret Body Butter (pictured) and the naughty sounding Chocolate Body Fondue. Those looking for discounts should check out Booty Parlor at home parties on the Booty Parlor website.

Shari Creed of SweetSpot Labs offers her “The Sweet Spot ” collection at the Beauty Collection. This groundbreaking line was one of the first to address using pH balanced ingredients to cleanse the “Sweet Spot.”  What a long way this line has come.  Shari told me when she was first launching the products a major TV show did not want to talk to her because she was specific about the parts of a women’s body her products cleansed. This seems so silly now, when you think of all the commercials on TV today for personal hygiene products.  The SweetSpot product line includes wipettes and body mists.  There is even a basil grapefruit wipette that sounds, well, almost irresistible.  Beyond being an innovator in body care, Shari Creed is also a supporter of  The Beauty Bus Foundation.  This non-profit organization is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for home-bound, terminally or chronically ill patients and their primary caregivers.  The Beauty Collection is also a sponsor of this worthy organization.  What a wonderful idea to bring beauty care into people’s homes to uplift those who are sick, and most in need. Very impressive. Sandra Bullock is a strong supporter of The Beauty Bus Foundation, founded by Alicia Marantz Liotta and Wendy Marantz Levine.  Another reason to like Sandra!

Pictured: One of my favorite brands is featured at the Beauty Collection: Molton Brown.

After visiting the Beauty Collection brick and mortar store, I give it high marks for variety and quality beauty products. Just watch the prices when you visit, as not everything is a deal.  Some of my favorites they feature: Motlon Brown, Annick Goutal, Bond No. 9, Pevonia, Smashbox, Dermalogica and Kerastase. You better believe I already signed up for their coupons so I can take advantage of savings! I’m also following the Beauty Collection on Twitter for special deals @Beautycurator.


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.

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