Friday, December 20, 2013

Last Minute Stocking Stuffer Alert!

Still need a few little items for those style-savvy ladies in your life? Do them a solid and grab a few Mixed Chicks Dent & Tangle-free Spring Bands to throw in their stocking.

These telephone cord looking bands are perfect for all types of hair, and leave hair kink and tangle free. They're available in light yellow, clear light pink, clear aqua blue, clear amber and clear black.

As a gal with frustratingly fine tresses, these little wonders still did a fantastic job of keeping my hair back for the entire day. I especially loved how the shape of the bands really allowed for a great messy bun or topknot.

I also passed a few along to a pal with completely a completely different hair type than mine and every time I've seen her in a pony tail since, she's been rocking the Mixed Chicks!

Another great stocking stuffer option from this awesome brand is their namesake shampoo, deep conditioner and leave-in conditioner. They gently clean and condition straight, wavy or curly hair and smell like a dream.
I enjoyed a nice little sampler trio!

Mixed Chicks is an all-around amazing company dedicated to women of all ethnicities and backgrounds. They celebrate the fact that "we not only come from everywhere, but we are going everywhere."

And on those adventures, it's always nice to have an extra dependable hair band or two!

Mixed Chicks Shampoo, Deep Conditioner and Leave-In Conditioner can also be found on their website.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Holiday Party Prep 101

Yule-time soirees offer the perfect opportunity to glam it up and experiment with new fun make up looks. And AVON is, as always, a fantastic resource for quality, affordable products that pack a mean beauty punch.

True Color Eyeshadow Quad in Metal Eyes: I love eyeshadow kits that tell you where to apply the color- a simple aspect that really helps yield stellar results. The mix of silvers and golds in this kit is also great for creating your own look. I am super into the sparkly white Snowglobe highlighter and the perfect moody pewter, Night Star.

True Color Eyeshadow Single in Bronze Luster: Bronze is so rich on the eyes and a unique take on the more traditionally festive silver and golds. It's also a great choice to make your green or blue eyes really pop.

Ultra Color Lip Crayon in Reddy for Me: Although I'm not a lipstick/lip color person, this chubby crayon option was a breeze to put on, left a nice pop of gold-flecked color, and lasted quite a while.

SuperShock Gel Eye Liner Pencil in BlackOut: Ever since Sephora SO rudely messed with their eye liner formula and thusly ruined my LIFE, I have been on the hunt for a new, intense, long lasting, black eye liner. And this stuff is the JAM. I love everything about it—it goes on smooth, the color is awesomely inky and it lasts even when applied to the inner waterline. Oh, but you know what I don't love? The fact that I carried it with me so often that I lost it! Arghdsdfjvldfjsdv!

AVON products can be found through your local representative or online at

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Dope Soap

Soap and Paper Factory Bella Collection is the lovely little swag that stocking stuffers and hostess gifts are made of.

Now available exclusively at Anthropologie, these wholesome indulgences for hands and home are hand-crafted by founders Shannon and Lisa. They boast all-natural ingredients and adorable, individually designed packaging.

The three lush fragrance options Bella, Midnight, and Close are guaranteed to please even the most discerning noses. I was given Midnight—fresh cut gardenia mixed with calming jasmine. SOOOO very good. And the adorably boho label is almost too cute to destroy by opening!

Stock up on these fab soaps and candles and you'll surely be the hit of the holiday season!

Soap & Paper Factory soap and candle tins are available exclusively at Anthropologie, as well as
Shea Butter Soap, $8. 
Candle Tin, $16.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Have you met Sam?

Im a nice person, I really am, but when it comes to hair styling tools, I am a bit of a snob. You will never catch me using a run of the mill straightener or curling my do with a drug store purchased iron, you just won't. (First world problems, right?!) Thus, my new friend, Sam Villa. The Sam Villa Etc Light is a light weight, quiet, salon quality hair dryer that has changed my hair routine forever! My buddy Sam has created an easy to hold, easy to use appliance, making my hair easy on the eyes! You will be shocked by how much power comes from this little guy. Looking for a boost? Hit up my new pal, Sam.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Respect the Kingsley

Real talk: In the winter, not only does my skin get ridiculously dry, but so does my scalp.

'Dems is 'da breaks with a die-hard devotion to scalding hot showers and a ever so sensitive epidermis!

Thankfully though, I have found a magical elixir that remedies this seasonal sitch: Philip Kingsley Scalp Toner.

It's a "rehydrating toner and scalp energizer" that stimulates blood supply to the scalp, absorbs excess oil and protects against flaking. All you do is apply toner directly to the scalp, comb through and style as usual.

Application is super easy with the toner's pointed nozzle and the liquid comes out evenly.  I found it worked best to make a few parts, squeeze along each, rub in and then comb through. It also felt really nice and cooling, and did not change the appearance of my natural hair state at all once dry.

Now, Philip Kingsley Elasticizer on the other hand was not for me. This "cult" hair care essential boasts that it will dramatically improve the condition of your hair after just one use. In my case, it dramatically hindered the condition of my fine tresses, leaving them limp and oily. I even made sure to shampoo and rinse an extra two times to de-coat, all to no avail. My wonderful pro-hairdresser pal thankfully came to my rescue with some clarifying shampoo though and all ended happily!

The takeaway: Philip Kingsley Elasticizer is a thick, potent conditioning treatment that is best left to thicker locks. Philip Kingsley Scalp Toner is my pick for anyone who suffers from seasonal scalp syndrome (or the dreaded Triple S as I'm now going to call it).

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer retails for $45 (150ml) or $25 (75ml). 
Philip Kingsley Scalp Toner retails for $29 (75ml). 
Both products are available at

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Cancel Your Salon Appointment!

Like a true product junkie, I am always on the hunt for the holy grail of hair goo, that one potion that will change my locks for life, that spritz, spray, or slop that will bring the salon-feel home with me.

Call off the search! I've found her!

Allow me to introduce you to L'Occitane's Hair Repair Mask. This conditioning treatment is a little tub of miracle goop that magically transforms your dry, over treated, or dull 'do into a luscious look. Your hair will feel, fall, and smell like you just dropped a Benjamin at the beauty shop!

I've used this stuff once a week for a month now, and every time I do, I'm asked by someone if I've had my hair done. It has not failed once.

Looking for a boost in moisture and ego? Check this stuff out!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

It's What's On the Inside...

I love facial masks. Especially the clay ones. As they harden and tighten I like to pretend I'm slowly turning into a statue... Or that I'm in Westeros on an epic quest with my direwolf and became unfortunately infected with Gresyscale. Curses!

Perfect Pores Clay from Twitty Natural Products is derived from volcanic ash clay that does in fact date back to ancient times. This particular clay has been known to remove toxins and soothe aching muscles, and is also used in many mineral makeups and other wellness products.

Perfect Pores Clay improves upon the clay's natural abilities by using a special proprietary treated manufacturing method that effectively pulls out the bad stuff like oil, impurities and infections, while infusing beneficial minerals that our skin needs.

My sample arrived just in time to tackle an increasingly large pimple on my forehead. But first, we need to discuss this:

What the what?!! What does a shirtless man in linen pants clutching a white-frocked damsel in a random field have anything to do with a beauty face mask?

(Related side note: Hey Twitty Natural Products- I know some really talented and affordable packaging designers and could easily hook you up, okay?)

Moving on!

The mask itself is awesome. I loved having to mix it up myself. The smell was earthy and natural. I enjoy the feeling that as it dries, it's pulling out yucky things from my face. And most importantly, it got rid of that pesky pimple in two days. Plus, it's additive free, chemical free, preservative free, fragrance free and is not tested on animals.

Definitely a cool product that just needs a bit of tweaking in the presentation department.

Perfect Pores Clay Mask can be purchased directly through its website,

Monday, October 21, 2013

Exclusive Interview: Darais, Lancôme National Celebrity Artist

We at BrainyBeautys love the Halloween season- because we love beauty tricks and treats of course! (badum-bum!) And boy, do we have a slew of both to get your week off to a most glamorous start: Darais, Lancôme National Celebrity Artist, was gracious enough to answer some of our most pressing beauty questions.

Read on and take note on why Lancôme Artliner 24H is every woman’s new beauty bag essential, plus Darais’ top fall trends, biggest beauty pet peeves, fantastic beauty advice and more… Sweeter than candy and way better for you too!

BrainyBeautys: Why is Lancôme Artliner 24H a beauty bag essential?
DARAIS: Artliner 24H is a beauty bag essential because it's a no brainer! It can be used with or without eye shadow.  It won’t smudge or smear after a long day at work, while on a night out on the town, or even while you are at the gym.  It instantly gives you the eye definition everyone tries to achieve over and over again. It's so simple!

BrainyBeautys: What is one fall beauty trend you're most excited about and how do you incorporate Artliner 24H into it?
DARAIS: At fashion week it was a battle between graphic eyeliner and a smoky eye for fall. Graphic eyeliner won hands down with the launch of Artliner 24H. Its effortless application and vinyl edgy finish create a graphic eye that has created an exciting new trend on its own.  And not to mention all those smoky eye wearers are applying graphic liner on top of their smoky eye now to keep up!

BrainyBeautys: Who is one celeb that you feel always gets it right in the beauty department?
DARAIS: One of my favorite celebs I have had a pleasure to makeover a few times, and someone that I feel always gets it right, is Ashley Greene. She dares to go bold but in a way that is classic and effortless chic. Her skin is radiant even without makeup on. She always has the right amount of pop to her gorgeous eyes, and a lip that never overrides the rest of her look.

BrainyBeautys: What's your biggest beauty pet peeve?
DARAIS: My biggest beauty pet peeve is when someone has on the wrong foundation. Color is key and so is your undertone. It's sad when I can only see the wrong foundation and color jump to the neck or body.  It distracts from the true color of a woman's eyes and from how beautiful she truly is. Don't let your skin distract from your focus features.

BrainyBeautys: What is your "Brainy-est" beauty advice/tip/trick?
DARAIS: My brainy-est advice I give to thousands of women is based on your day, your career, your lifestyle. Decide in the morning if you are more of a speaker or a listener. If you speak a lot go more intense lips. It brings people's attention to what you have to say. If you listen, show it with your eyes done up. People won't be distracted away when they are focused in on your eyes. If you play up both it can be distracting and appear as overdone makeup... Especially to us guys!
We absolutely love DARAIS’ last answer so much- it is such a simple yet amazing tip that reminds us all that everyone can incorporate a make up look that stays true to their aesthetic and personality. And a few strokes of Lancôme Artliner 24H also helps! 

Lancôme’s NEW Artliner24H Precision Point Eyeliner is an ultra-long wear, laser-precise liquid liner available in 10 sophisticated cult colors defining eyes with a dramatic vinyl finish. The felt-tip applicator ensures the liner glides on flawlessly without tugging or skipping and delivers serious color. $30.

Monday, October 7, 2013


Did you know it's PROUD MOUTH Monday?!

On top of Breast Cancer Awareness, October is also Anti-Bullying month, an important cause near and dear to our BrainyBeauty hearts. In this age of constant connectivity and online obsession, it all too often can lead to tragedy.

Even though many of us are well out of our school days, there are still many simple and beneficial ways to stand up and set a good example. One unique option comes courtesy of Soap & Glory and their PROUD MOUTH program.

Last year, the playful British company teamed up with STOMP Out Bullying (the leading national anti-bullying program in the U.S.) and raised over $20,000 in proceeds from the sale of their iconic Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss during the inaugural PROUD MOUTH campaign.

This year, they are again putting their money where their mouth is, and have pledged to donate $1 from every sale of Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss Trio sold over the next year to further support STOMP Out Bullying.

Soap & Glory also encourages everyone to be proud of who they are and show it, with words and actions in the PROUD MOUTH Mondays and Gallery on Facebook, and Twitter, #PROUDMOUTH.

You can also show your support for the PROUD MOUTH movement at

Let's all help get them to their $25,000 goal!

Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss Trio can be purchased on the Soap & Glory website as well as Sephora for $32.  


For more information on Soap & Glory please visit, And for more info on STOMP Out Bullying and their anti-bullying initiatives, visit


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

CC It to Believe It

CC Creams are gaining in popularity for their light coverage and complexion enhancing ways.

CC indeed stands for "color correcting" and the creams are meant to address issues like redness or sallowness with light diffusing particles. They generally offer more coverage than a tinted moisturizer or BB Cream and often include SPF.

Time Freeze CC Anti-Age Color Correcting Cream from Lumene is an impressive 6-in-1 product:
  • Foundation – a fine but well covering formula. The shades are designed to neutralize the color of red areas.
  • Concealer
  • Primer
  • Illuminator
  • Long-lasting
  • SPF 20
This was my first foray into the wild world of CC Creams (it's a beauty product jungle out there), and I must say I am quite inclined to stay awhile. I never quite took to BB Creams (what's the point when I'm devoted to my foundation?), but Time Freeze offers an easy, ideal light coverage for when I'm not so inclined to get gussied up, but still do not want to scare small children or the elderly by venturing out into public make-up free. It instantly perfected my pores and overall skin tone and lasted all day.

As mentioned above, you can also use it as a primer under foundation for extra coverage and staying power—a most excellent aspect I utilized over the weekend for my big brother's wedding!

Lumene Time Freeze CC Cream is available in light, medium and dark shades. It can be found at CVS,, Ulta, and and retails for $14.99. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Time to Get TAUT: Part I


Never heard of it?

Me neither, until I was recently introduced to the new LAC TAUT line. This innovative collection of collagen-replenishing nutricosmetics (or ingestible cosmetics) and collagen-boosting topical products promise to renew and beautify from the inside out.

There are two main components to this celeb-worthy regimen:

1) TAUT Premium Collagen Replenishment Formula
2) TAUT Collagen Mask

Sure, I was excited when I read the press release, but when my sample package arrived I realized how truly major this stuff is.

 The TAUT Collagen Mask boasts a unique and concentrated blend of anti-aging ingredients including hydrolyzed collagen, Squalene, Hyaluronic Acid and antioxidants. Key benefits include fading of fine lines, and firming and rejuvenation of skin. It feels a little slimy to take out of the package, and also a bit confusing to unfold and place on your face, but oh MAN! After using, your skin feels CRAZY soft! Like newborn baby soft! I was truly amazed.
The goods
 Pretty pouch! Whatever do your contents hold?
 Ooooh slimy skin boosting goodness!
 So you look like a monster for 10 minutes... Feels great!

The Replenishment Formula comes in a neat 8-pack box of individual glass bottles- or "shots." Featuring the highest concentration of ingestible collagen on the market- 30 grams per 1.7 oz. serving- TAUT Premium Collagen utilizes a unique hydrolysis technology to shrink the collagen molecule from the size of a basketball to the size of a peanut, which makes it small enough for the body to absorb.

Things be getting fancy up in here!

Not gonna lie, I was a little weirded out about doing a "shot." I'm more of a wine drinker truth be told. Plus, I started feeling a sort of Death Becomes Her vibe at the whole task... I'd really like to avoid a tumble down the stairs only to survive with my head on backwards.

But! All in the name of BrainyBeautys right?!

Immortality aside (I hope?), TAUT Replenishment Formula promotes the following key benefits:
Skin: improved repair, firmness, and pigmentation
Hair: restoration, growth
Nails: strengthening and improved appearance

So I cheers-ed my reflection and took it like a champ. Not bad! The real orange juice taste is definitely is a plus.
Bottoms up baby!

As it is recommended every other day (3-4 times per week), I am only three bottles and two masks in. Thus far, my usually brittle nails are wicked long and strong. Definitely love that!

To be continued...


TAUT Collagen Mask, $50 for a box of 5; TAUT Premium Collagen Replenishment Formula, $110 for a box of 8 1.7 oz. bottles. Products can be found at RenewAlliance.com

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Did you check out our New Legends of the Fall Feature the other day? Were you intrigued? Were you curious to give some products a whirl and have for your very own?! Well now's your chance!!!

It's our first official Heads Up, 7 Up Giveaway!!!

To play, just tweet the fall beauty trend you're most excited to try out to #HeadsUp7Up by 7PM (eastern) TOMORROW, September 19.

Our editors will select TWO favorites to win a Ciate Corrupted Neon Manicure Kit and GEODEO Deodorant. A third lucky tweeter will also win a Ciate Corrupted Neon Manicure Kit.

There's no time to waste! GET TWEETIN'!

Monday, September 16, 2013

New Legends of the Fall

A new season is always a great time to step up your style and beauty game, and this fall, the ante is off the charts. Read on for your BrainyBeautys approved autumn essentials and get excited—one or more of these selected products could be featured in our upcoming "Heads Up, 7 Up" Back to School Giveaway!

1) Hair: If you're planning on changing up your do' this fall, new Ouidad Color Sense Collection is the ticket to keep your locks looking fresh, vibrant and salon-worthy.
Color Preserving Shampoo gently removes mineral deposits and product buildup that can strip color and also provides a shield against fading from UV exposure and styling. $20 for 8.5 fl. oz.

Color Preserving Conditioner nourishes and replenishes while it's Protective Color Lock complex affixes color to hair fibers and offers extra UV protection. $22 for 8.5 fl. oz. 

Shine Boosting Color Extender instantly brings back that post-salon glossiness no woman can get enough of. It extends the life of hair color and is also sulfate- and silicone-free. $26 for 5 fl. oz. 

BrainyBeautys approved: I've been using this hair system since my recent chop and change-up a few weeks ago and can confirm that my tresses still look and feel amazing!

2) Face: Undo any summer sun damage with PrecisionMD Celfix DNA Youth Recovery Facial Serum. A study published in the Journal of Drugs and Dermatology revealed that when combined with twice-daily sunscreen application, Celfix DNA not only addresses current sun damage, but also helps delay future signs of aging skin. Available at physicians' offices nationwide.

BrainyBeautys approved: Anti-aging product + sunscreen = DUH! But what makes this product special is it's unique consistency... It's thicker than most serums and doesn't leave skin feeling constricted. I've been using it nightly for a few weeks and love what it's doing for my skin.

3) Smile: Whitening Lightning Super Booster Whitening Pen: If you missed our review of this smile-enhancing wonder, check it out now. This revolutionary whitener is convenient (portable!), safe (won't damage tooth enamel) and brightens teeth like you won't believe. $79 at

4) Body: Do deodorant differently! GEODEO ® natural deodorant plus Detox Complex promises to keep you smelling great while tackling toxins. This naturally-derived deodorant uses volcanic minerals and Icelandic algae to fight impurities found in the body. When applied to underarms, these ingredients help deeply purify pores from a multitude of environmental contaminants found in the body. Available in Island, Ocean and Unscented. See for product availability.

BrainyBeautys approved: If you're gonna sweat, why not sweat out the toxins? To be clear: this invisible solid is only a deodorant and not an anti-perspirant. That being said, it definitely goes on clear and neutralizes odors all day long. I've been a devoted wearer for weeks now and can't come up with any complaints! Plus, it's also really cool to know that it's 97% natural, allergen-free and comes in a recyclable container. Total next-level pit protection.

5) Body: Thymes Lotus Santal Body Lotion combines the sultry notes of sweet cocoa vanilla and spices along with nourishing shea butter, softening squalane and humectant glycerin to moisturize dry skin. $25 at Thymes online.

BrainyBeautys approved: The scent—Sensuous, warm and perfect for fall. The lotion—Luxurious, thick and perfect for all.

6) Nails: Electrify your digits with Ciate Corrupted Neon Manicure. Choose from Shout Out (pink), Mega Foam (yellow), Foam Party (blue) or Club Tropicana (orange). Each kit contains a matte neon paint pot, loose neon glitter and a mini corrupted UV top coat. Experiment with just a sparkling glitter finish or light up the night with the corrupted clear top coat. Sets retail for $25 at your local Sephora

BrainyBeautys approved: The matte neon paint pot colors are gorgeously vibrant and the UV topcoat is perfect for every day shine or for the added oomph when hitting the club (blacklight madness!). The loose glitter can get a little messy, but just make sure you allow yourself a little extra time and added workspace and you'll be all set! And if you'd like one of these sweet kits for your very own, you might want to pay VERY close attention to the blog over the next few days! Wink!

All products provided to BrainyBeautys for review. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Heads Up- Giveaways Coming Up!

Fall means amazing colors and transformations... in nature and for you!

Anybody else remember playing "Heads Up, 7 Up" back in the day and how it was such a nice reprieve from the extreme rigors of simple math and spelling?

BrainyBeautys does! In the spirit of Back to School and Fashion Month, we are going to do our own take on giveaway game fun! Keep a close lookout in the following week- we'll be hitting you with some fab posts on new fall-perfect products and how you can win some of the most covetable items!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Make Fashion Week Your Own

With Fashion Month in full swing (yes, that's right- shows around the world span into October), BrainyBeautys is diving in! Because from hair, to nails, to accessories and clothes, being a full on BrainyBeauty relies on the sum of all our fab parts.

Now on to one of my favorite aspects of the chic circus: Street Style. The runways will always rule, but seeing how the experts, models, bloggers, etc adorn themselves is almost as fun and insightful as the shows themselves.

But also if you're like me, all of the never-ending epic-ness can be overwhelming- I mean, how the heck do these women continuously knock it out of the style park?!

When your closet seems to pale in comparison, it's helpful to remember these ladies' looks incorporate simple details we all can easily add in to our everyday ensembles.

Got a button down flannel? Ok. What about a plain black mini and go-to black heels? Sweet. That's all you need to bust out a saucy new going out look.
(Photo courtesy The Cut)

Now those black heels we were just talking about? Do those have an ankle strap? Yes? Then try fastening them over a pair of beloved denim for funky punch.
(Photo courtesy Refinery29)

Blogger Susie Bubble has a lot going on in this shot (understatement!), but since we've been chattin' about shoes, let's focus on those eh? Colorful trainers have taken over high-tops as the next big sneaker trend (Vans-esque slip-ons are next!). Get adventurous and pair your work-out essentials with a printed dress to stay cute AND comfy during the work week grind.
(Pic courtesy Refinery29)

Monday, September 9, 2013

Alexander The Great

A little MBFW treat for you, my dear BrainyBeautys devotees! (That's Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in proper fashionspeak!)

Our good friends at Redken were kind enough to pass along the inside hair scoop on one of the hottest tickets in the tents: Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2014. If you aren't familiar with Mr. Wang, study up! He is seriously one of the preliminary designers of our generation and was even tapped to take over at the legendary Balenciaga house late last year. Personally I cannot get enough of his grungy glamour looks, and his accessories are also especially ridic every season.

For Spring/Summer 2014, Redken Creative Consultant Guido pretty much created my ideal every day hair look: natural, texturized and slightly roughed up.

Said Guido: "Overall it's a very sexy look this season. I wanted the hair to reflect the cool, low-key Alexander Wang type girl. I suppose there are equal parts grunge and glamour, in that the hair is voluminous, yet natural." 

Recreating the look is super easy with the right Redken products:
  1. Towel dry hair
  2. Create a messy center part with finger
  3. Apply thickening lotion 06 body builder from root to ends, concentrating product on the roots
  4. Start drying hair with a diffuser to keep the natural waves
  5. Once the hair is 75% dry, allow the hair to dry naturally
  6. Add powder refresh 01 aerosol hair powder/dry shampoo to mid length and ends to give more texture.
  7. Apply quick tease 15 backcombing finishing spray to mid length and ends to hold in the texture

Photos by Charles Sykes for Redken. 

All photos, quotes, beauty steps and product information in this post provided by Redken. 

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Love Yourself. Love Your Skin.

The word "amarte" precisely translated means "to love you." Quite clearly the inspiration for the east-meets-west skin care brand, Amarte, and its motto, "Love Yourself. Love Your Skin."

The leading skin care line in Asia since its Korean debut in 2001, Amarte is now bringing its unique, multifaceted product line to the U.S.

Offerings are meant to evoke the Korean tradition of taking pleasure in a multi-step skin care ritual that includes cleansing, hydrating, rejuvenating and protecting.

I was fortunate enough to try out their fantastic Daily Wonder Cleansing Foam, Natural Finish BB Cream and Daily ExfoliPowder.

Daily Wonder Cleansing Foam ($40): Featuring a custom blend of natural antioxidants, including lavender and chamomile, this cleanser has moved my beloved Neutrogena to the back burner... so that pretty much says it all! Although pricey at $40 a pop, you definitely do not need much to create a rich, foamy lather that leaves your face feeling squeaky clean yet soft. Scently-speaking: It has a rather strong cucumber aroma, so if you are not a fan of the green veg, perhaps you'll want to pass.

Natural Finish BB Cream ($49): Did you know that BB creams were immensely popular over in Korea before expanding to the US market? Tis' true! And this true Korean BB cream is a sheer, finely pigmented beauty balm that provides uniform coverage that won't rub off on shirt collars or clothing and also packs a hearty SPF 36 punch. Plus, it's loaded with additional super skin saving elements including argan oil, elemental sulfur and caviar extract. Snazzay! I love that it smoothed over pores and evened out my complexion without looking make-up-y.

Daily ExfoliPowder ($35): This is truly an interesting product! It's a dry powder that you shake into wet palms, and is activated by rubbing hands together to create a light, creamy lather. It doesn't feel rough or sandy like most exfoliators, which makes it ideal for sensitive skin. Even though I felt the lather was lacking, my face looked brighter and felt fab after using.

Amarte is a welcome addition to our western shores and beauty shelves everywhere! 

All Amarte products are dermatologist tested and approved.

Shop Amarte online at

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A Whitening Wonder!

Those who know me, know that I am kind of obsessed with my teeth. I would go to the dentist daily if I could (alas! if only!), I brush twice a day and floss every night (every night!) and I try to whiten at least twice a year to keep them lookin' snazzy.

Yes, you could say I'm a bit of a freak.

But I maintain my chompers because I've gone through some tough times with them. A childhood bicycle accident left me forever looking like Lloyd Christmas when god forbid my bonding comes off (which did happen at a co-ed 8th grade pool party. SO great for a 13 year old ego), and a backwards molar resulted in a few high school years as a brace face (as if I wasn't dorky enough!).

 Now I love me some Whitestrips, but the fact that they adhere SO firmly makes me nervous for an 8th grade pool party moment 2.0. Plus, they make my teeth super sensitive.

Enter the Super Booster Whitening Pen. It gives the best of both worlds without the worry, sensitivity and then some!

This revolutionary product comes in a portable, easy-to-use pen and contains a powerful whitening agent that dissolves difficult-to-remove stains without damaging tooth enamel.

 It is incredibly easy and efficient to use too! You just:
1) Dry off teeth
2) Twist the bottom to dispense product on to the brush (sort of like a lip gloss)
3) Paint a thin coat onto desired teeth
4) Smile wide for 60 seconds (to allow product to adhere)
5) Ta-dah! Done!

It's recommended to rinse off after a few hours, but I found that drinking water was enough to suffice.

More awesome aspects: It doesn't leave teeth sensitive with repeated use like other whitening products, there's no funky tasting goo left over on teeth afterwards (gross!) and you can pretty much whiten anywhere since it's so quick and easy!

La-la-la-loooooooovvvve this product! I definitely noticed a brighter and whiter smile after my two week stint. And um, I might still use it a few times a week for maintenance. What?! I can't help it!

Check out how white my pearly whites are now too:
Extreme close-up whoaaaaahhh!!

Super Booster Whitening Pen retails for $79. Visit to purchase and to check out Whitening Lightning's complete selection of whitening products.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

I'm Telling Mom!

In between feeding, wiping, dressing, changing, lifting, snuggling, soothing, teaching, and worrying about our little monsters, how are we supposed to look and feel good too?!?

As a new mommy, I am on a quest to preserve my Momjo (Thank you Guilianna Rancic for the amazecakes term!) despite my new body shape, hormone level, skin type, and ever changing list of responsibilities. Here are a few of the gems I've uncovered.

Orlane Firming Arm Creme
The combo of gaining weight to sustain your little peanut and workout restrictions while preggy can sometimes lead to some loss in muscle mass and arm skin stretching...Fun right? Luckily, there is a fantastic product geared right toward that post-partum wing-ding action! 
Mamamio Shrink to Fit
I fall instantly in love with every genius product Mamamio makes and this cream is no exception! During pregnancy, our hips spread to make way for our little chicken's arrival. Further, many women hold weight gain in their thighs and hips, making this product an after-baby soul mate! Lather this blessing on daily for a significant lift in elasticity...and don't forget to check out all of the encouraging messages hiding throughout the Mamamio packaging for a little emotional lift too!

U Luxury Shampoo and Conditioner
Is it just me or does every part of a new mommy's body seem to need some extra TLC? Enter: thick, smooth, silky treatment for your baby making locks! No need to beat around the bush here! They straight up named it after it's most desirable quality: luxury.

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Enchanting Adventures of L & J

 SCENE 1. 

The place: A cozy kitchen in the Detroit suburbs. Leslie is opening up a package with great excitement and is delighted to find GO 24-7 Men's Deodorant/Body Spray inside. Leslie's husband Jerry enters the kitchen.

Leslie: Husband! I have a most fabulous men's product for you to use and review for BrainyBeautys!
Jerry:  Surely oh wife! Whatever might that be?
Leslie: Why it's GO 24-7 Deodorant/Body Spray! A manly man's professional grooming product that won't stain clothes and claims to have a masculine yet not overpowering scent.
Jerry: Pip pip! I shall give it a whirl!


The place: Leslie and Jerry's living room. She is watching television on the couch- a very intellectually stimulating and profound program entitled, "House Hunters."  Jerry enters stage left.

Jerry: Darling wife! I just put on that new deodorant/body spray you gave me to try.
Leslie: Sweet kittens! Come let me smell you my love.

Leslie inhales deeply and ever so daintily wrinkles her nose.

Leslie: Oh dearest, I do believe I prefer your other every day selections. Whatst thou conclude?
Jerry: I am of the opinion it works splendidly and I have no problem with it's olfactory intent.
Leslie: Well done darling... well done!


GO 24-7 products can be found at

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Back to Beauty

It's that special time of year... when commercials start pushing notebooks and pens, ten pound September issues overfill our mailboxes, football season gets underway, and we all start trying to undo the sun damage of the previous three months (or thirty years... sunscreen, schmunscreen!)

I myself have found a most fantastic facial regimen that leaves my complexion feeling soft, looking luminous and ready to take on my favorite season. Step right up dear readers! It's right this way!

Summer Skin Saver Product #1: LUMENE Pure Radiance Day Cream SPF15

This Vitamin C+  moisturizer with Arctic Cloudberry is the bomb. It smells great, goes on and sinks in superbly, doesn't clog pores and leaves my skin feeling noticeably glowy.  I start every day out with it.

Summer Skin Saver Product #2: JOEY New York Quick Results Line Up for Wrinkles on Face and Eyes

The scent of this product is like a spa in a bottle. After moisturizer, I apply it under make-up every morning around the eyes, nasolabial folds (or smile lines for you high class folk), and then tap the remainder into the middle of my forehead. This serum contains young tender green coconut water with Indian Ginseng Extract Complex and Hydrolyzed Collagen to help smooth the appearance of individual wrinkles on the face. You really can feel it sinking in and plumping. Ain't no lie— Wrinkles bye bye bye!

Summer Skin Saver #3: Biopelle Retriderm Serum Mild
Every anti-aging skin care regime needs a retinol. This is definitely one of the best ones I've ever used. Although it has a somewhat egg-yolky look to it, it sinks right in, smells great, doesn't leave skin flaky with daily use (only 0.5% retinol) and definitely improves the overall look and feel of your complexion. Just a reminder- make sure you use adequate sun protection when using any sort of retinoid, as it majorly ups your skin's sensitivity to the sun!

I honestly can't tout these three wise wonders enough... They've taken over my routine and I would be lost without them. 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Hey Dude! Sweet Hair!

When I asked my (insanely gorgeous) husband to test out Redken for Men Full Impact Bodyfying Shampoo, I promised that (brilliant, amazing) guy two things: first of all, his (already perfectly perfect) hair would get a treat, as Redken boasts a plumping, volumizing, and lifting formula in this wash (my husband rocks!). Secondly, I vowed to sing my (sexy, strong) husband's praises on the internet, in return for his (manly, oh so manly) services. Have I mentioned what a fantastic husband I have?

The love of my life reported that he definitely felt a boost in volume and control with this shampoo. He was most excited about the scent of the stuff! He said that it has a "refreshing, sweet smell". I agree. This product certainly made my already delicious smelling man, smell that much sweeter.

Husband tested. Wife approved. 

Forever and Ever and Ever and Ever

The smell of vanilla instantly takes me back to 1989, in the kitchen of my childhood home. I'm baking homemade chocolate chip cookies with my brother and my mom. Always a loving, selfless sister, I never fought my brother over the licking of the mixing spoon. Why? Because while he was busy smearing raw dough all over his mug, I was sneaking spoonfuls of vanilla extract into my mouth! I promise, it never made me sick. (Okay, there was that one time...)

Lavanila Laboratories Forever Frangrance Oil in vanilla grapefruit takes me back to this dear memory of mine, with strong, sweet notes of vanilla, married with a balancing citrus, giving this classic flavor a mature, delicate blend.

I love the rollerball application too-I can't help but wonder how I could have worked a rollerball full of vanilla extract into my mouth back in the day...

What Rhymes with Biore? GIVEAWAY!!!!

Peanut Butter loves Jelly and Spaghetti adores a good Meatball. like Cereal and Milk, Biore's Acne Fighting Cleansers and Deep Cleansing Pore Strips are the perfect pair, one makes the other better! 

If you asked any one of theses duos, I am certain they would confess that they simply could not live without their counterpart. So, we at Brainy Beautys ask: What is it that YOU simply cannot live without?

Tweet your love to #JustCantLiveWithout by August 11th, 7pm (eastern). Our editors will award their fave, most heartfelt chirp with a free Biore set including a 6.77 ounce bottle of Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser and a box of 14 Deep Cleansing Pore Strips!

Tweet on, peeps!