Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Biore Bunch

Here's the story, of a lazy lady!
Who was catching up on all her favorite shows
She had to wash her face, and do it quickly,
but the water was just so cold.

Here's the story, of a brand named Biore!
Who'd created some cool cloths of their own.
They removed grime and improved skin tone, 
designed for on-the-go.

And then one day this daft lady met this product,
And she knew it was much more than a hunch:
These facial cloths, were some kind of clean magic,
and that's the way she fell in love with this Biore bunch!

This Biore bunch! 
This Bio-re bunch! 
That's why you should try too this Biore bunch! 
There is no easier way to clean your face than to use Biore Daily Cleansing Cloths. They can be found at drugstores and specialty beauty stores nationwide.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

All Hail The Killer Queen

Her style is bananas, her voice beautiful, her lyrics span from silly to inspiring and now, she can add a super bomb fragrance to her resume! Katy Perry's Killer Queen is delish! This uber feminine, ultra light, and instantly addicting scent is not only wearable day and night, but it also comes in a bottle that is glamorous, girly, and down right adorbies. Need a little luxury in your life? Add this royal treat to your collection!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Guess Again

My husband and I recently tested out Night by Guess. My husband was weary of spraying it on his body, and first did a little test spritz. Once he did, he described what followed as smelling "like [his] dad". This cologne was beyond strong, overpowering even. When I sampled it, Night took me back to Freshman year of college, when my girlfriends and I would cruise the guy's side of the dorms on a Friday night. It was this weekly, magical event where we would find literally every boy fully bathed and freshly doused in way too much of their fave au du toilet. 

Thanks for the walk down memory lane, Night, but I think I'll stick to the present.

Everybody do the scrimp!

Scrimping is a hair technique created by Sam Villa, founding partner of the Sam Villa brand and artistic creative director for Redken 5th Avenue. It's mane purpose (badum bum!): to give curls and waves staying power by resurfacing the hair cuticle and creating a powerful foundation for a curl to hold on to and lock in place.

Sounds a bit intense no? Fear not! Doin' the scrimp is actually quite simple. Check out the master in action use the simple five step process below to achieve the look for yourself.

Let's get scrimping!
  1. Section hair and spray with Redken iron shape 11 finishing thermal spray to protect hair from heat.
  2. Randomly tap down the section with a Sam Villa TEXTUR® Iron – using light to medium compression.
  3. Repeat until entire head is texturized.
  4. Curl as usual.
  5. Finish with Redken control addict 28 high control hairspray for curls with super staying power.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I Do Declare

As the Declaration of Independence goes, all people have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of thick, shiny hair.

What? Just go with it!

These indisputable dreams are increasingly close at hand with Focus Hair Care's Rejuvenating Shampoo. This spicy, eucalyptus-y scented potion is enriched with biotin, Argan oil,  Hemp seed oil and Ginseng root to improve scalp condition and promote thicker, fuller hair. It's aim is to build body and volume in fine, thinning tresses, and to encourage growth and activate dormant hair follicles. Plus, it's paraben free, sulfate free, gluten free and cruelty free/not tested on animals.

The most interesting aspect to Rejuvenating Shampoo, besides it's unique spicy perfume, is that once you work it into a lather, you let it sit for 2-3 minutes before rinsing. It feels mildly tingly and sort of like the foamy lather is expanding and thickening while you wait. Very cool. My thin locks definitely look and feel more substantial with every use. 

 Looking to stand up to your own unruly tresses? Here are some more tips from Focus Hair Care to get you on your own revolutionary track:

-Eat protein rich foods like barley, maize and brown rice and always drink plenty of water.
-Keep energy levels high while encouraging the production of new hair cells by eating every 3-4 hours.

-Massage your scalp for a few minutes each day to increase circulation and keep hair follicles stimulated. 

-Shower in tepid water instead of hot to save your hair from becoming brittle and susceptible to breakage. 

-Stress is one of the biggest causes of hair loss. Identify your triggers and learn to manage your stress.

-Aim to wash hair every other day and supplement with a dry shampoo. Over washing causes hair to lose its natural oils.

Focus Rejuvenating Shampoo and Conditioner can be found purchased on the Focus Hair Care website

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Your Best Beautiful

Every day, a woman looks at herself in the mirror at least 10 times. And how many of those times do you feel your best beautiful?

Olay wants to make it 10 out of 10— and beyond. Their new 2014 YOUR BEST BEAUTIFUL campaign is designed to empower women to put their best face forward and embrace the best possible version of themselves each day. It goes beyond the surface and encourages us all to dive in and explore our needs, desires and goals to feel stronger, more confident and more powerful than ever before.

So when do you feel your best beautiful? What improvements are you making in your life in 2014 to truly feel your best beautiful every day? Share with us and Olay in the comments below and on all the social networks with #BestBeautiful

Monday, January 13, 2014

Nail Down 2014's Easiest Beauty Look

What's that I hear? Ah, it's the death knell of nail art!

Goodbye tiny bowties! See ya later zig zags!

And for anyone without wizard hands and three hours to dedicate to painting your digits, the latest nail trend is a welcome reprieve.

A matte nail looks velvety, fresh and just plain cool. Plus, it's a freakin' snap to achieve. Just buy a matte top coat to create a matte nail with the endless colors you already have. There are many great, affordable options out there including Orly Matte Top and Essie Matte About You.

I received the latter for Christmas (shout out to Beth & Kyle! Woot!) and went to town with a vibrant purplely blue cheapie I've had forever. I applied a clear base coat followed by two coats of color and allowed those to dry. Then I added one topper of Matte About You (use two if you can see shine coming through). The results? Flat, matte and definitely different. Dig it!
The tools
In progress- two coats of color. Notice how shiny the polish normally is.
The three nails on the right have been matte-d.
Ta-dah! All done!

Essie Matte About You retails for $10, and is available at ULTA Beauty and other selected beauty and retail stores nationwide.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Total Blackout

Outside all I see is white white snow. But inside, I'm enjoying a sooty blackout thanks to NYX Kohl Kajal Black Eyeliner.

What? You don't practice new beauty looks and products when you have a sorta-snow-day? Then you're missing out! Especially with this awesomely inky and amazingly inexpensive pencil that goes on smooth and lasts all day and night. It has the best quality pigment I've ever used with a hoarder-friendly price tag of $6.

Kohl Kajal offers a matte black finish, but NYX's other Noir Collection options include glossy, satin finish, liquid and more. Plus, the wallet-friendly product offerings extend to lips, nails, tools, body, face and even accessories.

Los Angeles based NYX Cosmetics was named in honor of the ancient Greek goddess who ruled the night... and their pitch-black eyeliners also surely do her proud.
NYX products can be purchased through their website, www.nyxcosmetics.com. Check out their Store Locator page to also search for a retailer near you.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Year, New Skin

Happy 2014 dear readers! 
The end of 2013 got away from us, but we promise you, this year our resolution is to step it up and bring you more beauty coverage and product reviews than ever before.
And what better way to start off, than with some fab skin care lines, that are sure to get you glowing and even more gorgeous than you already are!

Bet you've never heard of this company, even though they're the nation's leading provider of aloe-based skin care, beauty and nutritional products. After a 1985 work incident left co-founder Brian Kaminski with severe burns from his waist down, wife and co-founder Linda Kaminski turned to natural aloe to help soothe his pain and ease the healing process after doctor prescribed bandages and ointments did not seem to work. Years later, "remembering their experience with aloe vera, Linda and Brian decided to start their own skin care company with formulas based" on the natural plant. Their further rationale, as Brian explained, "Most skin care products begin with water as the basic ingredient." Using aloe as the main ingredient would promote healing and help people enjoy younger, healthier skin.
 Facial Masque: This great smelling "non-surgical face lift" comes out like a liquid, but then gets tacky as it dries on skin. After ten minutes you rinse it off, pat skin dry and behold! Amazingly softer, brighter skin! With extended use, it will reduce the appearance of large pores, fine lines and wrinkles.
A keeper for sure!

Rejuventating Facial Peel: Whoa, you guys, this product is awesomely ridic! Firstly, it has a sort of orange jell-o scent, consistency and look... nothing like I've ever seen or tried before. It's nice and cooling to apply too, yay. Secondly, after you allow it to dry for 20-30 seconds after applying, you go back over your skin with fingers and rub gently in a circular motion until you see "small beads of skin form." Yes- YOUR SKIN IS LITERALLY PEELING OFF. It's the actual dead skin cells being lifted away. Freaky- in the best sort of skin-enhancing way! Truly, this is one of the neatest products I've ever used, especially because you see and feel it working.

Learn more about L'BRI PURE n' NATURAL and the entire product range at www.lbri.com.
Products are sold through L'BRI consultants. Call 800-742-8828 or email support@lbri.com for a consultant near you.

Beautiful mind. Beautiful skin. That's the Skin Beautiful Dermaceutical mantra, and their ground-breaking philosophy, practice and skincare line harnesses the science of empowering positive mental thoughts and actions with clinically proven anti-aging products. In other words, they believe true beauty is a holistic concept and even go so far as to include a unique affirmation, or Affirmacize, inside all packaging. You are then supposed to adhere the Affirmacize to your bathroom mirror and repeat it to yourself as you use the products daily. A bit new-agey and nutty? Yes. But hey, I'm always down to get my "om" on!
Skin Rescue Oxygen Treatment: Features superfruits and oxygen to help repair skin at the deepest level. This clear gel has a soothing scent and sinks right in to skin.

Time Reversal Eye Cream: Combines Marine Filling Spheres™with anti-aging peptides and antioxidents to quickly restore skin's ability to remodel and repair itself. I found this to be a sweeter smelling cream that gives a great moisture boost to the eye area.

Dermal Nutrition Antioxidant (DNA) Repair Cream: This thick cream smells like heaven and leaves skin feeling super soft and looking supple. It features a "powerful blend of high-tech peptides and superfruit antioxidants to literally stop aging in its tracks by communicating with skin at the DNA level."

All Skin Beautiful Dermaceuticals products can be found at www.skin-beautiful.com

I really loved using all of these products and felt that each was a productive and proactive step in my skincare routine, especially as I venture into this new, wonderful year. Bring it on 2014!