December 29, 2014

How to Get Shiny Spirals


If you have long hair and you are looking for a New Year's Eve party look, try shiny spirals! I love putting ringlet type curls in my hair, especially for a night on the town. Follow these tips to get boingy and voluminous glossy curls like Amanda Seyfried.


You will need Zero Frizz Keratin Corrective Hair Serum and Thicker Fuller Hair Weightless Volumizing Hair Spray. The Keratin Corrective Serum eliminates frizz and fly-aways for dramatically shinier, more manageable hair. The Volumizing Hair Spray ensures flexible, touchable, all-day (or night) hold. It leaves hair soft and shiny, while adding maximum volume and lift.

How to Get Shiny Spirals:
  1. Apply a small amount of Zero Frizz Keratin Corrective Serum ($7.99) to strands of hair to eliminate frizz and fly-aways.
  2. Using a 1 ½ - 2” curling iron, curl hair to achieve full, loose curls.
  3. Finish with Thicker Fuller Hair Weightless Volumizing Hairspray ($5.99) for a flexible all-night hold.

Whatever kind of glam look you choose for New Year's Eve, have fun and stay safe!

Korres Natural Skincare Products :: Review


Korres is a Greek skincare and color brand, founded in 1996 out of Athens’ oldest homeopathic pharmacy. Korres is founded in pharmacy and homeopathy, with a passion for natural herbs, extracts, and ingredients. They offer advanced natural formulations that deliver maximum results. I recently tried two more products from the Korres Skincare Line.


Skin Concern :: Fine Lines and Skin Discolorations :: Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturizing & Brightening Cream

This product is a moisturizing and brightening cream, with Wild Rose oil. This natural source of Vitamin C helps repair the look of fine lines and skin discolorations. Imperata-cylindrica extract, derrived from a desert plant, is known for its ability to provide continuous moisturization by regulating the moisture equilibrium of the skin. After daily cleansing, apply to face and neck, avoiding the eye area. I love the non-greasy formula. It gave my skin a moisturized glow.



Skin Concern :: Skin Rejuvenation :: Watermelon Cool Refreshing Mask

This cooling mask is enriched with crisp watermelon and natural antioxidants to instantly revitalize and moisturize skin. Perfect for date night prep or late night recovery, the lightweight formula is enriched with a cocktail of soothing and nourishing macadamia seed and sweet almond oils and a multimineral complex to tone, restore, and maintain skin hydration. The invigorating scent of freshly sliced summer watermelon makes the mask the perfect beauty booster. It smells divine and really cooled and refreshed my skin.


Simplicity Soothing Gentle Cleanser from Pür Minerals‏ :: Review


Finally, there's a cleanser all skin types can enjoy! Gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin, Simplicity effectively removes dirt, impurities and even makeup without irritation. Free of irritating sodium lauryl sulfate, this no-frills facial wash lushly cleanses, calms and conditions with natural amaranth protein, shea butter and honey extract. It is also paraben free.


Pür Minerals Simplicity Soothing Gentle Cleanser removes dirt and impurities from your skin without causing irritation or dryness. Perfect for all skin types, this cleanser calms, conditions and hydrates skin with shea butter and honey extract.


What I Love: 
  • It is just a simple cleanser that is pure and clean
  • It cleanses all skin types without irritation
  • It calms and hydrates with natural extracts

HUM Nutrition Cleanse to the Rescue :: Review



HUM Nutrition is an innovative vitamin line that is revolutionizing the supplement industry by creating products specifically for beauty and lifestyle. HUM takes the uncertainty and guessing out of the vitamin game and provides products that are straightforward and fun.



HUM Nutrition just released a 21-day detox program that is clinically proven to support a flatter stomach, clearer skin and healthy digestion. Cleanse to the Rescue is available at Sephora and on Sephora.com just in time to kick off those New Year’s resolutions!


While the vast majority of us start the New Year with resolutions that have to do with self-improvement – whether that’s eating healthier, losing weight or improving fitness, only 8% of Americans achieved them in 2014. So what are you going to do differently in 2015 to make those goals happen?


With HUM Nutrition’s Cleanse to the Rescue you can take that step toward a healthier you for only $42! HUM created a revolutionary 21-day detox program that supports a flatter stomach, clearer skin and healthy digestion. It’s the perfect buddy to achieve your New Year's resolution.



HUM's unique data-driven approach analyzed the eating and lifestyle habits of modern women. After collecting over 1 million data points, HUM formulated a cleanse that makes achieving your health and beauty goals easy. Look at it as your new best friend - the perfect companion helping you keep your word to yourself and turn your New Year’s resolutions into reality.


I am about halfway through the 21 day detox. I love how HUM provides the daily packets - making it so easy to use. Each daily pack contains two Daily Cleanse (regular capsules) and two Flatter Me (small capsules). Just take one Flatter Me capsule before your two main meals and two Daily Cleanse capsules without food. I already feel less bloated and my skin looks great. With great results this quick, I can't wait to see what the results will be at the end of the 21 days. Why not give Cleanse to the Rescue a try and start your new year off feeling and looking great!?



HUM believes that true beauty comes from the inside. Visit Sephora or sephora.com to check out the large selection of HUM supplements. Cleanse to the Rescue is a unique 21-day cleanse program, designed by Hum's leading nutritionists for a flatter-looking stomach, body detox, and radiant skin.

Karin Herzog Essential Mask :: Review


Karin Herzog is the worldwide leader in oxygen skin care. The brand helps women all over the world restore their own youthful glow and radiance through the transformative effects of active oxygen. I was invited to discover these unique qualities of the Karin Herzog skincare philosophy. I loved trying Oxygen Sun and Oxygen Body, and now I had the chance to try the Essential Mask.


No one likes being told “you look tired.” While the Karin Herzog Essential Mask can’t give back those precious hours of lost sleep, it can reduce visible signs of fatigue. Perfect for before an event or after air travel, this deeply nourishing mask instantly leaves the skin feeling plumped, hydrated and energized. Formulated with 2% active oxygen and vitamin A, the Essential Mask also provides an immediate lifting and toning effect, while lessening hyperpigmentation for a brightening effect. Suitable for all skin types, especially acneic, the Essential Mask minimizes breakouts in addition to controlling future blemishes. With just one use, skin will appear softer, more refreshed and radiant. Molly Sims is a fan of the Karin Herzog brand and Essential Mask!


To use Karin Herzog's Essential Mask, apply with a brush in order to avoid absorption of active ingredients through fingertips. Apply liberally to a clean, dry face and neck. Leave on for 10 minutes, rinse off with lukewarm water. For very dry skin, leave the mask on to absorb into the skin and simply massage in the excess without rinsing. Use one to three times per week.

Essential Mask is a great option for the cold months because it restores hydration levels to leave the complexion soft, radiant and plump. I love that it also minimizes breakouts, helps to fight hormonal acne and blemishes, and even lessens hyperpigmentation. My dry skin was replenished and brighter after use.

December 28, 2014

Get the Royal Plum Glam Look‏


In a recent episode of Project Runway All Stars, the designers were asked to create winter outerwear inspired by British royalty. The All Stars were even flown to London, England for inspiration! Mary Kay Global Makeup Artist Luis Casco took the winning look to the next level with rich purple hues – after all, it is the color of royalty! Check out Luis’ tips below to get this winning look at home.


How to get the Royal Plum Glam Look:
  1. Using a brow defining brush, apply Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Sweet Plum to eyebrows in short strokes and seal color with clear brow gel for maximum staying power.
  2. For a more wearable look, sweep the eye shadow across lids from lash line to just above crease.
  3. Rim lower lash line with color using the same brush.    
  4. Define lashes with two coats of Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara in Black on upper and lower lashes.
  5. Apply Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick in Mystic Plum to lips straight from the tube.

December 27, 2014

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December 22, 2014

Rituals Cosmetics :: Review


The idea behind Rituals Cosmetics is simple. Happiness can be found in the smallest of things. Rituals transforms your everyday routines into moments of indulgence by means of beautiful and luxurious products. Enjoy a warm fragrant bath, a cup of specialty tea or do the dishes with a little more pleasure. I absolutely love (and completely relate to) their philosophy. Enrich the little things in life with a hint of luxury. This true passion can be found in all their products.

The collections are based on Eastern traditions. Each ancient wisdom has its own specifically selected ingredients and distinctive benefits. I had never tried Rituals before, so I was thrilled to be reviewing three of their products. I tried two products from the Tao Collection and one from the Laughing Buddha Collection.


Did you know that the average person takes about 10,000 steps per day? Take some time to put your feet up and let them relax with the help of the Lao Tze foot balm. Pamper your feet with this sensational, nourishing and cooling formula. The unique rich balm has a combination of natural ingredients that leaves dry, rough skin feeling silky, soft and supple. It contains Chinese Mint for revitalizing tired feet. The result? Feet feel silky soft and supple, while your whole body benefits from the care you devote to your feet. It feels amazing! I love this stuff. The cooling sensation feels so relaxing.


The T'ai Chi foaming shower gel sensation is a unique shower foam technology based on the organic ingredients of White Lotus and Green Tea. So as you can imagine, it smells incredible. Due to its self-cleaning properties, the White Lotus is a symbol for purity and spiritual growth, while the powerful antioxidant Green Tea has a strong calming effect. It is the gentlest shower foam your skin has ever experienced. To use: Apply a small amount of foam to the palm of your hand. As soon as the gel comes into contact with water, it changes into a rich nourishing foam for cleaning the whole body.


This stuff is so good! The new year is coming so why now start small by improving your shower ritual?! Relax and find balance in the morning with the T'ai Chi foaming shower gel. I am NOT a morning person, but waking up early never felt this good! Green tea is revered in the east for its effects on lowering mental stress and anxiety levels. Isn't it time for you to take time to unwind? Make it your goal for 2015. I love using the shower foams. I can't wait to try the other varieties too.


Finally, we have the Happy Mist, which is a light bed & body perfume. This energizing bed and body mist can be used on your skin or on textiles. It combines the sparkling refreshment of organic Mandarin with the revitalizing power of Yuzu. I love the versatility of this product. Not only is it safe for textiles, and does not stain. It is also a cosmetic formula that does not contain alcohol and is thus ideal for even the most sensitive of skin. It really does have a "happy" smell. The scent is very much a citrus scent. I find it uplifting and refreshing. It is a fresh and pretty scent. Not too overpowering. It makes me want to try the other home fragrances. After trying just a few products from Rituals, I am hooked. I love this brand.

ROVE On The Go Living :: Review


2015 is almost here. Will you resolve to live a more active and healthy lifestyle? ROVE is a new mobile lifestyle brand of eco-friendly mugs, tumblers and containers. The cater to lifestyles that are on the go. ROVE is dedicated to providing fashionable, sustainable, functional and easy-to-use products that make life more comfortable for today's active, on-the-go generation. The ROVE collection consists of innovative reusable tumblers, mugs, water bottles,travel mugs, sport bottles, lunch boxes, and lunch bags. I tried three of these products for myself.


I love adding lemon or lime to my water. So the 20 Ounce Double Wall Flavor Infuser Tumbler is perfect for me. Now I can infuse drinks on the go with fresh or frozen fruit, flavored ice or fresh herbs. Become your own mixologist with this Flavor Infuser Tumbler. Just add your favorite beverage to the tumbler, then fill the removable Flavor Pod with either fresh fruit, frozen fruit, veggies such as cucumbers, flavored ice or fresh herbs to infuse your drink naturally. The Flavor Pod has a large capacity to hold multiple flavorings, and is top loading for easy refilling.Plus, this infuser tumbler is double wall insulated to keep your beverage cooler on the go, eliminate puddles, and reduce exterior condensation for a more comfortable grip. A dual access lid lets you sip through the mouthpiece or with the curved straw, which has a flared end to keep it in the tumbler. The twist-on lid’s silicone seal ring eliminates big spills. A protective sleeve keeps your hands dry while providing a comfortable, sure grip. This user-friendly 20 ounce beverage infuser is also eco-friendly. It is easy to use and it works perfectly.


Sip from anywhere around the lid of the 14 Ounce Double Wall Hot & Cold Hydration Mug. Keep drinks hot or cold everywhere you go. This hot & cold hydration travel mug is loaded with high quality materials and advanced features that make sipping your favorite beverages a refreshing pleasure.


The one-touch push open lid offers 360 degrees of sipping area all around the rim. When you finish sipping, one touch provides a leak-proof seal. Drinks stay hot or cold longer thanks to double wall insulation, which reduces exterior condensation and eliminates puddles. I really like how this can be used hot or cold. The one-touch lid is a nice feature.


Finally, the 7-Piece Laptop Iced Bento Lunch Box is the  perfect lunch box for those looking for healthy, portion-controlled lunches. The BPA-free Bento Box includes multiple compartments, cutlery and an ice-pack compartment to keep food cold and fresh for hours. The 7 piece laptop iced Bento Box includes 1 Bento Box, 1 hinged lid with carrying handle, 1 5-section Bento insert, 1 leak-proof Bento insert lid, 1 fork and spoon, and 1 non-toxic removable freezer gel pack. Freeze gel pack to activate. When ready to use, attach gel pack to inside of hinged lid.


Healthy lunches can be packed several ways in rove Bento Box to fit your personal lunch service needs.
  • Basic Pack: pack everything in the large container when you do not need to keep ingredients separate. 
  • Bento Pack: keep up to 5 ingredients separate in the Bento insert, which is ideal for crudités, and includes a leak-proof center compartment. 
  • Smart Pack: when you need to prepare portion controlled lunches or food group correct lunches with foods like protein, grain, fruit and vegetables. 
  • Fresh Pack: when you need to keep ingredients separate until ready to serve, then mix them in the large outer container and enjoy.


Bento Box has a variety of on the go uses – it is ideal for taking a more nutritious lunch to work, around town, to a picnic, or even on an airplane. Bento Box containers are top-rack dishwasher safe, microwaveable, eco-friendly, and available in 4 trend-right colors to fit your healthy on the go lifestyle. Move up to the lunch box for adults: the sleek, compact and versatile rove Bento Box that keeps food cold and fresh for hours. I love the versatility of this product. You can add or remove pieces to make it really work for you.


ROVE is all about making today’s on-the-go generation more comfortable in their lives. These high quality reusable products give consumers the trendsetting style, ease of use, high functionality, and eco-friendliness that they demand. Switch to an Earth-friendly reusable cup, tumbler or bottle, and you can eliminate 234 disposable cups and plastic water bottles, while saving energy, water and materials. That means less waste, less pollution, and more natural resources for our planet!

December 21, 2014

Burt’s Bees Natural Skincare for Men Shave Cream :: Review


Do you need stocking stuffer ideas for the men on your list? How about Burt’s Bees Natural Skincare for Men?! Nature knows how to treat a man. Chock-full of clean, no-fuss, no-frills natural care products he doesn't even know he wants but won’t be able to live without. My husband had a chance to try the Natural Skin Care for Men Shave Cream.


The perfect shave is within your reach thanks to this natural cream. It combines the skin calming effects of Calendula and Linden Extract with the hydrating effects of Chamomile resulting in a close, super stylin’ shave that looks and feels smooth. My husband loved using it and I love how smooth his shave was!

Benefits:
  • Calms skin with Calendula and Linden Extract
  • Hydrates with Chamomile 
  • Gives close smooth shave


Jan Marini Holiday Exfoliator :: Review


Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful ... But Jan Marini Holiday Exfoliators are so Delightful! This holiday season, get skincare into the spirit – add a little sugar and spice with the Jan Marini Skin Research limited edition Holiday Exfoliator in Cranberry Orange or Sugar Cookie. I reviewed the Sugar Cookie scent.


As you can see, it looks much like peanut butter, but it smells like gingerbread. This clinical-strength resurfacer that immediately refines texture, leaving skin with a radiant, polished glow. It was designed to eliminate harsh abrasives to gently and safely scrub and resurface the skin. Most scrubs are quite abrasive and might actually hurt as you use them. But this is so delicate, it feels like tiny particles of sand. Your skin is left polished and glowing after using. I love it!

Key Technologies:
  • Glycolic Acid
  • Proteolytic Enzymes - Papain from Green Unripened Papaya
  • Spherical Dissolving Bead Technology
  • Antioxidants

Features and Benefits:
  • Refines skin texture and follicle size
  • Unique spherical dissolving beads, proteolytic enzymes and glycolic acid control results and reduce excessive abrasion commonly associated with exfoliating scrubs
  • Creates a perfect, smooth canvas for make-up application
  • Polishes skin, revealing a smooth, glowing complexion


Combined with potent antioxidants, the Marini Holiday Exfoliator combines a smooth, glowing complexion with significant anti-aging benefits. It comes in two scents, Cranberry Orange and Sugar Cookie.

CLn Skin Care :: Review


Healthy, clear skin is always on-trend. It all starts with clean skin. CLn Skin Care is a TopMD brand developed by dermatologists. The line functions to serve athletes and anyone prone to skin sensitivities. CLn’s six products effectively cleanse the face and body for a fresh, blank canvas. I tried two of the six products.


The CLn Facial Cleanser is a gentle skin cleanser designed by dermatologists for skin prone to rosacea, eczema, acne and other sensitive skin conditions. It is preserved with sodium hypochlorite and formulated with glycerin and skin conditioners. CLn Facial Cleanser allows skin to retain moisture and is soothing to sensitive skin. To use: Massage lather into skin for 30 seconds and then rinse. After using, it is evident that there are no extra ingredients added. For example, fragrance. It doesn't smell the best, but I do like the result. My skin felt very clean and refreshed after using.


CLn BodyWash is also uniquely designed for skin prone to eczema, acne, infection and folliculitis. Preserved with sodium hypochlorite. CLn BodyWash offers the effectiveness of a bleach bath with the luxury of a gentle skin cleanser. Designed by dermatologists, this non-drying formulation can be used on compromised or sensitive skin without causing irritation or dryness. It also reduces the appearance of redness, dryness and scaly skin associated with eczema. To use: It should be lathered on for 1-2 minutes before rinsing. If a larger bottle size is needed, please order the CLn SportWash as it contains the same formulation. I had the same experience with CLn BodyWash. It did not have the pretty smell that I am used to with my regular body washes, but it isn't supposed to. I don't have any of these skin conditions, so I can't say if it works in those cases. But I can see how without any extra ingredients that would irritate the skin, it would be good for those with skin issues.




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