Monday, December 18, 2017

Nails Inc. London in Mayfair Lane

 
As part of the 2013 Christmas Cracker Collection, Mayfair Lane is a stunning new addition to Nails Inc. This is a full-coverage, red glitter polish. Although the red is intense, it isn't bright and quite cool in comparison to most red shades.
 
As this is considered to be a nail topper used to accessorize your nails and bling up your polish, it's quite pigmented when worn alone. As you can see from the swatch, it looks like a full-coverage, red glitter polish. And when I originally swatched the above photo, I wore Mayfair Lane by itself.
 
Would I use this product again? As this product is great, it is not for me to wear on a daily basis. Would I recommend this nail product? Yes. As popular as this polish was in 2013, I haven't been able to find it online at all as it is sold out virtually everywhere. I'll update this review with a link when I discover one.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Pure Rayz by Baby Quasar

When I first heard about Baby Quasar, I have to admit I was intrigued by the red light therapy concept. At first I was skeptical, however, all of that changed when I tried their most recent device, Pure Rayz. So, what did I think?

Week 1


After carefully reading the instructions, I used my Pure Rayz device about 16 minutes the first time I tried it. As this device includes an automatic timer (which I admit, I love) that shuts off the device after 4 minutes, I used it on my forehead, followed by the left and right side of my face, and then on my chin area. I did this for 7 days. I noticed results, however, they were not big. I could tell that the device was working.

Week 2

I continued the pattern of using this device at the end of the day for 16 minutes. I went with 16 minutes instead of 12 minutes simply because I wanted to get the highest power of output for maximum penetration of collagen stimulation and production.

Week 3


At the beginning of the third week, I decided to go tanning, as I wanted to look radiant for my vacation. I continued using the device every single day for 16 minutes. A few hours after I would tan, I would cleanse, exfoliate, and tone my skin. I didn't use a serum or a moisturizer, as I wanted maximum penetration. I would use the device after I did a simple skincare regime before applying a serum and moisturizer.

Week 4


After using this device for 4 weeks for 16 minutes a day, I noticed that the slight depigmentation my skin endured was practically gone. I also noticed that my acne scars disappeared. The acne scars that were still visible were highly minimized by 60%.

Week 5


As I contemplated and debated whether or not to use as a serum before using this device, I still continued using it without applying anything to my face. I was starting to see incredible results. I also noticed that my skin remained clear. As a woman in her early 30s who has suffered from acne on and off her entire life, I was so happy to notice that my skin did not breakout.

Week 6


I continued using the product as directed, but decided to also use the device on other areas of the body. These areas include: neck, décolletage, breasts, arms, thighs and stomach. As I continued the regular 16 minutes for my face, I went with 8 minutes for every area to see if the collagen production would continue. And guess what? It did. I think it was the end of this week that I realized this device really works.

Week 7


I continued using Pure Rayz every single day for 16 minutes. Some days I would use a serum before using this device and other days, I would exclude one. I decided to add an additional 8 minutes as I wanted to do both eye areas, including the area under my eyes (which is extremely delicate). I also wanted to incorporate my nose area too. One thing I noticed is that I had a headache on the Thursday of this week. I placed the device on my temples and it went away.

Week 8


After using the product for 8 weeks, I noticed amazingly epic results. I noticed that some acne scars that I have been trying to get rid of were completely gone. I guess you could say that I was sublimely happy with the results I received. Would I take advantage of the 60-day guarantee? Absolutely not. Why? Because Pure Rayz works.

PROS


When it comes to light penetration, I believe this device definitely delivers more than your average red light therapy device. In fact, I find that the maximum penetration is delivered when using Pure Rayz.

What I found amazing about the Pure Rayz by Baby Quasar is the fact that it not only works to treat wrinkles, depigmentation, and even scars, it also works to prevent acne. It may not be as effective as Clear Rayz, but it definitely works.

This device includes 40 LED lights total. This includes 20 red lights, 10 amber lights, and 10 infrared lights. There are a total of four distinct wavelengths of light which work together for even clarity.

What I found so impressive with this device is the fact that it is durable, plastic, and on top of that, it comes with a bag which makes it easy to travel. It's portable and compact in a sense where it will fit into your purse and/or handbag, as well as, your general carry-on bag.

At first I was kind of skeptical about using it on my skin, as my skin is combination and tends to change depending on my environment. When I first used this device, my skin was somewhat dry, however, there would be days where it was extremely oily. With that said, Pure Rayz literally works on all skin types.

I go tanning from time to time. My natural skin tone is a medium-to-tan with a neutral undertone, but right now it's leaning towards dark with a neutral undertone. This device works so incredibly amazing with my skin right now, as it did when I first used it. Whether you are light or dark, you can benefit from using this Baby Quasar device.

There is a 5-year warranty on this device. If you look at the price of $249, you would only be spending $49.80 per year on this device. When you visit a salon that offers various red light therapy treatments, including facials and peels, you can expect to pay way more than that. So, in a nutshell, it's quite affordable.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (or FDA) has approved all of Baby Quasar's devices, including the Pure Rayz. If you are someone who follows the FDA and their regulations, you will definitely find this amazing Baby Quasar addition quite appealing.

After using the device for 8 weeks (as directed) it only takes a few days of week to maintain your results. And if you are unhappy with the results after 60 days, I have to admit that I love the fact that Baby Quasar offers a money back guarantee.

CONS


I find this device amazing, however, after using it for a week, I noticed that my skin would tend to dry out. My skin is combination due to my current environment, but it is naturally normal-to-oily. The dryness went away after using a good serum followed by moisturizer. I also incorporated exfoliation daily into my regular skincare regime to get rid of dead skin cells which also works to stimulate collagen production.

You can purchase Baby Quasar's Pure Rayz here or at your nearest Baby Quasar retailer for $199. Would I use this red light therapy device again? Absolutely. In fact, I just used it 5 minutes ago.


Would I recommend it to a friend or family member? Yes. One thing is certain, I am definitely looking forward to what the future holds with Pure Rayz because so far, the results have been astonishing. 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

5 Reasons to Shop at FragranceNET

Located in the heart of Deer Park, NY, FragranceNET provides you with an extensive selection of genuine brands at only the lowest prices. With everything from fragrances, skincare, candles, aromatherapy, and more; it is one of my favorite places to shop. So, what are 5 reasons to shop at FragranceNET?

1. Great Value. Recently when browsing FragranceNET.com, I discovered a Viva La Juicy fragrance set that I have had my eyes on. The set includes a 3.4 oz of Juicy Couture's Viva La Juicy eau de parfum, a 4.2 oz body lotion of the amazing fragrance, and a 4.2 oz shower gel. Normally this would cost about $115 if I were to purchase this elsewhere; however, I was able to find this amazing product for the bargain price of $63.19. How is that for great value?

2. Extensive Selection. Not only does FragranceNET offer one of the best selections you will ever find on the world wide web of fragrances, they also offer skincare, makeup, hair care, aromatherapy, and candles. Yes, candles. I was about to find a Northern Lights Candle in Warm Cinnamon Buns for only $12.50. It is literally the best scented candle I have ever smelled.

3. Discontinued Items. I have been searching for Vera Wang's Princess Night for the longest time. As a huge fan of this particular perfume, I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised to find it here. When purchasing the 3.4 oz eau de parfum elsewhere, you can be expected to pay $75, if not more. I was able to get this perfume for only $48.19. How cool is that?

4. Great Customer Service. A business with bad customer service is like a blue sky without sunshine. It's extremely depressing and can really hurt a business. Luckily, you will not find bad customer service at FragranceNET because it just doesn't exist. Not only is the staff prompt, but they always manage to help you no matter what problematic issue you are enduring. You have to love that.

5. Product Guarantee. When you shop here, you can be expected to find only original and authentic products. In fact, if you read FragranceNET's FAQ section on their website, they promise you only genuine products. They do NOT carry knock-offs or imitations.

FragranceNET also offers free shipping on every order of any size, which I absolutely love. For more information about FragranceNET, please visit FragranceNET today.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Darphin STIMULSKIN PLUS Reshaping Divine Serum

Darphin is an internationally known skin brand located in the heart of France. Established in 1958, this line of skin care was created by Pierre Darphin who has created some of the best skin care, body care, oral care, and spa related products in the world today. As one of the Estee Lauder companies, this skin care brand proves why they are one of the greatest lines in the world today. Recently, I had the opportunity to try the Darphin STIMULSKIN PLUS Reshaping Divine Serum. So, what did I think?

PROS

What I find intriguing about this serum was the idea that it was designed to copy Pierre Darphin's deep massage, as it was designed to inflate the hallow zones of your face. And as a result, it is suppose to lift and tighten. I actually noticed results immediately after one use. Then, after a week, I noticed dramatic results. 

Some serums promise to stimulate the skin's cells and promote healthy skin renewal. I can honestly say that this amazing Darphin addition delivers real benefits which I discovered after just a week of using it daily everyday. If you think your skin looks tired today, this serum will wake it up tomorrow (or technically in a few days).

The texture of this serum is amazing. In fact, it has one of the best textures I have ever used. It isn't too thick nor is it too thin. Most serums that have amazing textures are either too greasy or tend to dry out, whereas; this texture does neither and sinks into your skin like a second skin. 

This serum works not only great for the face, but the neck and decollete too. 

Darphin does NOT test on animals. In fact, they are committed to the elimination of animal testing.

CONS

This serum uses Sea Emerald with Commipheroline. If you feel that your skin reacts to either of these ingredients, you may not be interested in this product. 

If you are into organic products, you may not find this product appealing.

If you are not willing to spend $300, let alone $310 on a serum, you are not going to be interested in this product. 

You can purchase Darphin's STIMULSKIN PLUS Reshaping Divine Serum at Darphin or your nearest Darphin retailer for $310. Would I use this product again? Absolutely. In fact, I just used some now. Would I recommend this product to a friend or family member? Yes, but only if they are willing to spend over $300 for a serum. For more information about this product, please visit Darphin today.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture

Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture
Introduced in 2008 by Juicy Couture, this fruity floral fragrance proves why it is one of the best selling perfumes of all time. Viva La Juicy is infused with just the right amount of notes to give this acquired scent the recognition it needs. But the main question is: what do I think about this fragrance?

PROS

When I first smell Viva La Juicy, I can definitely smell a warm note. It reminds me of vanilla yet cocoa with a hint of praline, sugar, and caramel. The gourmand scents are evident, but not like some of their other fragrances. The next notes I detect are more fruity than anything else. A combination of berries. I can smell a hint of blueberry yet a hint of blackberry. As I continue smelling this amazing fragrance, I can pick up quite a few floral notes which are modestly faint, but hold the fragrance together. I can definitely smell honeysuckle followed by gardenia.

I can detect a little bit of citrus, but it's very mild. I can pick up on a few other floral notes. I am not sure what they are, but I am guessing a fusion of amber and jasmine. I can also smell somewhat of a woody note. I am going guess sandalwood; however, I could be wrong. In all actuality, this acquired smell is one of the best smells I have discovered yet.

The bottle includes the Juicy Couture label which is very classy yet stylish. It is accented with a bright pink/fuchsia bow which makes it cute. It is also eye catching and when you are done with the fragrance, you could spray it with some glitter blast and it would make an excellent bedroom accessory (just an idea).

Back to this fragrance. I have to say, one thing that was very evident was how long this perfume lasted. After working an 8 hour day, I noticed that I could still smell this fragrance on me. The scent life and longevity is quite decent which I truly enjoy. I've tried so many fragrances and you wouldn't believe how many perfumes smell amazing, but do not last long.

The sillage is not overpowering, which is nice. It's enough to get compliments more than anything. And a little goes a very long way.

CONS

If you are into musky scents or prefer powdery, aromatic, woody, aldehydic, spicy, or even leather notes you are not going to like this fragrance. If you are into fresh or clean fragrances that possess more earthy notes that are more animalistic or smoky, I don't see you finding this fragrance appealing.


If you are looking for an extremely sweet fruity fragrance or something that morphs tropical and citrus into the blend, I don't think you may find Viva La Juicy interesting.

RATING: 93%

Juicy Couture's Viva La Juicy is available at FragranceNET for $50.19. The Viva La Juicy set by Juicy Couture which offers the fragrance plus a smaller sized body lotion and shower gel is also available for $63.19. Would I use this fragrance again? Yes. In fact, I just sprayed some as I am typing this. I absolutely love it! Would I recommend this fragrance to a friend? Absolutely. Especially to those that love fruity yet floral scents.
For more information about this product, please visit FragranceNET today.
 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

My top 5 favorite nude lipsticks by MAC Cosmetics

 
From left to right: Myth, Fleshpot, Close Contact, Viva Glam II, and Crème d' Nude.
 
About the lipsticks...
 
Myth is simply a light nude with a satin finish. It's neutral, which I love. This is one of my favorite nudes by MAC because it works fantastic with my skin tone.
 
Fleshpot is best described as a pastel pink-beige. It's very faint and possesses a satin finish. I love the color payoff of this particular nude, as it simply works.
 
Close Contact is not as nude as the other lipsticks, but I enjoy it because it is a stunning amplified peach shade. This lipstick is limited edition, however; I am hoping that MAC decides to include this particular shade as a permanent selection.
 
Viva Glam II is simply a nude mauve shade with a satin finish. As one of MAC's best selling lipsticks since it's release in 1997, this is clearly one of the best nude lipsticks by Makeup Artist Cosmetics to date.
 
Crème d' Nude is what I would called a creamy warm nude. Almost like a pastel peach with a hint of beige. The finish is different from the prior lipsticks I have mentioned as it's more than a creamsheen finish.


Sunday, September 24, 2017

JeNu Active-Youth Skincare System

When I first heard about a new skincare device that used next-generation, ultrasound technology, I guess you could say that I was ultimately intrigued by the concept. I never heard of any other beauty brand to use this type of technology. Recently, I had the opportunity to try JeNu Active-Youth Skincare System. What did I think?

Week 1

When I first opened the box, I was a little confused until I read the instructions. I discovered how simple this system actually is. This system includes: a professional quality ultrasound wand, a wall charger, a countertop charger, JeNu's Active-Youth Eye Treatment, and JeNu's Active-Youth Lip Serum. The serums both use advanced microsphere technology, which is ultimately appealing.

When you do your eyes, you are suppose to apply the serum directly onto the wand and use it for about one minute before applying your eye cream. When you do your lips, you simply follow the same method. You apply it directly onto the wand and massage your lips for about a minute. You can repeat as desired.

When I first used this product, I knew that the wand was turned on, but could not feel it instantaneously. Then, I noticed that I could feel a little bit of pulsating movement when I would move the wand to different areas. For the first week, I did both the eyes and the lips once a day. I noticed results after 5 uses and continued to see dramatic results after 7 days.

Week 2

After 14 days, I noticed dramatic results. The type of results where I didn't even have to wear makeup and every time I would go out to dinner, I was always getting asked to see ID when asking for a glass of Moscato.

As I am looking in the mirror, I notice that my eyes look brighter and tighter. No bags or dark circles. They look the same as they did when I was 17. I notice that my lips not only feel smoother, but look it too. I also notice that my lips look fuller, as well. After a week of using this device, the results were evidently clear - it really works.

Week 3

When reading the ingredients, I was quite surprised to know that JeNu's products are paraben-free, sulfate-free, and GMO-free. They also do not contain any triclosans or phthalates. The eye treatment and the lip serum are infused with various oils, which is quite impressive.

As I look in the mirror today, I notice that my lips look a lot healthier than they did before using this device. I notice they do not feel nor look dry, which I love. I have endured the dreaded dry lip from time to time, however; that all went away after using the JeNu Active Youth Skincare System.

My eyes really don't need any treatment today. Heck, I am not seeing any reason to continue treating them everyday since I have used this device. I decided to stop using the system on my eyes with the eye treatment everyday and just using the treatment about twice a week for re-touch maintenance. I think my primary focus is on my lips for now which I do sporadically.

Week 4

I started using this device with other eye products, especially eye serums and I am noticing that this device does, in fact, increase the effectiveness of the product. The maintenance is fantastic, yes but using this device with other products is too. So, even if you don't use their products it works well with your favorite go-to holy grails.


After contemplating and debating whether or not I should use this product on my actual face instead of just those two areas, I decided to cave in and give it a try. Rest assured, it was a great decision. This amazing system also works on your face too. Can you believe it?

Verdict - This amazing skincare system really works. It really delivers more active ingredients into your skin than if you were to use just one standard beauty essential. The effects are intense and long-lasting. Whether you are looking for a little pick-me-up or simply looking for that extra lift, this system will work wonders for you. I definitely recommend this device to anyone who wants to both look and feel better.

The JeNu Active-Youth Skincare System is available at JeNu or your nearest JeNu retailer for $249. Would I use this product again? Absolutely. In fact, I just used it on my eyes, lips, and face about 20 minutes ago. Would I recommend it to a friend? Most definitely.

For more information about this product, please visit JeNu today.
 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

DIY Health: Vagina Detox

The other day I decided to try what is referred to as a vagina detox. As my period concluded for the month, I wanted to try something new. What is a vagina detox? Well, it is basically vaginal steaming using an array of herbs or to put it accurately an herbal steam facial for your vagina.

This type of treatment for your vagina has been used in ancient medicine. Although the results vary, they have been known to heal an array of issues such as anxiety, depression, irregular periods, bladder infections, yeast infections, infertility, vaginal cysts, hemorrhoids, and even scarring from childbirth. You can read about it here.

What was my motivation for trying a vagina detox? Just curiosity. I don't suffer from any problematic health issues at the present. I just wanted to see what this latest craze was all about.

So, what do you do exactly? You choose your herbs that you want to include in your detox. It is critically key to choose wisely, as if you make a bad decision, the result will be a consequence of your poor choice. You want to make sure that you use herbs that are most suitable for your individual health needs.

Basil, as well as rosemary are very common when doing this type of detox because they possess antimicrobial properties. I didn't really do research before I tried this, so I decided to go with: cardamom, saffron, dandelion, ginger, and black tea along with rosehip oil.

After you choose the herbs you want to use, you want to prepare your water. I am well aware not every woman owns a facial sauna or facial spa, so in case you do not; just use a pan. The water must be filtered, as this is what works best. Never use tap water and refrain from using any "hard water" or any water infused with minerals.

Once you have added your water, it is important to add your herbs. I also decided to add (as I stated previously up above) an essential oil into the mix, simply because they work as a natural serum for sensitive areas. When you look at your steaming medium, the water should be boiling, depending on what kind of medium you are using to do a vagina detox. If you use a facial spa or sauna, you only have to wait 5 minutes and if you use a pan, you may wait 15 minutes.

You want to squat over what you are using, so that your vagina makes contact with the steam. You will want to do this for 15-20 minutes, depending on your tolerance. For your first time, I wouldn't recommend going over 30 minutes. If you don't feel like your vagina is receiving any treatment, you can maximize your experience by wrapping a towel around your waist, covering your entire bottom area. This will create what is referred to as a "tent" so that no moisture will get out and will prevent any air from getting in.
After the time has lapsed, you will notice some cramping. Cramping is simply normal after doing a vagina detox because it is basically the uterus getting rid of the toxins or any stagnant blood. Very interesting to know. After the cramping went away, I endured a rather soothing sensation which was quite stimulating.


I really believe a vagina detox is very crucial to our health. As women, it is key to never neglect our important parts of who we are. The benefits are astounding and I am looking forward to trying my next steaming treatment very soon.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Oral Rinse by Supersmile


Supersmile products including the
Oral Rinse.
Supersmile is an internationally known oral care brand created by the wife of Dr. Irwin Smigel, world renowned "father of aesthetic dentistry." Supersmile is known for pioneering teeth whitening, as well as: creating some of the best dental care products in the world today. Everything I have tried so far has been modestly good. Recently, I had the opportunity to try Supersmile's Oral Rinse. So, what did I think?


PROS


Out of every mouthwash I have used in the past 5 years alone, I have to say this one deep cleans the best. The Cetyl Pyridinium Chloride in this product also provides you with long-lasting protection which I personally love.

The Tetra Potassium Pyrophosphate truly delivers real protection, which I love. Mouthwash should always be effective, without being harsh and this one exemplifies that concept.

After using Supersmile's Oral Rinse I noticed that my breath was incredibly fresh. It was as if I ate a fresh mint leaf after brushing. The Sodium Bicarbonate really does work as a long-lasting germicidal fighter.

This incredible Supersmile addition is free of silica, as it is free of sulfates and parabens. It is also both gluten and sugar free. It does not possess any harsh chemicals, let alone questionable frenemies.

When it comes to the flavor and taste of this mouthwash, I have to admit I was modestly skeptical because I am picky when it comes to mint flavors. Needless to say, this one has an amazing mint flavor that isn't too sweet or faux.


CONS


Aside from the ingredients, if you are allergic evidently you would want to avoid this product. To be honest, there is absolutely nothing I can say negative about this product. As much as I searched for something wrong with this mouthwash, I just can't find anything.

You can purchase Supersmile's Oral Rinse at Supersmile.com or your nearest Supersmile retailer for $16. Would I recommend this product to a family member or a friend? Most definitely. Would I use this product again? Absolutely. And although I want to believe there is something better out there, this mouthwash is as good as it gets.

For more information about this product, please visit www.supersmile.com today.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May 2017: Beauty Favorites

 
My favorites for the month of May include:
 
Oscar Blandi Polish Glossing Crème
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater
Tarte Maracuja Oil
Darphin Paris Stimulskin Plus Serum
Shiseido IBUKI Quick Fix Mist
Mellow Cosmetics Liquid Lip Paint
Evolution of Smooth (EOS) Lip Balm


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Skin+Pharmacy Advanced Skin Therapy Healing Gel

Skin+Pharmacy Advanced Anti-Aging Dual
Action Moisture Boost Gel.
Skin+Pharmacy is one of the most underrated beauty brands you will discover this year. Offering an array of skin care essentials that work to restore and repair your skin, Skin+Pharmacy is exclusively available at CVS. Recently, I had the opportunity to try Skin+Pharmacy's Advanced Skin Therapy Healing Gel.

The texture is outstanding, as this amazing Skin+Pharmacy essential has a very creamy gel-like texture more so than an oil, serum, cream or lotion. Using special Hydropore+ technology this product works amazingly to hydrate the most dehydrated skin without irritating it. The hydration is virtually instantaneous.

When it comes to fine lines and wrinkles, this fantastic face gel will help reduce them. It will also work to nourish the skin and provide your skin with an amazing balance that will not irritate nor disrupt your skin's natural acid mantle. Possessing an unique advanced mineral complex blend, you can use this product alone or pair it with your favorite moisturizer.

The gel-like texture allows this product to be used as a foundation primer. In fact, this product works as one of the best foundation primers you will use, especially if you suffer from dry skin and are looking for an outstanding base that will not dry up, flake nor fade throughout the day. If you are looking for the perfect lip moisturizer that also works to lock in your favorite lip product, this Skin+Pharmacy gem will do just that. This anti-aging add-on will prevent your lipstick from feathering.

This product also works amazing when used all over the body. You can use this on your neck, your breasts, your chest, your arms, your legs, your butt - everywhere. This product also works as a workout enhancer and a targeted treatment. If you wear a waist trainer, this product will become your best friend. As this amazing Skin+Pharmacy works as a natural thermogenic to increase circulation and promote sweating during your workout, it stimulates sweat glands.

Spring is near and before you know it, Summer will magically appear. What better way to embrace the season than with a tan so luminous, it will literally look like the sun decided to jump down and kiss your skin. Add a little bit of your favorite self tanning product to this gel-like gem and your skin will look and feel ultimately amazing. This product also works to heal both sun and wind burned skin too.

Although this product is not 100% natural, it is effective when used alone or combined with your favorite moisturizer. And although it contains fragrance, it is fragrance-free and has no scent to it which one can really appreciate.

You can grab the Skin+Pharmacy Advanced Skin Therapy Healing Gel at CVS for $19.99. Would I use this product again? Yes. Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes. Would I recommend this product to you? Absolutely. For more information about this amazing anti-aging addition visit CVS today.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Supersmile Professional Activating Rods


Supersmile products including the
Professional Activating Rods.
Supersmile is an oral care company that was founded in 1987 by Mrs. Lucia Smigel. I recently discovered the Professional Activating Rods by Supersmile. The recommended usage is once per week or whenever you need an extra whitening boost. I decided to try this product last week for the first time with Supersmile's Whitening System, in an effort to whiten my teeth. Did it work? What did I think?

PROS


At first, I found myself a little confused about how to use these activating rods, until I discovered the simplicity of them. All you have to do is snap open the capsule, place the swab inside and as you push up, apply it to your teeth.

What I love about this outstanding Supersmile addition is the fact that it is safe. Believe it or not, it conditions your tooth enamel. Not only is this safe, but works to accelerate the whitening process. It isn't harsh, which is why I love it so much.

The Sodium Bicarbonate in this product works to deep clean the surface, which makes this product not only useful in a whitening sense, but in a clarifying sense too.

When it comes to the level of whitening, I noticed a huge difference. The results are incredibly astonishing for just one use. As effective as they are now, I definitely believe they are going to be even greater in the future.

CONS


The Supersmile Activating Rods use Hydrogen Peroxide to prepare the tooth enamel. Although Hydrogen Peroxide has proved to be a safe medium in whitening teeth effectively, if you are someone who isn't a fan of Peroxide or believes differently, you may not be fond of this product.

If you are a budget or looking to spend under $10, you are not going to be interested in this product.

This product is beneficial in so many ways, however; if you don't intend to purchase the Supersmile Whitening System, it isn't as effective.

You can purchase Supersmile's Activating Rods at Supersmile.com or at your nearest Supersmile retailer for $36. Would I recommend this product to a friend or family member? Absolutely, but only if they are interested in whitening their teeth. Would I use this product again? Most definitely. In fact, I just used it 10 minutes ago.
For more information about this product, please visit Supersmile today.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

April 2017: Beauty Favorites

 
My favorites for the month of April include:
 
Pacifica Super Kale Juiced-Up Shampoo
Pacifica Super Kale Juiced-Up Conditioner
L'Occitane Imortelle Divine Youth Oil
L'Occitane Imortelle Divine Cream
L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil
Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer
Dior Fix It 2-in-1 Prime and Conceal
Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner
Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil
Giorgio Armani Si for women
Mellow Cosmetics Liquid Lip Paint
Paula's Choice RESIST Brightening Essence


Darphin STIMULSKIN PLUS Multi-Corrective Divine Cream

Darphin is luxury skin care at it's finest. Created to mimic the results of Pierre Darphin's effectual deep massage, this cream works to correct every aspect of anti-aging such as lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and dehydration. Recently, I had the opportunity to try the Darphin STIMULSKIN PLUS Multi-Corrective Divine Cream. So, what did I think?

PROS

This cream works to not only correct your skin's tribulations, but repair and prevent them, as well. Whether you suffer from fine lines or deep wrinkles or even uneven skin tone or just need some hydration, this product works wonders. 

The texture of this face cream is unbelievable. It reminds me of a thick serum almost. I also enjoy the fragrance because it's modestly subtle. In fact, it is so light, it isn't overpowering in any way. Nothing is more revolting than a face product that smells like perfume.

You know when you apply a face cream and you think it's great...then all of the sudden, you notice this weird, white film appearing out of no where? And you wonder "did my moisturizer just dry out on my face?" Well, guess what? This moisturizer does not do that. I absolutely love this moisturizer because it does not dry out and create an awkward film on your face. In fact, it sinks into your skin like a second skin and as a result, keeps your skin incredibly hydrated.

This moisturizer is perfect for anyone with normal, combination dry, dry, or excessively dry skin. So, whether you have normal-to-dry or combination dry or even just dry skin, you will benefit from this product.

Darphin does NOT test on animals, as they are strongly committed to the value of life. 

CONS

Darphin's moisturizer uses a variety of ingredients such as Sea Emerald and Samphire extract, along with an unique peptide blend of ingredients. If you are allergic or suffer a reaction from these ingredients, then I do not think you will be interested in this product.

If your skin is incredibly oily or oily skin in general, I do not think you would benefit by using this face cream.

This face moisturizer is almost $300. In fact, it is $295. If you are not willing to spend this amount of money, then you will not be interested in this amazing Darphin addition. 

Darphin's STIMULSKIN PLUS Multi-Corrective Divine Cream can be purchased at Darphin or your nearest Darphin retailer for $295. Would I use this product again? Absolutely. In fact, I just used it like a second ago. Would I recommend this product to a friend or family member? Yes, but only if they are willing to spend $295 on a face cream. For more information about this product, please visit Darphin today.

Friday, March 31, 2017

March 2017: Beauty Favorites

 
My favorites for the month of March include:
 
Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub
AHAVA Dead Sea Crystal Osmoter Facial Serum
The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder White Mud Exfoliating Scrub + Mask
TULA Probiotic Exfoliating Treatment Mask
EVER Skin REVEAL Biomimetic Peel Pads
KIKO Milano Velvet Passion Lipstick


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February 2017: Beauty Favorites

 
My favorites for the month of February include:
 
NEOCELL Glow Matrix Advanced Skin Hydrator
LuMee Phone Case
NARS Unfiltered II Cheek Palette
Phyto Paris Huile Soyeuse Hydrating Oil
Phyto Paris Huile Supreme Smoothing Oil
ERA Ageless Powerful Deep Wrinkle Filler
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue
beautyblender nude
NCLA Nail Lacquer in Heart Attack
Red Carpet Manicure Professional LED Light

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion

The Shiseido Ultimate
Sun Protection Lotion.
When it comes to diversity, it is definitely in Shiseido's forte. In fact, it was in 1872 when Arinobu Fukuhara established the first Western-style pharmacy in the heart of Ginza, Tokyo. Fast forward over a 100 years, we are in the year 2017. Recently, Shiseido introduced the Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion. What makes this lotion so incredible goes beyond it's supreme protection.

Using Shiseido's patented WetForce technology, this hypoallergenic sunscreen becomes quite potent and more powerful for 15 minutes when applied to areas of the body exposed to sweat and water. Whether you are looking for great protection when running a marathon or searching for sunscreen that protects you while you are in the pool, this lotion is the best one you will ever use.

Infused with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, this sunscreen offers mineral protection and is great for those of you who embrace the concept of using minerals on your skin. Using the SuperVeil-UV 360 technology, this sunscreen also works to reduce dermatoheliosis (or photo-aging). Applying this to your face will prevent it from burning, but will also prevent your skin from getting exposed to oxidative stress and DNA damage.

After applying this sunscreen to my face, I noticed that my skin remained absolutely untouched from the sun. No burns let alone irritation occurred. When it comes to supreme protection, this lotion really delivers true benefits. It is also moisturizing and because of both the WetForce and SuperVeil-UV 360 technology, the hydration is locked into the skin instantaneously. Although the powdery finish leaves a lot to be desired, the moisture is modestly long-lasting, which leaves a lot of love and appreciation for this particular sun care product by Shiseido.

Shiseido's Ultimate Sun Protection lotion offers a plethora of benefits from the sun, including both UVA and UVB rays. 50+ SPF to be exact. This sensational sunscreen is free of parabens, alcohol, fragrances and other synthetic chemicals. It is also free of Para-Aminobenzoc Acid (or PABA). This is great for every skin type, including sensitive skin.

You can find the Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion Sunscreen at Shiseido for $42. Would I use this sunscreen again? Absolutely. Would I recommend this sunscreen to a friend? Yes. Would I recommend this sunscreen to you? Yes. For more information about this sunscreen, simply visit the official site today.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Get the makeup look: Nicholas K Fall/Winter 2017 NYFW

A look at the makeup for the Nicholas K
FW'17 show.
(Photo provided by Bollare)
New York Fashion Week kicked off late last week in the heart of the big apple. As the most world-renowned fashion event in the city that never sleeps, fashion week delivers some of the hottest (and hautest) collections from some of your favorite designers and labels. And in spite of the heavy snow fall and chilling temperatures NYFW was in full effect Thursday especially when Nicholas K debuted their collection for Fall/Winter 2017. As the collection had somewhat of an urban chic flair, it also embodied an essence of street wear we don't see too often. And as the designs shined the runway, the makeup on the models really complemented them and as a result, brought the entire look together. For the Nicholas K show, the models were glammed by Sarah Lucero, Global Executive Director of Creative Artistry.

Lucero was inspired by the gold pieces and accessories in the new collection, she decided to create a look to complement this. With so many options, she decided to go with a beautiful gold eye and a neutral lip.

So, is it possible to recreate this look at-home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, Lucero started prepping the models' skin. When doing any kind of makeup look it is so important to start with a clean face. Making sure the lips are exfoliated, hydrated and moisturized, the celebrity makeup artist also brushed the models' eyebrows.

As she continued, she cleaned up the brows before filling them in. Taking the Stila All Day Waterproof Brow Color, the celebrity MUA began brushing, feathering and shaping the models' brows.

Then, Lucero used the Stila All Day Foundation, while correcting the skin minimally. This not only gives the face dimension, but some depth which really stands true as a natural contour.

Sarah, then, started using the new Stila Matte 'n Metal Eyeshadow Palette, where she used shades that complemented the skin tone of the models. Before doing this; however, the makeup artist warmed the eye using a light transitional shade from the Stila essential.
 

Using primarily matte eyeshadow shades, Lucero took the Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Glow Goddess and lined both the upper and lower lash line of the models' eyes. She, then, finished with a few coats of the Stila Huge Mascara.

Although the foundation worked to enhance the models faces for this look, the celebrity makeup artist decided to add some amazing contour to this look. For this particular look, she used the Stila Shape & Shade Custom Contour Duo along the cheekbone giving it both dimension and depth.

To finish the entire makeup look, the Global Executive Director of Creative Artistry used the new Stila Color Calm Balm Grayson, which works to also prime the lips. Then, she applied the Stila Lip Glaze in Apricot.

Congratulations! You have just recreated the models' makeup look for the Nicholas K Fall/Winter 2017 show. #NYFW

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January 2017: Beauty Favorites

 
My favorites for the month of January include:
 
L'ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Shampoo
L'ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Conditioner
La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer and Foundation with SPF 15
Artis Brush Fluenta Oval 8 Brush
The Original BeautyBlender
Cle de peau Beaute Radiant Multi-Repair Oil
Lancôme Absolue Oil
Ciate London Dark Choc Pot Nail Polish Remover
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue Nourishing Oil
Wet n Wild Highlighting Gold Bar

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

CHEN Skin Health, Afshar Serum


CHEN Skin Health is a natural beauty line created by Tiffany Chen. As a Tai Chi Chuan expert and martial artist, Chen wanted to create a line skin care that was free of fillers, preservatives, and synthetics. Everything is homemade and created in the heart of NYC. So, what do I think about CHEN Skin Health's Afshar serum?

PROS

First and foremost, I love the texture of this serum, as it is outstanding. It isn't too thin yet it isn't thick. It's lightweight and sinks into your skin like a second skin, faster than most oils, serums, and creams on the market.

My skin is combination, but tends to lean towards dry during the Winter and Fall months and oily during the Summer and Spring months. In short, my skin tends to be a product of my environment. The Afshar serum is one of the few products that I have used that works all year round.

When it comes to regeneration, the Afshar serum works amazing as such. The rosehip oil is very evident in this serum. What I loved most about this fantastic CHEN Skin Health addition is the fact that It works incredibly to deliver intense hydration to your moisture barrier. It is also great for balancing your skin's natural pH (including acid mantle). Stimulating collagen naturally, the Afshar serum helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Aside from the skin, rosehip oil also works the same way with hair and nails.

Sometimes our skin can become dry yet parched and other times, it can become the opposite. The Apricot oil in this product makes skin soft and smooth, without looking or feeling greasy virtually instantaneously. Spreading evenly on the skin, this is another oil that makes the Afshar serum one of the best serums I have ever used.

The Red Raspberry Seed Oil in this product is a true antioxidant that is nature's cure for free radical damage, as well as, DNA damage. This essential oil adds elasticity to the skin and aids in relief to an array of problematic skin issues such as acne, eczema, and even psoriasis. And because it contains a significant amount of Vitamin A and Vitamin E, it works to correct, prevent, and even repair the skin while improving antioxidant activity.

By default, Sweet Almond Oil is an anti-inflammatory, an anti-hepatotoxic, a cicatrizant, an immunity booster, a sclerosant, an emollient, and an antioxidant. Whether you have dull skin, dehydrated skin, dry skin, normal skin, combination skin, oily skin, sensitive skin, and even acne prone skin; you can benefit from this essential oil, as you can benefit from the Afshar serum.

When it comes to antibacterial, the astringent functions of the Geranium oil in the Afshar serum really make this product a true healer in more ways than one. What I find fascinating about this incredible CHEN Skin Health addition is how it repairs the skin without the use of needles, drugs, or risk. This essential oil actually works to facilitate blood circulation and produce a healthy melanin flow.

After using the Afshar serum for a week, I noticed that my skin was incredibly hydrated. I noticed that the quality of my skin also improved immensely, as I noticed a change in my skin's texture and tone. This product will create a vibrant yet radiant natural glow that one can not only love, but appreciate too.

After using the Afshar serum for month, I noticed that my skin not only felt smooth, but looked it too. I also noticed that after using this serum, my skin has appeared more youthful. My moisture levels (including my pH levels) were more balanced.

The Afshar serum works amazing as not only a regular face serum, but an eye serum too. I noticed that the skin around my eyes appeared firmer after using this amazing CHEN Skin Health addition.

What I love most about this serum is the fact that it is one of the few that works to your lips hydrated. Recently, I have had issues with chapped lips, but luckily ever since using the Afshar serum, my chapped lips are gone. This works as a natural lip serum, which I love.

Get ready to ditch your makeup remover, as the Afshar serum works as an incredible medium to remove makeup. Take a few drops of this amazing serum, apply it to a cotton ball, and gently wipe across your face.

You can oil pull with the Afshar serum. As all of the ingredients in this serum are antioxidants that work to boost immunity, this is also great for oral and dental health, as well.

Looking for an essential oil to use with your vaginal detox? Try using the Afshar serum from CHEN Skin Health instead. All of the ingredients work together to create a plethora of all things good, great, and amazing.

This product is natural and does not contain any artificial or synthetic ingredients. It is also free of sulfates, parabens, DEA, and phthalates. Considered a skin food, this organic product is also free of genetically modified organisms (or GMOs).

The Afshar serum is food-grade.

CHEN Skin Health embraces the cruelty-free concept and is against animal testing. No animals were harmed when the Afshar serum was created.

CONS

The serum is made up of the following ingredients: Rosehip Oil, Apricot Oil, Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Olive Oil, and Geranium Oil. If you are allergic to any of these ingredients, I definitely recommend refraining from using this serum.

The Afshar serum is available at CHEN Skin Health for $45 (2 oz.) or $75 (4 oz.). Would I recommend this serum to a friend? Absolutely. Would I use this serum again? Absolutely. In fact, I just used some 5 minutes ago. For more information about the Afshar Serum, simply click here right now.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Winter skincare tips courtesy of Le Couvent des Minimes

Made from the highest quality botanticals and blended according to time-honored traditions, Le Couvent des Minimes Loving Care Collection is the perfect addition to a Winter skin care regimen. Ideal for every skin type under the sun, the collection will hydrate, hedge and heal your skin, leaving it radiant and smooth. So, how can Le Couvent des Minimes help your skin this Winter season?

Do you have sensitive skin? If so, you may be interested in the Face Cream for Sensitive Skin. As it works to hydrate and protect your skin, it soothes the skin. Infused with grape seed oil, mallow extract, calendula extract and rose flower water this moisturizer works to correct, prevent and even repair dry skin as well as, nourish it. For only $18, this is ideal for sensitive skin.

Micellar water has an array of uses. Not only does it work to remove makeup, it works to gently cleanse the face and eye area too. It also works to refresh your skin and even set your makeup. Suitable for every skin type, Le Couvent des Minimes' 3-in-1 Micellar Water is infused with cornflower water along with mallow extract which work to refresh, tone and hydrate the skin. Available for $19, this amazing addition will meet all of your skin health needs.

Do you have dry skin? Perhaps you may find the Loving Care Body Balm Lotion for Dry Skin appealing. Made with homemade Galen's wax, this hypoallergenic formula works to hydrate and nourish dry skin. Infused with calendula and mallow extract, this moisturizer works to comfort and correct cutaneous dryness. For under $40, this lotion also works to repair the skin instantaneously.

It is so important to exfoliate the skin, as this will renew the skin and leave it so soft and smooth as a result. The Scrub for Dry Skin is not only a new addition to the Le Couvent des Minimes brand, but one of the most popular essentials from the Loving Care collection. This rich and very cream formula is the perfect solution to Winter dry skin. For under $30, this natural formula will gently exfoliate your skin leaving it incredibly soft.

Do you have very dry skin? The Loving Care Body Balm Cream for Very Dry Skin is the perfect essential for you. Made with the in-house Galen's wax along with an epic fusion of calendula and mallow extract, this amazing hypoallergenic formula relieves, repairs and even corrects dry skin. It also works to protect and repair the skin, leaving it soft and supple. This very dry formula is available at Le Couvent des Minimes for $32.

Our skin is the product of our environment and when it is cold, our skin tends to get very dry. As a result our lips are affected. One of the best solutions this Winter is Le Couvent des Minimes' Lip Balm for Dry Lips. Infused with beeswax and shea butter, this is the perfect product for your pout. For under $10, this rich formula works to correct, prevent, repair and even sooth your lips.