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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

La Nuit Tresor by Lancome

La Nuit Tresor by Lancôme
Lancôme is one of the biggest and best beauty brands in the world today. As one of the largest lux makeup brands right now, this prestige brand also creates the finest in skin care, body care, nails and fragrance. In fact, I have tried an array of perfumes from this fabulous French line and recently, I had the opportunity to try and wear the La Nuit Tresor parfum from the brand.

Launched in 2015, this classic staple is described as Lancôme's first fragrance of its kind, as the brand refers to this as the first "gourmand woody floriental" but has been compared to the original Tresor which was released in 1990. Love at first smell? But the real question is: what did I think?


What I loved originally about this fragrance was the packaging, as it embodies a black diamond. This symbolizes both mystery and elegance, which I really find intriguing. I really love how the pink depicts an expression of love. The black ribbon with the Lancôme brand logo definitely adds character to the packaging. The bottle alone tells a story. Although this fragrance doesn't stand up like your traditional scent holder, it is aesthetically significant as it stands out among other fragrances. It can definitely decorate the space it invades.

And speaking of invasion, the silage of this fragrance is incredibly powerful. It is very concentrated compared to other fragrances, as a little goes a very long way. A lot of powerful silage smell staples tend to have an alcoholic undertone due to the heavy alcohol used in them, which I do not like, but this fragrance still stands after hours of wear without that strong smell. The staying power is definitely a reason to both love and appreciate this fragrance too as this will last hours upon hours.

The top notes of this fragrance are described as being pear, bergamot, and tangerine. The middle notes include: vanilla orchid, black rose, passionfruit, and strawberry. The base notes of La Nuit Tresor are patchouli, vanilla, papyrus, caramel, praline, licorice, coumarin, litchi, coffee and incense.

When I first smelled this fragrance, I notice the praline and caramel notes first. The very notes that are evident are the gourmand notes (praline, caramel, vanilla, coffee, etc.) followed by the patchouli which holds this lavish Lancôme addition together. I don't really smell the bergamot that much in this fragrance and although the balsamic note is there, it doesn't take over the fragrance at all. If you were to combine Armaf's Signature fragrance with Vera Wang's Princess Night and Juicy Couture's limited-edition Gold fragrance, the result would be this one.

Lancôme does not test on animals. If you are one who embraces the cruelty-free concept, you will not only appreciate this product, but value it that much more.


I love sweet fragrances; however, as of late, I am really enjoying the gourmand scents paired with the floral and earthy notes. The notes in this fragrance tell a story that is sultry, seductive and edgy. If you are into lighter fragrances, you will not enjoy this. This is a very potent perfume that is heavily concentrated with a plethora of notes. If you are into clean scents, this fragrance is also not for you.

This fragrance does not smell like candy or your favorite sweet treat, so if you love fruity things you may not find this one to be your favorite. This is a fragrance I would not recommend to a child or even a young teen. As La Nuit Tresor is a heavy fragrance, I wouldn't recommend wearing this perfume to your 9-to-5 job, unless you intend to use just one spritz near your palm and your neck.

If you are into organic and natural fragrances or fragrances that are free of chemicals, you are not going to find the La Nuit Tresor appealing. Although they are cruelty-free, there are several lab created ingredients in this product including multiple dyes. If you are sensitive to ingredients such as: alcohol, diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl, ethylhexyl, gerianiol, and methoxycinnamate, this is not a fragrance for you. For the full list of ingredients, go here.

Would I recommend this fragrance? Absolutely. Would I use this fragrance again? Yes. For more information about the La Nuit Tresor fragrance, please visit Lancôme today.

FTC: Honest review of the Lancôme La Nuit Tresor fragrance. All opinions are my own. No affiliate links used.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Julep Nail Polish in Oscar

I have a confession to make, I am absolutely in love with Julep's Nail Polish in Oscar. I am not sure if it is because it is a gorgeous gold color (as you can see from my swatch) or the fact that the nail polish itself is long-lasting and truly lives up to it's marketed promise. It is fast drying and the color pay-off is one of the best I have discovered in a nail polish product which is a great thing as you don't need to reapply relentlessly. It is also easy to remove.
Either way, if you are looking for a vibrant yet intense gold glitter, the Julep Nail Polish in Oscar "It Girl" is one you will not only love, but appreciate. Julep does not test on animals (confirmed several years ago) as it is cruelty-free and possesses vegan-friendly ingredients.
Would I recommend this nail polish? Absolutely. Oscar "It Girl" is available right now at Julep for $14. My search for a vibrant glitter glam yellow gold nail polish has officially ended.

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.

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?


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.


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, 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?


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.


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 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

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?


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. 


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.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Planet Beach Body Contour Oil

I have been quite a fan of Planet Beach and the brand itself. So, when I was offered the opportunity to review a Planet Beach beauty product, I was quite stoked when I discovered the Body Contour Oil. So, what did I think?


Not only does this product work to moisturize the skin, the hydration is incredibly and as a result, is long-lasting. If you have dry skin, you will not only love this product, but appreciate it much more so.

This product works to tighten the skin naturally. Not only does it increase cell turnover, but your skin's circulation too. It also works to tone the skin, as well.

If you have itchy skin, you will appreciate this product for it's amazing ingredients and strong ability to relieve virtually any type of skin aliment such as eczema, psoriasis, and even acute dry skin.
The scent of this product is amazing. Nothing is more of a turnoff than a horrible scent. You can have the best product in the world, but if it smells bad, it definitely not the product. You can smell all of the natural ingredients in this product, which I absolutely love.


Some of the ingredients include: Camellia Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Kukui Oil, and Lime Oil. If you are allergic to any of these ingredients, it is very important to refrain from using this product.
Like most body care products, the results are not instantaneous. You need to use this product for weeks before you start to see results.
Although the results are evident when used alone, they are not huge let alone dramatic unless used in conjuction with heat or some sort of thermogenic type of medium.
If your skin is very oily, you may not benefit from this product because it is an oil based product.

The Body Contour Oil by Planet Beach is available at the Planet Beach Shop for $26. Would I use this product again? Yes. Would I recommend this product to a friend? Absolutely. For more information about this amazing Planet Beach addition, simply click here right now.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

2+1 For Brows by Paula Dorf

When I heard that Brand Backer was offering a special opportunity to try an eye brow product by Paula Dorf, I have to admit I was pretty stoked. In fact, moments after receiving the email, I instantly jumped towards the opportunity. 

For those of you that do not know, the 2+1 For Brows is a special round palette that includes two pigmented shades along with brow wax. Recently, I had the opportunity to try 2+1 For Brows by Paula Dorf. So, what did I think?


I have tried the brunette and I love how pigmented the color is. A little goes along way. The color pay-off is fantastic.

After wearing this brow product for a few hours, I noticed that it didn't smear nor did it smudge and budge. It is surprisingly long-lasting, especially with a primer and in collaboration with the wax.

This Paula Dorf addition offers an amazing eye brow brush. The Perfect Brow brush itself is slightly angled and is not too thin or thick. It's also very easy to clean and the bristles do not fall out. The handle is not long, but it isn't extremely short. It is still effective when applying the color and the wax. (Use code: BROWBRUSH to receive this brush free with your 2+1 For Brows purchase.)

It is round and very compact, making it great for traveling. It fits right inside of your purse. The brush also fits, as well. If you are into products that you can take anywhere, you will love this one.

Not only is this product fragrance free, it is hypoallergenic and suitable for all skin types.
No animals were harmed when this product was created, as Paula Dorf cosmetics does NOT test on animals.


This product contains an array of ingredients. Some of them include: Dimethicone, Mica, Methyparaben, Titanium Dioxide, Boron Nitride, Trimethysiloxysilicate, Panthenol, and more. If you are allergic or suffer from any skin tribulations from these ingredients, you are not going to be interested in this product. 

This product is not paraben-free. If you are one who embraces the natural and organic concept, I do not believe this product will interest you.

In terms of colors, I believe they should be a little more extensive. The brunette is modestly dark, but is not suitable for those with black or ebony colored hair. The brunette worked great for me. I have medium to dark brown hair and medium/tan skin tone.

If you are on a budget and are looking to spend less than $10, you may not find this product appealing. 

You can purchase Paula Dorf's 2+1 for Brows at Paula Dorf for $26. Would I use this product again? Yes. Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes. Especially if they are looking for a great eye brow product. For more information about this eye brow product, click here right now. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Bioeffect EGF Serum

The Bioeffect EGF Serum is a revolutionary age-defying serum that works to correct, prevent and repair aging. It is also one of the few serums on the planet to actually increase your skin's density, restoring and protecting your skin's natural acid mantle. 

I have been wanting to try this product for a while, as I recently talked with the creator of this amazing product regarding the hype around it for Yahoo! Voices. But the question remains, does this serum actually work and live up to its marketed promise? 

The product uses quite a few ingredients including those that you wouldn't find in ordinary skin care. One of them is Icelandic water. Additionally, this serum doesn't possess a lot of ingredients. It only contains 7 of them. These ingredients include: glycerin, Icelandic water, sodium hyaluronate, Tromethamine, sodium chloride, barley seed extract and EGF. 

And as a little goes a very long way (only 2-4 drops is recommended) this product is free of synthetic chemicals and preservatives including fragrances, dyes, alcohol and oil. I was able to receive some samples of this product to try courtesy of the founder of the brand. So, what did I think?

I think the serum is fantastic. I am surprised it is being sold at Sephora, as it clearly needs to be. I think once women discover this product, they are going to love it. The serum has a very gel-like texture that I enjoy. It isn't sticky and tends to sink your skin without feeling like you are using anything. 

The first day I used it, I didn't notice any results; however, after the 5th day I noticed that my skin looked brighter and tighter. I am 33 years old, so I am looking to prevent and target the first signs of aging. 

After about two weeks of using this product, I noticed that my skin is relatively hydrated. And as youthful as it looks, I feel as if this product really works for balancing my skin effectively. My skin is evidently a product of my environment; however, it has always been combination leaning towards dry in the colder climates and oily in the hotter temperatures. This serum truly does help to balance my skin, which I enjoy.

So far I have no complaints. I will let you know in the near future if I do. Until then, I am signing off. Take care of yourself and have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Lancome Courbe Virtuose mascara

One day, as I was sitting in my room, turning the pages of Vogue magazine, I came across an ad for Lancome Courbe Virtuose mascara. Although, I was skeptical about their entire marketing concept in general, I was utterly determined to test this mascara, to actually see if it lived up to it's promise. I have been searching for a great quality mascara for a long time and it was about time, I actually found one.

I decided to make a trip to Belk and head straight to the Lancome makeup counter. In browsing the variety of Lancome products, I started to browse the mascaras. Although, I originally was looking for the Courbe Virtuose, I had noticed quite a few others. I asked the beauty specialist what she recommended and she informed me about Courbe Virtuose. That is when it hit me and I had mentioned to her, that I had seen Lancome's ad in Vogue magazine and although, I was highly impressed, I just wasn't convinced that this mascara lived up to it's promise. I am a quite a fan of Lancome cosmetics, as I have tried an array of products. Some of the products worked amazingly and better than others, whereas; some worked mediocre and just didn't work.

As she asked if I wanted a sample, in a rather selfish, yet determined mood, I said "no thanks" and as she asked if I still wanted the mascara, I simply blurted out "I'll take it". When she handed me the silver box, I just wanted to take out the mascara and apply it right away. In fact, I did. "Divine Lasting Curves Mascara" is the motto, promoting a sales pitch that lives heavily up to it's name. This mascara truly is a force to be reckoned with, as it provides an array of benefits that range from Curl-Guard and Keep-Curl. What I loved most was the fact I only needed a few coats of this exquisite mascara and my lashes looked incredible. What I truly loved about Courbe Virtuose is the fact that it didn't smudge or rub off, making it that much more impressive.

The mascara was a tried and true treat to my lashes, as it is right now. I am not sure if I should mention that I am wearing it, as I write this review, but nevertheless, I am always honest with you. I truly recommend this product to anyone looking to achieve a slightly curvier, yet curlier lash with a hint of length and volume. Although, you can apply as much as needed, this amazingly fluent mascara was obviously created for those that love glamor, but appreciate it for it's simplicity, rather than the hype of overcoating the lashes.

Now, if you are a makeup fanatic that loves to coat the lashes multiple times in hopes of achieving a false eyelash look, forget it. It just won't work. I do not recommend this product to those looking for an extreme or dramatic effect. Applying too much of Courbe Virtuose mascara can actually give you the reverse effect it is suppose to or you are expecting, so please use wisely. As visibly satisfying as this product is, it should not be abused. The last thing you want is to look like a tarantula !@#$ your face. Excuse my language.

Courbe Virtuose mascara by Lancome is sold at Sephora, Macy's, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Belk for about $24. You can also purchase this amazing fluent mascara at a Lancome boutique or straight from their
official website . This mascara comes in brown and in black. Would I purchase Courbe Virtuose mascara by Lancome again? Yes. Would I use it again? I am wearing it now.