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Beauty Buzz: 5 L’Oreal Favorites

When it comes to beauty products I’m not afraid to admit I’m no guru. In fact, I feel like a beginner and that’s OK! Who’s with me? You won’t find any tutorials here! LOL! But, I do love to introduce you to products that will not only make you happy, but are easy to use and actually work! Just like these five L’Oreal Paris favorites that have been getting a lot of use lately!

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Beauty Buzz: Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion

Remember when Suave was just a generic version of a shampoo? You’d only use it when you were low on cash. Come on! You know what I’m talking about. I can honestly tell you (which I think have a few times already) that this is not the same Suave.

Suave Professionals is getting better and better. In January I tried their Keratin Infusion 30 Day Smoothing Kit and I really loved it! You can view my video here. And for two weeks I’ve been using Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smoothing Lower Sulfate Shampoo & Conditioner System, Heat Defense Leave-In Conditioner, and Smooth & Shine Serum.

I’m really impressed by how soft and smoothed out my hair is and especially for the price. At Walgreens each item I used above retails for $3.49. But, remember my hair isn’t damaged or dyed, the results may be different depending on your hair type.

Have you ever used Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion products? Do you like them?


Beauty Buzz Giveaway: Stila Summer 2012 Collection & Meet Stila Pro Artist Sarah Lucero

Where are my Stila Cosmetics fans? I know there are a lot of you out there! Stay tuned, because I’m going to give you a chance to enter to win Stila’s Summer 2012 CollectionThere’s no doubt you love this amazing cosmetics line. And if you’re a fan then you probably know Stila’s celebrity makeup artist, Sarah Lucero.

“Hand-picked and personally trained by Stila’s creator, top celebrity makeup artist Sarah Lucero has become one of the brand’s most respected trainers and pro artists… She also acts as a beauty expert for both television and print and is the Stila spokesperson on HSN.”

And if you live in the Los Angeles area, you have a chance to meet her!! Sarah will be stopping by two Sephora stores tomorrow (5/25/12) & Saturday (5/26/12) to share her tips and tricks on everything from creating the perfect cat eye swoop to how to fit the new BB cream trend into your summer beauty routine. Get your own personalized makeup consultation!

Now, here’s your chance to enter to win Stila’s Summer 2012 Collection (below)!

One reader will win Stila Custom Color Blush, Stila One Step Illuminate, Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer, Stila Baked Setting Powder, Stila Passion Fruit Crush Lip & Cheek Stain and Stila Stay All Day Lash Mascara. Enter via the widget below!!

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Beauty Buzz: ARTISTRY ‘Escape to Paradise’ Collection

Anything with “Paradise” in the name is all I need to hear. And ARTISTRY’s ‘Escape to Paradise’ collection reminds me of my kind of escape…a tropical island. The soft and radiant colors are nothing but beautiful.

The collection consists of a Cheek and Eye Quad in Golden Glow and Fresh Radiance, Lip Gloss Duo in Tropical Coral and Pacific Orchid, and Eye Pencil in Island Violet and Lagoon. These are definitely luxury-quality cosmetics.

I really like their “Get the Look” tutorials on their web site. You can choose from four looks-Seascape, Beachfront, Beachfront-Sunset, and Seascape-Sea glass.  They give you step-by-step instructions on how to achieve these looks. My favorite is Seascape.

1. Using an eye shadow brush, highlight the inner corner of the eye and the brow bone with Antique, a soft beige.
2. Sweep Shell, a soft purple, across eyelid from lash line to crease.
3. Mix Shell and Drift, a golden brown, and blend into crease to create natural definition.
4. Apply Lagoon eye pencil along the upper and lower lash lines, connecting at the corners. Use the built-in smudger tool to soften and blend the line.
5. Soften by applying Seafoam, a pale turquoise, over eyeliner.
6. Complete eyes with mascara on top lashes.

7. Using a blush brush, sweep over entire Fresh Radiance cheek colour quad. Follow the cheek bone from the top toward the corner of the mouth to create a sculpted effect. If desired, blend outward to soften.
8. For a subtle highlight, apply the lightest cheek colour at the temples and along the top of the cheekbone.

9. Apply Raspberry Shimmer lip gloss. Blend Sparkling Lavender on top to create a shimmering effect.


Beauty Buzz: SUAVE Scalp Solutions

Yes…Suave is once again stepping their game up. This time it’s Suave’s Scalp Solutions. I am not afraid to admit that I sometimes deal with dandruff and an itchy scalp. Who doesn’t?  It ‘s a lot more common than you might think. It can be caused by a long list of things, but every day occurrences like stress and hormones can also cause it.

When I do have a flare up, I reach for everyone’s favorite and reliable dandruff shampoo brand, but I can’t stand the smell it leaves behind. Ugh…you know what I’m talking about.

Thank goodness I’ve discovered Suave’s Scalp Solutions in Nourishing Coconut and Shea Butter. This anti-dandruff shampoo is…a scalp saver? I think it really is. Just by smelling it, you would never know it was created to fight flakes. And it’s gentle enough to use every day.

The scent reminds me of being at the beach with a drink in my hand…LOL! It has to be the coconut! Anyways, I’ve been using it for a week and it has been great. My hair is still soft and shiny, and it smells really good!

Please note, I’m not sure how it will work on severe cases of dandruff or itchy scalp, I only get occasional flareups. You can also find it in Invigorating Mint and Eucalyptus and Invigorating Ocean Minerals & Aloe Vera 2-in1. It retails for about $3.79.


Beauty Buzz: Neutrogena Naturals

I think Neutrogena has every type of product for almost every type of skin. I should know, I’ve tried a lot of it. Yes, a lot of it.

I wish I would of known about their Neutrogena Naturals line when I was going through my “green” phase. It’s free of harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes or phthalates. They use ingredients that are naturally derived.

The Neutrogena Naturals collection consists of cleansers, scrubs, make-up removers, lip balm, body bar, moisturizer, and night cream. I’ve been using a few of these products and have found them to be pretty effective. And you know how I am about fragrances, these have such a clean almost yummy scent. Does that make sense? LOL!

If you’ve been looking for a natural line, I’d definitely recommend trying one of their products to see if you like it or not. And to get you started a few of their products are on sale right now via their web site. Go here. 

Have you used this line? What do you think? 


Beauty Buzz: Clinique’s Moisture Surge Intense

Where are my Clinique fans at? I know you’re a loyal bunch. And if you’re one of them, then you probably already know about this amazing facial moisturizer.

Clinique’s Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator ($36) is a tall drink of water for your skin. Seriously. It literally feels hydrating when you’re applying it. I will tell you I have combination skin. That means it’s oily in some areas and dry in others. This is ideally for Very Dry to Dry and Dry Combination skin types. If you have oily skin, then this is not for you.

“Rich, oil-free cream-gel instantly rehydrates. Skin stays comfortably plumped, even 24 hours after you put it on. Daily use helps fortify and repair skin’s moisture barrier to keep moisture in, environmental irritants out. Better barrier, happier skin.” –

I applied this moisturizer on my face after getting out of the shower, because that’s when my face feels the driest. You only need a small amount for the entire face. It’s very light and leaves the skin feeling dewy. I will admit, because of my skin type and the oily areas of my face, I can’t wear this under my foundation during warmer weather. My forehead will get oilier than usual. This just goes to prove it’s for skins on the drier side and my skin during the winter. I love using it when I know I’m staying in for the day and not applying makeup.

Do you have dry skin? Have you tried Clinique’s Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator? What do you think?


Beauty Buzz: New L’Oreal Paris EverStyle

Dry hair is not my cup of tea. And, until recently, I didn’t really care to check if the products I were using contained alcohol or not. It can be damaging and dry out your hair. Which makes it easier for your hair to break. Why did I not ever worry about this? I don’t know. That’s why I was excited to try the  L’Oreal Paris EverStyle line, which is alcohol and paraben free. This makes me a happy camper. But, you’re probably wondering the same thing I did…do they work?

I tried the Curl Defining Gel and Mousse, Smooth and Shine Serum, and the Strong Hold Styling Spray and Gel. They actually worked a lot better than I thought they would. Maybe a little too good. LOL…is that weird? I guess I’m a little too used to these products not working. I have wavy hair, so the curl defining line worked on holding the wave I have. And the Strong Hold line works great. Since these were awesome, I wasn’t surprised the serum worked too. I also loved that these products didn’t cause any flaking. If you’re looking for  alcohol-free prouducts, I’d definitely try the L’Oreal Paris Everstyle line.


Beauty Buzz: COVERGIRL & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation


I love being able to “Kill two birds with one stone,” as the saying goes. And in the world of beauty, there’s no better way to do that, then to combine two of your favorite products. But, sometimes it doesn’t always work out.

For example, I don’t think those shampoo and conditioner combos work for me. I can never tell the difference. Is that just me? LOL!

There’s a brand new cosmetic combo that’s caught my attention. COVERGIRL’s foundation and Olay’s hydrating serum have combined to give us Tone Rehab 2-in1 Foundation. Not only will it help cover fine lines and wrinkles, but it also covers discolorations and age spots, while hydrating and improving your skin tone.

I was sent #145 Warm Beige which matched my skin tone (great job colormatching btw). The foundation goes on smoothly, blends well, and smells really good. It has that clean fragrant smell that I love. And you don’t really need a lot of product to cover your entire face. It’s not a matte foundation by any means, but it’s not super dewy. It leaves a pretty natural glow. It does a decent job with the fine line coverage and any discoloration. Nothing too dramatic.

I’d definitely try this foundation again, just so I can see the long term effects. COVERGIRL is always keeping it interesting. Just the way we like it!

Have you tried this yet? What do you think? 


Beauty Buzz: Estee Lauder’s Mad Men Collection

Where are my Mad Men fans? It’s all about the glamorous 1960’s and the sexy Christina Hendricks. Already headed into it’s fifth season, this AMC’s series has inspired a brand new and limited edition Estee Lauder Mad Men Collection. You’ll find an amazing red lipstick named Cherry and a pink rouge named Evening Rose. Even the outer carton was inspired by Estee Lauder packaging from the 1960’s.

I grabbed my new camera and snapped a few photos for you. I love how classic this is. So, what do you think? Will you pick up this new collection?

Please note: All photos were taken by me and are my personal property. No use of these photos without my written permission.


Beauty Buzz: Estee Lauder’s Teal Topaz

I’m so sorry to do this to you, but I have to share Estee Lauder’s Teal Topaz nail lacquer with you. I say I’m sorry because it’s sold out online and it’s a limited edition color…sooooooo…not sure if you’ll be able to find it again.

This is probably one of the prettiest colors to ever touch my nails. When applying it, it goes on amazingly smooth and is a true color.

When I wore it, I got so many compliments on it. I felt super lucky to have gotten my hands on it…no pun intended.

This color is part of the Estee Lauder’s Topaz Collection for Spring 2012 designed by Tom Pecheux, the creative makeup director of Estee Lauder.

What do you think? Is this a good spring color?

Beauty Buzz: L’Oreal Paris EverCreme Hair Care

L’Oreal Paris has done it again…winning me over with the EverCreme hair care collection. This is especially for you ladies out there that are tired of fighting with dry hair. You know who you are.

This collection stands out because it’s a Sulfate-Free Moisture System. If you’re like me, then you probably didn’t know that sulfates are very harsh on your hair and can leave the fibers dry, dull, lifeless, and weak. It’s also free of heavy waxes that can coat your hair and weigh it down. It’s also Paraben-Free (yay!) and 100% Vegan.

I’ve been using the EverCreme Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner for two weeks now. I honestly didn’t think I’d be able to tell a difference in my hair, but I was so wrong. My hair not only feels soft and looks shiny, but it instantly felt lighter. It was a crazy feeling. I never noticed how weighed down my hair felt before.

I’m not a fan of the vanilla, amber, and cedar wood scent, but I’m picky about that. It doesn’t smell bad or anything, I just love hair products that smell clean or fruity. And it doesn’t lather up as much either. Hmmm…maybe that’s what weighs our hair down too? OK…I’m not sure about that, but it’s something to think about.

Despite me being extra picky (LOL), I really like this shampoo and conditioner. It’s caught my attention and if you’re curious, I’d really recommend trying it.