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Beauty Buzz: Napoleon Perdis Bronze Patrol & Auto Pilot

Fresh off their win for best blush and best primer from BeautyHeaven.com’s Glosscars Beauty Awards, Napoleon Perdis’ Bronze Patrol and Auto Pilot have definitely made an impression in these neck of the woods.

The first thing I noticed about Bronze Patrol ($50) was it’s swirled baked powder. It shimmers with gold flecks and leaves an amazing sun-kissed look. All you need is one sweep of this paraben free bronzer. And I found out it’s enriched with Vitamin’s A and C.

Now, the Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer ($39) deserves it’s award too. lt’s a very gentle, but effective primer. Just put it on before your foundation (even after your moisturizer). No worries, it’s scientifically formulated to allow your makeup to “automatically” glide over the skin. And it helps your make-up last.

Let’s just say these two award winner’s have made their point and it’s definitely been noted.

What are your favorite Napoleon Perdis products? 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. The items were provided for review. The above is my true and honest opinion.

Beauty Buzz: TRESemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo

This post brought to you by TRESemmé. All opinions are 100% mine.

The alarm goes off. You hit snooze. Alarm goes off again.

It’s one of “those” mornings. You know, the kind where  you don’t want to get up and out of bed. You just want 30 more minutes of sleep. Don’t get me started on how long it takes to style our hair!

If you feel like skipping a day of shampooing, then you might want to try TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo.

It’s a unique formula created to absorb excess oil and remove odors. It rejuvenates hair without a single drop of water and will bring some life your unwashed tresses. You’ll love the bursts of citrus extracts in their full line of products.

Check out the line below.

Strengthening Dry Shampoo: The formula, with B12 vitamins and keratin, helps strengthen your hair and leaves it full of body.

Volumizing Dry Shampoo: This formula is made with mineral clay and citrus. It removes oil while injecting your hair with salon-gorgeous volume.

Smoothing Dry Shampoos: Here you get Vitamin H and Silk Proteins that refreshes your straight hair style by removing excess oil, impurities and odor.

Moisturizing Waterless Foam Shampoo: This formula has Witch Hazel, Citrus, and Aloe Vera. It also refreshes your hair by removing excess oil, impurities, and odor while moisturizing your hair.

Not sure how to use it? Here are some do’s and dont’s.

  • Do shake vigorously before use and in between spray bursts for best results.
  • Do lift sections of dry hair and spray lightly at roots.
  • Do spray in short burst, holding 8-12 inches from head.
  • Don’t spray like hair spray (all over and continuously)
  • Do leave in for 1-2 minutes.
  • Do use fingertips or abursh to distribute product evenly.

Still need help? Check out this YouTube tutorial by Tanya Burr. She’s even hosting a $500 gift card giveaway. But, you need to hurry and enter!

Have you tried TRESemme’s Fresh Start Dry Shampoo? Would you give it a try? 


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Beauty Buzz & Giveaway: Aromatherapaes

As I went through my “green” stage, I was on the look out for natural beauty products. Believe me, there are so many out there, but sometimes they just straight out don’t work. And the ones that do work are very expensive. If you feel the same way, then you are going to really like Aromatherapaes.

Aromatherapaes is a certified natural line of aromatherapeutic bath, body, and skincare products. The combine the most beneficial essential oils with the safest, natural ingredients.

Some of the essential oils they use are bergamot, chamomile, eucalyptus, lavendar, neroli, orange, and peppermint…to name a few.

I tried the Refreshing Moisture Lotion in Sweet Orange & Vanilla, Nourishing Moisture Body Wash in Sweet Orange & Vanilla, and the Refreshing Moisture All-Over Balm in Sweet Orange & Vanilla. I’m kind of in love with the All-Over Balm. I use it on my elbows and feet. Because you know how our feet get during the summer wearing nothing but sandals.

First of all, they smell incredibly good. And just knowing the company is cruelty-free makes me very happy. They don’t use sulfates, parabens, phthalate or formaldehyde donors, or ethoxylated ingredients (all the bad stuff).

Do you want to try it out for yourself? I have few travel size products for you.

Leave a comment below, telling me why you use all-natural products.

Rules: must be 18 years-or-older, your information has to be correct, only one entry per person, and you must claim your prize within 24 hours, winner will be chosen via random.org, and giveaway ends 8/22/11 12pm PST.

 GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!!

Beauty Buzz: VISINE Soothing Wipes for those pretty eyes!

Sometimes, I get a little weird about my eyes. It could be when a makeup artist is putting on eyeliner, rubbing them when I’m tired, or I feel like there a loose eyelash roaming around in there, and especially taking off my eye makeup.

I’ve tried the makeup up removing wipes, but sometimes they’ll burn my eyes. Does that happen to you? And what do you do when you have something irritating your eye? Do you splash it with water a million times, hoping it will come out?

Thank goodness I don’t worry about that anymore. A few months ago, I got a free sample of these VISINE Soothing Wipes. Hellooooo life saver! These bad boys remove eye makeup, irritants with a couple of gentle swipes and no burning! Yay! And like the name say’s, they are soothing. They retail for around $5.99 and up for 30 wipes, but there’s a coupon for $1 off here. Your eyes will thank you for it.

Disclosure: The item was gifted, this is NOT a paid post. The above is my true and honest opinion. 

Beauty Buzz: Introducing Caciquebody

Lane Bryant’s Cacique line, is more than just intimates. It’s now about beauty and body care. Available online today, Caciquebody is a new line designed to tone, smooth and revitalize a woman’s natural curves. Sounds great, right?

The new collection includes smoothing body lotion, hydrating body mist, and body butter. Available in scents Pinkberry, Citrusfresh, Waterblossoms, and Nightbloom. They also offer anti-chaffing cream, revitalizing leg cream, and shimmering body lotion.

Lane Bryant sent me the hydrating body mist Spray It Again and the smoothing body lotion Firm Believer in Pinkberry and I was pleasantly surprised. Pinkberry is a “romantic blend of cherry blossoms, raspberry, and peppercorn.” I was worried the scent might be too strong for me, but it actually wasn’t.

Firm Believer felt great as I slathered it on. It had a great consistency and wasn’t too thick. And because of the sculpting seaweed extract and antioxidant blend with a jolt of caffeine my legs really felt refreshed. It’s not every day a clothing company can pull off body care and now I’m super curious to try the other products.

Will you try the Caciquebody line? 

Disclosure: I was gifted these products by Lane Bryant. The above is my true and honest opinion. 

Beauty Buzz: Gillette’s Venus Spa Breeze Razor

I’m going to make this beauty review short and sweet. I am in love with the Gillette Venus Spa Breeze razor. Seriously, I’ve been shaving my legs since I was a pre-teen and I have never had such a close shave. It’s pretty awesome for someone like me with coarse hair. Is that T.M.I.? Well, whatever it’s true.

Do you know what else I love about the Spa Breeze? It’s the fact that you will never need shaving gel again. Because, there’s a shave gel bar affixed to the top of the razor. And it really does smell good with it’s white tea scent.

Looks like I’ve found my new razor. The price really is reasonable and so are the catridge refills. That’ something that’s been driving me crazy lately. When did razors get so expensive?  
Disclosure: This item was gifted to me by P&G. The above is my true and honest opinion. 

Beauty Buzz: JAFRA’s Powder Blush

I’m going to make this short and sweet. If you’re looking for a natural looking blush, then you need to try JAFRA’s Powder Blush ($14.50). Seriously, I’ve tried a few blushes here and there, but this one is different.

I use the color “Perfect Glow” and I can’t help but think it’s the perfect shade for my medium skin tone. Not to sound too cliche, but it’s not too dark, not too light…It’s just right.

This Powder Blush is part of JAFRA’s revamped Color Line. There are 11 different shades and it’s jet-milled, so the blush goes on silky smooth. It’s formulated with Vitamins E and C, which they say will condition and protect your skin. And it absorbs oil, so you will get a longer wear out of it. This makes me love it even more! If you haven’t tried any of the products from the Color Line, you’re kinda missing out. They haven’t been around for over 50 years for nothing.

Have you tried any of JAFRA’s products? Which one is your favorite? 

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review. Although the item was gifted, the above is my true and honest opinion.

Beauty Buzz: Head & Shoulders

No one wants to admit they have dandruff right? In reality, it’s a lot more common than most of us might think. I’m not afraid to admit my bouts with it in the past. (Don’t know what causes dandruff? Click here.)

I know dandruff is on the way when my head starts to itch. When that happens I make sure to wash my hair with Head & Shoulders. Yes, we all know this brand. They’ve been around for years and have really evolved to be the best dandruff shampoo on the market. And that’s for good reason. Their shampoo and conditioner really work. No, I’m not a spokesperson, just a satisfied customer.

I don’t have to worry about “that smell” either. You know what I’m talking about. The smell that most generic dandruff shampoos leave you with. The new Head & Shoulders collections come in 11 different scents at an average price of $7.99. The hubby and I have been using the “Ocean Lift” formula and it has done wonders. And I’ve even noticed how soft and manageable it has left my hair. I only use it once a week now, but it has helped to maintain the health of my scalp.

Disclaimer: I was NOT financially compensated for this post, although the items were gifted. The above is my true and honest opinion.

Beauty Buzz: Crackle Glaze

China Glaze, one of my favorite nail lacquers, has this amazing new collection called Crackle Glaze. And if you haven’t heard, all the beauty bloggers are loving this nail trend! When applied over your favorite China Glaze nail lacquer, any of these six colors (Lightning Bolt, Crackled Concrete, Black Mesh, Crushed Candy, Broken Hearted, and Faultline) will give your nails a crackled effect. Watch the video below for all the details!

Have you tried this nail trend yet? Are you loving or hating it?

Beauty Buzz: COVERGIRL Oscar Looks & Giveaway

Hilary Swank looked stunning at Sunday night’s Academy Awards, while Sofia Vergara rocked the Vanity Fair after-party.

The Oscars are always about what designer a celebrity is wearing. This year COVERGIRL wants it to be all about what make-up the hottest stars are wearing.

Wouldn’t you like to know how celebrity make-up artists got these ladies their glam looks? You even have a chance to win 2 COVERGIRL products below!

Hilary Swank @ OSCAR’s Red Carpet by Make-Up Artist Monika Blunder

“I wanted to really play up Hilary’s eyes and I used her gorgeous Gucci Premiere couture dress with beautiful shades of grey and satin as my color inspiration,” shared makeup artist Monika Blunder.

To create the soft but colorful eye look, I blended silvery colors across the eye and then opened up the eyes by using COVERGIRL LiquilineBlast in Silver Spark close to the top and bottom lash line. I used the darker colors on the outside of the eye lid and then the lighter, silver colors in the inside, using COVERGIRL Smoky ShadowBlast in Onyx Smoke to bring out the silver shades of her dress. I then curled the lashes (ten second hold on each eye) and added stunning volume with COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume in Very Black.

To complement Hilary’s eyes, I created a matte, flawless face and peachy cheeks for an overall soft look. I used a feathered blush brush to apply COVERGIRL Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush in Plush Peach in a circular motion to the apples of the cheeks. This creates a very soft, luminous look. To achieve a luxurious skin look at home, try COVERGIRL NatureLuxe Silk Foundation.

For the lips, I went with a very natural look, using COVERGIRL NatureLuxe Gloss Balm in Sandstone to add a pretty flush of luxurious color.

Sofia Vergara @ Vanity Fair/Elton John’s OSCAR After-Party by Make-Up Artist Beau Nelson

I wanted to create an old-Hollywood glamour look inspired by Sophia Loren and Sofia’s gorgeous black dress. For her eyes I applied a beige shadow on the lid and brown shadow in the crease then lined the top with COVERGIRL Line Exact in Black for added drama. On the bottom I lined her eyes with COVERGIRL LiquiLineBlast in Brown Blaze and finished the eyes with multiple coats of LashBlast Mascara in Black.

We wanted to keep Sofia’s skin fresh and dewy so I applied COVERGIRL NatureLuxe Silk Foundation in Nutmeg for a flawless finish and added COVERGIRL Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush in Plush Peach to give her a natural glow.

I finished her look with a pink/beige lip using COVERGIRL LipPerfection lipcolor in Rush.

One beauty loving reader will win 2 COVERGIRL products of their choice, one from each OSCAR look!

Extra Entry: Tweet “Loving #Oscar looks with @CoverGirl and the @CurvesandChaos Giveaway http://t.co/zUezPaw !” 
You MUST leave a comment below with the link to the tweet and a valid Twitter I.D.

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Beauty Buzz: KleanSpa

 

Little did I know a scented mist I received in a swag bag at BlogHer would start a beauty love affair with KleanSpa. First of all,  I’m not a fan of strong over powering scents. I love natural floral and fruity scents and the KleanSpa mist was so yummy!

KleanSpa is a company that is dedicated to sharing their gift of “scentual discovery with others by providing luxurious and refreshing products.” Products that are “high quality, competitively-priced, naturally-focused, while pleasing the body, nose and spirit.”

Of course the mist isn’t the only thing I’ve fallen in love with. Thanks to KleanSpa, I was given a “Taste” of KleanSpa gift set ($34.50) to try out. ((Enter to win your own set below!))  This included the Sugar Body Polish in Let it Snow, the Whipped Shea Body Butter in Perfect Pumpkin, and the Mist in Roasted Nut & Orange Peel. Seriously, I just want to eat it all…BUT YOU CAN’T! It’s not edible. Oh darn!

And you don’t have to buy these products in a set. The Sugar Body Polish ($13.50) , Whipped Shea Body Butter ($12.50), Mist ($10.50), and more are sold separately at delicious prices. I might just have to try out their Bath Syrup ($7) or KleanSpa Candle ($9).

Their ingredients consist of items like shea butter/oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, green tea powder, and more. MOST of their ingredients are natural…but, where it’s impossible to find a substitute, they do use a fragrance oil. And all products are always human tested first and they use a non-paraben preservative.

If you’re in the Los Angeles area you can stop by their Burbank or Santa Monica locations for their monthly Blending Bash where you can “Kreate” your own signature fragrance for only $35!

At the Bash, you will personally work with Jennifer (the owner) to create your own signature fragrance. Then you will make a 1/3oz Roll-on Perfume and a 4oz Lotion (or a bath Syrup in the Santa Monica store). Sounds like fun! Hmmmm…wonder what I’ll call my signature scent?

Sign up for their newsletter today and get an instant 25% off coupon!  

Giveaway: Here’s your chance to win your very own “Taste” of KleanSpa Gift Set valued at $34.50!

To enter, go to the KleanSpa web site HERE and tell me which scents you’ll choose in the polish, butter, and mist if you win as a comment below. Make sure to leave a valid email address or twitter i.d.

For extra entries:

  1. “Like” KleanSpa on Facebook.
  2. Follow KleanSpa on Twitter.

*Make sure you add the extra entries as a separate comment, will not count if they are not a separate comment. This means no more than 3 comments per person. Only open to valid U.S. residents and you must be 18 years or older to enter. Winner will be chosen using Random.org on February 1st, 2011.



Disclaimer: I was NOT financially compensated for this post, although the items were gifted. The above is my true and honest opinion.

Beauty Buzz: China Glaze’s Spring 2011 Nautical-Inspired Colors

 

Although, we are still in the middle of winter, it’s never too early to start thinking about spring! Especially, when China Glaze brings us 12 amazing colors like these in their new nautically-inspired collection.

“These bold and confident brights are reminiscent of a carefree natural getaway, with soft ethereal hues that inspire leisurely thoughts of sand and sea.”-China Glaze

Colors in the collection include:

· Life Preserver: Highly pigmented and luxurious poppy crème.
· Hey Sailor: Vibrant crème red.
· Ahoy!: Delightfully intense pink that flashes with reflective glass speck.
· First Mate: Sophisticated and rich navy crème.
· Starboard: Hip and playful green crème.
· Lighthouse: Multi-dimensional, bright yellow glass speck.

· White Cap: Whimsical and sparkling multi-dimensional white.
· Pelican Gray: High shine, cool toned grey crème.
· Sea Spray: Calming pale blue crème.
· Below Deck: A flirty mix of taupe and violet.
· Sunset Sail: Delightful peachy pink high shine crème.
· Knotty: Micro-particle beige shimmer.

Don’t forget:

China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.

China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, visit: www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ChinaGlaze