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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.


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Beauty Buzz: L’Oreal Paris’ Because You’re Worth It


We are in the midst of award season and this nail color is perfect! L’Oreal Paris’ Because You’re Worth  is an amazing gold. It’s part of the new Colour Riche collection and this color is part of the Iconic Muse color story (there are four).

Daring and elegant, the Iconic Muse isn’t afraid of a little risk and loves to make a strong color statement.” -Loreal.com

It’s soft but has a beautiful sheen. People have been complementing me on this color since I applied it. It’s a perfect metallic shade. And it’s long lasting. I’ve had it on now for 4 days and there doesn’t seem to be any wear. Looks like I just polished them yesterday. With all my blogging, that’s a miracle. LOL!


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Beauty Buzz: JAFRA Makeup Remover

I’m one of “those” girls that hates to take off their makeup before bed. Yeah…yeah…I know. I especially, dislike trying to remove eye makeup. I can never find a remover that is gentle enough and does its job.

Little did I know, the answer was under my nose the entire time. I was gifted a bottle of JAFRA’s Makeup Remover for Eyes and Lips ($12) last year and forgot all about it. I don’t know what I was thinking. Maybe it was hiding from me?

This is one of the best makeup removers I’ve ever tried. It’s so amazingly gentle and it does it’s job. It doesn’t burn or irritate my eyes and has the lightest scent. It’s made with Cucumber Extract, which soothes, and Macadamia Nut oil, which conditions. And it’s not just for your eyes, you can use it on your lips too. I guess I don’t have any more excuses to not remove my makeup.


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Beauty Buzz: L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin

Hairstylist from around the world swear by L’Oreal Paris’ Elnett Satin hairspray. I swear I see it in almost every photo from a “behind the scenes” shoot. Well, it’s not a new product by any means. In fact, it’s been around for four decades. But, it’s only been available in the U.S. for a few years.

I was recently gifted a can at a L’Oreal event and I’ve kind of become obsessed with it. It really offers hold, but it doesn’t leave your hair sticky. And it brushes out really easily without leaving any of that white residue that some hairsprays do. Guess that’s where the “satin” comes from.

It’s also supposed to offer protection against humidity, but we don’t have much of this around Los Angeles, so I’m not sure. Some people do complain of the scent, but I actually like it. If you’re one of those, they do offer an unscented formula. Regardless, this is one great product. Looks like I’ve found a hairspray that will continue to stand the test of time.

Elnett Satin is available in four formulas: Strong Hold, Extra Strong Hold, Extra Strong Hold Unscented, and Extra Strong Hold for Color-Treated hair. The last one offers a UV filter to protect your colored hair.

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Beauty Buzz: Suave’s Dry Shampoo

This is going to be a short and sweet “Beauty Buzz.” There’s no sugar coating when I’ve found a product I love. I was gifted a small sample can of Suave’s Dry Shampoo at the Two Point Oh L.A. Snowball.

I’ve heard all the stories about dry shampoo and even wrote a small post about a certain brand’s new line. But, this is the first time I’ve actually used it. I was supposed to meet up with two of my girls for dinner, but the boiler in my apartment building broke and we didn’t have hot water. There was no shower in my future. My hair tends to get oily and I thought this would be the best time to use it.

Suave’s Dry Shampoo has mineral clay in it that soaked up the oil in my hair. It smells great and it added lift to my hair. Problem solved! And the best thing about it? It’s only $2.74 at Target! You and your hair can thank me later.

Beauty Buzz: Holiday Gift Sets

Are you looking for a gift for the beauty addict in your life? I really don’t think you can go wrong with a beauty set. You can pretty much find a set for anything-makeup, fragrances, body and skin care, and nail polish. And you can find them everywhere, so no excuses. I found a lot of great sets below. If you’re wondering, I’ll take any of them below. Click on your favorite and cross another person off your gift list.

Beauty Buzz: L’Oreal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara

I wrote this post for my other blog, but I wanted to share it with you here. I had an opportunity to try out out L’Oreal Paris’ Voluminous False Fiber Lashes ($8.95) mascara. They want you to “Never Fake It Again.”

According to L’Oreal, “Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara reinvents the false eyelash look, making it possible to achieve the clean impact of professionally-applied false lashes. A combination of super-fine nylon and rayon fibers perfectly adhere to natural lashes, enveloping them from root to tip thanks to an exclusive polymer in the formula. Meanwhile, an architectural precision brush with a 40-degree angle and reverse twist bristles ensure optimal application, making lashes appear fuller, longer, curled and sculpted. No clumps or messy results – just flawless lashes from every angle.”

I started applying the mascara at the base of my lashes, while wiggling the brush up using #275 Black Noir. The sculpting fibers in this mascara immediately adhere to your lashes and it did seem to curl them a little bit.

As you can see in my photos, it did add some volume, but I felt like it came out a little clumpy. Not as full like their ad shows. I did only apply two coats. Maybe with a few more coats it will add some fullness. Although, my eyelashes don’t look like their model’s eyes, I did like how dramatic of a change it made to these thin lashes. It’s very noticeable.

One random thing I noticed…I like the shape of the wand cover. It fits your hand naturally when you’re applying it. Yeah, I said it was random.

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Have you tried L’Oreal Paris’ Voluminous False Fiber Lashes mascara??

Disclosue: This item was provided for a different compensated post. You can find it here. The above is my true and honest opinion.

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.

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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.