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The Beauty of a Brush

Every time I pick up this brush I feel inspired. The “Power” Paddle Brush by Sarah Potempa reminds us why we (and our hair) are beautiful. The words “Empowerment, Ambition, Strength, Beauty, and Love” are proudly displayed on the back of the brush. It’s a great reminder at the start of each day.


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Awesome iFabbo Posts (Leave A Comment, Get A Comment!)

This one goes out to all of my fellow fashion and beauty bloggers! I’m part of a really cool group named iFabbo, you can read more about it below. We’re a group of fashion and beauty bloggers and we’d love for you to join us! Please take a few minutes to read all about it and the links to other posts below. Let’s support each other! Also, I’d really love if you could share this post via Twitter. Happy reading!

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Welcome! We are delighted to be part of Monique’s Curves and Chaos blog, who is hosting Awesome Posts. For those who don’t know, iFabbo is an organization that unites fashion, beauty and style bloggers with brands. Want to join? It’s free. Apply here. What are the Awesome Posts? We find interesting iFabbo member articles and one blogger to host links to them. We then encourage our members to visit the host’s blog to show their support.

Awesome Posts from iFabbo members:

  1. Monique (Our Fabulous Host!) @ Curves and Chaos: ”OOTD: Celebrating With The Curvy Fashionista”
  2. Dinah @ D.G.S.Beauty: “Reviva Labs: Light Cream Sun Protective Moisturizer and Light Skin Peel”
  3. Kelly Ly @ Pinkies And Bracelets: “I thought it was going to rain today.”
  4. Deena @ Miss Deena Diva: ”Fashion Trend: Tribal Winter 2012″
  5. Swati @ Perfect Skin Care for you : “Why Do Natural Products Break You Out?”
  6. Andrea Zanetich @ Fox in Flats: “I will no longer respond to anyone who talks to me while I’m on the toilet,” and 25 other New Year Resolutions”
  7. Thessa Buscar @ To Look For: Style: “Thrifted”

Want to be considered as the next Awesome Posts host?

Simply leaveTHREE  comments:
1: In the comment area below (Stuck for something to say? Share your best blogging tip). 2: On the commenter above you (If you’re first to comment, you get to skip this step!) 3: On one – or more – of the bloggers featured in the Top 5 list above Anyone can leave a comment (providing they meet the host’s comment policy), but you need to be an approved iFabbo member to be chosen as host. When choosing a host and blogs to feature, we look at who our most-active members are (the ones leaving comments and tweeting links to our host’s blog). If you’re an iFabbo member and you have an awesome post for our next round, submit it by e-mailing awesomeposts[at]ifabbo[dot]com  >with your name, and a link to your awesome post. For more info on iFabbo, visit our site, follow us on Twitter, and check out our
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Win TV Host’s Sabrina Soto’s Beauty Obsession of 2012!

Interior designer and HGTV star Sabrina Soto, has a beauty secret to keeping her eyelashes thick, long, and luscious without wearing false lashes! And it’s her beauty obsession for 2012.

I think it’s my new beauty obsession. It’s L’Oreal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes mascara. You already know I love it!

Sabrina recently revealed, “I’m obsessed with L’Oreal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes mascara. It’s fantastic to use when there is no time to use false eyelashes. It gives you the same appearance in one quick step!” – Sabrina Soto

It has a combo of super-fine nylon and rayon fibers that attach to your natural lashes. covering them from root to tip with an exclusive polymer in the formula. And I really love the 40-degree angle of the brush. This mascara instantly makes my lashes appear fuller, longer, and it curls them. And I have five of the L’Oreal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes to give away to you!  ENTER BELOW!


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Dare to Try a Bold Eye?

Thanks to L’Oreal for sponsoring my post about my favorite beauty looks, tips and tricks! Check out Makeup.com for beauty advice from the experts.

My name is Monique and sometimes I’m kind of a makeup wimp. I’ve always been a simple kind of girl, never stepping out my box. I’ve always stayed with neutral safe colors when it comes to eye shadow. Actually, I just started using eyeliner a few months ago. I know…I know. I’ve never claimed to be a make-up guru, just a girl experimenting.

With the holiday season upon us, I know I’m going to be going out a lot. So, I really want to try a bold eye. Now, a bold eye for me may be a simple eye for you. LOL. As soon as I got my hands on some L’Oreal Paris goodies, I knew they would be perfect for experimenting.

I dared to try out L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets HiP Color Truth Cream eyeliner in Eggplant, Double Extend Eye Illuminator eyeliner in Black Crystal, Studio Secrets eyeshadow in Landscape, and Voluminous False Fiber Lashes mascara in black.

I was really excited to try their HiP Color Truth Cream eyeliner (on the upper lid), the eggplant color is so pretty. And because it’s a cream, it went on really smooth and easily with the liner brush that’s included. I’m also in love with the Double Extend Eye Illuminator. One side is the black eyeliner, which I used on the outside bottom lid, and the crystal side on the inner side of the bottom lid. It adds a touch of brightness to my eye.

Like I said earlier, this is a bold daring look for me and I’m pretty happy with the outcome. Now I’m looking forward to my next bold look. Oh Oh…I might have unleashed a beauty monster! Maybe next time I’ll try brighter colors. What would your recommend?

When you dare to try a new look, what do you concentrate on? Eyes, lips, or hair?

Disclosure: I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. Click here to learn more about Makeup.com or become a Facebook fan by clicking here.

Vote for your Favorite Beauty Brands of 2011!

Only 30 more days until 2012! I bet you haven’t thought about that huh? Well, whether we like it or not, it’s coming! The years may come and go, but our love for beauty products is forever. I mean…how many of you are faithful to one brand? What has worked for you and what hasn’t in 2011? Thinking about all of this made me even more curious than I normally am. Inquiring minds (like mine) really want to know! Please take a minute to answer my poll!

I’ve included the top makeup and cosmetic brands, but I know there are more out there. If you don’t see your favorite listed below, please feel free to add it. What brands were your favorite in 2011? I can’t wait to see the results!

And because there are a million fragrance, hair, and skin care brands out there, please feel free to leave a comment below telling me your favorites of 2011. The next poll will ask you what your favorite Plus Size Brands of 2011 are!

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Beauty Buzz: The Turbie Twist

Have you ever watched one of those “As Seen on TV” commercials (a.k.a. infomercials) and thought…Why didn’t I think of that?

That’s exactly how I felt when I saw the Turbie Twist commercial for the first time. And when I finally got my hands on one, it was confirmed…I should of invented this!

I’ve been throwing my wet hair up in towels since I can remember. And when you’re hair is soaking wet, it takes for ever to dry and you have a heavy towel on your head. My hair is long too!

Not with the Turbie Twist. I don’t want to sound like an infomercial, but when I used it for the first time I was kinda in love. It’s so comfortable and easy to put on, I kind of forgot I had it on in the first place. And because this new one is made of microfiber, my hair did dry a lot faster. It’s a one size fits all, machine washable, and affordable.

I will admit I haven’t washed it yet, so I’m not sure of the quality after the wash. But, for now…it’s doing its job.

Take a look at the commercial below:

Have you ever tried the Turbie Twist? What do you think? 

Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. The item was complimentary. The above is my true and honest opinion.

Beauty Buzz: The Body Shop

 When you think of natural beauty products, you have to think of The Body Shop. They have been creating products with natural ingredients for years. All they want to do is “enhance your natural beauty and express your unique personality.” I’m all for beauty products with us in mind. And I love trying out new products with values like this.

We believe there is only one way to be beautiful, nature’s way.

I had a chance to try out five new products below.

1. 100% Natural Lip Roll-On: This lipgloss is mint-a-licious. It goes on nice and cool, with it’s metal roll-on ball. And it makes your lips glossy. Available now.

2. Hemp Moisturising Hand Wash: If you like the smell of hemp, then this is definitely your kind of hand wash. It is moisturizing and it’s made with Community Fair-Trade hemp seed oil. The scent does last for a while too. Available October 2011. 

3. Almond Hand & Nail Butter: You already know how I feel about body butter, well this is made especially for your hands and nails. It smells so yummy and goes on nice and thick. It is made with sweet almond oil and  Community Fair-Trade brazil nut oil. Available October 2011.

4. Extra Virgin Minerals Foundation: Any product with the word “mineral” it, doesn’t catch my attention. I’m afraid it will be too light and not provide coverage. This foundation was light, but it did cover. And it left a dewy fresh look. Available September 2011.

5. Wild Rose Hand Cream: I’m going to be honest, I’m not a fan of anything rose scented. In fact, I originally didn’t want to try it. But, I tried a little bit and it’s not overwhelming at all. It smells like an actual rose, with a powdery finishing scent. This is made with rosehip oil and Community Fair Trade brazil nut oil. Available October 2011.

The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes & Carbon Eye Definers (New shades now available!): I got my hands on Palette 20, and the colors are amazing for a smokey dramatic eye.

The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Hair Butter (Available starting October 2011): Yay for hair butter!! I finally wanted to try and I did. It wasn’t as thick as I thought it would be, but that didn’t matter. It still made my hair soft. I used Rainforest Radiance “sourced from the seed of the pracaxi tree which grows organically in the Amazonian rainforest, a few drops of this oil turns even the most difficult hair into manageable, shiny strands, boosting softness and helping you style and comb your hair easily.”

*The item pictured is not the type I tested.

What’s your favorite Body Shop product? 

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. The products were compliments of The Body Shop. The above is my true and honest opinion.

Obsessed with Body Butter

CaciqueBody's You Butter Believe It
CaciqueBody's You Butter Believe It

OK…I have this thing where I’m kind of anal about lotions that are not only thick and creamy, but actually moisturize. There’s nothing worse than putting on lotion and two seconds later your hands feel drier than than they did before you put it on! That’s my little lotion rant.

That’s why I’ve been really obsessed with body butters lately. If you haven’t tried a really good, rich and creamy body butter, then you’re dry skin is really missing out. It’s way better than a cream or lotion. It’s thicker, giving it a luxurious feel. I will warn you, most of them will not dry quickly, thus giving you that “greasy” feeling.  But, I kind of like that when I’m slathering it on.

If you haven’t figured it out, I love experimenting with different beauty products.

The two body butters I’m currently using are VS Fantasies Deep-Softening Body Butter in Sheer Love ($12) and CaciqueBody’s Citrusfresh You Butter Believe It ($20). One is my romantic and soft smelling go-to body butter, while the other is my energizing start the day kind.

Body Butters range in price and come in different scents. There are a ton of brands out there, including organic and natural. It really is up to you to try them out for yourself. My first experience was with Clinique’s Deep comfort body butter and that’s pretty much what got me where I am today.

Wait…I just saw something called “hair butter?” Oh snap! I have to check that out. In the meantime, take a peek at the few body butters I found below. Do you use any of them? What do you think?

Are you a body butter kind of girl?

 

 

Beauty Buzz: China Glaze’s Street Chic

Hey nail lovers! I haven’t painted my nails in a while. I’ve been so busy. Imagine being too busy to paint your nails. LOL.

I’ve been dying to try Street Chic from China Glaze’s Metro ‘Uptown’ collection. It’s this coffee color that will be perfect for fall. I can already see me wearing this color a lot. You can check out the other colors here. 

Disclosure: The samples were complimentary. This is NOT a paid post. The above is my true and honest opinion.

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: VS Fantasies & Dinner with an Angel

Where are all my Victoria’s Secret Beauty fans? Are you in love with Secret Garden too? The smells are intoxicating… aren’t they?

Did you know your favorite fragrances of Secret Garden have been reinvented. It’s now VS Fantasies and they’ve even added five new scents.

I was lucky enough to be invited to an intimate dinner at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood with Victoria’s Secret Angel Candace Swanepoel. Now, I didn’t know how intimate this dinner was going to be and I had never been to the legendary hotel. I had no idea what to expect.

As you can see in the pics below, it was very intimate. I met great people, had insightful conversation, and ate delicious food. I ate creme brulee for the first time!

I did get the Sheer love collection and I can honestly tell you it smells sweet and sexy, without being too overbearing. I have a sensitive nose when it comes to fragrances and this is delish! I’m dying over over the body butter!! Stay tuned…I have the entire collection you’ll be able to win soon!

And as for my dress, I bought it from my friend Crystal Rene at Haute CurVture. It was comfy and long! Just the way I like my maxi dresses. xoxo

Disclosure: My attendance to this event and gift bag were courtesy of Victoria’s Secret. The above is my true and honest opinion.  

‘SUPER’ Skin Care Giveaway with Dr. Perricone

Is your skin care product “SUPER?” It’s not? Your poor skin! What do you think would happen if you fed that hungry skin with some of the world’s most powerful superfoods?

Maybe you should take a look at the SUPER by Dr. Nicholas Perricone line. Its products contain green apple fruit, watercress, ginger, and coconut. What makes it “SUPER?” Well, coconut for example provides medium chain triglycerides and tocotrienols to help nourish and protect your skin. All while reducing redness and relieving dryness. Sounds so soothing and scientific. LOL.

Is your skin craving it yet? If so, enter below and you could win the chance to choose any Perricone product valued at $150 or less.

To enter, leave a comment below (with a valid email address) telling me which Perricone product you’d choose and why you think you need it. You must also be following me via Google Connect. 

Extra entries: Please leave separate comments for each, stating you performed each one, or your entry will not count.
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Tweet ” @getSuper skin with the Dr. Perricone and @CurvesandChaos #giveaway!  http://bit.ly/oAr3Z1

Rules:

  1. You must be 18 years or older to enter.
  2. Open to U.S. and Canada residents only.
  3. One vote per person, unless using the 3 extra votes (4 max).
  4. Giveaway ends 8/2/11. Winner will be chosen using Random.org.
Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored  by SUPER by Dr Nicholas Perricone.  

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OPI’s Charged Up Cherry

I picked up this yummy color in a gift bag at an event. OPI’s Charged Up Cherry is definitely an eye-catcher. The color is a mix of neon pink with a hint of coral. Love this color! It’s fun and it’s perfect for summer. Plus it’s OPI, so you know it’s a long lasting nail lacquer. Would you wear Charged Up Cherry?

Disclosure: This item was gifted. The above is my true and honest opinion.