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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. 

Bubbles & Bites with Gilt City & Hpnotiq Harmonie

 I really do hate missing out on a beauty event. But, you all know I’ve been sick. I was so heart broken to miss the Bubbles & Bites party over at Benefit Cosmetic’s Santa Monica location.

It was sponsored by Gilt City LA and HPNOTIQ Harmonie. I “heard” the lucky guests were pampered with mini makeovers as they sipped on delicious HPNOTIQ inspired cocktails and indulged in tasty sweet treats from the HPNOTIQ candy bar.

Photo Credit-John Konkal
Photo Credit-John Konkal
Photo credit-John Konkal

I was lucky enough to get my hands on the ultra-exclusive swag bag.  It was filled with some of Benefit’s newest products, including their oh so popular BADgal Lash Ultra Mascara! I can’t wait to use it. I hear nothing but great things about Benefit.

What’s your favorite Benefit Cosmetic beauty product? 

Gilt City, is the newest site from Gilt that offers you the biggest deals in your city. Get going! Start shopping Gilt City while sipping on a HARMONIE Blush cocktail (only if you’re 21+ over of course). They are yummy! I’ve had one before.

Disclosure: I didn’t attend this event, but I was gifted a complimentary gift bag. The above is my true and honest opinion. 

“Get Into the Move” with Degree and WIN!

Are you like me? Do you often worry about finding that right anti-perspirant during the hot summer? What about finding one that will withstand a workout in the heat?

Degree Women knows what you need and want! They are celebrating the launch of their motionSENSE™ technology. It’s the only anti-perspirant formula activated directly by movement, not moisture, and Degree is rewarding you for moving!!

Now here’s your chance to win your own Degree® Women with motionSENSE™ technology anti-perspirant!! I will choose 6 winners!!
To enter: Leave a comment below (with a valid email address), telling me what favorite activity or workout makes you move! 

Extra Entry (you MUST leave each entry separately as a comment with a valid email address):

They’ve also launched “Get into the Move” application on Facebook! It’s pretty cool! It rewards users with a chance to win thousands of cool prizes for the ways we already move, no matter what we’re doing.
Here’s how it works:

  1. Register for the Degree Women “Get into the Move” application on Facebook (facebook.com/degreewomen) or on mobile devices (m.degreewomen.com) Make sure you use and enter code GetMoving206 (so they know I sent you!)
  2. Earn motionMILES (virtual currency redeemable towards chances to win thousands of prizes) for various ways women move, including checking in with Facebook places and logging activities. Eligible activities include going to the gym, dancing, yoga and various other activities women already do, like grocery shopping or catching the bus.
  3. Redeem motionMILES for chances to win instant and weekly prizes or enter for a chance to win the grand prize sweepstakes. Prizes include a surfing trip in Hawaii, designer shoes and much more. Fans can also choose to donate motionMILES in a dollar amount to one of two charities: The Challenged Athletes Foundation and Girls in The Game.
Don’t forget to register on Facebook using code GetMoving206

Giveaway Rules: You must be 18 years or older to enter, Only open to US residents, Only one entry per person unless using the 2 extra entries making it a maximum of 3 entries. Ends 7/13/11.

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Degree. 


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COVERGIRL’s Queen Collection BET Beauty Lounge

Ever since I got back from NYC, I really haven’t been feeling too well. So, in order to try and feel normal, I attended an event on Sunday. COVERGIRL was out and about in L.A. showcasing their Queen Collection at the BET Beauty Lounge.

It was held at the always fabulous, Nine Zero One Salon in West Hollywood and the glam was definitely on hand. This exclusive event featured celebrity make-up artist Ashunta Sheriff and actress Tika Sumpter. Both were so sweet! Ashunta gave us some amazing and useful tips, while she was getting Tika red carpet ready for the BET Awards.

We got mini-makeovers. As you can see, I did get my make up done (smokey eye) and you know they have that amazing braid bar at the salon. I just wanted something loose and romantic. I loved it! I wore this green rayon dress I bought at Target, a skinny gold belt from New York and Company, jewelry from Avenue and nude peep toe sling backs by Jessica Simpson. And if you’re wondering, that’s an amazing coral Cacique plunge bra under that dress! LOL!! Is that FYI?

I did get to hang out with my girlies Marie from The Curvy Fashionista, Ivory from Ivory Jinelle, and Romy form Romy Raves. Love these ladies!! You know what else I love? The fact that I am falling more and more in love with COVERGIRL products. Not only am I getting a reasonably priced and amazing quality product, but with the Queen Collection it’s make up especially for my skin tone! And it’s easy to apply. That makes me a very happy curvy Latina!!

I walked out with an amazing gift bag full of Queen Collection products. And if you were on Twitter today, you had a chance to win a free lipstick. Follow me @CurvesandChaos for more spontaneous giveaways!

Disclosure: Entry to this event was complimentary. I did receive a gift bag and complimentary beauty services. The above is my true and honest opinion.

A Day of Beauty

Don’t you just love getting beautified? Thanks to CoverGirl for inviting me to their Beauty Bar event at the Nine Zero One Salon in West Hollywood. It’s all to celebrate tomorrow’s MTV Movie Awards.

I’m sorry I don’t have any pics from this event. We weren’t allowed to take any photos or video. But, I can tell you this chic salon was packed.

I got my makeup done by the very sweet and talented Amy Nadine. My braided hair was courtesy of the salon. They have a Braid Bar there and only charge $25 to have your hair braided in your style of choice. I know I’ll be back!

They also offered manicures, pedicures, blow outs, and spray tan. Hypnotic was on hand with their new Harmonie Liqueur vodka. We enjoyed purple cocktails, eats, and sweets. We also walked a way with a bag of goodies.

I was going to wear a dress, but it was cloudy here in Los Angeles. I wore this feather-inspired flowy top from Nordstrom Rack, my (fave) City Chic wide leg jeans, and these (new favorite) coral Dolce Vita wedges I also scored at Nordstrom Rack. And you know I’m bangle crazy right now, so I wore these that I got at Avenue, my ring is from H&M, and the earrings are from a small boutique.

I’m wearing CoverGirl’s new Natureluxe Silk foundation, Liquiline Blast Eyeliner, and LipPerfection Lip Color. I’m really loving their products right now! 
What is your favorite CoverGirl product? 

Disclosure: Admission to this event was courtesy of CoverGirl. The services and products provided were gifted. The above is my true and honest opinion. 

China Glaze’s Make an Entrance

You can never go wrong with a pink nail polish. Especially with a name like “Make an Entrance.” China Glaze has pretty much taken over my nail life. We all need a little color in our lives.

HSN & QVC Wish List

Where are all my home shoppers at? Flip on the television and check out HSN and QVC for a few surprises. I just bought a pair of Levis Curve I.D. jeans on HSN, which I love! It was my first purchase with them, but with items like these, it won’t be my last. I’ve got my eye on these beauties below, especially that Nick Chavez set. I love that product!

What’s been your favorite item you’ve bought from QVC or HSN?
Do you have any tips for us home shopping newbies?

HSN

QVC

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. 

China Glaze’s Cha Cha Cha

As the fourth color I’ve worn in the Island Escape collection, China Glaze’s Cha Cha Cha reminds me a lot of the shoes I just posted about (below).

I was kind of worried about this color. I thought it was a dark green, but it turns out it’s a lot lighter than I thought if would be. It probably has to do with it’s shimmer and light glitter base. Actually, it reminds me of a parrot. LOL. Maybe it’s the whole island theme. Oh, and I made sure to coat my nails with China Glaze’s No Chip Top Coat. It does wonders.

The color really is growing on me. It’s such a fun way to add some color into my life, which I always need. OK, now I’m thinking it’s a sour apple kind of color? What do you think?

Do you love China Glaze’s Cha Cha Cha? 


Disclosure: The nail polish was gifted by China Glaze. The above is my true and honest opinion. 

China Glaze’s 108 Degrees

China Glaze’s Island Escape collection has been nothing but bright and fun colors! I really do love the one I’m wearing right now, 108 Degrees. It’s a bright berry color with specks of glitter in it. I’m always so impressed with China Glaze, the colors always last so long  This is the third color I’ve worn in this collection and I think this is my favorite so far. There are still three colors left to go. Wonder which one I’ll wear next.

China Glaze’s Electric Pineapple

China Glaze’s “Island Escape” collection won’t be available until the beginning of next month, but I was lucky enough to get my hands on a set.

I’ve already worn the Blue Iguana (read the post here) and tonight I painted my nails with Electric Pineapple. That leaves four more to go.

Put your sunglasses on, because this color is pretty bright. Especially for me. Like I said before, I usually play it pretty safe. But, I’m turning over a new leaf and getting bold! Hear me roar (LOL)!

This nail lacquer reminds me of a muted neon green. Does that make sense? It’s definitely eye-catching and it reminds me of summer. Sitting on a beach…sipping a pina colada….feet in the sand…

Are you bold? Will you try China Glaze’s Electric Pineapple?


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

Review: Skindura’s SecretShield

All right, let’s just get it out in the open. I’m going to come out and admit that my thighs do get chafed during the summer months. Whew! I feel a lot better now. And I know that most of you have issues with chafing (a.k.a. chub rub) as well. It’s normal, there’s no need to be embarrassed. Instead, why not find a solution, right?

We’ve all tried the products on the market. Raise your hand if you’ve used deodorant, powder, Vaseline, biker shorts, and even the stuff runners use to stop the chafing. It’s kind of like this endless cycle isn’t it. One thing doesn’t work and we just move on to the next.

I have good news for you, your search may have just ended. I was recently sent Skindura’s SecretShield to review. And instead of throwing on some shorts under my dress, I grabbed this instead.

Now, I will be honest and tell you that I was hesitant at first. It claims it’s “100% veggie derived formula creates a breathable barrier on skin.  Waterproof and sweatproof yet it allows your skin to perspire.  Stands up to hot, dry, humid, and cold conditions.  Won’t evaporate, like products made from  mineral oil, lanolin, water, or alcohol.  Fragrance free, no artificial colors, and non staining.  Silky formula glides on and stays put.

I was going to an outdoor event where I would be doing a lot of walking. I put this on the inner part of my thighs and headed out. It was correct when it say’s it allows your skin to perspire, because I did. I was so worried I would sweat it off.

After 4 hours of wearing it there was no chafing. None at all. Yay!! It didn’t leave behind any stains or residue either. And I’m so happy it didn’t irritate my skin. It is fragrance free, which I really appreciate. The price is very reasonable. For only $10, you get a 1oz. balm, which seems like it would last a few months.  Check out their Etsy page for more products and especially for their awesome SecretShield.

I’m definitely looking forward to my chafe-free summer. Are you?

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

Beauty Buzz: China Glaze’s ‘Blue Iguana’

Looking for a bold nail color? You know, something that will make those nails pop?

Just so you know, I usually play it safe when it comes to nail color, but now I’m all about stepping out of my nail comfort zone.

If you’re not afraid of bold colors, then you should definitely try China Glaze’s Summer 2011 Collection “Island Escape.” This collection features a shimmering bold blue named Blue Iguana.

I wore this color yesterday and I got so many compliments I couldn’t stop looking at my nails. Do you ever do that? LOL!

The collection also features:

  • Papaya Punch: Crème based vivid orange.
  • 108 Degrees: Flirtatious berry pink with specks of micro glitter.
  • Senorita Bonita: Passionate purple shimmer with pink micro glitter.
  • Cha Cha Cha: Vivacious shimmer green.
  • Electric Pineapple: High intensity crème based lime green.

Take a look at the China Glaze tutorial featuring the Island Escape collection.


What’s your favorite China Glaze color?

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

Dove VisibleCare Body Wash Review & Giveaway

Are you on the quest to find that softer and beautiful looking skin for those flirty spring dresses? Yes, it’s time to start thinking about that.

Don’t worry, Dove’s VisibleCare Body Wash has got you covered…literally, in the shower that is. They promise beautiful looking skin in one week! You know I had to try this out!

I am currently using the “Softening” body wash and it smells great, without being too fragrant. I love how it lathers up and it even feels silky on the skin when your washing your body. That’s always important to me with a body wash.

I can definitely feel the difference in my skin, it’s a loft softer to the touch. And my skin has a slight glow to it. It has to be their unique formula of NutriumMoisture™.  It contains skin-natural building blocks to help improve your skin’s look over time.

Dove wants you to have radiant skin too , that’s why they’re giving away one bottle of their VisibleCare Body Wash to a Curves and Chaos reader!

To Enter: You must be following me via Google Connect and leave a comment below telling me what your favorite Dove product is. Make sure you include a valid email address or Twitter I.D.

Extra Entries: (you must leave these as separate comments or they will not count)
-“Like” them on Facebook
-Tweet the following “I want beautiful skin in 1 week with @Dove & @CurvesandChaos Do you? http://bit.ly/f8swJo  “

Rules: U.S. residents only, you must be 18 years or older, only one entry per person (unless using the 2 extra entries). Giveaway ends on April 18, 2011. Winner will be chosen using Random.org.

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