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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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MAKE UP FOR EVER Goes Untouched

MAKE UP FOR EVER, a Paris-based make up brand, has just launched it’s first ever unretouched print and online ad campaign. That means the models haven’t been digitally altered. It was even certified by a notary public. According to the brand, the ad is set to highlight the brand’s HD Invisible Cover Foundation which provides a photo ready finish after every application. The campaign will appear this spring in issues of select national magazines.

What do you think? Will this type of add persuade you to buy this brand?

**Available in 26 shades to match all skin tones, MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation provides oil-free, medium-to-full-coverage that creates a soft-focus effect to soften lines and blur imperfections. It retails for $40. Visit Sephora.com for additional information.

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.

Giveaway is now Closed!!

Grammy Hair Styles: Long and Loose

When you think of last night’s Grammy’s you don’t think of hair. Well, I do now. My favorite looks of the night were the longer styles, either straightened or wavy. It was very rocker chic!

Beauty Buzz: Zoe&Zac

When you think of Payless ShoeSource, you think of stylish shoes at affordable prices, right? You don’t  think of bath and beauty products.

Well, it’s time to change that train of thought. They are now offering bath, beauty, and fragrance products at affordable prices.

I found this out a few months ago, when I was sent a free sample of their “green” and natural beauty products by Zoe&Zac.

I will admit I am totally in love with the Bamboo White Tea Body Mist ($7.99). It’s such a light and fresh scent…so dreamy.

The Zoe&Zac beauty line is exclusive to Payless and consists of makeup, bath & body, fragrances, nail polish, and gift sets. I’m dying to try one of their Eye & Lip Palettes. Preferably, the Forest Blooms Eye & Lip Palette ($9.99). They colors remind me of spring.

Created by Summer Rayne Oakes, the line is free of Parabens and Phthalates, not tested on animals, and all packaging is recyclable.


Have you tried any of the Zoe&Zac beauty products? Tell us what you think!

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**Disclosure: I was NOT paid for this post. The above is my true and honest opinion.

Beauty Review: Eucerin Smoothing Plus Essentials Lotion & Intensive Repair Plus Hand Crème

When Winter hits I know one thing is for sure, my hands will get dry and my skin will itch…it’s inevitable. I know I live in Southern California, but that doesn’t mean a thing. I load up on lotion like there’s no tomorrow. Dry is dry.

One of my pet peeves is dry cuticles, especially when the skin around the nail starts peeling! You can’t even imagine how happy I was when Eucerin sent me their Smoothing Plus Essentials Lotion and Intensive Repair Plus Hand Crème to try out.

Their Skin FIRST Movement is all about “helping protect your skin from the cold weather, and teaching you how to improve your skin’s health through total body healthcare.”

Product Info: Eucerin Plus Smoothing Essential Fast Absorbing Lotion $11.49 and Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Hand Creme $5.49 at Drugstore.com.

Product claim: Eucerin Plus Smoothing Essentials with its gentle alpha hydroxy formula helps exfoliate and smooth skin, dramatically improving the condition of your skin over time. While it doesn’t compromise on long-lasting moisturization, it feels luxurious without a greasy feeling. Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Hand Creme is a fast-absorbing moisturizer that leaves hands feeling noticeably smoother after just one use.

What I found out: After using the product for 2 months, I have noticed an overall difference in my skin and my hands. I used to have this dry patch on my elbow that is now gone and my cuticles haven’t given me any problems this winter. I am not a fan of overly scented lotions, so these two products were perfect being that they were fragrance free. And I honestly didn’t think having a product that “absorbs quickly” would make a difference, but I really like that I don’t have that greasy feeling after putting on lotion.


Would I buy it again? Definitely! Yes, especially if I had a coupon or it was on sale. Sorry Eucerin, but the bargainista in me wants it at a deal!

**Disclaimer: I was not financially compensated for this review, although the product was gifted. The above is my true and honest opinion.