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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.

Giveaway Closed

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.

Day 1 of my JAFRA Experience

Celebrating their 55th year anniversary, JAFRA is holding their annual conference in style at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas!

JAFRA, an international cosmetics company known for their popular Royal Jelly line, not only creates quality skin care products, but they also offer career opportunities.

Day 1 brought consultants from all over the United States together for a motivating, educational, and empowering session. I was lucky enough to experience it all. It was so inspiring to be around all of these women who whole-heartedly support each other in what could be a very competitive market.

JAFRA President Connie Tang was on hand to share her passion for what she does. She also spoke about the Accelerate Your Success program, which presents a brand new Mercedes Benz to successful managers. There were 32 winners for 2010!

They also introduced their reinvented “color” line. Developed with the help of  celebrity makeup artists Sergio Lopez Rivera and Aliesh Pierce, the colors are “for every woman, for every age, and every skin tone.” From natural to dramatic the looks are practically endless.

Day 1 ended with motivational speaker J.R. Martinez. While serving in the U.S. Army, he was severely burned after his humvee ran over a land mine during the Iraq war. Today, he travels the country sharing his story of resilience and optimism. It was a day to remember.

Day 2 will not only consist of live tweeting from the JAFRA workshops, but I’ll also be hosting a Twitter Party today from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. PST. Don’t forget to use the #JAFRA2011 hash tag, there will be a chance to win a JAFRA bag filled with products that were just launched valued at $250! Follow me on Twitter @BlogsbyLatinas to join in.

Beauty.com’s Unique Gift with Purchase

Beauty and Fashion lovers rejoice! Spend $150 at Beauty.com and receive this glamourous Marchesa designed beauty bag filled with goodies as a gift with purchase.


Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig designed this luxurious black fabric exterior with tiers of ruffles and a dramatic bow, with a silky ballet-pink interior.


“This season we wanted to create a beauty bag that could double as a chic day or night clutch. The draped bow detail and ruffles are Marchesa signatures and the classic noir finish will go with any outfit.  We also made it roomy enough for even the most extensive beauty collection, so you can carry everything or nothing at all and still look chic regardless of where you go.”

—Marchesa co-founders Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig.

Included in the bag, along with a $10 gift card, is 17 deluxe samples:

1. Juice Beauty® Reflecting Gloss in Organic Fig
2. Urban Decay™ De-Slick in a Tube
3. Fekkai Advanced™ Brilliant Glossing Shampoo
4. Nick Chavez® Amazon Infinity Mist
5. Exuviance® Rejuvenating Treatment Masque
6. Borghese Crema Saponetta Cleansing Face & Body Bar
7. Origins Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash
8. GoSmile® Touch Up® Watermelon Mint
9. Laura Geller Wonder Wand Eye Brightener
10. Darphin PREDERMINE Firming Wrinkle Repair Serum
11. bareMinerals® Original Foundation in Medium Beige with Brush
12. Bliss® FatGirlSlim™ Skin Firming Cream
13. Dr. Dennis Gross™ Alpha Beta® Daily Face Peel
14. Clean™ Warm Cotton Eau de Perfume
15. Jonathan Product™ Finish Control™ High Shine Aerosol Hairspray
16. Phyto™ Phytocitrus Restructuring Mask
17. Alterna® Bamboo Smooth Pure Kendi Oil Pure Treatment Oil

My Night as a COVERGIRL

COVERGIRL encompasses beauty and glamour on the inside and out! And as they celebrate their 50th Anniversary, they want you to know that “Every woman is a COVERGIRL!”


I found out exactly what it means to be a true COVERGIRL. All thanks to an exclusive invite to their star studded 50th Anniversary party at BOA in Los Angeles!  And there’s no better way to get red carpet ready, other than an exclusive “primping party” at The London hotel.

With a glass of champagne in hand, Besma from Frederic Fekkai Salon styled my hair with products from the Fekkai luxury product line. She was awesome! I had the chance to chat with a fellow bloggers and enjoy the amazing view from the suite’s patio; all while hosting my first ever Twitter Party!

I made my way over to the amazing make up artist Toby Fleischman. Not only was she crazy talented, she was so nice! She used the new NatureLuxe Silk Foundation, COVERGIRL and Olay Simply Ageless Corrector, COVERGIRL and Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush, LashBlast Fusion Mascara, Eye Enhancers 1-Kit Shadow, and new COVERGIRL Lip Perfection Lipstick on me. I was in love with my look of the night! I honestly didn’t even feel like I was wearing makeup. It was all so light, but it had great coverage and the lipstick was “perfection.”

After the “primping” was over, we made our way to BOA for the party! I was nervous! It was my first red carpet and I don’t think I’ve ever been around so many celebrities. The venue was stunning and the free Godiva chocolate didn’t hurt. Neither did getting greeted at the door with a glass of champagne!

Celebrities on hand were Queen Latifah, Dania Ramirez, Drew Barrymore, Ellen DeGeneres, Taylor Swift, Selena Gonzalez, Mario Lopez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Riley, Ana de la Reguera, Cory Monteith, Kendra Wilkinson, Lauren Conrad, Niki Taylor, Portia De Rossi, Rachel Hunter, Sam Ronson, Sophia Bush, and Whitney Port…to name a few. I even bumped into a few celebs unknowingly.

I definitely felt like a true COVERGIRL!

Check out myCOVERGIRL, now featured on facebook.com/covergirl, it offers women the opportunity to star in their own COVERGIRL video or advertisement, with exclusive chances to win free makeup and once-in-a-lifetime experiences with Ellen DeGeneres, Taylor Swift, Queen Latifah or Drew Barrymore. In addition, COVERGIRL will donate $1 to the U.S. Make A Wish Foundation® for every COVERGIRL who joins – up to a $50,000 donation.