October 2011 - Posts
Everyone loves to be pampered which is why everyone loves Bliss. And the word “bliss” certainly describes the brand from which the aptly named spa first originated. The fun and results-oriented beauty products from this highly effective brand combine efficacy and ‘ease-of-use’ for those of us who desire professional results along with spa-pampering right from the convenience of our own homes.Bliss facial products
are just one of the brand’s many categories which also include bath and body care
and many other specialized treatments and award winning tools for all types of skin and indications. One of the best Bliss products
to ever hit the market (in terms of customer satisfaction, ratings and reviews and professional opinion) certainly has to be the Bliss Pore-Fector Gadget
. This highly effective tool not only power-washes the pores (ridding them of debris and pollutants) but also uses sonic technology to massage the skin and promote better treatment absorption.Bliss Pore-Fector Gadget
is a fabulous five star rated beauty tool which effectively and thoroughly cleanses the skin (and pores) brilliantly with 27,000 sonic vibrations (per second) and also incorporates a lower level of impulses as well to treat the skin after the superior first skin clarification and purification process. The affordable and amazing tool kit also includes the mighty Daily Detoxification Toner
(6.7ozs) and two sample sizes of Bliss Steep Clean 15-Minute Facial Mask
which both work in perfect adjunct with the tool itself and the whole set is priced right at $185.
If you’re like most of us who desire superbly clarified, flawless and radiant skin then you’ll definitely want to purchase this precise and “pore-fect” tool!
If you’re tired of spending time and money on professional lunch time chemical peels you’re going to love what I’m about to share with you. I recently got my hands on an easy at-home superficial chemical peel that has brightened and clarified my skin brilliantly. It has smoothed out the rough texture on my face, neck, décolleté AND even the back of my hands!Exuviance Performance Peel AP25
is a highly rated resurfacing peel that is an easy two-step system that you use twice weekly at home. It’s more than an exfoliating peel…it literally resurfaces the skin’s texture, stimulates cellular turnover, dramatically minimizes pore size and diminishes fine lines and wrinkles.
The Performance Peel AP25
costs less than $70 and comes with 13 applications! It’s an ultra easy to use peel because you simply open the step one pad and sweep it over the skin (throw that pad away) and wait ten minutes and open the step two (neutralizing) pad and sweep it over the same area and rinse with water. That’s it! And immediately you’ll notice a huge difference in the clarity of your skin.
The Exuviance (25% Professional Level) Performance Peel
certainly does perform!!!
Imagine a beautiful set of pearly white teeth within a week and for less than fifteen dollars! Well, now you no longer have to only imagine or dream about sporting a smile like that…because a smile like that is now a reality for everyone.
Recently my daughter was ordering a large box of diapers from Drugstore.com and wanted to get her order to total the required amount in order to get free shipping which I believe is a minimum of $25 so she navigated around the site to find a few more items she either needed or wanted. She realized she had been wanting to try a new Colgate toothpaste called Colgate Optic White Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste, Sparkling Mint that her best friend had been telling her about and noticed a special offer where if she ordered a quantity of two tubes of Colgate Optic White Anti-cavity Fluoride Toothpaste, Sparkling Mint while she was placing the order she would then get an additional dollar off the already low price of $4.29 so she figured she ought to go ahead and order two of the tubes.
Well it turned out that she was so delighted with her results within days that she told me all about her amazing new toothpaste and I mentioned that I too wanted to try it. She then did exactly what I was hoping she would do and offered me the second tube she had received. I too was so impressed with this incredible and easy to use whitening toothpaste that I just had to share the news with all of you as well.
I decided to use my new toothbrush I had ordered a while back from SkinStore.com because of all the rave reviews I had been reading about it…so I thought this would be the time to finally open the new SuperSmile New Generation Toothbrush and use it with my new Colgate Optic White Toothpaste and I have to tell you I’ve never been so impressed and in awe with my results, not to mention the ease and the great price to boot!
Now that's something to smile about!!!
It is so refreshing to research new brands and discover products after products within the same brand are virtually rated five stars (or all rave reviews across the board) and that’s what I’ve found while researching the brilliant skin care line known as Vichy
. The brand optimizes each of their individual products to be indication-specific as well as supreme multi-taskers to make your regimen not only individualized but also results oriented and easy to use.Vichy Laboratories
prides itself on their foremost mission which is to optimize skin care to be effective for individual needs and uses the best ingredients which are probably founded on the fact that they’ve been around for 80 years. And even more impressive is how through all that experience they’ve recognized that by using their Vichy Thermal Spa Water
within most of their products is the revolving and unique piece that makes their products exceptional.
My two very favorite products (which many agree) are their Vichy Reti-C SPF 15
which is an amazing and gentle lightweight sunscreen which also offers anti-aging retinol and vitamin C. You’re left with protected skin that looks younger and brighter.
Secondly, I’m crazy for Vichy Aqualia Thermal Cream
which is another lightweight and non-greasy cream that thoroughly and completely hydrates the skin. And of course yet…another one of Vichy's
many 5-Star Rated products.
They say Laura Geller (the famed makeup artist and cosmetic manufacturer) knows what works, what doesn’t work and what absolutely wows…and I think they’re right. Laura Geller has two products in particular that truly promote the wow factor in a very big way.
Recently I ordered Laura Geller Baked Body Frosting Honey Glow and Laura Geller Sugar Free Blush Brighten Boysenberry and the two products are so amazing it makes me want to get up early in the morning just to take my shower, put on a cute outfit and apply these two brilliant cosmetics.
There are many ‘dust-on’ bronzing products and bronzers on the market these days, but none of them give that extra highlighting boost that true sunshine does, except for the two aforementioned cosmetics from Laura Geller.
One morning I was feeling particularly tired so I knew I needed something other than liquid foundation because oftentimes liquid foundation just accentuates my fine lines and eye bags that I seem to have after a late night and/or a night of poor sleep. I’ve learned along the way that when I feel and look tired I look better with just a natural, bare and freshly cleansed face or a simple dusting of bronzer. So that particular morning I recalled that I hadn’t yet tried out my newest Laura Geller products purchase so I figured it would be a perfect time to break into them and give them a try. I knew I couldn’t go with a completely nude face that day, as I was headed for court with my daughter and wanted and needed to look professional and alert. And I have to say…I couldn’t believe the gorgeous and sleep deprived erasing effects that they did indeed provide for me.
After my shower, I used my favorite age diminishing product called Sothys Secrets de Sothys Global Anti-Age De-Stressing Care (an amazing product I’ll write about next time) and then applied my Laura Geller Baked Body Frosting Honey Glow and topped that off with her Sugar Free Blush and Brighten Boysenberry. I’m not sure if the body frosting bronzer is intended for the face, but I used it there and down my neck and décolleté and it looked absolutely gorgeous. Laura Geller’s cosmetics provide the most amazing highlights to the skin without looking shimmery or fake. Just bright and vivacious.
It’s Better With Butter
…for nails that is! butter LONDON
is a fabulous nail care brand that offers the crème de la crème in manicure products. The lacquers are non-toxic and offer fashion forward colors and highly effective treatments for the nails and for beautiful hands.Butter LONDON
is the new hip brand of nail enamel and hand care that offers a killer collection of nail polish color, nail strengthening support and mega hydrating lotion. The brand is fresh, cutting edge and screams fashion.
Check out butter London colors
such as Yummy Mummy
, Big Smoke
and Teddy Girl
. And you’ve also got to try butter LONDON Horse Nail Powder Fertilizer
and Melt Away Cuticle Eliminator
if you want to sport long, gorgeous, strong nails and perfectly manicured hands.Butter LONDON
is the perfect nail care brand for those of us who prefer to be polished from head to toe. And let’s face it…when we’re polished and perfectly groomed…we tend to get what we want, whether it is that new job, new man or new attitude!
Nothing’s more beautiful than the beauty of the opalescent jewel…except for how beautiful the Opal can make you. And in this particular case…your eyes to be exact.Clarisonic Black Opal with ARCONA Eye Dew
is a dynamic duo that immediately revives and refreshes the skin around the eyes as well as firms and hydrates the area restoring the youthfulness to tired and aging eyes. The Clarisonic Black Opal Sonic Infuser device sonically infuses the unique effective serum (ARCONA Eye Dew) providing an eye popping brightness and radiance. The limited edition duo sells for $185 ($217 Value) and is worth every pretty penny! The set comes with the Opal Sonic Infuser
, Anti-Aging Sea Serum
(used at night), ARCONA Eye Dew
(morning serum), a Universal Voltage Charger, two replacement tips, and a wristlet. Results are visible in only 30 seconds and cumulative in 4 to 8 weeks. After only two weeks of use, I felt I would never have to get another Botox injection or ever even consider a laser treatment around my eyes. I am truly that impressed!
After the results I’ve seen with my Clarisonic Opal System
I decided I wanted to purchase some new eye makeup just to dress up my new youthful looking peepers so I searched online to find myself a new color. I headed straight for some of my favorite brands (jane iredale and Stila) and the first pretty color I came across that I had never used before was Jane Iredale’s Opal Crush
. I had to laugh at the irony in the name of the color. But I have to say…it’s absolutely gorgeous and perfect for my eye color and skin tone and looks amazing on my new refreshed skin around my eyes. I feel like my eyes look luminous, radiant and beautifully opalescent!
This is truly a treasure chest of gems!
Yesterday I had mentioned that my favorite all time kit for 2011 was Dr. Dennis Gross Park Avenue Peel Kit and the response was so overwhelming with questions about my favorite picks for all types of products for the year that I thought I’d list those today. Oh and I suppose I should have mentioned within the title these are all kits within each category and are incredible values as well as being sensational kits.
Top Ten 2011 Kits: Mega Efficacy and Mega Value!
1. Make-up Kit: Stila Happily Ever After Beauty Pallete
comes with six gorgeous eye shadow shades, a blusher, a bronzer/highlighter, two lip colors, and a beautiful eyeliner. This set is stunning in every way…including its low cost of 75 dollars (albeit a $216 value) and is available at Beauty.com
2. Natural Regimen: ARCONA Travel Kit Basic Five Aging Skin
and for problematic skin ARCONA Travel Kit Basic Five Problem Skin
. Both regimens are sensational and a whopping value at only $87 at Spalook.com
3. Men’s Regimen: Also making the list from ARCONA
is ARCONA Men’s Starter Kit
4. Rosacea and Redness: Dermalogica Ultra Calming Treatment Kit
5. Hair and Scalp Treatment: Philip B Four Step Hair and Scalp Facial Treatment Set
easily makes the list!
6. Hair Tools/Accessories: Beauty.com steps up to the fashion plate by offering the hair styling accessory kit of the year with their offer of Rsession Pin Up Girls Kit for Blonde
, Black and Brown hair. The brilliant kit comes with everything you will need to create a sexy and sophisticated up-do…and it’s only $24.99!
7. Fragrance for Men: Calvin Klein Men’s Coffret
is a $68 value available at SkinStore.com for only $37!
8. Fragrance for Women: Elizabeth Arden Red Door Fragrance Set
is a must-have fragrance layering set available now at SkinStore.com for only $54 (normally sales for $72 but is an $155 value)!
9. Full Sized Anti-Aging Regimen: Philosophy Miracle Worker Full Sized Kit
is a $187 value priced right at only $110 at SkinStore.com
. This set is indeed the proverbial miracle set in skin care!
10. Karen’s All Time 2011 Favorite: Dr. Dennis Gross Park Avenue Peel Kit
Here ye…here ye! Now is the time to get Park Avenue gorgeous! For a limited time (or while supplies last) at SkinStore.com you can order Dr. Dennis Gross Park Avenue Peel Kit
for only 90 bucks. It’s a $117 value and you get the amazing All-in-One Cleanser with Toner, 30 applications of Dr. Dennis Gross’ Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel
, and ten applications of his sensational and highly rated Alpha Beta Glow Pad
So for about the price of a movie night; you can attain and maintain youthful gorgeous skin with a beautiful clarified and sun-kissed glow.Dr. Dennis Gross All-In-One Cleanser with Toner
is a fabulous multi-tasking cleanser that is five starred rated and contains a unique blend of highly effective antioxidants, botanicals and moisture loving phosopholipids.Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel
is an easy to use and results oriented daily peel that has long been the favorite skin care product of many beauty editors and professionals.Alpha Beta Glow Pad
promotes a streak-free and natural looking tan while nurturing and repairing the skin providing you with the most radiant glow you could ever imagine.
This kit is most definitely my favorite kit of 2011!
There’s nothing better than giving to a worthy cause. It not only makes you feel great in terms of giving back…but in this case…will also make you feel great in terms of getting great products at an awesome value as well as help you look and feel beautiful. Now that’s an awesome reward. You’re literally rewarded for your gift (or donation portion from your purchase) along with the amazing gratification of giving in the first place.
My favorite “pink” products that are specifically designated as “Breast Cancer Awareness” portion donating proceeds (to the cause) items are as follows:
CHI Air Expert Breast Cancer Awareness Combo Pack is only $99 but is an $119 value. It comes with the professionally acclaimed CHI 1” Flat Iron, a Small Pink Brush and a handy Pink Thermal Mat.
Next I’m crazy about Murad’s Hydrate for Hope Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture Duo. For only 85 dollars (yet a whopping $130 value) you’ll get two 1.7oz jars of Murad’s most hydrating and quenching moisturizer available. The moisturizer also contains nutrient rich anti-aging properties and collagen support!
Last on my “must-have-pink” list is ARCONA Pink Ice daily hydrating gel. It’s not only moisturizing, it’s also clarifying and contains anti-microbials and leaves the complexion (all skin types) blemish free and dewy fresh . Additionally, it’s ridiculously affordable at only 38 dollars!
Check out many more incredible pink products available on SkinStore.com's "Breast Cancer Awareness Shop Pink Products" page!
Yesterday I wrote about cleaning out all of my small and half-used beauty products that took up all my space in my drawers, medicine cabinets, counters and shelves (including my shower) and swapping them out with my favorite brands and products that were not only magnificent in terms of efficacy, scent, reviews and results but also super-sized multi-taskers! However, I only had time to share with you (in yesterday’s article) my new super-sized shower and facial regimen products I had upgraded to and completely reorganized my small space with, but I still wanted to share with you my large-sized and brilliant hair care products. I purchased all of my super hair care products from Spalook.com’s hair care
.ShampooKerstin Florian Aromatherapy Reviving Shampoo
is a whopping 32 ozs of liquid gold! Its cleansing, nourishing and repairing properties will leave you with a head of hair you’ll absolutely love!Conditioner
The dynamic partner of the aforementioned shampoo is Kerstin Florian Aromatherapy Reviving Conditioner
. It superbly treats, moisturizes and repairs the hair and scalp and promotes a gorgeous silky, smooth and shining head of manageable locks!Treatment SerumTerax Hair Care Gloss
provides 10 ounces of pure shine, protection and manageability for only 16 bucks!Styling ProductsCHI Rx Moisture Therapy Silk Lock Hairspray
is suitable for all types of hair and styles and is lightweight and affordable! It provides stellar shine, does not flake and dries in an instant. Love this!
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My daughter and I recently decided to do a complete Spring (albeit Fall) cleaning because we could no longer take another minute of living in a messy, unorganized houseful of things we certainly did not need. We went to The Container Store and bought dozens of organizational shelves, drawers, and other miscellaneous storage containers. But when we got back from the store we realized we couldn’t bring in all of our new items without discarding many of our old household items. And as it turned out, most of the things we did not need (nor use) were skin care and beauty products that took up most all of our space. So as difficult as it was…we filled up trash bag after trash bag of half-used, taking-up tons of space and most likely ineffective (and possibly expired) beauty products.
Once we were done with our household purge of beauty products we had to deduce what to do next. We decided instead of a multitude of bottles, jars and tubes taking up all kinds of space, we were going to go with a select few of super-sizes of our favorite skin, hair and body care products.
I said, “Ashley, Imagine one shampoo, one conditioner and one body wash in the shower? And one body lotion on the bathroom sink counter, along with one facial cleanser, one treatment product and one moisturizer that are large enough to last a good length of time and is not only superb but perfect for most all skin types and indications?” She agreed wholeheartedly!
So my mission was to find unparalleled quality, super-effective, results-oriented products that we both could use and would also last a nice length of time.
These are the magnificent products I chose:
Body Cleansing and Moisturizing
Gentle foaming and terrific smelling Archipelago Botanicals Pomegranate Wash for the Body
. And the ultra hydrating and skin restoring AHAVA Mineral Body Lotion Triple Size
A 16oz. Philosophy Purity Made Simple
liquid cleansing emulsion that not only cleanses and clarifies the skin, it’s a dynamic multi-tasker that removes makeup, decongests and tones the skin as well!
Facial TreatmentPerricone MD Cold Plasma Super Size
is suitable for all skin types, profoundly repairs and nourishes the skin and addresses ten specific issues of aging. This is the mother of all anti-aging products and is a value to boot!
My favorite along with being World famous…The uber-hydrating (without being greasy) moisturizer (and one of Oprah’s favorite things!) Philosophy Hope In A Jar
Typically I don’t fall for beauty products that are advertised on television because history has shown me that the best of the best are found through my professional conferences and correspondence. However, my daughter still does! After seeing a TV commercial about a specific Maybelline Eye Liner
she informed me that she’s “never wanted any makeup so bad in her life!” I’m like okay Ms. Drama I’ll pick up or order one for you ASAP! And of course I did because the princess of the World felt it was absolutely mandatory to have one.
Well, much to my dismay of allowing her to be bought and sold by a National advertisement…I have to say she was right on point. I couldn’t believe how gorgeous and professionally applied her eyes looked. And when she told me how easy it was to use I had to get one for myself. I’m not much of an eye liner user myself, but when I do, I certainly want it to look great…and that’s not a very easy task to pull off with my shaky and nervous hands. But this brilliant and easy to use Maybelline Eye Liner
was such a breeze to apply that my application looked flawless and my eyes completely had that professional, striking and youthful look that I had not witnessed since a famous makeup artist applied my makeup for a wedding I had been in last October.
Maybelline Eye Studio Master Drama Cream Eye Pencil Midnight Master
is the creamiest and longest-lasting eye liner I’ve ever used. It provides a “skip-proof” glide that creates the most gorgeous and dramatic eyes I’ve ever seen. Additionally, its ophthalmologist tested and is the perfect eye liner for those with sensitive eyes (including contact lens wearers). The colors are amazing and vibrant but can create a subtle to very dramatic looking eye.
Pair up this primo cosmetic with sensational mascara such as Blinc Mascara in Black
and you’ve created yourself your very own beauty drama!!
Many of us would probably agree that one of the best inventions in the beauty industry has long been the gift of bronzers and self-tanners. However, there was a time when self-tanning products had the reputation of being ineffective and possess an unnatural appearance which consisted of an unattractive streaked and/or orange skin tone. But today’s self-tanners have come a very long way. They promote a thorough, natural and even sun-tanned look that can be anywhere from a golden slightly bronzed color to a cocoa dark tropical and “oh-so” flattering deeper tone.
Bring your Wow factor back to life with a natural sun-kissed glow that only Fake Bake Self-Tanning Products
seem to provide. Reviews are ultra high across the board…and for those of us who use self-tanning products…that speaks volumes! People who love the golden goddess glow certainly seem to possess a very critical and disconcerting eye for the perfect tan; therefore, we often rely on other user’s ratings and reviews.
One of my favorite distinctions with regard to Fake Bake products
would probably be that many of them offer an instant bronze which not only looks good in terms of instant gratification, but also give a nice even guide for a thorough application. Additionally, the line offers a number of types of tanning options such as Instant Self Tanning Spray
, Self-Tanning Lotion for Face
(which even provides anti-aging properties) and Fake Bake exfoliation and prepping
products for a much more even air brushed appearance.
Wow! Wow! What a gorgeous tan!! Thanks to Fake Bake
It sure seems that since my grandmother’s generation (other than that period of the 1970’s Mike Brady's permanent waved hair) most everyone has desired smoother frizz-free hair. We’ve used relaxers, household clothes irons, huge rollers all the way to the newest Brazilian Blow-Out or Keratin treatments. But not all of us want to do all that. We just simply want a smooth frizz and fuzz free curl or straight smooth hair shaft. We simply want our individual hair’s cuticle closed.
This is why I wanted to share with you a product from the natural hair care brand Phyto
. It’s a hair relaxing balm which is lightweight and promotes a silky smoothing action but is free of harsh chemicals. Additionally it’s my de-frizzer of choice because it does not weigh my hair down at all. My hair looks silky, smooth and is stronger and healthier after each use.Phyto Phytodefrisant Botanical Hair Relaxing Balm
contains a synergistic set of botanicals which work together to achieve amazing results. Horseradish, chamomile and sage just to name a few. The product is rated extremely high with many users saying it’s worth every penny and that they can’t imagine doing their hair without it.
I purchase all my Phyto products at Skinstore.com
and the last time I ordered the Relaxing Balm
the price was only $26. I also love Spalook.com’s “Anti-Frizz” page
for additional smoothing hair care products and tools.
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