Norabloom Botanicals Review and Giveaway



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Holly is a beauty junkie who is determined to design a beauty ritual for every gal out there no matter what age. She is a licensed Esthetician and Makeup Artist. She has been involved in the beauty and spa industry over 10 years. She has collaborated with an award winning chemist that shares the fundamental belief in the treatment and preservation of skin through healthy ingredients.

Holly also owns a darling little skin spa and beauty lounge in Ithaca, New York. She published her first beauty book, Goddess Glow ($22) in 2007. She has a knack for caring for others so pampering and beautifying her clients makes her smile with delight. By offering her products on line and wholesale she hopes to stretch beyond her local community and spread her knowledge and her love and passion for beauty!

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Vitamin C is beneficial for the skin since it is ideal for collagen production while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It will also give you radiant and healthy looking skin. Plus, it acts as an antioxidant to protect your skin from damaging free radicals.

The C-Glow Vitamin C Serum ($30) is the best facial serum with Vitamin C that will benefit your skin the most with the vitamin's topical application. It has a refreshing and delightful tangerine scent that will tantalize the senses. The texture of the serum is lightweight and creamy. This serum glides on the skin effortlessly with just a few delicate drops. It soaks into the skin and deeply moisturizes it without leaving a tinge of greasiness. You can even wear it underneath your make-up without it being a hindrance. It will intensify your beauty routine by brightening your complexion and giving you a radiant glow.

One of the main ingredients in the C-Glow Vitamin C Serum is Organic Aloe Vera. This ingredient is known for having anti-aging properties and being soothing, calming and hydrating. This 70% organic serum also contains Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Rosehip Seed Oil, Cranberry Extract, Emulsifying Wax NF, Red Raspberry Extract, Vitamin E, Mannan, Willowbark Extract, Citric Acid, Neem Oil, Rosemary and Tetrasodium EDTA.

This is a brand that you can trust and feel confident with since they use certified organic ingredients without the use of parabens, petroleum or phthalates. Other products we would love to try includes their Bulgarian Rose Water ($30), Cran-Orange Astringent ($22.50), Chamomile Gel Cleanser ($28), Green Tea Citrus Scrub ($30), Algae Body Scrub ($42), Glow Shimmer & Blush ($28) and Herbal Eyes ($16.50).

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Tarte Beauty in a Box: Bronze Smoky Eye Review



The Tarte Beauty in a Box: Bronze Smoky Eye ($45) is a limited edition kit that is exclusively available at Sephora. This kit is jam packed with cult favorites such as the Lock & Roll 12-Hour Eyeshadow in Burnt Bronze, EmphasEYES™ Waterproof Clay Shadow/Liner in Plum, Rise & Shine Lip Gloss and Stain in Nude, Clean Slate Natural Face Primer, Mineral Powder Bronzer in Park Ave. Princess and their fabulous Lights, Camera, Splashes! Natural Waterproof Mascara. All products are in full sizes, but the last two products mentioned are in deluxe sizes.

I believe that a beginner would love this kit since it is so easy to use. 6 simple steps to achieve smoky eyes and a flawless face is included it on the box that it comes in. I usually shy away from using bronze eye-makeup, but I love theirs! The last smoky eyes kits that I received and reviewed about a week ago weren't too great. I mentioned about this on here. However, this is the one to get if you're looking for eye make-up that will last throughout the day. The only product I'm not too crazy about is the shadow/liner. Maybe I just don't have an eye make-up brush that is good enough.

This kit is valued at $112, but you can buy one at Sephora for just $45. This isn't bad at all considering that the eyeshadow is $17, primer is $30, shadow/liner is $22 and the lipgloss is $21 if bought individually.

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Fresh Eat, Pray, Love Fragrance Collection




When Fresh was approached by Sony Pictures Entertainment to create fragrances inspired by the film adaptation of Eat, Pray, Love, Lev Glazman, Fresh Co-founder and Fragrance Designer, was instantly intrigued.


EAT EAU DE PARFUM $32

EAT EAU DE PARFUM is a sweet effervescent scent inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s travels through Italy as told in her memoir Eat, Pray, Love.

This sweet, effervescent scent indulges in Italy’s most addictive desserts and sensual wines. Notes of bright Italian lemon and basil are balanced with creamy textures reminiscent of cannoli and tiramisu topped off with sparkling Prosecco and Limoncello for the ultimate gourmand experience.


PRAY EAU DE PARFUM $32

PRAY EAU DE PARFUM is a woodsy fragrance with undertones of exotic spices inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s travels through India as told in her memoir Eat, Pray, Love.

Inspired by India’s serene sunsets, fresh soil, and traces of incense and spices that permeate warm winds, this scent has great impact and ultimately puts you at peace with a comforting blend of jasmine, pink pepper, patchouli, amber, juniper berry, cardamom, and incense.


LOVE EAU DE PARFUM $32

LOVE EAU DE PARFUM is a sunny floral with tropical fruity undertones inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s travels through Bali as told in her memoir Eat, Pray, Love.

This fragrance bottles the bright, colorful, anything-is-possible feelings of falling in love. Scents of passion, like percolating pheromones, sun-caressed skin, and salty kisses, are combined with the lush aromas of Bali’s exotic landscape.


EAT PRAY LOVE CANDLE TRIO $45

Designed to be burned separately or together, different candle combinations allow you to create different moods throughout the home. Each is made with a special blend of waxes that preserves the fragrance from start to finish and a lead-free wick for a clean flame.

- EAT PETITE CANDLE:
A sweet effervescent fragrance tempered with green and citrus undertones inspired by Italy’s most addictive desserts and sensual wines.

- PRAY PETITE CANDLE:
A woodsy fragrance laced with exotic spices and silky undertones that embodies India’s serene sunsets and incense-laced warm winds.

- LOVE PETITE CANDLE: A sunny floral fragrance with tropical fruity undertones that captures the exotic landscape of Indonesia and the anything-is-possible feeling of falling in love.

Luminess Air Review



Luminess Air is a complete line of airbrush systems and award winning airbrush cosmetics that are used by top notch make-up artists in the world for the runway, film, TV, print and now at home everywhere! Luminess Air never test their products on animals. They believe in keeping their cosmetic line as simple, holistic, organic and natural as possible.

Luminess Air has a strong sense of responsibility and giving back to communities, organizations and causes which help those in need. Luminess Air strongly supports UNICEF and other children’s causes along with various breast cancer and women’s health causes.



I believe that the Luminess Air airbrush system is much better than the TEMPTU® AIRbrush Makeup System ($225) that I reviewed last year. It is so easy to use! I don't have to worry about inserting make-up cartridges and taking them out like I did with the TEMPTU, which was so frustrating at times since that wasn't an easy task at all. I also got to try out different shades from Luminess Air to see what would work best with my complexion. It even includes all of the essentials (minus the mascara, liquid eyeliner and eyeshadow) that I need to get my make-up routine started such as the foundation, blush, bronzer and shimmer. I'll admit that I was a bit perplexed at first, because I didn't know where to begin! However, the guide put everything in perspective for me.

I'm certainly not a make-up artist, but I've found this device to deliver high quality, professional results with a gentle touch of the spray on stylus. All you have to do is shake your makeup to ensure good coverage, dispense a few drops (no make-up cartridges!) of make-up in the stylus and gently apply it on your face or body. The kit comes with an Airbrush Cleaning Bottle that you can fill with 1/3 water and 2/3 drugstore isopropyl alcohol solution to clean your stylus between takes, which is very easy to do!

I wouldn't trade the Luminess Air for anything. The foundation is long-lasting (8 hours) and makes my skin look practically flawless without looking like I have any foundation on. It truly does minimize the appearance of blemishes. It also known for camouflaging wrinkles and fine lines without fault. The make-up is oil-free and water-based. This is good for all skin types, including acne-prone skin! The refills are affordable. Nothing exceeds $42. Club prices are reasonable if you decide to go that route. I wouldn't mind trying out their Calligraphy Eyeliners ($19.99) or their Eye Shadows ($29).

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Andrea Garland



Andrea Garland is a handmade beauty range based around all things vintage and all things natural.

Ingredients are sourced from ethical suppliers and as many as possible are organic to ensure a more considerate, holistic and gentle approach to skincare. Absolutely none of the ingredients, or indeed, the products have been tested on animals.


Andrea Garland Ginger Body Scrub $25.27


Andrea Garland Frankincense & Orange Blossom Face Cream Was $32.85 Now $19.37


Andrea Garland Vintage Rosy Beauty Balm $60.64


Andrea Garland Palma Rosa & Lemon Facial Scrub $20.21


Andrea Garland Lavender & Geranium Face Cream Was $30.32 Now $18.11


Andrea Garland Rose, Witch & Ginseng Eye Gel $30.32


Andrea Garland Jasmine Beautifying Night Cream $40.43


Andrea Garland Honey, Rose & Ginseng Toner $20.21

Femme Science Review



FemmeScience was created with advanced formulations to enhance the vitality and radiance of youthful skin. Recognizing that among dozens of choices, there were virtually no skincare lines that addressed this audience, FemmeScience was founded to provide a scientifically developed line for youthful skin.

A keen departure from overpriced and aging skincare lines yet an upgrade from mass produced retail brands, FemmeScience offers customers a unique and distinctive alternative. Highly effective and made with pure actives, FemmeScience is scientifically formulated to deliver tangible results for the modern woman.

FemmeScience balances the science of a young woman's skin with the technological innovation required to preserve that brilliant and youthful look for years to come.



The Cleansing Green Tea and Clay Mask ($27) will deeply cleanse & minimize the pores, infuse the skin with catechins and antioxidants, absorb excess oil and draw out impurities & toxins with the help of Green Matcha Tea, Neem, Kelp, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Bentonite, Kaolin and Witch Hazel. These calming and anti-bacterial ingredients will help heal blemishes faster. Clay has been used as a skin treatment for centuries, and I can see why since it does wonders for the skin! It doesn't leave it oily or dry. It is also easy to wash off, and it doesn't cause any redness after washing it off like some facial masks I've used before. Therefore, this makes it ideal for sensitive skin!



The Hydrate & Nourish While You Cleanse ($28) is a fantastic facial cleanser that I almost use on a daily basis. I'm about out now, because I love it that much! The key ingredients are Glycolic Acid, Green Tea, Aloe, Avocado, Salicylic Acid, Allantoin, Glycerin, Pomegranate and Vitamins A, C, E. This facial cleanser has a fresh, clean scent. It gently removes impurities without making your skin dry, restores & revitalizes the skin's natural moisture, improves skin tone, texture and clarity; and softens skin leaving a dewy & clean glow.

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Thomas Dunkin Styles Actress January Jones for "Mad Men" Season 4 Premiere



On Sunday, July 25th the cast of the hit series “Mad Men” took to Duffy Square in New York City for the much-anticipated Season 4 Premiere. Actress January Jones sparkled on the red carpet in a haute couture gown and a modern Grecian-inspired hairstyle that complimented the look. Sebastian Professional Stylist Design Team Member Thomas Dunkin tended to the tresses of the leading lady, and shares a step-by-step “how-to” for achieving the actress’ slightly undone updo with modern texture:

1. Starting with damp hair, saturate strands from root to tip with Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray.

2. Tousle hair with fingers while blow-drying to work in volume to maintain a look of “yesterday” texture.

3. Once dry, run hands through hair while spraying Sebastian Professional Re-Shaper throughout for added texture and hold.

4. Randomly select pieces to set with a curling iron for another dousing of texture.

5. Section off hair starting at the top slightly to the right of center.

6. With each section, apply a dab of Sebastian Professional Matte Putty and twist the hair from front to nape making sure to keep a random, textured effect.

7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 across the whole head, securing each section with clear Blax bands and bobby pins.

8. Massage the hair over the whole head, pulling slightly, for a disheveled finish with a modern twist.

NeoCeuticals Acne Treatment Solution Pads Review

Discover the dermatology developed skin care collections recommended and highly regarded by skin care experts around the world.



NeoStrata Company, Inc. located in Princeton, NJ, develops and markets a comprehensive range of clinically-proven, dermatologist developed skin care brands including NeoStrata, Exuviance, CoverBlend, NeoCeuticals and NeoStrata Therapeutics. Their advanced therapeutic and cosmetic dermatological products feature unsurpassed Polyhydroxy Acid technology to meet the needs of every skin type and are available worldwide through consumer outlets, physician’s offices and spas.



The NeoCeuticals Acne Treatment Solution Pads ($20) are a fabulous way to bid farewell to your skin woes. These pads are formulated to remove excessive oil, dirt, sweat and other other impurities lurking beneath the skin. Formulated with 2% Salicylic acid, 2% NeoHydroxy Complex with Benzilic acid and 10% Benzoyl Peroxide; this effective formula will also penetrate the skin to unclog your pores. I recommend using one pad a day if you have sensitive skin, because I noticed that using more than one was too harsh. Plus, one is all you need anyways for an effective treatment. $20 for 40 single pads might be a bit costly for some, but it is well worth it if you have problems with acne. From my experience, drugstore brands are not effective as this treatment.

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Get the Look: It's Magic! Teresa Palmer of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Celebrity stylist Frank Barbosa of Frank Antonio Hair and Makeup, Newport, RI, takes us behind the scenes of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” where he performed his wizardry for the film’s up and coming star Teresa Palmer. To create an aura of effortless glamour, he transformed her hair into loose waves. Frankie says, “I wanted a style that was both timeless and care-free.”



Here’s how Frankie worked his magic to achieve Teresa’s enchanting look:

- As the on-set stylist, it was critical for me to start out each day with a good foundation. To keep Teresa in character for a particular scene, continuity was key—her hair had to look the same in every take. Having a good foundation makes it easy to do touch-ups in between takes.

- To create that foundation, before the cameras started rolling each morning, I would blow-dry Teresa’s hair to a smooth finish. Spritzing it with René Furterer Fioravanti No Rinse Detangling Spray ($26) helped to boost shine and make hair easier to style.

- Once Teresa’s hair was dry, I took my Sultra Seductress one-inch styling iron ($230) and added glamorous waves. The iron’s ceramic coating helps protect the hair while distributing heat evenly to lock in the waves.

- To give Teresa’s style the staying power it needs to last through a day of filming, I finished with a light misting of René Furterer Finishing Spray Instant Hold.

- Teresa was ready for lights, camera, action—with silky, sophisticated long-lasting waves.

Leonor Greyl Review



Founded in 1968, Leonor Greyl combines over 35 years of hair care expertise with a passion for creating beautiful hair. Imported from France, Leonor Greyl is a stylist favorite and just recently became available in the US. This collection includes shampoos, conditioners, styling products, masks, oils and serums made from high quality natural ingredients designed to invigorate your scalp and hair. Known for the Huile de Palme hair treatment, fans include celebs Jessica Alba, Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani.



The Huile de Palme ($47) is the grand prize winner among hair products I've tried out in the past. This is a peerless hair treatment that goes above and beyond that no other conditioning hair product can do, especially from my experience with hair products. It is formulated with botanical oils that facilitate detangling while deeply nourishing the hair, reviving luster, radiance and elasticity. It has a pleasant, but familiar smell that I can't really place my finger on. I'm thinking I've used an oil treatment ages and ages ago that had a similar smell. Whatever it is, it smells really good! It doesn't weigh down my hair in the least. It is really lightweight! Plus, it is a summer must have since it has superior protection against the sun, seawater and chlorinated pool water. The only qualms I have is that it comes in a glass bottle. I'll admit that it is bit pricey for a hair treatment, but it is well worth the coin considering on what it does for the hair.

You must apply a small amount (dime size) of this treatment before using any other kind of treatment or shampooing your hair to get the best results. Apply it evenly lengths and ends brush hair to ensure even and thorough distribution. Leave it in your hair for 10 minutes or all night if you want a deeply nourishing treatment, which is ideal for dry and damaged hair. One more tip - don't leave home without tucking this in your beach bag!



The Masque Orchidee ($57) is the next runner up. This hair masque has a blend of botanical oils that are deeply rich in pro-vitamins. I've tried out several hair masques, and this one ranks high in my beauty book since it is everything I want in a hair masque. It makes my hair look and feel great by adding shine and bounce. It also detangles and softens the hair, which makes it ideal for curly and / or frizzy hair. Blow drying your hair after this treatment is a breeze! The floral scent is intoxicating and heavenly. I wish that I had a fragrance that smelled this good, because I'd wear it everyday!



The Serum de Soie Sublimateur ($42) will effortlessly increase flexibility and manageability whether you use it on dry or damp hair. This serum acts as a detangler when used on damp hair, and it will smooth and condition your hair when it is dry. I'm not too crazy about the jasmine scent, but this serum does make my hair feel softer and silkier. This serum is a must have despite your hair type!



The Shampooing Crème Moelle de Bambou ($39) is rich in natural active ingredients that protect and nourish hair with wheat germ oil, carrot, silk proteins and bamboo marrow. You will immediately see results with your hair after one use, because it repairs hair fiber by restoring and rejuvenating it by adding softness, flexibility, shine and impeccable manageability. It is a must have for hair that is dry and damaged even though it is suitable for all hair types. This shampoo will luxuriously cleanse and hydrate your hair without stripping away natural oil. They recommend using the Huile de Palme ($47) before using this shampoo for superior results since it will detangle and nourish the hair.

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Teen Vogue Declare Your Denim Event in Times Square



Teen Vogue is inviting readers and denim lovers to don their favorite pair of jeans and head to Times Square on July 28, 9am-11am, to “Declare Your Denim.” The magazine wants denim fans to join them at Military Island (Broadway, between 43rd and 44th) as it celebrates the August back-to-school issue and all things denim. The event will feature a charity denim drive, in partnership with Fashion Delivers Charitable Foundation, to benefit victims of the Gulf Coast oil disaster; consumers can donate $5 to have a new pair of denim donated from one of Teen Vogue's denim sponsors, or donate a new pair of their own.



Additionally, Teen Vogue has collaborated with Essie on a limited edition nail polish, aptly named “Declare Your Denim,” to celebrate back to school fashion and everyone’s favorite fall fashion staple: the classic blue jean. “Declare Your Denim,” a bold, true blue polish, will be gifted with every donation/purchase of denim, while supplies last.

The event will also feature roving photographers snapping photos of young women in their denim to be displayed live on the Times Square Jumbotron. Teen Vogue It Girls will also be distributing free copies of the August special denim section.

Thomas Dunkin Styles Actress Lucy Punch for "Dinner For Schmucks" Premiere

On Monday July 19th, the cast of the summer flick, “Dinner For Schmucks,” ascended upon Ziegfeld Theatre for the New York premiere. Standing out among the film’s stars was leading lady Lucy Punch, who rocked the red carpet looking like the epitome of Bardot-vamp in a flirty red dress and voluminously styled, textured tresses. Sebastian Professional Stylist Design Team Member Thomas Dunkin crafted a hairstyle that beat the heat and gave the actress enviable modern, rocker-chic texture.



Thomas shares a step-by-step “how-to” for achieving the actress’ effortlessly tousled vampy volume:

1.
Starting with damp hair, apply a liberal amount of Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray from root to tip.

2.
Turn head upside down and twist hair into large sections to add a Bridget Bardot feel to the hair’s texture.

3. Blow-dry hair upside down, using hands to repetitively twist sections while drying to play up the volume and body.

4. Finish the look by applying a light spritz of Sebastian Professional Re-Shaper hairspray for a ‘do that’s humidity-defying and long-lasting.

Cover Girl Smoky Eye Kit Review and $20 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway



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My Blog Spark and CoverGirl sent me three different CoverGirl Smoky Eye kits (Natural Look, Glamorous Look, and Bold Look) that included CoverGirl Smoky ShadowBlast, LineExact Liquid Liner, and LashBlast Volume-Blasting Mascara, a fabulous makeup artist director’s chair, Makeup Master case with mirror, and a cheat-sheet with tips and advice from CoverGirl makeup artist Molly Stern.

The CoverGirl Smoky Eye kits are fun, inexpensive and great for any beginner who wants to be able to achieve the coveted smoky eye look in three easy steps. I'll admit that the CoverGirl Smoky ShadowBlast isn't the best out there since it creases and fade in after awhile, but I still find it fun and easy to use. I just couldn't wear this for a special occasion. It is more suitable for a casual day. I've found to work better for me by blending in another eyeshadow that I already own. I didn't have any kind of problems with the LineExact Liquid Liner or LashBlast Volume-Blasting Mascara though. I think their mascara is one of the best mascaras out there!

You can order the CoverGirl Smoky Eye kits (Natural Look, Glamorous Look or Bold Look) at Walmart.com for $16.44 - $16.50.

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Flat Iron Experts Review

Flat Iron Experts is an online beauty shop that is based in Vancouver, BC. They specialize in professional product reviews, recommendations and education on all of today's latest and hottest flat iron brands for those who are overwhelmed by today's abundance of flat irons and blow dryers. Flat Iron Experts is here to educate and help you narrow down your choices to ensure that you get the best of the best when it comes to hair technology.



I received the wickedly gorgeous Babyliss Pro Ionic Ceramic Hair Dryer - BAB6685RDC in Red from Flat Iron Experts. This hair dryer regularly sells for $139.99, but you can get it for $109.95 and receive Free Shipping when order it from their web-site.

I used to not be fond of blow dryers in the past, because I didn't like how dry and frizzy my hair turned out after using them. So I would let my hair dry naturally, but I no longer have the time or desire to do that anymore since I have thick, wavy hair. I'm also usually cramped for time anyways due to a hectic schedule. This is where the the Babyliss Pro Ionic Ceramic Hair Dryer - BAB6685RDC comes in handy, because it is convenient and it shortens the drying time. I'll note that blow dryers are seemingly getting much better since this one didn't leave me with brillo-esque hair. Instead, it leaves my hair softer, smoother and much more manageable enough to flat iron my hair right after. It has numerous of features that make drying hair safer and less damaging,

Features

- 1750 watts
- Dual ionic chambers produce a steady stream of negative ions
- Ceramic grill radiates negative ions for maximum performance
- High heat and extra powerful airflow
- Professional long life AC motor
- Compact design and ergonomic handle offers more styling control and comfort
- Weights less and delivers more air pressure and higher heat than standard full size dryer
- 2 speed and 3 heat settings
- Cool shot button
- Soft velour finish
- Snap-on concentrator nozzle
- Extra long professional power cord with high flex protection prolongs the life of the cord
- AC 110V 60Hz for use in USA/Canada
- One-year limited warranty


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NuboNau Review

NuboNau goes out of their way to make an order a pleasant experience for the customer despite what they've ordered. It was like receiving a gift on my birthday. I received the Organic Facial Cleanser ($37.50) in an elegantly packaged box along with one of their beautifully candles from their 3 Votive Set ($85), Organic Muslin Face Cloth by Pai ($5) and a plethora of samples (SheerinOkho Face Cream, Nude Skincare Cleansing Facial Oil, John Masters Body Milk, TSI-LA Misaki Organic Perfume, etc).



Spiezia is a 100% organic and natural brand from the UK. Their products are organic food grade, which means that their products are practically edible! They're made at a farmland in Cornwall. NuboNau is the one and only online retailer that carries their line.

The Organic Facial Cleanser is one of the most unique cleansers I've tried so far. The look and texture reminds me more of a body balm than a cleanser. All you have to do is gently apply this cleanser on your face, leave on for a few minutes and you can remove it with their Organic Floral Toner ($28) or just warm water and a cloth. This is where the Organic Muslin Face Cloth by Pai came in handy, because it gently removed the cleanser without irritating my face. I love a cleanser that can deeply clean your skin without stripping away natural oil. Instead, my skin feels utterly smooth and soft!

The cleanser has a beautiful blend of organic essential oils including Eucalyptus, Clove and Clary Sage to soften & soothe the skin, melt away impurities, remove even the most stubborn make-up, including waterproof cosmetics; decongest clogged pores and regulate sebum. It was rated as one of the UK's The Times newspaper's 'Best Facial Products' for 2 years running.

Full Listing of Ingredients:


Coconut oil, jojoba seed oil, sesame seed oil, extra virgin olive fruit oil, beeswax, wheat germ oil, chamomile flower extract, german chamomile flower extract, eucalyptus leaf oil, clove oil, grapefruit seed oil, roman chamomile flower oil, clary sage flower oil, linalool, citral, citonellol.

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NARS Fall 2010 Collection



François Nars Fall 2010 collection is created for women whom, he says, "are larger than life...yet posses an elegance that's timeless."  When it came to designing and photographing this modern makeup look for Fall, François created a look worthy of his collection's mesmerizing muse, Daphne Guinness.

Central to this ultra-sophisticated, ethereal look: A canvas of impeccably, smooth skin. Under Nars’ direction, Makeup Artist Kabuki primed the skin with line-erasing Skin Smoothing Face Prep, followed by a base of Siberia Sheer Matte Foundation and finally a light application of Snow Loose Powder. To contour Daphne’s complexion, he dusted Douceur Blush to the cheeks and blended it with the Yachiyo Brush.

To create ravishingly dramatic eyes, Kabuki applied a coat of Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base, followed by a wash of Daphne Single Eyeshadow. Using the Wide Contour Brush, he built color and intensity along the outer eye. For brightness in the inner eye, he applied Mangrove Single Eyeshadow and lightly lined the top and bottom lashes with Nuits Blanches Eyeliner Stylo. Brows were defined with Ipanema Eyebrow Pencil. The look was finished off with two coats of Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara to both the top and bottom lashes. The pièce de résistance: Daphne’s lips, stained with Rouge Basque Lipstick and highlighted with Scandal Lip Gloss for ultimate shine and fullness.

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Natural Skin Shop Review

Natural Skin Shop has specialized in a variety of skin care treatments and skin peels including Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid and Salicylic Acid peels. Recently they have added popular skin care treatments such as TCA chemical peels and Jessner solution facial peels, which are both considered highly effective and professional style peels. They continue to offer a range of other skin care treatments, including Vitamin C treatments, skin lightening, anti-aging, Botox-alternative, acne treatments and at-home microdermabrasion.



I received an assortment of products from Natural Skin Shop. This included their Glycolic Cleanser ($24), Gauze Pads ($2), Salicylic Acid 2% Daily Exfoliator ($28 - $42), 100% Pure Hyaluronic Moisturizer Serum ($36 - $72) and Green Tea Anti-Aging SPF 30+ Moisturizer ($26 - $36).

I was using Proactive before I received my shipment from Natural Skin Shop, but I decided to stop using it since I was told that it was a counterproductive to my skin's health. I also stopped using other skincare products even if they were natural and / or organic since I wanted to see what their products could do alone in order to give a fair review.

My skin was clear when I first started out. Therefore, I'm not able to say that it treated blemishes in the beginning. However, it helped my skin stay clear. I believe that it prevented pimples from forming. And, I loved how smooth my skin felt after using the Salicylic Acid with the gauze pads. Honestly, I haven't tried that many skincare regimens that absolutely wowed me, but I can definitely add this one to a list of few of my favorites! My supply has depleted since then and my skin isn't as clear since the hot and humid weather has been getting the best of my skin.

My skincare routine went like this:

AM ROUTINE

glycolic cleanser
alpha beta toner
salicylic serum
green tea moisturizer SPF 30

PM ROUTINE

glycolic cleanser
salicylic 2%
salicylic serum
green tea moisturizer


I suggest contacting Natural Skin Shop to see what skincare regimen will work for you before placing an order. The skincare regimen you order might be end up with something that isn't strong enough or too harsh for your skin if you don't consult them for their opinion first. I was contacted by a friendly lady by the name of Ginger. She asked me a few questions about my skin, and she was able to figure out which products worked best for me.

The product in this review was provided to the reviewer for keeps and the purpose of writing a review. This in no way effects the quality of the review provided. No monetary exchange occurred in exchange for the writing of the review. The views expressed in this review are strictly that of the reviewer. All reviews provided here are the work of the reviewer and remain completely unbiased.

CoverBlend Concealing Treatment Makeup, SPF 20 Review



CoverBlend medical makeup provides superior, natural looking coverage to camouflage and correct everything from minor flaws to major skin discolorations and is blended with antioxidant-rich Polyhydroxy Acid Gluconolactone to improve skin tone and help diminish the appearance of wrinkles while concealing.



The CoverBlend Concealing Treatment Makeup SPF 20 ($28) is the first concealer that I've ever used that has impressed me this much! Honestly, it is a must have. It flawlessly covers up blemishes, rosacea, uneven complexions, age spots, freckles, birthmarks and much more without looking like it has been "caked" on. I even tried it on a star tattoo that I got when I was 19 years old, which I now considered as hideous looking. While it didn't completely diminish it's appearance, this concealing treatment made it barely noticeable. It's also formulated with a sunscreen - SPF 20 - to help protect against sunburn. Best of all, it stays put whenever I go for a swim.

The product in this review was provided to the reviewer for keeps and the purpose of writing a review. This in no way effects the quality of the review provided. No monetary exchange occurred in exchange for the writing of the review. The views expressed in this review are strictly that of the reviewer. All reviews provided here are the work of the reviewer and remain completely unbiased.

Buddha Nose

Buddha Nose uses only USDA certified organic ingredients when available, and they are very proud to have 4 out of our 12 products carry the USDA organic seal. They continue to work towards certifying the rest of the line.

At this time in the US, the FDA does not have any regulatory standards that can certify body care products organic. Therefore those products that carry the USDA seal are certified by the same standards that regulate our food. These standards make sure farming practices are sustainable and free from the use of pesticides and growth hormones. The USDA organic food standards are some of the most stringent in the world, in order for a product to carry the USDA seal it must be composed of at least 95% USDA certified organic ingredients and the remaining 5% must be ingredients that the NOP, the National Organic Program, recognizes as “approved” ingredients.

Because there are some ingredients used in body care products that are not present in our food products, like vegetable glycerin, or particular essential oils that may not yet be available organic, they are not included in the “allowed” list and in some instances may prevent a product from carrying the USDA seal.

All of the ingredients used in Buddha Nose products are totally free of all synthetics and chemical preservative systems. The skin is our largest organ, and by using only organic ingredients, we not only respect the health and well-being of our bodies but we also respect the health and well-being of our environment.


Heart Spray $24


The Skin Soother Set $56


Bodhi Sugar Scrub, Organic Face and Body Cleanser $28


Girl Balm $24


Detox Bath Salts $24