Infiniti Pro by Conair Spin Air Brush Review and Giveaway

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Thanks to the The Infiniti Pro by Conair™ Spin Air Brush ($59.99), I've been giving my flat iron a much needed rest. I'll admit that I was a bit apprehensive about using a spin air brush in my hair after a hair tool mishap in late December, which led me to cutting a slight chunk of my hair. Thankfully, that's barely noticeable since I've been taking Phyto Phytophanere Dietary Supplements ($50) and using Wild Growth Hair Oil ($7.94) for months.

My hair is normally thick and wavy, but the over usage of flat irons can make it look flat and lifeless. That's why I'm starting to use flat irons less and less since they're not good for the hair if not used in moderation. I like that I can easily achieve voluptuous hair with the The Infiniti Pro by Conair™ Spin Air Brush , because it gives my hairstyle the oomph that it needs. It also makes my hair smooth and frizz-free. To ensure superior shine and extra smoothness, I apply Leonor Greyl's Lait Luminescence Bi-Phase Detangling Milk ($43) beforehand.

The tangle-free anti-static bristles allow you to customize your volume fast with or without the spin function. The powerful ceramic heat distributes heat evenly for less damage, and an anti-frizz ionic generator releases up to 100x more ions than ions created from natural sources. With up to 100x more ions, your hair will have maximum conditioning and shine! Choose from 2 heat settings plus cool setting and the multi-directional rotation (right/left) makes it easy for both right and left-handed users.

The Infiniti Pro by Conair Spin Air Brush is available nationwide at mass market and drug store retailers, as well as at http://www.conairspinair.com for an average retail price of $59.99.

The product(s) 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.



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Courteney Cox’s Dry-Skin Busting Must-Haves


Courteney Cox’s Dry-Skin Busting Must-Haves:


Earth Therapeutics Purest Palm Body Brush ($7.39) - This 100% vegetable body brush is made of pure Japanese palm fiber. Firm, dense bristles effectively slough dead skin and boost circulation, making it an ideal choice for dry brushing. May also be used wet. Indispensible for priming body for detox.


Aura Cacia Natural Skin Care Oil - Sweet Almond ($5.69) - Use as desired for massage or skin care. Add one to three drops of essential oil to each teaspoon of sweet almond oil to create your own aromatherapy bath, moisturizing oil, or premium massage oil.


PURE FIJI Coconut Milk and Honey Nourishing Exotic Oil ($40) - A balanced blend of cold pressed Virgin Coconut, Macadamia, Sikeci, and Dilo nut oils form a unique bio-network that promotes cellular renewal for younger looking skin and protection from enviromental elements.

Julep Review


Julep is a hand, nail and foot care brand with four boutique nail parlors in the Seattle area. Founded on the belief that beauty is a connection, not a competition, the company was created to celebrate the bond between girlfriends and the beauty of the human spirit. Leveraging their expertise in the nail category, Julep has created a line of the most effective, toxin-free “Mani Care” and “Pedi Care” products and the latest runway-inspired nail colors.

Julep will donate $1 from every polish sold to organizations that support women through our Powered by Girlfriends program.

They will be shipping free all summer! You can also receive $15 off an order over $30 with coupon code: GIRLFRIEND Exp. 8/31/11


Miranda (shown in the picture above) - This color is one of my top favorites, along with others such as Allure.com, The Bonnie Hunt Show and 425 Magazine. I love it, because it's a beautiful retro seafoam green.

Kim - This one is another top favorite. The color is a smokey gunmetal grey. It's a wonderful alternative for black, and the perfect shade when you want to go for dark.

Selena - A creamy moss green. It will harmonize well with floral sundresses and skirts. This shade is also perfect for fall since it's so earthy.

Maggie - This shade is a tantalizing dark amethyst, and it's my absolute favorite from their collection! It's also another great shade when you want to go for dark, but want a burst of color.

Donna - It appears that this shade is no longer listed on their site, and it's a shame since this is a gorgeous turquoise.

Bottom Line: I wasn't disappointed in the least with my color selections. Not only the nail polish colors are gorgeous, but I love that they dry quickly and that they have strong staying power. I usually stay chip-free 5-6 days, which deepens my love for this brand, because I haven't had a nail polish brand to last this long!

I'll be reviewing more products from Julep. Stay tuned!

The product(s) 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.

LIV GRN Natural Eau De Parfum Spray Review


I immediately fell in love with the LIV GRN Natural Eau De Parfum Spray ($60) when I first applied it on. It has a fruity scent that perfectly captures the essence of summer. Like summer, it fades way too quickly, but leaves a good memory. It features top notes of Lime, Neroli, Orange Flower; mid notes of Geranium, Rose, Cyclamen; and dry notes of Jasmine, Egyptian Musk, Pear.

The C2C Fragrance Collection also includes the Cherry Wood Collection and Earth Collection. Both collections boasts Eau De Parfum Spray ($60), Body Lotion ($18), Mini Rollerball ($15), Body Scrub ($15), Shower Gel ($15), and a Gift Pack ($80).

The product(s) 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.

Going Green with Avocados with Jackie Silver from Aging Backwards

Jackie Silver is Aging Backwards and she shares her secrets, tips and shortcuts in her book, Aging Backwards: Secrets to Staying Young, on her website, on TV, on radio, in print and in person. She founded Aging Backwards, LLC in 2006 to bring the most accurate, current information and cutting-edge innovations in the anti-aging and beauty industries to women and men and to help motivate individuals to stay young and healthy.


The avocado has been misunderstood in the past because of its high fat content, but avocados provide more than 25 essential nutrients. A serving of avocado, which is one-eighth of the fruit, has only 5 grams of fat per serving, but that fat is the monounsaturated kind, which is heart-healthy and may help to lower cholesterol. Avocados are also rich in omega-3s, another heart-healthy ingredient. Perhaps the most impressive thing about the avocado is the potassium content. Compared to bananas, avocados have 60 percent more potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure. Adequate intake of potassium can help to guard against circulatory diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure or stroke. Remember, though, everything in moderation. A whole avocado has 520 calories and 40 grams of fat. Even though it's "good" fat, it can still add up to weight gain.

According to the California Avocado Commission, the avocado (Persea americana) originated in south-central Mexico, sometime between 7,000 and 5,000 B.C. But it was several millennia before this wild variety was cultivated. Archaeologists in Peru have found domesticated avocado seeds buried with Incan mummies dating back to 750 B.C. and there is evidence that avocados were cultivated in Mexico as early as 500 B.C. Find out more about avocados at the California Avocado Commission.

Here are some creative ways to enjoy avocado:

1. Instead of slathering mayo on your sandwich, why not mash up some avocado and spread it on your sandwich? One tablespoon of mayonnaise has about 110 calories of pure fat. One-fifth of a medium California avocado has 50 calories, with 35 calories from fat, but remember – it’s the “good” fat.

2. In a food processor, mash one half of an avocado with a half cup of organic cottage cheese, squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice on top, sprinkle with black pepper and use it as a dip with cut vegetables for a protein-rich, tasty, healthy meal or snack.

3. Make an avocado boba drink. Boba drinks usually contain soft, chewy tapioca balls in the bottom of a drink such as tea or coffee, but here’s a creative twist: Using a small melon scoop, make avocado balls and add them into tomato or vegetable juice for a new, healthy spin on boba.

4. Cut up avocado chunks and put them on top of gazpacho, the cold Spanish tomato soup, for a filling snack that’s veggie-licious.

5. Add avocado on top of any omelet for a burst of extra flavor.

Leonor Greyl's Lait Luminescence Bi-Phase Detangling Milk Review

Product Description: Lait Luminescence ($43) is a bi-phase, silicone-free detangling and styling product with exceptional smoothing properties. This milk-spray hybrid nourishes and aids the styling of even the most difficult hair, enhancing shine and luminosity and protecting against UVB rays and heat.


Ingredients:

• Alaria Esculenta – A seaweed extract collected along the Breton coast with smoothing and protecting properties.

• Cassia Angustifolia – A plant cultivated in the Southern India that smooths and conditions even the driest of hair for incredible manageability.

• Manketti Oil
– Derived from the fruit of a tree that is protected in Namibia,this oil protects hair against the drying effects of the sun and heat styling tools.

My Thoughts:
Whether I'm wearing my hair straight or wavy, this product gives my hair the moisture and luster that it needs without giving it a greasy feeling in the least. It also doesn't weigh down my hair like some products have in the past. Combing my hair doesn't take much effort since it glides through effortlessly after applying this product. It has a nice, tropical smell when you first apply it on, but it fades within minutes. However, that doesn't make me think any less of it since it does wonders for my hair. My hair isn't a fan of too many hair products, but it has been getting along just fine with this product!

How to Use: Shake before use. Apply a small amount of Lait Luminescence to the length and ends of hair, detangle, and begin brushing. Also apply before exposure to the sun and after swimming.

The product(s) 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.

Top 10 Beauty Quotes


“Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.” - Sophia Loren

“There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.” - Maria Mitchell


“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary, from time to time, to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.” - Miss Piggy

“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.” - Gwyneth Paltrow


“I have always known what I wanted, and that was beauty... in every form.” - Joan Crawford

“The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.” - Francis Bacon Sr.


“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” - Audrey Hepburn

“Beauty isn't worth thinking about; what's important is your mind. You don't want a fifty-dollar haircut on a fifty-cent head.” - Garrison Keillor


"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring." - Marilyn Monroe


“Beauty is grace and confidence. I've learned to accept and appreciate what nature gave me.” - Lindsay Lohan

Is there a beauty quote that I didn't add to the list? If so, what's your favorite?

Ecoya Review

Ecoya's slick, all natural bodycare line includes moisturizing and rejuvenating products that are infused with natural oils and cleansing vitamins! All of these products are from harmful chemicals and artificial colors, while generating aromatic summer fragrances such as Wild Frangipani, Lemongrass & Ginger, Lotus Flower, and Sweet Pea & Jasmine.

Ecoya has taken Hollywood by storm with celebrity fans including Victoria Beckham, Kourtney and Kim Kardashian, Kate Bosworth, Jessica Alba, Zoe Saldana, Lisa Rinna, and Lauren Conrad.


Their Hand and Body Wash ($21.70) in Vanilla Bean gently cleanses the skin and infuses it with a blend of moisturizing oils. I love vanilla scents and I was far from being disappointed with their version.


I love burning candles, because they're very therapeutic and relaxing. This is why their Travel Candles ($13.50) would be perfect to take when traveling to enable you to enjoy a stress-free vacation. I received their Lotus Flower scent and I love it, because it's very unique. The scent is slightly woodsy with a touch of floral. Their travel candles have up to 15 hours of burn time.


My skin feels much smoother after using their Hand and Body Lotion in French Pear ($21.70). The heel of my right hand was starting to feel quite rough due to extensive mouse usage and rubbing it against the computer desk, but it's remarkably better since I have been using this lotion on a daily basis. I also adore the scent, which smells like something you'd find at Bath and Body Works sans the chemical muck. This lotion is rich in the organic vitamin E oils of almond and sunflower. It quickly penetrates the skin without leaving a yucky, greasy feeling.

The product(s) 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.

10 Weirdest Beauty Treatments

The price of beauty can either be painful, downright bizarre, or a little bit of both!


Double Eyelids

Blepharoplasty is a surgical treatment that is usually preferred by those with almond-shaped eyes. The process involves removing extra skin, fat, and muscle. Some go for the non-surgical options that only lasts temporarily - eyelid glue or tape.


Rib Reduction

Sometimes tummy tucks and losing weight isn't enough for those who want a sexy hourglass shape figure. Therefore, they have their lower ribs removed. "Rib resection" is major surgery that involves hospitalization and the risk of infection.


Big Peepers

My, what big eyes you have! Lady Gaga's cartoonishly large eyes sparked an unflattering trend, which has been long popular in Korea. They extend past the pupils and onto the whites of the eyes. They can easily be bought on the internet, but terribly illegal in the United States. They're considered dangerous since they haven't been properly fitted by a doctor, which can raise the risk for infection.


Brazilian Keratin Treatment

Some people are ignoring their flat irons and opting for their Brazilian Keratin Treatments instead, which is considered to be more damaging and dangerous in the long run since most treatments involve formaldehyde. The potential dangers include eye and throat irritation. Also, there has one death linked to this treatment so far.


Perianal Bleaching

Perianal Bleaching is becoming as common as a bikini wax since more and more are becoming aware of discoloration of the perineum (located around the anus) as they age.


Snake Massages

Massages are known to be therapeutic since they can cure some aches and pains, but some people are taking massage therapy a bizarre step further. You can get a snake massage therapy at Ada Barak's Carnivorous Plant Farm in Northern Israel. They place snakes of different sizes to slither up and down your back. The king and corn snakes produce a kneading sensation, while the tiny garden snakes gently caress the skin. Personally, this sounds more spine-tingling than soothing.


Bull Semen Hair Treatment

If you have dry and damaged hair, you can opt for the Bull Semen Hair Treatment at Hari's salon in London. No bullcrapping here! The protein and moisture of bull sperm and Katera root from an Iranian plant are said to revitalize and repair all types of hair. The bull sperm is unscented and ideal for those who have color-treated, frizzy, and over-processed hair.


Gold Leaf Facial

They claim that gold can promote collagen and tighten the face. The Gold leaf facials, which are offered at spa in Portland, Oregon, can cause more than what you bargained for since some have experienced severe rashes. "Gold is an allergen," says Leslie Baumann, M.D., director of the Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute at the University of Miami, "And is terrible to put on your face."


Placenta Collagen Facial Mask

Jennifer Lopez has sworn by this "beauty secret" in the past. It is claimed that the hormones in the placenta stimulate cell growth when rubbed on the skin. As a result, face cream companies began mixing placenta into creams to create an anti-aging effect. But Baumann warns that most of the placenta extras come from Cuba and can be exposed to diseases like AIDS.


Cool Way to Unwind

You can seek an extra "cool treament" at Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in the Arctic Room. In this 55°F frosty chamber, actual snowflakes float from the ceiling and a minty-fresh breeze is infused through vents to literally (and figuratively) chill you out.