Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Are You Having Problems of Your Hair Looking Greasy After Applying Shine Serums?


You may not think it matters how you apply shine serum to your hair, but it can mean the difference between a glossy mane and a greasy one.  So if you kept blaming products for causing this problem, then chances are it’s more technique and the amount of serum that is unevenly distributed and lands mostly in one spot over other places that is the real culprit.

Instead of pouring some shine serum into the palm of your hand and rubbing the product across the top of your head, you got to change your ways because this is how a greasy head happens.  This is why your hair will look dirty and greasy by the second day.

To prevent this problem and really get the maximum benefit from shine serums, try pouring some shine serum in the palm of your hand like before, only be sure to rub your palms together first. Doing so, makes sure the serum is spread out more evenly.  Afterwards, apply it from the midshaft to the ends in those places that you need it most for the best results.

You might find it more helpful to work with two-inch sections on each side of your head.  Beginning at the bottom of a section, try swiping a section at a time with some of that serum on top as well as under that gathered portion of hair, holding each section lightly as you go between your palms.   

Be gentle with how you maintain that hold.  If you grip that section too hard, you will run out of that already prepared serum that you will need to do the rest of your hair.  You also might end up with overloading that section of your hair with too much serum.

Try this little hair trick and you'll never have that same problem again!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Sally Hansen’s New Patent Gloss Nail Colors (Moto and Chic) Review + SWATCHES!

Disclaimer: This post is based on a free product provided by a company as a press sample so that I may offer my own opinion, which may be the same or differ from yours.


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In case you haven’t heard, Sally Hansen has come up with another new nail polish with the Patent Gloss Nail Colors line that I think you are going to like.   I received two of the four creamy, limited edition shades to review.


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Sally Hansen's 730 Moto Patent Gloss is on the left with 720 Chic Patent Gloss on the right.


730 Moto is a gorgeous deep, candy-apple red, which is glamorous.  720 Chic is the other color I received, peachy nude, a beautiful neutral that never goes out of style. There is 740 Slick (jet black) and 710 Vinyl (navy) also available.  By the way, navies are going to be very trendy this Spring, 2015 so keep that in mind.


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Here I'm modeling Sally Hansen's Patent Gloss 730 Moto.  This is one coat only and without a top coat.


In addition to stunning, rich color, I got to say that I was impressed with how glossy these nail colors looked upon drying without the help of a top coat.  


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I have on Sally Hansen's Patent Gloss 720 Chic.  Notice the thick coverage it supplied with one coat.  Look at  the amazing shine--and no top coat!


Another reason I really liked this new polish was how easy the brush was to paint the nail with for even application.  The consistency of the formula was wonderful as well that made it possible to have one coat coverage.

Do look into picking some of these Patent Gloss Nails Colors from Sally Hansen the next time you head to the drug store!   

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  A free product was provided solely to facilitate this review.*

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Best Fashion Advice for Projecting an Expensive Image


Regardless of the cost of any outfit, the most important rule to dressing like you already have arrived is the fit you choose.  Look for pieces that have more structure instead of being oversized and shapeless. Expensive looking clothes have better figure flattering lines and form even when displayed from a hanger. The point is the outfit needs to drape over your body perfectly like it was made exclusively for you instead of off the rack.  Try looking at pieces that have stretch to the fabric like heavier weight knitted fabrics or wool blends for an easier time with that goal.

Do avoid the sales rack and buying something marked down that is the wrong size because that decision may cost you more than you thought.  Oversized clothes can be taken in, but buying a too tight outfit is nearly impossible to salvage.  Therefore, unless you’re a talented seamstress and can do the alterations yourself, you will have to pay to adjust the item for an ideal fit.

Examine the workmanship of the item carefully.  Are all the seams finished?  Clothes with a pattern should line up properly instead of being mismatched.  Buttons are also crucial in this equation.  Replace the cheap plastic ones with classier materials such as a mother of pearl, bone or metal, which lend added elegance to the piece.  

Strive to keep your outfit simple and streamlined.  For example, look for tailored jackets or long cardigans with detailed piping that will stay closer to your body for wearing with a slim-cut jean, pants, or sleek skirt. The combination will provide you with a more elegant line.

A smaller handbag, which has a sense of form, adds a certain polish to the outfit.  An oversized one that lacks structure can’t pull off that same sense of style!

Jewelry can make or break an outfit.  However, one statement piece per outfit can accomplish more than overloading.  

You might have paid a lot for a new designer item such as a scarf, sunglasses, belt, or whatever, but resist the urge to load your outfit with several of those pieces just to flaunt the logo, especially the larger they are. This desperation to show off those logos cheapens your look.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

New Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash Review

Disclaimer: This post is based on a free product provided by a company as a press sample so that I may offer my own opinion, which may be the same or differ from yours.


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Dial's new Miracle Oil Body Wash with marula oil!

I love being a Purex Insider because it gives me the chance to discover a lot of products that I might have overlooked like Dial’s Miracle Oil Body Wash that I got to try.  You may think what’s so special about another new body wash that could be so exciting?

Well, I used to have a problem with a section of skin on the back of my arms, near my elbows that despite lotions and creams still would be hard to get rid of.  The creams and lotions would smooth and soften, but only for so long.  

Then the box from Purex arrived with this new Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash for me to review.  I thought it had a beautiful floral smell, rich lather, but I didn’t realize how one infused with marula oil could help my dry elbow problem as it did.  I used it and noticed less flaking, but I was skeptical until using it more often.  

In case you are unaware, marula oil comes from Africa and is derived from a nut that contains a lot of monounsaturated fatty acids and natural antioxidants, which can explain why it lubricates as it does.  

My rough elbow area continued to improve daily and stayed smooth, which really surprised me for a grocery store body wash.  No joke, I think Dial’s Miracle Oil Body Wash is worth looking into for helping dry skin.

To learn more, visit Dial's Facebook page and do check out their Miracle Oil Body Wash video while you're there.

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  A free product was provided solely to facilitate this review.*

Friday, February 27, 2015

L’Occitane en Provence’s Limited-Edition Fleurs de Cerisier L’Eau Collection Review

Disclaimer: This post is based on a free product provided by a company as a press sample so that I may offer my own opinion, which may be the same or differ from yours.


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Despite this exceptionally cold weather we have been experiencing this year, I have a secret of how to bring about Spring.  All that is required is L’Occitane en Provence’s  Limited Edition Fleurs de Cerisier L’Eau Collection. As always, the company put their magical touch once again to cherries from Southern France for Spring, 2015 in another new cherry fruity-floral blend that is airy fresh and sunny enough to cast a warmth over you. 

Unlike the original Fleurs de Cerisier Eau de Toilette ($45), this fragrance is fruitier with a delightful amount of tartness as it opens from lemon and black currant notes washing their luscious juices over the sweeter notes of watermelon.  This delicious nectar, slowly reigning down upon the cherry blossom, rose, orchid, and white flowers is the key that magnificently sets off the floral heart in this very feminine fragrance, drawing out their combined sweet essences in the process.  As this fragrance dries down, it does it with such inviting grace due to a lovely mix of cedar, sandalwood, and white musk that you can’t help but feel appealing wearing it.  


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L'Occitane en Provence's Fleurs de Cerisier Eau de Toilette ($45)


The Fleurs de Cerisier Fragrance Touch ($22) is a fabulous form of this fragrance in a gel that disperses from the tube.  This clear, but glorious cherry essence lasts wonderfully for hours with just a small dab!


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L'Occitane en Provence's Fleurs de Cerisier Fragrance Touch ($22)


The Fleurs de Cerisier L’Eau Moisturizing Milk ($25) will make your skin feel as soft and sweet as those cherry blossom petals.  I adored applying this fragrant lotion  and loved how easily it sunk into my skin.



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L'Occitane en Provence's Fleurs de Cerisier L'Eau Moisturizing Milk ($25)

L’Occitane en Provence’s shea butter hand creams are excellent for healing rough, chapped hands and my hands always welcome them.  This new Fleurs de Cerisier L’Eau Hand Cream ($12) is another fragrant addition to a very effective formula that you can count on both.


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L'Occitane en Provence's Fleurs de Cerisier L'Eau Hand Cream ($12)
If there is is a fragrance that can almost cast you in its sunny brightness, it is this one from L’Occitane en Provence.  Do check the Fleurs de Cerisier L'Eau Collection while you can because it is a limited edition that you don't want to miss!

*Disclaimer: Free product was provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.* 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Korres Greek Yogurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial Review

Disclaimer: This post is based on a free product provided by a company as a press sample so that I may offer my own opinion, which may be the same or differ from yours.

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I had been wanting to try Korres Greek Yogurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial for a while now since I am quite fond of dairy-based skin care products.  With my dry complexion, I find them particularly soothing as well as excellent choices for restoring the proper levels of hydration to my more sensitive face due to all their proteins, minerals, and vitamins. Therefore, I was pleased when the opportunity presented itself to put this product to the test.



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Korres Greek Yogurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial ($45)

The formula is rich with antioxidants and luxurious in texture, but is fast absorbing without just sitting on top of the skin.  Instead, this cream did comfort my tight skin and moisturize very well while feeling silky to the touch.  It does seem to go a long way once you dip your finger in and start spreading, which was always wonderful to find out as well.

At the same time, this product is free of sulphates, parabens, and phthalates.  Though with all the formula’s other botanical ingredients, it does have a bit more fragrance than I care for in a face cream.  It also has denatured alcohol, which ranks pretty high among the ingredients to help preserve the integrity of the formula against bacteria.

Despite those things, I still woke up with an incredibly soft complexion the next morning that looked healthy and nourished.  So what’s not to like about that I ask you?

Have you tried Korres Greek Yogurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial ($45) yet? Do check it out.   

*Disclaimer: Free product was provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.* 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

How to Make the Right Decision When It Comes to the Type of Facial Mask to Fit Your Complexion Needs!


I firmly believe in the value of adding a facial mask to your beauty routine.  Some people like to skip it because it is an extra skin care step, but I consider it an important one for the benefits that you will receive. Whether you prefer using a commercial product or just prefer whipping up one in your kitchen as I many times do, the few additional minutes it takes will pay off to deep clean your pores and beautifully refine your complexion.  

A facial mask also serves to help you relax after a stressful day  to free up those tense facial muscles, which can eventually lead into wrinkles if repeated often enough.  In fact, I urge you to stretch out once your mask is on instead of doing some chore because those few minutes of pampering will renew your mind and body more than you know before you are ready to rinse off.  

Trying to figure out what type of mask to buy or make all depends on what is going on with your skin.  If you are oily or breaking out, then you should look for a mud or clay mask that can draw out the most impurities. You can also try benzoyl peroxide or a sulfur mask for stubborn acne or browse through my section of homemade skin care recipes to your right in my sidebar.  You will find quite a few facial masks as well as recipes to exfoliate or fade acne marks among those, including an excellent homemade oil zapping mask and another that works wonders to normalize oil, especially if you combination skin.  Here is yet another that can double as a mask/scrub that works nicely.

My skin has been drier these days than in the past when I relied heavily on those above masks to solve that problem.  If you also a dry complexion, you should look for hydrating masks with glycerin or specific natural oils like sweet almond oil or jojoba or butters like shea butter. You also treat to your face to my recipe for an easy restorative mask, an ultra nourishing mask, a hydrating mask to another dairy and vitamin powered one to a banana-avocado mask that will pleasantly surprise you.

We all go through times when our complexion becomes duller than we like.  In that case, you need a mask that contains alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), enzymes or glycolic acid to perk the complexion back up.  If you're in the mood to make your own mask, you got to try the recipe for my homemade brightening mask and another firming mask recipe of mine that you will love once you try it.

To truly benefit out of any mask, you need to start on freshly washed skin.  Also, make sure that you follow the directions and leave it on as directed.  You want to give those ingredients every opportunity to work--so be patient, stretch out, and make it a point to schedule a weekly time for yourself.  Your face will thank you.