Sunday, December 21, 2014

Lady Gaga’s Fame Eau de Parfum 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.



Lady Gaga’s first fragrance, Fame launched Fall, 2012 from her own The Haus Laboratories Paris and in conjunction with Coty Beauty.  Just as theatrical as the singer herself, this fruity floral is meant to be just as boldly shocking as the performer on stage to attract attention.  


This fragrance is about walking on the wild side and the price of her stardom both sweet and glorious as well as the dark, destructive aspect of fame. Thus, the color choice of the perfume of black for the liquid (that does change to clear on the skin), symbolizing the dark side of her pop stardom to the gold detailing and cap that represents the light side, sweetness and allure associated with it.

Fame is based on three accords so it comes off differently with a “push-pull” sort of effect than utilizing top, middle, and base notes.  The dark accord is composed of the Belladonna notes, and the sensual accord consists of the honey, saffron, and apricot notes, and the light accord covering the Tiger Orchid notes to create it.

Though I do not find Fame as cheap or outrageous as I was led to believe, I do feel this fragrance is quite unique and mystifying with how the fruit, floral, spice, and musk merge almost at once as it seductively plays against the skin.  There is a mild sweetness from the honey and saffron that has been kept in check by the apricot, but I would label this more of an oriental floral than a fruity-floral due to how the belladonna weaves through this fragrance to intensify the floral. And yet, the incense adds to its intriguing allure and sultriness due to those deep musky tones.

If you like a floral fragrance steeped in mystery, I think you would enjoy Lady Gaga’s Fame for yourself or give as a holiday gift.  The 3.4 oz. eau de parfum retails for $79. Do check this one out.

*Disclaimer: Free products were provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*

Saturday, December 20, 2014

L’Occitane en Provence’s First Beauty Sampling Box-- Discover the #L’OcciBox! (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.





I have some exciting news, beauty lovers.  L’occitane en Provence has launched a beauty sampling box with mini versions of their bestsellers and newest must-have products!  Meet their newly launched L'OcciBox.



These boxes will come out once per season and sell for $15 each, but are valued at a lot more.  You can get that fantastic price without enrolling into a subscription program.  

With every box of these pampering L’occitane products, the company will include a gift from a partner that will vary season to season, which adds to the fun.

Take a look at the contents of this first set ($59.40 value) below: 

- Precious Cleansing Foam 1.7 fl.oz. 
- Shea Butter Body Milk 1.7 oz. 
- Arlésienne Hand Cream 0.3 oz. 
- Almond Supple Skin Oil 0.5 fl.oz. 
- Immortelle Sample Divine Cream 0.05 oz. x 2 
- L'OcciBox Box 
- Shea ELLE Hand Cream 0.3 oz. 
- Cherry Blossom ELLE Hand Cream 0.3oz. 
- Verbena ELLE Hand Cream 0.3 oz. 
- Almond ELLE Hand Cream 0.3 oz. 
- ELLE Pouch 

Buy at a L’Occitane en Provence boutique or online through this link.  Apply promo code: ‘DISCOVER’ at checkout and that listed $59.40 price will drop to $15.  Furthermore, you can’t combine with other promotions.  Quantities are limited with one box per person. Hurry though because that reduced price on this first box ends December 31, 2014!


*Disclaimer: Free products were provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*

Friday, December 19, 2014

Meet the Japanese Green Approach to Skin Care--Valia Skin Care Products (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.



A fascinating company that reached out to me was Valia with their approach to skin care based on implementing biotechnology and green chemistry through Japanese ingredients. I was sent the Cleansing Milk, Purifying Wash and their Yuzu Hydrating Creme to try out.

If you are cautious as to what you put on your face and those suspect ingredients that could be less than healthy, then you would appreciate what ingredients are excluded in each of these three products.  There are no parabens, propylene glycol, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, MEA/DEA/TEA, artificial colors, alcohol, fragrances, fillers, and animal by-products.

Each of these plant-based products with its Japanese herbal extracts and essential oils treated my skin with utmost care.  Let me share my typical day on how I used this regime.

My day usually began with washing with their Cleansing Milk ($35) instead of soap that has aloe vera, coconut oil, and papain from the papaya.  This product is said to work well also for people with acne or eczema as well as dry skin like mine.  My skin felt comfortable afterwards without stripping any oils by using very little of this gel-cream cleanser.  It left only softness and a bit more brightness behind maybe due to the rice bran oil.



At night, I tended to grab their Purifying Wash ($34) to cleanse and remove makeup. Other times, I went with the Cleansing Milk.  This lighter weight product, however, felt like it cleaned deeper when taking makeup off.   Being the wash had green tea, vitamin C and yuzu for helping with cell renewal, I thought it also was an excellent choice to prep for the Yuzu Hydrating Creme that came next.



Unlike a rich, heavy cream, the Yuzu Hydrating Creme ($47) has a lighter souffle like consistency that melts quickly into the skin without any greasy or sticky feel to it and gave my complexion a soft rosy glow and soothing comfort after the first time I even used it.   This formula has sweet almond oil, licorice root, papain, and Job’s tears, which is abundant in amino acids, vitamins and skin-supporting minerals for moisturizing, revitalizing, improving skin texture, and brightness.




I liked how these products worked on my complexion and the daily improvement I noticed over time.  Do check out these Valia  skin care products for yourself because they could be your own skin's solution.

*Disclaimer: Free products were provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*

Thursday, December 18, 2014

**WIN**Soft, Supple Hair--Bioken Enfanti Hydrating Shampoo, Treatment and Heat Silk Essence Review + ($57) Giveaway!–Ends January 5, 2015

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.


All the hair products on the market make it confusing finding formulas that work the best for you.  Some great ones that I tried recently were Bioken’s Enfanti Hydrating Shampoo, Treatment, and Heat Silk Essence hair products.
My hair is very dry and color-treated.  I usually rotate with a few different products and deep condition my hair at least once a month to maintain it.  What I do like about the Bioken Enfanti line is the formulations are powered through nature to revive the look and health of the hair.  My first experience was with their Enfanti Curly Shampoo and Conditioner, which was very good also.

As to the Enfanti Hydrating Shampoo, it is a color-safe formula enriched with an organic blend of herbs and therapeutic botanicals that gently cleanses as it moisturizes and conditions the hair.  Two of its beneficial ingredients are glycerin, being a humectant, to draw moisture to the hair and panthenol for shine and softness. 



The Enfanti Treatment is what I applied afterward.  The ingredients include vitamins, bee propolis, proteins, and natural herbs to help damaged hair with new luster.  I thought it had a pleasant fragrance while I kept it on for thirty minutes before rinsing my freshly washed hair.  The company states only about three to five minutes, but I always keep my deep conditioners on longer, more like a half hour.



Before I styled my hair, I tried some of the Enfanti Heat Silk Essence on my damp hair. On the back of bottle, a quarter size amount is suggested.  I have very thick, shoulder-length hair that needed just a bit more.


After I finished drying my hair and examined myself in the mirror, I thought my hair did look healthier with more gleam and softness.  I proclaim this Bioken Enfanti trio a winning combination in rescuing my hair.  

Have you tried any of the Bioken Enfanti line?  Do check these products out because if they helped my hair, I think they can also do your hair some good too.

*Disclaimer: Free products were provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*


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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Moon Cats Blue Velvet Shawl 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.




The trend is toward incorporating more scarves and shawls into our wardrobes than ever. They are functional besides lending an exciting fashion element to what we wear.  When Moon Cats, the scarf company, reached out and asked if I would be interested in reviewing something from their collection, I was more than happy to oblige.

With all the beautiful possibilities at their website, I had a challenge.  I debated between one of their lightweight scarves that I could tie like their Principessa to drape stylishly around my neck or a shawl.  I thought the long scarf would look spectacular to dress up a pair of jeans or basically anything.

Then, my eyes kept drifting back to their lovely shawls.  Honestly, all styles in that section appealed to me, but my top choice was between the Aztec Blanket since that design is quite the rage now and the Blue Velvet shawl. 




Finally, I selected the Blue Velvet because I love black as well as that glittering royal blue detail woven through this shawl and its finished scalloped edging.  It also looked cozy.  This shawl is 100% acrylic, washable by hand,  and is also a shorter length at 56" over the 78" Aztec Blanket with a wide cape-style sleeve.




I was pleased when I took my shawl from the box and got a good look at this piece.  It really was lovely with nice workmanship for a $49.95 shawl.  The even nicer part was cuddling up in it because it was soft and warm to grab on a chilly winter day.

If you’re hunting for new scarves and shawls, I think you would like what Moon Cats has to offer.  In fact, you can save 20% on all their scarves from now until January 15, 2015 when you enter NUTSFORSTUFF20OFF.   Scarves and shawls do make a great gift as well so check their site out!


*Disclaimer: Free products were provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Here’s the Lowdown on How to Play Up Those Eyes--IT Cosmetics Limited Edition Naturally Pretty Celebration Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette! (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.



Perhaps, age is starting to catch up with you with lines around the eyes.  Then again, maybe you just prefer the look of matte over shimmery eye shadows.  If either describes you, listen up because I was sent the ideal palette to help on both those fronts with IT Cosmetics Limited Edition Naturally Pretty Celebration Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette



Just as wonderful as IT Cosmetics original Naturally Pretty Matte Luxe Palette, this one consists of more darker neutrals that are on the cool side compared to the first that had some warmer and brighter shades. These 14 shadows are well-pigmented but somewhat sheerer than the original but look just as amazing and wear in the same incredible way.

Due to this company’s strides in formulating their shadows with anti-aging ingredients such as peptides, collagen, silk, green tea, acai, and antioxidants, these shadows blend and cling beautifully to your lid without looking dry.

These gorgeous colors included are: Snow Angel (soft creamy white with just a hint of peach); Champagne (pale beige); Cozy (light tan); Warm Wishes (dusty pink); Miracle (plum-taupe); Wonderland (pale brown with some plum); Peace (pink-toned brown); Hot Cocoa (dark neutral brown); Gingerbread (medium taupe-brown); Toasty (plum); Spice (plum-brown); Sugar Plum (medium purple); Starry Night (deep blue), and the last shade of Coal (nearly black-gray).   




Another reason to love this set is if you ever tire of wearing mattes, you always have an option of shimmering eyelids again just by opting to use the Transforming Pearl shade along with the Transforming Ombre Radiance Ribbon over the shadow.

Now tell me can life get any better with IT Cosmetics Limited Edition Naturally Pretty Celebration Matte Lux Transforming Eyeshadow Palette ($42) in your corner?  Take it from me, you will want one of these for yourself.  This palette would also make a great holiday gift for any woman on your holiday shopping list!  


*Disclaimer: Free products were provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*



Monday, December 15, 2014

Create Some Holiday Lip Magic With Rimmel London's Moisture Renew Raining Colours Lipsticks (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.



If you are looking for some pretty options for new drugstore lipsticks for the holidays, I have some Rimmel London's Moisture Renew Lipstick shades that are stunning as well as inexpensive!  Do check out these beauties from their Raining Colour collection that I received for this review along with two of the older line.

From left to right are:  #360 As You Want It Victoria, #720 Notting Hill Nude, #260 Berry Frost, #300 Rose Blush, #642 Nude Delight, #550 Back to Fuchsia,  #360 Fancy, and #520 Violet Pop.

Starting near my wrist and going down my arm is #720 Notting Hill Nude (peachy nude); #520 Violet Pop (violet-pink in the older line); #360 Fancy (shimmering pink in the older line); #642 Nude Delight (pale peach nude); #260 Berry Rose (plum-pink); #300 Rose Blush (warm rose-brown); #550 Back to Fuschia (wild pink), and ending with #360 As You Want It Victoria is (bright, vivid pink).




I feel the new vitamin-enriched formula does make my lips better moisturized without being overly greasy.  In addition, the new colors seem to be more pigmented and glossier than earlier, especially noticeable in the darker shades.

As far as staying power goes, this formula can last for several hours or until you eat or drink. Once you do so, you will need to pull out your tube and reapply.  

Do check these new Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick shades out the next time you head to the drugstore or wherever you buy their products.

*Disclaimer: Free products were provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*