Friday, November 30, 2012

Review - Prive Concept Verte Foaming Shampoo

Enriched with Amazon açai and babassu oil, Privé Concept Vert # 101 rejuvenates hair with antioxidants and strengtheners as it gently nourishes and cleanses. This paraben and sulfate free, high-yield formula expands into a rich, creamy foam that leaves the hair feeling and looking shiny and healthy. Color safe.

I just love Prive's products.  The quality is so high end, but the prices are affordable.  With their can reuse program, they are able to recycle and stay environmentally friendly with consumers help.

I was a little nervous with the whole idea of a foam shampoo.  I never tried one before.  This is a gentle paraben nd sulfate free formula that is safe for colored locks.  The foam is rich and thick.  It amazed me how simple it was to use.  Every inch of my shoulder length hair was covered with a little dollop of product. 

The best part is that it left my hair soft and shiny with no tangles.  I have the small 2.5 oz bottle which is great for traveling.  You won't have to worry about spilling.  You can take back the cans to a Prive salon to have them refilled or send them back to be reused. 

I absolutely love this foam shampoo.  This is a keeper!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Review- L'Occitane Amber Eau de Toilette

A true Mediterranean fragrance. When the sun is slowly setting above the Mediterranean shore, cistus plants fill the air with their delicious ambered perfume. Distilled by perfumers from Grasse, France, these shrubs release a resin with an intense amber aroma - providing strength and sensuality to every fragrance. Amber Eau de Toilette captivates with its oriental, ambered and woody notes. $48

Being highly picky about what scents and perfumes I wear, I can absolutely say that I really love this Amber Eau de Toilette by L'Occitane. It's my favorite scent - rich and woody with oriental notes, and a nice touch of ambered layers. It smells so beautiful and elegant, as well as bold and sensual at the same time. I'm impressed that the fragrance comes in an affordable price range, as it smells highly luxurious and sophisticated. I would definitely recommend this Amber Eau de Toilette to someone who likes an expressive and mysterious, warm scent that lingers smoothly like a cologne or perfume. If you're searching for a classic fall/winter scent, this L'Occitane Amber Eau de Toilette is a most worthy contender to me.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Review- Motives by Loren Ridinger 10 Years Younger Makeup Setting Spray

Primary Benefits of Motives® 10 Years Younger Makeup Setting Spray $29.95: 

Helps reduce makeup slippage into pores, lines, wrinkles or scars 
Keeps makeup looking flawless day and night 
Fewer required touchups throughout the day Saves up to 50% of makeup usage 

When it comes to looking younger, even if it's taking 10 years away ;) , I'm all for it! I'm pretty happy with at least 3-5 years though and this makeup setting spray surely does not add any more years. I'm not sure if I actually *look* like I'm in my early 20s, but using this spray and looking like I'm in my 20s is good enough for me! It does work, especially to keep my makeup set all day and soften fine lines smoothly. Every now and then I'll catch my reflection in the mirror and it does look like my skin is hydrated and glowing - even if subtly- it's something I can notice. As a beauty tool, I think this is great for any makeup enthusiast to have in their kits. Upon spraying the mist, my skin had that flushed and youthful radiance. Throughout the rest of the day, I just notice that my makeup application remained firmly set and any signs of aging (which tend to creep up by the end of the day) remained ever more elusive and not as apparent. For makeup perfectionists and anti-aging devotees, this is a wonderful spray to keep on hand, your skin and age will appreciate you for it!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Review- Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel

Description: Our Refreshing Facial Wash Gel leaves your skin thoroughly cleansed and revived, plus it's a perfect blend of our purest possible skin loving ingredients with an added vitamin. $6.99
1 Added Vitamin
Pro-Vitamin B5 known to help restore, soften and smooth
No Soap

Non Drying

No Dyes

No Artificial Perfumes

No Harsh Irritants t
o upset skin  

Dermatologist tested 

I'm quickly growing fond of the entire Simple Skin Care Line. I especially love (and can't go without) this Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel. It does all that I'm looking for in a purifying gel cleanser at an incredible value. After some recent sensitive-skin breakouts, using this cleanser has not only maintained a healthy glowing skin for me, but also alleviated any further irritations. From using this, I can say that my skin looks brighter and fresher, and softer and more natural as well. As someone with sensitive and  combination skin, I find that this facial wash somehow cleanses my skin very deeply and thoroughly without drying out the skin, yet making it purer and more balanced in the process! I'm in awe too, especially since I'm so accustomed to dealing with a variety of skin needs, and not yet being able to cover them all in one product. Not anymore, this Refreshing Facial Wash Gel has completely won me over! The only downside I've noticed is that it does take a little longer to rinse off and does not remove heavy eye-makeup, but that is only a small complaint when everything else gets it so right!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Review - Priti Yacht Week in Croatia Nail Polish

DESCRIPTION: 342 - Painters Pallete (Perylene maroon)


Butyl Acetate an organic compound common used as a solvent. Colorless, soluble found in many types of fruit. Such as red apples and used as flavoring in candy, and baked goods. It also has the sweet smell of banana.

Ethyl Acetate an organic compound has a pungent smell like pear drops. It is colorless and used as a solvent.

Nitrocellulose a long lasting film forming agent derived from cellulose.

Acetyl Tributyl Citrate colorless non-toxic liquid used as a food adadative.

Phthalic Anhydride/Trimellitic Anhydride/Glycols Copolymer intermediate for the synthesis of surface coating in dyes and adhesives.

Isopropyl Alcohol the non-toxic alternative to formaldehyde

Stearalkonium Hectorite a thickening agent to make sure all the glitter doesn't sink to the bottom.

Adipic Acid/Fumaric Acid/Phthalic Acid/Tricyclodecane Dimethanol Copolymer an organic compound used as a food flavorrant ingredient found in mushrooms, and lichen.

Citric Acid obtained from citrus fruits. All colors are FDA approved.  $13.50 each

I fell in love with Priti NYC when I tried their soy nail polish remover.  I was excited to try the Yacht Week in Croatia Fall 2012 collection in Painter's Pallete.  Deep colors such as this are perfect for the holiday season. 

The bottle comes with the beautiful Priti NYC logo flower on it.  Its just dainty and sweet.  I love Priti for being very girly.  The formula is thick and very consistent. You could get away with one coat.  If you go for two, make sure you have ample time to dry.  I wore for three days before I saw any chips.  This is a darker shade so wear a base coat and for longer wear, use a top coat. 

The line is enviromentally friendly and the formula is even FDA approved.  If you like variety and daintiness, I would suggest giving Priti a try.  You will fall in love just like I did!


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Review- L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Hand Cream

Enriched with Shea Butter, this creamy and non-greasy moisturizer nourishes and protects hands, leaving them delicately scented. Contains cherry extract from Luberon, Provence. $10

It seems the season of dry-hands has returned! What I love about this L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Hand Cream is that the shea butter component provides instant, immediate relief, leaving my skin feeling silkier and smoother upon application. It dries nicely and smoothly all around and is not too thick or heavy on the hands. Great for those of us who are impatient with hand creams. I personally love quality scents and this Cherry Blossom fragrance is sweet and delicate at the same time. It's strong enough, but also uplifting for me. If you like sweet, fruity fragrances, especially with hints of cherry, and are looking for a hand cream that definitely works, this L'Occitane cream delivers highly in scent and smoothness!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Review- Privé Concept Vert Volumizing Froth (mousse)

Privé Concept Vert Volumizing Froth- Enriched with Amazon açai and babassu oil, Privé Concept Vert # 110 is a revolutionary non-aerosol mousse that provides incredible body, volume and definition. This nourishing high-yield foaming cream amplifies your style while leaving hair soft, shiny and full of bounce.

• Clean air technology provides incredible volume without releasing any HFCs into the atmosphere.
• Innovative delivery system provides more than twice as many applications when compared to traditional mousses.
• Great for defining curls and reducing frizz.
• Froth is creamy and easy to apply.
• Travel friendly size is perfect for those on the go.
• Color safe formula.
   $24 for 2.5 oz.   This product rocks on a number of levels: it's the only mousse- product I know that doesn't use petroleum-based propellants to get it out of the container, it holds your hair exactly where you style it, it smells good and I had no period of trial and error with it because it seems to be pretty klutz-proof.  Basically you pout a little bit of this froth into your hand (a quarter size for your whole head) and it's a liquid.  Then you rub your hands together a bit, pull them apart and watch as the product foams up.  We're not talking oodles of foam, but enough foam so that you'll have no problem styling even long hair with a quarter sized amount, so a little goes a long way.  And it has a lot of hold for such a small dose.  I am growing out my bangs, however, the front of my hair falls forward.  If I use this mousse and blow dry my hair back, I don't have any problems with "hair blindness" (when your hair goes in front of your eyes and you can no longer see, usually at the least opportune moment).  I also really like that I'm not using any propellants which are bad for the environment.  Privé as a company is not totally green, but they do do a lot to be greener than most hair companies (recycling their shampoo and conditioner bottles when returned to the salon, making this mousse with no propellants, etc.).  If you haven't tried anything by Privé yet, I highly suggest placing an order or stopping by one of the salons.  The products may seem costly, but they really do last a long time when used correctly.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Review- DHC Kakonjuka Cream

Intensive moisturizer that fights fine lines and wrinkles
Launch date: March 2013, $32
Kakonjuka is Japanese for "flower, root, tree, fruit." Six Japanese and Korean botanicals soothe, hydrate and fight fine lines. Includes:
-Maitake mushroom - soothing, line-fighting beta-glucan
-Platycara strobilacea -promotes collagen
-Licorice leaf - moisturizing
-Great burnet- soothing antioxidant saponins
-Purslane- soothing Omega-3
-Reishi mushroom - soothing, line-fighting beta-glucan

I'm so impressed with this DHC Kakonjuka Cream, which is a dream beauty cream to me! 

I've been testing this (courtesy of DHC) for a couple of weeks now and my skin has taken on a significantly noticeable improvement. Before using this cream, I had problems with tiny breakouts, parched skin and fine lines, yet after using this regularly, my skin is so much smoother, more elastic and radiant, it almost looks like a different person's skin!

I've used this moisturizer both during the morning and in the evening. It's lightweight and silky, leaving a sheer and glowing finish - perfect for setting makeup and leaving your skin thoroughly hydrated. Yet, as a night cream, wow, I found that the botanical extracts and rich ingredients really do repair my skin cells overnight and promote collagen growth!! Each morning, I was surprised to see that my skin looked a lot more refreshed and replenished. Also, with regular use, I noticed that my skin actually looked brighter and smoother even without wearing the moisturizer.

This is definitely one moisturizer to keep a lookout for early next year when it's released. I know for me, I plan to order this in the future when I run low, because it works like nothing else I've tried in making the skin look more youthful, radiant and smoother rather immediately! Also, I have highly sensitive skin and this did not cause any irritation or breakouts either. I'm happy with the results and will surely keep it in my anti-aging regime a long time!

Hillary says:
I, too, love this moisturizer.  I echo all of Trish's positive points and I'll add one of my own- it's kind to sensitive skin.  I have trouble with all kinds of moisturizers, especially around my eye area (no, I don't usually use a separate eye cream) which almost always reacts to the slightest thing.  Not with this cream.  I also love that this cream is the perfect consistency for day or night; it doesn't make you shine during the day, nor does it make you wake up with dry skin in the morning.  It doesn't break me out or contain a heavy fragrance either.  Overall, I highly recommend this cream.  I realize it doesn't come out until March, but when it does, place your order because your skin will thank you for it!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Review- Privé Volumizing Dry Shampoo

Enriched with ginkgo biloba, green tea and soy, Herbal Blend #10 imparts incredible volume instantly while cleansing the scalp and hair without using any water. Even baby fine hair is left full of amazing body, texture and grip to hold any style.  Key Ingredients:

• Ginkgo Biloba (Ginkgo) – helps deliver better circulation to the scalp, which supports healthy hair follicles and promotes growth of thicker and fuller hair
• Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) – packed with antioxidants that combat free radicals, green tea also contains vitamins C, E and panthenol, which help stimulate hair growth, sooth the scalp and strengthen and condition the hair
• Glycine Max (soy) – full of amino acids, soy promotes healthy shine, texture and manageability

Now, the PR company is not going to like that I'm saying this, but the first time I tried this product- I HATED it!  I told Jean at Privé's PR firm this and she said "Just give it one more chance."  So I did, except this time I read the instructions: "Hold 8 inches from hair." was a big eye opener.  The first time I used it I held it maybe 2 inches from my hair and sprayed away.  It ended up looking like a mess.  BUT, and this is a big BUT, when I used it according to the directions my hair came out fabulously!  Not weighed down like with some dry shampoos and with great combability and no flyaways.  It uses mostly rice starch to clean your hair and it's really great on even third-day-hair.  So what have we learned here today:
1. Hillary is wildly impulsive and jumps to conclusions.
2. Hillary is big enough to admit when she's wrong and gives second chances.
3. Privé Volumizing Dry Shampoo has actually turned out to be as good as if not better than my favorite dry shampoo and I will continue using it. 

Trish says: I have to agree with Hillary, that "8 inches from the hair" is what makes a world of a difference! I too didn't read the directions and the dry shampoo made my hair look heavier and weighted in the beginning. But, following the advice here and on the spray, I get it now! When used properly, my strands do look cleaner and softer, like I just washed and blow dried my hair. (Which comes out better than if I actually did attempt to blow dry my hair on my own!) The key to this spray, different from the others I have tried, is to use a light touch, and a good distance away from the scalp and hair, and you're all set to go!
The results are lovely and as a detangler I was most impressed, but figuring out the distance and the applied pressure is what makes this dry shampoo truly click! Otherwise, your hair can look a little heavy if you spray too much, too closely!

My Post- Fashion Week Interview with Jorge Luis, Celebrity Stylist at New York City's Prive Salon

Just after Fashion Week I had the opportunity to interview Jorge Luis of the prestigious Privé chain of salons (New York, Los Angeles, Orlando and Miami).  Jorge works out of New York City.  I had the privilege of attending one show that Jorge led (John Bartlett, Menswear) and one led by Laurent D, the owner of the salons (Steven Burrows, Cultural Icon).  Both Jorge and Laurent are absolutely charming and can get an individual hair to do exactly what they want it to!  The look at the John Bartlett show was very casual and the hairstylists used lots of Privé Dry Shampoo (review to follow).  The look at the Steven Burrows show was described as looking like "the models had had a very expensive blow-out the day before".  The hair for both shows was gorgeous!

Interview with Jorge Luis, Celebrity Stylist at New York City's Privé Salon

Hillary: How are you feeling after fashion week?

Jorge: When I got home last night I was beyond exhausted between doing one or two shows a day and seeing private clients at the salon. It was great but it was a little bit too much.

Hillary: You were seeing private clients as well?

Jorge: Well yes, I had to take care of my clients, so I was at the salon until 9- 10 o'clock at night.

Hillary: I can't believe you're even awake.

Jorge: Well I got some rest and did some meditation, so now I feel like a million bucks.

Hillary: What do you think was the overall look for the hair for the shows. Was there one specific thing?

Jorge: One thing I noticed and I was very happy about that is that people stayed away from beachy waves. Another thing that caught my eye was that I was doing the high bun in February and I was over it, but I kept seeing the high bun this season over and over again. That really caught my attention, because I thought we were over that and I thought we were moving forward. That's the main things I noticed, beachy waves were nowhere to be found thank God and the high bun was everywhere, which was odd because we did that last season. And as far as trend is concerned I saw a lot of really natural looks and in the other direction I saw a lot of structured hair.

Hillary: Did you see a lot of 80's hair?

Jorge: Not too much, not too much, we did that two seasons ago. The whole influence right now is either very natural or very very structured, no flyaways, very finished, which I like that look.

Hillary: Is it more fun to do structured or something like beachy waves?

Jorge: It's more fun to do something different. I was getting really sick of every designer asking me to do beachy waves for their shows. That trend lasted a long time. And basically you have to do what the designer approves or the stylist.

Hillary: What was your favorite show that you worked on this season?

Jorge: I love all my shows. I always look forward to doing Son Jung Wan shows. I really liked the look I did for the Helen Yarmak show.

Hillary: I also wanted to ask you what is your number one tip for taking care of hair?

Jorge: Basically to keep hair hydrated, I tell all the models at the end of fashion week go to the health food store and get a jar of coconut oil, put it in the microwave not until it's hot but until it's watery, and put that in your hair. After fashion week that's a must for hair. It's a bitch to get out, but it works wonderfully.

Hillary: That's good to know.

Jorge: It's only like $10 and it works wonders.

Hillary: Exactly. Exactly. Thank you so much for answering my questions, it's been a pleasure.

Jorge: Feel free to call me with any hair stories you may have. Bye-bye. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Review - Become Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Berry

This smart formula is not just pretty, it contains innovative active ingredients to promote collagen production, stimulate cell renewal, moisturise + protect. $16

Key Ingredients
Palmitoyl OligopeptideCollagen Booster
Jojoba OilNourishing + Moisturizing
Vitamin EAntioxidant + Protecting

This isn't your average lip gloss, but then again Become isn't your average cosmetics company.  They are Anti-Aging Cosmeceuticals that actually make your skin healthier while also making you pretty.

When I hit 30, I realized I had to be more aware of the things I use on my skin but I didn't really think of my lips. Your lips will age just as much as the rest of you and its important to keep them looking youthful. 

We all know I am all about lip products and I was exited to give this a go.  This lip gloss by Become is a pretty universal Berry color that will go with any complexion.  The formula is smooth and even after the gloss has worn off, my lips still felt conditioned.  Its nice to know that not only is it making my lips colorful, its also boosting collagen production and moisturising with Jojoba and Vitamin E.

I like the fact that Become eliminates the middle man and sells direct. You can also choose to have your own business opportunity with them or host a party and have the chance to earn FREE product! 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Review - Lush Seanik Solid Shampoo

Solid, seaweed shampoo for shine and body
Soften tangled locks and add oceans of shine with this mineral-rich, sea salt volumizing shampoo. Like a trip to a blue lagoon, Seanik is made with the best ingredients from the sea; softening Irish moss seaweed, and Japanese nori seaweed to make your hair soft as silk from root to tips, and sea salt to give body and volume to hair that’s fallen flat. One seriously sexy shampoo, we added lemon oil for extra shine, and the exotic far eastern fragrance of sensual mimosa and jasmine oils to bathe you in the heady scent of tropical flora all day long $11.95
If you have never been in a Lush store, you don't know what you're missing! You will get lost in the handmade products and tempting aromas.  I absolutely love walking into their stores and smelling each scent one by one. 
I've never tried a solid shampoo.  This idea was so foreign to me but I was excited.  It comes in a cute little tin which is ideal for traveling.  This is a plus because airlines don't allow large amounts of liquids.
As far as the actual solid shampoo goes, I was pleasantly surprised with the generous lather it gives. Its not the usual scent I go for, but I liked it. Its very fresh and tingly.  The downside to this is that when its wet, it tends to get mushy.  When it gets too mushy, you can't get it out of the tin.  Also, the seaweed tends to come out all over the place.  Make sure the tin isn't wet when you put this back in. 
I definitely like the solid shampoo idea and I am going to be trying the other ones that they offer.  I want to try the solid conditioners as well.  Lush doesn't disappoint and they keep me interested.  I love that about them!

Review - Pureology Precious Oil Softening Hair Masque


  • Sunflower Seed Oil for Softness
  • Coconut Oil for Vitality


  • Intense deep-penetrating treatment that nourishes and fortifies the hair cuticle


Apply after shampooing and leave on 2-5 minutes. Rinse. For deeper nourishment, add one pump of Versatile Caring Oil.
Its always good to use a deep conditioning masque at least once per month.  This Masque will give you the deepest conditioning ever and restore your hair with a luxurious, glossy shine. Packed with healthy oils, it will leave you with silky, tangle free locks. 
I've been using it once a week, left on for 25 minutes.  On days when I feel my hair needs extra conditioning, I add some of the Versatile Caring Oil. My hair is easier to manage and has less knots when wet.  I don't have to overload with shine serums or sprays.  When it dries, its soft and smooth.  The best part of this is that it doesn't weigh your hair down or make it feel greasy.
I love the precious oil line because its gentle and smells so good! Pureology is one of those lines where you get what you pay for.  The quality is high, the product lasts and it packs a punch. Don't forget, all of Pureology's products feature their Anti-Fade complex to keep your color looking beautiful!  

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Review- Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub

Coconut Cream and Sea Salt Scrub... Back in 2005, our inventors had come up with a number of fantastic cleansers but there was one category they had yet to conquer: The scrub! A sea salt scrub! With that, they whipped up (our now enormously popular) Ocean Salt. Washing with Ocean Salt is like taking your face on a trip to the seaside for an invigorating splash in the water. We mix in fresh avocado and coconut to hydrate thirsty skin, while the antibacterial effects of lime and vodka is ideal for blocked pores, blackheads or blemishes. The minerals in sea salt soften as it scrubs away dirt and blockages.

When it comes to salt scrubs - I simply adore them. And this Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub has been love at first use! There is a beautifully crusted layer of ocean salt on top, and below, is the creamiest face and body cleanser one could I imagine! It's made with a highly moisturizing mix of coconut and avocado and the ocean salt purifies so gently and deeply. If I could buy tubs of this that would be near paradise for me! Of all the different kinds of bath body scrubs I've tried, this ranks as one of my very favorites - it is highly moisturizing, deeply cleansing, and created with quality ingredients- the kind of scrub that makes you feel like you're pampered to the fullest! As a fan of salt scrubs, this is a sure keeper!

Hillary says:
I'm not usually a salt scrub fan, but after giving this one a try, I may have to revise my opinon.  Okay, not my whole opinion.  I just like this one.  I like it because it doesn't sting when I use it on my face and when I use it on my body I still feel clean afterwords, not filmy nor greasy, just clean and moisturized.  Plus the smell reminds me of every beach vacation I've ever had.  I credit this scrub with getting rid of the uneven skin on my chest after I recently got a bit of a tan on my chest in Mexico (I tried my hardest not to).  This scrub is the perfect combination of creamy and coarse for the body, some may find it a bit harsh for the face, but then again, my favorite face scrub is derma e microdermabrasion scrub and that stuff doesn't fool around!   I like the fact that the jar says who lovingly packaged my scrub with a little picture of him, too.  I haven't used that many Lush products, but this one I would buy again.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Review- DHC Skincare Deep Cleansing Oil

This could be the most effective makeup remover you've ever tried. Experience radiant skin by discovering why this product is beloved by millions of people around the globe. This amazing olive oil cleanser dissolves pore-clogging dirt and makeup with ease, leaving skin feeling refreshed. $28

Okay, no matter what the season is, I tend to have oily skin, and clogged pores how would adding more oil on top of my skin make it look better? I don't know, but I do know that this DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is a worldwide best-seller for a reason - it works!!! After a long day, with residual make-up piled up, all it takes is a small drop of this Deep Cleansing Oil to truly cleanse the skin (applied dryly) and remove excess make-up, dirt, pollutants etc. thoroughly. I had to test the claims and applied it on cakey foundation, waterproof mascara and all-day eyeshadow - and everything came off! I was amazed. Even more so, my skin looked brighter and more radiant immediately afterwards and even to the next morning. It is luxurious feeling, but also affordable in my opinion, and is definitely a worthwhile cleanser to use a couple of times a week to deeply penetrate the'll feel like you're treating yourself to an intense mini-spa with all the glowing after effects! This is a great cleanser to switch up your normal routine for that added boost! I know for me, my skin looks much brighter, clearer and radiant as a result, with a healthy glow!

Sultana Says:  As you all know, I have oily and acne prone skin.  Just like Trish, I was petrified to try an oil cleanser.  As skeptical as I was, I tried this not expecting the best results.  I am so glad I tried this because I was so impressed.  This cleanser (if used the right way) will unclog all your pores and make your face the cleanest its ever been.   A little goes a long way, use sparingly for and make sure to rub into your skin until it turns white. 

I guarantee you will be happy with this product.  Its like no cleanser I have ever tried.  Since I have been using it, my face appears much brighter and my pores look less clogged. 

Hillary says:  I've been using oil cleansers for years as they are wonderful for both dry and oily skin (don't ask me how that is, but it's true).  "Cleansing oil with oil, it makes no sense." you say, but trust me, this product leaves your face as soft as a baby's bottom with unclogged pores and a radiant glow.  It is the best cleanser for when your face is dry; it's the only rinse off cleanser I can use during the dry winter months when my face becomes as dry as Gandhi's flip flop.  I recently found out that I suffer from dandruff on my face and this oil cleanser greatly reduces the amount of flaking I experience.  I'm so happy with it, I can see it being my go-to cleanser for years to come.  You may have heard about the Shu Uemura Oil Cleansers, but at a less expensive price point, the DHC cleanser delivers just as well if not better.  You don't even need a separate eye make-up remover, this oil does it all.  Okay, so I'm a bit overzealous about it, but when you find a HG (Holy Grail) product, you tend to get excited.  Try it- you won't regret it.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Review - Murad Skin Perfecting Acne Primer and Shine Control

Why you need it:Acne-fighting formula evens and refines skin tone to create a smooth matte finish.

Primary Benefits:Control acne breakouts, reduce oil and minimize appearance of pores. Universal shade provides the perfect skin tone match. $35 1.0OZ

I have very oily/acne-prone and sensitive skin.  I need a primer that has multiple target areas and this skin perfecting primer from Murad definitely is a multi-tasker.  It has 0.5% salicylic acid to fight acne and Pore Factor-5 to minimize pores and balances oil.

I was very impressed with this.  I applied it before I put on my foundation and it created a very matte and refined surface.  I went all day without any annoying shine.  My pores appeared smaller and that is a HUGE plus for me.  I have been using it non-stop for the past two weeks. 

One of my favorite things about this product, is that it comes in one universal shade that is suitable for all skin types and colors. It blends well with my darker skin tone.  If you have acne and oily skin, this is will work for you.

I think Murad's products are great, but not only for your skin; they are great because Dr. Murad gives back.  They support several organizations through the Murad Family Foundation.  When you purchase products from them, you are supporting a good cause. 

Monday, October 8, 2012


Priti Soy Polish Remover Wipes are 100% Readily Biodegradable.

It is non-toxic and not carcinogenic. It is derived from farm crops

and does not contain any petroleum ingredients. $9.99
I first learned about Priti NYC when I went to an Environmentally friendly event a few years ago.  They were doing mini manicures and I fell in love with their flower themed polishes. The founder, Kim D'Amato created the line when she was pregnant so she could continue to be beautiful without the harsh chemicals in everyday products. All of Priti's nail products are eco-friendly and non-toxic. 
The soy nail polish remover is really awesome. It is infused with essential oils and natural soybean which leaves your nails moisturized, conditioned and nourished.  After using a few of these, I noticed my nails were stronger and also grew a little. You will be pleasantly surprised when you notice there is no harsh scent. 
These wipes come in a biodegradable muslin bag and there is a quantity of 10.  The wipes are generously filled with remover, and will successfully remove all ten fingers/toes with using just one. 
This little sack is the perfect way to test out the remover before committing to purchasing a full bottle.  I am already hooked and never want to use regular nail polish remover again!
Have a look at Priti NYC's website Priti NYC to learn more about their products.



Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Review- Murad Hydrate for Hope Set

From the Hydrate for Hope Set, Murad will donate 10% of the sales to City of Hope's breast and women's cancers research, treatment and education programs. 

The three-piece Hydrate for Hope set (a limited-edition) from Murad includes a pink cosmetics bag, the Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture Eye Cream (.12 oz), and the Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisturizer (1.7 oz). This is a super convenient set for travel or on-the-go purposes, yet the moisturizer comes in a nice full size. The eye cream is one of the smoothest creams I've tested. It really cools and soothes the eye area and amazingly conceals under eye bags and the effects of stress! I had the flu the past week, but you couldn't tell from this eye cream.

The moisturizer is very rich, nourishing and creamy and lasts throughout the day. It will definitely hydrate the skin and give a really smooth appearance - a bonus for those looking to soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles - this will do it. 

The best part, of course, is that it supports a worthy cause by donating a portion of its proceeds to City of Hope's all cancer research for women, making the set a lovely gift for someone close to you or even a gift to yourself to help another!

Other ways to support Women's Cancer research: Murad will donate $1 for every like on Facebook (Murad), Follow @MuradCares or Tweet #Murad4Hope or post on Pinterest with #Murad4Hope

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Review- Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Soothing Lotion

Neutrogena® Ultra Gentle Soothing Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 15 is a gentle daily moisturizer formulated for even the most sensitive skin. It's clinically proven to instantly soothe and calm skin, visibly reducing redness and irritation. This uniquely developed formula with Chamomile and Feverfew makes skin less sensitive after just one week by strengthening skin's moisture barrier. Skin is left smoother, more supple, and healthier looking with daily use. Broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen protects the skin against the sun's damaging rays. With an allergy tested fragrance uniquely developed for sensitive skin, skin is left feeling calmer, softer and smoother.  Oil-Free/Allergy Tested/Non-Comedogenic 

This summer, I have been breaking out a lot, perhaps from a combination of the heat and humidity. There were definitely many days when I wanted to wear as little as possible as far as moisturizers, foundation and powder goes. The nicest part about Neutrogena's Ultra Gentle Soothing Lotion was that I didn't need to skip the moisturizer because it was so soft on the skin and non-irritating. I do have sensitive skin and for the more sensitive types, this is a safe and highly moisturizing facial lotion to wear. It is thickly rich and nourishing, so for those with dry skin - this moisturizer will hydrate surely! I can be a bit oily over the summer (acck!) so this formula was a little dense for me, but on days when I needed to wear some moisturizer and was afraid of another allergic breakout, this was the one product I could actually wear that didn't aggravate my skin! Despite any noticeable heaviness, my skin looked much softer and clearer for it! Because of that, I couldn't complain and would highly recommend it as a nice moisturizer for those who have dry, sensitive skin and are prone to allergic breakouts. This moisturizer is a pretty safe one that will nourish your skin back!

Sultana Says:  I also have issues with breakouts and sensitive/oily skin.  I agree with Trish that this is a little richer than I am used to, however it surprisingly did not cause me to break out.  It made my skin softer and smoother and a little bit brighter. 
I love Neutrogena because they are affordable and make an array of products for all skin types.  I always have at least one Neutrogena skin care product in my daily regimen.  Now that I now this one is just as gentle as the others, its a keeper!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Review- Simple Exfoliating Facial Wipes

Our Exfoliating Facial Wipes gently lift dead skin cells to leave your skin revived and revitalized, plus they contain a perfect blend of our purest possible skin loving ingredients with added vitamins.



   PRO-VITAMIN B5 known to help restore, soften and smooth
   VITAMIN E known to moisturize to improve skin condition

   ALOE VERA known to soothe and condition


to upset skin    Dermatologist tested
   Ophthalmologist tested
   Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers

Yeah! Simple... Sometimes all a gal wants is a straightforward and clean facial wipe or cleanser, and this gentle Exfoliating Facial Wipe really is effective. As noted before, my skin breaks out way too easily from certain products and when I'm in the midst of a breakout (like now!!), all I can actually handle is something uncomplicated and pure feeling. Simple's basic goodness delivers on its promises and I am able to use this exfoliating facial wipe without irritating my skin, yet cleansing it thoroughly in the process. The facial wipes are noticeably thick with gentle exfoliating ridges to really clear deeply and the formula does feel clean and nurturing against the skin. I don't know if I notice much of an exfoliating glow after using the wipes, but my skin is much clearer and softer as a result and when you're breaking out and can't use much on the skin, these wipes have become much of a skin-saver for me. And I am thankful that with sensitive skin, I can use something so highly effective without adding any more irritants to the skin. For those of us who have sensitive skin, the Simple line may just be the right solution! Definitely worth a try!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Review - Face Stockholm Lash Boosting Mascara

Lash Booster

Get noticeably longer, thicker and fuller lashes after only one day of use!
This revolutionary, strengthening and lengthening mascara with Booster Complex – a blend of rich vegetable waxes and polymers – nourishes and stimulates the growth of eyelashes.
Use Lash Booster as your everyday mascara for at least 60 consecutive days and get clinically-proven, measurable results: lashes up to 1.5 mm longer and 15% fuller! $34

You all know from my previous posts, that I love a good mascara.  Mascara with a growth formula to boot, makes it that much better.  FACE Stockholm is one of those classic companies that manage to come out with new goodies to keep with the trends. 

I am used to bigger brushes, but this one had a normal sized brush. I instantly got longer and thicker lashes after applying.  The formula goes on smooth without any clumping.  Two coats will do.  Also make sure the coats are thin, even coats. My lashes felt extremely conditioned and glossy even after I washed it off later that night. 

The price is $34, but remember you are paying for the mascara AND the lash booster.  So the price makes perfect sense. 

Hillary says:
I too, love this mascara.  It goes on super smoothly, not to watery, not too thick.  And I am all about the lash boosting products.  Anything that can help my puy lashes is great in my book and so far, this mascara delivers.  Just by applying it my lashes look boosted- I'll have to get back to you to let you know if it helps my lashes grow as it is not supposed to be magic, but gradual over a couple of weeks.  I've been using it for about four days, so I'll write in a couple of weeks as to whether my lashes are longer or not.  But as far as using it as just a mascara, it's a really great one.

Review - Pureology Precious Oil Versatile Caring Oil

Key Ingredients



  • Equalize porosity
  • Restore manageability
  • Replenish the protective lipid layer
  • Enhance colour vibrancy

Offering the utmost respect to colour-treated hair and the environment, Precious Oil contains 100% biodegradable ingredients and is a paraben-and silicone-free formula, earning it the prestigious Green Seal™ certification.
Pureology is one of my favorite brands. Precious Oil by Pureology is break through technology.  Not only is it versatile, but its also the FIRST Green Seal Certified 100% Biodegradable formula.  It is good for your hair and skin AND the environment. 

This oil is a multi-tasker that can be used in a variety of ways:

Curl Revitalizing
Silky conditioning
Skin softening

The best part of this oil is that it helps preserve your color treated hair, which is a plus.  A lot of hair products are filled with chemicals that break down your hair.  This product is gentle and natural. 

My favorite thing about Pureology's products, is the way they smell.  Precious oil smells like a beautiful vanilla/caramel dessert.  After I take a shower and I put a bit on my hair, I also put some on my body.  It makes your hair and skin super smooth and silky but also smelling yummy.  

It will run you about $40 for a 4.2 oz bottle and $12 for a 1oz.  I have the bigger bottle and I have been using it everyday for about two weeks and there is more than 3/4 of the bottle left. Its worth the money to me because you are not going to be using this on just your hair or just your body.  You are going to be using it for both.  Quality products that protect you and our earth are worth a couple extra bucks if you ask me!  

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Enjoy our limited time Peony Hand Care Set to celebrate Mrs. Thelma A. Meyer's 80th birthday. We often look to Thelma for inspiration on creating a clean and happy home, being healthy, resourceful and in taking time to celebrate life's joyful moments. In honor of all she has given us, we've created a special, Hand Care Set, in one of her favorite garden-fresh scents--Peony.

Peony Hand Care Set includes:
Peony Liquid Hand Soap, 8 oz
Peony Hand & Body Lotion, 8 oz $6.99

I didn't know much about Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day products before I got to try this adorable little set, but I am pleasantly surprised. It is a limited edition set that consists of (1) Hand Soap and (1) Hand & Body Lotion with a delightful peony scent.

This set was made to celebrate Mrs. Thelma A. Meyer's 80th birthday.  If you read the website, you will find that Mrs. Meyer is really an extraordinary woman.  She believes that house work should be enjoyable and also be natural. With a very modest price of $6.99, they are also affordable.

The ingredients in the soap and lotion are at least 98% naturally derived.  Think about it, do we even eat anything thats 98% naturally derived?  Let alone use it on our skin.  

The hand soap gives a nice lather and cleans thoroughly. The lotion goes on smoothly.  They both leave a pretty peony scent behind. The bottles are generously sized, and will last a while.  Affordability, natural ingredients and modest prices make this set a must have! 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Review- Butter London Teddy Girl Nail Polish

I truly love pink nail polishes! Even more when the shade is the pretty sort of pink. Lately I've been seeing butter London nail lacquers everywhere and am really glad I had a chance to try their Teddy Girl shade, a powdery bumble-gum pink. It's my favorite color, light and soft, and reminds me of the understated, but classy and sophisticated look of a french-style manicure.  

On my first coating, it streaked just a little, maybe it was the lightness of the color, but by the second coating, the color's consistent form started to set and a solid finish was easy to achieve. It does dry evenly and rather quickly too and the overall look is soft and pretty with a light shininess. It's also nice to know that there's no formaldehyde, toluene or DBP in their formulas - just a lovely color in a straightforward and fashionable shade!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Review - Lash EM Measurable Difference Lash Gel

Experience the difference with our dual-patented lash boosting formula that is sure to condition those beautiful lashes! This lash boosting product works great on short, brittle and weak lashes. $69.99

I have naturally long eye lashes, but they are not very thick. I refuse to leave my house without mascara.  My lashes need to have lots of volume as well as length. 

I noticed my eye lashes becoming kind of sparse over time.  They weren't growing like they used to.  I tried Lash Em and I was not disappointed.  I applied it once per day, usually at bedtime.  Within a week or so, my lashes were noticebly thicker and longer. After a full month, I barely needed mascara.  If I did use any, I only used one coat.

Lash growth products such as Lash Em are becoming more and more popular.  They really do work if used correctly.  You can also use them to regrow sparse eyebrow hair, which makes it more valuable.

An average price of $69.99 puts this right in the middle in comparison of other lash growth products. I have seen similar product sell from $25-$150. This puts Lash Em in a very competitive price range. 

The best thing about this product is a little goes a long way.  I have only been using for a little over a month and I still have at least half left.  I am very pleased with the overall results.  

Monday, September 10, 2012

Review- White Sands Liquid Texture Firm Hold

Liquid Texture Firm Hold is the “ultimate design tool” because it allows you to create and recreate any hair design imaginable. Liquid Texture has raised the bar for hair spray because it can be combed through and has incredible memory to provide long-lasting designs without regard to humidity. It is thermal intelligent, so the more heat used, the shinier the hair becomes. Liquid Texture leaves hair soft and silky without flaking or leaving residue on hot tools. 

Imagine a really firm hairspray that can hold curls and waves without any of the stickiness...that pretty much sums up my experience with the White Sands Liquid Texture styling spray. It is recommended to be used on dry hair either as a working spray or before styling in conjunction with flat and curling irons or blow dryers. Some days, when I'm in a super rush, I'll spritz the White Sands Liquid Texture on my hair and put it up in a loose bun while getting ready. As a result, my hair has more volume and a soft waviness to it, yet still looks and feels natural. I could even brush through my hair and re-style if needed without interfering with the actual body and movement of my hair. I like that it holds up well without flaking or making my hair feel heavier or look matted. It's definitely a nice tool to have if you like creating body and texture, but don't like the feel of hair products. Also if you're like me and need something quick and low-maintenance, but has lasting and soft results.

Review - Duri Nail Polish in That Summer Feeling

As summer comes to an end, I decided to bid my farewell by wearing Duri's That Summer Feeling.   Even though I got up this morning and it was in the 60's,  I looked at my nails and still felt like it wasn't over just yet. It packs a bright punchy and deep orange color.

This is my first time trying Duri.  I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised.  The formula goes on smooth and dries fairly quickly.  With this color, you will need a second coat.  It tends to be a little pasty when it goes on because of the creamy consistency.  Kind of like an orange creamsicle!

I like the fact that Duri is close to home.  They are located in Brooklyn NY.  They sell these polishes $5 each.  This is a great price for salon quality nail color. Regular drug store nail polishes are the same price!

If you haven't tried Duri as yet, give them a chance.  You will be pleasantly surprised.  I am looking forward to trying their glitters! 

Trish says: I also tried Duri's nail polish in a neon mint green called Summer Rain. I'm so happy that the bottle runs for about $5 each because I would expect for such a nice quality and rich enamel, it would be higher. I did use two coatings and that seemed to cover all I needed for a brightly painted salon-style manicure. I'm most impressed with the thick coating and vividness of the color! The Duri nail polish has so many right things going for it - in color, texture and value - that  I'm looking forward to their latest fall/winter collection! I agree with Sultana, pick a color you'd love and give it a try, I was happily surprised as well!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Review- Royal & Langnickel [R]evolution Brush

I don't always notice striking differences with make-up brushes until I experience one that really stands out. The Royal & Langnickel [R]evolution Eyeshadow Brush BX-75 made me feel like I was living in the dark ages before and now that I've upgraded, it's going to be hard to go back! The high-tech "synthetic" (Dupont Natrafil) fibers on the brush are especially designed to replicate the feel of natural fine hairs, and I was almost very certain it had to be made of real hair. (As a side note, I'm so grateful no animal hair products were used!!) The brush was able to pick and lift up so much of my eyeshadow and upon application cover my eyelids smoothly and fully. The actual barrel handle also has a smooth comfort grip, which was easy to hold and control. As a result my eyeshadow application looked considerably better and not of my own doing. Not only is this one of my favorite eyeshadow brushes, but I'm also impressed that it remains quite affordable for such a quality brush ($13). I'm definitely interested in checking out their other brushes, because if this one can elevate eyeshadow application this well, I can only imagine the amazing possibilities with their other brushes!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Review- Egon Schiele Matte Lipstick

A rich matte formula that smoothly glides on the lips with a decadent silky texture. Highly pigmented and long lasting.

Nothing says 'Hello, Fall' like a deep red lipstick! From the Egon Schiele Cosmetics studio, this matte red lipstick is classic in both color and style. It is easy to apply and highly moisturizing. The color stands out gorgeously and the lipstick has a smooth and silky feel. For me, I noticed that I needed to re-apply it frequently, within a couple of hours, to keep it looking refreshed, but the color remains and when used with a light dusting of powder, the lipstick lasted much longer and stayed put. With such a nice pigmentation, I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't dry out my lips or flake. The vivid colors used in the Egon Schiele cosmetics line are inspired by the famous artist and each product seems to be made with delicate thought, care and ingredients. This is a classy red lipstick, especially for someone who likes unique and artisanal products. Even though I had to add a loose dusting of powder to keep it from running, the color itself is what makes it special.