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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Review & Give-a-way: Simply Smooth Xtend Keratin Repairative Magic Potion



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Hello! I have a review of a product I received about two weeks ago. It's call Simply Smooth Xtend Kertain Repairative Magic Potion. Here is the rundown on this product from the website "Dual usage, light styling cream also acts as a leave-in conditioner and magically fixes everything! The keratin infused weightless, all purpose styling and conditioning formula benefits all hair types and will extend the life of a keratin treatment. Magic potion is applied to wet hair and magically rejuvenates by repairing elasticity and split ends. You’ll love the way it instantly detangles, smoothes, eliminates frizz and adds brilliant shine. 8.5oz; SRP: $30.00 (info provided by http://americanculturehair.com ). I have very thick hair (which I relax.) Being the PJ I am I was excited to try this product. I washed and  my hair with Elasta QP Soy Soy moisture shampoo and conditioner. Then I used the product I used about ten pumps in my hair and applied it to my hair. It really did seem to help cut the blow drying time. My hair felt very good and like I has a professional blow-out. When, I run out the sample I received I would be more than willing to re-purchase this product (yes, it is that good!!) Here is a video showing the product being used..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=b7cJ0EtTUmc 



*****Now for the fun part*****
Now American Culture Hair has been so kind as to offer one for me to giveaway!! Sorry this is US only giveaway.  USA Giveaway only! The contest is now open and will end on 12/4/11 6:00 pm EST. YOU HAVE TO BE A FOLLOWER OF THIS BLOG ALSO TO ENTER.

To enter please answer the following question: What do you love most about your hair and your current favorite hair product?
Good luck!!!

**Please note: The product was send in by BeautyStat for a chance at a review. They and American Culture Hair have been kind enough to offer a product for giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are mine. **

Sunday, November 6, 2011

KORRES™ Quercetin & Oak Antiaging Eye Primer





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Hi, Everyone! I hope that you have been doing well since the last post. In this post I have a review for you. It's the Korres eye primer. When I received this I had just went ti Ulta and purchased the Too Face Shadow Insurance from Ulta (It was on sale...) Anyway, you know how much I love the NYX eyeshadow base. And I could not wait to try the two new bases I got. First of all I love the fact that it is made without; Parabens,- Sulfates, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs, Triclosan. What it does: This primer provides a 360-degree smooth canvas around the delicate eye area, ensuring crease-proof, long-lasting eye shadow and concealer wear. Enriched with quercetin and oak extracts, it minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to provide softer skin while visibly improving skin texture. The apricot undertone instantly corrects darkness and imperfections on the eyelid and undereye area.(Info Courtesy: www.korresusa.com)
Overall, I like the product I used  it for about a month. I have to say that given the long days my make-up stayed in place. I really don't have very oily lids, even though I do have oily skin. It retails for $21.00 if you are in the market for a primer this is very good one to think about.  


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Until next time enjoy!....Xoxo 
Y

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Love Her Look: Cheryl Cole

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Review: Elasta QP Soy Oyl UltraHydration Shampoo & Conditioner

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Elasta QP Soy OYL UltraHydration Shampoo

  • Anti-breakage
  • Omega 3 & 6
  • Vitamin-rich

Elasta QP Soy OLY UltraHydration Shampoo is the superior organic oil; richer in Protein, Vitamins, and Omega 3 & 6. Organic Soy Oyl infuses natural moisturizes and conditioners deep into hair to help restore strength, manageability, and shine.
Soy OYL UltraHydration Shampoo contains 5 times more Omega 3 & 6 for healthier hair growth and superior anti-dryness protection. The shampoo's vitamin-rich soy protein penetrates faster and deeper into hair for the maximum protection against breakage, split-ends, and dryness.

Directions: Apply shampoo to wet hair. Work into rich lather. Rinse thoroughly and repeat if necessary. Follow with UltraHydration Conditioner for incredible softness, silkiness, and manageability.

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Elasta QP Soy OYL UltraHydration Conditioner

  • Anti-breakage
  • Omega 3 & 6
  • Vitamin-rich

Elasta QP Soy OYL UltraHydration Conditioner is the superior organic oil; richer in Protein, Vitamins, and Omega 3 & 6. Organic Soy Oyl infuses natural moisturizes and conditioners deep into hair to help restore strength, manageability, and shine.
Elasta QP Soy OYL UltraHydration Conditioner contains 5 times more Omega 3 & 6 for healthier hair growth and superior anti-dryness protection. The conditioner's vitamin-rich soy protein penetrates faster and deeper into hair for the maximum protection against breakage, split-ends, and dryness.

Directions: After shampooing, apply UltraHydration conditioner by massaging in from roots to ends. Gently comb to evenly distribute. Rinse. For dry hair leave-on for 10 minutes using plastic cap. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. 

Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Propylene Glycol, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Polyquaternium 37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Petrolatum, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Hydrolyzed Soybean Protein, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Biotin (Vitamin H), Linoleic Acid (Vitamin F), Persia Gratissima (Avocado) Oil (contains Vitamins B2, D, A, E, K, and Potassium), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, Acrtlamidopropyltrimonium Chloride/Acrylates Copolymer, DMDM Hydantoin, Parfum (Fragrance), Methylparaben, Polysorbate 20, Propylparaben, CI 19140 (FD& C Yellow #5), CI 16035 (FD&C Red #40), CI 42090 (FD&C Blue #1). 

Hello! I know that I am long over due for a post for you guys to read. This time I will be reviewing a Shampoo and Conditioner by Elasta QP. The UltraHydration Shampoo and Conditioner are from their Soy Oyl line. I came across this line by accident. I was in of a moisturizing conditioner, because all my conditioner(s) I had, ALL had protein in them. Well anyway, I went to Sally Beauty Supply and they had this brand on sale last month. (2/$12.00) So I picked the regular moisturizing and the deep conditioner. OMG...you guys first the conditioner of these products are HUGE. 33 oz. (that is a liter of product) for $6.00 a piece. Now, normally the products are on sale for $7.99 (Now that is STILL a good deal on these items when they are not on sale.)
Okay so let me tell you my hair is dry and course. And it needs ALL the moisture it can get. Let me tell you the Shampoo is amazing. It lathers up very well and smells wonderful. It gives your hair a good amount of clean which does not strip the hair. I used the shampoo for 2 lathers. The Conditioner also is a very good product. It too, smells good. It gives your hair a good feeling/ provides your hair with slip (which is a good way of saying that it not stripping the hair)  I applied the conditioner and I used the size of a quarter (maybe a bit more~ I can be a bit heavy handed when I use conditioner) I left the conditioner in for about 15 minutes. And then rinsed it out. Whoa Nelly, it was wonderful. Blow-dried my hair and it was very soft, and full swing.  And given the fact that I live in the south and it's summer. My hair was not dry and fried after the first few days of washing it.  Overall, I have no complaints about the line. It's budget friendly, smells good and above all it works! I would not tell you about this if I did not like it. They have a complete of products that you can locate at your local beauty supply stores and Sally's beauty supply stores also carry the line. (FYI: if you don't see the line in your local beauty supply or Sally's double check to see if they can order it for you. ***Also be aware that the local beauty supply may charge more for the products than Sally's would. Thus, why I purchased my products from Sally's**** Until next time.....Enjoy!
Y.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Beauty and The Sun: Info About Skin Protection

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Hello! I hope that you are doing well as we are moving into summer! Wow....it's summer already. And you know what that means Spending time with friends and family, traveling, being out doors, going to the pool. But what's the one thing that you need to have with you with all those activies during the summer?? A good SPF! Here is great info I found for you all. Please take the time to read and get a good SPF (at least spf15) have a wonderful summer.....Until next time, enjoy!
(Information provided courtesy of: http://www.gosunsmart.org/yourskin/yourskin_protection.shtml )
Use sunscreen and lip balm regularly to protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun. It’s easy!

Sunscreen Basic Info

Always choose and use a sunscreen that is:
  • An SPF 15 or higher
  • Broad-spectrum (protects from both UVA and UVB rays)
  • Waterproof or Sweatproof

Application tips

  • Apply the sunscreen generously to all exposed skin – most people do not use enough sunscreen and therefore do not get the maximum protection.
  • Reapply every two hours, and even more frequently if you are sweating, getting wet, or are in a windy climate.
  • Apply 30 minutes before going outside.
*Besides protecting you from sunburn, sunscreens help to prevent other skin damage related to sun exposure, such as premature aging and pre-cancerous growths.

Lip Balm

  • Always wear a lip balm with an SPF 15 or higher – remember that your lips can burn just like the rest of your skin.
  • Reapply often!
*Lip balm not only protects your lips from burning, but the moisture helps to prevent chapping and dryness as well.
Using sunscreen is an effective way to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. However, since sunscreen cannot block all UV rays and many people do not apply it correctly, you should always practice additional sun safe behaviors such as wearing protective clothing and seeking shade when possible.

Definition and Workings of Sunscreen:

  • Sunscreen is a lotion formulated with unique chemical components to absorb UV light.
  • When sunscreen is applied to the skin, the chemical molecules form an invisible, protective layer on the skin that protects from penetrating UV rays.
  • All sunscreens protect from UVB rays, but only “Broad-Spectrum” sunscreens protect from both UVB and UVA rays.
  • UVB rays affect the top layers of the skin and are responsible for Burning.
  • UVA rays affect the lower layers of the skin and are responsible for Aging.
  • Remember to always buy a sunscreen that is broad-spectrum!

SPF... What’s it All About?

  • SPF stands for “Sun Protection Factor.”
  • Always wear a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher!
  • SPF was developed to describe the amount of protection that a sunscreen provides. No sunscreen can protect your skin from all of the UV rays, but a higher SPF number indicates protection from more rays.
  • The SPF number tells you how much longer you can stay outside without burning while wearing the sunscreen product as opposed to not wearing any sun protection product. SPF measures “time to burn.”

SPF Math

SPF Number x Time to Burn Without Sun Protection = Time to Burn while wearing sunscreen*
*assuming that sunscreen is applied properly
Example: If your skin would burn in 10 minutes in the afternoon sun without any sun protection, and you applied a sunscreen with an SPF 15, you would have 15 x 10 = 150 minutes (2.5 hours) before you would burn.
Percentage of Protection from damaging UV rays:
SPF 15 = 92%
SPF 30 = 97%
SPF 40 = 97.5%

There is some controversy about very high SPF numbers and just how much more protection they provide. As you can see from the percentages of protection of the different SPF numbers, the difference in UV ray protection in SPF numbers becomes minimal as the number increases past about 30 or 40. The difference of protection between SPF 15 and SPF 30 is great (5%), but the difference between SPF 30 and SPF 40 is minimal (0.5%).

The Confusing Part About Sunscreen

  • Many people think that SPF values can be added. Actually, SPF values cannot be added – if you apply a sunscreen of 8 and then one of 12, you will not have the protection of an SPF 20. You will only be getting the protection of an SPF 12.
  • Reapplication only helps to ensure that you have the amount of protection and time before you burn that you calculated when you first applied sunscreen that day. Since no sunscreens can protect your skin from all UV rays, some rays will get through.
  • After your calculated “time to burn” has expired, your skin has absorbed all the UV rays that it can handle before it will start to burn. Even if you reapply sunscreen at this point, you will still burn because some rays will get through to your skin and your skin has already been saturated with UV. Therefore, you need to get out of the sun at this point and let your skin rest before exposing it to more rays.
  • Reapplication only ensures that you have your original time outside – sunscreen can wear off because of sweat, wind, and other factors you need to reapply in order to be protected.
  • So what’s the lesson to be learned about sunscreen? If you know that you will be in the sun for a long period of time, start with a higher-SPF sunscreen in order to have protection for the entire time that you are exposed.

Sunscreen vs. Sunblock

  • Sunscreen contains chemicals that absorb UV rays before they damage the skin and sunblocks contain particles that physically block UV rays from reaching the skin.
  • Sunscreen needs to be applied about 30 minutes before sun exposure so that the chemicals have time to soak into your skin and form a layer of protection.
  • Sunblock does not need to be applied before going into the sun – it will begin to work as soon as you rub it on because it sits on top of the skin.

Environmental Factors Related to Sunscreen Performance

Certain conditions can actually increase the intensity of UV rays and put you at greater risk for skin damage. These conditions may also decrease the time that sunscreens keep you safe in the sun:
  • Higher altitudes
  • Low latitudes
  • Clear, sunny days
  • Mid-day sunshine (10am-3pm)
When any of these factors are present, you should be sure to wear a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher and re-apply your sunscreen every 2 hours – or better yet, minimize UV exposure by wearing cover-up clothing, a hat, sunglasses or goggles, and seeking shade when possible.

Sunscreen Use

  • Always make sure that your sunscreen is SPF 15 or higher, “broad-spectrum,” and waterproof or sweatproof.
  • A generous amount of sunscreen should be applied to all exposed skin (do not forget your ears and the back of your neck.) In the summer, it is recommended to use one ounce of sunscreen – the amount to fill a shot glass – to cover your exposed skin.
  • Allow at least 30 minutes for your sunscreen to absorb before you head into the sun so that the chemicals can form a protective shield.
  • Be sure to reapply another layer of sunscreen if you will be in the sun for more than 2 hours throughout the day under intense UV conditions, and especially when it’s windy or you’re sweating.

Incorporating Sunscreen Into Your Daily Routine

You can make sunscreen application easy to remember by making it a part of your day-to-day routine, like brushing your teeth. Keep a bottle of sunscreen with your other toiletries and apply it every day.
Women are lucky since many lotions and make-up products now include sun protection with an SPF of 15. Seek out these products and you can easily protect your skin from damaging UV rays.

Types of Sunscreen

Some people complain that certain types of sunscreens make them break-out, are too oily, or cause allergies. Improvements in sunscreen over the years have eliminated many of these problems. If you have sensitive skin, look for sunscreens that are:
  • PABA-free (PABA is a chemical that some people are allergic to – most sunscreens are now PABA-free.)
  • Noncomedogenic or oil-free sunscreens (will not clog pores.)
  • Sprays, lotions, gels, etc. – sunscreen comes in many different forms to suit various preferences.

Xoxo,
Y

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Drug Store(s)/ Knock -offs IV (NYX eyeshadows / MAC Cosmetics)

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Hello, Everyone! I know that I have been away for while. Just alot going on (we all know how life can, right?~lol)  I have yet another dupe list for you. I hope this helps those of you are on a budget....or if you are just curious about trying NYX.  The is list for NYX single eye shadows that are comparable matches to MAC eye shadows. Here are their links so you see the colors swatches for yourself MAC Cosmetics: http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/154/363/Eye-Shadow/index.tmpl & NYX Cosmetics: http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/index.php?pf=ES.  (F.Y..I~ if you have a Ulta Store in your area they also now carry NYX, too...........Yes, you do the happy dance now!) Until next time... Happy shopping!
***I'm aware that some of the dupes maybe repeats listings.Please skip over them if so.****
MAC Coppering = NYX Copper
MAC Cranberry = NYX Rust
MAC Amber Lights = NYX Golden
MAC Carbon = NYX Black
MAC Juxt or Golden Olive = NYX Springleaf
MAC Girl Meets Boy = NYX Antique Gold
MAC Swish = NYX Spring Flower
MAC Parrot = NYX Ocean
MAC All That Glitters = NYX Champagne
MAC Naked lunch = NYX Sahara
MAC Vellum = NYX Opal
MAC Rose Blanc = NYX High light

NYX iced mocha= MAC satin taupe
NYX Alaska = MAC Moth Brown 
MAC Moodring...green shade= NYX Seafoam green
MAC Beautiful Iris: NYX Frosted Lilac
MAC Electric Eel: NYX Irises
MAC Hepcat: NYX Violet
MAC Humid: NYX Mermaid Green
MAC Nocturnelle: NYX Beauty Queen
MAC Parfait Amour: NYX Purple
MAC Passionate: NYX Cherry or Red Head
MAC Star n' Rockets: NYX Luxor
MAC Viz A Violet (pigment): NYX Ultra Pearl Mania Purple  
MAC Gesso = NYX White
NYX White = MAC Gesso
NYX Frosted Flakes = MAC Shroom
NYX Nude= MAC Bisque
NYX Burgandy Pearl= MAC Star Violet
NYX Pacific= MAC Moon's Reflection
NYX Morocco= MAC Deep Truth + Contrast
NYX Deep Purple = MAC Satelitte Dreams  
MAC Coppering = NYX Copper
MAC Cranberry = NYX Rust
MAC Amber Lights = NYX Golden
MAC Carbon = NYX Black
MAC Juxt or Golden Olive = NYX Springleaf
MAC Girl Meets Boy = NYX Antique Gold
MAC Swish = NYX Spring Flower
MAC Parrot = NYX Ocean
MAC All That Glitters = NYX Champagne
MAC Naked lunch = NYX Sahara
MAC Vellum = NYX Opal
MAC Rose Blanc = NYX High light
MAC heatherette trio 1 (Moodring...green shade): NYX Seafoam green
MAC Beautiful Iris: NYX Frosted Lilac
MAC Electric Eel: NYX Irises
MAC Hepcat: NYX Violet
MAC Humid: NYX Mermaid Green
MAC Nocturnelle: NYX Beauty Queen
MAC Parfait Amour: NYX Purple
MAC Passionate: NYX Cherry or Red Head
MAC Star n' Rockets: NYX Luxor
MAC Viz A Violet (pigment): NYX Ultra Pearl Mania Purple
MAC Deep Truth or Blue Storm: NYX Atlantic
MAC Mythology: NYX Jazzy Bronze
MAC Expensive Pink: NYX Wildflower
MAC Swimming: NYX Kiwi
MAC Kelly Green pigment: NYX Kiwi
MAC Cocoa: NYX Beanie
MAC Rose: NYX Hot Pink
MAC Rose Pigment: NYX Flamingo
MAC Beauty Marked: NYX Lake Moss Trio -Purple shade
MAC Contrast: NYX Lake Moss Trio -Blue shade
MAC Lucky Green: NYX Lime Green
MAC Bright Fushia pigment: NYX Cherry
MAC Easter: NYX Yellow
MAC Beige-ing shadestick: Yogurt NYX Jumbo eye pencil
MAC Steamy: NYX Jungle Fever
MAC Twinks: NYX Walnut Bronze
MAC Mothbrown: NYX Root Beer
MAC Golden Olive pigment: NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in Lime
MAC Satin Taupe: NYX Iced Mocha
MAC electra: NYX silver
MAC Aquadisiac: NYX Jade
MAC Satellite Dreams: NYX purple
MAC freshwater: NYX Atlantic
MAC Down Brown: NYX Dark Brown
NYX Cinnamon Blush = MAC Peaches
MAC Moodring: NYX Seafoam green
MAC Beautiful Iris: NYX Frosted Lilac
MAC Coco: NYX Beanie
MAC Contrast: NYX Lake Moss Trio- Blue shade
MAC Hepcat: NYX Violet
MAC Mythology: NYX Jazzy Bronze
MAC Naked Lunch: NYX Sahara
MAC Parrot = NYX Ocean
MAC Parfait Amour: NYX Purple
MAC Rose: NYX Hot Pink
MAC Star n' Rockets: NYX Luxor
MAC Passionate: NYX Cherry or Red Head
MAC Coppering = NYX Copper
MAC Amber Lights = NYX Golden
MAC Steamy: NYX Jungle Fever
MAC Juxt, or Golden Olive = NYX Springleaf
MAC Lucky Green: NYX Lime Green
MAC Twinks: NYX Walnut Bronze
MAC Girl Meets Boy = NYX Antique Gold
MAC Swish = NYX Spring Flower
MAC All That Glitters = NYX Champagne
MAC Rose Blanc = NYX High light
MAC Easter: NYX Yellow
MAC Fab and Flashy: NYX Sunset or Hot Orange
MAC Gesso=NYX White
MAC Posion Pen=NYX Space
MAC Bisque= NYX Nude
MAC Moon's Reflection=NYX Pacific
MAC Satellite Dreams=NYX Deep Purple
MAC electra: NYX silver
MAC Aquadisiac: NYX Jade
MAC freshwater: NYX Atlantic
MAC Down Brown: NYX Dark Brow
MAC Viz A Violet (pigment): NYX Ultra Pearl Mania Purple
MAC Bright Fushia pigment: NYX Cherry
MAC Golden Olive pigment: NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in Lime
MAC Beige-ing shadestick: Yogurt NYX Jumbo eye pencil 
MAC Margin = NYX Terra Cotta
NYX Narcissus l/s= MAC Melrose Mood l/s
NYX Mermaid green e/s=  MAC humid e/s
MAC Nile = NYX Navy
MAC Solar White = NYX Barely There
MAC Eyeypopping = NYX Lime Juice
MAC Orange = NYX Golden Orange (shimmer)
MAC Clear Blue Sky = NYX Azur
MAC Magenta l/l = NYX purple rain l/l
NYX Charcoal = MAC Knight Divine
NYX Dallas = MAC Yogurt
NYX Ray = MAC Goldmine
MAC Satin Taupe= NYX Root Beer
MAC Paradisco= NYX Tropical
MAC Passionate= NYX Cherry
MAC Naked Lunch= NYX Sahara
MAC Cork= NYX Dark Brown
MAC Brulee= NYX Nude
MAC All that Glitters= NYX Champagne
NYX Spring leaf = MAC Aquavert
MAC lust lipglass = NYX megashine lipgloss in natural
NYX Lime Juice+NYX Kiwi= MAC "Rated R"
NYX Fahrenheit= MAC Rose Pigment
NYX Dolly Pink= MAC Sunset B
MAC Ladyblush - NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Natural
MAC Posey - NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Glow
NYX Natural or Smokey Look - MAC Lust l/g
NYX La-La - MAC Pink Poodle l/g
NYX Sky Pink - MAC Angel l/s
NYX Louisiana - MAC Chatterbox or Saint Germain l/s
NYX Circe - MAC Creme d'Nude or Myth l/s
NYX Echo - MAC Fleshpot l/s
NYX Orange Soda - MAC Peachstock or Myth l/s
NYX Twig - MAC Twig l/s (Go figure!)
NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Natural - MAC Ladyblush Blushcreme
NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Glow - MAC Posey Blushcreme