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 ). 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.. 

*****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. **

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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:
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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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. 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!
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Thursday, June 9, 2011

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!'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!
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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.

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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: & NYX Cosmetics:  (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 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 ( 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 
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

20 New Ways to Use Magic Erasers

 From Mr. Clean's original "magic eraser" to the generic options, eraser cleaning blocks have made cleaning easier, less messy and dare we say...even fun! Sure, these foam blocks can get the gunk off walls (sometimes even upholstery if you're careful) and other household surfaces, but there are so many more uses for these little blocks of heaven. Here are 20 unusual uses for an eraser block to make the most of your spring cleaning time:

Quick Tip: Cut up one eraser block into four little blocks. It'll make your purchase last longer, and, it'll make it easier for you to get into smaller nooks and crannies.

1. Outdoor Furniture and Toys
Take grungy white resin or white painted furniture by lightly scrubbing with an eraser cleaning block. The eraser gets into crevices and cracks while leaving paint finishes intact. The same principle applies to outdoor plastic toys.

2. Pool Liners
Pool owners, this will make your life easier: A gentle scrubbing on your liner will get rid of the water mark better than any other product.

3. Vinyl
Take an eraser to scuffs on just about anything made from vinyl: siding, boat seats, shoes, etc.

4. Car Interiors
Clean the car seats with an eraser block: Go lightly on leather, but it's okay on fabric and vinyl, lightly scrub the car steering wheel. Eraser blocks get rid of grease streaks left inside after the car's been to the shop, too.

5. Hubcaps
Clean your car's hubcaps with an eraser for a water-free car wash.

6. Refrigerator
Get rid of last year's drippings that are pooled in the back of the fridge. It'll take a whole eraser block, but it gets the job done. The seals that have gotten a bit black and moldy will also respond well to an eraser.

7. Dishwasher Interior
What are those colors inside your dishwasher from time to time? Lime, mold, ewww. Just take an eraser to them and the stains will banish.

8. Bathtub and Sinks
Getting rid of dirt and water marks is easier (and not so gross) with an eraser block. Bathtubs can take a tough scrub, but go lightly on sinks -- even a light scrub gets rid of that caked on dirt that you often can't see until you try to get it off.

9. Rust Removal
Scrub anywhere (around pipes in kitchen and bath) that you see rust.

10. Computer
A magic eraser gets rid of oil and dirt that has built up on your keyboard and mouse; you can use it on laptops, too.

11. Phones
Use one on your phone's mouthpiece, too -- it gets rid of the same grime that builds up on your computer.

12. Bugs
Wherever there are smooshed bugs (porch pillars, car windshields, interior walls, exterior doors, exterior light fixtures) wipe them away with an eraser block.

13. Glass Stove Tops
No need to have special stove top cleaner on hand, get rid of burned-on food by lightly scrubbing until the gunk is gone.

14. Dishes and Glassware
Rub hard-to-clean build-up off of thrift store dishes and glassware, like Pyrex bowls, following advice from the blog Pyrex Love.

15. Gutters
Get rid of green slime that builds up on gutters with an eraser. It's another ewww-worthy task, but it'll be almost effortless with an eraser.

16. Mirrors (and Windows)
Many fans of eraser blocks swear it gives them a streak-free and clean mirror, if the pad is slightly damp when you give it a light scrub.

17. Floors
Erase scuff marks, old paint drips-great for most floors (but always go lightly, especially on finished wood).

18. Grout
Which leads us to grout. The eraser does well with most grout (except really old and darkened-beyond-help grout that will remain gray even with best scrubbing efforts).

19. Granite countertops
Everyone is afraid to scrub granite, but an eraser pad, used at first gently and then with a little more oomph as the stains disappear, will indeed get stubborn stains out of granite.

20. Leather
You can use and eraser lightly on leather upholstery, purses or shoes to lift up marks -- just be sure to use a gentle touch.

(Disclaimer-never use eraser cleaning blocks to clean skin, animal fur, glossy, brushed, satin or dark painted surfaces-including appliances, and lastly, never use on delicate fabrics.)
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Coconut: "The Healthiest Oil on Earth"

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 Hey, Everyone! I found this article for you, guys. Because I've been
Coconuts have been consumed as both food and medicine by populations around the world for generations and now the west seems to finally be catching on. Coconut has long been villainized here as being unhealthy because of it's high saturated fat content, but in fact it is now being hailed as the "healthiest oil on Earth." Unlike most saturated oils, coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids, or MCFAs, which do not negatively effect cholesterol levels and can actually lower the risk of atherosclerosis and heart disease. The body actually readily uses the MCFA's as energy, rather than storing them within fat. Coconut oil is not only used internally, but can be used externally as a moisturizer for skin and hair, as well as, a medicinal salve. Coconut has been used traditionally around the world to treat a variety of health conditions including abscesses, asthma, baldness, bronchitis, bruises, burns, colds, constipation, cough, edema, dysentery, earache, fever, flu, gingivitis, gonorrhea, irregular or painful menstruation, jaundice, kidney stones, lice, malnutrition, nausea, rash, scabies, scurvy, skin infections, sore throat, swelling, syphilis, toothache, tuberculosis, tumors, typhoid, ulcers, upset stomach, weakness, and wounds. Pacific Islanders refer to the coconut palm as the "Tree of Life." And now modern science has begun to unlock the secrets to the coconut's amazing healing powers. Studies published in medical journals have confirmed coconut's ability to help with a variety of health issues, below is a summarization courtesy of
  • Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.
  • Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.
  • Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
  • Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.
  • Provides a nutritional source of quick energy.
  • Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.
  • Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
  • Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
  • Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.
  • Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.
  • Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
  • Reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.
  • Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.
  • Helps protect against osteoporosis.
    Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.
  • Improves digestion and bowel function.
  • Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Supports tissue healing and repair.
  • Supports and aids immune system function.
  • Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.
  • Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease.
  • Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.
  • Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.
  • Functions as a protective antioxidant.
  • Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.
  • Does not deplete the body's antioxidant reserves like other oils do.
  • Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.
  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement).
  • Reduces epileptic seizures.
  • Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.
  • Dissolves kidney stones.
  • Helps prevent liver disease.
  • Is lower in calories than all other fats.
  • Supports thyroid function.
  • Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.
  • Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats.
  • Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.
  • Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection.
  • Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
  • Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.
  • Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.
  • Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.
  • Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.
  • Provides protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
  • Helps control dandruff. 
  • Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperature like other vegetable oils do.
  • Has no harmful or discomforting side effects.
  • Is completely non-toxic to humans. 
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Monday, April 11, 2011

Arm Candy: Newbark Weekend Tote

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Love her look: Alexandra Burke

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Random Info: 50 Best Skin-Care Tips of All Time

Mist Moisturizer, Not Water

If you mist, then moisturize too—it's two steps, says N.Y.C. dermatologist Francesca Fusco. When you just spritz, the water evaporates on the skin, creating dryness. Can't do both steps? Look for a mister with an emollient like glycerin.

Sponge On SPF

If you don't like the gooey feel of facial sunscreen, apply it with a sponge, which helps it penetrate.

Condition with Jasmine

Jasmine extract is a soothing oil rich with antioxidants. Many clients of N.Y.C. dermatologist David Colbert treat their faces with Rodin Olio Lussowhich contains jasmine to condition the skin and give it a healthy look.

Exfoliate Longer

When you want deep exfoliation, do it longer, not harder, as you cleanse your skin. "Don't think scrub when you're using one," since too much force is harmful, says Kenneth Milstead of Bliss Hollywood spa. 

Check the Label

The fewer ingredients in an anti-redness product, the better. The simplest soother? Julia March, founder of N.Y.C.'s Julia March Integral Skin Care, suggests health-food-store staple aloe vera juice mixed with a few drops of jojoba oil, which "offers a lipid barrier to prevent moisture loss." 

Lay Off the Liquor

More than one drink a day can cause increased oil production and enlarged pores, says Beverly Hills dermatologist Susan Evans. Lack of sleep can have the same effect, so be sure to get your z's—aim for at least seven hours a night. 

Double-Cleanse Your Face

Wear a lot of makeup? Wash your face in two steps for the best results, says Milstead. First, remove makeup and sunscreen with a gentle cleanser that's designed to break down cosmetics—try Shu Uemura's Skin Purifier ($72; at Next, use a formula with soothing, rejuvenating effects, like CeraVe's hydrating cleanser ($11; at Rub it in with upward motions from neck to forehead.

Mix in Sunscreen

If your favorite day cream doesn't contain sunscreen, mix it with a lightweight SPF lotion like Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 30 ($43; at Look for micronized zinc, Avobenzone, or Helioplex, says N.Y.C. dermatologist Rosemarie Ingleton. They offer broad-spectrum protection without leaving a purple or whitish cast. 

Wear SPF Clothing

To give a favorite shirt or casual sundress extra sun protection, N.Y.C. dermatologist Jody Levine suggests laundering with Sunguard Laundry Aid ($2; for a Universal Protection Factor of 30, compared to a UPF 5 for a plain T-shirt. Like SPF in sunscreen, UPF measures the sun protection in clothing. Or wear a rash guard like Nicole Kidman. The ones from Athleta have a UPF of 50. 

Pop Pomegranate Pills

Boost your sunscreen by popping a pomegranate-extract supplement (up to 60 mg; at health-food stores). It can enhance skin's sun-protective properties by 25 percent, says L.A. dermatologist Howard Murad. 

Cool Down Your Products

If you have acne-prone skin, use an oil-free spray sunscreen like Clarins Oil-Free spray SPF 15 ($30; at Since it goes on as a fine mist, you'll avoid spreading pore-clogging bacteria from your hands. Prone to ruddiness? Store products in a cooler when outside in the sun: Cold ingredients will constrict blood vessels and make your face look less flushed, says Dr. Evans. 

Try DIY Dermatology

Remember this home remedy the next time you get a big pimple: Do several cycles of hot compresses, then apply a glob of 1 percent hydrocortisone cream, like Aveeno hydrocortisone anti-itch cream ($6; at, and let it sit for two hours. "It's very similar to getting a shot of hydrocortisone to deflate the bump," says Dr. Fusco.

Skip Extreme Heat

Intense heat can exacerbate redness, says spa owner Julia March. To limit the appearance of broken capillaries, skip saunas, steam rooms, and spicy foods. 

Lay It On Thin, then Thick

For optimum results—and maximum penetration—apply products in the right order, says Doris Day, a dermatologist in N.Y.C. First use the lightest product (usually a serum), followed by heavier formulas. For instance, in the morning apply an antioxidant serum, then a moisturizer, and cap it off with sunscreen. 

Embrace the Humidity

Moisture in the air helps skin look dewy, so keep hydrated year-round with a humidifier, says Dr. Colbert. Air-o-Swiss's office-friendly Cool Mist Travel Ultrasonic ($50; attaches to a half-liter water bottle. 

Tote Towelettes

No time for a post-gym shower? Pack a stash of wipes, says N.Y.C. dermatologist Heidi Waldorf. Almay's Oil-Free makeup-remover towelettes ($6; at drugstores) cleanse away the dirt that triggers breakouts. 

Pass Time with a Pastime

Stress sets off hormones that cause acne, so make time to wind down. Find a hobby, says David Bank, a N.Y.C. dermatologist. (Amanda Seyfried knits.) Less stress increases oxygen flow, minimizing flare-ups.

Treat (Don't Lick) Your Lips

If you assume a crusty cut at the corner of your mouth is chapped lips, don't. It could be perlèche, a fungal infection. Dab on an antibiotic ointment like Neosporin ($8; at Walgreens) every few hours to kill the bacteria, says Dr. Fusco. 

Prep for Sleep

When it comes to maintenance, proximity and convenience are key: Keep a little case with lip balm, cuticle oil, and hand and foot cream in your bedside table, and make a ritual of applying each one before going to sleep.

Treat Sore Feet

Prevent blisters with a silicone-based lubricant, says Ji Baek, founder of Rescue Beauty Lounge in N.Y.C. For strappy shoes like Leighton Meester's, swipe on Band Aid's Friction Stick (8; at if you feel chafing. 
 With airbrush tans, "have the technician spray your face once, but the rest of your body four times," says Julia Marrero of Forever Tan in Miami. Add facial bronzer like Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Bronzing Powder ($35; for a more realistic glow. 

Try a Facial Scrub

Wrinkle creams with retinol or glycolic acid can leave skin scaly. Dr. Day recommends reaching for a facial scrubber once a week to remove dead skin cells: "I like the Clarisonic brush ($149; at because it only removes the cells that are ready to go. It doesn't strip the top level, which is important for maintaining moisture and sun protection." 

Plump Your Lips

Try the Clarisonic on your lips for a few seconds—they'll look plump (like Kim Kardashian's!) for several hours, says Dr. Fusco. 

Banish Your Bumps

For those who get keratosis pilaris, or little bumps along the upper arms, L.A. dermatologist Ava Shamban suggests using an exfoliating cleanser, like NIA 24's (Physical Cleansing Scrub, $35; at with the Clarisonic, followed by a lotion containing glycolic or lactic acid like AmLactin ($16; Walgreens). 

Choose "Fragrance Free" Over "Unscented"

Formulas that claim to be unscented can still contain aromatic essential oils, which may upset sensitive skin, says spa owner March. If perfumes tend to irritate your skin, check for labels that say "fragrance free." First Aid Beauty Gentle body wash ($14; at is mild and still ultra-moisturizing. 

Disguise Your Tattoo

What to do if your strapless bridesmaid dress shows off your body art—and you don't have the attitude to flaunt it like Angelina Jolie? Hide a tattoo with a highly pigmented oil-free foundation like Cover FX Total Coverage cream ($42; After drying the area and hands, use a synthetic brush and short strokes to pat on the foundation. Set the area with a translucent powder, then ensure that it lasts all night (through dancing and photo-ops) with a makeup fixative spray—a favorite of professional clowns like Kryolan Dermacolor Fixier spray ($20; at 

Baby Your Face

When washing skin, avoid abrasive puffs and just use your fingertips. If your routine includes a washcloth, get the gentler, low-loop terry ones made for newborns, says Wendy Allred, education manager at N.Y.C.'s Bliss spa. 

Soothe with Fruit

A cool remedy for too much sun: L.A. spa owner Ole Henriksen suggests a calming bath of warm water, half a gallon of milk, and 15 drops of lavender oil. Watermelon is also an anti-inflammatory; Dr. Shamban likes to purée the fruit and slather it on tingly skin. 

Add a Hint of Glint

If your sunscreen leaves you looking ghostly, try this trick: Mix a drop or two of liquid bronzer, such as Clinique Up-lighting Liquid Illuminator ($23;, into a teaspoon of your SPF. 

Stub Out the Cig

Smoking has been shown to make acne worse since it diminishes the delivery of oxygen to the skin and robs it of nutrients, thereby inhibiting scars from healing, Dr. Bank says. Not enough reason to quit? Smoke depletes moisture, making skin lose its luster and look wrinkly. 

Clean (the House) Gently

Housecleaning takes its toll on sensitive skin, since the chemicals in sprays and wipes can trigger irritation, says Julia March. Don't throw in the towel (or call a cleaning lady), just concoct this all-purpose cleaner: Mix ½ cup vinegar and ¼ cup baking soda into 2 quarts water. For laundry, try dye-free detergents. 

Hide Imperfections

Any nick, scrape, and bug bite can turn into a dark brown spot for women of color. "Hyper-pigmentation is our biggest issue, hands down," Dr. Ingleton says. She suggests hiding marks by custom-blending concealer: Mix liquid bronzer like Guerlain Terracotta Huile du Voyageur Dry Oil SPF 8 ($59; at with your body cream. We like Vaseline Sheer Infusion ($6; at The bonus: "You get a nice glow on your skin." 

Sidestep Sweets

A low-glycemic diet—lots of vegetables, whole grains, and few processed sugars—can eliminate acne, according to a new Australian study. Refined carbohydrates, sugary treats, and processed foods spike insulin, which triggers a surge of other hormones that can cause blemishes. Low-glycemic foods, meanwhile, help the body regulate insulin, says Valori Treloar, an integrative dermatologist in Newton, Mass., and the author of The Clear Skin Diet

Clue in to Cukes

Maximize cucumber’s calming effect by shredding it—that way it will cover more of your puffy eyes than two little slices. Skin-care expert Ole Henriksen recommends a treatment that’s loved by clients like Jessica Alba: Wrap grated cuke, sushi-style, in cheese cloth. Sit down, tilt your head back, and place the roll across your eyes. 

Slather Sour Cream

Twice a week apply a tablespoon of full-fat sour cream to sensitive skin for 20 minutes, Julia March says. It will nourish touchy complexions that react badly to store-bought masks. According to Dr. Shamban, the lactic acid gently smooths skin and improves texture. 

Don't Yo-Yo Diet

When body weight goes up and down, it loosens elasticity and makes skin sag, says Dr. Levine. So she suggests finding a happy medium (even if it's heavier) on the scale: "You lose the weight first in the face, but a fuller face may just look younger." 

Nix the Rx

Until recently, some dermatologists pooh-poohed over-the-counter wrinkle treatments. Not anymore. According to a study in the British Journal of Dermatology, Olay's new Professional Pro-X ($42; at improved the appearance of facial lines just as well as the leading prescription product. 

Choose Good Oils

To give dry skin healthy, natural oil, Dr. Shamban recommends a weekly 15-minute mask of mashed avocado. Or once a week massage a tablespoon of olive oil into your face in lieu of your usual night cream—but skip it if you're acne-prone. 

Launder your Body

If you have chronic eczema, research from Northwestern University shows that a very diluted bleach bath (about ½ cup for a full tub, which is weaker than the chemicals in a swimming pool) kills the surface bacteria that cause inflammation. 

Anti-Age with Ice

For homemade skin care, all you need is an ice cube tray, Ole Henriksen says. Pour in some apple juice and freeze. The malic acid in the frozen juice is an anti-aging alpha-hydroxy acid. "Pass the ice cube gently over the skin," he says. "It feels like a mini-facelift!" 

Wax (Then Tweeze) Your Underarms

If you want to switch from shaving to waxing your underarms, fall is the time to start. Sleeveless season is over, making the interim growth stage easier to handle, says Ji Baek. Then, the more you wax, the less hair grows back. "Wax every month and by summer, you can just pluck out strays," she says. Our tool of choice: Tweezerman for Benefit slant tweezer ($25; at 

Sleep on your Back

Yes, it's relaxing to snooze on your tummy, but to avoid wrinkles, flip over. "I can tell which side of their face my patients sleep on," says Dr. Day. A Vanity pillow ($145; cradles your head, preventing tossing and turning. 

Eat Your Water

"When you eat hydrating fruits and vegetables like grapefruit or cucumber, the water penetrates and plumps up cells better than drinking water," Dr. Murad says. Aim for three daily servings of fruit and five of veggies. 

Boost Your Brows

Sometimes, optical illusions work like the best anti-agers. Lush, thick brows—like Penélope Cruz's—give a more youthful appearance. Fill in sparse growth with a lash enhancer like Latisse (by prescription) once a day, says Dr. Fusco. 

Soak with Tea

If you suffer from foot odor, soak your feet in a bowl of very dark black tea, like Lipton. Let the tea really steep, says Dr. Hochman: The tannins change the pH of your skin and combat odor. 

Heal Your Heels

After a season of flip-flops, get rid of calluses by applying wart remover like Compound W Fast-Acting gel ($7; at CVS) overnight, says Dr. Fusco. "Just pumice away the dead skin in the morning." 

Master your Retinoids

Vitamin A derivatives are key to anti-aging regimens, yet many women avoid them because they're irritating. Dr. Day recommends building up tolerance by using a pea-size drop every other day. Or for a milder version, try Atralin ($192; by prescription). "It's a gel base and gentler than thicker creams," says San Francisco dermatologist Seth Matarasso. Whichever retinol you opt for, counter redness with an antioxidant-rich moisturizer like Revaléskin night cream with coffeeberry ($72; 

Take Lotion Further

Once a week, slather your hands and feet with a thick lotion and cover in plastic wrap for about a half-hour—then strip it away to check out the soft results. For severely dry, chapped hands, Dr. Levine likes dense, rich Triple Cream ($19;, a formula derived from diaper- rash ointment, with oat-kernel extract and petrolatum. 

Prevent Ingrowns

Salicylic acid is an effective ingredient for treating the bother-some bikini-line issue, but some women find it too harsh. As an alternative, Ji Baek suggests a facial toner like 3Lab's Perfect Beautifying toner ($55; with lavender extract to soothe bumps and minimize redness. 

Deal with Dark Circles

File this under "Sad but true": As we age we become more susceptible to dark circles. Melanin builds up under eyes, making skin appear saggy. The best treatment, say dermatologists, is an injectable filler like Restylane or Juvéderm (starting at $750–$1,000 per syringe). It pulls the skin taut, getting rid of the crêpey effect that emphasizes the discoloration.  (Info Courtesy:
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sale: Mario Badescu & Rock & Republic Beauty

Hey, guys! I just wanted to let you that Hautelook has Mario Badescu skin care products and Rock & Republic cosmetics on today....PLEASE don't wait these lines always sell out quick!

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

NYX Bundle Sale

 Hey, Everyone! I just wanted to let you that NYX cosmetics is having a sale below is the link. I have know idea when the sale ends so you may not to delay in getting something you may like. Until next time....Enjoy!
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Monday, January 10, 2011

Random Info: 5 Beauty Products That Flatter Everyone

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~ Gold and Purple Eye Shadow
Gold on inner corners brightens all eyes, while purple's broad appeal is that it's not too cool or too warm.

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~ Pinkish Brown Lip Liner
Define lips with pinkish brown color. It won't look cartoonish on fair, medium or dark skin.

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~ Sheer Pink Lip Gloss
Sheer pink gloss complements all lip colors and never looks overdone.

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~ Deep Cocoa Eyeliner
A dark brown liner is rich enough to register on dark skin but won't overwhelm ivory skin.

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~ Soft Pink Cream Blush
A cream blush that's not too pink and not too red can be layered for more vibrancy as needed. (Info Courtesy:

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