Thursday, April 24, 2014

Nivea Lip Care A Kiss of Care & Color in Sheer Coral

Hi everyone!  Today I wanted to share my current favorite lip balm with you all.  This is huge because for most of my life I have been a die-hard LipSmackers fan.  But after a recent bout of seriously chapped lips, I have a new favorite lip balm - Nivea Lip Care A Kiss of Care & Color in Sheer Coral.

While I wanted to try these new Nivea Lip Care A Kiss of Care & Color lip balms, I hesitated because $4.99 seemed like a lot for a lip balm.  I know I know, I'm super cheap.  It is what it is!  Fortunately, I scored one in my Birchbox Finds Box so I could find out how awesome these are!  (See my review of the Caramel version by CLICKING HERE.)

I found myself gravitating to the new Nivea balm all the time because it seemed to sooth my chapped lips, while still giving me some color.  I love the feel of these too because they kind of slide across the lips, almost a little bit glossy.  They are definitely lighter than other lip balms I have used.

I am super pleased with the Nivea Lip Care A Kiss of Care & Color in Sheer Coral, though the color is more pink than coral.  That worked for me because I really wanted the Berry version anyway, but my Walgreens was out.  I am running all over the place today so I don't have any swatches to share, but this color is light and sheer enough to use when you are going makeup free, but still enough color to wear with a full face.  I think you'll love them, and I definitely see why Birchbox considers this balm a "Birchbox Find".

What products have you found and loved recently?  I can't wait to hear!


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Chroma Studio Volume Heat Protection

If you've been reading my blog this month, you probably know I've been loving the Chroma Studio hair product line!  (Hopefully you've entered to win the whole line for yourself, too, but if not keep reading for details!)  Today, I am going to share one more Chroma Studio hair product with you, the Chroma Studio Volume Heat Protection spray.

Chroma Studio Volume Heat Protection offers two benefits to users.  First and foremost, it lifts the root, helping to build volume while you blow dry or heat style your hair.  Secondly, it protects your hair from that heat styling.  This is SUPER important people - your hair wants you to use a heat protectant!

I tried this out after a quick shampoo while I was blow drying my hair.  The Chroma Studio Volume Heat Protection comes in a spritzer bottle, and I am going to warn you it's a pretty wide range spritz, so hold the bottle as far away from your head as you can so you get it on your hair and not all over your bathroom.  You just spritz it into the roots of your hair, and then blow dry.  I also used the Chroma Studio Shine (on my mid-part and ends of my hair) with this product.

Overall, I did see an increase in volume with the Chroma Studio Volume Heat Protection.  I also felt good knowing that my hair was getting added protection from the blow dryer!  While volumizing isn't something I really try to achieve with hair products, if that is something you are going for, you might really like this product.  The Chroma Studio Volume Heat Protection retails for $24, and you can purchase it at

As I mentioned - you can actually win the ENTIRE range of Chroma Studio products here on my blog!  This prize has a $173 value, and you will win a total of seven great premium hair products.  This giveaway is open to US residents only, and is ending really soon!  Hurry up and enter using the Rafflecopter widget below before the giveaway closes THIS Friday, April 25th!

Good luck to all!


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

LAC Taut Collagen Infusion Mask + Giveaway

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.  Do you ever worry about your aging skin?  That's a trick question, because even if you are 18 - guess what, you skin is going to age.  In my opinion, it's never too early to start using products to renew skin and prevent the appearance of aging.  Why not prevent it instead of trying to reverse the aging effects later?  Anywhoo, that is why I am excited to share with you the LAC Taut Collagen Infusion Mask today!

I was sent a complimentary LAC Taut Collagen Infusion Mask to review and test out, plus I will be offering two masks to one lucky reader in a giveaway!

The LAC Taut Collagen Infusion Mask is a cloth sheet mask that is soaked in a blend of hydrolyzed collagen, botanical squalene, hyaluronic acid and anti-oxidants.  The blend is specifically formulated to target sagging, dehydrated and dull-looking skin.  I think products like this are fabulous for an occasion when you want to look your freshest and best.  The LAC Taut Collagen Infusion Mask is designed to make your skin instantly firmer and more youthful looking, so this would be perfect to use while getting ready for a date, family photos, or something of that nature!

The Taut website offers the following instructions for use:
  1. Remove mask from packet, carefully unfold and apply on clean face.
  2. Fit the mask over the eye area then gently stretch it to cover the entire face.
  3. Relax and leave mask on for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Remove mask and gently tap face with fingertips to complete absorption of collagen-enriched essence.
  5. Massage the remaining collagen-enriched essence onto neck and upper chest area.
  6. Feel restored, refreshed and renewed!
As I mentioned, I received a complimentary mask to try out, and I really enjoyed putting it on and making scary faces in the mirror.  While it felt a little strange initially, it was extremely cooling.  I think these will be fabulous in the summer time!  My skin felt incredibly hydrated afterwards, too.  For sure a little firmer and fuller.  I loved it!

You can purchase the LAC Taut Collagen Infusion Mask is a convenient package of five masks directly from or from Fred Segal store for $50.  The website recommends using 2 - 3 times per week for best results, but as I mentioned, this is also a great product for a special occasion when your skin needs to be looking it's best!

Don't forget - one lucky reader is going to win two of these masks to try out for themselves - an $20 value!  Enter below using the Rafflecopter Widget.  Open to US residents only.

Have you tried any Taut products before?  What are your anti-aging secrets?


PS - Should this be my new Facebook profile pic?

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Valentina Skin Care Even Glow Serum

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.  Do you use a serum in your beauty routine?  Serums are a newer part of the skincare routine to me, but one that I have recently come to LOVE.  So when I received the opportunity to try a complimentary bottle of Valentina Skin Care Even Glow Serum, I was really excited to test it out!

First off, let me share that SO much thought has gone into the development of this product.  Valentina Skin Care actually went through 17 formulations of this serum before they decided it was perfect, which I think is so amazing.  To spend a year developing the perfect serum is such an undertaking, and I am excited to share that fun fact about Valentina Skin Care Even Glow Serum.

Valentina Skin Care Even Glow Serum contains no chemicals, just all-natural ingredients.  Some of the featured ingredients are:
  • Organic Rosehip Seed Oil & Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil, which are full of antioxidants
  • Vitamin C which helps brighten and even skin-tone
  • Resistem (Plant Stem Cells) to help skin cells re-generatefaster
  • Hyaluronic Acid (Botanical) to promote collagen production and firm up your complexion
  • Green Tea Extract, which makes this serum anti-inflammatory and anti-irritating

Because this serum does contain all-natural ingredients, there can be some separation, so it is recommended you shake the bottle before use.  Valentina Skin Care Even Glow Serum can be using in the morning, evening, or both, simply depending upon your preferences within your skin care routine.  I like to use this type of serum in the morning.  You simply apply a small amount of the serum to your clean (and dry) face and neck daily, and allow it to dry before applying moisturizer and makeup.

I really have enjoyed using the Valentina Skin Care Even Glow Serum.  My favorite part if the bright, orangey scent!  But it feels great on my skin too, and I notice my complexion seems brighter since using it.  Valenina Skin Care Even Glow Serum retails for $80 for a 1.18 oz bottle.  However, right now they are offering a huge discount through - selling this serum for $35.  If you think this might be what is missing in your skin care routine - I'd jump on it while this special is being offered!

Do you use a serum?  Are you thinking about checking out the Even Glow Serum?


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

OPI Nail Lacquer in AmazOn AmazOFF

Since I first laid eyes on the OPI Brazil Collection, one of the shades that really caught my attention was OPI Nail Lacquer in AmazOn AmazOFF.  It.  Is.  So.  Turquoise.  I just couldn't wait to see it on my nails!

When I applied the first coat of this gorgeous polish, it did not disappoint.  There was so much color just in the first coat!  While it took two coats of the OPI Nail Lacquer in AmazOn AmazOFF to get full coverage, it was easy to work with.  And so incredibly vibrant with just the slightest hint shimmer, despite looking opaque in the bottle.  Amazing!

As with most OPI nail polishes, OPI Nail Lacquer in AmazOn AmazOFF retails for $9 at most stores, salons, and ULTA locations.  I think this shade is perfect for summer, but totally wearable for fall, too.  I just love it!

And that's about it for today folks!  I hope you are all relaxing and enjoying your weekend!  I've got peanut butter cookies in the oven and am working on caramel and marshmallow stuffed rice krispy treats for Easter lunch!  If that doesn't sound like hell on your manicure (not to mention your diet) I don't know what does!  Hoppy Easter everyone!

See you tomorrow for another beauty product review,

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