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Product Review: Living Proof Restore Discovery Kit

11 Oct

Living Proof Kit, Restore Shampoo, Conditioner, Mask Treatment, $29, http://www.livingproof.com

We did a post a little while ago about Living Proof, a relatively new hair care brand that was making waves with beauty editors and hair care aficionados alike. We are super excited to bring you a review of this amazing hair care brand. Living Proof Restore Kit includes three highly effective products that will give your hair the TLC it so desperately needs. This hair care line is for those of us who have inadvertently abused our hair as well as those of us who knowingly abuse our strands on a daily basis. All three products are free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes and other harsh, toxic chemicals. I used the shampoo and conditioner after a particularly long weekend that included blow-drying, flat-ironing and tons of exposure to the elements. I immediately was taken aback by how soft and shiny my hair looked. Another wonderful result was the definition in my curls. I hadn’t seen my curls that healthy and bouncy in quite a while. I now use the Restore Shampoo and Conditioner on the weekends after a long week of hair damaging activities. The Mask Treatment is also a wonderful addition to this kit as it gives hair a healthy dose of moisture and hydration all in a concentrated form. It’s best to use the Mask Treatment once a week. We love this hair care line and are “living proof” that bad hair days are now a thing of the past!


Product Review: Estee Lauder Pure Color Five Color Eyeshadow Compact in Film Noir

5 Oct

Estee Lauder, Pure Color Five Color Eyeshadow Compact, $45, http://www.esteelauder.com

We are settling into the fact that the bronze beauty of the summer season has set along with the hazy, lazy summer sun. In its place is sophisticated, smoky shadows reminiscent of cool, brisk fall evenings. One of our favorite new fall palettes is Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Five Color Compact in Film Noir. First off, the exquisite gold packaging makes you want to keep this compact on your vanity for the pure luxury. The compact comes complete with five gorgeous shadows and two dual-sided applicators. The shadows are silky soft and glide on effortlessly.

When it comes to the shadows, this compact has is everything you would need to create a traditional smoky eye with a little drama thrown in for good measure. First, there is a creamy white shadow with a frosty finish which is ideal for your highlight shade. The next lightest shade is a stunning taupe shade with light shimmer that works well as a crease color or a blending shade. Next is the slate gray with glitter which is absolutely fabulous on its own or used as an accent color for a traditional smoky eye. The deep charcoal grey with glitter is a beautiful deep shade that adds drama and dimension in a sophisticated way. The final shadow is a beautiful true black with slight glitter that goes on matte with a hint of shimmer. I love the black shadow as it really intensifies one’s smoky eye or can be worn alone for a decadent look that works well with evening looks. We can’t get enough of this palette for its one stop approach to the smoky eye that reigns supreme this time of year!

Product Review: Design Essentials Natural Defining Creme Gel

21 Sep

Design Essentials, Natural Defining Creme Gel, $25.90, http://www.designessentials.com

If you have curly or wavy hair and you’re in need of a styling product that won’t weigh your hair down while helping to define the curl/wave in a beautiful manner, this is the product for you. Design Essentials Natural Defining Creme Gel is a lightweight product that is infused with botanical ingredients including olive, avocado, jojoba and coconut oils. After washing and conditioning hair, smooth a small amount of product through freshly towel-dried hair. Let air-dry or use a diffuser for quicker drying time. Hair will be smooth, glossy and healthy-looking. Curls will be separated and bouncy and waves will be shiny and defined. We can’t get enough of this deliciously scented creme gel. It’s the perfect product for those days when you want to flaunt your natural texture the right way!

Product Review: Yonka Masque 103 for Normal/Dry Skin

12 Sep

Yonka, Masque 103 for Normal/Dry, http://www.yonka.com

After a particularly sun-filled Labor Day Weekend in Tampa, I realized that my sun-drenched skin was feeling a tad bit rough. I knew I needed to smooth things out with a little skin care TLC. Enter Yonka Masque 103 for Normal/Dry skin. This clarifying/purifying masque includes a clay base infused with orange and wild thyme essences and kaolin which help to nourish and revitalize damaged skin. After washing my face with a moisturizing cleanser, I patted my skin dry and generously applied the masque to my skin. The light scent and creamy texture instantly made my skin feel relaxed and calm. I left the masque on for 15 minutes while I continued to finish with my beauty routine. At exactly 15 minutes, I removed the masque with a damp washcloth. My skin felt soft, refreshed and clean. I love this masque especially after excessive sun exposure. I don’t recommend this masque for those with oily or acne-prone skin as there is clay in the formula which could irritate your skin and cause you to produce more oil.

Product Review: Dermalogica Essential Cleansing Solution

1 Sep

Dermalogica, Essential Cleansing Solution, $33, http://www.dermalogica.com

After enduring a full summer season of humidity and skin parching heat, we’ve come to terms with the fact that our skin has undergone much suffering and is in dire need of rehabilitation. Dermalogica has the answer to your skincare needs – especially now that we’re transitioning from summer to fall. The Essential Cleansing Solution is the answer to our summer ravished skin prayers. I absolutely love the consistency of this thick, creamy cleanser. With rosemary, lemon and bitter orange extracts combined with safflower oil, this super hydrating cleanser washes away impurities while leaving skin nourished and supple. It’s a great cleanser for those with sun-damaged or dry skin. I highly recommend this product as your transitional cleanser as we say goodbye to summer and welcome fall.

Product Review: Fahrenheit 1 1/4 Flat Iron in Ruby Red

17 Aug

Fahrenheit 1 1/4 Flat Iron in Red Rubber, $55, http://www.folica.com

Most of the summer we wore our hair as natural as possible with little to no heat since the humidity was sure to wreck our lovely dos in just a matter of seconds. With the summer heat soon to be a distant memory, we decided it was time to start stocking up on those hair tools that will allow us to get our curls and waves sleek and straight. I recently purchased the Fahrenheit 1 1/4 Flat Iron in Red and I am absolutely in love with this amazing tool! I have had way too many bad experiences with flat irons that burned my hair or just didn’t straighten my hair properly.

What I love about this flat iron is:

    • Heats to 450 degrees in under 30 seconds
    • Sleek, ergonomic design for easy handling
    • 100% solid ceramic plates and ionic technology
    • Floating plates optimize styling efficiency
    • Beveled plates allow multiple styling techniques
    • Swivel cord prevents tangling
    • Hooked end for easy hanging and storage
    • Variable temperature setting for all hair types

This is a great styling tool for all hair types! I highly recommend it for your beauty arsenal for the fall and winter!

Product Review: Elemis Melting Cleansing Gel

12 Aug

Elemis, Melting Cleansing Gel, $35, http://www.timetospa.com

Clean, fresh skin is what we look forward to after a long hard day out in the elements, especially during the steamy summer season. We look forward to that magical moment when we cleanse our faces of makeup, dirt, grime and oil. A new product that I recently started using gives me the clean skin I crave with the added bonus of leaving my skin hydrated and smooth. Elemis Melting Cleansing Gel doesn’t lather up like most facial cleansers. The smooth, silky texture literally melts from a gorgeous gel into a delightful cleansing milk washing away any impurities and dirt. Packed with minerals and nutrients, this unique cleanser helps keep the skin from perspiring and producing excess oil. This is the perfect cleanser to use on skin before applying makeup as it beautifully preps skin for foundation.