Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Color Collections

L'Oreal just shared these collection photos (click to enlarge detail) on their Facebook page, stating that this is "a brand new product launch separate from our Pro Nails collection. It will be available in retailers nation wide. The products available may vary from retailer to retailer. This is a product launch so it is Permanent but it will be updated with more great colors." It seems to me that I've seen a couple of these shades out already--Stroke of Midnight is currently in a little four-piece Holiday collection at my Walgreens. I definitely see some shades I'll want to pick up, including Tweet Me, VIP Status, and Safari Chic, shown in the first two collections below. I also like the fact that these have round caps, because their square ones always get out of alignment, which makes me crazy!





*Photos from the L'Oreal Facebook page.


New Early 2012 Collections From China Glaze

China Glaze will be offering several new collections after the first of the year, and I have promo shots of two of those collections. The Crackle Glitters Collection looks like an extension of their Crackle Metals Collection, but perhaps a bit more glittery. Prismatic is a mix of glitter and holographic glitter. I don't know about you, but I'm in a bit of a crackle/glitter overload right now, so I don't think I'll be indulging in these collections!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Come Monday...weekly newsletter

It's almost Christmas, and Santa Claus made an appearance over the weekend at our town's carousel. I hope all of you in the U.S. survived Black Friday--I didn't brave the crowds, and I'm not ordering anything today on Cyber Monday either. I'm tempted by all of the great deals, but honestly, I'm starting to tire of the countless eMails and Tweets I keep seeing! All of my Thanksgiving decorations have been packed away, and this week I'll be decorating for Christmas. Hopefully I'll have that all done by the end of the week.

I have been so busy getting ready for Thanksgiving that I don't have too much to share with you today, so I hope to get back to blogging more efficiently this week. If you're a fan of Deborah Lippmann, I do have this lovely collection to show you. Eva Chen is the beauty editor at Teen Vogue, and she posted this photo on her Tumbler account recently. Several beauty editors got together with Deborah Lippmann to create a Spring 2012 collection, and from what Eva wrote, these will be available in March at Nieman Marcus.

Here's another reason why I love my Meijer store! I spotted these peppermint cookies this morning, and I just had to bring them home with me. They're like the Holiday Oreo Cookies, only they have tiny peppermint chips in the filling.

As if that wasn't enough to make me happy for the day, I also received this coupon, which means I'll have to buy something with it so it doesn't go to waste :)

I hope everyone has a fantastic week, and try not to go too crazy over all of the Cyber Monday bargains!

Friday, November 25, 2011

China Glaze/AII Files Lawsuit With Lionsgate Over Hunger Games Nail Polish


Last week I read a piece on Cinemablend.com that said the Hunger Games Nail Polish Collection from China Glaze was not happening. It didn't mention too many details, but I just spotted a more recent article from The Hollywood Reporter that also indicates a problem with this collection, which you can read below.

'Hunger Games' Studio Hit With $10 Million Lawsuit Over Nail Polish Deal (Exclusive)UPDATED: American International Industries says it has a deal to create the nail polish as part of the film's upcoming promotional campaign but that Lionsgate has improperly terminated the contract.

Lionsgate, the studio behind the upcoming film version of The Hunger Games, has been sued for $10 million by a beauty products company that claims it is being jerked around over a deal to create special nail polish in connection with the movie's March release.

'Hunger Games' Nail Polish Debuting in 2012'Hunger Games' Trailer Sparks Strong Reaction From Fans of the Book Series'The Hunger Games' Trailer: 5 Instant Observations While WatchingLos Angeles-based American International Industries, which says it is the country's largest privately-held manufacturer of personal care and beauty products, filed a lawsuit Wednesday in LA Superior Court. The company claims that it closed a deal in late October to create a Hunger Games-branded version of its "China Glaze" nail polish, as well as contribute to the promotional campaign for the adaptation of the popular Suzanne Collins novel that Lionsgate is hoping will be a mega-blockbuster movie series similar to Twilight.

But shortly after Lionsgate executives signed the contract, according to the complaint, the studio made statements to the press that the deal was "not happening," and asked American to say that the parties "were merely 'discussing' a 'possible' promotional deal." American says it refused to lie, prompting a Lionsgate attorney to send an email on Nov. 17 saying that the studio was "terminating" the contract.

"However, the contract does not permit Lionsgate to unilaterally terminate," argues the complaint, a copy of which was obtained by THR. "Lionsgate attempted to justify its actions by claiming that American had supposedly 'leaked' information about the contract to the press. The claim was and is completely untrue--American did not 'leak' any information, and so informed Lionsgate immediately."

American says it purchased millions of dollars in nail polish materials and expended substantial time and labor in reliance on the fully-executed contract, and it wants $10 million in damages.

We've reached out to Lionsgate for comment and will update with a response.

The suit, filed by Charles Harder and Michelle Goodman of LA's Wolf Rifkin Shapiro Schulman & Rabkin, alleges one cause of action for breach of contract.

Lionsgate declined to comment on the suit.

Email: Matthew.Belloni@thr.com

Twitter: @THRMattBelloni

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Edit Update: This collaboration in now proceeding, effective 12/9/11. Read more here.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Holiday Beauty Gift Guide: Zoya Color Box Gift Sets

The Holidays are upon us! I'll be sharing some gift ideas for you over the coming weeks, and most of these products are priced under $25.00. Whether you're buying for family and friends, babysitters, teachers, or even yourself, I hope you find these stocking stuffer and gift ideas useful. I'll also include information/links on where you can purchase them, and any sales or coupon codes I can find for them, if available. Right now, Zoya is offering a great deal on their Gift Boxes, which are available in 12 pre-packaged shade selections. These come already gift wrapped, which is always a time and money saver this time of year. The packaging and the product are sure to please all of your beauty-loving recipients! From Zoya:

As a special promotion starting now through Monday (11/28/11)at 11:59PM ET, Buy 3 Color Boxes and get 1 FREE plus get a coupon code for a FREE bottle of Zoya Nail Polish of your choice with any purchase online. No Coupon Codes Necessary. See full details on our blog zoyanailpolish.blogspot.com.


Give The Perfect Gift! The Zoya Color Box Gift Set is a crushed velvet collectors box with three pre-selected Top Selling Zoya Nail Polish Shades (o.5oz full size). Each box comes individually packaged in a black glossy gift box which is then individually wrapped in "Zoya" tissue paper. The Color Box Gift Sets make the perfect gift for friends, family, co-workers, teachers or just as a personal treat. Every Color Box Gift Set qualifies for FREE EXPEDITED SHIPPING to make sure your gift arrives in time for the holidays.

NEW Want to send this as a gift? Use the "Gift Option" at checkout and we will remove all price information from the order and let you type a message to that special someone.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Nailene Introduces SensatioNail for At-Home Gel Manicures

Nailene will soon be introducing their at-home gel manicure system called SensatioNail. This product joins a couple of other systems that have recently been released for an at-home gel nail experience, namely Gelish and Red Carpet Manicure. I've been using the original Gelish system for over a year, and while I don't use it regularly because I like to change my nails almost every day, there are those rare instances when I simply don't have the time to devote to this, so I give myself a Gelish manicure. I knew I'd be in the midst of some work-related projects over the past week, and then be swamped with Thanksgiving Day preparations this week, so I used my Gelish over a week ago. I expect my nails to still look great through this weekend, when I'll hopefully have some "me" time to get back to my normal routine.

It's a nice option to have, and especially nice for those consumers who enjoy doing their own nails and want their manicure to last for up to two weeks. This product will be available at the end of November, and you can find SensatioNail at Walmart and select CVS stores. I signed up here on the site for a free coupon (not sure what it is yet, but hopefully it'll show up!) to use toward my first purchase. You can read the complete press release after the photos.




LAKE FOREST, Calif., Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pacific World Corporation, the leading innovator and supplier of nail and beauty care products worldwide, announces the launch of SensatioNail™ Invincible Gel Polish under its acclaimed Nailene® brand. At the forefront of innovation, SensatioNail is a premium collection of at-home gel polish products that will provide users with up to two weeks of dazzling, damage-proof wear. With the resilient benefits of salon gel services—no chipping, no smudging, no breaking—in a do-it-yourself format, SensatioNail is a high performance, time saving and cost effective alternative.

"The overall nail care category has seen significant growth over the past year. As consumer focus and purchasing behavior has shifted to at-home, DIY products, we are thrilled to bring such an innovative product line to the market place," says Marwan Zreik, SensatioNail Vice President of Marketing and Research & Development. "SensatioNail is the answer to multiple consumer and category demands, and never before has a gel product collection of this quality been available outside of the salon space," adds Zreik.

SensatioNail will debut at the end of November at mass retailers with the launch of the SensatioNail Starter Kit, a powerful and compact system that is complete with all of the tools needed to achieve salon-quality results. The brand's patented polymer technology allows the polish to glide on smoothly, while the compact PRO 3060 LED Lamp harnesses LED light technology to flash harden SensatioNail gel polish to a radiant finish, with zero dry time. The brand will follow up the launch with a complete collection roll-out in January 2012, including the release of 12 fashion forward SensatioNail Invincible Gel Polish colors in both solid and shimmering finishes. The polish formula is free from Formaldehyde, Toluene and Dibutyl Pthalate.

SensatioNail Creative Director, Clara Lee, says, "At SensatioNail we don't want the gel manicure experience to be limited to the salon. After conducting multi-city focus groups to truly understand the needs and wants of our target demographic—including frequent and non-polish users—we invested in quality and innovation to bring women an affordable luxury that is relevant not only to their beauty routines, but to their lifestyles."

In addition, SensatioNail is committed to generating a strong digital presence. The brand's website, Facebook and Twitter pages went live on November 14th, and will be informational hubs to communicate with consumers across multi-media platforms. SensatioNail will provide an engaging experience for fans in an ongoing conversation about nail care tips, tricks and trends. This includes a library of instructional videos for various gel polish techniques that consumers can access through the web, or using a smart phone to scan QR codes located on all product packaging.

SensatioNail is available at Walmart and select CVS locations nationwide, and suggested product prices will range from $12.00-$60.00. For more information visit the brand at Facebook.com/SensatioNail, or on Twitter @SensatioNail.

*Photos from the SensatioNail web site.


Barneys Exclusive: Deborah Lippmann Edge of Glory 3-D Holographic

Deborah Lippmann has created a limited edition Edge of Glory set for the Barneys New York Gaga's Workshop, and I think this is the first time I've seen a Lippmann Holo. This set retails for $45.00, and Barneys is donating 25% of all proceeds from this and other exclusive items in the Workshop to the Born This Way Foundation.

It's getting to be a challenge in keeping up with Deborah Lippmann releases! Between her HSN exclusives, her regular line, and other special limited editions such as this one--she's a busy lady. I won't be buying this set, but it is nice to see a holo from her. Hopefully she'll introduce some more holos in the future.


Monday, November 21, 2011

Butter London 30 Percent Off Friends & Family Sale

Butter London is having their Family & Friends Sale through November 23. All online orders can receive 30% off using code CELEBRATE11 at checkout.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Lynnderella Mysterious Ways

Lynnderella Mysterious Ways is one of the polishes from her most recent collection, Funny Money. The official color description is spot-on, saying that "It features a grey-violet base with multi-coloured shimmer, white, silver, gunmetal and holographic hexagons, diamonds, squares and dust. The holographics look amazing peeping out of the translucent grey. Like buried jewels." I used two coats over Revlon's Mistletoe, a dark grey shimmer filled with very fine green and silver micro glitter. Mysterious Ways, because of the translucent base, only alters the color of your base shade slightly. This makes it the perfect glitter top coat to enhance any shade without drastically changing your base color. This shade had a very good formula that was easy to apply, and the glitter dispensed evenly without any manipulation.


Here are a couple of macro shots taken of the bottle showing the wide variety of shapes and colors.

Just for fun, I used one coat of Color Club's The Great Divide over Mysterious Ways & Mistletoe, which is one of their crackle polishes. I then topped it off with Glitter Tamer, Lynnderella's clear top coat.


I believe Lynnderella's store is now closed, but she is scheduled to re-open again this coming weekend. In case you haven't heard, Lynnderella's polishes will soon be available at Llarowe. December is the target date that stock will be available, and this may help some of you who are International. Llarowe ships worldwide excluding Italy, and they carry a wide variety of products that many of us in the U.S. haven't had much access to previously. Her stock includes Glitter Gal, A England, Ozotics, Hits, Picture Polish, Ludurana, and soon, Lynnderella. She also offers free shipping in the U.S. for orders over $50.00.


Monday, November 14, 2011

Come Monday...weekly newsletter


How was everyone's weekend? We were pretty lazy here, so I have no complaints! Not too much going on to report today, but I've got a few things that may be of interest to you. First up, the winner of my most recent Winter Hand & Skin Care series is Nina Patricia. She will receive a Strawberry Lemonade Body Scrub from 100% Pure! Congratulations to her, and I'll be showcasing another product in this series later on in the week.

Models Own Beetle Juice Collections are starting to make their way to those who ordered them a couple of weeks ago, and while I didn't get any because I wanted to wait and see how the swatches looked, The Swatchaholic did a great job of convincing me that I probably need to order these. Check out her gorgeous photos here.

I went to Meijer this morning, and after waiting for the frenzy to subside around the frozen turkey freezers, I picked out our Thanksgiving Day bird. Seriously, people were fighting over the turkeys! I needed to decompress after that scene, so I headed over to the cosmetics department to see if there was anything new and exciting. There were some new displays, including Sally Hansen's Gem Crush and some off-brand holiday packs. Nothing made it into my cart from these photos, but Color Club's display hooked me!




The crackle fad was pretty much over for me until I spied this Color Club display. I have some of their standard colors, but I've not seen some of these other ones before. The purple one is called Do You Want A Piece, and I thought it looked kind of "glowy", so I picked that one up. The Great Divide is just all kinds of gorgeous, so I had to add that one into my little haul! Burgandy Burst is an odd way to spell Burgundy, but it was such a deep, rich color, I thought it might work well for a Holiday look.





In getting ready for Winter, my clothes and accessories have now been transferred! All of my Summer things are put away, and my Winter items are all organized in my closets. I was sorting through my winter scarves trying to be creative with my knotting abilities, and I came across this helpful site that shows all kinds of different ways to tie and knot scarves. If you're like me and a little bit impaired when it comes to this sort of thing, maybe you'll find this helpful. Check it out here.

That's all I've got for you this week! Have a great week, and stay away from unruly crowds at the turkey freezer!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Revlon Color Burst Lipgloss Limited Edition Holiday

Damn, Revlon! Quit coming out with so many fantastic lip products that I love! After the Colorburst Lip Butter craze consumed me, I thought I would be satisfied. If only. I just spotted these pretties on Ulta's site, and I am once again having strong feelings of desire. The Revlon Color Burst Lipgloss Limited Edition Holiday appears to be part of their Spice It Up collection that I saw on Nouveau Cheap and Steph's Closet. I thought I was safe when I saw their display pictures, until I spotted them again on Ulta and made the mistake of clicking the zoom button!



Decadent is one I must have, and there's several others that look interesting to me. Ulta's zoom feature is also to blame for the fact that I may need some of the nail polishes in this Holiday collection. Right now they're buy one get one half off at Ulta, and I believe Revlon is on sale at Walgreens starting tomorrow, also buy one get one half off. I've found a $1.oo off Revlon coupon in People Magazine's last two issues, and it would be a shame to let those expire now, wouldn't it?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Duri Twilight Inspired Nail Polish Trio With Swatches

Duri Cosmetics has put together a trio of Twilight inspired shades, and I have swatches of them for you today! Duri offers a wide range of shades and finishes, and they're reasonably priced at $5 per bottle. Their formula is very nice, and I used two coats on these shades. The bottles are full sized at 0.5 fl. oz., and if you appreciate bottle architecture like I do, you will love these. They're quite substantial and heavy, and they're embossed with the Duri name on all four sides.

Moonlight Glow is a top coat polish, and this sheer milky white iridescent shade with a hint of blue shimmer is recommended by Duri as perfect for an exquisite overlay for a french mani. While I don't do many french manicures personally, I found this polish to be very useful as a color transforming top coat over just about any base color. This is what it looks like applied over Black Diamond, a near-black shade from Duri shown further down.

The shimmer particles are almost plush looking, and this shade gives a somewhat gradient look with movement of your hand. I haven't tried it over lighter shades, but blue is the very obvious color over darker shades.

Here's a quick and easy soft tye-die look I did using a base of From Dusk Till Dawn (seen further down), a coat of Moonlight Glow, 7-8 small random dots per nail of From Dusk Till Dawn applied with the brush, then another coat of Moonlight Glow applied almost as soon as I finished the dots.

Black Diamond is a black creme shade with extremely subtle tiny silver glitter. Duri describes this as a black polish with silver luster. Shown in full sun--not that you'll see the Twilight characters dare to emerge into the full sun, for fear of drawing attention--the silver is somewhat evident, but in the shade (below), it appears as a slightly off-black creme.


From Dusk Till Dawn is a vampy medium burgundy creme with a jelly finish. This is described as having a semi-sheer finish, but that isn't the case, at least with my bottle. This covered beautifully using two coats, and it's very creamy and opaque.


Here is some more information from Duri describing the shades:
Bitten by the Twilight Craze?

Beauty "Vamps" and Twi-Hards Alike will be Smitten with Duri Cosmetics Succulent Nail Lacquers!

From Dusk Till Dawn is a deep and complex hue embodying Bella's inner confliction that combines dark fuchsia and a creamy texture with a semi-sheer finish.

Embrace Team Edward with Moonlight Glow, a glistening white with a hint of blue shimmer, or Team Jacob with Black Diamond, a black polish with silver luster.

Duri Cosmetics gives Twi-Fans fierce glamour and mystical illusion for only $5 a bottle! Available at salons and specialty stores nationwide, as well as online at www.duri.com.

All nail products are completely safe, environmentally-friendly and free from DBP, TOLUENE and FORMALDEHYDE.

*Products featured were furnished by the manufacturer or PR firm for consideration.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Winter Hand & Skin Care Series & Giveaway: 100 Percent Pure Body Scrub

Today's featured product that will help your skin to make it through the colder months ahead is 100% Pure's Strawberry Lemonade Body Scrub. 100% Pure's Body Scrubs are natural fruit oil-based sugar scrubs, and they're available in a wide variety of scents. These scrubs are packed full of natural fruit oils to nourish and hydrate your skin. Right now, you can use the code EXFOLIATE to receive 20% off of all body and face scrubs through midnight tonight.
The natural fruit oils make this scrub very hydrating, but I do find that it leaves my shower/tub a bit slippery after using it. The scrub itself does a great job exfoliating your skin, and it makes me feel completely moisturized when I get out of the shower. The scent has a nice sugared lemonade aroma with a very light hint of strawberry. It smells wonderful while you're using it, but the scent doesn't linger on your skin or interfere with other scents you may apply after usage. Hint: Use this outside of your shower or bath too! This tub is huge at 15 oz., so I transfered some of it to a smaller jar and keep it on my kitchen sink for a quick exfoliating and moisturizing treat for my hands and cuticles.

It looks like a Slushie! As I mentioned, this product is packed with natural fruit oils, so I normally give the jar a good shake before using it to get the oils mixed in. You'll notice when you first open the jar, that the oils are at the top of the product.

I like to use a scrub once or twice a week during the winter months, because I find that they do a great job of alleviating any itchy or flaky skin that tends to occur from the cold weather and lower humidity. Exfoliating your skin also helps your moisturizer to absorb better, and brighten and smooth skin tone. Here's a look at the ingredients:

Ingredients: Saccharum Officinarum Extract (Evaporated Cane Juice), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Berry) Fruit Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Extracts of: Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower, Opuntia Tuna (Prickly Pear) Fruit, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Berry) Fruit, Lycium Chinense (Goji Berry) Fruit, Morinda Citrifolia (Noni) Fruit, Aristotelia Chilensis (Maqui Berry), Sambucus Canadensis (Elderberry), Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed and Lonicera Caprifolium (Japanese Honeysuckle), Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Oil (Lemon Essential Oil), Citral*, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool*
Net wt. 15 oz / 443 ml / $25

100% Pure products are all natural and cruelty free. You can sign up for their eMail newsletter to be alerted of all of their specials, and you can find that at the bottom of their main page.

Giveaway: One follower will win a full-sized tub of 100% Pure's Strawberry Lemonade Body Scrub! Just leave your eMail in the comments below as your entry, and I'll leave the entry period open until Monday morning (11/14/11), at which time the winner will be announced in my Come Monday weekly newsletter. Note: Because the prize will be shipped from the manufacturer, this contest is only open to residents of the United States.

*Product featured and prize furnished by the manufacturer.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

American Apparel Launches Lip Gloss as Part of Beauty Line Expansion


American Apparel, the vertically integrated clothing manufacturer based in downtown Los Angeles, is announcing the launch of its first line of Lip Glosses. The company will be offering nine shades of gloss, a colorful addition to its palette of Made in USA beauty products.

The nine colors feature equally colorful names, evoking an array of facets of the American Apparel experience. From Legalize LA--a bright red using the slogan of the company's call for immigration reform--to Pantytime--an apricot-toned pink named after American Apparel's yearly celebration of all things underwear--these brand themes are complemented by fresh shades that flatter a range of women and a range of looks. The offering includes its share of natural tones, nudes and bold color.

"We worked on the formula until we had a non-sticky application that moisturized and felt great on your lips. These are colors for everyone. Over the last few months of color trials employees were eager to see them and try them on, so we got to see how they performed on many different complexions. We're really happy with how pretty and natural they look on everyone," said Marsha Brady, a creative director for American Apparel.

The rave reviews of American Apparel's first beauty product, "Nail Lacquer," spurred the company to set an even higher bar for their lip glosses. Sourced and developed with a Los Angeles-based, vertically integrated family-owned business, who shared American Apparel's commitment to manufacturing excellence, the formula for American Apparel lip gloss does not disappoint. The collaboration produced a petroleum-, fragrance-, mineral oil- and cruelty-free gloss that requires only one application for long-lasting color.

"We're excited about our growing beauty category. It's been a dream for many of us here to offer a modern, sexy, high-quality cosmetic line with the same manufacturing principles we use for our made in USA cotton basics and we've done that here," said Dov Charney, CEO and founder of American Apparel.

American Apparel lip gloss is priced at $12 per tube and will be sold at American Apparel stores worldwide as well as online. The rollout of the lip gloss will begin in 50 select American Apparel stores and will quickly expand as the production run increases. The full color palette, ingredients, and photographs can be found in the American Apparel web store.

About American Apparel

American Apparel is a vertically integrated manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of branded fashion basic apparel based in downtown Los Angeles, California. As of June 30, 2011, American Apparel employed approximately 10,000 people and operated 254 retail stores in 20 countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Israel, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and China. American Apparel also operates a leading wholesale business that supplies high quality t-shirts and other casual wear to distributors and screen printers. In addition to its retail stores and wholesale operations, American Apparel operates an online retail e-commerce website at http://www.americanapparel.net.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Bath & Body Works Black Friday Holiday Tote $20 with $40 Purchase

Here's a look at the Bath & Body Works Holiday Black Friday Tote for 2011!

The VIP Tote includes the below holiday favorites:

•Be Enchanted Body Lotion, Shower Gel and Shimmer Mist

•Mistletoe Kiss Gentle Foaming Soap

•Mistletoe Kiss Pocketbac

•Pocketbac Holder

•Liplicious Cranberry Kiss Lip Gloss

•2oz Aromatherapy Nighttime Tea Body Lotion

•Mini Gauze Sponge

•Glitter Pump to be used with any Signature Collection Body
Lotion or Shower Gel

•Two Cosmetic Bags

•Coupon for $10 off any Slatkin & Co. three wick candle

Twitter & Facebook Specials

Like the Bath & Body Works Facebook page and follow @LUVBBW on Twitter for secret in-store and online deals/giveaways all day long!

Post pictures of your Bath & Body Works Black Friday Hauls on Twitter for a chance to win a $25 Bath & Body Works Gift Card. One Gift Card will be given away every hour from 5am-3pm

Reviva Labs Stem Cell Booster Serum

Reviva Labs recently introduced their Stem Cell Booster Serum, which claims to "make skin more responsive to the day or night cream applied over our serum." In addition, they note that Swiss research with volunteers aged 37 to 64, determined a significant decrease in crows feet wrinkle depth for 100% of the participants.

I'm no expert when it comes to understanding plant stem cells and how they interact with human skin, but in reading many articles and studies about the possibility that they can improve both skin and hair regeneration and growth, I don't believe that it's an entirely unfounded claim. Plant stem cells, particularly the Swiss Apple Stem Cells that are found in Reviva's serum, are becoming a much sought-after ingredient in skin care. Most of the studies and articles show promising results, and the majority of the products that contain these cells are very expensive. Reviva's is by far the most reasonably priced serum I've come across.

Here's a look at some of the benefits and the ingredients from the packaging label.

Testing skin care products to determine how well they work can be time-consuming, but I find one of the best ways to truly know if a product works well for me is to use it for at least 3-4 weeks. I then switch to using another product, and during that time I may notice that my skin just doesn't look as good (glowing, smooth, even) as it did previously. I then switch back to the product I was using, and often times, I can achieve that "good" look again.

That's what happened to my skin with this product. While I may not have noticed any dramatic overnight sensation, I was happy with the way my skin looked and felt while using it. Because I look at my face every day, it can be difficult to determine just how well something's working because the changes are so subtle. Sometimes, it's when I stop using a product that I realize just how effective (or ineffective, depending on the product!) it really is.

This product was furnished to me for review, but I can tell you that I've been happy enough with the results to purchase two more bottles. Is it really the elusive Uttwiler Spatlauber Swiss Apple Stem Cells that are doing the trick? I have no idea, but I'm starting to believe that they have something to do with it! I do know that when my skin looks good, it always gives me a boost of confidence, so this product will remain in my skin care arsenal.

If you've been thinking about trying a skin care product that offers apple stem cells, this is one that you might consider. It's priced at $30.00 for a 1.0 fl. oz bottle, and I only use one pump in the morning and one at night, so a little product does go a long way. I apply this as my first product over cleansed skin, followed by my moisturizer or another serum and then my moisturizer, depending on my skin's needs. One pump gives me enough product to cover my face and onto my throat, which is an area that should be focused on as much as your face with skin care products.

Reviva Labs offer their products in select health food stores, as well as on their web site at RevivaLabs.com.

*Product featured was furnished by the manufacturer or PR firm.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Come Monday...weekly newsletter

Lots of beauty news and updates to cover today...first, the winner in my Winter Hand & Skin Care Series is Arielle! Enjoy your Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil Pen! I'll have another review/giveaway this week in the series.

Cult Nails is coming out with another beautiful collection, and it's available now for pre-sale through November 11. The Super Powers Collection contains four shades, and here's a bit more information from Maria: The collection sells for $30 (USD) during the pre-sale event only. That is 25% off the regular price! The pre-sale event will only include the entire collection. Individual colors from the collection will release after the pre-sale event.

Barry M has a new crackle polish available, and this one has a slightly different crackle pattern than what we've been seeing. They say that it gives a more uniform mock-croc style pattern.


Peripera isn't new, but while I was updating my nail supply/contact list over the weekend, I came across these cute little bottles with cats on the handle! How cute are those?

Tom Ford recently expanded his cosmetics line, and my first thought when I saw the collection online, was that they were expensive and not unique. I haven't seen swatches of anything yet, so maybe I'll change my mind once I do. But I had to laugh at this comment I read on Style Bistro regarding the NYC opening of his boutique in Bergdorf Goodman last week. "The most popular product that was the first of many to sell out? A chocolate-brown nail lacquer called Bitter Bitch. Refinery 29 admits that’s exactly how they would feel having to shell out $30 for a nail polish- agreed."

Women's Wear Daily is reporting that Karl Lagerfeld will introduce a capsule color collection at Sephora, beginning November 6. From WWD: Sephora’s “Designer of the Year” — has created for the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned perfumery chain a doll in his image, a snow globe and capsule collection of color cosmetics — including nail polishes and eye shadows — plus accessories for the holidays. They are to hit counters in Sephoras throughout Europe and Singapore. I don't know if the collection will be available in the States, but is it wrong that I want the doll most of all?

I'll leave you with one more limited edition product...Jell-O Pudding Seasonal Releases! I picked these up at Meijer today, and I'm really looking forward to tasting Candy Cane.

Have a great week, and I'll be sure to sample my new puddings and report back to everyone next Monday!
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