Saturday, March 31, 2012

Giovanni Cosmetics 2chic Brazilian Keratin & Argan Oil Ultra-Sleek Leave-In Conditioning & Styling Elixir

Giovanni's 2chic Brazilian Keratin & Argan Oil Ultra-Sleek Leave-In Conditioning & Styling Elixir has a very long name, but in short order, this product softens, protects, smooths and adds shine to your hair. I simply apply one pump of the product into my damp hair from roots to end, and proceed to blow dry it. The product itself is a white medium consistency cream with a very light pleasant fragrance. Previously, I used a straightening lotion (Redken Straight) and a protectant shine product (CHI Silk Infusion) prior to blow drying, so the Giovanni product allows me to use one product instead of two.

This product retails for $8.99 and recently hit the shelves at Target stores nationwide. This comes in a 4 fl. oz. plastic bottle with a pump style top.

My hair is very fine and blunt cut to fall just below my ear lobes. I have a friend with long, course hair who I had test it out also. We both are very happy with the results, the only difference being that I need very little product, while she needs to use 3-4 pumps for her hair type/length. We both experience high shine, far fewer flyaways around the hair line, and overall smoothness. The new 2chic line with Brazilian Phyto-Keratin and Moroccan Argan Oil contains a range of eight products including a body wash, body lotion, shampoo, conditioner, and various styling products. Below is more information from Giovanni about this product:

2chic™ Brazilian Keratin & Argan Oil Ultra-Sleek Leave-In Conditioning & Styling Elixir

NEW from Giovanni Cosmetics

Finally a styling product that is actually good for hair. Giovanni Cosmetics’ NEW 2chic™ Brazilian Keratin & Argan Oil Ultra-Sleek Leave-In Conditioning & Styling Elixir is a leave-in treatment also made for styling. Twice the benefit in one product is 2chic™.

2chic™ Brazilian Keratin & Argan Oil Ultra-Sleek Leave-In Conditioning & Styling Elixir seals the deal, protecting hair from the elements as it locks in glossy radiance. Even blow dryer and flat iron heat is no match for its powers. This penetrating 2-in-1 treatment and styling serum shields hair from the elements (even styling heat) then locks in sleek texture, unbelievable softness and shine. To be 2chic™: Take a trip. Distribute evenly through damp hair. Delight in magnificently sleek, super-soft, shiny tresses.

Key Benefits

Smooth & style every strand
Seduce with softness & shine
Banish frizz
Defend against split ends
Safe for color treated hair
For all hair types
Eco Chic Technology™

100% Vegetarian Ingredients / No Animal Testing
Phyto-Keratin is a plant-sourced protein
NO phthalates / artificial fragrance / dyes / sulfates / parabens / PEGs

Ingredients: Aqua (Purified Water), Glycerin, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B-5), Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), *Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Hydrolyzed Paullinia Cupana (Brazilian Cocoa) Keratin Extract [Phyto-Keratin], *Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos Tea) Extract, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Macadamia Tenifolia (Macadamia) Seed Extract, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Natural Fragrance. *USDA Certified Organic.

2chic™ Brazilian Keratin & Argan Oil Ultra-Sleek Leave-In Conditioning & Styling Elixir MSRP $8.99 available at Target March 2012. For more information please visit

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

Friday, March 30, 2012

Softsoap Body Butter Coconut Scrub Body Wash & Bar Soap

I was looking for a moisturizing wash last month, so I picked up Softsoap's Body Butter Coconut Scrub Body Buff Wash ($3.49/15 fl. oz. at Walmart). I also picked up a 4-pack of the matching Coconut Scrub Bar Soap ($2.99/3.9 oz.). Both of the products have worked well to moisturize, particularly the liquid scrub. The light coconut scent is a major added bonus, because it reminds me of good memories like Florida vacations and summers on the beach here at home.

The formula on the body scrub is very rich and thick, and while it has plenty of visible exfoliating grains (apricot shell), they are very fine. I can't "feel" the grains, but my skin definitely feels softer and it looks less ashy, for lack of a better word! It's enriched with jojoba butter and crushed coconut extracts, and just a dollop on my shower brush produces plenty of lather. It rinses clean leaving nothing but silky smooth skin. Areas that normally look dry such as the elbows, don't even look like they need moisturizer applied after using this.

The companion bar soap in this scent line has the same light coconut/tropical scent and small exfoliating grains. The grains in the bar soap are more evident to the touch than they are in the body wash, but they're still very mild. The soap lathers up very well, and like the wash it rinses clean. My skin feels a little tighter after using the bar soap than the body wash, so I didn't find it to be quite as moisturizing as the liquid product. Both of these products leave a light lingering scent of coconut, but that gradually fades on me in about an hour.

My skin doesn't seem to need as much moisture during the warmer months, so I think I'll continue to use the body wash in the colder, dryer months. It did a great job of softening my skin throughout the day, so I would definitely purchase it again. The bar soap is nice, but it didn't seem to do anything exceptional for me, so it's not a "must have" item in the future.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Deborah Lippmann Mirrored Chrome Nail Lacquers

After being MIA for the month of March due to internet connection issues, I think I'm back in business. New router, new wireless router, Comcast vists...oh, how I hate technology sometimes! My laptop still won't connect, but my desktop is finally staying online for more than a minute or two at at time, so we'll see if it really is fixed.

I just received an eMail from announcing these three beautiful shades that are now available to order, and they will be shipping on April 2. I've been offline for so long, this is the first I've heard about this offering. I'm going to order Swagga Like Us and Private Dancer. I have some older mirror finish polishes from Revlon and Sally Hansen, but they're streaky and not particularly pretty because of that. Deborah Lippmann polishes always have such a nice formula, so I'm hopeful that these will be more impressive. And they're duo chromes! Or at least they sound like duo chromes from the description:

Luxe metallic touches set the tone for a modern look for Spring. Inspired by beautifully finished metals on the runway at Chloe, Cavalli and Gucci I wanted to add a new finish to our collection that could take the idea of "your nails as an accessory" to the next level.

Introducing the season's hottest nail lacquer finish--Mirrored Chrome Nail Lacquer. Paint your nails with a true mirrored, chrome-like finish. Splurge on your nails "the newest accessory".

Swagga Like Us in oxidized copper teal, Sugar Daddy in antique champagne lilac and Private Dancer in gilded ultra violet. These shades actually flip or change color when seen from different angles. It's a cool, completely unique look that almost looks like you dipped your fingertips in liquid metal.

Price: $18.00

What do you think about these? Do you think they'll have a "true" mirrored finish? I know I should wait for swatches, but I'm afraid if I do that, they'll sell out before I can get them.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Orly's Dark Shadows Movie-Inspired Collection

Mysterious Curse: Purple Duochrome Shimmer
Buried Alive: Rich Brown Shimmer
Grave Mistake: Deep Red Crème
Decades of Dysfunction: Pale Pink Crème

ORLY International Partners with Warner Bros. Pictures
ORLY Creates Limited-Time Nail Color Collection inspired by the movie “Dark Shadows”.

NEW YORK, March 23, 2012 – ORLY International announced today a limited-time nail color collection partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures in conjunction with the release of Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows,” starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter, set to open on May 11, 2012.

“ORLY strives to deliver innovative products and trend-focused nail shades,” said Jeff Pink, President and CEO of ORLY International. “The adventurous theme of ‘Dark Shadows’ was a perfect fit with our brand and the fashion colors we created for this collection.”

The collection will include four lacquers, with names and shades that reflect the dark humor conveyed in the film.

In support of the limited-time collection, ORLY will launch a “Dark Shadows” sweepstakes on their Facebook page April 1 – May 12, 2012 where the winner will receive a private screening at a movie theater near the their home for up to 50 guests.

The ORLY Color Collection inspired by the movie, Dark Shadows will be available in May 2012 for $8.50 each at and Sally Beauty and Ulta.

About Dark Shadows

Director Tim Burton brings the cult classic series “Dark Shadows” to the big screen in a gothic comedy featuring an all-star cast.

In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from England to start a new life in America. Two decades later Barnabas is the master of Collinwood Manor—rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard, who dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries pass before Barnabas is freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin and the dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets.

“Dark Shadows” stars Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloe Grace Moretz, Bella Heathcote and Gulliver McGrath.

Burton directed the film from a screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith, story by John August and Grahame-Smith, based on the television series created by Dan Curtis. The producers are Richard D. Zanuck Graham King, Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski, and David Kennedy, with Chris Lebenzon, Tim Headington and Bruce Berman serving as executive producers.

A Warner Bros. Pictures presentation in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, an Infinitum Nihil/GK Films/Zanuck Company production, a Tim Burton film. Opening on May 11, 2012, “Dark Shadows” will be distributed worldwide in theatres and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

About ORLY

Jeff Pink founded ORLY in 1975 with a simple idea: to innovate natural nail care. By creating leading-edge products and tools designed not only to beautify, but to respond to the needs of salon professionals, ORLY’s beauty experts have redefined nail care and nail fashion. ORLY’s dynamic color palette includes over 150 Lacquer shades that are completely free of DBP, formaldehyde and toluene. As much a trendsetter as a nail care innovator, ORLY also introduced the first-ever iconic nail look: the Original French Manicure® and reinvented Lacquer application with the award-winning Gripper Cap™. ORLY embodies quality that beauty professionals in over 100 countries worldwide rely upon.