Thursday, January 24, 2013

China Glaze Avant Garden Spring 2013




China Glaze® Nail Lacquer Invites You to Visit the Avant Garden

Los Angeles (January 2012) – Spring is here and China Glaze® is blossoming with vibrant color with its new collection, Avant Garden. The delectable palette flows between soft hues and vibrant pops of color, offering an unconventional bouquet of cheerful and vivid shades. Take a stroll down the China Glaze® path, passing a bubbling brook of light and bright blues. Take in the view of the mossy green meadow and stop to enjoy the fragrant flowers of soft pink and white. Let Avant Garden take you away to a playful, romantic field of color and innovation this Spring.

The Avant Garden shades include:

* Budding Romance: moss green

* Sunday Funday: bright blue

* Fancy Pants: indigo with pink and purple shimmer

* Snap My Dragon: bright red with pink shimmer

* Passion for Petals: bright salmon-pink

* Mimosas Before Manis: coral with a light wash of shimmer

* Life is Rosy: blushed mauve

* Pink-ie Promise: iridescent baby pink

* Tart-y for the Party: light lavender creme

* Fade Into Hue: periwinkle creme

* Keep Calm, Paint On: sea foam green

* Dandy Lyin’ Around: shimmery vanilla icing

China Glaze® Avant Garden is also available in:

6 Piece Collection of “Blooming Brights”

6 Piece Collection of “Pastel Petals”

12 Piece 3D Counter Display

36 Piece Rack

China Glaze® Avant Garden will be available March 2013. Individual shades retail for $7; 6-piece collections retail for $42.

China Glaze® is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.

China Glaze® nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, please visit www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze® on Facebook (@ChinaGlazeOfficlal), Twitter (@ChinaGlaze) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/chinaglaze).

China Glaze® is a division of American International Industries.

About American International Industries

For 42 years, AII has been the leading manufacturer and worldwide distributor of innovative, quality beauty and skin care products for men and women. Our product lines include Andrea, Ardell, Body Drench, Bye Bye Blemish, Checi, China Glaze, Clean + Easy, Clubman/Pinaud, Duo, European Secrets, EzFlow, Fright Night, Gena, GiGi, Gypsy Lash, IBD, It’s So Easy, Jeris-Lustray, LASH BeLONG, Nail Tek, No Tweeze/Micro Tweeze, 'N Rage, Poshe, Prolinc, RAW, Seche, SuperNail, Surgi-Care, Waterworks, Winning Nails, Woltra, Woody’s, and Youthair. For more information, visit our website: www.aiibeauty.com.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Coming Soon: Hard Candy Correction Crème

2012 seemed to be the Year of the BB Cream invasion, and 2013 is shaping up to be the Year of the CC Cream! Hard Candy will be introducing their Correction Crème next month, and it will be available at Walmart and Walmart.com. Here's the full story from their press release:

Correction Crème is the newest staple in a woman’s skincare routine that can be used as a last step or on its own as an instant beautifier. Hard Candy -the go-to collection of edgy, fun, affordable cosmetics – is expanding its face category with the introduction of it’s own CC Crème in February 2013.

CC creams are the next generation of BB creams that are an all-in-one product designed to moisturize, prime, color correct, brighten, and even skins complexion. The point of difference in the CC cream is that they have additional coverage properties and color correcting benefits. Essentially, they are a merge of skin care and cosmetics.

The multi-functional CC crème aims to provide better skin coverage to treat and cover uneven skin tones more effectively than a BB Cream - plus the benefit of daily skin protection of broad spectrum SPF 15.

What does it do?

Hard Candy’s CC Crème provides five flawless functions:

1. Color corrects undertone with unique light reflecting optical pearls

2. Neutralizes skin tone by blurring blemishes, discolorations and dark spots

3. Brightens complexions with glowing air brushed finish

4. Evens skins texture for a smooth flawless appearance

5. Oil free crème moisturizes skin all day without clogging pores

How to use it:

Apply to clean skin. Squeeze a small amount of CC Crème onto palm and apply sparingly, starting from the center of the face using semi-circular movements. Continue to blend it well until it is invisible.

Innovative Technology:

Hand Candy's CC Crème is infused with inorganic pigments that neutralizes the under tone of skin resulting in a balanced complexion. The technology is further enhanced by the incorporation of complimentary titanated micas, which deliver a light reflection of color correcting properties, creating the appearance of even and flawless skin tone.

Special Ingredients:

Isostearyl Neopentanoate – A light, silky ester that improves product playtime for a more natural looking finish.

Polymethyl Methacrylate – A texture enhancer and soft focus powder that give a soft skin feel and matte application.

Micronized Pigments – Provide a tint of color to even out skin tone.

Color Correcting Pearls – Help even out skin tone and add radiance.

D-Panthenol – Hydrates and nourishes the skin.

Prorevive Blemish Balm Complex – An all-in-one product consisting of Lactobacillus Bulgaricus/White Willow Bark Extract Ferment Filtrate that provides anti-aging, conditioning, moisturizing, anti-wrinkle, protecting, and antioxidant properties.

Hard Candy’s CC Crème will be available in February 2013 exclusively at Walmart and walmart.com for $8 (1.5 oz) and comes in 4 shades: Fair, Light, Medium and Dark.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Blog Sale!

I've updated my blog sale/shoppe page, so take a look if you're interested. My storage drawers are overflowing and there's much more to add, but I've been lazy busy! Click the "shoppe" page above, or click here.


Saturday, January 12, 2013

December's Use It Up Roundup

Here's a quick look at what I used up in December! I've started keeping track of this for myself so I can look back at some of my favorites, and some of my not so favorites. It gives me a great sense of empowerment to use something up for some reason, especially when I see the total accumulation. I also think it helps me to buy less when I have a goal to use some of what I already have first. Maybe you might find something of interest for yourself, or find some of the mini reviews for each product to be helpful.


Like each month, there were some hits and misses...some routine things I used up that I always replace so that I'm never without them, some products that I won't replace, and some products that I would buy again. I seem to have used up quite a few hair products this month, which is part of my goal: use up some of what I have before buying more!

J'adore Perfumed Bath & Shower Gel: This was a small bottle that was included in a gift set along with a full sized fragrance. They now make this in a creamy version rather than the clear gel version that I had, so I can't provide a link or price for this exact product. J'adore is a favorite fragrance of mine, so I would buy this again.

Plus White Xtra Whitening Toothpaste: A staple item for me, and I always have a spare tube at the ready to replace it. I use this after a regular toothpaste, and it really does make a difference for me. Retail: $3.37/3.5 oz.

Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid Serum: Another staple item for me. This was also in my used up November post, but I found another partially used one tucked away and used it up this month. This product introduced me to the world of hyaluronic acid, and I've since accumulated all kinds of products that contain HA. I use it on my face and lips to add and retain moisture, thereby plumping up fine lines. It also does a good job of firming and evening out my skin's texture. I only need one or two pumps per application, so a bottle lasts me about 2 months. Retail: $22.00/1 oz.

Bvlgari Omnia Coral Eau de Toilette: This was a sample size from Sephora, and I think it would be a nice scent for Summer. It's light, a little tropical, and not too sweet. It didn't last long on me though, and while I liked it, I didn't love it. The notes are Bergamot, Goji Berries, Hibiscus Flower, Water Lily, Pomegranate, and Cedar Wood. Retail: $64.00/1.35 oz.

Nature Made Multi for Her: I've always taken a multi vitamin, and I will continue to do so. Do they make a difference? I have no idea, but I like to think they do. I normally use this brand because Walgreens and Meijer offer bogo half off, and they're always easy to find. Retail: $10.99/90 tablets

Estee Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher: I've rediscovered Estee Lauder's color cosmetics since Tom Pecheaux became their Creative Makeup Director a couple of years back. Spending so much time at the EL counter, I was bound to pick up some of their skin care along the way! This particular product feels wonderful on my skin, has a lovely scent, and does give my skin a nice look. I bought it in hopes of seeing some real reduction in the size of my pores though, and I didn't notice enough change in that area to contine spending this much money on it. I've had much better luck with Skinn's Pure Pore Cleanser, so I'll stick with that for now. Retail: $52.00/1 oz.

Sebastian Shaper Zero Gravity Hairspray: I picked this up on my way out of town to carry in my bag on a short trip, but I won't buy it again. Sebastian Shaper in the white can is my favorite hairspray, but this is nothing like that one. It holds well--too well, in fact. I just need a light spray around the front of my hair, and this was far too stiff of a hold for my liking! I paid $6.99 for this tiny can at Meijer, but I see it much cheaper on line. Retail: $3.95/1.5 oz.

CHI Silk Infusion: Another holy grail item for me. I've used this product for many years, and it performs consistently well for me. It adds shine, smoothness, protects from heat damage, and strengthens my hair to prevent further damage. I'm testing a similar product right now from Rusk, and it seems to be working pretty well for now, but I think in the end, I'll still prefer the CHI. Retail: $14.00/2 oz.

Rusk W8less Multi 12-in-1 Leave In Treatment: I just finished using my second bottle of this, and I would definitely buy it again. You can read my full review here. I'm trying to use up some similar products before I buy more, but I'm finding I need to use 2-3 different products to produce the same look that this one does on its own. Retail: $8.95/6 oz.

Nioxin Intense Therapy Diamax Thickening Xtrafusion Treatment: I was not graced with thick luxurious hair, and I have spent the better part of my life trying to find something that not only makes it look thicker, but actually makes it be thicker. This is the first product I've ever used that really does thicken my hair. It adds volume, it isn't sticky, there's far less hair going down the drain, and it's even producing new hair. I thought my flyaways were getting extremely noticeable a few months back, and I mentioned it to my hair stylist. She looked all around my hair and told me they weren't flyaways, but new hair. I had to use it for 2 months straight before I noticed new growth, but the look and feel of thicker hair was immediate. I paid retail at my salon for the first bottle ($50.00--yikes!), then I began ordering it from Amazon. It ranges everytime I've ordered it, but it's usually around $22.00-$28.00. The good news is, I'm testing a product from Pantene that seems to working exactly the same. I can't say that with total certainty yet, but so far, so good. This would allow me to have better accessibility because the Pantene is sold at chain retailers, and it's at least $5.00 less. Retail: $22.00/3.38 oz.

Rusk Designer Collection W8less Plus Hairspray: This isn't a bad product, but it makes my hair look a little dry and it also seems to diminish the shine slightly. So no, I doubt I'd use this product again. You can view my full review here. Retail: $10.95/10 oz.

That's it for the December Use It Up Roundup!

*Some products featured were furnished for consideration.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Flashback Friday: Lancome Extrait De Vie for Lips & Cheeks

We all love to be in the know about the latest and greatest beauty products, but Flashback Friday will focus on older products I have in my stash. I don't know about you, but there are many products I have that are somewhat sentimental to me--much like songs or music, these products remind me of a certain time in my life. Today's flashback is circa 2001, and it's a limited edition product that Lancome offered. Extrait De Vie for Lips & Cheeks was probably my first experience with a color stain product.


This product is similar to Benetint, and it's a thin pinkish red liquid with a simple brush applicator. It's in a heavy but small glass bulb bottle that stands just over 2" in height. It's a pretty little piece to display on my vanity, but considering how much I wanted it at the time, it's just never gotten much use from me. Yet I hold on to it because it has sentimental value, for whatever reason. Or maybe I'm just preparing for my debut on the Hoarders show :)

I love the round bottle design and the simple elegance of the gold lettering and the Lancome rose logo.




Here's a quick swatch first applied, and then blotted. The "just bitten" or "flushed" look lasts for 4-5 hours, but as you can see around the edges, it does bleed a bit. I never used it as a cheek chain, just a lip stain.


It's funny that I can't remember what I had for dinner yesterday, but yet I completely recall this product and how I ended up getting it 12 years ago. I saw it in a magazine, and I HAD to have it! Our local counter sold out of it immediately, so I called the counter in South Bend, IN and they had one left. They said they would hold it for me, so I drove the 35 miles to get it. A sales associate was showing one to a customer when I arrived, and the other SA asked if she could help me. I told her what I wanted, and the other associate said that this was the last one. Whoever I spoke with on the phone never pulled the product. I was so disappointed, I really, really wanted this! Luckily, the other customer was just looking, not buying, so I ended up getting it. I can't recall what I paid for it though...I want to say maybe $24-$28? Can anyone else relate to hunting down a product that you want so much, only to seldom use it?!!

Do you hold on to older products for sentimental reasons? Obviously I do, and I also come across products I'd forgotten about that become new to me all over again. Of course there are products I rediscover that end up getting thrown out, so maybe I won't end up on Hoarders after all!

Walgreens Beauty Sample Box Free With $30.00 Purchase


I received a coupon printout at the register from Walgreens recently, and wanted to share the information with you if you aren't already aware of it (which I wasn't!). All you need to do is spend $30.00 on beauty products, use your Balance Rewards Card, and you'll receive the printout which contains a coupon code for a free Beauty Sample Box.

Go to their web site, click the "Savings & Deals" link near the upper right corner of their home page located next to the Balance Rewards Card icon, then click the link that says "Learn More" under "Beauty Advisors + You". Follow the quick and easy instructions to enter your code and claim your prize. The current box, which I believe is the second box offered since they began this promotion last month, just became available today. I claimed mine, and it says that the offer is valid until January 25. The first box sold out quickly, so don't wait to redeem your code. You can also claim more than one box if you make multiple purchases and receive additional codes.

My understanding is that the promotion runs through February 14, and a third box will be introduced after this second box expires at the end of January.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Becca Bronzing Skin Perfector


This past October, Becca Cosmetics announced a partnership with Sephora that would bring select products to Sephora stores. Becca Cosmetics will continue to introduce more products to Sephora stores throughout 2013, which will result in a total of 100 new items that round out BECCA’s four unique categories: Complexion, Perfectors, Tints and Ultimates. The brand will also be available in at least 50 Sephora inside JCPenney locations in March with plans to expand into 150 locations by the end of 2013. This is good news if you're already a Becca fan. If you haven't tried this brand yet, Sephora has an interactive merchandising display that delivers a Shade Match Guarantee™ that can help you find your perfect foundation shade. Their color cosmetics are also available at Sephora, as well as on Becca's website.

I have a review of Becca's Bronzing Skin Perfector for you today, which is a bronzing creme designed to smooth, even and perfect the skin while imparting a natural sun-kissed glow. This product retails for $36.00 and comes in a 1.35 fl. oz. tube.


This product comes in one universal shade, and at first glimpse it appears to be quite dark. It's lightweight, and glides easily onto the skin over moisturizer or foundation.



The first time I began to apply this, my initial thought was that it was way too dark. I dotted it over my moisturizer, blended it, and it wasn't too dark at all. It melts right into the skin and gives a very subtle and natural sun-kissed glow. I also worried that the tiny glitter-looking particles would present themselves as a glitter bomb on my face, but they aren't noticeable at all.  



It's difficult to get this photographed in a way that it shows up, but I definitely notice the difference it makes when I wear it. Just below the arrows is where I've blended the product.


The formula is sheer but buildable, and it's recommended for all skin tones. I sometimes use it alone over a moisturizer then follow with a light dusting of translucent powder, or I use it over my powder foundation. It blends surprisingly well over the powder foundation. Depending on the look I'm going for, I may apply it over my entire face, or just apply it slightly under my cheek bones, down the bridge of my nose, and my on forehead.

What I love about this product as a bronzing aid is that there are no orange tones whatsoever. It's completely natural looking, and the tiny glitter blends right in, becoming nothing more than light-reflecting particles that diffuse light and add radiance, not sparkle.

Below is the description from Sephora:

What it is:
A universally flattering bronzing cream designed to smooth, even, and perfect the skin while imparting a natural sunkissed glow.

What it does:
This sheer bronzing cream imparts a radiant glow while visibly smoothing, clarifying, and perfecting the skin. Its versatile formula lends a healthy allover finish, blends with foundation or moisturizer to create a custom golden tint, or contours where the sun would naturally warm your face.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens

What else you need to know:
Infused with antioxidant vitamin E, this formula contains light-reflecting particles that diffuse light so your skin looks softer and younger while adding subtle warmth. This product does not contain fragrance, oil, or alcohol.

Have you tried anything from the Becca line? My first Becca purchase was their Pearl Skin Perfector about 10 years ago, and I've yet to try anything from them that I haven't liked. Sephora's F & F sale in November gave me a good excuse to add their Moonstone Skin Perfector and an Ultimate Colour Gloss in Hummingbird to my Becca collection. I received an eMail today announcing their newest product, Ultimate Matte Lip Colour. I think I may need to pick one of those up!

*Product featured was furnished for consideration.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

The right tool can make a world of difference in your make up application, and I've found that the majority of times, my higher-end brushes perform better. Every now and again, I discover a brush that does a superior job, even though the price may lead you to believe otherwise. The Real Techiniques Expert Face Brush is a good example of a product that completely dispels the saying that you get what you pay for.


Priced at just $8.99, this brush is top quality and has rapidly become one of my favorites for applying my powder foundation. I seldom wear liquid foundation, because I never seem to be able to apply it correctly. I just ordered another Expert Face Brush to use solely for liquid foundation. I'm excited to think that maybe, just maybe, this will help in my application so I'll be able to wear more liquid foundations that look flawless.


The brush is aluminum, so it's lightweight. The tapered handle is comfortable to hold and easy to manage. The information on the packaging (below) recommends this brush for the application and blending of cream or liquid foundations, but don't think that's all it does! This multitasker works well for blush, bronzer, blending, and buffing.


The synthetic bristles are very dense and firm, but they are unbelievably soft. The shape of the brush head gives me great control and precision, especially around facial contours. I haven't noticed any shedding, and it's still just as soft as the day I bought it, even after a couple of washings.


This photo gives you a comparison as to the size. I find myself reaching for the Real Techniques brush over my MAC 187 and my Shiseido Foundation Brush, and I don't remember the last time I used my Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Brush for buffing.


This is a very impressive brush, and the price makes it even better. I still love my higher-end brushes, but this one works just as well and in some instances, better. It also saves me time because I can use one brush instead of two or three for various products. I'm especially happy with the way it "finishes" my powder foundation. My higher-end brushes always outperformed my lower-end brushes for powder application, because they almost eliminated any "powdery" look that I always seemed to get from lower-end brushes. There's no almost with the Real Techniques Brush. It completely eliminates any look of powder, so I don't feel like I always have to set it with a finishing spray for that more flawless look.

I don't have any other brushes from Real Techniques, so if you have any thoughts about them or any that you recommend, let me know in the comments! I picked mine up from Drugstore.com, but they're also available at Ulta, select Walmart stores, iHerb.com, and other etailers.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Sneak Peek Drugstore Haul: New Physicians Formula, L'Oreal, Rimmel, Maybelline, Revlon & More!

Here's a quick look at my so-called failed drug store product search from this morning! It was a fail in that I went out looking for some of the new Fergie highlighters from Wet 'n' Wild, and I never did find them. But boy oh boy, did they have a lot of other irresistable bargains! Thankfully, between bogo, coupons, Wellness points, etc., it ended up being a great deal all the way around. I don't think all of these products are new, but now that they've cleared away all of the holiday offerings, this is the first time I've seen some of them. I'll be busy swatching this week now that my daughter will be back in school tomorrow after the long Holiday break.


Above: Physicians Formula has a trio of new Sexy Booster Sexy Glow products out, and I passed on the highlighter. I did pick up the glossy stain and glow blush though, because I couldn't resist the packaging! The rest is L'Oreal Visible Lift Color Lift blushes, Black Radiance Glossy Stains, Maybelline Whisper lip gloss, L'Oreal Colour Riche Shadow Quad, Rimmel's new Kate Moss matte lip sticks, and Maybelline's new Metal Color Tattoos.


Above: Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye Cream and Lash Serum Duo Kit, Maybelline Smokey Eye Quad, Revlon Photo Ready Primer & Eye Shadow palettes, and new polish shades from Massini/Studio M, Revlon, and Sally Hansen.

Here's a closer look at the Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Blush. It's not quite this peach in real life, but my camera didn't seem to understand that.


A closer look at the polishes.




There are tons of new drug store items out right now, aren't there? I need to hurry and find those Fergie highlighters so I don't end up picking up more things along the way! Any new drug store finds for you yet this year?

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Gud Vanilla Flame Natural Hand Cream from Burt's Bees

Gud Vanilla Flame Natural Hand Cream is an offshoot brand from Burt's Bees, and has a range of skin care products including such things as shampoo & conditioner, hand soap, body butter, hand cream, and more. I've always been impressed with the Burt's Bees line, but this first product I'm using from Gud...just isn't that good!


The hand cream retails for about $7.49 for a 3 oz. tube, and can be purchased at drug stores, Walmart, Target, and various etailers. The Vanilla Flame scent itself smells good--a warm vanilla musk scent--but it's strong. Certainly stronger than I want for a hand cream. It definitely overpowers any fragrance/perfume I wear, and I can see how the scent could be very bothersome to certain consumers. It doesn't fade away quickly, because I can still smell it 4 hours after I've used it.


The formula is fairly thick, and it absorbs nicely without feeling greasy. As you can see from the ingredients, there are plenty of hydrating products in it--shea butter, oils, glycerin--but I don't find this cream to be particularly moisturizing. It's a quick fix if my hands look and feel dry, but I wish the hydrating effect lasted longer than the scent. After a couple of hours, my hands look and feel like they need another application.


Maybe some of the other products from this line will give me better results, but this one didn't really do too much for me. I think it's priced a little on the high side for the quality, and I'm disappointed that it doesn't moisturize as well I expected it to.

Have you tried anything from this line yet? I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts about it, and if you had better results than I did.

*Product furnished for consideration.



Friday, January 4, 2013

L'Oreal Color Caresse Wet Shine Stains

L'Oreal's latest lip color offering,  Color Caresse Wet Shine Stains, are available in 12 shades. They are very similar to the much pricier Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain. The L'Oreal product retails between $7.49 and $9.99 (0.21 fl. oz.), depending on where you buy them, while the YSL product retails for $32.00 (0.20 fl. oz.). Let's take a look at the L'Oreal product first, and then I've done a little comparison to the YSL product at the end.


The shades I selected were Endless Red #190 and Berry Persistent #186. The case is a shiny gold plastic container with a color band that shows a representation of the shade. The cap is a locking twist-off type. The applicator is a soft angled foam that is a good working size for both coverage and precision during the application.


The darker shades are quite pigmented, and my swatch below shows the color coverage with just one swipe. I didn't pick up any of the lighter shades, but I have read reviews that say several coats are needed on those lighter colors for decent coverage. These apply with a glossy finish and they set up pretty quickly. You can blot them down immediately for a fairly matte finish, or allow them to wear down by themselves for that matte look. Over time, they become more of a stain than a matte, and I can still see the color stain after 5-6 hours. This gel-stain product is formulated with hydrating oils and pure color pigment, and they're 30% water. They're tacky feeling at first, and as they dry down they still have a very slight tacky feel to me. They don't dry my lips out, but I think if I wore them for days on end, they probably would.


How similar are they to the YSL product? In my opinion, they're very similar as far as the formula. The ingredients are almost identical, they feel identical and wear almost the same. The YSL product seems slightly more pigmented on application, and after leaving them on my arm all day, the YSL product is about 10% more pigmented at this point. There are some outward cosmetic differences to the packaging and the applicator, and of course there's that huge price difference.


The YSL tube is wider, while the L'Oreal tube is more slender. The applicator wand is slightly longer on the L'Oreal product, and the sponge applicator is actually plusher and cushier on the L'Oreal than on the YSL. L'Oreal's applicator also is more rounded on the sides. I don't find that either design however, does a better or worse job applying the product.



Here's a look at the L'Oreal products with the YSL product at the bottom. For reference, the YSL product shade is Violet Edition #1.


Here are the same shades blotted down after the application.


If you're looking for a more reasonably priced alternative to the Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stains, I don't think you'll find a closer alternative than L'Oreal's Color Caresse Wet Shine Stains. The ingredient lists on these two products are practically identical, and L'Oreal owns YSL. Are they dupes? For all intents and purposes, I would say that they are. I doubt you'll ever see bogo 50% on the YSL, as you're sure to on the L'Oreal, making L'Oreal's product the better deal by far. Don't get me wrong, I still love the YSL Glossy Stains I have and I may buy more in the future. At this point though, I would probably buy another YSL based solely on color if it was something I loved and the L'Oreal Color Caresse Wet Shine Stain didn't have a match.

Have you picked up any of the L'Oreal product yet? Let us know what you thought about them, and if you have any YSL, how do you think they compare?

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Melvita 100% Argan Oil Roll-On

The cold Winter months always find me looking for products that will moisturize and repair my cuticles. It's especially nice to find one that not only works well, but is also portable, and neat and easy to apply. Melvita's 100% Argan Oil Roll-On is a great little product, and I love that it has a roll-on applicator. It instantly soothes my cuticles, eliminates the dryness, and improves their look.


Melvita recommends using this on any dry areas of your skin, including lips and cuticles. Argan Oil is one of the top anti aging products on the market, and it's rich in Vitamins A and E, and healing sterols. Argan Oil is also one of the longer-lasting oils, so you don't need to constantly re-apply this product throughtout the day. I must admit I probably apply it more than I need to just because I love the applicator! I use it on my cuticles, my lips if they seem extra dry, my elbows, fine lines and wrinkles on my face, and even on a couple of age spots that I'm starting to notice, because Argan Oil can fade brown spots.


The roller is metal, which I prefer to a plastic roller ball. The ball measures about 1/4", so it makes your application very precise. The glass tube that holds the product is quite thick so there's no need to worry about it breaking easily. This retails for $13.00/0.33 fl. oz. It's available at the Melvita web site (link above) and at other etailers. Melvita products are all natural and organic. There's no need to print a list of ingredients for this product because it's pure and simple: cold pressed unscented argan oil from organic farming, and no preservatives or colorants.

*Product featured was furnished for consideration.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Misa Spring 2013 I Do Collection

The print ad from Nailpro Magazine's January 2013 issue carries this ad for Misa's 2013 Spring Collection called I Do. Pale pastels don't normally do a whole lot for me, but I'm going to hold out hope that Misa may have sprinkled at least some of these with their hidden shimmer.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

China Glaze Bitz 'N Pieces Print Ad

Here's a closer look at the China Glaze Bitz 'N Pieces collection as seen in Nailpro Magazine's January 2013 issue. This collection is scheduled for a February launch. If you like glitter, you should love this collection!


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