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EOS lemon drop and EOS Cucumber (Refresh) hand lotion

Thursday, July 26, 2012 2

I was sent two EOS products to review. A lip balm and a hand lotion.  I have been using EOS lip balms for quite some time because I really like the shape/ size of the lip balm so I was very excited to have a chance to review a new scent.

Today I have EOS lemon drop to share with you guys.
I am sure that a lot of you have seen the EOS lipbalms around.  They are marketed as a smooth sphere...which it is...a round lip balm instead of one in a tube. 

Here is Lemon drop, it is spf 15 so that is a bonus because we should always have sunscreen on our lips to avoid sunburnt lips. I think that when we apply sunscreen the lips are one of the most commonly forgotten parts. 

Here is the description for it: 
"Naturally flavored and PABA free. Packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil, eos keeps lips moist, soft and sensationally smooth"

The lemon drop lip balm is a round yellow sphere with a protective clear seal around it.

Once you peel off the seal you get a cute yellow sphere.

 Twist the sphere and bam! you get your lipbalm.
 I like the shape of the lip balm because it allows for fast coverage. You pretty much cover your top and bottom lip in one swipe. 

I found the scent quite lovely, not too strong or too weak. A true lemon scent. Very clean and fresh.


 The next thing I tried out was the EOS Cucumber hand lotion.  I was kind of confused with the shape of the lotion but I get it now! It is designed to fit in your purse or POCKET!!! that is why it is flat/ ovalish. 

Here is the description of it:
  • Infused with a combination of skin-conditioning oils, aloe, and moisturizing shea butter, eos hand lotion will leave your skin feeling soft, supple and radiantly healthy long after you apply it.
  • 97% natural formula, paraben-free

I liked the cucumber scent because it was very light. I work in a hospital and I have found many hand creams are too strong in scent for a hospital. The cucumber scent was perfect. I also liked that the lotion absorbed into my skin almost instantly and wasn't greasy.

If you are interested in learning about the other EOS products check out their website here

*The products in this post were sent to me for the purpose of a 100% honest unbiased review.*

CND has unveiled signature Olympic inspired nail looks

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 0

So...The olympics began today...Women's soccer :)  I actually can't believe that the olympics have started...I guess time has just been flying by. Anyways...so CND has created some pretty neat olympic designs for nails.

CND Shellac, the Original Power Polish, gears up for the London 2012 Olympic Games
at several Olympic Villages

July 23, 2012 – Starting July 21, athletes in the Olympic and Paralympic Villages will have the opportunity to receive complimentary 14 day+, superior shine CND Shellac manicures and pedicures by the UK’s top nail technicians, courtesy of UK professional beauty distributor, Sweet Squared. CND Shellac is the original and only Power Polish service that will last as long as the Games, helping athletes reach the podium in style!

To celebrate this Olympic initiative, CND is unveiling its medal-worthy nail looks, Olympic Gold & Olympic Sprit:


“We are thrilled athletes from around the world will be treated to a CND Shellac service during the Olympics and wish them the very best in their remarkable journey,” says CND co-founder and style director Jan Arnold. “We look forward to seeing all the Olympic inspired nails which will be uploaded onto the CND Facebook and Sweet Squared Facebook fan pages, and thank Sweet Squared for its continued support and enthusiasm for the CND brand.”

CND Shellac in the Village
Athletes are welcome to the Leisure Lounge at the official Olympic Rowing & Canoe Village as well as the Sailing Village for a medal-worthy manicure, pedicure and hand / foot massage starting Saturday, July 21 and every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday during the Games. These complimentary services will be offered at the Paralympics from August 29 to September 9. Athletes will have 36 gorgeous colors to choose from and the option to customize with Olympic themed designs.
Follow Live on Facebook and Twitter
Want to know what nail style your favorite athlete is sporting? Live tweeting with #OlympicShellac along with photos posted to the CND Facebook and Sweet Squared Facebook fan pages will give Olympic enthusiasts and nail buffs alike an insider look at the experience and perfectly manicured fingers and toes! Follow @CNDWorld and @SweetSquared.

The Original Power Polish
CND Shellac is a nail care system for natural nails that is winning over women all around the world. CND Shellac paints on like polish – base coat, color, top coat – and is cured in a CND UV Lamp so there is zero dry time. It combines the ease of polish with high-gloss shine, 14-day wear, easy 10 minute removal and no nail damage. CND Shellac is also hypo-allergenic & “3-Free” – no formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP.

Tweezerman Partners with Cynthia Rowley for Fourth Consecutive Limited Edition Designer Series


Tweezerman Canada is excited to announce a partnership with Cynthia Rowley for the 2012 Limited Edition Designer Series Collection, an annual compilation coveted by fashion lovers, beauty aficionados and design enthusiasts alike. Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley has added sporty and graphic prints to this year’s designer series collection for Tweezerman, bringing her colourful chic aesthetic to the premium quality beauty tools that give you the most beautiful brows, hands and feet. These special edition Sporty Foulard prints are available on the award-winning Slant Tweezer ($30) in two special edition colours, Light Blue and Cobalt Blue. The prints are also available on the best-selling Mini Slant Tweezer ($19) and the Filemate Nail File ($6.50) in Signature Red. Items are set to hit Sephora exclusively at the end of July.

I have always been a fan of Tweezerman and I am thrilled to be partnering with them for this special edition designer series,” said Cynthia Rowley.  “I love that I get to put my own fresh twist on this cult classic product!

For our fourth designer series, we looked to partner with a fashion-forward brand that would excite our consumers and wow women with the same exuberance that the quality of our tools inspires,” says Dr. Conny Wittke, CEO and President of Tweezerman International. “Cynthia Rowley’s designs are not only beautiful, they translate perfectly and beautifully onto the surface of our award-winning Slant Tweezer as well as the other beauty tools in the collection, making all the designs in the series must-have collectibles.”

Tweezerman’s award winning tools are beloved worldwide as the company understands a simple truth: when consumers feel comfortable, happy and confident, they also feel beautiful. As uniquely designed beauty tool experts, Tweezerman’s approach is much 
like Cynthia Rowley's: high-end fashion, high-end function.

Website: Tweezerman.ca
Facebook: Tweezerman Canada
Twitter: @TweezermanCA
Pinterest: Tweezerman Canada


A rare sight

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 2

It's maintenance day! which involves cleaning the bottles, making sure they are closed properly, organizing, purging duplicates, etc

This isn't all of them but most of them

EOS Everyday Hand Lotion

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 0

Soak in the goodness.
Infused with moisturizing shea butter and oat extract, as well
as a generous helping of natural antioxidants, essential
nutrients and vitamins C and E, eos hand lotion will leave
your skin feeling soft, supple, and radiantly healthy long after
you apply it.
Smooth on eos’ never-greasy, super-soothing hand and
body lotion and make your skin smile.

• Unique pebble shape designed to fit in your purse, your
pocket, or on your desk
• 97% natural everyday and cucumber formulas for normal
to dry skin
• Non-greasy, super soothing and fast absorbing, providing
long-lasting moisture
• Dermatologist tested & hypoallergenic
• Paraben-free formula
• Not tested on animals
• No animal by-products

Key Ingredients:

• Aloe – soothes, moisturizes and heals
• Oat – protects delicate, dry, sensitive and irritated skin
• Shea butter – softens and nourishes
• Vitamin E & C – powerful antioxidants that rejuvenate and
hydrate for healthy-looking, radiant skin

Sku Specific Benefits:
• Everyday Hand Lotion: 97% natural for softer skin on the
go. For all skin types.
• Cucumber Hand Lotion: 97% natural to energize your skin
on the go. For all skin types.

Launch Date: May/June 2012


EOS Lemon with SPF 15 Lip Balm Smooth Sphere


 Show your lips the light!
Pamper your lips while you protect them from the
sun with this eos Lemon Drop with SPF 15 that’s
naturally flavored and PABA-free. Packed with
natural conditioning oils and antioxidant-rich vitamin
E, eos keeps your lips moist, soft and sensationally

• Great-tasting, all-natural lemon flavor
• Petrolatum and paraben-free
• PABA-free sunscreen with broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun
• Revolutionary smooth sphere applies directly onto lips, so
it’s more hygienic than pot lip balms
• Soft-touch, recyclable packaging in vibrant, sophisticated
• Gluten-free
• Not tested on animals

Key Ingredients:
• Olive oil – provides long-lasting moisture
• Vitamin E – provides antioxidant protection; soothes and

Launch Date: May/June 2012

EOS Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream



Who says shaving can’t be delightful?

Packed with natural aloe, oat, shea butter and antioxidant
vitamins E and C , eos ultra moisturizing shave cream leaves
your skin looking radiantly healthy.

• So moisturizing, you can shave wet or dry
• Non-foaming cream formula boosts skin’s moisture level and
leaves skin soft and smooth
• Provides a closer shave, even helping to prevent those little
razor bumps.
• Paraben-free formula
• Soft-touch, ergonomic plastic bottle is easy to hold, rust-free
and recyclable (not like those cans the boys use)
• Easy-to-use pump for 100% propellant-free dispensing
• Not tested on animals
• No animal by-products

Key Ingredients:
• Aloe – soothes, moisturizes and heals
• Oat – protects delicate, dry, sensitive and irritated skin
• Shea butter – softens and nourishes
• Vitamin E & C – rejuvenating antioxidants for healthy looking,
radiant skin

Enticing Fragrances:
• Pomegranate Raspberry
• Vanilla Bliss
• Sensitive – Fragrance Free

Launch Date: June/July 2012

Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism Spring/Summer 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 0

You can always count on Illamasqua to be interesting and surprising. Their newest collection, Human Fundamentalism, available on Sephora.com March 20 and in select Sephora stores March 22, is a makeup artist’s playground.
“Human Fundamentalism is the unique spirit and fundamental human drive for individuality. It’s a belief, a movement and an emotion. A connection with the spirit of the age and its global motifs. You are your own human hybrid, a unique nomad of street cultures and global trends.”
Alex Box, Illamasqua Creative Director.
Powder Eye Shadow ($20) Subvert normality with an explosion of highly pigmented Powder Eye Shadows in four bold shades.
  • Burst (Blue Green)
  • Pivot (Yellow Green)
  • Cancan (Lilac Purple)
  • Sex (Pure White)

Palettes ($42.50)
Fundamental Palette:  The Fundamental Palette is a playground for self-expression. Experiment with contrasting textures:
  • Liquid Metal in molten pewter
  • Cream Pigment in mint green
  • Powder Eye Shadows in Hype (Bold Yellow); Inception (Rich Violet)
Neutral Palette:  Create sculpted highlights and stark contours anywhere on your face and body with these four fundamental Powder Shadows.
  • Stealth (Creamy Buttermilk, matte),
  • Wolf (Chocolate Brown; matte)
  • Vintage (Antiqued Gold; matte) exclusive to this palette
  • Obsidian (Rich Black; metallic)
Precision Ink ($27.50) Precision Ink in pure white Scribe is the ultimate anti-liner. Subvert expectations and highlight the unconventional, creating white-lined eyes and white-out brows with Precision Ink’s super-fine tip. Precision Ink also makes the perfect nail art pen. 
Nail Varnish ($14)

  •  Stance (Bright Mauve)
  • Nomad (Bright Jade)
 Lipstick ($22) Vibrant Box Lipstick, scarlet red
Intense Lipgloss ($20) In Fierce, bright blue purple

Vitaphenol: Dewy Summer Skin‏

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The true beauty of normal skin begins with a balancing act in your anti-aging regimen.
Normal skin presents a challenge in creating the proper skin regimen to deliver and retain moisture while not worsening spots where skin may become excessively dry or oily.
Vitaphenol anti-aging therapy provides a normal skin regimen with a balanced approach for your skin.

If you are looking for a daily moisturizer that takes defending your skin way too seriously, we have found your match. The Vitaphenol Daily Defense Cream deserves in black belt just based on its ability to boost, tighten and refresh. This remarkable formula goes the extra mile to intensely moisturize and hydrate even severely dry skin. Armed with a a potent blend of medically compounded superblend of mangosteen, pomegranate and green and white teas antioxidants, the Vitaphenol complex perfects skin tone upon contact.
Key Ingredients
  • Vitaphenol Complex: A potent blend of medically compounded super antioxidants, including mangosteen, pomegranate and green and white teas. This rare combination visibly perfects skin tone.
  • CoQ10: Visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Ceramides: This family of lipid molecules boosts the skin’s water-retention capacity, adding to skin volume 
To learn more visit Vitaphenol

Sneak Peek of things to come


I just wanted to provide a sneak peek of what I'm working on.

I was invited to a Kiehl's Grand Opening event and was provided with a generous sample of products to review. The products include lip balm, body cream, hair treatment, face cream, toner, sunscreen, hand cream, cuticle oil. The reviews are going to take me some time so I'm slowly working my way through the products.


Right now I will leave you with one of my favorite lip balm's Smith's Strawberry Lipbalm


Friday, July 13, 2012 2

This Holiday we will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Bond (...James Bond) 007 & the release of the twenty-third installment Skyfall with 12 dangerously gorgeous shades! Make sure to keep an 'eye' out for this stunning collection coming to salons October 1st!

Colors shown from left to right: The Spy Who Loved Me, Casino Royale, You Only Live Twice, Die Another Day, Skyfall, GoldenEye, The World Is Not Enough, Moonraker, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Living Daylights, Live And Let Die, Tomorrow Never Dies.

 *From the OPI Facebook page

Click on the picture to enlarge the image

This upcoming collection sounds fun

Ricky's NYC: Pack It, Zip It, Take It‏ collection

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 0

Ricky’s NYC right now has the perfect patent leather bags perfect for weekend getaways! 

Go here to take a closer look at the bags: http://www.rickysnyc.com/

Sinful Colors 2012 POPTastic Summer Collection


Get some bold color in your life without destroying your budget with eye-popping, jaw-dropping, tip-delighting bright nail polish hues from Sinful Colors. Say hello to the electrifying colors of their POPTastic Summer Collection

The POPtastic collection consists of 8 shockingly rich color with some serious shine and includes:
  • Citrine: A bold, but wonderfully wearable, slice of juicy delight
  • Why Not: A matte turquoise that pops
  • Let's Meet: Sunshine at its finest
  • Outrageous: A poppy, fresh bubble-gum shade
  • Energetic Red: A classic fire engine red
  • Exotic Green: Move over Grover, a take on the classic tree & plant inspired shade
  • Dressed To Kill: Hello Kitty never had it so good with this shade of pink
  • Clementine: Everything a citrus fruit should be: juicy, bright and zesty
Mesmerize with your hands when you flash your brilliant nails. Be bold, be shocking, be electrifying. All Sinful Colors hues are available for $1.99 at major drug and mass-market stores nationwide such as Target & Walgreens.

OPI DS Shades for Fall 2012

Thursday, July 5, 2012 0


OPI releases two new high-shine hues – DS Indulgence and DS Luxurious – to join the Designer Series by OPI collection this fall. Fusing fashion and technology, the Designer Series lacquer formula is enhanced with real diamond dust, offering light reflecting, multidimensional color.

DS Indulgence, a radiant red-violet with a shimmering, golden finish, will launch along with DS Luxurious, a captivating coral-red with a golden glisten. With these two additions, Designer Series by OPI will offer 12 glitter-filled, highly-saturated, breathtaking colors.

 DS Indulgence

“Red nails are the epitome of glamour, and this fall OPI is adding two dazzling reds to the Designer Series line,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “With vivid color and intense shimmer and shine, these lacquers create a bold, high-fashion accessory statement. DS Indulgence provides a deeper, classic red look, while DS Luxurious incorporates rich auburn pigments.”
DS Luxurious

Designer Series by OPI nail lacquers contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. DS Indulgence and DS Luxurious will be available beginning September 2012 at Professional Salons and Spas for $14.95 CAN suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer. For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!
I am always waiting for the release of new OPI DS polishes...ALWAYS. I don't know why I find them so fantastic.  My very first OPI DS is DS glamour, DS shimmer, and DS passion. I bought them all together at once. That was when I first discovered OPI DS polishes. swoon~

Dermelect Introduces Anti-Aging Nail Polishes


Dermelect Introduces Anti-Aging Nail Polishes

Dermelect ME has launched an anti-aging nail polish collection. There are currently 6 colors in the collection.  What makes Dermelect polishes different from other polishes is that they use a pure protein peptide extracted from New Zealand sheep’s wool to help nails become more resistant to chipping, peeling and splitting. The brand recommends applying two coats. The first coat bonds with the nail while the second one fuses with the base coat to activate the benefits of the protein peptide formula.

 The polish contains:
-anti-aging moisture locking peptides
-water and detergent resistant
-UV protection  
-DBP, Toulene & Formaldehyde free
-no animal testing
I was sent the polishes Luxurious and Persuasive to review.
The first polish I have is Luxurious.  This color is described as a rich, confident lilac.  I found it quite difficult to apply, what made it difficult to apply was that it was a bit watery/thin and this made the polish look streaky on the nail.  Luckily, after three coats everything smoothed out and the polish became opaque and looked fantastic.

Please note that this picture is mirrored as I had some photoshop issues.
I loved this color so much that I did not want to remove it, instead I layered it with Sonnetarium's Samurai Princess

The  next color is Persuasive.
This color is described as a luscious peach. When I think of the color peach I think of a mix between orange and pink. I felt that this color had more pink than orange.  Interestingly, this color only took two coats for full coverage and it applied much better than  Luxurious. Peach-pink colors are not really my thing...but this shade really worked well with my skin tone.

Each 0.4 fl. Oz bottle of nail polish retails for $14 and can be purchased from the company's website.
*The products in this post were sent to me for the purpose of a 100% honest unbiased review.*

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