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Votre Vu Reviews: If it’s good enough for Adele…

Friday, January 4th, 2013

adele makeup

Inside: Votre Vu reviews from an up-close experience with several different products they make.

I was able to try some different products by Votre Vu. This post will focus on some items they do with their Votre Vu makeup and color items. I tried three different items:

ARCH DE TRIUMPHE – Brow Definer – Warm

This is a wonderful product to enhance brows because it is lightweight and water resistant. The sheen mimics natural hair, even. I find this to be a great item, and think a little touch up to the brows is something all women should do to look red carpet ready. It really just helps frame your eyes. I do recommend this product as both efficient and high quality.

BEAUTÉ EN BRONZE – Bronzer Duo – Monaco

I fear I got the wrong color! This bronzer section is matte, which is important to many women who see any shimmer as a far to youthful approach. I ... Read More

dr. adam, PARIS Reviews – Best Skin Care Products 2013, Holla! Cellular Therapy Skin Cream, Anti Stress Skin Care

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

best skin care products 2013

The deal is, your skin is being assaulted by external factors all the time. This is one of the reasons the skin on your face ages and gets wrinkles. So, you want to mount a defense. Like armor, but, well, way more comfortable.

Dr. Adam created a line of items using his big ol’ science brain. The brand overwhelms me, but the items in it are so worth checking out that I’ve gone through all of my materials to bring you the information I think you most need to know.

First, who is this Dr. Adam? And is he really from Paris?

Dr. Adam is a chemical engineer graduated from of the very prestigious National Graduate School of Chemistry – Paris. He holds over 50 exclusive patents for items in human health, so great is his ability to invent such dynamic breakthrough components.

And, yes, I think he’s from Paris. He’s at least French!

What has he done with this crazy, immense talent? He’s created a large range of hypoallergenic dermatological skin care for his brand, ... Read More

IT Cosmetics Reviews – Why you should DEF try Hello Lashes Mascara, Brow Power, Bye Bye Under Eye, Foundation Brush

Friday, December 14th, 2012

hello lashes review

Trust me, you definitely want to get familiar with It Cosmetics. Let me help introduce you to this brand, and which products you should take notice of first.

Here’s the quick description on why It Cosmetics is getting rave reviews from, uh, pretty much everywhere: It Cosmetics founder Jamie Kern Lima worked with “leading plastic surgeons to develop innovative, high-performance color cosmetics infused with the latest breakthroughs in antiaging technology.” ( phrased that well.)

TLDR It Cosmetics Review – I loved everything, but special TOP love goes to the It Cosmetics makeup-brush quality (although the design of one was not great for my personal uses), Bye Bye Under Eye Review and Brow Power Pencil. The Hello Lashes mascara has a really amazing brush design. I’d give this brand a FIVE OUT OF FIVE stars from and have included links to other reviews to show you that ... Read More

Amazing MicroPedi Giveaway! Soften rough feet in spa style! Emjoi Micro Pedi Complete Hard Skin Remover & Smoother with 2 Rollers

Friday, December 7th, 2012

smooth rough feet

I gave loved using the Micro Pedi SO much that I then asked if we could get one of the units for one of my readers. Now, one of you will win this great tool. And I mean it when I say this is an AMAZING product to use. If you have this, you can then throw out all of your pumice stones, foot scrubs, etc.

Prize: 1 Emjoi Micro Pedi Complete Hard Skin Remover & Smoother with 2 Rollers Worth: $29.95 at Amazon

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TATCHA beauty sampler giveaway! Luxury Skin Care

Friday, December 7th, 2012

tatcha giveaway

If you read my Tatcha review, then you already know what an amazing prize this is! If you want luminous skin, keep reading…

The TATCHA Sampler Set includes:

– PURE Camellia One Step Cleansing Oil – 30ml | 1oz – POLISHED Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder – 4 x 1g packets – POLISHED Deep Rice Enzyme Powder – 4 x 1g packets – RADIANT Deep Brightening Serum – 10ml | 0.3oz – SUPPLE Moisture Rich Silk Cream – 1 x 1g packet – AGELESS Enriching Renewal Cream – 15ml | 0.5oz +PETAL FRESH Original Japanese Beauty Papers – 1 full sized pack | 30 sheets


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MicroPedi Review by Emjoi – (THE best way to soften rough feet) – An A+ product!

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

how to soften rough feet

I just found my latest secret weapon for my beauty arsenal. And, yes, I’m going to share it with you. But if you don’t give much thought to taking your tired, dry and scaly feet and making them supple, soft and feel amazing in under a matter of minutes, then I guess you don’t need to read this. 😉 Yes, I’m grinning… how did you know that? It’s because I am so happy that I can give this product an A+ grade. I mean, often I sniff out amazing things that will get an A, but an A+? That’s near perfection. But I found it in the MicroPedi by Emjoi. Remember that name!

The MicroPedi is basically a foot buffer. It’s like a pumice stone activated by the Energizer Bunny. It answers the age old question (I’m sure even cavewomen asked this) of how to soften rough feet. Pro’s | MicroPedi Review

This product WORKS. It’s easy to use, and it’s fast. No more pumice stones or egg shavers needed… this does all the work for you. And you know how you’d expect a product like this to accumulat ... Read More

Tatcha Reviews: Camellia Cleansing Oil, Polished Rice Enzyme Powder, Brightening Serum, Moisture Rich Silk Cream

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

tatcha reviews

Inside is my Tatcha Skin Care Review of the full geisha-inspired ritual.

(TLDR version: It’ll make you feel special and it works so well you’ll really see the results. The Rice Powder is the must-have product out of them all. I 100% recommend these amazing products.)

Imagine the face of a geisha. Now imagine what a geisha’s face would look like without the white makeup. Still flawless and growing? After all, geisha’s were trained to prize their beauty above all all. And they used natural items. Wouldn’t you like to steal their secrets?

Tatcha is a Japanese-inspired beauty regimen that uses the secrets of the Geisha’s to give you radiant and flawless skin.

I have heard of Tatcha Skin Care before because it’s sold at Sephora and Barney’s, but I had no idea how cool it would be to use.

And sure, you may shrug and not believe this is more than a schtick to sell product. But founder Victoria Tsai can really back up her claims. The Tatcha Skin Care line comes after years of research and work that included befriending people from Kyoto. T ... Read More Review – These socks simply work

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 review

My Dad wears black socks M-F, and when they start getting worn thin on the soles he won’t always throw them out like he should. This drives me crazy when I see it. When socks are not working anymore, you need to ditch them and get new ones.

When the opportunity arose to do a review with there was no question in my mind that I wanted my Dad to do it. No one that I know wears more black socks than he does.

He received:

The Best Selling Men’s Calf Socks in Black Merino Wool Dress Socks from Blacksocks

What is the site about?

Well, duh, they’re about black socks. They’ve been in business 12+ years, putting socks on 60,000 men in 75 countries. That’s three million socks that they’ve delivered. Clearly, they’re doing something right. They’re not just getting this feature on, but also The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Business Week, Details, CBS News, and NPR.

They offer a Sockscription, which is cool. Plus, there’s Smarter Socks. You ca use an App to track where every sock is (none shall be eaten by the washer, muahaha!) and also know if they are as black as they should be. Now this isn’t for everyone. My Dad? Not someone who cares too mu ... Read More

Lavera Organic Skin Care Reviews: a mattifying moisturizer (A+!) and gentle face wash

Monday, November 12th, 2012

mattifying moisturizer

The Lavera line makes high-end organic skincare. This review covers their Lavera Mattifying Balancing Cream and Lavera Invigorating Cleaning Gel. I liked both, but the Mattifying Balancing Cream really stood out to me as an amazing product.


Mattifying Lavera Natural Cosmetics Faces Balancing Cream with Calendula Review

With a combination skin tone, you better believe I struggle with finding a moisturizing that isn’t overly oily. For a long time, I’ve used the affordable and widely beloved Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer. And the big deal about this post is that the Lavera Balancing Cream was so good it might one day replace my daily Neutrogena fix. I love the consistency of this lotion. The lotion gets absorbed immediately into my skin, which is not something Neutrogena does. (I think perhaps the “thickening agent” Xanthan Gum helped.) And my face never felt greasy or oily while wearing this moisturizer. Plus, it has a delicious citrus smell that is like a creamsicle. I don’t currently have this scent in any other beauty products, so it’s especially refreshing. My tip would be that a little does not go a long way, and that you have to be careful not to squeeze too much o ... Read More

Firmoo Reviews – Really displeased, cracked frame, loose screws…

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

firmoo optical reviews

I would absolutely not recommend this site to buy glasses online.

Update Feb 2013: I received two pairs of glasses from Firmoo. The first pair seemed great, until a week later and they weirdly had a big crack in the plastic frame. I had to e-mail the company a picture to prove it happened, and they sent me the exact same pair. Well, once again I had to go get these re-fitted at a brick and mortar store. The other problem I realized only after wearing these for about a month is that the mini screw driver they give you with the glasses isn’t an accident, their screws loosen all the time, and can just randomly fall out. I would not buy from them in the future, which is a pity because at least their lenses didn’t have a glare. 

Picking out eyewear online is really not tough, you can even try frames on in a store to see what size you want (there are numbers on every pair of glasses) and Firmoo is unique in that it offers the ability to upload your own picture to virtually try on your glasses. I didn’t upload m ... Read More