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This Weeks Best in Beauty.

beauty_blogging_friends.jpgSome of the great gals from The Beauty Blog Network have gathered their best beauty posts of the week to share with you.

Click on over to read the posts and get to know my friends a little more. 

PJ from A Touch of Blusher says Bring it Back to Calvin Klein Cosmetics.

Beth from Real Self's Ageless in Los Angeles profiles celebrity beauty Cameron Diaz

Carleen from Beauty & Fashion Tech reviews Benefit's Realness of Concealness Kit

Beauty and Personality Grooming helps you Choose the Right Sunglasses for Your Face. 

Henna from Canadian Beauty introduces you to Toronto Week of Style and the new Tom Ford collection at Estee Lauder!

Elke checks out The Makeup Show in NYC for The Beauty Newsletter Blog.

Cindy over at Hello Dollface tells us all about Awake Cosmetics new Stardom line, and how she loves it!

Take at look at my other blog I write, Pretty by Nature, to learn How Burt's Bees is Setting the Natural Standard.

Spa Blah Blah brings us The Girl's Guide to Biking and Baking: LUCA Sunscreen Review.

Toya from The Life of a Ladybug exclaims that she wants A Clean as Real as Ivory

The Mineral Makeup Girl has a Mineral Makeup Review of Jane Iredale's Pure Pressed Base.



Show Off Those Pearly Whites.

I am obsessed with the appearance of teeth. And the whiter, the better.

I have gone to the doctor for a whitening treatment in the past. I was given trays to wear over night, but my gums were too sensitive for them. So, when all of the over the counter treatments came out, I was thrilled. I tried the brush-on gels, yuck - the gel never stayed where it was supposed to. And the whitening strips, I just didn't like them all together. The white strips were too much of a project for me, and the results were not that even, in my opinion.

So without wanting to spend a big chunk of change to get my pearly brights all white and shiny in an hour with a service like BriteSmile, I opted for a few more well known brands to try.

rembrandt.jpgFirst, I used a whitening kit from Rembrandt called the Professional Treatment Kit ($29.99). This kit comes with a tray, called the ComfyTray, that you run under very hot water to soften up, then bite into in order to get some what of a custom fit. These trays are very similar to the sports mouth guards, except these are lighter and more flexible. Along with the custom fit trays in the kit, there are 4 pre-filled whitening gel syringes. You simply open the syringe, and place a very small ribbon like amount of gel to both the upper and lower tray, insert, sit back and relax with it in your mouth for 30 minutes. Rembrandt recommends to do this twice a day, for up to seven days until you see your total results. This kit was easy to use, and I liked the results. The taste was pleasant, not too peroxide like at all. I only used up two of the syringes and used it once or twice a day for a week.


Next, I tried these brand new Aquafresh White Trays ($36.99). This box comes with 14 trays already pre-filled with a special whitening gel. There are seven trays for the upper teeth, and seven trays for the lower teeth. To use these trays, you simply open the container, and insert the tray with the gel already in it over your teeth. You then need to sort of smoosh the gel up and over the front of the teeth as it warms and sort of melts in the tray. The trays are made from a very rigid plastic. After I used my first one, I learned to sort of bend it a bit before I put in in my mouth to make it feel a bit more flexible. These offer an ease of use that can't be beat, as long as you take a few extra seconds to soften up the gel over your teeth as it softens up, like I said. Simply inserting them in your mouth doesn't give in an result.

Both of these at home treatments are so much more affordable than a dental visit or BriteSmile treatment, and the results are just as great, you just have to practice patience with them.  I wouldn't  hesitate to recommend either of these kits, as I plan on using them again and again when I need a touch up every six months or so.


Hair Therapy!

I have struggled when purchasing hair products. Besides the fact that there are simply so many products to choose from, I have a hard time getting consistent results day in and day out.  Until now.

I have found the perfect hair care line to provide me with tremendous results each and every day. And I only alter one or two of the styling products depending on how I am wearing my hair for the day, or if it is really humid. Can you take a guess at what I use?  I am using products from the Biolage line by Matrix.

biolage.jpgI am most hooked on a few things, while changing a just a few in my routine to adjust accordingly, like I said. But with each and every Biolage products I choose, I have great hair days - every day. On most days, I use ColorCareTherapie Color Care Shampoo and Color Care Conditioner. Depending on the style I select from either the Hydro-Foaming Styler (mousse) or the Bodifying Cream Gel. I always finish with the Complete Control Extra Hair Spray, which is an aerosol that has tremendous hold while feeling weighted down or sticky, and finish that off with a quick mist of Shine Renewal Spray for the ultimate high shine.

The holy grail product of the line has got to be the Hydrathérapie Cera-Repair at-home treatment. I use it once in a week, sometimes just in the shower, or if I feel my hair needs extra moisturization, I leave it in all night and rinse it out in the morning. It feels so light on that I sometimes wonder how it works, but it does. It really is a treat and makes my hair look like I just walked away from a $300 salon appointment.

I realize we all have our different hair needs and problems that we deal with, but I have not been so happy with such an entire line of products in what seems like, forever. I am so glad to have found it. I plan on trying some products from the Smooththeraie line this summer, when I will want my hair looking extra sleek and smooth.

If you are looking for a change, visit this handy chart Biolage has prepared online. I will help you locate the products that you should be using for every hair want and need.