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Tuesday
Apr302013

Couture Gel Nail Polish Kit.

Are you as hooked on gel manicures as I am? I rarely paint my nails anymore because I just can't deal with the drying time and changing my polish every 3 - 5 days. I know! Nail polish just doesn't last on my nails and I have been getting gel manicures on the regular for a few years now. But they are costly. A gel manicure costs me $45 + tip.

I have done my gel manicure at home too, but I will be honest; the systems I have used in the past are not salon quality as far as color selection and lamps go. I am thrilled to report that I did find a salon quality at-home gel manicure polish kit and it is not limited in any way. This is the Couture Gel Nail Polish Kit.

Couture Gel Nail Polish Kit

Couture Gel Nail Polish is made without the use of harmful chemicals, and they have over 75 stunning shades to choose from in various finishes  like shimmer, creamy, sparkle and glitter. Couture Gel Nail Polish lasts up to three weeks, and is extremely chip resistant. I get 3 weeks wear out of this polish and I have every time I have used it.

Couture Gel Nail Polish Kit

The Couture Gel Nail Polish Kit includes everything you need for a salon-quality gel nail polish manicure at home:

  • Your choice of 3 Couture Gel Nail Polish colors
  • Plus base coat and top coat
  • A professional 36-watt Salon Quality Curing Lamp (big enough for your entire hand, unlike others)
  • Instructional DVD and brochure
  • Zippered carrying case for easy storage
  • Salon nail care kit

There is a new Couture Gel Polish collection for spring that came out since I received my kit and it contains 28 brand new shades, perfect for spring. I need to get my hands on a few.

  • Mardi Gras
  • Fairytale Fling 
  • Pillow Talk 
  • Tiffany's Secret 
  • 5th Avenue 
  • Naughty-cal 
  • Sweet Cheeks 
  • Million $ Tweet 
  • Skinny Dip 
  • Lavender Lace 
  • Off the Shoulder 
  • Milano 
  • Sweet Caress 
  • Tres Chic 
  • Come On Barbie! 
  • Glam Squad 
  • St Tropez 
  • Seduce Me 
  • Dance 'til Dawn 
  • London's Fog 
  • Pretty Little Liar 
  • Teal the Show 
  • Aloe-Very 
  • Share My Yacht? 
  • High Maintenance 
  • Stay-cation 
  • Red Carpet 
  • Vintage Denim

You have to be very careful to follow the directions carefully. I highly suggest watching the DVD. If you do not "top off" or "cap" the tips of your nails in each step, air and water will get beneath the nail and cause the color to peel off.

The cost for the entire kit Couture Gel Nail Polish Kit retails for just $129. I can't even get 3 gel manicures at the salon for that price. Check it out online at couturegelnailpolish.com.

Monday
Apr292013

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream.

Just when you thought the BB Cream craze was over, the beauty industry has launched what they are calling the CC Cream. The CC stands for "color correcting". A CC cream is designed to not only immediately help color correct skin with a pigment, it contains ingredients to color correct skin, for the better, over time. The first CC Cream I have tried is this one, the Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream.

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream.

The full product title is a mouthful: Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF30. The title, in fact, does say a lot about the cream. It is a CC Cream, so it color corrects. It is part of the Clinique Moisture Surge line, so it is hydrating. And it contains an SPF 30. What it doesn't tell you is how nice it feels on my skin and how much better my skin looks before makeup. That means I need less foundation and my makeup looks better when I use this.

You see Clinique's experts incorporated advance color correcting technology that utilizes light to achieve radiant, glowing and healthy-looking skin. The color is dual layered. It features special color correcting optics to scatter light multi-dimensionally to neutralize skin's complexion. It makes my skin look more even and radiant, as it gives my skin a soft, almost radiant glow. And that is before foundation.

I like to think of this CC Cream as is a primer with treatment properties. While it is true that this can be worn in place of foundation, I cannot wear it alone and call it a day. I honestly don't think many could. UPDATE: I wrote this a few weeks ago and need to correct the previous statements. I wore this cream over the weekend INSTEAD of foundation. My skin is looking amazing and the light coverage was enough for me. It has a lightweight texture that feels great as it glides over my skin. My skin looks more even and more radiant. When going for a full makeup look, I will use it before makeup, which makes my makeup look better. For everyday, I will use it on its own.

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream.Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Medium

Clinique CC Cream comes in six shades. I am using the shade medium. It is important that you don't go too light, so the shade is an important factor here.

  • Very Light
  • Light
  • Light Medium
  • Medium
  • Medium Deep
  • Deep

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream retails for $34.00 and is available now at all Clinique locations and online at clinique.com.

Friday
Apr262013

Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer Stress-Minimizing Daily Hydrator.

Who isn't stressed these days. With 24/7, multi-tasking lifestyles expected, stress is just another part of it. We live with it and deal with it. But did you know that your skin shows signs of stress? It does. I am sure you have experienced this at one time or another. Skin can shows signs of immediate stress and overtime, it adds up and the result is not good. When I am stressed my skin gets red and blotchy. Over time, my skin takes on an appearance of being more red, uneven in tone and sallow. Hopefully my skin will not be showing any more signs of stress because I just started using a daily lotion that was created to reduce the effects of stress on the skin. Yes! It is like this lotion was made for me. Let me introduce you to Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer Stress-Minimizing Daily Hydrator.

Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer Stress-Minimizing Daily Hydrator

This new lightweight daily lotion not only treats and protects the skin from its stress reaction, but with the help of the ingredients Mannose and Rosa Gallica, the formula limits the release of stress signals to the skin. This helps breaks the stress cycle, which is an inflammatory response in the skin.

As soon as I put Skin Rescuer on my skin, it feels better and looks better. The level of hydration is perfect. It is light enough to be worn before makeup, but hearty enough to hydrate my dry skin all day. Just one pump is all I need to completely cover my face and neck. It does take a few minutes to fully absorb and feel smooth to the touch, but it is so worth it. If your skin it extra dry, you can use this as a treatment, after your serum, but before your moisturizer.

Now, if I could just get rid of all the stress in my life in the first place... ha! At least I will look like I am stress-free.

Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer Stress-Minimizing Daily Hydrator is available now for $40.00 at all Kiehl's locations and online at kiehls.com.

Thursday
Apr252013

Summer 2013: Aqualillies for Tarte.

Inspired by America’s most glamorous synchronized swimming group, the Aqualillies, this limited-edition collection from Tarte is all about summer. Not just from the colors, but the products are made to withstand the efforts of these swimmers and includes seven splashproof products. It's what we all want for our summer makeup; beautiful products that last through all the elements. Take a look at Aqualillies for tarte.

The collection includes a must have palette that has all of your shadows and face products tucked inside a beautiful mirrored compact. This Aqualillies for tarte Amazonian clay waterproof eye and cheek palette includes 6 new eye shadows, a bronzer and highlighter, along with a brand new limited-edition Amazonian clay 12-hour blush. I have been a long time fan of the Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara and I highly recommend the long-wearing waterproof mascara for super long, thick voluminous lashes that stand up to last the day. Another must have product for summer is the Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Splash.

Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Splash

This sparkling turquoise liner makes a summer eye unexpectedly gorgeous and I wore it during all of my recent beach vacation. I especially like it paired with a deep brown liner on top, and use the Splash on the outer corner and lower lash line. The enclosed brush (in the prettiest teal green color) makes application easy and perfect every time.

The Aqualillies for tarte collection:

  • Amazonian clay waterproof eye and cheek palette - $38.00
  • Amazonian clay finishing powder - $29.00
  • Maracuja divine shine lip gloss duo - $24.00 (exclusive to Ulta)
  • Glamazon pure performance 12-hour lipstick in timeless - $26.00
  • Lights, camera, splashes waterproof mascara - $19.00
  • Amazonian clay waterproof liner in black - $22.00 (exclusive to Ulta)
  • Amazonian clay waterproof liner in splash - $22.00 (exclusive to Sephora)

Shop for the Aqualillies for tarte collection now at tartecosmetics.com, Ulta and Sephora.