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This will help you be the fairest one of all

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If you are a make up and fashion enthusiast, you probably like to be in the know of the all the latest tools and accessories to help you create the right look. You want the best brushes and applicators to put on your makeup. You’re willing to splurge on high quality styling tools but most people forget two very important tools: The mirror and the lighting.

Your mirror plays a huge role in your final look because a bad mirror can lead to putting on too much makeup, using unflattering colors or missing small details that can effect the overall outcome of your look. Shopcustomvanity.com knows how instrumental good lighting and a good mirror is to achieve your desired style and thus creates custom order handmade vanities that help you create a flawless look.

There’s a reason why I’m so excited to share this online store with you. I have always envied models and actresses with “Hollywood vanities” because something as simple as a mirror makes such a huge difference in how you appear. In my place, I have horrible lighting. Everything looks dim or bright yellow. And I’m not the only one that has this issue. Many people have poorly lit bathrooms or bedrooms. This can lead to over compensating by wearing too much or too little makeup. The custom vanities that you can find at shopcustomvanity.com are just like the Hollywood vanities that you find in dressing rooms and at fashion shows. These are the types that are used by elite makeup artists and celebrities. These are the kinds of mirrors that will make you “the fairest of them all.”

How does shopcustomvanity.com work?

The website has several options to choose from and you can even request a custom size. Once you choose your mirror it takes 2 weeks for it be delivered because it has to handmade. If you are in the states you get free shipping. Now keep in mind that this is just a mirror and is not attached to a tabletop. I personally prefer this because it means I can place the mirror anywhere. You can mount it on a wall or on your own dresser. You can even simply lean in against the wall. The mirrors are made with a wooden frame and high definition glass. I also love that it comes with dual electrical outlets so you can plug in your hair curler or any other device into your mirror.

The type of mirror you use does play a big roll in your look which is why I recommend checking out shopcustomvanity.com if you are looking for a mirror that will help you create flawless beauty looks.

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Arbonne gets an A +

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Arbonne is a beauty and wellness company that I was recently introduced to by my friend, and beauty consultant, Colleen Smith. I’m someone who loves to try health and beauty products in order to find the right products to improve my skin and overall well being. However, I was a little skeptical when I first went to Colleen for a facial because I have tried countless products that simply didn’t work.

What put me at ease however were two things

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1. My beauty consultant Colleen Smith is basically a beauty guru. Not only is she a talented makeup artist but she is also very knowledgeable about the skincare industry. Thus, when she started telling me facts about Arbonne I became more excited about the products.

For example, Arbonne has an international rating of 4/5. People all over the world use and love this company’s products. Arbonne has trained consultants like Colleen who do hostings or beauty consultations to help you get familiar with the products but also suggest the right products for you and your needs.

Having a knowledgeable beauty consultant like Colleen can be the difference between improving your skin or making it worse.

During the facial, Colleen gave me ample information about the company itself and each of the products she was using on me. Ingredients list, when to use certain products, how to use them correctly, how to get the most out of your products—all of this is very important information that you can receive when you host a party with Colleen. As I got educated and pampered I started to feel less skeptical about Arbonne.

2. The second reason for giving this company such a high rating is that the products are actually amazing! I bought several items after my facial, and will post separate reviews on all of them; but as a whole, the products did not disappoint.

Colleen did the nightly facial for me. As someone who sometimes neglects to treat my skin well at night, I realized just important it is to have nightly regime if you want great looking skin. She used the following

Smoothing facial cleanser: which was easy to use, didn’t have an unpleasant smell, cleaned my face well and left it feeling smooth.

The nightly resurfacing pads left me amazed. Where has this product been all my life! I’ll go into more detail about it later but if you suffer from blemishes and acne you should definitely check it out. It’s one of their number one selling products.

The exfoliating new cell scrub was gentle and left my skin smoother, but this product as well as the toner were the only two that didn’t necessarily wow me. They were good but I prefer the ones I already use.

Then we used the intensive renewal serum. This is a wonderful product. It’s not heavy or greasy and made my skin feel like silk.

I never use eye creams but I would invest in the Corrective Eye Cream by Arbonne

The night repair cream made my skin feel soft and silky. It looked more youthful and glowing.

I couldn’t stop looking at my skin after the facial. I just looked more rejuvenated. I had become an Arbonne believer. The change in my skin was immediate and none of their products made me breakout or cause irritation.

I’m going to do a more in depth review of all the products I purchased so stay tuned for those posts but take the time to check out Colleen and Arbonne. Keep in mind that Arbonne is not just about beauty; they have tons of products for fitness and nutrition as well as products for men and women.

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POTD (products of the day) Featuring NARS

Every now and then (when I remember) I do a video diary of the products I used during the day. It’s a way for me to keep track of what products I like and which ones to avoid. It’s also a fun to share product review with others. For this July sunny friday, the products are all beauty and cosmetic related and therefore I thought I’d post them here on my style blog. Below is a product list and links of the items featured in the video.

1. Guerlain KissKiss

2. Infinite Aloe Skin Care

3. Sephora Colorful Blush

4. Degree with sea salt

5. co bigelow mentha lip shine

6. Coverfx foundation

7. bath and body signature vanilla berry

8. NARS orgasm illuminator

9. Palmer’s coco butter with vitamin e

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Why TheCosmetist.com is not your average beauty website

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The internet is strewn with beauty blogs and cosmetic websites but most of them are not owned and operated by real pharmacists or cosmeticians. The Cosmetist.com however is one blog where you can get beauty advice from a doctor of pharmacy. I learned about this website not long ago, but I’m already a fan of it for a several reasons.

1. Written by a real cosmetician. The fact that this blog is kept by a doctor makes it stand apart from a majority of the beauty blogs out there. To use myself as example, I love beauty products but I’m not a pharmacist. There’s information that I can’t share with my readers because I’m not privy to it. The Cosmetist on the other hand  offers great advice that only someone who has worked in the industry would know, making it a trusted source for cosmetic and skin care information.

2. Highly Informative. The blog is dedicated to bringing you information about beauty and skin care, and it’s one of the most informative blogs I’ve come across for this industry.  The Cosmetist hails from France, and if there’s one thing most of us can agree on it’s that French beauty care is renowned. French pharmacists know their stuff and can ensure you make the right decisions for your beauty regime. If you can’t go to a French pharmacy, then head over to the website to get some of the best information about cosmetics and anti-aging.

3. Wonderfully written. You may be thinking that a website written by a doctor will be an overly complicated bore to read, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The Cosmetist brings you information and awareness in an amusing, lighthearted, easy to understand style of writing. Even if you aren’t a die hard makeup fan you can enjoy this website simply for the posts. Each article is humorous, inspiring as well as informative.

4. Answers your questions. One of the favorite aspects of this website is that you can send in your own beauty and cosmetic related questions to be answered. Not many beauty bloggers do this. Most beauty bloggers simply write about their hauls and give product reviews, but don’t go out of their way to solve the beauty related issues of their readers. This is how I feel a real beauty website should be. It should connect with its readers and be willing to answer their questions the way The Cosmetist does.

If you want sound beauty advice, from a real doctor then you need to visit The Cosmetist and sign up for it’s newsletter. You’ll get great advice and inspiration to keep you looking and feeling beautiful.

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Why everyone is talking about Punch Skin care

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I must be living under a rock, because this amazing skin care product, Punch Skin care, almost slipped under my radar. I noticed it on Amazon and one of the first things that stood out were its rave review. Everyone seems to love this product! With my curiosity peaked, I had to find out what made Punch so special.

Now, Punch Skin care has a line of different products, but I’m focussing on the moisturizer.

Looking at the ingredients, I could tell this was a premium product. To list just a few of the good for your products found in this moisturizer: organic witch hazel, organic grape seed extract, organic sesame seed extract, Vitamin A, and dandelion leaf extract. No wonder people were seeing amazing skin transforming results. These ingredients on their own can do wonders for the skin. But combined they greatly improve the look and feel of your skin.

How can Punch Moisturiser help your skin?

1. Cell Renewal: This moisturizer contains small protein peptides that stimulate cell renewal and strengthen collagen fibres. This is important in fighting the ageing process. As we get older, our skin loses it’s elasticity but with the help of these protein peptides you can give your skin a more toned appearance, which makes it look fuller, firmer, and younger.

2. Antioxidants: Young or old, female or male,  everyone needs to be concerned with stimulating antioxidant production in your skin. It is not only important for keeping your skin looking healthy, but it’s essential for protecting you against sun damage. Punch Skin care kept this in mind and thus their moisturizer helps to increase natural antioxidant production.

Bonuses

This product is oil free. This is important to me because, as someone whose skin is oily and breaks out easily, I can use this worry free knowing that I’m not adding to an existing skin problem.

A little goes a long way. On amazon this product is 27.55 but don’t let that turn you off. A little goes a long way! You only need a small thumb size amount to get the effects of this moisturiser.

I’m glad I joined the band wagon on this one, and can see why so many women and men are giving it a five star rating. It’s hard to find any fault with this product or company. Give Punch a try if you are looking for a high quality moisturizer that will make your skin beautiful.

Visit their website to learn more about their other products

Punch Skin care moisturizer can be found on Amazon

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Are you using the right hair tools?

We all want healthy shiny hair, but very often we forget that the tools  we use to achieve this is just as important as our shampoos and conditioners. Not all hair tools, such as flat irons, are the same and choosing the right one will make it easier to achieve the beautiful head of hair that you’re after. Among the list of good hair care products is a brand that is simply outstanding when it comes to giving you silky smooth hair. This brand is ISA Professional.

I’m taking note of  this brand for a few reasons.isa professionaldigital

1. Quality. I’ll be honest, this brand doesn’t have an extensive catalogue. It doesn’t need one. It’s focused on offering a few high quality hair tools that will leave your hair looking its best. For example, the ISA Professional Digital Flat Iron Hair Straightener has been built to ensure that it helps your hair, not harms it. To do this, the company used 100% Solid Tourmaline ceramic plates. Tourmaline transfers heat more evenly and quickly, allowing you to  get a just-got-back-from-the-salon look. Use it to get a sleek silky straight look or add some bound and volume to your hair.

2. Perfect for amateurs. If you struggle to get the look you want and are always warring with your hair, it very likely could be the hair tool you’re using. Hair care novices often have this problem. They opt for any old tool that is a challenge to use. ISA Professional has built in features that make it easy for anyone to get the look they want. Some of these features include:

  •   A digital temperature control–no more hard to read temperature adjuster
  • 360 no tangle cord– don’t you just hate fighting with the cord
  • 45 minute auto shut off safety feature

3. Great customer service. I always say a product is only as good as the company that backs it and ISA Professional offers great service which only enhances the brand. U.S customers can appreciate the free shipping but so can Canadians. Their products come with a two year warranty and the company can easily be contacted if you have any questions.

The hair tool you use matters if you’re seeking beautiful hair. Don’t settle on just anything. Check out ISA Professional’s collection of products to get the hair you desire.

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Where to get Phytoceramides in Canada

phytoceramidesA male model wisely advised me to take care of my skin in my twenties because it will be be my skin in my forties. I think there’s a misconception among young people that they don’t need to worry about their skin or concern themselves with things like anti-ageing or keeping their skin looking young. But the fact is, nobody’s skin stays “young” forever. When you’re twenty you may not consider what products you can invest in to help you maintain your youth or slow down your skin’s ageing process but nearly every woman I’ve met over 35 begins to look for ways to get back their skin’s youth and these days men are also joining in as they try to avoid the appearance of growing older. Now, I’m not saying there is anything wrong with ageing and no your skin does not have to look “forever 21” but healthy looking skin boosts your confidence. Also, taking care of your skin is a healthy habit to get into.

There are a lot of products on the market, but one of the most talked about and effective is phytoceramide. What is phytoceramide? Ceramides are things we naturally have in our skin, but lose as we age. The loss of ceramides causes you to lose that plumpness and youthfulness that you have in your skin when you’re younger. The idea of ceramide supplements is not new. They have been in topical solutions and have been used in parts of Asia for years. Now however, the FDA has approved phytoceramides in Canada. Phyto means it’s a plant derivitive. It’s made into a supplement that puts it back into your skin and helps to hydrate the skin from the inside out. Many Doctors, even Doctor Oz, highly recommend taking phytocermaides for your skin’s health.

You may be thinking, great where can I get?! Because those were my thoughts when I learned about the benefits of this little supplement. Phytoceramidescanada.ca/ not only carries the supplement they have created a better formula that helps your skin from both the inside and outside. They offer a Revitol Phytoceramides that is now toted as the best anti-aging cream. Revitol contains key ingredients that include Matrixyl and Hyaluronic acid, together they work at penetrating deep into the skin to make it firm it and give it a youthful glow. The phytoceramides and revitol duo that can be found at phytocermacidescanada.ca give you a facelift without the pain or cost of seeing a plastic surgeon. The website offers a 90 day money back guarantee and the product has rave review from customers.

The product offers dramatic results on deep wrinkles, so if you have been battling with wrinkle creams, or know someone that has this will finally resolve the problem. You can visit the website today to get more information and ask for a trial.

 

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February Hits and Misses Product Review

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February made me sick…literally. I spent so many days in bed recovering I barely got to enjoy the month. However, all that ‘alone time’ gave me a chance to pay attention to products I was using and enjoying. The video above features products I was using in February and my impressions of them. I apologize for the cuts and jumps in the video. It wasn’t like that when I rendered it and played it back. When I loaded it on youtube, it became shaky and unsmooth. I couldn’t get it to sort itself out no matter what I tried. It doesn’t happen too often in the video though. Below you’ll find a product list along with links to available items. Thanks for visiting my humble little blog. If you have a monthly faves video or post, please share it with me  as I love reading and watching product reviews.

Vanilla Bliss Body Butter

Blum Naturals, Daily Cleansing & Makeup Remover Towelettes, Pro Age, Grape Seed, 10 Towelettes

Kikkerland Skull Emery Boards Nail Files

Lypsyl Original Lip Balm

Alba Botanica, Natural Acne Dote, Deep Pore Wash, Oil-Free

Travelflex Booklight Blue

Hugo Naturals All Over Lotion

 

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Change the standards of beauty with The Fashion Hero

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When I was in junior high, I won a modeling competition that greatly affected the way I see the industry. I was 5’5, 100 lbs at that time, and the scout told me to lose 10 more pounds. I looked at her and said no, and that was the end of that. While I did look at fashion magazines, it was more for the articles because I felt turned off every time I saw another overly skinny model gracing the glossy pages. Now, I have nothing against skinny; I myself am naturally skinny. I just don’t understand why every single model has to be skinny, tall, blond or brunette and Caucasian to become a serious model. I know beautiful girls and guys who just don’t fit the “model mould” but have the right personality and drive to work as a model. Society needs a change, which is why I’m glad to share with you a new TV show that could not only change the definition of a “model” it can help you fulfil your model dreams.

The Fashion Hero is unlike any modelling competition I’ve heard of, and it comes at a time where many of us are bored with the same old standards of the fashion industry. If you ever wanted to be a model but didn’t feel you had the look or weren’t well-connected, now is your chance to seize the opportunity. The Fashion Hero is a TV show that allows anyone 16-40 a chance to enter the competition. 80 countries are included, making this a global competition. Once you sign up and set up your profile, you can then encourage your friends and family to vote for you.

This is what makes the competition different. You don’t need an agent to get you an audition. The determination on whether you make it as a candidate is based on votes. According to the website, “in September 2014, based on the amount of votes obtained, a total of 3200 candidates will receive a professional photo-shoot and portfolio, and will move to the next selection round. These candidates represent the top 40 members with the most votes globally.”

100 finalists will then be chosen to appear on the The Fashion Hero show, which will be filmed in the Grand Sirenis Hotel and Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico; it will be broadcasted internationally, giving your family and friends a chance to see you on the TV show.

From February to June 2014 The Fashion Hero candidates with the most votes in a given month automatically become finalists and attend the TV show.

Just looking at some of the participants on the website, I can see they are from all different walks of life, shapes, sizes and ethnicities but they are all beautiful and are taking the chance to be someone’s “hero.”

I wish this existed back when I was young to let people know there isn’t one definition of beautiful.

If you have always wanted to model, and want to be part of the mission, I encourage you to check out the website and sign up.

Follow and learn more about The Fashion Hero at the following pages:

Facebook//Twitter//Google Plus//Pinterest

 

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Dueba DM-23 Kira Kira Violet Lens Review

All the talk of purple from my purple Valentine post, made me think of my Kira Kira violet lenses. If you want to give your eyes a noticeable makeover for any occasion these are an excellent choice. I bought these violet beauties from lensvillage.com. They were 10 dollars, due their boxing day sale, however they did not arrive until late last month. It took over a month for them to come! Besides the lengthy arrival time, I do enjoy these lenses. Below is detailed review of the kira kira violets

Pros

Enlargement: These lenses are 14.5mm and give the eye a noticeable enlargement. My eyes look more awake and lively with these contacts in.

Color: I was nervous…very nervous…about purchasing purple lenses. But to my relief they look beautiful. On my very dark eyes, they appear to be a kind of greyish blue. But in some lights, you can tell that they are purple. Despite this though, they look very natural. In most lights, unless you are close, one cannot even tell I am wearing violet circle contact lenses. They are a fun change, but are natural enough to be my everyday contacts.

Comfort: These lenses were very comfortable the first time I put them in. I didn’t need eye drops for 6 hours. The second time I put them in however, they stung a bit and I needed eye drops after just 2 hours. Thankfully my eyes were just being fussy that day, because since then I’ve been able to wear them comfortably for over 4 hours without drops.

Price: On sale, these lenses are a steal! But even at full price between 16-19 (depending on where you buy them) they are still a good price. Circle lenses can be quite pricey so these ones are a bargain.

Cons:

It took longer than expected for the lenses to arrive. I was expecting them to arrive around 2 weeks, not  over 4 weeks.

Those who want a vividly noticeable effect may be a bit disappointed as these lenses blend well with one’s natural eyes and the color cannot be seen from afar.

Overall: I love the DM-23 Kira Kira Violet Lens. They are bold pop of color for my very dark eyes but still appear natural.

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