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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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Boho meets glam at artstylegem.com

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Summer is often considered a time to dress casually, but with wedding season, graduation and many festivals and events held in summer, it’s also a time to amp up your style and add some unique beautiful jewelry like the ones found at artstylegem, a webshop that offers beautifully designed pieces for your special and glamorous occasions.

Brides to be can find necklaces, bracelets, and earring that will help make you look unforgettable. The best part is it can be done without breaking the bank. I found some exquisite pieces for just $60, which is perfect for my student budget. Don’t let the affordable price fool you though, these are quality pieces. Artstylegem uses authentic Bohemian Garnet for the jewelry, which has 3 hallmarks of authenticity and certification.

The gem is a beautiful firey red that easily catches people’s attention and is said to give it’s wearer strength. It’s highly desirable for jewelry pieces because of it’s color is unmatched by other gems. The process of extracting them is also environmentally safe and sustainable. Bohemian Garnet is linked with Czech culture and is actually forbidden as a raw import, unless set in readywear pieces. Thus possessing one of these Czech made jewelries is something to treasure.

Now I may not be a bride, but I am someone that loves accessorizing my outfits with jewelry, if you are you’re going to love the items on artstylegem.

The webshop offers beautiful statement necklaces perfect for a summer gala, and lovely boho rings and bracelets for everyday wear. The boho trend is very big this season and brides, grads and other stylish femmes are eagerly seeking the right jewelry for their bohemian themed look. Artstylegem offers a large selection of pieces just for your needs.

However, if you’re more into classic sophisticated jewelry, you’ll find plenty of options on the website too. There is something to suit everyone’s style and taste. All the products are made out of pure silver with the choice of 2 coatings on top of the silver: gold or rhodium (part of the platinum family).

Canadian fashionistas can also celebrate the fact that the webshop offers free delivery across Canada.

Whether you have some important summer event to glam up for or you simply love looking perfectly accessorized all year long, I recommend visiting artstylegem for your jewelry needs. Their pieces are top quality, stylish, and affordable.

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The Best Resource For UK Sample Sales

samplesaleuk Who doesn’t love a good sale? Finding a good sale however is sometimes easier said than done, but if you’re lucky enough to live to in the UK then you can make use of samplesaleguide.co.uk a website dedicated to bringing you some of the best deals in the country.

What is a sample sale?

For those that don’t know, sample sales are like flash sales, where shops unload merchandise at a fraction of the price. The best part about these sales is the fact that they are often held by designer top-notch brands, meaning you’re getting quality products or garments for much less. The disadvantage is these sales are often on a strict time limit. Sometimes just a few hours, which is why missing out can be real shame. This is why samplesaleguide.co.uk is such a great website. You’ll never have to miss a sale again.

Don’t miss out!

If you’ve ever missed out on a great deal you know the feeling. It just leaves you feeling disappointed and down, especially if it’s a brand you really love. But for lucky UK shoppers they can avoid that feeling by signing up for the newsletter at samplesaleguide.co.uk and be alerted of the next great deal. The website is very well organized and lists samples sales and outlet stores in the area. One can easily browse to find designers, stores, and even sites that have discounts.

Another unique addition to the site is  the map feature which allows you to map your shopping route for a day of sale hunting. Why don’t more websites have this? It’s a genius idea!

If you’re in the UK and love a good sale you need to visit and sign up for samplesaleguide.co,uk It will not only save you a bundle, but will introduce you to some amazing brands and designers.

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Style Must Have: Nakkashe Accessories

Art meets style with Nakkashe, an accessory etsy shop that specializes in unique, beautiful, boho crochet jewelry. Until now, I had never seen anything like this. But as someone who loves unique one of kind pieces, I was quickly drawn to this etsy shop and I know my bohemian readers will be too.

Here are a few reasons why you should check out this site

1. Handmade: These are hand made items made with love and care. The delicacy in some of the pieces speaks to the talent of the artisans.

2. Perfect for the nature enthusiast: In spring and summer it’s common place to see the style conscious incorporate flowers into their wardrobe, but some of us love to keep that springtime feeling all year long. Nakkashe’s flower accessories are a perfect way to do this, and the perfect gift for the nature lover in your life.

3. Made in Turkey: Those  of us in other parts of the world will love these handmade beauties from Turkey. It’s like getting a souvenir without traveling.

4. Versatile. How you choose to wear the accessories can be as creative as the pieces themselves. You may decide to decorate your hair with the gorgeous floral scarves or wear the same item around your neck. No matter what, you will look like a boho beauty.

I highly recommend visiting Nakkashe if you like handmade unique boho jewelry.

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ElleStyles is Bringing Sexy Back

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Summer is in the air and summer always reminds me of partying and dancing at the clubs, and if you’re going to have a fun sexy night out or in, you’re going to need the right dress for the occasion. While browsing, I learned about ElleStyles, which is a  cool website to find the hottest dresses and accessories.

ElleStyles is the go to place to find everything you need to help you look and feel sexy at really affordable prices. On the site, you can find dresses for clubbing or a date; you can also find swimwear, sexy costumes, lingerie and accessories. I personally have never seen one website that offers all of the above, and this is why I wanted to bring it to your attention.

This website is really well thought out and cleverly anticipates a buyers needs. Very often, if you’re looking for sexy wear, you’re not just looking for a sexy dress, you need lingerie and fun accessories too. ElleStyles understands its consumers and thought ahead as to what type of stock users would be looking for.

Above are a few examples of what you can find on ElleStyles, but one thing you quickly see, and what makes it fun to shop, is the variety. From casual dresses to skirts and shorts, there’s just so much to choose from. Again, it goes back to thinking ahead and understanding the buyer–something that not many webshops bother to do these days.

If you are looking for sexy dresses, flirtatious clubwear, or the perfect string bikini, ElleStyles is the place to look. Their clothes are affordable and they offer a great variety.

Also, don’t forget to check out their facebook page to learn more about them

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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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Find Lovely Jewelry Pieces at Love and Pieces

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If you’re like me, you love to accessorize. Bold, elegant, classic or trendy pieces like the ones found at Love&Pieces.com are a must have for the accessory loving fashionista.

What is Love&Pieces?

It’s an online jewelry boutique with some of the most lovely curated items I’ve seen in a long while. On the site, you’ll find jewelry pieces that fit virtually every style. Whether you are bohemian, urban, or classic chic you’ll be able to find the right piece for your outfits.

The site hosts a number of different designers and I love this for two reasons:

1. It means more variety. Being able to browse through different collections and designers means I’m more likely to find that perfect accessory that suits my taste.

2. There is something for everyone’s budget. Love&Pieces has something for the person that wants to splurge and the girl that wants to add some affordable pieces to her collection.

Another thing I love about the site is the world wide free shipping!

The only thing I don’t like is that things sell out so fast! But I’m not surprised; the items are so lovely it’s expected that people don’t hesitate to buy. For that reason though, I recommend purchasing the items as soon as you can because the moment you turn your back, it’s sold out.

If you’re looking for a great gift this holiday season, or any time of the year, visit Love&Pieces.com and don’t forget to follow them on instagram @loveandpiecesig for more info.

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