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Monday, April 30, 2012

Diva Deal Alert| Mattese Elite Spring Nail Polish Clearance!

Hey Divas!

I wanted to share this with awesome deal with you! So here I am blogging away :-)

Many of the Mattese Elite polishes have been reduced to $0.99 for a quick spring sale!!! Yes, I said it! $0.99!! This would be the perfect time to get gifts, giveaway prizes, or even stock up on your favorite shades. These polishes are usually $5.99 a pop so you are definitely saving a great deal! I'll definitely be picking up a few. Below are the collections that are currently on SALE!

The entire Ballet Shades of ME and MOB Collections are now $0.99 per polish!
All shades in the Ballet collection. Direct Link: http://www.rickysnyc.com/mattese-elite-nail-polish-ballet-colors-of-me-collection.html
All shades in the MOB Collection. Direct Link: http://www.rickysnyc.com/mattese-elite-nail-polish-cosa-nostra-mob-collection.html
SELECT shades from the Happy Hour Collection (scented when dry!) and Seductive Winter Wonderland Collections are now just $0.99 as well!
Happy Hour Collection - Tequila Sunrise was $0.99! Direct Link to the rest of collection: http://www.rickysnyc.com/catalogsearch/result/?order=relevance&dir=desc&q=happy+hour+mattese&x=0&y=0
I have this collection and LOVE it! There are a few shades that are $0.99 now!  http://www.rickysnyc.com/beauty-makeup-products/nails/nail-polish/new-mattese-elite-nail-polish-seductive-winter-wonderland-collection.html

SELECT "permanent" shades are up for grabs as well! There are alot of pretty sheers and soft pinks that translate well into the warmer months. You can view the collection here: http://bit.ly/dLivzo

Last, but not least, check out the best selling neon shades! I am dying to try those, but they are still full price right now ($5.99). Those are perfect since NEON is in this spring! View that collection here: http://bit.ly/JnwSuK

I hope you divas enjoyed this diva alert! Please be sure to comment down below and let me know if you plan on picking up anything or have already picked some up! Thanks for reading! 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

I'm Blushing! | It Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush {Magical in Mauve}

Hello Divas & Gents,

Guess who's blushing right now? ;) ME!!!

It Cosmetics "Magical in Mauve"

I think I've found a new blush love and of course I had to tell you about it! For the past few months, I've been obsessed with Milani's Rose d'Oro and there was nothing that could get me to stop using it. It was the perfect golden coral that added such a beautiful glow to my cheeks. Now don't get me wrong...I still love it. There is just one thing standing in the way. My new love for IT Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush Powder Blush Stain. I received the one in "Magical in Mauve" and it has definitely lived up to its name. It gives me a flush of color, has amazing pigmentation and staying powder, and gives me the vitality I need.

About the Blush
This blush is described as a "cheek stain infused into a powder" and was designed by plastic surgeons to create a hydrating, brightening, anti-aging blush that would leave a "naturally perfect" flush of color to the cheeks! It is also packed with antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C, & E, acai, green, and white tea as well as various oils such as jojoba, plum oil, and cherry oil, just to name a few. What makes this blush different is not only its antioxidant and anti-aging qualities, but it is micro-milled and talc-free which means that it doesn't cling on to those fine lines and wrinkles!

Packaging - Box & Product

Packaging - Product Name & Shade Located on Back!

Packaging
The blush comes in a very nice black compact with a rubberized finish on top. It is in compact form with the standard mirror. The It Cosmetics logo is perfectly placed on the top center and the name of the blush is written on the bottom. I absolutely love the sleek and secure packaging!

Close-up view of "Magical in Mauve" - a spicy, rosy plum shade
"Magical in Mauve" in bright lighting

How I Apply It
When applying this blush, I have to be very careful and use very light strokes. It is very easy to overdo it so you have to take a cautious approach and lightly sweep it onto your cheeks. I lightly apply it in an upward, sweeping motion over the apples of my cheeks with a blush brush. If I happen to add to much, I just dust some finishing powder on top!

Quick Swatch (With Flash)


My Overall Thoughts
I love the fact that this blush has so many amazing qualities while still exhibiting excellent pigmentation. It definitely passes the staying powder test and gives your cheeks a nice rosy glow! It's no surprise because everything I've ever tried from IT Cosmetics has been a keeper!

What is your current favorite blush, and why? Have you ever tried IT Cosmetics? 

Disclosure/FTC: I was sent this product a few months ago after doing a previous review on some of their other products. It Cosmetics wanted my opinion on this product and this is my honest opinion! Thank you for allowing me to try it because I love it!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Verdict Is In | Gillette Venus & Olay Razor

Hey Divas & Gents,

I'm back with my last and final review from my Influenster Love VoxBox! Thank you so much for sticking around and hearing my take on all of these products :-)

Photo from http://www.gillettevenus.com with  their money back pledge!

Initial Thoughts
I saved this review for last because I wanted to really get a good use out of it. In fact, the moisture bars that are included on this razor are all gone. I've been using it that much! In the last box (Holiday VoxBox), I tested out the Gillette Venus ProSkin MoistureRich and I really loved it but this one has got it beat. This Gillette Venus & Olay Razor lets you have your cake and eat it too! It includes Olay moisture bars which lock in moisture while Venus' five blades allow a closer and more accurate shave.

The Razor & My Experience
Because I hate nicks and cuts, I always use shaving cream no matter which razor I am using.  This razor, however, includes moisture bars which provide a sudsy lather, which means that one may not need a shaving gel/cream. This is definitely a perk for days when you run out or are traveling and forget your shaving cream! Another pro is that the moisturizing bar prevents your legs from being dry and stripped of moisture by releasing skin conditioners. Who doesn't love smooth legs?

As far as the shave, the five blades allow for a close shave and seemed to significantly cut back on my shaving time. It also includes a shower hook and ergonomically friendly handle which are perfect since I use the razor in the shower. Lastly, this razor is refillable which means that you can purchase cartridges to replace the old ones! Overall, I'm loving it and will be buying more refills soon!

You can find this razor at your local drugstore and discount retailer for $8.99 - $10.99. Visit www.gillettevenus.com for more information about this razor!

Have you tried out this razor? If not, what is your current favorite razor? 

Disclosure: This product was sent as part of Influenster's VoxBox program (www.influenster.com). These are my honest opinions!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Skincare Secrets| Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash

Hey Divas & Gents!


I haven't made an appearance on my blog in over 10 days! Blame it on life :) I still love you and miss you all! I hope you had a great Easter holiday. While I was "away", I was nominated for a blogger appreciation award by Erica from Bound2Beauty. I will definitely be doing my response to that post soon as well as nominating my favorites so stay tuned! Thank you so much Erica!! Please check out her article and blog here: http://boundtobeauty.blogspot.com/2012/04/blogger-appreciation-award.html.

This post is going to be about a skincare item that I'm currently loving! I'm going to start a new series called "Skincare Secrets". I often get compliments on my skin so I decided that I'd share some of my favorite products from time to time. Feel free to let me know if you have any requests!

Simple Skincare
Since I ran out of my favorite Burt's Bees cleansers, I decided to try a new facial wash from a skincare brand/line based in the UK! It is UK #1 Facial Skincare Range! It is called Simple and they call themselves the Sensitive Skin Experts. Their line consists of facial wash, cleansers, toners, wipes, and eye care so you have a complete line of skin care! Not only that, but it is perfect for all types of skin types especially those with sensitive skin. Here is what makes this brand so remarkable:

  • No Dyes
  • No Artificial Perfumes
  • Only the Purest Ingredients
The Product
Here is the product that I'm currently using and enjoying from their line and here are some awesome facts about it! 
Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash - www.simpleskincare.com
  • 2 Added Vitamins
    • Pro-Vitamin B5 (to help restore, soften, and smooth)
    • Vitamin E (known to moisturize and improve skin condition)
  • 1 Skin-Loving Ingredient
    • Bisabolol (helps to soothe and calm)
  • No Dyes
  • No Artificial Perfumes
  • No Harsh Irritants
My Thoughts
When I first got the product, I assumed it would be a generic facial wash but boy was I wrong! I am truly loving it because you only need very little for each wash and it lathers very well. Not only that, but it leaves your skin feeling very clean and refreshed and I honestly feel like the vitamins add an extra touch. My skin doesn't have a residue or film after using this product and it doesn't get irritated. The price point of this product is pretty average for facial wash at about $6-$7 and can be purchased at your local drugstore and discount retailer. I definitely recommend that you try it out!

Have you heard of the Simple Skincare Line? If so, have you tried it out? If not, are you going to try it out? 

Disclosure: This product was sent to me as part of the SheSpeaks Program to test out after speaking with a Walgreens Beauty Consultant. This is my honest opinion and I love sharing products I love with my readers! 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Verdict Is In | Kiss Nail Dress

Hello Divas & Gents!

Kiss Nail Dress in "Shrug" - Top Row: Natural Light; Bottom Row: Artificial Light

These Kiss Nail Dress stickers are definitely a keeper! As you all know, I couldn't use the imPress Press-On Nails that were given to us in the last box because they just weren't wide enough for my thumbnail. This, on the other hand, is such an awesome alternative! Where do I even start? I'll quickly give you a run down of the pros and cons so that you can run out and get your box!

Pros

  • They come in 18 styles! 
  • There are 28 strips, which means that you can find the proper fit! 
  • Can be used on both tips and toes! 
  • No drying time!
  • Last up to 10 days ***
  • Easy to remove!
Cons
  • If not pressed correctly, it may not appear as smooth.
  • Slight peeling at tips after a few days so make sure you prep well.
  • May not fit all nail sizes. 

Overall 
I really enjoyed the unique design they sent me and it added an extra flare to my usual plain polish. I love how fast you can apply these and it comes with a nifty nail file which allows you to file off the excess. My only problem is the claim that it lasts up to 10 days***, but it only lasted about 5 days for me. I'm pretty sure that this varies per person and activity though. I recommend these for a special event or occasion because it would really save you money and they have all types of styles! 

You can learn more about the Kiss Nail Dress by visiting their website: http://www.kissnaildress.com. You can find them at your major drugstores and discount retailers for about $6.99. 

Have you tried the Kiss Nail Dress? If so, which style did you get and what did you think about it? If not, are you excited to try them out? 

Disclosure/FTC: This product was sent to me as part of the Influenster VoxBox Program.