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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Biore cleansers to unclog, scrub & deep clean!

Biore's Cleansers and Scrubs
Biore's got a new Spring look!! But their cleansing power have stayed the same...

Above are three Biore cleansers that each have it's own purpose. Overall, I recommend these if you have normal to oily skin w/ large pores!
* Warming Anti-Blackhead Cleanser- Heats & Treats to Target blackheads
* Steam Activated Cleanser- Deep Cleans to purify those stubborn pores
* Pore Unclogging Scrub- Clears & Exfoliates gunk

This scrub works well exfoliate your skin, as it is important to do so at least once a week! There's microbeads to gently exfoliate old dead skin cells and also combined with a cleanser that leaves your skin feeling Biore clean.
This is a must for your shower.. yes another product to add to your bathroom. It's steam-activated which is great because I apply right when I get in and after 5-7 minutes, I can wash right off. It's also great if you have b-acne or any other blemishes that may be caused from sweat (workouts), etc.
This salicylic acid acne treatment is targeted for your blackheads, so I only use this on my nose. I love its warming affect as its meant to heat up and withdraw any gunk from your nose. Combined with using the porestrips in my routine and my nose looks so much better pre-Biore usage. Don't overdry your nose by using too much product, so use this every few days at first or more, depending on your skin.

(Disclaimer: I received this product from this company's PR agency to test, try and share my thoughts with my readers.)

Friday, March 30, 2012

March Birchbox curated by teen vogue

My March Birchbox arrived safely mid-March and I've been happily using these items this past 2.5 weeks. I sadly lost my turquoise hair-tie yesterday as it is MIA and was a bit loose for my hair..The Tarte LipSurgence gloss's light red sheen is gorgeous with the right amount of color for a berry pout and the Essie polish's sparkly top coat is glitter-tastic. The Shiseido blotting papers- I'm saving those for the summer months. The Annick Goutal Petite Cherie smells so Parisian, absolutely love the pear & vanilla combo! I'm excited to get my April birchbox.. get yours today!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sally Hansen Smooth & Perfect Color + Care Review

Pastels are in this spring! And what better way to wear these pretty shades than on your fingertips. Sally Hansen's new Smooth & Perfect Color + Care nail color are great to get a completely smooth finish. Why? Because its formulated to hide any ridges your nails may have naturally. It contains ginseng, camelia oil and lotus to help you get healthier nails. The line comes in 8 pretty shades, including the three above. My personal favorite is the light pink above which is girly and it really reminds me of Spring! I loved the smooth finish that I got from this polish and can't wait to wear the other colors this season!

Be sure to check out their Cuticle Erase + Balm to prep for all your manicures!

(Disclaimer: I received this product from this company's PR agency to test, try and share my thoughts with my readers.)

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Lester's Department Store Experience & Tour

This month, I was invited to a private event to learn about Lester's department store on the Upper East Side in NYC and I had such a delightful time. Lester's specializes in womens, juniors, tweens, kids, and baby clothing & accessories, so there really is something for everyone when you're shopping for your family. (Except men's) Their styles are very trendy and for the kids/baby clothing, they are absolutely adorable! Items in here are practical for your own family or make great gifts for your nieces, nephews and other friend's children.

They recently launched their website so if you don't live near a Lester's department store, you can check out their inventory on their website. Here are some pictures from the various departments there. As you can see, all the clothing there are so stylish!

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I'm lucky that there's a Lester's nearby but if you're not, definitely check out their new website.. will be making a purchase there very soon! They ship from Brooklyn! :)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Hush Puppies Slippers by Grandoe

I'm all about comfort and this month, I got to try a pair of these comfy Hush Puppies slippers in the Willow Thong style from their Spring/Summer Break Slipper Collection. These plush, plaid slippers in a gorgeous lavender shade has the softest, cushiony insole. The fabric for the "flip-flop" is also soft and doesn't tug at your skin. It's incredibly comfortable and versatile as you can wear this around your house, as well as by the pool & outdoors because of its rubber sole.

These will make great gifts for yourself, mom, friends, etc! And you can save 15% on a pair, which retails for $40, with special promo code: "15HUSH". Code valid until May 31, 2012.

(Disclaimer: I received this product from this company's PR agency to test, try and share my thoughts with my readers.)

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Biore towelettes- Makeup Removing & Daily Cleansing

With Biore's new look, Biore products' packaging are now simple & clean. It makes it easier to read, and includes a Spanish and French translation on the front as well. These two products, the Make-up Removing Towelettes and Daily Cleansing Cloths are great for travel, for the gym, on-the-go, or for home-use. They're versatile and good for those days when you're too busy. They work just as effective and you know you're getting a clean wash since you're using a new cloth.

I've always been a fan of using towelettes because they were simple and I prefer to use them while travelling. The make-up removing towelettes can be used for face and eye makeup, and the daily cleansing cloths can be used at the end of the day as well as in the afternoon, when your face may be feeling a bit greasy. There's no oily residue afterwards, so all you feel is - CLEAN!

(Disclaimer: I received this product from this company's PR agency to test, try and share my thoughts with my readers.)

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Biore Skincare Spring Launch- New Look and Pore Strips!

One of my trusty drugstore brands had a facelift this Spring! If I had glanced at this quickly, I wouldn't have recognized this was Biore, since I'm so used to their light green packaging. They have changed their overall look so it's much cleaner and simple- with a white background a basic blue text- Biore. I received several products from their collection- some new, some I haven't tried before so they're new to me, and some oldies/faves! First, is my favorite- their Deep Cleansing Pore Strips!

If you large pores/blackheads/stubborn whiteheads, try these Biore strips to
unclog 'em! They won't get every single one clean, but they do wonders especially if you haven't exfoliated or extracted them, in a while. I've used the Original version before, but they also have an Ultra version which has tea tree oil and witch hazel, great for oily skin, to really help get those pores cleared out.

Stay tuned for more Biore product reviews, including their facial towelettes and makeup removers and cleansers!! :)

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Yoga Beauty Bar event at PureYoga East

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, enthusiastic green beauty yogis attended the special Yoga Beauty Bar event at Pure Yoga East. Throughout the morning, attendees were checking out products/demos on natural beauty brands -Kahina, One Love organics, and PritiNY, and sipping on Sokenbicha tea. I came later to enjoy a complimentary level 1/2 yoga class filled with basic warrior 1 & 2 poses. afterward, we engaged in an awesome discussion with celebrity makeup artist Karim Orange who works with Vapour Beauty Organics. We learned tips to incorporate greening your routine and her beauty secrets! I had a wonderful time and couldn't have asked for better company! thanks to Amy for organizing the event and for the invite!

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Venus & Olay Razor

In my latest Influenster LoveVoxBox, I received the Gillette Venus & Olay razor. One of the features that I like in a razor is its shower hook so it's easy to store in the bathroom. There's usually no space otherwise... so a shower hook is a must! This razor also has 5 unique blades to give you your closest shave and it has a moisturizing bar above the razors. This Olay Moisture Bar strip is there to help condition & moisturize your skin so you get the #GoddessSkin that Gillette razors strive for their customers to have. I do have to say that my legs has been unbelievably smooth after using this, so I'm very happy!

If you're interested in getting this razor for yourself, they're available now in your local markets/drugstores for about $9-$11 (USD). If you need more refillable 3-pack cartridges, you can those for $15-$20.

Thanks again to Influenster for letting me try this in the Love VoxBox! :)

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sally Hansen- Gem Crush Nail Color

Now that your nails are hangnail-free with the Sally Hansen Cuticle Eraser + Balm, it's time to get your shine on! The NEW Sally Hansen Gem Crush nail colors are the perfect sparkly polishes for a glittery glow.

The collection comes in 8 different colors, as spotted in the drugstore below, from a Bling-tastic blue to Lady Luck magenta as I have added to my own collection. Each coat is literally full of sparkle so you'll definitely get noticed. These are extremely sparkly so it'll take some to get used to. Otherwise, to de-tensify the polishes would be to mix it with some clear polish.

These latest GemCrush colors are a cinch to wear! You can wear it as a top coat to a nude base or wear it stand-alone over a base coat. There's many options which is what I love most about Sally Hansen's polishes in general. Since these polishes are so shiny and textured, even though I'm not a pro on putting polish on, tiny mistakes weren't too noticeable! :)

Here are ALL the colors that I saw at a local drugstore. Aren't they all so sparkly?!?

(Disclaimer: I received this product from this company's PR agency to test, try and share my thoughts with my readers.)

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Sally Hansen Cuticle Eraser + Balm review

This Spring, Sally Hansen has a few new products to get your nails primped and ready to go- either for work, date night, or a girl's night out. I've already spotted these in drugstores already and I'm so excited that I get to try them out! First, to get your nails ready, moisturized and conditioned, you'll have to use the Sally Hansen Cuticle Eraser + Balm.

This spirally green cream is fun and beneficial too if you tend to get dry, cracked areas near nails. It's unpleasant and can sometimes hurt too, so it's important to take care of them. I've been using these the past week and found my cuticles to look more soft and smooth. I used to get a few cracks here and there but it's been pretty healthy looking so far. Now that my cuticles are primed and ready, it's time for some gorgeous polish!

Stay tuned for my next Sally Hansen post on sparkly polishes!!

(Disclaimer: I received this product from this company's PR agency to test, try and share my thoughts with my readers.)

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Introducing my Influenster Love VoxBox

My Influenster LoveVoxBox arrived this month and I couldn't be more excited to get another box of goodies from them. Influenster.com chooses members to receive these (free!) themed voxboxes to try out various products and share them via blogs/videos/social media/word of mouth/etc.

I'm giving you all a peek at what I received in this Love VoxBox, based on a Valentine's Day theme, but can really resonate for any time of the year actually.
* Ghiradelli Creamy Devotion milk chocolate bar
* Stash Tea- Herbal Tea Sampler
* Truvia samples
* KISS nail decals
* Gillete Venus & Olay razor (w/ shower hook)

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Friday, March 16, 2012

How-to: Wear hairstyles from the Runway

8 New Wearable Hairstyles from the Runway

Sick of your go-to ponytail? These eight, hot-off-the-runway hairstyles will give you some much-needed inspiration

8 New Wearable Hairstyles from the Runway

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Is your gorgeous long hair thrown up in a ponytail nearly every day? You need to see these new "hybrid hairstyles," which combine two hairstyles into one look. They're straight off the runway and have the perfect balance of crazy and tame. Ditch the blasé pony for one of these new styles for your next night out.

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Discover Natural with Abe's Market

As you may already know, I'm a huge monthly subscription box junkie! It took me a while to warm up to the idea of paying for more samples, but after so many companies came up with these boxes, I dived right in!
Now, I recently discovered Abe's Market which lets you select any 3 samples for just $2 (include shipping!). Each 3 sample pack is your "discover naturals pack" and you're only allowed to get 3 packs per person. This allows everyone to get a chance to try the samples and share the love. So, for $6, you get 9 samples which is AWESOME because w/ other sample boxes, you pay about 3 times as much and get the same # of samples.

Check it out here: http://www.abesmarket.com/discovernatural

If you try this out, let me know which samples you picked!! There are so many in the food, bath& body, and beauty categories that choosing 9 was difficult. :)

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Testing the blogger app

Hi! I haven't done live blogging before but I wanted to test out this app first.. :) If all goes well, I'll be able to do some live-blogging for future events.. Otherwise, follow me on twitter @BeautyAllThat

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Suave Scalp Solutions Shampoo & Conditioner review

I was recently sent the NEW Suave Scalp Solutions set to try, which consists of the Anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioner. As you can see the coconut image on the bottle, the products contain the goodness of coconut oil as well as shea butter for moisturizing. When my hair/scalp gets really dry (over washing, probably) it tends to flake. This unpleasant dandruff which is noticeable due to my haircolor, can be quite, well, unpleasant to look at. So, after using this for the past week and a half, I've noticed no mo' flakes! My scalp's been looking nice and clean, and my hair smells terrific. Tip: When washing your hair everyday, don't shampoo all your tresses, just focus on the scalp and condition the rest!

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Monday, March 12, 2012

NYC Yoga Beauty Bar event at Pure Yoga, March 18

There's a special event coming soon at one of my favorite yoga studios in the city- Pure Yoga East! The Yoga Beauty Bar will set up shop on Sunday, March 18, starting at 10 AM so you can have access to specialty beauty brands, including Kahina, SoapWalla, Vapour Organic Beauty, One Love Organics and Priti NYC. They'll also be offering complimentary treatments and services, so you can try these products before you buy. I've tried all of them before except for Soap Walla so I'm excited!! :)

Later on the afternoon, you can take a FREE Pure Yoga class at 2:30pm (RSVP early to theyogabeautybar@gmail.com). Afterwards, join them for a special ORGANIC GLAM SESSION with Emmy nominated-makeup artist, Karim. If you're interested, RSVP now and get your ticket ($18) to the makeup talk after the class. Buy your ticket here.

All this is possible by Sokenbicha Tea- one of my FAVE tea brands- so delicious! Can't wait to drink more tea and get my ZEN on... see you there!

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Total Beauty: 10 Easy Ways to Look Hot

10 Easy Ways to Look Hot Instantly

Looking sexy can be as easy as swiping highlighter in the right areas -- see how to add instant glam to your makeup now

10 Easy Ways to Look Hot Instantly

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Do you feel like smoky eyes are mandatory for a night out on the town? If you're bored of the eyeshadow-layering-and-blending routine, check out these 10 new makeup tips that'll glam up your look -- instantly.

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Total Beauty's 2012 Readers' Choice Awards- Vote Today!

Total Beauty's 2012 Readers' Choice Awards

How will your favorite beauty products fare in our 3rd annual Beauty Awards?

Total Beauty's 2012 Readers' Choice Awards

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We've got over 500 products in the running for our 2012 Beauty Awards, and you get to decide which products win the coveted Readers' Choice Awards! When you give your favorite products a pat on the back, you also earn points toward snagging a swag bag of the winning products (worth $350!). Pretty sweet, right? Cast your votes before polls close on March 30.

Vote now!

Saturday, March 03, 2012

FreeBeautyEvents.com- March's contest to win CoverGirl products

FreeBeautyEvents.com, a source for free beauty events in your area and nation-wide, is a site I check out weekly to see what new events are happening. For instance, on the 10th, at select grand-opening Rite Aid stores, there will be giveaways of samples/coupons and demos! There's also two Mustela Events at select Saks Fifth Avenue where customers will get free samples and learn more about Mustela products. (Great products for newborns/children and even for adults with sensitive skin!)

I also check out FreeBeautyEvents.com for their beauty blog because features different products and they host giveaways too! For their monthly beauty contest this month, they are giving away a sampling of four CoverGirl products including:
* CoverGirl Lash Blast Fusion Mascara (Very Black)
* CoverGirl Cheekers Blush (Rose Silk),
* CoverGirl Natureluxe Gloss Balm (Clay)
* and CoverGirl Blast Flipstick Lip Color (Pucker).

(Disclaimer: I received this product from this company's PR agency to test, try and share my thoughts with my readers.)

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Friday, March 02, 2012

Glow by Dr. Brandt Review

Want skin that glows and illuminates? If you're tired of a dull complexion, then first I recommend you to exfoliate & put on your favorite mask right away! It's time to clean up those dead skin cells. Then I would recommend the new Glow by Dr.Brandt kit that I have been recently using. It's a 2 part system with an Overnight Resurfacing Serum (for night) and a Ruby Crystal Retinol Hydracreme (moisturizer for day). Both products are made for all skin types, but if you have extremely sensitive skin, try a patch test first. I've been using these products for the past few weeks and have found my skin more radiant and who doesn't want that in the dull winter days?

The Overnight Resurfacing Serum is made for your nighttime routine. It can be a bit tingly at first so after continued usage, you can start to use this every night. For now, I use this every other night.

During the day, I use the flesh-toned moisturizer that brings radiance to my skin. I like how it smooths my skin and makes it look so dewy and glowy.

Since incorporating Glow by Dr. Brandt into my daily skincare routine, I have found my skin more healthy-looking, smooth, and radiant! Hallelujah! No more winter dullness!

(Disclaimer: I received this product from this company's PR agency to test, try and share my thoughts with my readers.)

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