Beauty Brunch: Mail Call

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Having spent 2 summers working at a camp, I am very familiar with mail call. Were I at camp this week, I would’ve had to sing once a day every day, if not twice a day for all my packages. I do love getting mail, but you don’t want to hear my singing voice, trust me.

From makeup to nail polish, to hair removal products, I got a lot of new stuff to try in the mail. I don’t really know where to begin, so let’s start with Sigma Standout Eyes collection of 6 gel eyeliners.

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Just in case you didn’t know, Sigma is a local company that first became known for their makeup brushes (at least to me, via YouTube). Now that they have added lines of well-pigmented and high-quality makeup, I like them even more. Last week I received this amazing set of gel liners in the mail. And let me tell you, the cat eye challenge is on! The set included liners in: Wicked (blackest black), Liberally Toasted (toasty warm brown), Stunningly Ladylike (dark brown-black), Standout Peacock (deep indigo blue), Royally Striking (true purple), and Unexpected (neutral stony grey). The colors are long-wearing, opaque, and saturated. All gel liners are versatile, yet unique and unexpected with intense pigmentation and a smooth, fluid-like finish. It also included two brushes: E06 Winged Liner Brush, which creates the perfect winged liner, and E68 Line Perfector Brush, for controlled liner application with powder products. I can’t wait to show you the makeup looks I’ll be creating with these liners and my other Sigma products. Use the hashtag – #standouteyes on social media for inspiration.

Next let’s talk about Luuux Makeup Brushes. I got 3 sets of those (yes, THREE!) and will be giving 2 of those away! One in today’s post, one on Instagram. So if you need makeup brushes, make sure to enter and get your hands on a pretty cool set, which includes: L150 Large Powder Brush, L187 Stippling Brush, L116 Blush Brush, L190 Foundation Brush, L224 Eyeshadow Blending Brush, L195 Concealer Brush, L239 Blending Brush, L242 Eyeshadow Brush, L219 The Pencil Brush, L217 Eyeshadow and blending brush, L208 angled brush, L316 Lip Brush.

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Since I will be quitting my job in the next month or so, I knew I wanted to order hand made all natural soaps from one of the teachers. She’s given me a couple before to try, and I loved them. When she brought me a box of 10 different scents on Wednesday, I knew I wanted them all. Connie started making soaps several years ago as a necessity, not a hobby. She had several health issues caused by chemicals found in every day beauty products. And that’s how her soaps came to be. To learn more about Connie’s soaps email her at conniejwelch@hotmail.com

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I am also excited to try these Completely Bare products that I got through Klout. I am always looking for alternative hair removal ways, as I seem to cut myself every time I shave with a razor. I am especially interested in the Body Moisturizer & Hair Inhibitor, it’s Lemon Grass and Green Tea scented, and promises to help reduce hair density by as much as 50%, reduce hair length by as much as 30%, reduce hair growth by as much as 55% in 28 days. I remember using a product like this before (about 5-6 years ago), and I really liked it. I’ll definitely keep you posted on this one.

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And, finally, I received some products from Gerard’s to try out, and I will write a separate post on those. But how cool does Caviar cream sound? So stay tuned!

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Beauty Brunch: Bath and Beyond

 

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A couple weeks ago I asked Sam to pick up a new body wash for me at the store. Here is what he came home with. I think he did pretty well, don’t you?

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Sand, water, salt and wind. Summer obviously calls for constant manis, pedis, and pampering. Detox baths are relaxing, rejuvenating and according to some, even help weight-loss. I have 4 recipes for you today, enjoy!

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Cleopatra’s Scrub and Bath

For the bath:
1/4 gallon of milk
1/2 cup of honey

For the scrub:
2/3 cup sour cream
2/3 cup sea salt

Apply scrub, keep on for 10-15 minutes, rinse. Add milk and honey mix to the tub, soak for 20-25 minutes.

Hollywood Bath

1 egg
1/2 cup bodywash
1 tsp vanilla

Mix the ingredients and add to the bath. Soak for 20-25 minutes.

Baking Soda Bath

1 cup Baking Soda
1 cup Salt

No food or drink 2 hours prior/after this bath! Soak for no more than 10 minutes. Rest for 40 minutes after.

Rose Petal Bath

Few drops of Rose Essential oil
1/4 gallon of milk
Rose petals

Soak for 20-25 minutes.

And while you are taking your beauty bath, don’t forget about your hair! These are a few of the hair masks I’ve been using lately.

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I was pleasantly surprised by the L’Oreal ones ($5.99 each at Target), they both work great on my color treated hair, leaving it soft and shiny. Arvazallia product was already featured on my blog, so make sure to read the review here!

What hair products have you been using lately?

Thanks for tuning in to another beauty brunch! Have a great week!

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Perlier Royal Elixir Facial Serum

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Once again thanks to my membership at iFabbo, I was able to get my hands on an amazing product – Perlier Royal Elixir Facial Serum. I am very familiar with Perlier, this is the third product I’ve tried by them, and every single time it’s a home run.

This innovative, anti-aging serum (and I am all about anti-aging!) incorporates fresh Royal Jelly from African bees known to stimulate collagen production and provide vital nutrients and anti-oxidant properties to the skin. Additionally, all the water has been replaced by extremely pure distillate that has moisturizing and toning properties.

The serum comes in this beautifully designed 1.6 oz tube. There is a good amount of product in the tube, the word “generous” definitely comes to mind. But it is a $99 product! It definitely falls into more expensive category than a lot of other anti-aging serums on the market.

I use this product twice a day, morning and night, it leaves my skin feeling smooth and moisturized, it also appears more radiant, due to the illuminating particles that are contained in the product.

The downsize – I use about 3 pumps to cover my face and neck, and I am worried that this product will only last me about 6 weeks. I have a hard time parting with my favorites.

Would I ever buy this for myself? Yes, but not at the moment, since I am doing Project Use Up this year! Ask me again in a few months 😉

To learn more about this amazing product go here, or search #PerlierOnHSN hashtag on social media!

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Благодаря онлайн магазину для блоггеров – iFabbo, мне посчастливилось попробовать омолаживающую сыворотку для лица от Perlier. Я знакома с этим брендом, и каждый раз, когда я пробую их продукцию, я в полном восторге.

Итак, эта новая, инновационная сыворотка содержит маточное желе Африканских пчел, которое стимулирует выработку коллагена, обеспечивает кожу питательными веществами, и обладает анти-оксидантными свойствами. Вместо воды в состав этой сыворотки входит дистиллят, обладающий, в свою очередь, увлажняющими и тонизирующими свойствами.

Продукт продается в баночке с помпой (очень красиво выполнен дизайн) размером в 50 мл. Для сыворотки это очень большой, на мой взгляд, обьем. Но и стоит он $99 без налога и пересылки.

Наношу я эту сыворотку два раза в день – утром и вечером, и кожа сразу чувствует себя увлажненной и разглаженной. В этом продукте также содержатся освещающие частицы, которые придают коже сияние.

К сожалению, мне нужно три нажатия помпы, чтобы покрыть все лицо и шею, и, мне кажется, что этой сыворотки хватить всего лишь на 6-8 недель.

Купила бы я его сама за свои деньги? Скорее всего не сейчас, спросите меня через пару месяцев.

 

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster Review

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Knowing me, you probably have already figured out that I can’t live without serums and different types of skin boosters. Anything that helps me improve my skin, is a must-have, must-try or at least a must-see. So when I received Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster from iFabbo, I was more than excited to try it out. Plus I was running out of the serum I’ve been using, and this one became a perfect substitute.

So what is Dermalogica skin hydrating booster? It’s a super hydrating fluid that intensely moisturizes thirsty skin as it smoothes and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles. It’s water-based and non-greasy, plus contains Hyaluronic Acid, which holds 1000 times its weight in water for powerful hydration.

Other key ingredients include Panthenol, Glycolipids, and Algae Extract to help skin repair and restore moisture balance. There are no artificial colors and fragrances in Dermalogica products.

To use, I simply squeeze a little bit of product on my hand, and work into my skin. I only use it at night, before bed, and put my favorite night time moisturizer on top. You can mix this Skin Hydrating Booster with your favorite moisturizer to use during the day. But I always feel like my skin rests and restores at night. If I notice it becoming dry throughout the day, I will definitely start using this product in the AM as well.

The product is expensive, $56 for 1 oz. Though almost all high end serums with Hyaluronic Acid are in that price range, and that’s not surprising, because the product really works. After only a couple of times using it, I noticed my skin feeling softer, glowing, and firm. I am in absolute awe with this serum and what Dermalogica did once again – created another wonderful product to help us fight aging.

Pros:

– Perfect for my T-zoned skin and, from the other reviews I read, oily skin.

– Absorbs quickly.

– Hydrates and moisturizes.

– Doesn’t cause breakouts on my type of skin.

– Perfect addition to my night time beauty routine.

– Amazing ingredients.

Cons:

– Expensive! Ouch!

– Value/Money ratio seems too low. I have a feeling I am going to go through this 1 oz container of product in less than a month.

In the end of the day I love this stuff and the wonderful things it does for my skin. Have you tried the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster? What did you think? What serums (if any) do you use?

Happy Tuesday! I am off to another photo shoot today! Can’t wait to share an exciting new project and a local fashion artist with you soon!

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Personal Microderm Device – My experience

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It’s been 3 weeks since I started using a Personal Microderm Device. I remember when I first heard about it after one of the seasons of The Bachelor ended (yes, back in the day I used to watch that show), and thought to myself – Wow! That’s a neat product. I am so excited to actually own it and share my thoughts and experience with you. And as you may have guessed, this is a sponsored post, but I wouldn’t be sharing it, if I didn’t think you’d find this review useful, and as always – all opinions are my own!

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So what is PMD Personal Microderm device?

“PMD is an amazing device that helps women uncover their most vibrant, radiant complexion through an easy series of treatments. It replicates the treatment given by professionals by using the same Aluminum Oxide crystals on the patented spinning discs. The hand-held tool uses vacuum action to gently pull skin towards the disc for optimum exfoliation. Once it removes the dead skin cells and reveals a clear, healthy complexion, your skin is able to absorb products much more effectively. It works will all skin types and unclogs pores, smooths, evens tone, reduces blemishes and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.” 

How do you use it?

This is a very helpful video that talks about the device. It covers everything from plugging it in, to cleaning it, to avoiding the eye area. It talks about the do’s and don’ts and helps you find your way to a clear complexion.

How do I use it?

I use my device once a week, usually on Saturday night, before bed. I like using my device at night, because it allows me not to worry whether I am wearing enough sunscreen or not. Plus I use a thicker, richer cream at night time, and I want that to absorb quickly.
The first time I used the device was a little funny and awkward, it almost felt like I was vacuuming my face. But I got the hang of it soon enough. And no, it doesn’t hurt at all!
I am still on my white training disk and am loving it. I will probably replace it after one more treatment and switch to the green one.
I have only tried PMD Personal Microderm Device on my face, with an exception of testing it out on my arm. I am kind of nervous and excited to try it on my elbows or heels.

Have I noticed any results?

Absolutely! I noticed that my skin is a lot smoother, especially on my cheeks (that’s always been my problem area). My acne scars heal faster, and if I pop a pimple (let’s be honest here! Who doesn’t do that?) it goes away faster too.
I am paying special attention to my nose when I treat my skin, I am really hoping it will help with black heads!

Skincare with PMD

As interesting as it’s going to sound, PMD offers a 3 step skin care system along with the device. Having worked in cosmetics, I am a huge fan of a 3 step system. So that definitely earned them some points with me!

Special Offer 

Not only am I sharing my experience and review with you today, but I am also excited to share this discount code! It’s good through the end of May and will help you save on your own PMD Personal Microderm Device. Just enter pmdbeauty25 at checkout!

I am definitely planning on using my device for a couple more weeks, and then taking a break. I want to make sure I do what’s best for my skin. I will probably cut back on the microdermabrasion during the summer, since I spend a lot of time outside.

Overall the device is easy to use, it’s effective and extremely helpful. I can see it becoming an important part of my weekly skincare routine. 

Have you ever gotten a microdermabrasion? What about a PMD Device? Do tell!

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Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream Review

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I have recently come across Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream, and thought to myself – why don’t I give it a try? I’ve been loving BB Creams on my face, surely body cream would work just as well. And I was right.

The Jergens BB Body Cream is available for all light and medium-deep skin tones, has a sheer, quick-drying formula and promises results after one use, as well as in 5 days and on. It instantly hydrates and illuminates, and in 5 days: evens, firms, and corrects. 

The product comes in a 7.5 oz/220 ml tube packaging. It’s very easy to apply, and use. I personally prefer to put it on right after the shower, due to it’s moisturizing feature. I love how it makes my skin look illuminated and even. And I can’t NOT mention the pleasant scent.

I’ve been battling dry skin over the winter, and was pleasantly surprised to notice that redness and unevenness is almost gone after applying this product.

But let me show you:

 

Now I’ve been using it for almost two weeks, and noticed positive changes in my skin. It feels and looks smoother, more even and illuminated. Try it! Your body will never BB the same!

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Can you tell which arm doesn’t have the BB Cream on?

What skin lotion/cream are you using now? To learn more about Jergens BB Bodu Cream follow hashtag – #BBGoesBody

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Jergens BB Body Cream through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Jergens BB Body Cream, all opinions are my own

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Weigh-In {Ozeri Scale Review}

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Sam and I got a scale. It’s an Ozeri brand, lights up, nice dial, both kilograms and pounds, and of course it made it’s way into our bedroom! Sam steps on it twice a day every day. Me? I am not as keen on the idea. I have even threatened him to throw it away if he doesn’t stop. All those weigh ins make it seem like we are on the Biggest Loser, when in reality it just tells us our healthy weight!

Do you have a scale? If so, are you obsessed with it?

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Happy Tuesday!

Zhenya

Disclosure: the scale was provided by the brand for review, in exchange for my honest opinion.

A little more about the scale (as seen on Amazon.com)

  • Synchronized electro-mechanical Dial and LCD automatically illuminate and instantly point to your weight in lbs and kg, for easy-to read results in all light conditions and from any angle.
  • Visually stunning design incorporates a huge 5.5 inch dial and integrated digital display with stylish chrome accents to create a distinctive retro look with the accuracy of modern technology.
  • Uses 4 high precision GX sensors that weigh up to 400 lbs (180 kg) in 0.2 lbs or 0.1 kg increments, with StepOn technology that captures precise weight measurements upon contact.
  • Professional quality scale features and an oversized platform made of impact-resistant tempered glass for ideal stability, and a new built-in alarm that reminds you to measure your weight at the same time each day.
  • Auto-calibrated and automatically turns off to conserve battery life. Runs on 3 AAA batteries with a Low Battery Indicator (batteries included). Satisfaction guaranteed.

Hydroxatone AM/PM Anti-Wrinkle Complex Review

Today’s post is about another Hydroxatone product that surprised me in a good way. It’s their AM/PM anti-wrinkle complex (#AntiWrinkleSPF)  suitable for day and night use. It’s supposed to make you look and feel younger. Yes, I am 27 and am planning on staying Forever 21 😉

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Once again the sample came in a nice large size, 1 oz. I love the packaging and the little extra cover between the jar and the lid is a nice classy bonus!

The product contains:

Hyaluronic Acid – incredible ability to retain moisture in the skin which results in increased smoothness, softness and decrease of facial wrinkles.

Matrixyl3000 – Helps skin to promote natural levels of collagen, hyaluronic acid and fibronectin.

Argireline – Anti-aging peptide specifically designed to provide fast results.

SPF 15 – to help protect the skin against the sun’s harmful rays!

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My first concern though was why did they make this 2 in 1 product, instead of making 2 separate ones. They would’ve made more sales this way if you ask me (at least that’s how Clinique worked).

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those people who is afraid to put SPF containing moisturizer on at night, but I do cringe a little.

You will smell the sunscreen when applying the product. Nothing wrong with that.

The moisturizer itself does the job quiet well. My skin is a little picky though and unfortunately this doesn’t layer well with their BB. Or I have to wait and let the moisturizer sit for 10 minutes or so.

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I do like the texture, the fact that it absorbs quickly and of course that the company itself is in New Jersey 😉

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Once again though, it is pricey, but you might be able to catch it on HauteLook.com or other flash sale sites!

So there you have it! A great moisturizer out there for you to try.

Have a great night,
Z

Palmolive Fresh Infusions First Impression/Первые впечатления от средства для мытья посуды Palmolive Fresh Infusions

It’s this time again! Review time that is. I received another product through my Influenster membership, and this time it was Palmolive Fresh Infusions Dish Soap.

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We don’t have a dish washer in the apartment, so everything has to be washed by hand, and if you know what it’s like, you know that it’s nothing but pain. I have never met a person who enjoys doing dishes.

Since we first moved here, we were dedicated Dawn users. Our first bottle lasted us about a year (I kid you not!) and the Palmolive that we received as a mocking move in gift from the rental company lasted only about a month, and of course I thought, never again!

Until I got this box! The quality of the soap is great, it washes dishes wonderfully, foams up well, looks nice standing there by the sink 🙂 Yes, that’s important too!

I didn’t like the dispenser though, and the scent wasn’t as strong as I was hoping for. Out of the the three scents: Lime Basil, Lemon Thyme, and Ginger White Tea, Lime Basil is the strongest.

I also got several coupons for this product, though I think I am pretty set with dish soaps until 2015 or something like that 🙂

The soap retails for about $2.60 and is available at Wal-Mart and Target.

Overall it leaves the dishes clean, fights tough stains and grease, and next time I need to buy dish soap, I will definitely consider it!

Happy dish washing to you!

Z

И снова настало время для обзора. В этот раз мне прислали средство для мытья посуды от Palmolive. Прислали его бесплатно через сайт Influenster.

Так как в нашей квартире нет посудомоечной машины, всю посуду мы моем руками, а вы сами знаете, как это! За всю свою жизнь мне еще не довелось встретить человека, который обожает это делать.

Когда мы въехали в эту квартиру полтора года назад, мы пользовались только Dawn, и первая бутылка у нас простояла около года, а средство Palmolive, которое нам подарила компания, владеющая домом, закончилось за месяц!

Я зареклась никода не покупать Palmolive, пока не получила эти средства на обзор. Новое средство оказалось отличным, хорошо пенится, отмывает грязь, экономно расходуется, и хорошо смотрится на раковине (что тоже важно!).

Мне не очень понравился дозатор, и запахи оказались не такими сильными, как я ожидала. Из трех, которые мне прислали: Белый чай и Имбирь, Лайм и Базилик, Лимон и Тимьян, второй оказался самым сильным.

В коробке также были купоны на скидку в $1.50, но мне кажется что средств для мытья посуды мне теперь хватит до 2015 года!

Одна бутылка средства Palmolive стоит около $2.60 и купить его можно или в Target, или в Wal-Mart.

В итоге хочется также отметить, что посуду это средство моет хорошо, и если когда-нибудь мне понадобится купить новое, то это вариант!

Хорошего вам мытья посуды!

Женя

MM is for Marilyn Monroe

My Week with Marilyn is a movie, that comes out November, 23, 2011 here in the US. With an estimated budget of $10,000,000 the viewers are definitely expecting a lot from it.

I have to admit, I am not that charmed by MM, yes, she was gorgeous, could sing, and had this wonderful bubbly personality that everyone admires. I think that with MM it’s either you love her, or you don’t, but I have somehow managed to fall into the “meh” category.

To be 100% honest with you, I am a lot more interested in Michelle Williams, who gets to play her in the movie. I remember her back when she starred in Dawson’s Creek. That was one cute TV show. And to me, she resembled MM even then. I guess Hollywood has finally noticed that too!

A lot of people are being judgmental, saying that they should’ve had another week or two of castings, but I think MW is a perfect fit. And maybe they put a birthmark on the wrong side of the face, it’s just a movie, and no one is trying to give you a new MM.

I loved MW’s Vogue interview, her honesty about not being able to replace MM’s curves, and the fact that she had to eat ice cream for breakfast every day. To me, that is the worst thing about being an actress. I remember when Renee Zellweger had to put on pounds for her part in Bridget Jones, and that thought alone gives me nightmares. I know she lost it all afterwards, but still.

I am going to watch this movie, and I am getting excited for it, because they will be showing vintage clothes, and giving a sneak peak into the lifestyle of 1950’s. I hope they do a really good job at that!

If you’ve missed the Vogue Interview, I suggest you still look through the slideshow. But if you are too lazy to do even that, here are some of my favorite pics!

And finally my absolute favorite!

What is your opinion on the movie? Are you going to see it?

Xo,

Happy Saturday everyone!

ZhenyAH!

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