CLEAR Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Total Care Nourishing Shampoo and Nourishing Daily Conditioner Review

Total Care shampooAs a beauty website editor, I was asked to be one of the first few people to review a new and exciting hair care product line – CLEAR Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner. CLEAR products were designed with the scalp in mind, as the scalp accounts for 99% of your hair’s natural strength and beauty. I’ve been using the CLEAR Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy products off and on for the past two weeks or so and I’ve enjoyed my experience thus far. I’m glad to share my personal review of these products.

I received one bottle of Total Care shampoo and one bottle of Total Care conditioner for the purpose of this review. From the moment I first used CLEAR hair products, I fell in love with the fragrance. It is a somewhat subtle yet alluring scent that reminds me of a variety of Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner with that unbeatable fragrance that lingers long after you’ve washed your hair. Some of the key ingredients include sunflower, almond, soybean, coconut oils, aloe vera, and Vitamins B5, C, and E.

Another thing I love about this scalp-focused shampoo and conditioner team is how my hair feels after I’ve shampooed and conditioned with these products. I found no matter if I dried my hair with the blow dryer or let it air dry, my locks were still soft, smooth, and very manageable. In fact, I love how soft and smooth my hair is even when I haven’t had time to style it, and I just take a second to toss it back in a hair clip or ponytail. CLEAR shampoo and conditioner leave your hair feeling ultra soft and touchable, making it a great product duo to use before a big date, anytime or all the time.Total Care conditioner

The CLEAR Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Total Care Nourishing Shampoo has a smooth texture and a shiny, shimmery appearance. It lathers beautifully and the fragrance envelops you in the shower or bath. CLEAR Scalp Hair Beauty Therapy Total Care Nourishing Daily Conditioner has a creamy texture and leaves your hair silky and smooth no matter if you blow-dry it, towel dry it, or allow it to air dry.

CLEAR hair care products contain Nutrium 10™ technology, which is a cocktail of 10 vitamins and nutrients that leave your scalp nourished and protected. Studies show these CLEAR products restore and maintain natural moisture balance in the scalp when used regularly. The CLEAR product line includes six shampoos and five conditioners – Total Care for all hair types, Damage & Color Repair, Volumizing Root Boost, Strong Lengths, Moisturizing Dry Scalp, and Complete Care for dandruff prone hair and scalps.

I recently saw travel sized CLEAR hair care products at my local CVS, but you can also buy these products online or at your favorite mass market retailer. These scalp-focused hair care products retail for between $4.99 and $5.99. For more information, check out


Five Steps to Flawless Hair

Information courtesy of Gocha Hawkins,

As women, we are always searching for new and interesting products to give us flawless, luscious locks. While there are certainly treatments and tools that can aide us in unlocking the secret to perfect hair, it’s important to have the basics down. Here, Gocha Hawkins, celebrity hairstylist and owner of Gocha Salon, shares her top five tips for getting the look you want, and keeping hair healthy at the same time.

Salon ScissorsGet a Great Hair Cut

As Gocha puts it, “A good cut means that even when hair dries naturally, and despite all of the environmental factors, your hair will always look presentable. However, a lot of women forget that regular trims are needed to maintain the desired style. Professionals recommend trims every 6-8 weeks for a reason; when ends become split, it hinders hair health and creates frizz.”

Alterna's Bamboo Smooth Anti-Humidity SprayApply Product Prior to Styling

Gocha explains, “Using a humidity blocker like Alterna’s Bamboo Smooth Anti-Humidity Spray ($18) can go a long way to preventing issues due to heat in the warmer months. But it’s also important to use product every time you style in order to create a buffer zone between hair and the extreme heat of your tool of choice, whether it is a blow drier, straightener or curling iron. Watch which product your hairstylist uses prior to blow-drying, and pick it up from your salon.”

Find out what works best with your hairUse the Right Shampoo & Conditioner for You

“It’s important to know your hair’s texture and to consider whether or not you’ve had color treatments or other recent stresses that can damage your ‘do. Talk to your hairstylist about which products he or she would recommend. In addition, using too much shampoo and conditioner can dull hair; use a drop the size of a quarter. Over-doing it on conditioner and shampoo leaves hair greasy and limp,” says Gocha.

Aveda's Damage Ready Intensive Restructuring TreatmentMake Time to Pamper Your Hair

As Gocha articulates, “If there is one thing I tell all of my customers, it’s to make time to deep condition hair. Check with your hair professional to see which particular treatment is right for you and apply it at least every two weeks, though once a week is best. This goes a long way to keep hair healthy and shiny, as well as strong, preventing breakage and allowing you to experience the best hair day possible. One of my favorite deep conditioners is Aveda’s Damage Ready Intensive Restructuring Treatment ($26); this is great for women who flat-iron their hair often.”

Reese WitherspoonBe Prepared

“Don’t leave the house without a hair tie or a hair clip if your hair is long. There’s no way to avoid every mishap, and having the option to style differently can be your saving grace on a difficult hair day. The longer your hair, the more likely it is for you to encounter obstacles that damage your look. Another fashion forward option is the headband, which allows you to accessorize in addition to hiding less-than-perfect hair,” explains Gocha.

Gocha says, “Having healthy hair is the key to avoiding a bad hair day. Keep in mind that preventative measures are always preferable over damage control. If you treat your hair well, it will reward you with one great hair day after the next!”

For more tips and tricks from Gocha Hawkins, follow @GochaSalon on Twitter, “Like” Gocha Salon on Facebook, and visit the salon’s website at

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John Frieda Products for Flawless Hair

John Frieda Definition & Curl, Tight Curls Curling IronThe John Frieda Tight Curls curling iron (model JFC8) is ideal for any curl lover. I received this product to review and I absolutely love it! This hair styling tool creates soft, beautiful, frizzless curls. The titanium ceramic-coated one-inch barrel has a cool tip to prevent any accidental burning of the ears. This feature has saved me many times trying to created a coif way before my brain has woken up in the morning!

When creating your perfect look, the professional swivel line cord prevents tangling the cord around your body or twisting your hand in impossible ways to get the iron out of your face or in just the right position. The product can rest safely on the counter and won’t roll around or burn the countertop. Although you should never leave a heat tool on and unattended, this John Frieda curling iron will automatically shut off after 60 minutes of being on.

This iron only takes 30 seconds to heat up. The digital temperature display shows which of the eleven high heat levels the iron is set at. The iron can reach temperatures as high as 400° Fahrenheit or 205° Celsius. Although you should always take care when heating your hair, this curling iron will protect your hair from heat with advanced ionic technology that will condition hair and reduce frizz.

Curls produced by the John Frieda Definition & Curl, Tight Curls Curling Iron

The best part about the eleven heat levels is that you can find the perfect fit for your hair type and adjust the level to whatever temperature you need for your ideal wave or curl. For delicate, thin, or easy to curl hair use a low setting like 220°F which the iron starts off at. Average to thick or treated hair should be curled at a medium setting around 310°F. Women with thick or wavy hair should use a medium to high setting like 330°F. For hard to curl hair, use the highest setting between 365°F and 400°F.

The second product I received was John Frieda’s Sleek Finish brush. This product offers you a chance at shiny, smooth, frizz-free hair. It uses deep-shine silicone strips to provide your hair with its best chance at the best hair day yet! The silicone strips are guaranteed to last for the life of the brush.

This hair tool also can transform your hair with Tourmaline (100% crushed gemstones) which releases natural ions to create shine and reduce frizz. This brush is ideal to use while blow drying with vents that allow airflow to reach hair quickly. Even with knotted hair after a sleepless night of tossing and turning in bed, the brush carefully detangles hair without pain.


Versatile, Trendy Swimsuits by Hapari for Women and Men

As soon as the weather gets a bit warmer, we often start to dream of trips to the beach, pool parties, and other exciting warm weather activities. Stylish new bathing suits come to mind, and many of us start working harder to get “back in shape” if we aren’t already at our ideal body type. Thankfully, so many colors, styles, and patterns exist in many diverse swimwear collections, allowing us an easy way to accentuate our best features while playing down those we’re still working on improving. Hapari – a swimwear retailer offering something for everyone from adult women and men to junior boys and girls – has a full line of swimsuits for any body type, including plus size and even mastectomy patients.

Hapari offers a wide array of gorgeous and trendy swimwear for women of every shape and size, with fun patterns and colors available in bikinis, tankinis, one-piece swimsuits, and coordinating bottoms that can mix and match with the different top styles. Bathing suit tops range from bandeau styles to halter tops, and more, while bottoms include tie bottoms, regular bottoms, sarong skirt style bottoms, hot shorts, swim skirts, and Tummy Tuk bottoms. A number of cover-ups, cover skirts and shorts, and other beach apparel items are also available to coordinate with your new swimwear possibilities.

I received a complimentary voucher code to select a swimsuit from Hapari’s website for the purpose of this review. In browsing the many fun and gorgeous swimsuits for 2012 on the site, I finally settled on a Black Classic Bandeau Tankini Top with a white border at the top and a coordinating white tie bottom. The Black Classic Bandeau Tankini Top comes with removable straps that are well constructed with metal hook-style clasps, making them very durable and easy to attach and remove. These straps can be worn as standard straps or in a halter style, or removed for a fully strapless look. The straps are white, matching the white strip of stretchy fabric at the top of the bandeau while the rest of the tankini is dark black. Sewn-in cups and a shelf bra make this a more supportive top for larger busts while the long and smooth stretch of black fabric offers slimming qualities to downplay any extra inches in the tummy area.

As for the white tie bottom, this classic bikini bottom makes the perfect complement to the white band on the tankini top. This bathing suit bottom is fully adjustable and the ties on the white bikini bottom are long enough to tighten or loosen the fit according to your needs. The side ties add a nice touch of feminine elegance and flirtatiousness while the bottom’s shape and style offer just enough coverage to complete the look of the black and white tankini top. A lovely hibiscus flower is embroidered on the back of the swimsuit bottom, right near one of the side ties. It is understated yet a perfect touch for this simple yet fun bathing suit.

The black and white color scheme creates a classy look that works well with the style of this tankini. The top retails for $49 and the white bottom with side ties sells for $31.

I had a little bit of money left over on my Hapari voucher that I decided to treat my husband to a swimsuit, too. I had him check out the selection on the website and he selected the Men’s Blue Hawaiian Tribal Board Shorts. These boardies are currently on sale for $19, down from $23.  They feature a true blue, white, and black pattern that has a wave style and intricate patterns reminiscent of Tiki masks and surfboards. The HAPARI name is embroidered on the one leg and “Aloha” with a symbolic depiction of the Hawaiian islands on the other leg.

The fabric is soft, smooth, and comfortable. The board shorts have one side pocket that has two small eyelets to allow water to drain freely. In full disclosure, there does appear to be a faint blue stain on the white fabric on the back of the swimsuit, but I plan to see if it comes out in the wash, or with a little hairspray in case it is some kind of ink.

I am really looking forward to wearing my new tankini swimsuit on vacation this summer, whether we make it to the beach, the mountains, or even to someone’s pool. I honestly could have selected five or six different women’s swimsuits that I just loved, so I am confident anyone else browsing Hapari’s collection will find a great new bathing suit for this summer and any subsequent excursions.

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Finally – Pink Doggie Clothing for Baby Girls! Margery Ellen Baby Gift Set

Ever since I found out my husband and I would be having a little girl, I’ve been stuck on finding puppy and dog themed baby outfits for little girls. You couldn’t possibly imagine how difficult it is! So many things come in blue puppies or outfits that say “tough guy” with a little doggie, or something along those lines. Pink puppies and pink doggies just didn’t seem to exist for baby girls…. Finally I stumbled upon the Margery Ellen Baby Gift Set, which has its own collection of adorable pink doggies on super soft pima cotton garments for baby girls.

The Margery Ellen Gift Set is beautifully packaged in a pink and white patterned box with handle, much like an old-fashioned lunch box. Polka dots and stripes add just the right feminine touch to your very first impression. Opening the latch and lid of the gift box reveals a too-cute-for-words set of pink puppy themed baby clothes, including a soft pink hat, pink footie pajamas with snaps all the way down from neck to ankles, and a wonderfully soft and gorgeous pink puppy dog blanket. The pink hat has a very cute stitch around the edges and a small, two-tone pink dog embroidered on the front.

The same little pink dog appears spaced throughout the super cute footie pajamas, which are sized for 3-6 months. The pajamas offer impressive attention to detail, with lovely stitching and trim on the neckline, all the cuffs, and edges. The snaps are shiny and click together with ease, but they stay fastened just as well. Even the long sleeves of this cute baby sleeper have the pink dog embroidered for all to see. If you could only imagine the cuddliest, cutest baby girl in the world, she would surely be even cuter and cuddlier in this adorable pink puppy pajama set by Margery Ellen, available at Michael C. Finain Manhattan.

The soft pima blanket features three rows of pink dogs embroidered on a baby pink pima cotton background. The quality of this item is evident, as well, with the pima cotton taking on a heavy enough weight to keep the baby cozy and warm while still light enough to enjoy using it in the warmer months of the year. The pink doggie baby blanket boasts a lovely stitching along all the edges, with cute rounded corners that add a feminine touch.

If you are lucky enough to receive this item as a baby gift – or if you happen to order it for yourself – you may want to bring along the blanket and hat to the hospital with you when your baby is on the way. This set is honestly one of the cutest I’ve seen and you’ll be sure to love storing your little girl’s keepsakes in the sweet gift box while she stays cozy and cute in her jammies, hat, and blanket.

The Margery Ellen Baby Gift Set with pink puppies retails for $135 at Michael C. Fina in NYC. This is an unforgettable baby gift set that would make the perfect present for a baby shower or a hospital welcome. The entire set is machine washable and features only the finest pima cotton. All garments are made in Peru.

I received this item from Michael C. Fina for the purpose of review. This adorable and cuddly gift set is just one of many wonderful gift items available in Michael C. Fina’s baby department. Michael C. Fina is a 75-year-old, family-owned retailer located on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, NYC. For more information on this adorable pink puppy baby outfit gift set, please visit Michael C. Fina online.


Blast from the Past – Retro Bathing Suits and Swimwear Styles

Watch out James Bond girls, retro bathing suits are coming back this summer, along with monokinis and bandeau bikinis. These throwback trends aren’t going away any time soon since they’re now being contested as classics to the hottest swimwear fashion. Besides, you can’t really argue with a woman in a bikini, just ask James Bond – he’s had ton of experience.

Originally developed during the 60s, the first bikinis were considered too risqué for the American audiences, but were a smash hit with the French. Since then, the original bikini design hit it off, and would even be accepted by the then ultra conservative public in the United States.

Women can surprise everyone now that retro swimsuits are back in style. One of the best things about the retro bathing suit is that it has that perfect balance. A bikini is very revealing, there’s no doubt about that, but as the years grew along with the design, it seemed the bikini grew smaller and smaller. Fast forward to now and we have the string bikini and many other designs that can be a little bit too revealing.

The original bikini design had the perfect balance between skin and cloth. At least with the original bikini, you could at least hide of those unwanted “assets.”

A few other looks that are coming back today are the tankini and the monokini. Waist cinching is becoming a thing recently with many designers. The monokini is a one-piece type of bikini swimsuit. You can find monokini style swimwear with lots of creative cutouts. Waist cinching is a style that ties a belt made of fabric across the waist. It’s also great if you’re looking for an illusion of the belt, without the belt itself. So you’d get the look of the belt, without the restraint.

Oh the applications of that. Waist cinching a bikini allows you to accentuate your figure more and make your waist look a bit more slender than it really is. Not to mention the way it’ll make your figure look smoother. Tankinis are a popular style of swimsuit for a more conservative girl, offering a top and a bottom that have a bit more coverage than traditional bikinis. Tankinis often look like tank tops with bikini bottoms, but sometimes they can be strapless or have a swim skirt or boy shorts for a bottom. What’s even better about the tankini style of swimsuits is that the designers have more space to add styles to it, which means more variety for you! Since retro is back in, expect to see ruffles, buttons, rings, and tons of other designs on this season’s selection.

The bandeau top is also in this season, which means a lot of mixing and matching. The great thing about bandeau tops is that you don’t really have to buy them in a set. Once you have an old set of bikinis, you can combine them with the bandeau tops to give your old sets a nice spin. Plus, like a tube top, the bandeau has that sexy look to it that will surely make you sizzle on the beach.

If you’re going to shop for a new bikini, try to watch out for these excellent throwback fashion finds. The great thing about them is, they’re such classic designs, even if they go off trend, they’ll still be a head turner on the beach.


Plus Size Swimwear and Bathing Suit Styles

We all know that women come in all shapes and sizes. Whoever said that women should conform to only one ideal shape or size? If that was the case, then every man would have been bored from seeing the same thing over and over again. That’s why there’s totally nothing wrong with being a plus size woman. If you have that body, why not flaunt it? In fact, since it is the summer season, it’s the perfect season to show off those curves that some other women don’t have. And, what better wardrobe to kick it all off than a plus size bikini or swimsuit?

Since you already have the perfect season and the perfect piece of clothing, all you need now is the perfect place, which is obviously the beach! Yes it’s the summertime and going to the beach is the a great reason for you to break out that swimsuit and let your skin soak up that sun. Now usually plus sized ladies are hard pressed to look for plus sized swimsuits. With all the different styles out there, it can be quite confusing to choose the right one for you. Obviously, you’d want one that can emphasize the right assets and curves. Every woman knows that. In choosing the perfect swimsuit for you, different styles and colors should be considered.

When choosing a plus sized bathing suit, consider your physical features – everything from your skin tone, to your height, your hair color, and your favorite physical features. You can find plus size swimming suit styles that can complement everything , making your best features stand out in your favor.

If you’re one the shorter side of the spectrum, try to avoid those horizontal stripe patterns. They give off that illusion of stretching your figure horizontally, making you look even shorter. Conversely, vertical stripes do the opposite, which makes them ideal for the shorter gals. Since a lot of designers usually have this kind of knowledge, a plus size swimsuit with a horizontal kind of pattern would be a little bit more difficult to find. Thank God for that.

Another great tip is that black, and other neutral or dark colors, are always slimming. It gives that illusion of the contour of your figure to be a lot smoother, giving you a more slender and continuous form. If you feel a bit self-conscious, choose a black, chocolate brown, or navy blue plus size swimsuit to give you a slimming effect.

Women should never be ashamed if they have extra curves. It will always just be a matter of perspective about one’s body. But there is one other thing that makes women self-conscious about their figures: Pregnancy. Most women cringe or even dread the thought of having a baby bump at the most fun season of the year. Now the general thought about being pregnant is there’s so much that you can miss doing over the summer because you’re not allowed a to have or do a lot of things.

But hey, at least wearing a wonderful swimsuit isn’t one of them. Today, women can find a wide variety of plus size maternity swimwear everywhere. There’s no hiding the baby bump, so why not wear it proudly?

There are a lot of great designs to choose from, so you’re sure to find one that suits a pregnant you. If you’re in the mood for some shopping, you can start with stores such as,, and You can find a wide variety of styles and designs to choose from, so go ahead and have some fun!


Beauty and Fashion Tips for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to spend with family, whether you are enjoying your own Mother’s Day or celebrating with your mom or mother-in-law. Either way, Mother’s Day gives us a special reason to get dressed up for our plans, whether visiting with family or going out to a nice restaurant. Here are some beauty and fashion tips to try for Mother’s Day this year.

As you prepare to put your Mother’s Day outfit together, consider these suggestions for Mother’s Day hairstyles, makeup tips, manicure tips, and what to wear on Mother’s Day. You can create a complete look that is gorgeous no matter if you are the mom herself or coming out to show your love and support for the special women in your life.

What to Wear on Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day usually falls on a fairly nice weekend where the weather is warm enough to get away with showing a little leg. Consider wearing a pretty spring dress with sandals or a nice skirt and top set with sandals to keep comfortable and fashionable. You can also wear a nice cardigan over your dress or top to keep your shoulders warm, especially if it is a bit breezy or if the rain breaks through.

If you prefer, you can also wear a cute spring top with some nice ruffles and a pair of khakis, black pants, or other slacks. Consider bright and fun colors for your shirt or blouse as a tribute to the springtime and to Mother’s Day. Don’t forget a nice coordinating bag and cute shoes to go with your Mother’s Day outfit!

How to Do Your Hair for Mother’s Day
Once you know what your Mother’s Day outfit will be, you can more easily choose a nice hairstyle to complement the look. For a dressy look, consider a nice up-do with a few curls or a long and loose hairstyle with some soft curls created by a wide-barreled curling iron. You can also go with a standard blowout or a nice twisty bun or low up-do using a classy hairpin or clip.

For a more casual look, consider wearing your hair down, wearing it up in a cute ponytail, or twisting it up in a simple hair clip. For additional inspiration, check out these Mother’s Day Hairstyles to Try.

How to Do Your Makeup for Mother’s Day
Makeup is definitely a personal preference, but a nice look generally includes mascara and a touch of eye shadow (maybe some eyeliner), a bit of lipstick or lip tint, and some powder or concealer to touch up any blemishes. If you like, you can add a bit of blush or bronzer.

Choose colors that complement your skin tone as well as your eye color. You can keep your look rather natural or play it up a bit if you are going on a Mother’s Day date with your hubby. Consider these other Makeup Tips for Mother’s Day to give you some additional ideas for your special look.

How to Do Your Nails for Mother’s Day
A pretty and timeless look for any special occasion is the French manicure and French pedicure. Sometimes it’s easiest to get this look at your favorite nail salon, since you don’t have to worry about switching from your dominant hand to non-dominant hand while painting your nails. If you prefer to paint your own nails, you can choose a pretty solid color manicure and pedicure in colors that match or look nice together, or you can try your hand at the French mani and pedi.

If you are more interested in something a little creative and fun, consider painting your own nail art designs for Mother’s Day. You can do something simple or complex, depending on your skill level and preferences. Consider these Pretty Mother’s Day Nail Art Designs You Can Do Yourself as a few options to decorate your nails for Mother’s Day.

If you and your mom will be spending the day together, consider going to the spa or nail salon for some quality girl time. You can also go shopping to choose some new outfits, perfume, or other goodies.

What other beauty and fashion tips do you have for Mother’s Day? Please share them in our comments below.


Soften and Beautify Your Skin with Alighiero Campostrini Bar Soap

As we age, our skin begins to become thinner, loses natural moisture, and becomes less firm than in its younger days. It no longer looks or feels as soft as it once did. The skin’s production of keratin, collagen, and elastin decreases, causing our skin to develop expression lines, puffiness, sagging, and wrinkles. Fighting against this natural aging process is a constant battle that should include a number of anti-aging products from the soaps that women use to cleanse their skin to the moisturizers, toners, and treatments that they use to restore their dermal vitality.

Starting your day with a soap that offers anti-aging capabilities can provide your skin with the protection it needs to fight off wrinkles and damage from the exposure to the elements of nature. Using a soap bar containing important antioxidant and skin-softening capabilities can help to refine existing fine lines on your skin, while preventing new ones from occurring. It’s easy to include a skin-softening soap into your daily skincare regimen, enabling you to infuse a bit of new life into your skin.

Infused with the natural goodness of pure olive oil and formulated with an age-old recipe that utilizes only pure olive oil throughout the process, Alighiero Campostrini oliva soap is made in Florence, Italy. It is perfect for all skin types, including sensitive skin, since it is allergen free and contains no harsh dyes, no EDTA, and no synthetic fragrances. It delivers skin cleansing that softens and soothes your skin, offering it a luxurious experience.

Made by using the old-fashioned boiling process, this elegant soap bar is pure and contains 100% olive oil. It is almost like offering a spa-like experience within soap – just for you. Although it doesn’t lather effusively, it makes your skin feel clean and smooth. I am glad that I received the free gift of a single bar of Alighiero Campostrini oliva soap to enjoy. If you enjoy natural beauty products that offer extra goodness for your skin, why not considering indulging in a bar yourself?


Spring 2012 Hot Nail Polish Colors and Trends for Nails

pink-nail-polishSpringtime is the perfect time for a fresh new look or a special day pampering yourself. Even a simple new spring manicure or pedicure can make you feel like a million bucks. To welcome the warmer weather, try one of the hot spring 2012 nail polish colors for your next mani or pedi. You can brush up your style with stunning nail colors for spring 2012 using some polishes from the latest collections by top nail polish designers.

These hot nail polish colors for spring 2012 will give your look a snazzy twist, no matter if you choose something a bit wild or a look that is more down-to-earth. Polished nails can really polish your look – try not to go out of the house with half-worn polish on your fingers and toes. Instead, dress up your nails with a pretty new shade of polish just in time for spring. Check out our Spring 2012 hot nail polish colors and trends for nails to find some great new colors to add to your nail polish collection as flip-flop weather finally arrives.

Spring 2012 Nail Polish Trend #1: Bright, Bright, Bright!
You might not be surprised to find that some of the hottest nail lacquer colors for spring 2012 include bright hues in yellows, oranges, blues, purples, and greens. The trends for spring 2012 hot nail polish colors are leaning towards shades that make a statement, grabbing attention, and accenting an outfit like the perfect fashion accessory.

“I would say these bright colors are one of most exciting collections yet,” says Natasha Polikov, co-owner of Marina and I Salon. “As always, nail colors are dictated by fashion and it is not an exception this year. The biggest colors in fashion are orange and yellow. And nail colors are following with wonderful oranges, corals, salmons, and, of course, yellows. And absolutely any bright and delicious color that will compliment any and all of those, including the brightest pinks, most luscious lavenders, deep and seductive hues of blue, and spring reds.”

Polikov respects that not all women are bold and daring with their nail polish colors, though, and she recommends a few easy ways to adapt the trends to personal comfort zones for nail colors.

“Some of us ladies are a little shy, a little softer perhaps, and there are colors for us are there as well,” she says. “All the same colors work, but just in shades a little more mysterious like smoky blue, quiet gray, mysterious very light violet, beautiful sage, and very soft shimmers.”

OPI’s Spring 2012 nail polish lineup, the Holland Collection, fits the bill for both bold and bright colors as well as more subdued yet still gorgeous shades in the same theme. Colors include rich reds and purples, medium blues, a softer sage green, and a few pinks and coffee hues, among others. There truly is something for everyone in OPI’s spring 2012 collection, whether it’s a basic off-white or light pink, or a truly deep purple or a fun coral red.

Another set of bright and pretty nail colors to try for spring are the daniPro polishes, which are a doctor-formulated brand that includes a topical antifungal to keep your nails free from nail fungus and discoloration while looking beautiful. The daniPro collection includes bold and bright colors like My Girl PURE PINK, Stop And Smell the Flowers LILAC, and First Kiss RED, but also includes lighter shades like Love is All PINK, and neutrals in nude, steel, and even clear coats. I received four bottles of daniPro nail polish to review. The polishes apply smoothly but may need a couple of coats to reach your desired depth of color. I especially like the lilac shade, which has a shiny and juicy appearance. The colors really “pop” on your nails and I love how bright they appear. These nail polishes are natural, organic, and safe to use, formulated to be healthier for those using them, as they are free from formaldehyde, DBP, and toluene.

Spring 2012 Nail Polish Trend #2: Classics and Subtle Neutrals – Beige, Cream, and Pinks
It seems the neutral shades of nail polish never go out of style! Some additional spring 2012 hot nail polish colors include sweet shades of pink, cream, and beige, offering a softer look that works for business as well as pleasure. Dress up your nails for a formal occasion or everyday wear – these nice neutrals and soft, subtle nail polish colors will keep your look fresh and feminine no matter what the occasion.

Paul & Joe’s spring 2012 nail enamels feature a nude beige, an elegant pink, and a flirty rose color specifically chosen for springtime. This nail polish collection is unique in that it was actually inspired by owner Sophie Albou’s love of cats as an ode to Paul & Joe Beaute’s 10 year anniversary. The adorable cat themed nail polish boxes are too cute for words so hopefully the picture does them justice. I received a bottle of Manekineko (027), which is a bright, hot pink nail polish that brings together romance and playfulness in one bottle. I especially loved the ease of application with the nail polish brush, but the shape of the bottle is also attractive and easy to hold and open. Some of the key ingredients in this specialty nail enamel include orange flower water, white lily extract, jojoba oil, chamomilla recutita, and pearl calc extract, each with its own purpose to moisturize, soften skin, or protect your nails. Paul & Joe’s spring 2012 nail polishes retail for $14 and are available for purchase at and

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From Professional to Sensational in Seconds – Johnny on the Spot Bosom Bandeau Review

I have always loved to dress up, ever since I was a little girl. I enjoy wearing dresses for no special reason – just going to work, and I also like cute sets of tops and skirts with just the right shoes. Sometimes I find my dresses and shirts are perfectly cut for going out with the girls or on a date night with my husband, but they may not be the most work-appropriate outfits, depending on how low-cut the neckline happens to be.

Rather than not wear my favorite tops and dresses to work at all, I am so excited I learned about a new product from Johnny on the Spot!™ that allows you to turn any low-cut top or dress into a more business appropriate garment. I received a black Bosom Bandeau from Johnny on the Spot for the purpose of this review and I’m thrilled to share my feelings about this versatile fashion accessory.

The Johnny on the Spot Bosom Bandeau is simply a soft fabric band that comfortably fits around your chest much like a bandeau bra, swimsuit, or tube top would. It can be pulled upward a bit for a more conservative look or adjusted accordingly to suit your needs. The Bosom Bandeau is so easy to put on and take off so you can quickly convert your look from business to sexy socialite in a matter of seconds.

I really enjoy how soft and comfortable this fabric is. Did I mention I am also eight months pregnant? I have a size medium-large Bosom Bandeau and I’ve already found it to be more comfortable than most of the bras that I own in a full cup and strap size higher than before I got pregnant. It is important to note that this product can be worn in tandem with your bra, but I have even worn it when I’ve been too lazy or tired to wear a bra around the house and it feels better than going bare. The fabric is super comfortable, and while there really isn’t the support needed to make up for a bra, that is not this product’s purpose – just a nice little bonus for those of us who want to have some coverage without the bulkiness of a true bra.

I wore the Bosom Bandeau with a V-neck halter dress to work, along with a little short-sleeved cover-up, and it ended up looking awesome. It was conservative enough to wear to the office, yet I still got to wear a brand-new dress I was itching to wear. When I got home, I swiftly and easily removed the bandeau so I could have a nice dinner with my husband. Voila – instant wardrobe extender. I am a huge fan and I highly recommend this product.

You can get Johnny on the Spot products like the Bosom Bandeau at Duane Reade for retail prices ranging from $5 to $25.


Fashion Star Show Features Suave Professionals

suave-professionalsIn case you haven’t seen it, Suave Professionals® Celebrity Stylist Theodore Leaf and team work on crafting gorgeous hairstyles for the models on NBC’s new Fashion Star program using dynamic Suave hair products. The models show off cutting edge fashions with hairstyles to match, giving beauty goddesses and fashionistas a real run for their money. The Suave Professionals Salon on NBC’s Fashion Star gives a close look at how to create some of these stunning hairstyles at home using Suave products.

Leading up to the airing of Fashion Star, I received a lovely package in the mail from Suave Professionals, featuring some snacks for the premiere episode as well as a generous selection of Suave hair products.

The great lineup of Suave Professionals products includes Touchable Finish Hairspray, Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo, Keratin Infusion Heat Defense Leave-In Conditioner, Volumizing Mousse, and Dry Conditioner Spray. I received a full-sized product of each of these for the purpose of review, and I am excited to share more information with you.

Suave Professionals Touchable Finish Hairspray is an ultra fine mist spray that offers lightweight hold similar to Sebastian hairspray. This spray comes in a generous 9.4-oz bottle with the ability to give you a natural look and touchable hair that still holds the style you want. This product also helps to chase away frizz and fly-aways. Suave Professionals Touchable Finish Hairspray will most likely be my go-to hairspray, since I can’t stand products that leave my hair sticky and weighted down.

Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo offers a great solution for when you just can’t find enough time to grab a shower. It also works wonders when freshening up your hair during the workday or an epic-long day. Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo works to absorb the oils released in your hair, leaving your locks refreshed, smooth, and oil-free between washes. You can also use this product to extend your blowout and to add more volume.

Suave Professionals Volumizing Mousse gives your hair a boost with added fullness in a lightweight, alcohol-free styling product. Key ingredients include collagen and folic acid, helping to plump up your hair, giving it unbelievable body. For best results when using Suave Professionals Volumizing Mousse, blow-dry your hair with a round brush to add to the volumizing effect.

Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Heat Defense Leave-In Conditioner helps to combat frizzy and unmanageable hair through a lightweight formula that won’t weigh you down. This product helps to moisturize your hair while protecting it from everyday heat styling. The frizz control lasts and lasts, giving you smooth hair that styles easily and looks and feels great. You can apply Keratin Infusion Heat Defense Leave-In Conditioner to damp or dry hair for immediate results.

Suave Professionals Dry Conditioner Spray gives you more shine as well as softness between washes in a convenient 3.2-oz container that totes easily in your purse or gym bag. The dry conditioner is lightweight and helps to make your hair softer and smoother when you don’t have time to hit the showers. Key ingredients include shea butter and sunflower seed extract. For best results, pair Suave Professionals Dry Conditioner Spray with the Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo product to keep your hair looking and feeling great between washes.

If you are interested in learning more or in catching some of the latest and greatest styles coiffed by Theodore Leaf and team, check out Suave Professionals® and “Fashion Star” every Tuesday at 10/9c on NBC.