Product Review of BeautyScoop

A rejuvenating scientific Beauty Breakthrough that will have you sipping your way to sensational beauty…it is but a “scoop” away.Beauty scoop can help you get beautiful hair, nails, and skin.

With BeautyScoop, you can have a radiant, healthy glow. BeautyScoop works from the inside out and is an edible peptide and lipid drink that will help advance every aspect of your well being. It has been scientifically proven that 86% of people who tried this product showed dramatic results within three weeks. That’s three weeks to beautiful hair, skin and nails. That’s three short weeks to a new and improved wellness.

  • Benefits for the skin include (but not limited to) reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, increases hydration and show a youthful glow as well as improving vitality at a cellular level.
  • Benefits for the hair include (but not limited to) intensifying shine and manageability, diminishing split ends and strengthening hair and providing luster and nourishment to the scalp.
  • Benefits for the nails include (but not limited to) strengthening and lengthening the nails, fortifying splits & breaks and softening cuticles as well as preventing ridges.

Beauty scoop can help you get beautiful hair, nails, and skin.Some of the key ingredients in BeautyScoop are Safflower, Canola and Vanilla Flower, Soy Protein isolates and whey protein concentrates. Each of these ingredients combined are proven to bring out the youthfulness of your skin, hair and nails from within. Also included in each individual scoop are the Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E and anti-oxidants which are important building blocks for improving and maintaining healthy, active more productive day. The benefits are well worth the try.

Each box supplies you with 21 days of individually packed scoops for your convenience. These tasty scoops can be added to a favorite hot or cold drink of choice and give you the most out of each day (or evening). I actually used the scoops with my morning OJ and enjoyed the added energy I experiences throughout the day.

Although I only received three samples in my package to try; my nails, hair and skin did show a noticeable difference. I enjoyed being able to try this product first hand and know that if I used it daily I’d see a significant difference overall. It really is a great product and I recommend it to anyone that has been searching high and low for a product that will give you added benefits.

If you’re interested in BeautyScoop or would like to read more about the product, feel free to visit Beauty Scoop’s original site. ARV: $95.00 +shipping and handling for a 21 day supply (1 box); ARV $285.00 + coupon code for shipping discount + free gift with purchase for a 3 box supply (this is for those outside the continental US & ARV $285.00 + free shipping + free gift with purchase (this is for those who reside in the continental US) of a three-box supply. They also offer Sample Scoops for an ARV of $10.00.

Beauty Scoop for healthy skin, nails, and hairIn conclusion, as BeautyScoop would say, “Cheers, To Your Beauty!”

After trying BeautyScoop’s edible beauty accessory, I give a #1 for the most benefits a person can receive with one scoop! Thank you to BeautyScoop’s creators, NYC plastic surgeon Dr. Michelle Yagoda and world renowned chemist Dr. Eugene Gans!

Workout DVD Review: Get in Shape with Lalo Fuentes and LaloFit Freeze Technique

Workout DVD Review: Get in Shape with Lalo Fuentes and LaloFit Freeze Technique

I can’t remember feeling this exhilarated and accomplished in my workout routines since college when I just finished racing a 5K or playing an entire game of rugby.

I tried out the LaloFit Freeze Technique with Lalo Fuentes and I’m not kidding when I say buy this workout DVD. Not only do you feel your muscles working, but you learn to connect with each muscle group, thus ensuring you are doing each of the workout moves correctly. And with such an attractive workout instructor as Lalo Fuentes, if that’s not motivation, I don’t know what is!

LaloFit Freeze Technique brings together cardio, toning, balance, and a focus on your core and getting in touch with each muscle group. You can take the workout at your own pace, doing fewer repetitions if you are a beginner, or varying the weights to your own ability. The pace is fairly slow, so although you don’t receive specific instructions on how to do all the moves, you can learn the moves easily by watching and picking up the tips that Lalo Fuentes shares. With this slower pace, you can easily add more reps to each move if needed.

Work out with Lalo Fuentes and LaloFit Freeze Technique.Lalo’s workouts include everything from stretching exercises to warm up and cool down to floor exercises, lunges, squats, pushups, and crunches, to name a few. What I found to be pleasantly unique about this workout as compared to some of my other workout DVDs is that many of Lalo Fuentes’ Freeze Technique moves involve muscle groups from both the upper body and the lower body at the same time. As I was working out, I found myself noticing muscles I forgot I even had. In my exercise movements, I truly felt as if I were giving my entire body a great workout that would make a difference as long as I committed to a regular exercise program.

My only struggle with this workout DVD (besides endurance during a few of the moves – like pushups – because I am sadly not in the best shape of my life yet) is that the entire video is more than 50 minutes long. I loved the workout segments and the fact that you get a break with words of encouragement and inspiration after a number of different moves and repetitions for each. The problem with the length is that I cannot easily complete a 50+ minute workout before work, and knowing myself, some nights I am going to be too lazy, tired, or busy doing other things like cooking dinner, to actually complete the workout all the way through.

Work out with Lalo Fuentes and LaloFit Freeze Technique.However, I would be remiss if I failed to mention that the sexy workout instructor Lalo Fuentes makes the 50 minutes feel like a breeze. Finding the time is the tricky part, not spending the time. My plan is to complete a few sections at a time and work out over a couple days. Then, on days when I have more time, I’ll go through the entire video.

“In order to see fast results, I recommend you do the video three times per week, always leaving one day in between to let your body recover,” says Lalo Fuentes. “During the other days, do cardio and abs only, and always take one day off out of the week.”

“Some people who have tried the DVD have seen results as early as two weeks. After the second week you should feel with more energy through out your day and after 4 to 6 weeks, expect to see a lot of changes in your body. For those who don’t have a full hour to workout, I recommend to try doing the first half portion of the video, it includes full body movements so every muscles will be worked. Don’t forget to include some stretches at the end of your workout.”

All in all, I am excited to give this workout video my attention as I work to get back in shape for the springtime and summer. I am confident that the LaloFit Freeze Technique workout is going to help me by leaps and bounds in getting back into the best shape of my life.

Delicious Fruit Flavored Margaritas and Margarita Drink Recipes

For a fun and festive alcoholic drink with a delicious Delicious frozen strawberry margaritas are the perfect fruity drink. (Photo courtesy of Jose Cuervo)fruit flavored kick, fix up some fruity margaritas for yourself and your friends. Cinco de Mayo is a great time to celebrate the margarita. With this in mind, feel free to get creative and try out lots of frozen and on the rocks fruity margarita concoctions for the holiday or any day.

Choose from different margaritas flavored with melon, watermelon, pear, and of course, strawberry.

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Fun and Easy Nail Fashions with Kiss Everlasting French Nail Kits and the Manhattan Collection by Dashing Diva

Hands are one of several things people are instantly drawn to. Enjyo a pretty French Pedicure with ease with the Kiss collection. (photo by Barbara Baker)It is more so because hands are what we use to greet and communicate. These are also the tools we use to cook, clean, hug, and praise our little ones; so why not keep them looking great?

Let me just clarify for a moment; having nails done at a nail salon is always fun so I won’t even begin to down play that… but, it is costly and it does introduce serious damage to your nails over time; not to mention the smells that linger from the chemicals used to produce those pretty nails.

Enjyo a pretty French Manicure with ease with the Kiss collection. (photo by Barbara Baker)

What’s worse is if you break one nail…. You can’t just fix it at home (if you want it to match the rest of your nails), so unfortunately you have to run back to the salon and have it fixed. Now this can be time consuming and (at least where I live) can cost upwards of $5.50 or more… for one nail! Why spend that much money and time on one nail when I can get the same effects from a kit by Kiss and do it in the comforts of my home and the added convenience of having more than one backup nail to use?

Enjyo a pretty French Pedicure with ease with the Kiss collection. (photo by Barbara Baker)Kiss has recently introduced a revolutionary, patented technology that is about to sweep the artificial nail industry by storm (and I was lucky enough to try them out firsthand!). This new technology has a chip-free guarantee. It is bounded by layers in its manufacturing process to keep that French manicure look for the entire duration of use. These fake nails are now stronger and hold more like a salon acrylic application.  You can choose from flat or regular nail arcs and they come in 12 different sizes. The added features to Kiss nails also include the all new “real short” and “medium” lengths. The toenail features are equally given.

Easily remove all nails or only one with this nail remover from the Kiss collection. (photo by Barbara Baker)Don’t bother worrying about how you’ll take them off when you need to. Kiss is providing an easy solution for that too; the “All or One” Artificial Nail Remover. In less than a few minutes you’re back to natural nails without the damage to your nail’s surface. Simply put one or all of your nails into this ready-made remover (removes 5X faster than soaking in acetone) and rub your nails up against little brushes inlaid on the outer rim of the jar. Once you’re done, just wipe. It’s that simple.


Everlasting French Nail kits can be purchased at your usual retailer and have an ARV of $5.99. They can also (for your convenience) be purchased online by going to; in fact, if you go to the official website you can check out their full collection, newly introduced items, simple techniques, and how-to’s.

Dashing Diva offers a variety of fun and beautiful nail polish colors for spring, summer, and anytime. (photo by Barbara Baker)But why stop there? Once you’ve finished trying out the awesome nails for both fingers and toes, how about polishing them with the Manhattan Collection by Dashing Diva. This nail polish is chip-resistant and has a special blend of polymers to seal color for up to 10 days without chipping. This collection is formulated without the controversial ingredients Phthalates (DBP), Formaldehyde, and Toluene, which have been linked to negative health conditions.

Along with the wonderful Kiss kits and artificial nail remover, I was given Dashing Diva’s The Red Carpet, East Village, NYPD Blue, and Central Park after Dark shades and could not even begin to tell you my favorite. They are equally vibrant and unique, charming and elegant, spunky and rich. Who wouldn’t want nail shades with this type of attitude? I loved every one of them and my girls had a fun time decorating their nails with the colors, too. Dashing Diva offers a variety of fun and beautiful nail polish colors for spring, summer, and anytime. (photo by Barbara Baker)Dashing Diva is by far one of my favorite brands of nail color collections and I definitely feel strongly when I say; YOU’VE GOT TO TRY THIS COLLECTION!

Dashing Diva’s Manhattan Collection has over 100 nail polish shades to choose from and are priced at a mere $8 each. Dashing Diva is a leading Nail Care and Spa brand located in premiere global areas. They are committed to providing the best in nail care products and are located at 1 Harbor Park Drive, Port Washington, NY 11050. You can also go to or by calling 516-621-6565.

Fun with Bendaroos – A Cool Springtime Activity to Do with Your Kids

There’s so much to say about Bendaroos (I don’t even know where to begin)…Bendaroos come in many different colors. (Photo by Barbara Baker)

They bring fun and excitement to any room, windows or wall. Bendaroos are perfect for kids of all ages; they open eyes to the world of imagination and they certainly entertain for hours and hours!

Sadly, I do have to admit that before I was offered the opportunity to review Bendaroos (like most parents); I wasn’t much for paying attention to the commercials for them. My daughters would scream out “I WANT THAT!” every time they heard the word “Bendaroos” or saw a commercial for them. Unfortunately, I just didn’t think that they’d be worth paying for (I hate being wrong).

However, I knew that my girls wanted these things, so I was pretty excited about trying them out AND, I knew that this would be a great way to put any skepticism behind me. It worked… these Bendaroos really are amazing and need to be on your list of “must haves” for spring things to do with the kids!

Barbara Baker's daughters enjoy playing with Bendaroos on the walls of their home. (Photo by Barbara Baker)I’ll be the first to declare that my kids aren’t always the kindest ones. They fight like most siblings and are very territorial about “their things”, but when I opened the box of Bendaroos it was like opening the gates to serenity. Not a single argument broke out. The box was filled with plenty of color strips for everyone to do what they wished. They happily helped each other create and were eager to have me take a look at what they did – TOGETHER!

There’s just so much that you and your little ones (and teen ones) can create with Bendaroos. All along my walls were dragons and swirls, flowers and suns, astronauts and space ships. It was just amazing to see what these kids were concocting. It was delightful to hear the subtle laughs and cheers throughout the house. What’s more; not one of them complained that they couldn’t make anything with the Bendaroos.

Bendaroos come in many different colors. (Photo by Barbara Baker)I definitely, without a doubt, applaud the creator of Bendaroos. These “magical” wax strips are something everyone should try. Even we parents can have fun with them (I know I did). You can imagine and do just about anything. The box even comes with an instructional poster to show you step by steps on how to create some of the wild and crazy things you can do with Bendaroos. There’s even a special page right now for some springtime themed creations. It’s just so fun!!!

Next time you’re trying to find something to do with your kids – think of Bendaroos! You can draw, build, decorate and transform anything. It will bring millions of smiles and laughs to the ones you love so much; those darling little ones.

You can get Bendaroos online at – Bendaroos Mega Set (500 Pieces) for $19.95 and eligible for free Super Saver Shipping.

A Great Way to Organize Your Shoes – “As Seen on TV” Shoes Under

Like many women, you probably own a ton of shoes – Shoes Under is a sensible shoe storage solution for your home.possibly with more than one pair to match each of your favorite outfits. With dozens of shoes and only so much closet space, what’s a girl to do? Rather than give up your beloved shoes or live in a perpetual state of shoe chaos, consider a more creative approach to organizing your shoes.

As you may have seen on TV, a new product called Shoes Under is available to serve your shoe storage needs. You can even store belts, scarves, and other small accessories in the compartments in the Shoes Under shoe storage solution. Shoes Under features a flexible canvas exterior with a clear plastic cover that zips around three sides to keep your shoes clean and protected.

Shoes Under is a sensible shoe storage solution for your home.After first seeing the Shoes Under commercial on television, I definitely thought it looked like a great product and I was excited to learn more. I was thrilled to review Shoes Under and to share my experience with all of you. For someone like me, who often finds organization around the home to be a challenge, the Shoes Under storage solution is a great alternative to keeping your shoes in their store boxes or simply under the bed or in the closet.

One Shoes Under shoe organizer can hold up to 12 pairs of shoes. In trying out Shoes Under, I found that some of my shoes fit into the compartments much better than others. I tend to wear a lot of high heels and more often, platform sandals. My shoes can be categorized as chunky heels or wide platforms, so I found a few of my pairs of shoes difficult to fit into the individual shoe compartments in the Shoes Under. Despite the tricky sizes and shapes of my shoes, I was still able to fit eleven pairs of shoes in my Shoes Under.

Shoes Under is a sensible shoe storage solution for your home.Also, I am not sure how well Shoes Under would accommodate men’s shoes – although I found it to be a great fit for my ladies’ size 7s. I have passed on my feedback about this and how my platform shoes fit, and hopefully we’ll soon see a new Shoes Under product with more room and versatility for wider, chunkier, and overall larger shoes!

Along the same lines, Shoes Under’s Instruction Guide notes that you can remove one or more dividers to accommodate larger shoes and even boots. I looked a few times and I don’t know exactly how to remove the dividers short of cutting them out. But, that kind of traps you into always keeping the same shoes inside Shoes Under, so my guess is that is not the expected solution. My recommendation if you find a tough time fitting your larger or taller shoes would be to simply lay them across as many compartments as needed, as the dividers are a soft and flexible, canvas type fabric that easily moves and gets out of the way to fit different kinds of shoes.

Shoes Under is a sensible shoe storage solution for your home.A few things you should know about Shoes Under: If you’ve seen the commercial on TV, please note that the majority of the rooms feature hardwood floors, which aids in the effortless sliding of the product in and out from under the bed. If your bedroom is like mine – with carpet – your experience may be different than what you expect from the commercial’s visual display of how easy it is to move the Shoes Under. While you may be expecting a similarly smooth sliding motion as seen on the TV commercial, what you will experience with carpeting is that the Shoes Under encounters considerable friction on a carpeted floor.

Another item of note – the frame of the Shoes Under is made of a softer fabric material, so the product’s shape does not stay firm when moving it under the bed and back out. While the commercial shows firm and rectangular edges, the edges of the product seem to bunch up due to the weight of the shoes and the friction from the carpeted floor. The storage solution does not maintain a strictly rectangular shape when using it on carpet; however, this may not be a major consideration for you if you have hardwood floors or simply don’t mind adjusting the Shoes Under’s shape whenever you replace it under the bed.

All in all, I really like the Shoes Under shoe storage and organization solution as an easy and neat way to keep my shoes organized and protected. I was previously using a long and short Rubbermaid container to store my shoes under the bed, but I like that I can see right through the cover on Shoes Under so I know whether the pair of shoes I want to wear is even inside. The product makes your under-the-bed storage area look so much nicer than cluttered piles of shoes which becomes so common for so many of us. I am thrilled to say, underneath my bed is cleaner and more organized thanks to Shoes Under!

You can buy the Shoes Under Storage System (Original As Seen On TV) online at the As Seen on TV Web site or at Prices range from $13.97 for one Shoes Under product or $10 plus $6.99 shipping and handling for two Shoes Under products.

Fun Easter Activities to Do as a Family; PAAS Easter Egg Dye Kits Review

I’ve always enjoyed crafts that the kids and I can do together. Paas Easter Egg Dye Kits are a timeless way to celebrate. (Photos by Barbara Baker)And, no matter what the occasion; family fun is (in my home) always a must. It’s a way for my kids to feel included in whatever it is we have going on. Sharing these moments with my kids also inspires and motivates their creativity, which is such an important part of their emotional and developmental skills.

For more than 125 years, PAAS has been helping all Americans celebrate Easter. PAAS has indulged us with Easter egg decorating kits that the whole family can enjoy. From flowers and stickers to paints and dyes, this visual candy has and always will be considered a “must have” on Easter!

Aside from the important biblical reasons for celebrating Easter, it is also a time for any and all children to let their imaginations soar. The anticipation of where the Easter bunny will hide their decorated eggs for them to seek, the glorious food atop of each table, and the family gatherings that last the whole day through. Easter is a special day for all of us and how we celebrate this day is as different as each magnificently decorated egg.

Paas Easter Egg Dye Kits are a timeless way to celebrate. (Photos by Barbara Baker)Paas Easter Egg Dye Kits are a timeless way to celebrate. (Photos by Barbara Baker)Paas Easter Egg Dye Kits are a timeless way to celebrate. (Photos by Barbara Baker)

Paas Easter Egg Dye kits are fun for the whole family. (Photos by Barbara Baker)When my family received the new PAAS kits in the mail, I guarantee the noise in the house rose about 100 Decibels. The excitement was pretty high not only for the kids, but for me too. Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays, and to get these kits in the mail was like opening the doors to spring.

Now, although I really wanted to, we didn’t tear into the kits that day. A close friend of mine and I decided to make a special day of it. We wanted to do a little pre-Easter, Easter day celebration. So, that following Sunday we came together and planned for a Bar-B-Q. We let the kids play outside while “us moms” boiled eggs and prepared the craft table inside; the dads sat outside tending to the fire and watching kids – without really knowing that we planned it that way (LOL).

The PAAS kits were a success… the kids were entertained for hours and not a single argument broke. Each child picked a spot, started with that kit, and worked their way around the table until each kit was tried. Then we let them do one egg with a little of each kit (a concoction of fun, if you may). Once they decorated their eggs, we took pictures and asked the kids what they thought. They loved it so much that they can’t wait to do it again… looks like we’re going shopping.

The kits I received were as follows:
Paas Easter Egg Dye kits are fun for the whole family. (Photos by Barbara Baker)PAAS color squirt – this kit was pretty fun. The kids were able to use their muscles with this one. They “squirted” the eggs with color using a little paint pump and their choice of color. This kit comes with a 12-piece egg drying tray, 12 silly circles, 8 egg stands, and 6 PAAS food coloring tablets; 3 pouches of non-toxic paint, 3 paint pumps, 1 plastic tray, and 1 egg dipper.

PAAS flower power – The kids really loved this… they were all VERY sticker happy! The kit includes 45 flower power stickers, 20 multi-color flower sequins, 12 piece egg drying tray, 12 silly circles, 8 egg stands and 6 PAAS food coloring tablets; 5 flower power strands, 1 egg dipper and 1 non-toxic glue pen.

PAAS brilliant beads – Whether it’s a girl or boy decorating an egg with this kit, they’re going to have fun. It’s like the “momma” of all kits. This kit included 37 stickers, 15 piece egg drying tray, 15 silly circles, 12 egg strands and 6 PAAS food coloring tablets; 4 bags of multi-colored beads, 2 glitter pens, 1 non-toxic glue pen, and 1 egg dipper. Deviled Eggs are a great end result of Easter Egg Dyeing Adventures! (Photo by Barbara Baker)

I had so much fun with the kids and kits that I’d recommend purchasing a few extra kits this year. What I like to do is stack the boxes away and every once in a while (as a “just because” day) pull them out and have some fun. It doesn’t have to be a holiday to entertain your child with a PAAS kit, trust me. The plus to the whole experience is that it makes for some wonderfully delicious Deviled eggs afterwards!!!

Product Review: Softsoap Ensembles Hand Soap, Available with the Reusable Pump and Disposable Base

If you’re looking for an easy way to spruce up your home for spring, look into the inexpensive extras that can turn an ordinary room into a pretty, relaxing sanctuary. You can add fresh flowers, potted plants and flowers, and even scented candles for an immediate visual, but don’t forget to spruce up your towels, tissues, and hand soap, too. The Softsoap Ensembles Hand Soap collection is a perfect match for spring and Easter decorating, thanks to the vibrant colors and nature-inspired designs.

What’s unique about this product line is that you have your choice of buying the pump and the disposable base together at first, but when it’s time for a refill, simply recycle the disposable base and insert the pump into a new bottle of Softsoap Ensembles hand soap. When that base is used up, rinse, wash, repeat, as they say.

The Softsoap Ensembles line features two nature inspired designs under the name Fresh Essence – a purple floral design and a green leaf design. The collection also features a Moroccan inspired design with a blue base named Exotic Orchid and a minimalist inspired design with a white base known as Creamy Cotton. The pumps for each of the varieties are a shiny silver gray color, offering a nice look to any bathroom. The variety of styles and designs in the Softsoap Ensembles collection makes it easy to redecorate your bathroom at a moment’s notice. Simply choose the disposable base that best fits the season or your mood.

The fragrance of Fresh Essence is soft, delicate, and lightly floral, offering a delightful scent that lingers. Softsoap’s Ensembles hand soaps do not dry out your skin, which is a welcome benefit any time of year.

Softsoap’s new Ensembles collection offers a low-cost way to bring spring into your bathroom or kitchen with colorful hand soap dispensers that look like the traditional porcelain style. Beginning in March 2009, Softsoap Ensembles are available in grocery stores and mass retailers nationwide. The Softsoap Ensembles starter pump retails for $5.99 and the replacement disposable base retails for $2.99. Softsoap Ensembles are also available online at

Softsoap Ensembles Hand Soap Replacement Base – Fresh Essence: 8.3 OZ – Pink and Purple Flowers

Softsoap Ensembles Hand Soap Replacement Base – Fresh Essence: 8.3 OZ – Green Leaves

Softsoap Ensembles Hand Soap Replacement Base – Exotic Orchid: 8.3 OZ

Softsoap Ensembles Hand Soap with Reusable Pump – Creamy Cotton: 8.3 OZ

Softsoap Ensembles Hand Soap with Reusable Pump – Exotic Orchid: 8.3 OZ

Softsoap Ensembles Hand Soap with Reusable Pump – Fresh Essence: 8.3 OZ – Green Leaves

Softsoap Ensembles Hand Soap with Reusable Pump – Fresh Essence: 8.3 OZ – Pink and Purple Flowers

Artistry Microdermabrasion System: The Tools for a Flawless Facial Masterpiece

The world’s Artistry Microdermabrasion System (Photo by Karin A. Kovacik)greatest artists took weeks, months, even years to meticulously transform their once barren canvases into stunning works of art, pervaded with smooth, crisp lines and doused with strokes of color. We, however, as women on the go, are not always granted the luxury of time.

That is why Artistry brings us their Microdermabrasion System — promised to smooth and rejuvenate a woman’s most important canvas — the face — within a single minute, evoking the true inner artist in each of us.

The Artistry Microdermabrasian System contains the Artistry Polishing Scrub, MicroExfoliation Cloth, and Time Defiance Skin Refinishing Lotion — a remarkable trio of tools to transform your face into a beautifully flawless work of art.  Artistry captures in a bottle the luxurious results of professional dermatological treatments, but before sealing the cap, removes any unnecessary “ingredients” inherent to these expert exfoliations, including the high price tags and often harsh facial sensations. Knowing that these professional treatments, when performed improperly, may damage the skin and cause painful irritations, Artistry offers a more a sensible solution with their Microdermabrasion System — a gentler, safer, and more affordable home-based alternative with high-class results.

Having never splurged for a professional treatment myself, in order to imagine the process, I could rely only on the one piece of information I knew — the word itself. Microdermabrasion. To me, the mere pronouncement of the term sounds painful in itself, as each brutal syllable drops harshly from the tongue trudging slowly towards its final fatal utterance — abrasion. However, the Artistry Microdermabrasion System held true to its various claims, immediately falsifying my rather grim verbal instincts. The harsh term labeling these products does no justice to the gentle, smoothing and pleasant experience that Artistry provides.

According to directions, the first step in the process is applying the Polishing Scrub to a dry face. At first, I found the instruction a bit odd, predicting that the gel would hardly smooth in to a dry face or would produce a scratchy sensation on contact. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I placed the gel in my palms, finding that it was of a thin, almost drippy consistency. Smoothing it into dry skin felt almost like a refreshing splash of water.

Artistry Microdermabrasion System (Photo by Karin A. Kovacik)The scrub itself has a rather attractive look, as the clear gel is dappled with tiny blue specks — otherwise known as jojoba beads. They weren’t so much round and spherical as I have seen in other exfoliators, but rather like minute freckles. As to the scent of the product, Artistry describes it as a mix of tangerine and berry, and with a flip of the cap, I could definitely sense a refreshing hint of citrus.

The next step in the process is to wet the MicroExfoliation Cloth and use its surface to rub in the scrub in circular motions. The cloth was nothing like I imagined, as I expected to find a Brillo-like texture — strong enough to remove the dead cells and get deep down to the surface. I was surprised to find an extremely soft cloth — almost a thicker, durable cotton texture. As I used the cloth to rub in the product, I could barely feel the beads working their magic. There was a slight sensation, but really nothing harsh at all.

On my second use of the system, my laziness got the best of me, as I neglected to lug all three products into the shower for use. So I decided to simply rub in the scrub with my palms, instead of using the exfoliation cloth. To tell the truth, the smooth results I achieved at the end of the process were practically identical, but that is not to say that the cloth does not have its benefits. I would still recommend its use, as I felt that it more easily smoothed the gel into the skin, and I sensed that it was performing a more thorough, deeper clean. The fibers work to give that extra exfoliation texture that your palms simply cannot provide. I also saw the cloth effortlessly removing layers of makeup that are always a chore to rinse away — an unexpected bonus.

When finally rinsing the gel and drying my face, I could instantly feel results. In a sense, I almost felt lighter — as if the system had removed unhealthy layers of skin that were weighing me down. I felt uplifted and my skin felt extremely smooth. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, it was time for the last step in the process — the Time Defiance Refinishing Lotion. The product was almost clear and extremely lightweight — not a thick, sticky consistency that you would more often label as a lotion. Rubbing in the product, I felt like it almost locked in the smoothness I already felt, providing for silky smooth skin that could last throughout the day. Even my hands, from simply touching the product, felt amazingly soft. This product is a magical little potion, smoothing everything it touches.

The Artistry Microdermabrasion System sells at a retail price of $71.50, and each product may also be purchased separately, if desired. To learn more about Artistry products or to purchase a system of your own, visit or call 800-253-6500.

Tip: You can get the the Artistry Microdermabrasion System at a lower price on

Best of Spring Beauty 2009 for Hair – H2Pro 300 Special Edition Flat Iron

It didn’t take long to complete my review for the newly released H2Pro 300 special edition flat iron. H2Pro Flat IronFrom the moment my hair met the flat iron I was in awe. Each strand was left with a silky shine that said “I’m so healthy, straight, and sexy;” I was utterly impressed with the outcome and give the H2Pro two huge thumbs up for quality. It’s the perfect addition to anyone’s hair care collection for 2009.

The H2Pro can reach 450 degrees in a matter of seconds and is ready for use. It can tame even the wildest hair and will leave you looking breathless. It is an impeccable flat iron with a dial knob to set a preferred temperature of your choosing (from 140 – 450 degrees), a very long and sturdy cord that’s great for moving around the room, and a convenient on/off switch. It has a sleek black body and ceramic tourmaline iron plates.
H2Pro Ceramic Tourmaline Styling Iron

The tourmaline treated plates are perfect for repelling humidity and they leave a shinier, frizz-free hairstyle that lasts all day (and as far out as the next day / evening). The ionic technology combined in the H2Pro is great for moisturizing hair and proves to remove pollutants and bacteria from the hair.

When I received the H2Pro, it was all I could do to keep it in the box and contain myself from the excitement within. Once I used it, I knew people would notice something different about me; friends, family and acquaintances asked if I had it straightened recently (I’m talking salon pricy results here). It was pretty neat to see their reactions when I told them that I did it at home with my new H2Pro. My confidence has boosted tenfold since I’ve been using the iron and I just know that it’s because of my hair’s appearance (Thanks H2Pro)!

I want to take a moment to recap on the ionic technology incorporated in the H2Pro and how it helps protect your hair. When the typical regime for taking care of your hair involves the use of color, hair sprays / gels and other such things, pollutants and bacteria become a big problem. Hair becomes unmanageable, dry, and brittle. The “ionic technologies” are components derived from Nano Ti + Nano TiO2 + Nano Ag used for bringing style and health benefits back to your hair. At the same time, these components help cleanse, purify, and moisturize your hair. The results are truly amazing. It completely transforms you hair from that dry, unhealthy, frizzing facade to a radiant, healthy, straight shine that’ll knock your socks off…

If you are looking to update your current flat iron with something new this spring season, I can assure you that the H2Pro 300 special edition flat iron is the one you need.

For more information on purchasing you very own H2Pro, call their toll-free number at 800-896-7728 or you can visit While you’re there, take a look at the other products they have to offer.

*Suggested Retail Price: $160.00

Award for Best of Spring Beauty for Hair 2009

I now give the H2Pro 300 special edition flat iron an award for being #1 in its class… For knowing just what we need when it comes to styling our hair and for continuing to provide us with the best products when it comes to our straightening needs! GREAT JOB!

Best of Spring Beauty for Hair 2009 – Marini Hair Revitalizing Conditioner

Jan Marini Hair Revitalizing Conditioner, available at

The name Jan Marini is one to be remembered.

I’ve had the privilege of reviewing Marini Hair Revitalizing Conditioner over the past seven days.  And after trying this product I can happily say that it’s one of the top conditioners I’d recommend to anyone.

I’ll have to admit; when I received the revitalizing conditioner last week, I was almost afraid to take it out of the box. It wasn’t that I was skeptical about trying Marini Hair Revitalizing Conditioner because at first glance and after reading the case studies for the conditioner, I knew I’d fall in love with it. I was “almost” afraid to take it out of the box because I knew that the moment I used it I would be addicted to it… I was right. I am officially addicted to a product that I can never again live without.

Jan Marini Hair Revitalizing Conditioner, available at Amazon.comNot one for reading directions, the first time I used it I got a little “spray happy” and ended up using more than I needed. I still saw results, but had I used it by following directions, I wouldn’t have wasted those few extra sprays. Needless to say, I still felt some improvement. The second day though, I decided to read the directions and spray just a few spays onto the palm of my hand, sparingly (as directed). I massaged it through my hair trying not to forget the scalp, and… what a huge difference that made.  I instantly saw and felt a difference in the texture, shine and body of my hair and my love for this conditioner has increased every day since.

What this product has done for me is simple; it’s given back the bounce and appeal that my hair once embraced. I’m sure that lots of women (and men) can agree with me when I say that hair becomes drab as we age. The vitality that once enriched each individual strand of hair has since dissipated and we’re left with unmanageable, unappealing mops atop of our heads. Fortunately it doesn’t happen to just a few of us…we all deal with it (sorry everyone).  So it’s really nice when a product (such as Marini Hair Revitalizing Conditioner) comes along and gives us the reason to cheer again. I for one am completely happy with the results thus far. Each day that I use Marini’s conditioner, my hair becomes more vibrant and notably thicker. Each day I feel a sense of confidence knowing that I have one thing that other people want… my radiant hair!

About Jan Marini – Jan Marini is the President and CEO of Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc. and is known for being one of the most respected names in skin care. Jan’s research has led to technology breakthroughs and it is her name that so many skin care professionals and consumers trust. Jan Marini offers 10 different lines of products to help in the rejuvenation of skin, hair and age intervention.

About Marini Hair Revitalizing Conditioner – the purpose of this conditioner is to rejuvenate and improve the appearance of aging, thinning and chemically-treated hair.  It dramatically increases the vitality of your hair and gives it renewed body and bounce. ARP $170.00 / 40z

Where to buy – You can call (800) 347-2223 for a personal skin care consultation for a referral to a Jan Marini Skin Research Authorized Reseller near you, buy Marini Hair Revitalizing Conditioner online at, or visit to shop online.

Award for #1 Innovative Hair Product for Spring 2009

In conclusion, I give Jan Marini’s Revitalizing Conditioner an award for being #1 in Innovative Hair Product for Spring 2009.

Become the New, Flawless, Fresher You — Product Review: Become’s Age Resistant Face Smoothing Gel

At each stage of life, as females, we dream of becoming. Become's Age Resistant Face Smoothing GelAs young girls, we wish to be become flawless, fresh-faced replicas of the models that graze the pages of a magazine. Then, as time works its inevitable aging process, we dream of becoming ten, twenty years younger — relishing in the days when our beauty reached its ultimate pinnacle. Now, no matter what your stage of life or personal beauty aspiration, your wish may be granted. But instead of rubbing a magical lamp to obtain your fanciful standards of beauty, all you have to do is rub your face — with Become’s Age Resistant Face Smoothing Gel.

A luxurious exfoliator infused with Jojoba beads, Become’s Age Resistant Face Smoothing Gel gently polishes the skin to create a silky, radiant complexion. Become’s products are expertly designed to slow the aging process, and this particular gel features an algae extract that firms and tones the skin, leaving you feeling years younger, with skin as smooth as a baby’s bottom.

This smoothing gel is a great pick-me-up for your morning shower — where I first decided to try it out.  Within seconds of flipping open the cap, I was met with a noticeable, yet pleasant fragrance. The product emitted a dominant and invigorating smell of fresh mint, but under this initial layer emerged a subtle hint of fresh and fragrant rose petals. Understandably, this awkward mixture of opposing scents may seem rather unpleasant, but the pairing actually proved to be a delightful balance that left me feeling energized, yet still softly feminine.

Become's Age Resistant Face Smoothing GelThe light pink gel is infused with tiny scrubbing beads that work to polish the surface of the skin. Rubbing the gel between my palms, the texture reminded me of a day at the beach — removing my hands from the ocean and feeling the small granules of sand that haven’t completely washed away.  When rubbing these sand-like beads on your face, it does seem a bit harsh at first, but to tell the truth, this slight polishing sensation became, to me, more of a positive than a negative. The abrasiveness of the beads made me feel as if the product was truly doing its job, scrubbing away the imperfections for a deep and thorough clean.

Barely into my twenty’s, I wasn’t extremely concerned with the age reversing aspects of the gel, but was simply looking for something to give my skin an all-over smoothness, as I sometimes struggle with scratchy areas around the forehead and nose. When I rinsed my face (an easy task since the lightweight gel was a breeze to remove), I was surprised to find that I not only received the results I was looking for, but could also identify how the product truly helps to battle signs of aging.

My skin instantly felt silky smooth — even those troublesome areas that are usually tough to eliminate. I seemed to radiate with an all-over freshness.  Although I could not take full advantage of the aging features of the product, I could see how the gel may leave women feeling rejuvenated and years younger.  The product left my skin feeling extremely firm, and any poking or prodding could barely produce a budge. The gel creates such a remarkable smoothness — as if it peels away years and years of aging layers to reveal the true, younger you beneath the surface.

The directions recommend using the gel once a week for dry skin and three to four times for a normal or oily complexion. I found with most face washes, the initial smooth feel would fade overnight, as I would wake up the next morning with the same problem areas. With this Face Smoothing Gel, however, the feeling lasted throughout the next day, leaving me feeling silky, smooth, and radiant for days at a time. Overall, I’d recommend this product to anyone looking for a great cleanser, a radiant complexion, and a youthful boost of beauty!

A 5.3 oz. bottle of Become’s Age Resistant Face Smoothing Gel runs for $29, and this and other Become products may be ordered at or 1-877-BECOME2.

Also, stay tuned this month for our Face Smoothing Gel Giveaway. You might just BECOME a winner!