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 b-glowing.com and beautyhabit.com.

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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.


Get Rid of White Deodorant Marks Fast – Johnny on the Spot Deodorant Removing Sponge

Johnny on the Spot Deodorant Removing SpongeIf the makers of Miss Oops and the Johnny on the Spot collection marketed their Deodorant Removing Sponge to the wedding crowd, they’d be sure to make a mint. This is a top-notch product that really does what it promises. White deodorant so often leaves marks on our clothing, whether it’s under our arms or on our wedding date’s suit jacket. Even when trying on outfits, deodorant can really take a toll on tank tops and tees as we try to decide what to wear.

Thankfully, each garment you decide not to wear doesn’t have to go straight for the laundry basket. The Johnny on the Spot Deodorant Removing Sponge removes the white deodorant marks swiftly and efficiently, leaving you with clean and fresh looking clothes.

I received one Johnny on the Spot Deodorant Removing Sponge for the purpose of this review, and you can bet it will be in my purse, or at least in our car, whenever we go to the next wedding or formal event, and every fancy evening thereafter. I love how effective this product is at sweeping away any deodorant marks, dust, and powder from the clothing. Simply brush the deodorant marks briskly and watch them fade away to nothing.

This sponge is like an eraser for pesky deodorant marks and is meant to be used as a dry sponge. You may be surprised to learn it can also help to remove makeup powder, baby powder, and more. Best of all, the Johnny on the Spot Deodorant Removing Sponge is safe to use on all fabrics, even 100% silk! It doesn’t get any better than this.

The Johnny on the Spot Deodorant Removing Sponge is available exclusively at Duane Reade. All Johnny on the Spot products have a retail cost between $5 and $25. Be sure to snag your own Deodorant Removing Sponge before your next big event, vacation, or business meeting. You’ll be more relaxed knowing you can easily erase any oops to avoid embarrassment! For more information, check out Johnny on the Spot online.


Cellure Stem Cell Skin Care

cellure2The Cellure skin care line offers six fabulous products to make signs of aging obsolete. This line has a not-so-secret-ingredient that allows the fountain of youth to be more than just a thing of legend. This special part of the formula is the use of stem cells to create an innovative way to combat aging.

Stem cells have the ability to become any type of cell in the body and can replace dead or lost cells. Stem cells may appear to be a controversial item to include in a skin care line, but rest assured that the cells used in Cellure are cruelty-free. Adult human stem cells are cultivated from adipose tissue and created into a unique pure protein complex. Cellure exclusively offers the highest concentration of stem cell derived proteins in any product line.

Cellure Stem Cell Skin Care supplies your skin with all it needs to regain its beauty. Wrinkles and imperfections can work their way to revert back to smooth, damage-free skin. The product line provides a variety of approaches to boost youth back into your skin and reverse any damage. Before long, your skin will begin to feel and appear clear, firm, and beautiful.

Cellure is a five-step day and night system claiming to improve your skin immediately as well as with prolonged use of the line. I received a sample of all the products involved in this line for the purpose of this review. The first four steps are used in both systems and are designed to restart, recode, regenerate, and rework your skin. The fifth step differs to rebuild in the morning and recover in the evening.

Restart with a skin cleanser to remove makeup, sunscreen, and any impurities and leave your skin feeling fresh and renewed. Recode with a toner designed to hydrate skin and refine pores. Regenerate with a serum booster with antioxidants and stem cell extracts. Rework your skin with a treatment to tighten the area around your eyes and diminish fine lines and wrinkles, this will work great even under foundation or concealer.

Rebuild during the day with a cream designed with SPF 15 to fight against future sun damage that also works as a makeup primer that won’t leave a greasy residue. This cream also has a dose of stem cells to further benefit your skin. Recover at night with a cream to soothe and firm your skin using antioxidants and stem cells.

For quality skin care, use this line in its specific order to prepare your skin for each of the following products. To order or for more information about the science behind the line visit their website.



Essence of Beauty Strawberry Banana Lip Butter Review

Essence of Beauty Strawberry Banana Lip Butter ReviewWhenever I see something with strawberry banana flavoring, I usually have to try it. This normally applies to smoothies and lip balms. It was a no-brainer when I saw Essence of Beauty Strawberry Banana Lip Butter on clearance for 75% off at my local CVS. (If you run out in the next few days, you might be able to find it, too.) I really like the flavor of this product – it isn’t subtle, so if you like a lighter flavor it may not be for you, but I feel, especially at 75% off the normal price, it is well worth a try!

Essence of Beauty Strawberry Banana Lip Butter comes in a small tub that is probably the diameter of a half-dollar or maybe a little bit bigger. The first thing I want to tell you, before you dig in zealously, excited to get a taste of this lip softening product, is that the lip butter is super soft and a little bit goes a long way. I made that mistake on my first application and needed a napkin for the bit of extra lip butter left over.

The color of the lip butter is a fantastic shade of pink that matches exactly what you would expect for strawberry banana. The taste is a sweet and fruity blend of both fruits that reminds you of the perfect, refreshing smoothie by the same flavor. The texture is a bit more of a gel than a balm, so be prepared to have your lips feel just a bit sticky from time to time.

As far as ingredients go, Essence of Beauty Strawberry Banana Lip Butter contains mineral oil, Shea butter, Beeswax, and Mango seed butter. It also contains Petrolatum (inconclusive), so I probably won’t use anymore in the next few months since I’m expecting, just to be on the safe side.

I think this product cost between $1 and $2 since it was deeply discounted at my local CVS. I did like that the tub has a foil seal so you can tell it’s never been opened or used by anyone until you open it. I believe the normal retail price for Essence of Beauty Strawberry Banana Lip Butter is about $4.


Suave Scalp Solutions Anti-Dandruff Nourishing Coconut & Shea Butter Shampoo & Conditioner

Suave Scalp Solutions Shampoo and Conditioner ReviewWho doesn’t love a nice coconut scented beauty product? I personally am a sucker for just about all things coconut, so I was excited to learn that Suave now offers a line of shampoo and conditioner for scalp health with a coconut fragrance. Suave Scalp Solutions Anti-Dandruff Nourishing Coconut & Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner are designed to fight flakes while keeping your hair shiny, healthy, and moisturized.

I was delighted to receive a bottle each of Suave Scalp Solutions Anti-Dandruff Nourishing Coconut & Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner for the purpose of this review. The timing worked out nicely, as my scalp had recently gotten a touch of sunburn when I was on vacation, so it was flaking and peeling a bit. I noticed right away when using the anti-dandruff hair products that the flaking and peeling settled down and my hair was soft and silky to the touch after shampooing and conditioning. In fact, I felt as though my hair had the same quality texture, shine, and bounce as when I use Pantene shampoo and conditioner or salon grade hair products.

The fragrance of the Scalp Solutions Nourishing Coconut & Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner collection is enjoyable with a playful yet elegant scent that lingers long after your shower concludes. The coconut scent is light and fragrant but not overpowering in the least. It can blend nicely with your usual perfume or scented body lotion.

Scalp Solutions Anti-Dandruff Nourishing Coconut & Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner definitely work hard to treat and eliminate dandruff and related symptoms while moisturizing your hair and scalp. This shampoo and conditioner duo is gentle enough for daily use and works especially well when used as a pair. Both these hair products contain Shea butter and coconut fruit extract.

The Suave Scalp Solutions collection also includes Invigorating Mint and Eucalyptus and Invigorating Ocean Minerals & Aloe Vera 2-IN-1. The shampoo and conditioner products retail for about $3.79 per 14.5-ounce bottle. For more information on Suave Scalp Solutions products, check out their listing on Suave’s site.


Mission Skincare Pink Lemonade Serena Williams SPF 15 Lip Balmer Review

Mission Skincare Pink Lemonade Lip Balmer ReviewIt doesn’t take much to inspire me to buy a new tube of lip balm. In fact, the last time I was at CVS, I bought a tube and a tub. In my experience, it’s hard to have too many chapsticks. The other day I was at CVS picking up a prescription for my husband for his cold, and I just happened to pass by a lip balm display, so of course I had to check it out. I ended up coming home with Mission Skincare Pink Lemonade Serena Williams SPF 15 Lip Balmer and Essence of Beauty Strawberry Banana Lip Butter in a tub, which I haven’t opened yet. I’m a sucker for both of these flavors. First things first though, the pink lemonade Serena Williams lip balm…

The tube is thicker than a Softlips but minimally thinner than a Bonne Belle or a Crazy Rumors. It is a good height that makes it easier to find in your purse, but it is still small enough for your pocket. I especially like that the product has SPF15, making it perfect for the beach, sports, swimming, and spending time outside just about anywhere. It is also supposed to be effective in harsh weather conditions. This is a great lip balm to add to your collection, as it glides on smooth and silky with a nice creamy texture that seems to hydrate my lips longer than the average chapstick.

Mission Skincare Pink Lemonade Serena Williams SPF 15 Lip Balmer contains the active ingredients Octinoxate and Oxybenzone, both being sunscreen for UVA / UVB sun protection. Some other infredients include Beeswax, Candelilla wax, Olive fruit oil, Rosemary leaf extract, Echinacea Purpurea extract, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Pomegranate seed oil, Cranberry seed oil, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin D3, and Vitamin K, to name a few.

The product is vitamin-enriched and paraben-free, making it a good, healthy choice for your lips. Clinical tests prove the moisturizing effects can last for up to eight hours when using this product. I really do notice a lasting effect and I’ve been grabbing for this product first when looking for a lip balm in my purse. The flavor is subtle, but there. I don’t find it to have the same zing as the Bonne Belle pink lemonade chapstick, but it is a more upscale and utilitarian product thanks to the sleek styling and the inclusion of sunscreen.

If you want to try out this appealing lip smoothing and hydrating goodie, simply check out your favorite local drugstore or mass market retailer. Mission Skincare Pink Lemonade Serena Williams SPF 15 Lip Balmer sells for around $3.99 per tube.


Three Non-Greasy Sunscreen Options to Protect Your Skin

Neutrogena Dry Touch Sunscreen ReviewAs I’m getting older, I’ve realized there are a few things I don’t mind spending more money on if it means a better experience or better results. Sunscreen is one of those things. Last year I had a mishap with a manicure only two days after I had it done – when I used a certain favorite brand of sunscreen of mine, the manicure became sticky and disfigured. I also got terribly, terribly sunburned. I have since decided to try some of the more expensive sunblock products that boast a non-greasy texture that absorbs right into your skin right away. So far I am impressed and very glad I did!

My husband tends to like the spray sunscreen products because they are easy to apply, but I’m not fully sure if I trust them just yet. He also likes the ones that don’t leave your hands sticky. Now THAT I can go with! So I bought three different non-greasy, fast-absorbing sunscreen products to bring on our last vacation – Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock (SPF 30), Neutrogena Healthy Defense Oil-Free Sunblock Lotion (SPF 45), and Aveeno Active Naturals Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion (SPF 30, specially formulated for face).

Here’s the lowdown on each non-greasy, fast-absorbing sunscreen product:

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock (SPF 30)
Neutrogena Dry Touch Sunscreen ReviewThe tube of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock (SPF 30) was the first one I put in my basket, because I seem to remember my sister having this last year, and me borrowing it and loving it. And for good reason… This product is very lightweight and feels clean when you apply it. It doesn’t leave your hands and skin feeling gross, oily, and caked up with product. I felt like the suntan lotion rubbed right in and left my skin feeling almost as soft and smooth as before I even applied it. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock (SPF 30) provides UVA/UVB protection in a formula that is enriched with vitamins A, C, and E to help protect your skin from environmental damage.

One of the other benefits I enjoyed in using Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock (SPF 30) – it truly is waterproof and sweat-proof. I wore it when snorkeling and in the pool and had no problems. I only got mild sunburn when I forgot to reapply after swimming, toweling off, and several hours had passed since I first applied it. Another great thing about this Neutrogena sunblock lotion is that it won’t clog your pores. I used it on my face as well as the rest of my body and didn’t run into any problems whatsoever.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock (SPF 30) retails for about $10 – $11 for a 3 oz. tube, depending on where you buy it.

Neutrogena Healthy Defense Oil-Free Sunblock Lotion (SPF 45)
Neutrogena Oil-free Sunblock ReviewBased on my bad sunburn last year, I decided to get a sunblock product with SPF 45 just to be safe. I picked up Neutrogena Healthy Defense Oil-Free Sunblock Lotion (SPF 45) and have absolutely no regrets. This product also won’t clog pores and offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection from the sun. I found this oil-free sunblock to be non-greasy as well as lightweight and comfortable to wear for an extended period of time. Like the Dry-Touch version above, this product also contains anti-oxidants to help protect your skin from free radicals due to sun exposure.

I used this product most after I already got a little color on vacation. I didn’t want to get any sunburn on top of sunburn I already had, so I applied this liberally and kept my tanning to a minimum. I’m glad I did, because skin cancer does run in the family and I don’t want to take any chances.

Neutrogena Healthy Defense Oil-Free Sunblock Lotion (SPF 45) comes in a 4 oz. bottle that retails for about $10.

Aveeno Active Naturals Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion (SPF 30, specially formulated for face)
Aveeno Face Sunscreen ReviewThis sunscreen provides UVA/UVB protection as well, in an oil-free, water-resistant formula that is lightweight and specially formulated for use on your face. I usually try to bring at least one bottle of face-friendly sunblock when we go on vacation. This Aveeno sunscreen product got passed around in our group quite a bit, so I think that is testament to its effectiveness as well as gentleness on the skin. Aveeno Active Naturals Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion contains natural soy and Vitamins A, C, and E to help protect your skin from environmental damage.

Aveeno Active Naturals Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion boasts its very own patented sun protection complex, which allows it to protect you from the sun over a longer period of time. This sunblock lotion is also design to be more effective for skin that is highly sensitive to sunburns. I found no problems in using this Aveeno sunblock and it definitely did the trick in protecting our skin without blocking or clogging our pores.

Aveeno Active Naturals Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion comes in a 3 oz. tube and retails for about $10 – $12.

If you are looking for a non-greasy sunblock that stands up to the demands of being on vacation, I highly recommend any of the three of these products. Depending on the duration of your trip, you may even want to pick up two or all three. If you only want one, I’m not sure that I have a favorite – I might recommend choosing based on the level of SPF you need, or simply see which brand offers the best deal for your needs.


Waterproof Eyeliner – Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio Review

Waterproof Eyeliner Trio by Physician's FormulaAs I was getting ready to go away on vacation, I realized I would be in need of a waterproof eyeliner pencil or two to take along on the trip. I always manage to get waterproof mascara, but waterproof eyeliner is something that has always evaded me – until now. I luckily stumbled upon Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio (for brown eyes!) at my local CVS a few days before I was leaving on vacation.

The Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio more than met my expectations for a 24-hour wear eyeliner pencil. This set included three different colors, all perfectly suited for my brown eyes – but you can definitely pick up the trio that best suits your own eye color. The brown eyes trio for water-resistant eyeliners includes three different colored eye pencils – natural Espresso, playful Purple, and dramatic Black and Purple Shimmer.

I found all three to be just what I needed in one product package, rather than having to buy two or three separate eyeliner products. I especially love wearing purple colors on my eyes since the hues go so nicely with brown eyes, so I greatly enjoyed the purple eyeliner. I also found the brown pencil matched my usual go-to eye shadows and mascara, since I’ve been so swept up in browns and earth tones lately, well who am I kidding, almost forever.

Each eyeliner pencil also includes its own sharpener for precision application. I haven’t had to use it yet, but it’s nice to know it’s there.

I wore these eyeliners along with my waterproof mascara in the swimming pool several times on vacation and found the colors stayed put and my makeup looked great even hours later when I returned to my hotel room. These pencils seem to be effectively waterproof and tear-proof, making them great for movie dates, weddings, and any sentimental occasion.

Suggested retail price is $10.95, but I am pretty sure I got mine for buy one, get one half-off. You can typically find Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio for brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes, or hazel eyes for sale anywhere from $6 to $11 per trio.


Spring 2012 Hot Makeup Colors for Eyes

Spring 2012 Hot Makeup Colors and Trends for EyesSpring makeup is more about feeling and looking fresh, light, and dewy. After all, it’s the season of bright colors. Taking inspiration from the blossoms, makeup for spring 2012 is going to go back to the basics and the naturals. Hot colors for the eyes include lilacs, aqua, cockatoo, pinks, and neutrals. Take a look on what to expect with our preview of spring 2012 hot makeup colors for eyes.

Barely There

Perhaps the most natural looking makeup is one where you’d have a difficult time distinguishing whether or not a person really is made-up. This is the aim of barely-there makeup. Eye makeup would focus more on taupe, tan, or bronze. Typically, eyeliners create a more dramatic look. Taylor Swift is a good example of someone using barely there makeup, sticking to winged eyeliners.

One unusual trend to look out for is a glossy eye makeup over matte skin, as seen in runways for the Spring/Summer 2012 collection. This texture can be achieved by using cream-based eye shadows over a matte foundation. Shimmers have the same effect as well, but remember to stick to a nude shade if you’re going for this look.


Nothing spells romantic more than pink. That slight blush over the cheeks is best complimented by a light sweep of coral or peach on the eyes, followed by a very light highlighter in the brow bones and at the inner corners of the eyes. Long eyelashes also have the same romantic effect. In fact, great mascara even enhances the look when paired with romantic eyes. So feel free to brush up your eyelashes. Maybelline Great Lash or a similar product offering length and volume would do the trick for you.


If you are all for partying like a rock star this season, you will definitely enjoy the bright splash of colors that you will find in magazine editorials. If you look closely, you’ll find them similar to peacock colors –   greens, yellows, purples, and blues – only in lighter shades. These are cockatoos, lilacs, and margaritas. If you wish to enhance your eye color, go for ones that truly pop.

For blue eyes, corals and yellows will make your eyes bluer than blue. Hazel eyes, or those with brown eyes, would do well in shades of green such as lime. Here’s a hint: Go over the color wheel, and the colors that lie opposite to your eye color will compliment your peepers. M.A.C. has a very broad range of colors, and it remains one of our favorite lines of makeup.


Glam colors such as gold and bronze will always have a place in a glamazon’s heart. Gold and bronze eye makeup work their magic after a good tan, so be sure to stock up on it right after spending a day out for a picnic or a trip to the beach. They are also universal colors for spring in the way that they go well with other bright and even shocking colors. Leave the smoky eye for now, and stick to bronze and gold eyes. Smoky eye will look out of place this season; save it for fall.


Earth tones are always a keeper. Brown, tan, beige, and ash will go with a nude theme of makeup. Better still, they’ll serve as a blank canvas for you to be able to make other parts of your face pop. If you’re looking to put focus on your lips or your cheeks, then donning earth tones is a great idea.


Eucerin Calming Crème Daily Moisturizer Review

Eucerin Calming Creme Daily Moisturizer ReviewOn a friend’s recommendation, I went out and purchased a bottle of Eucerin Calming Crème Daily Moisturizer lotion to help keep my skin moisturized this winter. Even as the weather is getting nicer, I’ve noticed my hands are especially dry and sore. I originally got the bottle of Eucerin Calming Crème Daily Moisturizer because my hands are often dry and uncomfortable in the winter. I am glad my friend mentioned this product and recommended I give it a shot – the results have been worthwhile.

Eucerin Dry Skin Therapy Calming Crème Daily Moisturizer is specially designed for dry and itchy skin, containing natural oatmeal and rich moisturizers to help soothe your skin, even in the brutal wintertime. Product packaging states this product is clinically proven effective for dry and itchy skin and the key ingredients both soothe skin and help to prevent further dryness and itchiness.

Lately my hands have been terribly dry and chapped, without really being out in the cold much or doing anything out of the ordinary to irritate them. This lotion is extremely effective in soothing and erasing dryness and irritation. My hands were really bothering me, so I applied Eucerin Calming Crème two or three times in the same day, including once before bed, and woke up to smoother, softer skin that isn’t chapped or sore.

Eucerin Calming Crème Daily Moisturizer effectively relieves skin suffering from atopic dermatitis and eczema, as well as other dry and itchy skin conditions. Product packaging notes this lotion is dermatologist recommended and suitable even for children over the age of 2.

Besides its effectiveness, I really like the texture of Eucerin Calming Crème and how completely it absorbs into my skin without leaving a greasy or oily residue. I have found that applying this crème before bed gives excellent results in how your skin looks and feels in the morning. There really isn’t much of a fragrance to note, but the lotion’s performance far outweighs any results for dry or irritated skin than I’ve seen with the more fragrant lotions. Also, Eucerin Calming Crème Daily Moisturizer contains oatmeal to soothe and protect your skin. I’ve heard of oatmeal baths, so it makes sense for this to be a key ingredient here too.

Eucerin Calming Crème Daily Moisturizer is available at your favorite drugstore, mass market retailer, or online at Amazon.com.