Contemporary Wool Clothing for Warm Weather – Ibex

Ibex Indie Cross-Back Dress WoolGone are the days when you could only wear wool clothes in the winter. Wool may not sound like a hot fashion, but you’d be surprised at the styles, colors, and cuts that are in fact made of wool. From shirts to skirts and even sundresses, you can find countless fashions that are contemporary and sexy – and made of wool!

I received two wool dresses from Ibex for the purpose of review, and gosh are they fun and lovely. One dress is similar to a tunic, with long sleeves, pockets, and a hood. It’s a pretty ash grey color, very soft, and provides just enough coverage for spring and fall weather, or cool boardwalk nights in the summer. The dress is cute and fun, offering a nice change from the standard dress style and fabric.

Ibex Indie Cross-Back Dress WoolThe second dress was one of my favorite wool fashion finds ever – a fun and summery blue dress with a crisscross in the back. The Indie Cross Back Dress in Star Blue from Ibex features a main color that is in between royal and navy with a fun purple accent. The dress itself came down to a little below my knees. The blue wool dress became one of my favorite beach dresses in Aruba on my recent vacation. I honestly could never guess it was made of wool if I hadn’t read the label. The dress kept me cool in the sun and provided just enough warmth when the storms and winds came through. I especially loved the sexy cross back and spaghetti type straps.

According to Ibex, wool is a “naturally versatile fiber” that allows it to be crafted for performance, comfort, and style. Wool is also a renewable resource, making it a smart and eco-friendly choice for Earth Day shopping or anytime you want to do your part to help save the planet. The wool fibers used to create Ibex fabrics and garments are very small micron diameter fibers, ensuring the ultimate in comfort and soft texture.

Ibex wool offers great temperature control, wicking moisture away from the body and evaporating it, helping to keep you comfortable no matter what the weather. The soft wool fabric of Ibex and Ibex Indie products allows you to get away with so many fashion options, especially layering if you need some additional layers of warmth.

You might not expect this, but wool is also easily machine washable. The fabric fends off stains and washes easily. I threw my blue wool dress in with other blue clothing in cold water in the washer and it came out as good as new!

I think the Star Blue color may be retired already, but you can get this cross-back dress in incredible shades of violet, black, or shell on Amazon.com. I think I like the violet shade even better than the dress I have! This dress is soft, flirty, and fun for most summery occasions. I highly recommend it!

 

Natural and Botanical Sleep Aids – Aromatherapy to Help You Sleep

SoBotanical SoBo Apothecary Headease Pure Essential Oil SynergySome people are luckier than others when it comes to getting some good shuteye. If you have issues sleeping, I can’t tell you that a botanical or natural sleep aid will do the trick and cure your issues, but it’s possible it might help. Aromatherapy is a popular concept and many experts in the industry firmly believe in its benefits and value. Essential oils, natural fragrances, and organic ingredients can contribute to better mental, spiritual, and emotional awareness. Before going too far into treatment for sleep problems, consider natural and botanical sleep aids through aromatherapy to help you catch your zzz’s.

I received a couple of aromatherapy products to review in relation to getting a more relaxed sleep. I received free samples of SoBo Apothecary Headease Pure Essential Oil Synergy by SoBotanical and Goodnight Essential Oil Roll-on Remedy by Tisserand for the purpose of this review. I’ll give you my thoughts on these products, which I feel are well suited for restless sleepers, especially when traveling on business and needing to get some sleep away from home.

Tisserand Goodnight (Sleep) Essential Oil Roll-on Remedy
Tisserand Goodnight Sleep Essential Oil Roll-on RemedyI have tried other products by Tisserand in the past and I’ve always been a fan of their aromatherapy products for beauty, health, and general wellness. Tisserand products are paraben free and contain no synthetic fragrances – important if you care about healthy aromatherapy! The Tisserand Goodnight (Sleep) Essential Oil Roll-on Remedy is a 10ml roll-on product that contains a handmade blend of essential oils including tranquil organic lavender oil, comforting organic bergamot oil, and serene organic ylang-ylang oil in a base of organic jojoba.

I believe my product is a previous generation of the Tisserand Aromatherapy product, Sleep, which is a roll-on for troubled sleepers as well, featuring the same ingredients. When you unscrew the cap on this aromatherapy roll-on, the fragrance is delightful and organic. To use, gently roll product onto your pulse points as needed. Tisserand Goodnight Essential Oil Roll-on Remedy (Sleep) is a Vegan product that is not tested on animals.

Tisserand Aromatherapy products contain only pure, naturally-occurring essential oils – nothing synthetic. You can buy Tisserand products like the Tisserand Goodnight Essential Oil Roll-on Remedy online at retailers like Amazon.com.

SoBo Apothecary Headease Pure Essential Oil Synergy by SoBotanical
SoBotanical SoBo Apothecary Headease Pure Essential Oil SynergySoBotanical offers countless luxurious aromatherapy products as well as bath and body goodies. I received a number of their great products for free for the purpose of review, and came to find out that Headease is one of their best sellers. A soothing and relaxing blend of Peppermint, Lavender, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Marjoram, and Basil essential oils blend beautifully together to pull you away from the day and help you drift off to a comfortable sleep.

SoBotanical’s SoBo Apothecary Headease Pure Essential Oil Synergy comprises anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal properties to enhance the immune system and alleviate various symptoms of cold and flu, such as headache (thus the name), sinus problems, and achy joints. SoBo Apothecary Headease Pure Essential Oil Synergy is designed to assist easier breathing as well. The company recommends trying Headease as a room spray, too. SoBo Apothecary Headease Pure Essential Oil Synergy retails for $11 -$38. For more information, see http://sobotanical.com.

Aromatherapy can be a great sleep aid. It may not work for everyone, though. What is your experience?

Review of Telebrands HeelTastic Intensive Heel Therapy Product for Cracked, Dry Feet

TeleBrands HeelTastic product review for feetI apply lotion like mad, I wear socks most of the time, and I take good care of my body in general. Dry skin and not-so-soft feet still tend to be issues for me, so I am always looking for miracle cures to help my feet stay soft and smooth for good. I recently received a sample of Telebrands HeelTastic product in a goodie bag from an event I attended for United Cerebral Palsy. I misplaced the product for a little while, but I found it the other day and started using it almost every night now that spring is here. I want my feet to be ready for flip-flops and pedicures!

HeelTastic claims to make dry, cracked heels disappear. Here’s news for you – it ain’t lying. I am so excited to report that after only two or three applications, I noticed marked improvement in the quality of my skin and the softness of my heels and feet in general. I really am impressed with the immediate results I noticed in such a short time.

TeleBrands HeelTastic product review for feetSo now for some details…. First of all, my feet really aren’t too bad, just a little rougher than I’d like. I don’t have any splitting or really bad heels or anything like that. However, I always apply lotion before going anywhere barefoot and I still notice my feet aren’t as smooth as I’d like, in general. I am really excited about the results I’m getting with HeelTastic. From what I know, the product is very affordable for the quality of results it provides. I also find the fragrance pleasant enough – sort of citrusy with a really organic kind of aroma.

Applying the HeelTastic product is very different than any other I’ve used! It is quite a bit like a glue stick, if you remember using them in art class as a kid. The product itself is emollient and coats the skin on your feet nicely and evenly. Simply apply the HeelTastic like you are getting ready to glue something to the bottom of your foot. Then I apply socks and go about my day. Later when I get changed or get ready for bed, my feet are softer and smoother. I have also applied the foot smoothing product before bed a few times with desirable results.

The active ingredient in Telebrands HeelTastic is the skin protectant dimethicone. HeelTastic also contains coconut fruit oil, soybean wax, beeswax, neem, and a proprietary blend of essential oils, among other ingredients. The product packaging contains a disclaimer warning users to use caution when walking after applying the product as it may increase the possibility of a slip and fall. Like I said, I usually wear socks or apply it right before bed, so I haven’t had any issues.

I am a firm believer that HeelTastic works. I also love how fast it works and I would recommend it to anyone. My sister is also a fan and really saw results as well. If you have dry, cracked, or rough feet, give HeelTastic a try for feet that are touchable and sexy!

You can find HeelTastic at stores like Bed Bath and Beyond and online at various retailers. The product retails for $9.99. For more information about TeleBrands HeelTastic, please see www.HeelTastic.com.

Sparkle Eyeliners – Cargo Boogie Nights Eye Pencil Set Review

Sparkle Eyeliners by Cargo Cosmetics Product ReviewColored eyeliner can be a lot of fun when dressing up for a special occasion or just trying to change your look for a new season or a new you. Adding sparkle to black or colored eyeliner makes it even more fun and daring, with dramatic eyes only moments away. Cargo Boogie Nights Eye Pencils are the best sparkle eyeliners I have tried to date. They are perfect for holidays, girls nights out, and just about any fun special occasion. I received a free set of Cargo Boogie Night Eye Pencils to review and here are my thoughts.

The Cargo Boogie Nights set includes a clear and chrome plastic case with five different sparkle eye pencils – silver, navy, purple, black, and teal. The pencils are mini sized compared to the usual long eyeliner pencils you might know from various stores, but since there are five of them, it is very easy to rotate through the colors without running out of makeup too fast. Each colored eyeliner pencil has its own clear plastic cap and a smooth, crayon-like tip.

Sparkle Eyeliners by Cargo Cosmetics Product ReviewCargo Boogie Nights eyeliner pencils apply evenly and smoothly with glitter sparkles in every application. I especially enjoy using these eye pencils during special occasions like New Year’s Eve, Christmas, birthdays, and other social outings. The teal color is bright and a lot of fun to use, adding a pop of color to your eyes. The purple and navy blue colors work especially well with my brown eyes, but I enjoy the whole set and the versatility of using sparkly colored eyeliners whenever I want.


Sparkle Eyeliners by Cargo Cosmetics Product Review
Sparkle Eyeliners by Cargo Cosmetics Product Review

These products by Cargo Cosmetics are made in Germany and have a shelf life of about three years. I find them to hold up well and I enjoy using them for a change in pace from my usual makeup.

You can buy Cargo cosmetics online at a variety of beauty retailers as well as at Amazon.com for $35.

 

Spa Weekend Ideas for Couples or Girlfriends, Away or at Home

Spa weekends can be the perfect fix for couples and girlfriends.Feeling stressed and overwhelmed from work or life in general? Mental, physical, and spiritual health can all benefit from spa weekend getaways or treatments that you enjoy with your spouse, significant other, or best girlfriends. You can plan a spur-of-the-moment spa weekend at home or a short distance from your house. Consider these spa weekend ideas for couples and girlfriends to help you make the most of your plans for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Before you book any spa appointments or make any travel plans, first decide if you will be enjoying a spa weekend with your spouse / significant other or your girlfriends. Once you know your preference, keep on reading!

 

Couples Spa Weekend
A couples spa weekend can be very romantic, especially when you schedule spa appointments together or take the time to do your own at-home spa treatments together. Massages are a must-have on a couples spa weekend, and the couples massage can be just what you need to relax your body and recharge your batteries.

Either person in the relationship can plan the couples spa weekend. For a special surprise, a husband or boyfriend may decide to plan this short weekend getaway as time to connect, focus on each other, and relax together. Even if the man in the relationship is not especially drawn to spa treatments and massages, he can participate minimally and then go play some golf while the woman in the relationship relaxes and enjoys all that the spa has to offer. Be sure to discuss your preferences and ideas for a spa weekend before you actually get there!

Some popular romantic spas in the United States include Royal Palms Resort & Spa in Phoenix, AZ; The Spa at The Mandarin Oriental in NYC; Calistoga Ranch in California, and Mauna Lani spa at Mauna Lani Resort in Hawaii. If you are interested in checking out these luxury spa weekend experiences, consider booking a weekend or long weekend at the resort and then scheduling your spa treatments.

Girls Spa Weekend Getaway
A girls spa weekend may be just what the doctor ordered, especially in light of a crazy work schedule or a stressful life in general. Girls spa weekends can be a lot of fun, offering a chance for you to reconnect with your best girls, relax, have fun, and let go of worry and stress.

Any spa you choose will probably be fantastic. Some fun spa destinations to enjoy with the girls include The Spa at The Hotel Hershey in Hershey, PA; Joya Spa at InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa,
Scottsdale, AZ; The Spa at Manele at the Four Seasons in Lanai, HI; and Montage Resort Spa in Laguna Beach, CA.

To make the most of your spa getaway with the girls, consider planning an evening activity like a comedy show or other performance. Make reservations for dinner and discuss other plans with your girlfriends, such as whether you would prefer to watch a movie with pints of ice cream or go out for a special dessert! Your girls spa weekend getaway is all about relaxing and celebrating your friendships!

Health Spa Weekend at Home
If you can’t afford to get away for a real spa weekend getaway, consider planning your own fun spa weekend at home. You can plan a spa night or spa weekend for the girls or a special spa weekend for you and your significant other. Consider these tips for planning your own weekend of spa treatments at home:

•    Swap full-body massages with your significant other.
•    Do manicures and pedicures with your girlfriends.
•    Do your own facials with facial mud masques or at-home spa facial recipes.
•    Take a dip in the hot tub, if you have one.

If you have other spa weekend ideas, please share them below in our comments!

Spring 2011 Hot Nail Polish Colors and Trends

Spring 2011 Hot Nail Polish ColorsEven though the weather hasn’t been perfect springtime weather just yet, we can still hope the sun will shine brighter longer and the temperatures will rise a bit more. A fun new manicure or pedicure can help you feel better about spring, especially if you are using any of the hot nail polish colors for spring 2011. Even if it feels like winter some days, spring is here and it’s time for some fun new nail colors to brighten things up! Check out our Spring 2011 hot nail polish colors and trends report to get the scoop on some new colors you should be adding to your collection to help usher in the warmer weather.

Spring 2011 Hot Nail Polish ColorsNail polish trends change so frequently it can be difficult to keep up! Luckily many nail colors still remain trendy even with the turn of the seasons and new colors of nail polish becoming available fairly rapidly. This preview for spring 2011 hot nail polish colors will give you a glimpse into the hottest shades for spring and beyond, from pinks and reds to tan, silver, and more. Read on to learn more about the trends for spring 2011 hot nail polish colors.

Spring 2011 Hot Nail Polish ColorsSpring 2011 Nail Polish Trend #1: Fun, Translucent Shades
The hottest nail lacquer colors for spring 2011 include a number of shades that offer a fresh and glossy glow on your nails. Juicy spring nail colors like orange, pink, and hues of red from the OPI Texas nail polish collection give us a brighter, funkier look for spring 2011 nails.

This collection includes a variety of colors that truly are, well, juicy. The colors in these popular OPI nail products remind us of jelly bracelets, jellies, and other fun, bright accessories. Your spring manicures and pedicures will look fantastic with this partially transparent collection of nail colors

Spring 2011 Hot Nail Polish ColorsThe Texas Sorbet collection by OPI includes lovely shades like Y’all Come Back Ya Hear (pretty orange) and Too Hot Pink To Hold Em, which is available as a single shade or paired with OPI Black Shatter.

If you are interested in trying a couple of the hot nail colors for spring 2011, you can also get a sampler set of the OPI Texas collection, which includes Austin-tatious Turquoise, I Vant to Be a Lone Star White, Do You Think I’m Tex-y Red, and RapiDry Top Coat.

Spring 2011 Nail Polish Trend #2: Tribal Shades
Spring 2011 Hot Nail Polish ColorsOPI’s hot spring 2011 nail polish color lineup goes from the juicy sorbet shades above to also include earthier tones reminiscent of Native American villages and accessories with hot nail colors in turquoise, silver, tan, and more. The colors can easily switch from professional to fun and back again.

OPI’s San Tan-tonio is one of my favorites in this collection, offering a flat matte look with just two coats.

Spring 2011 Hot Nail Polish ColorsAnother nail color that I really enjoyed is Austin-Tatious Turquoise – a fun nail color that definitely requires at least two coats, but looks great for just about any occasion. The lovely spring silver, It’s Fort Worth It, adds some glamour to any occasion.  

Spring 2011 Nail Polish Trend #3: Basic Shades
Spring 2011 Hot Nail Polish ColorsWhile there are plenty of new nail polish shades just for spring, some of the spring nail polish trends carry over from previous seasons’ trends instead. Manicures and pedicures for spring don’t always have to have a huge burst of color. Here’s what a beauty expert has to say about some of the hot nail colors for spring 2011.

“For Spring 2011, nude colors are still the rage… and white, such as Trina Turk’s The Met, a long time favorite of runway models,” says Rachele Greco, Spa Director at Viana Hotel & Spa in Westbury, NY.

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Spring 2011 Hot Nail Polish ColorsIn summary, spring’s hottest nail colors range from bright and juicy shades to flat or matte shades, cool nail colors with a hint of shimmer, and of course, basic nude and white tones. You can mix and match these nail polish colors for spring or stick to a single shade. Don’t be afraid to test the waters with nail art accessories to dress up your manicures. OPI’s Texas Sorbet Collection offers a lot of hot nail colors, but you can make them even more glamorous with a little creativity. Consider adding fimo nail art for a fun and three-dimensional look.

Spring 2011 Hot Nail Polish ColorsWhen it comes to the hottest spring nail colors for this year, don’t forget to check out OPI’s Black Shatter, which is currently a bestselling nail art product. You can change the look of any mani or pedi dramatically with this product, adding a crackled looking topcoat to your nails.

There are more options for hot and popular nail polish colors for spring 2011, but I did not get to check them all out in person. I received a variety of Texas Collection and Justin Bieber collection sample nail polish products from OPI for the purpose of this review and others. You are sure to enjoy these and other nail colors of spring beauty, especially if you choose to paint your own nail designs on your manicures and pedicures.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our spring 2011 hot nail color preview. Knowing the hottest nail polish colors for spring 2011 allows you to choose the best new nail colors to add to your collection. It also helps you to keep your nails looking great no matter what the season. Do you have any other spring 2011 nail polish trends to share?

Black Wedding Dresses for a Dramatic Change of Pace

Black wedding dresses - what do you think?Wedding trends have come a long way from days of white dresses, white shoes, and white bouquets. Black wedding dresses, while dramatic and bold, and red wedding dresses, also daring beyond words, are now more common among a bride’s choices of wedding day attire than ever before. Of course there are still options for cream, off-white, and pink wedding dresses, among others, but it is the black wedding dress that stops the show and causes all the guests to stare.

The color of your wedding dress no longer means the same as what wedding guests once traditionally believed. The color of your dress no more indicates your virginity status than blowing out all your birthday candles means your wish will come true. Of course, that’s not to say that people don’t still question it or believe in it, but women are truly no longer shackled to white and off-white wedding gowns.

Options for Black Wedding Dresses

Black wedding dresses - what do you think?While black wedding gowns will surely be a perfect fit for a gothic wedding, you can absolutely find a classy ball gown or sleek wedding dress for your own nuptials. It may be challenging to find black wedding dresses when you visit the various boutiques, but a few phone calls and some searching online should help you to find a few choices for your special day. In a worst case scenario, you can also look into hiring a professional dressmaker to craft an original black wedding gown for you.

If you would like to wear a classy black wedding dress for your special day, you consider everything from simple black wedding dresses to ball gown style black wedding dresses. No matter if you love lace, organza, satin, or taffeta, these wedding fashions will look great in the most slimming color ever – black.

Of course, if you aren’t ready to go full throttle into the world of black bridal gowns, you might consider two-tone wedding gowns. You can find black and ivory wedding dresses as well as black and white dresses for a truly classy and upscale occasion. These should be easier to find than pure black wedding dresses. Gowns of this style and color scheme allow you to keep part of the traditional aspect of wedding attire while also kicking things up a notch with a more contemporary fashion. If you want to keep your look very basic, you can even consider white or other colored wedding dresses with black accents.

For a more traditional look, you can stick with a white or off-white wedding dress that has some kind of neat black accents. You might find bridal gowns with beading or crystals, laced up sides or corseted back, ribbons or sash, or even embroidery. The level of embellishment is really up to you. Also, you will find that many brides are turning to colored wedding dresses, especially red wedding gowns, purple wedding gowns, and white or ivory gowns with colorful accents that match the bridesmaid dresses. Even if you aren’t ready to commit to such a dramatic change, you can also wear colored wedding shoes under your gown for a fun secret and memorable photo opp on your special day.

Choosing Flower Girl Dresses

Flower Girl DressesNieces, young cousins, and the daughters of your dearest friends traditionally make the best flower girls. Choosing flower girl dresses for these special young ladies is a task that goes hand in hand with choosing bridesmaid dresses. Flower girls are essentially mini bridesmaids, after all, decked out in lovely gowns with flowers and adorable hairstyles. Some flower girls may even wear a touch of nail polish and lipstick!

If you are trying to find flower girl dresses for the little cuties in your wedding, remember that the decision truly rests in your own preferences. Consider these different tips to help you choose a dress for your flower girl.

Tips for Selecting Flower Girl Dresses
Use these tips to help you find dresses for flower girls that would be suitable for your own wedding:

Flower Girl Dresses•    Decide whether you want your flower girl to wear white or to match the bridal party. Some brides choose to dress the flower girl up like a miniature bride, decked out in a white dress with white shoes and all. Other brides opt for flower girl dresses that match the color scheme of the bridesmaid dresses. You can even find flower girl dresses in the same color and fabric as your bridesmaid dresses – just be sure to choose a less sexy dress style for the little one.

•    Consider the weather during your wedding season. If the weather may be overly hot or terribly cold, keep the flower girl’s dress style in mind. Sleeve length, gown length, and fabric type all come into play in regards to temperature.

•    Look for flower girl gowns that can be worn again. While this isn’t necessary, it’s certainly appreciated by the mother of the flower girl. (The flower girls in my wedding are sisters and both got to wear their flower girl dresses for Christmas that year.)

•    If your wedding has a theme, consider your options. You might enjoy ballerina flower girl dresses or beach wedding flower girl dresses, depending on your unique wedding theme. Beach flower girl dresses can be especially fun if your niece or other special kiddo is coming to your beach or destination wedding.

Flower Girl Dresses•    Keep the cost of the flower girl dress in mind. Decide whether you will treat your flower girl to her dress or if you expect her mom to pick up the cost for dress, shoes, etc.

•    Browse through bridesmaid dress catalogs and discover what you like. Many dressmakers make flower girl dresses as well as bridesmaid gowns. (Alfred Angelo flower girl dresses are available in a breathtaking number of colors and styles, and the quality is phenomenal.) Call the shop to address any questions you may have.

•    If you are close with your flower girl, consider shopping together. You and your little princess can go shopping together for flower girl dresses. She can try them on so you can see exactly how the dress will look in real life.

Flower Girl DressesIf you have other close relatives who should be included in the wedding but are too young to be a bridesmaid and too old to be a flower girl, you can always consider the role of junior bridesmaids. This is a lovely fit for preteens and ‘tweens with whom you’re close. You can surely find a nice selection of gowns for the whole bridal party!

One final option for your flower girl dresses – if you know a professional seamstress or someone who has an excellent knack for sewing, you might consider asking her to do handmade flower girl dresses for you. Whatever you decide, enjoy these fun planning phases of your wedding!

Benefits of Nail Hardener Products

Nail Hardener ProductsNail hardener is used to harden nails and treat chipping. Chipped or flaking nails can be frustrating to deal with, as well as unattractive. If you wear nail polish directly on top of chipped or flaky nails, you might even exacerbate the problem and cause more damage to your natural nails. If you want to protect and heal your nails, you might need to find the best nail hardener for your particular nail condition.

A wide variety of nail hardeners are available on the market to help you treat nail softness and issues with your fingernails and toenails. The best nail hardeners will probably have quite a following of reviewers and fans. You can find popular nail hardening products like Quimica Alemana Nail HardenerDaby Nail Hardener, and OPI Nail Hardener at your favorite beauty stores as well as online at Amazon.com.

 

Nail Hardener ProductsSo what does a nail hardening product do?
Typically these nail strengtheners and hardeners are designed to help problematic nails. Here are a few of the benefits of nail hardener products:

–    Treats splitting, peeling, chipping, and flaking nails
–    Fortifies and strengthens nails
–    Hardens and protects nails
–    Acts as a protective coat between natural nail and nail polish
–    Increases the lifetime of nail polish manicures and pedicures

What You Should Know about Nail Hardener
Certain ingredients in nail hardening solutions may cause different reactions with various people. Read the instructions and packaging carefully before applying any product to your nails or skin. Some nail hardeners advertise possible side effects such as slight stinging on your nail beds, possibly similar to using a lip plumping product. No matter what, read the directions and evaluate whether the product is suitable for your use. If you experience real discomfort, discontinue use and contact your doctor if necessary.

Popular Nail Hardeners
If you are interested in trying out a nail polish style nail hardener, you can usually find relatively cheap hardening products to strengthen and protect your nails while also preventing chipping and peeling problems. Quimica Alemana Nail Hardener received a lot of great reviews on Amazon for being effective at lengthening and strengthening nails. Users reported that the product helped their nails to grow longer, stronger, and shinier even faster than usual.

OPI Nail Hardener is another popular nail strengthening product. The OPI Nail Envy Natural Nail Strengthener gives nails a matte-looking finish and works great as a basecoat for your nails when applying polish or doing your own nail designs. This strengthener is recommended for men as well as women, and can be used every other day for best results. Many guitarists recommend this product as being a great choice to keep their nails intact.

Finally, Daby Nail Hardener is another popular nail strengthening product that increases the lifetime of a manicure, lengthens nails, and quicker nail growth. Customers seemed generally happy with the purchase of the Daby product. These are just a few of the most popular nail hardener and strengthener options out there.

Burgundy Hair Color Tips and Ideas

The burgundy hair color is an alluring shade that shows you aren’t afraid to speak your mind and express yourself. Burgundy colored hair makes a statement no matter what the haircut or hairstyle, giving you a fashionable look for every season. If you’ve already dyed your hair a pretty purple, red, or wine color, you know how much fun it can be to wear a daring shade. If you are considering dyeing your hair burgundy, consider these tips and tricks to help you choose a color and style that works best for you.

Burgundy Hair Color Ideas

Shake things up a little with a fresh, new burgundy hair color! You can really change your look when you dye your hair to this amazing shade. Before you make such a dramatic hair color change, though, consider checking with your favorite local hair salon to get their take on your best hair color. Experts say that women with skin tones ranging from medium to a deep, cool skin tone are most likely to look great with burgundy hair or highlights.

Remember, when you are dyeing your hair at home or having your hair professionally dyed, you have countless options for colors and in-between shades. When it comes to bold maroon colors, you can choose from burgundy wine hair color, burgundy purple hair color, and burgundy red hair color, not to mention black burgundy hair color. More specifically, these colors may have special names like black cherry, chocolate cherry, mahogany, wine, and others. Several factors may help identify which of these individual shades may work best for you. Consider your skin tone, eye color, and your existing hair color as you prepare to make a dramatic change to your appearance.

Hair Color at Home or at the Salon
Your comfort level with dyeing your own hair will help you decide if you should go to the hairdresser to have your hair coloring done or if you can handle dyeing your own hair at home. If you plan to dye your hair at home, you will find many options for home hair dye kits and products, such as burgundy henna hair dye, Garnier Nutrisse burgundy hair color, and L’Oreal Feria Haircolor in Blowout Burgundy.

When you dye your hair at home, it is very important to read all the directions and follow them closely. You will probably test a small area before dyeing your entire head. If you are nervous about coloring your hair at home, consider having a friend, sister, or your mom over to help you. When all else fails, head over to the salon for a really professional wine, red, or purple dye job.

Burgundy Hairstyle Design
Once you’ve selected the shade you want to sport, you still have one important decision ahead of you. What hairstyle can live up to the fun and dynamic shade of wine in your hair? The beauty of the burgundy hairstyle and color is that you can truly spice up your life with this style and dye job. Choose an edgy cut with fun angles or a romantic and feminine style. Consider long, flowing curls or a crisp bob hairstyle that really shows off your new color. Pick a pin-straight style that goes great with your school girl routine and your sexy eyeglasses.

When in doubt about what to do with your hair, burgundy or not, check out what the celebrities are doing. Review magazines and browse websites for tips and burgundy hair color pictures to help you decide if you can pull off this drastic change from your standard hair color. Whatever you decide, have fun with your new look!

Waterproof Blue Mascara Showdown: Mavala Eye-Lite Waterproof Blue Mascara vs. Dior Diorshow Waterproof Blue Mascara

Christian Dior DiorShow Blue Waterproof MascaraWay back in high school and college, I rocked the waterproof blue mascara like it was the trend of the year. I don’t actually recall anyone else wearing it besides me, now that I think about it, but I loved how it made my [boring] brown eyes more exciting, dramatic, and fun. The pop of color from the blue mascara was just perfect, and the waterproof aspect ensured long wear and resilience through any sad moments, expected or not. Just before I turned 30 this year I decided I needed to relive my heyday and try the blue waterproof mascara on for size one more time.

To my dismay, my old favorite product, Revlon waterproof navy mascara, was no longer on the market. I’ve used the Maybelline blue washable (non-waterproof) mascara and have been less than impressed. So what’s a girl to do when she’s got her heart set on a particular look within a rapidly approaching time period?

Blue Waterproof Mascara ShowdownI scoured the Web high and low until I found (hopefully) suitable replacements to my long-discontinued favorite waterproof blue mascara product. What I found did not live up to my expectations as a true replacement, but I am happier with these options than not having product at all. I guess old favorites die hard. At any rate, these products can and do work well enough if you’ve got a hankering for a new look using blue mascara that won’t wipe off with a few tears, rain, sweat, etc.

I spent a lot more money on these two blue mascaras than what I was used to spending on the old Revlon blue waterproof mascara. Since that isn’t around anymore, I figured I had to step it up if I wanted to relive my glory days of blue eyelashes. So I tested both Mavala Eye-Lite Waterproof Blue Mascara and Diorshow Waterproof Blue Mascara to hopefully end up with at least one suitable product. Well, after trying both blue mascaras on multiple occasions, here are my critiques:

Mavala Eye-Lite Waterproof Blue Mascara
Mavala Blue Waterproof MascaraIf you aren’t ready for va-va-voom blue mascara, but still want to test the azure waters on your eyelashes, consider Mavala Switzerland Eye-Lite Waterproof Blue Mascara. This blue hue is more of a navy blue color for your eyelashes. I like the mascara for the most part. It offers excellent coverage for top lashes with only minimal coverage for lower lashes. I had to apply probably two or three coats of Mavala blue mascara before I was happy with the results.

Here are some of the product specs for Mavala Blue Waterproof Mascara:
•    Contains silk proteins
•    Strengthens and protects
•    Thickens and lengthens
•    Quick drying
•    Smear-proof
•    Easy to apply
•    Curved professional brush

Mavala Blue Waterproof MascaraAgain the blue color is not as intense as you might expect for a blue mascara. It is almost more of a blue-black, but still offers enough blue sheen to notice. I purchased this product on Amazon.com for about $12 or $13 and received it fairly quickly. Having thin lashes that need good coverage, I am happy enough with this product that I would buy this blue waterproof mascara again if I decide to keep wearing colored mascara beyond this year.

Dior Diorshow Waterproof Blue Mascara…

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Degree motionSENSE Fresh Energy Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant Review

Degree motionSENSE antiperspirant reviewI’ve been a loyal fan of Degree products for women since a few years ago when I first tried a sample of Degree’s little-black-dress-approved invisible solid. Since then I have tried their Natureffects, Degree Girl, and more of the little-black-dress-approved invisible solids. I can’t say enough about how much I love the products, so when I was offered a chance to try a free sample of Degree’s new motionSENSE Fresh Energy Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant, I jumped at the chance!

In the same sleek and ergonomic packaging as the Degree products you are used to, this new product offers a far superior technology than most deodorants will ever reach. The motionSENSE aspect of the product delivers motion-activated freshness when you need it most. Athletes, dancers, and those women who sweat more than the average person will all love this product, as well as pretty much anyone who likes a deodorant product that goes on clear and smells great the whole day through.

 

Degree motionSENSE antiperspirant reviewDegree Expert Protection 24H motionSENSE Fresh Energy Invisible Solid is branded as “the only anti-perspirant scientifically formulated to stay ahead of perspiration to keep you fresher when you move.” This deodorant works harder than the average product, especially when you are running, doing yoga, working out in general, or simply rushing around on your day to day errands. This new product by Degree features microencapsulated fragrance technology to deliver an instant release of freshness when you’re moving around. If you have ever suffered through using a deodorant that just doesn’t keep up with your activity levels throughout the day, Degree motionSENSE Fresh Energy Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant may be just the right product for you!

I also especially love the light citrusy fragrance of motionSENSE Fresh Energy. It’s a great energetic burst to start your day or pick you up after a shower. Fantastic fragrance, superior performance, and a product that really delivers when you need it most – it doesn’t get much better than this! I am completely thrilled with Degree motionSENSE Fresh Energy Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant. If you are an active person or someone who just needs a little pick-me-up when you start your day, consider this product by Degree Women – I’m confident you won’t be disappointed.

Degree motionSENSE Fresh Energy Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant is available at your favorite drugstores and mass market retailers as well as online at Amazon.com.