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Amy

Amy

SKIN TYPE: Sensitive/ Dry


HAIR TYPE: Curly/ Frizzy


HAIR COLOR: Brown with Highlights


COMPLEXION TYPE: Olive - Prefer Warm Color Palette with Natural Tones


EYE COLOR: Hazel green


BEAUTY ADDICTIONS: Avon: Mark Blush, Olay: Foaming Face Wash for Sensitive Skin, Olay: Complete SPF 30 Defense Daily UV Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin, Bath & Body hand lotion, Garnier: Sleek & Shine Leave-In Conditioning Cream, L’Oreal EverPure sulfate-free shampoo & conditioner, Cherry Chap Stick, Soft Lips


 

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Texture, volume, bounce, gorgeous. These are words to describe what us curly-haired gals want for our tresses. Ouidad, the Curl Experts, make it easy to achieve. They developed a line of products formulated especially for curly hair using key ingredients that help smooth and hydrate and protect hair from dryness. I had a chance to try two new unique products and the results were impressive.

03172013 Quidad Curl Co Wash Low Foam Cleansing Conditioner Certified Fabulous 

The first was the New Curl Co Wash which is a sulfate free, low-lathering cleanser. It feels more like a conditioner but it's really a shampoo & conditioner in one. Rosemary and Sage oils with natural derived coconut remove any build-up and the combination of Black Cumin Seed Oil and Jamaican Black Oil deeply condition each strand for fresh, healthy, hydrated curls.

03172013 Quidad Playcurl Volumizing Styling SprayNext, I tried the New PlayCurl™ Volumizing Styling Spray. This body boosting spray helps hold the curl patterns and provides volume, texture and definition. The best part about this lightweight spray is that you don't get the crunch! I love my curls but I want them to look natural and soft and not crunchy. Wheat proteins and amino acids are what add moisture to this awesome styling spray. Carry it with you and use it later in the day as a refresher.

So get gorgeous waves and curls with Ouidad found at the Target Beauty section!

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Love is in the air this week and I admit, I have fallen hopelessly in love with philosophy’s unconditional love, firming body emulsion. It’s warm berry and vanilla fragrance is delicious and the moisturizing and toning qualities leave your skin soft and smooth and surrounded by love.

Philosophy believes in miracles and inspires us to live better by being ourselves. Their products are designed to make us look and feel our best and each product tells a story. I love my unconditional love story, don’t you?

philosophy falling in love unconditional sweet QVC certified fabulous lotion body firming cream beauty valentines day

Philosophy: when the call comes you know. you see all people and all living things as beacons of light and they see you as the same. together you love and together you transform. it is a divine journey to the highest and the best parts of who you are and why you are here. your age becomes your ally. with each day and each act of love you become more beautiful than the day before. you have unconditionally arrived realizing the love you sought was the love you already owned.

Fall in love today, but more importantly, take care of yourself.

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If you’ve read my profile, you know that I love ChapStick. It has been my go to essential since I was a little girl. My favorite of course is Cherry but I love trying other flavors and the Limited Edition Cupcake Creations flavors are like dessert for your lips only without the added calories.

If I could eat a velvet cupcake every day, I would. Especially red velvet with cream cheese frosting! Yum! Well Velvet Cupcake by ChapStick allows me to do just that and I can have as much as I want. The combination of cocoa and vanilla are so close to the real thing, it’s hard to keep it on my lips since I’m constantly licking it off!

02102013 certified fabulous red velvet cake chapstick
Another flavor that will keep you licking your lips is Cake Batter.   It reminds me of when my children were young begging for the mixing spoons while I made their birthday cake. It just smells exactly like vanilla cake batter.

Now let’s not forget that as yummy as these ChapStick flavors are, they still soothe, protect and help heal chapped lips which is why I love them in the first place.

So indulge in some calorie-free dessert for your lips, but more importantly, take care of yourself.

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I can’t live without my lip balms and chap stick and I use them every day… frequently. But I don’t often wear lipstick or lip gloss because they tend to be too drying. Well I was pleasantly surprised that Lolade Wet Lips not only didn't make my lips feel dry but made them feel fabulously soft and shiny.

I really like the fact that I don't feel the gloss too heavy on my lips.  It feels natural and sits on my lips quite nicely. My favorite color is Novelty, and as the name implies, the color is quite "unique".  It is just the right shade for my olive skin tone. It’s a medium rose with a touch of natural beige and the best part, the pearls of shimmer. It leaves the lips with a luxurious shine that lasts for hours and the small tip brush is perfect for applying evenly.

So get yourself some Wet Lips by Lolade, but more importantly, take care of yourself.

 Amy

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I love a good mask, especially in the winter when my face tends to be drier than normal.   The right mask will leave your face feeling hydrated and soft and Montagne Jeunesse, Virgin Olive Face Masque did just that and more for these dry cheeks. A wonderful scent of which I still can’t seem to identify, a creamy thick smooth application and a silky soft finish put this mask at the top of my list.

While olive oil deep cleans and combats dry skin, the added moisturizing benefits of shea butter and cocoa butter leave your skin super smooth. I almost always apply a moisturizer after using a mask, but quite honestly, I didn’t need it with this super moisturizing delight.

And as we have been blogging about all week, Montagne Jeunesse offers so many yummy flavors, it’s truly a treat for your face! Strawberry Souffle, Fudge Sauna, White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate! Oh my, one for every day of the week!

So remember to treat your face this winter to a luxurious face mask but more importantly, take care of yourself!

 

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This week we are talking about winter hair remedies and as you know, I have natural curly hair and in the winter, although healthy, it tends to be drier due to the heat, either from the woodstove or the car, office, etc. So every few weeks, I treat it with a deep conditioner or a leave-in conditioner, hot oil treatment, etc.

I recently tried a unique 3 step process for curly hair from DevaCurl. The Deva 3-step system cleanses, hydrates and styles leaving my hair naturally gorgeous and frizz free.

The DevaCurl 3-step system is also 100% sulfate, paraben & silicone free which makes this color-treated, dehydrated, curly head very happy.

Step 1 No-Poo zero lather conditioning cleanser – That’s right, this ‘non shampoo’, is a thick, rich cleansing cream enriched with a blend of botanicals and super moisturizing ingredients.

Step 2 One condition ultra-creamy daily conditioner – Just like it describes, this ultra-creamy daily conditioner works through water soaked curls to provide maximum moisturization.

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I probably shouldn’t date myself, but I remember the Calgon… Take Me Away commercials very well. My mother used to have the bath products and would on occasion slip away to soak in a nice bath. I myself never had a lot of time for Calgon bath products to “take me away” when my children were young, but I have enjoyed some of their other iconic fragrances from time to time.

This year Calgon has a sexy fragrance mist gift set with three very sensual scents to entice and refresh. And it’s always fun to give or receive a holiday gift set this time of year so ladies, pass this along to your significant other and make their holiday shopping easy.

The Sensual Mist Sampler Gift Set contains:

angelic kiss - soft romantic notes of golden bergamot, mandarin zest and finishes with white lavender, musk & vanilla.

femme inferno – this fiery seduction opens with woody scents of pink pepper, bergamot and rose petals and follows with a touch of lily of the valley and notes of kashmir, sandalwood and amber musk.

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Who doesn't want soft, silky hair during the winter months?  With Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave-In Cream, we get what we want! Moisture is so important during the cold, dry season and since we can't just sit in a steam room all day, we need assistance.   I have curly, frizzy, color-treated but otherwise healthy hair and this cream is great at keeping the flyaways... well, away.

The triple moisture system comes from naturally derived extracts like olive, meadowfoam seed and sweet almond. Olive penetrates to the center of the hair strand while meadowfoam seed brings the moisture to the silky hairmiddle and sweet almond covers the surface.  With daily use, I've really noticed a difference in the humidity level of my hair.

You only need a small amount spread evenly through-out hair and it immediately gets absorbed and starts to protect your hair, especially the dry ends.  It's lightweight, non-greasy and smooth!  I simply style as usual after applying and my hair is soft, silky and my natural curls stay manageable all day.

I love the added benefit of UV filters to this leave-in treatment as well.  I don't have to worry about sun damage.

So remember to moisturize your hair this season but more importantly, take care of yourself.

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Hope you had a Happy Halloween fabulous readers!  Once again, I find myself asking where has the time gone?   It’s now November and soon snow will fly here in the northeast.  Yikes!  Not quite ready for that.  It's wild card week which means we can talk about anything and I thought that instead of specifically recommending a product to you that I've used, I would talk about a recent experience with a hair-cut.

 

I have always been loyal to my hair dresser, she’s local, I've known her forever and if she can’t see me, some of the other gals in her salon can.  She matches my hair color and fills my grays beautifully but admittedly, I’m not always happy with how she cuts my hair.  As most of you know, I have naturally curly hair and my natural part is off to the side.  She tends to part my hair down the middle and then cut it (I really think it’s the old school method).  Once she’s finished and has styled it, the side where my part is still looks a bit too long and weighted down slightly.  I sometimes leave not feeling good about my appearance and I question whether I should consider trying someone else. 

 

Well, a few weeks ago, my daughter mentioned she needed a hair-cut and though she sometimes will go my hair dresser as well, she’s not a regular customer.  She suggested that we go to a local SuperCuts to fill our instant gratification need.  I was very hesitant to say the least since I truly feel an obligation and loyalty to my hair dresser.  However, I agreed to give it a try since my hair dresser was closed and I only needed a cut not a color.

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 Hello fabulous readers! I love this week’s topic, ‘Cosmetics for a Cure’. What a great concept; to have a portion of the sale of cosmetics go to a great cause or foundation. I chose a hair product; it’s a 10, miracle leave-inproduct. It’s a 10 has teamed up with advocate and survivor Christina Applegate’s foundation, Right Action for Women (RAW). RAW educates women about what it means to be at high risk of breast cancer and provides financial assistance to cover the high cost of advance breast screenings to women most at risk.

The miracle leave-in product is available during the month of October in a hot pink limited edition bottle. The product claims to do 10 things instantly:

It's a 10!... and It's a Great Cause

1.     Repairs dry, damaged hair

2.     Adds shine

3.     Detangles

4.     Control frizz

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