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Keratin Complex Straight Day On-the-Go Kit

Includes: Keratin Enhanced Styling Spray, Color Care Shampoo, Conditioner & Volumizing Shampoo Lift Powder 

Kits are awesome.  Who wouldn’t want a kit which includes manageable sizes of the standard products you use on a regular basis.  We all need to shampoo and condition our hair. Depending on the length, hair type and any other individual need and preference, the frequency one shampoos is a matter of preference.  I myself have curly hair and shampoo on average once every 4 days. A  kit which addresses my needs,  if I so choose to rock straight locks for any given period of time is particularly of interest to me.  Which is why I HAD to try Keratin Complex Straight Day Keratin Enhanced Styling Spray, Color Care Shampoo, Conditioner & and Volumizing Shampoo Lift Powder On the Go Kit.

Keratin Complex on the go kitThis 4 product kit addresses the basic needs required for successful hair straightening.  The number one reason to “go straight” is that although the initial time investment is there, once my hair is straight, the daily styling routine has been simplified enormously. Shampoo and Conditioner are essential, in order to maintain the style, its best to start off clean.  We all know that hair will look better the next day, since the natural oils will infuse the hair, smoothing out the style to a certain extent.  However, thoroughly washing and conditioning hair will allow for longer periods between cleansing.  Keratin Complex Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner, in a generous, although still TSA friendly bottle will last for about 6-8 shampoos.  The Keratin-enriched formula nourishes the hair, and is also sodium chloride free.  Perfect for color treated hair, the gentle cleansing helped to soften and smooth my hair, making it more manageable. The Keratin Complex Conditioner was also amazing, its thick rich formula works with the Keratin Complex Shampoo.  My hair was left soft and smooth after blow drying

Step 2 is Straight Day, Keratin Complex Styling Spray.  It is so important to protect hair when using heat elements on the hair.  The use of a nourishing styling spray will help not only make the task of flat ironing  easier, hair will experience less breakage as a result of the nourishing aspects of the styling product.  Included in this comprehensive kit, this styling spritz is just the product to help avoid damage from heat styling tools.  Keratin Complex Infusion Therapy Straight Day Keratin Enhanced Styling spray is triple action.  The formula contains UV protection. It is also anti humectant, meaning it helps to combat the effects of humidity by repelling moisture form the outer shaft of the hair, which just leads to frizzies.  Used after shampooing, but before blowdrying, extended use of this product resulted in softer, more manageable hair.

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October has proven to be an eventful month. October is always a busy time, the fall schedule is in full swing. My mother has a birthday, one I MUST remember the date and celebrate, after all, if it weren’t for her, there would be no me. I crashed my car (Im ok, my poor SUV however, was not so lucky), and bought a new one (love my puurrrty new ride).

October is also, of course, Halloween. I enjoy Halloween because my children enjoy it. I never buy my girls costumes, and allow them to think of something, offering help when I can. This year was easy, the younger wants to be a spy (think black jacket, black pants, black boots), and the other a Game Warden (think tan/muddy green jacket and pants) with a North Woods Law badge replica. Costumes procured, the excitement just builds as people in my neighborhood dress their houses up with the same vigor most save for Christmas. Although instead of reindeer and colored lights, there are smoke machines, “dead bodies” , headstones, and in one instance Biohazard tape and Quarantine signs (in honor of Ebola, ugh).

 


 

Illamasqua Nail Varnish- Malange & Illamasqua Sheer Lip Gloss- ExquisiteIllamasqua Nail Varnish and lip shine

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Today I'm reviewing Hot Designs Nail Art Pens Basic Beauty. This kit has six colors: Flame Red, Kelly Green, Star White, Hot Pink, Royal blue, and Midnight Black. Each polish color has two dispensing tips, one end has the standard polish brush, and at the other end is a fine tip for detail. The kit has step by step instructions to help with designs, a list of suggestions on how to avoid problems, and pins that are used to unclog the fine tip if necessary.

Now that I have both kits (Basic Beauty and Glitz & Glam) I've got 12 colors to work with! More Colors = More Fun! Since you're only limited by your imagination I decided to expand mine and checked out YouTube and the web for ideas on designs and application techniques. Wow is all I have to say - I found a multitude of ideas. There was a lot to look at!!! 

Hot Designs Nail Art Pens Basic Beauty certified fabulous glitz and glam polish

I started with a clear base coat and added the designs, being careful to let the polish dry between steps, then finished off with a clear top coat. (You can speed things up by using your hair dryer!)

If you've never used Hot Designs Nail Art Pens you'll need to read the instructions. In my case it took several attempts before I was able to make a design. I needed to get a feel of how hard/much to squeeze the bottle to get the desired amount of polish. I also needed to get a feel of the angle I wanted the fine tip at to allow me to make my design.

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There are so many products you'll want to use this summer, and I have a few more that are worth talking about!

Let's start with the nail products. Summer is a good time to switch up your polish for brighter colors. In the spirit of summer, ciate london beach houseCiate has collections and sets that will make your manicure stand out.

Ciaté® Beach House Collection

This collection from Ciate has extra-glossy polish for high shine brilliance & a glitter top coat that will really make your nails a key element in your beach style. When you don't want to wear many accessories in the heat, accent your nails and they will become a stylish accessory on their own! This collection has 5 beach worthy colors that will have you setting off for some time in the ocean and the sun! If you're feeling a little dull and need to get into a bright summer attitude, put one of these polishes (or a combination of a few) for instantly brighter outlook. This collection also makes a great gift for the summer months! 
ciate shell manicure set

Ciaté® Shell Manicure Wish Upon A Starfish

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You're only limited by your imagination when working with Hot Designs Nail Art Pens.  The kit I have has six colors: Sparkling Silver, Paradise Pink, Crushed Berry, Hot Orange, Purple Pizzazz, and Lemon Yellow. Each polish color has two dispensing tips, one end has the standard polish brush, the other end has a fine tip for detail. The kit has step by step instructions to help with designs, a list of suggestions on how to avoid problems, and pins that are used to unclog the fine tip if necessary.

hot designs nail art kit certified fabulous

After reading the instructions I elected to practice before using the Nail Art Pens on my nails. In my case it took several attempts before I was able to make a design. I needed to get a feel of how hard/much to squeeze the bottle to get the desired amount of polish. I also needed to get a feel of the angle I wanted the fine tip at to allow me to make my design. Once I was comfortable with the Nail Art Pens the fun began! I followed the easy step by step instructions and was amazed at the results.

Imagination is the key to success as you build your designs. Placement of designs  and color choices can take your nails from ordinary to astonishing. I watched tutorials on YouTube and checked out web images for ideas on designs. When I was painting with Hot Designs Nail Art Pens I realized that no two designs needed to look the same. By using the same pattern and alternating with different colors I was able to produce designs that looked coordinated not duplicated. I started out with my base coat dry. When working with the Nail Art Pens it's necessary to allow the polish time to dry -  and yes, I use my hair dryer to speed things up! I applied a top coat to finish off the look. Hot Designs Nail Art Pens were fun to use and the outcome was awesome!

Remember to take time to enjoy life!

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Congratulations to our winners Niki, Megan & May!

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Three (3) lucky winners will receive:

3  - Dr.’s Remedy Enriched Nail Care polishes! 

Read our FAB review of these up & coming polishes HERE!

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    I would love to try this product! I have been keeping polish on my nails, using cuticle oils, and taking vitamins, but I'm still f
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    This new year i want to start taking care of my nails and get them polished and design i would love to win these nail polishes
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    Hi, thank you for the giveaway! I would love to try this! My nails are dry, brittle and peel. I'm trying to grow them but it's
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Mineral Fusion started business in 2007. They offer a wide variety of cosmetics and body care products, all of which are made in the USA. One of the many things that makes Mineral Fusion stand out is their alliance with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. I like buying items from a company that “makes a difference” in our world.

I tried the following colors of Mineral Fusion nail polish: Radiant Amber, Mossy Bank, Cascade, Gold Rush, and Galaxy. The colors were all great and I had no chipping!

Mineral Fusion Polishes 11.10.13 Certified Fabulous

What was truly remarkable was that Radiant Amber. I have a pink hue in my skin tone so I don’t usually wear an orange based nail color. This color actually looked good on me and I was able to achieve total coverage in just one coat. I used a top coat and this polish lasted a week with no wear and no chips.

The Mossy Bank is a rich and deep green. This color will work well with both fall and winter looks. This color showed a bit of wear on the tips after a week, but for such a dark color that’s to be expected.

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It’s no secret how much I love working out. As much as I try to stick to a Paleo diet routine, my love of sugar and carbs is my biggest downfall.  I know how to get the nutrition needed in order to be a beast in the Crossfit gym, but who has the time? And let’s face it, I don’t have the discipline either (it’s easier to just grab something than meal plan and cook 3 meals a day).  So when Stay Young Age Support Multi-vitamin & Ultra Sexy Hair, Skin and Nails came my way, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to incorporate a supplement into my otherwise lacking daily diet.

It can be difficult to create a vitamin routine, and these supplements need to be taken twice a day. I forced myself to remember to take the Stay Young Age Support Multi-vitamin (3) twice a day for a week, and I felt AMAZING!! My energy levels increased and I didn't feel the need to consume that 2pm cup of coffee.  My stomach is usually very sensitive and get queasy when taking a multivitamin, so I made sure to eat before taking my vitamins.  However, one day I forgot and instead of taking them right after lunch, I remembered to take around 3pm. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they did not affect my stomach at all, and I enjoyed the energy boost for the remainder of the afternoon. I love that these vitamins are complete and even contain wonderful extras such as C0-Q10 , Ginkgo, Lycopene and RNA to name a few. 

Essential-Multivitamin stay young antiaging rev iew certified fabulous

Stay Young Ultra Sexy Hair, Skin and Nails only has to be taken once a day, and I would take these 3 supplements along with the Stay Young Age Support Multi-vitamin in the morning. Within the week I noticed my nails were stronger than ever, and my skin looked clearer.  I think the combination of these 2 amazing products really helped me maintain a greater level of energy and health. I've been performing better than ever in the gym, and plan on maintaining this vitamin routine!!

You can find the vitamins HERE to buy for yourself!

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“IT Girls” are women who set trends, create their own signature look and always look effortlessly beautiful. Sure, it’s easier to gain that title when you’re constantly in the spotlight, and have a stylist, manicurist and makeup artist in your entourage, but celebrities aren’t the only ones who get to have all the fun.

The average woman can become the “IT Girl” in her social circle by ensuring that she has this season’s must-haves. As far as beauty goes, IT Cosmetics and Custom Nail Solutions Impression System are the must-haves for this fall.

IT Cosmetics enhances your natural beauty with their “Your Lips But Better” line or YLBB. My personal favorites from the collection are the Waterproof Lip Liner Stain, Vitality Lip Blush and Vitality Lip Flush.

It Cosmetics

  • The Waterproof Lip Liner Stain is an ultra luxe, automatic lip liner pencil infused with a stain. This game-changer acts as a lip liner, lip primer and long-wear stain all in one. It’s perfect for a date that you know will end in a goodnight kiss… or steamy make-out session. 
  • The Vitality Lip Blush Hydrating Gloss Stain is another amazing multi-tasker. It serves as a hydrating lip gloss, anti-aging lip serum and lip stain all in one. It delivers high shine and rich pigment that glides on like a lightweight serum and keeps lips smooth and hydrated throughout the day.
  • The Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Natural Anti-Aging Lipstick Stain takes the place of four products; your lipstick, anti-aging conditioning lip balm, ultra-hydrating lip gloss, and lip stain. I love that all the products are infused with innovative anti-aging ingredients to keep my pout looking youthful.

 

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Fall is my second favorite season (after summer of course) and one of the reasons is because I love fall beauty and fashion! If I were to put fall style into one word it would be BOLD! I love bold and dramatics looks too. I even love the dark lips and minimal eye makeup or the dark and romantic dark eye makeup looks...I just love it all! We had so much to talk about for our Fall Must Haves and Faves that we had to make it 2 weeks of recommendations! Today I give you my top 6 list for makeup, nails and scents :)

Perfume is not only for your body anymore it is now an option for your hair! I think this is a genius idea and a few celebrities have starting creating hair scenting sprays that I just love!

Niki Minaj Body Lotion Fall Beauty

Niki Minaj Fall Beauty

1) Nicki Minaj: Pink Friday Scented Body Lotion & Pink Friday Scented Hair Mist - It's the same Pink Friday scent we all know and love but even more effective when used in combination with the body lotion and hair mist! Fragrance NotesGrapefruit, juicy apple, star fruit, waterlily, honeysuckle, Italian mandarin, blackberry, white raspberry, boysenberry, lotus, starry jasmine, caramelized pear, vanilla and musk. I love the Nicki Minaj perfumes so this one of course was awesome! This one is a flirty, fun scent that I love wearing when I go out for a fun girls night or even during the day when I want to keep it light, fresh and sweet. 

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Love Nail Polish? Don't have time to run around finding the new “it” color? Well then I have the solution!

Luxe Coat nail polish monthly subscribtion! Sign up as a member and you can do two things. You can either put down the inital hundred dollars to get their Luxecoat Membership box, including nail must haves like Quickdry spray, Basecoat & Topcoat all in one, Cuticle Care, Files, and more! Then, for $22 a month, you get three Luxe Coat colors delivered to your door every month. Or you can skip the inital box and just get the three colors every month.

LuxeCoat Nail Polishes Certified 7.6.13 Fabulous

Feeling noncommittal? No worries. You can also buy the colors online like normal. I got to try their Mint Chip and Winter in Paris. As you can guess, the Mint Chip is a gorgeous shade of mint  green. So in this season and looks great with so many awesome summer colors. Pair it with bright yellow for flirty fun, pink for a more sexy vintage look, or black for a night on the town! Or be like me and combine it with a few of your other mint colored summer must haves (my mint cropped pants are my favorite!!) and some nice neutral colors. Mint is the color to show off right now and what better way then your fingers and toes!

Winter in Paris is a beautiful magenta/pink color. Very vintage yet still so modern! I love wearing this color with my white summer dresses for date nights. It's so romantic and deep, yet still cute and flirty. Perfect for a summer ice cream date!!

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When I go to the beach, I keep my style as minimal as I can. I don't wear accessories, very little makeup (if any), and a simple outfit that will take the beach grind well. So when it comes to the options that I do have, I try to take good care and make sure I still look and feel my best. We all want to feel good at the beach! I mostly focus on my nails and hair, to pair well with a simple summer dress. 

Guerlain Color Lacquer Rouge DEnferBeach Nails

Go Bold! Neutral nails are nice and all, but when you don't have a lot going on style-wise, go for a vibrant pop of color! I particularly like red, it's a good sultry, hot summer color that will have you feeling bold and beautiful! I found the perfect red that I will be wearing all summer long! That is, Guerlain Colour Lacquer in Rouge D'Enfer. I love this nail polish! It has a flat, wide brush that makes applying the polish evenly, a simple task! It goes on smooth and has great coverage! I only need to do one coat and it has a perfectly opaque color! This nail polish is well worth the price! It's less hassle (only needs one coat) and looks beautiful in the bottle and on the nails! I also tried this nail lacquer in L'heure Bleue - which is a deep maroon/plum shade! This shade will take me from summer into fall flawlessly!

Splurge only a little with this beach option - it will be well worth it! You can pick up Guerlain Colour Lacquer for $23.00

Bain de Terre Argan Oil and Passion Flower Color Therapy Styling Oil 7.1.2013 CustomBeach Hair

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Your Cuticles are extremely important to the healthy growth of your nails. The cuticle covers the base of your nail where the growth is generated. That being said, it’s very important that the growth area under your cuticles stays healthy.  

 1) Practice gently pushing your cuticles back:

Don’t push too hard as you want to avoid injury or irritation to your nail growth area. Some people use a wooden orange stick. I use a soft emery board that was designed to buff the nail. I gently push back on my cuticles once a week when I do my manicure.  

 2) Keep your cuticles soft:

The cuticle is just skin. If your cuticles appear dry or cracked, they need to be moisturized. Any lotion you would use on your hands you can use on your cuticles. Just add a dab of your favorite lotion to your cuticle area and gently massage in. When I wash dishes I wear gloves. The gloves keep my hands / cuticles away from the dehydrating agent in the dish detergent. If you use nail polish remover make sure that its acetone free. The acetone is a drying agent that can wreak havoc with your cuticles. 

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Primavera Hand & Nail Cream is the secret to keeping your cuticles soft. When I wrote the blog on how 04192013 Primavera Hand and Nail Cream Certified Fabulousto improve the appearance of cuticles, I mentioned the need to keep your cuticles hydrated. Primavera Hand & Nail Cream does a fantastic job keeping my cuticles looking their best.  I keep a tube on my night stand and use it every evening. I dab a bit of cream on each cuticle and just gently massage in. This cream works wonders.

The essential Ginger and Lime oils leave your hands feeling energized and refreshed. The scent is just delightful! The Jojoba oil works well as a moisturizer to help soften cuticles. Primavera is 100% natural with no animal testing. 

I liked that the cream absorbes quickly and there's no greasy feeling. The overall results are fantastic! 

Remember take time to enjoy life!

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Orly Nail Lacquer comes in a stunning pink that they’ve named Preamp. I’m not sure where they got the name… but the color is absolutely gorgeous.  

 

I applied a base coat, 2 coats of color, and followed up with a top coat. The lacquer went on smoothly with no streaking. The end result was totally amazing. 

03162013 Orly Nail Lacquer Preamp Certified Fabulous Bottle

Preamp is like a chameleon, as it takes on different color aspects with every movement. The pink is infused with golden flecks that shimmer and shine. There are times when the lacquer has a purple-bluish hue that looks extraordinary. This color is truly astounding.

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The most sophisticated manicures used to be all about vamp red or elegant French nails; today the more colour and detail you can place on your fingertips, the better! The nail art craze has well and truly taken grip of both fashion and beauty worlds across the glove. Whatever your dress sense, nail art is a brilliant and affordable way to accessorise and express your personality. If you’re artistic, there are thousands of DIY nail tutorials to choose from online, whilst nail art has become a must-try in salons too. If you fancy sprucing up your digits, here’s a look at the most popular styles within the nail art craze:

Aztec

colorful aztec christmas nail art for girls - cute aztecnail art-

Aztec patterns are in, and they’re just as likely to be seen on a manicure as they are on a bodycon mini skirt. If you’re not familiar with the Aztec finish, think straight lines and intricate geometric shapes that form an intense and colourful pattern on your nails.

Animal Print

Show your wild side with animal print nails; zebra stripe, leopard skin, giraffe and cow print are just a few examples! You don’t need to stick to realistic colours either, try neon yellow and black leopard spot or pink and purple zebra stripe look.

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This week is wild card week so I’m reviewing nail polished (would I do anything else?) I used the color Flushed from Cult Nails and fell in love with it! I applied 3 coats of the Cult Nails - Flushed and the results are truly remarkable. I cult polishended up with a deep purple color that had a hint of reflection. When I move my nail in the light the resulting shimmer is both dramatic and entertaining! The wear time on the polish (I did apply a top coat) was extremely impressive.

Maria Morrison’s, founder of Cult nails, and her desire for the perfect color nail polish was one of the factors that lead to the creation of teh brand. While developing a very impressive color line would be hard enough for anyone, Maria has done that while keeping your health and that of our planet in harmony. Cult Nails polish has no Toulene, Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate, or Camphor. They do not test on animals and state that all polish is vegan friendly. My hats off to Maria for accomplishing so much in such a short period of time!

 

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This week’s topic of Winter Beauty Trends leads me to the subject of ombre nails.

The ombre technique is so easy and the results are absolutely fantastic, you just have to give it a try!

Things you need to create your own ombre nails:

            Your favorite base coat + two or three polish colors (your choice – mix, match, and have fun!)      

            Cosmetic sponges and scissors    

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Hi folks the topic this week is nails and I’ve uncovered a gem of a polish! I purchased an e.l.f Essential Holiday 14-Piece Nail Cube-Limited Edition and it’s making me very happy.

It was such a treat to have 14 bottles of unused nail polish all at once. Well the treat lasted for a short time ………..I had the new polish on my nails in less than 5 minutes. elf gold star

I’ve tried the following colors: Red-y or Not, Sea Escape, Green Machine, Violet Velvet, and Dazzle Diva.

Along with the profusion of color to choose from one of the special effects color is named Gold Star. This polish is clear with a massive amount of gold colored flakes. The effects of the flakes are positively fabulous when used over the Red-y or Not.

elf chic confettiAnother of the special effects color is named Chic Confetti. This polish is clear with an abundance of multicolored flakes. I used this polish over Violet Velvet. I just love the look of these colorful sparkles when the light bounces off them.

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