Archives for December 2013

December 31, 2013

Mai Couture’s travel compact makeup kit is your “must have” New Year resolution for 2014!

Take a look at this stunning petite gold wallet:

Mai Couture ~ Compact travel makeup kit.

Mai Couture ~ Compact travel makeup kit.

I bet you’re wondering what type of makeup kit could
be light as a feather, fit in the palm of your hand, be carried in your pocket, fit in your evening bag, and absolutely go “everywhere” with you!

Mai Couture papier is ingenious!
Mai Coutour papier Gold Travel Case + Glo-geous Trio

This brilliant concept for a quick and easy application or touch up of your blush, bronzer and highlighter is achieved with the Mai Couture papiers.

Inside your gold “travel case” you’ll find a 3-in-one pack of 20 blush papers, 20 bronzing papers, and 20 highlighter papers. How convenient! The color is on the paper! Remove a sheet of the color you’d like to use, pat it lightly on the area you choose to achieve your desired look, and you’re good to go!

Personally, and as a makeup artist, I love these “magical” papers for touch ups. I also appreciate the fact that you have total control of how and where you wish to add some color, bronzing and highlighting…. all without a brush!

I know you’d like to see the 3 shades that are in the case, watch them being applied, get more information, and be able to place your order for this “Glo-geous” color/highligher trio!

Go to the link below and at the bottom of the page you’ll see a video icon that says, WATCH! Just click the icon and enjoy!!

Now’s the perfect time to make your New Year resolution to “keep it simple” and have a “Glo-geous” look anytime and anywhere! !

Mai Couture Papier at gets a 5 star review for it’s time saving convenience and great portability!

All the best to everyone in 2014 !!

(Quoted or Paraphrased information in this article was obtained from a provided PR-Fact sheet,, and the video- Any personal commentary was my own opinion from using the provided Mai Couture product.)

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December 30, 2013

Mally Beauty “Let it Show” Ends Tomorrow so Check it Out Today!

December, Mally Beauty is celebrating what makes you fierce, fabulous and unique. This month is all about showing how much you care about those who are closest to you. Now you can Let It Show with Mally Beauty!

Celebrate a friend or loved one this December and Mally Beauty will Let It Show how much the two of you mean to Mally Beauty with a surprise gift for each of you. Enjoy a special gift for you and a friend when you create and send a snowflake. Here’s how to create your very own snowflake: image001-36



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December 22, 2013

Pevonia SPA CLINICA® PRO introduces Micro-Retinol™

I’ve always liked using a synergistic approach to skincare. It seems that the products are able to complement one another as they work together within a skincare system. As a result, the harmony of their ingredients give you the opportunity to achieve the full benefits of the system’s protocol.

Recently, I was able to try the “at home easy four step protocol from a global leader in spa skincare”, Pevonia SPA CLINICA® PRO.

The " four step protocol" from Pevnoia SPA CLINICA® PRO

The ” four step protocol” from Pevnoia SPA CLINICA® PRO

This day in age we live in a society that is very conscious about maintaining a youthful image. In fact, now we’re getting an even earlier start by using preventative measures to slow down the visual signs of aging and keep ahead of the game.

Whether you’re looking for a skincare protocol to target and benefit an aging skin , or are a younger person who wishes to use a skin care protocol to get a head start in slowing down the signs of aging, Pevonia SPA CLINICA® PRO’s next generation of retinol“~ Micro-Retinol™ is here, and has come to the rescue!

The Advantage of Pevona SPA CLINICA® “Micro-Retinol™ :

“The product line was precisely crafted to penetrate quickly and reach the deeper layers of the skin.”

“A vitaminic infusion of Vitamins C and E works in synergy to stabilize and optimize the Micro Retinol delivery, maintaining the potency of the formula intact optimum benefits and amazing visible results.”

“Your best skin ever is now within easy reach with Clinical-strength products without the visit of any invasive procedure.”


The Pevonia SPA CLINICA® PRO “At-Home Collection Protocol”:

1.MICRO-RETINOL ESSENTIAL FOAMING CLEANSER (Hydrosoluble, silky foaming gel) – The foaming cleanser has a wonderful feel to the skin as it thoroughly cleansed my face leaving it with a fresh feeling as it started the repairing process.
Ingredients include: Hyalyronic Acid, Retinol, Vitamin E, and Lemon Peel oil.

2.MICRO-RETINOL™ ESSENTIAL TONER (Active toner, Alcohol Free) – I love toners. They make sure you skin is completely clean, and “prepares your skin for further treatment”! This toner contains aloe and is very hydrating. It does not make your skin feel dry, but very clean and healthy!
Ingredients include:Aloe, Retinol, Vitamin E, and Lemon Peel Oil.

3. MICRO-RETINOL™ ESSENTIAL SERUM (Microemulsified serum) – I found this quick penetrating serum to be very “rejuvenating” after toning. The serum is “anti-aging, repairing, and refining!”
Ingredients include: Retinol, Vitamin E.,Hyaluronic Acid, and Lemon Peel Oil.

4. MICRO-RETINOL™ ESSENTIAL MOISTURIZER (Tri-phase, homogenized) – This moisturizer has a great texture. I applied, and in and upward motion gently covered my face and neck area. It absorbed into my skin, left an uplifting feel, and a very radiant look! It’s a “hydrating cream that helps with elasticity and wrinkles, and evens pigmentation and the complexion.”
Ingredients include : Squalane, Collagen (Marine), Elastin (Marine),Retinol, and Hyaluronic Acid.

This is a wonderful skin care system and I highly recommend you visit : Here you will find more information and be able to purchase your products online.


About Pevonia
“For two decades Pevonia has been the leader in delivering their exclusively available, award winning natural skincare solutions to the finest spas and professional aestheticians worldwide.”

(Quoted or Paraphrased information in this article was obtained by a provided Fact Sheet. Personal commentary was my own opinion from using the provided Pevonia SPA CLINICA® PRO Easy Four Step Protocol,system.)

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December 21, 2013

Agadir Argan Oil Introduces Hair Shield 450

Agadir Argan Oil Hair Shield 450


When styling our hair lets all admit it, we all crank that dial to the highest temperature without really thinking about what it’s doing to our hair. Yes, it may look nice for that evening’s dinner party, but after a while those high temperatures are really damaging your beautiful hair your mother once gave you. Before using the harsh high temperatures on our hair to straighten or curl it, you definitely need to put some kind of protector in before hand. There are so many different products out there on the shelves that seem to offer the same thing, but how do we know which one is right for us? The new Agadir Argan Oil Introduces Hair Shield 450, which works for any type of hair!! 450 degrees seems pretty high for our hair to be between two metal plates, but in fact that is the real reality of what we are doing to our hair and eventually if we don’t protect it, we will ruin it. The Hair Shield Plus Intense crème treatment is specially formulated to withstand intense direct heat up to 450 degrees. It is devised to keep hair moisturized, and soft while protecting the sensitive areas. The alcohol, sulfate, and paraben free Argan oil based crème formula is color safe, and gives hair the proper nourishment, definition, and shine without fading your color. It is made to resist humidity, and frizz for people especially like me whose hair turns into a bee’s nest after blow-drying your hair. When using this product with my damp hair after my shower I actually noticed results right away. Usually when I do start blow-drying my hair, my hair turns into a frizz ball, but in fact the Hair Shield 450 did the exact opposite. Those loose frizzy hairs seemed to stay tacked with the rest of my hair creating a smooth and soft look right after I was done blow- drying. Not only did it look good, this crème smelled amazing. My mom even went up to my hair asking what I put in it! If your looking for something new to protect, repair, and shine, this product is definitely your go to girl!

The Intense Crème Treatement is available in select salons nationwide and at

Retail: $30.00, 10FL Bottle.

0-7Christina Carlino

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December 20, 2013

Chrome Girl for the Holidays

I love being festive for the holidays, especially Christmas, so this year I loved Chrome Girl nail polish. I have “Poetic Potion”, which is a metallic color, “Midnight Madness” which is grey, and “Spiritual Hunter”, which is green. All of these colors go great with Christmas time. The Midnight Madness color went on very easy and I applied just two coats. It has a little shimmer to it which is cool. All of these colors and more can be bought on for around $12. They are even great for a last-minute Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers!!!

Chrome Girl


Chrome Girl

Chrome Girl



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December 20, 2013

Experience a “Hug in a Bottle” with ESPA Restorative Bath Oil !

We all lead busy lives and rarely take “even” a moment to reset our “mind and body equilibrium” to achieve that wonderful feeling of a “balanced state” of relaxation.

I was so fortunate to be introduced to ESPA Bath and Body products, and when they say ESPA’s products are nicknamed, “hug in a bottle”, I can tell you first hand that it’s the perfect classification for these products!

I’ve been using the ESPA Restorative Bath Oil each day !

ESPA Restorative Bath Oil

ESPA Restorative Bath Oil

As a lover of aromatherapy, I really enjoy the ability to “escape” into a warm bath and be surrounded with a “hug” from ESPA’s comforting oils :
• Sweet Orange
• Rose Geranium
• Lavender
These are the perfect oils to soothe anxiety, settle your nerves, and calm your spirit!
Along with:
• PalmaRosa that will help with “firming and toning,”
• Sweet Almond Oil to “deeply nourish and impart a more smooth and supple skin.”

Not only will ESPA Restorative Bath Oil assist you in “resetting your equilibrium for a calmer sense of well being”, but your skin will be pampered giving you a sublime sense of renewal! Surround yourself with the balancing aroma of this relaxing, much needed down time …”just for you”!

This is one “HUG” you don’t want to miss out on!

ESPA Restorative Bath Oil ($76) gets a Super 5-Star rating!

Find out more about ESPA Restorative Bath Oil and their other fine products at:

ESPA products make wonderful gifts! So as you pamper yourself, keep in mind your last minute holiday shopping list. Remember, everyone needs and will treasure an ESPA “HUG”!

(Quoted or Paraphrased information in this article was obtained from a provided PR-Fact sheet. Personal commentary was my own opinion from using ESPA Restorative Bath Oil that was furnished to me.)

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December 20, 2013

Katy Perry’s Newest Fragrance is Sexy and Smooth…it’s Killer Queen

Katy Perry

Looking for a different perfume to spice up your life?  Trying to impress that new cute guy you’ve been eyeing at school or work? Try the new Katy Perry Killer Queen! This is the third perfume Katy Perry has created out of her collection. I really feel like this perfume reflects her personality out of all three. This bottle is shaped like a diamond precisely and is placed on its side when standing alone. The colors are fierce and powerful just the Katy’s voice. As for the most important part the smell is absolutely beautiful. Katy Perry Killer QueenIf you’re looking for something smooth and sexy as soon as you spray it on, this perfume is for you. You know when you are trying on different perfumes and you spray some on that tiny rectangular paper at the mall, and you have to blow it around a few times to get the smell to actually be appealing? With Killer Queen you don’t even have to do that with. That is how real the smell is. You do not want to put this down, and once you put a few sprays on your wrists or neck you will certainly have that sexy appeal as if you were the only women in the room!

Katy Perry Killer Queen is available in a holiday gift set with includes a 3.4oz Eau de Parfum, a 2.5oz Royal Body Lotion, a 2.5oz Royal Shower Gel, and a 0.5oz Eau de Parfum.

 Find this fabulous fragrance at Macys and

0-7Christina Carlino

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December 20, 2013

Remove Your Makeup the Gentle Way



Most of us wear it, and we all have to take it off eventually. This time of year especially, many of us have a little more socializing and a lot more make-up wearing than normal, which can be especially hard on our eyes. It doesn’t matter if you like the heavier smokey eyes look or just a hint of mascara and eyeliner, at the end of the day we all have to take it off. That’s right, remove your eyemakeup with ASAP.

I am not an eye make-up fan due to extreme eye sensitivities, but I do wear mascara on occassion.  ASAP Gentle Eye Makeup Remover promises to gently revove all traces of eye makeup, even heavy mascara without irritating my eyes and it did just that, Amazing!  Simply apply a small amount of ASAP to a cotton pad and gently wipe over eyes, then rinse. ASAP Gentle Eye Makeup Remover is formulated with Aloe Vera for soothing and cucumber for cooling your most gentle feature, your eyes. ASAP is gentle enough to use every day, leaving your skin soft and clean.

You can find ASAP at

Merle Norman Make-up Remover

Merle Norman Make-up Remover

My face is another story, I enjoy foundations, powders, blushes and bronzers and I need just as gentle a makup remover for my face as I do for my eyes. Merle Norman Cleansing Water Makeup Remover is the perfect makeup remover. You won’t be dissapointed with it. Whether you have a little makeup on or sporting the heavy look, Merle Norman Cleansing Water Makeup Remover will work wonders for your skin. Merle Norman Cleansing Water Makeup Remover is enriched with Aloe Vera, Chamomile and Cucumber extracts making this a gentle, soothing cleansing product which is gentle enough for your eye. Micellar water promises to dissolve  impurities and dirt from your face, eyes and lips, just wipe them away. Bring on the heavy duty makeup, Merle Norman Cleansing Water Makeup Remover is ready for you.

Merle Norman Cleansing Water Makeup Remover is suitable for all skin types, Ophthalmologist tested, does not contain dyes or colorants, and is safe for contact lens wearers like myself. It is also Alcohol-free, Fragrance-free, Oil-free. and Non-comedogenic.

Merle Norman Cleansing Water Makeup Remover can be found at Merle Norman counters nationwide


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December 19, 2013

Gifts: Trending now

Trending! Top selling gift items for this holiday season…

Carolina now tv

Carolina Now 12/19/13

Watch the video from today’s segment on Carolina Now here:

CVS has this great Merry Brite Shatterproof Ornament Wreath. You might not expect to find quality gifts and décor at a drugstore, but you can! Drugstores are also great for picking up last minute gifts since many have extended holiday hours and remain open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Thank you CVS for making the holidays beautiful!

Adonia Organics Polishing Sand is a new chocolate exfoliating body treatment that cleanses, exfoliates and leaves skin looking great.  It’s a scrub and cleanser in one.  First it sloughs off the outermost layer of dull, dry skin, and then protects the fresh skin beneath with protective antioxidants.  You can use it on the face, neck, chest, hands, elbows, knees and feet.

Jessica Cosmetics was founded by Jessica Vartoughian who recently was awarded the “Glam” Award by Glamour Mexico Magazine. The award recognizes the achievements of industry leaders who inspire Glamour Mexico readers.  Jessica offers some fabulous nail polish collections like “Let It Snow” just for this holiday season and the Glitzy Collection which is perfect for partying through the new year!

The Betty Boop Pink Cyclone Purse is another great gift! It’s made from a designer license plate wrapped around two 4″ chrome hubcaps, features a plush felt lining and an elastic lipstick holder.  Betty fans love this!

The Glo Bag is the ultimate gym backpack that keeps everything separate and accessible. It can stand or hang in most gym lockers and comes in black, hot pink & lime green.

The Sexy Skin Intro Set from Skin 2 Skin Care is a travel size set of the 4 most popular products from the line:  White Tea Face Wash, Aging Intervention Cream, Anti-Sagging Renewal Serum and Revitalizing Eye Gel.

The Measurable Difference Ultrasonic Beauty Massager is a high frequency ultrasonic beauty massager that helps improve skin softness, tone, and texture. Your skin will look smoother and more supple with a healthy, youthful-looking glow.  A few more details:

Sends up to 1,000,000 vibrations per second
Energizes skin
Gently exfoliates dead skin cell
Encourages smoother-looking and firmer-looking skin
Helps skin feel tighter and more lifted
Helps improve the appearance of elasticity, texture, and tone
Can be used with the line’s Lipo-Lotion™ for optimal results

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December 19, 2013

Today on Carolina Now

Thanks to Jamarcus Gaston and everyone at Carolina Now for letting me share a few last minute holiday gift ideas today. Merry Christmas!


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