May 4, 2013

Celine Dion’s new Fragrance is SENSATIONAL


Singing the lyrics of Titanic, “My Heart Will Go On”, I decided to try Sensational. Sensational Eau de Toilette Spray is a dynamic floral fragrance by the famous Las Vegas ballad, Celine Dion, created by the famous perfumer Maurice Roucel. This perfume evokes the power and magnetic charisma of Celine Dion herself. Top notes consist of icy pear, crisp apple and plum with a heart of are orris, mimosa (Dion’s favorite flower) jasmine and freesia, with base notes of elegant amber, musk and sandalwood which makes a very fresh, bright combination.  It has a very light, floral scent that is not overpowering but lasts all day. With such a diverse collection of ingredients, Celine Dion Sensational is a special “everyday” scent, sweet, subtle, and feminine, perfect  for a casual day, to wear at school, work or any occasion.  The 2008  perfume launch coincided with Celine Dion’s tour called Taking Chances.  A wonderful Mother’s Day present because this icon touches the soul of many women, not only with her captivating voice but now with her fragrances!


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May 3, 2013

Celebrity Stylists Beware, Amika Obliphica Blow Up Spray is Here

Amika Blow Up Spray  is one of the best hair products on the market!!!! My hair is thick and curly and on my shelf, I have many products to maintain and moisturize my curly ringlets. The present style, however, is straight, glossy hair. There are ten spray bottles to curl or straighten my hair falling off my vanity. Every day, I rifle through the many bottles to help give my hair the moisture and shine for the desired look of the day. My husband shakes his head and cannot believe the amount of money and different products it takes to make my hair look beautiful. Every time I go to the hairdresser, they offer to sell me another product expected to do miraculous things to my hair. The confusion, shopping and money with all these products were making me crazy until I found Amika Blow Up Spray. The spray delivers volume and shape while moisturizing your hair. I could not believe the results, and literally threw away ten spray bottles.          
My friends came over for the holiday and I was very excited to show them the results of the Amika Blow Up Spray. My hair was beginning to look flat, as it had become late in the afternoon. I bent my head over and sprayed each section and this revolutionary Ultra-lightweight mist brought my hair back to life. My friends were laughing and said it looked like a celebrity hairstylist transformed my hair in one-minute. The spray is easy to apply, not greasy, adds volume and lasts a long time.  My favorite ingredient the sea buckthorn berry in the product helps to repair split ends and eliminate frizz.  The argon oil vitamin C, Omega 3, 6, and 9 make it safe to use on color-treated hair.  Amika Blow Up Spray has helped me to become clutter free, I only need this spray for curly or straight hair!!!
Liz Vachon, Guest Blogger
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May 2, 2013

This Mother’s Day, Give the Gift of Thymes


This Mother’s Day, give the give of Thymes. Rich in emollients, this delicately fragrant hand cream in incredible, it  feels like a conditioning treatment for your hands. Thymes Temple Tree Jasmine Hand Cream has delightful fresh scents of jasmine temple, tree blossom, honeysuckle, yang yang and damask rose. All of these fragrances are soaked in coconut milk, making your skin feels so soft and silky. Soothing Madonna lily extract and velvety monoi butter nourish your skin as Shea butter, Safflower, Sunflower, and Vitamin E help protect your delicate skin.

No need to wear perfume when wearing Thymes Hand Cream, it’s like a 2 in 1 product. I have also tried the Moonflower scented products from Thymes and I have to say I always feel good about putting this company’s line on my skin, I love it all!. It’s just the perfect hand cream, thank you Thymes!!

This Mother’s Day, give the gift of Thymes. Visit




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May 1, 2013

Heidi Klum’s Fragrance is Truly a “Surprise”


SURPRISE! I was never one for floral scented perfumes, but after trying Heidi Klum’s new fragrance SURPRISE, I was amazed.

At first, the fragrance opens up with strong floral-citrus notes, giving a hint of apricot or mandarin oranges aroma, and adding a touch of what smells like, pink rose petals. Toward the end, the fragrance mellows out on a striking scent of spicy, warm and earthy sandalwood.

I can say this fragrance has an ever so changing beautiful composition…no wonder is it called, “Surprise”. The perfume will definitely excite your senses and put you in a cheerful and playful mood!! This is one floral scent I enjoy. Consider Heidi Klume’s exceptional fragrance when choosing your Mother’s Day SURPRISE!

Head over to: for more of Heidi’s surprises!


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April 30, 2013

Keep Your Body in the “Glow” Not in the “No”


Have you ever had a regrettable encounter with a self-tanner? You take your product home and follow the directions on “how to apply.”  You are excited to look in the mirror and expect to look like a bronze goddess only to look like a blotchy bronze mess.  Fortunately, we have the product for you, the Bronze Buffer self-tan remover sponge. The Bronze Buffer sponge is the best buy to rid your body of any orangey residue left by a less than adequate self-tanning product.  The Bronze Buffer sponge is effortless to use and removes unwanted self-tanning blunders quickly.  It is handy product that will keep your body in the “glow” not in the “no.”

Bronze Buffer was developed by former beauty editor turned freelance beauty writer and blogger Paige Herman-Axel. As stated by Paige Herman-Axel, “Being in the beauty business for 15 years, I’ve tried countless self-tanners to achieve that ‘I just got back from vacation’ glow without actually leaving my own home. While some products work better than others, I was always searching for a product that could fix mistakes or remove color in a fast and easy way, so I decided to create it myself”.

Learn more about the Bronze Buffer self-tan remover sponge and how to use it at
You can also find Bronze Buffer at where you can see photos of this remarkable Buffer Sponge in use.

Laurie Payne, Guest Blogger

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April 25, 2013

Age Gracefully with Plantscription by Origins



Can you age gracefully? I think so..Can you age naturally? You should try..Believe it or not, by the year 2050, the average global age will jump from 28 to 40. By 2018, 65-year-olds will outnumber those aged five and under for the first time in history. As the overall population matures, companies will continue searching for ways to help us slow the aging process. Powered  by nature, proven by science, this new 100% natural new product from Origins Plantscription line give you smooth, soft skin without all the chemicals.

You may love Raspberries for their anti-oxidant properties as well as the Vitamin C and their digestive benefits, but guess what it can do to your face? Apparently, when you condense the plant stem cells of 300,000 Raspberry Plant Stem Cells into a small jar, you can visibly reverse signs of aging. For years you girls have raved about the Plantscription Anti-aging Serum – and now you get even more great benefit from this product.

The cream also has an SPF of 25, and has the collection’s signature anti-aging powerhouse ingredient, African Anogeissus.  According to Origins, the cream works on four major signs of skin aging by helping to correct the appearance of lines and wrinkles, lifting, smoothing skin’s texture and reviving bounce.   I have only been using the product for two weeks, but I definitely see results in terms of texture, as well as the lighting up of red spots and darker spots. While I haven’t had the opportunity to try the Plantscription Anti-Aging Serum, it appears that, from what people say about it, the two would be a powerful duo together as well!



Guest Post by Julia Tanen

Julia is a writer, blogger, book author

and mom from Boston, Massachusetts

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April 24, 2013

Life is GUD. Pretty Pretty Pretty Pretty….GUD


Today, I looked down at my arms and was brought right back to why I often wish I lived in a warmer climate rather than Boston!  Ouch!  It’s April and I’m experience really dry skin, not too happy skin.

So tonight, I looked down and, oh yes, once again, my legs were dry, arms were dry. I mean, really? It’s April here in Boston. So I grabbed a new moisturizer I recently picked up, called GUD by Burt’s Bees. GUD is as the name implies – it is GOOD!  The cream goes on easily, is just the right consistency, makes your skin shine and like all Burt’s Bee’s products it’s also somewhat protective. The scent is luxurious smelling and it feels great, doesn’t feel greasy, goes right into your skin, and is fast acting.

With key ingredients like Shea Butter, raspberry leaf, and soybean oil – many of them organic – you can’t go wrong. Plus, there are absolutely no parabens, phthalates, or petrochemicals, your skin is happy as can be. In addition the product is not tested on animals, and the packaging is made from 25% post-consumer plastics. The scent I tried out the Red Ruby Groovy which is grapefruitier than a grapefruit.  This is a moisturizer formulated for normal skin and if you prefer something other than  grapefruit and thyme, GUD Hand cream is available in Floral Cherrynova, Vanilla Flame, Orange Petalooza and Pearanormal Activity.

If you are like most of us who are always looking for a great moisturizer – you will love this product. For more information go to


Guest Post by Julia Tanen

Julia is a writer, blogger, book author

and mom from Boston Massachusetts


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April 23, 2013



Are you looking for the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, I found it, Beyonce Midnight Heat Perfume!!!  My mother is very difficult to please on this special holiday and has absolutely everything.  I wanted to surprise her with something unique and fabulous, not the same old brands of perfume.  Beyonce Midnight Heat is different from other celebrity scents from the bottle design, to the attention to detail. The fragrance is tropical and reminds of my mother on a warm summer night in a beautiful floral dress, sipping an exotic drink.  The scent is a lovely blend of patchouli and succulent plum and the bottle is symbolic with the fragrance.  The packaging is purple and silver, the bottle inside is a crystal tower of purple fragrance with a square crystal cap.  Once the fragrance sprayed, my mood was lifted from the cold, dark, winter to the warm breeze of summer.  The fragrance could not have caught my attention at a better time, it is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day!!!




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April 15, 2013

CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream is a Miracle in a Bottle


Dry skin is not only the bane of our existence up here in colder climate but it’s pretty much a problem for anyone who is constantly washing the dishes, doing laundry, going out into the cold…and so on (which is pretty much all of us unless we are Rockefellers and have personal maids)…especially in the winter time. If you have got dry, chapped, cracked or chafed skin, this will not only help you heal it but it will give you a layer of protection throughout the day without feeling greasy or oily in any way.

Myself, I have tried many, many therapeutic creams and have found them lacking. For one thing, they can smell like aluminum….and go on ‘thin’…just don’t ‘feel’ very good. And after a half day or so you are back to that dry, flaky skin. Not so with CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream. If you’re desperate like me, still looking for a moisturizer that will actually work on your dry, flaky or scaly hands – whether it’s sensitive, psoriasis, or just very dry, try CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream.

Honestly up until now I had never even heard of CeraVe Cream. It’s a miracle in a tube! And the good thing about this moisturizer is that it’s not just good for general dry skin, but also works for sensitive skin, psoriasis and many other skin conditions. In fact I have even read that Pediatricians recommend it for babies! So you can’t go wrong!

CeraVe was developed by dermatologists and uses a patented formulation that provides a protective barrier on the skin’s surface. This special formulation helps to repair, restore and maintain your skin. The three main ingredients are: Ceramides, which helps to replace the lipid levels in damaged skin to repair, restore, and maintain the skin’s natural barrier. Then there is Niacinimide, which helps the skin produce more natural ceramides and fatty acirs essential for repairing and restoring the skin barrier and may even help to reduce rednesss! And, hyaluronic acid, which sounds scary but really is an essential ingredient (called a humectant) that attracts water to the skin and ensures that it remains hydrated.
The other incredible thing – which isn’t always the case with other therapeutic moisturizers – is that this product will not irritate your skin.  Having had dry irritated skin my whole life, I am extremely cautious as to what I will put on my skin. It either has to have a lot of natural ingredients without too much in terms of additives – or it has to be therapeutically formulated. Then again, I could just move to a tropical place where my skin would be moist year round (I might miss my family though…I don’t know).

Apparently, you can also buy this product in an all-over body moisturizer. And, since 29 out of 32 customer reviews on  give CeraVe a 5-star rating, you really can’t go wrong. Now this product doesn’t appear to have an SPF in it…which isn’t a must by any means in a therapeutic skin cream. I’m planning on using this for a whole month to see how it works long term….but even after a week of using it three times a day, my skin has already improved in terms of color and moisture.



Guest Post by Julia Tanen

Julia is a writer, blogger, book author

and mom from Boston Massachusetts



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April 8, 2013

Blue Copper 5 Molecular Repair Creme Made My Day


I was just sitting here tonight putting Blue Copper 5 Molecular Repair Creme Treament Seven Night Ampule Series on my face, and my daughter who is 12 looked at me and said, “Oh so that’s why your face looks all glossy all the time.” I answered, “Oh, does it look better?” and she said, “Not really, it looks like you got a bunch of botox on your face.”

Um….okay thanks…I said, and ran into the bathroom to put more of the ampules on my face.  If only 12 year olds knew the power of their words and the power of the truthfulness of their statements.

I have to admit that when I got this product in the mail I really was skeptical because Osmotics Cosmeceuticals founder and owner, Francine Edmund Porter. Since 1993, says, “give me a week and I will resurface your skin.” So, okay Francine, I thought, go ahead, make my day.

According to all the write-ups, Porter has shaken and then renovated the anti-aging skincare industry with her desire to provide serious anti-aging skin and hair care products to produce serious results. works with world-renowned scientists and leading university medical and research centers to incorporate the latest breakthroughs and provide the most advanced thinking in the skin care arena with clinically validated ingredients and technologies. So I figured, it can’t hurt. Even though this product has been around for more than 20 years, copper is this years ‘hot ingredient.’ So I was more than happy to try this out.

First, you will notice that you will get alot more than 7 days out of this treatment. Unless your face is the size of Alaska, you will pretty much be able to do two seven day treatments with this product, if not more.  Second, after about the second day your skin is tighter and shinier than its been in, say, 20-30 years. So, you start to feel good. Fourth or Fifth day you are sitting there wondering, ‘do I really need to keep doing this? I look fantastic!”

If you are going somewhere seven days from now, and you truly want to look amazing, go get this stuff because it will tighten, firm and lift your face quickly and obviously. Very quickly. Don’t despair if you even get three treatments worth out of it. I haven’t yet tried the rest of the skincare line although if its anything like this product, it has to be wonderful. It is sold at Duane Reade among other stores and apparently you can go into select stores and get a special weekly treatment that will make the products further penetrate your skin. Geez, I wish there was a Duane Reade in my city!

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Julia is a writer, blogger, book author

and mom from Boston, Massachusetts


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