Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

From Dior’s Black Diamond Holiday Collection, this is what Black Sequins looks like! :) It’s this really intense, dark black with chunky silver glittery bits. It doesn’t try 100% smooth, because the glitter is thick. I think it makes a great sophisticated black polish for the wintertime. It isn’t a creme or matte or just boring black; the glitter updates it and makes it more wearable and just fun.

And Dior’s polish formula? To die for. I wore this on my nails for a week straight, and I barely even saw tip wear.Absolutely no chips!

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

The TRIA Laser ($995.00) is an at-home permanent hair removal device created to mimic the laser treatments done in dermatologist offices. The story behind TRIA is to give women a way to get the benefits of light-based hair removal in the privacy of their own home. The gold standard used in dermatologist offices is a diode laser hair removal system. The scientists that invented this professional diode laser also developed the TRIA laser, which utilizes the same technology as the professional lasers you would find at your dermatologists. TRIA’s technology is miniaturized and safe for use at-home by you.

The folks at TRIA asked me if I would be interested in trying out the TRIA and chronicling my experience on the blog. My first reaction was, “REALLY?” And my second reaction was, “PERMANENT HAIR REMOVAL? REALLY?” So here I am, chronicling my adventures with the TRIA Laser for all to read, and you can be sure you’ll hear how it progresses and what results I see as I go through the treatments. The basic technology behind the TRIA is a diode laser which targets the dark pigment found in the hair follicles; this energy heats up and disables the hair follicle, which in turn causes the hair to fall out. Eventually, no more hair growth!

You tell me why I would even consider a device that’s $995.00! TRIA is not designed for the girl on a budget, but it is designed for people seeking permanent hair removal, but those who cannot afford the expense of having laser treatments performed by their dermatologists. According to TRIA, women can expect to spend approximately $3,000 over the next ten years for shaving, nearly $5,000 for depilatories, $11,000 for waxing, and $14,000 for electrolysis. Despite the long-term cost-savings, it is a larger up front cost that I feel is best suited for women in the market for permanent or laser hair removal. Going to the dermatologist’s office will cost you thousands to treat your legs, arms, bikini line, and underarms–TRIA costs you much less in comparison. Waxing is also a pricey option (moreso than shaving), so those who regularly get themselves waxed might find this something to consider.

Treatment One

I’m just about at the end of my first treatment (which I did just under four weeks ago). At that time, I did my legs and underarms. I attempted my bikini line, but I hadn’t shaved immediately before, so I decided to wait until next time. I discovered my legs and underarms could withstand the highest energy level for the most part. There were a few spots on my legs that I needed to reduce the energy level to medium, because the pin-prick sensation was mildly painful. Any pain associated with the treatment was still less than waxing, though. Luckily, with three settings, you can generally find your butter zone where it’s working and you’re comfortable.

It took me about a half hour or so to do both legs, but I think I might have hurried and not been as thorough as I should have been. I’ll let you know how it long it takes for treatment two when I’m deliberately being more thorough! The TRIA does need to be recharged regularly. I wouldn’t count on doing marathon sessions of hours of the TRIA or anything, but you should be able to do your legs or your arms in one sitting. Basically, the larger the area, the longer it will take.

So far… Generally, you won’t have visible results until after your second treatment, but I can say that the hair on the back of my legs is sparser than it was before. I’ve also noticed that some of my underarm hair has grown less (like it looks patchy almost) in some areas. FYI, I shave my underarms everyday; I think the hair under there grows faster than my boyfriend’s scruff, LOL.

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Sunday, October 19th, 2008


Available at Sephora

Philosophy’s Haunted House ($30.00) is a three-piece set of three perfectly fall scents: Pumpkin Spice, Black Licorice, and Caramel Apple. I love, love, LOVE Philosophy’s shower gels (which also double as a shampoo and bubble bath). I prefer to use them as shower gels personally, but they definitely work well as a bubble bath, too! My favorite scent was Pumpkin Spice, because nothing reminds me of the descent into fall like pumpkin pie. (Funny enough, I just polished off a Pumpkin Spice Latte!) Caramel Apple is also a nice scent that’s sweet without being cloying or overwhelming. Like most shower gels, these scents won’t pervade the rest of your day. They’re fun to enjoy in the shower and fade away afterwards. If you love the scent, it’s a good idea to layer it with a body cream or lotion. Black Licorice isn’t my personal favorite scent (I can’t stand licorice, actually!), but it really does smell just like the candy–so if you’re into it, you’ll adore it. I love Philosophy’s shower gel formula because they lather up with little product and smell just like they’re named. These didn’t disappoint!

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Lavanila Healthy Body Wash in Vanilla Coconut ($20.00) is providing customers with a 100% natural and sulf-atefree body wash option. You can choose from four scents: Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Blossom, and Vanilla Coconut. These body washes are new products to their Healthy Body line, which already includes coordinating fragrances and body butters.

The company lists the key ingredients as: coconut oil (to cleanse), oat protein (moisturizes and adjusts skni’s pH), pomegranate (gently exfoliates), Goji berries (antioxidant), Willow Bark extract (acts as an astringent to tone), and Vanilla Planifolia Fruit extract (anti-inflammatory). You won’t find SLS, mineral oils, parabens, silicone, or phthalates in this product.

Vanilla Coconut reminds me of the beach–it’s just got that heavenly scent of coconut and the beach scene. If you liked Bobbi Brown’s Beach scent, you’ll love this, too. The scent doesn’t linger prominently once your shower is over, so if you want to smell like the beach all day, try layering the scent with the body butter. I find it lathers really well for a product tagged natural, and even against more chemically-created lathers, it lathers well. This is best used with a puff sponge, because it helps the product lather and gently exfoliate and cleanse your skin.

You can find this at www.sephora.com, or you can learn more at www.lavanila.com.

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Soap & Glory is one of my favorite brands for everything body and deliciously scented. They recently launched their Spa Collection, which is a pretty hefty launch of products (13 in all!). For my scaly legs, I looked into Peachy Cream Big Butter Body Butter ($14.99; on sale for $13.49 right now). Talk about peachykeen! It’s richly scented with the aroma of peaches and cream (pretty much a given), which I did find a bit overwhelming at first. After I worked it into my legs and it dried, the scent lingered enough to notice, but it wasn’t overpowering like it was in the beginning. I find Soap & Glory’s body butters incredibly moisturizing, and the effects can still be felt the next day! You get a huge tub that should last you several months–but at the very least, get you through winter. I also tried two other products from the new launch (Easy Glistening Dry Oil Body Gloss and Endless Glove 2-in-1 Hand Cream), which I’ll review soon enough! But nothing has been disappointing in the least bit. I’m tempted to head down to Target (always a dangerous adventure) to look into their Blueberry Thrill Body Butter–I love blueberries–as well as their Heel Genius Foot Mask for the feets.

The Soap & Glory Spa Collection includes:

  • Wash Almighty Detox Spa Body Cleansing Gel ($9.99)
  • Blueberry Thrill Big Butter Body Butter ($14.99)
  • Peachy Cream Big Butter Body Butter ($14.99)
  • Butter Up Deluxe Smoothing Cream ($9.99)
  • Sugar Crush Body Scrub ($16.99)
  • Heel Genius Foot Mask ($9.99)
  • Endless Glove 2-in-1 Dry Hand Cream ($9.99)
  • Peaches & Clean Spa Strength Scrubby Shower Gel ($9.99)
  • Return to Slender Body Contouring Gel ($12.99)
  • Fill Monty Instant Wrinkle Filler ($12.99)
  • Wash Your Hands of It Dry Skin Liquid Hand Wash ($9.99)
  • Trick and Treatment Double-action Under-eye Concealer ($12.99)
  • Easy Glistening Dry Oil Body Gloss ($12.99)

You can find Soap & Glory at your local Target as well as Target Online.

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Monday, September 29th, 2008

China Glaze’s Rodeo Diva Collection really caught my eye. I haven’t gone on a nail polish spending spree in sometime, but I just couldn’t get these out of my head. There were so many colors that called to me. In reality, I didn’t fall in love with as many as I wanted to, but I did find several that I can’t wait to do full manis/pedis with!

Wagon Trail (above) is this insane combination of brown-black with gold shimmer. It has some of the coolest reflectivity to it. I also thought Rodeo Fanatic was phenomenal–it is like MAC’s Whirldwind, but bluer and richer and betterRed Stallion is a bright holiday-perfect red with subtle shimmer, and I imagine I have a few similar reds already. Golden Spurs is a brownish-tan color with lots of visible golden shimmer, which brightens it from a rather “blah” base to something suitable to wear around the office. Yee-Haw! has the same texture/look as Golden Spurs, but it’s a subdued coppery-orange-brown base. Lasso My Heart is such a gorgeous shade of a deep, jewel-toned purple with fuchsia shimmer. Cowgirl Up is an intense shade of bright jewel-tone fuchsia-purple; it’s just out of this world–I loved it. Prize Winning Mare is a cooler tan-brown with gold shimmer; it didn’t really do anything for me.Midnight Ride looks black in the tube, but it has this fuchsia-purple reflection that is lovely (which shows up well in the photo).Branding Iron is a dark, intense ruby red that’s a little on the vampy side; it’s such a deep shade of red with some shimmer, I love it. Gussied Up Green is darker than a true emerald green–it has some forest green in it–but the shimmer makes it fun to wear. Side Saddle is a dark reddish brown color with shimmer that looks multi-colored in some lighting.

My Must-Haves: Wagon Trail, Rodeo Fanatic, Cowgirl Up, Midnight Ride, & Branding Iron

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