Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pro’s Picks Portables Lip Tars Test Tube x 12

OCC Lip Tars Pros Picks Test Tube x12 setOCC Liptar Metallic Holiday CollectionIMG_7994Over the next few weeks, I am posting holiday gift ideas for makeup, hair and nails. OCC Pro’s Picks Portables Lip Tars Test Tube x 12 makes a lovely gift for a lip color aficionado and those who love cruelty-free, vegan products. OCC has created a legendary set of lip tars that come in very pigmented, opaque and matte colors. This isn’t your traditional lipstick, it is a very liquid form of a lip product, best applied with a brush, lasts for a while and also leaves a stain as it starts wearing off. The OCC Lip Tars can be mixed with other lip colors and layered with pencil or primer, if you wish.

The Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pro’s Picks Portables is a set of 12 mini-sized Lip Tar liquid lipsticks in matte and metallic finishes. The pouch also comes with a brush for applying the lip tars, it is actually quite a good brush. With the OCC Lip Tars little goes a long way. I always suggest to ensure that the lips are hydrated/ exfoliated before applying OCC Lip Tars, the finish will be smooth and fluid. When applying lip color it is best to have well hydrated lips to avoid feathering or creased messy application, especially with a very liquid product such as the OCC Lip Tars.

This set contains:
– 12 x 0.08 oz Lip Tar liquid lipsticks in Interlace: Matte (palest peach cream),Zhora: Metallic (peach/pink shimmer), Annika: Matte (pale neutral peach), Cha Cha: Matte (pale tangerine), Grandma: Matte (clean, classic coral), Vintage: Matte (deep burgundy), Harlot: Matte (neon popsicle red), Nylon: Matte (neon bubblegum pink), Hoochie: Matte (vibrant magenta), Digitalis: Matte (pink-tinged lavender), Sebastian: Matte (plum-toned taupe), Iced: Metallic (pure white frost)
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I am a fan of Vintage (see photo, I am really not sad just trying a new resting b*** face look, LOL). Vintage Lip Tar is such a bold, rich burgundy/ red, I just love it. It wears well and feels rich and opaque. One word of advice with this color is to start slow and very carefully, if you use too much, it’s messy to clean up. I also like using a very pointed brush, (I have a Makeup Forever extra fine pointed brush from years ago, it is perfect for inner corners).

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics newest set of Pro’s Picks Portables Lip Tar Test Tube x 12 is available at sephora.com and retails $59

**This product was sent to me as a press sample, all opinions are my own

Teadora Nourishing Lip Butter Dawn Review

Teadora Nourishing Lip Butter Exfoliator OrangeTeadora Lip Butter DetailTeadora Rainforest At Dawn LaranjaAn exfoliating lip butter made with antioxidants and vitamin-rich Buriti, Brazil Nut, Andoriba, Maracujá (Passion Fruit), Açaí oils, Cupuaçu, Murumuru, Mango butters? Yes please. I am so into the Teadora Nourishing Lip Butter Rainforest at Dawn that I’ve taken time trying this beauty out. Basically, I waited until the cold winds arrived to test drive the powers of this lip product out. Today, it was one of the coldest days since a while ago (about 30 degrees with strong mid 20’s windshields) and I came back with my lips completely dry from working outside doing makeup for an editorial shoot. When I got home, I applied a generous amount of the Teadora Lip Butter and already feel the effect. On contact, this lip product glides into the skin leaving a gentle sense of exfoliation/ hydration. Teadora lip butter gives the most hydrating tasty moisture for the lips. I am a total citrus fiend and this lip butter is so yummy, it leaves an amazing orange flavor in your mouth.

First, the Teadora Lip Butter provides light exfoliation with intense hydration. If you are looking for a dual action lip product, this is it. The ingredients of this lip butter are full of free radical-fighting antioxidants, vitamins and oleic and fatty acids that help to revitalize delicate skin. This is why a dual action works so fast in replenishing moisture, it has strong ingredients and takes care of the dead peeling skin in the lip area. Another lovely thing, with the purchase of Teadora products you are supporting sustainable agriculture in Brazil helping stop rainforest deforestation, for more info, click here.

Pro tip – for a perfect lip product application, you can apply Teadora Lip Butter before your lipstick or gloss. As you start your makeup, swirl and ensure you cover the entire lip with Teadora so by the time you are done with makeup, your lips will be perfectly ready for smooth lipstick or lip liner. Once you blot the product out, you’ll notice the amazing difference hydrated and exfoliated lips make.

Teadora Lip Butter retails $15 and is available online

This product was given to me for review, all opinions are my own

Thankful For Family And Savings With Walmart Mobile

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This upcoming Thanksgiving I am so excited and immensely filled with gratitude for every blessing in my life. First, my sister and her family are coming to spend a week with us all the way from California, we have tons of plans while they visit New York/ New Jersey. I just turned 41 years old and my makeup artist work has been incredibly exciting this year, it keeps getting better and better. I am healthy and have the love and support of my husband plus two adorable children. Life is good. Work is always on my mind and I have to be in touch with my nanny when I am out doing makeup in New York city. Having a good cell phone plan is a must for me. A lot of my work also involves social media and a plan that offers Unlimited Talk Text and Data/Web is a major bonus, this is why Walmart Lowest Priced Unlimited Plans are fantastic.

While shopping at Walmart, I picked up the ZTE Zinger phone so I can stay in touch with my loved ones using an affordable monthly plan. As we approach the holiday season AND with so many gifts/ events to prepare for, it is good to have an easy to carry cell phone in public transportation. As you can see in my photo, my usual luggage for makeup jobs includes a case, a set of lights and a handbag. I try my hardest to keep the contents of my handbag very light. What I like about the ZTE Zinger is how small it is, I can easily fit into a handbag as I go to work in New York City where trains are crowded and busy. Another bonus, ZTE Zinger is budget friendly, as it costs just $39.88 and offers the Lowest Priced Unlimited Plans and the signal is outstanding. Some of the features of the ZTE Zinger include a 3.5-inch touchscreen and an Android 4.4 (KitKat) operating system. Getting your plan activated is effortless, I took care of everything while at Walmart.

I also wanted to let my readers know that beginning November 16, if you are looking to gift a phone to your loved ones, there are rollbacks on two Walmart Family Mobile phones, the Nokia Lumia 635 for $99.88 (was $129.88), Samsung Exhibit for $79.88 (was $99.88). These are some great gift ideas for your loved ones AND what’s even better is the plans are seriously very hard to beat.

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Out of Africa Shea Body Butter Lavender Review + Giveaway

Out of Africa Shea Body Butter Lavender ReviewOut of Africa Shea Body Butter Lavender Textureout of africa body kit giveawayToday I am reviewing a new line of body care called Out of Africa Shea Body Butter in one of my favorite scents, lavender. One of the reasons I like this line, aside from the fact that it is cruelty free, paraben-free, mineral-free and eco friendly is because of it is so gentle and good for all skin types. We are in the midst of having to use heavier moisturizers because it is cold out (at least for us here in the northeast). As the temperatures drop and we find ourselves in indoor heating or bracing the cold outside, our skin tends to suffer from dry spells and creams like this one are ideal to replenish much needed moisture. What I liked the most is that you need just a tiny dab to experience how deeply hydrating and luxe this feels on skin contact. Out of Africa’s line of Whipped and Creamy Shea Body Butters come in 4 all natural scents: Vanilla, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, and Pomegranate.

The scent of Lavender in the Out of Africa Shea Body Butter is subtle and while the texture is heavy due to the nature of the product, it does absorb nicely into the skin. This is a body butter perfect after a shower and good for elbows, feet and dry hands. Out of Africa’s Whipped and Creamy Shea Body Butters are made with 100% pure, unrefined shea butter hand harvested by women’s cooperatives in West Africa. I also love that a portion of the proceeds from all purchases from Out of Africa Shea will be donated to help provide education as well as medical care to children in West Africa, for more info go here.

The ingredients in Out of Africa Shea Body Butter Lavender include fatty acids and antioxidants, Vitamin A/ E/ F, Aloe Leaf. Shea butter is known to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks, fine lines, cracked skin, scars and many other ailments. It can also help soothe psoriasis and eczema (this I know for a fact as I used it on my parts of my body which get eczema rashes in extreme temperatures cold/ heat). The price point on these is very reasonable as well.

And because we are in November and it is my birthday this month, I am doing a giveaway of a Out of Africa Body Kit valued at $36 plus it includes a shea butter tin.
Out of Africa Shea Body Butter Lavender retails $9.99 and is available for purchase online
**This product was sent to me for editorial consideration, all opinions are my own.

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Final Update On My Exaltria #30Days2BetterSkin Challenge

Thanks #CollectiveBias and Exaltria for sponsoring this #30Days2BetterSkin challenge

Exaltria Must Haves #30Days2BetterSkinIt’s been the end of my #30Days2BetterSkin challenge and I have lots to talk about in regards to my skin. One of the biggest obstacles I faced was making sure I was well hydrated and as keeping active for at least twenty minutes. To keep up with my water intake of eight glasses, I would set reminders, bring my own water when going out, this helped tremendously especially when out of the house. One thing I noticed by keeping well hydrated and taking Exaltria, I did not break out much, in fact hardly at all during this past month. No breakouts was a big bonus for me as I feel drinking more water helped me flush toxins (as well as the exercise). In terms of keeping active, I tracked my progress using a pedometer, knowing I kept my daily goals was another reminder of what I needed to do. Everyday, I made sure I walked extra in first thing in the mornings and whenever I could, took the stairs rather than elevator when out working in NYC, another extra step to keep my body moving/ more active. It is the little reminders that made a big difference on how my skin feels from the inside out.

Exaltria #30Days2BetterSkin Week ThreeOther very key element to my #30Days2BetterSkin challenge is my consistent cleaning/ skin care routine. Since the cold weather has officially landed here in the northeast, I’ve doubled my moisturizing exponentially. I also made sure cleansing was done thoroughly (this also includes toning and using a daily scrub, I like Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant because it is so gentle). And of course, daily use of SPF is a non negotiable to keeping the skin looking young without or without makeup, I make sure this is in place too. Next week I turn 41 and honestly, I feel my skin is more cared for than ever, at this stage in my life having all these ducks in a row does make a difference.
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My photos reveal such amazing progress from midway through the challenge until the final week. At the end of the #30Days2BetterSkin challenge I feel my skin reacted well with visible results. I noticed my skin felt way more hydrated and luminous as well as less blemish prone, from water intake, exercise and the extra Hyaluronic acid intake from Exaltria. Making small changes, following through with reminders and just trying to stick to your goal, translates into big results. In regards to skin care, a piece of advice I give my makeup clients when they ask me for my “secret” is to be consistent with habits. Before piling on makeup, I tell people to do SPF, hydrate/ cleanse and eat your liquids, as the old saying goes “beauty from the inside out”.
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Exaltria can be purchased on the company’s website or at Amazon and retails $59

Thinning Hair No More With Rogaine For Women

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Eek! Another sensitive subject to discuss in today’s post. Over the years, my hair has thinned out some, mostly in small patches. I started noticing a few patches here and there, mostly at the crown, a bit around my temple areas. When I noticed a pattern, I even went to a dermatologist only to be told I was indeed thinning hair little bit. At the advice of my hair stylist, I opted for frequent hair cuts and parting my hair slightly different to cover the areas.

In my cabinet, I own a fair amount of volumizing products, mostly powders, root lifters and sprays to create the illusion of volume at the top of my crown. One thing I do is style/ cut my hair in a way that will not show some of the empty patches where the thinning occurs and this where the hair styling aids came in handy. However, this about to change! This month, I started using Rogaine For Women once a day; this with the intent to stop using so many styling aids (fingers crossed). Rogaine For Women works from under the hair surface and reactivates hair follicles. This is a hair growth product specifically for women, easy to use as it comes in a foam that is supposed to be applied directly to the scalp. I am excited to see some results from the root and regain some of my thicker hair because #MoreIsBeautiful.

I have to confess I was very troubled with the hair loss when it happened and it should not be embarrassing, thinning hair happens to a lot of women. Being informed and having options is the silver lining in hair loss. This time around, I am looking forward to thicker hair with Rogaine for Women. When you buy the Rogaine for Women box, two cans are in the package offering a four-month supply, a total of sixteen weeks. **In a clinical study of more than 400 women, 8 out of 10 women* who used Women’s ROGAINE® Foam regrew thicker hair, with clinical results in as early as 12 weeks [Info from the manufacturer’s website]. I just got my four month supply at my local Walmart and can’t wait to see more volume in my hair. The best part of Rogaine For Women is zero product residue and not having to spend the money on a bunch of styling aids to volumize thinning hair.

**This is a sponsored post by #CollectiveBias. Opinions are all my own.

Bloggers Give Thanks A $225 Paypal Giveaway

Bloggers Give Thanks PayPal Giveaway

November is my birthday and also the month where we give thanks for all the blessings in our lives. Myself along with a few other outstanding bloggers have come together to bring you a PayPal giveaway just in time for Thanksgiving! It’s our way of saying ‘Thank You’ for supporting our blogs.

Want a chance to be a lucky winner? Bookmark this page to make it easier to return to every single day up until November 20, 2014, and earn extra entries by sharing the giveaway with your friends on twitter!


1st Prize: $150

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Londontown Lakur 2014 Metallic Collection

Londontown Larkur Metallic 2014During a beauty editor’s preview a few months ago, I fell in love with Londontown’s Lakur nail polishes. I am definitely a nail aficionado, enjoy doing my own manicures and tend to gravitate to single colors rather than complicated nail application/ patterns. With Londontown, I liked that this brand offers a non-toxic nail polish that hardens and protects while it nourishes, all the colors really stood out in person and photos. Londontown nail polishes have the restorative properties of Britain’s rapeseed flower oil, chamomile, Vitamins A and E and Biotin (Vitamin B6) to hydrate and encourage cell growth. Lakur by Londontown does not contain toxic chemicals. It is a formaldehyde-free, toluene-free, DBP-free, formaldehyde resin-free, camphor free vegan, gluten-free and it is a cruelty-free brand. Lakur is meant to be a long-lasting, high-performance set of nail lacquers and in my opinion, they are.
Londontown Lakur Cockney Glam is vampy, mysterious and really beautiful reddish brown, perfect for fall.Londontown larkur cockney glam
Londontown Lakur Dishy Splendour is the most perfect metallic silver. I applied two coats and the color popped amazingly. I got many compliments from my Instagram preview.
Londontown Larkur Dishy Splendour
Londontown Lakur Cheeky Noir is another silver-ish shade but more leaning towards the darker tone, I loved it as well and with top coat, it shined like none other.
Londontown Larkur Cheeky Noir

I tested all three and they each lasted an average of 3-5 days, using both base and a top coat. If you are in the market for something non-toxic Londontown Lakur is something I’d highly recommend, they feel and look total luxe.

Londontown Lakur polishes retail $22 and are available online, at select retail locations nationwide and internationally, for more information please check here.

**This product was sent to me for editorial consideration, all opinions are my own.

Always Discreet Everywhere You Go

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Bladder incontinence happens. And this rather unsavory situation happened to me while I was pregnant with my last baby, specifically during the last months and after the delivery which was emergency c-section after 36 hours of labor. Luckily for me while being pregnant, I was never too far away from a bathroom, always carried extra undergarments AND never left home without panty liners. For me, my bladder went a little impatient as my belly dropped in the last three months of pregnancy, it was really hard to walk fast and when I did, I would have minor leak “accidents”. I led a very active lifestyle, I went to work doing makeup, exercised 3-4 times a week, and all my regular daily activities, pregnancy didn’t slow me down one bit, I was on the go. Pregnancy is very tough though. I am not going to sugar coat there lots of moments of pregnancy that I found physically exhausting and embarrassing. As the baby bump got bigger, this created more pressure on the bladder causing leaks and situations of discomfort. This is the real deal of what us women go through.

Fortunately, Always Discreet has an amazing range of urinary incontinence products for all women experiencing this problem. I chose Always Discreet Ultra Thin liners because they wear super well under my garments, and these awesome liners have the following features
– Absorb 2x more than you may need **based on average US consumer usage
– Thin and flexible design
– Exclusive OdorLock™ technology. Neutralizes urine odors instantly
– Re-sealable wrapper for discreet disposal

The Always Discreet line includes liners, pads and underwear, to address the full range of bladder sensitivity. It is important for all women to realize that this is a real every day physical challenge and that we have to face it head on. After I delivered my baby via c-section, I had to wear pads because the surgery incision was so low down my pelvis, it was excruciatingly hard to recover my bladder control right away. This was a process that took a little time. I am happy to discuss all of this because it is a side of pregnancy and post partum care, nobody really talks about. And having the right product available at my favorite store, Target is a bonus. The truth is – you must protect yourself from bladder leaks so you can dance with freedom, laugh with confidence, and be yourself without worry, get yourself some Always Discreet!

Always Discreet liners, pads and underwear are 40% thinner and 2 times more absorbent than other brands.
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VOLOOM Volumizing Hair Iron Review

VOLOOM Hair KitVOLOOM Hair CloseupVOLOOM VOLUMIZING HAIR IRON REVIEWA brand new hair tool with major OOMPH. This is how I would describe Voloom Volumizing Hair Iron, a tool so easy to use and practical, I have major love for it. First of all, it heats up fast and will take less than 10 minutes to get the job done, depending on how much hair you have or maybe less. If you are someone with fine, thin hair, this is one hair tool that’ll offer instant lift and volume. It is an electric back-comb that will do all the work for you.

Voloom Volumizing Hair Iron is meant to be used on dry hair. My advice would be to part the hair first. After the hair is parted using the clips that come with the product, choose the areas of your hair where you want to get volume from underneath, and use small sections of the hair. Clamp and release VOLOOM quickly on the hair nearest the scalp and a few inches down. No hair styling product is needed at all to achieve volume using VOLOOM. This also would work nicely to create updos and low side buns. VOLOOM is used on the under-layers of hair, which are covered by an untreated top layer.

A few things I discovered as I used VOLOOM Volumizing Hair Iron
– Hair gets volumized within seconds
– Hair volume lasts 2-3 days (mine did for sure, this after I did my own blowout)
– No styling aids are necessary, unless you want to fix strays/ live in humid weather
– The trick to the VOLOOM plates is alternating platforms with beveled edges that bend the hair much more gently

This is such a cool hair styling gadget, it’s a fabulous find for ladies who love volumized hair. You won’t need rollers or backcombing after using the VOLOOM Volumizing Hair Iron, this I promise. On myself, I didn’t go too crazy with VOLOOM and still got major height added. I’ve included images with 3rd day volume and I can assure you, I literally went to bed and combed my hair, it held amazing.

VOLOON Volumizing Hair Iron retails $129.99 for a kit that includes VOLOOM tool, 3 hair clips, a sectioning brush and a travel case. VOLOOM is available online.

***This product was given to me for editorial consideration, opinions are my own.