Review: Dior Addict Lip Glow

dior addict lip glow reviewsI have to admit that Dior really lured me in with the packaging for this product. Dior Addict Lip Glow in sheer natural pink comes in the most darling crystal pink case. I’m being honest with myself (and you) that Dior’s marketing sucked me in. Luckily, the product is equally as amazing as the packaging. (Phew!).

Whenever I swipe this balm on my lips, they feel silkier right away. I always put a coat on before I head out in the morning so that the SPF will protect my lips from any potential sun damage (on my “long” walk from the car to the office!). Addict enhances my natural lip color, giving me the slightest pink flush. One of my girlfriends uses this product, too, and it’s amazing how much different the color looks on her lips! This balm really does change color on your lips, and somehow, someway…it creates your perfect tint. I don’t know the magic…I just know I LOVE it!

The level of moisture I get from using this product is incredible. My lips feel so much more hydrated right away. It tastes just a little bit sweet and is the perfect mix between a gloss and a balm. You get color, shine, and protection all wrapped up in this pretty little case (that I’m clearly obsessed with!).

Mango Butter and Loofah Extract are the sole ingredients in this lipstick. That’s right, just TWO ingredients! I’m so used to seeing a list of ingredients longer than the list of benefits that this was definitely a plus for me.

I haven’t just worn Addict alone, I’ve also swiped it beneath a vibrant lipstick to moisturize before I add extra color, and it does a great job of getting my lips ready for attention.

At $32 bucks a pop, Addict Lip Glow isn’t cheap, but it feels amazing, looks incredible, and the packaging (if I may add one more time) is too gorgeous to pass up…it seriously doubles as an accessory!

The price is the only change I wish I could make about this product. Other than that, Dior Addict Lip Glow is one of my favorite lip products of 2014…so far!

Sangria City Lips Review

This past week, I was invited out to glamorous Hollywood for a launch party for a new product.  Being a beauty blogger for many years, this isn’t out of the ordinary, so when I got the invitation to attend this launch party for City Cosmetics,  City Lips in Sangria, I knew it was business as usual.

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I expected the usual: open bar (don’t mind if I do), free products, swag bags, other bloggers, a celeb or two, different magazine writers present.  What I didn’t expect was how much fun I would have, and how much I really enjoy their new product.

I’m familiar with City Cosmetics, I’ve tried a few of their products, but never got the opportunity to try their City Lips line.  Now, I had the City Lips in Sangria in my hands, ready to try it for the first time. During the event, I excused myself to the ladies room and slicked on the deep, shimmering, burgundy gloss.  When I saw the color in the tube, I thought it would have a very dark, thick look on my lips, but on the contrary, the gloss went on subtly sheer and the shimmer looked gorgeous.  Even with what I was already wearing, usually I plan out every bit of makeup according to my attire, the gloss complimented my skin tone, eye color, and outfit choice perfectly.  When choosing lip sticks, balms, glosses, I typically choose a nude or coral color, so it was a welcome surprise when this merlot inspired plumper complimented me so well.  So far, Sangria City Lips was off to a great start.

I returned to the party, mingling with people I knew, making new acquaintances, and then suddenly realized that my lips weren’t burning or tingling.  Knowing what I do about lip plumping products, they usually cause your lips some discomfort, beauty is pain.  But, this amazing lip plumper didn’t irritate my lips!

When I returned home later that evening, I applied another coat of the gloss before I went to bed, per the instructions.  As a good beauty blogger, I was going to see this product review through from start to finish and really commit to the instructions.

I woke up the next morning, a hint of gloss still on my lips, and got ready for the day.  This time I planned my outfit around my makeup, I knew I had to keep testing out this luscious lip elixir.  So, with a cute white dress and heels, and my Sangria lips ready to go, I started my day, making sure to reapply the gloss as the day went on, and again before bed that night.

I kept this routine up over the weekend, and am happy to report that I am definitely noticing a change in the appearance on my lips.  They feel healthier, more hydrated, the little fine lines and creases are less noticeable, and most of all I’m noticing a little more lusciousness in my lips that wasn’t there before.

Sangria has me intrigued, I’ll admit.  I’d like to get my hands on the clear City Lips version so I can use it with my own favorite lipsticks and stains to keep the plumping going.  This intoxicating Sangria may have just turned me into a City Lips girl.

Shedding Light on Dark Spot Correctors

Every single woman on the planet suffers with uneven skin tone and dark spots, whether they’re caused by the sun or acne scars, unless you’re just some freak on nature, and the list of products out there that are supposed to help our skin glow in an even hue, seems to be endless.  How’s a busy woman supposed to try all of these products to find the right one?  We’ve narrowed down the results for you!

Our #5 Dark Spot Corrector: Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Corrector

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This drug store find is indeed a gem.  It does work to reduce the appearance of dark spots, age spots, and acne marks, but only to a certain extent.  After the product has done some of its magic, after about 6 weeks or so, it seems to stop working.  Some people also claimed that the product burned or irritated their skin.

We would suggest this product for those who have slight uneven skin tone and dark spots and don’t need a lot of issues to be repaired.

 

 

 

#4 L’Oreal Youth Code Serum Corrector

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This drug store find also is a pocket book friendly option.  With light reflectors in the serum, you will instantly see a difference in your skin tone.  Many women say that they saw an improvement in the appearance of their uneven skin tone and dark spots, but didn’t eliminate them completely.  Also, multiple women have claimed that their skin broke out after using this product.

 

#3 Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

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This product works very well in reducing the appearance of dark spots to due age or sun damage.  It seems that the spots due to acne or hormones, it doesn’t seem work as effectively.  But generally, those who choose Kiehl’s are loyal to the brand.

 

 

#2 Lancome Bright Expert Dark Spot Corrector

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As number two on our list, we really cared for this product.  It absorbed nicely, corrected dark spots, but it just took a while to get there.  Some reported that it took even a couple month to see satisfactory results, but they did get the results.  As one of the most expensive product on our list, it is something to factor in when purchasing a dark spot correcting serum or cream.

 

 

#1 City Cosmetics Illuminating Dark Spot Corrector

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Coming in at a bold number one on our list, is the Illuminating Dark Spot Corrector from City Cosmetics.  The powerful enzymes in this corrector works to break down the pigments that have been deposited in your skin, while simultaneously working to prevent the deposits of more pigments in your skin.   This corrector works on age spots, liver spots, sun damage, and acne scars.  Some have seen a difference in their skin in as little as two to four weeks.

Lip Plumper Review: Bite Beauty Cinnamon Plumping Lip Oil

The unfortunate part about getting older, is that our faces call our bluffs.  No matter how much makeup we apply, there just seems to be no way to hide your age.  Now, there is the option of trying to do something about, besides makeup, using different creams and moisturizers that attack fine lines, but what about a lack of fullness?  Ever since I turned 50, it seems that by cheeks and my lips have lost their youthful plumpness.

It doesn’t make sense to me why there are eye creams, neck creams, masks, and peels that address aging on your face, but there are few treatments and serums that help a woman treat her thinning and creasing lips, without the assistance of a plastic or cosmetic surgeon, holding a scalpel or needle.

So, I have been on a mission to find a non-invasive, lip plumping solution.  I’ve been intrigued lately about lip plumping lip glosses.  Do they really work?  I had to try them all, well a lot of them, for myself.

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I bought Bite Beauty Cinnamon Plumping Lip Oil, $22, and slicked the spicy, glossy, oil on.  At first glance, I liked the color, a kind of reddish-coral, and of course noticed the signature cinnamon scent and taste.  I felt a little tingling, not exactly my favorite part of the process, I don’t want anything to make me tingle, but it wasn’t so painful that I had to wash it off immediately.  Once I had the gloss on my lips for a minute, I notice that the “cinnamon” flavor wasn’t actually so cinnamon, maybe it’s because I’m too used to the natural, organic cinnamon that I get at the natural foods store, this obviously was a more candied type of cinnamon, probably for a younger crowd, story of my life.

While the cinnamon lip plumping oil was supposed to be doing its magic, I decided to make dinner for my family, got distracted with cooking, no longer noticed that tingling, and forgot I was wearing the gloss.  Once I had a minute for myself, about half an hour later, I looked back in the mirror…..”Where’s the plump?!”  I continued on with dinner, hoping the plump would kick in, later I looked in the mirror again, and saw somewhat of a plump.  Okay, not bad, I have a little something going on.

All in all, I’m not a fan of the candied cinnamon, but I did like the color that the gloss gave on my lips, I think it goes well with my skin tone, and the plump wasn’t as bold as I was hoping.  Though, after wearing the gloss, I did feel that my lips were more moisturized, so I think that’s a great plus.  Would I buy this product again?  Perhaps not, I think I’m still on my mission for the lip gloss plumper holy grail.

Skin Brightener Review: City Lights

When I was younger, as other girls were worried that their lips weren’t quite “pouty” enough or their lashes weren’t “flirty” enough, I was caking on foundation trying to hide some real imperfections.

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I just happen to be one of those unlucky women with blotchy, uneven skin. Plus, I suffered from years and years of horrible acne. So, between the unevenness I’d always struggled with and the light scarring from my teenage years, my skin had always been the largest source of my insecurities.

I’d tried other brands like Murad and Resist in the past, but my results were so minimal that the price tag just wasn’t worth it. As much I wanted clear, vibrant, even toned skin…I didn’t feel right throwing my hard-earned money away on false hope!

City Lights was going to be my last attempt before I admitted defeat and accepted my biggest and most frustrating flaw. But I figured that accepting physical imperfections was just a part of life.

City Lights did end up being my last attempt…because never again will I need to try another skin brightener. City Lights has changed my face, my confidence, and my life!

Within 15 minutes my skin started to look a little different. The unevenness I’d been struggling with for over three decades was changing right before my eyes. I stared at my reflection in disbelief.

I know that it sounds as if I’m making this up. Fifteen minutes to brighter skin? But I am sincerely asking you to take my word for it. After living with blotchy skin my entire life and after all of the trial and error I’ve been through with other products, I feel obligated and excited to share my new skin secret. It wouldn’t be fair to keep City Lights to myself!

When I went to bed that first night (you apply City Lights at night) I told you that I had already noticed small changes happening. When I woke up in the morning and looked in the mirror, I had tears in my eyes. FINALLY something worked for my skin.

I’ve been using City Lights for a month now, and I don’t think I’ve been this in love with anything since my wedding day (love you, Dan!).

City Lights gave me hope, confidence, and for the first time ever…I truly feel beautiful. My husband, my friends, and even a few coworkers have commented on my glowing, radiant skin. I haven’t been shy about sharing my secret (obviously!) and I hope that if you’re unhappy with sunspots, blemishes, discoloration, freckles, dullness, or uneven skin tone like me, you’ll give yourself and your skin the gift of City Lights.

Until I tried this product, I was always envious of those women who could leave the house without wearing any makeup at all. For the first time in my entire life, I don’t have a reason to be jealous anymore. Yesterday, I curled my lashes, threw on a coat of mascara and that was it. No more concealer, no more foundation, no more hiding!

Eyelash Serum Review: City Lash

There are a TON of products out on the market that promise longer, fuller, darker lashes.  Not only do mascaras make that promise, but now there are serums, oils, and even pills you can take to try to make your eyelashes be lush and full.

City Lash eyelash serumTo start off, most would be surprised that I would even try an eyelash serum.  When I’m wearing makeup, my eyelash are long and full because I wear two different mascaras and spend a good amount of time each morning going over my eyelashes again and again with mascara.  I was also intrigued by the idea of an eyelash enhancing serum product because of those days where I’m not wearing makeup: at the gym, poolside, at the beach, etc., I wouldn’t mind my subtle lashes standing out more. So, when this mascara lovin’ girl tried an eyelash serum, needless to say I was skeptical.

I was already a little apprehensive, going into the process of trying an eyelash serum.  I’ve heard, as well as read, that some serums can permanently alter not only the color of your eye lid, but even your iris!  Some other products warned that those with fairer colored eyes, like myself, could see darkening in their eye color, going from blue to a light brown, no thanks!

When I learned that City Lash uses different ingredients, that don’t stain your skin, or change the color of your eyes, I felt better about trying this product.  I also loved that fact that I could use this product on my brows!  As a makeup lover, I also use brow pencils to fill in my brows to make them look fuller and more lush (big brows are in!) so when I learned that this product was also multi-functional, I was a happy camper.

As far as results go, the growth cycle for your eyelashes is 40 days, so don’t expect long, bold eyelashes in just a couple of weeks, trust me, it’s worth the wait.

After the 40 days I definitely noticed a difference.  Not only did my naked lashes appear to be longer than before, but I also saw more of them! Hallelujah! I’m still wearing mascara on a regular basis, but I feel like I don’t have to keep applying over and over again to get the results that I want.  I’m also feeling more confident on those days that I’m without makeup.  Beach and pool days are great now that I have longer, fuller lashes.  I’m no longer wearing waterproof mascara in the pool, dreading it will smear or flake off.

As far as brows go, I’m definitely starting to see improvement!  My brows are filling out, and I have to use less filler and pencil than before.

All in all, I am super excited about this product, I’m going to keep using City Lash, and am also intrigued about their other beauty products!

What Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You About Starnoc

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If you’ve been taking Starnoc (also known as Sonata, Andante, or Zaleplon), you’re at a pretty high risk of developing some seriously scary side effects. Marketed as a short-term sleep aid, this is one of the few sleeping pills you can take if you have less than eight hours to dedicate to sleeping. It isn’t supposed to leave you with the next-day grogginess that is usually experienced with other prescription aids. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have equally troublesome side effects.

Some side effects are pretty easy to deal with, like dry mouth or headaches. Others, like vision issues and numbness in your extremities, are entirely untreatable. But these things seem like minor annoyances when you look at the kind of psychological side effects these drugs can have. Some users have reported feelings of nervousness after taking Starnoc. Some have even had disturbing hallucinations. But the real dangers have to do with the aggressive behaviors that this pill seems to cause. There have been many cases of people becoming violent towards others after starting Starnoc. In other cases, users have turned the violence on themselves, having thoughts of suicide and self mutilation.

It is a scary situation to not know where these terrible thoughts are coming from. I know, because I lived it. I took Starnoc for over a year, thinking that my doctor wouldn’t prescribe me something dangerous. I guess I didn’t know that doctors are often paid off by pharmaceutical companies to prescribe these kinds of medications!

When he prescribed it, my doctor told me that Starnoc isn’t addictive. And if you don’t take it more than a few times a year, maybe that’s right. But like most people, I was taking this about five times a week. So when my anxiety got bad enough and I decided to stop taking Starnoc, I ended up having some pretty serious withdraw symptoms.

The worst part? My body no longer had any idea how to fall asleep on its own!

I knew I needed an extra push to get the sleep I needed. After my horrible experience with Starnoc, I knew I didn’t want to take any other prescription sleep aids. So I did some research on sleep and found that there are ton of different herbs out there that will help you sleep! Things like magnesium, valerian root, melatonin and passionflower can all help you get the sleep you need. These things are all-natural, non-habit forming, and effective. How could my doctor have not known about these things?!

Everything I read said that these kinds of herbs work best if you take them in combination with each other. I didn’t want to take a million different things every night, so I tried to find something that contained all of the top-recommended natural sleep aids.

What Did I Find?

In the end, I landed on Whole Body Research Herbal Sleep. It’s a relatively new product, but it’s from a company I know I can trust. One of the reasons why I love this company is their commitment to quality ingredients. This means no potentially harmful binders and fillers.

This herbal sleep aid contains effective doses of magnesium, valerian root, hops, skullcap, passionflower, chamomile and melatonin. For me, the combination was a real winner. I used to have a really hard time falling asleep, and then I would wake up three or four times throughout the night. Not the case these days! I actually feel like this natural supplement helps me get to sleep just a little faster than the Starnoc did.

So now I’m sleeping better than I ever have. And without the Starnoc, all of the anxious and scary thoughts I used to have are gone. The aggression I used to have is gone, and my relationships are improving. When really think about it, there really isn’t a single area of my life that hasn’t improved since making the switch to Whole Body Research Herbal Sleep.

If you or someone you love is having trouble sleeping, please, don’t do what I did! Skip the prescription sleeping pills and the anxiety that comes with them, and head right over to www.WholeBodyResearch.com to buy yourself a bottle of Herbal Sleep today.

What To Know When Shopping for a Pre-Natal Supplement

A7GEAW_2378638bWell, I am finally back at work full-time after taking almost a year off to have my daughter Chloe, so it’s only fitting that the first product I get to review is a prenatal supplement! I guess I know a lot about prenatal vitamins now because 11 months ago I was doing my own research trying to find which ones were the best and safest out there.

I found out that there are some things you should look for and some things you should definitely avoid when choosing a prenatal vitamin.

Here’s what to look for:

Manufactured in the U.S.A.: The first thing you want to make sure of is that the product is made by an American company. Because the supplement industry isn’t regulated by the FDA, a lot of overseas companies think they can get away with offering products that have either impure ingredients, or worse, potentially harmful ones!

100% Natural. You should make sure that anything you are putting in your body during pregnancy is 100% natural and free of any chemicals or synthetics.

Whole food ingredients. You should make sure that the vitamin comes from 100% Whole Food so it is able to be absorbed by the body.

Proper dosages. Many companies overfill their vitamins with more than you and your child needs because of poor absorption.

Independent, 3rd-Party Testing. Any supplement you take should be independently tested in a 3rd-party laboratory to ensure potency and purity. You want to make sure that the product you are taking is exactly what it claims to be.

No binders or filler ingredients. Many companies use ineffective or potentially harmful filler or binder ingredients in their formulas. Any vitamin you take should be free of binding agents or fillers such as microcrystalline cellulose (wood pulp).

No animal by-products. Avoid products containing gelatin.

Gluten-Free. Wheat-based ingredients are sometimes used as filler or binder ingredients and these can upset the stomach and cause constipation.

Complete formula. You don’t want to waste your time taking several different prenatal vitamins when there are a few out there that actually do offer “complete formulas” with pretty much everything you need.

Money-Back Guarantee. If a company is not willing to offer unsatisfied customers their money back, then they probably don’t stand behind their products. You should only purchase vitamins and supplements that are guaranteed to work with an easy refund process if they don’t. Not all supplements are right for everyone, and if you are taking one that doesn’t seem to be doing its job, then you should be able to return it and try something else.

What to avoid:

Products containing harmful ingredients. There are several ingredients commonly used in cheaply made supplements that have been found to be damaging to health if used over time. Some of these ingredients are binding agents– meant to hold the ingredients in the pills together and these can build-up in your system, potentially causing poor digestion, improper immune function, and constipation. Other ingredients, such as magnesium stearate are used as lubricants to keep the pills from sticking to the machines or from sticking together. If taken for an extended period of time, these lubricants can coat the lining of your intestines and inhibit the absorption of nutrients from the regular food you eat. And then there are also “filler ingredients” such as microcrystalline cellulose which is essentially sawdust, used to “pad” the ingredients of the pill to fill out the capsules.

Overseas companies. Companies that are based in China or the South Pacific have looser manufacturing standards and some even have unclean facilities or use cheap labor. You should make sure that your supplements come from U.S.-based companies so that your rights are protected. U.S. companies are subject to the laws and regulations of the United States, where some overseas companies are not subject to any laws or regulations.

Companies that only offer one or two products. Some supplement and vitamin companies seem to spring up overnight and disappear almost as quickly. Usually these companies are just hopping onto a recent diet-craze to make a quick buck. You should only trust companies that have a full-line of products.

No money back guarantee. If a company is not willing to offer you your money back if you are unsatisfied, then you should probably expect them to be ripping you off. Any company that will give you a full refund, no questions asked, is one that is confident in their products and their efficacy.

The One I Used:

PreNatalWhole Body Research 100% Whole Food PreNatal Vitamins was the best pre-natal supplement I could find. With 100% Natural, Whole Food ingredients, this product is made from real food, so your body and your baby can actually absorb the nutrients. Not only that, but most of the ingredients in the formula are what are known as “superfoods” because they are not only packed with the vitamins and nutrients our bodies need, but they are also full of powerful antioxidants that can help fight off the free-radical cells that can later become cancerous. I try to eat as many of these “superfoods” as possible, so when I found that I could also be getting some through my vitamins, I knew that this was a great, healthy choice. If you want to know more about Whole Body Research 100% Whole Food PRENATAL Organic Fruit and Berry Blend, visit their official website, www.wholebodyresearch.com