Ani Michele Nail Lacquer

Ani MICHELE Nail Lacquer

Ani Sousamian is the founder and owner of Ani Michele Products LLC, better known as ani MICHELE on the beautiful lacquer bottles. Since early childhood, Ani has had a passion and infatuation for nail polish. However, the ani MICHELE lacquer is different from the “typical” polish you would purchase. First, yes, ani MICHELE is cruelty free, vegan, made in the United States, and five free of chemicals!

Do you know what lacquer that is 5 Free of Chemicals means? It means that all the polishes are not only made without the three common chemicals found in nail polishes (Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate, Formaldehyde), but also without two other dangerous chemicals (Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor). Hence, Ani’s nail laquers are free of these five chemicals.

Ani wants her lacquer to, “inspire, empower and compliment each women’s beauty and personality, inside and out.”

I received two ani MICHELE nail lacquers. The first I will show you is the shade Love Bug, an absolutely gorgeous shade of red. The inspiration? A lady, which, as Ani points out, puts a smile on your face.

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I love that Ani so strongly belives in staying positive and hoping for the best. She’s not all “talk,” though. Look on the bottom of each of the ani MICHELE bottles, and you will read the inspirational motto, “always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.”  

ani michele

Ani MICHELE Nail Lacquer

I love the ani MICHELE polish. It was fast drying, and taking the photo after three days of wear, it’s long lasting, and has a fabulous glossy sheen. The photos I took are without any top coat at all! I do plan to add a top coat, but I wanted you to see the amazing shine without anything added.

So far, in addition to the beautiful shade and shine, I like the look and feel of the glass bottle, and the brush is just the right width for painting my fingernails.

 

Ani MICHELE Nail Lacquer

Ani wants her ani MICHELE polish to be a reminder to live a positive karmic lifestyle, feel good about yourself, and make a positive impact on those around you. I’m loving the Love Bug shade, and next week I’ll share another shade I received. Stay tuned! 

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Get your own ani MICHELE nail lacquer at the website, and see the other fabulous shades that are available.

Disclosure: I received the polish, but all links are for your convenience only.

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Burt’s Bees Lipsticks Review & Photos

Burt’s Bees Lipsticks

Burt’s Bees Lipsticks were something that I had purchased before I was even asked to write this post. I love their cruelty free products, so I was very excited to try their new lipsticks! I’ll share with you lots of photos, and write about what I love about the new lipstick shades.

burt's bees lipstick

Burt’s Bees Lipsticks

The first thing you’ll notice is the super cute honeycomb packaging. The tube is very lightweight, recyclable, and a little bit taller than a typical lipstick.

Burt's Bees Lipsticks

There are lots of reasons why I love the new Burt’s Bees Lipsticks; they are not only cruelty free, but also one hundred percent natural! Here are some of the natural ingredients in the lipsticks: vitamin E, beeswax, Moringa oil – an essential fatty acid to help soften and condition your lips – and raspberry seed oil.

I found that my lips felt like they were being covered in a formula that was very smooth and lightweight, yet thick with moisture. I couldn’t smell any distinct frgrance, nor detect any taste, and there was no stickiness! Also, as a working Mom, I don’t have time to keep reapplying my lip product, and I love that after only one application of the Burt’s Bees Lipsticks the smooth satin finish lasted several hours. I can believe the Burt’s Bees claim that the lipstick would provide up to eight hours, of moisture. Of course, that all depends on what you’re drinking and eating.  And, remember, no licking your lips if they feel dry. Apply more of the soothing lipstick! Even after my usual daily midmorning coffee break, my  rich, pigmented lipcolor, which in this case was Ruby Ripple, was still apparent.

Burt’s Bees Lipsticks

swatch of the shade Ruby Ripple

Burt's Bees Lipsticks

 

The lipsticks come in fourteen shades, so there will most definitely be a color that is right for your skin tone and easy to match shades with your wardrobe, whatever the occassion. I like to wear some color on my lips, whether it’s to add polish to my makeup look, or simply add a pop of color when I’m doing weekend activities with my family. The new lipsticks allow me to do that, with the added bonus of being incredibly moisturizing for hours.

burt's bees lipsticks

Extra bonus points that the Burt’s Bees Lipsticks are easy to purchase in person; I purchased mine at Whole Foods. The Burt’s Bees website has a store locator, and if none of the many locations are easy to get to, you can also purchase online:  http://www.burtsbees.com/Lipstick/792850894402,default,pd.html.

I love that Burt’s Bees Lipsticks are a great combination of a 100% natural moisturizer for my lips with a rich color payoff. I definitely recommend you try at east one of the Burt’s Bees lipstick shades, because I agree with their tagline, “My lips look good and feel great.”

Burt’s Bees Lipsticks

Check out some of the links:

http://www.burtsbees.com/Lipstick/792850894402,default,pd.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/burtsbees

Twitter: https://twitter.com/burtsbees/

 

 

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post #ad. However, I purchased my own product, and the opinions expressed here are my own.

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It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

The It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara launched this past January, and I’m so glad that I was given the opporutunity to try it. I have quite a collection of mascaras by It Cosmetics, because they all work for me. Here are some:

The It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

 

This is It Cosmetics first mascara in over 3 yrs, and Jamie Kern (the It Cosmetics founder) has said, “It’s a superhero for your lashes. You do it all, now your mascara does, too.” So, let me tell you about the It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara. The mascara has super volume, length, and super elastic stretch. It has been clinically proven to increase the look of your lash volume by, ready for this…500 percent, and that’s in just one coat. It looks crazy written down, but the mascara really did work to increase my lashes. However, it’s not only the formula, it’s also the brush that makes this mascara special.

So, let’s have a look at the brush. The bristles on the mascara wand are cut to different lengths. What does that do? It means that every lash gets volume at the same time with the amazing formula. The elastic stretch technology that It Cosmetics uses in the formula coated my eyelashes in super black color, which I love! Like all of It Cosmetics products, it has anti-aging properties, so it’s great for your lashes.

 It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

 

It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

How do you apply the mascara? Here’s a great graphic.

 It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

As you can clearly see, the It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara does give you a gorgeous lift, and it adds amazing length with no clumping and no flaking!

Does it transform your lashes? It does. I didn’t need any more than one coat on my lashes, and a second coat did make my lashes look like I had on long, very dramatic false eyelashes! The only thing that I might recommend is to do what I had to–and that’s wipe off some of the formula from the bristles, as I don’t think you need to lay it on so thick with this great formula. 

The mascara is amazing because it did hold up my lashes up all day, and I have to comment again that I just love the incredible super black color!

I believe it was Jamie Kern herself who pointed out during the launch of the It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara that when you’re tired, your eyes show it. And, when your lashes are held up, you really look so much more wide awake, and more youthful.

You can purchase the mascara at It Cosmetics or at Ulta Beauty. The price of $24 is definitely worth the price, and it’s great for those with sensitive eyes.

Here’s my superhero nail art that I posted to my Instagram account:

It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara Final Thoughts:

Is the It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara the best It Cosmetics mascara? Well, it’s phenomenal, but I also like other mascaras that I have purchased from them because they, too, are great in the ways that they work their magic. I am going to cop out and write, it’s one of their best!

 

As you can see, I love It Cosmetics products!

 The It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

 

Disclosure: I received the mascara for possible review.

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Pacifica Sugared Amber Dreams Perfume Review

Pacifica Sugared Amber Dreams Perfume

Pacifica Sugared Amber Dreams Perfume is not only cruelty free, but also vegan! I bought this perfume because the scent sounded like something I would like. Here’s what I read: “May your dreams be filled with sparkling sugar, heady vanilla and warm amber.” The fragrance is a blend of natural and essestial oils that include vanilla and fresh coconut. Plus, I have to admit, I love the packaging. Check out the fun and beautiful unicorns on the bottle!

Here’s the outside of the box, and the beautiful bottle.

Pacifica Sugared Amber Dreams Perfume

 

 

Check out those unicorns!

Pacifica Sugared Amber Dreams Perfume Review

The 1 fl oz. Pacifica Sugared Amber Dreams Perfume spray is currently selling for $22.00. At the Target nearest to me, they did not have the Pacifica Sugared Amber Dreams Perfume spray, only Pacifica roll-ons, and not one of the Sugared Amber Dreams. I ended up simply ordering it from Ulta.com. I have so many body butters and hand lotions right now, but when I use them up, I’ll try the scent in those, too.

Pacifica Sugared Amber Dreams Perfume

In addition to being cruelty free and vegan, the Pacifica Sugared Amber Dreams Perfume has no parabens and no artifical colors.  It’s also made with natural, pure grain alcohol, and it’s gluten free. I highly recommend this scent!

 

Disclosure: I have nothing to disclose.

 

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Dry Brushing Your Skin: Facts and Myths

Dry Brushing Your Skin

Dry brushing your skin? Yes! I’ve had a dry brush for several years, and I finally thought I would write a post about what it does and doesn’t actually do, or cure, as some people claim. First, here’s a look at my dry brush that I use for dry brushing:

 dry brushing

 

 

The dry brush that I have is cruelty free and vegan, and it has the FSC 100% label, which means that all the wood in the dry brush comes from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified forests. You want to make sure the bristles on the dry brush are firm, but not scratchy!

Make sure that the handle of your dry brush is long enough. If you want to dry brush your back, you want to make sure you can actually reach it!

Now some articles say that you should be dry brushing during a certain time of the day, like the morning, but I found no credible source that showed that it made any difference at all. So, my advice is to do it when you have time, and then you can shower after. Most of the articles suggest you start at your feet with your dry brush, and use long, upward strokes on each leg, and then dry brush your mid section in the back and in the front. Don’t forget your arms. Do not use this brush on your face!

 dry brushing

So, now that you’re done with your dry brushing, you can take a shower.

Dry Brushing Your Skin

One of the facts about dry brushing is that it will do a great job exfoliating your skin. Here’s a quote from Francesca Fusco, M.D., a dermatologist  “Gentle dry brushing will slough off dead, dry skin, improving its appearance and allowing it to hydrate more efficiently when moisturizer is applied afterward.”

How often should you dry brush? Daily is recommended, but try to do it at least twice a week for a few minutes.
Now, what about the claims that dry brushing will help your body and lymphatic system clear away all those toxins.

No, sorry, it’s a myth. Here’s a quote from Dr. Tina Alster, director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery. “I know dry brushing is popular, but the actual benefits are unclear.”

How about the various claims that dry brushing will reduce cellulite? No, again, another myth!

Dr. Carolyn Jacob, a Chicago dermatologist says, “Cellulite is a complex problem that involves thin skin and the kind of fibrous bands holding in women’s fat.” Dry brushing “won’t change fibrous bands at all.” And, Dr. Jacobs adds,  that if you do it too much, or too rough,  you “…put your skin at risk for inflammation, redness and an ecaema-like itchy rash.” That was from the NYT with this headline, “Dry Brushing Gains Fans, but Grand Claims are Suspect.”

There’s no question dry brushing is a great exfoliator, and it can be relaxing–assuming you have chosen the correct brush. Your skin will even glow since you slough away dead skin cells. Most definitely, your skin should look and feel smoother.
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