German Nivea Creme

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It has been a wide spread rumor that theGerman version of Nivea Cremeis identical to Creme De La Mer. The ingredients are very similar, but I firmly believe the sea kelp and fermentation process of the Creme de La Mer makes an astounding difference.  But, I was all up for the possibility of finding this illustrious $7 version of the Creme. 

It is said that only the German made version of Nivea is comparable to Creme De La Mer.  I was able to find this version onwww.smallflower.com.  This site is a wonderful find.  They have some terrific and very hard to find products from Europe.  The shipping was fast, and the prices were very reasonable. 

So, I ordered the Nivea creme, and eagerly awaited what I hoped would be my new (and cheaper version) of Creme de La Mer.  Well.....I hate to say that I was very disappointed.  Although this is a fantastic and very rich body (and possible face) creme, I found it way too thick.  The application was very hard due to the consistency.  It took forever to spread the creme all over my body, and I ended up having to towel some of it off so that I could put on my clothes without feeling like a wrapped sausage.  It was that sticky! I also tried to use it as a night creme, and broke out very badly the next day.  Once again, the Creme de La Mer is still the winner for me.

Now, all this being said I am sure that a drier skinned customer might adore this heavier version of Nivea.  Even though I personally couldn't stand the thickness of the creme for my body, I will admit that my legs felt incredibly soft the next day.  It was just not worth the hassle of the application and the drying time for me.  Oh well, another day, another search for the best products out there!

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Creme De La Mer

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Even though I hate to endorse ridiculously expensive products I must tell you about my all time favorite face cream. You can use it all over as a face cream, eye cream, and lip cream. And yes, it is ridiculously expensive, but when you consider that it is an "all in one" product it makes the price a little more reasonable. Actually, that's the excuse I tell myself to justify the money. But, the thing that is ironic is that I have spent more money trying out "inexpensive" face products in the hope of not having to shell out money for my favorite expensive counterpart. Jeesh!

Creme De La Mer is the product. I am telling you ladies, the hype is true.  This stuff is a "miracle" just like it claims to be.

I know it looks scary to put a cream on your face, but it works. I have acne prone skin, that is also massively dry.The problem with this is that most acne products are extremely drying due to the sulfur, salicylic and glycolic acids . Quite the conundrum! But this cream solves all my problems.  My skin is firmer, clearer, and softer. It actually helps to clear up my cystic acne, and tighten my pores, all the while making my skin incredibly soft.

The great thing is that Creme De La Mer also makes a gel version which has a lighter feel for the summer time.  The gel version is also a wonderful alternative to the cream for oilier skin types. So you can try either one, and still get the same amazing results.

So, what's the price you ask?  It runs about $230, but I promise it is well worth it.  The secret is in the "miracle broth" as they call it.  The ingredients are actually quite simple, with the base concentrated on sea kelp.  The difference is that the cream is started out as a broth and fermented for over 6 months.  Every jar goes through this process.  The cream was originally developed by Dr. Max Huber, a NASA scientist.  After an experiment gone bad, Dr. Huber was left with burns all over his face.  He spent the next 10 years trying to create a cream to heal his scars.  It is said that by the time he died, he was virtually scar-less.  Hence the miracle.  

There is a theory that the German based Nivea cream is the same (and less expensive version) of this product.  I have tried both, and will be giving my review of the Nivea tomorrow.  But I can tell you for sure that nothing will ever beat the original in my book.  Now, if only I could convince my accountant that this cream is worth it!

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Friday top 5- Best Mineral Foundation

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1) Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation: A new favorite that is currently stashed in my purse.  A pressed mineral foundation that provides a healthy, sheer to full coverage matte finish with oil-absorbing and moisturizing benefits. Its finish is never cakey or drying to the skin. Love the huge selection of colors. 

2)Colorescience Pressed Foundation Compact:Unlike traditional pressed powders that go on thick, Colorescience Pro Pressed Mineral Foundation's very concentrated pressed mineral pigment gives complete coverage with a weightless, non-drying feeling. A little goes a long way, and the coverage stays completely natural 

3)Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Powder SPF 20: The Ultimate Multi-tasker. It works as a foundation, powder, concealer and sunscreen all in one.  Great for shading, highlighting, contouring and lining, this make-up really does it all. 

4) Purely Cosmetics Mineral Foundation: A makeup artist staple. Not only is her foundation silky, and amazing for sensitive skin....but her diamond powder is in every celebrity makeup artist kit. The new formulation includes silk to hydrate your skin while absorbing excess oils, silica to blur the fine lines, jojoba to nourish your skin, and boron to reduce the visibility of pores. 

5)Youngblood - Mineral Basics Collection:  It's cruelty free, and one of the most luxurious mineral makeup lines on the market. Another celebrity favorite. This line is perfect for those looking for full coverage or HD quality mineral foundation. 

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Everyday Loose Waves!

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Your wedding day can be completely stressful, especially when it comes to bridal beauty.  I thought that I would be ok, since I work in the beauty industry...but I was wrong. So very, very wrong.  For the month of June and July I am going to be sharing all my bridal beauty tips and I am going to start with some easy tips for beautiful and super simple bridal hair.  For my wedding, I wanted to do simple loose waves.  Luckily for me, I was able to try out some new products by Suave Professionals that helped me get my bridal look down pat!

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NEW Suave Professionals® Sea Mineral Infusion collection is a salon-inspired range of products infused with a carefully chosen blend of rich minerals from the sea for effortless volume.  During your wedding, you want your hair to withstand humidity and look full and luxurious.  Since wedding costs can be overwhelming, I welcomed the chance to try out an affordable products that would give me maximum results. 

  •  Sea Mineral Infusion Moisturizing Buoyant Body Shampoo & Conditioner system provides hair with 24-hour body and moisture that is easy to style.
  • Sea Mineral Infusion Moisturizing Buoyant Body Shampoo contains no heavy silicones and helps remove build up from hair for natural looking body and bounce.
  • Sea Mineral Infusion Moisturizing Buoyant Body Conditioner offers just the right amount of conditioning for natural, healthy looking body and bounce.

The Texturizing spray is also key.  I didn't want my curls to loose too tight...I wanted sexy, loose waves that screamed romance.  After shampooing and conditioning your hair, spray the Texturing spray all over wet hair before you blow dry your hair. 

  • The Sea Mineral Infusion Texturizing Sea Salt Spray helps create a loose, textured look with full-bodied waves that last up to 24 hours.
  • Salon proven to add texture as well as Bumble and bumble. Surf® Spray

Below are 3 easy steps to do this for yourself at home, or for your big day! 

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STEP 1: Separate your hair into small sections, as you work a 1 1/2 inch curling iron around your head, starting from the front.  Curl from the ends up to the middle of the hair shaft. Hold for 10 seconds. 

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STEP 2: Always remember to alternate the direction of the curling iron barrel.  You don't want uniform curls that look old fashioned. Keeping the curls loose, and going in different directions will give a more natural and sexy look.  

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STEP 3: (and you can have a friend help you with this part!)  Use a large 2 inch curling iron for the back of the hair.  Start at the top of the head, with the curling iron facing horizontally.  Curl four sections from top to bottom for volume. 

FINISHED LOOK:

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So let me know, how do you #StyleItYourself

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Easy Hairstyles for Summer

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While some parts of the country have been lucky enough to ease into summer with a touch of spring still lingering in the air, the rest of the country has already begun to feel the sting of hot temperatures and hair devastating humidity! So what’s a girl to do? When it comes to summer styles, it’s best to keep it simple and classic.

These are five of our favorite summer styles that require minimum fuss and minimum products to achieve.

Get your lob on! While many women gasp at the thought of trimming their mane into a traditional bob, the lob (or long bob), gives women a free spirited style without feeling too drastic. Best part of the lob is that most women find a natural wave or texture magically appears with this cut. See your stylist for the perfect length (and layers as applicable) and then apply a styling cream for that tousled bed head look.

Take it to the side! While a traditional braid may seem a bit juvenile or undone for the average beauty, a side braid suggests sophistication with a hint of playfulness.

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Friday Top 5 – Best in Bronze

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While I admit to being someone who is somewhat afraid of the fake tan (I have very traumatic oompa loompa experiences!), I have learned over the years how to make it work on my fair skin.  It takes a great product like Beautisol, and an arsenal of prepping products, mistake fixers, and more.  Here is the list of my 5 must have's when I go in for the fake glow. 

1) Xen-Tan 'Hard to Reach' Applicator:   This is a god send. When you can't find a friend or a boyfriend to help apply your fake tan on the dreaded back area, than reach for this magic wand.  Place your product directly onto the back applicator and apply...it really is that easy! Why didn't anyone think of this sooner?

2) Adventuress Sunscreen Swipes: the one thing I am guilty of is forgetting to remember to put on my sunscreen after I tan. Keeping these handy wipes in my purse not only makes it easy to get protection on the go, but it ensures that your fake tan will be protected as well.  Brilliant! 

3) St. Tropez Tan Remover: Who among us hasn't had a self tanning mishap? I know that I have had my fair share of streaks, and over-tanned elbows. This tan remover has been made by St. Tropez, which is one of the authorities in self tanning. This was designed to prevent hands and palms from becoming stained while correcting tanning mistakes! Just apply with water to the palms of the hands after applying the self tan. 

4) Beautisol Prep & Glow System: Medium Mousse Formula:  My current self tanner of choice. And, they make it ridiculously easy with this kit to get the perfect glow. This kit comes with an exfoliating mitt for your pre-tan prep, and an application mitt which makes applying your moose bronzer a breeze.  I personally don't know how I ever lived without the application mitt.  It makes the tan look flawless. Another bonus? The moose dries quickly, so no gooey or messy wait time like most self tanners. Love!

5) Prtty Peaushun:  Are you rocking your fake tan for a night out on the town? Than this lotion is an absolute must.  I use it on all my clients as a finishing touch to make their skin look sexy and glowing.  You can also use it on your face as a highlighter, and to enhance your Beautisol tan.  Created by Celebrity Makeup Artist, Bethany Karlyn, this lotion has subtle light reflecting particles in a natural emollient base.  It also conceals minor imperfections and enhances definition to create a sexy legs and diminish the appearance of cellulite stretch marks and varicose veins as well as minimizing bruising and sore muscles.

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Gorgeous Hair Color All Summer Long

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Along with bronzed cheeks and peachy lips, gleaming hair is key to summer’s easy, breezy beauty look. But between UV exposure and swimming in chlorine pools or saltwater surfs, hair can take a beating. And that’s especially true if it’s color-processed.

So we asked two pros to answer your most pressing summer hair color questions so you can maintain a gorgeous hue from June to August. Frank Dino is the co-owner of TINT, a color-only salon in Santa Monica, Calif., and Dr. Jessica Krant is a dermatologist and founder of Art of Dermatology in New York City. Here’s what they said.

Should I take my hair color a shade lighter in the summer?

If you’re going to be sporting a tan (make it a faux one to protect your skin!), you might want to adjust your color to provide contrast. Think of how your hair would bleach naturally if you didn’t protect it from UV rays, and go for that shade.

Should I save highlights for winter?

If highlights give your hair a dimension you enjoy in the winter, you’ll want to carry this through to summer, too. A few lighter pieces framing the face are all you need for a natural surfer-chic look. If you’re a blonde, opt for champagne streaks. If you’re a light or medium brunette, have your colorist add some ribbons of dirty blonde. Darker hair will look sun-kissed stunning with light brown and caramel highlights. And for hair that sparkles under the summer sun, think about adding a glossing treatment the next time you visit your salon for a cut or color.

I know the sun can damage my skin. Can it harm my hair color as well?

Hair definitely gets damaged by the ultraviolet rays of the sun. Those UV rays scorch the hair shaft, drying it out and causing the normally smooth cuticle, or outer layer, of our strands to get rough. What’s more, UV rays break down hair’s pigments, fading color or turning it brassy. New research shows that UV rays cause hair to lose protein too. The result of all this is hair that’s lacking shine, strength and vibrant color.

How does chlorine or saltwater damage hair?

Chlorine, which is a component of bleach, dries out strands by its caustic chemical nature, stripping away your hair’s natural protective oils. (Blonde hair turning green in the swimming pool, by the way, isn’t actually caused by chlorine but by copper molecules from other pool chemicals.) Seawater stresses hair and skin in another way. The heavy salt content draws water molecules out of hair in an attempt to try to dilute the salt. The result: dehydrated hair shafts.

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