Saturday, April 30, 2011

Stay Dry with Marika

I haven't been to the gym in eight months, but I do try to workout at least three times a week.  My former self, however, was a dynamo at the gym.  I use to take spinning, kickboxing, palates, zumba, and  so much more.

At that time I would of really appreciated Marika's new Tek line of active wear. This line is designed with the latest technology to effectively wick away moisture, thus keeping you dry during the toughest workouts. Not to mention outdoor sports, if you ever cycled in the summer you know it can get pretty sticky to say the least.

I love Marika, see my review of their sports bra.  I recently received the short sleeve V-Neck Dry Wik Tee for review and the material is very soft and silky. Very comfortable and the fit is flattering.  Marika is noted for aesthetically pleasing, flattering apparel.  I will most likely wear this tee quite a bit, sans the workout;)

Marika offers competitive prices, however, the only downside I can see is that Marika Tek is only available on Marika's website.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Natureluxe by Covergirl; My Review

Being the beauty junkie that I am, I signed up for BzzAgent .  I now have the opportunity to review various products.

My first product is Covergirl Natureluxe.  OK, now most of you know that I am a vegan and I'm all about not testing on animals, thus I had some reservations for this promotion.  After All Covergirl is owned by Proctor & Gamble, and even though Proctor & Gamble claim to be making strides to abolish animal testing it is still done.

Proctor and Gamble claims that animal testing is done as a last resort and performed humanely. Now of course I have come across sites on the Internet that beg to differ. That is, however, their claim.  Ellen Degeneres; animal activist, is said to have done research on the company before signing on as a spokesperson.

After speaking with a customer representative at Covergirl, sadly Natureluxe is most likely not vegan

Well, on with my review...

Covergirls Natureluxe boast natural ingredients such as jojoba oil, rosehip extracts, cucumber water, mango and shea butter.  The foundations is very sheer and light.  I never wear straight foundation, but rather I mixed a little foundation with moisturizer and it blended perfectly. The color I received; #330 Chamois, matched perfectly with my skin tone.    I like the sheerness and easy blend-ability of this product.

I also tried the Gloss Balm in cinnamon.  This provides a nice sheer color with and SPF of 10.  I also like to use this on my cheeks, for a blush-like effect.

Here are some interesting facts regarding Covergirl's Natureluxe line:

 3 out of 4 professional make-up artists would recommend the new
COVERGIRL NatureLuxe Collection to their clients
• 8 out of 10 professional make-up artists agree NatureLuxe Silk Foundation
provides flawless coverage and a light, luxurious feel
• 9 out of 10 make-up artists would recommend NatureLuxe Gloss Balm to
clients for a sheer color with a non-sticky, lightweight feel

Did I like the products? yes I did.  Will I buy the products? no I won't.  I personally feel that there are too many viable vegan alternatives out there that are just as good.   I look forward to continuing to present folks to vegan/cruelty free products in the future.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Stay Comfortable this Summer with Kushyfoot

I am all about comfort when it comes to footwear. It is so important to me that my feet are comfortable.
Since discovering Kushyfoot I have been hooked on their comfort hosiery. See my first review.

 Kushyfoot is designed using the principle of reflexology.  This hosiery not only offers foot support, but with each step your foot is getting a tiny massage.

This winter I lived in their tights and lately; with the warmer weather, I have been wearing their foot covers .  These are a must-have for heel wearers, however, I wear them with flats.  Like I said, I'm all about comfort.

Kushyfoot has some really cute new items for summer.

Flats to Go in Grey

Flats to Go are fantastic! they fit in you bag for easy access.  Kushyfoot also has polka dot flats for summer that are positively adorable.

Microfiber Crew

Microfiber Crew comes in both white and black.  I personally like these with trousers.

You can also find Lace Foot Covers in ivory and peach which are very pretty and practical.  All of these item are very affordable. Practicality and affordability, now that's what I love.

 You can purchase Kusyfoot on their website or you can find them at Kroger, Walgreens, Giant, Rite Aid and more.

Monday, April 18, 2011

AVANTI Ultra Flat Iron Smooths My Frizzy Hair

I never quite appreciated the difference a good flat iron makes until  a couple months ago when I received an Avanti Wet-Dry Nano-Titanium Digital Flat Iron from Flat Iron Experts. Read full review.  My previous flat iron wasn't exactly a piece of junk, but it simply did not deliver the salon quality results that I am able to achieve with my new flat iron and all within a few minutes.

The special technology behind the Avanti Ultra protects your hair from the damaging heat, this explains why my hair looks healthier since I have been using the Avanti.  Some of the many features of the Avanti Ultra include:

•Advanced digital displays and controls
•High heat (up to 450° F (230° C) dries and styles hair SUPER QUICKLY!
•Far-infrared heat and millions of negative ions minimize damage to hair while conditioning it. .  
•Nano-titanium in the plates is an exceptional conductor of heat and maintains stability at ultra-high temperatures. Nano-titanium emits negative ions in their most beneficial form and yields far-infrared heat for faster straightening and protection from damage.
•Nano-silver infused in the housing and plates combats germs and is effective in conditioning the hair.  
•2 year limited warranty

This ion technology is actually safeguarding your hair from damage. Your not going to find this technology at you local Walmart or drugstore. I also never realized that many irons on the market claim to be “Ceramic” or “Tourmaline" are in reality made with aluminum plates coated with regular paint. Can you imagine?

With that said, I purchased my previous flat iron at Ulta and I'm sure it's considered a high-end iron, however,  it doesn't posses this advanced technology.  The difference is staggering.  In just a few minutes I look as if I stepped out of a salon where I spent an hour having my hair blown dry and then meticulously ironed.

I really love this flat iron, the wet to dry feature is really just the icing on the cake. 

Flat Iron Experts does have the best selection of the professional flat irons at discounted prices. They guarantee the lowest price and offer a 100% Satisfaction Money-Back Guarantee, as well as free shipping on orders over 75 dollars.

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