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Manicure Monday: fall is here! wait, no ?

by : Katrina

Happy Manicure Monday everyone!

“Katrina it’s 70 degrees today, tomorrow 84, and Wednesday 92!-_- and then back down to 70 on Thursday”  – morning text for Kim (lol)

NY weather seems to be trying to make it’s way into fall but still can’t cut the cord from summer just yet- similar to our manicures this week.

Kim’s Mani:

Color: OPI  “dulce de leche”  –  a beautiful nude/pink cream color!

& on her pinky: OPI ” diva of geneva”  – A red based- purple color with the perfect gold shimmer.

Isn’t her home mani on point though ?

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Sam’s Mani:

Color: “Sprung” by OPI from their Mariah Carey Collection

The perfect and fun shimmery- copper color. &  its opaque!

Salon: Spring Nail on 14th st
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Katrina’s Mani:

Color:After School Boy Blazer” from Essie‘s fall 2013 collection.

This blue-black color is perfect.  Also- Lasted longer than any other Essie color I’ve tried.

Salon: Rose Nails – NJ
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Thanks for checking out our bipolar manicures to match NY’s bipolar weather. What do you guys think?! 

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Back to school Beauty: San Juan edition

by : Katrina

Hello everyone! As I said on Manicure Monday I recently relocated to San Juan, Puerto Rico. I’m a Virgo- I just can’t keep still. I got tired of work, work, oh and more work (& New Jersey) so I decided to just get up, leave, and go back to school. Why Puerto Rico? Why not? 😉 Coming from the hot NYC summer I figured the transition to the humid, rainy 90 degree weather everyday of PR would be a piece of cake but I was completely wrong.

1. my face freaked out – I have normal skin and never had problems with breakouts until I got here! It’s probably because of all the sweating. i know, gross.

2. Is there such thing as hair sun burn? because I definitely acquired that here.

3. I feel like I’m getting darker and darker by the second. Sun block has become part of my daily regimen for my entire body! (I don’t want to come back looking like a leather bag) same goes for OFF bug spray 😦

4. Last but definitely not least: Make-up. I’m limited to cool lipstick, mascara, little blush, and eyeliner if I’m lucky. Foundation or anything else? It’s just too hot for all that!

With the help of:

Cetaphil Dermacontrol Mosturizer SPF 30– Aveeno Daily moisturizer was too heavy and thick for me in this heat. This moisturizer is for acne prone skin, absorbs quickly to restore your skin’s natural balance, and provide a non-greasy, matte finish.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-touch Sunscreen – SPF 70- the sun is real out here! This is my favorite sunblock so far. It’s super light weight and smells like baby lotion.

Aveeno Calming Body Wash– showering 3x/day, sunblock, and bug spray can definitely dry out your skin so bars of soap are out of the question for me. This creamy lather moisturizes my skin and is enriched with natural ingredients known for their calming benefits.

Shea Moisture Deep Masque -weekly for my sun burnt hair (product review in previous post :P)

I think I’m back to school ready!

Here is a slide show of some of my daily looks! enjoy 🙂

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Anyone have suggestions on lightweight foundations with SPF? something that can withstand this heat!

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Manicure Monday – Is it fall yet?!

by: Katrina

Even though I”ll be missing Fall in NYC this year (I relocated to Puerto Rico – stay tuned for PR beauty posts) Sam, Kim, and I are beyond  excited for fall beauty trends: new nail colors, new lip trends &  dark lips, straight hair without frizz, cool make up without it melting off once you step outside, bangs maybe?  I can keep going-We just cant wait!

With that said, Monday is Monday no matter where you go- it’s still the most annoying day of the week even if you’re surrounded by tropical weather and beaches.  Manicure Monday posts are keeping me sane this morning/ afternoon so take a look at ours:

Kim’s Mani: 

From the Essie Fall 2013 “For the Twill of It” collection Kim has on Vested Interest :a mid-toned green-grey creme color. What made her choose this color? She’s dying for fall-That is all.

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Sam’s Mani:

Sam has been nude-y and pink-y lately and  wanted to take a trip on the wild side and has on “Into the Night” by OPI from their Amazing Spiderman Collection. (sam wasn’t playing when she said she wanted to get wild lol) It’s the perfect metallic midnight blue.

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Love both of these colors! What do you guys think? Manis were done at Spring Sun Nail Spa on 14th St . $24 for a mani & pedi

What fall colors are you excited about?!

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Review: Masking & Toning with Mario Badescu

Let’s face it, with millions of lotions, toners, masks and cleansers available, trying to choose the product that is right for you has become an increasingly difficult task.

With skincare, purchases are usually on a buy and try basis, as our skin is constantly changing with the weather, our hormones, and (dare I say)… our age 😕. Since changing skin equals the inevitable change in skincare, I was more than eager to update my regimen when Samantha offered some Mario Badescu products for me to try.

The toner and mask both came at the perfect time, as I’ve been feeling as though my morning & nighttime cleansing routines were a little…well…lacking. Simply washing and moisturizing didn’t seem to be enough for my annoying combination/ oily skin. So the Cucumber Cleansing Lotion provided the perfect balance and base I needed to prep my over-zealous pores after cleansing and before moisturizing. I’ve used toners before, but they’ve always left my skin feeling too dry. Infused with cucumber extract astringent, this lotion is intended for oily/combo types looking to calm redness, unclog pores and deep clean to prevent acne)

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When it comes to masks, I am far from experienced, but I recognize that my skin craves that extra deep cleanse every once in a while. The Flower and Tonic mask is refreshing, lightweight, and moisturizing. Most importantly, it doesn’t dry out your skin & the smell us simply intoxicating!

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I’m loving that Mario Badescu products (available online or at the Mario Badescu salon in NYC) guarantee results while being pocket-friendly. Tell us, what toners and masks are you trying for the summer?

Kim

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A Gem from Japan

By: Katrina

Hey guys, I wanted to tell you about how I plan to keep my skin hydrated this spring/summer, especially on hot and humid days like this! My aunt took a trip to her homeland and brought me back some Japanese goodies!

Aside from the best thing ever made –GREEN TEA KIT KATS, she got me the next
best thing for my face: Puresa Face Mask. The information on the box is in Japanese so I had no idea what it was for- all I knew was I was curious enough to try.

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After spending last weekend in Miami , the sun and salt water did some damage to my otherwise normal skin. So, I washed my face before applying the mask using my usual face wash (Aveeno Positively Radiant Brightening Cleanser, $6.99) Instructions say to leave the mask on for about 10-15 minutes, then after taking it off, gently massage the mask residue left on your skin (no need to rinse!)

The mask left my face feeling so smooth and soft that I didn’t even need a moisturizer afterwards. How is that even possible?!
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So, with a little research I found that the mask contains enough collagen to not use moisturizer for the day. I didn’t have to use my Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($16.99) for 2 ENTIRE DAYS- has never happened. Today is the 3rd day and my skin feels smooth
and hydrated:

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For me, this is perfect to use for the summer, after laying out in the sun for too long!

You can purchase these masks on eBay for $12 for a pack of 5. The only other place I’ve seen them are at Mitsuwa (Japanese market place ) Fortlee, NJ for $13.00.

*There are different masks from this brand for different skin types. 😉

Has anyone else tried these ? What do you look for in a face mask?

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Our First Beauty Samples!

Hey guys, we’ve reached a baby milestone: we’ve received our first beauty samples to try out! 😀

Fellow blogger, Zhenya (BeingZhenya.com) recommended Purelement Naturals after Sam mentioned her love of Argan Oil. Before we knew it, Andriana Pilotto, the owner & founder or Purelement Naturals was sweet enough to offer some samples for us to try! We are so excited to test new beauty products and tell you about them.

We received samples of Purelement Naturals’ Defend Argan Oil Moisturizer:

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The moisturizer contains argan oil, lavender, frankincense, bergamot, carrot seed, myrrh, and geranium, which are all natural, organic, or wild harvested ingredients. These mixtures of oils are ideal for all skin types, (that’s right oily and dry skin), and serves as treatments for acne, scars, eczema, age spots, wrinkles, and psoriasis. It can be used on your face, hair, and body.

We’re gonna test these babies out and give you guys a product review soon!

Check out what else Purelement Naturals has to offer your beauty on www.purelementnaturals.com

Tell us, have you experimented with oils on your skin or hair before?

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