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Essie Repstyle

Repstyle is Essie’s first magnetic nail polish collection. I like the snakeskin twist Essie went with for this collection. The included magnet leaves a snakeskin pattern on your nails.  I am not particularly a fan of magnetic nail polish – it leaves an awesome effect, but it’s difficult to work with. Here are the shades I tried:

Essie Repstyle Swatch

Repstyle – a hypnotic dessert bronze. It’s a beautiful color even without the magnetic effect.

 Essie Snake Rattle Roll and Essie Snake it Up

Snake Rattle & Roll – a venomous oxidized silver. It’s that perfect gunmetal hue very biker chic.

Snake it Up – a pewter pavé python. A nice blue shade that compliments the collection.

Side note: I loved the colabo Essie did with BaubleBar so much that I came up with my own bracelet/polish pairing! Essie Repstyle matches perfectly with Lia Sophia’s Captured stretch bracelet. FYI BaubleBar is having a year-end sale and all the items from the BableBar + Essie collection is on sale!


(Photo courtesy of Essie)


The Skin Regime

Here it is – my last and final peel on The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin. For my grand finale, I decided to use the 70% glycolic solution. I was worried about how my skin would react to such a strong concentration of glycolic acid, but I’m glad to report that I didn’t end up like Nicolas Cage in Face/Off! I seriously recommend building your tolerance up before using the 70%. I feel like my first peel (30%) was more irritating than my last peel (70%) – go figure!

I removed all my makeup with a makeup removing wipe (I like to use the Biore wipes), then I thoroughly washed my face with a washcloth and Cetaphil cleanser. I dried my face and swiped my face with a cotton round dipped in rubbing alcohol.

Next I applied the medicated numbing spray; I made sure to cover every inch of my face and neck. I was so scared that it would burn! Finally I soaked another cotton round with 70% glycolic acid and went to work. I left the solution on for a full five minutes. It was not as bad as I thought it would be. It never got uncomfortable and I only felt a slight itching sensation after three minutes.

Once time was up, I rinsed and washed my face. I patted it dry and immediately applied my moisturizer. Two days have passed, and I only had a small amount of peeling in my chin and nose. I’ve been washing my face morning and night, so I think that’s helping remove the flakes.

I really enjoyed The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin. It was simple to do and very effective. My skin looks so much better now that when I first started. My skin is smoother, clearer, and more even-toned. It has helped keep my blemishes at bay and with the help from Cetaphil’s DermaControl line – my excess oil is also gone. I am visiting my parents for the holidays, and the first thing my mom said to me was how great my skin looked! I plan to do a maintenance peel ever so often to keep my skin looking and feeling great. I recommend this peel to anyone who wants beautiful skin!

For more information on The Skin Regime: Boot Camp to Beautiful Skin and on products I used please visit – there you can order the book and get product recommendations.

Click here to read the first 30 pages of The Skin Regime for free!

The Skin Regime

 Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas! xo


Here’s a great idea for a homemade Christmas gift – gingerbread body scrub. Kids can make this for their moms with a little help from dad or older siblings. You can even make it organic by using only organic ingredients. This scrub smells delicious and is just want you need to help de-stress from all the holiday madness! Enjoy!

Gingerbread Body scrub

  • 1 cup sugar or brown sugar
  • 2 tps ginger
  • 2 tps nutmeg
  • 2 tps cinnamon
  • ¼ cup almond oil

Combine all ingredients and pour into a nice glass jar with an airtight lid. Tie a nice ribbon around the jar and attach instructions that read “Apply in a circular motion, rinse and pat dry”

(Photo courtesy of © Josefbosak | Stock Free Images & Dreamstime Stock Photos)


Sparkly Winter Manicure

As you can already tell by now – I just love holiday themed manicures! A blue snowy Christmas eve night is the inspiration behind this glittery manicure. YSL Bleu Cobalt was used from the dark blue base coat. Two different glitter nail polishes were used in this manicure – Essie Luxeffects Set in Stone and Nicole by OPI Sweet Dreams. Set in Stone is a silver glitter polish and it was only used on my ring finger. These rest of my nails are covered with Sweet Dreams, a silver and teal glitter nail polish. My manicurist free-styled the snowflakes using white and silver nail art polish.

YSL, Essie, Nicole by OPI

Give the gift of beauty to your loved ones this holiday season. Whether they’re into beauty or not, I’m sure these gift ideas will win them over. Some of these also make great stocking stuffers – Happy Holidays!

Sephora Fragrance Sampler for Her $50

Whoever came up with this idea is a genius! I love giving these as a gift because it never disappoints. This set comes filled with 12 sample sized fragrances from various designers like Juicy Couture,  Versace, Givenchy, and Prada. After sampling each one, they can choose their favorite and redeem a full size bottle at the store. Sephora also sells a sample set for men too.

James Bond 007 Fragrance Gift Set $30

I got this for my boyfriend for his birthday and he loved it and so did I. This cologne is a blend of bergamot, lavender and crisp apple for a fresh and powerful experience.  Set includes a 1.0 oz. cologne spray & 1.7oz. shower gel.

Lorac Eye Candy Full Face Collection $59

This ultimate beauty kit comes dressed up as a box of fancy chocolates. This limited edition holiday collection features six palettes for eyes, lips, and cheeks. Just like a box of chocolates, this set is filled with rich shades of browns and shimmering nudes. HSN also has a similar set with four palettes for $40.

Kiehl’s Ultimate Man Refueling Set $58

I’m always trying to find ways to get my boyfriend to start a skincare routine. If your guy likes to pamper himself – then this is the gift for him! It’s filled with all the essentials he needs like shave cream, face wash and moisturizer – plus a few extra items.

Philosophy Think Beautiful Thoughts Skin Care Gift Set $39

This year give the gift of gorgeous skin. This gift set features a 3 oz. purity made simple facial cleanser, one microdelivery triple-acid brightening peel pad, a 0.5 oz hope in a jar moisturizer for all skin types, a 0.375 oz when hope is not enough facial firming serum and a 0.25 oz eye hope multitasking eye cream.

Braun Series 5-550cc Men’s Shaving System Gift Set – Includes Bonus Fusion Pro Glide Styler $149.99

This is a great shaver that’s designed to leave your man’s face nice and smooth. The best part is that after the shave, the Braun Clean & Renew System automatically cleans, charges, and lubricates the shaver at the touch of a button! This set also includes a bonus Fusion Pro Glide Styler – you know the one that features Adrien Brody and Andre 3000 in the commercials. It’s a 3-in-1 facial hair styling tool that trims evenly, shaves closely and edges accurately.

(Photos courtesy of Sephora, James Bond, Lorac, Kiehl’s, Philosophy and Braun)


Welcome to the 5th peel of The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin! It’s been a few weeks since my 4th peel, but I was brave and decided to use the 50% glycolic acid.

I washed my face and made sure to remove any dirt and makeup from my skin. I then moistened a cotton round with rubbing alcohol and swiped it all over my face. Once my face was dry, I used the medicated spray to numb my skin. I think I finally figured out the most effective way to use it. I sprayed a large amount on my hand first; and then wiped it all over my face. Next I applied the 50% glycolic acid to a cotton round and swiped it all over my face and neck area.

I set the timer for six minutes. While the clock was still ticking, I dipped a cotton swab into the 70% glycolic acid solution and applied it to the top of my cheeks (where I have the most sun spots) and over the freckles on my nose. Once time was up; I rinsed and washed my face, then applied CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM.

Again, I was surprised it did not burn nor sting. So either I grew tough skin (but it feels softer) or the medicated spray really does help.  I didn’t experience much redness or dryness, so I’m curious to see what my face will look like in the morning. I’ll update this post if I notice extra peeling or irritation tomorrow. In the past I’ve noticed that my skin only really starts to shed on the second or third day after the peel, so I have a feeling this might also be the case this time.

For more information on The Skin Regime: Boot Camp to Beautiful Skin and on products I used please visit – there you can order the book and get product recommendations.

Click here to read the first 30 pages of The Skin Regime for free!

Ho Ho Ho! Happy Holidays! ‘Tis the season to giveaway!

The Prize: $40 Sephora Gift Card

How to Enter: It’s simple – just enter by using the Rafflecopter form below. Enter daily for more chances to win.

Good Luck! Merry Christmas from me to you!

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This giveaway will end Sunday December 16, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST. It is only open to U.S. residents of the contiguous states who are at least 13 years old. All entries will be verified. The winner will be chosen using The winner will be announced on Monday December 17, 2012 both on this post and on the Facebook page and will be immediately contacted via email. Once notified; the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected.

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This limited edition smolderEYES collection is the perfect gift for your beauty obsessed friend this holiday season. Tarte Eye Catchers smolderEYES Collector’s Set features 5 full size smolderEYES Amazonian clay waterproof liners in brand new shades – ash violet, rainforest black, gold, champagne, and gunmetal –  and 1 skinny smolder Eyes liner in onyx.  These liners are vibrant and stay on all day. It’s infused with Amazonian clay which helps keep oil at bay so that your liner lasts all day long. You can use it as an eyeliner for a bold look or as an eyeshadow for a smoky look. All the colors look beautiful paired together or worn separately.

From top to bottom: champagne, gold, gunmetal, ash violet, rainforest black, and onyx

Tarte Eye Catchers SmolderEYES Collector’s Set $39 also available at

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