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For some reason, the news this past week that Heidi Klum would be launching her own signature scent took us a little by surprise. We can’t really put on finger on why, but maybe it’s simply because we didn’t see it coming. 

Previously working with Victoria’s Secret on a cosmetic line, and with New Balance for a fashion forward loungewear line, Ms. Klum is clearly no stranger to working with big named companies to launch products with her signature on it. 

She will be working for Coty, Inc. (they own beauty brands such as Chloe, Chopard, Marc Jacobs and tons of other celeb fragrance lines), and launching her scent - named Heidi Klum Shine - in September of this year. 

From the press release, Heidi says, “I am thrilled to be partnering with Coty on my new fragrance. Working for a long time on developing a signature scent and watching it finally come to life is so exciting. I never thought my nose would recover from sniffing so many scent combinations, but it is all worth it. I want my fragrance to be truly special and head-turning so that people ask the woman who’s wearing it ‘What are you wearing? You smell delicious’.”

Though we don’t normally get too excited for star-endorsed and developed scents, we’re kind of curious what Shine will smell like - sexy and sultry, perhaps? We look forward to seeing…err, smelling, in September. 

Do you get excited about celebrity-developed scents, or do you place your trust in your designer favorites? 
Fresh-Creme-Ancienne-Eye-Cream.jpgWe normally like our eye creams on the thick, creamy side. So when we first unscrewed the top of Fresh Creme Ancienne Eye Cream and saw a consistency much like pure shea butter, we must admit we were both intrigued and petrified. Would this eye cream really work if it were so unlike the ones we’d come to know and love?

In a word, yes.

In a mere matter of weeks, the area around our eyes was noticeably lighter and had decreased in puffiness significantly. Our under-eye area feels so hydrated, thanks to ingredients like meadowfoam seed oil (to nourish the skin), jojoba seed oil (to restore suppleness) and moisturizing Vitamin E. You’ll even find anti-inflammatory-enhancing beeswax, soothing chamomile oil, toning lemon peel oil and calming rosewater within the formula.

But what we really love about it? The inspiration behind this luxurious eye cream! The first cream of the 2nd century A.D. inspired the creators of Fresh to come up with it. It’s hand-blended in a European monastery to preserve the fragile ingredients and its rich history. How cool is that?

We will caution you that Creme Ancienne doesn’t come cheap … it retails for $95. But if you’re looking to hydrate the under-eye area like never before, this is the eye cream that can’t be beat!

Fresh Creme Ancienne Eye Cream is available at

With the onset of every new season (or at least the thought of the onset), we get an itching to update our lacquer drawer. With Pantone releasing its colors of the season, including coral rose, honeysuckle and russet, just the sound of those shades fill us with delight and visions of sweet and rich hues sported on our nails. 

And since we always have the hardest time deciding which polishes to invest in, why not invest in a little bit of everything? Enter the Sephora by OPI Eighteen Piece Mini Nail Colour Set. Eighteen? Yes ma’am! Our favorite shades we are most excited to try are Access 24/7 (a rich pink), Caliente Coral (the name speaks for itself), and Dating the Drummer (a rich brown.) 

For just under $50, you get 18 mini bottles of 0.12 ounces (the regular bottle size is 0.5 ounces), which we love for throwing in our toiletry or makeup bags for impulse painting, or necessary touch-ups. $48, 
Yes-To-Tomatoes-Deep-Cleansing-Facial-Pads.jpgRemember when we talked about First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads last week? Well, we simply had to continue down the cleansing pads road … which is why, today, we’re bringing you a review of Yes to Tomatoes Deep Cleansing Facial Pads.

Truth be told, we couldn’t have started using these cleansing pads at a better time. Our skin has been extremely temperamental as of late, with flareups occurring more than they did in our teenage years. (Trust us, we’re less than thrilled with this turn of events.) In any case, the fact that these cleansing pads are formulated with salicylic acid definitely seemed like a blessing in disguise.

So we started using these pads every night before bed (and sometimes twice a day, if we were good and went to the gym). At first, we didn’t notice anything happening to the unsightly bumps, blemishes and red patches on our face. But, after about a week, we definitely started seeing a noticeable difference in our skin.

The blemishes were disappearing right before our eyes! What had been bright red pimples were now on their last legs. Our skin even felt softer and smoother than it had in weeks, finally returning to the baby-soft quality it usually sports.

Now, these pads do have a medicinal scent, thanks to the salicylic acid. But if you can get past that, they are most definitely worth investing in! Your skin will be clearer than ever before.

Yes to Tomatoes Deep Cleansing Facial Pads are $7.99 for a pack of 50 at
I have to admit, when I first got my hands on Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir, I was a little hesitant — and, yes, scared. “Resurfacing” sounded like such an intense word for my sensitive skin. But then I realized I was overreacting, because nothing from Olay has ever been, or will ever be, harsh on any skin type!

So I got over my fears and slathered this leave-on nighttime moisturizer all over my skin. Skin, I’ll have you know, that was dry, breaking out and far from its beautiful best.

Well, imagine my surprise and delight when, in just one treatment, my skin already looked a MILLION times better. When I woke up the next morning, the dryness was gone and the pimples were fading. I felt like I was looking at a different face from the night before - and the results have only improved in the few weeks I’ve been testing it out. I’m glowing, radiant and look as if I’ve gotten a facial or (gasp!) had work done.

Not to mention, I absolutely love the formula. The gel-like consistency has a touch of shimmer to it, so it’s like there’s a party in my apartment every night before bed. Thanks to glycolic acid that permeates the upper layers of the skin’s surface and increases natural exfoliation, it works with the body’s nightly changes to smooth skin in just one week. This moisturizer actually works as well as a professional light chemical peel.

You’ll also find humectants like glycerin and glycol, Pal-KTTKS (Regenerist’s proprietary, signature anti-aging penta-peptide) and skin soothers like pro-vitamin B5 and allantoin within the formula.

What all this boils down to? At the end of the day, I’m reaching for my Olay.

Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir retails for $24.99. Check for retail information.

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