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November 2011 Archives

jennifer-garner-11072011.jpgA beautiful and expecting Jennifer Garner attended an AFI premiere of her new movie ‘Butter’  this past week. But it wasn’t her drapey dress, strappy sandals, or barely there makeup that caught my eye — it was her nail polish. With her hand perfectly poised on her hip I saw flashes of gun metal grey with a bit of sparkle and became entranced. 

I don’t know exactly which products she used to achieve this great color, but my nail color know-how tells me that this can certainly be copied at home. First you’ll need a great grey base polish, try OPI’s French Quarter for Your Thoughts or my personal fave, Essie’s Chinchilly. Next you need a sparkly top coat with a silver sheen to it, SEPHORA by OPI Flurry Up Top Coat or Sally Hansen’s Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in In the Spotlight will work nicely. Start with a good coat or two of the grey base and then apply the sparkle. Try this trick with any of your fave fall colors and watch them sparkle on through the holiday season!
CND-Scentsations-Vanilla-Collection.jpgWhat’s better than one amazing lotion? Three, of course! The CND Scentsations Vanilla Collection, which is among CND’s holiday offerings, is most definitely a trio worth trying.

Each of the three hand lotions in this trio smells fantastic and leaves skin feeling soft and super moisturized. Take your pick of Vanilla Velvet, Vanilla Cashmere or Vanilla Suede, all of which will smooth out even the roughest and most chapped of skin.

And here’s the best part—each lotion leaves just a touch of shimmer on the skin, which is just so perfect for the holidays!

The CND Scentsations Vanilla Collection retails for $12 at
gosmile.jpgIf dazzling white teeth are on your must have list, then GoSMILE’s teeth whitener products are for you. With one of their Smile Whitening System kits you have everything you need to see your teeth get brighter and whiter in no time at all. They also have maintenance (or Touch Up kits) and primers to help reduce sensitivity. My favorite part is how quickly the product dries once it hits teeth. You just crack the little ampoule and spread it across teeth and within seconds you’re talking and breathing like normal (those pesky whitening strips always seemed to leave a nasty film in my mouth).

The GoSMILE Smile Whitening System is available at for $89
Dr.-Bronner's-Citrus-Orange-Pure-Castille-Soap.jpgWe’d been hearing about the magic for years. Literally, years. But, until recently, we hadn’t taken the amazingness of Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Orange Liquid Soap for a test ride.

Well, color us impressed. This soap not only smells fantastic but works up into a pretty incredible lather with less than a dime-sized amount poured out of the bottle! The scent is definitely citrusy, but not at all fake or cloying—it’s fresh and clean with just a touch of zestiness.

We were definitely a little skeptical of how well this soap would lather up since it starts as a very watery liquid. But it really does turn into a delightful mass of suds in just seconds when poured onto a pouf, a washcloth or even just your hands.

Plus, this soap is formulated with organic orange, lemon and lime to stimulate and invigorate the skin. All the oils are certified organic, and the packaging is made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Pretty cool, right?

Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Orange Liquid Soap retails for $6.39 at
Best-Moisturizers-Under-20.jpgWhen you think of moisturizer, you might not realize that there are many out there that are absolutely amazing and don’t cost a pretty penny! It’s common to think that the less expensive the moisturizer, the less good it will do. But we’re here to tell you that’s not always the case— these five moisturizers are all fantastic, and they’re all under $20!

Pond’s Dry Skin Cream
This moisturizer is hypoallergenic and perfect for super dry skin. Truth be told, we love all things Pond’s!
$4.99 at

Eucerin Original Moisturizing Lotion
One of the very best moisturizers out there, especially for dry skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
$11.99 at

Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion
The moisturizer that was formulated for dry, sensitive skin. Say goodbye to redness and irritation.
$10 at

Burt’s Bees Beeswax Moisturizing Creme
Beeswax, vitamins and botanical oils ensure that your skin is soft, smooth and exceedingly radiant.
$14.99 at

Biore Nourish Moisture Lotion
Not only is this moisturizer oil-free, but it contains SPF 15 so your skin is protected all day long.
$9.99 at

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