My amazing friend and fellow beauty blogger Annabella at Skin Scrubs sent me some beauty goodies straight from the UK, where she lives, that are not available here in the United States. Not only was I elated when I received the package, but she even sent me a super cute cupcake card, and some really great products. Sleek Makeup is a UK-based beauty company getting a ton of buzz right now for their eyeshadow palettes and products because they are inexpensive but very pigmented. If you are from the US, you can find Sleek on eBay, however be forewarned…prices can be marked up there because of demand! Sleek Pout Polish is just one of the amazing Sleek products she sent me, and I have been so excited for this post. To see photographs, swatches, and what I think of this tinted lip conditioner,
Incredible, right? Most “tinted lip conditioners” are simply sheer, shimmery lip balms, but Sleek knows how to do it right! “Scandal” is insanely pigmented, and a tiny dip into this product will give you more than enough for your upper and lower lip.
This is most definitely a blue-based red…look at how blindingly white it makes my teeth look! I love it. It’s extremely flattering, and it makes your lips feel like butter. The only thing you may want to keep in mind is not too use too much product. If you use too much, it can bleed because it is a balm type product. I made the mistake of digging my finger in the first time, expecting it to be super sheer like cherry Chapstick. How wrong I was! And, it’s a good kind of wrong.
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The brand new Maybelline ExpertWear Eyeshadow Quad’s come in a wide array of color combination’s, and the one that caught my eye the most was “Seashore Frosts.” In our previous post, we swatched this palette, and saw how the colors are soft, velvety, and pure pastel gorgeousness. In fact, the shades remind me of cotton candy so much that I wanted this look to be playfully soft. To see how to get this look,
Each shade in Seashore Frosts is labeled according to where you can apply the colors. On the back of the palette, there is a diagram showing where each part of your eye is (brow-bone, crease, etc). Maybelline makes application of this product incredibly easy to follow, but remember – there are no “rules” as to how you can apply these colors! I went for a soft, cotton-candy inspired look that is playful and flirty. I topped my look off with a silver glitter eyeliner to add some fun glitz to it.
Seashore Frosts Eye Makeup Instructions:
- Apply the pastel baby blue over your entire eyelid, all the way up to your brow-bone, mostly focusing this color on the brow-bone. This will act as our base for the rest of the look, and help the lavender pop.
- Apply the lavender purple shade over your entire eyelid. I wet my eyeshadow to make this color pop even more. This is, of course, optional, and the color has enough pigment to stand out on its own. Focus fire the lavender over your eyelid and just to the crease of your eye.
- Apply the sparkling dark plum shade to the crease of your eye with a pencil brush, using a very light hand. We don’t want the look to be super smokey, we just want a little extra definition. You can blend out this color with your pencil brush or a fluffy blending brush to make it look extra soft.
- Apply the forest green to your entire lower lash line, creating a frosty, metallic green pop that is unexpected!
- Go back and reapply the baby blue color on your brow-bone, making it pop even more.
- Apply a silver glitter or shimmer eyeliner to your upper lash line. I used Hard Candy’s “Lace” liquid eyeliner, which looks somewhat transparent in the photographs because of the flash and the clear base it is in. In real life, the formula is sparkly, and really looks opaque when applied along the lash line.
- Curl your lashes and apply mascara.
The final result is very whimsical. The Hard Candy “Walk The Line” glitter eyeliner in “Lace” really pulls in the metallic green liner on your lower lash line, and even if some of it transfers to your lashes, you get almost a “fairy tale” look from it.
Maybelline ExpertWear Eyeshadow Quad’s are currently available in fourteen combination’s at drugstores nationwide. I bought this palette for under $5 at my local Walmart, making it a fantastic beauty bargain.
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Alberto Culver Company (NYSE: ACV), a $1.6 billion in revenue manufacturer and marketer of beauty care brands including TRESemme, Alberto VO5, Nexxus, St. Ives, Simple and Noxzema,hasannounced that it has entered into a definitive agreement in which Unilever will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Alberto Culver for $37.50 per share in cash, valuing the company at approximately $3.7 billion. The transaction is structured as a merger and is subject to approval by owners holding a majority of Alberto Culver’s outstanding shares, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The merger agreement was unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. The announcement was made by Carol Lavin Bernick, executive chairman, on behalf of the Alberto Culver Board of Directors.
The $37.50 per share price represents a 33 percent premium to Alberto Culver’s 12-month volume weighted average share price and an 18 percent premium to its all-time high closing share price achieved earlier this year.
Bernick said, "Throughout our history, and particularly in the last decade, we have grown Alberto Culver’s key brands’ sales and market shares at a pace exceeding our highly competitive categories’ growth rates. This has been the result of a combination of innovation, excellent service and entrepreneurial drive, all planned and executed by an incredibly talented team. Our shareholders have benefitted year in and year out from their efforts. We are enormously proud of our people and what they have accomplished.
However, viewing the global marketplace today, we believe that for these brands to achieve their full potential, they need to be able to compete in all major global markets. Given the resources this would require, our brands’ chances for success are better served by being merged into a larger organization with an even larger global footprint than Alberto Culver’s. We believe Unilever is such a company and we believe we are maximizing value for our shareholders through this agreement."
V. James Marino, president and CEO of Alberto Culver, said, "The credit for our growth goes to an outstanding Alberto Culver team. Our people exhibit a sense of urgency and demonstrate a commitment to growth through brand building and innovation that have consistently made us winners in our categories. Unilever has a long and distinguished history, and we look forward to our brands making an important contribution to the company’s growth going forward. Both we and Unilever are committed to moving expeditiously to closing."
BDT & Company, LLC acted as Alberto Culver’s financial advisor on the transaction. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC advised by providing a fairness opinion to Alberto Culver’s board of directors. Sidley Austin LLP served as Alberto Culver’s legal advisor on the transaction.
Olay Definity 14 day skin rehabilitation 1 Kit
Counteracts past skin stresses to diminish discoloration plus wrinkles in just 14 days
Time, stress and the environment — especially the sun — can really take a toll on your skin.
Intensive 3-Phase Treatment:
13 potent treatments (net wt. 0.05 oz / 1.5 g) each
1 moisturizing mask (0.83 fl oz / 24 ml)
Introducing Olay Definity 14 Day Skin Rehabilitation. A total anti-aging skin immersion that detoxifies, recovers and revives skin’s appearance in just 14 days.
Total skin immersion hydrates and immediately diminishes the appearance of age spots and wrinkles. Skin will emerge with a more flawless luminosity and diminished look of discoloration in just 14 days.
The intensive 14 Day anti-aging system works in three phases:
phase 1 Detoxify
The first 7 doses are specially formulated to ignite skin exfoliation, aiding skin’s natural detoxification.
phase 2 Deep Recovery
The next 6 doses contain Olay’s most potent formulation of Glucosamine Complex and hydrate to help skin’s natural recovery from the appearance of past skin stresses.
phase 3 Revive
The last step is a reviving mask, saturated with 5x the conditioners of a typical lotion application to give skin a boost of rehabilitating moisture and complete your treatment.
Mask made in China
Phase 1 Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Salicylic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate*, Tocopheryl Nicotinate*, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethiconol, Isohexadecane, Steareth-21, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Laureth-7, Disodium EDTA, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polyacrylamide, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
Phase 2 Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Polyethylene, Acetyl Glucosamine, Dimethicone, Soluble Collagen, Tocopheryl Acetate*, Ascorb
User Ratings and Reviews
3 Stars Pretty Good
I received this product through Amazon Vine and was pleasantly surprised to see Olay there. It is a very good brand and I have used the regenerist serum before and thought it worked well.
I picked this up and used it and it did make my face feel refreshed and worked pretty well. It comes with 7 capsules of first treatment to use then 7 to use after the first week. Also a hydrating mask that was nice.
I found that it was a pain to remember to put it on every night for those 2 weeks. Maybe it’s just me but I’d prefer something in a bigger bottle that you can just use when you want but it said to use this for a couple weeks straight daily to see results.
I was fairly satisfied with it but I much prefer regenerist serum to this. 3.5 stars.
4 Stars Why Not Five Stars? It Deserves Fives Stars….but
This 14-day product is amazing. It is well worth the time spent applying the product, which is minimal, as you will see your facial skin come alive. Your face will jump back through an “Oil of Olay portal” in time…I guess is what happens. And it does happen. Fourteen days to turn back time and see that you whom you remember, but thought that she was gone. So, why four-stars and not five? Oil of Olay, and, the entire facial and body care stuff providers need to remember that men use their products substantially more so now. And so, they need to more aware of the dislikes of men…like, scent, absorption, simplicity, and a version of the products in less feminine bottles. I’m sorry, but I just cannot get past the pretty, dainty bottles. Love a product line or not, I simply will not fill my bathroom with pretty pink bottles. That simple!
5 Stars Great product, great price
I am 45 years old and have very few lines, but this is because I have used moisturizers and masks on my face since I was 16 years old. I started out using Avon, then had to move to Clinique, but when I hit 30 Clinique was not working for me any longer and made my face too dry. I then moved to Biotherm, but they moved out of the U.S. After that I had great difficulty finding another product I like. You see I am a little fanatical about wrinkles. I do not want wrinkles in any shape or form. I do not willingly let people cut on me, so there is a 99.5% chance I will never have a face-lift. I have spent a lot of money trying everything in Macy’s and have never been happy. Now I have a variation of Oil of Olay and my pocketbook and my skin are both happy. Oh, almost forgot my allergies are really happy. I have used this particular product exactly as the instructions say and it works great. I have revitalized and refreshed skin at the end of the 14 days. I love the mask, I do wish I could buy it separately. I really like to use a facial mask once or twice a week, but have found none in the Oil of Olay line. I use the Total Effects line with the exception of the eye cream. I use the Pro X eye cream. I use the Definity 14 day treatment twice a year. The Total Effects has a non-perfume version of their daily moisturizer with SPF 15 which works wonders. I used to spend close to $300 each time I had to replace all of my products, with Oil of Olay, I now spend about $100 every time I need to replace them all. Oh, did I mention that I’m 45 years old and most people think I am in my mid 30’s. Thank you Oil of Olay for making a product that works for me and that I can actually afford. I do wish the Pro X line did not cost so much though, because one day I will be forced to move up the ladder like everyone else.
1 Star Didn’t Work for Me
This product did nothing for me. It was easy to pack daily packs for travelling, but I saw no difference at the end of the 14 day period.
2 Stars 14 day skin rehabilitatio
I get so excited when there is an Olay product I haven’t tried. I am sorry to say that I did not see any sustantial difference after this product was completel used.
At first glance its hard to miss how much these look like the Urban Decay Ink For Eyes Eyeliners. But I’m gonna throw this out there right away – I like these better than Ink For Eyes.
For starters the Hard Candy Hot Smudge comes with two shades and only costs $6. I tried Rebel - a bright blue and a clear primer with hint of sparkles. The brush that comes with the product is all I use. It is great to draw even a very thin line. The liner itself has a creamy texture but not very ultra creamy like Ink For Eyes. Those ultra creamy ones smudge and are not good for liner purposes. But this one works perfectly well as a liner and as a base for shadows.
They didn’t smudge or touch my crease like the Urban Decay ones did. This is good stuff , man.
Overall for $6 this is so worth trying. Plus they are sold at Walmart – if you don’t like the shade you tried you simply return it with the receipt. But take it from me – chances are you will only be going back to get more !
Every weight loss program has workouts in it’s plan. Workouts form the important part of any weight loss program. So muscle soreness or muscle pain is inevitable as most weight loss seekers have led a sedentary life style that caused obesity and overweight in the first place. Generally those who seek weight loss are in the age group of 30-60 whose muscles have become weak due to non usage and are prime candidates for muscle pain.
Any sudden increase in intensity or duration of the exercises may cause sore muscles. During workouts,the body muscles are subjected to stress that increases the strength of the particular muscle where the stress is applied. Generally to build up muscle strength, the workout intensity must be gradually increased.
The first hurdle faced by any weight loss seeker is muscle soreness or muscle pain after the exercises as the muscles were idle earlier hence not conditioned for hard work. Initially the weight loss seeker is overenthusiastic and very sincere to achieve results fast. So he or she increases the intensity of the exercise more than his or her muscle fiber can cope with causing minute tears in muscle fiber. This results in muscle inflammation that leads to release of chemicals (that irritate) to cause localized (at the place of exertion) muscle soreness or pain which happens after 24 hours of muscle exertion. This is called ‘delayed onset muscle soreness’ (or DOMS) which is painful and lasts only for two to three days. This is the most vulnerable phase of the weight loss program when about 30% give up fearing repetition of painful sore muscles.
Take pain killers such as aspirin which is found to be effective.Gently give hot massage to the affected muscle. This will help remove pain causing lactic acid from the injured muscle helping the healing process. Take complete rest till the muscle pain or soreness vanishes usually within two to three days.
Keep ice cubes wrapped in cloth on the sore muscle for about 15 minutes and repeat it every hour since it helps in reducing swelling and internal bleeding. Take cold bath by adding ice cubes to the bath water and immersing your body for 2 minutes followed by hot bath.
Increase the intensity of workouts gradually over a period of time. Make it a point to do warm up exercises like ‘running on the spot’ for five minutes before starting the workouts. Regular exercises will condition your body to withstand muscle overload there by preventing sore muscles.
Include lots of fresh vegetables and fruits in your diet to enhance natural vitamin intake to heal sore muscle. If the muscle pain persists for more than five days or if there is no gradual reduction in pain after three days consult your doctor since it may indicate a torn ligament.
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Regardless of what we call these skin problems, the bottom line is that they must be removed from our skin and fast!
Also called closed comedones, whiteheads are basically pores sealed shut by dirt. The white material is bacteria that can’t get out of the skin. You can squeeze these materials out the same way with blackheads. However, in learning how to get rid of whiteheads , you’ll find out that this is not ideal.
First of all, you have to make sure that your hands and face are free of dirt. You can unclog pores by steaming your face or washing it with warm water. When drying up the wet skin, don’t rub your face with the towel and instead made deliberate pats on the face to remove excess water. Now, carefully apply pressure on the base of the whitehead to make the white matter pop out. This should make a clean opening on your skin. However, if this doesn’t work, then don’t force it. You can repeat the procedure the next day or when you feel as if the whitehead has ripened and is ready to burst. The reason for this is that when popped wrongly or done too soon, the whiteheads can leave an unsightly mark or scar that is even harder to remove.
How To Prevent Them
Teaching yourself how to get rid of whiteheads is every bit as important as learning how to prevent one. The minute you’ve managed to get rid of them, then you must take pains to keep them removed. For this, you can try various methods of keeping your pores clean and unclogged. You can use salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide for this. You can also create your own cleanser which would be better for your budget. Try using a mixture of oatmeal and milk to use as a face mask every three weeks. With this, your pores will stay closed. Partnered with a proper hygiene and healthy living, you just might beat the pimples yet.
You have to be patient if you want to learn how to eliminate zits . Not only are they persistent, they also take a long time to heal. Plus, pimples are triggered by many factors. Some are even unavoidable. For example, hereditary acne problems may only be controlled. The menstrual period is also a big pimple trigger. When it comes to this, what you must do is control the event. Anticipate that the pimples will grow and start preparing yourself. Also, if you want to learn how to get rid of zits, then be patient. Wait for the treatment to take effect since this would probably take some time. However, if you stick to your treatment of choice, then there shouldn’t be any problem.Next Page »