Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Outfit of the day Saturday April 27, 2013

Headed out to Miami with my husband !


Outfit :















Outfit Details :


Peplum Tank Top in Navy - Forever 21 HERE

Striped Pants - Forever 21 HERE

Shoes - Pour La Victoire similar  HERE

Bag - Louis Vuitton Tivoli PM HERE

Earrings : Body Central HERE

Bracelet - HRH collection La Petite Lumiere HERE 

Saturday, April 27, 2013

M3k Barefaced and Fabulous Face Wash Review

I was lucky enough to have been sent Barefaced and Fabulous foaming facial cleanser and toner by M3k Beauty ! 



I have very picky skin. When it does not like something. It lets me know. Big time. LOL. I had no issue with sensitivity to this face wash and it made my skin feel squeaky clean. An amazing benefit of the product is that it has a toner in it to get your skin to the proper PH levels. Thus, eliminating one step out of my skincare routine. I would simply wash my face, pat dry and apply my current moisturizer(s). I rotate moisturizers between Dr. Brandt Blemishes No More Oil Free Hydrator and DDF Clarifying hydrator. This is what my skin is happy with.



Aside from the fact that you skip having to tone our face, it comes out in a foam and you need such a little amount to clean your entire face. I would say I used half of a pump and it cleaned my entire face. My husband saw it in the shower and he used it and he loved it. He said to me "what is that face wash in the bathroom, my skin has never felt this clean". So, that to me is the ultimate honor of a product. Men tend not to notice something that is good for their skin unless it really good !!! 

This product is not tested on animals ---- MAJOR BONUS !!!


It made my skin have this super clean feeling without being overwhelming or drying. I would recommend this product to ANYONE. This is a product that I feel can be used by woman/man and does not have an age group association. I  truly enjoyed this face wash, so much ! It contains supernatural ingredients such as Goji Berry, Acacia Berry, Aloe Vera , Grape Seed Extract, Peppermint Oil, Ginko Biloba Leaf and more. So, I know I am putting quality ingredients on my skin.


Visit M3k Website here :  www.m3kbeauty.com


10 out of 10 , if I had to rate it !






More information from the M3k Beauty website below :



* M3k Loves Animals

Here at M3K Beauty we are not only 100% committed to NEVER testing our products on animals, but donate 10% of our profits to our Infinite Giving Group – who in turn donates to animal shelters, SPCA Groups and works with as many ongoing projects as we possibly can to ensure that all animals, both farm and domestic, are treated with the kindness and respect that they are entitled.


Manufactured in The USA


M3K Beauty is very selective in outsourcing our work. We searched far and wide for a manufacturer for our products who had the same ethos as we do. We eventually found Healthy Solutions LLC in Scottsdale Arizona – a specialist manufacturer in health and beauty products. The team at Healthy Solutions, a family run business, are dedicated to their commitment to reduce their environmental footsteps, their commitment to non animal testing and their community work. Through Healthy Solutions, many local disabled groups become involved in our business by assisting with packing products










Reducing Our Environmental Footprint :


M3K Beauty is very selective in outsourcing our work. We searched far and wide for a manufacturer for our products who had the same ethos as we do. We eventually found Healthy Solutions LLC in Scottsdale Arizona – a specialist manufacturer in health and beauty products. The team at Healthy Solutions, a family run business, are dedicated to their commitment to reduce their environmental footsteps, their commitment to non animal testing and their community work. Through Healthy Solutions, many local disabled groups become involved in our business by assisting with packing products










Our Uncorporate Corporation ! 

M3K Beauty describes itself as the “Uncorporate Corporation”. By that statement, we mean that we believe that as long as we are making a profit, we will continue to support – by way of funds, time and manpower – as many projects as feasible through our Infinite Giving Group. Our management team was carefully chosen from across the USA and Australia to ensure that we have a team who is 100% dedicated to reaching our goal – to change as many needy lives as possible.


Above taken from the M3k Website *

Visit M3k Beauty Here :    www.m3kbeauty.com


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Baby Blue Quasar Review

After a few weeks of using the Baby Blue Quasar, which was sent to me by Baby Quasar, I feel I can give a full review on it. Baby Quasar is a line that delivers premium and innovative light therapy devices to professionals and home users. 


They offer many different types of laser treatment as every color light has a different effect on the skin. 

Red light therapy is known to help with  : Wrinkles and fine lines, Tightening and firming (non-surgical face lift alternative), Blemishes and redness, Anti-aging , Age spots and hyperpigmentation on face, hands, neck,  Acne scarring.



Blue Light Therapy :  Dermatologists have used blue light in their offices since 2002 to clear acne breakouts quickly and effectively by eliminating the bacteria that cause them. Blue light treatment is a non-UV light therapy, which is gentle on skin and does not cause long-term harmful health effects. It kills acne vulgaris. 


Since the company was kind enough to let me choose which one I wanted, I went with the Baby Blue Quasar , that is meant for acne treatment. If you follow my blog you know  I am always dealing with an adult acne, cystic pimple flare up.



I always breakout in the same spot, so, I really focused on that area every single night since I received it. It DEFINITELY improved my skin. I usually get a monthly cystic acne pimple that is large and inflamed. With the constant use of this every night I did not experience this breakout which normally occurs.


Which to me is amazing ! As someone who suffers from Adult Acne I am about willing to try anything I can to make it go away. That is why I was beyond thrilled to receive this ! 


I noticed a difference in my pores and I noticed my t-zone was not nearly as oily as it normally is. I also did a lot of spot treating and the pimple that would normally be huge was lessened a lot. I applied a dot of hydrocortisone to the area and used the Baby Blue Quasar religiously.


I am confident that laser therapy works. When you are using the Baby Blue Quasar you will feel a nice warming sensation on the spot you are over. 


My FAVORITE thing about this is it is done in the privacy of your own home. Or, wherever you choose to use it. They have blue light therapy at a medical spa that I go to. I never want to sit under the light after I have had a facial. I love being able to have spa quality products that you can use at home. So, if you don't feel like making a spa appointment just to get your hands on red or blue therapy light treatment , I definitely recommend the Baby Quasar (baby blue, for acne, red light therapy for wrinkles, fine lines).



Check out their website here :   www.babyquasar.com




Some pics of what the blue light looks like :





Again check them out : www.BabyQuasar.com


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Splurge VS. Steal

Splurge :

Gorgeous Michael Kors Quilted Leather Jacket 

Retail : $795 












Steal :



Forever 21 


Metallic Beaded Faux Leather Jacket


Retail : $44.80 








Both have similar style. I actually prefer the Forever 21 Version ! 


What is your take ?


Splurge or Steal ?


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Winner Selected for my One Carat Diamond Tennis Bracelet Giveaway !

This morning I looked at the astonishing amount of entires for the Giveaway and THANK GOD for random.org because, I would never be able to select a winner ! 


Out of 372 comments random.org generated the number 2. So, the person who wrote the second comment in my post will be receiving the one carat diamond tennis bracelet. 






The second comment was written by Jill.


I will be notifying here via email. 


Thank you to everyone who entered !!


I genuinely hope that with my contests I can make peoples days , weeks or even years ! 



And, don't forget that I always have a new contest brewing. So, stay tuned for the next contest ! 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Healing Powers Of Turmeric and A DIY face mask

Turmeric has many beneficial health properties. I was never really aware of how powerful it is. But, as of lately so many people have said that I need to incorporate it into my diet and skin care routine. The woman who does my laser hair removal takes it by capsule everyday. She was telling me about it in one of my first sessions. Then, I saw a Youtube video about it and finally one of my favorite bloggers and Beauty Editor at Cosmo For Latinas, Milly from www.Beautylogicblog.com  did an instagram post about it. 

So, I started with a simple mask.

You will need :

1 tsp. Honey ( preferably manuka honey or organic honey)

1 tsp. Yogurt ( I used Chobani plain Greek yogurt )

1 tsp. Turmeric ( I purchased organic turmeric ) 


Ingredients

Consistency

You will look more orange than Snooki when the mask is on !
Just an FYI and an embarrassing photo for you guys ! 

Be careful not to leave this mask on for more than 15 mins as turmeric is so strong, it can stain your skin. So, just be careful. If it does leave a yellow residue, I removed it with my Peter Thomas Roth Complexion Correction Pads.  




I also, just last night and this morning. Started drinking one teaspoon of turmeric mixed with water. It does not taste good at all. But, it has cleansing properties ! 













Benefits of Turmeric :



Blocking cancer
Doctors at UCLA recently found that curcumin, the main component in turmeric, appeared to block an enzyme that promotes the growth of head and neck cancer. 
 
In that study, 21 subjects with head and neck cancers chewed two tablets containing 1,000 milligrams of curcumin.  An independent lab in Maryland evaluated the results and found that the cancer-promoting enzymes in the patients’ mouths were inhibited by the curcumin and thus prevented from advancing the spread of the malignant cells.
 
Powerful antioxidant
The University of Maryland’s Medical Center also states that turmeric’s powerful antioxidant properties fight cancer-causing free radicals, reducing or preventing some of the damage they can cause.
 
While more research is necessary, early studies have indicated that curcumin may help prevent or treat several types of cancer including prostate, skin and colon.
 
Potent anti-inflammatory
Dr. Randy J. Horwitz, the medical director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, wrote a paper for the American Academy of Pain Management in which he discussed the health benefits of turmeric. 
 
“Turmeric is one of the most potent natural anti-inflammatories available,” Horwitz states in the paper.




20 Health Benefits of Turmeric :



1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.

2. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.

3. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.

4. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.

5. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.

6. Is a natural liver detoxifier.

7. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.

8. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.

9. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.

10. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.

11. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.

12. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.

13. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.

14. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

15. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.

16. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.

17. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.

18. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.

19. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.

20. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.




Also, if applied to your skin or mixed with your face wash you will notice a much brighter complexion. Hopefully, this will make some of you start incorporating it into your diet and skin care routine. I never cooked with it. I heard the best way to introduce it into your diet is adding it to your egg salad. It will add a rich orange hue and won't be too overpowering. So, thats a definite try for me maybe, I will make that for lunch tomorrow.



Let me know if you have any more info, leave it in the comments below. 

And, let me know if you use it or start to use it !! I love reading comments, so comment away ! 



Monday, April 1, 2013

Casual Easter Outfit OOTD

Easter Sunday was celebrated quietly this year, just my husband and I. I made dinner for us in the evening and afterward we were bored and nothing was opened since it was Easter Sunday, so we just went for a stroll on a path not too far from the beach. We have a lot of big things coming up, so I think we need to value the quiet time we have now ! 


Casual Outfit :




Hold Your Head High and Smile !
No matter what the circumstance is, be happy and live in the moment !

Giant Chloe Sunglasses. I love Chloe Sunglasses ! They design not only the best bags and shoes but also sunglasses. They always give me the giant sunglasses I crave ! 







Outfit Details :



Crochet Knit Shirt - Forever 21

White Tank top underneath - Target Mossimo long and lean tank tops ( amazing for layering)  HERE

Jeans - Old Navy Rockstar Jeans HERE

Sneakers - Topshop (last season)

Bag - Roberto Cavalli for Target when Target collaborated with Neiman Marcus ( not sure if you can still find the bag)