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It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer

A full coverage, anti-aging, and waterproof concealer infused with subtle radiance.  Works well on fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tones, and dark circles.

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Grande Cosmetics GrandeLASH-MD Lash Enhancing Serum

No need to resort to lash extensions and falsies when you use this serum, which leaves lashes looking longer, thicker and better than before.

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Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength Daily Peel

A daily anti-aging extra strength peel in presoaked pads to resurrect radiance and combat the three most common signs of aging.


Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo 

This dry shampoo contains ultra-fine, oil absorbing rice starch that removes buildup and odor, leaving hair instantly clean and refreshed.  Its UV-protecting, argan oil-infused formula breaks down instantly, leaving no dull residue and maintaining the natural richness of dark, brunette tones.  It is also available in light tones. 

Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray

When lifeless hair craves style and volume, reach for this argan oil-infused spray that instantly gives strands that lived-in look we love.

Moroccanoil Protect

Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection creates a thermal protective shield that lets hair withstand extreme heat up to 430 degrees Fahrenheit, and provides soft hold and a glossy finish to extend the life of every style.  This vitamin infused heat protectant also nourishes while preventing breakage and split ends. 


If you’re beauty enthusiasts like your 2 orchids, then you’ve heard of New Beauty, the pioneering beauty magazine. Now that award season is here, it’s time to peek into The Awards Box From New Beauty Magazine.

First, an honor statement: we love awards season! We always strive to keep our readers up to speed with the best of best in beauty, so it’s no surprise that we had four of the five items featured in the last special-edition awards box.

Featured items included Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray, IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination, Dr. Dennis Gross extra strength daily peel, and Grande Lash-MD. These selections are so exciting because we always hope to find that new breakthrough product that we have never heard of, and that will soon become a favorite.

Each New Beauty Magazine box includes full and deluxe-size samples of the very best in beauty for only $50 (visit new Since this awards box sold out in less than 48 hours last year, we thought we might mention that you’ll have another chance to grab one this summer before they’re gone.

For many months editors from New Beauty Magazine go through tons of serums, hairsprays, makeup and more. After considering each item, they then go through a selection process. The best products are then taken home with the editors, where the testing continues. While some make the cut, others are eliminated. Only the survivors make it to the beauty box.

In the past, we have subscribed to boxes such as Birchbox, Ipsy, and more recently Karen gets boxes from The Zoe Report Box of Style, and now Nordstrom. Besides being like Christmas once a month, you get handpicked items delivered right to your doorstep. The best part is we got to share these products with you over the years.

Luckily for us, beauty junkies, fingers are crossed so that we stumble upon a new discovery from the experts at New Beauty Magazine. You know, the ones that make you feel confident, and like a million bucks. Day after day after day!



Editor:  Maria Ines Raposo
Protect Information obtained from Grande Cosmetics, Moroccanoil, New Beauty Magazine, & Sephora


Matrix Total Results Color Obsessed Miracle Treat 12 Benefits


Miracle. There’s a word to watch out for in the beauty industry! For the sake of research, today we put our sceptic-self aside and decided to give a chance to Matrix Total Results Color Obsessed Miracle Treat 12 Benefits. We didn’t keep a methodic checklist, but there is no doubt that there are several benefits involved.

The premise is simple: this is a multi-perfecting spray that keeps colored hair vibrant and conditioned between salon visits. So much that all you need to do is color outside the lines. Among its 12 essential benefits, are antioxidants to protect against environmental aggressors, strengthen hair, keep color vibrant, and avoid fading.

We spray it into damp hair and confirm it got smoother and tamed – bye bye frizz. In this video I review the best hair extensions on the market, the spray leaves the extensions feeling so soft , which is why I called my video Diamond Dynasty Virgin Hair Review, as I focus on a frontal installation, It leaves hair feeling soft and manageable but not weighed down or flat. Our hair is full of body and there’s no sign of oiliness nearby. However, if you fear that your hair might suffer from thinning, then there is always the trick of using hair extensions to add volume to your hair. The Lauren Ashtyn Collection website has a variety womens hair extensions for all kinds of hair. Head over to their site now.

We can tell that it prolongs the life of our color-treated hair: Lauren’s highlights are still looking vibrant even after several washes. A major plus it the fact that it protects against heat (blow dryer, curling, flat iron, you name it!).

With Matrix Total Results Miracle Treat 12 Benefits, our hair detangles well, looks shinier, and smells breezily good. To be honest, the only con of this one is trying to read the instruction label. To save you the trouble: use as a leave in conditioner. You can thank us later!

Editor:  Maria Ines Raposo


Suave Color Care Dry Shampoo With Keratin Infusion

We have a confession to make: we are recent converts of dry shampoo. We know they’ve been around for a while, but it’s never too late to adhere to new methods to help extend the life of our hair color. Time to take a look at Suave’s Color Care Dry Shampoo With Keratin Infusion.

The first thing to know about this product is its self-acclaimed, salon-proven ability to refresh as well as Kerastase’s Powder Bluff. That must mean something, right? 

In fact, it does a great job of absorbing oil. Lauren applied it mostly around the hairline, the area that gets most oily, on her second-day hair. One’s scalp may accumulate a lot of dandruff too, for which, it can get tiring to braid & unbraid the hair frequently only to oil it. You could address this problem by exercising some natural solutions that do not leave any room for side-effects to transpire. Suave’s Color Care Dry Shampoo left her hair soft and clean while maintaining color, with zero traces or white cast residues. If you have dry hair, then dry shampoo can be damaging. Find out home remedies for dry hair here.

The texture and added volume on our 2nd-day hair make us feel ready to tackle the day. It helps that the scent is pleasant, though not overpowering. Opposite to other dry shampoos, this product doesn’t leave hair feeling stiff or weighed down at all.

If you are going to give it a try, the directions are easy as 1-2-3: First, shake the can before and during application, spray on lifted sections of dry hair, 8-12 inches from roots, where it is most oily. Second, massage through roots to absorb oil evenly. Finally, brush it through. You should now have a revived hair.

This a time-saving convenient trick to refresh hair between regular washes which has a little secret named Keratin. For color fans like us, it’s great to find a product to extend colored hair as well as a blowout effect. You can also get the bombshell beauty collection that has the best hair serum.



Editor:  Maria Ines Raposo

Vibrant Sexy Hair Rose Elixir

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Vibrant Sexy Hair Rose Elixir

Ahh, now we can smell the roses everyday with Vibrant Sexy Hair Rose Elixir by Sexy Hair.  A spray oil with the lovely scent of a rose that we can use from our heads to our toes!  You know that we are suckers for a good fragrance. So many times, the scent alone is enough reason to purchase a particular product. Talk about reaping the benefits of an oil, mist, and elixir all from one simple spray. Our hair care and body care this time of year definitely needs a little TLC, so the timing of being introduced to this product couldn’t be better.  Let’s start with the hair. As you already know, Karen and I have two different textures of hair, with Lauren’s being thick and Karen’s more fine.  Due to the cold winter season, our hair is feeling dryer than normal.  We both sprayed The Rose Elixir with Rose & Almond Oil to the ends of our damp hair. It provided just enough moisture to keep it looking healthy and full of life, with the sexy scent of a rose and just a hint of almond.  After styling, and another spray on dry hair, the finish was smooth and silky, not heavy or greasy in any way. Surprisingly, it did not weigh down the hair, which was a concern for Karen.  We’ve now incorporated Rose Elixir into our daily skincare routine as well.  For that extra boost of hydration to the skin, we apply directly after towel drying.  It’s so easy, just spray and go. Plus, the scent is fresh and amazing! It is definitely our new essential that will carry us well beyond winter!

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