Brazilian Keratin Hair Treatment System Review

I recently tested the new Intenstive Brazilian Keratin Hair Treatment from

To use the product, I put it in my hair and let it set for 25 minutes with a shower cap on.  I then rinsed and styled my hair as usual.  I used my BrushLab ceramic coated barrel brush.  It has heat-resistant nylon bristles that can withstand high temperatures.  It grabs my thick hair in sections and makes it so much easier to dry. 

After blowdrying my hair, I then used the flat iron.  It worked like a charm.  My hair was smooth and soft, but without the salon visit.  

To find out more on the Brazilian Hair Treatment products, visit

To purchase the same brush visit:

Facebook Fan Pick of the Week

Check out Endless Beauty on Facebook.  Every Monday they have a Monday Funday Contest.  They also have great articles, reviews, and just fun stuff about celebrities.  Check them out and "like" them today!

Their website is:

Click on this link:!/EndlessBeautyFB?ref=ts

Summer's Over, Now What?

See if your skin needs rehab or just an intervention
Post-Summer Skin Repair
This is a skin care article
If we try to make your skin go to rehab, will you say no, no, no? Take this quiz to find out how bad you may have damaged it this summer and how to repair it.

Whitney Port Helps Sephora "Kiss for a Cause"

Whitney Port was at the Sephora Hollywood and Highland store in Los Angeles to kick off Sephora's "Kiss for a Cause," a three week long- initiative to benefit The Beauty Bus Foundation, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for homebound, terminally or chronically ill people and their primary caregivers by bringing beauty into their lives. This foundation provides in-home beauty and grooming treatments, free of charge, to those who might not otherwise have access, helping them maintain dignity and giving them respite during a difficult time.

During the promotion, Sephora is inviting its clients to try one of fall's hottest trends, the bold, red lip, and donate their kiss to the in-store collage. Whitney Port was among the first to donate her kiss and add it to the growing mosaic of supporters, choosing Make Up For Ever's Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in #43, Moulin Rouge as her favorite shade.

From now until September 15th, $1 of every qualifying red lip purchase at Sephora will be donated in support of The Beauty Bus Foundation, up to $25,000. To select the perfect red, let a Sephora artist guide you during a custom Red Lip Express Service, or to simply donate a kiss, what better place to explore a trend and feel good about it than at Sephora's "Kiss for a Cause." Take your pick from the below participating brands and give the red lip trend a more meaningful look on you and someone else.

· Buxom Big & Healthy Lipstick in Barcelona

· Dior Addict Color Awakening Lip Balm

· Dior Serum de Rouge in Red Serum 850

· Fusion LipFusion Infatuation in Screen Siren

· Kat Von D Painted Love Lipstick in Adora

· Korres Raspberry Antioxidant Liquid Lipsticks in Red and Berry

· Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in S43 and P17

· Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick in The Red

· Tarte Matte Lip Stains in Fiery and Envy

How to get Whitney's "Kiss for a Cause" Look
Sephora PRO Team makeup artist Jill Powell used Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in #43, Moulin Rouge as the focus of Whitney Port's total beauty look, then layered on Fusion LipFusion Infatuation gloss in Screen Siren gloss to add shine. Both are featured shades in the Sephora "Kiss for a Cause" promotion.

This striking lip was balanced with dramatically lined eyes for a glamorous, classic Hollywood look. Sephora Collection Waterproof Smoky Cream Liner in Must Have, a deep, matte black, was applied with a brush in bold strokes over Stila Kitten Eye Shadow, a light, shimmery champagne, creating a sultry doe-eyed effect. Several coats of Sephora Collection Advanced Lash Booster Mascara finished the look. Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek in Charmed added a sheer rosy flush to her cheeks and misted TEMPTU AIR podT Highlighter in Champagne to add a hint of illumination. To create the perfect canvas for Whitney's look, Jill used Josie Maran Tinted Moisturizer and Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder

Hair Stylist Robert Steinken complemented her look with a modern, sophisticated ponytail. He smoothed the hair with No Frizz Styling Cream from Living Proof and pulled it back into a high ponytail with an elastic. He wrapped a small section of hair over the fastening and spritzed with Hold Flexible Hairspray, also from Living Proof.

All products are available at Sephora and

Have you Tried the new Pantene line?

Total Beauty readers try new Pantene hair care products in lieu their usual ones
Pantene Challenge
This is a hair care products article
See if our readers prefer Pantene's new hair care products to the pricier ones they were using.

GOGO Campaign from Josie Maran

I recently became a huge fan of Josie Maran products.  I am in love with the Argan Oil and the Tinted moisturizer.  I am also looking forward to trying their GOGO mascara infused with argan oil.  Right now is the perfect time to try their mascara and do some good for women's cancer research. 

“GOGO” stands for “Get One, Give One” and for every Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara purchased, another one gets donated to a woman coping with cancer from City of Hope. Then, after the first 5,000 sales, Josie will continue to donate $1.00 from every purchase to support women’s cancer research.
Here are some picture from Josie Maran's "Day of Makeovers" Event in honor of GOGO campaign at City of Hope, one of the nation's top cancer research and treatment hospitals. 

Last Thursday’s event celebrated the launch of the GOGO Natural Volume Argan Mascara and Josie’s new partnership with the cancer hospital. Josie actually worked with Dr. Joanne Mortimer, Vice Chair of the Department of Medical Oncology to approve the non-toxic formula of the GOGO Mascara for use on cancer patients. The 80% natural, 50% organic formula is not only safe for patients undergoing treatment, but great for anyone looking for naturally lush lashes!

Way to go Josie and keep up the great work!

For rmore information on the GOGO mascara and other Josie Maran cosmetics, click here:

Or visit her blog:

You can also become a fan on Facebook!

Is Scarlett Johansson Pregnant?

I am a huge fan of Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson and it would make me so happy to see them having a bundle of joy.  Rumors say they just bought a new pad in LA so this all makes great timing. 

It may just be the poof in the shirt, but it sure looks like she is covering up a little bump. 

Picture Credit: Paul Hennessy/Splash Online

Spiegel and Fantastic Sams Want to Make you a Model

When I was a little girl, we lived in the suburbs of Chicago.  My dad worked for Spiegel as a computer programmer.  When I was young I had no idea what Spiegels was, just that I was proud my dad worked there.  Later in life, I found out how cool Spiegl was and wished he had still worked there!  Now that he has passed, I wish I had asked him more about his job there. 

For years, Spiegel, the leading online clothing retailer for women, has been celebrating the unique style of real women with its catalog Reality Dressing: Fabulous at Every Age! This year, Fantastic Sams® Hair Salons and Spiegel want to offer five women from 20 to 60+ the chance to participate in a photo shoot and be featured in an upcoming catalog.
If chosen, winners will arrive in style to New York City where they’ll have their hair styled by a top stylist from Fantastic Sams, be dressed by a personal Spiegel stylist and then photographed by a national known photographer.

Beginning Monday, August 2, all women have to do is go to and upload a photo along with a brief description as to what makes them Fabulous at their age. The public will vote on the 5 winners – one from each decade (20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s and up). And it’s that simple!

Deadline is Friday, August 27th.  Enter now before it's too late!

For more information, check out or!/fantasticsamshairsalons?v=app_95936962634&ref=ts

Conair Infiniti Pro Review and Giveaway

I recently tried the new Conair Infiniti Pro Blow dryer.  Who you like to?  Keep Reading......

What a dream come true for any busy mom or working individual.  This dryer is great for people who need to shave some time off their morning routine.  The dryer has an 1875-Watt AC motor which is usually only found in professional grade blow dryers so it dries your hair quicker than typical blow dryers.  It will also last 3 times as long because of the AC motor (typical dryers have a DC motor). 

This dryer also generates neutralizing ions to seal hair cuticles and reduce frizz and comes with two attachments to control the airflow.  The "Cold Shot" button will help you better style your hair and lift roots.  It even has a removable filter to remove lint and extend the motor life.  This thing is amazing!

I like the feel of the dryer and the controls are situated so you don't bump them to the off position while using it.  It truly does feel like a professional blow dryer but at a retail price of $38.99.

Find out more by "liking" Conair on Facebook or following them on

Would you like to win one??  Conair has offered one up to a Moody Maria reader.  Just leave a comment below with your name and email.  That's it! 

One winner will be randomly chosen and the deadline to enter is Monday, September 6, 2010 at 11:59 PST.  US residents only. 

Good Luck!

*I received a sample for this review

Eucerin Everyday Protection Lotion Review

Admit it, you forget your sunscreen don't you?  You are only going to be outside for a few minutes and then you see a neighbor, start talking and a few minutes turns into an hour.  Even if you are going out for a short walk, to clean the pool, or to grab some groceries, your skin needs protection.

I recently tried two new products from Eucerin's Everyday Protection line - the SPF 15 body lotion and the SPF 30 face lotion. 

I will be the first to admit that I usually don't use a sunscreen on my legs if I am just out and about.  Eucerin has made it so easy for me now with this Everyday Body Lotion with SPF 15.  It is just enough and not enough to make me feel like I am using sunscreen.  This lotion has a great pump, easy to use, and goes on smooth- not greasy!  I am a Eucerin convert now with it's lotion consistency.  The "other" brand goes on a little thick and feels like it is clogging my pores.  Eucerin is lighter and goes on smoother.

Everyday Protection Face Lotion with SPF 30.  Write it down on your shopping list!  This face lotion is perfect because it has the SPF 30 (which is great for everyday use) and has a slick pump applicator.  How easy can it be?  Eucerin is Dermatologist tested too so you can trust this product on your sensitive skin.  I loved how this sunscreen (for my sensitive skin) went on smoothly and did not make my face greasy after wearing it all day in our humid monsoon season.  I am not one of those women who can go out in public without foundation, so a sunscreen HAS to work with my foundation.  This one worked so well that I didn't have to use a foundation primer.  I have to admit, my husband tried to snag this product from me too since he is running low on sunscreen.   

I encourage you to pay special attention to your skin care health in August (and all throughout the year) and take the Skin FIRST Pledge.  For every pledge made, Eucerin will make a donation to Healthy Women, the nation's leading independent health information resource for women.

Head on over to Eucerin's Facebook page and find more information on skin health.  You can also get a complimentary product by taking the Skin FIRST Pledge on the Facebook page through the Skin FIRST tab. 

And last but not least, put on your sunscreen!

*I received a sample for this review.

Is Life a Little Crazy? It could be Aging you.

See if your habits are aging you and then find out how to minimize those fine lines and wrinkles
Is Your Lifestyle Making You Age Faster?
This is a anti-aging skin care article
Take this quiz to determine if your lifestyle is causing your wrinkles and then learn some ways to reverse the signs of aging.

NIVEA's Good-bye Cellulite Advanced Formula Gel-Cream Review

NIVEA's Good-bye Cellulite Advanced Formula Gel-Cream

NIVEA's Good-bye Cellulite Fast Acting Serum

I was always a little skeptical of Cellulite Creams on the market.  Afterall, doesn't diet and exercise get rid of cellulite?  How could a cream or gel get rid of cellulite?  Then I realized that these products aren't going anywhere, they keep popping up and people keep buying them.  If they are selling, then they must work!

Nivea's new and improved formulas will help your skin become firmer and smoother in just 10 days, with a visible reduction of cellulite. You see, they are full of fast-acting L-Carnitine and Lotus Leaf Extract, the ultra-concentrated Gel-Cream and Serum are the perfect way to jump-start your anti-cellulite regimen.

I actually tested the Gel-Cream formula.  I was a little scared to try it, but I figured, "What is the worst thing that could happen?"  I was pleasantly surprised when I realized the gel did not have a strange odor.  It actually smelled pretty good.  It didn't burn either, which I thought it might.  I applied it and rubbed it on my upper arms, then upper thighs.  I used it in the daytime and morning and no reactions.  I checked each day for 5 days and then started to see a small reduction in the appearance of cellulite.  Nivea's Good-Bye to Cellulite was working. 

I am amazed at some of the new products out there.  Nivea did a great job of creating a product that not only works, but is pleasant to use.  Don't be scared to give it a try!

All products are conveniently available at, all food, drug and mass merchandisers nationwide.

*I received a sample for this review.

Nivea Hydrating Shower Gel Review

It is hard to believe I ever lived without shower gel.  Don't get me wrong, I still use soap, but I prefer shower gel and all of it's luxurious attributes.  It kind of makes me feel like I am on vacation even when I am home. 

I recently tested Nivea's new hydrating shower gel in Touch of Water Lily.  It is wonderful!  The scent is amazing, the gel is great for sensitive skin, and it is easy to use in the shower with an easy flip cap.  Trust me, I have had trouble with flip caps lately on other products and this one worked great.  The gel also contains moisturizing pearls made with golden sunflower oil.  It is perfect to simply cleanse the skin or for shaving your legs.

A great product and one to look for at Target or on

Love it! 

*I received a sample.

Urban Decay Primer Potion Review

Eyeshadow Primer Potion

I recently tried this product based on reviews from Sephora's website:

I couldn't be happier.  This primer truly does work and keeps my eyeshadow in tact ALL DAY!  I would buy it again.  I think it will last me quite awhile though.  A little dab will do ya.

What it is:
The industry standard for eyeshadow primer!

What it does:
Packaged in a precious, genie-like bottle, Eyeshadow Primer Potion is an ultra-sheer, totally nude eye base that glides on with the wave of a wand and then disappears instantly. It's the ultimate eye prep for smoother, more vibrant shadow and all-day wear, with absolutely no creasing. Now with a new and improved bent wand!
Push the makeup envelope before you die with these celeb-inspired looks
Beauty Bucket List: Wild Makeup to Try
This is a makeup article
From Lady Gaga to glam goth, we found some makeup-gone-wild looks that you might be able to pull off next time you're feeling ballsy.

Josie Maran did it again!

REVIEW to come SOON......

Josie Tinted Moisturizer

What it is:
A protective and preventative lightweight moisturizer, sheer foundation, and sunscreen in one.

What it does:
This easy-to-apply moisturizer glides on the face smoothly and leaves you with a perfect level of coverage that lasts all day and gives you that radiant healthy glow. A powerful SPF 30 protects the skin from future damage by blocking both UVB and UVA rays while nourishing the skin with both natural and organic ingredients.

What else you need to know:
It can be used on all skin types and contains ingredients such as Argan Oil, which has many benefits such as softening the skin while also toning and firming.

Sephora is the exclusive beauty retailer for this product.
Let's just say, so far I LOVE IT!!


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