BrushLab Black Label Review and Giveaway

Recently I had the opportunity to try another BrushLab brush.  This one was from the Black Label premium collection.  It is pure boar and nylon bristles and works great for blowing my hair dry straight or for getting tangles out at night.  I just love how the bristles grasp my thick hair and really smooth it out.  I am also going to get the travel size for my purse. 

Here is how you can win this brush:

Visit and tell me which product you would love to try by leaving a comment.  I will pick a random winner to win a Black Label pure boar and nylon paddle brush in size Medium. 

Entry deadline is 11/8/10 at 11:59 PST.  US Residents only.  Good Luck!

*I received a sample product for review.

Vavoom Iron in Control Review Take 2

I just wanted you to know I am on my third bottle.
  I have tried a few others but really keep going back to this one!

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A Miracle Hair Supplement?

I am an avid reader of Beauty Blogging Junkie and just had to share this latest article:

Maybe if I try it, I can look like this again! Halloween a few years ago with my cutie pie Connor.

2.5 days left until Halloween!

Don Draper's wife-to-be, Megan
Down-to-the-Wire Halloween Costume Idea
This is a make up article
I'm not a big fan of dressing up, but this year I decided to do a super easy, classy "Mad Men" inspired get-up.

Porcelana Winner

Congrats to The Beauty Bug for winning!  My husband picked the winner and indeed, the first entry sometimes does win!  Congrats and please email me your address so I can get you your prize.

Thanks for everyone to entered here and on my facebook fan page.  Please "like" Moody Maria as I have two more giveaways to announce this month!  If you are a facebook fan you only have to enter on that page and not on the blog.

Skin MD Natural Soft Skin Fall Into Cooking Giveaway

Skin MD Natural is holding a Fall into Cooking Giveaway valued at over $400.  Prizes include a set of ceramic cook ware, an eco friendly roasting pan with rack, and a year supply of Skin MD Natural shielding lotion.  What a great contest!  Enter today at:

Also they are offering 20% off until November 30th if you enter the discount code FALL10 during check out at

Everything Lashes on

Long, lengthy, lustrous. Get lashes to die for with these bestsellers from

Lauren Crist, Beauty Store expert recommends using Revitalash, Japonesque Lash Kit, and Panasonic Eyelash Curler to help make an impact ensuring that first impression will be a lasting one. See below for a highlight of top selling products from the Amazon Beauty Store with tips from Lauren on how to get the look just right.

Visit for tens of thousands of the best beauty products from the industry's hottest brands.

The Eyes Have It
Top of the list from Amazon's beauty bestsellers are Ardell Brow & Lash Growth Accelerator Treatment Gel and the Panasonic Eyelash Curler. One repairs thinning lashes and brows, while the other gives them just the right amount of eye-opening curl.

Revitalize Your Lashes
A customer favorite for its ability to give users "lovely longer lashes" that are "LUSH and THICK," Revitalash Conditioner and Mascara and its companion Revitabrow are best-sellers because they "last a long time" and "really work!" Says Lauren, "Whether one has thin, short lashes or just wants to amp up the length, these products deliver. We can hardly keep them in stock!"

Lusher Lashes
Long, luscious lashes have never been so easy. "These tools will condition, lengthen and assist in the perfect flicker of the lash," says Lauren. "In addition to the popularity of Revitalash products, our customers love the CoverGirl LashBlast. It's one of our top-rated and top-reviewed mascaras, and the price can't be beat!"

Fake It 'Til You Make It
Whether it's long, luscious lashes for a special occasion or a big evening out, customers can't go wrong with one of Amazon's fab fakes. Whether its Shany's "awesome" lashes made from sterilized human hair or the JAPONESQUE® Complete Lash Kit (a favorite of professional make-up artists), these easy-on accents will make your eyes the center of attention.

More Costume Ideas....

Get inspired by our 2010 costume ideas
Fresh, Fun and Funky Halloween Makeup and Costume Ideas
This is a makeup tips article
For each Halloween look, we'll give you the steps for completing your makeup, hairstyle and outfit.

Anti-Aging Tips..Think like Grandma

Why have things become so complicated in the Anti-Aging world?  As I read about all the new technology for facial creams, facial procedures, and "lunchtime face lifts" my head spins.  I can't seem to keep up and I can't seem to find the exact right solution.

It brings me to think, "How did my Grandma do it?"  When she was in 80s, she aged gracefully and continued to wear her infamous pink lipstick until her last day.

I recently asked my mother how she took care of her skin and she laughed.  Seriously?  She couldn't believe I was trying to get Grandma's secret to Anti-aging.   Soap, Water, and moisturizer.  That's it.  She used cold cream and/or petroleum jelly from the drugstore.  Nothing special and nothing high maintenance.  Grandma ate what she wanted - healthy, homemade meals.  She didn't "work out" at a gym, she ran around after her 7 kids.  She didn't smoke, drink, or stay up too late.  She did what was sensible.  She was a hard working woman who lived life to the fullest and didn't have time to worry too much about wrinkles.  Yet, she looked beautiful in her 80's.

My suggestion for Anti-Aging is to simplify your life and your beauty routine.

- Drinks lots of water
- Eat everything but in moderation.  Include lots of colorful fruits and vegetables.
- Move, move, and never sit still until bedtime of course
- Get close to 8 hours of sleep each night
- Live life - Nurture your friendships, get involved, and give back to your community.
- Keep a simple beauty routine morning and night.  Gentle cleanser and moisturizer from the drugstore.  And never go outside without your sunscreen!

And there you have it.  

Beauty Sleep?

Here are nine reasons why you need more zzz's
Are You Getting Enough Beauty Sleep?
This is a health & beauty article
Dr. Avi Ishaaya, Medical Director at Aviisha Sleep & Wellness Medical Institute in Calif., tells us why a good night's sleep is essential for both our health and our looks.

Need Halloween Costume Ideas?

If you're not up for dressing up this year, let these edgy hair and makeup looks from Katy Perry to Dita Von Teese inspire you.
Celeb-Inspired Hair and Makeup Looks to Try for Halloween
This is a celebrity hairstyles article
From ghostly to glam, here are some celeb-inspired hair, makeup and nail looks that'll get your creative, Halloween juices flowing.

Halloween Hostess Gift

Wouldn't this make the cutest Halloween hostess gift?  Since Halloween is on a Sunday, there will most likely be parties on Friday-Sunday.  It's a little boring to bring someone wine and who wants another box of chocolates when they have a bowl full of Butterfinger and Reese's.  Bring the lady of the house a real treat! 

This adorable cupcake looks edible but it's actually a bath fizz.  It can be found on Amazon at and it's only $5.50.  So cute and unique.

Porcelana Skin Lightening Cream Review and Giveaway

I recently got back from a trip and loved going through all of my pictures on my computer.  The only problem with today's cameras, they show every intricate detail.  They aren't very forgiving unless you run photoshop on each picture and that can be time consuming.  One thing that really popped out to me was some sun damage on my neck and décolleté area.  I was so surprised because it's not something I notice too often but the picture really brought it out.  So I started examining my skin more and noticed more sun damage, age spots on my hands, and acne scars.  I had dabbled in skin lightening creams and did a little research but wanted to try something safe and over the counter.  That is where Porcelana Skin Lightening Cream came in.  It would give me a change to have the skin I was born with.

I tested the day and night cream.  I know it's hard to believe but I noticed a difference after about 4 days.  While doing research, I found this is somewhat common.  Keep in mind that you can't just use it for 4 days and discard it.  You need to continue using it as it works over time or use it occasionally.  I used it day and night to make sure it really worked and I was so pleased.  The day cream has a sunscreen so it is safe to use as a moisturizer and the night cream is a bit thicker.  I used it all over my face but as the week progressed, I only used it on my problem areas.  I had no issues using makeup over it.

The key thing to remember is to use a sunscreen during the day to prevent future sun damage and skin cancer.  Porcelana Skin Lightening Cream will help you manage what damage is already there. 

Additional Information: Porcelana Skin Lightening Cream can help you with: discoloration, blemishes and dark spots that appear from sun exposure, acne, pregnancy, or oral contraceptives.  Porcelana Skin Lightening Creams fade these blemishes for a more even complexion, no matter what your ethnicity or skin type. The creams use a safe, innovative combination of hydroquinone and botanical extracts to help fade discolorations and improve skin's appearance.

Porcelana Skin Lightening Creams, available in Day and Night formulas, are the most-trusted, effective and affordable over-the-counter solutions available. Porcelana Day protects with antioxidants and sunscreen to guard against the sun's rays and other environmental damage, and its non-greasy formula is great for wearing under makeup. Porcelana Night is enriched with avocado oil to nourish the skin by increasing moisture levels, and contains vitamins A and C to promote firmness by improving elasticity, restoring your skin while you sleep. Both formulations are appropriate for all ages, ethnicities and skin types. No over-the-counter solution works better than Porcelana.

The Porcelana Skin Lightening Creams are available at Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Kmart and other mass retailers for an average retail price of $6.99 for 3 oz. Click here for more information.

To Enter the Giveaway:
Would you like to win a set of the Porcelana Skin Lightening Cream in both the day and night formula?  Leave a comment with your name - that's it!  Contest ends on the 10/24/10 11:59PST with the winner being announced on the 25th.  One entry per person and US residents only.  Good Luck!

*I received a sample for testing purposes.

Fall Updo Ideas from the Celebs

Find out how to re-create celebrity hairstyles that'll look hot this season
Best Celeb Updos for Fall
This is a hairstyle tips article
Whether you're looking for an updo that's sleek or messy-in-a-good-way, we've got some fresh celebrity hairstyles that are super easy to copy.

Join Conair in Fighting Breast Cancer

Conair invites you to curl (brush, straighten or blow-dry!) for the cure with the Conair® "The Power of Pink" product collection.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Conair will donate a minimum of $100,000 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation based on the sale of products from the Power of Pink collection. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF: is dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime by funding clinical and translational research worldwide.

Conair's "The Power of Pink" initiative, now in its 7th year, has raised almost $600,000, to date. Products in the pink collection include hair dryers, straighteners, curling irons, brushes and hot rollers, as well as other grooming and travel tools.  Here are some of the great products:

To check out these great, pink products, visit

Cynthia Rowley Band Aids

I am already searching for cute holiday gift ideas.  Look what I found?  Aren't these the cutest Band Aids you have ever seen (besides Dora the Exporer or Barbie)? 

This is the BAND-AID collection by Cynthia Rowley.  The cost is $10.00 and they come in vintage looking tin.  The best part is that a portion of the proceeds goes to Design Ignites Change, an organization that engages high school and college students in design and architecture projects that address social issues in their own communities.

Limited Edition

20 assorted bandages:

Five 1 ½ in x 1 ½ (38.1 cm x 38.1 cm)

Ten ¾ in x 3 in (1.9 cm x 7.6 cm)

Five 5/8 in x 2 ¼ (1.6 cm x 5.7 cm)
Smell alluring without overdoing it
Perfume Alternatives
This is a perfumes article
Check out these delicious-smelling products that I'm going to use instead of my perfumes for a change.

Lowila Care Cleansing Bar Review

This review couldn't have come at a better time.  The weather is finally changing and my skin is getting dry!  Dry everywhere.  It's time for me to start up my "winter" routine.  I didn't even realize I had one but it looks like I do.  What does my routine entail?  Using less soap and more lotion.  Using a foot file and soaking my feet in cream before bed.  Don't worry, I wear socks to protect my precious Spalena sheets. 

So what soap do I use?  Soap is much too drying on my skin.  I recently had the opportunity to test the Lowila Care Cleansing Bar.  And you know what?  It's soap-free!  It's also recommended by dermatologists and pediatricians.

This bar is like a very low suds bar of soap but it still does a great job.  I also tested it on shaving my legs and it did just fine.  Sometimes you have to sacrifice suds for relief!  Remember this bar next time you are having sensitive skin issues or your kids are dry and itchy.   It really does work and it is very gentle.

Lowila Care Cleansing Bar is sold at pharmacies nationwide for an SRP of $4.00 and is also available for purchase online at MedShopExpress. 

*I received a sample for review

Rohto Eye Drops Winner

And the winner is....Charlotte!  Congrats and enjoy your new eye drops. 

Another contest coming up this week so keep your eyes out for it!

What to Wear to NYFW

We snapped photos of anyone backstage -- except models -- who were sporting copy-worthy hair and makeup look
Real Women Beauty Looks at New York Fashion Week
This is a make up article
From a classic red lip to avant-garde eye makeup, we saw everyone from PR reps to photographers wearing super cute makeup and hair looks.

Extended Season: Summer to Fall Makeup

An article from

Expert tips for transitioning four warm-weather faves into the fall

So long, summer! See ya, shorts and tanks! And farewell, easy, breezy summer makeup—right? Not necessarily. After all, the “no white after Labor Day” rule no longer applies in fashion, so why should makeup follow seasonal guidelines? 

Go here to read the rest of this article.


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