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2010 Luminary Tanning Lotion Black Label by Designer Skin Review | Promotes A Natural Golden Tan

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Luminary BronzerLuminary 25x Black Label is a lotion designed for sun bed use. This lotion is new to 2010 and is voted by users to be one of the best tanners to provide the darkest most natural looking tans.

According to Black Label the revolutionary L.E.D.TM complex works as a multifunctional system to help combat free radical aggressors and boost skins overall tone, elasticity and appearance.

It also contains soft Celestial Stardust, which helps to filter the light letting just the right amount onto the skin to give it a natural luminosity.

The lotion has a therapeutic essence of sweet champagne fizz which seems to prove very popular with most of the users.

Users Conclusions

I have gathered the information below from the opinions of the people using the tanning lotion.


  • Smells nice
  • Provides a natural color
  • Fast acting
  • Moisturizing
  • Nice light up bottle


  • Very pricey
  • Not much better than the cheaper brands

To Sum Up

Luminary 25x black label is pretty well known among you bronzed ladies or even those of you that want to get bronzed.

Most of the users think this tanning lotion is the holy grail of tanning lotions as they say it gives natural color fast. The golden ladies also relish the perfumed fragrance as most other tanners smell fruity.

However, there are some users who think it doesn't really work any better than cheaper brands.

It is quite pricey at $45.99 special price, it usually costs $120 for a 13.5oz bottle. Personally that is over my budget but it has very good reviews so could be worth a try if you can spare the cash.

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Burt’s Bees Sweet Almond & Lemon Body & Bath Oil Review | Moisturizes Skin & Reduces Stretch Marks

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Burt's Bees Vitamin E Body & Bath OilBurt's Bees Sweet Almond Bath and Body Oil is made up of 98.50% natural ingredients that are devised to moisturize and nourish the skin.

The infusion of lemon and almond oil should make this bath oil a very sweet scent indeed. I also find it a big plus that Burt's don't test on animals.

Benefits Of Almond Oil

Almond oil is naturally rich in vitamin E and it is also very moisturizing, helps to relieve irritating skin and helps to improve the complexion leaving it with a natural glow.

Users Conclusions

I have summarized the lists below from the opinions of the people using the bath oil.


  • Moisturizes
  • Helps reduce pregnancy stretch marks
  • Lovely lemony scent
  • Light
  • Absorbs into the skin without an oily residue


  • A bit greasy for bath tub use
  • Smells a bit piney


Sweet Almond Oil, Lemon Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Rosemary Extract.


Apply oil directly to damp skin after shower or add 2 tablespoons to a warm bath.

To Sum Up

Most people using Burt's Bees almond oil found that it worked very well at moisturizing their skin, they also adored the lemony scent.

However, some people thought the smell was more piney/earthy and didn't favor the smell. A couple of users said it was a little too greasy for bath tub use.

There are quite a few ladies who commented on how the oil helped reduce their stretch marks.

If you like the sound of this bath oil and want to give it a try for yourself it retails for a reasonable $6.49.

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Fizzy Baker Birthday Cupcake Bath Bomb Review | Moisturizing Coconut Oil & Body Scrub

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Fizzy Baker Birthday Cupcake Bath BombThe Fizzy Baker birthday Cupcake Bath Bomb is devised to fizz in the bath with conditioning coconut oil to moisturize skin. The frosting part of the bomb breaks away, so it can be used as a body scrubber.

It is actually a life size version of a real cupcake and is hand decorated like the real thing too! The sent is created to match that of a freshly baked vanilla cupcake. As if you need a food craving while in the tub!

This could be an inexpensive birthday present for a friend or family member as it comes with a real little birthday candle.

Users conclusions

I have summarized the lists below from the users opinions of the cupcake bath bomb:


  • Nice Scent
  • Unique present
  • Soap frosting good for a scrub
  • Real candle


  • A little expensive


Add to warm bath water to fizz, frosting will separate for a soap body scrub. Just make sure to remove the candle first.

To Sum Up

The Fizzy Baker Birthday Cupcake Bath Bomb could make a nice present for someone special.

Although, it is a little pricey at $7.99 considering it is only a bath bomb.

The users favor the lovely vanilla cupcake scent and the fact the frosting breaks away to make a soap body scrubber.

I personally like to treat myself to a bath bomb every now and then for that extra little treat when in the tub.

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LashBlast Mascara by Covergirl Review | Volumizes & Lengthens for the False Lash Effect

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

CoverGirl LashBlast MascaraThe Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara is devised to volumize lashes giving you the false lash effect.

Covergirl has had the formula ophthalmologically tested. It is hypoallergenic and suitable for use while wearing contact lens. This mascara is also available in a waterproof formula.

LashBlast is available in 4 colors: very black, black, black brown and brown. The wand is a new design that Covergirl says it has 50% more bristles than the standard brush. This is to make sure very lash gets coated with the formula and to prevent clumps.

Users Conclusions

I have summarized ladies opinions of the mascara from their reviews on the Covergirl site.


  • Doesn't clump
  • Gives lashes volume
  • Lengthens
  • Natural looking
  • Easy application
  • No smudging or flaking


  • A lot of formula comes out with the wand
  • The tube gets very messy over time
  • A bit clumpy (one user found)


Petroleum Distillates, Polyethylene, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Copernicia Cerifera Wax (Carnauba), Trihydroxystearin, Propylene Carbonate, Pentaerythrityl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Tall Oil Glycerides, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides, May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarines, Talc.

To Sum Up

There are mixed emotions when it comes to this mascara with most ladies singing its praises and some barely whispering!

The majority of users found it worked well for them and gave them volumized, natural and clump free lashes.

However, others found it to be a little messy and clumpy to use and didn't think it made much difference to the appearance of their lashes.

It is only $6 which is a bargain if it works! Could be worth a try seeing as most people found it worked wonders for their lashes.

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12 Pc Sigma Professional Makeup Brush Set Review | Quality Soft Bristle Brushes with Case

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Sigma Makeup 12 pc Professional KitThe 12 piece Sigma Professional Brush Set is designed to be of the highest quality to give you all the equipment you need to get a perfectly flawless look. This comes with a protective synthetic/leather look case to store brushes, it is handy for traveling.

All the brushes in the kit are made from natural or synthetic bristles, sometimes even a mix of the two. The handles are black and have a silver metal tip to hold the bristles in place, so they should be pretty sturdy even when cleaning.

Sigma have also included a free gift with this set, you should get a SS217 eyeshadow brush with the kit.

The Kit Includes:

  1. SS150 Large Powder Brush.(for applying powder to face and body).
  2. SS190 Foundation Brush (suitable for liquid or cream foundation).
  3. SS187 Large duo fiber brush (should leave skin with the airbrushed look after applying liquid foundation).
  4. SS168 Large angled brush (Ideal for applying blush or contour shades).
  5. SS194 Concealer brush (ideal for concealing imperfections under the eyes).
  6. SS275 Small angled brush (used to apply highlights under the brows and the inner corners of the eyes).
  7. SS266 Angled eyeliner brush (to apply liquid or gel eyeliner to the upper or lower lash lines).
  8. SS252 Large shader brush (ideal for creams and eyeshadow primers).
  9. SS219 Pencil brush (to apply color to the crease of the eye lid, outer corner and upper and lower lash line).
  10. SS224 Blending brush (ideal for blending colors on the crease of the eye lid).
  11. SS209 Liner brush (a firm brush to apply precise lines to the eyes).
  12. SS239 Medium Shader brush (ideal for applying loose or pressed eyeshadow to the lids).

Users Conclusions

I have compiled the lists below from the users reviews on amazon:


  • Good quality
  • No loose bristles
  • Soft
  • Great value for money


  • Some bristles do fall out of the bigger brushes (according to a couple of users)

To Sum Up

The majority of users relished the Sigma brush set, even comparing it to "Mac" brushes. They love the high quality they received for the reasonable price of $89 for the 12 piece set.

A couple of ladies using the bigger foundation brushes said they experienced some bristle fall out but nothing too major.

I think these are worth investing in if you have enough to spare in your budget, you get a full quality set of brushes for a cheaper price than you would pay if you brought them all separately.

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Sun*Si’Belle Organic Moisturizer Review | Anti-Aging SPF 30+ Lotion Toxin Free with Antioxidants

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Sun Si'Belle OrganicSun Si'Belle Organic Moisturizer is a pregnancy safe age defying lotion that is packed with antioxidant properties.

The lotion should be non greasy, water resistant and leave skin firmer as well as more hydrated. It also provides a gentle exfoliating system from the black willow bark and fruit extract that helps the skin get rid of dead cells, leaving a brighter complexion.

This moisturizer is gluten and paraben free, which means it doesn't contain any chemical preservatives like some other creams on the market. Another bonus with this moisturizer is that it contains an SPF 30+.

It also consists of Caviar extract which is rich in vitamins A, D, B1, B2, B6 and micro-elements Co, Cu, P, Si, Zn, Vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B12, folic acid as well as amino acids.

The presence of Helichrisum essential oil possess' strong anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of all the essential oils, which helps fight acne and breakouts. If you prefer an unscented moisturizer Sun Si'Belle also does a unscented version.

Users Conclusions

I have compiled the lists below from the reviews of the people using the moisturizer.


  • Organic
  • No toxins
  • Moisturizing
  • Non sticky
  • Light texture
  • Hydrating
  • SPF 30+
  • Lightly Exfoliating


Deionized Water (Aqua), Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Isononyl Isononanoate, Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Hybrid Sunflower) Oil, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Cetearyl Glucoside, Organic Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Unsaponifiables, Organic Argania spinosa (Argan) Oil , Caviar Extract, Pumila Mill (Apple) fruit extract, Citrullus lanatus (Watermelon) fruit extract, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) fruit extract, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract , Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry Seed Oil), Lavandula Augustifolia (Lavender Extract), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Hyaluronic Acid, Helichrysum Italicum (Immortelle) Essential Oil, Organic Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi / Kojic Acid)), Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed Oil), Cannabis Sativus (Hemp Seed Oil), Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu Oil), Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia Nut Oil), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Euterpe Oleracea (Acai), Vaccinum Macrocarpon (Cranberry), Spirulina Maxima (Spirulina), Carica Papaya (Papaya), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber), Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehip Seed Oil), Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin), Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Stabilized Vitamin C), Lecithin, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, (safe, paraben-free food grade preservative), Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Allantoin, Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Xanthan Gum, Relaxation Essential Oil Blend ( Lavender Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Sage Oil and Geranium Oil) Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide (6.5%), Titanium Dioxide (2.5%). NON-NANO Particles.

To Sum Up

Users have given Sweetsensation Therapy the thumbs up on the creation of this organic moisturizer. They like how it is non greasy, hydrating, contains an SPF 30+ and doesn't contain toxins.

I was unable to find any negative comments about this lotion, all the reviews I read gave it full marks.

This seems like a great product that could be worth a try, especially pregnant women who are looking to change some of their usual products.

The only factor to let this product down is the price as it does retail at $48 for a 3.5oz bottle, which is very expensive but if you can fit it into your budget could be worth a try.

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DS Laboratories Revita Shampoo Review | Stimulates Hair Growth & Prevents Hair Loss

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

DS Laboratories Revita Hair Growth Stimulating ShampooIt is a cutting-edge shampoo designed to stimulate growth of new hair while protecting existing hair from fallout. Suitable for men and women, this revitalizing hair treatment nourishes the hair and scalp with amino acids, strengthening the hair shaft for enhanced growth.

Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients protect against pollutants and chemicals that damage hair and prevent healthy growth.

Revita is developed without the use of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which are the ingredients found in some soap products that have been known to course irritation.

Users Conclusions

Below are lists of pros and cons I have summarized from the people who have been using Revita.


  • Pleasant fragrance
  • Thickens hair
  • Stimulates new growth
  • Non irritating
  • Reduces hair fall out


  • Wash hair too often
  • Can promote hair loss (a few users say)


Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco Glucoside, Caffeine, Pyrus Malus Seed Extract (Apple), Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos/Red Tea) Leaf Extract (Roobios), Apple Polyphenol (Procyanidin B-2), Ketoconazole, Hydorlyzed Wheat Protein, Carnitine HCl, Ornitine HCl, Acetyl Cysteine, Dimethyl Sulfone (MSM), Taurine, Emu Oil, Biotin (Vitamin H), Copper Peptides, Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice (Spray Dried), Glycereth 7, Glycerin, Oleanolic Acid, Polyquaternium 10, Glycol Stearate, Menthyl Lactate, (Menthol Derivative), EUK-134 (SOD Mimic/Spin Trap), PEG 150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, PEG 6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Menthol, Zinc PCA, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Tetrasodium EDTA, Red 40, Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090).


After applying Revita® with a gentle massage, you should leave it on the scalp from 1-2 minutes before rinsing. Then repeat and leave on the scalp for 3-5 minutes. If desired, follow with a high quality conditioner. For optimal results, Revita® should be used at least 5 times per week.

To Sum Up

Overall most of the users find Revita shampoo to be very effective at thickening and stimulating new hair growth.

However, a few users said it made their hair feel thinner due to the excessive amount of hair washes. One user from amazon said it didn't state on the ingredients list on amazon that the shampoo contained wheat protein, which she is allergic to.

I think that at $20.45 for a 290g bottle it is quite reasonably priced seeing as the majority of users find it really.

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Lash Stylist Comb Waterproof Mascara by Maybelline Review | Very Black, Thickens, Curls & Lengthens Lashes

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Maybelline Lash Stylist Comb MascaraLash Stylist Comb Mascara by Maybelline has a waterproof formula that is devised to thicken, lift and sculpt the lashes.

This mascara comes in a very black shade and has a comb like applicator wand which is quite unique. It is designed to comb each individual lash to provide maximum coverage and separation.

Maybelline have had the mascara tested by an ophthalmologist and it is safe to be used when wearing contact lens.

Users Conclusions

I have compiled the lists below from the reviews of ladies using the mascara:


  • Adds volume
  • Applies evenly
  • Great brush
  • Lengthens
  • Long lasting


  • Difficult to remove
  • Clumps (a couple of users opinions)
  • Creases

To Sum Up

Lash Stylist has very good reviews on amazon and makeupalley with the majority of users commenting on how much it lengthens and thickens their lashes without clumping.

Some users have said they find it very difficult to remove but unfortunately this is the downside to most waterproof mascara's. One fan did say she found it easy to remove with a little baby oil.

Maybelline lash stylist mascara retails for a very reasonable $8.58 considering some brands can be nearly double the price.

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12- Piece Professional Makeup Brush Set by Shany Review | Good Quality with Soft Animal Hair

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

SHANY Professional Cosmetic Brush SetThe Shany Professional Cosmetic 12 piece brush set with vinyl pouch has all the brushes you need for a full makeup application.

This brush set is made from animal hair, the handles are a lovely cherry red color. The vinyl case can come in a range of colors from silver, black, gold, pink, white and purple. You can try and ring the manufacturer if you want a specific color.

This set includes:

  • 2 Blusher brushes 1 large, 1 medium.
  • 1 Fan brush
  • 1 Mascara wand
  • 1 Foundation brush
  • 2 Concealer brushes
  • 1 Angled eyeliner brush
  • 1 Lip brush
  • 1 Brow comb/brush
  • 1 Eyeshadow applicator sponge/brush
  • 1 Eyeshadow brush

Users Conclusions

I have summarized the lists below from the ladies using the makeup brushes:


  • Great value
  • Animal hair
  • Soft bristles
  • Good for travel
  • No bristle fall out
  • Good quality brushes


  • No blending brush
  • Powder brush is small

To Sum Up

The Shany cosmetic brush set has very good reviews overall. Most users find the brushes to be soft and of good quality, they also think the set is very good value for money at $17.99.

There are a couple of users who think the set is not very good quality and find the bristles to stiff for their skin.

I personally think this is a great kit to start with especially for the low price, although I do agree with one user who is disappointed it doesn't contain a blending brush as I consider this quite a vital tool when doing eye makeup.

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Heat Perfume By Beyonce Review | Sexy, Sophisticated & Sweet Fragrance

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Beyonce Heat PerfumeThe new fragrance Heat by Beyonce is devised to be a sensual, sexy and sophisticated fragrance for women.

Heat was developed by perfumers Oliver Gollotin (creator of fragrances for Mariah Carrey and Ed Hardy) and Claude Dir (who designed perfumes for Celine Dion and Britney Spears.)

It is composed from rare sensual flowers for a lovely floral fragrance that is sweet smelling. Well it certainly hits the mark of sweetness according to a lot of the reviews on makeupalley. Some of the users think it is overpoweringly sweet, while others love the sweet scent.

This perfume is a number 1 seller in Macy's and is quite high on the Amazon best sellers list which seems a little strange as most of the reviews I have read are quite negative. I think the best selling point Heat has is the fact it has Beyonce's name on it.

Users Conclusions

I compiled the lists below from the reviews on


  • Sexy scent
  • Everyday wear
  • Musky floral scent


  • Unoriginal
  • Similar to Britney Spears Fantasy
  • No staying power
  • Too sweet (some users like the sweetness)


  • Sequoia milkwood
  • Tonka bean
  • Amber
  • Almond macaroon
  • Honeysuckle nectar
  • Crème de musk
  • Magnolia
  • Neroli
  • Red vanilla orchid
  • Blush Peach

To Sum Up

This perfume is a number 1 seller in Macy's and is quite high on the Amazon best sellers list which seems a little strange as most of the reviews I have read are quite negative. I think the best selling point Heat has is the fact it has Beyonce's name on it.

Most users found the sweetness overpowering when first sprayed then it seemed to disappear completely after an hour or so.

Other fans seemed to love the sweetness and floral scent, although a lot of them did find the fragrance didn't last very long.

Heat by Beyonce retails for $48.99 for a 3.4 oz bottle, which is about the average price these days for a celeb perfume.

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