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Mario Badescu deals on Hautelook.Check my recs!

8 Aug

How many ways do I love Hautelook?Let me count them…..So while purchasing a couple watches from Hautelook on yesterday, I noticed that the Mario Badescu is having a sale on Monday! *insert bbm dance face here* For those of you who may not know, Hautelook is a sample sale type of site. They post sales daily around 11am EST, and range from different designers, brands, etc. It is quite possible that one day you could score a great deal on Stila lip glosses, then a Missoni toss pillow the next.

So, I feel it is my duty to deliver to you what I would recommend should you find yourself wanting to try something new from Mario, or re-up some of your staples. I first was introduce to Mario Badescu several years ago while shopping in Westport,CT. His drying lotion started my obession.It is a solution you put on a blemish overnight and literally by the am it is gone, or significantly reduced. The rest is history.

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Now. Grab a pen, here are some of my recommendations.


Product Review Boscia Black Iluminizing Mask+ Pics

19 Jul

After a getting home from a long day of work on Saturday night (my feet hate me)  I decided to try the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask.

What Boscia says about the mask:


What it is formulated to do:
This innovative treatment dramatically improves skin clarity, radiance, and texture. The unique peel-off action offers gratifying physical exfoliation—as you peel, you actively remove dirt, toxins, and dead skin layers. Exceptional deep-cleansing and exfoliation draw out impurities, bacteria, and excess oil, refining and minimizing pores. Recover smooth, even skintone as pre-existing melanin levels diminish, fading the appearance of dark spots. Inflammation, roughness, lines, and wrinkles fade, revealing younger-looking skin.


I applied a thick layer to cleansed, dry skin, then let it sit for about 18 minutes. I then peeled it off.

The verdict? My skin felt smoother. I looked at the mask after I peeled it off and did notice some dead skin was removed. Couldn’t tell if any thing from my pores was removed. Could’ve been my eyesight at like 1am. I haven’t used it long enough to see if helped with dark marks, although I have a few products I am using in my arsenal currently for that reason.

This mask is NOT a coal mask such as what Origins carries, something that actually draws out impurities. But I think its worth a shot. Besides, something about the “peeling off” part is

Here are pics, I didn’t take a pic of me w/ it all over my face, because I even scared myself.

 The mask after I peeled it off

Petaling My day off

18 Jul

Hopefully you all are still with me and my sporadic posts. I’m all over the place these days… Ok enough about my living situation. Another item I haven’t been able to live without is Rose Petal Witch Hazel Alcohol Free by Thayers. For those of you who use toners, this is probably nothing new. I use this to removes and slight residue I may have left on my face in the shower. This also restores the PH Balance in your skin, something that often gets thrown out of wack by your cleanser.

This particular one has vitamin E, which heals, and is ideal for sensitive skin, and also aloe vera, a plant who’s healing properties are undisputed. Additionally it a lot less exspensive than many department store brands, yet still effective.


I LOVE make up, but facial skin care is the FIRST step in creating a flawless look with make up.

Blemishes don’t live here any more

18 Jul

Out of now where last week I grew another head from the side of my jaw (aka BIGGEST PIMPLE EVA!) .I’m seriously wondering how I didn’t have acne as a youngin’, how it finds me at nearly 30? At any rate I do not have time to mess around, AND I’m hardly close to my dermatologist, who could make this disapear. I whipped out Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare (md Skincare) Trifix Acne Clearing Lotion, dabbed it on just where the blemish was.After the first day the size was significantly reduced. Day 2, GONE. Miracle in a tube I tell you. Need to make a pesky pimple go bye bye? Look no further.

YOU NEED this  in your arsenal if you experience acne break outs.

From Dr Dennis Gross:

Dr. Dennis Gross masterfully formulated Trifix Acne Clearing Lotion to contain a blend of antioxidants, natural extracts, marine botanicals, minerals and vitamins to reduce redness and inflammation. Trifix is the only product to contain 3 natural acne-fighting ingredients, enhanced by the revolutionary Trifix Clearing Complex to deliver immediate results for even the most problematic acne conditions. Trifix Clearing Complex consists of over 20% active ingredients scientifically proven to treat acne, heal blemishes and prevent scarring. It is formulated without parabens, petrochemicals, GMOs, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances and triclosan. Benefits:

  • Rapidly treats and heals blemishes; soothes redness and irritation
  • Contains 3 natural, acne-fighting ingredients plus Trifix Clearing Complex
  • Recommended for oily, acne prone skin


Bargain Argan.-Review

18 Jul

So for the past week I’ve used the Josie Maran Mini Argan Stick. I’m amazed. I have wanted to try Argan oil for the longest time, but the price kept me away. While I’m sure its worth every penney, I just never took the plunge. Until now. This mini stick is packed with Vitamin E, an ingredient known for its healing properties.I can’t get over how inexpensive it is! I use it during my night time skin routine. After removing my make up, and washing my face thoroughly, I dab it all over, including my lips. Then I follow with my moisturizer. I pay special attention to around my eyes with the stick, as they are one of the first areas to show age. I like the way it feels on my lips so much that I’m going to buy another for my purse.

More info from :


What it is: An organic and natural multi-purpose balm—infused with Josie Maran’s signature ingredient, Argan Oil—now offered in a stick form. What it does: Josie Maran’s best-selling Argan Oil now comes in a stick form! This multi-purpose balm offers all the benefits of the nourishing oil—including anti-aging ingredients rich in fatty acids and vitamin E. A head-to-toe spot treatment for dry areas in need of moisture, it conditions and repairs the skin as it hydrates. Use it to moisturize chapped lips, soothe dry skin, tame fly aways, alleviate itching and stinging from insect bites, moisturize dry cuticles, relieve chafing skin, soothe stretch marks, calm sunburn, soothe waxed skin, and much more. What it is formulated WITHOUT:

  • Parabens
  • Sulfates
  • Synthetic Fragrance
  • Synthetic Dyes
  • Petro-Chemicals
  • Phthalates

What else you need to know: Balm is housed in a recyclable stick.Sephora’s natural seal: Learn more


Whats in Carm’s beach bag?

15 Jul

Spending my off days at the beach is one of the luxuries of living on the coast. As I have said before, sun protection is essential to preventing sun damage. Sun exposure leads to collagen break out, which yields a saggy wrinkled mess. However, some level of sun exposure is good for you, after all it is a source of vitamin D. Here is a pic of what was included in my beach bag on my last visit to the beach.

In the picture, my ol ye faithful Dior “Glossy” shades (thie bigger the better), Aveeno spray SPF 70, Bare Escentuals natural suncreen SPF 30 (use to touch up my face). My blackberry 8900, which never leads my side, its a second heart, lung, etc. InStyle and Nivea lip gloss, SPF 4.

Here are some other options for sun protection for your days at the beach, or just out and about! Don’t forget to reapply!


Review: Dermalogica Ultra Calming Skincare.

9 Jul

I had the opportunity to review the Dermalogica Ultra Calming skin care line. Which actually was timely, because my face has been somethin like a lobster for the past week. Although it’s not a product specifically for “sunburned” skin, I figured what could it hurt?


Here is a break down of what is included in the line.


Cleanser: It includes Dermalogica’s ultra calming complex, as all of the products in the line include. Helps reduce sensitivity, redness, irritation and inflammation. Some of the ingredients point immediately to the products’ calming properties; lavendar, coneflower and cucumber extract.



Ultra Calming Serum Concentrate: This is rich in vitamins, calms and adds moisture back into the skin. Includes Evening Primrose,Sunflower seed extract and avocado (one of my fave-rich in essential fatty acids) oils.


Ultra Calming Mist: This has aloe which is known to soothe.


Ultra Calming Barrier Repair: This also includes in Evening Primrose and Borage oil. Vitamins C and E  help fight free radicals (environmental damage).


 My verdict? I really like the feel of the cleanser, although many may be used to a cleanser that foams, or suds up. You won’t find it with this, however if you have very sensitive skin, you’ll like the emollient feel of it. The serum treated and soothed where my skin was itchy, due to sun exposure (YES- I did use SPF, per usual). I used another moisturizer I have in my current rotation, so I can’t speak to that. Ultimately, if you are suffering from Roscea, or other senstivities I’d say this is a safe bet. It isn’t loaded with many ingredients that you may find irritating. I don’t normally have “sensitive” skin.This did help me during my time of looking like a steamed lobster.


Disclaimer: These products were sent to me for review consideration.I did not receive compensation.All reviews are my unbiased opinion.

FAT GIRL.slim.

1 Jul

I confess. My thighs look like bags of ice unclothed. Yes. I fight the battle of cellulite daily. I realize that even lypo won’t help it. I have come to terms that its a part of life. However, thunder thighs and all, I would not like to look like my bikini is covering cottage I am not willing to spend my summer fully clothed at the beach. Enter Bliss fat girl slim supersize the answer to summertime prayers. I have used this product for about 3 years now.

And while it takes a back seat in the winter, it really does minimize the appearance of cellulite! I slather this stuff on from my tummy to my thighs and it firms! Yes. It creates the illusion of smoothness. Understand that this is temporary, but why not!

They have even expanded their line to include something for your back fat!lol

Bliss – The Love Handler tightens your love handles. I mean why didn’t I think of this. My suggestion is you incorporate these into your regimen during the summer months if you spend time at the beach and have “areas of concern”. Or start using shortly before you head to Cabo on vacay. Hell, fake it til you make it!!!



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Mint Condition.

30 Jun

So I’m back in my apartment in CT for a couple of days since I’m off work. First thing on my mind (aside from packing) is some T.L.C. for my face. Please take note that this simple routine is so inexpensive 🙂 In the shower I first cleansed with Aveeno postively radiant cleanser. Next I followed with a scrub, Queen Helene Pomegranate and Raspberry Scrub, to remove the dead skin cells that have bombarded my face over the past 10 or so days.After I get out the shower I proceed to apply Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque 3 oz., a mask that has been around since the beginning of time.

Some of its benefits:

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque is the original natural home treatment, developed by a dermatologist. that will actually dry up acne pimples, rinse away blackheads and even help shrink enlarged pores

  • Helps dry up acne
  • Rinses away blackheads
  • Helps shrink large pores

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque is the original natural home treatment, developed by a dermatologist. that will actually dry up acne pimples, rinse away blackheads and even help shrink enlarged pores. Simply apply Mint Julep Masque to your face and neck. Within minutes it firms and hardens, as its suction action draws out waste matter from the pores. Minutes later, rinse the masque away with warm water and a washcloth. After the masque is removed your skin will feel clean…refreshed and smooth. Even for people who are fortunately free of skin problems, Mint Julep Masque is a refreshing facial treatment that relaxes tired muscles and eases tension lines on the face and neck.

I feel rejuvenated! Hopefully these pesky couple of blemishes will be gone by Sunday…..

This mask can also be found at your local beauty supply store.