Softsoap Moisturizing Body Wash, Honeysuckle & Orange Peel

Softsoap Moisturizing Body Wash, Honeysuckle and Orange Peel ($5.49, Drugstore.com)

Softsoap Moisturizing Body Wash, Honeysuckle and Orange Peel ($5.49, Drugstore.com)

I’ve been a big fan of Softsoap’s body washes for quite a while. The brand is always coming up with fabulous new scents, each better than the last. My latest obsession is their Moisturizing Body Wash in Honeysuckle & Orange Peel scent.

The citrus-y scent of Honeysuckle & Orange Peel bodywash is absolutely perfect for summer, when you want something with a really crisp and refreshing smell.

In addition to the fantastic variety, what’s also great about Softsoap body washes is the price. $5-$6 for a healthy-sized bottle that always ends up lasting me for a while. I really hope Softsoap doesn’t discontinue this particular one!

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Lancome ‘Hypnose Drama’: The Mascara That Has It All

Lancome 'Hypnose Drama' Mascara ($24.50, Nordstrom)

Lancome 'Hypnose Drama' Mascara ($24.50, Nordstrom)

These days, there’s a mascara for every taste. Lengthening, volumizing, separating, especially made for tiny bottom lashes–the list goes on and on. But all mascaras are not created equal.

After about a month of alternating between samples of different brands’ mascaras, I went ahead and bought the one that I liked best–Lancome’s Hypnose Drama. I got it because it seems to roll a bunch of mascaras’ powers into one.

Hypnose Drama provides your lashes with a healthy dose of volume. Its brush is curved, so you get a curling effect as well. And I was able to get great length without even having to use primer. In my mind, it’s the ‘superhero mascara.’

Bottom line: Great quality for $25, which is about $5-10 less than other high-end mascaras from brands like YSL or Givenchy.

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Hair Extensions for Volume

So, today’s post is not a product review; rather, it’s me asking for your opinion and advice. Here’s the situation:

I’m dying to get hair extensions. I don’t want extensions for lengthening my hair, which already reaches pretty much down to my lower back. Instead, I’m looking for something that will give me volume at the top so that I can have that huge “va va voom” hair. Products like the BumpIt are great, but I’m looking for something a little more permanent that requires less styling each time I’m leaving the house.

Here is the type of look that I’m going for:

Jessica Simpson Beyonce

My options seems to be: clip-in extensions, which are less expensive, and the weave-in extensions (probably from the company Great Lengths), which cost around $500 from what I understand.

What I’d like to know is whether you’ve tried either of these solutions, what your experience has been and which you think would be a better investment? Looking forward to your feedback!

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Psssst Instant Spray Shampoo

Pssst Instant Spray Shampoo ($5.99, www.drugstore.com)

Pssst Instant Spray Shampoo ($5.99, www.drugstore.com)

The latest hair product that I can’t stop raving about is Psssst Instant Spray Shampoo.

What is it? An instant solution for 2-day old hair that needs some freshening up but could go without a full out shampooing. You spray it onto your roots, leave it on for a few minutes and then brush it out. (If you have dark hair like me, make sure you brush it out really well or you’ll have whitish residue showing.)

The other things I love about Psssst–it has this awesome scent that, to me, seems to combine coconut with a fresh powder smell.  And it’s only $6. These days, quality hair products are rarely that affordable.

Psssst Instant Shampoo is my new go-to product. As I’m getting ready for work, it cuts down my hair maintenance time to just a few minutes. You know what that means–more sleeping time!

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Sally Hansen Lavender Spa Body Wax Hair Removal Kit

Sally Hansen Spa Body Wax Hair Removal Kit, $10.69

Sally Hansen Spa Body Wax Hair Removal Kit, $10.69

This weekend I bought Sally Hansen’s Lavender Spa Body Wax Hair Removal Kit. I’m trying to cut out as many salon visits as I can because I just don’t have time for them anymore. So, I decided to wax my arms myself, which turned out to be a big mistake.

Here is what went wrong. 1) After microwaving the wax according to the instructions, I still found that it was too thick and difficult to spread. I think that’s the main reason why the wax had trouble grabbing on to the hair. After going over the same area twice, only about half the hair was gone. 2) There was significant redness–more than I’ve ever had before post-waxing. 3) It didn’t help that the wax was super sticky. I accidentally got it on my hand and spent about 5 minutes trying to get it off.

All I can say is that at least I was smart enough to do a ‘test patch’ at the top of my arm. I had plans to go out later that night and would have had to wear a long sleeved top if I had tried it on the lower part. Lesson learned? Read other reviews’ of a product like this before buying it. I went back later and Googled to see what feedback others had. Turns out, many  experienced the exact same frustration I did.

So, I’m not sure whether I’ll try to use the kit again or not. At the moment, it’s just sitting in my bathroom cabinet. I’m disappointed because Sally Hansen products are usually great. Maybe it’s not so much the product, but rather the fact that you really need to know what you’re doing when it comes to waxing.

Have you tried the Lavender Spa Body Wax Hair Removal Kit? If so, I’d love to know what your experience was. Also, do you have any other waxing products you recommend or any tips you can share? In the meantime, I guess it’s back to the salon for me…

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Orly Top 2 Bottom Basecoat and Topcoat

Orly Top 2 Bottom Basecoat and Topcoat ($6.99, Sally Beauty Supply)

Orly Top 2 Bottom Basecoat and Topcoat ($6.99, Sally Beauty Supply)

My recent post about Sally Hansen ‘Salon’ nail polish got me thinking about mastering painting my nails on my own. And I’ve just added a new tool to my DIY manicure arsenal!

Orly Top 2 Bottom Basecoat and Topcoat is amazing. The first coat, which you apply before using color, provides a solid base that allows you to apply a smooth, even coat of color. After your color has dried, apply a second coat of Top 2 Bottom. It provides a transparent seal that prevents chipping, helping your manicure last longer.

I was amazed at what a neat job I was able to do. After a little help from a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover, which I used to clean up any excess polish from the cuticles, I felt like I may never need to go for a professional manicure again!

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Prestige Cosmetics Liquid Eyeliner

Prestige Cosmetics Liquid Eyeliner ($5.59, Ulta)

Prestige Cosmetics Liquid Eyeliner ($5.59, Ulta)

I love liquid eyeliner. When I’m in a hurry, I apply it to my top and bottom lashlines and go. Instant definition and no need for mascara! My problem is that I don’t have a very steady hand. If, like me, you need a liquid eyeliner that makes drawing neat lines easy, look no further than Prestige Cosmetics liquid eyeliner.

It has a pointed foam applicator that easily glides along the eyelid so there’s need to pull your lid out to your ear. It also allows you to control the width of the line; use the pointed tip for a precise, thin line or tilt the applicator slightly to the side to create a thicker, smokier line. My favorite color is the green because it really makes brown eyes pop.

The price for this prestigious tool? Drum roll, please…$5.59!

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Jessica Simpson ‘Fancy Love’ Fragrance: New Must-Have Perfume

Jessica Simpson 'Fancy Love' Fragrance ($49-$59)

Jessica Simpson 'Fancy Love' Fragrance ($49-$59)

If you’ve been following us for a while, you know that I’ve never done a perfume review before. I absolutely love perfume and don’t leave home without it under any circumstances. I shy away from covering fragrances because when it comes to eloquently describing a scent like so many beauty writers brilliantly do, I’m at a loss for words–no pun intended.

Jessica Simpson’s ‘Fancy Love’ smells so good that I had to tell you about it. Well, I’ll take a stab at trying to describe it: it’s musky with some subtle floral notes. There, that’s the most literary creativity you’ll get from me. But seriously, though, Fancy Love is irresistible. There a lot of perfumes that I love but have to be in the mood for. Fancy Love, on the other hand, I know I’ll wear whenever and whatever the weather.

As always, I really appreciate how reasonably priced Jessica Simpson’s products are. And how pretty is that bottle?!

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Sally Hensen Salon Nail Polish

Sally Hensen Salon Nail Polish

Sally Hensen Salon Nail Polish

It is rare to go to a drugstore these days and not see Sally Hensen products in the nail polish section. From strengthening treatments to “hard-as-nails” color durability, the Sally Hensen line has a nail polish for every need. I recently tried one of her “Salon” polishes, which I didn’t even know I had, and was so happy that I did!

My nails are quite weak and are prone to breaking. Over the years, I’ve tried a lot of polishes that promised to make my nails stronger but ultimately found that only a professional manicure could adequately protect my nails. Now I see why this Sally Hensen collection of polishes is branded under the name “Salon.” It was as if I’d had a salon manicure. I removed the color after about 5 days and was surprised to see that my nails looked much healthier and had grown.

If part of your “recession-tastic” plan to cut costs includes indulging in manicures less frequently, I highly recommend you try these nail polishes. I had trouble finding the exact price online but I do know that the “Salon” collection falls into the same price range of $6-7 like other Sally Hensen polishes. Not bad!

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Lancome BI-FACIL Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover

BI-FACIL - Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover ($26, Lancome)

BI-FACIL - Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover ($26, Lancome)

If you wear eyeliner, shadow and especially mascara on a regular basis, then you know that a good eye makeup remover is key. If you don’t have one, expect to wake up every morning looking like a racoon.

Lancome’s BI-FACIL Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover is specifically designed for waterproof makeup. Even on days when I’m wearing several coats of the most durable waterproof mascara, one or two minutes of patting my eyes with a cotton pad dipped in this magic liquid and POOF–all that yucky black stuff is gone.

At $26, it’s definitely not the cheapest eye makeup remover you’ll find but it’s worth it.I use BI-FACIL very liberally and one bottle still manages to last me at least two months. I’ve been using BI-FACIL for years and swear by it.  Without it, I think I probably wouldn’t have any eyes left.

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