Tony Moly Changing Magic Peeling Shoes – a review

tonymolyfootpeelingmaskRemember the ads for those magic baby feet products? They promise to remove layers of skin on your feet making them as smooth as the day you were born. I saw this version by Korean beauty company Tony Moly and decided to give it a try.  You have to give the treatment a hour and a half to work, so get comfortable. I sat down in front of the TV and watched Poldark.


I removed my nail polish (this would probably take it off/mess it up). The product smells good and didn’t irritate my feet. It was easy for me to wash off and it didn’t dry out my feet. Now the waiting begins….

The package said it would take four days before the skin started peeling off, but it took my skin seven days. I did not take a picture of the carnage because it was GROSS, like get a vacuum gross. Skin was coming off every part of my foot, mostly from the bottom. I helped it along by scrubbing my feet with a pumice stone (even though it said not to) in the bathtub to mitigate the peeling. I definitely would not do this treatment mid summer because you will have skin coming off for about a week. The end result was amazing! My feet look 10 years younger and all the ugly calluses were gone.  I definitely will use this again! Get your own treatment at ULTA or Amazon for around $6.50.


MAC Liptensity Lipstick comes out today

Mac Liptensity Lipstick in Eros, $21
Mac Liptensity Lipstick in Eros, $21. Cr: MAC

MAC Cosmetics is a releasing a new line of lipsticks today called “Liptensity”. The new lipstick promises to be highly pigmented, long-lasting and comes in 24 shades.

Matte MAC lipsticks have a tendency to be dry, but this formula is a gel and should be  more resilient.  Liptensity is available online and in boutiques at a cost of $21 per shade.

Blue or Purple, which color shampoo is best for your blonde?

Joico Color Balance Shampoo & Conditioner, Cr: Joico

Keeping blonde highlights beautiful can be a challenge. Color shampoo can make your highlights looking salon fresh while prolonging trips back to said salon. However, all color shampoos are not created equal. The key is to use the right color to counteract your hair’s undertones.  Most brands only offer purple shampoo, but Joico has both blue and purple.

What color should you use?

First you need to know the undertones of your hair. If you have blonde highlights, you most likely have light to dark brown hair. If your hair has more orange or brassy tones, you will need the blue version. If you have more yellow undertones, you’ll need purple. Purple also works for gray hair and was the reason Clairol invented purple shampoo way back when. If you can’t figure it out, ask your colorist or just experiment.

How to use it

You can buy both the shampoo and conditioner or just the shampoo. You won’t be using this all the time so it will last awhile (I had one bottle for a year). When hair starts to look dull or the difference between your roots and the body bothers you, it’s time to use Color Balance. Put a small amount in your palm and work through hair. Don’t worry if some gets on your shower floor, it will wash off. Let it absorb for a few minutes and then wash and condition.  Use it every few shampoos until you can get back to the salon. You can get Joico Color Balance at ULTA and it qualifies for the coupons too!

If this doesn’t solve your problem your blonde might need toned. Visit Sylvia’s ElleBangs channel for some great at-home toning videos.




Target to partner with luxe organic tampon brand Cora

Cora began with a mission, provide  women with premium organic tampons and  donate products to women in developing countries. Now the small start up is  going mainstream to the shelves of Target  stores in the U.S..

Cora at Target: Organic tampon company, Cora, partners with Target to bring healthy organic and stylish products to women (PRNewsFoto/Cora)
Cora at Target: Organic tampon company, Cora, partners with Target to bring healthy organic and stylish products to women (PRNewsFoto/Cora)

These luxe organic tampons come in sleek, sturdy packaging with BPA-free plastic applicators and soft, quiet wrappers. Each 18 and 36 count package comes with a free stowaway, a round carry case that keeps the product safe and intact inside your purse. The box opens into a stylish storage container and you can also purchase a special 4 count package that includes a black clutch carry case.

Each box purchased provides girls in developing country with much needed menstrual products as well as health education. Cora ranges from $6.99 to $11.99 and is available in Target stores or online at

Not sold? For a limited time you may be able to get a free sample of Cora by visiting

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When takes the mystery out of sheet masks

Sheet masks are one of the greatest beauty inventions of the past few years.  They are easy to apply, remove and can be used anywhere. But choosing the right mask can be hard, until now!  A new company called When, is taking the guesswork out of the sheet mask industry.

When Sheet Masks, $7 each. Image:Beauty Guru DC
When Sheet Masks, $7 each. Image:Beauty Guru DC

Each mask is titled with a short description that tells you when to use the mask. For instance, Travelmate is for use after a long car or airplane flight to restore moisture to the skin; Glamour Base is for use before you get ready for a big event and 10:00 P.M. is for use before you go to bed.

I tried The Last Choice Mask, an intensive repair mask made with saccharide isomerate and hyaluronic acid that can hold up to 100 times its own weight in water. The masks are made of a bio-cellulose material that almost feels like plastic.

It adheres to your face a lot better than the typical tissue mask, delivering more of the skin nourishing ingredients into the skin. I left it on for about 30 minutes and my skin felt like I just had a facial. Not bad for a $7 investment!

You can find “When” masks at ULTA, Sephora and Amazon.

*Press samples provided.

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