The ultimate advent calendar for the beauty junkie

The Body Shop Advent Calendar 2014, $50
The Body Shop Advent Calendar 2014, $50

The Body Shop has started adding holiday gift items to its website and I ran across this beauty in the luxury items category. The Body Shop Advent Calendar includes 24 days of mini bath and beauty items that are revealed each day through Christmas Eve. Items include body butters, lotions, shower gels, nail polish , mini soaps and even a eyeliner.  Available soon at The Body Shop for $50.


Luxury Slim Pack by Daring Beaute – a review

Luxury Slim Pack- A Complete Anti Cellulite Treatment
Luxury Slim Pack- A Complete Anti Cellulite Treatment

Cellulite is a problem that affects women of all ages. Daring Beaute has developed a multi-step treatment that will help make a dent in that cellulite.  The company sent me their Luxury Slim Pack , including  the Cellu Burner anti-cellulite cream, a body brush, body massager and slimming leggings. I gave it a test drive and here are the results:

First, you start with the body brush and the body massager. The instructions tell you to use each of them twice a week before your bath/shower. I would always forget , so I would end up using them at different times. I’m not so crazy about the brush – but I really liked the massager.

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Next up, the Cellu Burner. You are supposed to use it twice a day and apply it from ankles to waist.  It has a very slight fragrance and has some serious staying power.  In fact, you have to rub it off in the shower.  It has ingredients that moisturize and invigorate, two components essential for reduce the appearance of cellulite. The way to really step up your results is by wearing the lotion under the slimming leggings.

The slimming leggings are basically super strong compression pantyhose.  The recommended use is to wear them for two hours a day. If you can’t work than in, don’t worry. Another effective way to use them is by working out with them on.  Now – this may sound crazy, but this actually works.  I actually noticed a difference in my legs when I started wearing Lululemon compression pants a year or two ago. They push against your skin as you work out – keeping things tight and increasing your resistance. Now, I am a little reluctant to mar my beloved Inspire Crops with the Cellu -Burner, but I did try it out with the slimming leggings (not working out) and got good results.

The lotion and the leggings has given me some of the smoothest skin I’ve ever had in my life – and this is coming from someone who always had “cellulited” thighs. I also used the lotion on my arms when I went out to an event wearing a sleeveless dress to keep those arms looking firm. The only complaint I have is that my leggings snagged right away, so I would be really careful with them.

You can buy each product separately or in a set. Right now the set I tried is 50 percent off at $59.50 and shipping is free. You get the body brush, massager, Cellu-Burner and slimming leggings. The leggings are available in size S,M,L and XL and run pretty true to size. Check out the entire line at

ULTA opens at Downtown Summerlin with gift card giveways

ULTA at Downtown Summerlin
ULTA at Downtown Summerlin

On Friday, Oct. 17, ULTA is opening a new store at Las Vegas’ newest shopping center, Downtown Summerlin.  The first 100 guests on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will get  a gift card worth anywhere from $5 to $100. Guests will also receive a gift certificate for a free service at THE SALON,  ULTA’s in-store salon.

“ULTA is all things beauty, all in one place,” said Kelly Smith, who manages all Grand Openings for ULTA Beauty. “We are truly a beauty destination for Summerlin, and our ULTA beauty experts are ready to help with all of your beauty needs, from the basics to the perfect shade of lipstick to the newest hair tool.”

ULTA will also offer free makeovers and consultations with makeup and skin experts and stylists all weekend. One lucky customer will  win a Pamper Me Pink box filled with ULTA products.

Visit the new store at 2310 Park Center Drive, Suite 180 just south of Dillard’s at Downtown Summerlin. Doors open Friday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Make  sure to sign up for ULTA’s  rewards program, ULTAmate Rewards. Customers earn one point for each $1.00 spent on products and salon services in-store or on Points can be redeemed at any time with no restrictions. On your birthday get double points and a free CK One Mascara.

Marie Osmond, Vegas Nay make appearances at ULTA in Las Vegas

Too Faced Cosmetics in cooperation with ULTA is bringing two beauty superstars to a local ULTA store this weekend. On Friday, Oct. 17 and Saturday, Oct. 18 guests will have chance to meet Marie Osmond and local Instagram star VegasNay at the ULTA store at 2186 N. Rainbow Blvd. in Las Vegas.


To secure your meet and greet with Marie, you’ll need to come to the store between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Oct. 17 and spend $35 or more on Too Faced products. You’ll get a wristband that will enable you to come back and meet her at 2 p.m. that day. Guests will also be able to make an appointment for a free Too Faced Tutorial.


On October 18th, come by  for the event hosted by Instagram Beauty Star, Vegas Nay.  A  worldwide beauty blogger and Instagram sensation, VegasNay has 20 years of experience as a professional makeup artist, and is known for her beautiful makeup pictorials. Guests will get tips and tricks and can sign up for complimentary makeovers from Too Faced Cosmetics. Guests will also receive a free Deluxe Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick from Too Faced, with any purchase over $35. For more information and to sign up for makeovers, visit the event Facebook page here.

Both events will be held at the ULTA Store at:

2186 N. Rainbow Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89108
(702) 631-3668


Your Most Radiant You! Five-Piece Collection – a review

Your Most Radiant You! Five-Piece Collection
Your Most Radiant You! Five-Piece Collection, $54.96

The Your Most Radiant You! Five-Piece Collection will be on QVC for one day only beginning on Oct. 14 and midnight ET. IT Cosmetics sent me the collection ahead of time to try out. The collection includes the Celebration Foundation Illumination Full Coverage Anti-Aging Foundation, CC+ Radiance Ombré Blush (New), Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara (New), No-Tug® Waterproof Gel Eyeliner and a Heavenly Luxe® Double Airbrush Foundation Brush. It also comes with an information book and samples of the No. 50 Serum Collagen Veil Anti-Aging Primer and the Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream.

CC+ Radiance Ombré Blush
CC+ Radiance Ombré Blush

I’ll start with my favorite product, the CC+ Radiance Ombré Blush. This blush is both a blush and a highlighter giving your cheeks a nice flush combined with little highlighting particles. You only need a tiny amount and it lasts all day. If you are one of those people whose face “eats blush,” you’ll love it!

I have to preface this review by saying I love liquid eyeliners. The  No-Tug® Waterproof Gel Eyeliner worked pretty good for me, but I still prefer a liquid liner of IT’s Tightliner. The color, black brown was more subdued than black and blended better. It was also easy to remove and didn’t bother my eyes.

Next we have the Celebration Foundation Illumination Full Coverage Anti-Aging Foundation is great for the person who hates foundation (me).  All you have to do is moisturize, conceal and then apply this powder with the enclosed brush or the Heavenly Luxe® Double Airbrush Foundation Brush. This powder is different from the original Celebration Foundation in that it has illuminating particles to give your face an all-over glow. You can choose your regular color or go a little darker to get that just-back-from-a-vacation-in-the-sun-look! I also really love the Heavenly Luxe brush. It has tons of tiny fibers that deposit the color on for an airbrushed look.

The Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara has two different applicators in one wand. The wide brush deposits the mascara on your lashes and the little ball at the end is used to push lashes up.  It dried fast, stayed on, didn’t irritate my eyes and was easy to remove. I’m not a big fan of mascara in general, but I would wear this one when I have to wear mascara.

Here is the final result. I also used the IT Cosmetics Waterproof Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer and the YBBB™ Your Brows But Better™ Brow Power Skinny Pencil.


Verdict: This is a great set and worth it for the blush alone. It would also make a great gift for the holidays. The price of the set will not be released until it’s debut at midnight on Oct. 14. You should be able to get it right here for $54.96. Available in five shades.