In the mood for some nice music




To expand my repertoire of mascara, in case L’Oreal makes the mistake of retiring my beloved Butterfly mascara, I’m testing out their voluminous feline version.

The Results

The good

It works. The coverage is good, as is the color. It doesn’t bother my eyes in the slightest and it’s easy to remove. There is minimal flaking.

The not so good

I just opened this mascara three days ago and it is already drying out. It’s beginning to clump on my lashes.

The Bottom Line

While the feline mascara works, it simply cannot replace the butterfly version I love above all others, regardless of price.

In this video, I am going to talk about some products that I bought, maybe enjoyed for a little while, but eventually decided they were not right for me.. I would probably not purchase these again, but I would get instead other products that I am actually loving. Find out what are these products and share your thoughts :0)

A. Basic Beauty Tools: Foundation sponge and spongedry (sponge holder) – Go to and save 15% with this code: AMYMIRANDA15 plus you get free shipping for over $24 orders.

B. Nudu skincare is all natural and from New Zealand, try it! Save 20% with code AMY20

✦ Music: by hooksounds

Happiness is the Right Beauty Regime | by Ardith McCann

Crikey, when did skincare and makeup become so darned difficult…and complicated? It’s literally been over two years in the making, but at long last I believe I have finally stumbled onto the right beauty regime.

Today there are more skincare and makeup products available then ever before. In the past few years alone it feels like the number of choices has exploded at a nuclear level. It’s mind bobbling, don’t you think?

To add to the confusion, natural/organic products have taken center stage. But buyer beware. Natural/organic doesn’t not necessarily mean it will work for you and your skin. Natural/organic doesn’t necessarily translate into “safe.”

So what’s a consumer to do? So far, it seems to take a great deal of experimentation, like your face in particular is a laboratory. And in a lab, things can and do go awry. Just ask my skin. From breakouts and flaky patches to puffy red eyes, my poor face has suffered.

Also, I don’t have a limitless budget to work with—quite the opposite, in fact. It makes the pursuit of good skin and makeup options all the more challenging. I suppose moving across six states didn’t help matters either.

I was determined, however, to find what really works for me. The most important lesson I learned is this. A complicated, multi-step beauty regime is actually the worst thing I have done to my skin. Over-experimentation via my obsession with Sephora absolutely destroyed it.

Simplicity is my friend


Step # 1: Use the right cleanser

In my case this means using a non-drying foaming face cleanser (Yes to Blueberries) twice a day. I use a clean face cloth, every single time, warm water only. Once a week I’ll use an exfoliating pad (CVS brand) at night.

Step # 2: Use the right moisturizer

I finally figured out that I need two different moisturizers for my dry skin. At night I am currently (i.e. spring and summer) using a lighter version, then a heavier one for daytime as a base for my foundation.

Step # 3: Use the right mix of cosmetics

Generally, this means no one brand will offer all the right products for me, or anyone else for that matter. For me and my budget, this means a mix of L’Oreal, Maybelline, and e.l.f products. I have been amazed at how much I like the L’Oreal and Maybelline hydrating foundations. The L’Oreal mascaras treat my lashes best by far (including among much more expensive brands). As for e.l.f, I love some (but not all) of their eyeshadow sets, eyeliners, cream concealers, face powders and highlighters. I still love my Stila cream blush.

What I don’t use

Everyone must find their own path to zen beauty. On my path, so far I have learned that I cannot use primers. I’ve tried a number of face primers, in sample and full size. None have worked for me. In fact, they made putting on foundation difficult and more time-consuming. The one time I tried an eyeshadow primer my eyelids puffed up and my vision blurred. No thank you.

Toners and Masks
As with primers, I tried using toners, including simple ones like witch hazel. My skin simply rebelled, and my budget suffered as well. Unless companies want to send me free samples to try, I’m done. And I’ve yet to use a mask of any sort that makes my skin happy.

Setting Sprays, Bronzers, Tools
These types of products are simply not in my beauty wheelhouse. Again, unless companies want to send me free samples to try out, they just don’t fit into my budget to test.

I have two e.l.f eyeshadow brushes I adore, plus a kabuki brush I’ve been known to use on occasion. Other than these three tools, I prefer to use my fingers. They are definitely budget-friendly and generally effective applicators (they also tend to use up less product).

What my skin taught me

In paying attention to what my skin seems to like, I recently learned an important lesson. As strange as it sounds, my skin and eyelashes fare much better when I wear foundation and mascara every day. This seemed so counterintuitive to me, so it took me an unfortunate amount of time to make the connection between better skin and lashes, and faithful daily makeup. I imagine my husband doesn’t mind the daily enhancement either.

What’s your path to zen beauty?

Do you have a beauty regime that makes you and your face happy? If so, what did it take to achieve it and how long did it take? Or, are you still in hot pursuit of the perfect-for-you product mix and skincare system? We’d love to hear about your personal experiences.



Exuviance AGE REVERSE Hand Rejuvenator | banish your hand’s brown spots

With all my experience using Exuviance skincare, I have never been disappointed. I must say that this company is dedicated to constantly look for new ways to make women of all age look younger and preserve their beauty longer. As a middle aged woman, I am paying careful attention to all their creations and this time is no exception. I have received a duo of hand products to test and try and share my thoughts on the duo with my audience.
This is a beautiful set of 2 skincare products — not for your face or your body — but just for your hands. You know that you can tell someone’s age by looking at their hands. I recall this famous hsn sales lady who had had a facelift and at 75 looked like a 45 year old yet there were two things that a careful eye could see and that would give away her age: her hands and her shaky voice. Nothing wrong with aging, but if you are taking such good care with your face, why should you also not take good care of your hands.. mainly the brown spots that appear as we age. I have a few light brown spots. When I was in my twenties and went to swim every summer in the Mediterranean sea, it never occurred to me that I was damaging my skin by sunbathing and swimming in those hot days. So later in life you pay the price.
I also remember a billboard I had seen during my years in Sydney, Australia. The text on the billboard, I read it and never forgot it. It said: “Fry now, Pay later!”.. You perhaps are aware that Australia has the largest number of skin cancer each year. Each year about 250,000 are diagnosed with melanoma, which is the name for skin cancer. People who live in Australia have fair skin, and they like to go to the beach a lot, so at the end a lot of young men and women get skin cancer. Anyway, I digress.
To remove the brown spots on your skin, you apply the peel with a cotton bud, sweep the soaked cotton pad on the back of your hands 2 or 3 times, then apply the cream. Et voila.. do this for 12 weeks, then examine your hands again and see if the brown spots have diminished..
So the same way you do a face peeling, you do the same for your hands.
Your hands are probably washed more often than your face, several times a day, right? But you also know that your hands touch everything every minute you are awake, from morning till the time you go to bed.. so there are plenty of cells that are sitting on the surface and the skin needs to be rejuvenated. Dark spots are visible on mature women hands generally. Things you cannot avoid. Things that happen with age. Same way as you wake up one morning to see that you have hooded eyelids suddenly out of nowhere, the same way you will also notice some brown spots on your hands.. Don’t despair! there is hope! Thanks to exuviance, this company constantly continues to create products for women so that they can stay younger longer.
In my case, I am not expecting them to fully disappear but if they diminish, that means we are on the right track.
Ok about the product. Let’s see. First you get a bottle that looks like eye makeup remover. This turquoise color bottle contains a liquid that is the main product, and you use a cotton bud to pump some of the liquid and gently sweep the cotton pad a few times over your hands. In my case I go over my wrists as well, as I have some brown spots on my wrist and above. Next you squeeze a little bit of the cream from the tube, and massage it over your hands. Feel free to go to bed with the cream on your hands, and if you wish to wear a glove that would be even better. In my case, I can’t wear a glove. In the morning you can repeat the same thing if you want to, and leave the cream for an hour before washing. If like me you prefer to do this ritual at night only, then that’s ok. Continue this treatment for 12 weeks (3 months) and then examine your hands and let’s see if you are happy with the look of your hands.
What does the peel contain? It has 10 % citric acid peel which is anti-aging.
I noticed the cream has a beautiful scent.. sometimes I get turned off by the scent of some creams and I think it is important the scent is pleasant rather than heavy and oily.. This cream went onto my hands like a charm, it was absorbed instantly and I loved the scent so much I kept smelling my hands twice!
Exuviance says: With potent anti-agers CitraFill®, NeoGlucosamine® and Apple Stem Cell Extract, the Hand Rejuvenator Cream helps diminish all the signs of aging on hands; crepiness, loose skin and dark spots, restoring hydration and firmer, younger looking hands.
Key Ingredients: Citric Acid, NeoGlucosamine®, CitraFill®, Apple Stem Cell ExtractSize: Hand Rejuvenator Peel 4.4 fl oz, Hand Rejuvenator Cream 2.6 oz
Price: $65

Where can you buy this product from? well more than one place, but one that is sure to have it now is the company itself. Go to and check this product out.

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I stumbled upon this cute application on my iphone, it was pointed out to me I must say but I can not stress enough how much I am enjoying using it..

It is a very fun application, costs nothing and helps you get visual of how you would look in a certain outfit..

If you are like me feeling a bit overwhelmed when you go to a store to buy a new dress, then this app will be something you may want to consider. It asks you to take a selfie of your face. Then you select a body (there are 4 body sizes and 3 categories of body, small medium large and larger) and you select the most appropriate one. Then you see yourself wearing dresses, and you click next and suddenly you are wearing another dress.

By seeing yourself, you get a good idea of how you would look if you wore a certain color dress. Also you get to pick a certain hair style. There are many hairstyles and colors to choose from. Select the one that seems the most appropriate or if you want to see yourself in a different hair style, now would be the time to select a different hair style! This is truly a very cute and useful application. Just go here or and download it on your iphone.

Off I go to select different color dresses now! I am so addicted to this STYLED BY TRENDAGE app!!

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QLABO Eauphoria and Collagenerous | Anti-aging duo

Collagenerous Advanced Youth Rejuvenator

I always get a bit excited when I am holding in my hands a brand new product, because I await with anticipation to see the results of yet another skincare product. What is Qlabo products? What are they supposed to do? the brand is designed and engineered in Singapore but manufactured in Switzerland. I am provided the code AMYM10 which if used by you will save you 10 percent on your purchase !

The first product is called Collagenerous. It is also described as Advanced Youth Rejuvenator. I am so glad I have this product because it applies and sinks into the skin easily and there is no sticky after feeling. Plus let’s see all the good things it brings to our skin. You know that anything you put on your skin goes into your body right? so you don’t want really to have perfume, parabens and fillers in a cream, because all that is going to go into your body through your skin and bloodstream.


So before I say anything else, I want to emphasize that this particular product by Qlabo does not have any of the following:

Phtalates, parabens, colorant, synthetic fragrances, alcohol. This product also is not tested on any animal.

So now lets see what it does. According to the manufacturer, this white creamy lotion, rejuvenates, hydrates, protects and repairs our skin thanks to its formulation. Also it is further described as an injection free anti-aging cream. It has Peptan for collagen synthesis, and Trealix to illuminate and hydrate.

I don’t know what these products are, but they are main ingredients apparently that help to reduce the signs of aging. Who does not need it? Anyone who has hit 40 needs to start to seriously think about finding ways to soften their wrinkles, even if they are not visible to the naked eye.

I also understand that it is made for even the most sensitive skin, so basically anyone can wear it. It comes in a beautiful white bottle with a silver pump and covered with a transparent cap. Remove the cap, squeeze the pump get a small pea size amount of the product and apply on your face morning and night. It retails for $49 for 30 ml. But if you want the hydrating gel as well, the product is also sold as a duo for $62 so you can save money and get the most of the 2 products. To buy, go to here or


I like to dig a bit and found out on the website of the creator some useful and important information about this product. Here it is, I want to share it with you. They have listed all the good stuff contained in this product. I am very happy to have the privilege to test and use this face moisturizer and rejuvenator.

7 high-performance technologies fight all signs of aging in synergy

MG6P / Copper Proline Lysinate Complex – Next generation, award-winning Peptide technology formulated to turbo-charge collagen and elastin activity by reviving dormant fibroblasts. Visibly improves skin firmness and elasticity, offering remarkable results in the reduction of lines and wrinkles. This firming complex increases collagen I content up to 179%, collagen III content up to 194%, and elastin content up to 190%. Reduces wrinkle depth by 15% and volume by 13% within 15 days. Leaves skin looking more energized and redensified.

Advanced Gly/Pro/Hyp Oligo-peptide – Advanced collagen peptide containing 18 amino acids. Dominated by a triple helix made of specific amino acids Glycine/Proline/Hydroxyproline, which forms the structure of collagen, this marine peptide increases fibroblast proliferation by 18% and boosts collagen synthesis by 22%. Offering strong protection against oxidative stress, it helps skin regain its lost firmness and strength counteracting the damage caused by free-radicals and other external aggressors.

Moisturizing Plant Saccharide-Vegetable Protein-Amino Acid Complex – A natural complex of Trehalose (a natural sugar) and Vegetable Proteins with the same composition as skin’s natural moisture factor (NMF) created to offer long-lasting hydration. Protects skin from environmental pollution and skin irritants, restoring dry, irritated skin thanks to its emollient and lenitive properties. Improves skin tone and suppleness retarding the aging process.

Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract – A kelp, also known as “Golden Seaweed”, proven to boost skin’s self-moisturizing properties, firmness and smoothness. Working from the epidermis through the dermis, this cell-protecting extract stimulates collagen production while it reduces the damaging effects of solar radiation including wrinkles, sun burn cells, inflammation, and pigmentation.

Milk Thistle Oil – Rich in Silymarin, Vitamin E and Linoleic Acid, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory Milk Thistle oil protects skin from the primary causes of premature aging, including sun damage and inflammation. Thanks to its rejuvenating properties, it restores skin elasticity and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Maintains moisture integrity in the upper layers of the skin, soothes and calms irritated skin.

Allantoin – A natural skin soother, protectant and anti-irritant, Allantoin increases the water content of the extracellular matrix. Also an effective keratinolytic, it softens keratin, the protein found in the epidermis, allowing better water retention. By exfoliating dry, damaged cells it boosts skin radiance and smoothness preventing sallow skin. Promotes wound and scar healing (e.g. chronic acne), wards off irritation, and supports overall skin regeneration.

I enjoyed taking these pictures. Keep in mind that for every single picture you see here on my post, there are 30 others unpublished. I just have to get the right lighting and visual clarity at the same time.. being a bit ocd about photography.

The second product created by Qlabo is called

Eauphoria Complete Moisture Treatment

It comes in a thin tube which contains 30 ml of a transparent gel like lotion. This sensitive skin friendly and fragrance free gel contains Double Hyaluronic Acid for complete moisture enrichment. When your skin is moisturized and hydrated, it appears plump and the wrinkles appear softer. No cream will ever remove any wrinkle, but what they can do is to reduce their appearance. This gel contains rose water, my favorite element in skincare. By the way this retails for $28 and using the code AMYM10 will save you 10 percent on your purchase  !

This clear gel also contains Trealix that sugar of life that revitalizes dry desert plants. To use apply this product after your skin is clean, morning and night, and then add your moisturizer and foundation if in the morning, or night cream at night. It stimulates collagen production, soothes rosacea, increases levels of ceramides and even treats acne.

The creator writes: This intensely hydrating lotion–gel infuses your skin with instant moisture restoring its vitality and healthy glow. 

Just like its sister rejuventor lotion, this transparent gel also does not have these ingredients: Phtalates, parabens, colorant, synthetic fragrances, alcohol.

This product also is not tested on any animal.

I am looking forward to using these products in full and seeing positive results on my skin.

What else can I share with you about this gel? It retails for $28 but you can buy it in the duo for $62 (for 2 products).



5 high-performance technologies targeting optimal hydration


Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) – Used at 4% concentration, it boosts moisture and stimulates ceramides and free fatty acids to maintain a proper barrier function in the stratum corneum. Collagen secretion is increased by 54% hence the appearance of aging skin is visibly improved. Evens out the skin tone and brightens the complexion, drastically minimizing acne outbreaks. Increases keratin production and stimulates epidermal proteins (filaggrin and involucrin) which strengthen the skin barrier & internal structure, protecting against external irritants and TEWL (transepidermal water loss).

Protective High-Molecular-Weight Hyaluronic Acid (Plant Biotechnology) – Regulates hydration thanks to its exceptional power to attract and keep moisture in the skin. Retains 1,000 times its weight in water which is vital for the integrity of the skin structure. The microscopic moisture shield it creates prevents TEWL (Trans Epidermal Water Loss), protects against the damaging effects of pollution and makes skin feel soft and velvety.

Bio-ferment Low-Molecular-Weight Sodium Hyaluronate (Plant Biotechnology) – This low molecular weight hyaluronic acid penetrates through the epidermis into the dermis to help hold onto moisture and regulate the internal hydration of the skin. Creating a “water reservoir” effect in the dermis, this 100% natural ingredient keeps skin well hydrated. By reinforcing tight junctions of the keratinocytes it improves cell cohesion and strengthens the barrier function of the skin limiting water loss. It stimulates the synthesis of collagen I in the dermis increasing skin firmness and restoring a youthful appearance.

Moisturizing Plant Saccharide-Vegetable Protein-Amino Acid Complex – Natural complex of Trehalose (a natural sugar) and Vegetable Proteins identical to skin’s natural moisture factor (NMF). Offers long-lasting hydration giving skin a subtle inner glow. Protects skin from environmental pollution and external aggressors (harsh weather). Particularly indicated for sensitive skin that is prone to redness and premature ageing.

Organic Rose Water – Produced with steam-distilled hand-picked rose petals, rose water has soothing and refreshing properties. Cools and calms the skin, reducing redness and irritation. Moisturizes skin giving it a refreshed look. Naturally astringent, it improves the complexion considerably, being especially gentle on sensitive skin. Adds a wonderful glow and softens dry skin.

Remember you can save 10 percent if you use the code AMYM10. Should you have any questions, please share your thoughts and ask your questions via email to the creator of these 2 amazing products: hello@q‐