Beauty Product Review: The Magic Pads

October 7, 2014 by  
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I get a lot of beauty products to try out but I only review the products that I really do love. The last couple of months I’ve been getting some real gems. Last time I got the completely bare hair remover from a Klout perk and this time I got the magic pads created by Celebrity stylist Rob Harmon. They’re supposed to repair sun damage while fighting acne and repair wrinkles all with a simple swipe of the magic pads which have a combination of glycolic acid which helps the cell turnover along with salicylic acids to help  control acne.

Magic Pads Review
Despite living in Florida, I have no sun damage. But I do have acne prone skin and the start of some very fine lines around mouth so I could definitely see me benefiting from these magic pads. After one swipe I knew they would work wonders on my skin, but I wondered if they would actually dry out my skin because of the glycolic acid. After a few seconds my skin actually felt soft, fresh and my pores instantly looked small – I loved it! I’ve been using it daily and so far I’ve been able to drop my acne skin wash thanks to the pads. They really do sound like they’re too good to be true but they are. At only $19.99 the Magic Pads do the job of probably three different pricey products. It’s perfect for women and men of all ages!


The Magic Pads use a unique blend of Glycolic acid, Organic Willow Bark, Hualuronic acid and VitaminE in an Organic Aloe Vera juice base, the pads are designed to organically destroy acne, clear blemishes, smooth and tighten skin, shrink pores, exfoliate, tone, clarify and hydrate.

I only wish the Magic Pads were sent to me years ago! For more info about the amazing Magic Pads you visit –

Sponsored Post: The New Gillette Venus Snap

July 10, 2014 by  
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I don’t know about you but I’ve had my fair share of occasions where I was in deperate need of a quick shave – especially now during the summer when anytime is beach time. Gilette has done it once again and created another genius product: The Gillete Venus Snap. The Venus Snap is the perfect match for the girl on the go no matter where she might end up. The Gilette Venus Snap comes in a portable compact that will fit in any purse or gym bag pocket and has a mini handle that makes shaving more discreet. Comes with a 5 curve hugging blades to get a nice smooth close shave in a jiffy and ALL of Venus cartridges fit a venus razor handle.

The video below features Tessa Violet who’s helping spread the word on The Venus Snap with the catchy Venus Snap song. The adorable video blogger’s jingle is about a collection of oops-moments we all have and why the Gillete Venus Snap is an essential must have in any girls beauty survival kit. If it were up to me this baby would come as a bonus gift with swimsuits, travel kits and even in gym bags – I’d buy it!   Follow all the fun on all of their social pages (see links below).

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Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Gillette, but the opinion expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gillette

My Must Have Summer Beauty Products Under $20

June 28, 2014 by  
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When it’s hot and humid out I like to keep things simple.  I want my summer beauty products to be able to be long lasting and portable because my Summer’s are busy and fun.  Below are some of my must have items all under $20.  I didn’t include amoisturizer on purpose,  I have extremely oily skin and have yet to find one that doesn’t make me break out so right now I’m just using the Clarins Double Serum that I was sent to review (read about it here) it leaves my face incredibly soft and so far I have not broken out or really needed any moisturizer.

Must Have Beauty Items

Summer Beauty products


1. Here in Florida sunscreen is a year round must have and I always carry Neutrogena’s pure & free baby sunscreen for me and my kids.  $8.99 available at

2. I do not lay out and tan so I love me a good self tanner.  This one from avon gives the best sunkissed glow, smells so yummy and leaves my skin SO SO soft and it’s on sale for only $4.99 right now.  Great price to stock up!  Sale price $4.99 at

3. Self tanners and skin scrubs go hand in hand.  They will give you smooth skin and help ensure a even tan from your tanning lotion.  This one from Victoria Secret is hands down one of the best I’ve tried it’s $18 but one bottle can last all summer.  Smoothing Scrub – $18 at

4. I’m a lip balm addict and have a ton of them on hand all of the time but the one that gets the most use is eos.  eos lip balm $3.29 at

5. I use Nivea’s cherry lip balm under the eos for a pretty pink lip and at night I wear it under lip gloss – love it! $2.99 at

6. Creme eye shadows are the best for summer!  These creme eye shadows fro Mary Kay last ALL day even in Florida heat. Plae Blush and Taupe are my favorite colors for a simple smoky eye. Mary Kay creme eye shadows – $14 at

7. Finishing dust is an absolute must. This one has a slight yellow tint, so it offsets redness and dark circles!  On a good day I can skip my foundation it’s amazing. $14 at

8.  Just enough color and not too much shimmer. Photo Ready Bronzing Powder – $10.97 at

9.  My go to mascara – Cover Girl Lash Blast – $7.98 at

10. On those days where I can’t manage a mani I dab a little cuticle oil on my cuticle and throw on some clear polish. L’occitane cuticle oil – $18 at

30 Days Of Beautiful Instagram Sweepstakes

April 27, 2014 by  
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Like any new mom, I’m totally obsessed with my beautiful new baby boy. He just started smiling and I walk around like I was the paparazzi snapping pics in the hopes of another great big gummy smile to share on Instagram.  If you look at my Instagram feed you’ll notice that my kids are my usual focus (I have 5 boys so it’s sort of impossible not to be inspired). I always try to encourage them to do what they love and capturing those moments on camera is a dream come true for me!

Babies First Easter

For example my 17 year old high school senior has found a love for broadway and was in his first musical play Shrek The Musical.  It’s turned into a unexpected passion that amazes me and I’m so proud of him.  He finally found what he loves to do and their is nothing more beautiful than that!  See some of my pics below and feel free to tell me and Clarins what inspires you by entering Clarins sweepstakes #30daysofbeautiful for a chance to win a full size bottle of Clarins NEW Double Serum!

JW MItchell Shrek The Musical

JW Mitchell Shrek The Musical

I love the theme of their sweepstakes and all you need to do is find something that exemplifies beauty in your eyes – it can be anything…like pretty spring flowers, a brand new mani in a stunning hue, or even a gorgeous sunset.  Just snap a picture and upload it to Instagram with the hashtag #30daysofbeautiful on Instagram.  All participants also have to fill out a form (see below).  One winner will be chosen every day for 30 days.  Click here for more info and make sure to follow along all the beauty with hashtag #30daysofbeautiful and also take a peek at my pics (you can find me as @fashiongrail).


“Clarins combines two age-defying formulas into one ground breaking serum that firms skin, reduces wrinkles, evens skin tone and minimizes pores. 90% of women find it more effective that their current serum. Proven for all skin types, all ages, and all ethnicities.”

Compensation was provided by Clarins USA. via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Clarins USA.”


Fashion & Beauty Contact Lenses

October 14, 2011 by  
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Over the past couple of years or so fashion contact lenses have become the ‘must have’ accessory. Most of all, celebrities are going mad for them, with Paris Hilton being one of many avid fans. The reason behind Paris wearing her beautiful blue contacts as a beauty accessory is to help her get into the character she portrays in front of the cameras. Other celebrities who have been in the spotlight wearing a fabulous pair include the likes of Britney Spears, Jenifer Aniston and more recently Kim Kardashian.

I’m guessing that their hectic and maybe sleepless schedules, along with the pressure of always looking remarkable, have made fashion and beauty contact lenses a permanent accessory in their bags. It’s astonishing to find that a small accessory like coloured lenses can make such a difference to your appearance. You’re eyes almost seem to glisten and the eye area opens up, making you look fresh faced no matter how much sleep (or lack of) you’ve gained.

Searching for some beautiful fashion contacts I came across Eyesbright and instantly found what I was looking for. I found with a pair of natural brown contact lenses I could intensify my natural eye colour and the effects were amazing. However, I wanted to try something I’ve always been curious about, having some blue coloured eyes. In my opinion having dark hair and blue eyes is the perfect combination, so I took it upon myself to change the colour of my eyes completely.

The greatest thing about Eyesbright is that they accommodate and suggest contact lenses for darker eye shades. Some contact lenses don’t cover your natural colour and when this happens it can be quite disheartening. And, if you’re a little cautious about wearing a pair of colour contacts, Eyesbright’s guide section is very useful. Looking through their lenses for dark eyes collection I found these blue 3 tone contact lenses and, even if I do say so myself, I looked pretty damn good.

They were really easy to insert and sat perfectly on my eye. I can’t tell you how many compliments I received, even from my male friends who always seem oblivious to any change I make to my appearance. With colour contact lenses it’s best to wear them for a couple of hours just so your eyes get used to having a foreign body on them. Once you’re confident in wearing them, I’ve found they’re really comfortable to wear, but do make sure you don’t wear them for long periods of time, as I’ve found this can cause irritation.

I’m really impressed with the selection of lenses available to choose from at Eyesbright, I’m sure I’ll become a regular customer, especially with Halloween coming up.

StriVectin-SD Review

July 19, 2011 by  
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I recently used two new products for review: the new StriVection-SD for stretch marks and wrinkles as well as the StriVectin-SD Eye Concentrate.  After four weeks, OMG they work!  I have an olive skin tone and my stretch marks (from gaining and losing weight) are concentrated around my stomach and upper arms.  The stretch marks are still there, but the discoloration was drastically reduced. I also used generous amounts of StriVectin-SD on my neck after washing at night.  It’s made my skin smoother and tighter and I still have some left after four weeks.

The eye cream made a noticable difference after one day of use. I struggle with dark circles under my eyes and I was extremely pleased to see the color revert back to normal, the skin around my eyes tighten and an overall softness in such a quick time.  I would definately recommend both products and I will continue to use both.  Check them out below:

StriVectin-SD Concentrate for Stretch Marks & Wrinkles

StriVectin-SD Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles




My Favorite Hair Products

May 24, 2011 by  
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Love having long thick wavy hair, but it can be a bit overwhelming during the summer.  The last thing I want to do on a long hot day is blow dry my hair for 30 minutes and then straighten for another 15!  After years of buying every frizz free product out there I’ve finally tamed my mane with four products. Now if I straighten my hair it last for about 5 days and when I’m to lazy to blowdry and want beachy waves I air dry and still NO FRIZZ! Below are my fave products that I swear by:

Enjoy Sulfate Free Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner

Neutrogena Triple Moisture Daily Deep Conditioner (I use this along with Enjoy’s conditioner once a week)

Hana Shine Shield Thermal Protectant

Biosilk Shine On Spray

Must Have Monday: Spongelle ‘Duets’

April 18, 2011 by  
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Absolutely love the new Spongelle “Duets.” Featured in Redbook, In Style, Cosmo and even listed as one of Oprah’s personal faves, Duets leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and smelling yummy!  Duets are designed for gentle exfoliation, to whisk away dry skin and to stimulate circulation.  They’re also an excellent alternative to the endless bottles, jars, lotions, creams and powders currently surrounding your bath!  Check them out here –

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