korres lip butter is basically the eighth wonder of the world

I have discussed my love of Korres before, and since then it has only become more true and deep. Well, as deep as your love for a lip butter can get (surprisingly, love for lip butters can be intense). I'm apparently not the only one that feels this way because if you type Korres into a Google search, it suggests that you may be looking for Korres Lip Butter. And you should be.

I normally prefer a wand due to the fact that a pot can become messy very quickly, but somehow this formula never dries out or changes color. Korres Lip Butters come in seven shades: I have tried them all and must say that Jasmine and Guava are my absolute favorites, although honestly all of the colors are pretty and could work on anyone. Jasmine is the light pink color we all wish our lips could be while Guava is truly white when it goes on. The color from all shades fades within an hour or so (even the darkest, Wild Rose, pictured) and your lips are left softer than you could ever have imagined and not sticky. This stuff is not sticky at all. It doesn't even leave your finger gross and sticky and you can rub anything leftover into your cuticles. I would smear this stuff all over my face in a pinch if I needed moisture. Seriously.

The two main ingredients that make this product so amazing are Shea Butter and Rice Wax. I have no idea what Rice Wax is, but I have a lot of lip products that contain Shea Butter and they don't make my lips feel like Korres does, so I'm guessing it is important.

Smear this stuff all over your lips before putting makeup on and your Ruby Woo will go on smooth and crack-free. That right there makes the $12 price tag worth every penny. I promise.

dermadoctor's newest invention: wrinkle revenge lift & protect serum

We had so many requests to expand on the Wrinkle Revenge line at DERMAdoctor in the past year that Dr. Kunin decided to add a hyaluronic acid serum! This makes me very happy do to my strong love of  all things hyaluronic. As per usual with DERMAdoctor products though, Wrinkle Revenge Lift & Replenish Serum is not JUST a hyaluronic acid: it is 2 unique forms of hyaluronic and an igredient (new even to me) that rebuilds your body's own ability to produce hyaluronic acid and elastin fibers called Calcium Ketogluconate.

Calcium Keto-what? Who really cares, as long as it works. We had some amazing results in our clinical studies that included a 27% increase in volume, significant decrease in skin fatigue and a significant increase in elasticity when used twice a day for 28 days. Read more about Wrinkle Revenge Lift & Protect Serum here. At $65 an ounce this serum is very affordable when compared to others on the market for $85 and up. I have been using this in place of my moisturizer and primer to prep my skin for foundation and it works beautifully!

CLOSED - Want to win one? I will be giving one away Friday, January 27th. Just make sure you are following me on Twitter (I will DM the winner for their shipping address - open to all countries) and leave a comment below stating that you want to be entered to win. Good luck!

the jeffrey campbell archie is very practical

It would be best (for my bank account) for me to stay away from Karmaloop, but that's not going to happen most likely. My intentions are good; I head over to the site to get ideas for outfits. Unfortunately the ideas normally come from things that I don't have, such as the Archie open-toe platform from Jeffrey Campbell. With a 6" heel and a 2.5" platform, the Archie is perfect for every-day activities such as grocery shopping, walking your dog or hitting up the nearby disco.

Right? And at $152.00 you are practically saving yourself money when you consider how much you will wear these babies. Being that they are very practical.

Keep saying "practical" while you check out - it helps.

somme institute 5-step regimen

I was skeptical when I read about the Somme Institute 5-Step Regimen, mostly because working in skin care I know that sometimes you can't even get people to follow a 3-step regimen. I gave this set to a friend who promised to try using it just as the website recommends (instructions are on the back of products as well) and after 14 days she called me and said that her skin was glowing! She felt that it was extremely helpful to have the dots on the products remind you what something is and how to use it: blue dot cleanse, purple dot exfoliate, orange dot serum, and so on.

The Somme Institute 5-Step Regimen contains a patented technology that they refer to as MDT5 (Molecular Dispersion Technology) that delivers protein and vitamins (A, B3, B5, C and E) to your skin, transforming it by reducing signs of aging such as tone, texture, age spots and fine lines.

The kit retails for $298 and includes:
Step 1: Nourishing Cleanser
Step 2: Transport (gentle exfoliant)
Step 3: Serum (with Vitamin C)
Step 4: A-Bomb (moisturizer with Vitamins A and E)
Step 5: Double Defense (SPF 30+)

This is a great way for someone who is interested in starting an anti-aging regimen that they don't have to think about. The products are affordable, very good quality and and Somme Institute makes it incredibly simple for even those that know very little about skin care to follow a fabulous 5-step routine.


new year's eve nails: opi rainbow connection the muppets collection 2011

I rarely rush out to purchase new nail polish when collections hit, but I love The Muppets like no other, so the OPI Muppets-themed polishes were on my list of shades to check out. I, being a firm believer in all things shiny, immediately fell in love with Rainbow Connection, a multi-colored chunky glitter polish with a clear base.

This is more of a toe color for me, but I decided to try it out on my fingertips for our New Year's Eve party this year and it was a big hit. My only complaint is that it takes several people and a bucket of acetone to remove it; however, I have learned that you can cut the time in half by using a washcloth to remove glitter polish. There is something about the slightly rough surface of a washcloth that helps speed the process considerably. Also, make sure to apply two layers of a good topcoat to protect the pieces of glitter, otherwise you will be catching them on things like lace shirts, pantyhose and hair all evening (very annoying).