Bésame – kiss me!


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Kiss me, kiss me a lot

As if tonight were

The last time –

So goes the first stanza if the classic Spanish love song Bésame mucho.

Gabriela Hernandez, the founder of the Vintage inspired line of cosmetics must have it in mind when she created her old- Hollywood- “Bombshell” style lipsticks.

Besame’s classic colour lipstick gives women the glamour they. The elegant gold and red tubes are filled with natural pigment and enriched with squalene, vitamin C and aloe for a smooth, feather-proof finish. I tried a sample of Marilyn Monroe’s shade Hot Hot Red. It is the creamiest, deeply pigment   I have every worn. I was able to blot it out to the level I prefer and it stays on.

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to wear a new red lipstick. Even academic studies have proven its seductive power, just ask the researchers at University of Manchester in England. They did a definitive study in 2013. Their results show red lipstick is a man magnet.

It brings their eyes right to you – perfect for a romantic tête-à-tête..

Bésame classic red shades include: 1920 Bésame Red, 1930 Tango Red

1931 Carmine, 1935 Cherry Red, 1946 Red Velvet, and 1959 Red Hot Lip.


The cost is $22 a tube.





Rose for Valentine’s Day

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They say when you fall in love the world takes on a rosy glow and most men can’t resist a girl with a pretty, rosy glow.

And some of the softest, sexiest, and most rosy pinks we have tried are from Palladio.

We love this company for their line of colour cosmetics, enriched with herbs and vitamins.

 Right: Palladio High Intensity Lip Balm in Ramblin Rose

Palladio products are chock full of antioxidants such as Ginseng, Green Tea,

Gingko Biloba, Vitamin E and natural humectants.

Additionally are skin soothers such as Aloe Vera and Chamomile – so they are also good for you.

But the colours and products are always on trend and look fabulous – at a great price.

Here are some of our favourites for Valentine’s Day:


Palladio High Intensity Lip Balm applies with the ease of a pencil, feels balmy and wears like a lipstick. The high-pigment formula helps protect and prevent drying and chapped lips while letting you create a perfect pout.

Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Olive Oil help create a breathable barrier to keep lips moist, while intense pigment and pearls add color and shine for a three-dimension effect. This is very sexy lip colour. I like being able to apply it very precisely. It stays put and I can build it or blot it down, depending on the effect I want.

Only $7


I’M BLUSHING 2-In-1 Cheek & Lip Tint is my new must-have. This is one of the most natural cream blushes I have tried on my fair skin. It lasted most a day, and through a workout, too! It looked natural in all lighting, from daylight to garish office light.


It comes in 5 shades. I like Dainty, a warm pink. It has a dewy finish with just a hint of colour and is botanical and vitamin infused.


I love it and it was only $8.00


Palladio Herbal Lipstick feels luxurious on your lips. Silver Rose is a true sexy, deep pink – perfect for Valentine’s Day. Your lips will look inviting.


Wear it alone or with my favourite PLUMP ‘N’ SHINE LIP GLOSS in Sheerly Pink. I received this gloss a year ago and it is always in my bag – and I have all kinds to choose from. I keep coming back to my PLUMP ‘N’ SHINE LIP GLOSS in Sheerly Pink because it always looks and feels amazing. I can wear it alone or over any lip pencil or lipstick. It rehydrates and plumps exactly as claimed.

I just love it.

Both are only $6.00





New KissKill

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If you are looking for a way to turn up with heat with lacy lingerie

this Valentine’s Day then turn you gaze Down Under !

The sexiest new line we have seen in ages is KissKill.

It’s Aussie, with a definite “tie me down” vibe.  I love the lacy Rozalia Slip.

It’s classic, sexy and very well priced at only $98. USD




Trend alert: Whimsical Must-have makeup

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Paul and Joe is a stunningly pretty skin care and make-up line

made in Japan but designed by a young Parisian Sophie Melcher.

The whimsical line has quickly gained fans among young beauty mavens. One look will tell you why.


The packing is a delight to look and hold with it sweet floral imprints and cute-paper container.

Refillable, lacquer boxes with magnetic closures that are decorated with quirky cats and butterflies.

They hold blush, powers, and eyeshadows embossed with pretty peonies.

The makeup colours have a soft, feminine feel to them in a hip updated way.papillonPaul&Joe2016

I tried an eye shadow tri, blush duo and nail polish from the new spring collection.

The colours are soft, fresh and easy to wear. The eye colours I tried in Trio 11 are shimmery but easy to blend.

This is definitely a line to try if you like your look sweet but a little edgy.





BikiniBOD Ultimate!


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If your new year’s weight loss resolutions have already failed, you might want to check out BikiniBOD Ultimate Beauty Body Formula.


The all-natural, vegan, and gluten-free BikiniBODUltimate Beauty Body Formula, according to its creators, “is designed to support your metabolism and to help suppress appetite to assist in your weight management goals.


“BikiniBOD’s formula uses naturally occurring fruit and plant extracts, including those from bitter orange, yohimbe bark, grape, raspberry, blueberry, garcinia cambogia, and green tea leaves.”


The website cautions, “Caffeine-sensitive users may experience some discomfort… BikiniBOD’s caffeine content is about equal to that of a medium cup of premium roasted coffee.”


Weight loss as well as maintaining a healthy weight is about healthy choices. Exercise is important but your weight reflects what you eat and how much you eat. Supplements like BikiniBOD Ultimate Beauty Body Formula can be very helpful to some women. I am very sensitive to all many drugs and supplements and I know many women who have serious reactions to similar products. This formula has not had any adverse effect on me, personally. I like the little natural energy boost it gives me. It is important to monitor you own reactions.


It is important to be sure you are not allergic or sensitive to any ingredients before using any type of weight-loss product.. Check with you health care provider if you have any doubt.


Check the excellent website for tips and more information: https://www.bikinibod.com/shop/bikinibod.



Beauty bargain for dry skin

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If you have very dry skin then plain Safflower or Sunflower oil

from the grocery store can change your life. Sunflower seed oil

and Safflower oil are both rich linoleic acid. These oils are similar to your own skin oils

and may even fight inflammation. These oils are inexpensive and do not clog pores. I use a little Safflower oil on my face and lots all over my body for soft glowing skin. Try to buy organic oil it will cost about $8 for 750 ml or a little less than a quart.


St. Valentine’s Day Rosé

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Celebrating St. Valentine’s Day can be a be a lot of fun as long as you don’t get caught up in expectations.


If you are in a new relationship, keep it light and fun. Do not try too hard or go over the top

with too many clichés or your romantic evening can flop.


Instead of looking for a big night at the swankiest place in town on the

busiest night of year consider a smaller place where you know the service and food is great

or maybe have a buffet dinner with other couples.

Moet & Chandon Imperial Rosé NV  radiant pink bubbly is available in cute littleVintage

Minis are perfect for a more casual party or the traditional 750mL size, $20 and $55.

This pretty, pink bubbly its bright fruitiness and intense bouquet of red fruits and florals

makes an elegant end to your pretty, romantic evening, paired with a rich chocolate treat and sweet berries


For a more serious relationship, you may want to dine more intimately a deux.  

Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Rosé 2006 is the perfect choice.

This delightful and romantic vintage champagne, with its notes of stone fruits and sophisticated depth,MartiniRose

will take you all through the meal and dessert. $ 90.


If pairing off isn’t your thing, or isn’t happening right now, that’s no reason to hate St. Val – the day that celebrates love.

Gather your group and throw a party. Make it as jazzed up or laid back as you like

– after all darlings, this your “vie en rose” and life can be just as sweet and bubbly single

– so celebrate! After all what group of good friends doesn’t like a night of good films

or a dance party with bubbles and treats?


MARTINI Sparkling Rosé Minis, served in big punch bowl of ice, are supper cute

for a movie or dance party. Many like to serve this sweet little bottle with a straw.

I prefer to offer it French style over ice in a big wine glass.   I even like a dash of Chambord raspberry liquor.

Why not offer it both ways? If you don’t have Chambord you can offer a little pomegranate syrup in a pretty decanter.


This pretty pink sparkler has a delicate floral note but is not too sweet.


It pairs up delightfully with cheese, chocolates, and elegant desserts.


It is also perfect for a party, at only $14.99 for a cute 4-pack of minis and $12.99 for the traditional 750 m.


Don’t hate Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day can generate so much hatred — and it is so silly.

I say celebrate love and chocolate every chance you get. Get your dose of “feel good” love

from your lover, friends, or even from yourself. Pamper and appreciate your friends and yourself.

Looking for love – or a date? You have sometime before February 14th so try wearing red

or pink every day from now until then it is the colour of attraction. Smile

. Watch what happens when you smile.  You never know until you try.


Celebrate love – it is makes life sweet.


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