Category: Beauty

The Orchid-Inspired euphoria Calvin Klein

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Calvin Klein. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I absolutely love flowers and their delightful beautiful smell.  I also enjoy the therapeutic aromas that come from fruits, trees/woods, and spices.  This weekend I received a treat for my senses, a gorgeous phalaenopsis orchid and the opportunity to sample euphoria Calvin Klein, an addictive oriental fragrance that contrasts exotic fruits, seductive florals.

This is definitely a very bold, mysterious and sexy scent.  I’ve been wearing euphoria Calvin Klein to work daily for the past week and I really like it.  I spray in the mornings and it lasts all day. I did find that it is best suited for wearing in the evenings for a night out, to an event or to a place where you want to be noticed.  It is not obnoxiously loud, but it does make a statement.  This perfume has confidence, femininity and strength written all over it.

  • Top Notes: pomegranate and persimmon.
  •  Mid Notes: rich black orchid and sensual champaca flower.
  •   Base Notes: liquid amber, mahogany wood and cream accord.

I learned that euphoria Calvin Klein’s bottle is inspired by an orchid about to bloom and you can see the amethyst hue of the fragrance is visible through the curve of clear glass.

This is such an amazing gift and I will definitely continue to use this.  I think this makes a very sexy gift for a confident woman in your life, whether she is your mother, sister, wife or friend and from now through Mother’s Day, anyone who purchases a large spray from the euphoria Calvin Klein fragrance collection at Macy’s or Dillard’s will receive a complimentary live orchid.  (That’s pretty cool!)

Here  are 3 quick tip on how to take care of an orchid:

  1. Add 3 ice cubes or 1/4 cup of water weekly
  2. Place in a bright, well lit location.  Avoid direct sunlight
  3. 60-85 degrees Fahrenheit, never below 40 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Xo, Leslie


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Beauty Week Ends in 2 Days! – Deep Discounts on Spa and Other Beauty Services

I just came across Groupon’s Beauty Week, a week long event offering a deal on top of deal on (already discounted) beauty services at quality spas and salons nationwide!

Beauty Week started on Monday and ends on Saturday, March 21st, so hurry up and check it out!  Watch out for today and tomorrow as Groupon will be highlighting even deeper discounts—up to an extra 30% off on a curated selection of deals!

Groupon says: you can expect deals on the freshest beauty and wellness services, including haircuts, spray tans, mani-pedis, spa days, and massages. ranging from deep-tissue to hot-stone to couples, or you can experiment with unusual or new-to-you services—like sensory-deprivation therapy, eyelash extensions, or the totally alien world of dentistry.

Take advantage of the Discounts:

20% off all Local and Goods health and beauty deals if you use promo code SPA20 (ended!)

March 17 and 18: $10 off facial and massage deals if you use promo code SOOTHE10 (ended!)

March 19 and 20: clearance sales for up to an extra 30% off selected deals

March 21: an extra 20% off med-spa deals if you use promo code MEDSPA20

Each of these codes can be applied up to three times on its associated days.

You can check them out here.

Enjoy!

 


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MORROCCO METHOD WEEK 5: Earth Essence SHAMPOO + FLOATING LOTUS CONDITIONER (W/ PROMO CODE)

This is the final week of my 5-week review of the Morrocco Method (MM) rotation.  It’s been and amazing journey  and I’m happy to say I have already place my next order…which should be arriving soon.

For this final week I used the Earth Essence Shampoo*, which is meant for normal to oily hair types (my hair is on the extremely dry side) + I used the Floating Lotus Conditioner* which is my absolute favorite conditioner.

Here are my results:

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First thing I noticed is that my hair has grown quite a  bit and it needs a serious trim.  It hasn’t been growing in a while! so I am VERY happy about that…  I love long hair.  I feel like words are pointless at this stage.  I am obviously never going back to anything short of natural and organic and Morrocco Method is clearly my top choice.

I have gotten a hair trim since these pictures and I’m waiting on the spring equinox for perhaps get some layers.

What do you guys think of this 5 weeks review? If you have purchased MM after reading my review I would love to hear about it in the comments, and if you have any questions about switching over let me know also.

By the way, Morrocco Method has kindly extended my promo code, and  new customers can get 15% total order until the end of the month with  promo code: LUCKY710.

 

Xo, Leslie

*Please note that I was not compensated for this review and did not receive a free product.  As an MM affiliate, I earn a small commission if you decide to purchase products using my affiliate links throughout this post.  Purchasing through my links is highly appreciated if you found this review useful. My reviews are ALWAYS truthful and I will never misrepresent, mislead or provide deceptive information about any product or service. I choose my affiliate programs based on my own personal use or interest in the product.  Be mindful that my results may be different than yours.


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Morrocco Method Week 4: Pine Shale Shampoo + Floating Lotus Conditioner (w/ Promo Code)

Hey lovies,  I can’t believe I’m on my fourth week of my 5-week review of the Morrocco Method (MM) rotation for natural (relaxer-free) hair and all I can say is that I’m truly in love with this product.  From the ingredients to the performance it is perfection in a bottle.  I feel so good and confident recommending it and showing my results.

This week I used the Pine Shale Shampoo*, with pine shale oil which calms irritation and it’s good for dandruff/flakes, itchiness and dryness + I used the Floating Lotus Conditioner* which is my absolute favorite conditioner ever made.  I received my conditioner travel set last week and I loved the sapphire volumizer conditioner* which I used as a leave in conditioner and then followed steps 4-7 from week one.  Please be sure to read my previous posts for proper use of the product.

Don’t forget new customers can get 15% total order until 3/4.  Use promo code: LUCKY710.

Please remember that these products will not foam but  you don’t have to worry that your hair will not be clean.  If you see my hair it doesn’t look dirty or clogged up (because it isn’t).  My scalp looks incredibly healthy and my hair has this beautiful natural sheen which I enhanced with a few drops of the Euro Natural Oil Conditioner and Moisturizer*.

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I also noticed my hair is growing a little, unevenly but non the less it is growing a little faster than usual.  My hair has been growing so slowly since I went natural and I feel so impatient about it.

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Clearly I need a trim but I’m waiting for a full moon and/or the spring equinox as recommended by the MM  lunar calendar for maximum growth.  Let’s see if that works.

What do you guys think? Are you ready to toss hair products with toxic ingredients and exchange it for all natural, raw food for your hair?

If you started using Morrocco Method products after reading my review I would love to hear about your experience with it, please a comment below.

Xo, Leslie

P.S.  Morrocco Method has kindly provided me with a promo code  for my readers.  You can use promo code: LUCKY710 for 15% OFF your entire order. Only one use per customer. Expires 3/4/15.

*Please note that I was not compensated for this review and did not receive a free product.  As an MM  affiliate, I earn a small commission if you decide to purchase products using my affiliate links throughout this post.  Purchasing through my links is highly appreciated if you found this review useful. My reviews are ALWAYS truthful and I will never misrepresent, mislead or provide deceptive information about any product or service. I choose my affiliate programs based on my own personal use or interest in the product.  Be mindful that my results may be different than yours.


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Morrocco Method Week 3: Heavenly Essence Shampoo + Floating Lotus Conditioner (W/ PROMO CODE)

It’s not a secret that I am beyond thrilled with Morrocco Method hair products for the awesome results I’m getting on my natural (non-relaxed) hair.  I mean, what is not to love when there isn’t a single toxic ingredient in any of their products.  It is raw, natural, wild-crafted vegan food goodness to feed your hair.

For the third week I used the Heavenly Shampoo and Floating Lotus Conditioner  combination from the sample packs which delivered shiny, full and healthy hair.  You can use promo code LUCKY710 for 15% off your order. 

This was the teaser last Sunday and it looks like you guys liked it too:

My Week 3 MM Routine

  1. Started with a homemade aloe vera mask – removed the gel straight from the leaf and put it on a blender until it became a foamy liquid.  I then applied the mask on my hair and left it on 15-20 minutes. I do this every time but it is not a necessary step.  Most the MM shampoo and conditioners already have aloe vera in it.
  2. Used the Heavenly Essence Shampoo diluted with equal parts water as recommended.  It’s hard to describe the scent beyond just earthy but it smells very good and a little different than the other shampoos.  The texture is the same as the others, a thick brown texture.  After the wash my hair wasn’t soft but softer than my normal texture.  Although these shampoos do not foam my hair felt clean.
  3. Used the Floating Lotus Moisturizer,  and as I mentioned on week one, I loved this one. My hair looked moisturized and shiny instantly.
  4. Followed steps 4-7 from week one.

These were my results: Morrocco Method Review - Promo Code - Lucky710 - healthy hair - natural hair - vegan hair - paleo hair - dominican hair

 

One thing you might notice right away is that I need to clip those ends (like, yesterday).  My hair is finally growing and you can see that it looks very uneven.  So why haven’t I cut it?  MM has lunar calendar with the best dates to get a haircut for lengthening. The next one is from March 17th -19th during the Spring Equinox so I will be waiting almost A MONTH so that I can give this a try, sigh.  The good thing is that you will be able to see if it actually works by coming back to check my blog.

So what do you think?  If you want to see what happens during this 5-week try out, you can check my instagram on Sundays for a sneak peak and then come back to the blog on Thursday  a week later for the full details.  Each week I will be rotating shampoos and posting results of my shampoo/conditioner combination.  I have 2 more weeks to go.

Xo, Leslie

P.S.  Morrocco Method has kindly provided me with a promo code  for my readers.  You can use promo code: LUCKY710 for 15% OFF your entire order. Only one use per customer. Expires 3/4/15.

*Please note that I was not compensated for this review and did not receive a free product.  As an MM  affiliate, I earn a small commission if you decide to purchase products using my affiliate links throughout this post.  Purchasing through my links is highly appreciated if you found this review useful. My reviews are ALWAYS truthful and I will never misrepresent, mislead or provide deceptive information about any product or service. I choose my affiliate programs based on my own personal use or interest in the product.  Be mindful that my results may be different than yours.


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Paula Dorf’s 3-in-1 Perfect Color Ecstasy- for eyes, lips and cheeks

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I received a complimentary stick of Paula Dorf’s Perfect Color in the Ecstasy shade through BrandBacker to review.

First, let me start by saying that I have made the move to a completely natural/organic skincare regime, as well as hair care but I’m still looking to find natural makeup that performs well.  In the meantime, I have no problem trying out different things and most of my makeup at the moment is not natural.  I appreciate recommendations for natural make in the comments.

I joined this campaign for two reasons, the first was Paula’s amazing bio on the website and second because I love makeup products that are quick and on the go.  This 3 in 1 concept is perfect for my style.   You can use the stick on your cheeks, lips and eye lids and voilà.

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This is what the color Ecstasy looks likes (sorry for the poor lighting)

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To show you the color I used it as all three in one look : an eye shadow, a blush and a lipstick and actually got a nice and simple romantic look.  The cream didn’t blend very well into my lips so I used lip balm to smooth it out but once I did it was fine. I use a bit of brown eyeshadow on my creases, a black eye liner and a little bit of bronzer to finish the look.  The pictures below have no filters, I just play a bit with the lighting.

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And some “artistic” close-ups with a filter:

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The packaging design was very nice, a slick black tube with the words “Become your own makeup artist” engraved in script with Paula’s name and logo on it.  But be very careful with it,  the quality is not very good.  This one rolled off my bed and broke.  I was surprised to see how fragile it is since it looks like is good quality on the outside.

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There are four other colors available on her website.  For a limited time you will receive a free gift with any purchase with promo code: ECSTASY.

Hope you enjoyed this review.   Please let me know your thoughts in the comment.

Xo, Leslie


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Morrocco Method Week 2: Sea Essence Shampoo + Pearl Essence Conditioner (w/ promo code)

Hi there, so this my second week of my 5-week review of the Morrocco Method (MM)* rotation for natural (relaxer-free) hair and I am so excited to share this one for so many reasons which you will find out below.

My Morroco Method routine this week

I started with a homemade aloe vera mask for 20 minutes, then washed and conditioned at home.  I then walked over to my local Dominican hair salon for magnetic rollers (rolos) and 40 minutes under a professional hard hat bonnet hair dryer (this is not necessary step, I’ll explain on the results below) and since my hair lady was out sick I blow dried it myself, for the first time in a long time.  Here was my instagram teaser:

Shampoo used: Sea Essence Shampoo*

This shampoo has a mild earthy/herbal scent.  It has a thick toothpaste texture and must be mixed with equal parts water.  It will not foam, and if need that to feel that your hair is clean MM shampoos will take some getting used to. MM Recommends two washes, the first wash gets rid of dirt and the second wash is to stimulate the scalp and nourish the hair follicle.  I can tell you that my hair felt cleaner on the second wash and I thought it was a necessary step.

My hair was not super soft after I washed it but it was not coarse either. Most of the drugstore/salon shampoos I used in the past would make my hair feel hard/coarse, with MM it was softer. I noticed hair strands looked moisturized and my curls were defined.

Conditioner used: Pearl Essence Conditioner*

This conditioner is a white toothpaste texture cream with a mild coconut scent.  My hair looked moisturized and it was very manageable. Again, not super soft while wet because my natural hair is not soft, none the less not hard either. I would say it was softer than my natural texture. This one seems to have stretch out the curls that I got from the shampoo.

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At the salon they used a wide teeth comb to detangle, grabbing small strands of hair at a time and it was very easy to get the job done. No knots or hair pulling.

The Results

I LOVE the results although the pictures unfairly tell a different story because it’s not a perfect blow dry.  But let me explain why  I’m so happy, I never-ever-ever blow dry my own hair anymore because the few times that I have tried it took me a very long time to finish and my hair would end up looking dry and bumpy and just not nice at all.  Unimpressed with the awful results I gave up on doing it myself.  On the picture below, it took my 15 miraculous minutes to get rid of the curls from the rollers, it was so easy to do and my hair was not dry at all – that’s groundbreaking for me.  That means that I can potentially do my own hair and skip the salon every other week.

Side note: New York is full of Dominican salons where you can get a blow out for $20-$40 + tip depending on the length of your hair. Most people fall between the $20-$30 price-range. So I opt to do my own nails, skip the spas and other beauty services and I go to the hair salon weekly (I also get my brows threaded/waxed bi-weekly).

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I drew a white line the picture above so that you can see what it would look like if I had more than 15 minutes to actually finish the job but unfortunately I had a date with a friend and I was running a little late. I spent most of my time on the bangs.

Here is the full view:

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A couple of side notes my hair journey

  • I have very thin, cottony and dry hair. It tangles very easily when wet, it is very manageable when blow dried.
  • I want a full head of healthy, nourished, manageable long hair that I can wear straight or curly/wavy.
  • I’m open minded and ok with non-conventional ways to care for my hair.
  • I’ve been playing with homemade products for almost 3 years.
  • I’m looking for all natural hair care routine that delivers performance.
  • I want Morrocco Method’s natural, raw, organic way of treating my hair to work because everything is great about it.

Do you find it difficult or spend too much time blow drying your own hair?   Do you have any questions about my use/experience with this product?  Drop me a note in the comments below.

Xo, Leslie

P.S.  Morrocco Method has kindly provided me with a promo code  for my readers.  You can use promo code: LUCKY710 for 15% OFF your entire order. Only one use per customer. Expires 3/4/15.***

 

*Please note that I was not compensated for this review and did not receive a free product.  As an MM  and Amazon affiliate, I earn a small commission if you decide to purchase products using my affiliate links throughout this post.  Purchasing through my links is highly appreciated if you found this review useful. My reviews are ALWAYS truthful and I will never misrepresent, mislead or provide deceptive information about any product or service. I choose my affiliate programs based on my own personal use or interest in the product.  Be mindful that my results may be different than yours.


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