Friday, February 24, 2012

Even on my days off, I am still working...

"Without struggle, there is no progress" - Fredrick Douglas. Making more progress with Afshar Beauty leads to only good rewards in the end. Even on my days off, I am always working, as it not only keeps me busy, but challenges me to work effectively yet efficiently too.




Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sephora's Color Diary...

Sephora Color Diary
(Photo by Sarah Afshar)
Last year, I had the opportunity of winning the Sephora Color Diary through Makeup Talk. I have to admit, I was very much impressed with this product, considering the overall value of it, however; I have noticed that it is unavailable. So, I am guessing it is discontinued.

The idea of not one, but 5 individual palettes that are used to create a wide-range, variety of individual makeup looks is very intriguing. Each palette creates numerous looks, making it a huge "pro". I have to admit (and yes, there is a "con" to this Sephora item) that I do like Sephora's eyeshadows, however; I don't feel that the lighter shades in this palette are as pigmented as they could be. This kind of destroys their potential. I do believe the color pay off produced is definitely above average, but in comparison to brands such as MAC or Illamasqua or even L'Oreal and Lancome, they simply cannot compete in terms of the lighter shades.

Would I recommend this product? Yes
Why...? I think that this item is a "fun" item and would make a great addition to any makeup enthusiast. I never said the eyeshadows were of poor quality, as they are not. I just believe the eyeshadows could be a little more pigmented. (I hope Sephora's manufacturer is taking notes)
Would I use this product again? Yes. In fact, I already have.

For more information, simply visit... www.sephora.com right now!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Reef R' Madness Tanning Lotion. It is Truly Madness, and I Mean That in a Good Way

Reef R' Madness
by
Australian Gold.
(Photo by Sarah Afshar)
Australian Gold is a wonderful tanning lotion brand that has been around for more than 20 years. Despite its seniority in the tanning industry, it is a company that improves its products year after year. In 2011, we had the opportunity to meet Reef R' Madness for the first time. It is a tanning lotion that emphasizes repairing the skin as it creates an intense tan.


PROS
This lotion is a naturally dark tanning blend infused with DHA, which works to create color that is not only dark and vibrant, but instant too. The bronzing blend included in this tanning lotion product is fantastic.


This fantastic tanning lotion by Australian Gold is fortified with Hemp Seed Oil, as well as vitamins and aloe. These types of ingredients are very great for the skin, creating an incredible hydration that is not only immediate but long-lasting. It also works to repair skin and help maintain skin's natural health.



What I love about Reef R' Madness by Australian Gold is the fact that it has real algae from the land down under that works as a natural way of enhancing your tan.



This tanning lotion works for both indoor and outdoor tanning. If you are searching for a tanning lotion that you can use in the bed or on the beach, this is the perfect one.



Is smell important? I think so. The fragrance included in this product is "Awesome Reef R' Madness" fragrance. It's acquired but reminds me of a combination of fruity scents and floral scents. The overtones and accents are relatively clean.



CONS



If you are searching for a tanning lotion that does not include bronzers, you will not find Reef R' Madness to be good at all.



If you are leaning toward more of a floral or clean scent, as well as a musk, you may not find the smell of this tanning lotion good, and therefore, would not like Reef R' Madness by Australian Gold.



RATING - 88 percent



Reefer R' Madness by Australian Gold can be purchased at your local tanning salon or wherever Australian Gold products are sold. Prices vary depending on size. A full size usually starts at $42 retail, but you can purchase it on some websites for as low as $21.95. This is a salon product, so you cannot purchase it in a regular department or drug store. Would I use this tanning lotion product again? Yes, I would. I was modestly impressed with this tanning lotion product. Would I recommend Reefer R' Madness by Australian Gold to a friend? Most definitely, but only to those looking to use a tanning lotion that does not have bronzers or are looking for an accessible, yet extremely versatile tanning product that can be used both indoors and outdoors.

One of the Hottest Tanning Lotions of 2012: Born This Way by Devoted Creations

Born This Way
by
Devoted Creations.
(Photo by Sarah Afshar)
A musical genius named Lady Gaga introduced Born This Way in 2011. Although this powerful message was the result of a wise woman using her voice for the right reasons, Born This Way also uses other great things.



What other great things? In the year 2012, we are introduced to Born This Way by Devoted Creations, a tanning lotion that is truly a force to be reckoned with.




Recently, I had the opportunity to try it.




PROS



This tanning lotion has "MelanoBronze," which is a technological tanning breakthrough that invigorates the natural melanin formulation and controls improved pigmentation, producing only the best color payoff.




This lotion also includes "Renovage," which is a step forward in advanced, tanning technology. The components in Renovage work together to create an intense hydration that not only firms the skin, but rebuilds new skin cells too.




It is fortified with not just tan enhancers, bronzers and illuminators, but also Cell LD, FreshTek and PhyToCelltec. Cell LD controls the appearance of the skin and its aesthetic health. FreshTek provides Born This Way with a variety of wonderful ingredients. PhyToCelltec protects your skin in the present and in the future because it maintains your skin's well being while preserving its longevity.




I love the idea that this incredible addition to Devoted Creations actually includes "SunXtend" technology, allowing the color of your tan to last longer. Not many tanning lotions can provide you with this technology, so this is truly nice to see.




Born This Way smells a lot like brown sugar cream. There are small hints of vanilla that make the fragrance even more enjoyable in this tanning lotion. I love the smell simply because it is not audacious or acquired. It is actually quite subtle. I also love the idea that it smells the same after a tanning session.


CONS




If you are not a fan of vanilla or any type of fragrance that emphasizes sugar as a medium, you may not like this tanning lotion.




Bronzers are not always for everyone. If you use a tanning lotion without a bronzer, more than likely you will not like this tanning lotion at all.




RATING - 90 %




Born This Way can be purchased at your nearest tanning salon or wherever Devoted Creations tanning products are sold. Prices vary depending on size. For a full size of Born This Way, prices usually start at $51.99. Depending on where you buy this tanning lotion, you can actually find it cheaper in other stores including online stores. Would I use or purchase this tanning lotion again? Absolutely. Would I recommend this tanning lotion to a friend? Most definitely. The weaknesses of this lotion are so limited, and it is definitely one of the best tanning lotions I have used yet by Devoted Creations.

It's Complicated by Pro Tan: Is it Really Complicated?

It's Complicated
by
Pro Tan.
(Photo by Sarah Afshar)
It's Complicated by Pro Tan is a creamy oil tanning lotion that provides you with not only numerous bronzers but an actual tingle sensation too. It is a tanning lotion that gives you results not only effectively, but efficiently also. Is it a good lotion?



Recently, I had the opportunity to try this lotion. What did I think?




PROS



This tanning lotion includes not one, but 50 (yes 50) times ultra dark bronzers. The bronzers are very visible and show not only prior to tanning, but much more so afterwards.




This lotion includes a variety of compounds that work together to create a skin firming complex. These fortified ingredients are coenzyme a, coenzyme q, l-carnitine and caffeine.




Bronzers have their strengths and weaknesses in tanning products, but when it comes to It's Complicated, it definitely has its strengths. The bronzers included in this tanning product are not only effective, but stain-free too.




This tanning lotion is actually very hydrating overall. Your skin remains nourished and revitalized throughout your entire tanning session. The effectiveness of this tanning lotion product is fantastic and is very fast acting compared to a lot of tanning lotions.




It has a Hawaiian Citrus type of smell, almost like a blend of tropical fruits with a hint of orange.




CONS



Although the scent of this lotion is on a Hawaiian wavelength because it has an array of fragrances inspired by tropical climates, there is a chemical or synthetic smell that I pick up when I use this product. It smells a little "funky" prior to tanning and more prevalent after tanning. I tried not to let this bother me, but it really did. You may find it to be a good smell, but I don't at all. The smell was really the only weakness. This is the reason I will never use this tanning lotion product again.




If you have sensitive skin, it is important to stay away from tinglers and sizzlers. This lotion has a "hot tingle action" that makes it a tingler by default. Do not use this tanning lotion if you have sensitive skin or you prefer not to use any type of tingler tanning lotion.




RATING - 79 %




You can buy this lotion at your nearest tanning salon or at any Pro Tan retailer. Prices vary upon size. The retail price for this tanning lotion is usually about $15 for a full size, but depending on where you purchase it, you can actually buy it for cheaper. Would I purchase this tanning lotion again? In actuality, as much as I would like to say yes, I do not think I would. Would I recommend this tanning lotion to a friend? I would recommend it to anyone who is able to actually smell the product first. I usually never have any issues with any tanning lotions by Pro Tan, but for some reason this tanning lotion was just not one of my favorites based on the fragrance alone. As they say "different strokes for different folks."

Azure Extreme Tingler Bronzer by Devoted Creations - Highly Disappointing


Devoted Creations is one of the most popular tanning lotion brands in the world today. This tanning lotion brand clearly proves why it is one of the best that exists right now.

Lately, I have been discovering a lot of new tanning lotions through sampling, and one of the latest I have discovered is the Azure Extreme Tingler Bronzer. It guarantees only intense tingling as it creates immediate results. It also guarantees to moisturize and hydrate the skin and to slow down the aging process.
Recently, I had the opportunity to try a sample size of Azure Extreme Tingler Bronzer by Devoted Creations.
PROS 
The lotion has Mangosteen, which is a strong antioxidant that not only rejuvenates and energizes the skin, but also works as an anti-aging medium. My skin felt soft in spite of the redness.
One of the reasons I find this lotion decent is the fact that the results are instant. The bronzers in this lotion clearly take affect immediately. Not only is your tan enhanced dramatically, but you see the results right away too.
This lotion smells like a clean musk with a very minimal fruity yet floral undertone. It is an acquired smell. When the scent is described in publications and numerous online stores, it says it smells like Divine Awakening.
CONS 
If you have sensitive skin, I would never use this lotion. Devoted Creations markets this product as a tingler, but it really feels like a sizzler. It can actually irritate skin that is sensitive.
After I applied this tanning lotion all over, I had streaks because every area that I covered on my body was so incredibly red. The redness also lasted longer than any other tingler product I have ever used. I also felt like I was sun burnt more than anything.
The bronzers in this tanning lotion smelled like chemicals. You can definitely smell the synthetic fragrance from the synthetic dye in this tanning lotion product. The smell is not noticeable until after you have tanned.
RATING - 59 %
You can purchase Azure Extreme Tingle Bronzer by Devoted Creations at your nearest tanning salon or Devoted Creations retailer. This tanning product varies in price mainly because it is available in both full size and sample size. The regular price is usually $34. Would I purchase this tanning product again? More than likely, no. I felt like it was more of a sizzler than a tingler, so I think I would only be motivated to purchase it during the winter season. It is definitely not a lotion I would consider top 10 quality. I love Devoted Creations, but this is way below average. Would I recommend this tanning product to a friend? As I love Devoted Creations and find that they make great tanning lotions, but this is not one of them. So in all honesty, I would never recommend this lotion to anyone.

Hemp Nation Moisturizing Tan Extender by Australian Gold. Does the Hemp Seed Oil Make a Difference?

Hemp Nation Moisturizing
Tan Extender
by
Australian Gold.
(Photo by Sarah Afshar)
Australian Gold is a tanning lotion brand that has managed to make its mark in the industry. With numerous tanning lotion brands under its belt, Australian Gold is definitely one of the most popular in the world today.


Recently, when tanning at the Tanning Depot in Dillon, Mont., I had the opportunity to try a sample of Hemp Nation Moisturizing Tan Extender with Hemp Seed Oil by Australian Gold. What did I think?



PROS


The pure Hemp Seed Oil in this tanning product is the ultimate treasure. It truly moisturizes the skin instantly and keeps it moisturized for a long period of time while delivering real benefits.



I felt like after I applied this lotion, as soon as I tanned, that my tan lasted longer. The great thing about it was that my skin still maintained its natural moisturizing content.



This lotion is fortified with an Age Defying Blend of ingredients that include vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin B5 and soft focus microspheres.



It also includes an incredible trio of ingredients such as shea butter, jojoba and glycerin that work together to keep the skin hydrated.

This fabulous addition to Australian Gold is free of not only parabens, but THC-Drugs too.


The smell is more on a tropical wavelength, so you will smell hints of passion fruit, mango, coconut, etc. I love the smell because it reminds me of laying on the beach in Antigua.



CONS


Although this tanning lotion includes natural ingredients, it is not 100 percent natural, nor is it organic. If you are looking to use tanning products that embrace the natural or organic concept fully, rather than one dimensionally, you may not like this tanning lotion product.



If you are not a fan of passion fruit, mango or coconut, or any kind of fruity scent that is popular in a tropical climate, you may find the smell of this tanning lotion product relatively revolting.



RATING - 87 %



You can purchase this lotion at your nearest tanning salon. Prices vary depending on whether you purchase a sample size or full size of this tanning lotion. Would I purchase this tanning product again? Most definitely. In fact, I already have. Would I recommend this tanning product to a friend? Absolutely.

Green Queen by Australian Gold. Is it Worth It?


Green Queen
by
Australian Gold.
(Photo by Sarah Afshar)
When it comes to tanning lotion, there is a lot to contemplate. Does it really deliver true benefits if it excludes certain key ingredients or if it has certain ingredients? Does it really work? Does it smell good? Will it ruin my clothing? Do you think I will have an allergic reaction to it? These are not even half of the questions one may inquiry about before using a tanning lotion, let alone purchasing one.


I am guilty of asking these questions because some of the answers raise a lot of concerns and several red flags. I am not one who embraces the organic, let alone natural concept, but I do appreciate products that do. With that said, I will use a product that is organic or natural simply because my curiosity comes into play and I find products intriguing that actually deliver real benefits without the use of chemicals that are potentially unsafe.



Recently, when tanning at the Tanning Depot in Dillon, Mont., I had the opportunity to try Green Queen by Australian Gold.



PROS


If you embrace the natural and organic concept, you are going to love Green Queen by Australian Gold because it includes only natural ingredients into one natural tanning complex that work together with the tanning bed to create a vibrant and radiant tan. It includes an array of ingredients, such as organic honey extract, vitamin A, organic orange extract, vitamin E, sunflower seed oil, aloe and more. It is also free of both parabens and silicone.



The natural bronzers in this lotion do not smell in this tanning lotion because it does not have any synthetic dyes or fragrances. I have to admit, I like this very much.



I love the smell of this tanning lotion. It reminds me of apples. It's kind of like Bath & Body Work's Winter Candy Apple, but with more gravity (if that makes sense). It is very sweet, but not so overpowering that it is appalling.



CONS


This tanning lotion has a lot of natural bronzing products. If you are looking for a lotion without bronzers or a lotion that provides you with a tingling or sizzling sensation, you are definitely not going to find Green Queen by Australian Gold appealing at all.



If you hate apples or the smell of apples, you are going to hate this tanning lotion.



RATING - 86 %



You can purchase Green Queen by Australian Gold at your nearest tanning retailer. Prices vary depending on whether you purchase a sample or an actual full bottle. Full bottles start at just under $23, but you can get them at several stores for even cheaper. Would I purchase this tanning product again? Although my feelings at first were mixed, I have to admit that I actually would purchase it again. Would I recommend this tanning product to a friend? Most definitely, especially to those who embrace the organic concept and can appreciate a tanning product that delivers real benefits without the use of parabens and synthetic chemicals. If you truly want to go green, the time is now to get the Green Queen by Australian Gold today.

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