Review: Rusk Coral Therapy Marine Nutrient Treatment

This morning was my first hair wash since getting my color touched up on Saturday. I typically try to wait as long as possible for my first wash after color to avoid the brassiness that my blonde typically takes on from hard water. After assessing the product situation in my shower, I deciding to look for something new in my stash and came across this Rusk Coral Therapy Marine Nutrient Treatment. According to the Rusk web site:

Rusk coral therapy™, a NEW detangling regiment that strengthens, softens and protects hair with UVA and UVB inhibitors! Coral Therapy™ is a revolutionary three-step approach to healthy, shiny, soft and tangle-free hair. Step one uses a combination of natural proteins to strengthen the hair's cortex. In step two bio-marine extracts and silicones smooth the outer cuticle. Step three uses penetrating and sealing UVA/UVB inhibitors to protect the hair both internally and externally from damaging sunrays. This unique triple-action system addresses the entire hair structure, leaving each strand in optimal condition and is ideal for all hair types and conditions.

Somehow, I only had the treatment in my possession, but decided I would follow up today's shampoo & conditioner (I opted for one of my absolute favorites: Alterna Caviar Collection) with the Rusk treatment. The 6 oz. tub is sturdy yet cheerful in shades of peach and coral, and the thick, slightly tinted cream within smells fruity and fresh. I followed the suggested application directions (massage through clean, wet hair and leave in for 2-3 minutes). I needed to rinse about 4 times before I felt that no residue was being left behind, but there was no waxy or heavy feel. I think i might have over-applied by totally coating every strand from root to tip. A quarter sized dollop surely would have been enough, but I used a golf ball sized amount. After a towel dry and a quick blow out, I could still smell that fresh, salon smell, but didn't notice any added shine. I did find it easier to comb out my long, fine hair, but the texture seemed the same as it does any other day. However, I would be interested in trying the treatment again, as a part of the suggested, 3-step system.
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NARS Love Set



If you haven't already, it's finally time to completely fall for NARS cosmetics thanks to the limited edition Love Set. Packaged in a sleek & chic see-through box are perennial best sellers: blush in Orgasm, lip gloss in Pillow Talk and a velvet matte lip pencil in Sex Machine. Valued at $73 if prchased individually, grab this set while supplies last for just $49 at narscosmetics.com.
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Only at Sephora: Free Tarte Eye Pencil & 8 Free Samples

A limited-time offer, Sephora.com is giving away free full-size Tarte EmphasEYES High Definition Eye Pencils in Black with any Natural or Organic online merchandise order. Sephora.com Natural & Organic Brands include: 
Bare Escentuals, Bieux Skin, Boscia, Carol's Daughter, Caudalie, ColorOn, Evian, Jack Black, Josie Maran, Juice Beauty, Jurlique, Klorane, Korres, LAVANILA, Nude Skincare, Nuts Cream Perfume, NVEY ECO, Ole Henriksen, Pacifica, Phyto, PlantLove, REN, Skyn Iceland, Tarte, Yu-Be.
Enter the code TARTE at checkout for your free gift, valued at $18.





Also at Sephora.com, enter the code GONATURAL at checkout with any purchase and receive 8 FREE samples of:

-Boscia Vital Daily Moisture SPF 15 (0.1 oz)
-Ole Henriksen Truth Serum (0.05 oz)
-Korres Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturizer SPF 6 (0.07 oz)
-Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum (0.07 oz)
-Skyn Iceland Pure Cloud Cream with Biospheric Complex (0.03 oz)
-Tarte Clean Slate (0.06 oz)
-LAVANILA Vanilla Grapefruit (0.5 oz)
-Jurlique Eye Makeup Remover (0.1 oz)

Quantities for both promotions are limited so hurry up and place your orders NOW!!


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More Frugal Friday!



Luckyscent.com: Free Fedex Ground shipping on any order $50 and over. Code: SPRING

Biotherm: Receive a free deluxe sample with any purchase. Code: SOFTBODY

FragranceNet: Up to 70% off designer fragrances

Medi-SpaStore: 10% off for first time buyers. Code: mediskin. PLus up to 60% off select skin care products.
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Frugal Friday: Sales, Samples & Coupon Codes!

Benefit Cosmetics:  • Free shipping with any $50 purchase. Code: PRETTY50 • Free color plump with any $35 purchase • Free shipping with purchase of any Smokin’ Eyes Kit.      Code: SMOKYEYE

Bobbi Brown: • free shipping with code BEST

Prescriptives: • free standard shipping on orders of $35 or more. Code: FREESHIP3

Tarte: • free lash curler ($15 value) when you buy Lights, Camera, Splashes!, Lash Hugger,  4 Day Stay, or Rejuvelash mascaras. Code: CURLER
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Contests & Giveaways

Today I added a cool contest entry feature to Beauty Buzzed. I will be giving away tons of FREE skincare & makeup products. Check back often!

Scroll down to enter to win some of the Olay Pro X Anti-aging Products that I blogged about recently!!

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These are rad : Color Volume 1 & 2 Limited Edition Polish by StrangeBeautiful

  
How gorgeous are these nail polishes? I have never been a huge polish fiend, but lately I feel myself strangely drawn to nearly every bottle I see. However, these super SUPER limited editions ( as I write this there's only 10 sets of color volume 1 available at Luckyscent.com) totally caught my eye, despite their hefty price tag of $79 for each set  of 8 (in fact I think that might even make them that much more appealing). Here's the scoop according to luckyscent.com:



Volume 1 was inspired by the vibrant red Valentine typewriter designed by ETTORE SOTTSASS and his work with the MEMPHIS group of designers, who rejected the rules of “good taste” and functionalism, and regarded design as fashion, with outrageous style appearing for a season and quickly disappearing. Willful and provocative, the StrangeBeautiful library of color will change each season so grab it while you can. 


Volume 2, the limited edition collection launched for Spring 2009, takes inspiration from a variety of objects: The dull red color of a lobster shell; the dark dense saturated black purple inspired by the venerable J. Herbin ink company founded in1670; the slate blue color of a uniform in an 1846 Currier print; an interesting color palette of camouflage called Tan and Water; Oscar Wilde; the exuberant colors of the Federalist period. These inspirations are what came to mind when creating StrangeBeautiful’s richly perverse color saturated Volume 2.



StrangeBeautiful is also 3-free: no Formaldehyde, Toluene, or DBP!
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Three Custom Color Specialists: FREE SAMPLES!

If you're unfamiliar with the brand Three Custom Color Specialists, now is a great time to try out some of their products.  They are offerring 3 FREE samples of their GENIUS Créme Concealer/Foundation with any purchase!! According to the web site:



"This versatile formula is appropriate for all skin types and is designed to provide the most effective coverage for redness and dark circles. Use in isolated areas with our Concealer brush or your fingers. For full coverage all over the face, use with a dry sponge. For sheer coverage, use a wet sponge or blend with moisturizer."


Three Custom Color Specialists is probably most known for custom color creations (obviously) and awesome ability to replicate your favorite discontinued shades for eyes, lips, skin, cheeks, and more! Just sent them a sample (if you have any left) or search through their extensive archives by brand and shade name, and in a short time you'll have that just-right mauve that you totally adored circa 1986!

Other products worth trying out:




"Simply Beautiful is slightly darker than the natural color of the lips and has hints of Gold and Silver shimmer. Available in a Full-coverage creamy Lipstick, a Sheer Lipstick for a softer and more shimmery look and a shiny Lip Gloss."




"As makeup artists, we believe that a perfectly manicured brow can change the face's entire appearance. It can mean the difference between looking put-together or, well, NOT. Our Brow Gel holds brows in place all day without ever flaking or feeling stiff. 
-For full brows that just need taming, try the Clear Brow Gel. 
-The Tinted Brow Gels are great for taming and adding a little volume to the brows, as well as subtly changing the brow color to match your hair (great for those of you who color your hair). Also great for covering grey brow hairs!"

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Marc Jacobs Splash: Summer 2009


A follow up to last summer's "Sorbet" scents, Marc Jacobs Summer Splashes take on a truly refreshing twist for 2009. Available in Limited Edition, the scents are intended to capture the carefree, laid back vibe that only summer can provide. 


"MARC JACOBS LEMON CAPTURES A SLICE OF SUMMER WITH THE FRESH, BRIGHT SCENT OF SUN-DRENCHED CITRUS. DELICIOUSLY VIBRANT AND SOPHISTICATED. CREATED BY PERFUMER STEPHEN NILSEN OF GIVAUDAN, THIS CITRUS FRAGRANCE INVIGORATES WITH AN ENERGIZING BLEND OF BUCCHU LEAF, CRUSHED MINT LEAVES, VERBENA AND PETITGRAIN CITRONNIER ORPUR. AT THE HEART OF THE FRAGRANCE IS ICED ITALIAN LEMON ORPUR, THE PUREST FORM OF OIL HAND-PRESSED FROM FRAGRANT ITALIAN LEMON. THIS CRISP CITRUS NOTE MINGLES WITH MANDARIN AND HONEYSUCKLE TO CREATE A HEART OF SWEET RADIANCE. COTTON MUSK, WHITE VETIVER AND SPRINGWATER AMBER ROUND OUT THE BALANCE OF NOTES WITH SMOOTH SENSUALITY.

PRODUCED BY IFF’S LAURENT LEGUERNEC, MARC JACOBS RAIN OPENS WITH THE SWEETNESS OF WET CUT GRASS AND SPARKLING TOP NOTES OF WILD STRAWBERRY, CLEMENTINE ZEST AND DEWY CYPRESS. THE HEART IS A SOOTHING BLEND OF TROPICAL RAIN ACCORD, PASSION FLOWER, SUNSHINE FLOWER AND REFRESHING WHITE ORCHID. THE DRY DOWN IS COMPOSED OF EARTHY, WOODY NOTES OF BEECH AMBER, TREE MOSS, MUSK AND TEAKWOOD.

MARC JACOBS CUCUMBER OFFERS A DELECTABLE SUMMER TREAT WITH THE CRISP COOL SCENT OF CUCUMBER. CLEAN AND REFRESHING, CUCUMBER HAS A DELICIOUS LIGHTNESS THAT IS SOOTHING AND BREEZY. THE SCENT IS CRISP, GREEN AND FRESH. DEVELOPED BY PERFUMER VERA VANORE OF ROBERTET, THE FRAGRANCE OPENS WITH TOP NOTES OF WATERY CUCUMBER, FRAGRANT LOTUS LEAF AND CACTUS FLOWER, ENHANCED WITH A FLORAL HEART OF LINDEN BLOSSOM, BLUE TIGER LILY AND DUTCH FREESIA. THE DRY DOWN OF FROSTED MUSK AND BLONDE WOODS LINGERS WITH A SOFT, SENSUOUS AIR."

I highly suggest going out and grabbing these scents NOW, while supplies last. $68 each for a large 10 oz bottle.
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Prescriptives Minerals: now in COLOR!



Making Faces Mineral Kit -- LIMITED EDITION - $37.50
Each kit includes Mineral Color for Cheeks for a soft, healthy blush, Mineral Color Loose Lighting Powder for an all-over radiance and a Face and Cheek Brush for an easy, flawless application. Both formulas are silky, smooth and contain our exclusive R.E.C complex for skin that glows naturally. Kits are available in two warm and two cool collections to complement every skin tone. Shades: Warm Light/Medium, Warm Medium/Deep, Cool Light/Medium, Cool Medium/Deep


                                                      

Making Eyes Mineral Kit – LIMITED EDITION - $37.50
Each kit contains the perfect Eyeshadow Brush applicator and trio of shades, each packaged in a no-mess, portable jar for easy application. Apply the first shade to the entire eye area, the second over the lid and the third in the crease for a look that is all its own. Shades: Warm or Cool

Mineral Bronzer – LIMITED EDITION - $30
This mineral bronzer has a silky, smooth texture and delivers a flawless, even application that shimmers with gems. Lightly dust on nose, cheeks, forehead and decollate for a natural glow. Shades: Warm or Cool

Mineral Lip Gloss – LIMITED EDITION - $17.50
Dazzle lips in four jewel toned glosses that are inspired by Amber, Amethyst, Rose Quartz and Sunstone and are infused with the R.E.C. complex for a shimmering, radiant finish. The brush applicator glides the non-sticky formula onto lips for a soft and comfortable feel. Shades: Amber (Warm), Sunstone (Warm), Rose Quartz (Cool), Amethyst (Cool)


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Nail Polish Picks: Duri Spring/Summer 2009

Lesser known than the big names like Essie & OPI, Duri is probably recognized most for their superb nail growth treatment, Rejuvacote. However, the Spring/Summer 2009 polish colors really caught my eye recently. With 12 shades that range from sassy to outright saucy, I've already added a few to my rapidly growing nail color collection.

My favorites include:

#506 Hawaiian Honeymoon




#507 Bachelorette Party



#508 Happily Ever After

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Another one for the collection: Too Faced Love Lisa spf 15



Created for and inspired by brand founder Jerrod Blandino's sister, Lisa—who is battling stage 4 melanoma—a portion from the sales of this sun-safe balm will go toward the Too Faced Love Lisa Melanoma Research Foundation Grant. $16
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Spotlight: L 'Occitane








Quite possibly my favorite brand for Body & Bath, L'Occitane is one of those product lines that you always hear about, aren't quite sure about--but always wanted to try. With a cult following that "begins in 1976, in the hills of Haute-Provence… a region of southern France that lies between the Alps and the Mediterranean," L'Occitane uses traditional Provencal techniques to create natural beauty products like body lotions, soaps, fragrance, skin care and best-selling Shea Butters. If you've ever had the pleasure of stepping foot inside one of their gorgeous retail locations, you've surely noticed the impeccable take on French country design with abundant natural woods and calming hues. If you're unfamilar with the brand, I highly suggest picking up the Limited Edition Provencal Sample Set. For just $3, you'll get the following: 

•Shea Butter Hand Cream Sample
•Ultra Rich Body Cream Sample
•Ultra Rich Face Cream Sample
•Immortelle Precious Fluid Sample
•Immortelle Precious Cream Sample
•Immortelle Eye Balm Sample
•Mini Honey Lemon Hexagonal Soap
•Mini Lavender Soap With Seeds
•Cade After Shave Balm Sample
•Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo Sample
•Aromachologie Repairing Conditioner Sample
•Jasmine Eau de Parfum Sample
•Honey & Lemon Delighful Cream Sample
•Almond Apple Velvet Concentrate Sample
•Almond Milk Concentrate Sample

Worth every penny!
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Shu Uemura Ultimate Make-Up Box: Summer Edition




















Exclusive to Vivre, the summer edition of the best-selling Ultimate Make-Up Box contains:

-Depsea Water Rose
-False Eyelashes Luxe in black
-UV Under Base
-Sweet Lip Gloss in orchid candy
-Eye Light Pencil in white
-Pressed Eye Shadow in metallic brown
-Pressed Eye Shadow pearl beige and matte beige
-Glow on in amber and pink
-Lolishine rouge
-Drawing pencil in brown
-Mascara in basic black
-Flare Eyelashes in black
-Eyelash Adhesive

Plus, it's all packed inside a mini pearl-white box made of lightweight fiber pulp with pearl finish bindings and a carrying handle finished in leather. GORGEOUS!
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Welcome Spring with Creed



















In honor of the first day of Spring, I'm paying homage to one of my all-time favorite fragrances: Creed Spring Flower. Originally created by the House of Creed as a signature scent for Audrey Hepburn, Spring Flower was first made available to the public in 1996. It's an elegant mix of florals and fruits--neither too overpowering. Inhale from the bottle and take delight in delicate notes of peach, melon and apple intermingling effortlessly with classic rose and jasmine. Then apply to pulse points and experience your own personal Spring Flower aroma. For me, the florals initially burst with freshness, while the fruits sweeten throughout the day. $210 for 2.5 ounces
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Spring's Prettiest Trend: Benefit CORALista
















Spring 2009 is all about pretty with shades like peach & coral for cheeks. Drop your bronzer and keep blush fun and youthful while also boosting radiance with the new Benefit CORALista ($28, Sephora, Macy’s, Bloomingdales). Benefit Makeup Trend Artist, Ann Ford Danielson, suggests sweeping this warm coral pink powder onto cheeks, across lids--and even smooth on lips with a rosebud salve for an instant smile and glow. Danielson adds, "The golden-coral undertones are flattering on all complexions making this all-purpose pleasure powder and universal-go-to shade."
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The Ped Egg is Gross















If the Ped Egg makes you as nauseated as it does me, opt for Tweezerman's Pedro Too. It uses a ceramic stone rather than dangerous razors and metal as it removes calluses, banishes rough spots, and keeps your feet looking great and feeling soft all summer long. $12
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Love this, buy this















CRAZYLIBELLULE AND THE POPPIES Shanghaijava Ananas Imperial 
solid fragrance with notes of: Grapefruit, Peach, Pineapple, Lime, Lemon, Cedar, Orange, Blackcurrant, Musk, Jasmine
$18, sephora
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Beauty on a Budget: Olay Professional Pro-X










After months of hearing the phrases “global recession” and “economic downturn” I finally decided to try out the Olay Professional Pro-X line ($42 each, drugstores), which claims to offer results as effective as a prescription or luxury brand--at a fraction of the cost. For 28 days, I locked away all of my anti-aging products, most of which with $100+ price tags, and adopted the Olay Protocol, which includes the daily use of three Key Products: Age Repair Lotion with SPF 30, Wrinkle Smoothing Cream, and Deep Wrinkle Treatment. In clinical studies, the Olay Professional Pro-X Intensive Wrinkle Protocol was shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles with no increased skin dryness and “provide significant improvement in facial stratum corneum barrier function after six months of treatment." Other products in the line, such as Hydra Firming Cream, Eye Restoration Complex, and Discoloration Fighting Concentrate, offer targeted solutions to individual skin needs. The Bottom Line: I found that my skin maintained the appearance provided by much more expensive anti-aging regimens, however my deep-rooted luxe-ist mentality left me with serious withdrawls from the big three: La Mer, Obagi and SkinCeuticals.
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Love this, buy this



tarte Spring Greening Reusable Straw Palette $38.50

Limited Edition Only at Sephora!!
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Kiehl’s Close Shaverettes Simply Mahvelous Legs Shave Cream



Newly repackaged in cheerful pink, this classic Kiehl's formulation allows for a close, smooth shave thanks to ingredients like Allatoin, Chamomile and Sesame Seed Oil. $15.50
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L’oreal Clean Artiste Makeup Corrector Pen



Typically, I use a Q-Tip to fix my makeup mishaps, but L'oreal's felt-tip, marker-type pen is infused with makeup-removing ingredients that quickly wipe away mascara smears (even waterproof formulas!!) and eyeliner smudges without taking off the rest of my makeup as well. $10.95 
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Clinique Even Better Makeup spf 15 & High Impact Curling Mascara





























Ahhh.. Clinique, every time I try to leave, you suck me back in. I've had a love/hate relationship with this brand ever since my mom took me to their counter inside of Macy's when I was about 13 years old to buy 3-Step Skin Care and Black Honey Lip Sheer, to be exact. Now, I'll admit, their "allergy tested" & "100% fragrance free" tag lines never even make me think twice about trying out EVERYTHING that they send my way, but the 13 year old that lives within still gets pissy that my mom didn't take me to Lancome! Moving on, I'm really diggin' the newish Even Better Makeup SPF 15 & High Impact Curling Mascara. The liquid makeup/treatment ($24.50) covers nicely (smooth, matte finish) without completely masking my face, and the fact that it promises to help correct the appearance of hyper-pigmentation and discolorations over time is just an added bonus. I've also been using the High Impact Curling Mascara in Black ($14) everyday for the past few weeks. The formula seems similar, or maybe even identical to, their original High Impact Mascara, but this version boasts a fluffier, curved brush that really grabs and coats almost the entire lash line in one stroke--effortlessly.
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Urban Decay Sin Eyeshadow Primer Potion



The brand’s top selling product, Eyeshadow Primer Potion, takes on a universally flattering, shimmery taupe tint that can be worn alone or be layered under other eyeshadows to create multidimensional sheen. I think its great solo for a light & fresh daytime look --hopefully they'll release other shades soon! $17, urbandecay.com
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Stila Pomegranate Crush Lip & Cheek Stain



With a feel similar to their famed LIP GLAZE, the natural pomegranate pigments in this lightweight gel create a customized plum hue that uses personal pH levels as its guide for achieveing the best shade for your complexion. $24, sephora.com
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