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Have You Tried It ? VersaSpa – Sunless Spray Tan April 7, 2009


VersaSpa Sunless Tanning

VersaSpa Sunless Tanning

VersaSpa Sunless Tanning is the newest thing to hit the tanning salons. Sunless tanning sprays are a great option when you need a golden glow for a special occasion and you don’t want to fry yourself in a tanning bed.

With the summer months quickly approaching, I couldn’t help but want to get a little color and headed over to my tanning salon. I usually get MYSTIC Tans – a super popular sunless spray tan option usually found in tanning salons.  As I parked my car and walked toward the tanning salon, I saw a sign that read : VersaSpa Sunless Tanning Spray.  The girl that was working at the tanning salon said that she recommended the Versaspa spray over Mystic…. so I decided to try it. 

Here’s my review:

VersaSpa is very similar to Mystic Tan and other spray on tanners except, this machine actually dries you after your spray application. The machine doesn’t have a door so the spray doesn’t suffocate you – and the spray actually is applied rather evenly . The spray moves up and down the machine to actually spray all parts of your body evenly.  Once you step into the machine you are asked to face the front for spray 1.  When told to turn, you turn to the right (kind of like a lunge). Next spray you turn to your left, and finally for your fourth spray you turn and face the back of the machine.

After the spray solution has been applied, the machine goes through and dries you. 2 bursts for your back and 2 bursts for your front side. After the dryer you exit the machine and you are ready to put your clothes back on and get on with your day.

Overall I prefer the Versaspa over Mystic tanning for the following reasons:

1- Even application

2-Your hands are less likely to turn orange – b/c the spray is applied evenly

3- You don’t need to use any barrier cream

4-Solution doesn’t smell as much as Mystic Solution.

Perhaps it’s the even application or just new technology but Versaspa averages about $10 more than Mystic Tans…. so weigh your options.

For me, it’s worth the extra $10.

I don’t think I will ever go back to tanning with Mystic Tan again… at least not for a while.


Have you tried it? Rembrandt 2 Hour Whitening Kit July 28, 2008

Do you need to get your pearly whites ready for a close up? Or maybe you want to get whiter teeth-fast!! This may be the product…


For those of us who don’t have the time or the luxury of getting our teeth professionally whitened on a regular basis, this is a great alternative product. Most of us interested in whiter teeth have probably taken a chance with the whitening strips. Although the whitening strips do the job- slowly- sometimes we just need something with a bit more strength – without having to sit in a dentist’s chair for hours.

Rembrandt 2 Hour Whitening Kit has been my solution for quick, effective teeth whitening. The kit comes with 2 trays which you custom fit, and 8 capsules (total of 4 whitening sessions). Here’s a quick tutorial on how to use the kit:

1- Fit the trays to your teeth. Simply put the trays in hot water — this will make the trays soft and easier to mold onto your teeth. Fit one mold at a time. Take a hot tray and place on your upper teeth – press down the mold to fit the shape of your teeth. Leave for about 30 seconds. Remove. Same thing for your lower teeth.

2-Once the trays are molded it’s time to start whitening! Open one capsule and place the gel onto the mold. Open a second capsule and place gel onto the other mold.

3- Place the trays onto your teeth and leave on for 20 min.

4- After 20 minutes, take out the trays and brush your teeth regularly!

Who knew that it only takes 4 steps for bright, white teeth! The kit suggests you take 10 minute breaks between each session, 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off, 20 minutes on – for a total of 2 hours.

The Rembrandt 2 Hour Whitening Kit retails for around $20.00 which may seem a little pricey for only 4 sessions. However, the proof is in the whitening. After 4 sessions you will see visibly whiter teeth. I’ve noticed that you can use 1 capsule for both trays which gives you 4 extra sessions!!

Now that I’ve mentioned the pros- quick, effective whitening, it’s time for the cons. If you have sensitive teeth don’t expect to get through all 4 sessions in a 2 hour time frame. The gel can get onto your gums, which can be somewhat uncomfortable. My personal experience has been that I can get all 4 sessions into one day, but not 2 hours. My sensitive teeth and gums start to burn if I put in consecutive sessions. But don’t worry- you can still get whiter teeth in a matter of one day! The other con is that the trays aren’t as inconspicuous as the whitening strips. Speaking will be difficult while you are whitening your teeth, and those around you will notice the trays in your mouth.

Overall, if you are in a teeth whitening crisis and need a quick fix, Rembrandt 2 Hour Whitening Kit is the way to go. With only one session, you will most likely see a visible change in your teeth. However, if you have sensitive teeth make sure you space out your whitening sessions. This whitening habit can get a bit pricey, and painful for people with sensitive teeth, so when you aren’t in need of an instant smile make over I suggest using the whitening strips.

Now you don’t have to spend hours sitting in a dentist’s chair to get those pearly whites ready for the camera. All it takes is a few 20 minute sessions!!


Have you tried it? Pureology Hair Care (Product Review) October 3, 2007

pureology      gwenpaltrow

With all the hair care products on the market, it can be overwhelming to choose the right product for you. Well, Mammy must admit that she’s a bit of a hair-ist (one who evaluates others based on their hair), so she’s gone to town sampling products from an array of different hair care lines. Redken, Abba, Bed Head by TIGI, Biolage, Alterna, Nexxus, Sexy Hair….Mammy’s tried a lot. Now of course different hair types require different care regimines. For hair that is naturally straight, of moderate thickness, and tends to be dry and perhaps stripped of nutrients because you color it– you won’t find better products than those by Pureology. Those of you with other hair types- you can probably find a Pureology for you, I just don’t know what to recommend for, say, dry or curly hair.
Hands down, the very best hair products I’ve tried are from Pureology (check them out at  or in a salon near you). They make my hair feel soft, silky, and run-my-hands-through-able. The first time I shampooed and conditioned with Pureology, I could tell right afterwards that my hair felt gloriously different than it did when I’d used other products. I knew there would be no turning back! Pureology purportedly utilizes “nanotechnology”, meaning the products are comprised of smaller atoms and molecules that more easily penetrate the hair shaft and seal off the hair cuticle, smoothing each strand. I don’t know if this claim is true, but what I do know is that the products fight static and frizz, and since I’ve been shampooing and conditioning with Pureology for the past year or so, my hair has been healthier and stronger than ever. I usually use products from the the moisturizing system (purple) or the volumizing system (pink).  The conditioners lightly tingle your scalp if you let them sink in for a while. Feels good! Oooh and I forgot to mention, the fragrance is lovely! Almost like a minty yet fresh air fresh kind of smell..take a whiff!
I’ve also tried a few of the styling products – the Nanoglaze (yellow) and ColourMax leave-in conditioner (mint green), and I highly recommend both.
  • Nanoglaze- it’s a light serum that you run through your hair prior to blow-dry. Need to use very little per application. I find that when I use it my hair does dry a bit faster, as advertised. This one also acts as a thermal and color protectant. This stuff is also great for holding style. 
  • nanoglaze                leavein
  • Colour-Max leave-in conditioner. A great detangler and shine enhancer. It’s also advertised as a thermal protectant and UVA/UVB protectant (sunscreen for your hair–who knew?).
As if the products weren’t amazing enough, all of Pureology products are carcinogen-free, vegan, and cruelty-free. I love this company!
The one drawback…it’s kinda pricy, but not substantially more than you’d pay for a decent salon-quality product. Each shampoo and conditioner bottle is about $20.
PS, I also like Alterna’s hemp-based styling products. I’ve only tried their straightening balm and the shine spray, and boy are both of these miracle-workers. Ohhh and the yet floral-y. Light and sweet!

shinspray      straightbalm

Price: around $18 each
You hair is worth it!!


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With so many Lip Plumpers on the market, Mammie decided to test one out.


I’ve sampled a few lip plumpers and I haven’t liked any of them for one reason : Excessive Tingling. Other lip plumpers have been very uncomfortable, and at times unbearable.

To my surprise, I really like Victoria’s Secret Very Voluptuous Lip Plumper.

The lip gloss comes in a click pen style, so you can control how much you are applying. Also, the lip gloss isn’t too thick, and easy to apply. Keeps your lips feeling moisturized too!

The tingling is definitely noticeable, but only upon initial application. The tingling also decreases the more you use the product. You don’t have to worry about the ‘hot sauce’ feeling, nor do you have to worry about your lips ‘itching’ because of the tingling.

Within seconds of applying the lip gloss you can notice a difference. I was told that my lower lip looked fuller. Granted, the actual effect may not be dramatic, but I did notice slight enhancement. *This product is perfect if you want a little more fullness*

The product claims to smooth lines as well, but I can’t really tell. However, the gloss did make my lips feel smoother. What I can say is that the smell is pleasant (like sugar, candy), and there is barely any taste to the gloss.

The product comes in 3 different shades: bare, baby pink and hot pink. I am using the baby pink- which is a light pink/ peachy hue…. and I really like it! (The gloss is supposed to be a ‘self adjusting pigment’ so you get your own personalized hue.)

If you have naturally full lips (or average size lips) and want a little enhancement to achieve sexy, full lips without injections … TRY THIS PRODUCT.

If you have naturally thin lips you may want to try Very Voluptous EXTREME Lip Plumper.

Overall, paying $18 for a lip plumper is worth it. This product gives you a pleasant, ”it’s working” tingle, along with a nice smell, and well moisturized lips. If you want a little oomph – use this product alone, or with your lipstick. I use mine all day long!!