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Does This Really Work: Men-Attracting Lip Gloss
By Sandra Mariscal | 07/09/2009 - 10:20

I don’t know how many men normally like kissing gals who wear gloss, but Urban Decay’s Pocket Rocket Lip Gloss ($18, sephora.com) actually helps lure in the opposite sex, thanks to the pheromone-infused ink used to create the writing on the container. Pheromones are chemicals that are undetectable to the nose, but can trigger a sexual mood when released.


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Does This Really Work: Cream Deodorant
By Sandra Mariscal | 06/25/2009 - 14:00

It can be tricky to find the right deodorant that will prevent odor and control sweating. I’ve tried several bars, but never a cream formula, which made me curious about Lavilin Hypo-Allergenic Underarm Deodorant Cream ($15, lavilin.com). It was created by scientists who found that underarm and foot odor are caused by bacteria instead of sweat.


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Does This Really Work: Teeth Whitener Without Peroxide
By Sandra Mariscal | 06/18/2009 - 16:50

Some teeth whiteners can make teeth feel sensitive, especially if you use them too often. This has happened to me and it makes brushing painful—yikes, it’s not worth it. I’ve been using a far less painful alternative called IntelliWhite Pout & Polish ($20, RXbright.com) created by celebrity cosmetic dentist Dr. Jennifer Jablow. This is the first teeth whitener without peroxide; instead it uses PVP, a polymer that is used to remove color from wine, and papaya enzyme to remove stains.


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Does This Really Work: Three-Tier Nail Enamel
By Sandra Mariscal | 06/11/2009 - 16:00

Paul & Joe Beauté Gold Nail Enamel Collection ($14 each at beautyhabit.com) consists of three limited-edition shades for the summer. Each one has three fun layers: shimmer on the bottom, opaque color in the middle and a clear shade on top. These combine only if you shake the cute floral embossed glass bottle, but they eventually fall back into their individual places. The formula has good-for-your-nails ingredients like chamomile extract and a form of vitamin A to moisturize, and jojoba oil to soothe.


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Does This Really Work: Lancôme Ôscillation Powerbooster
By Sandra Mariscal | 06/04/2009 - 14:00

Vibrating mascaras were all the rage a few months ago, and now its cousin enters the market—the vibrating eyelash primer. Lancôme is the first to launch this innovative new beauty tool, called the Ôscillation Powerbooster ($39). The idea behind primers is that they coat lashes with a base that conditions and thickens, so they look fuller when you apply mascara.


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Does This Really Work: Baked LipColor
By Sandra Mariscal | 05/28/2009 - 16:00

I just tried Laura Geller Baked Bites in Bronze Berry ($25). It might sound like a dessert, but it’s actually for your lips. Not just your ordinary lipcolor, this one is baked. How and why? Well, it starts off as a multi-hued liquid formula that is poured on terracotta and baked for 24 hours in Italy. This process allows the pigments to look richer and the formula to be smooth, long lasting and go on evenly.


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Does This Really Work: Nail Art Pens
By Sandra Mariscal | 05/21/2009 - 12:00

I have to admit, I like getting little designs on my nails when I go to the salon. The manicurists make the prettiest little flowers on my toenails or the nails on my ring fingers so easily. I, on the other hand, can barely keep my hand steady to paint my nails with a simple coat of polish. In an attempt to master their detailed artwork, I tested Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen ($8, available at Walgreens). The pens look more like fine point sharpies and come in 8 shade options. The instructions say to use on top of a base coat or a shade of your choice.


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Does This Really Work? Organic Body Sugar
By Sandra Mariscal | 05/14/2009 - 13:30

Scrubbing your body is important to slough off dead skin cells and maintain smooth, healthy skin. I recently came across Urban Sugarbaby Whipped Cream Body Scrub ($25), which looks more like a garden experiment with crushed seeds and dried flowers than a body exfoliator. When I opened the tub, it revealed the sweetest smell that made me want to lick it. The natural formula is made with organic pure cane sugar, brown sugar, apricot oil and virgin coconut cream, so you can imagine the amazing scent.


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Does This Really Work: Schick Quattro TrimStyle
By Sandra Mariscal | 05/07/2009 - 16:30

I’m going to the beach for a few days soon. Therefore, I've been looking for a new tool to get me bikini ready. I figured I’d try the new Schick Quattro TrimStyle ($11) I’ve seen in commercials. It’s a waterproof trimmer on one side and a razor on the other. I was hesitant about the trimmer because I had never used one before and it makes a loud, intimidating buzzing noise. After carefully reading the instructions, I started to trim against the direction of my hair growth.


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Does This Really Work: Colgate Wisp
By Sandra Mariscal | 04/30/2009 - 16:20

I usually carry breath mints or gum with me in my bag to freshen up after a meal. But I think I just found another option to keep my smile pristine: Colgate Wisp. No, it’s not a new toothpaste. This is a tiny rubbery toothbrush with a mint-infused bead inside to freshen breath and remove any yucky leftover food. I didn’t think it would work when I saw how small it was. Tinier then the palm of my hand, it’ll fit into any fashionable clutch.


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