About Claudia Materdomini

I love writing about all things beauty and fitness related. Beauty and health related review are my thang. I'm a huge house head and obsessed with my little maltese Sam. You can find me busy on social media and soundcloud all the time. I work in Social Media and also write for the cruelty-free beauty blog My Beauty Bunny.

LVX Spring/Summer 2017 Collection

Vegan Cruelty Free Nail Polish

I don’t get to paint my own nails often since I have a toddler running through the house, but when I do, I like to work with great formulas that are easy to apply, look great and last long enough for me to enjoy for a couple of days.  LVX is a luxury vegan and cruelty free nail polish brand that fits the bill with it’s chip resistant, extra glossy, self-leveling formulas. Bonus that the entire brand uses a 7-free formula that removes the risk of several toxic ingredients found in other nail lacquer brands – something that has become more important to me now that I have a kid of my own.

I recently got my hands on the Spring/Summer 2017 collection and enjoyed using each of their fabulous colors as I slowly grow my weakened nails back to their pre-baby state. I think you’ll enjoy them as much as I do!

Reine (Purple)

LVX Nail Lacquer Reine swatch by iliketotalkblog

Argonne (Army Green)

LVX Argonne swatch by iliketotalkblog

Seychelle (mint green)

LVX Seychelle swatch by iliketotalkblog

Schiaparelli (Shocking Pink)

LVX Schiaperelli swatch by iliketotalkblog

Coquillage

Camellia (barbie pink)

LVX Camellia swatch by iliketotalkblog

Which color do you like the most? Share in the comment section below!

To find out more about LVX you can visit their website or follow them on Instagram.

Jan Marini’s C-ESTA Serum

Jan Marini C Esta Serum review by iliketotalkblogThere is no doubt that I’m seriously invested in finding the best skincare products for my skin. I frequently read other people’s reviews and try and test out several different things to find the perfect combo that suits my needs. What I find I need is frequent exfoliation, cleansers I can use 2-3 times a day, a hydrating serum, a reparative serum, and a good moisturizer.  I’ve already had the pleasure of trying out Jan Marini’s Hyla 3D Serum which gives my skin the boost of moisture it needs, but I was on the hunt for something the was reparative and could strengthen my skin from the inside out. Luckily, Jan Marini’s C-ESTA Serum was made available to me and I’ve been loving every drop of it.

Jan Marini C Esta Serum review by iliketotalkblog

I’ve always known and been a fan of topical vitamin C. Vitamin C works as a antioxidant to fight free radical damage, improve collagen synthesis, and can have a brightening effect on the skin. It’s a all-in-one wonder cocktail that truly fights all signs of aging in one. What makes C-ESTA Serum different though is the addition of DMAE, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamins B5 and E.  DMAE is a skin-firming agent that has anti-inflammatory properties to it. It fends off wrinkles, improves elasticity and generally sounds like the sister to Vitamin C in my book.  I found out that our brain actually MAKES some of this stuff in small quantities. How cool is that?

Hyaluronic Acid is my jam. It’s the first thing I always want to put on my skin so it’s nice this serum already has it in there. Vitamin B5 is also known as pantothenic acid helps keep that much needed moisture in the skin where it belongs, and helps with the skin healing process. Vitamin E is a well known antioxidant that blocks free radical damage and improves moisture levels of the skin.

Jan Marini C Esta Serum review by iliketotalkblog

Because this is a luxury skincare product for me, I appreciate that a single pump works for the entire face. I give the bottle a good shake (as directed) and apply after washing my face. I do feel that there is some sort of granular feel to it at first, but it disappears as I massage it into my skin. I have a few acne marks that dry over and often scar immediately after, but I think they are healing faster and leaving less of a mark behind since using this serum. Since it’s only been a few weeks I can only imagine what a significant amount of time with this product can achieve.

I really should remember to use this all over my neck as well, but I generally reach just beyond the jaw line and stop. This stuff is so good I need to make it last! At the same time — I don’t want my neck and chest to look older than my face. Dilemmas, dilemmas.

You can purchase Jan Marini products through their website and through select skincare professionals. To find out more about this cruelty free brand, you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Organize Your Polish With Color Clutch

Color Clutch review on iliketotalkblogPolish Organization Made Easy

I’m a fan of collecting polishes and used to have a pretty big collection compared to the standard polish user. One thing that always was a problem as a polish aficionado is how to store your polish in a way where nothing breaks, all the colors are easily organized, and easy to get to. I went from using small makeup bags, to shoe boxes, to old plastic tupperware, to finally IKEA storage units.  In the past year I have done a lot of purging, donating to friends and family since I want to keep things better organized and have found the perfect solution with Color Clutch.

Color Clutch review on iliketotalkblogColor Clutch satisfies the obsessive need to keep your beautiful polishes neat and tidy. The sturdy boxes house fourteen bottles that stay nestled in the foam bed to protect from messy disasters. Because of the flexibility of the foam, you can store many different brands of lacquer that vary in size and shape. It comes in either black, white or a special edition purple Jamberry option.

Color Clutch review on iliketotalkblogWhile I love the clear window on the front that keeps the bottles dust free and easy to quickly view, I love the color coding section on the side so you can do a swatch swipe of each polish so you don’t even have to pull the box off the shelf to see what’s inside. When I was photographing the box I was afraid to actually paint the color on in fear that once you paint on the box it’s there forever — but turns out you can remove the polish with acetone and start over if you switch out colors!

Color Clutch review on iliketotalkblog

The Color Clutch is easy to travel or move with which I know is a HUGE pain when I moved with my 200+ polishes last time. These can easily be stacked and moved without worrying that there will be a huge pool of nail lacquer swimming in the back of your car. And don’t forget that you can easily bring ALL your favorites to the next ladies night in you have planned!

Color Clutch review on iliketotalkblog

Each Color Clutch is $19.99 and can be purchased online or at you can find them at my third favorite store (First, being Target, second being Sephora) The Container Store. Talk about organization HEAVEN! If you have a larger collection you can easily stow all your boxes on a shelving unit which is what I plan to do.

Could you see yourself using the Color Clutch? Share in the comment section below!

Find out more about Color Clutch by visiting their website and following them on Instagram or Facebook.