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beautyblender®

November 10, 2018

I'm a huge BEAUTYBLENDER fan. I've purchased every product in the lineup and have yet to be disappointed. I'm partial to the white beautyblender, referred to as pure. I'm a clean freak and wanna see that my makeup sponge is perfectly clean after each makeup application. The beautyblender is available in a variety of colors, but after a cleansing the colored sponges, it's hard to tell if you got all the makeup off the sponge. A darker shade might be beneficial for "I don't wash my sponge daily" people - GROSS! 

Beutyblender 101 - don't waste your money on a beautyblender makeup application sponge if you're not going to use it properly. It is meant to be drenched in water, then squeeze out the access and use to apply your makeup. You can even apply facial oil (I like Farsali) to the wet sponge for smoother application. If you are using the sponge dry, you are wasting your money! Get yourself a less expensive makeup sponge and you'll get the same affect. 


Cleaning your makeup tools is of the utmost importance (in your makeup routine). I know it's annoying and time consuming, but you don't want to apply yesterdays (or last weeks) oil and dirt to your face. Eww.. 

The blendercleanser solid is great for travel. It includes a cleansing soap and custom grid to dry your beautyblender makeup sponge. Both products come in a compact, plastic disk for easy storage. The scent is fresh and the bar of soap lasts a long time.


BEAUTYBLENDER INSTACLEAN is fairly new in the BEAUTYBLENDER lineup. The waterless cleansing spray is great for on-the-go removal of surface stains. It's like dry shampoo for your hair. While this sponge and brush cleansing spray doesn't necessarily "clean" your makeup tools, it will remove surface residue - including color, so you're not mixing shades and always getting true-color application. 

Spray the solution onto your application tool, saturate and wipe with a tissue or towel. It's INSTACLEAN!

BEAUTYBLENDER has a variety of sponge cleansers. My favorite is the liquid blendercleanser. Apply a little cleanser to your sponge, run it under water and give it a good wash. Make sure to squeeze out the excess water and remove all the soap. This cleanser has a light scent and a little goes a long way. It's available in 3 oz, 5 oz and 10 oz. 


The MALLOOM Chicken Feet Powder Puff Display Stands are not a BEAUTYBLENDER product, but are the perfect drying device. It's important to allow your beautyblender makeup application sponge to dry completely and this cute stand allows for an all-around dry sponge. These all-around drying racks are available at amazon.com. This is kinda strange, but the colors are randomly chosen, so you get what you get?! The footed stands are available in mint green, purple and pink. 
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beautyblender®

November 10, 2018
I'm a huge BEAUTYBLENDER fan. I've purchased every product in the lineup and have yet to be disappointed. I'm partial to the white beautyblender, referred to as pure. I'm a clean freak and wanna see...

SPHYNX

November 08, 2018

The SPHYNX Portable Razor is great for on-the-go touchups. I'm not sure this innovative shaving device would work for an all-over shave, but the moisturizing shave bar and single blade allow you to shave missed spots with ease. 

This portable razor is really unique. The SPHYNX contains a tiny refillable water spray bottle, a moisturizing pre-shave bar and two single blade cartridges. Simply pop the cap off, turn the dial to your desired tool and shave away unwanted hair. 


The SPHYNX 3 in 1 Portable Razor Refill Pack contains four single blade cartridges and one pre-shave bar. The portable razor retails for $15 and the refill pack for $8 - not bad! You can purchase both at revolve.com.


I like the little spray bottle. It's super tiny - about 1" X 1" and slides in and out of the portable shaving device easily. I'm sure I can find other uses for this little bottle. It doesn't hold very much water, but the SPHYNX is meant for touch-ups, so you don't need much. 


The moisturizing shave bar is infused with Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter. The scent is super-strong! Kinda reminds me of mens bar of soap - maybe Irish Spring? The masculine scented pre-shave bar and single blade cartridge are the perfect facial touch-up razor for men. Why is it that men always miss one spot? 

Spray a little water, smooth the shave bar along your skin and remove unwanted hair. You do not need to rinse after shaving. Surprisingly, the pre-shave bar doesn't irritate my skin AND everything irritates me (body and mind). 


The single blade can manage touch-ups with ease, but I wouldn't use this blade all over. I use Venus Embrace cartridges daily. They have five blades and a ribbon of moisture. Once you've used this razor style, anything else pales in comparison. BUT, the SPHNYX is a great on-the-go, missed a spot solution. 


The innovative device is made of plastic and can be easily cleaned. The SPHYNX portable razor doesn't weigh much and is small enough to throw in your tote or gym bag. The dial is easy to turn and while you can watch the different tools turning, there is also embossed pics on the dial.  The device has small holes along the sides, so the pre-shave bar and razor dry quickly and remain fresh. I like that! 

This portable razor would make a great gift. It's also available in turquoise, pink and purple. 
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SPHYNX

November 08, 2018
The SPHYNX Portable Razor is great for on-the-go touchups. I'm not sure this innovative shaving device would work for an all-over shave, but the moisturizing shave bar and single blade allow you to...

Hangover & Sleep Patches

October 28, 2018

I have chronic insomnia - it's nuts! Some nights, I toss and turn till the sun comes up. It's definitely stress related - my brain sorts out all of life's problems while I'm trying to sleep! I do not recommend over the counter drugs or prescriptions (I'm not a doctor), but Benadryl does help and sleeping pills work wonders. 

Albeit, I'd prefer to take a natural path to a good nights sleep. Vitamins are outta the question - beyond Advil, I just cant swallow the giant capsules and pills. When I saw the Klova Sleep Patch on Instagram, I was intrigued. Maybe it was the color scheme? If you wanna attract customers and followers on social media - color is everything. Klova - great job with the pale blue and purple patches - the pretty shades are soothing, inviting and Instagram friendly (everyone's obsessed with a color scheme). I truly feel that some products are more successful (than they should be), because of their color scheme. 


I've read mixed reviews about these patches, AND, mine is leaning towards - they don't work! These patches are infused with Melatonin and naturally occurring ingredients and claim to promote a better sleep. There's is nothing natural about me, so this was bound to fail. 

These patches attach to your skin nicely and don't irritate. They do however smell awful! The scent is potent, but after application to hairless skin, it dissipates. Other than that, they have a cute print, but did not meet my expectations. 


The Hangover Patch is just what I need. I'm getting older and recovery is a long process these days. Last time I was in Vegas, I found myself at a club, in the 'mosh pit' (I'm old and don't know what you youngin's call this danger zone) and felt like I was under attack - while jumping up and down to DJ Marshmallow. Who knew there was a marshmallow head wearing DJ? 

Needless to say, I could barely walk the next day, YES, I was sick (in the worse sense of the word) AND my Fendi boots were destroyed! Why do I submit myself to this madness - cause in the moment, after way too many glasses of wine, it seems like a good idea to keep going. Vegas has this effect on me. 

I've considered the hangover drip many times! The thought of a swift recovery is intriguing, but a little scary. In comes The Hangover Patch. This 100% organic formula has 12 vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients. Apply before you start drinking and let this little patch replenish your body WHILE YOU DRINK! Alcohol has a terrible effect on the body - good for the mind and I'm sure dancing all night is great for the figure, but the dehydration and loss of essential nutrients can have a terrible effect shortly there after the party and for days..

I'm not sure if this patch is replenishing my body and don't feel any different the following day (then I typically would), but continue to use them - it's psychological! The Bytox Patch claims to aid in a rapid recovery, while replenishing essential vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients to the body. My thoughts - why not?!
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Hangover & Sleep Patches

October 28, 2018
I have chronic insomnia - it's nuts! Some nights, I toss and turn till the sun comes up. It's definitely stress related - my brain sorts out all of life's problems while I'm trying to sleep! I do not...

Fashionably Thirsty

October 19, 2018

On-the-go drinkware are now fashionable accessories. I consume a lot of liquid throughout the day and always have a bottle of water and cup of tea on hand. When I'm out and about, I usually opt for tea, but when I'm traveling, water is a necessity. These are my favorite glass water bottles and thermos.

The SOMA Glass Water Bottle (pictured on the left) is made of shatter-resistant glass inside an easy grip sleeve. The protective sleeve comes in eight colors and slides on and off easily. It would be great if SOMA sold the sleeves separately, so you can change the color depending your mood. The bottle is slim and the cap is natural bamboo with a plastic lining - it's a classy looking water bottle. 


MY FAVORITE - the YETI Tumbler. This thermos will keep your cold beverages cold and hot beverages hot for a long time. You can also personalize your mug - I got this b.a.gorgie branded YETI tumbler as a gift and use it all the time. 

The YETI Tumbler is made of stainless steal and has a double-wall for vacuum insulation. My tea will stay hot for two hours and warm for two more. This thermos is amazing. Starbucks cups are a thing in my past.



I love BKR glass water bottles. The bottle is available in 500 ml and 1 liter. Each bottle is encased in a silicone sleeve - there's many shades to choose from or you can opt for a little embellishment, like these spiked sleeves. The cap has a small handle, for easy transportation. You can also attach the bottle to your bag. The opening is super small for no-spill sipping. 


You can replace the original cap with the Compact Cap and BKR Paris Water Balm. LOVE THIS! The new compact cap is a great idea, but the balm is REALLY THICK and kinda sticky. It smells like roses. I'm addicted to lip balm and am not a fan of a thick consistency or floral scents. The compact cap and balm are the perfect water bottle pal, but the balm falls short of my expectations. Of course, it's personal taste and you may like the smell of flowers on your lips! 


Unfortunately, I purchased two sizes before I read this description - it clearly says rose scented. Albeit, this is a great invention. I'm hoping BKR will reinvent the balm with a lighter texture and non-floral scents. 

BKR also launched the Paris Water Balm Neautrals Trio - the original shade, Muse and BTS. They all have the French rose scent. These balms do not fit in the compact cap.


Accessorizing your water bottle - you can also purchase little ice cube trays that make long icicles to fit in to your BKR bottle and a bottle brush for easy cleaning. I drink my water room temperature, so didn't get the ice cube tray, but really appreciate the cleaning brush. The thoughtfully designed brush follows the bottles curves, so you know your bottle is super clean. 
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Fashionably Thirsty

October 19, 2018
On-the-go drinkware are now fashionable accessories. I consume a lot of liquid throughout the day and always have a bottle of water and cup of tea on hand. When I'm out and about, I usually opt for...

Sakara

October 17, 2018

I'm not a vegetarian, but I do dabble in the Sakara plant-rich diet once and while. I have been doing the Sakara meal plan once a month for three-five days, I'm bingeing on plants - Sometimes I cheat (but, only once a day)! There's a lot I love about this meal program, a few things I don't and some stuff I'd like to see Sakara change. 

Sakara is a nutrition-rich meal plan, comprised of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Like most meal delivery subscriptions, you have the option of skipping any week and you can choose between three, four and five days each week. Your food delivery will arrive in the wee hours of the night in preparation for Monday and another batch on Thursday.

 
The food comes in plastic containers on ice and must be refrigerated immediately. Sakara just changed their containers and the new ones are SO MUCH BETTER! I struggled to get the old containers open and the new ones stack nicely. 

Monday's delivery includes Sakara Detox Water Concentrate and Beauty Water Concentrate, as well as Wellness Tea. Thursday's delivery includes Wellness Tea. We'll come back to these items..


The user friendly site allows you to individually customize your delivery each week by choosing breakfast, lunch, dinner or just two or all three meals. Unfortunately, the menu is what it is and you can only swap one meal per week. This is a deterrent for me - I'd like to have more meal choices. It would be great if Sakara posted a menu and allowed customers to choose their meals. Often, I'm stuck with funky food concoctions that don't appeal to me.


Lets talk about the food.. There's a lot! I wouldn't consume this much food on non-Sakara days. AND, some of the meals are super heavy (in the container and in your stomach). SO, my husband and I typically do the five day option and share the food, while subsidizing the diet with store bought produce and other items. This is great, cause he eats the meals I don't like! It also helps with the cravings, cause we're not going full-on vegetarian for five days. 

The food is surprisingly delicious. I say that because, some of it doesn't look so great, but looks can be deceiving. There's a lot of flavor and wide range of plant-rich foods in every meal. 


My favorite are the muesli or granola with Pink Silk Mylk or Blue Majic Mylk. These 'milks' are delicious and kinda fun. The Pink Silk Mylk is subtly sweet with a smidge of saltiness (my favorite). If I could buy these Sakara Mylks, I would stock up every week and eat breakfast more often (I never eat breakfast). 

I also love the coconut yogurts with granola. I don't do sweets, but would eat this yogurt for breakfast and dessert a few times a week. DELICIOUS!

The other breakfast options - tartines, muffins and bars are a hit or miss for me. I find the bars super-heavy for breakfast and a little dry, but they are tasty. These breakfasts are usually accompanied by a jam and berries or a mini fruit. 


Each meal is labelled for a specific day and meal - breakfast, lunch and dinner. I mix it up and always eat the most appealing meals first. The soups are excellent, very flavorful and not too filling. They're often accompanied with a small salad. The salad dressings are yummy. I'm a salad person and a big fan of fresh salad dressings. 

The main course salads never disappoint. Of course, there's leaves and sometimes berries, nuts, quinoa and veggies. I love the avocado smothered in seeds (I forget what it's called). My favorite salad is the Youth + Beauty Salad. These salads will last me for lunch and leftovers with dinner - there's a lot. One thing is for sure, you will not be hungry on this plant-rich diet.

The flatbreads are delicious. Usually there is 'faux' cheese and savory pesto, along with veggies. The Sakara burgers are comprised of the same signature bread. It's like eating condensed seed bread. Very heavy!

I've had three pastas and love the wild mushroom pasta and the pesto with tomatoes pasta. I was super excited to try the Sakara-Style Pasta Bolognese (swapped out another meal for two portions of this one), but it was too bizarre for my taste. These bowls of pasta are way too much for one meal, especially lunch. 


Some of the bowls/meals are strange and a little too mushy for me. I don't eat mush - no bananas, soggy salads, sautéed greens.. Some of the meals have sautéed spinach at the bottom  - eww! While the flavor is great, anything with a 'wet' texture goes on the husbands menu. He enjoys them very much, BUT he would literally eat anything!

The Sakara plant-rich diet, meal plan is SUPER expensive. I always say, eating healthy costs a lot of money, so this doesn't surprise me. I do wish subscribers had more options with food selection. AND, I am reluctant to spend so much, when I can't remove meals that don't appeal to me. 

The Detox Water Concentrate and Beauty Water Concentrate come in a glass bottle with a dropper. Simply add the concentrate to your water as part of your Sakara diet. I really like the Detox Water Concentrate - its barely there flavor is suitable (I love water and don't like adding flavor) and contains Chlorophyll + 72 trace minerals - nothing wrong with that! The Beauty Water Concentrate contains Silca + Rose and 72 trace minerals. It tastes like flowers - GROSS! I once requested to swap out the Beauty Water Concentrate for an additional Detox Water Concentrate, but Sakara feels that both concentrates are essential to the diet. More money wasted!

The Wellness Tea doesn't taste very good either. I'm a HUGE tea fan, but this has a black tea flavor and is too strong. I never drink it and am always offering it to other people.

I do feel better after a few days of consuming plant-rich meals. I feel like I ate too much, but the idea of pumping my body with nutrition-rich food gives me a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Albeit, once a month is enough for me!
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Sakara

October 17, 2018
I'm not a vegetarian, but I do dabble in the Sakara plant-rich diet once and while. I have been doing the Sakara meal plan once a month for three-five days, I'm bingeing on plants - Sometimes I cheat...

Kopari Coconut

October 11, 2018

I'm a Kopari fan and had high expectations for the Kopari Coconut Oil Deodorant - I am a little disappointed. There are so many good things about this aluminum and baking soda-free deodorant, but the scent is ruining everything. It's like an attractive man or woman getting on the plane an you're thinking, 'please sit next to me', until you wish they would get stuck in the airplane bathroom, cause their excessive perfume/cologne is giving you a migraine. Too much of any scent isn't good AND the coconut scent of Kopari deodorant is POTENT!


It's not all bad - the texture is nice and glides on easily. It is a little sticky and takes time to dry. It is all natural, so for those folks that wanna keep it super clean (and are not opposed to strong scents), this might work for you. 

I use Secret Clear Gel deodorant daily, but when I travel and am cramming all my cosmetics in to two travel-friendly plastic ziplock bags (my husband uses hotel products, so I get his bag), a solid, gel-like deodorant would come in handy. I'm also happy to use a natural deodorant. BUT, this stuff is giving me a headache. Of course you can't smell my body odor, cause I have coconut infused concentrate in my pits!


I mentioned Kopari Coconut Balm a while back and am still a fan. The thick solution is coconut-oil infused and super nourishing. This pure coconut balm contains coconut oil, shea concentrate, aloe vera, beeswax and cocoa seed butter. This salve has anti-aging benefits and hydrating qualities. It goes on nicely, kind of absorbs, but leaves a little sheen on your skin. I wouldn't wear this coconut balm under expensive fabric. The scent is delicious. 
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Kopari Coconut

October 11, 2018
I'm a Kopari fan and had high expectations for the Kopari Coconut Oil Deodorant - I am a little disappointed. There are so many good things about this aluminum and baking soda-free...

Latest Lip Loves

October 09, 2018

I'm a self-proclaimed lip balm addict and am always looking for a Sephora Kiss Me Balm replacement. YEAH, Sephora discontinued my long-time favorite and I have yet to find another supreme lip balm. A few have come close, but there are some products you just cant replace. SO the lip balm section in my Cosmocube continues to grow..

On the list - Korres Mandarin Lip Butter Stick in peach and colorless AND one of my favorite cosmetic brands, Too Faced Peach Lip Balm. 


If you like the scent of peach, you're gonna love this lip treatment - Too Faced Peach Lip Balm smells delicious AND taste kinda yummy too! The peaches and cream infused balm is light-medium weight, non-sticky and super nourishing. I prefer a stick over a pot (there's something about sticking your fingers in the product that turns me off), BUT the texture and scent make up for the less than desirable packaging. I just wanna eat it - well, I don't want to eat lip balm, but the scent is inviting.


I got these Korres Mandarin Lip Butter Sticks at Revolve and I am impressed. The texture is light-weight, creamy and creates a full-coverage film over your lips. The scent is nothing to write home about, but it ain't gross either. The peach color is little orange for me - I apply it under pink lipstick for a peachy lip look. The colorless balm is perfect for daily wear, a lipstick foundation or just a little nourishment. 
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Latest Lip Loves

October 09, 2018
I'm a self-proclaimed lip balm addict and am always looking for a Sephora Kiss Me Balm replacement. YEAH, Sephora discontinued my long-time favorite and I have yet to find another supreme lip balm. A...

Glow Oil & Bod Buff

September 24, 2018

Yeah, I'm talkin' about Sol De Janeiro again! I love this cosmetic brand - it's my signature scent. The (somewhat new) Limited Edition Sol De Janeiro Glow Oil is a moisturizing shimmer oil for the body. It kinda smells like the signature Sol De Janeiro pistachio-caramel scent, but is little different. It's delicious, but BEWARE, the scent is strong and lingers..


I used Ipanema Sunset Glow Oil all summer and the natural glow enhanced my look and photos dramatically - all you need is a little sun to reflect the sparkle. Apply the body oil along your arms and down the front of your legs. This is not an all-over body oil (unless you wanna look like you rolled around in sparkly grease). The bottle says for the body and face, but this stuff is thick and there's a sh*t ton of fragrance in it - I wouldn't recommend putting it on your face.

I'm always cautious applying oil to my body in fear that it will ruin my clothes. I haven't experienced the Sol De Janeiro rubbing off on my clothes, but it is an oil and it's tinted, so I'm super careful where I apply it - you should be too. 

The bottle is small, great for travel AND a little product goes a long way. I used this Ipanema Sunset Glow Oil all summer and am not half way through the bottle yet. I've tried too many body shimmer products AND this one is my favorite. Unfortunately, it is limited edition and there's only one shade still available at Sephora. Dear Sol De Janeiro, please make Glow Oils a permanent product in your lineup.


I have a lot to say about Sol De Janeiro Bod Buff. The soothing scrub 'n' mask doubles as a body exfoliator and detoxifying mask. This thick, quartz crystal infused Amazon River clay dons the signature scent, pistachio-caramel AND it's potent! 

The texture is nice - thick, creamy and the perfect consistency of quartz crystals, tropical volcanic pumice and rice grain. This stuff will leave your skin feeling soft and perfectly polished. The Amazon River Kaolin clay has negatively-charged particles that bond with positively charged toxins and thus purifies your skin. It's little too scientific for me, but I'll take your word for it! The tube is a nice size and easily folds, so you're not left with a ton of unusable, unattainable product. 


When I initially tried the product, I was al little turned off by the color AND when I realized it was intentional - hmm.. This old-mustard shade is kinda funky and reminiscent of gross baby food. The color is a not a deterrent for me, but I'm confused by the creative choice. Oh, and even if you think you've removed all the Bod Buff from your skin, you are undoubtably gonna have yellow residue on your towel. 


The Sol De Janeiro lineup also includes the Brazilian Touch Hand Cream, Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance, Bum Bum Body cream, Brazilian 4 Pay Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel, Brazilian Kiss Cupuacu Lip Butter, Samba 2-step Foot Fetish Care and Bum Bum Bath Bomba. I've tried all but the last two and award Sol De Janeiro body cosmetic brand of the year (AGAIN).


Many Sol De Janeiro products are available in a mini size (LOVE THAT). They're perfect for travel and refillable. I'm gonna pack the mini Bum Bum Body Cream and mini Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel for my next adventure in Tulum, Mexico. It's the perfect beach vacation scent. 

These Sol De Janeiro Bum Bum Body Cream samples contain just enough for one application.  I appreciate when cosmetic companies create quality samples. I got these at Sephora, but am sure all retail establishments that sell Sol De Janeiro have samples - get yourself some, and trust me, you'll be addicted too. 
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Glow Oil & Bod Buff

September 24, 2018
Yeah, I'm talkin' about Sol De Janeiro again! I love this cosmetic brand - it's my signature scent. The (somewhat new) Limited Edition Sol De Janeiro Glow Oil is a moisturizing shimmer oil for the...

Fairy Bomb & Body Lava

September 10, 2018

The Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Fairy Bomb is an oversized glittering puff, filled with rose gold shimmer. The soft pom pom is packed with 3D shimmer for a luxurious illuminating experience. This reminds me of when I was young and 'older' women would apply powder with super-soft poufs. It's retro and I like it. 


The pom pom is really soft and a pretty peach color. You have to hit the Fairy Bomb against your skin many times to initially bring out the hyper-reflective glitter, but once you bring it to the surface, you can apply the luminizer with ease. AND you will be sparkly! The scent is lovely - a vanilla-coconut scent (two of my favorites). The Fairy Bomb may be a little overpriced, but the concept is fun. You may find that during application you get glitter everywhere (I even got it on my Toy Poodle), but there's always a downside to every body shimmer product.


The Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Body Lava sold out shortly after the release date. Yeah, I bought it! Don't be jealous - it's not amazing! I had high hopes for this stuff and I love Fenty Beauty by Rihanna products, but this one fell short of my expectations.


Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Body Lava definitely adds shimmer, but it's kinda oily and the scent is SUPER-STRONG! I love a little glitter along my legs and arms, but I'm worried this stuff will rub onto my clothes. AND I cant take the scent - It's pretty, but overwhelming. I kinda feel bad for all those Fenty Beauty by Rihanna fans waiting to purchase this sold out product, while I have a full bottle going to waste. I apologize for the less than desired review, but scent is everything and while this product may illuminate the body in the best way - your'e gonna stink something fierce!


I gotta mention the product names - Fairy Bomb and Body Lava. Maybe I'm just sensitive, but bomb and lava seem a little controversial. Yeah, they're catchy names, but I'm sure the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna team could've come up with something little less terrifying. Albeit, the Fairy Bomb does create a film of glitter all over the floor and on anything within two feet (I'd consider that destruction), while the Body Lava looks like lava and the long-lasting, overwhelming scent would definitely make me run from anyone wearing it!
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Fairy Bomb & Body Lava

September 10, 2018
The Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Fairy Bomb is an oversized glittering puff, filled with rose gold shimmer. The soft pom pom is packed with 3D shimmer for a luxurious illuminating experience. This reminds...

Lumify

August 31, 2018
Lumify Redness Relief Eye Drops selectively target redness for whiter, brighter eyes. The unique formulation is currently the only one of its kind available over the counter. Unlike other anti-redness eye drops, Lumify targets redness, while still allowing oxygen and nutrition to the eye, eliminating the risk of re-bound redness. 

This stuff is AMAZING! It starts working within one minute and last for hours. Bausch + Lomb claims it lasts up to 8 hours. It doesn't last that long for me, but I'm sure each person is unique and facing different environmental factors. Albeit, the bottle is small, so you can take it everywhere and apply the drops on an as needed basis. The downside to the small bottle is that it doesn’t last long. Here's where my product hoarding, cosmetic junkie quirk benefits me - after the first application and miraculous transformation, I purchased five bottles (just in case it sells out).

I've always wondered why or how celebrities, models.. have such bright, white eyes. I just assumed they were all faking it - there's tons of photo editing apps that allow you to whiten and brighten your eyes digitally. Now I'm thinking they probably have access to products (like this one), to enhance their look that everyday people don't even know about. The secrets out - Lumify eye drops dramatically whiten your eyes for that perfect bright eye look and it's widely available.

I always have red eyes (I think it comes with age) and have used every anti-redness eye drop brand available. Many of them temporarily relieve the dry and itchy sensation, but the anti-redness quality doesn't last long at all. I was shocked at how Lumify transformed my red eyes. This stuff reigns supreme in the anti-redness eye drop department. FDA approved Lumify Redness Relief Eye Drops are a temporary solution to redness that will completely change the appearance of your eyes. I'm addicted to Lumify!
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Lumify

August 31, 2018
Lumify Redness Relief Eye Drops selectively target redness for whiter, brighter eyes. The unique formulation is currently the only one of its kind available over the counter. Unlike other...

HUM Supplements

August 06, 2018

HUM is an all-natural line of supplements that include tablets, soft gels, gummies and powders. These 'beauty' vitamins have been thoughtfully developed to address lifestyle and beauty concerns. The founders of HUM believe diet alone will not address all of your beauty concerns and regular intake of targeted supplements will give you a little extra boost. 

There are currently twenty-five HUM supplements sold at Sephora, ranging from cleansing vitamins, dietary supplements, skin, nails and hair vitamins, collagen boosters and sleep supplements. I initially purchased many products from the HUM lineup, but the dietary and cleanse vitamins didn't agree with my stomach. I also struggle with taking vitamins and pills, (especially the large ones), so taking four huge vitamins a day wasn't for me. I did however like the gummies, Collagen POP dissolvable tablets and Beauty zzZz supplements.


The Collagen POP tablets consist of premium marine collagen peptides and vitamin C. Combined these supplements boost skin hydration, elasticity and firmness. HUM's type one collagen (premium marine collagen), is the same found in the body AND Vitamin C increases natural collagen in the body. Of course, as we age, the collagen in our body decreases, so it's important to take supplements that encourage collagen production. 

I've only gone through one container of HUM Collagen POP fizzing tablets and it's too early to say whether or not these tablets make a difference. I do however prefer dissolvable tablets over hard pills and super-sized vitamins. The taste is kinda strange and floral-like. I'm not into drinking or eating flowers, so that's a deterrent. Maybe HUM will produced a fruity flavored tablet - hint hint HUM! I will however continue to drop these dissolvable tablets in my water every other day. If anything, HUM Collagen POP tablets intrigued me and now I'm set on finding a collagen supplement suitable for me.


HUM Beauty zzZz vegetarian tablets will absolutely promote a good night sleep. I started taking these sleep enhancing tablets last year - I had so much on my mind, was stressing about life and only sleeping a few hours a night. I was exhausted all of the time and felt like a zombie during the day. These sleep supplements definitely improved my sleep habits. Thankfully, I sleep much better now, BUT once and a while I take these melatonin and B6 supplements when I'm restless.

If you're anxious and need to catch up on your zzz's, try taking a Benadryl. This allergy medication puts me right to sleep and keeps me under for hours. I'm not a doctor and am not recommending regular use, but I don't see anything wrong with taking allergy medication - you would after all take one Zyrtec a day during allergy season!
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HUM Supplements

August 06, 2018
HUM is an all-natural line of supplements that include tablets, soft gels, gummies and powders. These 'beauty' vitamins have been thoughtfully developed to address lifestyle and beauty concerns. The...

Olaplex Bond Maintenance

July 24, 2018

Yeah, it's been two years and I'm still goin' on about my botched hair job. I'm scarred for life!

May 17, 2017 (re-post). It's been almost a year since my traumatic and altogether unsuccessful hair transformation. They all (the many hairstylists) said it will take six months to recover my hair. I've been obsessively treating, cutting and babying my strands - Still, eleven months and counting.. Hair grows (it's a fact), but repairing severely damaged hair takes time - Oh, and lots of products. I'm embarrassed to say how much I've spent on hair repair solutions and vitamins. 

Initially, I was skeptical of Olaplex and didn't have great things to say about this preventative treatment. The stylist who took my hair from black to orange to green to greenish-gray-yellow-blonde (YUP, thats what I ended up with), said Olaplex would protect my hair from the bleach and there would be little damage. NOT TRUE! Clearly this stylist overestimated the treatment and was 'possibly' misinformed. I was still under the impression that Olaplex would repair my hair. I used Olaplex one, two and three for a few months after, but didn't feel like my hair was getting better, so I discontinued the treatments. 

Some time later my new stylist explained that Olaplex is a preventive treatment, and not a hair repair solution. She said regular applications would keep my hair from being further damaged. I got back on the Olaplex-wagon. Along with intense hydrating masks and vitamins, my hair 'slowly' started to grow. My stylist includes Olaplex step-one in my color solution. After rinsing the color, Olaplex step-two is applied. In between salon visits, I use Olaplex step-three (just once). Admittedly, I've been converted and am a fan of this hair-care product. 

I'm sure it was a combination of many hair repair products, but so many people think Olaplex is a miracle treatment, that I'm inclined to give this bond multiplier, bond protector and hair protector credit for my healthy, shiny hair.


I was excited when I saw Olaplex Shampoo & Conditioner at Sephora. I'm a Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil super-fan and have tried a ridiculous number of other shampoos and conditioners, but always go back to Bb. Not this time - Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner have landed a permanent spot in my haircare routine. 

The No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo has a refreshing citrus scent. I think I smell a slight coconut scent in there too - it reminds of Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil shampoo and conditioner. The scent is kinda strong and lingers. The shampoo lathers like crazy. I used my usual dollop and had suds running down my face, neck and back. I suggest starting with a small amount. Typically, if I go three days without washing my hair, I have to shampoo twice, but with Olaplex Bond Maintenance Shampoo, one wash is sufficient. 


The No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner has a similar scent, but less intense and kinda creamy (fitting, considering it's nourishing cream for your hair). This stuff is thick and a little goes a long way. I usually use IGK Prenup Instant Spray Hair Mask after Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil, but it's not necessary with Olaplex conditioner. This creamy product is super-nourishing and leaves my hair feeling soft. After using Olaplex shampoo and conditioner, drying and styling, my hair does feel heavier than usual, but knowing that I'm repairing my hair once a week, is worth the weight. I'm a fan!


Olaplex products are kinda pricey, but you don't need a lot of shampoo or conditioner each time you wash. I think these bottles will last me months (washing once a week). I do suggest you alternate shampoo and conditioner brands. This nourishing treatment may be a little heavy for regular use.

You can purchase the Olaplex Salon Intro Kit - it includes the No.1 (step 1) Bond Multiplier, No.2 (step 2) Bond Perfector and No.3 (step 3) Hair Perfector. You an also purchase No.3 in a 100 ml bottle for more frequent use. 

If you have damaged hair, or just want to give your hair some extra love once and a while, I highly recommend Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner. The repairing shampoo and super-moisturizing conditioner will leave your hair feeling soft, shiny and healthy.
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Olaplex Bond Maintenance

July 24, 2018
Yeah, it's been two years and I'm still goin' on about my botched hair job. I'm scarred for life!May 17, 2017 (re-post). It's been almost a year since my traumatic and altogether unsuccessful hair...

Latest Lip Loves

June 20, 2018

Lipstick, lip balms, lip exfoliators, lip treatments.. I'm addicted to lip'stuff'! It's not even possible to use everything in my giant Cosmocube, but I just cant help myself. My latest lip loves are the perfect summer shades and a new nourishing balm. 

Too Faced quickly became one of my favorite cosmetic brands this year. I purchased everything from the Peach collection and now I'm addicted. This Too Faced Peach Beach lipstick is the perfect coral shade. The color enhances sun-kissed skin and gives a pop of flirty, summer color. It's not bright (or florescent - like some), but rather a subtle coral.  

The creamy product glides on nicely and feels like it's nourishing your lips. The scent is kinda strange and off-putting (oh, and it lingers). I think they were going for a peach scent, but I'm confused by the outcome? Albeit, I still love the color and the texture is nice.

The packaging is attractive, solid and goes well with my Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Lip Balm..


Since Sephora discontinued my favorite Kiss Me lip balm, I've been on the hunt for a balm just a good (it's been a struggle). I've purchased a few great ones, but everything pales in comparison to the Kiss Me Balm.

Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Lip Balm is definitely a contender for the favorite title. The packaging is great, solid and I love the gold-tone lips embellishment. The barely-there scent is subtle (I like that). The balm is creamy (I can feel a little wax), lightweight and feels nice. It's lighter than most balms I've tried, but you can feel the product on your lips. 


The Sephora Collection #lipstories lipstick lineup currently consist of 40 thoughtfully packaged shades in matte, metallic and satin finish. I love the decorative tubes. They're small and each one dons art representing adventures around the world. The packaging itself seems a little cheap, but don't be fooled - the lipstick is good quality. 

I'm a nude, peach and coral lipstick kinda girl. I rarely sway from my go-to shades, but if you love trying new colors, this collection is perfect. The lipsticks are inexpensive and small. You won't feel terrible if you dislike the color and toss it. 

I purchased satin finish 03 OUI! (cream finish) and 06 Tan Lines (cream finish). These shades are perfect for my skin tone. They are lightweight and still give you full-coverage. 03 OUI! is a pale rose tone and 06 Tan lines is more nude with a little hint of peach. The lipstick goes on nicely and doesn't dry out your lips. I always apply a nourishing lip balm minutes before applying lipstick (you should try this method). 

Both lipsticks have a fruity scent, so I'm assuming they all do. I'm not a scented lipstick fan, but could it be worse and smell like flowers! YES, they're are floral scented lipsticks! YUCK!

I'm a fan of the Sephora Collection #lipstories lipstick collection. Sephora - PLEASE stop discontinuing our favorites and bring back the Kiss Me Balm!
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Latest Lip Loves

June 20, 2018
Lipstick, lip balms, lip exfoliators, lip treatments.. I'm addicted to lip'stuff'! It's not even possible to use everything in my giant Cosmocube, but I just cant help myself. My latest lip loves are...

Shake & Shot

June 13, 2018

Dr. Jart+ Shake & Shot rubber masks use the same technique found in high-end Korean spas. The cream-to-sheet deeply penetrates the skin, infusing it with active ingredients to combat the usual issues - hydrate, brighten, firm and sooth. Each mask is comes in a small, colorful cup, with a plastic, moulded face lid. The packaging is genius, super fun and appealing. 

I purchased the Dr. Jart+ Shake & Shot Rubber Soothing Mask purely due to the color scheme of the packaging. AND am so glad I did, cause I've been battling a cold and sore throat this last week and my face says it all - I need a little soothing. My rosacea is on fire these days and the skin on and around my nose is super dry and irritated. I need a facial miracle!


The The 'Shake it Up! Give Skin a Shot!' steps are easy - Use the spatula to mix the Super Booster and Soothing Liquid Ampoule in the cup. Close the lid, cover the hole with your finger and shake it up. Within 2-3 minutes, use the spatula to apply an even layer of the product all over your face (avoid eyes and mouth). Leave for 15-20 minutes. Start at the edges of the rubber mask and gently peel it off. Use a damp cloth to remove any residue. 

The process is easy and kinda fun! You only have to give the cup a quick shake and you'll feel the product getting thick. The final result is a heavy paste. Applying an even layer with the spatula was difficult, so I suggest spreading the product with your fingers. There is a lot of solution - two people could share one cup of rubber mask. The solution has a barely there cream-like scent (I like that). It does feel little cool on the face, but my air conditioning is cranked, so..


Removing the mask was interesting. The product morphed into rubber and peeled off easily. There was a little residue, but I was able to remove it with a damp cotton pad. Being that this is a Rubber 'Soothing' Mask, I was surprised to see my face flare up. My forehead immediately turned red  and I had red blotches everywhere else. My skin remained this way for hours. My skin felt a little dehydrated and the dry skin around my nose was intensified. I had high hopes for rubber masks, but this one fell short of my expectations.

The process was fun and I can check rubber masks off my list, but I much prefer charcoal masks and an exfoliator. My go-to masks are the M.A.C Cosmetics Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator with the Mineralize Reset & Revive Charcoal Mask AND the Bobbi Brown Instant Detox Mask, followed by the Radiance Boost Mask (exfoliator). Search these products on b.a.gorgie to get a full review..
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Shake & Shot

June 13, 2018
Dr. Jart+ Shake & Shot rubber masks use the same technique found in high-end Korean spas. The cream-to-sheet deeply penetrates the skin, infusing it with active ingredients to combat the...

KKW Beauty

May 24, 2018

Admittedly, I was hesitant about KKW Beauty. Of course the Kardashian clan would launch a thoughtful makeup line, but I'm not fan and am reluctant to support their world take-over. Eventually, I gave in and.. My first purchase included the KKW Beauty Powder Contour & Highlight Kit and Crème Liquid Lipstick Collection. I gotta say, the packaging is my favorite part (nice colors and good quality). AND the products are high quality too. Clearly the tribe of successful stylists and talented makeup artists surrounding the Kardashians had a lot of input in KKW Beauty. 


I don't like lipgloss - AT ALL! It's often too sticky and I'm not a fan of shinny lips. The KKW Beauty Crème Liquid Lipstick Collection may look like gloss and comes in a 'lipgloss' tube with a doe foot applicator - it's definitely not a gloss. The Crème Liquid Lipstick has sheer to medium coverage, is creamy and non-sticky. This hydrating lipstick feels light on your lips. There are four colors - Kimberly, Kim, Kiki and Kimmie (she's not vain!). 

The 'Kimberly' lipstick is a true nude and too light for me. I like barely-there makeup, but this color washes out my complexion. The 'Kim' lipstick is a light, peachy nude AND again, too light. The 'Kiki' lipstick is a pale, rose-tone and also very light. The 'Kimmie' lipstick is a deep nude. I like this one - it has a slight coral color to it and suits my complexion nicely. Of course, these shades will look different on everyone. Sheer lipsticks compliment your natural lip color, resulting in different effects on different people. I like this product, but am a little bummed that I'm stuck with three Crème Liquid Lipsticks that I will never use. 


I like the KKW Beauty Powder Contour & Highlight Kit. The thoughtful packaging is sleek (good for travel) and dons the signature pinkish-nude shade, along with a huge mirror (love the mirror). The pans are large, so while this palette is expensive, you're getting a lot of product. The Powder Contour & Highlight Kit comes in three color combinations - light, medium and dark/deep dark. 

I have pale skin, so I opted for the light kit. There is a lot of pigment in these powders - A LOT! The two matte contour shades have super-high pigment, but blend nicely. I suggest applying a little, blend and repeat until you get your desired look. The buildable powders are soft and kinda creamy. There is a lot of powder fall-off. The big pans are useful, cause you will loose a lot of product - I take back my 'you're getting a lot of product' comment. 

The Contour I - Light Tan is a bit too warm for my skin tone. Maybe if I was tanned, this would work for me. The Contour II - Mid Tone Beige is suitable for my skin tone. I don't know how KKW Beauty came up with the name 'Mid Tone Beige'. This shade is nowhere close to being beige - it's a pale brown. I like the color. It is however a bit dark, so be careful not to apply too much. I'm not really a contour kinda girl, but a little around the hairline and jawline does amp up my barely-there makeup. 

The Highlight I - Soft Champagne is a light shade, but there is a lot of pigment and it will give you serious highlight. I've seen bloggers with darker skin tones apply this highlighter and it looks too light, but on pale skin, it looks nice. Again, apply a little and blend. I like the Highlight II - Soft Peach more. Peach and coral shades look nice on my pale skin and compliment my black color-treated hair. This shade will run out long before the other powders. 

I've read mixed reviews about the Duo Brush I and most beauty bloggers don't seem to like it. I really like this duo brush. It's pretty and the bristles are soft and dense. I think the brushes are a bit to big for highlighting and contouring, but I've found other uses for them. The rounded brush and angled brush can be removed - It is my understanding that KKW Beauty will release additional sponges and brushes that can be attached to the handle. Detaching the brushes is a bit challenging and may cause damage to the bristles over time. 

The downside to many of the KKW Beauty products is that they are only available in kits. You're gonna end up with shades you don't like and this stuff is expensive! Albeit, I went on to purchase more KKW Beauty products. Stay tuned..
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KKW Beauty

May 24, 2018
Admittedly, I was hesitant about KKW Beauty. Of course the Kardashian clan would launch a thoughtful makeup line, but I'm not fan and am reluctant to support their world take-over. Eventually, I gave...

Anti-Cellulite Detox Bundle

May 07, 2018

I LOVE SkinnyMint Teatox. The two-step detox program is comprised of 28 day teas and 14 night teas (for every second night). The creators of SkinnyMint Tea have carefully curated all-natural ingredients that compliment each other. The 'food synergy' is potent. 

The Morning Boost contains green tea (the list of green tea benefits goes on and on..), Yurba Mate to curb your appetite and boost your metabolism, Nettle Leaves are a natural diuretic, Dandelion for digestions and Guarana fruit for cleaning. The fruity flavor is light and delicious. I'm addicted! 

The Night Cleanse Tea has anti-bloating Ginger Root, Orange Leaves to aid with sleep, Senna Leaves are a natural laxative, Peppermint for digestive and colic relief, Licorice Root as an antacid, Hawthorn Berries for anti-anxiety and the natural laxative Psyllium Husk. Each of these all-natural ingredients have additional benefits. This ingredient combination is super-cleansing. You will frequent the bathroom, but feel less bloated and possibly shed a little belly fat. 

Of course, you should maintain a healthier diet and exercise for optimal results. SkinnyMint Tea should be used to aid in your weight-loss program and kick-start your new lifestyle. This two-step detox program is famous around the world for a reason - IT WORKS! Visit the SkinnyMint website to see miraculous results, before and after pics and read the always positive reviews. 


I purchase these teas regularly and a while back received an anti-cellulite silicone cup in the Anti-Cellulite Detox Bundle. It's hard to believe a little silicone cup could make a difference, but with continuous use and patients you'll probably see some changes in the appearance of your cellulite-prone areas. 

You simply add oil to your skin and massage your problem areas for 5-8 minutes. This can be time consuming. The little cup suctions onto your skin and with back and forth, up and down motions. breaks down fatty deposits and eliminates toxins. This method requires commitment - 3-4 times a week for 6 weeks and once a week thereafter. 

I'm not a patient person, but working this anti-cellulite method into my routine was easier than I thought. Luckily, I only have cellulite on my buttocks and on the back of my legs, so 5 minutes a day 3-4 times a week isn't too time consuming. It's only been a few weeks and I do see a slight difference. This DIY anti-cellulite method is easy and inexpensive. I also recommend getting a body oil or oil-based body cream with anti-aging properties and exfoliate your cellulite-prone areas on the off days.

Thanks for the little silicone anti-cellulite cup SkinnyMint! I'm looking forward to more innovative gifts with purchase in the future. 
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Anti-Cellulite Detox Bundle

May 07, 2018
I LOVE SkinnyMint Teatox. The two-step detox program is comprised of 28 day teas and 14 night teas (for every second night). The creators of SkinnyMint Tea have carefully curated all-natural...

30,000 Feet

May 02, 2018

IGK was founded by prominent stylists from New York, Los Angeles and Miami. These innovative stylists create trends and their products are 'of-the-momment'. The luxury hairstyling brand is expanding their lineup - these contemporary products are just what the beauty-conscious client needs to achieve on-the-go styling and on-trend looks.

I'm obsessed with IGK hairstyling products. I have way too many for someone with a boring bob hair style. Here's a few super-volumizing products that give my hair a much needed lift, dry-cleanse and some on-the-go solutions to everyday hair needs..


I'm reaching new heights (literally) with IGK Direct flight Multi-Tasking Dry Shampoo and 30,000 Feet Volume Powder Spray. Going back to the 'root' of dry shampoo, this 'weightless' powder lifts roots with Bentonite Clay. This stuff is amazing. The concept is old, but the application is innovative. The powder comes in a small bottle that lightly sprays the product on your roots. 

I have color-treated black hair and am weary of styling powders. Traces of powder is embarrassing, but this invisible 30,000 Feet Powder Spray is kinda undetectable (unless you touch your hair). This stuff leaves a heavy film on your strands. Yeah, you'll achieve great heights, but it feels gross! AND, you'll definitely have to wash your hair the next day. 30,000 Feet Volume Powder Spray is great for styling, but a bit heavy for me. 


IGK released First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo and Direct Flight Multi-Tasking Dry Shampoo together and I love the results from both products. Choosing between the two came down to scent. The First Class Dry Shampoo has a strong scent that lingers.. Both dry shampoos contain charcoal powder - an oil absorbing, odor eliminating, volumizing super powder. The First Class has seven percent powders, while the Direct Flight has three - I guess that means the First Class is the stronger of the two? It also contains White Tea to sooth your scalp.  

Direct Flight Multi-Tasking Dry Shampoo contains Turmeric for a medium cleanse, that extends your style for at least a day. I have super-oily hair and gaining one extra day is appreciated. I'm more inclined to use this dry shampoo on clean hair for texture and volume. After styling my hair, I spray my roots, let it sit for a minute and comb through. I've been doing this volumizing trick for years and it makes a HUGE difference. The scent is strong, but nice. First Class and Direct Flight are available in travel size, so I recommend you try the minis before committing.

The downside to dry shampoo and volumizing powder or any hairstyling product is the buildup on your strands and scalp. A deep cleanse every few washes is necessary. IGK Low Key Cleasing Walnut Scalp Scrub removes buildup, exfoliates your scalp and refreshes your hair. I received this trial size cooling scalp shampoo with a Sephora purchase and LOVE it. This purifying shampoo contains Apple Cider Vinegar to cleanse your scalp and Walnut Oil to nourish your strands. Your hair and scalp feel super-clean and the scent is refreshing. I have oily hair, but my scalp gets dry?! Exfoliating with Low Key removes dry skin, leaving my scalp looking healthy.


IGK Swipe Up No-Frizz Smoothing Hair Wipes smell amazing! I'm so picky about scented products and love this smell. These portable wipes contain Avocado and Camellia Oils to combat static. I NEED THIS! My hair is super fine and I often get static (especially in hotels). Typically, I would use static guard - yup, the static spray used for clothing, but these individually wrapped wipes have forever changed my anti-static methods. You can feel the oils on the wipe, but it glides on nicely, absorbs and feels weightless on your hair and scalp. LOVE!



Hairstyling wipes are innovative and great for the on-the-go styling and touch-ups. Just toss a few in your handbag and refresh on-demand. IGK Swipe Up Charcoal Dry Shampoo Hair Blotting Tissues are convenient and effective. Upon opening the packet, micro powder particles disappear into the air - the activated black charcoal powder absorbs oil and doesn't leave any residue. The scent is a bit strong, but is dissipates quickly. 

Gently press the coated side of the wipe against your scalp and hair for immediate oil-absobtion. You can see the oil on the blotting tissue and may need more than one to combat super oily hair - These Swipe Up tissues are small.
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30,000 Feet

May 02, 2018
IGK was founded by prominent stylists from New York, Los Angeles and Miami. These innovative stylists create trends and their products are 'of-the-momment'. The luxury hairstyling...

All Over Glow

April 25, 2018

I'm a longtime fan of Bobbi Brown products, but as of late, have been dabbling in other cosmetics brands. Taking a hiatus from Bobbi Brown was the best decision - now I have twenty-plus cosmetic brands in my GIANT Cosmocube and way too much makeup and skin care products! It's been a journey, but my cosmetic knowledge has expanded dramatically and I'm a better beauty blogger for it. Albeit, there's still more Bobbi Brown Cosmetics in my cube than any other name - this luxurious brand is still up there on my favorites list. So, I'm back on the BB bandwagon and am talkin' about luminous skin.. 


I've tried all of the Bobbi Brown remedies and like some more than others - the Skin Reviver No 91 Power Greens Ferment and Skin Moisture Solution No 86 Intense Rehydration Compound are an essential part of my daily skincare routine. 

I recently purchased the Skin Brightener No 42 Luminosity and Radiance Boost, and I like it. The solution is light and absorbs quickly. I apply all three serums first thing every morning. My face feels refreshed and my complexion is better for it. The Skin Brightener No 42 exfoliates your skin, targeting discoloration and increases cell turnover. I don't think this stuff has changed my life AND I have nice skin to begin with, but another light-weight serum can't be bad for ya! The scent is a little off-putting - don't worry, your face won't smell funky.


I received the Bobbi Brown Retouching Face Pencil Illuminate as a gift with purchase (BB has the best online exclusive gifts). The creamy, matte pencil is perfect for precise highlighting. I use this pencil on the inner corner of my eyes, brow bone and cupids bow. The pearlized pale peach shade goes great with my mostly peach and pink shades of eye shadow and blush. The Retouching Face Pencil glides on nicely and stays put - even on my oily skin. The highlight is not subtle and doesn't blend easily, so be careful when applying it. 


Bobbi Brown All Over Glow is a liquid-gel hybrid that gives you intense facial highlighting or an all over body glow. The solution is medium weight and initially feels a little sticky - within seconds the product has an oily texture. Upon application the highlight may seem intense, but this product blends nicely and if used properly, gives you a natural dewy look. 

The formula consists of micro gold bits and Squalane - this is derived from Olive Oil and has ability to mimic skins natural sebum. Squalane is often found in moisturizers. I'm dewy enough, so this All Over Glow is too much for my face, BUT I like to smooth some on my arms, shoulders and down the front of my calves - body highlighting is essential. You can kinda see the glow along my forearm in this pic.

The packaging is neat - just twist the bottle and the pump extends from the top. It's only 12 ml, so using this as a body highlighter isn't economical. Maybe Bobbi Brown will release a larger version for the body?! Hint hint..
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All Over Glow

April 25, 2018
I'm a longtime fan of Bobbi Brown products, but as of late, have been dabbling in other cosmetics brands. Taking a hiatus from Bobbi Brown was the best decision - now I have twenty-plus cosmetic...

Coconutty

April 16, 2018

During Fall and Winter I don my signature pistachio and salted caramel scent by Sol de Janeiro. The scent is warm, yummy and anything but floral. In keeping with the spirit of nutty scents, this Spring and summer, I'm loading up on Coconut scented cosmetics and flavored products. I am a HUGE fan of coconut (anything coconut). I LOVE fresh coconut water - I put it in my smoothies or drink it straight up (and maybe with a little rum). The sweet, nutty aroma is alluring and reminds me of the beach. 
I've comprised a list of coconut scented and flavored products that you will get you into the summer groove.. and escape from the end of winter, 'please make it stop' blues.

Sephora has a small line-up of coconut infused products, AND they're amazing. Sephora Coconut Water Dry Shampoo and Coconut Dry Conditioner are my favorite in-between washes solution. The dry shampoo smells great, goes on light and doesn't leave a great amount of residue. Often dry shampoo leaves your hair feeling dirty - not this stuff. Sephora Coconut Water Dry Shampoo is probably not as effective as the most dry shampoos, but it does a good job without leaving our hair feeling gross. I use this for a little extra volume after washing my hair. AND the sent is delicious. 

Sephora Coconut Dry Conditioner nourishes and repairs your strands. The solution is silky and kind of oily, BUT theres no oily residue and it absorbs nicely. Apply the Coconut Water Dry Shampoo to your roots and Coconut Dry Conditioner from mid-length to ends for more resistant, hydrated, shiner hair. 

Sephora Coconut Water Cleaning Wipes are my favorite facial wipe. I wash my face with cleansing oil in the AM and facial soap at night, but these wipes are perfect for refreshing your neck and décolletage in between. I wash my hair every three days, so my ears and hairline don't get scrubbed under my shower cap. These wipes allow me to clean and refresh without wetting my hair. The moist wipes smell fresh and sweet. The solution is non-oily and leaves your skin feeling clean. LOVE!

I've mentioned the Sephora Coconut Water Lip Balm a few times and highly recommend the inexpensive lip treatment. It smells great, the texture is thick, but silky and the solution leaves your lips feeling hydrated and protected. I'm a lip balm fanatic (among other things) and this one is in my top five must have lip balms. Don't be discourage by the cheap'ish' packaging, this product is high-quality. 


Coconut scented sunscreen is the epitome of vacation on the beach - unless you opt for the 'doctor recommended' scent-free product, then you just smell like medicated cream (no judgement).  I want to smell like coconuts all summer long. The scent is sweet and feminine. AND research shows that people (especially men) are attracted to sweet scents. Who doesn't love the smell of baked cookies?! 


Another great travel product is Kopari Coconut Balm. The thick solution is coconut-oil infused and super nourishing. This pure coconut balm contains coconut oil, shea concentrate, aloe vera, beeswax and cocoa seed butter. This salve has anti-aging benefits and hydrating qualities. It goes on nicely, kind of absorbs, but leaves a little sheen on your skin. I wouldn't wear this coconut balm under expensive fabric. The scent is delicious - coconut (with an emphasis on the nutty).


Cocofloss Fresh Coconuts flavored floss smells amazing. The soft, waxed coated floss contains coconut oil and coconut fragrance. The floss texture is nice and leaves your teeth feeling clean and refreshed. Cocofloss has three other floss flavors - Delicious Mint, Pure Strawberries and Cara Cara Orange. Fresh Coconuts is my favorite and goes nicely with my HiSmile coconut flavored mouthwash. 


This coconut flavored, whitening mouthwash is interesting to say the least - AND, oh so yummy! Squeeze 1/3 of the tube into your mouth and swish. The thick solution becomes thin and oily as you squish it around. The transition is a nice sensation in your mouth. The coconut oil utilizes the method of oil pulling to extract toxins and the Sodium Bicarbonate whitens your teeth. This stuff is amazing! 

I love HiSmile whitening products (so does everyone else on social media). This small product line took over Instagram with the no pain or sensitivity whitening system. The LED light and rubber-like mouth tray fit nicely and brighten your smile naturally. I'v tried similar whitening systems, but this one reigns supreme.
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Coconutty

April 16, 2018
During Fall and Winter I don my signature pistachio and salted caramel scent by Sol de Janeiro. The scent is warm, yummy and anything but floral. In keeping with the spirit of nutty...

Benefit Blush Bar

April 09, 2018

Move over Bobbi Brown - Benefit Cosmetics has swiftly become one of my favorite brands. The high-quality makeup comes in fun, feminine packaging AND 'some' of the makeup scents are delicious (others - not so much). Scented makeup may not be for everyone (I'm sensitive to smells), but sometimes a light scent on your face and décolletage is nice. If you are sensitive, this palette is not for you - it stinks (in a perfume stinky kinda way)!


The Blush Bar palette has six full-size bronzers and blushes. Three of which have an embellished imprint - I love that! GALifornia, Gold Rush and Rocketeer are three different, but equally beautiful blush shades. The GALifornia is my favorite. It's the perfect coral shade for summer. Gold Rush is a light neutral shade - a warm golden-nectar blush with a radiant finish. Rockateer is a rose gold cheek powder. Dandelion is a brightening baby-pink blush for the perfect soft, flushed look. AND the Hoola matte bronzer is light, buildable and gives you the perfect sun kissed look. 


This palette has everything you need to brighten and bronze your face. The powders blend nicely and the Blush Bar comes with a Benefit Cosmetics signature 'Tips and Tricks' booklet. There is also a signature mini powder brush. I'm not a fan of this brush and prefer to use a different blush brush for each shade. That aside, this blush and bronzer Blush Bar is a perfectly curated powder palette for summer. 
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Benefit Blush Bar

April 09, 2018
Move over Bobbi Brown - Benefit Cosmetics has swiftly become one of my favorite brands. The high-quality makeup comes in fun, feminine packaging AND 'some' of the makeup scents are delicious (others...

Sol de Janeiro

April 04, 2018

Sol de Janeiro, the brand behind my signature scent, has created Brazilian Touch Hand Cream AND it's amazing! Sol de Janeiro body products smell like pistachio and salted caramel. I get so many compliments on my 'perfume', but it's Sol de Janeiro Brazilian BUM BUM Cream. The scent is delicious.

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Touch Hand Cream has a similar texture to the Bum Bum Cream, but is slightly lighter. It goes on smooth and absorbs quickly. The Sol de Janeiro scent is strong and while I do love it on my body, it's a bit too intense for a hand cream. The Cupuacu Buter is hydrating, Acai rich in antioxidants, Coconut Oil nourishes your cuticles and he Brazil nut aids in strong, healthy nails. It's the perfect hand cream recipe, BUT the scent is overpowering. I'll use this little tube of cream on my body - its the perfect travel size.


Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuacu Lip Butter is one of my favorite lip balms - I have one in my bathroom, one at my computer and one in my handbag! The light, creamy texture is nourishing and the tube is BIG, so it will last a long time. This super-hydrating lip balm is a must have.


The pistachio-caramel scent of Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is AMAZING! The scent is strong, but sweet and intriguing. The cream is super-nourishing and has a slight shimmer that gives your skin a subtle glow. Perfume often gives me a headache, but of course I wanna smell nice - this body cream is my signature scent and the scent is delicious.


Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist is the same yummy scent of the cream, but in a light body mist. The original bottle is HUGE and now there's a mini (which is still kinda big). You're gonna want to surround yourself with this scent. You don't need a spritz if you're wearing Bum Bum body cream (unless you're one of those overpowering scented people), but it's great for evening scent touch ups. 
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Sol de Janeiro

April 04, 2018
Sol de Janeiro, the brand behind my signature scent, has created Brazilian Touch Hand Cream AND it's amazing! Sol de Janeiro body products smell like pistachio and salted caramel. I get so many...

Anti-Redness Warpaint

March 23, 2018

I have 'officially' (nothing I declare is really official) branded It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Correcting cream the 'anti-redness warpaint'. If you have Rosacea or hyper pigmentation, this stuff is going to change your life. I desperately needed a solution to my rosy cheeks, nose and forehead. I use medicated creams, but my angry skin flares up on the daily. AND, I'm not about to stop eating spicy food and drinking wine (major flare-up culprits).

Bye Bye Redness by IT Cosmetics deserves an award. It's kind of a foundation, primer and cream in one. Bye Bye Redness is thick, has a silky texture and gives you super full-coverage. This product is smooth, goes on like a primer (similar to Colorscience primers), and has a tinge of green (to combat redness). Apply to your cheeks, nose and forehead, and blend outwards. A little goes a long way. The embarrassing redness is gone. GONE! Without a doubt, this is the product find of 2017!


Another anti-redness product by It Cosmetics - Bye Bye Redness Moisturizer. I don't think this stuff eliminates redness, but the product feels amazing on your skin. The green-toned facial cream is medium-heavy, has a fresh scent and really gives your skin a hydration boost. I don't see a change in my rosy cheeks, nose and forehead, but I still love this product for its intense moisturizing qualities. AND, my skin is crazy angry - everything makes my dreaded rosy hue come to surface. Bye Bye Redness Moisturizer is a must-have in my morning (pre-makeup routine) routine. Yeah, I have two morning routines! I guess I have too much time on my hands.


It Cosmetics is quickly becoming one of my go-to brands. The cult favorite cosmetic lineup has yet to disappoint. I LOVE this Your Je Ne Se Quoi Complexion Perfection Face Palette. Bye Bye Pores Blush, Bye Bye Pores Pressed Finish Airbrushed Pressed Powder, Poreless Sunshine in a Compact Matte Bronzer and Perfect Lighting Luminizer are the perfect combination for a subtle summer glow. I'm obsessed with blush and highlighter - these shades are gorgeous. The palette is kinda big, BUT you're getting more product. A must have this upcoming season. 
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Anti-Redness Warpaint

March 23, 2018
I have 'officially' (nothing I declare is really official) branded It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Correcting cream the 'anti-redness warpaint'. If you have Rosacea or hyper pigmentation, this stuff is...

Barely There Eye Shadow

March 18, 2018

I'm a no-makeup makeup kinda girl. The first and last time I swayed from my barley there eye makeup routine, I applied blue mascara AND had a severe allergic reaction to the blue dye! Back to my skin-tone eye shadows and black mascara.. 

I love nude eye shadow palettes, but they usually contain darker shades for a smokey look and I rarely go beyond a dark skin-toned eye shadow. All my eye shadow palettes are slowly withering in my Cosmocube. Albeit, I'm still addicted to eye shadow palettes and have too many! I'm more inclined to purchase single eye shadows and create my own perfectly nude palette. 


My barley there eye makeup routine consists of seven pink-toned and skin-toned eye shadows, maybe a little sparkle and lots of layers. BUT, first prep + prime is essential. I'm obsessed with eye creams. I use Benefit Cosmetics It's Potent! Eye Cream or Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Hydrating Eye Cream under my concealer and shadows, and Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream in the AM - yes, I have a wakeup and refresh skincare routine and then a prep + prime for makeup application routine. For anti-aging, I use Neocutis Lumiére Bio-restoraive Serum Powered by PSP and Neocutis Lumiére Eye Cream with PSP before bed. This stuff is amazing!

The Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Hydrating Eye Cream To Go is compact and the doe-foot applicator is super soft. The hydrating eye cream is light, silky and the perfect under-makeup moisturizer. Your under-eye area feels smooth and refreshed. This 6 ml travel size lip gloss-like tube (limited edition) is convenient and perfect for travel. I prefer this on-the-go applicator over the original Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Hydrating Eye Cream pot. 

Primers are essential to an even skin-tone. Yes, your eyelids need a little primer too. Laura Mercier Eye Basics eyelid primer is like foundation for your eyelids. This primer is available in six shades - even a pale blue to brighten your lids. The foundation-like primer is creamy, conceals discoloration and creates the perfect base for eye-makeup. Eyelid primer is a must-have for the perfect nude(ish) look.


Back to my perfectly procured list of barely there shadows. I have to admit, I'm not a huge M.A.C fan, but the pink and skin-tone eye shadow selection is vast. The on-trend shades are gorgeous and the pigmented eye shadows last all day on your lids. I typically start with the lightest shade, apply pink-tone eye shadow to my lids and then two darker shades at the outer corner of my eyelids and in the crease. The final look is subtle, but makes my eyes appear uniform and brighter. 

Apply Brulé satin eye shadow all over (up to your brow), Orb satin eye shadow all over (up to your brow), Malt matte eye shadow from the crease to your lashes, Grain satin eye shadow along the crease and blend Arena satin eye shadow from the outer corner and along the crease. Gorgeous! The subtle layers create dimension and elevate your natural, no-makeup makeup look. 

I have been a fan of Sephora Collection eye shadows for years. The selection 'was' vast, the eye shadows are inexpensive and the pink-toned shades met my eye-makeup needs. There doesn't seem to be a big selection of the Colorful shadows anymore? Sephora still creates beautiful shadow palettes, but the single eye shadows are becoming obsolete. Bummer, cause I love the Sephora Colorful luster matte shadow in Desert Rose. The light pink shade is perfect for those 'I don't have time for makeup' days. The Sephora Colorful glitter eye shadow in Walking in the Sand is a similar pink shade, but has a little sparkle. I use this eye shadow to highlight the center or inner corner of my lids. This one is on sale at Spehora.com - Imma stock up. 

I kinda wish I was aware that Sephora is discontinuing the Colorful eye shadow collection before I included two of my favorites in this list, BUT you can use these shades as a reference.. AND, it takes forever to shoot and edit these photos - Sephora Colorful eye shadows shall remain on my perfectly procured barely there eye makeup list. 
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Barely There Eye Shadow

March 18, 2018
I'm a no-makeup makeup kinda girl. The first and last time I swayed from my barley there eye makeup routine, I applied blue mascara AND had a severe allergic reaction to the blue dye! Back to my...

M.A.C Mineralize

March 04, 2018

Let me kick this off by saying, I'm not a fan of facial sprays. Some sprays are meant to prep the skin and some to set your makeup - either way, soaking my face with infused liquid is another step I'm not sure is necessary or beneficial. BUT, when the M.A.C Mineralize collection launched, I had to have all three facial products. AND, now I'm a fan! 

The M.A.C Mineralize Charged Water Charcoal Spray is super light-weight and feels nice on your skin. This mineralized facial spray is scent free (I like that) and adds a little extra moisture after treatments. I don't use it to prep my skin, but I do like to spritz my face after exfoliating with M.A.C Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator and a five minute M.A.C Mineralize Reset & Revive Charcoal Mask treatment. These three M.A.C Mineralize treatments have landed a permanent spot in my weekly routine. Move over Bobbi Brown masks - there’s a new brand on the shelf!


I really like the M.A.C Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator. The grains are large and you can feel that the super-exfoliating treatment is removing dead skin, leaving your complexion fresh and revived. The product lathers (kinda strange), but it feels refreshing and leave your skin feeling super soft. The scent is a little off-putting, but the refreshing result makes up for the less than desirable smell.


After exfoliating, I use the M.A.C Mineralize Reset & Revive Charcoal Mask. This mask reminds me of the Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Instant Detox mask. It goes on thick and dries like clay. In combination with the exfoliator and charcoal spray - this regiment is worth the time. I love the M.A.C Mineralize triple treatment - my skin looks great, refreshed and void of the previous weeks damage. 

This triple-treatment is very similar to Bobbi Brown Cosmetics masks. Exfoliate, detox (with charcoal) and moisturize seem to be trend here. I do prefer the Bobbi Brown masks collection, BUT will absolutely use the M.A.C Mineralize treatments regularly for an extra facial boost. I LOVE exfoliating and charcoal infused facial masks. I promise you - these treatments make a difference.
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M.A.C Mineralize

March 04, 2018
Let me kick this off by saying, I'm not a fan of facial sprays. Some sprays are meant to prep the skin and some to set your makeup - either way, soaking my face with infused liquid is another step...

Have Your Juice & Eat it Too?

February 21, 2018


I was really intrigued by the concept of 'Green Juice' Gummy Bears by Sugarfina. I'd wouldn't mind squishy 'greens' flavored candy with the added benefit of 'real greens'. I ordered these gummy bears in all three sizes AND had high expectations. These gummy bears weren't exactly what I expected..

Although I was expecting a 'greens' flavored candy, I can understand why that wouldn't work. I'm not a sweets person, but I'm sure those who crave sugar, want sweet - NOT spinach flavored bears. These squishy candies taste like sweet-lime gummy bears. They have apple, lemon, spinach and ginger (even turmeric), but the candy aspect is strong. I had hoped for a 'greens' flavored gummy. I am a greens juice fanatic. Who has time to eat raw and cooked greens, along with all the other healthy stuff we're suppose to consume in a day? My go-to fruits and veggie juices make maintaining healthy lifestyle little faster and easier. Albeit, I do think spinach/kale flavored gummy bears may have a chance out there.


If you're a candy-craving person, these might a be a 'semi-healthy' solution. There is apple, lemon, spinach concentrate and each serving (11 bears) contains 20% of your daily vitamin A and C. What if you only eat 11 'baby' bears (they're half the size of the momma bears), does that still count as 20% or do you have to eat double. Hmm.. 

I wonder why there's mama bears and baby bears? Did dad miss the gummy bear mould fitting? Dear Sugarfina, you're gonna upset few people with the mama and baby thing - maybe you should give dad another chance and allow him a spot in your 'Green Juice' Gummy Bears bottles! I have a baby bear - my Toy Poodle Teddy, looks like a Teddy Bear. I'm the momma, BUT he favors his daddy!


If you or someone in your life loves candy, these are fun, but if you're a salty person (like me) and love greens, these 'Green Juice' Gummy Bears fall short. They taste like every other gummy bear with a hint of citrus. I'm a little disappointed and hope to see 'real' green juice gummies in the candy section soon. I’d go out of my way and spend a small fortune to avoid actually eating real green veggies on the daily!

These little green gummies are available in 7.6 oz, 15.4 oz and a seven day 'cleanse' consisting of seven 1.7 oz bottles. Let's be clear, this is not a cleanse. There's a reason 'Green Juice' is in quotations. Sugarfina does state that these gummy bears are 'inspired' by Pressed Juicery greens juice.

Sugarfina is an amazing candy company. I purchased custom candy boxes for Valentine's Day gifts and they were much appreciated. The candy flavors are unique and you can custom by color, flavors or a theme. This place is my new go-to candy shop.
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Have Your Juice & Eat it Too?

February 21, 2018
I was really intrigued by the concept of 'Green Juice' Gummy Bears by Sugarfina. I'd wouldn't mind squishy 'greens' flavored candy with the added benefit of 'real greens'. I ordered these gummy bears...

Farsáli

February 12, 2018

Famed beauty vlogger, Farah Dhukai, is one lucky girl. She's absolutely stunning, is blessed with perfect hair, has a widely successful online presence AND her husband created a small product line as a solution to her beauty needs! This girl gets a lot of hate online - people do love to complain. Albeit, she could be a total bitch off camera, but I think her quirky online personality is endearing. She's funny, her DIY beauty tips are unique and her tutorials are super entertaining. I say f**k em! They're just jealous!

I'm sure you've heard of Farsáli Rose Gold Elixir. The facial oil containing tiny bits of 24-karat gold launched in July 2015. The must have moisturizer became widely popular on social media. Sephora launched Farsáli Rose Gold Elixir and Farsáli Unicorn Essence on their website in February 2017 - the Rose Gold Elixir sold out in 24 hours. The popular cosmetic brand is slowly expanding, launched Unicorn Tears (now Unicorn Essence) in 2016 and Sephora launched Farsáli Jelly Beam this past January. I'd be happy to test drive any product this company releases..

Farsáli Unicorn Essence was originally named Unicorn Tears - umm.. kinda sad! Beauty vloggers and bloggers took to Instagram AGAIN, this time dripping Unicorn Essence or Tears down their face. It's a little weird, but intriguing nevertheless. Unicorn drama aside - this skin enhancing, antioxidant serum contains açaí berry, goji berry, elderberry and blueberry. Combined, these extracts contain anti-aging properties and tons of vitamin C. 

The water-based formula soaks into your skin nicely, is non-greasy and leaves your skin feeling moisturized. The light solution is a pretty pink with micro sparkles. I guess unicorns cry pink, sparkly tears?!  It smells nice too - the light scent is sweet and lingers. I don't love it as much as I do the Rose Gold Elixir, but if you have time for one more step in your routine, this product is delightful.


I was super excited to try the Farsáli Jelly Beam Illuminator. This gel-to-powder highlighter is concentrated and LOADED with pigment. If you want a high-shine look, you'll love this stuff. The gel-like formula goes on nicely and quickly turns to powder - I found it a little difficult to blend, but the pale, peachy-pink color and high shine is gorgeous and effective. This is not an everyday kinda highlighter. 

Farsáli Jelly Beam Illuminator is good, but not enough to replace my go-to highlighter, Benefit Cosmetics Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter. While I'm sure I won't use the Farsáli Jelly Beam Illuminator on my face, I will however combine Jelly Beam with my body moisturizer to add a little shimmer to my shoulders, décolletage and legs. Oh, and a little goes a long way.


Farsáli Rose Gold Elixir is a facial oil with tiny particles of 24-karat gold floating in it. This beauty oil has forever changed my makeup routine and enhanced my look dramatically. I apply my tinted primer, tinted moisturizer (and maybe foundation). Then I apply 'many' drops of the elixir to my damp beautyblender and gently blend for perfect coverage. I use the same beautyblender (and Farsáli Rose Gold Elixir) to blend my concealer, under eye brightener and cream-to-powder highlighter. This 24-karat gold infused beauty oil is amazing. 
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Farsáli

February 12, 2018
Famed beauty vlogger, Farah Dhukai, is one lucky girl. She's absolutely stunning, is blessed with perfect hair, has a widely successful online presence AND her husband created a small product line as...

Steam Balm & Finger Balls

February 05, 2018

Blackheads are considered a mild form of acne caused by clogged hair follicles. The sebum (oil) that is produced in the hair follicle, combined with dead skin cells, pushes to the surface creating a tiny bump. Once the open hair folicle, oil and dead skin cells reach air, it oxidizes and turns black. You have approximately five million hair follicles on your body and hundreds of thousands on your face. The chances that you are going to experience blackheads is super high. 

Other than expensive in-office treatments, I have yet to find an at-home solution to combat blackheads. I have very small blackheads and nothing works for me. I exfoliate and that helps a bit. I also use nose strips once and while - they pull out some of the impurities, but nothing miraculous. 

In addition to the extensive clothing and accessories selection, my favorite online shop, Revolve, has a new'ish' beauty department. Many of the products are similar to Sephora, but there are also unique cosmetics that I've never seen or heard of. The Tomymoly Egg Pore Blackhead Steam Balm & Corsx Blackhead Silk Finger Ball are two products I had to try..


The self-heating Egg Pore Blackhead Steam Balm by Tonymoly feels nice and relaxing. The product contains charcoal to remove impurities and provides antibacterial qualities. It also contains sea salt to remove residue and egg yolk to moisturize your skin. 

Apply a little to the desired area and gently massage for 3-5 minutes. Yeah, FIVE minutes! It's a bit long, but the self-heating quality makes you feel like something is happening.. Once the product turns opaque white, rinse with warm water. After what felt like forever massaging the product onto my skin, I rinsed and NOTHING! My tiny blackheads were still there and my skin didn't appear any different. Hmm.. I guess my expectations were a little too high?   

Product scents are a big deciding factor for me and the scent of this steam balm is too strong. It's floral-like, but kind of citrus? I can't explain it, but I can tell you it's not nice. AND you're applying this product to your face, so the scent is right there ON YOUR NOSE. 


Corsx Blackhead Silk Finger Balls are little finger mitts made from raw silk cocoons. The natural fibre exfoliates and contains ceracin - a protein that removes skin waste (blackheads and impurities). These finger balls also help maintain moisture in your skin. 

These little mitts are fun! Soften the finger ball by soaking it in warm water for a few minutes. Then place the ball on your index finger and gently massage the desired area. You can rinse the finger ball and reuse up to three times, but I wouldn't recommend it - eww! Your essentially removing blackheads from clogged pores onto the finger ball - throw it away when you're done! 

The process felt nice and it was fun to try something as unique and interesting as raw silk cocoons. Albeit, I didn't see a change in my skin. My micro blackheads are still there. I will however continue to use these finger mitts once or twice a week just for fun. Maybe I'll see a difference overtime?
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Steam Balm & Finger Balls

February 05, 2018
Blackheads are considered a mild form of acne caused by clogged hair follicles. The sebum (oil) that is produced in the hair follicle, combined with dead skin cells, pushes to the surface creating a...

Fenty Beauty by Rhianna

February 02, 2018

In September 2017 the much anticipated brand, Fenty Beauty by Rhianna launched with just a few products. The famed cosmetic collection now consists of makeup in universal shades developed for hard-to-match skin tones, vibrant lipsticks, lipgloss and a few cosmetic tools to help you conceal, contour, highlight, blot and blend. I'm super excited about this one! 

Imma start with the packaging. The pre-bundled sets are magnetized - LOVE this! The hexagon shaped tubes are larger than the average lipstick tube, but still considered compact and the magnetic feature is super convenient. The earthy, rose-tone shades, pink brush bristles and white packaging are exactly what I'm attracted to. It kinda reminds me of the KKW packaging! Hmm.. Maybe everyones in a skin-tone, neutral kinda mood? 



The thoughtfully curated Match Stix Trio sets include two Match Stix MATTE Skinsticks (conceal and contour) and one Match Stix SHIMMER Skinstick (highlight). There are four sets - light, medium, tan and deep. 

I purchased the Match Stix Trio in light 100. The linen concealer, amber contour and starstruck highlighter are perfect on my pale, olive skin-tone. The cream-to-powder formula is creamy, lightweight and blends nicely. I always highlight, but contouring seems like too much work. The shades in this trio work really well together and make the 'conceal, contour and highlight' process easy. This magnetized trio has landed a permanent spot in my travel cosmetic bag. 


Of course, I purchased the Fenty Beauty by Rhianna Portable Contour and Concealer Brush 150 to go along with my Match Stix Trio. The magnetic and retractable contour and concealer brush attaches to the Match Stix - this is genius. The synthetic bristles are super soft AND PINK! The brush is dense and blends the cream-to-powder Match Stix nicely. I prefer to use my beautyblender® to blend at home, but for on-the-go makeup application and touch-ups, this brush is perfect.
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Fenty Beauty by Rhianna

February 02, 2018
In September 2017 the much anticipated brand, Fenty Beauty by Rhianna launched with just a few products. The famed cosmetic collection now consists of makeup in universal shades developed for...

Full Coverage Magnetic Lashes

January 29, 2018

One Two Cosmetics original half strips landed a spot on the blog a few weeks ago. It was a less than desirable product review, BUT I did promise to try the Full Coverage Magnetic Lashes and let ya know if the new design had improved. I've had a few weeks to master the Full Coverage Magnetic Lashes application and here's what I think.. 

The magnetic-fortified strips are applied along the lash line giving you full-coverage. The new full coverage design has two magnets on the top lash (one on each end) and one small magnetic strip on each of the two bottom accent lashes. Essentially, the magnets attach at each corner of your natural lashes with the full strip on the top and accent lashes on the bottom - your natural lashes are secured in the middle. 


Application is the key to success with these magnetic faux lashes. It takes time and patients to master the process, BUT the foolproof applicator may make it easier. Admittedly, the first time I tried to apply these lashes, I poked my eye with the applicator tool and had to put my lesson on hold till it healed. It's not the tool - it's me! The thoughtfully design tool has curved ends with two magnets on each arm. You simply place the top lash against the rectangular magnets first, then the accent lashes, position the tool around your natural lashes and squeeze. The magnets will catch immediately. The tool works. 

I do however prefer to the 'hands on' approach. Hold the full coverage top lash in the middle, position the strip against your top lash line and attach one bottom accent lash at a time. I prefer to start with the inner corner and then the outer corner (it's personal preference). This application proved to be more successful for me. 

The new One Two Full Coverage Lash design looks more natural than the original half strips. The small rectangular magnets on each end allow the lash to curve and shape your eye nicely. The lashes feel a little heavy, but not uncomfortable. I can 'see' the inner magnet, but this wouldn't deter me from wearing these lashes. The lashes look nice and my lids are super-enhanced. The outer magnet enhances the outer corner of your eye - I like that. BUT the inner magnet is a bit obvious and unnatural. Like the half strips, you gotta pile on the eye makeup to conceal the band and magnets.


The Original lash style gives you a full lash look. The Enhanced lash style REALLY amps up your look (pictured above). The individual lashes cross over one and other creating a more dense faux lash. The accent lashes in both sets are the same. Oh, and you can buy extra accent lashes - I can see how people may loose the little accent lashes easily. Also, the faux hairs on the accent lashes are super fine, so you may damage them over time. 

Each set comes with two top lashes, four bottom accent lashes, a magnetic case to keep them safe and organized, an applicator and 'a complete guide to applying your lashes'. One Two Full Coverage sets retail for $69 and a set of eight accent lashes for $59. They're not cheap, BUT if you can master the application and conceal the band and magnets, these faux lashes may be a great alternative to using adhesive to apply false lashes.
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Full Coverage Magnetic Lashes

January 29, 2018
One Two Cosmetics original half strips landed a spot on the blog a few weeks ago. It was a less than desirable product review, BUT I did promise to try the Full Coverage Magnetic Lashes and let ya...

Bb Color Gloss

January 28, 2018

High shine is a must if you have natural black or color treated hair. Lacklustre black strands are dull and uninspiring. After my botched hair dye job in 2016, my hair was damaged beyond repair. Any treatments I applied just ensured that there was no further damage, but there was nothing that would bring my hair back to the healthy, shiny black bob it was before my attempt to go blonde. I'm certain my hair is healthier a year and half later, cause it's simply grown out. Now I can focus on maintaining a healthy mane and super shinny strands..

When Bumble and Bumble (my favorite hair product line) launched a line of Bb. Color Gloss in warm blonde, cool blonde, brunette, universal red and clear - I immediately had to have this enhancing hair gloss. I do like some Bumble and Bumble products better than others, but this luxury hair brand rarely disappoints. 

I purchased the Bb. Color Gloss in clear and had HUGE expectations. You apply the product to dry hair and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse, and go about your normal hair care routine. The scent is strange to say the least, but it is a color treatment (to all you people hating on the smell). The solution appears to have sparkles in it? Yeah, I had little sparkles on my face, along the hairline. Of course, you're gonna rinse and wash your hair, so the sparkles are useless. The process was easy, but the results lacked lustre. 

My hair was shiny, but it's always shiny AND I was expecting something miraculous to happen. I was hoping the sun would reflect off my hair and cause people to look away! I'm a little disappointed. My hair did however feel incredibly soft and clean. As many of you know, super clean hair is not ideal - it's too soft, hard to style and typically lays flat. I didn't do anything else different that day, so I'm going to assume that the Bb. Color Gloss was the culprit.

I should point out that I applied the clear luminous hair gloss to already shiny black hair, so maybe my opinion should be taken with a grain a salt. I would imagine that if you have red hair, this stuff may be life changing. Blonde, red, pink, silver - these are all vibrant shades that require attention. An instant lustre pick-me-up between salons visits may keep your strands looking brilliant. 


Another great hair product to keep your strands looking fresh and vibrant is the Bumble and Bumble Bb. Color Stick. This twist-up, crayon-like color stick is the perfect root touch-up product. The formula is water resistant - don't worry about color running down your face, neck and clothes if you get caught in the rain. The stick is compact and takes a little while to cover your roots (or grays), but is great for travel and on-the-go touch ups.

The Bumble and Bumble Bb. Color Stick is available in five natural shades - blonde, dark blonde, brown, red and black. There are four limited edition statement hues - Ballet (pale pink), Lilac (purple-ish-blue), Flamingo (fuchsia), and Pacific (a vibrant blue). The highly-pigmented color sticks are a great temporary solution to roots and grays or just enhancing your color with vibrant streaks. I also have an uneven hairline, and use the Bb. Color Stick to fill-in my fine hair for a full look.
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Bb Color Gloss

January 28, 2018
High shine is a must if you have natural black or color treated hair. Lacklustre black strands are dull and uninspiring. After my botched hair dye job in 2016, my hair was damaged beyond repair. Any...

One Two Lash

January 11, 2018

I read an article about these magnetic faux-lashes in July 2016 and HAD TO HAVE THEM! I'm sure I was one of the first people to order One Two Lashes for myself and my friends. I was on the waiting list for many months. BUT after a brief encounter, I tucked them away in my twelve story Cosmocube and forgot about them. 

A year + later, I decided to give this innovative product another go.. I am a huge fan of faux-lashes. AND I had sky-high hopes for these magnetic false lashes by One Two Cosmetics.


I want to like these false lashes, but they don't sit on my natural lashes well. The idea is genius, but the design needs a little tweaking. The magnets attach well and hold, but the shape of the lash band is unnatural. The band is practically straight and doesn't shape your natural eyelid. If you're like me and wear very little eye makeup, these misshaped lashes are super obvious and kinda look cheap. THEY ARE NOT CHEAP. When I originally purchased One Two Lashes they retailed for $59 and today for $69. These lashes are not worth the high cost.

The application is easy (once you get the hang of it). It took me a good hour to play with them and master the positioning. You use your thumb and index finger to hold the lashes (one in each hand) and 'simply' place one under your natural lashes and one above. The tiny, rectangular shaped magnets will catch immediately. There's no glue, so you can move them around slightly and quickly remove them to reset the position. The removal is easy - just slide the magnets apart. 


These One Two Lashes are half strips and meant to be used on the outer lash line. I'm a fan of enhancing your outer lashes - half strips lift and enhance your eyes. Half strips may however be a deterrent for anyone seeking a super-dramatic look. I think if you wear a ton of eye makeup (to mask the straight-band design) and possibly apply two sets of these faux-lashes, it might look ok. MAYBE! Before you purchase these lashes, watch youtube videos. There's great reviews featuring One Two Lash application and the results.

Magnetic lashes is a great idea, and with proper execution, can change the faux-lash industry dramatically. The only downside to faux-lashes is the glue and lasting damage from glue toxins and aggressive removal. Magnetic lashes eliminate the glue and are gentle on your natural lashes. Someone please revisit this design and make it work! Maybe a strip of micro-magnets along the band and a proper band shape would be more successful (hint hint).

While doing a little research for this blog post, I noticed that One Two Cosmetics released full coverage lashes. I've ordered two styles and will post a detailed review in the next few weeks. My fingers are crossed!
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One Two Lash

January 11, 2018
I read an article about these magnetic faux-lashes in July 2016 and HAD TO HAVE THEM! I'm sure I was one of the first people to order One Two Lashes for myself and my friends. I was on the waiting...

The Mini Straightening Brush

January 05, 2018

Due to my botched hair job in June 2016 (YES 2016 and I’m still repairing my strands!). I've been avoiding anything that omits heat in fear of further damage to my hair. It's been a long healing process and I've spent a small fortune on treatments and products. BUT my hair is finally 'almost' back to its original state and can take a little heat. I'm excited to experiment with hair products (other than repair haircare) and stylers..

The Polished Perfection Mini Straightening Brush by Amika is great for travel, on-the-go styling and touch-ups. The straightener and hairbrush in-one device smooths your hair, leaving it shiny and frizz-free. This mini heated styler is meant for touch-ups, not all-over styling. I have very fine, short hair, so it does meet my styling needs. If you have a long mane, this styler is not for you - you'd be hours tryna tame your strands. 


Amika's mini thermal straightening brush has a consistent temperature of 410° (210°). That's hot! I've read that 365° is optimal for safe styling. My go-to hair straightener, the T3 SinglePass Compact Iron, also has a set temperature of 410° and I don’t find it damages my hair - I usually pass the iron once quickly by sections and I only straighten my hair twice a week. I’m sure lingering and continuously passing the iron along your hair would cause damage at a high temperature of 410°. Be careful!

The design is great. The brush is small - only 7 inches in length and has an easy-grip handle. The 360° swivel cord is heat proof and allows you to style with ease. The ceramic bristles with Nylon Cool-tips glide through your hair easily, straightening from all-around. It does take a little practice to master this styler.


The original Polished Perfection Straightening Brush is full-sized. The design is the same, but is quit a bit larger. You can adjust the temperature on the original, but the voltage is only 120V. The mini version has universal voltage - 110 to 240V, is small enough to throw in your tote and travel friendly. The Polished Perfection Mini Straightening Brush comes with a rose-gold toned travel pouch. You could fit two mini brushes in the pouch - I'd prefer it was more fitted to the device. I suggest throwing your hair accessories in there too.
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The Mini Straightening Brush

January 05, 2018
Due to my botched hair job in June 2016 (YES 2016 and I’m still repairing my strands!). I've been avoiding anything that omits heat in fear of further damage to my hair. It's been a long healing...

M.A.C Snow Ball Collection

January 03, 2018

The M.A.C Snow Ball collection is AMAZING! I wish I was privy to the launch sooner, cause many items sold out before I had the chance to splurge. The collection is winter themed, sparkly and festive. This Christmas I put the Here Comes Joy Face Powder in my stocking - yes, I filled my stocking with amazing gifts. The high-impact shimmer highlights your face and illuminates your complexion. Apply to your cheek bones, brighten your eyes and create a luminescent finish on your décolletage. 

I love the Festive Bling! crystal and glitter festive adornment. It's the perfect accessory for a sparkly event. You can apply the adornment as shown or use individual pieces for a custom look. This face or body bling is unique and fun. The crystal and glitter snowflake adornment can be reworn - just gently remove from your skin and place back on the card till your next 'sparkly event'.


I'm a makeup brush addict. Especially, travel makeup brushes. Every year I purchase a Bobbi Brown brush set, but this year I went with M.A.C Cosmetics brush sets. I'm kinda in a M.A.C mood these days.. During the holidays M.A.C Cosmetics releases a themed collection. Last year the theme was the Nutcracker. I love the cosmetic bags from last years collection. This past holiday season was the Snow Ball collection. A winter themed collection with sparkles, sparkles, sparkles.. 

I don't really need all three makeup brush sets - I don't 'need' any makeup brushes! But each set had something I wanted, so I purchased all of them. I'm beyond happy with the quality of these brushes. The bristles are super soft and the glitter-embellished handles add a little sparkle to my cosmetic/travel bag. I especially like the brow groomer - the brush is big and the bristles are soft. It's a great brush for taming your brows. 

The silver brush set contains your basic brushes - powder, pointed foundation, all-over shadow, smudging liner and brow groomer. The gold brush set includes an angled powder, angled foundation, angled large shadow, angled small shadow and pointed liner brush. The little rose gold set (my favorite color and bag) has three brushes - a powder, large shadow and small angled brush. Each brush set comes with a sparkly cosmetic bag. They each have a fluffy pompom (love that). 

The silver and gold makeup brush sets are in the 'goodbyes' section online, so they're on sale and will soon be out of stock. These makeup brush sets would be a great Valentines Day gift..
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M.A.C Snow Ball Collection

January 03, 2018
The M.A.C Snow Ball collection is AMAZING! I wish I was privy to the launch sooner, cause many items sold out before I had the chance to splurge. The collection is winter themed, sparkly and festive....

Latest Lip Loves

December 28, 2017

I'm addicted to lip products - balms, slaves, lipstick and plumbers. My 'enhanced' lips are, well, a little pouty and super plumped, so I choose muted shades of coral and nude to minimize the lip drama. Red lips would not look good on me - It would be like lips wearing a face! I don't think my dermatologist would allow me to inject more filler, so I opt for plumbers, exfoliating products and super nourishing balms to keep my lips oh-so-pouty. 

Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-in-balm is a hybrid lipstick-balm with sheer color. I love the lip-shaped balm center inside the creamy lipstick and the pomegranate scent is addictive. I like color 3 - Call Me Rose (bubblegum pink). It's subtle and slightly glossy. This Tint-in-balm is perfect for those no-makeup-makeup days.

Niki's Nude lipstick by M.A.C Cosmetics is my new favorite shade. The soft corally-pink is perfect on my pale skin tone. I apply balm to nourish, and then Niki's Nude lipstick. This lipstick is creamy and glides on nicely. Both Niki Minaj lipsticks by M.A.C Cosmetics can be found in the 'goodbye' section and are on sale. 


Lip exfoliators are amazing for removing dry skin, nourishing AND making your lips appear bigger. The slightly aggressive circular motion of exfoliating and tiny grains increase the blood flow - this increases the volume of your lips and make them appear naturally rosier. I recommend you exfoliate your lips two to three times per week. 

I recently purchased Lip Scrubtious by M.A.C Cosmetics - partially because I was in a 'M.A.C mood', but mostly due to the name. The sweet vanilla scent is delicious and the product tastes yummy. I'm not suggesting you eat your lip exfoliators, but it's gonna get in your mouth, so choosing a tasty exfoliator is necessary. 

Lip Scrubtious is gentle - much less aggressive than my other go-to exfoliators. I use this sugar-based lip product everyday. This lip exfoliator is available in five flavors - Candied Nectar, Fruit of Passion, Summer berry, Sweet Brown Sugar and Sweet Vanilla.


KNC Beauty Collagen Infused Lip Masks are super fun. There are five masks in a package, so you can share (maybe). These all-natural, jelly-like lip masks moisturize your lips, and well, they're just fun to use. Apply the squishy mask to your lips and relax for 15-20 minutes. These lip masks are great for a lazy night of pampering. 
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Latest Lip Loves

December 28, 2017
I'm addicted to lip products - balms, slaves, lipstick and plumbers. My 'enhanced' lips are, well, a little pouty and super plumped, so I choose muted shades of coral and nude to minimize the lip...

Christmas Themed Gifts

December 18, 2017

It's been a Christmas gifts marathon on b.a.gorgie.com this past week. I'm feelin' festive and have too many gift ideas. This post is my favorite - Christmas Inspired gifts are perfect for just about anyone who celebrates this festive holiday. Christmas themed gifting is easy and fun - really all that's required is red (Christmas red) and white - the rest is up to you.

Christmas ornaments are the perfect gift for that annoying friend who obsesses over Christmas, puts up the tree in November and wraps 'all' the gifts three weeks before Christmas. That's me! Pier One Imports is my favorite store to shop for Christmas decor and tree ornaments. Each year Pier One releases new ornaments and decor, while keeping with their theme. 


Festive outfits area a must on Christmas day. I go head-to-toe in Christmas inspired clothing and accessories. Christmas themed headbands are a fun and inexpensive gift for anyone who opts to wear Christmas attire. Michael's has a great selection of Christmas headbands this year. 


The brand that gave us Felicia the Flamingo lip balm has released Frenchie the Bulldog lip balm. A peppermint flavored lip balm, incased in a plastic bulldog. Frenchie the Bulldog wears a removable holiday sweater. This is my favorite stocking stuffer this year. It's fun, Christmas themed and I LOVE lip balms.


You can never have enough socks and Christmas socks are essential on that special day. Cozy, decorative socks are an easy gift for that person who has everything. They're fun and thoughtful - who doesn't love cozy socks. I'll be wearing these candy cane socks on December 25th. 
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Christmas Themed Gifts

December 18, 2017
It's been a Christmas gifts marathon on b.a.gorgie.com this past week. I'm feelin' festive and have too many gift ideas. This post is my favorite - Christmas Inspired gifts are perfect for just about...

Stuff The Stocking With..

December 14, 2017

In my house the unveiling of the stocking stuffers is kinda like the warmup to presents. Stocking stuffers should be small, exciting and typically inexpensive - I'm not opposed to a high-value gift card though! Here's a list of unique stocking stuffers for the product junkie, makeup loving person in your life. 

Sephora Christmas inspired sheet masks are the perfect stocking stuffer - They're Christmas themed and pink. Choose from Sephora Avocado Skincare Gloves or Sephora Almond Skincare Socks or both. When you open the packet, you'll notice the gloves/socks are attached - tear at the perforated line, put them on, and pull the tabs around your wrist/ankle to seal in the moisturizing treatment. The inside has a fiber lining drenched in solution and the outside a plastic lining. Best thing about these masks is you can go about your business while wearing them. 


The M.A.C Snow Ball collection is AMAZING! I wish I was privy to the launch sooner, cause many items sold out before I had the chance to splurge. The collection is winter themed, sparkly and festive. I'm super excited to get the Face Powder in Here Comes Joy in my stocking - yes, I filled my stocking with amazing gifts. The high-impact shimmer will light up your complexion. AND I love the Festive Bling! crystal and glitter festive adornment. It's the perfect accessory for a New Years celebration. 


KNC Beauty Collagen Infused Lip Masks are super fun. There are five masks in a package, so you can share (maybe). These all-natural, jelly-like lip masks moisturize your lips, and well, they're just fun to use. Apply the squishy mask to your lips and relax for 15-20 minutes.


This is some of the best beauty news I heard all year - Sephora has a mini section now. YES, mini, travel-size products from our favorite brands. Mini cosmetics are great stocking stuffers. AND now we can try the best products for a fraction of the cost. These mini's are perfect for travel too. I was so impressed with the mini lineup, I purchased way too many products. Joking, I knew exactly what I was doing - creating the perfect Christmas stocking (for myself). These are three of my favorite products in 2017..

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist is the same yummy scent of Sol Janeiro Bum Bum cream, but in a light body mist. You're gonna want to surround yourself with this pistachio-caramel scent.

Farsáli Rose Gold Elixir is worth its weight in gold! This beauty oil has forever changed my makeup routine and enhanced my look dramatically. I apply 'many' drops of the elixir to my damp beautyblender and gently blend my foundation, concealer, under eye brightener and cream-to-powder highlighter. LOVE.

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream is a concentrated 30 percent hyaluronic acid cream. If water was creamy- this would be it. It's so refreshing, and leaves your skin feeling silky and super-nourished.


I need to chime in on this makeup blender sensation - I'm a beautyblender® fan, but was curious about the Dab + Blend Applicator by MILK. If you're into foundation and heavy makeup enhancement, this is a fun tool for you. Unlike a sponge, this silicone-like applicator doesn't soak up makeup and washes easily. 


On that note, beautyblender® releases new products often. I lost count of the colors this egg-like sponge was available in throughout the last few years. I LOVE this makeup applicator. Pair with Farsáli Rose Gold Elixir and you've just changed your makeup routine forever. 

The new beautyblender® keep.it.clean kit includes a small (very tiny) bar of soap and cleansing mitt. You can use any soap (I like the beautyblender liquid), add little water and gentle rub the makeup applicator against the mitt for a super-cleansed sponge. 
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Stuff The Stocking With..

December 14, 2017
In my house the unveiling of the stocking stuffers is kinda like the warmup to presents. Stocking stuffers should be small, exciting and typically inexpensive - I'm not opposed to a high-value...

The Perfect Gifts List 2017

December 12, 2017

Admittedly, there's a few 'to me, from me' gifts under the tree this year, AND a few that didn't even make it to the tree! I'm a self-proclaimed gifting master and every year I buy myself awesome gifts. Here's a 'Perfect Gifts List' for the shopaholic, tea lovin', cosmetic junkie in your life..

The perfect gift starts with great wrapping paper, bows and tags. Choose a color scheme and get creative - I like black, white, red, silver and gold. I purchased these gift tags by eighty seventh ST. last year. This year, I also have 'No Peeking' tags, and HUGE 'From Santa' and 'Merry Christmas' tags in black and gold. The array of gift wrapping under my tree should be displayed in a department store - if I do say so myself.



Christmas tree ornaments are the perfect gift for the 'I'm obsessed with Christmas' person in your life. I LOVE Christmas and each year I receive a new champagne ornament. Pier One Imports has the best ornaments. Every holiday they release new ones, but kinda stick with the theme they've had previous years - Christmas penguins, owls and lots of sparkly tree splash.


Git cards are the ultimate gift. I like giving and receiving gift cards (hint hint). You still have that moment when you exchange gifts, BUT the idea keeps on giving.. You get to shop your favorite store or if your lucky enough to get an AMEX or VISA gift card, you can shop anywhere. 

I know some people think gift cards are not personal and denote a lack of effort - So opt for a unique card holder. I purchased this faux-fur pouch at Pier One Imports. I love anything furry. Yes, this gift is for me. From my gift giving experience, people love to receive gift cards.


Of course I have some beauty products on my list. This Amika Polished Perfection Mini Straightening Brush is unique and inexpensive. This small thermal straightening brush is great for touch-ups and on-the-go styling. There is a full-size version of this hairbrush-straightener, but I like the mini size better. This heated tool won't give you results like a traditional straightener, but does minimize frizz, leaves your hair shiny and is great for travel. 


I LOVE the Peaches and Cream Collection by Too Faced. These products are infused with peach and sweet fig cream. Who wouldn't want peach scented makeup. Too Faced should produce a body cream with this scent..

The Peach Kiss Moisture Matte Long Wear Lipstick is a velvety formula that feels creamy and gives you a matte look. Oh, and it smells like Strawberry Shortcake (the doll). LOVE. 

The peach scent of the Peach Frost Melting Powder Highlighter is delicious. The highlighter feels creamy to touch, but glides on seamlessly, and transforms into a powder on your skin. The peachy, gold-tone is warm and gives you a nice glow.

The Peach My Cheeks Melting Powder Blush is a cream to powder product as well. The product is nice and goes on smooth - I recommend applying it with a kabuki brush or your fingers.  

Too Faced Translucent Finishing Powder is a peach-colored powder that smoothes imperfections and gives you a nice warm look. The powder contains optical-correcting spheres - for a luminescent finish, but gives you a warm, matte look. 

Too Faced Sweet Pie Radiant Matte Bronzer looks and smells like a delicious pie. This is not a contouring bronzer, but rater an all over, radiance-boosting bronzer. I use it on my face, neck and décolleté. 

For the makeup loving, product junkie in your life, anything from this collection will do.


Farsáli Rose Gold Elixir is on my 'Perfect Gifts List' again this year. This beauty oil has forever changed my makeup routine and enhanced my look dramatically. I apply my foundation with a brush. Then I apply 'many' drops of the elixir to my damp beautyblender and gently blend my foundation for perfect coverage. I use the same beautyblender (and Farsáli Rose Gold Elixir) to blend my concealer, under eye brightener and cream-to-powder highlighter. This elixir is amazing. Sephora recently added the Farsáli lineup to their shelves. This Rose Gold Elixir is available in two sizes - 15 ml and 30 ml. 


My list wouldn't be complete without tea products. I'm obsessed with tea - I drink five to seven cups a day. This 24 Days of Tea Set by Davids Tea was on my wishlist, but I was worried the limited edition would sell out, so I bought it for myself! Anyone who likes tea will love this set of 24 popular tea blends. Davids Tea has smaller tea sets as well. I'm hoping someone buys me the 'Best of 2017' set.
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The Perfect Gifts List 2017

December 12, 2017
Admittedly, there's a few 'to me, from me' gifts under the tree this year, AND a few that didn't even make it to the tree! I'm a self-proclaimed gifting master and every year I buy myself awesome...

Oxfam Gifts

December 10, 2017

Oxfam America is a member of Oxfam - an international charitable organization that addresses issues that keep people poor. These issues include inequality, discrimination and lack of access to necessary resources. With the assistance of Oxfam, those who are less fortunate can gain water, food and land. Oxfam Gifts make this happen.  

I absolutely LOVE this charitable program. Oxfam Gifts has an online catalogue of charitable gifts for people in need. You simply choose a gift that suits the occasion or person your gifting, and purchase it in their honor. Your friend or family member will receive a card with a photo of your gift printed on the front and information about the donation inside. You can also opt for a PDF version of the card and send it electronically, or print it yourself. 



Here's the best part - the gifts. The symbolic gifts range from $12 to $5000 and include drinking water, household items, tools, farming supplies, animals, education, training, and you can even help to build a girls school. It's sad to learn that there are people who don't even have toilets - a luxury many of us take for granted. Through Oxfam Gifts you can purchase an emergency toilet. I can only imagine what a difference a toilet would make.

I really like the animals. If you know someone who is an animal lover, this is the perfect gift that will make them happy while enhancing the lives of others. You can purchase baby chicks, chickens, goats (my favorite), pigs, cows, sheep and ducks. Each card has a cute photo of the animal and explains that it was purchased in their honor. 

I love giving gifts, and am a self-proclaimed master at finding amazing gifts. This is my favorite gift idea for 2017. I'm very fortunate to be able to say that most of the people in my life are not in need of anything. It's nice to exchange gifts, but that money can be spent on more productive items such as charitable gifts. Oxfam Gifts are my go-to gift idea this year. I'm sure everyone who will receive a goat or a pig from me, will feel good about it.

Visit www.oxfamgifts.com to browse the catalogue of symbolic gifts. This is the best gift you will give this year.
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Oxfam Gifts

December 10, 2017
Oxfam America is a member of Oxfam - an international charitable organization that addresses issues that keep people poor. These issues include inequality, discrimination and lack of access to...

The Best of 2017

December 06, 2017

The pistachio-caramel scent of Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is AMAZING! The scent is strong, but sweet and intriguing. The cream is super-nourishing and has a slight shimmer that gives your skin a subtle glow.

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist is the same yummy scent of the cream, but in a light body mist. The original bottle is HUGE and now there's a mini (which is still kinda big). You're gonna want to surround yourself with this scent.

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuacu Lip Butter is one of my favorite lip balms - I have one in my bathroom, one at my computer and one in my handbag! The light, creamy texture is nourishing and the tube is BIG, so it will last a long time. If I had to chose my favorite new Cosmetic brand of 2017, it would be Sol Janeiro Brazilian.


If you've been living under a rock, you probably haven't heard of Farsáli Rose Gold Elixir. This product is up there with Sugarbearhair and (well) any of the multitude of detox teas taking over Instagram. It's worth its weight in gold! This beauty oil has forever changed my makeup routine and enhanced my look dramatically. I apply 'many' drops of the elixir to my damp beautyblender and gently blend my foundation, concealer, under eye brightener and cream-to-powder highlighter. This elixir is amazing. It's available in two sizes - the mini is perfect for travel.


This is intense hydration - Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream is a concentrated 30 percent hyaluronic acid cream. If water was creamy- this would be it. It's so refreshing, and leaves your skin feeling silky and super-nourished. The non-greasy cream absorbs fairly quickly (a little goes a long way), and doesn't leave your skin shiny. Water Drench Hyaluronic Cream is available in two sizes.


Luxury hairstyling brand, IGK, was founded by in-demand stylists from Miami, New York, and Los Angeles. YOU GOTTA VIEW THESE GUYS ONLINE! These stylists are really fascinating. I'd fly across the country and break the bank to get an appointment with any of these stylists. I LOVE the IGK product line. I have too many IGK products in full-size and travel size. Product junkie here! 

IGK Prenup Instant Spray Hair Mask is my favorite. The 360 aerosol spray allows for easy application. The scent is delicious, and your hair will feel nourished and silky after just one minute. I use this mask every time I wash my strands. This hydrating hair mask is a MUST HAVE!


Sephora's soothing Coconut Water Lip Balm is another one of my favorite balms. The scent is delicious and the product feels nourishing on your lips. This balm is available in Goji, Rose, Tangerine, Almond and Coconut Water.

Sephora Honey Lip Scrub is amazing! When I first applied the scrub, I thought this isn't working - how can a balm exfoliate your lips. After a few vigorous applications I reached the grains inside. I rub the balm in circular motions on my lips until they're drenched in product, then I use my finger and massage the grains onto my lips. The result - smooth lips in seconds. It tastes good too - not that you should eat it, but scrubs tend to get in your mouth. LOVE! 
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The Best of 2017

December 06, 2017
The pistachio-caramel scent of Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is AMAZING! The scent is strong, but sweet and intriguing. The cream is super-nourishing and has a slight...

Super Fat Burning Gummies

December 04, 2017
The famed teatox SkinnyMint now has has SkinnyMint Fat Burning Gummies. The two-step fat burning gummy program combines Green Coffee Bean and Garcinia Cambogia to support your health regime and give you 'best fat burning results'. 

Step-one - Take two Power Up gummies in the morning for an enegery boost. These green coffee bean infused gummies are sugar-free and taste like espresso. I love the flavor. The texture is not like your typical gummy - they melt in your mouth fairly quickly. 

Green coffee beans haven't been roasted or highly processed and have a higher concentrate of nutrients. Typically, green coffee beans are crushed and taken in pill form, but as of late, many other diet products contain the weight loss aid. 

Caffiene is a natural stimulate and is proven to boost energy. I love the taste and scent of coffee, but too much caffeine has a terrible effect on me - I get the jitters and feel nauseous. Each Power Up gummies contain 200 mg, which meets the recommended dosage. I drink Daily Harvest Cold Brew + Almond every morning. It also contains green coffee. These two combined definitely puts me into overdrive.. If I had to choose (in an effort to avoid jitters), I'd go with my Cold Brew + Almond. You gotta try this smoothie - it's amazing!

Step-two - The Hunger Buster gummies contain Garcinia Cambogia and are said to curb your snacking desire mid afternoon. The Hunger Buster gummies are also sugar-free and taste like pineapple. The flavor is a bit sweet for me (I prefer the Power Up), but I'm not one to snack on sweets anyway (HUGE salt fan here). The texture is the same as the Power Up.

Garcinia Cambogia is a tropical fruit and is also found in many weight loss supplements. The fruits rind contains an active ingredient that is said to boost fat burning and curb your appetite. Each SkinnyMint gummy contains 250 mg of Garcinia Cambogia extract. The recommended daily dose of Garcinia Cambogia is 500 mg to 1500 mg - SkinnyMint gummies are well within the safe range. 

Two espresso flavored Power Up in the am and two Hunger Buster gummies as a snack. Who wouldn't want to incorporate delicious gummies into their weight loss regiment?  

Here's the reality of this two-step fat burning gummy program. It is highly recommended that you also stick to a reduced-calorie diet and exercise regularly. Most weight loss supplements do. If you're watching what you eat, maintain a healthy lifestyle and exercise, you're gonna loose weight - you don't need supplements. Albeit, I do believe that purchasing weight loss products may kickstart your desire and commitment to loose weight. Especially, tasty gummies! It's mostly in your head. 

My opinion is to find a reduced-calorie diet that works for you, don't starve yourself and indulge once and a while. Drink green tea and lots of water. EXERCISE and maintain a healthy lifestyle. You'll feel better and slim down. Weight loss supplements aren't gonna do a damn thing on their own, but if they help keep you motivated, incorporate them into your diet. 
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Super Fat Burning Gummies

December 04, 2017
The famed teatox SkinnyMint now has has SkinnyMint Fat Burning Gummies. The two-step fat burning gummy program combines Green Coffee Bean and Garcinia Cambogia to support your health regime and...

IT Cosmetics

November 28, 2017

IT Cosmetics is a cosmetic brand developed with plastic surgeons - sounds promising. The co-founder and CEO, Jamie, is looking for solutions to 'real' problems. Honestly, I like this girl - if you see her before and after pics, she has serious redness (I can relate). She's putting herself out there, showing off her skin issues and giving us a solution. 

This brand was purchased by L'Oréal - The major makeup empire boost has proven to be successful. It Cosmetics is getting great reviews and many of IT Cosmetics products are on Sephora's 'best sellers' list. I had to give this stuff a try..


I call this my 'anti-redness warpaint'. If you have Rosacea or hyper pigmentation, this stuff is going to change your life. I desperately needed a solution to my rosy cheeks and forehead. Although I use medicated creams, my angry skin flares up on the daily. I suppose I could stop eating spicy food and drinking wine - NAH! 

In comes Bye Bye Redness by IT Cosmetics.. It's kind of a foundation, primer and cream in one. Bye Bye Redness is thick, has a silky texture and gives you super full-coverage. This product is smooth, goes on like a primer (similar to Colorscience primers), and has a tinge of green (to combat redness). Apply to your cheeks, nose and forehead, and blend outwards. A little goes a long way. The embarrassing redness is gone. GONE! Without a doubt, this is the product find of 2017!

I love Bye Bye Redness, so I thought I'd try a few more products from the IT Cosmetics lineup.. 


The Confidence in a Cream (the pale yellow pot) is a 'transforming moisturizer in a cream'. The texture is nice, just thick enough and leaves your skin feeling moisturized. It does however take time to absorb (not ideal when applying makeup). I liked the feeling of my skin after applying this cream, but the scent is a bit of a turnoff. I'm sorry Jamie, but this stuff smells like hotel cream. If scent is not an issue for you, I'd say this cream is great for colder seasons. It's super moisturizing.

I didn't like the Bye Bye Under Eye eye cream (the blue pot). It made my under eyes feel super tight and people said I looked tired. Whether or not this eye cream tightens, brightens and depuffs - I'm not sure, cause I only used it for a week. I guess my go-to Neo Cutis eye cream still reigns supreme.


I received a trail-size Super Hero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara (I'm not one to cheat), but thought I'd give it a go. This mascara is great, lengthens your lashes, glides on nicely and no clumping. The oversized, tapered brush makes application easy and coats your lashes evenly. Albeit, my go-to Buxom mascara remains my favorite. It's gonna take a true 'super mascara' to turn me. 

I intend to try more of the products from It Cosmetics. I'll let ya know my thought..
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IT Cosmetics

November 28, 2017
IT Cosmetics is a cosmetic brand developed with plastic surgeons - sounds promising. The co-founder and CEO, Jamie, is looking for solutions to 'real' problems. Honestly, I like this girl - if...

PLAY! by Sephora

November 17, 2017

I've had many cosmetic subscriptions in the past. The first box was always exciting, but as the months pass, the products seem to become less interesting 'drug store' brands. There's nothing wrong with drug store cosmetics, BUT that's not what I signed up for. I always end up cancelling the subscription after a few months. 

Until now.. PLAY! by Sephora has taken 'cosmetic subscriptions' to a higher level of standard. Play! is my favorite beauty box subscription. I've been receiving these little collectible bags of goodies for eight months and have no plans to cancel. There are no drug store brands in this program. Every product is from the Sephora lineup. Each month you receive five deluxe makeup, skincare and haircare samples, AND a bonus fragrance sample. 


Play! by Sephora The Iconic Edition was a limited edition beauty box. This one was for purchase only and not a part of the monthly Play! subscription. The gold-tone zipper pouch contained premier cosmetic brand samples Dior, Guerlain, Yves Saint Laurent, La Mer and Burberry. Not sure if you're familiar with La Mer, but that stuff is EXPENSIVE! This deluxe sample alone made The Iconic Edition worth the purchase.


Each month you'll receive five deluxe samples of best-selling products at Sephora. I usually keep two or three and share the rest with friends. A girl can only hoard so much. I can open a Sephora pop-up shop with all the products I have tucked away (they're hidden so no-one sees my addiction and takes my credit card away)!       

The excitement of opening the box, getting your little collectible bag and stellar deluxe samples makes my day. It's like a 'Cosmetic Christmas' every month. AND these deluxe samples are amazing. 

I'm always happy to see my favorite brands - Bumble and Bumble, Benefit, Sol Janeiro, MILK, (I'd like to see some Too Faced products..), but new brands and cosmetics are welcome. This program allows you to try new cosmetics you would necessarily buy. Most of us are creatures of habit, and hey, if it ain't broken don't fix it! BUT, sometimes change is good and you'd be surprised at what your missing by sticking to the same old brands you've been using for way too long.


Each beauty box contains a little, draw-string bag with beauty-inspired sayings and prints. I love these little collectible bags. They're great for gifts. I also use them when I pack, they're perfect for organizing little things in my suitcase. 


Each box contains a Play! Book with tips, product descriptions and how-tos. Your subscription gives you exclusive access to how-to videos and tutorials on Sephora.com. You can also view the current (and past) Play! boxes online. 

You will receive a PLAY! Pass - 50 bonus Beauty Insider points. You can redeem these points when you purchase products in-store. Since Sephora introduced Rewards Bazaar, Beauty Insider points are invaluable. The revised rewards program drops amazing one-of-a-kind experiences, services from Sephora, as well as other top brands, and deluxe-size samples and sets every Tuesday and Thursday. I'm banking my points for something great. 

Each month there is a subscriber-only event. Play! Date allows you and a friend to come in-store to play with products and meet Sephora beauty experts. 

Play! by Sephora has so much to offer.. AND best of all, it's $10 a month! Yup, that's it. You would have to spend $50 to gain 50 Beauty Insider points - you're getting 50 bonus points each month, five deluxe beauty samples, a perfume sample, AND exclusive access to events. DROP THE MIC!

November 24, 2017 - OK, I'm browsing Sephora.com one week after I posted about Play! by Sephora - AND you can purchase these little bags of beauty products for $10 on Sephora.com. These boxes are exclusive, limited edition and online only. 
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PLAY! by Sephora

November 17, 2017
I've had many cosmetic subscriptions in the past. The first box was always exciting, but as the months pass, the products seem to become less interesting 'drug store' brands. There's nothing wrong...

Felicia the Flamingo

November 07, 2017

Every time I take out my Felicia the Flamingo lip balm, people smile. It's ridiculous, pink and immature, but I LOVE it! The balm reminds me of the 'little girl' balms I had way back when. The lip balm is clear with sparkles and smells like strawberries. Felicia comes in a reusable mini beach bag - I'm not sure what you would put in there, but it's cute packaging. 


The brand behind this fun flamingo lip balm also released a Glamspin lip balm. You know those spinning things everyone's playing with (so annoying). There's a center circle (that you hold on to) and three outer circles that spin around. I don't get the amusement, but I don't get a lot of things. The Glamspin has three small pots of flavored lip balm - peach, strawberry and grape. 
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Felicia the Flamingo

November 07, 2017
Every time I take out my Felicia the Flamingo lip balm, people smile. It's ridiculous, pink and immature, but I LOVE it! The balm reminds me of the 'little girl' balms I had way back when. The lip...

Just Peachy

November 01, 2017

I LOVE the Peaches and Cream Collection by Too Faced. I'm pale, with black hair, so peach is my color, and who wouldn't want peach scented makeup. These products are infused with peach and sweet fig cream. Too Faced should produce a body cream with this scent..

I usually have a lot to say about product scents - if cosmetic companies insist on a scented makeup product, go with fruity, chocolate or nutty scents. STOP with the old-lady perfume smells. Seems like newer brands are more conscious of scents and cater to the newer generations. Older, established brands tend to use 'older', outdated scents. 


I'm slowly moving away from my go-to brands, and realizing that I've been missing out on great cosmetics. Change is good. Too Faced is one of my new favorite makeup brands. The products are great, the selection is versatile and the packaging is fun (Instagram worthy). I'm swiftly becoming a super-fan of this brand.


Too Faced Translucent Finishing Powder is a peach-colored powder that smoothes imperfections and gives you a nice warm look. This finishing powder is great for blurring and correcting harsh blush and bronzer lines. OR you can lightly brush the powder all-over. The powder contains optical-correcting spheres - for a luminescent finish, but gives you a warm, matte look. 

Too Faced Sweet Pie Radiant Matte Bronzer looks and smells like a delicious pie. The bronzer is made of three colors - Candied Peach (pink, Caramelized Peach (light brown), and Golden Peach (medium brown), blend together seamlessly. This is not a contouring bronzer, but rater an all over, radiance-boosting bronzer. I use it on my face, neck and décolleté. 


Peach My Cheeks Melting Powder Blush is a cream to powder product. These make me nervous! BUT I thought I'd give it a try.. The product is nice and goes on smooth - I recommend applying it with a kabuki brush or your fingers. For a light, flushed look, pat onto the apples of your cheeks. For a more sculpted look, roll your kabuki brush half-way and apply in a pressing motion. Peach My Cheeks is available in six colors - I purchased Peach Dream. It's a little lighter than I expected, but looks pretty on my pale skin. Oh and smells amazing!
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Just Peachy

November 01, 2017
I LOVE the Peaches and Cream Collection by Too Faced. I'm pale, with black hair, so peach is my color, and who wouldn't want peach scented makeup. These products are infused with peach and sweet fig...

Sephora Stuff

October 25, 2017

Every now and then I'll sift through the Sephora Collection products lineup in search of new, unique cosmetics and tools. I always find good stuff. AND the Sephora brand prices are inexpensive compared to other brands featured at the store and on-line. These are my most recent finds..

Sephora Lineup Makeup Tape is the perfect solution to 'my' eye-makeup application needs. I'm terrible at applying eye-liner and usually opt to go bare, but this tape makes it so much easier to get a straight line and avoid smudging. This medical-grade tape is hypoallergenic and easy to remove. You an also use this tape for nail art.


Sephora Brush it Off Cleansing Brush Wipes gently remove residue and dirt from your makeup brushes. These wipes come in individually packets - great for travel. The non-alcohol based formula is kinda oil-like, but doesn't leave residue on your brushes. These wipes are not for cleaning your brushes, but for a quick wipe to remove the surface dirt. 


The Sephora Brush Meets Comb Hair Brush Cleaner is a great little tool. The rake-like comb has flexible, steel bristles that remove hair and residue. I'm a little obsessed with keeping my hair brushes clean - Drives me nuts to see brushes full of hair - GROSS! Attention people who don't clean your brush regularly - there's dirt buildup, residue from products and bacteria festering in there. AND each time you brush your strands you're transferring that nastiness back onto your hair. CLEAN YOUR HAIR BRUSHES OFTEN.


Sephora Do It All Cotton Swabs are perfect for a multitude of makeup needs. There are 490 swabs of three unique precision tips per pack. The oval tip is great for basic needs, while the pointed tip is ideal for precise application. 

These swabs are great for makeup removal/cleanup around the eyes. I wet them, and gently remove mascara that has smudged onto my upper lash line and waterline. SO much easer than using a regular cotton swab. Large cotton swabs are of course too big for this area, and the little cotton hairs always attach to my lashes. NO MORE! These swabs can also be used for smudging eyeliner, smoothing lipstick and lipliner edges, and removing nail polish from your cuticles. A must-have!
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Sephora Stuff

October 25, 2017
Every now and then I'll sift through the Sephora Collection products lineup in search of new, unique cosmetics and tools. I always find good stuff. AND the Sephora brand prices are inexpensive...

Holy Wowder Brow Boy!

October 18, 2017

I have an eight-story Cosmocube makeup stand (with a DIY built-in light), and it's overflowing. Honestly, who needs that much makeup? ME! I'm addicted to products and am always shopping the latest cosmetics. Albeit, I could survive with lip balm, blush and tinted brow gel. These are my MUST-HAVE products. 

I'm a big fan of Glossier 'Super' serums, Balm Dotcom salve, Priming Moisturizer Rich, and I love the pink bubble pouches you receive with each order. As much as I aim to browse new brands and try different products, I find myself going back to certain brands, like Glossier..

Brow Boy tinted eyebrow gel is the first black gel I've tried. I always thought it would look harsh on my pale skin (even though I have color-treated black hair). It doesn't. The creamy wax formula coats the fine hairs evenly, doesn't flake and thickens the brows dramatically. The black tint gives a more harsh look - as opposed to the dark brown to black gel I normally use. My only complaint is the brush - it's kind big and doesn't come to a pointed tip for precise application. 

Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel by Benefit Cosmetics is my go-to brow gel. The cool dark brown tint works well with my complexion and hair color. The brush is smaller and makes for easy application. It does however flake if you fool with it too much. Maybe, I'll use the brush from one and the formula from the other..


Aside from blush and bronzer, powder is my 'cosmetics enemy'. But sometimes a girl needs some finishing powder. I have green powder for redness, translucent for setting makeup, peach for warmth, and now WOWDER! Another 'super hero' from Glossier. This powder goes on nicely, absorbs oil, reduces the appearance of pores and sets your makeup. Surprisingly, it sits on the skin well, and doesn't look cakey. Glossier claims it does not set into fine lines - I can't vouch for that cause I don't have any (HUGE Botox fan here). I'm impressed with Wowder Powder! 


I highly suggest getting the Powder Brush. The silky, synthetic bristles are soft and the brush is dense. It holds powder nicely, and the soft bristles allow for even application. The brush is small and tapered, so it's easy to apply product around your nose and under your eyes. AND you get a little pink zip-pouch for storing your brush. 

Use my link to get 10% off your first Glossier purchase - http://bff.glossier.com/gMn0U
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Holy Wowder Brow Boy!

October 18, 2017
I have an eight-story Cosmocube makeup stand (with a DIY built-in light), and it's overflowing. Honestly, who needs that much makeup? ME! I'm addicted to products and am always shopping the...

Body Hero

October 13, 2017


I LOVE the Glossier Body Hero campaign - women of all shapes and sizes flaunting their curves proudly. It's a true celebration of all women and every body type. Their skin is glowing from Body Hero Daily Perfecting Cream and Wash. I WANT THIS!

I got it, and I can't get passed the intense scent of the Orange Blossom Neroli Blend. Glossier claims this is a baby-fresh scent - umm.. no, it's more like old lady perfume scent! AND it lingers and lingers.. Sorry, Glossier (I love your brand), but I don't wanna smell like this. 

Cosmetics and scents are tricky. Of course people have different tastes, and when your putting out one single product (or two in this case), the scent has to be universal - if you wanna attract more followers. Even though I love certain hair care products, I won't use them due to the undesirable smell. 



The Daily Oil Wash contains Coconut oil, Meadowfoam oil, Olive oil, Soybean oil, Sesame oil, Grapeseed oil, and Sunflower oil, leaving your skin feeling 'super-hydrated' (insert hero tune). The texture is light and oily-like. It barely lathers (I like suds), but it does feel nice on your skin. The Daily Body Perfecting Cream contains light-reflecting particles that give your skin a dewy-sheen. The texture is nice, smooth and non-sticky. 



The packaging is amazing. If it's pink, I want it. AND I got an an x-large pink bubble pouch with the purchase of both products. These pouches are great for storage and travel. 

Seems like these products contain everything you would want in a body wash and cream, but the scent is too strong and unpleasant. Maybe the Daily Oil Wash and Daily Body Perfecting Cream are amazing and will transform your skin, but I'll never know. 

Use my link to get 10% off your first Glossier purchase - http://bff.glossier.com/gMn0U
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Body Hero

October 13, 2017
I LOVE the Glossier Body Hero campaign - women of all shapes and sizes flaunting their curves proudly. It's a true celebration of all women and every body type. Their skin is glowing from Body Hero...

QUIP

October 09, 2017
You know when you're in the mood for a little 'self-love' - AND F**K, the batteries are dead. It's a feeling of great disappointment (especially when you realize you don't have extra batteries!). That's the feeling I got the first time I used the QUIP toothbrush. The creators of QUIP claim this is an electric toothbrush and IT'S NOT! It barely vibrates. I think the handle slightly vibrates, but the brush itself isn't moving. I was on vacation, stuck with this toothbrush and highly disappointed.

The QUIP concept is fantastic. You can purchase a variety of packages (toothbrush or toothbrush and QUIP toothpaste), along with a 'year prepay' subscription for toothbrush heads and toothpaste. Essentially, you won't have to put much thought into your dental care products going forward. You can purchase a set of two toothbrushes or even a family package that includes four toothbrushes. These days unboxing (subscriptions) are super-trendy - I practically have everything delivered to my home on a set schedule -  DIY meal delivery plans, healthy snack boxes, smoothies, cosmetics, wine..

The toothbrush design is sleek, lightweight, comes a variety of metallic colors and the brush-head is a good size. I was most excited about the size and light-weight design. The toothbrush comes in a plastic test-tube - perfect storage. It also comes with a travel cover/wall mount. It's a sleeve that mounts on your wall or mirror for easy access. Everything about the QUIP toothbrush is perfect, EXCEPT that it doesn't feel like you're using an electric toothbrush at all. It's a regular toothbrush with a sexy design and a battery inside. 

I use the Phillips Sonicare Diamond Clean Toothbrush. It's much bigger, comes with an at-home charger (glass cup on a stand), and a travel/charging case. Along with the case, it's huge and annoying to travel with. BUT it vibrates! 

Everyone is raving about the QUIP - it's getting amazing reviews. I agree the toothbrush has a lot of good qualities, but if vibration is high on your must-have list, this tool falls short. I want to love the QUIP, but the lack of movement just won't satisfy my dental needs. 
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QUIP

October 09, 2017
You know when you're in the mood for a little 'self-love' - AND F**K, the batteries are dead. It's a feeling of great disappointment (especially when you realize you don't have extra batteries!)....

Gentle, Rich & Nourishing

October 02, 2017


It's been fifteen months, and I'm still recovering from my botched hair-dye job! Imma spare you the rant and just say, I tried to go from black to blonde and it was a total fail. In the process of repairing my strands, I've spent countless dollars on masks, and the famed Olaplex. In the past few months, I finally feel like my hair has come to a point where hydrating masks and repair products are no longer necessary - it's all about letting my hair grow now..  

I do however like to boost my strands moisture once a week with super nourishing Bumble and Bumble Gentle Shampoo and Rich Conditioner. The shampoo gently cleanses, hydrates and leaves your hair silky and shiny. The Rich conditioner restores luster and bounce. These products combined leave your hair feeling super-nourished and crazy soft. 



Bumble and Bumble just released another amazing hair product -  Prêt-à-powder Très Invisible (nourishing) Dry Shampoo. If you're a Bb fan you know that the original Prêt-à-powder is equal parts dry shampoo, style extender and volumizer. The original comes in a powder format, smells nice and absorbs oil quickly. The powder is tricky though - you gotta make sure it's absorbed and not visible (especially on dark colored hair). In comes the new and improved Prêt-à-powder Dry Shampoo. It cleanses roots and extends your style. It is practically invisible and nourishes your hair. The scent is strong, but diminishes quickly. I'd rather the original powder scent in the new Prêt-à-powder dry shampoo, but Bumble and Bumble didn't consult me on the one! LOVE this product. 
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Gentle, Rich & Nourishing

October 02, 2017
It's been fifteen months, and I'm still recovering from my botched hair-dye job! Imma spare you the rant and just say, I tried to go from black to blonde and it was a total fail. In the process...

Beauty Insider 'Rewards Bazaar'

September 28, 2017


I've been a Sephora Beauty Insider for almost ten years! I have a ridiculous amount of points. I used to spend my points on deluxe-size samples and cosmetic sets - Earlier this year, Sephora launched 'Rewards Bazaar'. The revised membership program drops amazing one-of-a-kind experiences, services from Sephora, as well as other top brands, and deluxe-size samples and sets every Tuesday and Thursday. I guess I'm not the only Insider with an enormous amount of points, and they had to create a platform for all the product junkies to spend their points. Rewards Bazaar rewards range from 100 - 15,000 points (so the site claims)! BUT, I recall seeing rewards upwards of 30,000 points. SO YOU KNOW - for every dollar spent at Sephora, you get one point. This program is brilliant, and makes being a loyal Sephora customer worth every dollar spent.

These epic rewards go fast. I had my eye on a Wildfox + Sole dutch-style bicycle. I had to have this bike - Every Tuesday and Thursday, I sat at my computer and waited for the new rewards to appear (refreshing the site often). These rewards drop between 9:00 am - 5:00 pm PT. I almost had the bicycle.. It was in my cart, and by the time I reviewed all the other products and chose samples, the bike was sold out. WHAT THE F**K - it was in my cart. Apparently, these rewards cannot be reserved and held in your cart for even a minute. Only 15 bikes for 5000 points, and they were sold out in three minutes! 




I'll admit, I'm a bit stingy with my points. I'm not gonna spend them on just anything. A few months ago I snagged the IGK Great Escape Hair Set (pictured here). The reward included an IGK pouch, travel-size products - Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo, Beach Club Texture Spray, Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel, Hot Girls Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner, Call Time Styling Primer, an IGK hair tie, Hot Girls hair clip and hotel-style 'Rich Kid' slippers. I'm a HUGE fan of IGK and will definitely use everything in this set. It was well worth the 2000 points. 

If your not a Beauty Insider, join the club. Even the 100 point deluxe-size samples are worth the membership. Each month new 100 and 500 point rewards are posted. The 500 point rewards are kits containing four - five products from a single brand. These make great gifts. 

I'm a beauty blogger and purchase all of the products posted on b.a.grogie. Rewards for my dollars spent are very much appreciated. Thanks Sephora!
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Beauty Insider 'Rewards Bazaar'

September 28, 2017
I've been a Sephora Beauty Insider for almost ten years! I have a ridiculous amount of points. I used to spend my points on deluxe-size samples and cosmetic sets - Earlier this year, Sephora launched...

Kale + Green Tea AND Spinach

September 26, 2017
Kale, spinach and green tea are some of my favorite superfoods. Of course, I'd wanna try this Fresh Pressed Superfood Skin Kit by Youth To The People. You can't go wrong applying veggies to your skin - right? 

The kit includes a small bottle of cleanser and a pot of facial cream. I had high hopes, but these superfood-enriched products were kinda disappointing. The scent (especially the cleanser) is super strong, kinda 'hotel-soap-like', and it lingered. The Age Prevention Superfood Cleanser claims to have non-stripping suds - the suds are a little overwhelming (there's a lot). The cleanser also left my skin feeling dry. I expected more from this superfood-enriched product, and unfortunately, I purchased the full-size prior to trying it (pictured here). 

The Age Prevention Superfood Cream has a nice texture, but the scent bothered me. The moisturizing effect of the cream is not enough to combat the dryness from the cleanser. I gave both these products to someone less sensitive to scents. 

Facial cleanser should be shower-friendly. This cleanser comes in a glass bottle and is an accident waiting to happen. I drop stuff all the time! This alone would deter me from re-purchasing the cleanser. Superfood-enriched facial products is a great concept, but the execution here didn't meet my expectations. 
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Kale + Green Tea AND Spinach

September 26, 2017
Kale, spinach and green tea are some of my favorite superfoods. Of course, I'd wanna try this Fresh Pressed Superfood Skin Kit by Youth To The People. You can't go wrong applying veggies to your skin...

Smile Bright

September 03, 2017

I'm a fan of the HiSmile Teeth Whitening System, so of course I purchased the 'oh so similar' Pop Smile Teeth Whitening Kit. Like the HiSmile whitening solution, Pop Smile whitening gel is peroxide-free. The product is gentle on your teeth and won't cause sensitivity. The solution contains 99% natural, 'mouth-friendly ingredients'. Cranberry, peppermint, aloe and chamomile (to name a few). Sodium Bicarbonate is the key ingredient - You're essentially soaking your teeth in Baking Soda. I love Baking Soda. I use Arm and Hammer Baking Soda tooth paste daily, and once and while, I'll brush my teeth with Baking Soda powder for a super-exfoliating cleanse. 


The kit includes a six bulb mini LED device, two whitening trays, three whitening gels, three pre-treatment swabs and a color chart (I like that). Here's where the system differs from HiSmile - the trays have to be soaked in hot water, softened and placed in mouth to mould. Once you've created a fitted mould, you remove the tabs, apply a small amount of whitening gel, and comfortably fit the trays onto your teeth. The LED device 'should' sit nicely in front of the trays. Hmm.. You gotta sit still and concentrate in order to keep that device in place. The HiSmile tray/LED device conveniently attach (extra points for HiSmile). The Pop Smile kit also includes pre-treatment swabs to be used the first three applications. You should use this product nine consecutive times (not sure why you don't use the swabs nine times). Seems like an unnecessary step. Other than those two significant differences the kits are similar and give similar results.

You won't get super-white teeth from either of these solutions, but your teeth will be slightly brighter and with NO sensitivity. I'd say my teeth were two shades lighter after one week of use. I also use Zoom and Opalescence (peroxide based systems) and LOVE the drastic change in color. These solutions do however take longer per session, and will most likely leave your teeth feeling sensitive. I'd suggest a super-whitening in-office treatment and HiSmile or Pop Smile for upkeep. 

I'm not sure which whitening system came first (HiSmile or Pop Smile), but clearly one copied the other.. My final say - HiSmile is easier to use. 


Repost - The HiSmile Teeth Whitening System is easy, quick and kinda fun. The solution is a 'baking soda' gel-form (minimizing tooth sensitivity). The kit comes with an attachable mouth tray and LED light for optimal results. Just ten minutes a day for a week and you should see a significant change in color. Is it as effective as other 'peroxide based' brands (Zoom, Opalescence..)? No, but it takes less time, is less harsh on your teeth and you will see a difference. I have very white teeth to begin with, due to 'in-office' bleaching, but am using this system for maintenance and am happy with the results (especially the 'ten' minutes a day). 
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Smile Bright

September 03, 2017
I'm a fan of the HiSmile Teeth Whitening System, so of course I purchased the 'oh so similar' Pop Smile Teeth Whitening Kit. Like the HiSmile whitening solution, Pop Smile whitening gel...

Twist-Up & Cover-up

August 15, 2017
This twist-up, crayon-like Bb. color stick is the perfect root touch-up product. I have light-brown hair, BUT color my strands black. I hate when my roots show, and admittedly, I have three grays (that I can see)! I dye my hair every three weeks, so my roots are maintained. I do however have very fine hair, and this color stick is great for filling in sparse areas. Just glide the twist-up pencil along your hair for perfect coverage. The formula is water resistant - don't worry about color running down your face, neck and clothes if you get caught in the rain. The stick is compact and takes a little while to cover your roots (or grays), but is great for travel and on-the-go touch ups. 

The Bumble and Bumble Bb. Color Stick is available in five natural shades - blonde, dark blonde, brown, red and black. There are four limited edition statement hues - Ballet (pale pink), Lilac (purple-ish-blue), Flamingo (fuchsia), and Pacific (a vibrant blue). I'm not one for colorful streaks in my hair and it would be a challenge on black stands, but I can see how they'd enhance blonde hair. 

This highly-pigmented color stick is a great temporary solution to roots and grays. Bumble and Bumble is my absolute favorite hair care brand - it's pricey, but worth it. You can purchase the Bb. Color Stick at Sephora. 
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Twist-Up & Cover-up

August 15, 2017
This twist-up, crayon-like Bb. color stick is the perfect root touch-up product. I have light-brown hair, BUT color my strands black. I hate when my roots show, and admittedly, I have three grays...

A Faux-Glow

August 07, 2017


Yeah, I have thirteen makeup highlighters - I realize it's a little unnecessary! The first highlighting makeup I purchased was Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm, and the rest.. well.. I'm a product junkie!

Highlighting, low-lighting and contouring are a must these days. AND there are hundreds of highlighting products to choose from. Before I get in to the specifics, they're all similar. Yeah, the only major difference is whether the product is a solid (creamy-stick), dewy-balm-like stick, powder or liquid. Maybe some have anti-aging qualities or contain SPF, but aside from texture, color and sheen, they're closely related. Here's what I have to say about some of the more popular highlighting products..

Want a slight glow - Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm is subtle and effective. Application is smooth and the barely-there sheen is flattering. Another BB liquid highlighter is Bobbi Brown Face Highlighter. This light liquid will give you super-shiny highlight. It has a strong gold-tone, and there's a whole lot of sparkle in this product. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer - Radiance has a gold-tone and lots of micro sparkles. This light liquid is a bit much for my facial skin, but looks great on legs and shoulders - mix with your body moisturizer and blend well. Primers are great for subtle brightening.

BECCA Backlight Filter Face Primer is unique in that it blurs imperfections, while giving your skin a radiant glow. The super-lightweight liquid absorbs nicely. There is a subtle glow, but barely-there sheen. Be warned, this product has a strong scent (for those who are sensitive). Like the Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm and Laura Mercier Foundation Primer - Radiance, this product is for priming your skin. The effect is subtle, but makes a difference. 



Want a dewy look? Ciaté Dewy Stick has a balm-like texture that glides on oh so smoothly giving your skin a low-shimmer, dewy glow. This The super-light balm is creamy (not tacky). This multipurpose product nourishes your skin, illuminates and leaves a wet-dewy-like sheen. LOVE! Glossier Haloscope is similar, but has more shimmer. The dual-delivery formula combines makeup and skincare. The inner solid oil core contains vitamin-rich minerals, while the outer circle contains genuine crystal extracts. This two-in-one product is lightweight and high-shimmer. Both these dew-infusing products are great for those no makeup days.

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My go-to highlighters are MILK Makeup Highlighter (perfect for body), Benefit Watt's Up! Cream-to-powder Highlighter (favorite), and tréStiQue Mini Highlight & Perfect Multipurpose Stick. MILK Makeup Highlighter is the size of a round deodorant. The larger surface allows for great body application. The product melts with your body heat and blends nicely. I use it on my legs and arms. The Watt's Up! Cream-to-powder Highlighter is the perfect shade (on pale or sun-kissed skin), and the little sponge applicator is handy when you're on the road. I use a damp Beauty Blender (with water and Farsáli Rose Gold Elixir) to blend the Watt's Up! highlighter. The tréStiQue Highlight & Perfect Multipurpose Stick is a similar shade and texture to the Watt's Up! The cream-gel product glides on smoothly, and the luminescent shade is perfect on sun-kissed skin. 



Powder highlighter is still my go-to finishing touch. I LOVE Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder in Pink Glow. The cool-pink highlights are nice on pale skin, and the effect is subtle (apply lightly). I use a fan brush to lightly sweep the product across my cheek bones. For more intense shimmer, I use a dense brush and sweep the powder down the bridge of my nose and across my cupids bow. This product is for specific highlighting (not an all-over glow). This powder highlighter is perfect for a little extra light-reflective glow. 

I consider highlighting a necessity. Even when your skin looks drab and downright yucky - highlighting will do wonders for your complexion. Apply an all-over illuminator to, well.. allover. Apply makeup highlighter to your cheek bones, down the bridge of your nose (don't go all the way to the tip) and across your cupids bow. Fake a fresh glow and highlight.
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A Faux-Glow

August 07, 2017
Yeah, I have thirteen makeup highlighters - I realize it's a little unnecessary! The first highlighting makeup I purchased was Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm, and the rest.. well.. I'm...

Tanning Essentials

July 13, 2017


I've been avoiding the sun for years. Of course, I'm fearful of skin cancer, and I simply don't want to age faster than I have to. I was packing for vacation last week and realized I'm so white, I'm glowing. I decided to hit the salon for a little base tan. AND, of course, I have a rash form head-to-toe. Whether it be in a tanning bed or the sun, I always break out in rashes all over my body. It could be light-sensitivity or over-doing it in the bed. Too much UV radiation exposure, can result in a rash. Your skin (specifically melanin), cannot absorb the radiation. Best solution is to maintain low exposure times and only go twice a week. Rushing a tan is never a good idea! 

A safer alternative is self-tanning. I've been using St. Tropez self-tanner for years. This product line gives you natural bronze. The application is easy, and the variety of the formulas meet many different needs. I've tried other self-tanning brands, as well as salon self-tanning, but always go back to St. Tropez. 

First, exfoliate. St. Tropez Tan Enhancing Body Polish is a great exfoliator. It's gentle and smells refreshing. I personally prefer something little more harsh - Babe Body Salt is my favorite. But for sensitive skin, this is the product for you.

I love the Self Tan Bronzing Mousse. I use the larger tanning mitt, and apply the solution in swift circular motions, until my skin is drenched in self-tanner. I always exfoliate for days prior to self-taming, and liberally apply moisturizer to my hands, elbows, knees and feet prior to applying the product. This will ensure that you don't get streaks along your hands and feet, or darker shades on your elbows and knees. I use the mini mitt on my face and ears. I apply only a small amount, swiftly apply it to my face and neck in circular motions, and then apply the residue on my ears and along my hairline. 



The award wining Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse allows you to control the depth of your tan. Apply, and after one, two or three hours (depending on your desired bronze), jump in the shower to limit the tanning process. Take note - your tan will continue to develop for up to eight hours. This innovative, time-sensitive'  product is great. I wouldn't recommend beginners use this product, but rather the Self Tan Bronzing Mousse.

Maintenance is important - self-tanning requires daily effort. The Tan Enhancing Body Moisturizer should be applied days after self-tanning to keep your skin moisturized. It will prolong your tan for up to three days. Tan applicator mitts are a necessity. The mitts allow for even application and protect your hands. I've taken it a step further and wear latex gloves. I removed them last and apply the residue from the larger mitt to my hands. 
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Tanning Essentials

July 13, 2017
I've been avoiding the sun for years. Of course, I'm fearful of skin cancer, and I simply don't want to age faster than I have to. I was packing for vacation last week and realized I'm so white, I'm...

Hydrate Your Skin

July 06, 2017


There are currently 496 moisturizers available at Sephora.com. Choosing a facial cream can be exhausting. You really have to know your specific needs (anti-aging, acne and blemishes, dryness..). You gotta research ingredients that are necessary to your needs, and start reading labels. 
Customer reviews and personal beauty blog posts are an excellent way to narrow down your search. How many stars does the product get? What are 'real' people saying? I'm a self-declared product junkie and think these hydrating products are worth a mention.. 
This is intense hydration - Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream is a concentrated 30 percent hyaluronic acid cream. Hyaluronic acid is a potent hydrator that can retain up to 1000 times it's weight in water. If water was creamy- this would be it. It's so refreshing, and leaves your skin feeling silky and super-nourished. The non-greasy cream absorbs fairly quickly (a little goes a long way), and doesn't leave your skin shiny. Water Drench is the perfect hydrator during summer. I purchased this a few months ago and couldn't stop applying it during the first week (2-3 times a day). It's addictive. I use the moisturizer when I plan to go bare, cause it's not thick enough to prime my skin for makeup.

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics has been my go-to brand for years. The Hydrating Face Cream and Vitamin Enriched Face Base are two of my favorite BB products. The Hydrating Face Cream absorbs nicely, plumps your skin, and creates the perfect base for makeup. This lightweight formula has a refreshing, masculine scent that diminishes quickly. It's also enriched with mineral water. I'm addicted to water (really) - I consume two to three liters a day. On the subject of anti-aging, water is your best friend. 
The Vitamin Enriched Face Base is an oil-free primer and moisturizer. Like the Hydrating Face Cream, this product hydrates and plumps your skin. It's much thicker than the Hydrating Face Cream and has a light, citrus scent. I use the Vitamin Enriched Face Base if I need super-nourishing, and plan to pile on the makeup.

I love this brand - so does everyone else. The oh so popular Glossier brand prides themselves on a no-makeup-makeup kinda look - a natural girl who doesn't fuss over perfection. Don't we all wanna be that girl?
Glossier Priming Moisturizer and Priming Moisturizer Rich hydrate and prime your skin for makeup (or not). Priming products simply nourish and plump your skin, giving you a healthier look, and preparing your face for easy makeup application. The Priming Moisturizer contains Hyaluronic Acid, Mushroom Super Hydrator and Vitamins A, C and E. This lightweight formula is buildable and has a 'cream' scent. There's something to be said for products in tubes - you can really get down to the last dollop. 
The Priming Moisturizer Rich is much thicker and ideal for bedtime. It contains Red Algae Complex, Ceramides (oily waxes), Fatty Acids, Murumuru Butter, and Lavender Oil (could do without this scent). Like the Priming Moisturizer, this formula contains an anti-redness complex (I need that), and Oxygenating Agent. This is a 'luxurious face cream'.

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Hydrate Your Skin

July 06, 2017
There are currently 496 moisturizers available at Sephora.com. Choosing a facial cream can be exhausting. You really have to know your specific needs (anti-aging, acne and blemishes, dryness..)....

Hydrate Your Hair

July 03, 2017

Sunshine, pool water, salt water.. Your hair needs extra hydration during the summer months. My hair was damaged beyond repair last summer (botched dye job). I consider myself an expert on hydrating hair masks. These are my favorite super hydrators..

IGK Prenup Instant Spray Hair Mask is AMAZING! The 360 aerosol spray allows for easy application. The scent is delicious, and your hair will feel nourished and silky after just one minute. I use this mask every time I wash my strands. Give your hair a good scrub, apply conditioner and rinse immediately, then apply the Prenup hair splash mask, leave for minute and rinse. This hydrating hair mask is a MUST HAVE!


Bumble and Bumble is the Balm-To-Oil Pre-Shampoo Masque saved my hair, and is worth a second mention. Take a big dollop, rub your hands together to melt the product and apply to dry hair, section by section (dry hair absorbs better than wet hair). Leave for a minimum of twenty minutes. This super hydrating masque contains the Hairdresser's Invisible Oil six signature oils - argon, macadamia nut, coconut, safflower seed, grape seed oil and sweet almond. The signature scent is subtle and sweet. I apply this masque once a week, and it has made a HUGE difference in my hair. I've been struggling with severely damaged hair for a year, and only saw a significant improvement after using this product.


I purchased Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil in the OH SO TEMPTING mini section at Sephora. The lineup at Sephora is a trap - you're surrounded by mini's that cost much more than the full-size products (based on cost per ounce). Admittedly, this is my favorite section at Sephora. I can no longer find Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil on Sephora's site, so I'm not sure if Sephora carries this product anymore. Hmm.. 

I love this stuff. It's a multi-purpose coconut oil that hydrates your hair and body. Like the Bumble and Bumble Balm-To-Oil Pre-Shampoo Masque, this product melts in your hands. Scoop out a big dollop, allow it to melt and apply to the ends of your hair. You can leave the oil on for as long as you want. The scent is ok (natural-like). You can use this oil to sweeten your beverages, replace your go-to cooking oil, and apply as a moisturizer to your hair and skin. 
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Hydrate Your Hair

July 03, 2017
Sunshine, pool water, salt water.. Your hair needs extra hydration during the summer months. My hair was damaged beyond repair last summer (botched dye job). I consider myself an expert on hydrating...

Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil

June 16, 2017

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Cleansing Oil-Crème Duo is a super hydrating-cleanser that will leave your hair silky and soft. The dual-chamber disperses the moisturizing cream from the inner chamber, and a low-foam cleanser from the outer chamber. It's a two-in-one super hydrating wash. This product is great for anyone with dry, damaged strands, flyaways and frizz. I use this Cleansing Oil-Crème Duo every third wash. Hairdresser's Invisible Oil signature scent is coconut(ish) and subtle. Along with every other product by Bumble and Bumble, I LOVE this Cleansing Oil-Crème Duo.


Another amazing new product from Bumble and Bumble is the Balm-To-Oil Pre-Shampoo Masque. This stuff saved my hair. Take a big dollop, rub your hands together to melt the product and apply to dry hair, section by section (dry hair absorbs better than wet hair). Leave for a minimum of twenty minutes. This super hydrating masque contains the Hairdresser's Invisible Oil six signature oils - argon, macadamia nut, coconut, safflower seed, grape seed oil and sweet almond. The signature scent is delicious. I apply this masque once a week, and it has made a HUGE difference in my hair. I've been struggling with severely damaged hair for a year, and only saw a significant improvement after using this product. A MUST HAVE.


Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil is my favorite haircare collection. I've been using the shampoo, conditioner and oil for years. Each time a new addition is released, I purchase it, and am never disappointed. The product line includes - shampoo, conditioner, primer (great for detangling wet hair), oil (super lightweight), the Cleansing Oil-Crème Duo, pre-shampoo masque, and Dry Oil Finishing Spray. I use all of these products regularly.


I've tried many other brands over the years, but keep going back to Bumble and Bumble. Many of the products are also available in travel size (love that). If you don't wanna invest in the full-sized, opt for the travel size (I'm sure you'll upgrade to the larger versions).
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Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil

June 16, 2017
Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Cleansing Oil-Crème Duo is a super hydrating-cleanser that will leave your hair silky and soft. The dual-chamber disperses the moisturizing cream from...

A Waterless Shave

June 10, 2017

To be honest, a waterless shave sounds painful, and screams RAZOR BURN! I played it safe and tested the Gillette Venus Waterless razor on my knees (the skin on my lower legs is super sensitive). The portable razor is fairly small. The soft handle contains a lubricating softgel with aloe. Just squeeze the product onto the gel applicator + cleaning pad, apply to your skin and shave. You can use the foam-like applicator to rub excess gel into your skin post shave. The process is easy, the shave is smooth and the hair is gone. The gel is non-sticky, leaves no residue and has a refreshing scent. I had no irritation - my legs are perpetually sore from shaving, so that's sayin' something.


The Venus Waterless razor has a disposable single blade, and is only meant to be used a few times. This convenient razor is not a daily shave kinda razor, but rather an on-the-go solution to touch-ups, travel or 'I didn't have time to shave in the shower, so I'll do it the cab' razor! I was reluctant to like this product, but am convinced that this Waterless razor is a great on-the-go solution to our hairy needs.
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A Waterless Shave

June 10, 2017
To be honest, a waterless shave sounds painful, and screams RAZOR BURN! I played it safe and tested the Gillette Venus Waterless razor on my knees (the skin on my lower legs is super sensitive). The...

Latest Lip Loves

June 09, 2017

I'm addicted to lip balm and was so disappointed when Sephora discontinued the Kiss Me Balm - the little egg shaped balm came in a many colors, the scents were yummy and the product was amazing. So began my search for a new go-to balm.. Of course, I went with a Sephora lip balm hoping it would be similar to the Kiss Me Balm. The soothing Coconut Water Lip Balm is nice. The scent is delicious and the product feels nourishing on your lips. The balm is thicker than the Kiss Me Balm, but a similar texture. The packaging is less than what you would expect from Sephora. The turn-tube is made of plastic, and the coconut printed cover feels like card-stock. I'm not sure how the packaging would hold if it got wet (and am not gonna test it out). 

Sephora Honey Lip Scrub is amazing! When I first applied the scrub, I thought this isn't working - how can a balm exfoliate your lips. After a few vigorous applications I reached the grains inside. I rub the balm in circular motions on my lips until they're drenched in product, then I use my finger and massage the grains onto my lips. The result - smooth lips in seconds. Best part is the gains dissolve, and your lips are covered in a creamy, honey-scented balm. It tastes good too - not that you should eat it, but scrubs tend to get in your mouth. LOVE! 


Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Double the Lip Lipstick Liner in One is innovative, and allows you to create fuller lips in one swipe. The teardrop shaped lipstick and liner in one combines two complimentary satin-finish shades - one is the liner and the other a lipstick. Just place the lipstick and liner in one flat on your lips, and apply them simultaneously. I find the contrast between the colors a bit too much, so I blend with my finger. The result is gorgeous. I purchased the full-sized Criminally Coral and received the Lusty Rose travel-sized as a gift with purchase. The sandy-coral shade of Criminally Coral looks great on my pale skin (I'm a fan of coral) . I'm sure the Criminally Coral shade would look amazing on sun kissed skin. The neutral shade of Lusty Rose is a dark rose shade (not really my color). The lipstick and line run one feels nice, your lips appear fuller and there's no feathering. Definitely a New Lipstick 'LOVE'.

Oh and the Sephora Kiss Me Balm in Creme Brûlée (clear) appears to be temporarily back in stock, and it's on sale. I bought eight! 
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Latest Lip Loves

June 09, 2017
I'm addicted to lip balm and was so disappointed when Sephora discontinued the Kiss Me Balm - the little egg shaped balm came in a many colors, the scents were yummy and the product was amazing. So...

I'm Blushing..

June 02, 2017

The three cosmetics I can't live without are blush, eyebrow gel and lip balm. I LOVE blush and have as many shades as I do lipstick colors. I usually opt for coral shades - cool tones look great with pale skin and black hair, but I do dabble in pinks and neutrals sometimes. Blush changes your complexion (and overall look) dramatically. Whether you want a subtle no-makeup-makeup look, drama or sun kissed skin, you can transform your face with blush. I have a great Spring/Summer collection of blushes - the variety of colors make for the perfect look in every situation..


The Bobbi Brown Cheek Glow Palette (Pearl and Pink Flush) includes the amazing BB Pot Rouge cream blush and a cream highlighter. This palette can be used on your cheeks for a subtle glow or on your lips. I've been using Pot Rouge on my lips for a while, but never on my face. Cream blush always seemed little strange to me - application is more difficult and I like using makeup applicators, rather than my fingers. You gotta prime your face before applying cream makeup and only a little at time. The heat exuded from your fingers allows you to blend the blush nicely, so take your time. If you have dry skin, cream blush is a good solution. The Pink Flush shade and Pearl highlight in this palette are perfect for summer - pretty and subtle.


I've always been a fan of Bobbi Brown blush. There's a variety of shades in matte (for the perfect flushed look), or shimmer. The pigment is strong and the color lasts. The brighter/darker shades can be heavy in color, so layer lightly. Bobbi Brown Blush in Coral Sugar gives you a subtle pink-flush. Apply to the balls of your cheeks for a healthy look. Bobbi Brown Blush in Apricot is a vibrant shade (a deep coral), and is the perfect evening color. 


Bobbi Brown Blush in Nude Peach and Laura Mercier Joie De Vivre Windflush are the perfect no-makeup-makeup shades. These colors give you a subtle-flush (wind flush). The peach shades will look great on any skin tone, especially pale tones. When your outta time or just lazy, these blushes are great for a little color and no-fuss look. 


MY FAVORITE - Givenchy Prisme Blush in Rite and Givenchy Prisme Blush in Spice. I'm obsessed. These prisme blushes can be used four ways - candid alone (lighter color), bold alone (darker color), harmonious (combination of both), or structured (allow your brush to pick up the light on one end and dark on the other, then apply with the darker shade on the bottom. I have one negative critique - the scent is strong and unpleasant (kinda like an old ladies perfume). I'm not sure why blush should even have a scent. If you're sensitive to smells, this blush is not for you. 

These colors are AMAZING. The peachy-coral shades of Rite (pictured) are sweet and subtle - Perfect for a sun-kissed glow. Spice is a little darker, with a coral undertone and pink highlight. LOVE.
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I'm Blushing..

June 02, 2017
The three cosmetics I can't live without are blush, eyebrow gel and lip balm. I LOVE blush and have as many shades as I do lipstick colors. I usually opt for coral shades - cool tones look great with...

Fashionable Dental Care

May 25, 2017

MARVIS is THE superior dental brand. The Whitening Mint toothpaste is my favorite. It has a strong cool-mint flavor that lingers in your mouth. Like all seven flavors, the Whitening Mint toothpaste gives you a slight tingling sensation - so refreshing first thing in the AM. You can purchase MARVIS toothpaste in full-size or travel size (I like that). You can also purchase the Seven Days of Flavor Set. These delicious toothpastes are available in Classic Strong Mint, Licorice Mint, Jasmine Mint, Ginger Mint, Cinnamon Mint, Aquatic Mint and Whitening Mint. The Jasmine Mint is a little strange (for my taste). It's like brushing your teeth with minty-flowers. I'm not a fan of licorice either, but again, it's personal taste.


The Strong Mint Mouthwash Concentrate is an alcohol-free mouth rinse, that promotes good oral hygiene. The flavor is super-strong - I tear up (seriously), and can't swish it around too long. The mint flavor is refreshing and lasts.. This mouthwash does everything you would expect from an oral rinse - fights tooth decay, combats plaque, bacteria, inflammation and leaves your breathe minty-fresh.

This dental care product line is imported from Florence, Italy and expensive - BUT worth it. The packaging makes for a nice bathroom accessory, and the unexpected flavors are stimulating. I brush my teeth often and appreciate a variety of toothpaste flavors. LOVE this brand. 
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Fashionable Dental Care

May 25, 2017
MARVIS is THE superior dental brand. The Whitening Mint toothpaste is my favorite. It has a strong cool-mint flavor that lingers in your mouth. Like all seven flavors, the Whitening Mint toothpaste...

Hair Repair

May 17, 2017

It's been almost a year since my traumatic and altogether unsuccessful hair transformation. They all (the many hairstylists) said it will take six months to recover my hair. I've been obsessively treating, cutting and babying my strands - Still, eleven months and counting.. Hair grows (it's a fact), but repairing severely damaged hair takes time - Oh, and lots of products. I'm embarrassed to say how much I've spent on hair repair solutions and vitamins. 

Initially, I was skeptical of Olaplex and didn't have great things to say about this preventative treatment. The stylist who took my hair from black to orange to green to greenish-gray-yellow-blonde (YUP, thats what I ended up with), said Olaplex would protect my hair from the bleach and there would be little damage. NOT TRUE! Clearly this stylist overestimated the treatment and was 'possibly' misinformed. I was still under the impression that Olaplex would repair my hair. I used Olaplex one, two and three for a few months after, but didn't feel like my hair was getting better, so I discontinued the treatments. 

Some time later my new stylist explained that Olaplex is a preventive treatment, and not a hair repair solution. She said regular applications would keep my hair from being further damaged. I got back on the Olaplex-wagon. Along with intense hydrating masks and vitamins, my hair 'slowly' started to grow. My stylist includes Olaplex step-one in my color solution. After rinsing the color, Olaplex step-two is applied. In between salon visits, I use Olaplex step-three (just once). Admittedly, I've been converted and am a fan of this hair-care product.

  
Nutrients support hairs strength, resulting in less breakage and thus healthier strands. Vitamins you should look for in a vitamin blend - A, B, C, D, K, Biotin, Keratin (your hair is made up of keratin protein), Folic Acid, Iron, Niacin, Magnesium, Protein, Zinc.. Not to mention minerals and oils that support healthy hair. Viviscal Hair Growth Vitamins are comprised of vitamins and minerals your hair needs. This supplement gets great reviews, many dermatologists sell or recommend these vitamins, and from my experience IT WORKS! I've been taking these vitamins for about six months. I'm terrible at taking vitamins regularly, but my sporadic vitamin-popping has still made a difference. 

Viviscal vitamin supplements contain Biotin, Zinc, Vitamin C, Iron, Calcium, Niacin, Horsetail Extract, Millet Seed Extract and the exclusive marine complex AminoMar (shark cartilage and Oyster Extract Powder). there are a few essential vitamins missing, but if it works, who cares. Six months of intense hydrating masks, Olaplex treatments and Viviscal supplements has made my hair stronger, a little thicker (I have baby hairs), and healthier. 

WARNING - Don't trust a stylist that says Olaplex is a miracle treatment that will take your hair from black to blonde in weeks. Below are pics of my disastrous transformation. After days in the salon, fried strands and painful lesions on my scalp, I went back to black. I couldn't settle for greenish-gray-yellow-blonde, and further bleaching was not an option. 


Original posts - See August 2016.
 
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Hair Repair

May 17, 2017
It's been almost a year since my traumatic and altogether unsuccessful hair transformation. They all (the many hairstylists) said it will take six months to recover my hair. I've been obsessively...

Where Healthy Hair Begins..

May 11, 2017

Oily hair and dandruff go together like 'yuck'. I'm not an expert and will never understand how skin can be oily and dry at the same time. Since my dramatic hair transformation last year ('tryna' go black to blonde), I've had major scalp issues. My hair is much more oily and I have dandruff!? Yup - dandruff. It's kinda like 'the' curse word nobody says out loud - DANDRUFF! Ok, now that I've said it aloud, or rather posted it in shouting context, lets talk oil and flakes.  

Amongst the damaged hair treatments and gentle hair care, I've been struggling to combat my oily hair and dry scalp. After just one day, my hair looks greasy (I KNOW). My hair is damaged from bleach and I can't shampoo everyday, so I began researching.. My oh so lovely hair stylist recommended I apply Bumble and Bumble All-Style Blowdry to my scalp prior to blow-drying my hair. I also use Bumble and Bumble Repair Blow Dry and Mending Complex on my strands. The All-Style Blowdry formula has oil-absorbing powders and doesn't leave buildup on your scalp. Applying this product after washing my hair has reduced the oil buildup dramatically. 


In all my on-line studies, I realized that healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp, so I invested in a few treatments. My favorite treatment shampoo is Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo. The charcoal and coconut oil-infused shampoo exfoliates and soothes your scalp. The detox formula is super refreshing. Scalp Revival has a peppermint scent and slightly tingles. I expected a strong cold-tingly feeling, but was pleasantly surprised at the subtlety. I use this shampoo every two weeks for a super cleansing, refreshing, detox of the scalp.


Phyto Phytopolléine Botanical Scalp Treatment regulates the scalp, promoting healthy, energized hair. This oil treatment is super strong in scent and sensation. I use it once a month and love how refreshed and revitalized my scalp feels. This elixir is 100 percent pure and natural oils - Approximately four pounds of fresh plants per bottle!

The combination of these three products has allowed me to skip TWO DAYS in between washings. This is a big deal for me (I used to wash everyday). My scalp is less itchy, I have less flakes and my oil problem has subsided (at least for two days). Washing my hair two-three times a week is so beneficial to the hair-repair process. It never occurred to me to treat the skin on my head, but it makes perfect sense now. I invest so much money in facial serums and creams, of course I should invest in my scalp.
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Where Healthy Hair Begins..

May 11, 2017
Oily hair and dandruff go together like 'yuck'. I'm not an expert and will never understand how skin can be oily and dry at the same time. Since my dramatic hair transformation last year ('tryna' go...

Benefit Mini Makeup Kits

May 09, 2017
I love Benefit cosmetics. The brand is fun, vibrant and ranks high on the 'favorite makeup brand' charts. Benefit Cosmetics Makeup Kits are the prefect way to try the brands best sellers and get a cute little makeup pouch. I purchased the 'Sunday My Prince Will Come Easy Weekender Kit' and 'Date Night With Mr. Right Sexy Night Out Makeup Kit' (the names are so fun). The products pictured here are from both kits - I only kept my favorite mini products and the pink pouch. There's also a Benefit Work Kit, Girl! Work-Day Essential Makeup kit. Each Benefit Cosmetics kit comes with four mini's and a makeup bag. 

My favorite Benefit products - Benefit Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter in Champagne is my favorite highlighter (and I've tried them all). The highlight is subtle and the perfect shade. The stick glides on nicely - apply to your check bones, the bridge of your nose and upper lip with a damp beauty blender. The full-sized product has a little sponge applicator on one end, but I prefer the beauty blender. Benefit High Beam is a satiny-pink liquid highlighter. I put a little in my moisturizer for a healthy glow. Benefit They're Real! Tinted primer in Mink Brown is the perfect primer for eyebrows and lashes. Apply the primer before mascara for a dramatic look, or alone for a 'no-makeup' kinda look. Benefit GALifornia Blush in Sunny Golden Pink looks amazing on sun-kissed skin. It's an orange-coral shade and the pigment is strong, so apply a little and layer. 

The Benefit mini products are really small and perfect for your handbag or travel cosmetic bag. I love mini's! Each kit retails for $32 and are available at Sephora.
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Benefit Mini Makeup Kits

May 09, 2017
I love Benefit cosmetics. The brand is fun, vibrant and ranks high on the 'favorite makeup brand' charts. Benefit Cosmetics Makeup Kits are the prefect way to try the brands best sellers and get a...

Babe Body Scrub

May 05, 2017
In preparation for self-tanning season (Imma faux-tan kinda girl), I've been sampling body scrubs. The verdict - Babe Green Tea Body Scrub is my favorite.  This body exfoliator has transformed my tired, 'winter' skin. The robust granules are tough on dry skin. You can really feel the aggressive scrub removing the dead, parched skin and you'll love how soft your skin feels after a few applications (even those little bumps on the back of your arms will slightly diminish). WARNING - this stuff is aggressive, so if your skin is sensitive, I don't recommend using Babe Body Scrub. I used the entire bag (everyday) for week and now I can't live without it. 

The Green Tea scent is refreshing. I used Babe Body Scrub Pink Salt as well, but didn't love the smell. Babe Green Tea Body Scrub doesn't leave your skin feeling oily, but just refreshed and smooth. The resealable bag is convenient, cause you can dump some product into your hand and exfoliate your skin by section. I also use this scrub on my feet after a pedicure - amazing results (yes, I do my own pedicures). There's also a coffee scrub that is supposedly good for cellulite. I think the three scrubs do the same thing, but smell different. Caffeine-infused salts are not going to diminish cellulite! 

I really like this body scrub and will definitely repurchase. Babe Green Tea Body Scrub is available at Sephora.
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Babe Body Scrub

May 05, 2017
In preparation for self-tanning season (Imma faux-tan kinda girl), I've been sampling body scrubs. The verdict - Babe Green Tea Body Scrub is my favorite.  This body exfoliator has...

Bobbi Brown Remedies

May 01, 2017

When I read that Bobbi Brown Cosmetics would release a collection of skin 'Remedies', I was super excited. I felt like I was cheating on my adored Glossier serums, but a collection by my favorite cosmetic brand is too tempting. Of course, I purchased all six Bobbi Brown Remedies (product junkie here). These remedies treat everything from dehydration to irritation to problem skin..

Skin salves are having a moment - or maybe I'm having a salve moment and just assume everyone else it? The Remedies Skin Salve No. 57 is a MUST HAVE. A few weeks ago, I peeled dry skin on the side of my nose and literally caused a huge split (super painful and stupid). I applied this salve many times for three days and the wound healed completely. This salve is great for chapped lips and super dry areas (anywhere you have damaged skin). I use it on my cuticles - it keeps them nourished and they appear to be in much better condition. The super nourishing ingredients in Skin Salve were chosen to repair dry, damaged and compromised skin. Shea Butter binds moisture to the skin, while Beeswax creates a barrier. Natural root extracts, carrot and licorice, were added for their moisturizing properties. The super-thick formula has a pleasant, fresh scent - some say carrots, but I smell cucumber (even though there is no cucumber on the ingredient list).


I still struggle with the idea of using oil to combat oily skin and clogged pores. Years ago, my dermatologist told me to avoid anything that contained oil - BUT apparently oil is the new 'de-clogging' remedy. Skin Clarifier No. 75 is comprised of skin-purifying Manuka Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Rosehip Oil (rich in nutrients), and Saw Palmetto Oil to control sebum levels. Together these oils exfoliate your skin and clean out pores. This thick clarifier is super oily (smells like oil too) and heavy on your skin. I recommend you apply this treatment last in your nightly routine and a little goes a long way, so just a few drops. Skin Clarifier is the only in the collection that causes my rosacea to flare-up, so I apply it sporadically. I can't say if it's improving my skin as of yet.. Layer over Reviver and under Skin Relief to treat problem skin. 

Skin Relief No. 80 - Natural ingredients from Israeli Red Algae and Knotted Kelp calm skin irritation and reduce the appearance of redness. Red Algae is known for its soothing properties and redness reducing powers. This non-greasy, calming algae complex is weightless, absorbs fairly quickly and leaves your skin feeling soft. I have rocasea and need all the 'skin relief' I can get. My face is usually red in the AM (after washing and applying product), and this serum does temporarily relieve the redness. Layer over Skin Reviver and Skin Clarifier to treat reactive, problem skin.

Skin Moisture Solution No. 86 - This intense hydration compound contains Sodium Hyaluronate - a powerful moisture magnet. It can absorb up to 1000 times its weight in water. This Skin Moisture Solution promotes natural Hyaluronic acid (skin plumper) production and restores skin's moisture levels. The solution is medium-weight, absorbs fairly quickly and feels silky on your skin. In combination with Skin Reviver and Skin Relief, my skin does appear more hydrated and less irritated. Layer over Skin Reviver and under Skin Fortifier (super heavy tonic) to boost dull, dry skin. 

Skin Reviver No. 91 - This power greens ferment is super rich in antioxidants. The lightweight solution contains extracts from green algae, fresh kale, spinach and brussels sprouts. YES, those little, smelly (I'm not a fan), cabbage-like orbs are making their way into skincare. This remedy is kinda like a green juice for your face. The ferment goes on like water and absorbs quickly. The scent is strange; familiar, but unrecognizable and subtly unpleasant (you get used to it). I like the Skin Reviver ferment very much. It absorbs fast and doesn't irritate. I wouldn't say my skin looks 'amazing' due to these remedies, but with all the stress and traveling I've endured, I don't look too bad! When layering Bobbi Brown remedies, apply Skin Reviver first.

Skin Fortifier No. 93 repairs and replenishes the skin's moisture barrier. Your skin's ability to protect itself will allow it to hold moisture and keep toxins out. This light-green tonic contains lipid-rich ingredients to supplement your skin's ceramides, fatty acids and cholesterol. Muru Muru Butter promotes supple skin, cold pressed Meadowfoam Seed Oil and Olive Oil supplement skin's fatty acids, Rasberry Leaf Wax is an essential lipid that gives skin structure and Soybean Sterols bolster skin's cholesterol. Sound heavy? IT IS! This tonic barely absorbs, so stay away from delicate fabrics. THIS STUFF IS THICK AND OILY. I'm not a fan of heavy oil on my face, so I'm hesitant to apply this serum. Layer over Skin Reviver and Skin Moisture to combat dry skin.



I thought I had retired my Glossier serums and shacked up with Bobbi Brown Remedies, but I am not so sure.. I will repurchase the Skin Reviver No. 91. It's super light-weight, absorbs quickly and I'm a fan of 'topical greens'. I'm on my second bottle of No. 80 and No. 86, but I'm not sure I will repurchase. I do however LOVE the salve. 

Each bottle has a smart dropper that allows for easy, controlled dispensing. Always layer (never mix solutions), and allow each remedy to dry before applying the next. Apply these remedies light-weight to heavier solutions. Bobbi Brown Remedies retail for $45. The Rescue Kits retail for $35 and contain 3x3 ml remedies to combat different skin issues - Recovery Rescue Kit, Clarity Rescue Kit, and Moisture Rescue Kit. These kits are a great way to sample the products for a fraction of the cost and the mini bottles are perfect for travel. 
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Bobbi Brown Remedies

May 01, 2017
When I read that Bobbi Brown Cosmetics would release a collection of skin 'Remedies', I was super excited. I felt like I was cheating on my adored Glossier serums, but a collection by my favorite...

Luxury Hairstyling

April 28, 2017

Luxury hairstyling brand, IGK, was founded by in-demand stylists from Miami, New York, and Los Angeles. YOU GOTTA VIEW THESE GUYS ONLINE! These stylists are really fascinating and their individual styles are so intriguing. I'd fly across the country and break the bank to get an appointment with any of these stylists - maybe Aaron, Franck, Chase or Leo can recommend a solution for my 'forevermore' damaged bob. Yeah, I tried to go blonde last June and am still suffering the consequences. 

This modern product line has something for every hair trend. My hair is damaged, so I can't experiment with hair products too much. I try and stick to nourishing products, but I do spritz on a little dry shampoo or dirty spray once in a while. When I get my healthy, silky stands back, I'm gonna indulge in all the IGK products. 


My favorite aspect to this brand - the scents. I love the NYC scent of Smoke & Mirror Conditioning Cleansing Oil. I only wash my hair twice a week, and I feel like this cleansing oil doesn't get the three-day grit off my hair - but if I had to do an in-between wash, this would be my go-to product. For anyone that washes daily, I recommend swapping your shampoo for Smoke & Mirror Cleansing Conditioning Oil every other day. Did I mention that it smells amazing?!


The Down & Out Dirty Spray is a great styling product. I have a bob (well kinda) - more like a damaged shag! This spray adds texture and volume. The only downside is that my hair has to be washed the next day. My hair looks really greasy and dirty the morning after applying it. I love this product, but just gotta plan the application prior to a wash. The Dirty & Out spray also comes in a travel size.


The Prenup Instant Spray Hair Mask is my favorite. The LA scent is sweet and soft. The application is easy - wash your hair, apply the product (it's a 360 aerosol spray), wait a minute and rinse. Your hair will feel so soft and nourished. If this mask can combat my dry, damaged hair, it will do wonders for the average mane. I LOVE this product.


The Jet Lag Invisible Shampoo works great to soak up the oil and create volume, but I'm hesitant to use anything that has 'dry' in the label too often. The scent is nice, but a little strong. I'd prefer this product to smell like the Prenup instant spray hair mask.

The Laid-Back Defrizz and Anti-Static Spray has dropped from heaven and answered my hair-static prayers. If you have fine hair, you know static can be super f**king annoying. I used to use Static Guard (yes, the anti-static material spray) on my hair to combat static, but am happy to have a 'hair' styling product replacement. The MIA scent is sweet and subtle. I LOVE this product.

Yeah, these products are expensive, but worth it. There's 24+ IGK hair styling products, including styling, shampoo and conditioners. You can purchase IGK luxury hairstyling products at Sephora.
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Luxury Hairstyling

April 28, 2017
Luxury hairstyling brand, IGK, was founded by in-demand stylists from Miami, New York, and Los Angeles. YOU GOTTA VIEW THESE GUYS ONLINE! These stylists are really fascinating and their individual...

Distinct Brazilian Attitude

April 24, 2017
The pistachio-caramel scent of Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is AMAZING! I can't wear perfume (too sensitive), but this deliciously scented product line doesn't bother me at all. The scent is strong, but sweet and intriguing. The cream is super-nourishing and has a slight shimmer that gives your skin a subtle glow.

I was super excited when Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist released. It's the same yummy scent of the cream, but in a light body mist. The bottle is HUGE and I'm sure will last six months. This body mist can be used on your skin, your hair and you even lightly spray your closet to give your clothes a pistachio-caramel scent - you're gonna want to surround yourself with this scent.

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuacu Lip Butter is one of my favorite lip balms - I have one in my bathroom, one at my computer and one in my handbag! The light, creamy texture is nourishing and the tube is BIG, so it will last a long time. The cream and lip balm are infused with super nourishing ingredients Cupaçu butter, Açai and coconut oil. If I had to chose one product line of the year, it would be Sol Janeira Brazilian.
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Distinct Brazilian Attitude

April 24, 2017
The pistachio-caramel scent of Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is AMAZING! I can't wear perfume (too sensitive), but this deliciously scented product line doesn't bother me at all. The...

HiSmile Teeth Whitening System

January 05, 2017
An Instagram sensation - the HiSmile Teeth Whitening System is easy, quick and kinda fun. What separates this system from others? The formula doesn't contain peroxide. The solution is a 'baking soda' gel-form (minimizing tooth sensitivity). The kit comes with an attachable mouth tray and LED light for optimal results. Just ten minutes a day for a week and you should see a significant change in color. Is it as effective as other 'peroxide based' brands (Zoom, Opalescence..)? No, but it takes less time, is less harsh on your teeth and you will see a difference. I have very white teeth to begin with, due to 'in-office' bleaching, but am using this system for maintenance and am happy with the results (especially the 'ten' minutes a day). 

The HiSmile teeth whitening kit includes an LED light with attachable mouth tray, three HiSmile gels, and results guide. It retails for $59.99 and each HiSmile gel last two whitenings, so you get six in total. Additional HiSmile gels are available in a pack of three and retail for $29.99. I've been using the device for over a month and the LED light is still going, the tray is still perfectly intact and am loving the easy whitening process. 

HiSmile also has a yummy Coconut Whitening Mouthwash - the box contains five 30 ml tubes, containing the same sodium bicarbonate blend (baking soda). Squeeze a third of the solution into your mouth and squish it around for two minutes. The formula is quite thick, but liquifies in your mouth and the yummy coconut flavor is subtle. The mouthwash retails for $29.99. HiSmile offers a 35% discount on gels and mouthwash if you subscribe - delivery every 30 days.
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HiSmile Teeth Whitening System

January 05, 2017
An Instagram sensation - the HiSmile Teeth Whitening System is easy, quick and kinda fun. What separates this system from others? The formula doesn't contain peroxide. The solution is a...

The Perfect Gifts List 2016

December 05, 2016


I would LOVE to receive any and all of these gifts this holiday season. Yes, I bought them all for myself - There's a lot of 'to me, from me' under the tree this year! The 'perfect gift' starts with great wrapping and a cute gift tag. I purchased these eighty seventh ST. gift tags at Holt Renfrew in Toronto. It's an all-in-one holidays tag. I keep my wrapping simple - red, white, black and gold (no cartoon Christmas characters). 



If you've been living under a rock, you probably haven't heard of Farsáli Rose Gold Elixir. This product is up there with Sugarbearhair and (well) any of the multitude of detox teas taking over Instagram. It's worth its weight in gold! At first I was skeptical, but this beauty oil has forever changed my makeup routine and enhanced my look dramatically. I apply my foundation with a brush. Then I apply 'many' drops of the elixir to my damp beautyblender and gently blend my foundation for perfect coverage. I use the same beautyblender (and Farsáli Rose Gold Elixir) to blend my concealer, under eye brightener and cream-to-powder highlighter. This elixir is amazing. The 15 ml bottle retails for $35 and 30 ml for $54. WORTH THE MONEY!



Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit-Sureal Light limited edition palette is universally flattering. The palette includes a powder, bronzer, two blushes, and highlighter - this four-in-one palette is compact considering the product load. I love these shades. This product has everything you need to brighten, contour, highlight and finish your look. This palette retails for $80 and the oh so soft Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Brush for $46. This dual-ended brush is the perfect match to the palette. 



For the wine lover in your life - this mug is f**king awesome! Funny Guy Mugs has a great selection of witty mugs for just about any person. I don't drink coffee, but I definitely get excited at 'wine time'. I also purchased a tumbler that says 'shh.. there's wine in here'. I know many people who would love a Funny Guy Mugs tumbler - I bought three! These mugs retail for $14.99.



I couldn't survive without tea and am always promoting its consumption. I love green tea, green blends and white tea. Paired with a tea defuser, this Feelin' Good Wellness Tea Sampler from Teavana is the perfect gift for the 'health conscious'. Recover, Rev Up, Serenity, and Defense are all yummy teas that promote a healthy body. This tea sampler retails for $30.



Another Instagram sensation - HiSmile. This teeth whitening kit is different from others, because it doesn't contain peroxide and comes with a mouth tray and LED light for optimal results. The solution is a 'baking soda' gel form, minimizing tooth sensitivity. While this product has received harsh criticism, bloggers are loving this kit. Just ten minutes a day for a week and you should see big results. HiSmile also has a yummy Coconut Whitening Mouthwash - the box contains five 30 ml tubes, containing the same sodium bicarbonate blend (baking soda). Just another tasty step in your whitening routine. The whitening kit retails for $59.99 and mouthwash for $29.99. It ships from Australia, so consider shipping times before purchasing.  
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The Perfect Gifts List 2016

December 05, 2016
I would LOVE to receive any and all of these gifts this holiday season. Yes, I bought them all for myself - There's a lot of 'to me, from me' under the tree this year! The 'perfect gift' starts...

'On A Budget' Gifts For HER

December 02, 2016


I've comprised a small list of 'on a budget' gifts for her. These trending products are all AMAZING! Gift them alone, mix-and-match, or create the ultimate stocking for the girl who's obsessed with cosmetics. 

Sugarbearhair is no different than any other 'healthy hair' vitamin as far as ingredients go. These little chewy bears are taking over Instagram simply cause they're cute, and the vibrant color looks great in photos. These mini turquoise bears are fun and taste yummy (like eating gummy bears). Most of us have 'hair struggles' and would appreciate berry flavored gummies that promote healthy hair. One jar (60 bears) retails for $29.99. 



I've been raving about Glossier products for the last few weeks and Balm Dotcom (the universal skin salve) is my favorite. The dense salve is perfect for any and every dry patch on your skin. Apply to your nails, face, body.. There are five to choose from and retail for $12. 



It's Skin Cookie Body Ice Cream is AMAZING! The mint, original and strawberry flavors smell just like (JUST LIKE) ice cream. This body ice cream is lighter than a body butter, but thicker than body cream. The soft cookie chip pieces melt upon application and add to the 'ice cream effect'. Each 2.7 oz pot (small enough for travel) retails for $10 at Sephora. LOVE!



MILK Makeup Limited Edition Triple Threat Glow Set contains three travel size, best selling products. The mini Face Mist contains rice and ginger water that calm and nourish skin. The Sunshine Oil comes in a little rollerball pen - perfect purse/travel size. Body and face oil are essential during the cold season. And.. my favorite is the super tiny Highlighter Cream Stick. The color is universally flattering and brightens your skin for the perfect highlight. This mini highlighter is a great travel replacement for my Benefit Watt's Up! Cream to Powder Highlighter (you all know this one). These three mini's come in a plastic box, retail for $30 and will make just about anyone happy!



Most people who wear makeup, own a beautyblender® makeup sponge (or some other brand). If not, GO GET ONE! Another innovative product by beautyblender® is the liner.designer. The triple-edged eyeliner guide works with all eyeliner formulas to create the perfect look. It's like eyeliner application for dummies. The silicon guide comes with a mini plastic case and suction cup (not sure why theres a suction cup?). liner.designer retails for $16 and is available in pink or clear. 

There ya have it! The ultimate gifts under $30 for the product junkie(s) in your life. 
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'On A Budget' Gifts For HER

December 02, 2016
I've comprised a small list of 'on a budget' gifts for her. These trending products are all AMAZING! Gift them alone, mix-and-match, or create the ultimate stocking for the girl who's obsessed...

Balm Dotcom

November 22, 2016
This 'do-everyhing' salve is my new favorite product. I'm like Gus Portokalos and windex - I apply this waxy salve everywhere I need hydration. Lips, nails (keeps cuticles nourished), elbows, toes.. I'm addicted! After purchasing the original Glossier Balm Dotcom and using it up in a month, I purchased the coconut and mint flavors (admittedly, a few originals too). The scented balms are subtle and trust me, will replace your all time favorite lip balm. Rose and Cherry Balm Dotcom have a sheer tint - if you need a little barely-there color.

The formula is super-dense and builds a barrier on your skin to protect from further damage. The antioxidants and natural emollients nourish and repair your skin. A must-have this winter.

Each tube retails for $12 and if your obsessed (like me) will last for about a month, but I'm sure longer for the regular 'I need a little hydration here and there' kinda girl. For the product junkie's out there, you're gonna want all of them - I keep one in my bag, my Cosmocube, at my computer.. I can't get enough of this brand - ADDICTED, OBSESSED, LOVE!

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Balm Dotcom

November 22, 2016
This 'do-everyhing' salve is my new favorite product. I'm like Gus Portokalos and windex - I apply this waxy salve everywhere I need hydration. Lips, nails (keeps cuticles nourished), elbows, toes.....

The Supers

November 11, 2016
I KNOW! Another opinion in a sea of Glossier followers, but I'm kinda hooked and need to talk about it. The IntoTheGloss.com beauty blog comprised a cosmetic brand based on expert opinions from the 'coolest girls on the planet'. Glossier Makeup is simple, yet effective (stole that from Zac Posen). Maybe it's because all my favorite bloggers rave about this brand (specifically The Supers), or the pastel packaging (the world is having a muted/pastel moment - INSTAGRAM), but I was immediately obsessed. 

Let's talk about The Supers - These 'fast' absorbing serums are packed with nutrients to boost your skin. Super Glow is like water and absorbs immediately. The vitamin C brightens and magnesium energizes your skin for a much needed pick-me-up.

Super Pure takes a little longer to absorb, but diminishes without a trace. This serum combats redness (niacinamide -vitamin B3) and helps calm blemishes. Super Pure water-gel-like serum removes impurities (zinc) and gets you through those umm.. periods when you need it most! 

Super Bounce (my favorite) plumps the skin with hyaluronic acid and vitamin B. Hangovers, long flights and climate change can wreak havoc on your skin - in comes SUPER BOUNCE!! This gel-like serum takes a few minutes to absorb and leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated. After a week of daily use my skin felt nourished (I needed it). It contains hyaluronic acid (plumps the skin) and vitamin B5 (regenerates new skin). 

I've been using these lightweight serums for a few weeks and like the results - nothing major, but a slight improvement from my everyday skin issues. If there was ever a bandwagon to jump on, it would be this one - Glossier. The Super Pack retails for $65 - not bad for three 15 ml bottles of 'super-liquid-vitamins' for your skin. Order Glossier products online and they arrive in a pink bubble wrap pouches - great for travel or just sporting a pink bubble wrap pouch in your handbag. This post got me thinking, what would I do with my pile of pink pouches? store a wet bikini, cell phone at the pool, cosmetics while traveling, it would make a funky clutch..  
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The Supers

November 11, 2016
I KNOW! Another opinion in a sea of Glossier followers, but I'm kinda hooked and need to talk about it. The IntoTheGloss.com beauty blog comprised a cosmetic brand based on expert opinions from the...

Brightening, Setting, Retouching..

November 09, 2016
Brightening, Setting, Retouching.. And this is after you've applied foundation, concealer, bronzer, blush.. As I age, my multitude of skin issues are more apparent and that means more product. Often, too much has the adverse effect and you end up looking like a art project gone wrong, but setting powders are a necessary step to perfect makeup.

After applying topical medication (rosacea), serums, moisturizer, corrective creams, and sometimes foundation, my face is rather shiny. Thanks to my 'angry', combination skin, I'm having to deal with an oily complexion too. Bobbi Brown White Skin Correcting Powder is meant to 'brighten and illuminate' fair skin tones, but I use it to slightly mattify my look. It's the last step in my makeup routine, but if I'm having one of those 'dry' days, the powder will magnify my dehydrated skin. Decisions - oily or flakey?

I apply Bobbi Brown Skin Correcting Powder in peach to add a little warmth to my complexion. Focusing my cheeks, this subtle shade looks great on my super-fair skin. I don't feel like either of these retouching powders are drastically enhancing my makeup, but Bobbi Brown is about subtlety!

Move over BB, there's newbies in the Cosmocube! Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder is like magic fairy dust. The transparent powder is formulated with light-reflecting micronized pigments that illuminate your under eye area, while setting your concealer. Apply concealer, blend with a damp beautyblender, be sure there's no creasing, dab your damp makeup sponge into the powder and lightly pat it onto your under eye area. Too much is ok - it will settle and you can sweep off the excess product in a few. AMAZING results! My concealer is set, theres little-to-no creasing and my under eye area appears significantly brighter. LOVE!

The mint green tint of Laura Mercier Shine Control Pressed Setting Powder tones down redness (I NEED THAT), while reducing shine. The 'Shine Control Complex' gives you a shine-free, fresh, mate finish - a much needed addition to my cosmetic bag for on-the-go touchups. While we're on the topic of green - Sephora Collection Bright Future Color Correctors are super light and great for combating discoloration, blemishes.. I use the green shade to neutralize the redness on my nose. The formula is lightweight and blends nicely. 
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Brightening, Setting, Retouching..

November 09, 2016
Brightening, Setting, Retouching.. And this is after you've applied foundation, concealer, bronzer, blush.. As I age, my multitude of skin issues are more apparent and that means more...

Sephora Favorites

November 05, 2016
I am a self-declared product junkie and I LOVE Sephora Favorites. These boxes are a great way to try new cosmetics without spending dollars on full-sized products. Oh, but I would pay full-price for some of these mini's (major 'mini' product junkie)! 

Honestly, I don't have time to try every product in these boxes and if I did my skin and hair would most likely get super angry and lash out in flakes and frizz. There's only so much you can put on your face and a multitude of products doesn't promote healthy skin. I choose boxes that have a few products I intend to try and then share the others. An excellent gift idea for the holidays - buy three to four boxes, split up the products amongst your friends, arrange in small Sephora bags, tie a ribbon and everyone will love you. 

Back to my mini product addiction. I prefer little products, cause I can pack tons of shit in my cosmetic bag without compromising and they fit in my Cosmocube nicely. And.. you're getting great value for your dollar. The Glow For It box has six products for $30 ($6 each). Not bad considering the full-sized Benefit Watts Up! Cream-to-Powder highlighter retails for $30. Multiple mini's for the cost of one full-sized. I never finish full-sized products before they expire anyway - there's always something new to try.
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Sephora Favorites

November 05, 2016
I am a self-declared product junkie and I LOVE Sephora Favorites. These boxes are a great way to try new cosmetics without spending dollars on full-sized products. Oh, but I would pay full-price for...

Sheer Concealer - The Newbies

November 03, 2016
Concealer is the arch enemy to my under eye! I've watched countless videos and and can't seem to mimic the flawless concealer look most vloggers achieve with ease. Mind you, I am older than most beauty bloggers and once the botox begins to wear off and the wrinkles appear, my concealer creases. A few days ago I had Dysport injected into my under eye area (under my eye, not the sides) to combat the little lines. I'm hopeful.. Will let ya know..

I'd like to use full-coverage concealer (sometimes I need it), but I gotta stick to light layers of sheer concealer and a little 'baking'. I'm a creature of habit and admittedly addicted to Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, but lately I've been exploring other brands. To my surprise, I'm switching concealer brands. But first.. Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener has been my go-to under eye pick-me-up for years. It's sheer, glides on nicely and brightens the under eye area. I use Light Bisque 2 - the pinkish shade works well to combat slightly dark circles. The Tinted Eye Brightener is meant for minimal under coverage and is just not enough for me anymore (FU*K AGING). 

When the Intensive Skin Serum Concealer and Corrector released, I was excited. New, lightweight under eye products by my favorite brand. I purchased the concealer in Ivory 2 and corrector in Light Bisque 2. The concealer is similar to the Tinted Eye Brightener - silky and weightless. The color is yellowish and it definitely brightens the under eye, but the coverage is light. I use the concealer first to combat the dark circles and then the Tinted Eye Brightener to lighten that area even more. The corrector in Light Bisque 2 doesn't jive with my skin tone AT ALL (despite the Tinted Eye Brightener being Light Bisque 2). I tried it a few times and am not willing to invest another $40 experimenting with different shades. I can't say if the product is good or not, cause I didn't give it a fair go.

In come the 'NEWBIES'.. Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter is AMAZING! It brightens the under eye area and highlights for a luminous under eye glow. It is sheer coverage, but the highlighting aspect makes a big difference. LOVE. The round applicator is nice to the touch and allows for easy application. I use Fair to Light 1 - a shade lighter than my foundation.

Another brand I've been obsessing over lately is Glossier. IntoTheGloss.com beauty blog comprised a cosmetic brand based on expert opinions from the 'coolest girls on the planet'. I'm a fan of the blog and am falling in love with the cosmetic brand. One of the MANY products I purchased is the Stretch Concealer. It comes in a glass pot - preferable packaging (so you get get every last bit). The formula is lightweight, silky and when applied with your ring finger, goes on nicely. It is sheer coverage, but layers well. The nourishing oils are apparent in the texture and results. I can see myself applying this concealer to other areas on my face for a little brightening and sheer coverage on dry spots.
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Sheer Concealer - The Newbies

November 03, 2016
Concealer is the arch enemy to my under eye! I've watched countless videos and and can't seem to mimic the flawless concealer look most vloggers achieve with ease. Mind you, I am older than most...

Online Exclusive

October 24, 2016
Online exclusive gifts are why I love internet shopping. Bobbi Brown Cosmetics has the best gifts with purchase. I just snagged myself a 'Be Who You Are' tote, mini Vitamin Enriched Face Base, and mini Face Blender brush. Another reason why Bobbi Brown is my favorite cosmetic brand. 

Ladies and Gents, you should 'Be Who You Are'. I peruse beauty and fashion posts everyday and lets face it - too many makeup bloggers/vloggers look like Kim Kardahsian. I'm sure it's flattering, but with all you minions stealing her look, there's nothing unique about her (or you)! BE YOURSELF!
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Online Exclusive

October 24, 2016
Online exclusive gifts are why I love internet shopping. Bobbi Brown Cosmetics has the best gifts with purchase. I just snagged myself a 'Be Who You Are' tote, mini Vitamin Enriched Face Base, and...

Refresh and Prep

October 23, 2016
My morning routine is all about refresh and prep. I wash my face thoroughly in the evening, so it's not necessary in the morning, but I feel like I need a 'wake-me-up' rinse and opt for gentle cleansing oil. Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil is an all-in-one cleanser (face and eye makeup). Close your eyes, gently rub the oil all over and rinse with warm water. The scent is refreshing and the oil leaves your skin feeling clean and soft. I KNOW - oil on your face? This goes against everything my dermatologist has been telling me for years - 'use oil-free products'. I was sure cleaning my face with oil would give me pimples, or make my skin oily, but no. Cleansing oil nourishes your skin, while gently removing impurities. LOVE this product!

After cleansing with oil, I apply Hydrating Face Tonic by (who else) Bobbi Brown. Cucumber, chamomile, licorice, aloe leaf and lavender combined, leave your skin feeling fresh and prepped. The scent is super refreshing and your skin feels hydrated.

Once the tonic absorbs, I apply Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement. I purchased the 'to go' travel size serum and determined that it would require the entire bottle to see any significant results (about 4 weeks). After finishing the solution, my skin looked great. The dark spots were a little less visible and my complexion brighter. Of course, treatments at the dermatologist and intensive facials would give you dramatic results, and this serum only a a subtle difference, but every little bit counts. 

The newest addition to my morning routine is Extra Repair Nourishing Milk by Bobbi Brown. I admit, I was initially attracted to the bright white, 'milky' appearance. What is it about milk? I immediately think, nourishing. This lightweight milky formula absorbs quickly and the scent is refreshing. It's a nice little dose of moisturizer before starting your day. Oh and this is all before tea - there's a whole other routine for makeup prep and application!

I purchased the Soothing Cleansing Oil ($44), Hydrating Face Tonic ($32), and Extra Repair Nourishing Milk ($86) in full-size, but refill my deluxe staple size bottles of cleansing oil and tonic (pictured here), so they fit nicely in my Comocube with the 'to go' Intensive Skin Supplement ($28). I realize these products are pricey, but worth the investment. The full-sized bottles of Soothing Cleansing Oil and Hydrating Face Tonic last a long time..
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Refresh and Prep

October 23, 2016
My morning routine is all about refresh and prep. I wash my face thoroughly in the evening, so it's not necessary in the morning, but I feel like I need a 'wake-me-up' rinse and opt for gentle...

Latest Lip Loves

October 17, 2016
I'm obsessed with Kiss Me Balm by Sephora, and am super bummed that they discontinued it. Yeah, I stocked up before they sold out, but I've been on a mission to find a new favorite. Just posted and already out of stock, the Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint is AMAZING (and officially my new favorite). The barely-there color blends with your natural lip color and gives a subtle pink shade that enhances your own lips. The creamy texture goes on nicely and nourishes your lips. I like the packaging - the tube is a bit smaller than the average lipstick and the pearl white case is chic. 

Anytime the conversation of best lip enhancers comes up, I'm shouting TOO FACED LIP INJECTION EXTREME from the rooftop! This lip plumper will give you the ultimate pouty lip. Lip Injection Extreme isn't new, but now there's a mini version (LOVE). 

The Sephora Lip Color Lip Last Lipstick in Oh My Beige! and Sephora Rouge Gel Lip Liner in The Nudest are a match made in nude lips heaven. The gel-cream texture of the liner glides on smoothly and the nude shade matches my lips perfectly. The liner is retractable, so no sharpening and no shavings. The Lip Last Lipstick is oh so creamy. The color is a bit lighter than I'd like, but combined with 'The Nudest' lip liner create the perfect nude lip shade. Strawberry Short Cake is back and channeling her scent through Lip Last Lipsticks! The scent is amazing (and addictive). It really does smell like my favorite childhood doll. I will definitely purchase more Lip Last Lipsticks and Gel Lip Liners.. 
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Latest Lip Loves

October 17, 2016
I'm obsessed with Kiss Me Balm by Sephora, and am super bummed that they discontinued it. Yeah, I stocked up before they sold out, but I've been on a mission to find a new favorite. Just posted and...

There's no Milk in 'MILK Makeup'

October 14, 2016
MILK - 'for the girls who spend less time getting done up and more time getting stuff done'. Umm ok! Seems like the MILK makeup line would require just as much time as any other to apply, but they're trying to market a certain girl and well, I'm not gonna argue their 'new take on makeup'.

These sticks are, for lack of a better phrase, kinda fun. They're like little deodorant sticks packed with natural ingredients to hydrate and highlight. I gotta admit, the Holographic Stick and Highlighter are a bit to 'hyper' for my facial complexion, but they are great for highlighting other parts of the body. I use the Hydrating Oil Stick all over my legs and then apply the highlighter for a little color and glow. Shimmery legs appear longer and reflect light nicely in photos. For 'intense' highlighting, the holographic stick leaves a lavender-like hue of micro sparkle on your skin (not my favorite). I'm a little too old for purple highlights! 

I love the Hydrating Oil Stick - I'm finding new ways to use it everyday. Aside from applying to my legs (super easy application), I also use the oil in the inner corner of my eyes. This area is a problem for me and is always dry?? After I have finished my makeup application, I hold my finger on the oil stick until it warms and then gently apply a little to the inner corner of my eyes. AMAZING results!

I was most excited to purchase the Cooling Water - I think it's the first stick I purchased (the others quickly followed). I was expecting big results from this stick and am kinda disappointed. While the cooling sensation (make sure to keep refrigerated or put on ice for 5) was nice, the solution didn't seem to have a big affect on my puffy eyes. The formula does glide on much easier when warm, but after cooling, application is harder and stretches your skin while you glide the stick around your eyes. Never stretch your under-eye area - gravity and age will cause enough damage, you don't need to add to this problem area. Mind you, I did wait until I had major under-eye baggage to try the Cooling Water. There are many other uses for this product, but I haven't got around to exploring them. I purchased this stick for my under-eyes and am not sure I would apply to other areas of my face for hydration and circulation - I have other products for that! The stick is still in my fridge and if I'm perusing the food selection, I might (and have) smear a little around my area for the cooling sensation.. 

The photos taken above show the highlighting effect of the Holographic Stick, Highlighter, and Hydrating Oil Stick. Yes, I separated the swatches, but they were all on my arm for the photo (same time, same lighting).
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There's no Milk in 'MILK Makeup'

October 14, 2016
MILK - 'for the girls who spend less time getting done up and more time getting stuff done'. Umm ok! Seems like the MILK makeup line would require just as much time as any other to apply, but they're...

Highlighting Powder

October 05, 2016
Six months ago, I was anti-sparkle, but since discovering the benefits of highlighting my face, I'm officially addicted. My highlighting products are growing faster than anything else in my CosmoCube (best makeup organizer).

After applying foundation, I apply Benefit Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter down the bridge of my nose, on my cheekbones, cupid's bow (to make your lips appear bigger) and blend with a damp beautyblender and a little Farsali Rose Gold Elixir. Then I apply setting powder, blush, maybe bronzer and all-over illuminating powder. All those powders on top of the Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter will lessen the illuminating effect and using a damp (oily) sponge to apply more is a no-no for me (I'm oily enough and gotta hold back on the Elixir). In enters my new favorite cosmetic - highlighting 'powder'. 

Of course, I opted for my favorite cosmetic brand! The Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder in Pink Glow is perfect for a little extra light-reflective glow. The pink highlights are nice on pale skin tones and the effect is subtle (if applied lightly). I use the Sephora Pro Fan Brush #65 to little dust the highlighter on my check bones. For more precise application on my nose and cupid's bow, I use the Bobbi Brown Eye Sweep brush - it's more dense and allows you to apply more product. If you want a high-impact glow, apply a little Farsali Rose Gold Elixir to your cheekbones, bridge of your nose and cupids bow, then lightly apply Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder - super glow! I LOVE this highlighting powder.
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Highlighting Powder

October 05, 2016
Six months ago, I was anti-sparkle, but since discovering the benefits of highlighting my face, I'm officially addicted. My highlighting products are growing faster than anything else in my CosmoCube...

Purifying Nose Strips

October 03, 2016
The facial feature people focus on most is your mouth and just north of your pearly whites is your nose - noticeable from most angles and usually crammed with impurities and closed pores, this part of your face can be annoying to keep blackhead free. I know people do suffer from blackheads on other parts of the face, and even the body - luckily I only get them on my nose. Blackhead removing strips are a great way to remove those yucky blackheads, reduce excess oil and reduce the appearance of pores. 

Sephora Charcoal Nose Strips are a new product from their facial/body masks line. These anti-blackhead nose strips are enriched with charcoal - known for powerful absorption and cleansing. These strips retail for $3 each (just one strip). The Bocsia Black Strips retail for $28/2.33 per strip (12 nose strips). I wanted to like the Sephora strips, but was disappointed with the results. The strips have an unpleasant chemical scent. I think the goal was to make them smell fresh, but it's too strong and not nice. The strips went on easily, but after 20 minutes of drying, I pulled off the strip and was left with globs of black glue-like stuff on my face (pictured here). 

Boscia Pore Purifying Black Strips are my favorite. Like Sephora Charcoal Nose Strips, Boscia Black Strips contain charcoal that draws out impurities. These detoxifying strips are easy to apply - cleanse face, wet your nose, place the strip across your nose, press (I like to wet the strip for extra contouring around my nose), wait 15-20 minutes and peel off from the outer-corners in. These strips are odor free and get the job done. 

I've also tried Nivea Clear-up Strips in the past and they too have an intense smell. Dear cosmetic companies, nobody wants a sheet of perfume sitting their nose for 15 minutes. While Nivea does have nose, chin and t-zone strips in one box (excellent idea), the scent is too much for me.
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Purifying Nose Strips

October 03, 2016
The facial feature people focus on most is your mouth and just north of your pearly whites is your nose - noticeable from most angles and usually crammed with impurities and closed pores, this part...

Beauty's Besties

September 26, 2016
I already have a blotterazzi and many beauty blenders, but I couldn't resist the beautyblender + Too Faced holiday kit. I'm like a deer in headlights when it comes to light pink! I love this set, especially the mini highlighting compact by Too Faced.

I'm lovin' the light pink original beautyblender. Good to know - wash your beautyblender prior to the first use and after each makeup application, and always wet your beautyblender before applying makeup - I wet my beautyblender in water, squeeze out excess water and then apply a few drops of oil (Farsali Rose Gold Elixir is amazing).

The blotterazzi compact is super cute and the teardrop shaped makeup sponges are more subtle than the original bright fuchsia blotterazzi. The blotterazzi is a reusable oil absorbing sponge. There are two pink sponges inside the plastic mirrored compact. The water drop shaped compact has a vent at the back and a clear, hygienic separator to keep the sponges fresh. The unique shape (a flat version of the beautyblender) allows you to blot the contours of your face with ease while removing excess oil. 

The Too Faced Candlelight Glow highlighting powder duo comes in a small custom-designed compact. The Rosy Glow highlighting powder diffuses light, creating a subtle glow. Apply to your cheekbones, nose and brow line for a lit-from-within look. This mini Candlelight Glow compact is perfect for on-the-go touchups and travel.
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Beauty's Besties

September 26, 2016
I already have a blotterazzi and many beauty blenders, but I couldn't resist the beautyblender + Too Faced holiday kit. I'm like a deer in headlights when it comes to light pink! I love this...

VIB Rouge

September 12, 2016
I usually ignore emails from Sephora and most other brands. The constant parade of 'new arrivals' emails can be annoying. I KNOW, I should just unsubscribe, but maybe I'll be in the mood for a looksie, or if I'm lucky there's a discount in there?! Since learning about Sephora's Beauty Insider Rewards Bazaar (I'll come back to that), I'm anxiously waiting for notifications from Sephora ..and it was my new fondness for Sephora emails that led me to a VIB Rouge in-store event. Perks - facials, makeovers, 4X the points and a gift with purchase. While I thought the event would be a little more extravagant, it was fun to stock my basket with all the stuff I'd been eyeing since the invite, and get 4X the points. The Georgetown location offered snacks and beverages and the staff were super friendly. I didn't indulge in the makeover/facials (I hate people touching my face), but I'd imagine it was fun for the other ladies. Sephora's VIB program reigns supreme - you get gifts, points for additional gifts, invitations to events... 

Sephora's Beauty Insider Rewards Bazaar is long overdue. Not sure if its just VIB Rouge or all VIB's? Every Tuesday and Thursday, new AMAZING rewards are available for 100 - 20000+ points (no purchase necessary). I have a ridiculous amount of points, and am super excited about the new program. Will let ya know if I snag any exceptional gifts.
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VIB Rouge

September 12, 2016
I usually ignore emails from Sephora and most other brands. The constant parade of 'new arrivals' emails can be annoying. I KNOW, I should just unsubscribe, but maybe I'll be in the mood for a...

Sephora Sheet Masks

August 11, 2016
I'm dedicated to trying each mask in the Sephora collection. I really like the natural fiber eye masks and the line has expanded to include a lip masks, face masks, hand masks and a foot mask (I'm excited about that one). Yesterday was 'mask' day.. 

The Shea lip mask is a jelly-like, lip shaped mask that fits over the lips. The mask has an opening, so you can breathe easily and I guess talk if you had to. The texture is super strange and it does tingle a little. The mask is over-sized - anyone with lips that big, should really ease up on the fillers! The Shea lip mask is said to nourish and moisturize in 15 minutes. You can wear it sitting, standing, walking around, and it doesn't slide or drip. After 15 minutes, I removed the mask, wiped the access from my skin and left the remaining on my lips. DO NOT LICK YOUR LIPS - it doesn't taste good. Post application your lips feel a little sticky, but they appear moisturized. Jelly-like feeling aside, I like it. I'm definitely gonna repurchase during the cold season, when my lips are dry and chapped.

The Orchid eye mask scent is subtle and lovely (like a flower). My rosacea didn't flare up, but I had a little irritation around the outer edge. It's common for my skin to react to products. My under eye felt a little tighter, but I didn't see dramatic results from the one-time use. The Orchid eye mask is for anit-aging and smoothing, and like any anti-aging product, you need to use it for months, before you'll see any great results. 

The hand masks are fun and my favorite. There are two, non-drip hand gloves in a pack. When you open the packet, you'll notice the gloves are attached - tear at the perforated line, put them on, and pull the tabs around your wrist to seal in the moisturizing treatment. The inside has a fiber lining drenched in solution and the outside a plastic lining. Best thing about these masks is you can go about your business while wearing them (I vacuumed my house). The Aloe Vera hand mask is for ultra-moisturizing and beautifying (beautifying?). The fresh scent is amazing and the concept of a moisturizing glove is great. After use, my cuticles appeared nourished and my hands felt soft. I will repurchase and can't wait to try the foot mask.
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Sephora Sheet Masks

August 11, 2016
I'm dedicated to trying each mask in the Sephora collection. I really like the natural fiber eye masks and the line has expanded to include a lip masks, face masks, hand masks and a foot mask (I'm...

Back to Black (again)

August 05, 2016
The damage was irreversible and getting worse, so I went back to black (again). I couldn't handle the greenish blonde, gray roots and orange ends, and another coat of bleach would've completely destroyed my hair. The first black dye job didn't take and I had to go back one week later for another. After just one wash, the color diminished and the greenish/blonde was visible again (pictured here). 

During the first month post botched, bleaching job, I lost a lot of hair in the shower, while styling my hair (I was super gentle with the blow-dryer and absolutely no straightener), and while sleeping. There was hair all over my house! My hair is broken half way and even down to one inch in length in some areas. It feels like slime when I wash it and despite the two Olaplex treatments (one, two and three), I don't see a significant improvement. 

I had to consider a new hair style, cause my straw-like do was terrible. I went to Miami to see my long-time, AMAZING stylist for treatments and a cut. The hair on the top of my head and at the front was more destroyed than the back and had to be chopped off. I was hoping for the Alexa Chung style, but it didn't work with my face, so we cut bangs. 

My stylist in Miami suggested Kérastase Bain Force Architecte shampoo, Kérastase Resistance Cement Anit-usure Strengthening Anti-breakage Cream, Bumble and Bumble Mending Complex and Bumble and Bumble Repair. 

I was harping on Olaplex bad and explained how I was loosing so much hair and saw no improvement. He says Olaplex does work and links the broken bonds in your hair, but mine was so damaged that only time and proper care would repair it. My stylist said that it may not seem like the Olaplex is helping, but maybe if I hadn't been using it, my hair would be in worse condition - I can't imagine it being worse than this! 

I'm no hair specialist, but from my experience I'm gonna say that Olaplex may work and link the broken bonds in your hair caused by chemical treatments, but there are limits. Olaplex can't immediately repair damage caused by hair bleach and will not maintain your hair through 5+ applications of bleach. Hair stylists may be able to push the envelope further, but Olaplex is not a miracle treatment and won't maintain the integrity of your hair if you push the bleaching process too far. Unfortunately, I've learned this the hard way. The stylists who bleached my hair went too far and greatly compromised the integrity of my hair. For details on my botched, bleaching job see below..
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Back to Black (again)

August 05, 2016
The damage was irreversible and getting worse, so I went back to black (again). I couldn't handle the greenish blonde, gray roots and orange ends, and another coat of bleach would've completely...

Botched Bleach Job

August 03, 2016
While laying in bed perusing the Internet for a hairstyle to mask the damage from my recent salon experience, I can feel my face heating up (rosacea - theres no hiding when I'm mad). I gotta get out of bed and tell you about my botched, bleaching experience. Imma try to keep it short, but it's been tragic watching my hair deteriorate and I have a lot to bitch about!

I wanna start by saying, I'm no stranger to bleaching my hair. I tried to go from black to blonde last year. My stylist at the time insisted we take it slow and after two rounds (four weeks apart), I decided to go back to black. I didn't like the in-between, warm shades. There was minimal damage to my hair - it was dry for a few weeks, but the integrity of my hair remained strong. My recent bleaching experience was very different..

My stylist was on vacation, so I booked an appointment with the salon owner. She started off with her thirty-second elevator pitch and I gotta say, I was impressed. She had decades of experience and was operating out of her second salon. Y'all know I have color-treated, black hair. At the time it was short, very healthy, and super shiny. The salon owner asked if I'd consider lightening my hair and I explained the experience I had one year prior (see video on the blog). She said there is a new product called 'Olaplex', that will allow a stylist to bleach the clients hair many times without comprising the integrity of the hair. She claimed that I could go from black to blonde in one day and my hair would remain healthy. 

I went home and researched Olaplex. There is not one bad review on this stuff. I bought into the hype and three weeks later was ready to bleach the shit out of my hair! I'd had black hair long enough and the trendy silver/blonde shade was a much-needed change. Eight weeks later, I realize that these reviews are not entirely true - Imma call it 'photoshopped' reviews. They ommit the 'hair drama' and 'time-lapse', to produce a dramatic hair transformation and promote their expertise. 

My stylist was back in the salon and hesitant to make me silver/blonde, but the salon owner was there to mentor and seemed confident. The first bleach was on the ends, the second bleaching went from root to ends and the third was a purple colored bleach to combat the orange. At this time, my head is burning, we're all tired and my stylist says it's enough for today. I was in shock - they expected me to walk around for one week with bright 'leeloo' hair?! To add salt to my wounds, I had a birthday dinner to attend that weekend. FUCK! 

The following morning, I woke up and felt crusty blobs in my hair. After further examination, I realized I had many burns on my scalp that had secreted and clumped in my hair throughout the night. Not pleasant. Oh and it's been eight weeks and the wound (pictured above) just healed completely. 

One week later, I went back to hopefully finalize the process and leave with silver/blonde hair. The first bleaching (fourth in total) didn't remove the orange, so we did another. Then she applied the gray color. I honestly didn't think the gray was gonna cover the orange. Now my hair is green and both stylists are panicking. The salon owner calls Wella and Olaplex for advise. This is a bad sign.. She says 'you know what we have to do' - 'go back to black'. Are you fucking kidding me?! After thirty minutes of them pondering the botched job done on my hair, speaking in Dutch (I don't speak Dutch), she suggested we apply a blonde color. I asked if there was bleach in it (it's blonde after all) and she said no, just color. The color wasn't evenly applied and my head started burning (hmm..). I told my stylist and she said 'can you go another ten minutes?' I'm desperate, so ok.. The green diminished, but I was not happy leaving the salon AGAIN with a hideous hair color. It was greenish/yellow, with gray roots and orange ends! Oh and my scalp was bright red.

While the interim greenish/blonde shade was bearable, the damage was irreversible and getting worse everyday. I couldn't get a brush through my hair and had to go back for treatments and a blow-dry twice a week. My stylist said the treatments were at her expense. Oh gee thanks. You destroyed my hair, it looks terrible, you still charged me full price and for every blow-dry, but you'll cover the cost of treatments - you're so generous (insert sarcastic tone).

I know I agreed and I have myself to blame. If something is too good to be true, it ain't true! I still can't help but feel mislead by the salon owner - she was negligent and experimented on my hair, lacked hair bleaching/Olaplex knowledge and showed no empathy for the damage caused. She didn't apologize, accept blame, say hello, or look me in the eyes during the following weeks of treatments and blow-drys. My stylist didn't apologize either. During my last blow-dry she said, 'I didn't want to do this and now it's my problem'. I could sense that she was upset with her superior and felt bad about the outcome, but still showed little compassion. It's unfortunate that she will go down with the ship, but I had to share my experience - I realize she didn't endorse this hair transformation, but she did administer it. 

You can't go from black to blonde in one day. It takes time and patients. Don't trust any stylist that claims you can go from black to blonde in hours or that Olaplex will maintain your healthy hair through five+ bleachings. It's not the fountain of youth for hair and can't instantly reverse the harsh effects of hair bleach. 
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Botched Bleach Job

August 03, 2016
While laying in bed perusing the Internet for a hairstyle to mask the damage from my recent salon experience, I can feel my face heating up (rosacea - theres no hiding when I'm mad). I gotta get out...

Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara

July 08, 2016
I purchased the Party Lash Set by Bobbi Brown, so I could try three new mascaras for a fraction of the price and not feel bad about tossing the little tubes if they didn't suit my needs. This set retails for $52 - if you purchase the the three full-sized mascaras, the curler and a travel size makeup remover, it would cost $123! I always say mini's, samples and sets are the best way to try products. You may even discover a new must-have. The Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara in this set is my new must-have. I would've never purchased a micro wand and it hadn't occurred to me that I need multiple mascaras in my beauty routine. My new discovery prompted me to talk about mascara wands, and so..
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Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara

July 08, 2016
I purchased the Party Lash Set by Bobbi Brown, so I could try three new mascaras for a fraction of the price and not feel bad about tossing the little tubes if they didn't suit my needs. This set...

Multiple Mascaras in Your Beauty Routine

July 08, 2016
Size and shape of a mascara brush, and density and flexibility of the bristles are important when choosing a mascara. The formula is relevant, but they're all similar and the brush is what really defines a great mascara. Depending on your needs, eye shape and lash length, the right wand is necessary. 

Buxom Lash mascara is my favorite. The hourglass-shaped brush has long, closely packed plastic bristles that evenly coat your lashes without clumping. Want length and drama? You will love Buxom Lash. For a more natural look, start at the lash line and work your way up (or down), applying layers until you've reached your desired thickness. This will create a curled lash with more definition at the lash line. I focus on my outer lash line and apply less as I move towards the inner corner of my eye. For thick, dramatic lashes, apply one or two coats on the ends first and then apply to the lash line. Love to layer coats of mascara - this is the brush for you. 

The larger your mascara brush, the more difficult it is to reach the outer lash line and coat your bottom lashes. The micro wand is perfect for coating 'every' lash. Before applying my volumizing Buxom Lash mascara, I apply Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara by Bobbi Brown at the outer corner of my eyes. Heavier mascara at the lash line and outer corner creates drama and intensifies your look. 

Want thicker, plumped lashes? Try a large, dense brush. Oversized wands pick up a lot of product and thus allow you to apply more product with every sweep. Wiggle the brush at the roots, so the fibre bristles can wrap around your lashes for 360° coating. This method will seriously plump your lashes and create major volume.

Tapered wands are a two-in-one brush shape. The densely packed fibre bristles and thick base will plump your lashes. The skinny tip allows for more precision and coating those hard to reach lashes.

The curved brush is shaped similar to your lash line and allows for even coverage. This brush is great for curling your lashes. 

A Spiral brush or curved bristles grab onto your lashes, coating every little hair evenly. You can create serious volume with the style wand.

I had never seen a Round brush until Givenchy's Phenomen'Eyes mascara. I love this mascara and the brush is excellent for precise application. You can focus on each section individually, rather than the 'all-over sweep' you get with tradition brushes. The round brush is also great for coating the outer corner giving you a more dramatic look.
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Multiple Mascaras in Your Beauty Routine

July 08, 2016
Size and shape of a mascara brush, and density and flexibility of the bristles are important when choosing a mascara. The formula is relevant, but they're all similar and the brush is what really...

Cleanse & Rejuvenate

July 05, 2016
10 days left in Amsterdam and then I'm moving back to the U.S. - YAY! The house is packed, and 'I've' been packing my body with all the yummy (unhealthy) foods Amsterdam has to offer. After weeks of consuming anything and everything, I'm feelin' a little heavy (in every sense of the word). I need to kickstart a healthier lifestyle and rejuvenate my body. 

For the next 72 hours, I'm focused on my go-to juice cleanse by Juice Brothers and favorite teatox, SkinnyMint. No food, just liquids! It's not as hard as you think - you just gotta stay focused on the benefits. I've done many juice cleanses and favor the green juices over fruity blends. Too much sweet, makes me crave salt, but the bitter greens deter me from sneaking salty snacks. Master cleanse is my favorite; maple syrup, lemon and cayenne make the perfect morning drink. Oh, and the nut milks are a nice treat at the end of the day. I honestly don't struggle with juice cleansing; especially the hard cleanse by Juice Brothers. I think they key is to find juices that taste good. 

I'll also consume about 4 cups of green tea, SkinnyMint tea and 2 liters of water a day. Yeah, Imma be on the toilet all-day long! Green tea is a miracle beverage. I drink Sencha green tea everyday to keep the bloat to a minimum, and reap the health benefits the antioxidants and nutrients have on the body. After I finish the juice cleanse, it's salad, fruit, veggies and chicken for the next few weeks. Imma look fabulous, my skin will glow and I'll feel energetic again. Sometimes your body just a needs a restart and after 3 days of liquids, even green beans taste good! You will be inclined to eat healthier.

Juice/tea cleansing tips: 
Set reasonable goals (you can't go a week without food). 
The end of your cleanse should land on a weekend, so you can relax and avoid over exerting yourself.
If you absolutely have to eat something, opt for avocado with olive oil or lemon. Salt free nuts will also curve your cravings.
Choose juice blends that you'll enjoy (well, mostly).
Do the cleanse with a partner, so you can support each other and smack the other if they're dreaming about french fries!
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Cleanse & Rejuvenate

July 05, 2016
10 days left in Amsterdam and then I'm moving back to the U.S. - YAY! The house is packed, and 'I've' been packing my body with all the yummy (unhealthy) foods Amsterdam has to offer. After weeks of...

Photo Matte Eyes

June 29, 2016
What I like about the Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes travel palette is the size, neutral-matte shades (I'm anti-sparkle), and blendability. This compact eye shadow palette is super mini, and great for travel, or on-the-go application. The eight matte shades meet all of my natural or amped-up eye makeup needs. I use the Canyon (dark brown) and Haze (light gray) for liner. Canyon has a cool undertone, and doubles as a brow powder for darker, fuller eyebrows. The Rosehip (my favorite) and Vanilla shades are the perfect base and the pale rose shade looks nice alone. This little palette has a lot to offer!
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Photo Matte Eyes

June 29, 2016
What I like about the Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes travel palette is the size, neutral-matte shades (I'm anti-sparkle), and blendability. This compact eye shadow palette is super mini, and...

Skin Illuminating Cleanser

June 24, 2016
I received a deluxe sample of the Skin Illuminating Cleanser with my Clarisonic Mia Fit. Instant obsession. The smell is so refreshing - a kind of citrus meets a subtle floral scent. Oh and I LOVE soapsuds (hair, face, body - I need bubbles)! This milky cleanser gets super sudsy, so I'd recommend using a tiny amount. The first time I used this Skin Illuminating Cleanser, I put a big dollop on the brush, and had suds running all down my face and décolletage. 

After a few weeks, my skin was visibly brighter and more vibrant. This cleanser contains licorice root extract - which lightens skin, peppermint leaf extract to sooth the skin and Gingko Biloba leaf extract to increase circulation. 

Clarisonic's Skin Illuminating Cleanser is meant to be used in the AM, but I use it at night. There's nothing better than removing all your makeup with a super refreshing cleanser that leaves your skin soft and hydrated. I'm a fan and will definitely repurchase. 

I should mention that I use cleansing oil in the AM. If you cleanse your face thoroughly in the evening, there's no need to use your Clarisonic in the morning. I also exfoliate regularly and use my Clarisonic every night, so a little oil nourishment in my beauty routine is necessary.

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Skin Illuminating Cleanser

June 24, 2016
I received a deluxe sample of the Skin Illuminating Cleanser with my Clarisonic Mia Fit. Instant obsession. The smell is so refreshing - a kind of citrus meets a subtle floral scent. Oh and I LOVE...

Illuminate All Over

June 15, 2016
I'm not a fan of sparkles on my face, but the illuminating trend has brands producing barely-there 'micro sparkles', and I'm loving the effect. In reality, there not sparkles per say, but rather, light-reflective powders - still look like sparkles to me! My favorite is Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Illuminating Powder. It's super subtle, and gives a natural glow. The pearlescent pigments of the correcting powder illuminate your skin, while setting your makeup. This is an 'apply all over' product and a must-have this summer. 
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Illuminate All Over

June 15, 2016
I'm not a fan of sparkles on my face, but the illuminating trend has brands producing barely-there 'micro sparkles', and I'm loving the effect. In reality, there not sparkles per say, but rather,...

What is Your Perfect Match?

June 08, 2016
I just received my online order from KOH Cosmetics and love this KOH color card. There are 227 colored stickers for you to try on and determine which ones you like. What a fantastic idea! Attention ALL nail polish brands - we want color cards!

I'm a huge KOH Cosmetics fan and am a little bummed that the store has closed in Amsterdam (insert sad face). kohcosmetics.com seems to be the only way to shop this amazing nail care brand these days. My favorite KOH Cosmetics products are the Hand Nourisher, Nourishing Cuticle Brush, Anti-Aging Base Coat (it's the perfect pink color), Essential Nail Serum, Crystal Nail File To Go, Gentle Cuticle Stick, and the Natural, Glossy Nail Buffer Set. I'm branding KOH Cosmetics a 'premiere designer' of nail care and encourage you to shop this elite brand.
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What is Your Perfect Match?

June 08, 2016
I just received my online order from KOH Cosmetics and love this KOH color card. There are 227 colored stickers for you to try on and determine which ones you like. What a fantastic idea! Attention...

Transform Your Look

June 06, 2016
Dramatically change your look AND simplify your beauty routine with Benefit Gimme Brow volumizing fiber gel, Buxom Lash Mascara and Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme. The 'easy' fresh-faced, summer look is my favorite and I'm a self-proclaimed pro at this 'no makeup, makeup' look. Gimme Brow, Buxom mascara and Extreme lip plumper are my 'I can't live without' makeup products for this simple look. 

If you follow my blog, you know I'm no stranger to lip injections! Unfortunately, filler diminishes and you can only inject so much in a period of time. When your accustom to full lips and awaiting your next visit to the dermatologist, Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme will give you the ultimate pouty lip. The non-sticky gloss will give you an 'extreme' tingly feeling (love that) and your lips will appear much fuller within minutes. I have tried too many lip plumpers to mention and Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme still reigns supreme. 

Of course, when a new 'revolutionary' mascara hits the beauty scene, I'm the first to buy it, but I always go back to Buxom Lash Mascara. This mascara goes on light and builds nicely, without clumping. There's never too much product on the brush and the little bristles do a great job separating your lashes evenly. The brush is big, so getting into the corner can be an issue - Bobbi Brown Intensifying Long Wear Mascara is perfect for the outer corner. I know artists say to let the first coat dry and the aptly the next, but I disagree. Continuously applying Buxom Lash mascara will create longer, voluminous lashes with no mess.

Benefit Gimme Brow volumizing fiber gel is fairly new product in my makeup routine. Despite its newbie status, this little tube takes priority. I can do without mascara, but not brow gel. Gimme Brow has a thick, creamy texture that allows you to layer the product and build up your eyebrow hairs. Tip: let the first coat dry before applying the next. The short wand and little tapered brush (it's all about the brush) allow for precise application. Using little pressure and short strokes you can transform your brows in little time. The product does claim to adhere to skin allowing you to create artificial hairs. I prefer to keep it natural and avoid 'overdoing' my brows. Penciled-in brows look great in pics, but not so nice up close. Benefit Gimme brow gel is a 'MUST-HAVE'.
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Transform Your Look

June 06, 2016
Dramatically change your look AND simplify your beauty routine with Benefit Gimme Brow volumizing fiber gel, Buxom Lash Mascara and Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme. The 'easy' fresh-faced, summer...

Dinoplatz Twisty Tail Mascara

May 23, 2016
Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Twisty Tail Mascara is definitely 'too cool'. This multitasking mascara allows you to adjust the curve of the brush head to suit your eye-enhancing needs. The dial at the end of the wand clicks as the brush goes from straight to curved (it's a three-in-one). I'm sitting by my computer, waiting patiently for the unveiling at Sephora..
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Dinoplatz Twisty Tail Mascara

May 23, 2016
Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Twisty Tail Mascara is definitely 'too cool'. This multitasking mascara allows you to adjust the curve of the brush head to suit your eye-enhancing needs. The dial...

Skincare To Go

May 13, 2016
I purchased Bobbi's Skincare On The Fly set in the Sephora 'Check-out trap'. You know, where they sell mini versions of all our favorite cosmetics at exuberant prices - I love that section! I always find great little products and kits while waiting my turn in the line. What starts out as 'I made it under budget' quickly becomes 'oh shit! How did that happen?' 

I have been using Bobbi Brown makeup for years; it's practically all I use. After recently dabbling into the Bobbi Brown skincare line (the Miraculous Makeover Mask Trio), I decided I'm loving this stuff and gotta see what else there is. This Skincare On The Go kit is excellent! I was hesitant to wash my face with cleansing 'oil', but after a week of no pimples or extra oily skin, I'm hooked. The smell is refreshing, and your skin feels super soft. The Hydrating Eye Cream and Face Cream are amazing too. They have a creamy-jelly texture that absorbs quickly and leaves your skin bright and plumped. These creams are excellent under makeup. They create the perfect, nourished canvas for better makeup application and an even look. The Hydrating Face Cream quickly became my favorite. I've already purchased the full-size face cream (pictured above) and plan to buy the Cleansing Oil in the near future. 

Bobbi Brown sets are a great way to try a number of products, at a fraction of the cost. If you don't like them or they disagree with your skin, you didn't invest 'too' much money. If you like the products, even better, cause now you have mini versions for travel.
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Skincare To Go

May 13, 2016
I purchased Bobbi's Skincare On The Fly set in the Sephora 'Check-out trap'. You know, where they sell mini versions of all our favorite cosmetics at exuberant prices - I love that section! I always...

The Hydrating Prescription

May 05, 2016
Planes and hotels wreak havoc on your nails! It's only been a few days since my pre-vacation mani and they already look terrible. Of course, I packed a Formula X CLIX! nail polish set. I've posted about these mini nail polish kits many times and have only great things to say. These little sets of polish, serums and oils are perfect for travel, small in size and meet all of your on-the-go mani needs. 

I've tried three different CLIX! quads in the past and decided to pack the Hydrating Prescription for my international trip. The Hydrating Prescription CLIX! quad contains a Prime Condition base coat, Sheer Strength nail color in Wondrous, Condition Plus top coat and Quench cuticle oil. The color polish is the same as all the other kits; a sheer pink (neutral and pretty). The top coat is like any other top coat and the cuticle oil (essential when traveling) is my favorite in this set. I didn't really like the base coat - it went on heavy and because I applied the next step too soon, the base coat dragged across my nails like wet glue and made a hot mess. I tried to carry on, but after a few attempts to cover the damage decided to start again.. I get super frustrated if I have to take polish off and re-do, so I just scraped the first step and applied the color, top coat and oil. Unfortunately, its the base coat that gives your nails extra nourishment, so I didn't get the 'hydrating' experience. The end result; nice color and an 'ok' on-the-go mani.
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The Hydrating Prescription

May 05, 2016
Planes and hotels wreak havoc on your nails! It's only been a few days since my pre-vacation mani and they already look terrible. Of course, I packed a Formula X CLIX! nail polish set. I've posted...

Gift With Purchase

May 02, 2016
Another reason to shop bobbibrowncosmetics.com rather than visit the beauty counter. With every $100 order, you receive a Bobbi Brown gift with purchase. The gift usually consists of three mini (deluxe size) products and this trio changes often. Being a mini fanatic, I wait for my favorite products in mini form and then make my online purchase (I know!). 

I just received a Long-Wear Eye Pencil, a mini Eye-Opening Mascara, and a mini Instant Long-Wear makeup Remover. All my 'travel' eye makeup needs are met. Now, just weeks later, there is a new trio available. The Bronze Babe Set includes a mini lip gloss, a mini bronzing powder (love), and WAIT a mini face blender brush. I WANT!

*Remember to look at the very top of the web page for the gift with purchase code.
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Gift With Purchase

May 02, 2016
Another reason to shop bobbibrowncosmetics.com rather than visit the beauty counter. With every $100 order, you receive a Bobbi Brown gift with purchase. The gift usually consists of three mini...

Threading by Anna

April 28, 2016

One 'NOT SO FINE' day, my long time favorite wax strips left a harsh skin burn on my upper lip. I visited the Dermatologist and she claimed it was a severe skin burn, prescribed medicated cream, constant icing and to take cover from the sun for a few weeks. She also recommended that I ditch the wax and start treading my upper lip and brows. Excellent advice - I've been threading for years and will never go back to wax. Yes, it hurts! Yes, I shed a tear everytime! But it works great and with little irritation to your skin. I've never experienced harsh side effects from threading. 

Tips - Find yourself an experienced threader; they know tricks to reduce the pain. Push your tongue against the inside of your upper lip so the skin is taught while threading the sides. When threading the upper part of your lip (by your nose) pull your upper lip down so the skin is stretch and taught. Visit your threading professional frequently, cause the more regrowth you have the more it hurts. Most threading professionals like to use alcohol after, but I prefer to go bare and let my skin heal on its own. The pain stops almost immediately after the treading stops and the redness diminishes quickly. 
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Threading by Anna

April 28, 2016
One 'NOT SO FINE' day, my long time favorite wax strips left a harsh skin burn on my upper lip. I visited the Dermatologist and she claimed it was a severe skin burn, prescribed medicated cream,...

Marlies Möller

April 25, 2016
I really like my 'mini' Marlies Möller Essential Hair and Scalp Brush, and assumed all the styling brushes in this line would be great. So, with big expectations, I purchased three full-sized Marlies Möller hair brushes.

I was really anticipating great results from the Thermo Volume Ceramic Styling Brush and kinda feel let down. It styles ok (like most ceramic brushes) and matches my set, but the squared handle is impossible to swiftly rotate while you blow-dry. After the first use, my hand and wrist hurt. I'm fairly good with a round ceramic brush, but this handle just slows me down. 

The All Around Hair Brush (pictured center) claims to remove residue left by products and cleanse your dry hair. I have oily hair and was hoping this would aid in my mission to wash less often. The directions say to brush your hair in all directions, morning and night. Does it cleanse your hair? I don't think so! It does however feel nice on your scalp; like a 'bristle scalp massage'. I wouldn't recommend using it in the AM - it causes major static. 

The Hair & Scalp Massage Brush is the full-sized version of the 'mini' Essential Hair & Scalp brush I posted about a few months ago. The larger brush detangles easily and is an overall great paddle brush. These brushes look nice (I love the wooden handle), but there are much better hair brushes out there. 
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Marlies Möller

April 25, 2016
I really like my 'mini' Marlies Möller Essential Hair and Scalp Brush, and assumed all the styling brushes in this line would be great. So, with big expectations, I purchased three full-sized...

Online Exclusive

April 15, 2016
Y'all know I love miniature versions of my favorite products and will go to great lengths to get them! Bobbi Brown has 'online exclusive' trios including one of three beauty-boosting face masks, along with two mini (deluxe sample size) products to compliment the face mask. For an extra $13 you get two mini products - I'm all in! If you're gonna buy the masks anyway, purchase them online and get the trio. It's a great way to try other Bobbi Brown products without paying full-price. I'm a huge Bobbi Brown fan and would love to buy every product (that suits my needs), but it's expensive stuff. bobbibrowncosmetics.com often has exclusive sets and a gift with purchase - more mini's! Of course you gotta into the store for makeup, color choices and custom advise, but once you've determined your product line, shop bobbibrowncosmetics.com. 

I posted about these masks a few months ago, but let me recap; I'm branding these masks - The Miraculous Makeover Mask Trio. Instant Detox, Radiance Boost and Skin Nourish can be used together or individually to address your specific needs. I'm obsessed!

The Instant Detox is my favorite. This clay-based mask is creamy, has a refreshing citrus scent and kinda cools your skin while you detox. This mask will leave you feeling refreshed and super clean. The Instant Detox deep cleanse removes excess oil, tightens my skin and my complexion looks AMAZING! I use the Instant Detox and the the Radiance Boost twice a week - This deep cleanse/radiance boosting treatment is my favorite facial pick-me-up. The online exclusive Beauty Sleep Trio includes: Instant Detox Mask (75ml), Extra Repair Moisture Balm (7ml), and Extra Repair Eye Cream (3ml).

The superfine Walnut Grain Beads in Radiance Boost, gently exfoliate your skin and improve circulation. This mask leaves my skin feeling super-tight (I like that), and my complexion is brighter. The orange scent is invigorating - I'm partial to citrus scents in facial care cosmetics. The online exclusive Radiant Glow Trio includes: Radiance Boost Mask (75ml), Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm (5ml), and Hydrating Face Tonic (15ml).

I also use the Skin Nourish once a week before bed. This lightweight mask is creamy, the scent is calming, and I love a mask that you can leave-on throughout the night. In the morning you will have plump smooth, nourished skin. The online exclusive Thirsty Skin Trio includes: Skin Nourish Mask (75ml), Extra Treatment Lotion (15ml), and Extra Face Oil (3ml). 
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Online Exclusive

April 15, 2016
Y'all know I love miniature versions of my favorite products and will go to great lengths to get them! Bobbi Brown has 'online exclusive' trios including one of three beauty-boosting face masks,...

Creamy Body Wash Pods

April 13, 2016
The 'creamy body wash pods' wall at Sephora on Champs-Elysées in Paris is worth the visit. It reminds me of a candy store, but for cosmetic addicts! Each pod contains 7.9 ml of body wash; enough for one shower and perfect for travel. Just crack the tip and enjoy the delicious scents. There are ten scents and they all smell amazing. I love the coconut, vanilla and chocolate. 
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Creamy Body Wash Pods

April 13, 2016
The 'creamy body wash pods' wall at Sephora on Champs-Elysées in Paris is worth the visit. It reminds me of a candy store, but for cosmetic addicts! Each pod contains 7.9 ml of body wash;...

Bobbi Brown Haul

April 12, 2016
These are my favorite days - goin' buck wild at Bobbi Brown! Once I get through all these products, I'll post my opinion.. 
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Bobbi Brown Haul

April 12, 2016
These are my favorite days - goin' buck wild at Bobbi Brown! Once I get through all these products, I'll post my

Brow Aid Kit

April 06, 2016
How cute is Sephora's Brow Aid kit - set of three mini brow tools! At half the size of full-sized tweezers, these little shaping tools take 'mini' to a whole new level. This set includes everything you need to groom your brows on-the-go: the mini slant tweezers, an angled shaping and defining brush, and the brow spoolie come in a thin, clear pouch (perfect travel size). I carry the brow spoolie in my purse (just in case my brows get outta hand). These miniature tools work just as well as your full-sized brow tools. LOVE!
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Brow Aid Kit

April 06, 2016
How cute is Sephora's Brow Aid kit - set of three mini brow tools! At half the size of full-sized tweezers, these little shaping tools take 'mini' to a whole new level. This set includes everything...

Perfecting & Brightening

April 04, 2016
Last month I posted the Pomegranate Eye Mask and said I'd try other Sephora eye masks and let ya know what I thought.. I recently used the Sephora Perfecting & Brightening eye mask. Unlike the first eye mask I tried in this collection, this mask did not irritate my rosacea. Everything bothers my skin, so I'm happy when I find products that don't turn my face bright red! This white pearl infused mask claims to illuminate your skin - not sure my under eyes appear brighter (it's gonna take more than a fifteen minute mask to fix my under eye problems), but my skin feels and looks nourished. I'm happy with the results.

Application is easy, the masks wraps around your under eye area and up to your brows (good coverage) and the serum-like solution doesn't run down your face. The Pomegranate eye masks had a subtle, refreshing scent. This mask however had a funny smell - not bad, but not pleasant. I have six more masks to go..
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Perfecting & Brightening

April 04, 2016
Last month I posted the Pomegranate Eye Mask and said I'd try other Sephora eye masks and let ya know what I thought.. I recently used the Sephora Perfecting & Brightening eye mask. Unlike...

It's Potent

April 01, 2016
My under eye area has been super dry all winter, causing my brightener and concealer to become cakey and appear flaky (not nice). I tried so many creams and at the advice of a magazine, fell upon Benefit It's Potent eye cream. HALELUAH! This cream doesn't get great reviews, but I think its amazing. Its claim is to brighten eyes and fade dark circles - does it do this? Not really, but that's not what I bought it for anyway! They should brand this cream 'super nourishing' and 'the solution to caky makeup'. Within a week, my under eye area was no longer dry (it's a miracle). 

It's Potent has a light-creamy, silky feel that glides on effortlessly and creates the perfect base for under eye makeup. I apply more makeup than before (which of course makes me look better) and it doesn't flake or appear cakey at all. YAY! I'm delighted with the results.

So, here's what happened to me - I dropped it and cream went everywhere (seriously everywhere). I lost most of the jar on the floor, the wall and my pants. I love it, so I purchased a new one. Be careful of heavy glass jars; they bounce! 
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It's Potent

April 01, 2016
My under eye area has been super dry all winter, causing my brightener and concealer to become cakey and appear flaky (not nice). I tried so many creams and at the advice of a magazine, fell upon...

Bobbi Brown Travel Brushes

March 21, 2016
I am a huge fan of Bobbi Brown makeup brushes and am super excited that the latest limited edition travel brush set includes a blush brush. This is unheard of for Bobbi Brown! For every regular sized makeup brush I own (except the blush brush), I had a travel size to match and have been on the hunt for a appropriately sized, good quality brush. YAY! My set is complete - and then some.. The blush brush is amazing and reminds me that a new blush brush allows for perfect application, so of course, now I want a new regular sized! 

This set includes an ultra-fine eye liner brush, eye shadow brush, concealer blending brush, eye sweep brush, foundation brush and blush brush. Combined with travel brushes from my previous BB sets, I am stocked and ready for makeup application on the road. The travel case can hold many more brushes, is slim and chic. The quality of these brushes is excellent. The brush heads are soft, natural feeling and rarely do the hairs fall out. What's great about this set, is the brass plated handles are compact, but the brush heads are full size. 

One thing I should mention is that after the first wash, the blush brush had a really pungent smell. It was unbearable, so I washed it again and then again with beautyblender liquid cleanser. The smell has diminished, but remains. I'm still gonna use it (funny scent and all).
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Bobbi Brown Travel Brushes

March 21, 2016
I am a huge fan of Bobbi Brown makeup brushes and am super excited that the latest limited edition travel brush set includes a blush brush. This is unheard of for Bobbi Brown! For every regular sized...

Tea-Talks

March 18, 2016
Flat Tummy Tea is a two-step herbal detox claiming to cleanse your system, stimulate digestion and reduce bloating. I posted a review about Flat Tummy Tea a few months ago and thought I'd do a comparison to another natural teatox program, SkinnyMint. This 28 day, two-step teatox is designed to kick start a healthy lifestyle, increase your energy levels and naturally cleanse your body. Basically, both teas make the same claims, but in different words. I'm not gonna get into the ingredient details for each tea, cause I'd be writing for days, but I will give you a quick review and my personal thoughts. 

Both Teas work! Combined with healthy eating habits and just a little exercise, you will look and feel better. Tea detoxing is no weight-loss miracle, just an addition to your healthy lifestyle. Tea in general is really good for you. I am partial to green tea and recently read a post about tea detoxing compared to simply drinking green tea. I followed their suggestion, drank five cups of green tea a day (no teatox) and had great results. I didn't loose weight, but my stomach was much less bloated. If teatoxing is not for you, I suggest green tea after every meal. It increases your metabolic rate 4 to 5 percent and is an excellent source of antioxidants.

What is similar about these two detox programs? They both contain green tea and other natural diuretic ingredients. Flat Tummy Tea 'Activate' should be consumed every morning and 'Cleanse' every third evening. SkinnyMint 'Morning Boost' should also be consumed every morning and 'Night Cleanse' every second night. Both have a mild laxative effect and reduce bloating. Both morning teas contain caffeine and thus your energy levels increase!

What's different? Flat Tummy Tea is a loose tea in resealable packets. You can use a tea defuser - I am partial to individual tea filters (less to clean). Either way, this is an additional cost. I like that SkinnyMint comes in individual tea bags (also in resealable packets), each with a tag 'Morning Boost' or Night Cleanse'. As far as taste goes, SkinnyMint is much better. The Morning Boost has a fruity flavor and the Night cleanse has notes of lemongrass, ginger and orange. 

Not that this matters, but the Flat Tummy Tea comes with a small zipped case (great for travel). My SkinnyMint purchase came with an 'insert your own photo here' fridge magnet. I guess it's for inspiration and I suppose it would make a cute Instagram. Oh and it will bring social media attention to SkinnyMint! 

A two week pack of Flat Tummy Tea currently retails for €28.28 and a SkinnyMint 14 day teatox for €24.90. Not much difference there, but you will have to purchase a defuser or filters for the Flat Tummy Tea.
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Tea-Talks

March 18, 2016
Flat Tummy Tea is a two-step herbal detox claiming to cleanse your system, stimulate digestion and reduce bloating. I posted a review about Flat Tummy Tea a few months ago and thought I'd do a...

Cuticle Lab

March 16, 2016
I'm a 'nipper' and my own worse enemy when it comes to healthy cuticles. I do my own manicures and sometimes cause more damage than good. I do a much better job painting my nails than any manicurist, but if I'm having a bad day and feeling stressed, I tend to over pick and nip at my cuticles. The cold, dry winter weather doesn't help either and until a few weeks ago, my cuticles were a hot mess. Cuticle Lab to the rescue..

After using the Cuticle Lab by Deborah Lippmann, I recommend everyone put down the sharp tools and avoid nipping altogether. This four step process has given me great results in just four applications. My cuticles appear nourished and the damage I've created over time is quickly diminishing. 

Step one - apply the Cuticle Remover Exfoliating Cuticle Treatment. It says there is no need to soak hands in water, but I don't like the idea of leaving the solution and cuticle residue on my fingers, so I rinse it off. 

Step two - Use the dual-ended cuticle pusher to gently push back cuticles and remove cuticle build-up. This is not a complaint, but rather a suggestion - the sharp'ish', squared end of the tool is fantastic for removing build-up, but I'm right handed and due to the angle it is hard to manage it with my left hand. A tool with this end on both sides, but opposite directions, would be even better. Of course, then there would need to be an additional tool with an arched end for pushing the cuticles back. 

Step three - apply cuticle oil. This hydrating oil has a lovely coconut scent, softens your cuticles and absorbs quickly. 

Step four - gently massage The Cure Nourishing Cuticle Repair Cream onto your cuticles. I love this cream. It has a subtle scent and leaves your cuticles feeling soft and nourished. I use this cream three times a day and my cuticles look great. Another suggestion - I will go through this jar of cream much faster than the bottles of cuticle remover and cuticle oil, so a bigger jar would be much better in this Cuticle Lab kit. 

This cuticle treatment therapy takes about five minutes and leaves lasting results. I'm a fan and will definitely repurchase the products in this kit.
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Cuticle Lab

March 16, 2016
I'm a 'nipper' and my own worse enemy when it comes to healthy cuticles. I do my own manicures and sometimes cause more damage than good. I do a much better job painting my nails than any manicurist,...

Express Dry Your Polish?

March 11, 2016
Sephora Express Dry nail drying spray claims to dry nails in one minute. First and foremost, I purchased this spray in Europe and there are no english directions on the bottle? I translated the directions off sephora.fr (France) and determined the application process. After three coats of polish, I applied the spray liberally (from 30 cm away) and waited a few minutes. My nails were still tacky after five minutes. My KOH Essential Nail Serum dries them in no time, so I was disappointed to find that this 'nail drying' product didn't meet my expectations. 
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Express Dry Your Polish?

March 11, 2016
Sephora Express Dry nail drying spray claims to dry nails in one minute. First and foremost, I purchased this spray in Europe and there are no english directions on the bottle? I translated the...

blotterazzi

March 09, 2016
I have reservations about beautyblender and until recently was quite content using Bobbi Brown brushes. It seems like everyone who's anyone (worth taking beauty advice from) uses the beautyblender, so I decided to give it a try and you know me - I don't half ass anything! I purchased two beautyblender's (pro and pure), beautyblender micro.mini and the blotterazzi. 

The blotterazzi is a reusable oil absorbing sponge. There are two pink sponges inside the plastic mirrored compact. The water drop shaped compact has a vent at the back and a clear, hygienic separator to keep the sponges fresh. I couldn't figure out if I was meant to carry both sponges or just one. I decided one is enough and keep the hygienic film on top, so the residue doesn't get on the mirror. After all, you should wash the sponge each night and I can't imagine producing enough oil to soak both sponges in one day! Oh, and these sponges should be washed prior to the first use (very important). 

The unique shape (a flat version of the beautyblender) allows you to blot the contours of your face with ease. Just press and hold for a second. Compared to blotting papers, this sponge is much easier to use. Your makeup will not come off on the sponge and I find it allows you re-set your makeup. If you have oily skin, you know that makeup separates throughout the day and while traditional blotting papers pick-up oil, they don't help with this issue. As your pressing and holding this squishy sponge against your face, kinda give it a wiggle to diminish makeup separation. The blotterazzi does remove quite a bit of oil from your face, but it is not as affective as blotting papers. You are still left with a little glow and if you want a matte result, this is not the product for you. While the original beautyblender may be a tiny bit more dense, these sponges are the same material, so I suggest using your 'dry' beautyblender to remove your facial oil and see if you like the result before purchasing the blotterazzi. 

I will continue to use the blotterazzi, but on those super oily days, I'm going back to blotting papers. On that note, I don't think I would re-purchase this product. I still have not mastered the original beautyblender, but will get back to you soon with my review..
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blotterazzi

March 09, 2016
I have reservations about beautyblender and until recently was quite content using Bobbi Brown brushes. It seems like everyone who's anyone (worth taking beauty advice from) uses the beautyblender,...

Pomegranate Eye Mask

March 04, 2016
There are eight masks in Sephora's eye mask line; each with different skin benefits. The pomegranate eye mask awakens and tones the under eye area, while reducing signs of fatigue. My 'vacation diet' (too much salt and vino), has left my eyes puffy and tired looking, so I purchased the pomegranate eye mask and used it this morning. The packaging is nice and the application easy. There is a lot of serum on each mask, so I gently squeezed a little off - otherwise it would be running down my face. The masks are a great shape and cover the under eye area, as well as around the outer side of your eye, all the way up to your brows. The mask stayed put and felt very refreshing. There is a subtle scent of pomegranate (love that scent). After 15 minutes, I removed the masks and gently rubbed the remaining serum onto my skin. There was a lot of serum left in the packet, so I applied a little more to my under eye area and on my lids (I don't like to waste). 

I have rosacea and while the mask did not have harsh effects on my under eye area (no rosacea there), my upper cheeks and the outer sides of of eyes turned very red and slightly burned. It is not uncommon for my skin to react to cosmetics, so I don't see this reaction as a bad thing. On a 'brighter' note, the pomegranate eye masks left my under eye area feeling tight and reduced the puffiness significantly. I will definitely purchase other masks in this line and post about them soon..
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Pomegranate Eye Mask

March 04, 2016
There are eight masks in Sephora's eye mask line; each with different skin benefits. The pomegranate eye mask awakens and tones the under eye area, while reducing signs of fatigue. My 'vacation diet'...

Mini Mask Trio

February 26, 2016
I'm so appreciative when a cosmetic brand releases mini versions of their new products. It allows customers to determine whether or not its for them, without paying the 'full-size' price. The Bobbi Brown Mini Mask Trio is a great way to sample the new and AMAZING facial masks. If you read my recent post about Bobbi Brown face masks, you know this 'Miraculous Makeover Mask Trio' is everything you'd expect and more. Refer to my Beauty-Boosting Face Masks post for more details..
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Mini Mask Trio

February 26, 2016
I'm so appreciative when a cosmetic brand releases mini versions of their new products. It allows customers to determine whether or not its for them, without paying the 'full-size' price. The Bobbi...

Eye Opening Mascara

February 24, 2016
I was really excited about the Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara and had high expectations. I gotta say, I'm a little disappointed. I wanna defend this mascara (cause you know I'm obsessed with Bobbi Brown), and say that I expected something different, or I need more time to adjust, or it's just not me? The super-sized brush is 'super' huge. I made a holy hot mess during application (insert Givenchy Mister Perfect Instant Makeup Eraser). My longtime favorite mascara, as well as other favorites over the years have small plastic brushes that allow for second, third and forth coats without crazy clumping. This Bobbi Brown Eye Opening mascara is a one coat kinda mascara. Coming out of the tube, I noticed the large brush had a ton of product on it and even scraped some back into the container. Still, the mascara went on super heavy and it took me minutes to separate my eyelashes. This mascara did create volume, but due to an excessive amount of product on the brush, I was hesitant to add another coat and to create length - the mascara only made it 1/3 through the length of my lashes. After a few attempts, I've decided to return to my all-time favorite mascara and now know that this particular mascara brush type (super-huge) isn't for me.  
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Eye Opening Mascara

February 24, 2016
I was really excited about the Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara and had high expectations. I gotta say, I'm a little disappointed. I wanna defend this mascara (cause you know I'm obsessed with Bobbi...

Coconut Créme

February 22, 2016
Laura Mercier Almond Coconut milk hand créme has the most delicious scent. This non-greasy, lightweight product absorbs quickly and nourishes your hands. Oh, and the scent is heavenly! LOVE!
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Coconut Créme

February 22, 2016
Laura Mercier Almond Coconut milk hand créme has the most delicious scent. This non-greasy, lightweight product absorbs quickly and nourishes your hands. Oh, and the scent is heavenly!

Beauty-Boosting Face Masks

February 19, 2016
I'd been anticipating the January launch of Bobbi Brown Beauty-Boosting Face Masks, and despite my many trips to the BB counter in Amsterdam was left empty-handed and wondering, what's all the hype? I practically had butterflies when I saw them on display in Harrods a few weeks ago. Yes, I'm that ridiculous! Lets 'face' it, every product Bobbi Brown releases is great - you can't go wrong with this premiere cosmetic line. It's no surprise that I purchased all three masks. I would have purchased the mini's too, but they didn't have them (insert sad face).

I'm branding these masks - The Miraculous Makeover Mask Trio. Instant Detox, Radiance Boost and Skin Nourish can be used together or individually to address your specific needs. I have overdosed on all three and love the results.

The Instant Detox is my favorite. This clay-based mask is creamy, has a refreshing citrus scent and kinda cools your skin while you detox. Hawaiian Sea Salt Water and Amazonian White Clay work together to remove impurities, reduce pore size and maintain moisture. This mask will leave you feeling refreshed and super clean. The Instant Detox deep cleanse removes excess oil, tightens my skin and my complexion looks AMAZING! I use the Instant Detox in the center of my forehead, down my nose, on my cheeks and chin. At the same time, I apply the Skin Nourish around my eye area (not too close to the eye), around the edges of my nose (where it gets super dry and flaky), and around my eyebrows (they're dry from Browfood - a hair growth treatment). Combined, these masks address both my skin issues at once. This deep cleanse/nourishing treatment is my favorite facial pick-me-up.

I also use the Skin Nourish twice a week before bed. This super-moisturizing mask contains hydrating herbs Coral Grass, Salicornia, and Trehalose, Collagen producing Chlorella Extract, and Muru Muru Butter to repair your skin's natural moisture barrier. This lightweight mask is creamy, the scent is calming, and I love a mask that you can leave-on throughout the night. Apply liberally and wait two-five minutes. Then gently remove the excess product and massage the remaining onto your skin. In the morning you will have plump smooth, nourished skin.

The superfine Walnut Grain Beads in Radiance Boost, gently exfoliate your skin and improve circulation. While the Kaolin Clay reduces oil, Algae Extract and Sodium Hyaluronate moisturize your skin, and Orange Oil energizes. I have Rosacea, and very sensitive skin, so I'm not surprised that this gentle exfoliator causes my forehead, nose and cheeks to turn red. Once the redness diminishes, my skin feels super-tight (I like that), and my complexion is brighter. The orange scent is invigorating - I'm partial to citrus scents in facial care cosmetics. 

Directions: Instant Detox can be used once a week (or two if necessary). Apply, allow two-five minutes to pass and remove with warm water. Skin Nourish can be used three times a week. Apply, wait two-five minutes, gently remove access and leave remaining product for overnight nourishing. Radiance Boost can be used once a week (or two if necessary). Apply, let it sit for two-five minutes and rinse off with warm water while gently massaging in circular motions.  

The application of these masks is quick, but the results last. I should mention that the packaging is great. The metal-like tubes are flexible and you can roll them up, allowing you to get as much product out as possible. 
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Beauty-Boosting Face Masks

February 19, 2016
I'd been anticipating the January launch of Bobbi Brown Beauty-Boosting Face Masks, and despite my many trips to the BB counter in Amsterdam was left empty-handed and wondering, what's all the hype?...

LASH SHOW

February 15, 2016
I mentioned in a recent Make Up For Ever product review that I have a new addiction to falsies and have been buying many styles from major brands. So far, Make Up For Ever false lashes reign supreme. My favorite is Lash Show Natural Impact N-402. These winged false lashes sit on the outer half of your natural lashes and give you a little lash-boost, while creating a subtle cat eye effect. I have very long natural eyelashes and really only need volume. N-402 is just enough volume and drama for every day wear. These reusable lashes are expensive, but can be worn many times if you take care of them. A mini Make Up For Ever glue is included in every box. The precision applicator is fool-proof and the glue is safe for sensitive eyes. False lashes tip: let the glue dry a little (get tacky) before applying the lashes. Wet glue will cause them to slide around while you're positioning them.

I don't like a lot of eye makeup (on me) and wear my false lashes with no eyeliner. If you get up super close to my face, you'll probably notice, but from a distance it looks good. You gotta remember to get as close to the lash line as possible and precise application is necessary. This particular style does not have a solid band, which makes it more difficult to hide. For a no-liner look, other styles with solid bands may be more suitable. This style is however easy to apply, because it is half the length of your lash line and goes on with ease.

Make Up For Ever false lashes sit on a flexible band, that allows for easy application. The lashes are long, fine and depending which style, may even look natural. There are currently 49 Make Up For Ever false lash styles to choose from and definitely one that will suit your eyelash needs. Stay tuned for more false lashes reviews..
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LASH SHOW

February 15, 2016
I mentioned in a recent Make Up For Ever product review that I have a new addiction to falsies and have been buying many styles from major brands. So far, Make Up For Ever false lashes reign supreme....

The Strengthening Prescription

February 12, 2016
Formula X CLIX! are quads that hold four mini nail polish, serums or cuticle oil (depending on the prescription). Each prescription restores your nails of common nail issues. 

The Strengthening Prescription includes a Prime Strength base coat, Sheer Strength nail color in 'Wondrous' (sheer pink porcelain), Shine Strength top coat, and Quench cuticle oil. The base coat is a sheer white shade infused with ceramic, which strengthens your nails and creates a clean base for your color. The sheer pink color of the nail polish (step two), is very subtle and atop the pearl color, gives you a pearly-pink shade. The The gel-like top coat is quite thick, but goes on easy and creates a shield against external damaging and staining. Pale pink shades are my favorite, but when I wash my hair the black die turns my nails a smokey, pinkish/gray. I'm impressed with this top coat and its ability shield from the dye. I'll go through this mini bottle of top coat quickly!

Allow each of the three coats to dry completely, before applying the next. Once your nails are completely dry, apply the cuticle oil with the mini doe foot applicator. I'm a big fan cuticle oil - it's an instant manicure, when you don't have time to get your cuticles treated. This oil is incredibly thin, compared to others I've used, and absorbs quickly. Downside - the 'nail polish' scent is not great for daily use (as recommended). 

It's been three days since I applied The Strengthening Prescription and my nails still look fairly good. Aside from minor chipping, the color remains and my nails feel a little harder than usual. This nail treatment process was fairly quick and easy. Cause the CLIX! quad is so small, this is a great on-the-go treatment when traveling.
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The Strengthening Prescription

February 12, 2016
Formula X CLIX! are quads that hold four mini nail polish, serums or cuticle oil (depending on the prescription). Each prescription restores your nails of common nail issues. The Strengthening...

De-Tox Eye-Cubes

February 08, 2016
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox De-Puffing Eye-Cubes kinda have a bad rap, but it seems like most people bypassed the directions and are using the cubes all wrong. We'll get to the process in a sec. These little cubes contain cucumber extract to sooth your under eye area, arnica which is commonly used to reduce swelling, green tea (my number go-to beauty ingredient), chamomile - a rich source of antioxidants which combat inflammation, aloe to soften and sooth your skin, caffeine which increases blood circulation (reducing dark circles), and hyaluronic acid used to retain moisture. Basically these little cubes are a power house of beneficial skin care ingredients. 

Due to the high cost, I waited until my eyes were looking a little rough (too much salt and vino the night before). There are six cubes and six pouches for $50. The swelling went down dramatically, which I'm sure is due to the ingredients, but also due to the frozen aspect. Applying very cold tools, ice cubes or cold water will reduce under eye puffiness. My under eye area looked brighter and felt tight - I like that! The cucumber scent is refreshing and the solution is light, like a serum. 

The process however is a little messy, but not as bad as everyone says. Most importantly, application is meant to be done while standing. Freeze the cubes, place one in a pouch (one for both eyes) and gently massage your under eye area in circular motions. Go back and forth between both eyes in 10-15 second intervals for a max of two minutes. *You don't want to freeze your under eye area. The solution will run down your face, so keep a kleenex nearby. Once the cubes have almost melted, discard the remaining amount, and gently pat the solution onto your skin. Wait for it to absorb (about three minutes) and rinse with cold water. It does get super sticky after drying, so allow yourself six minutes for application, absorption and rinsing. I know it seems like a lot, but it is very refreshing and a quick under eye pick-me-up. I'm a fan!
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De-Tox Eye-Cubes

February 08, 2016
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox De-Puffing Eye-Cubes kinda have a bad rap, but it seems like most people bypassed the directions and are using the cubes all wrong. We'll get to the process in a...

Brush Mates

February 03, 2016
The Marlies Möller essential hair and scalp brush is the perfect match to my Sephora Bounce: mini round ceramic brush. The Marlies Möller mini paddle brush is made of wood, sturdy and at 7 inches long, just big enough to detangle and style my short hair. These two mini's are the ultimate travel brush duo.
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Brush Mates

February 03, 2016
The Marlies Möller essential hair and scalp brush is the perfect match to my Sephora Bounce: mini round ceramic brush. The Marlies Möller mini paddle brush is made of wood, sturdy and at...

Bamboo Charcoal

February 01, 2016
Bamboo charcoal can be used for many things: purifying water, brushing your teeth, as well as cleansing your body, face and exfoliating. Bamboo charcoal has strong absorbing properties that draw toxins from your skin (hence the purifying water). It is said that cleansing with bamboo charcoal removes impurities from your skin, giving you a soft, improved appearance. I have been using the bamboo charcoal exfoliating body sponge by Sephora twice a week, for five weeks, and can't say I've seen any improvement. Yes, I feel like it's lightly exfoliating, but my body pouf provides the same sensation. Is it drawing toxins from my skin? I honestly don't know, but I can't see a difference in my skin. If you are a 'bamboo charcoal' believer, than maybe this product is for you, but I'm not jumping on the bamboo charcoal movement just yet.

I've read many reviews about the bamboo charcoal body sponge falling apart. It does say on the packaging that the sponge must be handled with care. This cleansing sponge is very delicate, so wrap your hand around one side while exfoliating your body in circular motions with the other side. Gently drain the sponge of access water by squeezing with both hands (do not twist). I have not experienced any breakage and my sponge is still completely intact.
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Bamboo Charcoal

February 01, 2016
Bamboo charcoal can be used for many things: purifying water, brushing your teeth, as well as cleansing your body, face and exfoliating. Bamboo charcoal has strong absorbing properties that draw...

The Brightening Prescription

January 26, 2016
Formula X CLIX! are convenient quads that hold four mini nail polish, serum, or cuticle oil (depending on the set), meant to restore your nails of most common nail issues. Each bottle is 0.1 oz (super tiny) and a great for travel. The sheer color and top coat have earned a permanent spot in my toiletry bag. I love these little sets! The Formula X CLIX! Brightening Prescription is meant to remove stains and offset discoloration. 

Step 1 - The brightening treatment serum is applied first and dissolves quickly. 

Step 2 - The color correcting base coat has a light purple hue that combats yellow stains. This color corrector is not as thick as polish and can probably be used alone for a quick color-pick-me-up. 

Step 3 - The sheer color is the perfect pale pink (my favorite). 

Step 4 - Although it is clear, the color plus top coat kinda looks holographic and has a slight hint of blue color. 

Only four coats and you have brighter nails. The color is pretty, but a little too blueish for me. It could be that I don't have nail discoloration, so there is no color to neutralize and the blue stands out more. Of course, I purchased this set cause it's mini! I also purchased The Stregthening Prescription, The Hydrating Prescription and The System To Go - I will post reviews soon.
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The Brightening Prescription

January 26, 2016
Formula X CLIX! are convenient quads that hold four mini nail polish, serum, or cuticle oil (depending on the set), meant to restore your nails of most common nail issues. Each bottle is 0.1 oz...

Insta Dry

January 22, 2016
Formula X Dry nail drying drops are amazing. This product just moved to the top of my favorite nail products list. First, I applied a Formula X brightening treatment, a coat of color corrector, two coats of sheer color, and a top coat. I waited the recommended three minutes, applied one drop of Formula X Dry on each nail and waited another minute. Voila! My nails were actually dry - really (hard) dry. Great product.
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Insta Dry

January 22, 2016
Formula X Dry nail drying drops are amazing. This product just moved to the top of my favorite nail products list. First, I applied a Formula X brightening treatment, a coat of color corrector,...

Make Up For Ever

January 20, 2016
Make Up For Ever didn't interest me until I visited the Sephora in Downtown Montréal. The Make Up For Ever section is huge, intriguing and the lashes display to die for! I have a new addiction to falsies and have been trying all the major brands. Make Up For Ever false eye lashes are amazing, but we'll talk about that another day. Being that the lashes are great, I figured their other products are probably high quality as well - so, I went back and purchased the Make Up For Ever Sens'eyes waterproof sensitive eye cleanser and the Mist & Fix setting spray.

When I take off my false eye lashes, sometimes there's glue left on my lashes and lids and my longtime-favorite eye makeup remover doesn't get it off. I was hoping the Sens'eyes would do the job and it does! This oil-free, gel makeup remover is strong enough to remove waterproof makeup, so a little glue is not a problem. The directions say to apply the remover on a cotton pad and let the solution sit on your eyelids and lashes (do not rub), then gently wipe the eye makeup off. Unfortunately, it burns my lids, so I'm enclined to speed up the process and rub away.. This remover is a sensitive eye cleanser, but I guess my skin is 'overly'-sensitive. There is no visible irritation after using this product, so I'll finish the bottle.

Mist & Fix is a light weight makeup setting spray. I'll admit, I was hesitant to spray anything wet on my face after applying my makeup, but this non-greasy, non-sticky formula goes on nicely and dries instantly. It kinda has an unpleasant scent that diminishes quickly - I'm sensitive to smells and would discontinue use if it lingered. After misting my face, my makeup appeared more even and my dry, 'winter skin' looked hydrated and dewy (even a little oily). Now that I'm over my fear of makeup setting spray, I'm gonna try other brands before settling on my favorite.
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Make Up For Ever

January 20, 2016
Make Up For Ever didn't interest me until I visited the Sephora in Downtown Montréal. The Make Up For Ever section is huge, intriguing and the lashes display to die for! I have a new addiction...

Sonic Cleansing

January 15, 2016
The new Clarisonic Mia Fit is the perfect travel size cleansing device. This compact, sonic cleansing device has two settings: delicate and power cleanse. Setting 1 (delicate) is gentle on your skin. If you have sensitive skin, I recommend using the Luxe Cashmere brush head on setting 1 for a soft, non-abrasive cleanse. Setting 2 (power cleanse) is just that; a stronger scrub for those moments when you need extra cleansing. The power cleanse is great for after workouts and removing heavy makeup. The Mia Fit is waterproof, so you can take it in the shower. It comes with a stand, usb universal voltage charger and a Radiance brush head (pictured below).

Clarisonic tips: Apply an ample amount of facial cleanser to the brush head and cleanse your face using circular motions. Take advantage of the timed function that guides you through a 1 minute and 20 second cleanse on your face and neck. Clean your brush after each use. If it is full of makeup, wash with facial cleanser or eye makeup remover (for stubborn, waterproof makeup). Once a week, remove the brush and clean your device. Change your brush every three months.
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Sonic Cleansing

January 15, 2016
The new Clarisonic Mia Fit is the perfect travel size cleansing device. This compact, sonic cleansing device has two settings: delicate and power cleanse. Setting 1 (delicate) is gentle on your skin....

...and the brush heads

January 15, 2016
I also purchased a brush head twin-pack with Sensitive and Radiance brush heads, along with a Luxe Cashmere brush head. I was most excited to use the Luxe (it's all in the name), but it doesn't meet my facial cleansing needs. The supersoft, long bristles massage your skin and I know it's cleansing my face, but I prefer a more abrasive brush. I wanna feel like my skin is being super-cleansed. These brush heads are expensive, so I'll use it for the recommended three months, but I am looking forward to replacing it. The Sensitive brush head (black and white brush) has been a long-time favorite of mine. It cleanses your skin, removes makeup and impurities, leaving your face feeling soft and refreshed. I recently tried the Radiance brush (pink and white brush) and love it (maybe more than the Sensitive brush). The bristles feel slightly softer and the brush appears more dense. I have not used the Skin Illuminating cleanser as of yet (sold with Mia Fit and Radiance brush head), but will post about it soon. 
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...and the brush heads

January 15, 2016
I also purchased a brush head twin-pack with Sensitive and Radiance brush heads, along with a Luxe Cashmere brush head. I was most excited to use the Luxe (it's all in the name), but it doesn't meet...

Mini Kinda Mood

January 11, 2016
Sephora's Bounce: mini round thermal ceramic brush does everything your regular sized brush does AND fits in your purse! No sacrifice was made in the design of this mini hair brush - The ceramic coating retains heat and distributes it evenly onto your hair. The tourmaline-infused bristles assist in anti-frizz and add shine. Albeit, it takes a little longer to dry your hair with this mini brush, it gives great results. I love this little brush! I'm hoping Sephora will release a mini paddle brush in the near future. Sephora Bounce: mini round thermal brush retails for $12.
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Mini Kinda Mood

January 11, 2016
Sephora's Bounce: mini round thermal ceramic brush does everything your regular sized brush does AND fits in your purse! No sacrifice was made in the design of this mini hair brush - The ceramic...

Strays Away

January 08, 2016
I'm all about mini's and admittedly often buy tiny stuff cause it's tiny! Sephora Strays Away mini tweezers are great. Each tweezer has a unique tip for all of your tweezing needs. The angled tip is ideal for regular tweezing, the flat tip allows for a good grip on thick hairs, the pointed tip is precise and the slanted-point tip is a two-in-one mini tweezer. These teeny tweezers are just under 2 inches long and take up little space in your cosmetic bag. This set of four is also great for someone deciding which tweezer tip they prefer, before purchasing a full-sized pair. Sephora Strays Away mini tweezers set retails for $10.
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Strays Away

January 08, 2016
I'm all about mini's and admittedly often buy tiny stuff cause it's tiny! Sephora Strays Away mini tweezers are great. Each tweezer has a unique tip for all of your tweezing needs. The angled tip is...

Water: A Beauty Must-have

January 01, 2016
Hydrate your body with Boxed Water. The sustainable packaging is charming (kinda chic), small enough to fit in your bag and environmentally friendly. Boxed Water is my new favorite on-the-go water. 
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Water: A Beauty Must-have

January 01, 2016
Hydrate your body with Boxed Water. The sustainable packaging is charming (kinda chic), small enough to fit in your bag and environmentally friendly. Boxed Water is my new favorite on-the-go...

Empties

December 23, 2015
I am super high maintenance when it comes to facial cosmetics and insist on taking everything when I travel. If I packed full-sized containers, I'd need a second suitcase! Mini's and empties are my travel 'must haves'.

MAC stackable containers and Bobbi Brown empties are my favorite travel containers. MAC stackable jars are the best way to arrange all of your facial creams and serums. If you're like me and use up to seven creams a day, these mini containers will drastically minimize the size of your toiletry bag. These jars are kinda delicate, so be careful when screwing them onto each other. I find anti-aging creams and sunscreen have harsh effects on plastic, which causes them to break easily - makes me wonder what it's doing to my face! Bobbi Brown empties are made of thicker plastic with a screw-on cap that seals the jars and bottles; they will never leak. These empties are great for liquids and foundation. They can also withstand the harsh effects of strong anti-aging creams or sunscreens.

Shrink your toiletry bag with stackable's, mini's and travel containers. This is an investment you'll be happy you made.
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Empties

December 23, 2015
I am super high maintenance when it comes to facial cosmetics and insist on taking everything when I travel. If I packed full-sized containers, I'd need a second suitcase! Mini's and empties are my...

Christmas Inspired Kiss Me Balm

December 16, 2015
Kiss Me balm by Sephora is my favorite lip nourishing treatment. The creamy balm is lightweight, hydrates your lips and protects them from harsh weather conditions. Each color has it's own scent and they all smell yummy. Clear smells like Creme Brûlée, light pink of cotton candy and the Christmas inspired balm like cherry. The luminescent pink shade of 'Lucky Cherry' gives subtle color with tiny pink sparkles that brighten your lips. This festive lip balm is the perfect stocking stuffer.
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Christmas Inspired Kiss Me Balm

December 16, 2015
Kiss Me balm by Sephora is my favorite lip nourishing treatment. The creamy balm is lightweight, hydrates your lips and protects them from harsh weather conditions. Each color has it's own scent and...

Gloss Wand

December 09, 2015
This six in one gloss wand is super cute and has a lot to offer. Standing two 'mini pots' higher than the average lip gloss size, this wand is great for on-the-go girls who like variety (I have four full-size lipgloss/lipsticks in my bag). These little jars of neutrals, peach, pinks, and a dark fuchsia gloss screw onto each other via the doe foot brush applicators. The slight hint of color is 'just enough' and they smell amazing. These glosses are a little sticky, but then again most lip gloss are! This slender gloss wand would make a great stocking stuffer for any girl into gloss.
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Gloss Wand

December 09, 2015
This six in one gloss wand is super cute and has a lot to offer. Standing two 'mini pots' higher than the average lip gloss size, this wand is great for on-the-go girls who like variety (I have four...

Rethink Your Retinol Routine

December 03, 2015
Skinceuticals reigns supreme in skincare products. This dermatologist recommended brand has just about anything you need to combat every problem. I am definitely a fan and it's no surprise that I turned to Skinceuticals for a 'non-prescription' retinol treatment. Clinically diagnosed rosacea temporarily suspended my prescribed anti-aging treatments, but after years of combating this condition, I'm back at fighting the aging process. Retinol is undoubtedly a great way to replenish your skin, combat wrinkles and revive your otherwise dull complexion - but not without side effects! I'm sure you've heard horror stories about retinol and I'm sure they're all true - I have a few of my own. In the end, it's about moderation and finding what regimen works best for your skin.

I recommend this four step regimen twice a week to start and increase as needed. Wash your face with Skinceuticals Gentle Cleanser. Of course, it's 'gentle' on your skin, refreshing and nourishing. Then apply Skinceuticals Eye Cream to combat dark circles, puffy under eyes and protect this sensitive area from the retinol. Next, apply a pea-size amount of retinol to your entire face (avoid eye area). I suggest starting with retinol 0.5 and increasing it to 1.0 if needed. Wait 30 minutes (or more) and apply Skinceuticals Epidermal Repair. I use this product for repairing my skin after retinol, sunburns, and any severe dry skin conditions I may have - It's a must have in my skin care regimen.

The more serious side effects of retinol are chapped skin, severe dry patches, burning and redness. While reducing these side effects, this four step regimen will nourish your skin, allowing for healing between application and extreme nourishment from the Epidermal repair cream. Retinol will diminish wrinkles, combat discoloration and give you a more even complexion. It's a great solution to aging skin, but use with caution and don't rush in.
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Rethink Your Retinol Routine

December 03, 2015
Skinceuticals reigns supreme in skincare products. This dermatologist recommended brand has just about anything you need to combat every problem. I am definitely a fan and it's no surprise...

GLAMGLOW Thirstymud

November 25, 2015
Cold weather, indoor heating and dry conditions will dehydrate your skin, leaving your complexion dull and sometimes chapped! GLAMGLOW Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment Masque will replenish your skin, boost radiance and combat the side effects of severe dry skin. This nondrying masque uses raw honey and ginger root to detoxify your skin, conditioning coconut and sugars along with citrus acid for extreme moisturization. This product smells great, sweet and honey-like. GLAMGLOW Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment Masque will leave your skin feeling soft and super hydrated. You will be surprised with the results of just one treatment.

Apply a thin layer of Thirstymud masque and leave for 10-20 minutes. Use a cotton pad to remove the access masque and gently massage the remaining product into your skin. I recommend applying before bed to allow for maximum hydration.
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GLAMGLOW Thirstymud

November 25, 2015
Cold weather, indoor heating and dry conditions will dehydrate your skin, leaving your complexion dull and sometimes chapped! GLAMGLOW Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment Masque will replenish your skin,...

Dry Bar Mai Tai and Bay Breeze

November 18, 2015
Two great products for two perfect looks. Drybar Mai Tai Sea Salt Spray adds texture without weighing down your hair. Create loose curls with your flat iron, run your fingers through and apply the sea salt spray for an 'I've been at the beach all day' look.

Worth a second mention - Drybar Bay Breeze will quickly become your favorite product this winter. Combat dry, tired hair with this hydrating shot. The super-concentrated formula will leave your hair feeling soft and silky for days.
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Dry Bar Mai Tai and Bay Breeze

November 18, 2015
Two great products for two perfect looks. Drybar Mai Tai Sea Salt Spray adds texture without weighing down your hair. Create loose curls with your flat iron, run your fingers through and apply the...

Flat Tummy Tea

November 13, 2015
This two step detox tea claims to reduce bloating, increase your energy levels, cleanse the body, assist in digestion and speed up your metabolism. I'm not sure what affect it is having on my energy levels and metabolism, but it definitely reduces bloating and alleviates the yucky feeling you have after a big meal. After one month of drinking the 'Activate' tea in the morning and 'Cleanse' tea every second night the first week and third night going forward, I saw big results. Paired with morning power walks and limiting my sugar intake, I was able to really slim down in just two weeks. I am on my second month and am addicted! Both teas are light in flavor and taste yummy (well, I like the taste of tea). Flat Tummy Tea is an important part of my beauty routine - I'm drinking it right now! The two packets of tea come in a small zipped case, ideal for travel and I never leave home without it.
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Flat Tummy Tea

November 13, 2015
This two step detox tea claims to reduce bloating, increase your energy levels, cleanse the body, assist in digestion and speed up your metabolism. I'm not sure what affect it is having on my energy...

GLAMGLOW Poutmud Fizzy Lip & Wet Lip Treatment

November 11, 2015
These GLAMGLOW balls of lip exfoliator and balm are the perfect lip-reviving duo. The Fizzy Lip exfoliating treatment contains Caribbean cane sugar, Hawaiian sea salt and hibiscus flower. A lip scrub that is gentle on your lips, yet effective. The exfoliating treatment also contains an antioxidant-rich blend of fruits to smooth and energize your lips. Pre-exfoliate by gently massaging your lips for 10-15 seconds, then apply water to activate the 'fuzziness'. It doesn't really fizz up (disappointing), but your lips feel smooth and it taste yummy (yes, I got some in my mouth). The Wet Lip balm, second phase in the poutmud treatment, is enriched with oils and butters for intense nourishment. The balm is non-sticky and a great base for lipstick. The Moroccan mint leaf contained in both treatments gives you a slight tingling, minty feeling and smells yummy. I love this lip treatment duo and plan to buy it for all the ladies in my life this holiday season. 
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GLAMGLOW Poutmud Fizzy Lip & Wet Lip Treatment

November 11, 2015
These GLAMGLOW balls of lip exfoliator and balm are the perfect lip-reviving duo. The Fizzy Lip exfoliating treatment contains Caribbean cane sugar, Hawaiian sea salt and hibiscus flower. A lip...

No-makeup Makeup Kinda Glow

November 04, 2015
I have been protesting foundation for years and instead focused on blemish free, healthy skin. Laser treatments, topical medication and anti-aging creams replace my need for layers of makeup and my skin looks great (for the most part). I'm also a no-makeup makeup kinda girl and while I appreciate cheek and lip color, thick lashes and a heavy brow, I'm not focused on a 'perfect' complexion. Until..

I was feeling drab one day and happened to be near a Bobbi Brown counter (never makeup shop when you're feeling down). Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation and Intensive Skin Serum Concealer were on display and of course the Bobbi Brown consultant was happy to sample the products for me. I wasn't completely sold on the effect, mostly because I don't like having makeup applied over my own. I asked for a sample to try at home, just in case I didn't like the color or overall look and wanted to return the unopened bottle. This foundation moved to the top of my 'must have' beauty product list after just one application. My skin was glowing, looked fresh and appeared natural. I applied a thin layer of the concealer over my Bobbi Brown tinted eye-brightner and the combination worked great to cover my dark circles and even out my under eye area. These lightweight serums will brighten your skin, even out your complexion and give you a natural medium coverage.

I highly recommend purchasing the Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face & Touchup brush. The soft bristles blend these serums onto your skin seamlessly. Apply a small amount of foundation on the back of your hand and from there small amounts onto the larger end of the brush. In circular motions, apply the foundation starting on your nose and working your way outwards towards your hair line. You don't need a lot of product for the intended medium coverage. Use the small end of the brush to blend the Intensive Skin Serum Concealer under your eyes.

For a hint of color and fresh look, Bobbi Brown blush in Pastel Peach is subtle and pretty. Apply to the apples of your cheeks, a little down your nose, across your forehead and a dab on your chin for a healthy glow.
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No-makeup Makeup Kinda Glow

November 04, 2015
I have been protesting foundation for years and instead focused on blemish free, healthy skin. Laser treatments, topical medication and anti-aging creams replace my need for layers of makeup and my...

The Traceless Hair Ring

October 30, 2015
While the strange design of these Invisi Bobble resemble an old telephone cord, surprisingly they work! These stretchy coiled hair ties hold your hair in place (even my fine hair) and will not leave a crease. These hair ties come in a variety of colors and retail for €4,95 at Douglas in Amsterdam. I'm told you can buy this style hair tie in many places by different brands. 
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The Traceless Hair Ring

October 30, 2015
While the strange design of these Invisi Bobble resemble an old telephone cord, surprisingly they work! These stretchy coiled hair ties hold your hair in place (even my fine hair) and will not leave...

Tweezerman Facial Hair Remover

October 27, 2015
Due to a hot wax burn many years ago, I have since done threading on my upper lip. It is painful and regrowth remains consistently the same. Sometimes, I forget to make an appointment or can't make it before an important date and always wished I could thread myself. I was excited to try the Tweezerman Smooth Finish Facial Hair Remover and am pleasantly surprised. I did hesitate for a minute or so - the stainless steel coil is intimidating. Yes, you can feel the little hairs being swiftly plucked, but the pain is not so bad (not as bad as threading). A great trick for upper lip hair removal is to press your tongue against the inside of your upper lip, so the skin is tight; this will minimize the pain. Press the straight part of the coil on either side against your skin for optimal results. Use both sides and hold the tool in different angles to ensure you remove as much as possible. Although I was not able to remove the tiniest of hairs (I'm a perfectionist), the obvious hair is gone and there is minimal skin irritation. The Tweezerman Facial Hair Remover claims to reduce re-growth, as it is pulling the hair along with the root. I have only tried once and cannot confirm this, but will repost after a few months. The directions are easy and removal process takes two minutes. Excellent tool!

Retails for $20 at Sephora.com and €27.95 at De Bijenkorf in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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Tweezerman Facial Hair Remover

October 27, 2015
Due to a hot wax burn many years ago, I have since done threading on my upper lip. It is painful and regrowth remains consistently the same. Sometimes, I forget to make an appointment or can't make...

..and back to black

September 23, 2015

It was Carolyn Stanbury (Ladies of London) that inspired my transition from long black hair to a blonde bob. Although my amazing hairstylist was eager to give me a new look and willing to put in the time, I'm sure he thought I was having a 'life crisis'! After a lengthy chat about color choices and what to expect, it began..

Cutting my hair was the easy part and I still don a Carolyn Stanbury bob. The bleaching process was terrifying. It didn't hurt, but watching my hair turn bright orange triggered regret. After two bleaching sessions, a beautiful red color application and a much needed treatment, I was surprised at the results. A few days later, I went back for more. Going forward it would be regular visits to the salon for blond highlights. After the first visit my hair was brown with natural blonde highlights. I was 80% there!

I regret to say I missed my black hair and didn't feel like myself anymore, so I went back to black. I kinda wish I had gone all the way and then determined whether or not the color was for me, but I do love my signature black hair. The lesson here - be sure you want a drastic hair transformation before investing days at the salon and a ridiculous amount of money! I would've liked to post the full-process from black to blonde and pondered posting this video, but figured why not share my experience.

Music Credit: Black is the Color of my True Love's Hair by Nina Simone
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..and back to black

September 23, 2015
It was Carolyn Stanbury (Ladies of London) that inspired my transition from long black hair to a blonde bob. Although my amazing hairstylist was eager to give me a new look and willing to put in the...

Accent Appliqués

September 03, 2015
How fun are these Perfect Accent appliqués by Incoco! Subtle accents of happy and sad faces, the 'mustache' and swirls are cute, charming and accentuate your manicure. Incoco nail appliqués are easy to apply and last for about a week (as long as you're not gardening). Accent appliqués are available in solid colors or clear, so you can apply them atop any color (the mustache). There are currently 36 nail accents available at Incoco.com - four nail Appliqués for $2.99. 
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Accent Appliqués

September 03, 2015
How fun are these Perfect Accent appliqués by Incoco! Subtle accents of happy and sad faces, the 'mustache' and swirls are cute, charming and accentuate your manicure. Incoco nail appliqués are...

Superb Sephora Hair Accessories

August 19, 2015
The Sephora brand releases new products often and these three deserve a beauty post. The Sephora Push & Pop Travel Pop-up Brush is a multi-tasking purse size brush. This compact brush has a mirror and a clear compartment that holds up to three hair ties. All of your on-the-go hair needs are met with one little device. Sephora Collection Hair Ties are available in many colors - choose one to match your hair color and blend in perfectly or opt for a colorful, sparkly tie. These no-tug hair ties are comfy and won't leave a crease in your hair. Although they are not a new product, now and then Sephora introduces new colors. Sephora Collection Quick Fix: Hair Scrunchie was the first in my new scrunchie collection. The faux leather-like material holds hair firmly and will not leave a crease once removed. This scrunchie is small and suitable for short hair styles - it won't overwhelm your barely there ponytail.
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Superb Sephora Hair Accessories

August 19, 2015
The Sephora brand releases new products often and these three deserve a beauty post. The Sephora Push & Pop Travel Pop-up Brush is a multi-tasking purse size brush. This compact brush has a...

Up close and Simple

July 28, 2015
It's hot and humid in Santorini.. Fussing with perfect hair and makeup is wasted vacation time, so I'm keeping it simple. Bronzer and coral blush are enough to brighten my complexion and give a natural glow (of course I'm avoiding to tan my face). Bronzer allows for consistent color all over without undoing all the facial laser treatments and anti-aging you've worked towards over the years - your face is sensitive and you will regret the sun damage one day. I straightened my hair once and it lasted a few hours - not worth the effort. My hairtysle of choice - a low-bun with pieces falling out. A windblown 'effortless' style.

Accessories are important on vacation and white pieces standout against your sun-kissed skin. Layer bracelets and pile on small rings - opt for tiny rose gold or silver rings on each finger (rose gold looks great on tanned skin). Vacation destinations are great places to shop for accessories - so hit the stores early in your vacation and stock up on local (handmade) accessories.

Accessories pictured here: Dior Chicago Aviators, Bottega Veneta Knot Bracelet, Isabel Marant Bracelet, Gabriela Artigas Rose Simple Rings, Blanca Monros Black Diamond Ring, Ariel Gordon Love Knot Ring, Kate Spade Bow Bracelet.
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Up close and Simple

July 28, 2015
It's hot and humid in Santorini.. Fussing with perfect hair and makeup is wasted vacation time, so I'm keeping it simple. Bronzer and coral blush are enough to brighten my complexion and give a...

Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch

July 14, 2015
How fun is this lip mask! Tony Moly Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch is an oversized jelly-like pair of lips worn atop your own for a 20 minute lip rejuvenation session. I think I'm more intrigued with the novelty than the results - this lip mask would make a great gift for any girl in need of a little pampering. Aside from all the fun and the cute selfies, Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch nourishes your lips, leaving them soft and silky. You lips appear hydrated, with a slight shine. This lip mask retails for $4 and is available at peachandlily.com.
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Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch

July 14, 2015
How fun is this lip mask! Tony Moly Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch is an oversized jelly-like pair of lips worn atop your own for a 20 minute lip rejuvenation session. I think I'm more intrigued with the...

Yassas Greece

July 09, 2015
I'm packing for Santorini, Greece (YAY!) and thought I'd share with you my summer vacation essential cosmetics list and vacation beauty advise. Rule #1 - keep your makeup natural and your routine simple.

Opt for a natural glow with Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder and Bobbi Brown Blush and Highlighter Cheek Palette - shades of coral brighten your face and accentuate your bronzed skin. Buxom Mascara in black will make your lashes thicker, longer and give you a naturally enhanced look. I'm a lipstick girl, so it's no surprise I have four lip products in my cosmetic bag - Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme for the ultimate pouty lip, YSL Tint-in-Oil lip gloss to nourish my lips, Dior Addict Lip Glow in coral for the perfect summer shade and Bite Beauty BB for lips to hydrate, prime and protect my lips from sun damage.

Where there are tropical temperatures there is usually humidity which = frizzy, unmanageable hair! Don't fuss over a perfect hairstyle and opt for wavy 'I'm on vacation and I don't care' hair. Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder is a light dry shampoo with a fresh scent (oh and gives great volume when applied to roots). For texture and light hold in your waves use Bumble and Bumble Dryspun Finish.

Protecting your body from sun damage is of the utmost importance. I use Tizo3 sunscreen on my face (day and night, cause it's a great tinted primer), Skin Ceuticals Epidermal Repair for much needed moisturizing after the sun - this cream is used to repair skin after facial procedures and works great on sunburns. After a long day in the sun, the fresh scent of Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash (reminds me of blueberries) will leave your skin feeling rejuvenated - this cleanser removes makeup and oil while gently exfoliating your skin. Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash is effective and refreshing.
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Yassas Greece

July 09, 2015
I'm packing for Santorini, Greece (YAY!) and thought I'd share with you my summer vacation essential cosmetics list and vacation beauty advise. Rule #1 - keep your makeup natural and your routine...

Want Longer, Thicker Lashes?

July 08, 2015
Many people comment on my eyelashes - I have been asked what falsies I was wearing more than once.. None, they're real! A quick application of LASHFOOD before bed and my lashes are thicker, longer and healthy. They appear hydrated and silky, my mascara goes on nicely, I never have to curl my lashes and they look smooth. I know - healthy lashes?! You can't go wrong adding nutrition to your lashes or any other part of your body, whether it's inside or out. LASHFOOD is comprised of organic medicinal herbs and there are no harsh side effects. I tried Latisse many years ago and my eyelids turned dark purple - I'm happy the permanent eyeshadow faded over time and caution anyone considering this lash growth method. LASHFOOD natural eyelash enhancer is Ecocert certified (meets standards for natural and organic cosmetics). I highly recommend this product.

You can purchase LASHFOOD at lashfood.com or sephora.com
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Want Longer, Thicker Lashes?

July 08, 2015
Many people comment on my eyelashes - I have been asked what falsies I was wearing more than once.. None, they're real! A quick application of LASHFOOD before bed and my lashes are thicker, longer...

Tizo3 Facial Sunscreen

July 06, 2015
This compact tube of tinted facial mineral sunscreen, Tizo3, goes on smoothly, leaves your skin feeling silky and has a matte finish. Tizo3 contains Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide, the top two sunscreen filters. The primer-like sunscreen is photostable (will not diminish in the sun) and waterproof for 80 minutes. Broad spectrum UVA/UVB Tizo3 protects, primes and enhances your complexion. Best part is that it looks and feels like a primer - is a great base under makeup. Tizo3 gives you a slight tint of color and looks fresh when worn alone. After one use, I promise you will love wearing this facial sunscreen!
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Tizo3 Facial Sunscreen

July 06, 2015
This compact tube of tinted facial mineral sunscreen, Tizo3, goes on smoothly, leaves your skin feeling silky and has a matte finish. Tizo3 contains Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide, the top two...

Bite Beauty BB

June 23, 2015
Bite Beauty BB for lips is my new fave lip balm and an essential product in my makeup routine. The natural-clear balm is a great base to be worn under lipstick, nourishes your lips and leaves them smooth - ideal for additional color application. The BB for lips balm in flush gives you a slight hint of peach color - the perfect 'kinda natural' shade for summer. Like BB face creams, BB for lips hydrate, prepare, prime and protect. Bite Beauty BB for lips is a five-in-one lip balm that will revitalize your lips while shielding them from sun damage (SPF 15) - a must-have product this summer.
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Bite Beauty BB

June 23, 2015
Bite Beauty BB for lips is my new fave lip balm and an essential product in my makeup routine. The natural-clear balm is a great base to be worn under lipstick, nourishes your lips and leaves them...

fabulous foaming face wash

June 16, 2015
Stimulate your senses and instantly feel rejuvenated in the a.m. with cold water and bliss fabulous foaming face wash - a two-in-one cleanser that removes oil and makeup while gently exfoliating your skin. With a subtle scent of fresh fruit (kinda reminds me of blueberries), this face wash will leave you feeling refreshed and your skin nourished. bliss fabulous foaming face wash is at the top of my 'must have' products list. It is available in three sizes - 2 oz, 6.7 oz and a super-sized 15.5 oz (that'll last you a long time).

Visit blissworld.com and Sephora.com for fabulous foaming face wash and other bliss products.
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fabulous foaming face wash

June 16, 2015
Stimulate your senses and instantly feel rejuvenated in the a.m. with cold water and bliss fabulous foaming face wash - a two-in-one cleanser that removes oil and makeup while gently exfoliating your...

The Morning After Shower Cap

June 02, 2015
Drybar's The Morning After shower cap is lined with soft terry cloth to protect your hair from moisture, humidity and feels comfy against your skin. The fit is great - not too tight, but snug enough to keep your hair dry. The Morning After shower cap is my preferred headpiece for those days when I can't be bothered washing my hair.

Purchase the The Morning After shower cap at thedrybar.com or Sephora.com.
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The Morning After Shower Cap

June 02, 2015
Drybar's The Morning After shower cap is lined with soft terry cloth to protect your hair from moisture, humidity and feels comfy against your skin. The fit is great - not too tight, but snug enough...

ghd rose gold

May 25, 2015
This ghd styler had me at a moments glance - I luv anything rose gold! This set includes a 1" styler that is dual voltage (important for travelers), two sectioning clips, a heat resistant travel case and a detachable heat-resistant mat for placing your hot styler on. So far, I'm impressed..

I was drawn to this styler because it is dual voltage, it is award-winning, has positive reviews (and it is rose gold). Tried, tested and true - this styler is great! The ghd styler leaves my hair silky and straight. At a safe and effective temperature of 365°F, the ghd styler is not super hot and there is no option to increase the temperature - no temptation or even the ability to put the temp at max and cause damage to your hair.

You can purchase the ghd rose gold styler set at ghdhair.com and Sephora.com.
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ghd rose gold

May 25, 2015
This ghd styler had me at a moments glance - I luv anything rose gold! This set includes a 1" styler that is dual voltage (important for travelers), two sectioning clips, a heat resistant travel...

Texas Tea and Sake Bomb

May 12, 2015
I've been a dedicated fan of Bumble and Bumble shampoo and conditioner for years, but a few months ago I went on weekend trip and packed samples of Drybar hair products in my carry-on (simply because I was lacking space). I'm so happy I did! I always get samples from beauty stores and hardly ever use them.. this time paid off and I've learned my lesson - try new things! I have been converted and am using Drybar shampoo and conditioner, Texas Tea and Sake Bomb. Texas Tea volumizing shampoo and conditioner provide instant fullness without stripping your hair of moisture. Texas Teas gives you that much needed weightless bounce we all desire. Sake Bomb shampoo and conditioner are nourishing, have a pleasant scent and leaves your hair feeling incredibly silky and most importantly - shinny. I go back and forth between the two, depending on what my hair needs, moisture or volume.

Sake Bomb is available in travel size - the 1.7 oz bottle is flat and convenient when packing too many toiletries (as I often do). Purchase these and other Drybar products at thedrybar.com or Sephora.com

*Both Sake Bomb and Texas Tea shampoo and conditioner are free of sulfates, parabens and phthalates.
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Texas Tea and Sake Bomb

May 12, 2015
I've been a dedicated fan of Bumble and Bumble shampoo and conditioner for years, but a few months ago I went on weekend trip and packed samples of Drybar hair products in my carry-on (simply because...

Restylane Silk

May 06, 2015
My recent visit to the dermatologist consisted of baby botox and Restylane Silk injected into my lips and oral commissure area. I am no stranger to fillers and lip injections - in comparison to other brands I gotta say Restylane Silk hurts, swells like crazy and left me with major bruises. You will notice in the photos above that day one my lips were huge! This is normal and happens with most fillers, but by day two the swelling usually subsides - not the case with Restylane Silk. The day after my procedure my lips were even bigger, I had a major bruise on my lip and I was showing signs of bruising on the skin above my lip. My dermatologist warned me that there would be excessive swelling and possibly bruising, so I was not surprised that my lips were getting worse everyday. I slept with my head propped up on two pillows, took arnica tablets 3 times a day and iced my lips often (this is important). After one week the swelling and bruising was gone and my lips look great! After all that pain and suffering, I have the perfect pouty lips I was hoping for.

So why choose a filler that has higher risk of side effects, such as bruising and swelling? The fine needle and smaller particles in Restylane Silk allow for more accurate and precise injections, so your dermatologist can create a subtle, natural pouty lip. Your dermatologist or a cosmetic enhancement professional can really form a specific shape, control the thickness of your lips and create perfect symmetry with small, continuos injections of Restylane Silk. This is my new favorite filler! With the combination of a great dermatologist and good injectable filler, you will have amazing results, but there may be some pain involved (and hiding in your house for days)!
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Restylane Silk

May 06, 2015
My recent visit to the dermatologist consisted of baby botox and Restylane Silk injected into my lips and oral commissure area. I am no stranger to fillers and lip injections - in comparison to...

Beauty Tips: Olive Oil

April 23, 2015
Can't get last night's eye makeup off - just pour olive oil on a cotton swab and wipe clean. It won't irritate your eyes and removes even the toughest makeup stains (even if your oil based makeup remover couldn't).

When time is a factor and you need your polish dry NOW, dip a soft brush in olive oil and gently swipe across your nails. It will accelerate drying time and nourish your cuticles.
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Beauty Tips: Olive Oil

April 23, 2015
Can't get last night's eye makeup off - just pour olive oil on a cotton swab and wipe clean. It won't irritate your eyes and removes even the toughest makeup stains (even if your oil based makeup...

NUDESTIX

April 13, 2015
NUDESTIX is great for removing makeup mishaps. Glide the clean-up pencil over your mistakes and then wipe away with a q-tip. What sets this product apart from other makeup remover pencils? The oil infused crayon-like tip does not absorb the makeup, so it is always clean and doesn't transfer last weeks makeup mistakes back onto your skin.

Retails for $24 at Sephora.com.
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NUDESTIX

April 13, 2015
NUDESTIX is great for removing makeup mishaps. Glide the clean-up pencil over your mistakes and then wipe away with a q-tip. What sets this product apart from other makeup remover pencils? The oil...

Kiss Me Balm

April 09, 2015
Sephora Kiss Me Balm is light, has a yummy scent and leaves your lips feeling soft and nourished. It's my new favorite lip balm for spring!

Available in six colors at sephora.com.
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Kiss Me Balm

April 09, 2015
Sephora Kiss Me Balm is light, has a yummy scent and leaves your lips feeling soft and nourished. It's my new favorite lip balm for spring!Available in six colors at

Mister Perfect!

March 25, 2015
Worth a second mention - Givenchy's Mister Perfect Instant Makeup Eraser quickly and gently erases makeup mishaps. Where has this Mister Perfect been all my life?! It's almost impossible to apply mascara down to the roots of your lashes without getting a little on your lids and removing the smudges (with a q-tip) can be a struggle. Then I met Mister Perfect.. the marker-like pointed applicator allows for precise removal of unwanted lip and eye makeup - a must have!
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Mister Perfect!

March 25, 2015
Worth a second mention - Givenchy's Mister Perfect Instant Makeup Eraser quickly and gently erases makeup mishaps. Where has this Mister Perfect been all my life?! It's almost impossible to apply...

Are you applying dry shampoo correctly?

March 17, 2015
I recently read an article about the misuse of dry shampoo (I can't recall where I read it though). As do many of you, I applied dry shampoo in the morning when my hair was oily and immediately brushed it through. I've learned that you should apply dry shampoo at your roots before bed - this will allow time for the dry shampoo to combat the oil while you sleep and in the a.m. your hair will look fresh (as fresh as it can be with dry shampoo). This method works great - the results are fresh hair, no oil and less of the heavy residue feel you get with applying in the morning.

I use Bumble and Bumble prêt-á-powder at night - it's too heavy for daily morning use, but a great sleep-on-it dry shampoo. This dry shampoo smells great, the powder is light and blends fairly quickly. Prêt-á-powder is available at www.bumbleandbumble.com and Sephora.
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Are you applying dry shampoo correctly?

March 17, 2015
I recently read an article about the misuse of dry shampoo (I can't recall where I read it though). As do many of you, I applied dry shampoo in the morning when my hair was oily and immediately...

Want a Smooth Shave?

March 15, 2015
Visit your nearest drug store and pick up hair conditioner for dry hair - the thicker the conditioner, the better. Or, use your regular conditioner (thats one less product to buy). Apply to your legs (and anywhere else you might require smooth, hairless skin) and shave as usual. The creamy layer of conditioner delivers intense moisturizer to your skin allowing for a smooth shave, no nicks and no razor-burn. I've tried a variety of shave creams over the years, but I always go back to hair conditioner.
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Want a Smooth Shave?

March 15, 2015
Visit your nearest drug store and pick up hair conditioner for dry hair - the thicker the conditioner, the better. Or, use your regular conditioner (thats one less product to buy). Apply to your legs...

Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Tint-In-Oil

February 12, 2015
Coriander fruit oil, possiflora edulis oil, apricot kernel oil and jojoba seed oil are natural nourishing ingredients that make Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Tint-In-Oil a super hydrating lip gloss. The soft, curved applicator hugs your lips and allows for easy application. Volupté Tint-In-Oil comes in eight subtle colors (really subtle - barely there colors). Oh and the scent is pleasant, sweet and floral. The gloss is light, non-sticky and "really" nourishes your lips. Oil is our friend ladies - this gloss will sooth and revive your dry lips within days.

You can purchase Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Tint-In-Oil gloss at Sephora and major department stores.
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Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Tint-In-Oil

February 12, 2015
Coriander fruit oil, possiflora edulis oil, apricot kernel oil and jojoba seed oil are natural nourishing ingredients that make Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Tint-In-Oil a super hydrating lip gloss....

Anastasia Brow Tools

January 30, 2015
These are the best tweezers! Anastasia Beverly Hills Tweezers are stainless steel with a slanted top for precision tweezing and plucking even the smallest hairs. I've tried a lot of tweezers over the years; why are tweezers great in the beginning and then one day they just don't work anymore? It's for this reason, that I keep buying new tweezers and trying new brands. Thankfully I stumbled upon this brand and now I'm hooked on Anastasia Beverly Hills brow tools. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Duo Angled/Spooley 7 brush is perfect for travel. The angled brush is great for filling in your brows with shadow and the spooley brush for creating the perfect brow shape. The dual-ended brush is super small and great for on the go. This is the ultimate brow tools duo!

You can purchase both these products at Anastasia Beverly HillsSephora and major department stores.
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Anastasia Brow Tools

January 30, 2015
These are the best tweezers! Anastasia Beverly Hills Tweezers are stainless steel with a slanted top for precision tweezing and plucking even the smallest hairs. I've tried a lot of tweezers over the...

Gillette Venus Swirl

January 29, 2015
This razor has a lot goin' on! The Gillette Venus Swirl is great for shaving those "hard to reach areas". The blade itself pivots, giving you more flexibility when you shave. The ball between the handle and razor swivels causing the razor to turn and allows you to smoothly glide over your skin and around your curves. The venus blade has five blades, a moisture ribbon all around the blade, a moistureglide serum strip and a tiny comb that pushes your hair towards the blades evenly. I'm liken' this razor! Gillette Venus razors are my favorite by far - they give you a great shave, no nicks and leave your skin feeling smooth. Last year Gillette released the Venus Snap razor; a travel size razor that came in a plastic travel case. I use my Snap razor every time I travel. It's small and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. 
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Gillette Venus Swirl

January 29, 2015
This razor has a lot goin' on! The Gillette Venus Swirl is great for shaving those "hard to reach areas". The blade itself pivots, giving you more flexibility when you shave. The...

Intense Pulsed Light Therapy

January 19, 2015
Intense Pulsed Light Therapy is a non-laser treatment that uses broad spectrum light programed at specific wavelengths to treat "angry" skin. IPL is used to improve photoaged skin, erase age spots, treat rosacea, reduce redness caused by broken capillaries, treat acne, remove unwanted hair and enhance your skins overall appearance, resulting in an even and radiant complexion.

I had my first IPL treatment ten days ago and am impressed with the results. The procedure was quick and the pain level, bearable. It felt like a hot light against my face and an elastic snapping on my skin (not pleasant). Thankfully my dermatologist treated my entire face in less than twenty minutes. There were minimal side effects: slight burning sensation and itchy skin (lasted one day). The brown spots on my face became dark and slowly faded over the following week. The age spots on my face are 30% of what they were prior to the treatment and my skin is luminous! I also have rosacea and since my treatment the redness on my cheeks, nose or forehead has dissipated. I will have a second treatment in seven weeks - Hopefully the IPL will remove the remaining pigmentation and my complexion will be "near perfect".

I highly recommend the IPL treatment for age spots. The cost is $300 to $600 per session. I know it seems like a lot, but think of the money you will save on foundation, cover-up and the plethora of skin enhancing facial creams and serums you use regularly! Great skin = less makeup and less product.
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Intense Pulsed Light Therapy

January 19, 2015
Intense Pulsed Light Therapy is a non-laser treatment that uses broad spectrum light programed at specific wavelengths to treat "angry" skin. IPL is used to improve photoaged skin, erase age...

and the award goes to...

January 14, 2015
In the spirit of award season, I'm presenting b.a.gorgie beauty product awards to cosmetics I recently discovered and absolutely luv!

Sephora Ultimate Oil-in-Gel Lipstick Remover quickly removes lipstick and lip stains without harsh rubbing. This product is excellent! I wear lip stains often and usually the red and pink stain is still visible days later despite my efforts to scrub it off. This oil-in-gel lipstick remover immediately erases lip color, leaving your lips soft and clean.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine is my new favorite lipstick. The colors are vibrant, slightly shiny and the creamy lipstick allows for easy application. Most importantly, this lipstick doesn't dry your lips. I luv the lipstick casing design - it's unique, pretty and what attracted me to this product.

I know I keep talking about Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish, but it's because this product is amazing. This styling spray adds texture and volume to hair, smells good and comes in a mini purse size for on-the-go touchups. Trust me - you will luv this product.

Bumble and Bumble All-Style Blowdry - This styling product has micro oil-absorbing powders that extend the life of your blow-dry by one day (maybe even two). It adds volume, smells great and leaves your hair feeling clean and fresh.

Givenchy Mister Perfect Instant Makeup Eraser is a makeup removing marker that allows you to correct mistakes on your lips and eyes. No more struggling with q-tips...this remover has a slanted tip for precision removal.

Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow adds color and makes your eyebrows appear thicker. I usually fill-in my eyebrows with a dark eyeshadow and will most likely continue this method for full-makeup looks, but for day to day I'm using Gimme Brow.

Congratulations on your b.a.gorgie beauty product awards!
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and the award goes to...

January 14, 2015
In the spirit of award season, I'm presenting b.a.gorgie beauty product awards to cosmetics I recently discovered and absolutely luv!Sephora Ultimate Oil-in-Gel Lipstick Remover quickly removes...

In Search of a Dry Shampoo?

January 07, 2015
I have a favorite dry shampoo that I've used for years, but I'm always open to try new products...here's my opinion on "best dry shampoo products" (as per a handful of magazines). Oh and I included two of my own choices, cause I think they reign the dry shampoo arena and deserve mention.

Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder does the job, the scent is nice and it gives great volume. For those of you that have thin hair, this product will give you that much needed boost. Downside - I have black hair (dyed) and the Bumble and Bumble Prêt-a-Powder is hard to work through my hair and ensure no visible powder. Great product for styling, volume and a night out, but may leave residue and kinda heavy for daily use. 

Alterna Cleanse Extend Dry Shampoo - I can't get passed the strong scent; it was unbearable! 

Simply Smooth Xtend Between Dry Shampoo smells fruity and sweet - luv the scent. Simply Smooth's spray dry shampoo does give your hair a slight sheen, which is great for those of us with dark hair. This product leaves no residue and gets the job done, but so do most dry shampoo's! It's ok, but I'm not in awe of the results.

Detox Dry Shampoo is all the fuss in magazines and don't see the appeal. The scent is very strong and smells old-ladyish. This product also leaves residue and feels heavy in your hair.

Sephora Express Dry Shampoo is still my favorite. It smells ok (a little too floral for my taste), but it dissipates quickly. It leaves no residue, gives you volume and you can layer the product depending on how much you need without weighing your hair down. Best part is it retails for $9 at Sephora.

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish isn't really a dry shampoo, but I thought I'd throw it in the mix, because it's a great styling product that gives similar results. I often use dry shampoo for volume and texture and that's exactly what this product is meant to do. Dryspun Finish doesn't absorb oil, but will assist you in creating a textured, voluminous look. Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dry Spun Finish is my latest prized product.
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In Search of a Dry Shampoo?

January 07, 2015
I have a favorite dry shampoo that I've used for years, but I'm always open to try new products...here's my opinion on "best dry shampoo products" (as per a handful of magazines). Oh and I included...

Perfect Product Combination - Bob (or Lob) Hairstyle

December 17, 2014
I cut my hair short a few months ago and seriously struggled to adapt to my new do. I had long straight hair that required little styling and virtually no product (except oil) - My new style is the polar opposite! Don't get me wrong, I luv my bob cut, but there is a major adjustment period. If you are thinking about jumping on the short hair trend-wagon, do it! Short hair is modern, versatile, and youthful.

href="http://www.bumbleandbumble.com/index.tmpl#1">Bumble and Bumble to the rescue. I'm obsessed with this product line and of course my new bob cut product combination consists of Bumble and Bumble products. I tried many brands over the last few months, a plethora of products in my hair and I have come up with the best bob or "lob" product combination.

Step one: Bumble and Bumble Thickening Full Form Mousse. Apply to wet hair and focus on your crown for volume. Randomly blow-dry your hair - you're going for a wind-blown look.

Step two: Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish. Once your hair is dry, spray Dryspun Finish onto your crown for more lift and sparingly throughout your hair to add thickness.

Step Three: Bumble and Bumble Cityswept Finish. My Favorite! This is your bob or "lob" cuts new best friend. Lift your hair and as it falls spray Cityswept Finish in swift motions. Use your fingers to separate and Voila! You have the perfect effortless, wind-blown look.

Optional: Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray. Perfect for waves and loose curls. It is light and manageable.

*Many Bumble and Bumble products come in travel sizes, so you can experiment with these products for a fraction of the cost. Visit www.bumbleandbumble.com and Sephora for the complete product line.
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Perfect Product Combination - Bob (or Lob) Hairstyle

December 17, 2014
I cut my hair short a few months ago and seriously struggled to adapt to my new do. I had long straight hair that required little styling and virtually no product (except oil) - My new style is the...

Best Red Lipsticks 2014

December 11, 2014
I've been testing red lipsticks for weeks trying to find the best color and most wearable in terms of application and endurance. Here are my three favorite red lipsticks for this holiday season:

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Ruby. The color is vibrant, like a deep berry red. The product is non-sticky and stays put - it doesn't run into the tiny wrinkles around your lips. Melted lipstick will last all night, as long as you sip your drink carefully and opt for small bites. It is crazy hard to remove! I suggest getting a lip stain remover or using eye make-up remover that contains oil. 

Bobbi Brown Scotch on the Rocks Lip Color in Sultry Red. The name says it all - Your sexy, sultry red lips against the golden colored scotch you've been sipping all night is so seductive. Sultry Red is the truest red, the perfect color for your holiday style. The lipstick is soft, creamy and goes on nicely. It will wear off slightly, so keep the festive gold tube in your clutch for touchups.

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Provocateur was my red lipstick of choice last winter and it is still my go-to for this holiday season. Provocateur is rich, bright and has a subtle shine. This lipstick will stay on all night long! 
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Best Red Lipsticks 2014

December 11, 2014
I've been testing red lipsticks for weeks trying to find the best color and most wearable in terms of application and endurance. Here are my three favorite red lipsticks for this holiday season:Too...

Christmas Cosmetics

December 07, 2014
Christmas inspired cosmetics are the perfect stocking stuffer. It's all about the theme, so products that are Christmas red, green and gold. Limited edition Christmas themed beauty products like Bliss Peppermint High Intensity hand cream, Philosophy "Have a Cherry Christmas" shower gel, and a red bath lilly from The Body Shop are practical and festive.  

Christmas themed beauty products also make for a fun, thoughtful gift. Any girl will appreciate festive hand creams, lip balms and body wash. For the finishing touch, include a super cute Christmas ornament (Shop Pier One Imports).
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Christmas Cosmetics

December 07, 2014
Christmas inspired cosmetics are the perfect stocking stuffer. It's all about the theme, so products that are Christmas red, green and gold. Limited edition Christmas themed beauty products like...

Beauty Samples

November 05, 2014
Take advantage of beauty sample programs - it's a great way to try new products at no cost. Most stores that sell cosmetics offer samples and if they don't, ASK! I'm sure they have samples hidden behind the counter. Sephora has a great sample program. Sign-up to become a Sephora Beauty Insider and based on how much you spend throughout the year you may graduate to VIB or VIB Rouge. Each level grants you gifts, samples, promotions and beauty classes. Of course, the higher the level, the more rewards you will receive. You can also use your points to purchase gift sets comprised of deluxe samples from high-end brands. 

Not interested in trying new (random) products - collect the samples anyway and make little beauty gift bags for your friends. They will luv it!
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Beauty Samples

November 05, 2014
Take advantage of beauty sample programs - it's a great way to try new products at no cost. Most stores that sell cosmetics offer samples and if they don't, ASK! I'm sure they have samples hidden...

Dior Blush in Coral Cruise

August 04, 2014
Dior blush vibrant color powder in coral cruise paired with a coral lipstick or gloss gives you a subtle summery look. Gently apply a small amount for a natural look, or layer for a dramatic effect. Although Dior blush comes with an angled brush for precise application, I prefer to use a traditional blush brush. I find that a larger round blush brush allows for perfect coverage on the apples of my cheeks, without overdoing it. I often find blush separates on my face after a few hours (because my skin is so oily), but this blush stays put all day. I have purchased a variety of Dior makeup products in the last few months and I gotta say - I have yet to be disappointed!

Coral colors look great on tanned skin and in combination with little or no makeup leaves your face looking fresh and pretty. You can purchase Dior blush vibrant color powder at Sephora. It is currently available in eight colors and retails for $42.
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Dior Blush in Coral Cruise

August 04, 2014
Dior blush vibrant color powder in coral cruise paired with a coral lipstick or gloss gives you a subtle summery look. Gently apply a small amount for a natural look, or layer for a dramatic effect....

Incoco Nail Polish Appliqués

July 19, 2014
I absolutely love Incoco nail polish appliqués. There are currently 140 nail design appliqués, 108 colors, 7 french manicure shades, and 33 french manicure designs and colors to choose from. There are also 13 design and solid color appliqués for your toes.  Incoco introduces new colors and designs often; including holiday themed designs. Incoco nail polish appliqués give you a perfectly polished manicure and pedicure. 

The nail polish appliqués are easy to apply. Just peel off the back and front covers, place the sticker on your nail and fold over the top of your nail gently until the appliqué rips, allowing you to remove the excess sticker. Each pack of stickers comes with sixteen nail polish appliqués, in 8 different sizes. Before peeling off the covers, place the stickers against your nails to determine which size best fits.

There is no drying time! More importantly you can place the appliqués close to your cuticle (unlike polish) and create a perfect polished look. No mess!

I do find with continuos application of the stickers that my nails get dry, so I recommend taking a break and using polish, or a nail hardener every third manicure or pedicure. 

Incoco nail polish appliqués range from $7.99 to $9.99 at www.incoco.com
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Incoco Nail Polish Appliqués

July 19, 2014
I absolutely love Incoco nail polish appliqués. There are currently 140 nail design appliqués, 108 colors, 7 french manicure shades, and 33 french manicure designs and colors to...

KOH Natural, Glossy Nail Buffer Set and Gentle Cuticle Stick

July 07, 2014
The KOH Natural, Glossy Nail Buffer Set includes great buffers for natural looking nails. There are three buffers; Equalize, Clean and Beautify. Use the buffers in order from one to three. Be gentle, because you are removing the surface of your nails and you don't want to damage them. I prefer the KOH Natural, Glossy Nail Buffer Set, because the files are soft and less abrasive than most buffers. I also use the equalize buffer to file my nails. It is gentle and allows you to shape your nails slowly.

After I have buffed my nails and removed my cuticles I use the KOH Gentle Cuticle Stick. The slanted rubber tip is soft and allows you to gently push your cuticles back without damaging them. 

KOH nail products are designed with gentle nail care in mind. For those of you who do your own manicures and pedicures, I highly recommend checking out this product line. Visit www.kohcosmetics.com/nl/. You will find nail products you didn't know existed!
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KOH Natural, Glossy Nail Buffer Set and Gentle Cuticle Stick

July 07, 2014
The KOH Natural, Glossy Nail Buffer Set includes great buffers for natural looking nails. There are three buffers; Equalize, Clean and Beautify. Use the buffers in order from one to three. Be...

KOH Purifying Nail Bath

July 03, 2014
I love the KOH Purifying Nail Bath tablets. Drop one into your manicure or pedicure bowl and enjoy the subtle scent of lemon. The nail bath tablets soften your cuticles and leave your nails looking fresh. The tablets contain lemon oil that removes stains and rejuvenates your nails. For those of you that wear dark nail polish, which often leaves yellow stains after removal, this is a product you will appreciate.

The Purifying Nail Bath tablets come in a stylish jar that retails for €25,86. It's expensive, but the jar of tablets will last you months of weekly manicures. If you're like me and do your own manicures and pedicures the price is worth it and you will see a significant difference in the appearance of your nails. 

If you are ever in Amsterdam and in need of a quick mani or just wanna pick up some great nail products, visit KOH Cosmetics at the Bijenkorf, Located in the Dam Square. You can also purchase KOH nail products at www.kohcosmetics.com/nl.
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KOH Purifying Nail Bath

July 03, 2014
I love the KOH Purifying Nail Bath tablets. Drop one into your manicure or pedicure bowl and enjoy the subtle scent of lemon. The nail bath tablets soften your cuticles and leave your nails looking...

DIORSKIN NUDE Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder

July 02, 2014
DIORSKIN NUDE Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder applied to your cheeks and nose will give you a subtle glow. The powder has a slight shimmer, rose and bronzing affect. You can also apply to your décolletage to illuminate your neckline. I use this powder along with my bronzing primer to create a fresh, natural sun kissed glow. 

The DIORSKIN NUDE Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder comes with a kabuki brush and Dior sleeve. The illuminating powder is available in ambre/amber and rose/pink. You can purchase the DIORSKIN NUDE Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder at Sephora and most major department stores for $56. 

*This powder is a limited edition.
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DIORSKIN NUDE Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder

July 02, 2014
DIORSKIN NUDE Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder applied to your cheeks and nose will give you a subtle glow. The powder has a slight shimmer, rose and bronzing affect. You can also apply to your...

Viktor & Rolf Bon Bon Eau de Parfum

June 30, 2014
The new Viktor & Rolf Bon Bon Eau de Parfum is comprised of caramel, peach, orange and jasmine. This delicious sweet scent is sure to attract attention. If you are drawn to oriental scents and avoid strong floral scents (like me), you will love the smell of Bon Bon parfum. This parfum is unique, sweet, spicy and for lack of a better word - yummy! 
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Viktor & Rolf Bon Bon Eau de Parfum

June 30, 2014
The new Viktor & Rolf Bon Bon Eau de Parfum is comprised of caramel, peach, orange and jasmine. This delicious sweet scent is sure to attract attention. If you are drawn to oriental scents and avoid...

Bobbi Brown Face

June 25, 2014
I have combination skin; rosacea, acne and oily. I struggled to find makeup to meet my long list of needs. My dermatologist recommended I try Bobbi Brown makeup. It's been a few years since my first purchase, and now I practically own every product made by Bobbi Brown. The makeup gives me the results I want and doesn't irritate my skin or clog my pores. The BB cream and yellow based Sheer Finish Loose Powder cover the redness on my cheeks and the Tinted Eye Brightener along with the white Retouching Powder masks dark circles under my eyes. Together these four products allow me to create a natural base, before adding blush, eye makeup and lip color.

I start with under eye cream and add a small amount of Tinted Eye Brightener. I gently sweep the Eye Brightener at the base of my under eye circles and blend upwards. Too much under eye makeup will sit in your wrinkles and cake in the corners of your eyes, so use sparingly. 

Then I apply my favorite makeup product Bobbi Brown BB Cream. I squeeze the cream onto the back of my hand and using a foundation brush apply the cream to my face using circular motions to blend it in. I start on my forehead, blend down the bridge of my nose, apply to my cheeks and blend down around my chin and neck.

Finally I sweep the Retouching Powder under my eyes and across the bridge of my noise to brighten my look. Bobbi Brown Retouching Powder is amazing. It is available in six shades; each one combats specific discoloration of your skin. These powders even out your skin tone and brighten your look. 

If I need extra coverage I will apply a small amount of Sheer Loose Powder. I strive for a natural look and most days forego the loose powder.

Visit a Bobbi Brown makeup counter at any major department store for a consultation; the knowledgable makeup artists will help you find your perfect makeup shades and teach you how to apply your makeup. 

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Bobbi Brown Face

June 25, 2014
I have combination skin; rosacea, acne and oily. I struggled to find makeup to meet my long list of needs. My dermatologist recommended I try Bobbi Brown makeup. It's been a few years since my first...

Dior Addict It-Lash

June 24, 2014
Yes, I'm addicted to the Dior Addict makeup line! I love the Dior Addict It-Lash (feels like I'm cheating on my long-time favorite mascara). The mascara brush allows for precise application, doesn't clump, and is small enough to reach the oh so hard to reach base of your outer corner lashes. The brush appears to be stubbly short rubber, which allows for mess-free application. 
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Dior Addict It-Lash

June 24, 2014
Yes, I'm addicted to the Dior Addict makeup line! I love the Dior Addict It-Lash (feels like I'm cheating on my long-time favorite mascara). The mascara brush allows for precise application, doesn't...

Dior Lip

June 23, 2014
There's a reason this makeup product line is called Addict; it's addictive! Dior Addict Lip Glow is by far the best lip balm I have tried. It nourishes your lips and gives you a subtle pink color. Lip Glow is great for everyday use. 

The Dior Addict Lip Polish has a round applicator that roles across your lips, exfoliates and leaves your lips glowing. It moisturizes and feels nice on your lips.

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer is a lip plumper. You don't feel the strong tingling sensation that you would from most lip plumpers (I love the tingling feeling). The plumper does rejuvenate your lips, and over time you will notice results. You will not see immediate results with this plumper, and must continuously use it for many weeks. I love the vanilla-mint scent of this plumper. For me, scent is important and the vanilla-mint aura of this plumper is addictive.

You can purchase Dior makeup products at any major department store and Sephora.
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Dior Lip

June 23, 2014
There's a reason this makeup product line is called Addict; it's addictive! Dior Addict Lip Glow is by far the best lip balm I have tried. It nourishes your lips and gives you a subtle pink color....

ELIZABETH AND JAMES Nirvana For Her

June 16, 2014
I am a huge fan of Elizabeth and James apparel and when I heard about the new Elizabeth and James Nirvana parfum, I rushed to Sephora to purchase it. Nirvana for her comes in two scents; Black and White. The Black is comprised of violet, sandalwood and vanilla, and the White of peony, muguet, and musk. I am partial to the Black parfum, because it is spicy, masculine and feminine. It is a warm scent that goes great with a vanilla body lotion. If you are like me and dislike floral scents, Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black is a parfum you will love.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black and White come in three sizes; a rollerball, 1.0 oz and 1.7 oz spray at Sephora. I purchased the Black rollerball for travel, and received a sample (gift with purchase) of the White. Sephora parfum rollerballs are great if you just wanna try a parfum, without paying the high cost of a full size spray. Rollerballs are also perfect for travel and carrying in your purse.
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ELIZABETH AND JAMES Nirvana For Her

June 16, 2014
I am a huge fan of Elizabeth and James apparel and when I heard about the new Elizabeth and James Nirvana parfum, I rushed to Sephora to purchase it. Nirvana for her comes in two scents; Black and...

Bliss Fabulips Pout-o-matic Spa Powered Lip Perfecting System

June 07, 2014
The Bliss Fabulips Pout-o-matic Spa Lip Perfecting System is my new beauty toy. I experiment with lipsticks, balms, and plumbers and sometimes my lips become dry and chapped. I've tried many products to sooth my lips, nut nothing gave me the results I wanted until the Bliss Fabulips System. Add a small amount of the sugar lip scrub onto the tool head, press against your lips and push the on button. Move the exfoliating tool in circular motions until you've exfoliated your lips (including your lip line). Gently wipe your lips with a towel and you're done. I recommend applying Bliss Replenish Softening Lip Balm after exfoliating. Your lips feel soft and rejuvenated.

The kit includes The Pout-o-matic Lip Exfoliating tool, Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub and a replacement head for the tool. It retails for $48 at blissworld.com and Sephora. It's pricey, but for all of you beauty product lovers, it's a great tool for combating dry, chapped lips.
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Bliss Fabulips Pout-o-matic Spa Powered Lip Perfecting System

June 07, 2014
The Bliss Fabulips Pout-o-matic Spa Lip Perfecting System is my new beauty toy. I experiment with lipsticks, balms, and plumbers and sometimes my lips become dry and chapped. I've tried many products...

KOH Anti-Aging Base Coat

June 04, 2014
The KOH Anti-Aging Base Coat is basically a primer for your nails. Your nails become stained after applying dark (especially red) nail polish - this base coat will create a blank palette on your nails, so your polish will appear even and true to color. 

Although this is a base coat polish, I use it as a color polish. Four coats will give you a subtle pink color that is clean and natural. After wearing dark polish on my toes for many years, I had deep yellow stains on my nails and was desperate to get them back to their natural color. I used the KOH Natural, Glossy Nail Buffer Set each time I did a manicure to gently remove the top layer of stained nail and applied the KOH Anti-Aging Base Coat. The KOH Anti-Aging Base Coat masked the yellow stains and my toes looked great. Even though my nails are back to their natural color, I still wear the KOH Anti-Aging Base Coat. I love the light pink color and natural nail polish goes with anything.
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KOH Anti-Aging Base Coat

June 04, 2014
The KOH Anti-Aging Base Coat is basically a primer for your nails. Your nails become stained after applying dark (especially red) nail polish - this base coat will create a blank palette on your...

Opalescence Take-Home Whitening Gel

May 27, 2014
Your smile and the appearance of your teeth should be at the top of your beauty routine list. Drugstore whiteners will make a small difference in the color of your teeth, but if you want immediate, drastic results, try Opalescence. I don't think you can purchase this whitener over the counter. You must visit your dentist to have custom trays made to fit your teeth perfectly and purchase Opalescence from your dental office. 

The trays are soft rubber and easy to wear. Your dentist will tell you to try thirty minutes wearing the solution, but if you have sensitivity, decrease the time you wear the whitener. You only need a small amount of the gel on each tooth. If you applied to much of the whitener and it seeps onto your gums, they will burn and turn white. Don't worry, this is temporary. Your gums will return to their natural color within a few hours. I suggest using Sensodyne while whitening your teeth; it helps with the sensitivity.

You will see immediate results with Opalescence whitening. Your teeth will become brighter with each application. 
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Opalescence Take-Home Whitening Gel

May 27, 2014
Your smile and the appearance of your teeth should be at the top of your beauty routine list. Drugstore whiteners will make a small difference in the color of your teeth, but if you want immediate,...

Givenchy Mascara

May 12, 2014
I love the brush shape of these mascaras. The Phenomen Eyes brush is a small round ball, perfect for covering your lashes in the outer corner of your eye. Open your eye wide and sweep the brush outwards. My daily mascara has a large brush that won't reach into the outer corner of my eye, so I was happy to discover Phenomen Eyes by Givenchy. The Noir Couture mascara brush has three small balls for precise application. This mascara comes in black velvet and purple velvet. Those of you with green eyes should definitely try the purple velvet. 

These mascaras are available at most major department stores and of course at my favorite beauty product store Sephora
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Givenchy Mascara

May 12, 2014
I love the brush shape of these mascaras. The Phenomen Eyes brush is a small round ball, perfect for covering your lashes in the outer corner of your eye. Open your eye wide and sweep the brush...

Too Faced Melted

May 10, 2014
The Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick line consists of ten fabulous colors: Violet Orchid, Rosy Orchid, Hot Pink, Candy Pink, Bright Fuchsia Pink, Blood Red, Berry Red, Creamy Coral, Dusty Rose, and Neutral Nude. The colors are bright and adventurous. I love the Creamy Coral, it has an orange tint that looks great on pale skin. I plan to buy all six of the Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks. These colors will bring your look to life! 

The slanted sponge applicator and squeeze tube make for easy, precise application. The gloss applies nicely and is non-sticky. These lipsticks sell for $21 at toofaced.com and Sephora.
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Too Faced Melted

May 10, 2014
The Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick line consists of ten fabulous colors: Violet Orchid, Rosy Orchid, Hot Pink, Candy Pink, Bright Fuchsia Pink, Blood Red, Berry Red, Creamy Coral,...

KOH Hand Nourisher & Nourishing Cuticle Brush

May 08, 2014
One of my favorite stores to visit in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) is KOH Cosmetics. One thing we are missing in America is a great nail product store like KOH. 

KOH carries every nail product imaginable. Nail polishes in over 100 colors, anti-aging nail products, hand creams and scrubs, nail nursing products, mani/pedi tools and even products for your guy.

Two of my favorite (must have) products form KOH are the Nourishing Cuticle Brush and Essential Hand Nourisher. The cuticle brush contains Jojoba, tea tree oil, sesame oil, shea butter, vitamin E and aloe vera. It leaves your cuticles soft and clean. If it's been too long since you've had a manicure and your cuticles are dry, apply this nourishing cuticle oil and you would never know that you desperately need a mani. The nourishing hand cream smells pretty, is light and non-greasy. I use it many times a day (people often ask to use my hand cream). These two products together leave my hands soft and rejuvenated.

Each product comes in its own KOH case with a snap closure; great for travel. The Nourishing Cuticle Brush sells for €20,30 and the Essential Hand Nourisher for €19,85. If you are ever in Amsterdam and in need of a quick mani or just wanna pick up some great nail products, visit KOH Cosmetics at the Bijenkorf, Located in the Dam Square.
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KOH Hand Nourisher & Nourishing Cuticle Brush

May 08, 2014
One of my favorite stores to visit in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) is KOH Cosmetics. One thing we are missing in America is a great nail product store like KOH. KOH carries every nail product...

Yes, Makeup Expires!

May 03, 2014
Life expectancy of your makeup:
Oil-free foundation: 1 year
Cream or compact foundation: 2 years
Concealer: 12-18 months
Powder: 2 years
Blush and bronzers: 2 years
Cream blush: 12-18 months
Powder eye shadow: 2 years
Eyeliner: 2 years
Liquid eyeliner: 3-6 months
Mascara: 3 months
Lipstick: 2 years
Lip liner: 2 years
Lip gloss: 18-24 months
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Yes, Makeup Expires!

May 03, 2014
Life expectancy of your makeup:Oil-free foundation: 1 yearCream or compact foundation: 2 yearsConcealer: 12-18 monthsPowder: 2 yearsBlush and bronzers: 2 yearsCream blush: 12-18 monthsPowder eye...

Sephora Shopping Spree

May 02, 2014
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Sephora Shopping Spree

May 02, 2014

Too Faced Lip Enhancers

April 30, 2014
Too Faced Lip Injection gloss and lipsticks reign over all lip plumpers! The Lip Injection Extreme lip gloss is the ultimate lip plumping treatment. Your lips instantly become fuller and flushed with color. The scent is delicious and your lips tingle for a few minutes after application. I love the tingling sensation.

The Lip Injection Color Bomb is a moisture plumping lip tint. It is a crayon-like applicator that applies beautiful matte color. The lip tint comes in six shades, Bigger Berry, Eastwood Red, Plump It Up Pink, Coral Pop, Candy Burst, and Never Enough Nude.  The colors go on like a lipstick, and moisturize your lips while plumping them. It also leaves a tingling sensation in your lips after application. My favorite color is Coral Pop, it is the perfect coral/pink for spring. 

The Lip Insurance treatment is a lip primer. Apply this solution prior to lipstick or stain and it will prevent feathering around the edge of your lips. 
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Too Faced Lip Enhancers

April 30, 2014
Too Faced Lip Injection gloss and lipsticks reign over all lip plumpers! The Lip Injection Extreme lip gloss is the ultimate lip plumping treatment. Your lips instantly become fuller and flushed with...

Buxom Lash Mascara

April 29, 2014
I have tried more mascara's than I can remember or count and finally I found a lengthening and volumizing mascara in one. Buxom Lash Mascara is my absolute favorite mascara. This mascara thickens your lashes, defines and separates them to perfection. No-clumping and keeps your lashes looking fabulous all day and night.

Buxom Lash Mascara is available in a mini 0.2 oz or a full size 0.37 oz. The mini is great for your purse and travel cosmetic bag. It is available in one color, Blackest Black.  

Buxom Lash Mascara is a must have!
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Buxom Lash Mascara

April 29, 2014
I have tried more mascara's than I can remember or count and finally I found a lengthening and volumizing mascara in one. Buxom Lash Mascara is my absolute favorite mascara. This mascara thickens...

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum Spray

April 27, 2014
I'm sure you've heard by now that Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum spray smells amazing. The scent is light, sweet and floral, with notes of Jasmine, rose, orchid, freesia, and patchouli. I don't usually wear perfume, but I'm obsessed with this scent and wear it often. The Flowerbomb scent is also available in a hair mist and body lotion. Visit sephora.com for Flowerbomb products.

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Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum Spray

April 27, 2014
I'm sure you've heard by now that Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum spray smells amazing. The scent is light, sweet and floral, with notes of Jasmine, rose, orchid, freesia, and patchouli. I...

Bobbi Brown Photo Shoot

April 26, 2014
Photo Shoot - I am a HUGE fan of Bobbi Brown cosmetics!
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Bobbi Brown Photo Shoot

April 26, 2014
Photo Shoot - I am a HUGE fan of Bobbi Brown

Gillette Venus Snap

April 22, 2014
How cute is this little travel razor! I travel often and am always looking for travel mini's to reduce the size of my toiletry bag. The Gillette Venus Snap comes with the Embrace razor. The razor has five blades and a moisture ribbon for a soft, smooth shave. The Gillette Venus Snap comes in a plastic travel case. It is the perfect little travel razor. Thanks Gillette!
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Gillette Venus Snap

April 22, 2014
How cute is this little travel razor! I travel often and am always looking for travel mini's to reduce the size of my toiletry bag. The Gillette Venus Snap comes with the Embrace razor. The razor has...

Bobbi Brown Lip Blam

April 22, 2014
Bobbi Brown Lip Balm is great for dry, distressed lips. The lip balm leaves your lips feeling soft and moisturized. The scent is really pretty, sweet and floral.

Wear Bobbi Brown Lip Balm at night to moisturize while you sleep and throughout the day for a natural look.
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Bobbi Brown Lip Blam

April 22, 2014
Bobbi Brown Lip Balm is great for dry, distressed lips. The lip balm leaves your lips feeling soft and moisturized. The scent is really pretty, sweet and floral.Wear Bobbi Brown Lip Balm at night to...

SUJA Juice Cleanse

April 15, 2014
What you put inside your body has a major influence on your health and appearance. A juice cleanse is great for a much needed pick-me-up, to kick start a healthier diet, or an intense cleansing of the body. Whatever the reason, you can't go wrong with organic cold pressed juices.

My favorite cold pressed juice brand is SUJA. There are a variety of juices to choose from and they sell one or three day cleanses. The green juices are tasty. You wouldn't think a bottle of greens would be yummy, but it is! The lemon and cayenne juices have a spicy kick. The red and orange juices (beets and carrots) are sweet and delicious. The SUJA BLISS is my absolute favorite, made from carrot, orange, pineapple, coconut, banana, mango and lime-baobob. I also like the green juice GLOW and the MASTER CLEANSE, a lemon, cayenne, and maple syrup juice.

I do a two day cleanse once a month. After a cleanse my skin is brighter, I have more energy, and my stomach is flat. I recommend doing a juice cleanse prior to a big event, so you'll look your best. I also drink one juice a day everyday of the month. I try to have at least two green juices a week, one sweet juice and the rest are lemon juices. I'm kind of obsessing with cold pressed juices these days!
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SUJA Juice Cleanse

April 15, 2014
What you put inside your body has a major influence on your health and appearance. A juice cleanse is great for a much needed pick-me-up, to kick start a healthier diet, or an intense cleansing of...

Colorscience Face Primer

April 08, 2014
I'm obsessed with face primer, particularly, Colorscience Skin Bronzing Primer, SPF 20 (Wild to Mild) and Colorscience Sunforgettable Primer, SPF 30. Primer gives you a natural even tone, leaving no trace of caked on makeup (like foundation often appears). It blends perfectly, minimizes the look of your pores, fills in your wrinkles, and enhances your complexion. You will not get the same results you would with foundation, but it's a better way to even out your skin tone (without overdoing it).
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Colorscience Face Primer

April 08, 2014
I'm obsessed with face primer, particularly, Colorscience Skin Bronzing Primer, SPF 20 (Wild to Mild) and Colorscience Sunforgettable Primer, SPF 30. Primer gives you a natural even tone, leaving no...

Lumiére Bio-Restorative Eye Cream & Serum

April 07, 2014
I can't live without these two products! Lumiére Bio-restorative Eye Cream and Bio-Serum with PSP. These two eye treatments are the basis for my extensive preventative anti-aging routine. First I gently apply the serum under my eyes and allow to absorb. Then I apply the eye cream under my eyes and on the outside where wrinkles are prominent. I use both treatments twice a day. I do not have under-eye swelling, or dark circles and I attribute that to my healthy diet, drinking lots of water and most of all to my Lumiére Bio-Restorative Eye Cream & Bio-Serum.

The Lumiére Bio-restorative Eye Cream is available in a 15 ml bottle. The Bio-Serum with PSP is available in a 4 ml pen that is great for travel and in a 30 ml bottle. The downside to these products is the price. The eye cream sells for around $85, the serum pen for $85 and the 30 ml bottle for $210. You do not need a lot of solution per application, so these products will last a few months. I know these treatments are expensive, but they're more than worth the money! You can purchase Lumiére Bio-Restorative Eye Cream & Bio-Serum on-line at Amazon or skinstore.com. 
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Lumiére Bio-Restorative Eye Cream & Serum

April 07, 2014
I can't live without these two products! Lumiére Bio-restorative Eye Cream and Bio-Serum with PSP. These two eye treatments are the basis for my extensive preventative anti-aging routine. First I...

Rosacea

March 19, 2014

I currently use Finacea, and Elidel to treat my rosacea. Finacea is a topical medication used to treat mild to moderate rosacea. The active ingredient, azelaic acid, has the ability to reduce inflammation, as well as stop the growth of skin bacteria. Elidel is a treatment for a form of eczema called atopic dermatitis, which is a skin disease that causes dry and itchy skin, maybe even rashes. I understand that you should only use Elidel, once you've concluded that no other topical medication will work for you. In addition, there is some controversy over Elidel, and I suggest you do your research before using this medication or any other medication for that matter. In my case, the combination of these two medications is giving me amazing results, with absolutely no irritation.  

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Rosacea

March 19, 2014
I currently use Finacea, and Elidel to treat my rosacea. Finacea is a topical medication used to treat mild to moderate rosacea. The active ingredient, azelaic...

Buxom Lip Gloss

March 05, 2014

As far as lip plumping goes, Buxom plumping lip glosses are superior. I'm a big fan of lip plumping gloss; I like the tingling feeling! Buxom comes in a huge variety of shades, tingling or non-tingle, and smells delicious.

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream is available in 10 matte, creamy shades. 

Buxom Full-Bodied Lip Gloss is also available in 10 shades. This sheer gloss has plumping effects, minus the tingling.  

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish is sheer and available in 100 shades. The Full-On Lip Polish has plumping effects and when applied leaves a tingling feeling in your lips. This is my go-to plumping lip gloss. My favorite shades are Debbie - a coral/pink and Tonya - a bright pink. You can purchase all Buxom glosses at Sephora for $19 each. You can also purchase a mini gloss set with a variety of colors. This is a great way to sample the shades for a fraction of the cost.

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Buxom Lip Gloss

March 05, 2014
As far as lip plumping goes, Buxom plumping lip glosses are superior. I'm a big fan of lip plumping gloss; I like the tingling feeling! Buxom comes in a huge variety of shades, tingling or...
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