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Glossy Pops - Lollipop Shaped Balm and Gloss Duo

February 14, 2019

The yummy, sweet scent of Glossy Pops is irresistible and mouthwatering. The lollipop shaped balm and gloss duo are the cutest accessory in your makeup pouch. The limited edition packaging embody the delicious flavor of the balm and gloss. The Sweet Yo Self and TGI-FRUITY collections have a gemstone handle and don a cute charm. LOVE! 

I'm a lip balm addict and am obsessed with these lollipop two-in-one lip treatments. My first were the turquoise I Believe in Unicorns Glossy Pop from the Sweet Yo Self lineup and the purple Playa Pomegranate from the Cosmic Waves collection. Now I'm addicted and have three more - the bright pink Donut Kill My Vibe, purple Hey Cupcake and another I Believe in Unicorns (it's my favorite). These names are brilliant!


The balm is amazing. Reminds me of my long-time favorite Sephora Kiss Me Balm - I'm still bitter about the discontinued Sephora balm, BUT I finally found a worthy contender to replace it. The texture of the I Believe in Unicorns balm is nicer than the others - I don't know why. BUT, there all lovely and leave your lips feeling luscious.  


Flip the sphere open and apply the nourishing, light-weight lip balm. Unscrew the handle to apply the must-have lip gloss. The sweet scent of the balms are a little stronger than the gloss and will make you wanna lick your lips, BUT they don't taste like cupcakes and donuts, they just taste like lip balm.


The Cosmic Waves collection has holographic shimmer lip balm and gloss. The look is subtle, but you can feel the micro sparkles on your lips. I'm not sure I like the grainy texture. The fruity scent of the Playa Pomegranate balm is much stronger than the Sweet Yo Self balms. The pomegranate scent is delicious and appetizing. 


I mismatched two of the gemstone handles with other spheres AND the charms are easily removed, so if you have a few, you can personalize your Glossy Pops. I highly recommend you purchase more than one, so you can take advantage of the welcome discount. Trust me - you're gonna want more than one Glossy Pop.

Glossy Pops lip balm and gloss are the perfect, unique gift for the balm and gloss product junkie in your crew. The lollipop shaped duo is fun and the gemstone handle and charms are super cute. There are three collections to chose from - Cosmic Waves, TGI-FRUITY and Sweet Yo Self. AND there's a new Cheers! collection launching soon. The new lineup will include Champagne, Margarita and Rosé Glossy Pops. I can't wait - I'm addicted!
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Glossy Pops - Lollipop Shaped Balm and Gloss Duo

February 14, 2019
The yummy, sweet scent of Glossy Pops is irresistible and mouthwatering. The lollipop shaped balm and gloss duo are the cutest accessory in your makeup pouch. The limited edition packaging embody the...

Sephora Perks & Rewards

January 28, 2019
Sephora perks and rewards just got better. If you are a Sephora VIB or VIB Rouge, you are now welcome to choose between five birthday gifts, rather than two. One of those gifts is a VIB + Rouge 250 rewards bonus points credit. These reward points can be applied to future Rewards Bazaar gifts.. I'll take it!

Beauty Insider's Rouge and VIB Rouge also receive an annual rewards credit - Choose Your Tier Celebration Gift. You can choose four makeovers to share, 750 bonus points or free flash shipping. I'm a VIB Rouge member (and already have free flash shipping). I chose 750 bonus points. January was a good month for me at Sephora - I gained 1000 points aside form the points I gained purchasing products!

Here's the BIG one - you can add TWO beauty offer codes to your cart. There are restrictions (many restrictions), but if you plan accordingly, you can add a deluxe size sample AND a discount code. Who doesn't love a discount and gift with purchase. Albeit, the restrictions are fierce, so be patient and get the most out of this new Sephora perk.
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Sephora Perks & Rewards

January 28, 2019
Sephora perks and rewards just got better. If you are a Sephora VIB or VIB Rouge, you are now welcome to choose between five birthday gifts, rather than two. One of those gifts is a VIB + Rouge 250...

Milk, Suds and Foam

November 27, 2018

A few months ago, I squeezed out the last of my Clarisonic face wash. AND, I was devastated to learn that it was no longer available - ANYWHERE! So, the search for a new facial cleanser began..

Of course, I searched cleansers on Sephora and started with the best-sellers. Sephora reviewers can be tough and I trust the star-rating. Indie Lee was my first purchase. I like the name, the color scheme and the face wash had good reviews. 

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser is super thick and jelly-like. The heavy glass bottle has a pump dispenser that pushes out just enough cleanser and there is a wee bit of foam as you massage the cleanser onto your skin. The scent is amazing - like fresh strawberries. I'm not big on scented facial products, so for me to say it's pleasant, IT IS!

The Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser doubles as an exfoliator - LOVE that! Just leave on for five minutes before rinsing. Imma say it again - the scent is delicious, you will feel so refreshed after using this brightening cleanser. I suggest pairing your five minute, mini exfoliating mask with prosecco and strawberries. 

While I did like the scent, after applying the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser and rising after five minutes, my skin was on fire! I have rosacea and some products bring out the worst in my problem skin. I looked like I had just been from the Dermatologist and had laser treatments. My skin is RED, super dry and burning like a.. My rosacea symptoms have been at an all-time high lately - probably due to the drastic change in temperature outside. Maybe after the initial cold-shock, I'll give the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser another go..


I'm a long-time fan of Bliss. The product line is high-quality and there is a wide range of cleansers to choose from. New to the shelf are Bliss cleansing sticks. This inexpensive trio includes Bliss Oh My Gommage! Gentle Polishing Cleanser, Bliss No Dull Days Oakwood Charcoal Purifying Cleanser and Bliss Cold Pressed Olive Oil Foaming Cleanser. 

These little sticks resemble travel-sized deodorants. The packaging has a twist-up feature and the stick is easy to apply. I like that the product is small and not a liquid - perfect for travel. 

The Oh My Gommage! Gentle Polishing Cleanser has the strongest scent - fresh, but floral (not my favorite). I wanna like this one, but cant get passed the overwhelming scent of old lady! Strong, floral scents remind me of "older" women!? This one didn't even make it to my face.

The No Dull Days Oakwood Charcoal Purifying Cleanser smells much better - a little floral-like, but fresh and kinda soapy. The product claims to absorb toxins, oil and makeup, while exfoliating and brightening your skin. OK, charcoal is one of those superior product terms (kinda like hyaluronic acid). I think we all equate charcoal with super-absorbing powers. This face wash is nice, but it ain't powerful enough to erase my makeup, let alone reach deep into my skin and detoxify. Albeit, I would still throw this in my bag for a quick-cleanse. 


My favorite of the trio is the Cold Pressed Olive Oil Foaming Cleanser. I'm obsessed with olive oil, hate olives, but love a super-strong oil. This cleansing stick smells like olives and is comprised of more than 40% olive oil. If you rub your finger along the stick, you can see the oil. I'm a big fan of oil cleansing and if I find myself without eye-makeup remover, I will use a little olive oil on a cotton pad- it works! 

The of scent of Bliss Cold Pressed Olive Oil Foaming Cleanser is light and the texture is nice. This light-lathering cleanser has earned a permanent place in my travel bag. 


Over the many years of product experimenting, I always find myself coming back to this one. Bliss Fab Foaming Cleanser is is an oldie, but goodie! The scent is DELICIOUS! - like blueberries. The jelly-like product is lightweight and foams nicely. There's something about suds that attract me. I cant do non-foaming washes for my face and especially my hair - no suds equate to not-clean in my mind. I know this is ridiculous and that you can cleanse without foam (cleansing oil), but suds are a necessary feature in my nightly cleaning wash and shampoo.

This 2-in-1 cleanser and exfoliator with bamboo buffers meets all my needs - a delicious scent, suds and a super-clean sensation after cleansing. Wet your face, apply a little cleanser, massage your skin in circular motions and rinse. You're gonna love this one.


I'm sure many of you have a different opinion, but La Mer products aren't my favorite - I know (insert gasp). This super-expensive product line is overpriced and smells like the eighties. I tried the eye cream and it was ok, but the facial creams stink! I'm not sure if any of these products would make a drastic change in my appearance, because upon application my rosacea flares up (probably due to the perfume) and the smell is giving me a headache.

Albeit, people (many celebrities) love La Mer AND it costs a fortune, so there must be something to it!? The texture of La Mer The Cleansing Foam is nice, BUT it smells like men's Irish Spring bar of soap. NOT NICE! Remember back when bar of soap was the go-to body wash - I'm so happy we've progressed and moisturizing body washes were created! La Mer The Faoming Cleanser will leave your skin feeling like you just washed your face with a bar of soap - tight and dry. Maybe this is what some people want, but I'm not getting the appeal. The silver lining is - I only purchased a travel-size tube and don't feel bad about giving this one away..


Here's the punch line - after purchasing all of these facial cleansers, Clarisonic Radiance Foaming Milk Cleanser makes a comeback! Are you f**king kidding me? I wasted so much money in search of my new go-to cleanser, only to end up back where I started. 

Clarisonic Radiance Foaming Milk Cleanser is amazing. The creamy texture goes well with the Clarisonic device. Just pour a little dollop onto your Clarisonic brush, move the brush along your damp skin in circular motions and watch the subtle suds melt away makeup, oil and dirt. This stuff is amazing! The fresh scent is strong (unusual for me to like something so stinky), but dissipates quickly. After cleaning, your face will feel soft, moisturized and clean. Best of all, a little goes a long way, so one tube will last you six months. 

After all that, all I got was an elaborate blog post on facial cleansers. I'm giving away all the newbies and going back to my favorite foaming milk cleanser. 
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Milk, Suds and Foam

November 27, 2018
A few months ago, I squeezed out the last of my Clarisonic face wash. AND, I was devastated to learn that it was no longer available - ANYWHERE! So, the search for a new facial cleanser began..Of...

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. 


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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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