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Sephora Collection X OLLY

October 09, 2019

Sephora Collection X OLLY gummies are chewable supplements comprised of all the right stuff to promote healthy skin, lustrous hair and relaxation. The expert blend of antioxidants, minerals, superfoods and vitamins aid your body and contribute to your healthy lifestyle.  

Sounds positive, but the calorie intake?! If you take two of each - Lustrious Hair, Skin Detox, Glowing Skin and Radiant Sleep, you will consume 150 calories per day. As someone who's "currently" counting calories, sugar intake and carbs, these little gummies are packing too much weight for me.

Albeit, the Sephora Collection X OLLY gummies appear to have a good dose of the necessary supplements to aid in whatever you're trying to achieve - hair growth, radiant skin or to sleep better at night.

I should mention that I have a vexing case of insomnia and I score high on the stressed RTFO scale. SO, I have zero expectations for the Radiant Sleep gummies. It would take a mild sedative to calm me down and put me to sleep. I'm gonna give the Radiant Sleep gummies to someone with less issues!

I'm no expert, but after a few minutes researching online, I'm concluding that these gummies are comprised of the same antioxidants, minerals, superfoods and vitamins that you would find in similar supplements. The Lustrous Hair does however have 8333% of the suggested daily Biotin intake. Hmm.. I'm sure it's safe - It's Sephora.

The Lustrous Hair tastes like sweet grapefruit, the Radiant Sleep like blackberry and mint, the Skin Detox has a similar flavor of berries and mint and the Glowing Skin tastes like blueberry and pomegranate (essentially, it also tastes like berries). These gummies are TOO SWEET. I'm a salty kinda girl, so two of each supplement is asking a lot of me. 

I realize making tasty chewable gummies or candy supplements is a great way to get people to take vitamins, but does it have to be sweet? I vote for vitamin-enriched chips. Not dehydrated fruit and veggie chips - I want salty, ruffle chips.

I'll slowly get through these gummies and probably share, but the Sephora Collection X OLLY supplements are too sweet and the calorie intake is too high. I'd prefer to swallow a giant flavorless vitamin.

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Sephora Collection X OLLY

October 09, 2019
Sephora Collection X OLLY gummies are chewable supplements comprised of all the right stuff to promote healthy skin, lustrous hair and relaxation. The expert blend of antioxidants, minerals,...

The Trendy Table

September 12, 2019

I just bought my first home and am cheating on fashion for furniture and decor. I'm having so much fun decorating and and recently added a lifestyle section to the blog, so I can share my home style.

I was beyond excited to host a few special folks (Erin and Bob) a few weeks ago and wanted my table setting to be modern and memorable. I had a blast shopping for table decor. AND, I'm confident that I created a trendy table that represents me as a host. I got a few compliments!

I realize my oversized, Game of Thrones table is not trendy, but I lost the battle on that one. All I can do is jazz it up and make it my own..

I already had classic-white Le Creuset plates, so I decided to go with a black, white and gold theme. My inspiration came from hours of perusing the internet and the perfect set of brushed gold and resin flatware from CB2 - we'll come back to flatware..

I approached this project like I would a fashion shoot. The theme, vibe and color scheme must be cohesive AND I can't afford five different table settings (I spend too much money on shoes and bags), so the theme of my trendy table setting has to be suitable for many occasions. A neutral color palette, with a little gold is perfect.

I recently started a subscription at Dry Farm Wines. It's an online health-focused wine club. Each month I receive six natural wines curated from family farms. There is a long list of benefits, but most importantly, these wines have lower sulfites (< 75 ppm) and lower alcohol (< 12.5%). 

Some of the wine bottles are intriguing. Pictured above is a white wine in a green wine bottle with a beer cap. It resembles a giant beer bottle and adds a little interest. The details of Dry Farm Wines is also a great dinner conversation.

I also opted for unique pieces, like this handcrafted and painted mango wood bowl from CB2. The suggested use is for bread or napkins, but I like to use this as a salad bowl (dry salad of course).

These oversized salad serving utensils from IKEA are nice, but basic. I'm still looking for the perfect set - maybe gold or olive wood.

I have too many unique glasses to choose from - wine and champagne flutes, goblets, mason jar mugs, whiskey glasses, hand painted glasses and a wide variety of colors. I have a glass for every beverage - Even port sipping glasses! The one thing that changes on my table each occasion are the glasses.

For this neutral, trendy table setting, I'm using my personalized b.a.gorgie stemless wine glasses. I like stemless wine glasses, cause you can serve red or white wine, as well non-alcoholic beverages in the same glass.

I love this marble and brass cheese board from William Sonoma. I think it's suitable for casual dinning or a formal setting. The handles make it easy to carry this heavy marble board. The brushed brass handles and "cheese" lettering give this board a modern vibe.

This witty cheese board started my obsession with white marble. I also purchased marble coasters with gold pineapples from William Sonoma. They're fun and combined with the marble cheese board, my trendy table has personality.

I also like to display mismatched coasters. These antique brass hammered coasters from William Sonoma are festive and standout. The antique brass matches the gold tones on my table perfectly.

This CB2 flatware set prompted me to go with the black, white and gold theme. This Earl brushed gold and resin 20-piece set is modern and quirky. I love the pinstripe detail. 

I'm considering to purchase a brushed black flatware set as well for casual dinning. This pinstripe and gold set is suited more for festive occasions.

This flatware set is super-light. I was hesitant to keep them, in fear that the light-weight would seem cheap, but the mixed material and contemporary look outweighed the lack of heft.

The CB2 vapor black and white salad plates placed on the Le Creuset dinner plates are intriguing and add a little texture to the setting. They are created by dipping porcelain into a white and black soapy glaze.

I can't go in to a CB2 store and not purchase something - it's the Sephora of decor. The in-store and online displays are inspiring. I purchased my center piece in-store. It is comprised of a petrified wood salt and pepper set, and oil and vinegar cruets atop of a marble and brass server.

I leave this display on my table at all times, or if I'm doing a charcuterie at the kitchen counter, I'll temporarily place it there.

The marble server floats on a sculptural gilded base, elevating the salt and pepper set and cruets. This CB2 marble server comes in two sizes. If you purchase both, you can place the small one slightly under the larger for a tiered display. 

The porcelain oil cruet and vinegar cruet have a Gatsby-esque vibe and contrast nicely with the textured glass cruet. I combined oil and dry herbs, along with dried hot peppers in the glass cruet. 

I also purchased a marble and brass wine coaster for red wine and a marble and brass wine chiller for the white wine. These wine holders are a stylish addition to my trendy table setting. They're also great for serving wine on my marble countertop - they protect the fragile marble.

The Kuleto wine pictured above is not from Dry Farm Wines, but rather a long-time favorite red wine. 

Always make sure to serve a pitcher of water. I place one or two (one on each side of my giant table) IKEA Korken bottle's with a stopper. Of course, I serve Evian water. YES, people can tell the difference between tap water and bottled water. You can also serve one still and one carbonated water.

My go-to stores for this table decor were CB2 and William Sonoma. Other great decor and furniture stores that I frequent are Crate and Barrel and The Pottery Barn.

I had so much fun creating a trendy table setting. I had no idea shopping home decor would bring me so much pleasure - I kinda wanna create two different settings. Stay tuned..

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The Trendy Table

September 12, 2019
I just bought my first home and am cheating on fashion for furniture and decor. I'm having so much fun decorating and and recently added a lifestyle section to the blog, so I can share my home...

Peppermint Salt Scrub

June 21, 2019

I've been super stressed lately and scratching my head. It's a terrible, unruly habit - A scalp scrub and detox is necessary. I usually do a scrub on my scalp once a month, but as of late, have been using a scalp scrub once a week.

The Sephora Collection Peppermint Hair Cleansing Salt Scrub is my new favorite scalp treatment. The peppermint scent is refreshing and the deep cleanse restores your hair and scalp balance. 

This inexpensive, detoxifying shampoo gets to the root of damaged hair and restores your scalp. The peppermint scent is natural and subtle. Natural peppermint is known for it's purifying properties and refreshing qualities. 

This is a scalp scrub and has a salty texture, but lathers and replaces your regular shampoo. First apply to your scalp and work your way through your hair to eliminate product build-up and environmental aggressors.

When paired with water, this scrub does feel a little oily. I know - why use oil to combat an oily issue. It works! Oil-pulling is commonly used to combat oily skin and even whiten your teeth. 

After using this product, my itching subsides for a few days. Albeit, it's a stress-related habit, so no haircare product is going to completely solve my issue. This Sephora Collection Peppermint Hair Cleansing Salt Scrub has landed a permanent spot in my haircare routine.

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Peppermint Salt Scrub

June 21, 2019
I've been super stressed lately and scratching my head. It's a terrible, unruly habit - A scalp scrub and detox is necessary. I usually do a scrub on my scalp once a month, but as of late, have...

Charming Cosmetics

March 29, 2019

I'm addicted to cosmetics! Even though my Cosmocube is overflowing and my beauty studio stash (products awaiting photos and reviews) is abundant, I can't control the need to peruse the online Sephora store OFTEN. The Just Arrived section is the latest and greatest lineup at the cosmetic Mecca of the world.

With transparent bags trending this Spring/Summer, attractive products and accessories are a must. Here's a few fun items that will brighten up your summer.. Of course, everything is pink - I'm obsessed!

I'm a HUGE fan of the Sephora Collection. The cosmetics typically cost less then most brands, but maintain a high-quality standard. There's always new products in the just arrived section online and currently 500+ items to peruse.

This Sephora Collection Love You Beary Much Retractable Brush is super cute. It's the perfect gift for a budding amateur and their little girl makeup kit AND for an expert with a free-spirited, cute sense of style. 

This charming bear has a a retractable swivel brush that allows you to control the amount of bristles used and thus create a number of brush styles. The rounded bristles are dense and super soft.

Just remove the bears head, push down on the plastic column and apply blush, bronzer and powder foundation. I suppose you could use this brush to apply liquid foundation, but it's gonna leave a mess inside the bears head. 

This delightful design also includes two tiny brushes in the bears stomach - so cute! The small angled brush and spoolie are great for shaping and enhancing your eyebrows. This plastic bear case isn't gonna fit in my everyday cosmetic bag, but the two little brushes are the perfect mini-size.

The Love You Beary Much retractable brush is made from plastic and is lightweight. It's a little challenging to get the white door open the first few times, but the cute bear head removes easily and pops back on nicely. LOVE!

YES! This ionic technology blowdryer has a vanilla-scented infuser that exudes a sweet scent while you blow-dry your hair. It's BRILLIANT! The Sephora Collection Sweet Scents Perfume Infusing Blowdryer contains a removable "Sweet Bunny" infuser that looks like a cartoon bunny and smells delicious. LOVE! 

The vanilla scent reminds me of Strawberry Shortcake (the doll). It's pleasant, BUT super-strong. I'm popping Advils while I type this review! If you are sensitive, you can remove the vanilla scent "Sweet Bunny", but that would kinda defeat the purpose?! 

I hope this innovative tool is a success and Sephora Collection releases new "Sweet Bunny" scents. Coconut and chocolate are at the top of my list - HINT HINT..

The lightweight dryer is foldable and has an ultra-quiet 110V DC motor. The handle is ergonomically correct and comfortable to hold. AND, there is a multi-step switch for drying options. This gentle ionic dryer comes with a pouch and is great for travel.

The plastic design feels a little cheap, but what it lacks in quality, it makes up for cute, innovative design. This pink and white, vanilla infused hairdryer is PERFECT for a little girl or an immature big girl! Ladies and gents obsessed with pink and child-like products - don't be offended, keep doing you and enjoy your vanilla scented hair..

In addition to the velvet-like travel bag, there is also a cute scrunchie in the box. The black hair tie has pink polka dots and two structured bunny ears. Super cute! My Toy Poodle, Teddy, loves hair ties - this one will keep him busy for hours!

I was shopping for facial rollers (rose quartz, jade..) and came across this Kaja Roller Glow Roll-on Highlighting Balm. The fun, unique design includes a rectangular pot of pearlescent pink highlighter and two mini, hygienic paint rollers. It's super cute and an effective way to apply highlighter to your body. 

The case is plastic and a pretty magenta shade. Enclosed is a mirror and and one roller applicator that snaps on to a plastic door that separates the sponge from the highlighting balm. There is also an extra mini paint roller in the box. 

The kit is little pricy, but there is a lot going on inside the box and the design is super-fun! This product is the perfect gift for a little girl experimenting with makeup - Or anyone addicted to cosmetics, pink and has a light sense of humor. 

The cream-to-powder highlighter consists of ultra-reflective pigments of pearlescent pink with a golden undertone. The roll-on result is subtle and perfect against pale or slightly sun-kissed skin. This little paint roller is great for applying an even layer of highlighter to your arms and décolletage.

The sample photo on sephora.com are misleading - the product is super-subtle and you'd have to apply a ridiculous amount to get the result in the photo. 

The brush is small enough to roll along your cheekbones, but I prefer a tool that allows for more concise application. If you like the sparkle in this highlighter, I suggest using your finger to apply the duo-chrome product.

The Cosmic Laundry color is super-reflective - There is a lot of sparkle in this cream-to-powder balm. The product blends nicely. The Kaja Roller Glow isn't gonna replace my go-to highlighters, but the concept is cute and I had fun sharing my product review with you..

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Charming Cosmetics

March 29, 2019
I'm addicted to cosmetics! Even though my Cosmocube is overflowing and my beauty studio stash (products awaiting photos and reviews) is abundant, I can't control the need to peruse the online...

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...

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 from 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....

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....
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