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Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Perfect Gift for Mother's Day from Aprilis

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All words are my own.

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Quick! What are you getting your Mom for Mother’s Day? She has enough socks. She has enough pictures of you. So why not give her the gift of relaxation in the form of a bath bomb from Aprilis? Each 3.88oz bomb inside the Aprilis Bath Bomb Gift Set is made with 100% organic essential oils as well as dried flowers. The scents inside the box are: Green Tea, Milk, Rose, Lavender, Osmanthus Frangrans, and Pot Marigold.

Never experienced a bath bomb before? Just start the bath water, wait until you are about half way full and just drop one in. It fizzes away from the bicarb inside each and releases the oils and other nourishing ingredients into the bath water to help make your skin super soft.

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And I love that Aprilis individually wraps each of the bombs in ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­a very thin non-toxic paper. It’s nice not to have to guess which scent is which, right, because each is labelled on the outside? And these are really fragrant! Like so strong that you can smell them through the box and into the room!

And they are running a contest on their Facebook page just for Mother’s Day! They are giving away 30 of the Aprilis Bath Bomb Gift Sets. Click here to enter.

And they are also offering 30% discount on Amazon if you use this link to purchase and use the code UJ47F2XF at check out.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Give Your Shower a #ShowerDUOver

Disclaimer – this is a sponsored post. All words are my own.

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What do you use in the shower with your body cleanser? One of those beauty puffs? Yeah, I’ve gone through many of them over the years and just recently some beauty bloggers and I were having a discussion on those puffs. As in, have you ever tried to clean one? Or do you even clean them? Well a couple of outlets have rang the bell super loud on why we shouldn’t even use these to clean ourselves because of the bacteria that can build up on them. I mentioned that I put mine in the washing machine with a load of laundry but even then I’m not so sure that gets them really clean.

In any case, there is now a solution and it’s called the DUO Body Cleanser and comes from 3 brands, Olay, Ivory and Old Spice. I did an unboxing on my Instagram when I got them last week, which you may have seen, and I really think these are game changers as we’ve never seen anything like it on shelves before.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Save A Beauty Step with Curel

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Since it’s been especially rainy in Los Angeles the past week or so, I’m in full-on bath mode. It only rains here or there during the LA winters, so continuous rain like this is really unusual.

Ok, enough with the weather report and back to the bath. After a probably-too-warm one, my pores are open and ready to eat up moisture! As I’ve said before when I first tried one of these kind of apply-right-after-showering/bathing products – no one wants to stand around in the middle of winter in a cold bathroom applying lotion/cream to their parts and this one helps conquer this problem.  

CUREL just came out with Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer ($10.99 @ target.comdiapers.com) in a huge 12oz size so as soon as the water is turned off, I’m reaching for this fragrance-free one to pump-pump out into my hand. It’s water-activated so as soon as you start applying it to your wet skin, it’s already penetrating the dermis with their special Advanced Ceramide Complex (ceramides are lipid molecules that replenish moisture as well as strengthen the skin’s barrier).

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And I able to apply this one so quick that I feel like I’m actually skipping a step in my beauty routine!

Will this be making its way onto your must-have list?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

#PamperWithPeony and Dove This Fall!

Disclosure: Post sponsored by Mirum Shopper but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.

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What I love most about the nights getting colder in September is creating a home spa in my bathroom. It gets darker earlier in the day and that alone just makes me want to curl up in a warm bath or soak my feet! While an overall bath with candles and a good book is always pampering, I find just focusing on a part of my body and giving it a “super treatment,” like my feet or hands, is what I seem to do most.

And what better way to pamper this season than with the exquisite scent of sweet cream and peony inside the Dove Purely Pampering collection in Sweet Cream and Peony. Have you ever smelled peony flower before? It’s a little on the rosy side and a little on the clean side and 100% feminine.

They just came out with a Body Wash and Beauty Bar in the scent and it's just for taking care of your parts this season.

 

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Kahina Giving Beauty Gives Us a Unique Rose Product!

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When you think of a luxury product, what kinds of ingredients do you think of? Roses? I totally think of roses and this unconventional product from KAHINA GIVING BEAUTY is all about it. It’s called Moroccan Rose Beldi Soap ($46/8.8oz @ net-a-porter.com) and contains just two ingredients: saponified olea europaea (olive) oil and rose damascene (rose) flower oil.

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Now first, let’s discuss what Beldi soap is as I had to look it up myself. It’s a soap paste made from olive oil that has a light lather and is rich in vitamin E. The olive oil is saponified (this is what the process of soap making is called) and combined with rose oil and looks and feels like a gelified green goo. Beldi soap was made specially to be used in Turkish baths or Turkish steam rooms.

 *On a side note, when I was looking up what Beldi soap was, I saw quite a few tutorials on how to make Moroccan Savon Noir (Beldi) soap. Just google it!

You only need a quarter-sized amount so this 8.8oz jar should last you a while or it can also be used like a body mask for super moisturizing. All I kept thinking when I was typing this is what a unique gift this will make around holiday time, dontcha think?

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Splurge or Save – What U Need This Summer

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I’m just loving the smell of almonds lately. I mean, what’s not to love? They’re good for you to eat and they are highlighted in these two products.

$$$ - L’OCCITANE Almond Delicious Paste Exfoliating Butter ($42/7oz @ loccitane.com) – this is one of the thickest scrubs I’ve ever used, hence the word ‘Butter’ in the title, cuz they mean it! This one uses a combination of sugar and crushed almond shells to exfoliate nourishing oil like Sweet Almond Oil and Shea Butter.

$ - SIMPLE SUGARS Almond Body Scrub ($14/5oz, $19/8oz @ simplesugarscrub.com) - Oy, I could inhale this one every day! It smells like my favorite dessert, marzipan! And the exfoliators in it are a combo of sugar and bits of almonds as well as essential oils to moisturize the skin. No need for a lotion afterward.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Smells of Spring

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1. MATRIX Biolage Polishing Hair Scrub ($23/7.6oz @ jcpenney.com) – this pre-shampoo sugar scrub was made to clean the scalp and hair and I’m a fan of these pre-products lately. This one smells like fresh cut lemons.

2. WEN 'Spring Honey Lilac' eau de parfum ($109/3.4oz @ chazdean.com) – I think I may have found my springtime scent! Living in California, I don’t come across lilacs at all so it’s nice to be able to smell them again on the regular with this frag.

3. METHOD Foaming Body Wash in Ruby Orange ($4.74/18oz @ walgreens.com and target.com) – no waiting for lather with this one! Just a few pumps of this in the wash cloth and you’re ready to go. And the scent is really nice and uplifting.

4. REVIVAL Coffee + Rose Hip Natural Body Scrub ($21.95/8oz @ revivalbodycare.com) – if you need your coffee to wake you up in the morning, you may want to check this one out because coffee is the main ingredient. Also inside this Vegan scrub is coconut oil, brown sugar, virgin olive oil, sea salt, and rose hip oil. That’s it! #supportindies

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

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Monday, May 02, 2016

Getting Smoooth with the Latest from Tatcha

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I don’t think I know of one person who has ever tried a product in the TATCHA line and not instantly became a fan. Just like I’ve come to expect from a Japanese brand is the attention to detail and the quality of ingredients with a product so I was excited to try this one.

From the Indigo Collection comes the newest addition of the Smoothing Black Sugar Body Gommage ($20/1.7oz, $74/9.3oz @ qvc.comtatcha.com). And this ain’t you average sugar scrub! This one uses Japanese Black Sugar from the Okinawa Islands, Camellia Oil and Japanese Indigo (a botanical extract used to calm inflammations and irritation in the skin).

 

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Clean & Sleek with BUTTERelixir

I love when a line comes along and puts a spin on using-oils-in-beauty-products, as in, no fillers! From what I’ve seen, many products on the shelves contain silicones along with the oils but you’d never know it from the name of the products or the words “natural” and “organic” thrown around. Then when you get home and look at the ingredient list, BAM, fillers!

BUTTER ELIXIR is not that line. Created in NYC, the brand is comprised of 7 products and the ingredient list for each is clean and straight forward. Here are the two I tried:

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BUTTERelixir Lip ($12/.25oz) – Ingredients: soy bean oil, sunflower oil, bees wax, hemp oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, cacao butter, shea butter, vitamin E, aloe vera, argan oil, vanilla and cardamom.

BUTTERelixir Body + Hair Oil ($35/3oz) – ingredients: sweet almond oil, lavender and chamomile fragrance oil.

Something I don’t see listed on the products is an expiration date. Maybe one of the ingredients also acts as a preservative? At the rate I’m going at using both of these, they won’t have time to expire.

Both @ butterelixir.com

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Get the Sweet Smell of Honey from L'Occitane's Latest!

If you are an avid reader of my site then you know I’m a huge fan of honey when it comes to skin care products. The L’OCCITANE brand just put out the Shea Melting Honey Collection and yowza, let me tell you about it!

There are 5 products in the collection and in looking at the ingredient lists on each of the below products, the Shea Butter is listed as one of the first five listed, except for the balm, which is fine. Here is the breakdown:

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Exfoliating Sugars ($28/6.1oz) – contains 5% shea butter in a sugar mix that smells of sweet, sweet honey.

Ultra Soft Cream ($26/3.4oz) – the second ingredient listed on this one is the shea butter and this one packs 10% inside it. And the scent of honey lasts on the skin for quite a few hours. So decadent!

Soft Shower Gel ($20/8.4oz) – I’ve been loading up my shower puff with too much of this one at once but it just smells so good!

Lip Balm ($12/.4oz) – this one kept my lips moisturized for quite a few hours and it’s become a purse staple.

There's also Shea Melting Honey Whipped Hand Cream available in the line so pick them all up @ loccitane.com

Is this on your list of must-haves? 

Disclosure: Samples were provided for review purposes.

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