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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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Saturday, December 19, 2015

2015-Best-Makeup-Gifts-for-Under-$50

Sometimes I use the holidays to give a beauty gift of luxury; something I just don’t see that person buying for themselves necessarily. Here are 5 that will dazzle and delight!

1. TOO FACED Mr. Right Perfect Powder Brush ($36 @ sephora.com) – never underestimate the power of a quality makeup brush! It just feels so nice to sweep one across the skin, right?

2. BARE MINERALS ‘Precious Gems’ Lip Oil Balm Trio ($26 @ macys.com) – these are some of my favorite tinted balms and I always keep one tucked in my purse. Each has a hint of color you can actually see (hate when one promises tint and there is none!).

3. SEPHORA COLLECTION Ombré Obsession Eyeshadow Palette ($25 @ sephora.com) – OMG, how great is this palette?? I’d say it falls into the Product As Art category for sure. And what a great value at $25 (they claim it’s worth $175!). I can’t put enough exclamation points in this blurb about it!

4. HOURGLASS Nº 28 Lip Treatment Oil in Icon ($42 @ nordstrom.com) - lips are always center stage so you’ve got to keep them looking great in these cold temps. And this one has a dash of color in it.

5. ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Contour Cream Kit $40 @ sephora.com) – I know I’ve tried using bronzers, eye shadows and other dark shades to contour with. Pick her up the right products to use for it, ok?

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

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Latest in Tinted Lip Balms!

I don’t know about you but I just can’t resist a tinted lip balm. My collection has reached a totally unneeded proportion (to most) but I say the more the merrier! And besides, each balm only imparts a certain amount of tint and no two are the same, right? Haha. I love the way I convince myself but there is something different about these next ones.

The new ones I’m adding to my stash are BARE ESCENTUALS bareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm ($16 @ macys.com). Yup, you read correctly, these oils, as in, passion fruit seed oil, jojoba and sunflower seed oils, as well as vitamin E.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Lather Gives a Tint

I always say, if you have to moisturize your lips, do it with the shade! I mean, there are so many lip balm options these days that plain and dull ol’ balm with no pizzazz is not the only one.

Just out with their version is LATHER and their three shades of Tinted Lip Balm - Pink Peony (shimmery pink), Plush Plum, and Cinnabar Silk.

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Sunday, November 09, 2014

Pixi Beauty Gives A Hint!

Sometimes I'm just not in the mood for a whole face of makeup or *gasp* lipstick but if I'm hitting up a holiday party, they're kind of required. Well, PIXI BEAUTY seems to understand as they just came out with a Shea Butter Lip Balm Trio in Balmy Winter ($16 @ target.com) and there’s a vanilla-scented, color-tinted one for every occasion you'll have this season – Comfort Clear (no color), Honey Nectar (nude) and Ripe Raspberry (raspberry pink). Since each contains Shea Butter, vitamin E, you can certainly count on them to keep lips moisturized and protected from the cold and with two outta the three containing color, they will at least make your lips look like you're holiday party ready, even if the rest of you isn't.

You can also pick these balms up individually for $8 each and there are an additional 3 colors available!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

How to Really Get Your Makeup Done in 5 Minutes

The secret to getting your makeup look done and out the door in 5 minutes is to use multi-taskers like ones that are tinted. Since you don’t have to be as precise with tinted versions, time is on your side. Here are some in each category you should cover in order to at least look polished.  

First up is a Tinted Moisturizer or tinted BB Cream. They can be applied with your fingers or a sponge and not only are they usually available in quite a few shades but they give just a hint of tint so you don’t have to worry about overdoing it. And some even come with a built-in SPF, so you’re saving a few extra seconds on your routine right there! Here are some I recommend:  

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1. PIXI BEAUTY H2O Skintint $24/1.18oz @ target.com

2. BEAUTY ADDICTS Mineral SheerTINT $32/1.25oz @ beautyaddicts.com

3. MAYBELLINE Dream Pure BB 8-IN-1 Beauty Balm Skin Clearing Perfector $8.99/1oz @ maybelline.com and walgreens.com <--- this is a good one too if you are prone to acne.

4. TOO FACED Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20 $34/1.5oz @ toofaced.com and sephora.com

Just remember that if you do choose one that doesn’t contain sunscreen, make sure you apply some before one of these. 

 

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Friday, July 11, 2014

5 Favorite … Summer Moisturizers

Each summer a ton of different moisturizers find their way to the top of my dressing table but only a handful are used over and over. Here are the ones that I’m starting to run low on. And be sure to check these out as a couple of them do more than double-duty. 

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1. MAYBELLINE Baby Lips Crystal in Pink Quartz - $3.99 @ ulta.com and drugstores nationwide

2. HEAVEN + URTH Beelieve Hydration Balm - $39/2oz, $73/4oz @ heavenandurth.com

3. TEADORA Nourishing Lip Butter in Rainforest at Dawn - $15/.5oz @ teadorabeauty.com

4. AROMATHERAPHY ASSOCIATES 'Relax' Massage & Body Oil - $69/3.4oz @ aromatheraphyassociates.com

5. PHARMAGEL Hand Therapé Sanitizer - $56/16.9oz, $24/6oz, $13/3oz @ pharmagel.net

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Review+Swatches - BITE Beauty BB for Lips

Yer a multitasker in life so shouldn’t your makeup also be? From one of my favorite new lines, BITE BEAUTY, is a new kind of BB – a BB for Lips ($24 @ bitebeauty.com). I think when it comes to BB creams or BB anything, there can be upwards of, well, many different ingredients inside. I mean, that’s what makes a BB a BB! 

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Review+Swatches - Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm

Like BB Creams, it seems that every line has gotten into the chubby lip balm but ain’t complaining! CLINIQUE’s Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm ($17 @ clinique.com and sephora.com) are big on moisture (Shea and mango butter) and have a better color payoff then most of these thick balms with color that I’ve tried. 

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

5 Favorites to Keep Skin Hydrated in Winter Months

The country sure is having some crazy weather this year! Freezing cold one day and then warmer temps in the 50’s the next. As we all know, moisture drops in the air when it gets cold (insert how much moisture drops in the winter) so you’ve got to be prepared on all fronts. A good moisturizer is good but it’s not the whole picture. Here are my recommendations (clockwise L to R):

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CAUDALIE Gentle Cleansing Milk ($28/6.7oz, $38/13.5oz @ sephora.com and us.caudalie.com) – in the colder months, the less foam the better. Switch to a cleansing lotion, milk or oil so the skin’s pH doesn’t change and it’s able to maintain a good moisture level. This one from Caudalie is also great at removing makeup and is free of parabens, sulfates, dyes and Petrochemicals, among others.

HONEYWELL Top Fill Warm Mist ($39.99 @ amazon.com) – a humidifier? Yup, I swear by them and have for years. As soon as I have to pull the heating blanket out, the humidifier is set up too. I turn it on at night and let it run until the next morning. And I find a warm mist is much better at putting moisture in the air then one emitting cool mist. This one from Honeywell is filer-free, so don’t have to worry about mold and mildew developing (ewww!) inside the unit, it’s quiet and can run up to 24-hours on one 1.3 gallon fill-up. And such a great price on this one!

BITE BEAUTY Agave Lip Mask ($26/15g @ sephora.com) – besides my nasal cavity, my lips are the other place that seems to be zapped of moisture when temps drop. And just out is this lip mask that is a super moisturizer for lips. Besides the combo of organic agave nextar and vanilla CO2 that promotes healing, the fact that it is able to stay on lips and not just disappear is also why it’s able to do an excellent job. Thanks BITE!

KOH GEN DO Oriental Plants Deep Moisture Mask ($90/1.34oz @ sephora.com) – skin will need some added moisture so using this face mask once a week will really help. And this one does its work while you sleep as it’s a no-rinse clear formula. Just apply some at the end of your nightly skincare routine and hit the hay.

EMINENCE ORGANIC SKIN CARE Vanilla Mint Hand Cream ($14/2oz @ amazon.com) – hands are out there and in the elements and can show your age if they’re not taken care of. This one from Eminence is super hydrating using Shea Butter and also contains denatured alcohol, which is a natural antibacterial and antiseptic. And it smells great!

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

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