Tuesday, February 14, 2017

This Scrub is Safe for You, Safe for Our Oceans

Wow, I have never gone this long without posting! A bad cold has gotten the best of me the past week and I’ve been in bed every day and today is the first day I’m finally seeing the light.

So onward to another review!

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With the popularity of face and body scrubs comes the numerous products to use and with that comes the dreaded microbead. We’ve recently learned that microbeads are tiny balls of plastic that do not disappear or dissolve but rather end up in our oceans with animals eating them thinking they are food. Because these particles are so small, they wash down the drain and pass through sewage treatment plants.

Thankfully there is awareness about this and there are bills in place but they won’t go into effect for a few years, so that’s why we as consumers need to pay attention and not use exfoliating products with microbeads. Read more @ 5gyres.org.

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One brand that’s never ever used a microbead is LATHER. Take their Chia Seed & Passion Fruit Exfoliating Gel ($29/4oz @ lather.com), It uses finely ground jojoba beads to physical exfoliate and a combination of pineapple and papaya to act as a chemical exfoliation. Great for all types of skin!

Accompany your scrubbing experience by cleansing with their Chia Seed & Passion Fruit Cleansing Oil ($22/4oz @ lather.com). I’m really loving this gentle cleansing oil, which uses organic chia seed oil to clean away dirt and makeup. And it won’t strip the skin dry as it contains omega-3 alpha linolenic acids and passion fruit seed oi, which is also known as maracuja oil, and a beauty buzz word, grape seed oil and vitamin E.

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

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Big Brand Gets Into the Liquid Lipstick Game

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OMG, we have a new contender here in the liquid lipstick category! It’s from MORPHE and it’s their new Liquid Lipstick collection that just came out. So how is it? Click below to see more pictures and swatches!

The facts:

  • 22 shades
  • Full dry-down so no transfer formula
  • 5g of product
  • $12.99 @ morphebrushes.com

Click here to read more

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Is This the Biggest Skin Cleansing Trend Right Now?

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I really can’t name any hotter skin care trend besides the sheets masks I just wrote about and makeup melting balm. And I can see why they are hot – they are easy to use, they work, and you can find a few with varying price points.

The latest to emerge as a winner is the PIXI BEAUTY + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse $24/1.69oz @ pixibeauty.com). The brand teamed up with skin care guru to create this one and I admit I was unaware of her before this collab.

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This Double Cleanse is a duo with one side containing the solid cleansing oil that removes makeup and the other side is a cleansing cream to clean the skin. Even if this duo didn’t have vitamin E oil, evening primrose oil and vitamin C, which it does, I would still want to use this one as its removes and cleans beautifully. Literally lickety-split!

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

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Friday, February 03, 2017

Is this the Biggest Skin Care Trend Right Now?

Can you name one skin care trend that’s hotter than the sheet mask trend? What it is: Coming to us from Asia, a sheet mask is a piece of cloth or fiber infused with skin-benefiting ingredients.

I’ve seen the prices range from $6 all the way up to over $100. And what I like is that this skin-treat doesn’t have to break the bank! It just depends on what you are looking for when it comes to one of these and what your budget is. Here are a few I recommend if you’re looking to indulge.

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DERMOVIA Lace Your Face Healing Yogurt Milk ($15/1 or $55/pack of 4 @ dermovia.com,nordstrom.com) – this one works as a healing mask to calm red or irritated skin. It’s infused with yogurt, mulberry leaf and real pearl extract to work with sensitive skin.

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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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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Breaking Down URBAN DECAY #PrepPrimeSet

It seems like we’re just welcomed the New Year and already it’s time to talk Spring Collections! I’m kinda ready for it now. The weather has been quite rainy, which I love, but I’m ready to break out my dresses and sandals.

What are you excited for this upcoming spring? The new makeup coming out? Perfumes? I’m quite excited out this #PrepPrimeSet collection from URBAN DECAY’s new Spring 2017 Collection. So let’s get to it!

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Prep Primer Sprays

‘B6’ Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Priming Spray ($31/4oz @ urbandecay.com, ulta.com, sephora.com) – absorbs oil, balances skin, and evens skin tone.

‘Quick Fix’ Hydra-Charged Complexion Prep Priming Spray ($31/4oz @ urbandecay.com, ulta.com, sephora.com) – replaces lost moisture, minimizes pores, brightens and smooths the skin.

 

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Make An #EssentialUpgrade with Dove

Sponsored post by Mirum Shopper. All opinions are my own.

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So we are getting to the end of the first month of the year, I decided to poll 5 people last week to see if they made any New Year’s resolutions. And I was quite surprised by the outcome! It was split down the middle.

One said, “I only do it now and then. Last year I failed at being a less angry LA driver.”

Another said, “I do but it seems to always be the same ‘lose weight’ year after year and it never works.”

And another was up there with me, “No way. Too much pressure!”

One way a friend handles the new year is she makes a list of 100 goals she wants to accomplish for that year. Whether it be taking someone out to dinner all expenses paid, increase her credit score or read XYZ book, I sure like hearing what hers are for the year as they just seem more obtainable. For me, I feel like creating 100 goals is much easier way to accomplish goals and the list is something worked on throughout the year.

But like everyone else, I’ve vowed (yup, not calling it a resolution!) to tweak something and that would be to move my body 3 times a week. That’s it and it’s all I’m focusing on. Now being a woman of a particular age, as Wendy Williams says, I seem to sweat more these days, of course under my arms, but also the back of my neck, so I picked up Dove’s Advanced Care Antiperspirant Deodorant Original Clean at Walmart at the start of the New Year. It offers 48 hours of antiperspirant protection, protects against wetness and odor and it contains 0% ethanol alcohol so it helps underarms recover from shaving irritation.

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Now, I can climb any stairs or take the long way to a meeting from the parking lot each day and not have to worry about breaking a sweat before I get there. And of course I’ve been swiping this one on the back of my neck! I mean, if it’s good enough for under my arms, why not?

And because this also contains Dove Nutrium Moisture and ¼ moisturizers, it’s seems like it’s made the skin smoother under my arms smoother.

What are your New Year’s resolutions and are you sticking to them?

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?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hydro Boost Your Skin with Neutrogena

Sponsored post by Mirum Shopper. All opinions are my own.

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So we’re a few weeks into the New Year. Did you make any resolutions? I don’t really make them, or rather, don’t call them resolutions. More so, I just tweak a few things in my life, like turning off all electronics at 10pm and another is applying hand cream every night before bed. It’s easier for me to stick to small changes like this then to bite off more than I can chew, which is what I usually do!

Another way is to make sure I give my skin the TLC it deserves. I mean, it’s out there, front and center in every meeting, or braving the cold wind, so it should get some lovin’ right back. And we totally know that skin that has been taken care of begins with a good base like moisturizers, primers and foundations. One that’s sure to delight your skin is the latest Hydro Boost collection from Neutrogena. Doesn’t the name alone just invite you in?

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The new Hydro Boost collection makeup items can all be found at Walmart stores and each are infused with Hyaluronic Acid to help with hydration as well as plump it up. As serious as the name sounds, Hyaluronic Acid is normally found in the structure of the skin, as well as joints, but as we age, the skin has a harder time being able to retain that moisture, so these products give skin the help it needs.

Here is a breakdown of each product:

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Hydro Boost Water Gel – boost the hydration and locks it in so your skin will look great under makeup. And this has a SPF 15 inside and it smells so fresh and clean!

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Neutrogena-Hydro-Boost-Hydrating-Tint-wandHydro Boost Hydrating Tint – plumps skin and boost hydration with this medium coverage tint. Oil-free and non-comedogenic.

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Hydro Boost Hydrating Concealer – under my eyes is where I can always use some extra moisture! And this one doesn’t settle into any of the lines.

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Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Shine – non-sticky and makes my lips feel totally moisturized with a hint of tint. Shown here in Deep Cherry.

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Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Treatment – I’ve been using this one to give my lips intense conditioning when I got to bed at night.

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Next time you're at Walmart, be sure to check out this collection and #AceYourBaseWM!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Is this the Most Luxe Hair Care Line on Earth?

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Do you ever wonder what the most fancy shampoo and conditioner is? Yes, salon brands are up there but I think I may have found the most fancy. I mean, just look at the one-of-a-kind bottles! They are so nice that I’d like to keep them and just refill them when necessary (I’ve done is before! :)

The brand is MAAZ PRODUCTS and was created when the founder felt there was a gap in the hair care world so he hired the best chemists all around the world and tested each formula directly in the hands of hair stylist. Using all their feedback, the bottles you see today combine the best available ingredients, science, fashion and environmental conscience.

And I thought it was only fitting to break out my best set of pearls to go with the products in the pic! And look at those unique bottles! They really paid attention to the detail with the whole line that’s available like the embossed logo on the front and the 'M' on the top of the caps.

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The White Mulberry Invigorating Shampoo ($32/10oz @ maazproducts.com) smells amazing with accords of White Mulberry Extract and Kalahari melon oil and it also contains vitamin B5 among others.

And while I don’t think the White Mulberry Invigorating Conditioner ($32/10oz @ maazproducts.com) did the best to detangle my strands before styling, I think it helped moisturize and shine-up my hair with the acai and avocado oils inside.

Are you in the market for luxe this season?

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