Friday, January 06, 2017

The Latest from Lune+Aster

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The LUNE+ASTER line found only @ Bluemercury stores is fast becoming a favorite brand. Not only is the packaging quite nice but the makeup inside each one that I’ve tried has been top notch, except for one. For some reason though, I just don’t hear about people touting this line much. Maybe if Sephora carried it? Well I like sharing about a bubbling under indie brand, so it’s fine by me but I feel like people are missing out.

So let’s get to the products! 

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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Check Out the Latest in Brows

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Brow products are getting better and better these days. What seemed to have started as just using a brown pencil to make brows has evolved into a whole beauty category. And what’s also great about these developments is the number of choices out there for us consumers – gel pens, creams, markers, pencils.

So I’ve come across a few in the past month that I thought would be great to showcase together since each is pretty different from the other.  

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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

#ShareSuave & Save

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

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There’s something about hitting a new year that feels so good. The month of December can bring so much chaos with it that getting back into a routine that doesn’t involve spending a lot of money can sometime be just what the doctor recommends.

So while I’m just starting to pack up the tree and decorations for the year, I’m also thinking of what I would like to accomplish or improve on in the New Year - volunteering more than once a month at the Downtown Women’s Center is on the list, as is learning to belly dance. But I think the most important improvement on my list is setting and sticking to a monthly house budget. Since this is something I contend with every day and one area I know I can do better in, starting off the year right is important. And one area I know I can improve in without sacrificing quality is when it comes to beauty products my family and I use.

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Now is a great time to try the latest innovations from Suave found at Walmart stores that will nourish your hair with special ingredients like honey, avocado and vitamin infusions. Did you know that honey can help protect the hair against damage? It’s just one of the reasons I love the ingredient and Suave makes it affordable!

It’s been shown that 55% of families struggle to afford everyday essentials will sacrifice basics like shampoo to makes ends meet? That’s a pretty shocking static so for every bottle of Suave Hair Shampoo and Conditioner product you buy, one will be donated to the Feeding America program.

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And since we all want the best for our families, Suave is inviting you, my Cybelesays readers, to help you and your communities by entering their Suave Shares Sweepstakes where you could win $2,500 and a $2,500 donation to your local Feeding America member food bank. I plan on entering on Twitter and encourage you to do the same using the hashtags #ShareSuave and #Sweepstakes.

Be sure to pick up your Suave Hair Care products @ walmart.com or Walmart stores nationwide.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

This Face Mask Could Save Your Skin

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We are knee deep in face mask season! And I just love it. One of my all-time favorite ingredients in skin care has to be honey and this one by THE BODY SHOP highlights it nicely.

We’ve been quite cold out here in LA lately, so their Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask ($28/3oz @ thebodyshop-usa.com, ulta.com) has been giving my skin back the moisture it needs right now. Honey is a known humectant (it preserves moisture) and it’s the second ingredient listed in this product after water.

Also inside is mask are quite a few other nourishing ingredients, like Marula and olive oils, but most notably, the honey, Marula and olive oils are all sourced through their community trade program meaning that these ingredients are purchased from people and areas that offer their workers a fair salary and satisfactory working conditions in addition to other basic details. You can read more about the company’s commitment to using fair trade ingredients in its products here.

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So I’ve been using this twice a week while sitting in a warm bath and it’s really made me felt pampered for just pennies each time. What’s your at-home pampering ritual?

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

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Take That, Chest Wrinkles!

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Have you ever given a thought to how you could be damaging your skin while you sleep? I know, what next? If you’re a side sleeper, like me, or seem to forget to apply sunscreen and other anti-aging products to your décolletage, like me, you probably already have wrinkles and age spots there. It’s for sure become something I am self-conscious about it the older I’ve got.

Welcome SiO (pronounced see-oh), a three-step beauty regime to help temporarily get rid of wrinkles. I tried something like this, or actually, very much like this here a few years ago but their process also preps the skin beforehand and treats it after using the disc.

Step 1 - Decollete Cleansing Discs ($45)

Step 2 - Sio SkinPad ($99.95/2 pads)

Step 3 - Decollete Serum ($135/1oz)

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

How to Throw a Winning Holiday Party

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Every year my college roommate Jen and I have our annual Holiday Soiree. It’s always the first Saturday of December and I like to think I’ve got it down to a T now that we done it more than a few time. We have it at my house and since Jen knows way more people that I do, the place always gets packed, which I love.

My job is to make the living room and dining room over the top with a tree and decorations and Jen’s is to plan and execute most of the food. Here are some tips to make the night go easier.

  • Have a designated area for the coats that is smoke free and pet free. After a certain age, most people don’t want to smell like they were in a bar all night and just because you live life with cat/dog hair all over your clothes doesn’t mean other want to. They will appreciate this extra effort, believe me.
  • If you’re serving wine or champagne, use real glasses, I can’t stress the added delight of actually using real glass or stemware to drink it out of. Yes, some might get broken but that’s why you invest in inexpensive ones that won’t be a big deal if they get broken. I picked up a couple of boxes of 12 for $9.99 each at Ross and I only pull them out for this party. I mean, we’re not in college anymore, capiche?

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Katching Up with Kleenex

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Are you up to speed on the KLEENEX brand? I know, what’s to get up to speed on when it comes to tissues? Well, they’ve quietly expanded the line with moist Eye Makeup Removers, moist Facial Cleansing Wipes, Shine Away Sheets, Cotton Soft Pads and Exfoliating Cushions. Where have I been?

I was quite excited to try the Exfoliating Cushions and moist Facial Cleansing Wipes. Now, I don’t know about you, but I kinda get excited over beauty “tools” like these and love trying new ones out.

Let’s talk about the Exfoliating Cushions first. These 3” round discs infuse a provitamin complex into the cotton pad so while you’re exfoliating, you’re also getting good-for-skin ingredients.

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If you look at the pad, one side is, what they call, a polishing wipe, and looks like little bumps on the cotton, and the other side has holes cut out of the white pad revealing a blue pad underneath, and is the gentle exfoliating part.

The ingredients are activated by water and all you have to do is decide which side you’re feeling, use and toss. It’s that easy. And they sell a dispenser for these for $9.99/12 Cushions and Refillable Dispenser and then $4.99 for Refill Packs @ kleenexfacialcleansing.com, target.com.

The other product I tried from the brand was the moist Facial Cleansing Wipes. Now I’ve all tried a lot of wipes at this point and I mean a L-O-T of them! What I liked about these is not only how my skin felt after using one of the textured wipes (very soft, not stripped dry), but also how the wipe itself told me it was, well, used up. Not only by the dirt or makeup that showed up but that the wipe itself short of shriveled up a little and didn’t look so new. I sometimes feel like I have to keep using a wipe on other parts of my body or the table in front of me just to feel like I got the most out of it. Do you ever feel like that?

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These wipes also contain a provitamin complex, as well as aloe and vitamin E, and is delivered in a water-based formula so there is no residue left on my skin.

Pick these up for $9.99 for 25 Wipes and Refillable Dispenser and $4.99 for a Refill Pack @ kleenexfacialcleansing.com, target.com.

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

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Getting Personal with Kiehl's

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I was recently able to experience KIEHL’S Apothecary Preparations, first hand. It’s personalized skincare and how often can that happen? Usually a skin care concern pops up and then you go find something to fix it. With the Kiehl’s way, you meet one-on-one in one of their stores with one of their trained experts where they evaluate your skin, access your needs and send you on your way with a product to address those needs.

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Budget-Friendly Gift Ideas with Spa @Home by masqueBAR

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As I’ve mentioned a few times lately in previous posts, I’m all about 2 things this holiday season when it comes to gifting – usefulness and budgeting and it’s going pretty well, so far, and I’m about ¾’s done as of today.

And since I’m known among my girlfriends for beauty, I have to incorporate some form of the category into my gift and I found the perfect way. This year, I’m making a personalized gift basket for each of my girlfriends this year and my budget will be $25 for each. The basket will contain useful beauty tools that they’re sure to need at some point during the year like some washcloths, nail tools, hand sanitizer and an eye mask. And when it comes to products, I’m able to keep it budget-friendly on that front too by including a few of the 6 items available from the Spa @ Home by masqueBAR™ line, which is available at Walgreens.  

 

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Are These Holy Grail of Liquid Lipsticks?

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I feel like I’m the only one on the planet that has not tried MILANI Amore Matte Lip Crèmes. I’ve read about them the past 6+ months and they always seemed to be sold out at Walgreens but I finally got my hands on some. While I can see the buzz over one of the finishes, the other, well, I’ve used ones that are better.

 

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