Friday, August 11, 2017

The Next Benefit Tint Is Out!



($30 @, is the next installment of their stains that have become a cult favorite. Like the other shades, it comes in a nail polish-sized bottle with a nail polish-type brush that applies the color. Use it on lips or cheeks and my stance on these has always been the same. I’m just not a fan of the application device at all. After applying it to lips or cheeks I always have to use something else to blend it in. Like the colors but hate the delivery of them.


This Gogotint is a juicy bright cherry stain and seems to be a tad darker than the rose of the original. So is this something you’ll be picking up?


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

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

How to Keep Your Face ON in the Summer Heat

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

The biggest challenge I find during the summer season is keeping my makeup looking fresh and not melting off my face! I attend a lot of weekend BBQ’s and even though they are usually in the late afternoons, it can still be quite hot at that time.

So I’ve got a few tips that have worked for me and it won’t break the bank. First, apply a moisturizer like Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel with SPF 15, which I easily pick up at Ralphs supermarkets. This one gives my skin a nice base and something for the next few steps to hold on to. And my skin can always use as much sunscreen as possible!

After the Water Gel, I apply a face primer and then my foundation. The key after the foundation is to lock it in with setting powder. I like to apply mine with a flat sponge and I leave it on my face for about 5 minutes to set it, then just buff it into the skin with a brush. And put on a lot! Because it's translucent, it won't cake up. Believe me, it will help your makeup stay put. There are quite a few powders available, but just make sure it’s colorless.

When the weather is nice, I don’t want any extra trips and to be stuck inside shopping so picking up the essentials at Ralphs along with my weekly groceries is essential, which includes skin care, makeup and even nail polish.


As the sun sets, as much as I don’t feel right if I don’t fully wash my face and clean all the day’s makeup and dirt off, I admit, I sometimes get lazy the later in the night it gets. So in order to try and avoid that nagging feeling of, “I-have-to-get-up-and-wash-my-face,” I keep Olay Makeup Remover Wipes always at the ready. They’re fragrance-free and remove even waterproof makeup. 

Pick up all your necessary beauty products at Ralphs and check out the #RalphsBeautyEvent between August 9-August 22. You can save $5 instantly by buying $15 worth of participating beauty products.

Disclaimer: You can mix & match participating cosmetics, hair care or skin care. Item selection may vary by store. Must meet $15 purchase minimum after coupons have been redeemed. $5.00 off for every $15 spent on participating items.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kroger. The opinions and text are all mine.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017


Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Mirum, but opinions expressed are my own. 

Do you exfoliate your skin? How often and what do you use? I’ve learned of the past 15 years of trying out products and reporting back to you that expensive doesn’t always = bueno. There are some areas I splurge in for sure, but in others, I tighten the reigns.


So I thought I’d show you how I pamper my skin a few nights each during the busy work week:

  • Eye mask – I like to put it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or the freezer for about 10, depending on how much around-the-eye-soothing I need.
  • Since I’m very nose focused, what I’m smelling is so important, so after I put on the eye mask, I like to light a candle or spritz on a favorite perfume. Whichever I’m in the mood for.
  • Washcloth – I keep two on hand, one for the next step and one to use later. I soak one in not-too-hot water that I lay on my face for about 1 ½ minutes to warm up my skin and open the pores.
  • Next I apply St. Ives® Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub that I pick up at CVS when picking up prescriptions, and really work the formula around in small gentle circles on my face to really clean the day off my skin. Using just my fingers, I can feel the scubbers going to work. And speak of, with the recent stories about what happens to micro plastics inside some of our face exfoliators, it’s good to know that this Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub uses 100% natural exfoliants and moisturizers, including walnut shell powder, corn kernel meal and apricot extract, among others. 
  • After I let it sit for a few minute, I use the same washcloth I used to warm up my skin and remove all the scrub off my face with lot s of water. Then pat dry with the dry washcloth, wipe a toner on my face to make sure all the scrub is removed, and lastly, apply moisturizer and eye cream.


My skin feels so refreshed; like I just took the day off my face in a big way, which I actually just did. The above is so simple and easy and just really makes a difference in making me feel good before bedtime. I truly do #RevitalizewithStIves.


And from 8/6/17-8/12/17 take advantage of the CVS’s BOGO – Buy One, Get One 50% Off of any St. Ives product plus save an additional $3 from coupons on your local paper. But hurry as this offer doesn’t last long!

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Monday, August 07, 2017

Beauty from the Inside Out with Glow by Nature Made®

Disclosure:  I was asked by Carusele to participate in the #MoisturizeFromWithin campaign sponsored by Walgreens. Although I have been compensated, all opinion are my own.

Everyone thinks that beauty is just on the outside but how you feel inside can dictate everything in your life - from how you dress, to how you carry yourself throughout the day. Now I admit, I am not a morning person; just ask my college roommates! And for my job, I don’t have to dress up unless I have a meeting so the less I have to do in the morning before leaving for work, the better.


On those days where I do find myself with an extra 5 or 10 minutes, I put on a little face or do my nails. Now, my nails are … not good. I wasn’t born with that gene and it drives me crazy. I mean, how can I be a beauty blogger and not have good nails to try out all the fab polish colors out there? My nails are just dry and peel and there doesn’t seem to be much I’ve been able to do about. I’ve tried all those strengthening polishes but they have not seemed to do much. So just like my outlook on life, I’ve taken to trying to do something from the inside out.


I’ve been taking Glow by Nature Made® Skin Moisture + Hair & Nails, which I picked up in the supplement aisle at my local Walgreens, for the past 30 days to #MoisturizefromWithin. As you can see from the below photos taken over the last month, my nails seem to have benefited from taking care of the inside out! The key ingredient to this product are Ceramides, which is already found in cell membranes and it’s what holds skin together, and biotin, which supports healthy hair, skin and nails. So by replenishing them with moisture, which is lost from aging and other factors, they are plumped up from moisture and are able to retain it. So in laymen’s terms, my nails are able to grow!




Glow by Nature Made® supplements are able to hydrate the skin in as little as 15 days*, and are so what I nails need right now.

So now I get out of bed when the alarm goes off instead of hitting the snooze a few times, just so I have time to put some color on my newly growing fingernails!

Pick up Glow by Nature Made® Skin Moisture + Hair & Nails at your local Walgreens in the vitamin section.

And make sure to take advantage of the $3 off coupon on every box of Glow by Nature Made® at Walgreens stores nationwide.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Walgreens. The opinions and text are all mine.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Are Burberry's New Liquid Lip Velvet Lippies Worth It?

With a name like Liquid Lip Velvet, one would assume theses new ones from BURBERRY would fall into the liquid lipstick category, but not so fast. Described as, “bold and matte whipped lip cream,” that’s what they are, so these are in no way liquid lipsticks.

So how do these wear? I would put this in the same category as a regular creamy/matte lipstick as it acts pretty much the same, maybe just a tad thinner. The formula is really pigment and I found that I only needed one swipe on lips. As far as wear time, I got an average of 4 hours and the colors do transfer.


How this one is different than your lipstick in a tube is with the wand. The actual doe foot that applies the color to your lips is bendy! All the ones I’ve come across don’t move but this one bends, which is kind of cool!

Overall I’m not sure the steep price is worth what you get, or maybe I’m just so used to liquid lipsticks and how they wear that I expect for from a lippie these days. Is this something on you’re going to check out?

Choose from 14 colors for $34 @,


From L to R: Fawn No. 05, Bright Plum No. 49, Oxblood No. 53

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

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Vichy Gives Their Latest An Added Boost

I admit it; I don’t pay as much attention to skin care as I do makeup. Can you tell, LOL? But when I hear a buzz about one, I try and investigate as it seems to be where technological advances shine, which fascinates me.

What I do know is that most of time the first ingredient in a skin care products seems to always be water and I also know that as we age our skin becomes more dehydrated. To keep the skin plump and hydrated can be a challenge for both men and women. So saying this VICHY Minéral 89 ($29.50/1.69oz @,,, is just made up of water would be accurate but it’s not just any water. Like all the products in the Vichy line, they contain mineralizing thermal water found in the volcanoes in Vichy, France; 4,000 meters underground (just let that sink in for a moment!). This water contains a super unique blend of 15 skin-strengthening minerals that protect the skin against free radicals and this blend also balances the skin’s pH, which is important.


So what makes this Minéral 89 stand out? It also contains Hyaluronic Acid, which replenishes the moisture your skin needs, and is suitable for every skin type.

I’ve been using it for a solid 3 weeks just before my moisturizer at bedtime, and I hate to sound like a commercial, but I have caught myself taking an extra look at my skin; specifically, the cheek area. It just seems smoother than usual and my skin is usually not that clear this time of year.

And the price tag doesn’t hurt either.

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

Monday, July 31, 2017

Say Hello To Sexy Legs ... Seriously!

Quite a few times in the last few weeks I’ve found myself wanting a little boost in color but I have just not been in the mood to smell the self-tanner. Then I met SAY HELLO TO SEXY LEGS Tinted Glow Gel ($38/5.1oz @, It’s a wash-away-with-soap-and-water gel lotion that gives skin instant color and once it dries down is completely transfer-resistant.

And this is great for two reasons – sometimes I just want instant color before heading out for the evening and it dries down in 3 to 5 minutes! Yup, you don’t have to stand there waiting and waiting to get dressed. The other reason is that the color itself is really nice and doesn’t look fake at all. I am usually hesitant when it comes to these instant tints because it’s a one-size-fits-all when it comes to the shade but I have to say they pretty much nailed it with this one.



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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour


I think I might be crowning myself (is that allowed??) the Queen of Liquid Lipsticks! I love to try them and just when I think I’ve professed my favorite, another comes along and fights for the title.

The latest to enter the ring? RIMMEL Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour ($4.99 @, These are super pigmented, obviously, and dry down all the way to a matte finish and feel but not desert dry on the lips (I have to think of a word to describe this!). There is zero transfer and these seem to wear-off evenly, which is such a huge plus in my book.


Shown above in Fire Starter

I received 2 from PR and wanted to pick up a few other shades and had to visit 3 different stores to find them in stock! I’ll take that as a good sign that people are liking them too. Choose from 13 colors in all.


L to R: #210 Rose & Shine, #820 Heartbeat, #500 Firestarter, #710 Latte To Go

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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Is this the Next Generation of Candles?

Who doesn’t love a great candle? I’ve been using the battery-operated flameless ones for about a decade, which are perfect because I’m so paranoid of starting a fire. I do admit though, I really do miss a real flame candle, so when I saw the Instagram page of the new company LUCID, I started following them anticipating their launch.

See, their candles look like a real candle with a real flame but they never physically burn down. They use a high grade liquid paraffin, which you pour inside the hollowed out candle body. So only the liquid burns as well as the real wick. No more cleaning up messy wax!

The first thing I thought of when I heard about this brand is my set of candelabras I received from my maternal grandmother from France when I was born. They are made of bronze and crystal and are a huge pain to get the melted wax out of all the nooks and crannies. There are 6 places for tapered candles to go, so I wish these were available a few decades ago as it would have saved me many hours of cleaning over the years. But it's good to know about these now (they call tapered candles, Dinner Candles), so I'll start saving my pennies now!

In addition to the Tapered size, these also come in come two different pillar sizes - 3x4 and 3x6, assorted colors like white, khaki and gray and a slew of designs as well as animals like the one shown here, which is the 3x4 Pillar Candle in Raven. Prices range from $56 to $110 and the liquid is $13.50/33.8oz @



Lucid-Candle-on-desk-at-duskDisclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Benefit's Boi-ing Collection Is Now in Session!


just came out with a collection called Boi-ing – two new products, two existing ones, and all now have cool, fun names, and they are … CONCEALERS!

And check out this cute display of the products in my local Ulta. I don't agree with the message of skipping class, I mean how could anyone, but the display itself is fun with the rulers and pink eraser colors. How about a message like, "Just apply concealer and don't skip class." Isn't that better?


So which do you need? It can be confusing so I love on their website you can choose what area of the face you need some coverage and they will recommend which product you need to use. I also gave a breakdown of the details of each below.


Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer – the sheerest of the bunch, this one contains vitamin E and apple seed extract surrounds the color in the stick to keep skin super hydrated. This one used to be called Fakeup.


Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer – this is exactly as the name states! Made for spot treating all over the face and full coverage of blemishes, dark circles under eyes and random discolorations. This one is full coverage.


Boi-ing Brightening Concealer – ideal for dark circles under the eyes, this pink undertoned cream corrects anything brewing under your lids. This used to be called Erase Paste and is full coverage.


Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer - bluuuurrrrrr those face imperfections with this waterproof, sheer-to-medium, coverage cream. This one gives medium coverage.


$20 each and all four are available in Light, Light/Medium and Medium @ 


From L to R:  Airbrush Concealer, Hydrating Concealer, Industrial Concealer, Brightening Concealer

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

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