Friday, November 25, 2016

The Perfect Gift For that Female on Your List

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So we are officially off to the races, the shopping races, that is. Only twenty-nine shopping days left until Christmas! So what’s my go-to gift this year? For women, overall, I still find the scented body lotion one of the best gifts you can give a woman. It’s personal yet not personal at the same time and most importantly, something the recipient probably wouldn’t pick up themselves.

I’m adding to the above pick this year with a perfumed candle. I mean, who doesn’t love a great candle and in their favorite scent? You really can’t go wrong. 

Two that I’ve enjoyed that fall under this category are ALAïA PARIS Scented Candle ($89/5.2oz @ saks.com) Body Lotion ($55/6.7oz @ saks) and the Scented Body Cream ($95/6.9oz @ saks.com). This is the brand’s first fragrance ever and it took a few to grow on me as it’s not like anything else I have or normally go for. It’s described as airy notes and pink pepper; freesia and peony; animal notes and musk.

But if this one is not your flavor or your recipients, there are a ton of brands that make a scented cream and scented candle like this one or this one.

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

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Feeling Tropical with Kopari

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I’ve been pretty obsessed with all things coconut these days for some reason. It doesn’t matter that the temps are dropping because I’m eating it (found a great recipe for coconut nut balls on Pinterest), drinking it (downing this like crazy), using as a hair mask, and now I’m putting it on my skin!

I’ve cooked with coconut oil quite a bit of the past few years and when I read about this KOPARI Coconut Melt ($36/7oz @ koparibeauty.com, qvc.com) I had to try it.

The base of each of the 4 products in the multitasking line is 100% organic coconut oil sourced from the Phillippines and all are free of sulfates, parabens, silicones and GMOs.

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So getting back to this Coconut Melt. I had no idea that it’s made of pure coconut oil … like the coconut oil I bought at Trader Joe’s to cook with. Hmmm, so why not just use the one from Trader Joe’s on my skin? I could as the ingredients in it are organic virgin coconut oil and that’s it. But it could have parabens etc in it, right? And the bottle of this Kopari one looks a tad more presentable, dontcha think? Your choice.

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

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Get Precision with Chella Liners

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For the longest time I would only wear liquid liners in black but I have come a long way from there and there are so many great formulas to choose from. Two shades I’m adding to my list are CHELLA’s Eyeliner Pen ($24 @ chella.com) in Purple and Indigo Blue.

These are those liquid liners where once they’re set, they won’t move for hours.

I like the super skinny tip and these applied smoothly with very little bleeding (before drying down) and no skipping along the lid, which is very important.

Overall, I think the Indigo Blue performed a little better than the Purple in terms of its longevity and smoothness.

Is this something you’ll be looking to pick up this holiday season?   

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Remove Fuzz & Exfoliate w/Dermaflash

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Have you heard about the whole shaving-your-face trend? It seems to not only remove peach fuzz but it’s also for exfoliating the skin. Overall, it does seem a tad strange and while I don’t want to admit it, I do have some peach fuzz on my face now that I’m over 40. And when I see it most is when using a face mist and I use them often so I know it’s there.

But of course I have some questions about removing the hair on my face in general. Is it true that if I shave it somehow, won’t it come back thicker and more pronounced? From what I can tell, that is an old wives tale.

Enter DERMAFLASH Facial Exfoliation Device ($189 @ sephora.com, qvc.com, neimanmarcus.com). This is a 3-step process that will remove the peach fuzz and exfoliate your skin at the same time.

 

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

All I Want for Christmas!

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It seems like the holiday season arrives earlier and earlier each year, dontcha think? Or do I just say that each year? Since we are all so inundated, I don’t begin my holiday gift coverage until the day after Thanksgiving but I have been known to run an early post here and there, so consider this one of those posts.

So how did I pick these? I really looked at each selection as a, “would I love to receive this as a gift?” So below are ones that I so approve for anyone on your list.

1. BUXOM Stone Cold Babe Set ($42 @ sephora.com) – I’ve always said that if you are looking to buy yourself some new makeup, the holidays are some of the best times to do it and you can really score some serious deals like this set from Buxom. This set contains their limited edition Fire & Frost Eyeshadow Palette with 12 gorgeous shades and a Mini Buxom Lash Mascara.

2. ARTIS Palm Brush ($65 @ artisbrush.com, dillards.com, spacenk.com) – really any brush from the Artis line would be considered a gourmet gift to me. The latest release is this brush that can be used to apply lotion, self-tanner, face cream, really anything that needs max coverage. It was designed to fit comfortably in your hand and feels so luxe on the skin, like you’d expect only from Artis.

3. PIXI BEAUTY Rose Oil Blend ($24/1oz @ pixibeauty.com, target.com) – anything with roses is always an acceptable gift and this one is just so good for the skin. It contains almond, jojoba, rosehips, rose geranium, orange peel and pomegranate seed oils, among others. Use this as an additive to your existing moisturizer.  

4. J.O.I. Spotlite HD ($59.95) Spotlite HD Professional ($89.95) – what you use to put on your makeup is just as important as the makeup you use. Believe me, I know. I grew up with one of those 3-tiered poorly lighted  mirrors that probably did more harm than good! This J.O.I. portable mirror I wrote about a few months ago will make sure you to always have the right lighting at the tip of your fingers. Both @ wearejoi.com

5. MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Mini Lipstick Kit ($35 @ maccosmetics.com, dillards.com, nordstrom.com) – no makeup brand does holidays better than MAC! And every recipient on your list is sure to open this cute box with 4 lippies in it and say, “ohhhh!”. Guaranteed winning set here.

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

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Fresh Keeps Skin in Tip-Top Shape this Season

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Do you have a favorite kind of mask to use? I like the rich clay ones and then the ones like this that are packed full of chunky good-for-skin ingredients, almost good enough to eat!

FRESH calls their new Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask ($62/3.3oz @ fresh.com, nordstrom.com) skin nutrition and I can see why. It’s packed full of AHA (alpha hydroxyl acids) fruit acids like vitamins C, E and B5 as well as lemon and orange extracts and minerals to give the skin a full exfoliation and then some.

This is a use 2 to 3 times a week and leave it on the skin for 10 minutes.

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If you’ve felt your skin is looking a little ruddy lately, this would be a good one to try. And like I’ve come to expect from the skin care products from Fresh, it smells sooo good!

Are you putting this one on your list this season?

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

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Getting a FotoFacial with Blue Medi Spa

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Have you given your face a close once-over lately? See any sun spots, rosacea, moderate acne scars, brown spots or broken capillaries? Unfortunately we all seem to have one or some of these on our face and they only multiply as we age, unless you have been diligent about sunscreen since day one. 

So how can one get rid of them? There are a ton of products that claim to lessen the appearance and it seems like those with hydroquinone are the most popular. But this is a controversial ingredient and can take months of applying it to skin to see any difference. Even then, most seem like a long shot.

If you really want to have sun spots, scars etc removed from your skin, there is an option at a medi spa called a FotoFacial (or some places call it a Photofacial). It uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), Infrared (IR), Laser and/or Radiofrequency (RF) energy to deeply penetrate the skin to constrict blood vessels to remove damage while stimulating collagen growth.

A good candidate for the IPL FotoFacial that I received is white untanned skin that still has some elasticity to it. This procedure also improves the skin’s overall texture like reducing pore size, minimizing wrinkles and fine lines. Unfortunately it won’t do a lot for someone with deep acne scars or deep wrinkles. 

I was recently invited to the Blue Medi Spa in Sherman Oaks, CA to try one out and what a cool looking place! Everything is blue and white and it feels so modern and they offer a huge menu of treatments like injectables like Botox and fillers, skin tightening, Ultherapy, facials, body contouring and much more. The place had a very pampering vibe to it, not like most medi spas I’ve been to.

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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

This Tinted Moisturizer & Primer Could Change Your Life

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So what’s your go-to for face these days? A tinted moisturizer or do you prefer a foundation or both? How many do you have? A recent count on my beauty table numbered 4 foundations and 2 tinted moisturizers and these are ones I use regularly. I like each category for different reasons – a tinted is great for on-the-go in the morning when I just need a little boost to my look but don’t have time to put it all on. Not to mention I can apply it in the car without using a mirror (at a red light of course).

And on the other end is foundation and I love it for the polished look it gives my skin. My favorite one right now is the medium to full coverage foundation is this one gives since it’s fall and I need a tad more coverage.

The brand of tinted moisturizer I’ve been using lately is Bluemercury’s LUNE+ASTER. I wrote about one of their palettes recently and now that I’ve experienced more than this one, I think this brand is a contender in the makeup world!

CC/Tinted Moisturizer SPF 50+ ($48/1.7oz @ bluemercury.com) – a medium coverage tinted moisturizer that contains good-for-skin-ingredients like vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, SPF 50 and seabuckthorn, which is rich in omegas. It’s available in 4 shades and it feels pretty light on the skin.

RealGlow Primer ($30/1.7oz @ bluemercury.com) – this formula contains light-diffusing primer pigments so it will help anything you apply after it to look better.

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

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Monday, November 07, 2016

Multi-Purpose, Multi-Functional, TreStique

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Simple is best these days, especially when it comes to your beauty routine and the number of products you have to use every day. A relatively new indie line has come along (launched in June 2015) to help you get the most of the makeup you use and is all about multifunctional, sleek packaging and quick and easy to apply and tote. You may have seen one of their items in your Ipsy bag or on birchbox.com?

TRESTIQUE is targeting millennials (who isn’t these days??) but I think us older peeps can find to enjoy about the line as well!

 

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Friday, November 04, 2016

A New Line of Brushes from Cult Fave, Artis!

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Have you heard of the new BRUSHCRAFT line that came out last month? It was put out by Artis brush brand, which I’m sure you’ve seen by now as they are seen everywhere, and I was surprised by the release. I mean, they have a solid line already with quite a few different designs so I’m kind of thinking of each like this: Artis is the Varsity team and BrushCraft is the Junior Varsity team. Things that make you go hmmm... But in the name of beauty, I bought all 4 up to try out. 

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