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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.


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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.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Complete Tinted Moisturizer? Yup It Exists.

It’s the worst when you think you’ve picked up the right shade of foundation only to come home and realize it’s off. Return it or, hold onto it hoping you’ll need it at some point, or just toss it. Well that won’t happen when it comes to this next product.

REVISION SKINCARE Intellishade Anti-Aging Tinted Moisturizer with Sunscreen ($56/1.7oz) is a 4-in-1 product for use with all skin types. It has an SPF 45, is a moisturizer, foundation and has powerful peptide anti-aging ingredients. It comes in Original, shown here, and also Matte, and gives a light to medium coverage and nicely evens out the skin’s tone.


While I do love a double, triple and up product, I do like more coverage when it comes to my foundation but again, this one has so many benefits, like 4 different kinds of sun blocking ingredients for full UVA/UVA protection, that it’s been a staple for daylight hours when I'm in a hurry. As you can see from the swatch here, it looks pretty pigmented on the left and on the right, it blends in nicely.

Visit their site @ as you can only buy their products from physicians.

And what's with the post-it note? A friend left it on my bathroom mirror and it really touched me :)

Friday, July 07, 2017

Clean It with Pixi Beauty Peel & Polish


I’m really becoming a sucker for the skin care products from PIXI BEAUTY. From this one to this one and now this latest one Peel & Polish ($24/2.71oz @, In addition to have a little grit as the physical exfoliator, it also uses fruit enzymes like papaya, lemon and orange, as well as lactic acid to help exfoliate and turn over those cells. Now the amount of lactic acid is only 6%, which is a lot less than what you’ll find in a doctor’s office and probably best since most doctors don’t recommend high amounts in at-home products anyway.

So what are products with lactic acid really good for? Besides the aforementioned exfoliation, it can also help even out the skin’s tone and it’s also known to work great on keratosis Pilaris (KP) or chicken bumps, which can occur on the backs of the upper arms and legs.


And out of the three alpha-hydroxy acids available (the others being glycolic and salicylic) lactic is the best for those with sensitive skin, which I didn’t know.

Safe to use 2 to 3 times a week for 5 minutes at a time.

Will you be picking up a tube of this?


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

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Sunday, July 02, 2017

The K Beauty Invasion with Erborian

If you were to open my beauty closet right now, you’d find about 10 different micellar water inside. I don’t know why I need so many but I know I like having them and I use them regularly. The reason I bring this up is I have another one here for you.

We’re in the middle of a British Korean Skincare invasion. Have you noticed? The latest to cross my desk is called ERBORIAN or “Herbs of the Orient,” and is based on the relationship of Asian skincare practices and beauty rituals from around the world.


ERBORIAN Cleansing Micellar Water ($26/6.4oz @ – I posted about my love of micellar waters last week here and I’m adding this one to the list. This one seems to give boost to theirs though as it also contains Erborian’s complex of seven herbs and this one feels so good on the skin!


CC Crème ($44/1.5oz @ – It’s been a minute since I’ve used a CC cream and I’m glad to have another go at one as they are wonderful all-in-ones! In addition to the anti-aging benefits, this one is tinted and uses color-matching technology so it will work for many skin tones. It also has SPF 25 so can be used as your daily sunscreen under makeup. And because I think everything that smells good must work (how’s that for funny thinking??), you should know that this one has that classic Estee Lauder-ish scent to it.

And as you can see, sephora dot com is carrying the brand so that’s serious business!

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

Monday, June 26, 2017

Meet the Face Cream that Beats them All!

This is a post sponsored by Olay. All words are my own. 

Skin care. It's a huge subject and no one really has the answer when it comes to what anti-aging products work and which don't. I mean, I think we've all tried or at least been enticed by the super expensive lotions and potions that promise the moon. But do they actually deliver? Some would say yes. Some would say no. I say, the proof is in the pudding.

And that is this is the main reason I started my blog over 15 years ago, to give my opinion if beauty product do what they say, plain and simple.

Another place that's been around forever and has become quite the powerhouse is Good Housekeeping (GHK). They have a Good Housekeeping Institute (GHI) where they have been doing consumer product evaluations for over 100 years. And for a product to receive the Good Housekeeping seal of approval is a big deal as they rigorously test products and evaluate them based on performance, ease of use, safely, durability and design.

This year the folks at GHK tested Olay's newly re-engineered Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream against 10 other creams and guess what? It performed better than the others, which had price tags ranging from $26 to $440. That's amazing! I'm sure you can think of a face cream that costs upwards of $300-$400, right? So again, Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream at just $26.99 works better than all the more expensive brands tested! 


You can't argue with results like these! One of the statistics that stood out in the documented study was how long skin stays hydrated and plump. That's important when it comes to keeping your skin looking ageless.
Key ingredients in the Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream include:
  • Carob Seed Extract to repair and regenerate
  • Niacinamide (vitamin B3) to help boost cell turnover and maintain skin's moisture barrier
  • Amino-peptide (pal-KTKKS) helps decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Panthenol (vitamin B5) to sooth and moisturize
  • Vitamin E an oil-soluble anti-oxidant which protects against free radicals
  • Olivem - comes from olive oil to increase the penetration of anti-aging ingredients to the skin's stratum corneum (the outer most layer of the skin). 
  • Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid, powerful humectants with intense miniaturization properties. 
Now a lot of the above may be Greek to you as most of it was for me, but I feel the average person should start becoming even more familiar with ingredients so they won't get caught up in the hype of a product. I know I do sometimes!
                                                           Olay is the light under the Stars!

And this is so perfect for summer! The temps are regularly hitting 80 degrees and up and keeping skin hydrated during these hot months is important and I was stunned by the study that found this cream increased moisture by 50% over a 24-hour period. So when using this in the morning, I apply some before sunscreen and at night I apply a little after cleansing and toning my face. 
Did you know that in a study by GKI, 155,000 women showed that 80% of skin's anti-aging destiny is within a women's control and not related to genes? So you better start arming yourself with something powerful like Olay's Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream if you want to make a difference in your skin. 
Read more about Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream @ and read the study for yourself @

I partnered with Olay on this post but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Why You Should Use Micellar Water

My first ever micellar water was Bioderma Solution Micellar and it achieved cult status rather quickly and it seems like it was some time before another one came along like this one and this one. So what exactly is micellar water and why should I care? It's tiny balls of cleansing molecules called micelles suspended in soft water. It won't dry or strip the skin and they clean beautifully. Now they won't remove waterproof mascara but they do a nice job otherwise. 

Here are some I recommend from L to R:

EMBRYOLISSE Micellar Lotion $26/8.5oz @

YES TO Cucumber Micellar Water $8.99/7.77oz @,

L'OREAL Micellar Cleansing Water $9.99/13.5oz @

SEPHORA Triple Action Cleansing Water - $12/6.76oz @

And it also comes in wipes now with SIMPLE Kind to Skin Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes $5.99/25 wipes @, and a super remove-it-all-even-liquid-lipstick VICHY Micellar Oil $18/4.2oz @,

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hormonal Acne? Nubian Heritage to the Rescue!

I thought that by the time I reached my 40s my skin would stabilize but I was quite wrong. Welcome hormonal acne! If you have breakouts around the jawline and neck, that’s hormones, and ain’t no Clearasil clearing this up!

So when I was asked if I wanted to try a few items from the new African Black Soap collection by NUBIAN HERITAGE, I was open to it. Every product is especially made for acne-prone skin, which is exactly what I need.

Here is what I tried:

  • African Black Soap Facial Wash & Scrub $12.99/4oz. 
  • African Black Soap Clarifying Pads $16.99/60 pads.
  • African Black Soap Exfoliant Spot Treatment $12.99/.5oz.
  • African Black Soap Facial Moisturizer $16.99/2oz.
  • African Black Soap Mud Mask $16.99/6oz.


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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Fresh Goes Deep... with Roses

This new toner from FRESH is soooo right now! We are officially in flower season and roses are probably the most popular ones out there, so it makes sense that they’d put this Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner ($44/8.4oz @, It also makes sense since rose essential oil has a variety of benefits when it comes to skin care: anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, get rid of acne, moisturizing, antiseptic and astringent, among other uses.

Their formula contains two species of roses in it, Rosa Centifolia Flower and Rosa Damascena Flower Water and Oil as well as Hyaluronic Acid for giving the skin a little plump!

I love using this after cleansing but also just during the day if my skin is kinda feeling the day and could use a quick cleanse or cooling off. And I love the way they put actual roses inside the bottle. Nice detail.  

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

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