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Monday, February 27, 2017

I’m in the Mood for SPRING!

I think the heavy rain in LA is done for the season, which is great because I'm so ready for Spring. And here are a few products I’ve got on my radar that are getting me ready for the upcoming season. Hello sandals!


1. IT COSMETICS Anti-Aging Armour ($38/1oz @ – I always make sure I have a great SPF at the beginning of each new season. This one from IT contains a SPF 50, peptides, and hyaluronic acid as well as that optically blurring technology that pretty much makes any imperfections disappear while you’re wearing it.

2. SOL DE JANEIRO Bum Bum Cream ($57/8.1oz, $25/2.5oz @ – what is it about this product? Is it the name? Is it the cool container? Kinda both actually and more. Pronounced (boom-boom), this luxe cream contains cupuaçu butter, acai, coconut oil and the Amazonian plant guarana, which is a major player in the caffeine department. All of these combined make for skin that’s not only taut but super smooth. And the scent of this one is soo inviting! I go in and out of craving it. I know, odd!

3. WOOSH BEAUTY Spin-On Lip Gloss ($19 @ – I’ve decided to revisit lip gloss again this season as I’ve been pretty distant from it and I’m starting with this one. Wow. This one really performs when it comes to the application brush. It rolls as you roll it over lips with the gloss. This is a first! Shown here in Pink Natural

4. SKINDINAVIA Post-Makeup Recovery Spray ($26/4oz, $36/8oz @ – now here’s a brand new category! A product you apply after taking makeup off, which applies nutrients like mineral zinc and willow bark, which can help with breakouts. Just spray on within 5 minutes of removing makeup to reap the benefits.

5. TRUE BRIT LONDON Nail Polish in Heirloom (£12.50 @ – this metallic rose gold shade from this new brand is so fitting right now! True Brit London is only available for purchase on their UK site right now but I’m sure it will expand. 

6. HELIOCARE Dietary Supplement Sun Protection Pills ($30/60 pills @ – why not fight UVA/UVB rays from the inside out? Major technology is inside these pills will not only protect it from the sun but also supply it with antioxidants. Great for all skin types!

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

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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!


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 @


One brand that’s never ever used a microbead is LATHER. Take their Chia Seed & Passion Fruit Exfoliating Gel ($29/4oz @, 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 @ 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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Saturday, February 04, 2017

Is This the Biggest Skin Cleansing Trend Right Now?

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 @ The brand teamed up with skin care guru to create this one and I admit I was unaware of her before this collab.



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.


DERMOVIA Lace Your Face Healing Yogurt Milk ($15/1 or $55/pack of 4 @, – 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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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hydro Boost Your Skin with Neutrogena

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

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?


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:


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!

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


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.



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


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


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

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Treating the Skin with the Latest from Pixi Beauty



Since the turn of the New Year, I’ve really been focusing on the state of my skin. In all these years that I’ve been writing this site, I have slowly been adding to my Holy Grail list, which is the crème de la crème of beauty products I’ve used. I’ve come to realize that I don’t have many skin care products on the list. Granted, makeup is certainly easier to test out and skin changes over time so I guess I’ve been hesitant to pick skin care products but I’m hoping that will change soon. Could it be with one of these beauties from PIXI BEAUTY? Let’s check them out!


Glowtion Day Dew ($22/1.18oz @ – so you see the glow from this one on my skin in the picture? That’s what your skin is getting with this one! This lightweight moisturizer is meant for application in the morning and contains those ingredients that blur skin imperfections, like mica. And I can smell the lavender inside for quite some time after applying it.

Beauty Sleep Cream ($24/1.18oz @, – anything that is meant to help me get a better night sleep is always good!  This one contains Shea Butter to hydrate and lavender oil and Matricaria, which is related to the Chamomile tribe and known for its calming elements.  

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

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

This Face Mask Could Save Your Skin


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 @, 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.


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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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Katching Up with Kleenex

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.


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 @,

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?


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 @,

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

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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