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Friday, January 12, 2018

Sara Happ The Lip Scrub

I admit it, I thought it was crazy when I saw that a company had built their brand on just lip scrub. I mean, lip scrub. Really? It wasn’t until I tried them recently that I now get it. Enter that crazy brand that took a chance, SARA HAPP.

So what’s inside these cute boxes with the bows with the title The Lip Scrub? Each has a base of sucrose (sugar), petrolatum, grape seen oil, jojoba oil, rice brand extract, rosemary and sunflower extracts, and then a dash of whatever scent/flavor the scrub is.

After using a fingertip amount of this, my lips don’t feel as dry as they usually do this time of year. And since I like to wear liquid lipsticks almost every day, this is kind of a necessity in keeping my pucker perfect.

Choose from scents like Sparkling Peach, Pink Grapefruit, Passion Fruit, limited edition Caramel Latte, and Vanilla Bean shown here.


$22 @,

As a box collector, I can appreciate the quality of the box these scrubs come in but I haven’t found anything to use it for yet.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Is Cleansing Oil Your Answer for Clean Skin 2018?

When it comes to cleansing my face, I love a cleansing oil and with the temps on the cold side of the spectrum, altering my skin’s pH too much is not what I want to do. Enter PAULA’S CHOICE Perfect Cleansing Oil ($25/4oz @,,

It’s made up of five plant oils, which are effective at removing makeup and dirt while keeping the skin’s moisture balance – sunflower, coconut, meadowfoam, jojoba and grape seed are individually great for the skin but combined together, they work wonders. No need for tugging or rubbing to remove makeup though it might not be the best for taking off waterproof mascara. But for everything else, I give this a thumbs up. And the price is so right!

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

Pic by @nycfrog1408

Sunday, November 19, 2017

REN's Perfect Canvas is More Than a Makeup Primer

My job here on this site is to tell you if something works and usually compare it to products I’ve tried in the same category but wow, that’s kind of hard with this next one. It’s REN Perfect Canvas ($55/1.02oz @,, and there’s nothing to compare it to!

When I first looked at this one, the ‘Perfect Canvas” name meant to me, ok, it’s a face primer, but it’s much more than that. They call this one a finishing serum and with a name like that I would assume that it goes on after makeup but I would be wrong in that assumption too! It’s made to go over your moisturizer and before foundation and supposed to matte down the skin that the moisturizer can impart.


Here are some facts about it: The consistency is more like a serum than a primer, it’s silicone-free (instead it contains a faux silicone called Agave Tequilana), it’s a clear liquid, contains hyaluronic acid, Probiotic Extracts (for epidermal growth), and Glucans (keep the skin in balance), to name a few standouts.


I actually like the consistency of this one as it feels really slick like a typical primer with silicones but instead of slip, this one provides grip for the makeup, so it will make your makeup last a tad longer than your traditional primer.

This one seems a little pricey but I got full coverage from about 3 drops so it should last you a while and it does have some skin care benefits, so maybe that will help you balance out the cost.

Is this one you are interested in trying?


Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Hello Sand&Sky!


When was the last time you came across a brand with only one product? In this case, the one product claims to have sold over 50,000 units in the first eight weeks of debuting. The brand is SAND&SKY and this is their Brilliant Skin Purifying Pink Clay Mask ($49/2.1oz @

The main ingredient with this mask? Pink clay. Beneficial for mostly those with dry or sensitive skin types, it is also helpful with inflammation from acne, which has been me lately. It’s rich in silica and will tighten pores and boost overall radiance, what is what I was looking for.


When this dries down in a matter of minutes, my pores seem to come through like the sand at the beach after a wave goes by. I look like an old lady but the results are worth it. I try out a lot of different products and feel like this one brings my skin back to basics. 

I’ve used this mask a few times now and like how smooth it makes my skin feel (I also put masks on my neck). I just wish a little went a longer way as I’m almost out now! The price is kind of steep for the amount but quality isn’t cheap, right?

This does come with its own cute brush to apply the mask, which is a very nice touch.

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

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Verdict on the #Olay28Day Challenge

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

Have you been following me and my experience with the #Olay28Day Challenge on Facebook? For the past 28 days I’ve been using Olay Regenerist Micro -Sculpting Cream and Olay Ultimate Eyes Cream and wow, has this been the easiest challenge I’ve ever done!

As I’ve reported a few months back here, their Regenerist Micro -Sculpting Cream won a Good Housekeeping Award earlier this year, beating out 4 other pricier face creams. And Good Housekeeping doesn’t just give out awards; they have quite a process of testing out products. That’s impressive right there! It’s tough with skin care as I can’t tell you how many tubes, bottles and tubs of creams/serums I’ve gone through that promise the sun and just don’t deliver, while these do, and quickly.


I’ve been concerned about unevenness in my skin tone lately and I think the pictures speak for themselves in terms of how the Regenerist Micro -Sculpting Cream has been able to even out my tone and perk up my skin, which includes lessening  the look of visible wrinkle. Overall my skin felt hydrated all day and just looked healthier.  

*All pics by @joekohenpix except below

And the Ultimate Eyes Cream? Not only does this formula sink into the skin quicker than any other eye cream I’ve ever used, it also hydrated under my eyes nicely, so no dark circles, and it seems to have smoothed out some wrinkles underneath my eyes and around the corners. 

So are you ready to take the #Olay28Day challenge? I think you’ll be shocked by how your skin looks after 28 days.


Check out their Skin Advisor, which is the most precise skin diagnosis available to the public, so you can make a no-brainer decision about what regimen is right for you. And don’t worry, 95% of women agreed that the product/s recommendation by the Skin Adviser felt, “right for her!” Here is the link:

And right now, the first 15 to visit Skin Advisor will get $40 off their purchase of recommended products with code: 28DAYS7885 on

Monday, October 23, 2017

Cleaning up from Halloween with Pond's

This post is sponsored by Mirum. All opinions expressed are my own.


So here is this year's Halloween look! It's a comic book character. And this requires me to wear a lot of makeup to create it. And ugh, the removal of it all can be such a pain. Thankfully I had POND’S Cold Cream Cleanser that I picked up at CVS to take it all off. This cleanser is great for a few reasons - unlike ordinary cleansers, POND’S Cold Cream Cleanser is actually made of 50% moisturizer and it really takes care of my skin, cleaning it deeply of makeup and dirt. So while infusing my skin with moisture and cleaning it in one easy step, it never feels stripped dry! Not to mention, a few generations of us women in my family have used this POND’s Cold Cream Cleanser for years, so I have very fond memories of it in our bathroom growing up.


Photo by Joe Kohen, @joekohenpixWalking-home-from-CVS-with-Ponds

Photo by Joe Kohen, @joekohenpix

Removal of your Halloween makeup has never been easier. Simply scoop about 1 tablespoon into one hand, rub hands together and then rub it all around your face and watch the makeup come right off! Then, use a wet washcloth to remove the cleanser and makeup. Done!


Since we now are in the habit of bringing our own bags with us when we shop, consider the CVS Reusable Bag next time you go shopping. It’s durable, collapsible and made of cotton. It’s always in my trunk ready for me to shop, which can be dangerous in-and-of itself! Now this is #BootifulSkinCare.

And now, buy ONE (1) POND’S Product, Get ONE (1) 50% off with card 10/22/17-10/28/17 at CVS. Visit @

Sunday, October 01, 2017

It Cosmetics Gets Into the Micellar Game

It seems micellar water is my thing these days. I mean, what’s not to like? And I use them almost every day in the form of a water, a wipe or on a pre-moistened pad. The latest on the scene is  IT COSMETICS Miracle Water ($38 @ and when they sent it to me to try, the first thing I thought was, “great, another micellar water. Haven’t we seen them all by now?” Well apparently not. This one contains a little sumthin’ extra.

The addition is called their Secret Sauce Fermented Complex (sounds like a cooking ingredient!). It’s a combo of 7 penetration-enhancing fermented ingredients, which help anything you apply afterwards on the skin really absorb deeply.


So apply that super pricey serum or layer on that moisturizer and primer but just make sure you swipe on this first to really help it absorb into the skin nicely.

And this one doesn’t shy away from nourishing skin ingredients like anti-aging peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, chamomile and green tea, as well as their Drops of Light Technology Concentrate and diamond powder. So if you just give your skin a swipe of this and go, those last two ingredients will give your skin a little boost.

And the bottle is a huge 8.5oz!

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

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Pixi Beauty Wants You To Take It To-Go

If there’s one thing I go through regularly, it’s toners. If I’m going makeup-free for the day, I swipe one all over 2 or 3 times a day. There are only a few I use regularly and one of them is the Glow Tonic from PIXI BEAUTY. This stuff is just sooooo great for giving my skin a quick clean without stripping it.


What I like about this toner is that is contains 5% Glycolic acid, aloe vera and ginseng, to exfoliate, soothe and hydrate the skin instantly. In a world full of toner that contain alcohol, you can rest easy knowing this one is alcohol-free!


And it now comes in a pad form called Glow Tonic To-Go ($18 @, so I keep a container on my work desk and in the car!

And be sure to enter their #GlowTonicChallenge  on Instagram to win a year supply of this Glow Tonic. They pick one winner each week! Good luck.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

This Facial Oil Could Change Your Life

How often have you seen a skin care line that’s been created by a jewelry brand? This next one comes to us from the lovely Stella & Dot line. Can you believe it? The brand is called EVER and my first experience from the brand is their Overnight Facial Cellular Renewal Oil ($88/10z @ and all I can say is wow! Allure magazine glowed about this line a few years back and I’m just catching up with it!


So back to this oil. Like all the 12 products in the line, this one is formulated with their own LSR10 anti-aging complex and I’ve just fallen in love with it. I can’t think of the last time I was really wow’d by a skin care product. Makeup? That’s a given but I rarely fall head over heels in love with a product for the skin.

This Overnight Facial contains Retinol in a botanical oil to firm and even out the skin’s tone and I can’t get over the thickness of the actual oil and the nice scent it has. And I must say, I’ve never seen a Retinol that came combined with a facial oil. It makes it a lot less irritating for sure. New trend?


They recommend using this 3 times a week and the bottle should last you at least 6 weeks.  

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided by Octoly 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.

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