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Thursday, July 07, 2016

My Daily Face

While I'm not sure if it's one specific product or the combo of them for what's quite keeping my skin clear these days, I'm not even going to question it! I've been using these 5 for the past month+ and my skin is behaving quite nicely. See anything you like? 


1. BETTER SKIN CO. Mirakle Cream ($34/1.7oz @ and – they call this all-in-one face cream a ‘Genius in a Jar’ and was a family recipe that found its way to Seattle, WA from Uzbekistan when one of the creators and her family emigrated here. The natural peptides and hyaluronic acid seemed to have “checked” my skin in that it’s behaving right now with no random blemishes or dryness. I’ll take that!

2. MD SUN Super Hydration B Serum ($85/1oz @ – I’m not sure which I love more, the presentation and bottle of this serum or the deep hydration this seems to impart in my skin. Pro vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid never looked so good!

3. INSTRUMENTAL BEAUTY Sonic Touch Cleansing System ($45 @ – this multi-pulsating gizmo gently shakes up the skin as you move it over your face. It cleans and exfoliates and most importantly, isn’t going to break the bank.

4. MD SUN Intensive Eye Gel ($105/.5oz @ – I don’t know the last time I’ve used a product for the eye area that sunk in my skin so quickly! And this is another all-in-one as it works on dark circles, wrinkles, puffiness and pigmentation.

5. PACIFICA Kale Detox Deep Cleansing Face Wash ($10/5oz @, – I don’t usually have acne-prone skin but for some reason they crop up in the summer. This one uses phytonutrients like kale, seaweed and blue seakale to remove makeup and get skin in check.

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

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Monday, October 06, 2014

What I’m Loving Right … Now!

From L to R clockwise:

Nail Love - CUCCIO Colour Nail Lacquer in Java Va Voom and Cream & Sugar from the Café Cuccio Winter Colour Collection - $8.50 @ - a really great quality nude is seasonless and this Java Va Voom one is the perfect shade of coffee with 2 creams in it and when you need a little extra zhoosh on tips or toes, Cream & Sugar is a darker nude with tiny flecks of multi-colored sparkle.

Cheek Love - BENEFIT Majorette - $28 @ – and blush that gives you that sexy flush is never out(it) of season and this pinky-peach, cream-to-powder one will give you an instant boost. Wear it alone of under other blushes. And I love the slight tangerine scent to it!

Primer Love - NYX 'Honey Dew Me Up' Primer - $17 @ – it’s certainly no secret that I love honey and seek products out that contain it, this one that uses it in a primer surprised me. First it’s in the gel form and it has tiny gold flecks that help with overall radiance. Ok I guess! What really impressed me is the way it felt while applying it and after applying it. Unlike most face primers, this one didn’t instantly disappear into my skin and actually did make it feel a tad dewy until it set. My skin really felt soft, smoothed out and “prepped” for the next step, which is an overall first. Big recommendation.  

Face Love - PACIFICA ‘Perfect Lotus’ Universal Powder - $16 @ – this buildable pressed mineral powder really brightened up my complexion and I was really surprised how universal the Light shade was! It blended in nicely and didn’t sit on top of any lines in my face.

Fragrance Love - CARVEN L’eau de Toilette - $79/1.7, $104/3.3oz only @ – I’ve become quite the eau de parfum snob in that I feel I’m sort of wasting my time by choosing an eau de toilette as that scent is not as concentrated as a parfum version. Well this one may change my mind.
Aside from the lovely fresh, grassy, and totally feminine fragrance this one imparts, if I didn’t know any better, I’d say it’s the more concentrated version as it certainly wears like one! This release is considered the “younger sister” of the Le Parfum that came out in 2013 as they share the same bottle design and some of the same composition like sweet pea, freesia, white hyacinth and white woods, among others, this one is considered the “sweeter,” of the two.

Zit Love - COVER FX Blemish Treatment Concealer - $38/2.5g @ – I’m always so hesitant to put any makeup on a blemish for fear of making it worse but thanks to CFX, they want to take that fear away. The formula contains 10% Salicylic Acid to treat and Babchi Seed Extract to increase cell renewal. Check out the other new products in the blemish treatment collection.

More Nail Love - MILANI Color Statement Nail Lacquer in Mauving Forward $3.99 @ – I’m finding myself not quite ready to jump into the fall just yet but am inching my way towards it with this shade of purply-mauve. 

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

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fall 2011 Product Standouts - Part 1

OMG, it is already September 21st and I’m not even half way through featuring all the new fall beauty products so I’m going to stretch this Fall Beauty Pick feature into October. After all, fall is one of my favorite seasons – the colors, the textures and of course the temperatures! Here are some that are singing my tune right now.

Fall-2011-Product-Picks-first-feature Clockwise left to right:

MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Lash in #6 Plum ($22 @ – this one claims to curl and lo and behold, I think it did! A great complement when wearing their Crayon Kohl Pencil in new shade 10k, a deep eggplant sheen.

NYC COLOR In A New York Color Minute Quick Dry Nail Polish in Scenestealer Grey ($1.99 @ drugstores nationwide) – metallic grey is a hot color for fall and it goes with so many different looks.

NAPOLEON PERDIS NP SET False Eye Lashes in Manchester ($10 @ – if you just want a little emphasis on your eyes, this style will do it subtly. If a strip is too hard for you to maneuver, there’s also Copenhagen, individual lashes.

PACIFICA Island Vanilla Perfume ($22/1oz, $12/roll-on @ – Tahitian vanilla, vanilla absolute, honey-jasmine and a touch of fruit and tea make up this totally wearable made from pure grain alcohol scent.

POP BEAUTY Face Magnet Primer ($26/1.18oz @ – this makeup primer not only keeps your makeup on but it has UV protection, caffeine and anti-aging ingredients. Gotta love double triple duty products.

NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Rue de Rivoli ($25 @ – this metallic forest green will complement any eye color. Very smooth application and it has a sharpener built in the backend.

CLINIQUE Lipgloss/Lipstick Duo in Black Honey ($21 @ – check out what all the hubbub is about with their cult favorite Black Honey shade. It’s their best seller for a reason and now they have it in a combo Lip Gloss and Lipstick.

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

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Spring Scents

I’m a little obsessed with all things spring right now and of course smells or scents fall in that category. Here are a few I’m swooning over!

Pacifica-Lilac-Banana-Republic-Atelier-Cologne PACIFICA French Lilac Spray Perfume ($22/1oz @ – florals can be fierce and this one sure is! Feel the season with a blend of lilac, magnolia leaves, heliotrope, ylang ylang, hyacinth and nectarine. And you can’t beat this price!

BANANA REPUBLIC Wildbloom Eau de Parfum Natural Spray ($48/1.7oz @ Banana Republic stores nationwide) – Classified as a Floral Fruity Chypre scent for the ever-so-confident reader that we know reads, this one combines guava, pear, watery hydrangea, blue orchid on a base of patchouli and sandalwood. A great evening scent and will leave people in your wake wonder just what the sexy scent is.

ATELIER COLOGNE in Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue ($50/1oz and $145/6.7oz @ – are you a citrus girl at heart? Then you might want to give this one a whiff. The concentrated formula has top notes of blood orange and bitter orange, middle notes of jasmine, geranium from South Africa on a base of amber woods, tonka beans and sandalwood.

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

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Pacifica Helps Me Hang Onto Summer

Pacifica-Perfume-Solid-Perfume-in-California-Star-Jasmine Part of me still wants to hold onto summer and the other part wants fall to be here. Are there certain scents that remind of you particular seasons? I’m sure there are! For summer, I gravitate towards lemon, rose and jasmine. One that flew across my desk recently like a hockey puck is PACIFICA’s new California Star Jasmine Solid Perfume ($9/.33oz @ It’s made up of notes of the Star Jasmine flower, orange and a base of driftwood that reminded the creator of being on the beach, and who doesn’t love to be at the beach?


And as the title says, this is a solid fragrance so it’s great to take with you and the base of it is coconut wax and soy wax, so no bad for you ingredients here! This is helping me hang onto summer for just a little bit longer!


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


Monday, December 21, 2009

Give the Give of … a Great Gift Set

This time of year brings out the best when it comes to products. As in, gift sets!! They are always a great value and I’ve seen some really good ones. Since we're in the home stretch, here are three I’ll be giving.

PHYTO Coveted Collection ($60 @ contains 1.7oz sizes of the following: Phytovolume Actif, Phyto 7 Daily Hydrating Botanical Cream, Phytodefrisant Botanical Hair Relaxing Balm, Phytomist Instant Hydrating Conditioner, and Phytolisse Shine Serum.

MOLTON BROWN Atlantic Trail Gift Set ($55 @ – contains 3.3oz sizes of Heavenly Gingerlily Moisture Bath & Shower, Warming Eucalyptus Bath & Shower Therapy, Invigorating Suma Ginseng Bath & Shower, Energising Seamoss Bath & Shower, Inspiring Wild-Indigo Bath & Shower, Ultrasmooth Coco de Mer Lotion.


PACIFICA Hawaiian Ruby Guava Spray Perfume Set ($20 @ is comprised of Spray Perfume (1oz), Soy Candle (3oz) and a wicked cute pack of matches.


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


Friday, October 10, 2008

Spilled Perfume Got You Down? Here's Your Answer

I can't count how many times a fragrance has spilled inside my bag while traveling and now we have some ones that won't be making any messes anywhere anytime soon. PACIFICA came out with a collection of SolidPacificasolidperfumes Perfumes ($8.95/.3oz @ and we are smitten! These ain't no girly scents either. Choose from the combo of juniper, grapefruit and heliotrope that makes up the Avalon Juniper scent to the bitter almond, cinnamon and vanilla that is the Mexican Cocoa or my favorite of the week, a mix of rosy geranium, sandalwood and bergamot and elemi that they call Spanish Amber. Each scent really stands on its own and seems to last quite a while on the skin. Part of the reason is the base is a combination of organic and vegan soy and coconut based waxes. Now that's staying power.
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