Saturday, August 17, 2019

The Beauty Spotlight Team Week in Review

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog revisits the magnificence of Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil because it is so good that it warrants repurchase. The antioxidant-rich oil is formulated to combat dull skin, to fade hyperpigmentation, and to heal scars, sun damage, flaky skin and blemishes. In a word, it’s incredible– plus it is affordable!

Stacie from The Makeup Obsessed Mom has an amazing giveaway from the Fashion Flash Group happening now over on her blog. Giveaway prizes include a self improvement type book, a mind and body workout dvd and a $50 Amazon gift card. What are you waiting for? Go enter now.

Are you trying to eliminate chemicals in your home? Prime Beauty is with the help of the Grove Collaborative that features natural and cruelty-free household products!

Summer may be winding down, but there are still plenty of chances to make the most of what's left. I Know all the Words is chatting Summer Survival Supplies with a few key products to wrap up the summer beautifully.

This summer, Jen from Laugh, Love, Contour had the opportunity to attend Cosmoprof North America, and she shared her top skin care picks ranging from affordable to luxury prices.

It's all about organization on Beauty Info Zone. Check out the Bollie Acrylic Organizer to see how it helps organizing and just plain finding things.

Pammy Blogs Beauty has found a unique and totally organized way to travel with your cosmetics. Introducing Beauty and the Box!

White eyeliner is having another moment. Who doesn't want bright, dramatic eyes? Never Say Die Beauty has been using Kat Von D's uber creamy, waterproof Cake Pencil Liner to draw her long-lasting lines even on the waterline!

Are you curious about seasonal beauty, lifestyle, fashion and fitness subscription boxes? Erika of Notes from My Dressing Table got the chance to try Fab Fit Fun for fall, a box that has it all in one and she's a fan. Come check it out, see if it would be right for you, too.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Beautylish Say Goodbye to Summer Sale Up to 40% Off | Friday, August 16

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Beautylish is having their first ever worldwide “Say Goodbye to Summer” event today Friday, August 16 at 10am PST / 1pm EST. and it ends Monday, August 19 at 10:00am PST.

If you don't receive their email alerts about their sales, then visit their Coupons, Promo Codes & Sales page.
According to Beautylish,

The event will feature hundreds of special deals on select beauty brands that you love with saving up to 40%. 

These specials are exclusive on Beautylish so make sure to grab them before they are gone. Our event ends Monday August 19 10am PST.

We also have Jeffree Star Cosmetics’s Back to School 48hr Special with 25% off velour liquid lipsticks, tracksuits and makeup bags. Jeffree’s Back to School ends Sunday, August 18 10am PT.

We will email you the minute the event starts so make sure you check your promo tab if you don't see the emails from us. 

We’ll also offer FREE SHIPPING with all orders of $35 or more in the US, UK, Canada and Australia (international varies by destinations). You can also split orders of $50 or more into multiple interest-free payments using Flexible Payments at checkout (available in select countries).

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Sephora Summer Bonus Event: VIB Rouge 20% Off and VIB 15% Off

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Sephora is having their Beauty Insider Summer Bonus Event for Sephora VIB Beauty Insiders members! VIB Rouge Members receive 20% Off and VIB Members receive 15% Off of their Sephora purchases!
  • Rouge get 20% off purchases in store and online. Use Code: SUMMERSAVE from August 19-27.
  • VIB get 15% off purchase in store and online. Use Code: SUMMERSAVE from August 20-27.
A few of my favorite brands to purchase from this event areAntonymArtis BrushesBEAUTYBIOBite BeautyBriogeoCharlotte TilburyFOREOHerbivoreHourglassILIAIT CosmeticsJosie MaranKate SomervilleKoh Gen DoKORRESKosasLAVANILAMarc Jacobs BeautyMarvisNuFACEOmoroviczaOUAIOuidadPlayaRahuaREN Clean SkincareRMS BeautyRODIN Olio Lussosurratt beautyTata HarperTATCHAUrban Decay and Viseart

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

When Travelmate Sheet Masks to Soothe and Hydrate Skin

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I absolutely love using sheet masks because they are fun, effective and so easy to use. I have a collection of them that range from the very affordable to the very expensive, but what I seek above all is efficacy, and that can be found at a wide range of price points. WHEN Travelmate Sheet Masks are more affordable than the really expensive sheet masks, but more expensive than the drugstore varieties on the market, but they are definitely effective and worth trying.

According to When,
WHEN uses the best-proven, all-natural bio-cellulose sheet material and high quality serum formulated with gentle and effective ingredients, and we have chosen you to try our premium masks on. 

When makes 5 different sheet masks:
Travelmate: Great for globe-trotting girls to refresh skin with chamomile flower water
10:00 PM: Helps in restoring tired, worn out skin using watermelon extract
Snow Magic: Brightens skin when it's lacking glow using aloe vera
Glamour Base: Preps skin perfectly for makeup and any night out
The Last Choice: The ultimate moisturizer for thirsty skin, and perfect for spring transition

When Masks:
Contain NO parabens, NO sulfates, NO triclosan.
Total phenoxyethanol content: less than 0.05%
Compliant with Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council

How to use WHEN Sheet Masks:
When Travelmate is a mask that was conceived to refresh your skin while you are traveling. It refreshes and deeply hydrates skin in order to protect it against hours of exposure to the elements, long trips by plane, and any other traveling circumstances that tend to disrupt the equilibrium of your skin. It does not contain a sunscreen, and should not be used instead of a sunscreen, but it does give the skin a tremendous dose of hydration that plumps and nourishes. I was traveling when I tested this mask, but it was only a relatively short distance by car, but I did notice that it left my skin ultra-hydrated, luminous and dewy all day long.

This mask is described as a "soft, jelly-like" sheet mask that is generously filled with serum, and there is a lot of serum that is left in the bottom of the pouch that I like to use on my neck, décolleté and hands for maximum effect. 

According to WHEN,

When you are on the road, take along When Travelmate to help refresh your skin from hours in the sun, wind and dry air. When Travelmate will go the distance with you. Don’t leave home without it!

The soft, jelly like mask sheet is made from coconut juice and is infused with light, conforting serum. When Travelmate contains chamomile and Swiss Alpine herb extracts to gently hydrate and soothe skin. All When masks contain hyaluronic acid and ginseng extracts to help keep skin healthy.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Butylene glycol, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl carbonate, Chamomilla recutita flower water, Polyacrylate 13, Saccharide isomerate, Citrus grandis seed extract, Bambusa textilis stem extract, Pinus palustris leaf extract, Caprylyl glycol, Polyisobutene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol, 1,2 Hexanediol, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan isostearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium hyaluronate, Arnica montana flower extract, Artemisia absinthium extract, Achillea millefolium extract, Gentiana lutea root extract, Citric acid, Sodium citrate, Disodium EDTA, Colloidal platinum, Panax ginseng extract, Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene, Linalool. 

Recommended usage: 2-3 times a week but can be used as often as desired as a regular part of your skin care regime. 
Overall Assessment: If you love using sheet masks, then When Travelmate masks are worth trying, and you certainly don't have to be traveling to benefit from their use. If your skin is dehydrated, then this mask is a wonderful antidote!

$7.00 each, $26.00 for a set of 4 and $84.00 for a set of 12. Serum net weight: 23 g (0.8 fl oz) per mask. Available from  When and When's Amazon Store, (Affiliate Links)
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Mirai Clinical CBD Bath Bomb in Lavender

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CBD, which is definitely having its moment right now, can be used to soothe sore muscles– which is precisely why I recently reached for Mirai Clinical's CBD Bath Bomb. This delectably aromatic lavender scented bath bomb was precisely what I needed after a long weekend of pruning and weeding our backyard. It had become quite overgrown, so we really gave it an overhaul, and by the end of the weekend we were both tired, sore and immensely gratified!

This bath bomb contains Cannabidiol that has been extracted from the Hemp plant, which is known to reduce inflammation, pain and stress, and it will not get you in the least bit high. I popped it into my bathtub and soaked for about 20 minutes and it was not only very relaxing, but it also relieved my aching muscles and left my skin very soft and hydrated. I was so relaxed, in fact, that I went to bed and fell asleep quickly and woke up revitalized and well-rested the next morning. Now clearly the bath bomb isn't solely responsible for my good night of sleep– because I was physically exhausted after working so hard all weekend– but it certainly helped relax me, and it definitely relieved my sore and overworked muscles.

According to Mirai Clinical,

Because the Bombs are handmade, there may be some irregularities in texture and coloring, without affecting product efficacy.

Available in 3 aromatherapy scents: Eucalyptus, Lavender, & Lemongrass

Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Citric Acid, Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cannabidiol, Saccharomyces/Persimmon Fruit Juice Ferment Extract, Lavender Essential Oil, Aqua, Polysorbate 80, Violet 2. Free of sulfates or preservatives. Of course, cruelty free.
Overall Assessment: If you have sore muscles, pain or stress from which you seek relief– this bath bomb definitely will help– it did for me.

$9.00 for 5 oz. from Mirai Clinical (Unaffiliated Links).
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Monday, August 12, 2019

Revisiting Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil's Magnificence

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I have been using Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil for over a year, and after purchasing my second bottle I realized that I really needed to extol its virtues again. Typically once I finish up face oils it is only the most special that are actually considered for re-purchase (because I have so many face oils to use up before they turn), and this one is unquestionably among the few to be purchased again and again. There is no question that this face oil has a cult following, and between its efficacy and relative affordability it is easy to see why.

This amber colored nourishing oil, which is suitable for all types of skin, is ultra-rich in Omegas that help regenerate skin without irritating even the most sensitive skin types. It is formulated to combat dullness, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, blemishes, flaky skin, scars, sun damage and dryness.

It is a lightweight, and fast absorbing oil, that neither leaves behind an oily residue, nor an amber stain on the skin. It has a warm and earthy natural aroma that fades soon upon absorption. I simply apply it to warm, and slightly damp, freshly cleansed skin, and immediately note that my skin feels soft, smooth, supple, deeply moisturized and luminous. Its antioxidant-rich anti-inflammatory ingredients calm and soothe irritated skin, and it effectively reduces inflammation when skin is irritated from breakouts or post-peel redness. It softens the appearance of fine lines and scars over time, and unlike many of my most coveted luxury face oils, this one comes with a surprisingly approachable price tag, and I cannot sufficiently underscore the extend to which I am happy with this magical amber elixir.

I should note that I inadvertently subjected my décolleté to a bit more sun exposure than I had anticipated the other day, while doing strenuous yard work, and despite the fact that I was wearing and reapplying sunscreen my skin was still over-exposed and left dry and a bit irritated (not sunburned). I used this oil exclusively on my neck and décolleté following my exposure and it really nourished, soothed and rehydrated it.
According to Pai,

Our bestselling skin hero is the ultimate multi-tasker. With regular use, it deeply conditions skin, improving firmness and elasticity and promoting a clear, even skin tone.

Its high concentrations of essential nutrients feed the skin, fuelling its essential overnight regeneration processes without irritation.

Among other things, Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil can be used to improve: dry patches, flaky patches, blemishes, dull skin tone, fine lines, scars, and sun damage.

It can even be used to help improve the appearance of scarring or mixed into your Body Cream as a soothing after-sun. You'll wonder what you did without it!

We wanted to create an Oil that was more effective, fresher and longer-lasting, so we use volcanically sourced CO2 supercritical extraction to derive a unique blend of Rosehip fruit and seed oil.

It's more expensive than cold-pressing but it’s the gentlest way to extract these incredible oils and it allows us to preserve the complete properties of the plant without oxidation or contamination.

The result is a beautiful deep orange Oil, packed with twice the regenerative sterols and five times more carotenoids than your average cold-pressed rosehip seed oil.

Completely free from GM ingredients and grown without pesticides or synthetic chemicals, our Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil is certified organic by the Soil Association.
Full Ingredients (INCI):
Rosa Canina Seed Extract*- Rosehip Seed Extract
Rosa Canina Fruit Extract*- Rosehip Fruit Extract
Tocopherol - Natural Vitamin E
Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract*- Rosemary Extract
Certified Organic by the Soil Association (*Organically produced 99% of product).

Pai asserts, "Our commitment to product purity means we never use artificial fragrances, alcohol (denat.), parabens (including japanese honeysuckle), phenoxyethanol, propylene glycol, formaldehyde (including sodium hydroxymethylglycinate), sodium lauryl sulfate or other skin irritants. Suitable for Vegans. Not tested on animals. Nut-Free Formula."
Overall Assessment: I absolutely LOVE this oil, and will definitely purchase yet another bottle once I finish the one that I recently opened. This amber elixir earns an A+!

$44.00 for 1 oz. from Neiman MarcusCredo BeautySkin StoreShen BeautyBeauty ExpertViolet GreyFollainThe Detox MarketFree PeoplePai's Amazon StoreCult Beautylookfantastic and Goop (Affiliated Links).

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

NEW TATCHA Peony Blossom Silk Lipstick | Limited Edition

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The NEW Limited Edition TATCHA Peony Blossom Silk Lipstick ($55.00 from TATCHA) is available, and it is a definite show-stopper!

According to TATCHA,

This romantic flush of color honors the Japanese Peony Blossom, a sumptuous bloom referred to as the “King of Flowers” for its luxurious beauty.

More than just a lipstick, our custom-made case and formula are an homage to Kyoto’s craftsmanship. Pure, time-tested ingredients have been proven by science and remastered for you by the Tatcha Institute in Japan:

Silk Extract — A treasured ingredient for centuries, silk extract forms a multi-functional protective layer that increases lips’ moisture retention.

Hadasei-3 — Tatcha’s trinity of anti-aging superfoods — green tea, rice, and algae — leaves lips smooth and supple.

The moisturizing formula is buildable and allows for a sheer wash of color with one swipe or can be layered for a full-coverage look.
Ingredients: Diisostearyl Malate, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Polybutene, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Synthetic Wax, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Dimer Dilinoleate, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Saccharomyces/Camellia Sinensis Leaf/Cladosiphon Okamuranus/Rice Ferment Filtrate*, Sericin, Gold, Aqua/Water/Eau, Tocopherol, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Propanediol, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mica, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aluminum Hydroxide, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol [+/- : Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Red 7 (Ci 15850), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492) *Hadasei-3.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Summer Weekend Reading Picks from The Beauty Spotlight Team

Monochromatic eyeshadow palettes have been having their moment, with yellow being the shade du jour. I Know all the Words delves into summery yellow hues with the Midas Cosmetics Lemonade Palette and shares to citrusy eye looks.

Interested in K-Beauty but don't know where to start? Pammy Blogs Beauty explores the latest and greatest in K-Beauty with the JoahBox K-Beauty Subscription Box!

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has a serious obsession with Senteurs D’Orient Hammam Soap in Oriental Gardenia. It is such a gorgeous and fragrant soap-on-a-rope that you might be reluctant to use it, but this creamy and moisturizing soap should be used and enjoyed because it is truly that special.

Prime Beauty finds the Vitabrid Dual Mask plumps, hydrates and adds collagen to over 40 skin and feels fabulous on the skin!

Summer still has a way to go, so it's not too late to check out Never Say Die Beauty's review of the fabulous water resistant Swimmables makeup collection from Cargo. It's a cinch to apply, highly pigmented and lasts and lasts!

Are you looking for new tools to help with your beauty routine? Jen from Laugh, Love, Contour attending Cosmoprof North America last month, and this week she shared her top picks in beauty tools she encountered at the show. Are any of them your current favorites?

Lisa from Beauty Info Zone has found five favorites that are helping her with the dog days of summer.

Is a skin care fridge bougie or is it beneficial? Erika, from Notes from My Dressing Table thinks that it is a little of both and she's ready to convince you why you need a skin care fridge of your very own. Come on over and be convinced. You know that you want to.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Hanhoo Argan Oil Makeup Removing Wipes with Vitamin C

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Makeup wipes are a staple in my travel bag, and I use them when I am swatching at home, but I also find that I reach for them on the nights when I get home late from work and am simply too tired to wash my face. Therefore, I was quite happy when I began using the Hanhoo Argan Oil Makeup Removing Wipes with Vitamin C. Hanloo is a K Beauty brand that you can find at Walmart, and it is very affordable!

While I have used a lot of different makeup removing wipes, I have to say that the Hanhoo Argan Oil Makeup Removing Wipes with Vitamin C are far more luxe in feel. The wipes are made from a very plush and ultra soft material that feels more like a fabric than a disposable material, and it feels oh so good against the skin! They are very gentle against the skin especially the delicate area around the eyes, and each wipe is moist enough that there is no need to tug at the skin to remove every trace of makeup.

The antioxidant-rich Argan Oil moisturizes the skin while the Vitamin C has a brightening effect. The wipes effectively remove eye makeup, without stinging my sensitive eyes, and they remove dirt and makeup from the face effectively and efficiently. Skin is left clean, soft and lightly hydrated, and never dry or taut. The wipes have a very light aroma that may be from the Argan Oil, but it isn't in the least bit irritating or overpowering. They also make face masks, as shown in the photo above, but I haven't had the chance to try them yet.
According to Hanloo,

The Argan Oil Makeup Removing Wipes gently and effectively removes stubborn makeup. The soft cloths are formulated with Argan Oil and Vitamin C to clean deep into the pores without clogging while moisturizing and brightening the skin.

Great for:
Removing stubborn makeup
Brightening and hydrating
For all skin types

Directions: Gently wipe away makeup and dirt from the face. Cleanse the skin after wiping away makeup. Dispense the wipes in trash receptacle (Do not flush.)

Key Ingredients:

Argan Oil For generations, Argan Oil has been used as a natural moisturizer. It is rich with Vitamin A and E which will induce cell production while also producing healthy, glowing skin.

Vitamin C: Antioxidant rich, Vitamin C, helps boost collagen production thus filling in fine lines and wrinkles for more youthful looking skin.

Ingredients: Water, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycine Soja (Soybean), Oil, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-400, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil.
Overall Assessment: If you love using makeup wipes, Hanhoo Argan Oil Makeup Removing Wipes with Vitamin C are definitely worth trying.

$4.00- $5.00 for 15 wipes. from Hanhoo and Walmart (Affiliate Links).
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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Nip + Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Plumping Mask | Review

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Whether or not you are the Mother of Dragons– no dragons were hurt in the making of this cruelty-free mask. This hydrating and plumping mask helps the skin retain moisture, thanks to the Hyaluronic Acid, and the Salicylic Acid helps to exfoliate dead skin cells and clear congested pores. 

The mask can either be left on for about 10 minutes and then rinsed off, or for an intensive hydrator it can be left on overnight. It has a thick and non-sticky gel consistency that does dry down a bit, but it does retains a slightly moist texture to the touch. It has a very light aroma, but it does fade after application.

The first time that I used it I left it on for about 10 minutes, and then rinsed it off with warm water. My skin was left soft, supple and hydrated. My fine lines were plumped and my skin looked radiant. However, the next time that I used it I opted to use it as an overnight mask, and the effects were more pronounced– my skin was really soft, smooth and ultra-hydrated. When I want just a little skin pick-me-up, then the 10 minute method is just fine, but when my skin is dehydrated I definitely use it as an overnight mask instead.

According to Nip + Fab,

Instant moisture shot and wrinkle plump effect gel mask. An intensely hydrating gel mask combining multiple skin perfecting complexes to plump the look of wrinkles and refine the skin's appearance for a brighter, more youthful looking complexion.

Key Ingredients:
• Dragon's blood (from the Croton Lechleri tree): forms protective film on skin to protect against environmental aggressors.
• Salicylic Acid: cleanses pores + aids exfoliation.
• Hyaluronic Acid: hydrates + refines skin texture.
• Glycerin: draws water to outer layer of the skin keeping it moisturized + helps restore skin suppleness.
• TEGO cosmo C 250: brightens skin + fades age spots.

• Apply a thick layer to a clean face and neck. 
• Leave for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water. 
• Can be used as an intensive overnight mask; apply to clean skin and rinse in morning.
• Use 1-3 times per week.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water/Eau), Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, 1-Methylhydantoine-2-imide, Benzyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Cyclopentasiloxane, Parfum (Fragrance), Polysilicone-11, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Salicylic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Dehydroacetic Acid, Linalool, Croton Lechleri Resin Extract, Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Lilial), Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Potassium Sorbate, Geraniol, Sorbic Acid.
Overall Assessment: If you are seeking an exceedingly affordable, fuss-free, cruelty-free and effective hydrating mask that also plumps and exfoliates the skin– then Nip + Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Plumping Mask is definitely worthy of your consideration. 

$14.95 for 1.7 oz. currently on sale for $6.00 from Nip + Fab. Currently on Sale for $8.99 for 1.7 oz. from Amazon (Affiliate Links).

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