Sunday, August 20, 2017

Osmotics Eye Surgery Under Eye Rejuvenator | Review

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Osmotics Eye Surgery Under Eye Rejuvenator is a mid-weight and fast absorbing eye cream that features Tetra-Peptide technology to reduce under eye puffiness, to reduce the appearance of dark circles and to firm and smooth the appearance of crepey skin on the upper and lower eyelids. While I do not have crepey skin above or below my eyes, and therefore cannot speak to its efficacy in that regard, I am prone to dark circles, and periodically wake up with some under eye puffiness when I work too much and sleep too little, and I definitely note a radical reduction in both the puffiness and dark circles when I use this eye cream. Furthermore, it nourishes and hydrates the skin, firms and softens the appearance of fine lines, and leaves skin soft, smooth and supple. It is very concentrated, therefore only a tiny amount is needed for both eyes.

I should note that I tend to get milia from very rich eye creams, but haven't ever experienced milia while using Osmotics Eye Surgery Under Eye Rejuvenator. This is a first rate eye cream, and while I have more eye creams than I could probably count, I will purchase a replacement bottle when I finish this one.
According to Osmotics,

Powerful peptide technologies reduce the appearance of stubborn dark circles and puffy eye bags while firming/smoothing crepey lids.

The delicate skin around the eyes is the thinnest and most fragile skin on your face and is the first to reveal signs of fatigue, aging and water retention. Heredity also plays a role in chronic under eye darkness, puffiness and discoloration. Under Eye Rejuvenator (Eye Surgery) features not one but three of the most advanced science based Tetra-peptide technologies to visibly reduce dark circles and under eye puffiness, while also firming and smoothing the appearance of crepey skin on lower and upper lids. With consistent use you will see brighter, younger looking, more beautiful eyes.
Directions: Using your ring finger, gently pat around your cleansed eye area on both the upper and lower eyelids. For best results use morning and night. Add a pea-sized drop to your concealer to prevent creasing in fine lines.

Ingredients: Water, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Titanium Dioxide, Stearic Acid, Glycerine, Steareth-20, Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ergothioneine, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerol Stearate, Carbomer, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Tromethamine, Sodium EDTA. Made in the USA.
Overall Assessment: This is a very impressive eye cream, and if you have puffy eyes or dark circles, I can attest to the fact that it works very well. I should note that I reach for this eye cream even when I don't have dark circles or under eye puffiness because it does a fantastic job hydrating the delicate skin around my eyes, softening the appearance of fine lines, and it also leaves skin soft, smooth and supple. A+

$68.00 for 0.5 oz. from OsmoticsNordstrom, AmazonSkin Store, Dermstore, Skin Care RXSoft Surroundings and Dillards (Affiliate Links).

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Sunday Sun Day Series: Image Skincare Prevention+ Pure Mineral Sunscreen Spray | Review

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Image Skincare Prevention+ Pure Mineral Sunscreen Spray is an ultra lightweight broad spectrum UVA/UVB mineral sunscreen, for the face and body, that absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy film or a white residue. While it sprays white, it quickly turns clear.

This paraben-free formula is enriched with plant-derived stem cells, and is infused with nourishing ingredients such as jojoba oil, coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, sweet almond oil, agave leaf extract and watermelon fruit extract, to name a few. It has a mildly fruity summer aroma when you first spray it, but it quickly dissipates altogether.

According to Image Skincare,

Next generation, ultra sheer light weight spray absorbs quickly and provides broad spectrum SPF 30 protection. Great for outdoor activities

This anti-pollution, anti-aging pure mineral sunscreen spray offers superior UVA/UVB and Infrared protection. Infused with antioxidants and plant stem cells, this continuous spray nourishes and hydrates skin with organic ingredients like agave leaf extract, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil. Ultra-lightweight texture glides on skin for a non-greasy, weightless finish. Formulated for advanced protection against the aging effects of the sun. Paraben and chemical-free sun protectionAll skin types, long term sun exposure, sport activities, post treatment skin.

Suggested directions: For face and body. Shake well before use. Spray liberally before sun exposure for ultimate protection. Do not spray directly into face, spray on hands then apply to face and blend in. Re-apply every two hours when exposed to sun or as needed.
Overall Assessment: If you are seeking a mineral sunscreen for the remainder of the summer, then this is a great choice. As with all sunscreens, in order to remain effective– one must reapply them about every 80 minutes.

$39.00 for 6 oz. from IMAGE Skincare and Amazon (Affiliate Links).

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekend in Review

Want a quick and casual look for summer? Prime Beauty loves the awesome 3-pc. Carefree Color Kit from Mally Beauty! It's, speedy, easy and bullet proof for summer!

Pammy Blogs Beauty tries the monochrome makeup trend with some great products from Honest Beauty!

Lola loves Lancôme, and the beautifully curated Lancôme Bonus Box, made in collaboration with Rakuten Affiliate Network, has been gleefully reviewed by Lola's Secret Beauty Blog. Everything in the box is truly amazing, and worthy of your consideration!

Allison from Never Say Die Beauty put Exuviance Targeted Wrinkle Cream to the test for 3 months on her mature skin. Find out if it worked for her and if it's right for you.

The NARS Velvet Matte Foundation Stick has landed at Sephora! Brooke from Blushing Noir puts it to the test against her super oily skin!

Have you ever gone on an intentional checkout? A little getaway all by yourself? Find all about Christa from Realizing Beauty's 2 night spa retreat and enter her Day Spa for Two Giveaway!

At Beauty Info Zone we love testing out products with unusual names and functions. Lisa found the Dirty Bird Energy soaps to be ones that help her Energy, make her Relax, and enhance Recovery.

15 Minute Beauty has been obsessing over almost, but not quite white nail polish. She's sharing her favorite not quite white nail polishes!

Soak up the sun with Shipra of Taneja's Bride and the ColourPop Summer Solstice quad!

Friday, August 18, 2017

MAC Cosmetics on Sale at Hautelook | Begins Today at 8:00 AM

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Hautelook is having a three day flash sale on MAC Cosmetics beginning on Friday, August 18 at 8:00 AM PST (Sale ends Monday, August 21)! Free shipping on all MAC Cosmetics orders of $50.00 or more. Use Code: MACFREESHIP

There are so many amazing sales at Hautelook right now that you should take a look! This is a great way to save on clothes for the fall, back-to-school must-haves and everything imaginable for the home! Check out all Hautelook Sales Events HERE.

Thursday, August 17, 2017


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TATCHA  SUNRISE: A PLUM BLOSSOM 23-Karat Gold Illuminated Lipstick is available again from TATCHA! Limit 3 per household. Below you can read my reposted review to help you decide if you want to get it now that it is available again. #reposted #review
According to TATCHA,

This lipstick brings a youthful, cool plum pink blush to lips with a fine hint of 23-karat gold for a creamy, lustrous finish to flatter any complexion, day or night.

A Plum Blossom Lipstick is our homage to Kyoto craftsmanship. The formula features extracts from Plum Fruit and Silk to richly hydrate the lips. The packaging is a labor of love, born from the traditions that inspire us and rooted in heritage and artistry.
TATCHA SUNRISE: A PLUM BLOSSOM 23-Karat Gold Illuminated Lipstick is, as I previously stated, so unbelievably gorgeous that I actually gasped as I opened the box in which it was housed. It boasts a level of luxury that was, until now, unseen. The lipstick bullet, itself, is weighty and ultra-luxe with an attention to detail that exceeds all expectations. The lipstick is a gorgeous cool plummy pink that is accentuated by its beautifully faceted shape. This precious gem, that is infused with 23-karat gold, is more like a fine piece of jewelry than a mere tube of lipstick. If ever there was a lipstick to covet, it is this one. 

It glides across the lips with ease, deposits color evenly, and it neither bleeds, nor does it settle into lip lines. Furthermore, it has the perfect amount of cushion, is unbelievably comfortable on the lips, and is moisturizing. It leaves lips soft, supple, hydrated and positively gorgeous. Additionally, the color is the most perfect cool plummy pink, and the 23-karat gold infusion imparts the most delicate ethereal glow. The color is neither too sheer, nor too opaque, and it can definitely be intensified with an additional pass or two. While there is some sheen, it clings to the lips and delivers impressive longevity. I get at least 4 hours of wear-time before needing to reapply, but that is provided that I don't continually rub my lips together to feel and experience its marvelous texture. It is worthy to note that there is no detectable taste or scent that may pose a problem for those among you who prefer fragrance-free lipsticks.

A single look at the list of ingredients makes it abundantly clear that this lipstick is filled with nourishing good-for-you skincare ingredients that you will definitely appreciate having in a lipstick. If there is one lipstick to buy this year, it is this beauty. The only thing that I would change about it is its Limited Edition status.
The attention to detail in every aspect of the packaging is utterly impeccable. The lipstick tube, itself, is a true work of art.

The bullet is ultra-luxe and weighty.

It closes with a very satisfying click that enhances the experience of its use.

The gorgeous faceted lipstick is almost too beautiful to use, but trust me when i tell you that you will be so overwhelmed by its beauty on your lips that you will quickly get over any guilt associated with actually using this special treasure.
If you are planning on shopping the Barneys New York LOVE Yourself Event next week, I would highly recommend picking up TATCHA SUNRISE: A PLUM BLOSSOM 23-Karat Gold Illuminated Lipstick. You will not regret it!
TATCHA SUNRISE: A PLUM BLOSSOM 23-Karat Gold Illuminated Lipstick is Limited Edition, and can be purchased from TATCHA.
For all skin tones. Non-irritating. Non-sensitizing. Dermatologist tested.
Formulated without: Mineral Oil, Synthetic Fragrances, Sulfate Detergents, Parabens, Pthalates, Urea, DEA or TEA.
Ingredients: Diisostearyl Malate, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Polybutene, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Synthetic Wax, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/hexastearate/ Hexarosinate, Ethylene/propylene Copolymer, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Dimer Dilinoleate, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Sericin (Silk Extract), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Gold, Algae Extract, Glycerin, Water, Tocopherol, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol [+/- (May Contain): Titanium Dioxide, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Aluminum Hydroxide, Red 7 Lake (ci 15850), Iron Oxides (ci 77499)].
Overall Assessment: If you limit your luxury makeup purchases to one perfect lipstick this year, then it should definitely be this beauty. It is pure unmitigated luxury, and I am seriously considering buying a backup.

$55.00 for 3 grams from TATCHA (Affiliate Links).
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Malin+Goetz Vitamin B5 Body Lotion

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If you are seeking a lightweight and fast absorbing luxury body lotion, that is ultra-hydrating and nourishing, then you must consider trying the new Malin+Goetz Vitamin B5 Body Lotion. It is the perfect alternative to their heavier Body Moisturizer, and it leaves skin soft, smooth and intensely hydrated, and it does so without leaving behind a greasy residue. Filled with botanical fatty acids, this antioxidant-rich lotion is formulated for all types of skin– including dry and sensitive skin. It has a light, fresh botanical aroma that is very pleasant, but it does fade soon upon absorption.

According to Malin+Goetz,

Smooth on our vitamin b5 body lotion and instantly feel hydrated. Light in weight, yet heavy in performance, provitamin b5 and essential fatty acids deliver deep, long lasting moisture and nourishment. The quick-absorbing formula leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated.
Select Ingredients:
• Fatty Acids deliver lightweight yet intense hydration.
• Provitamin B5 nourishes and hydrates.
• Grapeseed Oil restores moisture

Ingredients: Water /Aqua/Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Unsaponifiables, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Castoryl Maleate, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium Edta, Citric Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bisabolol, Sodium Pca, Sodium Lactate, Farnesol, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Pca, Glycine, Alanine, Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Serine, Valine, Proline, Threonine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Geraniol.
Overall Assessment: I am a huge fan of Malin+Goetz, and expected to really like this lotion, but I actually love it. I have been using it nearly every single day, and will need to buy a replacement bottle sooner, rather than later.

$34.00 for 8.5 oz. from Malin+GoetzNordstrom, Space NK, Bloomingdale's, Barneys New York and Spring (Affiliate Links).
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Emile Cordon Cashmere-On Lip Pots In N°1 Lisa and N°72 Coco

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That I have a penchant for luxe lip balms and treatments has become rather evident over the years, but it is not often that one comes along that truly distinguishes itself from the vast sea of balms out there, and that is precisely what happened when Emile Cordon Cashmere-On Lip Pots launched. These ultra-luxe balms are housed in elegant glass jars with beautiful golden lids, and are equipped with plastic spatulas to keep the contents sanitary. The balms themselves are delectably aromatic creations, available in 5 distinct fragrance blends, that nourish the lips– leaving them soft, smooth supple and hydrated.
About Emile Cordon Cashmere-On Lip Pots,

Discover our most beloved Emile Cordon Lip Pots collection, featuring sublime creative interpretations of cosmopolitan appeal and unique fragrance blends…

Among the many amazing things about Emile Cordon lip treatment are not just the design of the packaging, the beautiful colors, but also the functionality and the experience between your moment at your vanity to the application of the lip treatment to your lips. We intent to create a magical experience which is not just about applying lip care but also a calming and exhilarating sensation....

- Heals & Soften Chapped Lips
- Lip Plumping Affect
- Reduce Lip Lines
- Improve Circulation in the Skin
- Anti-Aging
- Protect Lips from Sun Drying Affect

- Apply as a Lip Treatment
- Nourish Cuticles
- Protect Skin
- Soothe after Sun
- Apply Daily, Alone or Under Makeup
Emile Cordon Cashmere-On Lip Pots in N°1 Lisa ($42.00 for 0.58 oz. from Emile Cordon): This ultra-rich lip treatment is beautifully fragranced with notes of Rosé Champagne, Fresh Tea Rose and Strawberry Leaves, and this combination is neither too sweet, nor is it in the least bit cloying. Instead, the aroma is refined, elegant and soothing.

This emollient balm deeply nourishes, softens and hydrates the lips, and it has a mild plumping effect without any discomfort. Furthermore, it heals chapped lips, softens the appearance of lip lines and it boasts a gorgeous shine. Additionally, this lovely balm can be used to nourish cuticles and hydrate rough, dry skin.

According to Emile Cordon,

This sensual N0.1 Lisa lip pot is blended with delicate Rose Champagne. An enchanting potionFormulated with natural emollients, Evening Primrose Extract and Vitamin E, it provides a long-lasting hydration that beautifully plumps and promotes younger lips. Lips are soften and plumped. A luxurious staple in your vanity.
Emile Cordon Cashmere-On Lip Pots in N°72 Coco ($42.00 for 0.58 oz. from Emile Cordon): This ultra-rich lip treatment is deliciously fragranced with notes of White Coconut Cake, Vanilla Accord and Powdered Sugar, and it smells good enough to eat! This aromatic blend is neither too sweet, nor is it in the least bit cloying, but instead it is pleasant and utterly delectable.

This emollient balm deeply nourishes, softens and hydrates the lips, and it has a mild plumping effect without any discomfort. Furthermore, it heals chapped lips, softens the appearance of lip lines and it boasts a gorgeous shine. Additionally, this lovely balm can be used to nourish cuticles and hydrate rough, dry skin.

According to Emile Cordon,

Emile Cordon has adapted this luxurious white coconut cake, traditionally reserved for holidays, weddings and other celebrations, into a beloved lip pot infused with rich coconut and vanilla accords- the ideal complement to a special occasionFormulated with natural emollients, Evening Primrose Extract and Vitamin E, it provides a long-lasting hydration that beautifully plumps and promotes younger lips. Lips are soften and plumped. A luxurious staple in your vanity.
FORMULATED WITHOUT:Petrolatum, Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, GMOs, Triclosan. Made in the U.S.A.
Overall Assessment: I'm obsessed with Emile Cordon Cashmere-On Lip Pots In N°1 Lisa and N°72 Coco, and need to try more of their fragrant blends. If you are looking for a new ultra-luxe balm, then look no further! These gems earn an unmitigated A+!

$42.00 each for 0.58 .oz/ 16.5g from Emile Cordon (Unaffiliated Links).
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ms. Pompadour Hair Care for Luscious Locks

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Ms. Pompadour, is a new, premium hair care line that is formulated for all hair types, and their products are ultra-luxe, a pleasure to use, and they deliver real results. Their products are safe for color treated hair, and are gentle enough for dry, curly hair. Hair is left soft, smooth, frizz-free and manageable.

About Ms. Pompadour,

Designed and formulated by the guys behind Mister Pompadour, engineers and product designers, Zack Henry and Matt Davis, set out to create a sister brand to their men’s hair care line after receiving consistent feedback from women using Mister Pompadour, wanting a female version, they decided it was time to bring that same passion and energy to improving women’s hair as well.

The engineers set out methodically to formulate a premium hair care line for women – reaching out to friends, family and hairstylists, among others, to gain insightful feedback, ultimately realizing that there was a need for quality hair care products with balanced natural ingredients that work – was hard to come by. So, Zack and Matt’s journey continued and Ms. Pompadour was created.

Ms. Pompadour products are packed with beneficial botanicals like olive fruit extract, aloe leaf juice and rice protein and are free of any sulfates, parabens or sodium chloride, creating weightless formulas, keeping hair soft, frizz-free and manageable year-round. 
Ms. Pompadour Curl Defining Shampoo ($18.50 for 8.5 oz. from Ms. Pompadour): This is a really gentle paraben and sodium chloride-free shampoo that effectively cleans hair without any stripping. It is safe for color-treated and chemically-processed hair, and is perfect for curly tresses. It moisturizes the hair without weighing it down, and it magically enhances curls and fights frizz. It has a light, fresh aroma that is pleasant, but doesn't linger very long, and therefore won't interfere with any fragrances that you might wear.

According to Ms. Pompadour,

Infused with soothing cucumber and marigold extracts to gently remove impurities from the hair and scalp while bringing extra moisture to curly hair. Provides full curl definition and leaves hair vibrant for a frizz-free experience. For normal to curly hair.

• Safe for colored, straightened, and chemically-treated hair
• pH balanced and sulfate-free
• No parabens or sodium chloride
• Never tested on animals

Directions: Apply Curl Defining Shampoo to wet hair.  Massage into a rich lather from mid-shaft to the ends of the hair.  Rinse.  Follow with Curl Defining Conditioner.

Ms. Pompadour Curl Defining Conditioner ($18.50 for 8.5 oz. from Ms. Pompadour): This creamy ultra-hydrating conditioner delivers serious moisture without weighing down hair, and it effectively fights frizz, helps form perfect ringlets and even gives my curly hair a glossy shine. It has a delicious fruity aroma that fades quickly.

According to Ms. Pompadour,

Ultra creamy conditioner that contains 11 botanical extracts to provide maximum hydration for all curly hair types. Conditions the hair without weighing curls down and provides extra frizz control and smoothness for easy combing. Soothes and softens to enhance the shape of the natural curl and provides a healthy shine. For normal to curly hair.

• Safe for colored, straightened, and chemically-treated hair
• pH balanced and sulfate-free
• No parabens or sodium chloride
• Never tested on animals

Directions: Start with Curl Defining Shampoo. Apply Curl Defining Conditioner to clean, we hair focusing from midshaft to the ends.  Spread evenly throughout the hair and allow 1-2 minutes for conditioner to penetrate the hair.  Rinse.  Enjoy the smooth, soft feel of your hair.
Ms. Pompadour Leave-In Conditioner ($21.00 for 4 oz. from Ms. Pompadour): I am a huge proponent of leave-in conditioners because they work wonders on naturally curly hair. This one is deeply conditioning without weighing down hair, and it offers stupendous frizz control and manageability. It has a light pleasant aroma that lingers for a few minutes before fading.

According to Ms. Pompadour,

A hydrating leave-in conditioner cream that's infused with Pro Vitamin B5 and smoothing proteins to help prevent hair breakage and repair damaged hair. Provides weightless frizz control and softness while leaving hair with a healthy shine and luster. Protects against heat.  For all hair types.

• Safe for colored, straightened and chemically-treated hair
• No parabens, sodium chloride or sulfates
• Thermal protectant
• Never tested on animals

Directions: After shampooing, apply a small amount to towel dry hair. Work throughout focusing from mid-shaft to the ends. Proceed to blow dry or let dry naturally. Can be applied to dry hair to control frizz and flya-ways. Enjoy the soft feel of your hair.
Ms. Pompadour Curl Defining Cream ($21.00 for 4 oz. from Ms. Pompadour): When I wear my hair down, which is most of the time, I require a little defining cream if I want to maintain a little control over my often unruly tresses. If you seek to fight frizz, enhance the formation of your curls and have a glossy shine– then this curl defining cream is a definite must-have. I simply apply a very small amount to damp hair and comb, scrunch and let it dry naturally.

According to Ms. Pompadour,

A quick-drying styling cream with lightweight hold that creates naturally looking, well-defined curls.  Provides weightless frizz control for unruly hair and protects from heat damage when using hot styling tools.  Hair is left feeling soft and hydrated with a healthy shine and luster.  Adds bounce to curls.  For wavy to curly hair.

• Safe for colored and chemically-treated hair
• No parabens, sodium chloride or sulfates
• UV and thermal protectant
• Never tested on animals

Directions: After shampooing, apply a small amount to towel dry hair.  Distribute product throughout hair focusing from midshaft to the ends. Proceed to diffuse the hair to activate and define the curls.  Let dry naturally for more relaxed curls. Can be applied to dry hair to control frizz and fly-aways.  Enjoy the soft, bouncy feel of your hair.
Ms. Pompadour Smoothing Serum ($22.50 for 3.4 oz. from Ms. Pompadour): This silicone-based serum smooths hair, fights frizz and protects hair from heat-styling. I seldom heat-style because of the damage it can cause, but this serum also works exceptionally well when you opt to let your hair dry naturally as well. It has a delicious deep, warm aroma that smells as though it is punctuated by vanilla, but the scent does not linger.

According to Ms. Pompadour,

Styling serum loaded with organic extracts to provide smoothness, frizz control, and to to protect hair from heat-styling damage when curling or flat ironing. Smooths hair texture so strands are polished and frictionless. For normal to thick hair.

• Safe for colored, and chemically-treated hair
• No parabens, alcohol, sodium chloride or sulfates
• Thermal protectant
• Never tested on animals

Directions: Apply sparingly to clean, towel dry hair. Comb through evenly for complete coverage from root to end. Proceed to style with heat.  For best results, use with curling or flat iron.

Overall Assessment: I am so impressed with Ms. Pompadour products, and am thrilled by the extent to which they pamper and nourish my unruly naturally curly hair. If you have wavy or curly hair, these products are definitely worth your consideration. Plus, Ms. Pompadour is offering Lola's Secret Beauty Blog readers 20% Off on your entire order!

Receive 20% Off your entire order from Ms. Pompadour Use Code: LOLAS20 
Free shipping for orders over $35 (USA only)

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Monday, August 14, 2017


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Lancôme has partnered with Rakuten Affiliate Network to create their first-ever exclusive Bonus Box, and I am truly grateful to have been hand-selected among the 30 beauty bloggers to receive it! This box is filled with an amazing array of beautiful Lancôme products, and I am utterly thrilled to share them with you!
 A sneak peek inside of the Lancôme Rakuten Bonus Box!
Lancôme Énergie De Vie Liquid Care Moisturizer ($55.00 for 1.7 oz. from Lancôme): This is one of my favorite recent skincare discoveries that I didn't know that I needed! This lightweight antioxidant-rich moisturizer has the consistency of a serum, and all of the hydration of a cream. It immediately sinks into the skin, leaves behind no greasy residue, and it imparts a gorgeous dewy luminosity. It has a very light herbal aroma that is at once uplifting and pleasant. During the warm months, this is the only moisturizer that my normal/combination skin requires. I am absolutely obsessed with Lancôme Énergie De Vie Liquid Care Moisturizer.

According to Lancôme,

Wake up your skin with a burst of anti-fatigue hydration. Loaded with antioxidant goodness for an instant glow, this liquid moisturizer fuels your skin for a refined texture and renewed bounce. Its unique formula is as hydrating as a cream, as concentrated as a serum, and as light as a cosmetic water. 

Formulated with cranberry, lemon balm, and ginseng to provide antioxidant protection against free radicals. Inspired by Korean skin care routines, this water-infused fresh moisturizer works to address the 1st signs of aging, for glowing, refreshed, and healthy-looking skin. 

Tired of looking tired? Lancôme’s Énergie de Vie is a simple, efficacious routine that works to reawaken tired, dull skin, giving you an instant glow. Today's signs of fatigue could turn into tomorrow's visible signs of aging. Lack of sleep, high stress, pollution, daily life excesses—all these environmental factors alter the appearance of the skin.

  • Diminishes signs of fatigue and revitalizes skin
  • Instant glow
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Hydrates and energizes in one step
  • Can be used around the eye contour
Directions: Dispense product onto fingertips or saturate a cotton pad. Massage over face and neck, pat into skin until fully absorbed. Use morning and night daily.

Select Ingredients and Their Attributes:
  • Lemon Balm: known for soothing, calming, and anti-inflammatory benefits
  • Goji Berry:  known to strengthen skin defenses via its antioxidant action
  • Gentian: contains specific sugars shown to help energize skin
  • Vitamin E: known for its antioxidant activity
Ingredients: Aqua / Water Glycerin Alcohol Denat. Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone Zea Mays Oil / Corn Oil Tocopheryl Acetate Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract Lactic Acid Tocopherol Ascorbyl Palmitate Sodium Benzoate Phenoxyethanol Ethylcellulose Trimethyl Pentaphenyl Trisiloxane Calcium Chloride Chlorphenesin Gellan Gum Melissa Officinalis Leaf Oil Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum Xanthan Gum Pentylene Glycol Gentiana Lutea Root Extract Dioscorea Villosa Root Extract / Wild Yam Root Extract Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil Potassium Sorbate Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil / Apricot Kernel Oil Hexyldecanol Oryza Sativa Bran Oil / Rice Bran Oil Parfum / Fragrance. Free of Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates.
Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover ($15.00-$62.00 for 1.7 oz.-13.5 oz. from Lancôme): If you have sensitive eyes, as I do, or if you wear contact lenses, then you know the importance of an ultra-gentle eye makeup remover. I have tried so many eye makeup removers that purported to be gentle only to be dismayed when they made my eyes burn, sting and water– all of which often resulted in irritated, red eyes. This is an ultra-gentle dual-phase eye makeup remover that removes every trace of makeup– including the most resilient waterproof formulas– and it does so without the need to tug or pull the delicate eye area. Furthermore,  it never stings or irritates my sensitive eyes, and boasts the added benefit of leaving my skin conditioned. I must also add that I am glad that this formula does not contain artificial coloring– there is no need for it, and frankly I prefer not to have it in a product that is supposed to remove makeup! There is a reason that Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover has a cult following, and that it was the winner of Allure magazine's 'Best of Beauty' Award.

According to Lancôme,

This award-winning bi-phase makeup remover gently whisks away all types of eye makeup, even waterproof. Simply shake to activate the bi-phase formula that leaves the eye area perfectly clean. The lipid phase lifts off eye makeup, while the water phase contains special emollients to refresh and condition skin without a greasy residue.

Lifts off all types of eye makeup, even waterproof mascara, while conditioning the skin. Leaves eyes feeling cool and refreshed, with no oily residue. No wonder there’s a cult following.

Ophthalmologist Tested for Safety. Ideal for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers.

Ingredients: Aqua / Water / Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isohexadecane, Sodium Chloride, Poloxamer 184, Hexylene Glycol, Dipotassium Phosphate, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Phosphate, Quaternium-15, Benzalkonium Chloride, Parfum / Fragrance, Citronellol, Geraniol.
Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara ($25.00 from Lancôme): I don't often gush over mascara, but Monsieur Big Mascara is amazing! The brush effortlessly glides across lashes, picks up excess mascara to avoid clumping, and the formula is comfortable and long-wearing. The deep black pigmentation intensifies the appearance of lashes while the formula simultaneously lengthens and adds volume. This mascara doesn't smudge, transfer, flake or bleed, and it is gentle on my sensitive eyes.

According to Lancôme,

A BIG volume mascara that delivers instant heart-stopping volume with up to 24 hour wear that lasts all night, and even the morning after, for your biggest, blackest, boldest lashes yet.

You’ll know Monsieur Big Mascara is the one at first stroke. The BIG brush and ultra-creamy formula glides like silk onto lashes to deliver up to 12x more volume* with up to 24 hour wear. No touch-ups, flaking and smudging. Perfect for your BIG evening out AND even the morning after.
*than bare lashes alone

Monsieur Big’s brush has a unique shape with soft, wavy fibers to deliver the perfect amount of formula with the very first stroke. His ultra-creamy formula has supple waxes and polymers to adhere immediately to lashes for BIG, buildable volume and length. Apply one coat and you will see why Monsieur Big is the one. Keep applying and you’ll forget all the others.

Ingredients: Aqua / Water Paraffin Potassium Cetyl Phosphate Copernicia Cerifera Cera / Carnauba Wax Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer Styrene/Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer Cera Alba / Beeswax Synthetic Beeswax Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 Polybutene Cetyl Alcohol Steareth-20 Glyceryl Dibehenate Steareth-2 C12-13 Pareth-23 C12-13 Pareth-3 Tribehenin Acacia Senegal Gum Glyceryl Behenate Sodium Laureth Sulfate Silica Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer Disodium Edta Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil Hydrogenated Palm Oil Hydroxyethylcellulose Caprylyl Glycol Tetrasodium Edta Ethylenediamine/Stearyl Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer Butylene Glycol Bht Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate Potassium Sorbate Sodium Dehydroacetate Phenoxyethanol [+/- May Contain Ci 75470 / Carmine Ci 77007 / Ultramarines Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 / Iron Oxides].
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Corrector in Peach ($31.00 from Lancôme): If you require color correctors to address a variety of skin imperfections, then Lancôme has five shades from which to choose. I received Peach, which is specifically made as a corrective to dark circles, dark spots and acne scars, and while I neither have acne scars, nor dark spots, I do periodically get dark circles. I began testing it when I was getting very little sleep, because of long hours at work, and I definitely had favorable results. I simply warm up the tiniest amount between my fingers and gently pat it into my dark circles, and it neutralizes the discoloration without looking artificial or overdone. The formula boasts enough emollience to spread without tugging, and it doesn't dry out the skin, settle into fine lines, flake or pill.

According to Lancôme,

An ultra-pigmented, full-coverage color corrector that camouflages imperfections (discoloration, redness, sallowness, plus more) based on your skin concern and skin tone. Won’t cake or crease.

Available Shades:
  • Green: Neutralizes redness for light to medium skin tones
  • Yellow: Brightens dullness for light to medium skin tones, minimizes dark spots and circles for fair complexions 
  • Lavender: Brightens sallowness for light to medium skin tones 
  • Peach: Minimizes dark spots, dark circles, and acne scars for medium skin tones 
  • Orange/Red: Minimizes dark spots, dark circles, and acne scars for deeper skin tones 
Good for the following types of skin: Normal, Combination, Oily and Dry.

Directions: Squeeze a pea-sized amount of corrector on the back of your hand, use your fingers to warm up the product before application. Careful, a little goes a long way!

Lancôme's Tip: Use your favorite applicator- a concealer brush, beauty blender, or your fingers- to dab the color corrector onto your concerned area until covered. Wait a few seconds, then on top of the color corrector, dab your shade of Teint Idole Camouflage Concealer. Blend the edges into your skin. This combination is perfect to seamlessly cover blemishes, imperfections, dark spots, dark circles, or any other areas of uneven skin tone.

Ingredients: Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 Hydrogenated Polyisobutene Isotridecyl Isononanoate Cera Microcristallina / Microcrystalline Wax / Cire Microcristalline Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Silica Silylate Boron Nitride Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate Lauroyl Lysine Triethylhexanoin Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract / Matricaria Flower Extract Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract / Cucumber Fruit Extract Salvia Officinalis Leaf / Sage Leaf Extract Stearalkonium Hectorite Aqua / Water / Eau Sorbitan Sesquioleate Glyceryl Behenate Alumina Aluminum Hydroxide Propylene Carbonate Propylene Glycol Caprylyl Glycol Polyglyceryl-6 Octastearate Bht Tocopheryl Acetate [+/- May Contain / Peut Contenir Ci 15850 / Red 7 Ci 42090 / Blue 1 Lake Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 / Iron Oxides Ci 77891 / Titanium Dioxide].
Lancôme Comfort Matte High Pigment Liquid Lipstick in 270 Beige Vintage ($22.00 from Lancôme): This is such a novel approach to matte liquid lipsticks– from the shake-before-use method to soak the applicator tip to the wide applicator. The formula is ultra-lightweight, velvety smooth, it glides across the lips effortlessly, deposits color evenly, and it neither feathers, nor does it dry out the lips. Furthermore, the formula is non-sticky, comfortable on the lips, and long-wearing. 270 Beige Vintage is an infinitely wearable nude mid-tone pink beige shade that is very flattering and natural looking on the lips.

According to Lancôme,

Finally, a matte liquid lipstick that wears comfortably without drying out your lips! A water-in-oil emulsion that's formulated with a patented Ultra Thin Film technology to deliver weightless texture and a second-skin feel without sacrificing intense color payoff. And it has Vitamin E for comfortable, non-drying wear.

Its unique cushion sponge allows for maximum absorption of the formula to deliver a precise, soft application onto the lips, and buildable color that dries without smudging or transfer.

Just shake to soak the applicator with formula, apply the cushion directly onto lips to build the saturated color... then wait for it to dry down to a lightweight, comfort matte finish.

Available Shades:
  • Magic Orange - vibrant orange
  • Beige Vintage - nude beige
  • Energy Peach - nude peach
  • Red'y in 5 - warm red
  • Kiss Me Cherie - brick red
  • Pink Power - magenta
  • Yummy Pink - bright pink
Ingredients: Aqua / Water Dimethicone Isododecane Octyldodecanol Butylene Glycol Alcohol Acrylates/Polytrimethylsiloxymethacrylate Copolymer Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone Trimethyl Pentaphenyl Trisiloxane Disteardimonium Hectorite Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate Tin Oxide Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate Calcium Sodium Borosilicate Silica Alumina Aluminum Hydroxide Magnesium Silicate Magnesium Sulfate Colophonium / Rosin Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate Propylene Carbonate Synthetic Fluorphlogopite Tocopherol Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate Phenoxyethanol Limonene Hexyl Cinnamal Parfum / Fragrance [+/- May Contain Ci 15850 / Red 6 Ci 15850 / Red 7 Ci 15850 / Red 7 Lake Ci 15985 / Yellow 6 Lake Ci 17200 / Red 33 Lake Ci 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake Ci 42090 / Blue 1 Lake Ci 45380 / Red 22 Lake Ci 45410 / Red 28 Lake Ci 75470 / Carmine Ci 77120 / Barium Sulfate Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 / Iron Oxides Ci 77742 / Manganese Violet Ci 77891 / Titanium Dioxide Mica].
Left to RightLancôme Tient Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Corrector in Peach and Lancôme Comfort Matte High Pigment Liquid Lipstick in 270 Beige Vintage.
Overall Assessment: I am so honored to have been among the few bloggers selected to receive this Lancôme Rakuten Affiliate Network Bonus Box, and love what they selected for this beautifully edited collection. You really can't go wrong with any of these picks, but I will definitely state that I am thoroughly obsessed with the Lancôme Énergie De Vie Liquid Care Moisturizer.

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