Friday, February 24, 2017

T'ZIKAL Deep Hydrating Shampoo and Deep Moisture Conditioning Cream | An Elated Review

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Finding excellent quality shampoos and conditioners that work wonders on dry and damaged hair is, in my experience, a challenge. While my hair is not damaged, it is naturally curly and on the dry side. I always seek nourishing formulas that are non-stripping, ultra-nourishing and help to control frizz. I had great hopes that T'ZIKAL Deep Hydrating Shampoo and Deep Moisture Conditioning Cream would be a perfect fit for my hair– especially given my overwhelmingly great results with their Hand Balm and Hand Cream (Reviewed HERE)– and they both exceeded my expectations.

T'ZIKAL is an ultra-luxurious beauty collection that uses the nutrient-rich Ojon Oil as its main ingredient. Their products boast exceptional quality, they are filled with healthy ingredients, and have impressive efficacy. Furthermore, they feature delectable natural aromas, divine textures and they are a true joy to use. Incidentally, their wondrous line is available at Space NK and through T'ZIKAL directly, and their products are definitely worthy of your consideration.

According to T'ZIKAL,

Ojon oil has been used for over 500 years in the hair care regimen of the indigenous people of Honduras. T’zikal has developed a modern line of natural hair care products featuring this ancient ingredient for everyday use.

T'ZIKAL hair care products are: Paraben-Free, EDTA free, Sodium Laurel and Sodium Laureth Sulfate free, artificial fragance free and free of color and dyes, Furthermore, their shampoo and conditioner are pH-balanced, and their products are Cruelty-Free.

T'ZIKAL Deep Hydrating Shampoo is a luscious, deeply nourishing shampoo that was created for dry and damaged hair. It gently cleanses the hair and scalp without stripping, and it does an exemplary job in its ability to nourish and moisturize the hair without leaving behind any residue. It tames frizz and fly-aways, and it leaves hair with a gorgeous shine. It has a wonderful earthy aroma that is punctuated by lavender, but the aroma does not linger all day long, and therefore will not interfere with any other fragrances that you may want to wear.

According to T'ZIKAL,

The shampoo gently cleanses while nourishing and moisturizing stressed or damaged hair. Our proprietary formulation and blend of botanicals provide extra shine and help in controlling frizz and flyaways.

Directions: Squeeze a small amount of shampoo into palm, apply to wet hair, lather and rinse. Repeat if desired. For best results, follow with T’zikal’s conditioning cream.

Ingredients: Water, Cocomidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Lauryl, Glucoside, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Polysorbate 20, Babassu Oil Polyglyceryl-4 Esters, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein (and) Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (and) Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Citric Acid, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot Oil), Apium Graveolens (Celery Seed Oil), Cinnamomum Camphora (Ho Wood), Lavandula Hydrida Grosso (Lavandin Grosso) Herb Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Citrus Sinesis (Orange), Citrus Aurantium (Petigrain Oil) Leaf Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang), Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Extract, Avena Strigosa Seed Extract, Lecithin, Sodium Phytate, Elaeis Oleifera Kernel Oil.

($32.00 for 10 oz. and $10.00 for 2.5 oz. from T'ZIKAL and Space NK)
T'ZIKAL Deep Moisture Conditioning Cream is a deeply hydrating and intensely nourishing conditioner that is unmitigated perfection for dry and damaged hair. While T'ZIKAL recommends leaving it on for only 1 minute, I tend to apply it at the very beginning of my shower and then rinse it out right before I turn off the water. I tend to leave all of my conditioners on longer because dry, curly hair needs all of the extra help that it can! This conditioner is, unquestionably, one of the finest conditioners to have graced my tresses. It immediately detangles my hair, and I do not have to add any other detangling products to get a comb through my wet hair– and trust me when I tell you that this is miraculous for me! Furthermore, it renders my hair frizz and flyaway free– not to mention the fact that it gives my hair a lovely glossy shine. Like their shampoo, it has a wonderful earthy aroma that is punctuated by lavender, but the aroma does not linger all day long, and therefore will not interfere with any other fragrances that you may want to wear.

According to T'ZIKAL,

The conditioning cream provides deep, nourishing and long lasting (24-hour) moisture benefits for stressed or damaged hair. Our proprietary formulation and blend of botanicals provide extra shine and help control frizz and flyaways.

Directions: Apply a generous amount of conditioning cream (depending on length of hair) into clean wet hair, leave on for 1 minute, and rinse thoroughly.

Ingredients: Water, Behentrimonium Chloride, Elaeis Oleifera Kernel Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Sucrose Polystearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Cetyl Alcohol,  Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot Oil), Apium Graveolens (Celery Seed Oil), Cinnamomum Camphora (Ho Wood), Lavandula Hydrida Grosso (Lavandin Grosso) Herb Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Citrus Sinesis (Orange), Citrus Aurantium (Petigrain Oil) Leaf Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) , Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Ribes Grossularia Fruit Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf, Babassu Oil Polyglyceryl-4 Esters, Isoamyl Laurate, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Lactic Acid.

($34.00 for 10 oz. and $12.00 for 2.5 oz. from T'ZIKAL and Space NK)
Overall Assessment: If you have dry and/or damaged hair– then I cannot sufficiently underscore the extent to which this shampoo and conditioners are must-haves. Thankfully, they are available in travel sizes so that you can try them out before purchasing the full size bottles. Both earn an A+!

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

LAVANILA Vanilla Bean Creamy Body Oil | Review

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That it has been a cold and rainy winter in Los Angeles is indisputable, and I have noticed that my skin has been unusually dry as a result. I have, therefore, been turning to ultra rich and moisturizing body oils, body butters and rich creams to soothe my skin. To my delight, I recently discovered LAVANILA Vanilla Bean Creamy Body Oil, and have been thrilled by this lightweight, super-hydrating creamy oil– not only because it smells divine– but also because it delivers instant hydration without leaving behind a greasy residue, and it leaves skin soft, smooth and supple. The consistency is thin, it melts into the skin immediately, and leaves behind an ethereal glow. The warm veil of vanilla bean aroma is comforting and rich, and it lingers for quite a while. It is, in a word, delectable.

According to LAVANILA,

Patent pending natural technology spins pure Madagascar vanilla bean, argan, and coconut oils into a uniquely greaseless formula that instantly absorbs to rescue skin with intense 24-hour hydration and nourishment. With the lightweight texture of a lotion, it transforms dry, dull skin into hydrated, soft, supple skin. 

The vanilla bean has been used for years to protect, condition, and repair the skin. The essences of this plant are rich in polyketones and polyphenols that work together to deliver youthful-looking skin texture and powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. This product is free of harsh chemicals and powered by the purity of natural ingredients.

For maximum hydration use after showering and apply liberally to slightly damp clean skin.

Ingredients: Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Diheptyl Succinate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gluconolactone, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Botanical Fragrance Blend. Contains NO Parabens, Sulfates or Phthalates.


Our products stand out among others because they are made by hand with all-natural and organic ingredients from all over the world. Unlike traditional beauty products made of harsh chemicals that can damage and irritate the skin and senses, we uniquely infuse exotic essential oils and skin pampering ingredients for a 100% healthy, gorgeous and authentic expression of nature.

Overall Assessment: This is an A M A Z I N G product, and if you seek added moisture, and love the warm and creamy aroma of vanilla bean, then this is a definite must-have!

$39.00 for 3.4 oz. from LAVANILA, Sephora, Skin Store, Blue Fly and Beauty Bridge (Affiliate Links).

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

KORRES Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial | Review

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I love using nighttime skincare treatments, and I am partial to products that are filled with actives that work hard while I sleep. Since skin cell regeneration occurs more rapidly at night while we sleep, it is the optimal time to use actives that enhance this natural process. This is precisely why I was interested in testing the KORRES Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial, "an overnight facial-in-a-jar" that claims to be "more than a mask, more than a night cream." This cream, which is formulated for all skin types, contains a proprietary blend of ingredients including brightening agents that even skin tone, lighten dark spots (hyperpigmentation), restore luminosity and improve firmness.

This mask can be used alone as a night cream, or it can be used in conjunction with your favorite serums and creams. I like to use it alone, but if you want to use it with your other nighttime products, then be sure to use it after your serum and cream as your final step. It has a delightful lightweight whipped texture that melts into the skin, but it is concentrated– so I recommend taking a less-is-more approach. I would be remiss if I did not tell you that it has a delectable, light rose aroma, but it does fade soon upon application. One immediately notices a surge of moisture, and that skin feels comfortable, but the real benefits are seen the following morning when you awaken to bright and luminous skin. There is a pronounced clarity and radiance that is evident after only a single use, but regular use over a sustained period of time results in evening skin tone and the lightening of hyperpigmentation.

According to KORRES,

This overnight Wild Rose facial-in-a-jar is a breakthrough in beauty sleep. More than a mask, more than a night cream, it contains a generous dose of wild rose oil, boosted with super C for powerful brightening and antiaging. At the same time, imperata cylindrica extract time releases moisture throughout the night for continuous hydration. This product's weightless, whipped texture melts instantly into skin and works while you sleep to re-texturize and address visible signs of premature aging. Day after day, week after week, uneven tone and dark spots will continuously improve. In as little as 14 days you'll see skin that's brighter, more even-toned, and exceptionally radiant.

Key Ingredients & Their Attributes:
  • Wild Rose Oil: Evens skintone and repairs fine lines; moisturizes, heals, and softens skin while forming a protective layer to improve its texture.
  • Super C: A stabilized fat soluble vitamin C with 10 times higher vitamin C absorption for powerful brightening, natural collagen synthesis, and antioxidant protection.
  • Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract: Provides continuous moisturization by regulating the moisture equilibrium of the skin.
  • Rose Water 15%: Provides weightless hydration.
Ingredients:Water, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Alcohol Denat., Triheptanoin, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire D'abeille, Lecithin, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Wax/Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Distarch Phosphate, Eugenol, Fragrance, Galactoarabinan, Geraniol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Phenoxyethanol, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Sodium Gluceptate, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum.

No Parabens, Sulfates or Phthalates.

Directions: After nighttime cleansing ritual, apply to the face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Do not rinse. If using with other products, apply after your treatment/ serum and prior to your night cream. Avoid direct contact with eyes.
Overall Assessment: I am very impressed by the efficacy of KORRES Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial, and cannot sufficiently underscore the extent to which it is a pleasure to use. From its glorious whipped texture and delectable aroma– to its ability to impart serious radiance to the skin– it is unquestionably a fantastic addition to my nighttime skincare routine. If you are not sure whether or not it is a good fit for you, I would recommend requesting a sample on your next trip to Sephora.

$48.00 for 1.35 oz from Korres and Sephora (Affiliate Links).
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Beauty Box 5 January and February 2017 | Unveiling and Review

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Each month BB5 curates a theme-based beauty box that features five products that range from full-size to samples. In this feature I will unveil the contents of their January and February 2017 boxes. This is the first time that I have done this, and I will tell you why...I have a brand new mailman who generally delivers my mail to who knows where, and it is often days or weeks later that a neighbor will show up with a some of my mail. Accordingly, one of my neighbors seemed to have received my January box, and it appeared on my porch around the same time that my February box appeared. Therefore, I thought that I would unveil them simultaneously.
The January Box theme and contents:
So Susan Light Diffuser (Full Size. $18.00): With the delectable scent of cocoa and coconut, this duo gives you a perfect contoured and highlighted look. Apply the contour shade on the hollows of your cheeks, while placing the illuminator over cheekbones, temples and nose. #SOSUSANCOSMETICS

PUR-LISSE PUR-Delicate Soy Milk Cleanser (Deluxe Sample. Full Size $36.00): Cleanse away dirt and debris with this ultra gentle, non-irritating blend of Soy Milk, Soy Proteins, Whole Oat and White Tea. Use on damps skin to remove makeup, and rinse with warm water. #PURLISSE

NOVEX Bamboo Sprout Leave-In Conditioner (Full Size. $4.99): This leave-in conditioner, made with bamboo sprouts, leaves your hair feeling nourished and gives it a glossy shine. #NOVEX

NANACOCO Classic Collection Nail Polish (Full Size. $3.99): Such a gorgeous vampy nail polish that is perfect for the season. #NANACOCO

Maskeraide Spotted Anti-Blemish Clear Spot Patches (Full Size $7.00 CAD): Made with Salicylic Acid, Volcanic Ash, and Tea Tree Oil, these patches absorb excess oil and calm redness. Cleanse Affected are and apply overnight for best results. #MASKERAIDE #MASKERAIDESPOTTEDSCANDAL
So Susan Light Diffuser
The February Box theme and contents:
February Box Products:
Tint Beauty Unicorn Liner in Maiden (Full Size. $7.00): This is a very creamy and pigmented lip liner that has serious longevity, and it won't dry out your lips. #TINTBEAUTY

Tint Beauty Unicorn Lippie in Maiden (Full Size. $9.00 ): This is an ultra-pigmented liquid lipstick that is matte in texture. It glides on effortlessly and deposits color evenly. #TINTBEAUTY

Jean Pierre Cosmetics Pink Moisturizing Lip Mask (Single Application Sample. Set of five $5.00): This lip mask, "repairs dryness with collagen, vitamins and minerals." You simply apply the mask to your lips, leave it on for 15 minutes, and then rub in the remaining liquid. #JEANPIERRECOMSTICS

So Susan Colour Hybrid in Marsala  (Full Size. $17.50): This rich-cream-mousse pigment can be used on the lips for a pigmented pout, or on your cheeks. #SOSOSUSANCOSMETICS

Style Essentials Lip Glow in Blush (Full Size. $4.00): This moisturizing, sheer lip balm is comfortable on the lips, and it's perfect for a no makeup makeup look. #STYLESSENTIALS

Left to Right: Tint Beauty Unicorn Lippie in Maiden, Tint Beauty Unicorn Liner in Maiden, Style Essentials Lip Glow in Blush and So Susan Colour Hybrid in Marsala.
Overall Assessment: The January & February 2017 BB5 boxes were both a good value, and it's worth more than the $12.00 cost of admission. However, if you are obsessed with lip products, then the February box will make you especially happy!

Have you tried BB5 yet? What you you think about the January and February Boxes?

About Beautybox Five: Beauty Box Five is a subscription-based, beauty sampling program that delivers a box filled with 5 cosmetic samples to your door every month. Aimed at introducing women to new cosmetic products and educating them on best practices, Beauty Box 5 scours the market to find the best products for your lifestyle.

Select the subscription plan that works best for you. Every month we will send you a mixture of carefully selected travel, deluxe and full-size samples. Their monthly plans begin at $12.00, but they offer a quarterly plan for $30.00 and a yearly plan for $99.00.

All members receive free shipping. Receive exclusive discounts from our partner brands.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Empties Post Volume LI: January 2017

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I was so incredibly busy at work in the month of January that I didn't have the time to post my January empties, so nearly three weeks later here is my reveal.  As has been the case for the last 6 months or so, my success in using up mostly finished products is the result of gathering them up and putting them in the line of sight so that I am more apt to actually use them. My greatest success has become using all of the products that I store in, or near the shower. These things get used by me, and often by my husband as well.

Key West Aloe Bath & Shower Gel Frangipani (Reviewed HERE): is a lathering shower gel that is hydrating and refreshing. The light floral fills the shower with its lovely essence, and it lifts the spirits as it gently cleanses the skin. It is also so gentle on the skin that it works beautifully for shaving.

Neutrogena Rain Bath Shower Gel (Featured HERE):  I hadn't used this shower and bath gel in many years, but I used to buy it all of the time! I thought that I would use it during my holiday travels, but instead used it right here at home. I remember why I used it for so long!

Terranova Tuberose Bath Gel (Reviewed HERE): This delicious shower gel has an intoxicatingly beautiful scent features Tuberose, Lemongrass, Ginko, Lotus and Green Tea. The lovely commingling of these notes results in a fresh floral that delights the senses. Skin is left soft and silky smooth, and never stripped. The foaming gel not only does an amazing job cleaning the skin, but it also does an exemplary job as a shaving gel. 

Key West Aloe Oatmeal Facial Scrub (Reviewed HERE): This is a very gentle facial scrub that leaves skin ultra-soft, supple and silky-smooth. Skin is never left stripped or dry, and in fact the Aloe Vera hydrates the skin, while the Oatmeal soothes it. Exfoliating not only removed dead skin cells, but also allows for greater efficacy of all of your skincare products that follow, and enables you to use less of your favorite skin treatments. Furthermore, if  you avoid excess sun exposure, and opt to use a self-tanner– then exfoliation will allow for more even self-tanning by removing dead skin cells.

Manuka Secrets Exfoliant (Reviewed HERE): This exfoliant is good for all types of skin, and it effectively and gently removes dead skin cells– leaving skin soft, velvety smooth and unbelievably hydrated. It contains two different sized exfoliant particles: bamboo plus jojoba pearl and white clay, and this combination eliminates dead skin cells gently, while the Shea Butter and Rice Bran and Coconut Oils leave skin hydrated. Furthermore, Cucumber Extract softens and soothes the skin. The end result is gorgeous glowing skin

Manuka Secrets Cleanse (Reviewed HERE): This is a non-lathering daily cream cleanser that leaves skin thoroughly cleansed and ultra moisturized. It contains nourishing ingredients like Almond Oil, Manuka Honey and Shea Butter that moisturize and protect the skin, and it removes every bit of makeup without stripping the skin. If you have dry skin, or if the colder weather is wreaking havoc on your skin, then this is a great cleanser to try.  It has a warm and earthy scent that is delightful.
Strivectin Hair Color Care Conditioner (Reviewed HERE):  Like their shampoo, this conditioner has the same pleasant scent, but it is neither cloying, not does the aroma linger all day. This nourishing formula leaves hair soft, moisturized and shiny. I am even able to get a comb through my hair without any tangles or knots! I love this conditioner, and definitely need to get another bottle as soon as I use up a few more conditioners.

Novex Hair Food (Featured HERE): As I have said many times before, I  am a huge proponent deep conditioners, but as is often the case a single test packet doesn't provide enough product to form a meaningful opinion.

Briogeo Don't Despair Repair! Feel Conditioning Mask (Featured HERE): While I don't tend to have much to say about samples, because I can't use them long enough to form a meaningful opinion, I will say that I likes this deep conditioning mask enough to consider purchasing a full size tube. It did a good job conditioning my unruly, dry and curly hair!
Whole Foods Market 365 Shampoos (Reviewed HERE): The Whole Foods Market's 365 Everyday Value line of shampoos and conditioners are really fantastic quality, and they were revamped earlier in the year making them even better than before. They are very affordable, and you can pick them up easily if you shop at Whole Foods. We had three nearly empty bottles in our guest bath that all got finished up in January!
Colbert MD Illumino Anti-Aging Brightening Mask (Reviewed HERE): This is unquestionably one of the very best sheet masks on the market! It is a concentrated Bio Cellulose mask that was conceived to brighten, smooth and hydrate the skin while plumping fine lines, reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation, and by encouraging skin cell turnover. I definitely noticed that my skin had an unprecedented luminosity, that my skin had a pronounced clarity and that fine lines were plumped. I don't have a lot of hyperpigmentation, but I can attest to the fact that this mask gently exfoliates dead skin cells to reveal beautifully glowing skin, and after repeated use it should have no problem reducing the appearance of dark spots.

It is important to note that Colbert MD is exceedingly generous with the amount of serum used in each mask, and that you want to be mindful not to throw away the packet before using all of the serum that pools at the bottom of each pouch.

Surya Brasil Sapien Women Facial Scrub (Reviewed HERE): is a gentle, all natural, exfoliator that effectively removes dead skin cells while nourishing the skin. Skin is left soft, smooth, hydrated, and without any irritation. The tropical scent is refreshing and utterly delightful.
Manuka Secrets Day Creme (Reviewed HERE): is a very lightweight and fast absorbing antioxidant-rich daytime moisturizer that provides long-lasting intensive hydration. Manuka Honey soothes and softens the skin, Hyaluronic Acid binds moisture and plumps fine lines, Shea Butter deeply moisturizes, and CoQ10 supports skin's natural regeneration. It leaves skin soft, supple, hydrated and luminous. The earthy scent only lingers for a few minutes before it fades away. I can't believe that I had two nearly empty bottles in rotation, but because they were readily visible, they both got finished up without much fuss.

MD Sun Super Hydration 8 Serum (Reviewed HERE): is a deeply hydrating and fast absorbing serum filled with nourishing, healing and hydrating ingredients such as Pro Vitamin B5 and Hyaluronic Acid. The formula works deeply to heal and hydrate, and the result is a significant improvement in the texture and hydration of the skin. I am repeatedly astonished by the efficacy of this product, and by the immediacy of the results. Upon application, it is rapidly absorbed and skin is left soft, plump, velvety smooth, nourished and unbelievably hydrated. Only a few drops are needed for the face, neck and décolleté, and it spreads effortlessly leaving behind no residue whatsoever. The results are immediate and long-lasting.

The Organic Pharmacy Rose Plus Anti-Aging Face Cream (Reviewed HERE): is a phenomenal, ultra-potent antioxidant-rich anti-aging face cream that is very effective, makes a visible difference, and does so without harmful chemicals. As you can see from the picture at the bottom of this post, I am a big fan of The Organic Pharmacy, and I always have several of their products in my weekly, if not daily, skincare product rotation.

Rose Plus Anti-Aging Face Cream is a light to mid-weight face cream that is concentrated and that sinks into the skin immediately. This nutrient-rich cream leaves behind no greasy film, but instead leaves skin with a healthy glow. It is deeply hydrating, it improves micro-circulation, it scavenges free-radicals, and it renders skin soft, supple and smooth. After sustained use, it softens the appearance of fine lines, gently exfoliates dead skin cells, and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Skin appears lifted and rejuvenated, and this is honestly about as perfect as an anti-aging cream could be. It has a warm, earthy aroma that is natural rather than artificial smelling, and it calms the senses as it sinks into the skin. This amazing cream definitely warrants repurchasing!

Arbonne Intelligence Genius (Reviewed HERE): I didn't actually finish this entire bottle, but instead poured its contents over the exfoliating pads to saturate them, and make them ready for use. \These pads effectively remove dead skin cells, fade the appearance if sun spots (hyperpigmentation) and leave skin smooth and even in tone.

PediSpa Intensive Moisturizing Foot Mask (Reviewed HERE): is an ultra-hydrating foot mask that noticeably softens and moisturizes parched feet, and aids in the repair of cracked and calloused skin. Used in conjunction with the PediSpa Exfoliating Foot Mask, this mighty duo makes feet pedicure and sandal-ready in no-time.
Assorted Perfume Samples: None of the perfume samples that I tried in January resulted in full-size purchases. Generally, I find that a single perfume vial doesn't provide enough exposure to the scent to result in a purchase, but will often result in testing a few more vials before deciding whether to make the purchase.

What did you use up, toss out, give away or return in January? Are their any winners or duds to report?

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President's Day Weekend Sales, Specials and Steals

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Ann Taylor: 40% Off regular priced items. Extra 50% Off sale items. Use Code: WEEKEND

Ann Taylor Loft: Extra 40% Off everything Use Code: HAPPY. Flash Sale Extra 60% Off.

Anthropologie: HUGE Sale in all departments.

ASOS: Long Weekend Wins 20% Off. Use Code: PREZ20

Banana Republic: 40% Off select. No code necessary (Ends 2/21)

Barneys New York: Up to 60% Off Styles for Men, Women, Children and the Home.

Barneys Warehouse: President's Day Sale Extra Save up to 25% Off Sale items.

BCBG MAXAZRIA: Take an Extra 30% Off Select Sale. No code necessary. (Ends 2/20).

Beautyhabit: Major savings on their Outlet Sales tab.

Bloomingdale's: Extra 20% Off select sale Use Code: SALE (Ends 2/20). There is a huge selection of sale and clearance items from every department.

Chico's: President's Day Sale Extra 40% Off Sale items,

Coach: HUGE Selection of Women's shoes on sale.

Crate & Barrel: Up to 20% Off beds, bedding and mattresses (Ends 2/20).

Finish Line: 20% Off select apparel and footwear styles.

Hautelook: Long Weekend Sale. Up to 75% Off. Too many insane sales to list. Definitely take a look at all of their current flash sales. Free Shipping on $100.00+

INTERMIX: Up to 75% Off Clearance! No code necessary (Ends 2/24)

JCPenney: Up to 20% Off select. Use Code: 4GOSHOP (ends 2/20)

Kate Spade: Extra 20% Off Select Use Code: BUBBLY (Ends 2/20). Plus Huge Sales from every department.

Lands' End: Up to 60% Off Sale.

Lord & Taylor: Up to 20% Off select. Use Code: SALE (Ends 2/20). $20.00 off your $160.00 online purchase Use Code: BONUS

Macy's: Extra 25% Off Clearance. Use Code: PRES or $10.00 Off your purchase of $25.00 Use Code: PRES25

Madewell: 30% Off Sale styles Use Code: MOODLIFT

MICHAEL KORS: Up to 50% Off Select Styles. (Ends 2/20)

Neiman Marcus: Free Tote & Samples with your $125.00 Beauty Purchase. Huge Selection of Sale items from every department.

NINE WEST: Semi-Annual Sale up to 75% Off..

NM Last Call: Up 85% Off Clearance for President's Day.

Nordstrom: Winter Sale. Up to 40% Off in All departments: Beauty SalesWomen's SaleMen's SaleTrend SaleKid's Sale & Home Sale

Pottery Barn: President's Day Sales in all departments.

REVOLVE: Up to 50% Off Sale (No Code Necessary).

Saks Fifth Avenue: Up to 75% Off Sale items.

Sephora: There are lots of incredible Sale Items.

Sole Society: Huge Sale on clothing, shoes and accessories.

Space NK: Up to 75% Off Sale!!!! There are really some amazing deals to be found!

Sur La Table: Take and additional 20% Off qualifying items. Use Code: CART17. Huge Selection of Sale & Clearance items.

Swell: Winter Sale Up to 80% Off.

The Body Shop: Lots of Site-wide deals and sales

The Container Store: 25% Off Bisley!!! 30% Off Elfa.

Ulta: Huge selection of Sales & Specials.

Urban Outfitters: Extra 40% Off All Home & Tech Sale items. Sales in every department.

West Elm: Up to 70% Off Clearance. Free Shipping and 20% Off your purchase Use Code: FREEBIE (Ends 2/20)

Williams Sonoma: Hundreds of President's Day Weekend Sales. 20% Off Any One Item Use Code: UPICK

World Market: All Bedroom Sale.
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Neiman Marcus Beauty Event Through February 26

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Neiman Marcus is having their Beauty Event, and it features a Free Exclusive Tote + Must-Try Samples with your $125.00 purchase in Beauty and Fragrances!

Neiman Marcus is also featuring a wide range of step-up beauty gifts with purchase that you can see here. Wonderful gifts with purchase can be found from the following brands: La Mer, La Prairie, Jo Malone, Saint Laurent, Amore Pacific, Le Metier de Beaute, SK-II, Sisley Paris and many more!
The Gift Includes varied samples from:
  • Bulgari
  • Cartier
  • Kiehl's Since 1851
  • Lalique
  • Oribe
  • Sisley-Paris
Get the matching cosmetics bag + more deluxe samples with your select $500 beauty purchase.
*In-store offer 02/11-02/26/17; samples may vary. See sales associate for store details. ONLINE: Beauty Event gifts will be automatically added at Checkout if available and shipped at the time of your order; one gift per order, per customer, while supplies last. Qualifying items will be designated on the site with an indication in colored type on their product page. The value of your Cosmetics or Fragrance order must total $125 for the Beauty Event tote and $500 for the tote and cosmetics bag, before shipping and tax. Does not apply to previous purchases or wedding registry items. Other exclusions may apply. International orders do not qualify.
With your $500 or more Beauty or Fragrance purchase, receive your free exclusive tote and samples—plus this matching cosmetics bag with deluxe beauty samples!

Cosmetics bag includes deluxe samples from:
  • AmorePacific
  • Natura Bissé
In-store offer 02/11 – 02/26/17; samples may vary. See sales associate for store details. ONLINE: Beauty Event gifts will be automatically added at Checkout if available and shipped at the time of your order; one gift per order, per customer, while supplies last. Qualifying items will be designated on the site with an indication in colored type on their product page. The value of your Beauty or Fragrance order must total $125 for the Beauty Event tote and $500 for the tote and cosmetics bag, before shipping and tax. Does not apply to previous purchases or wedding registry items. Other exclusions may apply. International orders do not qualify (Affiliate Links).

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017

Jane Iredale PureMoist Lipstick in Abigail and Cindy | Review and Swatches

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I am quite impressed by the quality of Jane Iredale makeup, and their PureMoist Lipsticks are absolutely phenomenal! They are intensely pigmented, ultra-nourishing and hydrating, and they leave lips soft and supple. They really are that good!

The formula is smooth, creamy and it glides across the lips effortlessly while depositing color evenly.    I have two colors, Abigail and Cindy, and both have the perfect amount of cushion for comfortable wear. I get about 3-4 hours of wear before needing to apply, and while there is some transfer to the glass or mug when I drink, it is minimal. They have the emollience of a tinted lip balm, but the staying power of a lipstick. Furthermore, neither shade migrates, nor do they settle into lip lines. They have a wonderful fruity smell and light taste, but I find that it very quickly.

Abigail is described as a creamy sheer honeysuckle.
Cindy is described as a classic red.

According to Jane Iredale,

Vivid pigments blend with nourishing natural oils and superfruit extracts for petal‐soft lips that feel, look and taste amazing.

  • The proven soothing properties of Moringa Oil saturate the lips with Vitamins A & C, while Coffee Seed Extract infuses with even more antioxidant protection.
  • Orange Peel Wax, plus ultra moisturizing Avocado and Sunflower Seed Oils, protect the delicate lip area and give a luxurious,conditioned and quenched feeling to the lips.
  • The organic Pomegranate and Blackberry Fruit Extracts are unique, luscious flavors that stimulate the senses.
  • Available in 25 colors
  • Cruelty-Free
Ingredients: Triisostearyl Citrate, Olus Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Jojoba Esters, Moringa Oil/Hydrogenated Moringa Oil Esters, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Wax, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Isopropyl Myristate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid. May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850) (Aka 202)
Overall Assessment: I am so happy with this lipstick formula that I plan to get more colors!

$25.00 for 0.1 oz. from Jane Iredale, Nordstrom, Soft Surroundings, Beauty Bay and Amazon (Affiliate Links).

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Space NK Spring Beauty Edit is Today: February 16 | Gift with Purchase Details and Pictures #SNKbeautyedit @spacenkusa

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This February 16thSpace NK will host the “Spring Beauty Edit” event across all of our 27 US locations.
During this special shopping event, customers will be perfectly prepped for the new season as we present the latest in spring trends and looks from our SS17 campaign. Guests can meet with experts from some of our finest brands for makeovers, advice and tips. Event times, featured experts and services vary by location. To Receive Gift Use Code: SPRING17
Exclusively for the event, and while supplies last, shoppers who spend $250 or more will receive a gift with a selection of must-haves from 31 of our featured brands. Our loyal N.Dulge members will have early access to the gift on February 14th – 15th before the offer opens up to the public on February 16th. This gift with purchase will sell out in stores early, but will also be available to online shoppers at on February 16th (US only). To Receive Gift Use Code: SPRING17
 The gift bag measures 11"W x 8"T x 4"D
Their iconic gift bag is valued at well over $400, the *gift includes:
·         Space NK Limited Edition Cosmetic Bag 
·         111 Skin Space Defence Bright Eye Lift Gel NAC Y2 (5ml)
·         Bumble & bumble All-Style Blow Dry (15ml)
·         By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder (1.3g)
·         Chantecaille Faux Cils Mascara in Black (4g)
·         Derm Institute Anti-Oxidant Hydration Gel Masque (3ml x 2)
·         Dermarché Labs Roloxin Lift (2g x 2)
·         Diptyque Roses Scented Candle (35g)
·         Diptyque Eau Rose Eau de Toilette (2ml)
·         Eve Lom Brightening Cream (10ml)
·         Evologie Stay Clear Cleanser (22ml)
·         Goldfaden MD Facial Detox Clarify + Clear Mask (5ml)
·         Hampton Sun Broad Spectrum Protection SPF35 Continuous Mist Sunscreen (1oz)
·         Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (4ml)
·         James Read Gradual Tan H20 Tan Mist (30ml)
·         Juara Candlenut Body Crème (1.5oz)
·         Kat Burki Hand Therapy (1oz)
·         Kevyn Aucoin The Guardian Angel Cream Highlighter in Halo (0.8g)
·         Lipstick Queen Belle Époque in Belle Wine (full-size)
·         Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer (1oz)
·         Mila Moursi Neck Contouring Fluid (4ml)
·         Miriam Quevedo Extreme Caviar Intensive Anti-Aging Luxe Masque (1.7oz)
·         Natura Bissé Diamond Extreme Eye (2ml)
·         Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo (1oz)
·         Ouai Treatment Masque (1oz)
·         Philip B Oud Royal Forever Shine Shampoo (15ml)
·         R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo (1.6oz)
·         Ren Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask (10ml)
·         Rodial Pink Diamond Instant Lifting Serum (5ml)
·         Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream (8g)
·         Tata Harper Purifying Mask (7.5ml)
·         Tula Exfoliating Treatment Mask (0.05oz)
·         Veneffect Anti-Aging Lip Treatment (3ml) 
The campaign, which launched in stores and on next week, features product picks & insight from 6 notable Beauty devotees. Discover more here.

Visit or follow us on Instagram & Twitter @spacenkusa#SNKbeautyedit

*While supplies last. One per customer. Space NK reserves the right to substitute an item for equal or greater value. To Receive Gift Use Code: SPRING17

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