Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Equitance Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 36 | Review

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While the summer has given way to the fall, we must remain vigilant about applying, and reapplying, our sunscreen every single day. In Los Angeles, the seasons are less distinct, and it tends to be rather easy to remember to use sunscreen, but none of us can afford to forego using daily sunscreens. 

One of my recent facial sunscreen finds is Equitance Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 36, and this pragmatic formula is a dual-purpose primer and sunscreen in one. The lightweight texture has a thin liquid consistency that effortlessly glides across the skin, and dries down quickly. There is a comfortable velvety, emollient texture from the silicones– which serves as a perfect makeup primer, and I definitely find that it increases the longevity of my makeup. However, since I reapply my sunscreens frequently (about every 80 minutes), I did not test how long a single application preserved the longevity of my makeup– since that would clearly compromise my protection against extended sun exposure. 

It is very important to shake this sunscreen before use in order for the mixing balls to thoroughly mix the ingredients. It is also important to note that I experienced no pilling of makeup– which is definitely a deal breaker for me, and something that can occur when particular ingredients from the sunscreen and the makeup do not play well together.

According to Equitance,

Effectively safeguards against UV rays and free radicals. The perfect primer for makeup, this sunscreen filters UV rays and environmental stressors that contribute to hyperpigmentation, photoaging and skin-harm. Enhanced with brightening and moisturizing ingredients, the fast-drying formula primes the skin and performs flawlessly under makeup.
Select Ingredients:
  • Linoleic Acid is extracted from safflower seed oil and purified. We found that linoleic acid’s primary effect helps to significantly minimize the appearance of dark spots. It also promotes the exfoliation of the stored melanin that form dark spots.
  • Ascorbyl Glucoside is a vitamin C derivative with skin-brightening powers. In liquid topical skin care formulas, vitamin C derivative is more stable, maximizing its beneficial function better than vitamin C itself.
  • Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, made from licorice, possesses soothing properties.
  • Cherry Blossom Leaf Extract is culled from the Japanese sakura tree and possesses properties that sooth and soften rough skin.
  • Shell Ginger Extract is derived from the Japanese alpinia speciosa leaf. Its intense moisturizing properties help brighten the skin.
Directions: Before use, shake well until the mixing balls inside can be heard multiple times, then smooth over entire face and neck as a final step in your morning skincare routine. Reapply at least every 2 hours.
Overall Assessment: I have been reaching for this sunscreen on a daily basis lately, and am very pleased with the results. If you are seeking a new facial sunscreen that is likewise an effective primer, then Equitance Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 36 is definitely worth your consideration.

$30.00 for 29ml 0.98 fl. oz from Equitance (Unaffiliated Links).
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Monday, September 26, 2016

MUJI Acrylic 5 Drawer Makeup Organizer Special $10.00 | Sale Ends October 16

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I absolutely love shopping at MUJI, and I am lucky enough to have two stores nearby. One of my best finds from them is the MUJI Multipurpose Box with five Drawers (reviewed HERE)– which just so happens to be on special now through October 16, 2016. There is a limit of 4 per customer, and you are right if you assume that I purchased the limit! If you need more makeup or jewelry storage, I highly recommend the MUJI Multipurpose Box– the quality is excellent, and at nearly 75% OFF you can't go wrong!

Size : W26 x D17.5 x H16cm (W10.4 x D7 x H6.4")
Regular Price: $38.00
Special Price: $10.00

Sunday, September 25, 2016


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These pampering treatments are all about eyes. Our Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum and Revitalizing Eye Mask combine Okinawa Red Algae, Honeysuckle Leaf and Caffeine to visibly plump, firm and de-puff the eye area. The Revitalizing Eye Cream contains Peony and Honeysuckle to energize skin and visibly diminish fine lines and dark circles. The included silk sleep mask promotes restorative rest.

This set includes:
- AGELESS Revitalizing Eye Cream Travel Size - 3 ml | 0.1 fl. oz.
- LUMINOUS Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum - 15 ml / 0.5 fl.oz.
- LUMINOUS Deep Hydration Revitalizing Eye Mask Four Pack - 20 ml per mask
- Limited Edition Tatcha Sleeping Eye Mask

SENTEURS D'ORIENT Hammam Soap in Rose of Damascus | Review

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SENTEURS D’ORIENT Hammam Soap in Rose of Damascus is the most beautiful soap imaginable. From the gorgeous design of the soap itself to the otherworldly aroma of the real roses used to make this ultra-luxe bar– this is the most delectable soap in which to luxuriate. The rich and creamy lather gently cleanses the skin without stripping it, while the beautiful aroma delights the senses. I love that this soap is on a rope– since hanging it allows it to dry out between uses. This is the perfect hostess gift, holiday gift or gift for yourself, and the recipient will be delighted. 


Senteurs D'Orient's 'Hammam' soaps are expertly handcrafted in the brand's Lebanon atelier. Each bar is infused with essential oils for a complete mind and body experience, and packaged in a clean, oragami-inspired box that's perfect for gifting. Made with real roses, 'Rose of Damascus' is as simple and fresh as it is elegant and romantic.

...Each pure vegetal soap is handcrafted by local artisans in Lebanon, air-dried for 10 days, and etched with our elegant filigree. We use a blend of precious essential oils, fine fragrance and moisturizing Olive oil, Vitamin E, Shea butter and Glycerin for beautiful, dewy skin and a relaxed spirit.

Rose of Damascus is a feminine, elegant blend made with real roses that instantly uplifts your mood. Created with a blend of Geranium, Guaiac, Litsea, Mint, Bay and Lime essential oils.
SENTEURS D'ORIENT Hammam Soap Rose of Damascus is formulated with Shea Butter, Olive Oil and Vitamin E to promote smooth skin. Also available in: Tuberose, Orange Blossom, Jasmine of Arabia, Amber.

SENTEURS D'ORIENT donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this soap toward the education of women in Lebanon.
Overall Assessment: I plan to try more of their soaps because this one has truly impressed and delighted me. I also am very happy that SENTEURS D'ORIENT donates a portion of their proceeds from the sale of this soap to educate women in Lebanon.

$38.00 for 7.2 oz/205 g. from SENTEURS D'ORIENT and Net-A-Porter (Affiliate Links).
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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Covet-Worthy PurErb Skincare Picks for Gorgeous Glowing Skin

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PurErb, a new herbology-based skincare and aromatherapy brand, carefully scours the globe in search of the highest quality vitamin and antioxidant-rich oils, butters and botanicals to make their high quality, handcrafted skincare products. 

This Southern California-based skincare and aromatherapy brand, "incorporates Meridian facial massage techniques into a transformative experience of beauty and wellness. Created by innovative formulators, experts in herbology, and specialists in Meridian theory, PurErb products feature over 100 botanicals as well as jade and celadon massage tools designed to sculpt facial contours, enhance circulation, reduce stress, and improve overall wellness."

According to PurErb,

PurErb™ products differ from other natural products due to NLE, a groundbreaking Natural Liposome Encapsulation that captures and intensifies the power of plant stem cells, phyto-derived peptides, and botanical extracts, providing long-lasting moisture, smoothing lines, and boosting radiance. NLE allows encapsulated botanical actives to retain their potency, providing phenomenal skincare and aromatherapy benefits,
PurErb Vitality Deep Cleansing Oil ($9.00 for 1 oz. and $32.00 for 6 oz. from PurErb): This is such a lovely cleansing oil that I can't stop reaching for it. It has a warm, creamy citrus aroma that utterly delights the senses. I love to apply it to dry skin and massage it for a few seconds before wetting my face to activate the oil- which turns into a creamy white emulsion with the introduction of water. It dissolves makeup, dirt and impurities, and it leaves skin hydrated, silky-smooth and radiant. Tip: I remove my eye makeup with a makeup remover beforehand so that I don't have a makeup mess all over my face during this phase of cleansing.

According to PurErb,

Luxurious rinse-off oil cleanser dissolves and washes away surface impurities to help prevent dehydration and excess sebum, leaving skin refreshed, smooth and radiant. Moisturizing formula features 15 exotic botanical ingredients, including Abyssinian, Moringa, Geranium, Kukui, Frankincense, and Sacha Inchi oils.
· Dissolves and washes away surface impurities
· Helps prevent dehydration and excess sebum
· Leaves skin refreshed, smooth and radiant

Directions: Apply oil onto dry face. Wet the face to activate the oil and gently massage. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Do not use tissue to remove oil.

Ingredients: Plukenetia Volubis Seed (Sacha Inchi) Seed Oil, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Squalane, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, PEG-16 Macadamia Glycerides, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange Oil), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Oil, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Tocotrienol (Vitamin E).
PurErb Clarity No. 096 Brightening Cleansing Bar ($10.00 for 1 oz and $35.00 for 3.5 oz. from PurErb): This brilliant brightening cleansing bar was conceived to lift impurities, to brighten dull, lackluster skin and to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation. The earthy herbal aroma bursts forth when you activate the creamy lather, and it delights the senses and calms the mind. This cleanser neither strips the skin, nor does it leave the skin feeling taut and uncomfortable. Instead, skin feels clean, balanced and very comfortable.

According to PurErb,

Unique cleansing and brightening formula perfected by a respected Korean master monk contains a total of 38 plant extracts, including Ginseng, Bearberry, Mulberry, Cowslip, and Angelica. Improves dullness and discoloration, leaving skin hydrated, soft, and refreshed. Light, earthy aroma creates a sense of stability and grounding.

Other key ingredients include Mulberry, which helps inhibit melanin synthesis; Mitracarpe, which soothes inflammation and provides a lightening effect; Slender Glasswort, which detoxifies, tones, and improves texture; Lady’s Mantle, which helps fade away freckles and age spots; Balloon Flower, which combats inflammation and oxidative damage; Heartleaf, which contains potassium to help skin retain moisture; Yarrow, which helps calm and balance acne-prone skin; and White Hyacinth, which features essential fatty acids, vitamins, and skin-nourishing minerals to calm and balance skin.

Some mind-enhancing benefits are derived from Lemon Balm, which boosts alertness and helps sharpen memory; Ginger, which promotes energy and courage; and Ginseng, which helps improve mental performance.

· Improves dull, lackluster skin
· Hydrates, softens, and refreshes
· Features over 2 dozen brightening extracts

Directions: Wet hands and rub bar until lather appears. Massage onto face and neck for 30 seconds.
Leave on for 2 minutes, then rinse and pat dry.

Ingredients: Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin Orange) Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi (Bearberry) Extract, Mitracarpus Scaber (Mitracarpe) Extract, Morus Alba (Mulberry) Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Cuscuta Chinensis Lamarck (Chinese Dodder) Extract, Salicornia Herbacea (Slender Glasswort) Extract, Phaseolus Radiatus (Mung Bean) Extract, Agarum (Sea Colander) Extract, Agarum (Sea Colander) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Trichosanthes Kirilowii Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Primula Veris (Cowslip) Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris (Lady’s Mantle) Extract, Veronica Officinalis (Gypsy Weed) Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Platycodon Grandiflorum (Balloon Flower) Extract, Ligusticum Porteri Root Extract, Dahurian Angelica Root Extract, Bletilla Striata Extract, Ampelopsis Japonica Extract, Dolichos Lablab Linn (White Hyacinth) Bean Extract, Japanese Hogfennel Root Extract, Linum Usitatissimum (Wild Flax) Extract, Trigonella Melilotus Coerulea (Blue Fenugreek) Extract, Houttuynia Cordata (Heartleaf) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria (Chamomile) Extract, Kaempferia Galanga (Aromatic Ginger) Extract, Agastache Rugosa (Korean Mint) Extract, Bupleurum (Chinese Thoroughwax) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract.
PurErb Bulgarian Rose Soothing Toner ($12,00 for 2 oz, and $32,00 for 6 oz. from PurErb): boasts the unique formula that blends, "uncommon ingredients such as Edelweiss stem cells, Cat’s Ear and Knotweed extracts, which provide excellent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging benefits." Knotweed, which contains Resveratrol, is a potent antioxidant that effectively protects the skin from environmental stress. Edelweiss, which is derived from a rare Alpine flower, is an anti-inflammatory antioxidant with powerful anti-aging and  anti-oxidative characteristics. Sandalwood was selected for its ability to, "improve overall skin tone and reduces the appearance of skin imperfections" while the plant-derived Tripeptide-29, "which increases fibroblast activity and collagen synthesis," was selected because it diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

PurErb Bulgarian Rose Soothing Toner has the delectable aroma of Bulgarian Rose Essential Oil that immediately delights the senses while it calms the mind and moisturizes the skin. I immediately feel uplifted, and my skin is left soft, smooth, hydrated and luminous. I simply spray the toner on my face and neck after cleansing and use it to help absorb my beauty oils and serums more efficiently. It can also be used to set makeup, and should be spritzed whenever you want a little pick-me-up.

According to PurErb,

Bulgarian Rose Soothing Toner soothing mist features authentic Bulgarian Rose essential oil and Sandalwood oil, known for easing tension, calming negative emotions, and alleviating anxiety, while Frankincense enhances focus and Rose Geranium uplifts and energizes. Bulgarian Rose Soothing Toner features over 20 exotic botanical oils and extracts, with all-natural preservatives and no artificial fragrance, alcohol, or parabens.

Ingredients: Rosa Damascena (Bulgarian Rose) Flower Water, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Flower Water, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Polyglutamic Acid (Natto Gum), Adenosine, Polygonum Cuspidatum (Japanese Knotweed) Root Extract, Rhododendron Indicum (Azalea) Flower Extract, Tripeptide-29, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Leontopodium Alpinum (Edelweiss) Meristem Cell Culture, Hypochoeris Radicata (Cat's Ear) Extract, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Allantoin, Rosa Damascena (Bulgarian Rose) Flower Oil, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Oil, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf Extract, Cinnamomum Zeylancum (Cinnamon) Bark Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Root Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel.
PurErb Purity Renewing Facial Oil ($28.00 for .3 oz. and $75.00 for 1 oz. from PurErb): This antioxidant and essential fatty acid-rich beauty oil is lightweight, fast absorbing and velvety in texture. While light in texture, it is exceedingly rich in moisture, and it leaves skin deeply hydrated, soft, supple and utterly luminous. It has a warm earthy, woodsy aroma that elevates the mood and quiets the mind.

According to PurErb,

PurErb™ herbology-based skincare and aromatherapy introduces Purity Renewing Facial Oil, a richly textured facial elixir that bathes skin in a refreshing, woodsy aroma. Nourishing botanical oils restore suppleness, softness, and radiance, while the uplifting aroma inspires feelings of confidence.

Woodsy facial elixir features skin-perfecting oils that include Dilo, Macadamia, Argan, Abyssinian, Juniper, Tea Tree, Carrot Seed, and Patchouli.

Purity Renewing Facial Oil's range of eclectic oils include: Argan, which contains high levels of vitamin E and essential fatty acids to hydrate and soften skin; Dilo, which boosts moisture levels and improves the look of skin firmness and elasticity, plus promotes skin cell regeneration; Abyssinian, which is rich in vitamins A, B, D, and E and omega-9 fatty acids, and helps restore suppleness, softness and radiance; Carrot Seed, which protects against environmental damage; Melaleuca, which helps relieve congestion; and Juniper, which detoxifies, soothes inflammation, and improves radiance. Other ingredients that help uplift the mind and mood include Patchouli, Grapefruit, and Frankincense oils.

· Absorbs quickly to moisturize and soften
· Promotes a flawless, natural glow
· Woodsy aroma evokes a sense of composure
· Calms and centers the mind
Directions: After cleansing and toning, dispense oil onto fingertips. Rub fingertips together, then gently massage oil onto face and neck.

Ingredients: Calophyllum Inophyllum (Dilo) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Juniperus Communis (Juniper) Berry Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil, Rosa Centifolia Flower Oil.
PurErb Serenity Calming Moisturizer ($20.00 for 0.5 oz. and $58.00 for 1.75 oz. from PurErb): This deeply nourishing moisturizer is medium weight, fast absorbing and thoroughly mood elevating.  It immediately hydrates the skin, without leaving behind a greasy reside, and it leaves skin soft, supple and luminous. Furthermore, it calms irritated skin, and improves its overall texture. The warm floral aroma is delicate and delectable– to the extent that I love to use it on the back of my hands so that I can inhale its magnificence! This is a perfect moisturizer to use daily now that we are entering the colder months of the year.

According to PurErb,

Luscious cream caresses the skin with an exotic bouquet of botanical extracts that include Baobab, Bulgarian Rose, Kakadu Plum, and Edelweiss.

· Soothes, softens, and hydrates stressed skin
· Improves tone and texture
· Delicate floral notes create a sense of tranquility

Ingredients: Rosa Damascena (Bulgarian Rose) Flower Water, Malus Domestica (Apple) Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Butter, Leontopodium Alpinum Meristem (Edelweiss) Stem Cell Culture, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract, Tocotrienol (Vitamin E), Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (derived from coconut), Liposomes, Allantoin, Bisabolol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosa Damascena (Bulgarian Rose) Flower Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Leaf Oil, Helichrysum Italicum Flower Oil, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium Oil), Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Oil, Propanediol (derived from corn), Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf Extract, Cinnamomum Zeylancum (Cinnamon) Bark Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Root Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract.
Overall Assessment: PurErb is such a great skincare, and if you are seeking a healthy skincare line that pampers the skin and delights the senses, then their products are worthy of your consideration.

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Ringing in the Fall with The Beauty Spotlight Team's Top Weekend Beauty Reads

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Thinking about trying bayalage? Check out Pammy Blogs Beauty's transition from full foil highlights to a much more natural bayalage color with highlights and lowlights

Amber from daydreaming beauty has the scoop on a few new Fall beauty releases, including a gorgeous new palette from butter LONDON! 

Cindy from Prime Beauty thinks the butterLONDON Beauty Clutch lives up to it's name of Glitz and Glamour. See what you think! 

Fall is here! Phyrra's got the Makeup Geek Fall 2016 Collection to share with you. You'll love these gorgeous colors! 

Never Say Die Beauty is already thinking holiday shopping. And she’s got some fabulous small gift ideas for you from the natural, cruelty-free skincare brand, FarmHouse Fresh

Beauty Info Zone is another blog obsessed with Farmhouse Fresh and Marcia gives you the recipe for perfection. 

Pumpkin spice ALL the things with the ColourPop Terracotta Fall Edit and be ON TREND this Autumn! 

Christa from Perilously Pale shares a review and swatches (including lip swatches) of the full 18 shade range of Bite Beauty Multisticks

Helen from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog is a huge fan of high quality exfoliating cleansers that are gentle and effective, and that do not strip the skin. Therefore it should come as no surprise that Colbert MD Balance Purifying Cleanser ranks among her all-time favorite Holy Grail cleansers! 

Getting the most out of your skincare is important from the inside and out! Blushing Noir is currently using these products from BeBe & Bella will get you there - and there's a 20% off code involved! 

Fall has arrived and Justina's Gems has beautiful fall makeup for you from Jane Iredale that you don't want to miss.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Aromatherapy Picks for your Body, Soul and Home to Ring in the New Season

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You may just associate retailer, FragranceNet.com, as a purveyor of perfumes, but they also have a formidable collection of Aromatherapy house and body products that offer the perfect way to ring in the fall and winter seasons. They have gorgeous essential oils, candles and body care products that are the perfect way to give your skincare and household aroma choices an overhaul. Additionally, they frequently have exceptional sales and specials that can save you a fortune as you contemplate your holiday gift shopping.
Northern Lights Candle: this particular candle appears to have sold out, but FragranceNet has a wide variety of beautiful candles, and many of them are currently on sale HERE.
Ahava Mineral Botanic Velvet Cream Wash in Lotus & Chestnut ($27.99 for 17 oz. from FragranceNet.com): This body wash gently cleanses the skin without stopping it, or leaving it taut. It soothes and moisturizes the skin with macadamia oil, organic plant extracts and Dead Sea Minerals– leaving skin silky smooth. It has a delicious nutty, fruity aroma that I find intoxicatingly good!

According to Ahava, 

An anti-oxidant rich cream wash infused with Lotus Flower, Chestnut and other botanical extracts that contain polyphenols to help reduce redness and bring comfort to skin.

Select Ingredients:
Lotus Flower extract offers a unique soothing sensation to skin.
Chestnut extract nourishes and hydrates.
Dead Sea minerals boost skin's ability to stay hydrated.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropylbetain, Glycerin, Peg 7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Cocamide MEA, Maris Sal (Dead Sea Water), Styrene Acrylamide Copolymer, PEG-16 Macademia Glycerides, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinat, Polyquaternium 7, Parfum (Fragrance), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Decyl Glucoside, DMDM Hydantion, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Citric Acid, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool.
Aura Cacia Geranium-Essential Oil ($14.99 for .5 oz. from Fragrance.net): They have a wide variety of Aura Cacia Essential Oils HERE. If you love essential oils, then Aura Cacia has a gorgeous selection to choose from I keep a collection of essential oils near my oil diffuser and use them regularly. They make the house smell lovely, and they elevate the mood, and pamper the senses of everyone who is in the house.

According to Aura Cacia,

Geranium essential oil has a rose-like aroma with minty undertones. An important ingredient in many skin care products, it provides balancing properties to both dry and oily complexions. Add a few drops to face cleansers to supplement their effects.
Cowshed Gorgeous Cow Blissful Shower Scrub (Scrubs Regularly $39.99, Currently On Sale for $27.99 at FragranceNet.com) is just one of the Cowshed Body Scrubs available, and FragranceNet has a lovely assortment of their products– many of which are currently on sale.

I love high quality body exfoliators, and I really love using them. I enjoy the refreshing process of sloughing off dead skin cells, and revealing silky smooth skin. However, I like gentle formulas without jagged exfoliating particles that can tear and damage the skin. My most recent body scrub obsession is the lovely COWSHED Gorgeous Cow Blissful Shower Scrub, and not only is it gentle, but the delectable rose scent makes using it an unmitigated delight. It looks a bit like strawberry jam, and smells equally edible, and unlike many body scrubs that contain oils, this one does not make an oily and slippery mess of your shower. The Jojoba Beads and Coconut Fibre are simultaneously very gentle on the skin and extremely effective in their ability to exfoliate the skin. Therefore, this scrub is a great choice for all skin types– including sensitive skin. Skin is left soft, silky smooth, supple and ultra-luminous.

According to COWSHED,

Power-packed with natural ingredients including Avocado Oil and Vitamin E, this scrub will leave you with ultra-soft, glowing and delicately fragranced skin. The luxurious rose scented formula contains both Jojoba Beads and Coconut Fibre which won’t be too tough on sensitive skin, but is perfect for those who prefer a slightly grittier scrub to slough away dead skin cells.

Select Ingredients:
Ylang-Ylang: Sensual, relaxing and balancing; beneficial in treating both dry and oily skin.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon has excellent anti-fungal properties and will leave your hair smelling delicious.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water/Eau), Coco-Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocos Nucifera Fibre Powder (Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fibre Powder), Glycerin, Jojoba Esters, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprylate, Sodium Chloride, Styrax Tonkinensis Resin Extract (Styrax Tonkinensis (Benzoin) Resin Extract), Parfum (Fragrance), Xanthan Gum, Lavandula Angustifolia Flower Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil), Cananga Odorata Flower Oil (Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil), Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Cymbopogon Martini Leaf Oil (Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Leaf Oil), Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Leaf Oil (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Leaf Oil), Decyl Glucoside, Diglycerin, Rosa Centifolia Flower Oil (Rosa Centifolia (Rose Absolute) Flower Oil), Sodium Benzoate, Triethylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Persea Gratissima Oil (Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil), Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Magnesium Chloride, Magnesium Nitrate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, CI 14700 (Red 4), Hexyl Cinnamal, Geraniol, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Hydroxycitronellal, Benzyl Benzoate.

Overall Assessment: Take a look at FragranceNet's offerings before you begin your holiday shopping– I think that you will be pleasantly surprised by their selection.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Tea Body Polish & Citrus Cilantro Body Oil

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There is something very comforting about using nourishing body products when summer gives way to fall, and therefore on this first day of the new season I thought that it would be appropriate to feature two recent body care finds that I am really enjoying from Farmhouse Fresh.

About Farmhouse Fresh,

At FarmHouse Fresh, you'll find skincare products crafted around delicious food and drinks, all made in Texas using up to 99.6% natural and naturally derived ingredients, and chock full of fruits, vegetables, milks, and more from U.S. farms. Each product is hand assembled and packaged with a touch of country humor. Whimsical. Nostalgic. Giftable to even your finickiest friends. 

Everything we make is Paraben & Sulfate FREE and our fragrances are all natural or phthalate free. Many of our products are also Vegan and Gluten Free. Click here to read more. We LOVE crafting complex and scrumptious fragrances, but we also offer a range of products made with only essential oils if that is your preference!
Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Tea Whipped Body Scrub ($34.00 for 12 oz. from Farmhouse Fresh, Fresh Fragrances, Yes Style and Strawberry Net): This is such a delectable body scrub that it really does smell edible. The warm sweet tea scent is punctuated by the most delicious peachy aroma. This thick and creamy scrub gently exfoliates dead skin cells with the sugar granules, but simultaneously moisturizes the skin with Shea Butter. Skin is left soft, supple, hydrated and luminous without being in the least bit stripped or taut. This scrub is such a treat to use, and would be a perfect holiday gift!

According to Farmhouse Fresh,

You’ll be tempted to sip this creamy, whipped, gentle cleanser that exfoliates with sugar grains and peach stone powder. Scented like a southern sweet tea with peach, ginger, orchid and white tea - a light herbal treat! Skin is exfoliated without feeling tight, dry or stripped of natural oils. Shea butter’s many vitamins quickly penetrate skin to hydrate the outer layers, providing a healthy glow with no irritated feel. Sweet Tea Shea Sugar Whipped Body Polish is 90% natural, and like all FarmHouse Fresh products, is Paraben & Sulfate free!
  • A natural, fragrant and hydrating body scrub
  • Features a whipped creamy texture
  • Contains sugar grains and peach stone powder to provide gentle exfoliation
  • Blended with vitamin-rich shea butter to hydrate skin's outer layers
  • Infused with a delicate mouthwatering scent
  • Body skin appears softer, smoother, more radiant and revived
  • Paraben and sulfate-free
90% Natural – NOT Vegan (has beeswax) - Gluten Free
Farmhouse Fresh Citrus Cilantro Body Oil ($18.00 for 4 oz. from Farmhouse Fresh, Fresh Fragrances, Strawberry Net, Yes Style and Overstock): Given my unmitigated passion for beauty oils, I was especially thrilled to try this body oil, and it does not disappoint! The refreshing aroma, which is aptly described as a "light cut-grass scent," is an absolute treat to the senses. The antioxidant-rich oil is lightweight, fast absorbing and deeply moisturizing. Skin is left utterly soft, supple, silky smooth hydrated and unmistakably luminous. I love to apply it to my skin immediately following a shower when my skin is still warm and slightly damp– which not only makes it sink into the skin more efficiently, but it also allows you to use less oil.

According to Farmhouse Fresh,

A natural, fragrant & deeply hydrating body oil Formulated with antioxidant-rich Olive Fruit & Grapeseed oils Contains Orange Peel, Jojoba, Sunflower Seed & Apricot Kernel oils Helps nourish & soothe very sensitive skin Promotes the synthesis of collagen & elastin Improves skin's texture & banishes harmful effects of the sun Infused with a delicate refreshing cut-grass scent Leaves body skin calm, soft, smooth & healthy looking, Paraben & sulfate-free

Directions: Use in your bath water or apply directly to skin as a light but deeply hydrating body oil. Citrus Cilantro oil imparts wonderful benefits to skin as Grapeseed and Olive Fruit oils have powerful antioxidants which diminish the damaging effects of sun, enhance the synthesis of healthy collagen and elastin and improve skin's texture. Plus with this delectable scent, you'll be the sweet breeze that blows in!

Citrus Cilantro Body Oil is 96% natural, and like all our products, it is paraben and sulfate free. 96% Natural - Vegan - Gluten Free.
Overall Assessment: I am so smitten with these two Farmhouse Fresh treasures that I am definitely planning on further investigating their other offerings. Whether you are looking to add some new products to your body care routine, or looking for lovely holiday gifts– I highly recommend trying out Farmhouse Fresh.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Colbert MD Balance Purifying Cleanser | Review

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Colbert MD is an ultra-luxe skincare line that is the creation of critically acclaimed dermatologist, and founder of New York Dermatology Group, Dr. David Colbert. I have been using Dr. Colbert's skincare for many years now, and it steadfastly remains one of my very favorite skincare lines. This carefully edited collection features the highest quality products that boast enviably efficacy, delectable textures, and they are a true joy to use.
Colbert MD Balance Purifying Cleanser is an antioxidant-rich gel-based cleanser that is ultra refreshing, and it neither strips the skin, nor is it left taut and uncomfortable. The gel is itself transformed into a light lather with the introduction of water, and it provides the skin with gentle, mom-irritating exfoliation without any gritty exfoliating particles. Instead, Lactic Acid gently removes dead skin cells, while Ginkgo Biloba purifies the skin and provides natural anti-bacterial benefits. Furthermore, Allantoin, an anti-irritant, protects the skin while Bisabolol soothes and calms the skin.

I use this cleanser one of two ways: I apply it directly to my face and allow it to sit as a mask for a few minuted to allow the Lactic Acid to remove and dissolve dead skin cells, and then I apply warm water and gently massage in a circular motion to my face, neck and décolleté. When I don't need extra exfoliation, I simply apply a modest amount to my hands and activate the light lather before massaging it into my damp face, neck and décolleté. With either method, my skin is left silky-smooth, supple and as soft as a baby's bottom.

According to Colbert MD,

A refreshing cleanser with anti-aging benefits. The perfect preparation for the Colbert MD regimen.
Gently removes oil and surface impurities while providing a daily concentration of anti-aging benefits. Leaves skin smooth, supple and clean. 

Directions: Apply in a circular motion to damp face. Rinse well with warm water and pat dry.
Key Ingredients & Their Attributes:
  • Ginkgo Biloba: Purifies skin while providing anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial benefits.
  • Lactic Acid: Provides gentle daily exfoliation.
  • Allantoin: Acts as an anti-irritant and protector while enabling healthy cell growth.
  • Bisabolol: Soothes, conditions and balances complexion.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Disodium Cocoamphodipropionate, Lauryl Glucoside, Polyquaternium-10, Phenoxyethanol, Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Sodium Chloride, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ppg-26-Buteth-26, Lactic Acid, Capryl Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Levulinate, Chlorphenesin, Allantoin, Panthenol, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Anisate, Menthol, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Camelia Sinensis Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Disodium Edta, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Salicylic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Bisabolol, Capylic/Capric Triglyceride, Retinol, Bht, Limonene, Linalool.
Overall Assessment: Colbert MD Balance Purifying Cleanser is one of my favorite, most loved and used cleansers, to date. It is very concentrated– therefore this 5 oz. tube will last you a very long time! Another A+ product from Colbert MD.

$60.00 for 5 oz. from Colbert MD, Colbert MD Official Amazon StoreBarneys New York, Space NK, Net-A-Porter, Bloomingdale's, Beauty.com, Beauty Bay and FarFetch (Affiliate Links).

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BISLEY 20% OFF at The Container Store | Ends September 25

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If you are looking for brilliant, and attractive, storage solutions, then The Container Store is definitely the place to go. I shop there all of the time, and have solved a multitude of storage dilemmas by shopping their aisles. I always go there first when I seek additional storage solutions for my ever-growing stash of makeup and skincare, and I am currently thinking about picking up a few of the small Bisley 5 Drawer Cabinets (Regular Price $99.00. Sale $79.20) and the Silver Bisley Collection Cabinets (Regularly $219.00 Sale $175.20) for my overflow of makeup. They are gorgeous, heavy gauge steel, and are made in England. The small cabinets come in a wide range of cheery colors, but the pink and orange have captured my imagination. 

20% Off Bisley Filing Cabinets, Lockers & File Storage at The Container Store through September 25, 2016.

The Container Store is also having a 25% Off on Shelving Sale that you won't want to miss, if you need some extra shelving in your life.
Bisley 5 Drawer Cabinets (Regular Price $99.00. Sale $79.20)
Silver Bisley Collection Cabinets (Regularly $219.00 Sale $175.20)
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