Saturday, October 20, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Week in Review | October 20

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog loves high quality luxury skincare, and recently fell head-over-heels in love with several Erborian Skincare products that have quickly achieved holy grail status. Hint: Their Solid Cleansing Oil is truly covet-worthy! #erborian

Prime Beauty received her best subscription box ever with the BoxyCharm October 20118 box! Take a look at the goodies & brands she got!

With everyone talking about pumpkin everything, Never Say Die Beauty shares her favorite pumpkin skincare products, including an incredible natural pumpkin facial mask!

Are you interested in clean pure cosmetics? If so you'll want to learn about CLEURE. Beautiful products that you can trust.

Just because it is now fall doesn’t mean you have to say farewell to the beach for the next six months! Jen from Laugh, Love, Contour has picked out her favorite 7 products that suit the cooler weather all while embracing her favorite elements of the beach. Check them out and see if any are your favorites as well!

Do you use and love essential oils? How do you store your essential oils? Christa from Realizing Beauty shares How to Store Your Essential Oils in a way that's affordable, organized, and improving her entire experience using them.

This week, Polarbelle is sharing her nighttime skin routine, which has some tips for everyone and particularly those with over 40 skin. Be sure to enter the giveaway!

Pammy Blogs Beauty revives her damaged/highlighted hair with Nexxus's Keraphix line!

If you have sensitive skin you'll want to read about some of the Evercalm products from REN Skincare over on The Makeup Obsessed Mom's blog.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Herbivore Brighten Pineapple + Gemstone Mask | Review

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Herbivore Brighten Pineapple + Gemstone Mask is one of my most recent discoveries from their lovely natural skincare line, and I am quite impressed by its efficacy. I received this deluxe sample as a bundled gift with purchase recently, and I like it so much that I plan to purchase it once I finish up a few of my other exfoliating masks.

This mask contains Pineapple and Papaya Enzymes in conjunction with Rice Powder and Brazilian Tourmaline to exfoliate dead skin cells. The Enzymes gently dissolve and exfoliate skin cells while the micronized Rice Powder and Tourmaline dislodge and sweep away the exfoliated skin. Because it is such an effective exfoliator, Herbivore suggests that this mask should only be used at night, and followed by a an SPF to protect the skin each day– which I strictly adhere to.

The consistency is a gel-like cream that is light and very easy to apply, and it is quite pleasant to use. I simply apply a thin layer and leave it on for about 15 minutes, or until it has thoroughly dried, and then I rinse it off with warm water. If you have very sensitive skin, you will not want to leave it on nearly as long. It is filled with potent actives, and it does tingle a bit, but on my skin it is neither painful, nor unpleasant. I would definitely recommend getting a sample if you have particularly sensitive skin, and spot test it for a very short duration to see if it is too active for your skin.

Once I remove the mask, I note the my skin is slightly flushed, but only for a few minutes. Skin is left thoroughly cleansed, exfoliated, hydrated, soft, silky smooth and luminous.

According to Herbivore,

A truly natural radiance mask featuring Rice Powder and Pineapple Enzymes to smooth and brighten skin, plus micronized Brazilian Tourmaline gemstone to give a glowing complexion.
About Herbivore,

Herbivore products are truly natural, vegan, and cruelty-free. They contain no synthetic ingredients— this includes no dyes, no fragrances, and no synthetic preservatives. Additionally, they are concentrated blends containing no fillers and using the minimum amount of ingredients necessary to achieve the maximum results.

Directions: Apply a thin layer to clean skin. Slight tingling is normal with this mask as it works to brighten and exfoliate the skin. Leave on 15–20 minutes or until mask is completely dry. Rinse with warm water. Sensitive skin: Leave on 5 minutes and rinse with warm water. For the first three nights, use nightly. After the third night, use 2–3 nights per week.

Tips: Only use this mask at night as you do not want to expose skin to sunlight directly following use. Use SPF during the day after using this mask to maintain results and avoid sun damage. Slight to moderate tingling is normal with this mask.

K E Y   I N G R E D I E N T S:

Brazilian White Tourmaline Gemstone: Naturally brightens and illuminates the complexion.

Pineapple and Papaya Enzymes: Natural forms of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) that gently exfoliate the skin, leaving it smoother and brighter.

Rice Powder: Has been used in Japan for centuries to brighten, soften, and smooth the complexion.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Gel, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose (plant derived), Glycerin, Carica Papaya (Organic Papaya) Fruit Extract, Pineapple Natural Melange, Ananas Comosus (Organic Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Brazilian Micronized Tourmaline Gemstone Powder, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Leuconostoc / (Leucidal) Radish Root Ferment Filtrate.

Phthalate-free; paraben-free; sulfate-free; artificial ingredient-free; filler-free; alcohol-free; artificial color-free.
Overall Assessment: I am very impressed with Herbivore, in general, and this masks definitely measures up to my expectations. If you are looking to incorporate more eco-luxe skincare products into your skincare routine, Herbivore is definitely worthy of your consideration.

$48.00 for 2.3 oz. from Sephora, Sephora in JCPenneyNordstrom, Revolve, Dermstore, Space NK UK and Birchbox (Affiliate Links).

Purchased. All views expressed are categorically my own.
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

How Much Skincare and Makeup Do We Really Need?

The other day I was thinking about all of the fall collections that have been launching, and the way in which so many of them aren't unique, or particularly interesting, in my estimation. There are so few that have moved me and made me want to go see them, let alone purchase them. There are a few, of course, that I am curious about, but what I am finding is that I already own so much skincare and makeup that it has to be really special, and particularly well-suited to my needs and desires to warrant a purchase.

This made me, once again, reflect upon my consumerism– which lead me to reread what I wrote on the subject back in 2012, and then reposted a few years later.

Here is what I wrote:

I am reposting this publication that I wrote in 2012 after having received a very interesting email from a longtime reader who claimed that she has made a concerted effort to avoid the trap of purchasing from limited edition collections, or anything else that ultimately doesn't suit her, and now feels empowered by the restraint that she demonstrates by making well-reasoned, rather than impetuous, purchases. This inspired me to #repost this article since it contemplates this very issue, and it certainly makes me contemplate my own spending habits as a consumer.
Barbara Kruger Untitled (I shop therefore I am) (1987)

Barbara Kruger's appropriation of RenĂ© Descartes' maxim "I think, therefore I am"(Cogito, ergo sum) is searingly funny and poignant when "I shop therefore I am" becomes a commentary about the commodification of culture. Ironically, her artwork which is the byproduct of her philosophical critique is worth a tremendous amount of money itself.

I love Kruger's work because it makes you take a long hard look at the underpinnings of what drives culture, and what motivates us to do what we do, and think what we think.

This particular work Untitled (I shop therefore I am) always makes me think about my own buying patterns as a consumer, and it makes me think about the consumer goods that I fetishize, and how so much of that is culturally conditioned. Take for instance makeup, skincare products, Tom Ford reading glasses, or Marc Jacobs wallets and purses (my personal favorites). There is no question that I could live without those things, and thankfully I don't have to. However, we are often unconsciously driven to crave things that we don't yet have, and nearly as quickly as we acquire them we lose interest in them and obsess about the "next thing." Seasonal collections support this fickle consumerism, and we buy into the construct. Madison Avenue banks on our willingness to stay on this expensive joy ride- which we willingly do!

While I long ago realized that I don't define my worth by the acquisition of the latest Collection, I likewise realize that I all too easily succumb to wanting things that I don't yet have. There is a reason, after all, that I have so many lipsticks and blushes that are variations on the same shade of pink. Subtle distinctions are made: this one has a satin finish, this one has a touch of lavender, this one has pink pearl etc. Then there are infinite ways to justify the necessity of extravagant purchases:  this is from the Chanel Summer Collection (including the much dreaded letters- LE), these were from Sephora's Friends & Family Sale, these couldn't be resisted because of double or triple points on my Barneys or Nordstrom card....  There is also the lure of the GWP- even if it isn't a particularly good gift- it can make an otherwise rational person buy unneeded things indiscriminately in order to make the minimum purchase price. I'm not talking about Barneys gift bags that are worth their weight in gold- I'm talking about the run-of-the-mill gifts that get stuffed in a drawer along with the things that you didn't need or want so that you could get the gift in the first place.

Don't get me wrong, I am hardly declaring a personal war, or even a moratorium on makeup consumption- I am just trying to be a little bit more discriminating and mindful of what I am purchasing. I have a sizable stash of makeup, and trust me there are plenty of things that I still haven't gotten around to using yet (and that's not including backups). However this motivation to "collect" is simultaneously at odds with my pragmatic nature and the overarching desire to only have what I need and use. I don't expect this contradiction to resolve itself because truth be told I am a makeup magpie and I like bringing those pretty shiny baubles back to my nest to look at and play with. However, there is a tipping point: there is a balance that must be struck- a delicate equilibrium that must strictly be adhered to- otherwise chaos will ensue.  There is a point where you simply have too much- a point where just one more Glossimer or serum takes you from Collector to Hoarder. I am still in the category of the former, rather than the latter- but the line is much finer than it actually appears the closer you get to it. At a certain point it is a distinction without difference. So beauty blogger or not, I am making a concerted effort to buy consciously rather than impulsively. Weighing, for instance, whether this eyeshadow is different enough from what I already have to be a worthwhile purchase. I do not equate this with deprivation, but instead I see this as a way to make each purchase a more meaningful one. One in which I select things that I really love, rather than things that I feel I should just buy because they are limited edition and will likely sell out quickly. That simply is not a good enough reason to buy a lipstick shade that is unflattering on you-- even if it is the it color of the season.

I still want to be in makeup nirvana I just don't want the frenzy of acquisition to infect my enjoyment of makeup or to cause me to buy things that I ultimately won't use because they weren't well-reasoned purchases in the first place. I want to be as rational about my makeup purchases as I am in all of the other aspects of my life as a consumer. After all, makeup costs money and lots of makeup costs lots of money. So while I am not imposing a ban on makeup consumption- I am going to make a real effort to not only buy what I will covet, but what I will actually use.

This is not an indictment of my own spending habits, but instead it is intended as a wake-up call. This is a simple plea to have my rational self take the wheel before I toss down my credit card- because the makeup magpie in me is impetuous and impractical, and generally likes to take charge in the face of so many shiny pretty things. It is she who is solely responsible for the size of my stash!

What are your thoughts? Do you find yourself similarly inclined to buy things that you don't really need or want? Do you have lots of things that you don't use in your stash? What solutions have you come up with? Do tell!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Inlight Hair Elixir | Review

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You may remember that I reviewed, and absolutely fell in love with, Inlight's Supreme Eye Serum (Reviewed HERE) and Inlight's Face Oil (Reviewed HERE) last year, and I am equally thrilled by their new Hair Elixir.

Inlight is a UK-based skincare company that has a mission to create the highest quality organic skincare products, made from ethically sourced ingredients, and their socially and environmentally responsible sustainability practices helped them become the first UK skincare company to achieve Cosmos accreditation.

Their new Hair Elixir is a very high quality hair oil that can be used as a pre-shampoo conditioning treatment, or as a leave-in, and I prefer to use it as a leave-in to tame frizz, nourish and hydrate my hair and scalp, and to give hair a lustrous shine. Furthermore, it is 100% organic, cruelty-free and made from very high quality natural ingredients. It boasts serious efficacy, is a treat to use and has a pleasant earthy aroma that isn't cloying or overpowering.

I should note that the spray bottle has a fine enough mist that effectively covers the hair with minimal waste, but you can also spray it into your hands, warm it between your palms and work it though your hair.

According to Inlight,

A multi-purpose blend of restorative and nourishing oils to actively fortify and regenerate all hair types, delivering intense hydration whilst improving elasticity. With refreshing notes of lavender and lemon zest.

Strength and shine are visibly restored thanks to powerful nourishers such as Argan, Avocado, Jojoba and Rosa rubiginosa oils, and health giving botanical extracts of Rosemary, Nettle, Horsetail and Burdock. Our in-house extracts, produced through a slow method of infusion, help to keep the vitality of every ingredient intact.

About Inlight,

We believe in an inner beauty stemming from vibrant health, and our aim is to reveal and encourage the natural beauty and inner light in each and every one of us through healthy, radiant skin.

Specially selected, 100% organic Soil Association certified ingredients are used to craft each Inlight product. We know that nature is at its richest when it's allowed to grow unhindered by fertilizers, pesticides and GM contamination.

Inlight is proud to be the very first UK skincare company to gain Cosmos accreditation and we will continue to work closely with the Soil Association to maintain the best possible standards in the beauty industry.

For us, ethical beauty means acting with respect for our natural environment and its resources. We act on a daily basis to ensure we tread lightly on this earth.

All packaging at Inlight is responsibly and sustainably sourced, recycled where possible and recyclable. We are constantly looking at ways to ensure our consumption is a conscious, considered choice. Our best for the beauty-full world we share.

We are proud to display the BUAV accreditation. Inlight is only ever tested on willing humans! Our collections are suitable for vegetarians and all our oils are vegan friendly.

Years of research, scientific knowledge and love for nature 
make Inlight one of a kind, with products that work on and with your skin for visible, lasting results.
Key benefits:

  • Eliminates frizz and provides conditioning
  • Strenghtens and restores shine
  • Helps reduce premature thinning

Key features:

  • Oil-based, water-free formulas
  • High concentration of phytonutrients
  • All bio-active plant extracts produced in-house
  • 100% organic, free from synthetics and chemical fragrances
  • Certified organic by Soil Association and Cosmos
  • Cruelty Free International
  • Vegetarian and vegan friendly

Tips for Targeted Concerns:

Restorative and nourishing conditioning effect: Apply the product onto wet hair before each shampoo. Massage and comb through with a wide tooth comb distributing the oil also on the tips. Leave for 5-10 minutes. Shampoo without using conditioner. Dry hair as normal.

Intensive moisturising and re-balancing of the scalp: Apply the product onto dry hair at least two hours before washing, or in the evening before going to bed, leave overnight. Massage and comb through with a wide tooth comb distributing the oil also on the tips. Shampoo without using conditioner. Dry hair as normal.

Apply with your fingertips a small amount onto clean, dry hair and shape as you wish, paying particular attention to split ends.

Use after swimming or after exposure to the sun* and before shampooing to help remove the salt. After shampooing, a further conditioning effect can be gained by applying Inlight Hair Elixir again to wet hair with finger tips. No need to wash out. *Hair Elixir is also safe to use in between swims at the beach It can also prevent/reduce the aggression of sea salt and sun rays. Its 100% organic ingredients will not pollute marine life.

Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Rosa Rubiginosa (Rose) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract, Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang-Ylang) Flower Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Salvia, Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Trigonella Foenum-Graecum (Fenugreek) Seed Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Rhyzome Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf Extract, Limonene*, Linalool*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Citral, Benzyl Salicylate*, Farnesol*, Geraniol*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Eugenol*, Isoeugenol*. *Natural constituent of essential oils. 100% organic. All bio-active plant extracts produced in-house.
Overall Assessment: This is such a wonderful hair elixir, and it is a welcome addition to my fall and winter haircare routine. It is nourishing, hydrating, and it effectively fights frizz, and it is heavenly for naturally curly hair, like mine. A+

$69.00 for 3.38 oz. from Hug Your Skin (Affiliated Links)
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

PUR Attitude Wild Durian Fruit Peel Limited Edition for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to show their commitment to creating carcinogen-free skincare, PUR attitude will donate 50% of the total purchase price from each Wild Durian Fruit Peel sold this month to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF). 

According to PUR Attitude,

NBCF is an organization dedicated as much to the prevention of the disease, as it is to the cure, and holds excellent ratings with independent charity reviewers. PUR attitude chose to work with NBCF due to its alignment with PUR attitude’s own core mission to carry out responsible industry practices by providing carcinogen-free skincare.

Recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world, National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is Helping Women Now® by providing early detection, education and support services to those affected by breast cancer.  A recipient of Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for twelve years, NBCF provides support through their National Mammography Program, Patient Navigation, Beyond The Shock®, breast health education, and research programs

All donations will be used to provide early detection, education, and support services to those affected by breast cancer. For more information, please visit
According to PUR Attitude,

Wild Durian Fruit Peel is clinically proven to visibly even out skin tones, wipe away fine lines, and restore vitality and brightness for more youthful looking skin. Due to the activation of rare wild durian fruit, known for its pungent aroma and revered for its advanced anti-aging properties, this product is able to produce these powerful results on the skin without irritation. Wild Durian Fruit Peel is enhanced with the power of natural Hyaluronix™ technology, which delivers up to one thousand times its weight in water, binding moisture deeply into the skin. These natural ingredients are combined with pure glucosamine, ceramides, as well as extracts of orange, apple, and green tea to detoxify impurities, exfoliate lifeless skin, and unclog pores.

Each product in the PUR attitude line is dermatologist tested and approved, backed by independent clinical studies, and follows the brand’s philosophy of “Safe Beauty,” avoiding harsh chemicals and known carcinogens, parabens, PEG’s, glycols, sulfates, petro-chemicals, synthetic fragrances and artificial dyes.

Directions: At night, after cleansing with Purifying Rice Face Wash, massage dime-sized amount over face & neck area. Follow with HydroDrench Moisturizing Gel-Cream, if desired. No need to rinse. For best results, use two to three times each week.
Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Durio Zibethinus (Durian) Fruit Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, PyrusMalus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Glucosamine HCl, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Flour Lipids, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin (Paraben Free)
$75.00 fo 1 oz. from PUR Attitude (Unaffiliated Links).
Press Sample. All views expressed categorically my own.
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Monday, October 15, 2018

Space NK The Essentials Gift with Your $175.00 Purchase

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Space NK The Essentials Gift is available Online now, and in-store from Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Spend $175 and enter Code: ESSENTIALS18 on the Shopping Bag page. Excludes gift cards, sale items and shipping charges. By Terry gift is automatically applied to the Shopping Bag page. One per order, while supplies last. Terms apply.

Treat yourself to this exclusive beauty edit comprising 19 bestselling beauty favorites from much-loved brands including Eve Lom, Sunday Riley and more.
WORTH OVER $150.00. Plus, spend another $30 and receive a full-size BY TERRY LIFTESSENCE NECK CREAM.

Spend $175 and enter Code: ESSENTIALS18 on the Shopping Bag page. 
Gift Gag Contents:
  • AFRICAN BOTANICS Marula Oil (5 ml)
  • DIPTYQUE Tempo Eau De Parfum (2 ml)
  • DR DENNIS GROSS Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel (2 Treatments)
  • GOLDFADEN MD Skin Balancing Mask (7 ml)
  • KEVYN AUCOIN The Eye Pencil Basic Brown (0.024 oz)
  • OMOROVICZA Mood Mud Cream Cleanser (1 fl oz)
  • ORIBE Imperial Blowout (0.5 oz)
  • R&CO High Dive Creme (0.5 oz)
  • TATA HARPER Resurfacing Serum (0.33 oz)
  • VENEFFECT Pore Minimizing Cleanser (0.5 oz)
  • OUAI Finishing Creme (15 ml)
  • CHRISTOPHE ROBIN Cleansing Volumizing Paste (40 ml)
  • LANCER Omega Hydrating Oil (5 ml)
  • RODIAL Dragon's Blood Sculpting Gel (15 ml)
  • EVE LOM Rescue Mask (0.08 fl oz)
  • SUNDAY RILEY CEO Moisturizer (0.28 fl oz)
  • DR. BARBARA STURM Eye Cream (5 ml)
  • LIPSTICK QUEEN Natural Lip Liner (0.04 oz)
  • REN Flash Hydro Boost (10 ml)
  • SPACENK Luxe Cosmetics Bag
WORTH OVER $150.00. Plus, spend another $30 and receive a full-size BY TERRY LIFTESSENCE NECK CREAM. Visit:

Wedderspoon Raw Manuka Honey K Factor 12

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Now that cold and flu season is upon us, it is the time of the year that I like to pull out my jar of Manuka Honey to help stave off as many of the seasonal bugs as possible.

Manuka Honey, which is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the indigenous Manuka Bush, is well known for its antibacterial properties, and it contains a compound known as methylglyoxal (MG) that naturally occurs in the Manuka Bush in high concentrations. 

Wedderspoon Raw Manuka Honey K Factor 12 is very thick, rich, opaque, not too sweet and utterly delectable. I love Manuka Honey and use it in my tea, on my toast, and by the spoonful when I feel a cold coming on. This is a very nice quality honey, and definitely worth trying if you are looking to replenish your supply for the fall and winter months.

According to WebMD,

The higher the concentration of MG, the stronger the antibiotic effect. But, there may also be other compounds involved in the medicinal effect of manuka honey.

Honey producers have developed a scale for rating the potency of manuka honey. The rating is called UMF, which stands for Unique Manuka Factor.

The UMF rating is thought to correspond with the concentration of MG and other compounds. Not all honey labeled as manuka honey contains significant levels of antibacterial factors. To be considered potent enough to be therapeutic, manuka honey needs a minimum rating of 10 UMF. Honey at or above that level is marketed as "UMF Manuka Honey" or "Active Manuka Honey."

According to Wedderspoon,

The original functional food. Unpasteurized, raw and delicious, this Non-GMO Project Verified superfood is sourced exclusively from New Zealand and is a multitasking superfood. Every jar is sourced, packed and sealed in New Zealand for the ultimate in quality and transparency. KFactor 12 Multifloral Manuka Honey is guaranteed to meet or exceed the Multifloral Manuka Standard from the New Zealand Government.

• Raw, unpasteurized and Non-GMO Project Verified Manuka Honey
• New Zealand superfood, great taste - smooth and creamy
 Sourced, packed and labeled in NZ for genuine, unadulterated quality
• Genuine: KFactor is a New Zealand government-approved rating system guaranteeing high Manuka pollen count
• Multiple uses in kitchen, home remedies, DIY beauty, energy for work outs or drizzled on your favorite food
Overall Assessment: I have already made a significant dent in this jar, and will definitely purchase a replacement jar once I finish this one.

$42.99 for 17.6 oz. from Wedderspoon, Amazon and (Affiliate Links)
Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own.
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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Nordstrom Beauty Trend Event

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Nordstrom Beauty is bringing their sought after Beauty Trend Event to your local Nordstrom (Click HERE to see the dates at your local Nordstrom).

Every New York Fashion Week, Nordstrom goes backstage to assess the biggest beauty trends and then brings this intel direct to their customers.

Guests can learn how to achieve the freshest runway-inspired looks of the season and get free samples and exclusive gifts with your purchases (while supplies last). Receive one-on-one time with Nordstrom beauty experts, tips tricks to nail the newest trends and receive beauty buzz intel from industry insiders — and it’s free to attend!

Here are a few of the current trends:
Kissed Lips: Matte Berry hues instantly broadcast a lust for life. Start with a scrub, then play with balms, stains and velvety textures in rich, juicy reds.
80’s Haze: Tap into a decade of decadent color to electrify your look and upend your routine. Bold, 80’s-inspired color is newly wearable applied in sheer washes, while subtle shifts in placement up the artistry.
Future Beauty: Replicate that post-facial feeling with high-tech tools and supplements that address your skin concerns from the inside out. Build a routine that gets results and face the future with glowing skin.

Customers can simply RSVP online or ask for special accommodations by calling or stopping by their favorite cosmetics or skincare counter, located within Nordstrom.

To read more about the trends, click here:  and to learn more about Nordstrom Beauty Trend Events, click here: Fall Beauty Trends.
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Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Week in Review | Saturday, October 13

The new Rouge Bunny Rouge Enchanting Blossoms Tinted Luxe Balm takes tinted lip balm to a new level. Find out why Christa from Realizing Beauty will be carrying at least two of these in her handbag at all times!

For the past 3 months, Never Say Die Beauty has been using a new skincare regimen that stimulates new skin cells, DefenAge Clinical Power Trio. She likes it so much, she can't give it up to test out more skincare products. You gotta check this out!

Prime Beauty is HOT for the new BECCA Volcano Goddess Collection! She thinks you'll 'lava' it as much as she does!

Are you looking for the most amazing moisturizer for this coming winter? Beauty Info Zone highly recommends Better Skin Co.'s Amaze Balm. This does it all and is totally affordable. If you order the BCA jar 100% of the proceeds go to help young women's breast research. It's a win-win situation.

Pammy Blogs Beauty checks out some new skincare from Dr. Phil's wife: Introducing Robin McGraw Revelation Skincare!

If you are looking for a nourishing and luxurious night cream that moisturizes and soothes the skin, then check out the Lola's Secret Beauty Blog review of the covet-worthy Colbert MD Soothe Night Cream. It really is amazing! #colbertmd

15 Minute Beauty loves Vitamin C as a multitasking skincare active ingredient. It encourages collagen production, fights hyperpigmentation and even inactivates free radicals as a potent antioxidant! Have you tried any of her favorite Vitamin C skincare products?

Need a refresher on how to achieve a smoother foundation application? Stacie from The Makeup Obsessed Mom has some good pointers to help you out.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Painted Earth Watermelon Wine Masque Kit & Lip Stuff | Review

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I am always so delighted to use anything from Painted Earth, and therefore I was very excited to try the Painted Earth Watermelon Wine Masque Kit. I love using masks, and this kit is a welcome addition to my collection of masks.

Painted Earth is a cruelty-free brand and is committed to ending animal testing:

We do not test our finished products on animals, nor do we allow others to test on our behalf. Additionally, we require our suppliers to certify that the raw materials used in the manufacture of our products are not tested on animals.
Painted Earth Watermelon Wine Masque Kit is a two-step mask set that clarifies, detoxifies and moisturizes the skin. You simply a teaspoon of the Mineral Rich Red Clay Powder Masque into a small bowl, add two droppers full of Watermelon Wine Beauty Elixir and then slowly add enough water to form a paste of your desired consistency. I leave it on for 10-15 minutes, or until it dries, and then thoroughly rinse. Skin and pores are left very clean, and it doesn't dry out the skin because the Elixir adds vital moisture. I have normal/combination skin, and like to use this one a week or once every two weeks.

According to Painted Earth,

A potent, first of its kind, two-step mask that delivers multiple benefits; clarifying, detoxifying and moisturizing. A clay masque that leaves your skin radiant, supple and glowing. Not only does it detoxify (like a lot of masques on the market) but it penetrates deeply to add nutrients and moisture deep into the dermis. 

An earthy melody of organic powders and oils unleash their Fountain-of-Youth properties by combating free radicals, promoting cell regeneration and packing skin with powerful minerals that turn back the hands of time so you can rule forever young

Steep your skin in a hydrating and healing masque of botanicals rich in antioxidants, natural-sourced vitamins and minerals leaving behind a vibrantly gorgeous complexion. 

Kit Includes
1(one) 2oz jar Mineral Rich Red Clay Powder Masque
1(one) 1/2oz bottle Watermelon Wine Beauty Elixir

Directions: To experience this masque: Using a glass or ceramic container and wooden spoon (do not use metal tools), mix 1 teaspoon of the 1st jar (Mineral Rich Red Clay) with one or two droppers of the 2nd vial (Watermelon Wine Elixir) and just enough warm water to make a paste. Using fingertips or brush, spread a consistent layer to fully cover the skin (avoid getting clay in mouth, eyes, ears, nose.) Relax, think some peaceful thoughts and allow it to do its magic (about 6 minutes for sensitive skin; 10 minutes for normal skin). Rinse off completely with warm water and gently pat dry to complete your royal ritual, follow with your favorite Painted Earth toner and moisturizer. Use 1-2 times a week.
The Watermelon Wine Beauty Elixir Select Ingredients and their Attributes:

• Grape Seed Oil (Wine) {rich in polyphenols, omega-6 essential fatty acids and Omega-9 fatty acids, gamma tocopherols (Vitamin E) and antioxidants}revered for its anti-inflammatory antioxidants also known to retard the aging process and prevent acne breakouts while it effectively adds moisture to your skin balancing both dry and oily patches. 

• Watermelon Seed Oil {rich in linoleic and oleic acid and numerous vitamin and trace minerals} has powerful detoxification properties, which makes it potent in fighting wrinkles and for balancing oil production. 

• Apricot Kernel Oil is highly nutritive oil, it soften, soothes and protects the skin and leaves it nourished and hydrated. It is an emollient and heals parched, dry, itchy, mature and problem skins. 

Watermelon Wine Beauty Elixir Ingredients: Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil (Safflower Oil), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Organic Sunflower), Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil (Grapeseed), Citrullus lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Prunus Ameriaca Kernel Oil (Apricot Kernel Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Organic Jojoba), Rubia Tinctorium (Madder) Root.

The Mineral Rich Red Clay Select Ingredients and their Attributes

• Moroccan Red Clay (rich in magnesium, iron, calcium and potassium) reputed to clarify, exfoliate, absorb impurities, detoxify and moisturize the skin while improving texture and adding firmness. 

• Marshmallow Root (rich in mucilage polysaccarides) which possess healing, moisturizing and soothing properties. 

• Licorice Root very soothing for dry, irritated skin.

• Turmeric Powder has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits to help reduce redness and blemishes and calm skin.  

Mineral Rich Red Clay Masque Ingredients: Moroccan Red Clay, Licorice Root, Beet Root, Marshmallow Root, Turmeric root, Thyme, Orange Peel, Chamomile Flower, Lavender Essential Oil.
In the Powder you will find healing clay's, roots and herbs, such as Ingredients: Moroccan Red Clay, Licorice Root, Beet Root, Marshmallow Root, Turmeric root, Thyme, Orange Peel, Chamomile Flower, Lavender Essential Oil.
Painted Earth Lip Stuff is a wonderfully nourishing lip balm that heals chapped lips and leaves them soft, smooth and very moisturized. It is very emollient and lightweight on the lips, and has a slight sweet taste that fades rather quickly. I have the Watermelon flavor, which appears to be sold out, but they also have Black Cherry, Blackberry & Pomegranate and Cucumber Melon.

Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Beeswax, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter),  and Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter. Preservative-free.
Overall Assessment: I am very pleased with with the Painted Earth Watermelon Wine Masque Kit & Lip Stuff, and continued to be impressed by Painted Earth products.

Kit $52.00 (Save $11.00) Watermelon Wine Beauty Elixir by itself $38.00 Mineral Rich Red Clay Masque by itself $25.00 from Painted Earth.

Lip Stuff $4.50 from Painted Earth (Unaffiliated Links).

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