Thursday, February 27, 2020

Spongellé Body Wash Infused Buffers in Bulgarian Rose and Freesia Pear

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Body wash infused body buffers are such a treat to use, and the Spongellé Body Wash Infused Buffers really excel in their ability to clean and exfoliate the skin while delighting the senses with their delightful aromas. These brilliant body wash-infused sponges effectively and gently clean and exfoliate the skin, and they also leave the it deliciously baby soft, smooth, supple and moisturized. 

You simply dampen the Spongellé Body Wash Infused Buffers with water to activate the very satisfying lather. Each sponge is filled with enough body wash for a minimum of 14 washes, but I am able to get closer to 20+ washes from each of their buffers. Once you have used up all of the body wash, the sponge itself is left quite intact, and therefore all you need to do is use it in conjunction with your favorite liquid or bar soaps. The hanging ribbon allows the buffer to dry out easily, but I recommend hanging it outside of the moist environment of the shower to avoid bacterial growth.

According to Spongellé

These colorful flowers are designed to moisturize and rejuvenate the skin from neck to toe. A unique surface changes instantly as you squeeze, from a sensual exfoliating massage texture to as soft as silk. Spongellé’s infusion technology provides a guaranteed number of uses, shower after shower.
Spongellé Body Wash Infused Buffer in Bulgarian Rose is a delectably aromatic rose that is punctuated by citrus, clove and strawberry top notes with warm woody bottom notes that temper the rose, white flowers and jasmine middle notes. The end result is a more complex rose with hints of citrus that are rounded out by the warm and creamy base notes. This lovely aroma fills the shower and bath with its delectable essence, and it lingers in the air for hours afterward.

Fragrance Notes:
Top: orange, clove, strawberry
Middle: rose, white flowers, jasmine
Bottom: woody, sandalwood, amber

How to Use: Place sponge under water, squeeze to absorb. Massage in a circular motion to cleanse skin. Squeeze out excess water after each use.
According to Spongellé, 

These colorful flowers are designed to cleanse, exfoliate, massage and nourish the skin, from neck to toe.

Spongellé’s unique Body Wash Infused Buffers change instantly under water as you squeeze, from a sensual exfoliating massage texture to as soft as silk. Our patented technology provides a guaranteed number of 14+ washes.
Spongellé Body Wash Infused Buffers in Freesia Pear boasts a very refreshing and uplifting aroma that features floral middle notes that are tempered by woody base notes and fresh fruity top notes. This amalgam of notes is a decidedly fruity floral with warmer edges, and the result is an uplifting delight to the senses.

Fragrance Notes:
Top: lemon, grapefruit, pear
Middle: freesia, peony, floral bouquet
Bottom: woody, musk, amber
• Built-In Body Wash + Buffer
• Multi-Function, Multi-Use, 14+ Uses
• All in One Beauty Treatment
• Extracts of Yuzu, Edelweiss, & Vetiver
• Time-Released Lather
• Dermatologist Tested
• Vegan Friendly, Cruelty-Free
• Proprietary Infusion Technology
• Includes hanging ribbon
• Good for travel
Overall Assessment: Spongellé Body Wash Infused Buffers offer a very satisfying way to clean and exfoliate the skin, and their captivating aromas are a very satisfying treat to the senses.

$14.00 each from Spongellé, (Unaffiliated Links).
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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Go-To Face Hero Face Oil Review

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A while ago, a longtime reader asked me if I was planning on reviewing the Go-To Face Hero Facial Oil, and since it had been on my list– I decided to buy it on a recent trip to Sephora. Formulated for all types of skin, this face oil is lightweight, fast absorbing and lusciously moisturizing. It has a rich and velvety texture that melts into the skin– leaving it silky smooth, luminous and lightly plumped. Not only does it brighten dull skin, but after sustained use it begins to lighten dark spots. The antioxidant-rich formula helps to protect skin against free-radical damage, and the anti-inflammatory ingredients help to calm and soothe irritable skin. For this reason, I find it particularly effective when my skin is a bit sensitive, or when I use a peel or exfoliant. It has a delectable warm aroma that is informed by the beautiful variety of oils used, but also from the Orange Blossom & Rose Gardenia natural fragrances.
Solutions for:
- Skin Types: Normal, Combination, Oily, Dry and Sensitive
- Dullness and uneven texture
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Uneven skin tone

According to Go-To,

A lightweight face oil that deeply hydrates, soothes, revitalizes, and completely protects the skin.

Featuring 10 potent botanical oils, Face Hero boasts essential fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants, as well as anti-inflammatory and nourishing properties. It leaves zero residue and penetrates quickly to hydrate, revive, brighten, and protect skin against fine lines, dark spots, dryness, and the aging effects of inflammation.

Face Hero is lightweight enough for sensitive, compromised, or oily skins, (because even oily skin needs nourishment) and nourishing enough for very dry, dehydrated, or mature skin. It works incredibly well on red or inflamed skin. It is vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated without gluten, PEGs, GMOs, mineral oils, petrolatum, and synthetic colors.

Directions: Gently massage four to five drops of Face Hero all over the face, neck, and décolletage, after cleansing, and before face cream. If you use serums, apply those first. Also great mixed in to your face cream.
Select Ingredients and Their Attributes:

Buriti Oil: A hydrating and moisturizing oil extracted from the fruit of the moriche palm; has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce redness, roughness, and irritation.
Almond Oil: A gentle, nourishing oil suitable for all skin types (especially dry and sensitive); rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins, and amino acids, it helps to soften and nourish the skin.
Jojoba Oil: Supports the elasticity and vitality of the skin.
Macadamia Oil: A highly nourishing oil high in oleic acid (potent moisturizing qualities); it absorbs easily into the skin to moisturize and protect dry, damaged and mature skin.

Ingredients: Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, Macadamia Oil, Brazil Nut Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Buriti Oil, Arnica Oil, Rosehip Oil, Calendula Oil, Kiwi Fruit Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Totarol, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Natural Fragrance (Orange Blossom & Rose Gardenia).
Overall Assessment: This is a lovely, and affordable, face oil. I am very happy that I purchased it!

$34.00 for 1 oz. from Go-To and Sephora (Affiliate Links).
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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

H20+ Hydration Oasis Refreshing Gel Moisturizer

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I am something of a super-fan when it comes to ultra-hydrating gel moisturizers. They melt into the skin at record speed, leave behind no greasy residue whatsoever, and they leave the skin gloriously hydrated! This is precisely why I am over-the-moon about H20+ Hydration Oasis Refreshing Gel Moisturizer.

This gorgeous blue gel not only improves hydration, but it really locks it in for all day results. Furthermore, I notice that my skin is left very soft, smooth, supple and luminous, but it also lightly plumps fine lines because of ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid. If you love light moisturizers with serious efficacy, then this is definitely worthy of your consideration. While fragrance is listed among its ingredients, albeit toward the bottom of the list, it is barely detectable. I would characterize the aroma as faint, clean and refreshing.
According to H20+,

Hydrates and locks in moisture to help skin resiliency. This silky gel glides on revealing skin's own luminosity. Features a powerful clean formula with Hydro-Amino Infusion, Mini Hyaluronic Acid, and Skin Boost Technology. 

The best-selling Oasis you love, goes beyond with an enhanced, clean formula and better-than-ever features. Like the many fans it has amassed for over 30 years, this cult-favorite gets better with age.

Working with our skincare experts in Japan, this "blue gel" moisturizer delivers maximum hydration and helps boost skin's daily renewal process. The formula features clean ingredients, designed to quench skin for a non-sticky finish.

*UPDATE: As of 2020, we encourage all Oasis Hydrating Treatment fans to try this upgraded version: NEW Hydration Oasis Refreshing Gel Moisturizer.
Directions: The last step after cleansing, essence and serum. Distribute a dime-sized amount evenly into palms of hands. Gently press onto face and neck.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Diglycerin, Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Trehalose, Glycolipids, Alanine, Arginine, Glycine, Serine, Threonine, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Cryptomeria Japonica Bud Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Carbomer, Hydroxyacetophenone, Sucrose Laurate, Potassium Hydroxide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxylated Lecithin, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/Fragrance, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Blue 1 (Ci 42090) (090-50130-000).
Overall Assessment: This is a lovely lightweight and fast absorbing gel moisturizer that does an excellent job hydrating the skin.

$42.00 for 1.7 oz. from H20+ (Unaffiliated Links).
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Monday, February 24, 2020


Tatcha just launched their Limited Edition Silk Blossoms Lipstick Trio! Customers can choose between 3 options: Classic, Blushing, or Mixed. All sets are $110 each ($165 value).

Shop the Limited Edition Silk Blossoms Lipstick Trio for just $110 ($165 value) at! (Choose between Classic, Mixed, or Blushing). Valid while supplies last
A trio of creamy lipsticks in our original three shades. Made with silk extracts to nourish for petal-soft lips, and decorated with 23-karat gold for a touch of glamour.
Kyoto Red Silk Lipstick (3.7 G | 0.1 OZ.): The geisha's timeless vermillion lip remastered for the modern woman. Rooted in a shade that is one of the most distinctive, symbolic colors in Japan.
Plum Blossom Silk Lipstick (3.4 G | 0.1 OZ.): Reflecting the Japanese Plum Blossom wrapped in the golden light of morning, this lipstick brings a youthful, cool plum pink color to lips with a fine hint of 23-karat gold for a lustrous finish.
Cherry Blossom Silk Lipstick (3.4 G | 0.1 OZ.): A fresh take on nude lips, this lipstick is inspired by Kyoto's delicate Cherry Blossoms silhouetted against the twilight sky. It lends a pink blush to lips with a creamy sheen.
Magnolia Bloom Silk Lipstick (3.3 G | 0.1 OZ.): This versatile rosy hue with a demi-matte finish kisses lips with youthful color. More than just a lipstick, together our custom-made case and formula are a loving homage to Kyoto’s craftsmanship.
Peony Blossom Silk Lipstick (3.4 G | 0.1 OZ.): This romantic flush of color honors the Japanese Peony Blossom, a sumptuous bloom referred to as the King of Flowers for its luxuriant beauty. Exclusive to this set.
Cherry Blossom Silk Lipstick (3.4 G | 0.1 OZ.): A fresh take on nude lips, this lipstick is inspired by Kyoto's delicate Cherry Blossoms silhouetted against the twilight sky. It lends a pink blush to lips with a creamy sheen.
Peony Blossom Silk Lipstick (3.4 G | 0.1 OZ.): This romantic flush of color honors the Japanese Peony Blossom, a sumptuous bloom referred to as the King of Flowers for its luxuriant beauty. Exclusive to this set.
Plum Blossom Silk Lipstick (3.4 G | 0.1 OZ.): Reflecting the Japanese Plum Blossom wrapped in the golden light of morning, this lipstick brings a youthful, cool plum pink color to lips with a fine hint of 23-karat gold for a lustrous finish.
Beautyberry Silk Lipstick (3.5 G | 0.1 OZ.): Inspired by the vibrant Japanese botanical, this elegant berry lipstick delivers a touch of plum while a fine hint of 23-karat gold gives a lustrous finish that looks beautiful on any skin tone.

Shop the Limited Edition Silk Blossoms Lipstick Trio for just $110 ($165 value) at! (Choose between Classic, Mixed, or Blushing). Valid while supplies last

Sunday, February 23, 2020

BioSilk Silk Therapy with Organic Coconut Oil Curl Cream

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If you have curly or wavy hair, then have I got a taming product for you! BioSilk Silk Therapy with Organic Coconut Oil Curl Cream, which has an utterly intoxicating toasted coconut aroma,   is an emollient moisturizing cream that tames frizz and fly-aways, defines curls and gives hair a lustrous shine. Hair is left soft, silky smooth and touchable, and this curl cream never becomes a flaky crunchy mess. If you have curls or waves, this is definitely worth trying!

According to BioSilk,

Quenches curls with rich moisture to eliminate frizz and define curls. Use as a daily hair nourishment to help prevent breakage and to add shine for smooth, flawless curls with a touchable feel and bounce.

BioSilk Silk Therapy & Organic Coconut Oil is specifically formulated to cleanse and nourish while also providing intense moisture. Infused with organic coconut oil and silk, this product line is gentle enough for daily use and offers moisturizing oils. BioSilk Silk Therapy & Organic Coconut Oil removes impurities, adds moisture, maintains healthy hair and provides a subtle glow to the skin. BioSilk Organic Coconut Oil Improves overall condition by preventing damage and relieving dryness. Creating incredible softness and shine.

- Moisturizes hair and skin
- Provides volume and body
- Controls and defines curls
- Reconditions dry, damaged hair and skin
- Strengthens the hair
- Revives dull lifeless hair and skin
- Smooths the cuticle
- Controls frizz and flyaways
- Prevents split ends
- Reduces hair breakage
- Seals the hair
- Protects hair color from fading
- Protects hair and skin from environmental damage
- Offers thermal protection
- Leaves hair and skin soft and silky
- Adds incredible shine

Direction: Apply desired amount onto palms of hands and distribute evenly from mid-hair shaft to ends of damp hair, styling as desired.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Propanediol, Polyacrylamide, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Hydrolyzed Silk, Panthenol, VP/VA Copolymer, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polyquaternium-69, Heptyl Undecylenate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Amodimethicone, Laureth-7, Potassium Sorbate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Trideceth-10, Hexylene Glycol, Glycolic Acid, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Benzoate.
Overall Assessment: If you have curls or waves, then this is definitely worthy of your consideration!

$25.00 for 5 oz. from BioSilk and Amazon (Affiliate Links).
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Saturday, February 22, 2020

The Beauty Spotlight Team Late February Week in Review

Heather over at Crazy Beautiful Makeup is sharing some of her favorite CBD products from Truly Beauty. Including a Whipped CBD Unicorn Body Butter that smells amazing and works even better to soften your skin and reduce redness. Be sure to check out her post over on Instagram so you can also save 10% on these products and more like them!

Do you like wearing bright colours on your eyes? Jen from Laugh, Love, Contour picked up the Sugarpill Pink Edition of the Capsule Collection early and has it on the blog this week! Check out her thoughts on each of the shades to help you decide if this palette is a must have for this spring season.

Pick a door, any door, and you won't go wrong with serums from OZNaturals. Beauty Info Zone has fallen for three serums and is sure at least one will be your favorite too.

Never Say Die Beauty has discovered a new treatment for her winter dry lips, Theraderm Anti-Aging Lip Complex. Find out why it has made it into her pantheon of effective, glossy, long-lasting, lip plumping antidotes.

That there is tremendous buzz surrounding squalane-based skincare products is no understatement, and therefore Lola's Secret Beauty Blog wants to share a particularly buzzworthy face oil worth trying. INDIE LEE Squalane Facial Oil does everything that it claims, and it is very affordable! #IndyLee

Prime Beauty is looking forward to spring with the new bareMinerals The Beauty of Nature Collection.

We all know that it's important to get our beauty rest at night. See Stacie's tips for falling asleep more easily on The Makeup Obsessed Mom blog.

Friday, February 21, 2020

IBY Beauty Gloss'd Up Lip Toppers

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If I had to choose between a great lipstick and a great lip gloss, nine out of ten times I would choose a great lip gloss. I have always been partial to lip glosses, though I do love a good lipstick, but the ease of use, ability to apply them without a mirror and their glossy finishes make lip glosses especially attractive to me. I recently began using IBY Gloss'd Up Lip Toppers, and these glistening non-sticky lip glosses are really wonderful. They are super glittery, which makes them perfect toppers for lipstick, and when applied to the center of the lips they add volume and dimension. Additionally, they are long-lasting and they don't dry out your lips.
These beautiful glittery lip glosses add a lovely lustrous shine that can be used alone, or on top of your favorite lipsticks. The three glittery shades that I have, Sugar Bits, Strawberry Jam and Caramelt, can have glitter migration if you apply them overzealously, but the clear shade contains no glitter whatsoever. The flavor, which is described as a "totally addicting sugar cookie and creamsicle"– is warm, creamy and delectable.

According to IBY Beauty,

Ultra glittery lip gloss that adds lusturous shine for lips that wow. Saturate your lips for a multi-dimensional look that can be worn alone or used on top of your favorite IBY Beauty lip color. Our light-weight formula glides smoothly and is Infused with coconut oil to hydrate and soften. Totally addicting sugar cookie and creamsicle flavor will have you go for seconds without guilt.
 Available Shades:
Cinnabunny- brown sugar (Not shown)
Sugar Bits- clear with pink, blue and purple glitter
Caramelt- champagne glitter 
Strawberry Jam- pink with gold glitter
Clear- clear, no glitter
Features & Benefits: Cruelty-Free | Non-Sticky | Non-Drying | Long Lasting
Pro Tip: To give your lips an extra boost, add a pop of our Gloss'd Up Lip Toppers to the center of your pout for an exaggerated effect.

Ingredients (Sugar Bits): Polybutene, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite,Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Trihydroxystearin, Silica, Flavor, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Phenoxyethanol, Jojoba Ester, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol,Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Hexylene Glycol, Alaria Esculenta Extract. May Contain: +/- Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Tin Oxide (CI 77861)

Ingredients (Caramelt, Strawberry Jam): Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Octyldodecanol, Polybutene, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica Silylate, Phenoxyethanol, Silica, Flavor, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Castor (Ricinus Communis) Seed Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil.May Contain +/- Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Tin Oxide (CI 77861), D&C Red 27 Aluminum Lake (CI 45410:2)
Overall Assessment: If you love a good glittery lip gloss topper, then Sugar Bits, Strawberry Jam and Caramelt are gorgeous picks. If you prefer a good, non-sticky clear lip gloss, then their clear gloss is a great choice.

$14.00 for 3 ml / 0.10 fl. oz. from IBY Beauty and Macy's (Affiliate Links).
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Thursday, February 20, 2020

My Current Shu Uemura Art of Hair Obsessions

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It wouldn't be an overstatement to assert that I have long held Shu Uemura Art of Hair products in the highest esteem, and I gleefully use them all of the time, and have for many years. Here are a few of my current most-coveted styling products from this luxury brand.
SHU UEMURA Art of Hair Wonder Worker Air Dry/Blow Dry Multi-Tasking Primer ($33.00 for 5 oz. from SHU UEMURA Art of Hair, Feel Unique, Adore Beauty, The Bay and Sephora): This is a lightweight lotion primer that can be used to hydrate, detangle, eradicate frizz, smooth and condition hair. It can be used for air or blow drying, and it leaves hair notably radiant and silky. It is color-treated hair safe, and can be used on all types of hair. I typically use it when I air dry my hair, and it really makes my curly, dry tresses manageable and lustrous.

According to Shu Uemura,

Air dry/blow dry primer with 7 instant benefits that prep the hair for any style: Instantly hydrates, detangles, smooths, conditions, boosts radiance, tames frizz, and adds silkiness to all hair types. When sprayed before a blow dry, the primer locks in moisture and tames strands for a smooth finish. When used to air dry strands, the formula enhances the hair's natural texture. Safe on color-treated hair.

  • Smooth Styles
  • Air Dry Styles
  • Blowouts
  • For All Hair Types
1. Apply on towel-dried hair.
2. Spray throughout mid-lengths to ends.
3. Scrunch texturizing spray into strands for better distribution.
4. Style as desired.

Featured Ingredient: Moringa flower extract originates from a drought-resistant tree native to the foothills of the Himalayas, and is also known as nature's "Miracle Tree" or "Tree of Life" for its extraordinary medicinal properties. Revered in nature for its incredible resilience and unwavering ability to deliver moisture, Moringa Extract instantly pumps the hair with intense moisture and long-lasting shine.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water ● Cocos Nucifera Oil/Coconut Oil ● Polyquaternium-37 ● Phenoxyethanol ● Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate ● Disodium Edta ● Dimethicone ● Ppg-1 Trideceth-6 ● Trideceth-9 Pg-Amodimethicone ● Behentrimonium Chloride ● Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil ● Xylose ● Ethylhexylglycerin ● Limonene ● Benzophenone-4 ● Isopropyl Alcohol ● Dimethiconol ● Trideceth-12 ● Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone ● Benzyl Benzoate ● Hydroxycitronellal ● Linalool ● Citral ● Benzyl Alcohol ● Geraniol ● Tocopherol ● Parfum/Fragrance.
Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Taming Overnight Serum ($69.00 for 3.3 oz. from Shu Uemura The Art of Hair, Harrods, Feel Unique, Sephora and Adore Beauty): This overnight treatment serum nourishes hair and makes it infinitely more manageable. It effectively fights frizz, soothes and smoothes hair and gives it  a lovely shine. It has an intoxicatingly beautiful fruity floral scent that is very comforting to fall asleep to.

According to Shu Uemura,

Wake up to flawless hair, Shu Uemura Art of Hair introduces the first nourishing and taming overnight serum. Light cream, quickly absorbed and pillow proof.

Directions: Apply on dry or damp lengths and ends before bedtime. Spread a pump into hands and distribute the product evenly on tips. Use of comb to spread the product evenly is ideal. Adapt the quantity to suit hair length and thickness. As the product has a light texture, there is no need to wash the hair the morning after. In the morning, style hair directly. Also, can be used in the morning to nourish fine hair.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water ● Cyclohexasiloxane ● Cyclopentasiloxane ● Ci 19140/Yellow 5 ● Ci 15985/Yellow 6 ● C13-14 Isoparaffin ● Hydroxycitronellal ● Phenoxyethanol ● Polyacrylamide ● Dimethiconol ● Camellia Japonica Seed Oil ● Isoeugenol ● Laureth-7 ● Hexyl Cinnamal ● Glycerin● Parfum/Fragrance.
Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil ($69.00 for 5 oz. Shu Uemura Art of Hair USAFeel Unique, Yes Style, Sephora, Birchbox, Shop Bazaar and Adore Beauty): This multipurpose nourishing hair oil leaves hair incredibly soft, manageable, supple, silky-smooth and shiny. It neither weighs down hair, nor does it leave behind a greasy residue. It can be used as a styling aid, as a pre-shampoo treatment, as a conditioning treatment or as an overnight intensive treatment. Most often I use it as a styling aid to nourish my hair, fight frizz, and generally make my tresses more manageable.

According to Shu Uemura,

Our best-selling Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil has been decorated with everyone's favorite video game icon characters for a limited-edition makeover. Be one of the few to cherish and collect!

Multi-use hair oil that moisturizes and protects hair with intense nutrition. Camellia Oil absorbs rapidly, deep into the hair's cortex, leaving it soft and silky with high shine. This velvety hair oil rebalances the hair's moisture level and provides all-day UV protection without weighing down even the finest of hair. Formulated for daily use. Safe on color-treated hair.

  • Sleek Blowouts
  • High-Shine Updos
  • Healthy Looking Lengths
1. To use as a styling aid, apply 1 pump to your hands (a little goes a long way) and work through hair from mid-lengths to ends.
2. To use as a pre-shampoo treatment, use 3-4 pumps and comb into dry hair before shampooing.
3. To use as a conditioning treatment, apply 1 pump each to 4 sections of hair from mid-lengths through ends, and massage into scalp.
4. Leave overnight and style as normal in the morning.

Ingredients: Aqua / Water ● Cetearyl Alcohol ● Sodium Cocoamphopropionate ● Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate ● Behentrimonium Chloride ● Coco-Betaine ● Caprylyl Glycol ● Isopropyl Alcohol ● Glycerin ● Sodium Chloride ● Limonene ● Hexyl Cinnamal ● Benzyl Salicylate ● Hydroxycitronellal ● Benzyl Alcohol ● Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil ● Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate ● Tocopherol ● Glycine Soja Oil / Soybean Oil ● Ci 19140 / Yellow 5 ● Ci 15985 / Yellow 6 ● Bht ● Parfum / Fragrance.
Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer Micro-Fine Finishing Spray ($39.00 for 8 oz. from Shu Uemura Art of Hair and Sephora): This is a really lovely finishing spray that has a seriously fine micro-mist, and while it offers great long-lasting hold, hair remains flexible and touchable. Additionally, it offers heat protection, and it prevents humidity from causing hair to go haywire (if you have curly hair, like me, this is a godsend).

According to Shu Uemura,

Achieve all your styling desires courtesy of this fine micro-mist hair spray that creates a strong, yet flexible hold with long-lasting finish and workable control that ensures shape memory so you can brush through after application and still enjoy long-lasting staying power. The hair spray also contains UV inhibitors that shield from environmental aggressors & provides heat protection and humidity resistance. Great for slicked back styles, high hold updos and texturized blowouts.

Directions: Apply to dry, styled hair. Spray 8-12 inches from dry, styled hair. Layer for increased control.

Ingredients: Alcohol Denat. ● Dimethyl Ether ● Va/Crotonates/Vinyl Neodecanoate Copolymer ● Aminomethyl Propanol ● Limonene ● Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone ● Benzyl Benzoate ● Hydroxycitronellal ● Linalool ● Citral● Parfum/Fragrance.
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Texture Wave Dry Finishing Spray ($39.00 for 6.8 oz. from Shu Uemura Art of Hair, and Sephora): If you need to add volume and texture to your hair, with great hold, and you love to create tousled beach waves– then this finishing spray is made with you in mind! As Shu suggests, it is also fantastic for second-day hair, and it never leaves hair flaky or crunchy.

According to Shu Uemura,

This dry texturizing spray offers long-lasting flexible hold while providing an airy finish from mid-lengths to ends while increasing hair volume at the roots. Great for second-day hair and perfect for creating beach waves with grip and hold. Leaving hair with a matte finish.

Directions: Spray texturizing spray 8-10 inches from dry hair. While spraying, work into the hair with fingers: tousle, ruffle, or scrunch.

Ingredients: Isobutane ● Alcohol Denat. ● Calcium Carbonate ● Polyvinylcaprolactam ● Disteardimonium Hectorite ● Dimethicone ● Dimethiconol ● Limonene ● Gossypium Herbaceum Oil/Cotton Seed Oil ● Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone ● Benzyl Benzoate ● Hydroxycitronellal ● Linalool ● Citral ● Parfum/Fragrance.
Overall Assessment: These 5 Shu Uemura superheroes are worth their weight in gold! I simply can't recommend them highly enough! If you have never tried anything from Shu Uemura Art of Hair, at least one of their products should go on your haircare bucket list. A+

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Goldfaden MD Pure Start Gentle Detoxifying Cleanser

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Goldfaden MD Pure Start Gentle Detoxifying Cleanser is a lightly lathering gel cleanser that very gently cleans the skin thoroughly, and without ever leaving it dry or stripped. It is formulated for all types of skin, it is fragrance-free, and it leaves skin balanced and lightly hydrated. I carry it in my travel bag, and I will definitely replace it once I run out– because it is that effective for my largely normal skin (that is slightly combination in my T-Zone).
According to Goldfaden MD,

Dr. Goldfaden's multi-tasking pH-balanced cleanser dissolves impurities and removes dead skin and makeup in one simple step.

Formulated with Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein to retain moisture, potent botanical extracts to gently cleanse and balance skin without irritating or dryness. Skin is left feeling clean, appearing clear, feeling smooth, and energized. Good for all skin types.

Key Benefits:
- Great skin cleanser to start the day
- Hypo-allergenic and pH-balanced
- Works on all types of skin
- No synthetic ingredients to harm the skin
- Improves firmness and moisture

Directions: Gently massage a liberal amount of cleanser to damp skin. Rinse with warm water and pat skin dry. For optimal results, use morning and night.

Key Ingredients:
Wheat Protein: Increases firmness of the skin, improves the softness and helps to retain moisture levels in the skin. aids in decreasing the number and depth of wrinkles.
Botanical Cleansing Agents: Helps to eliminate excess oils and removes impurities.
Grapefruit Extract: Provides high levels of free-radical eliminating antioxidants and promotes the healing of wounds and scar tissue.

Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside, Disodium Coco-Glucoside Citrate, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Xanthan Gum, Lycopene, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Oil of Grapefruit.
Overall Assessment: This is a really wonderful non-stripping gel cleanser, and if you have tried Goldfaden MD products you can be assured that this cleansers lives up to the high quality of their products.

$35.00 for 5 oz. from SkinCare RX, Dermstore, Look Fantastic, BeautyExpert, Feel Unique, Bloomingdale's, goop, Skinstore and Space NK (Affiliate Links).

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Bodyography Spring Picks for Lips & Eyes | Review and Swatches

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Bodyography makes very high quality cruelty-free, gluten-free and vegan makeup, and if you haven't tried any of their products– they deserve pride of place on your try-someday-list. They have some gorgeous lip liners, liquid lipstick and liquid eyeshadows to ring in the upcoming spring season, and I thought that I would share a few of my favorites.
Bodyography Lip Lava Liquid Lipstick in Exposed ($19.00 for 0.08 oz. from Bodyography): Their liquid lipsticks have a soft matte finish, highly saturated pigmentation, and many of them are very bold colors. Exposed, on the other hand, is a matte light coral nude that is quite easy to wear. It features a doe-foot applicator that effectively glides across the lips. It deposits color evenly, it doesn't feather or migrate, and it is very long-wearing. It dries down quickly, and thankfully it didn't dry out my lips. However, if you do have very dry lips, you might want to apply a thin layer of lip balm to prep your lips. This is a very long wearing formula, and when it does begin to fade, that it does so evenly leaving a nice stain behind.

According to Bodyography,

The bright, bold, ultra-soft matte and metallic finishes of our long-wearing liquid lipstick go on opaque and dry instantly. With the help of micro-absorb technology, Lip Lava Liquid Lipsticks last for hours and have 3 times more pigment than other liquid lipsticks on the market.

- Bright, bold, ultra-soft matte & metallic finishes
- Long-wear formula goes on opaque, dries instantly, & lasts for hours
- 3x more pigment than those on the market
- Micro-absorb technology makes color bulletproof
- Formulated without parabens, & gluten

Ingredients: Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, SD Alcohol 408, Synthetic Beeswax, Propylene Carbonate, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Octyldodecanol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Artificial Vanilla Flavor. May Contain: Iron Oxides [Dark Brown (CI 77491), Yellow (CI 77492), Black Iron Oxide (CI 77499), Red 6 (CI 15850), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Yellow 5 (CI 19140)], Mica (CI 77019), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Tin Oxide (CI 77861), Manganese Violet (C1 77742), Benzyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Cottonseed Oil

Bodyography Lip Pencils in Barely There and Heatherberry ($14.00 for 0.04 oz. from Bodyography): I love lip liners that are creamy and emollient, that boast exceptional wear-time, and that come in an array of beautiful colors. These lip pencils glide across the lips effortlessly, deposit color evenly and they never dry out my lips. Barely There, which is described as a Beige Nude, is a very easy to wear daily shade that is perfect for many nude lipsticks. Heatherberry, which is described as a Rose/Brown Nude, is a stunning shade that pairs perfectly with a vast array of rosey and brown lipsticks, but it is also stunning on its own topped with a clear lip gloss.

According to Bodyography,

An antioxidant lip pencil that glides on like your favorite lipstick with precise, pigment-rich color to frame, fill in, and define lips. Enriched with Coconut Oil and Vitamin E.

- Durable pigments for extended wear
- Applies smoothly without dragging
- Infused with Coconut Oil & Vitamin E
- Formulated without parabens & gluten

Ingredients: Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Olus Oil, Paraffin, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Candelilla Cera, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Oleate, Citric Acid, +/- Mica (CI 77019), +/- Silica, +/- Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), +/- Iron Oxides CI 77491, +/- CI 77499, +/- CI 77492, +/- CI 19140, +/- CI 15850, +/- CI 42090.
Bodyography Lip Pencil in Barely There (Beige Nude)
Bodyography Lip Pencil in Heatherberry (Rose/Brown Nude)
Bodyography Lip Lava Liquid Lipstick in Exposed  (Matte Light Coral Nude)
If you love liquid eyeshadows that offer buildable coverage, gorgeous pigmentation, and that feel weightless, then Bodyography Crystal Glide Liquid Eyeshadows ($20.00 each for 0.067 oz. from Bodyography) are worth trying. They are long-lasting, have enough sparkle for daily use, and have absolutely no fallout.

Additionally, they are user-friendly, can be worn individually or together, but if you are like me– then you probably will opt for a light wash of a single color in conjunction with some eyeliner and mascara. The doe-foot applicator is easy to use, and effective, but you can also use a brush or your finger to spread the shadow across the lid– depending upon the effect that you are seeking.

Fans of cream and liquid eyeshadows, like me, will really enjoy their high quality, stunning shades and ease of use. These beauties are infused with the most gorgeous "pure color pigments and crystal chrome pearls" that give the shadows a gorgeous shimmer that is refined and flattering– rather than over-the-top. If you have particularly oily eyelids, then you may want to use a primer, but I have found that I don't need one since the formula is long-wearing, transfer-proof and non-creasing on me.
There are 6 gorgeous shades, of which I have 4 to share with you:
- Moonstone (Nude Mauve)
- Citrine (Bright Gold)
- Garnet (Burgundy)
- Rose Quartz (Soft Pink)
- Smoky Topaz (Deep Bronze. Not shown)
- Ruby (Rose Gold. Not shown)

According to Bodyography,

Crystal Glide Liquid Eyeshadow is a weightless, yet intensely-playful, long-lasting liquid eye shadow that will saturate your lids in liquid-chrome-shine for up to 24 hours! Infused with pure color pigments and crystal chrome pearls, this innovative technology delivers vibrant, intense color for a buildable, no-feel finish.

- Cruelty-Free, Vegan, & Gluten-Free
- Infused with pure color pigments & crystal chrome pearls for intense color
- Buildable, no-feel finish
- Can be used as an eyeliner to create sultry looks
- Non-transfer base with minimal fallout—no primer necessary
- Apply in one swipe with doe foot applicator and blend in with fingers or a brush
- Available in 6 shades
Overall Assessment: If Bodyography hasn't been on your radar, it should be. Take a look around their website to see some of their gorgeous offerings.

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