Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tweezerman’s New Brush iQ Collection Launches!

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Tweezerman, the brand recognized for their professional quality and cutting edge beauty tools that simply work, introduces the next generation of makeup brushes with Tweezerman Brush IQ. Crafted with patented technology and exceptional quality, these luxury cosmetic brushes apply makeup flawlessly and help all women achieve their ultimate, beauty potential. The assortment of 12 brushes ensures there is a brush for every application, with a precisely shaped brush head to achieve the ideal look.

Tweezerman Brush IQ brushes are made with DuPontTM Natrafil® filaments, which feel like and perform better than natural hair cosmetic brush fibers. Tweezerman Brush IQ bristles with DuPontTM Natrafil® Technology are more hygienic than animal bristles and are verified by makeup artists to deliver unmatched performance, better pick-up and release, and more uniform application. Brush IQ soft-feel filaments have the light-as-air, smooth feel of natural bristles, but with the advantage of advanced technologies that can distribute a variety of makeup formats beautifully and naturally to flawlessly blend in, so you can stand out.

The Tweezerman tool brand is loved by consumers, make-up artists, editors and celebrities alike for its uncompromising quality, precision and performance. With the introduction of the new Brush IQ line, Tweezerman presents you with a whole new level of one-stop shopping for exceptional beauty tools for all your needs “from head to toe.” Each brush shape gives you access to real beauty genius as each offers a unique point of difference to help you create the look of perfectly applied makeup, bringing the beauty expertise, artistry and intelligence of the runway to real life, every day.

Powder Brush ($49.00)– This is one brush a beauty kit should never be without. Ideal for creating an even finish, this super-luxurious domed Powder Brush is an essential tool for all powder applications.

Finishing Contour Brush ($35.00)– Creating subtle contouring and layering effects is simplified with the innovative shape and fiber-blend of the Finishing Contour Brush. The dual fiber technology buffs, applies and infuses all complexion & cheek products seamlessly onto the skin. The softness of the signature dual fiber head blends all foundation & concealer formulas, as well as cream & powder based blushers easily for the deepest infusion of color. The synthetic tip makes the application look and feel lightweight and natural.

Blush Brush ($26.00)– This Blush Brush provides flawless coverage and works with all face silhouettes to create a healthy, natural-looking glow.

Foundation Brush ($21.00) – A staple for any makeup artist’s tool kit, this paddle shaped Foundation Brush is designed to provide perfect all over, yet remarkably sheer looking coverage. Creates a beautifully seamless look that, balances total, natural looking application of foundation and absolute corrective coverage.

Pointed Foundation Brush ($28.00)– The perfectly shaped Pointed Foundation Brush fits delicately into the natural curves of the face for expert coverage. The tapered head smoothly covers large surface areas while achieving detailed results. Price: $28

Flat Top Foundation Brush ($26.00)– The dense yet soft flat surface of the Flat Top Foundation Brush effectively buffs skin during makeup application for a flawless look. Complexion products permeate skin deeper with this brush for an even and streak free finish.

Contour Concealer Brush ($18.00)– Beautifully highlight and accentuate eyes & cheeks with the precision detail of the Contour Concealer Brush. The curve also gently works product perfectly into hard to reach areas like inner eye corners without causing irritation or dragging the skin. Price: $18
Pointed Concealer Brush – Conceal like a pro with the precision Pointed Concealer Brush – perfect for covering dark circles and discoloration. Create a streak free and natural look by working the point gently along the upper and lower lash lines.

Blender Brush ($19.00)– The key to all great shadow looks is blending the shades together. The expertly designed Blender Brush will perfect and finish every look. Use the brush to blend shades together in soft sweeping motions, or use it to apply base shadow to the eyelid in one easy gesture.

Shader Brush ($16.00) – Apply, blend and soften to create the hottest eye trends with this multi-functional Shader Brush. The supple signature fiber-blend will help soften hard edges and smoothly blend colors together without irritation.

Line Glider Brush ($14.00) – This brush is designed with a unique blend of fibers, which can be expertly paired with any product formula for precise application. The curved shape of the glider’s head fits the natural contours of the eye, simplifying eye-liner application. The signature tip sweeps product onto the lash line with precision placement for the ultimate detailed liner look. Price: $14

Brow Brush ($14.00)– The fine angled tip of the Brow Brush precisely feathers color into brows to fill sparse areas as well as add definition.

Now Available at Ulta stores and (Affiliate Links).

About Tweezerman: Tweezerman International is recognized in the beauty industry for setting the highest standards of quality, reliability, innovation and service with every beauty tool sold. Tweezerman features cutting edge beauty tools for brows, lashes, face, manicure and pedicure. Tweezerman products are sold through professional beauty suppliers as well as top cosmetic and department stores, chain drug stores, and specialty shops. Additionally, Tweezerman operates a Second Bottom Line through which the company allocates a portion of its profits to charitable organizations, while actively supporting local communities.

Press Release provided to Lola's Secret Beauty Blog courtesy of Tweezerman PR.

FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0 Review

 Press Sample (Unaffiliated Links)

FutureDerm has considerably expanded their range of products since I reviewed their fantastic Time Release Retinol 0.50 last year, and I can say without hesitation that their Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0  is every bit as impressive as was their first foray into the realm of high quality skincare.
According to FutureDerm, their Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0 is designed to be the best:

It accomplishes a heretofore impossible feat — delivering 10% vitamin C (as L-ascorbic acid) and 1% vitamin E to the eye area without irritating most skin types. The creamy, hydrating formula treats undereye wrinkles, creases, and dark circles in as few as 10 days. For daytime and/or nighttime use.

Vitamin C has been clinically proven in independent research to brighten skin, alleviate the appearance of dark circles and age spots, and even skin tone with regular use over time. The undereye area is no exception, particularly in dark circles that are caused by hyperpigmentation (rather than, say, blood pooling in the area).

However, it is difficult to deliver 10% vitamin C as L-ascorbic acid + 1% vitamin E to the eye area without running the risk of irritation — until now. FutureDerm CE Eye Cream 10.0 is a creamy, hydrating formula that will not irritate most skin types. It is designed for the undereye area. Results in as little as 10 days. For daytime and/or nighttime use.

FutureDerm products are tested for safety and efficacy, and are physician-approved. Our ingredients are safe in the concentrations used in each of our products, even with typical repeated use over time. As with any product, please reserve for external use only. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes. For best results, use with a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily.

FutureDerm answered the 10 most commonly asked questions about their Vitamin CE Eye Cream here, and I highly recommend reading it, if you are interested in learning even more about this fantastic eye cream.

Ingredients: Ascorbic Acid (antioxidant), Dimethicone, Bis Vinyl Dimethicone/ Dimethicone Copolymer (slip agent), Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3 (slip agent), Aluminum Starch, Octenylsuccinate (emulsifier), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil (fatty acid), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil (antioxidant), Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides (hydrator), Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide MEA (preservative), Tocopherol Acetate (antioxidant), Fragrance (needed, trust us).

My experience: One of the very first things that I noted after I used FutureDerm Vitamin C Eye Cream  for a few days was an unmistakable brightening and tightening of my under eye area. My skin quickly became brighter and more luminous with a pronounced clarity. My delicate eye area is left very soft, smooth, and taut each time that I use it-- and this combination of textural differences is very obvious both at a distance and close-up.  The high concentration of Vitamin C is responsible for the fantastic brightening effects, but fear not it did not irritate the skin in my delicate eye area.

The cream is light and smooth, and sinks in and gets right to work immediately. The silicones lend the cream a lovely velvety texture and the perfect amount of slip while the Vitamin E, Avocado and Grape Seed Oils deeply moisturize the delicate eye are. This antioxidant rich formula assures the user that the anti-aging benefits are real and tangible, and with prolonged use one will definitely see a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Furthermore, the brightening effects of Vitamin CE Eye Cream has radically lightened my dark circles. FutureDerm suggests that after two months of daily use that skin will, "appear brighter, dark circles due to hyperpigmentation/melanin production will be diminished, and the skin may feel firmer. It really, truly does work." I can attest to the veracity this claim, and I haven't even used it for two months yet!

The fabulous texture also serves as a wonderful base for under-eye concealer, feeling a bit like a high quality primer rather than a typical eye cream. I honestly can't think of anything that this eye cream doesn't do exceedingly well. I'm utterly thrilled by the results, and am thrilled to have discovered this eye cream that boast great efficacy, ease of use, and a fantastic tactile experience. In short, this is a fantastic eye cream all the way around!
Overall assessment: What a fantastic eye cream! It brightens, tightens, moisturizes, nourishes, reduces the appearance of dark circles, and is an antioxidant rich anti-aging powerhouse! Well done, FutureDerm, well done!

$59.00 for 0.50 oz. Available from FutureDerm. (Unaffiliated Link)
Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette is Back by Popular Demand!

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• A trio of our best-selling Ambient Lighting Powders.
• Powders capture, diffuse and soften the way light is reflected on skin, brighten the appearance, and conceal imperfections, pores and wrinkles.
• Unlike traditional finishing powders that use opaque pigments, Ambient utilizes Photoluminescent Technology—micron-size, soft-focus particles that refract light and create transparent coverage.
• The powders can be applied individually or layered to imbue skin with a multidimensional glow.
• Universal powders make them suitable for every skin tone, and they can be worn for day and night.
• Free of parabens, talc, fragrance, nano-particles and gluten.
This palette contains:
- Dim Light: A neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with a balance of warm and cool tones.
- Incandescent Light: A pearlescent powder that highlights the cheekbones and brightens the complexion with a celestial glow (Exclusive to palette).
- Radiant Light: A sun-kissed golden beige powder that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth.
Ingredients: Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Boron Nitride, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Silica, Octyldodecanol, Benzimidazole Diamond Amidoethyl Urea Carbamoyl Propyl Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sorbitan Sesquioleate,Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Polyacrylamide, Benzoic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Potassium Sorbate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Laureth-7, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trimethylsiloxysilicate. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Iron Oxide (CI 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850).


ABOUT HOURGLASS LUXURY PERFORMANCE MAKEUP: Hourglass exists at the revolutionary intersection of science, beauty and luxury. The brand is acclaimed for its breakthrough formulations, technological innovations and unwavering commitment to reinvention. Complexion products are infused with the most groundbreaking active ingredients available to create virtually surreal skin. Distinguished by sensorial textures, modern color collections, and sleek custom packaging—Hourglass puts the art in state-of-the-art. For more information, visit

Press Release provided to Lola's Secret Beauty Blog courtesy of Hourglass Cosmetics.

Beautybox Five April 2014 Treasures Revealed

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The April Beautybox Five theme calls for slowing down from our busy lives enough to luxuriate at a  slower pace, and by getting more "focussed on looks that call for a little leisurely layering so you enjoy your mornings and make more time for yourself--Rome wasn't built in a day and a breezy spring look is totally worth the extra minute or two." To this end, this box offers a great selection of makeup, body glow, and cleansing wipes-- what a great idea!
1) BH Cosmetics California Collection Eyeshadow Palette (Deluxe sample. Full size retail $18.95 for 16 eyeshadows and 4 face powders): Creamy textures and fantastic pigmentation-- these are very pretty shadows! Hollywood is a bright and pigmented purple that is sure to make purple enthusiasts swoon, San Francisco is a gorgeous rich bronze, and Malibu is a rich golden shade. The small palette is perfect to throw in an overnight bag, or your purse, and it is as cute as can be! #bhcosmetics

2) Nicka K New York Hydro Lipstick in Daring (NY001) (Full size. $4.99 for 0.12 oz.): "Enjoy luscious color infused with hydrating moisture for a perfect pout, every time. Available in 24 sensational shades, our new Hydro lipsticks are formulated with jojoba oil for lightweight, conditioning and long-lasting wear. Housed in sleek, luxurious, faux metal packaging. Paraben Free." Daring is a rich blue-based Cherry Red lipstick with a lightweight texture, full opaque coverage and a lovely moisturizing formula! Simply gorgeous! #nickaknewyork

3) Bonne Bell Lip Definer in Warm Brick (Full size. $3.99): Creamy soft lip liner that glides on effortlessly, and without any tugging, skipping, or pulling. Opaque coverage and long-wearing at a bargain price, what's not to love? Warm Brick, while warm, actually has a gorgeous pink undertone-- it's really pretty fabulous! #bonnebell
Left to Right: BH Cosmetics California Collection Eyeshadow Palette (Hollywood, San Francisco and Malibu), Nicka K Hydro Lipstick in Daring and Bonne Bell Lip Definer in Warm Brick).
4) Blum Naturals All-Purpose Cleansing Wipes Fresh Scent (Full size. 30 wipes $2.49): All Purpose Cleansing Wipes are, "infused with Aloe Vera; it is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes & proteins. Our convenient mini canister pack can be used anywhere, anytime, throughout the day." This is perfect for anyone on the go, and the perfect solution for those days when you do lots of heavy swatching! #blumnaturals

Ingredients: Aqua (water), Ethyl Alcohol***, Decyl Glucoside**, Organic Peppermint Oil*, Organic Aloe Vera Extract*, Potassium Sorbate.* (*Plant Derived **Sugar Derived ***Naturally Derived)

No Synthetic Preservatives or Fragrances, Paraben-free, No SLS, Hypo-Allergenic, and PH Balanced. Not Tested on Animals. 

5) Jergens Natural Glow Three Days to Glow Moisturizer (Sample packets. Retail $9.99 4 oz.): "With the exclusive Glow Perfecting® Complex, Jergens® Natural Glow™ 3 Days To Glow™ Moisturizer provides natural-looking summer color FAST! Jump start your color within 1 day and get a full shade of color in just 3 days." #jergens
  • Proprietary blend of skin tone-specific color enhancers
  • No sunless tanner odor
  • Contains antioxidants
  • Designed for Fair to Medium and Medium to Tan skin tones
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dihydroxyacetone, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Dimethicone, Ceteareth-20, Isopropyl Isostearate, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Tocopherol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Isohexadecane, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Troxerutin, Polysorbate 60, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Peg-100 Stearate, Steareth-2, Xanthan Gum, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Dmdm Hydantoin, Bht, Fragrance, Erythrulose, Caramel, Titanium Dioxide, Mica.
Overall assessment: April proved to be another outstanding month in the land of Beautybox 5!

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

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

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

Press Sample Courtesy of Beautybox Five. All views expressed are categorically my own. (Unaffiliated link)

Copyright © 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo No. 6 Mauve Beige Review!

 Purchased by me (Affiliate Links)

I love Hourglass, plain and simple. Their products are consistently superb in quality, outstanding in texture and application, and simply a joy to use. Their Femme Nude Lip Stylo line of lipsticks have rightfully been flying off of store shelves since their launch, and frankly I can't imagine that changing. If you love nude lipsticks, then you really need to try these out, and my guess is that you will probably need at least one of these beauties in your stash.
According to Hourglass, their Femme Nude Lip Stylo is,

A seductive collection of nude lip crayons delivering a full-coverage formula and satin finish. Enclosed in a luxurious retractable stylo, Femme Nude enhances the natural sensuality of your lips by adding fullness, dimension and balance. With six shades to choose from there’s a nude for every mood.
Available in 6 Shades:

• Nude No.1 – A pale pink nude, the lightest of the collection.
• Nude No.2 – A honey beige nude with a warm tint.
• Nude No.3 – A medium rose nude, with a hint of pink.
• Nude No.4 – A pink beige nude, with a touch of deep rose.
• Nude No.5 – A golden peach nude with luminosity.
• Nude No.6 – A mauve nude, the deepest nude of the collection.

• Free of parabens, fragrance, phthalates, and sulfates
I chose No. 6 because a mauve nude is essentially a my lips but better shade for me, and choosing a color that mimics the color of one's own lips is one of the most flattering ways to select the perfect nude for one's specific coloring. It boasts full opaque coverage, a luscious creamy texture, and the perfect amount of cushion. The finish is satin, but a single blot renders it nearly matte. It is tremendously versatile, and can be worn alone, or under gloss. It can be dressed up or dressed down, and is equally gorgeous with intense makeup, or a barely-there natural look. It lasts at least 4 hours on me without the need to touch up, and isn't in the least drying on my lips. Additionally, the packaging is exquisite-- it is weighty and comfortable in the hand, and the twist up applicator mitigates any waste from sharpening. Every aspect of the Femme Lip Stylo product line was extremely well considered and executed.
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Oleyl Alcohol, Ozokerite, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Candelilla Cera), Paraffin, Lanolin Oil, Lanolin Wax (Lanolin Cera), Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 22 Lake (CI 45380), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 6 (CI 15850), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090). 
Which colors do you covet?

Overall assessment: I am completely obsessed with high quality lip products, and the Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo in No. 6 is just superb! A+

$30.00 for 0.08 oz. Available from Hourglass, Barneys New York, SpaceNK US, SpaceNK UKSephora, & Net-A-Porter,  (Affiliate Links).
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Beautisol Exscrub Me? Citrus Face Exfoliant Review

Press Sample courtesy of Beautisol and iFabbo (Unaffiliated Links)

I am an absolute devotee to facial exfoliants, and have been since I began taking care of my skin as an early teen. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that I am always eager to discover new, or new-to-me exfoliants that are exquisite quality, gentle, and highly effective. When I saw the Beautisol Exscrub Me? Citrus Face Exfoliant available in the iFabbo shop, I jumped at the chance to try it!

Beautisol Exscrub Me? Citrus Face Exfoliant is, "a gentle, yet very effective citrus face exfoliant that is the perfect solution for deep cleansing the face, removing dead skin cells and eradicating impurities. Infused with certified organic orange peel, lemon and grapefruit extracts, it leaves the skin feeling cleansed, fresh and rejuvenated."

What it does: "Exfoliates and cleanses the face, preparing it for a flawless self-tan application"(or to just exfoliate the skin).

Features & benefits:
  • Formulated for all skin types
  • Provides a smooth and even surface for a perfect self-tan application
  • Contains fine Jojoba beads to physically remove the dead skin cells
  • Infused with certified organic orange peel, lemon, and grapefruit extracts, leaving the skin cleansed and rejuvenated
My Experience: Beautisol Exscrub Me? Citrus Face Exfoliant is a wonderful exfoliant. It is densely packed with fine Jojoba beads that effortlessly remove dead skin cells with great speed and precision. They are expertly crafted and uniformly shaped without any jagged protruding edges that scratch and damage the skin. That said, trust me when I say that one only needs to use a very light hand because this scrub is more than capable of getting rid of every trace of dead skin cells with a very gentle touch. The citrus peel and extracts, which lend this jewel a scrumptious scent, perform miracles by leaving skin cleansed, clarified and utterly refreshed. I was so surprised to see and feel how soft and supple my skin was after my first use, and that was all it took for me to fall in love with this highly effective scrub. Many scrubs have left my skin feeling stripped and sometimes even traumatized by the jagged physical exfoliants, but Beautisol Exscrub Me? Citrus Face Exfoliant leaves my skin baby's bottom soft every single time that I use it, and it works wonders in its ability to give me gorgeous glowing skin. If you love face scrubs, then this is definitely one to consider next time to need to replenish your stash. Those for whom particularly sensitive skin is an issue will want to be very careful not to over scrub since there are many fine Jojoba beads that might cause too much abrasion for the over-zealous hand.
  • For external use only.
  • Avoid contact with eyes.
  • Keep out of reach of children.
To use: Dampen skin and apply a small amount of exfoliant to fingertips. Massage onto face in circular motions. Rinse well with warm water and pat dry.

Ingredients:Aqua (Water), Polyethylene (Beads), Glycerin*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Jojoba Esters (Beads), Behenyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Etherm, Glyceryl Stearate, Sucrose Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Squalane, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Citric Acid, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Potassium Sorbate, Carbomer, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Tocotrienols, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Phytic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Alcohol, Tocopherol (D-alpha), Passiflora Incarnata (Passionflower) Flower Extract. *Certified Organic. Contains organic glycerin, organic orange peel extract, jojoba beads and Tocotrienol.

Paraben-free, propylene glycol-free, sodium laurel/laureth sulfate-free, and cruelty-free (PETA certified). Made in the USA.
Overall assessment: This is an excellent exfoliant, indeed! I'm a huge fan of physical exfoliants, and this one is now among my favorites! A+

$17.00 for 2 oz. from Special purchase "Buy 1 Get 1 Free": Use Code: BOGO2014 (Valid until June 31, 2014, and a $17.00 value).

Press Sample courtesy of Beautisol and iFabbo. All views expressed are categorically my own.

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About the Founder: Sinead Norenius is a fellow beauty blogger and licensed aesthetician. She started the company based on feedback from her and with the support of the blogging community. Want to learn more about this product or Beautisol in general? Feel free to contact her directly:

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Beauty Blog Coalition Spotlights Top Weekend Reads for the Easter & Passover Weekend

  • Slashed Beauty: Tired of troublesome skin? Experts tell us what foods to eat and avoid to help us get glowing, healthy skin.
  • Lipgloss Break: Enter to win a set of Dove's new Pistachio Cream Body Wash & Beauty Bar - it's Angela's favorite!
  • TheFabZilla: Love purple lips? Kathryne from TheFabZilla got the scoop on Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Violet and Matte Creme Lip Crayon Grape
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Love clay-based masks? Then African Botanics Marula + Plant Stem Cells Mineral Cleansing Mask is a fabulous game changer that is not to be missed!
  • Glamorable!: Find out why Anastasia DID NOT like Bunch of Carrots Bubble Bath from LUSH Easter 2014 Collection.
  • BeautyTidbits: Enter to win the new Mother's Day Collection by!
  • My Highest Self: Check out the good and the bad in Tina's review of Vidal Sassoon Hair Color in Deep Velvet Violet!
  • Beauty by Miss L: BYS Limited Edition Neons eyeshadow palette review & swatches.
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog : Laura shows us her new favorite nail polish from Ciate London called Antique Brooch.
  • D.G.S.Beauty: Washing makeup brushes has become a chore. See how the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove has made life a little easier.
  • Geniabeme: Get a full face of makeup for under $20!
  • daydreaming beauty: Amber raves about Tarte Amazonian Colored Clay Liquid Foundation this week on daydreaming beauty.
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Check out what Allison got in her April Beauty Rocks Glam Bag from ipsy
  • Rest in Peace Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014)

    The death of Gabriel García Márquez is one of those incalculable losses that just seems unfathomable. If you haven't read One Hundred Years of Solitude or Love in the Time of Cholera (to name but a few of his masterpieces) then they should be moved to the top of your list! Additionally, his brilliant Nobel Lecture should likewise be read (or listened to). The world is a better place because he graced us with his brilliance, and now it will shine less brightly without him.

    Sunday Sun Day Volume I: Sun Bum Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 30 & Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 Reviews

     Press Sample (Affiliate Links)

    While I immensely enjoy the summer weather, and despite the fact that lots of Mediterranean blood courses through my veins, I opt to stay out of the sun. Throughout most of the year I have fair-leaning olive skin, however with very little coaxing I can become quite dark. That said, I don't particularly care for the cumulative sun damage associated with long sessions of sun exposure, nor do I embrace the prospects of getting skin cancer-- therefore I stay loaded up on sunscreen instead of basking in the sun. This is particularly important since I live in Southern California where, by many people's standards, the weather seems to be summer nearly 12 months out of the year (yes, that is a slight exaggeration)-- so sunscreen it something that I reach for year round.

    My husband is an avid surfer, and literally has been since he was a wee little tyke-- therefore it should come as no surprise that he has logged in countless hours at the beach and in the water. When I suggest that he is a serious surfer, I mean to say that he is among those who take yearly trips to surfing hotspots in Indonesia, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Fiji, and Samoa to name but a few. His travel companions are equally serious about their surfing, some of whom are former Pro Surfers, and they have all learned that among the must-haves that make it to their well-edited surf bags is a stash of serious sunscreens.

    When he saw my bottles of Sun Bum Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 30 & Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50, he was more interested than he tends to be about anything that I might be reviewing, and announced that both were going with him to Indonesia since Sun Bum was the thing that each of them was packing. Honestly, I had no idea that Sun Bum had achieved cult status among serious surfers, but this stuff is so good that I can certainly see why. While I don't use it for surfing, I do use it when I go outside, and I will definitely be replacing both bottles since mine have been stolen from me!
    Sun Bum Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 30 is described as an, "easy to use, ultra sheer/dry touch continuous spray formula will protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays while enriching your skin with Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals, which are the main cause of premature skin aging."

    It truly is lightweight and easy to use, and the formula is utterly fuss-free. Skin is left hydrated and protected, and it is super easy to reapply.

    Features / Benefits:
    • Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection / Parsol® 1789
    • Water Resistant / 80 Minutes 
    • Paraben Free / PABA Free / Oil Free
    • Hypoallergenic
    • Photostable
    • Vitamin E Enriched
    $16.00 for 6 oz. from Sun Bum, Dermstore and (Affiliate Links)

    Ingredients: Avobenzone 3.00%, Homosalate 10.00%, Octisalate 3.00%, Octocrylene 2.75%, Oxybenzone 3.00%. Acrylates Dimethicone Copolymer, Acrylates / Octyacrylamide Copolymer, Alcohol Denat., Asorbyl Palmitate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Polyester-8, Ppg-5 Ceteth 20, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trisiloxane.

    Sun Bum Continuous Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 is described as a moisturizing sunscreen formula that "will protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays while enriching your skin with Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals, which are the main cause of premature skin aging."

    I just love this sunscreen for so many reasons! It has the pleasant smell of summer, it is amazingly moisturizing, it has a high SPF, and does everything that it claims to do. Furthermore it is Paraben and PABA free, and boasts an antioxidant rich formula (as does the Continuous Spray Sunscreen).

    Features / Benefits:
    • Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection / Parsol® 1789
    • Water Resistant / 80 Minutes 
    • Paraben Free / PABA Free / Oil Free
    • Hypoallergenic
    • Photostable
    • Vitamin E Enriched
    $16.00 for 8 oz. from Sun Bum,, Dermstore, and Nordstrom (Affiliate Links)

    Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply: After 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, Immediately after towel drying, At least every 2 hours.

    Ingredients: Avobenzone 3.00%, Homosalate 10.00%, Octisalate 5.00%, Octocrylene 2.75%, Oxybenzone 6.00%. Behenyl Alcohol, Bht, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Caprylyl Methicone, Dimethicone, Dimethyl Capramide, Disodium Edta, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, Glyceryl Stearate, Methylisothiazolinone, Peg-100 Stearate, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Polyester-8, Silica, Sodium Polyacrylate, Styrene/acrylates Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trideceth-6, Trimethyl Siloxysilicate, Vp/hexadecene Copolymer, Water, Xanthan Gum.

    Overall assessment: I am in sunscreen heaven, and have become a Sun Bum loyalist! Evidently my husband and his friends knew how great it was long before I made the same discovery!

    Press Samples. All views expressed are categorically my own.
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    Sunday Sun Day Volume II: Australian Gold Moisture Lock Tan Extender Review

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    Any amount of time spent in the sun necessitates added moisturizing, and while I don't ever sunbathe I do still slather on rich lotions after each exposure. Australian Gold Moisture Lock Tan Extender is a wonderfully effective body lotion that will extend the life of your tan (assuming that you seek one), but will likewise keep skin deliriously soft and moisturized for those of us who aren't in the practice of sunbathing.

    According to Australian Gold, After Sun Moisture Lock Tan Extender,

    This exclusive face and body lotion, packed with vital moisture and nutrients, is perfect for soft, smooth, healthy-looking skin. Vitamin E and native Australian ingredient are specially blended in this moisture-rich after tan formula. You’ll love its luxurious, silky feel and fresh, light scent. Moisturized skin tans better and stays tan longer. Lock in moisture-and a great-looking tan- with Australian Gold® Moisture Lock®. Extend the life of your summer glow, while natural sunflower, tea tree and olive fruit oils seal in moisture, for a smooth, glowing complexion. Apply generously to exposed skin areas. Reapply often. Use daily, mate!
    Vitamin E helps to prevent and diminish fine lines and wrinkles
    Mineral Oil Free
    Australian Gold signature fragrance
    I have been using this as an all-over body lotion lately because it leaves the skin so soft, supple and moisturized. It feels good, smells like summer at the beach, and is the perfect thing to apply to the skin after a day of playing in the sun!
    Overall assessment: I will use this all summer long!

    16 oz. costs between $7.79 and $10.49 from Australian Gold ($10.49), Walgreens ($7.79), and ($8.09) (Affiliate Links).

    Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own.
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