Friday, May 24, 2019

nügg Happy Lips Cocoa Shine Lip Balm

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I am nothing, if not, a complete and total lip balm enthusiast. I use lip balms all of the time to nourish, treat and moisturize my lips, and my preference is always healthier green beauty options. With that in mind, I immediately began testing nügg Happy Lips Cocoa Shine Lip Balm as soon as it arrived, and have already made a significant dent in the contents of its whimsical little golden orb. I would classify it as a mid-weight lip balm that effectively envelops and coats the lips with its creamy lush emollience. It heals chapped lips rapidly and it leaves them soft, smooth, supple and hydrated. Furthermore, it has a glossy finish that initially looks a bit more like a gloss than a balm and it has the perfect amount of cushion for comfortable wear. It has a very faint botanical aroma, but it is only detectable in the pot, and I am unable to taste or smell it once applied to my lips.
According to nügg beauty,

This deeply hydrating, all natural and vegan lip balm nourishes, protects and combats dryness all while leaving your lips with a beautiful glossy shine. The buttery, non-sticky formula is packed with natural ingredients like Cocoa Butter, Jojoba Oil and Abyssinian Oily that instantly melt into your lips, making them super soft, smooth and happy so you can keep on smiling! Better than any chapstick, this butter balm helps you say goodbye to dry, chapped lips for good!

We packaged our uniquely buttery balm in a glamorous golden metallic sphere that will add cuteness and glamour to your beauty routine and can be upcycled once empty to store your travel moisturizer or small jewelry.
Proudly made in the USA. Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free. 
 Directions: Apply onto clean lips. Use daily and as often as you like!
Seriously Clean! All natural and vegan. No preservatives, parabens, mineral oil, sulfates, synthetic fragrances or colors.
Overall Assessment: If you love lip balms, then consider adding nügg Happy Lips Cocoa Shine Lip Balm to your must-try list.

$10.99 for 0.24 oz. from nügg Beauty and nügg Beauty's Official Amazon Store (Affiliate Links).
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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Kiehl's Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter Revisited

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I thought that I would revisit Kiehl's Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter because I have gone though so many bottles of the lotion and jars of the body butter over the years, and felt that it was worth further extolling its virtues. It is an utterly sublime and decadent whipped butter that is fast absorbing and remarkably moisturizing. The whipped texture is delectable, and it melts into warm, damp skin quite quickly leaving skin soft, smooth, supple and hydrated. While I also use it on dry skin, I really love using it after getting out of the bath or shower because the added slip created by damp skin makes it sink in that much quicker, and allows you to use less of the body butter. It has a really delicious scent that is warm, rich and creamy.
According to Kiehl's,

This luxurious whipped body butter with Shea Butter and Jojoba Butter absorbs quickly to nurture and moisturize skin. With rich hydration, this body moisturizer is also infused with Soy Milk and Honey.
Select Ingredients and Their Attributes:

Shea Butter: is the natural fat obtained from the fruit of the African Karate tree and is widely used in lotions and cleansing products. Within our formulas, Shea Butter is known to help defend dehydration, restore suppleness and improve the appearance of dry skin.

Jojoba Butter: Extracted from the seeds of the desert shrub, Simondsia Chinensis, Jojoba Butter is refined from the oil that has been traditionally used for skin care by both Mexicans and Native Americans. Within our formulas, it is known to nurture and soften skin.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Nylon-66, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Shea Butter, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Peg-40 Stearate, Squalane, Myristyl Myristate, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Simmondsia Chinensis Butter/Jojoba Butter, Sorbitan Tristearate, Parfum/Fragrance, Undecane, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl Alcohol, Tridecane, Tocopherol, Sorbic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, T-Butyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Coumarin, Stearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Sunflower Seed Oil, Limonene, Ci 75130/Beta-Carotene, Citric Acid.
Overall Assessment: This definitely is neither my first, nor my last jar of Kiehl's Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter. I have used it for well over a decade, and really love it.

$39.00 for 8 oz. from Nordstrom, Sephora, Barneys New York, Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Ulta, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman.

$49.00 for 12 oz. from Kiehl's, Nordstrom, Sephora, Barneys New York, Bloomingdale's, Macy's, and Saks Fifth Avenue (Affiliate Links).

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Luxie Classy Travel Bag

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That I travel a lot is a bit of an understatement, and therefore travel essentials are subject to constant editing and refining. Among my favorite things to discover are new, and new-to-me, cosmetic bags to help streamline what I carry with me on overnight trips. My most recent acquisition is the Luxie Classy Travel Bag, and I am so happy with it.
The Luxie Classy Travel Bag, which measures a generous 10 ¼"W x 8 ¾"H x ¼"D, is a stunning dusty rose vegan leather bag with chic rose gold hardware. It really fits a remarkable amount, and as you can see I selected numerous large products to underscore the extent to which one can fill this bag. It is easy to clean with warm soapy water, and is a really convenient travel companion.
Note its size when compared to my 15" laptop computer!
According to Luxie,

A dusty rose travel bag with rose gold hardware made to help carry all your daily essentials. Our Luxie Classy Travel Bag can carry items like a Mini iPad, 5.5 inch phone, a notebook, phone charger, makeup, wallet and more! We also recommend to use this bag as your go to travel bag for your toiletries, electronics, skincare, the sky is the limit!

- Top zip closure
- Cruelty-free
- Imported
- 10 ¼"W x 8 ¾"H x ¼"D
Overall Assessment: I am really happy with the Luxie Classy Travel Bag, and I have already packed it for my out-of-town trip this week.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Mega Matte in Oblivion

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Longtime readers will certainly tell you that I generally prefer glossy textured lipsticks to mattes, and I find that the majority of the mattes on the market are drying, dull, lifeless and inherently unflattering. However, there are always exceptions, and the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Mega Matte in Oblivion is one such exception, in my estimation. Urban Decay is 100% Cruelty-Free.
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Mega Matte in Oblivion is a creamy, lightly emollient, and non-drying matte that glides across the lips effortlessly, deposits color evenly, and it neither feathers, nor pools. It delivers full opaque coverage in a single pass, it does not feel heavy on the lips, and while it is a matte it boasts a very light sheen that prevents it from being flat. I get 4+ hours of wear-time from a single application, and find that it fades evenly when it begins to wear off. Oblivion, which is described as a gray-taupe, is a really beautiful, and infinitely flattering, mauve-taupe that strikes me as more complex than a gray-taupe.
According to Urban Decay,

An innovative lip formula, in an array of shades and finishes, that gives an unbelievable laydown of color with just one swipe.

Vice Lipstick features six indulgent finishes and array of addictive shades that range from bold brights to dark hues to versatile neutrals. Each shade applies smoothly (without dragging or skipping), hugs lips, and feels ultra-comfortable. Urban Decay’s proprietary Pigment Infusion System™ gives the formula its super-creamy texture, rich payout, and superior color dispersion. 

This creamy formula is packed with nourishing ingredients. A butter blend comforts, hydrates, and enhances, leaving lips soft and conditioned, and never dry. Aloe vera, jojoba, avocado, and babassu oils nourish and soften lips. Illipe butter, derived from Malaysian illipe trees, provides long-lasting moisture, while the vitamins C and E deliver a hint of antioxidants.
Ingredients: Octyldodecanol, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Kaolin, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Butyrospermum Parkii Oil/Shea Oil, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Candelilla Cera/Candelilla Wax, Cetyl Lactate, Cera Alba/Beeswax, Cera Microcristallina/Microcrystalline Wax, Polyethylene, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Water, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Squalane, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil/Jojoba Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter/Cocoa Seed Butter, Persea Gratissima Oil/Avocado Oil, Shorea Stenoptera Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Shea Butter, Aloe Barbadensis Extract/Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Citric Acid, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Silica, Polybutylene Terephthalate, Polylactic Acid, Tin Oxide, [+/- (May Contain): CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499/Iron Oxides, CI 15850/Red 7 Lake, Mica, CI 77120/Barium Sulfate].
Overall Assessment: I am surprised by the extent to which I love this lipstick, and thought that I would tire of wearing a matte lipstick, but Oblivion is so beautiful and comfortable on the lips that I find myself reaching for it more often than I would ever have imagined.

$19.00 for  0.11 oz. from Urban DecayNordstrom and Sephora (Affiliate Links).
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Monday, May 20, 2019

Boxwalla A Summer in Hangzhou June Beauty Box Featuring 5YINA

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Boxwalla enthusiasts know that Boxwalla's green beauty boxes are an extraordinary value, and that the products themselves are nothing short of spectacular. Their carefully curated beauty boxes are a tremendous value, with steep discounts, and they feature truly covet-worthy luxury organic beauty products. Their June Beauty Box, 'A Summer in Hangzhou', which only costs $49.95, is another must-have, and it features two full-size products from 5YINA.

In the June Green Beauty Box (Cost: $49.95 Retail Value: $190.00), you will receive two gorgeous full-sized products: 5YINA Lucent Hydrolat ($45.00 value) and 5YINA Lucent Summer Beauty Oil ($145.00 value).

Boxwalla Beauty Boxes are, "for the luxury loving skincare nerd, this box lets you experience the most effective and nutrient-rich beauty products we have experienced, exquisite products that harness the potency of plant-based ingredients. Always cruelty-free."
According to Boxwalla,

Founded by two experts and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 5YINA combines the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine with modern science, resulting in a luxuriously unique and effective line.

5YINA was created in 2015, by Ervina Wu and Angela Chau. Angela, who is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, studied plant biology at UC Berkeley before getting her Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine. And Ervina did her PhD in TCM Dermatology in Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in Hangzhou & is one of only 50 registered TCM dermatologists in the U.S. It’s quite amazing how much expertise & skill Angela & Ervina carry and I’m so grateful to be able to experience their work and share it with you. 

Angela and Ervina were inspired by the summers in Hangzhou, China, to create the  Lucent Summer Beauty Ritual with the Lucent Hydrolat and Lucent Beauty Oil. Hangzhou is such a beautiful place ( pleaaase google it). Ervina described it to me as lush & poetic with bamboo groves, willow trees, languid lakes and lotus gardens. However, summers there are also hot and muggy and Angela & Ervina wanted to create a ritual that was both inspired by this beautiful place (for example, both hydrolat and oil contain lotus leaf), but that would also keep skin radiant and glowing in summer without weighing it down.  
*THIS IS A SUBSCRIPTION* You will be charged initially when you purchase. Automatic renewal every two months until you cancel. The last day to subscribe to the June Beauty Box is June10th. 
 Boxwalla only features Cruelty-Free beauty products
5YINA Lucent Summer Hydrolat ($45.00 for 1.7 oz.): This is a truly magnificent, and hydrating, mist that can be used whenever you want to refresh or rehydrate the skin, and it can also be used as a toner, or in conjunction with their Lucent Summer Beauty Oil, and it can even be used to set your makeup. It is filled with a selection of botanicals in a base of "aloe juice & distillates of cucumber, helichrysum & witch hazel, with Chinese medicinal plants like honeysuckle, the highest grade matcha, lotus leaves, schisandra berries, super hydrating snow mushroom & more." Furthermore, this antioxidant-rich mist reduces inflammation, protects the skin and even rebalances the skin during the warmer months of summer. It has a wonderful herbal floral aroma that is utterly delectable.

According to 5YINA,

Clarifying and gentle, the LUCENT hydrolat is a skin-refining toner essence inspired by the energy of summer. Super charged by Chinese medicinal plants, cleansing distillates, anti-bacterial silver, and lightweight humectants to purify and re-balance oily combination skin.  

Perfect as a skin primer with your favourite serums, oils, + moisturizers and as a refreshing mist on top of makeup.

Mist anytime and anywhere for an instant boost of refreshing hydration and a healthy, radiant glow.

Featured Botanicals:

Honeysuckle Flower: This delicate flower is a Chinese medicinal herb that cools summer heat and gently detoxifies.  Rich in flavonoids, saponins, and anti-bacterial components, honeysuckle flower is a fabulous tonic to clear congested and acneic skin.

Green Tea: We use the highest grade of Matcha tea available for its exceptional level of catechins, or water-soluble polyphenols.  This ubiquitous plant boosts cellular immunity, astringes the skin, and feels exceptionally cleansing.

Lotus Leaves: Peaked in summer, this sacred herb purifies, calms, and balances the skin. Lotus leaves help the skin to balance sebum production, reduce inflammation, and provide potent anti-oxidant protection.
5YINA Lucent Summer Beauty Oil ($145.00 for 1 oz.): This is a truly delectable lightweight and fast absorbing oil that 5YINA asserts is "inspired by the energy of the summer." It is formulated for normal to combination and oily skin types, and minimizes the appearance of pores, balances sebum production, reduces inflammation and prevents breakouts. This potent, and antioxidant-rich, cocktail is "supercharged with extracts from Chinese medicinal plants" in conjunction with vitamins and active phytonutrients, and it leaves my normal/combination skin balanced, hydrated, soft and dewy. It has a warm, botanical aroma that is calming and delightful, but it is neither overpowering, nor long lasting.
According to Boxwalla,

An oil serum is not an unusual product in green beauty, but the Lucent Beauty Oil stands out in its thoughtful composition that uses a synergistic blend of incredible herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to target various skin issues, resulting in a luxury that is tangible in the lightweight feel, efficacy and long term skin benefits of using this gorgeous oil serum. 

This lightweight oil serum, is formulated by experienced practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, to minimize pores, reduce inflammation and rebalance sebum production. It is chockfull of vitamins, antioxidants & active phytonutrients, and made in a base of one of my favorite oils Camellia Oleifera seed oil. Camellia Oleifera oil is very moisturizing yet absorbs so beautifully. The Lucent oil serum also contains powerful botanicals like lotus flower and leaf, perilla seed, radix ophiopogonis, schisandra berries, snow mushroom, ginseng, angelica root as well as rosehip seed and seabuckthorn oil.

The hydrolat & oil share some ingredients including the fascinating Snow Mushroom. Says 5YINA: “Tremella fruciformis, also known as Silver Ear, Snow Mushroom or Yin Er (银耳), grows in tropical & subtropical regions of the world. This gelatinous mushroom has been used for thousands of years in China & East Asia for food & medicine. Yang Guifei, a royal concubine from the Tang dynasty famed for her legendary beauty, was said to favor the snow mushroom for maintaining her flawless complexion.” 

It functions similar to hyaluronic acid in its ability to hold water (it can hold 500 times its weight in water), keeping the skin hydrated when applied topically. It has a smaller particle size compared to hyaluronic acid, technically being able to penetrate the skin deeper. Ervina & Angela further explain that this mushroom is rich in vitamin D, amino acids, minerals, & polysaccharides all needed to help your skin stay hydrated & radiant. It also contains a bio-active compound Glucuronoxylomannan which is anti-inflammatory. Studies have shown that tremella extracts reduce skin pigmentation, protect against wrinkles induced by UVB rays as well as accelerate wound healing.
Featured Botanicals:

American Ginseng: A powerful adaptogen that energizes, boosts radiance and brightens the complexion.

Lotus Flower & Leaf: A sacred herb that purifies, decongests and prevents breakouts.
PERILLA SEED: An anti-inflammatory seed that has serious antimicrobial and skin-protective properties.

Radix Ophiopogonis: A nourishing and mircronutrients-rich root that provides long-lasting lightweight hydration and glow. 
Overall Assessment: This is yet another incredible green beauty box from Boxwalla, and once again the value is incomparable. I highly recommend this box, and with a $190.00 value, this $49.95 purchase price is a serious bargain. A+

The Beauty Boxes ship around the 5th of the month and if Boxwalla has any boxes left after the subscription closes, that they will be listed (at a higher price) under one-time boxes.

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Covet-Worthy STYLECRAFT Styling Tools

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If you are looking to either straighten your hair, or to create curls or beachy waves, STYLECRAFT creates impressive high quality hair styling tools worthy of your attention. I tested one of their flat irons and curling irons, and they are definitely worth sharing with you.

STYLECRAFT Touch-Temp Digital Styling Iron ($129.95 from AmazonStyleCraftUS, or in fine salons and spas nationally): STYLECRAFT makes top quality and covet-worthy flat irons that are built to last. This one has a staggering 30 heat settings and a variety of presets for fine, medium and course hair. Therefore, by controlling the heat one is able to avoid damaging their hair. I am able to straighten my curly hair quickly, and without inflicting damage to my hair. I do not flat iron my hair often, but I will definitely reach for this one when I do.

According to STYLECRAFT,

The sleek Touch Temp offers a high-tech LCD touch screen with 30 heat settings ranging from 160°- 450°F in 10° increments.

As a result, Touch Temp offers the perfect temperature to keep hair healthy and damage free regardless of type or texture – from baby fine or delicate color-treated to coarse and curly.

StyleCraft includes special features to help ensure safe use. This includes carefully positioned on/off and lock/unlock buttons to help avoid accidental shut-off and inadvertent temperature changes.
• Tri-Plex Fusion: Nano Keratin Proteins for healthier, stronger hair. Ceramic & Tourmaline emit negative ions to seal the cuticle, reduce frizz by up to 75% and add shine.
• Digital LCD Touch-Screen: The most high tech flat iron with digital display and complete touch-screen functionality. Carefully positioned On/Off and Lock/Unlock button to avoid accidental shut-off and temperature changes.
•  30 Temperature Settings: Ranging from 160° - 450°F by 10° increments, for the perfect setting to keep your hair healthy and damage-free. Auto-shut off after 1 hour for your safety.
• Full-Range Floating Plates: Perfectly aligned floating plates for creating a variety of snag-free, smooth styles. Multi-layered harder, smoother, scratch proof plates.
STYLECRAFT Style Stix XL 1" Spring Curling Iron ($69.95 from AmazonStyleCraftUS, or in fine salons and spas nationally): Now admittedly, I have little need for curling irons because my hair is naturally curly, but this one is made for all types of hair. It heats up immediately and automatically shuts off after an hour, and it can create curly ringlets or beach waves quickly and efficiently. It also allows me to create beach waves easily when I want fewer curls and more waves.
According to STYLECRAFT,

Lightweight, sleek and extra-long, STYLE STIX XL irons can do everything a standard spring or marcel curling iron can do, and much more.  Faster and easier to use, curls and natural-looking beach waves can be created in a quick, single motion with no overlapping on the rod, to give luxurious, cascading hair in a flash.

A multi-setting heat control with a 200° range makes STYLE STIX perfect to use on all hair types. The iron also shuts off after 1 hour for safety.   Unlike other irons, Style Stix is designed with tips that are longer and have super-deep grooves that make it easy to grab, hold, and maneuver.

One-pass styling helps eliminate past worries such as overlapping long hair on a curling iron, allowing for more natural-looking styles. Even the longest hair can stretch across the length of the spacious, ultra-long barrel. The irons also have a unique, easy-to-maneuver comfort-grip designed for added control as well as a firm-grip tip that protects fingers from heat and is engineered for enhanced maneuverability.

Even more important, StyleCraft’s exclusive breakthrough Tri-Plex Fusion technology boosts performance for longer-lasting, better-conditioned styling results after just one easy pass through the hair.  Tri Plex Fusion combines Nano Keratin Proteins (for healthier, stronger hair) with advanced Ceramic Tourmaline (to emit negative ions and seal hair’s cuticle) and reduce frizz by up to 75% to add super-smooth shine.

• Tri-Plex Fusion to Reduce Frizz for Healthy, Silky Hair
• Ultra Glide Technology
• Temperature Range from 250°-450°F
• XL Long Barrel for Curls & Waves in One Shot
• Consistent, Even Heat Distribution
• Multi-Setting Heat Control for All Hair Types
• Ergonomic Design
• 9 FT Tangle-free Swivel Cord

Overall Assessment: STYLECRAFT is definitely a brand that is worthy of being on your radar.

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

The Beauty Spotlight Team Week in Review

Prime Beauty has discovered a matte lipstick that doesn’t dry out your lips. Karmela Cosmetics also donates 10 percent of its net profits to charities supporting women!
Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog is absolutely obsessed with Rahua Legendary Amazon Oil for Healthy, Lustrous Hair because it conditions, nourishes, boosts shine and prevents frizz and fly-aways. In short, it is a magnificent hair oil with a delectable aroma, and it is truly covet-worthy!
With all the social events in May and June, it’s time to tune up your smile! Never Say Die Beautyhas been using Luster Premium White Pro Light Dental Whitening Kit to lighten her teeth by at least 6 shades. Check it out!
Are you interested in all the professional skin treatments that dermatologists and skin spas offer? Beauty Info Zone’s Lisa always wanted dermabrasion but the cost wasn’t in her budget. Happily she shares how Trophy Skin has given her the opportunity to do an at-home affordable version.
Pammy Blogs Beauty preps her skin for Summer with the cutest masks from I Dew Care!
Erika at Notes from My Dressing Table is really loving K-Beauty sensation Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum and she wants to tell you why.
Babi aka ColorSutraa is taking advantage of a rare but perfect Spring day by sharing her thoughts on Zoya’s Innocence collection for Spring 2019. Check it out on the blog.

Friday, May 17, 2019


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The Nordstrom Spring Beauty Trend Event is an event that you simply don't want to miss, and it is going on throughout the month of May. Dates vary by store, but you can CHECK HERE to see when the event comes to your local Nordstrom. This has always been one of my favorite events to go to, and I highly recommend it if you have a Nordstrom near you.

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

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Hair Dryers to Covet from Gamma + Italia

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Quality hair tools, that are built to last, are definitely a bit of an investment, but certainly a worthy one for something that you use on a daily basis. Therefore, I have rounded up a couple of my very favorite hair dryers from Gamma + Italia that have really impressed me, and that are definitely worthy of consideration.
Gamma + Italia Relax Silent Hair Dryer ($209.95 from Gamma + Italia and Amazon): If you are seeking a high quality hair dryer that is very effective, efficient and incredibly quiet– then this is definitely one worth having. It is the most quiet dryer that I have experienced, and therefore it is such a pleasure to use. It is powerful, lightweight, and it comes with two concentrator nozzles for precision drying.

According to Gamma + Italia,

The Gamma+ Relax Silent dryer is the quietest professional dryer in its class. It features noise reduction silencer technology for a soft 64 decibels of sound, to reduce acoustic stress and create an eco-friendly environment. The Relax Silent is as quiet as it is effective. Tourmalionic technology and a super turbo fan maximizes air flow, pressure, and temperature, for superior performance without compromise. This lightweight dryer delivers an eco-friendly and relaxing experience with no vibrations or electromagnetic pollution. It comes equipped with a silencer honeycomb screen and two concentrator nozzles.
• Nano silver technology
• Super Turbo Fan: High-performance airflow, pressure and temperature
• Silencer honeycomb screen for noise reduction
• Lightweight and ergonomically balanced
• Eco-friendly with no vibrations or electromagnetic pollution
• Removable filter
• 6 heat/speed settings
• 2 ultra-thin concentrator nozzles
• Cool shot button
• 9 ft. cord
• 2-year warranty
Gamma + Italia Aria Hair Dryer ($149.00 from Gamma + Italia and Amazon): If you are seeking a quiet and effective hair dryer, then the Gamma + Italia Aria is a wonderful choice. It features a hybrid motor that is high-performance, and that reduces drying time. It is compact in size, and therefore can be taken with you in your travels. I should also note that because it is so efficient in its ability to radically reduce drying time,  it is one of my hair dryers– especially for travel. Given that I have naturally curly, and dry, hair I often avoid heated styling tools because of the damage that they do to my hair, but this hair dryer is exquisite and so perfectly suited to drier hair types (like mine).

According to Gamma + Italia,

New hybrid motor is ultra-lightweight and combines high-performance and velocity to dramatically reduce drying time without compromising on power.

Evolution Turbo Compressor Technology (E.T.C.) generates unique spiraling air pressure to dry beyond only the surface of hair. 

E.T.C. Technology penetrates deeper and wider inside strands for a first of its kind, hyper-fast drying.

Pure Italian engineering and 100% Italian manufacturing. Its scientifically balanced, ergonomic design makes styling virtually effortless while reducing strain on the hand and wrist. Well under a pound, the Aria weighs just 13.4 oz.

Quieter than other dryers, the Aria significantly reduces noise and acoustic stress in the salon, backstage or on editorial and television shoots.

Produces maximum negative ions, leaving hair with a brilliant, healthy shine and smoother, more vital condition.
Overall Assessment: If you are looking to replace old hair dryer– then Gamma + is definitely a brands worth your consideration. Gamma + hair dryers are used in our household on a daily basis, and have replaced all of our old hair dryers.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Music Festival Beauty Picks

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Music festival season is in full swing, and if you are planning on partaking in the festivities this spring and summer, you will want to pack light and smart. I have rounded up a few beauty finds that are festival-perfect!
FRÉ Skincare’s GLOW ME Tinted Moisturizer ($45.00 for 1.52 fl. Oz / 45 ml. from is a 3-in-1 tinted moisturizer that is specifically formulated for skin that sweats– making it a perfect choice during festival season, and for going to the beach. It moisturizes, provides an SPF 15, and it has a "universal nude tint" that sheers out, and blurs imperfections and evens skin tone.
According to FRÉ Skincare,

The First Sweat-Friendly Tinted Moisturizer. Glow Me is a revolutionary 3-in-1 formula specially crafted for skin that sweats. It protects from the sun with a broad spectrum SPF15, it moisturizes with Argania Active Complex© and gives your skin a natural glow with a universal tint that blurs blemishes and evens skin tone.

With Glow Me's breakthrough formula, you can work out confidently, while enjoying the benefits of a skincare treatment with a beautiful tint. No more worrying about clogged pores or breakouts; Glow Me is non-comedogenic (won’t clog your pores), hypoallergenic and sweat resistant.

Suitable for all skin tones and all skin types. Cruelty-Free.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Glycerin, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Titanium Dioxide & Trimethoxycaprylylsilane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glyceryl Myristate, Propanediol, Behenyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Microcrystalline Cellulose & Cellulose Gum, Glycerin & Sodium Lactate & Lactic Acid & TEA-Lactate & Serine & Urea & Sorbitol & Sodium Chloride & Allantoin, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol & Ethylhexylglycerin, Argania Spinosa Leaf Extract & Maltodextrin, Dimethicone, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Mica, Butylene Glycol & Pentylene Glycol & Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Triethanolamine, Allantoin, Cinnamomum Camphora Linalooliferum Wood Oil, Disodium EDTA, Bisabolol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Carnosine, Hyaluronic Acid, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Leaf Extract, Tilia Vulgaris (Linden Blossom) Flower Extract
Love Sun Body Natural Origin Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 ($21.00 for 3.38 oz. from and Amazon): is safe 100% mineral sunscreen with an SPF 30 that is formulated for use on the face and body, and it provides 80 minutes of water and sweat resistant protection. It leaves be behind no white residue, and in fact is sheer in its application. It is available in a lightly scented or fragrance-free version.

According to Love Sun Body,

Love Sun Body 100% Natural Origin Mineral Sunscreens are the world's safest and highest quality sunscreens that meet the regulatory requirements of the FDA OTC Monograph System, the European Commission’s recommendation on UVA protection and the highly regarded Cosmos-standard. SPF 30 lightly scented tiare & vanilla (Tiare is a flower that grows in the South Pacific, a scent reminiscent of coconut, at a mild concentration), 3.38 oz - 100 ml. Broad Spectrum, Water Resistance (80 minutes). EWG has rated Love Sun Body 100% Natural Origin Mineral Sunscreens the best score of 1. This reflects the degree of both UV protection from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation and the hazards of all the ingredients on the label. Ingredients and performance that exceed the Consumer Reports rating guidelines.

• 100% Natural Origin
• Pure, vegan and cruelty-free
• Moisturizing Matte Finish
• Sheer lotion absorbs quickly
• Hypoallergenic
• Non-Comedogenic
• Quick dry time
• Coral Reef Safe

Ingredients: Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (Non-nano) 20.4%. Inactive Ingredients: Almond Oil, Aqua/Water, Benzoic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Oil), Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Sterate SE, Natural Tiare, Natural Vanillin, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Sorbitan Laurate, Sunflower Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) and Xathan Gum.
Cricket ($4.59-14.99 from Sally BeautyUltaAmazon and makes a wide range of affordable and effective brushes and combs– including the ingenious Bottoms Up Brush that is music festival and beach ready! This multitasker is equipped with a stainless-steel bottle opener at its base– that makes it perfect for music festivals and days at the beach.
Morgan Taylor’s Spring 2019 Collection ($9.50 per bottle from Ulta and this gorgeous collection is the perfect embodiment of springtime flowers in bloom, and these polishes are the perfectly suited for a wide variety of festival looks.
According to Morgan Taylor,

Inspired by the soft and subtle colors of your favorite flowers. This collection features a range of plush pastels in shades of pretty pinks, toned-down nudes, and pops of peach and purple to provide the perfect finishing touch to any colorful springtime look.
LAVANILA The Healthy Deodorant ($8.00 for the mini and $14.00 for the regular size from LavanilaSephoraBirchbox, and ): LAVANILA The Healthy Deodorant is unquestionably one of my all-time favorite deodorants. The formula is filled with healthy ingredients, it comes in a nice assortment of scents, and they even have a mini sizes that easily stow away in your bag when you need a little refresh while dancing in the sun.

 Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant is a powerful natural deodorant that delivers superior odor protection and vitamin-rich nourishment without the use of commonly feared harsh chemicals.

The multi-tasking formula uses a health-promoting beta-glucan technology packed with anti-oxidants, active botanicals and essential oils to not only fight odor, but condition, soothe and nourish the skin.

LAVANILA is free of: petrochemicals, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oils, silicone, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrance, sulfates, parabens, and aluminum.

Select Ingredients and Attributes:
  • Beta-Glucan Technology: Promotes healthy skin and fights odor with a complex of powerful antioxidants, anti-bacterial agents, and polysaccharides.
  • Goji Berry: Provides powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action, 21 essential minerals, and 18 amino acids.
  • apanese Honeysuckle: Acts as a natural preservative and an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent.
  • Lichen Lemon and Tea Tree Oils: Prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria; provide safe, long-lasting protection sans harsh chemicals or alcohol.
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Juice, Water), Propanediol (Corn Derived), Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium Stearate (Coconut Derived), Silica, Carrageenan (Seaweed Derived), Stearyl Behenate (Coconut Derived), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon Peel Oil), Inulin (Artichoke Derived), Saccharomyces Ferment, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide (Sugar Derived), Yeast Beta Glucan, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Valeriana Officinalis Root Extract (Valerian), Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract (Goji Berry), Botanical Fragrance Blend.              

LAVANILA Vanilla Grapefruit Rollerball ($19.00 for 0.33 oz. from LAVANILA and Sephora): This combination of warm Madagascar Vanilla and tangy pink grapefruit is such an unexpected surprise. The vanilla warms up grapefruit and transforms it into a creamy, warm citrus. It's small enough that it won't take up much space in your bag.

According to LAVANILA,

An uplifting citrus, this addictive blend of juicy pink grapefruit, fresh lime, crisp cedarwood, and warm Madagascar vanilla is fresh and inviting. Kissed by sunshine, this unique scent lifts the spirits.

Notes: Pink Grapefruit, Lime, Bergamot, Orange, Cedarwood, Madagascar Vanilla.
Style: Exotic. Sensual. Addictive.
The Pocket Palette ($11.99 for a 3 pack and $34.00 for a 10 pack from The Pocket Palette and The Pocket Palette Amazon Store): is a really clever product that provides you with single use mascara, lip/cheek tint and BB cream in disposable packets. They travel easily and are perfect for touch-ups at the music festival.

According to The Pocket Palette,

The Pocket Palette is a single-use, full face, travel makeup kit that allows you to carry your beauty basics in the palm of your hand! The palette includes mascara, lipstick/cheek tint and bb cream making it the perfect essential to include in your beach bag or purse! Especially with warmer weather, who couldn’t use a touch up after a few hours in the heat! You can purchase a 3 pack or 10 pack and select your choice based off of your skin tone, with four options from light to dark.
Overall Assessment: These picks are certain to get a lot of use during your festivities throughout the day, and they are compact enough that they will easily stow in your bag without taking up a lot of space. They are also perfect picks for a day at the beach, though you may want to skip the makeup altogether. What are your favorite music festival or beach day picks?

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